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FORUM (SEPTEMBER 2016): A new central park for Toronto

September 15th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Building up will allow us to create the sizable park downtown needs

By Joe Cressy

A central park in downtown Toronto. It’s an old idea whose time has come. Now, all we need is a little creativity, political will, and a commitment from Toronto City Council to invest significant money to make it happen. Let’s get it done.

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

FORUM (AUGUST 2016): Curious story of Christie Pits pool liner ends in extended hours at Alex Duff

August 25th, 2016 · Comments Off on FORUM (AUGUST 2016): Curious story of Christie Pits pool liner ends in extended hours at Alex Duff

By Mike Layton

The phone started ringing in my office almost immediately. Why is the Alex Duff Memorial Pool closed during the hottest days of summer? Why wasn’t the pool fixed earlier in the season? Why doesn’t it look like anyone is working on it?

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

FORUM: Bike lanes on Bloor Street

May 13th, 2016 · Comments Off on FORUM: Bike lanes on Bloor Street

The arrival of cycling in Toronto

By Joe Cressy

For too long, discussions of bike lanes have been divisive in our city. They shouldn’t be. When we do it right, cycling infrastructure can be a win-win for everyone.

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

GREENINGS (MAY 2016): Cloth diapers have gone from burden of the poor to luxury of the rich in one generation

May 13th, 2016 · Comments Off on GREENINGS (MAY 2016): Cloth diapers have gone from burden of the poor to luxury of the rich in one generation

By Terri Chu

Having a kid is expensive, anybody can tell you that. What nobody told me though was how expensive raising a child can be when you try to stay low on environmental impact. Cloth diapers are a huge capital outlay and I’m not convinced they are used long enough to break even against disposables. Using a diapering service costs around $25 per week while disposables are about $0.30 each, which even at 10 per day comes in at $21.

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Life · Opinion

DEVELOPINGS: Annual review reflects tension between community activism and OMB

March 9th, 2016 · Comments Off on DEVELOPINGS: Annual review reflects tension between community activism and OMB

Our third survey of development projects in our coverage area highlights projects that interest us, trends that appall us, and elements that enthrall us. We favour innovative projects that connect with a neighbourhood’s built form, reflect community consultation, and meet the objectives of the City of Toronto’s Official Plan. We take a dim view of developers that do an end run around the process and appeal directly to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which demonstrates little respect for the city’s urban planning guidelines. And, we — once again — make an argument for razing the OMB. Please click on the image below to enlarge.

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Tags: Annex · News · Columns

FORUM: Untapped potential

February 2nd, 2016 · Comments Off on FORUM: Untapped potential

Animating our local laneways

By Joe Cressy

Downtown communities like ours face unique challenges and countless opportunities. Almost every day, in conversations at our local coffee shops, in public meetings, and as we connect with our neighbours, we look for ways to work together to build our communities. We look for opportunities to enhance our parks, support our neighbours, and to create new public spaces.

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

Reduce, reuse, then recycle

February 2nd, 2016 · 1 Comment

The energy lost in the pretense of plastic recycling

“Why can’t they take black plastic?” asked my partner, staring at the City of Toronto recycling poster. I didn’t have an answer.

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

Forage and Storage – Hello Fall

November 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Forage and Storage – Hello Fall

By Susan Oppenheim

I am a freezer girl and a packrat gourmand. I love the “hunt and gather “ and I live with a 24 hours Sobeys up the lane at Shaw and Dupont, a Loblaws three  blocks away at Christie and Dupont and a Fiesta Farms about 20 doors from my house.This week alone I have taken advantage of their in store specials buying ½ price butter, 2 for 1 berry boxes and $4 off litres of maple syrup.

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Tags: Food · Columns

Precious, not expensive

November 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Precious, not expensive

Terri Chu

Halloween is just around the corner and the day after the candy is safely stowed in kids’ underwear drawers, stores will turn their displays to Christmas. If you’re like me, I cringe on the first garbage day after Christmas to see all the waste the festive season generates. However, with a little bit of effort, we can reduce what hits the Greenlane landfill and save a few trucks from making the 200 kilometre journey with our trash.

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Tags: Annex · Columns