Saturday, September 25, 2021

East End Cafe

September 2021 - Toronto ON

2021 - Halton County Radical Railway Museum 

We dodged a bullet! But it is a minority win and I am concerned that the conservatives got as many seats as they did.

Next Thursday is the first National Day For Truth and Reconciliation.
September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a federal statutory holiday. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.
Unfortunately only three provinces are recognizing the day, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and PEI.

The latest single from actor, singer and activist Tom Jackson portrays the heartbreaking realities of Canada’s residential school system.
“Lost Souls” is the song of “silenced children.” It highlights the grim reality of what is alleged by the survivors of the Residential School system, and the victim families who have been silenced for generations. The anthem shuffles between the point of view of the children, to that of the government; quietly speaking the story on the verse, then intimately yearning in melody on the chorus. 215 lost souls now have a voice.

Saturday we stayed home, as usual. We had an afternoon at the movies.

Sunday we headed out to the Halton County Radical Railway Museum also called the Streetcar Museum in Milton, about 70 KM from Toronto. They are only open on weekends and only to mid October. It was a magnificent day.

Monday's Mural

We stopped at an apple stand and got honey crisp apples $14 and then at this stand we got 6 corn on the cob, a basket of cucumbers and the biggest lettuce ever for $11 in all.

Gigantic radishes.

Monday was voting day.

John did a Costco run and I caught up on laundry and other chores.

Tuesday John golfed at Turtle Creek. 

I went to Bay and Bloor to Eataly to pick up cold cuts and check out the book store.

Wednesday was a complete change of weather for the first day of fall. 

It rained most of the day but we didn't get as much as they had forecasted. I had a haircut appointment and then had time to wander until the next shuttle home. 
It was interesting to see that the CIBC and TD bank towers were very busy as a lot of people have returned to the office.

I did some errands and then thought I would stop for lunch at the food court.
Today was the first day requiring people to show proof of vaccination for entry into thousands of non-essential venues across the province.

Restaurants, bars, sports venues, gyms, theatres, cinemas and casinos are among the locations where staff must ask patrons to show certification that they received two doses of an approved vaccine at least two weeks before, along with identification that matches their vaccination document.

Still, I was surprised to see the Commerce Court food court blocked off with only two entrances manned with staff to check vaccine certificate and ID before you could sit. 

I took a front row seat to watch people's reactions. No one complained, some asked how it was going and everyone had the required documentation. I only saw one person produce a paper vaccine ID.

I had a BEEF BULGOGI bao bun - Ribeye Steak, Pickled Carrot & Daikon, Cucumber, Cilantro with hoisin ginger sauce from Koha Pacific Kitchen, a new to me chain. Delicious, I had tried a bao bun before and had not been keen on it but I will return here.
Since this food court was quite busy, not quite up to 18 months ago, but the busiest I've seen since the pandemic started, I thought I would check another food court in the TD Tower. 
This sign was at the entrance.

BUT they had removed any seating. I guess they didn't want to be bothered hiring staff to enforce the rules but it was clearly impacting business. I see there is another Koha here, but closed.

I also checked the Starbucks in TD and it had removed any seating. Chipotle on Front St. had a sign saying vaccine proof would be required to eat in-house.

When I got home I had an email from the AGO Art Gallery of Ontario announcing that you would require proof to dine in their bistro AND also to visit the museum you must be fully vaccinated and provide documentation.
I also read that St. Lawrence Market would no longer have any inside eating.

Thursday was supposed to be a rainy day but by 10 AM the sky was getting blue and the temperature was 16 C or 61 F. I stayed home and got some baking done, it's been a while, but fall is here so I hope to get more done.

Friday John golfed and it was cool!
I was going to Yorkville but it was colder than I expected so I just went to Longo's for vegetables.


The Good Liar 2019 was fun, love a good scam and Helen Mirren! Plus Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) from Downton Abbey was in it! Have I mentioned how devastated I am that I have finished the series this week?

City of Lies 2018 It is based on the non-fiction book LAbyrinth by Randall Sullivan, about the investigations by the Los Angeles Police Department of the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.. The film stars Johnny Depp as retired LAPD detective Russell Poole and Forest Whitaker as journalist Jack Jackson. 

We enjoyed The Ice Road.

We also started BBC Inside Men It follows the story of an armed robbery at a secure money counting house in Bristol.

We started the series American Rust and am enjoying it.

We watched the Emmys, possibly one of the few times we did. They were entertaining and now we have to add Ted Lasso to our binge list. Hacks may also be added.

I started watching The Grand a series set in Manchester in the 1920s that featured the Bannerman family that owned and ran the hotel, the staff that lived in the basement and occasional guests.

