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EDITORIAL CARTOON (April 2016): A carpet of green!

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON (April 2016): A carpet of green!

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LETTERS (April 2016): Annex cyclists already well served

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on LETTERS (April 2016): Annex cyclists already well served

Re “Bike lane plan up for debate” (January 2016): As someone who has actively chased better Bloor Street biking for over a decade, I should be very happy that bike safety changes may finally occur, but I’m not fully pleased.

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FORUM (April 2016): Home inspectors act receives unanimous consent

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on FORUM (April 2016): Home inspectors act receives unanimous consent

Bill 165 offers consumer protection, unifies industry

“If passed, Bill 165 will regulate the home inspection industry by licensing home inspectors.”

By Han Dong

On March 3, 2016, Bill 165, Licensed Home Inspectors Act, 2016, my private member’s bill, received unanimous consent in the Ontario Legislature, and was referred to the committee on regulations and private bills.

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ARTS: Bringing art to the people

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on ARTS: Bringing art to the people

Transforming neighbourhoods into open air galleries

Artist Jorge Molina poses on Walmer Road with some of his work. He is installing 416 canvases on utility poles throughout the city as part of his 416 Project. NEILAND?BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

Artist Jorge Molina poses on Walmer Road with some of his work. He is installing 416 canvases on utility poles throughout the city as part of his 416 Project.
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By Annemarie Brissenden

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ARTS: Discover Mirvish Village’s artistic diversity

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on ARTS: Discover Mirvish Village’s artistic diversity

Galleries & Studios Hop returns to Markham Street April 23 and 24

 

Landscape artist Jill Boschulte, who works from small planes, creates monoprints, water-coloured pencil drawings, and collages. Her Furrows (above) will feature at Art Zone during the Hop. COURTESY?ART?ZONE

Landscape artist Jill Boschulte, who works from small planes, creates monoprints, water-coloured pencil drawings, and collages. Her Furrows (above) will feature at Art Zone during the Hop.
COURTESY ART ZONE

By Annemarie Brissenden

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ARTS: Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival celebrates its 20th year

April 7th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Several local galleries are participating in this year’s Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, now in its 20th year. The largest photography event in the world, the festival features 1500 artists in 200 exhibitions across the Greater Toronto Area.

Exhibition: The Dark Room 5.0 Artist: Various Gallery: 918 Bathurst St. 918 Bathurst St. Dates: May 17

Exhibition: The Dark Room 5.0
Artist: Various
Gallery: 918 Bathurst
918 Bathurst St.
Date: May 17

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GREENINGS (April 2016): Provide help or stand aside

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on GREENINGS (April 2016): Provide help or stand aside

Relentless OMB stifles creative green projects

“I’ve come to the conclusion that the overriding factor in municipalities getting nice things is sheer willpower.”

By Terri Chu

Every time someone mentions a great municipal infrastructure project on the other side of the pond (usually in a really progressive nation like Germany or Sweden), I mutter some lame excuse as to the reason why Canadians can’t have equally nice things.

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Rexall to take over Brunswick House

March 23rd, 2016 · Comments Off on Rexall to take over Brunswick House

Pharmacy drugstore chain says it will respect building’s heritage

By Annemarie Brissenden

The Brunswick House has a new tenant.

Rexall, a pharmacy drugstore chain, will be taking over the first floor of the building at 481 Bloor St. W., confirmed landlord Larry Sdao. The betting lounge on the upper floors will be moving out, and Sdao said the second and third floors will be available to lease.

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DEVELOPINGS: Annual review reflects tension between community activism and OMB

March 9th, 2016 · Comments Off on DEVELOPINGS: Annual review reflects tension between community activism and OMB

Our third survey of development projects in our coverage area highlights projects that interest us, trends that appall us, and elements that enthrall us. We favour innovative projects that connect with a neighbourhood’s built form, reflect community consultation, and meet the objectives of the City of Toronto’s Official Plan. We take a dim view of developers that do an end run around the process and appeal directly to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which demonstrates little respect for the city’s urban planning guidelines. And, we — once again — make an argument for razing the OMB. Please click on the image below to enlarge.

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NEWS: Youth centre moving to Spadina Avenue

March 9th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS: Youth centre moving to Spadina Avenue

Businesses decry lack of consultation

By Annemarie Brissenden

Chinatown business owners are apprehensive about the Evergreen Centre for Street-Involved Youth’s relocation to the area, but community leaders are confident that any concerns can be addressed before it opens in September 2017.

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NEWS: Preserving a sense of community

March 9th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS: Preserving a sense of community

Seaton Village loved for its friendly, low-key character

By Annemarie Brissenden

In Seaton Village, children regularly run the risk of being late for school, but the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of their parents. In this everyone-knows-everyone neighbourhood — still a friendly hamlet that’s home to residents who have lived there for decades — the morning walk, or the inevitably not-so-quick jaunt to Fiesta Farms, is an opportunity for friends to swap stories and share the latest news. It’s easy to lose track of time.

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ARTS: What does it mean to remember?

March 9th, 2016 · Comments Off on ARTS: What does it mean to remember?

Play starring R.H. Thomson opens at Tarragon

COURTESY CYLLA VON TIEDEMANN Warm and funny: You Will Remember Me is about a family struggling to care for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

COURTESY CYLLA VON TIEDEMANN
Warm and funny: You Will Remember Me is about a family struggling to care for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

By Annemarie Brissenden

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EDITORIAL CARTOON (March 2016)

March 9th, 2016 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON (March 2016)

How nice: What’s old is new!

How nice: What’s old is new!

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