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Days before the vote on Toronto’s public transit plan, the Cities Centre at U of T published an open letter urging City Council to make well-informed decisions regarding long-term public transit. One key recommendation in the letter was to reverse the mayor’s decision to build the entirety of the Eglinton LRT underground. The letter was signed by several transit and urban planning experts, includ-
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Director of the U of Tbased centre calls plan for Eglinton subway ‘ludicrous’ porting the decision making, and the arbitrary nature of the decision making.” The provincial government had dedicated $8.4 million to the construction of three light rail transit (LRT) lines. Under pressure to cooperate with the mayor, who favours underground transit, the province agreed to put this money toward one entirely underground LRT on Eglinton Avenue. Mayor Ford also proposed a plan to build a subway along Sheppard Ave. with
If time is money, mo’ problems New study reveals that thinking of time as money leads to unhappiness Margot Thomaidis If you think of time as money, you may be inhibiting your own happiness. In a new study entitled “Time, money, and happiness: how does putting a price on time affect our ability to smell the roses,” authors Professor Sanford Devoe and PhD student Julian House found that a person who thinks of time as a commodity is more likely to be impatient and to derive less pleasure from leisure activity. The authors based their study on three separate experiments. In the first experiment, they measured how much happiness participants in two control
groups got from surfing the Internet for 10 minutes. The group that was reminded of their expected hourly wage after graduation were significantly less happy. In Experiment 2, participants were asked to listen to an audio clip of “The Flower Duet” from the opera Lakmé. Again, those who were prompted to think of time as money were not as happy as those who were not. The final experiment showed that, by offering participants monetary compensation for their time, the feelings of impatience which reduced happiness could be mitigated. This result indicates that impatience may be a consequence of not profit-
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ing fiscally during free time. According to the authors, the three experiments indicate that the commodification of one’s time can inﬂuence how one experiences pleasurable events by fostering impatience during unpaid time. “The present ﬁndings suggest that thinking about time in terms of money is poised to affect our ability to smell the proverbial roses,” they said. DeVoe and House cite multiple reasons for the increased commodification of time within our society, including the prevalence of institutional practices, such as hourly wages, express services, and high speed
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money from the private sector, but critics say it won’t be possible to pay for such an ambitious project without public funding. Over staunch opposition from Mayor Ford, City Council voted in favour of a proposal by TTC Commissioner Karen Stintz to build the suburban eastern section of the Eglinton LRT at an at-grade level (i.e. ground-level) and to build another groundlevel LRT along Finch West.
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Prof Xavier Fernando of Ryerson University is demanding more severe punishment for two Iranian academics who plagiarized one of his research papers. The Iranian profs copied Fernando’s submission to a 2004 conference and republished it under their own names in the Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications. Two of Fernando’s students found the article doing research. The plagiarized paper has since been withdrawn and the Iranian professors have been barred from submitting work to the journal for three years.
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Four former B.C. attorneysgeneral are calling for the legalization of marijuana. In letters to the B.C. premier and to the NDP leader Adrian Dix, the former AGs argue that mandatory minimum sentences for minor pot-related offences
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should be replaced with regulation and taxation. Each year more than 50,000 Canadians are charged with possession of marijuana. A change in Canada’s pot policy is unlikely to come anytime soon; the Harper government has made it clear that it will not budge on the issue of legalization.
The paradox of sex
Sexual reproduction is “a sort of evolutionary conundrum,” according to U of T geography prof Monika Havelka. In a lecture at Lakehead University on Tuesday entitled “Why Sex: the evolution of a Paradox,” Havelka said the prevalence of sex in the biological world is difficult to explain “because it’s really an inefficient way of making offspring.” The act of mating, which involves competition between members of the same sex, is much more complicated than asexual reproduction. Those of us who spent Valentine’s Day alone might be inclined to agree.
