Pictured above: The Children's Playground in St. James Park
COVID-19 Vaccination Update
It is difficult to keep track of the constantly changing requirements, procedures and timing for getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Following is a summary of some of the updates regarding who can get the vaccine, when and how (thanks to SLNA Director Donna Patterson for pulling much of this together from multiple sources).
If you are interested in services with proximity to Ward 13, Councillor Kristyn Wong Tam has provided the following number where you can text your postal code and be informed of the latest information for vaccine access. The number is: (647) 424-5358.
Starting today (April 30), adults 55 and older can book on the provincial or local health unit systems for appointments.The age limit drops to 50 and up next week, to 40 the week of May 10, down to 30 the week of May 17 and to those 18 and older after the Victoria Day long weekend.
More details at https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/
Outdoor Farmers Market Returns
Oh Happy Day!! The seasonal outdoor area of the St. Lawrence Market Saturday Farmers Market will return to Market Street on Saturday, May 1,2021.
To ensure vendors and customers have space to keep physical distance the outdoor area will once again take place on Market Street between The Esplanade and Wilton Street.
In compliance with restrictions under the Province of Ontario's COVID-19 response framework and the current Stay At Home Order, the outdoor Farmers Market area will be open from 7am-3pm.
The indoor Farmers Market area continues to operate from 5am-3pm and the South (main) Market building is open on Saturdays from 5am-4pm.
Customers are reminded to shop alone or with one other person if they need help carrying items and to wear a mask at all times including in lines and while in both indoor and outdoor areas.
Jarvis St. Watermain Replacement
From the City of Toronto
The City of Toronto will upgrade a 91-year-old vintage watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services on Lower Jarvis Street from Queens Quay East to The Esplanade as well as the sanitary sewer from south of Lakeshore Boulevard East to north of the Metrolinx Bridge.
The construction work will start next month and is expected to be completed by November. The project is part of the Council-approved 2021 Capital Works Program to renew aging infrastructure and increase capacity to meet the needs of the growing community in the area.
The following traffic impacts will be in place during construction:
There will be occasional full closures of the intersection at Lower Jarvis Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East to facilitate more invasive work within the intersection. The City will provide advance notice prior to any full closure.
SLNA Community Meeting - All Welcome:
When: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Format: ZOOM Videoconference
Link: Click Here to Join Meeting
Ontario Line Open House
Metrolinx is hosting a virtual open house on April 26th to share information and answer questions about the downtown segment of the Ontario Line transit project. This includes the future stations at Osgoode, Queen, Moss Park and Corktown.
The proposed "Corktown" station is the one closest to our neighbourhood and would be located at the current Staples site at Berekely and Front streets.
The open house will take place on Monday, April 26th, starting at 6:30 p.m. You can register and submit questions at: https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/OLliveApril26
Please share this information with your neighbours and friends.
This public event is part of a series Metrolinx are hosting through April for all the Ontario Line station areas. There will apparently be more opportunities to learn about the project and provide feedback.
You can learn more about the Ontario Line through their website, news blog, and e-newsletter.
Save the Foundry Effort - Funds Needed
Thanks to the activism of this community, the provincial government has stopped demolishing the The Foundry heritage building on Eastern Ave. While we still await final decisions/announcements, the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association is still short of the funds needed to settle payment for the legal costs incurred to secure the temporary injunction that stopped this demolition work.
Donate to the Save the Foundry Fund.
The SLNA, in co-operation with the office of MPP Chris Glover and the St. Lawrence Market is pleased to be able to offer assistance with the registration process for the Covid-19 vaccine for all of our member buildings.
Assistance will be offered next Wednesday, April 21 from 3-7 PM in the St. Lawrence (Temporary) Market tent at 125 The Esplanade. There is also a phone number to call for anyone who is housebound or has a disability (647-904-6637).
Additional details are in the flyer that can be downloaded, printed and posted locally.
DOWNLOAD HIGH-RESOLUTION FLYER
Note that all applicable Covid protocols and restrictions will be observed, including masks and physical distancing.
TO SLNA DELEGATES:
>>>Please circulate this information to reach all in your building who are in need of assistance. Also post on your community area bulletin boards. Ask your Property Manager to circulate it through Condo Central (or equivalent). If you have other ideas for getting the word out, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.<<<
SLNA encourages everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated at their earliest opportunity.
The Board appreciates your help in accomplishing this objective.
Delegates: In addition, if you have updated contact information for your building's delegate(s), please forward that information to email@example.com at your convenience.
The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association invites all residents to join us this Thursday, April 15 for a Town Hall Meeting to protect Canada's First Parliament site which is located in our neighbourhood at south east corner of Parliament and Front St.
