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Neighbourhood News April 2022

Hello Neighbours!

It’s here! After a two year hiatus, the Forsythia Festival is back in person, this Sunday, May 1!

The parade will start at 10:30am at the corner of Sumach and Wellesley, and the festival will run from 11am-3pm at Wellesley Park, which was cleaned last week by a dedicated group of Cabbagetown residents.

Wear yellow and come prepared for fun – we have a mechanical bull, a magician, a BBQ and a beer tent! Check out the full schedule of events.

Raffles tickets are for sale ahead of time (email info@cabbagetowner.com to purchase) and at the festival. 

Spotlight on Sponsorship

The Forsythia Festival would not be possible without our generous sponsors! Over the next few newsletters, we will spotlighting our 2022 Gold Sponsors.

Buds and Blossoms 

Buds and Blossoms has two licensed child care facilities, one of which is right in the heart of Cabbagetown, on Parliament Street.  Buds and Blossoms offers preschool, kindergarten, aftercare, summer camps and a diverse selection of classes for parents and children.  Program curriculum is mindfulness based and child-lead.  Children are engaged while learning something they want to learn and are having fun. The lovely educators and Buds and Blossoms are fun-loving and passionate about what they do! Follow Buds and Blossoms on Instagram at budsandblossoms.cabbagetown and check out their Facebook page.

 
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

Founded in 1980 and located right on Parliament Street, the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre has introduced over 300,000 young people to dance through its Ontario Arts Access program, and won the Toronto Arts Foundation’s prestigious Arts for Youth Award for its development of young artists and young audiences. CCDT offers professional productions locally and abroad for all ages, next generation and established artist residencies, a continuity of development programs from age eight to professional, educational outreach, career guidance and community engagement initiatives for dance artists to explore and to showcase their craft. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walk is also back this year, running May 6-8th. This free, annual festival of community-led walking conversations was  inspired by Jane Jacobs—a journalist, author, theorist, activist, and proud Torontonian.

 Jane’s Walk festivals take place in hundreds of cities around the world. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

Check out the schedule here.

Community Clean Up

Thank you to the local residents who helped to clean up two major parks in Cabbagetown on April 23rd. Wellesley Park and Riverdale Park were both cleaned of garbage and have a fresh look just in time for spring.

 

NatureScape on Parliament Street

The Cabbagetown BIA has partnered with Councillor Wong-Tam to create a naturescape on Parliament Street, starting July 1st and running 10 weeks. You can read all about it here, and see some of the renderings.

Toronto’s New Tree

The City has announced that Toronto is getting an official tree, and you can vote for your choice. Voting is open until May 10th.

Mother’s Day Baskets from GreenThumbs

GreenThumbs is selling Mother’s Day Baskets as a fundraiser to support 3 local school children’s gardens. Click here to order.

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Neighbourhood News – March 2022

Hello Neighbours!

We have officially arrived in spring, and are only 5 weeks away from the 2022 Forsythia Festival!

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Forsythia Festival (c) Eric Morse

This is the biggest yearly event the Cabbagetown Residents Association puts on and we are in need of volunteers. If you can spare some time on Sunday May 1st, please email Katie at tozer.katie@gmail.com.

We’ve got a packed newsletter this month – there is a lot happening around our neighbourhood. From construction on Wellesley, the BIA’s MapleLicious event to support for refugees, keep scrolling for more!


Techfugees

Local volunteers from Techfugees Canada are working with Romero House to respond to the urgent needs of refugee claimants and help families living in transitional housing find stable apartments faster. There are two ways you can help:

  1. Consider if you are able to host a refugee family in your home on an emergency basis. If you are in a position of having extra space in your home and would be willing to offer space to a refugee or refugee family, we would love to know and keep your name on a list of people we might call on when needed.  

  2. Do you have an apartment that you are willing to rent to refugees? Do you know of others who do? Permanent housing for refugees is even better than emergency housing! If you are willing to be a landlord to recently arrived refugees get in touch. 

To learn more about both of these initiatives email toronto@techfugees.com.  

Techfugees Canada is a local chapter of the global social enterprise Techfugees, which is an impact-driven organization dedicated to nurturing a sustainable ecosystem of tech solutions to support the inclusion of displaced peoples.


Construction on Wellesley

The City has advised that Wellesley Street from Ontario Street to Sherbourne Street, starting on April 25th. Asphalt will be replaced, including on the existing bike lane and a new sidewalk installed. A concrete barrier will also be added to the bike lane.


