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Ward 7 City Councillor’s Corner: July 2020

July 01, 2020

Dear Resident,

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. Applications will be available this month.

COVID-19 has created an unprecedented situation for us all. Even as Toronto joins the next phase of reopening with other regions in Ontario, we must continue to listen to all government recommendations. While the Province has expanded social circles from 5 to 10 people, we need to be cautious and practice social distancing with those outside of our circle. Please wear masks and remember that they are mandatory while riding the TTC. We must take these new rules seriously to prioritize our health and safety and flatten the curve for the long haul.

Cool off and stay safe this summer at Toronto’s beaches, outdoor pools, and splash pads

Toronto beaches will remain open this summer. Lifeguards are on duty at six of Toronto’s beaches and will supervise swim areas from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

  • Bluffer’s Park Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Cherry/Clarke Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Kew-Balmy Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Marie Curtis Park East Beach
  • Sunnyside Beach
  • Woodbine Beach (Blue Flag)

Almost all of Toronto’s 140 splash pad locations and 56 outdoor swimming pools are now open. Pools will stay open until the Labour Day weekend, and splash pads will close on September 13.

To allow for physical distancing, the capacity at outdoor pools will remain reduced to 25 per cent. Leisure swims will be prioritized throughout the day to ensure that as many swimmers as possible have the opportunity to cool off. Swimmers will be limited to 45-minute sessions to allow for cleaning. Full details are available at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/swimming-splash-pads/.

Moving forward with the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild

The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR) is seeking input to produce a report on the City’s recovery and rebuild strategy that will go to City Council in September. This process must include engagement with vulnerable communities and community groups to prioritize the needs of neighbourhoods hit hardest by the pandemic. COVID-19 is impacting Black, Indigenous, and other vulnerable communities disproportionately.

Social Planning Toronto is coordinating with residents from equity-seeking groups, led by local leaders and community-based agencies. For more information on the resident engagement process, please visit  https://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/torr_consultsCommunity-based agencies are welcome to provide input into the TORR process by Friday, July 24, 2020, by completing the survey online. https://bit.ly/2Bsbl8c

Input from stakeholders will be summarized and posted to www.toronto.ca/open. For any questions about the agency engagement process, please contact neighbourhoods@toronto.ca.

We can provide further information and referrals for the following topics:

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit Extension (CERB)
  • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
  • Solid Waste, including garbage, recycling, compost and Drop-off Depots
  • Property Tax or Utility Billing Concerns
  • Old Age Security (OAS) & Guaranteed Income Supplement Updates (GIS)
  • Access to childcare, food supports, mental health services & other City of Toronto programs.
  • The Province’s Reopening of the Economy, in stages. Learn more about the current phase.
  • ActiveTO – Street closures for pedestrians.
  • CafeTO – Patio permissions for restaurants.
  • SwimTO – City-run water amenities and services, including beaches.
  • BikeTO – Bike Share news and more cycling lanes.
  • Park Amenities, What’s available?
  • Farmer’s Markets, Where can I go?

In addition, much of this information is posted on my website: www.anthonyperruzza.com

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 7 : June Edition

anthony-perruzza

June 05, 2020

The pandemic has impacted us all. Even as time goes by, we must continue to listen to the recommendations of all levels of government and prioritize our health and safety. Social distancing and patience, along with focusing on self-care, are all important priorities right now.

The socioeconomic determinants of COVID-19 need to be better understood. There is an obvious link between income inequality and the rates of infection in Toronto neighbourhoods. We need to examine this and take preventive action to protect our most vulnerable.

At City Council last week I passed an amendment to an item that called for City Council to establish a process by which the public is consulted through the City of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Office, the Anti-Black Racism Office, the Indigenous Affairs Office, and all other bodies that provide input concerning the problems faced by marginalized people during COVID-19. We must collect data to help shape and guide the strategies that tackle systemic issues, including anti-black racism. Let us strive to make the changes for the future we want to leave for the next generation, so that they can be free of intolerance, prejudice and racism.

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. My staff will continue to provide support, even as the situation changes.

