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Discover DUKE… because every picture has a story to tell!

December 03, 2020

Duke Heights BIA would like to invite all aspiring photographers, young and seasoned, amateurs or pros, students, professionals or retirees, from our community and beyond, to explore our area and submit unique photographs that capture the essence of our business community.

Discover DUKE is an initiative that will be made possible through the generous support from ArtworxTO.

The Call for Submissions will be issued in the next few days and will be open until mid of January, so stay put on this page for upcoming details.

Highlights from the Fall Economic Statement

November 01, 2020

On November 30,2020, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, released Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19: Fall Economic Statement 2020.

Here are some key Highlights that businesses should know.

What Has been achieved

  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy have helped protect over 3.9 million jobs
  • The Canada Emergency Business Account has helped over 790,000 small businesses and not-for-profits

New Support and Extensions

  • The government is proposing to increase the maximum wage subsidy rate to 75 per cent for the period beginning December 20, 2020 and to extend this rate until March 13, 2021. (https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy/cews-how-apply.html)
  • To provide greater certainty to businesses and other organizations, the government is proposing to extend the current subsidy rates of the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy for an additional three periods. This means a base subsidy rate of up to 65 per cent will be available on eligible expenses until March 13, 2021. With the 25 per cent Lockdown Support also being extended, businesses may be eligible for a subsidy of up to 90 per cent of their eligible expenses. (https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-rent-subsidy/cers-how-apply.html)
  • The CEBA program will soon be expanded, allowing qualifying businesses to access an additional interest-free $20,000 loan, in situations where there is need. Half of this additional amount, up to $10,000, would be forgivable if the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022. The deadline to apply for a CEBA loan has been extended to March 31, 2021. (https://ceba-cuec.ca/)
  • The government will work with financial institutions in the near term to create the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) – a new program for the hardest hit businesses, including those in sectors like tourism and hospitality, hotels, arts and entertainment. This stream would offer 100 per cent government-guaranteed financing for heavily impacted businesses, and provide low-interest loans of up to $1 million over extended terms, up to ten years. Rates will be lower than those offered in Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) and beneath typical market rates for hard hit sectors.
  • Recognizing the importance of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund in supporting local tourism businesses, the government is proposing a top-up of up to $500 million, on a cash basis, to Regional Development Agencies and the Community Futures Network of Canada, bringing total funding to over $2.0 billion in this fund. The government will earmark a minimum of 25 per cent of all the Fund’s resources to support local tourism businesses, representing $500 million in program support through June 2021. This is in addition to the new Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program.

More information is available here: https://www.budget.gc.ca/fes-eea/2020/home-accueil-en.html.

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : December 2020 Edition

james-pasternak

December 03, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

As we navigate through the second wave of the pandemic, the Duke Heights BIA continues to remain resilient. Our office is here to help and assist small business owners get past another lockdown. Our office is urging our York Centre residents to shop and support our local BIA businesses. We have made this a priority by sharing this information in our e-newsletter that goes out to our residents. The small businesses that reside in the Duke Heights BIA continue to be the backbone of our local economy.

As we approach the holiday season, the North York Harvest Food Bank is assisting those in need. During these challenging times, food assistance for our community is vital. Recently, I made a trip to the food bank to tour their facility and operations. They continue to play vital part in our community. I was happy that I could assist them with finding them a home at Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Centre. Donations are always welcomed at the North York Harvest Food Bank.

Moreover, our Duke Heights branded backpack giveaway continues to prove to be popular initiative. Our office was happy to donate backpacks to the North York Woman’s Shelter, and to the numerous of schools that reside in York Centre and the Unison Hub.

We are continuing to support the local economy. The City of Toronto is bringing forth the Jane-Finch Initiative. This plan will leverage the ongoing LRT investment to help business prosper. This plan will utilize a new planning framework to support economic development and continue the growth of employment lands. The Jane-Finch initiative will improve walkability and transit networks within the area, which will prove to be beneficial for Duke Heights.

Our office is aware of the full development and construction in the area, but rest assured that we vigorously oppose any road closures in the Keele – Finch area. I impressed this view to Associate Minister to Kinga Surma and Toronto’s General Manager of Transportation Barbra Grey.

Finally, we are happy to announce the opening of a new off leash Dog Park in Downsview Park. This will be a welcomed investment to the area and continue to make our community a vibrant place to live and start a business.

