Almost everyone nowadays tries to do a little something to help the environment. You know, like turning the tap off while you brush your teeth, or keeping the lights off if you're not in the room, or, if you're really ambitious, buying a green car or using sustainable energy sources. But this Canadian couple have taken green-living to a whole new level.
Artists Wayne Adams and Catherine King have built themselves a massive floating home in Cypress Bay, just north of Tofino, British Columbia. First built in 1992, the island now consists of 12 platforms, five greenhouses, a dance floor, an art gallery, a lighthouse, a generator shed, and a studio where the couple live. The aptly titled "Freedom Cove" is a no-impact, no-money, and no-waste alternative to normal living.
Wayne and Catherine don't even own a fridge - they eat what she grows in her garden and what he catches from the ocean. They live there year-round and get their drinking water from a nearby waterfall during the warmer months and from rainwater in the winter. Electricity comes from solar panels or a generator.
You can even go check out their island home for yourself. From June to September they host tours of Freedom Cove to teach visitors about their unique way of life.
While I certainly applaud their efforts, I don't know that myself, or most people for that matter, would be able handle such a different way of living.
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The online sex toy retailer analyzed its data between now and the start of the pandemic. It then illustrated its findings on an interactive sex map highlighting everything from Canada's kinkiest city to Montrealers' most popular searches on the site.
Despite that Quebec was ranked least kinky province in Canada, according to a Lovehoney press release, Montreal still has a favourite fantasy.
"Montreal's french influences dive deeper than their buoyant culture and cafés with their most popular fantasy revealed as 'French Maids and Butlers,'" the release states.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
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If you aren't already psyched to watch Canadian athletes win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, here's a whole new reason to be eager for Olympic glory: free doughnuts.
For every gold medal Canada wins, Laval-based pastry chain Mr. Puffs is giving away five free honey and cinnamon or sugar and cinnamon Puffs, which are bite-sized Greek-style doughnuts, at any one of their stores.
This means that you, too, can enjoy the sweet flavour of victory from the comfort of your own home, without the need for incredible natural talents and years of body-shredding, sweat-inducing training.
According to the company website, Puffs are traditional Greek doughnut holes (called loukoumades), invented thousands of years ago by the ancient Greeks and enjoyed by Olympians of old.
If the win happens after 9 p.m. or overnight then the prize is valid the next day, so keep an eye out for news of athletic victories.
To win, all you have to say is, "go Canada, go!" at the cash register. The promotion ends August 8 and doesn't apply on any delivery platforms, so you'll have to make the athletic feat of getting to the store.