http://www.thespec.com/pan-am-games-sto ... -am-world/Each of the medals for the 825 medal events of the two Games is slightly different from the others, says a spokesperson for Ottawa's Royal Canadian Mint, which made the medals using a process called "mokume gane" to fuse the materials.
"It dates back to Japanese sword-making," says Christine Aquino, director of communications at the Mint, which also made the medals for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
"It gives a wood-grain effect, a motif. All the medals are unique … the wood grain texture is different every time."
The medals were designed with input from Christi Belcourt, a Métis visual artist and, Toronto2015 organizers say, highlight Aboriginal traditions of welcoming guests and celebrating the beauty of the natural world. For the first time, there will be inscriptions in Braille on the medals.
The Toronto Star had an article covering the Tuesday womens' water polo matches in Markham: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/panamga ... games.html
Among the activites in Hamilton for the Games will be an international food court on Ottawa Street North featuring six food trucks daily from July 11-26!
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