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When we think of the word community, it evokes not only images of where we live but also a sense of belonging, of being part of a place where everyone contributes toward improving it with their own unique strengths. And we’re celebrating communities in this issue of Move because we think that Durham Region is one of the best places to live. From Pickering to Clarington along Lake Ontario to Brock in the northern part of the region, Durham offers exceptional quality of life, no matter what you're looking for. Most of all, it’s the people that make a community special. People like Dr. Winnie Grewal (page 12), who is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her orthodontics practice in Durham region this year. Dr. Grewal is passionate about her profession and the patients she treats. She grew up right here in Ajax, and is committed to giving people the best, healthiest smile possible. And sometimes those who help our communities aren’t people at all. The Durham Regional Police Service Canine Unit (page 14) has been around for 26 years, and the canines are a vital tool in keeping our community, and our human police officers, safe. This Community issue of Move also features schools that are doing a great job against the odds (page 20), the Abilities Centre (page 16), which is internationally renowned and so much more than a community centre, and stories that celebrate our local history (The Oshawa Museum on page 10 and Camp X on page 7). There is no shortage of people and places that make Durham Region great. And if you have a suggestion for a story for a future issue, I’d love to hear from you.



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Find Your Niche with Niche Limos! 04 Five Ways to Declutter Your Home 05 Embracing Cabbage 05

A Community Like No Other Camp X: From Canada, with Love Our Communities, Our Home Where Oshawa’s History Resides FireSite: A Virtual Solution for Real-Life Safety Policing: It's a Dog's Life The Abilities Centre: Celebrating Inclusiveness

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Something to Smile About: Grewal Orthodontics 12

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Schools That Make a Difference Making a World of Difference at Trafalgar Castle School Second Start: Helping Entrepreneurs Over 30 How to Ditch the Debt

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Find Your Niche with Niche Limos! Looking to arrive at your next destination in style? Niche Limos can get you there. The company owns just about every type of luxury vehicle—from SUVs and limos to party buses—to help you make your grand entrance. And with a brand new party bus that holds up to 23 people, you and all your friends and family can get there together. Niche Limos provides services throughout Durham Region, the GTA and beyond, including Montreal and Detroit. The company’s licence allows them to provide luxury transportation beyond Canada's borders. “We do a lot more than just weddings,” says Sean, owner and CEO of Niche Limos. “We’ve done proms, concerts, sports games in Detroit, stag and stagettes in Montreal—we do it all.”

We’re bringing the luxury back to the limousine industry According to Sean, the luxury limousine service has also been used to transport people to corporate events, private functions, UFC matches, theatre performances and more. With a fleet equipped to handle just about anything and anyone, Niche Limos is ready for you. “We can accommodate anywhere from two passengers to 23. We’ve got luxury black SUVs, eight- to 10-passenger stretch limos, 10- to 14-passenger stretch limos, party buses and more,” says Sean. The company has been used and endorsed by some notable celebrities, such as Randy Fenoli, star of Say Yes to the Dress 4 |

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and wedding fashion extraordinaire. They have also provided services for Luenell Campbell, headlining star of Queens of Comedy and Borat actress. And Canada’s very own Andrew Wiggins, NBA superstar, has taken a luxurious ride in one of the limos. Sean prides himself and his company on their mission to be the leading provider of high-quality and affordable limousine service in Durham and the GTA. “We try to build a long-term relationship with our clients by offering exceptional service,” he says. “We’re bringing the luxury back to the limousine industry. Our chauffeurs open the doors, roll out the red carpet, provide umbrella service on rainy days and handle baggage. We really try to make it personal every single time.” Niche Limos also offers a no double-booking policy. This means that your day is your day only! Clients can rest assured knowing that should anything go wrong, another car will be on its way. This helps Niche Limos in their quest to provide seamless service. With a rising reputation, client testimonials and celebrity endorsements, the company is in high demand — especially since they introduced the new 23-seater party bus. “It’s been crazy. My phone hasn’t stopped ringing!” says Sean. “It’s one-of-a-kind for Durham. Now it opens up the opportunity for large bridal parties and large groups going to the airport. We can do Niagara wine tours and sporting events in Montreal and Detroit.” Whether you’re a groom looking for the perfect pre-party bus, a bride looking for a sweet ride, or a party of up to 23 looking to make a grand entrance, now is a better time than ever to book your luxury limousine to make sure you get there in style.

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By Karen Sheviak

We all know the principles of decluttering – divide items into bags (keep, donate, trash), declutter for 10 minutes per day, have a designated spot for everything… the list goes on. The guidelines work (if you follow them) but aren’t always a lot of fun. Here are some unique ways to declutter – and view the process in a whole new way. 1. Create a space for nothing. It will give you some breathing room in your home, and you will feel more at peace each time you look at one area that is completely clear. 2. Make it beautiful! If you put a special picture or beautiful sculpture to admire on your coffee table, you’ll be less likely to add other items that will ruin your view.

3. Trust your emotions. If you feel a surge of joy when you pick up a sweater, keep it, even if you haven’t worn it in a while. 4. Let go of guilt. Unread books (you don’t have to read them) and stuff you never use (that waffle iron wedding gift from a former colleague) can be donated. That way someone can actually use the item that is just taking up space in your home. 5. Celebrate. Buy fresh flowers for that vase on your newly clean dresser. Enjoy a glass of wine in the crystal glasses you can now find. If you sit down to enjoy your uncluttered home once in a while, you’ll be more likely to keep it that way.

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(and other ways to eat healthy amid soaring produce prices!) By Andrea Miller MHSC, RD

Have you read the headlines? “Cauliflower spikes to $8 a head” – CBC; “Soaring cauliflower prices come to a head” – Toronto Star; “Restaurants grapple with cauliflower crisis as prices soar” – Global News. Fresh produce prices have hit an all time high in Canada, partially because 80 per cent of our produce comes from outside the country and the value of the Canadian dollar is at its lowest in over two decades.

