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The Sweet Month of March

“Hearing the sugar was made from Trees in Canada, and being thorough Loyalists, and not wishing to be mixed up with the Contest about it to be carried on, we packed up our effects and came over to Canada. So wrote Catherine White: Loyalist Narratives from Upper Canada, describing how they fled to American Revolution to discover our land of milk and maple syrup.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, March 16, 2008 - Full Story

Anorexia and Suicides; a Sadly Emphatic Link

Recently Time ran a story focusing on new research which has shown that suicide in those suffering from anorexia nervosa (AN) is often attempted much more effectively than others.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - Full Story

Good Friday’s Auspicious and Inauspicious Plantings

Good Friday falls on the 21st March this year. Gardeners being no more superstitious than others – touch wood – many a tale is told of what might or might not be planted on this important day in the Christian calendar.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, March 9, 2008 - Full Story

Virus versus Cancer

When people think of the Rabies virus they will either think of rabid animals or a more recent The Office episode from America. One particular member of the Rhabdoviridae family of viruses is vesicular stomatitis virus, and it affects insects and mammals, including cattle.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - Full Story

March Gardening

“Indoors or out, no one relaxes/In March, that month of wind and taxes,” declared Ogden Nash. True, alas how true, for gardeners too.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, March 2, 2008 - Full Story

Posies of Rosies

Paintings of roses decorated rooms in the Minoan city of Knossos near the north coast of the island of Crete about 3,000 B.C.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, February 24, 2008 - Full Story

Wiarton Willie, Punxsutawney Phil, Shubenacadie Sam

Last June was a disaster for British Formula One driver ace Anthony Davidson. And it was all the fault of a rodent. Positioned third in the 37th lap of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Davidson in his Super Aguri Honda made unplanned contact with a groundhog.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, February 17, 2008 - Full Story

American Dreams Altered by 9/11

Dreams have often been seen as untouchable by the world around us, often providing us with an escape, from the real world. No doubt our nightmares affect us, but often they are a portrayal of an entirely made up event.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, February 14, 2008 - Full Story

Acute Stress During Birth Linked to Schizophrenia in Children

We’ve known for some time now that stress is not conducive to healthy living. It affects us in a myriad of ways from something simple like not being able to concentrate, all the way through to raised blood pressure. But in a Time article recently,  it was shown that stress can also increase the risk of a child developing schizophrenia later in life if during the pregnancy, the mum suffers from acute stress.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Sunday, February 10, 2008 - Full Story

The Sex Life of Trees

Despite the depictions of Hollywood and even more explicit viewing available through purveyors of pornography on the Internet, procreation among plants remains a mystery to many.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, February 10, 2008 - Full Story

Flowers and Valentine’s Day

Notwithstanding claims by now-defunct The Weekly Word News that “February Sues for More Days,” this month will have that extra additive but not from any judicial judgment.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, February 3, 2008 - Full Story

Buffalo Bills heading to Toronto

The NFL is now one step closer to moving a franchise here to Canada when in the next few days it will be announced that the Buffalo Bills will play 8 regular season and pre-season games here in Toronto at the Rogers Centre.

By Edward Zawadzki - Thursday, January 31, 2008 - Full Story

On the Seed Scene

Dr. Charles Mayo (1865-1939), organizer of Rochester’s famed Mayor Clinic that his father had founded, was also a keen gardener. His prayer as such seems appropriate at this time:

By Wes Porter - Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - Full Story

Don Whittman, Cliff Fletcher and the Maple Leafs

Hate to start any column about anything political, but I just finished watching the South Carolina Democratic debate on the tube last night . All I can say is that I truly hope that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama keep knocking the hell out of each other and give the voters a chance to see that the third person on the stage (I don’t count Wolf Blitzer) John Edwards is head and shoulders above those two twits in ideas, sincerity and charisma. He’s truly the only one up there that appears to look and sound presidential. I really think he is the only Democratic candidate that will give John McCain a run for his money.

By Edward Zawadzki - Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - Full Story

Status Doesn’t Always Equal Success… Celebrities bust into the Fashion world

Lauren ConradIt seems like in today’s mass pop-cultured world of fashion, the acceptance of being a “designer” seems to come lightly to those of celebrity status. One must not over look the fact that because a person is simply deemed a “designer” that he or she is good at their trade, and this should be said of celebrities.

Currently, amongst young Hollywood there is this need to design clothing. Of course that goes without saying that every time one of these “pop princesses” are interviewed about their fashion career choice they gush “ I have always loved clothes and fashion”. It’s interesting how the majority of these girls have always loved fashion,  but lacked the sense of self-expression when they have people like celebrity stylist Rachel Zoë dressing them.

By Guest Column - Thursday, January 17, 2008 - Full Story

Botanicalls: The Plants Have Your Number

The newest idea in houseplant care uses modern technology to have the plant telephone when it requires care. Advice from time immemorial, proffered after experiencing such “advances” in practice and pocket, is summed up as cum graino salus.

By Wes Porter - Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - Full Story

Sports Roundup, Tragedy in Bathurst,  New Brunswick

Just sending condolences to the families and friends of the seven young athletes and one adult, who lost their lives Saturday in a tragic traffic accident near Bathurst, New Brunswick just doesn’t seem adequate enough our to express our collective profound sadness.

By Edward Zawadzki - Monday, January 14, 2008 - Full Story

Books to Bless

Dear Church leader, (Click website below; Ministry books)

By Guest Column - Friday, January 11, 2008 - Full Story