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On Aug. 18, Chestermere residents participated in an obstacle course at Camp Chestermere while wearing duck floaties in support of Synergy. All of the proceeds raised from the annual Duck Race will be used in support of youth community programs. Photo submitted by Ayden Hansen
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All of the proceeds raised from the annual Duck Race will be used to for programs for youth in the community By Emily Rogers Synergies’ annual Duck Race raised $3,760 which will be used to support programs for youth in the Chestermere community. This year, instead of participants watching their rubber duck float down the canal, participants raced in an obstacle course while wearing rubber duck floaties at Camp Chestermere. “This year’s Duck Race went really well,” said Synergy Program Coordinator Hannah Fiegen. “It was really fun, there was tremendous community engagement.” She added, “It was a really exciting event. It was more of an interactive event than the canal event was.” Synergy has organized and hosted the annual Duck Race at the canal for years, and it was time to try something new. After the obstacle course, racers enjoyed a barbeque which tied the community event together. Throughout the event, Fiegen got feedback from racers, members of the community, and staff regarding how fun the day was. “We’re excited to expand it and build on this year,” Fiegen said. Along with raising funds to support upcoming programs, getting the community involved was essential for Synergy. “We were hoping to get the community more involved. The race was an event that everyone could participate in,” Fiegen said. “Moving from the canal race to the obstacle course, proved to be a really good event to engage the community,” she added. Members of the community were able to come out, meet their neighbours, build friendships, and have a chance to win prizes all while supporting Synergies programs. “There were a lot of opportunities for people to hear about our programs and what we do, and get to know our programs,” Fiegen said. “We’re able to do a lot more for our community programs which is awesome,” said Synergy Fundraising Assistant Ayden Hansen. Members of the audience were encouraged to make signs to cheer on the racers, while youth sprayed the racers with water guns.
Synergies annual Duck Race raised over $3,000 in support of youth programs in the community. Instead of watching rubber ducks float down the Chestermere Canal, participants raced in an obstacle course wearing inflatable ducks. Photo submitted by Ayden Hansen
“It was really awesome to see the audience with signs, cheering, and having so much fun.” Hansen said. “My favourite highlight was watching the racers have so much fun in the obstacle course. Especially seeing them go down the slip and slide and doing the mud crawl with their little duck floaties was pretty hilarious,” she added.
Moving forward, Synergies core programs such as the Youth Encouraging Lasting Leadership (YELL) Youth Council, SHOUT, and Homework Helpers will be beginning in the fall. For additional information on Synergies upcoming programs and events please visit the website at https://www.yoursynergy.ca/.
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The black carts will cut down costs for the city while eliminating the risk of injury for operators By Emily Rogers
roadways, privacy concerns will be removed, and residents can safely push the black cart to the curbside.
The City of Chestermere is set to roll out a black cart waste collection system instead of clear plastic bags later this year. “We are delighted that our staff are already finding new ways to serve residents better,” said Chestermere Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “Many residents have been asking for this service for a long time. We heard you Chestermere, and we are pleased to be taking action,” he said. With the black cart implementation, garbage pickup schedules will not change, and the black carts will not impact current utility rates, however, the carts cannot be used for paper, recyclable plastics, or organics. Residents who choose to continue to use plastic bags can use any type of colour of garbage bags as there are no requirements for privacy bags. There is also no limit on the number of bags used, as long as they all fit properly in the cart. Garbage can be placed in the carts loose or in bags. However, loose items or bags left on the ground will not be picked up. While prohibited materials such as harmful chemicals, and explosive materials, are not allowed in the black carts but can be dropped off at the Eco Centre. All residents who have purchased commercial grade carts can keep and use them, and more information on the types of carts permitted will be provided by the city later. The introduction of the black cart eliminates the risk of operators stepping out of the truck without the chance of slips, trips, physical strains, and exposure to the elements, said the Environmental Services Manager with the City of Chestermere Cam Wong. With the elimination of clear plastic bags, wildlife will not be able to get into the bag, debris won’t be scattered over
Along with eliminating safety risks of residents and operators, implementation of the black cart will also cut down costs for the city. “A specialized truck is no longer required for a cost-benefit, the automated collection reduces the headcount from a two-man operation to a single operator,” Wong said.
collection team is operating with a reduced headcount. Having a lower headcount will help drive down costs, operators can complete their routes quicker which will drive down costs, and the risk of injury is decreased which will drive down the cities claims, and make it safe for workers, said Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Bernie Morton. Now the city is focusing on educating residents on effective
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curbside sorting techniques to eliminate the risk of contamination. “This I believe is a step in the right direction, moving to a cart program rather than a bag,” Morton said. “At this point in time, education is the key. We’re appealing to the good nature of people so that we can lower their rates, which is a high design for us,” Morton said. “We’re saying just be responsible and put the proper things in the cart because the outcome means lower rates,” he added. The new black carts are expected to be implemented in November or early December.
