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editor’s note “Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people is great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for this beautiful country will never die.” – Pierre Trudeau, former Canadian Prime minisTer


t is summer time and the living should be easy. We should have oodles of time to relax and enjoy the cottage, the boat, the trailer, the pool, the backyard, the deck – wherever our happy place is. Right? Well reality sets in and summer slips by in a flurry of gardening, yardening, travelling, visiting and daily life-ing. This issue of Lifestyle Magazine celebrates summer, or at least what we hope summer can be. A time to kick back and relax and realize how lucky we are to have these few months of warm weather when we can sit outside – enjoying a sunset, chatting over the fence, digging in the earth or walking in the early morning sunlight. It also celebrates that most special of national events – Canada 150! We have information on celebratory fashions, feasting and festivals galore spread throughout this issue and marked with a maple leaf. In the words of Pierre Trudeau (above), ‘our dreams for this beautiful country will

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never die,” so maybe it’s your summer to explore the nation’s capital. There’s big doings there all summer long to highlight Canada’s history and achievements in art, culture, trade, industry and international relations. See the story on page 18. The Lifestyle Magazine team wishes you and yours a safe and happy celebration of summer. May your living be easy.

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It Is summertIme and the entertaInIng should be easy

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hen wiping down the outdoor table and chairs and pulling the unbreakable wine and beer glasses out of the back of the cupboard causes you to begin to perspire, who needs to sweat it when it comes to preparing food for your guests? Not you! So break out some of your nice platters and serving plates as the perfect way to dish up tapas (sharable food) in the form of cheese and charcuterie boards. Knowing what cheeses and charcuterie ingredients to serve together can be tricky but Rick Peori, owner of All ‘Bout Cheese, has some advice. “If you are having five to eight guests, start with three or four cheeses.” Add another variety of cheese with every one or two guests you add to the list. To ensure there are choices to please every palate, he recommends offering cheeses that contrast in their flavours, ages and types of milk they are made from: sheep, goat, cow and water buffalo. Pair them with complementary condiments, like spicy jellies, berries, honey, colourful peppers and/or premium

olives, like those from The Pristine Olive. Peori says to start building your selection with universal pleaser Gunn’s Hill Five Brothers. This Swiss/Gouda cross is produced by the award-winning artisanal cheesemaker, located outside Woodstock. “It’s the number one go-to recommended as a perfect companion to both wine and beer. It’s also great with fruit, so it’s a hit with kids, too,” says Peori. Next add a smoky cheese, like Applewood Smoked Cheddar from Britain or a smoked goat cheese from Blyth Farm Cheese. Then add a fresh goat cheese that is “soft and applies nicely to a cracker,” like C'estbon Chevre from St. Marys. “Serve it with olive tapenade or a tart jelly,” says Peori. Don’t make the mistake of adding salted or strongly flavoured crackers to your boards, as they will take away

from the flavours of the cheeses, he added, recommending bread sticks or baguettes. Contrast your cheese board with charcuterie, created from both smoked, preserved salamis and hams and fresh sausages that you pre-cook and allow to cool before slicing onto your serving platter. Miki Hambalek, The Hungary Butcher in London, makes and sells 54 international styles of sausage. He, too, recommends serving a variety of meats to be sure to please all your guests. “Andouille sausage, from Louisiana, is a spicy variety that pairs nicely with a fermented sauerkraut and Applewood Smoked Gouda,” advises Hambalek. Contrast that with a sweeter sausage, like Hawaiian with bacon, and serve with a dry white wine. He suggested that serving chorizo or steak-andonion sausage with hearty craft beers works well. Purchasing your hard sausages – German or Genoa salami, prosciutto, soppressata or capicola – pre-sliced will save you time but slicing them yourself, Continued on page 9


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selections of quality outdoor and indoor living products in Canada. With its spacious 35,000 square foot manufacturing and showroom facility, the unique company lives up to its reputation of offering its customers a “look beyond the ordinary.” Eager visitors come from near and far to see the beautiful line of P.V.C. Tubular Furniture, cushions in every size and colour and an extensive collection of umbrellas and furniture covers. “We manufacture outdoor cushions and umbrellas on site and also stock over 15,000 items in our warehouse from over 15 different suppliers,” says Courtney. “We assemble and deliver with our own trucks to most of southwestern Ontario.” Collections include: resin wicker, metal mesh, sling, cast aluminum and recycled plastic. There is an extensive selection for every room, including dining, lounge chairs, ottomans, chaise lounges, motion furniture, loveseats, sofas, sectionals, bars and counters and indoor bar stools. If you need aluminum and steel sling furniture with patented swivel rockers,

