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SERVICE ANIMALS (continued): • Military dogs are trained in San Antonio, Texas, at the Military Working Dog Center at Lackland Air Force Base. German shepherds, Dutch shepherds and BelgianMalinois are the most common breeds used. The military purchases some of its dogs from breeders, but most are from its own breeding program. • When the Navy SEALs stormed Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound on May 2, 2011, four of the first feet on the ground were those of Cairo, a well-trained Belgian Malinois. When President Obama had a private meeting with the SEAL team, the only one of the super-secret team whose name was revealed was Cairo, the war dog. • The lighter, more compact Belgian Malinois breed is considered the best for operations undertaken by SEAL teams, such as tandem parachute jumping and rappelling. Dogs like Cairo are trained to detect and identify both hostile and/or hiding humans and explosives. The dogs are about twice as fast as their most physically fit SEAL companions. • Like other members of the SEALs, Cairo was equipped with super-strong, flexible body armor and high-tech equipment that included “doggles.” Doggles are specially designed dog goggles equipped with night-vision and infrared capability that allow dogs to see body heat even through concrete walls. • The hi-tech dog gear comes from a mom-and-pop business in Winnipeg, Manitoba. K9 Storm, Inc., has a worldwide reputation for designing and manufacturing what is probably the best body armor available for military and police dogs. Working dogs in 15 countries use their K9 Storm body armor.

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Canadian Trivia

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3. Why did Ottawa establish the Mounted Police in 1873? a) To perform equestrian shows b) To pacify the West and negotiate with the Indians c) To arrest Louis Riel d) To drive the Metis out of Canadas 4. How many time zones stretch across Canada’s vast landscape? a) 3 b) 6 c) 8 d) 1 5. What famous sea creature in the Okanagan Lake of British columbia was called N’ha-a-tik by local Aboriginal tribes and is considered “Canada’s Loch Ness Monster”? a) Caddy b) Manopogo c) Ogopogo d) Champ

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3. b. To pacify the West and negotiate with the Indians

“You know” he whispered, his eyes filling with tears, “you have been with me through all the bad times. When I got fired, you stuck right beside me. When my business went under, there you were. When we lost the house, you were there. When I got shot, you stuck with me. When my health started failing, you were still by my side. “And you know what?”

2. Which of the following rivers is Canada’s longest river? a) Mackenzie River b) St. Lawrence River c) Yukon River d) Fraser River

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Health Matters

Last time we talked about the fascinating nervous system, and how great we are at learning. Hopefully, everyone tried the smiling exercise, and we’re all smiling a little more, and enjoying our days. The next step in the path to mastery of our nervous system is to understand the simple concept of ‘balance’. Let’s take a fresh look at why balance and moderation are important, by taking a biological approach to balance, and discussing how balance helps our brain and the nerves stay healthy. When we talk about balance and moderation, you may wonder, “is he talking about standing on one foot?” or “is he getting ‘zen’ on us?”, or even “is he talking about falling down?”. If you answered d) all of the above, you are correct. When it comes to the brain and balance, all of the above have the same neurological traits. The key is involving BOTH sides of your brain, the ‘right brain’ and the ‘left brain’, as much as possible. The left and right brains have different things that they generally do. For example, the left brain is your logical side. It is mathematical, calculated, problem solving and mechanical. Your right brain is more your emotional side. It is artistic, musical, expressive and creative. As we dig deeper into this simple law of nature, it reveals much to us about our own personalities. Everyone lives somewhere in the spectrum of left-brain and right-brain dominance. Our genetics and our environment generally determine where we lie on this spectrum. On the genetics side, it’s shown that, generally speaking, men are more left brain dominant, and women are more right brain dominant. This allows our environment, culture and lifestyle the opportunity to engage the other side of brain as much as it can. The most important thing to note here is BALANCE is the key to brain health. For those that are more left brain types, you are the go-getters. You get things done. You solve problems as they come up. For optimal brain health, I would recommend to find some right brain activities to do. Meditation, art, music, exercise, yoga and walks/activities in nature are all great ways for you to get your right brain going. Continued on page 5


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FAMOUS LANDMARKS The Galloping Goose Trail is a favorite commuter pathway among the locals Rails to Trails on the Galloping Goose Trail of southern Vancouver Island, where the trail weaves its way through the communities of Victoria, Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, and finally to Sooke. The trail passes through all types of classic British Columbian terrain; coniferous forests merge to streams, rivers, and lakes as you walk, cycle, or horseback ride the trail. The trail passes close to beaches, above roaring rivers, and around prestine lakes. The Galloping Goose Trail was once a railway line from Victoria to Leechtown, where gold had been discovered in the river during the gold rush days. The train’s first run in 1922 featured the noisy train car #15813, from which the name of the trail comes. It twice daily carried 30 passengers and offered mail delivery. At that time, Leechtown grew to a larger population than Victoria, but soon declined after the goldrush ended. The train continued to run for a short 9 years afterward, but with a deserted town as a destination it did not take long for the rail line to be closed. Now, Leechtown is simply the site of the abandoned mining town; nothing remains, not even structures. The forest has grown in and grown over anything that once was the goldrush Town of Leechtown. The rails were removed from the route around 10 years ago, becoming part of a Rails to Trails program of the Province of British Columbia. The Galloping Goose Trail is also a part of the BC Trans Canada Trail system being constructed as an eco-adventure.