As always my staff and I are here to help you with whatever you might need. As a reminder, our community office is now located at 2800 Keele Street, Unit 1. Please do not hesitate to call me at 416-392-1371 or send me a message at Councillor_Pasternak@Toronto.ca.

Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas!

Sincerely,

James Pasternak
Councillor Ward 6
Chair, Infrastructure and Environment Committee
Chair, North York Community Council

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : December 2020 Edition

anthony-perruzza

December 03, 2020

Dear Resident,

COVID-19 infection rates are on the rise, and we need to try our best to prevent exposure to stay healthy. There have been more mobile, pop-up testing clinics dates recently, including ones at Oakdale Community Centre and 15 San Romanoway. I worked with the Board of Health to ensure that we continue to provide these opportunities. Testing needs to be readily available to support individuals and families in our area. We must maximize the use of all public facilities to give communities what they need to conquer this virus.

The holiday season will look different this year, but we must work together to follow public health officials’ rules and guidelines. They want to keep us safe. I want to remind everyone that you should only socialize with people you already live with; this includes holiday dinners. Please stay in touch with family and friends outside of your home via phone call or virtual connection. Check-in on loved ones, but do not compromise anyone’s well-being. Remember, we will get through this together.

From my family to yours, I wish you a pleasant and joyful holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Please visit the Ontario Government’s website for the most up-to-date information on the stages and steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. https://news.ontario.ca/en. The City of Toronto will continue to circulate details about the evolving provincial guidelines specific to our region. https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/.

If you have any concerns or need access to resources, please give my office a call at (416) 338-5335 or email councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca.


Supporting the mobile, Pop-up COVID-19 Testing Clinics

For regular updates, please follow me on Facebook@AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTO, Instagram @Perruzza_TO or subscribe to my regular e-newsletter updates online by visiting my website.

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza
Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek

Own a Restaurant? Register for Free on ToGoToronto

ToGoToronto.com is for everyone, and it’s free now, and will remain free. It’s a new way to get your restaurant in front of hungry Torontonians.

As we get the first dustings of snow, and even takeout gets more challenging with the cold, the restaurants of DUKE Heights are going to have to get creative once again, and ToGoToronto would like to help.

We know you’re busy, so they have made this process as fast and painless as possible.

ToGoToronto is the biggest and most up-to-date and reliable restaurant hub in the city, put together and heavily promoted by Destination Toronto to help restaurants spread the word about about their latest offerings. And there’s no end date. ToGoToronto will be around as long as it’s needed.

ToGoToronto was developed with every restaurant in mind, from Steeles to the Waterfront, Long Branch to Malvern, whether your business is mostly takeout, delivery, or on a patio. It’s completely free to register, and easy to do. You can offer a signature dish if you like – something you’re known for, something you’d like to be known for, or just your highest-margin menu item – or you can just list your restaurant as it is (a picture helps, but it’s not necessary).

They will do all the promotional work for you by spreading the word through social media channels and marketing campaigns targeted towards local Torontonians. Just sign up. They will help get the word out to Torontonians that are eager to discover you.

It’s completely free to register for ToGoToronto.com, and it will remain free. It’s as simple as filling out a form online. If you’re a licensed eating establishment in the City of Toronto, you can register with ToGoToronto. Join this platform today and they will help get more customers to your restaurant.

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : November 2020 Edition

anthony-perruzza

November 04, 2020

Dear Resident,

COVID-19 infection rates are on the rise, and we need to try our best to prevent exposure. At October’s Board of Health meeting, I worked with my colleague, Councillor Joe Cressy, to implement two motions. These policies require the City and the Province to work together to make the flu shot and COVID-19 testing as accessible as possible this season, especially in high-risk communities in northwestern Toronto. There have been more mobile, pop-up testing dates recently, and we need to continue to provide these opportunities. We need to maximize the use of all public facilities to give communities what they need to conquer this virus.

I want to remind everyone that limits for all social gatherings and organized public events have capped at a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors until further notice. These two limits cannot be combined for an indoor-outdoor event. Please visit the Ontario Government’s website for updates on the stages and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. https://news.ontario.ca/en. The City of Toronto will continue to circulate details about the evolving provincial guidelines specific to our region. https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/

If you have any concerns or need access to resources, please give my office a call at (416) 338-5335 or email councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca.


