Stay-At-Home Order, Lockdown, Motherhood & Gig Work

If you haven’t heard by now, there’s an Ontario-wide stay-at-home order.

This will be the third time since the pandemic started, that I’ve had no childcare and had to change how I balance being a mom and doing gig-work full-time.

I know I just talked about motherhood and gig work on Monday, but that was *BEFORE* I learned they were going to shut down schools, and I had childcare lined up for the foreseeable future.

Today, I’m going to discuss tips and tricks to help you get through the next few weeks of COVID-19 restrictions, especially if you’re in a region where they switched schools to online learning (I’m in Peel Region, where schools are closed until April 19, and all school-aged childcare has been shut down).

Sorry that I didn’t really explain the #DeclineNow movement. You can read about it in this Vice article:

Decline Now is a collective movement by DoorDash drivers to decline low-paying orders, forcing the algorithm to boost the payout for the next driver it’s offered to.

This actually works on other platforms, as well.

On Instacart, if a low-paying batch sits on the platform long enough, it will receive a peak boost. This is why we always tell new shoppers not to take low-paying orders.

This can work SOMETIMES on Cornershop. If a low-paying order keeps being sent to shoppers that are at a store closest to the customer, and those shoppers continue to decline that order, it may then be assigned to a shopper that’s at a different store branch that’s further away, driving the mileage pay up.

For this reason, I always tell gig workers not to accept low-paying offers — regardless of what gig they’re working on.

Full-Time Gig Work and Solo Parenting

Today, I’m going to talk about balancing full-time gig work and solo parenting.

If you take away anything from today’s video, make sure you’re setting realistic, achievable goals, and you are setting personal boundaries and aren’t compromising those boundaries. It will help you with your sanity in the long-run.

Daughter Has Been Missing for 77 Days

Mackenzie Trottier, 22, has been missing for 77 days. There’s been a nation-wide search for the missing Saskatchewan woman. Her family has managed to secure 34 digital billboards across the country, to help awareness for Mackenzie’s case. That’s how I learned about her case.

If you have any information If you know anything that can help police, please contact them ASAP.

Saskatoon Police Major Crimes Section: 1-306-975-8300

National Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Local Crime Stoppers: 416-222-TIPS (8477)

Saskatoon Crime Stoppers:

Find Mackenzie T Facebook Group:

For updates about the case, keep checking the Saskatoon Police press release:

Do Restaurants Hate Us? Let’s Talk Food Delivery Apps Like Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes & DoorDash

Do Restaurants Hate Us? Let’s Talk Food Delivery Apps Like Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes & DoorDash.

I guess great minds think alike because ¬†@GigLife¬† just made a video talking about this and on Friday, I actually spoke to someone at the LCBO and he talked about why he hated having Skip the Dishes delivering for them. I know they’re not the restaurant, but he gave me some insight into how the app operated from the store’s perspective.

What Do I Do With All These Receipts?

What I do with all the receipts that I accumulate doing Instacart, Cornershop, Runner and several other gig apps.

Evernote is free (no, this is not a sponsorship). It’s available for Windows, Mac, iPhone OS, Android or through the browser:

You can choose to upgrade if you want, but I’ve never paid for Evernote. The free version gives you access to your account on up to two devices.

I forgot to mention that the information is stored on the Evernote server, so it takes very little space on your device(s). They have a very robust security system, because they are used by some of the biggest companies in the world.

Lady in Red Haunts Toronto Subway Station & Hotel Vancouver

For today’s Mystery Monday, we’re going to talk about the Lady in Red who haunts the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) Lower Bay St. Subway Station and the Lady in Red who haunts Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

Did you know there was a station *BELOW* Bay St. subway station? And it’s haunted? Who knew?!

Who do you think the Lady in Red in Lower Bay Station is? What’s her story?

If they open the station to the public again, would you visit?

Father Murders 11-Year-Old Daughter?

For today’s Mystery Monday, we’re going to talk about 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar, who was murdered in Brampton by her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14, 2019), which was also her and her mother, Priya Ramdin’s, birthday.

Delivering Alcohol in Ontario

How to deliver alcohol in Ontario through Instacart, Cornershop, Uber Eats, DoorDash, Skip the Dishes and Runner. We’ll talk about the Smart Serve course.

Do you do alcohol deliveries in Ontario? On what app? Do you enjoy it? How did you feel about civil and criminal liability?

(Experimenting with vertical videos because I see most of you are watching on your phones. Lol.)

I’m pretty sure that you can’t do the Smart Serve course in person right now due to the pandemic, so do it online by registering here:

Also, I checked out the places where computers are available for free, and it looks like they’re all closed right now. Check back again in a week when Ontario starts lifting the lockdown.

The LCBO has paused its relationship with Skip the Dishes and it looks like The Beer Store has also paused its relationship with Cornershop.

This isn’t a sponsorship. I just think not enough people know that you can have alcohol from the LCBO (and convenience items including fresh flowers for Valentine’s Day!) delivered in Toronto and Mississauga through Runner:

If you’re interested in becoming a shopper, use my referral code, and I will personally mentor you all the way through to your first 15 orders:

If you want to use Cornershop as a customer, use this link and you’ll receive 3 free deliveries! No membership commitment required:

Continue reading “Delivering Alcohol in Ontario”

Amanda Todd Cyberbullying Suspect Extradited to Canada: Mystery Monday Minute

Amanda Todd’s alleged cyberbully has been extradited to Canada from The Netherlands.

Welcome to today’s Mystery Monday Minute.

Amanda Todd is a 15-year-old from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, who committed suicide in 2012 after years of bullying by her peers, after being targeted sexually by an online predator.

***Apologies: I said Aydin Coban was extradited “back” to Canada, implying he was already here. I meant to simply say that he was extradited to Canada. He’s originally from The Netherlands.***

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