Canada Post suspends service in GTA; recreation programs, libraries close amid winter storm
A winter storm currently walloping Toronto and the GTA has forced the closure of several programs and cancellation of services around the region.
Southern Ontario is under a winter storm warning with a mix of snow, freezing rain and ice pellets in the forecast on Tuesday.
Just after 2 p.m., Canada Post suspended mail delivery for the rest of the day.
“Delivery will resume once it is safe to do so,” a Tweet from Canada Post Helps read.
Childcare and recreation programs, libraries closed
In Toronto, child care programs including before and after school child care, After-School Recreation Care (ARC) and Community Leadership After-School Programs located in Toronto public schools and community centres are cancelled. EarlyON programs located in schools are also cancelled.
Indoor recreation and aquatic programs at all facilities were cancelled as of noon.
Outdoor recreation programs and lessons, including ski, snowboard and skate, are cancelled.
Outdoor ice rinks remain open pending ice conditions, but will be unsupervised.
Toronto Public Library branches closed at 2 p.m. due to the severe weather conditions.
In Mississauga all libraries and museums were closed, most as of 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
The city also cancelled all recreation programs as of 3 p.m. Community Centres will remain open to the public.
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Queen’s Park closed
A release sent out on Tuesday said the legislative precinct would be closed as of 2 p.m.
Ontario Science Centre closed
In a rare move, the Ontario Science Centre was also closed for the day due to the weather.
In a media release, officials said all programs, special events and screenings are cancelled.
The last time the Ontario Science Centre was closed was in December 2013 during the ice storm.
In downtown Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum remain open as well as main tourist attractions.
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