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Cabbagetown according to … Dale Spence and Greg Garbacki

Image of Dale and Greg holding up their daughter
This week we have Greg and Dale, two of our wonderful neighbours and Forsythia Festival volunteers, giving their $0.02 on the neighbourhood.

Best place in Cabbagetown for a bite to eat …
I love so many places to eat but our favourite is Thai Room. There is an avocado chicken that is to die for!

Cabbagetown needs …
Greg says – Funnel Cake
Dale says – smoothie place

Favourite block …
Nasmith is the best street in Cabbagetown! I may be biased but I have never experienced such a close knit community. The whole street hangs out together for our annual street party and our ‘movie in the alley’. I love coming home and finding 8 kids from all over the neighbourhood with their parents and caregivers hanging out in our back yard or on the sidewalk!

Best public space …
Riverdale Park West has such a variety of things to do and since we have a dog we are there at least once a day.

Favourite store …
Labour of Love is terrific for a small hostess gift or cheeky birthday card. Recently I stopped in and bought a pair of sunglasses that plants a tree for every pair sold. Win win.

Cabbagetown pet peeve …
Not keen on those trying to cut some time off their commute by driving through during rush hour. There are lots of kids and pets in the area and I would like to see less traffic and certainly slower speeds.

Cabbagetown’s best kept secret …
The Forsythia Festival! It’s such a great community event but smaller and more intimate than the Cabbagetown festival. It’s a great way to connect to all our neighbours after a cold winter.

Best reason to join the Cabbagetown Residents Association (CRA) …
It’s the best way to keep up on all the great things happening in the community!

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Welcome to Freshed Right Salad and Juice Bar

In an interesting pivot, new local barber shop Razed Right has become Freshed Right Salad and Juice Bar at 298 Gerrard St. E. (just east of Parliament St.).

Welcome to the neighbourhood!


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In Memoriam: Nancy White

Sadly, long-time Cabbagetowner Nancy White has died. We learned of her passing in Doug Fisher’s blog where he wrote the following:
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Nancy White died recently from the lingering effects of a stroke she suffered several years ago. She loved Cabbagetown – she lived at 340 Carlton for twenty years from 1985 to 2004. She was an active volunteer with Friends of Riverdale Farm. She went to step class with Brenda McNee who remembers her glorious front garden and her strong opinions. She liked to sit in the window at Jet Fuel and to shop at Daniel et Daniel, Terry’s butcher shop, Epicure and Neat Stuff. Her niece, Liz Kingstone, lives on Wellesley Street with her husband Steve Brearton and sons Henry, Simon and Sidney. There will be a celebration of her life on the roof of the Merchandise Building Lofts (155 Dalhousie) at 5 pm on Saturday November 4.

We offer our condolences to Nancy’s family and friends.

If you would like to let others in the neighbourhood know of the passing of a Cabbagetowner, please have their family contact us.

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Sewer works on Amelia St. October 2 – 6

Our friends in the Ward 28 office have let us know that sewer works will be conducted on Amelia St. during the week of October 2 – 6. Residents on Amelia St. have been notified by the letter posted below.

The field ambassador on site during this project can be reached at 647-821-9813. The City’s project manager is Bo Pajic, available at 416-392-7338. The work involves sending a CCTV camera in to the sewer pipes to take images of different pipe segments. The sewers are flushed to facilitate this work. This may cause some noise and possibly some odour. If the sewer requires relining, equipment such as blowers, air compressors and/or power generators will be used. Access will be gained through maintenance holes, but excavation may be required. All noise and work will comply with the City’s noise bylaw.

While there will be no disruptions to water or sewer services, residents are asked to please limit the usage of their water services as much as possible while this work is being done. If access to driveways is impeded (likely not an issue on Amelia), homeowners will be notified in advance. Parking in an active work zone is not permitted. If a parked vehicle affects the construction work, it will be re-located nearby at no cost to the owner. If a resident cannot find their car, please contact 416-808-2222.

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5th Annual Cabbagetown Pumpkin Walk – November 1

We’ve had so much fun for the past few years, that we are doing it again! Bring your pumpkins to the Cabbagetown Pumpkin Walk on November 1 2017 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Riverdale Park West. Wear your Hallowe’en costumes again! Please bring a donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Pumpkins will be recycled by the City of Toronto.

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Throwback Thursday: The Swiss Cottage

We have written in the past (ahem), about some of the many medical facilities that used to be located in olde Cabbagetown, including the Toronto General Hospital and the Toronto School of Medicine.

Across the Don River, north of the Don jail in what is now Riverdale Park East, the “House of Refuge” transformed in 1872 into the “Isolation Hospital” (to keep patients with conditions such as small pox separate from each other). A few other buildings were built for different purposes including the “Swiss Cottage” built in 1901, ceased operations in the 1920s and was destroyed in a fire in 1930. The photographs courtesy of the Toronto Archives are from 1907 and 1909.

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Riverdale Isolation Hospital

Read more about the Swiss Cottage at Urban Toronto (urbantoronto.ca)

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Regent Park Block Party

Our friends in Regent Park are having a free block party on Saturday September 30 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Regent and Cole Street. There will be free food and entertainment, kids activities and a chance to meet your neighbours. See you there!


