Prime 2022 information tales from Toronto and around the globe

Prime 2022 information tales from Toronto and around the globe

It’s been a really busy 12 months in Toronto and around the globe.

Mayor John Tory gained a 3rd time period in workplace, Premier Doug Ford gained a second, and some acquainted faces narrowly gained the mayor’s chair in a number of GTA municipalities.

Throughout the span of 2022, Ontario lastly noticed most COVID-19 well being restrictions lifted following a sequence of lockdowns, solely to see the well being system overwhelmed by an onslaught of different respiratory sicknesses.  

Alongside the best way there have been highs reminiscent of Toronto’s Gray Cup win, in addition to low moments, such because the demise of Queen Elizabeth II and the continued struggle in Ukraine.  

Right here’s CP24’s take a look at a number of the large tales that formed 2022 regionally and around the globe.    


Freedom Convoy takes over Ottawa and visits T.O., Emergencies Act invoked

Prime 2022 information tales from Toronto and around the globe

Angered by COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, teams of truckers headed to Ottawa in January to start a protest that will final for weeks and convey the capital to a standstill. Residents of downtown Ottawa mentioned they recorded sustained sound ranges louder than lawnmowers of their houses as tractor-trailer horns honked nonstop for days.

An identical convoy additionally made its solution to Toronto in early February, prompting officers to advise hospital staff to not put on something which may determine them as such for worry of being blocked or harassed on their solution to work.

The Toronto protests had been comparatively peaceable and dispersed after a few days.

However the Ottawa protests solely dispersed after the federal authorities invoked the Emergencies Act.

The usage of the hardly ever used act has been the topic of an ongoing public inquiry this 12 months which has questioned whether or not the federal government might have exercised different choices first. A report on the inquiry’s findings is due by the tip of February.


Ontario reopens – once more, obligatory masking ends


It appeared at instances that the revolving door of tightening COVID-19 restrictions, lockdowns and reopenings may by no means come to an finish.  However in February, as well being indicators started to enhance, the province started lifting restrictions reminiscent of capability limits on shops, eating places and social gatherings. This time, reopening appears to have caught. All remaining masking necessities lifted on the finish of April.

Whereas many individuals have celebrated a return to a extra regular lifestyle, well being specialists have cautioned that the pandemic will not be over. And with a wave of influenza and RSV this season, many have referred to as for a return to obligatory masking in some settings. Thus far, Ontario well being officers have solely gone so far as recommending folks masks in crowded settings, however have framed it as a selection. The province’s high physician raised not less than just a few eyebrows when he was noticed maskless at a celebration not lengthy after making the advice.

MORE: Dr. Eileen de Villa on what town can anticipate in 2023


Russia invades Ukraine

Russia Ukraine war

A 12 months in the past, the invasion of a peaceable democratic nation in Europe in 2022 may need appeared like fiction to most individuals. However the world watched in horror in February as Russian forces moved into Ukraine underneath the pretense that they had been shifting to “denazify” the nation. It was a competition that was odd, to say the least, a few nation headed by a Jewish president.

The West, together with Canada, responded with outrage, painful sanctions on Russia, and substantial monetary assist for Ukraine.

Ukraine war

Whereas Ukraine has put up a a lot harder battle than Russia anticipated, the struggle has however been devastating for the nation, with near 7,000 civilians killed and greater than 10,000 others wounded, in keeping with the U.N.

Canada has additionally granted some 420,000 short-term visas for Ukrainians to return to Canada, although statistics present that solely about 117,000 have truly reached Canada to this point.


Journey chaos at Pearson

Pearson airport

As restrictions lifted, air journey started to return to regular volumes. Travellers anticipated to really feel elation at lastly having the ability to go on trip and go to buddies and family members as soon as once more, however many had been left with decidedly angrier feelings as airways and airports struggled to take care of the flood of returning passengers. Sky-high piles of misplaced baggage sitting idly in terminals grew to become an everyday sight at airports and prolonged tarmac delays, customs strains and cancelled flights grew to become the norm.

Journey horror tales abounded and the issues culminated in Toronto Pearson Worldwide Airport being named the worst airport on the planet for journey delays, a title they’ve been working laborious to shake. Federal officers and airports have promised to repair the issues by hiring extra employees. However as the vacation baggage chaos on the airport exhibits, there’s nonetheless an extended solution to go.


Ford captures one other majority in Ontario

Doug Ford

Individuals may need had motive to consider that Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative Celebration of Ontario might lose floor when voters headed to the polls in June. The province had simply spent a lot of the previous two years enduring a pandemic which included a sequence of rolling lockdowns which shut down colleges and companies and disrupted peculiar life.

