Sign on with DUKE Promos to Reach New Potential Customers

May 1, 2021

NEW: Introducing DUKE Promos, another FREE DUKE Heights BIA pilot initiative geared to support our valued BIA Business Members with their outreach and advertising needs.

WHAT: DUKE Heights is providing BIA Business Members with the opportunity to promote their daily, weekly and ongoing discount offers and specials on products and services.

HOW: DUKE Heights BIA will advertise your special discounts / offers to a widespread customer base in the North York and Greater Toronto Area, through a combination of digital media, emails and local networking.

WHEN: The DUKE Promos pilot campaign will advertise your business promotions and discounts beginning in May for a 1-month period.

COST: Free to all participating DUKE Heights BIA Business Members.

JOIN NOW: Click on the link below to fill out the Expression of Interest Form.

Expression of Interest Form

Or, e-mail us:

A staff member will get back to you shortly to discuss the next steps.

CaféTO Outdoor Dining Program

May 1, 2021

Despite uncertainty with the possible timing for the end to the ongoing province-wide shutdown, the City of Toronto has decided to move forward with the CaféTO outdoor dining program. The installation of curb-lane patios begins on May 8, 2021. The City is gearing up the program now to stay ahead in preparing grounds for the post-lockdown scenario when many restaurants, cafés and bars could use those extra outdoor seats sooner to start earning back revenue they lost during the pandemic.

To learn more about the CaféTO program, download the program guides.

CaféTO Guidebook 2021 CaféTO Private Patio Guide

Watch the webinar “Café TO & Outdoor Dining – Expanding Cafés and Patios in 2021” for a detailed walkthrough. – watch on YouTube

If you own or manage a restaurant, cafe or bar in DUKE Heights BIA, please reach out to our office via email: and we will be happy to connect you to the City’s CafeTO team.

Also don’t miss adding your restaurant to Destination Toronto’s, a free listing of more than 700 Toronto restaurants that are open for safe takeout, delivery and patios as public health restrictions allow.

Add Your Restaurant to ToGoToronto

Important Illustrations

Types of Cafés

Private Patio Guide

Determine the Width of the Pedestrian Clearway


Call for Submissions: York Centre Bell Box Murals










May 1, 2021

Artists are invited to submit an application to paint a mural on one of 23 Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in Ward 6, 13 in the Downsview neighbourhood and 10 in the Duke Heights BIA area of Toronto in July as part of the Bell Box Murals Project.

  • Artists will be chosen by a community jury and paid $750.
  • DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS – 5:00 pm Monday, May 24, 2021

For application details please email us at

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : May 2021 Edition


May 01, 2021

Dear Resident,

I have more updates about the vaccination rollout to share with you. Remember, getting vaccinated is the best way to keep everyone safe.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Please check online or call my office for the current age requirements applicable to each vaccination provider. The age groups expand depending on Provincial updates.

  1. City-Operated Immunization Clinics. The closest locations in our area are Carmine Stefano Community Centre, 3100 Weston Rd. and The Hangar, 74 Carl Hall Rd. (Downsview Park). Visit or call 1-888-999-6488.
  2. Humber River Regional Hospital’s clinic located at Downsview Arena, 1633 Wilson Ave. Visit or call 1-888-385-1910.
  3. You can also book appointments at select pharmacies with many new locations in our area, including the Shoppers Drug Mart at Jane Finch Mall. Visit more locations or call 1-888-385-1910.
  4. Indigenous Residents can access the TKARONTO website for culturally informed and timely resources about vaccines and Indigenous-led clinics. Visit
  5. Please visit my website and social media pages for details about mobile pop-up clinics for those aged 18+ in specific postal codes. There are different locations throughout Humber River-Black Creek offering vaccines without appointments depending on daily supply updates.

How can I get a ride to my appointment?

The City’s Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan helps Toronto seniors, those with disabilities, and immune-compromised adults get to and from vaccination appointments within Toronto.

To book a ride, contact:

  1. Toronto Ride, call 416-481-5250
  2. iRide, or call 1-844-474-3301 

How can I get a translation?

The City’s website can be translated via Google translate; just click on the white button available on each page. If you have questions about language options, you can also call my office, and we will figure out the best way to get you a translation. The City’s website also offers posters in many languages

What if I’m homebound?

If you are a homebound person receiving care through a Primary Care Provider, Family Health Team, Home Care or Community Support Service, please contact your provider to learn if they offer in-home vaccination. If your provider cannot provide at-home immunization, they will place your name on a list for at-home vaccination.

