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Rachel Muenz Writes About a Missing Person - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About a Missing Person – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz - J.J. - September 16, 2009

By Rachel Muenz

There was this kid who lived in a town near where I grew up. He was a friend of my cousin’s cousin and went missing when I was in elementary school and he was a teenager. His friends might have called him J.J. so I’ll call him that too.

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Is the media biased against rural areas?


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Rachel Muenz Writes About How the Media Portrays Rural Communities – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz - Rural - September 15, 2009

By Rachel Muenz

Almost every article I’ve read in urban newspapers about the countryside and its people seems to rely on stereotypes. Maybe it’s just because I’m from a small town and more sensitive to these things, but media coverage of rural areas often appears condescending.

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Picture of the Day – Toronto – Courtesy of Google Images


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Fall in Love with These Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas (Recipes, cooking tips, photos included)


Fall in Love with These Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas

Culinary pros offer tips and tricks for preparing dishes that woo

Toronto, Ont., January 30, 2018 – Wondering what to serve that special someone on Valentine’s Day? Certain foods lend themselves to a romantic meal better than others, says one of Canada’s top chefs.

According to John Morris, Executive Chef of the CN Tower, date night meals should be kept simple, light and mess-free. “Think short noodle cuts and lighter seasonal ingredients, such as seafood or vegetarian fare,” he said, adding that seasoning with pungent spices should be minimized.

Chef Morris shared his ideas for simple, creative date night dishes at a recent culinary speed dating event for journalists and bloggers at the top of the CN Tower, where 10 up-and-coming Toronto chefs wooed guests with their culinary skills. The chefs, graduating student chefs from Toronto’s leading George Brown Chef School, prepared a variety of noodle dishes and had seven minutes to impress each guest before their dishes were scored according to simplicity, creativity, personality, and taste.

The creators of the top three dishes each received a $2,000 scholarship prize for courses at George Brown Chef School, courtesy of event sponsor No Yolks® noodles.

Taking first place was Chef Lucas Hum, who created an “Eggless Bacon Carbonara” dish. Chef Kshitiz Sethi took second place with his “Royal Rose Pudding” dish and Chef Janikka Murray placed third with a recipe called “Mushroom and Bacon Stroganoff.”

Chef Morris explained that shortcut noodles, such as No Yolks, make an ideal date-night meal as they are quick and easy to prepare, light and great tasting.  “Shortcut noodles go with just about any ingredient so it’s easy to be creative and have fun with a noodle dish, whether it’s with sauce or as the base for a noodle soup,” he said, adding that cooking together can enhance the overall mood on date night.

He also emphasized the importance of balance when preparing a dish. “Aim for a combination of noodles, protein, and vegetables to ensure an easy to digest yet satisfying meal, and of course save room for dessert,” he suggested.

Envisioning an ideal date night dish, Chef Morris created a Valentine’s Day recipe, called Saucy Shrimp Noodles with Lemon Fetish Goat Cheese, that features noodles combined with lemony-flavoured shrimp, wine, and cheese (see recipe below). “The combination of aromatic wine sauce-infused noodles and flavourful, light-tasting shrimp deliver an elegance to this dish that’s perfect for a romantic date night,” he said.

No Yolks® noodles sponsored the event to support up-and-coming Canadian chefs as part of its #BringHomeNoYolks campaign. As Canada’s only yolk-free, cholesterol-free and low-fat noodle brand, “No Yolks®noodles are a popular choice for daters of all ages, particularly among college students and young professionals who don’t have the time to cook, but still want a great-tasting meal that makes a good impression,” said Alistair Senn, No Yolks® Senior Brand Manager. “Our message is that No Yolks® noodles are light, simple and fail-proof to make, go with just about any ingredient and happen to be healthy to boot.”

Visit https://www.facebook.com/NoYolksCanada/ for recipe ideas.

Recipes, along with a summary of date night meal tips from Chef John Morris, Executive Chef of the CN Tower, follow below.

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Date Night Meal Tips from Chef John Morris:

  • Use shorter cut noodles for neat and easy consumption.
  • Cook noodles in a large pot to allow plenty of room for the noodles to move around and prevent sticking.
  • Limit ingredients that linger after consumed, such as garlic, onions and pungent spices.
  • Use light-tasting ingredients such as seafood, and limit heavier ingredients.
  • Cut leafy and or larger ingredients (such as broccoli, kale, and spinach) into smaller pieces so they are easier to chew and do not get stuck in teeth.
  • For impressive plating, top noodle dishes with a small ingredient such as shrimp, using an odd number of ingredients per dish (seven instead of six, for example) for more visual appeal.
  • Pipe sauce artistically to create designs, such as a heart, on the plate.
  • Warm serving plates in a 200oF oven before plating to keep food warmer longer and allow for extra time to plate for presentation.

Saucy Shrimp Noodles with Lemon Fetish Goat Cheese

By Chef John Morris, Executive Chef, CN Tower

Product: No Yolks® Broad Noodles

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients: 

Tomato Basil Sauce

1 tsp (5 mL)              olive oil

4                                  garlic cloves, halved                       

4                                  basil leaves, torn

4                                  vine-ripened tomatoes, diced

                                    sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

Main Dish

4 cups (1 L)              No Yolks® Broad Noodles

1/4 cup (50 mL)       sun-dried tomatoes, sliced

1/2 cup (125 mL)     white wine

1 tsp (5 mL)              lemon juice (or to taste)

1 tsp (5 mL)              finely grated lemon zest

6                                  fresh oregano leaves

1/2 lb (225 g)            peeled and deveined frozen raw shrimp, thawed (about 24 large shrimp)

                                    freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup (50 mL)       crumbled Lemon Fetish goat cheese (can be substituted with Feta cheese, if desired)

                                    microgreens

Instructions:

Tomato Basil Sauce

Step 1: Heat olive oil in saucepot at medium heat.