For over 10 years SLNA representatives and other local residents have been meeting with our previous Councillor (the late Pam McConnell) to successfull protect the First Parliament site and to eventually develop commemorative elements worthy of this nationally significant historic site.
We are now pleased to have the full support of our Ward 13 Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam who has met with First Parliament Site SLNA representatives to establish a strategy for protecting this initiative and the heritage fabric of this neighbourhood.
Attending this week's Town Hall will be representatives from the SLNA, CreateTO, City Planning, and the Transit Expansion Office who will be helping us to learn more about coordinating the Ontario Line expansion with the ongoing master plan process for The First Parliament site.
Since 2018, the City of Toronto has been working with the local community to create a master plan process to guide the redevelopment of the site in order to protect, preserve and support community priorities that recognize the site’s history and support the changing needs of the community for the next decade and beyond.
Recently, the City of Toronto learned that Metrolinx intends to include the First Parliament Site in its Ontario Line development. Due to the extensive planning already underway, it is critical that we coordinate and collaborate to expedite transit while supporting and building complete communities.
The First Parliament site is a nationally significant parcel of land at Front and Parliament that saw the formation and governance of Upper Canada, the beginnings of a united Canada, and the growth of the City into an industrial and diverse region on both a provincial and national scale.
The First Parliament Site encompasses a full city block, bounded on the west by Berkeley Street and on the south by Parliament Square Park, at the intersection of Front and Parliament Streets.
TOWN HALL DETAILS:
When: Thursday April 15, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8: 00 p.m.
Where: Zoom, registrants will receive a link to join.
Please RSVP and submit your questions here.
Media Coverage: Ontario Line
See below a link to the April 12th feature in the Toronto Star that examines the province's plans for the Ontario subway line - including "proposing that the first transit-oriented communities for the new Ontario Line subway be built in Corktown."
The "Corktown" stop (working name) is the stop proposed for our neighbourhood - roughly where the current Staples is located on Front at Parliament St. - across from the First Parliament Site.
Read Toronto Star feature.
Photo Credit: Friends of St. James Park - @stjamesparkto on Instagram
April 7 COVID-19 UPDATE
From the CITY OF TORONTO website:
April 7, 2021
Toronto is subject to a province-wide shutdown . In addition, a Section 22 order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, requires all elementary and secondary school students to transition to online/remote learning starting April 7.
Residents aged 60+ or born in 1961 or earlier can book appointments at City immunization clinics. Eligible residents can also be vaccinated at hospital immunization clinics or pharmacies .
Current Health Situation
50 Years and Older in High Risk GroupsUnity Health COVID-19 Vaccination services offered through St Joseph's and St Michael's Hospitals:
First dose appointments at St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics are now available for people who are 50 years of age and older living in certain high risk areas. For information on eligibility and how to book, visit: https://unityhealth.to/who-can-get-vaccinated/…
People who are 50 years of age and older (born in 1971 or before) in High Risk Areas
Protect Our First Parliament
The St. Lawrence neighbourhood is home to some of the most historically significant sites for Toronto and our country. The First Parliament site has been a cherished project advanced significantly over the years by the residents and Councillors of this neighbourhood.
The provincial government may not be focused on the best interests of this site as plans for the Ontario Line take shape.
Plan to attend the Town Hall on this issue being hosted by our Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam on Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. Special guests include representatives from the provincial arm responsible for building the Ontario Line - Metrolinx along with representatives from City Planning, CreateTO, and Transit Expansion departments.
This will be a Zoom videoconference and you will need to register to receive the link:
Register at FirstParliament.To/TownHall
SLNA Community Meeting Minutes
The SLNA Minutes from the Community Meeting portion of the March 31 AGM is now available online. To view click here.
Speaker's Corner with David Crombie
Join Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Heritage Champion and former Mayor of Toronto, David Crombie, for a new educational series of virtual talks focused on heritage, city planning, community involvement, education and the future of Toronto. In each program, Crombie will engage with key players whose knowledge and expert perspective will inform us about current issues.
The series kicks off on April 7 at 7pm with The Call of Heritage: Local Community Action from The Foundry to Ontario Place.
REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE
Crombie’s guests will include our own former SLNA president, Suzanne Kavanagh, acclaimed urban planner Ken Greenberg, architect Shirley Blumberg, and Anne Bell, Director of Conservation at Education at Ontario Nature.
Speaker’s Corner with David Crombie will be hosted on the Zoom platform and registrants will be able to pose questions at the end of each program.
Stay tuned for the announcement of upcoming sessions!