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  • 02 Nov 2014 6:10 PM | Anonymous

    The monthly ARA Board meeting will be held on November 13, 7:00 p.m. at the Annex Retirement Residence, 123 Spadina Road, Lower Level. All Welcome!

  • 02 Nov 2014 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    ARA In The News

    The Annex Resident’s Association got a shout out from Ward 20’s councillor-elect Joe Cressy.

    In an opinion piece http://gleanernews.ca/index.php/2014/10/25/its-time-to-build-our-city-again-2/#.VFZLnIcri-I in the Annex Gleaner, Cressy praised the ARA’s TreesPlease program for its beneficial effect on the environment.


    “Yes, Rob Ford and Stephen Harper have their heads in the sand around climate change. But, in our local neighbourhoods, we have already experienced the effects of a changing environment, and the Annex Residents’ Association has already acted to improve the situation. Their
    TreesPlease program works to survey, protect, and expand Toronto’s tree canopy thereby providing more shade, removing industrial emissions from the air, and increasing property values. This is a win-win situation, improving our environment and beautifying our neighbourhoods in the process.”


    Cressy points out that TreesPlease is a good model for solving problems because it involves local residents. The ARA believes that the best solutions always involve people and is dedicated to achieving this at a local level in our neighborhood.

    Join the ARA to help our city


  • 14 Oct 2014 11:01 PM | Anonymous

    Ward 20 Sets a Record for 2014 Municipal Election


    Don’t miss out on the most closely fought race in the Toronto. 


    We have a total of 22 candidates who want to represent us as our Councillor at Toronto City Hall. That’s more candidates than are running in any of the other 43 wards in the city.


    The Annex Residents’ Association, together with our neighboring community organizations (the Harbord Village Residents’ Association, Huron Sussex Residents' Organization, Seaton Village Residents’ Association and the Bloor-Annex and the Harbord Street BIAs) is sponsoring two forums so the residents of Ward 20 can hear from their local candidates.




    The forum to hear the candidates for Councillor for Ward 20:




    Date: Thursday, October 16th
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm


    Place: Trinity-St Paul’s Centre (Bloor Street W. at Robert)




    The forum to hear the candidates for School Trustees for Ward 10 (our trustee ward) will take place a week later:




    Date: Thursday, October 23rd
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm


    Place: Trinity-St Paul’s Centre (Bloor Street W. at Robert)



  • 14 Oct 2014 10:52 PM | Anonymous
    Many Annex residents take our trees for granted.
    But they are an important part of our neighbourhood, providing shade and cooling but also increasing the attractiveness of the Annex.

    City Council is the one level of government that has the biggest impact on health of the City’s trees, so the TreesPlease working group of the Annex Residents’ Association circulated a questionnaire asking the candidates for Council in Ward 20.

    Will you support the goal of increasing the tree canopy across the City to between   30 and 40%?
    Do you support the communication of tree data between City departments and      agencies, and between the City and community groups?
    What actions would you undertake to ensure the proactive and sustainable management of the City’s tree canopy?

    More than half the candidates for councillor for Ward 20 responded.
    You can click here to get the full questions, and the answers


  • 02 Oct 2014 7:54 AM | Anonymous
    The Election is Coming - Be Prepared

    Candidates Forums - October 16th and 23rd

    The Annex Residents’ Association, together with our neighboring community organizations (the Harbord Village Residents’ Association, Huron Sussex Residents' Organization, Seaton Village Residents’ Association and the Bloor - Annex and the Harbord Street BIAs) is sponsoring two forums so the residents of Ward 20 can hear from their local candidates.

    The forum to hear the candidates for Councillor for Ward 20:

    Date: Thursday, October 16th
    Time: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
    Place: Trinity-St Paul’s Centre (Bloor Street W. at Robert)

    The forum to hear the candidates for School Trustees for Ward 10 (our trustee ward) will take place a week later:

    Date: Thursday, October 23rd
    Time: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
    Place: Trinity-St Paul’s Centre (Bloor Street W. at Robert)

    Voters List

    Are you on the voters' list for the Toronto's municipal election on October 27?

