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Kensington Market ready for action

July 3rd, 2015 · 1 Comment

Residents and business-owners vow to battle proposed development

By Annemarie Brissenden

Kensington Market is once again preparing for battle. In what’s becoming an increasingly familiar story in this part of Toronto, an application to replace a non-residential automotive rental facility at College Street and Augusta Avenue with a mixed-use development has the area’s residents and business-owners up in arms.

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Christie Pits renewal set to begin

July 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Christie Pits renewal set to begin

Popular park will benefit from development dollars

A rendering of the renewal plans for Christie Pits Park reveals improved pathways with new lookouts, a redesigned community hub and stage, and an expanded basketball court. By Harrington McAven Ltd., Courtesy of the City of Toronto

A rendering of the renewal plans for Christie Pits Park reveals improved pathways with new lookouts, a redesigned community hub and stage, and an expanded basketball court. By Harrington McAven Ltd., Courtesy of the City of Toronto

By Annemarie Brissenden and Brian Burchell

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Bring nuts to the party

July 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Bring nuts to the party

Simple, tasty, and healthy

I try very hard to bring the right little seasonal gift to anyone I visit in their home for a BBQ, or summer gathering. Unless it is an assigned dish for a potluck or a BYOB, I am loath to arrive with yet another little package of shortbread cookies. No point competing with the hosts’ Aunt Martha.

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Artifacts uncovered at Pompeii at ROM

July 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Artifacts uncovered at Pompeii at ROM

Casts of a family as they were found at the moment of their death, buried in volcanic ash. Almost two thousand years ago, Mt. Vesuvius erupted and buried the Italian city of Pompeii in hot ash and debris. Undiscovered for 1,600 years, important artifacts are revealed at the Royal Ontario Museum in an exhibition that has just opened. Photo by Brian Burchell, Gleaner News

Casts of a family as they were found at the moment of their death, buried in volcanic ash. Almost two thousand years ago, Mt. Vesuvius erupted and buried the Italian city of Pompeii in hot ash and debris. Undiscovered for 1,600 years, important artifacts are revealed at the Royal Ontario Museum in an exhibition that has just opened. Photo by Brian Burchell, Gleaner News

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Renters not lower caste

July 3rd, 2015 · 1 Comment

Westbank Corp. has submitted its building application to the City of Toronto for the redevelopment of the Honest Ed’s site and the adjoining Mirvish Village. The store has been saying a long goodbye for some time now but it’s finally slated for closure Dec. 31, 2016. Though the building application is in, it is far from complete. It’s a complex site given the elaborate plans the Vancouver-based developer Westbank has very publicly mused about. Still Westbank is anxious to move forward before the mood of enthusiasm for the project wanes.

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BABIA endorses Westbank proposal

July 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on BABIA endorses Westbank proposal

The Bloor-Annex Business Improvement Area (BABIA) has endorsed Westbank Corp.’s proposal for the redevelopment of the large area at the southwest corner of Bloor and Bathurst streets that includes Mirvish Village and Honest Ed’s.

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Settlement reached for 484 Spadina Ave.

July 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Settlement reached for 484 Spadina Ave.

A settlement has been reached regarding the future of 484 Spadina Ave., home to the Waverley Hotel and Silver Dollar Room.

The Wynn Group of Companies’ application to build a 22-storey private student residence on the site had been decried by local residents, who had raised concerns about the proposed height, the heritage value of the Silver Dollar Room, and the precedent such a development would set for the area.

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Mirvish Village sidewalk sale is back!

July 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Mirvish Village sidewalk sale is back!

Following on the success of the May event, the Mirvish Village Business Improvement Area is again hosting a sidewalk sale this time on Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vintage wares, artists’ creations, and new merchandise will be featured, and local restaurants will offer up their tasty bites.

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Esprit Orchestra goes to China

July 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Esprit Orchestra goes to China

Trip marks 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Canada

The Esprit Orchestra performed The Falcon’s Trumpet by R. Murray Schafer with Robert Venables on trumpet on June 4 at the Guangxi Arts Institute Concert Hall. Courtesy Mimi Mok, Esprit Orchestra

The Esprit Orchestra performed The Falcon’s Trumpet by R. Murray Schafer with Robert Venables on trumpet on June 4 at the Guangxi Arts Institute Concert Hall. Courtesy Mimi Mok, Esprit Orchestra

By Beth McKay

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Make affordable housing mandatory

July 3rd, 2015 · 2 Comments

Inclusionary zoning is used in 300 U.S. cities

By Joe Cressy

What makes a great city? Arts and culture, diversity, economic growth, and civic engagement. All these things matter a great deal. But, if you ask me, the test of a truly great city is whether we adequately care for the residents who live here. Sadly, on this front, we are letting residents of Toronto down.

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