Published Articles

These are articles that I have had published online, most of them appeared on the Changing Gears website, www.changinggears.ca

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Become a Voluntourist

The Voluntourism movement often falls within the category of eco-tourism and sustainable or responsible tourism. These are names that describe a way to travel for those who do not like mass tourism and its possible impact on the world. Eco-tourist destinations focus both on attracting tourists while at the same time enriching the local environment and sustaining a healthy balance within the surrounding ecosystem.

Make sure that before signing up for your voluntourism experience that you do your homework. Some voluntourism opportunities require hours of backbreaking work, while others depend more on brain than brawn. Ask for lots of details and see if it matches your vision.  

Although there are any number of international organizations offering chances to become a Voluntourist, there are also lots of great opportunities right here in Canada. Below is a sample list of some of the many Canadian organizations that you can check out when you are ready to take a life changing vacation.

CANADA WORLD YOUTH
EARTHWATCH INSTITUTE
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
THE LAND CONSERVANCY OF BC
WWOOF
CADIP

Voluntourism is about respecting and benefiting local people and the environment, a revolutionary form of interacting with your destination and your destination interacting with you.

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Celebrating Life: 10 Habits of Highly Healthy Men

Ok Dad to make sure that you are taking good care of yourself, here are 10 ways for you to stay healthy and enjoy the most that life has to offer:

  1. EXERCISE – It’s time to make exercise a priority in your daily routine, studies show that men need to increase their activity level every year to fight slowing metabolism. As an added bonus, exercising stimulates neuron growth that improves long term memory loss. If time is an issue, split the workout into two shorter sessions giving you a chance to pump up your energy level twice in the day.
  2. STRETCH – Dad’s do so many things that put excess stress on the back, instead of chiropractic care or medication, change your treatment to include yoga, tai chi or a strength and stretching session. Twenty minutes a day of stretching keeps you in tune with different muscles in the body, encourages healthy breathing and is less shocking to your back than some conventional treatments.
  3. LAUGH – Stay positive, surround yourself with friends and family that help you enjoy life and support you. It has been proven that laughter lowers stress levels and that in turn will help your body fight off illness. Stress causes the body to move in to “flight or fight” mode which overloads the immune system, so get out to a comedy show, laugh with friends or find a child to tell you a story, it’s what the doctor ordered.
     
  4. BALANCE –There’s a time for work, a time for personal relationships and a time for you, make sure the lines are clear in all areas of your life. Studies show that turning off your cell phone when you are not at work can improve your marriage, family satisfaction and your health. Keep work calls and job issues confined to the office as much as possible, after all that’s why you have voice mail.
  5. VACATION – Take a day off, or better yet a whole week! Getting a little R&R will help you be more productive and efficient at your job in the long run. Sit back with a good book, take in a show or concert or get outside with the grandkids and enjoy the sun and fresh air, it will be the best way to refresh your mind and energize your spirit.
  6. CHECK-UP – When was the last time you visited the Doctor for a regular check up? Typically men complain about discomfort and pain less often than women. It’s time to make sure that your diet and daily habits are keeping your body in tip top shape.
  7. SPIRITUAL – A peaceful mind leads to calmer methods of coping with life’s stresses, find ways to pray and meditate that bring you closer to God. Spending time on your spiritual life will build your inner strength and could add years to your life.
  8. DIET – It is recommended that men eat 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day to help ward off cancer, high blood pressure and heart disease. Good-for-you carbohydrates like 100% whole wheat bread, brown rice and oatmeal are full of fiber and minerals that fill you up and reduce blood cholesterol levels. Don’t forget to wash it all down with your 8 glasses of water a day since adequate fluid in the diet is the best way to ward off dehydration and fatigue this summer.
  9. REDUCE – Simplifying your financial situation can help alleviate tension-related problems such as insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, headaches, fatigue etc. It might be time to re-examine your spending and reduce you debt load.  Make sure you are actively planning for the future whether that means college or RRSP’s, and prioritizing your family’s needs on the path to attaining your goals.
  10. DELEGATE – Sometimes Dad’s try to do it all, wearing many different hats; bank teller, gardener, handyman, plumber, accountant, boss and go-to guy. Sometimes the best decision you can make is to delegate a job to someone else while you take a break. So this summer, pay the neighbours’ teenager to mow the lawn and treat your wife to a glass of lemonade.

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Bridging the Gap

Here are a few tips to making the most of your diverse family members and getting the maximum enjoyment out of your intergenerational loved ones:

Grandma’s Cooking – Everyone loves and still remembers her best recipes. Encourage Grandma to keep baking and send care packages to your children at University or living on their own or freeze food for the next family gathering.

Take a Hike – With whoever is home or visiting.  Strolling through a scenic area is fun for the whole family.  Whether legs are short or getting older, each person can set their own pace and take advantage of the beautiful peaceful surroundings while enjoying each other’s company.

Board Not Bored – When visiting your parents in a retirement home or in their long time home, encourage them to play a traditional favourite board game to really bring out the fun in your family. Sometimes we forget the hours of enjoyment we had as kids playing board games with our parents.  

Local Tourism – There are so many activities and events in your community that do not require long car trips or lots of money. Check the local paper for concerts in the park or exhibits at the museum and arrange a trip for your children and parents.

Book some fun – Why not encourage our youth to spend their high school volunteer hours helping local children practice their reading skills or read to those living in retirement and seniors homes. Fostering and maintaining a love for reading will enrich the lives everyone involved.

Pen Pals – For the young adult in college, letter writing is an excellent way to share the details of their ever changing life, especially when personal visits become less convenient.  Does your daughter or son like to use e-mail? Encourage them to communicate with each other in their way.  Parents if you are not already doing this, online chatting is a quick and effective way to touch base with your adult children.  

Make it a Family Affair – Whether you’re planning a dorm visit, patronizing a school play, soccer game or concert, take your parents with you. They would love to see where your college student lives and what better way to keep them involved and show support for your child’s new life.

Celebrate the Holidays – This is the time of your life where you need to make the most out of holidays and host family celebrations. Make sure that your children see how important it is to be surrounded by family and how tradition can really bring generations together.  

You have the best of both worlds; your parents rich in experience who very much wishes to stay involved with you and your children. Energetic and independent, your children are anxious to get out into the world. Maximize this unique opportunity by creating situations that bring your family together despite different generational interests.

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Celebrate Spring Fever

Bake a pie: Buy fresh fruit at the farmer’s market and bake a pie, open your window and treat the neighbours to the scent of spring too.  

Baseball Fever: Baseball and spring go hand in hand. Spring games are not usually sold out and early season games are often discounted.  

Change your décor: Maybe you have candles and other decorations tucked away. Visit a local dollar store for some inexpensive things to add a touch of spring to your home.  

Dine al Fresco – Find a scenic spot and have a picnic, or keep it close to home and break out the patio furniture.  

Drive with the Top Down: Or at least with the window or sunroof open, feel the wind and sun directly on your face. It’s like solar power for your soul.  

Herbal Essence: Stop by a nursery and pick up a pot of fresh herbs. Choose something you use in a lot of recipes. Nothing cures spring fever, like fresh herbs in your meals.  

Fill your Fruit Bowl: April is the perfect time to visit a local farmer’s market or green grocer. Visit our Cooking With Ease page to see what’s fresh this season.  

Garden Party: Most Canadian cities have a botanical garden. Take along a picnic and enjoy a lovely afternoon.  

Mini-Makeover: Paint your toenails, try a new hairstyle or treat yourself to a facial. Feeling refreshed is the best way to start enjoying Spring.  

Plant a Tree: What an amazing way to spend quality family time while helping the environment. Check online for local tree-planting initiatives in your area.

Spring for Lamb: Lamb is especially lovely and inexpensive in the spring. Serve a simple lamb dinner with mint chutney for a taste of springtime.

Sugar Rush: Nothing says “Canadian Spring” like visiting the Sugar Bush and enjoying the sights and sounds of the maple syrup industry.  

Take a hike: Plan a leisurely hike for a warm spring day. Try one of Canada’s beautiful conservation areas. 

Tickle your toes: Forget the socks, and walk outside in the grass barefoot, or at least wear your sandals.  

Whatever you do to Salute Spring, just make it a point to really enjoy the season before it melts into summer.

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Eco-Lingo Take 2

Carbon Capture
A process to trap and hold carbon dioxide as it is being produced before it reaches the atmosphere, as a method to reduce damaging emissions.

Carbon footprint: The total amount of greenhouse gases produced directly and indirectly to support human activities. Your carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of carbon dioxide, which were created by your activities.

Carbon Neutral
Human activities which have reduced the creation of greenhouse gases together with carbon offsetting, which overall do not increase the amount of CO2 already in the atmosphere.

Carbon offsets: Funding projects that reduce our emissions of carbon, such as paying to plant new trees or investing in “green” technologies such as solar and wind power, in order to balance or offset the greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere as a result of intensive use of fossil fuels like oil and coal.

Close the Loop
To buy a recycled product which has been remanufactured / reprocessed / reused on more than one occasion. This eliminates waste and creates a complete product cycle.  

Daylighting
Integrated design and use of natural daylight at the beginning of the build process. This optimizes the position of a building and allows as much light into the interior as possible to reduce energy costs and encourage resource reduction.  

Eco (Ecology)
The relationship between organisms and their environment. Commonly and informally used as a term for products and materials which are environmentally friendly.  

Eco-chic / Green Chic
The trend and fashion of being environmentally conscious and buying ‘green’ products.  

Eco-consumerism / Green Consumerism
Environmentally conscious people buying ‘green’ products and manufacturers producing them for that demand.  

Eco-elite
A person who is environmentally conscious and who has the finances to support their environmental preferences.  

Embodied Energy
The total amount of energy used by a process e.g. the total energy for a building begins with sourcing and manufacturing raw materials through to ongoing maintenance as the building ages. Embodied energy looks at the whole lifecycle.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)  
Organisms from bacteria, plants or animals which have been genetically changed in a laboratory through DNA technology.

Chief Sustainability Officer – business executive hired to meet environmental regulations and to find ways to profit through environmentally friendly products and services. Tons of Fortune 500 companies have brought on a CSO in recent years.

Global Weirding – is an increase in severe or unusual environmental activity often attributed to global warming. This includes freakish weather and new animal migration patterns.

Green-Collar Workers people who are inspired to work in the green industry for what might resemble blue-collar wages.

Greenhouse effect: The warming of earth’s atmosphere as a result of atmospheric pollution by gases. It is now feared that the warming effects are being undesirably increased by humans, causing climate changes and melting polar icecaps, known as Global Warming.

Holistic Interior Design / Zen Interior Design
A complimentary way of designing interiors based on achieving a balance between; design principles, human health and well-being and our natural environment.

Off-Gassing
Gases released from building materials, finishes and products which are inhaled by humans and animals. Off-gassing causes interior air pollution and is connected to poor health and illness.

Off the grid or Off-Grid: Living in a self-sufficient way without relying on one or more public utilities.

Organic: Food that is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation to maintain the integrity of the food.

Sustainable: Meeting the needs of the present without damaging the ability of future generations to meet their needs. When a process is sustainable, it can be carried out over and over without negative environmental effects or impossibly high costs.   

To go Green / Green Living
To make both a conscious and active decision to reduce the negative effect on the environment through your own lifestyle choices. A lifestyle intended to ensure that one’s impact on the environment is as minimal as possible.   

Triple Bottom Line (People/Planet/Profit)
Companies who add environmental and social standards into their concerns for profit and performance.  

Virgin Product
Products that do not contain any recycled content, manufactured with 100% new materials

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Enjoy the Taste of Canada

With all the Canada Day celebrations, family get-togethers, camping trips, day trips and summer holidays there is no end to the barbeques, picnics and meal events taking place this month. So what better way to Slide into Summer than by enjoying some succulent and stress-free recipes featuring Canada’s unique culinary character.  

