Councillor Josh Matlow

Update on COVID-19: Saturday, April 4th

Dear residents,

I hope this finds you and your family healthy and well under the unprecedented circumstances we all find ourselves in.

I’ve been reading the emails in my inbox- the many hundreds of them every day. In the midst of a global pandemic, every person has their own story and real challenges.

While it’s necessary to be at a physical distance right now, we can love and support each other through this journey we’re on together.

This is the most surreal and challenging event most of us have ever experienced in our lifetimes. I know it can feel suffocating, frustrating, depressing and even devastating.

I spoke with a resident who lost his dad this week to COVID-19. His mom, who can’t even receive a hug while she’s mourning, says that people who are ignoring calls to practice social distancing bear responsibility for her husband’s death. It’s heartbreaking.

I’ve spoken with so many people who feel suffocated, like their existence feels like they’re under house arrest, with no known date for release. I know so many people who have had to put their life plans on hold. I’ve spoken with many tenants, and small to medium size landlords, who need a plan from the provincial government to make it through rent day. I’ve listened to many local business owners who might lose everything they’ve invested. I’ve spoken with fellow parents who are worried about their kids. And seniors, who are especially vulnerable to this disease, nowhere more so than in our long-term care homes. I’m advocating for them.

I want to remind you of something very important. Each and every one of us can save lives and be part of the solution, rather than be the problem ourselves. Every choice we make could contribute to saving lives and ensuring our public spaces, civil liberties and quality of life returns back to something more “normal” sooner.

The latest provincial models show that if we had done nothing, there could’ve been 100,000 deaths in Ontario due to COVID-19 over the next 2 years. If we do everything we can, it could still be in the thousands. If we stay home, practice safe physical distancing when out for a walk, wash our hands and follow expert advice, we can continue to bring down these horrible numbers.

I know it’s extremely difficult, but what we’re all doing every day has a meaningful purpose.  In fact, we’ve never had a higher calling. We are staying home, and physically distancing, so that more of us can get through this together. We are saving lives.

Along with our collective efforts, I want to make a heartfelt point of thanking our heroic healthcare workers who are making enormous sacrifices to be on the front lines to protect and care for us.

I understand the next few weeks will be especially difficult for them, as the surge of COVID-19 cases challenges the capacity of our healthcare system. People throughout our neighborhoods drum pots and pans every evening to cheer them on.

And I’m so deeply grateful to everyone of our essential workers keeping society functional- from the grocery clerks, to waste collectors, emergency services and more. We appreciate you. To our brave and caring shelter workers, thank you.

And to all of you, the community I love so much, I wish you and your family very good health, mentally and physically. We will get through this together.

I do hope you find my latest update to you helpful and informative. You can read previous ones here. Always feel very welcome to let me know if I can do anything to support you.

In friendship,

Josh

P.S. My daughter, Molly, asked me to share her message to her fellow kids out there. Please click here to watch her public service announcement

How To Protect Yourself and Others:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed:

  • You must practice physical distancing
  • Stay home and only go out occasionally for groceries, pharmaceuticals, necessary household items and exercise. If you require delivery services, please scroll down
  • You must stay home if you are infected with COVID-19
  • You must stay home if have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill
  • Do not go out when you are ill
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Issues New Directives Under the Health Protection & Promotion Act:

On April 1, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health issued new directives under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. These include:

  1. All individuals with COVID-19 are ordered by the Medical Officer of Health to stay home, under the Health Protection and Promotion Act for 14 days.
  2. All individuals who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are also ordered to stay home by the Medical Officer of Health for 14 days.
  3. Anyone who is not ill or has not travelled, is strongly directed to stay home except for the following reasons:
    • accessing healthcare or medication
    • shop for groceries once per week
    • walk their dogs
    • get daily exercise while maintaining physical distancing of at least two metres
  4. People returning from international travel must stay home (already a federal order).

Anyone over the age of 70, as the Province announced, is strongly encouraged to stay home as much as possible. The rationale is that seniors are at the highest risk for getting severely ill from COVID-19. Adding additional measures to protect them is important.

Seniors can still go out to exercise. If they do so, they should practice physical distancing. Seniors who live in buildings need to take extra precautions in common areas and elevators, to maintain physical distancing when going outdoors.

