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UPDATE ON FOOD INSECURITY FUNDRAISER 

Last week the CRA came together with all the other local resident’s associations and the Cabbagetown Preservation Association to launch a fundraiser to address food insecurity in our neighbourhood.

Our incredibly generous neighbourhood has already helped us raise over $6500! Thank you to all who have helped make this happen!

if you still want to participate, please take a look at the details here. 

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THE CRA HOLIDAY LIGHTS COMPETITION IS ON!

This year, more that ever, we encourage you all to light up your front gardens to bring some extra festive cheer to Cabbagetown. What better way to make everyone’s lockdown constitutional so much more enjoyable (other than a vaccine!). Plus, for 2020, the three lucky winners will get a bonus $50 donation to a charity of their choice, compliments of the CRA!

Visit our Holiday Lights Competition page for details on how to enter.

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YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE QUESTIONS ANSWERED

 Promising early data from COVID-19 vaccine trials may have provided the first sign of an end to the coronavirus pandemic, but much is still unclear. Jonathan Forani from CTV News provides some answers.

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CRA HOLIDAY CARD COMPETITION

Our ever popular holiday card competition in well underway and we’ll be sharing details of the winning entries in a week or so. Thanks to all the students at Spruce Court school for stepping up  with so many GREAT entries!

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SO FAR LOCKDOWNS EFFECTIVE AT CURBING SPREAD

A new study has found that the Ontario government’s lockdowns in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic had a “positive effect” in curbing the spread of the disease, reports Phil Tsekouras at CP24.

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CORONAVIRUS ON CHRISTMAS GIFTS?

Studies have shown that coronavirus can live on different surfaces, sometimes for several hours and even days, after an infected person coughs or sneezes on them. What does this mean for holiday gift giving? Brooklyn Neustaeter from CTV News explains. 

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FILLING WATERFRONT BASINS WITH PARK SPACE?

A local architecture studio proposes filling in all the basins along Toronto’s waterfront with park space, reports Lauren O’Neil at BlogTO.

FOOD INSECURITY EMERGENCY IN CABBAGETOWN

The CRA has come together with all the other local resident’s associations and the Cabbagetown Preservation Association to launch a fundraiser to address the critical and growing problem of food insecurity in our neighbourhood.

Please take a look at the details here and give generously, if you are able.

Thank you to all the residents that have donated so far, we have already raised over $2500 in less than 24 hours, which is fantastic and Dixon Hall is thrilled to bits!  

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PMs COMMENTS ON VACCINE TIMING CONCERNS HEALTH MINISTER

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said Thursday that recent comments by Justin Trudeau suggesting Canadians may have to wait longer for any approved vaccines are “very concerning”, reports Joshua Freeman at CTV News.

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WINTER CLOTHING DIRIVE/GIVEWAY

Sprucecourt Public School is doing a winter clothing drive. Please share your extra cleaned warm clothes with those who need them.

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JAMES PETER LYNCH

‘Jim’ Lynch of Jim Super Foto in Cabbagetown passed peacefully at Toronto on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 68 years. Dearly loved husband of Rose. Cherished father of Jessica and Olivia. Adored grandfather of Lorenzo. He will be fondly remembered by his extended family members and friends. In lieu of flowers the family requests for donations be made to the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre.

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CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES MoveTO

The MoveTO action plan plan proposes five key measures that will help make the city’s transportation system more resilient in response to the effects of COVID-19 on Toronto’s overall transportation network, including smart trffic lights and intelligent intersections.

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LANEWAY PROJECT LAUNCHES LANEWAY MANUAL 2.0

“We created the Toronto Laneway Manual 2.0 to join our suite of free resources and share the knowledge we’ve gained while designing and implementing laneway revitalizations in more than 30 neighbourhoods throughout the city.”

