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ON THE COVER: A forgotten skating venue on Dupont (Dec. 2023)

December 23rd, 2023 · 1 Comment

The image on (on page 1 of our printed edition) was taken in 1923, at the former Toronto Skating Club. Silhouettes of two couples hand in hand on the ice offer a glimpse into the city’s rich figure skating history.

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Tags: Annex · On the cover

NEWS: Receipt checks raise retail conflict (Dec. 2023)

December 23rd, 2023 · Comments Off on NEWS: Receipt checks raise retail conflict (Dec. 2023)

Shoppers Drug Mart faces backlash against receipt checks

A Shoppers Drug Mart employee paces behind a patron while they process their self checkout. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

By Alexa Méndez

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Tags: Annex · News

EDITORIAL CARTON: “Someone’s getting rich!” (Dec. 2023)

December 23rd, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTON: “Someone’s getting rich!” (Dec. 2023)

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EDITORIAL: AG confirms Ford rigged Science Centre analysis (Dec. 2023)

December 23rd, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: AG confirms Ford rigged Science Centre analysis (Dec. 2023)

In an annual report, Ontario’s Acting Auditor General (AG) Nick Stavropoulos contradicts the conclusions of the government’s stated “business case” for moving the Ontario Science Centre to Ontario Place. It turns out the “savings” the government promises taxpayers is anything but.

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Tags: Annex · Editorial · Opinion

A hectic first year in University-Rosedale  

December 23rd, 2023 · Comments Off on A hectic first year in University-Rosedale  

Housing, new greenspaces, traffic, and construction dominate

By Dianne Saxe

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

Where’s Ontario’s student housing plan?

December 23rd, 2023 · Comments Off on Where’s Ontario’s student housing plan?

Students are particularly vulnerable to weak rental laws

By Jessica Bell

Justin is a graduate student studying pancreatic cancer at the University of Toronto. He’s one of thousands of students who live in our downtown neighbourhoods. When his building was bought by corporate landlord, Harrington Housing, he became a victim of neglect and harassment designed to drive him out of his rent-controlled home.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

ON THE COVER: Pretty cool (Fall 2023)

December 5th, 2023 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Pretty cool (Fall 2023)

It’s great that the Bloor Annex was recognized as one of “The 40 coolest in the world” by Time Out – a leading global hospitality publication based in the U.K. Over 12,000 people voted for which places should be in the top 40. Only two in Canada were selected.

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Tags: Annex · News · On the cover

NEWS: Parkettes win Urban Design Award (Fall 2023)

December 5th, 2023 · Comments Off on NEWS: Parkettes win Urban Design Award (Fall 2023)

Urban design firm DTAH and Bloor-Annex BIA lauded by city

Horn On The Cob playing for Wiener’s Home Hardware’s 100th Anniversary celebration in the Howland Ave. parkette.
NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

By Megan Bocchinfuso


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FOCUS: Grading our greenspace (Fall 2023)

December 5th, 2023 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Grading our greenspace (Fall 2023)

A report card on our cherished parks

The Village of Yorkville Park pictured here has stood the test of time and remains a “must see” in the Annex.
MEGAN BOCCHINFUSO/GLEANER NEWS

Compiled and photos by Megan Bocchinfuso


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Tags: Annex · Life

NEWS: Carved pumpkins to enjoy an encore on Harbord Street (Fall 2023)

December 4th, 2023 · Comments Off on NEWS: Carved pumpkins to enjoy an encore on Harbord Street (Fall 2023)

Come celebrate the warmth of community 

Children seen here at last year’s display of creative carving. HAILEY ALEXANDER/GLEANER NEWS

By Brian Burchell

Harbord Village’s cherished pumpkin festival is back this year on Nov. 1. Dozens of pumpkins will light up the neighbourhood along Harbord Street from Spadina Avenue to Borden Street. 


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Tags: Annex · News

EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (Fall 2023)

December 4th, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (Fall 2023)

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EDITORIAL: An insincere mea culpa (Fall 2023)

December 4th, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: An insincere mea culpa (Fall 2023)

When announcing his latest reversal of plans to develop parts of the Greenbelt, Premier Doug Ford said he was “very, very, sorry.” It’s not clear what exactly he is sorry for, or if he is indeed sorry at all. After months of ignoring his critics, including damning reports from the Auditor General and the Integrity Commission, Ford forced his flying monkey cabinet to line up behind him to try and rationalize his latest u-turn on the Greenbelt file.

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Tags: Annex · Editorial · Opinion

FORUM: Keeping it green and safe in University-Rosedale (Fall 2023)

December 4th, 2023 · Comments Off on FORUM: Keeping it green and safe in University-Rosedale (Fall 2023)

Over 100 development files pending in this ward alone

By Dianne Saxe

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather as much as I am. Thank you to everyone who helps to look after Toronto school children returning to school, including teachers, cleaners, cooks, bus drivers, and crossing guards. 

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion