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LIFE: Enough with beg buttons (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · No Comments

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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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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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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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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GREENINGS: Reflecting on who actually matters (Mar. 2020)

March 24th, 2020 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Reflecting on who actually matters (Mar. 2020)

COVID-19 response speaks volumes about those we choose to ignore

By Terri Chu

There’s a China-sized hole in the world’s pollution map thanks to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Flights around the world have decreased, economic activity has gone down substantially, and our air has never been cleaner. Even Venice’s famous canals are running clean, and are once again home to swans and the odd dolphin.

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GREENINGS: Short-term gains lead to long-term losses (Feb. 2020)

February 27th, 2020 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Short-term gains lead to long-term losses (Feb. 2020)

Province has no business case for reckless cuts

By Terri Chu

Last year, Premier Ford and friends dropped $231 million of “taxpayer” money on killing wind energy projects. It’s one thing to not build any more but spending money to cancel projects? That’s next level “respecting” taxpayer money (as he likes to say). What this government has shown us is that it cares not one whit for being fiscally responsible and it cares not one whit for the best interests of the citizens. 

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Tags: Annex · Life · Opinion