TORONTO’S WEEK BY THE NUMBERS
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 Amazon.com 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.