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

Save Small Business & COVID-19 Updates

I know many of you share my assertion that Ward 13 - 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 business across our community are in trouble. Governments at all levels have offered different programs to try to bring relief. I know that it's not enough, but I am heartbroken to hear that some commerical landlords in the ward are making it impossible for small businesses to access some of the limited support available to them

In that spirit, today's intro is a little bit different.  I wanted to share an open letter I wrote to call for commercial landlords to stop evictions and do their part to save small businesses.

COVID-19 Update, May 1

Yesterday was a historic day in Toronto, as City Council we participated in our first virtual Special City Council meeting. I am very impressed and grateful to the City Clerk and her staff who worked so diligently to make this possible. It was certainly no easy feat! 

COVID-19 Update, April 30

As you know, today was the first City Council meeting since Mayor Tory declared a State of Emergency in the City of Toronto. It was the first in Toronto’s history to take place during a State of Emergency, and the first to take place virtually. As with any new process there were a number of challenges, but we had to adapt, and I want to thank my colleagues, the City Clerk and her staff for being so flexible, and working so hard to ensure the meeting went smoothly.

COVID-19 Update, April 29

Tomorrow, City Council will be meeting for the first time since Mayor John Tory declared a State of Emergency on March 23, 2020. This declaration gave the Mayor the authority to make any decision that City Council could make for the following 30 days. The Mayor was able to take quicker emergency action to address the COVID-19 pandemic without scheduling a physical City Council meeting. His actions to date have been advised by the General Manager of Emergency Management, Chief Matthew Pegg, and the City’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, to further public health outcomes in keeping people safe and preventing the further spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update, April 28

On Sunday night during the #StrongerTogether benefit concert to support Food Bank Canada, I proudly made a donation to help feed hungry children and families across Canada. More than one million Canadians have lost their jobs during the lockdown recession caused by the global pandemic. 

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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