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Detailed List of Stage 1 Openings

Kyle Mack | posted Friday, May 15th, 2020

This list is effective May 19, 2020, and may be updated when the corresponding emergency
orders are amended.

Construction
• All construction to resume and essential workplace limits lifted
• Includes land surveyors

Retail
• In addition to retail operating online, or with curbside pickup and delivery, all retail can
open under the following restrictions and guidelines:
• No indoor malls.
• Must have a street-front entrance (i.e., stores with dedicated street access/storefront).
• Open in-store by appointment and/or by limiting the number of people in the store at
any one time. Retailers would need to restrict the number of customers per square
metre — for example, one customer per 4 square metres (43 square feet) — to ensure
physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
• Only fitting rooms with doors would be used, not curtains, to facilitate disinfecting.
Retailers would restrict use to every second fitting room at any one time to allow for
cleaning after use and ensure physical distancing.
• For further guidance on this sector, please refer to resources to prevent COVID-19 in
the workplace.

Vehicle dealerships and retailers
• Vehicle dealerships and retailers, including:
• New and used car, truck, and motorcycle dealers
• Recreational vehicle (RV) dealers (e.g., campers, motor homes, trailers, travel trailers)
• Boat, watercraft and marine supply dealers
• Other vehicle dealers of motorized bicycles, golf carts, scooters, snowmobiles, ATVs,
utility trailers, etc.
• Prior to Stage 1, motor vehicles dealerships were restricted to appointments only.

Media operations
• Office-based media operations involving equipment that does not allow for remote
working. For example:
• Sound recording, such as production, distribution, publishing, studios.
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• Film and television post-production, film and television animation studios.
• Publishing: periodical, book, directory, software, video games.
• Interactive digital media, such as computer systems design and related services (e.g.,
programming, video game design and development).
• Media activities that can be completed while working remotely have been encouraged to
continue during the Restart phase.
• Filming or other on-site activities, especially those that require the gathering of workers,
performers or others are not permitted to resume in Stage 1.

Scheduled surgeries (public and private facilities)
• Non-emergency diagnostic imaging and surgeries in public hospitals, private hospitals
and independent health facilities, clinics, and private practices to resume based on ability
to meet specified pre-conditions including the MOH framework: A Measured Approach to
Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic, contains clear
criteria that must be met before hospitals can resume scheduled surgeries.
• Scheduled surgical and procedural work to resume once “Directive #2 for Health Care
Providers (Regulated Health Professionals or Persons who operate a Group Practice of
Regulated Health Professionals)” is amended or revoked, which relies on hospitals
meeting criteria outlined in A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures
During the COVID-19.

Health services
• Allowing certain health and medical services to resume, such as in-person counselling
and scheduled surgeries based on the ability to meet pre-specified conditions as outlined
in A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19
Pandemic, as well as resuming professional services such as shifting Children’s Treatment
Centres from virtual to in-person.
• In-person counselling to resume including psychotherapy and other mental health and
support services. Some of these services were available in-person for urgent needs.
For example:
• Addiction counselling
• Crisis intervention
• Family counselling
• Offender rehabilitation
• Palliative care counselling
• Parenting services
• Rape crisis centres
• Refugee services

Community services
Outdoor recreational amenities
• Marinas can resume recreational services
• Pools will remain closed

Individual recreational sports
• Outdoor recreational sports centres for sports not played in teams will open with limited
access to facilities (e.g., no clubhouse, no change rooms, washrooms and emergency aid
only). Examples of sports centres include:
• Tennis courts
• Rod and gun clubs
• Cycling tracks (including BMX)
• Horse riding facilities
• Indoor rod and gun clubs and indoor golf driving ranges

Individual sports competitions without spectators
• Professional and amateur sport activity for individual/single competitors, including
training and competition conducted by a recognized Provincial Sport Organization,
National Sport Organization, or recognized national Provincial training centres (e.g.,
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario) with return to play protocols in place and no spectators,
except for an accompanying guardian for a person under the age of 18 years.
• This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played under
physical distancing measures. This includes:
• Water sports on lakes and outdoor bodies of water
• Racquet sports such as tennis, ping pong, badminton
• Animal-related sports such as dog racing, agility, horse racing
• Other sports such as: track and field, car and motorcycle racing, figure skating,
fencing, rock climbing, gymnastics, etc.
• Swimming pools will remain closed. As a result, water-based sports competitions are
excluded if not conducted on lakes or outdoor bodies of water.
• High-contact sports are not allowed even if they are non-team. These include sports
where physical distancing cannot be practiced such as:
• Racquetball, squash, boxing, wrestling sports, martial arts, etc