Step 2: Add garlic and cook until tender. Stir to avoid browning.

Step 3: Add basil and stir quickly for a few sections. Add tomatoes and reduce heat to medium-low, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Season to taste with sea salt and cracked black pepper.

Main Dish:

Step 1: Prepare noodles according to package directions.

Step 2: Meanwhile, bring the tomato basil sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, wine, lemon juice, lemon zest and oregano to a simmer in a large skillet set over medium heat. Stir in the shrimp and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until no pink remains. Season to taste with pepper.

Step 3: Serve the tomato sauce-shrimp mixture over the hot cooked noodles. Garnish each serving with Lemon Fetish goat cheese and microgreens.

Tip:

Prepare tomato basil sauce in advance to save time on the day of cooking.

Eggless Bacon Carbonara

By Chef Lucas Hum, George Brown Chef School

Product: No Yolks® Dumpling Noodles

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Makes: 5 servings

Ingredients: 

1 lb (450 g)                bacon, diced

4 cups (1 L)              No Yolks® Dumpling Noodles

3 tbsp (45 mL)         butter, unsalted

1 head                       garlic, roasted

1 cup (150 g)            cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup (120 ml)       heavy cream, 35%

1/2 cup (65 g)           parmesan cheese, grated

                                    salt and pepper to taste

Garnish: 1/4 cup leeks, finely sliced and 1/2 bunch basil, chiffonade

Instructions:

Step 1: Place diced bacon in a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Cookout the fat, stirring occasionally until crispy, about 8 minutes.

Step 2: Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions.

Step 3: Remove crispy bacon bits and set aside. Drain remaining bacon grease on a paper towel-lined plate. Reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the pan.

Step 4: Return the pan to medium heat and add the butter to melt. Add garlic and tomatoes and sauté for 1 minute.

Step 5: Stir in heavy cream, then add the cooked and drained noodles to the skillet and toss to coat. Stir in parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 6: Serve hot, topped with crispy bacon bits, leeks, and basil to garnish.

Tip:

Consider frying the leeks in the bacon fat to create a crispy leek garnish to add texture.

Royal Rose Pudding

By Chef Kshitiz Sethi, George Brown Chef School

Product: NO YOLKS® Fine Noodles

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Makes: 4-5 servings

Ingredients: 

6 tbsp (90 mL)         mixed nuts (almonds, pistachio, cashews), chopped

4 cups (340g)           NO YOLKS® Fine Noodles

1 cup (250 mL)        khoya cheese or unsalted ricotta cheese

6 cups (1500 mL)    whole milk

4 tbsp (60 mL)         desi ghee butter or unsalted butter

4-5 pcs                      green cardamom and saffron, ground into a powder

10 tbsp (150 mL)     sugar (or to taste)

Garnish chopped nuts of your choice and a sprinkle of rose water.

Instructions:

Step 1: In a pan on high heat, sauté nuts in butter for 2 minutes. Add noodles and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 2: Add the crumbled khoya or ricotta cheese and mix until it breaks down. Slowly add milk and bring to a boil. Continue to boil on medium high for about 15 minutes until it becomes thick or pale in colour.

Step 3: Add the cardamom/saffron powder and sugar and boil for 2 minutes.

Step 4: Finish with rose water and garnish with chopped nuts of your choice.

Tip:

Add milk slowly to avoid lump formation and stir continuously to avoid sticking at the bottom.

You can skip the ricotta cheese or khoya and increase the amount of milk by 50% and boil to get the right consistency (ricotta cheese makes the cooking faster).

This dish can also be served cold, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with rose jelly and chocolate.

Mushroom and Bacon Stroganoff

By Chef Janikka Blair Murray, George Brown Chef School

Product: No Yolks® Extra Broad Noodles

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients: 

1 tsp (5 mL)              olive oil

3 slices                      bacon, diced

1                                  shallot, diced

2 cloves                    garlic, minced

1 tbsp (15 mL)         flour

4                                  cremini mushrooms, sliced

4                                  black oyster mushrooms, sliced

1 tbsp (15 mL)         champagne (any kind) or sparkling wine

1/2 cup (125 mL)     mushroom stock or broth

1/4 tsp (1 mL)           salt

Pinch                         pepper

1/4 tsp (1 mL)           thyme, dried

1 tbsp (15 mL)         Greek yogurt

1 cup (250 mL)        No Yolks® Extra Broad Noodles

1 tsp (5 mL)              truffle oil (optional)

Garnish: Goat cheese crumble

Instructions:

Step 1: In a large pot, bring water to a boil.

Step 2: In a separate pot, heat olive oil on medium heat and cook bacon partially. Add the shallot and garlic cloves and cook until fragrant, approximately 3 minutes.

Step 3: Add flour and mix well for 1 minute or until well coated. Add two types of mushrooms and cook until softened. Add champagne and mix well for 2 minutes.

Step 4: Add mushroom stock, salt, pepper and thyme and bring to a boil.

Step 5: Turn heat down to medium low and stir in Greek yogurt. Once fully incorporated, remove from heat.

Step 6: Once water has boiled in the separate pot, add noodles and cook according to package instructions. Drain and mix noodles with mushroom sauce.

Step 7: Serve with truffle oil drizzle, if desired, and crumble goat cheese on top.

Tip:

Use homemade or store bought stock. The taste of the stock will determine how much seasoning to add to the sauce.

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Old Protest on Bloor Street


Here are scenes from a protest that happened on Bloor Street in Toronto many years ago:

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Black Female Taxi Driver at Dufferin Mall


This is a video of a black female taxi driver at Dufferin Mall.