Who do you normally look out for while texting or talking on your cell? Cop cars. But don’t expect this to be the only approach to catch you anymore. Starting this week, the Toronto Police will cruise on the TTC to catch those breaking the law that prohibits the use of hand-held devices while driving. According to the OPP, at least eight people have died this year due to accidents caused by distracted driving. So, the next time you’re tempted to text that you’ll be late due to traffic, remember that the eyes of the law may be on you from the streetcar stopped at the green light ahead.
from ‘transit plan’ Professor Miller is strongly in favour of this plan for Eglinton. “To me, it was a very simple choice in that case, that the case for burying it just did not exist, and the arguments being used to say why you couldn’t have it at-grade were, in my view, simply technically wrong. By burying it, you are literally spending a couple of billion dollars that you don’t have to, and that money could be much better used to build additional lines.” On the issue of transit for Sheppard Ave., Council asked a panel of experts, including Miller, to report back to City Hall on March 21. “I’m hoping we look at travel demand patterns and ridership projections.
It’s ludicrous to talk about subways in particular if you don’t have the ridership under any reasonable scenarios projected. In all of this debate so far, there’s been no discussion of ridership.” Miller said the controversy surrounding the transit plan has obscured real planning issues, such as projected ridership, population, and job growth in affected areas. “These are the things we should be talking about, not ‘people like subways’ or the Mayor doesn’t like things above ground, and so they have to go underground ... We have to get back to thinking about factors that actually do make transit successful and the type of transit that makes a community successful.” Considering Toronto’s tumultuous history with public
transit projects—including Premier Mike Harris’ cancellation of an Eglinton subway in the mid-nineties—Prof Miller suggests that Torontonians change their perspective on public transit. “I think you have to get away from things like ‘subway vs. LRT’ being an ideological left-right division. Politics should be about supporting transit.” “Transit should be seen as something that is essential to the community, and that is a long-term proposition that’s going to go beyond the term of any one Council or any one Mayor, and so there has to be support across the political spectrum as much as possible, saying ‘Yes, we want to stay the course on transit and we will continue to support it.’”
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McGill opens first gay fraternity in Canada Your turn, U of T The brothers of the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity at McGill University are just a bunch of guys who like to go out, grab a beer, and play the occasional game of laser tag. So, what is it about the group that has thrust them into the headlines in recent days? The members of Delta Lambda Phi DLP for short - are all part of the first gay fraternity in Canada. The Delta Lambda Phi fraternity has its roots in the United States, with twenty-odd chapters scattered throughout the country. The McGill DLP is the only chapter in Canada, making it the first gay fraternity in the country. In an interview with the newspaper, current DLP President Michael Delafonte spoke about some of the commonly held misconceptions about their fraternity. “People just see it as a venue for a bunch of gay guys to meet and hook up, which I can understand, since there’s a very large stereotype of the gay community; that we’re all kind of sexual deviants. But, I think that’s what DLP is all about, showing how gay men can interact in a certainly fraternal way.” Delafonte further dismissed these misconceptions. “There’s just as much gay sex going on with our fraternity as there is in any straight fraternity.” In fact, the frat actively discourages relationships between brothers or pledges in an effort to maintain trust and transparency. “If you are going to have a relationship, make sure everyone knows about it, and that way it’s out in the open and there’s no drama that ensues,” says Delafonte. A fellow brother and former DLP President Sam Reisler, doesn’t see the issue of the organization’s homosexuality as their biggest stumbling block. Perhaps surprisingly, the chapter’s biggest challenges had to do with the not-so-simple bureaucracy surrounding the creation of a new chapter, as every ceremony and induction had to be performed or attended by DLP brothers in already established chapters. “In order to perform any ceremonies, you need to have a brother, and the closest brothers to us were in New York, so our schedule was contingent on their schedule. Now that we are full brothers...it’ll be a lot easier for a lot of Canadian chapters to
expand,” explained Reisler. Although it took a few years, it seems as though the McGill chapter of DLP has taken off. So what are the chances that a similar fraternity could open its doors here at the University of Toronto? According to a former brother at a U of T fraternity, it’s not unlikely. Although the source - who spoke on condition of anonymity - made reference to “a kind of apprehension” toward gay pledges because of the potential romantic pitfalls, he spoke about the likelihood of an inclusive school like U of T being a welcoming host to a gay fraternity. “There’s no reason a gay frat can’t work, as cases in the States have shown. The beauty of the Greek system is the de-
