The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition) - - Globe T.O. - Mor­gan Bock­nek


Ama­zon is con­duct­ing a search across North Amer­ica for a new ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­tre. Civic lead­ers from six mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the Greater Toronto Area made a joint bid to at­tract Ama­ Inc. to the re­gion. Toronto, Mississauga, Bramp­ton and the re­gions of Durham, Hal­ton and York is­sued a let­ter to an­nounce their pledge. The cen­tre, called HQ2, could em­ploy 50,000 peo­ple.


Pur­chases of Toronto homes by for­eign buy­ers fell over the sum­mer months af­ter the in­tro­duc­tion in April of a provincewide tax tak­ing aim at for­eign prop­erty in­vest­ment. The 15-per-cent tax was part of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to make hous­ing more af­ford­able. From May 27 to Aug. 18, 5.6 per cent of homes sold went to for­eign buy­ers, down from 7.2 per cent from April 24 to May 26, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased this week.


New fig­ures from the Cana­dian In­sti­tute for Health In­for­ma­tion show ad­mis­sions to Cana­dian hos­pi­tals for opi­oid poi­son­ing rose 70 per cent in the past decade. Toronto ranked sec­ond-low­est in rates of peo­ple ad­mit­ted to a hos­pi­tal out of 34 metropoli­tan ar­eas, with a ra­tio of 7.9 ad­mis­sions per 100,000 peo­ple. Smaller cities such as London, Ont., were among those with the high­est rates based on pop­u­la­tion.


At least one of 31 gay Chechen refugees se­cretly brought to Canada this sum­mer has been threat­ened since their ar­rival in Canada, ac­cord­ing to two sources. The al­leged vic­tim re­fused to re­port the in­ci­dent out of fear of ret­ri­bu­tion, but Toronto po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing. The man was said to have been phys­i­cally threat­ened af­ter meet­ing up with a man he had been talk­ing to on a dat­ing app. When he ar­rived for the date, he was placed in the back of a car by two men who be­rated him, say­ing his life­style brought dis­grace to Chech­nya. He was not phys­i­cally harmed.

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