Chestermere implements harmonized speed zone model School and playground zones will be 30 km/h from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day under the harmonized speed zone model By Emily Rogers On Aug. 20, Chestermere City Council passed a bylaw to harmonize all school and playground speed limits effective Sept. 3. “We looked at the overwhelming evidence that having a consistent speed limit at consistent times reduces collisions,” said Chestermere Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “Safety is of the utmost importance in our community, and we are keen to add these measures to protect the children of our city,” he said. The harmonized speed zone model will change the hours school zones are in effect from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and playground zones from 8:30 a.m. until one hour after sunset every day to 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day. The anticipated costs for the transition will be approximately $2000 to $3000. These costs will encompass the replacement of school zone signs and the modification of the existing playground zone signs. The City of Chestermere currently has 19 established playground zones which include five school zones, four with playgrounds. All of the designated zones have extracurricular activities afterhours, along with organized sporting events on the fields during the evenings and weekends. “This leads to increased pedestrian traffic, in the areas surrounding schools. These activities occur outside the prescribed school zone hours; therefore, the lower speed limits are not in effect,” Peace Officer Sgt. Trever Bowman said. Although the provincial government specifies the speed limits in the school and playground zones, municipalities have the opportunity to determine the hours the zones are in effect. The City of Chestermere Communications department requested residents’ feedback on the speed zone harmonization through the City’s Social Media platforms. However, many residents were divided on whether the harmonization of speed zones would be beneficial to the community. One comment read, “Leave it as is. School zones as school zones, playground zones as playground zones, don’t become like Calgary.” Another Facebook user commented, “No, no, no. I’m sure someone will rave over how much safer it’s made Calgary, but I have seen them as nothing but a waste and a total pain. Even with small kids of my own, I am totally against the harmonized zones.” “No. Are you kidding, we already are limited to 40 km/h everywhere in town. We might as well all buy scooters at this rate. That’s just ridiculous,” added a Facebook user. While others were in favour of the harmonized speed zone model. “Like it. Playground zones are year-round so even better,” a comment said. “This needs to happen. The school zone in front of Rainbow Creek should be a playground
zone as there is a playground. It also needs to be enforced year-round,” another comment read. “We could also teach children to pay attention to cars on the road. It has become a free for all with not only just children but adults just walking out onto the road without looking because they have the right of way,” added a Facebook user. Council has indicated they are appreciative of the input Chestermere residents had, and value the comments provided from both sides of the harmonized speed zone model, however the number of respondents, 71, is too small to determine if the results were representative of the views of the Community of the Whole. The University of Calgary conducted a traffic study of the harmonized speed zone model which showed that following the implementation of the harmonized zones there was a 30 per cent decrease in pedestrian-related collisions, while the average speed in the zones dropped from 35.9 km/h to 30.1 km/h, Bowman said. While the City of Edmonton experienced similar results, with a 12 km/h decrease in average speeds, a 43 per cent decrease in injury related collisions, and a 71 per cent decrease in collisions involving vulnerable road users. “It is evident that the harmonized model increases public safety by reducing speed, collision-related injuries in the playground zones,” Bowman said. Adding, “Cities like Calgary and Edmonton are reporting up to 70 per cent decreases in collisions with pedestrians and cyclists. This is a simple change that has significant results to improve traffic safety.” Not only does the harmonized speed zone model reduce speed-related collisions, but it also improves drivers’ memory of speed limits, and improves safety for vulnerable road users. However, it is expected that there could be initial resistance to the harmonized speed zone model transition, as both Edmonton and Calgary had experienced. In 2017, the City of Calgary conducted a review and survey of the model four years after the harmonization. The survey found 58 per cent of respondents knew exactly when the zones started and finished, and 80 per cent of respondents found it easier to remember the zone times because the single zone is consistent throughout the year, Bowman said. “This is one more way we are contributing to keeping Chestermere kids safe,” said Chestermere Deputy Mayor Ritesh Narayan. “We know that many parents do a wonderful job of educating their kids about road safety, and many drivers are very conscious when driving through these areas. “By harmonizing school and playground zones, this is one more piece of the puzzle that will help make our streets safer for everyone,” Narayan added. September 05,. 2019 // theanchor.ca
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Ice Edge Skating Club and Chestermere Minor Hockey team up for first Mini Blades Athletes had just over six hours to practice their routines before performing in front of an audience
The Ice Edge Skating Club and Chestermere Minor Hockey Association collaborated for the first Mini Blades on Aug. 30. The athletes, age seven to 14, had just over six hours to practice their routines, and learn skills before performing in front of an audience. Photo by Emily Rogers
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Ice Edge Skating Club athletes and the Chestermere Minor Hockey Association athletes had a week to practice and perfect their routine before performing in front of an audience on Aug. 30 for the first Mini Blades event. Photo by Emily Rogers
The Ice Edge Skating Club and the Chestermere Minor Hockey Association teamed up for Chestermere’s first Mini Blades on Aug. 30. The group of skaters, age seven to 14, had just over six hours throughout the week to practice and perfect their routines before performing in front of an audience. “They did very well. It was great, it was a lot of fun, and the hockey players really enjoyed it,” said the Ice Edge Skating Club Head Coach Heather McFarlane. Throughout the week, McFarlane heard that the hockey players were constantly cold, falling is painful without any padding on. “They were cold a lot, but they loved it. Our girls absolutely loved it. Overall everyone had a really good time,” McFarlane said. Although Mini Blades went really well, creating the routines and practicing in just a week was difficult. “The time constraints were a challenge. I knew we had to fit a lot into a very short time and having to pick and choose what skills we were going to teach knowing we had such a limited amount of time,” McFarlane said. September 05, 2019 // theanchor.ca
“I also hadn’t met any of the boys before then. I didn’t know what they were like, their personalities, or their skating ability,” she said. Going into rehearsals, McFarlane had a rough idea of routines they athletes would perform; however, it was difficult to really plan anything in advance. “Until I saw them the first day, I didn’t know anything about them other than their height and their name,” McFarlane said. She didn’t know if there was going to be a hockey player who was shy and not willing to make any large motions in the performance, or if there was a hockey player who was outgoing which needed to be reflected through the routine. The first day all of the hockey players were hesitant, but by the last day they were the first ones on the ice, McFarlane said. Mini Blades was well received by the athletes, and the audience, and is an event that McFarlane would like to explore more in the future. “It was fantastic. It was a lot of fun. Everyone really enjoyed themselves. I didn’t see anything but smiles,” McFarlane said.
