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Holiday Wish List a guide for helping Toronto's homeless and vulnerable this holiday season

November 21, 2017

Torontonians who want to help people experiencing homelessness this holiday season have a one-stop place to go for helpful ideas: the 2017 Holiday Wish List.

The City of Toronto surveyed agencies that run shelters, drop-ins and other services, asking them what gifts would bring cheer to their clients during the holidays. Fifty agencies are on this year's list, which details specific items that clients need, along with contacts and information about volunteer opportunities and holiday events.

The most requested items on this year's list are winter clothing, gift cards, toiletries, baby products and non-perishable food.

"These small, everyday items can make a big difference to a person or family in need," said Mayor John Tory. "If you're looking to give back to your community this season, the Holiday Wish List is a good place to start."

Many agencies are also looking for volunteers to help with sorting donations, wrapping gifts and preparing and serving food.

The 2017 Holiday Wish List is available at http://www.toronto.ca/holiday-wish-list.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://ow.ly/dhxH30gJbW8

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 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. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. 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 and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.

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Media contact: Lizette Costa, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, 416-397-5142, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

City of Toronto ready for the winter season – on and under City streets

November 20, 2017

The City of Toronto is ready for the winter season. Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, will discuss the City’s plans for winter operations, including snow clearing, road salting and response to watermain breaks, as well as steps the public can take to prevent frozen pipes at home. 

Date: Wednesday, November 22

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Works Yard, 433 Eastern Ave.

Read more: City of Toronto ready for the winter season – on and under City streets

Toronto Public Health's free flu vaccine clinics begin today

October 27, 2017   

Toronto residents can reduce their risk of getting sick with the flu by attending one of Toronto Public Health's free flu vaccine clinics offered from October 27 to November 17 at five locations across the city. The flu vaccine is also available in doctors' offices and at more than 600 Toronto pharmacies.

Read more: Toronto Public Health's free flu vaccine clinics begin today

King Street Transit Pilot begins November 12

November 9, 2017

Today, the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) officially announced that the King Street Transit Pilot will launch on Sunday, November 12 at 7 a.m.

The goal of the King Street Transit Pilot is to put people and transit first by improving transit reliability, speed and capacity between Bathurst and Jarvis Streets. Streetcars will be prioritized and private vehicle traffic will be restricted while local traffic access will be maintained.

Read more: King Street Transit Pilot begins November 12

City of Toronto announces expansion of winter services, increasing number of sites, total capacity and days of 24-hour service

October 27, 2017 

Paul Raftis, General Manager of the City of Toronto's Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, today announced details about an expanded suite of services available this winter to assist residents who are experiencing homelessness.

Read more: City of Toronto announces expansion of winter services, increasing number of sites, total...