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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: 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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Tags: Annex · Opinion

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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EDITORIAL: Ford‘s actions “reflect a juvenile understanding of the role of the judiciary” (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ford‘s actions “reflect a juvenile understanding of the role of the judiciary” (Mar. 2024)

In the wake of Premier Doug Ford’s move to politicize the Ontario judiciary by only “appointing like-minded judges” whom he says will put more people in jail, three former chief justices have criticized  the move, saying that “judges do not take orders from government.”

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DEVELOPINGS: Bloor and Spadina tower update (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · Comments Off on DEVELOPINGS: Bloor and Spadina tower update (Feb. 2024)

Greater density is on the horizon throughout the Annex

By Fox Oliver and 

Brian Burchell

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Tags: General

NEWS: Shoppers Drug Mart changes course after story (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: Shoppers Drug Mart changes course after story (Feb. 2024)

Monitoring now only occurs at point of purchase 

Video surveillance has taken the place of human receipt checkers at Shoppers. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

By Brian Burchell

Following the Annex Gleaner article that appeared in December 2023: “Receipt checks raise retail conflict,” the Shoppers Drug Mart on Bloor Street West at Walmer Road has ceased the practise of asking customers to show receipts after using the self-checkout. 

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EDITORIAL: The “Get it Done Act” should get Ford out (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: The “Get it Done Act” should get Ford out (Feb. 2024)

Premier Doug Ford’s latest gimmick is his pending “Get it Done Act.” Ford is banking on Ontario voters having short memories, being easily duped, and not minding at all being bribed with their own money. This latest omnibus legislation is a dog’s breakfast of silly, shiny objects designed to distract from a string of failures and flip flops that appear to have been authored by the premier himself.

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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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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

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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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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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

NEWS: Pits Riot: A teaching moment (Summer 2023)

September 14th, 2023 · Comments Off on NEWS: Pits Riot: A teaching moment (Summer 2023)

A plaque in Christie Pits reminds passersby of a dark time in Toronto history worth remembering. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

By Fox Oliver

A local theatre group is telling the story of the Christie Pits Riot, which involved 10,000 people, on the same soil where it happened.

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