Last issue of the York–City Centre Neighbourhood Voice

The final issue of the York–City Centre Neighbourhood Voice featured two local articles by Megan Delaire. The first is about Torontonians who are struggling to get by on disability benefits, and features the experiences of Michael Bogart and Bob Murphy.

The second is about the good people at Frontlines, and their struggle to serve community members through the COVID epidemic.

The Voice, formerly known as the York Guardian, cut staff and went online only this month.

Frontlines raising money for food drive

Frontlines launched a drive to raise money to provide meals and groceries to 75 families in need. They raised $1500 in no time flat, meeting their goals, but I don’t see any reason why we can’t push them higher than that!

If you or yours needs a little help in this difficult time, go to and click on “Register”. They offer grocery and meals for pickup on Mondays and Thursdays.

UrbanArts update

UrbanArts has started posting online programming until we’re all ready to get back to work. Some of the programming has included:

New arts activities are posted every day on their Facebook page.

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.