Italy

Cultivating 'Wild' Food: The Ethics of Truffle Farming

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tamara Griffiths

Climate warming means countries that never cultivated truffles now have the appropriate climate conditions. For example, the North American truffle, the Oregon White, which was originally discovered in California in the 1890s, is now being farmed in southern B.C. The new cultivating countries have a new approach to truffle production. This sound good, but is it? And who monitors what you are eating?

Six Things About Italy that Might Surprise You

Rondi Adamson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Travel
Rondi Adamson

At times, Italy can seem like a boot-shaped cliché: people gesticulating madly, yelling in what seems like a rage when in fact they are discussing last night's delicious lasagna. But there are things that might surprise you here. My top six.

What You Need to Know About Truffle Season

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Living
Tamara Griffiths

The mountains of the Apennines in Central Italy are the heartland for truffle culture. Although there are over 15 types of truffles, the main truffles here are those that consumers come into contact with most often.

Italy : Where to Eat and Retreat From the City to the Sea

Sara Graham | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada Travel
Sara Graham

From Florence to Elba Island, here are some new favourites discovered on my most recent trip to Tuscany.

Where to Eat, Stay and Spa in Tuscany's Val di Cornia

Sara Graham | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada Travel
Sara Graham

From the Val di Cornia to Florence to Elba Island, here are a few delicious discoveries made on my most recent trip to Tuscany. Some spots do require a car, but if you are brave enough to do it all via Vespa, even better!

What I Learned This Week (Seven Years Ago): Why Cycling is Like Business

Andy Nulman | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

I'm off on vacation for a couple of weeks, but as I like to do at these times, I comb my archives to find a couple of reruns from many moons ago tha...

How To Have a Pizza Fest in Piemonte

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Travel
Corinna Clendenen

The Cappello Del Prete (Hat of the Priest) is a showy pie. A rolled crust forms the rim of the priest's hat, and is stuffed with a pipeline of ricotta surrounding a center of tomatoes, basil and schiacciata calabra -- thin slices of a Calabrian pork sausage. When the middle of the pie has cooled, a cut into the rolled rim still vents steam.

How to Eat Meat Like a Neanderthal

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Living
Tamara Griffiths

Eating the mountain way would mean we eat meat, but only top-quality, from small-scale local producers with animal welfare at heart. Yes, it costs more so we eat a lot less. We return to minimal meat consumption, just as history and mountains demonstrate humans have done in their most natural state for many thousands of years.

Should the Black Market Economy Count Towards GDP?

Salman Sakir | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Business
Salman Sakir

When drugs and prostitution are counted in calculating GDP, one could ask why the items in the basket are not increased. Forced labor, human trafficking and illegal organ trade are also elements of the black market. If drugs and prostitution are counted in calculating GDP, should a country also count forced labor and human trafficking in calculating GDP?

Can a Young Italian Premier Run a Country That's Dominated By the Old?

Marco Morosini | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Marco Morosini

To be a Senator, one must be 40 or more and Renzi himself would not qualify for another year. Prime Minister perhaps, even President of the United States if he were born there, but not yet the hallowed nether-world of the Italian Senate. "We do not have the age" must also be said by 4.3 million adult Italians. No other country requires its citizens to wait until 25 to achieve full political rights.

Italy's Snake Festival Looks Downright Scary

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Travel

When it comes to countries, there's hardly a shortage of things to do in Italy. Between admiring architecture, brushing up on ancient history and ...

Think We're Rid of Measles? Think Again

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg In the case of measles, the introduction and widespread use of the vaccine should have allowed us to put our fears away and look forward to a measles-free world. But now that future is at risk. The reasons are varied and will be explored over the coming years but in the meantime, the best way to be prepared is to be informed.

Add a Little Fire to Your Design With the Colour Red

Yanic Simard | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

A new year brings new inspirations, which always lead to new ideas. As an interior designer, I don't often utilize red in my designs, so for this January I challenged myself to look for cool ways to heat up a kitchen with a dose of this fiery colour.

