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Cabbagetown in the news: Sprucecourt Co-op

We saw this interesting article in the Toronto Star about our very own Sprucecourt Co-op!

East-end housing co-op worries about the community cost that comes with refinancing (thestar.com)

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Movie in the park – Wednesday July 19

Residents might recall that last year, the Cabbagetown BIA organized a FREE “Movie in the park” event that was a lot of fun. So much fun, that they are doing it again on Wednesday July 19.

You can vote for the movie to be shown also!

VOTE NOW FOR YOUR MOVIE IN THE PARK (surveymonkey.com)

This year’s event will include some local food vendors and a live band starting at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket and arrive early to claim your spot in Riverdale Park West, just steps west of Riverdale Farm.

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Crime alert: Flower theft

We have had a resident report to us that on May 29 at around 9:30 a.m., a woman was observed digging out large numbers of various flowers including peonies, lilacs and irises from Winchester Street front gardens and placing them in tote bags – one bag was filled to capacity and the other was quickly becoming so.

The thief was described as a caucasion woman, approximately 5’5″ tall, trim in skinny jeans, big sunglasses, with a shawl artistically draped over her shoulder, wavy dark brown loose shoulder-length hair. After taking the flowers, she walked to Riverdale Park West and to the steps leading down to the lower bowl area.

If you have any surveillance footage of the time that you would be comfortable sharing, or have any information on this issue – please let us know or contact Toronto Police. Usually with crimes in progress, the police advise to call 911 but in cases such as this we’ve been advised that calling the police general line (416-808-2222) would have been more appropriate.

Update June 16:
City News ran a story about this issue, featuring a number of Cabbagetown Residents and a “sketch” of the flower thief.
The great Cabbagetown peony caper (citynews.ca)


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

how to report a crime - click for PDF

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Peggy Kurtin 2017 Award Winners

Our friends at the Cabbagetown Preservation Association (CPA) had their AGM on May 29 and another successful event it was! Gilles Huot and Virginia van Vliet described the “Builders of Canada” many of whom are buried in Cabbagetown’s two cemeteries.

The Peggy Kurtin awards were awarded to Valerie and Andrew Pringle for their work on their home at 397 Carlton. Monica Kuhn was the architect and represented the Pringles at the meeting.

A second award for an outstanding commercial renovation was given to Patty Junior from The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament).

Read Doug Fisher’s June 1 blog post for photos and a review of the meeting.

Congratulations to the winners!

Posted in Events, Local Interest

Final 2017 property tax bills mailed

The city has mailed off the final 2017 property tax bills to residents. All bills should be received by June 15 so if you don’t receive the good news (ahem) by then, please contact the city via 311 (toronto.ca).

For more on City of Toronto property taxes, visit:
toronto.ca/propertytax

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Volunteer now to share your love of cycling with newcomers to Toronto!

We were contacted recently by CultureLink to see if any Cabbagetowners would like to volunteer their time with an intriguing program called Bike Host which uses cycling as a way to welcome newcomers to Canada. Contact details are included and be sure to wave as you ride through the neighbourhood!

Bike Host is a free cycling mentorship program for newcomers to Canada, created by CultureLink Settlement and Community Services (CultureLink). Bike Host volunteer mentors are matched with newcomers to Canada who are open to cycling. Together, mentors and newcomer participants explore Toronto by bike and organize and participate in group activities. Through this program, volunteer mentors support newcomer participants to improve their communication skills, bike riding skills, knowledge of bike routes (recreational and other), general bike maintenance, free events and activities as well as providing networking and socializing opportunities all while exploring Toronto by bike.

Check out our website for more information, including a map of the 2017 program locations: www.culturelink.ca/bike-host.

For mentors, pre-registration and interview is required. If you are interested, please sign up online.

Contact bikehost@culturelink.ca or 647-713-9188

Web: www.culturelink.ca

Bike Host Poster

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Walking the Lower Don Trail – possible this summer?

We noticed this article about the Lower Don Trail that might be of interest to residents hoping to be able to use it this summer.

Walking the Lower Don Trail Will Be Possible This Summer (torontoist.com)

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City Council highlights: May 24, 25 and 26, 2017

The City of Toronto provides a “highlights reel” of topics discussed at council meetings and below are the topics from the May 24, 25 and 26 meetings.

