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There are now four official applications to open cannabis stores in AGCO application formCabbagetown – 307 Wellesley, and 492, 439 and 433 Parliament. The application by Cana Cabana at 433 Parliament is already approved. 

There is a fifth planned location at 238 Carlton but this does not yet appear on the AGCO web site.

The CRA has reached out to the AGCO to better understand what guidelines they follow regarding store density in a given neighbourhood.

UPDATE

The AGCO came back to the CRA with this response:

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Thank you for contacting the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, Customer Service.

Respecting the density of cannabis retail stores in any given area, it is possible that store authorizations can be issued to locations in close proximity to each other.

Every application for a cannabis retail store authorization is considered by the Registrar in accordance with the statutory and regulatory requirements set out in the Cannabis Licence Act.

For general inquiries, please contact the AGCO online via the iAGCO online portal, or by phone at 416-326-8700 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-522-2876.                                     

Regards,

AGCO Customer Service

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Our review of the Cannabis Licence Act unearthed no rules, regulations or restrictions that could be brought to bear against the proliferation of license applications in Cabbagetown. 

However local residents who wish to file a complaint about a specific application can do so via the AGCO web site.

This document provides step by step instruction on how to do this. 

 

LIBRARIES START CURBSIDE DROP-OFF/PICK-UP (May 22)

Toronto Public Library today announced details about its curbside drop-off and pick-up service. Starting Monday, May 25, select library drop boxes will be open to accept library returns. By Monday, June 1, drop boxes at all remaining accessible branches will be opened up.

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NON STANDARD SYMPTOMS NOW BEING TESTED (May 21)

Officials are now urging people to go to COVID-19 assessment centres for testing, even if they have mild symptoms of the disease — from loss of taste or smell to pink eye.

This week my doctor sent me for a test at the assessment centre at Shuter and Bond, which was very quiet. I was mildly concerned about the long swab up the nose but it’s really nothing to worry about. Results posted online in <48 hours. (Yes, negative. Phew!)

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CITY ENCOURAGES ALL TO USE FACE MASKS (May 20)

City of Toronto strongly recommends face coverings or non-medical masks be worn when physical distancing cannot be easily maintained – e.g. on Parliament Street or in popular retail outlets like the LCBO and No Frills.

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TORONTO PARK AMENITIES REOPENING (May 20)

Mayor John Tory announced the City of Toronto will open more than 850 park amenities this week. Get all the details here.

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THE TOXIC TAXI IS BACK (May 20)

The Toxic Taxi service for pickup of Household Hazardous Waste has resumed. Max. 50 litres/kilograms and min of 10 litres/kilograms per pickup. Pickup must be prearranged by calling 311.
Learn about what is accepted and how to set it out.

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OFF LEASH DOG PARKS ARE OPEN! (May 19)

The City has opened its more than 70 dog off-leash areas. While visiting a park, people must continue to practice physical distancing. 

From the CBC (May 20) The Dog Park is Open Again Should You Use it?

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NEW, FREE DAILY CAMP PROGRAMMING (May 19)

Backyard Camp is a new, free service delivering daily activities and customizable programs by email aimed at keeping kids active and engaged all summer long.

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TRANSFER STATIONS REOPENING (May 19)

As part of the City’s phased resumption of services, Drop-off Depots (Transfer Stations) are now partially reopening to the public.

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PHASE 1 REOPENING – WHAT’S IN, WHAT’S OUT (May 19)

There’s a bunch of new things you can do outside the home starting May 19. Here’s a list of what you can do (and what you can’t do!) 

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MORE BEER NEWS! (May 18)

The Beer Store on Parliament Street is re-opening on May 19! We understand that they will not be accepting empties immediately, these can still be returned to the River Street location.   

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CITY SUPPORTS TAKE-OUT/DELIVERY (May 17)

The City is encouraging all restaurants/grocers/ butchers/bakers to sign up for Ritual ONE – an easy way to accept digital orders from their own website and social media accounts. Businesses that sign up by June 1 receive the service free for life and pay no commission or subscription fees.

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CITY SUMMER CAMPS CANCELLED (May 17)

The City of Toronto has cancelled all city run summer camps due to COVID19. The advise that they are looking at what alternatives they can come up with.   

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PARKED CAR (May 16)

While you may be saving money on gas, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is looked after and doesn’t require costly repairs from sitting for long periods of time.

 

 

THE SHOW DID GO ON!