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MapleLicious

Thank you to our friends at the Cabbagetown BIA for holding the first ever MapleLicious Festival on April 3rd at 3pm.  Come enjoy maple syrup treats, live music, crepes, coffee and a photo booth, all taking place at the NE corner of Parliament and Carlton.

Maplelicious BIA

 


 

Calling all Youth for the Young Urban Forest Leader Program

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Do you know a young person who is passionate about nature, community engagement, and stewardship?  They may be a perfect fit for the Young Urban Forest Leader (YUFL) Program provided by LEAF!  

LEAF is excited to announce that applications for the 2022 YUFL Program are now open! The YUFL Program is a free, in-person and online 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 (May through August). Through this program, participants will build connections in their communities, grow their confidence as a leader and network with industry leaders.  

The program also seeks to support Toronto youth from underrepresented groups within arboriculture and urban forestry including (but not limited to) women, non-binary people, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, 2SLGBTQ+ persons and racialized individuals. 

Applications will close on Thursday March 31st 2022 at 11:59pm.  

More details can be found online. 

Heather from Green Thumbs Growing Kids has a new blog post – check it out here.


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The City of Toronto’s first Reconciliation Action Plan moves forward.

Earlier this month, the mayor announced the details of the City of Toronto’s first Reconciliation Action Plan. These recommendations will guide the City’s actions from 2022 to 2032 to advance truth, justice and reconciliation.

The Reconciliation Action Plan builds on the City’s existing commitments to Indigenous Peoples through 28 meaningful actions across five themes: actions to restore truth, actions to right relations and share power, actions for justice, actions to make financial reparations and actions for the Indigenous Affairs Office.

A key priority for the City will be addressing barriers and colonial practices embedded in its policies, processes and practices to better serve Indigenous residents in Toronto.

The Reconciliation Action Plan was developed over three years with input from First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members, organizations, Elders, Knowledge Carriers, youth, and Indigenous employees and allies in the Toronto Public Service. The Plan will be a living document, which will evolve, as needed, to incorporate directives from any future public inquiries or calls for government action from local Indigenous communities and organizations. The City will also continue to collaborate with Indigenous leaders and community members to fulfill the actions within the Plan, ensure transparency and accountability, and improve relationships with Indigenous Peoples.


Cabbagetown Artists

Doug Fisher has launched a new blog for Cabbagetown Artists, showcasing work from local artists. Click through and support a neighbourhood artist.


Janes Walk 2022

Jane’s Walk is Back!

Toronto’s favourite festival of free, community-led walking conversations returns this May, back in person!

Jane’s Walk creates space for Torontonians to celebrate their culture, share their passions, and dream of a more equitable city for all.

Visit the website to learn more.

 

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City and Local News – February 2022

Dear Cabbagetowners,

Happy February! Only 23 more days until spring!

This months newsletters focuses on a number of areas within our community – our food insecurity fundraiser, new local developments and ‘seed-y’ Saturdays.

We hope you enjoy this latest newsletter. As ever, if you have comments to share, feel free to email us at info@cabbagetowner.com.


Food Insecurity Fundraiser

Thank you Cabbagetown! Our Neighbours Helping Neighbours campaign has raised over $3500 for Dixon Hall.  Thank to everyone who has donated. These funds will go far to help our local community.


The Beer Store redevelopment on Gerrard Street

There has been lot of information circulating in our neighbourhood about the The Beer Store re-development on Gerrard. The Cabbagetown South Residents Association has shared a statement about the redevelopment. They have also a developed a petition against the scale of the redevelopment.Beer Store on Gerrard Street in Toronto


Regent Park Redevelopment Phase 4 & 5

Regent Park 4 and 5

Earlier this month, two CRA Board Members attended a meeting about phases 4 & 5 of the Regent Park development plan.  Some key points include:

  • a new library on site, which would replace the current library at Parliament and Gerrard
  • buildings along Gerrard Street would be 5 to 8 stories high, with small retail units at street level
  • larger tower buildings would be located on the southern end of the site

Regent Park Phases 4 & 5 – Meeting with Cabbagetown Reps_Feb 2 2022 v3


Single Use and Takeaway Bylaw

In June 2021, Toronto City Council approved the Voluntary Measures Program as Stage 1 of the Reduction Strategy to help reduce single-use and takeaway items in Toronto.

The City of Toronto is preparing to move forward into Stage 2 of the Reduction Strategy by proposing mandatory measures that will restrict single-use and takeaway items through fees and/or require “ask-first/by-request” measures.

