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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.

 

 

This will be a webinar-style virtual event on the Zoom platform. All paid up members will be emailed the Zoom login credentials.

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • A year in review
  • Financials 
  • Introduction to new board
  • Formal portion of meeting 
  • Questions (to be taken by text chat function, or submitted to info@cabbagetowner.com prior to meeting) 

 

Posted on June 2, 2021

The CRA is looking for a few Cabbagetown residents interested in joining its board of directors to contribute to and help grow our activities in the neighbourhood.

New members will be ratified following the CRA AGM on June 23, 2021.

For anyone that’s interested in joining us, here’s an overview of the activities, focus and composition of the Association :

The CRA was established in 1967 and is a purely volunteer-led organization.

We are one of several active residents’ associations across Cabbagetown, each representing different geographical areas of the neighbourhood. The CRA covers East Cabbagetown, bordered by St James Cemetery to the North, Parliament to the East, Gerrard to the South and the Don River to the West.

The CRA helps build community by:

  • Hosting annual events in the community
  • Promoting neighborhood safety and security
  • Representing community concerns with the city and police
  • Sharing local news and information with residents
 
EVENTS

FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL – MAY

The Forsythia Festival is held annually on the 1st Sunday of May at Wellesley Park and is free for all to attend.

There’s usually a parade with marching band, a BBQ sponsored Steak and Chops, a beer garden sponsored by Stout Irish Pub, a magic show and dozens of activities for kids and families including bouncy castle, mechanical raccoon, face painting, photobooth, spring bike inspection, parachute game, craft station, flower crown station, and much more … the Toronto Fire Department even gives fire truck tours!

 It takes over 100 volunteers to bring the Forsythia Festival to life each year and we’re grateful for the continued sponsorships from our Cabbagetown Business Community and residents.

2021 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Forsythia Festival and although we were not able to gather in person to mark this wonderful community milestone, the Festival still went ahead as a virtual event. In 2022 we expect it to come back roaring as an in-person even, as it has been traditionally.  


 PUMPKIN WALK – 1 NOVEMBER

The Pumpkin Walk happens every year on November 1. Residents bring their Halloween Pumpkins to Riverdale Park, for a magical evening of twinkling lights and neighbourhood fun. We collect donations for the local Food Bank and then the Pumpkins are recycled for us by the City.

HOLIDAY CARDS – CHRISTMAS

The Holiday Cards event is run in conjunction with local schools. Students create holiday themed art, which is judged by local Cabbagetown artists. The winning entries get special certificates and a pizza lunch for their class.


HOLIDAY LIGHTS – CHRISTMAS

The Holiday lights contest encourages everyone in the neighbourhood to decorate their front yards over the Christmas period (usually with lights!). Residents can enter their house (or anyone else’s) into the competition and everyone gets a chance to vote on their favourite. Winners get a plaque to commemorate their achievement and a call-out in our newsletter.


SPRING AND FALL CLEANUP – April and September

This is a community event that coincides with Earth Day each year, where we get together with neighbours to do a clean-up sweep across our local parks. In 2020 we decided to add a second clean-up in September, to coincide with World Clean up Day.

SAFETY AND SECURITY/POLICE LIAISON

The CRA maintains a close liaison with Toronto Police 51 Division through regular communications with our community policing representatives. We also participate in the Community Policing Liaison Committee which brings police and community representatives together several times a year to discuss crime and safety and security challenges and solutions.

CITY LIAISON

The CRA maintains regular communications with representatives at the councillors office for Ward 13 on all sorts of subjects of concern to our residents. These include new developments in and around the neighbourhood, traffic and crosswalk issues, local park amelioration, selection of bike share locations, etc.

COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

The CRA has traditionally put out a monthly newsletter to its database of residents. When the pandemic started we upped the frequency and included a round-up of local, city and pandemic/vaccination news, which has proved to be popular with our members.

