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FOCUS: Keeping beloved market “cool”? (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Keeping beloved market “cool”? (Apr. 2020)

Kensington BIA hones its market masterplan

A new masterplan aims to achieve what Kensington Market has already mastered, says one resident. KHYRSTEN MIERAS/GLEANER NEWS

By Khyrsten Mieras

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NEWS: 15 storeys planned for Davenport & Bedford (Mar. 2020)

March 24th, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: 15 storeys planned for Davenport & Bedford (Mar. 2020)

Neighbours are opposed due to traffic and density

The skyline may soon change dramatically for the neighbourhood near Davenport and Bedford. TANYA IELYSEIEVA/GLEANER NEWS

By Tanya Ielyseieva

A proposed mixed-use building with ground-level retail and residential uses above at 287 Davenport has neighbours up in arms.  

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FORUM: Safer streets for bikes and pedestrians (Mar. 2020)

March 24th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: Safer streets for bikes and pedestrians (Mar. 2020)

Redesigning the roads with necessary rules

By Mike Layton

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

LIFE: Harbord Village’s Sue Dexter makes a difference (Mar. 2020)

March 24th, 2020 · 1 Comment

Crusader lauded for her contributions

Sue Dexter (left), with Jessica Bell, has championed the preservation and greening of Harbord Village and worked tirelessly to better the community. COURTESY JESSICA BELL

This article is the second in a series about local residents making a difference in our community. These unsung heroes were brought to The Gleaner’s attention by MPP Jessica Bell, who honoured them at her Annual Community Celebration, in December of 2019.

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Tags: Annex · Life

NEWS: New tower for Bloor and Spadina (Jan. 2020)

January 31st, 2020 · 1 Comment

36 storeys and a re-think of a tired corner

A rendering by the Gleaner of the scale of the project superimposed on the corner of Bloor St. W. and Spadina Rd. GRAPHIC BY NEILAND BRISSENDEN

By Khyrsten Mieras

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FORUM: Affordable housing is a growing crisis (Dec. 2019)

December 9th, 2019 · Comments Off on FORUM: Affordable housing is a growing crisis (Dec. 2019)

Inclusionary Zoning is the answer for responsible development in Toronto

By Mike Layton

Development in Toronto is continuing to boom. However, we are not building affordable housing at the same pace as we are luxury condominiums. Our waiting lists for affordable housing continue to grow and we are now above 100,000 names on the active waiting list. Last year we only managed to house people in 522 units, while 6,181 names were added to the list.

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

CHATTER: Park still ignored by city (Oct. 2019)

October 17th, 2019 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Park still ignored by city (Oct. 2019)

Brian Burchell/Gleaner News

Despite the public outcry city staff have still not taken steps to address the concerns of residents about the neglect of Paul Martel Park located on Madison Avenue. City councillor for University-Rosedale Mike Layton has joined the chorus of those advocating for a solution, “I have made repeated requests to parks staff to have the signage replaced and attend to the overall state of the park. With two retirements of parks managers within the south district, maintenance this year was a challenge as the positions were not permanently filled until the end of the summer.  Now that both those positions have been filled, I’m confident the city will be better able to respond to requests from the community.”

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NEWS: Plans for a “slender” building (August 2019)

September 2nd, 2019 · Comments Off on NEWS: Plans for a “slender” building (August 2019)

Compromise found for new build on 300 Bloor St. W. church site

By Ahmed Hagar

A redesigned and more “slender” 29-storey tower looks to be the future for 300 Bloor Street, after a lengthy public process and, finally, an agreement between developers, city councilors, and residents.

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NEWS: Robarts lets in the light (August 2019)

September 2nd, 2019 · Comments Off on NEWS: Robarts lets in the light (August 2019)

Expansion to add study space to face of library

Architects’ rendering of an expanded Robarts Library at U of T. Perspective is of the face along Huron Street. The addition will primarily feature increased study space. COURTESY DIAMOND SCHMITT ARCHITECTS

By Ingrid Philipp

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NEWS: Patio proposal moves ahead, tentatively (Summer 2019)

July 16th, 2019 · Comments Off on NEWS: Patio proposal moves ahead, tentatively (Summer 2019)

Layton helps forge a compromise for cheesecake purveyor

By Nabahat Hussain and Juan Romero 

After a lengthy dispute with the Harbord Village Residents’ Association (HVRA), the recently opened “LeTao Sweets” bakery is up and running with tentative plans for a patio next summer.

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Tags: Annex · News