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Marijuana Legalisation: An Italian-Canadian Perspective

Marijuana Legalisation: An Italian-Canadian Perspective

A new law came into effect in Canada on October 17 that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana. The legislation was met with praise by some and criticism by others. But what do Italian Canadians think of this new state of affairs? We put the question to a random group of people. Based on our sample’s response, the only thing…

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Italian San Francisco

Italian San Francisco

It is impossible to think of San Francisco without its Italian heritage. There are the notables: A.P. Giannini, who founded the Bank of America; filmmaker and vintner, Francis Ford Coppola; baseball's Joe DiMaggio, once married Marilyn Monroe; and Joseph Alioto, San Francisco's legendary mayor. The Italian Heritage Parade, dating back to 1868, is San Francisco's oldest civic event, and the…

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Canadian Problems

Canadian Problems

It’s a Canadian problem. When you’re overseas, people don’t know what to make of you. You’re not American but you sound like you are. You’re not British but you’re sentimental about the Queen. You’re not distinct the way Australians are with their funny accents and their freakishly-far-away, upside-down country. I felt it when my Austrian classmate, whom I will call…

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Chewing Over Eataly

Chewing Over Eataly

Last June at the opening of Eataly’s newest store, Eataly Rome, CEO and owner Oscar Farinetti proclaimed, “Welcome to the biggest place in the world dedicated to Italian food. Our aim is to make it the third most-visited place after the Coliseum and the Vatican Museums.” He dubbed it Eatiland. Farinetti’s contagious energy and unwavering optimism permeates throughout the concept store.…

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Ribbons and Bows for the Holidays!

Ribbons and Bows for the Holidays!

The festive season brings on the urge to create beauty and transform our surroundings into something magical and mysterious – an urge which seems to be at the heart of the fanciful figures, wreaths, illuminations and other embellishments we stage on and in our homes. The same desire is also at the heart of the opulent ribbons and bows with…

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Alfonso Gagliano, Life After Politics

Alfonso Gagliano, Life After Politics

Alfonso Gagliano hopes that his legacy will be more than just a long political career that ended in scandal. Months away from his seventieth birthday, Gagliano doesn’t follow politics anymore, despite spending almost twenty years in federal politics. Right now, his focus is on winemaking. It’s mid-October 2010, and Gagliano Vineyards – in the town of Dunham in Quebec’s Eastern…

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Bloody Caesar! Only in Canada, eh?

Bloody Caesar! Only in Canada, eh?

We Canadians are responsible for many discoveries and inventions advancing modern life such as the electron microscope, alkaline batteries, insulin, and more importantly, basketball, game shows, frozen fish, instant potato flakes, electric stoves and the Bloody Caesar. All of these, except the Bloody Caesar, have been eagerly embraced by our American cousins. I wonder why, especially since its base, Clamato…

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Vinitaly – Experiencing the Fine Wines of Italy

Vinitaly – Experiencing the Fine Wines of Italy

I am excited and delighted to be in Verona once again – the romantic medieval city of Romeo and Juliet – in the heart of the Veneto region, where the Adige River flows smoothly under centuries-old bridges. Time seems to be trapped in its waters, and the reflection of the colourful medieval houses is astonishing. I have come to Verona…

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Amare l’Amaro Amarone: A Journey into Valpolicella 

Amare l’Amaro Amarone: A Journey into Valpolicella 

Valpolicella is definitely one of the most complicated wine-producing areas, and can only be fully understood if explored in person. To love the bitter Amarone – a title such as this, and a tongue twister to boot, could be misleading for one of the best Italian wines: the opulent Amarone. It would have been better to say “amare il dolce…

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Old World New World

Italian Canadians offer good lessons in preserving Old World culture in the land of milk and honey. If someone asked me what I’ve been asking people for the past week, I know what I would say. Am I Dutch first or Canadian? Well, Canadian of course, but I am proud of my Dutch name. And no, I don’t speak any…

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Slow Makes All the Difference

Amid the background clatter of clanking plates, I couldn't help but overhear a conversation at a baretto near the Trevi Fountain. "How much for a slice of pizza?" the shorts-clad tourist asked the woman behind the counter. "Depends if you're sitting or standing," replied the woman. "What difference does it make?" asked the tourist. After a solemn pause, the woman…

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Aurora Canadese: Canadian Designers Acclaimed in Milan

This year for the first time, the city of Milan and the Milan Chamber of Commerce organized a competition to exhibit the works of international designers. The City of Milan Award for young foreign designers was created to support the exchange of ideas and international experiences through the innovative language and forms of design. The first edition, held at the…

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