Waste Less: By far, the biggest way to save money is to reduce your food waste. A study from the University of Guelph last year found that the average family wastes $28 a week on food that goes bad or stale. That adds up to more than $1,000 a year. To reduce food waste, take one hour each week to clean your fridge and cupboards, browse some recipes and plan what to buy.

The University of Guelph's Food Institute estimates the average Canadian household spent an additional $325 on food in 2015 and may spend an additional $345 in 2016. Here are some tips to help you eat well and not go broke!

Root Around for Roots: White potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, onions and turnips are wonderful vegetables, and the affordable mealtime possibilities include soups, scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes, curries, potato salad and homemade french fries.

Embrace Cabbage: Cabbage is an incredibly versatile (and inexpensive) vegetable, that has similar nutrients to cauliflower. Eat it raw in coleslaw or cooked in cabbage rolls.

Slow Down: Slow cookers are economical to use and are great for making the most of budget-friendly ingredients. For many dishes, particularly soups and stews, simply throw all the ingredients in and let it simmer all day.

Look to Lentils: Lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, split peas and black beans are a wonderful source of iron, zinc and protein (similar to meat), except they are much less expensive than meat.

Finally, cut down on fancy coffee, pop, candy, cookies and salty snacks and spend that money on healthy calories instead.

Frequent the Freezer: Frozen vegetables are a cost-effective and nutritious option. Most vegetables are frozen within hours of being picked, so the vitamins and minerals get locked in.

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Durham Region is one of the most vibrant, diverse and beautiful communities in Ontario. It is made up of a large variety of landscapes and communities, where the architecture ranges from historic to ultra modern. Urban lakeshore communities contrast with small towns, villages, hamlets and farmland. You’ll find bluffs, wooded creeks and ancient shorelines that stand out against the topography of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Judy Stacee-Cleaver, Broker of Record and owner of Mincom New Choice Realty Ltd., sees Durham Region as the community of the future. “It’s positioned to be the place with the most potential for growth. Situated just east of Toronto, Durham has affordable housing, which is attractive to young families, and new businesses in the region are continually creating more jobs. Our region is fast becoming ‘the’ place to live.” We have all the amenities of Toronto without the stress. There is a slower, more comfortable pace here for raising children, with great

schools and many ways to participate in community activities. We have incredible recreational facilities, and if you’re looking for a professional group to join, they are all here. Further, we are home to many places of worship as well as festivals supporting our multicultural population. We have everything we need without having to go into “the big city." Some of the best restaurants are here, with food for every palette. Natural beauty abounds, from the waterfront to the amazing trail system, and is readily accessible. Only minutes from cottage country by car and just a short Go Train ride from downtown Toronto, Durham Region is the best of both worlds!

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Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, along the border of Oshawa and Whitby, was a very important military training camp during the Second World War. Today, nothing of its military past remains at the site. Instead there is a memorial telling the history of the site and the impact the agents trained there had on the war effort. Known today as Camp X, the site was opened by the British to train agents under the directives of the Special Operations Executive. The focus of the camp was to train agents in the art of sabotage, subversion and intelligence gathering so they could be sent behind enemy lines to assist in the war effort. Initially the camp trained agents from Canada and the United States; however, when the U.S. entered the war after Pearl Harbor, American personnel declined as training schools were opened in the United States. At that time, recent immigrants to Canada were recruited as new potential agents because they had the language knowledge to operate behind the lines in European countries such as Yugoslavia and Italy.


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From Canada, with Love By Jennifer Weymark

Camp X was one of many Special Training Schools created by the British around the world to train recruits in the skills they felt would turn the tide of the war and bring about a victory against Germany. The site was chosen due to its proximity to the lake, which allowed for not only marine training but also quick access to the United States. The camp was designed to identify agents to be sent to the more advanced training schools in Britain. Once the officials determined they had found all of the potential recruits in Canada, in 1944, the training school portion of the camp was closed. But that did not mean that wartime activity at the camp ceased. The camp was also the site of numerous radio antennas. The antennas were actually part of the secondary focus of Camp X. It was also a radio communication centre, part of the HYDRA network that connected London, Washington and Ottawa. Those working on the Hydra project were tasked with coding and decoding messages. Once the war was over, Camp X was turned over to the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and was renamed the Oshawa Wireless Station. Operations continued at the site until 1969, when it was closed and all of the buildings were demolished or relocated. Today, as more and more information on Camp X is becoming available, there is more and more interest in the site and the role it played in World War II. For more information, visit

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Our Communities, Our Home Durham Region is full of wonderful communities – perfect for those who live here and the many people who come to visit. From the bustling cities east of Toronto to the rural areas and beautiful landscapes, Durham truly offers something for everyone. Here, we celebrate the places we call home.

City of Oshawa A Vibrant Business and Lifestyle Destination Oshawa is a waterfront community situated on the Lake Ontario shoreline. The city extends north from the waterfront, through the downtown core to the rural countryside. The northern area of Oshawa is home to farms, conservation areas and two rural hamlets, as well as the Oak Ridges Moraine, one of the most significant landforms in southern Ontario. Oshawa is just a 45-minute drive to cottage country or to the downtown core in Toronto. With a population of approximately 160,000, Oshawa is the largest city in the Region of Durham and one of the fastest growing areas in Canada. Oshawa offers plenty of transit options to Toronto and beyond with VIA Rail, GO Train, GO Bus and Durham Transit. It is ideally located on the highway 401 corridor with convenient links to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and eastern communities. In addition to the city’s four highway 401 interchanges, highway 407 interchanges will soon open in Oshawa, adding even more connections to the GTA. Oshawa is also home to an executivelevel airport and a national deep-sea port. Oshawa offers a variety of housing options, which include twostorey homes in family neighbourhoods, condos and retirement residences at prices that are lower than other parts of the GTA. The city offers countless experiences for both residents and visitors. Oshawa’s 40 annual festivals and events bring visitors from across the GTA and beyond and include Autofest, Canada Day, Durham Craft Beer Festival, Fiesta Week and Ribfest. For the third year running, the Peony Festival was named one of the top 100 festivals and events in Ontario.

