July 11

This week’s image: a coalition of anti-poverty activists has asked the City of Toronto to expropriate this property and build affordable housing units here.


214-230 Sherbourne
Photo:  Turgut Yeter/CBC
This property contains an empty lot and a large Victorian house.  A group that includes the Ontario Coalition against Poverty and the Open Architecture Collaborative is calling for the City of Toronto to expropriate it and to build 260 rent-geared-to-income units.  Last year, it was briefly on the market and then withdrawn.  The Mayor has been non-committal about City actions here.  The Toronto Star’s Rosie DiManno wrote a column about this project.  


Community meeting about Sherbourne and Dundas
A meeting was held on Monday July 8 at 51 Division to talk about the community issues facing residents near Dundas and Sherbourne.  It included representatives from the police, Bill Morneau’s office, Kristyn Wong-Tam’s office and 40 local residents.  
People asked Morneau’s staff why the federal government granted Street Health’s licence to operate a safe injection site without also ensuring that it had taken effective steps to protect the surrounding neighbours.  Police claim that they are underfunded and unable to bolster their presence.  The drop-in centre at Margaret’s has admitted that it may return to a 5 pm closure and thereby ease the current night-time gatherings of addicts and drug dealers outside its doors.  Residents argue that Street Health is too small and badly located to provide safe, proper services.  
A summary about the meeting by Jordan Lloyd Norman Allison is available on Facebook.  Click here to read it.   

Dundas and Sherbourne
Here is one neighbour’s experience on Sunday July 7
“I had to call 911 a fourth time in 4 days last night… there was a person outside our gate keeping guard and looking very suspicious and a female with long black hair with a large white streak on the roof of my next door neighbour’s garage. When we told her to get down, she started verbal harassment and then, like a cat, was on the ground confronting us. It was quite terrifying! The police came quickly but she ran into Dan Harrison through the open door onto Oskenonton. The good news is that the police came quickly. The bad news is that we realized that she or someone else could easily get into our yard and my mom, now being blind, could not defend herself. I only pray the dogs would sense fear and react. 
Oh - and as we drove in on Oskenonton, there was a female wearing only beige thong underwear and a next to nothing bra ...on an ample girl! Shocking sight after a delightful afternoon birthday party in Mississauga. 
I want to know what I could have done to have to live with this level of depravity?” 

More trouble at 650 Parliament
Photo:  the 2018 fire at 650 Parliament
Another fire broke out at 650 Parliament early in the morning, Wednesday July 10.  It was limited to one unit on the 15th floor.  Reports are that it was a very intense blaze, burning the apartment door and creating a lot of smoke.  Fire fighters had it extinguished in twenty minutes.  
Fortunately, the fire fighters were able to use the elevators to go up to two floors beneath the fire.  Last year, when the smoke spread through the whole building, they climbed 25 floors in full equipment in the August heat.  
The cause of this fire is not known now.  
Last August’s fire displaced the building’s 1500 residents.  They had been told to expect a return to their apartments in the Fall.  Reports will come soon about its impact on the relocation schedule for the building’s residents.

Dogs in the wading pools
Riverdale Park West and Winchester Park have wading pools.  Dog owners are reminded that the City of Toronto has a firm rule that dogs are not allowed into them.  If a dog does wade on in, staff must empty and then refill the water - to everyone’s inconvenience.  Apparently, some dog owners take offence with this rule and create a hassle when asked to keep their dogs away.  Please remember that it’s not an anti-dog attitude, it’s a health concern.

School crossing guards
Two weeks ago, we reported that Elena, the crossing guard at Wellesley and Parliament, was worried that a new employer would be hiring her for next year.  
In September, our crossing guards will be hired and supervised by a private company, Carraway Inc.  Toronto Police Service will finish its supervision at the end of August.  Existing crossing guards will be given the first opportunity to return and will be assigned to their current locations.  Carraway is currently contacting them.  Interested parties can call (416) 723-0451 or go to Carraway’s website.  

