One local resident is bringing the nightlife of Toronto to your screens, but not in the way you might think.
Jason Leaver, a local filmmaker, is taking on the task of creating a raccoon video game that lets you experience the life of a trash panda in the 6ix.
In clips of the game, which he calls Trash Panda, Leaver showcases how you can walk down the streets of the city and knock over trash bins throughout the night, which is every raccoon's dream.
"The idea [for Trash Panda] struck me one evening when I was taking out the trash! I think earlier that day I was playing around that fantastic raccoon character asset that I purchased quite some time ago. So, when garbage night and a cute animated raccoon came together in my mind, it felt like a eureka moment," Leaver continued.
The game, which he hopes could be out in time for summer, was partly inspired by Reaver's own run-ins with the city's infamous critters. When asked about his experience with the Toronto animals, Leaver told Narcity that his "daughter's favourite one is probably the time a mother raccoon and her two cubs took up residence under her treehouse."
While it is still in the works, Leaver states he wants to make it as "Toronto as it can be."
Earlier this week, mayors around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area reached out to the province asking for "predictability" about whether or not the stay-at-home order will be extended, so residents and businesses know what's to come in the weeks ahead.
The Ontario Medical Association has also weighed in, stating that the province is not yet ready to lift the current measures.
"We all want the third wave to be the last wave," said OMA President Dr. Samantha Hill in a statement. "No one wants to start lifting restrictions too soon, only to find the virus spreading again and we have to go back into lockdown."
However, Toronto's Board of Health hopes that the province will consider reopening outdoor recreational amenities to encourage safe physical activity.
Ontario's measures are creating a "dramatic shift" in emergency rooms
An emergency room doctor based in the GTA recently spoke out about the positive changes he's noticed in recent weeks.
Dr. Kashif Pirzada told Narcity last Friday that "two to three weeks ago, it was almost like jumping into a war zone" with the number of patients seriously ill with COVID-19.
"There was such a dramatic shift in the last two to three weeks. I think that's the sign of the measures working. We're still seeing people here and there, but it's starting to slow quite a bit," he said.
While there's reason to celebrate, Dr. Pirzada said "we shouldn't relax" just yet. "ICUs are still filled to the gills. There's no margin for error."