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Great news – 0 new COVID-19 cases in Thorncliffe Park in last 3 weeks

From CBC article:

Thorncliffe Park, one of the neighbourhoods hardest hit by COVID-19 in Toronto, has not detected a single case in the last three weeks. 

“It’s such an amazing thing to see cases get to zero in certain neighbourhoods where it was daunting for so long,” said Dr. Andrew Boozary, executive director of social medicine at the University Health Network.

“I hope we can build on these learned lessons as opposed to some semblance of premature victory that we’ve seen in other jurisdictions that comes with real costs.” 

Read the full article here on CBC.ca.

Woman Assaulted in 43 Thorncliffe Park Elevator

Police want to find a 24-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in a 43 Thorncliffe Park Drive elevator. It happened shortly before 11 a.m. on Sunday. Police say a 40-year-old woman and a man entered the elevator. The man allegedly exposed himself to the woman after the doors closed. When the victim tried to leave, the man allegedly pulled her back into the elevator and sexually assaulted her. He then fled the building.

Police are looking for 24-year-old David Simonic of Toronto who is wanted for sexual assault and forcible confinement. He is believed to be violent and dangerous. He is described as five-foot-eight and weighs 155 lbs. He has brown hair and a trimmed beard and was last seen wearing a dark coloured ‘Bench’ shirt, a dark Adidas track top with a zipper, a gold necklace with a pendant, grey track pants, and white runners. Police say he is believed to be violent and dangerous.

Anyone with information should contact police at 416-808-5300 or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at 416-222-TIPS (8477).


Leaside Towers Fitness Centre Re-opening July 16!

Great news from Morguard!

Dear Residents,

We are pleased to announce that we will be able to reopen our Fitness Centre as of Friday July 16th.

To facilitate physical distancing guidelines, the Fitness Center will be made available from 9:30am-9:30pm at 50% capacity. It is important as we open the Fitness Centre that we do so while prioritizing the health and safety of our residents and associates.

The Recreation facilities will be on a first come, first serve basis with a 1 hour limit to allow all residents that would like to use the facilities to have access.

To allow use of the Fitness Centre while working to prevent further spread of COVID-19 the following guidelines will be in place:

  • Maintain the Public Health Canada recommended physical distance of 3-metres from all persons not from your immediate household.
  • Due to reduced capacity limits, Residents will not be permitted to have guests use the amenities to ensure residents are given priority.
  • Wipe down ALL equipment with the provided disinfecting wipes BEFORE and AFTER each use.
  • Fitness mats and balls have been temporarily removed. Until further notice, residents will be asked to bring their own yoga/fitness mats and fitness balls for their personal use.
  • You may notice a reduced amount of equipment and/or equipment flagged “Not for Use,” these adjustments have been made intentionally to encourage and allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • A member of our team will regularly monitor the Fitness Centre periodically throughout the day to ensure physical distancing, face covering, and capacity restrictions are maintained at all times.

We understand accommodating these restrictions can feel like an inconvenience, however, adhering to these guidelines prioritizes the health and safety of our residents and associates, while allowing us to open our Fitness Centre.

If you have any questions, please contact the Management Office at 416-421-8109.

Thank you,

Amit Thakur

District Manager

Leaside Towers

Toronto Public Library Service Update

Notice from Toronto Public Library

We’re excited to announce that all Toronto Public Library branches have re-opened to the public! While we are currently limited to 25% capacity during Step 2, we are pleased to be back to offering most of our pre-pandemic services:

What’s Now Available!

  • Browsing and borrowing materials
  • Library card registration and renewal
  • Fine payments and loading print card funds
  • Study spaces and seating
  • Computer usage, printing/photocopying, and Wi-Fi access
  • Information services (reference and research help, reader’s advisory, book-a-librarian sessions)
  • Grab & Go bags (they were so popular that we’re keeping them around!)

