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NEWS: Bloor Street goes green

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS: Bloor Street goes green

Plan to transform underutilized space

“This is a major greening initiative for the neighbourhood”—Jonathan Da Silva, Bloor-Annex BIA

By Annemarie Brissenden

Bloor Street West is about to get a whole lot greener, and it’s all thanks to the trees.

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NEWS: Rexall replaces Brunswick House

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS: Rexall replaces Brunswick House

Pharmacy drugstore chain says it will respect building’s heritage

“This will be a relief to the neighbourhood”—Sue Dexter, HVRA

By Annemarie Brissenden

After one last weekend-long blowout, the doors of the Brunswick House closed for good, leaving the neighbourhood eagerly anticipating the site’s next, presumably quieter and more agreeable, incarnation.

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NEWS: Huron Street Playground renewal

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS: Huron Street Playground renewal

City to break ground later this year

The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department is considering two layouts for the renewed Huron Street Playground. The first option (above) includes welcoming park entrances, a southest corner activated by destination play equipment, and the removal of the existing fence. In the second option (left), a perimeter path surrounding the play equipment will provide a circuit for racing or running. The existing fence will remain, complemented by the addition of new welcoming entrance options. Images courtesy of Forest and Field Landscape Architect and the City of Toronto.

The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department is considering two layouts for the renewed Huron Street Playground. The first option (above) includes welcoming park entrances, a southest corner activated by destination play equipment, and the removal of the existing fence. In the second option (below), a perimeter path surrounding the play equipment will provide a circuit for racing or running. The existing fence will remain, complemented by the addition of new welcoming entrance options. Images courtesy of Forest and Field Landscape Architect and the City of Toronto.

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EDITORIAL (April 2016): An injection of leadership

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL (April 2016): An injection of leadership

Supervised drug injection sites are on their way to Toronto if local councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) gets his way. The rookie member of city council finds himself on many civic bodies, but at the Toronto Board of Health, he is the elected chair. Cressy announced the initiative in late March after the board directed the Medical Officer of Health to conduct community consultations for several supervised injection sites. This could lead to the federal government’s endorsement of the proposal; that is, making it legal for injection drug users to come into a controlled site with their own privately procured drug, get some guidance and a clean needle, and under the watchful supervision of a nurse, inject themselves.

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LETTERS (April 2016): Annex cyclists already well served

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on LETTERS (April 2016): Annex cyclists already well served

Re “Bike lane plan up for debate” (January 2016): As someone who has actively chased better Bloor Street biking for over a decade, I should be very happy that bike safety changes may finally occur, but I’m not fully pleased.

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Tags: Annex · Letters · Opinion

FORUM (April 2016): Home inspectors act receives unanimous consent

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on FORUM (April 2016): Home inspectors act receives unanimous consent

Bill 165 offers consumer protection, unifies industry

“If passed, Bill 165 will regulate the home inspection industry by licensing home inspectors.”

By Han Dong

On March 3, 2016, Bill 165, Licensed Home Inspectors Act, 2016, my private member’s bill, received unanimous consent in the Ontario Legislature, and was referred to the committee on regulations and private bills.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

ARTS: Bringing art to the people

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on ARTS: Bringing art to the people

Transforming neighbourhoods into open air galleries

Artist Jorge Molina poses on Walmer Road with some of his work. He is installing 416 canvases on utility poles throughout the city as part of his 416 Project. NEILAND?BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

Artist Jorge Molina poses on Walmer Road with some of his work. He is installing 416 canvases on utility poles throughout the city as part of his 416 Project.
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By Annemarie Brissenden

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Tags: Annex · Arts

GREENINGS (April 2016): Provide help or stand aside

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on GREENINGS (April 2016): Provide help or stand aside

Relentless OMB stifles creative green projects

“I’ve come to the conclusion that the overriding factor in municipalities getting nice things is sheer willpower.”

By Terri Chu

Every time someone mentions a great municipal infrastructure project on the other side of the pond (usually in a really progressive nation like Germany or Sweden), I mutter some lame excuse as to the reason why Canadians can’t have equally nice things.

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Tags: Annex · Life

LIFE: A portrait of our neighbourhood

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on LIFE: A portrait of our neighbourhood

Meet the Bathurst bird babicka

Ewa feeds the birds in front of Bathurst Station. The retiree, who wishes she could still work, occupies her time by caring for the pigeons and squirrels. MICHAEL CHACHURA/GLEANER NEWS

Ewa feeds the birds in front of Bathurst Station. The retiree, who wishes she could still work, occupies her time by caring for the pigeons and squirrels.
MICHAEL CHACHURA/GLEANER NEWS

By Michael Chachura

In the parkette in front of Bathurst Station an elderly lady sits feeding the pigeons and the squirrels.

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Tags: Annex · Life

Construction halted at Central Tech

February 2nd, 2016 · 1 Comment

Student athletes launch online petition

By Marielle Torrefranca

In the latest of a saga of hurdles, construction of Central Technical School’s $7-million sports facility has been stopped until further notice, said Razor Management Inc. (RMI).

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