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CITY INVITES RESIDENTS TO BECOME CLIMATE ACTION CHAMPIONS

Participants in this new City 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.

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ONTARIO SLASHES SOCIAL GATHERING LIMITS

Ontario rolls back social gathering limits in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors as of Friday, September 18, says Katherine DeClerq at CTV News.

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TELEMEDECINE IS HERE TO STAY

COVID-19 has taken the concept of telemedicine from pipe dream to fixture across Ontario and many doctors the hope the change is here to stay, says Michelle McQuigge at The Canadian Press. 

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BigArtTO LAUNCHES ACROSS THE CITY

BigArtTO is a City-led ShowLoveTO initiative that turns local landmarks and buildings in each of the City of Toronto’s 25 wards into art canvases using large-scale projections. Runs thru Dec. 5.

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US-CANADA BORDER CLOSURE EXTENDED 

The federal government will extend the Canada-U.S. land border closure for another 30 days until Oct. 21, CBC News has learned. Source says Canadians should expect the possibility the border will remain closed for longer, says Katie Simpson, CBC News.

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STAFF RECOMMEND PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON DUNDAS ST. RENAMING

City staff are recommending that some action needs to be taken in response to a petition calling for the renaming of Dundas Street but they say that further public consultation will be needed to determine next steps., says Chris Fox at CP24.

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CITY TRIES TO CREATE 3000 AFFORDABLE NEW HOMES 

The City of Toronto is calling for a multi-level government partnership, with the goal of creating 3,000 permanent, affordable homes over the next 24 months, says Kayla Gladysz at TorontoStoreys.

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ActiveTO EXPANDS TO INCLUDE YONGE STREET 

ActiveTO major weekend road closures will include full closure of Yonge Street, between Davenport Road and Queen’s Quay, on the final two Sundays in September.

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DIXON HALL PUBLISHES 2019-2020 IMPACT REPORT

Dixon Hall provides social services to the street-involved and homeless in our neighbourhood. They area also the lead service provider working on the revitalization of the four big rooming houses at 502-508 Parliament St, just S of the LCBO. Read their 2019-202 Impact report. 

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MAYOR LAUNCHES ShowLoveTO 

ShowLoveTO is a City initiative to encourage residents to support local businesses and artists to help rebuild the social and economic fabric of Toronto.

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CORMORANT HUNTING A NO-GO IN TORONTO 

Surprised to see this news release from the City announcing that hunting season for double-crested cormorants is now underway in Ontario. The colonies at Tommy Thompson Park remain safe, due to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 463 (Firearms).

CITY UPDATE ON SERVICES AND ActiveTO THIS W/E  

Update from the City on things that are open this weekend. 

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NO SURGE – SO FAR – FOLLOWING STAGE 3 REOPENING

Fears of a resurgence in COVID-19 cases in Ontario after bars and other indoor spaces were reopened have not panned out — at least so far, reports Mike Crawley, at CBC News

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CABBAGETOWN BIA LAUNCHES CafeTO WALKING ART TOUR 

Rick Matthews, the excellent new Executive Director at the BIA, has done a wonderful job with the local CafeTO patios.  He’s now launched the Cabbagetown Walking Art Tour, adding the work of seven notable Toronto-based artists to the patio fences. Enjoy their art while having a relaxing meal on one of the patios or shopping at our unique local businesses!

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UPDATE ON CITY CHALLENGE TO SACKVILLE DAYCARE

Councillor Wong Tam has shared a letter with residents that explains her position and the actions the City Solicitor is taking regarding the daycare planned at 461 Sackville Avenue.  

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CITY STARTS REGISTRATION OF SHORT TERM RENTALS 

This September, the City of Toronto will launch a new online registration system for short-term rental operators who are renting their homes on a short-term basis for a period of less than 28 consecutive days.

Read the City of Toronto news release

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CITY REPORTS FIRST CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS IN 2020

Health authorities in Toronto have recorded the first case of the West Nile virus in a resident so far this year, reports CBC News. There were 9 confirmed cases in 2019.

Read the City of Toronto news release

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SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL NOT-FOR-PROFIT – GREEN THUMBS GROWING KIDS

GTGK supports school gardens at Rose Avenue, Spruce Court and Winchester Park Schools. In Cabbagetown for over 15 years it is somewhat unknown, except to families that attend these schools. Check out their website to find out more about the great things they are doing. And while you’re there why not donate? 

