City/Local News Round-Up ~ Nov 28-Dec 4

UPDATE – FOOD INSECURITY FUNDRAISER 

Last week the CRA came together with all the other local resident’s associations and the Cabbagetown Preservation Association to launch a fundraiser to address food insecurity in our neighbourhood.

Our incredibly generous community has already helped us raise over $12,000! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have helped make this happen!

Still want to participate? It’s not too late.

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THE CRA HOLIDAY LIGHTS COMPETITION IS ON!

This year, more that ever, we encourage you all to light up your front gardens to bring some extra festive cheer to Cabbagetown. What better way to make everyone’s lockdown constitutional so much more enjoyable (other than a vaccine!). Plus, for 2020, the three lucky winners will get a bonus $50 donation to a charity of their choice, compliments of the CRA!

Visit the Competition page for details on how to enter.

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ST LAWRENCE SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET RESTARTS

The City has announced that St. Lawrence Market Saturday Farmers Market will resume full operations from Saturday Dec 5, so it can provide essential food retail to residents.

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YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE QUESTIONS ANSWERED

 Promising early data from COVID-19 vaccine trials may have provided the first sign of an end to the coronavirus pandemic, but much is still unclear. Jonathan Forani from CTV News provides some answers.

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TPH ENHANCES SCHOOL SCREENING TOOL

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has updated their COVID-19 school screening tool to further prevent opportunities for virus spread, with tighter criteria. 

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CRA HOLIDAY CARD COMPETITION

Our ever popular holiday card competition in well underway and we’ll be sharing details of the winning entries in a week or so. Thanks to all the students at Spruce Court school for stepping up  with so many GREAT entries!

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‘NOT-AMAZON’ HELPS YOU SHOP LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS

Just before the latest lockdown started, local social media manager Ali Haberstroh grabbed the URL not-amazon.ca for $10 – and plopped in a Google spreadsheet to collect user-submitted spots doing curbside pickup, delivery and shipping.

Since then, Not-Amazon has gone mini-viral, ballooning to over 500 local businesses and counting, reports Richard Trapunski at NOW.

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DELIVERY APP NOW DELIVERS DIRECT FROM LCBO

SkipTheDishes has teamed up with the LCBO to deliver more than 300 varieties of wine, beer, and spirits directly to customers in Toronto. 

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CORONAVIRUS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS?!

Studies have shown that coronavirus can live on different surfaces, sometimes for several hours and even days, after an infected person coughs or sneezes on them. What does this mean for holiday gift giving? Brooklyn Neustaeter from CTV News explains. 

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CITY RESPONSE TO HOMELESSNESS DURING PANDEMIC

The City of Toronto says it has moved at unprecedented speed to adjust its services for those experiencing homelessness during the Coronavirus pandemic. Here’s an update on accomplishments to date.

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FILLING WATERFRONT BASINS WITH PARK SPACE?

A local architecture studio proposes filling in all the basins along Toronto’s waterfront with park space, reports Lauren O’Neil at BlogTO.

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