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ON THE COVER: Greenspaces graded (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Greenspaces graded (Fall 2021)

A man sits at the edge of Jesse Ketchum Park on one of the many stone benches facing the public school of the same name. Find out how Annex parks have fared in the second summer of the pandemic in our annual park reviews, part two. MADELINE SMART/GLEANER NEWS

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NEWS: Freeland wins despite lower turnout (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Freeland wins despite lower turnout (Fall 2021)

Order of results in Uni-Rosedale largely unchanged this round

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland was re-elected for the third time in University-Rosedale on September 21. Her message that the Liberals could be relied upon to finish the fight against the pandemic and bring in $10-a-day child care earned her 47.5 per cent of votes in the riding, despite fewer polls and lowered voter turnout. COURTESY CHRYSTIA FREELAND

By Nicole Stoffman

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NEWS: TDSB consults after community garden razed (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: TDSB consults after community garden razed (Fall 2021)

New plans and promises accompany hurt feelings

The once full community gardens along Palmerston Avenue Junior Public School now sit empty. MADELINE SMART/GLEANER NEWS

By Madeline Smart

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NEWS: City fails to move forward as Avenue Road plans evolve (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: City fails to move forward as Avenue Road plans evolve (Fall 2021)

Bike lanes added to Avenue Road re-design

Avenue Road Safety Coalition has introduced a project that would create a bike lane on the east side of Avenue Road in a shared space with pedestrians. COURTESY BROWN AND STOREY

By Margarita Maltceva

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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: Access to winterized washrooms set to improve (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Access to winterized washrooms set to improve (Fall 2021)

In 2021, the City of Toronto opened up 79 new public washrooms for use throughout the winter, nearly doubling the previous number. This project was a direct response to pandemic restrictions which made access to public washrooms extra challenging, making life especially hard for vulnerable segments of the population.

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (Fall 2021)

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EDITORIAL: Doug Ford, the chaos king (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Doug Ford, the chaos king (Fall 2021)

Frustration. Nonsense. Chaos.

These are just a few words that are used to describe the situation for Ontario businesses following the release of the province’s plan to lift all Covid restrictions for businesses. You’d think there would be more celebration, but it’s hard, given the fact that small businesses are being impacted extra hard by policy that seems designed to hurt them.

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FORUM: Status quo streets unsustainable (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Status quo streets unsustainable (Fall 2021)

Government must be proactive to protect cyclists, pedestrians 

By Mike Layton

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FORUM: A wasted election, now Mr. Trudeau please deliver (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: A wasted election, now Mr. Trudeau please deliver (Fall 2021)

Many promises are now on the books that must be fulfilled

By Jessica Bell

Canada’s 44th election is over. The election cost $660 million, and delivered the same results as before, give or take a few seats. The Liberals got the minority they deserved.   

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GRADING OUR GREENSPACE (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on GRADING OUR GREENSPACE (Fall 2021)

Albeit small and with no playground infrastructure Gwendolyn MacEwan park is a great spot to stop and have a rest.

As part of the Gleaner’s annual area park reviews, here is Part Two. We grade each park and compare the score with the prior year. We look for amenities, trees, gardens, and cleanliness. We also tell you something you may not know about how the space got its name. 

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FOCUS: Gleaner sits down with Jessica Bell (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Gleaner sits down with Jessica Bell (Fall 2021)

With less than a year before the provincial election our MPP reflects

MPP Jessica Bell has had an eventful first term serving her riding of University-Rosedale with the pandemic likely affecting at least half of her four years. Over a year into COVID-19 and less than one year left before the next election, Bell reflects on her term thus far and what’s to come. MADELINE SMART/GLEANER NEWS

By Madeline Smart

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ARTS: Get other-worldly at the Toronto Reference Library (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on ARTS: Get other-worldly at the Toronto Reference Library (Fall 2021)

Fall of 2021 is as good a time as any to escape planet earth 

Science fiction writer Judith Merril in the Spaced-Out Library, then located at 566 Palmerston Ave., 1975. Courtesy Toronto Star Photograph Archive from the Toronto Public Library website

By Meribeth Deen

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