Maple Cookies

Nothing says Canada like Maple Syrup, so pack some of these yummy cookies into your picnic basket for a sweet treat on your fun-filled daytrips.

  • 1 cup butter, softened  
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar  
  • 1 egg  
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or maple extract  
  • 1 cup of Canadian Maple Syrup
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda  
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt  
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour  
  • Mini sprinkles or coloured sugar for decoration
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg, syrup and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Blend dry mix into butter/sugar. Form into 1 inch balls and roll in sprinkles. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly.  
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Let cool on wire rack.  

Hot Pink Lemonade

For a splash of Muskoka summer in every glass try this refreshing blueberry lemonade! The hot pinkish purple effect is sure to transport you to cottage country with each sip.

  • 1 cup water  
  • 2 cups white sugar  
  • 2 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice  
  • 7 cups cool water  
  • 2 cups ice  
  • 3/4 cup Northern Ontario blueberries  

Boil one cup of water with the sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until the liquid becomes clear. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice. Pour 7 cups of cool water and ice into a serving pitcher. Add the lemon syrup and blueberries; stir until you get a ‘hot pink’ color.  

Green Bean and Canadian Bacon Casserole

Need something to take to you Family Reunion or Church pot-luck? Try this casserole which makes a great addition to any table…especially where guests love Canadian Bacon!

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed  
  • 1 large onion, chopped  
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup water  
  • 1 pound sliced Canadian bacon, cut into strips  
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt  
  • salt and pepper to taste  
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup  
  • 1 1/4 cups milk  
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs  
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  
  2. In a large pot, combine the green beans, onion and water. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, and transfer to a 2 quart casserole dish. Lightly sauté mushrooms in a bit of garlic salt then sprinkle onto the beans. While the beans cook, fry the Canadian bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Stir in with the beans along with the cream of mushroom soup and milk. Sprinkle bread crumbs over the top.  
  3. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until heated through and sauce is bubbly.  

New Brunswick Lobster Casserole

Can’t make it down east to try the unique flavours of the Canadian Coast? Then whip up this exciting casserole and bring the sea to your kitchen, your family will be “washed away”!

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided  
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour  
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard  
  • 1 teaspoon salt  
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper  
  • 1 cup milk  
  • 1 cup light cream  
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms  
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese  
  • 3 cups cooked diced lobster  
  • 2 cups soft bread cubes  
  • 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs  
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter  
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a casserole dish.  
  2. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, mustard powder, salt, and pepper until smooth. Pour in the milk and cream, bring to a simmer, and cook until thickened and smooth, stirring constantly. Add the mushrooms and cheese, stir until the cheese has melted. Fold in the diced lobster meat and the bread cubes.  
  3. Pour into prepared casserole dish. Mix the bread crumbs with the remaining 1 tablespoon of melted butter to moisten. Sprinkle the crumbs over the casserole.  
  4. Bake in preheated oven until the crumbs have browned, and the casserole is hot; about 30 minutes.  

Cucumber Salad with Yogurt and Cilantro

All across Canada, local farmers are bringing the tastiest cucumbers to a grocer near you, so pick a couple up and try a zestier healthier cucumber salad. Just make sure you buy enough, your family will want it again and again!

  • 3 cucumbers  
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste  
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro  
  • 1 cup plain yogurt  
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil  
  1. Peel cucumbers if desired and cut into cubes. Toss cubes with garlic, salt and pepper.  
  2. Let cucumber sit for 5 minutes and drain off any excess liquid.  
  3. Beat yogurt until smooth; blend in a drizzle of olive oil if desired. Pour over cucumbers.  
  4. Sprinkle chopped cilantro over salad and then refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.  

Brie Cranberry and Chicken Pizza

One of Canada’s most celebrated party foods is pizza, but who says it has to be ordinary and only edible for teenagers? Here is a sophisticated pizza that will blow your grown up party guests away!

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast  
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil  
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 (12 inch) prepared pizza crust or make your own
  • 1 1/2 cups canned cranberries or cranberry sauce
  • 6 ounces Brie cheese, chopped into small pieces
  • 8 ounces grated mozzarella cheese  
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  
  2. Chop chicken breasts into small pieces. Heat oil and garlic in medium skillet. Add chicken and sauté until browned and mostly cooked.  
  3. Spread cranberry sauce over the pizza crust. Top with chicken, brie and cover with mozzarella.  
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes.

Watermelon Summer Salad

Everyone loves the refreshing taste of watermelon; why not enjoy it while dining on the patio with a few friends? Enjoy this exotic salad without getting watermelon juice all over your shirt!

  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red or Vidalia onion  
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice  
  • 6 cups seeded, cubed watermelon  
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese  
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olive halves  
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro or mint  
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil  
  1. Mix the onion slices in a small bowl with the lime juice for 20 minutes to sweeten the onion.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the watermelon cubes, feta cheese, black olives and onions with the lime juice. Drizzle olive oil and toss salad lightly. Sprinkle cilantro or mint over salad and serve.

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Bridging the Gap

Here are a few tips to making the most of your diverse family members and getting the maximum enjoyment out of your intergenerational loved ones:

Grandma’s Cooking – Everyone loves and still remembers her best recipes. Encourage Grandma to keep baking and send care packages to your children at University or living on their own or freeze food for the next family gathering.

Take a Hike – With whoever is home or visiting.  Strolling through a scenic area is fun for the whole family.  Whether legs are short or getting older, each person can set their own pace and take advantage of the beautiful peaceful surroundings while enjoying each other’s company.

Board Not Bored – When visiting your parents in a retirement home or in their long time home, encourage them to play a traditional favourite board game to really bring out the fun in your family. Sometimes we forget the hours of enjoyment we had as kids playing board games with our parents.  

Local Tourism – There are so many activities and events in your community that do not require long car trips or lots of money. Check the local paper for concerts in the park or exhibits at the museum and arrange a trip for your children and parents.

Book some fun – Why not encourage our youth to spend their high school volunteer hours helping local children practice their reading skills or read to those living in retirement and seniors homes. Fostering and maintaining a love for reading will enrich the lives everyone involved.

