Charmaine Noronha

For Charmaine Noronha's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Discover the cosmopolitan vibe of Toronto

Feb 27, 2016

Discover the cosmopolitan vibe of Toronto

Grab your toque (what Canadians call a wool hat) and get your game face on if you're heading for the NBA All-Star Game in the 6ix —a term coined by rapper Drake, Toronto's unofficial ambassador, for his hometown. The 6ix, referring to the city's six ...

Bieber vs. Ford: Canada's favorite bad boys

Feb 3, 2014

Bieber vs. Ford: Canada's favorite bad boys

Pop star Justin Bieber is giving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford a brief respite as Canada's favorite bad boy and butt of all jokes. Ford has admitted smoking crack while in a drunken stupor and is being sued for supposedly orchestrating the jailhouse beating of ...

Despite crisis, Ford supporters stay loyal

/ Nov 17, 2013

Despite crisis, Ford supporters stay loyal

When Rob Ford was elected mayor of Toronto in 2010, his bluster and checkered past were widely known. A plurality of voters backed him anyway, eager to shake things up at a City Hall they viewed as elitist and wasteful. Those voters — many from ...