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EDITORIAL (FALL 2017): Bike lanes, good for business

October 12th, 2017 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL (FALL 2017): Bike lanes, good for business

When confronted with the question of whether or not to support the city’s pilot bike lanes on Bloor Street, the Bloor Annex and Korea Town Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) commissioned a study on the economic impact of the bike lanes. The comprehensive evaluation yielded clear results and also found a discrepancy between the attitudes of merchants and the positive impact the lanes appeared to have on their bottom lines.

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ON THE COVER (AUGUST 2017): Setting up for a new season

September 13th, 2017 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER (AUGUST 2017): Setting up for a new season

PHOTO BY GEREMY BORDONARO/GLEANER NEWS: The University of Toronto’s Varsity Blues Football team practices drills and plays scrimmage games during an open practice on Aug. 17. The team welcomed community members to the morning event, which provided a glimpse of collegiate football and included and a meet-and-greet session with the athletes. The season starts on Sept. 4.

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CHATTER (JUNE 2017): The latest from the OMB

June 30th, 2017 · Comments Off on CHATTER (JUNE 2017): The latest from the OMB

A mediated settlement has been reached regarding the future of 316 Bloor St. W. Representatives from the City of Toronto, the Annex and Harbord Village residents’ associations, and State Building Group (which owns the building) met for two days to address concerns about the developer’s original proposal to raise a 42-storey building on the site.

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CHATTER (MAY 2017): University to appeal Ten Editions heritage designation

May 26th, 2017 · Comments Off on CHATTER (MAY 2017): University to appeal Ten Editions heritage designation

The University of Toronto plans to appeal Toronto City Council’s March 9 decision to designate 698 Spadina Ave. as a heritage site. The university intended to demolish the building and build a 23-storey student residence on the site.

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EDITORIAL (MAY 2017): Revoke U of T’s unchecked “licence to build”

May 26th, 2017 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL (MAY 2017): Revoke U of T’s unchecked “licence to build”

The University of Toronto is seeking broader powers to do as it pleases with respect to developing new buildings in certain designated large swaths of its campus. In effect, it wants to be an off-leash development dog, a request that has the community wary. The City of Toronto should be too.

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NEWS (APRIL 2017): U of T seeks to expand planning exemption

April 10th, 2017 · Comments Off on NEWS (APRIL 2017): U of T seeks to expand planning exemption

Proposal designates character areas

PHOTO BY BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS: Audience members at a community meeting fear that extending the University of Toronto’s Planning Act exemptions for its St. George campus would lead to additional new development in the area.

By Brian Burchell

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NEWS (APRIL 2017): Students solve mystery

April 10th, 2017 · Comments Off on NEWS (APRIL 2017): Students solve mystery

Thomas Fisher Library renovation aims to prevent condensation

GEREMY BORDONARO/GLEANER NEWS: Thomas Fisher’s rare books are now safe from condensation thanks to student ingenuity.

 

By Geremy Bordonaro

It’s home to a diverse array of rare manuscripts, and the archives of some our nation’s most prominent scribes. Even as the HMS Terror lies under the Arctic sea, its log books are safely stored within its walls.

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NEWS (FEBRUARY 2017): New chapter for student residence?

March 5th, 2017 · Comments Off on NEWS (FEBRUARY 2017): New chapter for student residence?

Site recommended for heritage list—impact on development unclear

PHOTO BY GEREMY BORDONARO/GLEANER NEWS: Heritage Preservation Services has recommended that 698 Spadina Ave., home to Ten Editions Bookstore, be protected.

By Annemarie Brissenden

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ABOUT OUR COVER (DECEMBER 2016): Arctic amusements

December 20th, 2016 · Comments Off on ABOUT OUR COVER (DECEMBER 2016): Arctic amusements

Captain Owen Stanley (1811-1850) painted this watercolour based on drawings he made while on Sir George Back’s Arctic expedition in 1836 and 1837. He served on the HMS Terror, which almost a decade later would be lost after returning to the Arctic for the Franklin Expedition. Stanley was not part of the ill-fated voyage, having moved on to command his own ships and sail to New Zealand and Australia. The HMS Terror was found in September by the Arctic Research Foundation. The drawings are part of the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library.

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NEWS (OCTOBER 2016): Preventing a wall of towers

October 28th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS (OCTOBER 2016): Preventing a wall of towers

Spadina Avenue high-rise not a bar for height

By Annemarie Brissenden

A 25-storey, 334-unit apartment building is providing the model for a new mixed-student residence at the northwest corner of Spadina and Sussex avenues, but not in the way local residents’ associations would like.

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CHATTER (SEPTEMBER 2016): Two new rezoning applications submitted to city

September 15th, 2016 · Comments Off on CHATTER (SEPTEMBER 2016): Two new rezoning applications submitted to city

By Annemarie Brissenden

Applications to rezone an area at Spadina and Sussex avenues as well as 666 Spadina Ave. have been received by City Planning and are available online.

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NEWS (AUGUST 2016): U of T committee tasked with responding to Truth and Reconciliation Commission delivers interim report

August 26th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS (AUGUST 2016): U of T committee tasked with responding to Truth and Reconciliation Commission delivers interim report

PHOTO BY BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS: The manager of cultural programming at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Michael Etherington (above), suggests that introducing Indigenous teaching techniques to U of T could prompt “a complete paradigm shift” in which educators “take a step back and rethink our entire education system from the foundation upwards”.

PHOTO BY BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS: The manager of cultural programming at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Michael Etherington (above), suggests that introducing Indigenous teaching techniques to U of T could prompt “a complete paradigm shift” in which educators “take a step back and rethink our entire education system from the foundation upwards”.

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