What It Meant to Work in a Waterloo Region Rubber Factory

This article is part of the series The Trials and Jubilations of Working in the Rubber Industry: Rubber Worker Storiesand is supported by the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. Do you dream of lifting 450 lbs. every five minutes? Would you enjoy an…

Mixing Rubber in Waterloo Region’s Rubber Factories in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Photo from 2020 of Uniroyal on Strange St. in Kitchener, Ontario

This article is part of the series The Trials and Jubilations of Working in the Rubber Industry: Rubber Worker Storiesand is supported by the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. In Between Worlds, Juliana’s grandfather and uncle worked in a rubber factory that made tires…

“I Thought I Could Never Make a Living From Art”

Candice Leyland, watercolour artist and art teacher, never imagined she’d be where she is today: making a living from her art. As a writer, I can empathize. One stereotype that still exists is that of the starving artist (or writer). In this…

3 Ways to Help Local Businesses Without Spending Money

An Asian woman sitting at a computer, writing emails

Please forgive the headline: Depending on the context, it can come across as originating from a cheapskate. But my intention is good. Because of the pandemic this year, you’ve likely read many calls to buy at local businesses. However, the truth is…

Discovering the Allure of Black Tea

Piles of different types of black tea leaves

When I tried my first cup of loose-leaf black tea, my first reaction was, “Oh, it tastes like black tea.” Hardly a culinary epiphany of gastronomical proportions. I was disheartened and worried my journey into the world of the camellia sinensis plant…

Giving Books as Gifts to Voracious Reader

Lori Wolf-Heffner reading one of her books. Her series Between Worlds is free from explicit content.

It can often be difficult giving books as gifts to an avid reader in your family: You have to know their favourite genres, favourite and disliked authors, and what books they’ve read and bought. Which is why trying a new author could…