The GATE http://www.thegate.ca Entertainment Magazine Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:11:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=332 Fall in Pennsylvania, on the road to Washingtonhttp://www.thegate.ca/blog/022340/fall-in-pennsylvania-on-the-road-to-washington/ http://www.thegate.ca/blog/022340/fall-in-pennsylvania-on-the-road-to-washington/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:01:15 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22340 This week I'm on the road with my wife and little one for a little trip from Toronto down to Washington, D.C., and on the way we passed a farm that had more pumpkins out than I think I've ever seen.

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This week I’m on the road with my wife and little one for a little trip from Toronto down to Washington, D.C., and on the way we passed a farm that had more pumpkins out than I think I’ve ever seen.

The farm was on route 219 South in Pennsylvania, not long after leaving New York state, and it was a beautiful drive. In places, a lot of the leaves were still on the trees, and it was golden hour when we were passing through, which really lit up all of the colours.

The best part was not just all of the pumpkins out for sale, but they were also selling pies and baked goods, apples, and other tasty treats. It was one of the nicest road-side fruit stand I’ve seen in a while.

We’re now on the road again to Washington, after leaving Punxsutawney, and it’s still been a bright trip, even if the weather has been pretty cold.

More from the trip soon. We’re staying at one of the Kimpton Hotels in Washington, going around to see the sights and Smithsonian museums, and visiting Arlington cemetery before we head home. If we can find time we’re also planning to grab a treat from Georgetown Cupcake, better known as DC Cupcakes on television.

Pumpkin lane

Pumpkin lane

Fall colours

Fall colours

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Third season of ‘Orphan Black’ starts filming in Torontohttp://www.thegate.ca/television/022324/third-season-orphan-black-starts-filming-toronto/ http://www.thegate.ca/television/022324/third-season-orphan-black-starts-filming-toronto/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:03:28 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22324 The Clone Club can rejoice, because Space, Temple Street Productions, and BBC America announced yesterday that Orphan Black has started shooting the third season of the series in Toronto, which will premiere in spring 2015.

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The Clone Club can rejoice, because Space, Temple Street Productions, and BBC America announced yesterday that Orphan Black has started shooting the third season of the series in Toronto, which will premiere in spring 2015.

Filming of the ten episodes for season three will go until March 2015.

Tatiana Maslany returns as, well, Sarah Manning and the host of other clones, while Ari Millens also returns as Mark Rollins. The rest of the returning cast members include Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dylan Bruce, Kevin Hanchard, Ari Millen, and Kristian Bruun, with guest-star Michiel Huisman also coming back once more.

“We are incredibly proud and delighted to be commencing production on Season 3 of Orphan Black,” David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers of Orphan Black and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions said in the press release. “We’ve been fortunate to work with one of the best cast and crews in the business for the last two seasons. We could not be happier about the success of the show, and how it continues to be embraced by audiences around the world.”

For anyone who didn’t finish the second season yet, there were a couple of spoilers in the announcement, specifically in terms of characters and returning actors, so stop reading now if you’re not prepared:

“Season 3 sees the return of the phenomenal, Golden Globe-nominated Tatiana Maslany, who has portrayed an astonishing, nine, distinct ‘Leda’ clones to date, as well as the male ‘Castor’ clones revealed in the Season 2 finale, played by series regular Ari Millen.”

“Returning in a lead role is Ari Millen, who plays the newly discovered male clones; Mark, the Prolethean cult follower and Rudy, a prisoner of war. Also back this season is Jordan Gavaris as Sarah’s fiery foster brother Felix; Dylan Bruce as Paul; an army officer working for secret forces in the clone world; Maria Doyle Kennedy as Sarah and Felix’s duplicitous foster mother Mrs. S; Evelyne Brochu as a Dyad scientist and Cosima’s lover Delphine; Kevin Hanchard as Art, a detective caught in the clone trap; Zoé De Grand Maison as Gracie, a Prolethean escapee, and Michiel Huisman as Cal, father to Sarah’s daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler).”

Orphan Black’s second season brought new, more treacherous, enemies to light, culminating in a shocking finale with the reveal of the new male ‘Castor’ clones. Season 3 plunges the clone sisterhood into unexpected territory with the realization that they’re not alone. Just when they thought they knew their enemies and allies, Season 3 reveals our clones are more vulnerable than ever before with the highly trained, identical male-soldiers complicating matters. And though Sarah, Cosima, Alison and Helena realize they are stronger together than they are apart, this season will put that bond to the test.”