The City is looking for feedback by way of a survey for residents.


Seedy Saturdays are back!

Whether you are a seed, soil, plant or earth lover, Seedy Saturdays have something for everyone, including kids. Online events are starting soon, take a look at what’s available and register at http://seedysaturday.ca/toronto/.


Cabbagetown BIA

Our friends at the Cabbagetown BIA have released their latest newsletter – check it out!

 

 

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City/Local News Round-Up ~ Jan 23-29

Local/City News:

 

THE CRA IS LOOKING FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS

We’re looking for a couple of Cabbagetown residents to join our board. Interested? Read more about our activities, focus and make-up and then email us at info@cabbagtowner.com. 

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233 CARLTON TLAB APPEAL – INTERIM UPDATE

The Toronto Local Appeal Board (TLAB) met with dozens of residents on January 27 to review the one variance that was appealed following the related Committee of Adjustment hearing in early 2020. There was a lot of testimony and the meeting eventually timed out after 7 hours. Part II is now scheduled for March 19.

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TORONTO RELEASES ITS FIRST EVER ESG REPORT

The City of Toronto has released its first-ever Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report at Executive Committee. This (to be) annual report outlines how the City is focused on ESG-related opportunities and risks across strategic priorities, sustainable finance and socioeconomic outcomes.

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EXEC. APPROVES BIGGER, BETTER CafeTO PROGRAM

The City Executive has approved a report that recommends an expanded CaféTO program starting this spring to help Toronto’s main street restaurants and bars during the ongoing pandemic. Council votes on it next week.

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SAVING THE FOUNDRY  IS MAKING PROGRESS

A group called Friends of the Foundry has set up a website and are asking for donations to help pay for the court costs. They’re also ask people to email a suggested letter to Premier Doug Ford to keep up the public pressure.

Latest news: Demolition blocked by judicial order.

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NEW TORONTO PARK BY LESLIE STREET SPIT 

Toronto residents can look forward to a new public park along the waterfront in the Port Lands, offering incredible views of the city skyline, reports Ainsley Smith at Toronto Storeys.

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DOG OWNERS WARNED TO BE WARY OF COYOTES

Two Toronto dogs were killed by coyotes recently and the city is  warning dog owners to b careful when letting dogs off leash, reports Mira Miller at BlogTO. 

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AIR TRANSAT SHELVES ALL YYZ FLIGHTS UNTIL LATE SPRING

Major Canadian carrier Air Transat has just revealed that it is cancelling all flights to and from Toronto until the end of April, reports Becky Robertson at BlogTO.

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VIRTUAL SAFETY PROGRAM FOR KIDS

We received an email this week from Safety Tree Canada. They deliver Home Alone Safety for Kids and Red Cross Babysitting courses virtually and are an authorized training partner for the Canadian Red Cross and SOS4Kids. 

The CRA is not endorsing this organization but we thought some parents may be interested to take a look.

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ALL THE NEW NETFLIX TITLES FOR FEBRUARY 

Our friends at Toronto Life have kindly pulled together another list of new Netflix titles (for February) for your viewing pleasure. 

 

Pandemic Updates:

 

TRUDEAU UPS THE ANTE ON TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

The federal government will force incoming international travellers to quarantine in hotels for up to 3 days and suspend all travel to Caribbean destinations in a bid to narrow the chance more coronavirus variants enter the country, reports Chris Herhalt at CP24.

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ONE YEAR ON – HOW COVID-19 HAS CHANGED DAILY LIFE

On January 25th, 2020, Canadians were still living their lives like they always had: commuting to the office, visiting friends, dining out, hugging loved ones, vacationing. But the announcement that day of Canada’s first COVID-19 case set in motion a chain of events that would soon change everything.

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MAYOR FLOATS DISCUSSIONS AROUND EVENTUAL REOPENING 

Toronto Mayor John Tory says that the time has come to begin discussions about what the gradual reopening of the city might look like, reports Chris Fox at CP24.

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ORNGE TAKES LEAD ON MOVING COVID-19 PATIENTS

The impact of COVID-19 on intensive care units remains “alarming” despite a recent steadying of the number of patients treated there, says a group representing Ontario’s hospitals, reports Liam Casey at The Canadian Press.

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WHY IS THERE A VACCINE HOLD UP?

No new Pfizer doses are arriving in Canada this week, and fewer than a third of those originally allotted for next week are expected. Why the delay? Report by Patricia Treble, Macleans Magazine.

