Undercooked meat has been the source of many a food-borne illness, since it can harbour parasites and bacteria such as salmonella, campylobacter or E. coli that will fizzle the sizzle of your party pronto. For more info, as well as a list of safe grilling temperatures for just about any kind of meat you want to throw on the barbie, check out my latest piece for Yahoo! by clicking on the icon above or here.
There’s a whole world of travel apps out there (roughly 100,000, in fact) to help you make the most of your vacay, but we’ve narrowed the list down to five faves. Wherever your summer sojourn takes you, these handy apps will assist with everything from snagging the cheapest flights to bridging the language barrier. Check them out here, or by clicking the icon above, to go to my latest piece for Connected Rogers.
When Bruno Gerussi, as log salvager Nick Adonidas, chugged off into the sunset aboard his trusty Persephone 25 years ago, neither he nor anyone connected with The Beachcombers could have predicted the legacy he would leave in his wake. Airing over 19 seasons, the series maintains the title of the longest-running Canadian TV show in history. And although the credits rolled for the last time on December 12, 1990, the allure of its real star, the seaside village of Gibsons, lives on. Read about all the places where you can still see relics of Canada’s most famous show, as well as best beachcombing spots, in my latest piece for BC Magazine here, or by clicking the icon above.
Remember the great Cronut calamity of 2013? More than 150 unsuspecting CNE visitors ended their day at the fair feeling fairly ill after noshing on the deep-fried doughnut-croissant concoction, which turned out to be contaminated with the staphylococcus aureus toxin. What about the 2008 deadly deli outbreak of listeria, traced to Maple Leaf Foods that sickened dozens and killed 12? Or the spinach scare of 2006 that infected hundreds with E. coli? Or the mad cow menace of a decade ago? Canada has one of the best food safety records in the world, but, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, every year nearly four million of us are felled by food poisoning. I’ve listed the 10 most common in my first piece for Yahoo!, here (or click on the icon above).
Business is going great, so great you find yourself overwhelmed, particularly with peripheral tasks that take time away from generating a profit. You need help, but you either work out of your home or in a tight–spaced office. You have no budget to hire permanent employees, provide them with a desk, computer or phone, let alone pay benefits. Why not consider a virtual assistant (VA)? Find out more by clicking here, or on the icon to the left.
Dyin’ to write a little ditty for your darlin’? Ballad for your baby? Once the province of professional musicians and composers, music writing and recording just got a little easier for regular folk, thanks to songwriting apps and software that can help you turn your tunes into radio-worthy melodies in record time. Click here to check out my latest piece for Connected Rogers about songwriting software that helps you write like a rock star, or click on the icon to the left.
You’ve got a great idea for a small business, but how do you know if there’s a market for your product or service? Research. That is, gathering and analyzing data: the viability, placement and price of what you’re selling; demographic characteristics; information about your competitors; expectations of daily revenue; and industry trends that could change it all, for better or worse. To read all about it, check out my latest piece in Connected For Business Magazine by clicking here, or on the icon above.