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Good morning. This is the Thursday, September 22 edition of First up, the Star’s daily morning digest. Sign up to get it earlier each day, in your inbox.
Toronto MPP Marit Stiles is the first to announce she’s running to lead the Ontario NDP.
Here’s the latest on immigration applications going digital, Toronto neighbourhoods at a breaking point and what we know about changing COVID border restrictions.
DON’T MISS:
Want your immigration application fast-tracked? Hope it ends up in Canada’s new “Green Bin”
This Friday, the government begins transitioning to “100 per cent” digital applications for most permanent residence programs, including family reunification and skilled immigration. As people begin applying online, they may find their application sped through, or see newer applicants rush ahead of their own, Nicholas Keung reports. For some programs, the speed of an application depends on whether it’s sorted into a “Green Bin” or “Standard Bin.” Here’s how the new system works and its expected impact on applicants.
Several Toronto neighbourhoods are at a breaking point
Homes across the city are overcrowded, unaffordable and in disrepair, new census data shows. For instance, in one census tract between the Don Valley Parkway and Don Mills Rd., about 45 per cent of households are overcrowded, nearly 30 per cent of homes are unaffordable for the people living there, and many buildings need major repairs. Indicators of overcrowding and lack of affordability are also seen in Thorncliffe Park and Scarborough’s Milliken area. Here’s more on the housing pressures being felt in the city and beyond.
Justin Trudeau will have the final word on COVID-19 border restrictions
With vaccine mandates for foreign travellers and testing requirements for unvaccinated Canadians set to expire on Sept. 30, sources tell the Star a federal cabinet committee has unanimously recommended that Canada lift its pandemic border restrictions. Trudeau, who has been on the road for two weeks, has yet to be fully briefed, sources say, but the decision of whether to accept the recommendation or tweak it will fall on him. Tonda MacCharles reports on where that could leave travel restrictions.
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Rosie DiManno: Lisa LaFlamme talks about the aftermath of her CTV exit, saying “I’ve cried every day.”
CLOSE-UP:
IRAN: Demonstrators take to the streets of Tehran during a protest for Mahsa Amini, a picture obtained by AFP outside Iran on Wednesday shows. The young woman died in police custody after her arrest by the country’s morality police, state media reported. Here’s what you need to know.
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