Two Toronto parks will have free Wi-Fi this week
In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, a man uses a cell phone in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
TORONTO -- Toronto is wheeling out free internet access at two parks this week as part of a program to connect people who don’t have regular access.
The “Wi-Fi on Wheels” program will be coming to Masseygrove Park, near Finch Avenue West and Martin Grove Road, from Aug. 4-6 and to Edgeley Park, at Jane Street and Driftwood Avenue, on Aug.7-8.
Anyone with a Wi-Fi-enabled device can bring it to the parks to get free access through the Toronto Public Library’s Bookmobile between noon and 6:30 p.m.
The city will also have devices that people can use onsite
According to a release from the city, anyone who borrows a city device will have to conduct a brief health assessment questionnaire for symptoms of COVID-19 and provide their name and phone number for contact tracing purposes.
The devices will be sanitized between uses and hand sanitizer will be available on-site.
The city is also reminding people that masks should be used, even when outdoors, while one is less than six feet apart from others.
This Wi-Fi on Wheels pilot program was created through the city’s Digital Acceleration & Optimization ‘NextGen’ workshop in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to ensure that all people can connect to important information, social supports and vital services.