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love creating personal narratives and
We also highlight the topic of good stewardship
featuring the well-lived lives of leaders
for the planet, including state of the art recycling
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Chef Marco’s devotion to memorable dining expe-
riences, and enjoy a behind the scenes love story,
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Delve into fine cuisine-related stories, like
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The sexiest little restaurant in Barrie by
Corrine Dayman | photo Jeff Buchanan
2017 celebrated the 10th anniversary of The North
Restaurant, Barrie’s thriving, relaxed luxury dining
and you still get the quality service you are hoping
destination. Internationally renowned chef and
owner, Marco Ormonde recollects the early years
as a restaurateur with the seemingly endless duties
plete experience” that customers would expect in
of prepping all day, cooking all night, and baking
a fine dining establishment, Marco stays in tune
desserts into the wee hours of the morning, sum-
with evolving design trends, incorporating sensual
ming it all up as “a labour of love.”
elements that elevate the dining experience with
the ideal mix of comfort and style.
Though he admits that he has come a long
"My servers can have a good laugh with you
Recognizing early on that it would be the “com-
way, Marco remains driven by his passion and a
deep-rooted love of creating edible works of art.
way. We want people to feel sexy when they enter
Arguably one of the city’s most adventurous chefs,
through the doors. They can relax in the lounge
Marco’s versatile menu, top quality ingredients,
and have cocktails, have an intimate dinner in the
and creative food presentation has earned him his
dining room or a private celebration upstairs.”
with every element of the business, Marco believes
“It’s all about heart – without heart you have
“We are evolving in a classier and elegant
Admitting that he tends to be overambitious
that it is his internal drive for “always wanting
more” that has allowed him to keep ahead of
Working as a chef at some of Toronto's finest
restaurants, Marco insists that having the right
industry standards and stay true to his evolving
staff to carry through his vision has been an impor-
tant element for The North’s continued success.
“I can always do more. I can always be better.”
He is most proud of the team’s “human element”
May 2017 marks the 10th anniversary celebra-
which enhances the overall dining experience for
tion at The North. Marco and his staff welcome
his returning customers.
frequent guests, as well as those who have not
yet had the opportunity to visit the restaurant, to
“For many guests, my staff will be their first
point of contact in the restaurant. People want to
come in and enjoy some complimentary culinary
feel welcomed, well taken care of, and encouraged
surprises. For Marco and his team it is a way to
to relax and have a good time. "
say thank you to everyone who has supported The North Restaurant over the years.
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"It's all about heart ñ without heart you have nothing".î
When asked what would be the ultimate com-
And with that, I learn that this compliment is
pliment that he could receive from a guest about
one that our celebrated chef Marco Ormonde has
their dining experience, Marco’s reply is thought-
indeed received, time and time again, at the sexiest
ful, “I hope that the experience leaves a lasting
little restaurant in Barrie.
impression and that we are comparable to some of
the best places they have ever eaten in the world.”
also like to thank all of the restaurateurs in Barrie.
We are each trying to create something that was not
“On behalf of The North Restaurant, I would
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Barchef COCKTAILS ON FIRE by
Dave Gordon | photos Leanne Nuefeld
rankie Solarik’s not only lit cocktails on
For me, the idea is to truly evolve the experience.
fire, but also introduced frozen carbon
It’s fusing modern and progressive, contemporary
dioxide and hydrosols to ordinary alcoholic
approach that you find in “molecular gastronomy
beverages … to make them extraordinary.
kitchens”. And it’s evolved into this totally new
These and other eye-opening experiments have
genre, completely challenging that, 'Is it a dish
made Solarik, and his avant garde concoction
because you eat it with a spoon, or is it a cocktail
creations, the subject of a global buzz. He’s
because there is alcohol involved?'
received consultation requests from as far away
Our approach is so involved making everything
as Syria and Dubai, and he has won acclaim in
in house with infusions, syrups, and bitters. All of
New York Times, National Post, CBC and CNN,
our bitters at the bar age for a minimum of three
as well as having a guest judge spot on The Food
Network's Top Chef Canada. pie:
Eating a cocktail with a spoon. Tell me about one
Patrons to BarChef, which he co-owns, come to
or two of them.
be dazzled by the spectacular presentations – the
sights, sounds, smells and taste of cocktails like
Ontario Strawberry’ which was a celebration of
they’ve never had before.
Ontario’s strawberries for the season.
Pie caught up with Solarik to find out more…
I came across a service piece that really was - it
It began with a concept called ‘The Chilled
almost looked like a coupe glass, but it also was a pie:
What is your goal with these drink creations?
I’m very passionate about the idea of
bowl. I was like, ‘Okay, so, someone could perceive this as a glass, and also someone could perceive this
creating a new standard of what’s possible with
as a bowl. So, why don’t I create a ‘cocktail’ that
drinks, a new perspective as to what’s possible. My
would challenge that genre?’
goal is to create a new genre in the world of food
It was a strawberry gin base, and there was an
edible component of balsamic and lavender, there
was violet component as well, and roasted black
What inspired you to take these challenges?
It was the idea of refusing to be limited by
the confines of a glass. Who’s to say that it needs to
I’m working on expanding on that perspective of a
go in a standard rock glass, or a traditional coupe
cocktail being presented in a bowl.
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It’s called ‘The Nordic Lake’ and it’s an adaptation
of a traditional cucumber soup that’s been clarified
of a kind of alcohol.’ How would you intersect that
and charged with effervescence. There’s ice
palate with something that wouldn’t be a turn off ?
components of black licorice and caraway.
