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I’ve been paying attention for a while now when people say “have a nice day.” What I’ve been noticing is how often it is said mindlessly. Thrown out as a habituated thing-to-say, rather than a genuine hope that my day be optimal. Have a nice day. Same to you.

It’s made me more aware of how I use the phrase myself, and the distinct change in people when I sincerely say it rather than just casually throw it out there.

Several years ago I began replying to “have a nice day” with a smile and “I will if you will!” I’m not being sarcastic, despite the way it reads. Tone of voice is everything, of course. I am completely sincere whenever I say it. Which is often.

It has the effect of disrupting the moment in a positive way. If I don’t get much of a response, even a slight reaction means I was at least subconsciously apprehended by them in a way that wouldn’t have been true if I’d just replied in kind. But sometimes it gets quite a response. Always good, thankfully.

I’m not replying “I will if you will” to a casually dispensed “have a nice day” just to be cute, either. I’m being intentional, even a bit spiritually deliberate.

There are reasons for making purposeful variations on everyday customs like this. It gets us out of the habit of rote responses that don’t mean much. People perceive sincerity, even if not consciously. It’s like body language in that way. We often are processing information about others on multiple levels of awareness even if we aren’t fully conscious of most of them. A person who is sincere in their subtleties is often viewed as trustworthy or genuine, even if we’ve never had occasion to evaluate their genuineness or trustworthiness. There’s just something about them that makes us feel more comfortable.

But also, when we choose to practice sincerity with intentionality, it signals our own brains regarding the concepts of honesty and sincerity in general. In other words, it has a ripple effect on our own psyches to make mindful choices about the seemingly inconsequential words and phrases we use.

To be clear, no one’s getting hurt by the customary exchanges as they exist. I’m not advocating that we all dispense with the usual pleasantries, even if rote. But making deliberate little tweaks to the usual script just for the sake of it can have an effect of laying the groundwork for other preferable but stubborn changes we long to make within ourselves.

I also notice that people often ask ‘howya doin?’ but either don’t expect a real response or don’t want one. Imagine someone behind the deli counter at the store saying to you, “howya doin’?” as a customary preamble to “what can I get you” and your reply is a lengthy response about how your sciatica is flaring up and you’re considering divorce but are staying in it for the time being because of the kids. He really just wants to get your salami order.

It’s easy to sound critical of those who are just filling up the awkward silences with words that aren’t intended to be taken literally. The deli guy doesn’t actually want to know how I am doing. And I might be told to have a nice day as a form of see-you-later, but they don’t really care whether I do or not. That’s OK.

These customs are so engrained in society that to be upset by them, once we start to notice just how pervasively they occur, is a waste of time and energy. Better to be the sincerity we wish to see in the world (hello again, Gandhi) than to be resistant to others’ lack of it. By being more sincere, you’ll tend to attract those who also believe in sincerity anyway. And by seeking to be at peace with those who don’t, we enhance our resiliency in life.

Start off by just noticing when you say “have a nice day” or “how are you doing” and wonder if you really mean it. Consider what it would mean to genuinely ask someone how they’re doing and be prepared to get a complete answer. You probably won’t get a complete answer, of course, but in being prepared to receive one you’re signaling sincerity with your tone and phrasing. If you actually get an answer, listen patiently. It’s worth it.

These subtle behavioral cues are perceptible by people. Especially those whose trust has been betrayed by others in the past. They have particularly refined antennae for perceiving insincerity in others. By demonstrating authenticity you’re being deemed safe.

This all ultimately points to a wider suggestion that we refine our relationships with other people using deliberate authenticity as a form of spiritual practice. Like a lot of behavioral tidbits tucked away in world scripture, it’s pretty good advice. It is certainly the advice of all religions to be sincere. Insincerity is a low-grade form of lying when you think about it. And scripture definitely has an opinion about that.

A lack of sincerity in our daily pleasantries will not cause harm. But intentional sincerity in places where it isn’t expected will move mountains.

Wil Darcangelo, M.Div, is a Unitarian Universalist Minister at the First Parish of Fitchburg and the First Church of Lancaster. Email wildarcangelo@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok @wildarcangelo. His blog, Hopeful Thinking, can be found at hopefulthinkingworld.blogspot.com.