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BURNT OUT AND DISMAYED BY ANTIMASKERS

As COVID-19 surges, frontline health-care workers are starting to suffer from burnout. When people protest against masks and don’t social distance with hospitals already at capacity, it only increases the burn out, reports Brooklyn Neustaeter at CTV News.

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CITY TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS BY REOPENING CurbTO

City to re-open registration for CurbTO temporary parking pick-up zones to help support main street businesses while Toronto is in the COVID-19 lockdown.

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LOCAL ROAD CLOSURE THIS WEEKEND

Lake Shore Boulevard East, between Jarvis Street and Parliament Street, as well as part of Sherbourne Street at Lake Shore Boulevard, will be fully closed in both directions on Saturday from 6am to 3 pm to accommodate filming. Part of the filming will include stunt driving sequences! 

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TEN OPTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS TREE DELIVERY

Christmas tree delivery options in Toronto are here to save the holidays, taking the the stress out of one of the most labour-intensive parts of the holiday, reports Amy Carlberg at BlogTO.

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ONTARIO MOVES TO CAP DELIVERY APP FEES

Ontario is set to cap the fees third-party delivery apps impose on restaurants in regions where indoor dining is prohibited, in a bid to protect what profits restaurants can still make during the COVID-19 pandemic, reports CBC News.

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CRA HOLIDAY LIGHTS – HEADS UP

This holiday season we’re all going to need some extra festive cheer. So we’re adding new prizes to the CRA Holiday Lights Competition, to encourage everyone to put on an extra special show this year. More details in next week’s news update.

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CITY’S WelcomeTO  INITIATIVE ADDS 60 KM OF NEW TRAILS 

Mayor Tory announces the city is working on a plan to provide as much space as possible so residents can get outside and enjoy the fresh air this winter, reports Mira Miller at BlogTO.

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CANADA’S HOMELESS STRUGGLE IN COVID-19 WINTER

Across the country, people are under stay at home advisories, but when you don’t have a place to live, following those guidelines and staying safe from the virus is a huge challenge, reports CTV News.

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EVERY NEW NETFLIX TITLE COMING IN DECEMBER

What better thing to do than curl up with Netflix and a cup of cocoa on a chilly winter night. Here’s the complete list from Toronto Life.

LATEST LOCKDOWN – HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The new 28 day lockdown will shutter most non-essential businesses, including gyms and personal care services, and will prohibit sit-down service in restaurants in Toronto, reports Katherine DeClerq at CTV News.

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THIS JUSTIN FROM TRUDEAU

“Update on the Canada-US border: We’ve extended the current border measures by another 30 days. Non-essential travel between our two countries remains restricted until at least December 21st.”

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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER…

The City has announced it will more than double the supply of winter park washrooms from 64 to 143, making it less stressful to be out and about over this winter period. Not sure why they didn’t think this was an issue in the Summer of Fall? Read all about it at BlogTO.

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BIA LAUNCHES FESTIVE DESIGN EVENT FOR CABBAGETOWN

Generously supported by four incredibly talented neighbourhood designers, the BIA launches Deck The Holidays, a holiday event showcasing four unforgettable festive window displays along Parliament Street:

#419 – Andrew Pike
#485 – TOM interior Design & Suzanne Dimma
#527 – Meredith Heron
#557 – James Davie

The Event will run from November 27 through January 3.

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DISTILLERY DISTRICT’S UNIVERSAL MASKS MANDATE

The Distillery District is now asking visitors to wear face masks inside and outside. It says it’s the first place in the city to make outdoor masks mandatory, reports Austin Delaney, CTV News

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NO EXTENDED WINTER SCHOOL BREAK

Ontario schools will not have an extended winter break, despite provincial officials hinting at it a day earlier when discussing possible new COVID-19 measures for 2021, reports Katherine Declerq at CTV News.

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CANADA ON TONY FAUCHI’S RADAR

America’s top infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci says Canada, once an example of managing COVID-19 is getting into dangerous territory as the virus surges across the world, reports the National Post.