Pen Pals – For the young adult in college, letter writing is an excellent way to share the details of their ever changing life, especially when personal visits become less convenient.  Does your daughter or son like to use e-mail? Encourage them to communicate with each other in their way.  Parents if you are not already doing this, online chatting is a quick and effective way to touch base with your adult children.  

Make it a Family Affair – Whether you’re planning a dorm visit, patronizing a school play, soccer game or concert, take your parents with you. They would love to see where your college student lives and what better way to keep them involved and show support for your child’s new life.

Celebrate the Holidays – This is the time of your life where you need to make the most out of holidays and host family celebrations. Make sure that your children see how important it is to be surrounded by family and how tradition can really bring generations together.  

You have the best of both worlds; your parents rich in experience who very much wishes to stay involved with you and your children. Energetic and independent, your children are anxious to get out into the world. Maximize this unique opportunity by creating situations that bring your family together despite different generational interests.

 

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Getting Your Yard Ready for Fall

Traditionally September is the time to be preparing your flowers and trees for the cold weather and safeguarding your garden before the first frost arrives. Take advantage of a cool fall day to get your garden autumn-ready:  

  1. Caring for your lawn at this time of year will yield maximum results next spring. Apply herbicides now to control weed infestations. Aerate compacted or thatched soil and apply fertilizer to provide nutrients, the improvement will be seen quickly as the grass responds and turns a healthy, vibrant green.
     
  2. Use the lawn mower to mulch or remove dead leaves in order to prevent them from smothering the grass. In this cooler season, lawns are best kept at a 2 to 3 inch height. If your lawn did not have good colour during this summer, this might indicate soil compaction. Spiking your lawn now will allow the grass roots to grow deeper into the soil maintaining a better colour for next year. 
  3. Houseplants that have spent the summer outside in the garden must be moved indoors in time for them to readjust before the heat is turned on. Lost leaves or browning around the edges of the leaves on some plants is a normal indication of their internal adjustment to lower light and humidity levels indoors.  
  4. Harvest tender bulbs from plants that you want to bloom in the spring. Let the bulbs dry out in the sun for a few hours before storing them in a cool, dry place for the winter. Be sure to plant hardy spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils while the soil remains manageable.  
  5. Final winterizing of your roses is usually done after a deep frost, but tying the canes loosely now will make your job easier later. Cut plants back to 18-24 inches and create a mound of soil over the crown of the bushes. Once the soil has frozen, add an additional layer of compost.
  6. Build some windbreaks to protect young, tender plantings from drying winter winds and beating snow. Anything that encourages snow accumulation away from the plants will help provide excellent protection against low temperatures or wind damage.  
  7. Many perennials such as delphinium and hosta look messy during the cold weather months, so you’ll want to cut them back to about 6-8 inches from the ground. This is a great time for dividing your perennials, which not only maintains the health of your plants but is an easy way to spread out their growth providing more coverage next season.
  8. Remove any weeds and left over annuals from the garden, dead plants provide winter hiding places for insects and disease which can cause problems in the spring. Turn the soil over in vegetable and flower gardens, adding dead leaves which will provide rich nutrients to the soil throughout the winter.
  9. It’s a good idea to water your garden thoroughly before the ground freezes. Even with snow, winter can be very dry and harsh for many trees and shrubs so make sure you provide them with a large supply of moisture before the extreme winter weather arrives.
  10. Finally, to stretch out flowering a couple more weeks in the autumn, covering plants with plastic or cloth sheets or newspaper will provide protection against the initial frosts. If your unprotected plants become damaged by frosts, try hosing them with water before the sun rises to extend their lifespan a little.

Taking care of your garden now will ensure a beautiful vibrant garden next spring, so take some time to lovingly prepare your flowers and plants for the coming colder months.

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Getting your home Spring-Ready inside and out!

Will it be basking in the beauty of your yard or patching and pruning the hours away? 

There’s no need to wait for high temperatures to get your home and garden ready for summer. Some jobs will have to wait for the warmer weather, but getting a jump on things now will allow you more time to enjoy all the activities you’ve been dreaming of since last October.

Here are some general suggestions to help you prepare your home and garden to spring into Summer and help you get outside a little bit more.

  1. Start with the exterior of your home. Scan the roof for any missing or damaged shingles, paying special attention to chimneys and vents.
  2. Check that there are no bushes, seedlings or climbing plants within a foot of your air conditioning unit, and check that there are no animal nests inside.
  3. Make any necessary repairs, painting or replacement of lattice work or arbors that your plants will climb as well as railings and decorative wooden gardens structures.
  4. If you have a deck or porch, check for rot, mold and any loose nuts and bolts. Decks and porches should be cleaned and sealed every two to three years.
  5. Check your lawn mower for any necessary repairs; sharpen blades, and double check the lawn for any rogue rocks and pebbles tossed there by the snow blower.
  6. Repair, clean and sharpen any gardening tools such as shovels, pruning shears and spades, try preparing a bucket of motor oil and sand to keep your tools clean and oiled throughout the summer.
  7. Pull weeds, cultivate and aerate your soil while it’s still a little moist, it will save you time and effort when you are ready to plant flowers.
  8. Fertilize your bushes and trees, the frequent rain of this season will carry the nutrients right down through the ground to the roots and add strength to larger plants.
     
  9. Some vegetable seeds prefer the cooler weather to germinate. Seeds such as carrots, lettuce, parsley, and peas, as well as annuals like bachelor’s buttons can be planted directly into your garden once it has been tilled and prepared.

As you patiently wait for the summer weather don’t be shy, get out into the fresh air and help your home and garden prepare to burst with colour! Take a little extra time now to do the leg work required to ensure that your summer will be restful and enjoyable.

