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Obama to Prince Harry: Leaders must use care on social media

CityNews | posted Thursday, Dec 28th, 2017

LONDON – Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending too much time immersed in the internet at the expense of the world outside.

Obama did not, however, directly mention his successor, President Donald Trump, who has made the use of Twitter a centerpiece of his presidency.

“All of us in leadership have to find ways to recreate a common space on the internet,” he said. “One of the dangers of the internet is people can have entirely different realities. They can be just cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.”

He spoke with Harry in the prince’s capacity as guest editor of the BBC Radio 4 news program. Both men said the interview, recorded in Canada in September, was Obama’s first since leaving the presidency in January.

Obama said he felt serene the day he left the White House at the end of his second four-year term despite the vast amount of work that remained unfinished. He said it was “hugely liberating” to be able to set his own agenda in the morning to have the time to talk with his wife, Michelle, now that he is no longer president.

“I miss the work itself because it was fascinating,” Obama said of his eight years in the Oval Office, citing his health care reforms as one of his proudest achievements.

In a brief live segment at the end of the show, Harry said he did not know if Obama would be on the guest list for his wedding in May to American actress Meghan Markle.

“I don’t know about that, we haven’t even put the invite or the guest list together, who knows if he’s going to be invited or not,” Harry said. “I wouldn’t want to ruin that surprise.”

The Sun newspaper, a popular tabloid, has suggested that the British government is concerned that Harry and Markle may invite the Obamas but not Trump, possibly straining ties between the two governments.

Harry did say his fiancee enjoyed her first Christmas with the royal family.

“The family loved having her there,” Harry said.

The prince used his position to ask Obama a “lightning round” of questions of the type normally asked of entertainers, not politicians.

The former president declined to say whether he wears boxers or briefs, preserving a bit of post-presidential dignity, but was willing to say he prefers Aretha Franklin to Tina Turner — “Aretha is the best,” he said of the Queen of Soul — and favours retired basketball star Michael Jordan over current phenom LeBron James.

Obama rejected gloomy prognostications about the state of the world, saying that in many ways the world is healthier and wealthier than it has ever been, making it perhaps the best time in human history to be born.

He cited improved treatment of African-Americans and greatly expanded opportunities for young women as achievements of the past few generations that give him hope for the future.

Harry also interviewed his father, Prince Charles, who offered a more downbeat assessment. He said the root causes of climate change are not being addressed even as it caused “untold horrors” in different parts of the world.

Feds axe $1,000 fee for some families to hire foreign nannies, caregivers

CityNews | posted Thursday, Dec 28th, 2017

Sandra Atlin plays Scrabble with her husband Gordon, who has Alzheimer's disease, at their home in Toronto on Oct. 11, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Some families seeking foreign caregivers to look after their children or family members with a disability will be exempt from paying a $1,000 application fee.

The federal government published new regulations around hiring foreign caregivers on Wednesday, following through on a budget promise to change a system many felt placed an unfair burden on lower income families.

The $1,000 application fee to hire a foreign workers had been implemented in 2014 to address abuses in the broader temporary foreign worker program.

But the result was some seeking to use the program to hire caregivers could no longer afford it, given the annual fee was on top of all the other expenses associated with getting help.

The new regulations apply to those who earn less than $150,000 a year and want to hire someone from abroad to look after their children.

Those seeking to hire a caregiver for people with a physical or mental illness will also be exempt from the labour market impact assessment, or LMIA, fee.

Employment and Social Development Canada, which manages the program, said people who need care in those instances are often already on fixed incomes, and rely on others stepping away from their own role in the workforce to provide care.

Being able to hire a caregiver benefits both, the department said.

“The LMIA processing fee can create a barrier to receiving the caregiver support that they require. Having access to a caregiver may also allow those hiring the caregiver to return to or increase their participation in the workforce.”

The government says the changes will cost about $28.3 million in foregone revenue over the next 10 years.

Upon forming government, the Liberals had originally promised to waive the fee for everyone applying to hire a caregiver under the temporary foreign worker program, but ultimately decided not to pursue that approach.

“Families that do not require care for persons who are incapable of caring for themselves due to a physical or mental condition or are earning $150,000 or more and seeking caregivers to provide childcare should be in a position to pay the $1,000 LMIA processing fee to hire caregivers to provide care in their home without creating undue financial hardship,” the regulatory statement published Wednesday said.

Data published Wednesday suggested the government expects the changes to benefit 3,357 applicants per year who meet the income threshold, and a further 827 households who hire caregivers for those with physical or mental disabilities.