I also have ‘The Night Blossom’, an Asian
approach, as far as the composition, is to respect
influenced kind of cocktail, this beautiful frozen
the ingredients. It would be a matter of directing
noodle - which was six feet long - which we bent
the flavors of what’s involved with the particular
and created this abstract shape and dropped it into
spirit that they are a fan of, or that I’m working
a bath of liquid nitrogen, and it would freeze the
with, and just slightly adding slight nuances of
noodle in this particular shape. We’d garnish the
accents - through aromas or particular flavor
noodle with fluid gels of mint and chartreuse and
profiles that accentuate particular notes found in
Somebody comes to you and says, ‘I am a purist
That’s an awesome question. My whole
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A LOVE STORY
"LIFE HAS A FUNNY WAY OF MAKING YOU END UP RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE." by
Corrine Dayman | photo Scott Cooper
fter meeting on a blind date set up
through a mutual friend, Cicco and
humble traditional eatery where customers could
With her partner by her side, the vision of a
Lindsay could not have predicted that
feel at home has become a reality; where good
they would fall in love, become business partners
food, good music, intimate gatherings and laugh-
and launch two successful restaurants. Capturing
ter fill the air.
the essence of Cicco’s Italian traditions, while
blending Lindsay’s country roots and embracing
challenges along the way, both Cicco and Lindsay
shared family values, the duo have created two
attribute their success and determination to their
authentic gathering places in a community setting
commitment to one another. As Lindsay jokingly
that feels like home.
remarks, “We bicker back and forth like an old
Though there have been learning curves and
“I had such a desire from a young age to have a
married couple. We balance one another and sup-
business of my own. I too was raised to appreciate
port each other in all of the craziness. If we didn’t
food and drink, as my parents owned farmland in
have our sense of humour and trust in one an-
the Kawartha Lakes. As soon as I signed the papers
other, or the ability to carry the other when either
to become a partner, all of my history came together
of us need it, we might not have survived!”
and I just naturally flourished!”
out for us and has helped us to get to where we are.”
Drawing from Lindsay’s background in finance
“ I can’t help but feel that someone is looking
and Cicco’s deep-rooted old school values, the
couple re-launched Cicco’s in Minesing (formally
gether each day they are excited to experience
opened in 2006, known as GianCicco’s) and
the opportunities that await them. As Lindsay
opened a second Cicco’s location in South Barrie
says, “You only regret the chances that you didn’t
only two years later. Lindsay’s vision was to create
take.” Although, their friend who introduced them
the ideal space for casual dining with friends, and
that fateful night has now passed away, Cicco and
a place to find that romantic spark over a simple
Lindsay take comfort in the feeling that she is still
meal and a bottle of vino, just as they had success-
here, rooting for them and supporting them along
fully achieved with their Minesing location.
the way. Side by side the couple is forging ahead,
writing the next chapter in their love story.
As Lindsay recalls, “Initially, we just wanted to
create another little eatery in a small community.
We wanted it to be that local spot where people
would want to come.”
By following her instincts and embracing her
feminine side, Cicco’s has quickly become a casual, yet sensual dining destination.
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Since the couple started their journey to-
This article is in dedication to Terri Lunn. Her spirit lives on through Cicco’s Ristorante.
"There is something so bitter sweet about being a couple who can succeed in business and can create something special together."
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More than just weddings by
Ashleigh Grange | photos Nat Caron
From the idyllic laneway flanked by old-growth
trees to the scenic lighthouse, covered bridge
Barns can accommodate up to 155 guests for a
and historic one-of-a-kind 1895 rail car, Belcroft
seated dinner. Both venues are fully permitted,
Estates offers picture-perfect photo ops for your
licensed and up to code with dedicated parking,
wedding or special event at every turn.
washrooms and event preparation areas.
Co-owned and operated by Chris and
The Tent has a capacity of 300 while the
Whether it’s a large cultural celebration or a
Meredith (née Bell) Watson, Belcroft Estates
glamorous rustic wedding, Belcroft Estates can
is nestled on 100 acres—with its event facilities
accommodate your needs. “Everybody is a little
occupying about 30 of those—that have been in the
different. You can have the event you want to
Bell family for five generations. Continuing in that
have,” says Chris.
tradition, Belcroft Estates is a family business and
Its picturesque location also boasts convenient
the original vision for the venue is that of Jim Bell,
proximity to all major highways, guaranteeing
easy access to local hotels and other attractions
for guests. To ensure every family member can
Surrounded by fertile fields north of the GTA,
this former tree farm has been operating as a
attend, this full-service facility is also wheelchair
best-in-class wedding and event venue, delivering
accessible and pet friendly.
unparalleled privacy and tranquillity, for over a
to help make any special occasion an unforgettable
success. “For many people, this is the biggest
Well known and well loved as a wedding
Belcroft Estates will always go the extra mile
venue, Belcroft Estates attracts clients from all
decision of their life, and we want to make sure
over Ontario and even farther afield. Yet it is also
their journey starts off with a great day,” adds
ideally suited for your next corporate event, family
reunion or anniversary, private party or high
school prom. Co-owner Chris Watson explains,
help. Every person who books with us is assigned
“We cater to all types of special and private
a venue coordinator and is given a resource
guide with our recommended photographers,
hairstylists, etc.” And should a problem arise? “We
At Belcroft Estates, choose from multiple
“From the very first email, we are here to
ceremony sites and two unique reception or
have experienced and friendly staff that are ready
to help,” Chris reassures.
Built in 1857 and beautifully restored,
Available late April through to mid-November,
the Barns include an outdoor pavilion, treed
the property’s natural beauty shines in all seasons.
courtyard, charming pine floors, and all modern
“The iconic beauty of our location really sets us
amenities, while the newer Marquee tent offers
apart. There is nothing quite like our place.”
a blank canvas featuring stone floors, light-filled
windows and draped ceilings highlighted by
discover how this unique wedding and event
centre will ensure your special occasion is one to
Book your tour of Belcroft Estates today and
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Mermaids Loathe Plastic
SWIMMING AGAINST THE CURRENT IN A SEA OF 10,000 PL ASTIC BOT TLES by
Ashleigh Grange |
Benjamin Von Wong
achel Carson did it in 1962. Richard
Misrach did it in the 1980s with his
plastic bottles, which were loaned and delivered
First, Von Wong needed large quantities of
Salton Sea series. Seattle-based Chris
by a waste management centre. Next, an army
Jordan has been doing it since the early 2000s.
of volunteers—including friends, family, and
Claude Monet has even been referred to as an
strangers recruited via social media—was enlisted
environmental artist in his portrayals of human-
to wash, un-cap, and remove labels. Clara Cloutier
channelled her innermost mermaid in a high-
fashion tail designed for the project by Cynthia
Many artists have historically brought
attention to environmental, social and political
Brault, while countless others donated time and
issues through their chosen media, while
talents to camera work, bottle layouts, and hair
simultaneously inspiring audiences to make
changes in their own lives, and 30-year-old
Canadian photographer and visual artist Benjamin
A series of vibrant ocean-hued photographs
Von Wong is no exception.
