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NEWS: Park set for improvements (Nov. 2020)

December 4th, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: Park set for improvements (Nov. 2020)

Joseph Burr Tyrrell Park named after dinosaur hunter

A plaque memorializes the long time Walmer Road resident. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

By Tanya Ielyseieva

A plan to redo Joseph Burr Tyrrell Park (Dalton Road and Bloor St. West) is set to be completed by the end of next year, with construction scheduled to begin next summer. 

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NEWS: Neighbours oppose demolition plans (Nov. 2020)

December 4th, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: Neighbours oppose demolition plans (Nov. 2020)

Heritage building holds monumental significance

Residents hope heritage designation saves 661 Huron St. MARY AN/GLEANER NEWS

By Tanya Ielyseieva

Annex neighbours are fighting to stop the demolition of the properties at 661 and 663-665 Huron Street.

The plan to replace the single-family homes would see the construction of a four-storey apartment building with 48 residential units.

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CHATTER: Community groups push pedestrian safety on Avenue Road (Nov. 2020)

December 4th, 2020 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Community groups push pedestrian safety on Avenue Road (Nov. 2020)

Narrow sidewalks plague pedestrians on Avenue Road. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

According to the City of Toronto, over 60,000 cars, on average, are caught driving  over the speed limit on Avenue Road every week. The sidewalks between Bloor Street West to St. Clair Avenue West do not meet the accessibility standards requiring a minimum width of 152.5 cm, and local groups want improvements to start immediately. With the support of councillors Mike Layton and Josh Matlow, they have requested the launch of a Pedestrian Safety Improvement Pilot Project that would replace a lane on both sides of the road with a temporary barrier.

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FOCUS: Park set for eco-restoration (Nov. 2020)

December 4th, 2020 · 1 Comment

A team of Indigenous workers are bringing Paul Martel Park back to life

Paul Richard (left) and Joseph Sagaj, part of a team of Indigenous gardeners, have been working tirelessly to bring Paul Martel Park (located on Madison Avenue, north of Bloor Street) back to its original vision. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

By Tanya Ielyseieva

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NEWS: ARA helps thy neighbour (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · 3 Comments

Annex Helps Group mounts massive outreach to assist

By Nicole Stoffman

The day Toronto announced a soft lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Terri Chu dropped 100 flyers in her neighbourhood. “If, for any reason and with no judgement, you need any help, be it running errands, picking up groceries, or childcare, please feel free to reach out,” they read. 

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FOCUS: Local resources for a global pandemic (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Local resources for a global pandemic (Apr. 2020)

An updated guide of Annex resources

By Gleaner Staff

Staying home to help stop the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be the new normal for the foreseeable future.  

Read on for our updated guide to Annex resources during COVID-19, the second issue since we all started to hunker down and stay together apart. 

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EDITORIAL: Local heroes (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · 4 Comments

“Canadians are kind and generous.” The Prime Minsister tells us this in his daily briefings on the COVID-19 crisis. In reality, this statement is part truth and part aspirational. Fortunately in the Annex, and in a great many other parts of our city, this is proving to be true. Many residents are acting as model citizens: staying home, sharing positive messages, and helping each other out.

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FOCUS: Apartment plan for Huron Street meets opposition (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Apartment plan for Huron Street meets opposition (Apr. 2020)

Maintaining historical built-form at odds with need for rental units

Heritage conservation activists oppose the demolition of this classic Annex home to allow for the building of an apartment complex. TANYA IELYSEIEVA/GLEANER NEWS

By Tanya Ielyseieva

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NEWS: ARA climate plan hits home (Dec. 2019)

December 9th, 2019 · Comments Off on NEWS: ARA climate plan hits home (Dec. 2019)

TransformTO consultation held to discuss city’s climate plan

Teri Chu of the ARA has launched Plate Share, a free dining-ware program for local parties. KHYRSTEN MIERAS/GLEANER NEWS

By Khyrsten Mieras

The City of Toronto and the Annex Residents’ Association’s (ARA) Parks, Trees and Environment Committee held the latest TransformTO community consultation at the Bata Shoe Museum on November 4.

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NEWS: Heritage house deteriorates (Nov. 2019)

December 9th, 2019 · Comments Off on NEWS: Heritage house deteriorates (Nov. 2019)

Residents frustrated by inaction

The houses at 6 and 8 Walmer Road have long been neglected. Windows and doors are boarded up and garbage accumulates on the property. Khyrsten Mieras/Gleaner News

By Khyrsten Mieras

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NEWS: Plans for a “slender” building (August 2019)

September 2nd, 2019 · Comments Off on NEWS: Plans for a “slender” building (August 2019)

Compromise found for new build on 300 Bloor St. W. church site

By Ahmed Hagar

A redesigned and more “slender” 29-storey tower looks to be the future for 300 Bloor Street, after a lengthy public process and, finally, an agreement between developers, city councilors, and residents.

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NEWS: Estonian Centre gets green light (Summer 2019)

July 16th, 2019 · 1 Comment

Aerial view of the proposed 3-storey Estonian Cultural Centre and the set to be built at 9 and 11 Madison Ave. in Toronto. The building will have an eye-catching rooftop garden for visitors to enjoy. COURTESY ALAR KONGATS

New building plan clears hurdles at Committee of Adjustment

By Juan Romero

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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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