HJ Alexander gets yellow carded

The HJ Alexander before- and after-school program received a second yellow card from Toronto Public Health on December 18.

The school has now received two warnings for not providing a hand-washing sink for employees.

Conditional passes (yellow cards) are quite uncommon, and are only issued for significant infractions. Toronto Public Health says that the infractions must be corrected immediately, and that the location will be reinspected within 48 hours. That does not appear to have happened at HJ Alexander.

HJ Alexander also received a conditional pass last April.

Your humble correspondent has put in a few calls to see why the reinspections did not happen. I will update you when I find out.

Weston covered in yellow cards

Four food establishments in Weston were given yellow cards by Toronto Public health in December: the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre, Sang Restaurant, Poon’s Express, and Bonita Family Restaurant.

The WKNC was carded for not ensuring that food was not contaminated, not maintaining the washer, not providing supplies at the sinks, not preventing pests, not having a thermometer, and not properly washing equipment.

Sang was dinged for not maintaining safe food temperatures, which is a very serious offense. They were also carded for not using proper utensils, not washing equipment, not washing up surfaces, and a couple of equipment transgressions.


Poon’s Express, across the street, was not keeping food preparation equipment in good repair. It, too, got a yellow card.


The Bonita Family Restaurant wasn’t properly maintaining its mechanical equipment and got a yellow card for its lack of effort.


Something is afoot (or sixfoot) at the Superstore

The Real Canadian Superstore was handed a yellow card on Monday by Toronto Public Health.

The most serious infraction was for failing “to provide a properly equipped [mechanical] washer.” The grocer was also cited for not maintaining rooms and for not washing equipment.

In January, the Superstore had a weevil infestation, yet passed its health inspection. It also passed a follow-up inspection last Tuesday.