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

COVID-19 Update, April 11

Happy Saturday! I hope you are all finding moments of joy and togetherness during this time of physical distance.

This week my office received a number of inquiries about whether or not residents should wear non-surgical masks to protect themselves and others when they leave their homes for essential trips.

COVID-19 Update, April 9

Yesterday marked the beginning of Passover, and tonight marks the beginning of the Easter Holiday long weekend. With Ramadan beginning soon, many of us are having to adapt our holidays for the first time.

COVID-19 Update, April 8

When I take my short walks with my family (staying two metres apart from others, of course) I am struck by how much the fabric of our streets has changed. Seeing all the closed and boarded up stores is a strong indicator that Ward 13 residents and businesses are taking their duty to stay home and practice physical distancing seriously. However, it is also a scary foreshadowing of what could happen to our main streets once the physical distancing measures have been lifted, if we don’t take quick and serious measures to help small businesses survive. Local small businesses employ millions of Canadians and help serve as the backbone of every community and economic life.

COVID-19 Update, April 7

Today we received confirmation that a resident at Seaton House has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual and other residents identified as high risk are being moved into immediate isolation. Toronto Public Health (TPH) is working with Inner City Health Associates and Shelter, Support Housing and Administration (SSHA) to ensure that all health precautions are in place to further protect residents and staff. This recent infection is once again confirmation that more needs to be done and faster to protect the City’s most vulnerable residents - those who are elderly, homeless and immunocompromised.

COVID-19 Update, April 6

After another sunny weekend, I can’t thank everyone enough for your continued commitment to staying home, practicing physical distancing, working remotely where possible and only going out for essentials. These actions continue to protect you, your family, friends and all the frontline workers who work in essential services.

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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