We still celebrated the 49th Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival, despite the lock-down and need to social distance! Check out the photos and winners here.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for  Sunday, May 2, 2021 for the 50th Annual Forsythia Festival. It will be epic! #thinkspring2021

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LETTER TO RESIDENTS FROM BILL MORNEAU

The office of Bill Morneau sent this letter to us on May 14, asking us to share it with Cabbagetown residents.

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TORONTO TEE TIMES ARE GOING FAST!

The City of Toronto will open all five of its golf courses for the 2020 season starting Saturday, May 16. Some restrictions are in place.

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OFF LEASH DOG PARKS MAY RE-OPEN

The city is preparing for the reopening of off-leash dog areas in parks across Toronto, Mayor John Tory says.

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STATE OF EMERGENCY EXTENDED

On Tuesday May 12 the provincial legislature voted in favour of extending the declared state of emergency until Jun 2. It originally started on March 17.

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VANDAL(S) ACTIVE ON WINCHESTER

A local resident has reported that their convertible fabric roof was slashed sometime during the evening of May 11. A reward is offered for anyone with information that leads to a conviction. If you have anything to share, please email us at info@cabbagetowner.com.

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JARVIS ST. ON RAMP TO GARDINER TO CLOSE 

On Monday, May 18 at 12:01 a.m., the Gardiner Expressway eastbound on-ramp at Jarvis Street will be fully closed for replacement and will reopen once the project is completed in 2021.

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CNE CANCELLED

Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition is cancelled for only the second time in its history!

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HIGH PARK REOPENS

Toronto has reopened High Park after temporary closure during cherry blossom bloom.

Many Provincial Parks have also reopened though some park amenities remain closed.

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FARMERS MARKET VENUE SOUGHT

The Cabbagetown Farmers Market is seeking a temporary venue for a pick-up market model. Anyone with ideas is asked to contact them

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ActiveTO EXPANDS PEDESTRIANS/CYCLISTS SPACE IN C.TOWN

The City’s ActiveTO plan has expanded to include more areas in Ward 13 where Pedestrians and Cyclists can socially distance more easily.

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STEAK AND CHOPS REOPENS TO WALK-INS 

Max 3 customers at a time in store, from 10am to 5pm. You can still buy online for delivery or curbside pick-up.  

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AND IN BEER RELATED NEWS…

Do you drink Steamwhistle? If so, the brewery is asking you to return your empties to the Beer Store, as they are running out of their iconic green bottles to make more beer!

 

To allow for better physical distancing outside, last week the City of Toronto announced the launch of ActiveTO to give more space on roads to cyclists and pedestrians. While roads are not being closed entirely to vehicles, streets will be calmed through the installation of signage and temporary barricades to encourage slow, local vehicle access only.

Locations are being identified and prioritized by several factors including: population density, equity, access to green space, car ownership rates and traffic volumes. Network connectivity was also reviewed and routes were selected to support safe cycling and walking connections on essential trip routes, particularly along tower renewal corridors and within neighbourhood improvement areas.

The list of initial ActiveTO locations to be established in Ward 13 include:

  • Sackville St from Shuter St to Gerrard St E;
  • Sumach St from King St E to Wellesley St E;
  • Howard St from Parliament St to Sherbourne St;
  • Earl St / St. James Ave from Parliament St to Sherbourne St;
  • The Esplanade from Yonge St to Berkeley St; and,
  • Mill St from Parliament St to Bayview Ave.
  • Scott St from Colborne St to The Esplanade;

(Thanks to Councillor Wong Tam’s office for this content)

Forsythia festival mascotDespite the lockdown and social distancing restrictions, the CRA still managed to celebrate the 49th Forsythia Festival in style.

Thanks to Shawna King and her crew for making it an event to remember in such troubled times!

Congratulations to the winners of the Virtual” Forsythia Festival Spring decorating draw. You have each won a $100 Gift Card, in support of Cabbagetown business:

  • Epicure- Jen Crosbie
  • Steak and Chops – Radek Zajkowski
  • House on Parliament – Karen + Paul
  • Stout – Trish Finkelstein
  • Blooming Planters – Jenny Stam
  • Salt + Tobacco – Amber Hines
  • Daniel + Daniel – Bronwyn Roe
  • Kendall + Co – Jessica Daussey-Bazielle
  • Spruce – Darina Friender
  • Labour of Love – Christine Ganev

Thanks also to everyone else who joined in the fun too, making our house decorated in yellowneighbourhood ready for the season by decorating their houses in Forsythia yellow! 