However it seems that voters gave Ford and his social gathering a passing grade for his or her dealing with of the disaster. Not solely did the election lead to one other PC majority, nevertheless it resulted within the departure of each the NDP and Liberal leaders, who failed to realize a lot floor.

Ford has already set about on an formidable agenda that features additional modifications to municipal governance and an aggressive – and controversial – housing technique.


Housing market cools, rents rise as charges go up

Toronto housing

There was a time not way back when it appeared that house costs in Toronto went in only one course: up. And quick, at that. However with rising rates of interest over the previous 12 months, that has modified. Toronto’s housing market has softened previously few months as borrowing prices have gone up. Within the GTA, the common worth of a house throughout all property varieties has fallen 19 per cent since reaching a peak of $1,334,062 in February.  The modifications have prompted not less than one Canadian financial institution to label Toronto a consumers’ market.

Within the meantime, lease in Toronto has gone up much more this 12 months, rising 12 per cent over 2021 throughout all rental varieties. The common lease for a one-bedroom house in Toronto now stands at $2,551, whereas two-bedroom flats common $3,363.


Public festivals and occasions reopen


Some of the conspicuous ways in which the COVID-19 lockdowns affected town was the absence of public festivals and celebrations. Because the province closed down in 2020 in an effort to restrict the unfold of the virus, so did main festivals reminiscent of Style of the Danforth, Toronto Pleasure, the CNE and plenty of, many others.

However with almost all restrictions within the province lifted forward of the summer time this 12 months, Toronto noticed a much-celebrated return of avenue festivals and public occasions.


Whereas companies and residents have been thrilled by the return of the festivals, these within the tourism trade say there may be nonetheless some solution to go earlier than town can declare a full restoration.


Hospitals overwhelmed by ‘triple pandemic’

Hospital for Sick Children

Whereas severe COVID-19 infections within the province could have dropped off, it looks as if stress on the healthcare system hasn’t lowered a lot in any respect this 12 months.

Sufferers round Ontario reported prolonged hospital wait instances via the summer time. Kids’s hospitals, particularly began to report being overwhelmed within the early fall as a “triple whammy” of COVID-19, RSV and influenza struck the province early.

The Ford authorities has defended its dealing with of the healthcare system, however has confronted calls to do extra, together with a name from healthcare staff to re-introduce obligatory masking in some settings and to rent extra docs and nurses.


Training staff strike

Laura Walton

What appeared like it could be a labour skirmish changed into all-out warfare early within the college 12 months when academic assist staff went head-to-head with the Ford authorities over a brand new contract. The  55,000 staff — comprised of administrative employees, academic assistants, janitorial employees and others — had been in search of a flat $3.25-per hour pay increase per 12 months over three years. The federal government needed to carry to a two per cent enhance per 12 months.

Stephen Lecce

Weeks of back-and-forth ensued between the employees, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Staff (CUPE) and Training Minister Stephen Lecce, culminating in a strike discover in late October. The federal government then moved to introduce Invoice 28, the Preserving College students In Class Act, which sought to stop staff from putting. Most egregiously, the invoice invoked the However Clause in an effort to forestall any constitutional challenges to the laws on the premise that it violates Constitution rights. 

The employees went forward and held two days of protest anyway, shutting down colleges throughout the province. The Ford authorities ultimately rescinded the laws in an effort to get the employees again to the bargaining desk and a deal was ultimately struck in mid-November. Employees have since ratified the deal, accepting a one-dollar flat charge hourly enhance, or about 3.59 per cent on common yearly.


Tory will get third time period as mayor

John Tory

Toronto Mayor John Tory simply gained reelection to a 3rd time period within the metropolis’s municipal election in October. Tory gained the race with about 62 per cent of the vote, simply defeating, runner-up Gil Penalosa, who completed with about 18 per cent of the vote. Tory has mentioned that this can be his remaining time period in workplace. If he completes it, he’ll turn into Toronto’s longest-serving mayor.

The election additionally introduced a slew of recent faces to Toronto Metropolis Council, and resulted in a reversal of fortunes for Andrea Horwath and Steven Del Duca, who each stepped down as leaders of their events following a poor displaying within the provincial election, solely to win the highest job as mayor in Hamilton and Vaughan respectively.

Voter turnout in Toronto stood at a paltry 29 per cent, with related figures recorded for a lot of GTA municipalities, regardless of the introduction of on-line voting in a few of them.


