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2006 08 18
South Asia Festival Shows Off Gerrard Street
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If you liked "Taste of the Danforth" then you will be transformed by the South Asia Festival. Gerrard Street between Coxwell and Greenwood closes for the weekend starting tomorrow at noon. These five or six short blocks of east Toronto are a focus for those with a taste for vegetarian food. There is nothing like thali with naan bread at one of the small vegetarian restaraunts on the strip to make you feel like you've left the bustle of Toronto. But when the Festival starts, well, the community's passion for hot food and hot colours makes for a transportive experience. Try the food. Everything is good. Top it all off with "sweets" and gingery chai and this part of the city will be a favourite destination.

This is what Toronto as a broader community does so well. It, rather, we make room for people of all races and cultures to come to the city and find a stable society where they can grow their families and businesses. Places like Gerrard East are not ghettos but neighbourhoods. They remain part of the greater whole while allowing for cultural individuality. Toronto could well be a case study for politicians everywhere on how a stable social system can be built and maintained around people who are so culturally diverse. In fact, it should be.

Is the world listening or is it too easy to blow things up rather than do the hard work of designing and building stable societies?

[email this story] Posted by R Ouellette on 08/18 at 01:41 PM

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