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Inspired by young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, Orangeville student Olivia Rowan urged on fellow protesters at a recent local climate strike. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Climate Change and the Young

Jun 20, 2019 | Nicola Ross | Environment

“We the young have started to move.” Youth here and around the world raise a battle cry for action on climate change.

Headwaters Health Care Centre CEO Stacey Daub has been working on patient service transitions for a decade: “Imagine if you could eliminate those transitions, if it truly was all within one system.” Photo by Pete Paterson.

Headwaters Health Care Centre Faces the Future

Jun 20, 2019 | Elaine Anselmi | Community

In the face of the province’s restructuring of health care, our Headwaters hospital is poised to emerge as the kind of community hub Ontario needs.

Kilby Brunner Deforest with Beaverwood’s Halo. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

A Day at the Caledon Equestrian Park

Jun 20, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins | Leisure

The intense bond between animal and human fuels two dedicated young equestrians at the top of their game at this exciting show jumping event.

Field Notes for Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

Artistic pursuits, outdoor yoga, farming fun and a kiddie hike!

Arnella Levy and her husband, Nigel Spencer, at Nella’s Jerk. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Food + Drink Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Nella’s Jerk has debuted to rave reviews, juicy strawberries and a new stop on the local wine tour.

Rockcliffe Farm owner Alix Bezak in front of her on-farm shop with her chocolate lab, Goose. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Rockcliffe Farm’s Free-range Thinking

Jun 20, 2019 | James Matthews | Farming

Alix and George Bezak raise black Angus cattle, chickens and more at their Mono property, winning over natural-meat converts one farm tour at a time.

How About Those Raptors (the Birds)?

Jun 20, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins | Environment

Look up! Where eagles, hawks and vultures soar.

Theatre Orangeville Dreams Big

Jun 20, 2019 | Johanna Bernhardt | Arts

Professional actors, amateurs, young people and people with developmental disabilities come together on an outdoor stage for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Keeping the General Store Alive in Headwaters

Jun 20, 2019 | Kira Wronska Dorward | Community

Local shop owners lean on lattes and eggs Benedict, artisanal gifts and festive community events – even Airbnb suites – as they serve their communities.

In Every Issue

Anne Livingston was the first woman to receive the Brampton-Caledon Farmer of the Year Award. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Anne Livingston

Jun 20, 2019 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

When the family started Broadway Farm’s Market in 2002, Anne kept the books and did the baking for the shop.

Opinion

Let Them Drink Beer

Jun 20, 2019 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

Do real adults prefer beer over health care?

Get into the Happiness Habit

Jun 20, 2019 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

It gets easier with age!

Retirement Advice for the Self-employed Landowner

Jun 20, 2019 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

Age 65 came and went without a gold watch or a cake, or any of those earnest speeches assuring me how much I would be missed.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019 | Ken Weber | Puzzles

Barney to the rescue, making do with matches and is $400 fair?

No Easy Way to the Promised Land

Jun 20, 2019 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Getting to Upper Canada took determination – and good luck.

Take a Hike

Constructed on the former tracks of North-Western Railway, Caledon Trailway covers 35 scenic kilometres from Terra Cotta to Highway 9. Photo by Pete Paterson.

From Rails to Trails

Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Tearing up tracks for a place to go slow.

Nature therapy guide Kaitlyn Powers (centre) instructs writing pals Gail Grant (left) and Nicola Ross how to be still, breathe deeply and absorb nature with all their senses – followed by tea. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Forest Bathing

Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Slowing down, tuning in. With forest bathing, the slow movement takes to the woods.

Belfountain / Forks Park Loop Hike. Click to see larger map.

Caledon Hikes

Nicola Ross | Leisure

Nicola Ross shows readers how to navigate local Caledon trails, including the Bruce Trail and the Trans Canada Trail, without having to backtrack or arrange to leave a car at a hike’s endpoint.

Tina Daalderop leads a recent pole-walking hike. Poles help with balance, contribute to a full-body workout and can be useful aids in tricky situations. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Nordic Pole Walking

Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Walking with poles: the fashionable walking stick morphs into essential hiking gear.

Garden Planning

A cultivar of the famous blue poppy found in the Himalayas, Mecanopsis ‘Lingholm’ adds a surreal touch to the landscape. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Stars of Larkspur Hollow

Tralee Pearce | Leisure

Up close and personal with some of the stars of Liz Knowles’ garden – many of them from alpine destinations in Central Asia, China and India.

An allée of ‘Profusion’ crabapples and a “window” cut in a hedge at Lilactree Farm.

Spring at Lilactree Farm

Brian Bixley | Leisure

An allée of ‘Profusion’ crabapples at Lilactree Farm in Mulmur.

The bold colours of poppies, irises and daylilies frame the farmhouse in June. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

A Purposeful Garden

Tralee Pearce | Leisure

Misha Dubbeld’s gracious Mono garden is a testament to 20 years of love and labour. With all that she’s learned, her latest project is conceived on a grand scale.

Spring garden clean up

Spring Garden Clean Up

Katie Dawson | The Flower Farm

No time like the present to start working in the garden! Use these tips to clean up and get ready for new plants.

Notes from the Wild

Freeliving caddisfly larva from the Credit River in Alton. Photo by Don Scallen.

Benthic Invertebrates

Notes from the Wild

The abundance of these aquatic larvae in our streams and rivers is a good thing.

Male and female rose-breasted grosbeak. Photo by Fiona Reid.

Spring Songbirds

Notes from the Wild

May and June herald the arrival of a trio of supremely beautiful tropical migrants: indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles and rose-breasted grosbeaks.

Piebald spotted salamander 2010. Photo by Charlotte Cox.

The Return of the Salamanders

Notes from the Wild

This year I managed to take video of the underwater breeding of spotted salamanders.

Peregrine falcon from Brampton balcony. Photo by Peter and Rose Bailey.

Urban Animals

Notes from the Wild

Raccoons, squirrels and robins adapted to urban life long ago.