In Admiration of the Shabby Scarborough Strip Plaza

Image courtesy of the Toronto Star On a weekday afternoon, numerous corridors in downtown Toronto echo the dense, diverse, short blocks that Jane Jacobs loved. Attractive to the community, while fulfilling residents’ daily needs, these tree-lined avenues are regularly filled with residents walking between independent grocers, local banks, and coffee shops. Take Parliament Street, for…

Uncovering UTMIA: A deep dive into ‘Men’s Issues Awareness at the University of Toronto’

It’s 7 PM as I’m sitting in the Banting Building, Room 131, being jolted by screeching microphone feedback as four men stand behind me, looking on. The event is “Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Should you hear it all?”, and the event organizer, Ed Sullivan, sternly addresses the crowd by noting that U of T’s policies for…

An Issue of Perceptions: The closure of Whittamore’s Farm emphasizes the need to connect the urban and the rural

Whittamore’s Farm is a 330-acre vegetable and fruit farm located just outside Toronto’s eastern boundary. On a typical autumn Saturday morning, the farm’s indoor market is busy with suburban families purchasing fresh Ontario produce and homemade pies, and the adjacent ‘fun yard’ is filled with toddlers, teens, and adults taking selfies among pumpkin patches and…

Dirty Words

The misuse of words by those around us is much more common than some would expect. In fact, words are misused with such confidence and frequency that no one else really seems to notice. As someone who has an English degree and a vested interest in maintaining the integrity of the English language, I can’t…