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Streetscapes in Bloom 2017 – nominations accepted until May 27

The good people at the Cabbagetown Preservation Association are accepting nominations until May 27 2017 for this year’s Streetscapes in Bloom competition. This friendly competition has been going on since 1996 and recognizes residents who put a lot of work into their gardens. For the nomination process, judging criteria and a list of past winners – visit the CPA’s website at:

http://www.cabbagetownpa.ca/awards/streetscapes-bloom-2017

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Cabbagetown Bunny Hop and colouring contest – April 8 2017

Our friends at the Cabbagetown Business Improvement Area (BIA) are holding a Bunny Hop on April 8 and a colouring contest. Pick up and drop off your colouring sheets at the businesses and offices noted in the poster. Good luck!

RSVP to the Bunny Hop (facebook.com)

Posted in Events, Local Business News, Local Interest, Schools and Children

Throwback Thursday: Cabbagetown throws a party the day before Prohibition – March 21 1916

101 years ago, the prohibition against the legal consumption of alcohol came to Ontario and our Cabbagetown ancestors celebrated (ahem…the day before) by taking advantage of a sale at Haffey’s Liquor Store at Dundas and Berkeley Streets. Here is a description of the event from Cabbagetown Remembered (1984), an excellent book by Cabbagetowner George H. Rust-D’Eye.

Although a popular pastime, the legal drinking of alcoholic beverages came to a temporary halt on 22 March 1916, with the introduction of Prohibition. For the next eighteen years, Ontario was to experience an enforced dry spell. Many can recall the commotion outside of Haffey’s liquor Store (Dundas and Berkeley) the day before the start of Prohibition. Haffey’s, which had been a neighbourhood fixture prior to the temperance movement, was forced to sell all of its stock before the set deadline. As a result D & W Special Whiskey sold for seventy- five cents a quart. All day long people bought this bargain whisky and sat on the steps outside of Haffey’s drinking themselves silly.

During Prohibition many of the Cabbagetown taverns were forced to shut down. Some were able to survive these difficult years by offering other services. The Winchester Hotel opened a laundry as well as a butcher shop to help subsidize its failing business. Many operations were not as fortunate and were forced to close their doors for good. The temperance movement took its toll on the neighbourhood, closing not only the Cabbagetown pubs, but also the numerous distilleries and breweries in the area.

Here are a couple of pictures of the Shamrock Hotel at the south west corner of Gerrard and River Streets which survived this period, but likely not the redevelopment of Regent Park. The photos are from 1922 and 1947.

shamrock hotel 1922

shamrock hotel 1947

Other related stories:
Throwback Thursday: When Purchasing Liquor Required A Permit
Throwback Thursday: Bootleggers In Cabbagetown

Resources:
Cabbagetown Remembered (abebooks.com)
Photos: Toronto Archives (toronto.ca/archives)

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Cabbagetown in the news: Abandoned trailer adds trashy touch to Riverdale Park: The Fixer

It’s not often that the words “trailer” and “trashy” are used in the same breath as “Cabbagetown”, but here we have it. The Toronto Star’s Jack Lakey (aka “The Fixer“) has written about the vandalized trailer that has been located for some time on River Street near the end of Spruce Street.

Abandoned trailer adds trashy touch to Riverdale Park: The Fixer (thestar.com)

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2017 yard waste pickup begins March 22

Spring must be around the corner! Yard waste pickup begins this week.

To learn more about what can be put out and how it should be stored, visit the City of Toronto’s Yard Waste page (toronto.ca)

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Nominations for the 2017 Peggy Kurtin Award Program accepted now until April 15, 2017

Our friends at the Cabbagetown Preservation Association (CPA) are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Peggy Kurtin Award. This award celebrates great work in restoration and streetscape improvements and is named after Peggy Kurtin (1932-2009), a former CPA president who, for many years, was the soul and engine of heritage in Cabbagetown. Nominations can be made until April 15, 2017.

