Find out what's happening in the Annex and with the Residents Association
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  • 03 Jul 2017 12:42 PM | Anonymous


    Join members of the ARA in picking Mulberries.

    At 3 p.m. on July 8th, at Jean Sibelius Park, 50 Kendal Ave., there will be a mini-mulberry celebration, featuring at planting demonstration, a tour of the local tree canopy, and mulberry picking.

    We have also been given permission to visit the Annex’s most increasable backyard garden.

    Come share our love of our neighborhood’s urban forest and pick mulberries with us. Bring a cup to enjoy refreshments.

  • 03 Jul 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Tour de Bloor (Bike and Buy) Passports" are now available at

    Curbside Bikes and Sweet Pete’s (in the Annex) and Kensington Natural Bakery (460 Bloor). (There is also a downloadable version at: https://www.cycleto.ca/bloor-loves-bikes )

    The passports are available to cyclists and non-cyclists alike. Passport holders who visit a minimum of 20 of the 75 businesses in the Annex and Koreatown, are eligible to be entered into draw for a new Simcoe bike (retail value $850) and other prizes. (The ROM also offers a 20% discount on admissions for passport holders.)

    The program runs to mid-September. The objective is to promote local businesses to the thousands of new cyclists on Bloor St.

    The initiative is supported by all local Residents’ Associations.

    Support local business. Shop locally.

  • 26 May 2017 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    June 8, 2017 ARA Board Meeting 7 p.m. at the Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road.  Last meeting before the summer break! All welcome!

  • 05 May 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Filming in the Annex - ARA thanks GEP SUITS B Inc. for donation

     The ARA wishes to thank GEP SUITS B Inc (SUITS – Season 7) for their generous donation 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.


  • 03 May 2017 12:30 AM | Anonymous

    One Day Left for a Crucial Vote

    There is only one-day left to fill out the online survey on Bloor Street Bike Lanes. Participation in Feedback Survey#2 will close at midnight on Thursday, May 4.

    If you have not done so already, the Annex Residents’ Association City encourages you to complete the onlinesurvey before it closes tomorrow night.

    A parallel study on the local economic impact of bike lanes on Bloor Street is being led by the Toronto Center for Active Transportation (TCAT), in partnership with University of Toronto, and sponsorship from Metcalf Foundation, Bloor Annex BIA, and Korea Town BIA. University students with an iPad are visiting store front businesses to interview merchants directly.

    More Business Consulation in  Progress
    A new business-focused online Feedback Survey#3 will be asking more in-depth questions this summer to better understand how different kinds of businesses along Bloor Street from Ossington Avenue to Bay Street have been affected in different ways.  If you have suggestions for the kinds of questions you think we should be asking, please let JasonDiceman at the City of Toronto know.

    Public Drop‐In Event #3 – June 5, 2017
    A third public information event is scheduled for Monday, June 5, between 4 and 8p.m., at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. Members of the public will get the latest traffic analysis, results from the online feedback survey, and hear about the next steps for minor design modifications and overall evaluation of the project.

    City Consulting on U of T Expansion

    The U of T’s proposal to change its Secondary Plan is undergoing a series of public consultations. The second community consultation will be held on May 8 from 7-9 p.m. in room 3201of the Sandford Fleming Building at 10 King's College Road.

    The southwest sector between St. George,Spadina, Harbord and College could see massive redevelopment under the proposed plan. Following a walkabout, HVRA and other RAs on the Liaison Committee expressed their concerns there were not enough specifics on building heights and massing, on shadowing, on potential encroachment on heritage. The University’s plan emphasizes greening and improvements at grade.

    The meeting on May 8 will focus on heritage, public realm and movement policies for the Secondary Plan area. For more information on the proposal, please visit the city site for this project

  • 11 Apr 2017 9:03 AM | Anonymous

    Come Hear One of Toronto’s Best Columnists

    Our Annual General Meeting: April 27,
     7:30 p.m. Friends House, 60 Lowther Avenue

    The Annex Residents’ Association is holding its Annual General Meeting at the Friends Meeting House on 60 Lowther. Toronto Star Columnist Ed Keenan will be its keynote speaker. Keenan has lived in Toronto all his life, and written about its people, politics and culture for various publications. His book “Some Great Idea: Good Neighborhood, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto” explores the history or Toronto and its identity crisis since amalgamation.

    The meeting will also get an update on developments in the Annex from our Councillor Joe Cressy.

     You will have the opportunity to renew your membership or join the ARA for the first time!

    For more information about membership, please go to http://www.theara.org/join-us


  • 08 Apr 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

  • 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

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