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NEWS FROM THE CRA CREW

 

Pumpkin Walk a Success

Thanks to the CRA volunteers for organizing it and to all of you that came out to enjoy the Pumpkin Walk  on 1st November. It was great to see so many neighbours and friends out there, enjoying the spectacle.

 

 2021 Holiday Lights Competition

Yes, it’s back for 2021! We encourage you all to light up your front gardens to bring some extra festive cheer to Cabbagetown. Find out all you need to know about how to enter and win!

 

2021 Holiday Cards Competition

This festive favourite is back too and we’re delighted to welcome Winchester School back to the competition after a short hiatus. So kids, get your creative juices flowing and see what you can come up with!

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SINKING SHIP PRODUCTIONS GIVES BACK – BIG!

Film CameraAs you probably know, Sinking Ship Productions is currently filming a series called Jubilee in Cabbagetown, mostly located around the Coop at the corner of Winchester and Metcalfe. As a gesture of thanks to our community for the disruption filming can cause, they have already made several donations to local concerns, including a $2,500 donation to Sprucecourt School for their food program.

Over the last few weeks the CRA has been in discussions with the Location Manager, Dason Johnson, to see what more they could do to ‘give back’ to the community. We are delighted to announce that they have well and truly stepped-up to this by committing an additional $15,000 to be shared across several local organizations. 

The CRA, in consultation with various local parties has identified the following organizations as recipients of these funds, with a heavy emphasis on helping address food insecurity in the neighbourhood:

Winchester School food program: $2,500 
Dixon Hall: $5,000
Building Roots: $1,500
Cabbagetown Youth Club/Kiwanis: $4,500
St Luke’s Church: $500
Riverdale Farm: $500
Children’s Book Bank: $500

On behalf of the community, we would like to thank Dason and the Production team at Sinking Ship for this extremely generous donation.

About Jubilee

Jubilee is produced  in partnership with Apple TV+ and The Jane Goodall Institute. It follows Jane, a precocious 10 year old inspired by her namesake Jane Goodall to protect the environment, endangered species and ultimately those around her. Each episode centers around Jane embarking on an adventure with different endangered species from Giant Bats to Polar Bears, Blue Whales and Rhinos!

Jane uses her fertile imagination to see these animals in the real world and together with her best friend, David, and her stuffed animal chimpanzee come to life, Greybeard – inspired by the first chimp who befriended Jane Goodall at Gombe – they embark on adventures in and around their neighborhood. During these adventures they learn important lessons about threats to at risk animals and about the ways humans can help. They also discover ways to conserve local species and environments through their interactions with their neighbours. Each episode ends with a lesson being imparted that echoes the theme of the series; “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” The ultimate aim in creating this show is to offer hope, inspiration and a way forward for children, parents and everyone else in the fight to combat climate change, environmental destruction and species extinctions.

 

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: which means the annual Cabbagetown Holiday Lights contest is back for the SEVENTH year running!

In what has become a popular annual tradition, every December Cabbagetowners get to see our neighbourhood’s houses in all their illuminated glory.

You can enter your own home or nominate one of your neighbours. There are three ways you can enter:

1. Post a photo to Twitter with the hashtag #cabbagetownlights;

2. Post a photo to our Facebook page timeline with the hashtag #cabbagetownlights;

3. Simply email us your photo to info@cabbagetowner.com 

Please include the address of the home in the photo so we can include the street name on the voting website and know how to contact the residents if their house wins.

Photos can be submitted anytime between Wednesday December 1st and Sunday December 26.

By submitting your photo, you consent to your photo being reproduced on a voting website that will contain all of the submissions. Photos will be identified by the house’s street only and no names or other personal identifying details will be published. 

This year the three photo submissions that have the most votes by the end of the day on December 26 will each win:

  • A lawn sign marking their achievement.
  • A one-year membership to CRA
  • PLUS – A $50 donation to their charity of choice c/o the CRA 

and bragging rights, of course! 

NOTE: For the purpose of determining resident winners, when the same house is photographed more than once, total votes will be counted. Only one vote will be allowed per IP address; however, you can switch your vote anytime up until the deadline.

 
QUICK NEWSLETTER UPDATE

Hello Valued Readers,

You probably noticed that we’ve made various changes the cadence of the CRA newsletter over the last year or so, in response to the cataclysmic events we’ve all been working through together. Moving the newsletter from monthly to weekly throughout 2020 and into mid 2021, then back to bi-weekly a few months ago. As things continue to settle down (hopefully) we’ve decided to move back to our normal monthly publication from this issue onwards.

Thank you for supporting the CRA and for subscribing to and reading the newsletter so consistently. As ever, if there is anything you would like to see us cover, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by email at: info@cabbagetowner.com.

 

CABBAGETOWN CRIME ALERT

(Thanks to Doug Fisher at Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review for this article)

A crew is going door-to-door through the neighbourhood offering to restore patios – and possibly do other projects as well.  They’re rip-off artists.  Stephen Armstrong from Wellesley and Sumach has sent us a caution about them. His wife was intimidated and his neighbours were cheated out of $3,000.  It’s an old scam.  

 

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FINAL REMINDER  FOR THE ANNUAL PUMPKIN WALK

Pumpkin Walk Poster Cabbagetown’s beloved Pumpkin Walk will once again be happening in Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester entrance), on November 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

We invite all Cabbagetown Residents to ring their Pumpkins over and, of course, feel free to dress up appropriately for the occasion!

As we have done in previous years, we’ll also be hosting a food drive,  this year it’s for local service provider Dixon Hall , so please bring some non-perishable foods to donate as well.

All the Pumpkins will be recycled by the City of Toronto.

 

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FINAL FEW POOP SIGNS LEFT (NO, REALLY!)

No poop signs

Been meaning to email us to get your very own scoop your poop sign but haven’t quite get round to it yet? Well, we have a dozen or so left from our initial print run – so it’s now or never. 

We created these free lawn signs to provide a gentle reminder to dog owners that perhaps forget to stoop and scoop their lovable pooches poop.

If you’d like one to display in your front garden please email us at info@cabbagetowner.com, indicating your preference for design A or B.

