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ON THE COVER: New mural in the Annex (Jan. 2023)

January 24th, 2023 · No Comments

BIA sponsors art on frequently tagged space

Local artist Talie Shalmon stands proud with her new City of the Future mural. COURTESY MELANIE RAMSAY/BLOOR ANNEX BIA

By Hailey Alexander

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NEWS: Awards recognize volunteers (Jan. 2023)

January 24th, 2023 · No Comments

MPP Bell lauds community achievers in University-Rosedale

Personal support workers from the St George Care Community worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure quality care for each of their residents. These PSWs were some of the real heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic and stand beside MPP Jessica Bell (at right). COURTESY MPP JESSICA BELL’S OFFICE

By Fox Oliver

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EDITORIAL: We care Mr. Tory (Jan. 2023)

January 24th, 2023 · No Comments

In 2018, and during our last municipal election, Doug Ford’s Conservatives slashed the size of city council in half to 26. This created outsized wards that are too big to manage and a population that feels disconnected from elected representatives. Burned out councillors are also a symptom, and we’ve seen a few—Joe Cressy and Mike Layton, for example, just walked away. Voter turnout is down to 30 per cent of eligible voters casting ballots, and the province under Doug Ford continues to further erode the power and relevance of local government in Ontario.

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FORUM: His villainy was his lack of transparency (Jan. 2023)

January 24th, 2023 · No Comments

Our just “trust me” mayor has betrayed democracy

By Sue Dexter

“What I can’t support is change being rammed down our throats without a single second of public consultation.” John Tory after the province slashes council in half, 2018. 

“Trust me.” John Tory on receiving unprecedented minority rule powers, after no public consultation, 2022.

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FORUM: Turbulent time to take a seat (Jan. 2023)

January 24th, 2023 · No Comments

Governance, climate, and road safety goals emerge as priorities

By Dianne Saxe

Thank you all for selecting me as your city councillor. I would like to thank the Gleaner for inviting me to regularly update residents on what is happening in Ward 11 and at city council. 

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FORUM: Toronto has a homelessness crisis (Jan. 2023)

January 24th, 2023 · No Comments

Governments must come together to address it

By Jessica Bell

On Dec. 8, I stood with Reverend Maggie Helwig, Bishop Andrew Asbil of the Archdiocese of Toronto, and over 100 local residents to observe the installation of a cage around the Panhandler Jesus statue outside the Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields on College St.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR (Dec. 2022)

December 13th, 2022 · Comments Off on LETTER TO THE EDITOR (Dec. 2022)

Re: Grading our Greenspaces – Margaret Fairley Park

I always enjoy getting the Annex Gleaner and have appreciated your Grading our Greenspace for many years…good for the neighbourhood and good for the parks department.

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EDITORIAL: Bill 23: A housing plan built on corruption (Dec. 2022)

December 13th, 2022 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Bill 23: A housing plan built on corruption (Dec. 2022)

Back in 2018, Doug Ford spoke his truth and it was caught on camera. The reaction to that video was so swift and forceful that the premier was forced to make a promise: he would never touch the Greenbelt, he said. If we’ve learned anything about Doug Ford since then, it’s that saying one thing and doing another is standard practice, and promises are meant to be broken. In breaking his promise on the Greenbelt, Ford is inflicting incomparable damage on this province that extends from the land to our trust in democratic systems.

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FORUM: A fall economic statement from the Minister of Finance (Dec. 2022)

December 13th, 2022 · Comments Off on FORUM: A fall economic statement from the Minister of Finance (Dec. 2022)

So far this year, our economic growth has been the strongest in the G7

By Chrystia Freeland

I know that it has felt like one thing after another since COVID first reached our shores. We turned the economy off, and then we turned it back on again. Vladimir Putin illegally invaded Ukraine. And now we are all dealing with the impacts of global inflation at the checkout counter and the gas pump.

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FORUM: Ford takes aim at democracy and the Greenbelt (Dec. 2022)

December 13th, 2022 · Comments Off on FORUM: Ford takes aim at democracy and the Greenbelt (Dec. 2022)

It’s power for power’s sake not about sound policy

By Jessica Bell

The Ford government’s Bill 39 is a direct attack on representative democracy. The bill bulldozes local decision-making so Doug Ford can wield more power while making it easier for his developer friends to get rich paving over the Greenbelt.

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FORUM: Bill 23 is the province’s Big Lie (Dec. 2022)

December 13th, 2022 · Comments Off on FORUM: Bill 23 is the province’s Big Lie (Dec. 2022)

Residents’ associations come together to condemn move

By the HVRA and the ARA

Bill 23, the provincial government’s promise to build 1.5 million homes by 2031 is nothing short of an early Christmas gift to developers.

There’s no guarantee homes will be built, there’s nothing to ensure they will be affordable, and there’s no help for renters.

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NEWS: Taking the pulse at campaign parties (Nov. 2022)

November 22nd, 2022 · Comments Off on NEWS: Taking the pulse at campaign parties (Nov. 2022)

Gleaner writer visits the top three candidates on election night

By Marisa Kelly

I arrive at the Pilot Tavern at 8:00 pm on Monday, Oct. 24. The former Yonge Street club and jazz bar now resides in Yorkville. It’s now a restaurant venue offering live music, and there is a pride flag proudly in the window—this is a welcoming spot, and tonight it plays host to Robin Buxton Potts’ election party. 

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NEWS: Reflecting on the campaign (Nov. 2022)

November 22nd, 2022 · Comments Off on NEWS: Reflecting on the campaign (Nov. 2022)

Two unsuccessful candidates share their thoughts

Compiled by Brian Burchell

The Gleaner reached out to the top performing candidates to get their take on such a competitive race. 

What are your thoughts about the campaign and in particular the challenge of running against other “progressive” candidates?

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