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Family. Just the word conjures images of the people you love the most, those who are there for you through thick and thin. Whether your family includes two people or 50, this issue of Move magazine celebrates them all. Appreciating family has become even more poignant for Nicolle Megan of Pickering (page 6). Her daughter Sophia, 5, is a cancer survivor, and her family not only lives in gratitude for every day they have together but also raises money for a variety of causes, with the goal of helping as many people as possible. Our cover story about Joanne’s House shows how they also make a huge difference for families. It is the only youth shelter in Durham Region, and the staff there go above and beyond every day to help the youth who come through their doors. Be sure to get your ticket for Durham’s Royal Ascot, an exciting (and elegant) fundraiser for Joanne’s House on August 11 at Ajax Downs.


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And for families who love to garden but lack the space on their own property, Durham is full of community gardens where you can grow vegetables, learn the tricks of the trade, and collaborate with other people in your area (page 20). After all, a community is simply an extension of a family, and building beautiful, healthy community gardens can help to strengthen both. From our Move family to yours, have a wonderful summer.



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Family Means Growing Together Catholic Family Services Tween Talk Super Sophia

Pickering Farmers' Market Durham Basketball Star Wins Athlete of the Year Youth in Policing Grandpa's Parties It's a Family Affair

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Changing Lives: How Joanne's House Helps Youth Build a Bright Future 10 Joanne's House Success Stories 12

Teaching Kids to $ave 14 Side by Side Services 15

Let Food Be Your Medicine A Whole New Mindset for Hearing Care Healing from the Ground Up The Importance of the Family Meal

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Catholic Family Services By Elizabeth Pierce

Catholic Family Services is a counselling organization that has been operating in Durham Region since 1981. It was founded as a result of Father Canning’s (of St. Gertrude Parish) advocacy at the Archdiocese of Toronto to offer more support to Durham. The agency has always held its doors wide open to the entire community, not just to Catholics. It operates from a set of values and beliefs that hold the worth and dignity of all people in high esteem, and from a commitment to stand in solidarity with those experiencing difficulty and to support them on their healing journey. This has resulted in more than three decades of dedication to strengthening the emotional, relational and social well-being of individuals and families, regardless of their beliefs, through support, counselling and education.

By Zoe "I am performing in a play at summer camp. How can I not be nervous when I’m on stage in front of all those people?" – Alyssa Lots of people get stressed out when they go on stage and so do I. I have been doing musical theatre since I was five years old (I’m nine now), and I’m always nervous. Here are some things I do so I don’t get too nervous before I perform.

• Practise. You’ll be less nervous and more confident that you will not mess up. • Look after yourself. Get lots of sleep and eat lots and LOTS of healthy food. • Meditate backstage. Some people think it’s silly but it works! • I tell myself, “Yes I can.” Always be positive – if you are not thinking happy thoughts, you won’t be happy. • And most of all - have fun and smile. If you enjoy yourself, the audience will enjoy you!

Our therapists work with individuals, couples, families and groups that offer clinical therapy to assist with a wide variety of issues, ranging from abuse, trauma and family problems to couple conflict and mental health struggles such as anxiety and depression. The agency serves more than 2,000 people every year, over half of whom are adult and child victims of domestic violence. The agency works collaboratively with other community agencies in their response to the issue of domestic violence, and sees the significance of being part of a larger system that supports victims in a collaborative manner. While we do charge a fee for service, we never deny people service based on an inability to pay. We are available to everyone who needs counselling. Our tag line reads “We’re here for you” because we are. You don’t have to be Catholic. You don’t have to go to church. You just have to want to get some help for whatever issues are troubling you. As Mother Teresa once said, “There’s nothing more calming in difficult moments than knowing there’s someone fighting with you.” We will gladly come alongside you, fight with you and assist you.

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Super Sophia

By Karen Sheviak

After Nicolle Megan of Pickering read 10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn, she was inspired. Her family already had more than the usual challenges. Her daughter Sophia had been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) in June 2012, just before she turned two years old. Inspired by her daughter, Megan decided to write her own book to help children be mindful and appreciate every day. The result is I Am Magnolia, which is available on her Facebook page, The Super Sophia Project. Sales of the book raise funds for charity. She had already written a book when Sophia began kindergarten called Sophia and Her Friend the Raccoon to help Sophia’s classmates understand what she had been through. “I never thought I could write a book in my life,” says Megan. “This shows kids they can do it, too. If you have the passion for it, you can do it.” Megan says that since Sophia has been sick (and now cancer free for almost two years!), she and her family know how much every day is a blessing. “We celebrate every day,” says Megan. “We know that life is so precious. I want them to be grateful for everything they have. We’ll talk about things we love and we try to keep the positive in our home and I believe that is one of the factors that got her well.” And they not only celebrate every day within their family but also work hard to help other people as much as possible, in several different ways.