For criteria and nomination process, please visit the CPA website at:
http://www.cabbagetownpa.ca/awards/peggy-kurtin-award-program

See examples of previous winners

Posted in Events, Local Interest, Programs

Crime alert: Vehicle break-in and theft on Parliament Street (photos available)

After the report of two vehicle break-ins on Yen Lane and Salisbury Avenue, we have a report of an incident that took place on March 17, 2017 at 5:40 p.m. on Parliament Street just south of Prospect Street.

A witness to the incident called police using 911 and the owner returned to the vehicle a minute later and found that an Apple iPad had been stolen. Using the “Find my iPad” feature, the owner was able to lock the device and used the location feature to help guide the police to the south west corner of Dundas and Parliament Streets where the device went offline. Police searched the area but weren’t able to locate the person or device but due to the existence of surveillance camera images of the theft as seen below, they believe that they have a good chance of finding the person. The owner wrote to us “maybe he’s the same guy who committed the other crimes in the area too. If so, even if I don’t get my iPad back, at least I would feel I helped stop him from robbing others. Let’s hope so!”.


If you have any information about this or any other matter of similar concern – call Toronto Police. Also, be sure to report crimes of any severity or value to the police as they monitor these reports and assign resources accordingly. If you would like to let fellow residents know also, please contact us and let us know what you would be comfortable with us sharing.

Toronto Police:
416-808-2222 for non-emergency inquiries
911 for emergencies and crimes in progress
Toronto Police CORE (Citizen Online Report Entry)
Toronto Police Bicycle Registration Form

how to report a crime - click for PDF

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Coyote sightings in Riverdale Park and around Riverdale Farm

We have received multiple reports from residents about a coyote that has been seen in the lower part of Riverdale Park West and around Riverdale Farm. Although not unusual to see coyotes in the area due to the proximity of the Don Valley, the coyote has been approaching dogs giving concern to dog owners in the area.

The City of Toronto has a number of tips on how to handle a coyote sighting either around your home or while walking your dog in a park.
http://toronto.ca/coyotes

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Perhaps this might be of use to others. There have been sittings of a coyote in very, very close proximity to park goers (farm and down by the baseball pits) and their dogs. Outdoor cats are fair game and best to keep a great distance if one runs into the coyote.

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Crime alert: Cars broken into on Yen Lane, Salisbury Avenue

A resident has written to us to report a vehicle break-in that took place overnight Thursday March 16/Friday March 17 as well as another incident that took place in the same area earlier in the week. This incident has been reported to Toronto Police.

For the crime section on your e-blasts. Last night my car was broken into. (We live on) Salisbury Avenue and the car was located on Yen Lane, a parallel lane way north of Salisbury. Presumably they were looking for money and fortunately there was none to be found. Our neighbours also reported this week that their car was broken into on Salisbury Avenue and the window was smashed.

Update March 19: It isn’t clear if the incidents are related, but another report of a vehicle break-in that took place on March 17 has been reported to us.


If you have any information about this or any other matter of similar concern – call Toronto Police. Also, be sure to report crimes of any severity or value to the police as they monitor these reports and assign resources accordingly. If you would like to let fellow residents know also, please contact us and let us know what you would be comfortable with us sharing.

Toronto Police:
416-808-2222 for non-emergency inquiries
911 for emergencies and crimes in progress
Toronto Police CORE (Citizen Online Report Entry)
Toronto Police Bicycle Registration Form

how to report a crime - click for PDF

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Growth to watch for 2017: Corktown-Regent Park-Cabbagetown

Urban Toronto has a very informative post on their website that describes much of the development proposed or planned near to the neighbourhood (includes Corktown, Regent Park, Cabbagetown South and as far north as Howard Street in St. James Town).

Growth to watch for 2017: Corktown-Regent Park-Cabbagetown (urbantoronto.ca)

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