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  1. Vol. X Issue 1

    Letter from the editor

    I've finally given into calling Toronto 'home,' but it still unnerves me because I know it's only for now. The other day, I realized that if I stay in my current student apartment until I graduate, my short time here will already be the second longest I have ever stayed in one house.

    Initially, I wanted this magazine to be identity themed, but I ultimately decided home was the bigger idea; so much of our identities are shaped by what we call home. In this diasporic world where we're all constantly moving, it is nearly impossible to tie home down to a building - so what is it? When I was a kid, that question kept me up at night as my family moved from apartment to townhouse and suburb to city.

    In this issue, I looked for pieces that would cover as broad a scope as possible. Alex McKeen explores how we commodify our living spaces, Farwa Khtana looks into life for Syrian refugees as they settle into Canada, and Teodora Pasca tries to reconstruct memories of her birthplace.

  2. FAMILY PHOTOS COURTESY OF TEODORA PASCA

    “A child is a treasure”


    Reconstructing time, memory, and understanding as a Romanian-born Torontonian

    Teodora Pasca

    OREOLUWA ADARA/THE VARSITY

    Suburban angst, city dreams


    Why you say you’re from Toronto when you’re not

    Gabrielle Warren

    NATHAN CHAN/THE VARSITY

    ‘All my relations’


    As a result of colonial institutions and destruction of land rights, Indigenous homelessness continues to punctuate discussions of decolonization and reconciliation

    Ibnul Chowdhury

    NATHAN CHAN/THE VARSITY

    “We have to help newcomers”


    Facing prejudice and unfamiliarity, Syrian refugees continue to struggle with finding a place in Canada

    Farwa Khtana

    PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TORONTO

    To each their own


    We need to avoid misconceptions
    and accept our city’s differences

    Natalie Marshall

    STEVEN LEE/THE VARSITY

    Home is where the HÅRTE is


    Adventuring through IKEA

    Zeahaa Rehman

    MIRKA LOISELLE/THE VARSITY

    Décor in bloom


    Top houseplant picks for any dorm or bedroom

    Harleen Sandhu

    ELHAM NUMAN/THE VARSITY

    Brick by brick


    I built homes in my friends

    Shailee Koranne

    Etiquette_Squirrel

    Etiquette Squirrel


    Just squirrel things

    The Etiquette Squirrel