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Transplant columnist and freelance writer Aimee Dawn Robinson

Friends with Benefits

It’s easy to remember the three kinds of symbiosis if you apply them to your past relationships. Parasitism is where one species benefits and the other is hurt. Commensalism is where one species benefits and the other is neither hurt nor helped. Mutualism occurs when both species benefit. In addition to human romance, symbiosis is …

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Wild Berry Picking In Your Own Backyard

Late summer and early autumn is berry-picking time across the Yukon. Low- and high-bush cranberries, soapberries, Saskatoon berries, blueberries, strawberries, cloudberries and raspberries are each a picker’s delight. In addition to foraging, you can easily cultivate berries in your garden, giving you easy and (hopefully) bear-free access to berries. Raspberries are especially easy to grow. …

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Seeking the perfect tomato for Northern summers

My grandfather’s backyard was a gardener’s dream. Flat as a postage stamp, with deep, rich soil and daylong exposure to intense southwestern Ontario sunshine. My grandfather, a gentleman and tobacco farmer, had an incredibly green thumb. Among his harvests were tons of heavenly tomatoes. The tomatoes were never mealy or white-fleshed, but deep red all …

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