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LCBO ‘pauses’ alcohol delivery with Skip The Dishes

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Dec 7th, 2020

The LCBO says they are “pausing” their partnership with food delivery provider Skip The Dishes.

“Following direction from the Ontario government, effective end of day today, LCBO’s partnership with SkipTheDishes is paused until further notice,” the LCBO said in a statement on Twitter Sunday.

Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips said on Sunday that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant industry been “among the hardest hit” and needs support. Since the spring, licensed bars and restaurants have been allowed to sell alcohol via takeout and delivery to help keep their businesses going.

“Restaurants continue to need our support, which is why the Premier and I have asked the LCBO to pause their recently announced delivery plans with Skip the Dishes,” Phillips said.

The LCBO said they will continue to offer in-store shopping and expanded same-day pickup.

“[We] will continue to look for new ways to increase choice and convenience for our customers,” they said.

Toronto Mayor John Tory welcomed the move.

“Premier [Ford] and Finance Minister [Rod Phillips] got this one right. Modernized liquor laws are the way to go but not right now with restaurants locked down. Good call,” Tory said in a tweet Sunday afternoon.


Tighter COVID-19 restrictions come into effect today in 3 Ontario regions

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Dec 7th, 2020

Tighter public health restrictions come into effect in three Ontario regions today in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Middlesex-London and Thunder Bay will move into the “orange” zone of the province’s colour-coded, tiered pandemic response plan.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit moves to the “yellow” category.

The change to orange includes restrictions on visitors to long-term care homes and beefed up testing in the facilities.

The change to yellow includes limiting events and social gatherings to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors, while organized public events are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

The measures will remain in place for at least 28 days.

The impact of the pandemic on women experiencing violence

Melanie Ng | posted Friday, Dec 4th, 2020

She moved to Canada on a work visa, met a charming man, fell in love and had a baby.  What sounds like a beautiful story was anything but.  Sarah (as she will be referred to here to protect her identity) knew that something was not right in her common-law relationship.

“This anger that was coming out… irrational decisions…it became lots of little, subtle things that became scarier”, she recalls about her partner.  Sarah saw what she refers to as “red signs” with him, leading her to end the relationship, but being pregnant and told she could no longer work in her physically demanding job, she felt vulnerable.  Sarah returned to her partner where he “promised everything that (she) wanted”, including counselling, getting his addictions under control and starting a new life.

However, Sarah says that promise was quickly broken and her partner’s aggressive behaviour escalated.  He threatened to leave her at the side of the road in frigid temperatures and even kept an axe in the car, near the baby seat.  She recalls a time when she feared for her life as he pulled over to the side of the road, waving the axe.  Sarah was afraid that if she said anything, it would be turned on her.

The moment Sarah knew something had to change:  while out for a walk with their newborn baby, her partner nearly flipped the stroller over.  At the time, he was carrying what she thought was a bottle of water but learned it was filled with alcohol.  She couldn’t trust him and feared for her and her son.  Sarah waited until her partner was out of town before finding the courage to escape to a place where she could get the help she so desperately needed.

“I was nervous to take the step to go into a transition house … that was partly due to the stigma of what you would think of a transition house”, says Sarah.  “Knowing that this is really the end of the road.  You’re doing it.”

Although ‘doing it’ for Sarah was a complicated process and leaving her partner was just the first step.  She wanted to leave Canada with her baby, but because she wasn’t a permanent resident, it wasn’t that simple.   For two years, she navigated immigration and family court, all while raising her young son and fearing her partner would find them… and he did.   They bounced around from transition house to transition house until finally, they ended up at one safe haven that she says changed her life.

“It’s such an empowering feeling because them taking me in was such a blessing….and them just actively listening….they really sit and listen to you…sometimes that’s just what you need when you’re doing this by yourself.”

Sarah’s advice to anyone experiencing what she went through and in need of help:  “Believe in you.  Just keep going step by step, even if it just means thinking of the next five minutes so you’re not so overwhelmed.  This is a journey.  Sometimes it might be tough and you might feel scared, but there is a community behind you. Be kind to yourself because you’re the one that’s going to push yourself to get through this.”

Woman dead after being struck by vehicle in Oakville

LUCAS CASALETTO | posted Friday, Dec 4th, 2020

Oakville paramedics have confirmed a woman is dead after she was struck by a vehicle in Oakville on Thursday afternoon.

