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  • 15 Mar 2017 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    Annex Residents’ Association launches ‘Community Builder of the Year’ award

    Beginning this year, the Annex Residents’ Association is presenting the Community Builder of the Year Award annually to an Annex resident who has made a significant contribution to improving our neighbourhood in one of the following areas:

    ·        Green space or Heritage

    ·        Safety or Education

    ·        Planning and Development

    ·        Social Justice

    Our community is a great place to live, to raise children, to shop, or simply go for a walk. Now, we want to recognize individuals who quietly work to make our community such a great place.

    Nominations close by April 23, 2017. Please send your nomination to secretary@theara.org

    Please provide the following information:

    Ø  Your (nominator’s) name, address, Nominee’s name, address,

    and email address

    Ø  The reasons why you believe this nominee deserves the award.

    The recipient, and all nominees, will be announced at this year’s ARA Annual General Meeting on April 27, 2017 at the Friends’ House, 60 Lowther Avenue. All welcome!

  • 13 Mar 2017 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    The first update on the Bloor  bike lane pilot was released by City Hall last week. There were some encouraging numbers for residents who use bicycles to get around, and indications that some changes need to be made. Here are some of the findings:

    • ·       64% of local residents support the bike lane.
    • ·       53% of local merchants support the bike lane. 41% are opposed. 
    • ·       63% of motorists say they now feel comfortable driving beside cyclists (compared to 14% before the bike lane).
    • ·       There has been a 36% increase in cyclists since bike lane was installed
    • ·       There are 4,500 fewer cars driving along Bloor Street every day.

    The report indicated that adjustments will be made at problem intersections like Bathurst and Avenue Rd. to address the increased travel times for cars that have occurred during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

    We have heard anecdotally that some Bloor motorists may now be using Lowther to get through the Annex. This information should be conveyed to the City using the on-line Bike lane survey http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/bloor2016/.

    The City will do additional counts of the bike and car traffic during the coming months. Staff are also reviewing data about near-miss collisions to see how safety might be improved for all road users. The full report is available at: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=18ccded2f6711510VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

    For a more complete review of recent developments see dandyhorse magazine, online at:  http://dandyhorsemagazine.com/blog/2017/02/27/pride-and-privilege-on-bloor/

    If you have any questions please contact transportation@theara.org

  • 15 Feb 2017 11:36 PM | Anonymous

    There is still time! We encourage you to express your opinion about the bike lanes on Bloor. The survey takes only a few minutes of you time. You will find it at toronto.ca/bloorbikelanes

  • 30 Jan 2017 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Next ARA Board Meeting, March 9, 7 p.m. at the Alliance Française,  24 Spadina Road. 

    All Welcome!

  • 14 Dec 2016 6:17 PM | Anonymous


    Toronto’s Most colourful Village: “Opened by Mistake. Closed by City Hall”

    In Loving Memory...

      “Ed Says” come out for a New Orleans Second Line-inspired procession to celebrate the life of

    Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village

    December 15, 2016

     Please join us OUTSIDE Southern Accent  on Markham St 
    6:30 pm: Hot chocolate and nibbles


    Gussy up, come with friends, your family, bring an instrument to sound, make a float!

    Let’s dance, sing and parade jubilantly around Honest Ed’s and through Mirvish Village, paying tribute to these unique and remarkable places that have had such impact on so many Torontonians and our neighbourhoods’ character and history.

     Bring umbrellas, white kerchiefs, boas, mardi gras beads!

    Be ready to Make some Noise ....

    Brought to you by Palmerston Area, Seaton Village and the Annex Residents’ Associations

  • 26 Nov 2016 6:04 PM | Anonymous

    The ARA wishes to thank Shade PI S2 Productions Inc. for their generous donation of $500. The company used an Annex location for “Private Eyes: Season 2”. We ask film and television production companies to make donations to the ARA in recognition of the inconvenience that filming can cause in our neighbourhoods

  • 27 Oct 2016 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    Filming in the Annex

    The ARA wishes to thank Workin’ Moms Productions ULC for two generous donations of $500! We ask film and television production companies to make donations to the ARA in recognition of the inconvenience that filming can cause in our neighbourhoods

  • 26 Sep 2016 7:00 PM | Anonymous


    Explore Toronto's historic Annex as you've never seen it before!

    October 16, noon to 5 p.m.

    Tickets: $25 to $30 at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annex-tour-of-houses-and-cultural-organizations-tickets-27942755534


  • 04 Sep 2016 8:08 AM | Anonymous

    Filming in the Annex 

    The ARA wishes to thank Particular Skills Productions CN Inc. for their generous donation of $500. We ask film and television production companies to make a donation to the ARA In recognition of the inconvenience that filming can cause in our neighbourhoods.

  • 05 Jul 2016 8:09 AM | Anonymous

    Construction Notice

    Bathurst Station Roofing Rehabilitation Dates: June 20 to early Fall 2016

    Work description and purpose

    Beginning on Monday, June 20, the TTC will start roofing work at two locations Bathurst Station and at the station entrance/exit on Markham Street. During this project, the station will remain open and service will be maintained. Some areas of the passenger platform will be barricaded to ensure customer safety.

    While the majority of the work will be conducted during the day, some overnight will be required for safety when conducting activities on the roofs’ edge, including:

    •   installing and removing guard rails with hand tools at the beginning and end of the project

    •   removing and installing new roof flashings

    •   deliveries of material onto the roof

      A mobile crane parked on the streetcar allowance will be used to access the main roof during these overnight periods after service ends.

      Noise will be kept to a minimum as best as possible.

      Odour and Dust

      Liquefied asphalt and heating kettles will be used on this project. A non-hazardous odour will be apparent when the new roofing layer and liquefied asphalt is placed. Dust will be controlled as much as possible.

      Work hours

      Work will typically take place during regular daytime hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some overnight work will also be required to ensure safety and to minimize disruption to service.

      TTC service

    •   Due to construction at the intersection of Bathurst and College, 511 Bathurst streetcars will be replaced by buses from June 19 to July 30, 2016.

    •   Buses will be relocated to different bus bays throughout the project, as required.

    •   Signs and customer service staff will be available to assist customers.

      Thank you for your patience as we work to improve transit in Toronto.

      TTC contacts

    •   Paul Tran, Community Liaison, 416-981-1601, paul.tran@ttc.ca.

    •   Customer Service, 416-393-3030 (daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed holidays) or @TTChelps.

    •   TTY Line, 416-481-2523 (daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed holidays).

    •   Route/Schedules/Fares: 416-393-4636 or ttc.ca.

    June 6, 2016

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