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CITY /LOCAL NEWS

 

CONCERNS ABOUT POT STORE ON WELLESLEY REJECTED BY AGCO

The CRA received an approval notice this week, regarding the contested Cannabis Retail Store application at 307 Wellesley Street East. It states:

“After carefully considering all of the available information, the Registrar has determined that issuance of the cannabis Retail Store Authorization for the above noted premises is not contrary to the public interest.”

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SJTCA SEEKS VOLUNTEER TREASURER TO JOIN BOARD

St. James Town Community Arts (formerly Reaching Out Through Music), a small charitable organization based in St. James Town, is looking for a Volunteer Treasurer to join its board. A financial background is essential (CPA preferred). Here’s the job description.

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DIXON HALL URGENTLY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

Dixon Hall urgently needs weekday volunteers for its Meals on Wheels program (runners and drivers) to deliver meals to its homebound Seniors. This follows an 80% reduction in volunteers and a 30% increase in demand for services due to the pandemic. If you can help please email them at volunteer@dixonhall.org.  

(Full COVID safety protocols are in place for all volunteers.)

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LOCAL FURNITURE SUPPLIERS GET THE NOD

Congratulations to Parliament Street Furniture and Eclectisaurus (on Gerrard) for being included in Narcity’s recent round-up of 7 Toronto furniture stores that sell trendy home pieces at affordable prices. 

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YOUR VERY OWN CABBAGETOWN NEWS SOURCES

We’ve heard from a few people recently that they didn’t know about some of the very useful local news sources in our neighbourhood. So here’s a list, for anyone that might be missing out:
Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review – Doug Fisher’s excellent weekly email/blog about news and events in the area
Cabbagetown BIA newsletter – Our local Business Improvement Area newsletter
Parliament St. News – Local news and events around Parliament Street

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RYERSON MBA STUDENT IDENTIFIES SHELTER CLUSTERING

Brandon Arkinson has used the city’s ‘open data initiative portal’ to  identify a clustering of homeless shelters in 3 main areas – the Downtown Core and two locations in Scarborough. His analysis shows that 26 neighbourhoods are shouldering 98% of the city’s shelter capacity while 107 neighbourhoods maintain no capacity whatsoever. Many of these 26 neighbourhoods have high levels of COVID-19 and poverty. Check out Brandon’s interactive neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood map.

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IS COMFORT FOOD KEEPING TORONTO RESTAURANTS AFLOAT?

Comfort food is back in a big way, but the chicken sandwich revolution is forcing restaurants to rethink more than the menu, reports Kelsey Adams at NOW Toronto.

 

PANDEMIC UPDATES

 

GOOD NEWS FOR 14.5 MILLION CANADIANS!

The federal government has released an updated COVID-19 vaccination timeline, showing that at least 14.5 million Canadians will be immunized by the end of June with the approved Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna shots. Report by Rachel Aiello at CTV News.

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WHO’S NEXT IN LINE FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE?

Ahead of the anticipated arrival of more COVID-19 vaccine doses in the coming weeks, the province has now confirmed who will be prioritized next for its vaccination program, reports Codi Wilson at CP24/CTV News.

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PREPARING FOR THE VACCINE – CONSIDER AVOIDING PAINKILLERS

Medical professional don’t recommend taking pills like Tylenol and Advil near time of vaccination, saying some common painkillers could blunt the effect of the vaccine, reports Amina Zafar at CBC News.

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LOCAL SCIENTIST THAT DISCOVERED mRNA LOOKS TO FUTURE

“It’s likely we’ll see another pandemic in the next 20 years”: The Toronto scientist who invented the Covid vaccine technology says we need to prepare for the next virus. Interview by Courtney Shea at Toronto Life.

CITY/LOCAL NEWS:

 

A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

Local news stories were a bit light this week! Please remember, if there are things you think your fellow Cabbagetowners should be hearing about, feel free to email us at info@cabbagetowner.com.

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LOCAL BUSINESS OFFERS VIRTUAL BABYSITTING CLASSES FOR KIDS

A couple of weeks back we shared a link to a company (in Nepean it turns out!) offering virtual babysitting programs for kids, completely overlooking the fact that we have a local Cabbagetown business that does this too! 

Heart to Heart First Aid CPR Services has been located at  216 Carlton St. for the last 22 years and provides courses in Red Cross Home Alone, Babysitting, First Aid, BLS, First Responder, Instructor Courses, Emergency Medical Responder and Psychological First Aid.