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Break & Enter Theft of Motor Vehicle Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 Theft Under $5,000 from Motor Vehicle Mischief
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Annual Energizer Night showcasing what Chestermere has to offer
Residents are encouraged to come and talk with coaches or instructors and register for upcoming programs and activities
Chestermere RCMP looking to returning lost scooter to owner On Aug. 1, Chestermere RCMP were called to the Hawkmere Way area regarding a found push scooter. The scooter is black with purple hand grips. Anyone who knows the owner of the scooter is encouraged to contact Chestermere Cst. Lewis at the Chestermere RCMP 403-204-8777.
GDL drivers license suspended after alcohol found in system On Aug. 23, while on regular patrol near Paradise Road, a Chestermere RCMP member stopped to investigate a BMW car. It was later revealed that the driver, a 22-year-old male who possessed a Graduated Drivers Licence (GDL), had 0.046 mg of alcohol in his system. However, under the GDL, the driver was required to have 0.00 mg of alcohol. “This did not result in criminal charges but did result in the male’s license being suspended and the vehicle being impounded for 30 days,” said Chestermere Sgt. Joe Stubbs. “This reflects the Chestermere RCMP’s commitment to keeping the roads and residents of Chestermere safe,” Stubbs said. He added, “Members are asked to be pro-active in their patrols of the community. Keeping their attention on road safety, while also being mindful of property crimes and suspicious activity.”
RCMP and Peace Officers collaborating to ensure pedestrians are safe this school year As the school year begins, Chestermere RCMP and Chestermere Peace Officers will be working collaboratively to raise students’ awareness of the harmonization of school and playground zones. Under the harmonized speed zone model, all school and playground zones are 30 km/h from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day. “Education of residents will be a priority, and discretionary enforcement can be anticipated by citizens until the middle of September,” said Chestermere Sgt. Joe Stubbs.
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Crowds filled the hall at the Recreation Centre for last year’s the annual Energizer Night Photo by Jeremy Broadfield
By Emily Rogers The Chestermere Regional Community Association (CRCA) annual Energizer Night is giving residents an opportunity to know everything the community has to offer. On Sept. 11, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. a wide range of clubs, services, groups, and not-forprofit organizations will have tables set up in the Main Hall showing the programs and activities offered throughout the year. “It’s such a great night to come and find out everything that’s going on in the community,” said the Chestermere Recreation Program Coordinator Vicki Klinger. “It gives people an opportunity to find out what’s going on, and then to register,” she said. Clubs and organizations such as Camp Chestermere, Synergy, Stepping Stones to Mental Health, the Chestermere Lions Club, and the Rotary Club of Chestermere, Strathmore Water Polo Club, and the Flip Factory will be at Energizer Night showcasing what they have to offer. “Anything that will connect people to different groups in the community, keep youth active and involved, keep them healthy physically, and emotionally are important aspects,” Klinger said. Throughout nearly two decades, Energizer Night has been a way to get the community involved in local programs, with an average of
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200 to 300 families coming out to see what’s going on in the community. Not only will residents have the opportunity to register for clubs or organizations, but they will also have a chance to talk with coaches or instructors 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. “They can find out more about the program and see if it’s something they would like to sign up for,” Klinger said. “I always think people are a bit hesitant when they don’t know the instructors. By having those conversating with the instructors and the coaches, they understand better if it’s something they would like to do,” she said. There are three common things people look for when they move to a community. One being what the school is like for their children, the second being what’s available for health care, and the third being what there is to do in the community, Klinger said. “It’s always hard to find out everything that’s going on, so this is the best way. Not only do you get to know about a program, but you get to meet the people who are running the program and get more details rather than just reading about it,” Klinger said. “I strongly encourage people to come, especially, anybody new in town,” she added.
Partnership with province to relieve the impacts of severe weather Southern Alberta communities will be protected from the effects of severe weather through the regional stormwater management project By Emily Rogers The City of Chestermere has partnered with the province to support the Cooperative Stormwater Management Imitative to assist in relieving regional and current flooding. The province provided $7.6 million through the Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP), which will support Rocky View County, the City of Calgary, the City of Chestermere, Strathmore, Wheatland County, and the Western Irrigation District from the impacts of severe weather. “Stormwater management is a big priority for the City of Chestermere, especially as new developments are planned for our community,” said Chestermere Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “We appreciate that the province recognizes the importance of stormwater management and building resiliency in Alberta,” he said. Recent flooding in Southern Alberta has demonstrated the need to improve the resilience of Alberta communities, said the Minister of Environment and Parks Jason Nixon said. “The Cooperative Stormwater Management Initiative takes a regional approach to help ensure homes and businesses are protected during severe weather events while allowing project partners to make better use of water resources throughout the region,” Nixon said. The ACRP provides grants for the construction of projects that protect critical infrastructure from flooding, drought, and help to
ensure the public safety is protected, said the Province of Alberta Website. Critical infrastructure includes water, wastewater, stormwater, and infrastructure used to access services such as roads, transportation corridors, commercial, and residential areas. The project is expected to use new and existing infrastructure to reduce localized flooding after inclement weather, and intense rainfall, by collecting, storing and moving stormwater throughout the region effectively. Project partners have secured more than $2 million in federal funding for stage one of the project through the New Building Canada Fund-National-Regional Projects, said a Regional Stormwater Management Press Release.
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Although there is no limited to funding allocated per project, only the highest priority projects province-wide are funded. The projects are selected based on vulnerability, historical damage, probability of impact, and environmental impact. “Exploring best practices, advanced technologies and appreciating the value and reuse potential of every drop of water is urgently needed in our province,” Chalmers said. “In Chestermere, provincial regulation limitations have hindered our ability to maximize opportunities, but we hope that will soon change with the recent change in government,” he added. The Cooperative Stormwater Management Initiative is a longterm project that will be developed over five stages between now and 2042.
