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ON THE COVER: REDress at Trinity-St. Paul’s (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · No Comments

Red dresses hang on the exterior of Trinity-St. Paul’s Church in a show of solidarity with those seeking justice for Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The REDress Project started as an art installation by Jaime Black at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in 2014, and has since spread across the country as a reminder of the shocking number of women and girls lost. For more information, visit jaimeblackartist.com. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

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NEWS: Brunny Rexall to shutter (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · No Comments

Closing comes as a surprise after only 3 years in operation

On June 11, as many patios and retailers reopened, Rexall’s sign came down. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

By Nicole Stoffman

Rexall Pharmacy in the former Brunswick House is closing after only three years, on June 11. Employees will be re-assigned by the corporately-owned store, but the future of management is uncertain, according to an employee. 

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NEWS: City moves forward with Garden Suites (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · No Comments

Plan could allow homeowners to build additional housing in rear yard

The city is looking at garden suites located in rear yards behind a single detached house, a semi-detached house and a townhouse or low-rise apartment block. COURTESY THE CITY OF TORONTO

By Joshua Chong

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

June 15th, 2021 · No Comments

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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EDITORIAL CARTOON: “Reasons” (May 2019)

June 15th, 2021 · No Comments

How Nice by Brett Lamb

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EDITORIAL: Ford chooses wrong path, again (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · No Comments

And this month in Ontario politics: Premier Doug Ford, yet again summons the experts for their advice, and pledges to follow their lead. And yet again, once advice is received, promptly goes off in a wildly different direction. This month, the experts told Ford it was safe to re-open schools for the month of June. They told him schools need to be opened not just for the sake of education, but for the sake of mental health. Yet here we are, with schools closed until September.

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FORUM: Premier Ford’s land use planning agenda is a big worry (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · No Comments

The good, the bad, and the ugly of a government run amok on planning policy

By Jessica Bell

Since becoming premier, the Doug Ford government has rewritten many of the laws and regulations that decide how we build and what we build. These developer-friendly changes help Doug Ford’s donor base reap record profits, but their impact on people, the environment, democracy and our affordable housing goals is mixed. And I’m being nice here.

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FORUM: Exclusionary planning must stop (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · No Comments

The lack of affordable housing is the other crisis of our time

By Mike Layton

When asked to name the single biggest issue that is facing Torontonians, the most common answer is how hard it is to find affordable housing. 

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LIFE: Enough with beg buttons (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · No Comments

It’s time to give pedestrians their due

By Terri Chu

Steven’s Grocery is easily my favourite corner of our neighbourhood. Helen’s flowers are always a welcome sight as we walk by, but the one thing I HATE about that corner is the beg button. 

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ARTS: Enjoy Annex-based opera online (May 2021)

June 11th, 2021 · No Comments

From ‘park and bark’ to click and stream – opera is evolving locally

Don Alfonso (Alex Bowie) and Despina (Bahar M. Harandi) plotting and laying bets on what will happen with the young couples whom they serve. From the Long Reach Opera Workshop’s 2018 production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.
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By James McLean


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