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EDITORIAL: When “expert” plans look more like a gamble (Aug. 2020)

September 9th, 2020 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: When “expert” plans look more like a gamble (Aug. 2020)

It’s a plan created by experts, and teachers need to step-up. That’s what Premier Ford and his ministers are saying about their back-to-school plan for Ontario students. The plan, which deserves some praise for permitting some two dozen school boards across the province to have their high school students take half their courses online, effectively reduces class sizes. The elementary school strategy, however, has garnered a less than enthusiastic response from school boards, teachers, parents, and – experts. Five hundred new nurses, and thirteen hundred additional custodians are being hired, but this will do nothing to reduce direct transmission between students or between students and staff. Let’s take a closer look.

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ON THE COVER (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER (July 2020)

As Toronto remains in Stage 2 re-opening protocols, restaurants are doing their best to satisfy pent-up demand. Establishments such as Insomnia at 563 Bloor St. W. have found innovative ways to serve their clientelle along the sidewalk. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

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EDITORIAL: Ford turns on tenants (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ford turns on tenants (July 2020)

One of the strangest things to happen over the course of this very strange spring was the apparent transformation of Premier Doug Ford into to a caring, compassionate leader. This illusion is fading quickly, as his government rams Bill 184 through the Ontario legislature. The new law will almost surely result in mass residential evictions of tenants who were unable to pay full rent during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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CHATTER: Annex hotel now home for frontline workers (May 2020)

June 15th, 2020 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Annex hotel now home for frontline workers (May 2020)

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The twenty-four room Annex Hotel at 296 Brunswick Avenue has re-opened its doors to accommodate Toronto healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ON THE COVER: Everything will be alright (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · 3 Comments

Huron Street resident and artist Lynne Dalgleish crafted this sign of hope to help neighbours and passers-by alike summon positive thoughts. Click here for the full story from the artist. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

READ MORE LOCAL COVID-19 COVERAGE:

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FOCUS: Andrà tutto bene – Everything will be alright (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · 2 Comments

A message from the artist

Lynne Dalgleish calls for compassion, patience, love, kindness, and empathy, in her passionate plea of hope. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

By Lynne Dalgleish

I had read about the “Andrà tutto bene” (everything will be alright) rainbow drawings that the people of Italy were putting in their windows to boost morale and delight children.

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CHATTER: Victory’s Nick is the anti-gouger (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · 1 Comment

Victory Cafe owner Nick Ndreka warms the hearth to make it ready for pizza. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

Victory Cafe at 440 Bloor St. W. is open for take-out and is offering gourmet pizza, prepared in a wood fire oven, at roughly 40% off the usual price ($10.95). Owner Nick Ndreka declared: “this is an emergency and people need a break!”

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LIFE: Two wheels keep on turning (April 15, 2020)

April 16th, 2020 · Comments Off on LIFE: Two wheels keep on turning (April 15, 2020)

Robert Bateman poses outside his Bathurst St. shop. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

Bike repair shops take “essential” classification seriously

By Brian Burchell

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EDITORIAL: Fictions, falsehoods and a crisis in leadership (Feb. 2020)

February 27th, 2020 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Fictions, falsehoods and a crisis in leadership (Feb. 2020)

On February 21, members of all four Ontario Teacher’s Unions walked off the job leaving 2 million students out of school and leaving parents scrambling for childcare. Meanwhile, the Ontario government has been trying to sell citizens a story about striking teachers: that they are fat cats led by union boss “thugs” looking to gouge us of tax dollars. The premier likes to paint himself as a hero out to save us all, rescuing the province in a time of crisis, but the only crisis the electorate can buy into at this point is a crisis in leadership – his leadership.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Fear of high buildings groundless (Feb. 2020)

February 27th, 2020 · 1 Comment

Tall structures can curb urban sprawl

Designed by IBI Group, the Theory Condo building is projected to rise 30 storeys and will house 243 condo units. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

In May 2020, the Annex Gleaner celebrates 25 years of publishing. In celebration, we are republishing highlights of our past; this feature, Fear of High Buildings Groundless by city-building columnist Alfred Holden, is from May 2001. As thirteen developments are going up in the Annex area it appears Holden’s views were prophetic. 

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