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Articles by Sam Dharmasena

 (photo: ) News / Sports

Lay-Up reimagines physical activity amidst pandemic

January 14, 2021 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

Lay-Up is a cost-free, community-based basketball program designed for children and youth aged 6-14. Since 2013, their programs have been delivered year-round in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvements Areas such as Malvern, Jane and Finch, and Regent Park to name a few. Lay-Up’s executive director, Dan Hula, speaks with CJRU about the culture of basketball, altering their programming in response to the pandemic and more.

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Soul Food Project logo (photo: courtesy of the Soul Food Project) News / Food

The Soul Food Project launches community cookbook

January 12, 2021 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

The Soul Food Project recently launched a community cookbook highlighting young Black voices in Toronto. They have published about 100 pages worth of recipes, poems, and interviews on Issuu, all of which were created by Black home cooks and food lovers under 30. CJRU speaks with Sheldomar Elliott, one of the Soul Food Project organizers and a recent Ryerson grad, about the project’s origin, intentions and where they’ll go from here.

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A Portrait of Creative Entrepreneurship and the Creative Economy in Canada (photo: Marco Xu via Unsplash) News / Business

Brookfield Institute begins researching creative entrepreneurship and creative economy in Canada

December 23, 2020 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

Brookfield Institute on Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a policy and applied research institute housed at Ryerson. In Nov. 2020, they published A Portrait of Creative Entrepreneurship and the Creative Economy in Canada. This report is their first endeavour within the creative sector and CJRU speaks with co-author Nisa Malli to learn more about their research so far and where their efforts will go next.

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Music Share (photo: Courtesy of Music Share) News / Music

Music Share addresses senior social isolation with the power of music

December 17, 2020 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

Music Share is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing senior social isolation through individualized, music-based programming. Their initial model had volunteers entering long term care facilities, spending time with residents and listening to curated playlists together. Now they're leveraging the musical element of their program to reach similar outcomes during the pandemic. Music Share founder Julian Powell tells CJRU the impact they are making in the community, how the program got started and what’s in store for 2021.

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Michelle Nadon, career strategist and author (photo: Photo courtesy of Michelle Nadon) News / COVID-19, Interviews

CJRU sits down with Michelle Nadon on job hunting from home

December 11, 2020 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

Michelle Nadon is a career strategist and provides recruiting and career guidance to the Canadian media, entertainment and cultural sectors. She is also the author of Careers AF a comprehensive collection of best practices for strategic career management. With nearly two decades of industry experience, she jokes that this isn’t her first recession. CJRU speaks with Nadon for insights on job hunting from home and setting goals amidst the pandemic and beyond. 

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Police are not the answer billboard (photo: Courtesy of Urban Alliance on Race Relations) News / Policing

'Police are not the answer' billboards put up on Gardiner Expressway

December 10, 2020 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) is a non-profit organization offering educational programs and research that are critical in addressing racism in society. Their work reaches the community, private and public sectors across the Greater Toronto Area. Their latest endeavor is the Police Are Not The Answer campaign which calls on municipalities to reallocate police budgets towards community initiatives. The UARR racial equity in education project coordinator, Lily Obeng, shares more about the campaign and the premise of defunding the police. 

 

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This City colouring book (photo: Courtesy of Sameer Cash) News / Art

Sameer Cash brings community together with This City colouring book

December 03, 2020 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

With the pause on performing, Sameer Cash has been finding new ways to express himself as a musician. On Nov. 24 he announced his Toronto-specific colouring book on Instagram and it sold out within a day. CJRU spoke with Cash about the messages behind the project, plans for restocking the sought-after book, and why it has captivated so many people already.

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