The Medical Officer of Health also stated that going outside to get essentials such as groceries or medications once a week is also acceptable. Seniors may wish to ask others for assistance or use online services to limit their interaction with others and to stay home as much as possible. Please scroll further down my e-newsletter to review these assistance programs and initiative.

All Travelers Are Mandated to Self-Isolate for 14-Days:

The Government of Canada has put in place emergency measures that require mandatory 14-day self-isolation for all persons entering Canada, even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Some provinces and territories may have specific recommendations for certain groups, such as health care workers. These efforts will help contain the outbreak and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. For more information, please click here.

Tenants Left Vulnerable as Province Fails to Move Forward with Plan to Support Renters and Landlords: 

The provincial government needs to provide support for tenants who are unable to pay their rent due to lost income because of the COVID – 19 crisis. While Premier Ford took a good first step by freezing eviction orders during the course of the pandemic, renters and Landlords are in need of clarity and surety from the province to ensure that they are not in financial ruin when the crisis is over.

Tenants are answering the government’s call to stay home help limit the spread of COVID -19. It’s only reasonable that the government provides a realistic plan to ensure that renters can afford to do their part. The Ontario government needs to implement a plan that includes:

•         Rent forgiveness for vulnerable tenants: Offset payments for Landlords to forgive rent for tenants who now qualify for federal income supports. Deferrals could lead to mass evictions and financial ruin when the COVID – 19 crisis is over. The provincial government in British Colombia has taken a similar approach.
•         Ban eviction notices: while eviction orders have been suspended, Landlords are still allowed to file eviction notices and are “entitled to collect compensation from a tenant for each day an eviction order is not enforced,” according to this recently posted provincial webpage COVID -19: information for Landlords. If allowed to continue, this measure will leave a threat of eviction over the heads of tenants; exacerbating a public health and financial crisis.
•         No Rent Increases: I have heard from many tenants that Landlords are still issuing Guideline and even Above the Guideline Rent Increases (AGIs). There should be a pause on these increases during the course of the pandemic.

Premier Ford announced, “If you can’t pay rent, and you’re in a crisis, you don’t rent pay rent”, at a recent press conference, leading to confusion amongst tenants and Landlords alike. Moreover, the province’s formal advice for tenants to “speak to your landlord about whether (rent) can be postponed or if other payment arrangements can be agreed to,” has not proven effective. Far too many Landlords still demanded full rent payments.

The province must come forward with a plan to support tenants now. For more information, please see this article.

Rent Support Needed for Small Business Owners and Landlords: 

I speak with small business owners every day of this crisis. So many of them are financially devastated by this crisis. From shops located on Mt. Pleasant, Yonge, Spadina, St. Clair, Oakwood or along Eglinton, the challenges and struggles that our local businesses face demonstrates the need for every level of government to step up. This past week, I participated in a round table conference call, hosted by the Yonge & St. Clair BIA, with over 30 merchants to discuss the personal and financial impacts of COVID-19 and helpful ways each of our governments can provide the necessary and immediate support they need.

That is why I wrote to the Province’s Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction requesting for an immediate rent relief plan for small business owners and commercial landlords. Please see my letter here and if you wish to add your voice in support of my letter, please email: prabmeet.sarkaria@pc.ola.org

New Emergency Order Regulating Physical Distancing in Parks and Public Squares:

Yesterday, the City moved forward with an emergency order regulating physical distancing in City of Toronto parks and public squares.

Any two people who don’t live together, who fail to keep two metres of distance between them in a park or public square, will be subject to prosecution and will be liable for a fine of up to $5,000 upon conviction. The City has asked the Chief Justice of the Province of Ontario to issue a set fine for this offence. This move is in addition to a provincial order banning groups of more than 5 people.

The Mayor took this emergency action – which is in effect for at least the next 30 days – to further drive home the message that people have to keep their distance from each other to avoid spreading COVID-19 in our city and to save lives.

To save lives, protect our healthcare system, and get the economy and City back to normal as quickly as possible, the public must follow the advice – and orders communicated publicly on several occasions – to stay home as much as possible. This weekend, the public can expect to see increased enforcement of orders and laws designed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

A COVID-19 Enforcement Team of 200 Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Officers, 10 Toronto Public Health Bylaw Officers, plus the resources of the Toronto Police Service will enforce the new physical distancing bylaw, provincial orders banning organized social gatherings of more than five people, bans on using closed playgrounds and other parks amenities, and the closure orders on non-essential businesses that remain open.