• They created Super Sophia scrubs, with ruffles for girls and cuffs for boys. “We made them fun because Sophia would go for procedures and we wanted her and other kids to wear something comfortable during the cancer treatments,” says Megan. So far, they have donated more than 400 pairs for boys and girls all across North America, and include a book with the package.

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Golden: Stay Gold is a phrase used to celebrate someone who is dealing with cancer. Two fathers with kids at Sophia’s school had cancer (one is a leukemia survivor and the other has an inoperable brain tumour), and Stay Golden is a way to spread a positive message to them. “They are absolutely phenomenal. These men are my heroes; they are everyday heroes,” she says.

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are fundraising for an orphanage in India. Remarkably, the orphanage staff noticed Sophia’s Facebook page and contacted the family, even celebrating Sophia’s birthdays. Megan hopes to raise money for them to build onto the orphanage and to supply educational materials.

In celebrating Sophia’s recovery, Megan’s goal is simply to help more people. “I want this to grow even more,” she says. “I want to have a wellness centre here. I know financially how difficult it is, and I want to be able to alleviate some of the costs for these families.” “Sophia is the face of hope,” says Megan. “Sophia did it so I can do it.”

For more information, visit The Super Sophia Project on Facebook. From Left: Sophia in her scrubs; Sophia and her Friend the Raccoon; Sophia with Brian Moyo and Brendon McDonnell, who are both cancer survivors.

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After five successful years at the Pickering Town Centre, the City of Pickering will be taking over the management reins of the Farmers’ Market, which will be pulling up its roots and moving to its new location…across the street. Starting on June 14th, and running every Tuesday until October 4th, the Pickering City Centre Farmers’ Market will be offering its fresh and vibrant array of delicious, local and high-quality goods at the City Centre – right by City Hall and the Central Library. The City of Pickering sees an exciting opportunity to refocus and enhance the event. Think upscale and urban infused with artists and artisanal. The City believes the Farmers’ Market will be essential to helping revitalize its downtown. “Farmers’ Markets are about more than just selling fruits and vegetables. They're about creating a vibrant community hub where families, friends and neighbours can gather, shop, and connect,” said Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan. “With our landmark pedestrian bridge, Durham College/Centennial College Joint Learning Site, and LEED-Gold Office tower, our City Centre is undergoing a dramatic transformation. I look forward to the reimagined Farmers’ Market injecting a new and unique vibrancy to this burgeoning area.” Mayor Ryan’s optimism is warranted. The City will introduce a few exciting changes that will please returning patrons and attract new shoppers.

“Farmers’ Markets are about more than just selling fruits and vegetables. They're about creating a vibrant community hub where families, friends, and neighbours can gather, shop, and connect” Arts and culture have always been an integral part of Pickering’s heritage. Naturally, they will become part of the new Farmers’ Market DNA. In addition to having an eclectic mix of artisans and craftspeople selling their unique and handmade items, organizers also want to provide a showcase for performers. Throughout the season, guests will be entertained by a dynamic and diverse mix of artists and homegrown talents. There will be a broad and diverse array of family-friendly vendors, performers, and attractions that will make the Farmers’ Market an exciting and preferred destination for young and old alike. Pickering’s goal is to foster community building in the City Centre and as such, has partnered with the TRCA, Home Depot and DeSerres to provide an even more interactive experience for attendees. One of the attractions, Wild Things Petting Farm, will bring an assortment of fuzzy, furry and friendly animals along to interact with the kids, which will give their parents an opportunity to shop around for the latest farm fresh and locally sourced offerings. Providing fun and engaging activities for the whole family is an essential part of the Farmers’ Market vision moving forward, and the City is ready to grow this weekly destination to its fullest potential – right in the heart of its downtown. nothing happens until you


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Durham Basketball Star Wins Athlete of the Year By Move Staff MVP. Scoring Champion. All-Star. The list of awards goes on and on for Lindsay Panchan, a Durham Lords basketball player at Durham College (DC). But even she was taken aback at the award she got earlier this spring. Panchan had the unique honour of becoming the first women’s basketball player in the program’s history to become a Canadian College Athletic Association All-Canadian two years in a row. Panchan is a second-year student at DC in the sport management program. This was a stellar year for her, in which she also was the OCAA scoring champion and broke Durham’s single game scoring record with 41 points. Her long-term goal is to play semi-pro basketball in Europe, and then to become an agent for Canadian women’s basketball players. There are agents in Canada now, but Panchan says that they are often not easily accessible. A lot of players go to the U.S., where the coaches have connections. “It’s all who you know, and it shouldn’t be like that,” she says. “A lot of female athletes here give up.” Given the success and determination Panchan has shown so far, it seems there is no chance of that happening to her.