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UPDATE ON POT STORE – 307 WELLESLEY ST. EAST

Last week the Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review reported that shop fittings had been delivered to a planned cannabis retail outlet at 307 Wellesley St East. The CRA contacted the AGCO to get an up to date status and was informed that the application is still under review by the registrar.

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COVID LONGHAULERS – IT’S A ROLLER COASTER RIDE

After contracting coronavirus in March, two Canadians say they’re still experiencing some lingering symptoms of COVID-19 eight months later, reports Jackie Dunham at CTV News.

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CITY HIRES 16 TRAFFIC AGENTS TO KEEP THINGS MOVING

Actively managing intersections help reduce occurrences when vehicles are stopped in the intersection after the signal has changed (‘blocking the box’). Pilot studies show ~90 per cent reduction in blocked intersections when paid duty police officers are present.

MANAGING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IN PHASE 2

Amid a second wave that’s spurring increased restrictions across the country, many are concerned about the effect more lockdowns could have on the Canadian psyche, reports Alexandra Mae Jones at CTVNews.ca.

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COVID RESURGENCE THREATENS CHRISTMAS? 

Ontario’s latest modelling data suggests that public health officials may need to convince weary Ontarians to scale back or cancel Christmas gatherings in the face of soaring case numbers, reports Nick Boisvert at CBC News.

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PREMIER WARNS OF EVEN TIGHTER RESTRICTIONS 

Doug Ford said he “will not hesitate” to move forward to the next stage in the lockdown system after new COVID-19 modelling showed the province could see 6,500 new cases per day by mid-December, reports Sean Davidson at CTV News.

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CBC TESTS 20 MASKS – WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOESN’T

Rigorous tests conducted on behalf of CBC’s Marketplace found that while some masks work very well, others offer little protection from the particles that transmit the novel coronavirus, reports CBC News.

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MOVING TO RED ZONE – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR TORONTONIANS?

On November 14th, Toronto will be moved into the Red – Control level of the Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework. Current epidemiology in Toronto dictates that the following enhanced measures are needed to reduce COVID-19 activity.

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DO FACE MASKS PROTECT THE WEARER TOO?

The CDC’s recent update included information about “filtration for personal protection,” in addition to masks’ primary use of “source control,” or reducing the emission of droplets, reports Monika Warzecha at Healthing.ca.

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INDOOR DINING TO REMAIN CLOSED THRU MID-DECEMBER

Indoor dining will not resume at Toronto bars and restaurants this weekend as planned and a number of other businesses, including meeting spaces, movie theatres and casinos, will be ordered to remain closed, reports Chris Fox at CP24.

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LIVE GREEN NEWS – NOVEMBER ISSUE

Here’s the latest monthly newsletter from Live Green Toronto. 

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CONTACTLESS PAYMENTS MAY BE COMING TO TTC

Riders may eventually have the option to simply tap their credit or debit card at TTC station fare gates and on vehicles, vs using a Presto card, reports Becky Robertson at BlogTO.

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HOUSING NOW – COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
405 SHERBOURNE STREET

a Community consultation is scheduled for a mixed use, mixed income development at 405 Sherbourne Street, just North of Carlton.

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CITY FORMS VACCINE DISTRIBUTION TASKFORCE

On Monday Mayor Tory announced that the City has formed an immunization task force to better prepare for the eventual distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, reports Lucas Casaletto at 680 News.

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NEW TIERED LOCKDOWN SYSTEM QUESTIONED BY EXPERTS

Public health experts are calling the tiered plan for dealing with COVID-19 shutdown in Ontario dangerous, “scientifically illiterate” and “dismaying,” saying that the premier’s new system will light an inferno rather than snuff out the pandemic, reports Katherine Decerq at CTV News.