Cherry, Shanahan remember Leafs great Johnny Bower

CityNews | posted Thursday, Dec 28th, 2017


Don Cherry still finds it hard to understand why it took Johnny Bower so long to become an NHL regular.

Bower spent 13 seasons in the American Hockey League before earning a permanent spot with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1958. He went on to play 11 full seasons with Toronto, twice capturing the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie and winning four Stanley Cups, including the franchise’s last in 1967.

The legendary former goaltender died Tuesday night after a short battle with pneumonia at the age of 93. Cherry, 83, the colourful hockey commentator on Hockey Night in Canada, spent nearly 20 years in hockey’s minor leagues, often facing off against Bower when the two were toiling in the AHL.

“I don’t think you’re going to talk to anyone who played against him further back than me,” said Cherry. “Boy, what a goaltender he was in the minors.

“We in the American League couldn’t figure out how come he’d never made the National Hockey League because some guys that went up weren’t half as good. He got buried in the minors and in those days you got the stigma of, ‘Well, he’s a good minor-leaguer, he’s not a good National Hockey Leaguer.’ I think he proved he was pretty good when he went up with Toronto . . . I don’t think you could’ve done much more than he did.”

Bower, a native of Prince Albert, Sask., was picked up by the New York Rangers for the 1953-54 season but was sent back to the minors the following season. He earned a permanent spot with Toronto in 1958, playing 475 of his career 552 NHL regular-season games with the Leafs.

Despite playing the majority of his pro career without a mask, Bower pioneered the poke-check. He’d dive head first at opposing players to knock the puck off their sticks, often earning cuts or lost teeth along the way.

“Not too many people in sports have a name where it almost becomes a verb,” Leafs president Brendan Shanahan told reporters Wednesday from Legends Row at the Air Canada Centre, which features Bower and other former Leaf greats. “If you’re playing street hockey and you poke-checked somebody, you’d yell, ‘Johnny Bower. I just Johnny Bowered you.’

“I’d never seen Johnny play as a young kid but I knew this was the man that invented the poke check growing up here in Toronto.”

Bower usually wore a mask in practice but didn’t use one in games until his second-last NHL season, 1968-69. That spring, he became the oldest goaltender to appear in a Stanley Cup playoff game at 44 years four months 28 days.

Bower retired March 19, 1970 at age 45. He worked in various capacities with the Leafs, including as a scout, goalie coach and assistant coach, before stepping away in 1990. He continued making public appearances on behalf of the franchise pretty much up to his death.

And Cherry said Bower, with his warm smile and down-to-earth demeanour, was the perfect goodwill ambassador for the Leafs.

“You could go to the banquets and see everybody loved him,” Cherry said. “He was one of those guys that everybody loved.

“You couldn’t have picked a better goodwill ambassador than him. I honestly think he was an American Hockey Leaguer playing in the National Hockey League. He was very humble and just a great guy.”

Bower was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976. Toronto paid tribute to him with a commemorative banner in 1995 that’s still present at the ACC. Bower’s former AHL team in Cleveland retired his No. 1 in 2002.

“For a generation of Maple Leafs fans they remember him for his play on the ice,” Shanahan said. “There’s a whole new generation of kids and young fans that don’t really know him for (being) the goalie but just know him for charity and generosity, good-naturedness and warmth.

“Any young athlete, whatever the sport he plays, can look at a player like John Bower and say regardless of his success it never went to his head. He was more than just a hockey player. He was an ambassador to every community he ever lived in. Any time anyone saw Johnny Bower they came away with a great experience. He’s a great lesson for all of us.”

Dick Duff, who played on two Cup-winning teams with Bower in Toronto, said his former teammate had the unique ability to appeal to both his peers and hockey supporters. Bower’s knack for winning on the ice garnered respect from players while his pleasant demeanour away from the game made him a fan favourite.

“That’s the gift he had,” Duff said. “He could deal with people of different age groups and backgrounds.

“He had that quality, a lot of people don’t, and he never hesitated. Whatever it was, he was part of it . . . he was always a down-to-earth kind of guy.”

Shanahan agreed.

“The first thing the players of today look at and respect are his accomplishments on the ice,” he said. “Then to see him off the ice and his generosity, his warmth, his humour. I think for a lot of players today they look at somebody like that and think this is a great example of what we all aspire to be.”

There’s been no announcement regarding funeral arrangements for Bower. Shanahan said the Leafs will discuss how to honour Bower at the appropriate time.

