Recipes for a nurturing neighbourhood Fighting urban isolation to create a community

OK, I am a little old-fashioned. When someone says community, I think of people coming together to communicate—you know, talking in that quaint face-to-face way. And when someone uses the word neighbourhood, I think of friendly people chatting or offering to mow the lawn or just being neighbourly. This obviously dates me to the pre-digital age.

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Uniqueness and beauty in Parkdale-Cromdale Take a tour of interesting houses, beautiful yards, and local business

From interesting houses and beautiful yards to a ravine and river valley oasis, you will find it all in Parkdale-Cromdale. As I walk, cycle, or drive through our mature neighbourhood, I’m thankful I don’t live in a cookie-cutter treeless suburb.

Below are two different walking tours, one of Parkdale and one of Cromdale/Viewpoint (with lots of pictures!).

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Eastwood: a community of green spaces Go on this shorter walk to discover Eastwood’s beautiful sites

Eastwood is a community with a variety of green space. From yards to balconies to raised beds, I saw it all when I explored the neighbourhood.

Some gardens were neat and orderly, while others were riotous collections of colour, shape and size, revealing more the longer I looked. All delighted the eye.

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Turning our city’s colour from grey to green Biophilic cities embrace the importance of nature

Although few of us have been to Bogotá, Colombia, it’s got a reputation. A bad one. Gun slinging. Drug dealing. A hub for cocaine trafficking from the mountain plantations of South America to the back alleys of North America. Not the place you put on the top of your vacation list.

Until recently. Over the last decade there has been something of a peaceful, quiet, people-friendly revolution in Bogotá, transforming it into one of the most attractive and safe cities in South America and positioning it on the list of vacation hot spots.

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Just a pinch can work wonders for your plants The how and why to pruning herbs and pinching tomatoes

Growing herbs, especially from seed, requires months of work before seeing results. By this time, you just want to let your plants grow, but then all at once they’ve gone to seed. Pruning and harvesting encourages fuller growth and a bigger yield.

Two important rules apply to harvesting most herbs. One: never pick more than one-third of a plant’s leaves at once. Two: let the plant recover before harvesting again. Beyond that, everyone has their own method, from selectively picking single leaves all over the plant to snapping off entire stems.

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Organization builds bridges between cultures Offering dialogue and an open door to communities

At a recent intercultural event, a woman approached Ibrahim Cin and told him his people and his culture were not wanted here. They should return to their homeland. Cin, a practicing Muslim, is originally from Turkey.

He politely acknowledged her opinion and was going to leave it at that.

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Alternative punishment for youth crime Restorative justice can help create a safe community

It is recognized that youth who commit crimes should be treated differently from adults.

Intervention before adulthood is crucial in providing the skills and resources for youth to develop into productive, responsible adults. Youth should take responsibility for their actions and face meaningful consequences while receiving support to keep them from a life of crime.

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