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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!

 

MORE CITY SERVICES AND AMENITIES OPENED (May 29)

Here’s a guide to which City services and amenities are open and which remain closed this weekend.

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TORONTO CITY COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS (May 29)

City Council met virtually on May 28 for the first time. Here are all the highlights of the meeting.

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CITY LOOKING TO EXTEND WORK FROM HOME (May 29)

Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto, a number of other major downtown employers plus Toronto’s post-secondary institutions, will continue to support employees working from home until September at the earliest. 

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ActiveTO WILL EXPAND BIKE NETWORK (May 28) 

City Council Approves the installation of approximately 25 kilometres of new bikeways, for a total of approximately 40 kilometres of on-street cycling lanes approved for accelerated installation in 2020, as part of the ActiveTO program.

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EMERGENCY ORDERS EXTENDED (May 27)

Ontario has extended emergency orders until June 9.

These include the closure of outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, public swimming pools and outdoor water facilities, as well as bars and restaurants (except for takeout and delivery). Restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people also stay in place.

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COVID19 PRIMARILY A TORONTO AREA PROBLEM (May 27)

More than 76% of new infections are in the GTA, CBC News analysis finds.

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ARE YOUR BOXWOODS SICKLY? (May 23)

There’s an outbreak of Boxwood Leaf Miner in our neighbourhood and it’s a serious and very infectious pest. We received this email from a local resident about the problem.

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CHARITY MASK DRIVE (May 23)

Our colleagues at Cabbagetown South Residents Assoc. are doing a fundraiser and have some great masks for sale. All proceeds are going to local charities: CYC, Central Neighbourhod House and Young St Mission.

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CANNABIS STORES IN CABBAGETOWN (May 22)

There are lots of people that seem to want to open Cannabis stores in Cabbagetown. There are four applications to date, plus at least one more in progress. 

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ARE SQUIRRELS DRIVING YOU NUTS? (May 2020)

Is it just me, or are there way more squirrels in our gardens than ever before? One thing that will help is limiting their access to food – please don’t feed them! Check out this neat video that shows just how cunningly they can access your bird food!  

The Cabbagetown Residents Association is looking for new volunteer board members.  If you have a passion for the neighbourhood and wish to contribute to our community, we’d like to hear from you. 

Alternatively, please forward this to someone you think might be a good fit. Please contact us at info@cabbagetowner.com for more information. 

Yes folks, it’s that time of year again. The Holiday season has snuck up on us and it’s time for our FIFTH annual Cabbagetown Holiday Lights contest!
 
In what has become a popular Festive Season tradition, Cabbagetowners get to see our neighbourhood’s houses in all of their illuminated glory and vote on which one they think is best. We get hundreds of votes for this popular contest, and look forward to you joining in the fun!

You can enter your own home or nominate one of your neighbours. And it’s so easy to do, with three ways to enter:
 
– Post a photo to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #cabbagetownlights;
– Post a photo to our Facebook page timeline with the hashtag #cabbagetownlights;
– or email us your photo at info@cabbagetowner.com 
 
Please include the street name of the home in the photo so we can include the location on the voting website.

Your skillfully taken photos can be submitted anytime between now and and Friday, December 27. (Note: Photos will be identified on the voting site by the house’s street but no names or other personal identifying details will be published.)  
 
The voting website will go live on Friday, December 13 (So as to not give too much of an advantage to those who submit early!) However, don’t wait too long to enter! 

Here’s the all important link to the voting website.
 
The three photo submissions that have the most votes by the end of the day on December 27 will each win a trophy, a one-year membership to the Cabbagetown Residents Association (CRA), and, of course, fully justified bragging rights! The winners also get to display a lawn sign marking their achievement. 

For the purpose of determining winners, if the same house is photographed more than once, total votes will be counted. Only one vote will be allowed per IP address; however, you can switch your vote anytime up until the deadline.

As always, by submitting a photo, you consent to that photo being reproduced on our voting website that will contain all of the submissions. 

Check out our gallery of photos from  last year’s submissions.

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:

http://www.sprucecourt.coop

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:

http://www.torontohistory.org/Pages/Spruce_Court_Apartments.html

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

Sincerely,

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

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

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