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Masks now mandatory in Toronto enclosed spaces

The fourth largest city in North America now requires everyone to wear a mask or face covering in enclosed public spaces as of July 7.

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In 1989 a police officer pressed a gun to my nose in a routine traffic stop


Reflections on how I learned from that experience and have applied diversity to my businesses ever since 

Seeing the horrific George Floyd incident and the related protests, mayhem, and looting is bringing back a flood of emotions and memories.

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Atlanta mayor speaks with protesters as a mother of four Black children

“And when I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a mother would hurt.”

In an impassioned speech, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a former judge and city councillor, urged protesters to stop destroying property and the CNN building after hours of peaceful protests erupted into vandalism and looting on the streets of Atlanta on Friday night. She pleaded with agitators to stop burning down their community and to “go home,” because she couldn’t protect them. 

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Uber wants drivers and riders to wear masks

Uber announces new guidelines in response to COVID-19. The company that prides itself on moving people has been asking people not to move. It’s known for disrupting technology but it introduced a program with the goal of moving people who are offline, outside the app. It got its start as a ride-sharing company but for the moment has stopped sharing rides.

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Beauty expert outlines new post-pandemic normal for salons and spas

Salons and spas need to know what to do to prepare to open their doors after lockdown. An industry expert is suggesting significant changes in the workplace and a “new normal” for the beauty industry, as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. | article | video

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Montreal dancer creates unique vocabulary using symbolic gestures based on the alphabet

A dancer stands in the middle of the stage, folds one forearm over the other and lifts and lowers her elbows in a sultry wave, forming the ebb and flow of the letter “S”. A chilling voice sweeps over the stage in a whisper, dissipating like ashes on the wind: “Suzanne.” Her arms extend above her head, a zig-zag for a “Z,” hands clasp together to form the letter “A”. I strain to decipher each letter making up the words but the movements variate with each one. 

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Hito Steyerl shapes a future out of free plots instead of free ports

In Hito Steyerl: This is the Future, the first major solo exhibition in Canada for German filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl, she actively confronts viewers with her critique of the world. She localizes the global and makes the political personal. And she articulates her message so that it is too loud, too bright, and too exciting to ignore.

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Gerrard India Bazaar Festival of South Asia now a tourist attraction

The popularity of the Festival of South Asia on the July 13-14 weekend suggests that the annual event in the east-end of downtown Toronto has become a tourist attraction rather than the local street party it was in recent years. Does it stand to loose its roots the bigger it gets?

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Naked bike ride through downtown Toronto

A group of nude cyclists rode through the streets today. Wait, that’s not entirely true – some wore body paint, some helmets. Others wore bikinis or just colourful rainbow capes as they made their way north on Augusta Ave. through Toronto’s Kensington Market.

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