 

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CafeTO SET TO BECOME PERMANENT

They’ve become popular fixtures during the pandemic: those expanded patios dotting sidewalks and curb lanes, spilling into city streets. They’re all part of the city’s CaféTO program — initially expected to be a temporary help to the city’s struggling restaurants. Now business owners and city residents say they’re thrilled these outdoor spaces could become a permanent part of the city — though they do have a few suggestions for improvements. Update from the Toronto Star.

 

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FILM PRODUCTION SCHEDULE UPDATE

Film CameraFilm production continues at the Coop on the corner of Winchester and Metcalfe next week (see below). For those of you that don’t know, Jubilee is an education series about a young girl whose idol is Jane Goodall. From the series web site:
“Jubilee follows Jane Garcia, a 10-year-old girl with an active imagination. Through pretend play, Jane and her trusty teammates work to protect an endangered animal in each mission-driven episode because, according to her idol: “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, can they be saved.”

The production is creating a bit of disruption in the neighbourhood, as usual, but it’s good to see that it’s squarely aimed at developing strong educational content for kids.

The CRA is in talks with the production company to see if we can get further donations for local charities/concerns, to serve as compensation to local residents for the inconvenience caused. 

Filming Location(s) & Times: 77 WINCHESTER ST
FILMING – Start Date Time: Oct-25 07:00, To: Oct-28 23:00
PREP – Start Date Time: Oct-25 07:00, To: Oct-25 23:00
WEATHER, Start Date Time: Oct-29 07:00, To: Oct-29 23:00

 

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QR CODE BASED VACCINE CERTIFICATE LAUNCHED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

QR Code and phoneThe Ontario government has now made the enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code (and the free, made-in Ontario verification app, Verify Ontario), available for download. Together, these tools will make it easier, more secure and convenient for individuals to provide proof of vaccination where required to do so, and for businesses and organizations to verify vaccine certificates while protecting people’s privacy.

 

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NEW TRAVEL VACCINE PASSPORT UNVEILED

PLANE SILHOUETTECanada’s new proof of vaccination program for domestic and international travel has been unveiled and it is very similar to what some provinces are already using. The new pan-Canadian vaccine passport will be issued through the provinces and territories, as they have access to the immunization records.

The federal government says it has been working closely with the provinces and territories for some time on how to ensure the system is as easy to access as possible. Update by Clair Fenton from City News.

 

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CANADA NO LONGER ADVISING AGAINST NON- ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

The Canadian government has quietly lifted its advisory against non-essential international travel, marking the first time since March 2020 that the notice has been lifted.  

A travel notice on the Government of Canada website had been advising travelers against all non-essential international travel, but is now replaced with a notice urging all travelers to be fully vaccinated before a trip, reports Ben Cousins at CTV News.

 

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CITY NEWS UPDATES

 

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CITY PREPARES TO LIFT CAPACITY LIMITS  

Yesterday, the Province announced a plan to safely reopen and manage COVID long term and provided details about the provincial plan to gradually lift COVID-19 safety measures:  The City of Toronto welcomes the reopening plan and is prepared to support reopening activities, including the lifting of COVID-19 capacity limits in a number of settings as of next Monday, October 25.

 

TORONTO PREPARES FOR 5-11 YEAR OLD VACCINES, ONCE APPROVED

Team Toronto continues to prepare for the vaccination of five to 11 year-old children in Toronto as soon as the vaccines are approved for use by Health Canada, and guidance is received by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Province of Ontario. Partners from across the City have come together to develop a multi-pronged strategy to reach the more than 200,000 Toronto children, along with education and engagement opportunities with their parents and guardians in the coming weeks.

 

TPH LAUNCHES ANNUAL FLU VACCINE CAMPAIGN

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is kicking off the City of Toronto’s annual flu vaccination campaign this week by bringing vaccine to those who are at increased risk of serious illness. Starting this week, TPH is collaborating with Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) to start offering the flu vaccination to homeless and under-housed individuals in shelters and drop-in settings to protect some of our city’s most vulnerable residents.

 

LIVE GREEN TORONTO COOKING DEMO FOR GARLIC WEEK

Live Green Toronto is excited to present the 11th episode in the LiveGreen@Home Workshop Series in collaboration with Nepali Momo and Ontario Garlic Week.

 

NEW BIKEWAY FOR CANARY, DISTILLERY, ST. LAWRENCE AREA

Planned construction of a new, permanent two-way cycle track along The Esplanade and Mill Street in Toronto officially began on Sunday, October 17.

The new bikeway will help improve overall road safety for the surrounding communities, support transit use, and grow Toronto’s cycling network in three of the city’s heritage neighbourhoods (Canary and Distillery Districts and St. Lawrence Market area).

 

 

 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE ANNUAL PUMPKIN WALK

Pumpkin Walk Poster Cabbagetown’s beloved Pumpkin Walk will once again be happening in Riverdale Park West, on November 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

We invite all Cabbagetown Residents to ring their Pumpkins over and, of course, feel free to dress up appropriately for the occasion!

As we have done in previous years, we’ll also be hosting a food drive,  this year it’s for local service provider Dixon Hall , so please bring some non-perishable foods to donate as well.

All the Pumpkins will be recycled by the City of Toronto.

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FILM PRODUCTION DISRUPTION HAS SILVER LINING

Film CameraSinking Ship Productions, is filming a TV series over several months at the corner of Metcalfe and Winchester. The CRA approached them recently to ask if they would make a donation to local charities, as a sort of compensation for the disruption these events bring to the community. They agreed! And now three local kids organizations are $500 better off:

  • BGC Toronto Kiwanis
  • Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre
  • Green Thumbs Growing Kids

Thanks go out to to Lise A. Flynn from the CRA board who negotiated these donations with Sinking Ships on behalf of our community.

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WHILE WE’RE ON THE SUBJECT OF LOCAL GROUPS…

We received a blog post from our friends over at Green Thumbs Growing Kids about growing Urban Trees From Seed.

“Trees provide shade and oxygen in our urban environment, but many trees fail for various reasons. Some are the wrong species in the wrong place, and some are simply reaching the end of their lives. Some have been victims of poor maintenance, and pest or disease problems. Our municipality and our school board require trees to be a few years old and a certain width diameter to be planted, but where do those trees come from…….? Find out from Sunday Harrison what GTGK is doing to help.

