Coping with COVID in St. James Town part 2
Service provider ingenuity in maintaining connection with residents during the pandemic through repair and trouble-shooting for appliances, laptops, and other items, with the participation of resident expert volunteers.
Our guests Nayanthi and Aravind explained that The Corner@240 has found innovative ways to continue offering a number of valuable services to the community during the COVID-19 lockdown period, to implement the “three Rs”: reuse, re-use, and repair. They are able to maintain health and safety standards to repair household items that are dropped off, or to walk people through troubleshooting and repair steps over phone or video. All the photos below are courtesy of The Corner.
The Concept of The Corner@240
Learning how to do things here, you break it eight times and the ninth time and the tenth time you learn
The library of things, at the Corner@240
Resident volunteer fixer Wayne at Fix-it Mondays in Partnership with Repair Café Toronto
Resident-led Knitting with Tea
Resident-led bike repair clinic
Workshop on home and balcony gardening
Participants on the concluding day of Repair Workshop
An additional service that The Corner is offering online during the COVID-19 lockdown is a set of interactive workshops on home and balcony gardening. Although the flier below indicates the final workshop on May 15, an additional set of workshops will be offered starting May 22. During these sessions, the facilitator presents information complete with photos and diagrams on things like non-chemical fertilizers that people can buy or make, how to obtain and use cuttings, when and how to water, and natural pest prevention methods, such as use of fragrant herbs and flowers to repel unwanted insects. There is plenty of opportunity for attendants to raise questions, sometimes supplying photos and videos of their own plants.
In the interview with Nayanthi and Aravind, we asked them if the Library of Things, at the Corner@240, has been of use to people moving back in to 650 Parliament. This refers to the displacement of approximately 1,500 people from their 22-storey building, at that address, by a massive fire caused by aging and faulty wiring in August 2018. These families and individuals were finally able to start moving back into their apartments in early March 2020, coincidentally just days before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. The move-in would be a gradual process to take place over 10 weeks.
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