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Supporting Local Businesses!

Kyle Mack | posted Thursday, Mar 26th, 2020

With farmer’s markets closed – many vendors have nowhere to sell their goods. Some small shops that carry artisan goods have stepped up to offer the unique, high-quality food products you love. Let the farmers market come to you. **EACH COMPANY HAS THEIR OWN DELIVERY AREA AND MINIMUM PURCHASE**

KENDAL HILLS FARM: they open their online farmers market Thursday at noon so you can shop and have your items delivered the following week. New vendors are regularly added.

  1. Linc Farm – NIAGARA ON THE LAKE

Known for their quality meat – they’ve expanded their delivery area in the past week to include Grimsby, Hamilton, Burlington and Toronto.

You can purchase just the cuts you want or buy one of their sampler boxes – perfect to keep in the fridge or freezer for the family.

  1. The Good Food Box through Food Share Toronto

Super affordable produce boxes. Small or family-size. Conventional or organic options.

As a community agency and charity that tries to give everyone access to healthy food – they are always looking out for those who need help in the community. In addition to ordering fresh produce for yourself, you can help them feed the needy by purchasing a FoodShare Emergency Good Food Box.

  1. The Pie Commission – delivery of frozen savoury pies

Get frozen pies delivered to your door with a minimum order in the GTA so you have always had a meal on hand.

  1. Annex Market – free delivery with min. $75 order

Healthy and organic products – as local as possible

 

  1. Earth And City – healthy plant-based food with a focus on local ingredients – have set up an online shop to help other small farmers market vendors get their products to people.

You can find fresh, plant-based items and other unique artisanal food products.

  1. Manning Canning – maker or jam, preserves and shrubs. Min order of $30 for shipping in the GTA

Spicy pickled carrots, pickled garlic, spicy tomato jam, pickled green beans, onion and garlic jam.

They have a lovely offer – when you order, you can give the address of a neighbour and they will share the love by leaving them a small gift from you.

  1. The NeighbourGOOD – brand new online site to help many businesses shut down right now by offering gift cards to those businesses on one central page. Restaurants, cafes, bars.

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What food delivery services are running?

Kyle Mack | posted Thursday, Mar 19th, 2020

In isolation and need groceries? These digital services can help.

– Uber eats

  • $0 delivery fee for independent and  local restaurants *follow the eat local banner on the app*
  • You can request orders to be left on doorstep

– SkipTheDishes

  • Suspending the cash payment option for all orders

– HelloFresh

  • Working closely with their network of suppliers to ensure they are still delivering fresh meals to customers
  • Spokesperson for HelloFresh says they have not been impacted by COVID-19

– Foodora

  • Issued a series of informed measures, including work-travel restrictions
  • Work-from-home policy for those who’ve travelled recently to areas with outbreaks

– DoorDash

  • Focused on drivers – offering financial assistance to any employee who has been with the company for 60 days if they contracted the virus

– Grocery stores delivering and changing their hours

  • An app called Instacart – you can order groceries through there
  • Shoppers Drug Mart changing their first hour to be for elderly people
  • LCBO changed their hours from 11am-6pm

 

A list of restaurants now offering takeout or delivery:

  • Adamson Barbecue
  • Aloette
  • Blood Brothers
  • Descendant
  • Elm Dt. Deli
  • Favorites
  • Fourth Man In The Fire
  • Hotel Delilah
  • Imanishi Japanese Kitchen
  • Indie Ale House
  • Maker Pizza
  • Sotto Sotto
  • South Indian Dosa Mahal
  • Roselle Dessert
  • Tinuno

 

Travel and COVID-19: Cancelation policies and refunds!

Kyle Mack | posted Monday, Mar 16th, 2020

Change of travel plans due to COVID-19? Winston Sih stopped by Breakfast Television to share some tips on how to make changes to your itinerary and get the most back from your deposit.

