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Entrepreneurial moms Lucy Ryga (left) and Bea Moritz of Bealoo Kids

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Front End By David W. Fuller and Lorelle Gilpin Dialogue Feedback from our readers Fresh Views Brain food for the entrepreneur Financial Connection Advice from Canadian MoneySaver experts Tech Connection LED TVs and gadgets By Marc Saltzman Debate Canadians are known for their civility, but is this reputation as well deserved as we’d like to believe? Arts & Entertainment Book previews + DVD previews Puzzling Crossword fun Member Connection Odds and ends from Costco members

These women are juggling kids, homes— and some incredibly successful companies.

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Lucy Ryga (left) and Bea Moritz, creators of Bealoo Kids decor.

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A burst of energy Costco honours Canadian Environment Week; and tips on saving energy at home.


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from the editor’s desk
David W. Fuller
EvEry so oftEn, a large, thick manila envelope arrives in my mailbox at home. I know immediately it is another selection of newspaper clippings my mother has lovingly culled from her local newspapers. Most of them zero in remarkably on my somewhat wide-ranging interests—scientific breakthroughs, trends in publishing, weird and inexplicable happenings in strange and exotic places, and so on. David W. Fuller is Assistant Vice President, Publishing, and others make me wonder what the heck she was thinking Editor of The Costco Connection. about when she decided to send them. overall, I look forward to these gifts for what they are: care packages. My mother, like those profiled in t. foster Jones’ cover story, stayed home to raise her son, definitely the expected behaviour in the early 1950s. I know she could have pursued a career, had she chosen to. I know she could have taken the possibly even more courageous course of becoming an at-home entrepreneur, had she chosen to. But she, like all of us (except for the rare trailblazers), was a product of her times, and once again it seems to have taken that rollicking baby boomer generation to shake up an ageold pattern: in this case, the one that dictates women stay home, men work. Most of the women profiled in our story are younger than the baby boomers, so I don’t want to slight the enterprise of Generation X, but the pattern of melding home and career definitely was put into motion in the 1970s and ’80s. so what is next? try imagining a world where stay-at-home dads bring as much creativity and energy to the entrepreneurial arena as today’s mompreneurs do. I know I’ll be getting plenty of mail from men who already are dadpreneurs, but, let’s face it, they are not yet a major cultural force. Will they ever be? What would this mean for our culture a generation or two down the road? I don’t know. Maybe speculation on that will show up in the next package of clippings from my mom. C

online editor David Wight David.Wight@costco.com associate editors Lorelle Gilpin, Ottawa 613-221-2009 Lorelle.Gilpin@costco.com Sue Knowles, London 011-44-1923-213113 sknowles@costco.co.uk Raymond Kyunghwan Kim, Seoul 82-2-2630-2703 khkim@costcokr.com assistant editors Stephanie E. Ponder, Seattle sponder@costco.com Jessica Jihye Han, Seoul jhhan@costcokr.com rePorters Will Fifield wfifield@costco.com Steve Fisher Steve.Fisher@costco.com translation manager Jean-Claude Dauphin coPy editors Miriam Bulmer, Caroline Szpak contributors Kreta Chandler, Wendy Helfenbaum, Susan Hirshorn, Kelly Putter, J. Rentilly, Sonia Ricotti, Marc Saltzman, Diane Slawych, Richard Sweeting, Christine Thomas, Irene Middleman Thomas, Eric Taub, Jan Buckner Walker art director Doris Winters dwinters@costco.com associate art director Lory Williams lwilliams@costco.com graPhic designers Ken Broman, Bill Carlson, Grant Collier, Susan Detlor, Chris Rusnak, David Schneider, Dawna Tessier, Brenda Tradii Production manager Pam Sather, Seattle assistant Production manager Antolin Matsuda, Seattle ProJect manager Elaine Emond, Ottawa colour technician MaryAnne Robbers, Seattle advertising manager Jane Klein Shucklin 425-313-8277 jshucklin@costco.com assistant advertising manager Kathi Tipper-Holgersen 425-313-6581 ktipper@costco.com advertising coordinators Leah Clement, Ottawa 613-221-2383 Leah.Clement@costco.com Deborah Lissner, London 011-44-1923-830481 senior advertising ProJect manager Steve Trump strump@costco.com advertising / Promotion coPywriter Bill Urlevich business manager Janet Burgess circulation manager Rossie Cruz 425-313-6715 rcruz@costco.com circulation / editorial assistant Dorothy Strakele 425-313-6899 connection@costco.com administrative assistant D. Ted Harris 425-313-2937 dtharris@costco.com (Faisant affaires au québec sous le nom les entrepôts costco) 415 West Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON K2E 1C5 Fax: 613-221-2283 E-mail: connection@costco.com 1-800-463-3783 www.costco.ca Publication mail agreement number 40064929 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to the address above

from the associate editor’s desk
Lorelle Gilpin
HavE you spEnt the entire winter dreaming about sitting outside on your patio, enjoying the warm breeze and sipping a cool drink, only to realize that your patio furniture has seen better days, your garden needs replanting and that cool drink is a long way off? If so, it may be time to visit your local Costco. We have everything you need to make your dreams a reality. our buyers have selected the latest styles in Lorelle Gilpin is Vice President patio furniture to modernize your deck or patio, and of Marketing, Costco Wholesale many of our warehouses have outdoor garden centres Canada. filled with live plants to revive your garden, plus statuary and pots to add colour and whimsy. the enclosed summer savings coupon book and Costco.ca catalogue are filled with supplier-sponsored rebates and special offers on dozens of items for your spring shopping list. adding to the value of your Costco membership, the new no-fee trueEarnings Card from Costco and american Express pays you to do the things you do every day— shop, fill up your tank, eat out and pay bills. there is no maximum to the annual cash rebate, and the trueEarnings Card acts as both your membership card and a credit card. If you already have an american Express Costco Cash rebate Credit Card, you can continue using your Card or you can elect to change to the trueEarnings Card by calling the phone number on the back of your american Express Card. finally, we would like to say a big thank-you to our members in Canada who opened their hearts and their wallets to contribute more than $2 million to the red Cross Haiti Earthquake relief response. C

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NO. I think Canada should not abandon the

monarchy. It is part of our history, and with it comes tradition. Both things are important to me. God save the Queen! Karin Yarmish Prince George, British Columbia


YES. In my opinion, Canada should not be a country that is content under the dictates of a Queen with a throne in a foreign country. Phillipe Audet Saint-Romuald, Quebec
stitutional monarchy system to any other. It was one of the main reasons why I became a Canadian. Antonin Zimmer Ottawa, Ontario

How to spot savings I needed new glasses. The best price I could get was just over $550. By travelling to Victoria, a suggestion made by an employee at the Nanaimo warehouse, I got my glasses for $245. I would recommend that you push for an optical department in Nanaimo. It would attract a great deal of business. Lary Waldman Qualicum Beach, British Columbia

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Debate goes on
In response to the March/April Debate, “Should Canada abandon the monarchy?” YES. The concept of a monarchy is totally antiquated, anti-democratic and even irrelevant to contemporary Canada. Our British monarch and her royal family may be formal, dignified and even “nice,” but they, as well as the entire concept of a ruling monarch, no longer relate in any way to 21st-century Canada. Mal Cohen Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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Odds and ends
Diggin’ spring stories The latest edition of The Costco Connection just came in the mail. Congrats to your crew on a fine job. I especially enjoyed the photo contest and the story on garden bulbs. (Winter lasts an awfully long time in Edmonton, so I’m itching to do some planting.) Marie Lesoway Edmonton, Alberta Camping conundrum I find it very disheartening that a writer based out of Winnipeg would totally omit even mentioning any of the incredible camping areas of Manitoba and Saskatchewan (“On the wild side,” March/April 2010). Places such as West Hawk Lake, Lac du Bonnett, Whiteshell Provincial Park and Porcupine Plain, just to name a few. We have breathtaking beauty in our provinces. We are not just one big waving wheat field. Come visit us sometime and see for yourself. Ezzy Winters Dauphin, Manitoba Canada has more than its share of beautiful camping destinations. Unfortunately, we did not have enough room to mention as many as we would have liked to.—Ed. Connecting with The Connection Congratulations on producing a magazine that is very interesting. I expected it to be completely product-driven, but have been very pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality of the articles. I look forward to reading it. Fiona Hill Burlington, Ontario

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NO. We will not know how blessed we are to live under a parliamentary monarchy until we lose it and take on the overbearing republican system, which will essentially make us the 51st American state. God bless Canada as the Canadian monarchy that it is. Isabelle Bégin-O’Connor Gatineau, Quebec YES. Why should Canadian taxpayers pay
millions of dollars for a Governor General who is just a symbolic head of state representing a Queen who is thousands of miles away? Canada is a democracy, isn’t it? Kumar Mahadevan Ottawa, Ontario

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Be unsinkable when life hits you hard
WHEN LIFE HITS YOU HARD, how do you get out of it unscathed? Nowadays, it seems like every which way you turn, you see people who are going through a divorce, undergoing financial devastation, losing their home to foreclosure or losing their job. Some are even experiencing many hard hits at once. During these extra-stressful times, it can feel like you and those around you are drowning in problems. Here are a few strategies and reminders that will get you through difficult times and help you stay afloat. Focus on the solutions (not the problems) and take action. Focus on finding solutions to your problems. Write them all down. This will make you feel more in control of the situation. Then, of course, take action.

Sonia Ricotti is the author of The Law of Attraction, Plain and Simple, a renowned international speaker and president of Lead Out Loud (www.lead outloud.com).
Remember, this too shall pass. No matter how bad the situation seems right now, remember that it is only temporary. Hang on: Better times are around the corner. Shift your thinking. Sometimes things seem worse than they really are. Become aware of your thoughts. If you are not feeling good, recognize that your thoughts about the situation are making you feel this way. Shift your thoughts and you will shift how you feel. Learn and grow from the experience. This is all happening for a reason. People learn and grow the most from their most challenging situations. Look for the lesson and grow from the experience.

Don’t go through it alone. Surround yourself with supportive, caring, loving friends and family. Their support will lift your spirits and help you get mentally clear. Be grateful. Put everything in perspective. No matter how bad things are right now, there is always someone out there in a worse situation. Focus on what you are grateful for in your life. Take good care of yourself. Eat healthfully and exercise. It will help you feel energetic and positive. Journal. Journalling is like having a conversation with yourself. Simply by putting your thoughts and feelings on paper, you will feel an emotional release and you’ll discover many insights on your situation. With the right tools, strategies and a positive state of mind, you can become unsinkable and overcome any crisis. C

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 Appy trails to you
WITH THE PROLIFERATION of smartphones, applications, aka apps, abound, many meant for the businessperson on the go. Here are some free, or lowcost, apps to help in your travels. WorldMate (BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia Symbian, Windows Mobile). Free version includes an itinerary manager, flight schedules search, flight status, limo reservations, currency converter and more. (www.worldmate.com) FlightTrack (iPhone, Android). Track flights worldwide, find out about flight delays and cancellations as they happen or look up your gate number or baggage claim info. You can even get data on the aircraft type. (www.mobiata.com) GateGuru (iPhone; other platforms soon). If you’re unfamiliar with an airport, this app helps you find restaurants, gift shops and services; lets you know if they’re before the security checkpoint or after; and allows community input for recommendations or warnings. (gateguruapp.com) Airport Maps (iPhone; Android as Airport Maps Mobile). Visual representations of North American airports help you find your gate, as well as restaurants, shops and lounges. (www.airportmapsmobile.com) If you have a businessrelated mobile app you’d like to share with Connection readers in future Fresh Views columns, please send them to connection@costco.com with “Fresh Views apps” in the subject line. C

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FOR MANY SMALL BUSINESS owners, poring over a week’s—or even a day’s—worth of business news can be a daunting task, while coming up with that kind of free time can be a luxury. Enter Costco member Gord Trembath, who does the work for you. After a 20-year career in the publishing industry, Trembath became a small-business owner himself when he launched Brainstorm, (www.bstormweb. com) in 2008. The free, weekly e-zine, which is delivered to in-boxes every Monday morning, contains a roundup of must-read articles covering topics important to owners of small and mediumsize businesses, such as marketing, leadership and innovation. “Business owners require knowledge and information to make the right decisions—and there’s so much great information out there to help small businesses—but most people either don’t have the time to find it or they don’t know where to look

to get it,” says Trembath. Since the site’s launch, readership has grown to 4,700 subscribers. Interest in the e-zine has also led to Trembath offering additional services such as marketing, communication and e-publishing assistance. Trembath says, “It’s a great way for companies to stay up to date on the latest information to help them attract new customers, generate more repeat business, diversify into new markets or capitalize on new technology without spending any money or taking more than a few minutes of their time.” C


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Canadian MoneySaver magazine has provided Canadians with balanced insight into personal-finance issues since 1981. Through an exclusive arrangement with The Costco Connection, Canadian MoneySaver’s experts provide Costco members with answers to their questions about financial issues.

A U.S. relative named me as bene ciary of their IRA (Individual Retirement Account). The IRA was immediately paid out in cash from which the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) deducted a 15 per cent withholding tax. Would this incur a tax liability in Canada since I inherited the IRA as a bene ciary rather than it passing through the estate?

Inheritance, estate and sales taxes
S.K., Toronto, ON

Because the inherited IRA account belongs to you as the bene cial owner, the CRA will want to tax you on the entire income that you receive from the IRA at your Canadian marginal rate in the year you receive the funds. You’ll be allowed a foreign credit for whatever withholding went to the IRS. In short, the CRA doesn’t really care how the IRA got to you, whether you inherited it or set it up yourself; they will tax the income you receive. Robert Keats, author of The Border Guide, Keats, Connelly & Associates Phoenix, AZ
My wife and I are co-owners of a condominium in Arizona. Some friends of ours attended a seminar on purchasing property in Arizona. One of the speakers mentioned that if Canadian couples jointly purchase a property and one of them dies, the survivor would have to pay an inheritance tax to both the IRS and the Canadian government. Correct?

