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Welcome to the new Sand and Feathers

In Commentary by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

I haven’t been blogging very often over the last year, as I was finishing my first book, Speaking in Cod Tongues: Understanding Canadian Cuisine. Now that the book has been sent to the press, I’m ready to get back to writing about anything urban, edible, or strange that crosses my path. The hiatus also was put to good use: I …

Making black Friday green Friday

In Commentary, Environment by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

Today I am going to buck the trend of Canadian involvement in America’s “Black Friday” by buying nothing. Now it might seem strange for a foodie to be beating the anti-consumerist drum, and anyone who has seen my kitchen knows I don’t exactly lead a Spartan life, but I think that it is long past time we seriously question whether …

Late night at the Rio

In Commentary, Vancouver and Region by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

I love movies. Sure, I watch most of them at home now, but I have fond memories of the days when I would see three or four movies a week at Toronto’s rep cinemas, usually for no more than three or four dollars each. Aside from the fact that I lived in an 80 foot room in a student-filled house …

University rankings should be kept out of research funding

In Academia, Commentary by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

With this week’s release of the QS international university rankings, there has been significant hand wringing that Canada no longer has a school among the top twenty universities worldwide. Several people have asked me what I think of this as a Canada Research Chair; they have asked me if we should focus an “Olympic” like effort to pool funds at …

Guest Blog Post: Pierre Desrochers

In Agriculture, Commentary by Lenore Newman7 Comments

My last two blog posts have both been responses to The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet, and can be found here and here. Dr. Pierre Desrochers, one of the co-authors of this book, has been kind enough to engage with my critique. This blog post was originally posted as a comment to my last entry, but …