that are equal parts surreal, magical and
haunting—and worthy of any environmentalist’s
Five years ago, Von Wong left a mining
engineering career to pick up a camera and pursue
wall. Since being published in December 2016, the
his passion. His latest photography project,
photographs have gone viral and reached tens of
“Mermaids Hate Plastic”, features a human
millions of views.
mermaid drowning in a sea of 10,000 plastic
bottles – the estimated number used and discarded
on plastic. He encourages viewers to replace
by the average person over a 60-year span.
disposable bottles with reusable ones and to
commit to contemplating whether or not to accept
The plastic bottles were configured by
Von Wong offers advice to reduce a reliance
volunteers to create distinct water-related scenes,
“the next piece of plastic that is offered to you”,
including a sandy beach, a typhoon and a water
whether that is a plastic bag, a straw or a plastic
drop, with the mermaid strategically placed within
water bottle in your Uber ride.
the environment of inescapable plastic waste. Von
Wong explains that: “It takes approximately 450
focused shoot and it likely won’t be his last. He
years for a single plastic bottle to degrade […] and
says he is focused on “creating work that supports
if we do nothing, by 2050 - there will be more
the efforts of individuals and organizations around
plastics than fish in the sea.”
the world trying to protect the world we live in -
whether it's animals, people or places.”
Von Wong believes, “Change happens when
This isn’t Von Wong’s first conservation-
individuals come together to fight for something
they believe in.” And the shoot, which took
upcoming projects on his website at vonwong.com.
place in donated warehouse space over a week, undoubtedly called for all hands on deck.
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Explore Benjamin Von Wong’s work and
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The Sandbox BLUE SKY THINKING by
Corrine Dayman | assistant
here is a fresh new way of growing your
business network, and it all begins by
is Craig Busch, President and CEO of Busch Group
At the helm of this radically awesome approach
going back to our childhood days and
of Companies. A savvy self-starter and two-time
“blue sky thinking” in The Sandbox. Perhaps
recipient of the Arch Brown, Entrepreneur Of The
one of the most innovative ways of generating
Year Award, Craig has seen his “blue sky thinking”
and exchanging ideas, The Sandbox serves as an
and innovative ideas reap rewards over the years
accessible gathering spot for young start-ups,
and understands that it is the alignment of people,
entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals to come
timing and opportunity that come together to
together in a progressive social environment.
make the magic happen!
Not unlike “googlers” who thrive in small, focused
“By investing real time and energy into The Sandbox,
teams and high-energy environments, The Sandbox
it can help build a start-up's innovative muscle. You
is a place where unplanned “synergies” can result in a
can learn best practices from others and participate in
snowball effect of ideas, sharing, learning and growth.
finding solutions to common problems outside your own
organization. You can then bring this knowledge back to
Going back to the basics of sharing ideas,
experiences and resources, the organic nature
your own team and discuss what can be learned from it
of The Sandbox serves as a natural networking
to make your business stronger.”
environment where everyone is invited to bring
their ideas and abilities to the table. In addition
if the intention of giving is at the forefront of
to the great interactions and connections to be
the interaction, The Sandbox is at the cusp of
had at this local business resource hub, the open
a new way of developing business practices.
door policy places people together where great
Open gathering spots for start-ups, executives,
connections and “collisions” are bound to happen.
entrepreneurs, financiers and investors to collide
with one another and share their ideas and
“The goal is to provide a lively, interactive
Opening up to the idea that anything is possible
environment where an entrepreneur can come in and
expertise while identifying new technologies and
find the resources and connections they need to make
applications that will increase their company’s
that next step in their business.”
productivity, is redefining the way in which people
want to do business.
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"In a time where self-starters are incubating ideas then pushing them out at lightning speed, The Sandbox serves as an outlet to align people and opportunity."
Diverse yet refreshing, The Sandbox is pushing
practices in a way that challenges the standard
will be due in great part to the engaged people
Like any traditional sandbox, its success
business model. With experience sharing as
getting their hands dirty and spending quality
one of its fundamental pillars, the focus is to
time with others. A self-sustaining environment
encourage entrepreneurial social responsibility,
with comfortable seating areas, coffee shop, and
with professionals lending their time and
resources for ideas to flow, the sky is the limit
expertise while building relationships within the
when everyone is working toward a common goal
of innovation and sharing ideas in The Sandbox.
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ADDS GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY TO THE RECYCLING INDUSTRY by
Troy McNamara | photo Robin Waters
Busch Systems, a highly-innovative
“Although we’re in the beta phase right now,
organization that provides recycling and waste
this new software is already proving itself to
containers, have launched an open-source, web-
be disruptive with the government agencies
based app, called the Resource Center, that will
and private sector programs we’re getting our
allow any school, business, or organization to
feedback from. Now that they’re working with us,
analyze, simplify, and improve their recycling
step by step, to validate the software for counties,
states, provinces, and beyond, we can see how we
could eventually standardize the technology for
The system will give the user clear and
simple suggestions on how to set their recycling
the whole industry,” Baxter comments.
streams to be more environmentally active. This is
achieved by organizing and displaying the amount
Busch Systems team hope that the equivalent
of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, trees, oil,
of more than thirty-three years of waste
and car kilometres saved, as well as providing
management knowledge and information will be
analytics on a given organization’s diversion rate
implemented into the program, so the recycling
and the amount of money saved by implementing
programs it creates will empower their users’
a successful recycling program.
ability to make productive changes for their
To help individuals and businesses move
With the development of this project, the
through the cycle of recycling more efficiently,
Mike Baxter - marketing manager at Busch
does exist, the Resource Center, as powered
Systems - and his futuristic marketing team
by Busch Systems, will be a free application
partnered with the student committees at
targeting station-level collection which is a unique
Georgian College’s Barrie campus to approve the
component to the software. In some cases or
calculations and algorithms used in developing
regions, those organizations not able to keep up
the program over a two year period. This has
with government regulations, diversion rates, as
helped them move beyond the point of purchase
well as environmental and economic costs are
and become an everyday consultant to schools and
thereby sending everything to the landfills, and
businesses in reducing their carbon footprint.
miss out on half the value of the tin, bottle, and
paper materials as well.
