What’s New in COVID – July 17

What’s New in COVID

I spend lots of time – maybe too much – tracking this invisible but deadly threat, compiling reliable information I hope will help keep us safe. I’m careful, in this space, not to offer my own projections, and I encourage you to do your own research.

We should rely on advice from public health officials, based on a body of evidence they have at a point in time, while keeping in mind that this sometimes takes a while to emerge. Only after it …

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Sports Returning to Toronto

One of the signs that lives are slowly moving back to normal is the return of professional sports, at least to our TV screens.  For many fans, the entertainment and social activity that comes with watching a game has been a big gap, as it has been for many restaurant and bar owners that rely on game night business as a key source of income.

With professional athletes flocking to Toronto for Major League Baseball and the NHL’s playoff “hub” site hosting 12 teams, there are …

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COVID-19 Assessment Centres

COVID-19 Assessment Centres

A number of dedicated assessment centres have been established across Toronto to facilitate assessment and testing. Toronto Public Health (TPH) is not an assessment centre and testing is not provided at TPH offices. OHIP coverage is not required to be seen at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre. The assessment is provided at no cost to the individual. For more on assessment centres, click here.

Who Should Visit an Assessment Centre?
People experiencing at least one of the following symptoms of COVID-19:

Fever (temperature of 37.8C or greater)
New or worsening …

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Update on Yonge Resurfacing/Repurposing of Curb Lane During Pandemic

Update on Yonge Resurfacing/Repurposing of Curb Lane During Pandemic

The resurfacing of Yonge Street between 401 and Finch has now been shortened to one-week, beginning Monday, June 1, to minimize the inconvenience to pedestrians and businesses. The work is being done as a temporary fix to hazardous conditions on sections of the road.

From June 1-6, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Curb lanes will be closed, but 10-minute parking for restaurant delivery and pickup will be added at each side street, close to Yonge. Please support our great local restaurants …

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City of Toronto Update on Parks and Amenities

City of Toronto Update on Parks and Amenities

The City of Toronto continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities this weekend, following guidance from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health.

Remember when you go outside to follow public health advice and practise physical distancing or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Below is a guide to which City services and amenities are open and which remain closed this weekend (May 30):

City Parks and Amenities

City park amenities open this weekend include:

picnic shelters
soccer …

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North York Central Library Now Accepting Returns

North York Central Library Now Accepting Returns

North York Central Library is now accepting returns of library materials (books, magazines, cd’s, dvd’s and audiobooks) at their external drop box. The drop box is located on the south side of the branch (5120 Yonge St.) to the right of the entrance doors to the library atrium. All other libraries in Toronto will begin to accept returns on Monday, June 1st.

For more information, please visit the TPL website:https://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/programming/drop-off-curbside-pickup-service.html

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School and Camp Announcements Leave Questions For Parents

School and Camp Announcements Leave Questions For Parents

As the Province takes steps to reopen Ontario’s economy, parents remain uncertain about summer child care plans.

On Friday, the City of Toronto announced that regular summer camp programs would be cancelled. Families will automatically be sent refunds of registration fees. City staff are developing a new program, called CampTO, to allow some high-quality camp programming within current public health guidelines. This means spaces may only be 50% of what would normally be available.

Yesterday, Premier Ford announced that overnight camps across Ontario would also be closed …

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Canada Day Celebrations Go Virtual

Canada Day Celebrations Go Virtual

To stop the spread of COVID-19, the City of Toronto will join other municipalities across Canada in celebrating a national virtual Canada Day on July 1, 2020.

The City is cancelling all in-person Canada Day events. In Willowdale, those cancellations include Canada Day celebrations at Mel Lastman Square. The City will be working with the many community and cultural organizations to plan for virtual Canada Day celebrations that will showcase Toronto, including tributes to frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19 and Toronto’s artists and neighbourhoods.

Additional …

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Revised Property Tax and Utility Bills Due Dates

Revised Property Tax and Utility Bills Due Dates

In an early response to help ease hardship brought on by COVID-19, the City announced tax relief measures to help residents, including extending payments and suspending late penalties for all property tax and utility billings.

On May 15, the City’s extended 60-day grace period for these payments will end.

There are changes to instalment amounts and due dates for customers on all payment schedules. All customers will receive a mailed notification of their revised interim bill due dates. Final tax bills will be mailed in mid-May. …

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Resident-Recommended Restaurants in Willowdale

Resident-Recommended Restaurants in Willowdale

The following is a compilation of restaurants recommended by Willowdale residents, and all offer delivery or takeout in the community. A variety of delivery apps may be used for these restaurants (such as Skip the Dishes, UberEats, DoorDash, or Fantuan).

This list will be updated regularly as more recommendations are made by residents. Email your local restaurant recommendations to councillor_filion@toronto.ca.

Ajisen Ramen

Website: www.ajisen.ca
Address: 5229 Yonge Street
Phone: 416-223-0618

Angus Pho House

Website: www.angus-pho-house.com
Address: 5443 Yonge Street
Phone: 416-901-2586

Anju Bar and Eatery

Website: www.anjubarandeatery.ca
Address: 6080 Yonge Street
Phone: 647-349-1130

Ava Esfahan Food Market

Website: http://en.avafood.ca/
Address: 193 …

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Tips for Preventing COVID-19 Fraud

Tips for Preventing COVID-19 Fraud

The COVID-19 pandemic has financially impacted millions of Canadians. Below are some resources and tips to make sure you and your loved ones don’t get taken advantage of during this crisis.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre collects information on fraud and identity theft. They provide information on past and current scams affecting Canadians. If you have been a victim of fraud, please contact Toronto Police’s non-emergency telephone number [416-808-2222].

Additionally, file your report online through the Centre’s Fraud Reporting System https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/report-signalez-eng.htm. The Centre will do …

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City Launches CurbTO To Address Lineups and Sidewalk Congestion

City Launches CurbTO To Address Lineups and Sidewalk Congestion

Though staying at home remains the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19, when pick-ups at grocery stores, pharmacies or restaurants are necessary, physical distancing can be challenging.

The City announced steps today to address spacing on sidewalks near businesses where line-ups cause crowding or where temporary pick-up parking causes congestion.

Toronto Public Health and Transportation Services have identified more than 100 hot spots across the city where curb lanes could be incorporated into the sidewalk space to reduce conflicts or where new pick-up parking options …

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