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10 Reason Why You Should Vote!

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VOTE OR DIE — not literally, of course, but you’re not really living if you don’t exercise your rights. It is more important now than ever, for young people to be voting and getting a grip on the issues at hand. Why? Because knowledge is power and power creates change.

1. You’ll help steer the way your city/country is governed
2. You can benefit financially by placing the right person in power
3. You’re paying respect to our history which has made the right to vote available to you
4. You’re helping to build a better future/city/country for your kids to exist in
5. You won’t be considered a hypocrite when you complain about city policies/procedures
6. You have a say about how your taxes are used – no more mandatory municipal manicures!
7. You can save your city from being embarrassed and parodied on multiple platforms worldwide
8. You’ll have a sense of accomplishment/bragging rights when the person you vote for, wins
9. Know someone who’s voting for a nut job? You essentially cancel their vote out with yours
10. It makes you a part of conscientious collective that pushes for progress

The win/lose margins come so close, so all that BS about your vote not counting, is just that…BS. Take a moment out of your day and make an effort to see who is running and what their ideas are. Be an active citizen and take pride in having the liberty to head to the polls and make an informed decision. Your City, Your Vote.

For more info follow @torontovotes #TOvotes14

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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The Latin community in Toronto is one of the biggest reasons the pulse of this city keeps thumping. This April, Hispanic Heritage Month, they gave us all something to celebrate with the 14th annual aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival.

The festival “pays homage to the more traditional sides of Latin culture, through contemporary works, which is very special. It gives people a perspective on the lives of Latin American people both inside Canada and oversees” according to Board Member, Christopher Trotman.

Performances, art installations, artist talks, workshops and films have a little something for everyone. Work by Balam Sotto, Roberto Fiesco, María José Alós and Livia Daza-Paris are just a few of the amazing efforts showcased.

The platform is particularly important because it gives the community an outlet to let the world know through their art, who they are, who they aren’t and what they represent. “We’re a community filled with beauty and complexities and we can’t be reduced to basic stereotypes. The quality of talent coming out of places like Mexico and Venezuela is astounding; after all we have a lot to say.” says Outreach Coordinator, Juan M. Gonzalez-Calcaneo.

“I hope people are surprised. I hope that they come with certain expectations of what Latin culture or Media Arts are and that they leave here with a different, fuller understanding of it.”

If you missed out on the festivities, you can still enjoy their wrap party this Saturday!

For more info: alucinefestival.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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1 LOVE T.O. is excited to announced that we’ve partnered with Nike Canada to create our very own running team for this year’s Sporting Life 10k race. We’ve asked a few of our closest friends to run and help us fundraise for Camp Ooch.

Camp Ouchigeas “Ooch” is celebrating 30 years of providing magical camp experiences for children affected by cancer. It costs $3,500 for a 2-week stay at Camp Ouch with on–site care for the kids, so we need your help in sending as many kids to camp as possible! Please help us by making a donation to #Team1LOVETO by clicking the link below.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW: ooch.org/1loveto

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Over the next month leading up to race day (Sunday, May 11th), we’ll be training with the help of the Nike+ Running App. The app recently added a ‘Coach’ feature, which specializes in training programs that are built around your needs. Our team has signed up for an intense training program to help get us in shape and race ready.

Follow our team members to track our progress and cheer us on!

Tyrone ‘Trex’ Edwards
Bryan Brock
Jay Tiancgo
Johnny Goldman
Adrian Fenty
David Matisse
Zark Fatah
Bryan Espiritu
Beat Merchant
Chris Powling
Laura Andres
Dwayne Delves

Big thanks to Nike Canada for outfitting our team with the latest Flyknit Lunar 2′s, Air Pegasus 30+ and dry-fit tees, tights and shorts. We may not be the fastest team, but we look good when we run!

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For more info: sportinglife10k.ca

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25Ways

Last month thoughtcatalog.com posted an article listing “25 Ways You Know You’re From Toronto”. Although we don’t entirely agree with the list, we’ve included a few of our favourites below. Tweet @1LOVETO your suggestions!

8. Despite people making fun of the price of food in the city, everyone you know eats healthier and puts more effort into their meals than your suburban counterparts. Try explaining what almond milk is to your relatives or if you want bonus points try to actually FIND some anywhere outside the city.

15. You know there is no such thing as relying on a streetcar to be on time. It is understood that you have to watch at least three pass in the direction you aren’t going before the one you need will show up.

25. Condos. Condos everywhere.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE COMPLETE LIST

Previously: 50 Ways To Be A Daredevil

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50 Ways To Be A Daredevil

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CNN recently listed “50 Ways To Be A Daredevil”, which included Toronto’s CN Tower Edge Walk at #7 on the list!