100 per cent owned by the deceased spouse. So if the deceased spouse, as the joint property owner, had an individual worldwide estate worth more than $3.5 million, there is a possibility that the U.S. property in question could be subject to some U.S. non-resident estate tax. Please note that, e ective January 1, 2010, there technically is no U.S. estate tax for U.S. residents and non-residents alike for the entire year, with a higher tax kicking in January 1, 2011. However, it is expected that Congress will pass a bill very early this year, retroactive to January 1, that will reinstate the $3.5 million estate tax exemption and tax rate that was in e ect prior to January 1, 2010. The Canada/U.S. Tax Treaty, with its numerous options, generally will protect the majority of Canadians from U.S. non-resident estate tax when purchasing U.S. real estate in most states. Some states have a small nonresident estate tax, as they are not party to the Canada/U.S. Tax Treaty. Robert Keats, author of The Border Guide, Keats, Connelly & Associates Phoenix, AZ
I am worried about how the impending harmonized sales tax (HST) in British Columbia will affect my business. Eighty per cent of my income comes from Alberta, although I reside in British Columbia; my incorporated company is based in British Columbia and pays only British Columbia taxes. I drive to Calgary to seek out contracts, then work those contracts mostly in Alberta. Do I have to charge the HST when working out of province?

Columbia), the determining factor is where the negotiation took place (as long as more than 10 per cent of the service is performed in that province). For more details, go to www.cra-arc.gc.ca/, select “Business,” then search under “S” in the column “GST/HST Topics Alphabetically.” Select the topic “Services considered to be sold in a participating province.” Camillo Lento, C.A., M.Sc. Lakehead University under Bay, ON

R.B., Kingston, ON

Personal finance

Generally, Canadians whose worldwide estate is worth less than $3.5 million, or $7 million for a couple, can use the Canada/U.S. Tax Treaty and apply for a full exemption from U.S. estate tax on any U.S. property they own, regardless of whether the U.S. property is in joint ownership or not. I believe what the speaker you quoted may have been referring to was a U.S. rule that if U.S. property is owned jointly and the surviving joint owner can’t provide proof that he or she paid for at least half of the purchase price, then that property is considered to have been


G.R., Kamloops, BC

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e answer depends on whether you are providing a good or a service. Presumably, as a consultant, you are providing a service. Generally, when at least 90 per cent of a service is performed in a province, the CRA considers the service to be provided in that province. So, if you are performing 90 per cent of your service in British Columbia (an HST province), then HST must be charged. However, if you are performing 90 per cent of this service in Alberta (a non-HST province), then HST will not apply. If the 90 per cent rule cannot be met in either of the provinces (i.e., 45 per cent is performed in Alberta and 45 per cent in British

Send to: Canadian MoneySaver, The Costco Connection Q&A, Box 370, Bath, ON K0H 1G0. Or e-mail to: questions@canadianmoneysaver.ca (please include “The Costco Connection Q&A” in the subject line). Canadian MoneySaver answers selected questions in this bimonthly column. Unpublished questions may be answered on the Canadian MoneySaver Web site at www. canadianmoneysaver.ca. Click on “ Ask the Experts Q&A. Free online ” current issues of Canadian MoneySaver are available at their Web site. The opinions of the experts may not apply to Quebec residents.

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Ask Marc

Get the skinny on LED TVs
By Marc Saltzman JUST WHEN YOU think you’re beginning to under- Also: stand the latest in television ■ Gadgets for summer fun jargon, TV makers start throwing around another tech term to learn: LED. It’s the acronym du jour, and you’ve likely seen advertisements for new LED TVs, for instance. LED TVs are LCD (liquid crystal display) televisions, but they have light-emitting diodes (LEDs) behind the liquid crystals instead of fluorescent tubes. Why does LED matter? These newer LCD televisions can create a picture with much darker blacks, giving the image more depth, as well as higher brightness levels, more vivid colours and a thinner frame. Before LED backlighting, LCDs were lacking in the contrast department because, even when a pixel was showing the colour black, the florescent light was still on behind it, resulting in a shade of grey. Plus, fluorescents lack a wide range of colours. LED-backlit TVs typically cost more than regular LCD TVs, but are preferred by movie lovers, gamers and style-conscious shoppers looking for an ultra-thin panel. Another advantage: LED TVs consume less power than plasma TVs and LCD TVs lit with fluorescent tubes. Keep in mind that some LED TVs are “edge-lit LED,” which refers to models with an arrangement of LEDs only along the edge of the screen instead of across the entire back of the display. Spring into new gadgets Spring has sprung, which means many Canadians with a cottage or cabin will open it for the season. While spending time in nature and playing around with gadgets might sound like mutually exclusive concepts, a few tech toys can make cottage life even more interesting for you and your family. A waterproof digital camera is ideal for capturing memories at the cottage—especially if you want to take it swimming, fishing or water-skiing. If you get

As seniors, my husband and I are trying to navigate the labyrinth of modern technology to find the best solution for communication while travelling in our motor home. What do you suggest? —Anni A. Crowsnest Pass, Alberta While some gadgets can perform multiple functions—such as a smartphone, which can also be used to pick up your e-mail and serve as your GPS navigation unit—for your scenario it might be best to pick up dedicated devices that each specialize in a task. An inexpensive laptop is easier to use for reading and typing e-mail, surfing the Web and doing online banking than a cellphone, and many trailer parks now offer free Wi-Fi. Since you need a phone, shop around to see which carriers have the best roaming rates. Some phones have a GPS chip, but there is usually a monthly fee. A standalone dashboard GPS unit doesn’t require any additional charges. To summarize, pick up a reliable laptop, a GPS navigation unit and an easy-to-use mobile phone that suits your needs and budget. Question for Marc? Send your technology and computer questions to: Q&A with Marc Saltzman The Costco Connection 415 West Hunt Club Road Ottawa, ON K2E 1C5; or fax to 613-221-2283; or e-mail to connection@costco.com Please include “Marc Saltzman Q&A” in the subject line. Marc will answer selected questions in his column. He regrets that unpublished questions cannot be answered individually. e Costco Connection 13

Marc Saltzman, a leading high-tech reporter, contributes to more than three dozen prominent publications, appears on radio and TV, and is the author of 13 books.

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sand in the camera at the beach, simply wash it off The Costco in the lake or sink. Some Connection camcorders are water- Costco carries a variety proof, too. of LED TVs and gadgets A smartphone is to help you outfit your like a digital Swiss Army cottage or make the knife, as these pocket- most of your vacation. size devices can perform multiple functions. Along with the ability to make calls, if need be, they can also function as a music or audio-book player, video recorder, gaming system and e-mail device (in case the office is trying to reach you). If you enjoy reading but don’t want to lug a box of paperbacks and hardcovers to the cottage, an electronic book (e-book) reader is a great complement to morning coffee on the deck. You can store hundreds of books on something thinner than most magazines, plus you can enlarge the text if you like. If you need to get some work done while you’re away, take along a laptop or netbook so you don’t need to be tethered to the wall as with a desktop PC. Get work done, read messages or play games while unwinding on a rainy Sunday afternoon. If you don’t have a high-speed connection at the cottage, you could always tether to your mobile phone for Internet access. C




from members:

Donald Flansbeart Gatineau, Quebec Personal experience has shown me that, when travelling abroad, Canadians are well liked and warmly welcomed everywhere. Jennifer Ho Port Moody, British Columbia We’re kind-hearted and very welcoming of others.

Sam Cormier Lakeville, New Brunswick I think that Canadians are very polite and good-mannered people.

Are Canadians as civil as they think they are ?
Canadians are known for their civility, but is this reputation as well deserved as we’d like to believe? supporters say yes— we are polite, neighbourly and considerate, and good manners are a natural part of being Canadian. Critics argue that we are not so civil in the true sense of the word. we may be mild-mannered, they add, but we turn a blind eye to many social problems. what do you think?
Find out more about this topic on the Web: • www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/11/06/f-vp-mallick.html • www.readersdigest.ca/mag/2006/07/polite.php • ttp://mediacentre.canada.travel/content/feature/polite_canada h

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Raul Del Freras Aurora, Ontario Perhaps on the surface we seem polite, but [we are] detached from being socially responsible.


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Marcia Seely Lethbridge, Alberta We [only] think we are more polite.

James Elliott Harcourt, New Brunswick Canadians are just as money-hungry as our U.S. counterparts.

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from an expert in the field:
Lew Bayer is president of Civilityexperts.com.

MArCH/APriL dEBAtE rEsULts: Should Canada abandon the monarchy?

i tHougHt i was dreaming. in the grocery store i heard a Bluetoothclad woman in front of me apologize. she actually pulled the headset out of her ear and told the cashier she was sorry for being rude in answering her cellphone in the middle of the transaction. then it occurred to me that i hadn’t endured the typical honking and swearing in the parking lot on the way in. and not even once did i have to move some self-absorbed, grouchy shopper’s cart out of the middle of the aisle so i could pass. a couple of strangers even made direct eye contact and said good morning as we all navigated the crowded sampling stations. Could it be that Canadians have more than maple syrup coursing through their veins? were my american friends and european clients correct in saying that courtesy is a “Canadian thing,” that manners are in our blood and a natural part of being Canadian? Based on my recent experiences, i’d say yes, and some of my well-travelled friends and outof-country visitors agree. they say: • Canadians are neighbourly. they will shovel a neighbour’s walk without being asked and expect no favour in return. • Canadians are considerate. they won’t let their dog poop on someone else’s lawn, and they’ll automatically turn down their music at 11 p.m. • it’s the little things Canadians do, such as taking their shoes off at the door, not showing up empty-handed when they’re guests, cleaning up after themselves, being respectful of other people’s property and tipping, that add to their reputation for civility. and yes, Canadians are great tippers! as the leading civility expert in Canada for the past 12 years, i am pleased to report that Canadians are paying closer attention to their manners. increasingly, we are acknowledging civility when we experience it and we are reciprocating in kind. i believe that we are starting to better understand the impact of rudeness on our health, our relationships, service standards and the overall quality of our lives. and, i believe that the three core elements of civility—practicing restraint, showing respect and taking responsibility—accurately describe the character of most Canadians. i am Canadian, and i am proud to be polite. C from an expert in the field:
Benet davetian is director of The Civility Institute (www.civility institute.com) and author of Civility: A Cultural History (University of Toronto Press, 2009).

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if we define Civility as the avoidance of conflict and the adoption of a polite position that seeks not to discriminate (or, at least, appears not to), then the verdict would be yes. we Canadians continue to be considered by our southern and european friends as some of the most polite people in the world. of course, there are myriad exceptions to our mild-mannered tendencies: symphony-blaring cellphones in restaurants; pedestrians and motorists mindless of one another’s presence; people hurrying through doors with no thought of who they’re shutting out behind them; pregnant women and the elderly being left seatless in subways; internet addicts posting venom in gleeful anonymity; certain teenagers bottle-fed on American Idol who can hardly write a decent sentence, but who feel entitled to unlimited fame and riches. Beyond these irritants is something deeper and more disturbing. true civility, in the classical definition of the word (civil or civic), demands active and pro-social citizenship. it requires us to think not only of the comfort of the person with whom we are face to face (or e-mail to e-mail), but also of the well-being of the civic environment we inhabit. it requires ethical thought and ethical action. and there we run into problems. Contemporary Canadians are faced with numerous impossible contradictions. we are a nation in our constitution, but, in reality, we are 12 territories with different health and education systems, political parties and notions of best government and corporate practices. the individual is required to be civil and ethical, yet is confronted by innumerable hurdles: schools that have tried to remain non-directive by turning a blind eye to student bullying; corporations that, in a bid to be supracompetitive, have abandoned Canadian workers in pursuit of offshore workers earning minimal wages; governments saddled with debt that have forgotten that waiting for a year to see a medical specialist was never the deal made with citizens when Canada’s social system was built. How are Canadians to remain civil, altruistic and ethical when, at every turn, they are asked to turn a blind eye to their needs, those of their colleagues and those of the most unfortunate? final verdict: we are civil in the limited sense but not in the global sense. it is not our fault, but the fault of our educational, political and commercial cultures. things are turning around, however. after all, are we not discussing the issue right now? C

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Computing in the clouds
By Eric Taub YOU’RE A SAVVY computer user. You scan your hard drive for viruses. You regularly upgrade your applications. You back up your company’s data to an external hard drive. And then a natural disaster hits, your office is flooded and you lose everything anyway. That’s one problem that Sue Varty never has to worry about. To ensure the integrity of her business’s financial data, Varty, a freelance technical writer and owner of Toronto-based Wordtree Consulting, recently decided to move all of her records away from her Toronto office—very far way. Varty has switched to cloud computing, a system whereby she no longer keeps her data and applications in her place of business. Instead, they’re stored on remote computers run by an independent company and placed in multiple locations throughout the world. Many uses of the cloud The idea is simple: Instead of keeping your programs and data on a computer or server near you and possibly losing everything through a theft, fire or natural disaster, let someone else store and manage the material for you in the “cloud”: remote servers kept in several locations throughout Canada or other countries. Data backup is just one use of the cloud. Companies large and small are realizing that they can ditch their in-house servers and let other people store and manage their e-mail, and even their favourite software, from anywhere in the world. Cloud computing has been slow to catch on in Canada, but it’s an established approach in the U.S. and other countries. Many businesses are now using cloud versions of e-mail, word-processing, spreadsheet, calendar and presentation software. Microsoft is working on a cloud version of its Office suite. Sophisticated accounting and customer-relationship-management (CRM) software, such as Salesforce. com, is kept on a remote server and accessed from a standard Web browser. By utilizing cloud computing services, you have less need for an information technology (IT) department, and you don’t have to burn a backup CD every Saturday and take it over to your brother-in-law’s place. Cloud computing is growing as highspeed broadband connections become widespread, making fast data transfer feasible. When colleagues need to revise a document, everyone can use his or her Web browser to view it in the cloud and make necessary changes, all on the same copy. Security in the cloud But what about security? Fearful that data could be compromised, the government of British Columbia is not allowed to store personally identifying data outside the province, says Shawn Chaput, owner of Vancouverbased Privity Systems Inc., a security and privacy consulting firm. Cloud-computing service providers say that steps are taken to ensure safety—typically several layers of protection. And customers’ files are usually kept encrypted. However, business owners are advised to check with a privacy expert or legal adviser to make sure they comply with privacy laws before sending an employee’s or customer’s personal information to a cloud-computing service. To keep data safe, Chaput recommends that a defined level of security be spelled out in any data-storage contract. And that should include your right to decide who gets access to your information, and a requirement that the company will return your data to you in a form that can be read if you decide to end your relationship with the firm. “Our data is encrypted and we have four levels of replication,” says Mike McDerment, co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the Toronto-based cloud-computing company used by Varty, the freelance writer. To protect clients’ data from destruction,

all information is stored on multiple servers in one location; that information is then replicated in an additional server, as well as in multiple locations across Canada. “We have enormous redundancy,” McDerment says. Many services in the cloud By cutting IT costs and by not needing to continually upgrade both software and local servers, cloud computing can also be a bargain for many small businesses. Just by switching to a cloud-based e-mail service, for example, a typical small business can reduce costs. According to Forrester Research, a local e-mail service can cost a business from $7 to $21 per month, once IT and hardware expenses are included. Cloud e-mail can cost as little as $5 per month. “With cloud-computing services, you benefit from our ‘economies of skill,’ ” says John Betz, Microsoft’s director of product management. In addition to the expected coming release of cloud versions of Microsoft Office, the company offers cloud computing for e-mail, CRM and instant messaging, among other services. FreshBooks allows its users to create invoices that are automatically generated at a set time defined by the customer. Other employees and subcontractors can access the database from anywhere to amend the amount of work done on a project. Invoices can then be sent via e-mail or snail mail. Varty appreciates the flexibility that a cloud application gives her business, eliminating the need to do manual arithmetic calculations. “With FreshBooks, I can prepare special invoices for international clients that automatically leave off GST [goods and services tax],” she says. “And my accountant can see my books right in his office, without me having to lug hard copies to him.” C Eric Taub is a frequent contributor to The Connection.

