Neighbourhood News October 2022
Happy Halloween Neighbours!
Cabbagetown is looking spooky this week as we gear up for one of the busiest nights in our neighbourhood. Halloween is coming up on Monday, so keep an eye out for the little (and not so little) ones to be out and about looking for candy.
On Tuesday November 1, the Cabbagetown Residents Association will be holding our annual Pumpkin Walk from 5-9pm in Riverdale Park West. A long-standing and much loved tradition, the Cabbagetown Pumpkin Walk provides a magical evening of twinkling orange lights for all the family.
Bring your Halloween pumpkin and line it up with the rest along the walkways to be lit up with a tea light. We will also be collecting non-perishable foods to address food insecurity in the greater Cabbagetown community.
Cabbagetown Residents Survey
It’s been 9 years since our last resident’s survey. Given the challenges of the past couple of years, we feel that now is the perfect time to reach out and ask what you’re currently looking for from your Cabbagetown Residents Association.
Please use this link to complete the 2022 Cabbagetown Residents Association Survey. Survey results will be shared within one month of the survey close date.
Prizes will be awarded to the first 10 respondents. An email address is required to be eligible for a prize.
To see the results of the 2013 survey, please click here.
A new Councillor and School Trustee were voted in during Monday’s municipal election. Chris Moise becomes the new Toronto Centre city councillor, Deborah Williams is the TDSB School Trustee and Kevin Morrison the TCDSB Trustee. Thank you to everyone who ran and voted. Full election results available at electionresults.toronto.ca
Gerrard Street Redevelopment
The City of Toronto has released an updated plan to the Gerrard Street redevelopment that is planned for Gerrard between Sherbourne and Parliament.
You can read a summary of the changes here, and learn more about the overall project and redevelopment at www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/infrastructure-projects/gerrard-east-complete-street/
Harm Reduction Community care
The Harm Reduction Community Care Project aims to create a safer community in the downtown East area through safe collection and disposal of discarded harm reduction supplies, including needles and other sharps. The project offers low barrier employment opportunities to folks with various lived experience and aims to challenge stigma and foster safety and inclusion in the downtown East community through engagement, responding to community requests for safe disposal, community trainings, and collecting feedback. In 2022, the team has collected over 45,000 items from streets and parks in the downtown East area, further illustrating the importance of these kinds of programs.
Please contact 1-866-224-9978 x 243 or firstname.lastname@example.org for requests for clean-up of discarded harm reduction supplies. If folks are interested in speaking more about the project, I would be happy to set up a meeting time which could include training on safe disposal, as well as providing safe disposal bins if they would like. We can also arrange to have the bins picked up and replaced by our team if/when they fill up.
It’s never too early for a Christmas Market!