November 11

This week’s image:  A crowd gathered at Carlton and Parliament to be a part of the Remembrance Day ceremony 





CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW 





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REMEMBRANCE DAY


Remembrance Day

The Remembrance Day ceremony was held on Thursday November 11 at Carlton and Parliament.  Silas Friesen played The Last Post, Reveille and O Canada.  Emma McInerney recited In Flanders Fields and Wing Lam Leung led the Commitment to Remember. . A two-minute silence was observed at 11 am.  Many thanks to Virginia Gallop at the Cabbagetown BIA for putting this memorial together - it’s been a long time since a Remembrance Day service was last held locally..


A Special Remembrance Day Historic Tidbit

By Sally Gibson.  “I was just as impatient to go overseas as any of the men,” declared Kay Christie who joined the forces as a nursing sister early in the Second World War with the rank of lieutenant. Initially she was assigned to Toronto hospitals, including a stint at Cabbagetown’s old Toronto General Hospital on Gerrard Street which was then being used as a military hospital. In mid-October 1941, she was offered a top-secret posting in a “semi-tropical climate.” A week later she was on a train to Vancouver, then on a ship across the Pacific to Hong Kong, after a brief stop at Pearl Harbour shortly before the Japanese surprise attack on December 7.  
Three weeks after arriving, the war came to Hong Kong. After a bloody 17-day battle, the British Crown Colony surrendered. Life changed dramatically. Kay and her colleagues were well aware of the atrocities committed by the Japanese at small auxiliary hospitals and wondered if they were next. As it turned out, they were spared the horrors of rape and murder but suffered serious hunger and dwindling medical supplies for those wounded during the defence of the Colony.  
After nearly two years as prisoners of war, they were exchanged for Japanese internees. They left Hong Kong on September 23, 1943 and arrived in New York exactly ten weeks later. Kay was pleased to note “that the armed guards, this time, were American.” The Canadians were whisked off to Montreal where they dispersed across Canada.
Lt. Kay Christie settled down in Riverdale, worked as a secretary-nurse for 30 years, and suffered ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). She died on February 7,1994  and is buried in the Necropolis.


LOCAL NEWS


Kids-on-kids crime

A local parent is concerned because her son and his friend were followed by two other teenagers and robbed while on their way home from school.  She wants to alert other parents but has also requested anonymity.  The crime happened at Wellesley and Laurier at 3:15 pm Friday November 5.  Police were called and immediately began looking for the suspects.  One young man was arrested and charged while he was robbing a third victim near Winchester Public School.  Apparently, it’s part of a wave of robberies by teens from a downtown high school.  They’re aiming for computers, phones, shoes and jackets.


Traffic near the daycare at Amelia and Sackville

Changes to the parking arrangements at the corner of Sackville and Amelia to accommodate the proposed daycare have been drafted by the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services.  They will be discussed and voted on by the Toronto East York Community Council on November 24.  It’s item #TE29.43.  Transportation’s experts recommend that space be created for drop-offs and pick-ups at that corner from 7:30 to 9:30 am and from 4 to 6 pm.  There will also be a ban on stopping on the east side of Sackville and the south side of Amelia. 


Cabbagetown Massage Therapy is moving

Christine Brown now operates the massage clinic that Claudia Salzmann ran for many years at Amelia and Sackville. She’s moving her practice to 252 Carlton (above Maya Bay) on December 1.  Her three colleagues are joining her at this new location.  You can contact her at (416) 571-3705 or by  email.


Judy Steed’s Mindfulness

Long-time Cabbagetown resident Judy Steed, a former feature writer at the Globe & Mail and Toronto Star,  discovered that Toronto is a neuroscience centre during her year-long research on aging for the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy.  She learned that mindfulness and meditation enable us to reduce stress and improve memory and cognition. She developed a mindfulness practice that incorporates scientific knowledge about the brain with Buddhist mind training practices. Zoom sessions, Mondays at 7 pm or Thursdays at 10:30 am. Spaces for a few more people. $5 per session via Interac. If you're interested, email her. 

Winter clothing drive

Winter is coming, and Linda Sims is gathering used winter clothing to provide to New Circles, a non-profit that helps clothe immigrants, refugees and Torontonians in need.  After being forced to close for long periods during the pandemic, New Circles is facing a huge backlog of demand this year. So Linda is reaching out to fellow Cabbagetowners for any winter clothing and gear they can donate - coats, hats, boots, sweaters and more.  Women’s, men’s and children’s items are all in demand.  Send her an email to arrange for a pickup. Last week, this story included an email address that didn’t work.  That’s been fixed. 


