COVID-19 update for the Holy Trinity Comunity

UPDATE: This page is out of date. We will be keeping a special pandemic response page going forward.


I am writing to update you on our planning around Coronavirus. As you may be aware, we have been instructed by the Diocese to restrict our functions to only those that are essential, meaning that they have instructed all churches to not hold coffee hours, shared meals, groups or committees. They have also asked that individuals use their judgement in attending worship, and encourage churches to be creative in live streaming, pastoral visiting, phone calls, etc. They have encouraged that churches that run meal programs for the marginalized continue to do so, and follow precautions outlined by public health authorities.

With discussion from our Vestry Executive, we have decided to remain open for our People Presence and Open Hours programming, throughout the week. To make sure that all of our volunteers, staff, and guests are thought of during this time, we have implemented more rigorous protocols around serving, and a regular cleaning of surfaces and seating. Jim and Elizabeth have done a fantastic job with implementing and explaining changes to our volunteers and guests and we are thankful for their efforts.

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Exiting the Fortress – Oliver Roberts

I feel an immense amount of gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to hang some of these artworks in a space like this, in a place like this. If the artworks speak at all, if they have a meaning or convey a sense of place and time, places and times shared and learned, then it is befitting that they get to sit among all of these wonderful sisters and brothers and sons and daughters, in a place where acts of radical hospitality and Love are performed, daily and incessantly. What an interesting place we find ourselves in, our friends sleeping outside, citizens bustling in and out of the Eaton Centre, all of us in here communing with each other. What an ebb and flow of paradox and of resilience.

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SAVE Trinity Square & Toronto’s Heritage

We need your support! An application has been filed to add 60 storeys to the 10-storey building on Trinity Square at 483-491 Bay St. & 20 Albert St.  This is almost 4 times the height of what is currently allowed in that location by the City of Toronto Official Plan.

If approved, this building would essentially put Toronto’s Official Plan in the shredder.  It would overwhelm some of our most iconic architecture and public spaces: Old City Hall, Nathan Philip’s Square, Trinity Square, and the historic Church of the Holy Trinity campus.

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Trinity Square, with its fountain, labyrinth and paved walkways is one of the few peaceful public spaces in the downtown where citizens can seek out sunlight and fresh air during the day.  

How can you help?

  1. Phone and write Mayor John Tory and your local Ward Councillor. 
  2. Write a letter to the editor of the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun or the Globe and Mail.
  3. Spread the word!

Phone and write to members of Council:

Make your views known to Mayor John Tory and your local Ward Councillor.

Tell your elected representatives that local democracy matters.  Developers need to respect and work within our Official Plan.

Underline that respecting our built heritage means preserving its setting.  This is upheld by Toronto’s Official Plan, the Provincial Policy Statement and the international Venice Charter (ICOMOS).

Emphasize that both urban trees and urban humans need access to sunlight in public spaces.


Letter to the editor:

Email the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun and the Globe and Mail.
(contact information pending).


Spread the word!

For more information:

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-141056.pdf 

To speak to the planner directly, contact Derek Waltho, at 416-392-0412 or Derek.Waltho@toronto.ca. You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2. 

You may also contact Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 13, at (416) 392-7903.

We’re Hiring! – Worship and Pastoral Care Coordinator

Church of the Holy Trinity is looking for a priest to join our our community. Please share through your networks.

Job Posting- Worship and Pastoral Care Coordinator

Full-time, includes housing allowance, 2 year renewable contract

Grounded in a history of social justice and hospitality, open to Spirit and creativity, mindful of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and unwilling to settle for easy answers — the community of the Church of the Holy Trinity has always had a heart for the city in the heart of downtown Toronto.

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loving justice in the heart of our city