RTCC Update – April 29, 2020

RTCC staying closed till further notice – stay safe!

On March 13, the City of Toronto released the following statement:

“Based on recommendations from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, to help slow the rate of COVID-19 infection in Toronto and protect vulnerable populations including seniors, people with compromised immune systems, and individuals experiencing homelessness, the City of Toronto is cancelling all programs and closing a number of its facilities as of 12:01 a.m. tomorrow.”

As a City of Toronto agency, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre closed as of March 14 – who knew that six weeks later, our doors would still be shut!  At this point, we are not certain when we will be able to reopen, and if there will be particular limitations or guidelines we will need to follow, and what programming we will be able to offer  We look forward to returning to continue serving our community, and encourage all of you to stay safe through this challenging time.  Take care!

We can still be reached at info@ralphthornton.org or by telephone at 416 392-6810.

RTCC Spring Calendar Postponed

With the uncertainty created by the state of emergency, it is not possible to continue with the timelines for many of the event’s on RTCC’s spring calendar.  Our AGM, the RTCC Community Volunteer Awards, and our Cornerstone fundraiser are all being postponed until dates (likely in the Fall) to be determined.

RTCC Children’s Program Update

“The Children’s Program Staff are missing the children and families we serve. We have planned check ins with our families over “Zoom” to ensure we are supporting our children and providing a chance to interact and socially engage with the community safely! We are planning to make the interactions fun and full of games like pictionary, charades and the ever popular house scavenger hunt!

New from our Partners

Toronto Public Library

With the library being closed, the Toronto Public Library has some online resources that might be of interest to you and your community:

The TPL’s new Instant Digital Card allows access to their largest collection of ebooks and audiobooks for those who don’t have a library card.  A parent can sign up for a card themselves and then borrow children’s items on their accounts.  And because you can borrow up to 30 items, parents can borrow items for themselves and their little ones.  Here’s the link to access the Instant Digital Card: https://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/digital-services/2020/04/digital-library-card-tpl2020.html

Here’s a link to a quick guide to all of the online services you can use with your library card:
https://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/digital-services/2020/03/38-ways-to-use-the-library-from-home.html.

Riverside BIA

Please continue to support our local businesses!

Our local business community is being hit hard by the impact of COVID19.  The Riverside BIA has created this helpful online map indicating which businesses are open, closed, and operating virtually.

 

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