Hey guys! I’m back with another blog assignment. I am currently in Santa Monica writing this and its beautiful here. Anyways, back to the assignment –   we were asked to write about a popular place in our city/town or one we enjoy going to most. I picked the CN tower because I believe its the most universally known symbol for Toronto and Canada and I love going there so its perfect!

The Toronto CN Tower was originally built as a communications and observations tower finished in 1976. At the time of its’ completion, the tower was deemed the worlds’ largest free standing structure. The CN Tower is located in downtown Toronto and attracts both local and international tourists. Individuals can dine at the 360 degree rotating restaurant or stand on the famous glass floor thousands of feet above ground.

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The CN tower gives individuals a complete view of the City of Toronto and some of the Greater Toronto Area from the skyline. The tower attracts more than 2 million people every year and is evidently seen in Toronto’s skyline.

Cn-Tower-51752newEdgeWalk2The CN Tower is 147 floors high and was named after the corporation who built it which was the Canadian National company. The buildings’ construction started in 1973 with a crew of over 1,500 people which worked on the tower for 40 months. It was opened to the public in 1976. This passed June 26th marked the 40-year anniversary of the opening of the tower.

In 1995 the tower was “declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World” by the American Society of Civil engineers.

Today, the tower is not only used for communications and observations as it was years ago – it stands as a popular tourist attraction including exceptional dining and other exciting and fun things to do.

CN-TowerNot only can CN tower tourists view the Toronto Skyline and dine in its’ outstanding rotating restaurant, the building also offers whats’ called the “edge walk”. The CN Tower “edgewalk” allows individuals to walk around the circumference of the tower’s roof. Exhilaration-seekers can view the entire city of Toronto from every angle around the tower while leaning over the ground beneath. Don’t worry – you’re attached to a harness and pole above you.

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Personally, I have always loved the CN tower because it has always reminded me of my city. I see the tower as an international representation of Toronto and I believe the tower is the most popular physical association with the city of Toronto.

“Its a real landmark for Toronto around the world,” Patrick Quinn, an engineer who helped in the construction of the building said to Global News in June.

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I have been going to the CN tower almost every year for family occasions, get togethers and birthdays. My favourite thing to do at the CN Tower is watch out the windows of the restaurant while rotating around the city and enjoying a great meal.

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Whenever I think of the CN tower I think of the time I attended a family and friends get together there and my mom’s good friend announced she was pregnant. We were all so happy and surprised of her news which made the night even more sentimental. I have many very fond memories of times with the ones I love most at the CN tower.

If you are looking for a truly interesting, family-friendly and exhilarating destination to visit in Toronto, I highly recommend visiting the CN Tower.

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Hey guys! As you know, nationals is coming up and FAST. Today, we got a blog assignment which was designing a poster for Miss Teenage Canada. I decided to design mine electronically and I used images from the internet and edited them in pages to fit the MTC colours and specifics! Here is my image, hope you like!

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Hey guys!

Whew its summer!! Nationals are coming up soon! This year has gone by so quickly. I’ll tell you some of the things I’ve been doing this summer – mostly spending time with friends and family and have been at my cottage and relaxing. I have also been getting ready for the pageant by fundraising, working out and raising awareness about my platform! I have been enjoying my summer although its getting so hot in Toronto!

I have been fundraising for Free the Children and Fort McMurray by first asking my close family and friends if they would like to donate and also been raising money through doing lemonade stands, donation booths and going door to door in in my neighbourhood. I am hoping to be able to set up outside of a church service this Sunday and talk to individuals from the service about my platform as Miss Teenage Toronto titleholder and encourage those to donate to Free the Children and Fort Mcmurrary.

I have been getting myself ready for nationals by increasing my weekly workout routine and adding things like more running, pilates and weight training. It’s definitely been keeping me busy and has been getting me pumped for nationals!

Throughout the past few months I have also been raising awareness for my platform among my peers, family members and acquaintances. I have educated my family and close friends about the harm eating animal products can have on not only our bodies but the earth and environment. I enjoy being able to talk to new people about my platform of the ethical treatment of animals and my personal values as a vegan. Many have lots of questions and I thoroughly enjoy sharing my opinion and lifestyle with individuals!

