Feature, Interviews

New Peel Police Prisoner Escort Officer the First to Wear Hijab on Duty

When people think of women in general—let alone observant Muslim women—they don’t often think of challenging and traditionally male-oriented jobs like policing. Now, a young woman who recently joined Peel Regional Police as a special constable, prisoner escort officer (PEO) is working—simply by being present—to change that. Yusra Syed, a former University of Toronto Mississauga [...]

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Feature, Interviews

The rise of LillyTube

With two billion views on YouTube, a new book and brands knocking down her door, Scarborough-born Lilly Singh offers a lesson for Canadians looking to ride the wave of cultural disruption. Here’s the thing about success. You can be an online phenom with more than 11 million YouTube subscribers; have a gaggle of William Morris agents working their [...]

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Feature, Interviews

Uzma Jalaluddin loves her Instant Pot but is no longer buying ‘things’

Every once in a while I get caught in a wave of optimistic shopping. I start to think my life really will be better, if only I had an ice cream maker/slow cooker/Le Creuset dish set. It isn’t until credit card digits are surrendered that I remember I don’t like to cook, or learn how [...]

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Feature, Interviews

Financial literacy should be part of an equitable education system Prakash Amarasooriya

Ontario launches plan to teach high school kids financial skills Ontario is rolling out pilot projects at 28 high schools aimed at revamping the Grade 10 careers course and laying the groundwork for financial literacy to become part of the curriculum. About 700 students will be involved in the pilots, running until June, and their [...]

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Culture, Feature, Interviews

Artist Gives Disney Characters A South Asian Flair

Thusyanthe Srisachiananthadasan, an artist based in Germany is known for taking well known Disney characters like Aladdin and Princess Jasmine and giving them a traditional South Asian look. Art has been a passion for her since a young age: “Since the age of 16 I have always loved painting and knew it was my passion. [...]

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Editorial

Ottawa’s ‘name-blind’ hiring a modest experiment with real promise

Posted on 27 April 2017

A new attempt by Ottawa to root out bias in the hiring of federal civil servants is a modest initiative, but with real promise. If it succeeds, the pilot project will help government hire the best talent, while at the same time allowing it to better reflect the diverse people it serves. The initiative could [...] Continue Reading

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Canadian Politics

Here are the proposed measures the province hopes will cool the Ontario housing market

Posted on 27 April 2017

Wynne lays out plans to cool Ontario’s sizzling housing market. (Petar Valkov/CBC) The creation of a new Housing Supply Team with dedicated provincial employees to identify barriers to specific housing development projects and work with developers and municipalities to find solutions. An effort to understand and tackle practices that may be contributing to tax avoidance [...] Continue Reading

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Canadian Politics

Ottawa pilots ‘name-blind’ recruitment to reduce ‘unconscious bias’ in hiring

Posted on 27 April 2017

Ottawa has launched a pilot project to reduce biases in the hiring of federal civil services through what is billed “name-blind” recruitment, a practice long urged by employment equity advocates. The Liberal government’s move came on the heels of a joint study by University of Toronto and Ryerson University earlier this year that found job [...] Continue Reading

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Canadian Politics

NDP pharmacare plan would start with 125 most common drugs

Posted on 27 April 2017

A first-ever provincial Pharmacare plan would be in place by 2020 and initially cover 125 “essential” drugs, the Ontario NDP said Monday in releasing more details on its election platform. While NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the decision would be up to an independent drug committee to determine, prescriptions for conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, [...] Continue Reading

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South Asian Politics

THE PANAMA CASE JUDGMENT AND AFTERMATH

Posted on 27 April 2017

Dr Hasan Askari The PMLN has reasons to celebrate because the majority judgment of the Supreme Court bench in the Panama Leaks case did not disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Two judges (minority opinion) disqualified Nawaz Sharif from holding the office for failing to be a “sadiq” and “Amin” as required by the constitution. However, [...] Continue Reading

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Society

Suburban homes might be cheaper, but beware the extra costs

Posted on 27 April 2017

As prices in major cities move out of reach of many homebuyers, some are casting their search further to areas where they can afford bigger properties with smaller mortgages. But suburban living can come with extra costs, like higher transportation and daycare fees, and may not add up to great savings over the long term. [...] Continue Reading

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Education

TDSB appoints Abdul Patel as newest trustee

Posted on 27 April 2017

A retired imam from Scarborough who has worked closely with the Toronto District School Board on issues related to faith, equity and human rights has become the board’s newest trustee. The appointment of Abdul Patel makes him the third person to hold the trustee’s position for Scarborough-Rouge River since the last round of municipal elections [...] Continue Reading

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Life & Style

5 Hacks For Working Parents To Make Your Week More Productive

Posted on 27 April 2017

Here are five tried and tested productivity hacks that can make your work week more productive, less stressful and more enjoyable. 1. Share the load You may want to have it all, but it doesn’t mean you have to do it all. Instead, find ways to share the load. If your partner isn’t naturally inclined [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

Why Sushmita Sen wants to play the role of a mature woman?

Posted on 27 April 2017

Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen today said having explored comedy, drama and emotions, she now wants to play the role of a mature woman in a film. The former Miss Universe said she has been reading scripts regularly but none has appealed to her so far and therefore she is not seen on the silver screen [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

Jacqueline shoots back to back!

Posted on 27 April 2017

Jacqueline Fernandez has been shooting round the clock. The actress is currently amidst the shoot of her forthcoming film Drive wherein she is paired opposite Sushant Singh Rajput. The film schedule kick started in Mumbai. Point of excitement being, yet another fresh pair to hit theatres soon. What we learn is that the actress has [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

Sara Ali Khan is ready to debut in Bollywood but conditions apply!

Posted on 27 April 2017

We are sure you must be wondering as to when is Sara Ali Khan actually going to debut in Bollywood? All we hear is of her rejecting films or getting rejected. Then there are all these stories about her mother deciding Sara’s debut film for her. Only recently we told how there are rumours about Sara getting [...] Continue Reading

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ShowBiz

What Kangana has to say about Azaan controversy

Posted on 27 April 2017

Actress Kangana Ranaut says she has no problems with ‘Azaan’ but feels what Sonu Nigam said should be respected and discussed. Sonu Nigam, in a series of tweets, had described the use of loudspeakers to broadcast sermons and calls to prayers by mosques, temples and gurudwaras as hooliganism. When asked about what she feels about [...] Continue Reading

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