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SPRUCECOURT HOSTS SCHOOLYARD MEET-UPS

For the next 3 Mondays (August 24th, 31st, September 7th) between 5PM-6PM  please stop by the school yard at Sprucecourt to meet other families, check out the playground and say a socially distant hello to new and old friends.

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HELP DIXON HALL PROVIDE MEALS TO THOSE IN NEED

 For the past 5 years, the Dixonlicious fundraising auction has been a cornerstone of support for vital food programs in Toronto’s
downtown east and Regent Park. This year it’s gone virtual. Check it out and place some bids!

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MANY MORE CANADIANS EYEING THE SUBURBS

A recent survey found that 32 per cent of Canadians no longer want to live in urban centres and instead would like to relocate to the suburbs or small towns, says Pat Foran, CTV News.

CITY UPDATE ON SERVICES AND ActiveTO THIS W/E  

Update from the City on things that are open this weekend. 

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FOOD DRIVE FOR LOCAL HOSPICES NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

The Youth Advisory Council at Emily’s House is hosting a food drive to support clients of both Emily’s House and the Philip Aziz Centre  that are facing food security issues.

Please lend your support to this local community initiative.

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TLAB APPROVES SACKVILLE DAYCARE

Last week the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) ruled that a developer can proceed with establishing a daycare in Cabbagetown, a plan which has been in the offing for several years. But there are (potentially big) strings attached.

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HOW TORONTO COULD CHANGE FOR THE BETTER AFTER COVID

Great article from Toronto Life, who asked the city’s smartest thinkers to predict the post-pandemic future of everything. 

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DOCTORS BRACE FOR VIRAL OVERLOAD FROM COLDS + FLU + COVID

Doctors are anticipating that the collision of COVID-19 and cold and flu season could bring a new host of health-care challenges when the cold weather sets in.

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50 ESSENTIAL SUMMER DAY TRIPS FROM TORONTO

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by exploring the wealth of towns and attractions that are just a short drive, bus, or train ride away – Curated by BlogTO

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THE LANEWAY PROJECT

Not yet active in Cabbagetown , this is a really interesting initiative to leverage Toronto’s laneways to help small businesses, improve walkability and better integrate laneways into everyday life.  

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BIKE SHARE FREE RIDE WEDNESDAYS RETURNS

Through the new Bike Share Toronto – CAA South Central Ontario partnership, Bike Share riders can ride for free every Wednesday in the month of September.

Bike Share has also launched a pedal assist electric-bike (e-bike) pilot program as a new feature of Bike Share Toronto’s 2020 expansion.

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CITY OF TORONTO PREPARES FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

The City of Toronto prepares for back to school with public health resources, fall recreation programs and after-school care

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SPEED CAMERA LOCATIONS

Check out this handy map to show you where speed cameras are located in TO. In CTown there is one at Spruce and Gifford and one at Dundas St E and River.

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29TH ANNUAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL GOES ONLINE

Gina Dineen has put the beloved annual short film festival online so everyone can still get that festival feeling this September! One ticket, still $15,  gets you 12 outstanding international shorts, lots of comedy as well as drama and doc, from 3:00-20:00, available for streaming over three days.  You can binge all at once or spread it out over three days.

 

CITY UPDATE ON SERVICES AND ActiveTO THIS W/E  

Update from the City on things that are open this weekend. 

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UPDATE ON CANNABIS STORE AT 307 WELLESLEY

Several residents lodged submissions in objection to the location of a  Cannabis store on a residential street. The AGCO has confirmed that the Registrar is reviewing these submissions but they cannot provide a date by which this will be completed. However the AGCO did confirm that:

“Individuals that filed written submissions before the public notice deadline, will receive a letter from us. It will either state that the Registrar has deemed the issuance of the licence at the location to not be contrary to the public interest, or contrary to the public interest.”

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MAX 10 PERSON SOCIAL CIRCLES HERE FOR A WHILE

Premier Doug Ford says 10 person limit will likely last until at least January — unless a vaccine emerges first.

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PERMIT PARKING ENFORCEMENT RESUMES 

Enforcement of City of Toronto Residential On-Street Permit Parking program to resume August 14 at midnight.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS ~ JUL 28-29

Check out the highlights of the latest Toronto City Council meeting from the end of July.

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CITY ANNOUNCES FAMILY WELL-BEING PLAN

The Mayor announced the Family Well-Being Plan developed in partnership with community agencies and social service providers, to highlight the supports available to those who may be experiencing family violence during the pandemic.

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TTC SAFETY UPDATE

The TTC has shared an overview of measures it continues to take to provide safe and accessible transit for our customers, along with additional safety and COVID-19 related information. 

