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Vet costs rising – with good reason

I was asked on Facebook to explain why the cost of veterinary care had risen so much in the past five to 10 years. The person who asked stated that in her experience, the cost of some surgical procedures had more than doubled and that overall vet bills were considerably higher than they were less […]

Fatigue? Headaches? Check your magnesium levels

Muscle cramping, fatigue, headaches, anxiety or depression: if any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, it may be more than just good old aging – it is possible that you are deficient in magnesium. And you would not be alone as many Canadians are unaware that they are not getting the required daily dosage […]

Resolving child care issues at Queen’s Park

The last few weeks of the legislative session have been incredibly productive and satisfying. I was honoured to lead the debate on our government’s climate change bill, my Men’s Health Awareness Week bill moved through second reading, and I presented a private member’s bill asking the province to ban waiting list fees by child cares […]

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Beach-made film inspires Pride

When Mean Girls came along in 2004, the biting satire seemed like just another teen comedy starring Lindsay Lohan, but beneath the laughs Tina Fey’s clever screenplay has a lot to say about bullying, acceptance and being true to yourself. In the film Regina (Rachel McAdams), the “Queen Bee” of the Plastics clique, is told […]

Exploring summer sipping trends

With the warm weather here, certain alcoholic drinks and styles are more popular. Common sense would dictate that, whatever the category, lighter and fresher are the keys to enjoyment. I’ve also noticed over the years that folks like to experiment with new flavours a bit more in the warm weather, often trying things they haven’t […]

June 20 was a great day for Baltimore Oriole nest watchers - two babies orioles fledged the nest. One perched high enough for a photo during dinner.
PHOTO: Ann Brokelman

Spring migration is a treat for birders

It is finally that time of year again, when the most beautifully coloured orange, red and yellow birds arrive and sing the uplifting songs we haven’t heard in far too many months. Just the other day I was at Rosetta McClain Gardens with my birding buddy Carol, and we were blessed to hear a ‘chick-burr […]

The East Toronto Gospel Hall, shown here some time around 1910, previously
Morton’s Hall, also functioned as the East Toronto town hall.

A tour of former East Toronto: Part 2

Read part one of the history of the former town of East Toronto. After its initial formation in 1888 to serve employees and businesses serving the Grand Trunk Railway yard bounded by Main Street to the west, Victoria Park Avenue to the east, Danforth to the north and Gerrard Street to the south, the village […]