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Aroma Cafe (500 Bloor St. W.) has hired Toronto-based graffiti artist Erica Balon to create a mural on its facade that features her signature cartoon-style characters. Balon’s works have appeared in events such as LuminaTO and Manifesto, and were featured in Canada’s first national exhibition of street art at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Many of her murals cover tags and gang-related symbols. Justine Ricketts/Gleaner News

Aroma Cafe (500 Bloor St. W.) has hired Toronto-based graffiti artist Erica Balon to create a mural on its facade that features her signature cartoon-style characters. Balon’s works have appeared in events such as LuminaTO and Manifesto, and were featured in Canada’s first national exhibition of street art at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Many of her murals cover tags and gang-related symbols.
Justine Ricketts/Gleaner News

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Running for the right

July 31st, 2015 · No Comments

Local CPC candidates hope to rehabilitate political brand

By Annemarie Brissenden

The local Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) candidates are hoping to convince Annex residents that their political brand is not at odds with downtown in the upcoming federal election.

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Central Tech celebrates 100 years

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Once the largest school of its kind in the British Empire

Central Technical School has been known for its unique training programs throughout its history. Above, students in 1948 take a watchmaking class, the only one of its kind in Canada. Photo courtesy CTSAA

Central Technical School has been known for its unique training programs throughout its history. Above, students in 1948 take a watchmaking class, the only one of its kind in Canada.
Photo courtesy CTSAA

By Annemarie Brissenden

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ROM textile exhibit celebrates Tehuna dress

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Courtesy Chloe Sayer, Royal Ontario Museum

Courtesy Chloe Sayer, Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum’s ¡Viva México! Clothing & Culture tracks the evolution of Mexican fashion. In a country like Mexico, where the textile arts reach back over centuries, fashion reflects history.

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This Spiderman is no hero

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On May 2, near midnight, the Toronto Police Service received a call about a man wearing a Spiderman mask assaulting a boy near Augusta Avenue and Dundas Street. While wearing the superhero mask, 27-year-old Ashton Gray is alleged to have attacked a 16-year-old boy with a skateboard. It is reported to have been an unprovoked attack. The boy sustained serious injuries in the Kensington Market area incident.

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Resident costumes Postman cast

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Lucky to have top professional in Canada, says producer

The Postman costume designer and PARA board member Kei Yano poses on Palmerston Boulevard with a borrowed production prop. Photo by Neiland Brissenden, Gleaner News

The Postman costume designer and PARA board member Kei Yano poses on Palmerston Boulevard with a borrowed production prop. Photo by Neiland Brissenden, Gleaner News

By Annemarie Brissenden

It all happened somewhat by accident.

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It’s really a village, not a freeway

July 31st, 2015 · No Comments

The thought of bicycling down a highway is a frightening prospect. It is dangerous, and that is why it is prohibited. Bloor Street is technically a highway too, King’s Highway No. 5 to be exact, named in 1925 for King George V. Those high hydro poles whose lights appear only to serve to illuminate third floor apartments are a requirement for “highways” such as Bloor Street. The Bloor Annex BIA (whose chair publishes this newspaper) attached decorative lights to the poles to bring some brightness down to the street. Introducing bike lanes on Bloor Street would be another step to share this roadway more equitably and more safely with the automobile.

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Get smart on public safety

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Build stronger cities

By Adam Vaughan

When it comes time to vote in October’s federal election, will this city try to make a point, or will Toronto residents make a difference? It’s an important question.

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Grading our greenspace

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Steel leaves welded onto the Toronto Transit Commission venting grills at Matt Cohen Park add to the park’s theme of balancing nature and urban living.

Steel leaves welded onto the Toronto Transit Commission venting grills at Matt Cohen Park add to the park’s theme of balancing nature and urban living.

Park marks

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Leave pre-packaging behind

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Make the most of the summer garden

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