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The spread of infectious diseases at large events, also known as mass gatherings has become a major concern as a result of numerous outbreaks. The issue has become so great mathematical models have been developed to predict an outbreak depending on the event.
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The sixth annual Indian Summer Festival is fast approaching, and arts and culture lovers all over our city are gearing up for what promises to be the most intellectually stimulating ten days of the year. Taking place from July 7th to 16th, the festival combines a range of events featuring thinkers, artists, and leaders from Canada, South Asia, and beyond into a program that promises to be enlightening, entertaining, and inclusive.
There are literally thousands of film festivals worldwide and millions of people who attend them. Some consider it their annual holiday -- rather than visiting a destination to sight-see or going on a ski vacation, such aficionados go festivaling. But why just gaze at celebrities when you can actually experience what it's like to be famous?
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With the bright and sunny days of summer come heaps of awesome local cultural activities and events here in Calgary that should definitely be on your to-do list.
There's a growing population of travellers that have become more interested in the various cuisines and cultures from countries all over the world, and are planning vacations specifically to incorporate culinary trips. One of the reasons for this evolution has been wine, beer and food festivals.
Why do some foods make us feel good? Is it cultural or chemical? Or something else... At the 17th Festival del Tartufo Vero in Montefortino, a little gem of a village perched in the Apennine Mountains...
As a self-admitted film fan, I'll be taking in as many of these underground gems as I can, but even the best of us need a little guidance when it comes to structuring seven days of celluloid immersion. So here I have for you my top picks for this years' Calgary Underground Film Festival.
This spring, one brand new film festival is using Montreal's cultural benefits to highlight issues of accessibility and inclusion. Regarding Disability: A Film Festival will make its debut in Montreal on March 21 and will run in various locations until the 28.
Today, Louisbourg still exhibits the spirit and mindset of its founders. Set in 1744, toward the end of French rule of the territory on Cape Breton, the recreated historic village replicates life as it was for the blacksmiths, tavern owners, military personnel, government officials and citizens in the 18th century.
With "Innofashion" as this season's theme, it's clear that in Indonesia, culture is courted, homage is heightened, and the fabrics are pretty fantastic! With many iconic tribal prints, colours and daring choices, this fashion and food festival was one of many sights.
It's exciting times for a cheese lover in Ontario where there is a renaissance in artisan cheese production. Several weeks ago I made my way to the Dairy Capital of Canada (that's Woodstock in Oxford County, in case you didn't know) where I spent a day in the life of a cheese maker.
Jorn Weisbrodt, the new artistic director for Luminato, which runs from June 8 until June 17, sat down with me for lunch. As a new Torontonian, Jorn had almost as many questions for me as I did for him, but somehow, I left wondering more and more about this great city we live in, and what will happen when Luminato opens its doors this month...