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Celebrating Chestermere residents of Scottish heritage

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By Emily Rogers

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At last years Chestermere Whitecappers Association Robert Burns potluck, club member Graham Cox, paid tribute to his Scottish heritage by reading “Address to the Haggis,” in celebration of Robert Burns Day. Photo by Emily Rogers

The Chestermere Whitecappers Association is celebrating Chestermere residents of Scottish heritage through the annual Robert Burns potluck. On Jan. 28, the Chestermere Whitecappers will be honouring Robert Burns and celebrating club members of Scottish heritage by piping in the haggis at 5:30 p.m. following with the address to the haggis. “Robbie Burns day celebrates anybody of Scottish heritage,” said the Vice President of the Chestermere Whitecappers Association Karen Rideout. For the President of the Calgary Burns Club, Jim Hutchens, celebrating Robert Burns Day is an opportunity for anyone of Scottish heritage and all nationalities to celebrate the life and work of the poet Robert Burns. “I would suggest Robert Burns Day should be celebrated because of the very humanity of the man, his grasp of the fact all men and women were created equal in a time when the station of people was defined by class and wealth, by his poetry and songs, he was able to connect people of all standings and nationalities,” Hutchens said. “His poetry and songs have transcended time like no other poet,” he added. “No other poet is recognized and celebrated as is

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Chestermere residents of Scottish descent will be honoured during the Whitecappers annual Robert Burns potluck Robert Burns in so many countries all over the world.” All seniors in the community are encouraged to attend the Chestermere Whitecappers Association’s Robert Burns potluck. “It’s our monthly potluck. Anybody who wants to come out and see how the Whitecappers centre works can put together a dish of some sort, a salad, or dessert, and just come out and share a meal with us,” she said. Hutchens believes that Robert Burns is celebrated because of the way his songs and poems resonate with people. “His words could touch the soul in so many ways. He seemed to have a spiritual connection, and gave hope for a better future for all, and that is the same today as it was then,” Hutchens said. “He wrote of nature as if he was born of the land and its creatures, he wrote of love from deep within his heart. he wrote poems of despair from the darkest part of his soul, and poems of hope and fairness for all mankind,” he said. Hutchens was once asked what it means to be Scottish, and he believes the answer lies with William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Robert Burns. “They each espoused freedom, but not necessarily freedom of Scotland as a nation but freedom of scots as people. Freedom of the souls, of mind, of thought, of speech, and the freedom to fulfill our dreams and potential,” he said. Adding, “This is what it means to be Scottish and indeed to be Canadian and to live in this country which espouses those same values as my forefathers. Robert Burns captured all of this and more in his works and in his words.” It’s important for the Chestermere Whitecappers Association to celebrate Robert Burns, not only because roughly 10 per cent of members are from a Scottish heritage, but it offers seniors in the community a safe place to gather and enjoy companionship with their peers. “The Whitecappers provide a safe and friendly environment for people just to come and enjoy companionship,” Rideout said.

The Chestermere Whitecappers will recognize Robert Burns Day on Jan. 28 with a potluck, which will include haggis. The doors open at 4:30 p.m., with the piping of the haggis, and the address to the haggis at 5:30 p.m. Photo by Emily Rogers

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Planning for the growth of Chestermere’s downtown area

Chestermere City Council heard landowners and business owners concerns during Tuesday’s public hearing By Emily Rogers

mixed-use development or vertical mixed-use development on the site.

A public hearing was held during the Dec. 17 regular meeting

Mixed-use developments can include having a retail store on

of council, which gave Chestermere residents, landowners, and

the ground level, with either apartments or office spaces on top,

business owners a chance to express their thoughts and concerns

sometimes with underground parking.

regarding bylaw 028-19, which is an amendment of the Land Use Bylaw 022-10. The principles within the new vision include making

By implementing a mixed-use commercial site, downtown will provide a focal point for future community activity. As the community grows, the mixed-use commercial

Chestermere’s downtown a focal point for activity, promoting the

downtown site will have to be redeveloped to increase housing

downtown as the centre for civic life, developing the downtown

options, intensities of use, while promoting a pedestrian-

as an urban, walkable hub with transit, housing, and establishing a

friendly urban hub.

strong economic node. “All of the affected landowners and adjacent landowners were sent a notification of the proposed bylaw,” said Senior Planner of Community Growth and Infrastructure, Karl Mielke. “This is the starting point. Essentially this is pressing the pause

The downtown area could also serve as a destination for regional and local transit and provide services for the community. Chestermere City Council was presented with multiple options such as rezoning parts of the Town Centre District’s

button when you know you have a problem, taking a step back,

control, which would make council the approving authority

and thinking about how to best and most responsibly address that

until a comprehensive rewrite of the Town Centre District is

problem,” Mielke said.


Adding, “We’re not even pressing the pause button, we’re changing the approving authority.” Additional engagement with residents, the Chestermere Chamber of Commerce, landowners, and business owners will be completed in the next step of the process. “Engagement is required, and it’s a very important part of the planning process, but there isn’t a lot of value in doing extensive

The ARP process would take one to two years to complete with a

The first option presented to council would begin with the direct control bylaw. Council would then direct staffers to begin a landuse bylaw realignment with the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). public would follow. Under the second option, council would direct administration to conduct a third-party market study of the Town Centre District

engagement comes in the next step,” Mielke said.

to determine what types of developments are possible. The study

owners, the Chamber of Commerce and residents to arrive at the right outcome,” he said. The only remaining undeveloped waterfront commercial sites

would be city-funded and could cost $35,000. The second option would also involve stakeholder and community engagement. Following the Land Use Bylaw amendment, council may wish to remove some areas of the Town

in Chestermere are next to John Peake Park next to a storm pond,

Centre District from direct control.

public art feature, city hall, and grocery store. The intent for the site is to create either a commercial horizontal

Bylaw amendment an Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) would be


base cost of $150,000. The third option would also involve stakeholders, landowner, and public engagement. Like options one and two, following the Land Use Bylaw

Engagement with stakeholders, landowners, and the general

engagement for this bylaw as the starting point. The value of doing “We fully intend to work with all of the landowners, business

initiated for the Town Centre District.

