|#TorontoStrong Fund Distributed to Victims and Families of Yonge Street Van Attack and the Danforth Shooting
|December 7, 2018
#TorontoStrong Fund distributed to victims and families of Yonge Street
van attack and the Danforth shooting
The over $4 million donated to the #TorontoStrong Fund has now been distributed
to the 41 victims and families of the Yonge Street van attack and the Danforth
The fund, a partnership between the City of Toronto and Toronto Foundation,
was created to ensure the generous outpouring of philanthropic support was
collected and distributed to those affected in an accountable and transparent
"I would like to sincerely thank all of the generous Toronto residents, businesses
and community groups who made donations to support these victims
and families," said Mayor John Tory. "These events, while tragic, highlighted
the compassion, resilience and humanity of the people of Toronto. While we will
never forget these events, we will also never forget how so many people came
together dedicated to helping those affected and to healing their communities."
To distribute the collected funds, the pro bono fund administrator, former Toronto
mayor Barbara Hall, met with bereaved families, survivors, medical and social
service personnel, reviewed best practices from around the world and received
guidance from the #TorontoStrong Steering Committee to create a disbursement f
ramework. The review process also took into account the short- and long-term
physical and psychological injuries sustained by survivors, as well as the impact of
loss of life on families left behind.
Following the disbursement of all the donations to the victims, Toronto Foundation
announced the creation of The Barbara Hall Community Resilience Fund.
Working in partnership with the Wellesley Institute, this new initiative will develop
and support a network of crisis responders to ensure strong coordination
and collaboration between organizations.
To mark these tragic events and memorialize the victims, the City of Toronto will
launch consultations with survivors, bereaved families and impacted communities
on permanent memorials in early 2019.
About Toronto Foundation
Established in 1981, Toronto Foundation is a registered charity and one of
191 Community Foundations in Canada. We pool philanthropic dollars
and facilitate charitable donations for maximum community impact. Our individual,
family and organizational Funds number more than 500 and we administer more
than $400 million in assets. Through strategic granting, thought leadership
and convening, we engage in city building to strengthen quality of life in Toronto.
To learn more, visit http://www.torontofoundation.ca.
This news release is also available on the City's website:
Media contact: Andrea Martinelli, Strategic Communications,
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|Toronto Animal Services Holding Holiday Pet Food Drive
|December 7, 2018
Toronto Animal Services holding holiday pet food drive
Toronto Animal Services is seeking donations of cat and dog food to help feed
some deserving pets this holiday season.
Donations of unopened bagged/dry or canned/wet dog and cat food can be
dropped off at Toronto City Hall and any of the three Toronto Animal Services
shelters across the city.
Pet food donations will benefit patrons of the Fred Victor Centre, LAMP Community
Health Centre, as well as visitors to the Toronto Animal Services' Spay and Neuter
Your Pet (SNYP) Truck. The SNYP Truck provides spay and neuter services for
dog and cat owners in low income households, who may not be able to afford
traditional veterinarians. The donated pet food will help those pet owners feed
their pets in the new year.
"One of the most common requests made by low income pet owners is for food for
their pet family members," said Mayor John Tory. "A donation of pet food can
make a big difference to a person or family in need."
Pet food for all ages of cats and dogs, from puppies and kittens to senior dogs
and cats are welcome. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
• Toronto City Hall, Rotunda, 100 Queen St. W.
• North Toronto Animal Services Shelter, 1300 Sheppard Ave. W. (Keele Street
and Sheppard Avenue West)
• East Toronto Animal Services Shelter, 821 Progress Ave. (Hwy 401 and Markham
• West Toronto Animal Services Shelter, 146 The East Mall (Hwy 427 and Dundas
Donations will be accepted at City Hall until December 23. Donations can also be
dropped off at Toronto Animal Services Shelters daily, year round from
10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/helptheanimals.
This news release is also available on the City's
Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to
a diverse population of more than 2.9 million people. It is a global centre for
business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's
most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs,
Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can
visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us
on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms,
on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or
on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.
Media contact: Angelica Santos, Strategic Communications,
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|Toronto Maple Leafs Urging Homeowners to Test Their Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
|December 4, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs urging homeowners to test their smoke and carbon monoxide
The City of Toronto has partnered with the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club to
launch an advertising and public education campaign urging homeowners to test
their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
The campaign features Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner and centre Auston
Matthews along with the slogans "Test Your Smoke Alarms Monthly" and "Test
Your Carbon Monoxide Alarms Monthly."
"The City of Toronto is proud to partner with the Toronto Maple Leafs on this
important safety campaign," said Mayor John Tory. "Toronto residents can
significantly lower the risk of dying in a fire or due to carbon monoxide poisoning
by installing and maintaining working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their
The digital and social media campaign will continue from now to January 1.
Winter is the season when fires and carbon monoxide incidents typically rise in
Toronto. The public education component will be carried out this winter and next
spring in conjunction with an advertising campaign, with firefighters visiting
schools, community centres, libraries, arenas and businesses to convey
the message that working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives.
The campaign includes posters, information cards, digital ads and social media
spots featuring the two slogans noted above.