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Make a Splash in your Community

Here are the top 10 ways to get the most out of your community and give the most back:

  1. Visit the Farmers Market – Just about every town, city and village across this country has a gathering of agricultural vendors. Skip the big box grocery store and stroll down the street while you buy fresh produce from people who live in your community too.
  2. Skip the Sprinkler – Why waste water at your house when you could take your family to the local pool or splash pad? Your kids will make friends, you’ll meet new and interesting people and the water is already running which is better for your planet and your pocketbook.
  3. Carpool – When you have a day trip planned or you are meeting people at an event, find ways to drive together. The ride will be so much more fun with more people and it will save gas and fuel emissions, making the air a little cleaner.
  4. Support the Arts – Want a night out on the town? Find out what concerts or theatre productions are happening in your area. There is no better way to help foster the growing arts community than by patronizing their events, and the bonus for you is that most local shows cost less and it’s easy to get tickets.
  5. Have a Garage Sale – Summer is a great time to clear out some clutter that you are not using, meet your neighbours, make a little cash and keep excess stuff out of the local landfills. Consider dedicating your sale to the Cancer Society or  a charity close to your heart. Put up signs letting people know and donate all the proceeds to a good cause.
  6. Host a Book Swap – Invite all your friends, family and neighbours to a book exchange at your house. Most people like to get some quality reading in during the summer months, have everyone bring a few books they can part with and then they can pick the same number of books off the table on the way out. Serve some light refreshments, conversation and end up with a few good reads.
  7. Keep the Streets Clean – Challenge your family to a litter-duel while on a daytrip, walking through town, camping or visiting the beach. See who can pick up the most litter off the ground while you go about your business. Help make the community cleaner, teach your children about social responsibility and think of how many calories you’ll burn bending down to pick up the trash!
  8. Conserve Water – Remember when it’s time to empty the pool, do it in the evening and use the H2O to water your garden and maybe your neighbours as well. When the kids are using the sprinkler or water pistols make sure they remember to stay on the grass not the pavement. You can even remember to toss unfinished bottles or glasses of water into your garden instead of down the drain.
  9. Stay Active – It can be very easy in the blistering heat to lounge on the patio or hide out in the air conditioned house. This summer make sure you get out for evening walks or go biking to explore any trails around your town. There’s no reason staying active has to be boring.  Stop for ice cream on the way back from a hike, or enjoy the swimming and shade offered by the local conservation area.

A Canadian Golden Rule – The most important thing that you can do this summer is remember that being part of a community is a responsibility as well as a right. Treat people around you with the respect and consideration you expect, whether you are having a party, attending a sporting event or renovating your home. Make sure that your summer fun doesn’t in any way hinder the fun of others. As a community we can all make sure that we have a sensational summer!

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Make Your Vacation Really Count

Every community across Canada is full of organizations and charities that depend on local volunteers to achieve their goals and run their programs. There are countless opportunities for people of all ages from all walks of life to participate in programs and services that are the heartbeat of the community.  

Maybe you are interested in construction and renovating. Instead of spending time and money working on your house this summer, join with Habitat for Humanity as they build houses all across Canada for those in need.  

Are you planning to take your family to a splash park or beach this summer? Why not become a Big Brother or Sister to a child in need of strong adult mentoring, and watch their face light up as they enjoy some summer fun with you.  

Perhaps your summer vacation usually consists of sitting on the patio with a few really good books. Now imagine if you couldn’t read a book. Why not take an hour or two a week to help tutor someone who can’t read. Perhaps join with a group like Movement for Canadian Literacy and help someone else enjoy books as much as you do.  

One of the best activities in the summer is walking the dog. It’s great exercise, fun for you and your furry friend will be on cloud nine. There are so many animals that need affection and care, call your local Humane Society and see if there is something an animal lover like you can do to assist them in enhancing lives of animals in need. Or, volunteer to walk someone else’s dog along with your own because they no longer can.  

Why not take one afternoon a week this summer and visit someone in the hospital or nursing home.  I’m sure they would be grateful to have you  come and sit with them, play cards or just have a great conversation. No one likes to miss out on the summer activities that most people are enjoying. Why not see what you can do to brighten someone’s day?  

The list is endless of organizations that need your help. There are so many things that you can do to give back to your community through volunteering. Check out our Resource Directory for listings of many organizations all across the country. Find the one the appeals to your interests and passions and call them or visit their website to see how you can make the most of your vacation this summer.

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Get Motivated for Spring Cleaning

1. A room or task, one at a time: Make a list of what you’d like to see done, then plan for an hour a day to work on one of the items on your list. The job will be more manageable if you break it down and plan it out. 

2. Change Up Your Tools: Go to the cleaning aisle and pick out a new selection of eco-friendly cleaning products. Pick a fragrance you like, as you will be more likely to clean thoroughly if you enjoy the smell and are excited about trying a new product.  

3. Dangle a Carrot: Creating a reward for yourself for when you’ve completed a dreaded chore can be a great motivator. Pick a relaxing activity or plan to buy that new item you’ve been thinking of buying.  

4. Dress for Success: Get dressed in some comfortable serious housework clothes designed to help you feel energized for cleaning. Shake off the sweat pants and slippers and wear an outfit that will help you get into gear.  

5. Force Your Deadline: You’ll be even more motivated to clean if you have company coming at a specific time. Be careful to give yourself a reasonable timeframe to complete your job. You can also use a timer for individual tasks.  

6. Listen To Music: Whether you choose the radio, an mp3 player, or your favorite online playlist, music will help energize you. Choose an upbeat tempo and it will count as light exercise.   

7. Make it a Team Effort:  Get together with a close friend and mix chores with some quality visiting. Try a joint cleaning/organizing session at your home one Saturday, and your friend’s the next.   

8. Plan a Garage Sale:  Having agarage sale can be a great way to clear out accumulated clutter and recycle. It’s easier to part with your treasures if you know you’ll make some money, plan to spend the money on something special.  

9. Relax: No need to get stressed about the jobs on your list. Remember, everything in moderation, even Spring Cleaning. It’s good to find balance, and not get overwhelmed by the daunting tasks you have before you.  

10. Seek Inspiration: Reading a housekeeping magazine can help you visualize your home as a finished product. It might guide you through the dreary cleaning if you can imagine your summer remodelling project.

