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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TTC Ridership Down 85 Percent, Jobs Cut

TTC Ridership Down 85 Percent, Jobs Cut

The Toronto Transit Commission announced last Thursday that it is losing $20 million a week due to plummeting ridership during the COVID-19 crisis. Ridership is down 85 percent as those in non-essential jobs heed the advice to stay home or travel by car because that is considered safer.

In an effort to reduce the losses, the TTC plans to temporarily lay off 1000 transit operators and 200 non-union staff. It said it intends to maintain 70 or 80 percent of service levels.

The TTC losses are just …

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City Tax and Utility Payments Deferred

City Tax and Utility Payments Deferred

Due to the financial hardship caused by the pandemic, the City has decided to temporarily postpone property tax and utility payments. Here’s what that means:

All due dates between March 16 and May 15 have been extended for 60 days.
If you are paying on a monthly basis, the due date for payments between these dates will be extended by 60 days.
If you have submitted post-dated cheques for 2020, the City will hold them for an additional 60 days before they are cashed (ie. your April 1 cheque …

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Q&A: Visiting Parks During COVID-19 Outbreak

Q&A: Visiting Parks During COVID-19 Outbreak

At this time, the park is not meant to be a destination like it used to be. People can walk/run there, get some exercise and then keep moving.

Amenities in parks are closed
Park and ravine green spaces remain accessible, but all amenities within City parks are closed. If you are visiting a park space, please practice physical distancing. While in a park, residents must not use park amenities or congregate in groups. Dogs can be taken into park spaces on a leash.

The City can close a …

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City Working to Protect Residents & Staff at LTC Homes

City Working to Protect Residents & Staff at LTC Homes

The City of Toronto began measures when COVID-19 was first identified to protect staff and residents in its long-term care homes. Despite best efforts and proven measures to contain outbreaks, this virus has had a devastating impact on those who work and reside in long-term care homes, nursing homes and other institutions where our most vulnerable receive care. The City of Toronto operates just 10 of the more than 80 long-term care homes in Toronto, providing care for approximately 2,600 residents. To date, there are …

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UPDATED: Yard Waste Collection & Landscaping

UPDATED: Yard Waste Collection & Landscaping

Update (April 17, 2020):

The City of Toronto will continue yard waste collection for another two weeks from April 20 to May 1. The start of seasonal yard waste collection was suspended in March as part of the City’s COVID-19 response to ensure adequate staffing levels to continue the core collection of garbage, blue bin (recycling) and green bin (organics). Residents are asked to put their yard waste out before 7 a.m. on their regularly scheduled garbage/yard waste collection day. If yard waste is not picked …

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City Hall Live Performances Go Digital

City Hall Live Performances Go Digital

City Hall Live Online, a showcase of Toronto musicians, kicked off-off today at noon and featured a performance by The Weather Station, introduced by Mayor John Tory. The series will run Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m., with two shows per day until the end of June.

This series, in partnership with Unison Benevolent Fund, will directly compensate more than 100 local artists for 30-minute performances from their homes, livestreamed via Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/City-Hall-Live-106149534367134/.

Toronto-based musicians can apply for City Hall Live and other …

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Mayor Signs Emergency Order Regulating Physical Distancing

Mayor Signs Emergency Order Regulating Physical Distancing

Today, Mayor John Tory signed an emergency order regulating physical distancing in City of Toronto parks and public squares.

Any two people who don’t live together, who fail to keep two metres of distance between them in a park or public square, will be subject to prosecution and will be liable for a fine of up to $5,000 upon conviction. The City has asked the Chief Justice of the Province of Ontario to issue a set fine for this offence.

The Mayor took this emergency action – …

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