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Spring 2015





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Editor’s Letter The renewed sense of energy I get in spring makes me want to do two things: get outside and get organized. In Durham Region, we don’t have to travel far to enjoy some spectacular green spaces. I plan to start with Glen Major Forest and Walker Woods (see our story on page 38). With a wide range of trails plus unique geological features, the forest has great scenery to enjoy while you get some much needed exercise after a winter of cocooning! And if gardening is your thing, our story (page 10) offers some unique ideas for any type of garden that piques your interest. If your front hall looks anything like mine, you’ll want to read Goodbye Clutter, Hello Organization (page 12) for great ideas on ensuring this area of your home gets – and stays – organized. 2

Our story on Thistledown Pet Memorial (page 4) was close to my heart. My family lost both our dogs this winter (Bogie, our chocolate lab, was 13 and Jeb, our black lab, was 11) so I know the grief that comes with losing a pet, and the comfort a company like this can provide. While you’re out and about this spring, be sure to visit a business you haven’t been to before. The award-winning Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge is one of the few independent books stores left in Canada (page 26). And our cover story, The Best of Business (page 22), features several of the best businesses and entrepreneurs in Durham Region. If you haven’t checked them out or purchased their products, be sure you do. You won’t be disappointed – and you can get more information about them on our website at Happy Spring!


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Creating Great Connection Through Separation


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Field of Dreams


Kids Clinic


Best New Reads This Spring


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hen I enter the main office of or at home, we invite them to bring their them out of the shells because the children Thistledown Pet Memorial, I other pets,” says Murphy. wanted the coloured shells back,” says am welcomed by the canine Nancy. The largest pet was a 235-pound ambassadors, Sam and Gideon. Once In 2006, they added a small crematorium English Bull Mastiff. They have cremated they have finished their sniffing and tail- to the Thistledown property, allowing the dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, ferrets, lizards, wagging, I am greeted by owners Nancy Grahams to offer full services. “We really snakes and chinchillas. “They all know and Colin Graham and Raven Murphy, a needed to take the client through every how to get into our hearts,” says Colin. client turned consultant. “Often when a pet passes in In 1996, the Grahams lost a young family particularly, Beau, their eight-yearit’s the children’s first old Great Pyrenees, to exposure to death, and bone cancer. “We walked how that is handled can out of the clinic leaving have an impact on them him there and it just for the rest of their lives. didn’t feel right. I felt like And this is something that I abandoned him, I felt we really try to help the like I didn’t honour him, thistledown pet memorial parents with,” says Colin. I felt like … there was a lot missing,” says Nancy. Thistledown is also home by Dawn Riddoch “Our mind was more to the ashes of two very focused on just losing special patrons, Toronto him and not on what Police Service Mounted are we going to do with Unit horses Brigadier and his remains,” says Colin. Royal Sun. The Grahams Like many pet owners hosted a private service they were not prepared for Royal Sun’s funeral in for the loss, the grief or 2012. “We are dedicating the final arrangements. the whole quadrant there to service animals,” says Beau’s loss would send Nancy, pointing to the the Grahams on a indoor niche-wall. two year fact-finding

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mission in Canada and the United States to see if there was something out there for bereaved pet owners. “There was nothing for the physical loss, the dignity of the pet’s body, but also for the grieving,” says Nancy. This knowledge led to the creation of Thistledown Pet Memorial in 1998. “It’s a place to honour our pets when they pass. It’s a place to help people prepare for and cope with the loss of a beloved pet. It’s a place where the actual pet owners can be honoured as well,” says Nancy. The Grahams also learned that their other pets grieved Beau’s loss, too. Their other dog, Rebel, was present when Beau was euthanized and it seemed as if a part of Rebel died along with Beau. But their cat, Phoebe, wasn’t there and she spent the next six months looking for Beau. “When people euthanize their pets either here 4

Learning about the different cultures, religions and beliefs has been a big part of helping their clients. Everyone is different, and Thistledown does what it can to accommodate all types of services. Nancy says, “It’s a case of looking after both the family and the pet and treating both with dignity and respect.” step of the process, from pre-planning and finding out about services right to the end. And we knew that if we had our own crematorium, this would allow the clients to be as involved as they wanted,” says Nancy. Thistledown offers a variety of options for people once their pets pass away. “Most people take the ashes home, some people like to scatter them, but we’ve got indoor walls, outdoor walls, woodland burials and a formal urn burial,” says Colin. They cremate pets of all sizes. The smallest was three hermit crabs. “We took

The Graham’s book, "Life, Loss and Celebration: How to Honour the Pets we Love", will be available this fall.

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Creating Great Connection

Through Separation

by Shasta Townsend excerpted from happy! sexy! shameless: what our mothers didn’t know about the birds and the bees

People often ask me how to keep that desire burning in their marriage or relationship. Many relationships have become a partnership of responsibility or a great friendship but the physical attraction and intimacy is gone. Why is it we lose that lusty feeling? And how do we keep desire for our partner alive? There are many complex aspects of an intimate relationship, but part of the answer to this mystery is actually quite surprising and is contrary to much of what we have been told about intimate connection. The answer is that separation is good for desire!