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TORONTO’S TOP DOC ANSWERS MORE CORONAVIRUS QUESTIONS 

the city’s medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, joined CP24 reports to answer people’s latest questions about the pandemic. 

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Call For New Board Members

Posted on January 28, 2021

The CRA is looking for Cabbagetown residents interested in joining its board of directors to contribute to activities in our neighbourhood.

Here’s a bit of an overview of the activities, focus and composition of the association for anyone that’s interested in joining us:

The CRA was established in 1967 and is a purely volunteer-led organization.

We are one of several active residents’ associations across Cabbagetown, each representing different geographical areas of the neighbourhood. The CRA covers East Cabbagetown, bordered by St James Cemetery to the North, Parliament to the East, Gerrard to the South and the Don River to the West.

The CRA helps build community by:

  • Hosting annual events in the community
  • Promoting neighborhood safety and security
  • Representing community concerns with the city and police
  • Sharing local news and information with residents
 
EVENTS

FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL – MAY

The Forsythia Festival is held annually on the 1st Sunday of May at Wellesley Park and is free for all to attend.

There’s a parade with marching band, a BBQ sponsored Steak and Chops, a beer garden sponsored by Stout Irish Pub, a magic show and dozens of activities for kids and families including bouncy castle, mechanical raccoon, face painting, photobooth, spring bike inspection, parachute game, craft station, flower crown station, and much more … the Toronto Fire Department even gives fire truck tours!

 It takes over 100 volunteers to bring the Forsythia Festival to life each year and we’re grateful for the continued sponsorships from our Cabbagetown Business Community and residents.

2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Forsythia Festival. Although we will not be able to gather in person to mark this wonderful community milestone however, plans are in the works to make this the best ‘at-a-distance’ community celebration possible!


 PUMPKIN WALK – 1 NOVEMBER

The Pumpkin Walk happens every year on November 1. Residents bring their Halloween Pumpkins to Riverdale Park, for a magical evening of twinkling lights and neighbourhood fun. We collect donations for the local Food Bank and then the Pumpkins are recycled for us by the City.

HOLIDAY CARDS – CHRISTMAS

The Holiday Cards event is run in conjunction with local schools. Students create holiday themed art, which is judged by local Cabbagetown artists. The winning entries get special certificates and a pizza lunch for their class.


HOLIDAY LIGHTS – CHRISTMAS

The Holiday lights contest encourages everyone in the neighbourhood to decorate their front yards over the Christmas period (usually with lights!). Residents can enter their house (or anyone else’s) into the competition and everyone gets a chance to vote on their favourite. Winners get a plaque to commemorate their achievement and a call-out in our newsletter.


SPRING AND FALL CLEANUP – April and September

This is a community event that coincides with Earth Day each year, where we get together with neighbours to do a clean-up sweep across our local parks. In 2020 we decided to add a second clean-up in September, to coincide with World Clean up Day.

SAFETY AND SECURITY/POLICE LIAISON

The CRA maintains a close liaison with Toronto Police 51 Division through regular communications with our community policing representatives. We also participate in the Community Policing Liaison Committee which brings police and community representatives together several times a year to discuss crime and safety and security challenges and solutions.

CITY LIAISON

The CRA maintains regular communications with representatives at the councillors office for Ward 13 on all sorts of subjects of concern to our residents. These include new developments in and around the neighbourhood, traffic and crosswalk issues, local park amelioration, selection of bike share locations, etc.

COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

The CRA has traditionally put out a monthly newsletter to its database of residents. Since the start of the pandemic we have upped the frequency to a weekly round-up of local, city and pandemic news, which has proved to be popular with our members.

SOCIAL/ENVIRONMENTAL

In 2020, the CRA started to recruit new board members that can spare a few hours per month to help the association ramp-up its involvement in new initiatives, with a focus on social and environmental issues. This was kicked off in 2020 with a fundraiser for Dixon Hall, which raised over $13,000 for food insecurity in our neighbourhood.

We plan on continuing with these initiatives and our expectations are that anyone joining the board can provide a few hours per month focused on board activities and initiatives.

 

CRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The CRA is run by a volunteer board of up to 12 members of our community (currently we are approved for 10 by our membership, which can be adjusted at the AGM). Board members are involved in all aspects of the associations activities and decision making. Board responsibilities are split across three main areas:

  • Traditional board roles – President, VP, Secretary, Treasury, Communications etc.
  • CRA Events – Forsythia Festival, Pumpkin Walk, Clean-up days, etc.
  • Community focus – Safety and Security, Police liaison, City liaison, etc.

