GTA food banks kick off food drive events as demand rises through COVID-19 pandemic

'As a result of COVID and so many industries downsizing, we’ve had over 167 per cent increase in new individuals accessing food at the food bank,' Mississauga's mayor said.
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5 things to know for Friday, October 22, 2021
The search resumes for unmarked graves, Canada quietly updates travel advisories, and new pandemic benefits are on the way. Here's what you need to know to start your day.
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Ontario to release plan for moving past its framework of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions
Premier Doug Ford has said the new plan would include how and when to lift more public health measures, including restrictions on restaurants.
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Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario will ease pandemic restrictions as vaccination deadlines loom; Tehran holds first public Friday Prayers in almost two years
Meanwhile, Amnesty International is calling for an independent parliamentary inquiry into COVID-19 deaths in Italian nursing homes and reports of retaliation against nursing home staff who spoke out about unsafe conditions there.
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Montreal weather: Rainy and cool
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Protecting Montreal’s green spaces: Look to Technoparc for red flags
Mayoral candidates who would allow the destruction of such key urban wetlands do not deserve your vote, environmentalists say.
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Brownstein: Jimmy Chan is on a mission to save Montreal's Chinatown
New documentary reflects resolve of Chinatown’s residents/merchants to ward off gentrification pressures and keep community alive and vibrant.
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This older couple objectified a young woman in a low-cut dress: Ask Ellie
Ellie finds such leering interest creepy. Also: how to handle a friendship derailed by lockdown cohabitation.
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Mailbag: Impostors posing as Star journalists, complaints about our sports coverage and other reader feedback
Our public editor dips into the inbox to address some reader comments and concerns, including why a story appeared in print twice and how the Star determines what sports to cover.
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Moving from ‘Toronto the Worst’ to ‘Toronto the Better’
Unemployment, depression and anxiety are up in Toronto. Young people have left in droves, and 16 per cent of youth in the GTA thought about suicide. But despite the bleak numbers, Toronto is also a city on the cusp of something new and better.
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Why blame social media for the behaviour of its toxic users? We’re letting the people spreading hate off the hook
This is not to say that these platforms have no responsibility. But by focusing coverage on how, say, Instagram is damaging teens’ self-confidence, we take the responsibility away from the users actually posting harmful content.
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This nursing home worker was fired for refusing to get vaccinated — and businesses are gearing up for many more terminations to come
In the coming months, thousands of unvaccinated employees could be let go as businesses put their vaccinate-mandate policies into play. The impact on workers and their employers will be devastating.
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‘Jobs at risk’: Experts fear wave of layoffs, business closures following end of federal wage and rent subsidy programs
New federal programs will help soften the blow, but critics say higher qualifying standards will make it too hard for many struggling businesses to collect.
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Leafs mailbag: It didn’t take long for fans to turn off and tune out
They’re tired, they’re frustrated and they’re looking for other options.
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Queen Elizabeth II back at castle following hospital visit
Queen Elizabeth II was back at Windsor Castle on Friday and in good spirits after revelations that she spent the night in a London hospital earlier this week.
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Halifax research looking into postpartum life, COVID-19 and the virtual world
'We know it's not the same and we know that there are downfalls to it and that it can't take the place of in-person. But is it better than nothing?' said one of the researchers.
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Hundreds of GTA hospital workers face termination or unpaid leave amid COVID-19 vaccination deadlines
At Sick Kids, where 98 per cent of staff are fully vaccinated, 145 staff have been placed on unpaid leave. Deadlines loom for other GTA hospitals.
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Peter Howell: An organic and resonant vision of ‘Dune,’ ripe for modern times
Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 sci-fi novel of interstellar colonization and environmental exploitation connects visually and with even more real-world resonance today than in decades past. It demands the biggest screen possible while rewarding close attention to detail.
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From clean water to pipelines to racism and mental health, Snotty Nose Rez Kids don’t shy away from tackling the hard issues
The duo, which originally hails from Northwest B.C.’s Kitamaat Village in Haisla Nation, releases its fourth album, “Life After,” on Oct. 22.
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Sleeping in the desert and getting his ‘Godzilla face’ on: how Toronto actor Shamier Anderson immersed himself in ‘Invasion’
Scarborough actor plays an American Navy SEAL in the Apple TV Plus series about an alien invasion. But he didn’t really know what the show was about until he got to Morocco to start production, he tells Debra Yeo.
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He’s tamed Timothée Chalamet’s hair, made Stellan Skarsgård enormous and turned Jake Gyllenhaal into an amputee — ‘Dune’ makeup artist Donald Mowat is a Hollywood favourite
The Montreal-born Mowat worked closely with director Denis Villeneuve on the looks for ‘Dune.’ And once he’s done an actor’s makeup they keep coming back for more, including stars like Daniel Craig and Mark Wahlberg.
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‘For a person who writes dystopian fiction, I’m oddly optimistic’: Cherie Dimaline on her new book, ‘Hunting by Stars’
Dimaline tells Deborah Dundas she wrote the followup to “The Marrow Thieves” because “I met a lot of Indigenous kids who needed to see that survival continue.” Her characters get messy and angry, but “they still act like a community.”
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Leonard Cohen graphic biography “On A Wire” is ‘entertainment with an undercurrent of sadness and introspection.’ Much like the bard himself
Quebec graphic novelist Philippe Girard has crafted an accessible book in simple line art style that reveres its subject and presents flaws without comment
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Dave Feschuk: ‘He’s a leader.’ Kyle Lowry lights a fire under the Heat in a season-opening win the Bucks won’t soon forget
As much as a handful of Miami’s high scorers commanded the spotlight for their statistical contributions in front of a raucous crowd in Miami, it said something that each of those players gave credit to their new starting point guard for helping them succeed, Dave Feschuk writes.
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Raw onions recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says red, white, and yellow raw onions from Prosource Produce LLC of Hailey, Idaho are being recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination.
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Canadian Blood Services eyes removing sexual orientation-based donation restrictions
Canadian Blood Services is working to update rules about who can donate and plans to submit a request to Health Canada later this year to abandon time-based requirements for gay and bisexual men.
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Horoscope for Friday, Oct. 22, 2021
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San Jose faces Toronto, seeks 4th straight victory
San Jose Sharks (3-0-0, first in the Pacific) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (2-1-1, sixth in the Atlantic)
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Countries trying to downplay climate change actions ahead of COP26 summit: Greenpeace
Climate campaigners say behind-the-scenes lobbying before the summit could hamper efforts to achieve a deal that would ensure the world can combat the environmental crisis.
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China Evergrande to avoid default after supplying funds for interest payment: reports
News of the remittance will likely bring relief to investors and regulators worried about a default's wider fallout in global financial markets.
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