are a great place to explore nature and enjoy the outdoors. The Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens is home to Canada’s largest contemporary peony collection. Lakeview Park offers a sand beach, pier, trails, sports fields and even features a playground along the waterfront. Oshawa is a great place to experience culture. Residents can sign up for City-run arts, music or drama programs, take in performances by the Ontario Philharmonic or Oshawa Opera, or visit the LivingRoom Community Art Studio, our very own art hive. Oshawa is home to the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the Canadian Automotive Museum, the Oshawa Community Museum, the Ontario Regiment Museum, the Oshawa Little Theatre and the Parkwood National Historic Site. Lastly, the city is also a hub for post-secondary education. Approximately 20,000 full-time students study at Durham College, Trent University Durham and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) each year. In addition, Queen’s University, through a satellite program, trains the next generation of family physicians at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. The University of Windsor offers a Social Work program at Trent University Durham. It’s no wonder that in 2015, the City of Oshawa was named one of the world's top 21 smart communities by the Intelligent Community Forum. Oshawa continues to experience significant population growth, economic diversification and set new building records. In addition, Oshawa is rated:

Downtown Oshawa was named a top 100 neighbourhood for capital growth and investment in Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine's annual neighbourhood report. Downtown Oshawa is also a hotspot for foodies, with more than 60 restaurants and cafés, live music clubs and places for late night eats. The awardwinning General Motors Centre is the region’s premier facility for concerts and events. Oshawa is also the home of the Oshawa Generals (2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup Champions) and the Durham TurfDogs of the Canadian Lacrosse League.

• #1 Canadian city in the Small American Cities of the Future listing (by fDi Intelligence) • Top 10 for real estate value in Canada, according to MoneySense magazine, and is also recognized by Canadian Real Estate Magazine as a real estate hot spot in Canada. • One of the top 10 major Canadian cities for entrepreneurial policy (Canadian Federation of Independent Business, 2015 and 2014); CORE21 co-working office received award (Economic Developers Council of Ontario)

There are plenty of places to explore, play and get active, from our indoor and outdoor pools and splash pads to our NHL-size ice pads and fitness centres. With 130 parks and more than 27 kilometres of paved recreational paths, our parks and trails

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Town of Ajax “The Town of Ajax is built on the foundation of being progressive. Since our incorporation 60 years ago, the Town has led the way to ensure a high quality of life for our residents. We are very proud to be one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario and welcome our growing diversity. This diversity is our strength and presents continuous opportunities to collectively benefit from new ideas, talents, skills and perspectives. We continue to make great efforts in protecting the environment, supporting culture and recreation, guiding growth and promoting community. From our pristine waterfront and historic Pickering Village to the exciting revitalization of the downtown area and our thriving business sectors, Ajax offers high-quality amenities for newcomers, visitors, businesses and residents alike.” — Mayor Steve Parish, Town of Ajax

City of Pickering Right next door to Toronto, Pickering is a progressive, livable city that appeals to people of all ages. There is a revitalized city centre, a multitude of recreation programs and plans for developments such as Durham Live, which aims to be a destination for the whole region and beyond. As with most Canadian cities, seniors and boomers represent one of our most important and fastest growing populations. The number of seniors in Ontario is expected to double over the next 20 years. This huge demographic shift represents both challenges and opportunities for the City of Pickering. Ultimately, we need to provide our older adults with meaningful events, programs and activities so that we can continue to build a strong and healthy community. I am proud of our broad and diverse array of Adults 55+ programs and services that help many of our residents live more healthy and active lifestyles. While Latin Line Dancing and Zumba remain ever-popular, Belly Dancing and Nia (barefoot, aerobic movement) are also attracting many new enthusiasts. For those looking for a more serene experience, we offer art instruction, drama classes, writing workshops, sewing lessons, and Spanish for beginners. Our boomers and seniors are a vibrant, productive and valued part of our community. We need to ensure that we have the right programs and services to keep them happy and healthy in Pickering. If you have any great ideas for new programs or activities, email me at We can also connect via social media: find me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter @mayordaveryan. — Mayor Dave Ryan, City of Pickering

Town of Whitby The town of Whitby features two heritage downtowns, a wide variety of sports and recreation activities, a vibrant arts and culture scene and kilometres of trails and parkland. All this in a town that boasts a spectacular Lake Ontario waterfront and is within an easy commute of Toronto!

Township of Scugog Nestled on the shores of Lake Scugog, Port Perry features a downtown area with Victorian architecture and exceptional charm, perfect for strolling on the warm spring days to come. The town is the gateway to boating adventures on the Trent-Severn Waterway, as well as a starting point to nearby attractions such as Ocala Winery and Great Blue Heron Casino.

Township of Clarington The Township of Clarington is a unique place that combines the convenience of life in the city with the relaxed vibe of a rural lifestyle. Located on Lake Ontario, the main town is Bowmanville, a great community that features a wide range of businesses, recreational activities and picturesque trails.

Township of Uxbridge Uxbridge features a traditional main street with one-of-a-kind shops, cafes and restaurants. The town recently received federal designation as The Trail Capital of Canada – and for good reason. Dozens of trails pass through the township on 8,000 acres of conservation lands – truly a natural treasure.

Township of Brock The northernmost part of Durham Region, the Township of Brock includes several hamlets, beautiful countryside and the towns of Beaverton, Cannington and Sunderland. Its location on Lake Simcoe and the Trent-Severn Waterway makes it a popular tourist destination.

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Where Oshawa’s History Resides By Jennifer Weymark

Within Lakeview Park there is a remnant of Oshawa’s Victorian past – a small heritage district that tells the story of Oshawa’s history.

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preserve and tell the history of Oshawa at a museum to be held within the old stone home in Lakeview Park. This home, constructed around 1840, became the cornerstone of the Oshawa Community Museum.

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A Virtual Solution for Real-Life Safety By Karen Sheviak

For firefighters, one of the challenges of responding to an emergency is not knowing enough information about the building they are entering. What is the layout? Are there chemicals or flammable substances on site? How far are the hydrants from the main entrance?