New board members join for an initial term of 2 years, which can be extended by 1 or 2 years.

If you’re interested in hearing more, please drop us a note to info@cabbagetowner.com

If you’re more interested in volunteering from time to time, email us too, we’d love to hear from you too.

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James Peter Lynch

James Lynch

Posted on November 25, 2020

James (Jim) Lynch ran Jim Super Foto in Cabbagetown for nearly 40 years. 

 

It is with tremendous sorrow that the Family of James (Jim) Lynch announce his passing on Friday, November 20, 2020 at the age of 68 years. Devoted and deeply loved husband of Rose. Cherished and adored father of Jessica and Olivia (Marcus). Loving grandfather of Lorenzo. A caring brother to Michael (Linda) and fun-loving uncle to Steven. The son of late William and Audrey Lynch, Jim’s life in the Toronto Beaches was by all accounts memorable. He attended Monarch Park Collegiate Institute and left the nest at the age of twenty-three to start an exciting life with his partner Rose. Jim displayed a beautiful passion for capturing life through the lens of his camera and later in 1982 started his own storefront residency in Cabbagetown called Jim Super Foto.

Jim’s commitment to his family never wavered even as he found himself working immensely to provide the best life for his family. Eventually he retired at the age of 64 years and enjoyed many wonderful trips and engagements with his wife Rose and family. His charming, caring and funny nature touched the hearts of many, and his compassionate manner was felt by all that crossed his path. Always there to tell a joke, to lend an ear or perhaps say the things that needed saying, Jim was his own force of nature. His outspoken viewpoints and intelligent manner were admirable. He would go out of his way to say hello to strangers and made them feel important. One was always better for having met him. Jim’s indomitable spirit never waned as he left this world. He is already deeply missed. Heartfelt appreciation to the caring staff of Scarborough General Hospital for ensuring his final hours were comfortable and dignified.

In lieu of flowers the family requests for donations be made to the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre.

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Reusable Takeout Containers In Cabbagetown. Yay!

Reusable takeout containers

Posted on October 7, 2020

If you order takeout locally, hate the packaging waste, and want to help the environment, an  exciting new pilot is coming to Cabbagetown. Suppli provides a reusable takeout container service that allows consumers to order food in reusable stainless steel containers, like the ones pictured here.

The service includes pick-up of used containers from your front porch, apartment front, or condo concierge, which Suppli then cleans and sanitizes through its accredited partner, Event Rental Group.

They’re starting out with a small cohort of food merchants as they run through an initial pilot. Here’s the latest list:four restaurant logosWhat’s the cost of all this? There is no cost to create an account, and Suppli has set rates at $0.99 per order as they build out the offering. 

The service goes live starting October 20th and will initially serve consumers living in postal codes beginning with M5A and M4X. They’re working hard to expand their line-up of container sizes to meet restaurants’ needs, and are keen to receive feedback from consumers that will inform updates and improvements to the service. 

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233 Carlton Street Update – Oct 3, 2020

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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City/Local News Round-Up ~ Sep. 19-25

TPH ENHANCES COVID-19 REPORTING

Toronto Public Health launches an enhanced reporting dashboard in response to COVID-19 resurgence. This updated dashboard will provide more detailed information to help residents better understand how this virus is affecting their community.

Read the City News Release.

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CITY EXTENDS CANCELLATION OF MAJOR OUTDOOR EVENTS

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Toronto is extending the cancellation of City-led and City-permitted outdoor major events to December 31.

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WILL HALLOWEEN BE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19? 

Understandably Toronto has been reluctant, so far, to give trick-or-treating the green light, reports Calum March of the National Post.

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NEW, STRICTER SOCIAL GATHERING RULES EXPLAINED

What’s allowed and not allowed, according to Sean Davidson at CTV News.

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DISTILLERY CHRISTMAS MARKET CANCELLED

The Toronto Christmas Market at 55 Mill Street is one of the biggest holiday draws, with more than 700,000 people attending the market annually. Due to COVID-19 the market is cancelled for 2020.

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MORE CHALLENGING SECOND WAVE COMING

Doug Ford said a “more challenging” and “more complicated” second wave of COVID-19 is on its way as he announced the government’s first part of a fall preparedness plan on Tuesday.

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COVID-19 SALIVA TESTS INTRODUCED 

Starting this week, an easier, more painless saliva test will be available in Ontario. – well at least in three hospitals in downtown TO: Mount Sinai Hospital, Women’s College Hospital and the University Health Network.

