City/Local News Round-Up ~ Nov 7-13

MANAGING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IN PHASE 2

Amid a second wave that’s spurring increased restrictions across the country, many are concerned about the effect more lockdowns could have on the Canadian psyche, reports Alexandra Mae Jones at CTVNews.ca.

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COVID RESURGENCE THREATENS CHRISTMAS? 

Ontario’s latest modelling data suggests that public health officials may need to convince weary Ontarians to scale back or cancel Christmas gatherings in the face of soaring case numbers, reports Nick Boisvert at CBC News.

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PREMIER WARNS OF EVEN TIGHTER RESTRICTIONS 

Doug Ford said he “will not hesitate” to move forward to the next stage in the lockdown system after new COVID-19 modelling showed the province could see 6,500 new cases per day by mid-December, reports Sean Davidson at CTV News.

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CBC TESTS 20 MASKS – WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOESN’T

Rigorous tests conducted on behalf of CBC’s Marketplace found that while some masks work very well, others offer little protection from the particles that transmit the novel coronavirus, reports CBC News.

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MOVING TO RED ZONE – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR TORONTONIANS?

On November 14th, Toronto will be moved into the Red – Control level of the Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework. Current epidemiology in Toronto dictates that the following enhanced measures are needed to reduce COVID-19 activity.

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DO FACE MASKS PROTECT THE WEARER TOO?

The CDC’s recent update included information about “filtration for personal protection,” in addition to masks’ primary use of “source control,” or reducing the emission of droplets, reports Monika Warzecha at Healthing.ca.

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INDOOR DINING TO REMAIN CLOSED THRU MID-DECEMBER

Indoor dining will not resume at Toronto bars and restaurants this weekend as planned and a number of other businesses, including meeting spaces, movie theatres and casinos, will be ordered to remain closed, reports Chris Fox at CP24.

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LIVE GREEN NEWS – NOVEMBER ISSUE

Here’s the latest monthly newsletter from Live Green Toronto. 

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CONTACTLESS PAYMENTS MAY BE COMING TO TTC

Riders may eventually have the option to simply tap their credit or debit card at TTC station fare gates and on vehicles, vs using a Presto card, reports Becky Robertson at BlogTO.

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HOUSING NOW – COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
405 SHERBOURNE STREET

a Community consultation is scheduled for a mixed use, mixed income development at 405 Sherbourne Street, just North of Carlton.

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CITY FORMS VACCINE DISTRIBUTION TASKFORCE

On Monday Mayor Tory announced that the City has formed an immunization task force to better prepare for the eventual distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, reports Lucas Casaletto at 680 News.

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NEW TIERED LOCKDOWN SYSTEM QUESTIONED BY EXPERTS

Public health experts are calling the tiered plan for dealing with COVID-19 shutdown in Ontario dangerous, “scientifically illiterate” and “dismaying,” saying that the premier’s new system will light an inferno rather than snuff out the pandemic, reports Katherine Decerq at CTV News.

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TORONTO – LOWEST PROPERTY TAX RATES IN ONTARIO

Real estate listing and analysis firm Zoocasa just released a report detailing how Toronto’s infamously-low property tax rates came to be, and how Canada’s largest city stacks up against 34 other municipalities across the province, reports Lauren O’Neil at BlogTO. 

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INTRODUCING BetterHomesTO

This City run website outlines 15 home energy improvements that can help decarbonize, save energy and reduce energy bills – everything from air sealing, smart thermostats, and air source heat pumps to solar panels. Plus info on rebates and incentives.

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TORONTO RESTAURANT GETS CREATIVE WITH OUTDOOR EATING

Campfires, creativity and two weeks at a time: How Actinolite turned its backyard into a cozy and cottage-y, pandemic-friendly patio. From Rebecca Tucker at Toronto Life. 

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