The third option begins with direct control. Prior to the Land Use

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amendment, council may wish to remove some areas of the Town Centre District from direct control. The proposed bylaw could lead to vacant sites remaining undeveloped until a comprehensive alignment of the Town Centre District with the MDP is completed. “We need to have a plan for what happens after the direct control bylaw,” Mielke said. “This direct control bylaw alone will not solve the problem. This is not the endpoint, this is the starting point,” Mielke said. Adding, “All three options begin with the direct control bylaw, and they end with the possible removal of the direct control bylaw.”

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Roughly 150 Chestermere residents attended the annual Mini Energizer Night on Jan. 8. Throughout the evening, residents could meet and make connections with coaches and instructors involved in local groups, clubs, organizations, and sports teams. Photo by Emily Rogers

By Emily Rogers The annual Mini Energizer Night gave Chestermere residents an opportunity to meet with the people behind local groups, clubs, and organizations on Jan. 8. Residents were able to register for organized sporting groups and organizations such as ringette, rugby, baseball, Ice Edge Skating Club, Chestermere Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Chestermere, Stepping Stones to Mental Health, and community services offered through the city. “It went really well. It was an opportunity to connect with different groups,” said the Chestermere Regional Community Association (CRCA) Recreation Program Coordinator Vicki Klinger. “It’s such a great night to come and find out everything that’s going on in the community. Anything that will connect people to different groups in the community, keep youth active, involved, keep them healthy physically, and emotionally are important aspects,” she said. The Mini Energizer Night is a way for

Chestermere residents to make face-to-face connections with organizers and coaches of local groups, clubs, and sports teams about the programs offered. “It gives residents the opportunity to find out what’s going on and to meet the instructors or the coaches. The information is key,” Klinger said. “I always think people are a bit hesitant when they don’t know the instructors. By having those conversations with the instructors and the coaches, they understand better if it’s something they would like to do,” she said. Adding, “They can find out more about the program and see if it’s something they would like to sign up for.” Throughout the evening, approximately 150 residents attended the Mini Energizer Night, talked, and made connections with organizers of local clubs and groups. “The people who did come stopped and talked, and wanted information,” Klinger added. “I made connections with about 20 people, which was good.”

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A female from Conrich remains in critical condition following the shooting By Emily Rogers On Jan. 8, at approximately 2:30 a.m., the Strathmore RCMP received a 9-1-1 call of a shooting that occurred at a Meadow Ridge residence in Conrich Alta. As a result of the shooting, a 27-year-old female from Conrich was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and now remains in the hospital in critical condition. The suspect is still at large, however, no further details of the suspect are available. The RCMP Major Crimes are investigating the

incident and remain on the scene. Anyone with additional information regarding the incident is encouraged to call the Strathmore RCMP at 403-934-3968. Or to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at -800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store. Currently, no further information is available. An update will be provided when new information is available.

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A Mountain View County man was arrested and received 15 charges By Emily Rogers

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On Jan. 2, at approximately 11 a.m., Strathmore RCMP received a call of an armed robbery that occurred at a Langdon business. At 10:30 a.m., four male suspects armed with a shotgun, handgun, and a hammer committed an armed robbery of a business that resulted in over $5,000 being stolen. The suspects then fled in a vehicle. The Strathmore RCMP investigation resulted in the arrest of a 49-year-old male of Mountain View County who is facing 15 charges including robbery with a firearm, disguised with intent, unlawful confinement (x2), assault with a weapon (x2), possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, pointing a firearm (x2), use of a firearm while committing an offence, unauthorized possession of firearm, theft over $5,000, possession of stolen property of a value over $5,000 and failure to comply with release order (x2).

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The 49-year-old male was remanded in custody following a judicial hearing and is scheduled to appear in Siksika Provincial Court on Jan. 16, 2020. Strathmore RCMP is still trying to identify the other suspects involved in this incident and locate the vehicle involved. To report information regarding the incident or the vehicle involved, please contact the Strathmore RCMP at 403-934-3968. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www. P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Chestermere Minor Hockey Association and Ice Edge Skating Club receive Husky Community Grant through local volunteer

Zarmena Cook was eligible to apply for the Husky Community Grant after volunteering more than 50 hours in 12 months

By Emily Rogers The Chestermere Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) and Ice Edge Skating Club (IESC) both received $1,000 donation donation through a local volunteer who was eligible to apply for a grant through the Husky Community Grant Program. I’m happy that the company I work for recognizes volunteers and their efforts to build thriving communities,” said Chestermere local and CMHA Atom 1 team treasurer Zarmena Cook. “Winter sports are a part of life. It bonds the community, and I find it’s very important,” she added. The Husky Community Grant Program donates funds to local community organizations that employees have spent a significant amount of time and energy volunteering for throughout the year. “The grants are intended to help a not-for-profit with a specific project or service, such as to purchase equipment or material that can help a not-for-profit organization deliver its services or programs, renovate its space, or provide for its clientele,” Cook said. “The CMHA has been making strides in supporting goalie development and increasing the number of players joining the association as goalies,” Cook said. The grant proceeds will be used to bring in professional goalie coaches to certify youth goalie instructors, purchase materials, or equipment, which will be useful in goalie training and can be lent out to those trying out the goalie position. Cook has been involved with the CMHA the IESC for over three years. Since applying for the Husky Community Grant Program, Cook has witnessed the league supporting the skill development of young goalies. When Cook’s son first started playing a goalie position, the CMHA lent him goalie equipment, until he was sure he wanted to commit to playing goalie. “The equipment can be quite expensive and being able to try playing as a goalie without having the upfront cost of equipment is great,” Cook said. The Goalie Development Program Coordinator for the CMHA,