The enforcement team will be responding to complaints and proactively patrolling parks and other public spaces, in an effort to ensure public understanding of the need to limit social interactions. To file a complaint, please call 311.

Fines for violating a provincial order under the Emergency Measures Act can range from $750 to $100,000, including up to one year in jail, for social gatherings exceeding five persons, using parks amenities which have been closed, opening non-essential businesses, and failing to identify oneself to a police officer or a provincial offences officer (bylaw officer) investigating a matter under the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act.

The advice from Toronto’s public health officials has been clear and consistent: To stop the community spread of this deadly virus, we must reduce all contact with others as much as possible.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines and orders will result in more people dying from COVID-19. It will result in our healthcare system being overwhelmed and unable to treat all who need critical care.

For more information, please see the By-Law.

Province’s Essential Workplaces List Should Not Include Construction Projects to Protect Workers and Community:

Yesterday, the Ontario government released its updated list of Essential Workplaces. While the province has eliminated several business categories, there are still some concerning sectors allowed to remain open.

The most concerning commercial activity included on the list is construction. On many job sites it is almost impossible to maintain 2 metres of physical space due to group lifts or other tasks that involve support. Further, most sites use port-o-potties and lack running water, making it difficult to practice hygiene practices recommended by public health officials.

The inclusion of construction as an essential workplace not only puts construction workers at risk, but the people who live at the sites. The wording of the updated list would allow work to continue on already built apartment buildings. I have heard from far too many residents that unnecessary projects such as lobby refurbishing are still occurring during this pandemic. These activities bring increase risk of transmission due to workers in people’s homes and are, in some cases, very noisy at a time when we are asking everyone to stay home.

Given the dire projections about possible COVID-19 outcomes, it is essential that every decision be made through in the interest of public health and saving lives. We deserve to know why construction is allowed to continue. How is it possibly essential during a pandemic? Was this decision based on advice from public health experts or lobbyists? Doesn’t it put workers, and the rest of us at further risk?

I have yet to receive any answers to these questions. If you would like to add your voice opposing the inclusion of construction as an essential service during the course of COVID-19, please email the Premier – premier@ontario.ca

For more information, please see this article.

Mt. Pleasant Group Cemetery Gate Closure:

Yesterday evening, I received notice from the CEO and President of Mt. Pleasant Group Cemetery that they have decided to temporarily close their gates.

Their decision is going to be very difficult for those of us who live in midtown. My family and I really appreciate walking in the cemetery. We’ve gone there frequently, even before our daughter was born. This closure is going to be even more impactful to people who want to visit their loved ones buried there.

The decision was the Cemetery’s, not one that the City made. They told us that they made the decision because too many people were not adhering to safe physical distancing. I know it was a difficult choice for them to make.

This, along with many other restrictions on our lives, will all be temporary. They are being made specifically, and only, to save lives.

With respect to the City’s decisions, our parks remain open to walk through (the amenities are closed and people need to be 6 feet apart from those who aren’t members of their household). These decisions are based on the advice of the medical officer of health.

I’ve requested a phone conversation with the CEO and President of the Cemetery to discuss their decision with him and explore every option to see the cemetery reopened at its very earliest possible opportunity, obviously with the advice of Toronto Public Health.

Yard Waste Collection Resumes for Two Weeks:

The City will resume yard waste collection from Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 17.

•    Place yard waste out before 7 a.m. on regularly scheduled garbage/yard waste collection day.
•    Please be patient as crews make their way across the city.
•    If yard waste is not picked up the scheduled day, please leave it out as it will be picked-up in the coming days. Please do not call 311 to report a missed collection.
•    To ensure health and safety, please only use yard waste bags, not open-top containers.

The start of seasonal yard waste collection was suspended as part of the City’s COVID-19 response. After the two-week period of yard waste pickup, the City will assess if it can continue to maintain the service. More information is available on the City’s website.

Accessing Support through Federal & Provincial Government Benefits:

The COVID-19 pandemic will have an economic impact on everyone’s livelihood. That is why, I put together a helpful Q+A below to assist you in navigating through the Federal and Provincial Government benefits.

