There are a LOT of food options in the city (understatement of the century). From charcoal ice cream to cookie dough scoops, it seems like every food trend seems to hit the city eventually. However, there are the staple favourites that every Torontonian has grown to know and love. Let's be honest though, if you haven't been to at least 19 of these 30 notable spots in the city or had their signature dishes, are you even doing the Toronto food scene right?
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The owner is also visually impaired and finds vaccine certificates "very difficult to read."
Toronto's well-loved pizza joint, Frank's Pizza House, announced on Instagram that they will be closing indoor dining at their restaurant and opting for take-out and delivery six days a week.
Owner Giorgio Taverniti told Narcity he decided to pause indoor dining on the opening day of vaccine certificates in Ontario because he doesn't "think people are ready right now."
"We're not sure what's going to happen or how people are going to react, and as you can see online, everybody is fighting already. I didn't want that to [transpire] in my restaurant or out in front of the door."
"I just feel, let's wait maybe a couple of days, maybe a week or two weeks and then when everybody cools off, and everybody's cool with it we're going to go ahead and apply the rules and follow."
Taverniti clarified that his whole staff is vaccinated and that they aren't anti-vax and, "As of now, we've followed all of the mandates the government has applied."
Taverniti says his staff isn't comfortable, and he worries for his 16-year-old daughter, who works in the restaurant.
"I don't want her to be yelled at by a grown a** man. Because whether she didn't check somebody's ID properly or she's asking someone for the vaccine passport. Either, or, right."
Accessibility issues with checking vaccine certificates
Taverniti is visually impaired, and he says that adds another layer to his hesitancy.
"I am visually impaired and without the app and the way it's coming out on the screen, even on my screen today. I'm vaccinated. We're all vaccinated here. It is very difficult to read unless you blow up the print on it. So I know myself I would have a difficult time looking at the screen at the moment."
Taverniti says the timeline for their reopening will be influenced when the app launches, and it is easier for him to read and check customers' certificates.
"I probably myself would feel more and more comfortable once the app is up. It's probably very easy to see. I'm assuming it's probably like typical apps, a little bit bolder."
Despite not mentioning anything about vaccine certificates in his post, Taverniti says he has gotten hundreds of messages congratulating and condemning his closure.
"People are applauding our decision, other people are like, 'why are you doing this?' and I tried to explain to them. I've told some people, if you want clarification to call me or come by to talk. I'm a very open person. I don't want to share everything about my disability, everything online and have to repeat myself."
Krista Ford Haynes is spreading controversial messages once again.
The 2021 Federal Election took place on September 20 with Justin Trudeau winning a Liberal minority government, and the following morning Premier Doug Ford's daughter Krista Ford Haynes had some things to say on her Instagram.
"Good morning, everyone. Happy Tuesday. As we could have all expected, the Liberal government won last night with a minority government," said Haynes in a video posted to Instagram.
"Just wasted our tax dollars like they absolutely love to do and stripping our freedoms away one day at a time, so just remember to go thank the Liberals when we go down the new world order."
Haynes claimed that people could thank the Liberal party for "the new world order," a conspiracy that believes a totalitarian government is underway.
Haynes wrapped up her election woes and quickly moved to talk about COVID-19 vaccines urging people to "wake up" while exercising on what appears to be a treadmill.
"And while we're at it, I might as well start talking about the cv. Does anyone question why the government doesn't want to release any of their research?"
"Is anyone questioning that, or are y'all just going to line up and get our booster shot in three months."
Haynes is no stranger to spreading anti-vax messaging and has been firmly against COVID-19 vaccines despite her father, Doug Ford, continuously encouraging Ontarians to get vaccinated.
According to the CDC, "COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support approval or authorization of a vaccine."
Her message came out the day before vaccine certificates would be implemented in Ontario, and she theorizes in her video how the use of masks has led to vaccine certificates and suggest masks are not effective.
The CDC says further data from studies as of May 7, 2021, "further demonstrate that mask wearing reduces new infections."