“The reason I have applied for this grant is that the club has Wayne Copeland, is extremely excited to receive the Husky Community Grant. been training a number of really talented young figure skaters “This is wonderful, thank you very much for getting this grant for over the years, and I hope this grant will help in furthering their our development team, unexpected yet very thoughtful,” Copeland development,” she said. told Cook. “What I like about this club is that the young star figure skaters Adding, “The timing is perfect as I am working on our instructor are involved as program assistants in the CanSkate lessons to help series.” the little ones who are learning to skate,” Cook added. “They are Copeland has brought in instructors from Edmonton for an supportive and friendly with the young learners and are quick to instructor development camp for the Bantam and Midget aged help them out and hold their hand as they make their first strides.” goalies to become certified to train and mentor Atom and Peewee For more information about the IESC, please visit the website at aged goalies. www.iceedgeskatingclub.com. Copeland encourages the leagues’ younger goalies to come in at the end of the camp for a training session. “This is where our newly certified instructors will go live with their newly learned skills,” he said. There are currently five goalie instructors with the CMHA, and Copeland is excited to hold another training session in the spring. The Husky Community Grant Program will also support the IESC in advanced learning of jumping kills for the young figure skaters. “The Husky grant money is intended to go towards purchasing a handheld pole harness,” Cook said. “The IESC is one of the very few clubs that have a Lebel Jump Harness which is installed on-track in the blue arena. This harness helps skaters work on jump techniques from singles to triples,” she said. “We’re so grateful for the grant money that has allowed us to purchase equipment we otherwise would have gone without and are so excited to see our skater’s development with our new harness,” said the IESC Head Coach Heather McFarlane. Cook was inspired to apply the IESC for the Husky Community Grant Program, because of the sense of friendship her daughter has since skating with the club for nearly five years. “The sense of belonging and friendship is very strong among the skaters. She jumps out of bed From left: Ice Edge Skating Club (IESC) Head Coach, Heather McFarlane, Assistant Coach Sonya MacMilto get to the early morning ice lan, Membership and Publicity Director, Zarmena Cook, Senior Star SkatersTenley Bren, Michelle Fawcett, skating, which I would love just Katlynn Murray, Harlowe Bren, Leah Cook, Junior Star Skaters Alyssa Mickovska, Sydney Sutton, and to sleep through. The supportive Daniella Mickovska. Through the Husky Community Grant Program, the IESC received a $1,000 grant, coaches and skaters who she which was used to purchase a handheld pole harness to help skaters work on jumping techniques. Photo trains with are like another family submitted by Zarmena Cook to her,” Cook said. January 16, 2020 // theanchor.ca


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The following Development Permit(s) have been approved in accordance with the City of Chestermere Land Use Bylaw 022-10, as amended: 1. DP# 20-4402: 105 Cove Court – Lot 23, Block 4, Plan 0010671 A variance of 0.60m for southeast side of the driveway extension encroaching into the required side yard setback of 0.60m. 2. DP# 20-66: 900 West Chestermere Drive – Lot 23, Block 1, Plan 1013304 Dock in lake lot area. 3. DP# 20-7693: 140 Willowmere Way – Lot 11, Block 29, Plan 0612535 Home Business – Major – MARLA A. CHRISTIANSON PROF CORP Any person deemed to be affected by the above approval(s) may choose to appeal this decision to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. Any appeal must be in writing to the Secretary of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board and forwarded to the City of Chestermere along with the required fee of $200.00 within 21 days from the date of this publication. Further information regarding the above mentioned approval(s) may be obtained by contacting our office at 403-207-7075 during regular business hours.

Notice of Public Hearing - Bylaw 029-19 Pursuant to the provisions of Section 692 of the Municipal Government Act, Chapter M-26 of the Revised Statutes of Alberta, 2000, and amendments thereto, the Council of the City of Chestermere is considering Bylaw 029-19, being a bylaw to amend PART 10, SECTION 10.10.5 (c) (TOWN CENTRE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT-TC), Sites 5 and 6- Discretionary Uses. The proposed changes to the LUB 022-10, as amended, include: 1. The addition of Residential Care Facilities under the list of Discretionary Uses. A Public Hearing will be held in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS OF THE CITY OF CHESTERMERE, on TUESDAY FEBRUARY 4th, 2020; at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of considering verbal and/or (preferably) written representations from interested individuals or groups affected by the proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendment.

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Written submissions should be received at the City of Chestermere Office by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 29th, 2020. Note: any submission received after this time will be considered an oral submission and may be read into the record at the Public Hearing by the writer, or read on his or her behalf. Copies of the proposed bylaw may be reviewed on the City Website at chestermere.ca or at the City of Chestermere municipal building, 105 Marina Road, during regular office hours. Further information regarding the above may be obtained by contacting Community Growth & Infrastructure at 403-207-7075.

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Teaching youth the importance of physical activity Dance, yoga, and rugby are among the activities offered during Chestermere’s annual Go Girl event By Emily Rogers Approximately 80 Chestermere girls will be shown the importance of getting involved in team sports, and physical activity through the annual Go Girl event on Jan. 25. Throughout the day, Go Girl participants will get to socialize with other like-minded youth while participating in new activities and games that could lead to a new interest or passion, while developing healthy lifestyle choices, and meeting with female mentors. “The theme this year is Strong is the New Pretty. It’s a great day, and a fun day for girls,” said Chestermere Regional Community Association (CRCA), Recreation Program Coordinator Vicki Klinger. “A lot of the time, once girls get to their teens, they seem to drop off doing physical activities, Go Girl makes sure they know about all of the programs and activities available to them, and understand the importance of physical activity and team sports, not only the physical part, but the social, and emotional,” Klinger said. Go Girl is a one-day program designed for girls nine to 15-years-old, that provides an introduction to recreation and sport activities in a supportive environment. This year, the CRCA is offering activities such as dance, yoga, rugby, and karate. “We have a lot of ladies that come that sport has meant something in their life, they become mentors for the girls and share with them the difference being in sports and physical activity, and encourage the girls to

be physically active,” Klinger said. Throughout the day, young volunteers, and girls fulfilling a leadership role have the chance to receive a positive ticket from Chestermere RCMP. Go Girl participants will receive a book, journal, t-shirt, swag bag, lunch, snacks and lunch. Following lunch, participants can attend a wellness fair and learn what resources are offered in the community. Go Girl is a provincial wide program by Alberta’s InMotion Network that provides grants to communities throughout Alberta. Go Girl is run by the CRCA in partnership with Stepping Stones to Mental Health, Synergy, the City of Chestermere, and community partners. Each year, Klinger has a program elevation, and has always received positive feedback from parents, volunteers, and participants. “We always have rave reviews. The girls all love it, and we have returning participants,” Klinger said. Currently, the CRCA is looking for volunteers to help during the Go Girl event, and items to be added to the swag bags. Go Girl costs $20 per individual. All participants are encouraged to wear comfortable gym clothing, bring indoor shoes, and a water bottle. To volunteer for Go Girl, learn about payment options, or additional information please email recreation@ chestermerecrca.com, to register before Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. for Go Girl please visit the CRCA website at www.chestermerecrca.com.