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TORONTO – LOWEST PROPERTY TAX RATES IN ONTARIO

Real estate listing and analysis firm Zoocasa just released a report detailing how Toronto’s infamously-low property tax rates came to be, and how Canada’s largest city stacks up against 34 other municipalities across the province, reports Lauren O’Neil at BlogTO. 

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INTRODUCING BetterHomesTO

This City run website outlines 15 home energy improvements that can help decarbonize, save energy and reduce energy bills – everything from air sealing, smart thermostats, and air source heat pumps to solar panels. Plus info on rebates and incentives.

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TORONTO RESTAURANT GETS CREATIVE WITH OUTDOOR EATING

Campfires, creativity and two weeks at a time: How Actinolite turned its backyard into a cozy and cottage-y, pandemic-friendly patio. From Rebecca Tucker at Toronto Life. 

CANADA FOLLOWS W.H.O. REGARDING AEROSOL TRANSMISSION 

In a significant departure from its previous advice, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) now says the novel coronavirus can be transmitted through small airborne droplets, reports Ryan Flanagan, CTV News.

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UPDATE FROM LOCAL KIDS CHARITY

Green Thumbs Growing Kids is a local charity actively creating school food gardens in order to connect children to food and their environment. They reached out to the CRA to share an update on their activities.

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NEW COLOUR CODING SYSTEM FOR BUSINESS REOPENING

The Provincial government has unveiled a new tiered system for COVID-19 restrictions allowing most businesses to reopen albeit with earlier closing times, stricter capacity limits and mandatory symptom screenings, reports Chris Fox, CP24.

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TORONTO SAYS NO TO CLEARING SNOW OFF SIDEWALKS

If ever there were a winter in need of safe, accessible outdoor walking spaces, this would be the one — you know, because of the pandemic and the fact that we’re not supposed to gather indoors, reports Lauren O’Neil at BlogTO.

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CITY LAUNCHES GEORGE ST. REVITALIZATION PROJECT

The City of Toronto and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) have issued a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the George Street Revitalization project, which will reinvent the northernmost block of George Street (between Dundas Street East and Gerrard Street East).

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SPEED CAMERAS BEING MOVED

The City’s 50 automated speed cameras are all being moved. The two in Cabbagetown are moving to:

  • Sherbourne Street, south of Wellesley Street East
  • Berkeley Street, south of Gerrard Street East

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COPING THROUGH COVID

Ken Shaw at CTV News leads a conversation on mental health during the pandemic.

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FEDS NOW RECOMMEND THREE LAYER MASKS

The Public Health Agency of Canada has updated its recommendations on non-medical face masks with the country’s top doctor now suggesting Canadians wear coverings that are made of three layers including a filter, reports Brooklyn Neustaeter at CTV News.

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NEW RULES FOR RE-OPENING TORONTO’S GYMS

It’s been a long 25 days without gyms, movie theatres, indoor dining and more in Toronto since Doug Ford’s and his team plunged the city back into a modified version of Stage 2 lockdown back in early October, reports Becky Robertson at BlogTO.

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ARE DINING DOMES SAFE?

Ontatrio restaurant owners unable to offer indoor dining options thought they had a way around the dilemma of keeping customers coming by during the colder months: outdoor dining domes or bubbles. But new rules question whether these igloo-like pods are safe, reports Monica Warzecha at healthing.ca. 

FORD PRESSES HEALTH EXPERTS FOR GUIDANCE ON RE-OPENING 

Ford has asked the province’s health experts to come up with a plan to allow more businesses to reopen in the areas hardest hit by COVID-19 after a 28-day period of tighter public health restrictions expires next month. 

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5 WAYS THE PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING MENTAL HEALTH

In addition to its staggering impact on physical well-being and mortality, COVID-19 is also taking an unprecedented toll on our mental health.

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MOTION APPROVED TO CAP COMMISSIONS ON FOOD DELIVERY. 

Motion requests that the Province to implement temporary cap on commissions for food service delivery companies.

