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THE ANNEX GLEANER

JUNE 2007

LIFE & LEISURE

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THE COFFEE SHOP CRYPTIC CROSSWORD BY KIMBERLY DARLINGTON

Across 1 Dancing in drag is risqué? (6) 4 Heard about an occasional worker's efforts (8) 9 Dad's taste of dessert (6) 10 Tori & Erin redesign space within walls (8) 12 Getting to hurting again? (8) 13 Tablet shattered during struggle (6) 15 Clyde & Ian cope, using reference material (12) 19 Error is here, in loop — symbolizing something (12) 22 Tea set broken in family home (6) 23 Snoop ate, using kitchen implement (8) 26 Day of the week when Stu took in article and rearranged yard (8)

27 Aha! Wii is scrambled in this state (6) 28 Put down flower during crisis? (8) 29 Measure of distance for merest change (6)

Down 1 Dear Edward picked up Page and left (8) 2 Investigation methods somehow scare her (8) 3 Heading a little downtown, or thereabouts (5) 5 Style or sound that's specific to Northeast (4) 6 Happiness involves couple of evenings at altitude (9) 7 Heard young ruler doesn't use cursive? (6)

8 Thoroughfare where saint displayed greenery (6) 11 Sir, do no dancing inside the house (7) 14 Fearsome as lesions, harboring disease (7) 16 Jagged fissure in remedies for animals (9) 17 Extinct beast is around, somehow (8) 18 Siege can disrupt some client servers, perhaps? (8) 20 One hundred backed off— and stopped altogether (6) 21 Best at useless situation, for the most part (6) 24 Lose drink? (5) 25 Call for piece of paper? (4)

Solution on Page 23 PLAN, cont’d from page 1 37 funds should only go towards capital facilities. But since there is no longer money in the city’s budget for heritage conservation district studies, communities need funds from Section 37 to ensure heritage zones will be protected, according to Sandra Shaul, member of the Annex Residents’ Association and the city’s preservation panel. Preserving the Annex as a heritage district is as important to its residents as building a basketball court at Jane Street and Finch Avenue is to its residents, she said. Heritage enthusiasts in the Annex are content because they already secured $70,000 of Section 37 funds for the current Bloor Corridor Visioning Study from the One Bedford development, but under the new provisions the city would not direct the money to heritage studies. Summit participants spent much of the day discussing how the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) should not have ruling authority over planning decisions made by the City of Toronto, and discussed alternatives to the controversial provincial board. “One of the solutions is to have some kind of planning committee that has an overview and isn’t just involved to mediate issues,” said Howard Cohen, former city planner, whose private Context Development business worked on numerous condominium developments in Toronto. “The way to protect neighbourhoods is to get the development where you want it, not to stop it,” he said. There’s an increasing demand in Toronto for three- or more bedroom condominiums for families, and as a result, developers are shifting to meet those market demands, he added. Cohen spoke about the importance of communication between different groups because most councillors share an unspoken pact to avoid interfering with issues in each other’s wards. It’s also important for residents to understand how difficult it is for professional developers to attend community meetings because residents are often hostile towards them and eventually developers can begin to believe the groups, according to Cohen.

“It’s like being kidnapped; people begin to fall in love with the kidnapper,” he said. Matthew Blackett, publisher of Spacing magazine, addressed specific ways the city can help engage a wider variety of residents, especially a younger generation who will become the next urban leaders. “I firmly believe the city planning department needs to become a multimedia producer,” he said. He showed Councillor Adam Giambrone’s (Ward 18, Davenport) Facebook page as an example of how to inform young residents about community issues and showed still images from the video game Sim City to illustrate how someone can learn about urban planning through a creative medium. “I think it’s much easier now because of technology to reach out to people, especially those with disabilities who use the Internet as their major source of communication,” Blackett said. Traditional means of communication, like paper flyers in the mail, may not reach people who rent or struggle to read English. “If there’s a higher rate of tenant involvement and they’re considered a stakeholder in this, you’re going to be involved in a wider range of socioeconomic and diversity [issues],” Blackett said. Although many summit attendees were tenants, the vast majority were white, which Cohen pointed out is not reflective of Toronto. PPT organizers tried to invite an assorted panel of speakers and are confident its membership will diversify as residents throughout the city network and inform others of the group and its mission, according to Shaul. “We’re not going to put in a quota system where you have to have x number of people of x number of shades in there, but what you have to have is people go back to their neighbourhoods and get more people out to these meetings and make more people active,” Shaul said. The next step for PPT is to organize a database website for networking and information sharing so residents’ groups will no longer feel isolated and members from different wards will unite to support individual battles, Shaul added.

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People Plan Toronto continued  

A group of diverse residents' associations across Toronto united to make a larger impact on the city's planning process.

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