We’d also like to make a BIG Forsythia Festival shout out to TD Bank for donating $1000 to the Festival again this year, which allowed  us to purchase the gift certificates for the contest.

Now all we need to do is mark our calendars for Sunday, May 2, 2021 for the 50th Annual Forsythia Festival. It will be epic! #thinkgspring2021

Festival parade

ONTARIO REOPENING – CAUTIOUSLY

The Premier announced expanded reopening plans this week with additional businesses coming on line over the coming days. 

Read more about the Ontario framework for reopening the Province.

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GARDEN WASTE COLLECTION RESTARTS 

The City has announced the resumption of normal garden waste collections. Please put yard waste out before 7 a.m. on regularly scheduled collection day. If it is not picked up the day it is put out, leave out until collected. No need to call 311. 

Please use yard waste bags if possible. Otherwise a rigid open-top container. Brush and branches should be secured in bundles (<1.2 metres long, <than 0.6 metres wide, < 20 kilograms weight).

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REVISED DUE DATES – PROPERTY TAX AND UTILITY BILLS

The City of Toronto announces important changes on installment amounts and due dates for all customers. 

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JOB POSTING #CABBAGETOWN BIA 

The Cabbagetown BIA is hiring a Temporary Part-Time Coordinator! Application deadline May 25.
More details here

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NECROPOLIS REOPENS FOR VISITORS

The Mount Pleasant Group has reopened the Necropolis from Thursday 7 May.  Future hours:
Monday – Saturday  5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday*                   3:30 PM – 8:00 PM
*Gates closed on May 10th, Mother’s Day, to avoid overcrowding.

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AIR CANADA UPDATE FROM CALIN ROVINESCU

Air Canada President and CEO offers a glimpse into how travel with AC might look when it starts to ramp up again. 

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CITY TO PROVIDE MORE SPACE FOR PEDESTRIANS/CYCLISTS

Mayor John Tory announced the new ActiveTO program to provide more space for people walking and cycling as well as transit riders to allow for better physical distancing as part of the city’s restart and recovery.

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AND IN CABBAGE RELATED NEWS……

COVID-19 has hurt the PEI wholesale market for cabbage. They now have a surplus of more than 500,000 kg of cabbage. So one enterprising islander set a challenge for her fellow PEIers.

And while we’re on the subject of cabbage… I tried roasted cabbage steaks for the first time recently – what a revelation! Absolutely delicious.

DON’T FORGET THE VIRTUAL FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL!

The Cabbagetown Residents Association invites you to participate in the 49th Annual Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival – virtual edition!

Final photo submissions to win a $100 gift card are due May 3rd. 

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CABBAGETOWN SPRING CLEAN-UP – SOCIAL DISTANCING STYLE

We can’t hold the annual CRA sponsored neighbourhood clean-up this year but we can still all do our part this weekend. While staying safe, of course!

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APPRECIATING OUR LOCAL FRONT LINE WORKERS

Cabbagetown volunteers are organizing a community purchase of FRONT LINE 2020 Care Bags, containing a select number of Canadian made items, including a non-medical face mask and sanitizer. Want to get involved? Find out more here.

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GARDEN KITS FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD KIDS

Veg2grow is a new program from Building Roots, a local local organization that provides fresh produce food baskets to vulnerable persons in Ward 13. The Veg2grow program provides free Garden Kits for kids to start an urban farm at home.

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TTC STREETCAR STOP REPLACEMENT

The TTC will be replacing the westbound streetcar stop at the intersection of Gerrard and Sumach from 5:00 a.m. Sunday, May 3rd until 5:00 a.m. Saturday May 9th  More details here

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CITY TO ADDRESS SIDEWALK OVERCROWDING 

City of Toronto launches CurbTO plan to address more than 100 hot spots. The program will initially target hotspots along 10 busy retail main streets for curb lane installations, including Gerrard Street East and Parliament Street – Pedestrian zone.

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BEST SIDEWALKS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING IN T.O.

Ratio.City has produced a map showing sidewalk widths across Toronto. So you can see which sidewalks are best to use to optimize your social distancing. (Displays best with Internet Explorer)

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CITY POLLUTION PLUMMETS DURING CRISIS

Toronto’s traffic volumes have halved and in Canada’s five largest cities, air pollution has dropped by as much as 15 per cent in the second half of March The Toronto Star asks, is this the beginning of Toronto’s green revolution?

