City/Local News Round-Up ~ Nov 14-20

LATEST LOCKDOWN – HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The new 28 day lockdown will shutter most non-essential businesses, including gyms and personal care services, and will prohibit sit-down service in restaurants in Toronto, reports Katherine DeClerq at CTV News.

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THIS JUSTIN FROM TRUDEAU

“Update on the Canada-US border: We’ve extended the current border measures by another 30 days. Non-essential travel between our two countries remains restricted until at least December 21st.”

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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER…

The City has announced it will more than double the supply of winter park washrooms from 64 to 143, making it less stressful to be out and about over this winter period. Not sure why they didn’t think this was an issue in the Summer of Fall? Read all about it at BlogTO.

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BIA LAUNCHES FESTIVE DESIGN EVENT FOR CABBAGETOWN

Generously supported by four incredibly talented neighbourhood designers, the BIA launches Deck The Holidays, a holiday event showcasing four unforgettable festive window displays along Parliament Street:

#419 – Andrew Pike
#485 – TOM interior Design & Suzanne Dimma
#527 – Meredith Heron
#557 – James Davie

The Event will run from November 27 through January 3.

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DISTILLERY DISTRICT’S UNIVERSAL MASKS MANDATE

The Distillery District is now asking visitors to wear face masks inside and outside. It says it’s the first place in the city to make outdoor masks mandatory, reports Austin Delaney, CTV News

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NO EXTENDED WINTER SCHOOL BREAK

Ontario schools will not have an extended winter break, despite provincial officials hinting at it a day earlier when discussing possible new COVID-19 measures for 2021, reports Katherine Declerq at CTV News.

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CANADA ON TONY FAUCHI’S RADAR

America’s top infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci says Canada, once an example of managing COVID-19 is getting into dangerous territory as the virus surges across the world, reports the National Post.

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UPDATE ON POT STORE – 307 WELLESLEY ST. EAST

Last week the Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review reported that shop fittings had been delivered to a planned cannabis retail outlet at 307 Wellesley St East. The CRA contacted the AGCO to get an up to date status and was informed that the application is still under review by the registrar.

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COVID LONGHAULERS – IT’S A ROLLER COASTER RIDE

After contracting coronavirus in March, two Canadians say they’re still experiencing some lingering symptoms of COVID-19 eight months later, reports Jackie Dunham at CTV News.

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CITY HIRES 16 TRAFFIC AGENTS TO KEEP THINGS MOVING

Actively managing intersections help reduce occurrences when vehicles are stopped in the intersection after the signal has changed (‘blocking the box’). Pilot studies show ~90 per cent reduction in blocked intersections when paid duty police officers are present.

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