Kolapore Uplands – Beaver Valley, ON

Kolapore Uplands Resource Management Area offers the curious and adventurous hiker access to biodiversity, rugged terrain, and some very cool caves. After visiting the area, I can affirm that the experience of hiking here is well worth the drive. I couldn’t believe that I was still in Ontario, Canada, my homeland and stomping grounds –…

Conversations about Sex and Death

Test question: when you’re having a conversation with someone that you don’t really know, what are two subject areas that you’re definitely going to avoid? Hint: they’re both subjects which are completely taboo. They’re also the bookends to our lives as humans, and pivotal to our experiences and understanding of the world. These two topics…

Happy Victoria Day Holiday!

Victoria Day is celebrated nationally in Canada, and generally marks the end of the winter season for Canadians. I hope that everyone can use this vacation day to relax and rejuvenate their mental, emotional, and physical selves.

Let the Shopping Begin!

Today is Black Friday, which is “often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season” (Wikipedia article). The term ‘Black Friday’ originates in “Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving” (Wikipedia article). Origins of the name are…

A Plethora of Beverages

This week I have an interview with the Liquor Control Board of Canada (LCBO), for a position as temporary contract staff in the holiday season*. Not being a terribly heavy drinker myself, I decided to do a bit of background research on alcohol and was astonished to find the great diversity of beverages available; hence…

The Romance of Snow

Sometime early this morning, I peeked out the darkened windows and saw an unusual brightness touching the landscape – a dull but persistent light shining off the very ground itself. Closer inspection revealed that this phenomenon was caused by snow. Snow is a meteorological event that can inspire romance on the one hand (there’s nothing…

Nostalgia is The Red Green Show

Recently, I have acquired Netflix and been enjoying access to the limited spread of television shows and movies available to Canadian consumers (Akkad, August 29th, 2012). For a light and brainless activity in the evenings, shows like Community and Futurama suit quite well. Trends in viewing amongst young people are increasingly oriented towards this form…

We’re Unemployed Because…..

As I sit down to write this post, I struggle to formulate the words needed to properly frame the three news stories that I am about to present to you. These stories have all been published today – Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 – from the context of three separate countries (Canada, the United Kingdom, and…