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wow Canada ottawa shows off for 150

Story by Jill Ellis-Worthington Photos by John Babulic

Celebrate Canada 150 LEFT The imposing Gothic Revival architecture of the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings belies its accessibility. ABOVE The locks beside Major’s Hill Park lower boat traffic from the Rideau Canal down to the Ottawa River. The Chateau Laurier is on the right; Parliament Hill is on the left, and Gatineau, Quebec is seen in the distance.


anadians have a lot to be proud of with a rich history of patience and persistence and a great way to really appreciate the breadth of the country’s story is to take in the free light show in Ottawa. Each night from July to September, the show – entitled Northern Lights – dynamically portrays Canada’s history using lights, lasers, sound and music projected on Parliament’s Centre Block. Times vary by month so check out the website to confirm: http://canada.pch. Come back the next day and stroll Parliament Hill to see all the flowers while taking in the majestic beauty of its buildings. Guided tours are also offered at no cost to visitors but with many touring Ottawa this summer to celebrate Canada’s 150 it’s expected to be busy, so plan accordingly. Several of the national museums have 150 displays planned. Two of these are the National Art Gallery and the Canadian Museum of History. Both have rooms being updated to showcase accomplishments over the past century and a half. Walking across the Alexandra Bridge to access the history museum provides a great photo opp of the Ottawa River and gives you a panoramic view of the city of Ottawa. To get a feel for the city, take a double decker tour bus (Lady Dive Tours). Sitting on the upper deck allows you to see all of the sites and the knowledgeable guide relays all pertinent info about places on the tour. It’s a hop-on/hop-off

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Sparks Street, between Lyon and Elgin Streets, is closed to vehicular traffic creating a pedestrian mall dotted with eateries, stores and government buildings.

tour so start early in the day and get off at some of the places that fascinate you, such as the Canadian War Museum or the stables where the RCMP horses for the musical ride are housed and trained. Take a pleasurable 90-minute cruise on the Rideau Canal tour to see the city from water level. You’ll learn the story of the canal’s beginnings as a route between Kingston and Ottawa after the War of 1812 and Colonel John By’s navigation of the many construction challenges. By is also remembered at the Byward Market, named for him. This eclectic mix of restaurants and retailers culminates as an open air market cum entertainment district. To get a feel for the depth of talent, visit some of the small but inspiriting galleries, like Alpha Art Gallery. Food stalls, open air eateries and sleek upscale restaurants, like Mezzanote Bistro Italiano, will satisfy your hunger no matter what you crave. At the west end of Byward Market is

Inspiration Village with its interactive displays showcasing each province and territory as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. Visit Sparks Street when your feet are worn out from wandering Parliament Hill. Just a block over, this closed-to-traffic street entertainment district has a plethora of eateries, including the Bier Markt. Stop in to try flights of six Ontario craft beers or try something from further afield. They have 150 beers available from 30 countries so the choice might be difficult but choosing food isn’t. Go for the schnitzel; hands down the best yet. Another Sparks Street favourite is 3 Brasseurs. Enjoying a beer and a bite (try the hot pretzel) seated on the expansive patio or on its glassed-in second floor give great views of this busy downtown walkway. For those who want to see Ottawa but feel more comfortable outdoors, there are 150 kilometres of bike and walking trails around the city in the National Capital Greenbelt. Bring your own or rent bikes to do your exploring. When you’ve absorbed all the history, culture and information about Canada and explored Ottawa so much that you’re feet and back are beginning to complain, it’s definitely time to take a short drive across the river to Quebec’s Nordik Spa to relax in style. North America’s largest spa, this sprawling property is set among the Gatineau Hills and takes full advantage of its beautiful surroundings. A quiet and relaxing venue, there are three areas encouraging different