Season two of Orphan Black is available now on Blu-ray and DVD in Canada, or on iTunes.

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Nolan Gerard Funk at the Montblanc opening at Yorkdale Mallhttp://www.thegate.ca/blog/022322/nolan-gerard-funk-montblanc-opening-yorkdale-mall/ http://www.thegate.ca/blog/022322/nolan-gerard-funk-montblanc-opening-yorkdale-mall/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:01:55 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22322 Last night I was at Yorkdale Shopping Centre for the opening of the Montblanc store, which had a special guest: Canadian actor, Versace model, and all-around nice guy, Nolan Gerard Funk.

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Last night I was at Yorkdale Shopping Centre for the opening of the Montblanc store, which had a special guest: Canadian actor, Versace model, and all-around nice guy, Nolan Gerard Funk.

Funk, who has the coolest last name ever, was a gentleman and spoke about his love of Montblanc and the charities they represent, his fans, and he spoke briefly about his upcoming appearance on Arrow, which he of course can’t really talk about. And, obviously, he was dressed like a star in a Versace suit, while sporting the Montblanc Extreme watch and tie bar.

Montblanc’s Extreme collection is classy, sharp, while still looking ruggedly modern, and among the many things I was admiring, the Montblanc Extreme Cover for Galaxy Note 4 is one of the many standouts.

Watch for my interview with Funk on Monday, but if you follow The GATE on YouTube you might see it a little sooner. Until then, check out my very popular Instagram photo from last night’s carpet.

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Highlights from the Samsung Galaxy S5http://www.thegate.ca/blog/022260/highlights-samsung-galaxy-s5/ http://www.thegate.ca/blog/022260/highlights-samsung-galaxy-s5/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:19:21 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22260 For the last few weeks I've been testing out the Samsung Galaxy S5, a beautiful update to the Galaxy S line of phones that has an upgrade that I really appreciate the most: the camera.

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For the last few weeks I’ve been testing out the Samsung Galaxy S5, a beautiful update to the Galaxy S line of phones that has an upgrade that I really appreciate the most: the camera.

Like pretty much every new device in the lineup, the camera is ever-evolving, and so is the software behind it. With the Galaxy S5, the camera has evolved to meet the customers, and how they likely use it the most, especially when it comes to social media.

When I was using the Galaxy Note 3, the big screen is fantastic, and I love a lot of the features, but I used the camera on the phone multiple times a day, either of stuff with my family, or covering events and products for The GATE.

Where the Galaxy S5 improves on the camera the most is the general light sensitivity, which was painful at times on the Note 3, making photos in darker spaces much easier now. The options under the camera have also been paired down to just a few shooting modes–and you can download any that you might be missing–but the big ones are all there, including panorama.

For what I like to shoot, including food and products, the Galaxy S5 also has a new feature that can make almost anything look great and just a tad artsy. Selective focus can be turned on, and when the camera is just the right distance from the subject, it will take two photos and merge them, focusing on the main object and leaving the background blurry. This feature, that replicates a good lens on a regular still camera, really makes images pop, and while it is based on software, rather than the lens, it actually works quite well overall.

If you like shooting video, and don’t mind big files, the S5 also can shoot video in 4K resolution, which is vibrant and incredible on any new television or screen. It works best in bright conditions, so outdoor videos look exceptionally good over indoor locations.

There are lots of other features on the Galaxy S5, including HDR, a vibrant display, better power saving modes, and the fact that it’s dust and water resistant, but for what I do, the camera is generally solid and versatile enough to allow me to leave my still camera at home, depending on what I’m doing.

Here are some of the photos I shot on the Samsung Galaxy S5:

The Producers Ball TIFF Festival Street Eddie Izzard at TIFF Piloti shoes Danier leather Oven Smores New Brunswick Moon rising Alvvays Me and Jayma Mays Canadian Club tasting Apples At the pumpkin patch Filet Mignon Home made apple crisp

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Interview: Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe on ‘The Guest’http://www.thegate.ca/film/022317/dan-stevens-maika-monroe-guest/ http://www.thegate.ca/film/022317/dan-stevens-maika-monroe-guest/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:06:38 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22317 One of the hits of Midnight Madness this year, during the Toronto International Film Festival, was director Adam Wingard's, and writer Simon Barrett's The Guest, a twisted, funny, clever action and horror hybrid that stars Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe.

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One of the hits of Midnight Madness this year, during the Toronto International Film Festival, was director Adam Wingard’s, and writer Simon Barrett’s The Guest, a twisted, funny, clever action and horror hybrid that stars Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe.