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A THANKSGIVING ASK FROM DIXON HALL

Dixon Hall logoWe received a message from Mercedes Watson, CEO at Dixon Hall. They need your help to ensure that everyone at Dixon Hall has a safe and memorable Thanksgiving.

For one part of the Dixon Hall team, Thanksgiving will be spent with 550+ fellow community members. Over the past 15 years, the Dixon Hall Emergency Housing Services team has served a full Thanksgiving meal for clients that are currently facing homelessness. A hot meal, shared without judgement, that these clients otherwise would not have. This year, the meal includes turkey, with homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and fall vegetables, along with a vegan option of, “tofurkey” with all the fixings.  And don’t forget the pumpkin pie!

This Thanksgiving, please consider donating to Dixon Hall and supporting programs that provide safe, warm spaces for individuals who need it most.

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WHAT’S OPEN AND CLOSED THIS THANKSGIVING?

BlogTO logoWhat’s open on Thanksgiving Monday 2021 in Toronto is a bit of a mixed bag. While most of the city has the day off, there are some exceptions. If you need to do some last-minute turkey day shopping or want to spend the day out with the fam, let this be your guide on October 11.

Here’s what’s open and closed on Thanksgiving Monday in Toronto, care of Jaclyn Skrobacky at BlogTO.

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CITY NEWS UPDATES

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CITY SEEKS CLIMATE ACTION CHAMPIONS

The City of Toronto is inviting residents and community leaders to help inspire local climate action by becoming a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion.

Participants in the program will receive virtual training and support to empower them to support residents in developing innovative climate action projects that reflect the needs and values of their communities.

 
CITY COUNCIL APPROVES EXTENSION OF MASK BYLAW

Toronto City Council has approved the extension of the City of Toronto’s temporary mask bylaws and the COVID-19 amendments to Chapter 354, Apartment Buildings until the end of Council’s January 2022 meeting.

 

COUNCIL APPROVES EXTENSION OF FREE ParkFitTO PERMITS

City Council has voted to continue waiving permit fees for businesses providing outdoor fitness programs in City parks and greenspaces until December 31. As COVID-19 recovery efforts continue, this extension recognizes the ongoing need to access outdoor spaces, fresh air and exercise, and assist businesses impacted by the pandemic.

 

CONSTRUCTION NOISE REGULATIONS BACK IN PLACE 

The provincial regulations that limited the City of Toronto’s ability to regulate construction noise during the COVID-19 pandemic expire. Effective today, regulations in the City’s Noise Bylaw, as it relates to construction activity, will apply again and construction noise will not be permitted from:

  • 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. of the next day, except until 9 a.m. on Saturdays
  • All day Sundays and statutory holidays

 

PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED FOR INDOOR SPORTS

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa has issued a Letter of Instruction requiring all people age 12 and older who participate in indoor organized sports, including players, coaches, and officials, to provide proof of vaccination as an additional measure to reduce community COVID-19 transmission.

 

LIVE GREEN NEWS – OCTOBER ISSUE

Here’s the latest insights and updates from our friends over at Live Green News, Toronto. 

 

 

 

THE CRA WELCOMES THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS!

Following the commitment made by the CRA board at the AGM in June, we have identified three residents to join our expanded board. 

We are therefore delighted to welcome the following individuals to the CRA Board of Directors: 

Caroline Murphy: Cabbagetowner since 1998, Lives on Winchester Street , works in Financial Services.

Sarah-Jane Greenway: Cabbagetowner since2010, lives on Rolston Avenue, Associate Dean at Humber College.

Matt Boire: Cabbagetowner since 2021, lives on Salisbury Avenue, works at Scotiabank.

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THE CABBAGETOWN PUMPKIN WALK  IS BACK!

Pumpkin Walk PosterWe just received an email from the City announcing the return of Pumpkin Parades across Toronto.

So our beloved Pumpkin Walk will once again be happening on November 1 in Riverdale Park West, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bring your Pumpkins and, of course, feel free to dress up appropriately for the occasion.

We’ll also be hosting a food drive, so please bring some non-perishable foods to donate as well.

All the Pumpkins will be recycled by the City of Toronto.

 

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LAST CALL FOR SCOOP THE POOP SIGNS

No poop signsFollowing a few complaints about an uptick in “un-scooped poop” on the sidewalks of Cabbagetown we created some free lawn signs to provide a gentle reminder to dog owners that perhaps forget to stoop and scoop their lovable pooches poop.

If you’d like one to display in your front garden please email us at info@cabbagetowner.com, indicating your preference for design A or B.

 

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HOW TO DOWNLOAD YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE PASSPORTS 

Vaccine Passport imageThis week marks the launch of the (to some, controversial) Vaccine Passports. We think that they’re a great idea, to keep both clients and staff members safe. In fact we’re seeing many retail establishments, beyond those outlined by the Province, adopting them as a right of entry and we applaud this move.

If you are wondering how to download your vaccine passport so that you can still continue to access bars, restaurants, gyms and? Becky Robertson at BlogTO explains everything for you.

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NEWS FROM DIXON HALL  

 

2021 IMPACT REPORT

Dixon Hall logoWe received an email from Mercedes Winson, CEO at Dixon Hall :

As we present this year’s Impact Report, we cannot ignore the factors that made it so different than years prior. The pandemic marked new challenges of distance, separation and scarcity for the agency and our community. However, with all the hurdles we faced – individually and collectively – we have also witnessed, and been part of, a strident coming together of more agency partners, funding supports, donors and community engagement than we thought possible.
 
This year’s report celebrates the growth and accomplishments our departments, clients, partners and community achieved. You’ll read about new programs and partnerships brought together by the pandemic; personal stories from a number of our clients; our increased reach and impact in the community, including three new shelter sites; and our continued efforts to respond to the needs of our community in a time of emergency.

 

JOB FAIR

Dixon Hall Job Fair logoOn October 7th, 2021 Dixon Hall will be hosting a job fair

The event will be hosted outside with a BBQ (weather permitting) and will run from 11am-2pm at our 188 Carlton St. office. We ask those interested in attending to please pre-register by sending an email to hr@dixonhall.org, and to bring their resume on the day of the event. 

It’s a great opportunity to:

  • Explore current employment positions and future opportunities
  • Interview on-site for current openings
  • Grow your network
  • Make connections
  • And more!