FireSite uses 3D technology, which allows the user to see 360 degrees around a building.

This map shows important access points and areas of interest for firefighters.

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Instead of compiling and storing paper surveys of all this information, Dathan Liblik, a managing partner of Ferko Liblik, a technology company in the GTA, came up with a 21st century idea while talking to Tim Jeffery, acting platoon chief with Pickering Fire Services, at an annual street party. That idea was FireSite, which creates virtual surveys of non-residential buildings, including information about hazards, the number of people in the building and the locations of key facilities like annunciator panels, sprinkler rooms, standpipes and entrances. For nearly eight months, Ferko Liblik worked to build the FireSite software, meeting with Jeffery to review designs and ensure that the technology would meet the specific needs of the fire department. They also engaged a co-op student from Centennial College, and met with the Town of Ajax dispatchers, which support Pickering responders. Now, when an emergency happens at a site that has been surveyed, the dispatched call automatically includes the FireSite data. This means firefighters won't have to search for a paper survey en route to a call, and they will know everything they need to respond quickly and efficiently. “Everything is completely geoindexed, which means, for example, that hose lays can be determined from exact hydrant distances, and the proximity to key hazards like compressed gases is clearly marked,” says Liblik. All of this information saves precious time whenever there is a fire at one of these locations, and that helps save lives.

Since FireSite was launched in September of 2015, Pickering Fire Services has surveyed three to four dozen non-residential properties when they were not responding to calls. While cataloguing the buildings in a city may seem time consuming, this process will be quicker than doing it using pen and paper, says Liblik. “It’s a matter of interacting with a live map while checking boxes and entering small fields of data on the tablet,” he adds. Plus, there aren’t as many buildings that require a virtual survey as one might initially expect. Small schools and health-care facilities have standard layouts and emergency services are clearly marked, while private residences are small and also relatively uniform, so they don’t require this technology. So far, the feedback has been positive from the chief all the way down to the firefighters. “Firefighters like it because it accelerates the survey process and centralizes the information, making it available to all responders, including those from other areas,” says Liblik. “These are the very people who will be going to be going on the calls. They have a high desire to collect this information to maximize the safety of endangered citizens and of their team.” Ferko Liblik provided the technology to Pickering Fire at no cost as a community project. Given the success of the system, the company has subsequently decided to roll out Firesite to other fire departments on a subscription basis in order to fund ongoing advancements of the technology while also creating local jobs. And they are developing other uses for the technology, such as using it with drones in emergencies such as rail disasters, in which the location and severity is unpredictable and often in remote areas.

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Types of Braces Dr. Grewal offers her patients a full range of treatment options including: Traditional metal braces: the most common type Porcelain (clear) braces: popular for their cosmetic appeal Gold braces: smaller brace, less metallic in appearance Invisalign: a series of clear aligners that gradually move the teeth


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Dr. Grewal’s Team Dr. Grewal is very proud of her staff, most of whom have been working alongside her for 10 plus years! These ladies support one another and work together, so no one ever says “that’s not my job." All of the knowledgable, experienced staff work in both Ajax and Bowmanville, and if one office is open, the other one is closed. This allows for a continuity of care, since everyone knows what is happening in both places. One unique thing about Dr. Grewal’s office is that the appointments run on time, and the staff works very hard to maintain that schedule. They start prepping for appointments the day before, and if someone arrives early, they can often take that person in right away. That dedication to provide the best service doesn’t go unnoticed by Dr. Grewal or her clients. “I work with such excellent, positive staff that coming to work every day is a pleasure!” she says.

You know your business is successful when your clients who came to you as children start bringing their own children to you. That is just the case for Dr. Winnie Grewal, whose orthodontics practice is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Durham Region. Dr. Grewal is one of the few female certified orthodontists in the GTA. She was born in east Africa, where her father worked as an engineer for several years. She came to Canada at the age of eight, growing up in Ajax and attending Ajax High School. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Toronto. After interning at the Hospital for Sick Children for one year, she returned to U of T to study orthodontics. Dr. Grewal opened her practice in Ajax after she graduated, when she was just 25 years old, and has been giving clients a reason to smile for three decades. She opened a second office in Bowmanville in 1994. Dr. Grewal was inspired by orthodontics because of the doctor who treated her when she was a child. “His name was Dr. Bill Sinclair,” recalls Dr. Grewal. “He is probably the main reason that I became an orthodontist. It was such a positive experience for me, and I was so happy to have my overbite corrected that I thought ‘This is the career for me!’” She sees her practice as a way to give back to the community, so there was no question of where she would set up her office. “It was a natural fit that when I graduated, I came back to practise where I grew up,” she says.

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Long gone are the days in which the vast majority of the patients are children and teens. Many advancements have been made in orthodontic treatment since Dr. Grewal first started practising, and that has led to people of all ages coming to her to improve their smiles. “We see higher numbers of older patients today, from parents of our younger patients to those who has always wanted to improve thier smile but did not have the oppertunity to do so when they were younger,” says Dr. Grewal.

"My family and I have been patients of Dr. Grewal's for a few years now. All three of my children have been blessed with beautiful smiles, and with great orthodontic care, Dr. Grewal and her staff have perfected their smile. The staff are welcoming, cheerful, accommodating and work for perfection. After witnessing the transformation of my three children's teeth, I was convinced that it was my turn. Orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teens but for adults as well. I am now receiving orthodontic treatment and am excited for the final results. Moms deserve to have a beautiful smile, too!" - Christa

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Giving to the Community The staff and clients at Dr. Grewal’s offices contribute to a variety of causes, from sponsoring hockey and soccer teams to volunteering at charitable events. But one charity that they focus on helping year round is Dreams & Wishes, which helps children in shelters in several important ways. Dream Bags: When kids arrive at local shelters, they often have nothing with them. The charity gives out Dream Bags, which include a pillow, a stuffie, pyjamas and a book so the kids will have something comforting.