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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# 19-4488 336 Cove Road – Lot 39, Block 4, Plan 011 0671 Home Business – Major – CAKE ENVY (bake/decorate cakes & goods)
Canadian Blood Services Donation Drive (Camp Chestermere, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. )
Rotary Chestermere AMAZING RACE (John Peake Park, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
2. DP#19-140 801 East Chestermere Drive – Lot 83, Block 5, 1310107 A variance of 0.473m for air conditioning units (2) located on the south side of the principal building encroaching into the required side yard setback of 1.0m. 3. DP#19-52695 264 Aspenmere Circle – Lot 57, Block 37, 1313337 A variance of 0.60m for southeast corner of the concrete driveway encroaching into the required side yard setback of 0.60m. 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.
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thinking styles (AATBS, 2017).
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BBQ and Beer Some things just go together, like PB&J, Gilligan and the Skipper, fish and chips, wine and cheese. A trend I have observed with the rise of craft brewing in Alberta is a new match made in heaven, namely BBQ and beer. One of my beer-related missions this summer has been to find the perfect pairing of beer styles with different types of BBQ meats, a quest that has been made easier by a gaggle of nearby brewers offering both options. Origin Malting & Brewing in Strathmore is a longtime supporter of farm to table, using malted barley from their own farms to produce delicious beer, and I was lucky enough to find a food truck outside their taproom serving up BBQ brisket on my last visit. The Legal Issues Scottish Export Ale from Origin had nutty overtones, with plenty of caramel malts and residual sweetness from the Scottish yeast strain, and the rich maltiness paired well with the smoky brisket on a bun from the food truck outside the brewery. While working in downtown Calgary in the naughty nineties, I remember a nearby lunch spot called Sorrenti’s, owned by the eponymous Sorrenti family, who have been caterers and restauranteurs in Calgary for decades. Imagine my delight when I learned that their commercial kitchen space in Calgary’s so-called Barley Belt was hurting for business due to the downturn in the oil industry, but instead of shutting down or laying off staff in their catering division, they decided to retool part of the space into a BBQ smokehouse and brewery. Now known as Paddy’s BBQ and Brewery, the taproom serves up slow cooked meats of all flavours, as well as a solid catalog of craft beers, all lovingly prepared on the premises. I popped in there just last week while on a shopping trip to the big city, and gorged myself on the ribs, while washing them down with a Black Lager Schwarzbier that faithful readers will recall as one of my favourite styles. Despite its dark colour, Schwarzbier is a light-bodied beer, nicely pairing with the lightly seasoned salt & pepper ribs from the professional cooks running the smoker, some of whom have been working at the Sorrenti’s group
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of companies for decades. Just a few clicks away is Prairie Dog Brewing, with a gigantic sun-filled taproom, and a kitchen that boasts the largest the largest BBQ smoker west of Toronto, able to prepare up to 800kg of meat in a single batch. I paired a BBQ chicken with the Prairie Dog Strait Lace Saison, a beer style originally from the French-speaking southern region of Belgium, but now widely produced in the craft breweries of our fair province. Saisons tend to be a highly carbonated spicy summertime ale, and go particularly well with barbequed chicken, as the fruity finish cuts the hot spiciness of the BBQ sauce. The newest craft brewery to pair its brews with BBQ is Two House Brewing, located on the CP Rail tracks in Calgary, right beside the old Greyhound bus terminal. I enjoyed what may be one of the last sunny afternoons of our short summer on the patio there, with a giant smoker welded onto a trailer pulled into the parking lot, serving up smoked brisket to the hungry patrons seated just a few steps away. Although my order only took 10 minutes to arrive, it seemed like forever, thanks to the tantalizing aromas wafting towards me and the sight of the delicious vittles on the grill. I chose to pair the BBQ brisket with the Hoptimus IPA, with the sharp tang of the hops from the IPA and effervescence from the carbonation in the beer helping to cut the fatty texture in the meat, and cleanses the palate of the smoky BBQ sauce and spicy marinade. For the pescatarians in the audience that shudder at the thought of red meat, wheat beers pair well with fish, either the filtered wheat variety like Grasshopper, or the more traditional unfiltered and cloudy wheat beer like Hoegaarden. With just a hint of citrus and cloves, wheat beers are still mild enough to complement a grilled salmon without saturating your taste buds, which gives the fish a bland taste by comparison. Keep these tips in mind for your next backyard BBQ, or when visiting some of our fine Alberta purveyors of both beer and BBQ.