Professional services related to research and development
• Professional services related to conducting research and experimental development in
physical, engineering and life sciences including electronics, computers, chemistry,
oceanography, geology, mathematics, physics, environmental, medicine, health, biology,
botany, biotechnology, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, pharmacy, veterinary and other
allied subjects. For example:
• Agriculture, food research, horticulture or botany, entomological, forestry, livestock,
veterinary research and development laboratories.
• Bacteriological, biotechnology, chemical, nanobiotechnology, pharmacy, genetics,
genomics, computational biology, research and development laboratories.
• Computer and related hardware, electronic, telecommunication research and
development services.
• Geology, oceanographic, pollution research and development, and astronomical
observatories.
• Mathematics research and development.
• Industrial research and development laboratories.
• These examples are listed for clarity. Most if not all these services are already permitted
under the “Research” section of the List of Essential Workplaces.

Emissions inspection facilities
• All emissions inspection facilities for heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles, including
mobile inspection facilities.

Veterinary services
• Veterinary services can resume all services by appointment.
Animal services
• Pet grooming services
• Pet sitting services
• Dog walking services
• Pet training services
• Training and provision of service animals
• Effective May 16, 2020, businesses that board animals (e.g., stables) may allow boarders
to visit, care for, or ride their animal

Emissions inspection facilities
• All emissions inspection facilities for heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles, including
mobile inspection facilities.
Veterinary services
• Veterinary services can resume all services by appointment.

Animal services
• Pet grooming services
• Pet sitting services
• Dog walking services
• Pet training services
• Training and provision of service animals
• Effective May 16, 2020, businesses that board animals (e.g., stables) may allow boarders
to visit, care for, or ride their animal.

Pickering wants investigation into coronavirus outbreak that killed 71 at long-term care home

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 15th, 2020

The City of Pickering is calling on the provincial and federal governments to conduct an investigation into the coronavirus outbreak and deaths at the Orchard Villa long-term care home.

Orchard Villa has reported 71 COVID-19-related deaths among their 296 cases. A total of 189 cases have been resolved. Pickering has the most amount of cases in the Durham Region at 445 as of May 13.

The motion, which was passed unanimously by Pickering’s city council, also asks for other affected long-term care homes and retirement homes to be able to participate in the investigation. It also ask for the impacted families to be allowed to participate.

Deputy Mayor Kevin Ashe said in a release that he hopes something good can come out of the tragic circumstances.

“We must commit to ensuring that a tragedy of this magnitude never occurs again,” Ashe said. “Hopefully, the findings will lead to real and meaningful changes in how we care for and protect the residents of long-term care facilities.”

The Ontario government has committed to completing a review of long-term care homes when the province emerges from the pandemic. There have been no details released on the scope of the review.

Premier Doug Ford said when the review was announced last week:”Our main focus is to make sure it’s all hands on deck at long-term care. We know the system’s broken. …We’re going to have a complete review, not just long-term care.”

There have also been several calls for a public inquiry, including from the Ontario NDP, but the province has not confirmed whether it would conduct one.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath released a statement Thursday in support of the City of Pickering’s call for an investigation.

“Ontarians deserve answers, and they deserve to have confidence that this widespread preventable tragedy will never happen again,” she said.

“I have called for a non-partisan, independent public inquiry into the state of long-term care, the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic within long-term care, and the ongoing role in nursing homes of private for-profit corporations — like the one running Orchard Villa.”

The military was also called in last month to assist at five GTA homes that had been hit the hardest by the coronavirus, including Orchard Villa.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are currently 185 homes experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. Over 1,300 residents have died and 2,500 have been infected. A total of 1668 staff members have also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Toronto closing 57 km of streets to traffic for pedestrians and cyclists

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 15th, 2020

The City of Toronto plans to close sections of major streets this long weekend in Kensington Market, along Lakeshore Boulevard and Bayview Avenue to give more room to pedestrians and cyclists.

