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May 2023 issue of RCC News is here

Events are ramping up in Renfrew-Collingwood for the summer and you’re invited to take part. Check out the great things happening in our neighbourhood in this latest issue of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News and stay connected to your neighbours and community.

Cover of the May 2023 issue of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News - Joyce Street Spring Clean-up party

View the new issue.

In this issue:

  • Neighbours take part in Joyce Street Spring Clean-up party
  • Grateful for Canadians from all walks of life and every part of the world, by Robert F. Edwards
  • Call for artists and performers: Moon Festival, Food Hub and Legion
  • Read On! Breakfast traditions to celebrate mothers
  • Suffering from an abusive relationship? Find help at Westcoast Family Centres
  • English as Additional Language book club for older adults
  • Save the date – 20th anniversary Collingwood Days – July 14–22
  • Music in the Park returns to Renfrew Park Community Centre this summer

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email

The deadline for the June 2023 issue is May 10.

We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.



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Read On! Celebrating mothers


Who doesn’t love waffles for breakfast on Mother’s Day? Photo by Sophia Han
Who doesn’t love waffles for breakfast on Mother’s Day? Photo by Sophia Han

The tradition of breakfast in bed **

Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day. It has a long tradition in the United States where it was first celebrated in 1914. In Canada, sons and daughters show their appreciation with small gifts offlowers and cards. The tradition of serving mom breakfast in bed started in the 1930s.

Favourite breakfast meals on Mother’s Day include French toast and pancakes because they are easy and fun for children to make. A fresh fruit salad is a healthier option that is also easy to prepare (and clean up afterwards). Serve the meal with a small bouquet of carnations, the traditional flower of Mother’s Day.

A brunch tradition ***

Not everyone enjoys breakfast in bed. Since the 1940s, restaurants have advertised Mother’s Day brunch specials. Brunch is a British tradition invented in the late 19th century. It combines a social gathering with both breakfast and lunch. Taking mom out to brunch at a restaurant also saves her the work of cleaning up afterwards.

Besides breakfast or brunch, there are many other ways to recognize the work that mothers do. A simple phone call is a meaningful way to show appreciation and a more recent trend is to enjoy an outdoor activity together such as a hike or a stroll in a park.

Favourite local brunch spots include Liberte Cafe & Restaurant at 3670 Vanness Avenue and Canffle at 3581 Kingsway. Liberte Cafe specializes in desserts and waffles made from ube, a purple yam with a sweet, nutty flavour. 

Or for something different, try treating mom to dim sum. There are many excellent restaurants in Vancouver but a hidden gem is Wang’s Shanghai Cuisine at 3328 Kingway.

What is your favourite place to take mom for Mother’s Day? Let us know – just email


appreciation – when you feel thankful for something

serving – giving food to someone

healthier – better for your health

afterwards – after an event

bouquet  – a bunch of flowers

since + present perfect V use since before have and the past tense of a verb to describe a continuous action that began in the past: Since the 1930s, mothers have enjoyed breakfast in bed.

specials  – meals available for special occasions

social gathering – gathering of friends and families

besides – in addition

recognize – to show appreciation for someone’s work

meaningful – important or special

trend – something that is popular

stroll – walk

specialize – use specialize to talk about the food a restaurant makes well

hidden gem – a special place that is not well known

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** Lower intermediate

*** Upper intermediate

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