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Most intelligent breeds We all love our dogs and think the world of them but which breeds do the experts consider to be the most intelligent? This will likely stir some debate because often the degree of intelligence is in relation to context. Anyway, here goes. In his book “The Intelligence of Dogs”, Dr Stanley Coren, Ph.d, FRSC, professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, reviews the results of almost 200 dog obedience judges. Coren evaluated breeds’ levels of intelligence based on instincts, obedience and ability to adapt. Here is the list of his top 10 purebreds: 1. Border Collie: the valedictorians of the dog world, these herders took the top spot in Stanley Coren’s intelligence rankings, meaning most can learn a new command in under five seconds and follow it at least 95% of the time. 2. Poodle: outside of their hypoallergenic qualities, these curly coated cuties took the silver medal for working intelligence. German Shepherd: serving as police dogs, service dogs, 3. medical assistance dogs and therapy dogs, consistent obedience is no surprise with this breed who brought home the bronze medal. Golden Retriever 4. Doberman Pinscher 5. 6. Shetland Sheepdog (Shelties) 7. Labrador Retriever 8. Papillon 9. Rottweiler Australian Cattle Dog 10. So does this mean we should all rush out and buy a Border Collie? Absolutely not! As I said earlier, get a dog that best suits the purpose that you intend to have it for. As an example, if you’re into field work and need a keen sense of sight and smell, consider getting a hound, even though they don’t rate highly in the receptive department. Or maybe a Shitzu would work best for you if you are looking for a mild mannered furry friend to be of comfort to you and your family and doesn’t need anywhere near the physical and mental exercise required by a Border Collie. Someone once posed the question “Which is more intelligent: an elephant, a fish or a lion?” We all have our thoughts on this one but it will always come down to context. Man is generally looked upon as being the most intelligent of all the species but the more Facebook postings I read and the more we understand the animal kingdom, I’m starting to question that premise! One thing is for sure in my mind: ALL dogs are a lot more intelligent than we give them credit for. Humans often feel the need to boast about how intelligent they are: some more than others. Dogs lead their lives the way they do because that’s the way they see the world. Seemingly more in tune with nature than modern day humans, dogs have no need to boast. Their level of intelligence allows them to live their lives the best they can and God bless them for it! So if your dog did not appear on the Top Ten list above, relax! You love your dog for what he or she is and, when push comes to shove, that’s really all that matters.
Beauty In Our Wake Several years ago my wife and I moved to Chestermere and we moved into a home that was one of the first in a new housing development. It was dusty and the construction zone we lived in was not beautiful. I remember standing on our front porch and looking out realizing that there was absolutely no green to be seen. It was desolate, dirty, and a bit sad. In the midst of this my wife said something profound. She said, “we do not enter into beauty, we leave beauty in our wake.” Her wise words woke me up. We turned out attention away from worrying about whether we made a mistake in moving into our neighbourhood. Instead we started looking for places where we could grow something better. For us it was bees, gardens, getting to know our neighbours and caring for their wellbeing as well as our own. It’s been said that some people look for a beautiful place while others make a beautiful place. I want to live in a beautiful place and at times I have been tempted to look elsewhere for it. Maybe a place with an ocean view or a cabin on the edge of a forest. Yet it seems that our joy may not come from moving to a beautiful place, rather we might find our joy as we make this place beautiful, together. GK Chesterton, in writing about an ordinary place called Pimlico suggested that we do not love our place because it is great, our place becomes great because we love it. When we love a place, we transform it. Here are Chesterton’s words, but I have replaced Pimlico with Chestermere. Reading it this way is moving, and timely: “If there arose a man who loved Chestermere, then Chestermere would rise into ivory towers and golden pinnacles… If men loved Chestermere as mothers love children, arbitrarily, because it is theirs, Chestermere in a year or two might be fairer than Florence. Some readers will say that this is mere fantasy. I answer that this is the actual history of mankind. This, as a fact, is how cities did grow great… Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her.” How do we love our city? Do we love it enough to transform it for the better? People in positions of formal influence play an important role in making our city beautiful. Developers and planners, legislators and elected officials, civic leaders and business owners each can influence the kind of city we build. However each home-owner, teenager, renter, grandmother, or single parent profoundly impacts the kind of city we become. We each play a pivotal part, no matter what your position, work, age, or title. We make our place beautiful over a thousand cups of coffee and through a million shared words and stories. We do not love Chestermere because it is great. Chestermere is becoming great because we love our city. May you see and delight in all the ways that you have the power to leave beauty in your wake. September 05,. 2019 // 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. June 19 Raffle Quilt Winning Ticket 0752 (Prize has been Claimed) 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) email@example.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 - 11:45 am to 1:00pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org 403 285-8309
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Unusually warm autumn could result in prolonged wildfire season An active end to the wildfire season predicted from warm dry autumn By Emily Rogers Meteorologists have found signs that this fall could be unusually warm in Western Canada causing a prolonged wildfire season according to an AccuWeather Special Report: 2019 Canada Autumn Forecast released on Aug. 21. “It’s not a good thing. We’re concerned about the extended fire season,” said AccuWeather Canadian Weather Expert Brett Anderson. Although wildfires have not been as active across the region as they were in late May, there could potentially be an active end to the wildfire season. “The fire season is far from done,” Anderson said. “We believe there may be a second surge in fire activity during the month of September from British Columbia to Saskatchewan,” Anderson said. “Large wildfires that do ignite could potentially have far-reaching effects across North America,” he added. While the fires burn, smoke will rise through the atmosphere creating smoky, hazy skies to areas thousands of miles away, said the AccuWeather Press Release. The smoke across the atmosphere can cause
more colourful sunrises and sunsets. “I am concerned that we will be dealing with a fair amount of smoke, the air quality is going to be an issue for much of the province,” Anderson said. Along with a prolonged wildfire season, the snow season is expected to start later than usual in the fall. “It’s not that unusual, especially with climate change. There’s a lot of warming going on. There are no questions about it,” Anderson said. Autumn in the Canadian Prairies is forecasted to be largely influenced by warm, and rain-free weather similar to the west. “The dry and warm conditions may aid in the fall harvest across the prairies during September,” Anderson said. Although the dryness could benefit some farmers, there are some concerns. The expected below normal precipitation throughout the autumn can result in pockets of moderate drought to worsen, Anderson added. A mid-season flip will cause changes to the prairies. “During the month of October, there may be an early-season surge of unseasonably cold air directed into the prairies,” Anderson said.
