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NEWS: Rediscovering Wychwood Pond (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: Rediscovering Wychwood Pond (Apr. 2024)

One of the last visible remnants of Taddle Creek

MIA KESKINEN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mia Keskinen 

Wychwood Pond is a hidden gem within the Annex waiting to be discovered. The pond is in Wychwood Park, located near Bathurst Street and Davenport Road. The park is a picturesque enclave with English-style homes tucked away in a pocket of forest.  Although the park is hidden in a residential area, it is open to the public to enjoy.

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Tags: Annex · News · Life

NEWS: Karma’s free bike repair cafe (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: Karma’s free bike repair cafe (Apr. 2024)

Wildly popular repair cafes from last year now include bicycles

Karma Co-op member Nathalie Remond thrilled with her ready to roll wheels. COURTESY KARMA CO-OP

By Brian Burchell

This year, Karma Co-op is hosting its first spring Bicycle Repair Cafe on Saturday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Karma’s parking lot. The co-op is located at the rear of 739 Palmerston Ave. (off Karma Lane).

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Tags: Annex · News

EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice: NIMBYism 101 (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice: NIMBYism 101 (Apr. 2024)

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

EDITORIAL: The Vacant Home Tax: A multi-mayor failure (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: The Vacant Home Tax: A multi-mayor failure (Apr. 2024)

The Vacant Home Tax (VHT) is an unabashed debacle. The City of Toronto just sent 167,000 homeowners tax bills that include a one per cent VHT levy based on the values of their properties. If, for example, their Municipal Property Assessment Corporation valuation is $800,000, then the city just added a surcharge to their tax bill of $8000. Payable when? Now.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM: A busy agenda at city council (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on FORUM: A busy agenda at city council (Apr. 2024)

Many environmental initiatives getting the green light

By Dianne Saxe

Spring has arrived. Flowers are pushing up and there are so many ways to enjoy beautiful University-Rosedale. This spring we want to highlight great local music venues, festivals, parks, and environmental events. Hot Docs, Fringe, Jazz Fest—these and other Toronto arts organizations need your support if they are to survive.

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

FORUM: Ford’s gross mismanagement of the land use files (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on FORUM: Ford’s gross mismanagement of the land use files (Apr. 2024)

New housing bills encourage sprawl and thwart democracy

By Jessica Bell

The Conservatives have introduced another housing bill and revamped the Provincial Policy Statement which sets planning rules for the province.  Here’s what you should know about the Conservatives’ latest moves. 

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Tags: General

ON THE COVER (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER (Mar. 2024)

Newly constructed laneway suite near Borden and Bloor underscores the many possibilities for infill housing that are feasible and permissible in older downtown neighbourhoods. READ MORE HERE. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

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NEWS: Laneway suites taking hold (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: Laneway suites taking hold (Mar. 2024)

How residential properties are evolving 

By James Bullanoff

A recent influx of laneway suites has hit the Annex area as homeowners explore alternative housing options for their properties.

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NEWS: U of T builds tower out of structural timber (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: U of T builds tower out of structural timber (Mar. 2024)

Resurgence of sustainable wood beams and columns 

View looking northwest across Varsity Field at a rendering of the new timber tower under construction.
RENDERING BY PA+MJMA ARCHITECTS

By Ammara Khan

The University of Toronto is currently in the process of constructing the tallest academic timber building in the world, predicted to be complete by mid-2026. 


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NEWS: Hot Docs cinema seeks support (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: Hot Docs cinema seeks support (Mar. 2024)

Post-pandemic economic woes mean the Bloor needs your help

A cinema has occupied 506 Bloor St. W. continuously since 1913. COURTESY JOSEPH MICHAEL HOWARTH/HOT DOCS

By Brian Burchell

After having some record attendance of 225,000 visitors in 2019, the Hot Docs/Ted Rogers Bloor Cinema is now enduring a post-pandemic hangover, and is urgently seeking financial support to keep going.

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NEWS: From field to wall (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: From field to wall (Mar. 2024)

Soil Soul Wholeness and the impacts on agriculture 

New mural at 380 Bloor St. W. pays homage to farmers. JAMES BULLANOFF/GLEANER NEWS

By James Bullanoff 

Soil Soul Wholeness, a recent mural installed in the Annex, invites those to consider the work of farmers and the impacts of large grocery chains on agriculture.  

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: Why can’t they get along??? (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: Why can’t they get along??? (Mar. 2024)

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EDITORIAL: Ford‘s actions “reflect a juvenile understanding of the role of the judiciary” (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ford‘s actions “reflect a juvenile understanding of the role of the judiciary” (Mar. 2024)

In the wake of Premier Doug Ford’s move to politicize the Ontario judiciary by only “appointing like-minded judges” whom he says will put more people in jail, three former chief justices have criticized  the move, saying that “judges do not take orders from government.”

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