A pastry shop in Montreal is giving out free treats, but there’s a catch – Montreal

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A pastry shop in Montreal is making trekking in the snow a little sweeter — but with a catch.

CRémy Pâtisserie is giving out a free donut to those who show up in skis or snow shoes.

According to the shop, a couple of dozen people have braved the more than 40 centimetres of snow on the ground to claim their free treat.

“Storms are always seen in a negative light and we said, ‘we’ll change that’,” explained Alexandra Pesant-Tremblay who works at the shop.

Pesant-Tremblay says the owner, Rémy Couture, came up with the idea. “He wanted to put joy in people’s hearts, to have fun and sweeten people’s day.”

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Some of the  donut treats include bourbon-bacon, cheesecake and Boston creme flavors. “They’re the size of three Tim Horton’s donuts!” Pesant-Tremblay exclaimed proudly.

The shop is located at 2202 avenue Mont-Royal Est. It closes at 6:00 p.m.

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West Island Palliative Care Residence celebrates giving at 20th annual Valentine’s Ball – Montreal

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There were flappers and jazz music as the Roaring ’20s were revived Friday night for the 20th annual Valentine’s Ball benefiting the West Island Palliative Care Residence.

A sold-out crowd of more than 500 people took part in the fundraising event at the Château Vaudreuil.

The West Island Palliative Care Residence is a 23-bed facility that provides end-of-life care and services to patients as well as support for their families.

“The money that we’re going to raise tonight goes toward operating the residence,” said Rhonda O’Gallagher, president of the residence’s board.

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O’Gallagher noted that the residence only receives one-third of its funding from the Quebec government.

“Every year, we have to fundraise more than $4 million to ensure the services are offered to the residents,” she said.

Support from the community is more important than ever, as construction has begun on a brand-new, 30,000-square-foot building.

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West Island Palliative Care currently has 23 beds, but they are divided between the organization’s main residence on André-Brunet Street in Kirkland and a second location nearby.

The new facility will house all 23 beds in one location.

The new building will also house the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care, which aims to improve palliative care not just in Quebec but across the country.

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O’Gallagher said the fundraising goal for the consolidation project was set at $12.5 million.

“I’m very pleased to say that so far we’ve raised $9.5 million, but we still have $3 million to go,” she added.

“Any support we could get from the residents, from the community within the West Island is much appreciated.”

A net total of $580,000 was raised at Friday night’s gala event.

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Chelsey Luger Is Giving Ancestral Native American Practices a 2019 Reboot | Healthyish

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This story is part of the Healthyish 22, the people changing the way we think about wellness. Meet them all here.

Chelsey Luger was working as a personal trainer when she realized that a lot of the practices that the health world was preaching were similar to things she’d grown up with. But no one was talking to Native Americans about it. And much of the Native-American population has suffered from health issues like diabetes, alcoholism, and drug use, resulting from forced displacement and poverty. These challenges turned into stereotypes, and many Native Americans fell out of touch with indigenous wellness practices.

“We wanted to reclaim our power, health, and food sovereignty, because holistic wellness has been part of our culture for thousands of years,” says Chelsey Luger, who’s of Ojibwe and Lakota descent and grew up in North Dakota, spending parts of her childhood on a reservation surrounded by the holistic learnings of Native-American culture. She founded Well for Culture, a company devoted to helping the next generation of Native Americans rediscover the wellness practices of their ancestors.

Well For Culture is a decidedly millennial brand, a hub for the people who are defining the next era of their tribes. The website features short, sleek workouts that take place in “Earth Gym” (a.k.a. outside), recipes using indigenous ingredients (think tepary bean hummus), and gorgeous photography by co-founder Thosh Collins. There are Facebook Live sessions about ancestral food systems, and the Instagram touts colorful bowls and stunning shots in nature. “We want to communicate the wellness message in a fun and exciting way,” Luger explains.

Ultimately, the goal is to make traditional wellness practices feel accessible to young people (not just young Native Americans) in today’s world. Not everyone can harvest and hunt, “but you can follow certain ideals,” Luger says, like buying organic and local and showing gratitude toward your food. And while the company is only three years old, it is already gaining traction among young people and enhancing the understanding of Native-American culture’s influence on the wellness world: Luger and Collins have run countless workshops for tribes, traveled to colleges across the country to talk about their methods, and partnered with Nike to train employees on indigenous fitness routines.