Many of these services charge restaurants 30% or more for delivery.  So it’s always best to do pick-up when you can, to help out local restaurants make ends meet.

In related news. City partnership with Ritual helps more than 1,000 local businesses with free delivery until November 8.

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CITY LAUNCHES MoveTO TO ADDRESS CONGESTION

The plan includes “Smart” traffic signals, “Intelligent” intersections, and Advanced Transit Signal Priority (ATSP), reports Jessica Patton at Global News. 

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DR. TAM IDENTIFIES THREE PRIORITIES

Dr. Tam has 3 things she wants action on as Canada moves forward from COVID-19, reports Lisa Belmonte at Narcity. 

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STUDY SHOWS LOW VITAMIN D  IN COVID PATIENTS 

More than 80 per cent of COVID-19 patients at a Spanish hospital had vitamin D deficiency: study shows, reports Jackie Dunham, CTV News

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CITY APPROVES EXTENDED PATIO PROGRAM

Winter patios in Toronto are one step closer to becoming a reality after City council unanimously approved the extension of sidewalk patios through the winter months this week, reports Michael Ranger at City News.

 

CITY DELIVERS FIRST MODULAR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

Toronto’s first modular housing facility in Scarborough is one step closer to opening for occupancy as the first of the homes were installed this week, reports Ainsley Smith at Toronto Storeys.

Read the City News Release about this new initiative.

Update: City supportive housing project gets $203 million federal investment

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FLYING DURING THE PANDEMIC. SAFE OR NOT? 

Two new reports are painting quite different pictures about the risk of air travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, says Brooklyn Neustaeter at CTV News.

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HALLOWE’EN’S CANCELLED BUT THERE’S A SILVER LINING.

Halloween celebrations may be cancelled for the most part in Toronto for 2020, but at least that means you’ll be home to catch a glimpse of the rare blue moon that’s set to light up the sky on the spookiest night of the year, reports Mira Miller at BlogTO.

EXCITING NEW CRA BOARD POSITION 

The CRA is looking for someone to join the board to head up a brand new ‘environmental and social’ portfolio. If this interests you, and you’re able to commit to a few hours to the CRA every month, we’d love to hear from you. Please Email us at info@cabbagetowner.com.

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TORONTO RECOMMENDS NO TRICK-OR-TREATING

Halloween may be different in Toronto this year, as traditional door-to-door trick or treating is officially being discouraged by Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, reports Raneem Alozzi at BlogTO.

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TPH LAUNCHES ONLINE BOOKING FOR FLU VACCINE CLINICS

 In response to local COVID-19 circumstances, Toronto Public Health TPH flu vaccine clinics will only be available through online appointments to ensure that appropriate physical distancing and infection prevention.

However, getting a flu shot is already a challenge in itself, according to CBC News.

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TORONTO POSITIVITY RATE 2x HIGH ALERT RANGE

Toronto’s positivity rate on COVID-19 tests hit 4.4 per cent last week and is now nearly double the “high alert” threshold previously cited by the province, reports Chris Fox, CP24.

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CRIME UPTICK IN CABBAGETOWN?

We’ve received a few more emails about crimes in Cabbagetown recently. So be vigilant about your safety and security when you’re out and about in the neighbourhood. 

Here’s how you should report any crimes you see or experience.

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HELP US GROW THE CABBAGTOWNER AUDIENCE

This newsletter reaches over 650 Cabbagetowners every week and consistently has a read rate of well over 50%. We’re happy that it has resonated with so many of you. If you know friends and neighbours would might also like to receive it, please get them to hop over to our web site to sign-up. Membership is only $20/year, or they can just sign up for the newsletter for free.

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COVID-19 TRANSMISSION WILL CHANGE OVER THE WINTER

Winter is coming and it is expected to have an impact on how people transmit COVID-19. York University microbiology associate professor Dasantila Golemi-Kotra said a big reason for the change in transmission is colder and drier air, reports Beth Macdonnell, CTV News.