SOCIAL/ENVIRONMENTAL

In 2020, the CRA started to recruit new board members that can spare a few hours per month to help the association ramp-up its involvement in new initiatives, with a focus on social and environmental issues. This was kicked off in 2020 with a fundraiser for Dixon Hall, which raised over $13,000 for food insecurity in our neighbourhood.

We plan on continuing with these initiatives and our expectations are that anyone joining the board can provide a few hours per month focused on board activities and initiatives.

 

CRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The CRA is run by a volunteer board of up to 12 members of our community (currently we are approved for 10 by our membership, which can be adjusted at the AGM). Board members are involved in all aspects of the associations activities and decision making. Board responsibilities are split across three main areas:

  • Traditional board roles – President, VP, Secretary, Treasury, Communications etc.
  • CRA Events – Forsythia Festival, Pumpkin Walk, Clean-up days, etc.
  • Community focus – Safety and Security, Police liaison, City liaison, etc.

New board members join for an initial term of 2 years, which can be extended by 1 or 2 years.

If you’re interested in hearing more, please drop us a note to info@cabbagetowner.com

 

 

IMPORTANT BOARD AND AGM UPDATES FROM THE CRA

Hi All,

First up we have a couple of important Association announcements for you:

 
THE CRA 2021 AGM IS NOW SCHEDULED

The CRA AGM will happen on June 23 at 7.30 pm on Zoom. If you’re a paid up member of the CRA you’re eligible to attend. We will share the Zoom login details with all members by email in a few days.  Here is a draft of the proposed meeting agenda.

 
ANNUAL CALL FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The CRA is looking for up to three Cabbagetown residents interested in joining its board of directors, to contribute to and help grow our activities in the neighbourhood. New members will be voted onto the board following the AGM.

Here’s an overview of the current activities, focus and composition of the association for anyone that would like to join us.

Interested? Drop us a line to: info@cabbagetowner.com. 

Know someone else who might be interested? Please ask them to contact us.

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CABBAGETOWN GETS ITS OWN TACO JOINT

taco meatA new taco outlet called Pastor Taco recently opened at 245 Gerrard Street, just West of Eclectisaurus. You can get chicken, pork or bean tacos in singles or four-ups, plus helado (vegan ice cream) and poletas (popsicles). 

It was just featured in BlogTO’s round up of 10 new restaurants this week along with our new friends at LJS Khasos.

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THE CABBAGETOWN FARMERS MARKET IS BACK!

Farmers market logoThe Cabbagetown Farmers Market reopened for the 2021 season on June 1. Please make sure to go by and support all the vendors.

The market runs from  June 1 thru October 12 every Tuesday afternoon from 3pm to 7pm – rain or shine. Location  is NW corner of Riverdale Park West, Winchester and Sumach.

They’ve posted some simple rules to keep all of us safe while we’re there:  Stay home if you don’t feel well.  Use sanitizer and put on your mask before entering.  Follow the one-way walking directions.   Be courteous and stay two metres away from other people.  Don’t eat in the Market area.  It’s all common sense and we’re all used to these rules by now.  

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HEART2 HEART INTRODUCES NEW PROGRAM TO COMBAT OPIOID POISONING 

H2H logoHeart2Heart on Carlton Street has launched a new free community program caller Peer Support Responder in direct response to the increase in opioid poisoning fatalities and people using drugs alone.

The program brings life saving training and protective equipment directly to frontline people who are most likely to encounter or witness opioid poisoning/overdose. Each responder trained by Heart2Heart will receive specialized training in overdose response and Naloxone administration.  

Find out more and review a brief informational video at the Heart2Heart website.

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TORONTO PRIDE 40TH ANNIVERSARY – LET’S GET ‘PHYGITAL’

Pride logoPlanning a major event against a backdrop of gradually evolving public health restrictions and the ever-growing impatience among the public can’t be easy. Enter Pride’s “phygital” program, a series of art installations at Stackt Market, Harbourfront Centre, Woodbine Beach, LED screens around town and other locations that are giving Pride a real-life focal point in a way that isn’t about a massive crowd gathering. Now Toronto has curated a list of 20 essential virtual parties, podcasts, installations, screenings and more.

