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February 2023

Winter sunset in Cabbagetown


Happy February Neighbours!

This picture was taken about a year ago – Cabbagetown looks a bit similar this February, but maybe slightly less snow!

City of Toronto Parks and Rec registration

If you are looking forward to spring, a heads up that the city’s Parks and Rec program registration for East York is taking place on March 8. 

Bill 23 Survey

The Federation of South Toronto Residents Association (FoRSTRA) is asking for feedback on Bill 23. They have endorsed a survey and are asking for feedback. The survey can be accessed here, and is open until February 28.

Gerrard Street East Project Update

The road reconstruction planned for Gerrard between Sherbourne and Parliament has been delayed until 2024.

Howland Theatre showing of Prodigal

Howland Theatre is premiering Prodigal at nearby Crow’s Theatre from February 21st – March 12th and they’re offering general admission tickets for $30, using the promo code LESLIEVILLE. 


Young Urban Forest Leaders

LEAF is excited to announce that applications for the 2023 YUFL Program are now open! The YUFL Program is a free, online and in-person training opportunity designed to provide valuable skills in urban forestry and community engagement to 20 young Toronto people (ages 18 to 29) over four months (end-of-April to end-of-August). Through this program, participants will build connections across Toronto communities, grow their confidence as a leader and network with industry leaders.

Applications close March 21, 2023.


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January 2023

Happy New Year  Cabbagetown!

Happy 2023 Neighbours! On behalf of the Cabbagetown Residents Association, we hope you had a lovely and restful winter break.

Congratulations to 450 Wellesley, the winner of our 2022 Holiday Lights contest!

The School of Toronto Dance Theatre has a new home

After 45 years, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre will be moving from their home at 80 Winchester Street to a space in the Daniels Spectrum in May. 

Read the full announcement here.

home 4 all education event

FoSTRA (Federation of South Toronto Residents Association) is hosting a series of free education events on the theme of Housing for All. The first event is on January 26 from 6:30-8pm with Mark Richardson of More information is linked below, along with the registration details.

FoSTRA member meeting invitation 26 January

Winterlicious is Back!

Winterlicious 2023 will run for two weeks, starting January 27, with delicious prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at more than 220 local restaurants. This year, menus are available at six price points; three-course prix fixe lunch menus are priced at $20, $27, $34, $41, $48 and $55, and dinners are priced at $25, $35, $45, $55, $65 and $75. Restaurants are accepting reservations for the prix fixe promotion. A list of participating restaurants is available here.


Declaration of Property Occupancy Status

The City is reminding all homeowners to submit a declaration of their property’s 2022 occupancy status by Thursday, February 2 to determine if the property is subject to the new Vacant Home Tax.

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November 2022

This picture was taken by board member Lise Flynn on the first snowfall of the season. Thanks to everyone who cleared their walkways and sidewalks!

Cabbagetown Residents Survey 

Thank you to all who completed the recent CRA survey. The board is reviewing the feedback and we will send out a comprehensive review of the results in the next few weeks.

Bill 23

There has been a lot of chatter about Bill 23 and how that could affect city plans and initiatives. For a comprehensive review of potential impact, please review this City Briefing Note – Bill 23 provided by the City.

The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods has identified a number of concerns with Bill 23. This link summarizes the concerns well and provides resources where individuals can learn more, sign various petitions and contact politicians and policy makers.

Transportation Survey

The City of Toronto has partnered with the Ministry of Transportation Ontario to sponsor the Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS). The survey, which will be mailed to randomly selected Toronto residents, takes less than 15 minutes to complete, and the results will help plan improvements to transportation facilities for all road and transit users in Toronto and across the region. Residents should watch for a survey invitation in their mailboxes and visit the website to learn more.

Yonge Street Mission Toy Drive

The YSM new toy drive is happening again this year from December 12-16.  Find more info here.

Cabbagetown BIA has a new Director

A big welcome to Matt Mohan who is the new executive director at the Cabbagetown BIA.

Childrens Book Bank Auction

The annual online auction for the Children’s Book Bank is on until November 29. This ‘Favourite Things’ online auction, is always a hit.

Calvacade of Lights 

The Calvacade of Lights has returned to Nathan Phillips Square from November 26 to January 7th. For the full schedule of activities and events, click here.

