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DEVELOPINGS: Annex area developments loom (Jan. 2020)

January 31st, 2020 · Comments Off on DEVELOPINGS: Annex area developments loom (Jan. 2020)

Emerging from the dust will be much greater density

The Annex is by no means exempt from the building boom that sees the City of Toronto with more cranes in the sky than any other North American municipality.

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Tags: Annex · News · Life

GREENINGS: Emergency climate calls to city met with busy signal (Jan. 2020)

January 31st, 2020 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Emergency climate calls to city met with busy signal (Jan. 2020)

City is caught flat-footed as alarm bells ring

By Terri Chu

I was mildly optimistic when Toronto City Council officially declared a “Climate Emergency”, in October, 2019. How naïve I was to think that an “emergency” meant that something might actually happen. The situation appears to me as though teenagers are dialing 911 and screaming in terror into the phone while the operator on the other end says: Please hold, your call is important to us.

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Life

LIFE: Unsung heroes of Uni-Rose feted (Jan. 2020)

January 31st, 2020 · Comments Off on LIFE: Unsung heroes of Uni-Rose feted (Jan. 2020)

MPP Bell hosts community appreciation celebration

Multi-generational activists Roy Bateman, Malina Fritz-Schwarts (on behalf of Allie Rougeot), Betty Robinson, and Zoe Keary-Matzner with MPP Jessica Bell. NICOLE STOFFMAN/GLEANER NEWS

By Nicole Stoffman

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Tags: Annex · Life

FOCUS: Marked with granite (Jan. 2020)

January 31st, 2020 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Marked with granite (Jan. 2020)

Creating a spot to gather

Artist Robert Cram spots as Sanscon Construction employees carefully place the first granite bench at the Robert Street Parkette. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/BLOOR ANNEX BIA

Originally published in October of 2016 in anticipation of the granite installations in the Bloor Street Parkettes.

By Geremy Bordonaro

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FOCUS: Defacement or marginalia? (Nov. 2019)

December 9th, 2019 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Defacement or marginalia? (Nov. 2019)

The question of writing in library books at U of T

Defacement of library books inconveniences readers. Nicole Stoffman/Gleaner News

By Nicole Stoffman

Judging by the state of many books one finds at the University of Toronto Libraries, writing in library books is a U of T tradition. In long-held parts of the collection, especially in books used for course readings and essay research, one finds almost every sentence underlined or highlighted.

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Tags: Annex · Life

GREENINGS: Sing the same tune, PLEASE (August 2019)

September 2nd, 2019 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Sing the same tune, PLEASE (August 2019)

No unity of purpose from arms of the city

By Terri Chu

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Tags: Annex · Life

GRADING OUR GREENSPACE: Park it here (August 2019)

September 2nd, 2019 · Comments Off on GRADING OUR GREENSPACE: Park it here (August 2019)

The best and the worst of our greenspaces

In this final instalment of this year’s Gleaner’s park evaluation once again Christie Pits score an A+ for its design, maintenance, and the sheer volume of activities and facilities there. Paul Martel Mark on Madison Avenue just north of Bloor can fall no further on our scale. It got an F because of the City’s utter neglect of the site.

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Tags: Annex · Life

GREENINGS: Not sure what’s worse, climate crisis or denying it? (Summer 2019)

July 16th, 2019 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Not sure what’s worse, climate crisis or denying it? (Summer 2019)

Act local to address the reality of climate change

By Terri Chu


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Tags: Annex · Life

GRADING OUR GREENSPACE: Open spaces in the heart of the Annex (Summer 2019)

July 16th, 2019 · Comments Off on GRADING OUR GREENSPACE: Open spaces in the heart of the Annex (Summer 2019)

Lots of places for ambling with a dog, playing sports, or watching the world go by

This is our first set of park reviews for 2019. The Annex and its surroundings are blessed with a rich array of green space — much of it under the umbrella of city parks. We grade them here, every year using many parameters. Many a venue to run your dog, laze away a day, grab a seat in the sunshine, or shade, push a child on the swing set, the Annex has it all.

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Tags: Annex · Life

LIFE: Losing the hood (Summer 2019)

July 16th, 2019 · Comments Off on LIFE: Losing the hood (Summer 2019)

Tree canopy of Harbord Village depleted by 20 per cent

By Nabahat Hussain

A thorough tree inventory in Harbord Village shows that the neighbourhood’s tree canopy has decreased by 20 per cent in the past 12 years. This rate of decline is similar to that of trees in the Annex, north of Bloor.

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Tags: Annex · Life