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City consultations on rooming house regulations

The City of Toronto is reaching out to residents to get feedback on proposed new regulations for multi-tenant homes, what we usually call rooming houses.

At the meetings, members of the public will learn about the proposed zoning approach and licensing strategy and will be asked to provide input on:

– how multi-tenant houses should be zoned
– the maximum number of rooms allowed in a multi-tenant home
– what requirements multi-tenant operators should have in place (such as site plan, waste management plan and parking plan)

Our neighbours at the Cabbagetown South Residents Association have posted detailed information about the initiative on the CSRA website and the final meeting, closest to our neighbourhood, takes place on Tuesday, June 27, Wellesley Community Centre, Room A, 495 Sherbourne St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If you are interested in being heard but can’t make the meeting, the city has set up an online survey about multi-tenant housing.

There are many rooming houses throughout our neighbourhood, both in private ownership and operated by Toronto Community Housing, so if you want a say in how these operate in future, don’t miss your chance!

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Pride weekend road closures near Cabbagetown

The City of Toronto has issued a news release about road closures for Pride festivities and parades over June 23 to 25, 2017. None are directly in Cabbagetown – closures start west of Jarvis Street – but will affect transit routes on the 506 Carlton streetcar and the 94 Wellesley bus that serve our neighbourhood.

 

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Stabbing at TCH rooming house, Parliament Street

City TV News has reported a stabbing took place the night of June 21 at the Toronto Community Housing rooming house at 508 Parliament Street.

A man was taken to hospital with critical injuries and authorities did not say whether the stabbing took place within the building or outside.

The Cabbagetowner will update this post if more information becomes available.

City TV News Report

June 22 Toronto Star article on conditions at 508 Parliament Street rooming house

 

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Condor 01 Film shoot June 29-30, 2017

More film crews are coming to Cabbagetown: This time, a TV Series, Condor 01.

If you have any questions or concerns, Andrew O’Sullivan is the location manager and can be reached at (416) 433-6961.

Filming will take place at 286 Carlton Street from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 29 and Friday, June 20.

Film parking locations from 7 a.m., June 29 to midnight June 30: Carlton Street between Metcalfe and Sackville streets; Parliament Street between Wellesley Street East and Howard Street.

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Crime alert: Knife-point robbery on Amelia St.

A resident wrote in to let us know of a knife-point robbery that occurred on June 15 at 11:45 p.m. The affected resident agreed to let the community know what occurred so we can be extra-vigilant and hopefully identify the assailant. Here is a description of the incident:

“A young male riding a long board near the intersection of Amelia and Sackville, followed a resident of Amelia Street a short distance west of the intersection. The person got off his board on the opposite side of the street, ran after the resident, crossed over and jumped out in front of the resident. A knife was held out and cash was demanded. The resident complied and the boarder took off. This incident occurred about 11:45 p.m. June 15. The boarder had a bandana/scarf pulled over his face, up to the eyes. The police responded and took a statement. The resident had only been walking for less than 3 minutes from the bus stop at Parliament and Wellesley. A person riding a long board was heard going up and down the street prior to the incident. No injuries were sustained from the knife, but the resident was and is, very shaken and distressed.”


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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Crime alert: 3 people robbed, 2 people stabbed overnight

There are reports that there was a series of incidents overnight that left two people stabbed and a man in his 30s being charged with 3 counts of robbery. The reports indicate that police were called to Winchester and Parliament streets but the photo in the story appears to be from Parliament and Carlton streets. One stabbing occurred at 260 Wellesley Street.

2 stabbed during street robbery spree in Cabbagetown overnight (cbc.ca)

Man, 30, charged after two men stabbed in Toronto’s Cabbagetown area (insidetoronto.com)


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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Proposed changes from City of Toronto ML&S Dept. re: short-term rentals

The topic of Short-term rentals (such as Airbnb) is back in the news. The city’s municipal licensing and standards (ML&S) dept. has released their proposals today. Highlights of the proposals are:

– Ban Torontonians from renting units unless it is their primary residence.
– Torontonians offering short-term rentals must be listed in a city-managed registry.
– Require that companies such as Airbnb be licensed.
– Change zoning bylaws creating a separate category called “short-term rental.”