Cleaning up our ravines with Regenesis – York University

Preparing Thanksgiving meals for those in need with Kitchen24 – Wilson & Hwy 400

For regular updates, please follow me on Facebook @AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTO, Instagram @Perruzza_TO or subscribe to my regular e-newsletter updates online by visiting my website.

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza
Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : November 2020 Edition

james-pasternak

November 04, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, we must remain vigilant to mitigate the spread of the virus. I urge everyone to get their flu shot this year. Although the flu shot will not protect you against COVID-19, it will prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed with additional patient visits. You can book your flu shot appointment online on the Toronto Public Health web-site, with your family doctor or at a local pharmacy.

Here at the City of Toronto we have remained fluid in our approach to the ongoing reality. The Toronto Office of Recovery & Rebuild has been working hard and recently published a report with a series of recommendations to economically support businesses and residents. Additionally, we will be expanding CafeTO into the winter months in order to support our restaurant industry.

Locally, the city has submitted a development application for a small office building at 75 Vanley Crescent. We will keep DUKE Heights informed as more details become available.

Moreover, in a recent meeting with senior City of Toronto Transportation staff, I vigorously op-posed the closure of the Keele and Finch intersection. We will work with the BIA and city staff to identify a congestion management and construction plan that results in minimal disruption to local businesses.

In this difficult time, I was inspired to attend the opening of the Dr. Laffa restaurant in the Champagne Centre. They will be a welcome addition to the Duke Heights BIA.

As kids returned back to the classroom, our office collaborated with the Duke Heights BIA in giving away free backpacks and school supplies. Once again, I would like to thank the BIA for providing our office with these wonderful backpacks for the children in York Centre. Finally, I would like to thank everyone who participated in our mini Environment Day.

As always my staff and I are here to help you with whatever you might need. As a reminder, our community office is now located at 2800 Keele Street, Unit 1 and visit currently are by appointment. Please do not hesitate to call me at 416-392-1371 or send me a message at Councillor_Pasternak@Toronto.ca.

Sincerely,

James Pasternak
Councillor Ward 6
Chair, Infrastructure and Environment Committee
Chair, North York Community Council

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020

DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA)
2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
-Virtual Zoom Meeting-
Thursday, November 26, 2020
6:00 PM

Pre-registration link: https://zoom.us/j/92591590795?pwd=dHFRMHFmRTRTTlA3dW8vL0psVmNuZz09


AGENDA

    1. Call to Order, Introductions and Land Acknowledgement Statement
    2. Electronic meeting, recording of the meeting and voting protocols
    3. Declaration of Conflict of Interest
    4. Approval of 2019 Annual General Meeting Minutes
    5. 2019 Report Audited Financial Statements
    6. Appointment of Auditor for 2020
    7. Ward Councillors Update
      – Councillor James Pasternak, Ward 6
      – Councillor Anthony Perruzza, Ward 7
    8. 2020 Year in Review and Committee Reports
    9. Approval of Budget for 2021
    10. New Business
    11. Adjournment

The purpose of this meeting is to decide on the BIA’s program and budget for 2021. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial and industrial property owners, and non-residential tenants of such properties. As a member of the BIA, the best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved. A copy of the proposed budget and audited financial statement will be available after verified registration.

With the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health Covid-19 restrictions currently in place, this year, Duke Heights BIA Annual General Meeting will be taking place virtually to ensure the safety of our BIA Members, Board of Directors, City of Toronto Councillors, Representatives and BIA staff.

In accordance with The City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 19, Business Improvement Area, only members of the proposed BIA and their legal representatives (proof required), are eligible to vote at the General Meeting. No person in attendance shall have more than one vote.

All participants must pre-register and BIA member verification is required. Please submit the required information at the pre-registration link https://zoom.us/j/92591590795?pwd=dHFRMHFmRTRTTlA3dW8vL0psVmNuZz09 and click on the AGM link located at the top of the home page of this website. Once registration and BIA membership information is confirmed, BIA members will receive a meeting link to the AGM meeting.  Participants are requested to log into the AGM zoom meeting by computer.

The pre-registration deadline is 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 26, 2020.

For more information contact Lia Martelluzzi, Executive Director at lia@dukeheights.ca or visit dukeheights.ca.

