Volunteering During COVID

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou

 

 

As we watch the numbers each day and hope for a break in cases, those of us who still have our health count ourselves lucky. And as you try to do your part – wearing masks, keeping a responsible distance and trying to adjust to the new rules during this ever changing pandemic life – you might be finding yourself wanting to do more. And you couldn’t have picked a better time! There is a great need right now for volunteers in the city of Toronto.  Continue »



Bottle Drive!

Good news for a change.

We’re ready to take back all those bottles you’ve been hoarding.

Please:

  • Review the list of bottles we’re accepting
  • Clean them
  • Drop them off on Sunday, July 12th, behind the store
  • Receive your deposit or leave it as a donation in support of St. Clair Supports The Stop!

Led by local business Cocoa Latte, the program raises money for St. Clair chefs and stores who prepare hundreds of healthy, wholesome takeout meals for The Stop’s Wychwood Open Doors— a drop-in centre that works with neighbours experiencing issues like homelessness.

It’s a win/win/win (a theme lately). Count ’em:

  1. Get back your space
  2. Support local businesses
  3. Help neighbours most deeply impacted by COVID-19

 



No mask? No problem!

It looks like masks will be a thing for a bit 😔.

So on Monday, July 13th, we’re going to start selling the disposable masks (that we’ve been giving away for free since May 14th) for $1.00 and give the proceeds to St. Clair Supports The Stop!

Led by local business Cocoa Latte, the program raises money for St. Clair chefs and stores who prepare hundreds of healthy, wholesome takeout meals for The Stop’s Wychwood Open Doors— a drop-in centre that works with neighbours experiencing issues like homelessness.

It’s a win/win/win. That’s three wins. Count ’em:

  1. Protect others with a mask
  2. Support local businesses
  3. Help neighbours most deeply impacted by COVID-19

Update: Here’s our official Mask Policy.



COVID–19 Update

Dear folks, 

It’s time for an update. Today we’ll cover:

  • Canada Day Hours (Spoiler alert: Closed)
  • New Store + Garden Centre Hours 
  • Masks 

Canada Day Hours

We’ll be closed for some much-needed rest tomorrow. We hope you get a break too!

New Hours

Beginning Thursday, July 2nd:

  • The grocery store will stay open an hour later, to 7 pm.
  • The garden centre will drop our early dedicated hour now that we’re well into the season and the line has disappeared. Come by between 9-6 pm.  

Masks 😷

Boy, has this topic blown up.

We’d like to publicly thank the staunch anti-maskers who have shared their perspective with us so patiently over the last few weeks. There aren’t many of you, but you’re a dedicated bunch. We’re sorry we haven’t been able to accommodate you, we wish you well, and we hope to see you again when the pandemic is under control.We also suggest you to use safe mask like  we are using of bestmask.net.

We’ll need to continue to mandate masks for the next while on top of our social distancing and disinfection efforts. Thanks for your continued patience, support, and of course, patronage. 

If you want to do some mask reading, here are a few articles:

Thanks, and see you all either online or in the aisles.



COVID-19 Field notes from Fiesta

Hi folks!

How are you making out?

Yeah, us too🤷🏿‍♀️.

Somehow, in the midst of a global pandemic, this week felt particularly disorienting.

It wouldn’t feel right to jump into grocery, gardening and community news without acknowledging some of what went down this week. People being accosted, hurt, and killed because of their skin colour. Pigment. Culture.

We know it’s nothing new. We know it happens Everywhere. In the US. In Canada. In Toronto. Parkdale is achingly close to home.

We know that the tragedies and near tragedies that took place this week are just a few currently visible signals of systemic, institutionalized inequity. Massive, pervasive, perpetual unfairness. The challenge is so big it’s hard to fathom let alone confront.

So we mostly do our best to not be part of the problem.

But when the problem is “the way things are,” not changing things IS being part of the problem.

Here’s one small thing people can do. Contribute to a gofundme for Regis Korchinski Paquet. Or to The Stop, around the corner. Or FoodShare.

This wasn’t supposed to be a lecture, it just felt like, since we have a teeny tiny platform, that we should say something.

Today we’d like to tell you about:

  • Some good news
  • COVID-19 precautions updates
  • Garden Centre News

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