Call for Visual Artists



Looking for visual artists for new seasonal consignment gallery in the Village of Rosseau at the top of Muskoka. The gallery is at very visible and high traffic location with influential visitors.  We are seeking artists working in both 2 and 3 dimensional medium who have a story to tell. If you are interested or know someone who may be, please send them our way. Contact us at for more details. 



Nestlé chairman says water is not a human right

Right! They should have stuck with chocolate. The problem with boycotting Nestle is that you end up buying nothing. They own everything from Purina to the Body Shop!

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In a candid interview for the documentary We Feed the World, Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck makes the astonishing claim that water isn’t a human right. He attacks the idea that nature is good, and says it is a great achievement that humans are now able to resist nature’s dominance. He attacks organic agriculture and says genetic modification is better.

Nestlé is the world’s biggest bottler of water. Brabeck claims – correctly – that water is the most important raw material in the world. However he then goes on to say that privatisation is the best way to ensure fair distribution. He claims that the idea that water is a human right comes from “extremist” NGOs. Water is a foodstuff like any other, and should have a market value.

He believes that the ultimate social responsibility of any Chairman is to make as much profit as possible, so that people…

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Recycling Iago…A Weekend Guy Tip

ImageLast week I spent an hour and a half removing the winter undercoat from my buddy Iago, the bearded collie. I’m only half way through and will attack the back half later this week. In the meantime I was sitting here with this pile of hair. It seemed a shame to throw it away. So my friend Mary Gair, (president of  my Muskoka Theatre Project) had an idea. She brought over an empty net bag from a lemons. (I suppose you could use one from onions or even a hair net from the Ukrainian woman cooking in the diner down the street.) Then we stuffed Iago’s hair into the bag, tied it up and hung it in  the cedar trees outside. Now the birds can use the hair to build their nests.  I have in the past tossed the hair on the ground but this way it will stay dry and in reach for Tweety and his friends. 

’til the week ends



Grills! Grills! Grills!

bbq meat dropWith spring right around the corner, fair-weather only BBQ-ers will be dragging their   appliances out from storage.  And like many, they’ll simply crank it, light it, and proceed without any tune up.  Most people who never do any BBQ maintenance are usually the ones who can never understand why there’s always flare ups and everything burns before it cooks.  Even if one is a year round Q-man (or Q-woman) , setting aside a few minutes once a year for a scheduled maintenance will not only safeguard against any future mishap, but may also improve cooking skills.

                  The first step of BBQ maintenance  is to turn off the tanks, disconnect, then remove them.  Open the lid, remove the grill and all of the lava rocks or bars. (The next step varies depending on the make and model of the BBQ.)

                  On the bottom of the main body will be either  one or two flat burners or, s- shaped venturi tubes.  Either way they also need to be removed.  If there is excessive rust and the holes in the burners or tubes have merged together in more than one spot, it’stime to replace them. If the holes are still intact, a wooden toothpick can easily clean out each one . ImageAfter wards a gentle  knock will  remove any  loose rust.  A wire brush and shop vacuum can be used to clean the outside of the burners and the inside of the BBQ’s body.  It’s also important  that cobwebs, which may have formed during storage,  are removed, otherwise they can disturb the flow of natural gas or propane.

                  Return  the burners and  lay down the bottom grate. If the lava rocks are full of grease and are crumpling apart they too should be replaced, otherwise they may not retain the heat needed for ideal grilling conditions.  Lava rock and bars can also be washed  in detergent if they are still in relatively good condition. Rinse thoroughly before resetting them back on the grate,  and always place them  in an evenly spaced pattern.

                  After reconnecting the gas and before igniting, drench the hoses and connections with soapy water . Turn on the gas but do not ignite. If the hoses are old and cracked with holes and are in need of replacement, or,  if the connection is loose, the soapy water will bubble as a warning.

                  The last step deals  with  the  dirtiest part of the BBQ, the top cooking grates.  One way is to clean them is with an oven degreaser .  An easier method is simply return the grates to their proper position and cover with aluminum foil, shiny side down.  Ignite the Q, close the lid and let it burn away at high. After about twenty minutes, turn off the burners and lightly brush away the remaining ash.

                  Taking the time once a year to tune up the BBQ may not only improve cooking skills it will most likely extend the life of the appliance.

                  Happy grilling.

til the week ends