Toronto East Health Network Community Resources for COVID-19

Toronto East Health Network (TEHN) offers the following COVID-19 related resources:

COVID-19 Outreach Centres

Our community COVID-19 Outreach Centres offer drop-in COVID-19 testing, vaccines and other supports, including child-friendly testing and assessments. Children who visit these sites receive an oral-nasal swab, which is less invasive than the traditional NP swab. Physicians and nurses are available to answer your questions and concerns. See all locations and hours:

Back-to-School Supports

Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) and partners, including East Toronto Family Practice Network (EasT-FPN), are helping to ensure a safe school year for our community by offering the following supports: take-home COVID-19 testing kits, COVID-19 Outreach Centres, a family-friendly testing and assessment zone, wraparound supports and more. Learn more about our COVID-19 school supports.

Homebound Vaccination Visits 

ETHP is visiting individuals who are homebound to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This helps eligible individuals who are unable to visit a pop-up clinic or COVID-19 Outreach Centre.

To be eligible for a homebound vaccination visit, individuals must: be 65 year of age or older, have medical conditions or mobility issues, and/or have difficulty or challenges leaving their home or visiting a local vaccine clinic, and live in MGH’s catchment area.

Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria may submit a request at

Letter to Property Managers

The following letter was sent to Thorncliffe Park Property Managers by Councillor Jaye Robinson

September 22, 2021

To: Thorncliffe Park Property Managers
Cc: Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health
Re: COVID-19 Protocols and Elevator Management Strategies in Thorncliffe Park
Dear Property Manager,

As the new school year gets underway and cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Toronto, we must take all the necessary precautions to slow the spread and keep our communities safe. Throughout the pandemic, physical distancing measures have been critical to our overall strategy to protect public health. Today, I’m urging you to develop a comprehensive strategy to manage the flow of residents entering and exiting your buildings – in hallways, stairwells, common spaces, and elevators – to ensure the safety of Thorncliffe Park residents.

In particular, my office has received numerous phone calls and emails from residents concerned about COVID-19 spreading in busy elevators. As you know, there is a significant uptick in elevator demand during peak school hours. Given the dense populations residing in local high-rise apartment buildings, I wholeheartedly support the Thorncliffe Park community’s request for a plan to minimize crowding, ensure physical distancing, and manage the demand for elevators.

The following measures should be considered in your elevator management strategy, as recommended by Toronto Public Health:

• Restrictions on the number of passengers to manage crowding during peak hours;
• Improved communication with residents (e.g., maintaining Toronto Public Health signage);
• Processes for increased cleaning of frequently-touched surfaces (e.g., elevator buttons);
• Enforcement of Municipal By-Law 541-2020 regarding masks and face coverings;
• Priority for residents with physical or mobility impairments;
• Plans for elevator maintenance to ensure efficient transportation of residents and address any operational issues; and
• Maintenance of alternative circulation pathways (i.e., stairwells).

While the Province and local school boards are overseeing the back-to-school plan, property managers are responsible for ensuring safety within common spaces in their buildings. Stringent protocols must be in place – both inside and outside the classroom – to support our school community during the ongoing public health situation. Elevator crowding prevention plans in densely populated, high-rise apartment neighbourhoods are a critical component of these efforts.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Jaye Robinson
City Councillor
Ward 15 – Don Valley West

City Hall, 100 Queen Street West 2nd Floor, Suite A12
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2
Tel: 416-395-6408
Fax: 416-395-6439 @jayerobinson

New Info on Cockroach Controls

Check out the new article from the LTTA that gives helpful info on what to do about cockroaches.

You can download the article here or find it on the Pest Control page.