Lunches - leftover kebab with fried egg, steak, tomato sandwiches, leftover chicken divan. Lunch out for Jackie.

Saturday Doner kebabs made with beef, on pita with red onions, tomatoes, hot sauce and tzatziki. 

Sunday chicken wings and fries.

Monday Corn on the cob.

Tuesday chicken divan with soda bread - all gluten free.

Wednesday ham Brussels sprouts (Costco) new boiled potatoes

Thursday mushroom pasta got lazy after baking so ordered Swiss Chalet.

I baked and updated my black bean avocado brownie recipe.
It was a good baking week as I also made the soda bread.

Friday steak and loaded baked potatoes (cheese, broccoli, sour cream).


I came across this fascinating article in an email from the ROM Royal Ontario Museum. "How Women in India Reclaimed the Protest Power of Ripped Jeans". 

I gave up on The Dutch House, I know, I know, people loved it. It started out well but by two thirds I was dying of boredom and couldn't go on. I was "get over it" to these boring characters.

I finished Black Widows, not a great story and I didn't care for any of the sister-wives but did enjoy learning about some Mormon traditions.

I started reading Sleep Well, My Lady which gave me some insights into Ghanian culture and customs. 


  1. Nice murals this week! Checking for vaccinations sounds like a good idea.

    best... mae at

  2. I have to get that vaccination certificate squared away.

  3. You really find interesting things to do each week. I finished Downton Abby 2 months ago and still miss it. I started watching Chicago Med on Netflix and really ago loving that now. I'll look into The Grand - Netflix? We have had many breakthroughs for Delta variant even in the vaccinated. We are only eating outside and are not going inside people's homes. No restrictions for the un vaccinated in Philadelphia area. Are you required to still wear a mask inside public places?

    1. I miss Downton Abbey too! The Grand is on Prime, it's not bad.
      Yes, it is believed that masks will be still mandatory until spring.

  4. Good to know what's happening at the food courts. The Lost Souls song and video are powerful. Thank you for your #weekendcoffeeshare.

  5. Sadly the United States took capitalism over the pandemic. Sad to say the plaque will be here for a while.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  6. If it is a Federal holiday, how can provinces not recognise it? Perhaps there is nothing public planned.

    Very interesting about the vaccination certificate and having to produce ID. It will happen here once our current lockdown ends.

    The Good Liar was a good movie and I never guessed where it was heading.

    I like 'How to Write Good'.

    1. It is a federal holiday in that federal employees like postal workers, government and banks get the day off across the country.
      Other than that the provinces get to choose which days they want to recognize. January 2 is a legal holiday in Quebec but not in other provinces.

  7. It is so very sad about the children. I can't bear to read much about it. Am very surprised that all the provinces are not recognizing the day. I expect more from Canada. But good for those three.
    I am surprised at how much "out and abouting" is going on everywhere. Even here. Even with cases on the rise. Even in our little area. Strange days, months, years we are living through.

  8. It's always interesting to me to see how differently people react to the same books. I enjoyed The Dutch House, though I must admit that at least part of the charm was having the book read to me by the marvelous Tom Hanks.

    It will be interesting to see how this new vaccination-required rule works itself out in your world. Keep us updated. Everything would close down in my town, I'm afraid. Still so many without vaccinations. Another unvaccinated person died from my town of Covid last week.

  9. I sure wish we had REQUIRED vaccination proof here. Sigh. I knew I should have moved to Canada the summer of 2017, when it was still fairly easy to do.

  10. You will enjoy Ted Lasso and Hacks, they are two of my favorites this year.

  11. I like the bus mural and I like how people are converting old buses into things that can be used.

  12. Highly recommend Ted Lasso! We started Hacks but didn't go back to it!

    We are still locked down, but I think we are going to end up in a similar situation as you with having to show proof of vaccination to do anything. Unfortunately I have one family member who is resisting the direction to get vaccinated, so that is going to make it a bit challenging going forward.

  13. wow - both vax proof and ID required. That might cause riots here with some as we have hard laws that protect medical privacy (which has already been mangled) and business' would also rise up and not obey because of the losses they would sustain.

    What a hash we've made of managing covid.

    1. It's not a great system, but 80% of people are fully vaccinated in Ontario so it isn't a big deal. There are definitely some flaws with it.
      Don't worry we have our anti-vaxxers out in force protesting and causing grief to workers only doing their job. It is causing problems for businesses, either needing an employee to check or else going back to take-out/delivery or patio service only.

  14. I always enjoy reading your posts, Jackie. It is good to keep up with things in Canada! I was thinking of everyone on Truth and Reconciliation Day. I also enjoyed your photos of the railway museum. I do love honey crisp apples. I wish we could get them here. Thank you for being a part of Hearth and Soul.


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