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Editor-in- Chief Winter is finally here, and with it comes our last issue of MarQuee for the year. Even in these challenging times, we are so grateful for another great year for our magazine. I am full of gratitude for the support we’ve received since MarQuee Magazine first launched nationwide. We could not have done this without our advertising partners, contributors, and our entire team. We have been so lucky to have been able to work with some of the best talent in Canada. We’ve produced incredible stories that matter to Canadians, and have helped raise awareness about many important social issues within the pages of each edition. Our goal is to showcase everything Canadian in our magazine, and we look forward to another exciting year of growth and compelling lifestyle content for our readers. We have many new initiatives on the horizon, including MarQuee TV. Not only you will enjoy great, original lifestyle content in print and digitally, but we will also produce video content airing on our brand-new YouTube channel! This is also another amazing opportunity for our advertising partners to showcase their businesses beyond the pages of our magazine. Partnerships are critical to our success, and we value the relationships we are creating throughout this journey. Starting in Spring 2021, you can expect more digital content on our website at marqueemagazine.ca. We are also excited to feature some great Canadian writers who will be joining our ever expanding team!

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This winter issue, we are honored to have Canadian billionaire and philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin on the cover. Michael Lee-Chin has achieved remarkable professional success, however, it is his values that set him apart. We are excited for you to learn more about Michael’s journey from Port Antonio, Jamaica, to making it onto Forbes’ billionaire list. He is a true inspiration to many Canadians. A special thank you to CTV and the hosts of Toronto’s #1 morning show, CP24 Breakfast, Pooja Handa and Gurdeep Ahluwalia. We are honored to have this dynamic on-air duo featured in our fitness column, sharing their journey and the sharing the importance of paying it forward. Have a wonderful winter season, and enjoy the issue! These unprecedented times have become a valuable learning experience for all of us. Let us continue to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to making MarQuee Magazine a place to promote diversity and inclusion, and a place where Canadian voices can be heard. Keep well and stay safe!

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By: Sophie Mendes

A chef ’s life work is to nourish, and not exclusively in a restaurant setting. With hunger becoming a reality for more people every year, some chefs have taken it upon themselves to fight food insecurity and help the people who need it the most. This article examines three chef-led initiatives aiming to create an improved system to fight hunger through education, food waste recovery, and donations. According to Second Harvest (Canada’s largest food rescue), 58% of food being produced today is either lost or wasted, and with 1 in 8 Canadian households facing food insecurity, according to the most recent data from Statistics Canada, changing systems is the only way to feed the hungry.


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A Better Life Foundation When Chef Mark Brand created A Better Life Foundation, he already had personally experienced homelessness, food insecurity, and addiction. He knew what it meant to need help. “I started this journey when my aunt started to teach me to cook when I was 9,” explains Brand. “My family are incredibly generous. Also, because we’re supposed to. We’re built to help each other!” Brand has been navigating the foodservice industry not only as a chef and a restaurateur, but also as an ambassador for the people who need food the most, acting as an example for his culinary peers around the world. His work as a social activist and entrepreneur has made a difference for thousands of people: feeding them, inspiring them, motivating them, and giving them a chance at a better life. Since 2012, Mark Brand’s foundation has served over 2 million meals, trained 330 women to source and cook for $2-$3 per meal, and educated 355 youth on the importance of food security. 48% of his staff is comprised of people who have experienced employment barriers, as well as 33% who are living with developmental issues and disabilities. And even a global pandemic could not stop Brand and his diverse team. Every day, his staff produce over 1,700 meals that are distributed throughout the local community in Vancouver, British Columbia. “These meals aren’t just critical to survival, they contribute to the success of continued education, active recovery, positive social experiences, and so much more. More than a resource for people outside of our walls, the preparation and execution of these meals provide meaningful employment for folks in our community – the majority of which identify as having been or being marginalized themselves,” says Brand. Through education and employment, this chef is truly giving others a chance at a better life, one meal at a time.

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Cooks Who Feed Seema Sanghavi founded Cooks Who Feed in March 2019 on Kickstarter. During a trip to India, the entrepreneur discovered Work+Shelter, an NGO in Delhi providing paid training and safe work to marginalized women. This was the first inspiration that contributed to the launch of her apron company. With the goal to support these women herself, help reduce food waste and fight food insecurity, Sanghavi decided to take the chef ’s emblematic apron and give it a purpose beyond functionality – she gave it a social purpose. For each apron she sells, enough food is rescued to provide 100 nutritious meals to communities in need. Additionally, the aprons are eco-friendly and made by the women training in the very Indian NGO that first inspired her. As Sanghavi says, “From the moment the fabric hits the sewing machine to the time it ends up in your kitchen, our eco-friendly apron has employed poor women, fed their families, reduced food waste and provided 100 nutritious means to the hungry. That’s a lot for one apron.” To make all of this happen, Sanghavi has partnered with some important charities: Second Harvest in Canada, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine in the United States, and Zomato Feeding in India. Over 1/3 of the profits are sent to these groups, fighting hunger in three countries so far. The autodidact chef also found some powerful allies in the culinary community, partnering with some local celebrities such as Romain Avril and Christine Cushing, as well as internationally acclaimed chefs such as Gaggan Anand and Art Smith. Her ever growing team of ambassadors proudly promote the social assets of the mighty apron and speak to the work that is done thanks to its purchase. Sanghavi shares, “I never set out to create a company. I set out to create a movement that would empower foodies everywhere to fight hunger in the most socially responsible way possible.”

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La Tablée des Chefs The mission of this Quebec charity is simple: feed people in need and develop culinary education for the local youth. Founded and lead by Chef Jean-François Archambault, the charity has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2012. Archambault recalls, “First, I dreamed of a world where everyone had enough to eat. Then I dared to share this dream with other daring people and I succeeded in inspiring them. Today, the team is made up from professionals from different fields, sharing a common passion, ‘the desire to change the world and make a real difference.’” “We are thus mobilizing chefs, cooks, and pastry chefs in the hotel, restaurant and institutional sectors to manage their food surpluses while respecting the culinary vocation, and promoting social inclusion and respect for human dignity,” says Archambault. “In 2018, in Canada, more than 670,000 servings of food were redistributed to food insecure individuals and families through our food recovery program.” From Youth Training centers, to Food Recovery Programs, to an E-Learning Platform, La Tablée des Chefs has been a key agent of change in Quebec and across Canada, building a strong reputation while changing lives. Nearly 30,000 young people have benefited from free culinary training and over 3 million meals have been distributed to people in need. Empowered by these results, Archambault has been able to find new allies and expand the program to additional provinces in Canada. When the pandemic began, La Tablée des chefs doubled their efforts by creating a new program – Solidarity Kitchens. The project mobilized the food industry and chefs to produce more than 2 million meals. Since a global pandemic hit the world, more and more people are facing difficulties feeding themselves and their families. Although, the new numbers are not out yet, the ones shared by Statistics Canada are already incredibly alarming. From 2017-2018, 4.4 million people were living in a food-insecure household – in just two years, this number has risen by 512,000 households. That is more than the number of households in Ottawa alone. Our fellow citizens need help through donations, activism, education, and the support to change our food rescue and distribution systems. COVID left these 3 chef-led initiatives, and many more, in a difficult position by way of access to donations and food, and also the means to get it to the people who needed it the most. With all fundraiser events cancelled, and the anxiety surrounding the future, their job to give food and hope is not only made more difficult, but has also become more important than ever. It’s time for us to increase our efforts and think of others — be safe and be a part of the change.

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The Nature of Indigenous Cuisine Writing and Photography: Marlene Finn Marlene Finn, B.A.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., is a writer, educator, and trainer who consults in Indigenous education, business, health, and social services to support communities and organizations to design and deliver programs and services that improve the quality of life among Indigenous peoples. She supports her husband and business partner, Chef David Wolfman, in culinary consulting projects. Marlene is a member of the MĂŠtis Nation of Ontario

Indigenous peoples learned a great deal from closely observing and studying animal behavior, in addition to weather patterns and the life cycle of plants, all of which informed the teachings they traditionally passed down from one generation to the next. Traditional teachings supplemented lived experience as the education necessary for one’s physical survival and mental, social, and spiritual wellness. Indigenous peoples were traditionally taught to value animals, plants, and natural elements as their equals, if not their kin, which is why Indigenous cultures are closely tied to nature. The traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee nations (i.e. Seneca, Onondaga, Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, and Tuscarora) extends along the Saint Lawrence River and across upper New York State. For these nations, fall labor traditionally consisted of harvesting crops such as corn, beans, and squash. Women led this work, which included preserving and storing the harvest to last until the next harvest, a year later. Alternatively, fall labor

consisted of hunting game (such as deer, moose, elk, bison, and caribou) and harvesting seasonal berries, nuts, and wild edibles, among various Indigenous nations of the Plains and Eastern Woodlands. Whereas men hunted, women butchered meat and preserved food to last through the winter months. Nearly all Indigenous nations relied on fish to greater or lesser extents. Only after all this work was done was it possible for families and communities to rest and enjoy the quiet descent of winter. Maybe this is one thing that hasn’t changed much over time. Gathering around the table over a hot, homemade meal is still instinctual in Canadian winter, but rather than brave the cold for a quick trip to the store, this is the time of year cooks dig into the recesses of kitchen cupboards, pantries, and freezers to see what they can use. They treasure home-canned goods, root vegetables, large cuts of meat, and soup bones, and review cookbooks for inspiration.


David recently stocked our freezer with organic bison ribs, deer chops, and pheasant so that we’ll have some exciting options for dinner this season. It’s an act of love to prepare a slow-cooked meal for the family, and when we sit down to enjoy it together, it soothes us in a way that no backyard summer barbecue ever could. When people ask my husband David Wolfman, an internationally recognized Aboriginal chef on what Indigenous cuisine is, he explains what it is not. Indigenous peoples in present-day Canada and the United States did not eat the same diet or staple foods. Nor is there any single cooking technique that they commonly shared. Indigenous peoples ate what they could find in their region and source through trading with people from other regions. They cooked, preserved, and stored food using whatever natural resources they could access. Cooking technologies were developed through creativity and ingenuity. Traditional Indigenous ingredients (to David and me) refer to Indigenous people to North or South America and were traditionally used by some Indigenous peoples. Indigenous nations rich in local, natural resources were able to establish settlements designed to function year-round; this required storing food when it was plentiful. For instance, the Haudenosaunee made dugouts inside their longhouses to keep grains and dried berries (wrapped in leather hides) below ground to protect from pests and other threats. Similarly, they preserved squash by hanging it up high in the longhouse rafters to be dried and smoked by the fires below. Some Anishinaabe nations used a similar practice in their wigwams. Once preserved this way, food would be safe to eat for a year or more. David’s people, the Xaxli’p, originate from the interior of B.C. They wind dry salmon on wooden racks set up along the Fraser River banks — later storing it in wooden huts to last over the winter months. For many there, this is a tradition that continues to live on. Alternatively, nations that relied upon the migratory game, such as the Plains Cree (my Indigenous ancestors), were not so fortunate to settle in communities. They had seasonal hunting and traveling schedules to maintain based on the migrations of game and growing seasons of wild edibles. They hunted as they traveled, hauling their belongings with them throughout their travels. This is how pemmican — a high protein snack perfectly suited for times there was little time for cooking — came to be so valuable. They carried food in backpacks, by toboggan, or by travois (leather-wrapped bundles dragged by a wooden harness attached to dogs or horses). Similarly, preparing for winter survival in the Arctic began in spring when access to wild edibles, wood, seal oil, and other fats became available. Some Inuit communities in the Arctic traditionally prepared and stored food for up to six months in advance to be fermented and accessible along their winter traveling routes. They fermented walrus, birds, or whale meat in either a grass-lined hole in the ground or wrapped in sealskin and buried under a large flat stone. They also used seal oil to preserve wild greens for winter eating. Roasting, frying, and baking had no place in the far north, as these were cooking methods of Indigenous nations much further south. When people ask David for a traditional Indigenous recipe, he asks them where they live, what they have to work with, and how much time and work they want to put into the preparations.


