Through the Looking Glass

Photography by Nikki Wesley It illuminates downtown Burlington, delivering pops of vibrant colour both day and night. Whether you’ve stopped to admire its beauty or merely caught a glimpse of it on your way down Brant Street, the sculpture better known as Portal is a definite conversation starter. The creation …

Susan Longley

By Stephanie Hounsell When Susan Longley gave birth 32 years ago to a daughter with Down syndrome, a very wise pediatrician told her that if she never stopped teaching, Cheryl would never stop learning. Unfortunately, competing messages tried to drown out that hope-filled one. So Longley made it her life’s …

At Home With: Marianne Meed Ward

By Melanie Hennessey It’s a side of Marianne Meed Ward that local residents don’t often get to see, standing in her kitchen after a busy day at City Hall, peeling vegetables and boiling pasta while sipping a glass of pinot noir. As she prepares dinner for her family, laughing and …

Appreciating the abstract

By Nelia Raposo Abstract artist Peter Kirkland thinks his work may exasperate the average person. “It annoys some people. They want me to title it so they know what to think when they look at it,” he says. He never titles his work, choosing to number each piece instead. “People …

Bryson Cook

By Peter Bailey Oakville’s Bryson Cook is anything but the clichéd version of a race car driver. In American movies, the protagonists are almost always cocky Casanovas who live for speed and don’t allow anyone to get in their way. But this polite, self-effacing 23-year-old has no time for a …

Sean Buckley

By Melanie Hennessey Producer. Entrepreneur. Mentor. CEO. The Oakville Grinch. Loving husband and father. It’s safe to say that Sean Buckley wears many hats and garners plenty of attention at the helm of his international, award-winning production company. But as he sips coffee from his well-worn mug that reads “My …

Specs on Pearl: Keeping an eye on luxury for 15 years

By Allie Murray Specs on Pearl first opened in Burlington as a one-woman show, inspired by a passion for sunglasses and eyewear. Celebrating the store’s 15th anniversary, the now six employees take pride in how the store has become a continuously thriving business. The luxurious eyewear shop is immersed in …