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GREENINGS: Vote this election (Provincial Election 2022)

May 24th, 2022 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Vote this election (Provincial Election 2022)

A vote for the oil men is a vote for genocide; it is actively acknowledging our ambivalence about the suffering of others

By Terri Chu

We live in a sea of green, red, and orange signs here in University-Rosedale, and for all the things we might disagree on, our neighbours agree on a few key points: climate change is real, vaccines work, science can move us forward.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

GREENINGS: The disproportionate impact of inflation (Jan. 2022)

February 4th, 2022 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: The disproportionate impact of inflation (Jan. 2022)

Examining the interconnectivity of consumption, labour, and the environment

By Terri Chu

The richest among us earned record profits during another COVID-19 year while the poorest among us are risking their lives in understaffed service jobs. 

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Life · Opinion

GREENINGS: Avoid the stress of stuff at Xmas (Dec. 2021)

December 17th, 2021 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Avoid the stress of stuff at Xmas (Dec. 2021)

Do it for the planet, and for yourself

By Terri Chu

As an environmentalist, few things make me cringe quite like Christmas does. We are heading into the season when Canadians will each discard a staggering 50 kg of trash over the holidays. 

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Tags: Annex · Life

CHATTER: ARA’s ambitious tree audit planned for renewal in 2022 (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: ARA’s ambitious tree audit planned for renewal in 2022 (Fall 2021)

This 400 year old oak tree off Spadina Avenue is one of the oldest trees in the city. The ARA is about to update its survey of all 10,000 trees in the Annex. New data will help protect the tree canopy from developers, says project lead, Terri Chu. GLEANER FILE PHOTO/COURTESY MICHAEL LOW

In 2009 the Annex Residents Association (ARA) took on the impressive task of cataloging over 10,000 trees in the Annex neighbourhood. A team of forestry students and numerous volunteers worked over the course of four summers logging the trees’ species, age, varieties and their ownership. Now, 12 years later, they’re looking to do it all over again.

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CHATTER: Annex Residents’ Association holds virtual AGM (June 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Annex Residents’ Association holds virtual AGM (June 2021)

Over 40 people were in virtual attendance at the Annex Residents’ Association’s (ARA) Annual General Meeting on April 22. Because of the pandemic, it was the first AGM in two years, but participation was up thanks to Zoom. 

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LIFE: Enough with beg buttons (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on LIFE: Enough with beg buttons (May 2021)

It’s time to give pedestrians their due

By Terri Chu

Steven’s Grocery is easily my favourite corner of our neighbourhood. Helen’s flowers are always a welcome sight as we walk by, but the one thing I HATE about that corner is the beg button. 

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Tags: Annex · Life

GREENINGS: More greenspace, fewer cars (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: More greenspace, fewer cars (Apr. 2021)

Let’s not go back to unhealthy “normal”

By Terri Chu

While we all wait for vaccines to bring us back to some sense of “normal” (don’t hold your breath as the variants might beat us at this game), let’s take a moment to reflect on how much normal really sucked: for so many Torontonians, “normal” meant sitting in the car for hours just to get to work. 

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Tags: Annex · Life

GREENINGS: Urban agriculture has many environmental dividends (Mar. 2021)

March 26th, 2021 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Urban agriculture has many environmental dividends (Mar. 2021)

Reconnecting with our green thumbs is good for us all

By Terri Chu

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GREENINGS: May you find your xingfu in 2021 (Jan. 2021)

January 27th, 2021 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: May you find your xingfu in 2021 (Jan. 2021)

You won’t find true happiness inside a box

By Terri Chu

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Tags: Annex · Life · Opinion

GREENINGS: What happens if we don’t want to go back to the “before” times? (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: What happens if we don’t want to go back to the “before” times? (July 2020)

Pandemic shows we can live on so much less

While many of us are enjoying cleaner air in the neighbourhood, undoubtably there are people up at night worried about what happens if the air never goes back to being as toxic as it once was. Trillions of dollars are at stake if we, as a society, decide we don’t really want to go back to the “before” times where people drove hours to get to work and mindlessly went shopping for entertainment. 

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Tags: Annex · Life

GREENINGS: Capitalist truths exposed (May 2020)

June 15th, 2020 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Capitalist truths exposed (May 2020)

It’s time to focus on survival

By Terri Chu

India’s population of 1.3 billion people is in a state of “lockdown” until May 3. One of the initial impacts was a massive wave of migrants, suddenly jobless, walking hundreds of kilometres to their home-communities. In the country’s most populated state, Uttar Pradesh, state officials have instructed village councillors not to allow returning labourers in. In India and around the world, Coronavirus is laying bare a capitalistic hard-truth: the poor are expendable. 

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NEWS: ARA helps thy neighbour (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · 3 Comments

Annex Helps Group mounts massive outreach to assist

By Nicole Stoffman

The day Toronto announced a soft lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Terri Chu dropped 100 flyers in her neighbourhood. “If, for any reason and with no judgement, you need any help, be it running errands, picking up groceries, or childcare, please feel free to reach out,” they read. 

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EDITORIAL: Local heroes (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · 4 Comments

“Canadians are kind and generous.” The Prime Minsister tells us this in his daily briefings on the COVID-19 crisis. In reality, this statement is part truth and part aspirational. Fortunately in the Annex, and in a great many other parts of our city, this is proving to be true. Many residents are acting as model citizens: staying home, sharing positive messages, and helping each other out.

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