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These days, when we want to make a soup or stew using game meat or a game bird, we generally turn to butchers who carry these items — knowing full well their supply is limited, seasonal, farmed, and requires ordering in advance. City slickers that we are, we don’t trap, fish, or hunt (even though deer and rabbits make daily appearances in our backyard), so all the hard work has already been done for us. Now, suppose we wanted to make traditional corn soup. In that case, we’d need to prepare hominy corn using firewood ashes and baskets, strainers, or colanders for rinsing the corn over and over again (even before cooking it). This is such a cumbersome, time-consuming task that few people alive today still know how to do this and take the time to do it. For us, it’s much easier to buy canned hominy at a grocery store. Similarly, if we want fiddleheads, rosehips, sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem artichokes), or even mushrooms or blueberries, etc., it is inevitably more practical to buy them rather than forage them. We are fortunate that we can get dried juniper berries (which is good for marinating a steak or brining fish) at our local health food store. Local Asian supermarkets typically sell fresh arrowhead — a plant in which both the green leaves and the tuber (that grows below the surface of swampy waters) are edible. Arrowhead root makes for a nutty-tasting veggie mash comparable to mashed potatoes (i.e., if you add all the goodness of butter, sour cream, salt, and pepper).

As a chef, David is quick to point out that Westerners are accustomed to having quite a bit of salt, sugar, grains, and dairy in their diet now, and the vast majority of us would find dishes prepared without these items to be lacking in both texture and flavor. (Anyone who has ever tried to remove any of these items from their diet knows how hard that is; to remove all of them is extremely difficult, if not impossible for any length of time.) The happy medium for us now is to combine traditional Indigenous ingredients with those foods that provide us with tastes and textures we are accustomed to enjoying. We also need to be reasonable and accept substitutes for Indigenous ingredients either out of season or extinct. Winter was not only the time of year Indigenous families traditionally enjoyed the fruits of previous labor; it was also the time for storytelling. Elders shared stories with the young for entertainment and wisdom to teach children about the Four Directions, Grandmother Moon, and the cycle of life and death, among many other things. This is not a tradition that either David or I grew up with, but this might be the perfect time to revive this tradition. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, approaching our first pandemic winter with little to no chance of socialization outside our bubbles and limited interactions with essential workers, what could be more consoling than huddling around a fire (or lots of candles!), over a hot meal, and stories from elders? Sounds like comfort to me!


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By: Chef David Wolfman Photography: Marlene Finn

Peppery Alder Catkin and Hazelnut-Encrusted Elk Rack Makes 4 servings (2 ribs each)

1 tbsp (15 mL) ground peppery alder catkins, divided 1 tsp (5 mL) sumac, divided 1 tbsp (15 mL) Labrador tea leaves, chopped fine, divided 1 tsp (5 mL) coarse sea salt, divided ½ tsp (2.5 mL) ground black peppercorns, divided 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil, divided 1 rack (2.5 lbs/1.14 kg) elk, frenched, boned, and cut in two (4 ribs each) 1 cup (250 mL) hazelnuts, chopped 2 tbsp (30 mL) prepared mustard 2 tsp (10 mL) maple syrup Optional: Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Directions 1. Prepare a dry rub using half of each of ground peppery alder catkins, sumac, Labrador tea leaves, salt, and black pepper. Rub the mixture over the elk meat and let stand for 1–2 hours in the fridge. First Nations Chef David Wolfman is an internationally recognized expert in traditional Indigenous cuisine; a Culinary Arts Professor at George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto, Canada; a cooking television show Executive Producer and Host; and co-author of the awardwinning cookbook, Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion. Chef Wolfman is also a culinary consultant and sells his own line of culinary knives.

2. Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C. 3. Heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil in a cast iron pan over high heat. Sear first piece of meat on all sides until nicely browned. Remove meat from heat and set aside. Add remaining olive oil and brown the second piece of meat. Remove pan from heat. 4. In a small bowl, combine the hazelnuts, the remainder of the peppery alder catkins, Labrador tea leaves, and salt and pepper. Mix well. 5. In another small bowl, combine the mustard with the maple syrup and mix well. Use a pastry brush to coat all the meat evenly with the mustard mix. 6. Use your hands to pack the hazelnut mixture over the mustard mix. 7. Transfer meat to a casserole dish and bake for 20–25 minutes (for medium rare). 8. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting and serving. Garnish with parsley, if using.


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Pan-fried Hominy Corn Ingredients

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1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil 1 shallot, finely chopped 1 cup (250 mL) zucchini, diced 2 cups (500 mL) canned hominy corn, drained ½ tsp (2.5 mL) annatto powder ½ tsp (2.5 mL) chili powder ½ tsp (2.5 mL) salt ¼ tsp (1 mL) black pepper 1 tbsp (15 mL) melted butter

1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a saucepan. 2. Add the shallot and cook for 1 minute. 3. Add the zucchini and cook for 2 minutes 4. Add the drained hominy corn, annatto powder, chili powder, and salt and pepper. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring frequently. 5. Pour in the butter just before serving.

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Spruce Tip Pickled Squash and Quince Ingredients

Directions

½ cup (120 mL) white vinegar ¼ cup (60 mL) sugar ¼ tsp (1 mL) dried chili flakes ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt ¾ cup (180 mL) diced squash (¼ inch/6 mm cubes) ½ cup (120 mL) diced quince (¼ inch/6 mm cubes) 4-6 spruce tips

1. In a saucepan, heat the vinegar over low heat. Add sugar, chili flakes, and salt. Remove pan from heat once sugar and salt dissolve. Let cool. 2. Combine the squash, quince, and spruce tips in a medium bowl. Stir in the vinegar mixture and let stand in the fridge for 3–4 hours or overnight. 3. Remove and discard spruce tips. 4. Strain squash and quince before serving.

Makes 4 servings

Wild Mushroom Demi-Glaze Ingredients

Directions

1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 tsp (5 mL) fresh rosemary, chopped 1 tsp (5 mL) fresh oregano, chopped 1 tsp (5 mL) dried sweet fern 1 cup (250 mL) hedgehog mushrooms, sliced,

1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. 2. Add the shallots and cook for 1 minute. 3. Add the rosemary, oregano, and sweet fern and cook for 1 minute. 4. Add 3/4 cup (177 mL) of each of the mushrooms to the pan. Reserve remaining mushrooms. 5. Add red wine and reduce by half (about 5 minutes). 6. Add the beef stock, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer over low heat for 1– 1 ½ hours. 7. Strain the sauce with a fine strainer and place in a small saucepan and reduce down to 1 cup (250 mL). 8. In a frying pan, add 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter and sauté the remaining mushrooms. 9. Combine the sautéed mushrooms to the sauce and bring back to a simmer. 10. Adjust taste with salt and pepper. Add the remaining butter just before serving.

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1 cup (250 mL) black trumpet mushrooms, sliced, divided

1 cup (250 mL) golden chanterelle mushrooms, sliced, divided

¼ cup (60 mL) bold, red wine 6 cups (1.5 L) beef stock ½ tsp (2.5 mL) salt ¼ tsp (1 mL) black pepper 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter, divided


Garlic Roasted Sunchokes Ingredients

Directions

1¼ lb (0.7 kg) sunchokes (also known as

1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). 2. Wash and scrub sunchokes. Slice sunchokes in half lengthwise. 3. Combine lemon juice, oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper and mix well. Toss sunchokes in mixture. 4. Bake sunchokes on a baking sheet for 30–40 minutes. 5. Sprinkle lemon zest on top just before serving.

Makes 4 servings

Jerusalem artichokes)

½ tsp (2.5 mL) lemon juice 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil 2 tsp (10 mL) chopped garlic 1 tsp (5 mL) fresh oregano, chopped ½ tsp (2.5 mL) kosher salt ¼ tsp (1 mL) ground black pepper ½ tsp (2.5 mL) lemon zest

Deep-fried Caribou Lichen Ingredients

Directions

2 cups (500 mL) water 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda 4 small pieces of Caribou lichen ½ cup (60 mL) vegetable oil ½ tsp (2.5 mL) salt

1. Bring the water and baking soda to a boil in a saucepan. Let cool in a bowl. 2. Add lichen to the mixture and let stand for 2 hours or longer to remove the acidic flavor. 3. Drain lichen on paper towel to dry thoroughly (for at least 2 hours), shaking off all excess water. 4. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Deep fry lichen one piece at a time for 30–45 seconds or until slightly brown. Drain oil from lichen on paper towel. 5. Season with salt and serve as a garnish.

Makes 4 servings

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arvest is a special time for winemakers all around the world. It’s a time that is full of rituals that can include early morning coffees during crush pad visits, late-night food deliveries, and, of course, a lot of great beer! Wine regions are a great place to visit during this exciting season. Areas typically have many hustle and bustle as tourists visit for harvest gatherings, vineyard dinners, and pick up their favorite wines before things quiet down for winter. The anticipation for harvest season starts well in advance of the first pick. While it officially kicks off when the first grapes arrive on the crush pad, there is a massive amount of preparation and work that leads up to that moment. At the end of each harvest, there is little time for winemakers to catch our breath before we have to start thinking about the following harvest. Our vineyard team begins early in the New Year with pruning and vine training, a process that allows us to maximize the performance of a grapevine. Additionally, we are always watching the weather for damaging patterns that could affect growth and yield. Before we know it, spring arrives, and the vines begin to come alive again, which kicks off another growing season. The cellar is also full of activity as we bottle that year’s sparklings, white wines, and reds from the previous harvest. As well, we are looking toward the following year’s needs. Tanks, hoses, pumps, presses, and harvest equipment need to be cleaned, sanitized and tested.

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The beginning of harvest is around the end of August (sparkling wine), and mid-November (reds) is when we can see what cards Mother Nature has dealt us and how all of our hard work in the vineyards has paid off. Before anything can start, we wait for the perfect moment to pick the fruit. We spend countless hours walking the vineyard rows, driving to all the different sites, tasting and sampling the grapes. We bring grape samples from the vines to our lab to test for sugar, acid, pH, flavor, tannin, and color. Once we are satisfied with the results we are seeing, we can decide to start the harvest. For white wines, we look for the perfect balance between acid and flavor development. Pick too early, and you could end up with an acidic, thin unpalatable wine. Pick too late, and the opposite can occur, leading to flabby and clumsy wines that don’t work on their own or with food. For the reds, we wait for acids to lower and the flavor and tannin to balance. For winemakers, harvest is a time of dedication and devotion to our craft. We say goodbye to our families as we are gone from sundown to the early morning hours on most pick days. As the saying goes, “in for a penny, in for a pound.” Once we start harvesting, we work non-stop until the last grape seed has been washed off the crush pad on the final day, months later. In terms of the order in which we harvest our varietals, most wineries start with a sparkling variety like Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, or an early-harvested aromatic whites, like Pinot Gris or Gewurztraminer. Nothing beats having a first taste of freshly squeezed grape juice from the press to make all the work

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- MARQUEE FOOD & DRINKS worthwhile. Towards the end of harvest, we harvest the bigger red varieties. While Pinot Noir and Gamay can be harvested in early fall, we typically pick the Cabernets into November and sometimes later! Most winemakers are already making their wines in their heads before we are physically doing the task. We have to envision the final product. Our job is to help guide the grapes into the wines that we want to put into the bottle. We also have to decide how best to harvest the grapes. Do we harvest by hand, or do we use a mechanical harvester? Typically, harvesting by hand gives more control, is gentler, and allows for less oxidation. However, machine harvesting has come a long way. Harvesters are now very sophisticated machines that can deliver clean fruit in a timely and costefficient manner. It can help get the grapes off the vine quickly, especially if a heavy rainstorm is creeping in. Weather is an essential factor that we have to consider regularly during the harvest months. If it is too warm and dry, the sugars can increase too much before tannin ripeness has occurred. If too wet and cold, we have to worry about mildew, grapes splitting, and the potential for unripe fruit. Perfect conditions for grapes include warm days to produce sugar, cold nights to preserve acidity, timely rains throughout the growing season, and no rain during the latter part. Harvest in the Northern hemisphere typically wraps up by Christmas as we watch our last remaining ferments. The fruit we have picked slowly starts to develop into (hopefully) the wines we have imagined from the start. We end harvest season a little more weathered, with a few extra greys, but happy for the experience and the knowledge we’ve gained with another harvest under our belts. Hopefully, there is time for a little vacation or downtime to recharge before we start to do it all again. The learning never stops in this industry, and no two vintages are the same. We are always prepared for something new every year.