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While other collection analytics software
The Resource Center aims to help users
Now they’ll be able to get feedback on what
capture and manage their recyclable assets and
they’re doing wrong and how they’re able to
streamline collection practices.
correct it, and always be there to help, making it a
win-win for the user and the recycling stations,”
“While there are other software tools that
give a basic overview into the sustainability side
of users’ impact on the environment, they never
touched on actually improving the recycling
will be open to the public for anyone to signup.
The email list for the collection analytics app buschsystems.com/resource-center
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HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES
Prince's Charities Canada
LEAVING A LEGACY by
Corrine Dayman |
Perhaps one of the world’s foremost entrepreneurs and philanthropic visionaries, The Prince of Wales, is using his position and resources to find ways to achieve a more harmonious society, while advocating and demonstrating leadership for change. With deep-rooted values of social responsibility, The Prince of Wales has carved a path of charitable work, advocating for, and advancing on behalf of causes guided by his intention of creating harmony and building deeper connections within Canada.
Patron to seven Canadian organizations and
Colonel-in-Chief to eight Military Regiments, The Prince of Wales has a rich history and ongoing dedication to the growth and well being of Canada’s culturally diverse landscape.
Founded in 2011, Prince’s Charities Canada
(PCC) was created as a charitable office to work alongside His Royal Highness to implement community based work within four fields of interest including: education and young people, responsible business, improving built environment and global sustainability. Under his leadership, PCC has launched several successful initiatives including: the Prince’s Canadian Responsible Business Network, engaging corporate leaders to tackle youth unemployment, Campaign For Wool, supporting environmental sustainability, Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur, a national entrepreneurial training program for transitioning Canadian Armed Forces and the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts which specializes in teaching, researching, and promoting the practice and theory of the arts and crafts of the world’s great traditions.
At the forefront of The Prince of Wales and
PCC’s vision, is to ensure that they are embedding activities and resources that will enable forward motion, while transforming lives and building sustainable communities.
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" The whole idea, by fostering these connections, is to honour First Nationsâ€™ wisdom by promoting intergenerational learning and sharing so that the rich culture and history of this ancient First Nations community endures. My charities are working with First Nations communities across Canada to explore similar initiatives that, hopefully, can engender skills and opportunities for the future." â€“ Prince Charles
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“Our people were forbidden to speak their language or practice their traditions [and] were chastised or punished if they spoke their language. As a result, Indigenous languages began to decline… It is too late for some languages to be revived… We must do what we can to revive, restore and rebuild the remaining languages.”– Chief Doris Bill, ..
Kwanlin Dun First Nation photo: f. mueller
Throughout his forty years of charitable
First Nations University and the Government of
work within Canada, The Prince of Wales has
embraced his connection with Indigenous people
and their cultures. Having visited the North-West
as possible by working with groups that have
Territories during his first visit to the country
surviving members, thereby ensuring long-term
in 1970 and again in 1975, His Royal Highness is
language viability. The first of the series was
proud of the Crown’s longstanding relationship
debuted by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
with Canada’s North. Identifying the importance
during a recent visit to Canada.
of supporting Indigenous communities and
taking steps to make amends with past injustices,
term vision, a legacy of harmony underpins much
His Royal Highness and PCC work closely
of what The Prince of Wales and PCC have set
with Canada’s First Peoples, launching several
out to accomplish. Working with a range of non-
initiatives which: help bridge the gap between
profits, publishers, charities and government
Indigenous youth and employment opportunities,
bodies, they are embedding activities and
supporting the preservation of traditional arts and
solutions that communities are able to go forward
the revitalization of Indigenous languages.
and continue to transform positively while
continuing to build sustainable communities.
As a result of the devastating impact of
The goal is to create as many new speakers
Although much of the work is part of a long-
Colonization and unjust treatment within the
residential school system, Indigenous People’s
entrepreneurs, the role of “Prince of Wales” does
languages and customs have been on a decline for
not come with a clearly defined job description.
decades. With only a handful of people remaining
Nonetheless, His Royal Highness is using his
who have the ability to speak the ancestral
platform of social motivation and cohesiveness to
languages, the need for revitalization is critical
champion causes which may not be able to stand
and is very quickly becoming one of PCC’s fasting
on their own in the beginning, yet will ultimately
stand the test of time.
As part of their language preservation
Perhaps one of the world’s foremost social
His passion for the people of Canada and the
initiative, PCC has produced a collection of
extraordinary charitable work he has championed
children’s books and digital applications which
thus far is unprecedented for a modern royal.
reintroduce lost language skills to children
With an innate obligation to help others, he
between the ages of three and five years.
embodies the meaning of stewardship and
his vision to achieve a common good and the
This involves the work of many partners
including publisher SayITFirst,
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advancement of us all is a truly inspiring legacy.
"One thing we can do to change the erosion of language and culture is to digitize the older peoples' knowledge and incorporate it in a way that this information will get consumed, [and] later taught, by the younger generation" â€“ Mike Parkhill, Founder, Say IT First photo: paul koziorowski
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A London Tale Elizabeth Emanuel Luke & Mandy by
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Mandee Woodford hair & makeup Lucy Meyer production manager Ben Arnold imagery created with Zeiss Lenses model
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photo: canadian equestrian team
- jessica phoenix and a little romance, rio olympic games 2016
Jessica Phoenix A TIME TO RISE by
wo-time Canadian Olympian, four-
and later, in the US. (She competed successfully in
time Pan Am Medalist and ten-year
both the London 2012 Games and in RIO in 2016).
leading eventer Jessica Phoenix, is
Jessica competed in the 2011 Pan Am Games in
rising to the top of her equestrian
Guadalajara, Mexico where she would bring home
career, becoming one of the most well respected
an individual Gold Medal and Team Silver Medal
Eventing athletes of our time. With an early start
with her mount, Pavarotti. Following several com-
in the equine sport, “Canada’s Super Woman” has
petitions and notable wins, it would be Jessica’s
become an unstoppable force.