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Killexams : Hopeful Thinking: Be the disruption you wish to see

What do we think of when we consider words like disruption, anarchy, and chaos? I know many people’s’ first reaction will be apprehension at a minimum, and terror at a maximum.

But take note that our concern over these ideas is mostly about our fear of change. Of course, we assume that any change born from anarchy or chaos or destruction would be an unwelcome change. But what if it isn’t?

Let’s think for a moment about disruption, for example, as a spiritual practice. Most spiritual practices are intended to be a disruption, actually. We are supposed to disrupt old patterns of behavior, often behaviors which do not serve us. What would it mean to disrupt those?

Anarchy is a word that represents disorder in the absence of authority. But not all authority is worthy of their lofty position. So are all forms of disorder stemming from our lack of recognition of a particular authority truly disordered? In other words, when we choose to disregard an authority figure because we cannot respect them, either because we have come to perceive that they are misusing their authority or because they have blatantly abused it, is the resulting lack of order unmerited?

Chaos theory would point out that even amid what appears to be utter disorder, underlying patterns do appear to exist. Which makes chaos not very chaotic in the end.

To turn Gandhi‘s peace quote on its head, what would it mean to ‘be the disruption we wish to see in the world’?

I’m not talking here about actions meant to cause harm. But not all disruption, anarchy, or chaos causes harm, except perhaps to old, outdated paradigms which are no longer useful to us. These are the target of all spiritual practices.

Within each of us, there are small psychological systems at work. Little ways of doing things or approaching problems that have developed over the years of our lives, sometimes from good influences, sometimes from traumatic ones.

Since both essentially represent forms of safety or the perception of safety, it’s difficult to tell whether we have always been left with wisdom or scars from our history. For often, they are both. How to tell them apart?

There’s a simple emotional muscle test one could use to figure out if all of our little ways of doing things are, in fact, good for us. See what happens when you try to change them. How do you react? Do you suddenly feel as though you are in trouble, in danger? Does the idea of changing a particular pattern of behavior that you have adopted for your own safety fill you with panic? That’s a signal it doesn’t come from a good place. And it may no longer be serving you.

But if consideration of changing some of your life patterns makes you feel as though it will be hard work, perhaps even too hard, but without the weight of anxiety, that might be an indicator of potential benefit. For you see, you didn’t emotionally react to that consideration of change. You responded in practicality. You weren’t triggered by the thought, you just weren’t looking forward to the heavy lift.

Be mindful of the difference. Because when our habits become ingrained as a result of our trauma, they frequently have already long outlived their usefulness to us.

Because disruptive change is such a potential minefield, it is useful to contemplate ways of mindfully approaching it that do not trigger our defense mechanisms. These ways are subtle and through the side door. They are effective mainly because our defense mechanisms don’t even realize we are attempting to circumnavigate them.

Small efforts, intentionally made, often have large effects without triggering our emotional defenses. Do something different today. Something different than you’ve done before. Even if it is as simple as taking a different path to work. Take note of your habits and make changes to them once in a while just for the sake of it.

Brush your teeth with the opposite hand, wear a different outfit, choose a different drink at the bar. Take a class you normally wouldn’t. Prepare a dish you’ve never tried before following only the recipe.

Do something against the grain. Just for the sake of it. Disrupt the norm. Break cycles of normativity. Be a subtle anarchist. These disruptions may appear minor, but they have a ripple effect. They change the way you approach every aspect of your life.

Now, what if we were to go out into the world and choose to do things a little differently? Better yet, what if we were to look at some of the anarchy, chaos, and disruption in the world and conclude it to be the result of, or perhaps even the reaction to, productive disruptions to the way the world has always worked?

For the world has become disrupted. Anarchy is all around us because we are systematically abandoning old authoritarian structures and are now feeling our way around amidst the aftermath. Chaos appears to be our reality, but there is a pattern to it. There is benevolence within it.

Be the disruption you wish to see in the world. Let love be your guide while doing it. Not only will you be different, the world will respond in tandem.

Wil Darcangelo, M.Div, is a Unitarian Universalist Minister at the First Parish of Fitchburg and the First Church of Lancaster. Email wildarcangelo@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok @wildarcangelo. His blog, Hopeful Thinking, can be found at hopefulthinkingworld.blogspot.com.

