In a world that appears more divided than ever, one sporting event has the power to bring us all together.

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The other day I found myself listening to old World Cup songs, both the official tracks, and ones made by World Cup partners and sponsors. My favourite is still the Coca-Cola Spanish Celebration mix of Wavin’ Flag, a song by K’Naan featuring David Bisbal, which was produced for the 2010 tournament in South Africa. It demonstrates perfectly how the World Cup is more than just a football tournament — it’s a celebration that brings people together and has the potential to foster peace and harmony between opposing sides of a conflict.

In the song, K’Naan says: “Give me ‘Freedom’…

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Canada Day 2016

In his first United Nations General Assembly address as Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau said:

“In Canada we got a very important thing right. Not perfect, but right.

In Canada, we see diversity as a source of strength, not weakness. Our country is strong not in spite our differences, but because of them.”

For some reason this resonated deeply with me. Even though I’m not from Canada, when he said that- it made me feel Canadian. It made me think of how much Canada has made me grow into the person that I am today.

I first came to…

Letter in English follows the one in Spanish.

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Photo: Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports

Querido Roberto,

Probablemente nunca leas esto, pero aún así hemos escrito esta carta para ti.

Mi hermano y yo no sabemos mucho de béisbol, pero desde que nos mudamos a Canadá hemos seguido a los Azulejos. Ambos nos mudamos desde México a Canadá hace algunos años, cuando teníamos 19 años. Mi hermano tiene 26 y yo estoy por cumplir los 23. Sabemos lo difícil que es estar fuera del lugar que vio tus primeros pasos, el mismo lugar en el que se encuentran tus familiares y grandes amistades de la infancia.


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Photography by Sam Skinner, Studio Q

Time is the most valuable thing we have. Paradoxically though, time is so valuable that we often forget to take the time to value moments, people, things.

About a month ago, I went to visit my brother and his two other housemates in Toronto. They all met at Queen’s when they were doing their undergrad and they have great memories of their time spent there. When I see them, they like to ask me about how things are going and about the different things that might be going on at Queen’s at the time. …

Max Garcia

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