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FREE MOVIES, TV SHOWS, eBOOKS & MORE

Get FREE access to a huge selection of online content on your smartphone, tablet or PC/Mac from the Toronto Public Library

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EXPERIENCE THE HIGH PARK CHERRY BLOSSOM….. FROM HOME

Based on the recommendations of the Medical Officer of Health, the City is closing High Park during the cherry blossom bloom. But you can still experience it virtually.

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WHATS ON…..LINE AT THE DISTILLERY

Many of the stores in the Distiller District are now open for online shopping. Check out the list here.  

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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR GROCERY STORAGE

Chatelaine provides a comprehensive article on how to store all your groceries – from Asparagus to Ziti!  (Thanks to CSRA for this link)

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GETTING INTO GARDENING DURING LOCKDOWN?

blogTO has put together a nifty list of Garden Centres that are doing delivery of all sorts of horticultural delights.

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LOCAL BEER STORE CLOSURE

The Parliament Street Beer Store (534 Parliament) has closed temporarily.  You can still shop at the Distillery Store (41 MIll Street), at Queen and River (28 River) and on Gerrard Street (227 Gerrard).  Daily from 11 am to 5 pm.

(Thanks to the Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review for this update)

Gift bag and contentsCabbagetown volunteers are organizing a community purchase of FRONT LINE 2020 Care Bags, containing a select number of Canadian made items, including a non-medical face mask and sanitizer. The bags are supplied by a local East End business.

The idea is to deliver these bags to staff that work in Cabbagetown retail and restaurants businesses. Think of all our grocery cashiers and shelf stockers, pharmacy store workers, corner store and pet shops owners, gas station attendants, butchers and bakers,  as well as all the local restaurants that stayed open for pick up/delivery.

It’s a great way for Cabbagetown residents to say thank you to these front line workers for being there for us, throughout these trying times. These people don’t have the luxury of working from home, so they come in to work every day to help make sure we stay healthy and well fed.

If you’d like to be a part of this community movement to show appreciation to Cabbagetown’s own Front Line workers, bags can be purchased online from wonderkind.ca

Be sure to type in “Cabbagetown” on the gift tag option at check-out, and your bag will be added to the community total. Select “Local Pick” up as well and the bags will be delivered at no charge.

All bags purchased will be collected and distributed to local businesses by volunteers.

The goal is to get these bags into the Front Line businesses operating on Parliament Street from Wellesley South to Gerrard St.

Any questions feel free to contact lead organizer: Shawna Pereira shawnak_2@hotmail.com

 

Photo by Marian Kroel

Every year the Cabbagetown Resident’s Association has promoted and sponsored a neighbourhood ‘Spring Cleanup’. This was done largely to spruce-up the neighbourhood in advance of the Forsythia Festival. 

Sadly neither event can be held this year but the CRA would still like to encourage residents to help clean-up Cabbagetown…while maintaining safe social distancing, of course!

So, in honour of the Forsythia Festival, when you’re out for a walk this weekend, please think about taking a garbage bag and gloves to pick up some trash around your property and local laneways. 

Please send photos of your efforts to the CRA, for our next newsletter (info@cabbagetowner.com). 

Happy Spring, Cabbagetown!

Stay Distant. Stay Safe.

The Toronto library lets you watch, listen and read a huge selection of movies, music, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers on your smartphone, tablet or PC/Mac — all at no charge!

All you have to do is register on-line using your library card. (If you don’t already have a PIN, try the last 4 digits of your phone number.)

No library card? No problem. Just download “Libby, by Overdrive” from your App Store and get instant online access with you local mobile phone number (must be 416, 647, 437). NOTE: some of the services below are only accessible with library card logon.

Services you can access:

Kanopy (movies & eBooks)
Hoopla (movies)
RBdigital (audiobooks & eMagazines)
BiblioBoard (eBooks from self-published authors)
Flipster eMagazines (current issues of popular magazines)
Safari Tech & Business Books (major technology & business publishers)
PressReader (newspaper & magazine for 100 countries in 60 languages)
NYTimes.com (New York Times newspaper)
CanTook Station (French-language eBooks)
Midici.tv (streaming video of classical music, operas & ballets)
Naxos Music Library (great music spanning medieval to modern)
Naxos Music Library (Jazz)

If you don’t have a library card, or you’ve ‘been there and done that’ you can try these other FREE services to keep you and your family amused:

CRACKLE (TV & movies)
hoopla (movies)
PLEX (movies)
Pluto TV (livestream ViaComCBS)
Vudu (movies & TV shows)
Tubi TV (movies)
TVO (documentaries, etc.)
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