It has been so nice to see that Toronto can enter stage 2 of re-opening on Wednesday. We have worked so hard as a community to reach this point, so let’s keep up the good work as we support our local businesses. Please be patient with them as we all navigate the new normal.
As part of Indigenous History Month, I have been participating in #IndigenousReads to explore some of Canada’s amazing Indigenous authors. You can find a list of some book recommendations, and make some of your own suggestions here. One of my recent favourites is The Right to be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier. Other recommendations for June 2020 include options for children like Fishing With Grandma by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula and Birdie by Tracey Lindberg for adults.
In this newsletter, you can find out more about:
- Last chance to get your Canada flags for July 1st! Fill out here before June 24th, 5pm.
- Facebook Live: Wednesday, 11 am: Fun and learning for kids this summer with Monsieur Steve
- Federal Updates including national contact tracing and support for arts and culture
- Farmers’ Markets opening soon
- Neighbourhood snapshot: Sandwich Sisters and Don River Cleanup
This Canada Day will be very different from any other we have seen. To help people celebrate, my office is distributing large Canadian flags. Please fill out this form by June 24th (tomorrow!) to request a flag to be mailed to you for July 1st. In the same form, you can request non-medical masks for your household, which we are distributing in partnership with Michael Garron Hospital.
In years past, many of you will have cheered on the East York Canada Parade or enjoyed a lion dance and cake at Neighbours Together on Canada Day in Riverdale Park East. Both events will be going virtual this year, so check out the links.
Toronto will be hosting a digital Canada Day 2020 on July 1st at 9 am with over 50 artists performing. Some performances will be live and some pre-recorded from different venues around Toronto. The CN Tower will put on a 15-minute light show that will be streamed live on the CN Tower website in the evening.
Heritage Canada has a variety of events for Canada Day including a national daytime show with Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord from 1-2 pm and a national evening show from 8-10pm. You can find out all about it, and other Canada Day resources, here.
For families with young children Canada Day Celebration Kits with a variety of themed activities are available now and can be found here: Canada Day Celebration Kit – Canada.ca.
During last week’s Facebook Live I talked about building an online presence for businesses with Paulo Salomao and Eric Vieira of King Ursa and One Academy. Their top tip was to get on Google Business, which is free. For more tips and their guide if you missed it, you can watch it here.
Join me for a special early Facebook Live at 11 am on Wednesday. I will be joined by Monsieur Steve, who is a Grade 2/3 French Immersion teacher in our neigbhourhood. He has some great interactive videos including workouts and fun things to do. He will have tips and suggestions on how to keep children busy over the summer months. Tune in tomorrow, Wednesday, at 11am on my Facebook page.
Know you can’t make it but want to ask a question? Simply reply to this e-mail with the subject line “Facebook Live Question” and we will get to it during the check-in.
Contact Tracing App
Our government has announced a national contract tracing app called “COVID Alert” that will be available in early July. This app will help us to track and control the spread of COVID-19. It will be up to individual Canadians to decide whether to download the app or not, but the app will be most effective if it is used by as many people as possible. I hear from many people in our community that they want to ensure that their privacy is protected. At no time will personal information be collected or shared, and no location services will be used. You can read more about it here.
Support for our Cultural, Heritage, and Sports Organizations
Our government has committed $500 Million in emergency support for the arts, culture and sports sectors. You can find the details of this emergency fund, along with other measures taken by our government to support these sectors here.
Farmers’ Markets Opening Soon!
It is exciting to see that our local farmers markets will be opening this summer. The Leslieville Farmers’ Market hopes to open this weekend. Click here to get updates for the market and place online orders.
Withrow Farmers’ Market is looking for volunteers! If you are interested in helping them start their season they are looking for people to help with parking, set-up crew, front entrance monitor, marshall, pre-orders associate. Visit the Withrow Farmers Market website at www.withrowmarket.ca to register.
The East York Farmers’ Market is also excited to see everyone again. They’re hoping to open soon and you can keep up to date with their plans here.
Neighbourhood Snapshot: Local Heroes
Members of the Danforth, Riverdale and Beaches communities are making sandwiches on a weekly basis for Sandwich Sisters Pods. Sandwich Sisters supports 17 charities around Toronto. This week they assisted St. John’s Mission in making sandwiches for homeless people and those in need.
Don River Cleanup
On June 28th from 9am to 12pm Don’t Mess with the Don and Park People are hosting this year’s first Don Valley riverbank cleanup. The east side location is accessible via Beechwood Drive in the Lower Don: follow the “Don’t Mess with the Don” signs. This event will be physically distanced and it is required that members work in teams no larger than 10. Bags, gloves and hand sanitizer will be provided. For more information click here.
Thank you for doing your part and please stay safe.