“These practices have always been who we are,” Luger says. “It comes down to the future generations.”

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Food Gift Ideas (2018): What the Bon Appétit Staff Is Giving This Year

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When I had my first sip of Forthave Spirits Marseille Amaro, the coziest winter-spiced amaro your heart could desire, I had a vision of myself sitting by a warm fireplace in the middle of a blizzard, with sweatpants tucked into my socks and slippers on my feet. There’s something very special happening at the small but mighty Forthave Spirits Distillery in Brooklyn. A lot of thought and consideration has gone into each of the three spirits on offer, but pour yourself a glass and see for yourself. – Molly Baz, senior associate food editor

Buy it: Forthave Spirits Marseille Amaro (Half-Bottle), $28 from Astor Wines

 

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Canadians giving up necessities, going into debt to pay for prescriptions, study finds

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Taking prescribed medication after open-heart surgery might seem like a fairly normal course of action, but the cost of the drugs left Leonard Seigo in a difficult position.

« I have a half-decent pension, but when you start paying for medication, you can’t afford to eat. You can’t afford to pay rent. It would put you in a real bad position, and I finally, I needed a place to live and I needed food, so I quit taking the pills one at a time, » said Seigo, a senior who lives in Kelowna, B.C.

Canadians like Seigo are not alone, according to research by the University of British Columbia.

The study’s senior author, Michael Law, the Canada Research Chair in Access to Medicine at UBC, says Canadians have reduced their spending on basic necessities to pay for prescription drugs, with 731,000 of them borrowing money in order to pay for drugs prescribed by their doctor. For the study, the researchers used data from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey conducted in 2016.

« Leonard’s is a fairly typical story for most people in B.C. When we’ve done interviews with people who can’t afford their medicines, we hear the same sort of issues that he’s bringing up, » Law said. 

Law says people are making financial decisions that pit drugs against food, rent and all the other expenses they face in their everyday life.

He says this scenario is not good for the health-care system as a whole.

‘It’s life or death’

« It obviously has an implication for the health-care system. People are ending up in hospital with something expensive like a heart attack because they couldn’t afford the cheap medicine they could have been taking in the interim. »

And it’s not seniors that are most affected — it’s young people. 

The study found those taking on debt tended to be younger, had lower household income, chronic medical conditions and no prescription drug insurance.

Younger Canadians and those without private insurance were more likely to take on debt, researchers found. (CBC)

Researchers found Canadians aged 19 to 34 were 3.5 times more likely to borrow money to pay for prescription drugs compared to those aged 45 to 54, and those without private insurance were twice as likely.

Diana Lereverend from Invermere, B.C., says even though she works full-time, she has no benefits and struggles to pay for her blood pressure medication out of pocket.

« It’s life or death. So I don’t get gas in my truck. I will fall behind in my rent. I won’t buy groceries that week, » Lereverend said.

« It’s scary, because if I don’t take my medication, I could have a stroke and I could become debilitated. I’m not willing to risk that. It’s a choice you make when you’re up against the wall. »

Possible solutions

Currently, a federal Liberal government advisory council is taking a closer look at implementing universal pharmacare in the country. Law said he hopes the council will consider targeting programs to these patients who are struggling to pay for prescription drugs. 

« Drug programs are very different between the provinces. Hopefully, that’s a process the advisory council can co-ordinate across Canada, so that we have better coverage that people can understand and get access to the medicines that they need when their recommendations are put into place. »

The council’s recommendations are set to be issued in the spring of 2019.

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Local artist Voidz Toronto is giving the city a surrealist makeover

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When he was a child, a Toronto artist says he would lay awake in bed all night trying to come up with ideas for things that didn’t exist.

“Turns out it’s pretty much impossible,” says local artist Voidz Toronto, 30, of his childhood goal. “But along the way I would think up some pretty strange ideas and I think that got me interested in creativity.”

