By Kathy Rowe

You might not have to throw out that broken item sitting in your basement. The Port Union Community Centre hosted the first of ongoing free “Repair Cafes” on Saturday, November 5th. There is no charge for the repair.

Due to community interest, the Repair Café has decided to do repairs every sixth Saturday at the Port Union C.C., the next one on Saturday, January 21st. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fixers will help visitors to learn the repair process on items brought in.

At this point the Repair Café is not taking reservations. If you can carry it, bring it in! The motto is repair items and keep things out of the landfill. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, an email for this program has been set up at

Items to bring in for repair can include computers, small appliances, furniture, clothing, jewellery, books, bicycles and more. All items must be clean and free of food particles.

Repair Café is a non-profit volunteer group that organizes community fix-it activities at various locations around Toronto. Repair Café is always looking for new fixers. If you are handy or like to share your skills and knowledge regarding fixing things – why not join the team? go to: