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NHL unveils Toronto, Edmonton bubble plans

Posted on 25 July 2020

TORONTO — Steve Mayer had a couple of anxious moments last week. In the midst of preparations for the NHL's restart of its pandemic-halted season, the league's chief content officer must have wondered what rain and flood damage at Rogers Place in Edmonton — one of two hub cities — would mean for the plan. Local officials said at the time they believed the resumption of play, wh ...

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Even with financial help, Toronto might need to sell off assets, reduce staff and slash programs: report

Posted on 25 July 2020

Facing a nearly $3 billion anticipated shortfall in its operating budget over this year and next brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new staff report says the city may need to sell off assets and reduce staff, even while leaning on Ottawa and Queen’s Park for years to come. The report, released Friday, lays out the city’s grim financial outlook through this year and into 2021 ...

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Ontario delays decision on whether Toronto, Peel and Windsor can move to Stage 3

Posted on 25 July 2020

TORONTO -- Premier Doug Ford says that public health officials “have asked for a little more time” to analyze the data before deciding whether Toronto can move to Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan. The province typically provides an update at the start of every week on the status of the regions that have been held back from entering the final stage of its reopening plan. For ...

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Toronto bar under fire after 'chair girl' posts videos of people on packed patio

Posted on 25 July 2020

TORONTO -- Another Toronto bar is taking heat after videos surfaced online appearing to show patrons crowded on a patio ignoring physical distancing rules. The videos, which were posted by 'chair girl' Marcella Zoia on social media on Wednesday night, show customers on the patio of Arcane, located near King Street West and Spadina Avenue. In the video, customers appear to be crowded ...

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Toronto's mask law needs 'clarification,' puts onus on businesses to enforce it, critics say

Posted on 18 July 2020

Some business owners and experts in employment law say Toronto's mandatory mask bylaw is creating issues because it's unclear for some and puts the onus on businesses to enforce it. The city is leaving it to business owners and operators to create a policy, post signage and ensure people are wearing masks to slow the spread of COVID-19. If they aren't ...

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Blue Jays cleared to play in Toronto by provincial officials, Ontario premier confirms

Posted on 18 July 2020

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have been given provincial clearance to play games at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario Premier Doug Ford confirmed Thursday afternoon. The premier said the decision was made after discussions with medical officers of health. Ford’s comments came shortly after the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Lisa MacLeod told TSN Radio 1200 in Ot ...

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Parts of Ontario enter Stage 3: Here's what you need to know

Posted on 18 July 2020

TORONTO -- Several regions across Ontario have entered Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan allowing nearly all businesses to finally open their doors, except in the Toronto area and a few other regions. Only 10 regions stayed behind as the rest of the province, 24 regions altogether, leaped into the new stage on Friday, which allowed gyms, bars, dine-in services and cinemas ...

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20 things to do in and around Toronto this summer that don't require a lot of travel

Posted on 18 July 2020

Things to do this summer in Toronto will keep you close to home unless you're Drake and find a way to jet off to Barbados. And while Toronto remains firmly in Stage 2 of reopening for the next little while, that doesn't mean there's not a lot to do. Here are some things to put on your bucket list this summer. Visit a museum or attraction Museums, galleries and other m ...

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With Toronto alone facing a $1.35B shortfall, feds and provinces reach deal on funding for municipalities

Posted on 18 July 2020

The federal government will provide provinces and territories with more than $19 billion in funding with some of that money earmarked for helping municipalities that have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement during a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday afternoon with Premier Doug Ford later confirming that Ontario would receive ab ...

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U.S. troops in Winnipeg face hostility over COVID-19 fears

Posted on 13 July 2020

WINNIPEG -- A string of hostile incidents in Winnipeg, which included two cars with U.S. licence plates being keyed, has some United States Air Force members stationed in the city speaking out. As a partnership with the United States, somewhere between 10 and 100 American troops help out at the Canadian base in Winnipeg. "There is a nice size American contingent here that ...