 

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CITY NEWS UPDATES

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HOW TO CelebrateTO THIS FALL

The City of Toronto department of Economic Development & Culture has provided a round up of City-produced festivals and events for everyone featuring arts, culture, food, heritage, music and more! This September, rediscover your city through ShowLoveTO, a City-led initiative to support economic and cultural recovery by using creativity to inspire engagement. Connect with neighbours, support local artists and businesses and explore the city’s many neighbourhoods.

 

REGISTRATION FOR FALL RECREATION PROGRAMMING OPENS SOON

The City has announced that registration for City of Toronto fall recreation programs opens on September 25 and 28. This fall marks the return of regular recreation programming for the City of Toronto, where COVID-19 has impacted programming since March 2020. The City is Toronto’s largest provider of recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests.

Registration for fall recreation programs and December holiday programs starts at 7 a.m. on the following dates:
• Saturday, September 25 – Etobicoke York and Scarborough
• Tuesday, September 28 – North York and Toronto and East York

 

DineTOgether KICKS OFF AT OVER 270 LOCATIONS

DineTOgether, part of the City of Toronto’s ShowLoveTO initiative, kicks off to support local restaurants and celebrate Toronto’s diverse culinary scene.

DineTOgether will run for two weeks starting today Friday, September 17 to Sunday, October 3 and will showcase the breadth and diversity of Toronto’s restaurants. Over the next two weeks residents are encouraged to patronize local eateries by ordering a feature menu available through takeout, delivery, patio dining and/or indoor dining as part of DineTOgether.

Tokyo Ramen, Phosome and Stout Irish Pub are listed as participants

 

FREE PUBLIC ART IN YORKVILLE THIS WEEKEND

Toronto’s Yorkville community will welcome people to explore the neighbourhood and enjoy free outdoor public art animations from Thursday, September 23 to early morning on Monday, September 27.

A temporary vehicle closure of Yorkville Avenue, between Bellair Street and Hazelton Avenue, will be in place Thursday to Sunday, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. nightly, and on Sunday at noon until Monday at 2 a.m. for pedestrians. A free mural activation will be available for all starting Friday through the weekend.

 

 
CABBAGETOWN ARTS & CRAFTS IS BACK THIS WEEKEND

Sadly there is no Street Festival on Parliament this year but everyone will be delighted to know that Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts will be on. And it’s happening this weekend!: 

Sat, 11 & Sun 12 Sep., 2021: 11 a.m. – 6.p.m.

Please come out and give your support to all the amazing artisans that will be showcasing their very best creations over the two days. After 18 months of no festivals I’m sure all the vendors will appreciate all the support that Cabbagetown can provide. 

Cabbagetown Art & Crafts was founded by Randy Brown in 1988 and is a not-for-profit corporation which benefits many local charitable organizations in various ways. The aim of CA&C is to encourage appreciation of the visual arts, to give artists a place to sell their work, and to foster community spirit.

 

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GOT DOG POOP ON YOUR STREET?

No poop signsWe’ve received a few complaints from residents over the last few months about an uptick in “un-scooped poop” on the sidewalks of Cabbagetown. So we created some free lawn signs for you, to provide a gentle reminder to dog owners that perhaps forget to stoop and scoop their lovable pooches poop.

If you’d like one to display in your front garden please email us at info@cabbagetowner.com, indicating your preference for design A or B.

 

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UPDATE ON CABBAGETOWN YOUTH CENTRE

CYC logoLast year, the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (CYC) decided to merge with the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club (now known as BGC-Toronto Kiwanis or BGCTK) and in December 2020, the operations of CYC and ownership of the clubhouse at 2 Lancaster Avenue were transferred to Kiwanis. Here is an update on what’s happening from Art Eggleton, Chair of Joint Merger Committee and Chair of Capital Campaign.

AND DON’T FORGET BLAIR’S RUN!

The 42nd annual Blair’s Run, in support of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre runs from Friday September 10 thru Sunday September 19.

Help to launch the rejuvenated Cabbagetown Youth Centre under the umbrella of The Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC Toronto Kiwanis). You can find all about how to participate and donate at the event web site.

 

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ADDITIONAL PARKING ADDED FOR FILMING NEXT WEEK

Film CameraThe Production company that starts filming next week at the corner of Winchester and Metcalfe Streets has added some additional parking for residents. Oak Street may not be the most convenient, but it’s better than nothing.   

Parking Location(s):

WINCHESTER ST between METCALFE ST and SACKVILLE ST, Side: N. Start: Sep-14 07:00 , End: Sep-15 23:00

SACKVILLE ST between MILLINGTON ST and WINCHESTER ST, Side: W. Start: Sep-12 07:00 , End: Sep-17 23:00

PARLIAMENT ST between WELLESLEY ST E and BLOOR ST E, Side: E. Start: Sep-12 18:00 , End: Sep-17 23:00

METCALFE ST between MILLINGTON ST and WINCHESTER ST, Side: W. Start: Sep-14 07:00 , End: Sep-15 23:00

WINCHESTER ST BETWEEN METCALFE ST AND SACKVILLE ST, Side: S. Start: Sep-12 18:00 , End: Sep-18 23:00

OAK ST BETWEEN PARLIAMENT & SACKVILLE ST, Side: S Start: Sep-12 18:00 , End: Sep-18 23:00

 

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ROOMING HOUSE UPDATE FROM DIXON HALL

Dixon Hall logoIn 2020, Dixon Hall took on a project renovate a row of four large Second Empire properties at 502-208 Parliament Street, in the heart of Cabbagetown. These were formerly TCHC rooming houses that had fallen into disrepair and were uninhabitable. The idea was to completely reconceptualize rooming house accommodation at these properties. The pandemic plus wildly fluctuating materials prices have both impacted the original schedule somewhat. They are currently performing the historical restoration, which they hope will be completed this fall. The interior work will follow and will hopefully be completed late spring early summer next year for resident move in.

Dixon Hall is also working on redesigning rooming houses at 41 Rose, 273- 277 Wellesley as well as 220 Carlton St with hopes to also have the work completed around the summer of 2022. This work is similar to Parliament Street, but there is much less exterior work required. The buildings will remain rooming houses for those at risk, with a high level of support available from Dixon Hall.

