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ON THE COVER: Vaccine Pow Wow at Varsity Stadium (June 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Vaccine Pow Wow at Varsity Stadium (June 2021)

Dancer Miryan Rutledge performs at a Vaccine Pow Wow on Jun. 19 at Varsity Stadium. The event was hosted by Aduzhe Mino Nesewinong, a First Nations COVID-19 response program. “We’ve been experiencing a little hesitancy among our community members,” said Steve Teekens, Executive Director of Na-Me-Res. “In February, all our clinics were full, but in June we had a dip, so we’re raising awareness.” Indigenous peoples can contact appointments@healthybreathing.com or call 416-654-4184 to book a vaccine. Walk-ins are welcome.
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NEWS: High times on Bloor Street West (June 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: High times on Bloor Street West (June 2021)

Five pot shops operating or set to open on Bloor within 450 metres

By Joshua Chong

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NEWS: PARA AGM talks revitalization (June 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: PARA AGM talks revitalization (June 2021)

Sustainable and green neighbourhood also on the agenda

Football fans brought College and Clinton streets to life following Team Italia’s victory over Spain. ARLYN MCADOREY/GLEANER NEWS

By Madeline Smart

After months of lockdowns, revitalization was at the top of the agenda for the Palmerston Area Residents Association’s (PARA) annual general meeting on June 2. 

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CHATTER: Annex Residents’ Association holds virtual AGM (June 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Annex Residents’ Association holds virtual AGM (June 2021)

Over 40 people were in virtual attendance at the Annex Residents’ Association’s (ARA) Annual General Meeting on April 22. Because of the pandemic, it was the first AGM in two years, but participation was up thanks to Zoom. 

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EDITORIAL: Doug Ford plays the joker card (June 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Doug Ford plays the joker card (June 2021)

Doug Ford has become the first Ontario premier to invoke Section 33 of the Constitution, the so-called notwithstanding clause. This allows him to ignore an Ontario court ruling that quashed Ontario’s new law limiting third-party advertising ahead of the provincial election. It is a tantrum by a premier who will do anything to silence his critics including violating the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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FORUM: Ford is no friend of affordable housing (June 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Ford is no friend of affordable housing (June 2021)

Bill 108 cements opposition to inclusionary zoning

By Jessica Bell

Housing affordability crisis requires action

Housing prices are now so high that the National Bank of Canada calculates that only the top five percent of income earning households can afford to buy an average Canadian home. Housing affordability is one of the defining issues of our era, and it threatens the very soul of Toronto.

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LIFE: Bickford Park embraces yoga (June 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on LIFE: Bickford Park embraces yoga (June 2021)

The perfect medicine to de-stress from the pandemic

Instructor Montana Skurka (left centre) leads yoga participants through a few last deep breaths before completing their practice for the day at Bickford Park. NABAHAT HUSSAIN/GLEANER NEWS

By Nabahat Hussain

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LIFE: Baseball Leafs prepare for a summer of action (Jun. 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on LIFE: Baseball Leafs prepare for a summer of action (Jun. 2021)

Christie Pits set to welcome fans back to the old ballgame

As Ontario reopens after the pandemic shutdowns of the past year, the Maple Leafs look forward to a summer of baseball at Christie Pits. R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

By R.S. Konjek

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ON THE COVER: REDress at Trinity-St. Paul’s (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: REDress at Trinity-St. Paul’s (May 2021)

Red dresses hang on the exterior of Trinity-St. Paul’s Church in a show of solidarity with those seeking justice for Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The REDress Project started as an art installation by Jaime Black at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in 2014, and has since spread across the country as a reminder of the shocking number of women and girls lost. For more information, visit jaimeblackartist.com. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

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NEWS: Brunny Rexall to shutter (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Brunny Rexall to shutter (May 2021)

Closing comes as a surprise after only 3 years in operation

On June 11, as many patios and retailers reopened, Rexall’s sign came down. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

By Nicole Stoffman

Rexall Pharmacy in the former Brunswick House is closing after only three years, on June 11. Employees will be re-assigned by the corporately-owned store, but the future of management is uncertain, according to an employee. 

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NEWS: City moves forward with Garden Suites (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: City moves forward with Garden Suites (May 2021)

Plan could allow homeowners to build additional housing in rear yard

The city is looking at garden suites located in rear yards behind a single detached house, a semi-detached house, and a townhouse or low-rise apartment block. COURTESY THE CITY OF TORONTO

By Joshua Chong

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NEWS: Appeal against 225 Brunswick Ave. (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Appeal against 225 Brunswick Ave. (May 2021)

Developer seeks “middle ground” to resolve dispute with neighbour

This architect’s rendering depicts how this one-time synagogue located on Brunswick Avenue might look if it’s converted to residential units. COURTESY SUULIN ARCHITECTS

By Madeline Smart 

The approved development plan for the one-time synagogue at 225 Brunswick Ave., whose plan required nine bylaw variances, has been appealed by a nearby neighbour.

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