Stevens plays David, a former soldier who appears on the doorstep of the Peterson family, who are still grieving the death of their son, Caleb. David tells the Peterson’s that he promised Caleb that he would come and check up on them, so he’s in town to pass on Caleb’s final words to them, and help them any way that he can. Anna, played by Monroe, is skeptical of David, but he continues trying to prove himself. The trouble is that David really is hiding something, and it won’t be long before the family finds out the truth about their friendly stranger.

On the last Saturday of the film festival, I sat down to interview Stevens and Monroe about the film, their favorite moments, and everything else that they wanted to share about working on this intense film. What is hard to capture in an article was the way that Stevens and Monroe bantered back and forth during the interview. They had a wonderful chemistry that was funny, playful, and friendly.

The Guest opens at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto today, October 17. Watch the trailer here.

One warning, however, is that the interview does contain spoilers, so read on with caution.


Question: My first question is, have you seen their films before…

Dan Stevens: “Yeah.”

Q: My second question is, once you’re working with them, what’s it like delving into their very unique style of filmmaking?

Dan: “Their twisted little minds.”

“Yeah, it’s delightful. I think they’re very, very special filmmakers, if only for their playfulness. I mean, there’s a lot of other things that I think they can be commended for, but I really enjoy witty filmmaking and films that entertain an audience–don’t patronize them but kind of play with them a little bit, and leave them asking questions–and I think that keeps you engaged.”

“You think you’re watching a particular kind of genre, and they’ll always throw something that kind of flips that expectation a bit.”

Maika Monroe: “I mean, yeah, you covered it.”

Dan: “Thanks.”

Q: One of the things that we just talked about, with Adam and Simon, is that they were looking for people who could get their brand of humour. What’s it like working within the parameters of following the script, but you have to make it believably funny without going over the top with it… unless you’re carrying kegs, in which case…

Maika: [Laughs] “Then, you don’t have to do much. You just hold the kegs.”

Dan: “What do you think, Maika?”

Maika: “Yeah, what do I think?”

“Going into the audition process, I mean, we both read the scripts, finding it very humorous, and seeing their past work–kind of understanding what they wanted to do with it–and they have such a specific style, which is so cool. Very unique and refreshing. So, for me, I just saw this girl as having a very dry sense of humour that I think would play very well off of this very charming guy.”

“So we had so much fun on set with Adam and Simon, and Simon has a very dry sense of humour too, and both of them are hysterical. They bring in a huge aspect of it, and just playing around, having a good time on set, I think it just kind of came to life.”

Dan: “I think a lot of the humour comes from context, as well. I think there’s not so many gags and kind of jokes in the movie as there is this kind of delightful surprises, or these weird beats and moments that just made me smile just reading [the script] and shooting it.”

“A lot of the time we’re playing things pretty straight, but in the context of the film and maybe with the soundtrack that’s laid over it, it becomes a lot more humorous, and so that’s all really part of the playfulness really of it I think.”

Q: What is Adam’s style of directing and how did he get you from being a nice, polite guy to being an action badass?

Dan: “That was the arc we wanted to earn, and I think the ridiculousness of the ending, you know, we tried to earn that by rooting the character–and a lot of the characters are family, really in one or two realities at the beginning–and have this start from a relatively calm, pleasant and real space, and then take it somewhere batshit crazy.”

“I don’t think we wanted to start in this zany universe. We wanted to get there by increments. A lot of it was sitting down with Adam beforehand, really, and kind of establishing what those realities were.”

“David is an excellent soldier. He was, before his military conditioning, a very, very charming, nice man, and also a great friend to Caleb–the family’s son–and that he was genuinely back to honour a promise that he would look after the family, check-in on them, and help them out. Now, of course, he goes about that in a slightly unorthodox way, but that was the premise from which we wanted to start.”

“Here are the rules for this family: this family is in mourning, this guy is here to help, and go, you know? That’s sort of how we started. So we worked on that with Adam very much beforehand so that, by the time we got on set, we could have a little play-around and certainly towards the end there was a certain dial in terms of how insane and how straight we played things, and we did a few takes that were a little more–you know, there was a kind of Shining mode, I think, that we sort of, we got in to. Probably by the Halloween maze stage, there’s some pretty crazy takes that ended up making it into the movie.”

Maika: “Yep.”

Q: Maika, do you want to expand on what Dan said?

Maika: “I’m sorry, what else can I say?”

