QUICK NEWSLETTER UPDATE
Hello Valued Readers,
You probably noticed that we’ve made various changes the cadence of the CRA newsletter over the last year or so, in response to the cataclysmic events we’ve all been working through together. Moving the newsletter from monthly to weekly throughout 2020 and into mid 2021, then back to bi-weekly a few months ago. As things continue to settle down (hopefully) we’ve decided to move back to our normal monthly publication from this issue onwards.
Thank you for supporting the CRA and for subscribing to and reading the newsletter so consistently. As ever, if there is anything you would like to see us cover, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CABBAGETOWN CRIME ALERT
(Thanks to Doug Fisher at Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review for this article)
A crew is going door-to-door through the neighbourhood offering to restore patios – and possibly do other projects as well. They’re rip-off artists. Stephen Armstrong from Wellesley and Sumach has sent us a caution about them. His wife was intimidated and his neighbours were cheated out of $3,000. It’s an old scam.
FINAL REMINDER FOR THE ANNUAL PUMPKIN WALK
Cabbagetown’s beloved Pumpkin Walk will once again be happening in Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester entrance), on November 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
We invite all Cabbagetown Residents to ring their Pumpkins over and, of course, feel free to dress up appropriately for the occasion!
As we have done in previous years, we’ll also be hosting a food drive, this year it’s for local service provider Dixon Hall , so please bring some non-perishable foods to donate as well.
All the Pumpkins will be recycled by the City of Toronto.
FINAL FEW POOP SIGNS LEFT (NO, REALLY!)
Been meaning to email us to get your very own scoop your poop sign but haven’t quite get round to it yet? Well, we have a dozen or so left from our initial print run – so it’s now or never.
We created these free lawn signs to provide a gentle reminder to dog owners that perhaps forget to stoop and scoop their lovable pooches poop.
If you’d like one to display in your front garden please email us at email@example.com, indicating your preference for design A or B.
CafeTO SET TO BECOME PERMANENT
They’ve become popular fixtures during the pandemic: those expanded patios dotting sidewalks and curb lanes, spilling into city streets. They’re all part of the city’s CaféTO program — initially expected to be a temporary help to the city’s struggling restaurants. Now business owners and city residents say they’re thrilled these outdoor spaces could become a permanent part of the city — though they do have a few suggestions for improvements. Update from the Toronto Star.
FILM PRODUCTION SCHEDULE UPDATE
Film production continues at the Coop on the corner of Winchester and Metcalfe next week (see below). For those of you that don’t know, Jubilee is an education series about a young girl whose idol is Jane Goodall. From the series web site:
“Jubilee follows Jane Garcia, a 10-year-old girl with an active imagination. Through pretend play, Jane and her trusty teammates work to protect an endangered animal in each mission-driven episode because, according to her idol: “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, can they be saved.”
The production is creating a bit of disruption in the neighbourhood, as usual, but it’s good to see that it’s squarely aimed at developing strong educational content for kids.
The CRA is in talks with the production company to see if we can get further donations for local charities/concerns, to serve as compensation to local residents for the inconvenience caused.
Filming Location(s) & Times: 77 WINCHESTER ST
FILMING – Start Date Time: Oct-25 07:00, To: Oct-28 23:00
PREP – Start Date Time: Oct-25 07:00, To: Oct-25 23:00
WEATHER, Start Date Time: Oct-29 07:00, To: Oct-29 23:00
QR CODE BASED VACCINE CERTIFICATE LAUNCHED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
The Ontario government has now made the enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code (and the free, made-in Ontario verification app, Verify Ontario), available for download. Together, these tools will make it easier, more secure and convenient for individuals to provide proof of vaccination where required to do so, and for businesses and organizations to verify vaccine certificates while protecting people’s privacy.
NEW TRAVEL VACCINE PASSPORT UNVEILED
Canada’s new proof of vaccination program for domestic and international travel has been unveiled and it is very similar to what some provinces are already using. The new pan-Canadian vaccine passport will be issued through the provinces and territories, as they have access to the immunization records.
The federal government says it has been working closely with the provinces and territories for some time on how to ensure the system is as easy to access as possible. Update by Clair Fenton from City News.
CANADA NO LONGER ADVISING AGAINST NON- ESSENTIAL TRAVEL
The Canadian government has quietly lifted its advisory against non-essential international travel, marking the first time since March 2020 that the notice has been lifted.
A travel notice on the Government of Canada website had been advising travelers against all non-essential international travel, but is now replaced with a notice urging all travelers to be fully vaccinated before a trip, reports Ben Cousins at CTV News.
CITY NEWS UPDATES
CITY PREPARES TO LIFT CAPACITY LIMITS
Yesterday, the Province announced a plan to safely reopen and manage COVID long term and provided details about the provincial plan to gradually lift COVID-19 safety measures: The City of Toronto welcomes the reopening plan and is prepared to support reopening activities, including the lifting of COVID-19 capacity limits in a number of settings as of next Monday, October 25.
TORONTO PREPARES FOR 5-11 YEAR OLD VACCINES, ONCE APPROVED
Team Toronto continues to prepare for the vaccination of five to 11 year-old children in Toronto as soon as the vaccines are approved for use by Health Canada, and guidance is received by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Province of Ontario. Partners from across the City have come together to develop a multi-pronged strategy to reach the more than 200,000 Toronto children, along with education and engagement opportunities with their parents and guardians in the coming weeks.
TPH LAUNCHES ANNUAL FLU VACCINE CAMPAIGN
Toronto Public Health (TPH) is kicking off the City of Toronto’s annual flu vaccination campaign this week by bringing vaccine to those who are at increased risk of serious illness. Starting this week, TPH is collaborating with Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) to start offering the flu vaccination to homeless and under-housed individuals in shelters and drop-in settings to protect some of our city’s most vulnerable residents.
LIVE GREEN TORONTO COOKING DEMO FOR GARLIC WEEK
Live Green Toronto is excited to present the 11th episode in the LiveGreen@Home Workshop Series in collaboration with Nepali Momo and Ontario Garlic Week.
NEW BIKEWAY FOR CANARY, DISTILLERY, ST. LAWRENCE AREA
Planned construction of a new, permanent two-way cycle track along The Esplanade and Mill Street in Toronto officially began on Sunday, October 17.
The new bikeway will help improve overall road safety for the surrounding communities, support transit use, and grow Toronto’s cycling network in three of the city’s heritage neighbourhoods (Canary and Distillery Districts and St. Lawrence Market area).