The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic fallout have hit small and medium-sized businesses hard. A growing number of small businesses have closed their doors. The current relief programs from our governments have many businesses falling through the cracks putting the continued existence of our local restaurants, shops and cultural spaces at risk.
On Wednesday, May 13th, Bhutila Karpoche, our local MPP, will be hosting a Facebook Live for a focused discussion on supporting small businesses during this crisis and discuss next steps. Bhutila will be joined by John Kiru, Executive Director of TABIA, and representatives from four of our local Business Improvement Associations.
DATE: Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
TIME: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Learn about collective strategies of mutual support and grassroots organizing. This online discussion focuses on our Parkdale neighbourhood, and how people are providing collective care to the most vulnerable members of our community. Looking beyond COVID-19, what can we learn from these strategies, and are they here to stay?
This event is organized by Myseum. To find out more about this online event and to register click HERE.
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm
The Ontario government will allow certain businesses to reopen under the auspices of workplace safety guidelines. If they adhere to health and safety guidelines issued by the province, the following businesses will be allowed to reopen:
- Garden centres and nurseries, with curbside pick-up and delivery only
- Lawn care and landscaping
- Essential construction projects that include: shipping and logistics, broadband, telecommunications and digital infrastructure, projects which support the improved delivery of goods and services, municipal projects, colleges and universities, child care centres, schools, and site preparation for institutional, commercial, industrial, and residential development
- Automatic and self-serve car washes
- Auto dealerships, open by appointment only
- Golf courses may begin to prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not yet open to the public
- Marinas may begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.
- The full announcement can be read HERE.
Some long-term care facilities are offering family members virtual visits with loved ones.
Family Councils Ontario has posted some resources on virtual visits that you might find interesting – materials explaining how to use Zoom, Skype and FaceTime – https://www.fco.ngo/covid-19/virtual-visits-toolkit and other resources https://www.fco.ngo/covid-19/supports-families
Here are some helpful links for navigating technology.
Web-version: https://web.whatsapp.com/ Support: https://faq.whatsapp.com/
It is important to support small businesses during this time. This month saw the launch of Creative Relief Collective, a free, online platform to support fine artists, creatives, artisanal makers and fashion designers who have felt the impact of COVID-19. To support the talents of local creatives or join the group click HERE.
There is a great deal that can be learned from the successes and challenges other cities have faced in response to COVID-19. It is clear that we must act now.
We still have a window of opportunity to stop the spread of COVID-19, but that window is closing. We need to flatten the curve and limit community transmission, so that we don’t overwhelm our hospitals and health care system. If we don’t act, increased pressure will result in the tragic outcomes we are seeing around the world.
Today, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health announced new significant measures that are being taken to stop COVID-19 and save lives. Please click HERE to continue reading for more on these important next steps.
These are difficult and uncertain times. Remember, we’re all in this together. Stay home, stay safe, and look out for each other.
Greenest City is partnering with Food Share to provide Emergency Food Boxes in Parkdale. You can apply here and donate here.
If you are able to pick up the Good Food Box from 201 Cowan Ave (Epiphany & St Marks Church) safely, they are asking that you pick up your box in order to alleviate the pressure on FoodShare delivery drivers. Pick-up location will be strictly following public health guidelines.
*FOOD CAN BE DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR BY FOODSHARE.
As our workplaces and gathering places shut down and we retreat into our homes, we are seeing the importance of connected communities. More than ever, neighbours are helping neighbours get through a difficult time. Our public health services can’t possibly assist every vulnerable resident who needs help right now. That’s where YOU come in – mutual aid!
We encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. Talk to your neighbours and join or start an on-line group through Nextdoor, Facebook, ZOOM, Meet-up in Parkdale.
Learn how to self-monitor and self-isolate > Health Canada
Many of you here in our community of Parkdale are looking for information about the coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19). The top priority is to limit the spread of the virus. Stay informed!
Here are three websites with the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Toronto Public Health: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/diseases-medications-vaccines/coronavirus/
Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
A free visual arts learning program for local youth (ages 14-19) during March Break 2020. Participants learn basic art, design and mural-making skills from professional artists, gaining the skills and confidence to participate in public art projects in their communities. During the program, participants will work on a collaborative design which they will also paint as part of the Lansdowne Underpass transformation this summer.
To Register (deadline March 6): https://muralroutes.ca/youthpaintparkdale2020/
Date: Monday, Mar. 16 to Friday, Mar. 20, 2020
Time: 12:00 Noon – 4:00 pm
Place: 1303 Queen Street West – The Parkdale Library