return to the Pan Am Games in 2015 that her spirit
and love of the equine sport would be put to the
Realizing her deep passion for the sport at the
tender age of thirteen, Jessica worked hard train-
ing and competing at horse trials across Ontario,
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Within 2 ½ months of having her second
Less than a month following the accident
child, Jessica would compete at the Jersey Fresh
Jessica was cleared to ride. She led the Canadian
International Three Day Event. While competing
Eventing Team, winning an Individual Silver, and
cross-country - the ultimate test of horse and
a Bronze for Team Canada on her mount Pavarotti,
rider, Jessica and her horse would suffer a heavy
an outstanding achievement given the gravity of
fall. Rushed to intensive care and undergoing
emergency surgery to repair damage to her liver,
the global Eventing community prayed and waited
role model, Jessica’s “If you can dream it, you can
for the news.
become it” motto has taken her to new heights.
Looking forward to another year of Olympic
With three broken ribs and a broken sacrum,
An inspirational public speaker, mentor and
Jessica received the news that she would not re-
competition, including the Rolex 3 Day event in
cover in time to defend her Pan Am Gold medal on
Kentucky, Jessica Phoenix has become known to
the Eventing community as, “One of the strongest
riders the sport has ever known." An inspiration to
Determined not to let her teammates down,
and without hesitation, Jessica took the reigns of
many, Jessica has proven that at a time when the
her recovery, determined that she would overcome
will is challenged and it feels that all hope is lost, it
her injuries and compete in front of her home-
is a time to rise.
town. With the Toronto Pan Am Games quickly
approaching, Jessica’s unwavering grit was all that she needed to see her through to a full recovery.
“It is during those pinnacle moments in our life when our will is tested that we must get back into the saddle and rise!”
photo: mary patricia stone
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glenn coulson Patron of the arts
Perry Lefko |
Whether raising money for community
The timing seemed right, especially given
projects in Barrie or for a feature film in which he
Coulson’s frustrations with the “ups and downs”
is one of the executive producers, Glenn Coulson
of the entertainment business and fundraising. “It
has always been a patron of the arts.
has been rewarding, but I wanted to take on new
The songwriter/singer/actor, who is a former
Barrie TV talk show host and now a consultant
with the Investors Group, is involved in various
base expanded quickly. “It's just a different type
projects. He is the Campaign Co-Coordinator for
of investing,” he notes. “One way creates a legacy,
the enhancement of the Memorial Square. He also
providing community support, and the other is
worked as the Capital Campaign Co-Coordinator
getting it to work for people to build for their
for the Mady Centre For The Performing Arts, and
future and retirement. I haven’t left entertainment
he has been involved with Theatre By The Bay
behind though. It’s always a part of me.”
and Talk Is Free Theatre in production roles that
for the film Country Crush – a country musical
love story – a project he says he is excited about.
“Now we have a new theatre in Barrie, which
In no time, he learned the ropes, and his client
As a matter of fact, he was executive producer
we haven’t had downtown for a hundred years, so
Wal-Mart is distributing the film in North
we were due,” Coulson says. “The community of
America, while Open Road/Universal has released
Barrie just pulls together and wants to help, which
the soundtrack on iTunes and Spotify. The
has been great.”
Canadian premiere happened in Barrie, in March.
His fundraising work became a natural
"This city is amazing,” he says. “There is a real
foray into his job with the Investors Group. The
sense of community and giving back here. I'm
connection was made early on, when he would ask
happy to have played small a role in that through
friends from the company to support his various
community projects. Coulson’s current division head, Marcelo Millar, at one point asked whether it would be a good idea to work together. 56 PIE DIGEST
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Tom Cochrane THE HIGHWAY MAN by
Dave Gordon | photo Dan Lim
he introductory drum beats are
unmistakable; so too the opening staccato
a young adult, stints as a cab driver, a paint shop
Of course, nothing happened overnight. As
guitar chords, and the overlapping
clerk, and a Sears loading dock worker were what
harmonica notes. The song has become one of the
he called “character builders” where “you learn
most recognized rock songs of a generation: “Life
from and draw songs from.”
is a Highway.”
By 1974, his first album Hang On To Your
The 1991 hit propelled then-38-year-old Tom
Resistance was released, with a tour that led him
Cochrane into a global name, and helped the album
to cafes, pubs or seedy bars. He’d join Red Rider
from which it came, Mad Mad World, sell three
in 1979, with seventeen albums until his 2016
reboot Mad Mad World 25 - a re-mastered edition
A quarter century later, he is as much looking back
featuring live cuts, and a demo of “Love Is A
on that road, as looking forward – a four decade
Highway” before it was renamed.
long career retrospective, an anniversary reboot
of Mad Mad World, continued charity work and
of being on the inside of this country’s rock
ambitious writing projects.
music milieu for so long, he noted an evolution of
Canada’s artistic identity.
In 2016, that lyrical highway turned into a
Being one of a few who have had the benefit
literal one, when a section of road was named after
Cochrane, leading to Lynn Lake, Manitoba, his
handful of acts - Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell,
place of birth.
Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and few others –
whose work transcended the Great White North’s
The local boy does good began humbly with
It’s been many decades since there were a
an eleven year old who sold his train set to buy
his first guitar. Though in the back of his mind
he thought he was destined to be a journalist or a
tolerance in our music, and social consciousness
pilot, music icon Bob Dylan’s influence changed all
that’s admirable in our work. Those elements
combined create a pretty strong identity in our
“When Dylan came along, he opened a lot of
Overall, what’s remained consistent is “a lot of
doors where it became obvious that music could
be more that just pop music. It could be more than
just ‘boy meets girl’ stuff,” he notes.
disposable. People tend to buy songs as singles, and
Soon enough, his exposure to Neil Young and
But it’s not just the message that has “The way music is distributed, it’s more
Leonard Cohen solidified his ambitions.
they’re not as concerned with whole records.”
“You could enlighten yourself and enlighten
Despite the technological shift, it hasn’t
other people through songs. It was a real art form.
changed the goal of music: to evoke emotions.