They are now offering virtual babysitting courses and Cabbagetown residents can get an introductory 50% off using promo code CTYOUTH. 

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ANNEMIE PAUL LINES UP 2ND RUN FOR TORONTO CENTRE

The Green Party leader plans to announce her candidacy for the nomination there Thursday ahead of a possible federal election, setting her up for a rematch, reports Christopher Reynolds at the Canadian Press.

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ROOMING HOUSE PROJECT UPDATE FROM DIXON HALL

The CRA received this message from Dixon Hall, providing a bit of an update on the Rooming House Project at 502-508 Parliament. 

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LIVE GREEN TORONTO HOSTS FREE VIRTUAL COOKING EVENT

Learn how to make a delicious and sustainable seafood chowder at home in this first interactive episode of the new Live Green @ Home Workshop Series.

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DONATION DAY AT THE BOOK BANK

The Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley at Gerrard) is holding a book donation day on Saturday February 13 from 11 am to 2:30 pm.  Bags and boxes can be left on the wooden pallet inside the gated driveway.

(Thanks to Doug Fisher at CNR for this piece)

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A BIT OF VACCINE FUN FROM BRITAIN’S NHS

Elton John and Michael Caine have joined forces in a new ad encouraging the public to get Covid-19 vaccinations. Released on Wednesday, the ad shows the British showbiz icons competing for a starring role in a promo video for the jab. 

 

PANDEMIC UPDATES:

 

DOUBLE MASKING APPEARS TO BE TWICE AS EFFECTIVE 

U.S. government researchers have found that two masks are better than one in slowing coronavirus spread, but health officials stopped short of recommending that everyone double up.

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CANADIAN VACCINE DELIVERIES EXPANDING NEXT WEEK

A month-long slowdown in Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine deliveries should end next week, with the single biggest shipment of vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech to date and almost two million doses expected in the next month, reports Mia Rabson at CTV News.

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P.E.C. SAYS VISITORS NOT WELCOME AS LOCKDOWN EASES

The health unit for the popular Prince Edward County wine region is serving notice it wants most tourists to stay away when the area reopens for business as stay-at-home orders get lifted, reports Rob Ferguson at the Toronto Star.

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CITY READIES 9 MASS IMMUNIZATION CLINICS 

Mayor Tory has announced the locations of nine City-operated COVID-19 immunization clinics. The City’s Immunization Task Force is working to ensure all nine City-operated clinics will be ready to open once the Province of Ontario provides direction, and vaccine supply is secured by the Government of Canada.

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COVID-19 VARIANTS IN CANADA – ONTARIO LEADS THE PACK

The highest concentration of COVID-19 variant cases reside in Ontario and this week, the first known case of the Brazil variant in Canada landed in Toronto, reports Bianca Bharti at the National Post.

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MASKS IMPACT BRAIN’S ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE FACES

Remembering to grab your mask before walking out the door may be getting easier, but recognizing your neighbour, co-worker or third cousin when they’re wearing one can still be a bit of a challenge, reports Carly Thomas at CBC News.

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DOCTORS COIN TERM FOR PANDEMIC LINKED ANXIETY

Severe anxiety linked back to the COVID-19 pandemic now has a name: “coronaphobia”, reports Ross Andersen at CTV News.

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COVID-19 VARIANTS – YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

At least two of three variants of concern are spreading in Canada, in some cases with no known link to travel. Here’s a look at some of the most common questions Canadians have about the variants.

 

CITY/LOCAL NEWS

 

NATURAL ICE RINK OPENS IN WINCHESTER PARK

Congratulations to the community volunteers who came together to build Cabbagetown’s first natural ice rink, which officially opened on February 1.

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CABBAGETOWN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

The Cabbagetown Short Film Festival will be screening a Valentine’s special, featuring twelve romantic short films. It runs from February 14-20 and tickets costs just $10. Once you start viewing you can see each film at your leisure over three days.

Credit to Doug Fisher at CNR for this content.   

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ST LAWRENCE MARKET LAUNCHES ONLINE ORDERING

St. Lawrence Market has partnered with online ordering service Inabuggy to offer customers access to the freshness and variety of produce, meats, fish, grains and bulk foods, baked goods, dairy products and specialty items that the Market is known for, in as little as one-hour delivery for residents who live within five kilometres of the Market.

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LIVE GREEN NEWS – FEBRUARY 2020

Here’s the latest from our friends at Live Green Toronto.