Approximately 80 young girls have the opportunity to socialize, meet new people, and participate in a variety of games and activities during the Chestermere Regional Community Association (CRCA) Go Girl event on Jan. 25. Throughout the day, participants can learn dance, yoga, karate, and rugby. Photo submitted by Vicki Klinger

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Pampers Love the Change campaign making fathers lives easier

Through the Pampers Love the Change Campaign a baby changing table was installed in the CRCA men’s restroom By Emily Rogers Chestermere resident, Arnold Henry is proving that fathers are involved in their children’s lives more than ever, after installing a baby changing table in the men’s restroom at the Chestermere Regional Community Association (CRCA) on Jan. 2. Through the Pampers Love the Change campaign, 5,000 baby changing tables will be installed in men’s restrooms across north America by 2021. “Dads are more hands-on than ever, but the resources they need to take care of their babies in public are not reflective of this,” a statement from Pampers said. “That’s why Pampers is providing 5,000 changing tables in Canada and the U.S to be installed in the men’s washrooms by 2021, so more dads and babies can love the change together when they’re out-and-about,” the statement said. According to a Pampers study, nine out of 10 dads have gone into a public restroom that has not had a changing table. “My oldest son is five-years-old, when he was a baby, I did run into issues with going into businesses where there wasn’t a changing table in the men’s washroom,” Henry said. Whenever Henry and his family would go to a public establishment, his spouse was forced to always change their baby because there wasn’t a changing table in the men’s restroom. “In many situations, I’ve had to change him in my car, or even when I’m at some locations I’ve had to change him at the sinks in the men’s washroom,” Henry said. “With my newborn, it seems as if there is still an issue, there is still and need for change tables


in the men’s washroom,” he added. “It’s not everywhere yet, it has gotten better, but we still need to bring awareness that in our society, dads’ roles are important as well.” Before installing the baby changing table at the CRCA, Henry asked the I Love Chestermere Facebook group where local fathers would like to see a changing table installed. The majority of the answers said at the CRCA, and after Henry made the post, many local fathers gave their praise for the campaign. “A lot of the dads said it’s about time that society is aware that dads are able to change diapers, and they really support the whole campaign,” Henry said. It was important for Henry to get involved with the Pampers Love the Change campaign to showcase the importance fathers have in their children’s lives. “Just having change tables in the women’s washroom, it makes it seem like moms are the only ones playing roles in their kids’ lives,” Henry said. “In today’s society, I really hope that they view dads differently. Dads are more hands-on, dads are more involved in their children’s lives,” he said. Adding, “Having these types of resources available and accessible to us, it really helps to make life easier for dads.” Henry is hopeful that installing a baby changing table in the CRCA men’s restroom will inspire other establishments and businesses to install changing tables in men’s restrooms. “Hopefully, a lot of people can see that there is progress being made, and inspire other businesses to do the same,” Henry said. Currently, 1,000 out of 5,000 baby changing tables have been installed across north America.

Arnold Henry is hopeful that by installing a baby changing table in the Chestermere Regional Community Association (CRCA), men’s restroom through the Pampers Love the Change campaign society will recognize the significance fathers have in their children’s lives. Before installing the baby changing table at the CRCA, Henry took to the I love Chestermere Facebook page to ask local fathers where there needs to be a changing table. Photo submitted by Arnold Henry

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Joaquin Phoenix did a super job as the Joker as evidenced by his Golden Globe award this week, but his acceptance speech and subsequent soap box spiel backstage in the media room is so typical of the jet-set Hollywood class. The problem with actors lecturing the rest of the world is that they’re just actors, lecturing the rest of the world. This year the Golden Globe awards served a vegan meal and Phoenix called on other award ceremonies to do the same. Not only is he an expert on the big screen, but it seems he is now also an ethicist and environmentalist, too. Hardly. To live up to his environmental persona, Phoenix has vowed to wear the same designer tuxedo to every award ceremony that he will be jetting around to this year. He says his tux is never made with animal byproducts. Oh glorious day. “Phoenix has vowed to wear the same designer tuxedo to every award ceremony that he will be jetting around to this year.” Perhaps I’m not so surprised by Joaquin’s comments. They are predictable and even now an expected annual interlude offered freely by these kept lords and ladies of an industry that takes itself far too seriously. Phoenix’s performance is just another scene in their fabricated reality, the script only reveals that they think they are the voice of moral reason in a world that desperately needs their sage wisdom. But who can blame them. Society looks for heroes and these actors have come along at just the right time. Rather than focus on their terrific acting ability and graciously receive applause for their latest movie, they live as though the world was made to fawn over them, their haughty virtue signalling, and their twice-worn award show tuxedo. The red carpet reporting is a foolish escapade that our world could do without, but even here everyone plays their part. Reporters ask such hard hitting and meaningful questions as: how long did it take you to get ready tonight, or is it true you and so and so are dating? And those shoes, are they vegan, too?

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The Insufferable Rise of The Hollywood Eco-Lecture By Bruce McAllister Executive Director Rocky View 2020 & President Right Angle Communications & Consulting.

