Declaration of World AIDS Day 2017

Representatives from the AIDS Committee of Durham Region (ACDR) kicked off World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, with an early morning jaunt along the city streets carrying bundles-full of knitted red scarves. Katie Nemek, ACDR special events coordinator said The Red Scarf Project aims to distribute warm scarves to people who are in need as well…

An unexpected evening in Montreal

I felt I was back in the Masai Mara. Incessant African drums beckoned me to walk over to Parc du Mont-Royal and investigate.
It seemed hundreds of drummers had descended on the memorial hours earlier and there was no sign of them stopping. With more than a hint of wacky-backy in the air, hundreds danced to the hypnotic rhythms.
Apparently, it’s a weekly event called Tam Tams.
Thousands of drum players, dancers, vendors and visitors come together every Sunday afternoon in the summertime. There is even a Tam-Tams Montreal Facebook Page!
It is not an officially sanctioned nor sponsored event, simply a regular if technically spontaneous event. As such, it’s difficult to pinpoint when it started or what motivated the first drum circle.

Habitat for Humanity Dedication Day

  Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication Day EditTag Cloudy skies and a little rain did not dampen the smiles on the faces of four families at Habitat For Humanity Durham’s CentreTown site, July 14, as volunteers, partners and community members joined to dedicate the houses they will soon call home. The Home Dedication Day is…

A retrospective look at an evolving Oshawa in 1867

Farming and agriculture machinery manufacturing were the key industries 150 years ago. COMMUNITY Jun 15, 2017 by Barbara Howe  Oshawa This Week OSHAWA — “That point at the crossing of the stream where the canoe was exchanged for the trail.” This is the English translation for the name of the largest municipality in Durham Region. The meaning of Oshawa…

Oshawa’s Parkwood celebrates its 100th birthday with new tours

Historic home of Sam and Adelaide McLaughlin opens up new rooms for the Servant’s Experience COMMUNITY Jun 15, 2017 by Barbara Howe  Oshawa This Week OSHAWA — Parkwood Estate is the grey mansion on Simcoe Street, which hides behind high railings and mature trees, just south of Lakeridge Hospital. This year the National Historic Site celebrates its 100th anniversary;…

Pickering’s L’artisan more than just another art gallery

WhatsOn Jun 04, 2017 Pickering News Advertiser PICKERING – Frenchman’s Bay’s Nautical Village is a hidden gem on the shore of Lake Ontario in Pickering. The batten-board facades, reminiscent of a San Francisco streetscape, envelop creative shops, design studios and galleries. A recent addition to this creative community is L’artisan. The owners, Paul and Janna…

Oshawa photographer shoots music history

May 21, 2017 by Barbara Howe Oshawa This Week SCARBOROUGH — The whir of the coffee grinding machine competes with babbling babies and their excited mothers who sit on bentwood chairs around tables, corralled by baby carriages. Beside them, a group of senior women take their time over a leisurely lunch at this coffee shop…