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Backpack Program: They start the campaign in late spring, collecting materials for kids’ backpacks for September so kids in shelters can go to school with all the supplies they need. An Unbirthday Party: Take kids to Wonderland for a day of fun in the summer.

out Dr. Grewal approaches each case with the patient’s best interests at heart. There is no one size fits all for orthodontic treatment. Every problem and every child has an ideal time for treatment depending on the problem and the dental maturity of the child. "We do not push people into treatment," says Dr. Grewal. "Our top priority is to work with families so they get the right solutions at the right times, and that has translated to dedication from our patients. We are lucky to have so many great patients who spread the word about their

experience here and our dedication to making this a very positive place for all. We continue to accept new patients of all ages and strive to meet and exceed our patients’ expectations.” Dr. Grewal believes that orthodontic treatment can make a huge difference in peoples’ lives. “I love what I do, she says. “It is one of the most rewarding careers that I can think of. To have the ability to help people of all ages go through a transformation that is often life changing is amazing. People leave here not only with a fabulous smile but also with healthier dentition. Having straight teeth and a great bite promotes a very positive attitude in our patients.” Those transformative experiences continue to motivate Dr. Grewal in her practice. She recalls one girl in particular who came in for orthodontic treatment. The girl was quiet and withdrawn, rarely talking to people or smiling. On the day her braces came off, she looked at herself in the mirror and the happy tears started flowing. From then on she smiled all the time, made eye contact with people and even started joining activities at school. Her orthodontic treatment was life changing.

Dr. Winnie S. Grewal is a certified specialist in orthodontics with offices in Ajax and Bowmanville. For more information, visit Ajax: 905-427-7310 Bowmanville: 905-623-2283

Santa’s Dream: At a breakfast in November, kids turn in their Christmas wish lists and have a morning of games, face painting, gingerbread house building and more. Then the charity works to buy gifts on the kids’ lists. On Christmas morning at the shelter, each child will wake up to a personalized letter from Santa, a stocking and a gift that they wanted. This program helps keep the magic of Christmas alive for kids in shelters.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment Everyone knows that orthodontic treatment can give you a better smile, but many people don’t realize that the benefits go far beyond esthetics. Corrected teeth are less prone to chipping and wear. Well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less prone to tooth decay, gingivitis, recession and gum disease. Proper jaw alignment, which can be achieved through orthodontics, can help prevent jaw popping and jaw and chewing pain, and even help with conditions like migraines and sleep apnea. Proper orthodontic care at a young age can mean that over your lifetime, you will actually spend less overall on dental care.

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It’s a Dog’s Life

By Karen Sheviak

The police that protect our communities are dedicated, working an often-dangerous job that can put their lives at risk. After a long shift, a game of tug or fetch is the perfect reward for a job well done. At least, it’s perfect for the four-legged members of the force: the members of the canine unit. The Durham Region Police Service has had a canine unit since 1990, and it currently has eight handlers with nine dogs (one handler has two dogs). The unit helps apprehend criminals, find missing persons, detect drugs or explosives, and conduct searches of buildings and open ground throughout the region. Detective Constable and Canine Unit Trainer/Team Leader Jim Stephenson is a 28-year veteran of the police force who has been on the canine unit for 18 years. His partner is police service dog (PSD) Ozzy, a German Shepherd that he has had since 2007. Ozzy is a general purpose (GP) dog, meaning he is trained to track people and apprehend suspects. He is also cross-trained to detect drugs. Other dogs on the unit are trained in different skills, such as detecting explosives, and the DRPS is planning to train one dog to find cadavers. Each handler and dog aims to practise their skills every day, whether it’s tracking something, finding evidence or searching. The primary benefit of having a canine unit is officer safety, says Stephenson. “If you have to conduct a building search for a suspect, that person could be armed, so we send the dogs in.” The truth in that statement may be difficult to hear, but that’s the reality. In November 2015, a PSD with the Toronto police was attacked with a machete and required stitches (he fully recovered), and earlier this 14 |

year, Jethro, a police dog in Canton, Ohio was shot three times and died after he charged toward a burglar. His handler later said that he was alive because of Jethro. Stephenson says that those situations are, thankfully, very rare. And if a PSD is about to apprehend a suspect, the officers always give that person a few chances to give up before they send in the dog to apprehend them. He estimates that fewer than 10 percent of dog searches in Durham Region end in the suspect being bitten. He believes that the canine unit is also great for reaching out to people in the community. The unit sells calendars with photos of the dogs, does presentations to youth groups and participates in events such as Youth in Policing. “Everybody loves the dogs,” says Stephenson. “People come up to us and ask questions, and it’s a great ice breaker for kids who may be intimidated by the uniform.” His favourite part of being on the canine unit? “When everything comes together and we find that person, whether it’s a suspect in a crime or a missing person,” he says. “We get a huge amount of satisfaction knowing that we found a suspect or brought relief to the family of a missing person. It’s a fantastic feeling.”

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Happy Retirement Ozzy Stephenson’s dog Ozzy will retire later this year after eight years on the police force. He is nine years old, and police dogs retire before they are 10. Stephenson will keep Ozzy as a full-time pet, and get a new dog to work with. Stephenson says that the transition is difficult for PSDs “They still want to leave with you every day,” he says. “When they see the uniform, they know it’s work time. It’s hard when their mind is sharp but their body is too old. They become pets and adapt, but they never forget the sounds of the truck, the radio, the sirens.”

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move community This June, the Abilities Centre celebrates its fourth birthday. For Leo Plue, the executive director, the upcoming celebration is a milestone, and a chance to highlight all the accomplishments the centre has made since it opened its doors in June 2012. “I think there’s been a lot of growth over the four years,” says Plue. “As a new organization, I think we’re doing remarkably well in getting known in the community. Our profile is actually very high outside our community – both nationally and provincially – with the things that happened here with the Parapan Am games.” In 2015, the Abilities Centre was named the official Toronto 2015 venue for all Parapan judo and boccia events. The centre was also a part of the Whitby torch run. According to Plue, the centre is known for hosting large-scale events and conferences. “We’ve had national competitions, provincial competitions and a national conference on physical activity and brain development, so all types of researchers came here one weekend,” says Plue. The team at the centre is proud that the discussion of ability and inclusion is moving forward. For Heather St. Amand, her role as director of communications means being at the forefront of that dialogue. “My job is to get out the message about who we are, what we do and what programs we offer out to the community,” says

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St. Amand. “The best thing about our centre is that we have something for everybody.”