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G&M HOME OF THE WEEK – 333 WELLESLEY STREET EAST 

Renovated from head to toe, inside and out, 333 Wellesley St E. is featured as the Globe and Mail’s home of the week.

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NEW DOCTORS CLINIC OPENS IN CABBAGETOWN

Three family doctors have opened a new practice at 595 Parliament street and they are open for new patient registration. 

Credit to Doug Fisher at CNR for this content.

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BIGGER BETTER PATIO DINING TO ROLL OUT IN MAY

The city is set to roll out a bigger, better version of CafeTO, the municipal program that allows for expanded patios on sidewalks and streets during the pandemic, reports Natalie Johnson at CTV News.

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YONGE STREET STRETCH TO GET MAJOR MAKEOVER

Toronto’s iconic Yonge Street is officially getting a makeover through the downtown core thanks to a 21-5 city council vote in favour of YongeTOmorrow; an ambitious plan that will restrict vehicular traffic along parts of the major street for more pedestrian, cyclist, event and green space. Report by Lauren O’Neil at BlogTO.

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COUNCIL APPROVES MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS REPONSE PILOT

City Council has approved the framework for a multi-year pilot project that will see the creation of a mobile crisis assistance intervention service in multiple parts of the city. Toronto Centre included in pilot locations.

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CITY/YWCA OPENS AFFORDABLE HOUSING – CHURCH & CARLTON

This week Mayor Tory officially opened an affordable and permanent supportive rental housing building that includes 120 apartments for women at 389 Church St. The self-contained apartments will create a safe, inclusive and supportive community for women, gender diverse people, and youth and seniors who have experienced or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness.

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NEAT NEW TORONTO BIKE TRAILS MAP

A longtime Toronto resident and avid biker has created a New TTC style map to showcase the ever-expanding bike network in and around the city, reports Olivia Little at BlogTO.

 

PANDEMIC UPDATES:

 

PROVINCIAL GOVT. CONSIDERS CANCELLING MARCH BREAK

The Ford government is considering the possibility of cancelling March Break for Ontario students amid concerns about new COVID-19 variants that are already circulating in the community, reports Chris Fox at CP24.

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IMPACTS OF VACCINE DELIVERY ISSUES CONTINUE

After weeks of dose shortages, the federal government says it will still be a few weeks before Canada’s Pfizer deliveries fully ramp up to pre-interruption levels, while Moderna’s next shipment has yet to be confirmed.  A report by Rachel Aiello at CTV News.

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COUNCIL EXTENDS CITY MASK BYLAWS 

City Council has approved the extension of the City of Toronto’s temporary mask bylaws until the end of City Council’s June 8 and 9, 2021 meeting. The Mandatory Mask By-law was set to expire this week.

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COVID19 POSITIVITY RATE TRENDS DOWNWARDS

Ontario reported its lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in months, reports Phil Sekouras at CTV News. 

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A BRIEF LOOK AT THE 7 VACCINES CANADA HAS ORDERED

Between July 24 and Oct. 22, Canada signed deals to pre-order seven COVID-19 vaccines. Here’s a brief look at what we know about those vaccines, listed by manufacturer. Report by Mia Rabson at the Canadian Press.

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BRITAIN TO TEST MIXING AND MATCHING VACCINES

British scientists are starting a study Thursday to find out if it’s OK to mix and match COVID-19 vaccines, reports Maria Cheng at the Associated Press.

Local/City News:

 

TORONTO CENTRE PART OF PROPOSED COMMUNITY SAFETY PILOTS

A new City report to be considered by Executive Committee next week recommends the approval of four community safety and crisis support service pilots, allowing for non-police led response for non-emergency, non-violent calls including those involving persons in crisis and for wellness checks.

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CafeTO – HOPEFULLY BIGGER, BETTER, LONGER IN 2021

TORONTO — City staff and the Mayor are recommending that the city bring back its popular CafeTO program, which saw hundreds of patios set up on sidewalks and in curb lanes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic last summer, reports Chris Fox and CP24/CTV News.

Read the City of Toronto news release about the report.

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ARE THERE ANY ‘BUTTERFLYWAY RANGERS’ OUT THERE? 

The David Suzuki Foundation is looking for super awesome people to become its next troop of Butterflyway Rangers. They will join the Butterflyway Project’s award-winning efforts to reimagine our neighbourhoods as flower-filled corridors where wild bees and butterflies can thrive. Application deadline is February 5, 2021.