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Continued from page 3 For you right-brainers who are generally more artistic and expressive in nature, you may be well served to get your logical mind going. You are generally more in touch with your emotions, which is a great thing. Try not to make too many emotional decisions, however. Try, instead, to reason things out and predict the results. Puzzles like Sudoku, or any activities that involve numbers, are also great at engaging the left brain.

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Naturally, the key is to find things that are great in activating both parts of the brain. The brain works on a very simple principle: Use-it-or-Lose-it. The more you use the brain, the better it works, the healthier it is and the longer and happier you live. Ideally, we want to do things that make best use of our brains, and activate as many different parts of it as possible. Activities that fire both sides of our brain include meditation, yoga and exercise. These simple practices engage thoughts and movements that are critical to brain health. Earlier, I gave three examples of ‘balance’. Let’s go back to these and explore them: Standing on One Foot: This is a very healthy thing to do for your brain. By standing on one foot for 30 seconds, and then switching, you are engaging many muscles, nerves and different parts of your brain. Standing on one foot engages many posture and balance muscles, which recruit many different nerves, on both sides of the brain. Getting ‘Zen’: Meditation is a great way to access both lobes of the brain. Our brains were ‘compartmentalized’ to help keep things organized. Meditation allows us to gain greater awareness of this organization, and access our brains on a deeper level. Ultimately, this helps us to better use our left and right brains, as we go about our dayto-day tasks. For example, the left brain dominant who meditates regularly is better able to connect to his emotions, and the right brain dominant is better at making rational decisions. Falls: Falls in the elderly is a topic I researched extensively as a student in Chiropractic College. It was a passion of mine to understand the data out there and be able to help develop programs to prevent elderly (and young) people from falling. These studies led me to balance, exercise and regular chiropractic care. Anything that engages the brain, especially on the opposite side of dominance, prevents falls.

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The underlying component in all of these things is balance in brain activity. Like the experts say, too much of anything is not good, and ‘moderation’ is the key. The same goes for the firing of your left and right brain. As we learned last time, you can learn new patterns and create new realities in an instant. This time we learned that if you don’t use it, you lose it. As you find greater balance in your life, you will find lifetime health and happiness from knowing that a few simple insights helped make you a master of your nervous system

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Be careful about doing someone a favor when you don’t know the full story behind the request. Don’t rely on someone’s unsubstantiated assurances. Insist on all the facts before you act. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) That workplace problem still needs your attention before you finally can close the book on it. Meanwhile, a long-anticipated reunion gets closer to becoming a happy reality. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might be demanding more from others than they can give. Best advice: Have a long and frank talk to determine what the facts are. Tensions should abate as the week winds down. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Aspects are favorable throughout this week for making contacts that could be important to your career plans. Meanwhile, an old friend offers the advice you’re seeking. LEO (July 23 to August 22) It’s time to stop licking your wounds from past mistakes. Get up and get going toward your future. Loyal friends will be there to help the Lion get back into rip-roaring shape. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Take time out to go over what’s expected of you before you begin your new project. Otherwise, you run the risk of pushing yourself harder than you need to. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) An unusual request could put you in an awkward position. Best advice: Deal with it immediately. The longer you delay, the more difficult it will be to get out of it.

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SALTWATER OVERVIEW – High winds kept anglers off the water for much of the week. Halibut fishing was the focus of almost all boats out fishing on the weekend due to favorable currents. There were some big ones caught, most of the guides got limits, and about one out of four other boats landed a halibut. Salmon fishing was SLOW due to low angler effort and weather. Seals are still a problem for anglers fishing off of Victoria. Important meeting notice! The Sport fishing Advisory Board Victoria Area Committee is having a meeting on Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00 PM, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, West Shore Ballroom, 829 McCallum Road, in Langford (Behind Costco – Free parking). Anglers who fish the waters off Sooke, Victoria, Sidney, the Southern Gulf Islands and the public are welcome. Halibut and chinook fisheries will be discussed. Our area is a target for fishery measures that could include shutting down of our summer fishing, Please plan to attend and show your support for our fishery. FRESHWATER OVERVIEW – Fishing is SLOW on the local lakes for both trout and bass. However, it should pick up as the spring stocking of lakes has started. Steelhead fishing is going strong in the rivers but lots of kelts are now showing up in the catches. Local Lakes – Trout fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area, especially since some of the lakes are turning over. Spring stocking of the local lakes has started. On March 8th, Elk Lake received 1,768 catchable rainbows and another 2,000 catchable rainbows on March 9th. On March 12th, Glen Lake received 500 catchable rainbows and Langford Lake received 1,239 catchable rainbows. On March 13th, Kemp Lake received 500 catchable rainbows. Matheson Lake received 500 catchable rainbows, Colwood Lake received 250 catchable rainbows, Prospect Lake received 1,704 catchable rainbows and Ida Anne Lake received 150 catchable rainbows FISH TIP OF THE WEEK Add a little bait or scent to your lure. Whether it’s a piece of worm on a Flatfish fished for trout, or a piece of herring strip on a Coyote Spoon fished for salmon, you can improve the fish catching capabilities of your lure by sweetening it up with a piece of bait. But be sure to check the regulations first, if you are fishing in freshwater, since bait or scent is not legal in all waters.

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