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2014-01-28 13.04.14It’s not the first time I noticed that something had gone a-rye. But today I finally remembered to take a pic so I could share the latest neighbourhood developments.

Harvest Loaf has closed. I think I only bought from them once in all the years they were there. But that’s because I’m frugal and NosyNeighbour learned how to make bread. And then I perfected the science of big fat doughy Bavarian pretzels.

Anyways, I was curious to know whether it was high rents forcing them out of the neighbourhood. I found this on their facebook page:

Thank you to all our supporters over the last 13 years. With a heavy heart, we have decided to close Harvest Loaf for a number of reasons. We will certainly miss the neighbourhood and all the familiar faces. We definitely would not have made it this long without our wonderful and loyal staff and bakers- thank you!

Should you have a craving for a lamington or a curry turkey sweet potato pie and happen to be in the east side of town, you can still find these items at our sister store, Bread and Roses Bakery, 323 St. Laurent Blvd. 613.745.2087.


In this month’s Kitchissippi Times ….


When we attended the Mizrahi community consultation, somebody in the audience raised the issue of what would happen if the other corners were to be developed. Other developers would be able to say “Mizrahi got more, we want more.” In response Sam said that he would back the community in saying it wouldn’t be justified because the other corners have already been decontaminated. His wasn’t.

Then about a week ago we received an email from our city councillor to advise us that the property kitty corner from the old ProShine car wash was going to be developed.

Community Meeting
Development Proposed at 70 Richmond Road
On Wednesday, Janaury 15th, 2014, from 7-9 PM in the upstairs meeting room at the Churchill Seniors Centre, I will be hosting a pre-consultation regarding development at 70 Richmond Road, currently home to Island Park Auto Sales.

No application has been made at this site. This meeting will be the first step in a community discussion with the developer before any decisions are made.

The zoning of the site is TM[83]H(15). Details of this zoning is available here. The site is part of the Richmond Road/Westboro Secondary Plan. Details of this plan are available here.

NosyNeighbour was supposed to attend, but ended up cuddling with the cat under a blanket while I was busy at night school. But he did write to the councillor and we checked Jeff Leiper’s site to see what had transpired. So far, I’m not impressed with Mr. Leiper. He seems to be conducting a personal attack campaign against our current councillor. And he seems to have forgotten that the developer asked for and received more than the zoning allowed just down the road. Read the rest of this entry »

Going to Stupidstore (aka Superstore) is generally not pleasant, especially when you’re a pedestrian. When the project was approved, it was sold as pedestrian friendly with entrances at each corner. But the doors by the floral department have never been used, so if you approach it from the east, you have to walk half way down the building to get to the first door. Then you have to walk all the way to the west side to pick up a grocery cart. And the small ones that are more manageable are inconveniently tucked under the stairs, if there are any at all.

So as a protest, I always push my cart to the bus stop, even if my bag is really light. But the past few times I’ve gone there, something strange has happened. Instead of loading up the north exit with junk (usually Rubbermaid containers), it’s now full of the small shopping carts. So I no longer feel the need to prove my point. And today I left my cart INSIDE the store for a change. One small step forward! Read the rest of this entry »

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. I’m not sure it really reflects my experience with the blog. But here it is for what it’s worth.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


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