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February 2023

Winter sunset in Cabbagetown


Happy February Neighbours!

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

City of Toronto Parks and Rec registration

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

Bill 23 Survey

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

Gerrard Street East Project Update

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

Howland Theatre showing of Prodigal

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


Young Urban Forest Leaders

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

Applications close March 21, 2023.


Local Interest Polls Programs

Parks & Trails wayfinding sign design – online survey

You might have noticed the new wayfinding signs in Riverdale Park West and in the lower Don Valley along the trails. This is part of a pilot project and the city would like your opinions on the designs they have used.

UPDATE: If you would like to share your views, the survey deadline has been extended until November 5: many people will be in the park on November 1 for the Cabbagetown Residents Association Pumpkin Walk, so take a few moments then to look at the signage and provide your feedback!

Pilot Project Survey on Parks & Trails Wayfinding Sign Design (cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com)

Local writer Doug Fisher has posted on his October 5 blog that the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District and Friends of Riverdale Park have provided their opinions already.

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Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association Green Bin Survey

Our friends at the Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association recently conducted a poll among members on the new City of Toronto green bins that are expected to be distributed this year. Areas of Cabbagetown South were part of a pilot to see how residents found the new bins. Here is their letter to Councillor McConnell and a link to the poll results. We conducted a poll ourselves last year if you will recall.

If you have thoughts on the matter, please leave them in the comment section below.

From the Cabbagetown South website:

Thanks to everyone that took the time to answer our survey questions. It is clear that many people are dedicated to reducing the amount of garbage going to landfill and want to do the right thing regarding sorting out green waste and recycling. Many residents go to great lengths to store their bins out of sight or use the smallest bin available. Neighbours have built custom storage units for their present sized bins and some will find the larger green bin does not fit. Other neighbours store their present bin out of sight and bring it through the house on the morning of pick up.Others actually haul their bins via the laneway from the back of their property to the curb fronting their house.

A heavier and bigger bin will be problematic for many.

Many store their bins on their front porch or front garden as they see no other alternative. We need alternatives. To see the results of the survey please click here. We are in the process of putting together a report for Councillor McConnell and Solid Waste Management in hopes of coming up with household friendly solutions to bins.

New Green Bins Survey

May 30, 2017

Dear Councilor Pam McConnell,

As you may be aware, Solid Waste Management is in the final stages of delivering the new and larger green bin to residential properties in the City of Toronto. It is our understanding that the new bins will be rolled out in the later part of this summer. In preparation for the roll out we have surveyed area residents to determine if they are aware of the new larger bin and how the larger bin might be problematic for many area residents

We have determined many area households consist of couples and single people who do not generate the volume of green bin food waste that Solid Waste Management has determined as average when they designed the new green bin.

The bins chosen by SWM is a suburban family sized solution that does not work in all small family homes on small inner city lots, row housing, stacked townhouses, duplexes, triplexes etc..

We need household friendly options to continue in diverting household waste from landfill.

30% of residents surveyed advised they will no longer participate in the Green Bin Program if the larger bin is their only option.

46% of those surveyed store their green bin in their basements, garage or in a backyard storage area and bring their green bin through their house on pick up day. They are dealing with stairs and other obstacles that the heavier and larger bin would make impossible to navigate.

87% of residents surveyed asked to keep the current Green Bin. Solid Waste needs to allow those with issues to keep their present smaller green bin. We need real options. To date SWM has indicated that the larger bin is the only solution on offer.

SWM suggest neighbours share a bin which in some instances could work but likely means that one neighbour will have to keep the green bin near their front door or in their front garden so their neighbour can access it. This is not a solution.

The residents are not storing their bins near their front door for the convenience, but due to the lack of other options. We encourage everyone to create welcoming front gardens and porches.

Possible Solutions

When the new recycling and garbage bins were rolled out you were able to come up with the bags and tags solution. A green bag option may work depending when the green materials are put at the curb. The night before will not work as raccoons will quickly tear things open. If we are given the option to bag their green bin material there needs to be a requirement that the green bag goes out early morning.
Allowing folks to keep the current smaller bin if they agree not to put the bin out overnight when raccoons are on the prowl.
A smaller bin with a raccoon proof mechanism for those who put out their green bin the morning of pick up could continue to use the old green bin.
For CSRA Green Bin Survey results please click here

Please we need your help to find a solution.

Thank you,

Cabbagetown South Residents Board

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Toronto Police Services – online poll on vehicle design

You might have read in the news that there was some controversy over a new design being used for police vehicles. The Police Chief put a hold on the new design to review options and there is now an online poll available to gather input from the community on a new design. It only takes a couple of minutes to complete the poll and it will be open until May 9.

Service Vehicle Design Survey (surveymonkey.com)

Toronto police put out call for ideas on what next cruiser should look like (cbc.ca)

Issues Politics Polls

City of Toronto’s long-term financial plan

As residents of the City of Toronto, the financial health of the City is obviously a topic of interest to us. The City is seeking input from residents through public consultation. You can visit the website created for this discussion at: InvestingInTO.ca. The following news release from the City below includes details of a public meeting on April 22.

News Release – Public invited to debate, collaborate and create as consultation on City of Toronto’s Long-Term Financial Plan continues

March 27, 2017

Public invited to debate, collaborate and create as consultation on City of Toronto’s Long-Term Financial Plan continues

The City of Toronto is launching Phase 2 of its public consultation on the renewal of its Long-Term Financial Plan. Information about the consultation, including background reports and engagement opportunities, a public workshop and an upcoming online survey, is available at http://www.investinginTO.ca/. The public is also invited to participate in the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #InvestinginTO.

