Support Black-Owned Businesses and Black Entrepreneurs In Canada

This directory lists all kinds of black-owned companies by Canadian city. Protests have been held across the world this week after another black man was killed by police in the United States. George Floyd’s death is one of many clear reminders that racism continues to exist and continues to cause harm, violence, limited economic opportunities,…

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Love After Death At The Thomas Foster Memorial

When others were feeling the squeeze of the Great Depression, Foster had the means and opportunity to see a dream come to life. On a concession road just outside Uxbridge, Ontario, the Thomas Foster Memorial has risen over farmers’ fields and relative obscurity for over eight decades to become a source of unexpected wonder for…

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This East Coast “Pink Church” Sells Vintage And Antique Treasures

But it is the stories of objects and people that make this boutique precious to the community. Nearly everything is in shades of white or pink and sparkles in a little room lined with windows at the base of The Pink Church‘s steeple. There are sequined handbags, lace gloves and vintage wedding gowns on display.…

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Poutine Râpée: Acadian Comfort Food

“When people say they’ve eaten poutine râpée, it’s an event.” Every region has its own comfort food—that dish that you just can’t wait to get back home to eat again. For Montreal, maybe it’s a smoked meat sandwich. Or in Newfoundland, the Jiggs’ dinner. For folks with Acadian roots, it’s likely poutine râpée.  Acadians, the…

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Easing Into A New Normal On The Fundy Trail

Fundy Trail Parkway was one of the first Canadian parks and tourist attractions to reopen last week after mandatory distancing. The scent of pine fills the humid air every few steps. Fiddleheads peer out from the edges of the path, curling upward as the sun peeks in and out of clouds and trees overhead. Beneath…

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Finding Kindred Spirits At Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Leaskdale Home

Her home was her sanctuary; a place she could abandon the amiable, passive masks she wore. When I was 11 years old, I read Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and much like millions of other young girls, I found a kindred spirit in the precocious redhead. It wasn’t until I was 37…

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The Quebec Municipality With A Name To Exclaim

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!: a voyager’s gasp and a toponymist’s delight. While driving in eastern Quebec near the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River, you might come across road signs directing you to a community whose name will make you exclaim or laugh – or both. The small community of Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, population of 1,318, was…

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Snapshots Of The Wood Chip Dreadnought

If you follow the starfish, you will find the photo opp, wood shop and bed and breakfast. Since 2008, New Brunswick’s highways have been peppered with colour-coded signs with distinct symbols that lead the curious to curated scenic drives. The Acadian Coastal Drive is represented by red signs with starfish icons, meant to represent the…

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A Brief History (And Sampling) Of Ketchup Chips

They leave your fingers as red as our maple leaf flag. Cover art by: Megan Hunt, an Inuk artist and animator based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Find more of her work on Instagram: @mutecutes Just like their sweet and sour flavour powder’s propensity for staining fingertips, the precise origin of ketchup chips is a little messy.…

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Smiles From Stoops And The Stories They Tell

“It has become something so much bigger than what I thought it would be.” At a distance of no less than seven feet, Andrea Chase-Cormier is helping the community of Sackville, New Brunswick stay connected, while creating sweet, fun souvenirs for families who have been cooped up during Canada’s mandatory social distancing this spring. The…

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