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Getting Your Yard Ready for Fall

Traditionally September is the time to be preparing your flowers and trees for the cold weather and safeguarding your garden before the first frost arrives. Take advantage of a cool fall day to get your garden autumn-ready:  

  1. Caring for your lawn at this time of year will yield maximum results next spring. Apply herbicides now to control weed infestations. Aerate compacted or thatched soil and apply fertilizer to provide nutrients, the improvement will be seen quickly as the grass responds and turns a healthy, vibrant green.
     
  2. Use the lawn mower to mulch or remove dead leaves in order to prevent them from smothering the grass. In this cooler season, lawns are best kept at a 2 to 3 inch height. If your lawn did not have good colour during this summer, this might indicate soil compaction. Spiking your lawn now will allow the grass roots to grow deeper into the soil maintaining a better colour for next year. 
  3. Houseplants that have spent the summer outside in the garden must be moved indoors in time for them to readjust before the heat is turned on. Lost leaves or browning around the edges of the leaves on some plants is a normal indication of their internal adjustment to lower light and humidity levels indoors.  
  4. Harvest tender bulbs from plants that you want to bloom in the spring. Let the bulbs dry out in the sun for a few hours before storing them in a cool, dry place for the winter. Be sure to plant hardy spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils while the soil remains manageable.  
  5. Final winterizing of your roses is usually done after a deep frost, but tying the canes loosely now will make your job easier later. Cut plants back to 18-24 inches and create a mound of soil over the crown of the bushes. Once the soil has frozen, add an additional layer of compost.
  6. Build some windbreaks to protect young, tender plantings from drying winter winds and beating snow. Anything that encourages snow accumulation away from the plants will help provide excellent protection against low temperatures or wind damage.  
  7. Many perennials such as delphinium and hosta look messy during the cold weather months, so you’ll want to cut them back to about 6-8 inches from the ground. This is a great time for dividing your perennials, which not only maintains the health of your plants but is an easy way to spread out their growth providing more coverage next season.
  8. Remove any weeds and left over annuals from the garden, dead plants provide winter hiding places for insects and disease which can cause problems in the spring. Turn the soil over in vegetable and flower gardens, adding dead leaves which will provide rich nutrients to the soil throughout the winter.
  9. It’s a good idea to water your garden thoroughly before the ground freezes. Even with snow, winter can be very dry and harsh for many trees and shrubs so make sure you provide them with a large supply of moisture before the extreme winter weather arrives.
  10. Finally, to stretch out flowering a couple more weeks in the autumn, covering plants with plastic or cloth sheets or newspaper will provide protection against the initial frosts. If your unprotected plants become damaged by frosts, try hosing them with water before the sun rises to extend their lifespan a little.

Taking care of your garden now will ensure a beautiful vibrant garden next spring, so take some time to lovingly prepare your flowers and plants for the coming colder months.

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 Make a Splash in your Community

Here are the top 10 ways to get the most out of your community and give the most back:

  1. Visit the Farmers Market – Just about every town, city and village across this country has a gathering of agricultural vendors. Skip the big box grocery store and stroll down the street while you buy fresh produce from people who live in your community too.
  2. Skip the Sprinkler – Why waste water at your house when you could take your family to the local pool or splash pad? Your kids will make friends, you’ll meet new and interesting people and the water is already running which is better for your planet and your pocketbook.
  3. Carpool – When you have a day trip planned or you are meeting people at an event, find ways to drive together. The ride will be so much more fun with more people and it will save gas and fuel emissions, making the air a little cleaner.
  4. Support the Arts – Want a night out on the town? Find out what concerts or theatre productions are happening in your area. There is no better way to help foster the growing arts community than by patronizing their events, and the bonus for you is that most local shows cost less and it’s easy to get tickets.
  5. Have a Garage Sale – Summer is a great time to clear out some clutter that you are not using, meet your neighbours, make a little cash and keep excess stuff out of the local landfills. Consider dedicating your sale to the Cancer Society or  a charity close to your heart. Put up signs letting people know and donate all the proceeds to a good cause.
  6. Host a Book Swap – Invite all your friends, family and neighbours to a book exchange at your house. Most people like to get some quality reading in during the summer months, have everyone bring a few books they can part with and then they can pick the same number of books off the table on the way out. Serve some light refreshments, conversation and end up with a few good reads.
  7. Keep the Streets Clean – Challenge your family to a litter-duel while on a daytrip, walking through town, camping or visiting the beach. See who can pick up the most litter off the ground while you go about your business. Help make the community cleaner, teach your children about social responsibility and think of how many calories you’ll burn bending down to pick up the trash!
  8. Conserve Water – Remember when it’s time to empty the pool, do it in the evening and use the H2O to water your garden and maybe your neighbours as well. When the kids are using the sprinkler or water pistols make sure they remember to stay on the grass not the pavement. You can even remember to toss unfinished bottles or glasses of water into your garden instead of down the drain.
  9. Stay Active – It can be very easy in the blistering heat to lounge on the patio or hide out in the air conditioned house. This summer make sure you get out for evening walks or go biking to explore any trails around your town. There’s no reason staying active has to be boring.  Stop for ice cream on the way back from a hike, or enjoy the swimming and shade offered by the local conservation area.

A Canadian Golden Rule – The most important thing that you can do this summer is remember that being part of a community is a responsibility as well as a right. Treat people around you with the respect and consideration you expect, whether you are having a party, attending a sporting event or renovating your home. Make sure that your summer fun doesn’t in any way hinder the fun of others. As a community we can all make sure that we have a sensational summer!

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 Make Your Vacation Really Count

Every community across Canada is full of organizations and charities that depend on local volunteers to achieve their goals and run their programs. There are countless opportunities for people of all ages from all walks of life to participate in programs and services that are the heartbeat of the community.  

Maybe you are interested in construction and renovating. Instead of spending time and money working on your house this summer, join with Habitat for Humanity  as they build houses all across Canada for those in need.  

Are you planning to take your family to a splash park or beach this summer? Why not become a Big Brother or Sister  to a child in need of strong adult mentoring, and watch their face light up as they enjoy some summer fun with you.  