We can provide more information and referrals for the following topics:

– Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
– Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWB) – Canada Child Benefit Increase (CCB)
Property Tax or Utility Billing Concerns – Solid Waste, including Drop-off Depots
– COVID-19 Emergency Benefit for OW & ODSP Recipients – Old Age Security (OAS) & Guaranteed Income Supplement Updates (GIS)
– Access to food services, mental health services & other City of Toronto services. – The Province’s Reopening of the Economy, in stages.

In addition, much of this information is posted on my website: www.anthonyperruzza.com.

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.

June is Italian Heritage Month & Senior’s Month – Here’s How to Get Help for Seniors:

  • Toronto Senior’s Helpline: 416-217-2077 or 1-844-946-1700

o   Lumacare also provides programing and services to seniors in need, for more information you can reach them at: 416-398-5511

  • Dial #211 Ontario for an extensive list of social services in Ontario.

Other Assistance:

If you know anyone in need of delivery assistance for groceries or other essential supplies, the Good Neighbour Project is also able to assist. They help seniors, those with disabilities, those in isolation and more. Please call: 647-873-2230 or email: info@goodneighbourproject.com for more details.

New Constituency Office Update:

My Constituency Office is now located at 2350 Finch Avenue West, Unit C. I look forward to seeing you there once we are able to meet in person again. I know that we will get through this together.

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6: Road to Recovery: How the Municipal Government is working with local businesses

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June 05, 2020

Our recovery team at City Hall has made it clear: we must do everything we can to help businesses re-open and recover from the Coronavirus and the subsequent lock down. We must all work together to build consumer and business confidence and make sure that shoppers feel that it is safe to go to places of commerce and retail to buy the products and services they need.

At the same time, our office is working on a transition plan so we can operate out of City Hall and our new community office (the latter being at Keele and Wilson). We miss the in person meetings and events that have made York Centre a liveable, healthy and successful part of Toronto.

We continue to work on a wide range of projects to support the DUKE Heights BIA. These include expanding public art, securing green space and parkland and supporting the reconstruction of reconnecting of sidewalks in the area. On the technical side, we continue to work on the by-law harmonization requests and the BIA boundary modification.

We understand that at the end of the day, Torontonians don’t want bigger government, or smaller government but rather better government. And our city must rise to the occasion.

We continue to security municipal investments that are designed to help the DUKE Heights BIA. We have secured Toronto’s first inner suburban bike share route, which will run from Bathurst Street to Keele Street along the Finch Avenue hydro cycling corridor and eventually to the York University Campus and to the Downsview Lands. Also, after years of responding to requests for traffic calming and micro mobility, our office has finally secured pilot bike lanes on Wilmington Avenue and Faywood Avenue. This cycling infrastructure will connect with the Finch Avenue Hydro trail in the north and the Wilson subway Station in the south. No vehicle lanes will be closed.

In addition to our subway expansion these micro mobility investments, along with the installation of new sidewalks, give the employees and owners of businesses in DUKE Heights alternative options that keeps people active and allows for social distancing.

We understand that at the end of the day, Torontonians don’t want bigger government, or smaller government but rather better government. And our city will rise to the occasion and give businesses the tools they need to succeed.

Toronto’s helping hand to businesses include ShopHere, which brings together over 500 volunteer web developers, to help businesses and artists build and promote their own Shopify online store at no cost. The BusinessTO Support Centre is available to help businesses apply for various levels of government assistance. The city has created a plan for businesses to re-open with curb side pick up which includes temporary parking pick up zones and curb lane pedestrian zones. Our Digital Main Street is supporting Toronto businesses with resources, connections to digital vendors, online learning and virtual assistance is available to businesses at no cost.

This has been a very difficult time for the business sector, individuals and the health care system. But Toronto is a very resilient city that has weathered various recessions and world economic shocks. It’s residents come from all over the world and bring with them the talent and tenacity to build and re-build. My office along with my local federal and provincial counterparts will be there to answer any questions, advocate for less red tape and make sure our BIA members have the tools and policy they need to recover and prosper. Please give us a call at 416-392-1371 if you have any questions or think we can help. Be safe.

