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Come Celebrate UTM’s Positive Space

March 14, 2016

In just a few hours – from 5:30 to 7:30 to be precise – we will gather at the Blind Duck Pub to celebrate this year’s Positive Space Gala.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the University of Toronto’s Positive Space Campaign. It was started in 1996 by a small group of dedicated individuals who wanted to increase visibility and support for LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty across all three campuses.

Little entrepreneurs of Fatehpur Sikri

February 2, 2016

The sky in India, especially in and around urban centres, almost always looks gray. But everything else about this incredibly diverse country is vividly colourful – literally and metaphorically. It is a land of stark contrasts – good, bad, beautiful and ugly – all coexisting, often simultaneously in space and time. Having just returned from an extensive and intimate experience with this “assault on the senses”, as V.S.

Sharing Rich Traditions

May 30, 2013

May is designated as the South Asian Heritage Month in Canada, and I get many opportunities to attend celebrations of this month. Each brings its own joy as well as lessons. A recent event in this regard, entitled Sharing Rich Traditions, left me with some thoughts that I feel are worth sharing.

The event organizers had asked me to speak briefly about education. I wondered what one could say “briefly” about education that would resonate with the audience, and the following came to mind.

Introspection on the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre

December 8, 2014

Saturday marked the 25thanniversary of the massacre of 14 female engineering students at the Université de Montréal’s École Polytechnique. There are events that leave an indelible mark on your mind — you know exactly where you were, what you were doing, who you were with… In my life, there are few such events whose impression equals the still vivid and fresh

Citizenship — the Ceremony and the Significance

May 13, 2015

Hundreds of citizenship ceremonies are held annually across Canada, and 85 per cent of approximately 250,000 permanent residents admitted each year into this country eventually become citizens. That is the highest naturalization rate in the world. So why did we fuss so much about the ceremony held last week on the UTM campus?

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