Right now, we are facing a crisis the like of which we have never seen before in our community. But in the face of an incredible challenge – our community is pulling together and standing up as one against COVID-19.
We are all responsible right now for one another, and it is vital that we ensure that every one of us is following the advice of our medical experts. There can be no exceptions, the way we get through this is by supporting each other and working together.
While we’re in trying times right now – don’t lose sight that better days are coming. And the sacrifices we make now – will bring those days to us faster.
As we head into this weekend, I’d like to share with you the timeless words of Jack Layton.
“My friends, love is better than anger.
Hope is better than fear.
Optimism is better than despair.
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic.”
Concerns about Construction During COVID
We have heard community concern with regards to the health and safety of construction workers in the Yonge Eglinton area. We agree that ALL employees including those identified as essential workers during COVID-19 MUST be safe and equipped with the necessary resources they need to stay safe and practice social distancing.
We have made communication with Toronto Public Health to share your concerns and will be updating our community as soon as we receive a response.
Wage Subsidy Increased to 75% for small and medium sized businesses
Today the federal government announced that they are increasing the wage subsidy for small to medium sized businesses from 10% to 75% and they are applying this retroactively to March 15.
This subsidy is designed to hopefully keep more people on the payrolls on our businesses and to keep our economy moving as much as possible.
This subsidy will be available for businesses that paid employees between $50K-$1M last year.
For more information on this click read here:
City of Toronto Urges Landlords and Condo Boards to Health and Safety Measures
The City of Toronto is urging Landlords and Condo Boards to adopt new health and safety measures to protect residents from COVID-19. Large residential buildings with a high number of units require new practices and a rigorous cleaning routine to prevent viral spread.
Building operators and staff should follow these guidelines to protect residents in vertical communities:
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be available in all common areas that remain open, such as laundry rooms.
- Close non-essential common areas such as bathrooms, gyms, playrooms, playgrounds and other high traffic areas.
- Routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in common areas, including doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, toilet handles, counters, hand rails, touch screen surfaces and keypads, with common household cleaners and disinfectants.
- Organize the building to accept deliveries of essential goods, like medications, for residents to avoid non-essential trips outside.
- Post signage limiting the number of residents allowed in common areas, including laundry rooms and elevators, to ensure that individuals are able to maintain a two-metre distance. Consider allowing a maximum of three residents at a time in elevators.
When showing units or suites for sale or lease, practice physical distancing - keep a safe distance of two metres from the resident and wash hands with soap and water, and or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, before and after the visit.
Additional information regarding General Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Guidance for Commercial or Residential Buildings can be found here: toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/8ecd-General-Infection-Prevention-and-Control-Practice-and-Disinfection-Guidance-for-Commercial-or-Residential-Buildings.pdf
Other News and Updates
World Theatre Day
Today is World Theatre Day and to celebrate I recorded a video!
You can watch here:
Eglinton Ave W and Oakwoood - Community Affordable Housing Meeting – Happening Online!
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:30pm – 6:30pm
This meeting is coordinated through the effort of community leadership within the Eglinton Avenue West and Oakwood areas, with support from CP Planning, Black Urbanism TO, and the Oakwood and Vaughan Community Organization. This collective seeks to ensure that the Oakwood/Vaughan and Eglinton areas are affordable to residents of all income levels and of all ethnicities. This housing should be secure and healthy spaces in a good state of repair.
The area's local representatives Councillor Josh Matlow and MPP Jill Andrew will be at the meeting, to share thoughts, news, and hear from you. Guest speakers Mel Logan from Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA), and Sharlene from York South-Weston Tenants will share their experience and expertise in tenant law, and tenant organizing for the maintenance of healthy and affordable housing.
At this meeting, the following will be discussed
- response and needs due to COVID
- how to communicate with fellow tenants in light of COVID
- tenant rights, and how to ensure your rights are met
- benefits of a tenant union/association, and how to organize one
- how to increase access to affordable housing
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Dial: 647 374 4685
Meeting ID: 424-040-084