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Protests matter!

It’s heartening to see the world coming together in a genuine movement to protest systemic racism. Here’s a fantastic video from Sesame Street, where Elmo’s dad talks to him about racism and why people PROTEST. There are many experts and authors on the topic, including Ijeoma Oluo (So you want to TALK about race).

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Incredible interactives

The New Yorker does some of the best interactive STORIES out there, and some of them take my breath away with their writing and visual design. But every so often, one comes along that is necessary but breaks your heart because of the knowledge. This week’s story is a closeup examination of the artist, Kadir […]

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Some hard truths

Our colleague, Maureen Brown, has a new and worthwhile blog up called HARD TRUTHS. Maureen sent us an email recently to share the news that her nephew just received a full scholarship (the Kovner) from Julliard. You can watch his rendition of O CANADA for graduating students unable to attend their graduation ceremonies.

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A changed viewpoint

Gabrielle Blair is the creator of the website, Design Mom which she describes as “the intersection of design and motherhood.” What is also amazing about Gabrielle is her ability to build a story via twitter. She recently changed her viewpoint on the ROLE of law enforcement as part of functional communities. She also wrote a […]

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Feel the music

Elliott Maisie is big on the power of empathy during these trying times. He continues to host a series of EMPATHY CONCERTS with broadway stars. Other musicians are streaming LIVE performances every day, and CBC continues to update their LIST. DJs are hosting virtual DANCE parties, and Sir Anthony Hopkins likes playing the piano for […]

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Sesame Street has always cared

Sesame Street continues to be a fantastic resource for children. They’ve launched the CARING FOR EACH OTHER initiative with free resources “designed to help parents provide comfort and manage anxiety, as well as help with creating routines, fostering playful learning at home, and staying physically and mentally healthy.”

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Small businesses are doing their part

A lot of businesses are helping during the pandemic. This includes an Ontario facility MANUFACTURING THEIR FIRST personal protective equipment masks for health care professionals or this SMALL DESIGNER making cotton masks and donating one for one to at-risk community groups or essential workers. Our Federal government is offering help to manufacturing and automation companies […]

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Our business community is mobilized

I’m very proud of how our Ontario business community has mobilized. Since launching their ONTARIO TOGETHER portal, “Over 1,200 submissions were received for the first three challenges to support the delivery of mental health solutions to vulnerable populations, ensure the strength of our supply chains and deliver financial advice to the small business community.” And […]

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Look for the helpers

Mr. Rodgers’s mother gave him fantastic advice when she said, “Always look for the HELPERS.” For those wanting to go further, here’s a list of Toronto VOLUNTEER opportunities, including food banks, kids help lines, making fabric masks, delivering groceries and medication to seniors, and to healthcare professionals, contacting local businesses for PPE donations, and more. […]

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Incredible sports stories

Here are a few sports-related items that were wows this week: Gymnast, SIMONE BILES won her sixth championship and became the first woman to land a triple double in competition on the floor. Toronto Blue Jay rookie, BO BICHETTE entered the history books for the most extra-base hits in consecutive games ever for a major league baseball player. […]

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