So long, summer! GTA residents hitting the road, staying put Labour Day weekend

(Photo: Irene Owchar/QEW South Post)
(Photo: Irene Owchar/QEW South Post)

BY EMMA SCHATOCHIN

It’s the last long weekend of summer.
For some, Labour Day is a time to spend in solitude.
For others, it’s a time to get caught up with friends and family or perhaps embark on a weekend getaway.
Jean Michele-Ibrahim, 19, of Vaughn, is doing the former as he’s preparing to move out and start a new chapter of his life as a first-year student at York University.
“I am excited, and I know some people at York already,” said Ibrahim.
He made the trek out to Mississauga on Thursday to enjoy an evening at Playdium with his friend Franklin Ufoh.
They’re planning to go to a party Friday night.
Partying isn’t exactly what the Fernando family from Applewood Heights will be doing.
For them, it’s become a yearly tradition to escape the GTA and spend some quality time with loved ones.
“Every Labour Day weekend, before school starts again, we do something like this together,” said Mrs. Fernando, who declined to give her first name.
Her eldest child took pride in spelling out their destination – Tobermory – explaining it’s located in Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula.
Although many GTA residents will use the long weekend to get away, some residents are staying home.
Nate Shepherd, 22, of Mississauga, and his mother Ángeles Hernández will be working on independent projects.
Shepherd, who’s returning to the University of Toronto to complete his degree in film studies, says he’s been working hard on making independent films and exploring his strengths in graphic design.
For Shepherd, this weekend offers a chance to put together final preparations for his graphic design exhibition Moving Dimensions, which will be featured at the Living Arts Centre starting Sept. 13 until the first week of December.
Hernández says she’ll be writing.
If she decides to head outdoors, the forecast is on her side.
Friday and Saturday are expected to be sunny with a high of 23 C and 24 C respectively.
Sunday’s weather is calling for a mix of sun and cloud with a high of 26 C, while Monday is looking sunny with a high of 28 C.
@EmmaSchatochin
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