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One would think the realization of this ridiculous and meaningless escapade would sink in to the poor reporter decked out in their finest garments jostling for a moment of attention from these silver screen philosophers. But these reporters are up to play pretend, too. Actors, reporters, and the bewildered herd have bought in. Lest they feel at all guilty for their make-believe showcase, they have found a solution: Simply sprinkle this toxic mix with a dose of self-righteous finger-waving and mention how your third Miami beach house has a PETA approved champagne cellar. If you thought the gore coming out of Hollywood was hard to watch, then you might want to look away. Perhaps Hollywood needs to look into their own affairs before telling the rest of us how to live. By some estimates, the American film and TV industry produce 15 million tons of carbon dioxide a year. Add to this the pollution and wasteful excess of the Hollywood class and these people should see themselves as the last on earth to lecture those who simply heat their homes and feed their families. So let’s call this charade for what it is. Joaquin Phoenix is no more qualified to give the globe dietary, clothing, and travel advice than you and I are to give astronauts directions to Mars. His lectures are a hollow dose of hypocrisy from an industry that has nothing to say to the rest of the world on any of these topics. In fact, his words damage the credibility of any economically and scientifically reasonable conversations happening among those who know, and do, far more. Actors are actors. They make-believe and think that they might have something helpful to say, their actions betray their every condescending word. The world doesn’t need actors to solve whatever challenges our planet faces, what we need are ordinary people who live up to what they preach and do so consistently and without the need for fanfare. Pretenders will pretend, this is what jokers do. But we are not pretenders. We can watch and enjoy our movies and then turn to our families and communities and make them better. Don’t let the bedazzled media and actors fool you, theirs is not the wisdom our world needs.

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SPECIAL EVENTS Tuesday, January 28th – POT LUCK SUPPER - ROBBIE BURNS NIGHT! Doors open at 4:30pm. Supper at 5:30pm. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share! Wine and beer available to purchase. **************************************************** REGULAR WEEKLY PROGRAMS DROP-IN COFFEE HOURS: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings 10:00 am. Drop by for coffee, cookie and a chat; share some laughs! MONDAYS: CHAIR YOGA – 11:30am – 12:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Dropin. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. CARPET BOWLING – 1:00pm. More players are welcome! BRIDGE – 1:00pm – Guests Welcome! CIRCUIT TRAINING MONDAY EVENINGS - 5:30 – 6:30 pm. A self-paced class, designed for all ages and abilities. Incorporates strength, balance and cardiovascular health. **Please bring your own hand weights if you have them. TUESDAYS: CRIBBAGE FUN NIGHT - First Tuesday of every month – **NOTE: cancelled over winter months. Back in March or April. DROP IN WALK FIT CLASS – *Time changed to: 9:30 –10:30 am and may change again. No charge for members. $2/non-member. Walking indoors. Meet at Whitecappers. LINE DANCING – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. No charge for members and $2/nonmember. No sign-up. Drop-in. Great workout & mind exercise. WEDNESDAYS: CHAIR YOGA – 11:30am –12:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Dropin. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. CARPET BOWLING – 1:00 pm. More players welcome! THURSDAYS: QUILTING – Starts at 9:30am – Making “Comfort Quilts” donated to charities DROP IN WALK FIT CLASS – *Time changed to: 9:30 –10:30 am and may change again. No charge for members. $2/non-member. Walking indoors. Meet at Whitecappers. ARTISANS OF CHESTERMERE – 1:00pm – 3:30pm - All levels of skill! FRIDAYS: SENIORS’ CHAIR EXERCISES – 11:00am – 12:00 pm - Focus is on Strength & Balance. Drop In Class! No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. TAI CHI INTRODUCTORY CLASSES – 1:00 pm – Drop in. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. Wear comfortable clothing. FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES – Starts at 6:30pm - Come enjoy a night of games and socialize! SATURDAYS: POOL & SHUFFLEBOARD – Cancelled until further notice. COME SEE WHAT’S NEW AT THE WHITECAPPERS!


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Here at the Chestermere Public Library we go the extra step to always make sure that our community receives the highest level of service that we can manage. We strive to have enough staff on any given shift, and we pride ourselves on our levels of customer service. Our residents asked for extended open hours in past years and we made sure that happened. We have been feeling financially stretched in the last few years and the number of people we serve and the number of items in and out of our Library increases every year. By far, our largest expense is wages for our staff, even though their wages are far below rates earned by people in similar positions in Libraries around the province. These ladies are also our greatest asset and we know how much you love them, because you aren’t afraid to let us know. We truly appreciate that. Well, budget time has come and gone. Unfortunately, our City of Chestermere Appropriation has not increased in the last 3 years, and we find it necessary to decrease our hours of operation. Starting February 1, 2020, we will no longer be open on Sundays. We will also be closing at 5:00pm on Mondays going forward. Gentle Yoga with Elann @ the Library: Gentle Yoga - Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm $5 drop-in. Knitting & Crocheting Tuesdays at 7:00-8:00pm All skill levels are welcome to attend our drop-in knitting and crocheting group. They meet every Tuesday evening at 7pm. All you need are your needles, hooks, yarn and your current project.



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Baby Rhyme & Storytime Wednesday, 10:15am-11:30am We are partnering with Chestermere Parent Link Centre to bring you this program on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am. Parents/ caregivers and babies (0-12months) are invited to join us for stories, songs, and rhymes to promote bonding, and the development of your baby’s language, communication, and early literacy skills. No registration is required, as this is a drop-in program. Pre-School Storytime Fridays, 10:15-10:45am We have stories, songs and fun every Friday morning at 10:15 am. This storytime is meant for families with small children. If you would like to bring more than 6 children, please call or email our Acting Director, Cathy to make special arrangements. Cathy.burness@chestermerepubliclibrary.com For more information about what’s happening at the Library, check our website and sign up for our newsletter online or pick up a newsletter next time you’re in. Don’t forget to follow and like us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Library Hours Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm *Closed on statutory holidays Chestermere Public Library 105B Marina Road Chestermere, Alberta T1X 1V7 403-272-9025 www.chestermerepubliclibrary.com

What’s with the book?

by Jen Peddlesden President Chestermere Historical Foundation Based on a creative idea by Janelle Sandboe, Chestermere resident and Streetscape Committee member, the City of Chestermere Streetscape Committee partnered with the Chestermere Historical Foundation to create an outdoor book using historical stories specific to Chestermere. Janelle had seen a similar installation at the Calgary Zoo. The idea behind the book being at the Chestermere Public Library was to recognize the November 2017 10th Anniversary of the Library. As the library is a special place for families, stories are geared in that direction with photos of Chestermere landmarks, events, and people. Read about the 1952 Ford firetruck which always appears in the parades these days ( but seldom went to fires!), the families who tried to raise Pekin ducks on

the lake, a teacher who got herself locked out of the schoolhouse the day the inspector arrived, and the Indigenous hammer which was found on Chestermere’s shoreline. Congratulations to the Chestermere Public Library for continuing to be a wonderful public space. Thank you to everyone who participated in this project and please stop by to enjoy the stories that bring olden days Chestermere to life. For more information on the background and sources of the stories, you can find them under LIBRARY BOOK HISTORICAL ART INSTALLATION at www. chestermerehistoricalfoundation.org. Join CHF at their next meeting Tuesday January 21st 2020 10am at the Calgary Yacht Club 635 East Chestermere Drive. New members always welcome there are lots of projects on the go!