Moss Park Hockey League

The Moss Park House League, for kids aged 4-16, is a FREE hockey league aimed at introducing youngsters to the game of ice hockey. All levels are welcomed from absolute beginners to experienced skaters.

Equipment is available for children who do not have equipment, eg. skates, pads, pants, jerseys, helmets.

Games are played on Saturdays at Moss Park Arena, Queen Street & Sherbourne Street, starting in November.

Registration is still Open, just come on down Saturday morning for skills evaluation,   sign up HERE

What makes this league unique is that All Kids Play, there is no sitting on the bench. The game periods are 3:00 minutes long and change on a whistle, Line 1 play against the other team’s Line 1, Line 2 play against the other team’s Line 2 and Line 3 plays against the other team’s Line 3.

Thanks to resident Gina for sharing this great info!



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October 2022

 Neighbourhood News October 2022

Pumpkin Walk Poster

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.

Municipal Election

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

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

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 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.

Christmas Market

It’s never too early for a Christmas Market!

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Neighbourhood News April 2022

Hello Neighbours!

It’s here! After a two year hiatus, the Forsythia Festival is back in person, this Sunday, May 1!

The parade will start at 10:30am at the corner of Sumach and Wellesley, and the festival will run from 11am-3pm at Wellesley Park, which was cleaned last week by a dedicated group of Cabbagetown residents.

Wear yellow and come prepared for fun – we have a mechanical bull, a magician, a BBQ and a beer tent! Check out the full schedule of events.

Raffles tickets are for sale ahead of time (email to purchase) and at the festival. 

Spotlight on Sponsorship

The Forsythia Festival would not be possible without our generous sponsors! Over the next few newsletters, we will spotlighting our 2022 Gold Sponsors.

Buds and Blossoms 

Buds and Blossoms has two licensed child care facilities, one of which is right in the heart of Cabbagetown, on Parliament Street.  Buds and Blossoms offers preschool, kindergarten, aftercare, summer camps and a diverse selection of classes for parents and children.  Program curriculum is mindfulness based and child-lead.  Children are engaged while learning something they want to learn and are having fun. The lovely educators and Buds and Blossoms are fun-loving and passionate about what they do! Follow Buds and Blossoms on Instagram at budsandblossoms.cabbagetown and check out their Facebook page.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

Founded in 1980 and located right on Parliament Street, the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre has introduced over 300,000 young people to dance through its Ontario Arts Access program, and won the Toronto Arts Foundation’s prestigious Arts for Youth Award for its development of young artists and young audiences. CCDT offers professional productions locally and abroad for all ages, next generation and established artist residencies, a continuity of development programs from age eight to professional, educational outreach, career guidance and community engagement initiatives for dance artists to explore and to showcase their craft. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walk is also back this year, running May 6-8th. This free, annual festival of community-led walking conversations was  inspired by Jane Jacobs—a journalist, author, theorist, activist, and proud Torontonian.

 Jane’s Walk festivals take place in hundreds of cities around the world. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

Check out the schedule here.

Community Clean Up

Thank you to the local residents who helped to clean up two major parks in Cabbagetown on April 23rd. Wellesley Park and Riverdale Park were both cleaned of garbage and have a fresh look just in time for spring.


NatureScape on Parliament Street

The Cabbagetown BIA has partnered with Councillor Wong-Tam to create a naturescape on Parliament Street, starting July 1st and running 10 weeks. You can read all about it here, and see some of the renderings.

Toronto’s New Tree

The City has announced that Toronto is getting an official tree, and you can vote for your choice. Voting is open until May 10th.

Mother’s Day Baskets from GreenThumbs

GreenThumbs is selling Mother’s Day Baskets as a fundraiser to support 3 local school children’s gardens. Click here to order.

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Dear Cabbagetowners,

Happy New Year! We hope our first newsletter of 2022 finds you and your family happy, healthy and hopefully having dug out of the 55 cms of snow we received earlier this month.

As the city continues to deal with snow removal from the storm, we encourage everyone to do their part and shovel their sidewalks and walkways, and check on neighbours who may need assistance.