Sprucecourt clothing drive

The Sprucecourt School Council (70 Spruce) is collecting gently used warm winter coats, gloves, hats, mittens, boots and scarves on Tuesday November 16, Wednesday November 17 and Thursday November 18.  Drop-offs outside the school from 3:15 to 4 pm.  The clothing will be sorted and distributed on November 23, 24 and 25.  For more info and to volunteer, email the Council


Flu vaccines

A walk-in flu clinic will be open at the Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne) from 4 to 7:15 pm on Friday November 12 - please bring your OHIP card or ID if possible.  The flu vaccines are also available now in pharmacies across the neighbourhood.  


An oldie but goodie

Eric Morse unearthed this ironic photo from the 1970s.  


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Apartment needed

Fourth year Ryerson student, female, seeking accommodation - studio or one bedroom. Starting January 1 2022, 4 to 6 month lease or sublease. Respond by text to Paul at (587) 893-3986


IN THE MEDIA 


Vaccine success at Wellesley Central Place

The staff at the long-term care facility at Wellesley Central Place (Wellesley and Sherbourne) have all received their vaccine shots.  It’s a remarkable success story that resulted from efforts by its senior staff with help from hospital workers from St Michael’s.  Karen Howlett wrote in the Globe & Mail about the ways that they achieved this level of cooperation.  (Photo:  Fred Lum, Globe & Mail)


Annamie Paul leaves the Green Party

Annamie Paul’s long and painful exit from her leadership of the federal  Green Party has been announced this week.  Marie Woolf and Christopher Reynolds wrote about her departure in the Globe & Mail. (Photo: Tijana Martin/Canadian Press). 


Pot shops

Kristyn Wong-Tam along with Paula Fletcher will ask City Council to begin controlling the numbers of pot shops cropping up in our retail districts.  Cabbagetown has seen this trend and it’s evident everywhere else in Toronto.  Click here to read the story from CBC News. (Photo: CBC News). 


COMING EVENTS


Support peace in Nepal with Nagarik Aawaz

The annual online sale starts on Monday November 15 and continues to Friday November 26.  There’s an amazing selection of one-of-a-kind items, all fair trade and supporting small and marginalized entrepreneurs. Handmade paper, greeting cards, baskets, bags, kids’ toys, jewellery and scarves.  Curbside pickup in Cabbagetown on Sunday November 28 and Monday November 29.  Check out the selections on the website.


Enoch Turner’s Speakers Corner

The fourth discussion in this series deals with Climate Literacy.  Brian Stewart is the moderator.  Guests are Hilary Inwood, Ellen Field and Bilal Bartaai.  Wedneday November 17, 7 pm.  Online - register here. 


Rally for the Don

Don’t Mess with the Don is sponsoring a rally in Riverdale Park East at 1 pm on Sunday November 21.  It’s a protest against Metrolinx plans to build a service yard in the Don Valley at the Bloor Aqueduct.  For years, this area has been slowly rescued and now it’ll be turned into a garage for diesel engines.  


What’s next on the waterfront

David Stonehouse, Director of the Waterfront Secretariat at the City of Toronto and George Zegarac, CEO of Waterfront Toronto will be featured on the next Waterfront For All speakers’ series.  7 to 9 pm on Tuesday November 23.  It’s online - RSVP here.


LIVE THEATRE & DANCE


Impulse 2021

This year’s showcase from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre includes a special dinner and show fundraiser. A three-course dinner from Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) will be delivered to your home on Thursday December 2 and you’ll get a link to a live online preview of this year’s performance.  Included in your gift will be tickets to any live in-person performance on December 3, 4, 10 or 11.  $130.  For more info about the performance, the menu and ordering details, go to the Eventrite site.


Citadel

The first in-person live performance is now happening. A Perfect Day is a solo evening of dance created and performed by Laurence Lemieux. 8 pm, November 11 to 13 at the Citadel (304 Parliament). $26.74. For tickets and more info - click here.


Alumnae Theatre

Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times, 7 pm, November 11 to 13 and 18 to 20.  It’s a live digital performance.  Four actors will be broadcast from their homes onto the stage and two more will be live and in person.  Tickets $15 each and $25 for groups of three or more. 70 Berkeley.  


Native Earth

Weesageechak Begins To Dance 34 - the annual development festival of new Indigenous works in theatre, dance and multidisciplinary creations.  November 16 to 27, Aki Studio (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E).  