The complete festival includes over 70 individual events showcasing more than 130 2SLGBTQ+ artists, 14 party collectives, and seven community committee programs. The full month of programming will begin on June 1, concluding with two Festival Weekends on June 18-19-20 and June 25-26-27.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ONTARIO VACATION PLANNING

BlogTO logoTravel between different Ontario regions has been off limits for quite some time now thanks to the stay-at-home order and lockdown restrictions. But as public health measures begin to ease, residents are likely wondering what will and won’t be allowed when it comes to travelling this summer.

Thanks to the provincewide nature of Ontario’s new reopening plan and improving vaccination rates, travelling between regions will be a possibility for residents over the next few months — just as long as COVID-19 indicators remain under control, reports Mira Miller at BlogTO.

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T.O. HISTORY MUSEUMS LAUNCHES VIRTUAL INDIGENOUS PROGRAMMING

TO History MuseumsMayor John Tory launched Indigenous Peoples Month at Toronto History Museums. This month-long online celebration replaces the 2021 Indigenous Arts Festival, which cannot be held due to COVID-19. It includes tours, a culinary program, a shop experience that includes products from Indigenous artists and authors, and film and dance performances by emerging and established artists. Find out more in the City News Release.

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STRUGGLING WITH ALLERGIES? THERE’S A REASON FOR THAT THIS YEAR

Pollen imageDr. Anne Ellis, an allergist and professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., says that she has heard from more patients than normal reporting worsening allergy symptoms.

“The pollen counts are much higher this year than they were this time last year,” Ellis said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. Report by Brooklyn Neustaeter at CTV News.

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LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN PLACE – JUNE 2 to 14

BlogTO logoOntario’s stay-at-home order officially expired on Wednesday, June 2, but the province has clarified that very few things will actually change once the order is lifted. 

In a news release issued Tuesday, the provincial government said all other public health and workplace measures will remain in place provincewide until Ontario enters Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen, which is currently scheduled for the week of June 14

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BAY ST FROM FROM DUNDAS TO GERRARD TO CLOSE FOR SEWER REPAIRS

TORONTO LOGOA portion of Bay Street will be closed for another month as crews continue to repair a sewer pipe that collapsed in May. It was initially supposed to take just a few days to repair but in a news release issued on Tuesday the city confirmed that the work is now expected to take approximately one month as the repair is particularly challenging due in part to the extensive network of underground utility infrastructure that must be carefully navigated.

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TORONTO IEC APPROVES SNOW CLEARING PLAN

TORONTO LOGOThe City of Toronto’s Infrastructure & Environment Committee today approved the proposed plan to expand sidewalk snow clearing to all neighbourhoods in the city starting this upcoming 2021-22 winter season. City Council will consider the report at its meeting of June 8 to 9.

If the plan is approved by Council, all homes in the city would receive winter snow clearing service on their sidewalks. This would mean that more than 103,000 households would be added to the program — 91 per cent of city sidewalks would receive mechanical sidewalk snow clearing and, due to sidewalk obstructions and narrow spaces, nine per cent would be manually cleared. 

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VACCINE UPDATES:

 

NACI APPROVES MIX AND MATCH VACCINES

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) updated its guidance to recommend that the second shot of an mRNA vaccine, Moderna or Pfizer, can be the follow-up to the first dose of AstraZeneca. NACI says individuals that received the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna should be offered the same mRNA shot. If supply does not allow for that, the health committee says those who received the first shot of Pfizer could, then, get a second dose of Moderna or vice versa. Report by Michael Ranger and Lucas Casaletto at 680 News. 


ONTARIO TO SPEED UP SECOND DOSE TIMING 

Ontario is speeding up eligibility for second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and officials now expect the majority of those who want a vaccine will be fully immunized by the end of summer.