Winter sunset in Cabbagetown

We hope you enjoy this latest newsletter. As ever, if you have comments to share, feel free to email us at




In this issue:

  • Addressing Food Insecurity in our community
  • Winners of our 2021 Holiday Lights contest
  • The Wink at Winchester is up and running
  • Toronto’s 311 Mobile App
  • UrbanHensTO is looking for feedback
  • Crime Prevention Tips and Contacts
  • Cabbagetown BIA Update

Addressing Food Insecurity

Lack of food security continues to be a major source of concern in our community.  The local resident’s association, along with the Cabbagetown Preservation Association, are once again partnering with Dixon Hall in the Neighbours Helping Neighbours campaign. 

Holiday Lights contest winners

Congrats to our 2021 Holiday Lights winner!

First Place – Wellesley 2

Second Place – Sackville 2

Third Place – a tie between Sackville 1 and Amelia 1

Thanks to everyone who voted and to our winners, who received a one-year membership to the CRA and a $50 donation to their charity of choice!

Snowman and holiday lights on Wellesley street
First place – Wellesley 2
House on Sackville street decorated with holiday lights
Second Place – Sackville 2
White and coloured holiday lights on Amelia Street
Third Place – Amelia 1
White lights and lit up reindeer on Sackville Street
Third Place – Sackville 1




The Wink at Winchester is Up and Running!

The cold weather has made for perfect skating conditions for the second season of The Wink, our the community-built skating rink at Winchester Park! You can book your time at online. Children 6 and under must wear a CAS approved helmet, and anyone on the ice must wear skates. Be sure to follow The Wink via their Facebook page for updated hours of operation and rink conditions. There was also a cool shout out to The Wink is Toronto Life.

Last year The Wink ran a skate donation drive and collected around 50 pairs of used skates. Those skates have been tuned up and sharpened thanks to financial donations received from Royal St.George’s College Community and the Cabbagetown Residents Associaton. The Wink will be hosting a “Skate it Forward” event on Saturday February 5th at Winchester Park from 11am-3pm, or until they run out of skates! Kids and adults who could use a hand gaining access to skates are invited to come and find a pair to take home – for keeps! The Wink is not accepting anymore donations for skates this year.

A million thanks to Trish Finkelstein for her organization, and the generous contributions made by Mark Michelin at Steak & Chops, Bill Renieri at Home Hardware, Carolyn Jarman and Family, the Royal St.Georges’ Community, Just Hockey Source for Sports, the Cabbagetown Residents Association and the many neighbourhood volunteers who make building, running and maintaining the rink possible.  

Outdoor ice rink






Toronto’s 311 Mobile App

See a pothole? Want to report that pothole and then track the City’s response? The new 311 mobile app will allow you to do just that and much more.


UrbanHensTO is looking for feedback

What came first: the chicken or the egg? And while you’re thinking about that, take a few minutes to also let the #CityofTO know what you think about #Toronto’s #UrbanHensTO program. Take the survey by Feb 11, available at




Crime Prevention Tips and Tricks

Earlier this month at the Community Police Liaison Committee meeting, Sergeant Henry Dyck shared a great presentation on crime prevention. Our Neighbourhood Community Officers contacts are below:                                                                              (includes Cabbagetown)                                         

Cabbagetown BIA update

Our local BIA recently held a community consultation about the Cabbagetown StreetScape Master Plan. To view a recording of the meeting, and see the plan, click here.

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City/Local News Round-Up – Dec. 11


Hello All, 

Seasons greetings from the CRA team. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year.

Your friends at the CRA




Holiday card contest winnersWell, the ever popular CRA holiday card contest has wrapped up for another year and the results are in for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks to all the children at both Winchester and Sprucecourt Schools for participating so enthusiastically as well as to our organizers and, of course, to our dedicated and diligent judges.

Each of the winning entries has been made into holiday cards, which will be printed and distributed to CRA member households within the CRA boundary (Gerrard, Parliament, St. James Cemetery and the Don River).




Yes, it’s back for 2021 and we’re ready to receive your photos for posting to the voting portal, so we encourage you all to light up your front gardens to bring some extra festive cheer to Cabbagetown.

Find out all you need to know about how to enter and win!

Just want to vote? Here’s the link to the voting portal.




