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ON THE COVER: Wychwood Pond (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Wychwood Pond (Apr. 2024)

Kids frolic in what was a tributary of Taddle Creek on June 17, 1916. The tributary was later dammed to create Wychwood Pond. Read more. COURTESY CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES

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NEWS: Annex heritage properties at risk (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: Annex heritage properties at risk (Apr. 2024)

Deadline for designation is end of the year

By James Bullanoff

A large number of heritage properties are at risk of losing their status in the Bloor-Annex area and across Toronto. The pictures in this story are examples of the many “listed” but not “designated” heritage properties.

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NEWS: Magic mushroom dispensary opens on Bloor (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: Magic mushroom dispensary opens on Bloor (Apr. 2024)

Shroomyz chain store faces police raid and vandalism

By Ammara Khan

A Shroomyz mushroom dispensary recently opened at 497 Bloor St. W., replacing a nail salon. Since its opening, Shroomyz has experienced a police raid, a staff arrest, as well as significant vandalism. Despite these challenges, it continues to conduct business. 

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NEWS: Rediscovering Wychwood Pond (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: Rediscovering Wychwood Pond (Apr. 2024)

One of the last visible remnants of Taddle Creek

MIA KESKINEN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mia Keskinen 

Wychwood Pond is a hidden gem within the Annex waiting to be discovered. The pond is in Wychwood Park, located near Bathurst Street and Davenport Road. The park is a picturesque enclave with English-style homes tucked away in a pocket of forest.  Although the park is hidden in a residential area, it is open to the public to enjoy.

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NEWS: Karma’s free bike repair cafe (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: Karma’s free bike repair cafe (Apr. 2024)

Wildly popular repair cafes from last year now include bicycles

Karma Co-op member Nathalie Remond thrilled with her ready to roll wheels. COURTESY KARMA CO-OP

By Brian Burchell

This year, Karma Co-op is hosting its first spring Bicycle Repair Cafe on Saturday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Karma’s parking lot. The co-op is located at the rear of 739 Palmerston Ave. (off Karma Lane).

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice: NIMBYism 101 (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice: NIMBYism 101 (Apr. 2024)

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EDITORIAL: The Vacant Home Tax: A multi-mayor failure (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: The Vacant Home Tax: A multi-mayor failure (Apr. 2024)

The Vacant Home Tax (VHT) is an unabashed debacle. The City of Toronto just sent 167,000 homeowners tax bills that include a one per cent VHT levy based on the values of their properties. If, for example, their Municipal Property Assessment Corporation valuation is $800,000, then the city just added a surcharge to their tax bill of $8000. Payable when? Now.

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FORUM: A busy agenda at city council (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on FORUM: A busy agenda at city council (Apr. 2024)

Many environmental initiatives getting the green light

By Dianne Saxe

Spring has arrived. Flowers are pushing up and there are so many ways to enjoy beautiful University-Rosedale. This spring we want to highlight great local music venues, festivals, parks, and environmental events. Hot Docs, Fringe, Jazz Fest—these and other Toronto arts organizations need your support if they are to survive.

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FORUM: Ford’s gross mismanagement of the land use files (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on FORUM: Ford’s gross mismanagement of the land use files (Apr. 2024)

New housing bills encourage sprawl and thwart democracy

By Jessica Bell

The Conservatives have introduced another housing bill and revamped the Provincial Policy Statement which sets planning rules for the province.  Here’s what you should know about the Conservatives’ latest moves. 

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SPORTS: A whole new ball game (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on SPORTS: A whole new ball game (Apr. 2024)

Club promises new features and new excitement for Leafs baseball

Fresh coats of paint are being applied to the announcer’s booth and concession stand. R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

By R.S. Konjek

A new season of Toronto Maple Leafs baseball will soon get underway at Christie Pits.

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ON THE COVER (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER (Mar. 2024)

Newly constructed laneway suite near Borden and Bloor underscores the many possibilities for infill housing that are feasible and permissible in older downtown neighbourhoods. READ MORE HERE. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

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NEWS: Laneway suites taking hold (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: Laneway suites taking hold (Mar. 2024)

How residential properties are evolving 

By James Bullanoff

A recent influx of laneway suites has hit the Annex area as homeowners explore alternative housing options for their properties.

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NEWS: U of T builds tower out of structural timber (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: U of T builds tower out of structural timber (Mar. 2024)

Resurgence of sustainable wood beams and columns 

View looking northwest across Varsity Field at a rendering of the new timber tower under construction.
RENDERING BY PA+MJMA ARCHITECTS

By Ammara Khan

The University of Toronto is currently in the process of constructing the tallest academic timber building in the world, predicted to be complete by mid-2026. 


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