With holiday season upon us, many friends are going to be alone, or practically alone, this Christmas. So as we approach Christmas, how can we make this holiday cheerful... Now here's a fantastic idea.
A friend lent me an issue of "Landscape Trades: Canada's Premier Horticultural Trade Publication", suggesting that I read Anne Marie Van Nest's article, "The Plastic Crisis."
Take a drive in the Pontiac and you'll discover a tall flowering plant which is extremely poisonous to many people -- and anecdotally, some animals such as horses. This is wild parsnip, which can cause severe, burning dermatitis.
Pontiac residents are proud of the Shawville Fair, to be held August 30th -- September 3rd this year. Twenty-nine years after Eric and I moved to the region, friends still say, "Meet you at the Fair?" Regardless of whether we make a date with someone...
When we seek solutions to kill annoying insects or plants, we sometimes reach for insecticides and herbicides. Although many such poisons are available to gardeners and homeowners in nurseries, garden centres, hardware stores, and even grocery shops
Spring cleaning has begun in earnest, and as a friend posted on Facebook, garbage is being dumped in ditches throughout the Pontiac. Considering all the education that's ongoing regarding garbage...
Most frequently observed in children, eczema is a chronic, non-contagious skin condition characterized by an inflammation of the epidermis. While there are different types of eczema
On October 6, I stayed at the Fogo Island Inn, by invitation of Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism. Its Innkeeper, Zita Cobb, was born on Fogo Island and left to make a living. After a very successful career in the tech sector...
Cultural protection: Haida Watchmen program A dedicated group of Pontiac
According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, this July in Ottawa was the wettest and coldest on record. With almost 250 millimetres measured
Gardeners are increasingly interested in incorporating native species of plants in their home gardens. Happily, right here in the Pontiac, we have a botanist who has made learning about native plants her life mission.
WWOOFing is an international movement where people wanting to learn about organic farming can stay and work on organic properties. The acronym stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.
Jim Coffey is owner-operator of Esprit Rafting in Davidson, near Fort Coulonge, which he founded in 1992. In October 2007, Esprit was recognized by National Geographic Adventure as the World's #1 Whitewater Operation and second overall of all..
You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming." - Pablo Naruda ... Spring! According to traditional Chinese medicine, spring is the season of the Liver. That's why it's so important to detox your liver in the spring.
Recent news about glyphosate, one of the suspected cancer-causing chemicals contained in Roundup, is of concern. Health Freedom Alliance not only reported about the suspected link between glyphosate and cancer, but also Roundup's use in agriculture
Two people I know enjoy driving electric cars and have either owned or have rented them for several years. They agreed to share information on this technology.
Just like our Liberal Pontiac MP William Amos, Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, is active and very connected with Canadians via Facebook.
The Aylmer Qigong and Tai-Chi club is welcoming one of the world's best known Qigong teachers and authors, Grandmaster Kenneth Cohen, for a 2-day workshop in the heart of Aylmer.
There's outrage being expressed on Facebook concerning Canada Goose, the manufacturer of parkas. That's because the company uses coyote fur on the hood to insulate wearers from the cold.
Finding wellness in Nature is easy here in West Quebec
Many people enjoy foraging in the wild for edible plants. It's a traditional pastime for many of us, and the enjoyment of seeking and finding plants such as fiddlehead ferns and mushrooms is a way to marry our love of nature to eating the freshest...
The other day, while driving the Notch Road bisecting Gatineau Park, I saw someone releasing a raccoon from a cage into the forest. He'd caught it in a humane catch-and-release trap and was letting it go into the forest.
Many of you contact me asking for help identifying plants and animals. Although I'm delighted to hear from readers, I want to share some excellent identification tools. Naturally, these represent a small sampling