Author: Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine


The question of the day is… “How much does landscaping really impact the value of your home?”   When it comes to the outdoors, spending money on renovations has never been so important or so confusing. To make it simple, think about your property like a 3 course meal. The front yard is the appetizer. It sets the stage for the dinner and hopefully leaves your guests anticipating more. The house is definitely the meat and potatoes of your property. It is the substance of the meal. Finally the backyard, like the dessert course, finishes the space. A front...

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The Colour of Health – Healing With Colour

By Mary Swaine, BA, ND, PHD, PMIAC – Montreal, QC   Plants and flowers make us feel good, not only because they’re beautiful, but because of their colour. The colour of each plant you put in your garden has a direct healing effect on your physical body, emotions and thoughts. For example, red can give you a kick-start and energize you, while yellow helps you feel optimistic . If you want a healing outdoor space, it’s best to plant a variety of colours – everyone needs specific colours, and those you need might not be those that others in...

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Vanessa & Lorinda Italiano, Landscape Sisters

By Patrick Dixon – Toronto, ON Vanessa and Lorinda Italiano are the visionaries behind Torontario Landscaping. These sisters know that it takes more than just assembling the right aesthetic to breathe life into their outdoor creations. Each environment these ladies create, big or small, can become a setting where family bonds are strengthened and memories are forged. Every outdoor living space is a blank canvas waiting to be splashed with colourful moments. Born and raised in Vaughan, Ontario, Vanessa and Lorinda have been at the helm of Torontario Landscaping for the past 8 years. The company, which was was founded by their...

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URBAN RENEWAL – Public Art Takes The Stage

By Susan Mate – Calgary, AB   If  beauty is in the eye of the beholder, no more is it so than with public art. Few aspects of urban life are capable of engaging the adulation or ire of a citizen more than the city-funded murals, sculptures, light displays and other art rising up across Canada. Over the past three decades, civic art collections have become an engaging and at times controversial mainstay in major metropolitan hubs. Critics assail publicly funded art as a frivolous and an unnecessary tax grab, while proponents praise its ability to revitalize tired city...

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Art Work From Around Canada

FATHER GOOSE If Barbara Walters assigns you a nickname (Father Goose), it’s safe to say that you’re a “somebody”. William Lishman is a world-renowned artist and conservationist. His works include a best selling autobiography, several award-winning films, and his stunning public art. He is a pioneer in ultralight aviation and the first human to lead birds in formation. He also initiated the use of ultralight aircraft in establishing new migration routes for precocial birds. His work has been documented on ABC’s 20/20 and CBC’s the Nature of Things. The two hit feature films, Fly Away Home and The Winged Migration, were inspired by his work. Lishman has received numerous awards including the Odyssey of the Mind’s prestigious Creativity Award, The Canadian Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal and the US National Wildlife Federation Conservation award. He is co-founder and chair emeritus of Operation Migration,   the organization that plays the key role in establishing an easterly flock of endangered Whooping Cranes in North America. Lishman’s current passion is Air First Aid, with his unique plan to use a world wide network of ultralight aviators, using purposely designed aircraft as eyes-in-the-sky for conservation issues, while training as a first response airlift for victims of natural disasters.   VERNE BUSBY AND BELLA TOTINO-BUSBY Verne Busby and Bella Totino-Busby are artists/designers who work together in St. Albert, Alberta. In recent years they...

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OL Magazine Spring Summer 2019

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