Matt Mernagh starts his day vaporizing marijuana into a plastic bag. He smokes several times a day, consuming several grams to relieve pain from an inoperable brain tumor that causes seizures. He has fibromyalgia, which in addition to pain causes his spine to curve sideways. For almost 20 years, Mernagh, 40, has fought for the rights of medical marijuana users; he’s been attempting to legalize marijuana in an ongoing court case with the federal government. This year, however, Mernagh is fighting a different battle. This year, he’s running to be mayor of Toronto.
It was 10 years ago, during a visit to South Korea, where Vanessa Lee’s life changed. Lee, 16, was there visiting her family and friends. The family planned to see some attractions, but Typhoon Megi swept through part of the country, forcing Lee and her family to take shelter in their small home, in front of their tiny TV. So, they watched the Olympics in Athens. Archery was on. Korea’s own Park Sung-hyun was competing. “She was just so cool and composed under pressure that I was like, ‘I want to be like her,’” Lee said. “So I stopped spending all the money my parents gave me to spend on the trip, and I said ‘I’m coming home and I’m buying a bow.’”
When he was in Grade 6, Fitzroy Facey’s teacher told his mother he’d be on the front page of a newspaper someday on a most-wanted poster. “That helped in a way,” he said, “because … how can you look at a sixth grader and tell them they’re going to be an evil human being?” Eighteen […]
On Tuesday night, Orangabang, a band from Uxbridge, Ont., took to the Horseshoe stage for the first time. It rocked through songs with provocative titles, such as “Fledermaus” and “Cunning Linguist.” Geoff Holt sings and plays rhythm guitar for Orangabang. “It was our first time playing a show in Toronto,” Holt said. “It was great. The crowd was awesome … [We’ve] never had so many people cheering at the end of a show before.”
Vibrant costumes, intricate jewellery and enthusiastic dance are all pieces of the Bollywood puzzle. But more than just a style of music and film, it is a culture. A culture that accepts multiculturalism through a new technique called Bollyfuze. Founder Reshmi Chetram started Bollyfuze, a division of the Tarana Dance Centre on Middlefield Road in […]
After creating enough work, Andrew Lindell had his first exhibition, called Curve 1, at Gallery 1313. While it was a success, he decided to take time off from his art to focus on his family and personal life. And now, 10 years later, Lindell is back to what he enjoys doing.
Scarborough author Barbara Ferreira wrote a children’s storybook that shows how the Toronto transit system can be a magical ride through a child’s eyes. Her book, Riding the Rocket, features a little boy named Sean and his father who are taking the TTC to get back home. The story has illustrations by Katherine Bader, which […]
Its early June, scorching heat nearly fries the turf field at Oakville’s St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic secondary school. This is the venue where fans would get a chance to see their defending CFL champions, Toronto Argonauts play in the “Double Blue Mock game”, team scrimmage. On the field is the league’s Most Outstanding Player, Chad […]