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ActiveTO CONTINUES THIS W/E

River Street from Gerrard to Bayview and Bayview from Rosedale Valley Road to Front will be closed over the weekend (From 6 am on Saturday October 24 to 11 pm on Monday October 25).   
Thanks to Doug Fisher for this article.

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COVID-19 VACCINE APPROVAL WON’T BE AN OVERNIGHT SOLUTION

There’s going to be a significant amount of time required to distribute the vaccine and then have enough doses prepared to administer to the population, reports Lauren Pelley, CBC News.

 

TORONTO CENTRE BY-ELECTION

Election day is approaching.  Voters who are self-isolating, or quarantining are strongly encouraged to apply to vote by mail.

Advanced voting dates are 16, 17, 18 & 19 October.

Need information on: Where to vote? What ID do I need? Registering to vote? Who are my candidates? Visit elections.ca.

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LANEWAY PARK-ING IN THE GARDEN DISTRICT

The Laneway Project would like to invite you to participate in an upcoming improvement project in Central Hospital Lane. (Between Carlton and Gerrard, East of Sherbourne)

Project Kickoff E-Meeting
October 20, 2020, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Site Analysis Meeting
October 27, 2020, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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COVID-19 ANTIBODY DERIVED IMMUNITY HAS LIMITS

Antibodies may feel like an extra shield of protection for recovered COVID-19 patients, but experts warn against relying on them to stop the spread, reports Jonathan Forani, CTV News

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WILL COVID-19 BECOME ENDEMIC?

No one knows when the pandemic will end, but one possibility is that COVID-19 never really goes away but becomes another endemic infectious disease that scientists learn to anticipate and control, reports Graham Slaughter at CTVNews.

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ONE CLEAR PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE NEEDED FOR HALLOWE’EN

The mayors and chairs from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) asked for provincial guidance this week to help communities prepare for the day, reports CBC News.

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FLU SHOT REQUESTS OVERWHELM TORONTO PHARMACIES 

The flu shot is now available across the province and pharmacies are dealing with a huge demand for the vaccine as Ontario copes with a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and enters flu season, reports Kerrisa Wilson at CP24

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MAKING CENTS – WITH KRISTYN WONG-TAM

In advance of Council budget season, our Councillor will be hosting a series of five virtual panel events, discussing critical issues facing Torontonians.  Subject matter experts, will help unpack the budget process and explain how investing in community supports sustains healthy neighbourhoods.

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ENOUGH WITH COVID-19 – LET’S GET CREATIVE!

Too much COVID-19 doom and gloom in this newsletter I curate got me looking for ways to raise some spirits, which brought me to this article in Toronto Life. If you love to eat and drink, this one’s for you.

NEW, TIGHTER RESTRICTIONS TO BEAT THE SURGE

Ontario is imposing stricter measures in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the province’s curve climbs ever steeper.

Read the City news release.

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HEALTH MINISTER SAYS DO VIRTUAL THANKSGIVING

Canadians are being advised by health officials to hold virtual Thanksgiving celebrations this year as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in several parts of the country, reports Brooklyn Neustaeter at CTV News. 

The City of Toronto is saying this now as well.

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ActiveTO STILL GOING THIS WEEKEND

River Street (Gerrard to Bayview) and Bayview (Rosedale Valley Road to Front Street) will be closed from 6 am, Saturday Oct. 10 to 11 pm, Monday Oct. 12 as part of the ActiveTO program.

(Thanks to Doug Fisher and the CNR for this post) 

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NEW RULES FOR BARS AND RESTAURANTS

From Thursday October 10, if you’re drinking or dining out in Toronto, you’ll notice that things will be a little different at bars and restaurants now that they are adhering to the new rules put forth by Toronto Medical Officer of Health, says Becky Robertson at BlogTO.

