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Ward 16, Don Valley East
 July 19, 2021 E-update

Dear Ward 16 Residents,

This week's e-update will include information on:

Stay well, 

Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong
Councillor, Ward 16 - Don Valley East

City of Toronto update on COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a total of 165,512 cases of COVID-19 in the City, an increase of 37 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 3,591 deaths in Toronto.
 
Take a look at the City's reporting platform here.
 
Toronto has now moved into Step 3 of Ontario's reopening plan. This means that indoor dining, movie theatres, and gyms are now open – with restrictions. Review the City's COVID-19 Guide for Toronto residents for more information on what is permitted under provincial regulations.
 
For a list of COVID-19 testing sites in the Ward, click here.

Get Vaccinated Toronto! Here's how
 
70% of Toronto has now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 50% are fully vaccinated. If you or someone that you know is not yet fully vaccinated, you are encouraged to book your vaccination appointment(s) as soon as you can. In order to go back to normal, we need to ensure that our City is protected against the virus.
 
Everyone age 12 and over can now book their first and second dose vaccination appointments through the provincial booking system. Appointments can be booked by residents here, or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900. Residents can also get their first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at local pop-up clinics. Click here for a list of pop-ups within or near Ward 16.
 
Click here for more information on how to book your appointment.

Last week at Council: Renaming Dundas Street, Vacant Home Tax, and Rooming Houses

Last week, City Council debated several items of high interest to residents.
 
One of the first items on the agenda was the City's motion to rename Dundas Street, EX25.1 Recognition Review Project Update and Response to the Dundas Street Renaming Petition. To view the motion, click here. After a lengthy debate, Council passed the motion with a majority vote of 17-7, with 2 Councillors absent. Denzil opposed the motion, saying the report ignored compelling research and evidence that did not support their recommendations. Click here to watch his speech to Council. You can read the transcript here.
 
Council approved EX25.3:  Recommended Tax Design and Steps to Implement a Vacant Home Tax in Toronto, which recommended moving forward with the plan to impose a 1 per cent tax on vacant homes starting in 2022. The approved motion included an amendment from Denzil that said:

"That City Council direct the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and Executive Director Housing Secretariat to include in the report back in the fourth quarter of 2021 the findings from consultations, proposed operational procedures and policies for the administration and enforcement of the vacant home tax program to ensure compliance with the applicable requirements of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

The tax will not apply to primary residences, including those owned by residents who are absent for part of the year, such as snowbirds, or people who are away from their homes for medical reasons.  Public consultations will take place this year, with implementation proposed for 2022 (i.e. first remittance in 2023).
 
Council deferred a vote on PH25.10 A New Regulatory Framework for Multi-tenant Houses that would have legalized and regulated rooming houses across the City.  Denzil and several other Councillors shared their residents' concerns regarding the proposal, and intended to oppose it.  It's scheduled to come back to Council on Sept. 30, after trying to address some of the residents' and Councillors' concerns. 

Update on the development Application for 175 Wynford Drive

The Developer for 175 Wynford Drive has submitted a new Application, replacing their plan to build 4 towers, ranging from 45-54 storeys in height with one to build 3 towers ranging 55-65 storeys in height. 
 
 Other significant changes from the previous application include:

  • Gross floor area has decreased from 199,696 sq. m to 181,332 sq. m  resulting in reducing density from 11.9FSI to 7.79 FSI
  • Number of residential units has decreased from 2,750 to 2,500
  • Retail space has increased from 545 sq. m to 1791 sq. m
  • Parking spaces have decreased from 1,558 to 1,003
  • Amenity space has decreased from 11,000 sq. m to 7,502 sq. m

The new drawings are attached here. Click here to view the entire application online. This height is unprecedented in the Don Mills area, and Denzil is very concerned by this revised Application.
 
We had recently formed a residents' working group to meet with City Planning staff and the developer's team to discuss residents' concerns with the Application, giving the developer the opportunity to make changes in line with the neighbourhood's priorities.  This process will now proceed with the revised Application.
 
I know many, if not most, residents will be highly opposed to this new plan. Denzil will keep you up to date on opportunities to participate in community meetings and encourage you to write to our office as well as the Planning Department (kathryn.moore@toronto.ca) to express your concerns and opinions.
 
Please don't hesitate to contact our office at any time.

ParksPlayTO: Outdoor programming for kids
 
Looking for fun activities right in your own neighbourhood? ParksPlayTO has exciting programs for children aged 4 – 12 and youth aged 13 – 29. Running from July 5 to August 27, ParksPlayTO will offer activities such as exploring nature, gardening, active games, arts and crafts, family fitness, story-telling, and music circles for children and their families. Programming will take place in both Broadlands Park and Flemingdon Park.
 
For more information, click here.

City launches new online application portal for subsidized housing
 
The City has launched MyAccesstoHousingTO, a new online application portal for Rent-Geared-to-Income housing, also known as subsidized housing.
 
MyAccesstoHousingTO provides a convenient and secure way for applicants to apply for and manage their Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) application. Applicants can submit all required documentation, update and view the status of their application, and receive notifications from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
 
Click here for more information.

 
Programming for the whole family: EarlyON Centre will offer both in-person and virtual fun this August
 
Don Valley East's EarlyON Child and Family Centre will be hosting a variety of virtual and in-person programming in August. Their outdoor activities for children will include dance classes and trips to the Zoo. The Centre will also host parenting workshops over Zoom which will cover a variety subjects such as health and nutrition, language, and child development. For a detailed list of what's offered, click here.
 
Online registration for these programs opened last week and will run until Friday, July 23rd at 9AM. If families need assistance with registration, they can call (416) 496-2601 between 8:30 and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
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