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Film Shoot: 303 Carlton St. (between Parliament and Sackville) May 16 – 18

Some more filming in the neighbourhood (we *are* looking good!). Be sure to dress up and smile if you want to be discovered, or avoid the street if you are driving.

Production Type: COMMERCIAL
Project Title: Scotiabank 170516
Production Company & Address: STEAM FILMS
Production Company Phone #: 416-366-7050
Location Manager: Bernie MacNeil
Location Manager Cell #: (647) 771-2600

Filming Location(s) & Times: Location: 303 CARLTON ST
Type: FILMING, Start Date Time: May-17 07:00, To: May-18 23:00

Start: May-16 18:00 , End: May-18 23:00
Start: May-16 18:00 , End: May-18 23:00

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NOW Cabbagetown Mom 2017 Winner

The Cabbagetown BIA and NOW Magazine recently held a Cabbagetown Mom contest and after receiving lots of great entries, the winner and runners-up have been announced! Congratulations!

NOW Cabbagetown Mom 2017 Winner!

Posted in Events, Local Interest, Polls

Nettleship’s Hardware closing after 97 years

Sadly, Nettleship’s Hardware on Parliament Street is closing today after being run by three generations of the same family since it first opened in 1920.

In Doug Fisher’s May 11 blog post, he reported that “Stephanie and Bert have been clearing away the remaining inventory and getting ready to shut the doors. Bert has a new job nearby at St James Cemetery. Our best wishes go out to them for their future plans. The store has been a Parliament Street fixture for three generations. The late Marg Taggart and her son Don Taggart and his brothers and sister were born and lived there in the adjacent building. There are customers and friends everywhere throughout the neighbourhood. Its closing is a sad note in Cabbagetown’s life.”

The family has suffered two losses in the past few months with the passing of Donny Taggart in April, and Marg Taggart in July 2016.

Our best wishes to the Nettleship’s family.

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Community caution: possible contractor scam reported in the neighbourhood

We have received reports of a possible scam in the neighbourhood, where some men offer to repair front walkways and do other outdoor maintenance work but after receiving partial or full payment, they leave the work unfinished or in disrepair.

Standard cautions apply that anyone offering unsolicited services to you at your door should be appropriately vetted before any payments are made. Some methods to verify a contractor’s background are to check with the Better Business Bureau or other reputation-checking services such as Home Stars – or you can ask for references from other local clients.

The recent incidents reported to us involve two men with Irish accents and a third man with an English accent. We have advised the residents to report these incidents to the police. There are sometimes two sides to a story, so if anyone thinks that this is possibly just a client/contractor disagreement we will be happy to post the contractor’s opinion once provided to us.

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Three-week closure of Dundas-Parliament intersection for streetcar track replacement and other road work

This is just outside of the neighbourhood, but some Cabbagetowners will want to be aware of some upcoming streetcar track work that will affect the intersection at Dundas Street East and Parliament Street.

– Complete closure of the intersection
Monday May 15 at 5 a.m. to Monday June 5

– One lane in each direction open
Tuesday June 6 – Saturday June 10

Read more about this road closure… (

The 505 Dundas Streetcar and the 65 Parliament Street bus will be affected by this closure and watermain work during the same period with a number of diversions.

Read more about the 505 Streetcar diversion (
Read more about the 65 Parliament Street Bus diversion (

See also:
Parliament Street to be resurfaced between Bloor and Wellesley May 15 – August 19

Posted in Programs, Traffic and Parking
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Cabbagetown Tour of Homes – September 17 2017

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association (CPA) 2017 Tour of Homes will be held September 17 2017. This event is a wonderful chance to tour the interior of some of Cabbagetown’s beautiful and historic homes. The homes featured are of historic or heritage value, have an interesting restoration/renovation concept to them or have some other connection to the neighbourhood. Ticket sales help to fund the excellent programs of the CPA and go on sale at local retailers and on-line in mid-August.

The Tour of Homes Selection Committee has secured some great homes but there is still room for a few more! If you would like to have your home considered for the tour or if you know of someone who does, please contact the organizing committee at

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Cabbagetown Preservation Association – 2017 Walking Tours

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association (CPA) has announced the schedule of walking tours for 2017. As usual, the list is impressive.

The Necropolis – May 27/28
Cabbagetown et la vallée de la rivière Don (en français) – July 2
Cabbagetown By The Valley – July 6
Builders of Canada, Tales of a Country in Two Cabbagetown Cemeteries, Part 1. – July 23
Builders of Canada, Tales of a Country in Two Cabbagetown Cemeteries, Part 2. – August 13
Cabbagetown By The Valley – August 26

Check out details of each walking tour on the CPA’s website at:

P.S. The CPA is an all-volunteer organization and we think they deserve your support – consider becoming a member and/or volunteering your time with them. Learn more…

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Cabbagetown Preservation Association Spring 2017 Newsletter – available now

In your mailbox soon, or on your screen now…the always interesting CPA newsletter is ready for you now.

Includes: The CPA 2017 AGM on May 29, Builders of Canada, Cabbagetown Talks, Cabbagetown Walks 2017 season, CPA membership changes, Renovating?, Cabbagetown and Regent Park champions, Streetscapes in Bloom 2017, Renovation by Love, a new book on Dr. O.

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Cabbagetown South: Rise in house break-ins during the last week

We received this message from our friends at the Cabbagetown South Residents Association (

We have heard several reports of break ins in the neighbourhood in the last week. We remind area residents to be vigilant in keeping doors and windows locked. We also ask that if you see anyone suspicious hanging around near your property on the street or laneways to call police and report it. If you see someone checking out a neighbours gate, fence, windows or doors and sense something is not right call 911 and explain what is going on. The dispatcher will send someone as soon as they can.

Whenever a crime or a suspicious incident occurs, report it. If it is an emergency call 911. If ongoing issues such as noise complaints, street level prostitution or drug dealing call non emergency response at 416 808 2222. Ask to get the incident number. Follow up with Community Police Officers.

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City Council Highlights: April 26, 27 and 28, 2017

Council Highlights is an informal summary of a selection of the decisions Toronto City Council made at its recent business meeting. The City Clerk’s formal documentation is available at

Subjects include:
Growth strategy for child care
City’s tendering process
Crime and evictions – Toronto Community Housing
Actions on affordable housing
Support for refugees and other newcomers
Provincial cost-sharing on housing and transit
Toronto Community Housing properties
Fire chief appointment
Community consultation on emergency shelters
Protection of heritage buildings
Review of holiday shopping bylaw
Closure of Branson’s urgent-care service
Shark finning and sale of shark fin
Home-visit municipal voting program
Next step for Open Data initiative
Advisory committee on accessibility
European gypsy moth outbreak
Support for City manufacturing

Growth strategy for child care
Council approved a 10-year strategy for expanding child care and early learning programs in Toronto and authorized staff to meet with federal and provincial representatives in pursuit of a tri-government agreement on expanding child care and early learning. The City’s vision is a licensed child-care system serving 50 per cent of Toronto’s children up to age four by 2026. Council confirmed its commitment to the City funding 20 per cent of child-care operating costs.

City’s tendering process
Council adopted recommendations and motions, including confidential instructions to staff, pertaining to an audit that identified ways to strengthen efforts to detect warning signs of potential bid rigging in the competitive tendering process for City contracts. One of the motions addresses the code of conduct for construction contractors and other suppliers, and specifies that any companies that act inappropriately will lose the privilege of bidding on City contracts.
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