And then I realized, ‘Yeah, I could do this for quite
work who had a fight with his boss.
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“You think about the guy driving home from
He’s had a fight with his girlfriend or wife. Life
For his goodwill contributions, Cochrane
is a Highway comes on, and defuses a lot of that
was conferred as Officer of the Order of Canada.
negative energy. When that happens, I think I’ve
And for his artistic contributions, National Music
done a pretty good job as a songwriter.”
Center in Calgary opened a Tom Cochrane exhibit.
“People are truly interested in archival stuff that
Indeed, he’s no stranger to touching people’s
hearts, whether it’s through musical compositions
goes way back,” he says of the exhibit, adding that
or long-serving charity work.
compiling these materials has inspired him to pen
In the 1980s, Terry David Mulligan, then-
MuchMusic veejay, invited Cochrane to Africa to
become acquainted with issues there. He grabbed
creating new writing to inspire, or lending a
the chance to tour five countries, including
helping hand – he’s taking his own advice, from a
Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique – and
quarter century ago.
visited the continent nine times on behalf of World
statement,” he asserts. “The song addresses the
idea that as crazy as things get, all you can do as an
Since then, the list of charitable works
Continuing to be an agent of change – whether
“Life is a Highway is symbolically such a strong
has included Parkinson’s research, Amnesty
individual - and as a human being on this planet of
International, War Child, Medicin Sans Frontiers,
ours - is to try to do some good along the way.”
Make Poverty History, and United Way.
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Gene Simmons EPITOME OF COOL by
Dave Gordon | photo Craig Minielly
ene Simmons is famous for many rea-
If all we had to do was follow those steps, we’d all
sons: the band KISS, two reality shows,
be rich, famous, and powerful.
author of seven books, and more.
Life is a journey, and often it’s an individual one.
Formed in 1973, KISS accomplished what few
You’ve got to have a product, and convince people
have: 21 albums that sold 100 million copies, con-
that they cannot live without it, even if it’s the
sistently selling out arenas, and still going strong.
power of your personality.
The group boasts over three thousand licensed
and merchandised items, including condoms, cas-
Apprentice. Would you have ever imagined he’d be
kets, a comic book, and action figures.
In that same vein, Simmons is a successful busi-
nessman, whose projects included co-founding an
actor, Ronald Reagan, becoming president. Why
arena football team, producing movies, and start-
wouldn’t I imagine a successful businessman as
Pie picks his brain about business, sex, politics and
Trump’s a good family man. His children turned
There are people saying it’s chaotic; people are
Your seventh book, On Power - what’s the prem-
You were with Donald Trump on Celebrity
I would never have imagined a Hollywood
demonstrating. But the stock market doesn’t care. It’s better for the good guys to have the
Business seems to like him. At the end of the day,
power than the bad guys.
families only care about two things: how to be safe,
Why would you want the bully to have the power
and ‘how do I feed family?
instead of the good guy who doesn’t pick on
anybody? So, it is incumbent, technologically,
physically, mentally, to be powerful, and to keep
heart is aching.’ And then it ends with, ‘When
getting more powerful, if only not to get picked on,
you just smile.’ It was written by the most famous
if only not to be wrapping fish for somebody else
comedian of all time, Charlie Chaplin.
who isn’t a nice person.
The book previous, Me, Inc. is filled with
A song you wish you’d written?
What’s the best excuse a fan used to get
business advice. What’s experience taught you in
All those books and classes you take where
Smile is a perfect song. ‘Smile, though your
You’re my father.
Your favorite post-coital nosh? Unfortunately, my curse is that pre-coitus,
people charge you a lot of money - 10 Secrets of
after-coitus, during-coitus, my downfall is cookies,
Success, How to be Rich and Famous and Powerful
cake, and hot fudge sundaes. All the really terrible
in ten steps - they are lies.
things in life.
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Technion in Israel is a world-leading institute
From 1958 until 1988, that’s thirty years, we have:
with faculties in a range of engineering disciplines,
Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones,
and a school of medicine. Talk about your support
Jimi Hendrix, on and on. The most important
for Technion Canada’s Technovation Event in
artists in the 20th century, and into the 21st. From
Toronto, June 4, 2017.
1988 until today - not quite thirty years - who are
the new Beatles or the new Elvis?
The advancement of mankind has always had
to do with forward thinking people, often young
They had everybody, all ages. That’s what makes
people. The fact that Technion’s in Israel, is a good
something stand the test of time.
thing. It’s the technological leader of the world,
It is interesting to note that from 1988 until today,
other than America. They’ve advanced the cell
the single most important thing that changed is
phone, the computer chip, cancer research.
making copies of songs without buying them.
Just because you sing in the shower and go on
What do you think of the music industry today?
Your freckled face, next-door, high school
and college kid decided, en masse, they no longer
X-Factor, doesn’t mean you’re gonna become the next Elvis - even if you get a hit record.
wanted to pay for music… and download without paying the people who created it.
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he premise of float tanks, or sensory
deprivation therapy as it is often called, is
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Each egg-shaped float tank is roughly 7 feet
Sensory deprivation therapy has gained a loyal
long by 5 ½ feet wide by 4 to 5 feet tall and
some of which are being studied clinically by
filled with less than a foot of water. The water
scientists across North America. It has been used
is heated to match the temperature of the skin’s
to treat a multitude of conditions, from anxiety,
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Mastectomy Boutique & Amoena PARTNERS IN BREAST WELLNESS by
Corrine Dayman | photo Jeff Buchanan
reast cancer diagnosis is as unique as the
person it stumbles upon. It is no wonder
wall. The prosthetic is not only to be aesthetically
that women undergoing breast surgery to
pleasing, but it serves an important role for
All women need support on their chest
manage their breast health are looking for more
posture and maintaining muscle development in
than just “a bra” for support. Providing comfort-
the abdomen. We forget how important a balanced
able, well-fitting prosthetics and intimate apparel
body is until we remove one aspect of it and see
for women of all shapes and sizes and believing
the difference over a period of time.
that all women should have the ability to “feel
like themselves” at whatever stage of their health,
when fitting a bra or breast prosthetic after breast
Amoena, the worldwide leader, has been deliv-
surgery so important?
ering breast prosthetics and stylish support wear
not as simple as saying you’re an A cup and let’s
put something in to fill in what the surgery took
Teaming up with Naturally You Mastectomy
Why is working with an educated professional
What people may not realize is that it is
Boutique (est.1993), owner Debra Poss has com-
away. Balancing a breast that has had a lump
bined her fifteen years of healthcare experience
removed from the front for example, is different
and 25 years of bra/prosthetic fitting experience
than balancing the breast if the lump is removed
with a vision. Her vision is to offer informative
from the side. If the entire breast was removed in
care before and after various types of breast sur-
1995 and the other one was removed in 2012, then
gery, in a comfortable, supportive environment
surgical techniques have changed; there may have
that promises a unique shopping experience.
been weight loss, weight gain and bone structure changes. All of this affects how the bra will fit
From your experience in respiratory care, why
is it so important to have a well-fitted breast prosthetic?