If you are a homebound person who does not have a Primary Care Provider, Family Health Team, Home Care, or Community Support Service, please contact the Toronto Seniors Helpline. This service supports homebound people who are aged 18-65, as well as seniors. Contact 416-217-2077 or utilize the web-chat feature at

What if I’m an educator or school staffer?

Educators and school staff working in hotspots are now able to book appointments by calling 1-833-943-3900. You need to call to confirm eligibility. You can call if you:

  1. Directly support students with special education needs in elementary/secondary schools anywhere in the province.
  2. Work in an elementary/secondary school in a designated hot spot in Toronto.

Call centre hours are 8 AM – 8 PM every day.

If you need assistance or clarification, you can always contact my office at 416-338-5335 or


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

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : May 2021 Edition


May 01, 2021

Dear Neighbour,

I hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well as we continue to work hard to put the pandemic behind us. With more residents getting vaccinated, I am pleased to share some of the good news going on in York Centre.

Since the opening of the mass vaccination facility at The Hangar at Downsview Park on April 5th, my staff have been working around the clock with community health partners to provide York Centre residents the information they need to get vaccinated. We have added Downsview Arena as a vaccination site, running continuously to serve the entire Downsview community, and the City’s new Sprint Strategy will provide a boost to the Humber River Hospital system’s ability to administer more vaccines to the hardest hit areas. Around York Centre, pop up sites have taken place at Earl Bales Park and the Antibes Community Centre, and we also have a wide network of pharmacies giving vaccines. For regular updates, please check our COVID-19 vaccine portal at:

Supporting small businesses and building on the recovery, I am pleased to announce, an initiative my office has launched to help local businesses. Additionally, the re-launch of CafeTO will help York Centre restaurants operate in a safe, outdoor, patio environment. This program allows for accelerated review, approval and installation of sidewalk cafés, curb lane/parklet cafés or public parklets.

With 2021 declared the Year of Public Art, we have been working with the Duke Heights BIA to roll out a series of 26 new Bell Box murals this year. These murals will support local artists, improve the streetscape of the area, transform the public realm, and create a positive business environment.

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


James Pasternak
Councillor, Ward 6
York Centre-Downsview

FREE Cleanup by your BIA!

We will pick it up and take care of it for you!

Do you have skids, dumping, recycling, electronic waste, propane gas tanks, garbage, wooden debris, tires, construction material or any other waste you’d like to dispose of? DUKE Heights BIA will be collecting and disposing of all commercial waste for the annual beautification clean-up.

What do the business owners and tenants need to do?
A BIA representative will reach out to you during the next couple of weeks with a clean-up form. Once you receive your form, check the boxes at the back of this flyer indicating which waste materials you’d like us to pick-up.

When will this occur?
The week of April 22nd (Earth Day week)

After completing the form, a DUKE Heights BIA staff member will contact you to confirm waste pick details including day and time.

This cleanup is solely for our BIA members.

Limited Free Marketing Spots Available on GetintheLoop. Sign up Now!

April 09, 2021

If your business is within the Duke Heights BIA, and offers existing products or services directly to consumers, you may still be eligible to apply for up to 6 months of FREE marketing and promotion.

Duke Heights BIA has partnered with mobile marketing company GetintheLoop again to offer 15 businesses the opportunity to reach thousands of new customers in a landmark pilot project aimed at boosting marketing, sales and awareness of some of the great businesses we have in the area.

We are extending the screening period for a limited time to allow all qualifying businesses to take advantage of this fantastic program. The categories that perform the best on the GetintheLoop platform are food + drink, things to do, shopping, salon + spa, etc.

GetintheLoop allows businesses to create and post their products or services on their fast-growing mobile marketing platform, which will automatically expose your business to over 10 000 active consumers in the region, and over 500 000 through partner networks. Watch this quick video to learn how the platform works:

Make your business stand out! If you are interested in taking advantage of this limited offer to boost your business, contact us at or complete the application form.

Applications will close as soon as the remaining slots are filled by qualifying businesses.

GetintheLoop Application Form - Submit Now

Discover DUKE Photo Exhibition – Winners Announced!

April 09, 2021

The first ever Discover DUKE photo exhibition has come to an end after eight weeks of rigorous contest among professional photographers and enthusiastic amateur snappers and one week of display on the DUKE Heights BIA Facebook event page. The event received tremendous response from more than a thousand viewers and fans on our official event page.

