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CITY UPDATE ON SERVICES AND ActiveTO THIS W/E  

The City continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities. residents heading outside this weekend are reminded of the importance of washing/sanitizing their hands often, staying within their social circle of no more than 10 people, avoiding crowds, practicing physical distancing, and wearing a face covering where this is difficult. 

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OUTDOOR POOLS STAYING OPEN LATE

Temperatures in the city are soaring and will continue to hover around 35 C for the next few days, so city swimming pools hours are being extended.

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TORONTO PARKING ENFORCEMENT RESUMES

Parking enforcement will return to normal in the next several weeks as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease.

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METROLINX INSTALLS PLASTIC BARRIERS

Next time you’re taking the GO train, things may look a little different. 

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WALL MURALS TO CELEBRATE FRONTLINE WORKERS

Mayor Tory announces that a new series of wall murals painted by local street, mural and graffiti artists will celebrate Toronto’s frontline workers, first responders and volunteers as part of the StART Frontline Heroes Art Project.

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CITY MAKES MASKS MANDATORY INDOORS

Toronto city council has voted to make non-medical masks and face coverings mandatory in indoor public spaces to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Here are all the places you’ll be required to wear a face mask or covering in Toronto.

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POLICE STILL SEARCHING FOR STABBING SUSPECT

The suspect in the stabbing incident at Wellesley and Ontario Streets is still at large. Sadly the victim died in the attack.

Update: June 30 – suspect arrested and charged.

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MASK REMINDER FROM THE TTC

Don’t forget that masks are mandatory on all TTC vehicles from July 2. Read about staying safe on public transit

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BIKE THIEVES ARE IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

A resident advised us that his locked bike has been stolen from his back yard. Other similar thefts have been mentioned on ‘Life In Cabbagetown’. Remember, keep bikes out of sight and be prepared to invest in locks that reflect the value of your bike. Better still, keep them indoors.

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A PARK AT THE END OF PARLIAMENT STREET?

Some local residents have started a petition to get the Google Sidewalks space re-zoned as public parkland. If you like this idea,
you can support the petition here.
 

 

ALL POOLS AND SPLASH-PADS OPEN BY SAT 27 JUNE

The City began opening its outdoor aquatic amenities this week, beginning with splash pads on Wednesday. All 140 splash pad locations across Toronto will be open by tomorrow.  capacity at outdoor pools will be reduced to 25 per cent.

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CITY UPDATE ON SERVICES AND ActiveTO THIS W/E  

The City continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities. residents heading outside this weekend are reminded of the importance of washing/sanitizing their hands often, staying within their social circle of no more than 10 people, avoiding crowds, practicing physical distancing, and wearing a face covering where this is difficult 

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TORONTO ENTERS PHASE 2 REOPENING 

The City of Toronto enters Stage 2 reopening Wednesday June 25. This means the safe restart of some services and businesses including restaurants and bars with patios, personal care services, shopping malls and select recreational spaces such as splash pads and pools.

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STATE OF EMERGENCY EXTENDED TO JULY 15

A PC motion tabled last Wednesday to extend Ontario’s ongoing state of emergency until at least July 15 has passed in the legislature. 

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MORE ActiveTO CYCLING CONNECTIONS ADDED 

Two major downtown ActiveTO cycling network connections, on parts of University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent and Bloor Street, will be installed before the weekend.

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TORONTO ISLAND FERRY SERVICES TO RESUME

The City will resume its public ferry service to Toronto Island Park on June 27. The ferries will operate at 50 per cent maximum capacity, with a number of COVID-19 guidelines and procedures in place to protect passengers and staff. 

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REGISTRATIONS FOR CampTO OPEN UP WEDNESDAY

The City is offering summer camps across Toronto beginning July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative.  

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HOW COVID HAS IMPACTED THE ECONOMY 

A neat set of charts and data from CBC about how COVID19 has changed Canada’s economy for the worse – but also for the better.

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LIST OF SHOPPING MALLS REOPENING 

Selected shopping malls in Toronto are reopening on June 24 as the city enters Stage 2 of Ontario’s regional approach to reopening the province.

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CITY SEEKS RESIDENT INPUT ON RECOVERY/ REBUILD 

An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion is now available at www.Toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until June 30, 2020.