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Mom’s the word
By T. Foster Jones

A new generation of stay-at-home “mompreneurs” takes Canada— and the world—by storm
THESE DAYS, WHEN you hear a woman refer fondly to her “baby,” she just might be talking about her business. No longer content to let motherhood isolate them from or hamper their ability to thrive in the business community, entrepreneurial moms fill an economic niche and have gained recognition as a legitimate business force. Mothers who have become athome entrepreneurs are a phenomenon that has emerged over the past decade as part of a larger trend of female entrepreneurship, and the businesses and products they have created run the gamut. According to a study by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (www.wbenc.org), womenled firms provide 1.7 million jobs in Canada and are creating new jobs at four times the rate of the average business. Women entrepreneurs in Canada contribute more than $18 billion to the country’s economy. “It definitely is a trend,” says Jennifer O’Quinn of Mount Saint Vincent University’s Centre for

Kelowna, British Columbia, neighbours Bea Moritz (left) and Lucy Ryga (www.bealookids.com), both on maternity leave, came up with the idea of creating unique art and room decor, including ready-toframe original art prints, growth charts, nightlights and clocks in popular themes. Because Moritz is the artist and Ryga’s background is business, “We complement each other,” says Ryga. “We each bring the best of what we do.” “We really see what a benefit it is to have a partner,” agrees Moritz. “I can’t imagine doing this on our own.”

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Women in Business in Halifax (www.msvu.ca/cwb). “We’re seeing that the number of women-owned businesses has increased over the last 20 years, so that now 50 per cent of owners are women.” Statistics Canada says one-third of new mothers are older than 30. Many have valuable skills and experience from corporate jobs they are choosing not to go back to. That fact, combined with significant advances in technology, means female entrepreneurship is on the rise. In fact, four out of five new businesses are started by women. These are not just cute hobbies, either. Many women-at-home businesses are making serious cash, with annual sales in the $100,000 range, and some in the millions. The trend has become popular enough to spawn its own subset of businesses and services. Organizations and Web sites have sprung up to serve the women behind these enterprises. According to authors Ellen Parlapiano and Patricia Cobe, who trademarked the term “mompreneurs” in the United States, their Web site (www.mom preneursonline.com) dispenses advice and provides resource links to millions of women each month. Canada-based SavvyMom (www.savvymom.ca) has helped thousands of women to start businesses. And momcafé (www.momcafe.com), an event- and Webbased, women-only networking group, represents the interests of working mothers across Canada.


No one definition

What do entrepreneurial moms look like? They have begun businesses as at-home advertisers, authors, attorneys and alpaca raisers; bakers and beauty consultants; chefs, cleaners and crossword-puzzle makers; dress, diaper and decal designers; employers and engineers; financial planners, fitness trainers and furniture designers; genealogists and graphic designers; home decorators; information specialists and inventors; jewellery makers; lifestyle coaches; marketers; news producers and nurses; organizers; painters, pet sitters, potty trainers and private investigators; quilt makers; real estate agents; singers, skin-care specialists and speech

therapists; taxidermists, T-shirt designers and toymakers; virtual assistants; Web designers, wedding planners and writers. “A mompreneur is a woman who has kids and starts her business so she can manage her own time and balance work satisfaction and family life,” says Costco member Isabelle Lipari, whose Quebecbased business Aveolancis Inc. (www.aveolancis. com) helps corporations develop health and wellness programs. “A mompreneur is a mom who has stepped off the traditional career path and who has decided to make her own career choices,” says Diana Quinton, a Costco member in St. John’s, Newfoundland, who has developed a business called Stories Worth Telling (www.storiesworthtelling.ca), which helps clients chronicle the stories of businesses, communities and families. Women’s reasons for becoming entrepreneurial moms are as varied as their businesses. Some were Fortune 500 business successes before becoming moms, and they don’t want having a baby to force them to leave the business world behind. Others have time and creative talent on their hands, and a need for extra income. And many families need the money. All of these women share a common desire not only to satisfy a creative and financial need, but also to remain in contact with their children. Family

Diana Quinton

wanted the flexibility to be around while her four children were growing up. With her business, Stories Worth Telling (www.storiesworth telling.ca), the freelance writer found an unfilled business niche. “Storytelling is part of our cultural heritage,” says the St. John’s, Newfoundland, native, who has chronicled everything from family histories and stories of new relationships to the events that have shaped entire communities. Her advice to would-be mompreneurs: “Try not to bite off more than you can chew; enjoy the journey—the kids will be off at university before you know it!”


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had been planning “pirate parties” since the birth of her third child in 2003. From that sprang the idea for Party-ina-Box (www.partybug.ca), which provides Lacombe, Alberta, parents with readyto-go costumes and props in a variety of themes. Next was Pirate Party! (www.pirate partybook.com), a book that covers food, costumes, decorations and more. “Making the book became quality time with my children,” she says. “The kids and I would gather around the kitchen and create, adjust and rewrite each recipe together.”

Holly Reeves

flexibility and economic success aside, being able to be a mom is their primary motivation. As Costco member Hannah Draper, publisher of Family & Co., a family magazine and resource (www.familyandco.ca), and founder of Moms the Word, a networking group (www.momsthewordon line.com), both in Halifax, says, “The main goal for me was to be a stay-at-home mom, and I have been able to be at home with my children full-time. I am thrilled that I can be there for my children as they grow, yet have an extremely successful business at the same time.” While the work-at-home mom is hardly a new idea, there are a number of reasons why this latest wave is different.

Technology breaks down barriers

Technology makes working from home easier than ever, providing a gateway to careers that were practically unheard of 10 years ago, says Parlapiano, a Costco member in New York. A number of tradi-

tional professions, such as nursing, teaching, investing or practicing law, by virtue of the Internet, are now possible to maintain outside the office. And less conventional positions, such as virtual assistants, are possible almost exclusively because of the Web. Additionally, with high-tech tools such as cellphones, e-mail, blogs and podcasts, moms are able to market and network—to reach a wider audience more quickly and efficiently—without having to step out of the house. “If you can get a laptop, an online connection and a cellphone, you could literally be dropped on an island,” says Parlapiano. “The Internet has slashed start-up and marketing costs, and given entrepreneurs access to potential customers all over the world.” “Access to the Internet has enabled me to see beyond my geographical borders and to explore opportunities that were not available in my community,” says Quinton. “Social networking has enabled me to meet story practitioners like myself throughout the world. As well, my clients can be anywhere. I can communicate and share files electronically. I’ve completed projects for people in my home province, in Toronto and in New York City.” “Our business has really been able to take advantage of social media marketing, such as Twitter, Facebook, blogging and resource sites,” says Costco member Lucy Ryga, co-founder of Bealoo Kids (www.bealookids.com), a business that designs and produces wall decorations for children’s rooms. Money might not be falling from the sky, but as the mom-at-home model has taken root, funding has certainly become easier to find. Though mompreneurs still tend to rely on savings accounts and credit cards for start-up expenses, according to Parlapiano, grants and low-interest loans are more accessible. Financial resources include women-specific lenders. Organizations such as the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA; www.acoa.ca) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC; www.bdc.ca) are recognizing the difficulty women have historically had in accessing capital. They are targeting women with some of their start-up programs, such as the Business Management Training Allowance (through ACOA), the Women Entrepreneurs’ Fund (through BDC) and the Quebecbased AFER (Aide aux femmes entrepreneures en région) Program for Women in Rural Communities (www.grants-loans.org). There’s also an emerging group of financial sponsors, such as SavvyMom, founded, owned and operated by women entrepreneurs who are now in a position to give back through loans, sponsorship or cash prizes. The Mompreneur of the Year con-

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test, put on by SavvyMom, awards the grand-prize winner with $15,500 worth of cash, publicity, endorsements and services. “Since we launched, we’ve always looked for ways to support mom entrepreneurs,” says Costco member Sarah Morgenstern, SavvyMom’s cofounder. “To take it to the next level, we came up with the idea of finding Canada’s top mom entrepreneur through a readers’-choice contest and brought together a group of prize partners.” When women such as Debbie Cornelius, owner of Wee Piggies & Paws (www.weepiggies.com), which makes cast impressions of children’s feet and hands, or Holly Reeves, who created Party-in-a-Box (www.partybug.ca), started out they had no idea how to write a business plan, find funding, locate manufacturers or market their products. And there wasn’t a lot of information available to help deal with the unique challenges of running a business and a household simultaneously. “I didn’t even know how to make a Web site,” says Reeves, a Costco member in Lacombe, Alberta. “As far as starting my own business, there was not a lot of help, nor was there much on how to be a mompreneur,” says Cornelius. In the nine years since Cornelius began her business, which she has franchised to 60 mompreneurs across Canada, the number of Web sites for women entrepreneurs has grown like wildfire. “The last four years have been huge,” she says. Do a Google search for “Canada mompreneur” and you’ll get about 110,000 choices. Sites such as Startup Princess (www.startupprincess.com) and Calgary-based The Mompreneur magazine (www. themompreneur.com), which trademarked the term “Mompreneur” in Canada, are full-blown communities, providing support and creating relationships while dispensing the kind of advice—business and work/ life balance—that was so lacking a decade ago. “There are definitely more and more places to turn to for help and advice,” says Hannah Draper, who started Mom’s the Word to help women network by providing meetings and speakers. And women share information more readily than their male counterparts, they assert. “Women love to support each other,” says Morgenstern. “They will band together and provide support and sharing, even if they are quasi competitive [businesses].”


A group of attentive and entrepreneurial moms (and their children) at the launch of momcafé in Halifax.

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Tasha Richard and Jill Earthy

With MBAs, degrees in commerce, marketing, entrepreneurship and human resources, creating an across-the-country network to inspire and connect professionally minded moms was a natural direction for Tasha Richard (pictured, right) and Jill Earthy, co-founders of momcafé (www.momcafenetwork.com). Earthy, who lives in Vancouver, and Richard, who lives in Halifax, have seen their network of online and hosted events grow to 400 members in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Halifax. “Ask for help,” says Earthy. “Recognize your strengths and weaknesses, and delegate the things you don’t like to do.”


It used to be that running a business from home was somehow akin to admitting failure, an inability to compete in the “real” world. Now, with close to 1 million moms running their own businesses, entrepreneurial mothers are finally being taken seri-

ously by the traditional work world. “In the past you had a lot more to prove,” says Parlapiano. “Now, women are getting more respect. You’re taken seriously now if you have a work-fromhome business.” “I think women-run businesses are receiving great respect,” says Costco member Shirley Broback, founder of Vancouver Island Baby Fair (www.van couverislandbabyfair.com) and winner of Savvy) Mom’s 2009 Mompreneur of the Year award. “Everyone knows that women hold the purchasing power in families, and so it only makes sense that women know what kinds of products and services are needed out there. I think after giving birth some women feel a sense of fearlessness and are inspired to just go ahead and put their creativity or entrepreneurial ideas into action. It can be very inspiring for children to see their moms doing what they love, making an income and being their own boss.” “If anything, the strongest reaction is one of envy,” says momcafé co-founder Tasha Richard.

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“Many moms admire that I have taken the risk to leave the corporate arena.” In the end, mom entrepreneurs encounter many of the same challenges, pitfalls and perks faced by any other home-based business. Being a work-at-home mom doesn’t magically solve all those work/life problems. If they’re not careful, women who start their own businesses say, they find it easy to get distracted. “It’s really hard,” says Wee Piggies founder Cornelius. “People tell you that at the beginning, but you don’t listen. I’ve had times when [my] kids have gotten my financials and the accountant gets my kids’ school work.” Isabelle Lipari says that setting up guidelines from the very beginning made the difference: “We had very strict rules. After the workday, we would not talk about the business. Setting the rule for [my] home office: Kids are not to come to the office. Kids knew what they were allowed to do.” Throwing all of the responsibilities of motherhood into the mix makes for a tough juggling act. Business activities are typically planned during downtime, when children are napping or at school, or at night, while they’re

Juggling and boundaries

sleeping. Often, work is taken care of in transit. “A lot of my business is done in the car when I have downtime—while I’m waiting to pick up my children from dance or hockey,” says Cornelius. “My BlackBerry is my third child,” she laughs. Moms also rely heavily on other family members—parents, husbands, siblings, sometimes even their children—to help out. “My parents help take care of the children when I have meetings and drive them to extracurricular activities,” says Quinton of Stories Worth Telling. “My husband patiently advises on what he thinks might work for me. My mother and two sisters provide encouragement and understanding. My father is my accountant and has set up my books. He makes sure I pay my taxes on time and provides advice earned from his many years of work.” All agree the efforts have been well worth it, and in ways beyond financial measure. “I love being my own boss, setting my own hours and feeling the true sense of accomplishment in knowing that I am creating something and making my ideas come to

life,” says Broback. “Although it has been difficult balancing home life, kids’ schedules and many franchisees at once, it is absolutely worth the trade-off when I consider both the time I am able to spend with my family and the life lessons it is teaching them.” “It has been a highly rewarding journey, a business education, a self-esteem builder and creative outlet for both of us,” says Bea Moritz, the other half of Bealoo Kids. “The process of creating and running Bealoo has been a source of inspiration, showing us that we can accomplish just about anything.” Says Draper, “My main aim was to be there for my young children, and this reason alone makes it worth it!” C

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Starting a business? From Costco’s member services to business and consumer products, every mom we interviewed cited Costco as a great resource and a large contributor to her business’s success.