It sometimes seems to take forever …
For several years, Aberdeen residents have asked for a one-way traffic sign for the entrance to the Green P lot.  Cars coming out of the lot regularly make illegal right turns to gain a short cut to Parliament Street.  There’s been at least one very serious accident between a cyclist and a car going the wrong way.
The late Councillor Pam McConnell followed by former Councillor Lucy Troisi each worked on the project.  Expert advice was drawn from the City’s bureaucracy.  It seemed that no stone was left unturned.
Then, quietly, as part of the upgrades to the Green P parking lot, the sign appeared.  Congrats to Victoria and the residents on Aberdeen for your persistence. 

Pinball visits the CYC
Photo:  Lucy Troisi, CYC
Pinball Clemons came to the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster) on Friday June 28 to deliver a motivational message to one hundred young people training to be summer camp counsellors.  He plans to return to see the camps in action.

Cabbagetown Short Film Festival
Gina Dineen has organized the Festival’s ticket sales through universe.com.  It’s a good idea to buy yours early.  She often sells out.  There’ll be a few held back for last-minute sales at the door but even these go quickly.  $15.
Program details will be available in August at the Festival’s website 
She’s using the Winchester Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) again this year.  Friday September 4, 8 pm.  Save the date for a fun evening.

More Festival updates
The two big events - Cabbagetown Art & Crafts in Riverdale Park and the street Festival on Parliament - each have their 2019 websites online.  Some of the info is still tentative, of course.
Save the dates - Friday September 6, Saturday September 7 and Sunday September 8.

Congrats Winchester Park
The Winchester Park Residents Association held its annual Canada Day strawberry social last weekend.  As usual, the food was good and there were plenty of people to share our gossip. Over $200 was received in donations and given to St Michael’s House.  Thanks to everyone who worked on the event and made it happen so succesfully.

Riverdale Park West
Last week’s report on improvements to Riverdale Park West left out one important contributor.  For eight years, people have donated almost $30,000 by buying commemorative bricks for the sidewalks.  211 bricks have been placed around the entrance to the Farm and at the east end of Carlton Street.  Cabbagetown Art & Crafts, the annual Festival art show, gave $5,000.  The project was initiated by Friends of Riverdale Park West and the funds were handled by Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation.  
This project injected a vision and resources into the park at a time when its structures were frayed and its programs were under attack at City Hall.

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Image:  Front Page Celebration, August 1912 Globe
On August 20, 1912, Cabbagetown and the City fathers celebrated the opening of a new playground in the heart of the crowded inner city neighbourhood. The Globe even included a front page photograph of the event, showing a little girl whisking down the slide toward a straw-boatered City official. Alderman John O’Neill, a true son of Cabbagetown who had
been born on Regent Street and still lived on Wilton (now Dundas), donated $2500 worth of playground equipment, rode herd on City Hall to create more playgrounds, and was warmly cheered by kids and adults eager to enjoy their new “breathing place” at the corner of St. David and Regent Streets.


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Image:  Waterfront Toronto 
Waterfront Toronto has received the detailed proposal from Sidewalk Labs for the development of the Quayside project.  The first of two rounds of public consultations will start in mid-July.  The Sidewalk Labs’ proposal is online at Waterfront Toronto’s website.  

Four public consultations
These meetings include a main presentation and multiple breakout sessions. The meetings will be held at the North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge St) on Monday July 15 at 6 pm, the Radisson Admiral Hotel (249 Queen’s Quay W) on Wednesday July 17 at 6 pm, George Brown College (51 Dockside Dr) on Saturday July 20 at 9 am and Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre (89 Chestnut St) on Tuesday July 23 at 6 pm.  

Information sessions 
Staff from Waterfront Toronto will discuss the proposal, answer questions, and listen to your feedback. Three of the seven sessions are nearby - Queen/Saulter Library (765 Queen E) on Thursday July 11 at 6:30 pm, St Lawrence Branch (171 Front St E) on Thursday July 18 at 6:30 pm and the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St) on Thursday July 25 at 6:30 pm.

Note To Readers  
Waterfront Toronto has also issued a Note To Reader that offers explanations about the Quayside proposal and a summary of various points that affect the final approval decisions.  Click here to see it.  