 

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40 ESSENTIAL FALL DAY(ISH) TRIPS FROM TORONTO 

BlogTO logoFall day trips from Toronto run the gamut from deep forest hikes to quaint small towns. There’s no better way to see how the province transforms each autumn than by packing into a car and heading to nearby destinations that show off the beauty of the Southern Ontario landscape. A fun photo report by Olivia Little at BlogTO.

 

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CITY (AND PROVINCIAL) NEWS

 

CITY OF TORONTO COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT DAYS

TORONTO LOGOThe City of Toronto will be holding Community Environment Days at the City’s seven Drop-Off Depots on Sundays throughout September and October. The events begin September 12 and will run until October 31, 2021.

This year, the City will host 14 drive-thru events at Drop-Off Depots. Toronto residents will be able to drive to different stations at Drop-Off Depots to drop off household hazardous waste and electronic items, donate materials for reuse and pick up free compost.

 

LIVE GREEN NEWS 

Here’s the August update on green news from our friends at Live Green Toronto.

 

MAYOR TORY LAUNCHES ARTWORX TO

This week the Mayor unveiled a new temporary work of public art at the Ontario Place lagoon as part of the launch of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022 which kicks off on September 22. The installation at Ontario Place, titled ‘Over Floe’, by John Notten, depicts five icebergs made almost entirely of Styrofoam salvaged from a Toronto demolition site.

As part of one of the largest investments in arts and culture in the City’s history, new City and Toronto Arts Council grants – funded by corporate and government partners – will provide Toronto artists with more than $4.5 million to produce more than 350 new murals, installations, exhibitions, art events, performances and productions in 2021 and 2022

 

TIME TO RENEW YOUR LICENSES AND HEALTH CARDS

People with expired driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, and health cards are being warned by the Ontario government that renewal requirements are being reinstated, reports Sean Davidson at CTV News.

At the height of the pandemic, the provincial government told residents that any identification cards that expired after March 2020 did not have to be renewed in an effort to keep people from gathering at Service Ontario locations.

 

 

Posted on August 26, 2021

We have received notification of a couple of new film shoots from Alice Lilwell at the City film permitting office.  These shoots are both scheduled for mid September: 

PRODUCTION #1: 

Production Type: TV SERIES

Project Title: Tallboyz 03

Production Company & Address: ACCENTBOYZ3 PRODUCTIONS Production Company Phone  #: 437-344-3040
Location Manager: Ingrid Fielden. Cell #: 416-930-9030

Filming Location(s) & Times: Location: 200 WINCHESTER ST

Type: FILMING, Start Date Time: Sep-13 07:00, To: Sep-13 21:00
Type: WEATHER, Start Date Time: Sep-17 07:00, To: Sep-17 21:00

Crew Parking Location(s):

SUMACH ST BETWEEN CARLTON ST AND WINCHESTER ST, Side: E. Start: Sep-12 07:00 , End: Sep-13 23:00
WINCHESTER ST BETWEEN SUMACH ST AND SUMACH ST, Side: N. Start: Sep-12 07:00 , End: Sep-13 23:00
PARLIAMENT ST BETWEEN WELLESLEY ST E AND BLOOR ST E, Side: E. Start: Sep-12 07:00 , End: Sep-17 23:00

 

PRODUCTION #2: 

Production Type: TV SERIES
Project Title: Jubilee

Production Company: SINKING SHIP (JUBILEE) PRODUCTIONS 
Production Company Phone  #: 905-699-5531
Location Manager: Dason Johnson. Cell #: 647-272-7477

Filming Location(s) & Times: Location: WINCHESTER ST and METCALFE ST

Type: PREP, Start Date Time: Sep-12 07:00, To: Sep-13 23:00
Type: FILMING, Start Date Time: Sep-14 07:00, To: Sep-17 23:00
Type: WRAP, Start Date Time: Sep-18 07:00, To: Sep-18 23:00
Type: WEATHER, Start Date Time: Sep-20 07:00, To: Sep-22 23:00

Parking Location(s):

WINCHESTER ST between METCALFE ST and SACKVILLE ST, Side: N. Start: Sep-14 07:00 , End: Sep-15 23:00
SACKVILLE ST between CARLTON ST and WINCHESTER ST, Side: W. Start: Sep-12 07:00 , End: Sep-17 23:00
PARLIAMENT ST BETWEEN WELLESLEY ST E AND BLOOR ST E, Side: E. Start: Sep-12 18:00 , End: Sep-17 23:00
METCALFE ST between MILLINGTON ST and WINCHESTER ST, Side: W. Start: Sep-14 07:00 , End: Sep-15 23:00 – Please note that this is the road closure date
WINCHESTER ST BETWEEN METCALFE ST AND SACKVILLE ST, Side: S. Start: Sep-12 18:00 , End: Sep-18 23:00

 

 
AND……WE’RE BACK

Hello Everyone,

After a few weeks of summer-time R&R we’re back in the saddle and raring to go again, bringing you all the local and city news that you’ve come to rely on.

As always, if you have anything to share that you feel the community would value hearing about, feel free to drop us a note at info@cabbagetowner.com.

 

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GOT DOG POOP ON YOUR STREET?

No poop signsWe’ve received a few complaints from residents over the last few months about an uptick in “un-scooped poop” on the sidewalks of Cabbagetown. So we created some free lawn signs for you, to provide a gentle reminder to dog owners that perhaps forget to stoop and scoop their lovable pooches poop.

If you’d like one to display in your front garden please email us at info@cabbagetowner.com, indicating your preference for design A or B.

City Expands Dog Waste Pilot Project
While we’re on the subject of poop, the City has announced an expansion of the pilot to test the collection of dog waste in street litter bins based on the success of the first phase of the pilot. Read all about it here.

 

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CABBAGETOWN SAFETY AND SECURITY UPDATE 

Clipart of thiefRecently we’ve had a number of community members share experiences about bicycle thefts, mail and package thefts (from porches and mailboxes), arson (lighter fuel sprayed on front doors), as well as open air drug deals. This may be an indication that these types of crimes are on the rise, or that we are all just being more vigilant.  

Most of these are crimes of opportunity, and there are a few things we can all do that have reportedly worked well for other Cabbagetowners:

  • Install motion sensitive lighting in poorly lit lanes, walkways or yards – reduces interest in people hanging around. Solar powered security lights are now readily available, making these much easier and cheaper to install.
  • Install video cameras (such as RING, NEST, Blink, etc.) to cover your porch, mailbox, garage, shed, laneway etc. – to capture potential thieves in the act to share with police. Again, some of these (e.g. Blink) are wireless and therefore a breeze to install.
  • Improve the security and locks on sheds and garages and securely lock bicycles, even if they are inside sheds/garages.
  • Replace your mailbox with one that locks – this has proved to be a good deterrent for some residents.
  • Post security or CCTV signs near your door as a warning to would -be thieves.
  • If you see something, say something!  It’s imperative that you report crimes to the Police at 51 Division 51, so that all incidents get added to crime stats. This page provides details on how to do this.  (Please don’t report crimes / issues to CRA as a first line, as we are not able to help in the moment.)
  • Talk to your neighbors about what is going on in your area (good and bad) – sharing your knowledge and experience helps!

Thank you all for your vigilance and effort in keeping Cabbagetown safer!

 
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SPRUCECOURT FAMILY MEETUP

We received this note from Sprucecourt School yesterday:

Whether you’re a new or returning family, we would like to welcome you back!  Join us for a meet up on any of the following days (weather depending).  This is a great chance to meet other families, ask questions and get ready for school.  Look for a person wearing an “Ask Me” tag, like in the photo below.  Hope to see you soon.

Saturday August 28th 10am-12pm
Monday August 30th 4:30pm-6:30pm
Saturday September 4th 10am-12pm

BONUS: Welcome Back Poster making
Wednesday, September 8th 4:30pm-6:30pm.
Bring materials (or borrow some of ours) to make posters to decorate the school and welcome students and staff back after a long 5 months away!

 

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FESTIVAL SIDEWALK SALE – SEPTEMBER 11-12

We have had several inquiries about whether the annual sidewalk sale associated with the Cabbagetown Festival is happening this year.

While the Festivities on Parliament Street have been cancelled, we spoke with the organizers of the Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts Fair this week and they have told us that they are still planning for it to go ahead, so there will no doubt be an influx of visitors into the neighbourhood. As such, for those that are interested, it would seem like a good weekend to set out sidewalk stalls, assuming things stay as open as they are currently and that there is no significant increase in Delta driven cases. 

As has become customary over the last 18 or so months, we strongly encourage everyone that intends to participate to take suitable precautions to keep residents and visitors safe, including wearing masks, providing hand sanitizer and respecting social distancing guidelines. 

 

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NOTICE OF LOCATION FILMING

Film CameraWe’ve received notification of a couple of new film shoots from Alice Lilwell at the City film permitting office. Here are all the details. Both are starting around the same time in Mid-September. One is at 200 Winchester Street and one at Winchester and lower Metcalfe Street. The latter will lead to closure of lower Metcalfe Street for September 18th. This production company has also asked to return for 4 filming days each month, but it is not yet clear for how many months.

As the latter request is for a reoccurring location, the production requires signatures from the residents in order to move ahead with the permit. The production company is putting together a notification to send out to residents to this end.

 

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CaféTO PUBLIC SURVEY LAUNCHED 

CaféTO now supports nearly 1,200 restaurants with expanded outdoor dining space in curb lanes and on sidewalks. A new public survey has been launched, to help the City better support recovery of the restaurant industry, enhance understanding of the appropriate use of public sidewalks and curb lanes, and identify the effects of expanded patios on private properties.

The survey is currently live and will be open until September 19, 2021. 

 

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TORONTO/PROVINCE REACH AGREEMENT ON FOUNDRY SITE

Foundry siteTwo of four buildings at the disputed Foundry on Eastern Avenue will now be saved under an agreement reached between the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario. 

“There’s still a lot of work to be done but we’re in this for the long run. We’re just really happy we’re able to start working together on it,” said Franca Leeson, co-founder of Friends of the Foundry. News report from Ashleigh Stewart at CBC.

 

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TORONTO RANKED 2nd SAFEST CITY IN THE WORLD BY EIU

Economist ImageDespite last year’s spike in incidents of gun violence, stunt driving and more amid lockdown, Toronto was just ranked the second safest city in the world, coming only behind Copenhagen, which regularly places high on lists of the best and safest places to live.

The new list for 2021, courtesy of the Economist Intelligence Unit, takes into account a slew of factors, from digital, infrastructure and personal security to environmental security and, especially important after COVID-19, health security.

 

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SUPPORTING REFUGEE HOUSING

Techfugees logoTechfugees Toronto reached out to the CRA recently. They are looking to connect with small landlords who would consider renting to refugee claimants (supported by settlement workers) in the future.

Do you own a rental housing unit? Perhaps in your basement, above a store or in a condo? Would you consider renting the apartment to a refugee family?

Techfugees Toronto is working with Romero House on a new project called the Refugee Housing Network, to help families living at Romero House transition from temporary to affordable permanent housing faster. They are looking for landlords who agree to be contacted by Romero House in the event that a settlement worker identifies a potential match with a refugee family living there. Settlement workers will only make tenant recommendations if the tenants have stable income.

Conditions for joining as a housing provider:

  • ️ Agree to share your unit information with Romero House (location, price, availability).
  • ️ Agree to be contacted by Romero House if a settlement worker identifies a potential match with a family.
  • ️ Agree to meet with the settlement worker and the family if a rental arrangement is possible (with no obligation to rent).
  • ️ Acknowledge that many refugee claimants do not have a credit score upon arrival and that many receive stable income from provincial assistance.

If you can help, email toronto@techfugees.com to find out more.

 

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CITY NEWS UPDATES

 

MEDICAL OFFICER RECOMMENDS WORKPLACE VACCINE POLICY

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, is strongly recommending local employers institute a workplace vaccination policy to protect their employees and the public from COVID-19.

To help with implementation, Toronto Public Health is launching a workplace toolkit including guidance on developing a workplace vaccination policy. 

 

75% OF 12 YEARS+ NOW FULLY VACCINATED

Mayor John Tory announced this week that the City of Toronto and Team Toronto vaccination partners have now administered two doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 75 per cent of eligible Torontonians age 12 and older. To reach this exciting milestone, the team has administered more than 4.5 million doses of vaccine across the city.

