Group Discussion Form - TORR

Note: This is an anonymous form. Please do not include names, telephone numbers or full addresses in your responses. All questions are voluntary. Consultation leaders must use this form to summarize and submit answers from your group discussion. Feel free to type as much as you need to. There is no word limit for comments.

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Deadline to submit this group discussion form: July 24, 2020, 5:00pm, EDT.
For more info, visit: https://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/torr_consults

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* 1. Full name of Consultation Leader:

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* 2. How many residents participated in this group discussion? (include exact number)

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* 3. Postal code (if residents are from the same neighbourhood)

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* 4. If this group discussion included residents from historically marginalized, vulnerable or equity-seeking groups, please select those that apply:

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* 5. QUESTIONS FOR GROUP DISCUSSION:

For those who are comfortable, please share the ways in which you were personally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example:

Contracted COVID-19 
Friend or family contracted COVID-19 
Experienced family or friend death due to COVID-19
Lost employment or income
Required to work longer hours 
Had to temporarily close down business or adjust business services 
Lost access to child care
Loss of personal care support from family, friends, neighbours, or a community agency due to physical distancing requirements
Lost access to critical programs or services
Felt sad, anxious, overwhelmed, or lonely 
Struggled to pay rent or mortgage
Threatened with eviction  
Increased exposure to domestic violence or other types of abuse within my household
Experienced elder abuse 
Had to visit a food bank or access food programs
Other (please specify):

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* 6. Please describe what supports, programs and services you were accessing before COVID-19?

Examples of supports:
Income supports
Skills training and employment supports
Small business supports
Harm reduction or addiction supports 
Parenting programs and supports 
Mental health supports and/or supports to address social isolation 
Child care and children's programs 
Youth services, programs and spaces
Seniors' care and seniors programs 
Affordable housing
Shelter access
Drop-ins and meal programs 
Culture and arts programs 
Reliable and safe transit 
Access to recreational facilities or programming
Access to libraries and library services 
Advocacy supports (e.g. community and specialty legal clinics) 
Food banks and other food security programs
Parks and public spaces 
Space for people to meet safely in communities or to deliver important community programs and services in person or virtually 
Opportunities for services to be delivered virtually through technology innovation
Technology support to access virtual programs and services (e.g. internet access, devices)
Other: ________

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* 7. What urgent supports (i.e. in the next 0-6 months) do you need as the city begins to re-open? 

For examples of supports, programs and services, see list above.

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* 8. Over the longer term, where do you see opportunities for the City, other levels of government, and community partners to make improvements to programs or services that did not work for you or your community before COVID-19? How can these programs or services be strengthened for you and your community?

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* 9. What three priorities would you like to see the City work on with the Provincial and Federal governments?

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* 10. Please share your recommendations on how to create jobs, support small businesses and boost local economic development in your community? How can the City and/or other levels of government support these solutions?

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* 11. What supports do you and members of your community need to easily share your concerns, ideas and solutions with decision-makers at City Hall? What can the City do to enhance the participation and inclusion of marginalized groups in decision-making processes?

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* 12. Please share any ideas on how the City, other levels of government, community partners and organizations can support your community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and be better prepared to face the impacts of climate change:

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* 13. Please share any successful actions or ideas that you, your business, your community, or your neighbourhood have implemented in response to the pandemic, that others can learn from and build on together?

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* 14. Please share any other comments or input that you would like the City to consider in planning for the COVID-19 recovery and rebuild process:

A special thank you to all the consultation leaders and residents who participated in this group discussion! If you are a consultation leader, please share this link of follow-up demographic questions for residents in your group discussion to fill out: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TOrecovery-demodata


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