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It’s not selfish to take care of yourself Self-care is a popular topic of discussion these days. When working with clients, I often inquire about the self-care practices they include into their daily, weekly, and even monthly routines. It is common for me to hear clients say they’re unsure what the term means, and how to incorporate self-care into daily regimens. Self-care is a broad term. It can appear complicated when there are varying ideas about what it ‘should’ look like. This can create a misconception around the meaning and its application. What is self-care? The popularity of self-care in television programs, magazines, books, etc. makes it the current topic du jour. This can cause confusion on what it is, and what it may mean to you. Self-care is simply caring for you! It is putting yourself first, so you’re able to rejuvenate and be at your optimal functioning level. It is broad and vague because the idea of it is very subjective and individualized, and it has a different meaning for each person. The outcome is the same; the journey there is different. The overall goal of self-care is to help you be at your best to tackle the day (no matter what your day looks like). Caring for yourself involves basic strategies that allow for rejuvenation. This can mean eating healthy, staying hydrated, exercise, good sleep, and whatever promotes to your optimal functioning. During times of distress, when

schedules are busy and life is in transition, caring for yourself can be the first thing to go. During these times the prevailing attitude(s) can appear to be that we must “tough through.” But the opposite is in fact true. It is during these times we need to maintain extra focus on the foundations of physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing to ensure self-care is maintained. Optimal functioning will allow you to better manage stress and prevent burnout. Additionally, it is valuable to incorporate mindfulness strategies such as yoga, journalling, or prayer. Nature, exercise, or a good ole fashion faceto-face interaction with a loved one or a friend can help to reconnect with oneself and others. Integrating the senses during self-care can be useful as a grounding technique also, which can help with anxiety management. I often ask clients if they’re familiar with the health and safety procedures of plane travel. In case of emergency, who do you put the oxygen mask on first? Yourself or a loved one? Selfcare in this situation means giving yourself the means to have oxygen in order to be at your best to help others. Self-care, like the oxygen mask, breathes life, it rejuvenates, provides strength, and can make you more productive. Lets shift away from the idea that self-care is ‘selfish.’ Instead, lets focus on incorporating practices that encourage us to make ourselves a priority.

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Whisky and Bagpipes Like many Canadians, I can claim some small portion of Scottish ancestry. While I may not boast Groundskeeper Willie levels of Scottishness, I do regularly partake of Scotch Whisky, widely considered as the gold standard by which all other whiskies are judged, and on one very special day of the year, I even prepare a haggis. The special day in question is January 25, and will mark the 261st birthday of Robbie Burns. For those not in the know, Robbie Burns is Scotland’s most famous poet/writer, considered the great national bard of the kilt-wearing folk. His birthday is considered one of the most important holidays in Scotland, and is celebrated by those of Scottish descent the world over. Robbie was born on January 25, 1759 to peasant farmers in Alloway, and turned to writing poetry to escape the hardships of poverty and subsistence farming. He eventually rose to the status of cultural icon in Scotland, loved by rich and poor alike. His Scots Wae Hae lyrics were used as an unofficial national anthem for decades, but he is most recognized in North America for his poem Auld Lang Syne – y’know, the one you sang off-key back on New Year’s Eve. Scottish emigration through the ages has resulted in 30 million people of Scottish ancestry living overseas, vastly outnumbering the 5 million people in Scotland proper. Canada alone has 4 million people of Scottish ancestry – almost as many as Scotland! Nova Scotia (Latin for New Scotland) is home to large numbers of both Highland and Lowland Scots, and Scottish culture has continued to flourish there. For many years, I have carried on the rich tradition of hosting a Burns Supper, which entails the drinking of whisky, the eating of haggis, and spirited reflections on the words and music of Robbie Burns. As in years past, when the unruly posse of my regular drinking companions arrive for a night of Scottish libations and culture, they bear less resemblance to a group of poetry fans than a boisterous Scottish clan returning from a fortnight of fasting on the blasted heath with MacBeth himself, such is the vigour with which

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they attack the haggis and applaud the obligatory bagpipe music. When the last of the haggis has been swallowed, we sit in repose with the dulcet tones of Scottish poetry streaming from YouTube, and enjoy many fine whiskies while toasting the memory of Robbie Burns, even reciting along with a few of the poems to add to the solemnity of the occasion. Robbie Burns Day is also the one day of the year that I pull out the officially licensed Robert Burns Single Malt from the Isle of Arran Distillery, located on a craggy and windswept island just off the western coast of Scotland. The island was home to many illicit distilleries in centuries past, always trying to stay one step ahead of the royal tax collectors, but the long arm of the law eventually caught up, with the last bootleg still seized by His Majesty’s Revenue & Customs officers more than 150 years ago. This spelled the end of the whisky industry on the Isle of Arran until the year 1998, when the Arran Distillery threw open the doors of their newly constructed distillery with great fanfare, with the Robert Burns Single Malt remaining one of their best sellers to this very day. As an official patron of the World Robert Burns Society, the Arran Distillery is the only distillery permitted to use the name and image of the immortal bard himself on the packaging, which makes them particularly popular this time of year. I am nearly finished a bottle of the 2008 Robert Burns Single Malt, which I only open one day a year to enjoy during my annual Burns Supper. A sweet and malty whisky that is aged in former Bourbon casks that provide hints of vanilla, followed by a brief maturation in former Sherry casks to impart hints of lush fruit and spice to the finish. Despite my tradition of saving this whisky for one special night per year, it is only $50, which makes it popular with whisky drinkers as a regular tipple. You can celebrate your inner Scotsman with a fine bottle of the Robert Burns Single Malt from your friendly neighbourhood booze merchant, with the haggis and bagpipes entirely optional!