“It’s a sad day that goes beyond just the city of Toronto and the hockey world,” Shanahan said. “Johnny led an incredible life and touched the lives of so many and will be deeply missed.”

Police search for $30,000 worth of veal stolen on Christmas Day

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Dec 27th, 2017

Photograph of the type of packaging in which the stolen veal is contained (Handout)

Toronto police say they’re seeking the public’s assistance in locating a stolen trailer that was carrying “an extremely large quantity of veal” — about $30,000 worth.

Police say the refrigerated trailer was parked in a commercial area in the north end of the city when it was stolen on Christmas Day.

The trailer was described as white, 14 metres long, with a blue W and “White Valley” written on the side, and an Ontario license plate.

Police say the rear doors are distinctive, with the right door coloured white and the left door made of stainless steel.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the stolen trailer and meat is being asked to contact police.

Lifelong best friends discover they’re actually brothers

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Dec 27th, 2017

In this Dec. 23, 2017, image made from a video provided by Honolulu news station KHON, Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane are interviewed in Honolulu. The two Hawaii men grew up as best friends and recently learned that they're actually brothers. They revealed the surprise to family and friends over the holidays. The two, who have been friends for 60 years, were born in Hawaii 15 months apart and met in the sixth grade. (KHON via AP)

Two Hawaii men who grew up as best friends recently learned that they’re actually brothers and revealed the surprise to family and friends over the holidays.

Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane have been friends for 60 years. Born in Hawaii 15 months apart, they met in the sixth grade and played football together at a Honolulu prep school.

Macfarlane never knew his father, and Robinson was adopted. Separately, they sought answers about their ancestry.

Macfarlane turned to family history and DNA-matching websites after unsuccessful searches on the internet and social media, Honolulu news station KHON-TV reported .

“So then we started digging into all the matches he started getting,” said his daughter, Cindy Macfarlane-Flores.

A top match – someone with identical X chromosomes – had the username Robi737. Robison’s nickname was Robi and he flew 737s for Aloha Airlines, Macfarlane-Flores said.

It turned out Robinson used the same website to find answers about his family. They later learned they have the same birth mother.

“It was a shock,” Macfarlane said.

They revealed the relationship to friends and family during a party Saturday night.

“It was an overwhelming experience, it’s still overwhelming,” Robinson said. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take for me to get over this feeling.”

They have plans to travel and enjoy retirement together.

“This is the best Christmas present I could ever imagine having,” Robinson said.

Travelers flying to Jamaica stranded at Pearson Airport

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Dec 27th, 2017

Travelers line up at the Fly Jamaica counter at Pearson International Airport after their flight was delayed for over 14 hours on Dec 27, 2017. CITYNEWS/Tony Fera

A large group of travelers headed to Jamaica are reportedly stranded at Pearson Airport without their bags on Wednesday morning.

The Fly Jamaica flight they were supposed to board has been delayed since 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Frustrated passengers tell CityNews they have been waiting at the airport for over 14 hours. Their baggage has already been checked in by the airline and hence they cannot book another flight.

Some travelers have reportedly been told their flight will now leave at 3 p.m. — meaning they would have spent over 24 hours at the airport by the time they fly out.

There is no word from the airline or airport officials at this time.

Maple Leafs goaltending great Johnny Bower dead at 93

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Dec 27th, 2017


Johnny Bower didn’t really want to come to Toronto. But the pint-sized goalie with the big heart went on to become part of Maple Leafs lore.

Bower, a two-time Vezina Trophy winner who helped the Leafs win their last Stanley Cup championship in 1967, died on Tuesday. A statement from his family said the 93-year-old died after a short battle with pneumonia.

“The entire Toronto Maple Leaf organization is deeply saddened following the passing of Johnny Bower,” read a statement from team president Brendan Shanahan. “The Toronto Maple Leafs, and our fans, are deeply indebted to Johnny for all that he gave to us, and taught us over the years.”

“There may not be a more loved Toronto Maple Leaf nor a former player who loved them as much back.”

Bower, who became known as the China Wall, was happily playing in the minors in Cleveland when he was picked up by Toronto almost 50 years ago. He said he only showed up to avoid being suspended for not reporting.

“They just wanted me for one year but I had a good team in front of me,” Bower recalled with a laugh in a November 2014 interview. “I was there for 13 years, so it turned out really nice for me.”

Years after retiring, Bower remained one of the most beloved ex-Leafs.

“I don’t know what it is,” he said of his popularity.

But Bower, whose age seemed flexible during a long hockey career that took a long while to come to a boil, always had time for his fans.