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GREEN THUMBS – CEDAR TEA WORKSHOP FOR KIDS

Join Green Thumbs for a fun evening of cedar tea making with Sloan (Jo) Miller and Micah Miller Both have Mi’Kmaq ancestry and are  long-time associates of Green Thumbs. Registration deadline February 1, 2021.

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SAVE THE FOUNDRY MOVEMENT HOTS-UP. MOMENTARILY

The Foundry news story we featured last week got a lot of coverage in the media. Unfortunately it seems that the Province hasn’t heeded the calls to halt the demolition. However, all is not lost just yet, following the last minute filing of a court injunction.

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PLANS FOR THE SALE/REDEVELOPMENT OF ESSO STATION

The CRA received a copy of this Cushman & Wakefield brochure highlighting the planned sale and redevelopment of the Esso gas station at 581 Parliament: 

“The Vendor has engaged Urban Strategies Inc. to provide the highest and best use scenarios for the subject Site. The scenario for a mid-rise development for the Property allows for a residential GFA of 74,363 sf, 101 units with parking and a retail GFA of 5,912 sf with parking and an FSI of 3.9. The combined total GFA from the development is 80,275 sf with a total of 126 parking spaces.”

“While this would be the tallest development on Parliament Street, this option conforms to angular plane requirements from the neighbourhood to the east and conforms to mid-rise design guidelines. There is retail space located on both Parliament and Amelia St, which mirrors the retail condition on the north side of Amelia Street. This option would require rezoning and Site Plan Approval from the City of Toronto.” 

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FIRST PARLIAMENT AREA “NOT FOR SALE”

The Doug Ford government’s decision to expropriate downtown Toronto properties once home to Upper Canada’s first parliament came as a surprise, city officials say — prompting one councillor to insist the land is “not for sale”, reports Trevor Dunn at CBC News.

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LOCAL SPEED ENFORCEMENT CAMERAS 

The City recently released stats, showing that over 53,000 speeding tickets were issued by its 50 Automated Speed Enforcement devices (ASE’s) from July to November 2020.  Two of these cameras are located in Cabbagetown, on Prospect and Spruce. They issued just 10 and 13 tickets respectively. The lowest amount of any other camera. Well done Cabbagetown for respecting the speed limit!

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NEAT NEW DON VALLEY TRAIL MAP

If you plan on hitting up Crothers Woods or the East Don, but your map-reading game is a little rusty, don’t panic. A former Toronto resident has drawn up a guide to the Don modelled after a map you’re probably familiar with, reports Tanya Mok at BlogTO.

 

Pandemic Updates:

 

CANADIAN VACCINE DELIVERIES SLOW TO CRAWL

Canada will receive zero Pfizer vaccines next week as the company temporarily suspends deliveries, further slowing a vaccine rollout that is lagging behind other countries as the pandemic kills more Canadians every day, reports Ryan Tumilty at the National Post.

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TRUDEAU SPEAKS WITH PFIZER ABOUT VACCINE DELAYS

Justin Trudeau spoke to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla by phone Thursday, the same day the company informed Canada delays to its shipments of COVID-19 vaccines are going to be even worse than previously thought, reports Mia Robinson at the Canadian Press.

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EVERYONE VACCINATED BY END SEPTEMBER? 

The federal government says they are still on track to vaccinate almost all Canadians by September, despite a delay in deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer.

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EXPERTS SAY mRNA COULD CHANGE VACCINE LANDSCAPE

When drug companies like Pfizer and Moderna learned to successfully incorporate messenger RNA technology into a COVID-19 vaccine, experts say they likely opened the door to a significant shift in the future of immunization, reports Melissa Couto Zuber at The Canadian Press.

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BUSINESSES PRESS PROVINCE TO REIGN-IN BIG BOX STORES

Toronto business owners and politicians are calling on the Ford government to prohibit big box stores from selling non-essential items in person in an effort to level the playing field with independent retailers and discourage unnecessary outings, reports Mira Miller at BlogTO.

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DOUG FORD GOES MULTILINGUAL

In an effort to get people to STAY HOME, Doug Ford decides he should try a bit harder to make it as clear as possible.

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CITY TRAFFIC DATA SHOWS PEOPLE ARE STAYING HOME

The City has released traffic data to show the impact of the ongoing lockdown. Data confirms that vehicle traffic continues to be at its lowest observed levels since Stage 1 Reopening back in May and June 2020, but is still higher than conditions observed during the initial lockdown last spring.

