Very Good Causes

Autism Dog Services Online Auction

Autism Dog Services is an incredible charity that places certified service dogs with children with autism and related disorders in southwestern Ontario. Click here to check out an online auction supporting them. It ends March 7th at 8:30pm. There is some great stuff up for grabs including a WestJet voucher good for two tickets on any regularly scheduled WestJet marketed and operated flight, a Keg gift certificate, Cineplex movie tickets, and some beautiful gift baskets (except the Body Shop basket- you don't want that one.) Rosie :)


Balzac's Coffee Roasters

Whenever we visit the Distillery District our first stop is Balzac's. It's one of my favourite spots to get a coffee. I love walking into their cafes in both the Distillery and Liberty Village; the amazing smell of their delicious roasts is like a huge coffee hug. I discovered Balzac's a few years ago when I saw this tweet from my favourite author:

I love Margaret Atwood, I love Balzac's coffee, and I like most birds, so a trip to re-stock the coffee canister was in order. The Atwood Blend is a mild amber roast with cocoa and caramel loveliness, and it supports the Pelee Island Bird Observatory. Margaret Atwood helped create the blend to raise awareness for this not-for-profit organization. A pound is $17 and you can get it at any of Balzac's locations. Rosie :)


Balzac's Coffee Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Unity Button

When I worked at TIFF this year in festival venue operations, I met a ton of wonderful new friends including Davor, who gave me a unity button. I love it. The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto describes the button as "a celebration of our identity as Aboriginal people and the diversity of our many nations. The most important part of each button is the centre, because this is where the spirits of the four colours meet." In the tradition of aboriginal storytelling, elders teach about equality and respect for people of all four colours.


When you are wearing this button, people often ask you what it means, and that is the point. It is meant to get us talking to each other and to share our pride and respect for not only our own culture, but for all the cultures in this world. Rosie :)

Dairy Queen | Etobicoke

The Dairy Queen on The Queensway in Etobicoke is always busy. I have never had a Dairy Queen Blizzard. I am not a huge ice cream fan except for Baskin Robbins and Ice Cream Junction's peanut butter chocolate. My husband was quite surprised I had never had a Blizzard and explained to me that they are quite delicious, a chocolate bar all whipped into ice cream. He was quite a fan as a child. Since yesterday was Miracle Treat Day and $1 from every Blizzard was donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, it was time to buy a Blizzard. I went for the S'mores flavour, although was tempted by the Mint Oreo. So yes, chunks of chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers all mixed into my ice cream:


It was awesome. So was my local Dairy Queen, crammed with adorable little kids getting treats post softball and soccer games. It was bananas in there! Rosie :)

Revel & Riot 'God Hates Bags' Bag

As much as I love my Fieldguided Thunder in Our Hearts bag, I am tucking it away for now. My Revel & Riot tote just arrived, and it's pretty cool.


The slogan "God Hates Bags" is a parody of the hateful signs carried by followers of pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, which promotes an anti-homosexual theology. You can probably figure out what their slogan is. (They hate a lot of stuff- the Phelpses are the ones that protested the funerals of slain American troops.) Revel & Riot created these bags to ridicule the church's horrible rallying call. They are a small independent company based in Montreal that work to promote LGBTQ rights and awareness, and a proceed of their very cool merchandise is directed to underfunded LGBT services and non-profits. Rosie :)

Bikers For Autism | Canada Recognizes World Autism Day

April 2nd is World Autism Day. This is the first year Canada will officially recognize this day. (We have Senator Jim Munson to thank for this; late last year he successfully got a bill passed by the House of Commons to make this day official in Canada. So, yay Jim Munson. Always thought you were super-cool.) There are so many cool Canadians that do amazing stuff for this cause. Two of my faves are the Bikers for Autism. This is a father and son team from Vancouver, James and John Baker, who ride their Harleys to raise money for autism initiatives. Last year they rode across Canada in support of the Osoyoos Autism Behavioural Centre and Autism Speaks Canada. I follow them on Twitter and loved the pics they would send out, capturing all the beautiful places they visited. Bikers for Autism are hitting the open roads again this fall. Keep track of them on Twitter @BikersForAutism or on their Facebook page. Rosie :)

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