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Killexams : A Place in the Sun star 'thinking of Jonnie Irwin all the time'

Jasmine Harman has been touched by the outpouring support after her co-star Jonnie Irwin was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The A Place in the Sun host has taken to social media to thank fans for their messages of support and says it's "amazing to know how loved" Jonnie is.

Jasmine Harman, 47, was left devastated last week when Jonnie revealed his terminal cancer diagnosis. The heartbroken star couldn't hide her emotion when she burst into tears during a 'special episode' of the show.

She consoled herself as she took time out in Spain this week, telling followers she was attempting to get herself back "in the zone". In an update shared on her Instagram page, she wrote: "Just wanted to say a very sincere and heartfelt thank you to all those who have posted messages of support to me and even those who have come up to me in person to wish Jonnie well.

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"It's amazing to know how loved he is and how many people have been touched by his story. I want to say that I prefer to support Jonnie privately as a friend, so you won't see lots of posts about him here as I feel that it is up to him to decide what and how much he posts about his life.

"I am thinking of him all the time, and I'm proud to call him a friend. If you want to follow him, head to @jonnieirwintv Love you mate." Jonnie discovered he had cancer after suddenly suffering blurred vision while driving, during a filming session in Italy for A Place in the Sun in 2020. After he returned home, he was given the chilling diagnosis and told he had just six months of life left.

The presenter - who will tragically leave behind a wife, a three-year-old son and two-year-old twins - has admitted that he "doesn't know" how long he will be around. He recently celebrated his 49th birthday (November 18), by having a romantic trip with his wife Jessica in Paris.

The TV presenter also shared a loved-up selfie of him and wide Jessica, before thanking his followers for all of their well wishes. He wrote: "Been a hell of a week. I’m bowled over by the lovely messages thank you all so much. As touching as it’s been, I’ve also found it quite surreal - almost like we’re talking about some else."

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Killexams : Ex-Premier League star Richard Rufus ‘conned pal into thinking he could make £5m – before he lost thousands in scam’

A FORMER Premier League star told his pal he could make up to £5.6m - but lost him thousands, a court has heard.

Ex-Charlton Athletic defender Richard Rufus, 47, allegedly scammed friends and family out of £15million to maintain his lavish lifestyle.

Richard Rufus has denied the charges against him

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Richard Rufus has denied the charges against himCredit: Central News
Rufus during his playing days with Charlton Athletic

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Rufus during his playing days with Charlton AthleticCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

He drove a Bentley and lived on an exclusive private estate in Purley, South London, on the money he was swindling, Southwark Crown Court has heard.

Construction engineer Vincent Nairne said he had known Rufus since 2000 and carried out work at his home in Purley.

He said: “I got to know him very well... I spent quite a considerable amount of time with him, hence our relationship developed.”

Mr Nairne said he trusted the ex-footballer who told him he would not charge any fees.

He said: “He was doing this invitation on my behalf. It was him trying to supply us a chance.

“To supply - should we say ordinary people - a chance to invest in markets that we would not have available to us. [It was] his good will I guess, just his good will.”

Mr Nairne noted that Rufus “seemed to be enjoying life” driving a Mercedes S-class, a Bentley and a Range Rover, while sporting a Rolex watch.

He added: “He seemed to be doing quite ok.”

Rufus told his friend he had spent a lot of money on training to be proficient in lucrative Foreign Exchange trading, the court heard.

Mr Nairne said: “He told me he had progressed and become very good with what he was doing.

“He said he had been approached, that he had made quite a lot of money for people and companies.”

Mr Nairne initially paid Rufus between £8,500 and £12,500 and was told he could make potential profits of £425 a month.

“He told me any losses would be borne by himself, so technically I was risk free.”

Rufus told Mr Nairne his investments could yield over £5.6m over 12 years, on the basis of 5 per cent a month in compound interest.

“I thought this was absolutely excellent, totally excellent,” said Mr Nairne.

He said he was shown paperwork on his investments and assured that, with two weeks' notice, the invested funds could be made available to him.

Lucy Organ, prosecuting, asked: “Was there any risk?” Mr Nairne replied: “None, it appeared to be doing quite well.”