It appears that there is a level of hubris in the Chestermere Council with their decision to once again make the assumption that residents of Chestermere aren’t the brightest bulbs in the chandelier, so to speak. Apparently, the ability to differentiate between speed zones is well beyond the comprehension of the motorists of the city; requiring the intervention of the geniuses that were elected to protect us from our stupid selves. Really council? Mayor Chalmers, being political, states that “We looked at the overwhelming evidence…”, which is likely to calm those with little ability to differentiate the bull from the manure. There is no reference to any overwhelming evidence that I was able to find in the article or elsewhere. In the same communication on the Chestermere site Peace Officer Sargent Trevor Bowman states “Cities like Calgary and Edmonton are reporting up to 70% decreases in collisions with pedestrians and cyclists” And he is right, it is “up to” 70% and 70% is up to 100% - more political manipulative manure! According to an article from Global news as of June 2019 the amount of collisions are showing reductions of 33%, not 70%, but for the ignorant masses that Council sees, 33% is still ‘up to’ 70%. And what about Edmonton? Well, the Edmonton city website states “Since the implementation of harmonized school zones, collisions in school zones have been reduced by 13%” Hold your horses here Council! It appears your ‘overwhelming evidence’ of up to 70% is now an average of 23%, which means your evidence is overstated by up to 300%. This tells me that you
are 100% within manure. Additionally, Edmonton Council is looking at seasonally adjusted speed limits which seems to have eluded Chestermere Council all together. That is to set the end of lower speeds to one hour after sunset. Perhaps Council hasn’t driven by empty school zones 4 hours after dark in the middle of winter and seen the 100% empty areas that they’ll now demand us all to slow down for. Empty that is except for one of Mr. Bowman’s crew or similar sitting there with a radar gun to increase tax revenues yet again under the guise of safety. I suppose we should be grateful that we don’t yet have to slow down to just one speed limit everywhere always, and if I buy into the statistical manipulations presented by these ‘leaders’, slower is better, much much slower is best. Perhaps one day we can move at the speed of government. ....Neil Neufeld, CPA CMA Reference: Mayor’s quote https://www.chestermere. ca/CivicAlerts.aspx?utm_source=ehq_ newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_ campaign=ehq-Thanks-for-yourparticipation&AID=889&utm_ source=ehq&utm_medium=email&utm_ campaign=website Global News quote https://globalnews.ca/news/5440715/city-ofcalgary-playground-zones-speed-data/ Edmonton quote https://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/traffic_ safety/why-30.aspx
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Monday September 2, 2019 FINAL ARTICLE This is my final article for the Anchor on behalf of Chestermere High School. I have enjoyed writing the article for the past ten years, but it is time that someone else at CHS takes this over. The current principal, Chris Robertson, had indicated that the article will continue. I hope it continues, for many years, as I know many of you have enjoyed reading about the athletic program. VOLUNTEER In June I completed my 40th year as a teacher, coach, athletic director or volunteer at Chestermere High School. I am very proud to have supported the students, athletes and coaches at CHS for four decades. I will continue to volunteer at the school in a number of ways. I will be working closely with the alumni to help support the current program. I will always advocate to make sure that the legacy of the program will be honored and showcased. Our history is very important. I am also spearheading the field upgrade project, which is very important to the school and community. Since I “retired” from teaching I have worked as a part-time sports co-ordinator with Rocky View Schools. This has been a great job as it has allowed me to stay involved with athletics at CHS and with all schools in Rocky View. ALUMNI ARTICLE While I will not be writing an article each week, I will be penning an alumni article each month. I will showcase alumni achievements and announcing any alumni events, as well as updating developments in the football upgrade project. I also plan on writing about significant events in the history of the school and program.
THANKS I would like to thank Barb and Steve Jeffrey, and the Anchor, for their support with this article. This has been a great way to support the student-athletes, teams and coaches at Chestermere High School. This has been an outstanding platform to support and showcase the athletic program. Thank you!! I would also like to thank all coaches, students and parents that contributed information and pictures to me over the years Without your help I could not have written this article each week. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 All former Chestermere Football players and parents, as well as current supporters and parents are invited to attend the annual Friday Night Lights game on Friday, September 13th. The Lakers will be taking on the Bert Church Chargers at 6:00. Following the game a social will take place in the curling lounge at the Chestermere Recreation Centre at 8:30. All supporters and alumni are invited to the social. The cost to attend the social is $10 to cover the cost of the room rental and food. All profits will be donated to the football upgrade project. If you are a football alumnus and have not been receiving the updates please send me an email and I will add you to the data base. CHESTERMERE ATHLETIC FIELD UPGRADE PROJECT We are continuing to raise funds for the Field Upgrade project. September is a key month for us as we have a number of big matching grants that we are applying for. Our committee is working hard to raise the necessary funds to have this project completed by September 2020. Please contact me if you would like information on the project or interested in making a donation to the project. It takes a great deal of support to complete a project like this. REST IN PEACE In the past few weeks we lost two special people related to the school and athletic program. Jerry Ibach passed away three weeks ago. Jerry was an outstanding math teacher that retired 12 years ago. He taught at Chestermere for over 30 years and was a dedicated teacher and coach. He coached basketball in the late 70’s as well as volleyball in the 80’s. He coached the senior boys volleyball team to a silver medal at provincials. He was one of the most enthusiastic supporters at athletic events. His large family of brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews will miss him. Two weeks ago we were stunned to hear of the passing of Al Alberda. Al and his wife, Elsie, were parents of four boys who participated in the athletic program. Al was a great supporter of the teachers and coaches at Chestermere for many years, including after his kids graduated. He loved watching his boys play football and basketball and was a driving force behind the scenes in support of the teams. Al was one of those larger than life characters that you always enjoyed seeing. He is greatly missed by his family and friends.
