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ON THE COVER (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · No Comments

Newly constructed laneway suite near Borden and Bloor underscores the many possibilities for infill housing that are feasible and permissible in older downtown neighbourhoods. READ MORE HERE. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

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NEWS: Laneway suites taking hold (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · No Comments

How residential properties are evolving 

By James Bullanoff

A recent influx of laneway suites has hit the Annex area as homeowners explore alternative housing options for their properties.

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: Why can’t they get along??? (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · No Comments

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EDITORIAL: Ford‘s actions “reflect a juvenile understanding of the role of the judiciary” (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · No Comments

In the wake of Premier Doug Ford’s move to politicize the Ontario judiciary by only “appointing like-minded judges” whom he says will put more people in jail, three former chief justices have criticized  the move, saying that “judges do not take orders from government.”

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FORUM: University-Rosedale update from the councillor’s chair (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · No Comments

Budget, development planning, and safety, fill agenda

By Dianne Saxe

The 2024 budget is finally done. Thank you to the thousands of people in Ward 11 and across Toronto who participated in this year’s intensive consultations. 

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FORUM: Privatization, sprawl, and highways, oh my (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · No Comments

Ford adds increased natural gas costs, and heath-care failures to the mix of misdeeds

By Jessica Bell

Premier Ford loves to say he’s getting stuff done. But who is Ford getting stuff done for, and how does it affect the rest of us? Here’s the latest roundup from Queen’s Park.

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GREENINGS: A lament for the tree inventory (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · No Comments

As more people move in, more green space needs to be considered 

Spring is my favourite time to get outside and enjoy what park spaces this city has to offer. Sadly, there really isn’t that much of it. In the Annex, we have a few strips north of Bloor where homes were taken out for the subway, there’s Taddle Creek Park, and then there’s Jean Sibelius. It really is scant green space for the 14,000 people who call this area home. In case you haven’t noticed, the Mirvish Village development on the old Honest Ed’s lot is near completion, and it won’t be long before 1000s more call this area home, competing to use the green space that’s available. The little green space we have is also losing its beautiful canopy coverage. 

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Grading our greenspace (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · No Comments

A plethora of parks in the Annex get judged

Compiled by Mia Keskinen

Each year the Annex Gleaner reviews the abundance of parks in our coverage area using a variety of criteria. 

While there is no decisive “winner” of the grading, letter grades are assigned to convey the quality of the parks considering aspects such as upkeep, design, and amenities. 

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NEWS: Shoppers Drug Mart changes course after story (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · No Comments

Monitoring now only occurs at point of purchase 

Video surveillance has taken the place of human receipt checkers at Shoppers. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

By Brian Burchell

Following the Annex Gleaner article that appeared in December 2023: “Receipt checks raise retail conflict,” the Shoppers Drug Mart on Bloor Street West at Walmer Road has ceased the practise of asking customers to show receipts after using the self-checkout. 

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · No Comments

RE: A forgotten skating venue on Dupont, Dec. 2023

I just wanted to thank you for the lovely article [by Mia Keskinen] on the Toronto Skating Club on Dupont Street. You captured the spirit of the skating history.

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: How to drive in Toronto (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · No Comments

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EDITORIAL: The “Get it Done Act” should get Ford out (Feb. 2024)

April 6th, 2024 · No Comments

Premier Doug Ford’s latest gimmick is his pending “Get it Done Act.” Ford is banking on Ontario voters having short memories, being easily duped, and not minding at all being bribed with their own money. This latest omnibus legislation is a dog’s breakfast of silly, shiny objects designed to distract from a string of failures and flip flops that appear to have been authored by the premier himself.

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FORUM: Eventful new year at city council (Feb. 2024)

April 5th, 2024 · No Comments

Budget, development planning, and safety, fill agenda

By Dianne Saxe

Winter weather is always challenging for city staff. Thank you again to all of our frontline workers in emergency response, shelter and outreach, and construction, who are hard at work in winter conditions. I arrived back at my desk more determined than ever to tackle the city’s challenges.

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