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CANADIANS IN FAVOUR OF CURFEWS

Almost two-thirds of Canadians would support a nightly curfew if necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19 – even though they’re not convinced it would be effective, reports Joan Bryden at the Canadian Press.

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MAJORITY SUPPORT BANNING THE UNVACCINATED

More than seven in 10 Canadians support or somewhat support barring those who don’t have proof of vaccination from businesses where people are in close contact, according to a new Nanos survey, reports Christy Somos at CTV News.

Local/City News:

 

TLAB REACHES DECISION ON SACKVILLE DAYCARE 

The Toronto Local Appeal Body has ruled in favour of the daycare at 459-461 Sackville Street. The decision order approved all the variances and cited eight conditions that previously existed and still must be met. Once met, no additional considerations are required. 

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ASOKAN RASIAH

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Asokan Rasiah, chef and owner of the Peartree Restaurant.

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PROVINCIAL PLANS TO DEMOLISH HERITAGE FOUNDRY BUILDINGS

News that the Province plans on razing four heritage buildings in Corktown, without permission from community members or the City, has sent waves of shock through the neighbourhood, reports Tanya Mok at BlogTO. 

Corktown.ca is urging people to sign a petition set up by Spadina Fort-York MPP Chris Glover to give this site a fighting chance to survive and thrive for the benefit of all Ontarians.

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HOW TO MAKE DOVA’S CACIO E PEPE AT HOME

Cacio e pepe has staunchly Roman roots, but Dova chef Roberto Marotta is a proud Sicilian. So when he was planning the menu for his Cabbagetown sequel to King East’s Ardo, he devised a homage to the punchy pasta infused with a Sicilian sensibility, reports Alex Baldinger at Toronto Life.

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LIVE GREEN NEWS – JANUARY 2021

Here’s the latest update of Live Green News from Live Green Toronto.

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BIA SEEKS FEEDBACK ON ‘DECK THE HOLIDAYS’ EVENT

Rick Matthews would love to know what we all thought about the BIA’s Deck the Holidays window displays. Please complete his 5 minute survey. 

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CITY LAUNCHES 2021 TAX SUPPORTED BUDGETS

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee began the process of reviewing the staff-recommended tax-supported operating and capital budgets for 2021. The budgets will be reviewed and debated by Budget and Executive Committees before being finalized and approved by City Council at its meeting on February 18.

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TORONTO BASED GROCERY DELIVERY SERVICES

A year ago, there were only a few big-name companies leading the grocery-delivery game. That’s obviously different now. Here’s how you can have everything—from produce and pantry essentials to artisanal cheese and freshly baked croissants—delivered right to your door. A report from Caroline Aksich at Toronto Life.

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Pandemic Updates:

 

STAY AT HOME ORDER – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

With Ontario facing dangerously high rates of COVID-19, Doug Ford declared a second provincial emergency Tuesday and announced a slate of new restrictions in an effort to bring the virus under control.

Lauren O’Neil at BlogTO and Emma Paling at HuffPost both try to help provide some additional clarity.

Mayor Tory goes a little further, asking whether we need to add an F Bomb, to make it absolutely, crystal clear about what the order means.

Still confused? Read the full text of the Ontario Stay at Home Order – or just follow Doug Ford’s advice. If you’re not sure if you can do it, don’t. JUST STAY HOME!

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CAN POLICE DO RANDOM STOPS TO ENFORCE STAY AT HOME ORDER? 

Ontario’s stay-at-home order is now in effect for the province but the government said police don’t have the authority to randomly stop residents on the street to make sure their trip is essential, reports Sean Davidson at CTV News.

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ONLINE CALCUATOR PROVIDES ESTIMATES ON VACCINE TIMING 

Tool co-created by Toronto developer gives ‘general idea’ of how long we each have to wait for a vaccine, reports CBC News.

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CITY LAUNCES INITIAL IMMUNIZATION CLINIC

Mayor Tory, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Fire Chief and General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg provided an update on the City’s measures to combat the resurgence of the virus in Toronto, the rollout of vaccines to priority groups and wider immunization planning.

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IS IT A COLD, IS IT FLU OR IS IT COVID?

If you’re feeling under the weather, how do you really know if it is a cold, the flu, seasonal allergies, or a sign that you’ve contracted the novel coronavirus? Alexandra Mae Jones form CTV News provides some insights.

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PHARMACIES SAY THEY CAN SPEED UP VACCINATIONS

Canada’s 11,500 pharmacies could vaccinate up to 3 million people a week, Shoppers Drug Mart president says, reports Jean Paul Tasker at CBC News.

