Our colleagues at the Cabbagetown Business Improvement Area are spearheading two petitions: one for parking and safety improvements on Spruce Street as well as some traffic calming/deterring on Broadcast Lane. They’ve asked us to reach out to residents in the area: all are encouraged to email the BIA a scan of the completed forms — send to bia@cabbagetownto.com — or drop off a printed and signed form in the BIA office mailbox at 237 Carlton St.

Download and sign the Spruce Street petition

Download and sign the Broadway Lane petition

Your residents’ association directors would like wider feedback about Cabbagetown safety and security concerns so we can better plan education and interventions, and advocate on your behalf with the city and police.

We are running a Safety and Security Survey that we invite all residents to take. The survey will remain open for two weeks from Monday, Oct. 30 to Monday, Nov. 14. We will report on the survey results in a future newsletter.

Please take the Cabbagetown Residents Association safety and security survey.

This might just be new to me, but I was excited to discover that Spruce Court co-op has its own website:


This housing co-op is one of the earliest examples (1913) of publicly supported rental housing in Canada but has been a co-operative since 1978. There are some great pictures of these properties on the Toronto History website at:


Previously the address was sprucecourtco-op.ca, but this has been updated March 19, 2017.

City Website: Main Road Closures
In a great development to keep citizens aware of road closures of main roads, the City of Toronto announced a new website today where you can see where and when major closures are planned.
Road Closures Website
News Release

Gerrard St. East
Speaking of road closures…residents who drive along Gerrard St. E., east of Parliament St. will have noticed a marked increase in congestion recently. The City has closed off the intersection at Broadview Ave. and Queen St. E. and one of the impacts has been the re-routing of streetcars along Gerrard St. E.

According to the City’s news release, the re-routing is scheduled to finish by July 18th, but other sources have indicated July 25th.

July 17th Update: According to this tweet from Ward 30 Councillor Paula Fletcher, the intersection should be opened up on July 19th!

River St.
The replacement water main work being done at River St. and Gerrard St. E. is still underway despite the city’s deadline of May, 2014. We’re not sure what has further delayed the work, but we’ll update you once we know.

UPDATE: According to this article (Toronto Star – subscription required after 10 page views per month), permanent road restoration will be completed by the end of August 2014.

Update July 21:
Some more detail on this delay from the city.

Subject: River St. Watermain Construction Update

Dear residents,

As I am sure you are aware, City contractors are still occupying lanes on River Street north of Gerrard St. and also south of Dundas St. at Mark St. as part of the Gerrard Watermain construction project.

Recently the City has decided to incorporate into the project more comprehensive road reconstruction north of Gerrard St. on River St. While this work will extend lane reductions at this location into the end of August, it also means that we can avoid returning to this location in the near future for this required work.

With revised scheduling of underground work, contractors anticipate the River St. at Mark St. location to be returned to normal by the end of November.

We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation.

For more project information, visit: www.toronto.ca/GerrardWM


Jason Diceman
Sr. Public Consultation Co-ordinator
Public Consultation Unit
City of Toronto

Phone: 416-338-2830
Email: jdicema@toronto.ca

Roses on a trellis photograph
Photo Courtesy of Ruth Wagner

Our friends at the Cabbagetown Preservation Association are again conducting their hugely successful, annual tour of Cabbagetown’s hidden gardens and private spaces. Tickets are now on sale at the locations noted below.

Date: June 8th, 2014
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Cost: $15

This self-guided walking tour of privately owned front and backyards
showcases the creative designs of Cabbagetown’s avid gardeners. The tour
aims to inspire its visitors with imaginative solutions to many urban
challenges, such as small spaces, shade from 100 year old trees and local
wildlife – squirrels, racoons, possums, pigeons and the occasional fox or

The tour is being organized by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association
(CPA), a volunteer group that raises money and awareness to protect the
architectural integrity and historic character of Cabbagetown. This annual
garden tour started in 2007 and has hosted as many as 700 admirers each

Tickets are just $15 and may be purchased from the list of vendors below, or
through the CPA website using PayPal (cabbagetownpa.ca).

Mi Casa, 238 Carlton St., 416-929-1913
JAY’S Garden Centre, 360 Gerrard St., 416-927-9949
Sheridan Nurseries, 2827 Yonge St., 416-481-6429
Fairway Garden Centre, 520 Parliament St., 416-921-0624
The Epicure Shop, 473 Parliament St., 416-928-0291
Cabbagetown BIA, 237 Carlton St., 416-921-0857
Bill’s Garden and Design, 903 Pape Ave., 416-466-8283
Kendall & CO, Interior Décor & Design, 227 Carlton St., 416-363-9914
Ringe Florist, Scotia Plaza, 40 King St W., Concourse Level, 416-214-0278
Greenery Patch at the St. Lawrence Market, B36, 95 Front St. East, 416-594-6678

More photos to remind you that Spring is around the corner…

Cabbagetown Garden
Photo Courtesy of Ruth Wagner

The Cabbagetown Residents Association (CRA) board of directors has constituted the 2014 Nominating Committee of the board. The Nominating Committee was formed to receive director nominees for election to the board of directors at the Cabbagetown Residents Association Annual General Meeting scheduled for June 11, 2014*. Nominees are encouraged to contact the Nominating Committee at info@cabbagetowner.com. The Nominating Committee will contact each nominee and arrange to meet in person to discuss the nominee’s interest in joining the board of directors of the CRA.

Read about the current board of directors here.

If interested, we encourage members to put forth their name or that of an interested neighbour.

Thank you for your consideration

CRA Board of Directors

*Changed from the original date of June 12, due to the Provincial General Election on that date.

Thanks to Doug Fisher for letting us know about this. Please see below for information about a program for kids in JK and SK.

Registration closes May 1st

Sprucecourt Public School (70 Spruce) has an opportunity to operate a before-school and after-school program for kids in JK and SK age brackets. Parents can enroll children in one segment or both. The morning session starts at 8 am, the afternoon runs from 3:30 to 5 pm and both include snacks. The cost is $10 to $12 per day for the morning, $19 to $24 per day for the afternoon and $29 to $36 per day for both. If 20 or more parents commit to the programs, then the Board will approve them.

Contact Matthew Reid, the principal at Sprucecourt at (416) 393-1522 or email sprucecourt@tdsb.on.ca

It’s not clear yet whether any signs from Cabbagetown will be included or not, but just in case you’re interested in owning a piece of Toronto history…over 1500 decommissioned street signs from around the city are going to be auctioned off with minimum bids of $30.

Learn more about it at:

Remember the July rain, the December ice, the snow…? Before you let the glorious Spring weather erase those memories, be sure to let the City know how you felt about their response to these weather emergencies so that they can learn what they did and didn’t do well.

The City of Toronto is looking for public input on the City’s response to the July 2013 flood and the December 2013 ice storm. From May 9 to May 30, residents are invited to tell the City what worked well in their neighbourhoods, what needs improving, and how the City can support its residents in future weather emergencies.

The City has scheduled four public information and consultation sessions at City civic centres and has launched a consultation website at http://www.toronto.ca/weatherprooftoronto. The May 13 meeting at Toronto City Hall is the one closest to Cabbagetown:

Tuesday, May 13: Toronto City Hall (Rotunda), 100 Queen St. W., 6 to 9 p.m.

The “K” Club (Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club) is offering a breakfast and safewalk program for children in the area beginning April 22nd. The program runs from 7:00 – 8:30 am each weekday and is $2 per day. There are only 20 spots available so enroll soon (complete this form to enrol).

For more information, e-mail Dominique Robinson – drobinson@believeinkids.ca

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