Emery Village BIA - June 2021

  •  July, 2021
Emery Village BIA Executive Director's message Emery Village BIA would like to wish all graduates of the 2021 class warm congratulations. Despite all of the challenges you faced this year, your hard work has paid off and we wish you continued success. Thank you to everyone who signed up for a ...

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Come on back: Humber River Hospital announces a return to full capacity

  •  July, 2021
By Sean Delaney A hospital can be an intimidating place to go. A daunting trip to make. It isn’t a place you typically head to on an evening or a morning where you’re looking for a recreational or pleasure pursuit. No, it’s typically a place you head when something is wrong. And during a global...

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BIA asks government for clear messaging, business support

  •  July, 2021
By Sean Delaney It appears the worst might be over. Finally, after nearly a year of not knowing which direction case numbers would go next, what variant might become the new hindrance to a return to normal, what news may come out about vaccine concerns, finally, it appears one can confidently ...

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Vaccine aftercare

  •  June, 2021
You’ve gotten your jab in the arm, so what can you expect? now? By Sean Delaney The battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is ramping up, and vaccine availability continues to expand in Toronto, and the rest of Canada. With many of us now taking the first available appointment in an attempt to...

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Councillor's Corner - April 2021

  •  May, 2021
Dear Resident, The third wave of COVID-19 has been hard for many of us, and the vaccination rollout has been challenging. Yet, the community has persevered, and it heartens me to see neighbours helping each other. Tens of thousands of people in our community have received their vaccines. I ...

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Federal budget an opportunity to rebuild, MP Judy Sgro

  •  May, 2021
Dear Neighbours, We have marked over a year since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. Like many of you, I am reflecting on 2020 as a year of challenge. We had to make many adjustments to our way of life, from the mask mandate, to the imposition of social and physical distancing, and many mon...

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Equity, planning and strategy in leadership

  •  May, 2021
We are in the midst of a generational crisis, one that we cannot speak to from a position of previous experience. An unpredictable and unprecedented global pandemic, a moment in time that will be remembered for not only the lockdowns, school closures, vaccines and front-line heroes but also for the ...

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Vaccines and variants: What you need to know

  •  April, 2021
By Sean Delaney Did you know the COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested by numerous trusted authorities around the world, including Health Canada? And they are shown to be safe and effective at protecting against COVID-19? However, if you’re concerned about the safety of the vaccin...

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Councillor's Corner - March 2021

  •  April, 2021
Dear Resident, I want to wish those celebrating Easter a happy holiday. Please remember to celebrate significant dates with those you live with and connect with those outside your household by phone or online. Let's continue to prioritize current health and safety measures so that we can ge...

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City getting prepared for vaccine rollout

  •  March, 2021
By Sean Delaney According to the City of Toronto, COVID-19 immunization clinic staff are preparing to launch clinic operations as soon as vaccine supplies become available. And in Emery, vaccinations will happen at the Carmine Stefano Community Centre. A release from the city explained that Toro...

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Pandemic sees food bank usage soar, and Emery step up

  •  March, 2021
By Sean Delaney The Weston Area Emergency Support (WAES) food bank has never seen a year like 2020. But throughout the pandemic, WAES chair Diana Stapleton said it’s also been a year that has shown just what a community can do when the need becomes great. “It’s been a really amazing experience, to...

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Publisher comment - Feb 2021

  •  March, 2021
How are you? I hope your month is off to a great start. I’m feeling cautiously optimistic these days, and that’s probably because schools opened again. Many parents are back to witnessing the not-so-regular event of their children getting out of bed and out the door before noon. That’s a signifi...

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Councillor’s Corner - Feb 2021

  •  March, 2021
Dear Resident, With the current stay-at-home order in place, we need to try our best to prevent exposure by staying in as much as possible. We should only be socializing with those we live with and making essential supply trips when necessary. We need to take this measure seriously. I worked wit...

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Emery Village BIA Executive Director's Message - Feb 2021

  •  March, 2021
The Province of Ontario has been in lockdown for the majority of February, and it is essential to keep following stay-at-home orders during this time. On our social media and website, we have posted a number of webinar and learning opportunities to help businesses adjust and grow during this time....

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Public health roles and responsibilities

  •  March, 2021
If 2020 brought us anything, it was a renewed relationship with our public health authorities. When the world is not battling a global pandemic, we often think of them as health education resources. But have you ever wondered, just what our federal and provincial public health agencies do? And who i...

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HRH mental health strategies during COVID-19

  •  March, 2021
The year, 2020, has been one of uncertainty. As COVID-19 began to spread, causing worldwide restrictions and lockdowns, people were left isolated and overwhelmed by fear and anxiety. With this in mind, how has this pandemic affected individuals struggling with mental health? The Mental Health team a...

