City/Local News Round-Up ~ Sep. 26 – Oct. 2

233 CARLTON STREET UPDATE

Read about recent community activities in the run up to the Council meeting of Sep. 30.

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RENOVATION OF ROOMING HOUSES AT 502-508 PARLIAMENT STREET

Dixon Hall has been tasked with renovating and then running all services at the vacant rooming houses at 502-508 Parliament (just South of the LCBO). They are holding a community information session on Wednesday October 14 to provide an overview of project plans; an anticipated timeline; and a chance for questions from the community.

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PUMPKIN PARADE CANCELLED 🙁

Toronto Parks Forestry & Recreation emailed us this week saying that permits for pumpkin parades will not be issued this year, following the City’s reduction in allowable gathering size to 25 people outdoors. Boo Hoo!

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COUNCIL VOTES UNANIMOUSLY TO STRENGTHEN COVID-19 BYLAWS

City Council voted unanimously in favour of stronger measures to protect residents from COVID-19 and slow the ongoing resurgence of the virus in the community. 

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NEW COVID-19 MODELLING SHOWS CASES CONTINUING TO  SPIKE 

The number of new cases reported daily are doubling every 10 to 12 days and Ontario could see it spiking to as many as 1000/day by October 30, new data modelling shows.

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OPEN DOOR PROGRAM TO SUPPORT AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING

The City has released the 2020 Call for Applications for the Open Door program. The program provides an opportunity for private, co-op and non-profit affordable housing organizations to apply for support from the City to create affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income households in Toronto.

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CITY EXTENDS ActiveTO ROAD CLOSURES INTO OCTOBER

Major streets in Toronto will continue to be closed to make room for socially distanced cyclists and pedestrians thanks to the ActiveTO program being extended, says Amy Carlbery at BlogTO. 

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TPH RECOMMENDS ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO CONTAIN COVID-19

In a recent report to Council, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health stressed the need for more actions to mitigate the impact of the resurgence of COVID-19 cases. 

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NUIT BLANCHE UNVEILS VIRTUAL PROGRAM

The 15th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto will be reimagined as a virtual experience on Saturday, October 3 starting at 7 p.m. until October 12. The online event will present five streams of programming that will include talks, podcasts, a release of the 14-year archive called Nuit History, live streams, and artworks in augmented and virtual reality.

Read the City News Release.

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LET’S TALK FALL COLOURS!

Fall colours in Ontario simply can’t be beat, and the province is full of beautiful remote spots where you can both observe and appreciate them, says Mira Miller at BlogTO.

Admittedly, it’s still a little early in the season to catch the foliage in its prime, but leave it to the Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report to tell you when and where the colours have already started to change.

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