Now that Halloween celebrations are officially over, it is sociably acceptable to unleash everything to do with the winter holidays. And in just two weeks, Toronto's tallest Christmas tree will be unveiled for all to see.
The inordinately large tree in question is none other than the 100-foot-tall tree brought to Toronto's CF Eaton Centre. Last year's tree stood at 100 feet, and this year's will be the same if not bigger.
Adorned with thousands of decorations and lights, this year's tree will top the height of other well-known Christmas trees in the city, like Nathan Philips Square's 70-foot-tall monster tree or Toronto Christmas Market's 50-foot evergreen.
On November 16, Eaton Centre shoppers will witness the unveiling of Toronto's tallest Christmas tree. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and include performances by carollers and other festivities hosted by CF Eaton Centre.
But Santa won't be making his appearance until two days later. As of November 18, Santa Claus will land at the Toronto mall to listen to your Christmas wish list and take photos. Visits with Santa will continue from November 18 straight through to the 24th and are $10. All proceeds will be donated to Eva's Initiatives and Autism Speaks Canada.
It will be tested on over 60 buses throughout the coming months. Residents taking the 35 Jane route will be able to access free Wi-Fi starting at the end of May, while the 102 Markham Rd. route will launch the pilot in early June.
The buses will reportedly be "specially marked" to help commuters identify which ones offer internet services.
In a tweet, Toronto revealed that all of its city clinics are either "fully booked" or "close to" fully booked from today until June 2021 — a reality that Mayor John Tory says is solely down to supply.
"We have considerable additional capacity to allow us to do more in our city-operated clinics," Tory said at a media briefing on Wednesday, "if we had further increased supply of vaccine."
The city did add more than 63,500 appointments for its own vaccine clinics on Thursday, in part due to expanded eligibility in Ontario, but the majority of the new appointments will only be available between June 7 and 13.
While there is no set date on when students will be returning to in-person learning, Yaffe reassures that schools will be the first thing to open.
"Keeping in mind that schools would be the first to open among all the things because that is the most important aspect," Yaffe stated when talking about a reopening, "I can't tell you exactly when, but we want to be careful. We don't want to open too soon and close immediately after."