For a quick summary of any of the topics, visit the highlights page (toronto.ca) or for even more granularity you can read about the meeting at: toronto.ca/council

Next steps for transit projects
Guidelines for City’s 2018 budget process
Funding of stormwater management
City-wide real estate transformation
Ward 44 councillor vacancy
Overdose action plan
Rental affordability in Toronto
City funding of cultural organizations
Review of accessible parking permits
City employee health benefits
New policy on multilingual information
Temporary suspension of contractor
New bike lanes
Rock walk on Spadina Avenue

Read more… (toronto.ca)

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Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association Green Bin Survey

Our friends at the Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association recently conducted a poll among members on the new City of Toronto green bins that are expected to be distributed this year. Areas of Cabbagetown South were part of a pilot to see how residents found the new bins. Here is their letter to Councillor McConnell and a link to the poll results. We conducted a poll ourselves last year if you will recall.

If you have thoughts on the matter, please leave them in the comment section below.

From the Cabbagetown South website:

Thanks to everyone that took the time to answer our survey questions. It is clear that many people are dedicated to reducing the amount of garbage going to landfill and want to do the right thing regarding sorting out green waste and recycling. Many residents go to great lengths to store their bins out of sight or use the smallest bin available. Neighbours have built custom storage units for their present sized bins and some will find the larger green bin does not fit. Other neighbours store their present bin out of sight and bring it through the house on the morning of pick up.Others actually haul their bins via the laneway from the back of their property to the curb fronting their house.

A heavier and bigger bin will be problematic for many.

Many store their bins on their front porch or front garden as they see no other alternative. We need alternatives. To see the results of the survey please click here. We are in the process of putting together a report for Councillor McConnell and Solid Waste Management in hopes of coming up with household friendly solutions to bins.

New Green Bins Survey

May 30, 2017

Dear Councilor Pam McConnell,

As you may be aware, Solid Waste Management is in the final stages of delivering the new and larger green bin to residential properties in the City of Toronto. It is our understanding that the new bins will be rolled out in the later part of this summer. In preparation for the roll out we have surveyed area residents to determine if they are aware of the new larger bin and how the larger bin might be problematic for many area residents

We have determined many area households consist of couples and single people who do not generate the volume of green bin food waste that Solid Waste Management has determined as average when they designed the new green bin.

The bins chosen by SWM is a suburban family sized solution that does not work in all small family homes on small inner city lots, row housing, stacked townhouses, duplexes, triplexes etc..

We need household friendly options to continue in diverting household waste from landfill.

30% of residents surveyed advised they will no longer participate in the Green Bin Program if the larger bin is their only option.

46% of those surveyed store their green bin in their basements, garage or in a backyard storage area and bring their green bin through their house on pick up day. They are dealing with stairs and other obstacles that the heavier and larger bin would make impossible to navigate.

87% of residents surveyed asked to keep the current Green Bin. Solid Waste needs to allow those with issues to keep their present smaller green bin. We need real options. To date SWM has indicated that the larger bin is the only solution on offer.

SWM suggest neighbours share a bin which in some instances could work but likely means that one neighbour will have to keep the green bin near their front door or in their front garden so their neighbour can access it. This is not a solution.

The residents are not storing their bins near their front door for the convenience, but due to the lack of other options. We encourage everyone to create welcoming front gardens and porches.

Possible Solutions

When the new recycling and garbage bins were rolled out you were able to come up with the bags and tags solution. A green bag option may work depending when the green materials are put at the curb. The night before will not work as raccoons will quickly tear things open. If we are given the option to bag their green bin material there needs to be a requirement that the green bag goes out early morning.
Allowing folks to keep the current smaller bin if they agree not to put the bin out overnight when raccoons are on the prowl.
A smaller bin with a raccoon proof mechanism for those who put out their green bin the morning of pick up could continue to use the old green bin.
For CSRA Green Bin Survey results please click here

Please we need your help to find a solution.

Thank you,

Cabbagetown South Residents Board

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Film shoot: Condor filming June 9 – 16 at various locations in neighbourhood

The TV Series Condor (imdb.com) will be filming at a number of locations in the neighbourhood over the next few days. The series is based on the the 1975 feature film called Three Days Of The Condor (imdb.com) which starred Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway. For a full list of filming locations and parking times, see below.

Film production companies are asked to provide convenient alternate parking for permit holders and are normally respectful guests, but if you have a real-time issue with a film shoot please contact the location manager to see if a solution can be found.

The producers have made a generous donation to the Cabbagetown Residents Association as a thank-you to residents for their patience and understanding.