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PREPARING FOR RETIREMENT DURING A PANDEMIC & MARKET INSIGHTS AND COMMENTARY Steven Turner, CFA, CIM, CFP Director, Wealth Management and Portfolio Manager, Oakvest Group, Scotia Wealth Management Amanda Faber-Gidge, PFP, FCSI Oakvest Group, Scotia Wealth Management Our Wealth Management team is always busy planning, beyond investment management, to help our clients in a variety of different ways. Some things are very client specific and other strategies may be relevant to a broader audience. We hope that sharing ideas from our planning experiences and advice will resonate with some of you. We were recently working on a Wealth Plan update for clients who are retiring this year. Retirement planning is almost always a time of excitement, but it can also bring about some anxiety around change, knowing that you will have lots of extra time on your hands and wondering where your next “pay cheque” is going to come from.

of over 10%, this is an incredibly attractive solution for clients with assets that they know they will never use for retirement cash flow, as they look to reduce risk and increase their estate value. Their plan also presented another unique opportunity. One of the spouses is a senior executive with a multinational firm. He holds a significant portion of their overall net worth in this one stock position. Although it is a great company, with a track record of growing dividends and steady growth, it still represents concentration risk. We’ve all heard the Nortel, Valiant and RIM stories.

These clients have worked with our team for over 15 years, so this was not their first Financial Plan. They knew from a cash management stand-point that they weren’t in any risk of running out of money, in fact, one of the key findings was how their estate value was going to grow and understanding what the impact of income tax (and to a much lesser degree probate tax) would be on the final number.

No matter how strong a company may seem, it is always prudent to keep the portfolio weighting reasonable. Most people know this intuitively, but they can be reluctant to sell and realize immediate capital gains. We have the solution. Our team has worked with many clients in similar positions and are able to move qualified stocks into a diversified pool of investments without triggering an immediate tax event. We believe diversification and deferred tax in the right situation is the perfect combination.

These clients are a great example of how insurance becomes a very attractive tool to maximize estate values. No longer used in the traditional sense of “risk management”, we incorporate permanent insurance into a Wealth Plans in order to grow as a “bond alternative” in a tax-free environment. Given the current interest rate environment 1.6% on a 30 year USD bond versus a pre-tax return on an estate maximizer insurance strategy

So, in addition, to all of the other benefits the plan brings… peace of mind, estate planning, housekeeping (TFSA and RRSP top-ups/beneficiary designation reviews etc), we were also able to provide innovative recommendations that make a significant positive difference in their planning and in their lives.

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Market insights and commentary Wrapping up 2020 and looking ahead to 2021 September once again proved to be a difficult month for securities as we moved into fall. After riding the strongest five months in decades for the market, it reminded us all that stocks go down as well. Our team believes the volatility was a combination of seasonality and profit taking, but not driven by economic forces. Bull markets ride an escalator up, but take the elevator down when they correct, and we saw that as the Nasdaq fell 10% over the course of just three trading sessions. Cooler heads seem to have come back to the table for October and we have seen the major averages recover from their most recent declines.

of participation has been quite bullish, however what we found to be more interesting was the move in the 10-year treasury yield to the upside (up 9+%). As we sit today the spread difference between the 2 and 10 year is the widest it has been in four years. This means we are seeing a steepening of the yield curve, as bond managers are betting on economic expansion going forward. It is difficult to put money to work in this environment, however we must remember that the market is a discounting mechanism of income and earnings. The market does not live in the present, but somewhere in the future.

The most common question that we are receiving these days pertains to the U.S. election and the concerns around its outcome. While we agree that we may see increased bouts of volatility, we would argue that the results of the election will not impact the markets in the mid-long term. Regardless of who the victor is, we believe that markets run in long-term secular trends of expansion and consolidation alongside that of the broad-based economy.

As we look out to the second and third quarter of next year, as the virus slows and economic visibility returns, investors will have more confidence to add to their positions. The question is how much might these positions already have run between now and then?

We had our last major secular bull market run from 1982-1999. Those that participated in the stocks during that period were rewarded incredibly. Investors in bonds received higher income distributions combined with capital gains as we saw interest rates decline year after year fueling the economic boom. Republican and democratic presidents were in power during this expansion. The following 14 years the S&P failed to make a new high, as we saw cyclical expansions and corrections, all while being part of a secular bear market. Again, both parties were in power during this period. In May of 2013 the markets broke above the resistance that was in place for the previous 14 years to begin the next major secular bull market. Our feeling is that regardless of who has been elected, this market will continue to expand for the coming five to ten years. Interests rates remain accommodative and the fed has suggested that this will be the case for a period of time to come. There is no alternative (TINA), has become the acronym of late justifying the increase in the markets despite the heightened levels of uncertainty.

Recently, myself and the other Portfolio Managers on our team have been engaging in interviews with alternative investment managers. With fixed income markets presenting a real challenge in producing a reasonable return coupled with our unwillingness to increase our clients’ risk, we have determined that an increase in this asset class is warranted. Pension plans, endowments and institutional investors have close to 50% of their allocation in alternatives, most retail investors have less than 5%. We believe that this asset class provides uncorrelated returns, a potential increase in yield along with a reduction in overall portfolio volatility. If suitable for the underlying client profile, we recommend adjusting portfolios to include more of this asset class. If you have questions about the market, your retirement, or how to ensure that you have a wealth plan that works for your situation, contact our team planner Amanda FaberGidge at amanda@oakvest.com or 289.293.0777 to arrange a one-on-one discovery meeting. Or if you would like to read recent Insights and Commentary from the Oakvest Group, please visit our website at www.oakvest.com.

There is a demographic wind at our sales as well, as millennials begin to consume, furnishing their first homes, buying cars and even buying stocks. We’ve recently seen a strong rally for all stocks across all sectors. This level

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Indigenous Artwork and Experiences By: Nikki Bayley

Indigenous communities have shared their Culture with visitors to their Traditional territories since time began. From exchanging gifts with other Nations along welltrodden trade routes to modern-day Indigenous tourism experiences welcoming visitors from around the world, the times may have changed, but that warm hospitality remains the same. For now, though, while the world is on pause as we reckon with the COVID-19 pandemic, we can still dream of traveling when we can. These travel dreams might include exploring B.C.'s towering old-growth forest in search of the elusive Spirit Bear or journeying deep into the wilderness of Newfoundland and Labrador on a backpacking adventure of a lifetime, your guide at your side, coloring the world afresh through an Indigenous lens. Of course, some consumer desires need to be sated immediately, so let's turn to Indigenous artists and artisans and their highly collectible creative works to engage with the First Peoples of what is now called Canada. "We encourage everybody to buy an authentic Indigenous gift this holiday season to help support Indigenous

entrepreneurs who are relentlessly pursuing their dreams and sharing their Culture through stories, art, and authentic experiences," says Keith Henry, President and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC). Heading into 2020, Indigenous-owned arts, crafts, and tourism businesses were the poster child for sustainable success in Canada. Notching up an increased GDP from $1.4 billion in 2014 to nearly $2 billion in 2019, the future is looking rosy. In recent months ITAC has been working hard to advocate and support Indigenous tourism businesses, to help them recover and build resiliency against the devastating effects of COVID-19. "Working with the Canadian government, we have provided more than 650 non-repayable contributions of up to $25,000, totaling over $16M to help our members rebuild, sustain and continue to grow," says Henry. "By supporting Indigenous Cultural tourism with a vacation for 2021 or a one-of-a-kind pair of hand-stitched moccasins, you have the chance to enjoy a unique and transformative experience that you cannot have anywhere else in the world."

Spark your imagination and consider your gift list complete with these luxurious, authentic Indigenous artworks and experiences. Although closed for 2020, Spirit Bear Lodge, tucked away in B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest, will open its doors again in 2021 to Canadian residents. Start dreaming—and planning—for the rare chance to explore the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world in the company of its traditional stewards, members of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation. On land and by sea, discover a breathtaking natural world, teeming with grizzlies, spirit bears (a snowy white rare, genetic variation of the black bear), orcas, humpback whales and white-sided dolphins. Sleep soundly in a stunning waterfront lodge; enjoy delicious sustainable Indigenous-influenced cuisine; learn about the fascinating history and thriving Culture of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais People. You can also make unforgettable memories beneath the canopy of the towering forests, dramatic waterfalls, and lush estuaries of this remarkable place. All-inclusive packages start at $3,550.00 and include flights from Vancouver to Bella Bella, ground and water transfers, meals and snacks, B.C. beers and wines, and oceanfront rooms with private bathrooms. www.spiritbear.com/experiences.html M ARQ U E E M A G A Z IN E

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Embark on a thrilling expedition to Yellowknife and its oneof-a-kind natural wonders, including the mighty Mackenzie River and the world-famous Nahanni National Park. To learn about the Dehcho Dene, Knowledge Keepers of the waters and lands of the extraordinary Dehcho Region, join the small allIndigenous team at North Star Adventures for an immersive Cultural experience with guides who are proud to call these lands home. Year-round multi-day adventures await with packages starting at $5449: Marvel at shimmering aurora borealis dancing in the clear night sky; reconnect with nature; paddle the longest river in Canada; camp under the stars and enjoy cozy B&B stays in Indigenous host communities; drive the ice roads of the North and test yourself in sub-zero temperatures of -50C. Experience a true Northern adventure infused with authentic Indigenous Culture. Northstaradventures.ca

Custom order your very own pair of Hopeboots from Quebec's Atikuss boutique and walk tall and warm through the seasons, your feet snugly clad in hand-stitched mukluks. The Hopeboots project was launched by Innu businesswoman JosĂŠe Leblanc, to enable Indigenous women to make a decent living from their skills and labor after she discovered that many Indigenous artisans rarely earned more than $4 an hour. Boots start from $1195. Choose from four basic models, then customize with different beading styles, colors, and types of sustainably sourced fur trim. Each pair ordered doesn't just help to support Indigenous creators financially. It also helps reconnect them with their Culture. Timeless, trendy, and truly unique. Atikuss.com


Make room in your collection for a unique piece from the K’ómoks First Nation-owned I-Hos Gallery on Vancouver Island. For Indigenous artists like Kwakwakaw'wakw First Nation member Ross Henderson and Gitxsan/Cree artist Trevor Husband, art is an expression of their storied Culture. Henderson's highly acclaimed pieces include Raven Mask on Stand ($3,650) carved from cedar, adorned with pounded cedar, and intricately woven cedar rope. In Kwakwakaw'wakw culture, the raven created the sun, moon, and the stars, symbolizing prestige and knowledge. Husband works with wood and metal, melding together traditions of Northwest Native art with a contemporary feel to forge unique creations. Examples include his metal Orca ($300), which brings with it teachings of family, community, and balance as the black and white markings represent the light and dark energies and show us how to live in the balance between them.

ihosgallery.com/collections/rosshenderson/products/raven-maskon-stand Fly into Big Sand Lake Lodge to cast a line in some of Canada's most prized fishing waters deep within the subarctic wilderness of Manitoba. Take the Canadian Trophy Gland Slam challenge and try to land all four sportfish in a single visit: northern pike, lake trout, walleye, and Arctic grayling, all in potential trophy sizes, thanks to 60,000 acres of pristine water surrounding the lodge—the only one on the lake. All fishing packages (starting at $3995 USD for five days) include roundtrip flights from Winnipeg direct to the lodge's private landing strip, cozy five-star cabins with wood-burning stoves and jaw-dropping panoramic views of the lake and forest, and first-rate hospitality from the First Nations from South Indian Lake (O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation).

