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Canadian Ingenuity: Wealth in whisky sired a king in horse racing
Rather than discarding surplus grain, flour millers at the town of Waterloo in southern Ontario crafted distilled beverages as a side business. While they considered it a lesser portion of their firm’s function, an employee recognized that the distillery could be much more. Purchasing the mill, Joseph Seagram established an international whisky brand and then a horse racing empire. He also spread a generous dollop of philanthropy to benefit all residents of the region.
Funny Side Up: My audition for Canada Has Talent
Every 10 years, I like to take stock of my life; you know, see where I can improve myself. Then, I ask myself the probing philosophical question, “What can I now try that is really, really stupid?” Then I do it. My only rule is it should not be physically threatening like bungie jumping from a jumbo jet at 30,000 ft.
Climate change must change us
On February 28 an American Robin announced its arrival, followed soon after by Grackles and European Starlings. Brown Creepers came next, along with this year’s newest guest; a Wood Thrush. Seeing a rare Bicknell’s Thrush (2020) before spotting the more common one seemed odd. Until I realized the last two springs brought warmer weather in time to spend Easter beneath our canopied bird blind. They’d likely been here before but, until milder weather settled in to get outside and spot them, I hadn’t… like Spring 2018, when April 18 still saw a foot of ice and snow across yards; savagely reflecting burns onto shrubs.
KERNELS OF WISDOM: The toughest job in the world
Let me ask you, what do you think the toughest job in the world is? Of all the occupations and professions, what would you guess the most challenging to be? Maybe a front-line health care worker, a soldier, a brain surgeon, a coal miner, a police officer, a farmer, a roofer, a firefighter, a mortician, a long-distance truck driver, the leader of a nation?
Volunteering connects us to others and our community
Volunteering is an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of social issues and provide the needed support to individuals and groups in our community. Often, fear and lack of knowledge lead us to assume and prejudge situations. Volunteering opens the door and provides the opportunity to experience life through the eyes of others. Volunteering not only helps those in need but also builds a stronger more accepting community. It builds trust and acceptance of others, we live in a diverse and total inclusion society, it is important that we all give and receive respect. Volunteering is an avenue to explore new things, provide knowledge and learn from others. Volunteering connects us to others and to our communities. Helping out, with even the smallest tasks can make a difference to the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need. Volunteering can benefit you and your family as much as the agency you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills and can assist you in meeting goals you may have set. It is a great way to make new friends especially if you are new in the area and strengthen relationships with friends and family by spending time together doing a shared activity. It strengthens your connections to the community and widens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, resources in your community, and fun and enjoyable activities. Volunteering brings people together and builds strong vibrant communities.