In My Opinion: World community has a responsibility to protect Rohingya

The international community, including Canada, has a responsibility to protect ethnic minorities in the face of genocide. Today, that means protecting the Rohingya in Myanmar. In 2005, all UN member states endorsed the idea that sovereignty entails a responsibility to protect all populations from mass atrocity crimes and human rights violations. Where a state fails […]

Pet of the Month: A Mac made in heaven

It’s hard to believe only a month ago, one might have mistaken Little Mac, aka Mr. Velvet, for a baby elephant. The roughly 10-year-old beagle was practically fur-less from the waist down, the result of a severe yeast and bacterial infection combined with a thyroid condition left untreated for years. These immune disorders also resulted […]

Kale your cravings with these healthy Halloween recipes

Halloween is everywhere – the convenience store, supermarkets, dollar stores and front gardens all sport pumpkins, goblins and ghosts to remind us that Halloween, perhaps one of the most outlandish celebrations, is just around the corner. And just in time, Foodland Ontario has come out with special recipes in readiness for this witching night of […]

Futureproof your home using sustainable design

A recent visit to EDIT, the expo for design, innovation and technology got me thinking more seriously about design and the contribution it can make for our environment. There is a huge movement towards sustainable design and housing, with a move towards designing and building homes that are affordable and also energy efficient. A number […]

Garden Views: Farewell to summer loves

Have you given up on your tender outdoor plants yet? I confess I try to keep them going as long as I can. This means my neighbours see me staggering around with an unlikely collection of cardboard, sheets and towels, tenderly wrapping up my giant basil and gallant cannas like some kind of weird garden […]

East Ender: When apathy is the biggest hump of all

The timing was perfect: A big black pickup – complete with a rumbly mating-call-of-the-inadequate-man exhaust system – sped past, interrupting my discussion with neighbour Larry Kidd before it really started. Kidd was out collecting signatures in support of speed humps on Hanson Street, south of Danforth at Coxwell, and I was eager for a progress […]