Thanks to the cultural mythology about love and relationships, we often believe the “you complete me” nonsense, which suggests that separation, individualism and even differences are bad and an indication that we must not be in love. We therefore tend to smother our relationships with sameness, always We need common goals, togetherness and the belief that if we don’t interests and ideas, but we like all the same things, there is a problem.

also need space to create longing and attraction.

I don’t mean legal separation; I mean the kind of separation in which a couple doesn’t wear matching holiday sweaters and do absolutely everything together. It is actually good for connection and attraction when we retain a semblance of our own identity, interests and space. Many of us believe the opposite, even if it’s at an unconscious level. For example, when I took a vacation without my husband last year many people asked me if everything was OK? Or even better, I received comments from some that they were surprised that he was letting me go without him. The truth is my husband, Ian, and I have different interests and we honour that in each other. I love yoga and he loves fishing. That’s OK. We don’t have a perfect marriage, but we recognize each other as separate, interesting and alive people. After 10 years of marriage and 14 years of intimacy, we are still going strong in part because we allow some space in our relationship Spring 2015

and respect each other’s individuality.

Of course, we need to make time to connect, and ensure we are actually present to each other when we are together (put down the iPhone, please). We need common goals, interests and ideas, but we also need space to create longing and attraction. We must remember what it was about this person that drew us in in the first place and allow that to continue to shine. Just like a fire needs a little air to roar, your relationship may need it, too. –––––––––––––––––– Shasta Townsend shares her passion for living well as a featured columnist at Elephant Journal, The Good Men Project, Rebelle Society and Vivid Life. Shasta leads retreats, workshops and talks around the world. She lives in Whitby with her husband, cat and creative impulse. Her debut book, Happy, Sexy, Shameless: What Our Mothers Didn’t Know About the Birds and the Bees became an international bestseller and is available through connect with shasta at, on facebook or on twitter @shastaherself 5

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Field of Dreams I recently saw a picture of Steve Apostolopoulos, President of Pickering Developments, standing at the edge of a cornfield that is to be the site of Durham Live! I instantly flashed to the blockbuster movie Field of Dreams, and James Earl Jones’ famous line, “If you build it, they will come.” echoed through my mind. The only difference is that when Apostolopoulos steps out of this cornfield he won’t be standing on a baseball field; he’ll be standing in the middle of Durham Region’s 240-acre Entertainment District. Durham Live! will be the home of a landmark office tower, convention centre, waterpark and waterpark hotel, five-star hotel and casino, amphitheatre, fitness centre and spa, outdoor recreation trails, cinema entertainment complex and much, much more. “Durham Region has nothing like this and whether it’s the theatre, the performing arts centre, the trampoline park or the indoor skydiving, these types of family fun amusements really upgrade the livability of a city,” says Apostolopoulos. “There is Niagara Falls, and there is Toronto and then there will be Durham Live!,” says Mayor Dave Ryan. “We’ve done everything at this point that can be done,” says Ryan. All required zoning is in place by the municipality to accommodate all of the potential uses of Durham Live! The residents of Pickering approved the casino with 60 per cent in favour on the referendum held in the fall of 2014. “This is something the municipality and the residents of the municipality have endorsed very strongly,” says Ryan. “We’re excited to be in the community and we’re excited to roll up our sleeves and get working,” says Apostolopoulos.


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Conservative estimates predict that more than 7,500 jobs will be created by Durham Live! “It has already created quite a bit of employment,” says Apostolopoulos. Local professional lawyers, accountants and engineers are already hard at work. “As we start moving dirt around, there will be construction jobs available,” says Apostolopoulos. Durham Live! will be a major employer of hospitality and tourism jobs once it is complete. Construction will happen in stages to allow for infrastructure improvements. “It’s not as if we’re going to dump a whole bunch of traffic into the municipality, the region and say, ‘Well, we’ll figure it out,’” says Ryan. As for the construction site itself, there are no plans to close any public roads. “All the machines and cars will be parking on the site,” says Apostolopoulos. Even though they’re still in the early stages, Pickering Developments is optimistic that the first shovel will hit the ground soon. “I’d love to break ground in late 2015 or early 2016,” says Apostolopoulos. “I would personally like to see the office building come forward as soon as possible because I think that would be a terrific anchor on the site,” says Ryan. Pickering Developments will be locating their head office at the Durham Live! site and will be the first tenants. “It’s exciting to be in a brand new LEED-certified (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) facility that we will be building. And with the beautiful skyline that exists in Pickering, we’ll have a great view,” says Apostolopoulos. “We’ll be right on the goal line.”

