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ON THE COVER: The Birds of Bloor have landed (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

According to Briar De Lange, Executive Director of the Bloor Yorkville BIA, the BIA commissioned this installation as it “wanted to deliver a whimsical, fresh, spring-like display for its sidewalk planting beds.” LISA LOMAX/GLEANER NEWS

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NEWS: New highrise planned for Bloor and Spadina (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

Residential development will displace businesses

PROPOSED: Developer’s rendering of the tower. COURTESY BDP QUADRANGLE

By Fox Oliver

A proposed 37-storey highrise in the heart of the Annex could drastically alter the Bloor and Spadina intersection. On November 8, 2021, developer First Capital proposed the construction of a building at 320, 328, and 332 Bloor St. W. 

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NEWS: PCs pick venture capitalist for University-Rosedale (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

Carl Qiu seeks to attract youth vote 

In 2018, Qiu was elected president of Ontario PC youth, a position he held until 2019. COURTESY CARL QIU

By Carly Penrose

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CHATTER: Annex Residents’ Association AGM covers pressing issues (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

The ecological restoriation of Paul Martel Park (formerly Ecology Park) was one of the agenda items at the ARA’s AGM. The park is now home to a Bloor Annex BIA-sponsored mural created by First Nations artists led by local artist Joseph Sagaj. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

The Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) held their annual general meeting on April 21 via Zoom. Those in attendance included members of the ARA, residents and representatives from development teams, city council and Toronto Police Service. The most notable discussions were about improving safety on Avenue Road, the West Annex Heritage Project, vandalism at St. Alban’s Square and the restoration of Paul Martel Park. 

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ON THE COVER: Bird Seeded (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Bird Seeded (Spring 2022)

Coming up April 20 to 30 at the Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC) is the Barbara Feith Memorial Exhibition. Feith, who passed away on Feb. 11, 2021 was an inaugural member of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a long-time member of WAAC. In recognition of a very generous bequeath, WAAC has designated her former studio as the Barbara Feith studio for their artist-in-residence program. COURTESY WOMEN’S ART ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

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NEWS: City green-lights garden suites (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on NEWS: City green-lights garden suites (Spring 2022)

Amendments to bylaw increase density in established neighbourhoods

New bylaw allows backyard buildings to be residences. FOX OLIVER/GLEANER NEWS

By Joshua Snow

The City of Toronto has been talking about garden suites for years, and on Feb. 2, council agreed to a policy that allows homeowners to build a detached suite in their backyards. 

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NEWS: Rebuilding trust through a community garden (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on NEWS: Rebuilding trust through a community garden (Spring 2022)

TDSB extends olive branch to neighbours whose cherished garden was razed

By Danielle Popov

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FOCUS: Greens tap Dianne Saxe (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Greens tap Dianne Saxe (Spring 2022)

Saxe was Environmental Commissioner before Ford axed role

Annex resident Dianne Saxe, the last Ontario Environmental Commissioner before Doug Ford axed the role, seeks a mandate to return as an MPP. COURTESY DIANE SAXE

By Danielle Popov

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FOCUS: Liberals bank on star power (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Liberals bank on star power (Spring 2022)

Former Trillium CEO, Andrea Barrack, joins race for MPP

Andrea Barrack sees Doug Ford’s unwillingness to make evidence-based decisions and make tough decisions as a fundamental flaw. COURTESY ANDREA BARRACK

By Joshua Snow

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CHATTER: Appeal dismissed, redevelopment of 225 Brunswick Ave. to proceed (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Appeal dismissed, redevelopment of 225 Brunswick Ave. to proceed (Spring 2022)

Construction at 225 Brunswick Ave. is set to begin this spring after a lengthy appeal by the former synagogue’s neighbours.

On Dec. 17, 2021, the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) ruled in favour of developer Jeff Kopas, of Kopas Developmets Ltd., approving his plan to turn the commercial building into a seven-unit apartment building. 

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CHATTER: Feeling famished? Go to Hoagie Station (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Feeling famished? Go to Hoagie Station (Spring 2022)

A unique and delicious mix of homemade ingredients from traditional Italian-American and Iranian cuisine makes Hoagie Station a must try. FOX OLIVER/GLEANER NEWS

If you’re looking for the biggest sandwiches in the Annex, you’ve come to the right place. Located at 495 Bloor St. W., Hoagie Station is the neighbourhood’s newest sandwich shop, and the owners have a story to tell, while serving up whopping 13-inch hoagies.

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DEVELOPINGS: Developments on your doorstep (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on DEVELOPINGS: Developments on your doorstep (Spring 2022)

New and continuing developments in the Annex

By MADELINE SMART 
with files from HENRY WIERCINSKI, Annex Residents’ Association 
Photos by BRIAN BURCHELL, renderings from developers’ and city’s websites



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ON THE COVER: Show Bloor Annex Love (Winter 2022)

March 14th, 2022 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Show Bloor Annex Love (Winter 2022)

With many COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, small businesses are ready for some love. To help promote main street, a #ShowLoveTO heart has been installed in the Bloor Annex BIA parkette at Bloor Street and Brunswick Avenue. Stop by and take a selfie with the heart and post it to social media for your chance to win $100 to spend at any BIA business. Full details available at bloorannex.ca.
NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

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