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ON THE COVER: Pumpkin Festival returns (Nov. 2022)

November 22nd, 2022 · No Comments

Harbord Bakery shares fresh baked goods during the Harbord Village Residents’ Association’s Pumpkin Festival on Nov. 1. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY HAILEY ALEXANDER & NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

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CHATTER: Harbord Village’s Pumpkin Festival returns (Nov. 2022)

November 22nd, 2022 · No Comments

Children gather around glowing jack-o-lanterns at the Pumpkin Festival on Harbord Street.
HAILEY ALEXANDER/GLEANER NEWS

Harbord Village’s cherished pumpkin festival is back in full swing. On November 1, dozens of pumpkins lit up the neighbourhood along Harbord Street from Spadina Avenue to Borden Street. Between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m., people paraded the street with hot apple cider, baked goods from Harbord Bakery, and the last of their Halloween spirit. Pumpkins carved at homes in the neighbourhood are brought to Harbord for a “re-showing.” 


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CHATTER: Adam Vaughan headlines HVRA AGM

November 22nd, 2022 · No Comments

The Harbord Village Residents’ Association (HVRA) held their 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Oct. 18. Guest speaker Adam Vaughan spoke after members of the HVRA discussed administrative, financial, and area reports.

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CHATTER: Harbord’s fall fair returns (Oct. 2022)

October 19th, 2022 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Harbord’s fall fair returns (Oct. 2022)

The band Feline Groovy, from the Annex Academy of Music, performed at the HVRA event. COURTESY STUART LAWLER/HVRA

Autumn is here, and so is the Harbord Village Residents’ Association’s (HVRA) fall fair. On Sunday, Sept. 11, residents of Harbord Village gathered in Margaret Fairley Park on Brunswick Avenue to celebrate their neighbourhood and the season with a joyous community event.

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FOCUS: Wiener’s Home Hardware 100th anniversary a day to remember (July 2022)

July 18th, 2022 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Wiener’s Home Hardware 100th anniversary a day to remember (July 2022)

On June 18, Wiener’s Home Hardware celebrated their 100th anniversary with a block party hosted by the Bloor Annex Business Improvement Area, Annex Residents’ Association, and the Harbord Village Residents’ Association. The community enjoyed live music, food, and got a chance to learn about the history of the family-run store (pictured top-right). The block party gathered four generations of the Wiener family to celebrate (pictured above). Marty Wiener also accepted a plaque from Mayor John Tory, presented by Councillor Mike Layton, on behalf of the Wiener family commemorating the store’s contribution to the community over the past 100 years (pictured right). This celebration will surely be a day Annex residents will remember. —Fox Oliver/Gleaner News.

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NEWS: Peddling the E-bike option (Jan. 2022)

February 4th, 2022 · Comments Off on NEWS: Peddling the E-bike option (Jan. 2022)

HVRA educates residents on a greener mode of moving

Experts from different bike shops presenting their collection of electric bikes at Pedal Power Fair on Sept. 25. MARGARITA MALTCEVA/GLEANER NEWS

By Margarita Maltceva

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NEWS: Appeal against 225 Brunswick Ave. (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Appeal against 225 Brunswick Ave. (May 2021)

Developer seeks “middle ground” to resolve dispute with neighbour

This architect’s rendering depicts how this one-time synagogue located on Brunswick Avenue might look if it’s converted to residential units. COURTESY SUULIN ARCHITECTS

By Madeline Smart 

The approved development plan for the one-time synagogue at 225 Brunswick Ave., whose plan required nine bylaw variances, has been appealed by a nearby neighbour.

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FOCUS: Revitalization of Robert St. Field (Mar. 2021)

March 26th, 2021 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Revitalization of Robert St. Field (Mar. 2021)

Long-awaited renewal of U of T park space for community use

Emerging from its confusing past, Robert Street Field has upgraded the playground and the field is now the largest geothermal project in Canada. COURTESY STUDIO tla OBTAINED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

By Mary An

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EDITORIAL: Local heroes (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · 4 Comments

“Canadians are kind and generous.” The Prime Minsister tells us this in his daily briefings on the COVID-19 crisis. In reality, this statement is part truth and part aspirational. Fortunately in the Annex, and in a great many other parts of our city, this is proving to be true. Many residents are acting as model citizens: staying home, sharing positive messages, and helping each other out.

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FOCUS: Robert Street Field site of geothermal energy (Mar. 2020)

March 24th, 2020 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Robert Street Field site of geothermal energy (Mar. 2020)

U of T seeks big win on greenhouse gas reductions

The University of Toronto has embarked on the largest geo-thermal installation in the country which is located on the Aura Lee playing field on Robert Street. TANYA IELYSEIEVA/GLEANER NEWS

By Nicole Stoffman

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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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CHATTER: Gas pains on Harbord, Tabares honoured (Sept. 2019)

October 8th, 2019 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Gas pains on Harbord, Tabares honoured (Sept. 2019)

Last spring, long-time Harbord Village business owner Tino Tabares learned that the building that housed his gas station, Torreira Import Auto Service, was going up for sale. With the business under threat, the neighbourhood stepped up to help, but in the end, it was not enough.

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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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