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Women dies, another injured in Scarborough motorcycle crash

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jun 10th, 2020

A woman has died and a second person was injured in motorcycle crash in Scarborough.

Police were called to Brimley Road and Anson Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to the serious collision.

A motorcycle with two riders was found on the scene.

A woman, who was the passenger on the motorcycle, suffered life-threatening injuries and died in hospital.

The driver of the motorcycle suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Police believe a second vehicle may have been involved in the crash and fled the scene.

Man killed in Leaside shooting

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jun 10th, 2020

One man has been killed and another was injured after a shooting in Leaside Tuesday evening.

Toronto police were called to Leonard Linton Park in the Vanderhoof Avenue and Research Road area 7:30 p.m. to reports of several gunshots in the area along with reporting of people and vehicles fleeing the scene.

Two gunshot victims were located. One man is being rushed via an emergency run to hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was later pronounced dead

A second man was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Investigators say multiple rounds were fired, but they don’t know how many shooters were involved in the incident.

The Homicide Unit has taken over the investigation. Anyone with footage from the scene is asked to contact police.

There has been no suspect information released.

Volunteers protecting Woodbine fox family threatened, verbally abused: Wildlife Centre

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Jun 9th, 2020

Volunteers protecting the fox family living under the boardwalk on Woodbine Beach are standing-down after enduring threats and verbal abuse from some members of the public.

The Toronto Wildlife Centre said a volunteer patrolling the boardwalk was threatened by a person with a knife, and in another instance, a teen volunteer was chased by a man.

As a result, the centre said Monday was the last day the volunteers will be safeguarding the foxes.

“Understandably, the city doesn’t have the resources to provide police officers on scene 16-plus hours per day, seven days per week, to protect our committed volunteers,” TWC said in a statement Monday. “But as an organization, despite our deep concern for the fox family, the safety and well-being of our volunteers is paramount. As a result of these serious concerns, we have made the difficult decision to conclude the presence of our volunteers on site.”

The centre said they had 58 volunteers contribute close to 1,500 hours over the past month guarding the fox family.

But the centre added the young foxes are also growing up and venturing farther away from the den.

As the foxes get older, it’s time for their volunteers to move on too, the centre said.

“We’re now turning to compassionate members of the community and anyone else who visits the Woodbine Beach area to provide the best environment for the beloved fox family,” they said.

With files from 680 NEWS

How the pandemic put health inequality on display

THE BIG STORY | posted Tuesday, Jun 9th, 2020

In today’s Big Story podcast, the rates of COVID-19 among Black and other racialized communities in the United States and around the world are staggering. It would be interesting to have that data in Canada…but we don’t have the numbers. Only recently has Toronto begun releasing COVID-19 cases broken down by postal code, and the map of where the disease is spreading is exactly what you may have expected.

Even in a country with “universal” health care, racism and classism still play a determining role in far too many medical outcomes. What data do we need to do something about it? What do health care workers on the front line say is needed? Are they getting it? And how can we ensure the systems we change for the better to fight COVID-19 don’t regress when the pandemic is over?

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

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

Cautious Canadians increasingly wearing masks, fear second wave of COVID-19: poll

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Jun 9th, 2020

Canadians are increasingly wearing protective face masks as they emerge from months of isolating at home to curb the spread of COVID-19, a new poll suggests.

And it suggests that fear of a second wave of infections as bad as or worse than the first wave may behind their increased caution.

Fifty-one per cent of respondents to the Leger and Association for Canadian Studies survey said they have worn masks to go grocery shopping — up eight percentage points in one week.

Forty-five per cent said they’ve worn masks to go to a pharmacy (up seven points), 17 per cent at work (up four points), 14 per cent on public transit (up four points) and 12 per cent to go for walks (up two points).

And 53 per cent — up two points — said masks should be mandatory in public and confined spaces, like shopping malls and public transit.

The online poll, conducted June 5 to 7, surveyed 1,523 adult Canadians; it cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples.

The increased wearing of masks reflects the fact that restrictions on physical distancing are slowly easing across the country, with more Canadians venturing out of their homes and going back to work.

But Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said it may also reflect fear of a second wave of the deadly coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Seventy-six per cent of respondents said they expect a second wave will hit Canada. And 32 per cent said they expect a second wave that is stronger than the first, with another 40 per cent saying they expect it to be just as strong.

