CityFolk Day Five: Bahamas, Rodriguez, Scott Helman

CityFolk festival goers were once again blessed with beautiful weather, completing the rare feat of five straight rainless days. While the final day was not spiked with big name celebrities, the acts consistently delighted, and there seemed to be a harmonious relationship between the audience and performer. In a way, the lack of a famous headliner closing out the concert added to the charm of the day. Those in attendance appeared to be primarily returning guests, and had already been to a few shows. Being the fifth straight day of festivities, volunteers, boutique owners, and concert goers all seemed warm and familiar with one another, setting the stage for a beautiful closing party. While the beginning of the day saw […]

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CityFolk Day Four: Father John Misty lights up the night

The penultimate day of CityFolk was slated to be a good one. Concert goers were once again blessed with beautiful weather and music that continued well into the night. At the entrance of the venue, I was greeted with a magnificent farmer’s market. Local vendors sold everything from jewelry and T-shirts to jackets and records. In the far corner, Mill Street Brewery was offering virtual reality tours of their factory, and of course, selling craft beers. As the shows began, the vibe was tame, but the excitement of the crowd was obvious. The audience was composed of parents and their children, university students, locals and even elderly couples, all eager for a day of music. CityFolk is a fantastic display […]

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Publication criticizes Canadian schools for being anti-Semitic

The Algemeiner, an American newspaper focusing on political, social, and cultural events in the Jewish community, recently published a list of the U.S. and Canada’s worst schools for Jewish students. The University of Toronto (U of T) and McGill University respectively ranked third and fourth in North America.The ranking was supplemented by two studies, which found 54 per cent and 75 per cent of Jewish students had witnessed or experienced anti-Semitism on American campuses. To compile this list, the newspaper stated they considered several factors, such as the occurrence of anti-Semitic incidents on campus, the number of groups in opposition or support of Israel, and the availability of Jewish resources. The publication also interviewed experts, campus activists, and students to […]

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Drug test influx expected with pot legalization

A recent document released by Public Safety Canada (PSC) says police may increase the frequency of drug tests with the upcoming legalization of marijuana. According to the document, PSC will need to  “determine the current laboratory capacity to deal with a potential influx of samples to be tested for cannabinoids and other drugs in Canada.” A survey from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) released Dec. 7 shows the number of Ontario residents who smoke pot has increased over the past 20 years, from nine to 14 per cent. About 18 per cent of young adults in Ontario aged 18-29 reported smoking pot in 1996, but the number shot up to nearly 38 per cent in 2015. The […]

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