City/Local News Round-Up ~ Mar 6-12

LOCAL/CITY NEWS

 

CRA NEWSLETTER MOVING TO BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION

It was almost a year ago that we switched up to weekly publication of the CRA Newsletter to help Cabbagetown residents navigate the strange times we had all entered – and oh my, how strange they turned out to be!

Now the trials and tribulations of the last 12 months are slowly moving into the rear view mirror, it seems like a good time to move the Newsletter to biweekly from this issue onwards. 

If you have ideas on content that you would like to see more (or less) of, please share your thoughts with us at info@cabbagetowner.com.

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RACIST ABUSE REPORTED IN CABBAGETOWN

A local resident had informed us that their partner was the subject of a verbally abusive and racist attack in Cabbagetown this Thursday just before 1:30pm. 

A man followed her from a block west of Riverdale West Park on Winchester Street to Jet Fuel coffee on Parliament. He was carrying a racist anti-Asian/Chinese sign saying something to the effect of ‘Go Home’ on one side and “Asian girls stop taking pics of me…”  on the other to obscure his face for pictures. He was talking to her while following to try and make her stop and read his sign, she walked as quickly as possible to keep her distance.  

Two very helpful men and others stepped in at Jet Fuel and eventually forced the man to leave and the victim was escorted home.

The man in question was described as a white middle-aged male, balding, heavy framed, average height.  He had a yellow sign he was carrying with him.  He was wearing a Realtree sweatshirt and grey sweatpants.  If you have photos or information about this individual please contact the police.

The incident has been reported to Police at 51 Division.

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TWO LOCAL BAKERIES GET SHOUT OUT FROM BlogTO

Congratulations to Velvet Lane Cakes and Staij & Co. for making the shortlist of 15 bakeries in Toronto making beautiful cakes. 

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LIVE GREEN NEWS – MARCH EDITION

Find out what our friends at Live Green Toronto are focusing on this month in the latest issue of Live Green News.

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DON’T FORGET THE CLOCKS ‘SPRING’ FORWARD THIS WEEKEND

Yes it’s that time of year, when we lose an hour’s sleep on Sunday morning. Ever wanted to know a bit about the background to this  biannual time change? The Daily Hive provides some insights.

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CITY LAUNCHES POTHOLE REPAIR BLITZ THIS SATURDAY

The City of Toronto is launching its first pothole repair blitz on March 13 to repair as many potholes as possible on Toronto’s major roads, neighbourhood streets, and expressways.

City crews have performed proactive daily patrols throughout the winter months to help keep Toronto’s roads in a state of good repair. This Saturday marks the first weekend with favourable enough weather conditions for a pothole repair blitz – daytime temperatures are expected to be above zero with dry roads.

Residents who are driving or biking for essential travel on Saturday are advised to expect minor delays. The public is asked to be safe by respecting work zones and giving crews space while they make repairs.

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PLANS TO REVITALISE WATERFRONT AT BASE OF PARLIAMENT ST.

Lakefront view
Rendering of waterfront park at end of Parliament Street

A swath of land along Toronto’s eastern waterfront previously abandoned by Sidewalk Labs will soon be getting an entirely new look.

Waterfront Toronto released their vision for the 12 acres of land on Wednesday as they announced the launch of an international competition to find a developer to undertake the project. Report by Laura Hanrahan at Toronto Urbanized.

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DRIVERS LICENCE RENEWAL EXTENSION REMAINS IN EFFECT

It’s been over a year since the province introduced an extension on renewing Ontario driver’s licences, and the extension remains in place.

Documents that expired on or after March 1, 2020 remain valid and legal, until further notice, including licence plate stickers, driver’s licences, Ontario photo cards and accessible parking permits.

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CABBAGETOWN PHOTO CORNER

This week we are starting a new segment, highlighting photos of Cabbagetown by Cabbagetown folk. If you have a photo to share, email it to us along with a caption and/or some background info. info@cabbagetowner.com 

We kick things off with two photos, accompanying captions and a backgrounder from CRA board member Lise Flynn:

Photo of cow at Riverdale Farm
You talkin’ to me? Then who the heck else are you talkin’ to? You talkin’ to me?

“I miss visiting Riverdale Farm and can’t wait until we are re-united once again. Here’s a little bit of farm history for those that don’t know it. Between 1888 and 1974, this was the site of the Riverdale Zoo. The zoo began with the donation of deer by Toronto Alderman Daniel Lamb. In 1974 the zoo relocated to a much larger facility in Scarborough and became the Toronto Zoo. In 1978, Riverdale Farm opened on the west bank of the Don River adjacent to Riverdale Park. The main barn was first constructed in 1858 in Markham and moved to the present site and rebuilt in 1977. The farm specializes in pioneer breeds of farm animals that are hard to find on commercial farms.”

Horse
Old Cabbagetown-Had a Farm- Ee i ee i o. Ringo-“Do you like my Bangs”? Daphne- “Do you like my #PhotoBomb”?

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PANDEMIC UPDATES

Just under 12 months ago we also started to include Coronavirus related news in the CRA Newsletter. Hopefully we are through the worst of it by now, so we have  decided to wind down our  dedicated pandemic updates section. Going forward we’ll fold any related items into the main newsletter.  

 

 

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