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Food policy group wants city candidates accountable

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Summer may be winding down for another year, but agriculture, including the urban kind, is still very much a going concern for many. Fall harvest goes on through October and into November for hardier fruits and vegetables like cabbages, squash, carrots, and apples. While it is too late to start a garden of one’s own for this year, it is definitely not too late to think about food and start planning for next spring. In fact, it is never not the right time to think about food, where it comes from, and how it is important on so many levels. Toronto is fortunate to have recognized the importance of food ... Read More »

Islamic museum a link between East and West

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The mission of Toronto’s newest architectural and cultural treasure, the Aga Khan Museum, is to foster greater understanding and appreciation of Islam’s contributions to world civilization, and to promote tolerance and understanding among people. It’s a timely reminder, given beautiful shape, that those are the values that matter most. In his remarks at the official opening of the museum, the Aga Khan said that “the world of Islam and the Western world need to work together much more effectively at building mutual understanding, especially as these cultures interact and intermingle more actively.” As if to demonstrate this principle of cross-cultural understanding and harmony, the foundation responsible for the museum chose ... Read More »

National home sales, prices continued to rise in August

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Home sales have remained strong in Canada’s main cities through the summer, prompting the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) to issue an update of its forecasts for 2014 and 2015. A surge in sales occurred in the spring market of May and June, in which properties were “snapped up” following an “extraordinarily bleak” winter. Those sales have yet to show signs of cooling, CREA says. The realtor group therefore revised its forecast for 2014 from 463,400 to 475,000, an increase of 3.8 per cent over 2013. The revised forecast reflects stronger than expected sales in recent months, it says. Sales activity for 2014 remains “broadly” in line with the ten-year ... Read More »

Women Build wants “superheroes” for September campaign

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Women Build is looking for this year’s gang of pink hardhat-wearing superheroes. The 2014 Women Build event will take place over twelve days beginning on Monday, September 15. This year, the expected 1,000-plus volunteers will build a total of thirty-three new homes for Habitat for Humanity families in Scarborough and Brampton. Volunteers choose a day to work and pledge to raise $500 or more. The ambitious goal is to raise $1 million for the work of Habitat for Humanity. A charitable initiative of Habitat for Humanity, Women Build is a global movement that began in 1998. Since then, tens of thousands of women volunteers around the world have come together ... Read More »

Airport authority pitches economic importance of Pearson

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Which employer in Toronto has 35 million customers each year, creates direct and indirect employment for 124,000, generates $6.3 billion in employment income and $2.8 billion in taxes paid to governments? The answer, of course, is Pearson Airport, and the president of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), Howard Eng, told the Toronto Board of Trade today that the airport’s contribution to the economy is even greater than that. In fact, passenger traffic (excluding freight) at Pearson Airport was worth about $35 billion, nearly 6 per cent of the province’s entire GDP in 2012, and facilitated 227,000 jobs. That is about 1.5 times the population of Prince Edward Island and ... Read More »

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