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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.

Reusable takeout containers 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. 

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. 

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.

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)

LABOUR DAY W/E UPDATE ON CITY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES 

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

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CITY HIGHLIGHTS KEY ‘SUMMER OF COVID” ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Over the last six months, the City says it has made significant strides to contain the spread of the virus and support the recovery and rebuild of the city.

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51 STYLISH MASKS FROM TORONTO DESIGNERS

Designers around the city have turned their attention toward crafting facial protection in funky prints and in comfortable and luxurious materials, says Jean Grant at Toronto Life. 

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YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO JETTING OFF

Canadians consumed by wanderlust can choose from nearly 50 international destinations that aren’t requiring travellers from this country to quarantine on arrival, says Meredith MacLeod at CTV News. 

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TORONTO’S TOP DOCTOR ANSWERS COVID-19 QUESTIONS

As many parents in the city decide whether to allow their children back to school next month amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto’s top public health official says she will be sending her kids to school.

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WEEK LONG TRIPLE DIGIT STRETCH IN ONTARIO

Majority of the cases concentrated in Toronto and Peel, with 43 and 34, respectively.

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FORD AND EDUCATION MINISTER TOUR SCHOOL

Tour provided a first-hand look at the health and safety measures being encouraged by Canada’s largest education board. 

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CITY PRESENTS COVID-19 RESURGENCE PLAN

 Plan outlines priorities and associated actions that the City will implement in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19.

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DOVA OPENS TO RAVE REVIEWS

….at least from my good friends three doors up on Metcalfe Street! They know their restaurants, so this is solid thumbs-up. Dova serves upscale Sicilian and Mediterranean food and deserve some Cabbagetown support after the pandemic delayed their opening for so long.

BlogTO and PostCity’s TRNTO have weighted in too.

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GREEN THUMBS GROWING KIDS – LATEST NEWSLETTER

We introduced local not-for-profit, GTGK in our last weekly update. Here’s a link to their September newsletter.

CITY UPDATE ON SERVICES AND ActiveTO THIS W/E  

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

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INCREASES IN GYM CAPACITIES ALLOWED

Ontario is allowing gyms and recreation centres to increase their capacity limits as of tomorrow at 12:01 a.m. with additional public health restrictions.

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STAGGERED START TO FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL

The Ontario government will be allowing boards to adopt a “staggered start” to the first week of school in September.

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Here’s a handy CV update from our friends at CTV News.

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ON-STREET PARKING ENFORCEMENT RESTARTS

The City of Toronto reminds residents that starting Friday, August 14 at midnight, permit parking enforcement on residential streets in the city will resume. 

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BACK TO SCHOOL PLANS REMAIN UNCLEAR

School starts in a month, but Canada’s most populous province still doesn’t know what that will look like, says Jessica Wong, CBC

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MORE RECREATION OPTIONS OPEN UP IN PHASE 3

City of Toronto staff have been developing new ways to deliver and improve service. This week, the City is introducing an online reservation option for its indoor drop-in lane swim program as well as weight rooms and fitness centres.

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DVP CLOSED THIS WEEKEND

Annual maintenance is scheduled on the Don Valley Parkway this weekend from Friday, August 14 at 11 p.m. until Monday, August 17 at 5 a.m. Closure extends the from Highway 401 to the Gardiner. Rain date Friday, August 21 to Monday, August 24.

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VIRUS EXPERTS CONCERNED ABOUT FALL/WINTER

Summer has been the easy part of the pandemic. It’s what comes next that worries experts, says Miriam Katawazi at CTV News.

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ONTARIO REPORTS LOWEST CASES IN A DAY 

Ontario just experienced one of its best days ever in the fight against COVID-19, with zero deaths and only 33 new cases of the deadly viral illness reported across the province.

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WHAT REOPENING LOOKS LIKE AT CITY GYMS

Isabelle Sloane of Toronto Life spoke with five gyms about the precautions they’re taking—including outdoor workouts, shower disinfection and hospital-grade air filters—to ensure their clients are safe.

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TIFF ANNOUNCES VENUES AND PRICING

TIFF shares details of the 2020 hybrid festival that will largely feature digital screenings for home viewers but will also offer in-person screenings at various indoor and outdoor venues. 

CITY WEEKEND UPDATE – AMENITIES AND ActiveTO (Jun 12)

The City continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities for residents to enjoy this weekend. Find out all the details here.

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CITY WORKING TO REOPEN FARMERS MARKETS (Jun 12)

The City is working with market organizers to safely reopen farmers’ markets usually located on 22 City sites. St. Lawrence Market outdoor market opens Saturday.

