March 23, 2020 COVID-19 Update – COVID-19 更新 – 2020年3月23日
COVID-19 Update – March 23, 2020
Yesterday I send out an email asking for your opinion if the Prime Minister should enact the Emergencies Act. Over 70 % of responders advise me to do so. Click here to see letter to PM
Following yesterday’s e-mail, I would like to thank those of you who reached out and volunteered to help someone in need within our community. If you are interested in helping someone in need during this time, please sign the form at http://jimkarygiannis.net/wp/home/covid-19-volunteer/ .
If you are a community member in need of assistance during this time, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 416 392 1374.
City of Toronto
- Mayor John Tory has declared a State of Emergency in the City of Toronto.
- The next few days are absolutely critical in the City’s ongoing efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19. In making this declaration, Mayor Tory strongly encourages our residents to continue taking every precaution in protecting themselves – stay home, stay safe and only venture out to buy essential supplies once a week. Even better, order online if at all possible.
- Public health professionals say that there are many who continue to put their health and the health of our community at risk.
- This declaration sends the strongest possible message to residents to stay home and to change their behaviour.
- Mayor Tory will support further recommendations and orders from the Medical Officer of Health and the Provincial and Federal Governments.
- The Mayor made the emergency declaration in support of our healthcare workers and all City workers focused on this crisis, to make sure we flatten the curve, and protect our healthcare system.
Toronto Community Housing
- Posters/Notices (attached) and other information about COVID-19 have been posted throughout all TCHC owned buildings.
- Additional notices have been posted in seniors’ buildings advising visitors to limit/avoid contact with tenants.
Tenant Safety and Wellness:
- TCHC has implemented increased cleaning and disinfection in all TCHC buildings and offices, with an additional focus on disinfecting frequently touched surfaces in common areas (i.e. door handles, elevator buttons, garbage chutes, etc).
- Staff are conducting wellness checks on all tenants who have been previously identified as vulnerable.
Maintenance and Repairs:
- Non-essential and routine maintenance has been discontinued.
- Non-safety related capital work that requires entry to units has been put on hold.
- Fire-safety capital work (including sprinklers) continues.
- A/C replacement continues in advance of summer weather.
- All TCHC recreation spaces are closed until further notice, with the exception of food banks and food security programs, which will remain open.
- All eat-in hot food programs are on hold until further notice. We are working with providers to support their transition to a takeout model.
- Tenant elections and upcoming consultations are cancelled.
- All TCHC offices are closed to walk-ins. Meetings by appointment will continue.
- All non-essential TCHC staff have been advised to work from home until further notice.
- Seniors Housing Unit staff are in the process of contacting all 14,000 households in the seniors’ portfolio to identify any tenants who may be self-isolating and/or may be vulnerable and in need of additional assistance.
- Evictions are on hold until further notice.
- Parking enforcement will be limited to Fire Route and Accessible Parking infractions. Staff will respond to complaints of unlawful parking in tenant and non-tenant areas through non-enforcement related contact.
Government of Ontario
- The Provincial Government has ordered mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses effective March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
- Closure will be in effect for at least 14 days. The full list of businesses permitted to stay open will be released tomorrow.
- Businesses that can continue remotely are given 36 hours to adapt and prepare.
- Full-time DriveTest Centres and part-time Travel Point locations will be closed effective March 23, 2020 until further notice.
- The Government of Ontario is providing $200 million in social services relief funding to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people.
- Municipalities and organizations that administer social services with funding to support them which will be towards: shelters, food banks, emergency services, charities and non-profits continue to deliver their critical services, hire staff, and find ways to promote social-distancing
- Ontario’s municipal service managers will determine local needs and distribute the funding
- Funding will also help individuals and families in financial crisis who are not able to access federal assistance to cover needs such as food, rent, medicine, transportation, etc. through an expanded Emergency Assistance program through Ontario Works (OW)
- Will also be available to organizations delivering social services to vulnerable First Nations individuals and families – individuals can apply online.
Government of Canada
- The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees have declared that Canada’s Olympic and Paralympics teams will not attend the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games unless the Games will be delayed.
- The Federal Government is working with Canadian airlines to get Canadians home. Flights are presently coming in from Peru, Guatemala, Morocco, El Salvador and Ecuador. Canadians abroad continue to be encouraged to register on the Registration of Canadians Abroad list to receive updates regarding the situation in their current locations.
- The Federal Government has asked all post-secondary institutions for medical supplies and assistance with 3D printing of medical equipment.
- If you have medical equipment you would like to provide to help with combating COVID-19, please visit the Government of Canada’s open procurement services website at https://buyandsell.gc.ca/
- The Federal Government has also announced its intention to invest $192 million into companies researching a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 更新 – 2020年3月23日
在此期间，如果您是需要帮助的社区成员，请给我发送电子邮件至jim@karygiannis.net或致电416 392 1374。
- 市长庄德利（John Tory）已宣布多伦多市进入紧急状态。
- 接下来的几天对于市府持续努力减缓COVID-19的传播是至关重要的。市长庄德利（John Tory）在发表这一声明时，强烈鼓励我们的居民继续采取一切预防措施来保护自己——呆在家里，保持安全，并且一周只外出一次购买必需品。如果可能的话，最好是网上订购。
- 市长庄德利（John Tory）将支持联邦政府、省府及健康医务人员的进一步建议和政策。
活动 / 约会：
TCHC 员工 / 办公室：
- 安大略省的市政服务经理将按当地需求作出决定并分配资金 。