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SHOULD YOU WEAR A MASK OUTDOORS?

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge across much of the country, some experts are advising Canadians to wear face masks while outdoors, reports Brooklyn Neustaeter at CTV News.

LOCAL/CITY NEWS:

 

HNY FROM THE CRA

First up, the CRA wishes all of you a very happy new year (and good riddance to 2020!). We’ve been on a break for a couple of weeks, so this first newsletter of 2021 is a bit of a bumper issue!

This weekly newsletter, started in April 2020, has proved quite popular, so we plan to continue it into 2021.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from receiving the newsletter, please encourage them to sign-up to get it, , we’d love to reach more members of our community. 

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS COMPETITION – WE HAVE A WINNER

For Xmas 2020 we had a bumper crop of homes (17) as well as a record breaking number of votes (2338!), which is fantastic. Congratulations go to the winners from Spruce Street. You can check out all the rankings here. 

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DAYLIGHT INTRUDER TAKEN INTO CUSTODY 

A resident on Hillcrest Park contacted us to advise that they encountered an intruder on the second floor of their home at 9 am on January 2. Apparently he was convinced to exit without too much trouble. He returned the following morning, same time and tried to access the house again. The police were able to find and apprehend the man and he is now in custody, awaiting an appearance in the Mental Health Court. Upon review of their Nest camera they discovered that he had been to their house almost every day from December 30 on.

While this incident played out safely, similar incidents are on the rise across greater Cabbagetown, so we recommend that residents keep their doors locked, even when they are at home.

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218 CARLTON CONVERSION – 10 UNITS AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The City of Toronto is seeking an indigenous non-profit housing provider to operate affordable housing at 218 Carlton. Renovations will be done by MOD Development, who bought the property and then sold it to the city for a peppercorn price. More details available online.

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MORE GOOD PRESS FOR LOCAL START-UP, SUPPLI 

Megan Takeda-Tully’s startup company, Suppli, has so far signed up five restaurants in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood, as well as hundreds of consumers wanting their takeout delivered in Suppli’s stainless steel containers with silicone lids, reports Alastair Sharp at Canada’s National Observer.

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CITY HALL LIVE MUSIC CONCERTS KICK OFF NEXT WEEK 

The City of Toronto, in partnership with Unison Benevolent Fund, is launching City Hall Live Spotlight, a weekly livestreamed concert series, as part of ShowLoveTO, to support the local music industry and provide Toronto residents with music experiences at home. City Hall Live Spotlight kicks off on January 14 at 7:30 p.m. online.

Residents are encouraged to make a night of it, order in some takeout and settle in for a live concert in the comfort of their own home.

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GREEN THUMBS – 2020 REVIEW

Local charity Green Thumbs has issued a review of its 2020 achievements in our community. Take a look here. 

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RESTAURANT OFFERS FREE BURGERS TO HOMELESS/ SENIORS

Anyone who is homeless, has fallen on hard times, is a senior or veteran, and is hungry can get a free burger (which just so happens to be one of the best in the city) from a Toronto restaurant right now, reports Amy Carlberg at BlogTO.

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CANADIANS LEAVE XMAS LIGHTS UP AND ON 

Some Canadians are choosing to leave their Christmas lights on a little longer this year in a bid to keep the holiday cheer going during these dark times, reports CTV News.

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REGENT PARK REPLACES OAK STREET SLUM 

Here’s a link to a neat old movie that a contributor posted to Life in Cabbagetown. The short film, made in 1953 is from the National Film Board of Canada archives.

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22 OF THE LCBO’s BEST BOTTLES UNDER $20

How to stock your cellar, closet or wine rack without breaking the bank. A useful report by Andre Proulx and Michael Pinkus at Toronto Life.

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PANDEMIC UPDATES:

 

FORD EYES FURTHER RESTRICTIONS AS CASES SOAR

Premier Doug Ford is promising further restrictions coming for Ontario, as the province reported a record 4,249 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, reports CBC News.

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AN ALTERNATE VIEW TO MORE LOCKDOWNS

Cynthia Mulligan at City News spoke with Infection Control Epidemiologist Dr. Colin Furness, who believes we should be doing even more testing than we are and that part of that solution is within our reach. 

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FOUR MORE COVID-19 CASES AT ST LAWRENCE MARKET 

Four more employees who work at St. Lawrence Market have now tested positive for COVID-19, the city said Tuesday, reports Joshua Freeman at CP24.

