Celebrity-owned wineries

What does a movie star, professional athlete, iconic musician or other celebrity do when they are looking for something to do with all the money they’ve accumulated? They invest in a winery, of course. It’s not to say that many of those who do aren’t interested in wine, but it’s also an interesting way of […]

All wrapped up with goodness

Cooking in paper is fun, fancy and flavourful. The formal term for cooking in paper is cooking en papillote, and the paper is traditionally parchment paper readily available in supermarkets and food shops. Parchment is strong, heat-resistant and prevents food from sticking to it. In a pinch, aluminum foil can be substituted, but parchment definitely […]

Poppy not just beautiful flower

Thinking like a gardener, it’s odd that poppies are so prominent in November. Traditionally, the cold-loving chrysanthemum is November’s flower. Poppies belong to the month of August, the hot harvest-time. But, as most Canadians know, those sweet country customs changed in 1915. That’s the year John McCrae, poet-surgeon-soldier from Guelph, ON, wrote and published his […]

Great art program for young children

1 leaf, 2 leaves, 3 leaves today, 4 leaves, 5 leaves, Blow them all away! Count this rhyme out on your fingers Substitute leaves for worries and blow them all away! You may find the children are spending more time indoors now that fall is upon us and looking for things to do, especially the […]

Special place but the need for generosity remains

I moved to the Beach just two months ago to serve as priest at St Aidan’s Anglican Church, while my husband serves Grace Anglican Church in Scarborough. We moved here from Victoria, BC, but prior to that we had lived for 17 years in Guelph, so Toronto was not unknown to us. But the Beach […]

You can never get rid of the curse of the beagle

Halloween ain’t over, Rover! It’s time to do the Monster Mash at the Beagle Bash! Just when you thought it was safe to answer your door now that the ghosts and goblins have disappeared until next year, there’s a monster on the loose! He’s a one-eyed, one-tailed, flyin’ purple tennis-ball eater and he’s determined to […]

Residents’ associations create better communities

Behind every great community is, quite often, a stellar residents’ association (RA). Why? RAs are a tried-and-true way to connect with your neighbours, crusade for a cause, host fun events and work together to beautify your little corner of the world,  all while building a keen sense of camaraderie. Talk about value! Fortunately for us, […]

My Toronto includes streetcars and croquet

There are many things I like about Toronto and my list most definitely includes the streetcar. There is a westbound stop across from where I and The Wife reside, and it can get mighty chilly on a cold winter morning while waiting for the vehicle to arrive. Then just when all seems lost the noble […]

East End school for wayward girls flourished

In the province of Ontario there was a need for homes for troubled youths’. Some of these were institutions were run by religious organizations, and some by the municipalities and the provincial government. In the East End of the city near the present Victoria Park and Kingston Road area in the period starting around 1880, […]