Eye on Business

Howard Chang, President of Top Drawer Creative, has been called a “kind and gentle entrepreneur,” the kind who likes to find a good balance between work and life, the kind most of us would like to work for. From humble beginnings as the owner of BikeEnergy in the Beach back in the 1980s, Chang has […]

Bottoms Up: Chilean wines offer good value

There’s no arguing with the popularity of Chilean wines today. They’re always juicy, well-made and very indicative of their terroir. Furthermore, they represent great value for the dollar, are extremely enjoyable and infinitely food-friendly. Two of this country’s famous wineries that have been a mainstay in this market for years, and have helped catapult Chilean […]

The Main Menu: Try some gluten-free recipes

Gluten is increasingly causing problems these days. More people complain about being sensitive to the gluten contained in wheat, reporting a number of medical conditions from mild discomfort to a full celiac condition. There are also people who are allergic to gluten which causes an anaphylactic reaction when they eat products containing it. For these […]

Christine’s fantasy life as Jason Bourne

It’s hard as a mom, as your boys grow into men, to continue to be connected to them.  I have found that playing the same sports, or trying new things with them helps, which brings me to the story of my single day as Jason Bourne. To stay connected, I agree, from time to time, […]

Enjoy life now but plan for the future

Here’s a story to help inspire special Christmas memories for your family. Last year, I was flipping through an online catalogue when an idea for Christmas jumped to mind. The inspiration was a photo of an entire family wearing matching festive pyjamas – including the family dog! The scene sparked my imagination. I promptly clicked […]

Birding when the weather turns cold

The air is cooler and the leaves are falling, dropping bright colours on our sidewalks. The last minute birds, butterflies and hawks are flying south.  It’s time to wear your warm jackets, winter hats, and gloves to start looking for fall and winter birds. How can you help and enjoy the birds during the coming […]

Goin’ Down the Road – again

Back in 1969 there was no motion picture industry to speak of in Toronto, but a young director from the East End was determined to make a feature film on a shoestring budget. Donald Shebib even sold his car to help scrape up $27,000. Goin’ Down the Road (1970) became a landmark classic of Canadian […]

Enduring value of peace for the next generation

November 4th marks the rededication ceremony of the Malvern Collegiate Institute War Memorial.  This cenotaph bears the names of the 25 ‘Boys of Malvern’ – boys who graduated from this high school and went off to fight and die in the First World War. It is worth taking the time to read about the lives […]