PAWS for Thought Steve King is the President of Community Therapy Dogs Society email: info@ctds.ca

New Year dog resolutions Whether you believe in New Year resolutions for yourself or not is your choice. However, when it comes to looking after your dog, Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM on the Pet Health Network has some good advice for dog owners to take into the New Year: 1. Don’t buy junk food treats that are packed with calories. Instead try fresh, crunchy veggies or treats with simple ingredients such as sweet potatoes. 2. Don’t ignore pet food labels. Know what you are feeding your dog. 3. Don’t skip walks. Exercise is too important, for both your dog and yourself, to let the weather become an excuse for not walking your dog. If necessary, invest in booties for your dog and an extra layer for yourself. Commit to walking your dog come what may. If the weather becomes too severe, which it is known to do in Southern Alberta, consider taking your dog to a doggy daycare so he/she can run with other furry friends. 4. Don’t put off your dog’s medical exam. If you are concerned that your dog is showing signs of something untoward, reprioritize your spending and have your vet check it out. The worst thing you can hear at some point in the future is “if only you had brought your dog to see me sooner…..”. A vet is there to enhance your dog’s life and to suggest how you can optimize your dog’s health. 5. Don’t forget your dog’s heartworm prevention drugs. Heartworm disease is fatal for dogs and, even if you catch it in time, the medication used to treat dogs is costly and can take months to work. 6. Don’t ignore negative behaviour. The sooner you start correcting negative behaviour the better as such behaviour left untouched will likely worsen and become more engrained. A firm but fair hand will pay dividends. If you have tried unsuccessfully to correct the problem, speak to your vet or a canine behaviourist. 7. Don’t forget to hug your dog every day. For those dogs that don’t particularly enjoy being hugged, show your affection in a different way, for example, by belly rubs or gently stroking your dog behind the ears. Dogs will likely not understand the word “love” but the tone in which you speak to them and the body language you portray will tell them all they need to know. Dogs give us unconditional love: let’s return the favour. For dogs the New Year is a meaningless concept: it is simply their on-going life. But for us humans we sometimes need a mental reappraisal of what we do and how we do it once the New Year kicks in. In 2020, let’s assess the different aspects of our dog’s life and readjust where necessary to make this year the best we can for our furry friend. I wish you all a happy, prosperous and fulfilling new year!

Moving The moving truck in front of our home in Saskatoon was full to the brim. In there, somewhere, was my bed, my clothes, and my little collection of precious Hot-wheels toys. But the enduring picture for me was of our couch, stood upright, at the very back of the moving van as they closed the big sliding door. My whole world, as I knew it, was packed up. I was in Kindergarten and we were moving to Regina, a city so far away it seemed unfathomable that I could live there. Moving from one home to another, or one city to another is a pivotal experience in anyone’s life. While some have never moved far, the statistics say that Canadians will move about five or six times in their life on average, and in 2011 four million Canadians moved that year alone. The reasons we move vary. In some cases we move because we have to, our hand is forced and change is inevitable. Job loss, divorce, death, or other hard circumstances force us to pack up and change where we live. Others move because something better presents itself. A new job, marriage, or retirement will open new doors or possibilities. Moving can be exciting and full of expectation. Sometimes we long for change or the feelings that a new setting will bring. Boredom or sadness here might be alleviated if we only lived somewhere over there. A new home, new neighbours, and new experiences are tempting and inviting. A move gives a break and we have the chance to shape a new life. However for all the allure of a new life somewhere else, there is something we cannot move away from - ourselves. In any move, we are really learning to come to peace with ourselves and those we love. There are ways to move well, and much of it starts by looking inside, into our motives, fears, hopes and dreams. When we move under duress, we do not often have time to think through how we feel or talk to someone else. When we move because we hope to run from our pain or anxieties without being reflective, we may just bring all of those fears and pains with us. When we stop to ask ourselves and others what our true motives are for moving, we can make the very best choices for ourselves and others. Moving that began as a reaction and rush to get away from something, can transform into a meaningful move towards something. When our motives are healthy, our big move, or decision to stay, can also become healthy. In your neighbourhood there are people moving in and moving away. Each of those moves carry emotions of hope and pain, of loss and life. We can work together to welcome those who come from afar and help them find a place of hope and safety in our city. Chestermere is a city that longs to be hospitable to anyone who moves here. Likewise, if someone is moving away, we can be the kind of people who send them off well, with a party and plenty of love. In a world that is always moving, we can be the kind of community that creates a true home. January 16, 2020 // theanchor.ca

Lakeside Quilters’ Guild Meeting each month at the Chestermere Recreation Centre on the first Wednesday of each month. Sew days are on the third Wednesday of each month and a sew Saturday each month, excluding summer. Quilting experience not required, new members welcome. For more information please contact Carole at 403-519-0379. St. Gabriel the Archangel Knights of Columbus (14492) Meets on the second Thursday of each month at St. Gabriel the Archangel High School library. Meetings start at 7:00 pm. Must be a member to attend regular council meeting. Inquiries can be emailed to (Jeff) jgdesrochers@gmail.com or call Patrick @ 403-923-0099. The Rotary Club Of Chestermere Our Meetings are from September till June We meet for a Buffet Lunch every 2nd and 4th Tuesday 12:15 am to 1:30pm (Doors open at 12:00 Noon) at Camp Chestermere, 1041 East Lakeview Rd. Guests are most welcome but must register for the Lunch Buffet. Please contact us through our website www.rotarychestermere.org or email us at rotarychestermere@gmail.com The Chestermere Fine Art Guild The Chestermere Fine Art Guild meets every Thursday at 1pm, at the Recreation Centre North side, upstairs in room 2. Come and explore your artistic potential. Welcoming new members beginner to advanced. Like us on Facebook and email chestermereartguild@gmail.com The Walking Connection It’s a great way to connect with other people in your community, improve your mental health and to get some fresh air and gentle exercise. Meets every Monday between 1:30 – 3:00 Ongoing The group meets in front of the Chestermere Public Library, at the gazebo in good weather. Includes: a gentle walk, coffee & connection. There is no charge for this group and we would love for you to join us.(However, coffee is at your own expense) For more information call Yvonne Harris at 403 365-5401 or email yvonne.harris@ahs.ca The Chestermere Lions Club Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, September to June at the Chestermere Rec Centre at 7pm. Check out our website at e-clubhouse.org/sites/Chestermere/ or \email us for more information at chestermerelc@gmail.com Chestermere Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Meet and Greet Show “n” Shines every 2nd Tuesday Starting may 21st . thru Oct. at The Dockside Marina starting at 6.30pm. Come and meet other car enthusiasts and share your passion. 50/50 draw proceeds to local charity. See us on Facebook, Lakeside Kruzers @gmail.com. Contact Roy Spanko, rtspanko@shaw.ca 403 285-8309


