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In Photos: A Raptors retrospective

From celebration to disarray

In Photos: A Raptors retrospective

As the final buzzer sounded in the Oracle Arena, signalling the first NBA championship of a Canadian team, waves of people flooded the streets of Toronto. Despite the scattered shattered glass and even the police horse excrement, the crowds continued to celebrate the historic night throughout the city. People danced, cheered, and climbed anything that they could just to show their enthusiasm for the Toronto team.

ON THE WAY TO UNION (KING STREET)

UNION STATION (FRONT STREET)


DUNDAS SQUARE (YONGE STREET)

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

The Parade

The Raptors’ parade seemed to mirror the night of their victory: the streets, scaffolds, signs, bus stops, and monuments were once again covered with people. Under the glaring sun, the crowd grew restless as the parade continued to delay. Families had been waiting since early morning and others camped out the night before. However, the spirit was still strong and Toronto was ready to welcome their team back home.

NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE (BAY AND QUEEN)


The celebrations were cut short after multiple shots were fired during the victory speeches. The crowds in the south half of Nathan Phillips Square dissipated and people were in disarray as they struggled to put distance between themselves and the shooters. Lost belongings, mismatched shoes, sprained ankles, and people in shock — the parade was over for those who were stampeded in the back. Almost three hours behind schedule, the crowds at the front continued the celebration as those in the rear tried to recollect their belongings and call their friends and families who they lost in the scramble.

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

DINA DONG/THE VARSITY

In Photos: The Rally for Education

Thousands converged on Queen's Park to protest cuts to education

In Photos: The Rally for Education

In Photos: 2019 U of T Kendo Invitational Tournament

The tournament was hosted at the Athletic Centre in March

In Photos: 2019 U of T Kendo Invitational Tournament

 

J. Li, a U of T PhD. student, in a sonkyo squat at the end of a match

 

 

Two members of the Jungko Kendo Club compete in the final round of the bracket for the first half of the day

 

U of T’s Justin Chan and McGill’s Mario Rojas after their match ended

 

Members of the U of T Kendo Club, Justin Chan, Alex Lau, Alice Meng, Jennifer Kim, and Steve Zhou

 

In Photos: U of T’s 2019 Honouring Our Students Pow Wow

The ISSU held its third annual Pow Wow on March 16

In Photos:  U of T’s 2019 Honouring Our Students Pow Wow

Varsity Blues women’s hockey in home playoff action

Blues earn crucial Game 1 playoff victory over Nipissing Lakers

Varsity Blues women’s hockey in home playoff action

 

Blues second-year forward Louie Bieman attempts to corral the rebound away from Lakers second-year goaltender Danika Ranger (Click to Expand).

 

Blues fifth-year forward Lauren Straatman and Lakers second-year forward Sam Strassburger stay focused in anticipation for the face-off (Click to Expand).

 

Blues fifth-year forward Meagan O’Brien attempts to get back into the play (Click to Expand).

 

Blues first-year defenceman Jana Headrick looks back at captain Becki Bowering (Click to Expand).

 

First-year goaltender Erica Fryer watches at the puck sails past her crease. (Click to Expand). DANIEL SAMUEL/THE VARSITY

 

The Varsity Blues women’s hockey team opened the OUA playoffs with a convincing 3–1 victory over the Nipissing Lakers on February 20 (Click to Expand).

 

 

In Photos: The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation’s 32nd Annual Pow Wow

In Photos: The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation’s 32nd Annual Pow Wow

Hosted by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Three Fires Homecoming Pow Wow and Traditional Gathering took place on August 25 and 26. For the 32nd time since 1987, the host nation welcomed families, friends, and guests to celebrate Indigenous culture, spirituality, and solidarity within their community.

I attended the Pow Wow on August 25 – as an immigrant, a student, and a guest on the land of the Mississaugas of the New Credit.

The theme of the Pow Wow was “Our Story: Water is Life.” Water is a sacred being within the spiritual and legal tradition of the Mississaugas of the New Credit; a fundamental tenet of human life.

Above the flurry of bright colours and the booming sound of drums, Pow Wow leaders urged guests to consider the value of mutual respect. Respect includes land and tradition; it includes respect for the privilege of being invited into a community. It also includes respect for oneself. Respect and care for one’s own body, spirit, and emotions is a prerequisite to caring for others.

When communities of all walks came together for the Pow Wow in August, the result was compassion, and that is something to celebrate.

 

 

Starting off the season with the Varsity Blues Field Hockey Team

Blues earn 2–1 victory

Starting off the season with the Varsity Blues Field Hockey Team

Blues midfielder Emily Ziraldo attempts to strike the ball and collides with Michelle Patterson (Click to Expand). DANIEL SAMUEL/THE VARSITY

 

Blues defender Katherine Obst awaits Calgary’s attackers (Click to Expand). DANIEL SAMUEL/THE VARSITY

 

Blues defender Julia Costanzo chases down Kenzie McMillan-Harrington sprinting toward goal (Click to Expand). DANIEL SAMUEL/THE VARSITY

 

Blues midfielder Isabella Watson battles Dinos midfielder Meghan Norlander as Courtney Andrews and Julia Costanzo watch on (Click to Expand). DANIEL SAMUEL/THE VARSITY

 

In Photos: The 2018 Toronto Pride Parade

In Photos: The 2018 Toronto Pride Parade