Women on the verge of amazing travel! In honour of
International Women's Day, Canadian Living intern
Leslie Emmons interviewed
Paula Vlamings from Planeterra Foundation, the fund-raising arm of
G Adventures. As Executive Director of Planeterra and a seasoned traveller, Paula is keenly aware how tourism can change the lives of women everywhere. -interview by Leslie Emmons
Q:For those readers who've never heard of Planeterra, how would you describe the organization?A: We are a corporate foundation of
G Adventures and we provide sustainable solutions to local communities, often through tourism-related enterprises. We have 23 projects in 14 countries and support small business projects, many of which help women and girls in developing countries, as well as other small business developments that tie into the tourism supply chain.
Q: Can you explain the relationship between Planeterra and G Adventures?A:G Adventure founder Bruce Poon Tip established Planeterra back in 2003 and it was really to have a vehicle to give back to the communities where G Adventures was running trips. He saw the opportunity and the need because there are sometimes negative impacts on local communities from tourism and Bruce really wanted to make a difference in those communities. He started Planeterra with a women’s weaving co-op in Peru in order to maintain traditional weaving and provide an income opportunity for the women who live along the Inca trail, where his tours pass through. At the moment, 100 percent of what we raise through travellers' donations and corporate sponsors, along with other partners, goes directly to the projects that we support. [caption id="attachment_15340" align="aligncenter" width="297"]
Women's weaving cooperative, Peru (Courtesy: Planeterra Foundation)[/caption]
Q: How is sustainable tourism different from just heading out on vacation?A:Sustainable tourism is about preserving both the environment and the culture, and making sure that the benefits of your trip [money spent] stay in the community. This means using local transportation, local home stays, making sure that you’re very conscious about your footprint in terms of the environment, as well as the impact you, as a traveller, have on the cultures and local traditions. Often on all-inclusive trips, money goes to a foreign owned company – the locals don’t always benefit and that money doesn’t stay in the local economy.
Q: What's top of mind for you on March 8, International Women’s Day?A: In the developing world and within charitable groups, there’s an understanding that empowering and educating girls and women is really the key to alleviating poverty, and we at Planterra make an effort to do just that. For instance, in Peru we support a small women-owned business that sells biodegradable soaps and detergents to visitors passing through the
Inca trail. We’re keeping this money in the local economy and the women are now hiring other women, so it’s really been a great income generator and empowerment opportunity.
Q: Why do you think there are so many women in the tourism industry?A: Tourism really is a great avenue and a great industry for women. There are many obstacles facing women who want to enter other industries such as agriculture or manufacturing. But women have more opportunity in travel and tourism. They can make things at home, work in a small hotel or even work as a guide. There are fewer barriers and that's important because tourism is such a large employer around the world. [caption id="attachment_15339" align="aligncenter" width="350"]
Paula Vlamings, Planeterra Foundation, Siem Reap, Cambodia[/caption]
Q: Are there any stories that stick with you on how the lives of women have considerably changed because of Planeterra’s support? A: We have a training restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia, The New Hope Community Training Restaurant, which is located in one of the tougher slums. This was a community that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and destroyed. One of our tour leaders thought to bring travellers through the area for a local meal to help support that community.
We got involved and helped build a proper kitchen and a vocational training restaurant that has been able to support women who were formerly forced into undignified labour. It’s doing quite well and five women have graduated from that program and are now working in some of the nicer hotels in Siem Reap and earning a decent living.
Kudos to Leslie for a great interview with Paula.
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Featuring Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep and more!
Pair red carpet veterans such as Amy Adams and Emma Stone with fashion’s newest “it girl", Ruth Negga, and you’ve got yourself a highly entertaining awards season. It all culminates with Hollywood’s biggest night, the Academy Awards, and we’re on pins and needles to see which fabulous gown the Oscar-nominated actresses will wear. Here are some recent runway looks that we would love to see have their own red carpet moment.
Although Adams isn’t nominated for her role in the sci-fi box office smash, Arrival, the movie itself earned eight nominations, including best picture.
Adams almost always strikes all the right notes on the red carpet while favouring Veronica Lake waves and body-conscious gowns in a jewel tone hues.
We think the 42-year-old will go for something a little more subdued because of the lack of a nomination. We’re banking on a black staples column gown, similar to this Armani Privé beauty from the spring/summer collection.
We’re keeping a close eye on the Ethiopian-Irish actress who's been nominated for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in Loving. Negga wowed us all at this year’s Golden Globes when she showed up in a fitted silver sequined Louis Vuitton gown, complete with a gold centre zipper.
Although we haven’t seen a lot of her at big fashion events, from the looks of things she’s a risk taker and she adores a good embellishment such as lace, beading or sequins. We’re thinking she’ll show up in something covered in lace with glittering embellishments, like this gown from Givenchy pre-fall 2017.
Nominated for best leading role in LaLa Land, Stone is the favourite to take home the little gold man, along with slaying it on the red carpet.
Not only does she always nail it on the big screen, but her gown and hair and makeup selections are always top notch. But the best thing about Stone’s red carpet style is she’s never boring, always shaking up her gown and designer selections. This award season alone we’ve seen her in Chanel, Valentino and Alexander McQueen. We’re feeling a floral vibe with a wee bit of colour and tons of tulle, like this Zuhair Murad gown.