Halton police said Lakeshore Road is closed in both directions between Bel Air Drive and Chartwell Road, which is where the woman was hit.

It’s being reported that the woman was walking her dog, who also died, as a result of the collision. The Humane Society were observed at the scene as police investigated.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit remains on scene while officers continue to investigate.

It’s unclear what led to the collision or whether the driver remained on scene.

Man shot by police in Lindsay has died: SIU

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Dec 4th, 2020

The 33-year-old man shot by police during an incident last week near Lindsay has died.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit says the man died in hospital Wednesday night from injuries sustained in the shooting.

The SIU says they were called to a residence in Trent Lakes about an alleged abduction of a boy by his father on the morning of November 26.

The OPP then located a vehicle of interest in the City of Kawartha Lakes and attempted to stop the pickup truck. The truck then became involved in a collision with a police cruiser and another vehicle on Pigeon Lake Road.

An officer who was standing outside the cruiser at the time of the crash sustained serious injuries. He remains in hospital in stable condition.

Three officers discharged their weapons, striking the 33-year-old driver who was airlifted to hospital in “grave condition.”

The one-year-old boy who was inside the pickup truck was fatally wounded by gunshot and pronounced dead at the scene.

It’s uncertain who may have fired the fatal bullet. The SIU says it is still waiting for the autopsy report, which was completed over the weekend.

Investigators seized the three firearms from police and say a fourth gun was found in the pickup truck where the one-year-old boy was shot dead.

The SIU says 10 of the 13 witness officers have been interviewed by investigators and the remaining three are expected to speak with them in the coming days.

Thorncliffe Park PS closed due to ongoing COVID-19 outbreak

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Dec 4th, 2020

Toronto Public Health has dismissed all classes at Thorncliffe Park Public School due to an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

In a letter sent to parents and guardians on Thursday, public health says the East York elementary school is being closed until December 10 and students and staff are to self-monitor for symptoms of coronavirus.

The decision comes after three of 30 staff members at the school refused to work on Thursday due to COVID-19 concerns.

Jennifer Brown, the president of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto, said the staff members were on site but remained in their cars. She said the teachers are “very concerned” for their safety.

Toronto District School Board spokesperson Ryan Bird said in a brief statement to CityNews that the classes were covered by “other non-core staff” at the school. He added that they were working with the Ministry of Labour to address their concerns.

The Ministry of Labour said health and safety inspectors visited the school and that their investigation is “ongoing.”

“The government’s top priority is ensuring the health and well being of students, teachers and support staff. The Ministry of Labour, Training Skills and Development’s neutral role is to ensure that workplaces are safe,” read a brief statement issued late Thursday afternoon.

There are currently 26 cases of COVID-19 among staff and students at the school.

Brown says 18 classes are in self-isolation including 27 teachers and 348 of the 750 students who are enrolled for in-person learning.

Brown wanted the school to be closed, calling on the provincial government and public health officials to be more proactive instead of reactive.

Education minister Stephen Lecce said the decision to close the school is in the hands of the local public health unit.

“That is the authority that should be making these decisions,” Lecce said. “In that case, Toronto Public Health, Dr. [Vinita] Dube, Dr. [Eileen] de Villa, have provided context for why the school remains open and they’re really best positioned to provide that scientific advice, not politicians.”

The education minister said he has full confidence in these public health officials to do what’s right.

Testing of asymptomatic students and staff at the school over two days last week led to the discovery of 19 positive cases of COVID-19 – 18 students and 1 staff member.

Principal Jeff Crane said 433 tests were conducted on a voluntary basis under a Ministry of Education pilot program to test students and staff without symptoms for COVID-19. Thorncliffe Park PS is the first school that is part of the program.

On Thursday, the province reported 122 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 94 among students.

That brings the number of schools with a reported case to 755 out of Ontario’s 4,828 publicly funded schools.

Ontario to announce COVID-19 task force today

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, Dec 4th, 2020

Premier Doug Ford is expected to unveil Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine task force today.

Ford said yesterday the team is being finalized and the province will be ready to distribute the vaccine whenever it arrives.

The task force will include medical, information technology, and logistics experts.

Earlier this month, the province announced retired Gen. Rick Hillier will lead the task force.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the team will also include a bioethicist who will make recommendations about who should receive access to the vaccine first.

The province’s chief medical officer of health has also said some regions of the province could be moved today into further restricted measures in the province’s pandemic response.