3 a.m. Epiphany The New Uxbridge/Scugog Animal Shelter by Dawn Riddoch

I sit across the table from Ginger Jackson as she nurses a coffee while we chat. Her eyes twinkle with playfulness, but I can tell that she knows how to get things done. She’s a real peopleperson and as it happens, she’s a real animal-person, too. In 2010, Jackson visited the Uxbridge/ Scugog Animal Shelter to give them a donation. While she was there, she took a look around and couldn’t believe the state of things. The shelter was overcrowded and outdated. Jackson woke up that night at 3 a.m. with the thought that she wanted to build a new animal shelter. She contacted her friend Art Mathews, who was the owner of Pet Valu in Uxbridge and told him of her plan. “Do you think I’m nuts?” asked Jackson. Assured by Mathews that she wasn’t crazy, Jackson approached Vicky McWhirter, the shelter manager, and she loved the idea.

The new Uxbridge/Scugog Animal Shelter building fund has a vibrant board. They now have more than 100 enthusiastic volunteers who put together their signature fundraising events: the annual In the Ruff Golf Tournament, Gimme Shelter Gala, the Mutt Strut Walk-a-Thon, and thirdFIND A FRIEND IN OUR SHELTER party events such as Petissimo, a concert event with a variety of musical genres. “And it’s great to see an If you would like a pet, consider adopting increasing number of kids requesting a rescued animal from a shelter. Millions of money instead of traditional birthday dogs and cats need forever homes. Come see us if you want a new furry friend for life! gifts, which they then donate to the new shelter,” says Jackson. To date, the building fund sits at just over $800,000, only $200,000 away from their $1.2 million goal. “Plus, both townships set aside $240,000 for when we start building,” says Jackson. Breaking ground for the new shelter by early next year is a real possibility. beagle found

Beagle (about 2-year old male) found near Lakeridge Ski Resort, help us find his owner!

In 2011, Jackson and Mathews presented the plan for a new animal shelter to the councils in Uxbridge and in Scugog. “We told them we were just a fundraising group,” says Jackson. “We would build and then cut the ribbons, and it would go back to the townships.” Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor and then-Scugog Mayor Chuck Mercier wanted to help any way they could. Jackson and Mathews then learned from Mayor O’Connor that Uxbridge could offer a 10-acre parcel of land at 5500 Lakeridge Road for the new site. “The location where the shelter will be is gorgeous,” says Jackson. “It’s surrounded by trees and backs onto the Trans-Canada Trail.” Spring 2015

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The new shelter will have an HVAC system that will prevent the spread of Adorable 8-weekfeline respiratory conditions. There will old short-haired be isolation units for new arrivals and tabby kittens – very a maternity suite for dogs and cats. “If friendly. cats are having their kittens in among the other cats, it’s a big deal and quite often the kittens don’t make it,” says Jackson. There will be pet adoption visitation rooms that can be monitored by staff, a food prep area, running water and offices for the staff. Earlier this year Jackson went to the present shelter and noticed a little black head poke out of a tunnel. A little black seven-pound cat. “It’s the green eyes that got me,” says Jackson. She adopted the little cat and named her Molly. Then she noticed another cat that she has since adopted and named Max. “You go for a photo op and you end up with two cats,” says Jackson. 7




Lorraine’s hair is straight and doesn’t have a lot of volume, so hairstylist Rachel Moriarty decided to leave a lot of length on top and cut the back short, so she gets maximum volume. A fringe around her face helps frame her features. Lorraine can style it simply by running a flat-iron through her hair, twisting while she moves it, to add waves. Even easier, throw in Velcro rollers for curl and volume, or blow-dry hair upside-down using a round brush.



Spring MAKEOVER by Karen Sheviak

Lorraine Depaulo, of Pickering, is used to putting everyone first in her life – except herself. She is a single mother of two daughters, one in high school and one in university, and also cares for her aging parents, who live in another city. As a secretary at a French immersion school in Pickering, she helps everyone from staff to students to parents, day in and day out. Recently divorced, Depaulo is ready to tackle the dating scene again. She was looking for an easy-to-manage update to her look since she goes to the gym every morning. Lorraine won the makeover because after years of putting her own needs on the back burner, she deserved to be pampered! We loved her funny, dry sense of humour, and we also loved that she cares so deeply for her parents while ensuring her daughters have the best life possible. , Rachel Moriarty



Lorraine wanted a hairstyle that is easy to maintain, so rather than an all-over colour that will show roots quickly, Moriarty added gentle highlights to blend in her grey hair, along with some deep, rich lowlights to frame her face. The hair colour is also demi-permanent, so it will fade in about four weeks.

MAKEUP Lorraine rarely wears any makeup, so keeping it minimal and simple was a necessity. Always start with a moisturizer so that foundation looks flawless. A full-coverage foundation helps hide imperfections and dark spots. An eyebrow pencil slightly darker than her natural brow colour highlights her eyes, and eyebrow gel keeps brows in place. Eyeshadow in natural brown enhances her eye colour, and Unique mascara thickens and lengthens lashes with two-stage glue and fibres. Lipstick in a light pink looks natural yet refined.

