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Construction underway for 2015 Toronto Pan AM games

Athletes Village Toronto Pan AM games

After some inactivity due to the birth of our baby and some crazy times at work, I’m back in the blogosphere! I recently spent a great weekend with a group of bloggers I took down to the Detroit auto show and their enthusiasm and dedication shamed me into reviving my own blog.  So here we go:

Infrastructure Ontario and Waterfront Toronto announced today that they have signed a $514 million  contract for the development of the Athletes’ Village during the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. The village is set to be built on the West Don Lands — an area triangulated by  the Port Lands, Corktown and the southern terminus of the Don Valley Parkway.

The project is expected to create and support 5,200 jobs, including employment of approximately 700 workers on the construction site.

I’m excited by any activity that brings more visibility to Toronto within the international community and cultivates Tourism. What do you think?

Bollywood is coming to Toronto starting June 23

Bollywood is coming to Toronto.  Toronto is hosting the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), beginning Thursday, June 23 with film, music, and fashion and ending with the Indian Oscars on Saturday.   Many fans have been hanging out at the Pearson International Airport this week hoping to meet the many Bollywood actors coming to attend the three day celebration.  Over 200 filmmakers and celebrities are flying over from India and abroad, including three generations of the Kapoor family, the Deol family, the famous Shah Rukh Khan, “Slumdog Millionaire” actor Anil Kapoor, and Priyanka Chopra.  There are many Bollywood fans in the GTA and a huge South Asian population, so having  IIFA in Toronto is going to be an amazing experience.  It’s apparently been sold out for months. Would have loved to cover it in person!

Toronto Councillors Working to Ban Shark Fins from Restaurants

Two Toronto city councillors (Glenn De Baeremaeker and Kristyn Wong-Tam ) are proposing to ban the serving of shark fin’s in Toronto restaurants. Shark Fins and particularly Shark Fin soup are a delicacy in Chinese cuisine.

Every year 10’s of millions of sharks die needlessly because of finning. Fisherman cop off the shark’s fins and throw the still living shark back into the sea. With this severe injury, the shark’s then starve to death, are eaten alive by other fish, or drown.

TorontoBlog.net urges the community to support the Celebrate Sharks Summer Tour, and to help them reach their goal of getting 10,000 signatures on their petition which can be found at: http://finfreetoronto.com/petition.html

Walk for Sick Kids in Toronto’s Coronation Park on Sunday June 12

If you haven’t heard yet, this Sunday, thousands of Canadians in Toronto will be taking part in the Wal-Mart Walk for Miracles.  They will be walking to help to fund medical care and  research that will benefit children in the GTA.

Children and Mickey at last year's Walk

Children and Mickey at last year's Walk (source: http://www.walmartwalkformiracles.ca)

The Toronto walk  kicks off at Coronation Park, where you can walk  along Toronto Maple Leafs celebs  and Disney characters like Mickey Mouse.

The Toronto walk will raise money  and all proceeds will go to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and there will be simultaneous walks in the rest of Canada.

Last year  over 15,000 people participated in the walk across Canada and raised a  record $4.8 million.

Registration is opens at 8 am with a 1 or 5 K walk option. The walk starts at 10 AM.  Details can be found at: http://www.walmartwalkformiracles.ca/en/ww_loc.html?location=toronto