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

Pat Wright

On August 25, 2021 long-time volunteer Pat Wright is leaving Leaside Towers!

Pat moved into Leaside Towers in 2013 and quickly made many friends.  As those who know her can attest, Pat is not one to remain idle for long.  Within a few months, she was reaching out to the larger community to see how she could make things better for her fellow tenants at Leaside Towers.

As part of the Leaside Towers Tenants Association (LTTA), Pat formed the Getaway Club (nothing to do with travel!) bringing many activities to The Towers- exercise classes, movie nights, bridge, book club, bingo, garage sales and more.

Continue reading “Pat Wright”

Great news – 0 new COVID-19 cases in Thorncliffe Park in last 3 weeks

From CBC article:

Thorncliffe Park, one of the neighbourhoods hardest hit by COVID-19 in Toronto, has not detected a single case in the last three weeks. 

“It’s such an amazing thing to see cases get to zero in certain neighbourhoods where it was daunting for so long,” said Dr. Andrew Boozary, executive director of social medicine at the University Health Network.

“I hope we can build on these learned lessons as opposed to some semblance of premature victory that we’ve seen in other jurisdictions that comes with real costs.” 

Read the full article here on

Woman Assaulted in 43 Thorncliffe Park Elevator

Police want to find a 24-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in a 43 Thorncliffe Park Drive elevator. It happened shortly before 11 a.m. on Sunday. Police say a 40-year-old woman and a man entered the elevator. The man allegedly exposed himself to the woman after the doors closed. When the victim tried to leave, the man allegedly pulled her back into the elevator and sexually assaulted her. He then fled the building.

Police are looking for 24-year-old David Simonic of Toronto who is wanted for sexual assault and forcible confinement. He is believed to be violent and dangerous. He is described as five-foot-eight and weighs 155 lbs. He has brown hair and a trimmed beard and was last seen wearing a dark coloured ‘Bench’ shirt, a dark Adidas track top with a zipper, a gold necklace with a pendant, grey track pants, and white runners. Police say he is believed to be violent and dangerous.

Anyone with information should contact police at 416-808-5300 or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

Leaside Towers Fitness Centre Re-opening July 16!

Great news from Morguard!

Dear Residents,

We are pleased to announce that we will be able to reopen our Fitness Centre as of Friday July 16th.

To facilitate physical distancing guidelines, the Fitness Center will be made available from 9:30am-9:30pm at 50% capacity. It is important as we open the Fitness Centre that we do so while prioritizing the health and safety of our residents and associates.

The Recreation facilities will be on a first come, first serve basis with a 1 hour limit to allow all residents that would like to use the facilities to have access.

To allow use of the Fitness Centre while working to prevent further spread of COVID-19 the following guidelines will be in place:

  • Maintain the Public Health Canada recommended physical distance of 3-metres from all persons not from your immediate household.
  • Due to reduced capacity limits, Residents will not be permitted to have guests use the amenities to ensure residents are given priority.
  • Wipe down ALL equipment with the provided disinfecting wipes BEFORE and AFTER each use.
  • Fitness mats and balls have been temporarily removed. Until further notice, residents will be asked to bring their own yoga/fitness mats and fitness balls for their personal use.
  • You may notice a reduced amount of equipment and/or equipment flagged “Not for Use,” these adjustments have been made intentionally to encourage and allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • A member of our team will regularly monitor the Fitness Centre periodically throughout the day to ensure physical distancing, face covering, and capacity restrictions are maintained at all times.

We understand accommodating these restrictions can feel like an inconvenience, however, adhering to these guidelines prioritizes the health and safety of our residents and associates, while allowing us to open our Fitness Centre.

If you have any questions, please contact the Management Office at 416-421-8109.

Thank you,

Amit Thakur

District Manager

Leaside Towers