West Park needs PPE

West Park Healthcare Centre in Mount Dennis is asking for donations of personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves, and gowns.

Soccer players draw the mayor’s ire

Groups of people have been playing soccer on the field at Weston Lions Park over the past week, despite exhortations to not gather in groups so that we can flatten the COVID curve.

John Tory says he’s had enough. “People were playing soccer at the Weston Lions Park and at Humberline Park having climbed over fences and gates that were locked there to keep people out during this health emergency.”

Violators could now be fined, he says. “For them, we won’t hesitate to issue a minimum $750 fine and potentially as high as $5,000 fines so that maybe they will get the message.”

 

 

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“Please do what you are asked to do,” Mayor John Tory asked people on Monday. • The mayor said city officials have seen social media posts, received 311 calls and heard reports from councillors about people using parks and amenities now closed and not practising physical distancing. • These amenities include sports fields, dog parks and fitness equipment. • The mayor said there have been reports of people gathering in large groups at parks and beaches, jumping over gates and fences at closed parks and soccer fields, removing locks and using park fitness stations taped off to prevent the spread of the virus. • “This is not physical distancing,” Tory said. “It is irresponsible and insensitive behaviour and it risks spreading COVID-19 further in our community.” • • • 📄: Greg Ross/CBC 🎥: Joe Fiorino/CBC #cbctoronto #cbcto #toronto #coronavirus #covid19

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Comal Y Canela starts a food bank

As if there was any doubt that that Comal Y Canela is the finest restaurant in Canada, they’ve gone and outdone themselves.

Last week, even when business likely wasn’t smashing, Comal Y Canela organized a free food pantry for those  “most in need in our community. To those who through no fault of their own are now unemployed and unable to obtain support from traditional support systems”.

Comal Y Canela will have another food pantry tomorrow, April 1.

 

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Masks needed

A York South–Weston organization needs “masks, gowns, gloves, hand sanitizer, wipes and spray”, and Frances Nunziata is marshalling resources.

If you have any, you can contact her at [email protected]

Business Networking Group is online

If you have a small business and are looking for help getting through the COVID mess—or even just to meet new people—the M9N Business Networking Group is meeting online every other Wednesday, and they’d love to hear from you.

Photo from Brigitte Sachse

Currently, the group includes:

  • Bee Video Production– we are a full service corporate video production company. (Check this one out.)
  • Credit Coalition: A boutique, solutions-driven finance broker who provides credit writing, documentation and funding support for the commercial equipment leasing industry.
  • Paula Ruiz Psychotherapy & Counselling Services: Providing psychotherapy and counselling services in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Weston Eyecare Optical and Optometry, A full scale practice.  “Our office offers a price beat guarantee on glasses (no brand and designer brands).”
  • Jonny Reps Fitness – Offers one-on-one coaching to achieve any fitness goal.  National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Weight Loss Specialist.
  • The Shepherd Group:  “We can review all of your policies to ensure that you are properly protected with the best premium.  This includes your home, cars, business, group benefits, life insurance and even your investments.”
  • Livi Solutions provides Salesforce consulting and Project Management services to a diverse set of clients throughout Canada.
  • Zumba with Fatima Dias—now offering online Zumba dance fitness classes.
  • The Carriage House Studio: Rebeautifying antique & vintage furniture in the heart of Weston Village, Toronto and offering our spring Take & Make Kits for curbside pickup, ready to go for you and/or the kiddos!
  • Serenity Path Psychotherapy Services: Angie Gorenc is a registered Psychotherapist with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. “I’ve been working in the field of mental health for over 16 years, and have a private practice located right here in Weston.”
  • McDonald Estate Services Ltd. providing the following services:  preparing and filing Trustee Applications (Probate) and Professional Executor Services.
  • Katie Rodas– Independent Consultant with Arbonne International “I empower people by helping them develop and nurture their mind, body and skin to be the best versions of themselves.
  • Genevieve’s Cakery: Each cake is made from scratch and made to order with only the best ingredients, real pureed fruits and vegetables. Simply delicious!

Other members of the M9N Business Networking Group include Westonminister Dog Grooming, Joanne Acri (Recruiting), Luisa Bada (Real Estate).

A poll, and bearhunting

Yesterday my daughter and I went bear hunting in Weston. We did great, catching a dozen at least. Thank you to those who are making this a little less unbearable for the kids and kidlets!

On the way home, we decided to have a little competition and take some arty photographs. My eldest is quite convinced that she has an poet’s soul and much talent. I think it’s time we disabuse her of this notion and get her into solar cell engineering, a field in which I am certain she will excel.

Please vote on the following photos and let me know which is your favourite. In the name of science, I shall not say who took which photo. You will have to vote on their merits alone.

Childhood restrained

In the first, entitled “Childhood restrained” we see an allegorical photograph of a child’s toy seemingly held back by caution tape. Is the tape holding the toy in? Or is it keeping the children out? The background, softened by a long lens and open aperture, shows a play structure, empty, made misty as if by memory or time, accentuating the distance between childhood and the present.

In the latter photo, called “Piece of tape”, we see some tape.

Leave your comment below. “Childhood restrained” or “Piece of tape”? The loser (my daughter) does the dishes.

 

 

 

There’s always time for politics for Hussen

Ahmed Hussen, our MP and Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, said that Service Canada is stopping in-person service “so that we can redeploy our focus to online and telephone services to better serve Canadians.”

That is not what the Globe and Mail says. The service centres are closed because “employees en masse refused to work”.

The Globe says

The government bent to pressure Thursday evening from the Canadian Employment and Immigration Union….The centres were crowded and efforts to control the traffic resulted in long lines outside and sometimes irate visitors, she said. In recent days, so many missed work that 187 centres closed on Thursday – almost 60 per cent of the network.

This is politics, but it isn’t just politics. The CDC says that in an emergency, government should “Be First, Be Right, Be Credible”.

Hussen just burned a little bit of credibility in a time when the needs it most.