Published April 2022
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It is the 20th of the month and once again we gather here for our monthly Ferreira Fest, where we check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities! We have lots of news this time, a new TV schedule rubric, our exclusive Reading Series, a new recipe from Jackie, Hidden Hills screen caps and much more! Grab a plate and help yourself to some virtual goodies and come on in!
Great news from Ability Online, an online platform for children, youth and young adults with disabilities:
“We are thrilled to be the recipient of a grant from the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation.
This will allow us to launch our parent/caregiver portal by the Fall!”
Ability Gives, the equipment fundraising section of Ability Online, is still supporting Lamitta. Read more about her fundraiser here!
Of course you can always donate to the general fund by clicking on the logo below. Help keep this vital bully-free, safe and monitored online environment available to those who need it.
Haven Toronto is Toronto’s only dedicated daytime shelter for elder homeless men. SAVE THE DATE! Our 2022 Annual General Meeting is Monday, May 2 at 5:45 p.m.
In April 1968, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey‘ opened in theatres. In it Stanley Kubrick gave us a look at human and AI relationships and got us to wonder: can artificial intelligence really reduce loneliness and isolation? Read the full article here.
The Top Ten Films About Human And AI Relationships
Perhaps it seems counterintuitive that an artificial intelligence (AI) might help combat loneliness and isolation. But the latest technology suggests there is great potential for voice assistant products to do just that.
Social Isolation and loneliness are complex conditions, with a variety of contributing causes which vary from person to person. But there are several ways in which you can imagine something like Siri or Alexa can make a difference. Marginally house people and the elderly suffer disproportionally from loneliness, and much remains to be explored how AI can help the situation.
Haven Toronto has a terrific Shop & Share site – anything you purchase there will go directly to an elder homeless man in need – no shipping or middleman required, and there’s something for every budget!
Of course you can also give to the general operating fund of the organization by clicking on the logo below. Please note that you will be linked to our very own donations page which still bears the former name of the shelter – The Good Neighbours Club. Your donation will still arrive at Haven Toronto.
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
THE STAND UP FOR KIDS: FUTURES TRANSFORMED CAMPAIGN
Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s national $75 million Stand Up for Kids: Futures Transformed Campaign is uniting Canadians in a shared mission to change the lives of our country’s most at-risk kids – those who have experienced abuse and neglect. Learn more and find out how you can help vulnerable kids across Canada create lives of their own unstoppable success.
Not all children have access to the love, care and opportunities they need to thrive. Together, we can change that.
Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s national $75 million Stand Up for Kids: Futures Transformed Campaign is uniting Canadians in a shared mission to change the lives of our country’s most at-risk kids – those who have experienced abuse and neglect.
The need for resources and supports for children, youth, and families involved in the child welfare system is great. The impacts made by your donations are life-changing.
Read the latest news in the online newsletter The Buzz.
Please help support the kids who enter the foster care system through no fault of their own. The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada provides a variety of services and goods for them, and every penny helps! Click on the logo below to contribute.
Louis and Jackie shared an Easter greeting!
Here are Louis’ TV listings for the next week:
Wednesday April 20, 4:33 PM
Dawn of the Dead – STARZ
Flesh-eating zombies terrorize a group of people who has taken refuge in a shopping mall in this suspenseful and stylish remake of George Romero’s 1979 classic.
See screen caps here!
Thursday April 21, 2:46 PM
Criminal Minds: Omnivore (S4 E18) – WE
One of New England’s deadliest serial killers may be murdering again after a 10-year hiatus, leading Hotchner to revisit his first case with the BAU. George Foyet: C. Thomas Howell.
See screen caps here!
Wednesday April 27, 8:30 AM
Life on the Line – FX
A crew of electrical workers are thrust into danger when a deadly storm approaches their Texas town. Despite their differences, the team work together in order to keep the power on for their community as the situation worsens.
See screen caps here!
Check here every week for current TV airings!
This month we have 875 caps of an episode from the hilarious comedy series Hidden Hills. Louis played Doug Barber, an architect and family man living in the affluent community of Hidden Hills outside of Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
In episode 3 – The Affair – Doug feels overwhelmed by all the demands made of him and so he starts having an affair – with himself. Needless to say it gets him into all sorts of trouble!
Here is a direct link to the album: https://ferreirafestscreencaps.shutterfly.com/pictures/55265
THE 4th READING SERIES: MR. MUGS – ROCKETS AWAY!
The fourth monthly reading series continues in Mr. Mugs – Rockets Away! by Martha Kambeitz and Denise Burns.
