Friday, 18 March 2022 15:18
Good Afternoon All, I've heard from a great many of you over the past week or so and have had discussions with you about the lifting of the mask mandate this coming Monday, March 21/22. I know for our retailers and personal care service (hair & nail salons etc) members, in particular, that many of you would like to keep the masking protocols in place but are very concerned about potential backlash. You've asked me to see if there are…
Friday, 11 March 2022 07:57
Good Afternoon All, I have a few items to pass along today: 1. Lifting of the Mask Mandate You've all heard that the mask mandate will be lifted on Monday, March 21/22. Masks will still be required in certain settings: TTC, hospitals, long term care facilities, jails. I know that there are mixed feelings about the lifting of this mandate. Each business can decide what they wish to do. If you decide to continue to implement the use of masks…
Thursday, 17 February 2022 07:30
Good Afternoon All, Below is a very comprehensive list of Rules and Regulations associated with tomorrow's lifting of some restrictions. Thanks to ORHMA for compiling and sharing this with us. Although this information is primarily for our restaurant, cafe and bar members, I'm sharing it with all of our BIA members so everyone knows what to expect if you are planning to go out for a meal or drinks. Thanks, Susan Rules & Regulations for Restaurants, Bars and Meetings &…
Monday, 14 February 2022 10:55
Good Morning All, This morning the Province has announced the further lifting of some restrictions a bit earlier than expected. The full release is below. Highlights include: As of Thursday, February 17/22: Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to: Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms Cinemas Meeting and event spaces, including conference…
Wednesday, 09 February 2022 09:58
Good Morning All, The portal for the Provincial $10K grant is now open for new businesses or businesses that didn't apply during the last grant cycle. Link to apply is below. For businesses who did receive the Provincial grants in the last cycle you should have received an email from the Province with instructions on how to reapply. If you did NOT receive this email then please use the same link that is provided below. Also a reminder that the…
Friday, 21 January 2022 11:50
Good Morning BIA members, Following yesterday's announcement from the Premier I had a number of calls and emails from you asking for some clarifications. Here's what I've been able to hunt down and find so far..... 1. Last Call For our restaurant and bar members, the rumour from sources at Queen's Park is that the last call restrictions will be lifted on Jan. 31 and you can return to your normal operating hours. This would be great news - however, …

The Sunflower Project

In celebration of BD Beats, BIA business member @cobsdanforth (156 Danforth Ave.) will be spearheading ‘The Sunflower Project’ , a fundraiser in support of a Ukrainian family’s recent resettlement in Toronto. Vibrant solar powered sunflowers (the official flower of Ukraine) will be available beginning at noon on June 4 with proceeds going directly to the family. A group of volunteer youth will be selling the sunflowers for a minimum donation of $20 each at the BIA CafeTO parkette located in the curb lane enclosure in front of COBS. The goal is to sell one hundred sunflowers by 3pm. For those unable to attend but wishing to make a donation, please click below


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