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Milena Doncheva‎Duo exhibition featuring Alexander Ahilov and Milena Doncheva


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Updated: You’re Invited! Ears, Eyes, Voice: Black Canadian Photojournalists 1970s – 1990s


Hello Donna,
 My photos from my Contrast Newspaper days (late ’70s-early ’80s) will be on display for the CONTACT Photograpy Festival in Toronto – a Photography Festival featuring many different photo exhibits and lectures at different venues across the city. My photos (along with the work of four other Black photographers) will on exhibit at the B.A.N.D. (Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue) Gallery, 19 Brock Avenue ( n/o Queen Street West, w/o Dufferin Street). The exhibit is on until May 28. Gallery hours: ThursdaySaturday from 12 noon-6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.  Note: I won’t be there, was only there last weekend for Opening Event, and Artist Talk. But my photos are still there. 🙂 Please see below press release.
One Love!
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Change of Address for A Different Booklist in Toronto, ON, Canada


CHANGE OF ADDRESS

Greetings to all our suppliers,

This is to inform you that A Different Booklist has now relocated to a new address:

A Different Booklist

779 Bathurst Street

Toronto, ON

M5S 0B7

Our previous change of address notice had the wrong postal code. Please note the correct postal code above.

Please also update the following information:

Tel: 416 538 0889

Fax: 416 901 1662

Email: info@adifferentbooklist.com

Website: http://www.adifferentbooklist.com

All orders not yet shipped should be shipped to the new location at 779 Bathurst St.

Best Regards,

Miguel San Vicente

A Different Booklist

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Simply People Festival to Celebrate Disabilities


The Simply People Festival is Happening on July 21st - Photo Courtesy of Morguefile.com

The Simply People Festival is Happening on July 21st - Photo Courtesy of Morguefile.com

Simply people was formed about five years ago after forming CANWAPPS. CANWAPPS stands for Canada-wide Accessibility for Post-secondary Students. This is a national non-profit organization that is geared towards increasing accessibility and inclusion for post-secondary students with disabilities.

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New Opportunities Learning Centre Q & A


Why do you think it is important for women to work together?

Women bring different approaches and perspectives to issues and tasks at the workplace. These have not for the most part been given much opportunity for practical application and recognition in today’s male dominated workplaces. There are still negative and trite stereotypes about the way women work together. More women working together with their successes to show can hopefully help eradicate these stereotypes.

How is working with women different from working with men?

It is hard not to fall into the same problem of stereotyping, so I only speak from my own experiences.

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End Piece: an uplifting experience (Originally Published in Concordia University Alumni Magazine)


Since I was seven years old I knew I wanted to write. My master’s degree in media studies from Concordia helped me reach that goal — and much more. Continue reading

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Donna Kakonge Doing Writing Workshops at the Toronto Public Library in 2014 at the Following Times and Dates


Learn now to write creative NF

Join Donna Kakonge to Learn to Write Creative Non-fiction Workshop at the Maria. A. Shchuka Library.

This workshop features discussion and writing exercises that explore the powers of writing your own story. With Readings from How to Talk to Crazy People and How to Write Creative Non-fiction by Donna Kakonge.
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Day: September 19, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: 1745 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON , M6E 2H4
416-394-1000


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Join Donna Kakonge for a Learn to Write Creative Non-fiction Workshop at Maria A. Shchuka Library September 19, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.


Where: Maria A. Shchuka Library Branch of the Toronto Public Library

1745 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto, ON, M6E 2H4

When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

What’s Going On: Learn to write creative non-fiction by Donna Kakonge

How: It’s free! Copies of my books How To Talk To Crazy People, How to Write Creative Non-fiction and Three Quarters will be on sale for those interested. These books are also available in the Toronto Public Library.

Who: Donna Kakonge! Please check out my official website at: http://www.donnakakonge.com, or buy my books at one of the page links above for more details about my writing.

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Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Bow Tie Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto Arugula and Pine Nuts Chef Peter George, CN Tower, Toronto


Chef Peter George, Toronto Recipe

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 15 min

Servings: 4

Ingredients: 
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Only My Voice: Vignettes of Crazy People Singing to Stay Sane is Available


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Photo Shoot With Me and My Dad…Dr. Sam Kakonge from the Fresh Collective Lifestyle


I love this dress! I wore it for a meeting yesterday and it was a hit. My Dad took the photo.

I love this dress! I wore it for a meeting yesterday and it was a hit. My Dad took the photo.

I was sitting at my computer this past week and Jane from the Fresh Collective Kensington store location sent me this email:

Hi Donna,

I want to do another facebook post about you if you are open to it 🙂
Can you send me some pictures of you in your new FC duds and a link to some of your recent work? I would love to brag about how awesome you are!

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Donna Kakonge at Mad Pride 2013 Highlights and My Books in the Toronto Public Library


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My books are now in the Toronto Public Library:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM2979553&R=2979553

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Feathers: A Comedy By Bill Zaget


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Lernit Tutoring Services Now Accepting Students


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Burla awards (originally published for Share Newspaper)


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BURLA Awards Recognize Youth

Published December 15, 2006, in Share Newspaper

The 2nd annual BURLA awards at Burke’s Books and Picture Framing highlighted three young women for the first time last week, but in the end only one took home the prize. Crystal Hosannah of Oakwood Collegiate won for her essay on literature that was inspired by her Mom.

“I talked about when I was a little girl and my Mom used to lead me into the bookstore and I would just wander around there for hours just reading the backs of books,” says Hosannah.

Her favourite book is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which she read when she was eight. Hosannah says winning the award is a pleasant surprise.

Among the other nominees for the BURLA were Hannah Watson-Jackson and Nyomi Puil, also of Oakwood Collegiate. Watson-Jackson wrote about how writing has treated her, compared to the kids she sees in her co-op placement who hate writing. Puil wrote about how more young people are turning away from books and discovering a virtual self.

Veteran writers like Pamela Mordecai also received an award. Among Mordecai’s books is Her True-True Name, a blockbuster work on Caribbean women, edited with her sister Elizabeth Wilson.