As nationals are approaching, the online voting link has opened and is here: http://www.missteenagecanada.com/mtcw-…/finalist-details/506 don’t forget to vote for me so I can have a chance at fast tracking to the top 20 finalists!

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Miss Teenage Toronto 2016 – Jacqueline <3

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Hey guys!! Its me again – your Miss Teenage Toronto 2016! I’m back from my vacation and ready to attack!! I’ll tell you a bit about my vacation. For starters, it was AMAZING! It was so relaxing and I got the chance to see many different locations and catch up on my reading and fix my disrupted sleep schedule!
I went to the beautiful British Virgin Islands. My family and I chartered a catamaran and went all around the wonderful tropical islands. We arrived in St. Johns and took a boat over from the U.S Virgin Islands to the British Virgin Islands then went to where we rented the boat. We stayed overnight in the boat and headed out the morning after. We first went to the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda (weird names, I know!). Its a hotel on an island with beautiful villas in the mountains and lots of stuff to do! We went for dinner there then left the morning after. We headed to the Baths the next day which is a part of the island of Virgin Gorda. Its a group of huge rocks on a beach that look like they are taken right from a movie set! So peaceful. We went snorkelling and ventured around a bit. We stayed for the night then headed to Monkey Point which is a calm beach about 10 miles away from the baths where we relaxed, tanned and read – oh and of course snorkelling. We left and went to a more populated area close to the Virgin Gorda airport called Copper Mine bay. We went to dinner at a cute little island hut and I had an amazing veggie wrap!
The island people didn’t seem to be too familiar with the term “vegan”, so a lot of the time I had to request vegetarian meals without things like yogurt, cheese or butter.
Anyways, we went to other places like Monkey Point, Salt Island and Jost Van Dyke. Unfortunately, while on vacation I ran into a disaster, I cut my foot really badly. I was holding the dinghy from going back into the water after it was beached on a beach near my catamaran and while holding onto it, the tide underneath pulled the boat and me along with it and it pulled me across a rock. It pulled me with it and across a rock and pulled out a piece of flesh from the side of my foot! I had to go to the hospital and get stitches which sucked!
I was still able to go swimming (with a bag over my foot) and enjoy my trip, but in a different sense lol!
Overall, my trip was amazing and so relaxing. I got to see so many different destinations in the British Virgin Islands and disconnect from my hectic schedule.
Write soon!
Xo,
Jackie
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Hey everyone reading!
This is my first post on my blog and I am thrilled to represent the title of Miss Teenage Toronto 2016! I’ll give you a little blurb about myself and what I’ve been doing since I was crowned – oh and a little about competing in the pageant!!
So, I’m Jacqueline (Jackie) and I’m 15 years old! I was crowned Miss Teenage Toronto 2016 in January at the Ontario provincial Miss Teenage Canada pageant. I am so happy to have moved on and be granted the amazing opportunity to represent my city in the upcoming National pageant!

I am so looking forward to how I can help my community and make positive changes regarding topics such as the issue my platform addresses, but other ones as well! I love animals and jewelry making and hanging with my friends! In my free time I love to work out, catch up with friends and do anything arts and craftsy (lol)! I met a lot of girls at the provincial pageant with similar interests as me which makes me even more excited for nationals to spend even more time with them!

Since I was crowed I was granted the opportunity to attend some local events at places like my neighbourhood church. I talked to my community members about my experiences preparing for, competing in and the aftermath of the pageant! I also was able to explain the process to some girls that are interested in competing next year! I hope to be able to attend more events like the one I went to in the near future! I was recently signed with Fulcher modelling agency in Toronto so I hope to get some new and updated pics on my blog!
Update soon!
Xo,
Jackie

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Check out this savvy looking taco bus!

Check out this savvy looking taco bus!

Hello everyone!