Dan: “I’m sorry, I’m talking too much. I had too much coffee. I’m sorry.”

Maika: “No, it’s good, it’s good.”

Dan: “Just say, ‘What Dan just said.'”

Maika: “Yeah, everything that he said.”

Dan Stevens in The Guest

Dan Stevens in The Guest

Q: The family dynamic is very interesting, and they all have a very different reaction to your character as a person, which is very believable. So, what’s it like playing that from both sides?

Maika: “Like Dan said, we wanted to create a believable family, a family that’s grieving–I lost my brother–and so for him coming in, I’m not going to like him. He’s trying to take the place of someone that’s gone, so creating that frustration–that comes from a very real place that is definitely believable because, you know, you want the audience to be drawn in from the beginning; you want them on your side–so, I think that’s where we started. That’s where the base was.”

Dan: “And from my perspective, obviously David moves very much at his own tempo, but another thing that we wanted to establish–that I did establish with Adam–was this kind of mission-by-mission guy. He goes into every situation, analyzes exactly what’s going on, checks all his exits, and works out who he, if anybody, needs to kill.”

“Every scene has that going on. And most of the scenes he doesn’t need to kill anyone, but sometimes he does. He’s going to get this mission completed. So he’s there to help Luke with the bullies–he goes about that very efficiently. He help’s the father get the promotion in a very twisted way. And also, he fills a hole in the mother’s life really, and she’s obviously grieving, and he offers some strange comfort to her.”

“Anna is his toughest challenge, I think that is really what drives a lot of the intrigue for a lot of the film really. Really, how is he going to get this girl on-side? He tries a number of different tacks, and so that was really a great challenge in itself. Each one of these characters, working out David’s most efficient way of getting these people on-side. Luke was pretty easy. He seems to go along…”

Maika: “With anything.”

Q: Well, everyone else, aside from Maika’s character, has something you can offer them, but she seems independent enough that there’s not much you could offer her.

Maika: “What can I say?”

Dan: “Maybe. Maybe. But ultimately, something I think we were talking about earlier, Anna’s at an interesting point in her life. That adolescent tipping point. A difficult age. A phase.”

Maika: “That phase, you know, that teens go through.”

Dan: “She’s got way more potential than [her boyfriend] has, and she’s going places, and she’s bright, and he’s not. She’s just at that point where a young girl really needs to be empowered, and in a very weird and twisted way, that’s sort of what David does. Anna is empowered by the end of this movie.”

“But I’m not saying this is a right-on feminist film, necessarily, but sisters are doing it for themselves in this film.”

Maika: “That is true.”

Q: Did you have a favorite scene in the film? Considering the range of action and drama, was there one in particular that was fun or different?

Dan: “I enjoyed the scene in the truck with Anna after the party. I think that is almost mission complete for David, in terms of winning her around a little bit and especially after the sort of weirdness of that party–the kind of strange turn that party takes. It’s kind of a sweet scene really.”

Maika: “It’s one of the only sweet scenes. [Laughs]”

Dan: “Anna kind of opens up a little bit, and they talk about music and the mixed tape, which becomes a key part of the story. It’s such a curiously sweet scene in such an insane film.”

Maika: “For the first time you’re kind of seeing a different side of Anna too. She’s finally opening up just that little bit to David. It’s quite a nice scene. The only. [Laughs]”

Dan: “The calm before the storm. [Laughs]”

Brendan Meyer and Maika Monroe

Brendan Meyer and Maika Monroe

Q: So if that was the best scene, what about the worst?

Dan: “Well. [Laughs]”

Maika: “Oh, I have mine. I have mine like that. [Laughs]”

“Well, you know. The clowns.”

“The maze scenes were shot in a real… a family there, year round, has this haunted maze–bit odd, when you think about it. Middle of the desert; disturbing.”

“So we’re shooting in this. All these different sections–there’s a clown area, where you have to walk through really disturbing looking clowns. Everyone on set knew that I hated clowns–hated them. Like, I’m terrified. Now everyone’s going to know. Anyway, they decide to put people dressed as clowns that are going to be moving robotically, but they didn’t tell me. They recorded it too.”

Dan: “It’s going to be on the DVD extras; I sincerely hope that it will.”

Maika: [Laughs] “And, anyway, clowns jumped out at me and I just go running. ‘Get me out of here! Get me out of here!’ It was honestly terrifying, and now I can kind of laugh about it, but oh my God, I was honestly scared.”

Q: So no clown horror for you down the road?

