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Illustration by Vesna Asanovic

5 feel-the-love stories for Valentine’s Day

Good news from across the GTA that will make your Feb. 14 just a little bit sweeter

Happy Valentine’s Day! Maybe you’re Team Cupid, adoring this chocolate-filled day and revelling in the opportunity to show your loved ones how you feel. Or maybe you’re on the opposing side, finding the hearts that adorn every single storefront a bit extra. But there’s one thing we can all agree on: The world needs more love. So today we’re sharing five stories that are guaranteed to make you feel good, no matter which camp you’re in.

First off, let’s celebrate all the awesome things going on in our own backyard. Check out what five inspiring GTA changemakers think is going right in an otherwise messed-up world. Then read about some cool gatherings happening in Markham: Volunteers have set up a café to help newcomers build their English conversation skills (and make new friends, too).

In the mood for a little good news on the connection between meals and neighbourhood building? Check out how five community kitchens are making the GTA a better place to live through food.

Next, if you haven’t heard of Marcia Brown, then you must read about her dedication to providing mentorship to inner-city youth. She is a beacon of hope for a huge group of people, and we love her energy.

And, last, here’s to the power of connection. Discover how simply joining a group changed one woman’s life for the better—and how it could change yours, too.

Happy reading, and share the love!

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