I hope you’re keeping well and staying safe.
As our city and province are moving in to a new stage of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, my daily COVID-19 updates are moving to a weekly community update.
My weekly community update will contain information about the latest pandemic and recovery updates, as well as provide information about other events, activities, and developments in the Scarborough-Guildwood community.
If you have any events, updates, or stories from your neighbourhood that you’d like to share, please get in touch!
Mitzie in the Legislature
MPP Hunter recognizes important work being done by community organization & partners in the Tuxedo Court community in Scarborough-Guildwood.
MPP Hunter asks the Minister of Finance about Ontario’s economic recovery and how voluntary organizations and associations, like Scarborough’s Tam Heather Tennis and Curling Club, can be insurable under COVID-19.
Mitzie on the Move
Mitzie wears a reusable mask at Queen’s Park – masks became mandatory in indoor public spaces in the City of Toronto on July 7 2020.
New Bus Priority Lanes on Eglinton Ave. E
This week, the City of Toronto announced that the implementation of bus priority lines on Eglinton Ave E. will be expedited and come into service later this fall.
The Eglinton East bus corridor is among TTC’s most travelled bus routes, and connects Scarborough with the subway network via Kennedy Station. Even during the pandemic, tens of thousands of riders commute on Eglinton Ave E. bus routes on weekdays.
For more information please read the news release.
Face Masks Mandatory in Toronto
This week, non-surgical masks or other cloth face coverings became mandatory in indoor public spaces in Toronto. Many other regions in the GTA and beyond, including Durham, Peel, and Ottawa regions now require face coverings in indoor public spaces.
Emergency Orders Extended
The Province has extended all emergency orders currently in effect until July 22, 2020.
The government has announced that it plans to introduce legislation that will allow emergency orders to be extended after the State of Emergency expires. The State of Emergency is set to expire on July 15, and is expected to be extended a final time to July 24th.
Community Food Drive
Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items to a Drive-Through Food Drive hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Appropriate physical distancing protocols will be observed (masks, sanitizer, distancing).
Volunteers will take donations from the trunk of your car, so you will not have to leave your vehicle. The food items will then be delivered to a community food bank.
Date: Saturday, July 18
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 PM
Location: St. Martin de Porres Church, 4179 Lawrence Ave E. (Corner of Lawrence Ave E. and Morningside Ave)
Guild Festival Theatre – Pop-Up Performances
The Guild Festival Theatre plans to bring pop-up theatre to community sidewalks, parks, and lawns to bring live entertainment to Scarborough while their regular season had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also provide online entertainment for those who cannot view the entertainment live.
For more information, check their website as events are announced.
Guild Alive with Culture Festival
Check out the Guild Alive with Culture festival! This year, it’s moved online. You can browse virtual booths and support local artists directly from their digital storefronts here.
Reading Partnership for Parents Online – Apply by July 10
Reading Partnership for Parents Online (RPPO) guides parents/caregivers through the process of teaching their kids, ages 4 to 6, to read.
Professional educators lead 7 virtual 60-minute ‘playshops’, designed to build the skills and confidence of parents, and guide them through literacy activities and games with their child.
Each registered family receives the learning tools and resources needed to jump start their child’s reading and create a positive learning environment at home.
Register online by July 10 2020 here.
Panel Discussion – Next Steps addressing Anti-Black Racism
We’re working hard to serve the community. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to bring an event or special story to our office’s attention, please get in touch: by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (416) 281-2787.