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NEWS: Hot Docs cinema seeks support (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: Hot Docs cinema seeks support (Mar. 2024)

Post-pandemic economic woes mean the Bloor needs your help

A cinema has occupied 506 Bloor St. W. continuously since 1913. COURTESY JOSEPH MICHAEL HOWARTH/HOT DOCS

By Brian Burchell

After having some record attendance of 225,000 visitors in 2019, the Hot Docs/Ted Rogers Bloor Cinema is now enduring a post-pandemic hangover, and is urgently seeking financial support to keep going.

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NEWS: From field to wall (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: From field to wall (Mar. 2024)

Soil Soul Wholeness and the impacts on agriculture 

New mural at 380 Bloor St. W. pays homage to farmers. JAMES BULLANOFF/GLEANER NEWS

By James Bullanoff 

Soil Soul Wholeness, a recent mural installed in the Annex, invites those to consider the work of farmers and the impacts of large grocery chains on agriculture.  

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: Why can’t they get along??? (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: Why can’t they get along??? (Mar. 2024)

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EDITORIAL: Ford‘s actions “reflect a juvenile understanding of the role of the judiciary” (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ford‘s actions “reflect a juvenile understanding of the role of the judiciary” (Mar. 2024)

In the wake of Premier Doug Ford’s move to politicize the Ontario judiciary by only “appointing like-minded judges” whom he says will put more people in jail, three former chief justices have criticized  the move, saying that “judges do not take orders from government.”

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FORUM: University-Rosedale update from the councillor’s chair (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on FORUM: University-Rosedale update from the councillor’s chair (Mar. 2024)

Budget, development planning, and safety, fill agenda

By Dianne Saxe

The 2024 budget is finally done. Thank you to the thousands of people in Ward 11 and across Toronto who participated in this year’s intensive consultations. 

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FORUM: Privatization, sprawl, and highways, oh my (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on FORUM: Privatization, sprawl, and highways, oh my (Mar. 2024)

Ford adds increased natural gas costs, and heath-care failures to the mix of misdeeds

By Jessica Bell

Premier Ford loves to say he’s getting stuff done. But who is Ford getting stuff done for, and how does it affect the rest of us? Here’s the latest roundup from Queen’s Park.

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GREENINGS: A lament for the tree inventory (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: A lament for the tree inventory (Mar. 2024)

As more people move in, more green space needs to be considered 

Spring is my favourite time to get outside and enjoy what park spaces this city has to offer. Sadly, there really isn’t that much of it. In the Annex, we have a few strips north of Bloor where homes were taken out for the subway, there’s Taddle Creek Park, and then there’s Jean Sibelius. It really is scant green space for the 14,000 people who call this area home. In case you haven’t noticed, the Mirvish Village development on the old Honest Ed’s lot is near completion, and it won’t be long before 1000s more call this area home, competing to use the green space that’s available. The little green space we have is also losing its beautiful canopy coverage. 

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ON THE COVER (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER (Feb. 2024)

The original Model T Roadster pictured above featured a detachable roof and is on permanent display in the Dupont Street building where they were manufactured in 1915.
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MIA KESKINEN/GLEANER NEWS

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DEVELOPINGS: Bloor and Spadina tower update (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · Comments Off on DEVELOPINGS: Bloor and Spadina tower update (Feb. 2024)

Greater density is on the horizon throughout the Annex

By Fox Oliver and 

Brian Burchell

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Grading our greenspace (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · Comments Off on Grading our greenspace (Feb. 2024)

A plethora of parks in the Annex get judged

Compiled by Mia Keskinen

Each year the Annex Gleaner reviews the abundance of parks in our coverage area using a variety of criteria. 

While there is no decisive “winner” of the grading, letter grades are assigned to convey the quality of the parks considering aspects such as upkeep, design, and amenities. 

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NEWS: Shoppers Drug Mart changes course after story (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: Shoppers Drug Mart changes course after story (Feb. 2024)

Monitoring now only occurs at point of purchase 

Video surveillance has taken the place of human receipt checkers at Shoppers. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

By Brian Burchell

Following the Annex Gleaner article that appeared in December 2023: “Receipt checks raise retail conflict,” the Shoppers Drug Mart on Bloor Street West at Walmer Road has ceased the practise of asking customers to show receipts after using the self-checkout. 

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · Comments Off on LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (Feb. 2024)

RE: A forgotten skating venue on Dupont, Dec. 2023

I just wanted to thank you for the lovely article [by Mia Keskinen] on the Toronto Skating Club on Dupont Street. You captured the spirit of the skating history.

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HISTORY: Sturdy structure once housed Meteorological Service (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · Comments Off on HISTORY: Sturdy structure once housed Meteorological Service (Feb. 2024)

Building at 315 Bloor St. W. now occupied by Munk Centre for Global Affairs

This building, located at 315 Bloor St. W. at Devonshire, was built in 1909 as one of Toronto’s first buildings designed for meteorological study. COURTESY CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES

By Mia Keskinen

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