Airlines waiving select fees or offering flight credit

  • Air Canada – Select changes can be made online or phone

AirCanada.com or 1-888-247-2262

One-time change can be made without a charge up to 24 hours before

Can cancel for flight credit against future travel (fare difference applies)

  • WestJet – Select changes can be made online or phone

WestJet.com or 1-888-WESTJET

One-time fee waiver online if booked after March 10

If booked between March 3-10, can be changed if more than 14 days out

Other fares must be changed or cancelled over the phone

Airlines waiving select fees or offering flight credit

  • Porter Airlines – Select changes can be made online or phone (except basic)

FlyPorter.com or 1-888-619-8622

Change or cancel your flight once without a fee

Change or cancel your flight at least 24 hours before departure

For travel within the next 12 months

  • Air Transat – Changes cannot be made online – Must be done via phone or online form

AirTransat.com or 1-877-872-6728

Flight or package for travel until April 30 can change dates, hotel and/or destination once at no charge

Can cancel for travel credit with Transat

Travel must be for travel by end of 2020

Airlines waiving select fees or offering flight credit

  • Sunwing – Changes cannot be made online – Must be done via phone or online form

Sunwing.ca or 1-877-SUNWING

Before March 4 – Flexible change policy for customers with $100 admin fee per person

March 4-13 – One-time change can be made without $100 admin fee per person

March 14-31 – Cancellation can be made with $100 admin fee per person

  • Swoop – Select changes can be made online or phone

FlySwoop.com or 1-587-441-1001

Future travel to U.S., Mexico, Jamaica up to March 31 can receive flight credit – will be contacted

Credits are only offered for transborder and international flights

Cruise lines offering credit

  • Most companies offering cruise credit instead of refunds for travel through March 31
  • Royal Caribbean – You will be contacted – 48 hours’ notice to get credit
  • Carnival Cruise Lines – Online form is available – 72 hours in advance for cruises until April
  • Princess Cruises – Cancelled through May 10 – credit or refund offered (online)

May 10-July 31, you can now cancel your vacation up to 48 hours before sailing

  • Disney Cruise Line – You will be contacted – Cancelled through end of month – credit or refund offered

Hotels 

  • Cancellation fees waived in regions impacted by COVID-19
  • Marriott.com – Changes or cancellation without a charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival

Existing reservation changes must be made by April 30

  • Hilton.com – Can be changed or cancelled at no charge online up to 24 hours before

Policy in place for China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Italy (stays until March 31, April 30 for Italy)

  • Hyatt.com – Can be changed or cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours before
  • IHG.com – Cancellation fees waived for existing and new bookings globally for stays between March 9 and April 30

Airbnb – Airbnb.ca 

  • Cancel free of charge for China (through April 1), Italy (through April 3), South Korea (through March 23)
  • Outside of the zones, you may cancel for free (via online claim) if:
    • Needed to comply with restrictions implemented by governments
    • To perform medical or disease control duties
    • Due to travel cancellations as a result of COVID-19
    • If you are diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 by health authorities

Insurance and booking groups

  • Manulife and TuGo won’t reimburse new customers who cancel because of coronavirus
  • Expedia.ca – Must call them except for low-cost airlines where you must contact airline directly

For flights or package, or hotel and car reservations, if fee waiver isn’t available, call Expedia

 

 

Celebrating Lunar New Year with Breakfast Television!

Kyle Mack | posted Thursday, Jan 23rd, 2020

Celebrating Lunar New Year with Breakfast Television!

Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the world! In China, you’ll hear it being called chunjie (春节), or the Spring Festival. Chinese New Year is an opportunity to celebrate spring and mark the end of the coldest days.

The celebration begins on the first full moon of the Lunar calendar and ends 15 days later. The origins of the holiday are thousands of years old and have hundreds of legends relating to the celebration and festivities. According to the 2020 Chinese horoscope, the Lunar New Year starts on Saturday, January 25th and ends on February 11th, 2021.