This year Streep became the actor with the most Academy Award nominations ever—her nom for Florence Foster Jenkins bumps it up to 20! Meaning, she broke her own record.
Though Streep is much more known for her acting chops than her red carpet moments, she’s always true to her own esthetic. She's been spotted wearing Givenchy at the last few red carpet events, but we think she’ll try something else, something dramatic and simple, like this cape-back silky gown from Valentino.
From architectural masterpieces to classic old Hollywood glamour, the Academy Award winner and nominated (this year for Jackie) star has had some stand-out red carpet moments.
At the Golden Globes this year the expectant mom breezed onto the red carpet in a vintage-esque sunny Prada gown. Portman channelled Kennedy Onassis with a modern take on the former first lady’s iconic bouffant, classic makeup and wore a dress similar to a yellow frock that she once wore to the Metropolitan Opera House in 1975.
Although she’ll likely be wearing a custom gown because of how far along she is in her pregnancy, we think it will be less saturated and more glittery, something with an empire waist and a centred slit, like this sequinned-embellished georgette Zuhair Murad gown.
Williams, who is nominated for best-supporting actress for her role in Manchester by the Sea has been owning the red carpet all season long. She’s the current celeb spokesperson for Louis Vuitton so we know she’ll likely be clad in one of the French fashion houses gowns.
This super soft wrap is the classic accessory you need in your closet for any time of year.
A luxurious wrap for all seasons – the Bayberries Wrap is the quintessential accessory. We chose to design this wrap in our luxurious Eco Alpaca DK yarn made of 100% superfine alpaca for its fluffy and luxurious feel. The large checker pattern is a unique alternative to plain stocking stitch and is reversible for a consistent look on both sides.
This wrap pattern is suitable for beginners, and knitters of all skill levels will enjoy the simple pattern and beautiful yarn. We recommend using stitch markers to indicate each square and make it easier for you to follow the pattern. Knit on 3.75 mm needles with five skeins of yarn, this pattern requires patience, but it is a joy to knit and you will wear the wrap for years to come.
Materials: - 5 Skeins of Americo Eco Alpaca DK (100% Superfine Alpaca) 100g / 262 yards (240 m) - 3.75 mm (US5) needles -Stitch markers (optional) - Yarn needle
Measurements: Approximately 75" (190 cm) long by 15" (38 cm) wide
Gauge: 20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in stocking stitch using 3.75 mm (US 5) size needles or size needed to achieve gauge.
K, k: knit
P, p: purl
RS right side of work – knit side
WS wrong side of work
Using 3.75 mm (US 5) size needles, cast on 129 stitches.
Purl 2 rows.
*Next Row (RS): K2, (k25, p25) 2 times, k25, k2
Next Row (WS): k2, (p25, k25) 2 times, p25, k2
Repeat these two rows 12 more times (26 rows).
Next Row: K2, (p25, k25) 2 times, p25, k2
Next Row: K2, (k25, p25) 2 times, k25, k2
Repeat these two rows 12 more times (26 rows)*.
Repeat from * to * 6 more times.
Next Row (RS): K2, (k25, p25) 2 times, k25, k2
Next Row (WS): k2, (p25, k25) 2 times, k25, k2
Repeat these two rows 12 more times (26 rows).
Next Row (RS): K2, (k25, p25) 2 times, k25, k2
Knit 2 rows. Cast off in pattern.
Finishing Sew in all loose ends. For best results, block your finished piece. Enjoy!
Americo Original is a Canadian yarn company and online knitting shop with its own line of quality yarns, knitwear patterns and accessories. Americo’s yarns are made exclusively in the Andean highlands of South America, using only natural fibres, including luxurious wool, llama, alpaca, cotton, linen, silk and cashmere. Americo and its in-house design lab are based in Toronto, offering international shipping from its online store: americo.ca/shop.
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Want to make
perfect, crispy bacon every time with little mess? Try cooking it in the
oven! I always use this method when I am cooking bacon for more than 2 people. It is
less messy than cooking on the stovetop, you can cook a whole package at a time with no grease spattering everywhere. It requires
little attention, which gives you time to prepare the other elements of the meal (
pancakes perhaps?). Also, the bacon comes out
perfectly cooked (and flat) and delicious every time.
To cook bacon in the oven, first line a
baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Arrange bacon slices on parchment,
overlapping if desired.
(Side note: the bacon will cook a little faster and require no separating if the slices are not overlapping, but one Chef I worked for instructed me to overlap the slices with the meatier side on the bottom so that the fattier side covers the meat and "protects it" during cooking - not sure if this is true, but you can fit more on a tray if the slices are overlapping.) Cook in a 400°F (200°C) oven for
about 20 minutes, separating with tongs if needed, until bacon is golden-brown. Timing will depend on the thickness of your bacon and how crispy you like it.
Remove bacon to paper-lined platter to drain. Enjoy your perfectly cooked bacon in these recipes...
Bacon and Onion Cheese BallsChard and Apple Salad with Bacon VinaigrettePhotography by Leah Kuhne