Friday, 24 February 2012

Recycle your computers
Everyone wonders what to do with old computers, printers, monitors, phones and other electronic stuff. We vaguely know that they’ve still got life in them and we don’t want to waste the equipment. The Ontario Electronic Stewardship is an industry-funded, non-profit group who have developed a system for recycling electronics. On behalf of OES, Sean Magee spoke to almost fifty people at a BIA luncheon on Thursday, outlining their ideas. You can learn more about them at
In the near future, we’ll be hosting a collection event in Cabbagetown and we also hope to set up a permanent depot for future drop-offs.
Thanks also to Erin at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) for helping us organize a very lively event and a great lunch. Thanks to Fraser Douglas at SNAP for the fine photo.

Vintage chairs at Eclectisaurus
Leslie at Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard) has a handsome set of six Mid-Century Modern bent plywood chairs, Scandinavian in origin. The wood is finished in a dark espresso that reveals the grain of the wood. The legs are chromed metal and they are quite comfortable. The chairs are 32" high x 17 3/4" wide x 18" deep, and are in very good pre-owned condition. They’re available as a set of 2, 4 or 6 only - $125 each. Click here to see more pictures:

More about the Jarvis Collegiate pool
A few weeks ago, we told you about the programs at the Jarvis Collegiate swimming pool. They’re organized by Community Matters, a community group active in St James Town. Justin Skinner has written an extensive story about their work in Inside Toronto. Click here to read it:

A reminder about online catalogues
Every week, we list three local businesses who maintain online catalogues: Cosimo’s No Frills (449 Parliament), Royal Home Hardware (485 Parliament) and Shopper’s Drug Mart (467 Parliament). Many people enjoy looking at them before they go shopping. They like to see what’s on special or what’s being promoted.
Now we’re adding a fourth catalogue from Pet Valu (240 Carlton) .
Just click on the pictures in the right-hand column.

Sara Graham restaurant choices

Inside Toronto did a quick story about food-writer Sara Graham’s favourite Toronto restaurants. Three of ours made the list: F’Amelia (12 Amelia), Omi (241 Carlton) and Young Thailand (446 Parliament). Congratulations everyone.

Four at the Winch Quebec
Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) presents the world premiere of works by Montreal-based choreographers Estelle Clareton, Lina Cruz, Deborah Dunn and Jean-S├ębastien Lourdais. February 23-25 & 29 and March 1-3 at 8pm and February 26 at 2 pm. Special $20 tickets for Cabbagetown residents! (Quote the "Cabbagetown Rate" when you book tickets.) Click here to see videos and for more information: 416-967-1365 or in person at the box office.

Lush & Plush
The Garden of Eden is blooming at Kendall & Co (541 Parliament, Unit C). This handmade Roxborough rug is inspired by nature's lush and exotic. Like a Creemore rug, this Roxborough is a stunning work of art for your floor and your wall. Just one of the gorgeous new patterns that Kendall now has available. Plush New Zealand wool. Click here for more information -

Mini Mart has moved
Congratulations to Cabbagetown Mini Mart. They’ve just opened the doors to their new store location at 450 Parliament. It’s a bright clean spot just south of the House on Parliament. They’re continuing with their successful fresh flower sales and they’ve added a line of quick sandwiches and snacks. Drop by and check it out.

Report on Riverdale Farm
Justin Skinner at Inside Toronto has written regularly about our local efforts to keep the Riverdale Farm alive. This week’s editions of The Mirror and Inside Toronto offer his report about the group’s mid-February community meeting at

Open House at Sprucecourt School
The Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association is co-hosting an open house at Sprucecourt Public School (70 Spruce St) for parents of children born 2008 or after. There will be a speaker from the Toronto District School Board talking about full day Kindergarten. Parents will have a chance to tour the classrooms and meet the Principal. Thursday March 1, 3:15 to 4 pm. For more information, email Lindsay at

Displays for sale
Andrea at Fair Trade Jewellery Company (523 Parliament) has listed several display items for sale on Kijiji. There’s a silver tea light holder, a marble plate set and a wooden pedestal listed now with more items to come. Click on to see them in detail.

Our Tees are still getting around
Last year, we watched Ken fulfill a lifelong dream to cycle his way around the outer circumference of France. It was a 3500 km epic bike ride and he wore his Cabbagetown Tee all the way. This year, he’s in India and his Tee shirt is there again, proudly, with him.