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502-508 PARLIAMENT STREET TO BE RENOVATED

The City has announced progress on the partnership between the City of Toronto, Dixon Hall and Toronto Community Housing to renovate and revitalize affordable, supportive, multi-tenant (rooming house) units at 502-508 Parliament St. (next to the LCBO). Revitalization to proceed this fall and be ready for occupancy in spring 2021.

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COVID-19 CONTACT TRACING APP. NOW AVAILABLE

If you haven’t heard via your cell phone, the Govt. has launched a safe and secure contact tracing app. 

 

DINE-IN RESTAURANTS/BARS PERMITTED TO OPEN FRIDAY

Under the Province of Ontario’s Stage 3 order, which takes effect Friday July 31, restaurants and bars will be permitted to offer indoor dine-in service.

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CITY UPDATE ON SERVICES AND ActiveTO THIS W/E  

Update from the City on things that are open this weekend. 

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ONTARIO COVID19 CASES DIPS BELOW 100

For the first time since March 24 Ontario has reported fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19.

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MASKS NOW MANDATORY IN APARTMENTS AND CONDOMINIUMS

City Council has voted in favour of a temporary bylaw requiring masks or face coverings in common areas in apartments and condominiums to protect the health and safety of our communities. 

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HOW THE CITY PLANS TO MANAGE COVID19 DEBT

 City Council voted to adopt the recommendations of a report to address the experienced and anticipated financial impacts of the pandemic and proposed options for mitigation.

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WHAT CAN  REOPEN IN STAGE 3?

Here’s the official list of businesses that can reopen in Stage 3, care of BlogTO.

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TORONTO MOVES TO STAGE 3 

Toronto and Peel Region will move into Stage 3 of Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery plan this Friday, as the province reported its fewest number of new cases since March 23.

Read A framework for reopening our Province – Phase 3 for details on what this means and the restrictions that will remain in place. 

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DON’T RETIRE THOSE SWEAT PANTS JUST YET!

Working from home in Ontario will be recommended for the ‘foreseeable future’ after Health Minister Christine Elliott said that Ontario will remain in Stage 3 until there is a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.

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SWIMMING WARNINGS AT SOME CITY BEACHES

Unfortunately for anyone looking to cool of at a local beach, officials are warning about high levels of E. coli at some of the most popular ones.

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RIVERDALE FARM GETS $200,000 DONATION

The animals at Cabbagetown’s Riverdale Farm should be getting some new digs and more, thanks to a surprise $200,000 gift from a long-time admirer who died last year. 

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Q&A WITH CITY’S CHIEF CONTACT TRACER

Omar Ozaldin leads a team of disease detectives, dedicated to stopping the spread of Covid-19. He talks to Toronto Life about the challenges of the job, how helpful Torontonians can be, and what will happen if we get a dreaded second wave.

CITY UPDATE ON SERVICES AND ActiveTO THIS W/E  

Update from the City on things that are open this weekend. 

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ONTARIO CONTINUES TO ENCOURAGE WORK FROM HOME 

Love it or hate it, this “work-from-home all the time” thing is more permanent than most of us would have guessed back in March, when the province first declared a state of emergency.

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LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS NOW IN FULL SWING

The Cabbagetown Farmers Market will continue every Tuesday from 3 to 7 pm until October at Winchester and Sumach. The Underpass Park Market (29 Lower River Street) operates every Thursday afternoon from 4 to 7:30 pm. 

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CafeTO COMES TO CABBAGETOWN

A number of our local restaurants have added/extended their patios out front, as part of the the Cafe TO initiative. So far these include: PearTree (507 Parliament), F’Amelia (12 Amelia), Kingyo (51B Winchester), House on Parliament (454 Parliament), Saigon Pai (446 Parliament), Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) and Chew Chew (186 Carlton). 

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NEXT STEPS ON LEGACY OF DUNDAS STREET

The City is committed to addressing the legacy of Dundas Street and establishing a process to more broadly understand and respond to how systematic racism and discrimination are embedded in City assets, commemorative programs and naming policies.

Read the full report to the Mayor. 

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GARDINER LANE RESTRICTIONS JARVIS TO CHERRY

The City has achieved a construction milestone in the rehabilitation of the Gardiner Expressway . Crews have replaced the concrete deck and steel girders on the north half of the expressway between Jarvis and Cherry Streets. on Monday, July 27 the work zone will transition to reopen the north half of the expressway and fully close the south half of the Gardiner Expressway between Jarvis and Cherry Streets. 