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Escapology, Colin and Justin’s brand-new book (their fourth to date), was recently published. Here, they discuss it, along with the merits of cottages, cabins, and retreats.


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Escapology, to us, is the social science of “getting away.” In essence, it’s all about retreating to a special place — maybe a cottage, a vacation home, or a cabin — primarily to decompress. Now, perhaps more than ever before, escape is a journey about which people dream, and upon which they focus. Few, after all, would disagree that life (over the last months) has changed for us all. This in mind, we hope our new style tome will appeal to everyone who’s focused on getting back on track and settling back into an easier existence. In short — it’s time to reset. Time to relax. And time to love … So from where, precisely, does our interest in the rural space originate? Well, we adore the forests and lakes in Canada, and we’ve grown to love the various respites in which we film whilst creating our TV shows, remodelling vacation homes for clients, or reporting upon cottage “innovation” for newspapers and magazines, both nationally and internationally. Having landed the publishing deal for Escapology, we were excited to share as many beautiful escapes as possible. And so, using our own trusted network of architects, designers, and homeowners, we whittled our hit list to a “Hot 24.” Each property showcases around six zones, so in total there are approximately 150 spaces, lavishly spread across 236 beautiful pages. This observed, our new book is as much about finding, buying, and restoring your dream vacation home, as it is a study of style. From choosing the perfect realtor, to deciding on a large or small lake, and from understanding septic systems to engaging the best tradespeople, Escapology is a cottage information bible, as much as it is a style bible. One abode we’re certain you’ll love is Vipp Shelter. Boasting an amazing jet metal and glass exterior, it’s located in a forest, by a crystal clear Swedish lake. Modular, and built entirely off site, the commanding structure traveled across land before being perilously craned onto its final resting place where it now serves as a one-bedroom rental suite. Internally, the petite escape is a sea of grey scale and minimalist furniture. An exercise in architectural geometry, the interior fit out is crisp and exciting, yet at once (for all its precise, tailored lines) cozy and inviting. It’s hard not to be impressed as the eye darts from corner to corner. Vipp Shelter, whilst admittedly small in terms of scale, is a veritable monolith in terms of style, presence, and atmosphere. We also adore Park Corner Barn: it’s such a beautiful proposition. Located in Oxfordshire, UK, the 18th century brick and flint barn conversion is, to us, the very essence of a modern, rustic vacation home. The wooden beam work, internally, is breathtaking, as it intersects majestically above a

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sea of white painted walls and wide planked floorboards. The barn’s owner, along with a team of architects, contractors, and artisans, suffused the project with an exciting feel, one that allows it to seamlessly transition from an agricultural past, into its current residential iteration. For those who might like to suffuse a little Park Corner Barn into their homes, the internet is currently awash with companies who merchant “brick slips”: essentially real brick veneers, whose depth is perhaps a fifth of a standard brick. Applied like tile, they’re beset with “solid” texture that belies their fractional form. An accent wall of product like this would be a super way to bring a little Park Corner Barn magic to your space. Alternatively, a “photographic” representation (by a mural company) would be a fun way to achieve a trompe l’oeil brick effect. Companies such as Pink and Brown (www. pinkandbrown.com) merchant Mid Mod “egg chairs” (like the one in Park Corner Barn’s reading nook) whilst “The Porter Sectional” by Rove Concepts (www.roveconcepts.com) would be a super way in which to achieve the large scale upholstery vibe, as witnessed in the living area. We’ve also featured a few of our own cottages across the pages of Escapology. There’s a quintessentially North American log cabin in Muskoka, for example: all honey-toned logs, “mountain escape” luxe lodge furniture detail, with a handpainted kitchen in a moody grey palette. Also profiled is “Plan B,” a cabin built to augment our own rental pool. Distinctly “ranch” style, it’s set under a dramatic raised seam steel roof. The graphite sided edifice is long and lean, with visual levity courtesy of Western Red Cedar detailing, a host of pergolas and an out scaled wrap round deck. For those who’d like to suffuse their city homes with a whisper of “cottage,” now is a strong time to do precisely that. The retail sector, you see, is awash with rustic inventory that amply references the great outdoors. Via the Colin+Justin Home line (available in stores such as Homesense, Marshalls, and Winners) you’ll find heavy weave textiles that would look every bit as relevant on a condo chesterfield as they would a cottage sofa, faux horn handled bar wares (to add “country chic” to an urban bar cart), and a host of touchy feely rugs to suffuse a little “cottage” in your “greige” toned suburban abode. Hey, you might be in a townhouse, a suburban back split, or a high-rise condo, but with a little planning, you could be anywhere …

Escapology: Modern Cabins Cottages and Retreats published by Figure 1 is available now via Amazon.ca Chapters Indigo, and bookstores Canada wide. Find it across the USA in Barnes and Noble and via Amazon.com

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We hope you take as much pleasure reading Escapology as we did writing our new book. It’s positively packed with beautiful abodes, inventoried from all corners of the globe. Many are in Canada, some are in America, and there are others in South Africa, Mexico, England, Norway, and even our beloved Scotland. Wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing, take a moment to get lost in our carefully assembled pages. Don’t you owe it to yourself, right about now, to escape?

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urlington based entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin has realized remarkable professional and personal success; however, it is his business philosophy and an intrinsic value-system that sets him apart from his peers. As President and Chairman of Portland Holdings, a privately held investment company that manages public and private equity and has an ownership interest in a collection of diversified businesses operating in sectors that include financial services, insurance, media, tourism, agriculture, real estate development and biotechnology, Lee-Chin is a leader with a sense of purpose. In fact, Portland Holdings’ philanthropic mantra, “prosperitas cum caritate”, or prosperity in care, is boldly emblazoned in its crest. “The ‘cum caritate’ is what really is a lot more edifying and rewarding. But you need the prosperity to do that. They go hand in hand,” says Lee-Chin. “Those who can, should. I can; that’s the reason I do.” Lee-Chin’s storied career began humbly. Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, in 1951, Lee-Chin is the son of Black and Chinese-Jamaican parents. His mother sold Avon and worked as a bookkeeper, while his stepfather

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worked as a clerk in a grocery store. As a teenager, he worked as a landscaper before landing a job cleaning the engine room on the Jamaica Queen cruise ship. In 1970, he came to Canada to study civil engineering at McMaster University, where he graduated in 1974. When finding a job in the engineering field proved difficult, he began selling mutual funds door-to-door. “As an immigrant, I had no fall back. I was on my own. If you know you’re on your own, you always put your foot on the accelerator. My foot is still on the accelerator,” says Lee-Chin, thinking back to the job that required him to meet with families at their kitchen tables. “I’d ask myself, what is the highest valueadd I can give this family? The answer was always a resounding, make them wealthy.” Michael concluded early in his career “to be successful at any endeavor, one must identify a role model, get their recipe, follow it and never change it. The same holds true for wealth creation. If one wants to create wealth, we must emulate the investor role models like the world’s wealthiest and most successful investors and institutions.” At the time, Lee-Chin did not know anyone personally who was wealthy, so he observed from afar, using

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a methodical approach. “I observed and studied wealthy people,” he says of his tactics, which included creating a hypothesis from his observation, testing the hypothesis, codifying it, and hardwiring it. “Simply put, emulate the people who have wealth,” he says. Michael determined that the investor role models apply a framework for wealth creation. “Even wealthy people don’t analyze how they became wealthy,” says Lee-Chin with a laugh, suggesting he’s cracked the code. “If you can’t define what you’re doing, if you’re not conscious, it’s arbitrary,” he says. “Everything I do has to meet five criteria.” Lee-Chin encourages investors to think of one wealthy person they know, and undoubtedly, this person will meet his five criteria. They’ll own a few high-quality businesses (not many); They’ll deeply understand those businesses; Their businesses will be in long-term growth industries; They’ll use other people’s money to invest in these businesses; And they’ll have a long-term attitude, meaning they plan to hold on to their company, or companies, for a long time, possibly intergenerationally. “If you practice consistency, the only outcome is wealth,” says Lee-Chin of his criteria. “What I did was commit myself to live it, breathe it, try to understand it, and don’t vary from it.”

| LEE-CHIN AT THE 2017 CEREMONY APPOINTING HIM TO THE ORDER OF ONTARIO.


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At 27, he concluded that mutual funds as we know them are actually managed in a way that is contrary to how wealth is created. “Your mutual funds should have some resemblance to the principles of wealth creation,” he says. “Consumers are buying something that has no resemblance.” Shortly after, Lee-Chin borrowed $500,000 from the Continental Bank of Canada to buy Mackenzie Financial Corporation stocks. In 1987, he founded Portland Holdings and used the profits from the sale of the shares to acquire AIC Limited, a small Ontario-based investment firm. Over time, he grew the firm's assets from $800,000 in holdings to more than $15 billion at business peak. “I said, I’m going to start a fund company that is consistent with the wealth creation framework used by the wealthy” says Lee-Chin. “AIC Limited grew to be the largest privately-owned asset management business in Canada.” He went on to sell AIC Limited in 2009.

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It was Lee-Chin’s private investments that sheltered him from the volatility of the public markets during the global financial crisis of 2008. Realizing that the typical investor had a portfolio of only public securities, he determined that all investors should have access to similar investment opportunities as the wealthy. The experience inspired the start of a new investment dealer, Mandeville Private Client Inc. in 2012 with the tagline “The Wealthy Invest Differently.” Michael continues, “Making Clients Wealthy is Mandeville’s mission and we are committed to doing just that by democratizing access to quality private and alternative investment opportunities typically reserved for the uber wealthy.” There have been many personal milestones along the way, among them Doctor of Laws degree’s from a number of distinguished universities in Canada and abroad. In 2008, Lee-Chin was awarded the Order of Jamaica, one of the country’s highest national honours,

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“To be successful at any endeavor, one must identify a role model, get their recipe, follow it and never change it. The same holds true for wealth creation.�


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for his contributions in business and philanthropy. From 2011-2016, he served as Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University. In recognition of his exceptional achievements and lasting legacy in the province and in Canada and beyond, Michael was appointed to the Order of Ontario, in 2017. Long known for his generosity, Lee-Chin and his family have made a number of sizable donations to Canadian institutions, including $5 million to McMaster University to establish the Michael Lee-Chin & Family Institute for Strategic Business Studies at the DeGroote School of Business. In 2003, his extraordinary pledge of $30 million to the Royal Ontario Museum’s Renaissance ROM Campaign launched the transformation of the museum and is memorialized through the naming of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, a dramatic structure dominating the corner of one of the busiest intersections in downtown Toronto. In 2004, Lee-Chin pledged $10 million to the University of Toronto to establish the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management. His contributions to healthcare have included the creation of the Michael Lee-Chin and Family Short Stay Unit at the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, the construction of The Hyacinth Chen School of Nursing at Northern Caribbean University, and The Michael Lee-Chin & Family Patient Tower, a seven story stateof-art redevelopment project at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ontario.

In 2002, Lee-Chin made his largest investment when he acquired the National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCB) and its subsidiaries. NCB Financial Group is now the largest bank in Jamaica with 37 locations and over 5,000 employees in 22 countries. He has also guided Portland Holdings through a number of acquisitions in the Caribbean, including the Trident Hotel, Trident Castle, Reggae Beach, and Blue Lagoon, all located in Jamaica. “In 2002, on the 27th of March, I was in Kingston, Jamaica, buying the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica. I thought to myself, how did I get here? The son of a clerk in a supermarket,” recalls Lee-Chin. “It’s possible because I was born in an era where I could own a pencil, a pen, a pair of shoes. 250 years prior I would have been owned. I didn’t choose my era. I was blessed.” Lee-Chin credits his mother and her strong values for his success. “No person is an island unto himself. We all are standing on the shoulders of many people,” he says. Family is of the utmost importance to Lee-Chin, who has five adult children. When his youngest children were born, he and his wife, Sonya committed to raising their twin daughters responsibly and with transparency. “We want for them to be a derivative of us. We want them to have the same values, attitudes, standards,” he says. “First of all, we have to be transparent with them.

