Time to start thinking seeds and trees

Every year there is a day when my partner Jared comes down the stairs and notices that the dining room table has disappeared. “Ah,” he says, “Spring is coming and the seeds are back.” You see, I am what you might call a ‘Seedaholic.’ While preparing for gardening season the dinner table is covered by […]

This one’s for the anonymous helpers

I have written many articles on the good, charitable volunteers of the Beach and East Toronto. History is not only what has transpired many decades ago, it is what is happening now in our present time. One hundred and twenty five years ago, all of the religious organizations and institutions were in the forefront of […]

East Ender: There’s density, and then there’s density done well

It might be easier these days to argue against motherhood and apple pie than to question doctrine that underpins policies encouraging new density on land near public-transit stations. On the simplest symbiotic level, the concept is unassailable and important. But cities – like ecosystems, medicine and economics – can only be understood by considering the […]

Bottoms Up: Tipple trends for 2018

I don’t have a crystal ball, nor is my forté predicting the future. However, from what I’ve seen over the last while, certain trends in alcohol seem to exist and will likely carry on throughout 2018. Here are some. The beer industry never seems to suffer, and no matter what, continues to thrive. What I […]

In My Opinion: Finding gratitude in the gifts of community

Thanks to everyone who shared their stories for this year’s Winter Writing Contest. It is always a treat to see the variety of entries and be reminded that there are many talented wordsmiths right here in our neighbourhood. This year’s entries were particularly special to read because they focused on gifts – personal stories that […]

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Romantic recipes for Valentine’s Day

February 14th, Valentine’s Day, always comes in the deep mid-winter. Sometimes a freezing cold period, sometimes a winter thaw, but usually dreary and much in need of warm loving thoughts. Let these recipes rejuvenate your spirits and give cause to celebrate with the people in your life dear to you. Chocolate is often the flavour […]