Tag - May 2022

The Zen of Blueberry Picking

By Mary Simon President Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (2008) When the editor of Inuktitut Magazine, knowing my passion for picking berries, especially blueberries, asked me to write about the experience, I initially resisted. After all, berry picking is a personal experience. Somehow there is a magical and spiritual aspect to being...

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GIVE WISELY via planned gifts

More and more people are choosing to make a difference for the future through planned or deferred gifts. If there are causes dear to your heart, planned gifts allow you to give more and to give wisely. They give you more control over how your contribution is used and where it goes. Better yet, you can still ensure your extended...

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Michael Gareau: Life’s Stages

By Iris Winston Tea with a neighbour was a first step towards over half a century on stage for Michael Gareau. The Ottawa resident, then a teenager, had been singing as he mowed the lawn at his family’s home. The neighbour, a regular audience member at Orpheus Musical Theatre’s shows, was impressed with his voice and suggested...

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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon

Profile By Iris Winston COMMITMENT TO RECONCILIATION A Governor General for all Canadians The temperature hit 50 below and lower through the winter that Mary May Simon, then a teenager, lived in a tent in the Arctic. Th e relative luxury of Rideau Hall, her current home as the 30th Governor General of Canada, underlines the...

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Pakenham and White Lake: Tall Pines Country

OFF THE BEATEN PATH By Madeline Kallio A hint of the past—of a time when tall pines crowned the land in the pristine wilderness around clear lakes—can still be felt when visiting Pakenham and White Lake, an area of delightful vistas and vacation destinations. Artists and artisans have chosen to locate in and around these small...

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Caring for a Pet with Canine Diabetes

Marni started panting heavily and drinking water heavily. Here’s what happened next. Animal Chatter By Iris Winston Any radical change in an animal’s behaviour is a warning signal of a health problem. So when Marnie, my Irish Setter, started panting heavily for prolonged periods, even on cool days, I worried, especially when a...

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Punctuality

SAGE ADVICE By Iris Winston Punctuality is the politeness of kings. The words of the eighteenth-century monarch King Louis XVIII of France ring down the ages and have significance for anyone who has had to wait and wait as the minutes creep by in the aptly named waiting room of a doctor’s or dentist’s office. As the patient...

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The Little Things

By Jason Marshall As a kid, you wanted one thing: to be older. You were never five years old. You proudly told people you were five and a half. When you were 12, you longed to be a teenager. At 15, you couldn’t wait for 16 to get your driver’s licence. We all wanted to grow up so quickly. But somewhere along the way adulthood...

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Spring Wildflowers

By Julianne Labreche Each week, my friend Pat and I hop into her lime-green Volkswagen adorned with hot pink daisy decals for another adventure exploring trails around Ottawa. One of the best times to walk the trails is in early spring, just after the snow melts as paths are drying. It’s then that we might see those early...

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Asparagus and Chicken Enchiladas

Recipe and photos courtesy of Foodland Ontario It’s asparagus season. Much like the month of May itself, asparagus is full of vivid colour and appeal. This springtime vegetable looks elegant on a plate, adds oomph to all kinds of recipes and delivers a bounty of nutrients—including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre...

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