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MDCA AGM  will be held via webex, Wednesday December 9, 7 p.m.

This year, MDCA’s Annual General Meeting will be held on-line via webex – December 9th at 7 p.m..  
Details on how to connect will be available at mountdennis.ca/2020-AGM
The AGM is the only time when new members can be elected to join the MDCA Board, which meets (on Wednesday evenings) ten times per year. Our elections are supervised by our City Councillor, Frances Nunziata. 
If you are interested in the possibility of joining the Board, please contact our Secretary, Simon Chamberlain (416-614-3371 or simon@mountdennis,ca). He will provide you with more detailed information.
The MDCA board has a long history of encouraging representation from all sectors of the community, including women in positions of authority and representatives from many parts of the community. Home owners and apartment dwellers are both represented.  We don’t keep statistics on people’s origins or living arrangements, but we can tell you that we are diverse and welcoming to all.


COVID_19 Testing at the Jane Hub, Nov 25 & 28


MDCA Newsletter

is being printed and will be delivered shortly.  This issue is reduced to only 4 pages, because some of our supporting advertisers are not open for business.  MDCA decided to dip into reserve funds to cover the shortfall in revenue because we believe communication with to all residents and businesses is vital to recovery.  Canada Post will be delivering the newsletters in the next week, but you can READ IT ON LINE HERE 
 

Ombudsman's Report on flooding claims
Our Toronto ombudsman released a highly critical report about how the city handles claims for damages caused by city negligence regarding sewage in basements.  
Read the report here .   Some key findings

Our 2011 Investigation of the City’s handling of third-party liability claims found that the City had not acted in a fair and transparent manner in receiving, investigating and deciding homeowners’ claims.

Notwithstanding the significant improvements the City has made since our 2011 Investigation, however, we found during this Enquiry that further improvement is necessary, to ensure that the City has a fair and transparent third-party liability claims process for basement floods and sewer backups.

We recommend that Insurance & Risk Management and Toronto Water work with the City’s Strategic Communications division to revise all relevant sections of the City’s website to ensure that the public gets clear, consistent and detailed information about how Toronto Water investigates basement floods and sewer backups. These sections should also provide clear, easy to understand information about how the City handles third-party liability claims for basement floods and sewer backups


Ottawa passes Bill C-9
 

On November 19, 2020, Bill C-9 received Royal Assent. The Bill includes:

•    The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), which will provide direct rent and mortgage interest support to tenants and property owners until June 2021. The new rent subsidy will support businesses, charities, and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop by providing support up to a maximum of 65%of eligible expenses until December 19, 2020. Claims can be made retroactively to September 27, 2020.

•    The new Lockdown Support, which will provide an additional 25% through CERS for qualifying organizations that are subject to a lockdown and must shut their doors or significantly restrict their activities under a public health order issued under the laws of Canada, a province or territory (including orders made by a municipality or regional health authority under one of those laws).

•    The extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) until June 2021. CEWS will remain at the current rate of up to 65% of eligible wages until December 19, 2020.

More information at both https://www.videotax.com/web-tips-articles/cers-and-cews-legislation-passed and 
https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/11/new-targeted-support-to-help-businesses-through-pandemic-receives-royal-assent.html

LEF Mental Health Day
This year, LEF is hosting its 5th Annual Mental Wellness Day virtually.
 
They have brought together a series of very interactive and informative activities with great professional speakers.  Unison, TPH, The Canadian Mental Health Association, Aging with Grace, a panel of experts will be talking about mental and physical wellness, and of course, LEF will be talking about mental health during Covid-19 times. 
 
Everyone is more than welcome to attend!!
 
Join them for a whole morning of fun and learning. You can attend as many sessions as you want (We recommend you that don’t miss the welcoming remarks by Maria Montejo 😊) Please refer to the attached flyer HERE and agenda for more details.
 
You can register HERE (The registration link is also embedded in the flyer).



Foodshare Body Positivity Training and more

FoodShare is running a Body Positivity training seminar on Wednesday November 25th from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. via zoom. The intended audience is people who work in the food sector at organizations like Foodshare  (non-profits, public health folks, community food & health centre staff). 
 
Flyer is attached here- please feel free to share with your contacts.  You are welcome to sign up here! They will be recording the session and posting on their website, so if you cannot free the time on Wednesday, no worries. 

Holiday boxes packed full of delicious sweets, snacks and things to sip on are the perfect doorstep surprise for a friend, family member or colleague who you would love to see smile.

They’ll enjoy coffee from Reunion Island, jam from Kitten and Bear, chocolates from Monde du Chocolat and a whole lot more. Order now at: https://goodfoodbox.foodshare.net

Sweet treats not your thing? Know someone who could use the gift of Good Food? Purchase a gift card redeemable toward anything on our online store, including a subscription box: https://goodfoodbox.foodshare.net/products/foodshare-gift-card

Save the Red Oak
Edith George is an MDCA associate via the 12 Division Community Police Liaison Committee, and a former Director of the Weston Historical Society.  She started a campaign to save a historic tree in the Humber watershed, and has persuaded the City to pitch in.  The community has to raise $400k towards a larger total project, which will purchase the property on which the tree is growing.  The City is organizing the fund raising campaign and asks we share this. 

The City of Toronto is leading a fundraising campaign to preserve a 250 year old red oak tree and create a parkette where residents can enjoy this magnificent link to the region's history. To put this in perspective, this magnificent tree existed before there was a country called Canada! The campaign has garnered considerable attention and donor support. You may have seen this recent CTV story
 
This is a great opportunity for residents and businesses to partner with the city on a good news initiative, creating something that will benefit generations to come.
 
I am reaching out today for your support, whether that be a gift of funds via www.toronto.ca/redoak or by helping to promote the campaign to your stakeholders.
 
While the oak has been around for centuries, time is running out on this initiative.
 
The fundraising target of $430,000 must be met by December 12, 2020. Upon achieving this goal the City will acquire the property and establish the space as a parkette to preserve and showcase this beautiful example of our natural heritage. 
 
The benefits of preserving this 24 metre wide tree are many, including reducing air pollution, cooling the air by shading surfaces and releasing water vapor, providing habitat for wildlife, reducing storm-water runoff, and reducing carbon from the air (this tree stores 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide per year)! You can play a role in preserving these benefits for years to come.
 
We have content for social media/newsletters, promotional materials and their electronic equivalent and are happy to work with you to help make this happen. The donor form and more information is available at toronto.ca/redoak
 
Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas for collaboration or if you are interested in donating toward this project. 
 
Thank you,
 
Victoria Cascun, Toronto Office of Partnerships, City of Toronto
647-466-1136

 

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