Did you pay into EI, and have worked at least 700 hours in the last 52 weeks, but have been laid off due to work closures? You can apply for regular EI benefits through the Federal government. Beginning in April, even if you are EI-eligible, you can apply for the Federal Government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CREB) to ensure timely access to funds, as Canada’s EI system is currently overloaded with applications.

If this does not apply to you, you may still apply for the Provincial Government’s Emergency Assistance Program through Ontario Works and the Federal Government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CREB)

Did you pay into EI and have worked at least 700 hours in the last 52 weeks, but are unable to work because you are ill or in self-quarantine? You can apply for EI sickness benefits through the Federal government.

If this does not apply to you, you may still apply for the Federal Government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CREB)

Did you pay into EI and have worked at least 700 hours in the last 52 weeks, but are unable to work because of school closures? You can apply for regular EI benefits through the Federal government.

If this does not apply to you, you may still apply for the Federal Government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CREB)

Accessing Support through Municipal Benefits:

The COVID-19 pandemic will have an economic impact on everyone’s livelihood. That is why, the City of Toronto has identified a list of municipal resources that can be used to help minimize those impacts and help get you back on your feet. Click here to learn more.

Help for Canadians Outside of Canada:

If you or a family member and/or friend are currently travelling outside of Canada and require information on how to get home, please click here. The Federal Government has put a number of plans in place to assist you.

Seeking Help: Grocery Delivery Assistance, Food Banks and More:

UHN OpenLab’s Friendly Neighbour Hotline:

University Health Network’s OpenLab is helping vulnerable seniors—the group most at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic—by mobilizing volunteers to deliver groceries and other household essentials. The service gives priority to seniors living in low-income housing.

Due to the need for social distancing, many seniors face challenges with picking up essentials like groceries. These challenges are made worse by the new reality of having to wait in long lines at some stores, which may not be possible for frail seniors, and which brings a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

Many seniors, particularly those with low-income, do not have digital access or are unable to go online or afford the added fees for delivery services.

Since this initiative was first announced on March 13, 2020, close to 600 volunteers have stepped forward to offer assistance to the thousands of seniors living in low-income housing across the city. Together, we operate the Friendly Neighbour Hotline, a single phone number seniors living in low-income housing in Toronto can call, connected to a network of volunteers throughout the city who can help with picking up groceries and household essentials during this difficult time.

Volunteers are ordinary Torontonians who want to help. All volunteers have been vetted. Vetting includes a review of government-issued ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport) and two references, one of which must be from work, school or another volunteer organization. Those who have passed the vetting process attend mandatory online training before they can assist vulnerable seniors.

The UHN OpenLab team has established the processes and procedures of the operation, and consulted with City officials, collaborators, and seniors themselves to ensure a coordinated, effective and safe response. The team has long-standing relationships and projects looking at creative ways to support seniors to live independently in Toronto’s vertical communities. This has allowed UHN OpenLab to get organized very quickly, and to go live with the service in just a week.

The Friendly Neighbour Hotline went live on Monday, March 23. Currently, it is only serving Toronto seniors who live in low-income housing. The toll-free Hotline is available in 180 languages.

1-855-581-9580

SPRINT Senior Care

SPRINT began caring for seniors and enabling seniors to care for themselves in 1983. They continue to do so today as an accredited, not-for-profit community support service agency in Toronto by offering a wide range of practical and low-cost services to seniors and their caregivers. Due to COVID-19, there have been a number of program and service changes. Please click here to learn more.

If you’re a senior and interested in grocery delivery, the Meals on Wheels food service or security and wellness checks, please call 416-481-0069 ext. 1225 or review this flyer.

The Stop’s COVID-19 Plan:

We’re at a critical time for the containment of COVID–19 (Coronavirus).

The Stop Community Food Centre will be shifting its resources away from community programming and towards emergency food access services starting Monday, March 16.

Our first and foremost priority is to protect the health and well-being of all Stop community members, staff, and volunteers.

