By Karon Liu Food Writer Tues., July 24, 2018 Inside a charming brick building on Palmerston Ave., just a short walk north of Bathurst subway station, you’ll find a bounty of fresh and local produce, as well as eclectic items like samosas and bulk honey. There’s a small town feel inside Karma Food Co-op, an Annex fixture since 1972, where general manager Talia McGuire greets every customer and co-op member by name. Decades ago, Karma was one of the few places to source local, international or organic produce or ingredients catering to special diets such as gluten-free or vegan. But as the popularity of online grocery and meal delivery services rises, and giant supermarkets now have entire aisles devoted to organic and health foods, there are more choices than ever. Combine that with rising rents and the expenses of running a non-profit, food co-ops are applying creativity to their business models in different ways, such as finding overlooked niches … [Read more...] about Building a sustainable model for a food co-op in Toronto
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MULTIMEDIA Kara Santos Posted at May 21 2018 05:55 PM | Updated as of May 21 2018 05:58 PM Roughly 1.5 hours away from General Santos City lies Glan, the summer capital of Sarangani province. The laid-back town on Sarangani’s eastern shore is blessed with beautiful beaches, the most famous of which can be found in Gumasa, where a six-kilometer powdery white sand beach stretches the length of a crescent-shaped cove. For years, locals have referred to Gumasa Beach as the “Small Boracay of Mindanao” or “Boracay of South” because of the quality of the sand, crystal-clear waters and uncrowded shores reminiscent of the famous party island 20 years ago. But Gumasa Beach has its own unique charm that needs no comparison. Every summer, Gumasa Beach comes alive with partygoers who flock here for the annual Sarangani Bay or Sarbay Festival, the biggest beach party in Mindanao. Now on its 11th year, the summer festival hosts sports competitions, nightly parties, … [Read more...] about News The search for the next Boracay: Glan, Sarangani
MULTIMEDIA Ker Oliva, ABS-CBN News Posted at May 14 2018 04:22 PM | Updated as of May 14 2018 04:26 PM There is never a shortage of beautiful places to see in the Philippines. But if beauty alone is not enough for you, this tiny island in the Visayas will surely help you find your center. From the inviting turquoise waters and the white sand to the unobstructed view of the sky, everything about Kalanggaman Island just speaks peace. Nestled between Cebu and mainland Leyte, Kalanggaman belongs to the municipality of Palompon. It spans only about a kilometer and features sandbars on the eastern and western tips that when viewed from above look like wings of a bird in flight. Palompon Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) Raoul Bacalla said "langgam," in Cebuano, means bird; hence, the name of the island. He said the eastern wing stretches to about a kilometer, while the western wing is some 300 meters long. The latter used to be longer, he noted, but it never … [Read more...] about News The search for the next Boracay: Kalanggaman Island, Leyte
By Peter Holley The Washington Post Fri., April 6, 2018 They have fleets with hundreds of thousands of vehicles and command multibillion-dollar streams of revenue. But in the rapidly shifting transportation landscape, even the Goliaths of the rental car industry — some of the best-known brands in the world — worry about being left behind. That may explain why some of the largest rental car companies have spent several years waging a quiet legislative war against start-ups led by a company called Turo that are trying to change the way people rent and own vehicles. Turo is a peer-to-peer car-sharing company — think Airbnb for cars. Like Uber vs. the taxi industry, this fight is a clash between an old-school business model and a modern technology platform inspired by the sharing economy. The traditional model is run by hulking corporate brands that promise safety and predictability. At any airport in the land, for instance, a customer is assured he will … [Read more...] about Airbnb for cars is here — and the rental car giants are not happy.
By Ben Spurr Transportation Reporter Sat., March 24, 2018 These days, Monica Lewis spends her time at work waiting for customers who never arrive. The owner of Monica’s Cosmetic Supplies Ltd. on Eglinton Ave. West just east of Oakwood Ave., Lewis has operated a business in the neighbourhood for decades. But she says sales at the shop, which is stocked to the ceiling with colourful shampoo bottles, boxes of hair dye, and wigs, have plummeted to next to nothing. “We’re not making any business at all. We just come out here and sit,” she said one recent evening. “I haven’t sold one dollar… And this is how the days are.” Lewis isn’t alone. Vacant storefronts dot the stretch of Eglinton just west of Allen Rd., which is known as Little Jamaica. Some stores that are open are obscured behind construction hoardings heralding the pending arrival of a powerful force that’s already reshaping the neighbourhood: … [Read more...] about In a city desperate for more transit, for Toronto’s Little Jamaica it could be bad news