Listed by starting dates 

Cool off with public skating
Moss Park Arena (140 Sherbourne) will be open for public skating on Saturday July 13 and Saturday July 20 from 2 to 3 pm.  You must bring your own helmet and skates. Free.

Cabbagetown Walks
Walk through the Toronto Necropolis (200 Winchester east of Sumach).  It’s one of Toronto’s oldest cemeteries. The tour will focus on people whose stories are seldom told - former American slaves and their children, women and immigrants. Known as the resting place for prominent Torontonians and giants of Canadian history, this cemetery was established to be non-denominational and inclusive.
Sunday July 14, 10:30 am, meeting place at the cemetery gates of the Necropolis (Winchester east of Sumach), free. 

Still happening in the Distillery
Every weekend, the Distillery offers outdoor entertainment on the Trinity Stage from 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday, a 90-minute family yoga class at 11 am on Sunday and a craft market on Sunday afternoon.  Check below in the Clubs & Pubs lists to see who's on stage each weekend.

Corktown Common - outdoor movies
Every Thursday evening.  Food trucks at 7 pm, movies at sundown,  in Corktown Common (100 Bayview Ave at the foot of River Street).  Free - suggested donation $10.
July 11 - Hunt for the Wilderpeople with the short film The Guest
July 18 - Paper Moon with the short film Waiting for Lou.
July 25 - Some Like It Hot with the short film Switch.

Under the Stars - outdoor movies
Wednesday evenings in July and August in the Big Park (Dundas E at Sackville). Community market and kitchen by Taste of Regent Park along with family entertainment happen before each movie.
July 17 - Meditation Park.  Tonight’s entertainment provided by Snooky Tynes 
July 24 - Our People Will Be Healed.  The entertainment before the movie is Samba Squad
July 31 - Life of Pi
Aug 7 -   Your Name
Aug 10 - Black Panther

The BIA’s outdoor movie
The Cabbagetown BIA has announced its summer movie night in Riverdale Park West (Winchester and Sumach).  This year’s picture is Space Jam.  Wednesday July 24 - rain date Wednesday July 31.  Live band at 7 pm,  Free popcorn, free admission.  Movie at 9 pm.

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market 
Last Tuesday, dinner at our house came directly from the Farmer’s Market - sausages with truffles, fresh picked peas, baby carrots, young cabbage and strawberries.  All of it was perked up by homegrown dill, mint and parsley.  Fresh veggies and fruit are now arriving.  Every Tuesday in Riverdale Park West (Winchester and Sumach) from 3 to 7 pm, organized by the Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group.  Profits go to the Farm’s capital projects and its food education programs.

The Underpass Park Farmers’ Market 
In Corktown - Thursdays from 3 to 7 pm in Underpass Park (29 Lower River Street).  Activities and face painting for kids, a free yoga class with the Yoga Sanctuary from 5:30 pm and live music. Great produce and baked goods.
Stay around for the outdoor movies in Corktown Common - every Thursday in July.


Canadian furniture made your way

For over 20 years, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has been delivering quality Canadian-made upholstered furniture.  You’ll find their latest designs with custom details on two floors in their Cabbagetown shop.  In addition, their extensive collection of fabrics and trims along with stain guarding options mean that you never compromise on style.  Reupholstery is also available to make your old furniture look new again. Store hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm, Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm. https://www.instagram.com/kendallandco


New apartment standards
Photo:  repair work at 650 Parliament
Following the flood at 260 Wellesley and the fire at 650 Parliament, the City’s Municipal Planning and Housing Committee has recommended important new regulations aimed at the owners of apartment buildings.  It requires a “vital services disruption response plan” and new minimum standards to be included in that plan.  The CBC reported on the decision in early July.  

Sidewalk Labs
Photo:  Waterfront Toronto
The big Sidewalk Labs project on the waterfront continues to draw lots of opinions.  This week, Shawn Micallef wrote a supportive piece in the Toronto Star - along with a list of his concerns.  
A group of thirty civic leaders published an open letter in support of the project.  Cabbagetown’s Barbara Hall is one of the signators. The Star reported on it and on the reactions to the letter.  