CN Tower Edge Walk (Canada)
The thrill of visiting Toronto’s CN Tower used to be the half-kilometer ride up the elevator. Now, adventurers can dangle from the outside of the roof of the tower’s restaurant, 356 meters above the ground. The Edge Walk lasts 90 minutes, with 20-30 minutes spent on the walk itself.

CLICK HERE to see the complete list.

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A new Rob Ford video surfaced yesterday, but it’s not what you think. A nine year old girl uses quotes from Ford’s crack denial and admission to try and get out of punishment from her dad. The video’s intended message is simple, “our children are watching.”

Thoughts?

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UforChange: Family Reunion

UforChange is an arts-based educational program for young people living in Regent Park, St. James Town, and across the GTA. They just posted a recap video from their “Family Reunion”, where over 70 of their closest friends and allies came together to celebrate the partnership between Prince’s Charities Canada, UforChange and the Wellesley Institute. Watch the video to see what UforChange is all about!

For more info: uforchange.org

Previously: UforChange: Meet Helen & Valen

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Subway Thoughts

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Toronto-based cartoonist Kurtis Scott has turned his daily commute on the TTC to a web series of hilarious, but very true commentaries entitled, “Subway Thoughts”. We’ve included a few of our favourite episodes that we know you can relate to…

THE BACKPACK

THE MIDDLE SEAT

CRAZY EYE CONTACT

WATCH ALL THE EPISODES HERE

For more info: kurttoons.com

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Recently, the “F-You: The Forgiveness Project” was featured on MTV with a mini-doc style 7 minute piece featuring founder Tara Muldoon. She’s a Toronto-based entrepreneur who’s brought together thousands of people through her F-You project, helping others to heal through forgiveness.

Aside from her successful speaker series events, she released a book last year entitled, “F-You: The Forgiveness Project: Memoirs of Violence & Compassion”, with plans to release a second book in the near future.

Take a few minutes and watch this powerful video to learn about Tara’s story and the incredible work she’s doing!

For more info: whatisfyou.wordpress.com

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The Toronto Fringe

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If you’re an aspiring artist in music, theatre, dance film etc., or know someone who is, you’re going to want to hear the latest news out of The Toronto Fringe.

It takes money to make money, right? And let’s face it, money is always an issue. Well, The Toronto Fringe just launched a national crowd-funding campaign for indie artists called, Fund What You Can or FWYC. It’s different from other crowd-funding platforms because it’s specifically designed for indie artists and claims to offer a more targeted reach to campaigners.

Executive Director of Toronto Fringe, Kelly Straughan says, “FWYC is a natural extension of what we do at the Fringe and a part of our overall mission to give back to artists. We are thrilled to partner with the Metcalf Foundation and Hivewire to bring this vital source to Canadian artists.”

The initiative will work in conjunction with the three existing programs at The Toronto Fringe: Fringe Festival, Next Stage and Creation Lab. The Creation Lab is a subsidised studio space which you can rent for as low as $6/hr for seminars to rehearsals to classes. Next Stage is a theatre event which showcases upcoming talent looking for wider exposure while also providing useful resources. Lastly, the crowning event is The Fringe Festival. It’s Toronto’s largest theatre and performance festival which sees more than 90,000 people each year. Over the course of 12 days, more than 150 productions are enjoyed at over 25 venues across the west end.

Since ’89, The Fringe has helped launch thousands of careers in the arts and returned nearly $5,000,000 to their artists.

For more info visit: fringetoronto.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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Garrison Point Community

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We’re used to seeing condo’s pop up all over the city, but it’s rare you actually see the construction of a “master planned community”. That’s how Jeff Clark, VP of Baker Real Estate Incorporated, describes the exciting new development called Garrison Point.

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It’s “like an oasis” he says, because it’s more than just propping up a building; it’s actually five luxury condominiums and the cultivation of a community. It was designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects with interiors by Munge Leung; landscape architect, Claude Cormier. Jeff explained that a lot of young families are looking to Garrison Point because of its family friendly features like, a kid’s lounge, pool, rooftop terrace, a retail component and lots more. The suites are, on average, bigger than downtown, on the “cutting edge of architecture” and boast a beautiful view into the city.

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Garrison Point developers have gone a step further to foster the sense of community by partnering up with Toronto’s Benchmark Group to create Movement Haus. There, you’ll have everything from, yoga, pilates, massage therapy, organic food delivery and lots more to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Another awesome plus is the connectivity to all the surrounding parks: Coronation, Fort York, Stanley, Trinity Bellwoods and the Martin Goodman Trail. Green space was an important aspect in the creation of Garrison Point to make it a place people genuinely want to be and enjoy. You get the quaint culture of Liberty Village with the class of innovative urban design.

For more info: garrisonpoint.ca

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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