COVID-19 Updates

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Avoid shaking hands and close contact with people

Anyone who is not ill or has not travelled is strongly directed to stay home except for essential trips

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

If you are ill, or if you have travelled, you are ordered to stay home by the Medical Officer of Health for 14 days

As businesses begin to reopen it's important to maximize physical distancing and limit in-person access as much as possible

Ending Homelessness, Keeping Cool & COVID-19 Updates

On Tuesday, City Council adopted my motion “Ending Homelessness During a Pandemic: Calling for Immediate Action From the Provincial and Federal Governments.” Like many of you, I’m frustrated and angered with the growing homelessness, mental health and addictions crises that have quickly exacerbated under the pressure of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The system was broken before this started and now the suffering is even more alarming. 

This past meeting of City Council was the first opportunity since the declaration of emergency was called by the Mayor on March 23 for me to formally move such a motion. For those who have been following the housing crisis, my motion will come as no surprise, as I have been urgently calling for an intergovernmental emergency response to end homelessness for the past three years.

City Council, Canada Day & COVID-19 Updates

I apologize that today’s Eblast comes out a day late. City Council ran long, but I wanted to make sure that I was able to provide a detailed update on yesterday’s debate and vote on Mayor Tory’s Changes to Policing in Toronto item. Moving forward, you can expect to receive these updates twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday.

I want to thank everyone who emailed and called my office. Since the tragic death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet a month ago, I have received over 30,000 calls and emails asking for more accountability from the City of Toronto about how we fund community safety and address systemic anti-Black racism in policing.

Pride Weekend, City Council June 29 & COVID-19 Updates

Today marks the beginning of Pride Weekend, one of my most cherished weekends of the year. I know this year was not the Pride celebration we were hoping for, but I am incredibly impressed and grateful to Pride Toronto who has put together a full month of virtual events to celebrate our local queer and trans trailblazers. This year has again proved that Pride is much more than simply a series of events. Pride was born out of protest and continues as a political and cultural movement to this day. 

As the City of Toronto eases restrictions on gatherings, many are keen to come together, find a patio, support our wonderful Church Street Village and celebrate in person. I want to urge anyone to take extra precaution, keep a safe distance, be kind and wear a mask. If you are worried about whether or not a restaurant is following best practices, please review this guidance document from the City of Toronto.

Save Small Businesses

Toronto Centre is the heart of Toronto’s downtown. We are home to some of Canada’s most iconic business districts and small businesses, from Canada’s largest gay village to the Financial District, to the re-invigorated historical districts such as Yonge Street, Corktown, St Lawrence Market and more. We also know that businesses across our community are in trouble.

To save small businesses, the Provincial and Federal governments need to step up and legislate a moratorium on commercial rental evictions and restructure the CERCA to allow tenants to directly access the 50 percent government relief if their landlords indicate they will not apply. The Government should also look at expanding the amount of money made eligible through Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). In urban centers with high rental and operating costs, for many business owners, the $40,000 is already gone. 

Please add your name and call on the Provincial and Federal governments to make the necessary legislative changes we need to save our small businesses and our main streets.

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