Belgium’s capital, Brussels, has a lot to offer

Brussels is one European capital that's easy to miss on your grand tour of Europe

Belgium’s capital, Brussels, has a lot to offerBrussels is one European capital that's easy to miss on your grand tour of Europe. In fact, the whole little country of Belgium is easy to miss, but it's one that you really shouldn't. It has lots to offer. This grand old city is not only the capital of Belgium, it's the capital of the…

Is it Brugge or is it Bruges?

Brugge is the little town that time forgot, but tourists have found

Is it Brugge or is it Bruges?Tourists love Bruges in Belgium. A great city, it seems to have been frozen in time and, in fact, it was. Back about 5 or 600 years ago, it was a busy river port town, but then the harbour silted up and traders moved on. This little walled city didn't change for centuries, and because…

Ghent, Belgium, a museum of early Flemish architecture

Ghent is a friendly university town that is full of ancient buildings and history

Ghent, Belgium, a museum of early Flemish architectureGhent is a friendly university town that is full of ancient buildings and history. If Bruges is a city filled with tourists looking for a time warp, Ghent is a city full of students and locals just living life. Like Bruges, it started as a port but, unlike Bruges, it still is an important port.…

The loving restoration of a 1953 A40 Countryman

Designed for work, not play, the Forestry Service models weren’t built in large numbers. There might be a dozen of them left

The loving restoration of a 1953 A40 CountrymanDuring the 1950s and early ’60s, before anyone had heard of Honda, Nissan, Toyota or Hyundai, the bestselling import brand in Canada was Austin. Models like the Devon, Somerset, Cambridge, Westminster and, eventually, Mini, dominated the small-car market. Like a lot of other Canadian families, we usually had an Austin of one type or another…

Obesity rates likely to rise during pandemic: study

Obesity rates likely to rise during pandemic: studyAs financial stress mounts, so does the desire for all kinds of foods, according to a study that hints the COVID-19 pandemic will increase obesity rates, especially among those who have lost their jobs. University of Alberta consumer psychology researcher Jim Swaffield and his co-researcher Qi Guo conducted an experiment with 564 participants to examine…

Livestock, dairy industries face pandemic fallout

The continued popularity of meat-fee diets may point to the damaging legacy of COVID-19 for some sectors

Livestock, dairy industries face pandemic falloutBefore COVID-19, the craze for vegetable proteins was palpable. All we heard about were sustainability, animal welfare and Beyond Meat. The health of the planet and well-being of animals became increasingly important factors to a growing number of Canadians, and it showed in the numbers. A few months after the great confinement started, some new…

Gathering Google reviews will boost your business

Be complimentary, keep it short, provide the questions you want answered, offer a link to your reviews, show the connection and be human

Gathering Google reviews will boost your businessWhen I work with my clients, one of the things we focus on is reputation management. Reputation management is a really important piece of your online brand. Reputation is what people are saying about your business to other people (who aren’t your customers yet). Google reviews are something you can manage on your own, don’t…

May my grandchildren never hear the E-word again

It's been a long time coming, but the Edmonton CFL team's name change was the right thing to do, says Inuk writer and researcher

May my grandchildren never hear the E-word againIt’s a good day in Edmonton. It’s a good day in Canada. It’s a good day for Inuit. After all the years that I and other Inuit Canadians have complained about the name of Edmonton’s team in the Canadian Football League, it’s good to know the franchise has finally decided it will no longer be…

We can forgive but we should never forget

Regardless of how a survivor processes their trauma, simply speaking the truth is what’s most important

We can forgive but we should never forgetDuring the 2015 trial of former SS guard Oskar Groning, as presented in the documentary The Accountant of Auschwitz, Holocaust survivor Eva Kor forgave the man she was testifying against. The response to Kor’s statement was extremely varied. Some praised her, others were shocked and some even reacted with scorn. Forgiveness is one of the…
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