City operating two mass vaccination clinics in Scarborough
Toronto Public Health has a vital role in vaccine distribution and follows Ontario’s prioritization plan. Eligibility for vaccines and available locations will continue to expand throughout the year. In mid-March, registration was open for residents 80 years old and up. Visit Toronto’s website at toronto.ca/COVID-19-vaccines
for up-to-date information on what to expect at a vaccination clinic and the provincial eligibility timelines by age.
The city is operating a mass vaccination clinic at Scarborough Town Centre, and plans to open a site at the Malvern Community Recreation Centre on March 29. These clinics are in addition to the vaccine clinics offered by the Scarborough Hospital Network and pharmacies. Toronto has set up a single registration resource for residents to book appointments at clinics operated by the city and our hospital network at vaccineTO.ca.
News on 633 Coronation
I want to thank all of the engaged community members, the CCRA, as well as Mayor John Tory, for your advocacy regarding the proposed development at 633 Coronation Drive.
In March, my office was notified that the Environmental Compliance
Application (ECA), seeking to build an Organics Processing Centre and Anaerobic
Digester at the site, was withdrawn. This proposal, submitted to the
provincial government, would have brought more than 100 commercial trucks into
our community each day, driving to and from the facility. While the applicant
has not indicated if they plan to submit another application, I am
committed to advocating for a transparent public consultation process in the
Looking ahead, I am awaiting a report by city staff detailing the positive attributes and future opportunities for the Coronation Employment Area, along with recommendations to minimize trucking impacts on our neighbourhood.
Port Union Road Town Hall
I am delighted to share that city staff have completed the detailed design of the Port Union Road widening. The final design includes the addition of a second northbound lane, wider sidewalks and bike lanes along the entirety of the corridor. The widening of Port Union between Lawrence Ave. E. and Island Road represents a cumulative investment of $9.6 million in our neighbourhood.
Before construction begins this year, the city is hosting a Public Information Town Hall to share more about construction timelines and the final detailed design. The virtual Town Hall is scheduled for April 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Political Blind Date
I had the unique opportunity of joining TVOntario as a guest on Season 4 of Political Blind Date. Each episode features two Canadian politicians who are sent on “blind dates” with one another to learn more about the other’s life, work and political perspectives.
I was paired with MPP Andrea Khanjin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Environment Minister. Iit was wonderful to show her around Scarborough–Rouge Park, with coffee at Mr. Beans, a walk in Colonel Danforth Park and canoeing at Rouge Park.
You can watch the half-hour episode online by visiting tvo.org/programs/political-blind-date.
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