gree of choice provided by the multitude of frats, allowing one to enter into a close-knit social group centered around some theme, academic discipline, or activity, and I expect that many people at U of T would want that social focus to be their deviant sexuality.” Justin Gordon-Deacon, Internal Coordinator of LGBTOUT at U of T, echoed some of the apprehension about an all-male gay frat, albeit on a different note. Disagreeing with the gendered nature of the Greek system, GordonDeacon nevertheless supports the concept behind DLP. “Aside from the problematic nature of having gendered student groups like fraternities and sororities, it seems like a good idea. It
Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity house, U of T chapter seems like a great little community they’ve created there... and certainly a place where people could find acceptance in a post-secondary setting.” Reisler and Delafonte were not shy in admitting that they experienced some friction with both the Greek and queer communities when they first began their quest of opening up a chapter of DLP. Luckily, the issues have largely been resolved and now the fraternity enjoys a healthy relationship with both communities. “With queer politics and queer issues, it’s often taken a little too seriously, and people often lose the point of wanting to meet people and have a social environment. So, I
think people appreciate that in the fraternity,” said Reisler. Both DLP members stressed the importance of the definition of fraternity. Delafonte explained, “Brotherhood means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but essentially when it comes down to it, we’re like a family with each other, and that’s the main thing I would like to stress. We’re not a political organization, and we’re not a bunch of gay partiers or something like that. We’re committed individuals bound by brotherhood.” To find out more about DLP, you can visit their Facebook page, or email Sam Reisler at samuel. email@example.com.
Judgements from another Academy
With the big night just over a week away, Alan Jones and Dan Christensen hold the Academy’s envelopes up to the light. Dan Christensen Best Picture:
As with 1998’s Shakespeare in Love and last year’s The King’s Speech, film distributors Harvey and Bob Weinstein have doubtlessly been on a Academy-campaigning war path in promotion of The Artist. Considering that it’s a silent black and white period piece bursting with film history self-referentiality, complimenting the intellect and eclectic tastes of the average movie-goer while still being romantic, fun and short, it seems like this film can’t lose. Still, I’d prefer to see the statue go to the deceptively understated The Descendants, for its funny and deeply resonant depiction of family life.
are undeniable, making it exceptionally gratifying to root for the hero.
Much of the press around this category concerns a couple of perceived nomination snubs. While I missed the much-lauded breakout performance from the Olsen twins’ younger sister,
of the actor’s talents. Glenn Close, a Hollywood stalwart and actor’s actor, is my choice for becoming completely immersed in her tragic genderbending title role as Albert Nobbs. Still, Viola Davis will likely be the winner for
It’s difficult to find a director who has more industry respect and credibility than Martin Scorsese. He received his due from the Academy back in 2006 for his work on The Departed. But as is evidenced by Meryl Streep’s now annual nominations, the Academy loves their living legends. With such an obviously personal project as Hugo, it seems they will not be able to resist giving him the Oscar. However, they ought to hand it to Alexander Payne, a soon-to-be legend himself. Responsible for such modern gems as Sideways and Election, The Descendants finally represents the culmination of Payne’s powers for thoughtful, immersive drama.
her appearance in the bestseller adaptation The Help.
Best Screenplay (Adapted):
Hollywood’s most enduring heartthrobs, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, both turn up in the best actor crop this season. While the latter is nominated for Moneyball, I feel he turned in a stronger (both figuratively and literally) performance in The Tree of Life. Despite America’s love for them however, Jean Dujardin will deservedly walk away with this year’s prize. As an actor, this metafictional role as an early film superstar in The Artist must be a gold mine, and Dujardin takes full advantage. His immense charm and virtuosity
Consider the factors: last year’s win for his razor-sharp script of The Social Network; being one of the most agile and consistent scribes in Hollywood; working on a script that got a pass from Steve Zaillian (remember Schindler’s List? Mission: Impossible?). How could Aaron Sorkin, co-writer of Moneyball walk away empty-handed? Well, being second in line for best picture, The Descendants would be hard pressed to miss the writing award (and rightfully so), leaving Sorkin cold. Besides, Jim Rash, who plays the Dean on NBC’s Community, is a co-writer, and who doesn’t want to see him win an Oscar?
