From The Globe and Mail – There’ll be a temporary suspension of COVID-19 bottlenecks for travellers as the federal government announced it will stop mandating random testing of fully vaccinated travellers.The suspension will be in place until July 1, when the random testing will resume outside of airports.
The changes are the latest attempt by the government to ease the bottlenecks at airports, especially Toronto’s Pearson, that leads to hours-long waits, missed connections and cancelled flights. Ottawa has hired more security screening officers and is installing more customs kiosks.
Toronto, Canada – August 24, 2018: A plane is landing at Pearson International.
DEBORAH FLINT (that’s her on the right), born in Hamilton, Ontario, took the prize after running The Los Angeles International Airport after four years. When Ms. Flint took the reins in Toronto, she was faced with Pearson, along with the Pandemic, and Canada’s air travelers who’d been thrown into crisis. More than two years later she found herself leading the Airport, clogged terminals and passengers stuck on parked planes and parked luggage as in 112,000 passengers forced to wait before they were allowed off. Vancouver and Montreal had it bad, but Toronto was much more so. Because a busy summer was arriving, Ms. Flint had little time to fix the problems. But she said: “I always say the airport is the front door and the curb appeal reflects the capabilities and ambitions of a country . . . This is so important we reflect the best of Canada – a modern, innovative, capable country that welcomes business and travelers, tourists and immigrants.” So far she’s been doing it, and Pearson is achieving!
We’ve waited a long time for Michelin, the French company, known for its famous Three-Star rankings. Dining out in Toronto will soon be joining up with the Michelin guide books in 30 countries around the world. It’s the first time for Canada. The travel guides were created in 1899 by the French tire company and cleverly planned to promote more demand for cars. According to admired chefs a One-Star rating is a high honour. Around the world, just 136 restaurants hold elusive Three-Star ratings. They’re not easy to come by.
According to Ann Hui, National Food Reporter for The Globe and Mail wrote “Federal Tourism Minister Randy Boissonnault and Toronto’s Mayor John Tory, will be among many others expected at Tuesday’s announcement, the sources said.”
The original ‘Hugh’s Room’ was established in Toronto’s West End Rochesvalles neighbourhood in 2001. It was a mixture of supper club and music room hosted by Odetta, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Richie Havens and Loudon Wainwright III, among many others. Then it began losing money in 2017 as it was turned into non-profit ‘Hugh’s Room Live’. Three years later reality struck and Hugh’s left its home because the lease was beyond reach. The plan then became searching for space to purchase, and they thought they’d found one on Broadview Avenue, just south of Gerrard Street in the East End. One difficulty was dealing with property taxes, reduced 50% by the City for being a music venue for owners and operators. Hugh’s’ had to face this until he had occupied the new building for one year. Raising $2-million would be a challenge for anyone these days, and surviving on arts music organizations that meant planning to do something innovative. If all works well a retired carpenter, Andrew Smith, devoted himself to live music, and was making miniature city music venues. He named one of them the old Hugh’s Room and some other silent venues with the name ‘Toronto, Lost Music City’. Will Broadview’s old church be a success? This may well be a triumph! There’s been good luck before for Hugh’s and there might be plenty more coming.
From Councillor Wong-Tam – “Over the last 12 months the Toronto Centre team responded to over 5,000 resident service requests. We launched several local campaigns – protecting tenant’s rights, saving small businesses, advancing cultural designation for the Church-Wellesley Village; and successful charge for Yonge/TOmorrow, and of course there’s more.”” 1) – Massey Hall Revitalization after 3 years. The entire revitalization will soon be part of a bigger facility called The Allied Music Centre, featuring a multi purpose, multi stage performance and education complex. 2) – Then there’s The Downtown East Action Plan to get elevated levels of service to systemic issues such as neighbours’ homelessness, mental health and addiction crises, new funding for affordable and addition services – as well there’s needle pick-ups, and more Parks Ambassadors in a strong network across the ward. 3) – The Ontario brand of a much-needed new subway line proposed by the province, connecting The Science Centre to Exhibition Place – a long distance between those two. There’ll be 15 stations, including three in Toronto Centre. 4) – Improvements to the Glen Road Bridge and Tunnel across the Rosedale Valley Ravine. Work is expected to begin imminently and will last two years. 5) – The North Market Redevelopment is now underway! The St. Lawrence Market complex has been a city landmark for more than 200 years. It’s one of the most valuable historic sites in Toronto. Expected to be operational in 2023. 6) – And a few more . . . . Revitalization plan for Dundas and Sherbourne neighborhoods; St. James Town food hub; plus an Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 22,000 square feet of office space downtown at 200 Dundas Street East. It will be the largest Indigenous innovation hub in the world. And there you more or less have it. Thanks to City Councillor Kryistyn Wong-Tam, Ward 13, Toronto Centre.