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LIFEGUARDS RETURN TO T.O. BEACHES 

 Lifeguards will now supervise swim areas from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily to make it easier for Torontonians to cool down outdoors.

CANADA DAY GOES VIRTUAL IN TO (Jun 19)

The City will help Torontonians mark Canada’s 153rd birthday virtually on Wednesday, July 1 through a livestream show, Canada Day 2020. 

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W/E UPDATE ON AMENITIES AND ActiveTO (Jun 19)

Here’s a quick a guide to which City services and amenities are open and which remain closed this weekend.

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THREE SCENARIOS FOR SCHOOL REOPENING (Jun 19)

The Ford government is planning three scenarios for a return to school in September: regular in-class learning, at home learning or a combination of both.

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TORONTO REMAINS IN STAGE 1 (Jun 19) 

York, Durham and Niagara are among the areas allowed to move to stage 2, Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex will remain in stage one until at least next Friday

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TPH EXCEEDS PROVINCIAL TARGETS (Jun 19)

 Each day this week Toronto Public Health has exceeded the provincial target of reaching 90% of cases within 24 hours. A significant accomplishment attributed to the dedicated staff assigned to the response efforts. 

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MASKS MANDATORY ON TTC FROM 7/2 (Jun 18)

the TTC Board has voted in favour of making face coverings or cloth masks mandatory for TTC customers starting July 2, 2020.

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ActiveTO ROAD CLOSURES PROVING POPULAR (Jun 17)

Data shows ActiveTO major road closures are helping people be physically active. This w/e you can walk or cycle on Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue. 

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EMERGENCY ORDERS EXTENDED TO MONTH END (Jun 17)

The Ontario government says it is extending all current emergency orders until June 30 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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SEEMS IT’S NOT JUST IN CABBAGETOWN (Jun 16)

A new cannabis store is being proposed for Kensington Market, and some local residents are fighting against what they see as dispensary overload in the neighbourhood.

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WANT A FREE PRESTO CARD? (Jun 16)

In an effort to get more people back on public transit, the TTC will be giving out free Presto cards this summer and fall.

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LIKE THAI? THIS ONE LOOKS INTERESTING (Jun 15)

Thai restaurants seem to proliferate in CTown faster than pot shops. But this new one looks interesting – and authentic – Pork Jowl Curry, Beef Tongue Gra Pao…! It also featured in BlogTO yesterday.

CITY WEEKEND UPDATE – AMENITIES AND ActiveTO (Jun 12)

The City continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities for residents to enjoy this weekend. Find out all the details here.

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CITY WORKING TO REOPEN FARMERS MARKETS (Jun 12)

The City is working with market organizers to safely reopen farmers’ markets usually located on 22 City sites. St. Lawrence Market outdoor market opens Saturday.

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CITY WORKING TO REOPEN CHILDCARE CENTRES (Jun 12)

The City is beginning a phased approach to reopening City-run licensed child care centres starting Monday, June 29 with the enhanced health and safety measures to keep children, their families and child care centre workers safe.

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NOW YOU CAN BUILD A SOCIAL BUBBLE! (Jun 12)

As new daily cases of COVID-19 continue to decline in Ontario, the Ford government is allowing people anywhere in the province to build “social circles” of up to 10 people that can include family and friends.

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TORONTO IS GROWING FAST (Jun 11)

Toronto is the fastest growing city in North America, in terms of population growth, according to research from the Centre for Urban Research and Land Development at Ryerson University.

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CALLS TO RENAME DUNDAS STREET (Jun 11)

A petition has been started to get the City to consider changing the name of Dundas Street, named after Henry Dundas, a powerful politician known for obstructing the abolition of slavery in Great Britain.

(Thanks to our colleagues at the CSRA for this story)

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ActiveTO UP TO 65KM OF QUIET STREETS (Jun 10)

The City has now delivered 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets along 32 neighbourhood routes across Toronto, through its ActiveTO program.

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CITY LAUNCHES SwimTO (Jun 10)

Mayor John Tory announces SwimTO – a quick-start program to expedite the opening of the City’s beaches, outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads. City staff are preparing now so that outdoor aquatic amenities can be opened when Toronto enters Stage 2.

