12 gifts for readers and writers

12 gifts for readers and writers

Are you still Christmas shopping? As the big day hurtles closer, those ads warning of “last minute” are starting to hit home. If you have avid readers/writers/word-and-punctuation nerds on your list, you might be interested in these dozen ideas, inspired...
Community garden movement growing like a weed

Community garden movement growing like a weed

(Published in Niagara Escarpment Views, Spring 2014) A peek over the fence at some of the community gardens taking root along the Niagara Escarpment. Lush green leaves marked the spinach patch beside Chris Hadfield Public School in Milton last year. At least, the...
A ‘suit’able image

A ‘suit’able image

(Published in The Mississauga Business Times)  When Gail Friedlander launched Images That Suit* in 1984, career success meant wearing dark suits with enormous shoulder pads. Originally a recruiter and career counsellor, Friedlander had seen the effect image had on job...

Tell-tale toads take to reclaimed land

(Article written for Suncor Energy employee publication) Like the canary in the coal mine signaling air quality, frogs and toads move in when an ecosystem is healthy. “To most people, toads may not be the ‘sexiest’ wildlife species out there,” says Leo Paquin,...
No respect for words

No respect for words

“Words are not much valued on the Internet, perhaps because it features so many of them.” So reads a line in a recent article by David Streitfeld in The New York Times, called “Funny or Die: Groupon’s Fate Hinges on Words.” The article...