Robust Mayor Powers

Toronto City Hall

Simply months after profitable reelection, the Ford authorities set about additional reshaping municipal authorities in Toronto by passing laws granting the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa so-called “sturdy mayor” powers. The transfer centralizes extra energy within the mayor’s workplace, permitting him to rent and hearth division heads, set a price range, create new departments and choose a metropolis supervisor. Mayor John Tory has already invoked the brand new powers to create a brand new housing division and to choose a brand new metropolis supervisor.

In early December, the Ford authorities handed one other regulation, Invoice 39, increasing the sturdy mayor powers in order that the mayor can cross bylaws on issues of “provincial priorities” with only one third of council in favour.

Critics worry that the brand new mayoral powers will weaken the consensus mannequin of governance which has been the norm at Toronto Metropolis Corridor for many years. Council has referred to as on Ford to repeal the sturdy mayor powers, a name the premier has already dismissed.

Mayor John Tory has embraced the brand new powers, however has mentioned that he’ll nonetheless attempt to govern by consensus.


Police killings

Andrew Hong

It has been a troublesome 12 months to be a police officer in Ontario.

5 officers have misplaced their lives within the line of obligation since September this 12 months.

The primary was Toronto police Const. Andrew Hong, 48. Hong was one in all three individuals who was fatally shot by a gunman who went on a capturing rampage within the GTA on Sept. 12. He was shot to demise whereas on a lunch break at Tim Hortons.

In a funeral on the Toronto Congress Centre days later, his spouse, colleagues and buddies remembered him as a enjoyable and affable character who cared deeply for each his police household and his spouse and children.

Two days after the rampage which left Hong lifeless, York Regional Police Const. Travis Gillespie was killed in a head-on collision with a suspected impaired driver on his solution to work.

On Oct. 11, two officers with South Simcoe Police had been responding to a disturbance name at a house after they had been shot and fatally wounded. Const. Devon Northrup, 33, and Const. Morgan Russell, 54, had been each rushed to hospital however didn’t survive.

Then on Dec.27, simply days earlier than the tip of the 12 months, Const. Grzegorz “Greg” Pierzchala was responding to a car in a ditch exterior Hagersville when he was fatally shot. Two suspects had been rapidly arrested and have been charged with first-degree homicide.

Whereas not one of the incidents are believed to be related, police unions say they function a “stark reminder” of the risks of policing.


Ford housing invoice slashes growth costs, opens some Inexperienced Belt lands for growth

Housing construction development in Ottawa

It is no shock to Ontario residents that there’s a downside with the housing market within the province. Residence costs have been skyrocketing for years, even because the province expects to welcome tens of 1000’s of recent Canadians within the coming years.

Earlier this 12 months the Ford authorities unveiled an formidable housing plan to construct 1.5 million new houses over the following 10 years.

Whereas most individuals agree that extra houses should be constructed, Ford’s technique has raised eyebrows, to say the least. It contains offering breaks for builders to construct extra reasonably priced and rental housing. Nonetheless these breaks come on the expense of municipalities by slashing growth costs which builders usually are required to pay in an effort to assist the municipality improve infrastructure across the growth, reminiscent of roads and sewers. Mayor John Tory has mentioned that the lack of growth costs might be a significant menace to Toronto’s funds.

Other than probably shortchanging municipalities, the Ford authorities has opened up land within the protected Greenbelt for growth, a transfer which has raised an outcry from critics and environmentalists, and is shifting to restrict the ability of conservation authorities to dam growth.

Whereas builders and realtors have praised the technique, metropolis employees have warned that it might in actual fact gradual the tempo of growth.


Chilly case breakthrough

Erin Gilmour and Susan Tice

Toronto police by no means gave up in search of the one who viciously sexually assaulted and murdered two girls in Toronto within the Nineteen Eighties after which vanished. However it could take many years and a number of advances in genetic methods in an effort to lastly pinpoint a suspect.

On Nov. 28, Toronto Police introduced that that they had arrested and charged a suspect within the 1983 murders of Susan Tice and Erin Gilmour.

The 2 girls had been murdered months aside, however their killings had been solely linked by DNA years later. In newer years police used a brand new method which allowed them to go looking via household tree web sites to slender down the household the suspect could have come from.

The brand new method led them to the doorstep of Joseph George Sutherland, 61, in Moosonee, Ont.  Sutherland lived in Toronto on the time of the murders however had by no means been a suspect within the case. He has now been charged with two counts of second-degree homicide.

