David Rider, TorontoStar

David Rider


Toronto, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by David:

Omicron variant suspected in COVID-19 outbreak at Toronto East Detention Centre

Toronto Public Health declares an outbreak at the facility based on the single case, but says “the risk to the public remains low.” → Read More

Toronto sets January date for city workers to return to the office, amid rising COVID-19 cases, Omicron uncertainty

Union representing city inside workers calls the return-to-work target “ambitious” given uncertainty over Omicron variant of COVID-19. → Read More

Scotiabank Arena to host mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for young kids Dec. 12

The clinic was announced Monday amid concerns over resurgent COVID-19 spread and the arrival in Canada of the Omicron variant. → Read More

Electric vehicle rebate among staff proposals to speed up Toronto’s target to become a carbon neutral city

With no changes to its strategy, the city would not hit even its current 2050 target for carbon neutrality. → Read More

Toronto Public Health vice-chair questions city’s COVID-19 policy

In a newspaper column Thursday, Kristyn Wong-Tam also made misleading statements about COVID-19, say health experts. → Read More

Toronto relaxes COVID-19 rink rules as winter activities move ‘toward normal’

Booking ahead no longer necessary this winter at city skating rinks and change rooms will open. → Read More

California firm wins right to build $250 million media production hub on Toronto Port Lands

While much of the complex will be a secure work site, the partnership and the city plan to keep the waterfront public with a new promenade. → Read More

COVID-19 vaccinations for young children now expected to start later

Toronto expects vaccine for kids aged five to 11 to start late November or early December, with in-school clinics over the holidays. → Read More

City of Toronto ‘pausing’ some recreation programs due to loss of unvaccinated staff

The city says 91 per cent of parks, forestry and recreation staff are fully vaccinated. → Read More

248 City of Toronto employees suspended without pay for not showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination

The city says 99 per cent of the city’s roughly 35,000 active-status workers have declared their status and 94 per cent — more than 30,000 — are fully... → Read More

Toronto COVID-19 infections on the rise after prolonged drop

Colder weather pushing people indoors is the most likely reason for provincewide uptick, experts say. → Read More

City-run vaccine clinics ramp up as thousands of Torontonians become eligible for COVID-19 booster shots

Toronto’s public health chief says she remains hopeful that the city is only weeks away from being able to start vaccinating children aged five to 11. → Read More

Fewer than 1,300 city employees face suspension over Toronto’s vaccine mandate deadline

Ninety-eight per cent of city of Toronto employees have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. → Read More

Unvaccinated City of Toronto staff face looming deadline, suspension and possible dismissal

City staff have until the end of Sunday to show proof of first vaccination against COVID-19 and until Nov. 15 to prove they are fully vaccinated. → Read More

CaféTO set to become permanent under proposal going to Toronto city council

City staff are also recommending waiving fees for participating businesses in 2022. → Read More

To serve and protect? A patchwork of penalties means some Toronto public servants face strict rules about vaccination — and some face none at all

A Star survey of local government vaccine mandates reveals a hodgepodge of rules for public servants, depending on where they work. → Read More

Check vaccination status of Thanksgiving guests, urges Toronto’s top doctor

If there will be unvaccinated guests, including children under 12, or others for whom the host doesn’t know the vaccination status, consider outdoor g... → Read More

I got my stolen bike back. In Toronto, most others aren’t so lucky

Taken from a front porch, a step, a sidewalk. Lost forever, found miraculously, or even stolen back. Tales from Toronto’s bike theft epidemic. → Read More

Toronto joins calls for Ford government to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for eligible schoolchildren

Toronto board of health will be asked to call on province to add COVID-19 shot to list of mandatory school vaccines. → Read More

Liberal Julie Dzerowicz wins Toronto’s Davenport riding; NDP candidate concedes

NDP candidate Alejandra Bravo conceded her loss to the Liberal incumbent on Thursday. → Read More