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CITY WORKING TO REOPEN CHILDCARE CENTRES (Jun 12)

The City is beginning a phased approach to reopening City-run licensed child care centres starting Monday, June 29 with the enhanced health and safety measures to keep children, their families and child care centre workers safe.

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NOW YOU CAN BUILD A SOCIAL BUBBLE! (Jun 12)

As new daily cases of COVID-19 continue to decline in Ontario, the Ford government is allowing people anywhere in the province to build “social circles” of up to 10 people that can include family and friends.

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TORONTO IS GROWING FAST (Jun 11)

Toronto is the fastest growing city in North America, in terms of population growth, according to research from the Centre for Urban Research and Land Development at Ryerson University.

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CALLS TO RENAME DUNDAS STREET (Jun 11)

A petition has been started to get the City to consider changing the name of Dundas Street, named after Henry Dundas, a powerful politician known for obstructing the abolition of slavery in Great Britain.

(Thanks to our colleagues at the CSRA for this story)

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ActiveTO UP TO 65KM OF QUIET STREETS (Jun 10)

The City has now delivered 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets along 32 neighbourhood routes across Toronto, through its ActiveTO program.

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CITY LAUNCHES SwimTO (Jun 10)

Mayor John Tory announces SwimTO – a quick-start program to expedite the opening of the City’s beaches, outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads. City staff are preparing now so that outdoor aquatic amenities can be opened when Toronto enters Stage 2.

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CITY TO OFFER CampTO PROGRAMS (Jun 10)

The City will begin to offer summer camps across the city starting on July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative, following the Province of Ontario announcement that summer day camps can operate during the Province’s Stage 2 reopening.

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CALLS TO DEFUND/REBALANCE TPS BUDGET (Jun 9)  

Councillor Josh Matlow, with support from Ward 13 Councillor  Kristyn Wong-Tam, wants to defund the city’s police force by 10 per cent and redirect the savings towards community investments.

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CPA PLANT SHARING DAY (Jun 9)

June 14th, 10:00am – 5:00pm is CPA Plant Sharing Day. Do you have plants to share after splitting? Would you like a new plant?

Get all the details on this way to celebrate Spring while socially distancing

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CABBAGETOWN FARMERS MARKET NEWS (Jun 9)

The Farmers Market has confirmed that its first pick-up market will be taking place on Tuesday June 16th on the patio of House on Parliament. Here are all the details and the link to their online store.

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BIKE SHARE TORONTO EXPANDS COVERAGE (Jun 9)

Bike Share Toronto announces program expansion which will bring Bike Sharing to 20 of Toronto’s 25 Wards. 

Expansion adds 1,850 new bicycles, 160 stations and 3,615 docking points to the network, bringing system totals to 6,850 bikes, 625 stations, 12,000 docking points.

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SOME REGIONS MOVING TO STAGE 2 RE-OPENING ((Jun 8)

Lot of businesses, including restaurants, hair salons and malls, will be allowed to reopen as of Friday in some parts of Ontario, except the Toronto-area and a few other regions, as the province enters Stage 2 of its restart phase through a regional approach.

Full list of business that can re-open in Phase 2 

 

This will be a webinar-style virtual event.

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • A year in review
  • Financials 
  • Introduction to new board
  • Formal portion of meeting 
  • Questions (to be taken by text chat function, or submitted to info@cabbagetowner.com prior to meeting) 

Participants can join via ZOOM videoconferencing:

CRA AGM Zoom Meeting
Time: Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Link to Join Zoom Meeting

Password: craagm2020

 

We received this message from Sprucecourt School:

–oOo– 

Thank a Teacher  – or Any of The Amazing Sprucecourt Staff

Usually in June, the School Council hosts an end of year “Thank You” breakfast for the staff at Sprucecourt.  Obviously, this year we won’t be able to do that, but we wanted to give our school community the chance to say thank you to the teachers and staff at Sprucecourt.  So, we will be doing a thank you slide show that will be emailed to the staff before the end of the year.  

If you would like to participate, please email us a picture of your child holding a drawing or thank you sign.  If you would prefer your child’s face isn’t visible, that’s OK too (just take a picture of their sign, or the sign covering their face). 

If you would like your picture in the slideshow, please email it to us by Wednesday, June 17th.

Finally, our final School Council Meeting will be held virtually on Google Meets – Wednesday, June 3rd at 6:30pm.  Mr. Stathopoulos will send out the link to the meeting at 6:15pm on the 3rd.  Hope to see you virtually!

 

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