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CITY TO OFFER CampTO PROGRAMS (Jun 10)

The City will begin to offer summer camps across the city starting on July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative, following the Province of Ontario announcement that summer day camps can operate during the Province’s Stage 2 reopening.

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CALLS TO DEFUND/REBALANCE TPS BUDGET (Jun 9)  

Councillor Josh Matlow, with support from Ward 13 Councillor  Kristyn Wong-Tam, wants to defund the city’s police force by 10 per cent and redirect the savings towards community investments.

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CPA PLANT SHARING DAY (Jun 9)

June 14th, 10:00am – 5:00pm is CPA Plant Sharing Day. Do you have plants to share after splitting? Would you like a new plant?

Get all the details on this way to celebrate Spring while socially distancing

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CABBAGETOWN FARMERS MARKET NEWS (Jun 9)

The Farmers Market has confirmed that its first pick-up market will be taking place on Tuesday June 16th on the patio of House on Parliament. Here are all the details and the link to their online store.

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BIKE SHARE TORONTO EXPANDS COVERAGE (Jun 9)

Bike Share Toronto announces program expansion which will bring Bike Sharing to 20 of Toronto’s 25 Wards. 

Expansion adds 1,850 new bicycles, 160 stations and 3,615 docking points to the network, bringing system totals to 6,850 bikes, 625 stations, 12,000 docking points.

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SOME REGIONS MOVING TO STAGE 2 RE-OPENING ((Jun 8)

Lot of businesses, including restaurants, hair salons and malls, will be allowed to reopen as of Friday in some parts of Ontario, except the Toronto-area and a few other regions, as the province enters Stage 2 of its restart phase through a regional approach.

Full list of business that can re-open in Phase 2 

 

The City of Toronto is continuing to safely and gradually open services and amenities for residents to enjoy this weekend. Residents are reminded to follow public health advice to practise physical distancing or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Below is a guide to which City services and amenities are open and which remain closed this weekend:

St. Lawrence Market

The outdoor season of the Saturday Farmers Market will begin on Saturday, June 13. Outdoor farmers will be located on Market Street between The Esplanade and Wilton Street. Other farmers will continue to operate inside the temporary market at 125 The Esplanade. Lineup areas for the indoor and outdoor farmers will continue to start on Market Street for entrance to both areas.

On Saturdays, the Farmers Market currently sees the highest number of customers early to mid-morning. Customers are strongly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while shopping at the Market.

ActiveTO major road closures and Quiet Streets
More than 10 kilometres of ActiveTO Major Roads will again be closed this weekend, from Saturday, June 13 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 14 at 11 p.m.:
•       Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed.
•       Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
•       Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.

Residents planning to use Major Road Closures should access them by bike or as a pedestrian as nearby parking is limited and there is no site parking available.

The City also announced that 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets are now available to local residents throughout the city in time for this weekend. Quiet Streets are shared neighbourhood streets for walking, running, biking and slow moving local traffic only.

An online map is available to residents with locations that have been installed as part of CurbTO for businesses (pickup zones and pedestrian zones) and installed ActiveTO locations for residents. Residents can view the map at http://www.toronto.ca/activeTO.

City parks and amenities

City park amenities open this weekend include:
•       picnic shelters
•       soccer and multi-use outdoor fields, including running tracks in parks
•       baseball diamonds and basketball courts
•       some public tennis courts and pickleball courts
•       lawn bowling and outdoor bocce
•       off-leash dog parks
•       BMX locations and skateboard parks
•       City-run golf courses and disc golf locations
•       ravine green spaces, beaches, trails and boardwalks for walking, running or biking
•       fishing with a licence, boating, kayaking and canoeing

If a resident arrives at a park that is crowded, they are advised to visit a different park or return at a later time when there are fewer people.

Park amenities that remain closed include some public washrooms, playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, swimming pools, fixed barbecues, wading pools and splash pads. Greenhouses, nurseries and conservatories, High Park Zoo, Riverdale Farm and farmers markets’ that typically operate in City parks or civic squares also remain closed.

Permits for soccer, multi-use fields and baseball diamonds continue to be cancelled. Individuals are not permitted to play team sports, such as soccer, basketball or baseball, even on fields or courts intended for this purpose unless they are members of the same household.

