Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : November 2021

anthony-perruzza

November 09, 2021

Dear Resident,

Let’s work together to keep our area clean. With the fall weather upon us, here are some reminders and tips from the City’s Solid Waste Department:

  • Garbage, recycling and yard waste are collected on Wednesdays, alternating between weeks.
  • The City picks up yard waste every other week on garbage collection days from mid-March to mid-December and Christmas trees in January. You can also take yard waste to one of the City’s Drop-Off Depots year-round. The collected yard waste is turned into compost, which is offered to the public for free at Community Environment Days, which I host every year. The City’s yard waste program diverts approximately 90,000 tonnes of yard waste from landfills each year. Learn more at toronto.ca/yardwaste
  • You can make old new again. Find out where to donate and buy used clothing, textiles, housewares, furniture, and more. Donate and learn different ways to reduce waste at toronto.ca/reuseit
  • More than 50% of food waste generated in Toronto households is avoidable. Reducing your food waste at home can help you save money and the environment. Learn more ways to reduce food waste at toronto.ca/foodwaste
  • To dispose of larger items, or if you have other questions please call 311 Toronto, download the TOwaste app on your smartphone or visit toronto.ca/waste-wizard
  • If you have inquiries about local developments, community projects or need access to other City-related information, please contact me at 416-338-5335 or councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca. Visit the City of Toronto’s website to confirm the most up-to-date instructions related to COVID-19 protocol and booking reservations at www.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 www.anthonyperruzza.com

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek


Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : October 2021

anthony-perruzza

October 12, 2021

Dear Resident,

All Toronto Public Library branches offer the public an opportunity to access and print their vaccination records free of charge. There are also various ways of storing your information on your smartphone for safe, secure and convenient retrieval by downloading the Ministry of Health receipts online. If you have any questions, you can visit Public Health Ontario at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/proof-covid-19-vaccination or call 1-833-943-3900 for additional support.

Fall recreational programming at the City of Toronto begins October 16, and more holiday-themed choices start in December. Weekly group classes and workshops are available for all ages, including arts, fitness and wellness, general interest, skating, sports, swimming, and virtual options. Please check online for current availability at https://.efun.toronto.ca/TorontoFun or call registration directly at 416-396-7378.

Public health measures such as screening, contract tracing, masking, physical distancing, and capacity restrictions continue. Visit the City of Toronto’s website to confirm the most up-to-date instructions related to COVID-19 protocol and booking reservations at https://www.toronto.ca/

If you have questions about local developments, projects or need access to other City updates, please contact me at 416-338-5335 or councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca.

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 29, 2020. Please confirm which ID you need to bring with you to your appointment.

If you have questions about local developments, community projects or need access to other City-related information, please contact me at 416-338-5335 or 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 : September 2021

james-pasternak

September 14, 2021

Dear friends,

It’s September and that means going “Back to School” for students across the country. Not only is this year’s back to school significant to students and parents, but it is also an important time for businesses in our city as well.

Offices are beginning to open up, more restaurants and shops are expanding services and hours of operations, and our economy is beginning to work its way back to pre-pandemic levels.

Our office has been focused on ensuring students are supported in restarting their schooling this year, given the many challenges they face. That is why we were excited to host our latest “Back to School” event at Downsview Park this past week, where we provided free ice cream, backpacks for students, and a vaccination opportunity for anyone who wanted it.

It was incredibly successful, attracting over 700 people throughout the day!
We were lucky to partner with Duke Heights BIA in giving away 300 backpacks with stationaries to deserving students starting the school year. Lastly, our vaccine clinic, hosted by Humber River Hospital, vaccinated over 70 students and their family members in advance of the school year.

We look forward to continuing our work with the Duke Heights BIA in supporting local businesses and the community in the months and years to come, as we continue our recovery.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office with any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon,

Councillor James Pasternak
Ward 6 –Downsview – York Centre

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : September 2021

anthony-perruzza

September 14, 2021

Dear Resident,

Many families were looking forward to the new school year, but many are uneasy given the ongoing circumstances facing the pandemic. The plans announced by the Ministry of Education will continue to develop, and I will continue to share updates with you. As the Poverty Reduction Advocate for the City of Toronto and as a parent, I listen and advocate for better health and safety standards. Our schools need to be able to hire more custodians, nurses, teachers, and other staff to support our children and each other through this process.

This month, you can continue to access community centres for heat relief and drop-in sports. Visit the City of Toronto’s website to confirm the most up-to-date instructions related to COVID-19 protocol and book reservations for City programming. https://www.toronto.ca/

Remember to stay safe and continue to follow all public health guidelines. Please get both vaccines; there are pop-up clinics available in our community to serve you.

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 29, 2020. Please confirm which ID you need to bring with you to your appointment.

If you have questions about local developments, community projects or need access to other City-related information, please contact me at 416-338-5335 or 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 7 : July 2021

anthony-perruzza

August 01, 2021

Dear Resident,

With Stage 3 upon us, we have the ability to gather indoors in certain settings, eat inside restaurants, and visit gyms with the appropriate measures in place. Public attractions like the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum are open for families this summer. Personal care services that require removing a face covering are permitted with specific instructions to protect employees and patrons.

The City of Toronto has reopened recreational facilities for self-directed programs and services with attendance caps. Activities like indoor fitness, walking tracks, and weight rooms are available.

Residents can also access community centres for heat relief and washroom use. Lane and leisure swimming and drop-in sports options have also launched. The City has a list of public pools open to help everyone stay cool. Visit the City of Toronto’s website to confirm the most up-to-date instructions related to COVID-19 protocol and book reservations for City programming. https://www.toronto.ca/

Remember to stay safe and continue to follow all public health guidelines. Please get your first and second vaccine as soon as possible; there are pop-up clinics available in our community to serve you.

If you have questions about local developments, projects or need access to other City updates, please get in touch with me at 416-338-5335 or councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca.

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:
    Shoppers Drug Mart (Jane Finch Mall) 
    Shoppers Drug Mart (Finchdale Plaza)
    IDA (Yorkgate Mall)
    Jane and Sheppard Pharmacies
    Jane and Wilson Pharmacies 
  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 the daily supply.

How can I get a translation?

My office offers translations in Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Punjabi, Hindi, Tamil and Arabic. If you have questions about language options, call my office, and we will figure out the best way to get you a translation.

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : August 2021

james-pasternak

August 01, 2021

Dear friends, neighbours, and business owners,

In recent months, we have been clear in our message that we would like to stimulate our economy and support local businesses, small or large, in their efforts to safely reopen.

The City of Toronto is undergoing a Municipal Comprehensive Review to ensure its Official Plan conforms to the Province’s Growth Plan. This process should include extensive consultation with the public, but more importantly with the affected businesses. We are concerned about a lack of consultation on the ongoing zoning conformity for Official Plan Employment Areas throughout the City of Toronto. Our office has expressed its complete support to the Duke Heights BIA in addressing any issues the businesses of the BIA might have.

During the pandemic, the importance of the Health Services sector to our country became very clear. That’s why we are extremely proud of our most recent success in City Council. During the July Council meeting, we secured a major win for the Champagne Centre supporting their work in providing health care to our community members.

On that note, we would like to extend our thanks to the Champagne Centre, along with our other health partners – North York General Hospital and Humber River Hospital – for supporting the vaccination efforts in Downsview – York Centre.

We look forward to seeing all of you in person soon as we get ready for Back To School and the reopening of the city!

As always, please feel free to reach out with any issues that our office could support you with at Councillor_Pasternak@Toronto.ca or at (416) 392 1371.

All the best,

Councillor James Pasternak
Ward 6 – York Centre

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/

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