Vida Korhani

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Canadians making strides toward gender equality

Growing up in a household where Jeff Perera’s father was abusive towards his mother had an impact on his perception of gender identification. “I had this very warped idea from him that this is my ultimate role model and you either rebel against it or repeat these cycles,” Perera said. “It was an opening for me to kind of explore these issues.” Today Jeff Perera is the community and youth engagement manager for the White Ribbon campaign. His organization delivers talks and facilitates workshops to engage men about the effects of gender inequality and violence against women. This week, the campaign also acknowledged International Women’s Day (IWD).

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Pan American Games looking to youth for a mascot

Georgia Selby likes to draw. She’s even has her eye on having a drawing recognized in a nationwide competition. “I might draw a penguin on top of a world for the contest,” she said. “And my story is going to be on the summer Olympic Games.” Georgia, 8, recently attended a workshop at a branch of the Toronto Public Library. In small groups the children sharpened coloured pencils and put their creative abilities to the test. Also attending the workshop were some of Canada’s top athletes, some award-winning illustrators and representatives from the Pan American Games organizing committee in Toronto (TO2015).

New art barn at Dawes Road ‘confusing’: residents

At the corner of Dawes Road and Victoria Park Avenue, a nearly completed barn-like structure stands at the centre of a small island of grass.

The structure, installed under the city of Toronto’s public art program, pays homage to the older days of the area when this corner of East York was all farm land, not a busy urban intersection.

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Scott Mission assures public new family centre is ‘safe’

The director of the Scott Mission location in east-end Toronto has reassured area residents that its family centre will not attract the homeless. On Thursday, the Scott Mission foundation held a community-awareness meeting in its new family centre, the Scott Mission O’Connor Family Centre, located at 1550 O’Connor Dr. The facility will provide food, clothing and child care to people who can not afford basic needs.

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Comfort came in a basket

In a room at the shelter, Jordan Smith found a bag of espresso coffee in a laundry basket. “When I saw the coffee, I felt like I could invite my friends over and make espresso for all of them at my own house,” she said. “I felt like I was ready to start my own life and live with my daughter.”