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Cabbagetown Living [November 2017]

From a fresh coat of paint to being featured in a new book, Cabbagetown has a lot going on!  Read this edition of Cabbagetown Living to discover just some of the things going on in and around Cabbagetown. Be sure to share with your friends and family!


Cabbagetown’s very own Red Box Creative/Family of Things is working with Toronto based makers on an inspiring new book called Toronto Makes: The Book. Inside, the stories of 50 local makers will be featured alongside images of their locally crafted goods. Cabbagetown makers being featured are Keo of Cabbagetown’s famed Grinning Face Non Dairy Gelato and Mike and Oly of Cabbagetown’s line up worthy Tasso Baking.

You can support this initiative by visiting their kickstarter campaign ( which will help fund this artful coffee table book, brimming with gorgeous photography. Help share Keo, Mike, Oly and other Toronto based makers’ personal stories, unique entrepreneurial journeys, processes, and passions by becoming part of their kickstarter community today!


Premier Kathleen Wynne was recently in Cabbagetown and held a press conference at The Irv Gastro Pub, 195 Carlton Street. Before the press address, Premier Wynne sat down with Regan and Jackie of the Irv, as well as many of their employees to discuss the upcoming minimum wage increases. Regan and Jackie already pay their employees higher rates than minimum wage, which they believe are fair for their employees and help their business by attracting better staff and creating a more positive environment. You can see the address here:


At Yeti Law in Cabbagetown they were delighted to receive a dozen of these treats from a friend. Yum! Yetis love sugar. If your friends love sugar too, stop into any one of our local cafes or bakeries and pick up a treat for a friend today!


Local Immigration Lawyer Christine Roth was featured on Global News recently with her client Nathan Mills. Mills applied for permanent residency a year ago and was sent a rejection letter. While the letter had his name at the top, all other personal details, including age, sex, bank account and more were for a Brazilian woman. Clearly Roth and Mills were upset and are now trying to find answers to when and how this will be corrected. Mills is married to a Canadian, has two children and a job offer, but cannot work until he receives permanent residency. Watch and read the full story at:


Our friends at Home Hardware, 485 Parliament, recently brightened up the intersection with a coat of their new corporate red pantone on their facade. If you are looking to paint your home, inside or out, stop in and see them for some painting tips. If you like red…. they know a good option 😉


The Cabbagetown BIA has been encouraging members to take advantage of Digital Main Street and the many tools and help it can provide local businesses. One thing Digital Main Street can assist members with is offering a Google 360 virtual tour of their space. Our member friends at KENDALL & Co. did just this and now you can take a tour of their newly expanded Décor Resource Centre. The Google 360 virtual tour allows you to wander around with your cursor. Their award-winning local design shop is more than meets the eye so make sure to visit them in person too! In addition to gifts and home accessories, their décor associates are happy to assist you with furnishings, lighting, wallpaper, fabrics, drapery and window shades. Find the tour at and find the shop at 514 Parliament St open 10-6 weekdays & 11-5 Saturdays.

BIA members who wish to learn more about Digital Main Street and take advantage of 5 FREE hours of service before the end of 2017 should contact the BIA at


BIA members Laura from The Scullery, 200 Carlton and Keo of Grinning Face Non Dairy Gelato, 540 Parliament along with BIA Executive Director Stephen-Thomas completed an 8 week session on Oct 31st with Digital Main Street. The 8 week session was a once a week half day class for main street shops in Toronto’s BIAs with each week focusing on one aspect of using the digital world for your business. Everything from Google Analytics, to social media, websites, apps, email integration and much, much more was covered. In the last class each student began working on a grant application for $2,500 to be used to implement some of their learnings at their own business. In previous sessions Kendall & Co as well as Cabbagetown Pet Clinic took the classes and were awarded the grants. By year end, $12,500 in grant money will have been injected into these Cabbagetown businesses and the Cabbagetown BIA through this program. Members interested in learning more can contact the BIA at


The Winchester Park Residents Association will be held Monday Nov. 6th, 7pm at Hugh Garner Co-Op, 550 Ontario Street, 8th Floor Party Room. The event will include light refreshments and door prizes from Cabbagetown’s Kendall & Co., 514 Parliament.

In attendance will be Kelly Sather, Constituency Assistant for Ward 28 along with the newly appointed interim Councillor.


On Oct. 23, 20 residents joined four officers from Toronto Police 51 Division and a representative from the Ward 28 city office for a safety and security walk around Cabbagetown organized by the Cabbagetown Residents Association. The group travelled through the neighbourhood bounded by Parliament to the west, Gerrard to the south, the Don Valley to the east and St. James Cemetery to the west. Key takeaways:

Good lighting improves both safety and security. If you see a light out, contact Kelly Sather at the Ward 28 office,, and she’ll expedite the repair request with Toronto Hydro. (Note, vintage green pedestrian lights on Parliament, Carlton and Gerrard are maintained by the Cabbagetown BIA quarterly.)

It was noted the behind-school play area at Sprucecourt P.S. was unusually dark and remediation requests will be passed along to the Toronto District School Board.

Officers emphasized reporting any suspicious or potentially dangerous activities in the neighbourhood: if it is a crime in progress, or someone is a danger to themselves or others, call 9-1-1. If it’s to report a non-dangerous situation (e.g., someone sleeping in an alley), call Division 51’s non-emergency line, 416-808-2222. Without reports, even if the division cannot take immediate action, the police do not know the extent of disturbances or issues in the neighbourhood and cannot allocate proper resources to safety patrols and other interventions.


Street Youth from Jubilee Designs, YSM’s social enterprise initiative have been busy working on their crafty creations. This holiday season you can provide hope for street youth while crossing loved ones off of your Christmas list. Jubilee Designs, which employs street youth creates a familiar and safe work environment with a positive atmosphere where they can gain valuable work experience. Items range from scarves and totes, to accessories and party décor.
By shopping online at you are helping create sustainable change.

Read more about their story and visit their online store at


KENDALL & Co in Cabbagetown is not just a destination to design and decorate your home. It is also where you can find a new home for your feline friends. An adorable selection of cat beds just arrived for them to curl in and stay warm. Kitties are naturally attracted by wool’s lanolin and wool is also odour-resistant and washable. These adorable beds are fairtrade and handmade. For those who want to start Christmas shopping early, it is a puuurfect gift. KENDALL & Co. 514 Parliament St. 10-6 weekdays + 11-5 Saturdays.


The City of Toronto and Cabbagetown BIA recently collaborated on a cost share project resulting in two new parkettes in the Cabbagetown area. One is located on the north/east corner of Parliament and Spruce (south side of No Frills) and the other is at the south/east corner of Parliament and Amelia (beside the Esso station.)

The public was invited last month to participate in a survey is designed to help understand how Cabbagetowners, (residents and business alike), would like to see the parkettes finished (or left as is) and used by the public. The survey will remain open until November 17th, 2017. Everyone is invited to participate. Thank you to all who have so far! You can access the survey here:

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