Maika: “Absolutely not.”

Dan: “No remake of [Stephen King's] It?”

Q: What about you, Dan?

Dan: “Weirdly one of the toughest scenes to shoot, kind of because of when we shot it more than anything else, was just the opening shot of David running on the road. Which they just seemed to want to shoot endlessly. Over and over again, with this rucksack on, and they were just in this little buggy running along this dirt road, and they’re like ‘Keep running!'”

“Yeah, thankfully you never see my face in that shot because I was pretty pissed off by that stage.”

Q: Dan, what was it like coming from Downton Abbey to The Guest, and Maika, what comes next?

Dan: “How was Downton Abbey for you, Maika? Did you enjoy being on Downton Abbey?”

Maika: “I was going to answer it for you. [Laughs]”

Dan: “No, I was very much looking for different challenges when I moved to the States. Kind of reconnecting with something that I always believed in as a young actor, which is that idea, and that ability, to leap into other landscapes, and really explore a totally different character, and physique, and voice, and all the rest. So this was a real fulfillment of that. It was really just plugging back into something that fired me up as a kid.”

Maika: “To be honest… it’s so unknown. You can’t plan really anything. You read good scripts, and they come, and it’s like, ‘Okay, this is what I need to do.’ And so, for me, you have to keep challenging yourself, and pushing yourself. That’s why we do it, and so, something completely different.”

“I have a film [The Fifth Wave] coming up where it’s Hunger Games-esque. It’s a young adult novel with Chloë [Grace] Moretz, and I get to play this really badass chick. We’re in training right now, doing army training, and I’m quite excited about that.”

Q: So now you’re army training.

Maika: “I am! I saw [Dan] and I fucking want to do this.”

Dan: “Get me some abs.”

Maika: “Some serious abs.”

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Sampling Canadian Club’s new Chairman’s Select 100% Ryehttp://www.thegate.ca/blog/022242/canadian-club-100-rye/ http://www.thegate.ca/blog/022242/canadian-club-100-rye/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:55:15 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22242 Canadian Club knows how to host a whisky event, and of course, that shouldn't surprise anyone. They have an award-winning brand centre in Walkerville, and they have been hosting events like this for a while, but after a tasting for their new Chairman's Select 100% Rye earlier this month, I thought it was worth mentioning.

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Canadian Club knows how to host a whisky event, and of course, that shouldn’t surprise anyone. They have an award-winning brand centre in Walkerville, and they have been hosting whisky lovers at events for a long time, but after a tasting for their new Chairman’s Select 100% Rye earlier this month, I thought it was worth mentioning.

I have been to numerous events over the years, and it’s worth mentioning here because I was not disappointed. The focus of the night was simply enjoying Canadian Club’s new Chairman’s Select 100% Rye, whether you drink whisky neat, in a cocktail, or even if you like too cook with it.

The event took over a cozy space at the Spoke Club on King Street where media–especially whisky-loving media–were assembled for cocktails, a tasting, followed by a themed menu that included 100% Rye in the recipes.

Before the tasting we were treated to cocktails–a Dry Rye Manhattan made with 100% Rye–which were fantastic, especially for someone who doesn’t normally drink Manhattans. The flavours were subtle, and the alcohol complemented the bitters and the vermouth.

After being seated, Tish Harcus, Canadian Club’s brand ambassador, led the tasting, which included squares of cheese and chocolate which were paired to one of the four whiskies we were sampling. Some of those pairings worked better than others, particularly for the cheeses, but I was surprised at the flavours that the samples brought out, and some of the chocolate worked magic with the whisky. If you want to explore whisky flavour, I definitely recommend at least one tasting with chocolate.

If you wanted to try the sampling yourself, here’s what we sampled: Canadian Club Premium was paired with aged cheddar and dark chocolate; Canadian Club Classic had gouda and milk chocolate; Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye paired with aged cheddar and dark chocolate; and Canadian Club Sherry Cask was paired with gouda and milk chocolate.

For my tastebuds, the 100% Rye and the Sherry Cask were the best pairings, but I think you could safely try chocolate with almost any whisky, and some of the cheeses worked with alternate whiskies. It was the cheese, however, that left me more dubious at times, but I think it will depend on each individual pallet to some degree.

The tasting revealed a few things about the 100% Rye, and the big thing I noticed was that the whisky is incredibly smooth and silky, with a very clean finish that just lightly warms the throat. I think that makes it more ideal for cocktails than some of the other Canadian Club whiskies, which can be overpowering in some cases, but it also makes it a great aperitif or digestif served neat, or on the rocks for whisky lovers who want a lighter finish.