Who needs ‪#‎TacoTuesday‬ when Richtree Market Restaurants at the Toronto Eaton Centre‘s new taco bus serves delicious tacos all day everyday! Am I right?

For our fifth day at Miss Teenage Canada nationals, we headed to the Toronto Eaton Centre for lunch at Richtree Market after an exciting morning at the Bowmanville Zoo. Richtree recently introduced their new taco bus where customers have a variety of Mexican tacos and burritos to choose from. Known for their open-kitchen restaurant, Richtree consists of a variety of different food stations, from making your own customizable pizza to whipping up a sweet milkshake, and the taco bus is the newest addition to the market.

I decided to order the Chipotle Braised Res taco, which consisted of beef strips, chipotle sauce, cabbage, and lime juice, to name a few. Three small tacos were nicely presented in a chic brown carton and were as visually appealing as they were tasty! The doughy taco wraps were delicious as the other ingredients gave the dish a spicy kick that screamed Mexican!

Me with my yummy Chipotle Braised Res taco!

Me with my yummy Chipotle Braised Res taco!

As for the baby blue taco bus, it is strategically positioned near the entrance of the restaurant, so you can’t miss it! Essentially, the bus is a counter with all of the fresh ingredients and toppings organized and the customer has the choice to add anything he or she would enjoy. What I particularly enjoyed about my lunch at Richtree was how accommodating and customizable the menu was. Given my anaphylactic peanut allergy, the cook carefully recommended the safest menu option for me, and customized my order based on what I could and could not have. Not to mention that the whole idea of ordering tacos at a take-out style bus is oh-so effortlessly chic! I suppose you could say that my experience was a #RichtreeFiesta!

So far nationals are a ton of fun and the preliminary competition is tomorrow night! I can’t wait to see what these final three days have in store for us! It’s almost show time, people!

Until next time,

Alessia

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Hello everyone,

With pageant week right around the corner (TODAY!!!), I thought it would be fitting to write a post regarding my platform and what I would do to promote it should I become the next Miss Teenage Canada.

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As a firm believer in girls’ education, my platform is to empower all girls around the world to initiate change through education. Having recently graduated from an all-girls’ school, I know first-hand how education is the most powerful tool in providing girls with the self-confidence to be leaders and to reach their goals. Therefore, I have made it my goal to inspire other girls to make a difference in the world, and I believe that it all starts with education.

My platform is meaningful to me as female empowerment, girls’ right to education, and gender equality are topics that I am passionate about. More specifically, my time at St. Clement’s has shown me how girls are courageous leaders who can achieve anything they put their minds to. Unfortunately, not all girls have the self-confidence to achieve their goals or have the opportunity to go to school. In effect, I aspire to spread awareness about the importance of girls’ education for how it provides girls with the necessary self-confidence to achieve their goals, and how women deserve equal opportunities as men. But how?

I firmly believe that if you want to see change happen, you have to make it happen. Though issues like gender equality or girls’ access to education in developing countries are large-scale matters that may seem out of reach to youth like me, I feel that we, as individuals, have to advocate for what we are passionate about, and embrace the challenge with open arms. In other words, my passion for girls’ education and gender equality has enabled me to be a youth ambassador where I have the opportunity to demonstrate why this cause is important and share my experience with others. Namely, my time working at the Upper Canada College Horizons program, where academically advanced grade 7 to 9 students from at-risk Toronto neighbourhoods enjoy a camp-like experience, has exposed me to the harsh reality that not all youth will pursue post-secondary studies because of financial barriers. It saddens me to see youth, particularly girls, with great potential not take advantage of the educational opportunities that the world has to offer. As such, I work to encourage all youth to pursue their goals, and it starts with access to education for all.

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If I become Miss Teenage Canada, my goal is to further promote my platform by continuing to work with youth-focused organizations like Free The Children and Because I Am A Girl. Earning this title would enable me to give the crown a voice to make a difference in the world by encouraging young girls and women to pursue their dreams regardless of obstacles like gender, race, sexual orientation, or financial situation. I am proud to promote my platform and am excited for this new adventure during Nationals!