Youth Hub

Open from 3:30-7:00pm Monday to Friday, teens (13-18 y/o) can drop by our Youth Hub to use a laptop, access homework help, or just relax in the space. Current capacity is limited to 25%, or 11 people in the Hub.

TD Summer Reading Club

Our yearly summer reading club program is back! Now online, the TD Summer Reading Club is a great way to encourage kids of all ages and abilities to keep reading over the summer. Drop by the branch to register for free and receive your reading kit and web access code! For more information about the program, click here.

Please feel free to email or telephone me with any questions, requests, or if you would like to schedule a virtual presentation about how the library can best serve your clients. We hope to see you at our branch soon!

Bookings for Parks and Recreation Facilities

Announcement from the City

We look forward to welcoming our permit groups back to our community centres in the coming weeks.   
On May 20th, 2021, the Province of Ontario announced a three-step roadmap to reopen, which will allow the reopening of recreation amenities in stages. We anticipate that we will be able to reopen our community centres for indoor permits in Step 3 for certain activities with health guidelines.

Information regarding booking space can be found here:  https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/venues-facilities-bookings/booking-park-recreation-facilities/simple-permit-booking/

Booking Arenas, Rinks, Outdoor Park Spaces, BBQs, Picnic Areas, Fire Pits, etc.

  • Please contact Customer Service at 416-396-7378, option 2

Booking Indoor Gymnasiums and Multipurpose Rooms at Recreation Centres

If individuals or groups are interested in booking indoor space this summer (from reopening date to September 5, 2021) when we are allowed to reopen, please contact the community centre you would like to book and submit your application with all the required documentation by July 9, 2021 to the community centre.

A listing of locations with the contact information can be found here: https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/recreationcentres/index.html

Map of locations can be found here:  https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/maps/centres/index.html

By submitting the application by July 9, the request will be reviewed in priority order and in accordance with our permit allocation processes.  Applications can be submitted after July 9, 2021 but will be considered on a first come first served basis.  Applicants will receive communication from our staff within 3 business days to confirm the receipt of your application and to discuss next steps.  To ensure efficient processing of permits, please ensure that the following documentation is completed in full and submitted with your request:

For new permit groups, please also complete: Permit Account form.

 For One-Time BookingsFor Seasonal PermitsFor Special Events
Application Form TypeOne Time Use of SpaceSeasonal Request for Space ApplicationSpecial Event in a City Park or Facility
Additional Forms·  Insurance – if required for activity ·  Some groups are eligible to purchase insurance in the permit process through the City of Toronto. ·  Insurance coverage required is dependent on the type of activity, number of participants and length of booking.    ·  Permit Account Application Form – to Update Contacts ·  Membership Information Form (Membership Roster) ·  Some groups are eligible to purchase insurance in the permit process through the City of Toronto. ·  Insurance coverage required is dependent on the type of activity, number of participants and length of booking. ·  Registered Not For Profit or Charitable Number ·  Membership Information Form ·  Documentation related to your volunteer executive, elected at an annual General Meeting ·  Group Constitution, by-laws and/ or a letters patent ·  Financial statements  ·  Please refer to application for specific additional document needed dependent on needs. ·  Some groups are eligible to purchase insurance in the permit process through the City of Toronto. ·  Insurance coverage required is dependent on the type of activity, number of participants and length of booking.  

Please allow up to five business days following the release of provincial regulations regarding Step 3 for the processing of permits. Following an announcement by the Province confirming the date for City of Toronto to enter into Step 3, indoor permits for allowable activities will be issued.  However, only the activities allowed under provincial regulation will be authorized and groups will be asked to sign conditions of use accordingly.

Please note that we are currently operating summer camps, essential services and programs at certain community centres to assist with the pandemic efforts, including vaccination clinics and testing sites.  Availability at these centres may be limited.

If individuals/groups are interested in permitting indoor space for the Fall (September 7 – December 31, 2021), please submit applications by August 9, 2021.

