27-year-old man dead in second fatal shooting in just over a week in the same Toronto neighbourhood

Toronto police’s homicide unit is investigating a shooting that left a man dead on Monday in Toronto, the same scene of a separate fatal shooting just over a week ago.Police were called to Clearview Heights and Tretheway Drive area at 12:36 a.m. Monday for reports of a shooting.A 27-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds and Const. Ed Parks said he died on the scene.Parks said there’s currently no suspect information. On June 13, police were called to the same area at around 11:35 p.m. for a shooting at an apartment on Clearview Heights. A man later identified as 32-year-old Brendon Kirk Daley, was found with gunshot wounds and died as a result of his injuries, Toronto police said.“We’re investigating this shooting as all shootings,” said Parks, when asked if the shootings are connected. “We're not going to speculate if these are related to any other shooting.”Anyone with information, dashcam or surveillance video or either incident is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).Correction — June 21, 2021: This file has been updated to reflect that Clearview Heights and Trethewey Drive is not in North York.Cheyenne Bholla is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: cbholla@thestar.ca

27-year-old man dead in second fatal shooting in just over a week in the same Toronto neighbourhood

Toronto police’s homicide unit is investigating a shooting that left a man dead on Monday in Toronto, the same scene of a separate fatal shooting just over a week ago.

Police were called to Clearview Heights and Tretheway Drive area at 12:36 a.m. Monday for reports of a shooting.

A 27-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds and Const. Ed Parks said he died on the scene.

Parks said there’s currently no suspect information.

On June 13, police were called to the same area at around 11:35 p.m. for a shooting at an apartment on Clearview Heights.

A man later identified as 32-year-old Brendon Kirk Daley, was found with gunshot wounds and died as a result of his injuries, Toronto police said.

“We’re investigating this shooting as all shootings,” said Parks, when asked if the shootings are connected. “We're not going to speculate if these are related to any other shooting.”

Anyone with information, dashcam or surveillance video or either incident is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

Correction — June 21, 2021: This file has been updated to reflect that Clearview Heights and Trethewey Drive is not in North York.

Cheyenne Bholla is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: cbholla@thestar.ca

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COVID-19 border measures to ease July 5 for fully vaccinated Canadian travellers

OTTAWA — Changes to quarantine rules at the Canadian border will go into place for some fully vaccinated people beginning July 5, the federal government announced Monday.

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and others already eligible to enter Canada who are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine won’t have to quarantine, but will still need COVID-19 tests before they leave for Canada and once they arrive.

But when the government will expand that approach to include other fully vaccinated groups — like tourists or non-essential business travellers — depends on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Monday.

“One metric that Canadians can watch for is the rate of fully vaccinated Canadians that is at least 75 per cent,” Hadju told a news conference.

She said Ottawa will also be closely watching “how the disease is behaving in Canada. Are we seeing sustained and prolonged outbreaks in regions of the country? How are we managing in terms of our own hospitalization rates and capacity?”

The changes announced Monday follow Canada achieving a previously set target of ensuring 75 per cent of Canadians had a single dose of a vaccine, and 20 per cent were fully vaccinated, before border measures could be relaxed.

That milestone was hit over the weekend.

The new approach applies only to those who are fully vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson& Johnson vaccines.

Travellers could have received the shots, or a combination of them, anywhere in the world but must be able to prove it with either a paper or digital certificate.

That information, along with other travel data, will need to be uploaded into the government’s existing ArriveCAN application or website.

Those who are only partially vaccinated, or not vaccinated at all, must still abide by the full suite of public health restrictions: testing before and upon arrival, a 14-day quarantine, a test towards the end of that quarantine, and if they arrive by air, staying for up to the first three nights in a government-approved hotel while they wait for the results of the first arrival test.

Currently, only those aged 12 and older can be vaccinated, and while children travelling with fully vaccinated adults can skip the hotel quarantine, they will still need to quarantine at home for the full 14 days.

Their fully vaccinated parents will be free to come and go, but public health officials said Monday children must quarantine to avoid the possibility they have COVID-19 and spread it in the community.

The Canadian border closed to all but essential travel in March 2020, although Canadian citizens and permanent residents have always the right to enter.

Some of their family members, international students and temporary foreign workers are also allowed in.

On Monday the government expanded that list slightly to include about 23,000 people whose permanent residency applications have been approved since the border closed.

The federal government has been under increased pressure from business, aviation and tourism groups to loosen restrictions at the border as the pace of vaccination increases.

In May, the government’s expert panel on COVID-19 testing and screening laid out guidelines for how the border rules could be rolled back, recommending a phased approach.

But it also said the government ought to immediately eliminate the mandatory hotel quarantine program, calling it too expensive to maintain and also inefficient, as it does not apply at land borders.

Public health officials speaking a technical briefing Monday said the hotel program is catching cases among newly arrived travellers and so helps keep the virus from spreading in communities.

Hajdu also noted Monday that panel submitted its report before it became clear the Delta variant of the virus was emerging as a dominant source of new infections.

“This government believes that a prudent, careful and cautious approach to alleviating measures is what’s required,” she said.

“We don’t want to see all of our hard work put at risk as a result of as a result of moving too quickly without truly understanding how the changes we’re proposing today will impact Canadians.”

Stephanie Levitz is an Ottawa-based reporter covering federal politics for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @StephanieLevitz

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