 

Until next time,

 

Alessia

 

P.S. STAY TUNED for updates on my experience at Nationals! I will be covering the day-to-day shenanigans on my social media…look out world, here I come!

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Hello everyone!

Happy Friday! Today I have decided to write about my appearance at the Toronto Botanical Garden’s Woman to Woman Lunch event sponsored by RBC back in May.

Excited for a great day ahead at the 5th Annual Woman to Woman Lunch presented by RBC!

Excited for a great day ahead at the 5th Annual Woman to Woman Lunch presented by RBC!

If you’ve never been to The Toronto Botanical Garden, what are you waiting for? The Garden features an array of 17 gardens spanning over four acres, and it offers educational programs for all ages! In addition, the Garden hosts several events such as the Woman to Woman Lunch. This year marked the fifth anniversary of this glamourous girls afternoon, where guests are encouraged to sport creatively outrageous fascinators and hats. How fabulous!

As a special guest to the event, I had the pleasure of assisting with registration, greeting guests, and covering the festivities on social media. What I enjoyed about my day was mingling with the guests and learning about the story behind their fascinators. Many guests opted to design their hair accessory herself, and boy were they all so creative! In addition to a silent auction, an official hat and fascinator competition took place.

With Kim Mason, Regional President of RBC; Tré Armstrong; and Harry Jongerden, Executive Director of TBG

With Kim Mason, Regional President of RBC; Tré Armstrong; and Harry Jongerden, Executive Director of TBG

All in all, it was an exciting day filled with creativity, chic refreshments, and a beautiful scenery. I had a blast meeting Kim Mason of RBC and So You Think You Can Dance Canada judge Tré Armstrong! Thank you again to The Toronto Botanical Garden for having me!

Until next time,

Alessia

xo

 

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Hello Everyone,

With Canada Day behind us and the Miss Teenage Canada pageant only three weeks away (!!!), I have been reflecting on what it means to be Canadian and what sets Canada apart from the rest of the world. Representing Canadian values is exactly what the position of Miss Teenage Canada entails, so it is fitting that our first blog assignment is to discuss what makes Canada GREAT!

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To me, Canada is truly special because no matter one’s race, sexual orientation, or financial situation, there is opportunity to accomplish one’s goals and aspirations. Canada is renowned for its rich multiculturalism, with our national identity being that we don’t have one; we have many.

When I think of Canada as a land of new beginnings, I am reminded of how my grandparents immigrated to Canada following the Second World War, in search of a life that would offer new opportunities without the threat of political or social turmoil. My Nonni went on to own a successful business and work for the City of Toronto while my Grandma and Grandpa secured secretary jobs with Manulife. All in all, their stories have proven to me that Canada truly is a place where anything is possible.

I am so proud to be Canadian and to live the life that I have. There are many additional factors that contribute to Canada’s greatness, so let’s take a look!

 

Marriage Equality

In 2005, not only did Canada become the fourth country to legalize gay marriage, gay couples were also granted the right to adopt children. With the recent announcement of marriage equality in the United States, I am proud that society is advancing in such a way where everyone is free to be their true self, and I am proud that Canada has been a leader in this movement for the past ten years.

Healthcare

Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I believe many would agree that we Canadians sometimes take our healthcare system for granted, but I am grateful to live in a country where I have access to yearly physical examinations, medication, dental care, and so much more.

The discovery of Insulin

Insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas that is used as treatment for diabetes, was discovered at the University of Toronto by Dr. Frederick Banting and medical student Charles Best in 1921. If not for Banting and Best’s work, people living with diabetes would live a very different life. The University of Toronto, arguably Canada’s leading post-secondary institution, continues to receive recognition for this ground breaking achievement.

