Olympic Women’s Soccer Starts Today!

Women’s soccer kicks off a few days before the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympics with games beginning this afternoon and continuing all the way through to the evening (the full schedule can be seen at the following – take note of the time difference, all games are one hour ahead of Canada’s EST time zone: Olympic Soccer Match Schedule).

Broadcast times and providers will be shifting throughout the tournament so some soccer matches will not be aired by CBC. For the group stage of the tournament, you’ll be able to watch the Canada WNT time at the following times and on the following stations:

  • First match on 3 Aug at 14:00 ET/11:00 PT on CBC against Australia.
  • Second match against Zimbabwe is on 6 Aug at 14:00 ET/11:00 PT on CBC.
  • Final group stage match against Germany 9 Aug at 15:00 ET/12:00 PT on Sportsnet.

Since many of these games are in the daytime, those with full-time jobs will have to do some maneuvering. However for those with some flexibility, a few fun local recommendations if you are planning on watching at a bar or restaurant:

  • Cafe Diplomatico, Little Italy – an Italian institution with a large patio and a dozen television screens so you can watch from any angle. Calzones are dynamite.
  • Football Factory, Queen St W – they’ve got every channel you can imagine, a great patio and an atmosphere that is soccer 100% of the time.
  • Bairrada Churrasqueira, College St W – a favourite amongst the Portuguese community. The patio is incredible and the food is simple and delicious. Cheap booze too.
  • Tall Boys, Christie Pits – good for evening and weekend games, this restaurant is a craft beer haven with double patty burgers and a hipster atmosphere.

Something else I want to draw to your attention to is the Women’s Basketball schedule. Games begin on Saturday with twelve teams competing for gold. The Canada Basketball Women’s Team is fresh off a gold medal at the Pan American Games (I went to that one! It was UNBELIEVABLE! They are a force. Beat the Americans easily). They also recently held a few exhibition matches against top tier opponents as a last minute tune up before the Olympics. Don’t be surprised to see them more and more in the news as they are a rising force in women’s basketball.

TORONTO2015: After Pan Am Comes the Parapan Am Games!

When I was working for TORONO2015 earlier in the year, one of the projects I was working on was a conference we nickname “Are You Ready?“. The conference focused on how businesses in the Greater Toronto Area can get ready, to be great inclusive hosts for the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games. It was my introduction into the intricacies of talking in-depth, and in such a public forum, about accessibility and disability.

Working at TORONTO2015 also introduced me to the plethora of para sports that span from goalball to wheelchair rugby to sitting volleyball, which I’m hoping to see next week at the Parapan Am Games. This year has been an incredible one for sport in Canada, it’s like a never-ending shopping spree of sport!

At the Pan Am Games, I got to as much as I could: track cycling (Milton), handball (Toronto), women’s soccer (Hamilton) and women’s basketball (Toronto). I visited the Toronto sign at City Hall, and checked out the pavilion at Exhibition Place, which was pretty rad. I also Sandra Shamas at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District as part of Panamania. All in all, TORONTO2015 was a joyous frenzy and a chance for Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe area to shine.

There is a debate going on about whether Toronto should put in a bid for the Summer Olympics of 2024. Some have suggested that a tournament of that magnitude would be too financial stressful on Toronto, and instead we should bid for Expo 2025, which is a an almost year-long festival showcasing cultural diversity and technological advances. Hard to say what would be best.

Pictures*** from the Pan Am Games below. Hope to see Toronto welcome and support the Parapan Am athletes just like we did for the Pan Am Games. Support, visibility, and money – the trifecta that allows sport to grow.

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***All pictures © Cristina Murano

TO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: SEEDS Program

Full disclosure – I am currently interning with the Public Affairs and Social Legacy Division of the TO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, and my team is directly involved in the organization and facilitation of the SEEDS Program.

SEEDS is brilliant – it’s offering 152 TO2015 jobs to youth who are 18 to 29 and currently unemployed and out of school. Most positions start in April (some in March) and end in August. The pay is minimum wage, but if picked, you will be working with different functioning areas of TO2015 to help deliver the games. You will also be matched with a mentor from a major company such as Coca-Cola, General Motors and others. The mentorship aspect of the program is to help youth gain insight, connections and access through building a professional relationship with an already well-established individual. Cool huh?

The application process isn’t lengthy. Simply go to the City of Toronto website, click PAYE Employment Opportunities on the right hand side, and enter SEEDS in the key word search engine. A list of jobs will appear and you can search through the options to see which ones you would like to apply for. Note that you must create a profile with PAYE in order to apply for any position.

The deadline for applications HAS BEEN EXTENDED to March 26. Any questions and/or further info, contact Toronto Employment & Social Services or PAYE or TO2015 via SEEDS@Toronto2015.org.