Feature, Interviews

“I Belong To U” singer Ranjini

Ranjini is an Indian-American recording artist and songwriter. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Ranjini learned to sing from her mother, Uma Ettigi. She wanted to learn how to play the piano and played by ear until her parents agreed to enroll her in formal piano lessons at age 11. As a preteen, Ranjini started experimenting [...]

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Feature, Interviews

Puja Malhotra turned creativity into a successful business venture with Vibrance Designs

It all started in 2009 when Puja Malhotra was hosting her parents 25th anniversary. She searched high and low for professional, beautiful couture designs that represented her parents but had no luck. That’s when she took it upon herself as an illustrator and graphic design to create something that spoke to their personality, style and [...]

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Feature, Independence Day, Interviews

Happy Independence Day

Mr. Jinnah’s presidential address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan August 11, 1947 You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that [...]

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Feature, Interviews

BumpTop’s Anand Agarawala went from accidental entrepreneur to Google acquisition

BumpTop founder Anand Agarawala didn’t always want to be an entrepreneur. In fact, he initially felt that business and wealth would get in the way of raw creativity. But building a business with close friends changed all that. “After having a built a business with an awesome group of friends and having times we’ll never [...]

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Feature, Interviews

Artist explores fashion and identity politics in ‘Upping the Aunty’

Some wear rhinestones and sequin-adorned jeans, some match baseball caps with saris, others prefer pairing sneakers with floral ensembles: such is the singular style of a South Asian “aunty,” depicted in Canadian artist Meera Sethi’s new series “Upping the Aunty.” An aunty, Sethi explains, is an “all-encompassing term” in South Asian culture, describing a woman [...]

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Editorial

Toronto derailment shows rail safety gap

Posted on 25 August 2016

Toronto was lucky over the weekend — no one was hurt and damage was minimal after a train derailment in the heart of Canada’s largest city. Crews were busy Monday morning cleaning up 1,200 litres of diesel oil spilling from a locomotive, but the fuel didn’t enter the sewer system or pose any threat to [...] Continue Reading

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Canadian Politics

Jane Philpott Billed Taxpayers $520 For Air Canada Lounge Access, Documents Reveal

Posted on 25 August 2016

The controversy surrounding Jane Philpott’s travel expenses grew Monday as evidence surfaced that the federal Liberal health minister billed taxpayers $520 for access to Air Canada’s executive airport lounges in North America and Europe. Late Monday, the minister promised to repay the money after the Opposition Conservatives used the Access to Information Act to obtain [...] Continue Reading

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Canadian Politics

Border Services Agency needs independent oversight

Posted on 25 August 2016

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced a welcome package of reforms for Canada’s immigration detention system. But missing was an independent body to oversee the Canada Border Services Agency. On the face of it, there’s much to applaud in Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s announcement that Ottawa is setting aside $138 million “to transform the immigration detention [...] Continue Reading

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Canadian Politics

Ottawa’s new air-travel rule catches dual citizens by surprise

Posted on 25 August 2016

Canadian citizens with dual citizenships will soon be allowed to fly into the country only if they have a Canadian passport. The policy will come into effect Sept. 30 as a final phase of Canada’s move to an electronic screening system to step up border security and boost exit control of travellers, including Canadians on [...] Continue Reading

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South Asian Politics

THE DIVISIVE TRENDS IN PAKISTAN POLITICS

Posted on 25 August 2016

Dr. Hasan Askari          Pakistani politics faces several divisive trends. The federal government led by the PMLN and the PTI are working hard to knock each other out of the political process. The growing conflict in politics and mutual distrust among the political leaders has negative implications for internal political and societal harmony.       The [...] Continue Reading

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Society

Stigma, shame behind ethnic delays in seeking help for mental illness

Posted on 25 August 2016

A new study found Chinese, South Asians suffer more severe symptoms than other groups by putting off getting treatment for mental illness. Chinese and South Asian patients experience more severe mental health problems by the time they seek professional help, says a new study that looked at severity of psychotic symptoms and ethnicity. “When compared [...] Continue Reading

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Business

Forget The ‘Canadian’ Housing Market – It Doesn’t Exist

Posted on 25 August 2016

A few months ago, we wrote about why 2016 was a good year to buy a home in the Canadian market. In fact, we listed five reasons: Low interest rates Lower prices in some markets meant opportunity The hot markets were getting hotter History, as in price growth, was in your favour, and The busy spring market [...] Continue Reading

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Life & Style

Top Hacks For Back To School Savings

Posted on 25 August 2016

Love it or hate it, the kids are heading back to school in less than a month, and while over 50 per cent of Canadians are looking forward to getting back to a routine, more than one-third cite expenses as the number one stressor when it comes to back-to-school shopping, according to a recent poll [...] Continue Reading

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Life & Style

Living Like a European Might Lower Your Risk of Depression

Posted on 25 August 2016

We already know eating a Mediterranean diet comes with a ton of health benefits, but a new study suggests that following the way people in countries like France, Spain, Italy,  and  Greece  live  can lower your risk of developing depression. The  so-called  Mediterranean  lifestyle  involves three components: following the  well-known  diet,  plus high  levels  of  [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

Diana Penty clears the air on Her absence from Bollywood

Posted on 25 August 2016

ACTRESS Diana Penty is returning to the silver screen after a stint of 4 years. The reason for such a long wait was because she did not want to put pressure on herself and sign every film that came her way. `The break was not a conscious decision. Me not doing films has been misinterpreted. [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

Vidya is ‘Raising the Bar’

Posted on 25 August 2016

Vidya Balan is currently down under in Melbourne, Australia where the Indian Film Festival is on  the verge of  conclusion. The  actress  recently attended the premiere of Onir’s documentary which was special made for festival called Raising the Bar. Raising  the Bar  is a documentary  that  tells the uplifting stories of children who have been [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

Wanna Know: Who is Deepika’s Rakhi brother?

Posted on 25 August 2016

The  festival  of  Rakshabandhan  signifies  the brother  promising  his  sister  to  unconditionally protect her. On  this occasion of Rakshabandhan, Deepika tied the rakhi to her bodyguard who has literally protected her at all times. She acknowledges all the hardwork and efforts he puts in just to make sure that she is safe and fine. There [...] Continue Reading

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