Great little grocery store: Newport Fish

If like me you’ve had a hard time getting an appointment for delivery or pick-up at one of the big stores, you might try a local small grocer, Newport Fish. I shopped there this week, and they were great.

Newport Fish doesn’t sell only fish. They have a small grocery on Alliance Avenue that skews Portuguese. You can get eggs, bread, cheese—and toilet paper, if that’s still a thing. I picked up almost everything on my list, bar cereal and Parmesan.

I also tried the oysters—and they were great, though not great enough that I could get my philistine kids to try.

Newport offers delivery or curbside pickup. Andrew dropped my stuff right in the trunk for me. They’re delighted for the business, too, and fast. I picked my groceries up a few hours after I ordered, and the whole process was painless.

To place an order, get your list ready and call. One of the workers will tell you what they have, pack it, and text you the bill.

Black Cat delivers

If you’re looking for a way to support a local business (and thanks to all of you who signed up for the Good Food Box!), Black Cat is delivering fresh-roasted coffee beans and beer.

If you haven’t tried it, Black Cat has one of the weirdest coffees I’ve ever had (and I’ve had the civet poop one. Meh.) It’s a light Ethiopian roast that tastes like cherries and blueberries because it’s dried with the fruit on the bean. Super good—but drink it black. I’ve got an order in.


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Hi all-delivery updates: A lot of you awesome people have orders that are in queue to be delivered. I will be doing all those on Wednesday since we got so much support and ran out of coffee… completely. The new roast is ready Wednesday morning, so you’ll be getting super fresh coffee.. as always.. 😆 anything else ordered with coffee is also coming the same time. Thanks for the support and the patience. ❤️ Anyone that would like to order and support just a reminder that because our stores had to close because of COVID, we have switched to coffee delivery and cases of @greatlakesbeer beers since we have a lot of stock. We are delivering their tall cans of Lager and APA. Please DM me for orders. Any new orders coming in will be Thursday deliveries. Please send the orders before we run out:) thanks again!

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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.

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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).