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FOCUS: Putting candidates to the Gleaner test (City Election 2018)

October 17th, 2018 · 3 Comments

See where hopefuls stand

It’s a bit ironic that municipal elections attract the lowest voter turnouts. Ironic because decisions made at City Hall have a greater impact on your day-to-day life than those made in the legislature or in parliament. On any given day, Toronto City Council will consider garbage, snow removal, transit, zoning, parks…the list is endless. Yet it can be difficult for councillor candidates to attract attention, much less your vote.

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NEWS: Election chaos (October 2018)

October 16th, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: Election chaos (October 2018)

Council cuts a concern

By Ellie Hayden

Local residents’ associations, business improvement areas, and community organizations are concerned that reducing Toronto City Council from 47 to 25 seats will wreak havoc with the business of the city in their neighbourhoods.

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ON THE COVER: Pop up pit stop (Summer 2018)

August 12th, 2018 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Pop up pit stop (Summer 2018)

A bike undergoes a safety check-up at a pop up pit stop on Bloor Street West last month. The Bloor Annex BIA (whose chair publishes this newspaper) sponsored the safety checks, which were performed free of charge by Cycle Toronto staffers. Free check-ups will be offered again on August 14 on Bloor Street West at Howland Avenue by the bee mural. TEMI?DADA/GLEANER?NEWS

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CHATTER: No more funding for Annex Family Festival (Jan. 2018)

January 29th, 2018 · Comments Off on CHATTER: No more funding for Annex Family Festival (Jan. 2018)

The future of the Annex Family Festival is up in the air after most of its funds were cut by the Bloor Annex BIA at its annual general meeting on January 9. The organization’s board of directors presented the annual budget, which included funding for the festival, for approval by the general members.

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Chatter (Nov. 2017): Bloor Annex BIA updates street revitalization plan

November 24th, 2017 · Comments Off on Chatter (Nov. 2017): Bloor Annex BIA updates street revitalization plan

COURTESY BLOOR ANNEX BIA
The right-of-way on the western flank of the grocery store at Bloor and Robert streets will be redeveloped into a park, thanks to the Bloor Annex BIA.

The Bloor Annex Business Improvement Area (BIA) met this month to discuss the upcoming, and much anticipated, Bloor Street revitalization plan due in 2019.

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FORUM (Oct. 2017): A magical new supply of parking spots

November 2nd, 2017 · 1 Comment

Merchants need to look to themselves

By Albert Koehl

What if Bloor Street merchants — especially those who believe the bike lane is bad for business — could magically create a new supply of parking spots for their motoring customers?

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EDITORIAL (FALL 2017): Bike lanes, good for business

October 12th, 2017 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL (FALL 2017): Bike lanes, good for business

When confronted with the question of whether or not to support the city’s pilot bike lanes on Bloor Street, the Bloor Annex and Korea Town Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) commissioned a study on the economic impact of the bike lanes. The comprehensive evaluation yielded clear results and also found a discrepancy between the attitudes of merchants and the positive impact the lanes appeared to have on their bottom lines.

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CHATTER (June 2017): Community through song

June 30th, 2017 · Comments Off on CHATTER (June 2017): Community through song

PHOTO BY BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS: Led by Andrew Donaldson, the Trinity-St. Paul’s choir performs on the steps of the Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church during the Annex Family Festival on June 11. Organized by the Miles Nadal JCC and sponsored by the Bloor Annex BIA (whose chair publishes this newspaper), the festival featured 120 craft and unique food vendors, as well as a street parade and children’s village.

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CHATTER (MAY 2017): Annex Family Festival returns on June 11

May 26th, 2017 · Comments Off on CHATTER (MAY 2017): Annex Family Festival returns on June 11

Over 20,000 attendees and 120 craft and unique food vendors are expected to descend on Bloor Street between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street on June 11 for the 21st running of the Annex Family Festival.

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EDITORIAL (APRIL 2017): Westbank’s positive precedent

April 10th, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Toronto and East York Community Council unanimously endorsed a planning staff recommendation to approve Westbank Projects Corp.’s application to redevelop the southwest corner of Bloor and Bathurst streets on April 4. It’s a significant milestone that comes after three years of community consultations and collaborative work between the Vancouver-based developer, planning staff, and community representatives.

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CHATTER (MARCH 2017): Preliminary data on Bloor Street pilot bike lane released

March 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on CHATTER (MARCH 2017): Preliminary data on Bloor Street pilot bike lane released

PHOTO BY BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

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FOCUS (OCTOBER 2016): Marked with granite

October 28th, 2016 · Comments Off on FOCUS (OCTOBER 2016): Marked with granite

Creating a spot to gather

PICTURE COURTESY ROBERT CRAM: A Quebec quarry worker marks granite destined to become part seating, part art installation in four parkettes set to launch on Bloor Street in 2018.

PICTURE COURTESY ROBERT CRAM: A Quebec quarry worker marks granite destined to become part seating, part art installation in four parkettes set to launch on Bloor Street in 2018.

By Geremy Bordonaro

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NEWS (AUGUST 2016): Tall tower before OMB, as city battles back with block study

August 26th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS (AUGUST 2016): Tall tower before OMB, as city battles back with block study

PHOTO BY BRIAN?BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS FILE PHOTO: City of Toronto senior planner Barry Brooks said that one aim of the Bloor Corridor/Annex Block Study is to “protect the significant view of the historical building (above) at 1 Spadina Cres. We are trying not to distract from the spire of that building.”

PHOTO BY BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS FILE PHOTO: City of Toronto senior planner Barry Brooks said that one aim of the Bloor Corridor/Annex Block Study is to “protect the significant view of the historical building (above) at 1 Spadina Cres. We are trying not to distract from the spire of that building.”

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