 

INFO SESSION ON LANEWAY SUITES BY-LAW REVIEW

The City will host two virtual information sessions about the Laneway Suites Review and Monitoring work. Links to each session are available on the Changing Lanes website under the “Meetings & Events” tab. Both meetings will include the same content.

Dates and Times: August 31, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm and September 1, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm,

City Planning staff will present preliminary findings from laneway suite applications to date, summarize comments we’ve received from the building industry and residents since the Laneway Suite By-law was enacted.

Want to see a real live laneway suite? There’s one under construction at the bottom end of Broadcast Lane.

 

LIVE GREEN NEWS 

Here’s the August update on green news from our friends at Live Green Toronto.

 

 
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CRA AGM

The CRA Annual General Meeting was held on June , with 24 attendees, of which at least 18 were members in good standing, exceeding the quorum minimum of 15 for voting on official business. 

The meeting covered off a review of CRA activities since the last AGM in June 2020, provided a financial overview of fiscal 2020 and completed it’s official business with unanimous approval. Here’s a link to the meeting minutes for further details.

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CRA BOARD CHANGES 

At the AGM the following motions relating to changes in the board composition were unanimously carried:

Three new board members were elected to positions vacated during 2020/2021. We warmly welcome the following new members to our board:

  1. Sam Lyon (City and CHCD Liaison)
  2. Jeremy Neuringer (Saftey , security and joint Police Liaison)
  3.  Katie Tozer (Event Chair, 2021 Forsythia Festival)

A further motion was made to increase the size of the board of
directors from 9 to 12 directors and to give the Board delegated authority to nominate such other individuals as it deems appropriate to fill such spots, in its discretion. 

The CRA has received a robust response to its recent call for new board members and is currently completing a review process to identify additional residents to join the board.

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CRA NEWSLETTER TAKES A SUMMER HIATUS 

The CRA newsletter will be taking a bit of a summer break following this issue, and will return to your inboxes sometime in August.

We will continue to post any ‘breaking’ Cabbagetown news on the CRA Facebook page  Twitter account. 

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GTGK LAUNCHES SUMMER MATCHING PROGRAM

When COVID-19 shifted schools online, Green Thumbs Growing Kids (GTGK) TRIPLED the number of schools it reached.  In addition to serving students in the home base of  Regent Park ), they reached 9 NEW neighbourhoods, (including Riverside, Parkdale, Eglinton West and Lawrence Ave) PLUS 4 NEW cities (Richmond Hill, Mississauga, Scarborough, and Whitby).

Before the pandemic, their programs were in person and staff performed many of the necessary garden caretaking tasks alongside students. Now Staff are doing double duty running programming AND tending the gardens. But the budget has not adjusted to reflect this growth. 

GTGK has launched a summer matching program to build much needed funds to help with the budget shortfall. Read more about how you can help.

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UPDATE ON GARDEN SUITES STUDY 

street scape drawingThe Garden Suites Study looks at expand housing options in Neighbourhoods as part of the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) work program, endorsed by City Council in July 2020. 

Proposals Report, including draft Garden Suite regulations, is going to the June 28, 2021 Planning and Housing Committee meeting. The draft regulations contained in the Proposals Report will form the basis for ongoing consultation. 

Additional information about the Garden + Suites study is available at www.toronto.ca/gardensuites

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SOME TORONTO BEACHES DEEMED UNSAFE FOR SWIMMING

BlogTO logoToronto is home to 11 supervised public beaches, eight of which are blue flag certified this year, meaning the city regularly conducts inspections of E. coli levels to see which ones are safe for swimming on any given day. Unfortunately, only two beaches have been given the green light for swimming in recent days: Woodbine Beach and Bluffer’s Beach Park. A report from Mira Miller at BlogTO.

 

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CITY NEWS UPDATES

 

CITY STAFF REPORT RECOMMENDS RENAMING DUNDAS STREET

TORONTO LOGOIn June 2020, City Council received a petition calling for Dundas Street to be renamed. The street is named after Scottish politician Henry Dundas, who scholars have concluded played an instrumental role in delaying the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, causing more than half a million more Black people to be enslaved in the British Empire.

Read the background to the city’s Recognition Review and Response to the Dundas Street Renaming Petition

A City of Toronto staff report which recommends a renaming of Dundas Street and other civic assets with the Dundas namehas now been scheduled to go before the Executive Committee on July 6. If approved, the report will then be reviewed by City Council at its July meeting.

The recommendation follows discovery sessions, extensive academic research and a review of over 400 global case studies, and furthers the City’s commitment to anti-Black racism, Indigenous truth and reconciliation, as well as building a more inclusive and equitable Toronto.

 

BIKE SHARE FREE RIDE WEDNESDAYS ARE BACK

 Mayor Tory, Scott Collier Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) President, and Rhonda English, Chief Marketing Officer, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) recently announced the return of Free Ride Wednesdays during the month of July.

Thanks to the Bike Share Toronto / CAA SCO partnership, Bike Share Toronto riders will ride for free every Wednesday in July. Riders can take out a bike for up to 30 minutes, return the bike to any station, and take out another bike for an additional free 30-minute ride for a 24-hour period.

 

ParkPlayTO AND SUMMER IN THE 6IX RETURN WITH KIDS PROGRAMS

Mayor Tory has announced that ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX will return this summer to engage Toronto youth, children and their families at parks and outdoor spaces across the City for a second summer.

Beginning Monday, July 5, ParksPlayTO will offer free drop-in and activity-based, recreation programming Monday to Friday at 74 locations.

Check ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX for more information.

 

FREE SUNSCREEN RETURNS TO 75 WATERFRONT PARK LOCATIONS

The City of Toronto, the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund and the Douglas Wright Foundation are collaborating once again to provide free sunscreen through touchless dispensers at select park and trail locations along the Toronto waterfront. The dispensers are available at 75 locations in City parks along the waterfront, from Marie Curtis Park in the west to Bluffers Park in the east.

Since 2017, #BeSunSafe has offered sunscreen dispensers in select Toronto city parks, protecting close to 250,000 Torontonians. 

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PANDEMIC/VACCINE UPDATES

 

As we all happily move into phase 2 reopening (with case counts remaining consistently low!), we will be closing off the pandemic/ vaccine news section, after nearly 15 months of coverage. We will roll any future related updates into the main newsletter content.  

