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NEW IN BUSINESS: Get your fix of dumplings and wontons (Dec. 2020)

December 21st, 2020 · Comments Off on NEW IN BUSINESS: Get your fix of dumplings and wontons (Dec. 2020)

Brave entrepreneurs open a restaurant during COVID

Serine Shi amd Nigel Schwartz, seen here in front of their College Street location, have opened a new spot on Bloor Street just west of Spadina Road. The couple have enjoyed much success despite COVID-19 restrictions. MARY AN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mary An

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FOCUS: Pivoting from the pulpit with new technology (Dec. 2020)

December 21st, 2020 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Pivoting from the pulpit with new technology (Dec. 2020)

Churches and synagogues ready for on-line services

By Mary An

Nine months into the global pandemic, religious communities have shifted their pulpits onto digital platforms. With Christmas coming, churches seem to be taking the social isolation mandates that limit their ability to connect physically with congregants in stride, while enjoying expanded audiences and in some cases, even surprisingly  intimate connections.

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Tags: Annex · Life

NEWS: Neighbours oppose demolition plans (Nov. 2020)

December 4th, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: Neighbours oppose demolition plans (Nov. 2020)

Heritage building holds monumental significance

Residents hope heritage designation saves 661 Huron St. MARY AN/GLEANER NEWS

By Tanya Ielyseieva

Annex neighbours are fighting to stop the demolition of the properties at 661 and 663-665 Huron Street.

The plan to replace the single-family homes would see the construction of a four-storey apartment building with 48 residential units.

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CHATTER: Community groups push pedestrian safety on Avenue Road (Nov. 2020)

December 4th, 2020 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Community groups push pedestrian safety on Avenue Road (Nov. 2020)

Narrow sidewalks plague pedestrians on Avenue Road. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

According to the City of Toronto, over 60,000 cars, on average, are caught driving  over the speed limit on Avenue Road every week. The sidewalks between Bloor Street West to St. Clair Avenue West do not meet the accessibility standards requiring a minimum width of 152.5 cm, and local groups want improvements to start immediately. With the support of councillors Mike Layton and Josh Matlow, they have requested the launch of a Pedestrian Safety Improvement Pilot Project that would replace a lane on both sides of the road with a temporary barrier.

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NEWS: Fairy doors “magically appear” (Nov. 2020)

December 4th, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: Fairy doors “magically appear” (Nov. 2020)

Though their origin is a mystery, they are being mapped

Martha Davis and Daniel Levine created fairies to go along with the doors as a way to help contribute and keep the community spirit up in Seaton Village. Who built the doors remains a mystery. MARY AN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mary An 

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ON THE COVER: Fairy Doors in Seaton Village (Oct. 2020)

November 2nd, 2020 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Fairy Doors in Seaton Village (Oct. 2020)

Fairy doors have mysteriously appeared in Seaton Village, adding a certain enchantment to the neighbourhood. Want to follow the trail of these mystical residents? Be sure to consult Shana Tilbrook’s map, which locates the doors and can be found on the Seaton Village and Annex Toronto Facebook groups. There will be more information about why the fairies have settled in the village in our next issue. MARY AN/GLEANER NEWS

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NEWS: Parking versus housing (Oct. 2020)

November 2nd, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: Parking versus housing (Oct. 2020)

Kensington Market considers a change

By Mary An

Priorities are shifting in Kensington Market, according to a recent motion adopted by Toronto City Council that declares the parking lot at 25 Bellevue Ave. a surplus location that could be used to build affordable housing. 

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NEWS: COVID-19 at 7-Eleven? (Oct. 2020)

November 2nd, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: COVID-19 at 7-Eleven? (Oct. 2020)

Store closes but not coming clean as to why

7-Eleven (334 Bloor St. W.) unexpectedly closed its store at Spadina Rd. and Bloor St. for cleaning. The reasons behind the closure are unknown. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mary An

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FOCUS: Push for bike safety continues (Oct. 2020)

November 2nd, 2020 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Push for bike safety continues (Oct. 2020)

Bells on Bloor asks for enforcement of bike lane rules

Over a six week period, the Gleaner photographed active daytime deliveries along Bloor St. West in order to give a snapshot of which companies respect the bike lanes and which don’t. Most do. Some Sysco truck drivers obey bike lane rules, while others do not. Brinks trucks must deliver via the front door of their customers, and seem to actively ignore the rules while doing so.

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NEWS: Midblock fire station on Howland Avenue gets a facelift (Oct. 2020)

November 2nd, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: Midblock fire station on Howland Avenue gets a facelift (Oct. 2020)

Fire Station 23 once housed steamed-powered, horse-drawn pumpers

“Steamers” refer to the horse-drawn carriages that used water to fight fire in the 1800s. Station 23 (as it was then known) housed this equipment until they were replaced by gasoline-powered fire trucks. While the steamers were used in parades, there is no evidence that they were actually used locally in fire emergencies. COURTESY CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES

By Mary An

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