2020 marks the year of The Rat! The Rat is the first sign from the 12 animals cycle of the Chinese Astrology, and for this reason, 2020 is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals. The Metal Rat Year is going to be a strong, prosperous, and lucky year for almost all Chinese zodiac signs. The Year of the Boar (2019) was thus fundamentally about completion, self-care and balance, while the Year of the Rat (2020) is expected to be more about progression and starting a new project with great energy, astrologers say.

Those who fall under the year of the rat are born in the below years:

1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032.

What characteristics make up a rat?

Rats are clever, quick thinkers, successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life! Rats are considered hardworking, resourceful and incredibly thrifty.

CELEBRITIES WHO ARE ALSO RATS

  • PRINCE HARRY
  • RON MCLEAN
  • SCARLETT JOHANSSON
  • EMINEM
  • DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON

Want to celebrate Lunar New Year? Celebrations can be found in several places in the GTA!

 

 

 

Teachers’ Strikes in Toronto and Across Ontario

Romas Zabas | posted Monday, Jan 20th, 2020

It’s going to be a tumultuous week for students, parents, teachers and the provincial government because of the ongoing labour dispute with Ontario teachers’ unions. Today the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario is holding a one-day strike at three boards: Toronto District School Board, York Region District School Board, and Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. The major issues for ETFO are more supports for students with special needs, addressing violence in schools, preserving full-day kindergarten and compensation.

ETFO will also hold a second one-day strike Tuesday at four school boards and it will not be the only teachers’ union on strike that day. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation is holding its sixth one-day escalating strike and the Toronto District School Board is among the thirteen boards that will be targeted.  The OSSTF says their key issues are class sizes, e-learning and compensation.   The union says this will be their last strike action during the exam period but they have not ruled out a full strike in the future to press the Ford government.  The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association will also be on strike Tuesday at all of its elementary and secondary schools across the province.

The only one of the four teachers’ unions in the province that will not be on strike on Tuesday represents French teachers. The Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) began an administrative work-to-rule campaign last Thursday but have not announced any walkouts that would close schools. AEFO is also the only union that has contract talks scheduled with the government.

ETFO will also hold rotating one-day strikes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at various school boards across the province to put more pressure on the government.

The Progressive Conservative government continues to ask the unions to return to the bargaining table. Last Thursday Premier Doug Ford said the protracted labour dispute is primarily about wages and the province would not go beyond the 1% wage increase that has been legislated for the public sector in Bill 124.  All four unions have launched a charter challenge to that bill arguing that it violates their right to free collective bargaining.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce also announced last week compensation for parents:  Families with children attending a child care centre at a closed school are eligible for $60 compensation, for children in kindergarten $40,  children in grades 1-7 $25, and children with special needs in kindergarten to grade 12 $40. The government estimates the program would cost as much as $48 million dollars a day if there was a full labour disruption.

The teachers’ unions have been without contracts since August 31.

 

 

Edibles, extracts, and topicals released for retail sale

Kyle Mack | posted Monday, Jan 6th, 2020

The latest in cannabis products will be available for legal sale in Ontario.

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) is releasing 59 new products including edibles, beverages, lotions, and concentrates in stores today but online Jan 16.

Prices of edibles range from $7.50 to $16 per item while beverages can cost between $4 to $10 and vapes falling between $25 – $125. Daniel Safayeni, Director of Policy at The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has previously released a statement on the THC limit per edible stating,

“The OCC supports a THC limit of 10-milligrams per discrete unit of edibles, as well as the sale of multi-packs or multiple products—up to a maximum of 100-milligrams of THC per package—within child-proof packaging. As we outline in the report, single-packs are costly, while multi-packs would allow licensed producers to create economies of scale. The proposed regulations, however, limit the amount of THC per package to only 10 milligrams, which is significantly lower than illegal alternatives and lower in other U.S. jurisdictions where recreational cannabis is legal”.

The THC cap may act as a barrier to shifting cannabis shoppers from making illicit purchases, where higher THC contents can be found.

For more information on edibles, visit the Ontario Cannabis Store.

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