Dixon Hall logoThis just in from Dixon Hall:

We thank all out volunteers for helping out with our Meals on Wheels (MOW) program in the past. With their help, we have been able to continue to bring comfort to those experiencing food insecurity and isolation during such challenging times.  
Due to the pandemic and its continued restrictions, we are currently experiencing a shortage of volunteers for this upcoming holiday season. We are asking for your help once again. 
If you are able to offer your time with the MOW program this year, and help deliver essential meals to seniors and people with disabilities in the community, please complete this volunteer registration form. 




suppli logoAs a signed up user, I received a message from Julianna at Suppli, a Cabbagetown organization who believes that together we can make single-use takeout containers a thing of the past:

As the giving season is upon us we want to thank you for being a part of this journey and ask for your help! Together with you and others from our amazing community, we’ve saved over 17,000 (and counting!) single-use containers from landfills and generated tens of thousands in additional revenue for east-end restaurants. Wild!

We’re trying to get the word out about Suppli and figured we’d start by asking our existing community members to refer a friend! 

Already a user? Please spread the word. Not a user? Sign up now and if you indicate you were referred by a friend (at the CRA!), they’ll donate $1 to Second Harvest.




fireworksToronto’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display is returning to the sky for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic but it is going to look a little different as the city works to limit crowds.

Mayor John Tory announced on Wednesday that there will be a “10-minute, high-altitude fireworks display” to ring in 2022, reports Chris Fox at CP24/CTV News.




TORONTO LOGOThe City of Toronto encourages residents to “recycle right” and reduce the amount of waste that they generate during the holidays.

Every year, the City manages more than 900,000 tonnes (two billion pounds) of waste. This requires money, energy and resources, and takes up valuable landfill space. The holiday season in particular can create a large amount of waste. The most effective way to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill is to practice the 3Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle right. Small changes can make a big impact.



team toronto kids logoTeam Toronto and Toronto Kids Vaccine Day partners are ready for action! The team will be welcoming nearly two thousand of the city’s youngest public-health superheroes to Scotiabank Arena to get their COVID-19 vaccine surrounded kid-friendly activities, entertainment, ticket and toy giveaways and special Toronto mascot and PAW Patrol visitors.

Toronto Kids Vaccine Day is taking place this Sunday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are needed and some appointments are still available by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 or through the Province of Ontario’s How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. 




Heather over at Green Thumbs Growing Kids asked us to share their latest newsletter highlighting efforts to provide environmental stewardship through hands-on garden and food education for urban children and their communities. 






Live green news logoAnd here’s a bumper year-end round-up from our friends over at Live Green Toronto.




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City/Local News Round-up – Oct 9 – 22


Hello Valued Readers,

You probably noticed that we’ve made various changes the cadence of the CRA newsletter over the last year or so, in response to the cataclysmic events we’ve all been working through together. Moving the newsletter from monthly to weekly throughout 2020 and into mid 2021, then back to bi-weekly a few months ago. As things continue to settle down (hopefully) we’ve decided to move back to our normal monthly publication from this issue onwards.

Thank you for supporting the CRA and for subscribing to and reading the newsletter so consistently. As ever, if there is anything you would like to see us cover, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by email at:



(Thanks to Doug Fisher at Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review for this article)

A crew is going door-to-door through the neighbourhood offering to restore patios – and possibly do other projects as well.  They’re rip-off artists.  Stephen Armstrong from Wellesley and Sumach has sent us a caution about them. His wife was intimidated and his neighbours were cheated out of $3,000.  It’s an old scam.  




Pumpkin Walk Poster Cabbagetown’s beloved Pumpkin Walk will once again be happening in Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester entrance), 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.




No poop signs

Been meaning to email us to get your very own scoop your poop sign but haven’t quite get round to it yet? Well, we have a dozen or so left from our initial print run – so it’s now or never. 

We created these free lawn signs to provide a gentle reminder to dog owners that perhaps forget to stoop and scoop their lovable pooches poop.

If you’d like one to display in your front garden please email us at, indicating your preference for design A or B.




They’ve become popular fixtures during the pandemic: those expanded patios dotting sidewalks and curb lanes, spilling into city streets. They’re all part of the city’s CaféTO program — initially expected to be a temporary help to the city’s struggling restaurants. Now business owners and city residents say they’re thrilled these outdoor spaces could become a permanent part of the city — though they do have a few suggestions for improvements. Update from the Toronto Star.