Should you see cockroaches or other insect pests (silverfish, grain beetles, ants, etc) in your apartment, you can:

  • Fill out a work order and deposit it at the Management Office in 85.
  • Use an online work order at or use the RentCAFE Resident smart phone app — then click Maintenance Request. (Please contact the Management Office for instructions on how to set-up a Rent Cafe account.)
  • Contact Suzana in the Management Office at (416) 421-8109 ext. 27628 or email her at

Upcoming Local Events

Monday, September 13th, 7 pm to 9 pm
The Leaside Residents Association is hosting an all candidates debate for Don Valley West on Zoom. You can register here. Questions can be submitted during the debate using the chat box.

Tuesday, September 14th, 6 pm to 8 pm
The City of Toronto is hosting a stakeholder’s meeting regarding Overlea Boulevard bike lanes and the Overlea Bridge. Jason Ash will be attending on behalf of the LTTA and will provide an update afterward. Meetings for the general public will follow but are yet to be scheduled.

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Metrolinx is hosting an Ontario Line meeting online for Thorncliffe Park residents, as well as anybody living between Pape & Danforth and Don Mills & Eglinton. Topics to be discussed include updates on the Thorncliffe Park train yard and the location of Thorncliffe Park Station. You can register here, as well as submit questions in advance.

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 7 pm to 9 pm
The Flemingdon-Thorncliffe Interagency Network is hosting an all candidates debate for Don Valley West on Zoom. You can register here. Questions can be submitted in advance to

2021 Community Environment Days

Info from Jaye Robinson on Community Environment Days:

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

The City’s drive-thru Community Environment Days will kick-off on Sunday, September 12 at the Dufferin and Bermondsey transfer stations.

Unfortunately, the City made the difficult decision to once again scale back Community Environment Days due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This news was particularly disappointing as the Ward 15 Environment Days are among the most well-attended in Toronto.

Instead, the City will be hosting 14 drive-thru Community Environment Days in September and October. These events provide residents with an opportunity to properly dispose of a variety of household items, including clothing, small appliances, and electronics. You can also safely dispose of household hazardous waste, and bring books, sports equipment, and clothing for donation. City staff will also be giving out two 13kg bags of compost per household for free!

If you’re interested in attending one of these events, the six closest to Ward 15 are:

  • Sunday, September 12 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Dufferin Drop-off Depot (35 Vanley Crescent)
  • Sunday, September 12 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Bermondsey Drop-off Depot (188 Bermondsey Road)
  • Sunday, September 26 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Dufferin Drop-off Depot (35 Vanley Crescent)
  • Sunday, October 3 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Victoria Park Drop-off Depot (3350 Victoria Park Avenue) 
  • Sunday, October 24 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Bermondsey Drop-off Depot (188 Bermondsey Road)
  • Sunday, October 24 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Victoria Park Drop-off Depot (3350 Victoria Park Avenue) 

You can find the full 2021 Environment Day event schedule, here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Warm regards,

Low Impact Fitness Class Starting September 27

Great news! LOW IMPACT FITNESS CLASSES will be starting at Leaside Towers later this month!

This 1 hour Low-Impact Fitness Class is geared to adults aged 50+.

The structure of the class includes exercises that target the key components of functional mobility: cardio respiratory fitness, muscular strength, flexibility and balance. The class is suggested for individuals who are comfortable with low impact cardio activity and muscle and core strengthening exercises. Regular participation can help improve your overall fitness, energy levels and sense of well being. Meet new people, get fit and have fun!


DATE:                 Mondays, Sept. 27 – Dec. 6, 2021, 10 – 11 am

LOCATION:        Leaside Towers – Fitness Centre

PRICE:               $65.00. Cheques payable to PPL or cash.       

INSTRUCTOR:  Lucy Arkell (Canfit & CCAA Certified)


The class size will be limited to 10 people to allow for adequate spacing between participants.  Participants must be fully vaccinated to participate and provide proof at registration. Register with the Recreation Coordinator at the Recreation Centre of Leaside Towers. Payments must be paid in full (cash or cheque payable to PPL) to guarantee your spot.

CONTACT INFORMATION:  Recreation Coordinator at the Recreation desk 416-421-2971 or Lucy Arkell, Fitness Instructor, or 416-550-7422