“I can only say that I am very honoured to receive the award and I think Sam and Rita (Burke) are wonderful people,” says Mordecai about the owners of the bookstore. “I can’t think of any other persons I would have liked to receive it from. I remember Lenny and Gwen Johnson from Third World Bookstore and Crafts. But I see Sam and Rita as continuing that tradition and I am just completely honoured, delighted and humbled to receive it.”

Mordecai shared the stage with the Governor-General’s award-winning poet Dr. George Elliott Clarke. Clarke read from his new book Illuminated Verses, with photos by famed photographer Ricardo Scipio. The book celebrates the beauty of the Black woman’s body through pictures and poetry.

“I’m extremely pleased that we’re doing the launch for the book here at Burke’s Books,” said Clarke. “I’m also pleased to be part of the program that will honour Pamela Mordecai. I’ve known her for a number of years and whose work I respect greatly.”

Elliott Clarke teaches at the University of Toronto and has numerous books of poetry, including an anthology Fire on the Water Vol 1. and Vol. 2, and George & Rue which came out earlier in 2005. His latest book, Illuminated Verses, consists of 38 nude photographs.

“It’s the first book of its kind ever,” says Clarke. “People can decide for themselves. I think it’s a gorgeous book; it’s a beautiful book because of the photographs. If they want my opinion, the photographs are absolutely great, and the poems are pretty good too.”

Books like Clarke’s and Mordecai’s can be found at Burke’s Books which hosted the event with the help of CBC radio producer, Nick Davis, and educator Linette Spence. The celebration of Black literature was the brainchild of the wife and husband team, Rita and Sam Burke.

“We started the bookstore 11 years ago, without one customer,” says Sam Burke as he greets guests who congratulate him on his success. “It was like giving birth to a child, and you watch that child grow and evolve into an adult. Last year, when we celebrated our 10th anniversary, it just seemed a natural thing to reach out even more because there are some wonderful people in this community.

“We’re privileged where we are here to meet and to interact with them. The BURLA is just an evolution. And especially this year, we’re very excited because of the student award that we’ve added to that. That’s really what it’s all about, it’s about the young people and tomorrow and all the hopes and the aspirations that they have, and to know that someone can say, yes you can do it. Yes, you’re capable. It’s just exciting.”

Next year, the Burkes have some plans in place for the BURLA. They plan to expand the student participation. He says he’s not at liberty to say at this point.

For this year, the winner of the youth BURLA, Hosannah, gets that extra push to continue reading and writing. She says reading becomes especially important because the media is telling people what to think and what to do.

“It’s time that we kind of gets back to the reading,” says Hosannah.

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Restaurant makeover (originally published for Pride Newsmagazine)


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The show “Restaurant Makeover” helps restaurant owners to makeover their businesses. All you need to do is to send in a letter or a call and they decide whether they’re going to take the project on. The show, which airs on the Food Network Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, matches the money that owners put into the renovations dollar-for-dollar.

Alison Ruthland is the owner of First Class Delites at 1156 Weston Rd. She wrote a letter to “Restaurant Makeover” highlighting her situation.

“We were away from the business for a little while because I had twins in November,” Ruthland says. “One of the twins was born and she immediately went into heart failure. We spent a few months at Sick Kids and my husband was back and forth. So that took up a lot of our time. She was our priority at that moment.”

Ruthland says that because the business got neglected, she took a look at “Restaurant Makeover” and found that it was a great show to fulfill her needs.

“I figured why don’t I give them a call and see what they can do. We wrote in and they responded right away. It’s been a very fast process.”

The show that “Restaurant Makeover” is featuring First Class Delites heavily focuses on Ruthland’s daughter. The Ruthlands have decided to open up another restaurant in name of their daughter called Sydney’s Island Restaurant.

Shaam Makan is the producer of Tricon Films who does “Restaurant Makeover” for the Food Network.

“She [Ruthland] emailed me the story. I went down to visit and as soon as I met the family I knew this is a story I’m going to do,” Makan said.

Ruthland worked with the designer, saying that they wanted a “totally fresh, new look.”

“Apparently, one of the top designers in the city worked on the restaurant,” Ruthland says. “I’m not sure what she’s going to do. Apparently, it’s tables, chairs, ceilings, floors; it’s going to be the whole place. Because when we came to the whole place was demolished. The ceiling was going, the floor was ripped up, the counter, everything. It was a bit of a shock to see the place look like that, but we’re really excited because we know the place is going to look completely different.”

They’re shooting right now for season two and First Class Delites will be featured in November. Makan advises you check out “Restaurant Makeover” at www.foodtv.ca to find out when First Class Delites will be on. The show has had one season.

You’ll have to go down to First Class Delites to see the new and improved restaurant. Also, check out Sydney’s Island Restaurant at 5120 Dixie Rd. in Mississauga that opened recently.

In terms of the recent response to the renovations made at First Class Delites:

“So far we’re getting a great response,” Ruthland says. “We’re getting a lot of new faces. We haven’t changed the menu, but we’ve added some new things on the busier days. Our fish cakes are popular every day.”

The Ruthlands have four children, the twins are seven months old and Sydney is doing much better when doctors had thought she wouldn’t make it home.

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First Uranium and Gold One Execute Definitive Agreement for Sale of Ezulwini Mine


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TORONTO AND JOHANNESBURG, April 2, 2012 /CNW/ – First Uranium Corporation (TSX: FIU; JSE: FUM)(ISIN: CA33744R1029) (“FIU” or the “Company”) announced that the Company has signed a binding Sale of Shares and Claims Agreement (the “Gold One Agreement”) for the sale of 100% of the issued shares of, and all shareholders’ claims against, First Uranium Limited (Cyprus) (“FUL”), which holds all of the issued shares of the Ezulwini Mining Company (Proprietary) Limited (“EMC”), for a total consideration of US$ 70 million to Gold One International Limited (“Gold One”) (the “Gold One Transaction”).

