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GRADING OUR GREENSPACE: Appraising Annex parks (Sept. 2022)

September 27th, 2022 · No Comments

Part 2 of the Gleaner’s greenspace reviews

Compiled and photos by Marisa Kelly

Continuing from the August edition we review area parks and assign a letter grade. Park amenities, tree coverage, seating and waste management all go into the evaluations each year.

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FOCUS: It’s Time to Let Loose and Celebrate (Sept. 2022)

September 27th, 2022 · No Comments

Tartu College 50+2 is Here! 

By Kati Kiilaspea

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GRADING OUR GREENSPACE (Aug. 2022)

August 19th, 2022 · Comments Off on GRADING OUR GREENSPACE (Aug. 2022)

The best and worst of the Annex’s parks

Compiled and photos by Fox Oliver

Every year the Annex Gleaner reviews the abundance of parks in the Annex using a variety of criteria. 

While there is no decisive “winner” of the grading, letter grades are assigned to convey the quality of the parks considering aspects such as upkeep, amenities, and accessibility. 

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FOCUS: Wiener’s Home Hardware 100th anniversary a day to remember (July 2022)

July 18th, 2022 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Wiener’s Home Hardware 100th anniversary a day to remember (July 2022)

On June 18, Wiener’s Home Hardware celebrated their 100th anniversary with a block party hosted by the Bloor Annex Business Improvement Area, Annex Residents’ Association, and the Harbord Village Residents’ Association. The community enjoyed live music, food, and got a chance to learn about the history of the family-run store (pictured top-right). The block party gathered four generations of the Wiener family to celebrate (pictured above). Marty Wiener also accepted a plaque from Mayor John Tory, presented by Councillor Mike Layton, on behalf of the Wiener family commemorating the store’s contribution to the community over the past 100 years (pictured right). This celebration will surely be a day Annex residents will remember. —Fox Oliver/Gleaner News.

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FOCUS: Construction begins on Estonian Centre (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Construction begins on Estonian Centre (May 2022)

Ceremony launches ambitious building schedule

Not at all dissuaded by the rain, approximately 100 gathered for the groundbreaking. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

By Joshua Snow

KESKUS International Estonian Centre, located at 9 and 11 Madison Ave., held their official construction launch on April 8. The expected opening date is October 2023. 

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FOCUS: Annex Food Hall pivots to Asian night market (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Annex Food Hall pivots to Asian night market (May 2022)

“Rising tides raise all boats”

Superfresh is named after the 24-hour Korean-owned grocery store that operated out of this location for many years.

By Danielle Popov

The Annex Food Hall closed during the pandemic, but it will soon be reborn as an all Asian-owned 4,000 sq. foot night market called Superfresh. 

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GREENINGS: The disproportionate impact of inflation (Jan. 2022)

February 4th, 2022 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: The disproportionate impact of inflation (Jan. 2022)

Examining the interconnectivity of consumption, labour, and the environment

By Terri Chu

The richest among us earned record profits during another COVID-19 year while the poorest among us are risking their lives in understaffed service jobs. 

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Life · Opinion

ON THE COVER: Backyard dreams (Dec. 2021)

December 17th, 2021 · 2 Comments

Artist Brian Killin finds inspiration in everyday Canadian life, both rural and urban. His favorite subjects include; a late-night shinny hockey game, a fresh snowfall in northern Ontario, the hustling urban landscape of downtown Toronto, and the peaceful beaches of Prince Edward Island. The breadth of his subject matter is an exploration of Canadian identity. Brian models his artwork after the great Canadian artists, Cornelius Krieghoff and Ken Danby. He has shown his artwork over the past thirty years throughout Toronto. 

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LIFE: Honouring son in area parks (Dec. 2021)

December 17th, 2021 · Comments Off on LIFE: Honouring son in area parks (Dec. 2021)

Suicide seen as collateral damage during COVID-19

Christine Andreopoulos plays chess at the table she donated to Jean Sibelius Square in honour of her son, Kye Andreopoulos, “a loving and faithful son and friend.” Kye took his own life, age 28, due to failures in our under-resourced mental health system, stretched to the breaking point by the pandemic, she said. “That psychiatrists couldn’t see their patients in-person. To me, that was the wrong part.” NICOLE STOFFMAN/GLEANER NEWS

By Nicole Stoffman

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LIFE: Finding tombstones in your yard (Dec. 2021)

December 17th, 2021 · Comments Off on LIFE: Finding tombstones in your yard (Dec. 2021)

Palmerston area resident traces origins of Hebrew headstones

(From left) Doug Reeve, Greg Beiles, Yael Schacter, and Melanie Reeve inspect about 50 flagstones mysteriously engraved with Hebrew lettering. The stones were found on Miriam Schacter’s front lawn, and she is asking for community input to identify their origin. COURTESY OF MIRIAM SCHACTER

By Margarita Maltaceva

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GREENINGS: Avoid the stress of stuff at Xmas (Dec. 2021)

December 17th, 2021 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Avoid the stress of stuff at Xmas (Dec. 2021)

Do it for the planet, and for yourself

By Terri Chu

As an environmentalist, few things make me cringe quite like Christmas does. We are heading into the season when Canadians will each discard a staggering 50 kg of trash over the holidays. 

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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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