C-19 cases tick up to 821, more than 24,000 tests Tuesday

The Ministry of Health reported 821 new C-19 cases on Tuesday. On Monday, the province saw 704 new cases and four deaths. More than 24,000 tests were completed. There are 327 new cases in Toronto, 136 in Peel, 64 in York Region and 79 in Ottawa. There are 628 more resolved cases.

Kathleen Wynne will step down from Legislature in 2022

Kathleen Wynne will end her career as an MPP for Don Valley West at the next election scheduled in 2022. Ms Wynne, 67, surprised many by staying on in the Legislature after the catastrophic defeat of the Ontario Liberal Party in the summer of 2018. Her intention was revealed by reporter Robert Benzie in the Toronto Star. Toronto Star

Action plan for hotspots overdue but it fails to nail causes

Toronto has embarked on what’s called an action plan to combat very high rates of C-19 in some neighbourhoods, many of which are in the City’s northwest. But there is not much analysis of causes. Is it lifestyle, cramped high-rise living or indifference? Or is it something else? The action plan calls for more information, community agency support, increased testing and, perhaps importantly, supporting effective isolation.

Halloween at home

Elsewhere, the government is telling parents to plan Halloween at home. The enormously popular day is tough to cancel, but it has the potential for danger.

C-19 curve may be flattening

Ontario reported 704 new cases of C-19 infection Monday. The Ministry of Health says there may now be some “evidence of plateauing” in the daily counts. It is a slight increase on the 658 cases confirmed one day prior but comes on about 9,000 fewer tests, pointing to a much higher positivity rate of 2.2 per cent.

Briefly: Jeffrey Toobin suspended for naked teleconference

New Yorker reporter Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended from his job, after he apparently inadvertently exposed himself during a Zoom call between staff belonging to the magazine and staff at WNYC radio. Toobin has apologized after complaints that his private parts were seen but some say his judgment in attending the conference naked is questionable. National Post

Blood thrown onto sidewalk at Premier’s home

Premier Ford has complained publically that protestors who appear outside his home every Saturday are intimidating neighbours who have been forced to keep their kids inside. Recently the protesters, who have a multitude of issues, have thrown blood on the sidewalk. Many of them believe their rights are being violated by C-19 rules. CTV

Asteroid to “buzz-cut” Earth November 2

A car-sized asteroid will pass Earth in what some are calling a “buzz-cut” miss on the Monday before US election day Tuesday, November 3. Toronto Sun

Girl, 12, safe after 24-hour absence from Scarborough home

Police say a girl, 12, missing from her home near Kennedy Rd and McNicoll Ave since Sunday evening has returned home. She is apparently well.

Who is man threatening to commit shooting at City school?

Police at 11 Division in west-central Toronto are urgently trying to learn the identity of this man. He is alleged to have made threats to commit a shooting at an unnamed school. This occurred Friday during an exchange in an online chatroom. He was seen to possess a firearm. Please call if you know this man or his whereabouts. (416) 808-1100.

McSorley’s closed Monday, Tuesday to install a new awning

McSorley’s Saloon at 1544 Bayview Ave. is closed for patio renovations Monday and Tuesday this week. They hope to re-open at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. A new awning is in the works. The local hangout is much loved for its amusing signs. Perhaps the most famous is its boast of “Service, Quality, Price — Pick any two.”

Worker seriously injured in 15-foot fall at Bathurst LRT

A worker has suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries after falling into a subway construction hole at Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue West on Monday morning. Rescue crews were called to the scene just after 6 a.m. The worker, a man in his 30s, reportedly fell about 15 feet and had to be extracted from the hole.

Gov’t will require business to pay cost of Blue Bin program

The Ontario government will announce today that producers of products and packaging will be fully responsible for the provincial Blue Box program. It’s current;y run by the Ontario Stewardship Council with the cost split among the municipalities. But the Ford government will shift to a new model where producers of the waste – businesses – will provide blue box collection and pay for the entire cost. The transition is set to take effect at different times across the province with Toronto set to make the shift in 2023. The government is also set to announce that the list of materials accepted in the blue box will increase to include paper and plastic cups, wraps, foils, trays, bags and other single-use items such as stir sticks, straws, cutlery and plates. Ontario is the birthplace of the blue-box.

Real-life drama as YRP track tipsy driver into electrical box

Possibly worthy of Netflix, this account tells of a Richmond Hill man, 49, now facing charges of impaired, dangerous and leaving the scene. York Region Police video.

Ice-surfacing machine catches fire at youth hockey practice

Now for something different. An Olympia ice-surfacing machine manufactured by Resurface Corporation of Elmira north of Kitchener-Waterloo is seen on fire at a youth hockey practice. It occurred at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex in Brighton, NY. on Wednesday evening. The driver was not injured and no others were harmed.