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INTRODUCING StrollTO

Starting this weekend, residents can participate in StrollTO, part of the City’s ShowLoveTO initiative. StrollTO features self-guided itineraries for each of the City’s 25 wards to encourage residents to actively discover shops, stops, places and spaces on their local main streets.

Spoiler alert, the Toronto Centre itinerary leaves out Cabbagetown completely. What’s with that!

Read the City News Release.

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GET YOUR COVID TEST AT A PHARMACY….?

Doug Ford has announced COVID-19 tests will be available in up to 60 pharmacies across the province starting on Friday.

However the closest ones (currently) are Shoppers at 1630 Danforth or 107 Yonge. So the St Mike’s testing centre at Bond and Shuter is still the quickest one to get to.  

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233 CARLTON STREET UPDATE

Responses to three questions regarding the proposed women’s drop-in and respite centre at 233 Carlton Street posed in Councillor Wong-Tams Motion MM23.28 will be reviewed at the City Council meeting at the end of September. The questions are:

  • How did the property first come to the attention of senior City Officials;
  • Who from the WE-related organizations communicated with the senior City Officials that may have affected final delegated decision-making on site location and financial terms; and
  • If the value paid for the lease agreement is inline and competitive with fair market valuation for comparable properties.

The TLAB appeal following the Committee of Adjustment meeting has not yet been scheduled but is still likely months away.

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ADVENTURES IN REAL ESTATE FROM TORONTO LIFE

Upsize, downsize, flee to the country, live on a boat, buy an RV, get a farm, shack up with the in-laws, and other life-altering changes Torontonians are making in these crazy times.

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City/Local News Round-Up ~ Sep. 5-11

W/E UPDATE ON CITY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES 

Update from the City on things that are open this weekend. 

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WATCHING TIFF MOVIES

TIFF has found a way to safely scale back by offering options for both virtual and big screen experiences. Here’s a guide how to watch movies at TIFF 2020, from our friends at BlogTO.

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CITY ALLOWS PORTABLE HEATERS TO EXTEND PATIO SEASON

With cooler fall weather approaching, the City has announced plans to allow portable heaters on outdoor patios, including CaféTO curb lane closures, to help keep outdoor dining spaces open longer, providing additional support for local restaurants.

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TTC COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE

Check out how the TTC continues to take measures to keep its customers safe and well informed. 

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TRICK-OR-TREATING MIGHT BE CANCELLED?!

As if pretty much every other event we know and love hasn’t already been cancelled due to COVID-19, the virus may also put a dumper on trick-or-treating on Halloween, says Mira Miller at BlogTO.

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CITY OPENS REGISTRATION FOR FALL RECREATION PROGRAMS 

Registration for City fall recreation programs as well as December holiday camps starts Saturday, September 12 and continues next week. The City is Toronto’s largest provider of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests.

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ONTARIO PAUSES REOPENING PLAN AS CASES SPIKE

Health Minister Christine Elliott made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that the “latest trend in numbers have raised some concern, especially as we begin to reopen schools and post-secondary institutions.”

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A CLOSER LOOK AT DOVA

What’s on the menu at Dova, Cabbagetown’s new Sicilian restaurant from the owners of Ardo? Toronto Life provides a glimpse.

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TDSB PUSHES BACK SCHOOL START DATE

The Toronto District School Board has pushed back its start date for most high schools to Sept. 17, citing the “complexities of the secondary staffing and timetable process.”

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ENSURING A SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL 

Over the summer, Toronto Public Health has been working closely with local school boards to help them develop plans for a safer reopening. These plans include best practices on public health measures that are effective to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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CABBAGETOWN FESTIVAL STREET SALE?

The BIA has had inquiries from a number of folks asking if yard sales are happening this weekend. The BIA does not actually organize the annual street sale, as it’s an organic community event that happens in conjunction with the festival.

So…… if you do plan to sell stuff on the street this weekend please ensure that your stand complies with all sanitization, disinfection, masking and distancing guidelines. Here is the City’s official word relating to garage/yard sales in times of COVID-19.  

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NEW MURALS ACROSS CITY HONOUR FRONT-LINE WORKERS

When Covid-19 hit, StreetARToronto asked local artists to submit ideas for murals honouring front-line workers. Here’s what’s been completed so far, reports Jean Grant in Toronto Life (photography by Katherine Fleitas)

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