The Gold One Agreement reflects the material terms and conditions outlined in the Letter Agreement entered into by the Company and Gold One on March 2, 2012, and detailed in the Company’s announcement released on the same day.

As previously announced, the Gold One Transaction is subject to fulfillment of a number of conditions precedent including, inter alia, and to the extent required: (a) release of the security against the assets of EMC relating to the Secured Convertible Cdn $110 million Notes due March 31, 2013, the Secured Convertible ZAR 418.6 million Notes due March 31, 2013, and the US$10 million loan facility made available to the Company by Gold One; (b) receipt of all necessary consents, rulings or directives from the Minister of the Department of Mineral Resources; (c) FUL and/or EMC shall have no liability to the Company or any of its other affiliates; (d) approval of the Gold One Transaction by all applicable regulatory authorities including the Competition Authorities (the “Competition Act Approval”), the South African Reserve Bank, the Toronto Stock Exchange, the JSE Limited and the Australian Stock Exchange; (e) Nuclear Fuels Corporation of South Africa (Nufcor) consents in writing to the session and delegation of certain of the rights and obligations of FIU for 50% of the capacity to which the Company is entitled under the existing Toll Treatment Agreement between the Company and Nufcor; (f) the approval of the Gold One Transaction by no less than 66 2/3% of the votes cast in person or by proxy, by the Company’s shareholders, at a duly called and properly constituted meeting of the Company; (g) no material adverse change with regard to FUL and EMC and/or their businesses; and, (h) concluding the indirect sale of all of the shares of the MWS tailings recovery project to AngloGold Ashanti Limited.

During the period from March 2, 2012, to the closing of the Gold One Transaction, EMC will continue to carry on business in the ordinary course and with reasonable diligence in accordance with international mining industry practices, and with the exception of requisite discretionary capital expenditures, substantially in accordance with its existing budget. In addition, the Company has given a number of representations, warranties, and indemnities which are customary in transactions of this nature. In order to protect Gold One in the event of any breach of any representation, warranty, indemnity or any other provision of the Gold One Agreement, the parties have agreed that at closing US$5 million of the Purchase Price will be placed in escrow for a period ending on the later of: (i) six (6) months from the earlier of the date that Gold One assumes the day-to-day management control of the business of EMC and the date the Gold One Transaction is implemented, and (ii) December 31, 2012 (the “Gold One Escrow”). If there are claims for loss or liability, which in the aggregate are less than US$500,000, Gold One will have no claim on the Gold One Escrow. If the aggregate claims exceed US$500,000, Gold One may claim its entire loss up to the limit of US$5 million but FIU will have no further liability to Gold One under the Gold One Agreement.

The Gold One Agreement provides that completion of the Gold One Transaction will occur no later than June 29, 2012 (the “Long Stop Date”). However, if the Competition Act Approval has not been obtained by the Long Stop Date, then the date for fulfillment of that condition precedent shall, by either FIU or Gold One giving the other written notice thereof, automatically extend to August 31, 2012.

The Gold One Agreement provides for a management agreement (the “Management Agreement”) to be concluded, if agreed to, among Gold One and EMC, pursuant to which Gold One, during the management period, assumes day-to-day management control of the business of EMC. The implementation of the Management Agreement would commence upon receipt by Gold One of the Competition Act Approval. If the Management Agreement is implemented, its application would terminate on the earlier of the date that the Gold One Agreement terminates for any reason, and the date the Gold One Transaction is implemented. The performance and operational risk in respect of the business, affairs, and operations of EMC will pass to Gold One on the earlier of the date that Gold One assumes management of EMC under the terms of the Management Agreement and the date upon which the Gold One Transaction is implemented.

Cautionary Language Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This news release contains and refers to forward-looking information based on current expectations. All other statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release are forward-looking statements (or forward-looking information). The Company’s plans involve various estimates and assumptions and its business and operations are subject to various risks and uncertainties. For more details on these estimates, assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, see the Company’s most recent Annual Information Form and most recent Management Discussion and Analysis on file with the Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, such statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements, including without limitation, the statements regarding the proposed transactions with Gold One International Limited and AngloGold Ashanti Limited. No assurance can be given that the Company will be successful in concluding the proposed transactions and achieve the desired results. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements that are included herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
For further information:

John Hick or Mary Batoff
(416) 306-3072
mary@firsturanium.ca

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Buy One Get One 50% Off Clothing Sale!‏


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Protest on Bloor Street


On my way to drop off a rented car…there was a protest on Bloor Street. Watch to see.

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New CivicAction video captures the spirit of city building – a preview to the Greater Toronto Summit 2011 Report


July 07, 2011 @ 01:45PM

TORONTO – What does city building look like in action? Find out in the video unveiled today by CivicAction that captures highlights of its Greater Toronto Summit 2011.

The video, produced by the innovative youth-led Hightop Studios, captures the essence of CivicAction’s city building mandate and the energy of CivicAction’s 2011 Summit, where more than 1,000 city builders tackled the tough issues and big opportunities facing the Greater Toronto region.

The video features interviews with CivicAction Chair John Tory and CEO Julia Deans and Summit highlights including Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi on embracing diversity, eco-entrepreneur Majora Carter on collaborating to further local economic development, Michael Littlejohn of IBM on building smarter cities, and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion on the need for regional collaboration.

CivicAction’s highly interactive Summit on February 10-11 saw established and emerging leaders from across the region and beyond sharing ideas about how to realize the region’s full social, economic and environmental potential. In sessions covering 12 issues, ranging from transportation to regional economic cooperation to immigration to jobs and income security, delegates from the worlds of business, government, non-profit, labour and academe worked together to chart a course for action.

The hundreds of ideas raised throughout the Summit are informing the Greater Toronto Summit 2011 report, to be released at the end of July. The report will distill the Summit’s findings and ideas into priority actions for CivicAction and its many partners across the region.

