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CHEN: Taiwan has COVID-19 lessons to share with the world

Posted on 27 March 2020

On March 22, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed Canadians, urging all citizens to practice social distancing and other best-health practices in the face of the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister also made reference to learning from the strategies of other countries, noting specifically how Taiwan has managed the situation. “We are taking the best advice from top resea ...

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City of Toronto announces 60-day grace period for bill payments amid coronavirus pandemic

Posted on 21 March 2020

Toronto Mayor John Tory has announced a 60-day grace period for City of Toronto residents and businesses on city-related payments due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The deferral is retroactive to March 16 and would cover property taxes, water and solid waste utility bill payments for all residents and businesses, Tory said in a statement issued on Friday. “The COVID-19 pandemic has ...

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11 hospitalized as coronavirus cases rise to 128 in Toronto

Posted on 21 March 2020

The City of Toronto announced 128 confirmed coronavirus cases with 11 individuals currently hospitalized, as of Thursday afternoon. There are still 11 cases of community transmission in the city that are under investigation. While most have contracted the diseases from recent travel or close contact, Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, did note that an increasing ...

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City of Toronto scaling back on 'non-essential' services as number of COVID-19 patients grow

Posted on 18 March 2020

TORONTO -- The City of Toronto is stepping up its COVID-19 response on the heels of an emergency declaration by the province. Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, who is leading the city’s emergency response, said the city is scaling back or changing the delivery of a slew of non-essential services. Among the changes, Toronto City Hall, Metro Hall and all civic centres will be closed to the p ...

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Toronto’s medical officer of health asks bars to close, restaurants to do takeout and delivery only

Posted on 18 March 2020

Toronto’s medical officer of health is asking restaurants to move to takeout and delivery only, and for all bars, nightclubs and theatres to close. Dr. Eileen de Villa warned closures could be ordered for establishments that defied her recommendation Monday under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. She asked those businesses to close “as soon as possible” and no later tha ...

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First community-transmitted cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Toronto

Posted on 18 March 2020

Toronto Public Health officials are asking residents to take further action in the fight against COVID-19 amid a "significant increase" in the number of local cases amidst a global outbreak. Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, announced during a press conference this afternoon that we are now starting to see cases emerge "which are unlinked and t ...

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Authors: How to become a vendor at Toronto Book Expo 2020

Posted on 14 February 2020

Authors, writers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the literary sector are eagerly looking forward to the Toronto Book Expo 2020 for good reasons. It promises to be the most interesting book expo of its kind in the country for this year. Therefore, it does not come as any surprise at all that quite a number of authors have shown interest in becoming vendors at the event. In this piece, ...

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Toronto Book Expo 2020 supports diversity

Posted on 01 February 2020

Gone are the days when the entire literary industry was Caucasian, middle-class, straight and able-bodied. Diversity is gradually becoming a huge driving force in publishing. Several grassroots organizations are beginning to commit themselves to promoting greater inclusivity in literature and the publishing industry.If the moral argument for inclusivity is not enough, this promotion of multi- ...

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Monthly rent in Toronto expected to rise 7% in 2020: report

Posted on 24 January 2020

Toronto’s rental market is projected to remain “tight” this year, with monthly rent expected to rise 7%, according to a report. Rentals.ca released its 2020 rental market predictions on Friday, reporting that finding an apartment, house, or townhouse to call home will continue to challenge renters in 2020, mainly in Canada’s larger cities, including Toronto. According to t ...

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Toronto mining company eyes rare earths near Uranium City

Posted on 24 January 2020

James Sykes said he needed just a few seconds with a hammer and a pry bar to knock a 60-kilogram hunk of rock from an outcrop just south of Saskatchewan’s border with the Northwest Territories a couple of years ago. The veteran prospector liked what he found. “We have surface showings. That (rock) was 40 per cent rare earth oxide,” said Sykes, who has spent his career exploring f ...