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By Irene Middleman Thomas The laTesT coffee buzz doesn’t come from caffeine—it comes from new developments about coffee. It turns out that coffee might actually have healthful benefits. More than 60 per cent of adults in canada drink coffee, according to the Torontobased coffee association of canada. until recently, however, few of us pondered whether it was negative or positive for our health. but coffee has been on the minds of researchers for some time. In 1998, the Institute of coffee studies, the first u.s. centre devoted to basic research on coffee, opened at Vanderbilt university in Nashville. and recently released research conducted by several teams of harvard Medical school doctors and nutritionists, as well as others, generated a barrage of media and public interest by stating that coffee is good for our health. “This has become a main message,” notes Kathryn Wilson, a post-doctoral fellow and lead researcher at the harvard school of Public health and channing laboratory. “When people find out that they are at risk for developing disease, coffee can be one pleasure from which they don’t need to deprive themselves, and then they can focus on other lifestyle choices.” “The research that has been emerging

missed or extra heartbeat, increased blood pressure or a speed-up in the heart’s rhythm. espresso and other unfiltered coffee can slightly increase the level of harmful low-density lipoprotein (lDl), or “bad,” cholesterol. It’s important to check with your physician, who can evaluate if you are in an atrisk category. Disease buster, life extender? Most recently, Wilson’s harvard group and colleagues at McGill university’s research facility in Montreal evaluated data from nearly 50,000 participants. The independent study found that men with a high daily intake of regular or decaffeinated coffee, defined as six or more cups a day, had an up to 60 per cent lower risk of advanced and lethal prostate cancer. Wilson stresses that this is the first study of the relationship between coffee and prostate cancer. More research is needed to confirm the findings, she says, but the results so far are very encouraging. coffee is thought to contain chemicals that lower blood sugar. extensive research has been done on the relationship between coffee and Type 2 diabetes. In December 2009, a report from the university of sydney in australia stated that drinking four cups of coffee per day reduced the risk of developing diabetes by 25 to 35 per cent. “caffeine can’t be the answer, because you see the same sort of overall response from diabetes with decaf as with caffeinated coffee,” says the paper’s senior author, Mark Woodward, a professor at Mount sinai Medical center in New York. In recent years, coffee has been shown to be safe for heart-attack survivors, and it may ward off cardiovascular disease, according to a 2008 study by epidemiologists at the autonomous university of Madrid. scientists think antioxidants in coffee may reduce inflammation and protect blood vessel walls. and java may not only make life more pleasurable, it may even extend it. Recent studies suggest that drinking coffee decreases the risk of premature death, especially in women. a large joint investigation by researchers in spain and at harvard Medical school— funded by The National Institutes of health and the american heart association—found women who drank at least five to seven cups a week had a death rate 26 per cent lower than for non-consumers. C Irene Middleman Thomas is a Coloradobased writer for many publications.
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Members will find a variety of whole-bean and ground coffees (regular and decaf) at their local Costco warehouses.

over the past few years shows that, for the general population, coffee drinking doesn’t have any serious detrimental health effects, and, in fact, causes an inverse association with the risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver cancer and liver cirrhosis,” says Rob van Dam, assistant professor in the departments of nutrition and epidemiology at the harvard school of Public health. Potential downsides although regular coffee drinking isn’t harmful for most people, that might not hold true for pregnant women. Research has linked miscarriage to caffeine consumption of 200 milligrams or more per day. a typical cup of coffee has 100 to 150 milligrams. It is also possible to be addicted to caffeine, according to university of florida professor and director of toxicology bruce Goldberger. “If you consume a lot of caffeine, then you don’t, you start to crave it,” he says. In some people, coffee causes the occasional

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By Joseph Hanna ALLERGIC RHINITIS IS the medical term for a runny nose due to hay fever allergies. Allergic rhinitis occurs when airborne allergens cause inflammation of the membranes in the nose, resulting in a runny or stuffy nose; itchy eyes, nose and/or throat; and sneezing. Symptoms may resolve without treatment; however, left untreated these symptoms may lead to fatigue, poor concentration and lowered productivity. Because 19 to 38 per cent of patients with a history of allergic rhinitis also have asthma, treatment of rhinitis improves asthma control and vice versa. This is based on the idea that the nose and the lungs are part of the same system. Allergic rhinitis has been categorized as seasonal for symptoms present during a specific period of outdoor allergen exposure and perennial for year-round symptoms due to dust mites, animal dander and indoor moulds. Here are some of the most common questions about treating allergic rhinitis. This really seems to describe me; what can I do? Typically, you would start with allergen avoidance where possible and feasible. Recommended practices include monitoring pollen counts, removing pets—especially cats—from the house or at least from the bedroom, avoiding cigarette smoke and removing carpeting, depending on your particular allergy triggers. The next step is to try antihistamines, which are all equally effective in relieving itching, sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes, although you may find that one antihistamine works better for you than the others. These drugs work best when used on a regular basis before you are exposed to the allergen. The older antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), although generally faster acting, need to be taken up to four times per day and may cause sedation and impairment of daytime work or academic performance, even if taken only at night. Newer, slightly more expensive antihistamines, such as cetirizine (Reactine), loratidine (Claritin), fexofenadine (Allegra) and desloratadine (Aerius), cause less drowsiness and are a good once-a-day alternative. Because most of these come in flavoured liquid formulations, children can also benefit.


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the underrepresented and disadvantaged. change, love and loyalty—then rotates LAWYERS MAKE great storytellers. Chicago “I’m lucky that I’ve had a pretty long highlight through multiple viewpoints, including criminal defence attorney, one-time Stanford reel, certainly as a lawyer,” says Turow, citing Sabich, Molto and an important female charwriting teacher and best-selling author Scott a complex capital punishment case as one of acter. But because Turow writes his way Turow has a good reason why: “Every trial his most remarkable. (Known as the Alex through stories rather than thinking them out lawyer lives by the motto that if you want Hernandez case, it was described in Ultimate beforehand, he wasn’t always to teach a jury something Punishment). “And obviously, as a novelist, sure how Innocent would be you tell them a story,” he tells I’ve had a good roll of the dice.” structured. “You put your The Connection. Though he has scaled back his legal heart and your hands out in It’s no wonder he has duties to make room for his now primary role front of you and see what hapsoared in parallel careers since as a writer, he still feels engaged when practicpens,” he explains. the publication of One L, ing law. “It enables you to do a lot of different Like his other books, about his first year in Harvard things,” says the sharp and erudite Turow, Innocent started with an isoLaw School, in 1977, and who doesn’t seem to stay still for long. lated event, this time written his breakout novel, Presumed “Whatever happens, by the time Innocent Innocent, which marked him comes out I intend to be enmeshed in someas a genre-busting, literary thing else. That’s the best antidote to the ups legal-thriller writer, in 1987. and downs of publication.” Eight other books and more Whether that’s the comic thriller idea he’s than 20 years later, Turow has been pushing around or that play he’s always come back to the beginning. wanted to write, it’s certain his next creative His new novel, Innocent— the first full-length one in five endeavour will be surprising. “People don’t years—resurrects Presumed want to read about the humdrum and Innocent’s Judge Rusty Sabich, ordinary—they live the humdrum and now a bit older and once The Costco the ordinary,” says Turow. “I want to again at odds with adversary Connection write about change.” C Tommy Molto after the enig- Innocent is available in matic death of Sabich’s wife. Christine Thomas is a Hawaiimost Costco warehouses. A return to the Presumed based freelance book critic and Innocent landscape gave Turow the opportuon a Post-it writer. N MA nity to revisit what he admits is an alter ego of note. “At some FREE NCE FRA sorts. “I wanted to be with Rusty again, I point I had jotreally did—this flawed, sensitive smart guy ted just a little who I really seemed to understand,” he says. idea for a scene— “He’s different from me in lots of ways. He’s a a man is sitting on a bed in which the dead judge and I’m not; he grew up in a workingbody of a woman lies,” he says. class family and I didn’t; and he was a creature While writing the serialized novella of the state criminal justice system, while I Limitations for The New York Times, he felt came out of the federal system. He’s a quiet called back to Sabich. “I turned around and and more aloof guy than I am. But I share saw the note on my desk and realized Rusty many of his failings and some of his strengths.” Sabich was the man sitting on the bed. Then I Even though Innocent can function as a was really off to the races.” sequel, Turow was conscious not to imitate its Turow writes at home in the mornings predecessor. He sets it apart from the opening and on the train while heading to work, where with a first-person narration, not by Sabich, he often devotes time to pro bono cases he but by his son—one that also offers a chilling takes on as a matter of principle and values— glimpse of the novel’s thematic exploration of a way to share some of his good fortune with

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A dark shadow, spicy food and satisfying stories
The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self, by Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and Debbie Ford. Three of today’s most popular spiritual teachers join forces to explore our dark side—the emotions and traits we are most afraid of and instinctively hide. Each author shows readers that by embracing their “shadow” they can embark on a rewarding journey. Chopra addresses the collective shadow, Ford covers the personal shadow and Williamson looks at spirituality and the shadow. (Available May 4) Canadian Living: The Barbecue Collection, from Canadian Living magazine. The more than 350 recipes in this collection have been culled from the last decade of Canadian Living. Each was carefully selected to fulfill the needs of home cooks, from everyday cooking to entertaining, and to fully represent the inventive and multicultural flavours of modern Canadian cuisine.

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Heart of the Matter, by Emily Giffin. Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Any outsider would assume she’s living a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to 6-year-old Charlie. Valerie has given up on romance—and to some degree friendship. The two have little in common outside of a love for their children and the fact they live in the same suburb. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined. (Available May 11) The Passage, by Justin Cronin. This first novel in a trilogy about catastrophe and survival begins at an army research station in Colorado, where an experiment is being conducted by the U.S. government. When the experiment goes terribly wrong, a young girl abandoned by her mother—and slated to be a test subject herself—is rescued by FBI

White Cat, by Holly Black. Cassel comes from a family of curse workers—people who have the power to change emotions, memories and luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. But Cassel, who lacks the skill, is the straight kid in a crooked family. There’s just one small problem: He killed his best friend three years ago. And ever since he’s built a facade of normalcy. When he starts having terrifying dreams of a white cat, his wall starts to crumble and Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game. (Available May 4) The Cootie Catcher Book, Fingerprint Fabulous, The Solar Car Book and Draw Star Wars, from Klutz. In true Klutz fashion, these books are packed with inspiration, activities and, most of all, fun! Each book comes with everything kids need—be it punch-out pages, pencils, ink pads or pieces for a solar car. Each of these titles is designed to educate and entertain. —Stephanie E. Ponder

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THIS ISSUE’S Buyer’s Pick is The Long Song, by Orange Prize and Whitbread Award–winning author Andrea Levy. As the sassy and proud Miss July recounts her life as a young slave in a Jamaican sugar-cane plantation right before, during and after the 1831 rebellion that led to her freedom, you can’t help but admire her indomitable courage throughout a really horrible part of that island’s history. The tale of her upbringing alongside the other slaves and the white masters manages to entertain—with many funny scenes— educate and deeply move readers, all at the same time. It proves once again the undeniable talent of this author at storytelling. The Long Song is available in most Costco warehouses.


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COSTCO’S DVD PICKS for May and June offer a world of entertainment. Spotlighted here are a world-class performer, a musical about an Italian filmmaker and the women in his life, and a teenager who finds out he’s part god. (And don’t they all feel that way?) (* denotes the title is available in Blu-ray.) Céline: Through the Eyes of the World*. Céline Dion is an international superstar, the best-selling female artist of all time and, perhaps more important, Canadian. This video follows her as she travels to five continents and 25 countries, putting on show-stopping performances of some of her biggest hits and balancing family life. Think of having Céline Dion available to give a “live” performance in your home at any time. No rating Nine. This vibrant, provocative musical follows renowned film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he endures a mid-life crisis so huge only musical production numbers can help him cope. As if a creative block on the eve of starting a new film project isn’t enough, Guido has to juggle numerous women: his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penélope Cruz), a film star (Nicole Kidman), his confidante and costume designer (Judi Dench), an American

fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), a woman of ill repute from his past (Stacy Ferguson, better known as Fergie) and his mother (Sophia Loren). Nine is adapted from a Tony Award– winning musical that was based on the film 8½, which was inspired by the life of its director, Federico Fellini, and is directed by Rob Marshall, who directed the Oscar-winning film of the Broadway musical Chicago. PG-13 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief*. With the Harry Potter series ending, a new youthful hero is ready to emerge. Percy Jackson is, seemingly, a normal teenager but discovers he is the descendant of one of the legendary Greek gods and possesses godly powers. These come in handy when Zeus accuses him of stealing his lightning bolt. Along with two other teens descended from mythological beings, Percy must battle monsters and gods to retrieve it and save mankind. PG Also available are Dear John, Invictus, The Book of Eli*, Daybreakers, Edge of Darkness, Leap Year, Legion, The Spy Next Door, Tooth Fairy, When in Rome and the second season of True Blood.—Steve Fisher





