September 9, 2020
Summer is usually a time to unwind and take things slow. However, this year has brought forth unprecedented challenges. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Mayor John Tory, myself, and the rest of the City of Toronto have been working relentlessly to ensure Torontonians and small businesses received the support they need.
Toronto has done well in Stage 3 of the reopening of the economy. That said, we must continue to stay cautious. We want the business to thrive, but we want everyone safe.
Although municipalities are limited as to what they can offer during an economic downturn, throughout the summer, the City of Toronto has worked to cut red tape, accelerate our recovery support the local economy. We understand that at the end of the day, Torontonians do not want a bigger government, or smaller government but a rather better government. I am proud to see the success of the Cafe TO program, supporting over 600 restaurants citywide. This program provided a much-needed boost to our hospitality sector, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. In addition, the City has once again expanded funding for the Digital Main Street program. This will offer more support for businesses to grow their operations online and through technology.
As children return to school, we understand the worries some parents might be experiencing. As a result, Toronto Public Health has taken a proactive approach for teachers and students to stay healthy. Toronto Public Health is establishing a team of more than 70 nurses to provide support to schools as they reopen. These nurses will provide education and training to school staff, parents, and caregivers on infection prevention to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Despite the Pandemic, my office will continue to attract investments to help Duke Heights and Ward 6 prosper. For example, the construction of the Downsview fire station on Keele Street is well on its way, the Downsview Bike Share program is off to a great start, our street furniture is rolling out across York Centre, investments in public art keep ramping up and driver and pedestrian safety continue to be a top priority.
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 at Councillor_Pasternak@Toronto.ca.