Woofstock seeks to pamper pets and increase awareness

Winter Woofstock was held on November 19th and 20th at The Direct Energy Centre and once again hundreds of people and dogs came to enjoy the festival. Marlene Cook, founder of Woofstock, came up with the idea to host a festival for dogs and said it’s different from any other dog-related event. “It celebrates canine […]

Pup-aring your pets for winter

“Antifreeze poisoning is a big problem with animals that roam free. The antifreeze has a sweet smell that attracts animals, especially cats and wildlife. Be sure to keep any poisons tightly capped and locked away in the garage,” said Marilyn Murray of For the Love of Animals on Pape Avenue. “Every winter, many cats are injured or killed in car motor fans. They are attracted to the warmth of the motor. Before starting your car, bang on the hood or honk the horn to scare out a hidden cat.”

Hope’s story gives ‘paws’ to reflect on animal abuse

Hope was tied to a tree with electrical cord and left for dead in Atlanta, Ga. On July 7, Shane Smith found the dog, which became his motivation to found Paws for Hope and Faith, an organization urging an end to animal abuse. Now the group is set to hold a fundraiser on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. at The Sidewalk Café.

‘Fun little festival’ transforms Bloorcourt

The busy stretch of Bloor Street West from Shaw Street to Dovercourt Road was transformed into a pedestrian-only piazza Saturday. The first annual Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Street Fair, organized by the Bloorcourt Business Improvement Area, took the street over from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and featured shopping, live entertainment and fun for kids.

City mulls ban of shark fin soup

Some consider it a delicacy, it can cost up to $200 a serving and, if some city councillors have their way, it may soon be banished from Toronto’s restaurants. The move to ban shark fin soup in the city is now in the hands of the municipal licensing and standards committee after a council meeting last week that pushed the issue ahead.

OPINION: Be heard on International Stop the Tar Sands Day

Tar sands developments are among the most destructive projects on Earth and not many know the damage they do, says Derek Leahy. “Very few people outside of Canada … and even within Canada … know about them,” he says. To change that, Leahy created International Stop the Tar Sands Day, which falls on June 18.

Grand Canyon set to bring its roots/country to NXNE stage

It’s big. Very big. Last year, more than 280,000 people descended on it, generating millions of dollars for the local economy. Fitting, then, that this year Grand Canyon — Chris Seldon and Courtney Farquhar — is one of the 650 musical acts playing the North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference (NXNE).

Woofstock a howling good time for dogs and their humans

Wagging tails and excited barks filled the streets around St. Lawrence Market on the weekend as dogs and dog lovers gathered to celebrate all-things canine. Woofstock, North America’s largest festival for dogs, took place June 11 and 12. “I think of Woofstock as my heaven on Earth,” said Andrea Thompson. “I look forward to it all year.”