Voices and Stories: Mental Health

World Mental Health Day is dedicated to global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. Today, Canadians and people all around the world reflect on the central role that mental health has in the lives of our loved ones, our workplaces, our communities and on our own well-being. As our Canadian Prime Minster noted…

Day Seven: Pursuit of Happiness

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Final day. The last 13 km of the trek, should be relatively flat according to the handy Blisters and Bliss Trail Book every hiker had with them. Just as estimated, under 3 hours, we made it to Pachena Bay Trailhead. Took off my hiking boots and planned on not putting them…

5 Step Date-Me Banana Bread

I’m not sure if anyone else is having the same issues of bananas ripening faster than I can eat them in this summer heat. Tip#1: If you want bananas to ripen slower, place separately from each other; whereas if you want them to ripen faster, place the bunch together in a brown paper bag and…

Spill the Beans

“Rising food prices”, “land grabs”, “inequality”and “climate change”…. all this talk seems to forecast a dark and daunting future threatening the security of our food. Though we see it printed in the newspapers, hear it in the media, and watch politicians talk about formulating policies for protecting us from famine, it almost seems like fiction. “Famine” – something so far away, written in books rather than reality. Though, we’ve seen these elements do their part in the past: starting with the 8 year yellow-haze known as the Dust Bowl that dried the southern fields or the Great Irish Potato Famine, some suggest that if we continue business-as-usual, the future famine will hit us harder and bigger than ever before. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the suggested hypothesis of what the future holds and explore what can be done to change this prophecy. 

Two Way Banana Nice Cream

To celebrate how far we’ve come in food science, technology and innovation, here’s a quick recipe to invite Spring. Absolutely refreshing, simple and naturally sweetened by our most commonly known variety of banana (currently can be found in most urban groceries for about 60-some cents a pound). If you’re one of those people that tend to…

Go Ahead, Honey! It’s Gluten-Free…

Gluten free diets have gained substantial popularity over the last decade. These diets come and go as quickly as the shoes in the display window get replaced. From fat-free, to sugar-free, the elimination of certain foods seems to promise a quick-fix to weight loss, feeling more energetic and prevent cardiovascular disease. The reasons for reducing…

Taste of Rainbow

I never quite understood why my mom would spend hours in the kitchen whipping up a storm. It didn’t matter if she was cooking for seven or for three, there would always be at least three dishes, a soup and five colours on the table. That is what is considered a “proper meal” in our…

Science Matters: What’s that about BMI?

As marches are happening in 360 cities around the world, I invite you to join me on this virtual march to stand up for the importance of science in your life and for your health. At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes — an openness to new ideas, no matter how…