15 MINUTES WITH FARAH MERANI

first_imgAdvertisement Actor/filmmaker Farah Merani is a graduate of the Drama Centre London and has performed in Canada, throughout Europe and in Russia. She has appeared in Shadowhunters, Nikita, Lost Girl and The Listener. She is currently developing several TV series with her company, Lifeguard Productions.Little Pretty and the Exceptional is Farah’s Factory Theatre Debut. The play centers around a family opening a sari shop on Gerrard Street. It is a deeply moving story about the taboo around mental health issues in the South-Asian community, and the power of familial ties in the face of adversity.SDTC: What should we be paying more attention to? Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: FM: Grammar.What was the last Netflix series you binged on?BBC’s The Silk Road. Currently blitzing through Transparent.One new thing you learned this year?It’s hard to narrow it down to just one! (Spoiler alert) Through this play alone, I have learned so much about schizophrenia and mental health issues.Simple answer: Reiki. I just did my level 1 certification in LA.Fave food indulgence?Anything with melted cheese.What lyric/song/book is resonating with you right now?I always come back to Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet.What makes you laugh out loud, without fail?Cat memes.Best life advice?Ask your intuition and listen to it. Go where you’re wanted. Breathe.What is the best part of being your current age?Freeing myself from the insecurities and expectations of my twenties. Nobody cares if my legs aren’t shaved today but me.What word or phrase should we use more often?“Yes, and…” instead of “Yes, but…”Describe your perfect Saturday.A leisurely morning with strong coffee, cuddles and crosswords. Yoga. Sunshiney afternoon, trolling garage sales or flea markets. Dinner with friends. Seeing some theatre or music. And a dash of dancing for good measure.What one item would you be lost without (besides your phone)?My prescription sunglasses.Biggest theatre-related pet peeve?When people bin the programs after the show. At least recycle it, would you?!What trends are you loving right now?Women’s marches. Not that they’re technically a trend but that people are becoming more mobilized, and rallying together is amazing.Or:Sack dresses and platform patent leather oxfords.Who was your celebrity crush when you were a kid?Rio Pacheco. Who wouldn’t fantasize about running their hands through that glorious purple hair?!One thing you love about Toronto?Our pluralism. And all the good food!Little Pretty and the Exceptional runs April 1-30 on the Mainstage at Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St).SOURCE SDTC Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Ottawa wants controversial Canadian border post put on US soil US embassy

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The Conservative government has asked the U.S. to allow the placement of a Canadian border post on American soil, according to a U.S. embassy cable recently released by WikiLeaks, giving the clearest indication to date that Ottawa has decided to permanently shutter its customs office on Akwesasne Mohawk territory.The Canada Border Services Agency pulled its guards and officials from the customs office on Cornwall Island on May 31, 2009. The decision came after the Akwesasne community said they would not allow the scheduled arming of border guards the following day. The situation shut down the Canada-U.S. border crossing, which sits between about 120 kilometres west of Montreal for more than a month, for six weeks.During the shut-down, former public safety minister Peter Van Loan told U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson that Canada wanted to move its border post to New York State, according to a cable from the U.S. embassy in Ottawa dated June 10, 2009.“Van Loan raised Canada’s strong desire for a unique shared port of entry on U.S. soil to replace Canada’s Cornwall Island crossing on Akwesasne Mohawk territory,” said the cable, titled, Ambassador Begins Meeting Canadian Leaders. “Van Loan acknowledged that it was a “big ask” and that he and (Department of Homeland Security) Secretary (Janet) Napolitano would be discussing it again in November.”The cableDownload (PDF, Unknown)The Canada-U.S. border line cuts through the St. Lawrence River off the south-side shore of Cornwall Island.Akwesasne straddles the Quebec-Ontario-New York State borders.The CBSA has since set up a make-shift border post at the foot of the bridge linking Cornwall, Ont., and Cornwall Island, which sits on the St. Lawrence River. The federal government has so far refused to reveal what their long-term plans are for the border crossing.The Canadian government drew public criticism from federal U.S. politicians during the border-crossing shut down which impacted the northern New York State economy. U.S. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer called the decision to shut the border “short-sighted.”U.S. embassy officials in Ottawa also criticized the Canadian government for mishandling the ongoing issues in and around Akwesasne in general, according to a second cable sent from the U.S. embassy in Ottawa a month later.“Canada has so far failed to devise a lasting resolution of the CBSA/Akwesasne dispute, sidestepping the key issues of sovereignty and effective law enforcement,” said the cable, dated July 30, 2009.  “The sensitive file appears still to lack an integrated government response, as well as some tough political choices that could potentially alienate either the larger Canadian public, or the First Nations.”The cable also noted comments by Akwesasne Grand Chief Mike Mitchell who said on July 21that the removal of the border post “was the first step in creating a form of Mohawk sovereignty.”Mitchell, according to the cable, said that the next step was to draw the international border around Mohawk territory.Indian Affairs officials, however, downplayed the comments to U.S. officials, saying that while Mitchell’s career had been marked by a “continuous and aggressive pursuit” of sovereignty, he was prone to “certain rhetorical flourish,” the cable said. The Indian Affairs officials also said no one should be “rattled by his declarations,”The cable goes on to state that Indian Affairs officials believed Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo’s election that summer would have no impact on the status-quo.“(Indian Affairs) officials predicted that the AFN would continue to focus on poverty alleviation and economic development, rather than sovereignty,” the cable [email protected]last_img read more

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