City/Local News Round-Up ~ Oct. 24-30

FORD PRESSES HEALTH EXPERTS FOR GUIDANCE ON RE-OPENING 

Ford has asked the province’s health experts to come up with a plan to allow more businesses to reopen in the areas hardest hit by COVID-19 after a 28-day period of tighter public health restrictions expires next month. 

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5 WAYS THE PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING MENTAL HEALTH

In addition to its staggering impact on physical well-being and mortality, COVID-19 is also taking an unprecedented toll on our mental health.

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MOTION APPROVED TO CAP COMMISSIONS ON FOOD DELIVERY. 

Motion requests that the Province to implement temporary cap on commissions for food service delivery companies.

Many of these services charge restaurants 30% or more for delivery.  So it’s always best to do pick-up when you can, to help out local restaurants make ends meet.

In related news. City partnership with Ritual helps more than 1,000 local businesses with free delivery until November 8.

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CITY LAUNCHES MoveTO TO ADDRESS CONGESTION

The plan includes “Smart” traffic signals, “Intelligent” intersections, and Advanced Transit Signal Priority (ATSP), reports Jessica Patton at Global News. 

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DR. TAM IDENTIFIES THREE PRIORITIES

Dr. Tam has 3 things she wants action on as Canada moves forward from COVID-19, reports Lisa Belmonte at Narcity. 

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STUDY SHOWS LOW VITAMIN D  IN COVID PATIENTS 

More than 80 per cent of COVID-19 patients at a Spanish hospital had vitamin D deficiency: study shows, reports Jackie Dunham, CTV News

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CITY APPROVES EXTENDED PATIO PROGRAM

Winter patios in Toronto are one step closer to becoming a reality after City council unanimously approved the extension of sidewalk patios through the winter months this week, reports Michael Ranger at City News.

 

CITY DELIVERS FIRST MODULAR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

Toronto’s first modular housing facility in Scarborough is one step closer to opening for occupancy as the first of the homes were installed this week, reports Ainsley Smith at Toronto Storeys.

Read the City News Release about this new initiative.

Update: City supportive housing project gets $203 million federal investment

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FLYING DURING THE PANDEMIC. SAFE OR NOT? 

Two new reports are painting quite different pictures about the risk of air travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, says Brooklyn Neustaeter at CTV News.

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HALLOWE’EN’S CANCELLED BUT THERE’S A SILVER LINING.

Halloween celebrations may be cancelled for the most part in Toronto for 2020, but at least that means you’ll be home to catch a glimpse of the rare blue moon that’s set to light up the sky on the spookiest night of the year, reports Mira Miller at BlogTO.

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