There is no public ferry access to Toronto Island Park. The ferry will continue running for Island residents only.

City beaches

Toronto beaches remain open. Beaches are not closed under Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Toronto beaches are open, there are no lifeguards on duty. Swimming without a lifeguard is not recommended.

As part of the SwimTO plan, lifeguards will return to six of Toronto’s swimming beaches on Monday, June 22. Lifeguards will supervise each location daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Public washroom facilities

More than 50 parks washroom sites are open to the public this weekend. An additional 150 washrooms are being opened in phases through mid-June. Staff have worked with Toronto Public Health on guidelines for the safe opening of washrooms and other amenities. In addition, the City has opened a number of facilities with showers, washrooms, and drinking water for all individuals in need of these services. A list of locations and health guidelines for washrooms are available on the City Services webpage.

Residents using public washrooms should maintain a distance of two metres or six feet from others at all times while waiting in line, and should wash hands or use hand sanitizer. It is also recommended that cloth face coverings are worn, especially when physical distancing is difficult.

Park parking lots

Most Toronto Parks’ parking lots in City parks are open this weekend. Three lots will remain closed: Sir Casimir Gzowski, Sunnyside and Woodbine. The parking lot at High Park continues to be closed on weekends.

This will be a webinar-style virtual event.

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) 

Participants can join via ZOOM videoconferencing:

CRA AGM Zoom Meeting
Time: Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Link to Join Zoom Meeting

Password: craagm2020

 

WEEKEND UPDATE ON SERVICES/AMENITIES/ActiveTO ( Jun 5)

The City has kindly provided a comprehensive guide on which services and amenities are open and which remain closed this weekend.

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QUIET STREETS FOR WARD 13 (Jun 5)

Quiet Streets is designed to provide shared space within communities through the installation of signage and temporary barricades to limit traffic to local vehicle access only.

The Quiet Streets team has installed routes in both St. Jamestown and Regent Park. These routes include:

  • Earl St from Sherbourne St to Bleecker St
  • Bleecker St from Howard St to Wellesley St E
  • Wellesley St E from Parliament St going east to Wellesley Park
  • Spruce St from Sackville St to River St
  • Sackville St from Wellesley St E to Queen St E
  • Sumach St from Wellesley St E to Gerrard St E

(Thanks to Councillor Wong Tam for this update)

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RESTAURANTS/PERSONAL SVCS. ADVISED TO PREP. FOR SAFE REOPENING (Jun 5)

City provides guidance to safely reopen restaurants for indoor and outdoor dining, and personal service settings for personal care services once provincial orders are lifted for these sectors of the economy.

The city has close to 8,000 restaurants and 3,500 personal service providers (including hair salons and barbers, tattoo parlours, nail salons and aesthetic services) 

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MORE, BIGGER PATIOS THIS SUMMER (Jun 4)

The City will allow restaurants and bars to expand their patios — increasing the number of tables outside — once establishments are given the green light to open for more than takeout and delivery.

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APPRECIATING SPRUCECOURT TEACHERS (Jun 3)

Do your kids go to Sprucecourt? Find out how you can give thanks to your kids teachers – or indeed any of the other great folk that work at Sprucecourt Public School.

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CANNABIS OUTLET AT 307 WELLESLEY STREET EAST (Jun 3)

A lot of Cabbagetown residents have expressed concerns about the proposed location of a Cannabis store at 307 Wellesley Street East.

Councillor Wong Tam has sent this letter to the AGCO, following requests to put her support behind residents objections. 

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STREET FOOD VENDORS TO RESUME OPERATIONS (Jan 3)

City announces that street food vendors, food trucks and ice cream trucks can resume operations just in time for this year’s summer vending season. 

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ROAD CLOSURES FOR ActiveTO THIS WEEKEND (Jun 3)

the City will close some major roads this weekend, making roadway available for walking, running and biking, as part of ActiveTO. The two closures close to Cabbagetown are: 

  • River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue
  • Bayview Avenue from Mill Street to Rosedale Valley Road

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STATE OF EMERGENCY EXTENDED THRU JUNE 30 (Jun 3)

The Ontario government will extend all emergency orders by another 28 days, following vote in legislature.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR (VIRTUAL) CRA AGM  (Jun 2)

In the face of the continuing state of emergency, the CRA has decided to hold its AGM on-line on June 11 at 7pm. More details to be shared in due course. 