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After a seemingly endless winter, there is nothing like the smell of fresh earth, and the knowledge in a few short weeks we can start planting our gardens again. But it’s never too early to start planning, and here are some ideas for gardens that will enhance your recipes, and your outdoor space, for the warm months ahead.

By Karen Sheviak

COMMON GARDENING MISTAKES Adrian Lee, greenhouse manager at Van Belle Flowers in Whitby, says there are certain mistakes people make over and over again in their gardens. Take heed and follow his advice to avoid those slipups for a smooth sail into the gardening season. Water in the Evening: Lee says that most people do this because it’s convenient. They get home from work, have dinner and water the garden before bed. But plants don’t like being watered in the evening – it can lead to mold and mildew in the cooler nighttime temperatures. Watering your garden in the morning leaves the soil time to dry out before the evening. Buy Plants According to Their Current Size: Many people look at the size of the plant they’re purchasing without checking how large the plant will grow. This will cause the plant to be squished into a too-small space where it won’t flourish. Always check the tags in the soil of the plants you purchase, and if you’re unsure, ask an attendant in the garden centre. Prune at the Wrong Time: Lee sees people every spring who have a lilac bush that isn’t flowering. Most people don’t realize that the lilac sets its buds in July, so if you prune in the fall, you’ll miss out on those gorgeous, fragrant blooms the following spring. Prune lilacs after all the flowers have dried up in late spring. Before you start cutting, check the appropriate time to prune for the plant you want to cut back, and prune no more than 30 per cent of any plant. If you have a herb garden, use the herbs regularly – the equivalent of pruning – for bushy, abundant herbs. 10

PIZZA GARDEN Lots of people grow many of the toppings for pizza in their gardens, but they rarely put them all together in one spot. Just for fun, shape this garden into a circle using store-bought garden edging, and use straight pieces to divide the garden into “slices.” Plant any of your favourite pizza toppings such as tomatoes, peppers (hot ones like jalapenos, too!), onions and a variety of Italian herbs, such as basil, oregano and rosemary.

HERB GARDEN Choose any of your favourite herbs for a garden that will be a culinary treat until the frost hits. Basil, rosemary, thyme and dill all like sunny spots. In Durham Region, tender herbs need to be planted after the risk of frost has passed, usually near the end of May. Keep your herb garden close to your kitchen door for convenience and to enjoy those wonderful fragrances when you brush the plants as you walk by! And here’s a tip so you can learn from my mistake: plant fastgrowing oregano and mint in a container so they don’t end up taking over your garden! The best time to harvest fresh herbs is in the morning. Wrap them in a damp paper towel and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them. And remember to continually harvest herbs.

Before the summer is over, the inspiration for fresh pizza night will be right outside your door.

FAIRY GARDEN While butterflies and hummingbirds may seem like nature’s versions of fairies, you can easily create a garden for the magical fairies that live in any child’s imagination. Start with a tucked away small part of the garden, preferably with some sun and shade. Dig out an area that is partially obscured so people have to stumble upon your fairy garden and discover its magic themselves!

BUTTERFLY AND HUMMINGBIRD GARDEN It’s not difficult to attract gorgeous hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. Plant flowers in a sunny spot, and on days when the wind is calm, you’re bound to have a few visitors. Adding a hummingbird feeder filled with a sugar and water mixture (red food colouring is not necessary) will provide welcome nutrients. Just be sure to change the sugar mixture every day or two, especially in hot weather.

For the plants in your fairy garden, choose low-growing plants that do well in the shade, such as hens and chicks and club moss. If you have a sunnier spot, try creeping thyme (it has lovely tiny flowers) and sedums, a type of succulent. The final step: purchase or make fairy figurines, small furniture, houses etc. Make fences or bridges with wooden stir sticks, and a little pathway with small pebbles. Colourful plastic mushrooms add whimsy and a small bowl buried in the ground makes a perfect fairy pond. All that’s left is the delight of those who discover your magical world.

Hummingbirds are attracted to any brightly coloured (especially red) flower that has nectar and has a tubular, funnel or bell shape. If you have fruit trees or lilacs in spring, you will see hummingbirds on warm days. In summer, they will hover around phlox, fuchsia, morning glories, petunias and snapdragons. Butterflies are attracted to the aptly named butterfly bush, along with herbs like sage and thyme, and flowers like buddleia and any member of the daisy family. Spring 2015


Ours is, I’m sure, a typical entranceway to a home: a pile of coats, hats, backpacks – everything but the kitchen sink. And with limited space and a packed closet, it seemed like there was no way to keep the space organized. Enter Linda Vanderkolk, owner of ClutterBGone, a company that specializes in home de-cluttering. She set aside four hours to organize my entryway, and I thought, “There’s no way it will take that long!” But she informed me that I had it backward. “Cleaning and organizing are two different

Goodbye Clutter,


I even went to each bedroom to pull extra coats and shoes so we had huge piles of everything we owned. Then we started purging! We realized that my son, Ben, has five hats. He doesn’t need five hats, and he only wore two of them. So we donated or threw out the others, depending on how they looked. After we were done with everyone’s things, Vanderkolk asked me to leave so she could work her magic. Magic indeed! When I returned, I was stunned. Here’s how Linda organized my space.