“It’s hard to believe that we’ve come so far and yet, there’s still a long way to go,” he says.

One of the programs the centre offers is Thrive, specially designed to meet the needs of adults with disabilities who no longer qualify to receive services from the secondary school system. The program has grown tremendously. In September, the centre began offering the program five days a week.

The fourth birthday celebration is set to take place at the centre on June 4. The team at the Abilities Centre has lots of exciting activities and surprises planned for the big day, including a cakewalk.

While Plue is delighted at the centre’s success, he says this is just the beginning. The team intends to continue to develop their programs to meet the needs of the community. They want to maintain their reputation as a place where everybody can find something, despite age, ability, or interest.

“It’s an event for our members but also for the community," says St. Amand, "so it’s a good way to get new people into the centre, too, to learn about what we do.” For more information, visit or call 905-665-8500.

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Essential Elements By Shihan Bob Burnett M.Ed., Rokudan

In virtually every aspect of life, there are common, basic elements to observe and put into practice. Whether we are talking about everyday life, a hobby or one’s vocation. These are the foundations or the sustaining forces that contribute in a positive way to whatever project we are working on. If these aren’t part of working our craft, then the outcome is going to take much longer. Everyone has heard of carbs, which contain sugar and starch elements that contribute to energy. Since I am not a nutritionist, my commentary on carbs ends here. However, we teach another type of carbs as part of our life mastery course. The spelling is different, but these, too, contribute to a greater understanding and a re-energizing of daily living. The letters here represent elements which are common to fulfillment in many areas of our daily walk: C A R B H S $. When elements of this acronym are missing or out of balance, our lives are not functioning at an optimal level. These are basic needs for daily living, our job and our hobbies. The need for their presence unites us. The presence of these needs unites us.

C – Contribution

H – Honesty I haven’t met anyone who would choose to be around dishonest people, so you don’t know where you stand or what the truth really is. Most people I’ve met are comfortable with the truth. We do well to make it our goal every day to be respectfully truthful, to give and ask for productive and honest feedback or answers. This does not mean baring our soul to the world! S – Spirituality The search for a deeper meaning every day. Since our life is an educational journey, we should be looking constantly for meaning and growth. We are naturally programmed to learn, to explore and to grow. Even seemingly unimportant tasks can be ascribed a deeper meaning and claim an important place in our life and education. $ – Money As much fun as it might be to have a self-sufficient log cabin or to live on an island – back to nature, off the grid – the fact is that we have to have money. Things have to be paid for. The trick is how we acquire it and what we do with it. How many times have we heard about people with very little who won the lottery and ended up with very little two or three years later? A coincidence? The subject of business and investing is for another time, but money needs to work for us, not just us working for it. We would all do well to examine each day how full of CARBHS$ our routines, jobs and relationships are so we can achieve maximum performance and fulfilment.

Bob Burnett is the chief instructor at Greater Durham Self-Defense in Whitby. For more information, visit or call 905-431-3538.

Virtually everyone seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the lives around them, and, by extension, to their own life. Even supposedly mundane tasks can seem different when we see them as a valuable contribution to something or someone. The late author Dr. Wayne Dyer said, ”When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

”When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” A – Autonomy Who likes having someone breathing down their neck all day? Who enjoys micromanagers? People need to feel that they have some freedom in how a given project gets accomplished so they can bring their gifts and talents to bear on it. R – Respect The giving and receiving of respect is another basic need. We’ve all been in situations where we felt un-appreciated or had our ideas or work disrespected. This won’t contribute to a positive or productive environment. On both sides of any given relationship, including a professional one, we get what we give. B – Balance One of the biggest challenges we face right now is working to achieve a healthy balance in our lives. Every part of our daily routine works better in balance: too much or too little of something doesn’t seem to work in the long-run. In martial arts training, this is a big part of our training. We learn not just physical balance, but how to apply what we’ve learned to daily life.

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The temporal lobe, highlighted in the image above, is involved in primary auditory perception.

It is your brain that hears, not your ears. When you listen to a conversation, your ears and your brain work together as a system, with your brain doing most of the heavy lifting. Your brain is what uses the information from your two ears to orient you to figure out which direction sound is coming from. It is in the brain that sound waves become sounds that you recognize. Your brain is what helps you focus in on a conversation and separates out the unwanted noise. Right now, all four of these tasks are happening simultaneously and continuously inside your brain. How can technology help your brain hear more naturally? An important part of hearing happens within your brain. Therefore, when your hearing is compromised, it is important that your brain gets the support it needs. It is necessary that we preserve the important details in speech so your brain does not have to fill in the blanks. The proper technology in an advanced and sophisticated hearing instrument, along with the appropriate fitting procedure by a professional, enables your ears to work together as a system with the brain. This, in turn, will enable you to locate sound, reducing the effort involved in listening to conversations. Give your brain what it needs to hear. Advances in hearing instrument technology enable hearing instruments to be finely tuned to match your unique hearing profile and personal sound preferences. When properly fit and all appropriate fitting procedures are completed, the hearing instrument will then deliver sound with the clearest, purest signal possible in the way your brain is best able to understand it. Nu-Life Hearing Centre ensures all appropriate fitting measures are met to guarantee the result is a more natural, effortless listening If you have any further questions please contact experience. Anytime. Anywhere.

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By Karen Sheviak

Providing a great learning environment for our kids is one of the most important – and one of the most difficult – jobs we can do. All schools have challenges, and for Glen Street Public School and G.L. Roberts C.V.I. in Oshawa, those include being in an area affected by job losses, lower-than-average incomes and a high incidence of poverty. However, both these schools have come up with unique ways to not just meet those challenges but to ensure that students get the support they need through to graduation and beyond.