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Youth in Policing

By Karen Sheviak

If your teenager is applying for a part-time job, what better reference to have than the Durham Regional Police Service. And there is a unique program for teens that may help them get that elusive recommendation. The DRPS Youth in Policing summer program has been running since 2006, and the after-school program has been around since 2012. “Youth in Policing is a leadership development program – it helps teens with communication skills, teamwork, and personal growth and development through activities such as CPR and first aid certification, public speaking and community involvement,” says Alex Marsico, the outgoing program coordinator. “And once you have graduated, you can go back into your community and be that leader in your peer group or in your school.”

The summer YIP program accepts 60 students 10 team leaders – there are usually 300 to 400 applicants, and last year there were more than 500 applications. The after school program usually gets about 350 applicants.

Every year, the participants raise funds for backpacks for kids who would not otherwise have school supplies. The kids fill the backpacks and write a letter to each recipient. Every year, more than 400 backpacks are distributed to kids who need them by Durham Children’s Aid Society and the Boys and Girls Club of Durham.

But an interest in a career in policing is not necessary to take part in the program. The only requirements are that students be 15 to 18, live in Durham and be returning to school in September.

One of the most popular parts of the program is the summer camp, in which the YIP students are paired with younger students for a four-day camp. The older students get to put their leadership skills into practice while they mentor the younger kids.

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“It’s a unique opportunity to get inside information on what it’s like to be a police officer,” says Marsico. Officers from different units, including marine, canine and tactical, share their experiences with the kids and talk about their jobs.

Students interested in applying to the after-school program can visit www.drps. ca, DRPS YIP on Facebook, @DRPS_YIP on Twitter and @DRPS_YIP on Instagram. Applications for the after-school program will be available this summer, and those for the summer program in 2017 will be available next winter.

The Henry family was large, with 10 sons and three daughters. Of those children, all but one lived close by. This meant that the family would get together on a regular basis. Growing up, the family would host peeling and husking bees, inviting friends and neighbours over to assist with this aspect of life on the farm. Thanks would be shown to all those who helped in the form of a dinner complete with corn bread, donuts and tea cakes. While they worked together they would chat and sing and make the most out of spending this time together.

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After each winter, Lakeview Park transforms itself and becomes alive with visitors enjoying the landscape in the spring and summer. The lakefront area has been a popular spot for family get-togethers since long before it became parkland. In the archives we have accounts of church gatherings at Guy House, where the visitors enjoyed playing games by the lake and having a wonderful dinner. As the years went on, little cottages and pavilions popped up along the shoreline and people would travel from Toronto to enjoy a day at the beach. Thomas Henry, owner of the Henry House that is part of the Oshawa Museum today, used to enjoy spending time with his family on the shores of the Lake.

Gatherings at the Henry home did not always involve hard work. According to his granddaughter, Thomas Henry was very fond of children, so much so that he would host a “Grandpa’s Party” every year for his grandchildren. Each year on May 14, Thomas would invite all of his grandchildren to join him for Grandpa’s Party. While his children were also invited to take part in the festivities, the grandchildren were the honoured guests. A long table would be set up, either inside the home or out in the garden, and the grandchildren would enjoy lunch with Grandpa Thomas sitting at the head of the table. These parties created lasting memories for the grandchildren and meant a great deal to Thomas himself.

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Changing Lives By Karen Sheviak

How Joanne’s House Helps Youth Build a Bright Future When asked what Joanne’s House (JH) does, Tammy Tully, child and youth worker, puts it simply: “Whatever a youth needs, we make sure we get it for them.” That starts off with one of their 13 beds for youth aged 16 to 24 who often have nowhere else to go. They may have been kicked out of their homes, have addiction or other mental health issues, or be seeking a safe, supportive place to stay. When they arrive at JH, they get hygiene supplies and clean clothes. Youth can stay up to 30 days, and they get all their meals and and are encouraged to attend school, whether that is in the community or at the in-house Grove School program. This program is run in conjunction with Durham District School Board, which supplies a teacher who is at the shelter daily to work one on one with the youth. The youth also get help with anything else they require, such as healthcare, social assistance or résumé writing. JH, operated by Durham Youth Housing and Support Services, is the only shelter for youth in Durham Region. JH is open 24 hours a day every day of the year and is staffed by dedicated, compassionate and empathetic Youth Advocates. One of the many difficulties they experience is sometimes having to turn away a youth because there are no beds available, but that 10 |

is the reality of being a small charity serving such a large population. In the meantime, those staying at JH for that month must follow rules and guidelines that help them with routines and structure, which are the keys to sustainable life changes. Once they leave JH, the Youth Advocates work hard to ensure that the youth still get what they need. They connect them with other agencies and continue their case management at JH if they are in the school program. “They need to know that they will always have someone in their lives that can guide and support them, and if they go into crisis, there will be someone there to help them,” says Tully. “I can't see sending them off and not having support in place to help them." “I tell them, ‘Just because you’re not here anymore, it doesn’t mean that you’re gone. It doesn’t mean that we don’t care. That door is always open. I don’t care if you’re too old for the school program or the shelter, you can always come back in and check in with any of our Youth Advocates.’ And they do.”