Once the tasting wrapped up, we moved back to the bar where they served up a number of dishes with Canadian Club connections, made by Spoke Club Chef Robert Klunder. There was dessert, and a number of finger foods, but the highlight for me was the 12-hour slow roasted pork shoulder served with Canadian Club BBQ sauce. Delicious.

Check out my photos from the event below, and scroll to the bottom for Canadian Club’s video promoting the new Rye whisky. The new whisky is priced at what I consider a remarkable price of $27 for a 750 ml bottle, so it’s worth sampling as fall sets in ever so slowly this year, and into the winter months when I will have to see if I can make it work in coffee or hot apple cider.

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World Food Day: 12 nutritious foods helping kids fight malnutrition in Asiahttp://www.thegate.ca/style/022261/world-food-day-12-nutritious-foods-helping-kids-fight-malnutrition-asia/ http://www.thegate.ca/style/022261/world-food-day-12-nutritious-foods-helping-kids-fight-malnutrition-asia/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22261 World Food Day (WFD)--October 16--was founded by the United Nations’ (UN) in 1945 to increase awareness of world hunger and poverty and to inspire solutions for change. Approximately 805 million people in the world, or 1 in 9 people, suffer from hunger every year, and hunger and malnutrition are linked to one third of all child deaths around the world. Five children die every minute because they are not eating enough healthy food.

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Story courtesy of World Vision Canada

World Food Day (WFD)–October 16–was founded by the United Nations’ (UN) in 1945 to increase awareness of world hunger and poverty and to inspire solutions for change. Approximately 805 million people in the world, or 1 in 9 people, suffer from hunger every year, and hunger and malnutrition are linked to one third of all child deaths around the world. Five children die every minute because they are not eating enough healthy food.

So why does this still happen in a world of abundance? Millions of children enter the world at a disadvantage because their parents cannot provide enough healthy food, and are therefore born with the burden of malnutrition. Yet overcoming hunger and malnutrition doesn’t require medical breakthroughs, and is simpler than you think. For World Food Day, World Vision provides these 12 nutritious food solutions grown and made in Asia that are helping give children the healthy food they need to survive and thrive.

Pomelos
Pomelos are a crisp citrus fruit native to South and Southeast Asia. They are rich in Vitamin-C. “My friends and I love bananas, pomelos, oranges, and jack-fruit very much. The fruits are delicious and tasty. They are very good for our nutrition,” says Phan Thi Thao, 14 yrs old, Vietnam. ©Phan Thi Thao Nguyen Thuy/World Vision

Vegetable rice lentil mash
Vegetable-rice-lentil mash is one of the meals lactating and young mothers cook together for their children. They learnt to make it along with cereal porridge and rice pudding as different highly nutritious meals they can serve their children. ©Annila Harris/World Vision

Pumpkin leaves
Green leafy vegetables like pumpkin leaves help to make meals more nutritious for children. Vanda, age 2, is helps her mother and brother to search for pumpkin leaves because her mother plans to cook Samlor Pro Her (Cambodian fish soup with mix vegetables) for dinner. ©Ratana Lay/World Vision

Turmeric
Turmeric, a spice of the ginger family, grown in Southeast India has nutritional qualities that benefit the body and brain. ©Michelle Siu/World Vision

Eggplant
Eggplant is one of the many nutritious vegetables grown in family gardens in Bangladesh. These family gardens help to feed the family healthy foods, and also provide them with extra income. ©Neuton Rony Das/World Vision

Jack fruit
Jack fruit, the largest tree-borne fruit, is the national fruit of Bangladesh. It is rich in Vitamin C and can be grown by families to help keep children healthy. ©Neuton Rony Das/World Vision

Radishes
Radishes are rich in folic acid and potassium. They are good source of vitamin B6 and calcium, too. Radishes can be easily grown in Cambodia providing families with a healthy addition to their meals. ©Anthony Luk/World Vision

Soybeans
Soybeans are an excellent source of protein and have a variety of uses like oil, flour, infant formula, and other products. Soybeans without the skin are healthier – women in India are learning this during nutrition trainings that are helping them to expand their nutritionally improving recipes for their children and families. ©Annila Harris/World Vision

Special Bobor
Special Bobor (a thick rice porridge made from rice and ingredients from all the food groups that is nutritionally adequate for an infant.) is the recommended complementary food in Cambodia. It is often the food used in nutrition demonstration cookings to teach mothers about what to feed their children to keep them healthy. ©Sopheak Kong/World Vision

