City/Local News Round-Up ~ Feb 13-19

CITY /LOCAL NEWS

 

CONCERNS ABOUT POT STORE ON WELLESLEY REJECTED BY AGCO

The CRA received an approval notice this week, regarding the contested Cannabis Retail Store application at 307 Wellesley Street East. It states:

“After carefully considering all of the available information, the Registrar has determined that issuance of the cannabis Retail Store Authorization for the above noted premises is not contrary to the public interest.”

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SJTCA SEEKS VOLUNTEER TREASURER TO JOIN BOARD

St. James Town Community Arts (formerly Reaching Out Through Music), a small charitable organization based in St. James Town, is looking for a Volunteer Treasurer to join its board. A financial background is essential (CPA preferred). Here’s the job description.

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DIXON HALL URGENTLY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

Dixon Hall urgently needs weekday volunteers for its Meals on Wheels program (runners and drivers) to deliver meals to its homebound Seniors. This follows an 80% reduction in volunteers and a 30% increase in demand for services due to the pandemic. If you can help please email them at volunteer@dixonhall.org.  

(Full COVID safety protocols are in place for all volunteers.)

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LOCAL FURNITURE SUPPLIERS GET THE NOD

Congratulations to Parliament Street Furniture and Eclectisaurus (on Gerrard) for being included in Narcity’s recent round-up of 7 Toronto furniture stores that sell trendy home pieces at affordable prices. 

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YOUR VERY OWN CABBAGETOWN NEWS SOURCES

We’ve heard from a few people recently that they didn’t know about some of the very useful local news sources in our neighbourhood. So here’s a list, for anyone that might be missing out:
Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review – Doug Fisher’s excellent weekly email/blog about news and events in the area
Cabbagetown BIA newsletter – Our local Business Improvement Area newsletter
Parliament St. News – Local news and events around Parliament Street

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RYERSON MBA STUDENT IDENTIFIES SHELTER CLUSTERING

Brandon Arkinson has used the city’s ‘open data initiative portal’ to  identify a clustering of homeless shelters in 3 main areas – the Downtown Core and two locations in Scarborough. His analysis shows that 26 neighbourhoods are shouldering 98% of the city’s shelter capacity while 107 neighbourhoods maintain no capacity whatsoever. Many of these 26 neighbourhoods have high levels of COVID-19 and poverty. Check out Brandon’s interactive neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood map.

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IS COMFORT FOOD KEEPING TORONTO RESTAURANTS AFLOAT?

Comfort food is back in a big way, but the chicken sandwich revolution is forcing restaurants to rethink more than the menu, reports Kelsey Adams at NOW Toronto.

 

PANDEMIC UPDATES

 

GOOD NEWS FOR 14.5 MILLION CANADIANS!

The federal government has released an updated COVID-19 vaccination timeline, showing that at least 14.5 million Canadians will be immunized by the end of June with the approved Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna shots. Report by Rachel Aiello at CTV News.

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WHO’S NEXT IN LINE FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE?

Ahead of the anticipated arrival of more COVID-19 vaccine doses in the coming weeks, the province has now confirmed who will be prioritized next for its vaccination program, reports Codi Wilson at CP24/CTV News.

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PREPARING FOR THE VACCINE – CONSIDER AVOIDING PAINKILLERS

Medical professional don’t recommend taking pills like Tylenol and Advil near time of vaccination, saying some common painkillers could blunt the effect of the vaccine, reports Amina Zafar at CBC News.

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LOCAL SCIENTIST THAT DISCOVERED mRNA LOOKS TO FUTURE

“It’s likely we’ll see another pandemic in the next 20 years”: The Toronto scientist who invented the Covid vaccine technology says we need to prepare for the next virus. Interview by Courtney Shea at Toronto Life.

2 replies on “City/Local News Round-Up ~ Feb 13-19”

Is it possible to get the name(s) &/or contact info for the “registrar..the individual(s) who approved of the cannabis shop @ 307 Wellesley, please?

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