City/Local News Round-Up ~ Aug 28 – Sep 10

 
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.

 

 

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