Film CameraFilm production continues at the Coop on the corner of Winchester and Metcalfe next week (see below). For those of you that don’t know, Jubilee is an education series about a young girl whose idol is Jane Goodall. From the series web site:
“Jubilee follows Jane Garcia, a 10-year-old girl with an active imagination. Through pretend play, Jane and her trusty teammates work to protect an endangered animal in each mission-driven episode because, according to her idol: “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, can they be saved.”

The production is creating a bit of disruption in the neighbourhood, as usual, but it’s good to see that it’s squarely aimed at developing strong educational content for kids.

The CRA is in talks with the production company to see if we can get further donations for local charities/concerns, to serve as compensation to local residents for the inconvenience caused. 

Filming Location(s) & Times: 77 WINCHESTER ST
FILMING – Start Date Time: Oct-25 07:00, To: Oct-28 23:00
PREP – Start Date Time: Oct-25 07:00, To: Oct-25 23:00
WEATHER, Start Date Time: Oct-29 07:00, To: Oct-29 23:00




QR Code and phoneThe Ontario government has now made the enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code (and the free, made-in Ontario verification app, Verify Ontario), available for download. Together, these tools will make it easier, more secure and convenient for individuals to provide proof of vaccination where required to do so, and for businesses and organizations to verify vaccine certificates while protecting people’s privacy.




PLANE SILHOUETTECanada’s new proof of vaccination program for domestic and international travel has been unveiled and it is very similar to what some provinces are already using. The new pan-Canadian vaccine passport will be issued through the provinces and territories, as they have access to the immunization records.

The federal government says it has been working closely with the provinces and territories for some time on how to ensure the system is as easy to access as possible. Update by Clair Fenton from City News.




The Canadian government has quietly lifted its advisory against non-essential international travel, marking the first time since March 2020 that the notice has been lifted.  

A travel notice on the Government of Canada website had been advising travelers against all non-essential international travel, but is now replaced with a notice urging all travelers to be fully vaccinated before a trip, reports Ben Cousins at CTV News.







Yesterday, the Province announced a plan to safely reopen and manage COVID long term and provided details about the provincial plan to gradually lift COVID-19 safety measures:  The City of Toronto welcomes the reopening plan and is prepared to support reopening activities, including the lifting of COVID-19 capacity limits in a number of settings as of next Monday, October 25.



Team Toronto continues to prepare for the vaccination of five to 11 year-old children in Toronto as soon as the vaccines are approved for use by Health Canada, and guidance is received by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Province of Ontario. Partners from across the City have come together to develop a multi-pronged strategy to reach the more than 200,000 Toronto children, along with education and engagement opportunities with their parents and guardians in the coming weeks.



Toronto Public Health (TPH) is kicking off the City of Toronto’s annual flu vaccination campaign this week by bringing vaccine to those who are at increased risk of serious illness. Starting this week, TPH is collaborating with Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) to start offering the flu vaccination to homeless and under-housed individuals in shelters and drop-in settings to protect some of our city’s most vulnerable residents.



Live Green Toronto is excited to present the 11th episode in the LiveGreen@Home Workshop Series in collaboration with Nepali Momo and Ontario Garlic Week.



Planned construction of a new, permanent two-way cycle track along The Esplanade and Mill Street in Toronto officially began on Sunday, October 17.

The new bikeway will help improve overall road safety for the surrounding communities, support transit use, and grow Toronto’s cycling network in three of the city’s heritage neighbourhoods (Canary and Distillery Districts and St. Lawrence Market area).



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


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.




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.




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.




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.




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.






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.


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.



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.



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



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.



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



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City/Local News Round-Up ~ Sep. 11-24



Following the commitment made by the CRA board at the AGM in June, we have identified three residents to join our expanded board. 

We are therefore delighted to welcome the following individuals to the CRA Board of Directors: 

Caroline Murphy: Cabbagetowner since 1998, Lives on Winchester Street , works in Financial Services.

Sarah-Jane Greenway: Cabbagetowner since2010, lives on Rolston Avenue, Associate Dean at Humber College.

