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Employee at Etobicoke General Hospital dies after contracting COVID-19: CUPE

Posted on 28 January 2021

An employee at Etobicoke General Hospital has died after contracting COVID-19, a spokesperson for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) confirmed Thursday. Few details have been provided about the deceased, who the union says was a member. The employee’s name has not yet been released. The worker was a patient at a Toronto hospital when they died, CUPE added, but ...

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Mysterious monolith appears seemingly overnight along Toronto’s shoreline

Posted on 28 January 2021

A mysterious monolith similar to others that have popped up and disappeared in various countries around the world has been spotted along Toronto’s shoreline on New Year’s Eve. The gleaming structure appeared sometime prior to Thursday morning in the city’s Humber Bay Shores neighbourhood. In photos of the area, the tall structure can be seen along the water’s edge, with the ...

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Ward 22 byelection in Scarborough-Agincourt deemed ‘essential,’ will proceed as planned Friday, city says

Posted on 28 January 2021

A byelection being held to find a new Ward 22 councillor will proceed as planned despite the fact that it is scheduled to be held a day after a provincial stay-at-home order goes into effect. Voters are set to go to the polls on Friday in Scarborough-Agincourt in a byelection that was scheduled last year to replace former councillor Jim Karygiannis, who was ousted from office over campa ...

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More people bought homes over $3 million in Toronto last year than ever before

Posted on 28 January 2021

While the pandemic destroyed countless Toronto businesses and put millions of Canadians out of work, the wealthiest among us have remained essentially unaffected, with many of the rich actually getting far richer during the course of the health crisis. Toronto's real estate was likewise unfazed by months of lockdowns and financial precarity, with sales volumes and prices continuin ...

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Toronto stock market down as oil and gold fall, U.S. stock markets also retreat

Posted on 28 January 2021

TORONTO -- Canada's main stock index was down in late-morning trading as the energy and metals and mining sectors pulled back amid a drop in prices for oil and gold. The S&P/TSX composite index was down 74.20 points at 17,883.89. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 178.48 points at 30,813.04. The S&P 500 index was down 25.79 points at 3,769.75, while t ...

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'Please help': Protest held outside Toronto long-term care home with deadly outbreak

Posted on 28 January 2021

TORONTO -- A protest was held outside a long-term care home in the Annex where a COVID-19 outbreak has led to the deaths of more than a dozen residents. Maureen McDermott said she organized the protest to show solidarity with the residents and staff of St. George Care Community and to call on the government to take action and send help to assist in controlling the outbreak. The ...

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COVID-19 vaccination clinic coming to downtown Toronto convention centre

Posted on 28 January 2021

TORONTO -- A large COVID-19 vaccination clinic will open up inside a downtown convention centre next week as officials step up their efforts to prepare for the mass vaccinations that are slated to take place at multiple sites across the city this spring. Until now COVID-19 vaccines have only been administered at 19 hospital sites across Ontario but the city has agreed to open a ...

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Sweden takes softer approach to coronavirus lockdown even as deaths rise

Posted on 14 April 2020

Crowds swarm Stockholm’s waterfront, with some people sipping cocktails in the sun. In much of the world, this sort of gathering would be frowned upon or even banned. Not in Sweden. It doesn’t worry Anders Tegnell, the country’s chief epidemiologist and top strategist in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The 63-year-old has become a household name in Sweden, appearing acro ...

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Toronto mayor gives Raptors star Kawhi Leonard key to city

Posted on 19 June 2019

Toronto Mayor John Tory tried to woo Kawhi Leonard by presenting him with the key to the city. But the Raptors star and MVP of the NBA Finals said he wasn’t thinking about his longterm future on Monday. A master of living in the moment, he preferred to soak up the celebrations. "I’m enjoying this," Leonard said, his young daughter — dressed in purple Raptors tee and red ballerina ...

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Provincial cuts hitting Toronto hard: Tory

Posted on 19 June 2019

Toronto doesn’t have many taxes and levies it can impose to plug the holes created by provincial funding cuts, Mayor John Tory insists. The city has received disproportionately deeper cuts in programs like public health, including the just announced reductions in legal aid. Among the city’s 3 million residents are many refugees, immigrants and lower-income individuals, he said. ...