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They have to know when we are happy. They have to know when we are sad. What makes us happy? What makes us sad? They have to know how we solve problems. Therefore, we don’t shield them from issues of the day. They’re part of the day.” He says this commitment to being a hands-on parent is especially important when children come from a wealthy family. “It’s even more important because it’s so easy to be distracted by wealth. Therefore, if you’re fortunate to have wealth, the responsibility is that you have more work to do to make sure your wealth doesn’t impale their success,” says Lee-Chin. “They didn't have to go through what I had to go through. I can’t have them simulate all the experiences I had. What I can do is be transparent with them,” he says. Leading by example, he teaches his children to approach people with humility and respect, whether they are a president, a king, or a next door neighbor. Now entering the fifth decade of his career, Lee-Chin remains firmly committed to creating wealth for investors. Looking at the current COVID-19 crisis, he encourages us all to pursue new opportunities—to pivot, persevere, and to be purposedriven. “Creativity and perseverance are free and they are essential elements to being successful. They come from being purpose driven,” he says. “Pre-COVID things were just galloping along really well. When things gallop along really well, it’s difficult to get context. This crisis gave us an opportunity to reset,” says Lee-Chin, who hopes that we have taken the time to reflect on what happiness is. “Happiness doesn’t mean a lot of the material things we’re so frenetically striving for. Happiness means being together with family, having a sense of community and having purpose.” Lee-Chin feels the heavy sense of responsibility that comes with his success. “It’s not me, me, me,” he says. “It takes a village to make a person.” By giving back, he’s helping to build institutions that will serve generations to come. “I’m purpose driven. I don’t do anything unless I’m stirred by the cause. The greater purpose,” he says. “I’m not interested in just doing everything and anything.” When asked what’s next, Lee-Chin reflects on his career. “I followed my principles, and my principles guided me,” he says. “I don’t know what opportunities lie ahead. But I do know that if I live by the principles, good things will happen.”


“Creativity and perseverance are free and they are essential elements to being successful. They come from being purpose driven.�


Our behaviour today will be our history tomorrow. Make sure it is well written. – The Hon. Michael Lee-Chin

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A TRANSFORMATIVE TIME: Capturing the pandemic By: Claire Francis Photography: George Pimentel

Do you remember when this year began? Even the number, twenty-twenty, seemed perfect. After 2019, so many of us were looking forward to this year with a great degree of optimism. We had goals — plans for our businesses, travel, and in our personal lives. Little did we realize that one of humanity's greatest health challenges lay on the horizon. During the winter of 2019, the coronavirus began appearing in the news. It started as a concern on other continents, which left many North Americans distancing themselves from the notion of its impending reality. Eventually, though, the chatter surrounding the virus grew louder and louder, until this March, when COVID19's grip took hold of the Western Hemisphere. Although the elderly and those with underlying health issues were most vulnerable, we began to see that regarding both carriers and victims, COVID does not discriminate. We learned that virtually every form of group activity was potentially hazardous, including things many take for granted — such as being in the workplace or simply visiting a restaurant. No industry was left untouched, and it managed to take many by surprise. In April 2020, a national project started to visually document the transformative time during the pandemic.

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Canada Covid Portrait is a project that allows the collection of photographs from Canadians to show how they are living through these challenging times. Whether it's through sports, culture, work, leisure, and other life moments, the project is supposed to capture the ingenuity, kindness, grief, and hope that has come out of the pandemic. The images are shared throughout Canada to visually document what is going on now and show us what may lie ahead in the future. Renowned celebrity photographer George Pimentel cofounded this project and wanted to get involved. "I had no understanding of what this pandemic was all about. I found out that I had distant relatives who passed away from the Spanish flu in 1918. So I thought the best way to learn was to research and study photos from that time. As I stared at the vintage photos of people wearing masks in despair, I felt it was important that this pandemic should be documented for historical purposes." You don't have to be a professional photographer for your work to be shared. Canada Covid Portrait's focus is on Canadians' story as people who each, in their way, are dealing with the COVID crisis. "I believe COVID has brought people to reflect on their lives more. I think it's a great time to be creative. Anybody could do this, and you don't have to be a professional photographer. We've had

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submissions from amateurs to professionals. Each with a story to tell," says Pimentel. Viewing some very impactful images on the @canadacovidproject Instagram account offers the public an important record of how their fellow Canadians adapt to this new way of life. Eventually, Pimentel hopes to preserve the submitted photos as an archive of the many ways that people have dealt with our new reality. "It is amazing to see everyone's different perspectives. The images clearly show how people are surviving and adapting their lives and creating new norms." Pimentel is helping to work on showcasing some of the photo submissions through an outdoor exhibition. He also hopes to see a coffee table book one day of the Canada Covid Portrait project.

the toll that circumstances have on the public. "I think the collective Canadian population has been very diligent with adhering to the rules and supporting each other – but with every day that moves forward, there is growing fatigue around things." Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health, knows that so many of us have been doing our best to protect ourselves – and each other. "I see so many people who understand we are all the most powerful weapons in the fight against COVID-19. It's as simple as this: the virus needs to move from one person to another to keep replicating." She understands the need for patience, stating that "with sustained commitment, the infection rate will drop."

While photos provide a glimpse into the lives of Canadians who are supporting each other during this difficult time, it's hard not to think of those who have been taking precautions from the beginning of this crisis. When you turn on the news and see people flouting restrictions or the number of COVID cases surging, it can be difficult not to be discouraged.

It can be very tempting to maintain close physical contact with loved ones, despite medical experts' advice. However, de Villa cautions the public: "We need to think about what we're doing, the risks of our actions, and if they're worth it. That's a decision only you can make for yourself, but I urge you to think through these decisions in the context of what's important to you, rather than just take your chances with your own health or anyone else's."

Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious disease expert and Associate Professor at McMaster University, recognizes

Dr. Chagla also realizes that the power to determine the level of devastation experienced due to COVID-19 lies

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with the people. "We really need to be thinking about our day-to-day activity – and what is essential, who is vulnerable, and how we can mitigate risk," he explains. In an attempt to maintain a sense of normalcy and structure within our daily lives, it is important not to abandon all of our old habits. We need to alter them. For example, people might want to consider maintaining their health and fitness routines. If individuals can't get to a gym, they can remain active at home or outdoors. So what of the future? What's ahead for us in terms of combating the coronavirus? Dr. Chagla notes that medical experts cannot definitively pinpoint when the virus ends. He also points out that, "We also don't know the long term impact of disease in some survivors – like autoimmune complications or the long hauler syndrome." Canadians have the resources and expert knowledge of how the coronavirus operates; however, it is important to remember that it is in our hands to control the virus's spread. A great deal of personal sacrifice is required to survive COVID-19. Dr. de Villa elaborates. "We aren't

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powerless here." She remains straightforward about the factors involved in the spread of this illness. "The scientific evidence shows that the only way we will minimize our risk and reduce virus spread is if we all keep following the three steps of self-protection in public settings: watch your distance, wear your mask, and wash your hands. She underlines the importance of Canada Health guidelines by "watching your distance, limiting contact with those outside your household, and staying at home when you are sick." "The choices we make now will determine whether the spread of COVID-19 is going to get worse or going to get better," says Dr. de Villa. The coronavirus is a new challenge, yet with diligence and patience, we can, undoubtedly, survive it. Although we are not magicians, to a monumental degree, the ability to conquer this pandemic is very much in our hands. If there's one positive thing throughout this experience, there is more awareness now more than ever when it comes to being proactive with our health. We need to pay more attention. What has happened now to what lies ahead is a great testament that what we do every day can have a lasting impact on our future.

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Canadian Designers Offering Style and Purpose By: Cynthia Florek

Many consumers reconsider their purchasing choices and the brands they support based on the sustainable, social, or charitable causes they endorse. Consumer demands grow as customers realize their spending can make a difference. Covid-19 has had a significant impact on many businesses. Many re-evaluate charitable ties and incorporate philanthropy into their brand DNA. Whether the cause is climate change, socio-economic inclusivity, or other sponsorship alignments, it can motivate both brand and consumer. When thinking of your next purchase, consider these brands, and discover their charitable initiatives, as they strive to make a difference one item at a time.

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Hilary MacMillan Hilary MacMillan is a cruelty-free, size-inclusive womenswear brand based in Toronto, Canada. The eponymous brand was founded in 2013 and is renowned for offering versatile contemporary pieces in timeless silhouettes. The brand focuses on using high-quality, cruelty-free fabrics to design ready-towear pieces in bold colors and contemporary textures with the modern-day consumer in mind. The brand recently launched extended sizing from sizes 2- 28 and XS - 4X. McMillan is deeply passionate about animal welfare, and women's issues, both of these values are integral to the essence of her brand. Her philanthropic efforts are through her in-demand Varsity jackets. 15% of all proceeds from these particular garments' sales go directly to 'Up With Women', a women's empowerment organization. Furthermore, 100% of proceeds from each Equal Pay jacket sold are donated to 'Black Women in Motion' charity in Toronto. Hilarymacmillan.com


Lesley Hampton Founded on the principles of inclusivity, identity, awareness, and heritage, the LESLEY HAMPTON womenswear brand's inspiration is defined by the characteristics developed from being a "Third Culture Kid" and critiques their representation in present-day society, including fashion, media, and pop culture. The brand draws inspiration from materials that embody inclusivity and broader perceptions of beauty, which leads to mental health awareness and bodypositive advocacy. The brand works with The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH is Canadian so you should use the Canadian spelling for 'Centre') and recently launched the Lesley Hampton Award in partnership with the Ontario Mining Association at the School of Fashion at Ryerson University. A $10K Award will be granted to an Indigenous student with ties to Ontario land and a strong interest in preserving Indigenous arts and culture. Hampton is dedicated to inspiring the next decade of indigenous fashion talent to decolonize euro-centric fashion stereotypes and create thought-provoking, inclusive, and barrierbreaking work. Lesleyhampton.com


Judith & Charles In 1984 Judith Richardson and Charles Le Pierrès embarked on a mission to bring the well-respected French-based clothier, Teenflo, to Canada. They soon built a steady following of loyal customers – women who wanted smart modern clothing to look and feel good. After nearly two decades, in 2009, the narrative moved towards a new and inevitable chapter, the launch of their line, Judith & Charles. Their goal was to create a consistent brand in its style and did not change direction with every fashion whim – a brand that would stand the test of time. It was also essential to create a strong relationship with clients. Consumers felt confident investing in pieces that delivered value and style while providing a sense of strength and self-possession. The brand continues this theme by supporting causes close to their hearts and are proud sponsors of 'Dress for Success Montreal', an organization dedicated to advancing women in business. In addition, Judith & Charles launched Charlie's Foundation in 2015, dedicated to expanding opportunities for the Dominican Republic children. By supplementing an underfunded and overcrowded education system, they teach Dominican youth English, connecting them with the broader world and improving their future career prospects. Their method combines English lessons with tennis instruction because they believe in the power of sport to motivate, challenge, and inspire. Through this experience, children gain the skills they need to succeed in life and transform their communities. judithandcharles.com

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James Bartle is the founder and CEO of Outland Denim, a brand breaking the mold in denim construction and setting a new standard in fashion manufacturing. Driven by the desire to quell the trafficking of young females into the $150 billion human trafficking industry, Bartle created Outland to generate training and employment opportunities for women vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Over six years, Bartle developed a unique business model that would enable each of his seamstresses to gain a covetable skill-set in tailoring while earning a living wage, receiving ongoing support, and life-enhancing education crafting artisan quality jeans to compete in the global premium marketplace. The fashionable denim brand is also sustainable, from farmers to textile manufacturing, right up to product assembly. It is no surprise that in 2019 Bartle was named one of Internet retailing's Top 50 People in E-Commerce, as well as Rivet's 50 Most Influential People in Denim. In 2020 Bartle and Outland Denim were awarded the Thomson Reuters Stop Slavery Award, and in 2019 the Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award.