“At any time at all were there any losses?” Ms Organ asked.

The witness replied: “None whatsoever.”

Rufus admitted he was not approved by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) but claimed he was allowed to trade whilst awaiting their approval.

Eventually in February 2011 his trading accounts were frozen.

Mr Nairne said: “He told me he couldn't accept any more funds, his accounts were frozen. He said there were discrepancies with regards to the trading that took place. There wasn't a specific reason.

“I assumed he had [still got my money]. He never said at any time at all that he didn't have the money.”

The FSA sent Mr Nairne a letter saying there was a problem with his investment which Rufus claimed was not totally correct and “wasn't totally true”.

Mr Nairne said: “At this point I was getting a bit concerned that things were not as they seem. He said his accounts were frozen but it's being resolved.”

He said he was re-carpeting Rufus's house on the day when his home was repossessed by the FSA.

“I got very numb. I was still hoping, more than believing, that there was a slim chance what he was telling me was true.

“I was always in limbo as to what was happening next. He always insisted the money would be available but I never received any money.”

Mr Nairne was assured by Rufus that he would be able to get his investments back if he signed a document claiming the former footballer did not owe him any money.

He agreed to sign the document.

Simon Spence, KC, for Rufus, said the investment agreement did not remove the risk of the money being lost.

Mr Spence said: “I suggest you misunderstood what he told you - the risk was still there.

“Did this not ring a major alarm bell in your mind?”

Mr Nairne replied: “I never questioned him on that at any time at all.”

Rufus made 288 appearances for Charlton, scoring 12 goals.

He was forced to retire from football at the age of 29 after an unsuccessful knee surgery was performed in the United States.

He told other investors that some of his “football friends” such as former England and Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand had invested with him, the court has heard.

Rufus, of Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace, South London, denies three counts of fraud by false representation, one count of possessing criminal property and one count of carrying out a regulated activity when not authorised.

The trial continues and is due to last three weeks.

Rufus, right, was voted Charlton Athletic's greatest defender by fans in 2005

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Killexams : Thinking of having kids? The cost has risen over time. No result found, try new keyword!Raising a family used to be so affordable. Nowadays, you’re lucky if the price tag doesn’t break the bank. The Brookings Institution says that the total average family expenditures on a child ... Thu, 17 Nov 2022 03:35:00 -0600 text/html https://www.sunherald.com/news/business/article268875477.html Killexams : I tried to cut my own bangs and it went disastrously wrong – people are asking what I was thinking

"DO it yourself" videos often empower viewers to believe they can do anything themselves - even when sometimes, it's better left to the experts.

One woman found out the hard way that cutting bangs is a skill that should be left to professional hairdressers, and people can't believe she thought it would work.

Lifestyle creator Emily Wev attempts to cut curtain bangs

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Lifestyle creator Emily Wev attempts to cut curtain bangsCredit: TikTok/@emilywev
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Lifestyle influencer EmilyWev posted a video of herself attempting to supply herself a new haircut.

Emily's caption reads: "#hairfail #haircut #curtainbangs #curtainbangsfail #haircutfail."

The brave woman starts by sectioning off her hair and brushing down the front pieces she wants to be the bangs.

She takes a pair of scissors and begins chopping her hair along the length of her nose.

In the background, the audio plays: "Oh no, oh no, oh no, no, no no."

Once she's halfway through the chunk of hair, she lifts the section to see where she's cutting the rest.

The cut ends fall to the ground. The bangs are wildly uneven.

Emily sits back and brings her hand to her mouth in complete shock.

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She laughs it off for a few seconds, but as the reality of the situation sets in, the result isn't as funny.

Over 3,500 people couldn't believe what Emily had done.

"I think its common sense to not cut it straight," one opinionated person wrote, while another said: "Nooooooooo."

One user asked: "Why did u thought that will work?"

"Bro it was clear that it was not going to work," a viewer commented.

One helpful individual suggested: "You have to half twist the hair at the roots I cut my own bangs so I can say confidentially that it works."