We will continue to provide essential food access services to our community in an adjusted form at our main location at 1884 Davenport Road:

  • The Stop’s Food Bankwill run Mondays and Fridays, 12pm-3pm.
  • The Drop-inwill no longer serve seated meals. Instead, we will serve takeaway meals on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9am-10am for breakfast, 12pm-1pm for lunch
  • The Stop’s Community Advocacy Officewill no longer hold in-person office hours, but Community Advocates are able to provide information, support, and referrals via phone. Monday-Friday 10am-2pm (416) 652-7867 x243

Please note: the following Stop programs and services are suspended until further notice:

  • Healthy Beginnings (general program, Food Bank still open)
    •Community Kitchens
    • The Stop’s Wychwood Open Door
    • Income Tax Clinic
    • The Stop’s Urban Agriculture programming, including Youth Programs and the Mashkikii;aki’ing Medicine Wheel Garden
    • The Stop’s Farmers’ Market

If you are in need of immediate food access and are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus, or have come in contact with someone with symptoms, please do not visit The Stop. Instead, please ask a friend or family member to do so for you.

Questions? Please contact our general line: 416-652-7867, or email general@thestop.org.

If you would like to support our work, monetary donations are the most efficient way. They allow us to purchase the exact items we need on short notice. We also have purchasing relationships with farmers, stores, and suppliers, so we can buy items at a lower price than retail customers. You can make a donation here.

If you’d prefer to donate items, that’s great too! Currently, we’re seeking baby supplies (wipes, diapers, and formula. Size 3-4 are our most requested diaper sizes, but we would take anything!) unused personal care products (like hand sanitizer, shampoo, menstrual products, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, etc) and clean takeout containers with lids. These can be dropped off at 1884 Davenport Road, Monday-Friday 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm.

We all must do our part to contain any spread and mitigate the effects of Coronavirus—both physically and mentally—on our staff, volunteers, and community members.

To keep our workplace healthy throughout this period, our staff and volunteers are following stringent precautionary measures such as frequent hand washing, continually sterilizing our work environments, use of rubber gloves, and social distancing. The Stop is also providing extended, paid sick days and work-from-home arrangements to our employees upon request, no questions asked.

Good Neighbour Project

Are you someone in isolation, elderly, a single parent or person living with a disability that requires delivery assistance for supplies, and groceries with no one to help? A task force of volunteers with the Good Neighbour Project are on standby to offer you assistance. Please call 647-873-2230 between 8:00am-8:00pm daily or visit their website here.

Meals to Go at St. Michael’s & All Angels Church

Between 11:00pm-12:00pm daily, St. Michael’s & All Angels Church (611 St. Clair Ave. W.) will be offering meals to go as well as operating as a food bank. Please check them out!

Do You Live Between Christie/Ossington & Dupont/Davenport?

Hello neighbour!  My name is Caitlin, and I live in the area between Christie/Ossington and Dupont/Davenport. Along with other neighbours, I’m reaching out because we know that Toronto’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will cause challenges for many of us, due to school and work closures, illness, quarantines, or social distancing. We want to connect with our neighbours so we can communicate, share resources and information, and support each other with any needs that come up.

Let us know if there is anything you need help with now –  errands, supplies, groceries, picking up medication, or anything else. We will do our best to help, or connect you to someone who can. Contact me by email at MelitaCrescentToronto@gmail.com or call/text at 647-393-8742.

If you would like to be part of this mutual support network, let us know:
1.    How we should contact you to follow up (email, call, text, social media)
2.    How you can help (shopping, hosting online gatherings, coordinating the network, etc)

Even though we can’t gather in person, we can still come together as a community!

211 Toronto

211 Toronto connects people living in the GTA to over 4,000 programs and social services such as financial help, employment services, mental health, home care, housing, shelters, food and childcare. It offers a 24/7 confidential service in 150 languages, including online, text (21166) and chat services.

Legal Aid

  • Pro Bono Ontario: free legal assistance offered to low-income Ontarians through their Free Legal Advice Hotline (1-855-255-7256)

Community Spirit During COVID-19: Ways to Help:

Call to Action: SPRINT Senior Care’s Meals on Wheels

SPRINT Senior Care’s Meals on Wheels (MOW) program is volunteer-based and delivers tasty, nutritious meals directly to seniors’ doors seven days a week, 365 days a year. MOW volunteers also perform security checks when delivering meals, to ensure seniors’ safety.