Ask yourself: Do you need it? Do you love it? Do you use it? If you can’t answer yes to one of those questions, then the item must go.

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things,” she said. I could always make the space look tidy, but it was never truly organized. Vanderkolk’s steps to organizing are easy to remember if you use the word SPACE, which stands for the following: SORT. Put everything in piles according to type, such as coats, hats, boots etc. PURGE. Ask yourself: Do you need it? Do you love it? Do you use it? If you can’t answer yes to one of those questions, then the item must go. ASSIGN A HOME. If you have 10 coats in your closet, make sure you have 10 hangers. CONTAINERIZE. Label shelves and containers so everyone knows where everything belongs. EQUALIZE. Create a system to maintain your organization. It could be five minutes per day of putting away your things. So we started by sorting items, putting hats with hats and coats with coats – then sorted each group by owner.

• Added a hook for our grocery bags and a bucket for the dog collars. • Replaced my mismatched hangers with a beautiful set of matching wooden hangers that makes the space look cohesive. • Put in a hanging unit for extra shoes, a shoe rack on the floor for the kids, and one above it for the adults. • Set up a basket for each person for their own hats, umbrellas and helmets. It seems like there is more space than before, and Vanderkolk was able to incorporate all the shoes and coats we had hidden away in our bedrooms. There was even extra room for my cat to find a perch on the bottom shelf. When my children came home, their jaws dropped. My son was ecstatic that he has his own “place” for his boots and hats. And I was thrilled to have an entryway that I will easily be able to keep organized, one that offers a calm welcome every time I walk in the door. for more information, visit


Ready, Set, Swing! By Peter Butler – PGA of Canada Head Professional - Oshawa Golf & Curling Club

It is that time of year: it looks like spring, Masters weekend is here and unless you have been able to get away, you’ve had golf withdrawal during the long, snowy winter. If you haven’t been able to get out on the greens yet, hopefully you will soon. But before you do, here are a couple of important things to think about.

you get to a driving range a few times before you actually play so you can create what the pros call tempo. Tempo is defined as the time it takes to make a complete golf swing. Good tempo links all the parts of the swing together and creates great balance. It acts like glue, holding things together, allowing you to make smooth, effortless swings that result in good shots. Here is a drill to help you with your tempo.

All winter we have the opportunity to watch the pros play in beautiful, hot southern destinations. We watch the one putts, the perfect iron shots and, of course, the 300-yard drives. The pros have been swinging all year long and their bodies are accustomed to the movement of the golf swing. Hopefully you have been physically active over the winter and, most importantly, have done a lot of stretching. Stretching is the key to reducing the chance of injury while swinging the golf club. It also gives good range of motion during the swing and will provide the best opportunity to hit those “tour-like shots.” Check online for the best stretches to do for golf and do them several times a week after your muscles are warmed up, such as after a walk.

At the driving range, warm up by hitting shots with your pitching wedge, half shots at first and then gradually work into a full swing. Feel your arms and body working together. Good tempo allows you to swing with your core, not your arms. Pick the next club in your bag, the 9-iron, and see if you can keep the same tempo. Now go through all the clubs in your bag trying to make the same swing with each one.

So now that you have stretched your muscles and joints, it is time to swing as hard as you can at the ball, right? I don’t think so. I know you are anxious to see that ball fly (using the driver, of course!), but let’s hold off for a while with the big stick. Make sure

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Repeat this drill until you can make the same swing with each club. Yes, your tempo with your sand wedge should be the same as your driver. Think and focus on achieving good tempo during every swing you take: putts, chips, sand shots, iron shots and the woods.