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and areas that need special consideration when selecting the type of bra.
"I TAKE TIME TO SPEAK WITH WOMEN AND THEIR SPOUSE AND OR FAMILY MEMBERS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROCESS AND HOW TO MANAGE PERIODS OF CHEST DISCOMFORT FOLLOWING SURGERY"
How did you know that the Amoena product line
was the right fit for your company’s vision? debra:
When we moved to our new location,
I knew Amoena was the “heart and soul” of breast care products. They were well established with 40 years of research and development and 100% committed to breast care. I was pleasantly surprised once I learned the owner of Amoena was progressive in his thinking about women who wore prosthetics and wanted to ensure that they had the most comfortable prosthetics, and options in beautiful lingerie and swimwear.
Why is a private consultation encouraged for
Why do you think your boutique has had such
first time clients?
Amoena shop, the first of its kind worldwide.
Many of the women that I see for the
Women love that we are a stand-alone
first time have been recently diagnosed and are
Our store is dedicated to assisting women find a
anticipating the changes that their bodies will
solution to their unique challenges. We carry a
be undergoing. While there is not a ‘one size fits
large line of lingerie and apparel as well as state of
all’ breast cancer diagnosis, there are steps to
the art breast prosthetics. Clients are encouraged
take while preparing oneself for surgery and or
to touch and try on our in-stock merchandise.
reconstruction. I take time to speak with women
We have a waiting area for spouses to relax and
and their spouse and or family members to answer
help themselves to a beverage. I also believe that
questions about the process and how to manage
our knowledge of health and wellness has really
periods of chest discomfort following surgery.
helped the store gain credibility. We deliver “bra
There can be many questions and misconceptions
101” classes through Gilda’s Club, and we like to
about the process and I like to ensure that we
think of ourselves as not only a service, but our
give our clients the undivided attention that they
clients’ partner in breast wellness.
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THE NEXT GENERATION OF SKIN CARE IS HERE by
Whether it’s blemishes, pigmentation, red or
“Salient’s expertise in devices and market
sensitive skin, PCA Skin and Salient Medical have
knowledge is an opportunity for us to develop
the product for you.
together custom protocols for prepping the
skin, and post procedure care for devices, like
PCA Skin, founded more than a quarter
century ago by an aesthetician, and developed
microneedling, laser, and fractional,” added Koontz.
by a dermatologist, is an established leader
Salient’s collaboration with trending companies like
in cosmeceutical skin care, with its globally
InMode, ARTAS Hair and Eclipse Medical make
recognized range of professional-only treatments,
this a perfect marriage for optimizing satisfaction
and results-oriented formulas for home.
amongst those seeking to recapture or maintain
their youthful appearance.
At the beginning of 2017, PCA embarked on a
new partnership in Canada with Salient Medical
Herman was impressed with the “high-end
Solutions. Rob Koontz, International Director
scientific products and newest innovations” of PCA.
of PCA Skin, explained Salient was PCA’s top
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SKIN’s OmnisomeTM delivery system, which has
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In 2016, Salient was selected as the number one
A great example of such innovations is PCA
Medical Laser and Product distributor in Canada
a cutting edge formula designed to address red and
by Aesthetic Everything, who rates top performers
in the industry.
originally developed for the pharmaceutical
“We had been looking for a scientifically based,
Omnisome is a patented delivery system
medical grade skin care line, combined with a team
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that was dedicated to the Canadian market needs,”
ingredients over time, and to the proper site of
noted Jay Herman, president, Salient Medical
action, while avoiding side effects. PCA Skin is
Solutions, of the collaboration.
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Crystal Taylor CROWNING GLORY by
rom the moment she opened her doors
With the underlying sentiment of her clients
for business, Crystal Taylor knew that she
“not wanting to be treated differently” as a result
was embarking on something very special.
of hair loss, Crystal and her team encourage new
A wig enthusiast, she has combined her in-depth
clients to touch, try on, and take their time in
study of hair, with an obsession for the “perfectly
choosing a wig that will blend into their lifestyle.
coiffed do”, creating a welcoming environment to
support and educate women and men suffering
drastic style to the next, we ask them to take some
from unwanted hair loss.
photos and to come back with a friend. We know
that the process can be overwhelming and we
A certified tricologist and owner of Wig
“When we see a client switching from one
Boutique Barrie and Hair Prosthesis Centre,
want each person to be completely satisfied and
Crystal has witnessed first-hand, the shock and
confident in making their selection.”
fear that overcomes her clients' as they face
unwanted medical diagnosis and the likelihood of
volunteering and teaching the Look Good Feel
it claiming their hair. With this, Crystal and her
Better hair segment, Hair Prosthesis Centre
team of hair associates have made it their mission
and Wig Boutique Barrie have been fortunate to
to become a trusted hair resource, sharing their
establish close ties within the community. Crystal
knowledge of hair loss and the regrowth stages,
admits that the best part of her day is, “helping a
while consulting on various replacement options.
client find a wig and watching their sense of relief
once they have found it.”
With both locations offering intimate
Working closely with Royal Victoria Hospital,
environments with adequate privacy to browse
through and experiment with modern or classic
provides so much more than “just a hair piece”,
wig styles, each is equipped with a private in-
Crystal is constantly amazed at how impactful her
house salon to accommodate for hair removal in a
business has been in helping her clients' take back
relaxed and non-judgmental environment.
their identity and making them feel whole again.