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How to travel safely during pregnancy

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Starting a family often requires changing routines. Very often homes become child-centric as activities revolve around the kids. While it is important to be supportive of youth, it’s also essential for parents to stake out some alone time so they can enjoy life together. Marital therapists often state that the first year after a first child is born is the biggest threat to a couple’s relationship. Therapists often point out the need for parents to work hard to balance their priorities in order to maintain the family unit, and that means making more time for themselves apart from the kids. Parents need time now and then to remember that they’re not just parents but also husband, wife, friend, coworkers, and more. Here are some ways that parents can accomplish just that. ¥ Embrace the date night. Schedule times to be alone with your spouse. The problem with parents not getting enough’me time is profound enough that the government in Norway, in response to rising divorce rates, issued a plea for parents to embrace date nights more frequently. Spontaneous nights away are nice, but even scheduled dates can fit the bill.


¥ Spend time at home. Enforce bed times and routines so you can enjoy unencumbered time together. If the kids are bound to sabotage these efforts, call in a favour from a friend or relative to distract the kids elsewhere in the home while you can recharge together. ¥ Draw a line. There is a fine line between being an engaged parent and being too heavily involved. Be supportive of kids without doing all the work for them or feeling the need to consistently be involved in every detail of their lives. This will free up time and brain power to engage in things with a spouse. ¥ Perform activities together. If date night doesn’t fit in the budget, find less expensive ways to spend time away from the kids. Adolescents may be able to stay home for an hour alone, and you can take a walk around the neighbourhood, go for a scenic car ride or even just make a trip to the supermarket together. Making a conscious effort to enjoy adult time can improve relationships with spouses, which can have positive, trickle-down effects on family life.

Years ago the thought of traveling while pregnant might never have occurred to expecting mothers. Uncertainty about the effects of travel on expecting mothers and their fetuses meant mothers-to-be stayed close to home when they realized they were pregnant. While some expecting mothers are still advised to avoid travel while pregnant, many can travel freely and safely until their 36th week, as medical researchers determined travel does not put the health of women or their fetuses in jeopardy until that point. The Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes that most common problems that occur during pregnancy happen in the first and third trimesters, making weeks 14 through 28 during midpregnancy the best time for women to travel. Each type of travel, be it by air, boat or car, poses its own unique challenges. The ACOG offers these tips to pregnant women as they prepare to travel. Traveling by air The ACOG advises pregnant women traveling by air to make sure their flights are completed by week 36 of their pregnancies. That means avoiding trips that depart in week 36 and return in week 37 or later. Before booking a trip, pregnant women are advised to familiarize themselves with airline travel policies. Each airline is different, but many may require pregnant women to produce medical certificates signed by their physicians indicating they’re allowed to travel. In addition, the ACOG notes that each airline has its own cutoff dates regarding when they will allow pregnant women to travel. For international flights, these cutoff dates may be as early as 28 weeks. When choosing seats on a plane, pregnant women should book aisle seats so they can stand

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up and stretch once every two hours without having to ask fellow passengers to move each time. In addition, the ACOG advises pregnant women to avoid gas-producing foods and carbonated beverages before flying. That’s because gas expands in the low air pressure, which can contribute to discomfort. Traveling by boat Pregnant women should not travel by boat unless they have confirmed that a doctor is on board. Avoid taking boat trips to remote locales that might not provide access to modern medical facilities. Pregnant women who typically suffer from seasickness may want to avoid traveling by boat, and all women should consult their OBGYNs about which medications, if any, they can take to address symptoms of seasickness. Norovirus infections, which can cause severe nausea and vomiting, are a concern for cruise ship travelers. Exposure to foods, beverages and surfaces contaminated with the virus can cause infection. If traveling by boat, wash your hands frequently while on board and contact medical personnel immediately if you develop diarrhea or vomit. Traveling by car Short car trips are best for pregnant women. When buckling seatbelts, which should be worn at all times, buckle them low on the hip bones below the belly. The shoulder of the belt should be placed off to the side of the belly and across the centre of the chest, between the breasts. Schedule frequent stops to stretch. Many pregnant women can safely travel until they’re 36 weeks pregnant. More information about traveling while pregnant can be found at www.acog.org.


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Slow cookers are a handy tool for any home chef, particularly those who juggle busy daily schedules. With slow cookers, meals can be prepared in advance and then left to simmer for hours while they develop deep flavours as meats become tender and succulent. When cooking recipes in a slow cooker, it’s best to choose cuts of meats and poultry that can stand up to long cook times. These cuts tend to be more fibrous and tough, but will tenderize with time. Short ribs, for example, are a prime option for slow cooking magic. They’re the star of this recipe for Bacon, Onion & Stout Braised Short Ribs from Crock-Pot¨ 365 YearRound Recipes (Publications International, Ltd.) from The Crock-Pot Kitchens.

1 bay leaf 1 cup beef broth 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley leaves Hot mashed potatoes or cooked egg noodles (optional) Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Working in batches, cook short ribs in skillet, turning to brown on all sides. Transfer each batch to a slow cooker as it is finished. Wipe out pan with paper towels and return to heat. Cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Remove and discard all but 1 tablespoon drippings from pan. Reduce heat to medium and add onion. Cook until softened and translucent, stirring occasionally. Add tomato paste, flour, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from bottom of pan. Pour over short ribs. Add drained bacon, bay leaf and beef broth. Cover and cook on low 8 hours, or until meat is tender and falls off the bone. Remove beef and skim fat from cooking liquid. Remove bay leaf and stir in parsley. Serve with mashed potatoes or egg noodles. Tip: This recipe can be cooked ahead and refrigerated overnight.

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