The ActiveTO initiative plans to create 57 km of what the city calls “quiet streets” across the city to provide more space for people to be physically active and improve physical distancing as part of the restart and recovery in the wake of COVID-19.

Signs and temporary barricades will be placed on neighbourhood streets to allow local car traffic only and open up space for people who walk, run, use wheelchairs and bike.

People who normally park their car on the street designated for Quiet Streets will still be able to park and travel as they normally would and routine city services, such as garbage and recycling pickup, will continue as they normally would.

The city is also going be closing portions of major thoroughfares on a trial basis over the weekend to make space for people, alleviate weekend and holiday crowding and ensure there is enough room to be physically active and support physical distancing.

Starting Saturday, May 16 at 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Monday, May 18, all eastbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard West between Windemere Avenue to Stadium Road, Bayview Avenue from Mill Street to Rosedale Valley Road and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue will be impacted.

Moving forward, future weekend closures that are not on a long weekend will be from 6 a.m. on Saturdays until 11 p.m. on Sundays. Those locations will be announced as they are finalized.

The initial locations that have been confirmed for Quiet Streets (as of May 14):

  • Kensington Market (area that borders Nassau Ave., Spadina Ave, Augusta Ave. and Dundas St. W.)
  • Shaughnessy Blvd. between Van Horne Ave. and Havenbrook Blvd.
  • Havenbrook Blvd. between Shaughnessy and Manorpark Ct.
  • Lakeshore Dr./Lake Promenade (First Ave. to Forty Second St.)
  • High Park Ave. (Bloor St. W. to Annette St.)
  • Brock/Emerson/Cowan Ave. (Dupont St. to King St. W.)
  • Winona Dr. (Eglinton Ave. to Davenport Rd.)
  • The Esplanade (boundaries TBC)
  • Crawford St./Montrose Ave. (Bloor St. W. to Queen St. W.)
  • Howard and Earl Streets (Sherbourne St. to Parliament St.)
  • Sackville/Sumach Streets (Shuter St. to Gerrard St. E.)
  • Monarch Park Ave. (Felstead Ave. to Sammon Ave.)
  • Fulton/Sammon Avenues (Broadview Ave. to Monarch Park Ave.)
  • Woodfield Rd. (Knox Ave. to Walpole Ave.)
  • Lee Ave. (Kingston Rd. to Alfresco Lawn)
  • Secord Ave./Eastdale Ave./Lumsden Ave./Main St./Hamstead Ave./West Lake Ave. (Dawes Rd. to Oak Park Ave.)
  • Military Trail/Highcastle Rd. (Sealstone Terrace to Bonspiel Dr.)
  • Kew Beach Ave. (Waverly Rd to Lake Shore Blvd. E.)
  • Westview Blvd. (St Clair Ave. E. to Holland Ave.)
  • Dundalk Dr. (Ellesmere Rd. to Antrim Cr.)
  • Trudelle St./Cedar Brae Blvd. (Danforth Rd. to Bellamy Rd.)

Man, 23, killed in Rexdale shooting, 3 suspects sought

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 15th, 2020

Homicide investigators have been called in following a fatal shooting in the north end of the city.

Police were called to Panorama Court in the area of Kipling Avenue and Finch Avenue West following reports of gunfire just before 8 p.m.

When police arrived they found a 23-year-old victim in a tow truck suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

Life-saving measures were performed at the scene and he was transported to a trauma centre, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said witnesses reported three males were seen fleeing the area on foot but no further descriptions have been released.

Trudeau to announce extension of wage subsidy, financial aid for medical researchers

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, May 15th, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce Friday an extension to the federal government’s 75 per cent emergency wage subsidy — just as businesses across the country are taking the first cautious steps towards reopening after a two-month, pandemic-induced shutdown.

He is also expected to announce significant financial support for thousands of medical researchers whose work is unrelated to the COVID-19 crisis.

The $73-billion wage subsidy program was initially slated to run until June 6.

Trudeau last week said it would be extended and today he’ll reveal for how long. The extension is expected to be for at least an extra month.

Under the program, the federal government is currently picking up the tab for 75 per cent of an eligible company’s payroll — up to a maximum of $847 per week per employee — from March 15 to June 6.

Eligible companies are those that saw revenues drop by 15 per cent in March or 30 per cent in April and May.