We received this message from Sprucecourt School:

–oOo– 

Thank a Teacher  – or Any of The Amazing Sprucecourt Staff

Usually in June, the School Council hosts an end of year “Thank You” breakfast for the staff at Sprucecourt.  Obviously, this year we won’t be able to do that, but we wanted to give our school community the chance to say thank you to the teachers and staff at Sprucecourt.  So, we will be doing a thank you slide show that will be emailed to the staff before the end of the year.  

If you would like to participate, please email us a picture of your child holding a drawing or thank you sign.  If you would prefer your child’s face isn’t visible, that’s OK too (just take a picture of their sign, or the sign covering their face). 

If you would like your picture in the slideshow, please email it to us by Wednesday, June 17th.

Finally, our final School Council Meeting will be held virtually on Google Meets – Wednesday, June 3rd at 6:30pm.  Mr. Stathopoulos will send out the link to the meeting at 6:15pm on the 3rd.  Hope to see you virtually!

 

A note from Cathy Davis, Cabbagetown resident:

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Hi Neighbours,

I’ve noticed on my regular walks with my dog Guinness that all of the Boxwoods on Metcalfe and Carlton appear to have Leaf Miner. It’s a serious and very infectious pest that can rapidly damage all the Boxwoods in a given location.  That’s why all our Boxwoods look yellow and anemic.  It appeared 2 years ago, and I aggressively cut my Boxwoods back to try to control it.  They were healthy last year, but it’s come back again.  

Bartlett Tree came & gave me a quote on the spray, as well as some other good advice on the garden.  They have good reviews on Home Stars and Google, and a few people on the street have recommended them to me as well. They are coming toward the end of the month to spray the Boxwoods in my and my neighbours gardens.

The key is that it has to be treated at a certain window in the life cycle, (I think when the larvae hatch and start to chew threw the leaf), which is now.  So you need to act quickly, if you want to address it.    

Hope everyone is healthy & enjoying the spring weather!

Cathy

MORE CITY SERVICES AND AMENITIES OPENED (May 29)

Here’s a guide to which City services and amenities are open and which remain closed this weekend.

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TORONTO CITY COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS (May 29)

City Council met virtually on May 28 for the first time. Here are all the highlights of the meeting.

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CITY LOOKING TO EXTEND WORK FROM HOME (May 29)

Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto, a number of other major downtown employers plus Toronto’s post-secondary institutions, will continue to support employees working from home until September at the earliest. 

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ActiveTO WILL EXPAND BIKE NETWORK (May 28) 

City Council Approves the installation of approximately 25 kilometres of new bikeways, for a total of approximately 40 kilometres of on-street cycling lanes approved for accelerated installation in 2020, as part of the ActiveTO program.

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EMERGENCY ORDERS EXTENDED (May 27)

Ontario has extended emergency orders until June 9.

These include the closure of outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, public swimming pools and outdoor water facilities, as well as bars and restaurants (except for takeout and delivery). Restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people also stay in place.

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COVID19 PRIMARILY A TORONTO AREA PROBLEM (May 27)

More than 76% of new infections are in the GTA, CBC News analysis finds.

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ARE YOUR BOXWOODS SICKLY? (May 23)

There’s an outbreak of Boxwood Leaf Miner in our neighbourhood and it’s a serious and very infectious pest. We received this email from a local resident about the problem.

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CHARITY MASK DRIVE (May 23)

Our colleagues at Cabbagetown South Residents Assoc. are doing a fundraiser and have some great masks for sale. All proceeds are going to local charities: CYC, Central Neighbourhod House and Young St Mission.

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CANNABIS STORES IN CABBAGETOWN (May 22)

There are lots of people that seem to want to open Cannabis stores in Cabbagetown. There are four applications to date, plus at least one more in progress. 

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ARE SQUIRRELS DRIVING YOU NUTS? (May 2020)

Is it just me, or are there way more squirrels in our gardens than ever before? One thing that will help is limiting their access to food – please don’t feed them! Check out this neat video that shows just how cunningly they can access your bird food!  

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