A Lebanese nightmare

Only people who have suffered unspeakable traumas can fathom what citizens of Beyrouth are experiencing since last month’s explosion at the heart of their city. Author and mother of two, Yasmina Farah Massoud shared her thoughts about the horrendous time she, her family and her people find themselves in. See her August 11th Facebook post and her son josef’s rendering of the aftermath of the explosion (in French).

Puis il y a les enfants de Beyrouth au mois d’Août, by Yasmina Farah Massoud. Drawing by Yasmina’s son Josef. Source: Yasmina’s Facebook page, 26 September2020.

Our YT channel launch

Our first introductory video is now available, on our newly created Youtube channel. More to come next week and the week after, so stay tuned. We have already subscribed to several family and youth service organizations that follow us on other social media. Please subscribe, comment and make suggestions for the playlists that we want to make resourceful and fun.

We began video producing during the pandemic lockdown, with all the restrictions that this represents. Thanks to Andrea, our Youtube volunteer, for the planning and video editing her way to making today’s launch a reality.

CDIC-CIDE Youtube channel. 20 Sept. 2020

Will Power campaign launched

We are pleased to announce that CDIC-CIDE is joining more than 80 charities, financial advisors, and legal services from across the Hamilton-Oakville-Niagara Region to show Canadians how they can leave a gift to charity in their Will, while still taking care of the ones they love. Find campaign details and calculator tool at Will Power™.

Wills are not just a legal means to distribute your personal assets; they are powerful tools for social change. And it’s not an either/or proposition – you can leave a gift in your Will to charity while still taking care of those you love. Visit our campaign page on the Will Power website.

Will Power™ is being spearheaded by the CAGP Foundation in partnership with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP). The CAGP Foundation aims to financially support programs that inspire philanthropy in Canada.

Will Power campaign partner logo. Source: CDIC-CIDE.org, 6 September 2020


Occasionally, it is important that we take a moment to think about people who inspire us and those we like to inspire.

Inspiration is something at once full of mysteries and quite common. Artists are known to rely on it for their success, but at one level or the other, we all know and experience inspiration. People inspire art, art inspire people , people inspire people and art inspire art.

This minimalist short film by Pierre Oscar Levy, Enfant au toton, is the perfect two and a half minutes to meditate on inspiration. In it, find craft, design, painting, photo, fashion, music and video. Take the time to see the various talents required to making it, and how far back goes Chardin’s inspiration before reaching us.

Still image and detail, Enfant au toton (Chardin), a film by Pierre Oscar Levy, 2010. Droits photo © Petit Palais / Jean Schorman. Source: Youtube, 5 September 2020.