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Emily uses children's scissors to cut her bangsCredit: TikTok/@emilywev
After cutting straight across, the bangs come out uneven

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After cutting straight across, the bangs come out unevenCredit: TikTok/@emilywev
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People ask her why she thought she could do it herselfCredit: TikTok/@emilywev
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Killexams : Meritocracy mustn't lead to 'winners' thinking 'losers' don't deserve help: Sun Xueling

SINGAPORE - One possible unintended consequence of Singapore’s meritocracy is that those who have succeeded in the system may develop a sense of entitlement, said Minister of State for Social and Family Development Sun Xueling.

These “winners” may believe that their success is fully earned because of their capabilities and effort, and that the “losers” do not deserve help because they did not put in enough effort for themselves, she said on Tuesday (Nov 15).

Ms Sun, who is also Minister of State for Home Affairs, was speaking to 90 students from Singapore’s pre-tertiary institutions and institutes of higher learning at a dialogue session at Singapore Polytechnic in Dover.

These are misconceptions, she said, because there are so many factors behind one’s success or failure.

She added: “We must guard against the breeding of this sense of entitlement, and instead grow a culture of collective responsibility.”

The dialogue session, which focused on refreshing meritocracy and strengthening social mobility, is part of the Forward Singapore movement, an initiative by Singapore’s 4G government leadership to refresh the country’s social compact.

The students, who are between 19 and 26 years old, were split into smaller groups to share their reflections and ideas on the subjects before talking about them with the rest of the room.

Speaking to The Straits Times on the sidelines of the event, second-year Ngee Ann Polytechnic student Claudia Selvakumar, 20, said her group discussed social mobility and how people who have not done well early on may harbour the belief that they are incapable of contributing to society.

Her group also discussed how such people may face stigma and discrimination, and may end up living in social bubbles, unable to imagine other ways of living, she said.

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Ms Selvakumar, who is studying community development, said: “That’s where we should come in to support them and let them know that their backgrounds shouldn’t be a limiting factor.”

She said she has also felt the same way after going to the Institute of Technical Education after her N-level exams. She added that she often compared herself with her elder sister, who did well academically and got a government scholarship to study in a university.

Mr Torance Tan, 18, who has completed his studies at St Joseph’s Institution, said Singapore is lucky to have started off on a solid base of mutual respect among its ethnic groups and among people of different socio-economic statuses, but more can be done.

Mr Tan, who has applied to study law at university, said there is still a minority of people who discriminate against others for various reasons, including race, religion and social class.

But he said Singaporeans should try to deal with such people compassionately, instead of working with cancel culture, which he describes as toxic.

Cancel culture, or being “cancelled”, is a form of social ostracism which happens mostly online to people who are deemed or proven to have crossed social boundaries, such as being racist.

Closing the session, Ms Sun said there needs to be more recognition that early trauma or bad experiences such as domestic violence can have a long-lasting impact and can affect people’s behaviour in settings such as school.

Summing up her interactions with the young people during their group discussions, she said the students were invested in broadening Singapore’s definition of success, and that she was heartened to find them actively participating or thinking about solutions to the problems they had identified in the session.

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But Ms Selvakumar said that while she found the discussions productive and engaging, more can be done to reach out to and include students who might not feel comfortable, or are not involved in such dialogues.

She said: “We are all here because we want to be here, but what about those who are not?

“They are the ones that need the most help and their viewpoints and suggestions are the ones we should be listening to most because they are also future leaders of Singapore. I believe that engaging the disengaged is important for the future.”

This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.

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Killexams : Chris Selley: The World Cup is no prize. What are Vancouver and Toronto thinking?

Even Qatar isn't getting what it wants from FIFA's grotesque showcase

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There is no redeeming FIFA’s decision to hold the 2022 men’s World Cup in Qatar, the tiny, terror-sponsoring, rights-abusing, fun-hating monarchy on the Persian Gulf whose official tally of migrant-worker deaths on tournament-related projects is 400-500. (Unofficial estimates are many times higher.) There is definitely a silver lining, however: Qatar doesn’t seem to be getting what it wanted from this estimated-US$300 billion monstrosity.

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If this was attempted “sportswashing” — “the practice of … governments using sports to improve reputations tarnished by wrongdoing,” as Wikipedia defines it — then it has surely failed. On-pitch competition aside, it’s difficult to recall a single positive headline to go with the myriad negative ones: Qatari officials have banned symbols of LGBTQ allyship, threatened to smash journalists’ equipment and detained at least one, and reneged on a beer-sales agreement at the 11th hour.