levels of interaction (one for complete quiet, one for whispering and one for socializing). The salt water flotation pool provides complete relaxation in a totally quiet underground atmosphere. The pool in the Panorama area offers an amazing view of the hills, allowing you to enjoy a beer and sit in the sun. There are aroma therapy steam rooms and several dry saunas to enjoy. The restaurants are worth the trip in themselves. Try the Reso, a full-service bistro where you can dine in your bathing suit (please wear a cover and shoes). When in Quebec, why not sample some of the famous local cheeses? The warm artichoke dip is a flavourful start to the meal, as well. For a main, the smoked steelhead trout is a must-try. The menu covers all taste preferences, there’s an extensive wine selection and the service is unparalleled. There are so many water features to try and nooks to read a book or lie in the sun that this is a full-day destination. Stay until into the evening and see the forest come alive with lights in the trees and bask in the reflected light of the pools. Staying near the action – Parliament Hill, Byward Market and Sparks Street – only makes sense and the Marriot Downtown is a great choice. It has a pool and saunas to relax in after a long day of walking. Upgrading to the concierge lounge and enjoying not only the spectacular views but also hot breakfasts and appetizers before you head out for the day or evening will enhance your visit. During Canada Day Weekend, it may be difficult to get accommodations (though hotels indicate they are not full as of yet), so the city is opening up some city parks and parking lots to campers. Go to news/urban-camping-comes-ottawa-canada-day-2017 for details. Ottawa is on the must-see list for many Canadians and visiting now, while the capital city is in celebration mode is a truly inspiring experience. n FOR MORE INFORMATION See more photos on our Facebook page.

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ohnny Nooren always planned to build another home for his wife, Angela, and their young children Luke and Aleida. That dream ended when Johnny lost his battle with lymphoma and passed away in July 2016. But, on a weekend in June this year, a house was built for the family. Although they won’t be living in it, the home will change their lives in countless ways. Project Hope, the brainchild of real estate developer Doug Tarry, brought together hundreds of building industry tradespeople and community members. These volunteers used their expertise to build the house in

just three days, with the intent to sell it and donate the proceeds to the Nooren family. A building inspector, Johnny Nooren was well-known and respected in the industry and the community and people readily stepped up to participate, Tarry says. Angela was blown away when she heard the proposal. “Who does this?” she says incredulously. “A stranger steps up and offers to save your life! I’d never met Doug until he sat me down in his model home and said it would be his great honour to help me with this project.” She also knew that it was something Johnny would have heartily embraced.



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“It’s so crazy; he would love it,” she says. “He always wanted to do the impossible. He also loved to do things for me to get my reactions – crying and laughing. He was the most romantic man I’ve ever known, and the great love of my life.” Angela was involved in each step of the year-long planning process. At 6 a.m. on Friday, June 9, the teams were ready to roll. The foundation was already in place and six framing crews and a roofing crew got to work. By mid-afternoon, the walls were up. The roof had been framed and craned Continued on page 23 July/August 2017

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Doug Tarry, a builder with years of experience, was impressed with the way each of the team members used his or her expertise to make an over-the-top final product while constructing the house.

on top and workers were busy installing the shingles. By early afternoon that Sunday, the two-bedroom, 1,440-squarefoot home was finished ahead of schedule. It was complete with landscaping, backyard deck and indoor staging. Asked her feelings as the undertaking wound down, Angela says: “I think my son said it best” and quotes seven-year-old Luke: “I feel excited sad. I didn’t know you could feel both those things at the same time.” What impressed her most throughout the entire process, Angela says, was the way “people bonded in such unique ways.” She adds, “I’ve made friends I know I’ll have for many years. Watching the teams come together this weekend - workers who would normally be in competition, smiling and laughing and helping each other - it’s just been magical.” Tarry agrees. “It’s beyond a sense of accomplishment,” he says, summing up his feelings at the end of the day. “It’s how the community came together and the bonding that happened.” According to Tarry, the way the work moved seamlessly through the building stages seemed almost choreographed. He notes that it prompted Uptop Films director Ryan Grams, who’s documenting the experience, to comment: “It’s like Cirque du Soleil with bricks and wood.” Tarry says the success of the endeavour was assured by having “the best of the best” working on it. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do this,” he adds. Continued on page 24

