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

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6: August 2020 Edition

james-pasternak

August 05, 2020

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I wrote to you confident that Toronto would stay resilient and emerge stronger than ever. I am proud and strongly encouraged about how our public health officials have responded to the pandemic. With that said, we must continue to remain vigilant moving forward. That is why we implemented a mask by-law; taking a proactive approach to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keeping the economy open.

Here at City Hall, I continue to work with the Mayor and the recovery team to ensure that small businesses remain the backbone of our economy. In part of this recovery strategy, we have implemented the CafeTO program. This has helped the hospitality industry by cutting red tape for restaurants and bars to set up temporary patios on city and private property. We understand that we must be flexible and adjust to the new environment.The CafeTO program provides business owners the tools to remain robust during these times.

Moreover, the City of Toronto has created a new program called Business AdviceTO. This is a series of free weekly online events that provides advice to entrepreneurs and business leaders navigate a post-COVID world. Topics range from digital online marketing tutorials to providing strategies for retail businesses.

I would also like to announce that Bike Share stations are now installed along the Finch Hydro corridor. This is a crucial municipal investment for the DUKE Heights area. In conjunction with this bike lanes that have also been installed along Wilmington Avenue and Faywood Avenue. A strong cycling network will allow people to explore the DUKE Heights BIA area.

I will continue to listen to the needs of 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 level. 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.

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : June Edition

anthony-perruzza

June 05, 2020

The pandemic has impacted us all. Even as time goes by, we must continue to listen to the recommendations of all levels of government and prioritize our health and safety. Social distancing and patience, along with focusing on self-care, are all important priorities right now.

The socioeconomic determinants of COVID-19 need to be better understood. There is an obvious link between income inequality and the rates of infection in Toronto neighbourhoods. We need to examine this and take preventive action to protect our most vulnerable.

At City Council last week I passed an amendment to an item that called for City Council to establish a process by which the public is consulted through the City of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Office, the Anti-Black Racism Office, the Indigenous Affairs Office, and all other bodies that provide input concerning the problems faced by marginalized people during COVID-19. We must collect data to help shape and guide the strategies that tackle systemic issues, including anti-black racism. Let us strive to make the changes for the future we want to leave for the next generation, so that they can be free of intolerance, prejudice and racism.

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. My staff will continue to provide support, even as the situation changes.

We can provide more information and referrals for the following topics:

– Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
– Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWB) – Canada Child Benefit Increase (CCB)
Property Tax or Utility Billing Concerns – Solid Waste, including Drop-off Depots
– COVID-19 Emergency Benefit for OW & ODSP Recipients – Old Age Security (OAS) & Guaranteed Income Supplement Updates (GIS)
– Access to food services, mental health services & other City of Toronto services. – The Province’s Reopening of the Economy, in stages.

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.

June is Italian Heritage Month & Senior’s Month – Here’s How to Get Help for Seniors:

  • Toronto Senior’s Helpline: 416-217-2077 or 1-844-946-1700

o   Lumacare also provides programing and services to seniors in need, for more information you can reach them at: 416-398-5511

  • Dial #211 Ontario for an extensive list of social services in Ontario.

Other Assistance:

If you know anyone in need of delivery assistance for groceries or other essential supplies, the Good Neighbour Project is also able to assist. They help seniors, those with disabilities, those in isolation and more. Please call: 647-873-2230 or email: info@goodneighbourproject.com for more details.

New Constituency Office Update:

My Constituency Office is now located at 2350 Finch Avenue West, Unit C. I look forward to seeing you there once we are able to meet in person again. I know that we will get through this together.

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6: Road to Recovery: How the Municipal Government is working with local businesses

james-pasternak

June 05, 2020

Our recovery team at City Hall has made it clear: we must do everything we can to help businesses re-open and recover from the Coronavirus and the subsequent lock down. We must all work together to build consumer and business confidence and make sure that shoppers feel that it is safe to go to places of commerce and retail to buy the products and services they need.

At the same time, our office is working on a transition plan so we can operate out of City Hall and our new community office (the latter being at Keele and Wilson). We miss the in person meetings and events that have made York Centre a liveable, healthy and successful part of Toronto.

We continue to work on a wide range of projects to support the DUKE Heights BIA. These include expanding public art, securing green space and parkland and supporting the reconstruction of reconnecting of sidewalks in the area. On the technical side, we continue to work on the by-law harmonization requests and the BIA boundary modification.

We understand that at the end of the day, Torontonians don’t want bigger government, or smaller government but rather better government. And our city must rise to the occasion.

We continue to security municipal investments that are designed to help the DUKE Heights BIA. We have secured Toronto’s first inner suburban bike share route, which will run from Bathurst Street to Keele Street along the Finch Avenue hydro cycling corridor and eventually to the York University Campus and to the Downsview Lands. Also, after years of responding to requests for traffic calming and micro mobility, our office has finally secured pilot bike lanes on Wilmington Avenue and Faywood Avenue. This cycling infrastructure will connect with the Finch Avenue Hydro trail in the north and the Wilson subway Station in the south. No vehicle lanes will be closed.

In addition to our subway expansion these micro mobility investments, along with the installation of new sidewalks, give the employees and owners of businesses in DUKE Heights alternative options that keeps people active and allows for social distancing.

We understand that at the end of the day, Torontonians don’t want bigger government, or smaller government but rather better government. And our city will rise to the occasion and give businesses the tools they need to succeed.

Toronto’s helping hand to businesses include ShopHere, which brings together over 500 volunteer web developers, to help businesses and artists build and promote their own Shopify online store at no cost. The BusinessTO Support Centre is available to help businesses apply for various levels of government assistance. The city has created a plan for businesses to re-open with curb side pick up which includes temporary parking pick up zones and curb lane pedestrian zones. Our Digital Main Street is supporting Toronto businesses with resources, connections to digital vendors, online learning and virtual assistance is available to businesses at no cost.

This has been a very difficult time for the business sector, individuals and the health care system. But Toronto is a very resilient city that has weathered various recessions and world economic shocks. It’s residents come from all over the world and bring with them the talent and tenacity to build and re-build. My office along with my local federal and provincial counterparts will be there to answer any questions, advocate for less red tape and make sure our BIA members have the tools and policy they need to recover and prosper. Please give us a call at 416-392-1371 if you have any questions or think we can help. Be safe.

For those who missed our recent York Centre Town Hall with Mayor John Tory, the video can be found here. https://www.facebook.com/PasternakTO/live

Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/PasternakTO/videos/vb.179446022145895/1130528890638145/?type=2&theater