Supporting Small Businesses and COVID-19 Updates

As this long weekend approaches, I hope everyone is making the most of the warm weather and finding opportunities to stay cool. This pandemic has both felt like a lifetime and a blur. As each of us makes a slow return to the activities we’ve enjoyed, I want to gently remind everyone that it’s ok to feel anxious about re-opening. We have each been through a historical and traumatizing event, and are still navigating it.

There are reasons to remain cautious; the Delta variant remains a threat and despite 80% of Toronto adults being vaccinated, there are still many unvaccinated residents. The Federal government recently announced that 90% of COVID-19 cases in Canada are unvaccinated individuals. Researchers said fully vaccinated people were also 69% less likely to be hospitalized and 49% less likely to die from COVID-19 than those who were unvaccinated. If you haven’t yet, I urge you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your community. All City clinics are now accepting walk-in appointments for your convenience. When we make plans for this long weekend, please consider how you can make your trips safer and continue to follow public health guidelines. 

This pandemic has been very hard on us all, and as the lockdown lifts more, I want to remind you that our small businesses are still hurting. With smaller capacities and our collective nervousness about eating indoors, our downtown businesses will be slower to recover. If you can, I would encourage you to shop local and shop small this weekend. If you can, please treat yourself to your local favourite restaurant in any way you can. 

Today’s EBlast is a little shorter than usual as I’m spending some much-needed time with my family. As always, the Toronto Centre team is available to help and answer your requests. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please reach out to the office at [email protected] and we will get back to you shortly.

Thank you for your resilience, it is an honour to represent you.


What's in Today's EBlast?

Diabetes Prevention and Management Workshop

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Join Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships in Community as they partner with Flemingdon Health Centre to present Diabetes Prevention & Management, a 4-week virtual program geared to helping manage, and to prevent, symptoms of diabetes. Beginning August 9, 2021, this program will run on Mondays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Please register by July 30, 2021, to attend.  

When: Mondays starting August 9, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

To register contact Kevin Pook at 416-531-8447 ext. 501 or by emailing [email protected].

Registration is almost full, so secure your spot today!

Toronto Centre Projects 

Toronto Centre Projects is designed to engage community members and crowdsource neighbourhood projects supported by the Councillor's office and your neighbours. Over the next year, my office will be launching consultations for several parks and dog off-leash area revitalizations, public realm improvements, and more.

The website has been updated with several projects my office is working on including:

Successful Proposal Going to Council:

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A proposal by community member, Shrikant advocated for reducing the speed limit to 30kph hours on the stretch of Church St. between Carlton and Bloor St. E. This proposal has reached the required threshold of support (60 supporters). I will submit a motion at the September Toronto & East York Community Council meeting to reduce the speed limit of Church Street from the current 40km/h to 30km/h.

Thank you, Shrikant! You did an excellent job mobilizing community support to affect change!

Who else wants to be a changemaker? Submit your ideas to make our communities more liveable, vibrant, and safe at

COVID-19: Vaccine Information 

For updates about Toronto’s vaccination rollout and booking system, please visit my website.

Book an appointment at a City-operated vaccination clinic by phone through the provincial call centre, 1-888-999-6488.

Book an appointment at a City-operated vaccination clinic online at For online bookings, you will need: 

  • Information found on your Government of Ontario photo health card;
  • Birthdate;
  • Postal code; and
  • Email address or phone number.

The provincial system will verify your eligibility to book an appointment for vaccination based on this information and will then guide you to the scheduling system. 

Please do not call 311 or Toronto Public Health to book an appointment. The City 311 contact centre and Toronto Public Health staff do not have access to the booking system.

Vaccinated Against COVID-19? What Does It Mean For Me?

By getting vaccinated, you benefit from the protection you get against COVID-19 and the easing of restrictive measures in your community. You still need to follow local public health advice in public settings (e.g. workplaces, public transit). Their advice considers community risk levels. 

A majority of people in Canada have now had their first shot and many will soon be fully vaccinated. Below is a handy chart created by Public Health Canada to inform your actions depending on your vaccination status. This advice is based on the current state and will be updated as vaccination rates continue to increase and cases decrease.

COVID-19: Ongoing Tips to Reduce Virus Spread

As we begin to again restrengthen our public health measures, we will all continue to live in this new normal. Wearing a mask or a face covering is mandatory in all public indoor spaces and on the TTC. Our commitment must be to continue minimizing the impact of COVID-19, especially on our most vulnerable residents, while reducing negative social, economic, and broader health impacts on our community. In the coming months what this means for our residents is:

  • Continuing to work remotely, wherever possible;
  • Maintaining physical distance from people outside our household or social circle/bubble;
  • Avoiding crowds and congregations in closed indoor settings;
  • Wearing a cloth mask or face covering in any public indoor setting, including stores, transit, offices; and where
  • physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Staying home whenever we are sick for any reason.

Thank you for doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect our communities. For more tips on social distancing, please visit the City’s website or download this info sheet.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Updates

City of Toronto Honours the Late Pam McConnell, Unveils New Sign for the Renamed Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre

Mayor John Tory was joined by members of Toronto City Council and Pam McConnell’s family to honour the legacy of the late Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell and officially unveil a new sign for the renamed Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre in Regent Park.

Mayor Tory Announces Expansion to Enhanced Youth Spaces and Youth Hubs at Community Centres and Toronto Public Library Locations Across Toronto

Mayor John Tory was joined by Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre) at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto to announce the expansion of 20 Enhanced Youth Spaces (EYS) and Youth Hubs across the city starting today.

More information on affected City services & facilities.
More updates from the City of Toronto.

Province of Ontario Updates

Ontario Boosting Funding to Long-Term Care Resident and Family Councils

The Ontario government is supporting resident-centred, quality care in long-term care homes by increasing funding to the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (OARC) and Family Councils Ontario (FCO) by nearly 53 per cent - $481,238 - this year. The total funding of $1,393,621 will help OARC and FCO increase staffing and maintain their critical education and support services to Resident and Family Councils across the province.

More updates from the Province of Ontario.

Government of Canada Updates

Health Canada Launches National Call for Proposals for the Substance Use and Addictions Program

In recognition of the communities and families that continue to grapple with the opioid overdose crisis, and increasing substance use amongst Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced the launch of the 2021 national call for proposals (CFP) for Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP).

All updates from the Government of Canada can be found at the link here.

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Now is the time to stay informed through credible sources, and to follow the advice of our public health professionals. Together we can limit the spread of COVID-19.

Phone lines for telehealth, TPH and 311 continue to experience very high volumes. Please help keep the phones lines open for people who are sick by visiting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 website for up-to-date information and resources:

Telehealth Ontario
Call if you develop symptoms!
Telephone: 1-866-797-0000

Toronto Public Health Hotline
8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Call if you have questions about COVID-19.
Telephone: 416-338-7600
TTY: 416-392-0658
Email: [email protected]

311 Toronto
Outside City limits: 416-392-2489
Call if you have questions about City services, or to report people
Telephone: 311 (The City is only accepting 311 requests through phone)

Support for People Living with Homelessness

If you see someone living with homelessness and in need of support you can call Streets to Homes at 416-338-4766. For mental health support, the Gerstein Crisis Centre is a valuable 24-hours a day, seven days a week service in our community and they have crisis workers on standby at 416-929-5200. More resources, including additional how to report information, are available on my website at

Toronto Police

If you or someone else is confronted with life-threatening danger, please call 911 immediately. Alternatively, the Toronto Police request that online reports be submitted at or to You can also call their non-emergency line at 416-808-2222. 

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