Matt Boire: Cabbagetowner since 2021, lives on Salisbury Avenue, works at Scotiabank.




Pumpkin Walk PosterWe just received an email from the City announcing the return of Pumpkin Parades across Toronto.

So our beloved Pumpkin Walk will once again be happening on November 1 in Riverdale Park West, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bring your Pumpkins and, of course, feel free to dress up appropriately for the occasion.

We’ll also be hosting a food drive, so please bring some non-perishable foods to donate as well.

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




No poop signsFollowing a few complaints about an uptick in “un-scooped poop” on the sidewalks of Cabbagetown we created some free lawn signs to provide a gentle reminder to dog owners that perhaps forget to stoop and scoop their lovable pooches poop.

If you’d like one to display in your front garden please email us at, indicating your preference for design A or B.




Vaccine Passport imageThis week marks the launch of the (to some, controversial) Vaccine Passports. We think that they’re a great idea, to keep both clients and staff members safe. In fact we’re seeing many retail establishments, beyond those outlined by the Province, adopting them as a right of entry and we applaud this move.

If you are wondering how to download your vaccine passport so that you can still continue to access bars, restaurants, gyms and? Becky Robertson at BlogTO explains everything for you.






Dixon Hall logoWe received an email from Mercedes Winson, CEO at Dixon Hall :

As we present this year’s Impact Report, we cannot ignore the factors that made it so different than years prior. The pandemic marked new challenges of distance, separation and scarcity for the agency and our community. However, with all the hurdles we faced – individually and collectively – we have also witnessed, and been part of, a strident coming together of more agency partners, funding supports, donors and community engagement than we thought possible.
This year’s report celebrates the growth and accomplishments our departments, clients, partners and community achieved. You’ll read about new programs and partnerships brought together by the pandemic; personal stories from a number of our clients; our increased reach and impact in the community, including three new shelter sites; and our continued efforts to respond to the needs of our community in a time of emergency.



Dixon Hall Job Fair logoOn October 7th, 2021 Dixon Hall will be hosting a job fair

The event will be hosted outside with a BBQ (weather permitting) and will run from 11am-2pm at our 188 Carlton St. office. We ask those interested in attending to please pre-register by sending an email to, and to bring their resume on the day of the event. 

It’s a great opportunity to:

  • Explore current employment positions and future opportunities
  • Interview on-site for current openings
  • Grow your network
  • Make connections
  • And more!







The City of Toronto department of Economic Development & Culture has provided a round up of City-produced festivals and events for everyone featuring arts, culture, food, heritage, music and more! This September, rediscover your city through ShowLoveTO, a City-led initiative to support economic and cultural recovery by using creativity to inspire engagement. Connect with neighbours, support local artists and businesses and explore the city’s many neighbourhoods.



The City has announced that registration for City of Toronto fall recreation programs opens on September 25 and 28. This fall marks the return of regular recreation programming for the City of Toronto, where COVID-19 has impacted programming since March 2020. The City is Toronto’s largest provider of recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests.

Registration for fall recreation programs and December holiday programs starts at 7 a.m. on the following dates:
• Saturday, September 25 – Etobicoke York and Scarborough
• Tuesday, September 28 – North York and Toronto and East York



DineTOgether, part of the City of Toronto’s ShowLoveTO initiative, kicks off to support local restaurants and celebrate Toronto’s diverse culinary scene.

DineTOgether will run for two weeks starting today Friday, September 17 to Sunday, October 3 and will showcase the breadth and diversity of Toronto’s restaurants. Over the next two weeks residents are encouraged to patronize local eateries by ordering a feature menu available through takeout, delivery, patio dining and/or indoor dining as part of DineTOgether.

Tokyo Ramen, Phosome and Stout Irish Pub are listed as participants



Toronto’s Yorkville community will welcome people to explore the neighbourhood and enjoy free outdoor public art animations from Thursday, September 23 to early morning on Monday, September 27.

A temporary vehicle closure of Yorkville Avenue, between Bellair Street and Hazelton Avenue, will be in place Thursday to Sunday, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. nightly, and on Sunday at noon until Monday at 2 a.m. for pedestrians. A free mural activation will be available for all starting Friday through the weekend.


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