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By Stephanie E. Ponder AS SUMMER TRAVEL plans inch ever closer, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to see and do when your reach your destination. For travellers looking for guidance, Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com) introduces its new Discover series. These guidebooks focus on highlights and must-see attractions and experiences, making them ideal for one- or two-week trips. “We saw a need to create this series because many travellers are interested in preselected top recommendations so that they can make the most of their time in the destination,” says Heather Dickson, assistant regional publisher at Lonely Planet. “We’ve done the first step in planning for the reader, clearly presenting the key travel options and making it easy to take a one- or two-week trip to overseas destinations, like Europe or Asia.” The guides are all full colour and include itineraries organized around themes and the length of the trip. Dickson adds that the books also include expert recommendations for major points of interest. The following descriptions of top 10 experiences, written by Lonely Planet staff and ordinary travellers, are from Discover France. 1. The Seine, Paris Going on a cruise at night along the Seine and seeing all the sights lit up, the couples strolling along the river bank. It was so romantic, even if we are a couple of old folks. Irene Poulton, traveller, Australia 2. Monet’s Garden, Giverny Everyone knows Monet’s water lilies. And there is something magical about standing on a bridge inside a painting that you know so well. But, for me, the most interesting part was Monet’s house: On the brightly painted walls hung not Impressionist masterpieces but Japanese woodcuts, making me suddenly curious about the artist’s life. Suzannah Shwer, Lonely Planet staff 3. Chartres blue Chartres Cathedral raises your eyes to the heavens and defies belief that man can make such a masterpiece. I spent a whole day here, taking the excellent guided tour, then exploring on my own. The stained glass grabs the headlines, but the ornate carvings on the outside reward a detailed examination. If this was in nearby Paris, no other church would get a look in. Tom Hall, Lonely Planet staff 4. Carnac megaliths Cycling past Carnac’s fields full of thousands of otherworldly megaliths is an otherworldly reminder of Brittany’s ancient human inhabitation. You can even stop for crêpes in a traditional long Breton house right in the middle of a 70-strong cromlech (circle of menhirs). Catherine Le Nevez, Lonely Planet author, France 5. Croix Rousse, Lyon I cannot think of a finer spot to be Sunday morning than sitting on a pavement terrace in Croix Rousse, sipping white Côtes du Rhône and watching a man with briny hands and blue plastic apron shuck oysters before my very eyes. Quelle joie! Nicola Williams, Lonely Planet author, France 6. Adrenaline kick, Chamonix Sure, 007 did it, but so can you: The Vallée Blanche is a once in a lifetime experience. You won’t regret the €70-odd it costs to do it because every minute of the five hours it takes to go down will pump more adrenaline in your body than anything else you’ve ever done. Emilie Filou, Lonely Planet author, UK 7. Carcassonne’s La Cité at dusk I spent the day wandering around Carcassonne’s La Cité, walking across the medieval drawbridge and admiring the pennant-capped towers. I was impressed, but it wasn’t until later that the awe-inspiring beauty of the citadel took hold. Bathed in pink light, it appeared like a magic castle in a fairy tale. James McMurray, traveller, South Africa 8. Provençal living The landscape reminds one of Tuscany: bright warming sunshine, lush green hills, and streams and springs. Small villages cling to the hillsides. The area is dominated by Mont Ventoux—everywhere you go it lingers on the horizon. And did I mention the wine? Andrew Briffett, traveller, UK 9. Wine tasting Winding through country lanes, golden fields stretching as far as the eye could see, we drove … searching for a family-run vineyard for a spot of wine tasting. There, a jovial man told stories about his vineyard as he served us his favourite vintages. We picnicked in a flower-filled clearing nearby. Caroline Thresher, traveller, UK 10. Shopping at the market For me, a visit to France is all about the markets—sometimes it’s an ancient covered market, sometimes it’s an alfresco affair in the town square. I love eyeing the pristinely stacked vegetables, pondering the mounds of perfectly ripened cheese and chatting with the fruit sellers while I assemble my picnic. Caroline Sieg, Lonely Planet author, London C

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By Wendy Helfenbaum IDEALLY, FAMILIES should be able to go to a Disney theme park when crowds are thin and prices are rock bottom. Unfortunately, most people’s vacations fall over the summer or during spring break, exactly the times when Disney parks are at peak capacity. Saving time and money is critical when your kids are desperate to ride Space Mountain or eat breakfast with Mickey, and several unofficial Disney gurus have found surefire strategies to help travellers enjoy the best vacation possible. When it comes to experiencing Disney, Bob Sehlinger believes you need either a good plan or a frontal lobotomy. Sehlinger has made 400 visits to Disney parks over the past 20 years, and the author of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (Wiley, 2009) and his team have figured out how to save up to four hours of waiting time per day by visiting attractions in a specific order. Sehlinger wrote the book following a disastrous family trip to Disney World in the early 1980s. “We didn’t have a plan, we paid a bucketful of money and we stood in lines all day. I was horrified,” he recalls. Montrealer Patti Gruman learned this the hard way after her family’s first trip to Disney World. “We were winging it, and realized very quickly that you need a strategy,” she recalls. Planning ahead In terms of the worst time to go, says Sehlinger, “You absolutely don’t want to be down there over a Fourth of July weekend.” Instead, head to Disney right after school finishes, or the week before school starts up again. “Sometimes the hotel rates are less expensive at those times.” Visit the official Disney Web site at www. disney.go.com before leaving home and pick the attractions you want to see. Crowd conditions depend on a ride’s popularity and carrying capacity. If you don’t want to wander aimlessly, follow the step-by-step itineraries at Sehlinger’s Web site, TouringPlans.com. He and his team developed them by analyzing traffic flow at Disney and creating a mathematical model to calculate the best order in which to see the attractions. Ready, set, ride! Whether you visit Disneyland or Disney World, Sehlinger advises arriving at least 45 minutes before the park opens. “The only way to beat the crowds is to be one of the first ones through the turnstile. Know what the bottleneck attractions are and hit them first, no matter where they’re located in the park. In other words, go to Tomorrowland and ride Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear and then go all the way over to the other side of the park to ride Splash Mountain. Then come back to Fantasyland and ride Peter Pan. All four of those, even a half hour later, are going to be mobbed.” Gruman strongly recommends bringing or renting a stroller for kids up to age 6. “The last thing you want is a tired, hot, cranky child who says, ‘I’m not walking anymore; carry me,’ ” says the Costco member. Tips from the money-saving maven Costco member Mary Waring turned a passion for finding Disney deals into a new business. The founder of MouseSavers.com found discounts posted on dozens of discussion boards, so she compiled them on her private Web site. When her brother forwarded the site to co-workers, she got more than 23,000 hits in six weeks. Today, her site—which is jam-packed with insider discount codes and coupons—gets several million hits each month. If there’s a way to save money, she knows about it. “Become your own advocate and do some research,” says Waring. “Frequently, you’ll save money by buying your tickets separately from your hotel.” Waring also suggests bringing along a suitcase of cereal, snacks, juice and water. If your hotel room has a fridge, stock it with sandwich supplies and have a picnic lunch instead of lining up for expensive meals. If you eat on-site, consider sharing meals; portions are huge at Disney parks. Disney provides plenty of what Waring calls “shopportunities.” Most rides end up in a gift shop, but Gruman notes, “You don’t have to lose your shirt. We gave our children $10 per day to spend on souvenirs; it taught them about budgeting.” Take a breather Although trying to tear your children away from Fantasyland may seem daunting, Sehlinger and Waring advise leaving the parks after lunch to escape the hottest, most crowded time of the day. “Splash around the hotel pool, take a nap and go back in the late afternoon,” suggests Waring. “You can literally stand at the exit at 4 o’clock and watch children who didn’t have a rest coming out in full meltdown mode. It’s just screaming mayhem.” Above all, says Sehlinger, “Don’t get hung up on how many rides you fit in. Stop from time to time and ask, ‘What would make us happiest right now?’ and just follow that instinct.” C Wendy Helfenbaum is a Montreal writer and television producer at Take Two Productions, www.taketwoproductions.ca.

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■ Next, revisit the practice green and practice a few up-and-down (holing the ball in two strokes) scenarios incorporating your wedge and a putter. The goal is to get up and down a few times. This will give you confidence if you happen to miss a green. At this point you will be on your way to the first tee, remembering the feeling of the great shot you hit at the practice range, which you can now relive on the first tee. Fixing a fade or slice If you’re still having trouble with your swing, here are some common problems and how to solve them. For example, when using the driver, golfers often have a swing that results in a fade (when a ball moves to the left before curving back to the right) or a slice (when a ball curves in the shape of a banana). Because the speed of the ball off a driver is much quicker than off the irons, the effect on the ball’s flight is much more dramatic. A slice or fade occurs if the club face is very much open at the point of impact, which creates varying amounts of side spin. This problem can be addressed in a couple of ways. First, an open club face usually occurs if the club is travelling across the swing plane outside in or over the top. One

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By Richard Sweeting THERE ARE A vast number of ways to speed up your curve in regard to learning golf. A great way to prepare for a game is to be at the golf course 45 minutes before your tee time. This is not always possible; however, simple pieces of this approach can help in several ways. ■ The first step is to go to the practice green and hit putts from various distances for five to 10 minutes. ■ Take the club that you are most comfortable with around the greens and practice your short game for five to 10 minutes. ■ Hit 10 to 20 shots to minimal-distance holes (90 to 140 metres; 100 to 150 yards). This will help you to get the feel of making contact with a short stroke. ■ Next, visit the driving range to help loosen up the larger muscles. Make sure you stretch properly so you don’t hurt muscles. Start by hitting shorter clubs, such as your 9 iron. Five to 10 shots per club is sufficient. Generally hit with three different irons, starting with a short one and finishing with maybe your 5 iron. Then move to a fairway wood. The best advice I can give is to always finish on a positive note. If you have six balls left and you have just hit a great shot, leave the remaining balls there.

way to improve this swing path is to simply place a small golf towel under your right armpit (if you’re right-handed). The idea is to not let go of the towel while swinging your club to the target. The towel will fall out as you get the club to your finish position. If you practice this technique over a period of time, you will find yourself staying more connected at the impact position and perhaps swinging the club from the inside and not the outside. Another factor in hitting a fade or a slice is not releasing the club at impact; releasing the club means getting the club face to a square position at impact. It’s easy to improve your release. If you have ever thrown a stone into a lake and tried to make it skip, you are on your way. Think of the simple way you can hinge your wrist to create power and then unload your wrist to release the stone into the water. The feeling is somewhat similar when you are unloading the club just prior to impact. If you have access to an impact bag, this is a great tool to see if you have released your hands or not. Have a great day on the links. C Richard Sweeting is a Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association professional consultant.
■ Alignment putter (features a high-MOI design and alignment aids to increase accuracy and consistency on the greens) ■ Stand bag (features 14 dividers, an insulated bottle holder, custom holder for balls and tees, and a dual-strap carrying system.) This set, which is exclusive to Costco, shows a substantial savings over what members would pay elsewhere. It’s available in warehouses and at Costco.ca.



THE TOP-FLITE Inertia 18-piece golf set is great for players of all abilities—from beginners to experienced golfers—to improve their clubs and their game. The set comes fully loaded, so you can go straight from the warehouse to the golf course. Featuring superior quality and advanced momentof-inertia (MOI) technology (which reduces the twisting action of the club’s head upon contact), this set

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Floors don’t vacuum themselves. But that doesn’t mean you have to do it. Roomba vacuums the entire floor, under and around furniture and along walls, automatically adjusting from carpets to hard floors and back again. Our newest model, in warehouse now, features AeroVac—the latest breakthrough in cleaning technology. This powerful vacuum maximizes airflow to not only pull additional hair and debris off Roomba’s brushes, but also guide the debris to the back of the bin, allowing you to empty it less often.

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Shrimp on the Barbie
Melbourne, Australia
680 to 908 g (11/2 to 2 pounds) jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper 1 bunch fresh basil leaves 170 g (6 ounces) very thinly sliced prosciutto, cut lengthwise into 11/2-inch-wide strips Wooden toothpicks or small bamboo skewers 15 to 30 mL (1 to 2 tablespoons) extra virgin olive oil 125 mL (1/2 cup) Pernod, absinthe or other anise-flavoured aperitif Lemon wedges, for serving Season the shrimp on both sides with salt and pepper. Wrap a basil leaf around each shrimp, then wrap it in a strip of prosciutto. Secure the prosciutto in place with toothpicks. Drizzle the olive oil over the shrimp to coat them lightly on both sides or brush on the oil with a pastry brush. Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat it to high. When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Arrange the shrimp all facing in the same direction on the hot grate and grill them until the prosciutto is sizzling and crisp and the shrimp are just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side; do not overcook them. Transfer the grilled shrimp to a platter or plates. Pour the Pernod into a small saucepan, place it on the grill and warm the Pernod until it is just body temperature—do not let it boil. Remove the pan from the heat and, making sure that the area is clear of flammable material and that no one is standing too close, use a long match to ignite the Pernod. Very carefully pour the flaming Pernod over the shrimp and serve them at once, with lemon wedges. Makes 4 servings.

Travelling the world for the best in barbecue
MANY PEOPLE THINK of barbeA: In Colombia, they have a cuing as throwing something on fantastic dish called lomo al trapo— the grill, with a little hickory occamade by wrapping salt-crusted beef sionally thrown in for flavour. But tenderloin in a cotton cloth and those who do are missing out on a roasting it right on the embers. world of delicious opportunities, Some other cool techniques include says grill guru Steven Raichlen. He Spanish bread grilled with chocolate travelled to the corners of the world (sounds incredible—tastes even betto find innovative and delectable ter) and grilling fish in banana leaves recipes for barbecued foods, which to seal in flavour and moistness he presents in his latest book, Planet (found throughout Southeast Asia). Barbecue!: 309 Recipes! 60 Countries Steven Raichlen Q: We’ll put you on the spot: (available at most Costco locations). When you’re in a hurry, what’s your Here’s a quick report on his travels, along with favourite quick barbecue meal? some recipes from the book. A: Favourite quick meal (and one we Q: You travelled the world for your new make often at our home in Martha’s Vineyard): book. In a nutshell, what did you find out there? Grilled Greek Bread with Oregano, from A: That everywhere you go, people grill difGreece; with Grilled Swordfish with Garlic ferently, but that the passion for live fire cooking Caper Butter, from the United States; is universal. That the global flavours and innovaCoconut-Grilled Corn, from Cambodia; tive grilling techniques in Planet Barbecue will and Muscat-Grilled Pineapple with Sea Salt, help you up your game, whether you cook on a from Australia. C simple kettle grill or a stainless steel gas super grill. Also that everything is fair game for the grill, from eggs (smoked in Israel to make a smoked egg pâté) to lobster (grilled Mexican style with garlic mojo), from duck (grilled Vietnamese The Costco Connection style) to spit-roasted cinnamon-sugar-crusted Costco features a selection of barbecues pineapple (a Brazilian dessert). and accessories, as well as fine meat, Q: You found interesting techniques elseseafood and other fresh foods, for all of where in the world. Name a couple. your grilling needs this summer.
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Ginger, Garlic and Honey Grilled Baby Back Ribs

2 racks baby back ribs (each 908 g to 1.13 kg, or 2 to 21/2 pounds) 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1 piece (2 inches) fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped 15 mL (1 tablespoon) sugar 20 mL (1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon) coarse salt (kosher or sea) 10 mL (2 teaspoons) freshly ground black pepper 30 mL (2 tablespoons) honey 15 mL (1 tablespoon) soy sauce 15 mL (1 tablespoon) Asian fish sauce or more soy sauce DIPPING SAUCE 20 mL (4 teaspoons) coarse salt (kosher or sea) 20 mL (4 teaspoons) white pepper 4 juicy limes, cut in half Cut each rack in half and place ribs in a non-reactive baking dish just large enough to hold them in a single layer. Place the garlic, ginger, sugar, 1 tablespoon of salt and black pepper in a mortar and pound to a paste with a pestle, or purée these ingredients in a food processor. Work in the honey, soy sauce and fish sauce. Spread the spice paste over the ribs on both sides. Let the ribs marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for 1 to 4 hours; the longer the ribs marinate, the richer the flavour will be. For the dipping sauce, place 5 mL (1 teaspoon) of salt and 5 mL (1 teaspoon) of white pepper in neat mounds side by side in each of 4 tiny bowls. Place 2 lime halves next to each bowl. Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat it to medium. When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Place the ribs, bone side down, on the hot grate and grill until golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes per side, a little longer for full-size ribs. When ribs are done, the meat will have shrunk back from the ends of the bones by about ¼ inch. Watch for flareups. Should they occur, move the ribs to another section of the grill. Transfer the racks of ribs to a cutting board and cut them into individual ribs, then arrange them on a platter or plates for serving. Just before eating, instruct your guests to squeeze 1 to 2 tablespoons of lime juice into their bowls of salt and white pepper and stir them with chopsticks until mixed. Dip the ribs in the sauce before eating. Makes 4 servings.

