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Seniors

Dear Residents,

 

I am very pleased that the Seniors Strategy was adopted unanimously by City Council in May 2013. As Chair of the Toronto Seniors Strategy Subcommittee, I am so grateful to our communities, experts and staff whom have contributed so much to this important and substantive work over the past two years.

 

Our City's new Seniors Strategy is a proactive, holistic and inclusive initiative that seeks to create a truly age-friendly Toronto. It addresses eight themes of age-friendliness, and includes key recommendations, actions and an accountability framework to ensure it gets implemented.

 

It is now the responsibility of the City of Toronto's Agencies, Boards, Corporations and Divisions (ABCDs) to implement the recommendations and actions outlined in the Seniors Strategy. Click here to read the Toronto Seniors Strategy.

Age-Friendly Grocery Guide

 

Dear Friends,

 

Since I was elected to City Council in 2010, I have been working closely with our communities, experts and City staff to develop the new City of Toronto Seniors Strategy, a proactive, holistic and inclusive initiative that seeks to create a truly accessibly, respectful and age-friendly Toronto.

 

In this spirit, I am delighted to share Toronto's first age-friendly grocery guide with you. This has been created specifically for Ward 22 residents. I've prepared this guide to help connect older adults with local businesses that provide age-friendly services in our community including deliveries, discounts and many other accommodations.

 

Special thanks to New York City Council Member Gale Brewer for inspiring this project.

 

You can download the guide as a PDF file and print it from your home computer or the library. You can also view it in your web browser as an image by clicking here. And please feel very welcome to call me at 416 392 7906 if you are unable to print the guide and I will send one to you in the mail.

 

Sincerely,

Josh

 

Standing Up For Seniors in Toronto Community Housing

Dear Residents,

 

I was very saddened to learn from the Toronto Ombudsman's recent report that a senior tenant of Toronto Community Housing died shortly after being improperly evicted in 2012. This alone would be unacceptable and inexcusable but it follows a lack of progress made on reforms that were recommended after an inquiry into another death in 2010. Seniors who live in public housing are among our most vulnerable community members and they deserve our care and support.

 

The new CEO of Toronto Community Housing has agreed to implement all the recommendations in the Ombudsman's report by next year. To ensure that no more tenants fall through the cracks, City Council supported my motion to have the Ombudsman oversee all situations when a senior is facing eviction until new rules and practices are in place at Toronto Community Housing.

 

You can learn more about the Ombudsman's report and my motion in this article from the Toronto Star.

 

Sincerely,

Josh

   

The City of Toronto's Seniors Strategy Released

 

Dear residents,

 

I am very pleased to share the proposed Toronto Seniors Strategy with you. As chair of the Toronto Seniors Strategy subcommittee, I am so grateful to our communities, experts and staff whom have contributed so much to this important and substantive work over the past two years.

 

Our City's new Seniors Strategy is a proactive, holistic and inclusive initiative that seeks to create a truly age-friendly Toronto.

 

Click here to read the Toronto Seniors Strategy.

 

You can also view the Executive Summary of the strategy, covering all of the highlights, by clicking here.

 

The Seniors Strategy will be presented to the Community Development and Recreation Committee which will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 9:30am at City Hall, Committee Room 1. Please click here to view the agenda item. Through that link, you will also find buttons at the very top of the page to submit comments on the public record or to request to speak in front of the committee on April 17 by making a deputation.

 

I encourage you to share your feedback and insights!

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   

The Agenda: Living Retirement to the Fullest

 

Last week, I joined Steve Paikin to discuss Finding Gold in the Golden Years - what governments should be doing to help ensure everyone's retirement years are good, active, and fulfilling. My co-panelists were:

 

Susan Eng, Vice President of Advocacy, CARP

Dr. Samir Sinha, Director, Geriatrics, Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto

Louise Binder, Health Care Advocate

   

Presentation: Building an Age-Friendly Toronto

On October 11, 2012, I gave a presentation at the University of Toronto Institute for Life Course and Aging about building an age-friendly Toronto. Please click here to view the video. You can also download my slide deck.

   

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