The government has billed the subsidy as the largest economic program since the Second World War, with the cost pegged at $73 billion.

But so far, it has paid out only $3.4 billion for some 1.7 million workers.

However, the government sees the wage subsidy as crucial to the country’s economic recovery and is hoping that more companies will take advantage of it as they rehire employees laid off when the country shut down in mid-March to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

That, in turn, would decrease reliance on the $35-billion Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which is paying $2,000 a month to Canadians who have been thrown out of work or seen their incomes nosedive due to the pandemic.

More than 7.5 million Canadians have received CERB payments so far — almost double the anticipated number of recipients.

The government is widely expected to eventually phase out the CERB to prevent it becoming a disincentive to work as the economy restarts.

Trudeau is also expected today to announce financial support to prevent the threatened layoffs of up to 15,000 researchers at hospital-based research institutes who, due to a technicality, don’t qualify for the wage subsidy.

Research unrelated to the deadly coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was halted in mid-March, including clinical trials and research into cancer, stroke and other diseases. Hospital-based institutes have warned that much of the funding they rely on to pay for that research — including charitable donations, contributions from foundations and clinical trial contracts with pharmaceutical companies — has evaporated.

Without financial support from the government, they’ve warned that they’ll have to begin laying off thousands of researchers by the end of this week.

Trudeau promised earlier this week to personally look into the matter.

Up to 5 staff in Toronto Western emergency department test positive for COVID-19

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, May 14th, 2020

As many as five healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in the emergency department at Toronto Western Hospital.

In an email sent to staff which CityNews has obtained, the hospital says the positive tests date back to April 20th with the most recent one confirmed last week.

Occupational Health and Infection Prevention and Control along with Toronto Public Health are undertaking an investigation to determine if there is a risk of ongoing COVID-19 transmission within the emergency department.

“An outbreak has not been declared at this time but we are reassessing the situation on an ongoing basis,” the letter says.

The hospital says one of the things they are looking into is factors that may have contributed to delays in recognizing this cluster.

Over the weekend the hospital declared a fifth outbreak in one of its units that had been designated as COVID negative.

Mass testing of all patients and staff had been underway since last week and that the positive tests “we’re not surprising.”

“As far as we are aware, we are doing the most testing of any hospital in the country at present,” a hospital spokesperson said.

Back on May 5, the hospital said 19 patients and 46 staff members had tested positive and that two patients had died.

The hospital says environmental cleaning is being increased while staff are reminded to wear their masks and shields, diligently practice hand hygiene and to practice physical distancing “especially during break times.”

It also cautions against sharing of food within the emergency department due to the risk of contamination with COVID-19 and transmission to others.

What we do (and don’t) know about the coronavirus and kids

THE BIG STORY | posted Thursday, May 14th, 2020

In today’s Big Story podcast, schools in parts of Quebec reopened this week — though they look different. And other parts of the country will likely be considering this move soon. And as this happens we still don’t know exactly how children contribute to the spread of the coronavirus. Nor do we know how they’re impacted by it.

There are a couple of efforts underway to change that in Canada, if we can gather enough data quickly enough to report it. And even though we’re doing all we can, we also won’t really know how this virus behaves in kids until they’re back in their natural element … which means school. So what happens next? And what do we need to be aware of?

GUEST: Kelly Grant, national health reporter, The Globe and Mail

You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle and Spotify.

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

Steam Whistle asks consumers to bring back empties

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, May 14th, 2020

A Toronto brewery is issuing a plea for consumers to bring back their empty bottles as the Beer Store says a growing number of its locations are accepting returns.

Steam Whistle Brewery says restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a decline in bottle returns, leaving it with a potential shortage just as sales are expected to ramp up for spring and summer.

Tim McLaughlin, the company’s vice-president of marketing, says there could be “rolling shortages” of Steam Whistle beer in the coming months unless it’s able to recover and reuse more empties.

He says the company used up an entire year’s worth of new bottles to make up for the lack of returns, and it’ll take months for a new order to be delivered.

Bottles returned to the Beer Store or the brewery itself, he says, can be back in use within days.

The Beer Store temporarily stopped accepting empty cans and bottles in March to adjust to the new health and safety measures imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has since allowed returns to resume at most locations.

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