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Indeed, sportswashing failures sure seem to outnumber successes. The House of Saud’s LIV Golf Tour created a lot of controversy over its existence, but its first season of genuine golf was a hilarious flop. Whatever Vladimir Putin achieved in his successful pursuit of the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2018 FIFA World Cup, it sure isn’t helping him now.

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Some argue “sportswashing” is too simple a concept to attribute to the crafty Qataris. “They are so small and so vulnerable, they can’t afford to antagonize anyone. So they have to remain visible and present, and appear constructive, trustworthy, and legitimate,” Simon Chadwick, global professor of sport at Emlyon Business School in Lyon, recently told Irish online news outlet The 42. “The World Cup is part of that narrative.”

Trustworthy? What fans would and wouldn’t be allowed to do in Qatar was a constant back-and-forth, right up until the last minute. That beer renege wasn’t just annoying for fans; it put FIFA in breach of contract with Budweiser. The Sun reported earlier this month that Bud wants a 40-million-euro discount ($65 million) on its contract with FIFA for the 2026 World Cup.

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Fans enjoy the atmosphere inside the stadium prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group F match between Croatia and Canada.
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Talking of the 2026 tournament: There is every reason to believe the 16 cities currently slated to host — three in Mexico, 11 in the United States and two in Canada — will put on a good show. Fun will be legal. Zero worker deaths is an entirely reasonable expectation. Overconsumption of alcohol might be an issue, but not underconsumption . Contracts will be honoured. Journalists will be free from harassment.

This does not explain, however, why Toronto and Vancouver — the two Canadian cities currently slated to host 10 group-stage matches between them — are interested. The price tag is outrageous to the point of riot-incitement, and if history is any guide, sure to rise.

In Toronto, city staff’s best estimate currently stands at $300 million. For a maximum of five soccer games. That’s net, not gross: FIFA pockets both the ticket and broadcasting rights. And as it stands, the city is on the hook for the whole bill. “Every day this cost keeps going up and up and up,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford accurately lamented earlier this month. (The city staff estimate ticked up to $300 million from $290 million between April and June alone!) “We’ll look at the finances and hopefully we’ll be able to come up with an answer sooner than later.”

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That doesn’t sound too promising.

Earlier this month, a city spokesperson told the Toronto Star that absent provincial and federal funding, Toronto would have to “evaluate its options in terms of raising other revenues, as well as looking for options to reduce the cost and scope of the overall event.” That’s not how it works: FIFA tells host cities how high to jump, and those unwilling to clear the bar don’t get to host.

“The city has signed agreements with FIFA that outline the requirements for hosting, such as condition of the stadium, identifying team training sites, and support of city services to deliver a world-class event,” a city spokesperson told me.

Yikes. Toronto is currently on its knees imploring senior level governments to fill a massive budget hole that’s approaching $1 billion. Bailing out the country’s least popular city while subsequently building it a 10-day circus for $300 million will not go down well.

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The latest price tag out of Vancouver, meanwhile, tops out at a mere $260 million for a maximum of five games. B.C. Place will need a natural-grass pitch for the World Cup games; BMO Field in Toronto already has one, but needs 17,000 extra seats to pass FIFA muster — bringing the stadium to a capacity completely unnecessary for its major tenants, the CFL’s Argonauts and MLS’s Toronto FC.

Vancouver’s still seems like an absolutely insane cost. Other major North American cities walked away for that and other reasons long ago: Montreal, Edmonton, Minneapolis and Chicago are among them. British Columbia at least sounds semi-enthusiastic about partnering for the event. Vancouver has proposed a hotel-room tax hike to partially fund it. But Vancouver and Toronto are major tourist destinations in high summer to begin with. The idea that adding a World Cup or other mega-event to the mix will “pay for” the costs those cities incur is a long-ago-discredited fallacy.

Indeed, from Toronto’s and Vancouver’s point of view, the 2026 World Cup isn’t a mega-event at all. It’s five soccer games, for roughly $60 million each, with ticket prices miles beyond the grasp of the vast majority of residents. The potential for blowback is enormous. If they can still walk away, they really ought to try.

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