This woman built a greenhouse that grows eye-catching tropical fruits—in Nova Scotia
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by Jacob Sheen
9h ago
Tart Chilean guava berries, plump persimmons the size of tomatoes, and pods of blue sausage fruit, also known as dead man’s fingers. This list sounds like an inventory of the world’s most magical fruit aisle, but in fact, all of this exotic produce (and more) is currently sprouting in a massive greenhouse located just outside of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Exotic Fruit Nursery, an operation built and run by biologist turned entrepreneur Annette Clarke, specializes in fruit varieties native to Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia, but it’s also expanding what the “hundred-mile diet” means to ..read more
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Shania Twain’s eternal pop empire
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by Dave Zarum
2d ago
What do Harry Styles, Diplo and Haim all have in common? They’ve all duetted with, covered or shouted out Shania Twain. More than two decades after sweeping the charts, the country superstar is still spreading her influence all over pop culture. It’s hard to imagine Taylor Swift graduating from Nashville darling to international pop icon without Shania doing it 20 years earlier.  Shania earned the nickname “Queen of Country Pop” after her 1997 album Come On Over became the best-selling record in history by a solo female artist. Along with her producer and then-husband Mutt Lange, Shania ..read more
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Here’s what happened at the Maclean’s Ideas Summit
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by Mariyam Khaja
2d ago
The inaugural Maclean’s Ideas Summit, inspired by the magazine’s recent Year Ahead issue, featured leading thinkers discussing the future of Canada in 2023. The three-day in-person and virtual summit, held in partnership with signature sponsor Uber Canada, as well as the University Health Network and Colliers, included a live Q&A with Dr. David Suzuki, a fireside chat with Dr. Andrew Boozary, and a panel of Mini Talks from industry leaders on innovation in health care, business, education and more. The summit kicked off on January 24 with a virtual webinar and live Q&A with Dr. D ..read more
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The Move: Why this cramped Toronto couple made the move to Moncton
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by Mariyam Khaja
3d ago
The buyers: Julie Gauthier, a 57-year-old retired flight attendant and her husband, Adrian Sampson, a 56-year-old personal trainer. The budget: $250,000 The backstory: Julie and Adrian had been renting the same one-bedroom apartment in Toronto’s Davisville neighbourhood since 2011. Julie, a flight attendant for Air Canada, regularly took transit to work, while Adrian had his own personal-training business and visited clients at their homes for workouts. When the pandemic began, Adrian began running virtual training sessions three to five times a day—live from the living room of the couple’s 6 ..read more
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Are the new alcohol guidelines too extreme? This distillery owner—and former doctor—breaks it down.
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by Dave Zarum
1w ago
Michael Goldney called his distillery Lucky Bastard because he launched it on the back of an unexpected windfall. Before that, the Saskatoon native worked as a family doctor, which gives him a unique perspective on Canada’s new alcohol consumption guideline. Down from two drinks a day to two drinks a week (and emphasizing the link between even moderate drinking and cancer risk), the Health Canada–endorsed recommendations have many in the alcohol industry worried about the bottom line.  Goldney’s company is a bit of an outlier—Lucky Bastard products have included safe drinking guideline l ..read more
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How fraud artists are exploiting Canada’s international education boom
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by Dave Zarum
1w ago
Nisha never doubted her family’s faith in her. Growing up as the youngest child in a big family in India’s Punjab state, Nisha—who agreed to speak with me if I didn’t use her last name—always had her sights set on bigger things. After she graduated high school, her family championed her decision to get a bachelor’s degree in education at a nearby university. They were proud when she found a job in a local school teaching English and social studies. Despite the low pay—10,000 rupees per month, or about $150—Nisha cherished the opportunity to educate her young students, who ranged in age from 1 ..read more
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Q&A with the surgeons who developed a world-first brain tumour treatment
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by Dave Zarum
1w ago
In early January, a team of researchers and physicians from Toronto’s Sunnybrook and SickKids hospitals completed the first step in a world-first clinical trial of a new treatment for pediatric brain cancer. They used MRI-guided ultrasound to temporarily open the blood-brain barrier and deliver chemotherapy to a malignant, inoperable brain-stem tumour called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, most commonly found in children. Patients currently have an average life expectancy of less than a year after diagnosis.  The study’s co-principal investigators are James Rutka, a ..read more
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The Big Idea: Bring Back Nuclear Power
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by Dave Zarum
1w ago
David Novog is the director of the Institute for Energy Studies and a professor of engineering physics at McMaster University. As a teenager in the ’80s, long before anyone cared much about climate change, I did a science project that showed the tremendous amount of power that could be produced from just a tiny amount of uranium. Even then, I knew fossil fuels were finite and that we would one day need an alternative source of energy. Renewables like hydro, wind and solar are great, but we shouldn’t forget the reliable, low-emissions standby that is nuclear power. People have plenty of reserv ..read more
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Trending: Why psilocybin could be used in mental health treatment
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by Dave Zarum
2w ago
If you hadn’t noticed psilocybin’s move toward the mainstream, a company like Numinus will come as a surprise. Led by founder and CEO Payton Nyquvest, Numinus is a brand-fantasy of the next iteration of wellness: clean, straightforward, empathetic, inclusive and self-aware. It’s one of several Canadian companies—Field Trip Health and Wellness among them—ready to capitalize on psilocybin. Its head office in Vancouver’s Gastown may look like any random vegan café, but instead of cookies, it has ketamine—currently the main psychedelic legally used in therapy in Canada. At some point the company ..read more
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The Building: Winnipeg’s Cornish Library gets an inviting makeover
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by Dave Zarum
2w ago
At 107 years old, Winnipeg’s Cornish Library has changed with the times—over and over again. Its basement, which once hosted rousing lectures by Canadian activist Nellie McClung, now shelves Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists. The heritage building bridges the gap between two very different Winnipegs. It’s located just inside the ornamental iron-and-stone gates of Armstrong’s Point, a placid residential neighbourhood complete with million-dollar, manor-style homes. And just north, unhoused people sleep rough under the Maryland Bridge, a major commuter route along the Assini ..read more
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