Increasing supply of vaccines and progress in administering first doses means the province is able to accelerate the timing between first and second shots, officials said at a briefing last Friday morning.

 

 

 
EVERYTHING YOU  NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ROADMAP TO REOPENING

ontario logoThe Ontario government just announced a 3-step roadmap to reopening, with each phase gated by vaccination rate targets.

Health Minister Christine Elliott stated that the government is hoping to put all of Ontario into the first phase of the plan “around the week of June 14th”. It’s a little unclear, however, what our status will be between June 2 (end of stay at home order) and June 14. It seems we will be in a more restricted state than Phase One but no longer under an official stay at home order, but we might well as be!

Roadmap – Step One

Step One begins once 60 per cent of Ontario’s adults have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and if public health indicators, such as hospitalizations, ICU occupancy and new admissions and case rates indicate the province can safely move to this step of the roadmap. 

Roadmap – Step Two

We remain in Step One for at least 21 days. If at the end of those 21 days the province has vaccinated 70 per cent of adults with one dose and 20 per cent of adults with two doses and there are positive trends in public health and health system indicators, we move to Step Two.

Roadmap – Step Three

We remain in Step Two for at least 21 days. If at the end of those 21 days the province has vaccinated 70 to 80 per cent of adults with one dose and 25 per cent of adults with two doses and positive trends in public health and health system indicators continue, Ontario will move to Step Three.

The Government of Ontario has provided a complete and detailed view of  what we can and can’t do at each of these stages, assuming these milestones are met.

If that’s all a bit detailed for you, here are some round-ups of the plans from local news outlets:

 

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NEW RESTAURANT LJS KHASOS OPENS AT PEARTREE LOCATION

Khasos restaurant frontageNow open at 507 Parliament, LJS Khasos specializes in Italian and American dishes with a particular focus on pasta and pizza…two things you just can’t go wrong with!⁣

Opening a new restaurant is a big challenge at the best of times, let alone in the midst of a pandemic, so let’s give them a big Cabbagetown welcome with some takeout orders!
(Thanks to Cabbagetown BIA for this content)

 

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OWNERS OF HERITAGE HOMES GET AN INSURANCE SURPRISE

Globe and mail logoIn recent months, some residents of Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood have been told by their insurer that, for reasons not entirely clear to them, their home is no longer insurable. For Bruce Thomas, the change was inexplicable. The former physician’s house on Amelia Street is in the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District but has no specific heritage designation. Report by Shane Dingman at the Globe and Mail.

(Note: this article may not be accessible by all due to Globe & Mail paywall restrictions)

 

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FREE SEEDS FROM ‘FOOD UP FRONT’

Fruit and vegFood Up Front, a Transition Toronto project, believes that growing local food is one way to mitigate the climate crisis by reducing food miles and our dependence on international agribusiness. 

They deliver seeds to people at no cost around the GTA. They are currently taking orders and looking for volunteers to deliver them.

Visit their website to find out more about them and complete the relevant forms to either volunteer and/or order seeds. Orders can be made up to May 31. 

 

 

ActiveTO BAYVIEW AVE. PHASE 2 ENHANCEMENTS – SPRING 2021

Active TO logoIn 2020, temporary cycle tracks and a multi-use trail were installed on Bayview Avenue/River Street between Gerrard Street and Rosedale Valley Road to provide more direct and accessible access to the Don Trails, Evergreen Brickworks and Rosedale Valley Road Trail. 

In 2021, the City is set to begin construction of Phase 2 Lower Don Trail Improvements including trail widening and surface improvements between Riverdale Park and Queen Street. This will result in temporary closure of the Lower Down Trail from Pottery Road to Corktown Commons.

To reduce the impact of this closure, the city will enhance the temporary multi-use trail on Bayview Avenue between River Street and Mill Street to provide a safe, direct, and comfortable detour route. Bayview Avenue in this section will be converted to one-way southbound to accommodate a multi-use trail on the east side of the street. 