The Joy of Movement by Tracey Haug

Joyful movement. When you hear those words, the first picture to come to mind is of a child. Whether it’s a toddler taking those first few steps or a child running on the grass on a warm spring day, kids feel – and show – the joy in moving their bodies any way they can. However, as our busy lives as adults keep us on the go, this type of joyful movement that used to relax our mind and our body seems to fade away and we become increasingly tense, leaving little room to do much else than to shut off at the end of the day. Kaleidoscope Spirit is a centre for joyful movement of the mind and body. We offer opportunities based on the ancient practice of yoga, for kids, adults and the whole family. We believe that movement starts in the mind with perception and travels through the body. With this in mind, our goal is to focus on flexibility of the mind, variety for the body and movement that is continuously changing. Movement is for everyone, at any age, any gender and any mobility. We often hear people say they can’t do yoga because they are not flexible. But movement should not be feared as restrictive; it should feel joyful. It’s not about what we think our bodies can or cannot do; it’s about the freedom of exploring where our bodies want to go. In the consciousness of our own individuality, the joy of movement allows us to let go of stress and tension and appreciate where we are at that day, in that moment, in our own mind and body – that is yoga. When you experience joy in your mind and body, you can improve health and wellness in many areas of your life. It can reduce stress, increase emotional intelligence and improve mindfulness and digestion. Kaleidoscope Spirit recognizes the challenges that come with the demands on modern day families. At Kaleidoscope Spirit, we offer adult and kid yoga classes that run simultaneously – a great way to save time and take care of the whole family. We also offer a mobile program with classes running currently in schools, businesses and medical centres. At Kaleidoscope Spirit, our vision is to offer convenient opportunities for the whole family. As human beings, we are constantly in motion, growing and changing all the time. We believe that joy is a choice that embraces movement of the mind and body in their various stages. When you choose joyful movement, you choose opportunity, you allow change to happen and, like a kaleidoscope, you create beautiful new images of yourself.

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by Shihan Bob Burnett, M.Ed. Greater Durham Jiu-Jitsu Dojo (Whitby, ON)

Three words describe the winter of 2015: cold, cold and cold. Many activities that might have been, didn’t happen. It would have been easy to feel a tad disappointed, even cheated, as the cold days rolled on and planned activities got postponed or cancelled. One of the many life strategies learned through martial arts is going with the flow and managing your reactions to what comes your way, whether you are facing cold days, bad news or an incoming punch. You face an overwhelming task if you seek to control much of what you face every day, yet you can create and control your reactions. During a cold day of missed activities, perhaps you discovered something positive: a different, unplanned activity that you enjoyed, a phone call, a chance meeting or an opportunity to work on something that was previously on the sometime/someday list. The list is endless and the interpretations are up to you.

Cold days and weeks can also teach you about long-term achievement. You may have had a different view of cold and snow in March than you had at Christmas. The long-term effects of things can change you. You used the same principle to learn things that have stayed with you long-term. Think of song lyrics that seem to stay forever in your head: you learned and retained them because you heard them over and over. You probably weren’t trying to; you were probably relaxed, positive and open to possibilities. Openness and relaxed, steady practice are necessary for long-term achievement and retention. Trying too hard can actually impede progress. So as the leaves begin to blossom and you head toward a new goal, choose to be relaxed and positive, and a willing participant in steady, enjoyable practice or activity. The same principles apply for things you don’t really want to learn but have to anyway. You can find something positive, interesting and relevant in every job or situation. The choice is yours. Because even the coldest winter comes to an end.

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Kids clinic by Dawn Riddoch

Kids Clinic in Whitby is a unique centre that provides assessment and treatment services for children who may have developmental, behavioural and psychiatric disorders. They also offer a variety of personalized health and support programs and services for children, adults and families. These client testimonials illustrate what they do and how they help children and their families.

“I was getting phone calls daily from the school about my six-yearold son’s ‘disruptive behaviour.’ I was a ball of anxiety and didn’t know what to do. I was in constant contact with the psychologist, social worker, behaviour therapist and occupational therapist at Kids Clinic. They identified areas of need, worked with the school and helped my son in many ways, including giving him occupational therapy to strengthen his fine motor skills and build his self-esteem. With their help, he is now thriving in school. We would not be where we are today without the compassionate, caring, helpful guidance and support of Kids Clinic.” ...................................... “I have had the pleasure of working with the behaviour therapist and the occupational therapist at Kids Clinic for my son's therapy. Both are sympathetic, good listeners and hard working, and also very encouraging when my son or I are having a bad day. My son really likes his therapy sessions and comes out smiling. I can't thank Kids Clinic enough for helping my son and our family.” ...................................... "My son struggled with a lot of anger and anxiety. He participated in the Managing Me Program at Kids Clinic in 2014 and, though he went literally kicking and screaming, he learned valuable life skills. He began individual counselling in July, and we have seen a complete turnaround in his behaviour and his ability to manage his emotional responses. He asked to take part in the Think Program recently and gained more valuable life lessons to help with social situations at school and with peers. Our home has become a much happier place and my son a much happier boy. Thank you to the staff at Kids Clinic!" for more information, visit email or call (905)436-1600


Hearing Health Matters

THE SENSE OF HEARING Blindness separates people from objects, whereas deafness separates people from people, according to Helen Keller, the well-known American author, political activist and lecturer. Those of us with good hearing may take for granted the moments we share with one another, yet those moments are the ones that matter most. There is no denying that when we miss out on the world of sounds around us, we miss out on life.

