City/Local News Round-Up ~ Oct. 31-Nov 6

CANADA FOLLOWS W.H.O. REGARDING AEROSOL TRANSMISSION 

In a significant departure from its previous advice, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) now says the novel coronavirus can be transmitted through small airborne droplets, reports Ryan Flanagan, CTV News.

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UPDATE FROM LOCAL KIDS CHARITY

Green Thumbs Growing Kids is a local charity actively creating school food gardens in order to connect children to food and their environment. They reached out to the CRA to share an update on their activities.

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NEW COLOUR CODING SYSTEM FOR BUSINESS REOPENING

The Provincial government has unveiled a new tiered system for COVID-19 restrictions allowing most businesses to reopen albeit with earlier closing times, stricter capacity limits and mandatory symptom screenings, reports Chris Fox, CP24.

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TORONTO SAYS NO TO CLEARING SNOW OFF SIDEWALKS

If ever there were a winter in need of safe, accessible outdoor walking spaces, this would be the one — you know, because of the pandemic and the fact that we’re not supposed to gather indoors, reports Lauren O’Neil at BlogTO.

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CITY LAUNCHES GEORGE ST. REVITALIZATION PROJECT

The City of Toronto and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) have issued a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the George Street Revitalization project, which will reinvent the northernmost block of George Street (between Dundas Street East and Gerrard Street East).

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SPEED CAMERAS BEING MOVED

The City’s 50 automated speed cameras are all being moved. The two in Cabbagetown are moving to:

  • Sherbourne Street, south of Wellesley Street East
  • Berkeley Street, south of Gerrard Street East

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COPING THROUGH COVID

Ken Shaw at CTV News leads a conversation on mental health during the pandemic.

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FEDS NOW RECOMMEND THREE LAYER MASKS

The Public Health Agency of Canada has updated its recommendations on non-medical face masks with the country’s top doctor now suggesting Canadians wear coverings that are made of three layers including a filter, reports Brooklyn Neustaeter at CTV News.

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NEW RULES FOR RE-OPENING TORONTO’S GYMS

It’s been a long 25 days without gyms, movie theatres, indoor dining and more in Toronto since Doug Ford’s and his team plunged the city back into a modified version of Stage 2 lockdown back in early October, reports Becky Robertson at BlogTO.

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ARE DINING DOMES SAFE?

Ontatrio restaurant owners unable to offer indoor dining options thought they had a way around the dilemma of keeping customers coming by during the colder months: outdoor dining domes or bubbles. But new rules question whether these igloo-like pods are safe, reports Monica Warzecha at healthing.ca. 

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