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Jacky’s Place, which will be open in June 2016, will fill a gap in housing needs for at risk homeless youth in Durham Region. While Joanne’s House offers short-term emergency housing for youth, Jacky’s Place will offer longer-term housing for five youth. Our Transitional housing program is an intermediate step between emergency crisis shelter and permanent housing. It is more long-term, service-intensive and private than emergency shelters. It is meant to provide a safe, supportive environment where residents can overcome trauma, begin to address the issues that led to homelessness or kept them homeless, and begin to rebuild their support network. Jacky's Place will engage and support at-risk homeless youth (aged 16-24) each night in distinct ways, designed to help youth transition out of homelessness and on to independent living. Our staff will work with each homeless youth to develop a personalized action plan. This plan is designed to empower each young person to achieve both short and long-term personal and career goals. This intake, assessment and screening process considers the whole person: mental, physical and aspirational.

Evidence gathered from our clients at our emergency shelter has shown that both those clients experiencing homelessness for the first time and those who have been chronically or episodically homeless have not developed the appropriate life skills to live independently. The skills gap ranges from client to client and may be anything from higherlevel functions such as budgeting and banking to lower-level functions such as personal hygiene. Clients who have reaccessed the shelter or other community resources such as crisis beds have identified that these gaps, in many cases, have been the direct cause of their eviction after leaving the Shelter. This gap in available services is what motivated us to create a place where youth can transition to independent living in a supportive fashion, one that allows for long-term success and permanent housing after the program.

How You Can Help Donate to Joanne's House online at: Or you can mail a cheque to: Joanne's House 82 Kings Crescent Ajax, ON L1S 2M6 Charitable tax receipt will be issued.

Durham’s Royal Ascot Join us on August 11, 2016 at Ajax Downs for Durham’s Royal Ascot, an exclusive event in support of Joanne’s House. In the spirit of the tradition and elegance of the Royal Ascot in Great Britain, this event will include an exquisite menu, signature cocktails, fashion guidelines and, of course, exciting twilight horse racing. Durham’s Royal Ascot will feature:

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Joanne's House Success Stories There is no better way to illustrate the work that Joanne’s House does than through the words of those who have been there. Here are the stories from Nakitha and Amy, who recovered from their challenges with the help of Joanne’s House and are now helping other youth turn their lives around – just as they did. Nakitha


“I came to Joanne’s House after a rough childhood in which my family moved around a lot, and I had a lot of conflict with my mother as a teenager. I got kicked out when I was 16 after a heated argument with my mother.

“My parents divorced when I was very young and life went downhill. Mom was single and worked all the time, partied a lot and started bringing home a lot of men. It was just me and my siblings to fend for each other.

Joanne's House helped me realize that I wasn't alone in the obstacles I was facing. When you’re 16 or younger, you believe that no one understands what you're going through, but the staff at Joanne's House did. They didn't minimize my feelings about what I was facing. They never stopped pushing me to reach my full potential that I neglected to realize was there.

I moved to Barrie at 16 to live with my godparents. They kicked me out three days before my birthday. They took all of my stuff so I had nothing, and they said a lot of horrible things to me. They didn’t like my boyfriend. He had raped me and beat me and locked me into his house. It took me a couple of times before I went to the hospital.

Since leaving Joanne's House, I worked toward finishing off my Grade 12, enrolled in college for a Child and Youth Worker with Addictions Support diploma and graduated last November. I work part-time at a supermarket while I'm applying for jobs in the field. I plan on going back to school for my Bachelor's of Social Work.

Then I lived with my sister and after that a friend. Her dad was the one who brought me to Joanne’s House, but he didn’t tell me where I was going, and I had no idea what was going on. I was totally scared. That’s when I met Tammy.

If I had the chance to talk with teens who were in the same or similar situation I was in a few years ago, I would tell them to take the help when it's offered. Accepting help doesn't mean that you're weak or incapable; it just means that you can't do it on your own. And that's OK. No one will be able to give you assistance or understand what you're going through unless you give them a chance. I understand that it's hard to trust "outsiders," but that unfamiliar person may be the person who gives you hope again, or the person who reassures you that you will make it out the other side. You won't know unless you give that person the chance. More importantly, you won't know unless you give yourself the chance to heal and free yourself from all the weight that was dropped on your shoulders.”

Tammy took me under her wing – helping me get community service hours for high school, everything. She helps so many people and I wanted to do that, too. She is there and is a good resource and is very supportive. She sets up meetings for things like welfare, medical care and SIN number. But you really have to do it yourself to learn to be independent. She helped me learn adult stuff I needed to know. I am a child youth worker now. I work in the school board in a Grade 3 classroom and I find it really rewarding. I wish I had someone to help me when I was that age. I didn’t have Tammy that whole time. When I was young, I had nobody. I worked with older kids as well – they have big, big problems and their issues are so much bigger. But with young kids, their problems are big, too. One child was just taken out of his home and he comes to school dirty every day without having had breakfast. I helped introduce a breakfast program in our school. And I started a giving cupboard, where people donate food and other goods, and parents who need it can grocery shop from the cupboard. Education was the biggest thing for me, and getting my education helped me become the person that I am today.”