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DIXON HALL SUMMER CAMP FUNDRAISER

Dixon Hall is trying to raise $65,000 to help send kids to the Dixon Hall summer camp, and to help ensure program options for those who cannot attend in person. To date, the have raised just over $14,000 towards their goal. Find out more or make a donation.

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NEED A CABBAGETOWN FLAG?

Rick Matthews at the BIA tells us he has Cabbagetown flags in stock if people are interested. You can reach him at bia@cabbagetownto.com

 

 

CITY UPDATE ON SERVICES AND ActiveTO THIS W/E  

The City continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities across Toronto.

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CITY TO PROVIDE FREE OUTDOOR PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN

The City has launched two new outdoor recreation initiatives for children and youth. ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX will help animate up to 100 local Toronto parks and outdoor spaces this summer.

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CABBAGETOWN FESTIVAL CANCELLED

The City has cancelled all city permits to September 30, 2020, effectively cancelling both the Cabbagetown Festival and the Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale for this year.  

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ONTARIO EXTENDS EMERGENCY ORDERS TO JULY 29

The provincial government has once again extended pandemic emergency orders currently in place under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act , until at least July 29.

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WHEN WILL A SECOND WAVE HIT?

As Ontario continues its downward trend of COVID-19 cases attention is gradually beginning to focus on preparing for a potential second wave of the deadly virus.

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TORONTO MASK LAW NEEDS CLARIFICATION

Some business owners and experts in employment law say Toronto’s mandatory mask bylaw is creating issues because it’s unclear for some and puts the onus on businesses to enforce it.

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BIKE SHARE TORONTO AND CAA FORM NEW PARTNERSHIP

The agreement continues the CAAs official sponsorship of Free Ride Wednesdays. It also provides CAA members and CAA On the Move members with special offers on bike share membership and rides through its CAA Rewards Program.

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STAGE 3 REOPENING PLANS

Ontario has released its plan for Stage 3 of reopening, including the resumption of indoor dining at restaurants and bars, opening of gyms and an increase in the limit on gathering sizes. The GTA is not included yet.

Here’s the phase 3 reopening framework from the Province.

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COMMUNITY CENTRES AND INDOOR POOLS OPEN NEXT WEEK

Mayor Tory announces that City community centres, recreation centres and indoor pools will be reopening on Monday, July 20. 

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RIVERDALE FARM BACK UP AND RUNNING

Riverdale Farm is welcoming visitors again starting Tuesday July 14, as Toronto eases pandemic restrictions that had kept the facility closed.

 

CITY UPDATE ON SERVICES AND ActiveTO THIS W/E  

The City continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities. residents heading outside this weekend are reminded of the importance of washing/sanitizing their hands often, staying within their social circle of no more than 10 people, avoiding crowds, practicing physical distancing, and wearing a face covering where this is difficult. 

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KEEPING COOL IN CABBAGETOWN!

A Sackville Street resident emailed, telling us that her husband encountered a naked lady in the side alley of their house using their garden hose to shower! Now that doesn’t happen every day. 

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – CANADIAN ART IN ISOLATION

we received an email from @cndartforecast asking for submissions on a project to help seniors fill their time in isolation with the therapeutic quality of art. through a community-based arts initiative called Canadian Art in Isolation.

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CABBAGETOWN FARMERS MARKET RETURNS

The Market returns to Riverdale Park on Tuesday July 14, 3 to 7 pm.  Extra steps will be taken to ensure everyone’s safety including a one-way flow from the main entrance. Riverdale Park West, Winchester and Sumach.

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

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PARKING RESTRICTIONS AT BEACHES 

The City of Toronto is stepping up enforcement, restricting evening parking at beaches this weekend. Cherry Beach is on the list.

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CITY UPDATE ON STAGE 2 REOPENING PROCESS

The City is entering its third week in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening framework. Here are the details of where things are at.

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MASKS MANDATORY FROM JULY 7

Masks are now mandatory in many parts on Ontario as cities have enacted bylaws to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Make sure you know what the rules are and what regions and cities have policies in place.

Related news release from the City of Toronto. 

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CITY REOPENS OUTDOOR SPORT AND MULTI-USE FIELDS

Starting July 6 the City of Toronto’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields are open for team training and permits will be issued to organizations for the remainder of the 2020 summer season.

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AUTOMATED SPEED ENFORCEMENT IN EFFECT

The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras will begin issuing tickets to speeding vehicles from July 6.