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Tarry is proud of this historymaking project, noting that other teams have built houses in three days but this is the first time for a Net Zero Ready home to be finished in that timeframe. A Net Zero home - constructed within a tight building envelope, highly insulated, and with right-sized mechanical and plumbing systems and solar energy - will create as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. Net Zero Ready homes do not include the solar panels but are set for their installation, based on the number the homeowner feels will be needed to meet his/her family’s energy requirements. Net Zero homes are normally a longer build due to the necessary attention to detail and to ensuring that it meets building code standards. In this case, the home not only came in under the code’s maximums but also lower than Doug Tarry Homes’ averages. Most of the energy used at the site during the weekend build was also solar powered. Tarry hopes this exposure will create awareness of and increased interest in what he calls “the home of the future.” n FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Kilworth endures

The persisTence ence of memory

By Beth Stewart Delving into history is like digging for buried treasure at “X marks the spot.” You know there’s something down there, but what it is remains a mystery until the end. So it is when writing a book. Elizabeth Moyer spent four years digging through archives and interviewing older people willing to share their stories. Her treasure is Kilworth: The Woodhull Settlement, published by Pinpoint Publications in London. The book began as a labour of love and was spurred by a sense of urgency; soon after she began her project, Moyer soon found herself racing area development and felt the need to preserve before it was consumed. Kilworth, initially known as the Woodhull Settlement and located in the gore of Delaware Township, was founded in 1796. Moyer (nee Sinasac) was born and raised on a farm in Delaware Township. Growing up, Moyer says she was inspired by “the physical beauty of the area, the personalities of the local people and the unique stone buildings.” In her book, Moyer invites her readers to journey back to the 1790s through stories that bring to life the First Nations and early settlers, their dwellings, and their pastimes. Now the once bustling village consists of a few stone cottages, a church and a cemetery. Soon one of the earliest settlements in Western Canada, will disappear. What will endure is Moyer’s book. n

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Clovermead Adventure Farm, Wanna Bee day, July 8 (come dressed as a bee); Buskers Day, July 22, 11302 imperial road north, aylmer. other sweet treats are the honey festival days, every saturday in august, when you can: inspect an open bee hive, dip your own beeswax candle, and more. for information, visit

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Glass Art Studio

Museum London, sparrow night: artists Working with n Light, runs to August 27, 421 ridout street north. ““sparrow night” is a term from folklore that describes a night storm featuring intense sheet lightning. The exhibition features light-based works, including experimental projection and textile. for more information, visit

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Hail our country’s fashionable contribution

Why not celebrate the nation’s big birthday in style by wearing some of the many designs made right here in canada? TOP A floral print short sleeve dress, fashioned from polyester crepe, is outfitted with a fitted bodice, a flared skirt and soft side pleats. The dress (style: Emmanuelle) is by designer Annie 50 and is from Curiosities. RIGHT A natural toned, tailored vest, made of bamboo rayon (style: Kamran) with long rounded lapels and a lower hem at the front, is paired with uniquely styled flowing pants with overlapping front panels (style: Shea) for an elegant look. These Miik coordinates are from Bijou Boutique. MIddle This V-neck bamboo rayon jumpsuit, with an adjustable drawstring waist line (style: Jojo), is topped by a cropped singlebutton jacket (style: Claire) for a dressier look. These and other Miik coordinates are available at Bijou Boutique.

FaR RIGHT A striped, stretch silk blouse (style: Clara) is worn with a pair of dark blue relaxed fit blue silk trousers (style: Lindsay). Stylish bows adorn the sash-tie pants, and the blouse also features a bow at the back. These coordinates, by designer Miriam Baker, are from Hangar 9.

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A pair of patterned blue and white cotton and polyester stretch slim pants (style: Rhapsody) paired with a blue cotton denim shirt (style: Lucy) make waves. These Lisette L. coordinates are from Curiosities.

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Model wears a gauze weight soft wool scarf (style: Arctic) as a halter top. The scarf by GOBLE is part of “THE CANADIANA COLLECTION,” created to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Available at and through Hangar 9.