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It’s A Family Affair

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Family is at the core of everything we do. Every decision we make, every action we take, always comes down to our families. We want the best for them — the best schools, the best activities, the best homes, the best environment…and the list goes on. Durham Region provides all of that and more. The great thing is that everything is available at a more affordable price point than the big city. In fact, Oshawa, Whitby and Clarington have recently been declared as offering the best deals in real estate by MoneySense Magazine. Plus, the area has an annual home appreciation rate that averages 7.3 percent over five years. Oshawa Mayor John Henry was quoted as calling the city “one of the best places to live and invest. Residents and investors enjoy an exceptional quality of life, with top-notch post-secondary options, job opportunities in growth sectors and a wide variety of leisure and recreational opportunities. All of these assets are underscored by an integrated transit network that includes highways 401 and 407, Durham Transit, GO Transit, VIA Rail, airport and harbour. We have it all.”

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There is no need to leave Durham Region for a family outing, whether it’s shopping at one of the many malls or fabulous boutiques or getting some fresh air on the shores of Lake Ontario or Lake Scugog. The spectacular trail system can keep your family exploring endlessly. If you’re looking for theatre, there are several venues right here in Durham. We even have our own film festival, and shows and parades throughout the year appeal to both young and old. There really is no better place to raise a family.

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Teaching Kids to $ave In today’s world of instant gratification, it can be hard to teach children the value of saving money. But passing these lessons on to your children is one of the most important things you can do. Learning to save money can give children a habit that will stay with them for their entire lives, and vastly improve their financial well-being. Here are some tips from Thomas Dimson, CEO of Equity Credit Union in Ajax, to help you get your child on the road to saving money. Set short-term and long-term goals. Your child can save money for a variety of things, such as an iPod, a computer, spending money for a trip to Disney World and for their university education. You can help your child achieve those goals by breaking them down so she knows how long she’ll have to save for, and how much to put away each week. Reward your child. If he saves a certain amount each month, add a percentage to that to introduce the idea of interest. Open a savings account. Depositing money into a savings account and watching it grow can be a great motivation for kids. And if the money isn’t in their piggy bank at home, they can’t spend it on something frivolous. Let your child make mistakes. Lessons are best learned from experience. If your child spends too much money and then can’t get the item he tried to save for, don’t rescue him. If he has to face the consequences of his choices, he will be more likely to make different choices next time.

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Dear Tina, I had a criminal trespass charge from 1989, when I was 19 years old. When I went to court I plead guilty and received a $100 fine or 10 days in jail. I paid the fine right away and never thought about this again. Now I’m 46 and have just been laid off from my employment of 16 years. I’ve applied at several companies in which I’m highly qualified and never heard back. When I called to inquire I was told my police check was positive and I wouldn’t need to apply again. I was told from a Tim Horton’s manager not to put in an application because they can’t hire me due to my past convictions. This is ridiculous; I never knew this could follow me or affect my life today. How can I get this off my record? – Kim Dear Kim, Criminal charges will not go away in time as many people believe; they will remain on your record until you apply for a Pardon/Record Suspension and have it approved. 90% of employers will request a background check, and when they see that it is positive, they move onto the next application. What you need to do is apply for a Pardon/Record Suspension to remove it permanently from your record. This will allow you to get a negative result on your background check and get employment. Our company can complete this service for you. We also help you get employment before the process is complete. – Tina Dear Tina, My brother-in-law was refused entry at the U.S. border because he forgot to mention one of his three charges. None of his charges were of Moral Turpitude and all were over 17 years ago. Is there a way to fight this Waiver stuff? – Dino Dear Dino, Even though your brother’s charges were not of Moral Turpitude, the border patrol has the right to refuse access to anyone they want for any reason. Once someone is red-flagged, it is almost never removed, and that person can only gain access into the U.S. by completing and submitting a U.S. Waiver application. Border patrol will refuse Canadian citizens who are not truthful in regards to past criminal events, or under the influence of drugs/alcohol or disrespectful in any way. It’s their country and they protect it as they see fit. You can also be refused access if you are with someone who has criminal charges or who is not behaving appropriately. You can be refused access if you are found to be in possession of unclaimed items as well. Your brotherin-law will require a U.S. Waiver every time he wants to travel into the U.S. He will not be allowed in, over or on the waterways and faces criminal charges if he is caught without a waiver. We offer this service and have been very successful in obtaining five-year Waivers for our clients. Please have your brother call our office to start the process because it could take up to eight months to receive a Waiver Acceptance letter. – Tina Dear Tina, Why does it cost $3,000 for a U.S. Waiver? – Unknown Dear Unknown, Even if you have 15 to 20 charges or convictions, your U.S. Waiver processing fee should never exceed $1,200. Most of our applications are done for under $1,200, and that includes the U.S. fee of $585. It is always smart to shop around, not just for the best price but also to find a company that offers a free appeal services. This insures that your application is done right and you get the longest possible Waiver. Offering a free appeal means we won’t fail you the first time, and at Freedom Canada we pride ourselves on success. – Tina