Horse radish
Horse radish is grown in western Asia (in the Philippines in this picture). It contains a good amount of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. Horse radish root spice has vital minerals such as sodium, potassium, and iron. It is also rich in vitamin C. When asked why she eats and loves vegetables, 7-year-old Mayreen said, “My favorite is kalamunggay (horse radish), and I love to eat vegetables because my mother said vegetables can make me a brighter a child.” ©Maryann Zamora/World Vision

Eggs and nuts
Eggs and nuts are equivalent to lifesavers in certain areas like Melghat in India. A single boiled egg contains all the nutrients required to turn a single cell into a baby chicken making them highly nutritious to eat containing a little bit of every nutrient children need to be healthy. Nuts have it all – they are rich in energy, protein, and are packed with vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. ©Annila Harris/World Vision

Breastmilk
A mother’s breast milk is rich with all the nutrients needed for her baby’s healthy. Breastfeeding provides total food security, with high nutritional value, for the baby and optimize a child’s physical and mental growth and development. Improved breastfeed practices worldwide could save the lives of 800,000 children annually. ©Michelle Siu/World Vision

The One Goal campaign is a partnership initiative of World Vision, the Asian Football Confederation, The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), DSM, and the Asian Football Development Project that seeks to bring awareness to the issue of child malnutrition in Asia and powerfully inspire and mobilise the football community to take action to increase the number of children in Asia who survive and thrive.

Join the movement for nutrition for every child: www.onegoal.asia.

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Heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockieshttp://www.thegate.ca/spotlight/travel-destinations/022276/heli-skiing-canadian-rockies/ http://www.thegate.ca/spotlight/travel-destinations/022276/heli-skiing-canadian-rockies/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:08:07 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22276 Untouched powder over millions of hectares of backcountry terrain offer skiing nirvana for travellers with a passion for adventure.

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Untouched powder over millions of hectares of backcountry terrain offer skiing nirvana for travellers with a passion for adventure.

By Mark Sissons

In 1965, Canadian Mountain Holidays founder Hans Gmoser started using helicopters to transport skiers high into British Columbia’s mountains. Half a century later, the adventure sport that Gmoser practically invented remains the ultimate downhill dream for many avid skiers and riders. Here’s what to expect if you go heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockies—where it all began.

1) Into the wild: Imagine vast stretches of untracked powder, epic glacier descents and endless gladed forest runs. At operations such as Mike Wiegele Heliskiing, you have access to over 486,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) of untracked terrain.

2) Location, location: Over 90% of the world’s heli-skiing operations call the Canadian Rockies home. While some are located in remote areas, others, such as Purcell Heli-skiing and TLH Heli-skiing, are only a few hours’ drive from Calgary, AB, and Vancouver, BC, respectively.

3) Piles of powder:  Ranges such as the Monashees and the Purcells offer perfect snow conditions. Eagle Pass Helisking and RK Heliskiing are based right in the heart of this champagne Shangri-la.

4) No lift lines or lifts: You can access untouched terrain with a helicopter that resort-bound skiers can only dream of. Operators such as TLH offer even more access via single group per helicopter packages.

5) You can do it:  Contrary to popular belief, heli-skiing is no longer the exclusive domain of downhill daredevils. If you’re a strong intermediate skier, there’s nothing stopping you. Today, most top operators, including Canadian Mountain Holidays, cater to a wide range of abilities.

6) No limits: Companies such as TLH and Northern Escape offer packages that include unlimited vertical. That means you can ski or ride as much as you can handle without incurring additional charges.

7) Flexible packages: Canadian heli-skiing trips range from half-day to multi-day adventures. For instance, Whistler Heliskiing and Coast Range Heliskiing mostly cater to day trippers from nearby Whistler Blackcomb.

8) Safety first: Due to the inherent risks involved in heli-skiing, Canada’s operators take safety extremely seriously. Many, such as Selkirk Tangiers Heliskiing and Canadian Mountain Holidays, also have decades of experience and employ the world’s most knowledgeable mountain guides.

9) Après-ski pampering: Just because many of Canada’s top heli-ski lodges are located in remote wilderness doesn’t mean heli-skiers will be roughing it in the bush. Operators like Mica Heliskiing, Mike Wiegele, Canadian Mountain Holidays and TLH offer deluxe accommodations, gourmet cuisine, spa treatments and even yoga classes.

