City/Local News Round-Up ~ Jan 30-Feb 5

CITY/LOCAL NEWS

 

NATURAL ICE RINK OPENS IN WINCHESTER PARK

Congratulations to the community volunteers who came together to build Cabbagetown’s first natural ice rink, which officially opened on February 1.

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CABBAGETOWN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

The Cabbagetown Short Film Festival will be screening a Valentine’s special, featuring twelve romantic short films. It runs from February 14-20 and tickets costs just $10. Once you start viewing you can see each film at your leisure over three days.

Credit to Doug Fisher at CNR for this content.   

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ST LAWRENCE MARKET LAUNCHES ONLINE ORDERING

St. Lawrence Market has partnered with online ordering service Inabuggy to offer customers access to the freshness and variety of produce, meats, fish, grains and bulk foods, baked goods, dairy products and specialty items that the Market is known for, in as little as one-hour delivery for residents who live within five kilometres of the Market.

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LIVE GREEN NEWS – FEBRUARY 2020

Here’s the latest from our friends at Live Green Toronto.

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G&M HOME OF THE WEEK – 333 WELLESLEY STREET EAST 

Renovated from head to toe, inside and out, 333 Wellesley St E. is featured as the Globe and Mail’s home of the week.

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NEW DOCTORS CLINIC OPENS IN CABBAGETOWN

Three family doctors have opened a new practice at 595 Parliament street and they are open for new patient registration. 

Credit to Doug Fisher at CNR for this content.

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BIGGER BETTER PATIO DINING TO ROLL OUT IN MAY

The city is set to roll out a bigger, better version of CafeTO, the municipal program that allows for expanded patios on sidewalks and streets during the pandemic, reports Natalie Johnson at CTV News.

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YONGE STREET STRETCH TO GET MAJOR MAKEOVER

Toronto’s iconic Yonge Street is officially getting a makeover through the downtown core thanks to a 21-5 city council vote in favour of YongeTOmorrow; an ambitious plan that will restrict vehicular traffic along parts of the major street for more pedestrian, cyclist, event and green space. Report by Lauren O’Neil at BlogTO.

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COUNCIL APPROVES MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS REPONSE PILOT

City Council has approved the framework for a multi-year pilot project that will see the creation of a mobile crisis assistance intervention service in multiple parts of the city. Toronto Centre included in pilot locations.

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CITY/YWCA OPENS AFFORDABLE HOUSING – CHURCH & CARLTON

This week Mayor Tory officially opened an affordable and permanent supportive rental housing building that includes 120 apartments for women at 389 Church St. The self-contained apartments will create a safe, inclusive and supportive community for women, gender diverse people, and youth and seniors who have experienced or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness.

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NEAT NEW TORONTO BIKE TRAILS MAP

A longtime Toronto resident and avid biker has created a New TTC style map to showcase the ever-expanding bike network in and around the city, reports Olivia Little at BlogTO.

 

PANDEMIC UPDATES:

 

PROVINCIAL GOVT. CONSIDERS CANCELLING MARCH BREAK

The Ford government is considering the possibility of cancelling March Break for Ontario students amid concerns about new COVID-19 variants that are already circulating in the community, reports Chris Fox at CP24.

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IMPACTS OF VACCINE DELIVERY ISSUES CONTINUE

After weeks of dose shortages, the federal government says it will still be a few weeks before Canada’s Pfizer deliveries fully ramp up to pre-interruption levels, while Moderna’s next shipment has yet to be confirmed.  A report by Rachel Aiello at CTV News.

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COUNCIL EXTENDS CITY MASK BYLAWS 

City Council has approved the extension of the City of Toronto’s temporary mask bylaws until the end of City Council’s June 8 and 9, 2021 meeting. The Mandatory Mask By-law was set to expire this week.

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COVID19 POSITIVITY RATE TRENDS DOWNWARDS

Ontario reported its lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in months, reports Phil Sekouras at CTV News. 

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A BRIEF LOOK AT THE 7 VACCINES CANADA HAS ORDERED

Between July 24 and Oct. 22, Canada signed deals to pre-order seven COVID-19 vaccines. Here’s a brief look at what we know about those vaccines, listed by manufacturer. Report by Mia Rabson at the Canadian Press.

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BRITAIN TO TEST MIXING AND MATCHING VACCINES

British scientists are starting a study Thursday to find out if it’s OK to mix and match COVID-19 vaccines, reports Maria Cheng at the Associated Press.

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