SUMMER ISSUE 2021
It’s a Dog’s world
by Rita Simonetta
Visit any Italian-Canadian neighbourhood this summer and you’ll find tons of four-legged companions. That’s reflective of what’s happening all across a country that’s fallen in love with its furry friends. According to polling firm Abacus Data, 32% of Canadians own a dog.
Mattea Settino is one of them. The Woodbridge, Ontario resident has a female Havanese Bichon with whom she shares a unique bond. “I think that dogs can sense when something isn’t right; when someone in the house is acting different, the dog’s mood changes based on that individual,” says Settino.
I have never met an Italian beach I didn’t like. Naturally, there are certain stunning stretches of coastline that stand out in my mind more than others but, the truth is, I delight in the experience and reap all the benefits of unencumbered beach time regardless of which shore I find myself on.
That magical combination of sunshine, the hypnotic sound of the waves, the warm sand underfoot, the blissful sensation of immersing myself into the Mediterranean waters and that inevitable salty taste my lips have after a glorious swim make Summer Sil comes alive.
She is in her element. It’s almost like a life-enhancing oxygen, which inevitably helps me relax, reset and reconnect with my joy again, that is until another Canadian winter challenges my resiliency and puts me back in survival mode. Naturally, I then start thinking about the Caribbean. Overall though, Italian beaches have that something ‘extra’ about them. I know I am not alone in this calling for the spiaggia italiana. It resonates with many, the only difference perhaps is having a preference for a particular sea or area over another.
As the amount of COVID-19 cases and deaths decreases throughout Canada and life slowly resumes, science investigates the side effects of the virus. More than 200 persistent symptoms have been identified and are ascribed to long-COVID.
“We know that something new will always emerge, and as of April 2020 I had the intuition that there would be side effects due to COVID-19”, says Dr. Emilia Liana Falcone. The COVID-19 Research Clinic, established in February 2021 by Dr. Falcone, Infectious Diseases specialist and researcher at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute, is currently studying these side effects.
Several are related to hospitalization in intensive care, and may take the form of pulmonary clot—responsible for respiratory problems—cerebrovascular accidents, neurological sequela, etc. Many non-hospitalized patients suffer from intense fatigue, which affects their daily life.
“We have also noticed neurological symptoms, such as fuzzy thinking, difficulties with memory, insomnia, or, conversely, too much sleep. We have observed cardiopulmonary problems, including shortness of breath, chronic coughing, palpitations, dizziness, numbness, gastro-intestinal symptoms, or even persistent loss of sense of taste and smell.
This orange and fennel salad is a fresh, colourful starter perfect for hot summer months.
The mix of soft and crunchy textures and sweet and sour flavours of this dish make it so attractive. Add a few black olives for an additional briny taste and a few drops of white balsamic vinegar to liven up the fennel’s licorice flavour. As with every simple recipe, success lies in the details. Carefully slice your ingredients, making sure to balance them out in the plate for a nice presentation. This salad also makes an interesting main course when combined with ricotta salata or a beautiful side dish with some seared tuna.