Seein’ Tower by Voidz Toronto.
Seein’ Tower by Voidz Toronto.  (Voidz Toronto)

The artist, who goes simply as Voidz Toronto, now uses augmented reality, 3D manipulation and photography to create surreal art. He runs an Instagram account showcasing altered images of Toronto, such as Yonge-Dundas Square with a sink hole and the CN Tower tied in a knot. He said the account is an outlet to explore the urban landscape of Toronto through his art.

“We live in a very unique time where we are on the cusp of not being to distinguish real images from digitally fabricated ones,” he says. “I really enjoying injecting this idea into my art and allowing it to live trapped somewhere in that uncanny valley.”

He requested his name be kept anonymous. In keeping his name detached from his project, the artist says he hopes the art can speak for itself and he can create “a little less self-consciously.”

An Ontario native, Voidz says he’s been playing with digital art and filmmaking since he was 11, but only began taking it seriously when he started at Ryerson University in 2005. A freelance motion designer in the television and film business by day, Voidz says he’s spent most of his career thus far figuring out how to do 3D imaging.

This piece of reimagined CN Tower created by Toronto artist Voidz Toronto is called Tippy Top.
This piece of reimagined CN Tower created by Toronto artist Voidz Toronto is called Tippy Top.  (Voidz Toronto)

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To achieve the Toronto scenes, which include the Harvey’s on Jarvis and Gerrard Sts. with floating trays and drinks, and flying shopping carts at the Dufferin Mall, Voidz says he shoots photos or video with a camera — usually a DSLR or an iPhone — and uses visual effects software to recreate the scene in 3D, simulating the lighting and visual ambience of the location. He does most of the work on a computer “no fancier than what most people’s kids play computer games on.”

“It works much like real life so once I’ve recreated the scene in 3D I can pretty much add anything I want to the image and it for the most part looks real,” he says.

A lot of the inspiration for his art comes from the “charming grittier side of Toronto that often gets overlooked,” he says. “I’m very inspired by the strange state of the world we are all currently all trapped in.”

This piece by local artist Voidz Toronto is entitled 510 POP (Proof-of-Payment).
This piece by local artist Voidz Toronto is entitled 510 POP (Proof-of-Payment).  (Voidz Toronto)

Emerald Bensadoun is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @twerk_vonnegut

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Spirit of giving prominent this Halloween in Kingston as community comes together – Kingston

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The spirit of giving is a phrase usually reserved for Christmas, but this year, it could be argued that it also applies to Halloween in Kingston.

The grassroots community group The Skeleton Park Arts Festival joined forces with the Mc Burney Park Neighbourhood Association and held a Halloween parade this October 31.

Mc Burney is the official park name, but residents often call it “Skeleton Park” because of its history as a cemetery in the 19th century.

The early evening event also featured music from the Queen’s University marching band and Spencer Evans and the Goat Steppers.


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The Goat Steppers gave the event a Mardi Gras-type feel, with their New Orleans-style music delighting the roughly 200 people in attendance.

The family-friendly event, while bringing the local community together, also provided an opportunity to help the larger community, said Artistic Director Greg Tilson.

“Partners in Mission Food Bank is collecting here right here in the middle of Skeleton Park, just as an additional way to help out and give back to the community.”

Allan Wilson lives on Yonge Street and had the Partners in Mission Food Bank in his mind as well.

For the last four years, Wilson and his family, with the help of a close family friend, spend the week before Halloween building a haunted house in Wilson’s backyard.


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Wilson has everything from animatronics and decorations to live actors on hand, waiting to scare the trick-or-treaters brave enough to walk down his driveway.

The price of admission to the popular neighbourhood haunted house is a non-perishable food item for the food bank.

Wilson says the food bank made a difference in his life shortly after he had a heart attack eight years ago.

“We had a child in the house and I didn’t know how I was going to feed her for the next few days,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the Partners in Mission Food Bank, I think we would have starved for a few days.”

Along with providing food hampers, the Partners in Mission Food Bank helps support 16 local hot meal and shelter programs in the Kingston region.

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Dominique Fishback on Giving Up Meat and Seeing Her Brooklyn Neighborhood Change | Healthyish

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“Eating would be the worst part of my day,” Dominique Fishback says. It’s a sun-drenched Thursday morning in Los Angeles, and, in between bites of a gloriously runny egg sandwich, the actress is recalling growing up in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York in the early ’90s, when her options were limited to bodega bites and fast food.