Soulpepper

Soulpepper is performing the Canadian premiere of Draw Me Close - November 2 to December 12.  This is an individual interactive performance and admission is timed.  Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery).  Sold out to Sunday December 12.  


BUSINESS NEWS     


Get your ornaments now

Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has an amazing selection of Christmas ornaments.  Check out their huge selection on Facebook.


Distillery Winter Village

On November 18, come for the festive tree lighting to start off the annual Winter Village.  The annual Distillery Winter Village is back - Friday November 18 to Friday December 31.  Shopping with 8 new curated vendors, 12 fine food and snacks cabins. strolling buskers and carollers and visits with Santa.  Tickets required on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 10 pm and on Sundays from 4 to 9 pm,  $8.


RESTAURANT NEWS


Haldi’s delicious special meals

Haldi’s (568 Parliament) Diwali dinner was a smash hit.  Delicious food - and plenty of it.  Chicken tikka for starters, chicken lababdor and chana masala for the mains.  Dessert was jalebi with rabdi. Highly recommended.


Holiday parties at F’Amelia

Party with F’Amelia (12 Amelia).  In the bar, 22 partygoers.  In the atrium, 30 revellers.  In the wine cellar, 16 players.  Heated, covered and screened patio, 27 merrymakers.  Book the whole restaurant and feel the vibe, 90 fun lovers.  Go online to Open Table or call (416) 323-0666.  


Fattoush

Get down to Fattoush (253 Gerrard E) ASAP - and try the makali.  It’s a delicious wrap that’s full of tomato confit, cauliflower, radish, potato and other veggies and plenty of Mediterranean spices.  


Cyril’s soup

This week’s soup is a simple blended mix of butternut squash, pears, ginger and onions with some vegetable stock, seasonings and a hint of rosemary. The juice has pear, melon and ginger with a hint of lemon.  Soup - one to 9 cups at $3/cup, 10 or more cups at $2.50/cup.  Juice - 2 cups for $9. Email him to place your order.


EVENTS, CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS


THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11 TO SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21

If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, the prices are listed.


THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11


A Perfect Day - a solo dance performance with Laurence Lemieux

8 pm, Citadel Dance Theatre (304 Parliament) $26.74

Draw Me Close - individual interactive performance, admission is timed.  Tickets are sold out to Sunday December 12.  Soulpepper Theatre, Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane).

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 12


A Perfect Day - a solo dance performance with Laurence Lemieux

8 pm, Citadel Dance Theatre (304 Parliament) $26.74 

Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times - a live digital performance

7 pm, Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley), $15 and $25 for groups of three or more.


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 13


Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times - a live digital performance

7 pm, Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley), $15 and $25 for groups of three or more.

A Perfect Day - a solo dance performance with Laurence Lemieux

8 pm, Citadel Dance Theatre (304 Parliament) $26.74


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14


Yoga Flow with Alex - indoors

10:30 am.  Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament).  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15.

Yoga in the Park

2 pm, Saint Luke’s United Church, Allan Gardens (Sherbourne and Jarvis), free


MONDAY NOVEMBER 15


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia, hosted by Josh Fishbane. (221 Carlton)


TUESDAY NOVEMBER 16


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia, hosted by Josh Fishbane.  (221 Carlton)


WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 17


Learn to Run classes with Manissa

7 am.  Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach). Offered by Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome for 8-week package at $50.

Weesageechak Begins To Dance 34, Native Earth

Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas E)


THURSDAY NOVEMBER 18


Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times - a live digital performance

7 pm, Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley), $15 and $25 for groups of three or more.

Weesageechak Begins To Dance 34, Native Earth

Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas E)


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19

Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times - a live digital performance

7 pm, Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley), $15 and $25 for groups of three or more.

Weesageechak Begins To Dance 34, Native Earth

Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas E)


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20


Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times - a live digital performance

7 pm, Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley), $15 and $25 for groups of three or more.

Weesageechak Begins To Dance 34, Native Earth

Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas E)


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21


Yoga Flow with Alex - indoors

10:30 am.  Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament).  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15.

Yoga in the Park

2 pm, Saint Luke’s United Church, Allan Gardens (Sherbourne and Jarvis), free

Rally - Don’t Mess with the Don - protest against the Metrolinx service yeard

1 pm, Riverdale Park East


CONTACT INFO 


Food services 

A comprehensive listing of our local food services is now available in our new Cabbagetown Directory. The list includes bakeries, coffee shops, delis, restaurants and pubs. Each entry gives the name, address, phone number and a link to a Facebook page or website. Click here to find your favourite.