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

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : May 2021 Edition

james-pasternak

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: https://jamespasternak.ca/COVID19/

Supporting small businesses and building on the recovery, I am pleased to announce https://shopyorkcentre.ca/, 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 Councillor_Pasternak@Toronto.ca

Sincerely,

James Pasternak
Councillor, Ward 6
York Centre-Downsview

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : April 2021 Edition

james-pasternak

Build Back Better with DUKE Heights

April 01, 2021

Dear Neighbour,

I hope everyone is safe, keeping well and not losing faith that we will soon put the worst of the pandemic behind us. Recently, our office hosted a Vaccine Town Hall with the doctors of North York General Hospital, who provided vital information on vaccines. Getting everyone vaccinated is imperative to defeating the virus. As of March 27th seniors aged 70 or older are eligible to register to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Eligible seniors can book appointments through toronto.ca/covid-19 or book by phone through the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).

Councillor_Ward_6_Vaccine_Town_Hall

As a reminder, the City has relaunching CafeTO, which cuts the red tape to help the restaurant industry operate in a safe, outdoor, patio environment. City Council authorized, Transportation Services, to restart a program to allow for accelerating the review, approval and installation of sidewalk cafés, curb lane/parklet cafés or public parklets.

Our office is excited about working with DUKE Heights to roll out more Bell Box murals. This public art program has transformed the public realm, supported local artists, and created a positive business environment. Art on utility boxes makes a big difference.

As we enter spring, 2021, we are excited to support and partner with DUKE Heights on enhancing the public realm at the northeast corner of Dufferin and Finch; organizing a Drive By Environment Day at the Dufferin Transfer Station and helping new businesses start up and grow in the DUKE Heights and surrounding catchment areas.

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
York Centre-Downsview

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : April 2021 Edition

anthony-perruzza

April 01, 2021

Dear Resident,

I want to wish those celebrating Easter a happy holiday! Please remember to celebrate significant dates with those you live with and connect with those outside your household by phone or online. Let’s continue to prioritize current health and safety measures so that we can get through this together.

Happy Spring – remember to take much-needed time outdoors by going for walks or bike rides for fresh air in your neighbourhood. Please maintain physical distancing and follow all public health measures. In honour of Earth Day on April 22, please visit https://earthday.ca/events/ or https://www.toronto.ca/ or virtual events and safe outdoor opportunities to connect with nature.

Vaccination Updates

For Provincially-Operated COVID-19 Immunization Clinics:

Humber River Hospital’s call centre for COVID-19 vaccination bookings is available. Please visit their website at https://www.hrh.ca/covax-clinic-booking/ to confirm if you are in the current high priority category and qualify to receive a vaccine. If you meet current requirements, you can schedule your appointment by calling their COVID-19 Call Centre at 1-888-385-1910. The Call Centre is open from 8 AM – 8 PM, seven days a week.

Please visit the Province’s COVID-19 website for other hospital details and pharmacy locations providing immunization clinics and various supports: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/index.html

 

For City-Operated COVID-19 Immunization Clinics:

Toronto Public Health has launched more City-operated clinics to serve priority populations. This information is being updated consistently. Please visit the City’s website to confirm the current locations nearest you: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/

The City of Toronto will continue to circulate details about the evolving provincial guidelines specific to our region and vaccination updates specific to our city.

For regular updates, please follow me on Facebook @AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTOInstagram @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 : March 2021 Edition

anthony-perruzza

March 03, 2021

Dear Resident,

With the current stay-at-home order in place, we need to try our best to prevent exposure by staying in as much as possible. We should only be socializing with those we live with and making essential supply trips when necessary. We need to take this measure seriously.

I worked with the Board of Health to ensure that we continue to schedule more COVID-19 pop-up testing opportunities throughout Humber River-Black Creek. These clinics will be readily available to support individuals and families in our area. For updates, please follow me on Facebook @AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTOInstagram @Perruzza_TO, or subscribe to my regular e-newsletter updates online by visiting my website.

Please visit the Ontario Government’s website for the most up-to-date information on 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 and vaccination updates specific to our city. https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/

 

City’s Broadband Internet Plan – ConnectTO:

City Council approved the ConnectTO plan at a recent meeting to build a high-speed broadband network throughout Toronto. Access to affordable and reliable internet is essential, especially during a pandemic. Allocating funding to boost this measure is a critical part of the City of Toronto’s strategy to uplift communities like ours. No one should be left behind. Stay tuned for more updates on this process.

 

Outdoor Skating Rinks:

While many activities are limited or restricted due to the pandemic, you and your family can register online to reserve skating time on an outdoor ice rink. Please visit www.toronto.ca/skate for more details. Lace-up those skates and enjoy some safe exercise.

 

Winter Weather Reminder – Frozen Pipes:

Cold weather can cause your pipes to freeze, resulting in no water and potential damages. Take steps to protect your pipes from freezing by reading Toronto Water’s recommendations online. For tips and news 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.

Sincerely,

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

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : March 2021 Edition

james-pasternak

Building Back Better with DUKE Heights

March 03, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

I hope everyone is safe, keeping well and not losing faith that we will soon put the worse of the Pandemic behind us. In our recent town hall with Mayor John Tory, Dr. de Ville, and myself, we are optimistic that Toronto will be Building Back Better.

Recently the City Council authorized 2021 tax-supported operating budget. This year’s budget keeps property taxes at the rate of inflation, preserves city service levels and manages the Covid-19 recovery and rebuild. This budget has committed to new investments to support building a more prosperous Toronto. The budget maintains city services, and enhances supports for local businesses.

Within this budget, I passed a motion to allocate capital funding for a DUKE Heights BIA Public Art project.

Our office continues to work with DUKE Heights, the Wilson Village BIA and the business community to encourage shopping and procuring local. In order to expedite this process, we are happy to complement the great work the business community is doing by launching ShopYorkCentre.ca, a one stop shop for everyone to discover the amazing businesses that reside here in York Centre! Here you can find information about restaurants, retail businesses, manufacturers, and much more. We are confident that our website – combined with the work of the DUKE Heights BIA – will help grow the amazing businesses of York Centre. Please feel free to send us links and content to promote your business.

The City of Toronto is also relaunching CafeTO, which cuts the red tape to help the food and hospitality industry. City Council authorized, Transportation Services, to restart a program to allow for accelerating the review, approval and installation of sidewalk cafés, curb lane/parklet cafés or public parklets. These improvements include: a new expedited registration process; developing comprehensive and safe traffic management plans; allowing owners to build decks and patios where applicable; and ensuring accessible furniture for public parklets. The registration for the CafeTO program is now open.

As we head into spring, 2021, we are excited to support and partner with DUKE Heights on public art installations, infrastructure, expanding green space, and ramping up the recovery effort.

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 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