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City of Toronto’s long-term financial plan

As residents of the City of Toronto, the financial health of the City is obviously a topic of interest to us. The City is seeking input from residents through public consultation. You can visit the website created for this discussion at: The following news release from the City below includes details of a public meeting on April 22.

News Release – Public invited to debate, collaborate and create as consultation on City of Toronto’s Long-Term Financial Plan continues

March 27, 2017

Public invited to debate, collaborate and create as consultation on City of Toronto’s Long-Term Financial Plan continues

The City of Toronto is launching Phase 2 of its public consultation on the renewal of its Long-Term Financial Plan. Information about the consultation, including background reports and engagement opportunities, a public workshop and an upcoming online survey, is available at The public is also invited to participate in the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #InvestinginTO.

For the second phase of consultation, the City is inviting members of the public to City Hall for a conversation about how it makes decisions and balances priorities that have a long-term financial impact.

An interactive afternoon of workshops and discussions will be held at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., on Saturday, April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. The open house will begin at 12:30 p.m.
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Your input requested on short-term rentals in Toronto

In September 2016, we sought Cabbagetowners’ views on the issue of short-term rentals in the neighbourhood and we received a wide range of responses. The City of Toronto is now seeking the public’s input to help shape regulations on short-term rentals such as AirBnB through community consultations and an online poll.

Share your views on the matter if you have an opinion.

Online Survey (
This survey will be available until April 17, 2017.

Public Meeting #1
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
5100 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5V7

Public Meeting #2
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
City Hall, Committee Room 2
100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

For more information on short-term rentals in Toronto and additional ways to become involved, visit the City’s website (

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Cabbagetown in the news: Cabbagetown couple’s living room highlights colourful clock collection

A nice feature on some Cabbagetown residents and their unique clock collection. Local stores Eclectisaurus and Spruce are mentioned also.

Cabbagetown couple’s living room highlights colourful clock collection – The Globe and Mail (

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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:

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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 (

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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

Cabbagetown Remembered (
Photos: Toronto 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 (

Update March 27, 2017:
According to this update from The Fixer, the trailer is still required for road work expected to begin this spring. The City has asked the contractor to have the graffiti cleaned up however, so there is that.

Construction trailer to stay at River and Spruce, but graffiti will go: The Fixer (

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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 (

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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:

See examples of previous winners

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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

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