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SQUAD GOALS

In 1985, three women started a lesbian soccer league, called Pink Turf, to have a safe place to play. Over the years, the league and the community that grew around it became about a lot more than the game. Here, they talk about the difference a queer club makes.

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VANISHING POINT

Just as being the only trans woman at a party sucks, writes Gwen Benaway, being a trans woman in Doug Ford’s Toronto isn’t great either. It’s clear who belongs in his government “for the people,” and who that government is trying to erase.

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IN BRIONY'S KITCHEN

Briony Smith, an online writer and editor who does not cook – ever – undertakes a 24-hour family chili, developed by her grandfather in a Thai POW camp. While she stirs, she explains what it’s like to be a flashpoint for internet trolls and all that eats them.

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NUKE KIDS ON THE BLOCK

A facility that produces half the country’s nuclear fuel pellets sits beside a busy rail line in densely populated Wallace Emerson. It’s applying to have its licence renewed for another 10 years – so far, without any pushback.

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SWEAT LODGE

Ryan McMahon recalls the man – and the music – that saved his life at the corner of Queen and Bathurst.

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paperRyan McMahon
IN LYNETTE'S KITCHEN

When Lynette Gillis’s big sister Darlene died suddenly in an accident, she wrote an album to carry herself through the darkness.

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paperIvy Knight
THE SHAPE I'M IN

Roddy Doyle remembers the musicians who showed him what kind of man he wanted to be.

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paperRoddy Doyle
THE FUTURE OF TORONTO

What if we shook up the city as we know it – its housing plan, its waterfront, its public spaces, even its budget – and rebuilt it as the healthiest, most loving, most innovative enclave in the world?

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paperVarious Authors
THE FUTURE OF HOCKEY

Watching the rifle shot of Emma Venusio - Number 21 on the GTHL’s Peewee AA Eagles - during a game at Lambton Arena, you don’t think, “She’s good for a 12-year-old.” You think, “This kid is the future of hockey.”

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paperVictoria Matiash
BEFORE THE FLOOD

“Whenever they hear a storm is coming they get this feeling in their stomach of pure worry,” says Chiara Padovani, who lives in Rockcliffe-Smythe, a delicate flood plain on the banks of Black Creek.

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paperAndrew Reeves
VESTA LUNCH

Michael Winter settles into the pre-dawn shift at Vesta feeling heavy loneliness with a side of doom. But his slo-mo odyssey at the classic lunch counter changes everything by sun-up.

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MY HUMBER RIVER

All my songs are true... especially the aulde ones that involve the Humber River. When I was a young boy, my quest for adventure always led to that stream.

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AT PUBLIC POOLS, THE GOOD FAR OUTWEIGHS THE GROSS

Not to brag or anything, but I have two swimming pools. The public outdoor pools at Alexandra Park and Stanley Park (the Parks, Al and Stan, are not-so-distantly related, within a dozen blocks around Trinity Bellwoods Park) are my cooling station and people watching refuge, the backyards that sub in for the backyard I don’t have.

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