Unsafe drug supply, lack of resources to blame for unprecedented OD deaths in Toronto

Matthew Johnson has never seen so many people die of a drug overdose in Toronto in his 15 years of harm reduction work. “It’s by far the worst crisis point I’ve ever seen,” shared Johnson, who works at a supervised injection site in Parkdale. “The amount of death and loss is unprecedented.” [...]

11 February 2021

New affordable, supportive housing building opens in downtown Toronto's Church-Wellesley area

A 13-storey residential building, which will provide women and non-binary individuals with an affordable, safe, inclusive, and permanent place to call home, has opened its doors in downtown Toronto’s Church-Wellesley area. Located at 389 Church St., just south of Carlton Street, the 120-unit supportive housing project is the result of a partnership between the City of Toronto [...]

11 February 2021

Dozens infected with COVID-19 in outbreak at Seaton House in Toronto

Toronto’s largest homeless shelter is in the midst of a significant COVID-19 outbreak. According to the most recent Toronto Public Health (TPH) data from Feb. 2, there are 27 confirmed cases at Seaton House, which houses single men experiencing homelessness. This number includes both residents and staff of the George Street shelter, which will soon be redeveloped as part of a new multi [...]

11 February 2021

Ontario loses 153K jobs in January as government considers extending stay-at-home order

TORONTO -- Ontario lost more than 153,000 jobs in the month of January, marking the first “notable decline” in employment since May 2020, the country’s national statistics agency said. According to Statistics Canada’s latest Labour Force Survey, which was released on Friday, about 214,000 jobs were lost across the country—but the majority were centralized in two provinces, O [...]

11 February 2021

'I'm making so little': Uber Eats couriers say new pay system dropped wages

TORONTO -- $3.99 It's enough to buy a loaf of bread or two litres of milk, but far from Ontario's $14.25 minimum hourly wage. And yet Uber Eats couriers working in the province say they're earning as little as $3.99 per trip before tips, months after the food delivery service implemented a new pay policy in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. "I'm making so little now that I'm [...]

11 February 2021

St. Lawrence Market now offering grocery delivery to downtown Toronto residents

TORONTO -- Downtown Toronto residents can now order groceries from the iconic St. Lawrence Market and have them delivered right to their homes. The partnership between the historic establishment and a Toronto-based online delivery service called “Inabuggy” was announced on Friday. “As we remind Toronto residents to stay home as much as possible during the ongoing pandemic it [...]

11 February 2021

Family facing deportation from Canada say return to Portugal puts 'our lives at risk'

A family in Milton, Ont., is racing against the clock to be able to stay in Canada, saying that being deported to Portugal will put their health in jeopardy. "Sending us back to Portugal now, in the middle of this pandemic, it's like they are sending us into war," said Eva Ferreira, who, along with her husband and 15-year-old son, has been living in Canada for eight years. [...]

11 February 2021

Small businesses worried about uncertainty as Toronto likely to remain under lockdown

Some small Toronto businesses say they're worried about the uncertainty brought on by the province's tentative COVID-19 reopening plan. The city is expected to remain under a strict lockdown even as other regions of the province begin to ease public health restrictions. Entrepreneurs there say they're struggling to determine whether it's worth taking on the financial and emotional [...]

11 February 2021

U.S. theatre chain AMC rules out imminent bankruptcy

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc said on Monday that any talk of an imminent bankruptcy is “completely off the table” after the cash-strapped movie theatre chain raised an additional $917 million to help cushion the blow from the pandemic. The company’s shares, which have lost nearly half their value in the last 12 months as it was forced to shut theatres during the virus outbreak, [...]

07 February 2021

James Goldston stepping down as top ABC News executive

NEW YORK — ABC News President James Goldston said Thursday that he will leave the network at the end of March, after seven years of leading the news division. The low-profile Goldston leaves at a time ABC’s flagship newscasts, “World News Tonight” and “Good Morning America,” are both leading its rivals in the ratings. “I’ve always assumed that after this extraordinary ele [...]

07 February 2021

Burnt out but booming: Canada's TV and film sector plows ahead during the pandemic

For Debi Drennan, the film business is a family affair. The Toronto-based makeup artist has been working in the industry before the days of The Littlest Hobo. Her sons, Christian and Tyler, followed her into the business, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, they're all as busy as ever. Christian, a key grip, just wrapped The Man from Toronto starring Kevin Hart.&n [...]

07 February 2021

'It was nail-biting but we did it': Canadian shows didn't let COVID-19 derail production

TORONTO -- The pandemic has its prints all over Canada's winter TV season. While some shows affected by lockdowns last March were able to resume production in the summer and air in the fall, many were held up by restrictions, a lack of COVID-19 insurance, and the development of expensive health and safety protocols with officials and unions. The result is a January and February slate pa [...]

07 February 2021

Toronto Comicon cancelled for second year in a row because of COVID-19

TORONTO - Fans will have to wait another year to show off their costumes at Toronto Comicon. The three-day convention has been cancelled this March because of COVID-19 concerns. This marks the second year in a row the pandemic has put a stop to the pop culture celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Organizers say they have special plans in store when fans come back together fro [...]

07 February 2021

Delays, restrictions come to Canada as stock-trading rockets

TORONTO — Canadian banks and trading platforms continued to face questions from customers Thursday amid a flurry of stock market activity both locally and worldwide. Toronto-listed BlackBerry shares dropped 40.3 per cent today on more than twice their average daily volume, as several stocks that became popular topics on social media this week gave back gains. A tweet from Wealthsimple [...]

07 February 2021

'Trickster' fans question why CBC cancelled the series instead of finding new path

TORONTO — Fans of "Trickster" are expressing disappointment after Canada's public broadcaster announced it was cancelling the Indigenous TV series in the wake of controversy over co-creator Michelle Latimer's claimed ancestry. Viewers, some of the show's creators and fellow Indigenous actors took to social media on Friday to question why the CBC didn't find a new path forward for "Tri [...]

07 February 2021

LG OLED TV Honoured at 72nd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards

TORONTO, Jan. 27, 2021 /CNW/ - LG OLED was honoured at the 72nd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards for its consumer OLED TV. Established by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1948, the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards honour development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize innovators for their contribution to television engine [...]

07 February 2021

Canada: Influencers In Toronto

Meet our professionals As one of Toronto's top business law firms, Gowling WLG is comprised of a diverse and highly experienced team that provides clients with insightful advice, valuable counsel and trusted representation across a variety of key industries, including energy, financial services, infrastructure, mining, manufacturing, technology and life sciences. In this series, you will me [...]

07 February 2021

Loblaw receipts to be phenol-free by end of 2021

TORONTO — Loblaw Companies Ltd. is winning praise from a coalition of environmental, health and labour groups for its commitment to stop using receipt paper that contains a potentially dangerous chemical. The grocery and drugstore chain confirmed Tuesday its plan to transition to phenol-free receipt paper across all its divisions by the end of 2021. The move was applauded by groups [...]

05 February 2021

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