Vaccination Schedule Update

Vaccination Schedule Update

Many of you are wondering how soon you will be able to get vaccinated for COVID. The answer is not as clear as most would like.

Doses are provided at no cost by the federal government but the provinces are responsible for the distribution. Because there are so many variables at play – the exact shipment schedule for Canada to receive approved vaccines, the number of vaccines that get approved, the efficiency of the distribution system, details have been both sketchy and frequently changing.

Ontario, like other …

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Stay the Blazes Home

Stay the Blazes Home

Stay home. Unless you’re going to a big box store. Or gathering with up to five friends outside somewhere, for something or other. Confused? Well just stay the blazes home.

If this week’s new provincial regulations were merely confusing, that would be easier to deal with. But this jumble of contradictory half measures will almost certainly be deadly.

The numbers are just too high and rising much too fast to roll the dice, in the vague hope that some lucky break will somehow prevail over scientific evidence …

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Willowdale Natural Ice Rink Status

Willowdale Natural Ice Rink Status

Ice Rink Status: 4 CLOSED due to warm weather

(Last updated March 3, 2021)

Willowdale is home to 4 natural rinks this winter.

To make it easier for residents to find details about accessing the natural rinks, our office will be providing updates periodically on the status of the natural rinks. Please note: do not skate on the rinks if temperatures are at 0 degrees Celsius or higher – it will damage the rink!

As per Toronto regulations, Due to COVID-19 the following additional rules are in place:

Physical distancing …

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New Rules for Reporting COVID in Workplaces

New Rules for Reporting COVID in Workplaces

There are new rules for businesses so that Toronto Public Health can better track and control the spread of COVID-19.

Effective immediately, business owners or managers will need to immediately notify Toronto Public Health as soon as they become aware of two or more people who test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day interval in connection with your workplace premises.

To improve accountability, all workplace outbreaks will be published weekly in the categories determined by Public Health Ontario. They can be found on the Toronto COVID-19 Dashboard.

In …

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What’s old, and new in COVID

What’s old, and new in COVID

Much has happened in the three weeks since my last newsletter.

Let’s start with what’s new that looks frighteningly similar to what’s old: far too many of us – many more than the politicians who jetted off to sunny climes while urging everyone else to stay home – haven’t followed Public Health advice. As a result, we’ve seen an even more dangerous spike in case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths.

This week, Toronto recorded 5600 new cases – up from the already alarming 4072 four weeks ago and …

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Reducing COVID – If Only in My Dreams

Reducing COVID – If Only in My Dreams

Whatever we’re doing or have stopped doing, it’s not good enough.

This week, Toronto’s new COVID case count didn’t just climb, it soared. The weekly case total was 4824, up from 4072 last week. The higher the case count the more likely you are to encounter the virus. By that measure, you are about 12 times more likely to catch it than you were three months ago, back when the weekly case total was 385 for the week ending September 11.

There is so much COVID out …

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COVID Update – December 11 2020

COVID Update – December 11 2020

The beginning of distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine gives us many reasons to look forward to a return to a new normal life later this year. But with the very worst stage of this pandemic likely still before us until spring, the coming relief does not make this the time to be careless.

Toronto has 4072 new cases this week, up only slightly from last week’s 4017 but still a new record high. The fact that the daily numbers were lowest in the second part of …

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The Vaccine in 600 Words

The Vaccine in 600 Words

On Wednesday, we became the third country in the world with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, behind only Britain and – for future trivia contests – Bahrain.

After receiving Health Canada approval in record time, the vaccine by Pfizer/BioNTech was on a plane from Belgium today and will be in the arms of a small number of Canadians by Tuesday. Ontario has two of the initial 14 distribution centres, one of them in Toronto at UHN.

A second vaccine by Moderna, using the same technology as Pfizer and …

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Dangerous Doubling

Dangerous Doubling

Your choice: a one-time payment of one million dollars or a penny that doubles every day for a month. The mathematics of doubling causes the penny is worth more than $1 million by day 28 and more than $5 million by day 30.

Thankfully, COVID cases double at longer intervals, but the principle is the same.

At the beginning of September, when the alarm about rising numbers started being sounded, Toronto’s weekly new case total was 265. A month later it was 2001, and two months after …

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Small Businesses Need Our Help

Small Businesses Need Our Help

The Province’s decision to allow big box stores to sell non-essential products while small independent retailers cannot do so is causing additional hardship for local business. Let’s do everything we can to help them during this extremely difficult time.

As much as possible, shop local.

The City is making it easier to do that by re-opening the CurbTO program, which creates temporary parking zones so that shops and restaurants on main streets can offer curbside pickup and delivery services. Businesses along main streets should visit http://www.toronto.ca/curbto to learn more …

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Welcome T.O. Winter Parks Plan

Welcome T.O. Winter Parks Plan

While the pandemic is still present in Toronto, We know that exercise isn’t just good for your physical wellbeing, but for your mental health as well. That’s why this week, Toronto released its Welcome T.O. Winter plan, which provides safe ways for people to get outside in Toronto’s parks, including at our 54 artificial ice rinks and five golf courses.

 

If you’re looking to stay active this winter, here are some options to discover:

While you may have a favourite local hill to sled on, Toronto will …

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COVID by the Numbers

COVID by the Numbers

If we are searching for glimmers of good news, Toronto’s new case numbers are levelling off, with 3281 compared to 3237 and 3267 the week before.

But Ontario set a frightening new record with more than 1800 cases today. Hospitalizations, which always follow case numbers, are increasing steadily, as is the number of people needing intensive care.  Higher ICU numbers mean higher death counts in weeks to come –  not only those felled by the virus – but others who can’t get needed surgery as beds …

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