For more information on the Summit, including the full agenda, plenary and breakout session recordings, and the list of Summit partners and sponsors, visit http://www.civicaction.ca.
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About the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance

CivicAction is a multi-sectoral coalition of thousands of civic leaders committed to acting collectively to tackle tough issues and big opportunities facing the Toronto region. CivicAction’s Greater Toronto Summits bring leaders from all walks of life together to assess the region’s strengths and challenges and to identify priority areas and opportunities for attention. In the periods between Summits, CivicAction takes a role in incubating innovative initiatives designed to galvanize action in these priority areas.

CivicAction’s current initiatives are aimed at: making the Toronto region flourish through environmental action and innovation (Greening Greater Toronto); creating a leadership landscape that better reflects the region’s diversity (DiverseCity: the Greater Toronto Leadership Project in partnership with Maytree); and connecting and supporting rising city-builders (the Emerging Leaders Network).

For more information, visit http://www.civicaction.ca.

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[TPS] – Opportunity for community members to participate in TPS Business Planning Process‏


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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Opportunity for community members to participate in TPS Business Planning Process

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 – 1:55 PM
Corporate Planning
416-808-7770

The Toronto Police Service is currently involved in developing the 2011 Environmental Scan and the 2012 – 2014 Business Plan to identify the Service’s priorities and goals for the next three years. Consultations and community input are important components of our Business Planning Process. In order to give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate in this process and provide their thoughts, the following question will be posted on the Toronto Police Service internet website:

What will be the most important issue for the Toronto Police Service over the next three years?

This question is available in six languages – English, French, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

The community is encouraged to visit the “Have Your Say” web link posted on the website: http://www.torontopolice.on.ca, to participate and provide the Toronto Police Service with their opinions.

Constable Wendy Drummond, Corporate Communications, for Donald Bevers, Manager, Corporate Planning

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It’s Right Around the Corner. Is it?


Jennifer Winters Writes About Knowing Toronto – Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Winters

Jennifer Winters - August 11, 2010

Written by: Jennifer Winters

How well do you know your own town?

If you have lived in the same place for your whole life, it would seem like second nature to give someone directions. There are some that just can’t give directions to save their life. Toronto being the tourist site to be during the summer time it is normal for people all around the world to come down here. If someone would ask me, (A native of Toronto, I would be sending them on a chase. It had pondered my mind today, with the G20 in place, people were asking me what is the best shortcut and I wasn’t able to help them. It is the opposite for me, when I go on vacation I tend to know where I am going after a day or two, I kept on asking myself why is that? Yes, we all work differently, some like the adventure of asking around, and some like to have every detailed planned when they go away. It is like when you are in your hometown you hardly visit the touristy places because “you have your whole life to see everything”. Yet last year was the first year I had ever gone to Toronto Island. I am making an effort now to do all the things that visitors do so when someone does ask me for directions I will be able to direct them. How many of you really know your town? I had asked about 10 friends today that question and only half of them were able to tell me directions. It is more common then you think. Sometimes I feel I should be the one holding a map. Just a few weeks ago I was going on a random adventure with a friend to the Harbourfront, and it took us over an hour, WE LIVE HERE. This is sad, and a true reality at the same time. It is reassuring to know I am not the only one that gets lost in my own city that I live in. It is extremely embarrassing to come to this conclusion, that a tourist is more likely to not get lost than myself.

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Simply People Festival 2010


Simply People – June 23, 2010

Cover Art of Do Not Know – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

 

Do Not Know

I will be showcasing my book Do Not Know at this festival on July 20, 2010. Find out more by clicking the link above.

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Toronto Blue Jays Baseball


Josh Ungar Writes about the Toronto Blue Jays – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Josh Ungar - April 25, 2010

By Josh Ungar

The Blue Jays kicked off their 2010 season at the Rogers Centre in luxurious style last night. That is if you had big money to burn on a ticket. The regularly scarcely filled Rogers Center was packed to the brim last night, drawing a sell-out crowd of over 45,000 people.

More interesting was the huge number of fans faithfully wearing Blue Jays jerseys walking away from the stadium with looks of disappointment painted on their faces. Fans who were unable to get – or afford, for that matter – a ticket for the game. The box office was sold out months in advance, and scalpers who normally sell off blocks of tickets for a bargain price were taking full advantage of the desperate situation.

“They [the scalpers] were trying to sell me $15 seats in the nosebleeds for $80. They’re making a killing,” said a disappointed Jackson Coffey, who had arrived at the stadium three hours early and was unable to get a ticket.

Others who had planned better-bought tickets months in advance and were laughing at the desperate fans running around trying to find a ticket, and paying nearly five times the face value while they were at it.

Those who were lucky enough to get tickets for the game weren’t disappointed as the game was exciting and went into overtime, where the Jays fell just short, losing 8-7 in the 11th inning. For all those who missed out on a ticket, worry not, the Rogers Centre will go back to its standard crowd of 20,000 starting next game.

Sources:

Personal interviews conducted before the game outside the Rogers Centre

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Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey


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Josef Jacobson - April 24, 2010

Online story
Josef Jacobson

The NHL regular season is over and one team will be watching the playoffs from the bleachers again.
For the fifth straight year, since the lockout of 2004-2005, the Toronto Maple Leafs will hit the golf course early.

And if finishing in 29th place and missing the playoffs wasn’t enough, the Maple Leafs also owe the Boston Bruins their draft pick, which will turn out to be Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin, both of whom are expected to become stars in the NHL.

If there is any consolation for the Maple Leafs, it is that major changes are expected this summer.

General Manager Brian Burke has already moved many mediocre players since taking over the team, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

It’s already expected that Burke will try to trade star defenseman Tomas Kaberle for a prospect and a pick.

Some of the young Leafs players showed signs of promise this year, but there are still many issues that must be addressed.

Until then, the best thing for Leafs fans is to enjoy the playoffs and eagerly await Burke’s dealings this summer.

