BEACH METRO NEWS
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Bangladesh centre hosts Soup Festival
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He is Born! A new Christmas Cantata composed by Brian Stevens
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Hope United Church Choir Christmas Concert Praise and Gospel Cafe
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THE BANGLADESH Centre and Community Services (BCCS) hosts its Soup-er Sound fundraising event on Sunday, Dec. 1. There will be music, dancing and a selection of more than 20 soups to select from at the event. It goes from 3 to 8 p.m. at the BCCS Auditorium, 2670 Danforth Ave., second floor. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call 416-901-2121. Share a Christmas fundraiser on tap LOCAL REALTOR Dennis Ladouceur, of Re/Max Hallmark in the Beach, hosts his fourth annual Christmas Fundraiser for Community Centre 55 on Thursday, Dec. 5. The event will take place at the Gull and Firkin, 1943 Queen St. E., from 6 to 9 p.m. Ladouceur will be working the bar and all proceeds raised will go towards supporting Community Centre 55’s Share a Christmas pro-
gram which helps approximately 1,000 families in the East Toronto area over the holidays. Tree lighting ceremonies slated TORONTO-DANFORTH COUNCILLOR Paula Fletcher will be hosting a number of tree lighting ceremonies this month and next. On Friday, Nov. 29, Fletcher hosts the Withrow Park tree lighting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The park is located at 725 Logan Ave. just south of Danforth Avenue, and will feature live entertainment and hot chocolate. Riverdale Share will also be at the tree lighting to spread some festive cheer. Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local food bank. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Fletcher hosts the Dieppe Park tree lighting 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dieppe Park is located at 455 Cosburn Ave. Those at-
tending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Bethany Baptis Church Food Bank. The Dieppe Park celebration will also feature live entertainment, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa and skating at the park’s rink and skating trail. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Fletcher will host the Greenwood Park tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. The event is supported by the Friends of Greenwood Park and the Gerrard India Bazaar. There will be live entertainment, a visit from Santa and hot chocolate, and donations of non-perishable food items will be collected for the Glen Rhodes Food Bank. Greenwood Park’s rink and skating trail will also be open for the celebration. The East York Civic Centre Tree Lighting will be hosted at 5:30 p.m. There will be live music, hot chocolate
and a visit from Santa. The East York Civic Centre is located at 850 Coxwell Ave. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the Bethany Baptist Church Food Bank at the event. New Year’s Eve at Balmy Beach Club THE BALMY Club hosts it’s New Year’s Eve party on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and tickets are now available to be purchased. Everyone is welcome to attend the party and ring in New Year’s by the lake. The party starts at 8 p.m. and continues to 2 a.m. There will be a DJ, party favours, snacks on arrival and a snack buffet at midnight. This event is only for those of legal drinking age. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the club’s bar. The club is at 360 Lake Front, at the foot of Beech Avenue. For more info, visit www.balmybeachclub.com
Biodynamics and wine Jacqueline Corrigan Wine View
CLIMATE CHANGE, biodynamics and wine. Big Topic? Yes it is. Modern life has thrown nature completely out of sync. Mother Earth already had it worked out. The four seasons helped life on earth to rest (autumn), sleep (winter), rejuvenate (spring) and revitalize (summer). But it’s all very different now. SPONSORED
Toronto Centre Offers Hope for the Homeless, Comfort for their Family by Marie Everatt
When you are homeless, while you have nearly nothing, you have every hope that life will get better. Haven Toronto, a drop-in centre for elder men age 50-plus, helps instill that hope in thousands of clients annually. Open every day - including all major holidays - the centre reduces barriers to health care, eliminates food insecurity and provides opportunities for social inclusion, all programs that are vital to elder men impacted by poverty, homelessness and isolation. One client, Ron G. was a regular at Haven Toronto. The drop-in centre was a safe, inviting space where he could be part of a community. Even though Ron left a tight-knit community in Cape Breton for the big city, he made a point of regularly making calls to family back home. A lifetime of poverty - working poor - meant he was unable to travel home. More specifically, he was unable to afford travel so Ron’s phone was his connection to the coast. As is the case with homelessness, life on the street meant Ron was vulnerable to theft and abuse. A person who is
homeless will be attacked, on average, at least once every year they are on the street. Ron was no exception. When his phone was stolen so was his ability to stay in touch with friends and family. As a replacement phone wasn’t in the budget, Ron went without his lifeline. On several occasions, Ron’s family tried to call him but there was no answer. They were unsure as to why. They knew he recently lost his apartment. They didn’t know he ‘lost’ his phone. Like any close family, they were worried and started to call around in hopes of hearing about, or better yet, hearing from Ron. They would never hear Ron’s voice again. When news finally found his family, it was that Ron, age 62, had died alone on the cold streets of Toronto. During their time of grief, Ron’s family was comforted to learn that he was a client of Haven Toronto and that he had a special connection with staff. That knowledge helps Ron’s family look back and move forward with peace of mind.
With climate change and the prevalent use of chemicals in farming, the four seasons are in flux, weather patterns are unpredictable, fires raging and overfarming are destroying landscapes. Everything is out of balance and harmony. In 1924, Rudolph Steiner, an Austrian, developed the idea of biodynamic farming in response to farmers complaints about the use of chemical fertilizers. They noticed the soil was deteriorating, and as a result it produced poor quality crops and unhealthy livestock. His solution, never go against Mother Nature. Through his techniques biodynamics help restore balance and harmony by improving soil life and plant health holistically. Nature’s ecosystem returns to its natural rhythm. Lalou Bize-Leroy of Burgundy, France, one of the most famous and sought after wine producers in the world, converted to biodynamic practices. Domaine Humbrecht of Alsace, France and Benziger Winery of California are other famous vineyards practicing this method. Tawse Winery in Niagara also practices the principles of holistic viticulture. From sheep grazing on vine leaves, chickens pecking on the ground amongst the vines and horses drawing the manual tractors to lessen compaction of the soil. The grapes are harvested by hand and hand sorted. Everything about the winery is conceived on an environmentally sustainable level using Steiner’s methods. Niagara’s Southbrook Farms, also adopted the
practice of organic, biodynamic techniques. As their website explains, “It has instilled in us a respect for the soil, water and ecosystems upon which great wine, and our planet, relies”. This very modern architectural building was the first winery to receive the Gold level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the Canada Green Building Council. In order to call yourself a biodynamic farm you must be certified by the Demeter Association much like our VQA which have strict guidelines in order to qualify for this designation. Biodynamic farming has yielded excellent results in viticulture and is now practiced by many internationally renowned vineyards. The results are exciting. With improved soil life and plant health, vines cope better during wet or dry spells. We see less soil erosion, a positive environmental footprint, as well as overall improvement in the taste, flavour and quality of the wine. Through a more profound and holistic vision of nature, what’s old has become new. In choosing the wine that you drink, consider spending a little more on a wine that has been produced with our planet in mind. Here’s to the Spirit of Adventure! Jacqueline Corrigan is a Certified Sommelier (graduate George Brown College Sommelier Program); a Member of the International Sommelier Guild; and a graduate WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust Britain).