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Michelle Alfano A (Not So) Nice Italian Girl

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.

Melanie Buttarazzi – Sharing all the right moves

One of the benefits of touring with your musician dad is receiving his blessing when you decide to pursue your own dreams. Melanie Buttarazzi,...

Vegetable Gardening: Harvesting

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.

Simona Flumian – A bright future

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 nostalgic look back 

JFK students celebrate 50th reunion

The Order Sons of Italy of Canada to celebrate 100 years

The bonds of Italian fraternity and the values of community spirit mark a high point this spring as the Order Sons of Italy of Canada celebrates its100th anniversary on May 30. “I feel very gratified,” says Josie Cumbo, the national president of the Order Sons of Italy of Canada, which is based in Cambridge, Ontario. “It’s a milestone and speaks volumes for who we are. It’s aproud moment for all the members.”

Lina Greco: Time Well Spent

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.

A Glimpse at Italian Holiday Traditions

“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 -Talking big pharma, wine and soccer

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.

Italian-Canadian winter tales from Northern Ontario

“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. 

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Name: Jackie Lina Alexander Nickname: Jaxs Occupation: Bartender/studying to be a paralegal Age: 22 Generation: Second Mom’s side from: Fano, Pesaro and Urbino, Le Marche Raised in: Toronto Speaks: English

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