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Bloomcam launched by Toronto for viewing High Park cherry blossoms.
The city of Toronto has launched a 24-hour live steam service that will provide a virtual tour of the High Park cherry blossoms. The park is currently fenced off to prevent crowding during the COVID-19 pandemic. The stream has revealed little more than barren trees and damp trains. The city is planning to block off access to the park starting tomorrow physically. The only way you can visualize those beautiful buds will be via live stream.
A team of parks, bylaws, and police officers will patrol the park, warning anyone attempting to enter that they will be fined anywhere from $750 to a maximum of $5,000. High Park will reopen to the public once the bloom is over. The smaller grouping of cherry blossom trees at Trinity-Bellwoods Park has also been closed to the public and temporarily surrounded by metal fencing.
Mayor John Tory considering canceling everything from Canada Day to Santa Claus Parade.
Mayor of Toronto John Tory said in a statement that residents should be prepared for further events closures throughout the year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The events like Canada Day to the Santa Claus Parade may get canceled. He added that people might say that the Santa Claus Parade is in November.
If, in November, we are in a better position, we will consider it; otherwise, if the health officials said it is better to cancel it, the parade will not happen. The city previously announced that all permits for mass gatherings would be canceled through June as Toronto maintains strict social distancing guidelines to deal with a pandemic. Fireworks might still be possible for Canada Day.
Parents died nine days apart at Toronto nursing home.
Rod and Greg McVeigh had to write an obituary for both their parents in just nine days. Their 77-year-old mother Joan McVeigh died from complications associated with COVID-19 at Seven Oaks Long-Term Care home on April 7. Their 77-year-old dad — a retired Toronto police detective — died suddenly only after nine days.
Both brothers are devastated by the loss. Greg said he and his brother were hopeful their father had not caught the virus, but they were not sure. They said they emailed staff at the facility to ask to have their father tested, and the results came back negative. Their father died of a heart attack.
Child care center staff tested positive for COVID-19.
One of the child care centers in Toronto is being temporarily closed down as three staff members were tested positive for COVID-19. Jesse Ketchum Early Learning and Child Care Centre, near Davenport Road and Bay Street, is one of the seven city-run child care centers. It provides child care for the children of essential workers.
Two other staff members at the facility, as well as two children, are currently awaiting test results to see if they also have COVID-19, the city said in a news release late Tuesday night. Staff is still reaching out to notify parents of the 58 children who attend the center. The city said that it has been taking all the proper precautions since the centers opened.
Suspected overdoses reported in downtown Toronto.
Police said in a statement they want to make the public aware of several suspected OD in downtown Toronto in late April. Since Thursday last week, police officers responded to a number of calls about OD in the downtown core.
Investigators said that over a 48-hour time span, multiple people fell ill after taking an “unknown narcotic.” Two people died in private residences, and several doses of Naloxone were given, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.
424 new cases reported on Ontario.
In the recent reports, 424 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Ontario. The total number of cases has reached 14,856, and 892 people have died due to infection. The reports suggested that 8.525 people have recovered from the infection that stands at 57.4 per cent. There has been a 2.9 per cent increase in the number of cases in comparison to the previous day.
It also marked the highest single-day increase in the cases in Ontario. Greater Toronto Area public health units account for 59.5 per cent of all cases in the province. Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s medical officer of health, said as of Monday afternoon, there were 4,493 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 480 probable cases. To date, 297 Toronto residents have died from COVID-19.
Boy shot dead in Toronto’s north end
According to the reports, a 15-year-old boy was shot dead at the north end of the city. At around 6:07 PM on Sunday, emergency crews were called to Jane Street Sheppard Avenue West. The paramedics rushed the boy to the hospital with a life-threatening gunshot wound. Hew succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
Investigators said it appears as though the victim got into a white SUV, believed to be an Audi, with another young man. An altercation took place in the SUV, and shortly after, the victim and other young boy fled the vehicle. The victim collapsed a short distance away. It is not clear at this time as to why the boys got into the vehicle. Investigators said they are looking for at least two suspects.
The stock market of Toronto caps, wild week, closed higher for a fifth straight week.
The main stock index of Canada has capped a wild week of trading by closing higher for the fifth consecutive week. Colin Cieszynski, the chief market strategist at SIA Wealth Management, said in a statement that the markets are consolidating after what has been a pretty crazy week, especially in the energy sector. The US oil futures prices fell into negative for the first time in history on Monday. The prices of oil for the month of June have risen more than 46 per cent since falling to a 21-year low on Tuesday. It is, however, down by 72 per cent since the beginning of the year. The decrease stems from lower global demand as people are staying home in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19. Nine of the other major sectors on the TSX were higher, led by health care, technology, and materials. Utilities dipped slightly.
Government to release plan to reopen Ontario.
The Ontario government stated that they would issue a framework with restarting the economy in Ontario next week. Premier Doug Ford said in his statement that he has been facing pressure to reopen the economy based on the new COVID-19 modelling data as it suggests community-spread cases may have peaked. He said that the first priority is to make sure the health and well-being of the people of Ontario are protected. The government is going to take a gradual and measured approach that will rely on the experiences of provinces like Saskatchewan, which laid out its plan to jump-start its economy on Thursday. It's unclear which parts of the province will open first. Both Ford and Finance Minister Rod Phillips said that the movement of residents is something that will weigh heavily on the government's eventual rollout of opening non-essential businesses.
Health concerns raised by Amazon employees at Canadian warehouses.
Physical distancing measures have been put in place by Amazon to protect workers during COVID-19. It is a little tricky; however, inside an Amazon warehouse as the company tracks workers' productivity during the pandemic. The e-commerce giant has hired 1,000 new employees to boost its fulfilment centres and delivery network in Ontario, B.C., and Alberta.
The workers in the Greater Toronto Area say that the new hires in the narrow aisles and locker rooms are a big problem. If you want to hit the rate specified by the company, you are going to bump into people. Even if you've been distancing the whole day, if you go to your locker, you're in each other's face the whole time because it's a very small space. So far, Amazon has reported two positive cases of COVID-19 at its Canadian sites. It remains unclear whether employees were infected while on the job.