BIKO is a 'modern nostalgic' jewelry brand. Each piece is conceptualized and handcrafted by a small team led by founder Corrine Anestopoulos. BIKO draws inspiration from global treasures and found curiosities that translate into wearable, contemporary pieces. BIKO marries vintage inspiration with sleek mixed metals, handcast pendants, and natural stones to create high-quality, versatile jewelry that tells a story.

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After the recent loss of her dear friend, and former team member to breast cancer, Anestopolous launched the limited edition Rose Gold Capsule Collection, as well as, J'Adore Pearl Drops earrings. With 20% of sales going to Rethink Breast Cancer, the goal is to honor her late friend's journey. Through the BIKO x RETHINK partnership, they aim to benefit the lives of women living with breast cancer. In supporting this limited-edition collection, their customers will know that they are helping a truly worthy cause together. illovebiko.com


Zvelle Elle AyoubZadeh founded luxury footwear brand Zvelle in 2015 to combine meaningful design with impeccable quality. She sourced the finest accessories craftspeople globally and partnered with an Italian factory, whose multigenerational team shared her exacting standards and unwavering values. Her aesthetic vision borrowed from many cultures and traditions to reveal something elegant and timeless. Their charitable initiatives began during the early stages of the pandemic. The first was honoring the frontline 'Healthcare Heroes' by gifting them a pair of Stowe sandals. This initiative began as an open invitation to nominate a Hero anywhere in the world, and soon the company was overwhelmed with incoming nominations and happily donated 400 pairs within Canada and the US this year. The 2nd initiative is the Walk How You Want t-shirt. Launching in May 2020 as part of their efforts to amplify the voices of diverse women globally, 100% of the T-shirts' proceeds go towards philanthropic efforts to promote and empower women and their unique stories. The campaign allows Zvelle to donate shoes to causes that support women on a global scale. Zvelle.com


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True Love For The True North Canada’s coasts are a staycation haven By: Kevin Fox To say the world seems upside down at this point is almost a cliché. One way to rejuvenate and relax while contributing to the local economy is a staycation; a vacation in your near-backyard, as travel permits. The true north IS truly spectacular and a great place to visit. Whether you live in Canada or just near it, when considering a visit to the diversity of provinces, you are spoiled for choices, so to narrow it down, here are four great staycation options, two on each of Canada’s great coasts.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia The Sutton Place Hotel in Halifax actually opened during the pandemic of 2020! Definitely brave in the face of the slowed hospitality industry, but the eastern provinces of Canada have shown us all that Hospitality and other business can survive and even thrive in this difficult climate. The new Halifax hotel exhibits elegant charm while showing its maritime influences. The stylish lobby attracts crowds for after work or pre-dinner drinks, with striking chandeliers that drop from the ceilings like gold gilded cages, surrounded by rich velvet upholstered jewel tones and green marble. the location is great, with an unlimited choice of culinary delights nearby as well as the gastro offerings of Nova Scotia’s first Chop Steakhouse & Bar, located on the main floor of the hotel. There is plenty to do, as you will find yourself with a great view of the Citadel and within walking distance of shopping and the legendary Halifax Harbour. The Halifax Harbour has a storied history and makes for a picturesque waterfront tour. Experience this waterfront through the eyes of an insider on a Halifax Harbour Tours journey. Partners Colin Smith and Glenna Smith Thornhill offer a long-established insiders’ view of the region. When boarding the Halifax Harbour Tours boat, you’ll meet Colin, the co-owner and your skipper. Colin has provided guidance on the harbour for decades, and finally opened his own company in 2020. He actually built the charming vessel you’ll be guided on, and be sure to get a picture with him, he’s knowledgeable and charming and as a seaman, he’s straight out of central casting! A photogenic out of town excursion is Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse and Village. Nova Scotia is home to over 160 lighthouses, and Peggy’s Cove is definitely one of the most noted. Just an hour out of Halifax, Peggy’s Cove is famed for its scenic East-Coast silhouette, with wave washed boulders and pretty houses perched along the narrow inlet. This area is an active fishing community that has also been designated a preservation area.


Trinity Bay, Newfoundland Trinity Bay has long been a tourism jewel for Newfoundland & Labrador's east coast. And situated along this rugged coast is a historic home offering inviting corners and a great story. The Doctor's House Inn & Spa is a special destination which could easily turn into most of your staycation. The vintage elegance of the inn, aweinspiring English gardens, on-site farm animals, 5-star dining, luxurious spa, spectacular views, oceanside fire-pit, and more provides for a purely transformative experience. From rooms within the two-story guest house to private bungalows which overlook the bay and offer incredible ocean views, the accommodation choices are broad. Meals are hosted in the Barn Loft, a marvel of engineering in its own right, where fresh, local ingredients form the foundation for delicious meals that blend local favorites with renowned classics. An all-season destination, The Doctor’s House is a place to tuck into for a few days, or to use as your outpost while exploring the bays, trails, foliage and whales of the region. For a more casual evening or afternoon, make your way into the town of Dildo and explore the gift shops, restaurants, traditional Newfoundland houses and waterfront of this idyllic fishing village. Be sure to finish with a stop at the Dildo Brewery for a unique craft beer and some great pub fare, accompanied by a great view. Dildo has received some laughs over its’ name, which garnered the attention of late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who reigns to this day as the towns’ honorary mayor. So have a beer and a laugh in the charming little town of Dildo.


Vancouver, British Columbia From the East Coast of Canada right across to the West Coast, and the fantastic vistas of Vancouver. The only city in Canada where you can enjoy the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean in one day, Vancouver is uniquely distinctive. For a quick staycation in Vancouver, we suggest you check into The Fairmont Waterfront; a property with great amenities and a central location that can’t be beat. Located near the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal, just a short walk from Stanley Park and lively Gastown, you can rent a bike or walk or jog along the sea wall in minutes or find yourself sitting in a great restaurant near the renowned Gastown Steam Clock surrounded by great shops and scenery. This elegant hotel also brings you within a stone’s throw of the notorious shopping district of Robson Street and the Sky Train, which quickly transports you to greater Vancouver’s best sights and attractions. The hotel itself remains a destination, with well-appointed rooms, a health club which overlooks Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains and a 50ft rooftop pool, heated year-round with inspiring mountain and water views are but some of the terrific amenities on property. You don’t have to wander far for a great dining experience, as Cibo Trattoria provides Chic Italian Gourmet nearby, The Crabshack Grill and Oyster house lets you indulge in some of the pacific’s best seafood and the hotel’s own ARC restaurant boasts delicious urban artisanal food in a relaxed yet upscale atmosphere.


Victoria, British Columbia A ten-minute drive from the quaint seaside city of Victoria, BC, the original Oak Bay Beach Hotel was built in 1927, and for generations this property has existed in one form or another. Today’s Oak Bay Beach Hotel pairs a rich tradition of hospitality with modern amenities, perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. This is a luxury boutique property with plenty to enjoy on site including world-class treatments at the Boathouse Spa, an open-air retreat featuring three heated outdoor mineral pools that overlook the Salish Sea and are open year-round. In addition to the Dining Room and the Faro Pizza and Tasting Room, The Snug Pub was founded in 1954 and is a great, casual escape for a drink and some upscale pub-comfort food. A charming yet modern sanctuary, it isn’t hard to understand why celebrities such as David Foster, Bing Crosby and others have enjoyed the property over the years. Excursions from this property are a treat as everything is easily accessible from the world renowned Victoria Harbour to whale-watching excursions or wine tastings at several popular wineries in nearby villages. This is a soft, luxurious place to land while exploring all that southern Vancouver Island has to offer. These are just a few of the fantastic staycation destinations that Canada has on offer. Visitors have come from around the globe for decades and even centuries to enjoy these spectacular shores. The country is defined by its coastlines and its oceans for good reason. There is so much to take in, see and do, whether you are enjoying Atlantic Canada’s hospitality or the Pacific’s natural beauty, the true North is a land that inspires and renews our bodies and souls. Get out and enjoy the best the world has to offer, right here, at home in Canada.


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Explore the timeless Galapagos Islands with us aboard Celebrity FloraŽ, designed for this wondrous destination and awarded Best Small Ship. In the archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin, our 10-night to 16-night journeys of discovery inspire a new generation of world travelers. Step back in time, led by our naturalists, to discover wildlife and landscapes found only here. You’ll meet the most extraordinary creatures, evolved in isolation over millions of

years, and enjoy the most extraordinary creature comforts, designed into our all-suite 100-guest mega yacht. Everything you may want or need will be included, from the luxurious accommodations to the fascinating shore excursions, creative cocktails, and inspired cuisine, all delivered with superlative service. Continued next page


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DESIGNED FOR THE GALAPAGOS The outward-facing design of Celebrity Flora keeps these magical islands front and center from any vantage point, and the natural materials that finish each suite—yes, every stateroom is a suite—complete the idyllic scene. Innovative Sky Suites with Infinite VerandaSM blend the outdoor and indoor spaces seamlessly, and the indulgent Penthouse Suites—1,288 square feet including a private veranda—are the largest accommodations sailing in the Galapagos. Every suite treats you to a king-size bed from Celebrity’s Cashmere Bedding Collection.

with menus crafted by our Michelin-starred chef, served in multiple restaurants, all paired perfectly. Upscale Seaside Restaurant serves dishes that are as impressive as the views, alfresco Ocean Grill serves them under a ceiling of twinkling stars, and the 24-hour room service is complimentary. Celebrity Flora also re-creates the nostalgia of camping, now in stylish cabanas atop the ship. You can sip cocktails inspired by campfires, savor meals exclusive to camp, and taste wines paired for “roughing it.” When the sun goes down, naturalists lead the stargazing, and when the sun rises again, campers wake to the heady aromas of a stellar breakfast. We call this option Galapagos Glamping.

WILDLIFE THAT INSPIRED DARWIN Advanced technologies control the air, lighting, even the Infinite Veranda, and the ecofriendly ship has solar panels to generate electricity, dynamic positioning to “anchor” without touching seabed, and silicone paint to glide while using less fuel. Personal suite attendants help you unpack when you arrive, bring the rich local coffee just the way you like it each morning, and restock the minibar. After each exciting day of shore excursions, you can unwind in the welcoming lounge to share the day’s experiences with your fellow explorers, and post them for friends using unlimited Wi-Fi. The highlight of every evening will be the delicious dining—globally inspired, locally sourced cuisine,

Explorers come eye to eye with amazing creatures and landscapes found nowhere else. One day, you’re snorkeling with the sea turtles, sea lions, and marine


Before and after each day’s adventures, you’ll participate in fascinating presentations led by the naturalists. To protect these delicate islands and improve the lives of all their denizens, Celebrity partners with community groups and environmental organizations. Together, we source your seafood locally, build facilities for the human residents, and have replanted more than 50,000 indigenous trees.

iguanas. The next day, you’re hiking across white sand beaches and black lava flows. Eleven onboard naturalists, certified by Galapagos National Park, ensure that shore excursions engage every interest. Before each outing, you’ll gather in the ship’s Marina to collect your wet suit, fins, mask, snorkel—all the equipment you may need. Then you’ll step securely into a custom Novurania yacht tender to go ashore. Diverse destinations include the otherworldly terrains of Bartolomé Island, a geologic setting of barren moonscapes, spatter cones, and pinnacle rock, and Española Island, the only place that waved albatross gather to breed and nest. The locals haven’t learned to fear the humans, so you can get up close to the sea lions frolicking underwater, snap portraits of the marine iguanas basking in the sun, and follow in the footsteps of Galapagos giant tortoises.

