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What’s Open and Closed on Victoria Day in Toronto

Kyle Mack | posted Friday, May 15th, 2020

Here’s what’s open and closed this Victoria Day Monday in Toronto.

  • Municipal buildings
  • Libraries
  • Banks
  • Post offices
  • The TTC will operate on a holiday service schedule


  • Al Premium (1970 Eglinton Ave. East) – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Al Premium (250 Alton Towers Cir.) – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Cosmos Agora (2008 Lawrence Ave. East) – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fresh & Wild (2294 Bloor St. West) – 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Fresh & Wild (69 Spadina Ave.) – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Galleria Supermarket (7040 Yonge St.) – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Galleria Supermarket (865 York Mills Rd.) – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Galleria Supermarket (558 Yonge St.) – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Galleria Supermarket (351 Bloor St. West) – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Khorak Supermarket (6125 Yonge St.) – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Loblaws (60 Carlton St.) – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Nations Experience (1980 St. Clair Ave. West) – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Popbox MicroMrkt (725 Dovercourt Rd.) – 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Pusateri’s (1539 Avenue Rd.) – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Pusateri’s (2901 Bayview Ave.) – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Pusateri’s (57 Yorkville Ave.) – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Rabba (various locations) – 24 hours
  • Summerhill Market (446 Summerhill Ave.) – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Summerhill Market (1014 Bathurst St.) – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Summerhill Market (1054 Mt. Pleasant Rd.) – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • T&T (1 Promenade Cir.) – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • T&T (7070 Warden Ave.) – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • T&T (9625 Yonge St.) – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • T&T (9255 Woodbine Ave.) – 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • T&T (8339 Kennedy Rd.) – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The Food Depot (155 Dupont St.) – 7 a.m. to midnight
  • The Kitchen Table (10 Queens Quay West) – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The Kitchen Table (389 Spadina Rd.) – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The Kitchen Table (705 King St. West) – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Whole Foods (87 Avenue Rd.) – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Beer Store
  • LCBO
  •  All Toronto attractions are closed.
Major Retailers
  • Costco
  • Dollarama
  • Home Hardware
  • RONA
  • Canadian Tire
  • Rexall
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • The Home Depot
  • Walmart

Detailed List of Stage 1 Openings

Kyle Mack | posted Friday, May 15th, 2020

This list is effective May 19, 2020, and may be updated when the corresponding emergency
orders are amended.

• All construction to resume and essential workplace limits lifted
• Includes land surveyors

• In addition to retail operating online, or with curbside pickup and delivery, all retail can
open under the following restrictions and guidelines:
• No indoor malls.
• Must have a street-front entrance (i.e., stores with dedicated street access/storefront).
• Open in-store by appointment and/or by limiting the number of people in the store at
any one time. Retailers would need to restrict the number of customers per square
metre — for example, one customer per 4 square metres (43 square feet) — to ensure
physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
• Only fitting rooms with doors would be used, not curtains, to facilitate disinfecting.
Retailers would restrict use to every second fitting room at any one time to allow for
cleaning after use and ensure physical distancing.
• For further guidance on this sector, please refer to resources to prevent COVID-19 in
the workplace.

Vehicle dealerships and retailers
• Vehicle dealerships and retailers, including:
• New and used car, truck, and motorcycle dealers
• Recreational vehicle (RV) dealers (e.g., campers, motor homes, trailers, travel trailers)
• Boat, watercraft and marine supply dealers
• Other vehicle dealers of motorized bicycles, golf carts, scooters, snowmobiles, ATVs,
utility trailers, etc.
• Prior to Stage 1, motor vehicles dealerships were restricted to appointments only.

Media operations
• Office-based media operations involving equipment that does not allow for remote
working. For example:
• Sound recording, such as production, distribution, publishing, studios.
• Film and television post-production, film and television animation studios.
• Publishing: periodical, book, directory, software, video games.
• Interactive digital media, such as computer systems design and related services (e.g.,
programming, video game design and development).
• Media activities that can be completed while working remotely have been encouraged to
continue during the Restart phase.
• Filming or other on-site activities, especially those that require the gathering of workers,
performers or others are not permitted to resume in Stage 1.

Scheduled surgeries (public and private facilities)
• Non-emergency diagnostic imaging and surgeries in public hospitals, private hospitals
and independent health facilities, clinics, and private practices to resume based on ability
to meet specified pre-conditions including the MOH framework: A Measured Approach to
Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic, contains clear
criteria that must be met before hospitals can resume scheduled surgeries.
• Scheduled surgical and procedural work to resume once “Directive #2 for Health Care
Providers (Regulated Health Professionals or Persons who operate a Group Practice of
Regulated Health Professionals)” is amended or revoked, which relies on hospitals
meeting criteria outlined in A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures
During the COVID-19.

