Extra, Extra: Cold Alert, Mental Health Issues, and Union Station Progress
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Extra, Extra: Cold Alert, Mental Health Issues, and Union Station Progress

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  • If you’re thinking, “Hey, it’s extremely cold,” you’d be right. The City’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued an extreme cold weather alert, and cautions people against exposed skin in weather that will feel like -20 with the wind chill. So drink some tea, cuddle, hug your laptop, or find other ways to stay warm. And if you can check on someone you know to make sure they’re good too, all the better.
  • Speaking to City staff at Metro Hall on Friday morning, John Tory again vowed to support Toronto’s shelter system, and connected it to the larger context of how Toronto addresses mental health issues. “The mental illness situation, overall, in this city, in this province, and in this country, is still in a state of being a scandal in terms of the degree to which we don’t provide the care of the kind people need who have mental health issues,” he said, according to a report from the Star. The approach seems refreshing and reasonable, to which we say, “Rob who?”
  • People have walked by the Union Station revitalization project for so long that it’s easy to forget there’s a really beautiful building beneath all the construction hoarding and tarps. Urban Toronto reports that the massive plastic tarpaulins protecting the building and workers during construction have been removed. It reveals a building with significantly less soot, grime, and pigeon droppings, which makes us feel as though we all just unwrapped a shiny 1927 Beaux-Arts style present.

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