School dismissal in North York recommended due to COVID-19 investigation

Toronto Public Health is recommending a North York elementary school called Eitz Chaim – Viewmount Branch to temporarily fire students over a COVID-19 investigation, the agency said Friday. “We recommend a full school dismissal as a precautionary measure to protect staff, students and the community from further transmission of COVID-19 within the school,” the agency … Read more

Toronto Public Health warns patrons of downtown cafe of potential exposure to Omicron variant of COVID-19

The GTA’s latest suspected and confirmed Omicron cases include an employee of a cafe in downtown Toronto, prompting public health authorities to warn customers of potential exposure to the COVID-19 strain. The warning applies to anyone who visited Piccolo Caffe E Vino at 111 John St., last weekend between 9pm on November 26 and 2am … Read more

27 books to make buying a breeze for those on your gift list: part 2 of the Toronto Star’s Books Gift Guide

Children, culture lovers, historical fiction lovers and children. In the second of our two-part Books Gift Guide, we asked some of our regular writers from the Star Books section about their choices for making gift-giving easy, and I’ve added a few more. Happy Holidays. Culture Vultures: For Those Who Want Art Attacks 1000 Years of … Read more

Second City Toronto gets a new (temporary location), a new commitment to diversity, a new lease of life

A lot can happen when Toronto’s premiere sketch theater company and comedy training center is forced to rethink its personal offerings over 20 COVID-19-tired months. And Second City’s long list of changes — some good, some challenging, some yet to be determined — resemble that classic audience participation game that is a staple of any … Read more

Judge Condemns Ford and Tory’s ‘Reckless’ Comments on Murder of Toronto Police Officers as Defendant Asks for Publication Ban to Be Lifted

An Ontario judge has criticized the “reckless” public comments made by Prime Minister Doug Ford, Mayor John Tory and others about the murder of a Toronto police officer in a City Hall parking garage earlier this year. Her comments came Thursday during a court hearing in which the man was charged with first-degree murder in … Read more

Ontario reports 761 schools with COVID cases, 7 LTC ​​homes now in outbreak

Ontario reports a further 959 COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths, according to the latest report released Thursday morning. The province has not updated the number of vaccine doses administered and the total number of vaccines given at the time of publication. Vaccination data as of November 30 is the most recent information from the … Read more

Second City Toronto gets a new (temporary location), a new commitment to diversity, a new lease of life

A lot can happen when Toronto’s premiere sketch theater company and comedy training center is forced to rethink its personal offerings over 20 COVID-19-tired months. And Second City’s long list of changes — some good, some challenging, some yet to be determined — resemble that classic audience participation game that is a staple of any … Read more

Will all Ontarios — not just those 50 and up — need a third COVID-19 shot?

With the news that Ontario is opening third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 50 and older, many may be wondering whether all Ontarios with two injections need another shot. In short, it probably is – we just don’t know when. It’s also not clear whether a third dose will be considered necessary to … Read more

Airbnb Critic Launches Own ‘Ethical’ Toronto Home Sharing Platform

A group that pushed Toronto to regulate short-term rentals is now planning to launch its own “ethical” home-sharing platform with a grant from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC). Fairbnb says the platform, which will initially focus on downtown Toronto, will use the same technology as Airbnb to support affordable housing in the city. … Read more

Toronto Airport pre-clearance will expand service to eight new US cities — boost passenger traffic by 40%

A U.S. pre-clearance facility to open at Toronto Airport in 2023 will help boost passenger traffic by 40 percent and give travelers access to new destinations, including New York’s LaGuardia Airport, airport officials told the Toronto City Council. Gene Cabral, executive vice president of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, told councilors on Wednesday that the … Read more