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Catch the Next Wave A Social Club for people 50+ years Guests & New Members Welcome! Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 9:30 am to 12:00 noon (Located at the South end of the Recreation Centre)
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SPECIAL EVENTS Saturday, Sept 7th – FALL FAIR PIE & ICE CREAM – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm $5/pie, ice cream & coffee; $1/ice cream cone. There will be a bake sale, art & craft tables. Family and friends welcome! Tuesday, Sept. 17th – POTATO BAKE - $10/person Doors open 4:30. Supper 5:30 pm Serving chili, salad, vegetables, and dessert. Entertainment: Ted Moseman **************************************************** 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! EVENING CHAIR YOGA Due to low attendance, no evening yoga until further notice. TUESDAYS: CRIBBAGE FUN NIGHT - First Tuesday of every month – 6:30 pm $5/person Everyone welcome! New Players and All Levels of Skill. WALKING GROUP – 9:30 –10:30 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking outdoors. Meet at John Peake Park. LINE DANCING – **Not running during summer months. Back on September 10th. 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 WALKING GROUP – 9:30 –10:30 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking outdoors. Meet at John Peake Park. 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 – Running again starting September 7th.
Reading Program. Novel Book Club Thursday, Sept 5, 7:00pm Join Janet in front of the Fireplace to discuss The Five People You Meet in Heaven—Mitch Albom. at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion. For a copy of the current selection, just ask at the front desk. Book suggestions for the club are always encouraged! There is a Facebook page for the group. Check our website for more information. Neu Muehl Colony Produce and Farm Goods for Sale
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Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm We are excited to announce that the Neu Muehl Colony is back with vegetables, eggs, and chickens for sale. They will be in the Library parking lot, Saturdays, from August 17 to September 28 between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm. Computerology for Seniors Beginning September 19th Want to know how to surf the internet? How about your phone?
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The Chestermere Country Fair is only a few days away (September 7, 2019), but there’s still plenty of time to get your children planning their entries into the Red Ribbon Competition. There is a wide range of categories that children may enter from colouring to painted rocks, flower arrangements, colouring, sculpture, flower arrangement, fairy/miniature garden, best dressed vegetable, decorated cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, handmade jewellery, painting, handicrafts, drawing, LEGO model, K’NEX model, handwriting, largest – pumpkin, sunflower head or zucchini, scrapbook page, collage, recycled material birdhouse, photography, woodworking, diorama and more. The complete list of categories that children, youth and adults may enter are available on the Rocky View Chestermere Agricultural Society website (www.rvcagsociety.ca) or pick up a copy of the full booklet at various locations throughout Chestermere including the Chestermere Recreation Centre, Chestermere Public Library, City Municipal Building, and Emergency Services. Entries must be delivered to the Chestermere Rec Centre curling rink entrance area on Friday, September 6th between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm. There is no charge to put your entries into the Red Ribbon competition, however, you must hold a valid Rocky View Chestermere Agricultural Society membership to enter the Red Ribbon Competition. Memberships are either $5.00 for a single member or $10.00 for a family, and are easily available on the RVC Ag. Society website or at the recreation centre on September 6th. All 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries in the Children & Youth Section receive cash prizes and new for 2019 are special cash “Best in Class” prizes for each grade level and Child & Youth Open Sections. The child or youth with the most winning entries overall will also take home a trophy and certificate for a free summer camp! What is the Chestermere Country Fair?? The Chestermere Country Fair is Chestermere’s oldest annual event and 2019 is the 30th anniversary of the Country Fair, hosted by the Rocky View Chestermere Agricultural Society. This year the Country Fair will feature
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seat. WhatÕs more, the middle seat in the back of the car is 25 percent safer than the window seats. The science behind the study is that the middle seat offers the most distance from impact during a collision, or what the industry calls Òthe crumple zone.Ó The outer seats will be more affected, while the middle seat remains more insulated. However, the middle seat is only the safest when used with a full seat belt, rather than just a lap harness; otherwise, children should sit in the back where a full three-point seat belt is available, advises the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, it can be tempting to cave under pressure and allow tweens to ride in the front of the car when they ask to do so or say that it is embarrassing to ride in back Ñ since all of their friends are riding up front. The organization Safe Ride 4 Kids says studies show the safest place in the car for tweens is the back, until they are at least 13 years of age. Riding in the middle seat in the back of the car is the safest place for passengers, including children. Parents and caregivers should keep safety in mind when kids are in the car.
Grandparents and seniors can share wisdom and a lifetime of experience with the young people in their lives. Expressing gratitude for such lessons is a great way to show the seniors in your life, whether it’s a grandparent, mentor or family friend, how much they’re appreciated. Some seniors live alone, while others may be living with their adult children and grandchildren, offering care and support to help make the household function. Whether grandparents, aunts and uncles or older friends live close by or elsewhere, there are many ways for their loved ones to show them how much they’re appreciated. 1. Become pen pals. Seniors may have limited mobility or opportunities to get out of the house. Receiving mail is one way to connect with the outside world. Regularly send letters to a grandparent or other senior, sharing tales of daily life and key moments that will bring them joy. Chances are they’ll return the favor with a letter of their own. 2. Explore technology together. Younger generations can introduce seniors to available technology that can bring them closer. This may include digital assistants that enable them to share videos, tablets to send email or access
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social media, mobile phones for calling and texting, and anything else families can customize to their needs. 3. Offer companionship. Spending time with younger generations can motivate seniors to stay active and engaged. Have games and activities at the ready or simply provide a listening ear. 4. Shop and run errands. Help aging loved ones perform the tasks that they may not be able to tackle on their own. This can include picking up groceries or prescriptions or taking them to appointments. Simple work around the house, like doing laundry or light clean-up, also can be a big help. 5. Start a hobby together. Develop a hobby that seniors and young people can enjoy together. Watching classic movies, painting ceramics, going to sporting events, or gardening are just a few of the many hobbies that seniors can enjoy with their young loved ones. There are many ways to bridge the generation gap and spend meaningful time with aging loved ones.