“Many women will request their spouse to
Confident that the hair replacement service
“Our clients leave feeling so much better. As
remove the hair. We have no problem if they
they say, a woman’s hair is her crowning glory.
choose to remove the hair here as a bonding
With this part taken care of, they tell me that
experience. In this way, we can ensure that it is
they believe that they can handle whatever else is
removed properly with the least amount of scalp
coming their way.”
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architect, Benjamin Garcia Saxe, Joya Luxury Villas will allow the casual traveler to enjoy the cool breeze whilst appreciating the elevated sights of the tropical canopies in Costa Rica. Within walking distance of three exquisite restaurants and a supermarket, as well as 250 metres from the beach, it gives your group enough space to escape for peace and comfort but still feel a part of the Santa Teresa community. email@example.com ~ joyavillascr.com ~ Insta:@joya_villas
The more intimate side of the glass provides a cleanly organized living area covering over 5000 square feet for those who would rather stay in for a nice, quiet meal with an in house chef and modern appliances.
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There are four master bedrooms with king sized beds with an additional TV
room that can double as a fifth bedroom. Two master bedrooms have spa style ensuite bathrooms while the other two have their own private half ensuite, sharing a full sized bathroom and lounge area.
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CASA FARO AZUL Boundless magical views over the expanse of the Pacific immediately captivate the eye when one walks through the front entrance ofÂ Casa Faro Azul.
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asa Faro Azul offers top of the line amenities and easy access to the Faro Escondido Beach Club, the Faro 5 Owners Club, and nearby
Los Sueños Resort & Marina facilities. Situated within the private residential sanctuary of Faro Escondido, this exceptional piece of Costa Rican real estate is built on a Pacific Ocean cliff-side double lot with total privacy and ample parking for guests.
Faro Escondido, accessed via the main entrance
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Featuring the unique, cutting edge architectural
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With his children and grandchildren in mind, the
original owner commissioned Del Vequio to design the main house with two complete living quarters on either side of the top floor of the main house. These each boast a private sitting room, a full kitchen, spacious balconies with expansive ocean views, and two bedrooms with en suite baths. The second floor also features a guest suite with private bath, a small office alcove, and a common living area with comfortable seating and a flat screen TV.
On the ground floor, vaulted ceilings with floor
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A huge, well equipped chef’s kitchen with walk in pantry
favors the other side of the main floor, and behind the kitchen there is a small exercise room and Children or Staff quarters with 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a small kitchen. Downstairs from the ground floor, level-one of the main house features a cigar lounge, game room, big flat screen with surround sound theater, and conference room, which could be easily, converted into a spa treatment room or private gym. These entertainment areas open up onto a private garden area which enjoys ocean views. The lower floor also features a full kitchen and full bath.
Guest House - An enormous two story loft-design owner’s
suite graces the South side of the property and enjoys dramatic ocean views, as well as direct access to the patio and pool area. This gorgeous, private guest house features cathedral ceilings, a private living area, a unique loft style bedroom, one and a half baths, an indoor-outdoor shower, a full kitchen, laundry facilities, and a private patio with a Jacuzzi overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Casa Faro Azul at a Glance Note: In total, the house has 8 bedrooms and 8.5 baths.
1 formal living area
1 formal dining area
1 sitting area
1 office alcove
4 full kitchens
Spa treatment room with private bath
Children or Staff quarters with 2
bedrooms, 2 baths and full kitchen
Guest house with 1 bedroom and 1.5 baths
Sleeps 28 persons (combination of 16 to
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United Way Simcoe Muskoka TIES THAT BIND by
hether you are a winter enthusiast
on the slopes of Blue Mountain,
of the busiest recreational communities in the
With a blossoming region that boasts some
or settling back and relaxing
province, UWSM hopes to open up dialogue with
in the serenity of the breathtaking Muskoka
seasonal residents, with aspirations to mobilize
Lakes, bountiful natural landscapes offer a vast
collective action, and build a stronger community
playground for local and “big city” seasonal
“We understand that United Way has many
With all of this naturally abundant beauty
As described by UWSM’s CEO, Dale Biddell,
within reach, it can be difficult to imagine that
loyal donors who give generously in their
only a short distance away, vulnerable children,
home communities through their businesses
isolated youth and low-income families are
and individual giving. It is our hope that these
struggling to cope with life’s obstacles, facing
same people will also consider giving to the
financial hardship, and in desperate need of
communities in which they relax and play.”
community support to move their lives forward
children and youth, addressing poverty, and
building stronger communities, UWSM also
Having researched and identified an
With three major priorities, which include
overwhelming need for streamlined access to
encourages seasoned professionals and retirees
enhanced community programs and services,
to volunteer, participate on its board of directors
the United Way Simcoe Muskoka (UWSM) team
and other advisory committees, and offer support
consistently supports a network of community-
based partner agencies, which provide vital social
strengthen local and seasonal community bonds,
in which to create the social fabric that ties the
UWSM staff and volunteers look for ways to
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The Jackie Jones Team offers a customized, personal touch for your real estate needs. Each member of the team offers a unique specialty, to ensure an exceptional client experience. When buying and selling, two licensed sales representatives work for you, each dedicated to their location and area of expertise. Your listing sales rep focuses on selling for higher and faster, while your buying sales rep is focused on introducing you to the new listings first. With the advantage of two professionals dedicated to your next move, the process is smooth and comfortable. With the Jackie Jones Team, the buyer specialist has access to five local real estate boards, allowing you to have the advantage of seeing the new listings before they hit Realtor.ca.
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experience the remarkable The smell of freshly cut grass on the fairways, the bright colour green everywhere you look, the sound of the club slicing the air and then making contact. Golf season is here. What once was the Orillia Golf Club is now the Braestone Club, and a renaissance is underway that will make the experience of playing, and visiting, the Braestone Club as remarkable as the stunning natural setting.
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More than simply a new name, the Braestone Club promises so much more. The striking new farmhouse-inspired club and social house will be situated atop the ridge, and designed to capture vista views of the Horseshoe Valley. A remarkable revitalization will be made of the already much improved 18-hole golf course.
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