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learn about apparel past as part of your celebrations of the country’s 150th birthday this summer. the canadian Fashion history Museum in cambridge shows how clothing has changed and adapted to reflect the needs of canadians throughout the century and a half since confederation. From dresses worn by women living during the days of confederation to present day preferences, tastes have changed and they are all on display at this small museum. achievements in fashion from beaver pelts to Botox to the Wonderbra and the wire hanger are celebrated during this display until December of this year. a separate exhibit showcases canadian designers and one special dress on display was worn by sophie Grégoire-trudeau at a White house dinner with the obamas, during a state visit to Washington. two special displays - one showing the designs of the house of Dior and the other exhibiting the dresses of Jane austen’s World (1792 to 1817) - are also offered. Visit the Fashion history Museum’s website for more information. www.fashionhistorymuseum FOR MORE INFORMATION Bijou Boutique 1289 commissioners Road West 519 -472-0123 • curiosities 174-1/2 Wortley Road 519- 432-0434 • 30 Lifestyle July/August 2017

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TreaTmenT offers hope for aging skin


By Jill ellis-Worthington

trip to the spa is always a luxurious thing. Being pampered and fussed over a bit is such a tonic for the soul in our busy world. But a trip to the spa that results in real change to one’s appearance was an experience that I was totally on board with. At DermEffects, carbon peel, or Lutronic Spectra (laser) peel, is just one of several sophisticated treatments offered that goes deeper than

regular facials. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Hollywood peel,’ it is said that the stars often use this treatment in the weeks leading up to an important appearance, like the Oscars. Laser technician/medical esthetician Chassidy Pazitny cleansed my face and then advised that I’d be wearing eye protection as she’d be using a sophisticated laser to work the Spectra lotion into my face. True to its carbon moniker, it’s black and made of a blend of microscopic carbon particles and mineral oils. Continued on page 32

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At DermEffects, carbon peel, or Lutronic Spectra (laser) peel, is just one of several sophisticated treatments offered that goes deeper than regular facials.

Pazitny explained that the “Spectra peel is a powerful, controllable, yet gentle protocol that allows for complete clinical management of the skin rejuvenation process for a wide range of indications and skin types, like inflammatory acne, post-acne redness, large pores, skin rejuvenation/photo damaged skin, fine wrinkles, seborrheic skin (yellow/oily skin), post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and melisma.” She applied the lotion and then used the Spectra Lutronic laser to work it into my skin. I did feel some heat as the laser was being used but not to an uncomfortable level. There is also a snapping noise associated with the laser. Pazitny has worked in the medical and cosmetic spa industry for more than two decades and was knowledgeable about the results that I might see after one treatment, as “three to five treatments between two and four weeks apart are recommended for optimum results.” After the single treatment, my skin felt softer and smoother. Some of the fine lines that bother me were less noticeable as well. I received a couple of compliments during the day on how fresh my skin looked (unsolicited), so I think results were definitely notable. The stars think this is the way to go, and I tend to agree. n FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Cheers to fashion

Customer-first philosophy generates loyal clientele for Sara Sohan

By Ellen Ashton-Haiste


e all like to go where everybody knows our name. That’s why women choose to get their fashion fix at Sara Sohan, a fashion boutique in London’s Cherryhill Village Mall. Great customer service is the key to success, says owner Vinod Singhal. Store manager Marian Bentley agrees. “We enjoy the people, and we like to form friendships with our customers,” she said, adding that the store’s professional and experienced staff are proficient at getting to know their customers’ tastes and helping them find the perfect ensemble for any occasion. “We are a modern store with old-fashioned values,” Singhal said of the family-owned and operated business. This philosophy results in a loyal clientele of repeat customers, Bentley says. And that loyalty is rewarded with VIP incentive cards, which offer tax-free FOR MORE INFORMATION

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purchases for returning customers. Singhal and his wife, Laxmi, opened their first ladies’ wear store, Just For You, in the Cherryhill shopping centre 35 years ago and it’s still popular, particularly with community residents. Six years ago, Bentley says, a demand was identified for “a more fashion forward look” and Sara Sohan was launched with imports from designers around the globe, including France, Italy and Australia, as well

as Canada and the United States. The 3,000-square-foot store is bright and welcoming with an extensive bank of windows along the mall showcasing merchandise. Fashions range from casual chic to evening finery and are complemented by an assortment of accessories – jewellery, scarves and handbags. The store carries brands such as Treska hand-crafted and on-trend jewellery, as well as handbags from the Canadian leader Joanel, noted for its unique styles. Sara Sohan is definitely a destination store, said Bentley, drawing a clientele from across the region. Customers represent a wide age range from young professionals to mature women who like to maintain a stylish persona. “Keeping up with the latest in new fashions keeps us going and keeps our customers happy,” she said. n

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