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : October 2020 Edition

anthony-perruzza

October 06, 2020

Dear Resident,

While the pandemic’s impact continues to be felt throughout Ontario, its most profound sting has been in vulnerable communities. One only needs to look at the Toronto Public Health maps of the COVID-19 hotspots and see that the social determinants of health are directly connected to the spread of this deadly virus. Our own Humber River Black Creek, North Etobicoke, and parts of Scarborough are some of the hardest-hit areas.

As the Poverty Reduction Advocate for the City of Toronto and as a parent myself, I am continuing to advocate for higher health and safety standards in our schools. Boards need to hire more custodians, nurses, teachers, and other staff to see this through. Families need consistent support for virtual learning outcomes to be successful.

Our neighbourhoods cannot afford to be driven to further despair by more COVID-19 flare-ups. We can’t afford to shut down schools and quarantine everyone repeatedly. Communication is key to combatting COVID-19, and workers need to be aware of outbreaks as soon as they happen. The Province needs to take immediate action to mitigate crowding and line-ups outside of testing centres. Humber River-Black Creek is counting on Premier Ford to put our health first and give us the tools we need for a chance to contain this virus for the long-term.

While many of us can’t be together for Thanksgiving this year, I strongly encourage everyone to reach out to family or friends online or via phone if you do not live with them. Let’s find ways to connect and share the experience, giving thanks, and making the most of the autumn season.

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! Please stay safe. Maintain physical distancing and wear your masks.


Property Tax & Water Bill Rebate Programs:

Every year my office hosts Property Tax & Water Bill Rebate clinics to help seniors and those with disabilities fill out applications for these programs. Due to COVID-19, this year will be different.

Please call my office to set up a one-on-one appointment at (416) 338-5335 or email councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca

The deadline to apply for the Property Tax, Water Bill, and Solid Waste Relief programs is October 30, 2020. When you call or email, please confirm which ID you need to bring with you to your appointment.

If you have any concerns or need access to resources, please give my office a call at (416) 338-5335 or email councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca.

For regular updates, please follow me on Facebook @AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTO, Instagram @Perruzza_TO or subscribe to my regular e-newsletter updates online by visiting my website.

 

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6: Road To Recovery: Supporting DUKE Heights BIA

james-pasternak

October 06, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

As we enter the fall season and continue to navigate through the pandemic, we must remain vigilant to limit the spread of COVID-19. As the weather begins to get colder and with the flu season upon us, I urge everyone to get their flu shot this year. Our Medical Officer of Health has a COVID-19 resurgence plan in place to mitigate a second wave of the virus.

As kids returned back to the classroom, our office collaborated with the DUKE Heights BIA in giving away free backpacks and school supplies. I would like to thank the BIA for providing our office with these wonderful backpacks for the children in York Centre. Toronto Public Health continues to support our local schools and ensure our teachers and students are safe from the virus.

Bike Share has been a huge success for York Centre. Bike Share stations can now be found along the Finch hydro corridor, which helps residents make their way to Duke Heights BIA businesses. In order to support the growing cycling network in our area, I have put forth a motion requesting longer Bike Share trips. This will allow for more opportunities for residents to take time to discover all the great things the Duke Heights BIA has to offer.

Mayor John Tory, myself and the rest of the City of Toronto have been working relentlessly to ensure Toronontians and small businesses receive the support they need. At City Hall, we continue to adapt to ongoing changing circumstances. Throughout the summer, the City of Toronto provided countless funding to support our small businesses. We expanded the Digital Main Street program and shopHERE. Small business owners in Toronto can take advantage of these online resources and continue to scale their business in a post-COVID world.

For our constituents, our office has been helping seniors with applying for the Property Tax, Water, and Solid Waste Rebate Program. If you need help to apply for this program please contact our office.

Lastly, there is a federal by-election coming up on October 26th. If you live in York Centre, you should exercise your democratic right to vote.

I will continue to listen to our business owners to make sure that your needs are being met. I will do this in collaboration with my partners on the federal and provincial levels. I urge all of you to continue to remain strong and resilient. Together we will conquer the challenges brought forth by COVID-19. My staff and I continue to work tirelessly to support you. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 416-392-1371 or email me at Councillor_Pasternak@toronto.ca.

Sincerely,

James Pasternak