Putting the ‘home’ in home office

Is your home office making you crazy? Did you make space for your office in a corner of your bedroom or kitchen and now find that it simply isn’t working for you? You are not alone. According to a 2010 Statistics Canada report, the number of paid employees working from home rose by 23 per […]

Let your wine take a breather

When it comes to red wine, especially bigger styles like Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Syrah/Shiraz, Malbec, Italian reds, etc., breathing time and aeration is so important. Giving them air opens up the wine allowing oxygen to mix in bringing out the subtleties and nuances. You’ll smell and taste much more. It also helps soften the […]

In praise of burgers

“You know, Jim, you could open a diner and call it Jim’s Burgers. These are the best!” And they were. My husband Jim made the most delicious hamburgers. They were happily anticipated every Saturday night during barbecue season. That is praise indeed because for me, beef is not a favourite. But these were mouth-watering good. […]

Outrageous: A film ahead of its time

Have you ever felt like an outsider? At some point in our lives many of us just don’t seem to “fit in”. Outrageous (1977) is a Toronto indie film with a small budget and a big heart. It tells the story of two outsiders who come together to try and make their way in a […]

How to go meatless without sacrificing protein

If you have thought about reducing your consumption of meat or even possibly adapting to a vegetarian lifestyle, apparently you are not alone. According to a 2015 study commissioned by the BC Humane Society, eight per cent of Canadians polled identified as vegetarian and a further 23 per cent were trying to eat less meat. […]

Teen Beach: Make skateboarding accessible

Skateboarding is about community. For the 10th anniversary of the opening of the East York Skatepark at Stan Wadlow Park, the Toronto Skate Commission recently held a clean-up and barbecue at the park. Artists came to cover old graffiti with their work and skaters came to repaint ramps and clean the park. It wasn’t all […]

In My Opinion: It’s time to TransformTO, says the rising lake

“It’s weird seeing 10 carp a metre long thrashing about on the roadway…they are mating most vigourously.” That was the response of an acquaintance to my inquiry about life these days on a partially submerged Toronto Island. The effects of the rising lake are a bit different off the island. Closer to home, our beaches […]

Beat the heat with these ‘healthy’ drinks

The term “healthy’ is rather subjective and relative when it comes to alcohol. Although most alcohol will have some antioxidant benefits if consumed very moderately, it contains calories and too much is definitely not good. Also, many mixes add calories. The warm weather inspires us to look and feel better as we spend more time […]

Asparagus, the versatile vegetable

Ontario asparagus and rhubarb are here – it must be spring! Yesterday was the first time I harvested rhubarb from my garden. Although it looked plentiful with the leaves, once they were removed, the meager stalks had to be supplemented with a bag of previously frozen rhubarb for a much-desired rhubarb crisp. Now that asparagus […]