Elizabeth Ols en, in Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene, Tilda Swinton’s turn as the mother of a sociopath in We Need to Talk About Kevin was indeed haunting, if a narrow use
Alan Jones Best Picture
It shouldn’t be a surprise that a silent black and white film, The Artist, is most likely to win Best Picture. As a throw-
back to the silent era of Hollywood, the film’s pretty much tailor made to please the old white middle class people of the Academy, even if it was made by the French. But if it were in my hands, I would give the award to Pedro Almodovar’s gloriously twisted mad scientist thriller The Skin I Live In, which isn’t close to being in the running, probably because it seems tailor made to piss off people who would consider themselves “cultured.”
Credit is due to Michel Hazanavicius, the Director of The Artist, for conceiving, crafting, and putting together a silent slapstick romantic comedy like The Artist in the year 2011 is a very impressive feat, and making sure the film moves along at a clip and never stumbles into any tempting moments of self-importance is equally applause-worthy. In return, Hazanavicius will likely win the Best Director award. However, if I were giving out the award, I would give it to Terrence Malick whose singular vision as a filmmaker has rarely been better realized than in this year’s The Tree of Life.
Viola Davis recieved her last Oscar nomination for one powerhouse scene in Doubt that ran approximately ten minutes. In The Help, she gets an entire feature to shine, and she is about as strong in that role as the well meaning (but hackneyed) screenplay allows. Davis is capable of great things in the right films, but The Help is not it. Regardless, it is a highly accessible film with a lot of fans, and Davis will most likely take the little man home (unless Meryl Streep has anything to say about it). If I had my way, I would give the award Kirsten Dunst for her eye-opening performance in Melancholia.
Jean Dujardin’s performance as a fallen silent film star is extremely charming, and his cutesy interactions with dog star Uggie are bound to gain a few votes. George Clooney also has a chance at winning for his his restrained but highly moving performance in The Descendants, but this being the Academy, I will err on the side of a broadly pleasing showbiz performance over that of a sardonic Alexander Payne-penned character. If I had my way, I’d give the gold dude to Michael Fassbender for his brutal depiction of sexual addiction in Shame.
Best Screenplay (Original)
I highly doubt even Woody Allen’s staunchest fans never expected him to win another Oscar during his rough patch in the early 00s, but it looks likely that--even if he doesn’t show up to the ceremony--he will win at least one more Academy Award for Midnight in Paris (his 15th nomination), if only because every other nominee reeks of tokenism (The silent film! The foreign film! The gross out comedy! The cool indie that got snubbed in every other field!). If I had my way, I’d give the award to Iranian writer and director Asghar Farhadi for A Separation due to his extremely affecting portrayal of a divorce gone awry in contemporary Tehran.
