Links to some helpful information during these extraordinary times.
Please stay well-informed by using the following reliable websites as your primary Covid-19 resources:
- City of Toronto
- Province of Ontario
- Government of Canada
- Councillor Mike Cole’s website: http://www.mikecolletoronto.com
- COVID-19: Affected City Services & Facilities: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/affected-city-services/?accordion=garbage-recycling-and-organics
Info on garbage, recycling, organics and yard waste services provided by the City and the changes due to COVID-19.
Regular Yard Waste Collection Resumes:
The City has resumed regular yard waste collection.
• 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 a four-week period of yard waste pickup, the City has determined it can resume the regularly scheduled service. More information is available on the City’s website.
GOOD NEIGHBOUR PROJECT
Are you someone who is in isolation, elderly, a single parent, a person living with a disability and you require 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.
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.
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 interested 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us at www.sprintseniorcare.org to learn more about our services and programs.
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.
MENTAL HEALTH CONTACTS & SUPPORT DURING COVID-19
Following are links to some resources for weathering the storm.
https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief \ An article that may help to explain some of the emotional reactions we have noticed in ourselves and others
https://www.virusanxiety.com/ A great resource especially designed for youth (but appropriate for adults) for coping with mental health aspects of COVID-19
https://kidshelpphone.ca Phone, text and live chat for youth needing support
https://bouncebackontario.ca Online support through CMHA for adults and youth 15+ to help build skills to manage anxiety and depression
Online peer support for people living with anxiety and mild-moderate depression
Tools and resources to help manage anxiety, including resources for children and youth
Online supports for people with substance use issues:
SMART recovery www.smartrecovery.org/community/
In the Rooms – www.intherooms.com Offers 130 weekly meetings and an online community of support using a variety of 12-step and non-12-step traditions
https://www.connexontario.ca Ontario’s centralized access point for addiction, mental health and problem gambling resources
When we are struggling ourselves it can be helpful to help others. Please see the message below for one small way to assist people who are especially vulnerable:
There is a large population of Torontonians without access to a phone, which is preventing them from safely accessing services and support! If you have access to an old unbroken phone that you would like to donate, please email email@example.com so we can communicate about picking that up from you. Please forward this call for old phones to your professional networks to help us spread the word!
SUPPORT FOR LOCAL HOSPITALS
Local hospitals are requesting donations:
- Sunnybrook Hospital: https://sunnybrook.ca/content/?page=novel-coronavirus
- Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General): personal protective equipment, financial donations. In addition, Michael Garron Hospital has asked whether the community can make 1,000 fabric masks every week. Instructions for making the masks and drop-off details are available online.
Links to Music and Art in the Time of Social Distancing
- Live-Streamed arts events from around the world: https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/?fbclid=IwAR1kbMv6552GVn4kupNdCTzZjoiSTRJx9PutgbwAosXUE8Nj764OpU8ceU
- Berlin Philharmonic (30 day free access to entire library of their performances). Use voucher code: ‘BERLINPHIL’ by March 31 at https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/home
- The Metropolitan Opera: Live stream every day at 7:30 am: https://www.metopera.org
- Google Arts & Culture: free virtual tours of museums, art galleries and historic landmarks: https://artsandculture.google.com
38 ways to use the library from home:
Stratford Festival Free Streaming : https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome/Watch
National Theatre (London) Free Streaming : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDq1XzCY0NIOYVJvEMQjqw
Globe Theatre (UK) Free Streaming : https://www.youtube.com/user/ShakespearesGlobe
Join the #TogetherWeCanDoIt Campaign
At 7:30 p.m. local time and every evening going forward, RNAO is asking everyone – from the doorsteps of their homes or keeping a safe distance – to cheer on the millions of health providers, social service and other essential front-line workers in Ontario, Canada and around the world who are tackling #COVID19.
- Make yourself heard by stepping out onto your porch, balcony, or open a window and make noise: bang pots and pans, sing a song, applaud, or honk your horn
- Tell your family, friends and neighbours to get involved
- Post your cheering-up activity on social media with the tag @RNAO and using the hashtags #TogetherWeCanDoIt and #Cheer4HealthWorkers
GOING ON A BEAR HUNT
Join the fun! If you’d like to participate, simply place a stuffed bear in a window of your home so when families go for car rides or walks during this self-isolation time, they can hunt for bears. Communities around the nation are participating in bear hunts for the little ones to enjoy. Have some fun with your family while you practice physical distancing.
At both the Feb. 7th, 2019 and the March 4th, 2020 LPRO AGM the Members voted to expand LPRO to include an area west of Avenue Road.
Lytton Park Residents’ Organization (LPRO) is a community oriented resident group that is located in Toronto, Canada. Lytton Park is a well-established neighbourhood in the heart of North Toronto. LPRO’s work is done by community volunteers; your neighbours. Your ongoing support helps us to advocate on numerous neighbourhood and municipal matters, organize community events including our annual community-wide garage sale, ravine clean ups, and publish hard copy newsletters.
If you are located within our boundaries, we represent you!
For details on how to join LPRO go to the Membership page. The membership fee is $30 per household/year. Together we are stronger!
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