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The Peppermint Candy

From the great Ron Hevener.
The moon was high … the indigo/night air smelled like water and the air sizzled its arms around you . . . that’s how it felt, as we waited…


By Guest Column - Sunday, May 4, 2008 - Full Story

May gardening

Many, many years ago a popular musical, Naughty Marietta, came to the stage. Subsequently, plant breeders having the same savour-faire as they do today, the name was bequeathed to a new marigold. Hence the delightful description of this Tagetes in an English seed catalogue: “‘Naughty Marietta’ is good for warm bedding.”

Canada’s Big Train

I was watching an old movie recently on TV about the legendary American athlete Jim Thorpe when it struck me that Canada once had an all-round athletic champion who would have left Thorpe in the shadows.

By William Bedford - Sunday, May 4, 2008 - Full Story

Depression turns off the music in the mother-baby dance

Your newborn is crying.  If it’s a cry of pain, you’re going to respond more strongly than you would to a cry of hunger – that’s the normal pattern.

By Guest Column - Friday, May 2, 2008 - Full Story

Hepatitis B Patients Getting Short-changed by Province

The Canadian ideal of universal healthcare isn’t all it’s cracked up to be for the estimated 80,000 – 100,000 Ontarians living with chronic hepatitis B. For many of these patients, getting access to the most effective treatments to delay the progress of their disease is impossible – the drugs are expensive and they’re not covered by the province.

By Guest Column Dr. Morris Sherman, MD- Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - Full Story

Trough Garden with Rock Stars

What’s with the cool Easter Island dude hanging out at the local friendly garden centre? According to B.C.’s famed Valleybrook, veterans of many a new and neat idea, his name is Cliff. He’s hit on alpine plants because they are, he says, “they’re little, they’re tough and they’re cute!”

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

Decision Making Cracked by Brain Scanners

How much of the decision making process do we actually have a say in? That’s the question being raised thanks to new research coming out of the Max Planck Institute. Using brain scanners, researchers were able to predict people’s decisions seven seconds before the test subjects were even aware of making them.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - Full Story

VIA’s Garden Route now includes Communities in Bloom destinations

Most press releases, ‘media kits’ is another term publicity hounds delight in, are consigned to the great pulp mill in the sky. Once in a while though, along comes a one deserves to be brought forward.

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

Boring Beetles and Other Aliens

Late last year, forest health technician Ed Czerwinski spotted some sick-looking ash trees in northeast Toronto. Examination confirmed his fears. He had been the first to spot similar symptoms in ash trees in Windsor, southwestern Ontario in 2002. Now he knew the Asian alien had reached the nation’s largest city.

By Wes Porter - Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - Full Story

Coffee may be Good for the Brain

Caffeine is one of those devices that so many of us subscribe too. When you consider addictions, caffeine is not seen as a ‘bad’ addiction, just somewhat natural. And while I hope that this isn’t just me trying to justify the amount of caffeine I have consumed and will continue to consume, there is at least medical research to back up drinking some caffeine.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Friday, April 4, 2008 - Full Story

Baseball Season Already Mathematically Predicted

It’s the beginning of the baseball season, and no matter who you’re supporting (Go Blue Jays!) it’s time to make your yearly predictions. And though each of us have a different method to work out who is going to win what and who’ll take bottom place, I doubt yours will be as involved as Bruce Bukiet’s.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, April 3, 2008 - Full Story

April gardening

“It is Spring! It is Spring!” proclaimed versifier Ogden Nash. “Let us leap! Let us sing!/ Let us claim we have hives/And abandon our wives!” but requesting that to “ . . . Please go and focus/Your whims on a crocus.”

By Wes Porter - Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - Full Story

The March of the Superbug

New infectious diseases are popping up everywhere and becoming more and more resistant to our attempts to fight them. Superbug is one of them. It seems that the number of people infected is growing, and recently there was an outbreak in an Ontario jail. 

How do we prevent them? Can we control infectious diseases? 

We’ve identified some CIHR-funded health research experts to answer some of your queries about Superbug and other issues such as the importance of infection control.

Dr. Allison McGeer, CIHR-finded researcher, Director, Infection Control, Mount Sinai HospitalProfessor, University of Toronto.
Dr. Donald E. Low, CIHR-funded researcher, Microbiologist-in-Chief, Department of Microbiology, Mount Sinai Hospital.

By Guest Column - Monday, March 31, 2008 - Full Story

Long live Queen Sarah!

The 2008 Genie Awards gave out statuettes to the best in the Canadian film industry this year and the members of the Academy crowned a new Queen when they gave the bulk of the important awards to Sarah Polley and her film, Away From Her

There wasn’t a more deserving winner in Genie history than Sarah.  She found the short story upon which the film was based (Alice Munroe’s The Bear Came Over The Mountain) ; she wrote the screenplay; she directed the film; and she has been promoting it since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last September..

By Larry Anklewicz - Monday, March 24, 2008 - Full Story

Moore Water Gardens

No garden is complete without a lily pond, believes Moore Water Gardens. Canada’s oldest and largest commercial water gardens were founded in 1932 in Port Stanley on the north shore of Lake Erie. Much water has flowed under the proverbial bridge since that time.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, March 23, 2008 - Full Story

My 2008 MLB Predictions

Major League Baseball is set to commence its 2008 season in Tokyo when the 2007 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox play the Oakland Athletics for the first of two games on March 25th.  The regular season comes into full swing on March 31st.  With a new season comes a new set of predictions.

By Guest Column Aaron Goldstein- Saturday, March 22, 2008 - Full Story

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