Perhaps your summer vacation usually consists of sitting on the patio with a few really good books. Now imagine if you couldn’t read a book. Why not take an hour or two a week to help tutor someone who can’t read. Perhaps join with a group like Movement for Canadian Literacy  and help someone else enjoy books as much as you do.  

One of the best activities in the summer is walking the dog. It’s great exercise, fun for you and your furry friend will be on cloud nine. There are so many animals that need affection and care, call your local Humane Society   and see if there is something an animal lover like you can do to assist them in enhancing lives of animals in need. Or, volunteer to walk someone else’s dog along with your own because they no longer can.  

Why not take one afternoon a week this summer and visit someone in the hospital or nursing home.  I’m sure they would be grateful to have you  come and sit with them, play cards or just have a great conversation. No one likes to miss out on the summer activities that most people are enjoying. Why not see what you can do to brighten someone’s day?  

The list is endless of organizations that need your help. There are so many things that you can do to give back to your community through volunteering. Check out our Resource Directory for listings of many organizations all across the country. Find the one the appeals to your interests and passions and call them or visit their website to see how you can make the most of your vacation this summer.

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Put Fun Back into the Kitchen

If you want to inject some excitement into your time in the kitchen, try getting a subscription to a cooking magazine like Chatelaine  or Canadian Living . Get new meal ideas delivered right to your mailbox everyday, complete with instructions, meal planning tips, colour photos and detailed recipes to add some pizzazz to your table. Why not spice things up by learning to cook some exotic foods like Thai or Indian? Ingredients can be found at most of your local grocery or bulk stores, and authentic recipes can be found easily online at websites like Home Basics , Kraft Canada , AllRecipes  or FoodTV  .

How about widening your new culinary hobby to include your closest friends? Try hosting a cooking party with a couple of friends, pick up ingredients to make lasagna or chicken divan and spend the afternoon cooking together with each person taking home a pan of oven-ready delicious food prepared in a relaxing and fun way. For something even more interesting, arrange a rotating dinner party circle with people you know. Each month one family hosts the other families for dinner, set a menu rotation that includes new or ethnic foods that will encourage everyone to try new meals and expand their palettes.  

Broaden your horizons with a cake decorating class or informal cooking course. Stores like Michaels or Loblaws offer mini classes or multi-week courses with ethnic, holiday or seasonal themes designed to help you work on your culinary skills a little at a time. Sign up on your own and meet new people or with a friend and take your cooking experience out of the ordinary.

Whether your hobby is baking, cooking, hosting dinner parties or decorating birthday cakes, whatever you choose to do, make it fun and fresh because there’s a whole world of food out there waiting to be explored.

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Get Motivated for Spring Cleaning

1. A room or task, one at a time: Make a list of what you’d like to see done, then plan for an hour a day to work on one of the items on your list. The job will be more manageable if you break it down and plan it out. 

2. Change Up Your Tools: Go to the cleaning aisle and pick out a new selection of eco-friendly cleaning products. Pick a fragrance you like, as you will be more likely to clean thoroughly if you enjoy the smell and are excited about trying a new product.  

3. Dangle a Carrot: Creating a reward for yourself for when you’ve completed a dreaded chore can be a great motivator. Pick a relaxing activity or plan to buy that new item you’ve been thinking of buying.  

4. Dress for Success: Get dressed in some comfortable serious housework clothes designed to help you feel energized for cleaning. Shake off the sweat pants and slippers and wear an outfit that will help you get into gear.  

5. Force Your Deadline: You’ll be even more motivated to clean if you have company coming at a specific time. Be careful to give yourself a reasonable timeframe to complete your job. You can also use a timer for individual tasks.  

6. Listen To Music: Whether you choose the radio, an mp3 player, or your favorite online playlist, music will help energize you. Choose an upbeat tempo and it will count as light exercise.   

7. Make it a Team Effort:  Get together with a close friend and mix chores with some quality visiting. Try a joint cleaning/organizing session at your home one Saturday, and your friend’s the next.   

8. Plan a Garage Sale:  Having agarage sale can be a great way to clear out accumulated clutter and recycle. It’s easier to part with your treasures if you know you’ll make some money, plan to spend the money on something special.  

9. Relax: No need to get stressed about the jobs on your list. Remember, everything in moderation, even Spring Cleaning. It’s good to find balance, and not get overwhelmed by the daunting tasks you have before you.  

10. Seek Inspiration: Reading a housekeeping magazine can help you visualize your home as a finished product. It might guide you through the dreary cleaning if you can imagine your summer remodelling project.

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Planning the Perfect Canada Day Barbeque

Add a Special Glow. You can transform your yard into a twinkling palace with the right lighting. Use candles, tiki torches, solar lamps or hanging lanterns to set the mood.  

Be a Nice Neighbour. If you’re planning a large backyard party, it’s best to let the neighbours know. Warn them that there may be a bit noise and extra cars parked on the street. Why not extend them an invitation too?  

Canadian Cuisine. Serve foods that reflect the diverse culinary character of different regions of Canada. Like Maple Bourbon Barbequed Ribs, Honey and Lemon Shish Kebabs or Quebec Salmon Pie. (recipes linked behind)

Fruity Drinks. With or without alcohol, tall, cold, fruity drinks are a must at any summer party. Pick up some inexpensive fun patio glasses and miniature Canadian flags to spice things up.

Make it Pot Luck. Make the main course on the barbeque and ask guests to bring along their favourite Canada Day salad or dessert.  

Mix It Up. Ask each guest to bring the ingredients for their favourite cocktail recipe and take turns mixing and serving small amounts of each cocktail. Pick the cocktail that best celebrates Canada.

Old School Games. How about bringing back some of your favourite Canada Day games or activities from when you were in school? Think traditional potato sack races, water balloon toss, Frisbee, hide and seek and backyard baseball.

Outdoor Grilling. Cooking on the barbeque instead of the stove keeps the kitchen cleaner, the house cooler and allows you to visit with guests while cooking the meal.  

