Seasons greetings from the CRA team. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year.
Your friends at the CRA
CRA HOLIDAY CARD CONTEST – WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Well, the ever popular CRA holiday card contest has wrapped up for another year and the results are in for everyone to enjoy.
Thanks to all the children at both Winchester and Sprucecourt Schools for participating so enthusiastically as well as to our organizers and, of course, to our dedicated and diligent judges.
Each of the winning entries has been made into holiday cards, which will be printed and distributed to CRA member households within the CRA boundary (Gerrard, Parliament, St. James Cemetery and the Don River).
CABBAGETOWN HOLIDAY LIGHTS COMPETITION
Yes, it’s back for 2021 and we’re ready to receive your photos for posting to the voting portal, so 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!
Just want to vote? Here’s the link to the voting portal.
DIXON HALL LOOKING FOR MOW VOLUNTEERS
This just in from Dixon Hall:
We thank all out volunteers for helping out with our Meals on Wheels (MOW) program in the past. With their help, we have been able to continue to bring comfort to those experiencing food insecurity and isolation during such challenging times.
Due to the pandemic and its continued restrictions, we are currently experiencing a shortage of volunteers for this upcoming holiday season. We are asking for your help once again.
If you are able to offer your time with the MOW program this year, and help deliver essential meals to seniors and people with disabilities in the community, please complete this volunteer registration form.
HELP OUR LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS GROW
As a signed up user, I received a message from Julianna at Suppli, a Cabbagetown organization who believes that together we can make single-use takeout containers a thing of the past:
As the giving season is upon us we want to thank you for being a part of this journey and ask for your help! Together with you and others from our amazing community, we’ve saved over 17,000 (and counting!) single-use containers from landfills and generated tens of thousands in additional revenue for east-end restaurants. Wild!
We’re trying to get the word out about Suppli and figured we’d start by asking our existing community members to refer a friend!
Already a user? Please spread the word. Not a user? Sign up now and if you indicate you were referred by a friend (at the CRA!), they’ll donate $1 to Second Harvest.
TORONTO NYE FIREWORKS GO BIG FOR 2021/22
Toronto’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display is returning to the sky for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic but it is going to look a little different as the city works to limit crowds.
Mayor John Tory announced on Wednesday that there will be a “10-minute, high-altitude fireworks display” to ring in 2022, reports Chris Fox at CP24/CTV News.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
The City of Toronto encourages residents to “recycle right” and reduce the amount of waste that they generate during the holidays.
Every year, the City manages more than 900,000 tonnes (two billion pounds) of waste. This requires money, energy and resources, and takes up valuable landfill space. The holiday season in particular can create a large amount of waste. The most effective way to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill is to practice the 3Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle right. Small changes can make a big impact.
TORONTO KIDS VACCINE DAY THIS SUNDAY
Team Toronto and Toronto Kids Vaccine Day partners are ready for action! The team will be welcoming nearly two thousand of the city’s youngest public-health superheroes to Scotiabank Arena to get their COVID-19 vaccine surrounded kid-friendly activities, entertainment, ticket and toy giveaways and special Toronto mascot and PAW Patrol visitors.
Toronto Kids Vaccine Day is taking place this Sunday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are needed and some appointments are still available by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 or through the Province of Ontario’s How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
LATEST NEWSLETTER FROM GTGK
Heather over at Green Thumbs Growing Kids asked us to share their latest newsletter highlighting efforts to provide environmental stewardship through hands-on garden and food education for urban children and their communities.
LIVE GREEN NEWS – DEC. 2021
And here’s a bumper year-end round-up from our friends over at Live Green Toronto.