    Being on the voters' list ensures you receive a voter information card, which tells you when and where to vote as well as making the process at the voting place quicker and easier.

    Toronto residents can check to see if their name is on the voters' list by:
    • Using the online tool MyVote at http://www.toronto.ca/elections/myvote
    • Visiting the City Clerk's Offices at Toronto City Hall.
    • Calling 416-338-1111.

    You will save time at the voting place if you are on the voters’ list.

    Voting If You’re Away

    If, for any reasons, you are unable to vote on any of the voting days during the coming Municipal election, you can appoint someone to act as a proxy and vote on your behalf.


    The proxy must be an eligible voter in the City of Toronto, and may vote for one person who is not a relative or for more than one person if they are a spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent or grandchild.

    Proxy forms and instructions are available by calling the Elections Office at 416-338-1111 (TTY service 416-338-0889) or may be picked up at any City Clerk's Office at the 1st floor west of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.


  • 14 Sep 2014 4:00 PM | Anonymous


    The Annex Residents’ Association
    PRESENTS
    OUR SECOND ANNUAL

    ANNEX CORN ROAST
    Sunday September 14th

    4-6 p.m.
    Sibelius Park
    Rain or Shine!

  • 13 Sep 2014 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Honouring a Leader of the Annex. 
    Civic leaders and community representatives will join together on Saturday morning,September 13th at 10:30 a.m., to pay tribute to long-time Annex resident Paul Martel.


    Paul’s advocacy and dedication has been key to the development and preservation of parks and green space in the Annex. Without his inspiration and example, Jean Sibelius Square and Taddle Creek Park may never have been redeveloped.

    But Paul is most clearly known for the ongoing success of Ecology Park at 10 Madison Avenue. Through his efforts and the efforts of others, an empty lot became an oasis of tall grasses, shrubs, wild flowers and shade trees.

    “The development of Ecology Park has reflected a vision of inclusive access and participation that is open to all,” says Paul Martel. “Every Saturday morning during the spring, summer, and fall we get to feel the earth and soil in our hands, smell the flowers, and watch the birds, bees and insects.”

    At 10:30 on Saturday, September the 13th, residents of the Annex will join civic leaders in paying tribute to this long-time Annex resident by renaming Ecology Park. It will now be known as Paul Martel Park, in recognition of his contribution to our neighborhood.

    The Chair of the Annex Residents’ Association, David Harrison, says the honour is well deserved. “There can surely be no better example of community and civic engagement than Paul Martel’s effort and determination to bring Ecology Park to reality.”

    Ecology Park is a volunteer project of the Annex Residents’ Association with funds administered by the City of Toronto. The original Ecology Park was dismantled in 1993 to allow for the construction of the Spadina LRT. For years the lot sat vacant, until the Annex Residents’ Association reminded the City in 2000 of its commitment to rebuild the Park.

    Ecology Park celebrates the diverse ecosystems found in Ontario. If you are interested in volunteering in Ecology Park, please contact the Annex Residents’ Association at www.theara.org

    For further information, please contact:
    Micky Fraterman moostra1@sympatico.ca 416 924 1424; 416 347 0571 cell


  • 11 Sep 2014 7:00 PM | Anonymous
    Our September Board Meeting will be held on September 11, at 7 p.m.
    Board Meetings  start at 7 p.m. from now on.
    All Welcome!


  • 19 Jun 2014 7:00 PM | Anonymous
    Our June Board Meeting will be held on June 19, a week later so we can all follow the election results on June 12. Board Meetings now start at 7 p.m.
    All Welcome!
  • 03 Jun 2014 7:00 PM | Anonymous
    The City of Toronto is proposing improvements to Ramsden Park at 1020 Yonge Street. Councillor Wong Tam, City Staff and representatives from PMA Landscape Architects invite community members to review and provide input on how the park is currently used, what works and what could be improved.
    Note; Ramsden Park Site Walk, an interactive walk and talk in the park, will occur on Saturday, June 7, 12 to 2 p.m.. Meeting at the Yonge Street entrance.
    See flyer for more information.
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