10 hidden gems you might be missing near Toronto

10 hidden gems you might be missing near Toronto

While getting to live in a city like Toronto certainly is a gift, there are tons of things locals are missing out on when they choose to stay squarely within the city limits. Sure, downtown has amazing food, nightlife and activities galore, but residents should also reserve some appreciation for the other gems that are … Read more

Talk about curb ap-peel: Cambridge food bank’s mobile market a ‘social enterprise’ for the entire community

Talk about curb ap-peel: Cambridge food bank’s mobile market a ‘social enterprise’ for the entire community

Heather Brueckner picks out some bananas at the Mobile Food Market stop at Forward Church, at the Myers Road and Franklin Boulevard roundabout. The church is one of 10 stops the food market makes in Cambridge and North Dumfries. Heather Brueckner knows the importance of stretching a dollar. A mother of three with low income, … Read more

‘Beautiful’: Blind man takes his first hike on Heartland Forest trail

‘Beautiful’: Blind man takes his first hike on Heartland Forest trail

Heartland Forest staffer and ambassador Adam Kane, right, uses the Blind Square Event app on his phone to help guide Joe Green, who is legally blind, on his first walk of the trails of the forest sanctuary in Niagara Falls. The partnership with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind is part of Heartland’s commitment … Read more

The insider’s guide to Brampton: Actor and director Kiran Rai shares some favourites in her hometown

The insider’s guide to Brampton: Actor and director Kiran Rai shares some favourites in her hometown

The arts and culture scene may not be the first thing that comes to mind when people think about Brampton, Ont., but the local creatives working to put their town on the map are kind of used to it. Just ask actor, storyteller and director Kiran Rai (known online as KayRay), who’s called the city … Read more

Students at Ontario school receive cheque for $5K for vegetarian recipe

Students at Ontario school receive cheque for K for vegetarian recipe

An Ontario school recently came up with a relatively simple recipe, but one that turned out to be worth $5,000. Elizabeth B. Phin Public School in Pickering was awarded $5,000 for their submission of a recipe to a new youth food program called Cheese4Change that supports healthy sustainable eating and gives out grants to schools … Read more

Canadians turning to couponing to save money amid high inflation rates – Toronto

Canadians turning to couponing to save money amid high inflation rates – Toronto

The food inflation rate in Canada has reached nearly 11 per cent, the highest it’s been since 1981. With Canadians across the country feeling the pressure on their pocketbooks, many have picked up couponing as a way to save money at the till. Toronto resident Sharon Anderson wasn’t much of a couponer or flyer collector … Read more

As food inflation stays hot, here’s a look at how much items cost

As food inflation stays hot, here’s a look at how much items cost

OTTAWA – Canada’s inflation rate fell from its near 40-year high of 8.1 per cent in June to 7.6 per cent in July, Statistics Canada said Tuesday. The easing was largely attributable to gas prices, which have dropped in recent weeks, but similar relief has not extended to food costs. The latest consumer price index … Read more

‘Throw them out’: Massive recall of certain cold cuts sold at Metro, Food Basics, FreshCo, Sobeys, Longo’s, IGA, Safeway and other grocery stores triggers allergy warning to shoppers in Canada

‘Throw them out’: Massive recall of certain cold cuts sold at Metro, Food Basics, FreshCo, Sobeys, Longo’s, IGA, Safeway and other grocery stores triggers allergy warning to shoppers in Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning shoppers about a major recall of cold cuts impacting some of the country’s big-name stores. The product includes a variety of cold cuts; Mastro San Daniele brand Charcuterie Trio – Prosciutto Cotto, Capocollo, Mortadella. The affected product is being recalled from the marketplace because it contains milk … Read more

Food — the world’s greatest ‘unequalizer’

Food — the world’s greatest ‘unequalizer’

I think the lasting side effect of the COVID pandemic is food, more food, expensive food and — OK, let’s go the whole nine courses — gluttony. Last week in Texas, a mother and son took a road trip designed to put the horrors of Florida’s Hurricane Ian behind them. At a Texas Rangers baseball … Read more

A look at what’s driving Aritzia’s momentum amid an evolving retail landscape

A look at what’s driving Aritzia’s momentum amid an evolving retail landscape

TORONTO – As Canadian retail darling Aritzia gears up to report its latest quarterly earnings Wednesday, it continues to stand out as a leader and trendsetter in a complex, rollercoaster retail environment. The Vancouver-born fashion company founded by Brian Hill in 1984 and now run by long-time employee Jennifer Wong, has developed somewhat of a … Read more