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

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Olympic champions in ice dance, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir at the Vancouver 2010 Games. Source: blogut.ca

In February 2010, Canada hosted the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, an event that will forever remain in the hearts of all Canadians. I will never forget the widespread sense of pride and patriotism that I felt during those Games, particularly when freestyle skiier Alexandre Bilodeau became the first Canadian athlete to win a Gold medal on home soil. Another iconic moment in Canadian Olympic history occurred when ice dancers (and my idols) Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir became the first, and youngest, North American ice dance team to win Gold. It was truly a moment that brought our nation together. The Vancouver Games established Canada as a major player within the Olympics, giving us an advantageous competitive edge during the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia last year. With the PanAm and Para PanAm Games taking place until July 26th and August 15th respectively, it is only fitting that Toronto host this esteemed athletic event.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

The largest international film festival after Cannes, TIFF takes the world by storm each September, featuring countless celebrities and noteworthy films from around the world. There is no doubt that Toronto is the perfect city to host such a grand event, with year-round programmes and screening opportunities that offer something everyone can enjoy.

Canada’s Sweethearts

Canada is home to many influential and world-renowned actors and musicians, with some of my favourites including:

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Hey girl…Ryan Gosling is Canadian!
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Rachel McAdams

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Celine Dion

Shania Twain

Avril Lavigne

Serena Ryder

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Jim Carrey

Our stereotypes are (mostly) true

Canada is often associated with strong stereotypes, including: Tim Horton’s, hockey, bagged milk, always saying “sorry,” and of course, the infamous “EH!” What I love about Canadians is that we embrace these stereotypes as part of our identity, where our friendly and outgoing nature is recognized across the world.

Free The Children

It all began in 1995 when twelve year-old Craig Kielburger decided to put an end to child labour. In his hometown of Thornhill, Ontario, he recruited eleven of his friends to support him in his movement. Twenty years later, Free The Children is described as “an international charity and educational partner that believes in a world where children are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.” In its Canadian roots, Free The Children has seen great success in its venture, with nearly 90% of all proceeds going directly to the cause. Similarly, We Day is an affiliated event in which thousands of youth gather to inspire social change.

Terry Fox

Canadian hero, Terry Fox, standing up to cancer Source: am980.ca

Canadian hero, Terry Fox, standing up to cancer
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Terry Fox was an absolute inspiration to all Canadians, and his legacy continues today. In 1980, Terry Fox began his run across Canada to fundraise for cancer research. The inaugural Terry Fox run began in 1981, and it remains one of the most well-known cancer fundraisers with approximately $600 million raised in his name. Terry’s story reminds Canadians that with passion, with a drive to make a difference, change is possible.

Fashion

Canada is home to some of the most influential fashion labels in the world. Greta Constantine, Smythe, Pink Tartan, Erdem, Rudsak, you name it! As someone with an appreciation for individualistic designs, I can see that Canada is definitely a leader in making a statement! Bold, contemporary, and oh-so chic, Canadian designers continue to wow the crowd internationally and locally at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto!

Our candy selection is on point

Now this is something that I have noticed over the years throughout my travels. Perhaps it is because I have a nut allergy and my personal candy selection is limited, but the array of sweet treats available here in Canada is much wider than that in the United States. For instance, take the Nestle Favourites (KitKat, Aero, Coffee Crisp, and Smarties); these chocolates are purely Canadian, and as such are not available outside our country. The same is true for Mars bars! Note to self: stock up on my favourite chocolates before travelling to the US!

Our Geography

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My teacher’s photo of the Northern Lights in Moose Factory, Ontario!

Last but not least, Canada’s beautiful landscapes and nature are truly one of a kind. In August 2013, I took part in a twelve day canoe trip to Moose Factory, an Aboriginal reserve located by James’ Bay, where we canoed up the Missinaibi River from Cochrane to our final destination at Moose Factory. I will never forget the evening when we were in our tents, getting ready for bed, when all of a sudden, our teacher began frantically calling us out of our tents. We were concerned that something had gone wrong, but were awe-struck to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) pass through the sky. The Northern Lights are most commonly seen in northern Canadian provinces like in the Northwest Territories from August to October, and lucky for me, I had the opportunity to experience the beautiful Northern Lights!

You and I, we are the true north, strong and free.

 

Until next time,

Alessia

xo

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