February 16, 2012
Strum and sing along with The Strumbellas
Alt-Country band launch first full length album at the Rivoli Vanessa Purdy With the exception of a few classics, it’s easy to pigeonhole “country” music as evoking images of broke-down pick up trucks, line-dancing and excessive consumption of cheap alcohol. What a difference an “alt-” can make. Alt-country septuplet The Strumbellas take the storytelling methods and melodies of the classic country song, and complicate it with layered harmonies, and gut-wrenching lyrics. Speaking with the newspaper earlier this week, Simon Ward, lead vocalist and songwriter, described the band as “beyond excited” for their Rivoli show this Friday. While most of the band hails from Lindsay, Ontario, Simon feels very comfortable in both city and country; an attitude often reflected in the band’s lyrics. Ward credits his personal and honest lyrics in part to a
surprising source. “I grew up on hip hop, so I learned how to write lyrics about my life... country and hip hop lyrics are both so honest, like ‘this is my life, this is what I think about things’; and that’s just how I write.” A bit of the small-town, however, slipped out when asked to pick the ideal description of the band’s sound. “Holy jumpin’ that’s a good question!” Ward exclaimed. “I’d love to be described as an alt-bluegrass band with a pop element,” he continued. The Strumbellas, like many indie bands, live double lives— at least professionally. “We’re all a little it older, and we all have totally different jobs. One guy works at the CBC, I’m a supply teacher, another guy is working on his PhD,” said Ward of their alter egos. Despite having other commitments, it’s obvious from the first few seconds of any song where their hearts lie. Their first full-length album,
My Father and the Hunter, is dropping on February 21. Of the twelve tracks, ‘Lakes’ and ‘Underneath A Mountain’ stand out. With a solid groupchorus and layered orchestration somewhat reminiscent of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes’ “Home” or Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up”; they stir something undeniably and tangibly emotional within the listener. Coming out soon after their launch is their first music video as well—a project that was not without its amusing setbacks. “For our shoot, we had a fake cop car and a fake police officer, and we were shooing it in a small town. So, the town cops stop us and say we can’t drive the cop car. We got kind of shut down, but in the end, the server at the Legion we were shooting at called the mayor and said, ‘look, they just want to finish their shoot,’ and so the mayor said it was alright. It was classic.” The
Biker gang or country band? Strumbellas have some unique street-cred. Opening for The Strumbellas are Graydon James and the Young Novelists; and Hamilton Trading Company—both solid Toronto groups with a similar roots-indie feel and growing followings. So if you’re looking to check out a
new group on the rise and see what the apparently booming alt-country scene in Toronto is all about, The Strumbellas are a great place to start. “My Father and the Hunter” Album Launch Friday, February 17th at the Rivoli. Album released February 21.
Drama fest lifts curtain on student works
Annual drama festival showcases original plays by U of T students This year, the University of Toronto Drama Festival runs February 15 to 18, and features ten original student-written plays. The U of T Drama Festival began in 1936, to celebrate one act plays put on by the different colleges. “It wasn’t always competitive,” said Jen Collins, the festival co-coordinator. The festival was not held for some time but the Drama Coalition revived it twenty years ago. Since then, Collins explained, it has continued to evolve. “This is the 11th year where we’ve accepted only studentwritten works instead of any one act play,” she said. Collins touts one of the advantages of the Drama Festival as “a really accessible way for students to get their works on the historic Hart House stage, and to receive professional feedback from our adjudicator.” The festival provides an opportunity for aspiring members of the drama community to get started in the professional sphere. For instance, not only have some scripts gone on to further performances, but the U of T Drama Festival also boasts a variety of famous individuals as alumni. Among
them, Collins noted, are Donald Sutherland of M*A*S*H, film director Arthur Hiller, as well as several well-known stage actors. Plays are selected for the festival by each U of T college’s drama societies (as well as UTM and UTSC), who have close to free rein in choosing what plays to put on, in addition to artistic control. “Our only real restriction is that it must be longer than 15 minutes and under 60 min. and must never have been produced before,” explained Collins. Each night, the plays performed are publicly adjudicated, and on the final evening, winners of the various categories in the festival are announced. This year, the festival will be judged by Joel Grothe, who teaches acting at the University of Lamar in Texas. The range of plays put on by various groups participating in the festival over the past few years have been quite varied. Among them have been science-fictional murder stories, one-man shows, and interconnected vignettes from an apartment building. With more groups than ever, attendees at this year’s festival may expect
to encounter many of the surprises that U of T playwrights, directors and performers have
in store. The University of Toronto Drama Festival runs February 15 to
18 at the Hart House Theatre, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10 for students, available at the door.
