A melding of Italian and French ingredients and cooking techniques, Nicoise food is distinct and simple. With an abundance of Mediterranean seafood, it's also delectable. You won't find heavy sauces on the cuisine, nor a lot of fatty dishes.
January was a devastating month for Canada's farm animals. There have been eight massive barn fires since January 1, killing almost 53,000 animals. Sadly, some of the simplest protection strategies recommended by farm and fire experts across the country are still not standard practice on Canadian farms.
In 2012, B.C. farmers grew over 94 million pounds of cranberries.
Montreal is surrounded by great green kilometers of low rolling hills, past the city edges and after the country houses small farms and adventurous foragers are nurturing local produce and healthy animals to feed the farm to fork movement.
How the world has changed for Canada's farmers in 2013. The hottest sector of the country's real estate market is, you guessed it, farmland. The price of farmland in Canada has outpaced both residential and commercial real estate, gaining an average of 12 percent over the last five years. In some hotspots, such as southwestern Ontario, the price-per-acre has been going up by as much as 50 percent a year. Even pension plans and hedge funds have become players in the pursuit of prime agricultural land, interest that is only sending prices that much higher.
It is unsustainable and irresponsible for Ontario to dig up farmland and natural heritage sites while blasting through water tables to supply aggregates for growth plans that pave over prime farmland. We can and must do better -- for the health of our economy, environment and communities.