City/Local News Round-Up, May 16-22

LIBRARIES START CURBSIDE DROP-OFF/PICK-UP (May 22)

Toronto Public Library today announced details about its curbside drop-off and pick-up service. Starting Monday, May 25, select library drop boxes will be open to accept library returns. By Monday, June 1, drop boxes at all remaining accessible branches will be opened up.

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NON STANDARD SYMPTOMS NOW BEING TESTED (May 21)

Officials are now urging people to go to COVID-19 assessment centres for testing, even if they have mild symptoms of the disease — from loss of taste or smell to pink eye.

This week my doctor sent me for a test at the assessment centre at Shuter and Bond, which was very quiet. I was mildly concerned about the long swab up the nose but it’s really nothing to worry about. Results posted online in <48 hours. (Yes, negative. Phew!)

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CITY ENCOURAGES ALL TO USE FACE MASKS (May 20)

City of Toronto strongly recommends face coverings or non-medical masks be worn when physical distancing cannot be easily maintained – e.g. on Parliament Street or in popular retail outlets like the LCBO and No Frills.

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TORONTO PARK AMENITIES REOPENING (May 20)

Mayor John Tory announced the City of Toronto will open more than 850 park amenities this week. Get all the details here.

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THE TOXIC TAXI IS BACK (May 20)

The Toxic Taxi service for pickup of Household Hazardous Waste has resumed. Max. 50 litres/kilograms and min of 10 litres/kilograms per pickup. Pickup must be prearranged by calling 311.
Learn about what is accepted and how to set it out.

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OFF LEASH DOG PARKS ARE OPEN! (May 19)

The City has opened its more than 70 dog off-leash areas. While visiting a park, people must continue to practice physical distancing. 

From the CBC (May 20) The Dog Park is Open Again Should You Use it?

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NEW, FREE DAILY CAMP PROGRAMMING (May 19)

Backyard Camp is a new, free service delivering daily activities and customizable programs by email aimed at keeping kids active and engaged all summer long.

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TRANSFER STATIONS REOPENING (May 19)

As part of the City’s phased resumption of services, Drop-off Depots (Transfer Stations) are now partially reopening to the public.

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PHASE 1 REOPENING – WHAT’S IN, WHAT’S OUT (May 19)

There’s a bunch of new things you can do outside the home starting May 19. Here’s a list of what you can do (and what you can’t do!) 

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MORE BEER NEWS! (May 18)

The Beer Store on Parliament Street is re-opening on May 19! We understand that they will not be accepting empties immediately, these can still be returned to the River Street location.   

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CITY SUPPORTS TAKE-OUT/DELIVERY (May 17)

The City is encouraging all restaurants/grocers/ butchers/bakers to sign up for Ritual ONE – an easy way to accept digital orders from their own website and social media accounts. Businesses that sign up by June 1 receive the service free for life and pay no commission or subscription fees.

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CITY SUMMER CAMPS CANCELLED (May 17)

The City of Toronto has cancelled all city run summer camps due to COVID19. The advise that they are looking at what alternatives they can come up with.   

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PARKED CAR (May 16)

While you may be saving money on gas, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is looked after and doesn’t require costly repairs from sitting for long periods of time.

 

 

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