You can find out more about these improvement in the City’s ActiveTO Bayview Avenue Phase 2 brochure.

 

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CPA ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL AGM AND HISTORICAL TALK

CPA logoThe Cabbagetown Preservation Association’s annual meeting is scheduled for Monday May 31 at 7 pm. The business meeting will be followed by two special events.  First, a Cabbagetown home will receive the Peggy Kurtin Award for Excellence in Restoration.  Then Gilles Huot will present Cabbagetown through Time, a 30-minute talk with photos and maps. Visit the CPA about us page for more info. 

(Thanks to Doug Fisher at the Cabbagetown neighbourhood review for this content)

 

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CITY REPORT ON SINGLE USE/TAKEAWAY ITEM REDUCTION STRATEGY

TORONTO LOGOThis week Toronto released the Single-Use and Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy – Stage 1 staff report that will be considered by the Infrastructure and Environment Committee on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
 
Plans to present a more comprehensive Reduction Strategy to City Council in 2020 were delayed as the City focused its efforts on the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is not recommending mandatory measures such as fees, bans or bylaws at this time. Instead, the report recommends a Voluntary Measures Program (VMP) as the first stage of a Reduction Strategy to help reduce single-use and takeaway items.

 

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10 WAYS TO UP YOUR GARDENING GAME THIS SPRING/SUMMER

Toronto life logoGrowing things in your backyard garden or on your condo balcony may end up being one of the few guaranteed pleasures during a long 2021 pandemic summer. For both long-time gardeners and new Covid-era hobbyists, D’Loraine Miranda at Toronto Life has curated a fun list of insider tips, cool new gizmos and and shops devoted to backyard/balcony gardens this summer.  

 

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TPL SETS WORLD RECORD WITH 8  MILLION DIGITAL DOWNLOADS 

Toronto public library logoShawn Mitchell with Toronto Public Library’s Membership Services said the online library set a new record of 8 million digital downloads of e-books and audiobooks in 2020, making TPL the largest consumer of e-content in the world, for the 8th year in a row system,” Mitchell said. Report from Pat Foran, CTV News.

Want to add to the numbers? Here’s where you can sign up for a digital access card. 

 

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AND IN WINTER NEWS…..

BlogTO logoFor a city that should be extremely well-equipped to deal with snow and ice, Toronto’s sidewalks can be a hazard for residents come winter time. But, all that is changing this year, with a new plan to tackle winter precipitation across Toronto that will include hitting every sidewalk in every neighbourhood, reports Mira Miller at BlogTO.

Read the news release from the City. 

IMPORTANT: In her latest newsletter, Councillor Wong-Tam stated:
“I encourage you to write in your support for the trial project results and to call upon City Council to permanently expand sidewalk snow clearing for the entire downtown this year and to make sure that it is fully funded in future budgets going forward.”. Such communications should be directed to the Secretariat Contact Matthew Green, at: iec@toronto.ca, cc kristyn@kristynwongtam.ca.

You could also include all other IEC members:

 

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VACCINE UPDATES:

 

Ontario Proceeding With 2nd Dose of Astra Zeneca in May/June

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts, is proceeding with second dose administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, beginning with those who received their first dose of the vaccine between March 10 and March 19, 2021. Read full details in the Provincial News Release.

 

Canada Ordered Over 400 Million Vaccines. What’s The Status?

Six months into vaccination campaign, some companies have delivered while others are a work in progress, reports John Paul Tasker at CBC News.

 

How Do You Know Your Covid-19 Vaccine is Working? 

Whether you feel crappy afterwards, or feel nothing at all, the shot is working to protect you from the virus, reports Nick Beare at the National Post.

 
Why Some People May Stay Home After COVID Ends

 With warm weather approaching and the promise of a “one-dose summer” on the horizon, many Canadians are eager for life to get back to pre-pandemic “normal.” But not all Canadians are happy to see the end of lockdown life brought about by COVID-19, reports Brooke Taylor at CTV News. 

 

 

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