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CAN A ‘CANADIAN SHIELD’ CURB RISING CASES?

An upcoming nightly curfew in Quebec is hogging the headlines, but some public health experts say it’s another plank of Premier Francois Legault’s new plan that other provinces should pay the most attention to, reports Ryan Flanagan at CTV News.

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TRACK THE PROGRESS OF VACCINATIONS

CTV News has created a handy dandy tracker that shows the progress of vaccinations across in Canada. You can also track it with the COVID-19 Tracker Canada, and track Canada’s progress on a global scale too.

Read: Doctors urge Ontario to pick up pace on vaccine rollout.

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EMERGENCY CHILD CARE FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS

The City of Toronto has announced that emergency child care will be made available in 35 locations for school-aged children of designated essential service workers during remote learning week.

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XMAS AND NY CELEBRATIONS DRIVE UP INFECTIONS 

Health experts are warning that the current rise in COVID-19 cases across the country will likely increase through January and February due to gatherings during the Christmas holidays and New Year’s, reports Brooklyn Neustaeter at CTV News.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE CRA 

The Board of Directors at the CRA would like to wish everyone in Cabbagetown a very happy holiday season.

Please: Stay Safe. Mask up. Keep Distancing. 

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS COMPETITION – VOTING IS OPEN! 

We already have over a dozen great entries with more to come and votes are coming in thick and fast – with over 400 cast to date. Let us know which is your favourite, if you haven’t already. Voting closes on Saturday December 26.    

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SOLSTICE TREE AT WINCHESTER

On December 3, children from the Grade 1and 2 class at Winchester School had a special celebration for what to the uninitiated would seem to be just a ragged old Cedar tree.

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DIXON HALL ROOMING HOUSE PROJECT UPDATE

Dixon Hall has provided an update on the project to revitalize the rooming houses at 502-508 Parliament Street.

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CABBAGETOWN RESIDENTS OPT FOR PRIVATE SECURITY

A group of residents in Cabbagetown have resorted to hiring their own private security guard to patrol their neighbourhood amid concerns about a string of break-ins and thefts, reports Chris Fox at CP24.

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A CALL TO ALL CABBAGETOWN BIRD FEEDER OWNERS

Michael White has asked anyone in the Parliament, Wellesley, Sumach, Pine Avenue streets block who have Bird Feeders to call him at 416 926 9553 or email michael.white@sympatico.ca for the Sunday December 20, TFN/CBC Bird feeder walkabout of homes, streets and alleys to get counts and species for 2020 Toronto Field Naturalists Christmas Bird Count (TFN,CBC).

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TORONTO JOINS IN WORLD-WIDE BELL RINGING

The event, which is spreading around the world, will have people come out on their doorsteps (or balconies) and ring a bell at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, reports Karen Longwell at BlogTO.

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FORD MULLING 3 WEEK LOCKDOWN FROM 12/26

Premier Doug Ford’s government is considering a lockdown across southern Ontario from Boxing Day until Jan. 11, as COVID-19 cases in the province reach record highs, CBC News has learned, reports CBC News.

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CANADA LOCKS IN 1000’S MORE VACCINE DOSES

Canada will be receiving up to 200,000 more doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine next week and potentially up to 168,000 Moderna vaccine doses by the end of December. This means thousands more Canadians will be vaccinated before the end of the year, reports Rachel Aiello at CTV News. 

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REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE RIGHT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

The City of Toronto is encouraging residents to be mindful of the amount of waste they generate over the holiday season and to look for opportunities to reduce and reuse.

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TRIDEL WINS BID FOR REGENT PARK PHASES 4-5 

TCHC has approved the selection of Tridel Builders Inc. as the partner for the remaining two development phases at Regent Park.

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ENJOY A CLASSIC CANADIAN WINTER VIRTUALLY

Ryan Flanagan at CTV News shares a quick guide to a few wintertime activities that can be done without having to leave your house.

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CRA WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE TAKES A HOLIDAY BREAK

This will be our last weekly news update for 2020. We hope you’ve found them useful and informative.  Please let us know if you’d like them to continue in 2021 – info@cabbagetowner.com

FOOD INSECURITY FUNDRAISER A HUGE SUCCESS!

All the Cabbagetown Residents Associations, along with the Cabbagetown Preservation Association would like to thank everyone who donated so very generously to the Cabbagetown Food Insecurity fundraiser. The total raised is now just shy of $13,000! 

