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FORUM: Ford’s fall agenda deeply flawed (Dec. 2020)

December 21st, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: Ford’s fall agenda deeply flawed (Dec. 2020)

Environment, evictions, schools dominate final days of Queen’s Park 2020 Session

By Jessica Bell

Queen’s Park closed for the year on December 8. Here are the legislative highlights from the final few weeks:

The Ford government continued trampling on Ontario’s natural environment. Government Bill 229 stripped the power of local conservation authorities to protect water quality and floodplains from development. 

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM: How will Doug Ford’s 2020 budget impact us? (Nov. 2020)

December 4th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: How will Doug Ford’s 2020 budget impact us? (Nov. 2020)

The government’s Scrooge-like plan is not what we need

By Jessica Bell

It’s easy to make bold and lofty promises at a press conference, but a budget reveals a government’s true priorities. 

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

FORUM: Waiting on a second-wave plan from Mr. Ford (Oct. 2020)

November 2nd, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: Waiting on a second-wave plan from Mr. Ford (Oct. 2020)

Development proposals sneak through during crisis

By Jessica Bell

The cooler weather has arrived, but there is no respite from the coronavirus. The second wave has begun. The spread of the new coronavirus, the need for affordable housing and concerns about development along with developer and affordable housing pressures, are the key issues I’m hearing about this season.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM: What can we do to fight for safe public education? (Aug. 2020)

September 9th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: What can we do to fight for safe public education? (Aug. 2020)

Premier’s plan creates chaos, sows division

By Jessica Bell

Since school closed in March, our family has been struggling with the impossible job of full-time work and full-time parenting our two school-aged children. I, along with the parents of Ontario’s other two million school-age children, have been waiting for the Ontario government to release its back-to-school plan. However, its release — just weeks before school is scheduled to begin and without any serious consultation with the community — brought feelings of relief, anxiety, hopelessness, and rage.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM: Ford failing to address homelessness, racism, schooling (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: Ford failing to address homelessness, racism, schooling (July 2020)

Telling parents to prepare for every eventuality is not a plan

By Jessica Bell

As the pandemic drags on, the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable are getting worse. I want to draw attention to three communities that need our help.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM: COVID-19 has exposed issues in long-term care homes (May 2020)

June 15th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: COVID-19 has exposed issues in long-term care homes (May 2020)

We need to summon the political will to make long-term change

By Jessica Bell

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only exposing how poorly our economy and society treat our most vulnerable, it’s making it worse. 

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FOCUS: Local resources for a global pandemic (May 2020)

June 15th, 2020 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Local resources for a global pandemic (May 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 third issue since we all started to hunker down and stay together apart. 

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Tags: Annex · News · Life

FORUM: Pandemic brings out the best in humanity (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · 3 Comments

Bell fears the worst is yet to come

By Jessica Bell 

COVID-19 has changed our world. Many of us are anxiously living in private, reading our screens, and feeling helpless. At the same time, the essential workers among us are working overtime to keep us fed and safe. They are our farmers, our scientists, our truckers and cleaners, our midwives, postal workers, doctors, and supermarket staff. We see you and appreciate you all. 

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NEWS: Clinton’s Tavern on Bloor closes after 83 years (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: Clinton’s Tavern on Bloor closes after 83 years (Apr. 2020)

The tavern that’s been serving the west-end community with drinks, dance parties, and DJ nights announced in mid-February it will close permanently.

In a post to social media pages, Clinton’s Tavern announced its sudden closure.

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Tags: Annex · News

NEWS: Local resources for a global pandemic (Mar. 2020)

March 24th, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: Local resources for a global pandemic (Mar. 2020)

An early guide to services

By Gleaner Staff

Staying local, living local, and shopping local is going to be the new normal in the coming weeks as the world hunkers down to battle the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

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Tags: Annex · News