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Do your part: 40 minutes can save a life

  •  February, 2021
By Sean Delaney Beginning in the spring of 2020, the Emery Village BIA has offered a free SkillsPass COVID-19 Work Safe course to all Emery BIA business members and employees. The online course provides practical instruction on reducing the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 in the workplace. M...

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Zooming in on the Emery Village BIA’s AGM

  •  February, 2021
By Sean Delaney On Tuesday, January 11, the Emery Village BIA held its Annual General Meeting (AGM). This year was the first time in its history that the AGM was held virtually. “It is unfortunate that like many organizations and workplaces under COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot gather in place,...

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New 31 Division leader, Keith Smith

  •  February, 2021
By Sean Delaney Keith Smith is the new head Inspector at 31 Division. He comes to Emery Village from the heart of the city, and with an excitement for the challenges specific to Emery Village and the area, and the challenges that continue in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s great to be...

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Councillor's Corner - Jan 2021

  •  February, 2021
Dear Resident, COVID-19 infection rates are on the rise more than ever before. With the current stay-at-home order in place, we need to try our best to prevent exposure by staying home as much as possible. We should only be socializing with those we live with and making essential supply trips when ...

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HRH mental health helps kids back to school

  •  February, 2021
This school year has been one of constant change in response to COVID-19, and the adjustment has not always been easy for young patients. A few months ago, before schools were planning to reopen after months of being closed due to the pandemic, clinicians working in Humber River Hospital’s Child & A...

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Upper Crust hosts holiday drive, provides 600 vulnerable families with toys and meals

  •  January, 2021
By Sean Delaney Upper Crust hosted its 2020 Holiday Toy Drive and food hamper assembly, giving back to those who need it most. Through a partnership with Kitchen24 and Second Harvest Food Rescue, the toy drive and donation of goods and food will support 600 families with holiday hampers. Upper...

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Councillor's Corner - Dec 2020

  •  January, 2021
Dear Resident, COVID-19 infection rates are on the rise more than ever before. We need to try our best to prevent exposure to stay healthy. We should only be socializing with those we live with and making essential supply trips when needed. We may be in this situation for the long haul, but we will...

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Executive Director's message - Dec 2020

  •  January, 2021
As we finish the holiday season and enter the new year, it is important to help keep our community and employees safe – we encourage all BIA members to take Emery Village BIA’s SkillsPass COVID-19 Work Safe Course. Find out more online at: emerybia.skillspass.com If you have not yet done so, y...

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Looking back at 2020 with the Emery Village BIA

  •  January, 2021
By Al Ruggero As we approach the end of the year, it is without a doubt that no one will forget 2020. Most of all, we can begin to celebrate (in our bubbles, of course) the fantastic news that the new year will bring us closer to the end of our tribulations as the miraculous vaccines reach more ...

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HRH fund to help vulnerable patients

  •  January, 2021
Contributed Every day, many of the patients who arrive in Humber’s Apotex Emergency Department (ED) are struggling with housing, food insecurity, unstable employment, and lack of social support, in addition to the medical needs that brought them to Humber in the first place. Some of our patients w...

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Seniors - Mobility for good

  •  January, 2021
By Sean Delaney It’s not often that the Emery Village Voice recommends a product or service, but given our current state of affairs due to COVID-19, better communication has become essential between families and their loved ones - especially within immediate families and families with seniors in lo...

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Help yourself stay well - get a flu shot

  •  November, 2020
By Sean Delaney This fall and winter is certainly not the time to become stricken with the seasonal flu, especially for senior citizen age residents. Hospitals and their emergency rooms will likely be at or near maximum capacity. Doctor’s offices will see patients on a reduced schedule, and there...

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Community answers call for Humber River Hospital

  •  July, 2020
The Humber River Hospital is beyond grateful to share that our community has come together to answer the call for enhanced COVID-19 testing. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have raised $233,000 in three short weeks to purchase and operate three brand new COVID-19 rapid testing machines fo...

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Publisher's comment - April 2020

  •  May, 2020
By Sean Delaney We’re one week closer to the end of this crisis. Canada and Ontario continue to flatten the curve, and I start to get a little more optimistic each day. Soon, we’ll see each other again and we’ll all jump back into the things we’ve been missing so much like seeing family, friends...

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A caring community united in hope

  •  May, 2020
By Tom Rakocevic and Sean Delaney I asked community stakeholders to keep an eye out for any stories of hope. I heard back from our MPP, Tom Rakocevic. We both agreed that now was not a time for politics, but rather a time for our community to help, volunteer, and care for others. “I’d rath...

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Businesses challenged by COVID-19 outbreak

  •  April, 2020
By Sean Delaney (Due to some concerns we’re not mentioning the full name of one of our sources) . Workers depending on every paycheque, could be impacted if the coronavirus pandemic worsens, said an official for a large local manufacturing facility in Emery Village. Amid the COVID-19 outbre...

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