In the recent past I’ve heard complaints that the public is not being told about upcoming meetings, such as the Kew Gardens Renovation, the Woodbine Bike Lanes etc. I recently attended a presentation for our community, about the newly proposed $200,000 Donald D. Summerville Playground Replacement. From 7:15 to 8 p.m. five citizens attended.
In a talk with Ward 32 Counc. Mary-Margaret McMahon, she said that she had advertised in her “e-blast” or bi-weekly email newsletter, had put posters up in the neighbourhood, advertised at the Halloween parties for our children on Queen Street, informed the public through Facebook and Twitter (which I am not a member of) and informed the Beach Metro. McMahon can do no more. What works best for me is her e-blast. To sign up for the bi-weekly email newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of her staff can add you to the list.
Thumbs up for customer service
There seems to be a trend in local supermarkets these days to offer a lower price if a customer buys more e.g. one lemon costs $1.79 and if you buy 5 lemons, each costs $1.19.
This seems very unfair for customers who live on their own and do not want large amounts, and also for those who have a small income, and end up paying disproportionately more.
I was pleasantly surprised when I went into the Wholesome Market on Queen Street East to get a leek, and found I did not have to buy 3 in order to get one, as is the practise in supermarkets. The owner told me that their policy is to meet the needs of the customer.
I then asked for Brazil nuts, which are hard to find, and was quickly shown where they were, and immediately I was told if I wanted a smaller amount that they could quickly re-bag the amount I wished to have and could afford.
It is rare to get such customer centred service these days.
Thank you Wholesome Market!
Bring the tree lot back to Kew
The Lions International 27th Annual Christmas Tree Sale should be in Kew Beach Park. It was a breezy, unusually sunny 14C at 3:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. On my trek to a barren patch of land with a parking lot west of Summerville pool and next to a busy road with no sidewalk, I missed the former Queen Street East shopping experience, capped by the camaraderie of a purchase from this worthy organization.
I would very much like to be part of an initiative to explore inviting the Lions International 28th Annual Christmas Tree Sale back to Queen St. E., on the northern border of Kew Beach Park, in November 2018!