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EDITORIAL CARTOON: “Reasons” (May 2019)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: “Reasons” (May 2019)

How Nice by Brett Lamb

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EDITORIAL: Ford chooses wrong path, again (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ford chooses wrong path, again (May 2021)

And this month in Ontario politics: Premier Doug Ford, yet again summons the experts for their advice, and pledges to follow their lead. And yet again, once advice is received, promptly goes off in a wildly different direction. This month, the experts told Ford it was safe to re-open schools for the month of June. They told him schools need to be opened not just for the sake of education, but for the sake of mental health. Yet here we are, with schools closed until September.

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FORUM: Premier Ford’s land use planning agenda is a big worry (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Premier Ford’s land use planning agenda is a big worry (May 2021)

The good, the bad, and the ugly of a government run amok on planning policy

By Jessica Bell

Since becoming premier, the Doug Ford government has rewritten many of the laws and regulations that decide how we build and what we build. These developer-friendly changes help Doug Ford’s donor base reap record profits, but their impact on people, the environment, democracy and our affordable housing goals is mixed. And I’m being nice here.

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FORUM: Exclusionary planning must stop (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Exclusionary planning must stop (May 2021)

The lack of affordable housing is the other crisis of our time

By Mike Layton

When asked to name the single biggest issue that is facing Torontonians, the most common answer is how hard it is to find affordable housing. 

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LIFE: Enough with beg buttons (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on LIFE: Enough with beg buttons (May 2021)

It’s time to give pedestrians their due

By Terri Chu

Steven’s Grocery is easily my favourite corner of our neighbourhood. Helen’s flowers are always a welcome sight as we walk by, but the one thing I HATE about that corner is the beg button. 

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ARTS: Enjoy Annex-based opera online (May 2021)

June 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on ARTS: Enjoy Annex-based opera online (May 2021)

From ‘park and bark’ to click and stream – opera is evolving locally

Don Alfonso (Alex Bowie) and Despina (Bahar M. Harandi) plotting and laying bets on what will happen with the young couples whom they serve. From the Long Reach Opera Workshop’s 2018 production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.
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By James McLean


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ON THE COVER: The white elephant (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: The white elephant (Apr. 2021)

The white elephant in the neighbourhood: for over 17 years this life-sized Indian elephant sculpture has watched over Seaton Village from its home at 77 Yarmouth Rd. The 9 foot tall plaster sculpture was created by Matt Donovan in 1999 as part of his student thesis at the Ontario College of Art and Design and has lived on Yarmouth since 2003. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

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NEWS: Geary goes green (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Geary goes green (Apr. 2021)

Construction on first Green Line initiative set for 2022

Widening sidewalks for better accessibility and pedestrian safety surrounding Geary Avenue Parkette is being discussed. COURTESY DTAH

By Mary An

One of the first initiatives within the Green Line is underway. As chronicled in the Annex Gleaner’s February edition, the Green Line will be a five kilometre-long park running along the hydro-electric corridor north of Dupont Street. 

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NEWS: Tenants at risk of eviction (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Tenants at risk of eviction (Apr. 2021)

Critics see government’s “protections” as toothless 

By Nicole Stoffman

Seven percent of Ontario tenants, or 98,000 families, can’t pay their full rent because of pandemic-related job loss. They are accumulating rent arrears that many will never be able to repay, according to the Federation of Rental Providers of Ontario (FRPO). In the Annex alone, 16 eviction applications have been made since November. 

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NEWS: Light sculptures appear on Bloor (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Light sculptures appear on Bloor (Apr. 2021)

BIA pays homage to its many food establishments during COVID

The colourful strainers and colanders catch the eye during the day and vibrate unique mandela effects during the night. This cylinder artwork can be found lighting up the new parkette on Brunswick Avenue at Bloor Street West MARY AN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mary An 

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CHATTER: The pivot to the mask trade (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: The pivot to the mask trade (Apr. 2021)

Stores like David Dunkley Fine Millinery at 974 Bathurst St. have successfully re-tooled to make protective masks for their customers.
BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

Rainbows, sparkles and onesies, it turns out, are no match for a global pandemic. That’s what Lien Nguyen and her business partner found out after COVID-19 forced numerous strategic pivots just to stay alive. Their enterprise, the Unicorn Café, opened up in January of 2020 at 561 Bloor Street W., and attempted to continue running via Uber Eats. Like many businesses, the Unicorn Café entered the mask trade and in that, found some hope.


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CHATTER: Tarragon’s Reinvention (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Tarragon’s Reinvention (Apr. 2021)

Fans of original Canadian theatre will be pleased to know that the Tarragon is not gone. On offer in May are audio dramas Scorched and Come Home-The Legend of Daddy Hall. Visit tickets.tarragontheatre.com. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

The Tarragon Theatre has stayed afloat through the third wave of this pandemic by bringing theatre lovers a full season of audio dramas. This art form enjoyed its golden age in the 40s and had been enjoying a rebirth which has boomed with the pandemic. Theatres have been discovering its usefulness as a cheaper and more reliable way to deliver shows than filmed productions or Zoom plays. Actors record their parts remotely, which are combined by the producers who then add in the sound design.

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