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The back-to-school blues is real. As summer fades away, hectic schedules, cooler temperatures and limited getaway time take over. But not everything about fall needs to be a bummer, and Torontonians know that. Hogtown is known for its long list of fall festivals and events that bring music, films, art, craft beers, and delicious eats to the downtown streets. These five fall events are ones you don't want to miss across the Queen City this autumn.
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Graffiti gives voice to citizens who might not otherwise be heard. Their authors are city dwellers discussing critical, urban issues. What they have to say may not always be appreciated, and you may not agree with it.
As the former director of education for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, I have had to stand up for the rights of people I don't like very much, people who say and write things that I had hoped never to hear or read. But I have also taken the opportunity to let them know that, just because I will fight for their right to free expression, I have no intention of respecting what it is they say or represent. I am going to use MY free speech to let the ugly, abusive, and racist people out there know that they are wrong.
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Keeping relationships within a culture can be convenient, comfortable and maybe even somewhat expected of you -- but it also makes it easy to keep one's culture alive. Our parents had a clear blueprint for passing on their traditions, something the growing number of culturally mixed couples like us simply don't have.
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Photo: http://blog.mailbigfile.com/ All eyes are on Toronto. Canada's largest metropolis has had a record year in tourism with almost 40 million visitors and $7.2 billion spent. But what exactly is it...
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When you consider all of the places you might visit in North America this fall, you have to wonder if anywhere beats Toronto. September in Canada's largest city is always known for the excitement of the Toronto International Film Festival. This year, TIFF runs from September 8-18 and will be followed by another elite event, the World Cup of Hockey.
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From September 8-18, Toronto rolls out the red carpet for some of the biggest names in Hollywood. But, it's not just the promise of international interviews, parties and film premieres that lure the heavy hitters. Toronto International Film Festival gifting lounges pack their own punch offering some of the most extravagant giveaways and luxurious pampering.
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But gridlock and home prices don't help it much.
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Toronto caterers Daniel and Marie Holloway of Urban Acorn Catering are serving up meals tailored to their every guest's need with particular attention paid to food allergies, veganism, and other dietary restrictions (they refer to their business as flexitarian). So much so that they've become the go-to caterers in Toronto for this type of thing. And business shows no signs of slowing down.
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Cycling provides an unmatched sense of freedom. I love the feeling of wind in my hair. I love the challenges and rewards cycling offers. I love to climb and I adore the descent. I love the sense of comradery and community linked with cycling. I love cycling's ability to clear my mind. For me, cycling is a form of meditation.
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The Toronto Police Service must develop a strong policy around Taser use that goes far beyond the requirements outlined in the Ontario guidelines. The policy must also ensure meaningful accountability and strict disciplinary measures for when officers use Tasers carelessly and without sufficient justification.
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This Labour Day over twenty-five thousand union members will march on the streets of Toronto with the Labour Council to celebrate the achievements of the labour movement. It is the largest parade on Labour Day in North America -- a testament to the determination of workers to mark our place in Canada's largest urban centre.
Before alphabets were developed by the earliest civilizations, humans communicated with symbols and signals that have evolved with us over time from to become the universal language we share across the entire human species.
We were in the South, in Kerala; and just getting ready to leave Munnar -- a tiny hill station where we'd spent a couple of days. We were headed for Cochin. There we'd spend our last, remaining day, until it was time to catch our flight to Mumbai -- and yet another flight back home.