If a ‘nice Italian girl’ is docile, humble and upholds the status quo, then Bressani award-winning writer and editor, Michelle Alfano, is the antithesis of this well-known stereotype.
After all your hard work taking care of the weeding, the pruning and the watering, you now understand the joy that comes from stepping out in the garden and seeing all your plants bearing the fruit of your labour. The time has come to eat the benefits! No salad is better than one made from handpicked, ripe tomatoes and fragrant green basil. Here are some tips for harvesting and preserving your vegetables.
A week before the 2011 CIBC Run for the Cure, Simona Flumian noticed a post on Facebook from a friend who was participating. “I had nothing to do that weekend, so I decided I would sign up,” says the fourth year student at the Schulich School of Business. In those few days before the race, Flumian raised more than $2,000 for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation research. “It was great to be around everyone, and to see the survivors was a very emotional and rewarding experience.”
A little bit of time goes a long way. Lina (Michelina) Greco understands this better than most people. She is quite a busy woman, with most of her time taken up with managing Chalkers Pub in North York alongside her son. However, what little time she doesn’t spend working, she sets aside specifically for volunteering in her community.
“Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo!” These greetings resound in households during the Christmas season. Wishing good cheer to family and friends is made in the hope that the New Year will bring good things. Here are a few holiday traditions believed by Italians to boost luck where love, money and health are concerned.
Doctor Francesco Bellini isn’t the most high-profile of individuals among Italian-Canadians. He’s a little more under the radar than one would expect considering his striking laundry list of accomplishments. The native of Ascoli Piceno arrived in Canada in 1967 at age 20 with a Chemical Engineering diploma and no knowledge of English, and would go on to earn a PhD in Organic Chemistry and co-found BioChem Pharma in 1986, one of Canada’s most successful pharmaceutical companies. In 1996, BioChem commercialised the antiviral drug Epivir (3TC), which to this day is the cornerstone for AIDS therapy worldwide.
“How cold was it?” We Canadians have all heard the prelude to this joke. And while the punchlines might vary, the point is always the same: it’s not easy living through a Canadian winter unscathed.
In June of 1944, Canadian troops were north of Frosinone to supply fighting troops with reinforcements such as food, fuel and ammunition. On one such trip, Paul Hagen and his co-driver, Ike Klassen, overheard some whimpering in the bushes after they had finished unloading and driven to their rendezvous spot. Thinking it was a dog, they moved toward the noise only to discover that it was an almost naked little Italian boy. They took in the tired and starving boy, regardless of his heritage – he was after all an innocent child. So begins the story of Gino Bragaglia, who was five at the time and without an identity. He was orphaned due to the aftermath of a deadly battle in May 1944, between The Lord Strathconas and German Armoured units near the town of Torrice in the Liri Valley. He had no siblings; his father had been killed in the war, and he had been separated from his mother.