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REUSABLE TAKEOUT CONTAINERS COME TO CABBAGETOWN!

If you order takeout locally, hate the waste, and want to help the environment, an exciting new pilot is coming to Cabbagetown.

Here’s a short news article from City News on this great new service.

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SPOTLIGHT ON NEW CABBAGETOWN FOOD OUTLET

Noushe just moved into 200 Carlton. They are a Persian-inspired kitchen offering catering, a new Food Market and, in November, private dining on site for 6-14 people and cooking classes for up to 5 people. You can order meals online, with delivery in Cabbagetown on Thursdays and Saturdays and curbside pickup on Fridays.  

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ONTARIO’S NEW COVID-19 TESTING RULES

New rules for getting a COVID-19 test in Ontario come into effect this week, meaning you can no longer just show up to an assessment centre, get in line and expect to get tested, reports Mira Miller at BlogTO.

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REMINDER – ROOMING HOUSE INFO SESSION FROM DIXON HALL

Dixon Hall has been tasked with renovating and then running all services at the vacant rooming houses at 502-508 Parliament (just South of the LCBO). They are holding a community information session on Wednesday October 14 to provide an overview of project plans; an anticipated timeline; and a chance for questions from the community.

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THINKING TAKE-OUT FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER?

Can’t be bothered cooking this weekend? A bunch of local restaurants are offering Turkey with all the trimmings. Doug Fisher at The Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review created a comprehensive list. Just scoot on over and scroll all the way to the bottom. Thanks Doug!

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CABBAGETOWN BIA – COMMUNITY UPDATES

The Cabbagetown BIA has progressed in leaps and bounds since Rick Matthews took over as Executive Director. Here’s his latest Community Update. 

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THE LATEST EDITION OF ‘LIVE GREEN NEWS’ JUST CAME IN

Thought it might be of interest to those of you that like to read about local climate action news around Toronto.

As mentioned in our weekly newsletter on September 26, the Council was set to meet September 30 – October 1 to discuss Motion MM23.28, brought by Councillor Wong-Tam.

In advance of this meeting, the CRA sent a letter to all Councilors and the Mayor, in which we reiterated our concerns about neighbourhood safety and security:

“The Cabbagetown Residents Association’s objection to the siting of a drop-in and respite centre at 233 Carlton Street (in the heart of the commercial strip in Cabbagetown) has been driven, from the outset, by an overriding concern for the safety and security of residents and local businesses. Council is surely aware of the challenges brought about by pimps and drug dealers operating in the Sherbourne and Dundas neighbourhood around the Margaret’s Respite Centre. Our concern is that these same predators will migrate north to prey on the female clientele of this new respite centre. This is a real community concern, born out by the troubles that arose so rapidly, so extremely and so publicly in midtown communities adjacent to the Roehampton Hotel.”

In this letter we asked Council to demand clear, detailed, and unequivocal responses to each of Councillor Wong Tam’s questions. We also asked them to consider addressing a number of other questions that have gone unanswered since the 233 Carlton Street project was kicked-off by the Shelter, Support & Housing Administration (SSHA) in mid 2019.

Similar letters were also submitted by other local residents associations and concerned neighbours. 

In advance of the Council session, the city published a ‘Report for Action’, as a response to the three questions in  Motion MM23.28. Unfortunately, this report provided no substantive or objective insights into the SSHAs decision making process when leasing this property.

The Cabbagetown Coalition sent an email response to this ‘Report for Action’ to its own subscriber database, pointing out the various deficiencies in the report. This email was also copied to members of the Council.

All of these communications were appended to the supporting documents related to Councillor Wong-Tam’s Motion. Unfortunately, the Council meeting was extended through October 2, and Councillor Wong-Tam’s motion came up 5 minutes before the end. To ensure proper review, she deferred the motion to the next Council meeting, scheduled for October 28-29.

This is an ongoing story and we will provide additional updates as they become available. 

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