Local column finds global audience

It’s been about 10 years since I wrote my first column for our Beach Metro News. In that time, I have mostly offered advice and opinions on some very general and relatively safe and simple topics relating to the care of cats and dogs. In my last column, however, I wrote about a more personal […]

A Japanese maple with marcescence

Marcescence: When foliage won’t fall

What is marcescence? Well, apart from sounding like the answer to a Jeopardy clue that Alex Trebek might spring on unsuspecting contestants, it’s a botanical term to describe a phenomenon that occurs when a normally deciduous hardwood tree stubbornly retains its dead leaves through winter. It is a fairly obscure word and not exactly something […]

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

In My Opinion: Global leadership starts here at home

I recently met with Muhammad Yunus, economist, social entrepreneur, and Nobel Peace Prize winner for his pioneering work in microfinance. We talked about his ideas for a world of zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero net carbon emissions. He also spoke about Canada’s fortunate position in comparison to other countries, and concluded: “So the burden […]

Meet the makers building Winter Stations

  Seven years ago when Alex Wilson and Alan Johnston founded their building company Anex, it was a more utilitarian venture than it is today. “Our main focus was furniture at first,” said Wilson. “And then that switched to custom everything.” That everything has come to include 12-foot-tall hands, the reconstruction of a full-grown tree […]

Tech Talk: Is it time to cut the cord?

As monthly costs of our home internet, smartphone plans, and cable TV packages continue to rise, many people are looking for ways to cut back. Customers with three to four services coming into their homes from companies such as Bell or Rogers are often paying more than $300 per month. Meanwhile, most young people do […]