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At Glen Street Public School, the walls are lined with inspirational pictures of former students and highlights of the work of current students. Kids are active in the halls, completing a handson measurement activity in one area, and taping synonyms to a wall in another.

When Alison Evanoff came to G.L. Roberts C.V.I. last summer as principal, she and viceprincipal Kendra Godin-Svoboda knew they had work to do to as the new administration. Their first goal was to improve the environment at the school through a philosophy known as restorative practices.

That is just the way Denise Nickerson, principal of Glen Street, likes it. Despite the stigma that surrounds the school, “Anyone who comes in here loves it and says this is a hidden gem,” she says. “The staff is fantastic in terms of their teaching practices, and the skill set they have is amazing.”

Restorative practices are a way of thinking and being that help build positive relationships and teach kids to take responsibility for and learn from their mistakes. “When things go wrong, we ask students to own it, fix it, learn from it and move on,” says Godin-Svoboda.

The teachers use those skills to ensure that the kids get the best education possible, which will have long-term benefits for them. “The way out of poverty is through education,” says Nickerson. “Even for the young children in this school, the aim is to give them a voice and allow them to express their ideas through schoolwork while focusing on numeracy and literacy.” To meet the needs of their students, Glen Street offers numerous clubs and activities to help support the kids in and out of school. • The Oshawa Community Health Centre, along with the school, runs a Boys Club for Grade 6 and a girls’ after-school club. • A hub in the school is used for preschool and parent and tot programs. • The YMCA runs a School Is Cool program for kids entering junior kindergarten, and Play On, a Grade 1 to 6 after-school program. • Big Brother/Big Sister volunteers come into the school, and Nickerson tries to ensure that the same volunteers are there for years. A lot of adults come in and out of the lives of the kids at the school, and they need those positive role models, she says. These programs benefit more than just the students. “I am thankful that every year, we see an improvement in trust, where parents will let us know [if there is a problem],” says Nickerson. “They will tell their friends, 'Listen, the school helped me out with my child – you need to go in.'” That translates to parent engagement, and a true community within the school, its families and its neighbourhood.

“The way out of poverty is through education.”

“We are having a lot of difficult conversations," adds Evanoff. “We’re making them take responsibility for their choices, and at first, some of them didn’t want to.”

“When kids feel supported, they are more willing to learn.” Both women say that since the beginning of the school year, the level of respect for staff and peers has improved tremendously. In September, the students seemed angry and aggressive, but now, there is a new level of trust, and the school environment is more positive. “When kids feel supported, they are more willing to learn,” says Evanoff. Sometimes the approach is all about getting down to basics. The school expanded its breakfast program this year, and now about 100 students eat there every day (out of about 500 at the school). Students come in for breakfast and can also choose a sandwich for lunch or apple and yogurt for a snack. Since the program’s expansion, afternoon office referrals have been reduced by two-thirds. Now that they have focused on making sure students’ basic needs are met and helping them communicate with staff and with one another in a healthy way, Evanoff believes there are no more excuses and that it’s time to focus on "learning in the midst of this chaos of life." There are signs that the students are ready for that, too. Earlier this year, Evanoff was walking through the school and asked a student how he was. His response? “It’s great to be here!” “When a student is happy to come to school, that’s a good day,” says Godin-Svoboda.

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Making a World of Difference at Trafalgar Castle School

By Rhonda Daley

Franklin Roosevelt once said, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” Through exceptional academics and a warm and welcoming community, Trafalgar Castle School is doing just that: developing girls to become women of strength and character who will go on to build a life of passion and purpose. Built on more than 140 years of education, history and tradition, Trafalgar is a proud part of the Whitby community and is committed to strengthening local partnerships and accessibility, which will allow for even more talented girls from across Durham Region to experience a Trafalgar education.

We are exceptionally proud to be bringing this initiative to our Trafalgar community and Durham Region as a safe and wonderful place for youth to be fostered, nurtured and grow. This is the beginning of an exciting and ongoing initiative at Trafalgar, which will support incredible young women and continue to establish a worldwide network of alumnae who are themselves making a “World of Difference!”

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As an international day and boarding school, we are reminded each day of the wonderful connections we have to our global community. These connections broaden our cultural awareness and offer students the opportunity to embrace international perspectives to gain a deeper appreciation of active citizenship. Learning about the experiences of girls’ education around the world has opened the eyes of our students to the reality of women’s rights and struggles toward gaining basic access to education. With the arrival of new Head of School Dr. Leanne Foster, it is our hope to further expand the values and awareness we teach our girls while broadening their educational experience through an exciting new initiative. In partnership with the Spark of Hope Foundation, a Toronto-based organization, Trafalgar is launching a campaign to raise funds to sponsor young women whose education has been disrupted either by political or civil unrest, war or lack of access. Trafalgar will make a “World of Difference” in helping to prepare these young women for post-secondary education, offering the skills needed for them to return to their home country empowered to lead and transform their communities.

Second Start Helping Entrepreneurs Over 30

Budding entrepreneurs in the Region of Durham may be able to tap into a new funding program. The Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) has launched Second Start, a program designed to provide would-be entrepreneurs with business training, skills development, mentoring and a chance to win $5,000 in seed capital to help them start, grow or buy a small business. “I encourage budding entrepreneurs to take that leap of faith and explore the possibilities of business ownership,” says Teresa Shaver, executive director of the BACD. “BACD has created an excellent program with a blended approach to give them the skills, knowledge and tools to start or run their business. We will be here to support them every step of the way!” The Second Start program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and open to residents and businesses located in the Regional Municipality of Durham. Entrepreneurs have to be 30 years of age or older. Training sessions run from February 2016 to May 2016 with pitch prep from June 13 to 16, a practice pitch on June 24, and the grand finale on June 27. The pitch will be a public event where they invite the business community to support these new businesses. Judges will pick up to 10 winners based on their pitches.

