City/Local News for Week of April 27

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)

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