LIVING WITH HEARING LOSS Living with hearing loss is not easy. When left untreated, it can make life miserable and can lead to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions. Signs of hearing loss include: difficulty understanding people on the telephone;

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not always being able to hear the doorbell ring; having the television or radio on too loud for comfort for others; difficulty following conversations in a restaurant or at a party; or trying to understand what a grandchild is saying. Life can be stressful because even trying to understand simple everyday conversations can become a chore.

instead justify their difficulties by saying, “they were mumbling,” “there was too much noise to understand,” or “I wasn’t listening.” It takes, on average, seven years for a person to attend to his/her hearing loss.


Because hearing declines slowly over time, you may not be aware that you are losing your hearing. You might notice that you occasionally miss a few words, or that some sounds seem easier to hear than others. But what you may not notice is how hard your brain is working to figure out what was said. You’re forced to guess what was said, but often the conversation has moved on.

The most common tell-tale sign of hearing loss is that everyone knows but you. Colleagues, coworkers, neighbours, friends and family may notice your loss of hearing and bring it to your attention, but often people ignore the advice and

Inevitably, you end up saying, “What did you say?” or “Could you repeat that?” Or you simply remain silent. You pretend to understand what was said but often find yourself in hot water with a sure argument to follow!

When hearing loss is not treated, you can experience a wide range of emotions, including frustration, anger, loneliness, depression and fatigue.

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move health YOU’RE NOT ALONE If you have hearing loss, you’re among the 10 per cent of Canadians who report some loss of hearing, with the two main causes being noise and aging. But hearing loss can occur at all ages: • 4 in 1,000 newborns • 1 in 5 teenagers • 3 in 10 people over age 60 • 5 in 10 people over the age of 70

GOOD HEALTH REQUIRES GOOD HEARING Hearing-impaired individuals have reported that they are less healthy than others. “Among the population with hearing loss, only 39 per cent say they

are in excellent health, compared to 68 per cent of those without hearing loss,” according to “Hearing Loss: A Growing Problem That Affects Quality of Life,” from the National Academy on an Aging Society. Treating hearing loss may reduce physician visits but more importantly can improve overall quality of life. There is also compelling evidence that more harm can be done by not treating hearing loss than was ever believed before. According to “Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Who’s Listening?” in the Journal of the American Medical Association, hearing loss may contribute to dementia. However, other studies have shown that with proper treatment, people with hearing loss may experience less dementia. The good news is we know how to treat it effectively. The use of hearing aids, or amplification, is an evidencebased treatment for hearing loss.

MODERN HEARING AIDS FOR MODERN SOCIETY Fortunately, the vast majority of people with hearing impairment can be helped by amplification. Thanks to research and development, today’s hearing devices provide superior sound quality and are discreet and virtually invisible to others. It is no wonder that the use of hearing aids has become more common. And it is no surprise that recent studies have shown that nine out of 10 hearing aid wearers reported improvements in their quality of life. Don’t hold back: Schedule your hearing test today by calling one of our three clinics most convenient to you.

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Dentist and an Orthodontist “I go to my dentist office for check ups. But I went to my orthodontist for my smile “


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Because Everyone Is Able! By Carrie Raines

Dear Dr. Grewal


I have a daughter Bella who I believe requires braces. I’m not sure if I need to have a referral from my dentist. What information will I be given at the consultation? Bella is 12 and is very active in sports. She plays hockey and is the team goalie – can she still play hockey with braces on? Does it affect her if she has to wear a mouth guard? Bella also plays the flute in the school band – will having braces bother or hurt her while playing an instrument? Obviously, needing braces is a big deal to Bella, and I want her to feel comfortable. Can you help? – Concerned Mom

Dear Concerned Mom,

Getting braces is a big deal for any teen or tween, and I hear about issues like these often in my practice. Here are some of the most common questions we get asked in our practice. I hope the answers will reassure you and your daughter that getting braces will not interfere with any of her favourite activities. 1.Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist? No, it is not. If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office. We will be happy to schedule an appointment with you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our office staff will request some basic information from you. 2. What will I learn from the initial examination? There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination.



in Whitby is more than just a recreational facility. It reflects the beliefs and visions of those who created it: the belief that people of all ages and abilities can be integrated, the idea that people relate to each other not by being separated but by being together, and the vision of a centre that can truly be a model across the country for how to achieve full inclusion.


Every day, the Abilities Centre helps people of all ages and abilities improve their health and well-being, increase their mobility, follow their passions, explore their creativity and connect with their community. The 125,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility has the space and equipment for a wide range of athletic activities, arts programs and life skills training. Creativity blossoms at the Abilities Centre through new ideas, modernization and steady progress toward improving community facilities to decrease the current obstacles faced by people with disabilities. The centre is committed to improving awareness of accessibility and disability issues through involvement with such events as hosting the Para Pan Am games in 2015, an incredible accomplishment for such a new organization. In just two years, the Abilities Centre has established significant partnerships by teaming up with other leaders in our community, such as the Royal Conservatory of Music, Rick Hansen Foundation, Royal Ontario Museum, Durham College, Ryerson University, Geneva Centre for Autism and the Lung Association of Ontario. for more information, visit 20

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Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it? What can be done to correct the problem? Will any teeth need to be removed? How long will the treatment take to complete? How much will the treatment cost?