 

 
CRA 2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The CRA AGM is scheduled for June 23 at 7.30 pm on Zoom. Invitations and links to the Zoom session have already been circulated to all CRA Newsletter recipients. If you still need the link, please email us at info@cabbagetowner.com.

Please note that only members of the association whose accounts are in good standing are permitted to vote on any resolutions that are brought to the floor. You can check your membership status by looking at the header of the newsletter email that you just received from us. Here’s the meeting agenda.

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JUNE 2021 SPRUCECOURT COUNCIL NEWS

Sprucecourt public schoolFrom the Sprucecourt School Council: It’s hard to believe the 2020/2021 school year has come to an end.  There is no doubt that this has been a challenging time for many.  It has hopefully been made slightly easier by our amazing teachers and administrators – helping us all navigate online learning.  A huge thank you to the staff at the school for helping to make a challenging time slightly easier.   The 2021/2022 school year is set to start on Thursday, September 9th, 2021.  We hope to see you in person at that time!

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PARLIAMENT STREET FITNESS ADDS MORE FOR OUTDOORS

Parliament Street Fitness logoUnder Ontario’s re-opening plan, outdoor fitness classes and personal training are now allowed. As a result, Parliament Street Fitness will  now offer some outdoor HIIT/bootcamp, yoga and running classes starting on June 22 in Riverdale Park West or Sprucecourt School. Classes are free for current members.  Non-members are more than welcome to join. Check out the PSF web site for more info (scroll down home page to schedule)

(Thanks to Doug Fisher at CNR for this news item) 

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THE GREAT BIG CRUNCH – FROM GTGK

Have you heard of the Great Big Crunch? It’s a national movement and annual moment of anti-silence in which students, teachers, parents and others passionate about healthy food join the food movement, crunching into apples (or other crunchy fruit or vegetable) to make a big noise for healthy school food! Every year since 2008, Canadians have participated in the synchronized crunch, an original initiative of FoodShare Toronto, and now adopted by the national Coalition for Healthy School Food. Story from Heather Wilberforce at Green Thumbs, Growing Kids.

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NEW TRANSFORMATION FROM LANEWAY PROJECT

Located just south of Queen St E between Logan Ave and Morse St, this laneway is used by local kids to get to school, and provides service and parking access to neighbouring businesses and homes. It now features Toronto’s very first full-coverage laneway road mural along its entire 90m length.

This follows on from their project in Central Hospital Lane in Moss Park-Cabbagetown.

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LATEST UPDATES FROM LIVE GREEN NEWS 

Live Green TO LogoHere’s a link to the latest newsletter from LiveGreen Toronto. In this month’s issue they cover:

Celebrating Pollinator Week – June 21-27, Toronto’s annual basement flooding campaign, community approaches to waste reduction and Getting TO to Net Zero.

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FREE ICE CREAM AND DRINKS IN RIVERDALE PARK

Toronto residents who can show they have been vaccinated can get free ice cream and drinks from Kitchen Hub in honour of International Picnic Day.

Today, June 19, between 5 pm and 8 pm, the Kitchen Hub will host a picnic in Riverdale Park West and give away free drinks and soft-serve ice cream. The celebration is in partnership with Greenhouse, Station Cold Brew, and Sapsucker.

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DOWNTOWN SNOW CLEARING PLAN ALL SIGNED OFF

spacing logoLast week City Council voted overwhelmingly to expand sidewalk snow clearing to every sidewalk in the city. New plows will be purchased through the existing capital budget, and the operating budget won’t be all that expensive after all, reports Dylan Reid from spacing.ca.

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NEWS FROM THE CITY:

 

ActiveTO – PORTIONS OF BAYVIEW TO BE FULLY CLOSED THIS WEEKEND

TORONTO LOGOThe City has announced the ActiveTO major weekend road closures that will be in place from Saturday, June 19 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 20 at 9 p.m., including the return of the full vehicle closure on part of Bayview Avenue.

ActiveTO road closures to vehicles will include:
• Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), from Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue
• Bayview Avenue (full closure), between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street.

 

CITY ANNOUNCES NEW ParkFitTO PROGRAM 

Last week the mayor announced the launch of ParkFitTO, a new pilot initiative offering residents outdoor fitness programming. With provincial restrictions still in place, the City of Toronto’s recreation centres will deliver fitness programs during the summer season at outdoor locations. With ParkFitTO, the City will offer outdoor drop-in fitness workouts as well as weekly outdoor group fitness and walking programs. 

 

PERMIT PARKING ENFORCEMENT RESUMES

The City of Toronto reminds residents that routine enforcement of residential on-street permit parking resumes Monday, June 21 at 12:01 a.m. The City encourages residents who require residential on-street parking, and who do not have a valid on-street parking permit, to apply for a new permit as soon as possible. 

 

ADDRESSING TAKEAWAY WASTE

 Last Week Toronto City Council approved the Single-Use and Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy – Stage 1 report as the first stage of a Reduction Strategy to help reduce single-use and takeaway items in Toronto. 

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VACCINATION AND TESTING NEWS:

 

mRNA NOW PREFERRED 2nd DOSE FOR AZ RECIPIENTS: NACI

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now recommending that people who received a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine receive a second dose of an mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.

 

CITY OPENS UP 90,000 NEW VACCINE APPOINTMENTS

The City will open 90,000 new vaccine appointments over the next two weeks to respond to continued unprecedented demand as eligibility for second vaccine doses opens further. 30,000 appointments at City-run immunization clinics for the week of June 21 are now open in the provincial booking system . On Monday, the remaining 60,000 appointments will open for the week of June 28.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BOOKING A SUMMER TRIP

Rising vaccination rates and a gradual easing of international travel restrictions may be causing some Canadians to dream of that exotic summer vacation they had long since written off as a lost cause.

But with many restrictions still in place, challenges with accessing certain insurance, and the question of travelling with unvaccinated children, there are several things to consider before spending money on plane tickets in 2021. A report from Cameron French at CTV News. 

 

FREE TEST KITS FROM CITY/BoT TO HELP SMBs WITH REOPENING 

The City of Toronto has partnered with the Toronto Region Board of Trade to provide free COVID-19 rapid screening kits to small- and medium-sized businesses across Toronto.

 

 

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