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Side by Side Services By Karen Sheviak

When parents get a divorce, there is often a lot of animosity and bitterness, and that can make things even more difficult for children. Debbie Miles-Senior noticed problems with how children were treated in these scenarios, and the impact that it had on children and their relationships with the parent, so she decided to make a difference.

She says that she understands why parents may need to have their visits supervised, but she created Side by Side Services to make that process better, which in turn can make the outcome better. “We do things differently and focus on the child. We try not to judge the parent,” says Miles-Senior.

Side by Side Services has been open for nearly 18 months. The company helps families maintain relationships through divorce and separation by helping parents with supervised visits, whether on site, in the home or in the community. They also offer parenting coaching when parents are struggling with their relationship with their children, which can happen if a parent hasn’t seen a child for a long time, and help with exchanges if the divorce is high conflict or if a parent is facing criminal charges.

In all situations, the goal of Side by Side Services is to improve the relationship between the child and the parents. “We work with parents from beginning to end, says Miles-Senior. “We do things differently, we make it comfortable. I understand the frustration, but at the end parents always have to make sure that they are focusing on their child.”

Miles-Senior says her inspiration for starting Side by Side Services came from years of working with parents and kids in many situations, including with the Children’s Aid Society. “When overseeing families and children, I noticed that the process was very superficial and seemed more like a judge and jury than people trying to help the family,” she says. “I thought, ‘This is not right. This should not be like this.’”

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Let Food Be Your Medicine By Karen Sheviak

For people with arthritis, finding relief from the symptoms and pain can be a long, difficult journey. While medications can help, many people don’t consider the positive effects that can come from dietary changes. For Cristina Montoya, a dietitian who focuses on arthritis in her practice, there is a personal reason for her dedication to helping those with the disease. “I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, along with digestive issues, so I thought I would try changing my diet to improve my pain and fatigue.” She started with a low FODMAP diet, which involves reducing her intake of foods that can be difficult to digest, such as dairy, wheat, apples and onions, among others. She then based her diet on a plant-based Mediterranean diet, which calls for plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains (mostly gluten-free) and nuts and seeds. “My overall pain decreased,” says Montoya. “I still take drugs to help my conditions, but changing my diet has been a powerful complementary therapy.”

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Montoya brings these principles to her practice, where she offers a 12-week personalized program that includes a comprehensive assessment, diet preferences, biweekly meetings and email support. She doesn’t want to push clients, but instead makes the program fit their lives so it is easier for them to be successful.

Contact Cristina at: or 647-688-9532 for a complimentary 15-minute strategy session

For more information, visit or email info@ Montoya offers consultations for issues including weight loss, type 2 diabetes, digestive problems and food sensitivites, as well as services in Spanish, corporate speaking engagements, and advice about arthritis-friendly products.

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Nu-Life Hearing Centre

A Whole New Mindset for Hearing Care and Cognitive Decline B r a i n h e a r i n g t e c h n o l o g y is revolutionizing the way people make sense of sound. That’s why Nu-Life Hearing Centre is so enthusiastic about being at the forefront to introduce it to our clients. Nu-Life Hearing Centre is dedicated to bringing the medical aspect back into our audiology industry by focusing on our unique and structured rehabilitation program, including hearing instrument prescription, verification, brain fitness and client-centred care. Numerous studies have found a strong correlation between hearing loss and risk of cognitive decline. According to Dr. Frank Lin and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins University, there is also a link between the severity of hearing loss and the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A related study completed by the same team found that older adults with hearing loss were far more likely to experience problems with thinking and memory than individuals with normal hearing. This indicated that "hearing loss should not be considered an inconsequential part of aging. It may come with some long-term consequences to healthy brain functioning.” Therefore, unaddressed hearing loss not only affects the listener’s ability to “hear” the sound accurately but also a person’s cognitive function. Even more specifically, it interferes with the listener’s ability to accurately process the auditory information and make sense of it.

direct effect of cognitive decline. We simply don’t engage and stimulate our brain as we did without a hearing loss. Let’s use language as an example. I was fluent in French growing up because I attended French immersion from age four until age 13. I spoke in French at school, with my siblings and even with my friends. After the age of 13, I did not continue speaking French because I was no longer in French immersion. Now, after 20 years of not engaging in French conversation, it is extremely difficult for me to understand and speak the language. This is very similar to the effects of having a hearing loss. After a long period of time without auditory stimulation, our ability to hear and understand speech is compromised. The temporal lobe within our brain that is involved in auditory perception eventually rewires itself to focus on other motor skills (such as vision). Because we then no longer use this part of the brain as it once was used for auditory perception, there can be gray matter atrophy in the auditory areas of the brain. WHAT IS BRAIN HEARING?