For those who missed our recent York Centre Town Hall with Mayor John Tory, the video can be found here. https://www.facebook.com/PasternakTO/live

Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/PasternakTO/videos/vb.179446022145895/1130528890638145/?type=2&theater

 

A Message from Michael Levitt, MP – York Centre

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June 05, 2020

Our small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our economy, but the crisis caused by COVID-19 is devastating.

There are many great businesses in York Centre that have innovated and adapted to help address this crisis, but for a each of those businesses there are many more who are unable to operate and need our support.

To ensure that businesses are able to see this crisis through and bounce back, the federal government has a number of support programs, including wage subsidies, interest-free loans, and tax deferrals.

Please, if you haven’t done so already, visit the federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan website for information about supporting your employees and business. It’s constantly updated as the situation evolves, at www.canada.ca/coronavirus. You can also find supports tailored to you at www.innovation.gc.ca.

Lastly, the Business Resilience Service hotline launched last week to help small businesses facing unprecedented challenges during COVID-19. It provides business and non-profit owners with customized financial guidance from qualified professionals—from navigating tax regulations and government supports, to planning a path to recovery—and will be offered for four weeks. You can call 1-866-989-1080, seven days a week for expert advice tailored to your business needs. More information can be found at www.canadianbusinessresiliencenetwork.ca/brs.

As an entrepreneur myself, I know times are beyond tough for many businesses, but we’ll get through this together. If you have any questions about federal programs, please get in touch and I’ll be happy to get you the information you need: michael.levitt@parl.gc.ca or 416-638-3700.

Complimentary Workplace Health and Safety Advisory Services for Small Business

Are you a small business owner looking to implement additional safety measures for your employees in your workplace when you reopen?

Duke Heights BIA with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) is offering Free Small Business Advisory Services that matches small businesses (with less than 20 employees) with a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® to help you as an employer improve health and safety in your business using simple, easy to implement solutions.

WSPS is a not-for-profit organization and a proud partner of Ontario’s occupational health and safety system having a rich history of making Ontario workplaces safer by helping businesses understand their risks and legal obligations to stay in compliance and build safer workplaces.

Benefits of the Program

  • Cost: The program is FREE for all the eligible businesses!
  • Support: An expert health and safety advisor will help and guide the employer through the short program
  • On-Site Advice: On-site professional assistance from advisors will be provided at times that work for you. (Due to current social distancing guidelines, a video/virtual meeting is preferred for the first initial meeting with your assigned advisor)

What’s Involved?

  • Time: Over a series of communications, you will spend approximately 10 hours working with your advisor at times convenient for you.
  • Review: The advisor will work with you to review the current status of health and safety in your business, including a workplace walk-through to prevent potential accidents.
  • Implementation: Listen to suggestions and new ideas from the advisor and implement changes that you feel are needed to improve your business.
  • Follow-up: Keep the momentum going by sharing learnings with workers and continue to improve the health and safety of your business.

If you are a local business in the BIA with less than 20 employees and want to take advantage of this service, please send your query or submit your filled application to business@dukeheights.ca.

 

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Findings

DUKE Heights BIA issued a COVID-19 Business Impact Survey on April 8, 2020 to assess the impact of Covid-19 on our BIA members as well as their current needs, so we can cater suitable support measures during and after the pandemic. The survey was closed on May 7, 2020.
Thanks to all the BIA members who responded. The BIA team will get back to the respondents on their individual queries.

Here is a snapshot of our findings.

  • 90% of the respondents to the survey said COVID-19 had a significant negative impact on their businesses.
  • At the time of the survey 48% had to remain closed due to the pandemic.
  • 56% are either interested or have already made alternative arrangements through e-commerce and online sales.
  • 83% of the respondents are curious about financial assistance.

Interested to find out more? Please click on the link below to download the complete survey results.

