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This Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake is worth getting out of bed for

This classic moist cake is great for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. Take it down to the dock with your morning coffee for a perfect start to the day.

Streusel ¼ cup granulated sugar ¼ cup brown sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1/3 cup melted butter ¾ cup all-purpose flour

Cake 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp salt ½ cup butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 cup sour cream

Glaze 1 tbsp milk ½ cup icing sugar

Carnivorous plants dine on salamanders in Algonquin Provincial Park

In August 2018, Alexander Smith, a molecular ecology professor at the University of Guelph, was instructing a field course at the Wildlife Research Station in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park. Smith was teaching the students about carnivorous plants found in Ontario’s bogs, specifically the pitcher plant—a glass-shaped flora that can be found all the way from Ontario to Newfoundland and as far south as the northern regions of Florida.

Lessons from the Osoyoos Lake boating tragedy

On June 8th, on an open lake in the Okanagan during a clear day, two boats collided with fatal results. The crash was captured on a security video and it was evident that no other boats were nearby. How could this have happened?

Boating is a very safe activity in Canada and few collisions or mishaps occur, but there are important lessons to be learned from this tragedy on Osoyoos Lake where two men died and three others were injured – two of them critically.

Cottage Rental of the Week: A relaxing cabin by the ocean

Where: Sooke, British Columbia

What: A sunny, open-concept cabin ideal for anyone looking for an ocean getaway.

Who it’s good for: Any family who wants a change of scenery and gorgeous ocean views.

Nightly rate starting from: $195

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

How many people: Up to 4 guests

Extras: The property comes with free Wifi and a bbq for grilling.

Tips to avoid conflict when hosting guests at the cottage

The great 20th century self-help guru Dale Carnegie once remarked that, “There is only one way to get the best of an argument—and that is to avoid it. Avoid it as you would rattlesnakes and earthquakes.”

Although it isn’t clear how often the late Mr. Carnegie visited the cottage during his lifetime, one thing is for certain: he never had to contend with your family (or mine) for a weekend filled with carnivorous bugs, rash-giving plants, questionable AC, and a toilet with a mind of its own. It’s enough to make venomous reptiles and ground tremors look quaint.

Nostalgic about your local drive-in?

It had been a long time since I’d sat in the backseat of the family station wagon, wearing pajamas and laughing to Son of Flubber, which played on the massive screen of the Starlite Drive-In Theatre near the summer town of Grand Bend, Ontario, a 20-minute drive from my family’s cottage on Lake Huron.

This time, I was in the drivers’ seat and it was my pajama-clad daughter who’d convinced me to leave the cottage and take her to the Starlite for the most recent animated remake of The Jungle Book.

This DIY fold-down workbench is great for small outdoor projects

When I’m at the cottage I like to be outside as much as possible and this hinged workbench creates valuable outdoor workspace for all my small DIY projects. When it’s not in use, lift it up out of the way and the weather.

I made my workbench from 5/4-inch cedar deck boards (“five-quarter” is a weird name for boards that are 1-¼” thick and if that’s not confusing enough, the actual thickness is 1”, so go figure).

‘Free Willy Bill’ gets passed by Canadian government

The Canadian government has passed Bill S-203, nicknamed the “Free Willy Bill’, which prohibits whales and dolphins (cetaceans), from being held in captivity. The bill also bans captive breeding and possession of cetacean reproductive materials, including sperm and embryos. Violators of the bill face fines of up to $200,000. S-203 now only requires royal assent to become law.