Grilled Vegetable Salad
3 to 4 small or 2 medium-size eggplants (about 454 g, or 1 pound, total) 3 luscious, red ripe tomatoes 2 medium-size or 1 large green bell pepper, 3 Cubanelle or Anaheim peppers, or 6 horn peppers 1/2 small sweet onion, finely chopped 4 to 6 purple or green basil leaves, thinly slivered crosswise, plus 1 basil sprig for garnish 15 mL (1 tablespoon) chopped fresh dill 15 mL (1 tablespoon) chopped fresh cilantro, or 15 mL (1 tablespoon) more dill 30 mL (2 tablespoons) vegetable oil, or more to taste 15 mL (1 tablespoon) red wine vinegar, or more to taste Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper Grilled bread for serving

Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat it to high. When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Arrange the eggplants, tomatoes and peppers on the hot grate. Grill the eggplants until the skins are charred and blistered on all sides and the flesh is soft (the eggplants will be easy to pierce with a skewer), 3 to 4 minutes per side, 9 to 12 minutes in all. Grill the tomatoes until the skins are dark and blistered, about 2 minutes per side, 6 to 8 minutes in all. Grill the peppers until the skins are darkly browned and blistered, about 2 minutes per side, 6 to 8 minutes in all, for medium-size bell peppers or Cubanelles; 3 to 4 minutes per side, 12 to 16 minutes in all, for a large bell pepper; and 2 to 4 minute per side, 4 to 8 minutes in all, for Anaheim or horn peppers. To ensure even cooking, turn the vegetables with tongs. Transfer the grilled vegetables to a platter to cool to room temperature. Scrape off any burnt skin, discarding any stems. Cut the peppers in half, remove the cores and scrape out the seeds. Cut the vegetables into ¼- to ½-inch dice (or as large as you like). Transfer the diced vegetables to a non-reactive mixing bowl. Add the onion, basil slivers, dill, cilantro (if using), vegetable oil and wine vinegar to the diced vegetables, and stir to mix. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and black pepper to taste and more oil and/or vinegar as necessary. Garnish with a sprig of basil. Serve the salad with grilled bread. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
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crossword connectıon

Make the Connection with our new crossword puzzle.
By Jan Buckner Walker

You’ll find the answers to the red clues throughout the magazine.
Across 1. Three-part tale, like the Bourne series 4. What accountants do with their books (or gymnast’s dream beam) 7. Marketplace jargon: Businessperson who treats her enterprise as her infant 9. Magic man Jillette partnered with a fellow named Teller 11. Eschew at all costs 12. Famed French waterway 13. Floats up the boulevard: Spectacle in which the excitement passes you by 14. Shrivelled little bran companions 15. What your first cousin might call his mother’s brother’s mother 17. Soaks up suds or sun 19. The Magic Kingdom’s rodentin-residence 22. Backyard burger-cooker (or car’s chrome vent) 23. Past companion with a haunting presence 24. Notable happenings 25. TV talk: It’s the “D” in LED Down 1. Person or entity that renders unto Caesar 2. Long-playing album, for short 3. World’s leading Web search engine, now a certified verb 4. Darling doll (or a 22 Across for shrimp down under) 5. Convertible asset 6. It’s an allergen’s nemesis 8. A time to shine for Energy Star, Canadian ______ Week is May 31 to June 6 10. Knife’s serration location 12. Golfer’s gaffe (or piece of pie) 13. It’s just fine, for the course 16. Tiny farm resident 17. Woman’s wrist hoop 18. Even chance: What you have on one hand when you have a half dozen on the other 19. In power terms, it makes right 20. Super storage and server sys-

tem for data based in remote locations: _____ computing 21. Parrot’s palace, actor Nicolas or rib formation

Answers on page 60 Jan Buckner Walker is president of Kids Across/Parents Down (www.kapd.com).

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Fontaine Santé Three Bean Salad

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La Maison Fresh Garlic Caesar Dressing

Cardinal Roadhouse Angus Beef Burgers

Tony Roma’s Bold and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Cracker Barrel Old Cheddar

Golden Boy Dried Apricots

Traditions Premium Variety Ice Cream

Minute Maid Variety Fruit Punch

Budweiser Barbecue Sauce

Shopsy’s ¼ lb. Beef Wieners

Balderson 6-year-old Cheddar

Oasis Variety Pack

Morey’s Seafood Marinated Wild Alaskan Salmon

Golden Farms Vidalia Onion Dressing

Norwegian Fjord Smoked Salmon

Kirkland Signature Cooked Shrimp

Originale Augustin Double Delight Bars

PhillySwirl Assorted Sorbet Bars

Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Almond Bars

Goat Cheese Turkey Burgers
Preparation: 10 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes Serves: 4 people

Five Alarm Spare Ribs
Preparation: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Serves: 6 people

Watermelon Raspberry Popsicles
Preparation: 20 minutes Freeze Time: 6 hours Serves: 8 people

450 g (1 lb) ground turkey 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 large egg, beaten 60 mL (¼ cup) bread crumbs 225 g (8 oz.) Woolwich Dairy Original Chevrai, crumbled 1 tomato, sliced 1 head of lettuce, divided

1 to 1.5 kg (2 ½ to 3 lbs) pork back ribs 2 mL (½ tsp) each salt and pepper 500 mL (2 cups) Heinz Tomato Ketchup 75 mL (5 tbsp) hot pepper sauce 50 mL (¼ cup) molasses or brown sugar 30 mL (2 tbsp) Heinz Mustard 15 mL (1 tbsp) all-purpose flour

500 mL (2 cups) watermelon, seeded and diced 250 mL (1 cup) fresh raspberries 80 mL (1/3 cup) Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, granulated 15 mL (1 tbsp) fresh lemon juice 15 mL (1 tbsp) light corn syrup


Preheat grill to 375° F (190° C) or medium high heat. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. With cold water, dampened hands, shape into 4, ¾-in. thick patties. Place on tray. Cover and refrigerate until ready to grill. Lightly oil the grate and grill each burger for 6 minutes per side, or until entirely cooked through. Serve on a burger bun and garnish with tomato, lettuce and crumbled goat cheese.

Preheat grill to medium. Sprinkle ribs evenly with salt and pepper. Cut ribs into two rib-sized portions. Stir ketchup with hot sauce, molasses and mustard. Blend in flour until smooth. Pour evenly over ribs and toss to combine. Arrange ribs in a single layer in a foil-grilling bag. Scrape all of the sauce into the bag. Fold bag to fit around meat snugly. Place bag on a baking sheet and slide onto grill. Grill ribs, turning occasionally, for 1 hour or until ribs are tender. Cool in bag for 15 minutes.

Place all ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour ingredients out of blender. Strain through a sieve into a small bowl, pressing firmly to extract as much of the liquid as possible. Discard pulp. Pour extracted juice into popsicle moulds and freeze at least 6 hours or overnight.

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Environment Week
By Diane Slawych AS RECENTLY AS five years ago, the average plasma TV consumed about as much electricity as a refrigerator. But now, thanks in part to manufacturers who are responding to consumer demand for more energyefficient products, new models are coming out that will consume as little as a 100-watt light bulb. “TVs overall are becoming more energy efficient,” explains Jason Zapp, a Costco electronics buyer. Savvy consumers who want to save money on utility bills while helping to protect the environment look for the Energy Star symbol, which identifies products as the top high-efficiency performers in their category. This spring, Costco will be introducing LED (light-emitting diode), LCD (liquid crystal display) and plasma televisions with a new and higher Energy Star standard of 4.0, which will be at least 40 per cent more efficient than conventional models. The new televisions are among the many products Costco will highlight during a weeklong promotion (May 31 to June 6) that coincides with Canadian Environment Week (May 31 to June 5). Other Energy Star–rated products include washing machines, refrigerators, computers, thermostats, dehumidifiers and lights. During Environment Week, members will find instant-rebate coupons offering discounts of between 10 to 30 per cent off a range of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly products. Last year, for example, there were discounts on bicycles, lighting fixtures and biodegradable cleaning products. In addition, representatives from various provincial utility companies are expected to set up kiosks at Costco warehouses, where they will be available to talk to members about energy efficiency and answer questions. Reducing energy vampires Even if you own few or no Energy Star products, you have other options to save money

Get current during

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Grow a Beautiful, Healthy Garden


1 Feed when planting or

transplanting to promote root growth
• Bone Meal is an organic based, traditional plant food • Use when planting roses, bulbs, perennials and owering shrubs






on electricity. One way is to reduce what is sometimes referred to as phantom, or standby, power. Electrical equipment that is turned off but remains plugged into an outlet continues to draw electricity, costing you money. Think of all the potential “energy vampires” in your home right now, from TVs and DVD players to computers and audio systems. One obvious solution is to unplug equipment when it’s not in use. If that’s too inconvenient due to myriad cords or hard-to-reach outlets, a power bar will help. To find out which electrical products in your home are using the most electricity, consider buying or renting a power meter (to save money, share it with friends and split the cost) that measures consumption in watts. “I’d say for anything over 1 watt it’s worth unplugging the device or connecting it to a switchable power bar,” says Lydia Aouani, Energy Star account manager for home electronics and office equipment with Natural Resources Canada. If the meter gives a reading of 5 watts, for example, you would then multiply by 24 hours and by 365 days, then divide by 1,000 (to convert from watts to kilowatts) and multiply by your utility rate, which varies in each province and territory but, is on average 0.10 cent per kilowatt-hour. In this case the standby power totals $4.38 for the year. That may not sound like much, but, says Aouani, if you add up all of the devices in your home the total can be quite a lot. C Diane Slawych is a Toronto-based freelance writer, broadcaster and photographer. Visit her blog at www. torontoforfree.ca.






Bone Meal 4-12-0

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Answers to the crossword puzzle on page 46. The crossword puzzle and this space are available for sponsorship. To obtain advertising rates, contact Leah at Leah.Clement@ costco.com.

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Across 1. Trilogy 4. Balance 7. Mompreneur 9. Penn 11. Avoid 12. Seine 13. Parade

14. Raisins 15. Grandma 17. Bathes 19. Mickey 22. Grill 23. Ghost 24. Events 25. Diode

Down 1. Taxpayer 2. LP 3. Google 4. Barbie 5. Car 6. Antihistamine 8. Environment 10. Edge 12. Slice 13. Par 16. Ant 17. Bangle 18. Six 19. Might 20. Cloud 21. Cage

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Picture of success
Photo Centre products aid business promotion
By Kreta Chandler SMALL BUSINESSES depend on marketing collateral to attract new customers, to promote products and services, and to build customer relationships and loyalty. As they seek new ways to break through the communication clutter and grab the attention of customers, many now turn to Costco Photo Centres for new types of products and fresh ideas for business applications. “Costco photo technicians are completely tuned in and bring the latest photo product features and trends into my world,” says Tom Walker, an award-winning photojournalist specializing in oil and gas industry, aerial and portrait photography in the Calgary area. “With the help of Costco, I’ve been able to lead the way with my clients. I used to o er only photo prints and a DVD. Now I include a photo book every time.” Classic Products Roofing Systems, a metal-roofing company in Mississauga, Ontario, recently created een 2-by-3-foot photo plaques of completed projects to showcase in their o ce. According to Norman Wells, company president and a Costco Business Member, it was easy. “All I had to do was take the picture, give the camera card to the Photo Centre [sta ] and they did the rest. It’s a one-stop operation, which is exactly what you want.” e company also re-prints the images in portfolio-size photos for use by its salespeople. Realtors, too, are looking at new types of personalized marketing materials. eir business depends on promoting their properties and building client loyalty for referrals and repeat business. Realtors can include Photo Centre products in their daily job activities in several ways. Here are a few ideas. In homes for sale and at open houses, display a photo book that includes photos of the home and the neighbourhood during different seasons, as well as nearby attractions such as a golf course or bicycle path; it helps clients visualize living there year-round. Leave a stack of 5-by-7-inch photo prints in the home for clients to take with them. In addition to calling on sellers with expired listings to generate new business, send personalized photo greeting cards to your database of current and past clients, asking for listings and referrals. Because e-mail usage has increased dramatically, there is a lot less mail in mailboxes now, which gives your card a better chance of being read.




For new listings, print 4-by-6-inch photos of the property, add a label on the back with contact information and have teenagers distribute the photos in nearby neighbourhoods. Add a postage stamp and mailing label, and it can be on its way to potential buyers the same day. A er a sale or purchase, create personalized photo greeting cards, framed posters or calendars as thank-you gi s. Many of these ideas aren’t limited to Realtors, but can be used by other businesses such as boutiques, interior design firms, bakeries, fly-fishing outfitters, caterers, restaurants, child-care providers, travel and tour companies, nonpro ts, churches, artists and more. ey can use posters for retail and trade-show signage, promote events with personalized invitations

and/or use photo prints for fundraising, as the Calgary Zoo does. Garth Irvine, the zoo’s gorilla keeper and a nature photographer, donated his photo of his “baby girl” Yewande to the Calgary Zoo. Over the past two years, the zoo has raised more than $20,000 for gorilla conservation by selling photo prints made at the local Costco Photo Centre. “It’s quick and easy,” says Irvine. “And when the zoo gets low on prints, I can order more online, pick them up a er work and have them for sale the next day.” C Kreta Chandler is an author, photographer and customer-experience architect.



