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November 27, 2013

Toronto: World’s most Youthful city

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Original post can be found here, on TVO’s website.

Management guru Peter Drucker said, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” This is the case for Toronto.

Toronto is a by-product of Canada’s formidable governing institutions: government, schools, hospitals, legal system and mass media, which produces an effective civil society and strong social trust. (Toronto’s fame as one of the most diverse cities in the world, yet a remarkably low level rate of crime is a testament to that).

But Toronto’s ace-up-the-sleeve is the forward-thinking leaders who use their networks to further the cities interests, rather than solely accumulate private capital. Toronto Life featured a few of these power brokers, including John Tory (CivicAction), Gord Nixon (RBC & MaRS), Rahul Bhardwaj (Toronto Community Foundation), Carol Wilding (Toronto Board of Trade), and Peter Munk (Barrick Gold & philanthropist). As a result, many of the cutting-edge ideas are emerging from places on the intersection of traditional industries.

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October 5, 2013

Why Nina Davuluri Matters

Nina Davuluri

Please see original link in Vancouver Sun. Published October 5th, 2013.

 

After Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America, the first of Indian descent in the pageant’s history, the news elicited some predictable reactions. The initial surprise was followed by a sense of satisfaction that attitudes were moving in the right direction, but the feel-good mood was soured by a torrent of racist slurs from social media trolls, who referred to the beauty queen as a “foreigner” and even a “terrorist.”

Supporters quickly responded with condemnation of these detractors as “ignorant” and “uneducated,” and bolstered Davuluri’s star status. Reactions to her triumph and, to some extent, the spectacle itself, provide insights into our society — specifically, the evolving role of citizens of Indian descent and of the media.

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April 12, 2013

Strictly Canadian: What are the ‘Canadian values’ we continue to champion?

(The Literary Review of Canada recently asked readers to respond with short essays to the question: Does labelling something Canadian — an idea or, say, a cultural product — mean it is doomed to fail? Finalists, including the writer, were invited to appear April 13 at the inaugural Spur Festival in a panel, hosted by Star film critic Peter Howell, titled “Strictly Canadian = Doomed to Fail?”. Please see the original link (with picture) – published in Toronto Star.

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“Canada is the greatest country in the world,” my father would utter to me as an adolescent, in a soft, deliberate and thoughtful tenor.

It was paradoxical, because his memories were often a source of pain. He was sent to boarding school from ages 6 to 16, to a private school in rural India, and just as finding a light in darkness, had to grapple with the powerful emotions of loneliness and isolation.

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December 2, 2007

Wendall’s PokerStars Adventure!

All the stars were out for some poker

Leading up to the 95th edition of the CFL’s Grey Cup Championship this past Sunday were a variety of events and festivities throughout the week that celebrated the return of the Grey Cup to Toronto for the first time since 1992. One of these events was the PokerStars Grey Cup Poker Tournament which was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, November 22nd, and included CFL stars like Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris, Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray, Argos’ pivot Damon Allen and none other then world-renown poker superstar Daniel Negreanu.

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