"Joining with the Toronto Maple Leafs for this educational campaign assists us
tremendously in reaching residents to remind them that only working smoke
and carbon monoxide alarms save lives," said Matthew Pegg, Toronto Fire Chief
and General Manager of Toronto Fire Services. "Testing your alarms monthly by
depressing the test button is an important step in keeping your home and family
“It has been an honour to highlight the hard work of Toronto’s First Responders
throughout my career,” said Darryl Sittler, Leafs Alumni and Community
Ambassador. “The Toronto Maple Leafs are proud to partner with Toronto Fire
Services this season to help keep our fans and community safe. All of us have
a simple, yet significant, role to play in protecting our loved ones over
Through this campaign, Toronto Fire Services encourages residents to understand
the true cost when smoke and carbon monoxide alarms fail to work,
and the importance of maintaining their alarms. Toronto Fire Services delivers
public education programs to the residents who are most at risk, in line with
the Fire Protection and Prevention Act. Fire Services typically delivers messaging to
children, seniors and single-family dwelling owners.
More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/firesafety.
This news release is also available on the City's website: https://bit.ly/2SqEZ15
City of Toronto: Fire Services Media Line,
Toronto Maple Leafs: Steve Keogh,
|More..||Posted: Dec 05, 2018
|Toronto Street Needs Assessment Results Confirm Need for Increased Federal Supports
|November 29, 2018
Toronto Street Needs Assessment results confirm need for increased federal
The City of Toronto’s need for federal government support in response to
the increase in refugee/asylum claimants arriving in Toronto was confirmed today
with the release of the 2018 Street Needs Assessment (SNA) results.
The SNA, conducted on April 26, is a needs assessment survey and point-in-time
count of people experiencing homelessness. The results show that there is
an increase in the number of people accessing City-administered shelter services,
which operate at capacity.
Consistent with data the City has provided, approximately 40 per cent of shelter
services users surveyed identified as refugee/asylum claimants. This represents
a significant increase over a short period of time (from 11 per cent in early 2016,
25 per cent in late 2017) and continues to put pressure on the City operationally
and financially, and has created an unsustainable situation.
Since the increase in refugee claimant arrivals to Toronto that started in late 2015,
intensified in 2017 and has continued and further sharpened in 2018, the City has
and continues to request:
• the establishment of a federal and provincial co-ordinated regional response to
this increasing and acute challenge;
• reimbursement of all costs, including those incurred in 2017 and projected for
2018, which includes an estimate for direct operational costs in excess of
$64.5 million, with an additional $6.3 million anticipated as a result of using
the college dormitories in the summer; and
• ongoing and stable funding of $43 million a year, starting in 2019, to offset
the costs the City will incur responding to the needs of refugee/asylum claimants.
“The City can’t do this alone. The federal government has come forward with initial
help but we need the continued assistance of our federal and provincial
partners to ensure that Toronto remains a safe, welcoming and accessible place
for all," said Mayor John Tory.
The City continues to see 18 to 20 new refugee/asylum claimants enter the shelter
system each day. During the winter months, the demand on the City's shelter
system increases as more people seek shelter from the inclement weather,
putting further strain on the system.
The results of the survey provide a snapshot of the scope and profile of the City's
homeless population, such as age, gender, veteran status and/or Indigenous
identity, in order to enhance the City’s response. Additionally, the assessment
gives a voice to people experiencing homelessness to share what services they
need in order to find, and keep, housing.
"In collaboration with the valuable efforts provided by our community partners,
City staff work hard to meet the complex service needs of people experiencing
homelessness in Toronto," said Paul Raftis, General Manager of the City's Shelter,
Support and Housing Administration. "The data collected from the 2018 SNA is
vital and will be used to improve the housing and homelessness programs
provided by the City of Toronto and its partners in order to better serve our clients
and more effectively address homelessness."
The Street Needs Assessment results are available on
the Housing & Homelessness Research & Reports webpage
A backgrounder on the Street Needs Assessment is available
A backgrounder on refugee/asylum claimant arrivals in Toronto is available under
the Shelter & Support tab
This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/2rdUXjA
Greg Seraganian, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration,
Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins, Strategic Communications,
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|HIV Anti-Stigma Campaign Endorsed by Toronto Public Health
|November 30, 2018
HIV anti-stigma campaign endorsed by Toronto Public Health
Tomorrow, in recognition of World AIDS Day, Toronto Public Health will join
hundreds of organizations in endorsing the global Undetectable=Untransmittable
(U=U) campaign to reduce HIV stigma. This global campaign acknowledges
the scientific evidence demonstrating that medicine to treat HIV can eliminate
the risk of transmission to sexual partners. Tomorrow also marks
the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day and the theme this year is "Know your
"Evidence shows that people living with HIV and who are taking treatment as
prescribed by their health care provider can now live longer and healthier lives.
It also indicates that when people have an undetectable amount of HIV in their
blood they cannot pass this virus to their sexual partners," said Dr. Eileen de Villa,
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. "Campaigns like this are a great way to
promote this important message and help reduce stigma. I'm so pleased to
endorse the consensus statement today and acknowledge the incredible gains we
have made in reducing the risk of HIV transmission in our community."
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the immune system
by destroying white blood cells that protect the body from infections. HIV is
transmitted through specific exposure to blood or body fluids from an infected
The U=U campaign was launched in 2016 by global HIV experts. It highlights that
the HIV virus is considered no longer transmissible sexually when it is no longer
detected in the blood as a result of treatment. The campaign also promotes
awareness that people living with HIV have a right to accurate and meaningful
information about their social, sexual and reproductive health. Currently,
791 organizations from 95 countries have endorsed U=U.
More information about HIV is available at https://bit.ly/2PWQVed.
More information about the U=U campaign and the consensus statement is
available at https://www.preventionaccess.org/.
This news release is also available on the City's website: https://bit.ly/2ADLKFH
Media contact: Brian Kellow, Toronto Public Health,
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