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Leaping Bunnies! Royal Winter Fair Is Almost Here


Starts FRIDAY: Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Nov. 1 – 10  Ricoh Coliseum + Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto November is peeking just around the corner which means one thing: it’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair time. The Royal has been bringing country know-how to our city for 91 years, schooling urbanites on how animals enrich our lives decades before… Read More »

Salmon in Scarborough: Ecologist Debbie Buehler and her two sons return to HIghland Creek to get a glimpse of the salmo

Salmon in Scarborough: Back to Highland Creek


The creek looked just as I remembered. When I was a child my father, brother and I carried our bikes across this gravelly curve in the Highland Creek. We were explorers on a quest downstream to find the lake. We’d follow the creek past the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus, through Morningside Park and onwards… Read More »

choir choir choir for kids! These muppets are almost as cute as your kids will be singing at the first C! C! C! Minor event this Sunday

Choir! Choir! Choir! FOR KIDS


The peak moment of my daughter’s elementary school years was grade six graduation. Once the diplomas were doled out, the entire graduating class – together since kindergarten – stood up and sang: ‘Time of Your Life’ (Good Riddance) by Green Day. It was a tremendously important moment for them, more significant than the rest of the… Read More »

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3 Rad Things To Do This Weekend


It’s the best time of year in Ontario. Fall colours in full effect, temps are crisp, and days are bright. Get out and celebrate the season already. Here are 3 cool ways. 1. TONIGHT Bundle the kids and run to tonight’s Drop-in Dinner at The Depanneur The place where “interesting food things happen.” This cozy… Read More »

photo by Courtney Hintermeye

Just Breathe At The Riverdale Ponds


How often do you think about your breathing? How about your child’s breathing? This fall my youngest son Lucas, who is not yet three, caught a virus that triggered an asthma attack. This had never happened before – suddenly I was thinking a lot about breathing. We took him to the emergency room. When we… Read More »

You Can See The Salmon Run in Toronto


There be salmon in the waters around Toronto, and on Sunday, Sept. 29 you can see the salmon run — in Scarborough’s Morningside Park. What? It’s okay, don’t feel like you’ve lost any Toronto naturalist-cred you had. Our Toronto salmon are not exactly local. As The Toronto Star’s Catharine Porter reports, the salmon in our city were… Read More »


Carved Owls In Riverdale Park West


Local birders claim there are a couple of barred owls who nest in the trees at Riverdale Park West, though it’s easy to frequent the park without any idea about the park’s resident birds of prey. Enter Orangeville artist Jim Menken, who was approached by the city to beautify a dead oak tree in the park. Menken,… Read More »


Toronto Goes Googly-Eyes for Aiden Glynn


Toronto animator Aiden Glynn has been making the streets of his city a little friendlier – by seeing the monster potential of simple street fixtures. His monster-garbage-can (pictured above) caused a bit of a stir when it appeared at the Air Canada Centre a while back. But since then he’s been busy. As he explained… Read More »


Choir! Choir! Choir! For Change


If you haven’t heard of Choir! Choir! Choir! — but you have, right? — they are everyday people who get together on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to sing the shit out of something, usually a popular song from the last 30 years or so. If you’ve never spent golden minutes listening to the honey of their voices… Read More »

HOT DOCS FOR SCHOOLS: the bloor coinema hosts free screenings for schools starting in october

‘Hot’ Docs For Schools


‘Tis the season of cinema here in Toronto and TIFF is not the only game in town. Starting in October, Hot Docs — the biggest and best documentary film festival in the world — will begin hosting another session of  ‘Hot’ Docs for Schools. Five films and seven screenings will be offered over the course of the… Read More »

View of Toronto skyline from Crothers Woods

Escape to the Lower Don: Crothers Woods


Sometimes you just need more vacation. This has just been one of those summers. There have been unforeseen stresses that – for a family already at capacity – left us a bit exhausted. We are lucky; we got a vacation. The kids, their grandpa (my dad) and I spent a week in Muskoka while poor… Read More »

BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL AT TOMMY THOMPSON PARK: a monarch butterfly sits on a pretty purple flower

The Butterfly Festival At Tommy Thompson Park


If Debbie Buehler’s story about the Leslie Street Spit inspired you, this weekend would be a great time to go and check it out. Pack a picnic and grab your bike. Take the whole family (or just yourself) and head to the Butterfly Festival at Tommy Thompson Park. The festival aims to celebrate the annual… Read More »


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