10) No crowds: Having thousands of square kilometres of spectacular, snow-drenched wilderness all to yourself and your companions will change your concept of personal space forever.

Photo and story courtesy Canadian Tourism Commission.

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Pop culture lover’s guide to Canada [Infographic]http://www.thegate.ca/social/022235/pop-culture-lovers-guide-canada-infographic/ http://www.thegate.ca/social/022235/pop-culture-lovers-guide-canada-infographic/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:09:37 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22235 Canada is the home to some of the entertainment industry's biggest names, especially when it comes to music, and the folks over at Cheapflights Media have put together a little infographic that pays tribute.

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Canada is the home to some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names, especially when it comes to music, and the folks over at Cheapflights Media have put together a little infographic that pays tribute.

“Over the years Canada has nurtured some amazing talents from Celine Dion, to Ryan Reynolds and Drake. We created this data viz that explores the many provinces of Canada and where pop culture’s biggest names started out on their road to stardom.”

So who are some of the stars who many people might not know are Canadian? How about Seth Rogen, Cobie Smilders, Lorne Michaels, Drake, Keanu Reeves, Feist, and Ellen Page?

Pop Culture Canada Infographic

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Samsung launches Galaxy Note 4 on October 24http://www.thegate.ca/gaming-gadgets/022252/samsung-launches-galaxy-note-4-october-24/ http://www.thegate.ca/gaming-gadgets/022252/samsung-launches-galaxy-note-4-october-24/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:58:09 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=22252 Samsung Canada announced today that the new Galaxy Note 4, which includes the newly reimagined S-Pen, will launch on October 24 in Charcoal Black and Frost White with all major Canadian carriers and retailers.

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Samsung Canada announced today that the new Galaxy Note 4, which includes the newly reimagined S-Pen, will launch on October 24 in Charcoal Black and Frost White with all major Canadian carriers and retailers.

The Galaxy Note 4 features a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) Super AMOLED display, 16 megapixel rear-facing camera with Smart Optical Image Stabilizer, 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera, a metal frame, soft textured body, and features a range of other upgrades from the previous model. Samsung is also touting the evolution of the S Pen, which they say can now “add emotion, humour, clarity and style to… everyday tasks.”

The Galaxy Note 4’s front-facing camera also notably offers an f1.9 aperture to capture brighter photos, a default 90-degree shooting angle, and can shoot up to 120 degrees for wider pictures.

“Samsung Electronics pioneered the large-screen smartphone category through the introduction of the GALAXY Note series in 2011, and we remain the industry leader in this category,” said Paul Brannen, executive vice president, Mobile Solutions, Samsung Canada. “The new GALAXY Note 4 introduces the most refined Note experience to-date by featuring innovative technology including the enhanced S Pen™ which allows Canadians to add more of themselves to their mobile experience.”

Here is a breakdown of some of the other new features:

  • Add emotion with the S Pen: With the reimagined S Pen featuring 2,048 touch pressure points, writing is more natural, allowing users to easily handwrite e-mails and texts, capture and edit meeting notes as well as add handwritten messages to their photos. Improvements to the S Pen mean it works with comfort and precision that is now akin to a computer mouse, making it easier to select and move information, resize windows, and drag and drop between different apps.
  • Add clarity to your content: Samsung continues to refine the S Pen experience with a more user-friendly Air Command functionality along with other intuitive features such as Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip and Smart Select allowing you to create and collect content.
  • Add your own style: The GALAXY Note 4 offers multiple, seamless note-taking methods integrated with the S Note application. In addition to typing and writing, the innovative Snap Note feature allows you to take a picture of notes on a paper or a whiteboard, and then quickly and easily convert to an S Note.
  • Power-Up Fast and Stay Powered: Never miss that important call or text again. With the GALAXY Note 4’s Fast Charging ability, you can recharge quicker than ever. In addition, the Ultra Power Saving Mode helps to maximize battery life, even at 10% charge, you can still receive calls and texts for up to 24 hours. (With Ultra Power Saving Mode, battery life will vary depending on power, applications settings and other factors. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease with time and use. )
  • Keep the conversation going: Multiple microphones and an improved speaker phone for better noise cancellation when speaking in loud environments will help Canadians keep in touch. A built-in voice recorder offers eight different directional voice tags and a selective playback capability that allows users to isolate and listen to specific voices in a group conversation.
  • Stay more protected: The Galaxy Note 4 also offers an improved Fingerprint Scanner to secure personal data and a UV sensor.

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