Health services
• Allowing certain health and medical services to resume, such as in-person counselling
and scheduled surgeries based on the ability to meet pre-specified conditions as outlined
in A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19
Pandemic, as well as resuming professional services such as shifting Children’s Treatment
Centres from virtual to in-person.
• In-person counselling to resume including psychotherapy and other mental health and
support services. Some of these services were available in-person for urgent needs.
For example:
• Addiction counselling
• Crisis intervention
• Family counselling
• Offender rehabilitation
• Palliative care counselling
• Parenting services
• Rape crisis centres
• Refugee services

Community services
Outdoor recreational amenities
• Marinas can resume recreational services
• Pools will remain closed

Individual recreational sports
• Outdoor recreational sports centres for sports not played in teams will open with limited
access to facilities (e.g., no clubhouse, no change rooms, washrooms and emergency aid
only). Examples of sports centres include:
• Tennis courts
• Rod and gun clubs
• Cycling tracks (including BMX)
• Horse riding facilities
• Indoor rod and gun clubs and indoor golf driving ranges

Individual sports competitions without spectators
• Professional and amateur sport activity for individual/single competitors, including
training and competition conducted by a recognized Provincial Sport Organization,
National Sport Organization, or recognized national Provincial training centres (e.g.,
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario) with return to play protocols in place and no spectators,
except for an accompanying guardian for a person under the age of 18 years.
• This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played under
physical distancing measures. This includes:
• Water sports on lakes and outdoor bodies of water
• Racquet sports such as tennis, ping pong, badminton
• Animal-related sports such as dog racing, agility, horse racing
• Other sports such as: track and field, car and motorcycle racing, figure skating,
fencing, rock climbing, gymnastics, etc.
• Swimming pools will remain closed. As a result, water-based sports competitions are
excluded if not conducted on lakes or outdoor bodies of water.
• High-contact sports are not allowed even if they are non-team. These include sports
where physical distancing cannot be practiced such as:
• Racquetball, squash, boxing, wrestling sports, martial arts, etc

Professional services related to research and development
• Professional services related to conducting research and experimental development in
physical, engineering and life sciences including electronics, computers, chemistry,
oceanography, geology, mathematics, physics, environmental, medicine, health, biology,
botany, biotechnology, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, pharmacy, veterinary and other
allied subjects. For example:
• Agriculture, food research, horticulture or botany, entomological, forestry, livestock,
veterinary research and development laboratories.
• Bacteriological, biotechnology, chemical, nanobiotechnology, pharmacy, genetics,
genomics, computational biology, research and development laboratories.
• Computer and related hardware, electronic, telecommunication research and
development services.
• Geology, oceanographic, pollution research and development, and astronomical
• Mathematics research and development.
• Industrial research and development laboratories.
• These examples are listed for clarity. Most if not all these services are already permitted
under the “Research” section of the List of Essential Workplaces.

Emissions inspection facilities
• All emissions inspection facilities for heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles, including
mobile inspection facilities.

Veterinary services
• Veterinary services can resume all services by appointment.
Animal services
• Pet grooming services
• Pet sitting services
• Dog walking services
• Pet training services
• Training and provision of service animals
• Effective May 16, 2020, businesses that board animals (e.g., stables) may allow boarders
to visit, care for, or ride their animal

Emissions inspection facilities
• All emissions inspection facilities for heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles, including
mobile inspection facilities.
Veterinary services
• Veterinary services can resume all services by appointment.

Animal services
• Pet grooming services
• Pet sitting services
• Dog walking services
• Pet training services
• Training and provision of service animals
• Effective May 16, 2020, businesses that board animals (e.g., stables) may allow boarders
to visit, care for, or ride their animal.

Chef Romain Avril’s Mother’s Day Pancakes!

Kyle Mack | posted Friday, May 8th, 2020

Mother’s Day ready with the perfect brunch pick me up!

Caramel crown

  • Sugar 200 gr
  • Water 50 gr
  • Bring the sugar mix into the caramel and using 2 forks shake the caramel really fast over a greased bowl
  • Collect the caramel string and create a crown


Pancake batter

  • Ingredients
  • Butter 75 gr
  • Flour 255 gr
  • Sugar 22.5 gr
  • Baking powder 3.5 gr
  • Salt 2 gr
  • Buttermilk 375 ml
  • Eggs 1.5 pc
  • Milk 62.5 ml
  • Vanilla pod 1 pc
  • Total yield: 3 full portions or 9 individual pancake


1. In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.

2. Create a well and add the eggs in it.

3. Mix the milk together with the vanilla

4. Start beating the eggs with some of the milk and mix while incorporating some of the flour.

5. Repeat the process until all the flour and milk is incorporated and smooth.

6. If you have flour lumps, pass it through a fine sieve.

7. Melt the butter and add it to the mix.

8. Put it in the fridge to rest

9. Put in a covered container, label and date


Blueberry Pancake stack and maple butter


  • Maple Butter 1.5 oz / 1 rosette
  • Pancake mix 9 oz (3 pancakes)
  • Icing sugar 5 gr
  • Poached blueberries 2 oz
  • Maple syrup 1 oz
  • Total yield: 3 full portions or 9 individual pancakes


1. Spray oil on the grill/large frying pan

2. Lay 3 ladles of pancake mix

3. When the mix is 2/3 cooked add 5 blueberries and flip each pancake

4. Cook for another 30 seconds, and stack them on a medium-size round plate

5. Add the maple butter, blueberries on top of the pancakes

6. Dust with icing sugar and add the caramel crown.

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


  • 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



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