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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ontarians to have greater access to alcohol under new grocery store plan

It’s been a long time coming, and it certainly won’t satisfy everybody, but Ontario’s finance minister, Dwight Duncan, announced today (New Year’s Eve, let us remember) that residents of this province will be able to buy beer and liquor at some grocery stores next year. Not every grocery store, and certainly not in corner convenience stores, but in a few carefully selected grocery stores. It’s a pilot project. Dwight Duncan is not talking about grocery stores selling beer and liquor. The project involves setting up LCBO outlets in these grocery stores, as has been done at the Loblaws store on Queen’s Quay in Toronto. The move is a far cry ... Read More »

New Year’s Day Polar Bear Dips raise money for charity

Makes it look so easy. Polar Bear Dips for humans on New Year’s Day raise money for charity.  Is plunging into icy water good for a hangover? Maybe, maybe not, but it’s certainly a good way to wake yourself up in a hurry. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. We reckon the odds are about even on this one, but it’s Polar Bear Dip time again. New Year’s Day, that madcap day when people go down to the beach and jump in the lake, screeching and splashing with joy as they turn blue and numb. At least the craziness of it all is for a good cause. ... Read More »

Canadians optimistic about financial future: CIBC

Economists differ in their forecasts for 2013, but Canadians feel positive about their own financial future, according to CIBC. Most of us are more optimistic about the future than we were a year ago. A person who admires the passing scenery as the ship sinks beneath him is either an incorrigible optimist or an idiot. CIBC says that as of now, most Canadians are feeling positive about their financial situation. More so than at this time last year, the results of a Harris/Decima poll reveal. And we are more confident about achieving our future financial goals. So as we come to the end of 2012 and prepare to enter the ... Read More »

Teen activist urges peers to get involved by volunteering

When you hear a person described as an activist, humanitarian, motivational speaker, actor, and the founder and executive director of the largest youth-run organization in Canada, you might expect to see a man or woman with a fairly substantial number of years behind them. In the case of Shane Feldman, that number is just eighteen. He is, in other words, still a teen. His organization, Count Me In, which he founded when he was all of thirteen years old, promotes volunteerism and positive change among high school students. And now, Shane Feldman is challenging teens all over Canada to make volunteering “the coolest trend of 2013.” The movement, which exhorts ... Read More »

Daily Bread still seeking food and cash donations for Christmas drive

It’s a story with a classic good news/bad news kind of ending: the Daily Bread food bank’s holiday drive fell short of its food donation goal, but exceeded its financial donation goal. Perhaps because it’s just easier, donors preferred to give cash than food. The food bank, which receives no funding from the United Way, is a vital source of food for many Toronto families.  They hoped to take in a million pounds of food but found, a month into this year’s holiday drive, that they weren’t even halfway there. Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director said in a release, “We needed to make sure we had either enough food ... Read More »

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