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ELEVATE TORONTO

New Festival Celebrating the City’s Vibrant Innovation Ecosystem.   by Linda Montgomery   If it’s September in Toronto, TIFF may not be the only world-class festival our city is known for in the future.  We are currently experiencing a golden time for technology and innovation. Elevate Toronto aims to broadcast our story far and wide while also providing discovery, connections and inspiration for Torontonians. The 3-day festival will debut on September 12th. It will shine a light on our flourishing tech companies and community, as well as promoting Toronto as a destination for talent, investment and innovation leadership. If...

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TORONTO INVICTUS GAMES

INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL BURNS: CEO BY GEORGINA BENCSIK & ROSS ULYSSES MUNROE What was the inspiration for your role as CEO of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017?  It goes back some time ago. I was involved with the original bid, which was done by the True Patriot Love Foundation and which I co-founded back in 2009. Essentially two years ago we secured the games and were notified we’d be hosting the games in 2017 and I was asked at the time, given my participation in securing the games, as well as what I have done for close to a...

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THE MARGARET ATWOOD EFFECT

by John Bessai Margaret Atwood created a  theory about Canadian Literature.  She argues that victimhood is the signature of Canadian culture. For Atwood, one idea implicit in her 1972 publication was that Canadian literature itself needed to survive and, as we know, it certainly did.  Many Canadians, until then, were unaware that there was a fascinating and enlightening discussion to be had about the literature of this country. Perhaps the survival of our literature will lead to the survival of more than Canada and maybe the whole world. A people’s poet, a master of description and a subscriber to...

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LATIN JAZZ AND ME

by Laura Fernandez   It has been almost 10 years since I caught the love bug and began my affair with Latin Jazz. It all started when I took over the mantle of producer and host of Café Latino on Canada’s (and the world’s) premier 24 hour jazz station –Jazz FM 91—and it has been an unbelievable and life changing journey. I was blessed with the opportunity and I have taken it truly to heart—or should I say, it took over my heart! For those unfamiliar with the genre, Latin Jazz is generally described as a blend of American...

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LONG WORK HOURS DON’T WORK FOR PEOPLE OR THE PLANET

by David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington. In 1926, U.S. automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It’s something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days a week.   Ford wasn’t responding to worker demands; he was being a businessman. He expected increased productivity and knew workers with more time and money would buy and use the products they were making....

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