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DUKE Promos August 2021

DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA) is home to 2500 businesses, located between Keele and Dufferin Street and Sheppard and Steeles Avenue. Our BIA businesses offer a wide range of products and services at competitive prices. Explore DUKE Heights BIA businesses and help support local businesses by taking advantage of these special discounts and savings being offered to you until August 31, 2021.

All offers are valid until August 31, 2021. The Promo Codes can be shared and redeemed by more than one person and more than once subject to availability. However, checking with the vendor for any restrictions is advisable.

DUKE PROMOS AUGUST 2021


Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : July 2021

james-pasternak

July 01, 2021

Dear neighbours,

I would like to begin by wishing you a happy and safe Canada Day!

With the province moving into Stage 2 of the reopening plan, we are happy to see more businesses being able to open their doors to customers, and we look forward to a day where all of our businesses are operating at full capacity.

We are lucky to have the Duke Heights BIA support the vaccination initiative through the clinics at the Champagne Centre, where many members of the community, including our office were able to get their vaccines. Thanks to such initiatives, we have fully vaccinated 45 percent of adults and are able to move forward in the reopening of the city and moving our economy into full gear.

As the summer season progresses, we look forward to hosting outdoor events, and coming together with community members and businesses in the neighbourhood.

We will continue to promote our Small and Medium sized businesses through various channels, to encourage the community to shop locally and to support our local economy!

As always, if you have any municipal related matters that we can assist with, please reach out to our office at Councillor_Pasternak@Toronto.ca or at (416) 392 1371.

All the best,

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

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : July 2021

anthony-perruzza

July 01, 2021

Dear Resident,

Many of you have received your first dose, with second doses scheduled or on the way. Various pop-up clinics are operating without an appointment required, and you can also call to move up your current appointments as new options become available.

We are working towards a future where it will be safe to meet in person again. That time is coming, and I look forward to seeing and speaking with you soon.

Now that it’s summer, please remember to continue following public health guidelines and wear a mask, even when partially or fully vaccinated. It’s essential to spend time outdoors but do so safely. The Province is continuing to update our City on the phases and step-by-step stages of reopening.

The City has announced that a list of public pools are officially open to help everyone cool off. You must register for a 45-minute session in advance of your visit. Please visit the City of Toronto’s website to book.

Many thanks to those who attended the Four Winds Community Consultation Meeting. Residents, your comments will make an impact collectively, and it is crucial that City Planning continue to hear from you. If you have comments or questions about local developments and projects, please contact me at 416-338-5335 or councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca. I will have more news to share with you shortly.

Sincerely,

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


Where can I get vaccinated?

Please check online or call my office for the current requirements.

  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 https://vaccineto.ca/landing or call 1-888-999-6488.
  2. Humber River Regional Hospital, main clinic located at Downsview Arena, 1633 Wilson Ave. Operates 7 days per week from 10 AM to 6 PM. Visit https://www.hrh.ca/covax-clinic-booking or call 1-888-999-6488.
  3. Select pharmacies including:
  1. Please visit my website and social media pages for details about mobile pop-up clinics. There are different locations throughout Humber River-Black Creek offering vaccines without appointments depending on the daily supply.

 

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, https://www.torontoride.ca/ or call 416-481-5250
  2. iRide, https://www.circleofcare.com/vaccinerides/ or call 1-844-474-3301

 

How can I get a translation?

My office offers translations in Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Punjabi, Hindi, Tamil and Arabic. The City’s website can also be translated via Google translate; just click on the white button available on each page. If you have questions about language options, call my office, and we will figure out the best way to get you a translation.

 

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 https://torontoseniorshelpline.ca/web-chat/

Applications for 2021 Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards are now open!

Small business owners and operators work hard to keep their employees healthy and safe – we understand that, and that’s why WSIB gives out the annual Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards.

Each year WSIB recognizes the health and safety achievements of independently owned and operated businesses with fewer than 50 employees. This year they invite you or any of your contact who owns a small business to apply for this award.

We know it’s been an incredibly difficult year that’s affected small businesses in countless ways, and this award is to recognize all of the efforts made – whether they’re big enhancements or small changes – to improve workplace safety and help your employees and customers feel confident and safe.

The top three businesses will receive a monetary prize and winners will be recognized at a WSIB awards ceremony in November. The gold winner will also be featured in a promotional video featured on the WSIB website.

  1. $5,000 (gold)
  2. $3,000 (silver)
  3. $2,000 (bronze)

Applications are due by July 9, 2021.

To learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply, click on this WSIB link Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards | WSIB

How to apply:

Use this application to tell your unique health and safety success story from 2020.

