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Looks like Toronto's getting an Indian cultural centre that will outshine the one in London. The famed Nehru Centre in London is India's biggest cultural outlet in the world, thanks in part to its history with Britain and the large Indian community in the U.K. However, "[Toronto's centre] will rival, if not outshine, the Nehru Centre in London,'' said a top official of the Indian ministry of external affairs. The centre is said to be ready for next year, though a location has yet to be decided. It will be the first of its kind in North America.

Produce sure is getting a bad rep these days. Torontonians are being warned to double-check their produce after a two-inch sewing needle was found in a package of romaine lettuce. Luckily it was spotted before anyone was hurt. It's no E.Coli, but still dangerous.

Imagine going back to kindergarten for a full year. That's what the Globe and Mail did in order toinvestigate the benefits of play-based activities in full-day kindergarten. The Globe's team followed four different children in Toronto-area schools and observed the different ways in which their young minds worked as they engaged in activities such as painting, photography, puppetry and a variety of games and exercises. Their discovery at the end of the year? The kids would take huge leaps forward in emotional and social growth (and of course physical growth too), but there also remains the issues of demand, space and funding. However, even the opposition has lightened up to the idea of full-day kindergarten so there might be hope yet for more finger puppets.

Why don't people swim at our beaches? That's a good question seeing as Toronto's beaches are rated among the best in the world. Really. Most of Toronto beaches are internationally recognized as being safe to swim in, as well as having some of the best water in the world. So what gives?


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