Download the Survey Results in PDF

Apply today for the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) Complimentary Small Business Advisory Service

As employers start to plan for the re-opening of their physical workplaces, and as we move toward a “new normal”, the primary focus of the re-opening process must be grounded in health and safety considerations to protect the workplace from the spread of COVID-19 now and in the future, recognizing the risk of a possible second wave. Employers have a duty under Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) legislation to protect the health and safety of their workers. To meet their obligations and provide a safe workplace, employers need to update and implement new health and safety policies and practices in their workplaces to address the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Duke Heights BIA with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) is offering Free Small Business Advisory Services that matches small businesses (with less than 20 employees) with a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) ®. This advisor will help you as an employer improve health and safety in your business using simple, easy to implement solutions.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) is a not-for-profit organization and a proud partner of Ontario’s occupational health and safety system, a trusted safety advisor since 1917 committed to protecting Ontario workers and businesses., WSPS has a rich history of making Ontario workplaces safer by helping businesses understand their risks and legal obligations to stay in compliance and build safer workplaces.

Benefits of the Program:

  • Cost: The program is FREE for all the businesses that are selected!
  • Support: An expert health and safety advisor will help and guide the employer through the short program
  • On-Site Advice: On-site professional assistance from advisors will be provided at times that work for you. (Due to current social distancing guidelines, a video/virtual meeting is preferred for the first initial meeting with your assigned advisor)

What’s Involved?

  • Time: Over a series of communications, you will spend approximately 10 hours working with your advisor at times convenient for you.
  • Review: The advisor will work with you to review the current status of health and safety in your business, including a workplace walk-through to prevent potential accidents.
  • Implementation: Listen to suggestions and new ideas from the advisor and implement changes that you feel are needed to improve your business.
  • Follow-up: Keep the momentum going by sharing learnings with workers and continue to improve the health and safety of your business.

If you are a local business in the BIA with less than 20 employees and want to take advantage of this service, please submit your filled application to business@dukeheights.ca.

Small Business Advisory Service Enrolment Form

Webinar: COVID-19 – The Need for Local Businesses to Up Their Technology Game – Now More Than Ever

Learn how local businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals can use technology to adapt their businesses during the ongoing turmoil.

Date and Time: Thursday, June 4, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

This webinar will outline:

  • How today’s consumer is using technology and the importance of mobile
  • How small and medium businesses are adapting to technology
  • The pressure COVID has had on the need for businesses to adapt to digital technology quickly
  • Examples of how various Canadian businesses are pivoting and adapting
  • Some free tools available to help with ecommerce, promotions & offers, social media

The session will start with a live presentation on the topic followed by Q&A at the end.

Guest Speaker:
Chris Pinkerton, President at GetintheLoop

Host:
Jason Mann, CMO at GetintheLoop

Register on Eventbrite:

https://dhbia-webinar-june-4-2020.eventbrite.ca

You may also directly join the WebEx meeting by clicking on the link below on June 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM.

WebEx meeting link:

https://meetingsamer9.webex.com/meetingsamer9/j.php?MTID=ma44f2a7345411fc1ffe9db1d325a64fc


About Chris Pinkerton

For the past decade, Chris has worked with teams of marketing, branding and technology professionals to develop and improve a company’s digital marketing, online sales, and clicks to bricks strategies. He’s worked with the digital teams at companies including Google US & UK, 3M, ADT, Zurich Financial, Avis Budget Group, Zipcar, The New York Times and The American Red Cross. Prior to GetintheLoop, Chris was Vice President at Mediative and Head of the Mediative Consulting Group; an award-winning digital media and research company, which was acquired by YP in 2010. At GetintheLoop, Chris is responsible for developing and supporting the company’s growth strategy across all divisions.


About Jason Mann

For the past decade, Chris has worked with teams of marketing, branding and technology professionals to develop and improve a company’s digital marketing, online sales, and clicks to bricks strategies. He’s worked with the digital teams at companies including Google US & UK, 3M, ADT, Zurich Financial, Avis Budget Group, Zipcar, The New York Times and The American Red Cross. Prior to GetintheLoop, Chris was Vice President at Mediative and Head of the Mediative Consulting Group; an award-winning digital media and research company, which was acquired by YP in 2010. At GetintheLoop, Chris is responsible for developing and supporting the company’s growth strategy across all divisions.