“I can’t say no to these kids. Because when I was a child during Depression time we had nothing at all. Like my dad said it costs you nothing for a smile. Just go ahead and work and do your job and be good to people and they’ll be good to you.”

Toronto honoured Bower on the occasion of his 90th birthday on Nov. 8, 2014, during a game against the New York Rangers, his first team. He was given a framed, autographed crest from each team and an enthusiastic rendition of “Happy Birthday” from the sellout crowd.

Bower’s career took off after the Leafs claimed him in a 1958 intra-league draft. Bower went on to play 475 regular-season games and win four Stanley Cups for the Leafs, plying his trade mostly without a mask.

“I got a couple hundred stitches in the face,” the fearless goaltender recalled during a 2005 interview. “You learn how to duck.”

Just five foot nine, Bower was named to the NHL’s first all-star team in 1961 and won the Vezina Trophy as best goalie that year, too.

He pioneered the poke-check, diving head first at opposing players to knock the puck off their sticks. The move came with a cost _ he suffered cuts and lost teeth by throwing himself into the action.

But he stopped pucks. And he got better with age – despite painful bouts with arthritis and eventually learning he was near-sighted.

Bower won the Vezina Trophy in 1961 and the Leafs hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1962, 1963, 1964, with Bower and Terry Sawchuk sharing the Vezina in 1965. In 1967, again sharing the job with Sawchuk, he helped Toronto win its last title at the age of 43.

He usually wore a mask for practices but didn’t use one in games until his second-last NHL season, 1968-69. That spring, he became the oldest goaltender to appear in a Stanley Cup playoff game at 44 years four months and 28 days.

“He was an inspiration to us,” said George Armstrong, who captained the Leafs’ last championship team. “He shamed others into hard work.

“John gave everything he could during workouts and we weren’t going to let that old guy show us up.”

After retiring, he served as a scout and goalie coach for the Leafs.

He was the only boy among nine children in a rural Saskatchewan family by the name of Kiszkan. He loved hockey and decided he wanted to be a goalie. He made leg pads from an old mattress, and he was on his way.

But there was a momentous detour: in 1940 at age 16 he lied about his age so he could enlist in the army and do his bit in the Second World War. He told authorities his birth certificate had burned in a fire.

After training in Vernon, B.C., he was stationed in England but did not see action due to arthritis.

“It’s a good thing I didn’t because the Germans were right there waiting,” he said. “A lot of guys there were killed on the beaches. I know four or five good hockey players from Prince Albert who were killed. They never came back.”

Upon his return, he played junior hockey with his home-town Prince Albert Black Hawks.

Turning pro with the Cleveland Barons in 1945, he changed his name to Bower because he felt Kiszkan was too difficult to pronounce. He played eight seasons in the AHL before getting a chance in the NHL, earning league MVP honours three times.

Bower played all 70 games for the New York Rangers in 1953-54, but the team chose to go with Gump Worsley the next year and Bower was back in the minors for most of the next four years.

He played 64 games for the AHL Cleveland Barons in 1957-58 before being picked up by Toronto.

“I didn’t even want to come to Toronto, to be honest with you because I was 35 years of age at that particular time and I didn’t know I could help them,” he said, further muddying the waters when it comes to his age. “I had the experience, mind you. But I was happy in Cleveland, I enjoyed myself there and had a good job. When they picked me up, I didn’t want to go. And Mr. Hendy (Cleveland GM James Hendy) said at that time if you don’t go, they’ll suspend you.”

Bower agreed to go when Hendy said he would have a job waiting for him if it didn’t work out in Toronto.

Bower went on to become a blue-and-white fixture. He finally retired after playing one game in the 1970-71 season – four months past his 45th birthday.

He played 552 regular-season NHL games with 250 wins, 195 losses and 90 ties. He posted 37 regular-season shutouts and had a against average of 2.52. Combining his AHL and NHL appearances, he was in a total of 1,207 regular-season games – a record no goalie will come close to.

“There is so much to appreciate in Johnny Bower’s accomplishments on the ice – including the four Stanley Cups and membership in the Hockey Hall of Fame – and yet there was so much more to the man who served his sport, his country, and his community with such distinction,” said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

He almost made a comeback in 1980. With Leaf goalies Mike Palmateer and Paul Harrison sidelined by the flu and a question-mark over whether Vincent Tremblay could make it in time from the AHL, Bower signed a one-game contract as an emergency backup.

Tremblay made it on time, so Bower’s services weren’t needed.

Bower was always coy about his age and, when asked about it upon his retirement, he said, “If you don’t know by now, you never will.”

