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Well, we’re pretty sure that members of the “No Big Box in Leslieville” advocacy group and the heroic East Toronto Community Coalition are gushing right now. Almost a year after their battle to prevent SmartCentres from developing a property—allegedly big box, allegedly Wal-Mart–anchored—on the former home of Toronto Film Studios started heating up, and long after an official decision was expected, the City issued a press release a little more than an hour ago (quickly picked up by the Post and Spacing) declaring that the Ontario Municipal Board has “upheld the City’s right to maintain the area South of Eastern Avenue as an Employment District without large format, stand alone retail outlets” and that the Board “found that the functioning of other economic activities within this district would have been undermined if the Smart Centres application had been approved.”

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