Gilmour’s brother, Sean McCowan, mentioned he by no means stopped pushing for the killer to be discovered as a result of his sister “would’ve carried out the identical” for him.


Roe v. Wade overturned in U.S.

Abortion rights

After nearly 50 years, the U.S. Supreme Courtroom in June revoked constitutional safety for abortion rights by putting down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade resolution. The surprising transfer got here from a U.S. Supreme Courtroom full of conservative judges appointed by former President Donald Trump.

Girls’s rights teams have mentioned the transfer places girls’s lives at risk, notably deprived girls who’re unable to journey out of state to acquire an abortion in the event that they want one.

Whereas some conservative states have carried out legal guidelines criminalizing abortion within the wake of the choice, others have affirmed girls’s proper to decide on both via laws or on the poll field.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau referred to as the transfer “devastating,” nevertheless it additionally prompted a dialog about how Canada treats reproductive rights.



Toronto will get a brand new chief

Myron Demkiw

After a prolonged search, the Toronto Police Companies Board introduced in September that that they had lastly picked a brand new everlasting alternative to function town’s police chief.

Myron Demkiw, a 32-year veteran of the drive, was sworn into the position on Dec. 19. He takes over from James Ramer, who had served within the position on an interim foundation for the reason that resignation of former chief Mark Saunders in August 2020.

Demkiw takes excessive job as police face quite a lot of challenges, together with an ongoing effort at modernization and constructing higher relations with the group. Whereas he was praised by the police board as a pacesetter in policing, his appointment did stir some controversy because of his involvement in a raid at a girls’s bathhouse greater than 20 years in the past. Demkiw has mentioned that he believes it’s attainable to rebuild belief with the LGBTQS2 group by listening and studying.


Queen Elizabeth II dies

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II

On Sept. 8, Queen Elizabeth II’s lengthy reign got here to an finish together with her demise on the age of 96. The demise of Queen Elizabeth II was felt around the globe, however particularly within the commonwealth. Her passing was additionally mourned regionally. The Queen visited Toronto many instances over her reign. A day of mourning was noticed for her in Ontario on Sept. 19.

Queen funeral


Kids’s treatment shortages

Anxious dad and mom spent months this 12 months scanning pharmacy cabinets for youngsters’s ache drugs after a nationwide scarcity of the drugs hit within the spring.

The federal government has mentioned that it has taken motion to be sure that extra of the merchandise attain retailer cabinets.


The precise motive behind the scarcity has remained murky, however an early onslaught of respiratory sickness this 12 months has been blamed.

The scarcity of the treatment has solely compounded the issues going through overwhelmed hospitals.


Argos win Gray Cup

Toronto Argonauts linebacker Henoc Muamba

It was a good sport, however Toronto managed to safe a 24-23 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on the 109th Gray Cup in Regina on Nov. 20.  Argos linebacker Henoc Muamba named Gray Cup MVP. The workforce celebrated their victory regionally with a rally at Maple Leaf Sq..


Jacob Hoggard trial

Jacob Hoggard

In June, former Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard was convicted of sexually assaulting an Ottawa girl in a high-profile court docket case. He was sentenced to 5 years behind bars, however has been granted bail as he appeals his conviction.


Depp-Heard trial

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

It was the type of airing of soiled laundry that modern-day celebrities are usually cautious to keep away from. Few particulars had been held again in a Virginia courtroom in April and Could as former movie star spouses Johnny Depp and Amber went head-to-head.

Depp was suing Heard for defamation, claiming that she had broken his popularity and profession when she claimed in a 2018 op-ed to have turn into “a public determine representing home abuse.”

Heard countersued Depp for $100 million in damages.

Throngs of people that declare to hate movie star gossip discovered themselves sitting wide-eyed at their computer systems with popcorn because the drama performed out in entrance of cameras in court docket.

Whereas neither social gathering emerged from the drama wanting notably harmless, a jury awarded Depp $10 million and Heard $2 million in a break up resolution.

Either side appealed, however not too long ago settled, with Heard agreeing to pay Depp $1 million.


World Cup

Argentina's Lionel Messi

World Cup followers weren’t disenchanted this 12 months as the large event resulted in a nail-biting showdown between Argentina and France. Coming right down to penalties, Argentina gained the shootout 4-2 after the 2 sides battled to a 3-3 tie.

The occasion additionally marked a milestone for Canada, as Alphonso Davies scored the nation’s first-ever World Cup aim in a match in opposition to Croatia.

Alphonso Davies

-With information from, AP and The Canadian Press

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