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January 21, 2015, Globe and Mail
Faceoff: Are France’s shocking cartoons hurtful or beneficial to minorities
How can you fight racism with racism?
The Charlie Hebdo cartoons are just jokes, right? More funny than racist. What is wrong with a series of a nude Mohammeds, genitalia exposed, or the prophet moaning, “It’s hard being loved by jerks,” or a black justice minister depicted as a monkey?

July 11, 2012, Today’s Parent
The Debate: Would you pierce your baby’s ears?
Was ear piercing merely the first step into creating my own baby fashionista, a girl who values looks over brains?

November 10, 2010, Yonge Street
Hidden Fruit: Not Far From The Tree faces the challenges of being a growing a sustainable non-profit
Residential fruit pickers want to harvest more than just Toronto’s wasted fruit bounty with their first fundraiser tonight, part of their plan to turn their sustainability work into a sustainable organization.

September 22, 2010, Yonge Street
Samara is bringing hope, change and political engagement to Canadian politics
If election season’s got you down, Toronto-based Samara is trying to make things brighter by changing the public’s cynicism towards Canadian politics, one initiative at a time.

September 1, 2010, Yonge Street
Steam Whistle’s commitment to hiring new immigrants
Toronto’s Steam Whistle Brewing has an unusual hiring policy: choose the best person for the job, with or without Canadian experience. In doing so, they say they’ve made their company and brand stronger.

August 31, 2010, Globe and Mail
The Tuesday Essay: After the [Pakistan] Flood

Fiction writers like Daniyal Mueenuddin and Ali Sethi see literature as a project. They both have said in interviews that they see themselves as explaining Pakistan in all its complexity to the West, not merely as the “failed state” with budding terrorists in every bazaar. It may seem like a hefty burden for any writer to bear, but there is no doubt that Pakistan is a country in need of PR. In the last month alone, the news has included a new cricket scandal, another bombing at a mosque, and a president who preferred his French chateau to returning home to handle the start of this flood catastrophe.

Is there any wonder that nearly every one of these writers (dare I call them the Pak Pack?) are taking their advocacy role about the humanity of the floods’ victims seriously? Or that they rarely agree with one another?

July 21, 2010, Yonge Street
Toronto’s Artez Interactive brings Web 2.0 to fundraisers around the world
Artez Interactive is the behind-the-scenes company that helps fundraising campaigns take part in the social media revolution.

April 21, 2010, Yonge Street
When Scientists go to School
Ajax-based Scientists in School brings the fun into science education and hopes to breed a new generation of innovators from an early age.

March 31, 2010, Yonge Street
Liloo’s commitment to neighbourhood on Queen East
What happens when a retailer sets up shop in an up-and-coming neighbourhood only to find the area is not quite ready for prime time? For Liloo’s co-owners Sapna Alim and Amanda Steele the answer was simple: rely on a whole lot of neighbourliness.

February 24, 2010, Yonge Street
The Brothers Morgan Moment in the Sun
Morgan Solar is a family business that plans to revolutionize the solar energy industry. Is 2010 the year they make good on that promise?

January 20, 2010, Yonge Street
The Little Nano That Could
Vive Nano, a start-up born in a University of Toronto chemistry lab, is part of a new and confident class of innovation-based firms in the city.  But is it possible to save the world with nanotechnology and stay local at the same time?

December 2009, City of Words: Toronto Through Her Writers’ Eyes
edited by Sarah Elton, Cormorant Books
Bharati (Essay): growing up in pre-multicultural Toronto in the 1970s

May 5, 2009, Toronto Star
Survivors shed light on domestic violence

December-January 2008-09, Desi Life (Toronto Star)
Home and Native Land
Their parents left South Asia in the ’70s looking for a better life in Canada. But a new generation of professionals is finding work back in the old country.

December-January 2008-09, Desi Life (Toronto Star)
Novel Approach
Children’s author Shenaaz Nanji mined the stories of more than 70 families – including her own – who fled from Uganda in 1972 to write her first novel, 10 years in the making. The wait was worth it.

November-December 2008, Desi Life (Toronto Star)
Urdu’s Ambassador Cover Story
Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s literary canon includes a novel, a children’s book and a graphic tale, all in English. But his favourite is a classical romance he translated from his elegant mother tongue.

November-December 2008, Desi Life (Toronto Star)
Puja’s New Groove Essay
A few changes here, a few changes there — and before you know it, you’re celebrating the festival of the flying dupattas aka Durga Puja.

September 2008, Desi Life (Toronto Star)
Success Story
Published on a shoestring budget, a new magazine (Kahani) is aimed at North American children with roots in South Asia.

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