Punch Imlach, coach of those championship teams, marvelled at Bower’s courage.

“Nobody ever, anywhere in sports, had more guts than Bower,” said Imlach.

Bower was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976. Toronto paid tribute to him with a commemorative banner in 1995 that still flies high at the Air Canada Centre, and his old AHL team in Cleveland retired his No. 1 in 2002.

Like other Toronto fans, Bower was forced to endure the Leafs’ long Cup drought.

“It hurts a little bit inside but I mean they’re trying.” he said in 2014. “They have a pretty good young club team right now going but it’s going to take a time to develop.

“It’s frustrating. At times there I don’t watch the game if they’re getting beat. But other times I watch it pretty closely. I keep an eye on the goalkeeper more than anybody else.”

In his free time, Bower loved fishing at his cottage near Bobcaygeon, Ont. In his later years, he was involved in numerous charity causes and made appearances for the Leafs, always to warm applause.

Christmas time in the city: What’s open and closed over the holidays

CityNews | posted Friday, Dec 22nd, 2017


While most of us would love to snuggle up with hot cocoa next to a fireplace during the festive season, not everyone will be granted this leisure time. There are groceries to buy for Christmas Day and other holiday meals, shopping for gifts and Boxing Day sales, places to take your family during the break, and getting ready to bring in the new year in style. And some of us actually have to work (hopefully it won’t be too busy).

So if you are heading out and about during the Christmas season, below is a list of what’s open and closed. Happy holidays and a merry new year!


Dec. 24: Sunday service (most routes start at 8 a.m.)
Dec. 25: Sunday service
Dec. 26: Holiday service (most routes start at 6 a.m.)
Dec. 27: Holiday service
Dec. 31: Sunday service, with free rides from 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 7 a.m. on Jan. 1
Jan. 1: Sunday service

Click here to refer to the service schedule.

GO Transit
Dec. 22: Early homebound service
Dec. 24: Sunday schedule
Dec. 25: Sunday schedule
Dec. 26: Saturday schedule
Dec. 29: Early homebound service
Dec. 31: Sunday schedule, with late-night service and free rides after 7 p.m.
Jan. 1: Sunday schedule

Click here to refer to the service schedule.


Bramalea City Centre
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dec. 31: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dufferin Mall
Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Eaton Centre
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Erin Mills Town Centre
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. to  5 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Fairview Mall
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Scarborough Town Centre
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Sherway Gardens
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Shops at Don Mills
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 31: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Square One
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dec. 31: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Toronto Premium Outlets
Dec. 24: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vaughan Mills
Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 31: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Yorkdale Mall
Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Grocery/drug stores

Loblaws and related stores
Stores are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but most are open on Boxing Day. Click here to locate your store’s hours.

Stores are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but most are open on Boxing Day. Click here to locate your store’s hours.

Stores are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but most are open on Boxing Day. Click here to locate your store’s hours.

Shoppers Drug Mart
Most stores are closed on Christmas Day but select ones will be open. Click here to locate your store’s hours.

LCBO/Beer Stores

Dec. 24: Open until 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Closed
Dec. 31: Most stores will have extended hours until 8 p.m., click here to locate your store’s hours
Jan. 1: Closed

The Beer Store
Dec. 24: Several stores will have extended hours, click here for details
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Closed
Dec. 31: Several stores will have extended hours, click here for details
Jan. 1: Closed

Tourist attractions

AGO: Closed on Dec. 25, but open on other days
Casa Loma: Closed on Dec. 25, but open on other days
CN Tower: Closed on Dec. 25, but open on other days
Ontario Science Centre: Closed on Dec. 25, but open on other days
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada: Open 365 days a year
Royal Ontario Museum: Closed on Dec. 25, but open on other days
Toronto Zoo: Closed on Dec. 25, but open on other days

Government offices and banks

Dec. 25: Closed (no mail delivery)
Dec. 26: Closed (no mail delivery)
Jan. 1: Closed (no mail delivery)

City of Toronto services

Garbage collection
Since garbage is not collected during the day on Monday, which happens to be Christmas Day, daytime curbside collection will not be impacted. The same applies to New Year’s Day, which also falls on a Monday.

Nighttime curbside collection will be cancelled on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but will be picked up the following day. Click here for more information.

Toronto Public Library
Dec. 24: Closed
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Closed
Dec. 31: Closed
Jan. 1: Closed

Recreation centres and skating rinks
Recreation centres will be open until 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. They will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Indoor arenas will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Click here for list of activities to do in the city over the holidays.

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