Volunteers are the foundation of many of SPRINT Senior Care’s services and we could not care for our seniors without support from over 300 volunteers annually. Due to the impact of COVID-19, we anticipate being in need of more volunteers to help us deliver Meals on Wheels.

If you are interesting in finding out more about how you can help, please contact our Volunteer Services and Human Resources Department at 416-481-0669, ext. 8723, or volunteer@sprintseniorcare.org. Visit us at www.sprintseniorcare.org to learn more about our services and programs.

Call to Action: Friendly Neighbour Hotline

University Health Network’s OpenLab is helping vulnerable seniors—the group most at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic—by mobilizing volunteers to deliver groceries and other household essentials. The service gives priority to seniors living in low-income housing.

Volunteers are ordinary Torontonians who want to help. All volunteers have been vetted. Vetting includes a review of government-issued ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport) and two references, one of which must be from work, school or another volunteer organization. Those who have passed the vetting process attend mandatory online training before they can assist vulnerable seniors.

The UHN OpenLab team has established the processes and procedures of the operation, and consulted with City officials, collaborators, and seniors themselves to ensure a coordinated, effective and safe response. The team has long-standing relationships and projects looking at creative ways to support seniors to live independently in Toronto’s vertical communities. This has allowed UHN OpenLab to get organized very quickly, and to go live with the service in just a week.

The Friendly Neighbour Hotline went live on Monday, March 23. Currently, it is only serving Toronto seniors who live in low-income housing. The toll-free Hotline is available in 180 languages: 1-855-581-9580

To become a volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Intake Form.

Health and social services agencies wishing to collaborate, please download and complete the Letter of Collaboration.

If you would like to make a donation, please visit our fundraising page.

Visit our Twitter page for daily updates.

Call to Action: Bernard Betel Center Needs Volunteers

Our community, along with the entire world, is gripped by the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis is impacting us all. But those who will suffer the most—and face the greatest risks—are the most vulnerable among us. They need us now.

Working with our social service agency partners at the Bernard Betel Centre, we are looking for volunteers to drop off meals to seniors who are homebound as part of the kosher Meals on Wheels campaign. Please connect with our colleague Cheryl Besner cherylb@betelcentre.org or 416.225.2112 ext.127 if you are able to help.

Call to Action: Toronto Bike Brigade:

Concerned cyclists and Dave, The Biking Lawyer are mobilizing people on bikes in Toronto to offer volunteer delivery and support services where safe and medically acceptable to do so. We have over 150 cyclist volunteers in various areas across the city. If your organization would like to post in our group a call for cyclist support or directly email: dave@thebikinglawyer.ca, we can work to assist you.

We can also look at individual support options.

If you are able, have two good wheels, good health and a love for community support please join us!

Manor “with heart” Road United Church Encourages Residents to Show Their Gratitude for Frontline Workers

Our very own Manor Road United Church has started a wonderful campaign asking residents to get creative and post a sign, banner or picture in their windows, on their balconies and maybe even their front lawns expressing their gratitude for our frontline workers. Come on Midtown, let’s show our grocery clerks, garbage collectors, nurses, doctors, etc. our gratitude and love!

Feed the Frontlines!

Our very own Midtown resident, Adair Roberts, who works in the mental health and addictions sector, and is now supported by a group of caring Torontonians who have come together to get delicious, nutritious meals to Toronto’s frontline health and social services workers while keeping restaurant workers employed.  All organizers of this campaign are volunteers and none are employed by the restaurants providing or the health and social services organizations receiving the meals.

All funds will be used to purchase high quality and individually-packed meals directly from our restaurant partners and deliver them to recipients at hospitals and social service centres.  You can see our current list of restaurant partners here. Please check-out their go fund me page to donate.

If You Require Assistance or Information 

My team and I remain actively working. However, our physical offices will be closed until further notice and my staff will be working remotely. In the interim, the best way to connect with us is by email at councillor_matlow@toronto.ca, rather than phone, and we’ll respond to you at our earliest opportunity.

Due to the high volume of correspondence we’re receiving, there may be a delay in our response, but we’ll certainly following up with you. We deeply appreciate your patience.

For any information related to COVID-19, please click here for the Toronto Public Health website to learn more and for important contact information.

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