City/Local News Round-Up ~ Sep. 5-11

W/E UPDATE ON CITY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES 

Update from the City on things that are open this weekend. 

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WATCHING TIFF MOVIES

TIFF has found a way to safely scale back by offering options for both virtual and big screen experiences. Here’s a guide how to watch movies at TIFF 2020, from our friends at BlogTO.

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CITY ALLOWS PORTABLE HEATERS TO EXTEND PATIO SEASON

With cooler fall weather approaching, the City has announced plans to allow portable heaters on outdoor patios, including CaféTO curb lane closures, to help keep outdoor dining spaces open longer, providing additional support for local restaurants.

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TTC COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE

Check out how the TTC continues to take measures to keep its customers safe and well informed. 

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TRICK-OR-TREATING MIGHT BE CANCELLED?!

As if pretty much every other event we know and love hasn’t already been cancelled due to COVID-19, the virus may also put a dumper on trick-or-treating on Halloween, says Mira Miller at BlogTO.

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CITY OPENS REGISTRATION FOR FALL RECREATION PROGRAMS 

Registration for City fall recreation programs as well as December holiday camps starts Saturday, September 12 and continues next week. The City is Toronto’s largest provider of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests.

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ONTARIO PAUSES REOPENING PLAN AS CASES SPIKE

Health Minister Christine Elliott made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that the “latest trend in numbers have raised some concern, especially as we begin to reopen schools and post-secondary institutions.”

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A CLOSER LOOK AT DOVA

What’s on the menu at Dova, Cabbagetown’s new Sicilian restaurant from the owners of Ardo? Toronto Life provides a glimpse.

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TDSB PUSHES BACK SCHOOL START DATE

The Toronto District School Board has pushed back its start date for most high schools to Sept. 17, citing the “complexities of the secondary staffing and timetable process.”

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ENSURING A SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL 

Over the summer, Toronto Public Health has been working closely with local school boards to help them develop plans for a safer reopening. These plans include best practices on public health measures that are effective to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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CABBAGETOWN FESTIVAL STREET SALE?

The BIA has had inquiries from a number of folks asking if yard sales are happening this weekend. The BIA does not actually organize the annual street sale, as it’s an organic community event that happens in conjunction with the festival.

So…… if you do plan to sell stuff on the street this weekend please ensure that your stand complies with all sanitization, disinfection, masking and distancing guidelines. Here is the City’s official word relating to garage/yard sales in times of COVID-19.  

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NEW MURALS ACROSS CITY HONOUR FRONT-LINE WORKERS

When Covid-19 hit, StreetARToronto asked local artists to submit ideas for murals honouring front-line workers. Here’s what’s been completed so far, reports Jean Grant in Toronto Life (photography by Katherine Fleitas)

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