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ON OUR COVER (MARCH 2017): A supportive vigil

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

PHOTO BY MICHAEL CHACHURA/GLEANER NEWS: Fifty people gathered at the Centre for Social Innovation on Feb. 20 for a vigil in the wake of a shooting at a Quebec City mosque. Organized by Uniting Muslims and Allies for Humanity, the evening featured speakers, prayers for peace, and a message board on which participants left words of welcome and support (above). Arif Vriani (MP, Parkdale-High Park) was among the attendees. He spoke about Motion 103, which asks Parliament to denounce Islamophobia, and all other forms of religious discrimination.

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NEWS (MARCH 2017): Preserving culture and history

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Process to designate Kensington Market underway

By Geremy Bordonaro

After a year of study and consultation, the city is going ahead with the process to designate Kensington Market a Heritage Conservation District (HCD). The decision was announced at a community consultation meeting last month.

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NEWS (MARCH 2017): City proposes steep patio fee hike

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Business owners decry lack of consultation

PHOTO BY MATT JAMES/GLEANER NEWS FILE PHOTO: Business owners said they weren’t consulted on the City of Toronto’s proposal to hike to patio fees. Many businesses on Bloor Street West — such as Future Bakery (above) — open a patio in the warmer months, but they are already expensive to operate and maintain.

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CHATTER (MARCH 2017): Preliminary data on Bloor Street pilot bike lane released

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

PHOTO BY BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

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CHATTER (MARCH 2017): Kensington Market workshop teaches how to respond to drug overdoses

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Nearly one hundred bar and restaurant staff from Kensington Market participated in a free workshop on how to deal with drug overdoses on Feb. 27. Organized by the Kensington Market BIA and Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina), the workshop taught participants how to recognize and respond to an overdose. Queen West Central Toronto Community Health Centre led the technical aspects of the training and explained how Naloxone counter-acts the effects of opioids. Bar and restaurant owners also received overdose response kits.

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CHATTER (MARCH 2017): Decade rooms, formal gala, and talent shows to mark Harbord Collegiate’s 125th anniversary

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Harbord Collegiate Institute is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a weekend of events for neighbours, students, and alumni April 28 to 30. On April 28, the school will host an open house featuring a museum and decade rooms. The creative-arts team will stage a variety of music and talent shows, while the Athletic Association will run a few games. The formal reunion gala will be held at the Parkview Manor on April 29, while individual class reunions will run on April 30. For further information, please visit www.harbordclub.com.

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CHATTER (MARCH 2017): Nominate a community builder

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

The Annex Residents’ Association is launching a new award to recognize the efforts of a resident who contributed to making the community a better place. The Community Builder of the Year award will be given to a person living in the Annex who has made a significant contribution in improving heritage, education, development, or social justice in the area. Nominations are being accepted up until April 23. The prize recipient, along with all of the nominees, will be announced on April 27 during the association’s annual general meeting at Friends’ House. Nominate a candidate by emailing secretary@theara.org with the name and address of the person you are nominating, and your reason for nominating them. Please also include your own name and address.

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NEWS (MARCH 2017): Westbank presents latest proposal

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Community, city closer to approving Mirvish Village development

PHOTO COURTESY WESTBANK PROJECTS CORP.

By Geremy Bordonaro

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EDITORIAL (MARCH 2017): Foreign buyers tax a necessary cliff jump

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Pursued to the edge of a cliff by relentless law enforcement, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were faced with an unenviable choice: jump, be captured, or — the most likely alternative — be killed while being captured. As they contemplate their fate, Butch and Sundance begin to argue over who should jump first, with Sundance finally admitting that he can’t swim.

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FORUM (MARCH 2017): Build a neighbourhood

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Not just buildings

By Joe Cressy

If you’ve ever made your way to a development meeting in Ward 20, you’ve heard me talk about the need to build community as we grow and change. With almost one quarter of all proposed development in the entire city occurring in our ward, we’d be leading ourselves astray without this focus. This has been my primary focus in the review of the Mirvish Village redevelopment proposal, which continues to evolve after three iterations.

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