Mount Dennis coffee shop turned community hub celebrates 4 years

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Cassandra Nicolaou, owner of supercoffee, credits her entire team for the idea of a colouring contest in celebration of the Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue-area shop’s fourth anniversary coming up on Monday, May 21. “My staff and I had a brainstorm and we talked about how we enjoy colouring and the idea that a coffee shop is a great place to come and relax and colouring is meditative,” Nicolaou said. “I’m always looking for ways to bring people together.” [...]

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What’s the buzz in Toronto’s Mount Dennis neighbourhood?

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The Mount Dennis Business Improvement Area (BIA) is continuing its quest to make the neighbourhood more inviting for bees by filling the cement planters and hanging baskets along the retail strip with pollinator and eco-friendly flowers and greenery. To help with this initiative, the BIA has hired Restorative Landscapes, a landscaping firm specializing in permaculture (permanent agriculture), a system and design approach that mimics or directly relies on features and patterns of natural ecosystems. [...]

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Mount Dennis planning study underway in anticipation of development

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After decades without significant change — and in anticipation of the completion of the Crosstown LRT that will transform Mount Dennis into one of Toronto’s largest mobility hubs — the city is conducting a planning study of the area. Set to begin next year, the study’s objective is to develop a proactive planning framework for Mount Dennis before the prospect of increased development activity. [...]

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Mount Dennis set to become the second largest transit hub in the city

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Mount Dennis is poised to become one of the largest mobility hubs in Toronto – second only to Union Station, once the Eglinton Crosstown LRT opens in September of 2021. Work on the 19-kilometre corridor, which includes a 10-kilometre underground stretch between Keele Street and Laird Drive, is on schedule and is set to open on Sept. 29, 2021. Once finished, the LRT will boast 25 stops and link to more than 50 bus routes, three subway stations and GO [...]

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Supercoffee Mural Project

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The Mount Dennis BIA (with funding from the City of Toronto and Metrolinx) developed a mural on the south-west corner of Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue West at Supercoffee, 1148 Weston Road. The theme (bees as super-pollinators) is connected to the Mount Dennis Community’s push to turn the neighbourhood into the first designated “Eco-Neighbourhood” in the City. Located across the street from the future Mount Dennis Station for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the mural is also an example of Metrolinx’s [...]

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LORINC: Local communities to help build Metrolinx projects

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Steve Shallhorn, chair of the Toronto Community Benefits Network, says the group in the past several months has held a series of four engagement/recruitment meetings in parts of the city with high unemployment levels (Mount Dennis, Malvern, Flemingdon Park). Working with labour and community organizers, the TCBN sought to identify candidates for apprenticeship programs that will produce trained workers who can be recruited from hiring halls by the winning consortia. [...]

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The past and the future of Mount Dennis

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Last weekend's Jane's Walk featured many worthy destinations, but I was compelled to join the walk in Mount Dennis, focused on the Eglinton LRT line that will have its west end terminus there, once the two massive tunnel boring machines being built there finally emerge at the eastern end of this massive - and long overdue - project. [...]

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