Published February 2023
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Welcome to the annual Birthday Edition of our monthly Ferreira Fest, where we check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities. We have a bunch of news, pictures, screen caps, our exclusive Reading Series and a brand new recipe for you to try out. Grab a slice of warm pineapple cake fresh from the oven and an age-appropriate cocktail at our virtual birthday buffet and come on in!
THE 2023 BIRTHDAY PROJECT
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Birthday Project and sent a recipe for food or good wishes. We have met our fundraising goal! Thanks to you we’re able to provide free meals for an elder homeless man in Toronto for an entire month!
If you’d like to help out more, please check out the Haven Toronto Shop & Share Site.
The package with the carved wooden box and the cards is still en route to Vancouver. Due to inclement weather in a transfer hub it was delayed by a few days but Louis is expecting it and we hope it gets there safe and sound.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LOUIS!
For over 30 years, Ability Online has provided a holistic and innovative model of support for helping vulnerable youth and young adults with disabilities or health challenges to reduce social isolation and increase inclusion. Our supportive and safe online community fosters positive attitudes, builds self-esteem, and inspires involvement which contributes to emotional health and wellness.
Click on the program tiles to learn more!
Of course you can always make a donation to the general fund – it’s very easy: just click on the logo below and follow the instructions!
There are three pillars on which Haven Toronto’s success is built; they are reducing barriers to food security, health care and housing. Record levels of client engagement in 2022 remind us of just how vital these supports are. A spike in the number of new clients reinforces that the need has never been greater.
Our monthly intake of new clients in 2022 was up 69% versus pre-pandemic numbers (2019). Compare that with the 2% to 3% percent increase in new clients that we historically experience year-over- year. Poverty and homelessness are at crisis levels. An internal survey last November revealed that 98% of clients partake in our Healthy Meals program. This is important as food is a gateway to other supports. Last year, we served over 83,000 meals, up over 100 percent compared to pre-pandemic numbers.
When clients come for a hot meal, we use that opportunity to get them in front of nurses and counsellors.
In 2022, our nurses and counsellors provided 19% more supports than the previous year. Housing and mental health supports were up 10%, and our foot clinic helped almost 7 times more clients. Our ability to meet the growing need for support is made possible through donations. We are grateful for your support and we see, first-hand, the difference your donation makes. You are our pillar. Thank you.
If our birthday project has inspired you, check out the Shop & Share site – anything you purchase there goes directly to an elder homeless man in need , no muss, no fuss.
From meals to daily necessities to clothing, to monthly donation systems, there is something for every budget.
Your purchase makes someone’s life better right away!
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
January 24 was International Day of Education – did you know this education fact about children and youth from the child welfare system?
At The Children’s Aid Foundation we work diligently to address the educational outcome gap for children and youth in the child welfare system with our post-secondary education program and mentorship program.
Every young person deserves education so they can follow their dreams and be the best version of themselves.
Learn more about our initiatives by clicking here.
You can always catch up with the latest news online at the News & Stories tab.
It’s easy to help kids in the foster system have a better start in life – just click on the logo below, it’s easy and secure!
Louis and Jackie shared a Valentine’s Day cartoon of themselves:
Here are Louis’ TV listings for the upcoming week – it’s a veritable Shooter festival!
A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after hearing of a plot to kill the President. After being-double crossed for the attempt and on the run, he sets out for the real killer and the truth.
February 22, 4:20pm on FLIXe
February 23, 6pm on SHO
February 24, 6:55pm on SHOe
February 26, 1:30am SHO
February 26, 5:50pm SHOe
February 28, 5:50pm SHOe
March 2, 5:45pm FLIXe
March 3, 3:30pm SHO
March 4, 12am SHO
See screen caps here!
Check here every week for current TV airings!
This month we have over 700 caps from the Missing Season 3 episode And the Walls Come Tumbling Down which first aired on July 17, 2005. In this episode Louis, who plays FBI Assistant Director John Pollock, gets to sink his teeth into some really good storylines.
Jess has a vision that leads her and Nicole to discover a 10-year-old skeleton. When the body is identified, Pollack orders them off the case. Jess and Nicole continue to work on the case while trying to keep their work away from Pollack and trying to figure out why he’s so insistent that they can’t work on it. Meanwhile, Pollack’s wife Janice kicks him out.
Here is a direct link to the album, or click on the screen cap below.
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 31: Lost! – A Dog! part 2 (continued)
THE TRAP!” shouted Mark
The cans made a sound like a rocket
Then they heard nothing –
not a sound –
To be continued next month!
New Dial the Gate Interview!
Destiny may have flown into the sun(set) long before her time, but at we are thankful for the two seasons we had, and the cast and crew who are continually willing to come back and share the memories of this brief period of their life. Alaina Huffman shares Stargate stories, brings us up to speed on her life and career, and answers your questions!
Alaina will be at FedCon with lots of other Stargate actors May 26-28 at Maritim Hotel, Bonn, Germany. Alaina will be the only actor from Stargate Universe.