Most people think of hearing as something that just happens in your ears. What people don’t think about is what happens between their ears, in the hearing centre of their brain. That’s where sound becomes information that the brain interprets, and there are different ways this information can get misunderstood and affect hearing.

With a hearing loss, a person may lack the auditory stimulation necessary to help understand conversation, recall auditory memories and process speech. Therefore, after years of unaddressed hearing loss, we can hypothesize that this may be a

It’s important that hearing care supports the brain as well as the ears. Brain hearing preserves important details in speech so your brain doesn’t have to fill in the gaps, and it reduces the effort in listening to conversations.

Brain hearing also enables your hearing instruments to work together as a system to help locate sound and focus on what is important, helping your brain interpret sound with the clearest, purest signal. LEARNING TO HEAR AGAIN (rehabilitation) When an unaddressed hearing loss is delayed without amplification of a hearing aid, it becomes increasingly difficult, even with a hearing aid, to be able to transform the incoming sound signals into understandable information. This means that the brain no longer recognizes ordinary everyday sounds and noises and must learn to hear them all over again. Nu-Life Hearing Centre is excited to announce that, together with neurologists and other physicians, we have created our own rehabilitation program that will be put into trial very soon. We theorize that our innovative and proprietary rehabilitation program, which we call Brain Fitness, will encompass a unique strategy to help improve the ability to perceive amplified speech. We believe that our rehabilitation plan will also engage cognitive processes through active auditory listening exercises as well as sharpen the auditory cortex to help people think faster, focus better and remember more. For more information, contact Nu-Life Hearing Centre today at 905-697-3838.

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Healing from the Ground Up By Dr. Adrian Robichaud, BSc, DC

As I drove to work this morning, I couldn't help but notice the almostflat tire on the car in front of me, and I thought about how that must be causing the car's tires to wear out faster than normal and how that low tire will have adverse effects on the handling of the car. We can all relate to how important proper tire alignment and proper inflation of our tires is to our car's longevity. Sadly, many people don't know how poor foot alignment and stability can have a dramatically negative impact on how efficiently our bodies move and how quickly our bodies show signs of aging. Poor foot alignment and insufficient support may cause plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, ankle sprains, knee pain, hip pain, poor posture, spinal dysfunction and lower back pain. Fortunately, poor foot alignment and support can be remedied for most of us by wearing foot supports (orthotics) in our shoes. For many of us, these supports will need to be custom fitted since our feet are all unique and very few people have two feet that require exactly the same support.

The Importance of the Family Meal By Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf Families who eat together, eat better! Sitting down at a table together at least once a day can have far reaching and lifelong benefits. Research suggests that families who eat together have better physical and mental health. And remember that you don't have to just have dinner together; a family meal benefits everyone at any time of day.

Custom orthotics are shoe inserts designed to provide you with the precise support your body needs to help balance your posture and optimize walking, running and sport body mechanics. The creation process includes a thorough history and examination, posture and gait analysis, bone position measurements and molds of your feet. Taking the proper steps (no pun intended) to improve your feet now can help prevent problems in the future.

Dr. Adrian Robichaud, chiropractor, has been serving Durham Region since 1999. He welcomes your queries and is accepting new patients for chiropractic and orthotics. He practises at Robichaud Chiropractic & Orthotics, 179 King Street East in Oshawa and can be reached at 905-571-0821 or info@

Why Family Meals Matter 1) Connecting: Eating together provides structure that helps both children and adults develop healthy eating patterns, resulting in regular mealtimes and less solitary munching in front of a screen. Research shows that teens who have frequent family meals are more likely to be emotionally content, work hard at school and have positive peer relationships. 2) Increased food variety: Family meals are a good way to try new foods. If you are enthusiastic about trying new foods, your children will be, too. Get into the habit of trying one new food or recipe each week, and include all family members in choosing new foods. Often, the foods served at home become lifelong favorites. 3) Better health, better mood: Research has shown that family meals are associated with improved intakes of fruits, vegetables, grains, and many vitamins and minerals. Family meals are associated with a lower intake of soft drinks and snack foods. Girls who eat more frequent family meals exhibit less disordered eating, including dieting. Family meals may also help prevent children from becoming overweight; children who feel secure that they will be fed regular meals graze less and come to the table hungry but not “starving.” 4) Saves money and time: It’s far less expensive to cook up big family batches for evening meals than it is to buy individual ready meals or eat out. Planning for leftovers that you can freeze for a later date can also help to save time and money. Plan to “cook once and eat two to three times!” Although our lives are busier than ever, scheduling time for family meals pays dividends. Family meals are about much more than food.

