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FOCUS: Revitalization of Robert St. Field (Mar. 2021)

March 26th, 2021 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Revitalization of Robert St. Field (Mar. 2021)

Long-awaited renewal of U of T park space for community use

Emerging from its confusing past, Robert Street Field has upgraded the playground and the field is now the largest geothermal project in Canada. COURTESY STUDIO tla OBTAINED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

By Mary An

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NEWS: Pausing to preserve (City Election 2018)

October 17th, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: Pausing to preserve (City Election 2018)

Demolition freeze for Kensington Market

By Temi Dada

In mid July, Toronto City Council voted to prevent the demolition of commercial and mixed-use buildings for one year in Kensington Market. This gives the city time to complete work on designating the market a Heritage Conservation District (HCD), and makes sure that developers don’t tear down any buildings in a bid to launch a redevelopment project before the HCD gets finalized.

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NEWS: Funding for Indigenous housing (October 2018)

October 16th, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: Funding for Indigenous housing (October 2018)

Affordable units made possible by development charges

Spadina Road’s Wigwamen Terrace will receive $700,000 from the city to add 24 affordable housing units for Indigenous seniors. AHMED HAGAR/GLEANER NEWS

By Ahmed Hagar

Wigwamen Terrace (14 Spadina Rd.) has received $700,000 to fund a three-storey expansion that will add 24 new affordable housing units for Indigenous seniors. Toronto City Council approved the funding late last month.

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NEWS: Election chaos (October 2018)

October 16th, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: Election chaos (October 2018)

Council cuts a concern

By Ellie Hayden

Local residents’ associations, business improvement areas, and community organizations are concerned that reducing Toronto City Council from 47 to 25 seats will wreak havoc with the business of the city in their neighbourhoods.

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FORUM: Changing times and travel modes (October 2018)

October 16th, 2018 · Comments Off on FORUM: Changing times and travel modes (October 2018)

Councillors should ask new questions

By Albert Koehl

Is City Hall’s preoccupation with facilitating the movement of cars now just a bad habit that can no longer be rationalized in light of actual travel modes by residents?

According to the numbers, among other reasons: yes.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

NEWS: Hundreds protest cuts to council (Aug./Sept. 2018)

September 11th, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: Hundreds protest cuts to council (Aug./Sept. 2018)

Defending downtown democracy

Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) speaks at an emergency public meeting at Scadding Court Community Centre on August 13. ELLIE HAYDEN/GLEANER NEWS

By Ellie Hayden

“Shame!”

Hundreds of people huddled shoulder to shoulder shouted the rallying cry at an emergency public meeting on August 13 at the Scadding Court Community Centre.

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CHATTER: Dupont Station construction delayed by a year (Summer 2018)

August 12th, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) recently announced that construction would be delayed one year at Dupont Station due to difficulties with the third-party contractor in charge of the project. Elevators are being installed at the Dupont Street and Spadina Road station, which has led to regular traffic delays at the intersection.

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FORUM: Why I’m running for re-election (Summer 2018)

August 12th, 2018 · Comments Off on FORUM: Why I’m running for re-election (Summer 2018)

Building a more livable and caring city

By Joe Cressy

It’s been four years since I was first elected to represent Trinity-Spadina on Toronto City Council. It has been both an exhilarating and, at times, exhausting experience. I’ve loved every minute of it.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

EDITORIAL: City staff ignore bike lanes (July 2018)

July 18th, 2018 · 1 Comment

In “The Pothole”, the award-winning 150th episode Seinfeld, Cosmo Kramer adopts a one mile stretch of the Arthur Burghardt Expressway after running over an abandoned sewing machine. Kramer decides to make his newly adopted section of a highway a more luxurious experience for drivers by reducing four lanes to two extra-wide ones. What results — to great comedic effect — is mass confusion and chaos and, a lesson in how not to manage a highway.

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NEWS: ARA holds annual meeting (Election Special 2018)

May 29th, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: ARA holds annual meeting (Election Special 2018)

Peter Steen receives Community Builder Award

Annex Residents’ Association board member Christine Innes, vice-chair Albert Koehl, Peter Steen, and chair David Harrison (from left). Steen received the Community Builder award for building and maintaining an ice rink at Jean Sibelius Park over many years. COURTESY ALBERT KOEHL

By Ahmed-Zaki Hagar

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NEWS: Shelter blamed for spike in crime (May 2018)

May 9th, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: Shelter blamed for spike in crime (May 2018)

May shift to women only next year

By Geremy Bordonaro

A temporary drop-in homeless shelter at 348 Davenport Rd. is once again home to controversy. Some local residents say that there’s been a noticeable increase in violence and drugs in the area since the shelter — publicly supported by Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) and the Annex Residents’ Association — opened in January.

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NEWS: New park at Monsignor Fraser (Spring 2018)

May 1st, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: New park at Monsignor Fraser (Spring 2018)

Concrete yard to become shared greenspace

By Geremy Bordonaro

A concrete school yard at Monsignor Fraser College is set to be redeveloped into a park that will be shared by the school and community under a 21-year joint use agreement between the City of Toronto and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB).

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NEWS: Freshening the field (Spring 2018)

May 1st, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: Freshening the field (Spring 2018)

Improving Huron Street to make a positive impact

Huron Street Junior Public School’s Big Tree, a heritage tree that is about 150 years old, is at the centre of a plan to revitalize the schoolyard. School representatives want to create a welcoming space around the tree, clean up the tennis courts, and remove the fences. GEREMY BORDONARO/GLEANER NEWS

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