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27 Gamble is getting better

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Posted: June 6th, 2017
The front steps of the apartment building at 27 Gamble Ave. in East York are crumbling. While residents say that it is not one of the worst buildings in the city, it still has its share of tenant complaints and a history of violations of Toronto municipal licensing and standards bylaws.

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165 Cosburn Ave.: garbage in the garage

Posted: May 24th, 2017
If you look up the city's Municipal Licensing & Standings division, there are many buildings around the city being audited because of tenant complaints about building conditions. In 2011 the city audited the apartment building at 165 Cosburn Ave. in East York after residents complained about property standards pertaining to the parking garage. Six years later, the building still has problems.

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New tenant bylaws may improve living in East York buildings

Posted: May 20th, 2017
Janet Davis, councillor for Ward 31, East York-Beaches has listened to the experiences of her constituents over her years on Toronto city council. Many apartments in East York, including her ward, are old buildings that have similar issues.  Davis was among the 41 councillors who voted in favour of the new apartment bylaws on March 29, […]

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Maintenance issues plague Flemingdon Park community housing

A picture of the buildings with a school bus and cars parked along the street

Posted: May 11th, 2017
Some of the residents in one of Toronto’s oldest community housing complexes have waited as long as seven years for the City of Toronto to make property standards repairs. Data released by the city's Municipal Licensing and Standards department shows over 100 tenant complaints have been made to the city about Vendome Place, with some dating back to 2010.

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Nightmare at 500 Dawes

Rotting billboard for rentals at 500 Dawes

Posted: May 11th, 2017
Jennifer Reid has lived at 500 Dawes Rd. in East York since 2015. For her, it has been nothing but a nightmare. When she first moved in, the screen door to her balcony was broken. It still has yet to be repaired, in 2017.

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Noise complaints change the tune of Toronto’s music scene

Local residents at the Sauce

Posted: May 11th, 2017
Toronto has gained a reputation for it's dying live music scene. Now, the city is looking to implement a number of changes to its noise bylaws to help out artists. That's music to the ears of some bar owners, but not everyone agrees.

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Unhappy tenants vow to move out of East York building

A long shot of 104 Goodwood Park Crt.

Posted: April 5th, 2017
For some residents living in 104 Goodwood Park Crt., the very cheap rent of their apartments, and fear of reprisals from the building management may outweigh speaking about the property standards and problems associated with the East York building. We interviewed several tenants who said “There are problems but I don’t want to say more than that” and […]

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Graffiti, street art and the City of Toronto

Graffiti

Posted: April 5th, 2017
In the last three years, St. Luke’s United Church on Sherbourne and Carlton streets has spent around $1,000 annually to remove graffiti. The church even needed to buy an $800 power-washer.  St. Luke’s would remove graffiti once every couple of years. Now, that happens about twice a year. Joanne Mastrotucci is the church administrator at St. Luke’s. She […]

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Gentrification: Why the owners of Pape Avenue’s Milk Mart are retiring

Three owners of a convenience store

Posted: March 25th, 2017
Every day for the last 19 years, Salim “Sam” Hadad, his daughter Mary and his son-in-law Emel were up at 7 a.m. to open Milk Mart Convenience at Pape and Cosburn avenues in Toronto’s Pape Village. Milk Mart serves hundreds of customers daily, all with different needs and wants. Hadad said they’ve been around so long they’re like […]