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Update on recent string of nearby shootings

After the recent string of shootings nearby in Regent Park, we wanted to give you a status update on our communications with Toronto Police Services 51 Division. Our Safety and Security Liaison, Des Ryan, has been in communication with our local police since gunfire was reported and confirmed in April at Broadcast Lane and Winchester St. in Cabbagetown. The recent series of shootings in Regent Park are not known to be related, but are of great concern to many of our residents and the 51 Division Unit Commander is keen to keep the community as informed as possible and to seek our assistance.

While our ward doesn’t have a councillor at the moment, ward staff have let us know that this issue has their office’s full attention. They have been working closely with Toronto Community Housing, 51 Division Police, and the city’s Community Crisis Response Unit. 51 Division has increased patrols in the area – in addition to the dedicated Regent Park Community Response officers – and TCH has dispatched more Community Safety Unit officers to the neighbourhood. We can confirm that officers have been very quick to respond to reports of gunfire (and fireworks).

Police are seeking any assistance that residents can provide such as identifying suspects photographed in the August 28 / September 4 shootings (images available here) or any surveillance camera images of suspicious activity – no matter how insignificant it might seem. Des will be meeting with the 51 Division Unit Commander within the next few days for further updates which we will share with you.

There have been four shootings in Regent Park within the past month (1 person killed, 4 injured), plus one shooting in July (1 person killed) and another in January (1 person killed). There was also confirmed gunfire in April at Broadcast Lane near Winchester St.; fortunately no injuries were reported in this incident.

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Crime alert: Shooting at Gerrard St. E. and Nasmith Ave.

In what is becoming a weekly occurrence, there was another shooting close to the neighbourhood this evening. Toronto Police tweeted at 11:40 p.m. that there was a shooting and a person was taken away in an ambulance 15 minutes later. In the photo below, police tape can be seen around the play area on the south side of Gerrard Street East, south of Nasmith Avenue.

Updated Sept. 24 11:30 a.m.:
CBC is reporting that the person found at the scene was seriously injured, but after surgery is currently listed as in stable condition.

City News is reporting that police are seeking 2 suspects described as black males, over 6 feet in height and in their 20s.

This incident occurred approximately 20 metres from the scene of the fatal shooting on January 30 2017 of 18 year-old Ali Rizeig. There is a TCHC security camera a few metres away from the scene of both of these shootings, which we hope captured these incidents (image below).

There have been a number of shootings in Regent Park over the past few weeks:
July 2, 2017 – Regent St. and Cole St. (person killed)
August 28, 2017 – Dundas St. E. and Sackville St. (person injured)
Sept. 4, 2017 – Gerrard St. E. and Sumach St. (person injured)
Sept. 16, 2017 – Gerrard St. E. and River St. (1 person killed, 1 injured)

Pictures of suspects in the August 28 and September 4 shootings have been made available by Toronto Police.

As well as these shootings south of the neighbourhood, gunfire was reported and confirmed at Broadcast Lane near Winchester St. on April 20 2017.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Police officers around a taped-off play area in Regent Park on Saturday September 23, 2017
Image of police car in front of crime scene
Ambulance leaves with lights and sirens at 11:55 p.m. on Saturday September 23, 2017
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Posters such as the one pictured below were posted in parts of Cabbagetown shortly after the September 4 shooting
Poster warning of random shootings in the neighbourhood

Location of a security camera very near to the January 30 and September 23 shootings
Security Camera location in Regent Park

If you have any information about this or any other matter of similar concern – call Toronto Police. Also, be sure to report crimes of any severity or value to the police as they monitor these reports and assign resources accordingly. If you would like to let fellow residents know also, please contact us and let us know what you would be comfortable with us sharing.

Toronto Police:
416-808-2222 for non-emergency inquiries
911 for emergencies and crimes in progress
Toronto Police CORE (Citizen Online Report Entry)
Toronto Police Bicycle Registration Form

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Cabbagetown according to … Katie Tozer


Katie Tozer, her husband Mark, and their four children have lived on Parkview Avenue for seven years. She volunteers at the annual Forsythia Festival.

Best place in Cabbagetown for a bite to eat … It’s a toss-up between the House on Parliament and Kingyo, depending on what we’re in the mood for.

Cabbagetown needs … More small businesses on Parliament Street. I love the ones that are already there, but more variety would be great!

Favourite block … The dead end on Wellesley Street East. It’s nice and quiet, low on traffic and the park and splash pad are right there!

Best public space … Riverdale Farm. Living so close to a farm in the city has provided endless hours of amusement for our kids, and I love the wonderful programs and events they offer. It’s such a special spot and we are so lucky to live down the road from it.

Favourite store … St Jamestown Steak and Chops. Everything is fantastic and Mark and his staff are so friendly and helpful.

Cabbagetown pet peeve …  Dog poop on the sidewalk. It seems so simple for this not to be the case, yet, it continues…

Cabbagetown’s best kept secret … All the laneways. They are home to so many interesting hidden houses.

Best reason to join the Cabbagetown Residents Association (CRA) …  To stay informed about all the great things happening in cabbagetown and to get involved.









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