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FORUM: Celebrating our local leaders (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on FORUM: Celebrating our local leaders (Spring 2022)

MPP Jessica Bell pays homage to community contributors

By Jessica Bell

Our Community Recognition Awards recognize the people who help make University-Rosedale a wonderful place to live. Here’s some of our recent award recipients. 

Seniors’ Advocate

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ON THE COVER: Show Bloor Annex Love (Winter 2022)

March 14th, 2022 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Show Bloor Annex Love (Winter 2022)

With many COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, small businesses are ready for some love. To help promote main street, a #ShowLoveTO heart has been installed in the Bloor Annex BIA parkette at Bloor Street and Brunswick Avenue. Stop by and take a selfie with the heart and post it to social media for your chance to win $100 to spend at any BIA business. Full details available at bloorannex.ca.
NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

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FORUM: Omicron demands leadership, not indecision (Jan. 2022)

February 4th, 2022 · Comments Off on FORUM: Omicron demands leadership, not indecision (Jan. 2022)

Ontario suffers while Ford dithers

By Jessica Bell

As the Omicron wave overwhelms Ontario, University-Rosedale residents are facing big challenges. Parents are wracked with the decision over whether to send their children to school. Hospitals are near capacity. You can’t get a PCR test. Surgeries are being canceled. Demand at food banks is at record levels, driven by rising poverty, job loss and inflation. The science is rapidly evolving, people are exhausted, and there is no public consensus on how to proceed. 

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LIFE: Honouring son in area parks (Dec. 2021)

December 17th, 2021 · Comments Off on LIFE: Honouring son in area parks (Dec. 2021)

Suicide seen as collateral damage during COVID-19

Christine Andreopoulos plays chess at the table she donated to Jean Sibelius Square in honour of her son, Kye Andreopoulos, “a loving and faithful son and friend.” Kye took his own life, age 28, due to failures in our under-resourced mental health system, stretched to the breaking point by the pandemic, she said. “That psychiatrists couldn’t see their patients in-person. To me, that was the wrong part.” NICOLE STOFFMAN/GLEANER NEWS

By Nicole Stoffman

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (Fall 2021)

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FOCUS: Gleaner sits down with Jessica Bell (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Gleaner sits down with Jessica Bell (Fall 2021)

With less than a year before the provincial election our MPP reflects

MPP Jessica Bell has had an eventful first term serving her riding of University-Rosedale with the pandemic likely affecting at least half of her four years. Over a year into COVID-19 and less than one year left before the next election, Bell reflects on her term thus far and what’s to come. MADELINE SMART/GLEANER NEWS

By Madeline Smart

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EDITORIAL: Ford’s flawed passport (Aug. 2021)

September 8th, 2021 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ford’s flawed passport (Aug. 2021)

Doug Ford emerged this week after weeks of summer slumber to announce a “vaccine certificate system” which is both late and lame. He then prorogued the legislature, lest he be answerable to it, and headed back into seclusion. 

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FORUM: Five provincial issues to follow this fall (Aug. 2021)

September 8th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Five provincial issues to follow this fall (Aug. 2021)

Provincial election is just months away

By Jessica Bell

With the provincial election coming fast and COVID in resurgence, this fall session at Queen’s Park will be impactful. Here are five issues to follow.

Our response to the fourth wave  

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EDITORIAL: Ford’s school plan is a fail (July 2021)

August 16th, 2021 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ford’s school plan is a fail (July 2021)

Ontario parents have been eagerly awaiting the “robust” plan for a safe re-entry back to classrooms Premier Doug Ford promised in June. The past year has been brutal for both the education and mental health of Ontario students, as they have spent more time out of classroom than young people in any other part of the country. However, the 26 page document outlining how the government intends to keep students safe does them no favours: it’s late (coming out less than a month before the start of school) and is little more than a carbon copy of last year’s failed plan.

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: “Reasons” (May 2019)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: “Reasons” (May 2019)

How Nice by Brett Lamb

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EDITORIAL: Ford chooses wrong path, again (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ford chooses wrong path, again (May 2021)

And this month in Ontario politics: Premier Doug Ford, yet again summons the experts for their advice, and pledges to follow their lead. And yet again, once advice is received, promptly goes off in a wildly different direction. This month, the experts told Ford it was safe to re-open schools for the month of June. They told him schools need to be opened not just for the sake of education, but for the sake of mental health. Yet here we are, with schools closed until September.

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CHATTER: The pivot to the mask trade (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: The pivot to the mask trade (Apr. 2021)

Stores like David Dunkley Fine Millinery at 974 Bathurst St. have successfully re-tooled to make protective masks for their customers.
BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

Rainbows, sparkles and onesies, it turns out, are no match for a global pandemic. That’s what Lien Nguyen and her business partner found out after COVID-19 forced numerous strategic pivots just to stay alive. Their enterprise, the Unicorn Café, opened up in January of 2020 at 561 Bloor Street W., and attempted to continue running via Uber Eats. Like many businesses, the Unicorn Café entered the mask trade and in that, found some hope.


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CHATTER: Runners Shop keeps the pace during pandemic (Mar. 2021)

March 26th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Runners Shop keeps the pace during pandemic (Mar. 2021)

The Runners Shop team, celebrating one year in the Annex, includes (from L to R): Tara Lapstra, Greg Lindsay, and owner Lynne Bourque. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

March 2021 marks one year since the start of the first lockdown in Toronto under the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto. It also marks a year since The Runners Shop moved to a more visible location at 374 Bloor St. W. The store’s opening came on February 18, just four weeks before the first lockdown. 

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