City/Local News Round-Up ~ Jan 9-15

Local/City News:

 

TLAB REACHES DECISION ON SACKVILLE DAYCARE 

The Toronto Local Appeal Body has ruled in favour of the daycare at 459-461 Sackville Street. The decision order approved all the variances and cited eight conditions that previously existed and still must be met. Once met, no additional considerations are required. 

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ASOKAN RASIAH

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Asokan Rasiah, chef and owner of the Peartree Restaurant.

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PROVINCIAL PLANS TO DEMOLISH HERITAGE FOUNDRY BUILDINGS

News that the Province plans on razing four heritage buildings in Corktown, without permission from community members or the City, has sent waves of shock through the neighbourhood, reports Tanya Mok at BlogTO. 

Corktown.ca is urging people to sign a petition set up by Spadina Fort-York MPP Chris Glover to give this site a fighting chance to survive and thrive for the benefit of all Ontarians.

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HOW TO MAKE DOVA’S CACIO E PEPE AT HOME

Cacio e pepe has staunchly Roman roots, but Dova chef Roberto Marotta is a proud Sicilian. So when he was planning the menu for his Cabbagetown sequel to King East’s Ardo, he devised a homage to the punchy pasta infused with a Sicilian sensibility, reports Alex Baldinger at Toronto Life.

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LIVE GREEN NEWS – JANUARY 2021

Here’s the latest update of Live Green News from Live Green Toronto.

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BIA SEEKS FEEDBACK ON ‘DECK THE HOLIDAYS’ EVENT

Rick Matthews would love to know what we all thought about the BIA’s Deck the Holidays window displays. Please complete his 5 minute survey. 

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CITY LAUNCHES 2021 TAX SUPPORTED BUDGETS

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee began the process of reviewing the staff-recommended tax-supported operating and capital budgets for 2021. The budgets will be reviewed and debated by Budget and Executive Committees before being finalized and approved by City Council at its meeting on February 18.

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TORONTO BASED GROCERY DELIVERY SERVICES

A year ago, there were only a few big-name companies leading the grocery-delivery game. That’s obviously different now. Here’s how you can have everything—from produce and pantry essentials to artisanal cheese and freshly baked croissants—delivered right to your door. A report from Caroline Aksich at Toronto Life.

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Pandemic Updates:

 

STAY AT HOME ORDER – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

With Ontario facing dangerously high rates of COVID-19, Doug Ford declared a second provincial emergency Tuesday and announced a slate of new restrictions in an effort to bring the virus under control.

Lauren O’Neil at BlogTO and Emma Paling at HuffPost both try to help provide some additional clarity.

Mayor Tory goes a little further, asking whether we need to add an F Bomb, to make it absolutely, crystal clear about what the order means.

Still confused? Read the full text of the Ontario Stay at Home Order – or just follow Doug Ford’s advice. If you’re not sure if you can do it, don’t. JUST STAY HOME!

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CAN POLICE DO RANDOM STOPS TO ENFORCE STAY AT HOME ORDER? 

Ontario’s stay-at-home order is now in effect for the province but the government said police don’t have the authority to randomly stop residents on the street to make sure their trip is essential, reports Sean Davidson at CTV News.

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ONLINE CALCUATOR PROVIDES ESTIMATES ON VACCINE TIMING 

Tool co-created by Toronto developer gives ‘general idea’ of how long we each have to wait for a vaccine, reports CBC News.

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CITY LAUNCES INITIAL IMMUNIZATION CLINIC

Mayor Tory, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Fire Chief and General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg provided an update on the City’s measures to combat the resurgence of the virus in Toronto, the rollout of vaccines to priority groups and wider immunization planning.

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IS IT A COLD, IS IT FLU OR IS IT COVID?

If you’re feeling under the weather, how do you really know if it is a cold, the flu, seasonal allergies, or a sign that you’ve contracted the novel coronavirus? Alexandra Mae Jones form CTV News provides some insights.

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PHARMACIES SAY THEY CAN SPEED UP VACCINATIONS

Canada’s 11,500 pharmacies could vaccinate up to 3 million people a week, Shoppers Drug Mart president says, reports Jean Paul Tasker at CBC News.

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SHOULD YOU WEAR A MASK OUTDOORS?

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge across much of the country, some experts are advising Canadians to wear face masks while outdoors, reports Brooklyn Neustaeter at CTV News.

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