Prepare for the Weather. If you don’t have room inside, clean out your garage, or rent a tent. Make room to move in the food and drink tables and invite guests to take shelter in the event of rain.  

Scoop Your Dessert.  There is nothing easier than ice cream for a post-barbeque dessert. Add a tray of various toppings including fresh summer fruit for guests to personalize their own treat.  

Canada is the best country in the world. We should all take time this season with our family and friends to be proud and celebrate this great land in true Canadian style. 

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 Salute to Spring’s Bounty

Apricots: Apricots can be grilled, poached, added to different desserts or savored all on their own. Apricots have a tangy, sweet flavor, a uniform color and a soft, fuzzy exterior; and contain 60% of your daily Vitamin A requirement.  

Artichokes:  Simmer artichokes in a pot until the leaves are tender. Serve warm with clarified butter or braised in wine and fresh herbs; or cool and dip in lemon juice or light mayonnaise.

Asparagus: The first sight of spring’s favourite vegetable truly means that the seasons are changing. Serve hot, drizzled with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper; or serve cold with a vinaigrette dressing.

Avocado:  The rich, buttery flavour of avocado lends itself well to spring meals like shrimp ceviche or tomato and cilantro salads. Avocado has much of your required daily fibre, potassium, Vitamin B and healthy fats.

Carrots: Spring is the best time to find naturally sweet and crispy baby carrots that can be added to dishes raw for color and crunch or steamed, stir-fried, pureed, juiced or added to soup. Carrots are an excellent source of potassium and vitamin C.

Chives: These dainty green stems have a delicate flavor that can be lost during the cooking process, so chives are best showcased when added to a dish right before serving; and their edible flowers are a tasty and colorful addition to salads.  

Collards: These dark leafy greens are known for their health benefits; low in sodium and calories, high in Iron, Vitamins A and C and have nearly the same amount of calcium as milk. Steam, boil, and microwave or add it to soups and stews.  

Fava Beans: The fresh taste of this sweet, green bean merits the effort it takes to remove from its pod. Enjoy sautéed with shrimp and thyme, or pureed with butter and cream; they are rich in protein, high in fiber and iron.

Fennel:  Fennel can be braised, grilled, roasted, steamed and even served raw; the licorice-like flavour becomes milder after cooking. With a sweet odour and taste, the stem base can be eaten cooked or raw in salads and is often used as a garnish or last-minute flavor enhancer.  

Fiddlehead Ferns: These baby ferns are delicate enough to require little more than a quick sauté with butter and salt. Cooked, chilled fiddleheads can be also served as a salad with an onion and vinegar dressing. They are pleasantly crunchy with a nutty, slightly bitter bite.

Mangos:  Green mangos are pickled or used in tart salads or chutneys while the ripe fruit adds its unique flavor and creamy texture to salsas, salads, smoothies, and all kinds of desserts. They are also a good source of Fiber and Vitamins A, B6 and C.

Rhubarb: Only the tart stalk of this plant is edible, baking or cooking it with sugar brings out its hidden sweetness, making it a perfect filling for pies and compotes. Rhubarb is an excellent source of calcium, fiber, magnesium and vitamin C and A.

Spinach: When it’s harvested in spring, spinach is sweet and tender and can be eaten; raw as a salad green with feta cheese, almonds and berries or cooked briefly to maintain its flavor and color, seasoned with shallots, butter, salt and pepper. An excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C and folate.  

Sugar Snap & Snow Peas: Both types of peas have a sweet delicate flavour, at their peak both will add crunch and sweetness to raw and cooked dishes. An excellent source of iron, fibre, protein, Vitamin C and A, these peas are also a tasty addition to chicken stir fry.

Watercress: Spicy watercress adds a wonderful bite to salads or sandwiches and can also be cooked for a softer flavor. Wash watercress carefully by dunking it in a bowl of cool water and the small “branches” are tender enough to eat. Watercress is a good source of Protein, Folate and Vitamins A, C and E.

Remember to take your reusable cloth bags or baskets to the grocery store with you to avoid wasteful plastic bags. Also, ensure that you take advantage of your community recycling program, most fruits and vegetables can be easily composted.

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 Show Your Pride, Canadian Style

Here are some fun ideas to celebrate Canada Day or Any Day this month:

Aboriginal Guest Speakers: Invite a First Nation Elder or chief to share their heritage and language. It is an opportunity to learn about First Nation history and traditions.

Block Party: Gather your neighbours and organize a street party to celebrate National Aboriginal Day, Multiculturalism Day, Canada Day or a Saint-Jean-Baptiste Celebration to commemorate Quebec’s 400th anniversary this year.

Camping:  The beautiful warm weather can give everyone the urge to get outdoors. The best way to satisfy this urge is to give in! Pick a Provincial Park from a road map, pitch a tent and mellow out for three days.

Charity Yard Sale: Combine your patriotic festivities with a neighbourhood yard sale. Donate profits to your favourite charity like the Canadian Diabetes Association or Canadian Red Cross.

Green Party: Organize friends and neighbours to pick-up trash at a local beach or park, schoolyards or playgrounds. Be environmentally conscious, use biodegradable and recycled products at all your Canada Day celebrations.  

Historic Tour: Ever wonder where those historical landmark signs on highways lead? Follow them! There are many local places rich with our nation’s heritage.

The Amazing ‘Canadian Race’. Teams can scour the community with clues, answering questions based on Canadian Trivia, with the last clue leading everyone back to a barbeque and bonfire.  

Watch Fireworks: Adults and children alike will marvel at the hypnotic beauty of exploding pyrotechnics. There are reasons why most Canadian communities offer their own fireworks displays under the guidance of local fire departments. Before buying some for your own celebration, find out what is the safest way for everyone to experience this fireworks celebration.  

There’s a party going on all over the country, contact the Celebrate Canada Committee   offices in your province or territory for information on events taking place where you live.  

There are countless ways to celebrate Canada Day, whether your event is indoors or outdoors, formal or casual; be creative, have fun and most importantly, Be Proud to be Canadian!

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