She will also be at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. Join her for Chicago’s geekiest weekend, March 31-April 2, 2023!
“Just a girl standing in front of the Diamond Head volcano asking it not to explode! Anyone else hike in a dress?”
A while back Alaina portrayed the character Twyla in the series Riverdale. Here she is in a ca. 1950s outfit.
Greyston is currently traveling in Hungary and shared some great photos of Budapest! Greyston is an accomplished photographer and often shares his work on his Instagram feed.
From the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences:
What is an opportunity or challenge that the geoscience community can take action on?
Mika McKinnon, science communication specialist and recipient of the E.R. Ward Neale Medal, shares her thoughts on the Canadian Science Publishing blog:
Geoscience and society: Small shifts to a better future
In this post, Mika McKinnon answers the question: What is an opportunity or challenge that the geoscience community can take action on?
Tiny milestones! Mika writes:
“This was my first scifi consult as a new parent. The smallest member of my household was very cooperative, napping deeply through an email chain on magma and eruption conditions.”
“The Terraformers” by Annalee Newitz
The book is classified as Hopepunk – a sci-fi novel that melds serious tech with moral good. It’s a novel that questions our definition of the word “person” and features a cast of characters that includes a flying moose and a sentient commuter train that falls in love with a house cat.
And then there’s Twitter, and how a random question turns into a full-scale interview about being the science consultant on TV shows. Check out the full thread here (it’s actually ABOVE the post, so you need to scroll UP to read it!)
The Special O Canada Donut returned to Tim Hortons restaurants on the weekend of February 3rd to 5th!
100% of proceeds from sales of the donut went to Special Olympics community sport programs across Canada (Puppy doughnuts sold separately).
Here’s Patrick and his puppy supporting the good cause!
Read more about the special donut here.
Eric has posted a great little video clip for his company Even Better Painting – click on the screen cap to watch it!
“Wondering how much it costs to paint your home? We provide free estimates in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland!”
Check out Eric’s businesses for free estimates and high quality work in the Vancouver area:
Even Better Painting
Even Better Lights
Since our previous online storage site for Justin’s art and poetry is being discontinued the gallery has been moved to a new site. Please change your bookmarks accordingly.
David posted on his Instagram story feed that he’s lined up for the composer job for a video game.
This is an extremely lucrative gig for a musician and composer, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed!
In the meantime, David has posted samples of the music on his Bandcamp site – check it out!
Rob writes about his wife, Ingrid Rogers:
“If you’re fortunate enough to find an absolute shooting star – someone who burns brightly and ascends the stratosphere- grab on, take the ride. Enjoy the views. Be inspired. Don’t be afraid. @ingridrogersliving – I am continually blown away by your efforts and talents. The way you see the world is a magnificent view. Thank you for continuing to glow you fabulous star.”
“I cannot emphasize how much I love this person who started her V Day card to me , ‘sure there are some days I want to poke your eyes out…’
She sure made it clear how much she loves me too.
From day one to this pic of us both yawning (totally real) she completes me in ways I didn’t even realize were there.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go cover my eyes after Ingrid realizes I posted this pic!”
“I am SUPER excited to share the news that I am “Yodarha” in the new “Granblue Fantasy: Relink” Video Game!”
Yodarha (voiced by Peter Kelamis in English, Shigeru Chiba in Japanese): Illusory Fencer. Those felled by his illusory blade are unable to tell if it was real or merely a dream. Once a world-renowned swordsman, these days he spends much of his time fishing in seclusion. Read more about the character here.
“Great time at San Angelo ComicCon this weekend hanging with Erik Estrada!”
Peter will be at Collectors United March 3-5:
“Back to Florida Baby!
See you soon guys!”
Bradley posted an amazing time-lapse movie of himself in the makeup chair, as he is transformed from modern day dude to the mysterious Gaunt Man.
Here are the Before and After photos!
“Nothing says happy Valentine’s Day like my transformation for the movie Disquiet from Paramount available for your viewing pleasure now!”
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!
Quinoa & Arugula Salad with Spiced Pecans
“This salad is so so so delicious, nuff said. :))”
Garlic and lemon Vinaigrette Ingredients:
3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small clove of garlic, minced
1 tsp Maple Syrup
sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp lemon juice
To prepare the vinaigrette, add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Alternatively, you can add the ingredients to a jar or other container, place a lid on the top and shake to combine.
2 cups quinoa, cooked
4 cups arugula
1 cup Spiced Pecans
1 cup snap peas, sliced in half
1 cup red pepper, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/3 cup raisins
2 tbsp capers
sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- For spiced pecans, toss with some sea salt, maple syrup and smoked paprika or spice of choice. Roast at 350°F for 7 to 10 minutes.
- For snap peas, blanch in boiling water for 20 seconds and then put them into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. This will make them nice and green, but they will still be crunchy.
- Place all of the salad ingredients into a bowl, add dressing and toss to combine.
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