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ON THE COVER: The Birds of Bloor have landed (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

According to Briar De Lange, Executive Director of the Bloor Yorkville BIA, the BIA commissioned this installation as it “wanted to deliver a whimsical, fresh, spring-like display for its sidewalk planting beds.” LISA LOMAX/GLEANER NEWS

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NEWS: New highrise planned for Bloor and Spadina (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

Residential development will displace businesses

PROPOSED: Developer’s rendering of the tower. COURTESY BDP QUADRANGLE

By Fox Oliver

A proposed 37-storey highrise in the heart of the Annex could drastically alter the Bloor and Spadina intersection. On November 8, 2021, developer First Capital proposed the construction of a building at 320, 328, and 332 Bloor St. W. 

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NEWS: PCs pick venture capitalist for University-Rosedale (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

Carl Qiu seeks to attract youth vote 

In 2018, Qiu was elected president of Ontario PC youth, a position he held until 2019. COURTESY CARL QIU

By Carly Penrose

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CHATTER: Annex Residents’ Association AGM covers pressing issues (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

The ecological restoriation of Paul Martel Park (formerly Ecology Park) was one of the agenda items at the ARA’s AGM. The park is now home to a Bloor Annex BIA-sponsored mural created by First Nations artists led by local artist Joseph Sagaj. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

The Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) held their annual general meeting on April 21 via Zoom. Those in attendance included members of the ARA, residents and representatives from development teams, city council and Toronto Police Service. The most notable discussions were about improving safety on Avenue Road, the West Annex Heritage Project, vandalism at St. Alban’s Square and the restoration of Paul Martel Park. 

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

Updated Tory Campaign Slogans

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EDITORIAL: Ford’s climate fiction (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

We are just weeks away from the provincial election and voters are being besieged with election advertising. Every party is making bold claims of course, but the ruling Progressive Conservatives under Doug Ford are touting their environmental credentials, and that is nothing but offensive and absurd.

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FORUM: A budget for a booming economy (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

Inflation, housing and a green transition are all key elements

By Chrystia Freeland

On that Thursday in March, just over two years ago—when our travel plans were hastily cancelled, when our children came home from school, and when we rushed to the grocery store to buy toilet paper and hand sanitizer—we knew then that this virus would disrupt our lives.

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FORUM: Build it and they will come (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

Shaw Street, Toronto’s first street with more bikes than cars 

By Mike Layton

When we think of ways to improve Toronto’s cycling network, grand projects such as the bike lanes across the city’s core on Bloor Street or Danforth Avenue, typically come to mind. 

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FOCUS: Construction begins on Estonian Centre (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

Ceremony launches ambitious building schedule

Not at all dissuaded by the rain, approximately 100 gathered for the groundbreaking. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

By Joshua Snow

KESKUS International Estonian Centre, located at 9 and 11 Madison Ave., held their official construction launch on April 8. The expected opening date is October 2023. 

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FOCUS: Annex Food Hall pivots to Asian night market (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

“Rising tides raise all boats”

Superfresh is named after the 24-hour Korean-owned grocery store that operated out of this location for many years.

By Danielle Popov

The Annex Food Hall closed during the pandemic, but it will soon be reborn as an all Asian-owned 4,000 sq. foot night market called Superfresh. 

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ARTS: A corridor of possibilities (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

Photography festival explores the shocking and the everyday

Vista, 2021, by Alison Galley from the Lifescapes: Through the Lens exhibit at the Dignam Gallery is part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. COURTESY ALISON GALLEY/THE DIGNAM GALLERY

By Meribeth Deen

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ON THE COVER: Bird Seeded (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Bird Seeded (Spring 2022)

Coming up April 20 to 30 at the Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC) is the Barbara Feith Memorial Exhibition. Feith, who passed away on Feb. 11, 2021 was an inaugural member of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a long-time member of WAAC. In recognition of a very generous bequeath, WAAC has designated her former studio as the Barbara Feith studio for their artist-in-residence program. COURTESY WOMEN’S ART ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

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NEWS: City green-lights garden suites (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on NEWS: City green-lights garden suites (Spring 2022)

Amendments to bylaw increase density in established neighbourhoods

New bylaw allows backyard buildings to be residences. FOX OLIVER/GLEANER NEWS

By Joshua Snow

The City of Toronto has been talking about garden suites for years, and on Feb. 2, council agreed to a policy that allows homeowners to build a detached suite in their backyards. 

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