MODERN CITIES, ANCIENT RUINS We can open your world even wider with all-inclusive South America vacation packages, complete with air transfers, five-star accommodations, and in-depth tours. In Ecuador, you’ll tour Quito, one of the highest capitals in the world, followed by a private flight to the Galapagos. After your cruise, you can explore mystical Machu Picchu, the iconic city of the Inca Empire perched high in the Andes Mountains. Along the way, you’ll experience historic Lima, seaside capital of Peru, and charming Cuzco, ancient capital of the Incas. You’ll return from your unforgettable Galapagos vacation with a wealth of new perspectives on the world and a lifetime of stories to share. For details, call 1-888-283-6768 or visit celebrity.com/designedforgalapagos

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We Will Travel Again Five Fantastic Destinations to Bookmark For Your Next Trip By: Ellen Douglas

Intrinsic travelers journey outward out of a love of people and unique local flavors and are now staying home from the same care and respect. We yearn for far off places while we hope for them to remain as safe as we are trying to keep ourselves in these uncertain times. Travel will open up again, and when it does, those who have dared to dream and plan will be ready. These five fantastic destinations should be bookmarked for your future travel; they're closer than you might expect, and all include many of the best things we all look for when traveling.


In no particular order, we start in Arizona, a distinct destination offering a relaxed combination of outdoor adventure and urban sophistication. Locals have long known that Arizona is a place of rugged authenticity, filled with national parks and dotted cactus landscapes. When explored, Arizona becomes so much more than the sum of its parts. One of the finest luxury resorts in the U.S. lies just on the border of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, Arizona. The Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa encompasses 53 acres of expansive desert, nestled against the picturesque Camelback Mountain. You can't go wrong exploring a refuge that has attracted names like BeyoncĂŠ and Jay-Z, among other celebrity travelers. Amenities include an infinity-edge pool, as well as elements restaurant and the exquisite Jade Bar. Indulge your senses at one of the unique spa casitas, where you can gaze upon M ARQ U E E M A G A Z IN E

the stunning views of Paradise Valley from your private balcony. Camelback Mountain remains a scenic anchor as you step out for an evening of seasonal authentic American fare as only renowned Chef Charles Wiley can deliver. Hearth '61 indulges the eyes and palate, with an open exhibition kitchen and inviting central fireplace. The ingredient-driven menu will have you savoring dishes of elevated simplicity as you gaze upon the mountain view. And then there are the morning and afternoon activities, and nothing is as elevating as a hot air balloon ride with Hot Air Expeditions Inc. Viewing the Sonoran Desert from above can only be described as a photographer's dream. From 5,000 feet, you'll enjoy the sights of plant and wildlife, along with the desert and looming mountains. Upon landing, your trip is celebrated with flutes of champagne and gourmet cuisine. - 80 -

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One of Maryland's nicknames is "America in Miniature." There is so much to see and do packed into its 10,460 square miles of land and water. A veritable feast for the senses, there is something for everyone in Maryland, which is why it is on this list. Baltimore is a city of artists, dreamers, and futurists, all inviting you to explore. Start your adventure at The Ivy Hotel and experience the fashionable steeped in history. Built in 1889, The Ivy has been rehabilitated to its original grandeur, with attention to the detail bestowed upon it by architect Charles Carson over a century ago. Each of the 18 guestrooms has its unique character and charm; the manor has 23 individual fireplaces, a magnificent central staircase, and charming spaces at every turn. As you venture out to explore, there is no better place than the Chesapeake Bay. Take a tour of the Bay with Island Chill Yacht Charters, which M ARQ U E E M A G A Z IN E

offers some great choices from private sailing and powerboat cruises for families, couples, or groups. Choose from short voyages, sunset cruises, overnight boat and breakfast, and specialty charters; all are a great way to celebrate an occasion or simply a beautiful day on the Bay! These outings include food, entertainment, and crew at your service. Baltimore's waterfront neighborhood has become a hot destination unto itself. One of the waterfront's gastronomical anchors is the award-winning Charleston restaurant, a true leader in the world of fine wine dining. Headed up by esteemed Chef Cindy Wolf, you'll find cuisine that is both regionally and internationally influenced, but always deliciously fresh and local. The restaurant's 1100+ wine list is specially selected by restaurateur Tony Foreman to compliment the outstanding menu, but don't be intimidated. The staff is expert, friendly, and always there to help. - 81 -

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Known as the "heart of L.A.," West Hollywood is famous not only for celebrity spotting but for its eclectic and unmatched dining scene, terrific boutique shopping, and more. If you're looking to experience the best in new luxury, then be sure to check into the brand new Pendry West Hollywood hotel. One hundred forty-nine rooms showcase the best of California modernism with an invitation to lose yourself in incredible views. The Sunset Strip is becoming the definitive luxury destination in L.A., and the new Pendry West Hollywood is the definition of "new luxury." Speaking of definitive L.A. luxury, the Pendry features iconic Chef Wolfgang Puck's return to Sunset Boulevard. Located on the 11th floor of the property, Merois is an airy and magical escape

into Hollywood glamour and luxury. Puck's menu features Japanese, Southeast Asian, and French/California cuisine alongside many highly coveted classic dishes. Diners will savor the flavor combinations while relishing in the open-air venue and stunning West Hollywood views. While we may think of L.A. as only navigable by car, there is a reason West Hollywood is known as one of the healthiest cities in the area. There is nothing more ground-level than experiencing this city by bike or on foot, and Bikes and Hikes LA is getting the word out. A guided tour company that is starting a sightseeing revolution in West Hollywood, this team provides several excellent tours. Whether you are looking for movie star homes, a general lay of the land, or a full-day tour, some options will fit your needs while providing great photo ops and exercise.


North Carolina is known for its classic landscapes and laidback attitudes. With 482 kilometers of Shoreline and the highest mountain tops in the eastern U.S., NC is waiting for you to explore and discover. A great place to start is the new Grand Bohemian Hotel in the heart of uptown Charlotte. This hotel is filled with charm and personality, featuring a rooftop park and garden bar that screams "relax!" a stunning art collection, and a list of amenities that goes on and on. The views of the city alone are worth the stay in Charlottes' newest, enchanting landmark. If you're looking for more of a boutique feel, then The Ivey's Hotel & Residences may be the perfect fit. The hotel's 47 rooms define the contemporary Parisian style. Ideally located in Uptown Charlotte, guests will enjoy a five-star experience with easy access to Charlottes' most esteemed cultural venues and dining hot spots. Not sure what to indulge in next? Allow the Ivey's Guest Experience Experts to customize your itinerary. For one of the city's best views, be sure to dine at Bentley's on 27. Located on the 27th floor, you'll enjoy three walls of floor-to-ceiling window vistas. High-end French-American cuisine is on the menu, and it is excellent. With classic dishes ranging from Tuna Tartar to Prime-choice steaks, the freshest ingredients await your palate. This stunning venue is a common choice for celebrations and milestones. A fantastic new place to regenerate is Mood House, a new massage spa in Charlotte's Dilworth neighborhood

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(opened Fall 2020). Offering full-length massages or even a quick 30 minute seated massage, Mood House provides world-class treatments, including an infrared sauna session, a combination of sauna and massage. Each of the cabana-inspired massage suites is designed to feel like an exclusive and even far-off getaway experience, including brief meditation sessions, aromatherapy, and relaxing music. Another spa option that will over-deliver is The Spa & Wellness Center at the Ritz Carlton, Charlotte. Be pampered with treatments that utilize 100 percent organic products and then relax in a bromine-treated swimming pool designed to avoid the harshness of pool chemicals. Signature spa experiences include a distinctive Green Your Body Eco-Treatment, utilizing organic and vegan essential oils. If a little retail therapy is part of your relaxation ritual, a trip to RH Charlotte (opened June 2020), a 50,000-squarefoot Restoration Hardware furniture store and design gallery, will revive your visual senses. The Charlotte RH location is only a handful of "design gallery" stores in the U.S. Complete the trip at the stylish rooftop restaurant for post-shopping relaxation. Need more luxurious choices? Head to the Southpark Mall. The most exclusive shopping destination in the Carolinas will not disappoint, with 175 high-end retailers From Louis Vuitton to Neiman Marcus and many more.

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We had to include Bermuda, which should not surprise the travel-savvy. Those in the know know that Bermuda is only 640 short miles from the North Carolinian coast. As of August 2020, Bermuda is one of only four places in the world assessed with a "moderate" COVID-19 risk level (CDC). Bermuda recently earned the World Travel & Tourism Council "Safe Travels" Stamp, which recognizes groups worldwide that have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols. In short, Bermuda is relatively close to many and safe. Bermuda has some exceptional hotel choices, the newest of which is The Loren. Opened in 2017, The Loren remains the place to be seen or to hide away in. With the hip, urban feel of a boutique hotel and clean, modern spaces, and stunning seascapes that only Bermuda can offer, The Loren can be a sexy private getaway or a place to mix and mingle. Private terraces, marble bathrooms, Malin+Goetz amenities, and SFERRA towels and linens are just a few of the luxuries that make you never want to leave. Bermuda's island, discovered in the 1500s, had no Indigenous culture living there before the European sailors first crashed its shores. This means the local cuisine is derived chiefly from a mix of British, Spanish, Caribbean, and African flavor profiles. A fixture on U.S. M ARQ U E E M A G A Z IN E

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series like Top Chef and Iron Chef America, chef Marcus Samuelsson helms the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, fusing Bermuda's British and African culinary influences. The result is a variety of bold flavors within his eclectic menu. Add the panoramic waterfront views, and you find yourself in a sensory experience where time begins to have no meaning and flavors are the world's only currency. Enjoy! Balancing your inner self while beautifying your outer self is one of life's most lavish extravagances, and Bermuda offers many full-service spas for this. The Natura Spa at Grotto Bay Beach Resort offers treatments that will envelop you in rejuvenation and renewal. Whether you choose to descend into an otherworldly cave surrounded by the glow of candles or to experience an oceanside massage with the sounds of waves washing over you, the treatment offerings are vast and phenomenal. After all, we all deserve a little Zen. These are just some of the offerings awaiting your arrival, as our world re-awakens and invites us once again to travel. This is a time for planning and believing, knowing that a not too distant tomorrow has a perfect getaway waiting for you. WIN T E R - 2 0 2 0


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Written By: Brent Bishop Photography by: Elaine Fancy We all want to be in the best shape possible, whether it's to meet our aesthetic goals, enhance sports performance, or improve our overall health. To stay on track with fitness and overall health, it is essential to have specific and meaningful goals. What may be often overlooked is the power of sharing your journey and its impact on helping others.

As a fitness expert and influencer, I've always wanted to help people tap into their true potential. My mission is to inspire an active lifestyle through fitness, adventure, and media. I realized early in my career that to expand my influence and give back to a larger population, I needed to branch out from studio owner and fitness coach to fitness expert in the media. I genuinely believe that using the platforms you have to influence others positively should be an integral part of why you do what you do. It also makes your work more rewarding when you know that you are giving back. For two of Toronto's best-known morning show hosts, Gurdeep Ahluwalia and Pooja Handa, giving back to the community has been an important factor in their career paths. As hosts of Toronto's number one morning show CP24 Breakfast, they both pride themselves on making a difference through the stories they share on and off-camera. Having worked with Gurdeep and Pooja, I've witnessed the great work they do and their influence and impact on people.

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Pooja began her position at CP24 as traffic, weather, and entertainment reporter. She worked her way up over the past 12 years to become a news anchor and host of CP24 Breakfast. Pooja speaks about giving back to the community through sharing stories as a privilege and something she has never taken for granted. "Throughout my career, I have hosted numerous events in the city, interviewed hundreds of celebrities, and had a chance to meet some pretty incredible people whose stories I've had the privilege of telling. Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I realize I get paid to help people start their day with a smile," she says. Being a visible minority, Pooja also recognizes that it's important for the media to reflect this multicultural city's diversity. She stresses the importance of using her platform in a positive way to break down barriers and systemic issues to help pave the way for others. "My voice, perspective, color of my skin, cultural identity, and lived experience all inform my point of view and, while it may not be representative of all voices, it's important to have a seat at the table and a platform to be able showcase it," she explains. When it comes to Fitness, Pooja admits that it has not always been on her priorities list. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated stress and overindulging that came with it, Pooja realized that she required a hard reset to establish a routine for her health fitness. Appreciating the fact that regular exercise can be instrumental in reducing stress, enhancing mood, and strengthening the immune system, she realized that now more than ever, it's essential to prioritize fitness in her life. Today she commits herself to exercise and staying active three to four days per week. The improvement in overall stress reduction, establishing healthy habits, and feeling stronger has been noticeable outcomes of her new commitment. When coaching my clients to achieve results, it is always imperative to develop a sense of purpose as to why they are putting in the work and take an interest-driven approach to their fitness routine. Of course, goals are important. However, when you have a real purpose behind your training routine and involve others along the journey, the results are much more powerful. Altruistic fitness is about staying active with a purpose that extends beyond your personal goals. Choosing a cause or charity you believe in and attaching it to a fitness goal, or active event drives results and can be remarkably fulfilling. Along the fitness journey, you're not only working towards fitness goals that you want to achieve, but you're also making a positive difference for a cause that is important to you. One of Pooja's favorite ways of giving back through fitness is to take part in organized charity walks. Her most recent walk was in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. A family friend's son was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare genetic disease that involves the degeneration of muscle tissue over time. Through their annual walk, "Trekkin for Deccan," Pooja and the team were able to raise over $100K for the cause.

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Representation in media comes with power and not all BIPOC are afforded

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Although many of us have aesthetic goals for fitness, such as weight loss or increasing muscularity, it is important to be aware and place value on the crossover effect of exercise on other components of your life. Training is like a natural medicine or a life-enhancing drug. If you are active regularly and have a balanced diet, there is an unequivocally positive influence on mental and emotional wellbeing. This is often witnessed through clearer thinking, a positive mood, and stronger relationships with others. There's also, of course, the added benefit of increased strength, stamina, and energy, as well as a more robust immune system. For Gurdeep, fitness is not just about staying in shape. It's also about the positive, crossover effect it has on his lifestyle. Gurdeep is the first TV personality on-air in Canada every morning, hosting CP24 Breakfast from 5:00-9:00 a.m. Fitness is very much about improving mental clarity and focus, as well as cognitive and physical performance. As Gurdeep describes, "Fitness is the great equalizer that makes the insane schedule somewhat palatable; the glue that holds it all together. To be able to get to bed at 8:00 p.m, I need to tire myself out. Getting in a good workout every day is crucial. If I miss my workout, I don't sleep as well. If I don't sleep well, I'm not as sharp for the show the next morning. I'm irritable, and the whole day just unravels from there. The show involves a lot of thinking on your feet, improvising, reacting, and staying nimble. Without a good workout and a good night's sleep, I'm just not at my best."

Since the onset of his career with CP24 in 2009, Gurdeep Ahluwalia has become a staple TV personality in Torontonians' homes. He climbed the ranks from helicopter traffic reporter to general news reporter to news anchor and eventually hosted the CP24 Breakfast Weekend with Pooja in 2011. A couple of years later, he took another offer to go national with TSN, which had him reporting sports for about three years. He then returned to CP24 as lead reporter on CP24 Breakfast, appearing every day Monday through Friday. Gurdeep highlights that he has been blessed with this platform to share news and stories with the public and be representative of visible minorities. Gurdeep explains, "The audience needs to be reflected and represented in the media. Toronto just happens to be one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It can be at a real challenge at times to make sure everyone watching and consuming media feels represented. I'm truly honored and humbled to be one small cog in that wheel that helps balance the scales of diversity."

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Having worked with Gurdeep as his trainer for some time, it's apparent that he takes his fitness seriously and aims to carve out the same time each day where he knows he will have maximum energy and the time to get it in. He also ensures to make time to give back whenever possible. He explains that the act of supporting a cause and giving back is not only important but also equally fulfilling. Each year Gurdeep tries to give his spare time and energy to various causes that are near and dear to him. He is an ambassador with World Animal Protection, specifically working with the Collars Not Cruelty campaign to vaccinate stray dogs in countries where animals are often harmed or killed for fear of being rabid. This campaign vaccinates and puts a bright red collar on dogs to show they've been vaccinated and are not a threat. He also works with the Hospital for Sick Children, Wellspring Cancer Centre, Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, Camp Oochigeas, and Motionball Marathon of Sport. Many of these endeavors involve a day of being a coach or player on a fundraising team and essentially lending time to play sports, run, or promote being active for a good cause.

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one small cog in that wheel that helps balance the scales of diversity. Gurdeep Ahluwalia

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Maximize Purpose

Creating deeper meaning is the key to infusing purpose and passion in your actions. This creates more drive and motivation for your exercise efforts and has a larger impact on inspiring others along the way and helping those in need. Selecting a charity event that has meaning to you is a powerful way to gain momentum. Even if the event date doesn't work with your calendar, nothing is stopping you from still training for the event to raise money for a good cause, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle along the way.

Enlist Support

Gather friends, family members, and colleagues to take part in the journey with you. Not only will you increase the level of accountability for your own program adherence, but you will ultimately have a much more significant impact on others, inspiring to have some fun while giving back.

Leverage your Platform

You may not be a television host or media personality; however, we all have contacts, coworkers, or friends we can call upon to help us for a good cause. Using social media as a platform to help support your team goals and help raise awareness can be a great way to expand your efforts and potentially raise additional funds for your cause or charity.

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Volunteer Your Time

Sometimes all we need to do is volunteer our time to make a large impact on someone else's life. A little time can go a long way, whether you're coaching a kid's soccer team, leading up a local run group, or meeting a neighbor for evening walks to help with their weight loss goals. How about organizing a fitness day celebration for a friend and family member?

Commit to an Outcome

Be clear about your personal fitness goals. Write them down, add a timeline, and hold yourself accountable. Make sure you finish what you started. This is always a critical point. Many things happen in our lives we cannot control. Try to fight any excuses that will make deter you from reaching your goals. It helps to find a cause that you truly want to support, and you will do everything possible to achieve what you planned. Attaching your goals to an event or cause will challenge and motivate you. Aligning an altruistic purpose and sharing it with the intent to give back brings a much deeper meaning to why you are preparing for that event in the first place. Fitness and activity, regardless of the level, always have a positive impact on mood and wellbeing. In the end, the true meaning is in the act of giving back and not about what you are receiving. The benefits of paying it forward with fitness are a bonus!

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By: Bryce Wylde

Brain fog is cognitive dysfunction involving memory lapses, lack of mental clarity, focus, concentration, and mental fatigue. Depending on the severity of brain fog, it can interfere with work or school. Chronic stress can cause mental fatigue. When your brain is exhausted, it becomes harder to think, reason, and focus. Poor sleep quality - which results in an impediment of your brain's ability to properly detoxify via a process controlled by glymphatics – is a big culprit. Hormonal changes during pregnancy (aka baby brain) can cause brain fog, memory lapse, and short-term cognitive impairment. Perimenopause and menopause – which cause drops in progesterone and estrogen – can cause forgetfulness, poor concentration, and cloudy thinking. Whatever the cause, the following are some effective solutions. When it comes to nutrition, try intermittent fasting. You want to create a 6-8 hour eating window and fast for the remaining 16-18 hours (except water, coffee, tea). This practice allows for cellular "autophagy," which translates into "self-eating." Autophagy is a cellular and tissue rejuvenation process that works to remove damaged cellular components, including old and poorly functioning brain cells. Drink beet juice with ginger. This combination is incredible for boosting nitric oxide (dilates blood vessels resulting in more

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oxygen and nutrients to the brain) and significantly reduces inflammation. If you have food allergies or sensitivities, brain fog may develop after eating certain foods. Possible culprits include MSG, artificial sweeteners, peanuts (due to aflatoxin), dairy, and gluten can be triggers. When it comes to supplements, make sure you're adding ingredients including Omega3, Vitamin D, Magnesium, and B-12 daily as deficiencies in these micronutrients can bring about brain fog. Other proven ingredients that together work to improve focus, concentration, and alertness. These supplements can also reduce stress without drowsiness, memory, recall, mood and cognition - and if that wasn't enough, it could enhance learning and accuracy. This because of the Neurofactor (an extract of whole fruit from the Coffea arabica plant), SunTheanine (a 100% pure L-isomer-theanine), and Cognizin CDP-Citicoline (cytidine 5′-diphosphocholine). CBD may also help with brain fog. We will get into great detail about that later on. Brain fog may be a known side effect of some medications, including cholesterol lowering medication such as statins and chemotherapy (chemo brain). Talk to your prescribing doctor.

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Consider laboratory tests that can help identify underlying issues. Blood work can assist your healthcare provider in identifying the underlying cause of brain fog. For example, a simple blood test can detect any of the following factors that may contribute to brain fog: • Abnormal glucose levels • Poor liver, kidney, and thyroid function • Nutritional deficiencies • Infection • Inflammatory diseases Clearing the fog includes sleeping 8 to 9 hours per night with optimal sleep hygiene (a dark, cool, quiet room), stress management (know your limitations), and avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine. Intense exercise can clear brain fog more effectively than most things, so if you're not exercising daily, it is beneficial to start immediately. Other brain fog solutions include strengthening brainpower. Try solving brain puzzles, playing new board games, or learning a new language. It is also essential to support your brain-gut connection by increasing quality protein, fruits, vegetables, and soluble fiber in your diet. If you haven't recently supplemented with high-quality probiotics, consider that also. Whenever you can, take your walk outside to the next level and try forest bathing. The Japanese call this "shinrin-yoku". What you achieve from spending time is a forest goes beyond just the sounds, scent, and sunlight and offers your brain more than fresh, clean air. When you forest bathe, the abundance of negative ions that have been proven to boost serotonin – the feel-good neurotransmitter – work to ease stress and worry and help us relax and think more clearly. Being in nature can restore our mood, give us back our energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us. When you need to clear the fog quickly, take a cold shower or splash cold water on your face. This increases the stimulation of the vagus nerve. Simultaneously, your body adjusts to the cold temperature, sympathetic activity declines, while parasympathetic activity increases. M ARQ U E E M A G A Z IN E

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CBD, your Endocannabinoid System, and Brain Fog The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) was discovered in the late 1980s but was found to have evolved over 600 million years into animal systems. The ECS is made up of a network of receptor sites on cell membranes that fit into those sites like keys in locks called cannabinoids. ECS receptors have been found on almost every organ in the human body, with the highest concentration in the brain and central nervous system. One way to think about the Endocannabinoid System is as a computer software program where your brain/nervous system is the hard drive (or app vs. smartphone). CBD oil is a derivative of the cannabis plant that's rich in chemical compounds called cannabinoids. It contains only trace amounts of THC and will not get you "high". The scientific literature for CBD is strongest for many forms of epilepsy where drugs don't work. It also seems effective in managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Market analysts expect the hemp-derived CBD market alone to hit approx. Twenty billion in the next five years. However, many supporters promote wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer, and across a wide array of beauty products for dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema, and anti-aging products to reduce wrinkles, fine lines and plump your skin.

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The greatest challenge is pinpointing effective doses. CBD is currently mostly available as an unregulated supplement, so it's difficult to know exactly what you are getting. Look for is a broad spectrum source with about 25mg of CBD per dose. The ECS role as the body's innate balancing ("adaptogenic") mechanism is key to the regulation of everything from appetite, energy metabolism, fertility, and immunity to sleep, mood, pain perception, and memory. Most people don't know that even though the endocannabinoid system is named after cannabis, researchers have since discovered that it is not the only plant that produces ECS activators. Lack of focus is a symptom of anxiety. Some professionals suggest that the inability to concentrate, which many brain fog sufferers describe, could be down to high anxiety levels. CBD, shown to improve serotonin uptake in the brain, which may work in a similar way to SSRI anti-depressant medication. It is also believed to affect brain physiology in a number of other ways, further reducing anxiety levels. Because CBD can reduce anxiety levels in many people, it is highly likely that the reduction in anxiety that many users experience will lift the brain fog and an improved focus and drive.

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