Bourque said that fear is also reflected in widespread support for a go-slow approach to reopening the country after three months of pandemic-induced lockdowns.

Two-thirds of respondents said governments should maintain the current, cautious pace of reopening, while another 21 per cent said they should slow down. Just 13 per cent wanted the pace sped up.

Fewer than 10 per cent supported reopening restaurants, hotels, gyms, bars, concert halls and theatres without any restrictions.

As long as safety precautions are in place, 68 per cent were comfortable seeing restaurants reopen, 67 per cent hotels, 55 per cent gyms or other fitness facilities and 50 per cent bars. But even with restrictions, just 44 per cent supported reopening concert halls and theatres, while 49 per cent were opposed.

“Canadians are being extremely prudent and careful about how they want us to go into sort of this exit strategy of Wave 1, probably because they fear Wave 2 is coming soon,” said Bourque.

“By no means is this over in Canadians’ minds … Maybe it’s just Canadians being Canadians, being careful about everything.”

Fully 80 per cent of respondents said it’s each Canadian’s individual responsibility to try to prevent a second wave of the pandemic. Just 17 per cent put the responsibility on governments.

Still, 16 per cent of respondents said they don’t intend to get an eventual vaccine against COVID-19, while another 16 per cent said they don’t know if they will. Sixty-eight per cent said they would get vaccinated.

Bourque speculated that not all those who said they won’t or might not get vaccinated are “anti-vaxxers.” Some likely feel they are young and healthy and at little risk of falling seriously ill.

1 dead, officer injured after an incident in Woodbridge

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Jun 9th, 2020

One person is dead and a police officer is in hospital after an incident Monday night in Woodbridge.

Few details have been released and the province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating.

The incident happened on Jade Crescent, near Highway 27 and Langstaff Road, around 11 p.m.

There has been no word on why police were called to the scene.

There was an interaction between a York Regional police officer and a male of unknown age.

The male was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer suffered serious injuries.

No one was taken into custody.

How much ‘working from home’ will become permanent?

THE BIG STORY | posted Monday, Jun 8th, 2020

In today’s Big Story podcast, several of the world’s leading technology companies—including Shopify, the largest in Canada—have announced that they don’t ever plan to return to full-time office work. Other companies plan to stagger the return of employees as the pandemic wanes. Some may have to refit their entire floor plans in order to maintain social distancing if they want their staff back in the office. None of that is easy, or cheap.

We might not know what the future of work looks like once a vaccine for COVID-19 is found, but it’s safe to say that office work will never be the same. And what we’ve learned in the past few months, under the pressure of an emergency in a desperate situation, is not a fair proxy for what remote work in a normal world would look like. So what do we know about ‘working from home’ and productivity outside of a pandemic? What data will companies use to inform their decisions about how many employees return how often? And what should employees be doing to prepare for a future that might involve a four-day work week, or a drastically different schedule?

GUEST: Nicholas Bloom, Stanford University

Coronavirus: Canadian military to be deployed to Vaughan long-term care home

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Jun 8th, 2020

Members of the Canadian military will be deployed to the Woodbridge Vista long-term care home to assist the struggling facility in their fight against the coronavirus.

The president and CEO of the private company that owns the home said military personnel will “support the provision of care.”

“This is good news for us, and will provide our organization with much-needed capacity during the time ahead,” said Lois Cormack in a letter to families on Saturday.

There have been a total of 102 resident cases in all, including 22 deaths, York Region Public Health said. There have been 40 cases among the workers there.

In a news release on Thursday, the provincial government said the home hasn’t been able to contain the outbreak despite getting additional support from the William Osler Health System.

“During these unprecedented times, it’s important to use every tool available to keep Ontarians safe,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “I am pleased to see the dedicated staff at William Osler Health System and Woodbridge Vista Care Community working together to contain COVID-19 and keep residents and staff safe.”

Last month, the union representing workers at the home called upon the province to take over the management of the facility, saying they had “serious concerns” about the situation there.

The facility, located at 5400 Steeles Avenue West in Vaughan, is owned and operated by Markham-based Sienna Senior Living Inc.


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