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  • 03 Jul 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

  • 03 May 2017 12:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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

  • 08 Apr 2017 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)


    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 Sep 2016 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member

    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

  • 09 Jun 2016 10:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City of Toronto holds public consultations as one way to engage residents in the life of their city. We invite you to get involved.

    Bloor Corridor/Annex Block Study Stakeholders Meeting

    The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

    Details are as follows:

    Date: June 23, 2016

    Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Place: University of Toronto Schools, Auditorium,                                   371 Bloor Street W.


    City Planning staff is currently undertaking a Bloor Corridor/Annex Block Study of the properties on the north side of Bloor Street West, between St. George Street and Walmer Road, to clarify the (Bloor Corridor Vision Study), Area Specific Policy 334 and assist in assessing the appropriate height and massing for the proposed development at 316 Bloor Street West and adjacent blocks in the Spadina Node and Institutional Precinct on Bloor Street West.

    You can view background information at: www.toronto.ca/planning/bloorannex

    To speak to the planner directly, contact Barry Brooks, at (416) 392-1316 or bbrooks@toronto.ca . You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2.

    You may also contact Councillor Joe Cressy, Ward 20, at (416)-392-4044

    Notice to correspondents:

    Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

    Our public meeting locations are wheelchair/mobility device accessible.

    Other reasonable accommodation or assistive services for persons with disabilities may be provided with adequate notice. Please contact Barry Brooks, at (416) 392-1316, bbrooks@toronto.ca with your request. The City of Toronto is committed to taking the necessary steps to insure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

    For more information visit www.toronto.ca/planning/developmentapplications

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