CRA 2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The CRA AGM is scheduled for June 23 at 7.30 pm on Zoom. Invitations and links to the Zoom session have already been circulated to all CRA Newsletter recipients. If you still need the link, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that only members of the association whose accounts are in good standing are permitted to vote on any resolutions that are brought to the floor. You can check your membership status by looking at the header of the newsletter email that you just received from us. Here’s the meeting agenda.
JUNE 2021 SPRUCECOURT COUNCIL NEWS
From the Sprucecourt School Council: It’s hard to believe the 2020/2021 school year has come to an end. There is no doubt that this has been a challenging time for many. It has hopefully been made slightly easier by our amazing teachers and administrators – helping us all navigate online learning. A huge thank you to the staff at the school for helping to make a challenging time slightly easier. The 2021/2022 school year is set to start on Thursday, September 9th, 2021. We hope to see you in person at that time!
PARLIAMENT STREET FITNESS ADDS MORE FOR OUTDOORS
Under Ontario’s re-opening plan, outdoor fitness classes and personal training are now allowed. As a result, Parliament Street Fitness will now offer some outdoor HIIT/bootcamp, yoga and running classes starting on June 22 in Riverdale Park West or Sprucecourt School. Classes are free for current members. Non-members are more than welcome to join. Check out the PSF web site for more info (scroll down home page to schedule)
(Thanks to Doug Fisher at CNR for this news item)
THE GREAT BIG CRUNCH – FROM GTGK
Have you heard of the Great Big Crunch? It’s a national movement and annual moment of anti-silence in which students, teachers, parents and others passionate about healthy food join the food movement, crunching into apples (or other crunchy fruit or vegetable) to make a big noise for healthy school food! Every year since 2008, Canadians have participated in the synchronized crunch, an original initiative of FoodShare Toronto, and now adopted by the national Coalition for Healthy School Food. Story from Heather Wilberforce at Green Thumbs, Growing Kids.
NEW TRANSFORMATION FROM LANEWAY PROJECT
Located just south of Queen St E between Logan Ave and Morse St, this laneway is used by local kids to get to school, and provides service and parking access to neighbouring businesses and homes. It now features Toronto’s very first full-coverage laneway road mural along its entire 90m length.
This follows on from their project in Central Hospital Lane in Moss Park-Cabbagetown.
LATEST UPDATES FROM LIVE GREEN NEWS
Here’s a link to the latest newsletter from LiveGreen Toronto. In this month’s issue they cover:
Celebrating Pollinator Week – June 21-27, Toronto’s annual basement flooding campaign, community approaches to waste reduction and Getting TO to Net Zero.
FREE ICE CREAM AND DRINKS IN RIVERDALE PARK
Toronto residents who can show they have been vaccinated can get free ice cream and drinks from Kitchen Hub in honour of International Picnic Day.
Today, June 19, between 5 pm and 8 pm, the Kitchen Hub will host a picnic in Riverdale Park West and give away free drinks and soft-serve ice cream. The celebration is in partnership with Greenhouse, Station Cold Brew, and Sapsucker.
DOWNTOWN SNOW CLEARING PLAN ALL SIGNED OFF
Last week City Council voted overwhelmingly to expand sidewalk snow clearing to every sidewalk in the city. New plows will be purchased through the existing capital budget, and the operating budget won’t be all that expensive after all, reports Dylan Reid from spacing.ca.
NEWS FROM THE CITY:
ActiveTO – PORTIONS OF BAYVIEW TO BE FULLY CLOSED THIS WEEKEND
The City has announced the ActiveTO major weekend road closures that will be in place from Saturday, June 19 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 20 at 9 p.m., including the return of the full vehicle closure on part of Bayview Avenue.
ActiveTO road closures to vehicles will include:
• Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), from Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue
• Bayview Avenue (full closure), between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street.
CITY ANNOUNCES NEW ParkFitTO PROGRAM
Last week the mayor announced the launch of ParkFitTO, a new pilot initiative offering residents outdoor fitness programming. With provincial restrictions still in place, the City of Toronto’s recreation centres will deliver fitness programs during the summer season at outdoor locations. With ParkFitTO, the City will offer outdoor drop-in fitness workouts as well as weekly outdoor group fitness and walking programs.
PERMIT PARKING ENFORCEMENT RESUMES
The City of Toronto reminds residents that routine enforcement of residential on-street permit parking resumes Monday, June 21 at 12:01 a.m. The City encourages residents who require residential on-street parking, and who do not have a valid on-street parking permit, to apply for a new permit as soon as possible.
ADDRESSING TAKEAWAY WASTE
Last Week Toronto City Council approved the Single-Use and Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy – Stage 1 report as the first stage of a Reduction Strategy to help reduce single-use and takeaway items in Toronto.
VACCINATION AND TESTING NEWS:
mRNA NOW PREFERRED 2nd DOSE FOR AZ RECIPIENTS: NACI
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now recommending that people who received a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine receive a second dose of an mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.
CITY OPENS UP 90,000 NEW VACCINE APPOINTMENTS
The City will open 90,000 new vaccine appointments over the next two weeks to respond to continued unprecedented demand as eligibility for second vaccine doses opens further. 30,000 appointments at City-run immunization clinics for the week of June 21 are now open in the provincial booking system . On Monday, the remaining 60,000 appointments will open for the week of June 28.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BOOKING A SUMMER TRIP
Rising vaccination rates and a gradual easing of international travel restrictions may be causing some Canadians to dream of that exotic summer vacation they had long since written off as a lost cause.
But with many restrictions still in place, challenges with accessing certain insurance, and the question of travelling with unvaccinated children, there are several things to consider before spending money on plane tickets in 2021. A report from Cameron French at CTV News.
FREE TEST KITS FROM CITY/BoT TO HELP SMBs WITH REOPENING
The City of Toronto has partnered with the Toronto Region Board of Trade to provide free COVID-19 rapid screening kits to small- and medium-sized businesses across Toronto.