Authors Articles by Barb Shaw

Articles by Barb Shaw

Barb Shaw
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As a freelance writer, Barbara Shaw loves to craft compelling stories about everyday people doing not-so-everyday things. She creates content for social media campaigns, builds brands and, in her free time, shares her love of yoga and dance. You can contact her at
Cannabis plants at Tweed, a medical marijuana company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Owned by Canopy Growth Corporation, the company is one of the approved wholesale suppliers for the online Ontario Cannabis Store, the only legal place you can purchase weed Ontario when it is legalized on October 17, 2018, until private retail stores arrive in April 2019. (Photo: Barb Shaw)

A pot primer: what you need to know about legal weed

Our local cannabis expert explains where to get it, where to smoke it, indica vs sativa, THC vs CBD, and more.
Judging from its success to date, the Peterborough Regional Farmers' Market's "local food you can trust" message is resonating with the community. Sixty per cent of the market's vendors are primary producers who have gone through a third party inspection process to verify they grow 100 per cent of what they sell, with the remaining 40 per cent including bakers, prepared food vendors, artists, and community groups. Pictured is primary producer The Farm on Argyle, a family-oriented urban micro farm located just 2.5 kilometres from the market, that follows organic growing practices to produce a variety of fruit and vegetables. (Photo: Jenn Austin-Driver)

Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market enjoying a harvest of success

Shoppers are flocking to Peterborough's verified local farmers' market.
A detail from "Looking Out", an original graphite study by artist Michael Dumas and the featured painting in "The Lives of Birds", the special exhibit at this year's Buckhorn Fine Art Festival from August 17 to 19, 2018. Ticket holders at opening night on Friday, August 17 will automatically be entered into a draw for this painting, valued at $1,000. (Photo courtesy of Buckhorn Fine Art Festival)

Win a Michael Dumas original at this year’s Buckhorn Fine Art Festival

Famed Canadian wildlife artist's painting will be drawn on opening night on Friday, August 17.
The 41st annual Buckhorn Fine Art Festival is a world-class art festival showcasing more than 80 Canadian visual artists, sculptors, jewelers, and photographers. The family-friendly festival, which also features activities for kids, live music, and more, runs from August 17 to 19, 2018 at Festival Park at Buckhorn Community Centre. (Photo courtesy of Buckhorn Fine Art Festival)

Acres of art under the pines at Buckhorn Fine Art Festival in August

41st annual festival at Buckhorn Community Centre features works from more than 80 artists August 17 to 19.
Inclusive Advisory is not your traditional accounting, law, and wealth management firm. Managing director Michael Konopaski (second from right) has been building a team to deliver accounting, legal, and wealth management advice in a new and different way. From the stand-out yellow exterior of the company's building in downtown Peterborough, to the whimsical and welcoming offices inside, to the team-based collaborative business model where staff closest to the clients have decision-making authority, Inclusive Advisory's approach is both comprehensive and effective for clients. (Photo courtesy of Inclusive Advisory)

Inclusive Advisory offers accounting, legal, and wealth management advice in a new and different...

Peterborough firm's innovative, multidisciplinary, and collaborative business model delivers for clients.
Residents and visitors to Bancroft, Ontario were greeted over the Victoria Day long weekend by knitted and crocheted turtles, hand-crafted by a volunteer group with Hospice North Hastings to raise awareness of local turtles and hospice. The turtles will remain on display until May 26. (Photo courtesy of Knittervention)

Victoria Day weekend ‘turtle yarn bomb’ in Bancroft a big success

But the Royal Wedding turtle is missing and another turtle has been kidnapped.
On May 17, 2018, volunteers decorated Bancroft with hand-knit and crocheted turtles as part of a "yarn bomb" campaign to raise awareness for the local turtle population. The turtles will remain on display for 10 days, including on World Turtle Day on Wednesday, May 23. Knittervention, the volunteer group that created the turtles, is encouraging residents and visitors to Bancroft to share photos of the turtles on social media. (Photo courtesy of Knittervention)

Bancroft ‘yarn bomb’ raises awareness for local turtle population

In advance of World Turtle Day, volunteers install hundreds of hand-knit and crocheted turtles to remind motorists to watch for crossing turtles.
The inductees of the 2017 Junior Achievement of Peterborough, Lakeland, Muskoka Business Hall of Fame. This year's 11 inductees (Monika Carmichael, Sally Harding, Paul Bennett, Alf and June Curtis, Robert Gauvreau, Paschal McCloskey, Carl Oake, John James (Jack) Stewart, and John A. McColl and James. H. Turner) will be honoured at the induction ceremony and dinner on May 24, 2018 at The Venue in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Niki Allday Photography)

Business community to honour Hall of Fame inductees at JA-hosted celebration

Culinary Showcase and networking opportunities feed entrepreneurs from across region on May 24 at The Venue.
Showcasing businesses, clubs, and organizations in Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, Celebrate Havelock returns for its 11th year at the Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Community Centre all day on Saturday, May 12, 2018. (Photo courtesy Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen)

Full day of fun offered at ‘Celebrate Havelock’ on May 12

Shop, visit, play, and win at 11th annual showcase of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen businesses and organizations.
Susan Dunkley, Manager of Development and Outreach at the Peterborough Humane Society, is one of the local women profiled so far for "Inspire: The Women's Portrait Project", which will culminate on International Women's Day 2019 with a gala photo exhibition and fundraiser for a local women's charity. Professional photographer Heather Doughty founded the year-long project, with the support of certified makeup and lash artist Selena Wilson, as a way to tell the stories of remarkable women in the community. (Photo: Heather Doughty)

Peterborough photographer capturing inspirational side of local women

Heather Doughty and make-up artist Selena Wilson launch year-long 'Inspire: The Women's Portrait Project'.

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