TORONTO — A Toronto tradition will end this fall after 84 years because of competition from discount retailers.
Hadassah-WIZO’s CHW Toronto Centre chapter, which runs the annual Hadassah-WIZO Bazaar, has announced that the Oct. 29 event at Exhibition Place – famed for bargains on new and used clothes, housewares, games, toys, books and food – will be the last.
Bazaar chair Barbie Benjamin-Levitt told CityNews.ca that competition from outlet and box stores led Hadassah-WIZO to find new ways to fundraise.
“Society’s changing… and we’re trying to change with it,” bazaar chair Barbie Benjamin-Levitt told CityNews.ca.
“We’re going to go out on top, and we’re going to come out with something new to keep the community going and to keep our volunteers going… it’s time for a change.”
The bazaar raises money for health programs in Toronto and Israel, including Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, a breast cancer clinic at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center near Tel Aviv and a new neo-natal intensive care unit at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Israel Deports Canadian
KINGSTON, Ont. — A Canadian student from Kingston, Ont., who was deported from Israel after taking part in a protest against the West Bank separation barrier returned home last week. Victor MacDiarmid, 23, a University of Toronto student who had spent a month in the West Bank volunteering with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement, was arrested July 23 for taking pictures of a protest in Nilin. He returned to Canada July 30. He says he was beaten by Israeli soldiers after his arrest. A Canadian consular official who visited him in detention in Tel Aviv said he was in good health, CBC reported.
Hate Graffiti Found
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