Costco Photo Centres do more than preserve memories: They can help promote businesses with a variety of products.

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By Stephanie E. Ponder FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY conscious citizens, following certain steps to take care of the planet is a no-brainer. ese steps include recycling more, using less electricity and driving less. But what happens when you have to drive—particularly if you need to rent a car? Luckily, car-rental companies are stepping up their e orts to make driving as environmentally friendly as possible. When choosing a rental company, look for the following. Hybrid cars. Hybrid cars have two engines: a standard gasoline engine and an electric motor. e gas engine turns o when the car is running at a constant speed and when the car is on but not moving. is cuts down on both pollution and gas consumption. Popular hybrid models include the Nissan Altima, among others.

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GETTING AHEAD IN business today requires staying creative. Besides the traditional approaches to marketing, many savvy companies are using customized merchandise to promote their businesses or as employee incentives. Customized items can be used to help advertise a business, reward employees, commemorate special events, roll out new product lines and promote many other business initiatives. Since 2005, Costco and Brymark Promotions Inc. have been helping smallbusiness members make connections with their customers and employees through Costco’s Custom Logo Merchandise Program. From clothing to umbrellas, key chains to mugs and pens to bags, Brymark works with business owners to determine which items best fit their company’s needs. To learn more about Brymark Promotions and the Logo Merchandise Program, pick up a brochure at your local warehouse, visit www.brymark.com/ costco or call 1-800-429-3019.—SEP

Rental car options help fuel environmental awareness
Fuel ef ciency. Ideally, any car you drive should be rated 7.35 litres per 100 kilometres for highway driving. Vehicle age. Newer, well-maintained vehicles get better mileage. is includes factors such as clear air lters, tires with the proper air pressure and, quite simply, cars that have been washed. Flex-fuel options. Look for vehicles that can use E85 ethanol ex fuel—a combination of ethanol and gasoline. Its use can reduce not only gasoline consumption, but also carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide emissions. Because ethanol is water soluble, non-toxic and biodegradable, E85 contains fewer potential contaminants than gasoline does. Toll-collection services. Cars that use electronic toll-collection services, such as EZ Toll or EZ Pass, not only save travellers time by skipping cash payment lines, they also help the environment. By eliminating long NOT ONLY IS IT nice to be green, it’s nice to save some green queues and the need to come to a full stop too. Between May 1 and August 31, and then start up again, electronic toll passes Costco members who rent from Budget can help cut down on fuel consumption and get $50 off a minimum six-day rental including harmful hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide GPS or $20 off a minimum six-day rental without and nitrogen oxide emissions. a GPS unit. These savings are in addition to the Fuel storage. Car-rental comexclusive savings of 5 to 25 per cent off car rentals panies need to have fuel on hand to for Costco members at participating locations in ll their eet. While it may not be Canada, the U.S. and overseas. Executive Members obvious, these businesses can take receive a complimentary one-car-class upgrade, and several steps to lessen their environpay no extra charges for one additional driver and no mental impact. For example, what surcharges for drivers between the ages 21 and 24. is the company doing to prevent For more information, go to Costco.ca, select spills during storage and fuel load“Services” and then “Car Rentals,” or call 1-866-462-8348. ing? Do their fuel-storage tanks

have double walls, do they have over ll protection and are they made from corrosionresistant materials? What safeguards are in place to detect leaks and control vapours to minimize air emissions? “Saving on the cost of a rental car and protecting the environment at the same time makes good business sense,” says Peggy Allen, Costco Executive Membership assistant buyer. “At Costco we strive to participate in responsible resource use.” C

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special events
Ameriware Professional Cookware High-end cookware with a durable non-stick surface. Oven and dishwasher safe. Available in sets or open stock. Ameriware Professional Cutlery Made of 67 layers of fine Japanese steel with a Super VG-10 core. These knives are available in an heirloom box set or open stock. Breakwater Marine Breakwater Marine offers special pricing to all Costco members at parking-lot events. Save on brand new Glastron, Larson and Centurion and Seaswirl boats. Ellen Women’s Apparel Fashionable separates for contemporary women. Fil à Fil Men’s Suits and Separates Men’s suits, sports jackets, dress pants and outerwear. Fraserway RV Special offers to Costco members on latemodel RVs sold through Fraserway RV in our parking lot. Fylo by Nylon Women’s Separates Build your wardrobe with this grouping of contemporary sportswear separates and dresses. Glensport Women’s Career Separates A collection of separates including jackets, pants, skirts, tops, dresses and outerwear. Green Mountain Hammocks Hammock stands and 100% cotton hammocks.

New and exciting products available at your local warehouses for a limited time only.

For specific dates and further information at your local Costco warehouse, go to Costco.ca, click on “In the warehouse,” then click on “Special Events.”
Guttermaster Clean gutters, windows and vinyl siding without climbing a ladder. The tool telescopes to 3.6 metres (12 feet). Also good for cleaning cars, trucks, RVs and boats. Holey Soles Footwear Fun-colourful footwear for the family in solids and prints for work and play. Jewelry To Your Doorstep A stunning assortment of sterling silver and gemstone jewellery. Josef Seibel Leather Footwear Ladies leather comfort footwear designed by one of Germany’s leading footwear companies. Lil Jo’s Baby Shoes Licensed and unlicensed washable baby shoes. Little Giant Ladders Unique versatile-use, CSA-approved 5.18 and 6.71 metre (17- and 22-foot) ladders, rated with a workload capacity of 300 pounds. Mary Jack Studios Children’s art Embellished gallerywrapped art ideal for children of all ages. Maxiwell Massager Lightweight, portable shiatsu therapy massage cushion. Easy to store and use. Miche Handbags A unique handbag that allows the user to change the exterior appearance of the bag. Choose from two styles. Oliso irons The Oliso steam iron with auto-lift system is the only iron that lifts and lowers itself at the touch of a hand. Oriental Rugs Hand-knotted and hand-woven rugs in various sizes and patterns to suit your decorating needs. Pink Solution Go green with this non-toxic, organic, biodegradable all-purpose cleaner for fibreglass, tiles and grout, shower curtains, marble, porcelain, windows and mirrors, driveways, autos, boats, RVs, canvas, hot tubs, pools and more. It can also be used as a hand cleaner and is totally safe around children and pets. Rapz Women’s Cover-ups Colourful separates and swimwear cover-ups. Scuba Equipment and Accessories Equipment, apparel and accessories for the scuba enthusiast. Silk-Filled Duvets Non-allergenic, lightweight and breathable long-strand silk-filled duvets. An excellent alternative to down-filled products. Simon Chang Swim and Resort Wear Swimwear and cover-ups suitable for taking you from day into evening. Spa Utopia Skin- and Hair-care Products Enjoy a spa experience at home with a selection of skin- and hair-care products made with pure essential oils.

where & when
Calgary N May 4–16 Fylo by Nylon women’s separates May 26–Jun 6 Jewelry To Your Doorstep Jun 7–13 Maxiwell massager Jun 14–20 Guttermaster Jun 22–27 Pink Solution Calgary NW May 7–16 Fraserway RV May 10–23 Scuba equipment and accessories May 25–Jun 6 Little Giant ladders Jun 15–20 Pink Solution Jun 15–27 Oriental rugs Calgary S May 4–16 Fil à Fil men’s suits and separates May 17–23 Guttermaster May 18–30 Fylo by Nylon women’s separates May 31–Jun 13 Oriental rugs Jun 7–13 Lil Jo’s baby shoes Jun 14–Jun 27 Mary Jack Studios Children’s art Jun 18–27 Fraserway RV Edmonton NE May 3–9 Scuba equipment and accessories May 7–16 Fraserway RV May 17–23 Guttermaster May 31–Jun 6 Maxiwell massager Jun 9–20 Jewelry To Your Doorstep Jun 22–27 Little Giant ladders Edmonton NW May 18–30 Ellen women’s apparel May 31–Jun 6 Pink Solution Jun 8–20 Little Giant ladders Edmonton S May 4–9 Spa Utopia skin- and hair-care products May 5–16 Ameriware professional cookware May 5–16 Ameriware professional cutlery May 17–30 Scuba equipment and accessories May 31–Jun 6 Guttermaster Grande Prairie May 5–16 Glensport women’s career separates May 17–23 Pink Solution May 25–30 Maxiwell massager Jun 8–13 Guttermaster Lethbridge May 3–9 Jewelry To Your Doorstep May 17–23 Maxiwell massager May 25–30 Oliso irons May 31–Jun 6 Lil Jo’s baby shoes Jun 8–13 Pink Solution

Dates and events are subject to changes and cancellations. Please contact your local Costco warehouse for full details.

Medicine Hat May 3–9 Maxiwell massager May 13–23 Jewelry To Your Doorstep May 31–Jun 6 Oliso irons Red Deer May 3–9 Simon Chang swim and resort wear May 11–16 Maxiwell massager May 18–30 Ameriware professional cookware May 18–30 Ameriware professional cutlery May 31–Jun 13 Scuba equipment and accessories Jun 14–20 Lil Jo’s baby shoes Jun 23–27 Jewelry To Your Doorstep Sherwood Park May 4–16 Ellen women’s apparel May 25–30 Guttermaster May 25–30 Lil Jo’s baby shoes May 31–Jun 13 Rapz women’s cover-ups Jun 14–27 Scuba equipment and accessories Jun 18–27 Fraserway RV

May 10–23 Little Giant ladders May 25–Jun 6 Mary Jack Studios Children’s art Jun 7–13 Lil Jo’s baby shoes Jun 18–27 Fraserway RV Nanaimo May 3–9 Guttermaster May 10–16 Miche handbags May 17–30 Fil à Fil men’s suits and separates May 31–Jun 13 Green Mountain hammocks Jun18–27 Breakwater Marine Port Coquitlam May 4–16 Rapz women’s cover-ups May 17–30 Fylo by Nylon women’s separates May 31–Jun 6 Lil Jo’s baby shoes Jun 7–13 Guttermaster Prince George May 4–9 Oliso irons May 13–23 Jewelry To Your Doorstep Jun 14–20 Holey Soles footwear Richmond May 25–30 Lil Jo’s baby shoes May 31–Jun 6 Guttermaster Jun 4–13 Fraserway RV Surrey May 3–9 Little Giant ladders May 18–30 Rapz women’s cover-ups Jun 1–13 Fylo by Nylon women’s separates Jun 14–20 Lil Jo’s baby shoes Jun 18–27 Breakwater Marine Downtown Vancouver May 3–9 Fil à Fil men’s suits and separates May 11–23 Glensport women’s career separates May 25–30 Holey Soles footwear Willingdon May 4–16 Simon Chang swim and resort wear May 31–Jun 6 Holey Soles footwear Jun 1–13 Rapz women’s cover-ups Jun 23–July 4 Jewelry To Your Doorstep

Abbotsford May 3–9 Miche handbags May 10–16 Lil Jo’s baby shoes May 14–23 Fraserway RV May 28–Jun 6 Breakwater Marine Jun 15–27 Ameriware professional cookware Jun 15–27 Ameriware professional cutlery Burnaby May 3–9 Glensport women’s career separates May 10–16 Silk-filled duvets Kamloops May 4–9 Pink Solution Jun 8–20 Glensport women’s career separates Jun 22–27 Holey Soles footwear Kelowna May 3–9 Fylo by Nylon women’s separates May 11–16 Pink Solution May 18–23 Oliso irons May 25–Jun 6 Glensport women’s career separates Jun 9–20 Jewelry To Your Doorstep Langford May 7–16 Breakwater Marine May 17–23 Miche handbags Jun 1–13 Fil à Fil men’s suits and separates Jun 14–27 Green Mountain hammocks Langley May 3–9 Jewelry To Your Doorstep May 7–16 Breakwater Marine

Winnipeg May 3–9 Lil Jo’s baby shoes May 18–30 Glensport women’s career separates Jun 14–27 Little Giant ladders Winnipeg E May 3–9 Fil à Fil men’s suits and separates May 10–23 Rapz women’s cover-ups

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installation services
Calgary N May 5–9 Mirage® retractable screens Jun 10–13 ClosetMaid® home organization May 10–16 Lennox® heating and cooling May 17–23 Amarr® garage doors May 27–30 Solimat doors and windows Jun 16–20 Mirage® retractable screens Jun 21–27 Lennox® heating and cooling Calgary NW May 6–9 ClosetMaid® home organization May 10–16 Amarr® Garage Doors May 19–23 Mirage® retractable screens May 27–30 Kinetico® home water systems Jun 1–6 Carpet and window fashions Calgary S May 6–9 Kinetico® home water systems May 18–23 Carpet and window fashions May 25–30 Amarr® garage doors May 27–30 Mirage® retractable screens May 31–Jun 6 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 9–13 Mirage® retractable screens Jun 15–20 Carpet and window fashions Jun 21–27 Amarr® garage doors Edmonton NE May 6–9 Kinetico® home water systems May 10–16 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 3–6 Solimat doors and window Jun 21–27 Lennox® heating and cooling Edmonton NW May 27–30 Kinetico® home water systems Jun 10–13 Solimat doors and window Edmonton S May 17–23 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 3–6 Kinetico® home water systems Grande Prairie May 17–23 Lennox® heating and cooling Lethbridge May 3–9 CertaPro Painters® featuring Benjamin Moore® paint May 10–16 Lennox® heating and cooling May 27–30 ClosetMaid® home organization Medicine Hat May 10–16 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 24–27 ClosetMaid® home organization Red Deer May 10–16 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 14–20 Lennox® heating and cooling Sherwood Park May 6–9 Solimat doors and windows May 27–30 Solimat doors and windows Jun 7–13 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 17–20 Kinetico® home water systems