More information on the City’s COVID-19 response and affected City services is available at toronto.ca/covid19

Pop-Up Vaccine Clinics – July 1, 3 & 4

Upcoming pop-up vaccine clinics at Thorncliffe Park Community Hub

First dose eligibility:
• Be 12 years of age or older on the day of vaccination;
• Live/work/attend school in any “M” postal code.

Second dose eligibility:
• Be 12 years of age or older on the day of vaccination;
• Live/work/attend school in M1L, M3C, M4H;

• Received your first dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago; or • Received your first dose of Moderna at least 28 days ago; or • Received your first dose of AstraZeneca at least 56 days ago. 

Thorncliffe Park Community Hub 45 Overlea Blvd. (East York Town Centre, Entrance 6)
* Thursday, July 1 – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or while vaccine supply lasts
* Saturday, July 3 –  8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or while vaccine supply lasts 
* Sunday, July 4 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or while vaccine supply lasts

Councillor Jaye Robinson Summer Newsletter

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

The summer is finally upon us, and Toronto’s immunization campaign continues to rapidly accelerate with increased vaccine supply. To-date, over 3.4 million vaccines have been administered in the City and almost 80% of residents aged 18+ have received their first shot, with over 40% fully vaccinated. On Sunday, 26,771 vaccines were administered at Scotiabank Arena for Toronto Vaccine Day, breaking the North American record for the most doses administered at a single-day clinic.

Thanks to all the staff on the frontlines in our clinics and every single resident who has rolled up their sleeve to get vaccinated, Toronto entered Step 2 of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen Plan today – several days ahead of schedule. In Step 2, larger indoor and outdoor gatherings will be permitted, and some additional businesses and services will be allowed to open, including personal care services.

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, my office has endeavoured to provide regular updates to keep you informed on topics ranging from nationwide public health measures to local pop-up vaccine clinics. Last night, I held a Telephone Town Hall about the COVID-19 vaccines that was attended by over 3,200 people – one of the largest turnout rates in the City. I am also extremely proud of my Ward 15 team, who have helped thousands of residents find the information they needed to book their vaccine appointments over the last few months. Simultaneously, we’ve continued to work on the issues that matter most to you at City Hall, and this newsletter will contain more information on those initiatives.

In the last year, I’ve heard from residents across Ward 15 about their concerns with the new, virtual format of many City processes, including development meetings and Committee of Adjustment hearings. Residents have reported receiving their public notices in the mail only days before hearings, and experiencing various technical issues with the virtual meeting platform. Keep reading to learn more about the steps we’re taking to address these issues, in consultation with local neighbours and residents’ associations.

In this newsletter, you’ll also find several important updates on the environmental initiatives underway at City Hall and in Ward 15, including this year’s Environment Days and tree plantings in local green spaces. On that note, I’m also pleased to advise that construction is now underway to upgrade several of our local parks.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions. My team remains available to serve you by phone at 416-395-6408, or by email at councillor_robinson@toronto.ca.

If any of your neighbours would like to subscribe to my newsletters, they can do so at www.jayerobinson.ca or by emailing my office.


Click here to read the full newsletter.

Telephone Town Hall – June 29 at 6pm

Councillor Jaye Robinson will be hosting a Telephone Town Hall to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines. See details below.

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

As Toronto’s immunization campaign continues to accelerate and second doses become more widely available, I will be hosting a Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, June 29 at 6:00pm to answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

I will be joined by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 16 – Don Valley East), Dr. Na-Koshie Lamptey (Toronto’s Associate Medical Officer of Health), and a senior representative from the Emergency Operations Centre.

To join:

  • Call 1-833-490-0778 from 6:00pm, where you will have the option to ask a question live;
  • Livestream the event by clicking here, where you will have the option to submit a written question for our panel; or
  • Text VACCINE to 1-833-750-0888 and reply TTH when prompted.

If you’re planning to attend, you can RSVP to the event on Facebook by clicking here. As always, please feel welcome to share this email with your neighbours and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Warm regards,

To see the complete email from Jaye, please click here.