Unlike previous readers, this volume was published as a hardcover book within the Level 3 series of the Mr. Mugs readers. It was originally released in 1968. The Mr. Mugs books have been out of print for many years but occasionally you can find them on eBay, Amazon Marketplace or various other antique book dealers.
Louis credits the Mr. Mugs books series with helping him to learn English at a very young age.
You can listen to all the previous book readings under the Reading Series Tab.
Here is this month’s chapter.
Listen to the sound clip here:
Chapter 21: A Sad Story (continued)
The boys didn’t like what Mother said.
“Come on, Pat,” said the boys.
“You can go up.
Your mother won’t see you.”
Pat looked around.
Mother was in the house.
“Yes,” said Pat. “We can go up
and come down fast.
I want to see that nest. Let’s go!”
Up the tree he went.
But Mother did see Pat go up.
She was angry.
She called to Pat.
“COME DOWN, PAT!
Pat, do you hear me?”
The boys ran home.
Mother talked to Pat
when he got down.
She made Pat go
to his room.
Pat went into the house.
Mr. Mugs saw him go.
He went into the house, too.
Alaina played the character Twyla Twyst on Riverdale last month. Here are some photos she posted in case you missed the episode. Riverdale airs on the CW, and it also streams on Netflix.
Alaina’s chair and the totally cool and funky boots from her role as Twyla Twyst (above), and a selfie in her character’s costume (right).
What a great outfit!
No, this isn’t a picture of Twyla Twyst, or a misplaced photo…
This is Alaina as a little girl! If you look closely you will recognize her – it’s quite uncanny how much she resembles her baby face even today!
Alaina estimates that the photo was taken in mid-April 1980.
As some of you may know, Greyston is a very accomplished photographer when he’s not busy acting. Here is a recent example of the Lethbridge in Alberta. Check out his Instagram feed for more!
Mika McKinnon Wins the E.R. Ward Neale Medal!
The Neale Medal, named after the legendary E.R. Ward Neale, is awarded to an individual for sustained outstanding efforts in sharing Earth science with Canadians.
The medal shall recognize outstanding efforts to communicate and explain geoscience to the public through one or more of the following vehicles: public lectures, print and electronic-media articles, school visits, elementary and secondary-school educational materials, field trips, science fairs, and other public communication devices. It also shall recognize exemplary records of promoting public-awareness of geoscience activities through the sustained encouragement of, and participation in, the creating, planning, organizing and implementing of such activities.
“For innovative, engaging, and impactful communication of the Earth sciences, particularly geophysics and disaster preparedness, across media including print, radio, television, movies, and social media.”
Mika McKinnon is an internationally recognized science communication expert who specializes in sharing Earth science in novel and creative ways on platforms including print, radio, television, movies, and social media.
Throughout her career she has combined technical expertise, such as teaching field geophysics and disaster preparedness in British Columbia, with innovative earth science educational approaches, such as incorporating realistic scientific scenarios into fictional movie productions. Her work has educated, engaged, and energized countless Canadians to better understand Earth science.
Trained in geohazards such as landslides, McKinnon has worked in outreach and communication roles with various agencies involved in emergency preparedness. These roles include consulting with the US FEMA on best practices in communicating Cascadia quake risk and serving as a UN delegate on risk reduction. McKinnon is frequently quoted in Canadian media on disaster response and can often be found in Vancouver-area community meetings talking about preparedness.
On social media McKinnon combines technical expertise with innovative approaches to outreach to produce timely, educational and engaging content. When natural disasters strike the Pacific Northwest, she reaches her nearly 69,000 followers on Twitter with detailed, scientifically grounded information about what affected communities should do. She also artfully tucks in Earth science education, such as explaining the hydrologic concept of “bankfull width” during recent flooding in British Columbia.
McKinnon has also run Twitter campaigns that inform readers about Earth science in a truly delightful fashion. Each post in her #YouFindARock campaign starts with a photograph of an intriguing rock or mineral, and then leads into a choose-your-own-adventure type of experience where readers decide what tests to run to figure out the rock’s geology. (If you’ve ever picked up an unusual rock and felt an urge to lick it, or done a “rock check”, you might have been reading her recently.) In 2019 McKinnon began helping administer the Mineral Cup competition that happens on Twitter each September, where people can vote on their favorite mineral. She doubled public engagement with the cup, which in 2021 had 8 million impressions and over 100,000 votes.
McKinnon is an on-screen geophysics expert for documentary series including the Science Channel’s Phantom Signals and the Discovery+ series I Got Lucky, and a behind-the-scenes consultant for the sci-fi show Stargate. She has also demystified Earth science in many popular articles for publications including Wired, Smithsonian, New Scientist, and Gizmodo.