Production Type: TV SERIES
Project Title: Condor 01
Production Company & Address: T5 CONDOR PRODUCTIONS INC TAKE 5 PRODUCTIONS INC MGM HOLDINGS INC
777 KIPLING AVE Suite: 102 TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA, M8Z 5Z4

Production Company Phone #: 416-234-0755
Location Manager: Karen Perez
Location Manager Cell #: (416) 948-3817

Filming Location(s) & Times:

Location: 395 CARLTON ST
Type: PREP, Start Date Time: Jun-09 08:00, To: Jun-11 16:00
Type: FILMING, Start Date Time: Jun-12 07:00, To: Jun-12 23:00
Type: WRAP, Start Date Time: Jun-13 08:00, To: Jun-13 16:00

Location: 411 CARLTON ST
Type: PREP, Start Date Time: Jun-09 08:00, To: Jun-11 16:00
Type: FILMING, Start Date Time: Jun-12 07:00, To: Jun-12 23:00
Type: WRAP, Start Date Time: Jun-13 08:00, To: Jun-13 16:00

Location: GORDON SINCLAIR LANE
Type: PREP, Start Date Time: Jun-09 08:00, To: Jun-11 16:00
Type: FILMING, Start Date Time: Jun-12 07:00, To: Jun-12 23:00
Type: WRAP, Start Date Time: Jun-13 08:00, To: Jun-13 16:00

Location: PARLIAMENT ST between AMELIA ST and WELLESLEY ST E
Type: PREP, Start Date Time: Jun-12 18:00, To: Jun-12 19:00
Type: FILMING, Start Date Time: Jun-12 20:30, To: Jun-12 22:30
Type: WRAP, Start Date Time: Jun-12 22:30, To: Jun-12 23:00
Type: WEATHER, Start Date Time: Jun-13 20:30, To: Jun-13 22:30
Type: WEATHER, Start Date Time: Jun-14 20:30, To: Jun-14 22:30

Location: 353 SHERBOURNE ST
Type: PREP, Start Date Time: Jun-13 09:00, To: Jun-13 20:00
Type: FILMING, Start Date Time: Jun-14 13:00, To: Jun-14 19:00
Type: WRAP, Start Date Time: Jun-15 08:00, To: Jun-15 20:00

Location: 240 WELLESLEY ST E
Type: PREP, Start Date Time: Jun-12 08:00, To: Jun-13 20:00
Type: FILMING, Start Date Time: Jun-14 18:00, To: Jun-15 03:00
Type: WRAP, Start Date Time: Jun-15 08:00, To: Jun-16 20:00

Location: 650 PARLIAMENT ST
Type: PREP, Start Date Time: Jun-12 08:00, To: Jun-13 20:00
Type: FILMING, Start Date Time: Jun-14 18:00, To: Jun-15 03:00
Type: WRAP, Start Date Time: Jun-15 08:00, To: Jun-16 20:00

Parking Location(s):

PARLIAMENT ST between WELLESLEY ST E and BLOOR ST E, Side: E
Start: Jun-10 09:00 , End: Jun-16 08:00

CARLTON ST between SUMACH ST and RIVERDALE PARK RD, Side: N &/or S
Start: Jun-10 09:00 , End: Jun-12 23:00

CARLTON ST between BOWMAN ST and SUMACH ST, Side: S
Start: Jun-10 09:00 , End: Jun-12 23:00

RIVERDALE PARK RD between GENEVA AVE and CARLTON ST, Side: E or W
Start: Jun-10 09:00 , End: Jun-12 23:00

SUMACH ST between GENEVA AVE and CARLTON ST, Side: E
Start: Jun-10 09:00 , End: Jun-12 23:00

HOWARD ST between SHERBOURNE ST and PARLIAMENT ST, Side: S
Start: Jun-10 09:00 , End: Jun-16 08:00

SUMACH ST between CARLTON ST and WINCHESTER ST, Side: E &/or W
Start: Jun-10 09:00 , End: Jun-12 23:00

PARLIAMENT ST between AMELIA ST and WELLESLEY ST E, Side: E
Start: Jun-12 18:00 , End: Jun-14 23:00

PARLIAMENT ST between WELLESLEY ST E and BLOOR ST E, Side: E
Start: Jun-14 07:00 , End: Jun-16 23:00

HOWARD ST between SHERBOURNE ST and PARLIAMENT ST, Side: S
Start: Jun-14 07:00 , End: Jun-16 23:00

CARLTON ST between SHERBOURNE ST and ONTARIO ST, Side: S
Start: Jun-13 09:00 , End: Jun-14 19:00

BLEECKER ST between CARLTON ST and WELLESLEY ST E, Side: W
Start: Jun-13 09:00 , End: Jun-14 19:00

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