A North of Bloor reader recently asked me where I lived. When I responded that I lived a few houses south of Annette Street, near Keele I was criticized for not actually living in the Junction, despite writing as if I do for the purpose of this blog.
As someone growing increasingly attached to the area, this was devastating—if not entirely accurate. First and foremost, while the Junction is often described as the area North of Annette, South of St. Clair, and East of Runnymede to just West of Keele St., the boundaries of the former City of West Toronto, stretch all the way South to Bloor St.
After I defended my claim as a resident of the Junction, I realized that location isn’t what it used to be. Even if you don’t accept that someone living South of Annette Street is a Junction resident why does it matter? I spend most weekends in the area, do all my grocery shopping on Dundas as well as attend Junction community events. My partner and I frequent area pubs and cafes, and my favorite bikeshop is, of course, The Bike Place on Dundas St.
Now, for all intents and purposes, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am well into the evening, I spend most of my time in the Discover District, where College and University meet Queen’s Park Cres. This is where I work, cycle, shop and visit pubs and cafes. Traffic congestions, new infrastructure developments and festivals in this area impact my life just as much as if they were to happen in the Junction. To take this even further, I grew up in the west end of Sault Ste. Marie and lived in Ottawa for several years—I still feel very connected to both cities.
While ultimately you can only vote in one electoral district, claim a permeant place of residence for you taxes and have one primary “home,” mailing address; only you can define your community. Don’t let these situations or the opinions of others define it for you.
Wherever you call home, remember to get involved!