Thank you to all who made the first Discover DUKE photo exhibition a success! We look forward to welcoming everyone back soon in our area for more creative fun out in the sun.

Here are the top ten photographs selected by the followers on our official Facebook event page.

Call for Artists -Requests for Proposals (RFP)

RFP on Mural Public Art Project
Sheppard Avenue West at the CN – GO Train Overpass

DUKE Heights BIA is looking to initiate the second mural art project in the area, as part of a series of proposed and still to be developed enhancements to the right-of-way. These improvements are key to our strategy for revitalizing the area and creating long-term effects. The first mural was successfully commissioned and welcomed in our community in 2017 and is located at the CN Rail Line Underpass at Finch Ave. West.

Download the complete RFP document to learn about the scope of the work, proposal evaluation and selection process, and proposal submission requirements. The responses to the functional requirements should be submitted in the structure provided in this RFP.

Proposals must be submitted via email to Lia Martelluzzi, Executive Director at, and Laura Ispas, Office Manager at by Friday, April 30, 2021 at 4:00pm (local Toronto time).

Download RFP on Mural Public Art Project


Safety plans are now required for all businesses operating in Ontario

March 15, 2021

Written by: Denise Lam, CHRL, Account Manager – Small Business Ontario, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

The province is stepping up enforcement of COVID-19 requirements in Ontario’s workplaces with the training of 100 new occupational health and safety inspectors, says Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “will be in the field in the weeks ahead.”

McNaughton made this announcement on March 3, noting that over 11,800 workplace inspections have been conducted this year alone, with over 9,400 orders and 370 tickets issued. While the minister emphasizes that most workplaces are in compliance, some employers still lack the basics, such as compulsory safety plans and employee screening.

What you need to know:

Compliance failures often reflect a failure of the Internal Responsibility System, says Nicole. Under the IRS, everyone in the workplace has health and safety responsibilities.

For example, employer responsibilities include having a COVID-19 safety plan in place. The absence of a safety plan may indicate the employer needs to better understand and fulfil its pandemic-related health and safety obligations.

Upcoming inspections will continue to focus on retail stores, including big box stores, warehousing and distribution centres, and will also target restaurants, essential service sector establishments, and farming operations.

** Safety plans are now required for all businesses operating in Ontario. Develop a COVID-19 safety plan if you haven’t already done so. It’s now mandatory.

Follow this safety plan guide and template. WSPS has free samples of sector-specific safety plans to help you populate your plan.
Find sector-specific best practices and hazard controls for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in more than 100 COVID-19 health and safety guidance documents.

Explore WSPS’ COVID-19 Hub. It offers essential information and tools to help your workplace and employees thrive during the pandemic.
For small businesses, the province has launched an inspection/education campaign, which includes no cost access to a comprehensive suite of resources. . Check this News Release for the Small Business education campaign.

Penalties for non-compliance with COVID-19 requirements include:

  • $750 fine for not following the rules
  • $1,000 fine for preventing others (including employees or other workers) from following the rules
  • a maximum fine of up to $100,000 for individuals and $10 million for a corporation
  • prosecution or even a year in jail

6 tips to stay in compliance:

  • Develop a COVID-19 safety plan. Follow a safety plan guide and template developed by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. WSPS offers sample sector-specific safety plans to help you populate your plan.
  • Screen workers and visitors for illness. Implement a daily screening protocol for all incoming workers, contractors, suppliers, and other visitors. Encourage workers and visitors to self-screen before arriving at the workplace – COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Workers).
  • Assign an employee to serve as a pandemic advisor responsible for determining what’s required now, facilitating implementation, and tracking progress.
  • Communicate changes in legal requirements and workplace controls to employees, and reinforce everyone’s responsibilities under the IRS.
  • Follow the enforcement activities of provincial and local police, by-law officers and provincial inspectors. Enforcement results may indicate opportunities for improvement in your workplace.
  • If you receive an order from an inspector, post a copy in the workplace, give a copy to the joint health and safety committee or health and safety representative, and get to work on fixing the problem. “If you receive feedback from an inspection, cascade it down through the organization so everybody knows where the system is falling short, and from there work together on solutions,” says Nicole.

This information in this article is accurate as of its publication date 15-‎Mar-‎21, ‏‎2:11:52 PM.