Abbotsford May 6–9 Kinetico® home water systems May 13–16 Mirage® retractable screens May 17–23 Lennox® heating and cooling May 31–Jun 6 Leafguard® gutters Jun 10–13 Solimat doors and windows Jun 14–20 Amarr® garage doors Burnaby May 4–9 Carpet and window fashions May 10–16 Lennox® heating and cooling May 17–23 Amarr® garage doors Jun 9–13 Mirage® retractable screens Jun 15–20 Carpet and window fashions Jun 28–July 4 Leafguard® gutters Kamloops May 10–16 Lennox® heating and cooling May 31–Jun 6 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 10–13 ClosetMaid® home organization Kelowna May 3–9 CertaPro Painters® featuring Benjamin Moore® paint May 6–9 ClosetMaid® home organization May 10–16 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 9–13 Mirage® retractable screens Jun 14–27 Leafguard® gutters Langford May 10–16 Lennox® heating and cooling May 10–23 Leafguard® gutters Jun 17–23 ClosetMaid® home organization Langley May 3–9 Lennox® heating and cooling May 31–Jun 6 Amarr® garage doors Jun 10–13 Mirage® retractable screens Jun 14–20 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 24–27 Solimat doors and window Nanaimo May 10–23 Lennox® heating and cooling May 25–Jun 6 Leafguard® gutters Jun 21–27 Kinetico® home water systems Port Coquitlam May 5–9 Mirage® retractable screens May 10–16 Lennox® heating and cooling May 20–23 ClosetMaid® home organization May 31–Jun 6 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 16–20 Mirage® retractable screens Jun 21–27 Leafguard® gutters Prince George May 5–9 Mirage® retractable screens May 10–16 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 23–27 Mirage® retractable screens


Richmond May 3–9 Amarr® garage doors May 17–23 Lennox® heating and cooling May 27–30 Mirage® retractable screens Jun 10–13 Kinetico® home water systems Jun 14–20 Leafguard® gutters Jun 21–27 Lennox® heating and cooling Surrey May 3–9 Leafguard® gutters May 20–23 Kinetico® home water systems Jun 7–13 Amarr® garage doors Jun 24–27 Mirage® retractable screens Jun 28–Jul 4 Lennox® heating and and cooling Downtown Vancouver May 10–16 Amarr® garage doors May 19–23 Mirage® retractable screens May 25–30 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 1–6 Carpet and window fashions Jun 7–13 Leafguard® gutters Willingdon May 10–16 Leafguard® gutters May 18-23 Carpet and window fashions May 25–30 Amarr® garage doors Jun 2–6 Mirage® retractable screens Jun 7–13 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 21–27 Amarr® garage doors

Find the services offered at your Costco warehouse

ALBERTA Calgary N Calgary NW Calgary S Edmonton NE Edmonton NW Edmonton S Grande Prairie Lethbridge Medicine Hat Red Deer Sherwood Park BRITISH COLUMBIA Abbotsford Burnaby Kamloops Kelowna Langford Langley Nanaimo Port Coquitlam Prince George Richmond Surrey Willingdon MANITOBA Winnipeg Winnipeg E Winnipeg S SASKATCHEWAN Regina Saskatoon

Winnipeg May 4–9 Carpet and window fashions May 10–23 Lennox® heating and cooling May 31–Jun 5 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 17–20 Mirage® retractable screens Winnipeg E May 6–9 DuPont™ countertops May 10–23 Lennox® heating and cooling May 27–30 Kinetico® home water systems May 27–30 Mirage® retractable screens Jun 28–July 3 Lennox® heating and cooling Winnipeg S May 10–23 Lennox® heating and cooling May 20–23 DuPont™ countertops Jun 14–19 Lennox® heating and cooling Jun 24–27 Kinetico® home water systems

Regina May 17–23 Lennox® heating and cooling May 27–30 CertaPro Painters® featuring Benjamin Moore® paint Saskatoon May 13–16 DuPont™ countertops May 17–23 Lennox® heating and cooling

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May 25–Jun 6 Ameriware professional cookware May 25–Jun 6 Ameriware professional cutlery Winnipeg S May 3–16 Glensport women’s career separates May 17–30 Fil à Fil men’s suits and separates

May 31–Jun 6 Silk filled duvetss Jun 7–13 Oliso irons Jun 15–27 Fil à Fil men’s suits and separates

Regina May 18–23 Lil Jo’s baby shoes May 25–30 Silk filled duvetss Jun 2–13 Fil à Fil men’s suits and separates Jun 14–20 Oliso irons Saskatoon May 3–16 Josef Seibel leather footwear May 18–30 Ameriware professional cookware May 18–30 Ameriware professional cutlery May 25–30 Lil Jo’s baby shoes




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Look for a special selection of seafood items, such as Alaskan king crab legs, prawns, lobster tails and more, at all Costco locations May 6–8; May 20–22 and Jun 24–26.

Services available at all Costco warehouses

Bakery, Food Court, Fresh Meat, Produce, Photo Centre, Installation Services and Tire Centre.

Costco.ca Kiosk Deli Gas Station Hearing Aids Optical Pharmacy Propane

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A. Melamine Colander Set: This set of two bright and colourful colanders is ideal for straining and rinsing fruit, vegetables or pasta. Handles on both sides provide a sure grip. Colours: red, green. Item #214380. Warehouse only. B. Zodiac Typhoon 310S In atable Boat: Ready to go at a moment’s notice, the Typhoon 310S can be stored in the trunk or on the roof of your car. Once on the water, it is stable, nimble and can be moored anywhere. The inatable keel provides an additional air chamber, facilitates good performance and handling, and improves ride comfort. This 3 metre (10 foot) in atable boat can hold four passengers or 450 kg (992 pounds), and weighs only 40 kg (88 pounds). Item #229674. Costco.ca only. C. Drawer Organizer Set: These drawer organizers will make your kitchen, bathroom or of ce look tidy and organized. The set includes a three-compartment utensil organizer and a ve-compartment atware organizer. The organizers t in standard-size drawers, have a vinyl-coated bottom and are made with Eco-chrome. Item #213190. Warehouse only. D. Chaise in-a-Drawer Sofa Bed: This ultra-comfortable sofa bed uses a unique mechanism that keeps the foam thick and solid. There’s no bending and folding of a thin mattress: Just pull out and pop up the hidden bed portion, retrieve your linens from the roomy storage area under the chaise and you’re ready for slumber! The bonded-leather surface is smooth and soft, yet durable and easy to clean. Item #228394. Costco.ca only. E. Ocean Earth Men’s Hoodie: The perfect mix of comfort and functionality. With its eece-lined interior and soft exterior, this zippered hoodie is a versatile addition to any wardrobe. Colours: black, grey, blue, khaki. Sizes: S–XXL. Item #171696. Warehouse only.




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F. Roots Active Women’s Pants and Jacket: The classic, full-zip hoodie from Roots Active is comfortable and stylish. Coordinated, casual relaxed- t pants complete the look. Both are made of a soft cotton-spandex blend for easy care. Colours: black, red, prune, jade, navy (hoodie); black, grey, navy (pants). Sizes: S–XL. Item #212657, #212658. Warehouse only. G. Citizen Eco-Drive Women’s and Men’s Watches: Wear a sleek watch that never requires a battery, but instead is powered by light. The two-tone champagne dial makes this a beautiful addition to any wardrobe. Item #221411, #221401. Warehouse only. H. Snap-on 2000 PSI Electric Pressure Washer: This washer strips away mud and dirt, cuts through grease and grime, makes patio cleanup a breeze and quickly cleans cars, trucks, RVs, boats, house exteriors, decks, driveways and much more. The 2000 psi electric pressure washer features an induction motor, on-board detergent tank, high-pressure 10.5 metre (35-foot) hose, fully adjustable spray nozzles and a retractable handle. Item #476052.
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Linda Dunda, Laura Kae and Esther Brooks make money from discarded hockey socks and jerseys.

CANADA IS A CULTURALLY diverse nation. Some simply accept this fact, or even ignore it. Costco member Rik Leaf (www.rikleaf.com) celebrates it. “I had been working as a songwriter and recording artist for a couple of years,” he says, “but when I moved to Winnipeg in 1998, that’s when this all started.” “This” is Tribe of One, a collective of performing and visual artists who create an immersive experience that is both entertaining and edifying. “The area of Canada where I’ve lived for the last 12 years, the Red River Valley, it’s very distinctive in Canada,” Leaf says. “It’s probably the only place in the country where the First Nation and the French and English cultures coexist to such a degree.” Tribe of One was born in a serendipitous moment of inspiration. “We were working on a song one night,” Leaf recalls, “and a couple of dancers were having coffee upstairs from the rehearsal space, and one of them came running down and said, ‘I can totally choreograph a piece for

From left, Rik Leaf, Garan Coons and Buffy Handel at the Festival du Voyageur.


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that song you were just writing.’ “And my wife had just started to paint. Her art studio is in the same place we were rehearsing, so week after week, as the band showed up to practice, you start seeing these paintings that are in the process of being created, and many of us found that fascinating. All of a sudden we started blending these different cultures and languages, and the next thing you know, you’re doing something you’ve never done before.” Leaf describes Tribe of One as a sensory experience, in which you can listen to exotic instruments blending, watch art being created and see dancers in different regalia and styles interpreting it all. “I heard a quote once,” he says, “which said the music should sound like where you’re from. Tribe of One sounds like where I’m from.”—Steve Fisher


Sweet sock-cess
AS THE MOTHERS of nine children among them, three Grimsby, Ontario, women know a lot about stinky socks. In fact, wondering how to preserve their kids’ sportswear is what inspired their home-based business, which refashions hockey socks and jerseys into fun and functional accessories. “We’re giving new life to these socks,” says Laura Kae, who, along with Linda Dunda and Esther Brooks, runs Sockcessories (www.sock-cessories.com). Their creations are handmade from new and reclaimed socks and jerseys, many of them donated by associations and people wanting to purge equipment rooms, garages and basements. The clothing is redesigned, cut and sewn into new creations, such as mittens, hockey bags, scarves and purses. In addition to helping the environment, these three busy Costco members donate 10 per cent of retail sales to hockey associations and non-profit organizations. Marketed to students, players and fans, as well as fans of one-of-a-kind accessories, the designs can be customized with personal jersey numbers. Sock-cessories has filled orders from across Canada, the U.S. and even Holland.—Kelly Putter

Penn is mightier at Costco
IF YOU HAPPEN TO see a longhaired, motor-mouthed giant strolling through Costco, enjoying the free samples with flair and wild gesticulations, a beautiful lady on one arm, it could very well be Penn Jillette—“the larger, louder half” of comedy-magic superstars Penn & Teller—enjoying a hot date. More than once, Jillette, a Costco member since 2003, has brought lady friends to a warehouse store for a leisurely afternoon of noshing and chitchat. “I once had a whole date just walking around and talking about the cool big

boxes,” he laughs. “It’s a great date spot.” It’s also the prestidigitator’s preferred spot for acquiring backstage snacks for Penn & Teller’s long-running Las Vegas show at the Rio. Their green room is stocked entirely from the local Costco, according to Jillette. “We love the mixed nuts, the cheese-and-peanut-butter crackers, and those killer chocolate cakes from the bakery are amazing,” he says.—J. Rentilly

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SIZZLING Summer Selections

Sunrise Farms Chicken Breast Burgers

Freybe Gourmet Chef Creamy Coleslaw

Freybe Heritage Angus Beef Sausages

Hampton House Teriyaki Chicken Breasts

Daniel’s Kitchen Thai Noodle Salad

Thai Kitchen Sweet Red Chili Sauce

Paisley Farms Four Bean Salad

Veggie Patch Garlic-Portabella Patties

Bick’s Baby Dills

La Maison Fresh Garlic Caesar Dressing

Janet and Greta’s Gourmet Chicken Burgers

Grimm’s European Wieners

Club House Montreal Steak Spice

Tony Roma’s Assorted BBQ Sauce

Summer Fresh Seven Grain Salad

Venice Delicatessen Garlic Bread

Cardinal Roadhouse Pork Back Ribs

Belmont Angus Beef Burgers

Heinz Summer Pack

Olympic Jumbo All-Beef Wieners

Hy’s Seasoning Salt

Skoulakis Pork Souvlaki

Paisley Farms Vidalia Onion Dressing

Grimm’s Gouda Potato Skins
Preparation: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 ½ hours Serves: 5 to 10 people

Prosciutto Wrapped Bocconcini Bites
Preparation: 10 minutes Serves: 10

A Buzzin’ Barbecue Sauce
Preparation: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes

24 1 ½ -in. cubes of cantaloupe 24 fresh small sage leaves 24 pieces Tre Stelle Mini Bocconcini 8 slices prosciutto, cut into thirds

15 mL (1 tbsp) butter 1 large white onion, diced 3 garlic cloves, chopped 5 mL (1 tsp) hot sauce 15 mL (1 tbsp) soy sauce 45 mL (3 tbsp) Bee Maid Honey 30 mL (2 tbsp) ketchup Freshly ground pepper

5 large baking potatoes 1 L (4 cups) shredded Gouda cheese 400 g Grimm’s Turkey Pepperoni, sliced 3 chopped green onions

Preheat oven to 200° C (400° F). Bake potatoes in the preheated oven until tender, about 1 hour. Reduce oven temperature to 175° C (350° F). Cut baked potatoes in half. Scoop out potatoes, leaving a small layer on the skins. Cut halves into four strips. Place strips on a medium sized baking sheet. Thinly sprinkle 250 mL (1 cup) Gouda cheese over potato strips. Top with Grimm’s Turkey Pepperoni, followed by green onions and remaining Gouda cheese. Bake topped potato strips in the oven until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Place a sage leaf on top of each Bocconcini and wrap with prosciutto and place on a cube of cantaloupe, fastening with a toothpick. For a more intense flavour, place bites on a baking sheet and bake in a 190° C (375° F) preheated oven for 8 minutes or until cheese begins to melt. Remove from oven and place on cubes of cantaloupe, fastening with toothpick.

Melt butter in a nonstick sauté pan set over medium-low heat; add onion and garlic and cook until onions are deep brown. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes to let the flavours meld. Season sauce with pepper to taste.

Grimm’s Turkey Pepperoni

Tre Stelle Mini Bocconcini

Bee Maid Liquid Honey

Cucumber Infused Caesar
Preparation: 5 minutes Serves: 1 person
INGREDIENTS Healthy Choice Premium Sorbet and Cream Bars Nestlé Skinny Cow Sandwiches

28 g (1 oz.) Hendrick’s gin 2 dashes hot sauce 3 dashes freshly ground salt and pepper 4 cucumber sticks (4 -in. long) 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce 113 g (4 oz.) Mott’s Clamato Original Cocktail

Muddle all ingredients except for Mott’s Clamato cocktail and ice in a mixing glass. Then add Mott’s Clamato cocktail, ice and mix thoroughly. Strain mixture into a rimmed footed glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a cucumber stick seasoned with freshly ground salt and pepper.
TIP: “Muddling” is a simple mashing technique used to release flavours from certain ingredients like herbs or fruit. You can use a wooden muddler or a bar spoon with a muddler on the end.

Mott’s Clamato Juice

Innoware Printed Plates and Napkins

Dixie Plastic Fun Cups

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