March break will have to wait until April for Ontario students, the province’s education minister says, as the government aims to limit travel amid a drop in COVID-19 cases but as risks from new virus variants loom.
The York region bordering Toronto has a large semi-rural section where housing and youth services are harder to access, a problem compounded for young queer folk at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
The young founders of BIPOC Capital are pushing for Ottawa to allocate funds to an interest-free loan program for small- and medium-sized businesses owned by Black, Indigenous and other people of colour, plus mentorship and other support to help them thrive.
They’ve been closed or reduced to serving the odd overpriced takeout beer for most of 2020, but bar owners are still paying liability insurance as though drunken patrons are stumbling downstairs to the bathrooms, if they can retain coverage at all.
Varsity athlete Stella Isaac was a prime recruit for Debbie King’s #ParkdaleFitPlay, a month-long online effort to get the neighbourhood engaged and active in the cold and dark of winter under lockdown.