Residents New and Old Deserve a Better Toronto

Saeed Selvam | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Saeed Selvam

Toronto is facing a political problem that it hasn't asked for. That problem has threatened both the trust Torontonians place in their government and how the world sees this city. We can strengthen our city. We can empower our immigrant communities, create jobs, and create a safe environment. But in order to do so, next year we have to stay focused on policy, not politics.

10 Spas That Are Worth the Flight

Sara Graham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Sara Graham

I don't know about you, but this weather change is really getting me down. I'm stiff. I'm achy. All this misery is only leading to memories of spa experiences past. From the massage at Miraval and the "mudslide" at Solage, to a traditional Thai treatment in Phuket and therapeutic thermal waters in Italy... I've got a few I would jump on a plane for.

Is Cecile Kyenge The Jackie Robinson of Italian Politics?

Rondi Adamson | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Rondi Adamson

I am studying in Italy right now, and I love it. I get to sit outside and drink little cups of coffee and walk under 2000-year-old arches and on 2000-year-old aqueducts and buy wine wherever and whenever I please (yes, that was for you, LCBO) and look down on ingenuous, fashion-challenged North Americans. Europeans are so sophisticated, aren't they?

The Homophobia In Italy Shouldn't Be a Shocker

Brandie Silva | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Brandie Silva

I've been living in Italy a long time and the deeper issue here is that there is a concept of family that has just not yet evolved to a point that the rest of the western world may feel is acceptable. But I have to say, if Canada is an apple, Italy is an olive. You just can't compare them. I'm not making excuses, but trying to explain that this is a society that moves as slow as a sloth, in spite of all the genius and innovation it has historically gifted the world.

Operation To Raise Capsized Cruise Ship Underway

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy -- A complex system of pulleys and counterweights on Monday gently began lifting up the Costa Concordia cruise ship from its side...

Better Living: Just Add Wine

Craig Harding | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Living
Craig Harding

One aspect of my job that I have learned to cherish over the past few years is the beauty of wine. Growing up, wine was always around my family (but whether it was good wine is a different story). Nevertheless it was something that I never fully appreciated and understood until recently.

Italian Examples of Cities Made for People

Ron Dembo | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada
Ron Dembo

I love the Italian Piazza. You find them in every town, big or small. Rome is full of them. They are gentle and filled with human sounds, blended voic...

The African Woman Changing Immigration in Italy

Suzanne Ma | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Suzanne Ma

Just north of the city, I sat in a room full of frustrated immigrants who had gathered to listen to promises made by Cécile Kyenge, who just last week made history when she was appointed Italy's first black cabinet minister. In Italy, if you are a child of immigrant parents, you are considered extracomunitari, a "foreigner" before the law. But maybe not for long.

Can Traditional Italian Families Survive in Modern Canada?

Elvira Truglia | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Living
Elvira Truglia

According to the latest Statistics Canada report on household demographics, the nuclear family is no longer the norm. But are Italians, one of the country's largest ethnic groups, rethinking family composition in step with other Canadians? If so, how do these changes interplay with cultural identity?

Stealing a Kiss in Roma

Heather Magee | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

There's something really sexy about Italy's once mighty capital. It's a warmth that moves through you, like a generous glass of Sangiovese. An energy difficult to describe, unless you've wandered it's winding paths. The feeling that, at any moment, something irrationally romantic will occur. This is Roma.

Are Italians Just Greeks Decked out in Dolce & Gabbana?

Rondi Adamson | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada
Rondi Adamson

Are Italians just Greeks with better fashion designers? After the elections held Sunday and Monday, one could be forgiven for asking. For all the ta...

One Week in Capri

Heather Magee | Posted 03.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

On a rough and rocky boat ride from gritty Napoli, amidst a rain storm and strong winds, our island destination appeared on the horizon. Home to haute couture, the Italian elite and considered the crown jewel of Campania, Capri looked shabby chic at first glance. It was October, a time when weather is unpredictable, but after one stormy night the skies opened up and this Italian isle sparkled just as I imagined.