"When I posted in May or June of last year about the upcoming mask mandates and to not comply, this is why I wanted people, urged people not to comply, " said Haynes
"We found out right away that masks weren't very effective if effective at all based on how people were wearing and reusing them, and it actually could have made things a lot worse for some people and are making things a lot worse for some certain age groups today. That was one, but we complied, we complied. We could have looked it up ourselves and realized that the way masks have been worn, and the type of masks that have been worn are not effective. We could have put our foot down collectively, and we didn't."
"And then you had the mask police lining up at the stores, and they wouldn't let people in without a mask unless you said you had an exception, and some stores didn't even honour that. But that was the stepping stone to the v passport. That allowed businesses to find employees to stand at the door to train their employees to be mask police, and here we are today," she continued.
"And you think it's just going to be movie theatres, restaurants, gyms that's the first step, that's the first step. Then it's going to be hair salons, nail salons, massage clinics. They are going to take it all. They are going to take it all, and we've allowed it."
"We can't blame the government. We have to blame ourselves for covering our faces. If only we didn't cover our faces, we wouldn't be here today."
Vaccine certificates have not been welcomed by everyone in Ontario, with anti-vax protests taking place across Ontario.
Doug Ford commented on vaccine certificates yesterday in his congratulatory message to Trudeau, saying, "There are a lot of people who are concerned about this policy, and I want you to know that I hear you. I understand your concerns about protecting your civil liberties and right to privacy. While many fully vaccinated people like myself share these concerns, the greater concern is having to shut down again or experience a sudden surge in cases like in Alberta and Saskatchewan."
Haynes's video has been reposted on Instagram, garnering over 32,000 views on one account and over 270 comments.
Some of which are surprisingly positive. One user wrote, "Why can't she be our premier?"
On Reddit, the post currently has 99 comments, most of which are condemning Haynes for spreading misinformation.
"Don't forget you can report the post to Instagram as false information," one user commented.
Doug Ford and Krista Ford Haynes did not respond to Narcity's request for comment in time for publication.
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on the vaccines and can answer any questions you may have. Click here for more information.
A new tool lets you store your vaccine certificate as an image, a PDF file, or as a card in your Apple Wallet.
Starting Wednesday, September 22, Ontarians are expected to show their proof of vaxx to enter certain non-essential businesses and settings. However, because enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes won't come into effect in the province until October 22, a team of volunteer software engineers and medical professionals created a tool that lets you store your proof of vaccination on your phone with a QR code.
"No personal data is sent to the internet. [The] QR code is for verification only, with no personal info," the team behind the tool told CTV News.
I tried the tool and am happy to report it was easy to use — it only took me five minutes to save my vaccine certificate to my phone as a PDF, an image, and a card in my Apple Wallet. Here's how you can do it.
1. Grab your health card and visit this link on your phone's browser to begin.
2. Click on the "Go to Ontario Ministry of Health" button. You'll be redirected to the government's proof of vaccine portal.
4. Click "Continue."
5. Fill out the following form using your date of birth, health card info, and postal code. Click "Continue."
6. Next, you'll get two options: one for booking a vaxx appointment and another to access your vaccine receipts.
Click on the yellow box to get your receipts.
Receipts for both your doses will be available for download.
7. Click "Continue" on either option to save it to your phone or iCloud as a PDF file.
I only saved my receipt for the second dose.
Here's what your vaccine certificate will look like:
8. Now that you have it saved, go back to this link and select the PDF file from your phone.
9. Next, you'll get to save it as an image or add it to your Apple Wallet. I first downloaded mine as an image.
But because I use my Apple Wallet pretty much every day, I went ahead with the "Add to wallet" to make accessing the vaxx pass even faster on the go.
The following card was added to my Apple Wallet.
It contained no private data except my name, the vaccine I took, and the date it was administered. Plus, a QR code!
I scanned the QR code from another phone to test it out.
And it worked! I had my proof of vaxx in three forms — a PDF, an image, and an Apple Wallet card — within five minutes tops.
A lot has happened in the last 24 hours!
Justin Trudeau won last night's 2021 federal election with a minority government, and here's everything that's happened in Toronto in the last 24 hours.
From long lines to city officials' responses and where ridings stand as votes continue to be counted from mail-in ballots.