For the past 43 years, Leafs fans have been chanting the same mantra: There’s always next year.

Source:

www.mapleleafs.com

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Toronto Maple Leafs


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Josef Jacobson - March 22, 2010

Online Story
Josef Jacobson

Tyler Bozak is the future of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club.

The 23-year-old centre was drafted by the Leafs out of the University of Denver in 2009.

In his rookie year in the NHL, Bozak has collected six goals and 18 points in 24 career games. This puts him on pace for over 60 points in a typical 82-game season.

Bozak has been given the chance to shine this year, as Leafs general manager Brian Burke emptied the team of its mediocre veterans. This gave the younger players and rookies more ice time to prove their worth.

Right now, Bozak is playing well on the team’s top line with Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin. Recently, this line has produced scoring points consistently for the Leafs.

After this season concludes, Burke will have the opportunity this summer to remove the remaining elders from the team and replace them with budding prospects. By surrounding Bozak with a cast of youthful hockey players, he will emerge as a leader.

Perhaps one day Bozak will join the likes of Sittler, Clark, and Sundin in wearing the coveted captain’s “C” on his chest.

Bozak will surely become a Toronto folk hero.

Source:

http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/

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Treasure Trove


Tresure Trove - March 15, 2010

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April 1st Event


Felicia Carty - February 28, 2010

By FELICIA CARTY

Hi all,

Just wanted to let everyone know about the fundraising event I’m helping to put together. As many of you may know, I’m going with a group of nursing students overseas to film some footage, do some interviews, and write an article about the community they are working in. If you know me even a little bit, you know this is the sort of journalism I am aching to do! (It’s more than a video that will make you upset, promise, it will serve a greater purpose!)

I’m fundraising to cut costs and help buy medical equipment (everyone brings a suitcase down with supplies).

If you can throw in some money, that would be greatly appreciated, we give out tax receipts for anything over $20.

I know times are hard and/or you may not feel moved to donate monetarily toward the cause, so really this email is just to let you know about this event. We are having a steelpan band, poetry, guitarist, singers (she is great), auctions… I guess you can read the flyer.

Honestly, your presence is your support. And hey, it’s free. It will be fun.

Holla at me if you want more info, or to help in any way. (We love getting boxes of med supplies! Auction items…)

April 1st, remember!

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Christine’s Health and Fitness


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We are the World - February 20, 2010

By Christine

Hello Everybody!

I like a good massage ( I like it deep )
maybe more than anyone.

But the reality is I haven’t had one since I
was in Las Vegas a few years ago.

Who has time to go, without putting off
doing something else?

Then there is the cost, about $80 for one
massage a month. And I don’t think one
a month is nearly enough.

Luckily we have the thermal hydro massage
bed right here for your use after your workout,
you don’t have to go anyplace else.

As for cost, for $49, half the price of one massage
a month, you can have as many as you want!

If you currently don’t have hydromassage as
part of your stress and relaxation program,
get started now and I’ll give you the first month free.

If you do have hydro massage, I’ll give you one
month free for every person you bring in to try it,
they don’t even have to be a member, you know
how good it is!

So get some relaxation and stress relief.
Take me up on this offer now, I can’t take too
much more, otherwise it will turn out like Goodlife
and Xtreme, where you have to take a number and
wait for 1/2 hour just to get on a treadmill!

Best of health,
Christine.

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Diaspora Dialogues


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Midwinter Night’s Dream
A Diaspora Dialogues Carnival at Toronto’s WinterCity Festival
“Oh that this too solid flesh would melt” – Hamlet

For two wintry nights, Diaspora Dialogues invites you to a party! But it’s not just any party – it’s A Midwinter Night’s Dream carnival.

As part of the City of Toronto’s WinterCity Festival – Warm Up Series, A Midwinter Night’s Dream will take over the Roof Salon at the Park Hyatt Hotel and transform it into a literary extravaganza.

Come in from the cold to the fiery enchantment of a masked Venetian carnival with storytellers, poets and musical performers, as they deliver one delicious surprise after another!

Visit the Fortune Teller for sage advice gleaned from literature…get your own personal poem written by a Masked Poet…enjoy a drink while listening to readings by Scribes…sit down with the Psychic – if you dare!

Tickets: $20 each
Come to both Thursday and Friday’s shows, and get two tickets for $35!
To purchase, call 416-944-1101 x 277 or e-mail julia@diasporadialogues.com. Hurry before they’re all gone!

Thursday, February 11
Scribes: Sheila Heti • Nalo Hopkinson • Olive Senior
Masked Poet: Stuart Ross
Literary Fortune Teller: Joseph Kertes
Performers: Autorickshaw Trio featuring Suba Sankaran, Ed Hanley & Dylan Bell • Sean Dixon
Host: Sasha Van Bon Bon

Friday, February 12
Scribes: Anar Ali • Andrew Pyper • Michelle Wan
Masked Poet: Andrea Thompson
Literary Fortune Teller: Antanas Sileika
Performers: Autorickshaw Trio featuring Suba Sankaran, Ed Hanley & Dylan Bell
Host: David Storch

Thursday, February 11th & Friday, February 12th
Early show: 7 pm • Late show: 9 pm
The Roof Salon at the Park Hyatt Hotel, 4 Avenue Road

BIOGRAPHIES

Anar Ali’s first book, Baby Khaki’s Wings (Penguin), was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Best First Book (Canada and the Caribbean), and the Danuta Gleed Literary Prize.

Autorickshaw Trio featuring Suba Sankaran, Ed Hanley & Dylan Bell: Autorickshaw’s music lies on the cultural cutting edge, garnering JUNO nominations, a Canadian Independent Music Award and a John Lennon Songwriting Competition Grand Prize in World Music.

Sean Dixon is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter and banjo player. His second novel, Kip Flynn Has No Heart, will be published next year by Coach House.

