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
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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.
October 23, 2017
The City of Toronto is reminding all road users – pedestrians, cyclists and drivers – to be more aware of each other, especially as we enter a season when daylight hours are greatly reduced.
To help remind the public to slow down and to be aware, the City of Toronto has produced two new Please Slow Down lawn signs that remind road users to drive carefully as they travel in local neighbourhoods with older adults (orange sign) and school children (blue sign). The new signs include graphics of older adults walking and two children playing. The public can help spread this safety message by picking up signs at their local councillor’s office and displaying them in their neighbourhoods.
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.
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A new art exhibit consisting of more than 100 sketches by artist and urban geographer Daniel Rotsztain illuminates Toronto's history through his illustrations of historic sites and artifacts. The City of Toronto's Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is presenting the exhibit, called A Colourful History: Toronto's Historic Sites, from October 4 to 15 as part of the TO Canada with Love Canada 150 program.