For more information on today’s recommendations:
New Toronto Airbnb rules would require hosts to live at property they’re listing (cbc.ca)

Related posts:

Cabbagetown Quick Poll – September 2016
Owners of Cabbagetown short-term rentals charged with zoning violations – December 2016
Your input requested on short-term rentals in Toronto – March 2017

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Braking news: Bayview Extension speed limit reduced again

The Cabbagetowner noticed this weekend that the speed limit signs on the Bayview Extension between Pottery Road and River Street have been replaced to indicate a 50 km/h limit. The speed limit in this area was 70 km/h from the opening in 1959 and 60 km/h since June 2011. It seems that the additional reduction is part of the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan and was voted on in July 2016.

There is no additional signage to warn of the change, and one of the Toronto Police Services’ “stealth” patrol cars was seen issuing tickets to drivers which is not an irregular occurrence on this stretch of road next to the neighbourhood, although infraction recipients might have been surprised to have an additional 10 km/h thrown into the fine calculation.

Vision Zero Road Safety Plan (toronto.ca/roadsafetyplan)
City Council Item PW14.1 (toronto.ca)
Proposed Roads (.pdf / toronto.ca)

Image of Bayview Extension with a 50 km/h speed limit sign.

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Bike Share June 2017 update

Toronto City Councillor Pam McConnell convened a meeting on June 7, 2017 at Riverdale Park West because the city parks department has raised concerns about snow clearing issues with the Bike Share station in its present location. In attendance were representatives from Bike Share, Parks and Recreation, the Cabbagetown Residents Association (CRA), and Friends of Riverdale Park.

It was clear from the CRA poll run from Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2016, that all but a handful of residents wanted to keep the Bike Share station in the park and many indicated by added comments it should stay in its current location. It was also the unanimous opinion of the 11 board directors of CRA that the Bike Share station does not need to be moved. The board feels the Bike Share should be part of the park and visibly displayed. The board, reflecting feedback from its members, did not accept a previous argument, later supported by the Heritage Conservation District Committee, that the Bike Share location was detrimental to heritage concerns.

However, given this new logistics concern raised by the Parks department, the CRA agreed to participate in conversations about an alternate location for the station within the park.

At the June 7 meeting, two options presented were rejected:
– Moving the bike share outside the park; the group committed to finding a spot within the park;
– Moving the station to street parking spots bordering the park, not acceptable since parking is at a premium in our neighbourhood.

The suggestion of using the space between the parking spaces on Carlton and the sidewalk at the southwest corner of the park seemed reasonable to all parties and does not present a snow-clearing issue, according to the Parks representative. This option would keep the Bike Share station in the park and keep it in a visible location — the primary entrance to the park and near existing post-and-ring bike parking stands.

The Residents Association is here to represent your views. While the parties at the meeting felt that this was the best solution, given the concerns presented, we welcome your feedback and will continue to work with the other parties to find the best solution.

The additional purpose of the meeting was to connect the Bike Share staff with community representatives from Cabbagetown since it is likely that more Bike Share locations will be installed in our neighbourhood over the coming years and city staff has promised consultations with the community through the CRA.

Sincerely,

Phil Frei
Volunteer Board Director & President
Cabbagetown Residents Association

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Throwback Thursday: Parliament Street in 1981

We saw this great photo of Parliament Street from Sunday June 7, 1981. Toronto Archives posted the photo taken by Harvey Naylor. If you are wondering why the street looks unusually busy, the ban on retail activity due to the Lord’s Day Act and the later Retail Business Holidays Act was not lifted until June 3, 1992.

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