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The dark side of the Non-GMO Project
Suggesting that food products with the Non-GMO Project label are safer and more nutritious is simply misleading and rests on scrawny scientific evidence By Sylvain Charlebois Senior Fellow, Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
Most consumers have seen Non-GMO logos on bread and other food products at the grocery store. But the verification program now faces criticism. The Non-GMO Project verified logo is now on over 50,000 food products in North America that bring in more than $30 billion in retail sales. The green leaves and orange butterfly logo first started showing up on products in 2010 and are now seemingly everywhere. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have attracted fierce criticism since they entered the food chain in 1994. GMO opponents routinely urge consumers to choose products with the logo as a means of avoiding GMOs. A GMO is a plant or animal whose genetic makeup has been altered in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology. Most things in nature are genetically modified, but biotechnologies create genetic combinations we wouldn’t normally see in nature. That’s one of the main reasons many consumers are uncomfortable with the concept of genetic engineering: it’s unnatural. Many critics go as far as stating GMOs should be outlawed. GMO development is carried out in labs without consumer consent. Then those genetically engineered crops – such as canola, corn and soy – are grown by farmers and enter the food chain. Since both the United States and Canada have a voluntary labelling regime for genetically modified food ingredients, it was almost impossible for consumers to avoid buying non-GMO products. The only option was to go organic, but those items quite often are 20 to 30 per cent more expensive. Not everyone can afford the added cost. The information void on the market, created by lax labelling policies, encouraged a movement in the opposite direction. The Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization located in Bellingham, Wash., is essentially the product of a poor risk communication strategy by the biotechnology sector. Companies like Bayer and BASF only have themselves to blame. For years, they sold their products to farmers without much consideration for consumers. And governments in Canada and the United States have sanctioned the entire charade for almost three decades. But the Non-GMO Project has its flaws, which are now being exposed by a greater number of organizations, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Non-GMO Project verified logo essentially means two things: • the company behind the food product has paid for its product to be verified by the group; • the product earned approval because genetic sequences aren’t present above a certain threshold. The ‘threshold’ is key. The group uses a method called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing to analyze DNA sequences of food products. The verified logo doesn’t signify that the product is GMO-free. It only indicates that the product has little GMO content. Methodological challenges mean the group can’t guarantee any product is GMO-free. The group notes this on its website. So most consumers don’t know what the logos really mean. After almost a decade, the presence of the logos on thousands of food products has only added mystery to an already confused marketplace. Some companies are apparently beginning to wonder if putting the logo on their packaging is still worth it. The non-profit organization, with revenues of over $2 million, slaps its label on just about any product, including salt, water and even orange juice. Not only can salt and water not be genetically modified, many consumers aren’t aware that there are no genetically engineered oranges in the marketplace. So FDA recently told the industry it will crack down on exaggerated claims. Suggesting or implying that food products with the Non-GMO Project label are safer and more nutritious is simply misleading and rests on scrawny scientific evidence. And putting the logo on products that would never contain any genetically engineered ingredients just damages the credibility of the project. Still, the Non-GMO Project is hardly to blame. Consumers need and want to make informed purchasing decisions and the group sought to provide a clear labelling system. It worked for a while, but the group’s eagerness has made the program more vulnerable. So we may be going back to square one. Until North American governments adopt a mandatory labelling, consumers will unfortunately continue to shop blindly. Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is senior director of the agri-food analytics lab and a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University, and a senior fellow with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. © Troy Media
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Coping with an empty nest Many people find it rewarding to start a family and raise children. Watching kids grow through the years and sharing in their experiences can bring life to a household. Mothers spend 18 years or more devoted to their children, and often their identities are defined as “Mom” above all else. As a result, it can be difficult to think ahead to life without kids in the home, especially when children are toddlers or school-aged. But children will someday grow up and move out, and the emotions that resonate when that day comes can be overwhelming. Many parents feel a sense of sadness and loss when their last child leaves the family home. Referred to as “empty nest syndrome,” these feelings are not officially labeled as a clinical mental health issue, but they are very real for many people. While parents encourage their children to become independent and branch out in their own lives, not every parent can cope with an empty nest. The parenting and family resource Verywell Family states that mothers with empty nest syndrome experience a deep void in their lives that oftentimes makes them feel a little lost. Moms who are feeling the pangs of sadness due to an empty nest can employ some strategies to alleviate these feelings. · Keep friends close. Use this opportunity to spend more time with close friends and put yourself first. Schedule all of those activities you may have temporarily put on hold while caring for children through the years. · Make time for travel. New experiences can broaden anyone’s horizons. Travel as a couple or with a group of friends. Put the focus on fun and then share the experiences later on with your adult children. · Redefine yourself. The experts at Psychology Today suggest finding new roles and interests to explore, or spend more time exploring existing hobbies. For example, if you’ve thought about
doing community theater, do so now that you have some free time. Or maybe you’ve always had a goal of going back to school? Now may be the time to make that happen. · Reconnect with your partner. Recall the years before you had children when it was only the two of you and devote time to making more memories as a couple. Plan date nights, go to sporting events, attend a summer concert, or pursue other shared
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Mountaintop By Katori Hall Witness a different side of Martin Luther King Jr. the night before his assassination. Despite being a man who is tired and flawed, he remains an inspiration.
“crackles with theatricality and a humanity more moving than sainthood.”
“an emotionally powerful and theatrically stunning moment of truth.”
Annual Duck Race raises over $3,000 * Black carts rolling into Chestermere later this year * School and playground zones will be 30 km/h fro...
Published on Sep 2, 2019
Annual Duck Race raises over $3,000 * Black carts rolling into Chestermere later this year * School and playground zones will be 30 km/h fro...