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By Karen Sheviak

How to Ditch the Debt Most people will say they want to reduce their debt, few of us actually take concrete steps to do that. According to a report from the Bank of Montreal in 2015, about 80 percent of Canadians are in debt, and we spend an average of 14 percent of our after-tax income on our debts. That’s three percent higher than in 1990, even though interest rates have plunged since then. So what’s the solution? Tom Dimson, president and CEO of Equity Credit Union in Ajax offers these tips for reducing your debt. Take charge of your debt payments. Ignore the minimum payment on your credit card; pay as much as possible every month. And stop using the card – immediately! A mortgage can be a good debt if you are not overextended. Before you make such a big decision, make sure you can manage the payments even if interest rates go up. Visit your financial institution and talk to them about consolidating your debt, which may make the repayment more affordable. Choose a line of credit only if you will use it responsibly – most people don’t! Treat it like a loan for what you need, whether it’s a home renovation or a car, and don’t buy anything else until that is paid off. If you are so far in debt that you can’t see a way out, visit a credit counsellor. It’s free, and they can help you look at all the options so you can make the payments. Finally, create a budget so debt doesn’t become a problem for you again. Once your debts are paid off, put that money into savings so it works for you, not against you. And remember that budgets aren’t all bad – they include saving for fun things like dining out and vacations, things you can’t do when your debt is unmanageable. Equity Credit Union can help anyone overcome their financial stresses, finding the right solution for each individual case, says Dimson. For more information, visit or call 905-426-1389. 22 |

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Spring Sprouting By Rob Caldwell

Spring has sprung! Well, if not quite yet, it’s just around the corner. What does spring mean to you? Besides weeding and having to mow the lawn again, to many of us it means planting a vegetable garden. I don’t have a large space for vegetable plants, and you may not either, but even so, a little spring pre-preparation can ensure an ongoing supply of fresh veggies through the summer and into the fall. If you want to grow your own vegetables from seed, which is the most economical, fun and rewarding way, buy the seeds while there’s still snow on the ground. You’ll be planting them, indoors of course, long before that first dandelion flower rears its golden head. Get seeds at your local garden centre or stores such as Canadian Tire and Home Depot. Consider online suppliers as well. Some are in Ontario, and specialize in organic and heirloom seeds. Find a sunny windowsill or shelf in your home, and get some small pots. You can use peat pots, available in many stores, but be aware that peat pots have come under criticism for environmental degradation from peat harvesting, and because they can have trouble decomposing. Better yet, make your own pots out of newspaper (for instructions: Make-Newspaper-Seedling-Pots), so you can put them directly into the ground, where they will decompose naturally.

Follow the instructions on the seed package for depth of planting and spacing of seeds. Water well, and with a minimum of luck, you’ll have sprouts faster than you can say “shorts and sandals” (maybe not that fast, but often within a few days, depending on plant type). Start the seeds in March or April. Before transferring them to the ground, check the date of predicted last frost, which is usually in late May. If you don’t have outdoor space for a garden, it’s possible to have a successful indoor crop in larger pots. Growing indoors has advantages: temperature can be controlled, as can insects and water amount. The main disadvantage is inadequate light. This can be remedied with grow lights and/or bright windows. A balcony or porch helps as well because you can never duplicate the intensity of outdoor light indoors. Care varies depending on plant type, and some do better indoors than others. Dwarf varieties of vegetables are often suited to indoor spaces, as are some tomatoes, peppers, beans, salad greens, and mushrooms (mushrooms require very different growing conditions, so read up on them). Most root crops need deep soil, but radishes and some carrots and potatoes can do well if in deep enough pots. Herbs are another great choice for indoors, and many are happy growing in a window.

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Seed Libraries There’s a seed library movement happening across North America. Often housed in public libraries or community centres, these ventures are community focused and usually provide seeds free of charge. Operating on a donation basis, seed libraries provide a great way to grow your own healthy food as well as save money. For more information, including a directory of seed library locations in Ontario, see and the Toronto Seed Library at

Sprouting Beans A fun way to get kids into gardening is to get them started growing some beans. Beans are among the easiest to sprout and fastest growing of plants. Materials needed:

• Dried bean(s) • clear jar • paper napkin or paper towel • water Steps:

• Thoroughly wet the paper towel and place in jar

• Put bean in between napkin and side of jar, with the bean always touching the moist paper towel. • Keep paper towel moist at all times! • Your bean should germinate and sprout in a few days. After about 10 days, you can transplant to a pot with soil.

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Mexican Mac & Cheese

By Scott Riddoch

This kicked-up version of traditional macaroni and cheese will warm up your body and soul on those chilly not-quite-spring-yet days. Serve with a salad and simple vinaigrette. Serves 3 to 4



1 tsp cornstarch ¼ lb Cheddar cheese, grated (about 1 cup, packed) ¼ lb Monterey Jack cheese, grated (about 1 cup, packed) 8 cups water 1 tbsp salt 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp flour 1¼ cups milk ½ tsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

1½ lbs lean ground beef 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 10 jalapenos, chopped 2 tbsp chili powder (or to taste) 1 tsp salt (or to taste)


In a medium-size bowl, mix cornstarch into the grated Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses so the cheese is coated (this will prevent the cheese from getting too stringy). Set aside


Bring water and salt to a boil. Add elbow macaroni and follow cooking time instructions on the package, minus about 2 minutes. Cook until al dente (cooked through, but still slightly firm). Drain pasta.


While macaroni is cooking, prepare the sauce: Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Slowly drizzle in milk, whisking constantly (to avoid clumping) until the sauce is smooth. Slowly add grated cheese, whisking constantly, until smooth. Stir in lemon juice. Add cooked, drained macaroni. Do not overmix.



Brown ground beef in a skillet. Add onion, garlic, jalapenos, chili powder and salt. Drain and add a generous scoop on top of macaroni. Serve immediately.

1. Garnish with sour cream, salsa and/or tortilla chips. 2. To elegantly arrange this dish as in our photo, plate the beef mixture first, then top with macaroni and cheese. Garnish with chives, sliced jalapenos, Jerusalem artichoke chips, pea shoots and a shaving of Grana Padano cheese.

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