  1. Download and save the application form  on your computer or device, and enter your responses right in the text fields.
  2. Once you’ve filled out your entry form, gathered your supporting files and created your zip file, visit wsib.ca/en/small-business-health-and-safety-leadership-awards to fill out the short form on the page, and then click the “upload file” link and follow the prompts to send us your file.

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : June 2021

anthony-perruzza

June 01, 2021

Dear Resident,

Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep everyone safe. Many of you have received your first dose, with second doses scheduled or on the way. We must continue to work together towards a future where it’ll be safe to meet in person again. That time is coming, and I look forward to seeing you.
Now that it’s warmer outside and summer is upon us, please remember to continue following public health guidelines. It’s essential to spend time outdoors but to do so safely with members of your own home.

You’ve received my Spring Newsletter and other flyers in your mailbox. The City of Toronto received an application to build three new buildings (9, 11, and 32 storeys) for a total of 560 new residential units where a commercial plaza currently exists at 41-75 Four Winds Drive. The current application contradicts the Keele-Finch Secondary Plan (KFSP), which residents helped complete recently. Toronto needs housing, but bending to the whims of all developers will not ensure more affordability. We deserve better than this. I am opposed to this application and intend to fight it. You, too, have an opportunity to express your position on this application. Your participation in this process is meaningful and impacts the future of our community. Sign the petition to have your voice heard!

https://www.change.org/fight4fourwinds

If you have comments or questions about other local developments and projects, please contact me at 416-338-5335 or councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca. I will have more news to share with you shortly.

Sincerely,

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


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 https://vaccineto.ca/landing or call 1-888-999-6488.
  2. Humber River Regional Hospital’s clinic located at Downsview Arena, 1633 Wilson Ave. Visit https://www.hrh.ca/covax-clinic-booking 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 Finchdale Plaza. Visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ for more locations or call 1-888-385-1910. 
  4. Please visit my website and social media pages for details about mobile pop-up clinics. 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, https://www.torontoride.ca/ or call 416-481-5250
  2. iRide, https://www.circleofcare.com/vaccinerides/ or call 1-844-474-3301

How can I get a translation?

My office offers translations in Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Punjabi, Hindi, Tamil and Arabic. The City’s website can also be translated via Google translate; just click on the white button available on each page. If you have questions about language options, call my office, and we will figure out the best way to get you a translation.

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

https://torontoseniorshelpline.ca/web-chat/ 

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : June 2021

james-pasternak

June 01, 2021

Dear friends and neighbours,

We have great news! Toronto is the first local health region in Canada to administer more than two million vaccine doses! This latest milestone comes a day after the City confirmed that more than 65 per cent of eligible adults have received at least their first dose of vaccine.

We owe a great thanks to our health care partners such as North York General Hospital and Humber River Hospital, our pharmacies and pop-up locations such as the Champaign Centre, Earl Bales Park and Beth David Synagogue.

We are all excited about slowly getting back to a “normal.” We are also excited to be able to roll out the projects we’ve been working on over the past year! The most exciting of which is the improvements coming to Chesswood Drive in the heart of DUKE Heights!

Chesswood Drive is a key gateway into the DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area and it is important to provide a safe and direct access route for commuters, pedestrians, cyclists and delivery vehicles. Given that there was resurfacing planned for Chesswood drive in 2021, it proved to be a great opportunity for safety improvements including new or improved pedestrian crossings, new sidewalks, raised cycle tracks, streetscape improvements, and improved roadway widths for large vehicles. Thanks to Joe Pantalone and the DUKE Heights BIA team for pushing this project along.

In addition to improving accessibility to the BIA, we’ve been working hard to expand our ShopLocal initiative: ShopYorkCentre.ca and ShopDownsview.ca. We’re proud to say that we now have over 200 of our local businesses in the database and growing! If you haven’t already, please head over to our site and add your business to ensure our residents can shop locally and support our local economy!

We look forward to seeing you in person, very soon.

Sincerely,

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

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: info@dukeheights.ca

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: info@dukeheights.ca 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 ToGoToronto.com, 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 yorkcentrebellboxmurals@gmail.com

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : May 2021 Edition

anthony-perruzza

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 https://vaccineto.ca/landing or call 1-888-999-6488.
  2. Humber River Regional Hospital’s clinic located at Downsview Arena, 1633 Wilson Ave. Visit https://www.hrh.ca/covax-clinic-booking 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 https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/for 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 https://indigenousto.ca/covid-19-tkaronto-indigenous-vaccine-access/
  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, https://www.torontoride.ca/or call 416-481-5250
  2. iRide, https://www.circleofcare.com/vaccinerides/ 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 https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccine-resources/

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 https://torontoseniorshelpline.ca/web-chat/

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 councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca

Sincerely,

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