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CHATTER: Annex Residents’ Association AGM covers pressing issues (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Annex Residents’ Association AGM covers pressing issues (May 2022)

The ecological restoriation of Paul Martel Park (formerly Ecology Park) was one of the agenda items at the ARA’s AGM. The park is now home to a Bloor Annex BIA-sponsored mural created by First Nations artists led by local artist Joseph Sagaj. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

The Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) held their annual general meeting on April 21 via Zoom. Those in attendance included members of the ARA, residents and representatives from development teams, city council and Toronto Police Service. The most notable discussions were about improving safety on Avenue Road, the West Annex Heritage Project, vandalism at St. Alban’s Square and the restoration of Paul Martel Park. 

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ON THE COVER: Show Bloor Annex Love (Winter 2022)

March 14th, 2022 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Show Bloor Annex Love (Winter 2022)

With many COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, small businesses are ready for some love. To help promote main street, a #ShowLoveTO heart has been installed in the Bloor Annex BIA parkette at Bloor Street and Brunswick Avenue. Stop by and take a selfie with the heart and post it to social media for your chance to win $100 to spend at any BIA business. Full details available at bloorannex.ca.
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NEWS: Brunny Rexall to shutter (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Brunny Rexall to shutter (May 2021)

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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ON THE COVER: The white elephant (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: The white elephant (Apr. 2021)

The white elephant in the neighbourhood: for over 17 years this life-sized Indian elephant sculpture has watched over Seaton Village from its home at 77 Yarmouth Rd. The 9 foot tall plaster sculpture was created by Matt Donovan in 1999 as part of his student thesis at the Ontario College of Art and Design and has lived on Yarmouth since 2003. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

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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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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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ON THE COVER: Halfway there (May 2020)

June 15th, 2020 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Halfway there (May 2020)

Robert Watt House, the former home of Anne Mirvish’s studio, is on its way from 610 to 604 Markham St. The building is being preserved and re-located as part of Westbank’s Mirvish Village development. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

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ON THE COVER (Jan. 2020)

January 31st, 2020 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER (Jan. 2020)

Sanscon Construction crew members carefully guide the granite erratic found during construction of the Major Street Parkette to its new home in the Howland Avenue Parkette. James Roche of DTAH looks on. For more on the parkettes and their granite benches, please click here. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/BLOOR ANNEX BIA

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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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DEVELOPINGS: Annex area developments loom (Jan. 2020)

January 31st, 2020 · 1 Comment

Emerging from the dust will be much greater density

The Annex is by no means exempt from the building boom that sees the City of Toronto with more cranes in the sky than any other North American municipality.

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FOCUS: Marked with granite (Jan. 2020)

January 31st, 2020 · 1 Comment

Creating a spot to gather

Artist Robert Cram spots as Sanscon Construction employees carefully place the first granite bench at the Robert Street Parkette. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/BLOOR ANNEX BIA

Originally published in October of 2016 in anticipation of the granite installations in the Bloor Street Parkettes.

By Geremy Bordonaro

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ARTS: Nuit Blanche 2018 (City Election 2018)

October 17th, 2018 · 1 Comment

A sample of this year’s exhibits in the Annex

Star Moon Water Stone by Ensemble Jeng Yi at Church of the Redeemer:

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More information on the exhibit: Star Moon Water Stone

 

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ON THE COVER: The Ballot Bunch (Election Special 2018)

May 29th, 2018 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: The Ballot Bunch (Election Special 2018)

Candidates vying for your support on June 7 include (clockwise from top left): Gillian Smith, Jo-Ann Davis, Jessica Bell, Daryl Christoff, KathleenWynne, Doug Ford, Andrea Howarth, and Tim Grant. Ford,Wynne, Howarth and Mike Schreiner (centre) are party leaders. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS, PHOTOS COURTESY ALL CANDIDATES

 

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