Community News Update - July 14, 2021

Dear Community,

It’s been reported that our community was recently the site of an antisemitic hate crime. At Yonge and St. Clair, a man with a Swastika tattoo on his chest (who had been videotaped harassing people at Stanley Park several days previously) yelled racial slurs at three Jewish women, and then attacked a Jewish man.

This kind of disgusting attack and the hatred that motivated it are unacceptable in our community. No Jewish person in Toronto—St. Paul's or anywhere else should ever have to worry about being attacked verbally or physically in their community.

I stand in solidarity with the victims and with anyone threatened by antisemitic violence. It is so disturbing that someone openly walking around with a swastika tattooed on his chest and harassing people wasn't stopped until someone got assaulted DAYS later. If you witness a hate crime, please report it - that is how we work together to keep our communities safe. It is how we stand in solidarity with each other.

Silence is simply not an option.

Today, Ontario confirmed another 153 cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths related to the pandemic.

As always, I encourage you to make sure that you continue to follow the best advice of our public health experts as we move through the reopening process. Coming up this Friday, we will be moving to Step 3 of the reopening, and we will be seeing more rules change. This will allow – among other things – the return of indoor dining, outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people, and indoor gatherings of up to 25 people.

To see a full list of the changes, please click here.

Earlier this week, Krave Coffee (781 St. Clair Ave W), a local business on St. Clair, suffered a fire as a result of arson at their shop. Krave Coffee is an absolute gem in our community, and I want to send my best wishes to Calay and their whole team while they work to get back on their feet and back open once again.

I have no doubt that they’ll be back up and running soon, and I’m already looking forward to being able to drop by for some delicious food and drink!
Next, I’ve received an update from Metrolinx, who are advising that the TTC’s Line 1 subway will be closed from Lawrence to St. Clair stations this weekend (July 17 and 18) while workers perform cable installations and platform extensions. This work will be going 24 hours a day – and there will be some increased construction noise as a result.

This work should not affect the current traffic and pedestrian routes in our community.

Coming up this weekend, we’ll be bringing back all four Community Food Tables, and we’re still looking for volunteers! If you’re interested in helping out at any of these tables, please click here to register for a shift at the table that works best for you!

The four tables are: 

Marian Engel Park - 285 Melita Ave. (Christie St. and Melita Ave)
Click here to register to volunteer.
 
St. Matthew’s United Church - 729 St. Clair Ave West. (St. Clair Ave W. and Rushton Ave.)
Click here to register to volunteer.

Cy Townsend Park - 455 Winona Dr. (Vaughan Rd. and Winona Dr.)
Click here to register to volunteer.

Oriole Park Community Garden - 201 Oriole Parkway (Located near Lascelles Blvd. At the south entrance to Oriole Park)
Click here to register to volunteer.

In Solidarity,

Jill Andrew
Toronto—St. Paul's

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