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Celebrating cultural diversity through food

Part of the enjoyment of eating is choosing healthy foods that reflect your preferences.Culture and food traditions play a role in shaping these preferences, including what you eat and how you prepare your food. Incorporating cultural diversity can expand your food skills.Keep cultural roots and food traditions alive by sharing them across generations and with friends. You can do this by making and preserving family recipes. Trying new recipes that explore different ways to prepare foods can be a way to learn about other cultures and discover new flavours.Eating foods you enjoy with others fosters connections and builds communities. Celebrate special occasions and holidays with cultural...


Posted: Mar 9, 2020



How to donate respectfully

I have seen so many wonderful people donating good, gently-used items to charitable organizations.When we donate items we make sure that they are wiped clean and in decent condition so they can be offered with dignity. We make sure that the clothes we donate are always laundered, folded and neatly packed. Sometimes new clothes that have been kept too long and no longer fit are donated with tags. I recently saw a Filipino family going the extra mile. They had laundered their clothes and the laundry tags were still on each item as they lovingly took a batch at a time on hangers from their car into the donation room. However, on another weekend we saw donations that made our hearts sink. The...


Posted: Jan 31, 2020



What newcomers bring to the table

When a colourful sports commentator insulted immigrants by calling us “those people”, accusing us of not wearing poppies, he was dead wrong.And when his comments caused a furor and he tried to backtrack by saying that he did not mean immigrants, he lied.If you actually heard his comments and looked at the text in which he ranted against and “othered” us he very definitely meant us:“You people that come here... whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you could pay a couple of bucks for a poppy.”And let’s not forget that, astoundingly, his co-host gave him a thumbs-up! True bigotry has a way of coming out.This bombastic sports announcer...


Posted: Jan 4, 2020



The priceless lessons of frugality

My parents were salt of the earth, hardworking, charitable people, but not wealthy.My father ran the flower farm for his father and then inherited it. It was a hundred acres of exquisitely beautiful blue agapanthus, red hot pokers and red cluster roses. The daily labour of love involved tending, nurturing, fertilizing, weeding and the uniquely tropical task of snake-proofing so that he and his small crew stayed safe. Every day they would cut the day’s quota of flowers, load them on to wheel barrows and push them, manoeuvreing the hills and valleys of the farm to our house atop one of the hills. The small crew would collect their few shillings of fair daily wage and go off to their shacks...


Posted: Dec 3, 2019



What about the minimum wage earner?

Toronto-city is fast becoming the city for the affluent. As we drive around the downtown residential areas we see gorgeous homes, exquisite renovations, lush landscaped gardens and a feeling of serenity.And for those who prefer glass enclosed condominium luxury there are beautiful options.Driving west along a three kilometre stretch of the Gardiner Expressway recently I counted twenty-one tall cranes all busily cobbling together more urban towers for those who can afford them.Juxtaposed with that picture at the time, I was listening to a CBC radio interview with two women, both minimum-wage earners, both in the service industry and both struggling to make ends meet.One lived in Scarborough...


Posted: Jul 3, 2019



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