For the second phase of consultation, the City is inviting members of the public to City Hall for a conversation about how it makes decisions and balances priorities that have a long-term financial impact.

An interactive afternoon of workshops and discussions will be held at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., on Saturday, April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. The open house will begin at 12:30 p.m.

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Proposed new stormwater charge

The City of Toronto is proposing a new stormwater charge for residents and businesses. To learn more, visit the City’s website where you can also participate in an online survey and find the dates of a number of public consultations on the matter.


The public consultation that is closest to us in Cabbagetown is:
Thursday, March 30
4-9 p.m.
Metro Hall, Rotunda
55 John Street

Online Survey (cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com)

Did You Know...? Local Interest Polls Programs

Did you know…slightly more people live in Cabbagetown than did 5 years ago?

Statistics Canada began releasing data from the 2016 Census today and will be providing detail over the coming year. The population of Cabbagetown – Don Vale* increased by 40 people in the past 5 years from 4021 to 4061 people living in 2,164 private dwellings. Welcome new Cabbagetowners!

– Canada’s population grew 1.7 million people (5% more than in 2011) to 35,151,728.
– The Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (this includes much of the 905 area code), grew 6.2 per cent to 5,928,040.
– The population of Toronto (the city, not the surrounding area) rose by 116,511 people to 2,731,571. Some neighbourhoods in the city saw remarkable increases in population due to the boom in condo living over the past 5 years; Liberty Village saw a population increase of 175%!

Cabbagetown – Census Tracts 67 and 68

Map showing census tracts.

There are two “Census Tracts” that correspond closely with the *boundaries of the Cabbagetown Residents Association catchment area with tract 67 north of Winchester Street and tract 68 south to Gerrard Street East. I tried to determine population figures for Cabbagetown west of Parliament Street and in the Cabbagetown South neighbourhood also – but due to the historic vagaries of the Stats Can tracts, it wasn’t possible to figure out since the boundaries don’t neatly overlay.

Census Tracts are “small, relatively stable geographic areas that usually have a population between 2,500 and 8,000 persons. They are located in census metropolitan areas and in census agglomerations that had a core population of 50,000 or more in the previous census.”

Tract areas 67 and 68 as seen in this map correspond to our boundaries neatly except that a couple of homes on Bloor Street East and Castle Frank Crescent (in the north part of tract 67 across from Castle Frank Subway station) are not part of Cabbagetown – these account for approximately 30 households and roughly 60 people. There are a total of 2,164 private dwellings in the combined tracts.

Tract 67 (north part of Cabbagetown – Don Vale – .65 square kilometres)
Tract 67 saw an increase of 17 people from 1,677 to 1,694. There are 868 private dwellings in this tract and population density is 2600.6 per sq. km.

Tract 68 (south part of Cabbagetown – Don Vale – .42 square kilometres)
Tract 68 experienced an increase of 23 people from 2,344 to 2,367. There are 1296 private dwellings in this tract and population density is 5655.9 people per sq. km.

Some interesting visual representations of the data have been posted online.
Population Change:

Population Density:

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Update: Bike Share station in Riverdale Park West

An update on the matter of the Bike Share station in Riverdale Park West for you. The poll we ran in late November / early December showed overwhelming support for having a Bike Share station located in the park – over 97% of the 739 respondents supported this. For the record, the 2 “other” responses were also in favour of the current location but wrote comments about it rather than voting yes. We shared the results with Councillor McConnell’s office.

Pie graph showing 739 responses, Does a Bike Share station belong in Riverdale Park West? Yes-721, No-16, Other-2

In January, some preliminary discussions were had between the various City Departments involved, but no decisions were taken although the popularity of the station has raised the possibility of a second one being placed nearby. More recently, the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Committee was approached by a concerned resident about the matter and on January 23 posted an open letter to Councillor McConnell on their website. The letter reads in part that their “primary concern lies with the negative impact the Bike Share unit has on the neighbouring heritage sites and its incompatibility with the character of the neighbourhood. We support the function of Bike Share, just not the current location.” The HCD Committee suggest moving the Bike Share station outside of the park to the south west corner of the intersection of Carlton and Sumach Streets on the grass between the sidewalk and the fence surrounding Sprucecourt P.S. (see their letter for a photo of the location). We aren’t sure yet who “owns” that piece of property (TDSB, City of Toronto…) so we don’t know their reaction at this point (Feb 4 update: according to the updated HCD web page, the trees on the boulevard would block the solar panel which needs 7 hours of sunlight per day to power the station, therefore the proposed new location wouldn’t be suitable). The HCD Committee (all volunteers, including experts in heritage and architecture) is responsible for a lot of good works in the neighbourhood, but the CRA board disagrees with them on this particular topic.

Our opinion

When the Cabbagetown Residents Association Board of Directors were first contacted about this topic in November, none of the 11 board directors supported moving the station. We reject the idea that bicycles or the bicycle rack/station are incompatible with the current location and the heritage buildings nearby. Many of us believe that bicycles and Bike Share access are a welcome and “welcoming” contribution to the park and are an enhancement to the neighbourhood. The automated “Donation Station” at the west entrance to the farm, plastic recycling/garbage bins, modern picnic benches, electric street lighting and modern signage are all modern elements that contribute positively to the park and do not negatively impact the view of the wonderful heritage buildings – we believe that the Bike Share station is similarly suitable. We think that a prominently sited Bike Share station is not only tolerated, but is *celebrated* by most residents.

If you haven’t been by the park for a while, a few photos are posted here showing the rack and some modern elements within the park. Feel free to leave comments below.

February 3, 2017: The Toronto Star has an article about the topic:
The petty battle against Bike Share in historic Cabbagetown (thestar.com)

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