Pre-concert Buffet tailgating party
The Toronto Maple Reefers are holding a pre-concert tailgating party on Saturday July 13 from 1:30 to 5 pm.  The Keating Channel Pub & Grill (2 Villers).  Music by Don Middlebrook.  Samples from Landshark Lager.  

Bastille Brunch and bubbles
Celebrate the 230th anniversary of Bastille Day at Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie (35 Tank House Lane, Distillery).  Enjoy a three-course brunch, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, fresh pastries and live music.  Take home a collection of petit fours.  Two sittings -  10:30 am and 2 pm, Sunday July 14. $88.50 plus tax.  
Click here for tickets and menu info.  

Community Night Market
Mill Street Beer Hall (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery) is hosting its second Community Night Market.  There’ll be beer samples, live music and local artisanal vendors.  July 19, 7 pm.  

Toronto's big summer food festival is happening in almost 200 restaurants until Friday July 21.  Reservations are now open. Meals are available in various price levels - $23, $28 or $33 for lunch and $33, $43 and $53 for dinner.   
Five participating restaurants are in our neighbourhood - 
F'Amelia (12 Amelia) Italian, $43 dinner.  
Archeo (31 Trinity, Distillery), Italian, $23 lunch and $33 dinner.  
Boku (42 Gristmill, Distillery), Japanese, $23 lunch and $33 dinner
Cluny (35 Tank House Lane, Distillery),  French, $28 lunch and $43 dinner.
Pure Spirits (17 Tank House Lane, Distillery), seafood, $28 lunch and $43 dinner.
For a full listing of all restaurants and for contact info, go to the official Summerlicious website.  

Cyril’s soups
For Saturday July 13, his soup is a classic Italian minestrone, $9.  On Tuesday July 16, he’s making a tomato-watermelon gazpacho, $11.  
Cyril makes two soups every week, on Tuesday and Saturday and informs interested people about his menus in advance by email. He usually prepares a regular version and vegan one. His order deadline is 2 pm on the day before delivery.  He delivers to his Cabbagetown-area customers. He accepts payments by e-transfers and cash. Email him at abeautifulbowl@gmail.com

Listed by starting dates.

The Promised Land:  Steinbeck through Song
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Friday July 12 to Saturday July 27
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Fool for Love
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Saturday July 13 to Sunday August 11
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Friday August 9 to Sunday September 1
Website and tickets hre.  (416) 866-8666



For contact info about these clubs and restaurants, see the list at the bottom of this page.  
If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, the prices are listed.


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Comedy night with Dave Burke and Danish Anwar
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
10 pm, Comedy night with Ethan O’Reilly


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 


Noon to 5 pm, Summer Music Series with Allegra Jordyn, Jake & Victoria, Brian and Tanner & Evan - Trinity Square stage
8:30 pm, Havelin
Mill St Brew Pub
10 am - Bollywood, Brunch & Beers


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
1 to 6 pm, Summer Music Series with Hobo Soles, Courtney Bowles, Neena Rose and Sarah Jordan & Matt Von - Trinity Square stage


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
8 pm, open mic with Robert LaBell


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Mill St Beer Hall
7 pm, Community Night Market with live music, beer sampling and local artisans.
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Distillery - Noon to 5 pm, Summer Music Series with Tanner & Evan, Claire Coupland, Neena Rose and Rose Brokenshire - Trinity Square stage  
8 pm, Charlie the Kid.
Mill St Brew Pub
10 am - Bollywood, Brunch & Beers
6 pm, Unheardof:wavemusic,  $5 to $15


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke 
11 am, Psychic brunch, $45
1 to 6 pm, Summer Music Series with Giordana/Bella Magic, Brian and Kevin Foster - Trinity Square stage


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, 
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330, 
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, 
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, 
394 King E
454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074, 
573 King St E, (416) 306-1986, 
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, 
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
See below - The Tilted Dog
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, 
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, 
413 Parliament Street
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
480 Parliament, (416) 922-0769
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127, 
574&1/2 Parliament
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
(Formerly The Local GEST)
424 Parliament. (416) 961-9425