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Asparagus Salad

with Creamy Lemon and Parsley Dressing By Ernst Bucheler, Sous Chef at the Ajax Convention Centre

This salad, featuring fresh, local ingredients, is crisp, refreshing and perfect for an al fresco lunch. Serve it with grilled salmon for a light main course. Serves: 4 Prep. Time: 20 to 30 minutes • 500 g fresh Ontario asparagus • Mixed greens of your choice • Tomato wedges Dressing: • Zest and juice of 1 lemon • 3 tbsp mayonnaise • 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped • 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley • Salt and pepper to taste

Wash asparagus well in cold water. Remove bottom quarter of stem and discard. Cut remainder into 2-inch pieces. Boil in water for 2 to 3 minutes, then chill quickly in cold water. Drain and set aside. Dressing: In small bowl, mix together lemon zest and juice, mayonnaise, chopped egg, parsley and salt and pepper. Arrange greens on plate and add asparagus. Drizzle dressing over top and garnish with tomato wedges. TIP: Top with crisped prosciutto to add a salty kick.

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By Rob Caldwell

15 years ago there were barely two community gardens in all of Durham Region. Thanks to growing worldwide interest in gardening and in food sustainability, and not least of all to Durham Integrated Growers for a Sustainable Community (D.I.G.), there are now more than 25 from Cannington to Oshawa – and more gardens are sprouting up each year. D.I.G. is an urban agriculture organization that helps citizens start community gardens and food-related projects, providing advice and resources. Community gardens are, as their name implies, often located in or near neighbourhoods, and they foster a sense of cooperation, give people from all walks of life the ability to grow their own food, and proffer physical activity. Though community gardens work well for those with limited yard space or in apartments, they’re usually open to all. And, as Mary Drummond, the president of D.I.G. says, “It doesn’t matter if you make $100,000 a year or $20,000. Gardens treat us all the same. If it’s going to freeze, it freezes everyone’s plants.” Drummond was a Presbyterian parish nurse who became involved in urban agriculture projects when she and the Health and Healing team decided to start a garden for her clients, many of whom had physical and/or mental health issues, few social or spiritual connections, or stress problems. She realized that “communal gardens and gardening together deals with all those issues in one space.” She contacted Durham Lives, and an organizational meeting resulted in the creation of the Durham Region Community Garden Network, which became D.I.G. in 2009 and incorporated in 2013. D.I.G. pursues its vision of collaboration with garden projects through mentoring, sharing resources and facilitating cooperation among gardens. They also help municipalities and gardens form partnerships and come up with guidelines to ensure the gardens are sustainable. One thing D.I.G. does not do is start new gardens itself. “Gardens are initiated by the interest of the citizens,” says

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Drummond. “Because if there’s no spoken interest from the community, then there’s not going to be support for it. But when there’s interest, we’re there.” “Durham is very citizen-driven in regards to urban agriculture, and I think in the long run that’s the most sustainable way to go,” adds Drummond. “When it’s initiated from the top down, and the citizens aren’t involved, they don’t have as much buy in. When they have ownership of the project, from D.I.G.’s point of view, that’s more sustainable over the long term.” D.I.G.’s approach is multi-faceted, offering seminars and workshops, talking to the garden associations one on one, helping them work on their vision and mission as well as advising on technical matters such as how big to make the garden beds, water issues and managing volunteers. An especially popular activity is Table Talks, often held at The Table restaurant in Oshawa [see ”Come to the Table”] and the Nourish Community Hub in Cannington. Past Table Talks have featured guest speakers on pollinators and food system issues. Community gardens in Durham give back to the community by donating a portion of their produce to local people in need through food banks and food kitchens. The urban farm Drummond helped start – the Whitby Ajax Garden Project – donates up to 10,000 pounds of fresh produce per year. A vibrant, healthy and engaged populace seems to flourish around community gardens, and Durham Region has become a shining example for others to follow. Drummond is proud of what D.I.G. is accomplishing and says “Some gardens we’ve helped start are 100 plots and some only four or five, but they’re all equally as important to the community.” A fun event for gardeners and non-gardeners alike is the annual tour of member gardens, held each summer and open to the public. Watch D.I.G.’s website at http://www. for this year’s date.

COME TO THE TABLE The Table restaurant in Oshawa is committed to a healthy community by using as many local and seasonal ingredients as possible. Sustainability is important to owner Carol Vandersanden, and with that in mind, she has also started a project called We Grow Food. Since 2013, she has helped establish a collective of vegetable gardens in the Oshawa area, some private and some public. On its own and sometimes in cooperation with D.I.G., We Grow Food has constructed and maintains more than 30 gardens, each a lively, bright spot in the city. For more information, visit and


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