There is a speed camera at Spruce and Gifford.

CITY UPDATE ON SERVICES AND ActiveTO THIS W/E  

The City continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities. residents heading outside this weekend are reminded of the importance of washing/sanitizing their hands often, staying within their social circle of no more than 10 people, avoiding crowds, practicing physical distancing, and wearing a face covering where this is difficult. 

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OUTDOOR POOLS STAYING OPEN LATE

Temperatures in the city are soaring and will continue to hover around 35 C for the next few days, so city swimming pools hours are being extended.

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TORONTO PARKING ENFORCEMENT RESUMES

Parking enforcement will return to normal in the next several weeks as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease.

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METROLINX INSTALLS PLASTIC BARRIERS

Next time you’re taking the GO train, things may look a little different. 

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WALL MURALS TO CELEBRATE FRONTLINE WORKERS

Mayor Tory announces that a new series of wall murals painted by local street, mural and graffiti artists will celebrate Toronto’s frontline workers, first responders and volunteers as part of the StART Frontline Heroes Art Project.

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CITY MAKES MASKS MANDATORY INDOORS

Toronto city council has voted to make non-medical masks and face coverings mandatory in indoor public spaces to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Here are all the places you’ll be required to wear a face mask or covering in Toronto.

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POLICE STILL SEARCHING FOR STABBING SUSPECT

The suspect in the stabbing incident at Wellesley and Ontario Streets is still at large. Sadly the victim died in the attack.

Update: June 30 – suspect arrested and charged.

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MASK REMINDER FROM THE TTC

Don’t forget that masks are mandatory on all TTC vehicles from July 2. Read about staying safe on public transit

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BIKE THIEVES ARE IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

A resident advised us that his locked bike has been stolen from his back yard. Other similar thefts have been mentioned on ‘Life In Cabbagetown’. Remember, keep bikes out of sight and be prepared to invest in locks that reflect the value of your bike. Better still, keep them indoors.

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A PARK AT THE END OF PARLIAMENT STREET?

Some local residents have started a petition to get the Google Sidewalks space re-zoned as public parkland. If you like this idea,
you can support the petition here.
 

 

ALL POOLS AND SPLASH-PADS OPEN BY SAT 27 JUNE

The City began opening its outdoor aquatic amenities this week, beginning with splash pads on Wednesday. All 140 splash pad locations across Toronto will be open by tomorrow.  capacity at outdoor pools will be reduced to 25 per cent.

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CITY UPDATE ON SERVICES AND ActiveTO THIS W/E  

The City continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities. residents heading outside this weekend are reminded of the importance of washing/sanitizing their hands often, staying within their social circle of no more than 10 people, avoiding crowds, practicing physical distancing, and wearing a face covering where this is difficult 

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TORONTO ENTERS PHASE 2 REOPENING 

The City of Toronto enters Stage 2 reopening Wednesday June 25. This means the safe restart of some services and businesses including restaurants and bars with patios, personal care services, shopping malls and select recreational spaces such as splash pads and pools.

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STATE OF EMERGENCY EXTENDED TO JULY 15

A PC motion tabled last Wednesday to extend Ontario’s ongoing state of emergency until at least July 15 has passed in the legislature. 

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MORE ActiveTO CYCLING CONNECTIONS ADDED 

Two major downtown ActiveTO cycling network connections, on parts of University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent and Bloor Street, will be installed before the weekend.

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TORONTO ISLAND FERRY SERVICES TO RESUME

The City will resume its public ferry service to Toronto Island Park on June 27. The ferries will operate at 50 per cent maximum capacity, with a number of COVID-19 guidelines and procedures in place to protect passengers and staff. 

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REGISTRATIONS FOR CampTO OPEN UP WEDNESDAY

The City is offering summer camps across Toronto beginning July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative.  

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HOW COVID HAS IMPACTED THE ECONOMY 

A neat set of charts and data from CBC about how COVID19 has changed Canada’s economy for the worse – but also for the better.

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LIST OF SHOPPING MALLS REOPENING 

Selected shopping malls in Toronto are reopening on June 24 as the city enters Stage 2 of Ontario’s regional approach to reopening the province.

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CITY SEEKS RESIDENT INPUT ON RECOVERY/ REBUILD 

An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion is now available at www.Toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until June 30, 2020.

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LIFEGUARDS RETURN TO T.O. BEACHES 

 Lifeguards will now supervise swim areas from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily to make it easier for Torontonians to cool down outdoors.

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