In other news, Survive Together Or Die Alone is a new CBC podcast featuring our friend Mika!
“Mika McKinnon told me that people who know their neighbors’ names are more likely to survive an earthquake. So now I know all my neighbors’ names.” – @itsmaddykelly
Don’t miss Mika’s top-notch disaster-survival advice in Episode 4 of Let’s Make A SciFi !
Troy was also on Riverdale just recently! He played a man in an alley in the episode Chapter One Hundred and Two: Death at a Funeral.
Here is a glamor shot of his character:
And here’s a nice Bucketheads candid shot of Troy! The photographer wrote: “I took this frame at the last Bucketheads shoot, and it’s probably my favorite. It wasn’t set up by anyone…a genuine smile and moment in time.”
Troy is also busy working on the Star Wars series Bucketheads. Freshly promoted Captain Torin Sereta gets ready to rile up his troops for one of their most important assignments yet.
Eric’s company Even Better Painting has shared a new recent success story:
“This warehouse wall went from new to blue!
We love working with other businesses to improve and elevate their spaces. We can work around your business hours so your day-to-day isn’t interrupted by the painting process.”
If you need a paint job in the Vancouver area, give Even Better Painting a call! Find out more on their website.
Justin has shared a few more poems. Click on the thumbnails to read the full-size versions in his online gallery. Please note: these poems are intended for mature readers. Our younger friends should go here instead.
About 10 years ago David participated in the Battle of the Bands Concert in Milledgeville, Georgia, where he went to college.
He recently found a poster from the event and decided to share it.
These days David is a music teacher in New York City, still playing gigs like this whenever possible.
Traces is back for Season 2 on Britbox Canada!
Jen Spence previews how the new season dives deeper into the messy personal lives of the SIFA team in a brand-new interview about the hit series at The TV Watercooler.
Jen is taking a break from Social Media for a while.
“A cake break is always the answer – thanks for the inspo, 2 year old me! Heading off grid from social media for a bit and revisiting my roots. Stay safe y’all!”
Want to meet Peter in person?
Catch him at Kameha Con 4 April 29 – May 1! Click here for more info.
If you’re a Dragonball Z fan this gathering is a must – Peter was the voice of Goku.
Peter helped raise funds for Ukraine by participating in a stand-up comedy event.
Last month Peter visited a swap meet at the Toy-Zilla store.
SO BERRY NUTRITIOUS
Our friend (and frequent Louis photo supplier) Jackie has an Instagram feed for sharing her culinary creations. Every month she will contribute a recipe you can all try out, knowing that the result will be both nutritious and delicious! Be sure to visit her at https://www.instagram.com/soberrynutritious/ for lots of great recipes!
Coconut braised chickpeas
with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes
I love this flavorful and filling recipe!
This dish is so easy to make and takes little time to prepare. Your friends will be impressed!
Happy cooking, friends!
1 diced yellow onion
4 minced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 freshly squeezed lemon and its grated zest.
2 cups cooked chickpeas (1-15 oz Can)
1/2 tsp chili flakes (or to taste and optional)
1 tbsp coconut oil
Pinch of salt
1/2 pound fresh baby spinach or 1 small bag of pre-washed spinach
1 14 oz can full fat coconut milk
1 tsp ground ginger
Salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch cilantro
Prepare all of your ingredients.
Heat a large sauté pan over low to medium low, then add your coconut oil.
Add your onions and a pinch of salt and sauté for approximately 10 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Once the onions are soft, add the garlic and ginger and let cook for another minute or so.
Add the sun-dried tomatoes, lemon zest and chili flakes if using. Sauté for a few minutes.
Add the chickpeas and stir to coat in the mixture. At this point turn the heat up slightly and fry the chickpeas a bit, keeping an eye on them so that they don’t burn. You just want them to have a little color; this should only take a few minutes.
Once the chickpeas are heated through, turn the heat down slightly and start to add the spinach a handful at a time. Once the first bunch of spinach has started to wilt, add in the next handful and continue until all of the spinach has been added.
To finish the dish, add the coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Stir to combine and then add the ground ginger and a bit of the lemon juice. Taste for seasoning, add more lemon juice to your liking and salt or pepper as needed.
Once everything has heated through, serve immediately as the spinach will start to lose its color and won’t look as nice. Serve over brown rice or any grain of choice. I chose quinoa in the photos above.
garnish with cilantro and enjoy!
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