Sheila Heti is the author of two books of fiction, The Middle Stories, and Ticknor, and is the co-creator of the popular Trampoline Hall lecture series.

Nalo Hopkinson is the author of Brown Girl in the Ring (a finalist on CBC’s “Canada Reads” in 2008) and Skin Folk (Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic and the World Fantasy Award).

Joseph Kertes’s latest novel, Gratitude, won the 2009 National Jewish Book Award and has just been published in the U.S. with St. Martin’s Press.

Sandy Pool’s first book of poetry, Exploding Into Night, was just released with Guernica Editions in December 2009.

Andrew Pyper’s most recent novel, The Killing Circle, was selected as one of the Best Crime Novels of 2008 by the New York Times.

Stuart Ross is the Fiction & Poetry Editor for This Magazine and Poetry Editor for Toronto’s Mansfield Press. His latest books include Buying Cigarettes for the Dog and Dead Cars in Managua.

Olive Senior is the prize-winning author of a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction including Summer Lightning (Commonwealth Writers Prize), Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Over the Roofs of the World (finalist for the Governor-General’s Literary Award and Cuba’s Casa de la Americas Prize).

Literary critic, writer and bon vivant, Antanas Sileika is Director of the Humber School for Writers. His next novel, Underground, is forthcoming from Thomas Allen in 2011.

David Storch is a director, a teacher, and an actor. He is also a former Artistic Director of the Canadian Stage Company.

Andrea Thompson is one of the most well-known poets in the Canadian spoken word scene. Her debut collection, Eating the Seed, has been featured on reading lists and her spoken word CD, One, was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award.

Sasha Van Bon Bon is a nationally syndicated sex columnist and the co-artistic director of the Scandelles, a multidisciplinary cabaret theatre company that has been performing in Toronto and Montreal since 2001.

Michelle Wan and her tropical horticulturist husband, Tim, go to France every spring to photograph the wild orchids that grow there and that gave rise to her Death in the Dordogne series of murder mysteries—Deadly Slipper, The Orchid Shroud, A Twist of Orchids and her latest, Kill For An Orchid.

Diaspora Dialogues is supported by Maytree, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, TO Live With Culture, and the Vital Toronto Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation.

Donate to Diaspora Dialogues

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http://www.diasporadialogues.com
Diaspora Dialogues
170 Bloor Street West, Suite 804
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
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TOK Writing Series


TOK - January 4, 2010

As a professor, I was fortunate to receive the TOK reading series, issued by the University of Toronto. The TOK series is a collection of three books, all of them anthologies.

Once I finally got down to completing the series, other books interrupting the flow of my reading of the series, in general, I am glad that I did read this series. In particular, stories by Olive Senior and Lawrence Hill stand out. There are other stories in there that would be a great inspiration to an emerging writer to help them execute the craft of narrative.

Without giving away the plot to any of the stories, just know that this is a series worth investing in. The stories deal with a variety of topics, from the Russian mafia to wayward fathers, to the experience of being on Toronto’s public transit.

One of the most beautiful things about the stories is that they all take place in Toronto on the most part. These stories are all a way to connect to this city, as well to understand what lays in the heart of minds of new and old immigrants – be it right or wrong.

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The Wonderful Things About the Toronto Public Library


Libraries - November 2, 2009

Libraries - November 2, 2009

I have discovered the glories of the Toronto Public Library thanks to my sister.

I have been able to expand my musical tastes by borrowing CDs, as well as read some of the most interesting and intriguing books thanks to the Toronto Public Library. If I had only really understood the power of the library when I was doing my graduate work at Concordia University in Montreal, I would have saved a lot of money on buying books. Of course, there are always books you want to own and I do not regret all of the books I have bought.

Not only is the TPL good for getting books, CDs, ebooks, and videos, it is also good for exploring the city of Toronto for free. On Sunday, I went to the Textile Museum thanks to the MAPs that the TPL give out. I have also been to the Bata Shoe Museum, as well as the AGO thanks to these MAPs. These MAPs are free passes to enter the museums and art galleries with two adults and I believe about two children. They currently have some that expire on December 31st. It is a great way to spend some affordable and quality time with friends and family.

During my visits to some of these galleries and museums, I have also rediscovered my own interest in art. I have bought oil pastels that I used to create a nature scene picture, as well as a tabletop easel on a different occasion and canvas. Now, I am inspired to have most of the artwork in my living room be my own.

The Toronto Public Library is fantastic and I hope you discover your local one, or the reference one today. Keep in mind that the libraries on the college and university campuses are also fantastic too.

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The Wonderful Things About the Toronto Public Library


Libraries - November 2, 2009

Libraries - November 2, 2009

I have discovered the glories of the Toronto Public Library thanks to my sister.

I have been able to expand my musical tastes by borrowing CDs, as well as read some of the most interesting and intriguing books thanks to the Toronto Public Library. If I had only really understood the power of the library when I was doing my graduate work at Concordia University in Montreal, I would have saved a lot of money on buying books. Of course, there are always books you want to own and I do not regret all of the books I have bought.

Not only is the TPL good for getting books, CDs, ebooks, and videos, it is also good for exploring the city of Toronto for free. On Sunday, I went to the Textile Museum thanks to the MAPs that the TPL give out. I have also been to the Bata Shoe Museum, as well as the AGO thanks to these MAPs. These MAPs are free passes to enter the museums and art galleries with two adults and I believe about two children. They currently have some that expire on December 31st. It is a great way to spend some affordable and quality time with friends and family.

During my visits to some of these galleries and museums, I have also rediscovered my own interest in art. I have bought oil pastels that I used to create a nature scene picture, as well as a tabletop easel on a different occasion and canvas. Now, I am inspired to have most of the artwork in my living room be my own.

The Toronto Public Library is fantastic and I hope you discover your local one, or the reference one today. Keep in mind that the libraries on the college and university campuses are also fantastic too.

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