Robert Bresson makes the unknown come forth at TIFF son for making movies was to startle and surprise himself, to escape the boredom of being a mere “executant of my own projects.” He hoped to find “for each shot, a new pungency over and above what I have imagined. Invention (reinvention) on the spot.” Since the great moments of life for Bresson were these moments where he himself became surprised by potencies he didn’t know were present, his characters (and the viewers) come to embody the same desire. The camera’s unblinking focus on the aspects of life often taken for granted is a way to remind his characters, himself and the viewer that potential and possibility are present in every moment and every space—hence the preponderance of lingering shots that feature empty rooms, bare feet in mid-step, and faces unsure of expression. His characters typically begin burdened by enormous crises and living
David Stokes The filmmaker Robert Bresson, whose thirteen films are the subject of a current TIFF retrospective, is regarded as one of the master-poets of cinema. Bresson presents a world of extreme excess, wrought, paradoxically, through absence. He strips his scenes to the bones to make them feel fuller; uses hesitant non-actors to get better performances; and frequently employs sound without images so we perceive vision itself. His technique is a sort of Michael Bay in reverse, where Bresson casts a naïve and unflinchingly earnest attention to the least flashy and simplest actions—the light touch of a dying mother or the flowing of a river—in order that they be thrown at the viewer with the disorienting force of concrete bricks falling to the pavement. In his 1975 published work, Notes on Cinematography, Bresson stated that his rea-
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becomes new and beautiful. It is in this sense that his films are ‘spiritual’ and ‘idealistic’. At their best, they show men and women becoming possessed with a newfound sense of vibrancy. As Bresson said of his characters, “the thing that matters is not what they show me but what they hide from me and, above all,
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like automaton unhappily chained to their fate, until they come to be possessed by the same overwhelming epiphanies of awareness that the camera captures. For some characters, this awareness is not as accessible as it could be. Bresson’s 1977 film, The Devil, Probably, depicts a scene following a couple’s quarrel. The lingering camera captures the perfect stillness of the room; white curtains billow in a small breeze, the sun comes in. The audience realizes that if the characters had been paying attention to what was happening in the room and how it could have been felt by them, they might have experienced something beautiful—and hopped into the waiting double bed with the cotton sheets. The only real devil here, probably, is ourselves—which most of his main characters realize eventually. By relinquishing their hatred, fear or worry, life
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what they do not suspect is in them.” The power and excitement of this discovery is the great achievement that Bresson’s films bring to life again and again. Visit tiff.net to check programming schedule, ongoing until March 18.
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the newspaper asked: aside from reading, what will you be doing during your week off from classes?”
MICHAEL Engineering Science, 2nd year “Building my robot.”
SAM Rotman Commerce, 1st year “Practicing Quidditch.”
TURINA Political Science, 1st year “Working out.”
ANNA Finance & Economics-Rotman Commerce, 1st year “Catching up on Math.”
TYLER Pathology, Graduate School “Research in a lab. Woo!”
HAIG Health & Disease-Human Biology, 2nd year “Leading my scout troops during a 3 day winter-camp.”
“So, what are we?”: How to prepare yourself to ask the dreaded question
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Dear Suzie, I’ve been dating a great guy for about 2 months now. He’s funny, intelligent and good looking, and we get along really well. Recently, I’ve been getting the “So what are you guys?” question from my friends, and even my mom. The thought had not really crossed my mind before as I’d been happy with the way things were going, but now I can’t stop thinking about our “status,” so to speak. I’m itching to just ask him, but am afraid of freaking him out. What do I do?
Dear Labeling, You are venturing into dangerous territory here, so be careful. I believe that honesty is the most important thing in a relationship, and is intertwined with respect and of course, love. It may very well be that your man already sees you as his girlfriend, and the thought never crossed his mind to let you know. If you are still unsure about where you stand, bring up the issue with him in a matter-of-fact, straightforward way. Ignore your friends’ advice about dropping subtle hints about what a great couple you make, or how you can’t see yourself with anyone else. This is no time for subterfuge. Calmly ask this guy whether he wants to be exclusive. Since you’re the one asking the question, you need to be prepared for the answer, and for the possibility that this guy may not be able to give you what you need. Sincerely, Suzie Want to ask Suzie a question? Email Suzie at suzienewsie@ gmail.com, or submit (anonymously, of course!) at www. thenewspaper.ca, in the blue box on the lower left.
Signed, Labeling Love
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