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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: Condo plan evolves (Winter 2019)

March 14th, 2019 · Comments Off on NEWS: Condo plan evolves (Winter 2019)

Developers, city planners, hold meeting

By Ahmed Hagar

Annex residents packed into Bloor Street United Church’s McClure Hall on December 17 alongside planners and developers to express their continuing concern about the development plans for the church, known as 300 Bloor Street West.

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NEWS: Supporting a local synagogue (Dec. 2018)

December 30th, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: Supporting a local synagogue (Dec. 2018)

Multi-faith ring of peace circles City Shul

Christian and Muslim members of local churches and mosques circled City Shul on November 1 in a ring of peace. Organizers wanted to show solidarity with the synagogue, which operates out of the Bloor Street United Church at Bloor and Huron streets, after a deadly attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Ahmed Hagar/Gleaner News

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NEWS: A way to honour the past (October 2018)

October 16th, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: A way to honour the past (October 2018)

Exploring the roots of Korea Town

Tour-goers stop at Hodo Kwaja (656 Bloor St.?W.) for a taste of walnut cake. TEMI DADA/GLEANER NEWS

By Annemarie Brissenden

A heritage tour of Toronto’s Korea Town starts — as it should — at the Bloor Street United Church of Canada, once home to the Alpha Korean United Church.

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CHATTER: REDress Project inspires local solidarity (July 2018)

July 18th, 2018 · Comments Off on CHATTER: REDress Project inspires local solidarity (July 2018)

Jaime Black’s REDress Project has inspired three churches along Bloor Street to show their solidarity with those seeking redress for Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

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NEWS: Open to all faiths (Spring 2018)

May 1st, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: Open to all faiths (Spring 2018)

Synagogue and church share one building

City Shul covers the cross in the Bloor Street United Church sanctuary with a tapestry depicting the Ten Commandments. AHMED-ZAKI HAGAR/GLEANER NEWS

By Ahmed-Zaki Hagar

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LETTERS: A bushel of tomatoes (Jan. 2018)

January 29th, 2018 · Comments Off on LETTERS: A bushel of tomatoes (Jan. 2018)

Re: “Height-ened fears” (December 2017)

In response to the comments of Ms. McKenna of KPMB Architects in Height-ened fears:

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NEWS: Height-ened fears (Dec. 2017)

December 15th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Residents still concerned about BSUC proposal

COURTESY KPMB ARCHITECTS An artist’s rendering of the proposed redevelopment of Bloor Street United Church. The heritage aspects of the church will be restored, and a 38-storey mixed-use tower added to the church grounds.

By Geremy Bordonaro

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NEWS (Oct. 2017): First look at Bloor Street United

November 2nd, 2017 · Comments Off on NEWS (Oct. 2017): First look at Bloor Street United

Residents balk at tall tower plan

By Emilie Jones

Local residents got their first look at plans to renovate Bloor Street United Church late last month. The proposal calls for a 38-storey mixed-use building, a renovation, and partial demolition of the church, as well as a new promenade. Located at the corner of Bloor and Huron streets, the building is over a hundred years old.

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CORRECTION (AUGUST 2017): A better historical view

September 13th, 2017 · Comments Off on CORRECTION (AUGUST 2017): A better historical view

Re: New vision for Bloor Street United (July 2017)

Kent Jackson, a member of the Bloor Street United Church congregation, noted that the archival photo we ran with this article did not match the cutline: “The church lost its steps and main entrance when it was truncated in 1927 to make way for the widening of Bloor Street West.”

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