City/Local News Round-up ~ Sep 25 – Oct 8

 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE ANNUAL PUMPKIN WALK

Pumpkin Walk Poster Cabbagetown’s beloved Pumpkin Walk will once again be happening in Riverdale Park West, on November 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

We invite all Cabbagetown Residents to ring their Pumpkins over and, of course, feel free to dress up appropriately for the occasion!

As we have done in previous years, we’ll also be hosting a food drive,  this year it’s for local service provider Dixon Hall , so please bring some non-perishable foods to donate as well.

All the Pumpkins will be recycled by the City of Toronto.

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FILM PRODUCTION DISRUPTION HAS SILVER LINING

Film CameraSinking Ship Productions, is filming a TV series over several months at the corner of Metcalfe and Winchester. The CRA approached them recently to ask if they would make a donation to local charities, as a sort of compensation for the disruption these events bring to the community. They agreed! And now three local kids organizations are $500 better off:

  • BGC Toronto Kiwanis
  • Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre
  • Green Thumbs Growing Kids

Thanks go out to to Lise A. Flynn from the CRA board who negotiated these donations with Sinking Ships on behalf of our community.

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WHILE WE’RE ON THE SUBJECT OF LOCAL GROUPS…

We received a blog post from our friends over at Green Thumbs Growing Kids about growing Urban Trees From Seed.

“Trees provide shade and oxygen in our urban environment, but many trees fail for various reasons. Some are the wrong species in the wrong place, and some are simply reaching the end of their lives. Some have been victims of poor maintenance, and pest or disease problems. Our municipality and our school board require trees to be a few years old and a certain width diameter to be planted, but where do those trees come from…….? Find out from Sunday Harrison what GTGK is doing to help.

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A THANKSGIVING ASK FROM DIXON HALL

Dixon Hall logoWe received a message from Mercedes Watson, CEO at Dixon Hall. They need your help to ensure that everyone at Dixon Hall has a safe and memorable Thanksgiving.

For one part of the Dixon Hall team, Thanksgiving will be spent with 550+ fellow community members. Over the past 15 years, the Dixon Hall Emergency Housing Services team has served a full Thanksgiving meal for clients that are currently facing homelessness. A hot meal, shared without judgement, that these clients otherwise would not have. This year, the meal includes turkey, with homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and fall vegetables, along with a vegan option of, “tofurkey” with all the fixings.  And don’t forget the pumpkin pie!

This Thanksgiving, please consider donating to Dixon Hall and supporting programs that provide safe, warm spaces for individuals who need it most.

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WHAT’S OPEN AND CLOSED THIS THANKSGIVING?

BlogTO logoWhat’s open on Thanksgiving Monday 2021 in Toronto is a bit of a mixed bag. While most of the city has the day off, there are some exceptions. If you need to do some last-minute turkey day shopping or want to spend the day out with the fam, let this be your guide on October 11.

Here’s what’s open and closed on Thanksgiving Monday in Toronto, care of Jaclyn Skrobacky at BlogTO.

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CITY NEWS UPDATES

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CITY SEEKS CLIMATE ACTION CHAMPIONS

The City of Toronto is inviting residents and community leaders to help inspire local climate action by becoming a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion.

Participants in the program will receive virtual training and support to empower them to support residents in developing innovative climate action projects that reflect the needs and values of their communities.

 
CITY COUNCIL APPROVES EXTENSION OF MASK BYLAW

Toronto City Council has approved the extension of the City of Toronto’s temporary mask bylaws and the COVID-19 amendments to Chapter 354, Apartment Buildings until the end of Council’s January 2022 meeting.

 

COUNCIL APPROVES EXTENSION OF FREE ParkFitTO PERMITS

City Council has voted to continue waiving permit fees for businesses providing outdoor fitness programs in City parks and greenspaces until December 31. As COVID-19 recovery efforts continue, this extension recognizes the ongoing need to access outdoor spaces, fresh air and exercise, and assist businesses impacted by the pandemic.

 

CONSTRUCTION NOISE REGULATIONS BACK IN PLACE 

The provincial regulations that limited the City of Toronto’s ability to regulate construction noise during the COVID-19 pandemic expire. Effective today, regulations in the City’s Noise Bylaw, as it relates to construction activity, will apply again and construction noise will not be permitted from:

  • 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. of the next day, except until 9 a.m. on Saturdays
  • All day Sundays and statutory holidays

 

PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED FOR INDOOR SPORTS

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa has issued a Letter of Instruction requiring all people age 12 and older who participate in indoor organized sports, including players, coaches, and officials, to provide proof of vaccination as an additional measure to reduce community COVID-19 transmission.

 

LIVE GREEN NEWS – OCTOBER ISSUE

Here’s the latest insights and updates from our friends over at Live Green News, Toronto. 

 

 

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