Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : February 2021 Edition

james-pasternak

Building Back Better with DUKE Heights

February 04, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hoping everyone is safe. Like everyone else, I am hopeful that we can put the worst of the Pandemic behind us soon and Build Back Better and work on economic recovery. We thank the DUKE Heights BIA for its vital leadership. We have enjoyed our partnership with DUKE Heights. Government cannot do it alone and we rely on our Business Improvement Areas to increase employment, productivity, economic prosperity, and build stronger communities.

As many know, the land use designation for the Downsview lands has been under appeal for several years. Our office has been hard at work listening to the needs and aspirations of the community. On the community development side, we are fighting for a community centre and more parkland. On the business front, we are vigorously supporting a balanced approach which ensures any future land use by protecting and growing businesses, and allowing responsible residential development.

Our office continues to work with DUKE Heights, the Wilson Village BIA and the business community to encourage shopping and procuring local from the pandemic’s effect on the economy. In order to expedite this process, we are happy to announce ShopYorkCentre.ca, a one stop shop for everyone to discover the amazing businesses that reside here in York Centre! Here you can find information from great restaurants to retail businesses, and much more. We are confident that our website will support the amazing business owners of York Centre. Please feel free to send us links and content to promote your business.

The City of Toronto is also committed to relaunching and cutting the red tape to help the food and hospitality industry. Just last week the Executive Committee authorized, Transportation Services, to establish a program to allow for the review, approval and installation of sidewalk cafés, curb lane/parklet cafés or public parklets without applicants having to comply with certain requirements. These improvements include: a new expedited registration process; developing comprehensive and safe traffic management plans; allowing owners to build decks and platforms where applicable; and ensuring accessible furniture for public parklet areas. The return of the CafeTO program can be expected in May.

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 Councillor_Pasternak@Toronto.ca

Sincerely,

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

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : January 2021 Edition

anthony-perruzza

January 07, 2021

Dear Resident,

COVID-19 infection rates are on the rise more than ever before. We need to try our best to prevent exposure to stay healthy. We should only be socializing with those we live with and making essential supply trips when needed. We may be in this situation for the long haul, but we will get through this challenging period together.

I worked with the Board of Health to ensure that we continue to have more COVID-19 pop-up testing opportunities throughout Humber River-Black Creek. Please visit my website www.anthonyperruzza.com for updates. These clinics need to be readily available to support individuals and families in our area.

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/.


Community Safety Town Hall Update:

Last month MPP Tom Rakocevic and I co-hosted a Community Safety Town Hall. Many thanks to all of those who shared with us, including Mayor Tory, neighbourhood leaders, and panelists. We have taken your feedback and questions and look forward to keeping the conversation going. Community safety and neighbourhood renewal are closely linked, and we need to continue to work together to move towards a better future. If you missed the Town Hall, please reach out to my office at (416) 338-5335 or email councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca to provide your comments. We will follow up with you on future events related to this important subject.


Holiday Snapshot:


The holidays looked different this past season, but it gave me great joy to be able to work with Kitchen24 to help assemble and deliver over a thousand meals to those in need within Humber River-Black Creek. Thank you, Steve, for the opportunity to give back and make the season brighter. Happy New Year!


Winter Weather Reminder:

For updates about the City of Toronto’s services during the winter, please visit www.toronto.ca. If you have any concerns or need access to resources, please contact 311 Toronto or my office for follow up. We are here to help you.

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 : January 2021 Edition

james-pasternak

Building Back Better with Duke Heights

January 07, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

This past year ranks as one of our most difficult in recent memory. It has been difficult for businesses, for individuals, for families. The Duke Heights BIA continues to provide the vital leadership our local business community need. Government cannot do it alone and we rely on our Business Improvement Areas to increase employment, productivity, and economic prosperity. With that said, I am optimistic 2021 will be a strong year for our economic recovery.

james-pasternak
James Pasternak at City Hall Office Desk

Our office continues to support the local economy and advocate for the BIA. At the last North York Community Council I moved a motion to expedite the report on the Duke Height BIA By-Law Harmonization proposal. Resolving the conflict resulting from two overlapping zoning by-laws will help promote growth for the BIA. In addition, we are excited about the Chesswood Drive rehabilitation project. This capital project will bring a much needed investment to the transit network on Chesswood Drive. Beginning in the summer of 2021, this project will bring widened sidewalks; a safer transit flow and public realm improvements; raised cycle tracks; and truck appropriate traffic lanes.

At our City Council meeting in December, I moved a motion for staff to work on an improved safe trucking strategy for the movement of tanker trucks in and out of the fuel depot just east of Keele and Finch. And we continue to advance public art projects at both the Finch West and Wilson subway, the expanding of the Bell Box Mural Program and art projects in partnership with DUKE Heights.

I also want to thank the front line workers at the North York Harvest Food Bank. Our office was happy to work with Dymon Storage and deliver personal protection equipment to the food bank so North York Harvest staff can safely help those in need.

Moving forward into 2021, we must all work together to support the business community. Our office continues its “buy local” campaign and I will continue to support investments for city infrastructure and support development applications that bring about more affordable housing and preserving employment lands. 2021 will be a great year for our local community.

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 Councillor_Pasternak@Toronto.ca.

Wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and New Year.

Sincerely,

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

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

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Sincerely,

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

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

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

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : August 2020 Edition

anthony-perruzza

August 05, 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.

Please remember that masks are mandatory while riding the TTC and when visiting any indoor public space. We must take these rules seriously to prioritize our health and flatten the curve for the long haul.

The northwest corner of Toronto has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. I will continue to work with MPP Tom Rakocevic and the Board of Health to make sure that our community gets the resources needed for a successful transition into Stage 3. This leads me to highlighting the pop-up COVID-19 testing unit that operated out of Christian Centre Church for a few days last month. I advocated for mobile testing to come to our area. My office will share more updates about that service as they become available. Please check my website for further details.

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.

#DriveInTO 

Downsview Park will be a local option for #DriveInTO events this month. It’ll be fun for families to be able to drive up and view entertainment while staying safe in their own vehicles. For more details on scheduled programming, please visit the City’s website: www.toronto.ca/driveinto.

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