“I knew that I wasn’t eating well,” she continues. “I wouldn’t eat for a while, then I’d get so hungry I’d be like, ‘I’m just gonna go get a Philly cheesesteak,’ and I’d crash into what I was trying to avoid.”

Dominique Fishback first left East New York to attend Pace College in Manhattan, where she discovered foods like Pinkberry for the first time (“It changed my life,” she says. “I was trying to get my cousins from East New York to travel, but they were not going to go to Manhattan for frozen yogurt.”)

Shortly after she graduated, her acting career took off—catch her reprising her role as Darlene, a ’70s-era sex worker, in the second season of HBO’s The Deuce, as well as in the film The Hate U Give, out today. During filming, she had the opportunity to eat almost anything (well, as long as it was being provided by on-set catering), but still wasn’t feeling good about her choices.

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Fishback shooting hoops at a court by her apartment in Bed Stuy.

So she became pescatarian. “I was such a fast food girl, so people are really, really surprised by that,” she says now. “I had Big Macs all the time.”

These days, she’s into fresh fruit, and the vegan Jamaican food at Bed Stuy’s Natural Blends, which does some of her favorite dishes, like curried chicken—without the chicken. “The tastes and the flavors that I was craving, I thought I couldn’t have anymore, Fishback says. “But it’s not true.”

The travel her job requires—she just spent a few weeks on the road, first in France then in Canada promoting The Hate U Give— has also helped expand her palate beyond what her old neighborhood could offer, and she has mixed feelings about that.

The dearth of culinary options in minority neighborhoods is a systemic issue that Fishback addressed in her one-woman show, Subverted, in a segment on imprisonment. “To be imprisoned isn’t necessarily being behind bars,” she explains. “But in these neighborhoods, you have a certain radius that you go about, and these are the food options: Chinese, the corner store.”

The Hate U Give is about a young black girl named Starr (played by Amandla Sternberg) who witnesses a police shooting of a close friend, so it’s no wonder that Fishback has the opportunities of the larger black community on her mind these days. She’s grateful to to have seen so much more of the world, but she looks back with frustration at what her neighborhood used to look like, and how it’s changing as more affluent and white folks move in. “Now there’s a Planet Fitness, like we ain’t never wanted to get fit before,” she says. “Now there’s a VisionWorks. You don’t think we needed glasses before?”

And she’s still trying to figure out how to navigate her success as an actress. “It’s hard for friends who are not where they wanna be at when I’m like, ‘I didn’t book nothing up ‘til the end of this year.’ And they’re like, ‘but you’re on this show!’” Fishback says.

“But a show isn’t forever, and one show doesn’t make your career. So I always approach everything like, What’s the next thing? How do I create longevity in my career?”

When she’s not working, Fishback decompresses with one of her first loves: basketball. She first played football in middle school, and she was the only girl. It was only when the coach cancelled practice one day and Fishback found herself in the gym idly shooting hoops that the basketball coach spotted her talent. “She was like, ‘Fishback, you want to be on the basketball team?’ I was like, ‘I don’t play basketball. I play football.’ She was like, ‘You could learn.’” And that was that.

These days, she can’t fit in as many pickup games as she’d like, so if she’s feeling antsy she’ll go to the gym. “I’m trying to find a routine that I like, but I don’t really have one,” she says.

Given how hectic her schedule is, the pace of the news cycle, and the toll it can take on the black community, Fishback is careful to tend to her mental as well as her physical health. “The building I live in now had a rooftop. I can just go sit up there and clear my mind and think and thank god and write and be at peace, which is a nice thing,” she says. “I’ve never felt at peace, really. In East New York, I had experiences there that eliminate peace, you know?”

She also goes to therapy and encourages her family members to go too. “Cause you don’t realize how much you carry, and it influences all the choices you make,” she says.

Ultimately, though, one of the most important things to Fishback is having a voice: not just waiting for parts to come to her, but writing plays like Subverted and feature scripts that allow her to express herself in her own words. “It’s hard when I see the news and something that I wrote three or four years ago is still relevant, but at least I know that as an artist, I gave my contribution and I will continue to do that,” Fishback says. “Right now, I’m trying to keep moving and keep happy.”

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