Dixon Hall is absolutely thrilled. They wrote to us this week, saying:

“This is one of Dixon Hall’s most successful third party fundraisers of all time. The amount raised is equivalent to more than one quarter of what has been raised by Dixon Hall’s entire holiday appeal. More than enough to provide well over 3,000 meals to precariously housed people in our community. More than enough to warrant our tremendous thanks.”

THANK YOU CABBAGETOWN!

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CRA HOLIDAY CARDS CONTEST – WINNERS

This year, every single class from Sprucecourt Public School entered the competition, in total 12 classes and ~240 kids from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8.

After much deliberation , our judges selected four winners and 12 honourable mentions. See this year’s winning entries here.   

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DON’T FORGET THE HOLIDAY LIGHTS COMPETITION!

This year we’re encouraging the whole neighbourhood to light up their front gardens to bring some extra festive cheer to Cabbagetown. Who knows, you could be one of the lucky winners! Find out how to enter our ever popular annual holiday lights competition here.

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CANADA APPROVES PFIZER VACCINE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Health Canada approved the first COVID-19 vaccine for use in Canada on Wednesday. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which is 95 per cent effective, is the first in the country to be approved, for use in those aged 16 and older, reports Tyler Dawson at the National Post.

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LIVE GREEN NEWS – DECEMBER ISSUE

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

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DOCTORS – STILL A LONG JOURNEY AHEAD TO COMBAT VIRUS 

While Canadian doctors are welcoming the news of Health Canada’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, they’re also cautioning there is still more work to be done before life can return to some semblance of normal, reports Jackie Dunham, CTV News.

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NO FREE TTC THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE – NOT SURPRISINGLY

The TTC has been providing free rides to Toronto residents on New Year’s Eve for a few years now, but this is yet another tradition that won’t be going ahead as usual as a result of COVID-19, reports Mira Miller at BlogTO.

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YOUR IPHONE COVID ALERT APP MIGHT NOT BE WORKING 

A bug affecting Canada’s COVID Alert app has not been entirely fixed as federal officials first announced, leaving an unknown number of iPhone users still without exposure notifications, reports Thomas Daigle at CBC News.

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LCBO DELIVERY PAUSED AFTER RESTAURANT UPROAR 

The alcohol delivery program that encouraged people in Toronto to order booze from the LCBO and Beer Store using SkipTheDishes has come to an abrupt end thanks to the provincial government’s intervention, reports Lauren O’Neil at BlogTO.

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TORONTO LOCKDOWN NOT AS EFFECTIVE AS LAST TIME

Unfortunately, the current lockdown measures in Toronto are not having the same impact in curbing the spread of COVID-19 as they did in March, reports Miriam Katawazi at CTV News.

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10 DOG FRIENDLY TRAILS IN TORONTO

Not all scenic nature trails allow dogs — like the Leslie Spit, for example — so it’s important to know the rules for every path you choose to take, reports Tanya Mok at BlogTO

UPDATE – 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 community has already helped us raise over $12,000! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have helped make this happen!

Still want to participate? It’s not too late.

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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 the Competition page for details on how to enter.

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ST LAWRENCE SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET RESTARTS

The City has announced that St. Lawrence Market Saturday Farmers Market will resume full operations from Saturday Dec 5, so it can provide essential food retail to residents.

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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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TPH ENHANCES SCHOOL SCREENING TOOL

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has updated their COVID-19 school screening tool to further prevent opportunities for virus spread, with tighter criteria. 

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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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‘NOT-AMAZON’ HELPS YOU SHOP LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS

Just before the latest lockdown started, local social media manager Ali Haberstroh grabbed the URL not-amazon.ca for $10 – and plopped in a Google spreadsheet to collect user-submitted spots doing curbside pickup, delivery and shipping.

Since then, Not-Amazon has gone mini-viral, ballooning to over 500 local businesses and counting, reports Richard Trapunski at NOW.

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DELIVERY APP NOW DELIVERS DIRECT FROM LCBO

SkipTheDishes has teamed up with the LCBO to deliver more than 300 varieties of wine, beer, and spirits directly to customers in Toronto. 

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CORONAVIRUS ON YOUR 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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CITY RESPONSE TO HOMELESSNESS DURING PANDEMIC

The City of Toronto says it has moved at unprecedented speed to adjust its services for those experiencing homelessness during the Coronavirus pandemic. Here’s an update on accomplishments to date.

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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.

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