Operation Support Local

Kyle Mack | posted Thursday, Dec 3rd, 2020

Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy and our communities, but they have faced unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic.

Many have had to find creative ways to survive! As we head into the holiday season, it’s more important than ever to support small businesses, which is why we’ve launched operation support local in partnership with Scotiabank.

 To showcase small businesses in our communities, we have compiled a list of businesses that you can support this holiday season.


Blackbird Baking Co.
635 Queen St E Unit 101, Toronto, ON M4M 1G4

Bluebird Cafe
2072 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6R 1W9

Courage Cookies
28 Bathurst St #1-104, Toronto, ON M5V 0R4

Chocolat de Kat
881 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1C4

Craft Beer Market
1 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 2V9

Culinary Adventure Co.
92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3

Gaspar Cafe
10 Sousa Mendes St, Toronto, ON M6P 3Z5

Golden Ears Cheesecrafters
22270 128 Ave, Maple Ridge, BC V4R 2R1

Great Canadia Pizza
278 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, Ontario L5G 1H1, Canada
647 234 6145


Hooked Inc.
888 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1J3

Hotmess Tex Mex

King Cole Ducks LTD.
15351 Warden Ave, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L3Y 2V5

1588 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6P 3S6

Monastery Bakery
1133 Monastery Dr, Oakville, ON L6M 2A2

Old Firehall Confectionary
170 Main St Unionville, Markham, ON L3R 2G9

Piadina By Monti
6 Markham St, Toronto, ON M6J 1E4

Simone’s Carribean Restaurant
596 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1R1

1281 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N7

Sweet ‘n Nice
28 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 0C6

Tala Toronto
294 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G2

The Simple Kitchen
73 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2K6

Unionville Arms Pub & Grill
189 Main St Unionville, Unionville, ON L3R 2G8

Venga Cucina
3076 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z8



Aqua Essence Swim Academy
1416 Mathers Bay E, Winnipeg, MB R3M 2J9

Blackbird Vintage Finds
11 Trinity St, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

199 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

Cheekbone Beauty

The Christmas Tree Market
10801 McCowan Rd., Markham Fairgrounds, Markham, ON

Deco Vero


Endless Pawzabilities
17 Lock St unit 108, St. Catharines, ON L3C 3G8

Fair in The Square
100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N1

GoYoga Orangeville
169 Broadway, Orangeville, ON L9W 1K2

Green & Frugal
2432 Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M1N 1V3

Helen + Hildegard Beauty
1174 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J5

Labour of Love
223 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5A 2L2

L’il Monkeys Personalized Gifts Inc.

Little Otavalo
3 Byng Ave, Toronto, ON M1L 3A2

Major League Socks / Babsocks

Miller Island
4 Caroline St W, Creemore, ON L0M 1G0

Ms Fit For Life
871 Equestrian Ct Unit 4, Oakville, ON L6L 6L7

Natural Mattress & Furniture
3503 62 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2C 1P5

Over The Rainbow
55 Bloor St W Suite 123, Toronto, ON M4W 1A5

Patrick Hunter Art and Design

Pilot Pet Gear

Playful Minds Toy Store
657 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1A7

Poppy & Olive
1595 Bedford Hwy, Bedford, NS B4A 3Y4

Pretty Thingz
178 Main St, Unionville, ON L3R 2G9

Queenies Cards
1808 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1H8

Shop Local Labels

Sisters Sage

Terrae Home
8550 Keele St Building B, Concord, ON L4K 2N2

The 6 Oceans Gallery
962 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G8

Thyme Studio
28 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 0C6

Valhalla Pure Outfitters

West Wind Gallery & Gifts
7 Bridge St W, Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0

Wuxly Coats
890 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3


A Woman’s Touch Cabinet Painting
1235 Gorham St Unit 2, Newmarket, ON L3Y 9C3
Central Hair Salon
1700 King Rd, King City, ON L7B 0N1
Eyekahfoto Fine Photography
Fresh Paint Studio
1849 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1J3
Jestr Events Inc: Journey To Save Christmas
Square One Shopping Centre, 100 City Centre Drive, Parking Lot 5, Level C, Mississauga, ON L5B 2C9

Grocery & Laundry Concierge
63 Colgate Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 0B1

Presidential Gourmet Catering
7351 Victoria Park Ave #6, Markham, ON L3R 3A5

Quince Flowers
660 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1G5

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