Monthly Archives: November 2014

It's the start of the Christmas season, and before anything can happen, an important procedure must occur.Jeff Hurst new

Before considering the purchase of a Christmas tree, before Christmas lights are plugged in, and even before a wreath is hung, this process must be accomplished or the entire festive season is in jeopardy.

It is the annual ritual of getting all your fun summer accessories and bringing them indoors.

This year, we got rid of our old, inherited, metal garden shed. It leaked when it rained out and turned into a sweat lodge when outside temperatures began to rise. It was an eyesore and we junked it. Junked in the sense that we transferred it to my father-in-law's backyard – a veritable graveyard of tool sheds and all things storable.

Without a garden shed, everything must now find a home in our one-car garage (Note: Our garage doesn't actually fit a car, but I've never heard of (more…)

I was born a Maple Leafs fan. Raised in Toronto, I bled blue and white and was nine-years-old when the Leafs won their last Stanley Cup in 1967 – the 47-year draught is the longest in the NHL.Maple Leafs

By my teen years, I had fallen for another, the New York Rangers. They caught my eye after seeing goalie Gilles Villemure's mask. It was cat-like and kind of cool. When you include players like Ed Giacomin, Vic Hadfield, Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle, I was hooked. I still remain a Rangers fan, but I never gave up my love for the Leafs. No wait, that's not right. I never gave up my hate for the Leafs.

Ask yourself, has any team caused so much frustration for its fans?

Which makes me wonder. Are the Leafs meant to lose?

Let's look at a few things.

Once again this year, the Leafs have the highest average ticket price ($446 (more…)

I run a coffee business, so I love to drink the stuff.Cigarette graphic

And on the days when I don't make a full pot, I use a coffee system to enjoy a single cup. But, it really frustrates me that the single-cup discs go out with the garbage.

That's slowly changing, thanks to a company called TerraCycle.

The global company's mandate is to collect "previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste". That includes things like Tassimo and Keurig single-cup containers, potato chip bags and even…wait for it...cigarette butts.

I know. I can't believe it, even cigarette butts.

Founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, a 20-year-old Princeton University freshman, TerraCycle, Inc. began producing organic fertilizer by packaging liquified “worm poop” in used soda bottles. TerraCycle has since become one of the fastest-growing green companies in the world.

Along with recycling K-Cups, it also has programs to recycle cell phones, inkjet cartridges, cookie and cracker wrappers, drink pouches and miscellaneous (more…)

As a teenager growing up in Toronto, I went to at least one concert a week. You name it, I saw it. Performers like The Rolling Stones, Rush, James Taylor, AC/DC, Hall & Oates, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Carole King, and Bob Dylan passed through Toronto and put on incredible shows.

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson

But nothing, absolutely nothing, compared to Michael Jackson in concert.

I was not only fortunate enough to see him in concert, I also covered the show for the newspaper I was working for at the time. My first reporting job was in Thunder Bay, Ontario and I was sent to Minneapolis, Minnesota to review and photograph the Michael Jackson Bad Tour.

I was the small town reporter working in Northern Ontario shooting photos with the big guys – Associated Press, Reuters, Canadian Press, all the dailies, all professional photographers from around the world. Was I feeling a little (more…)