Meet the Jamaican refugee who now runs the community centre that took her in

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03/28/2021

Toronto’s Church-Wellesley neighbourhood, bustling and even ebullient in better days, has survived more than a year of COVID-19 lockdown measures, but not without loss. Though a few of The Village’s boarded-up storefronts have been infused with vibrancy thanks to local muralists commissioned by Church-Wellesley’s BIA, its nevertheless difficult not to notice the toll the pandemic has taken on the neighbourhood’s businesses and community hubs. Club 120 (née Goodhandy’s), an important venue for many of the city’s transgender women, closed permanently during the pandemic, after 14 years on Church Street. Beloved drag bar Crews & Tangos, marked for condos by real estate developer Graywood Developments, received a stay of execution after overwhelming community outcry, though its future remains uncertain.

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