Long voter lines
Toronto voters showed up to polling stations yesterday ready to cast their ballots, but some were met with massive lines and long wait times.
Torontonians took to Twitter to share their frustrations.
One Twitter user even claimed they waited 75 minutes to vote, while others reported even longer wait times of up to 2 hours.
75 minutes to vote this morning in Toronto Parkdale-High Park. Many reports of fewer polling stations in urban centers. But voters are patiently waiting their turn, in long lines, to cast a ballot. Turnout, down in most provinces post-#Covid-19, a real question. #cdnpoli #elexn44 pic.twitter.com/X0hrRBdwpx
— Sanjay Ruparelia (@SVRuparelia) September 20, 2021
Premier Doug Ford responds to election results and encourages 'unity'
Premier Doug Ford responded to Trudeau's win this morning in a press release saying, "I want to congratulate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his re-election and congratulate all federal leaders who campaigned across Canada to ensure Canadians' voices were heard on the important issues facing this country."
Ford went on to address how for many Canadians, this election has been "extremely difficult and divisive."
"For many, this has been an extremely difficult and divisive election and I would like to take this opportunity to urge unity. Emotions have run high as candidates from all parties debated pandemic policies, including vaccine certificates."
The premier also clarified his own views on vaccine certificates that come into effect in Ontario tomorrow.
"There are a lot of people who are concerned about this policy and I want you to know that I hear you. I understand your concerns about protecting your civil liberties and right to privacy. While many fully vaccinated people like myself share these concerns, the greater concern is having to shut down again or experience a sudden surge in cases like in Alberta and Saskatchewan."
Mayor John Tory Responds
Mayor John Tory congratulated Trudeau in a statement released on Twitter early this morning at 5: 15 a.m. and thanked all Toronto residents who "cast their ballot" in the election.
I want to congratulate Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau on his election victory.
Please read my statement below. pic.twitter.com/oqEiBYSAUi
— John Tory (@JohnTory) September 21, 2021
"I want to congratulate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his election victory," said Tory in a statement.
"During the election, I was encouraged by the Prime Minister's commitment to continued pandemic emergency financial support for Toronto, and all municipalities, as well as making needed investments in housing, transit and healthcare – including mental health. We also look forward to moving forward with universal child care."
"I am committed to continuing to work with the Prime Minister, his Ministers, and Toronto MPs to advance these priorities and get through this pandemic and make sure Toronto comes back stronger than ever for the benefit of the city and the entire country," he said
Green Leader Annamie Paul loses Toronto riding
Green Party Leader Annamie Paul did not win a seat in the Toronto Centre riding as she had hoped, in her third attempt to secure a seat in the riding.
Paul congratulated all of the Green Party candidates who won and acknowledged her loss of the Toronto Centre riding, saying, "Certainly I am disappointed, it is hard to lose. No one likes to lose."
Liberal Marci Ien won the riding of Toronto Centre, and Paul congratulated her on her win.
"I just spoke with Marci Ien before coming down here, and I wanted to sincerely congratulate her. I hope that and I'm sure that the people of Toronto Centre will make sure that she provides them with good representation."
"But I am so proud of the effort, the creativity, the innovation that our team brought to this race. We promised to offer real representation. We promised to offer a real choice to the people of Toronto Centre who have so much need, so much work that needs to get done, and you did that, and I thank you for that."
Where the ridings currently stand
Toronto has remained strongly Liberal, with all 25 Toronto ridings leaning red according to 680 News's Real-Time Results and Map. However, more mail-in votes are coming in and will still be counted in the days to come.
Currently, 23 of these ridings have declared a liberal winner. However, both Davenport and Spadina–Fort York are awaiting results.
Here are Toronto ridings that have gone Liberal:
- Beaches East York
- Don Valley East
- Don Valley North
- Don Valley West
- Etobicoke Centre
- Etobicoke Lakeshore
- Etobicoke North
- Humber River-Black Creek
- Parkdale-High Park
- Scarborough Centre
- Scarborough North
- Scarborough Rouge Park
- Scarborough- Southwest
- Toronto Centre
- Toronto-St. Paul's
- York Centre
- York South Weston