3. Will braces interfere with playing sports? No, they will not!! We do recommend patients playing contact sports wear moldable mouth guards. Ones that are moldable with warm water are recommended so they can be altered as the teeth move throughout treatment. 4. Will braces interfere with playing a musical instrument? No, they will not!! Patients can play any instrument while having orthodontic treatment. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment to the pressure of the braces on your lips and cheeks. 5. Do I need to see my family dentist while I have braces? Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while you wear braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you have braces. 6. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist? Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments. Remember the saying, “I go to my dentist for checkups, but I go to my orthodontist for my smile!”

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

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Five Benefits of Kids’ Yoga 1 Yoga maintains flexibility and strengthens growing bodies. Children are born with flexibility. Practising yoga helps to maintain this, and it also increases strength and improves body awareness.

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increases self-esteem. Because of the increased strength, flexibility and concentration that comes with a regular yoga practice, kids become more confident and sure of their decisions. by Tania Jones

3 Yoga helps with stress management. Yoga gives kids an easy way to reduce stress in a comfortable space. They learn different breathing exercises and relaxation techniques that help slow down the heart rate.

4 Yoga cultivates creativity. Kids’ yoga classes don’t follow At Moksha Yoga Pickering, we’ve created a

kids’ yoga program for all different age groups that happens every Sunday. The classes are fun, engaging and activity filled. The kids enjoy playing games and learning the new postures and relaxation techniques that are taught at each class. They have a good time and gain so much from having a regular practice.

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the usual sequence. There are themes and games that inspire them to be free, creative and imaginative.

5 Yoga helps kids learn the importance of now. Yoga teaches the importance of being present and living right now. When kids are present, engaged and enjoying their practice, it serves as a reminder that they can carry this off the mat and into their day-to-day lives.


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Durham MOVErS! Local Business Excellence by BREEZE Publishing

One of the priorities of Move Magazine is to highlight local businesses and entrepreneurs that are successful and innovative, while at the same time filling a void in their communities and going above and beyond the expectations of their customers. The people you see on our cover have businesses that exemplify all of those things and more. Each one is unique, offers a service or product that customers love and is located right here in Durham Region.

TCHPP The Centre for Healing and Peak Performance (TCHPP) is a multidisciplinary wellness and peak performance centre located in Pickering, Ont. TCHPP is primarily focused on not only helping our clients find pain relief from a number of acute and chronic conditions but also helping them achieve optimal health and peak performance through harnessing both mind and body. We achieve this goal of integrating body and mind through our varied services, including manual therapies such as chiropractic, registered massage therapy, physiotherapy, naturopathic medicine and natural nutrition. We also have other services to calm and reduce mental stresses and phobias, including Reiki, meditation and personal coaching.

Here are their stories. For more information, visit or call us at 905-420-4325.



Kids’ Clinic in Whitby provides treatment, assessment, programs and services that support families and enhance the overall well-being of children who may have social, emotional and behavioural differences. We believe "healing begins with understanding," and our collaborative approach reflects our commitment to family centred and individualized care.

The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade is your local Chamber of Commerce and has been the voice of local business for 60 years. We advocate on behalf of our members, making local business concerns clear to all levels of government. We all want to save money anywhere we can, and members are often pleasantly surprised to learn that if they take advantage of the opportunities provided, they can often save and generate more cash than they have spent on their membership fees.

Kids Clinic Support Services was established to provide families in our community with the benefits of accessible, comprehensive and inclusive services under one umbrella. It is our mission to work collaboratively with families to develop a plan to promote the healthy development of children. Kids Clinic provides integrated services to help children and families maximize their full potential. All individuals and families face different challenges, and our comprehensive services and atmosphere of care and understanding makes us unique in our community. 22

We meet multiple times every month and offer member-tomember discounts, a great group health insurance plan, savings on gas, professional development and learning opportunities both online and in person. If you want to meet other business people just like you, join us! It’s fun, profitable and your participation benefits the entire community. Visit or call (905) 686-0883 x224 for Iris (Edis) Nicolaison



The Abilities Centre opened its doors in June 2012 with a commitment to promoting inclusion and enriching the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. Almost three years later, the organization continues to set the standard for full accessibility by raising the level of discourse, policies and practices concerning inclusion in Durham Region and beyond.

Janet Sirko’s journey began years ago when she envisioned a simple solution to the frustrating and messy problem of the bag falling down into the household compost bin. That solution, Ring Around The Bin, was a plastic moulded ring that snapped onto the rim of the bin to stop that annoying problem.

The determination of the Centre’s team to provide high-quality programming in a state-of-the-art facility is evident in the recognition of the Abilities Centre as an International Centre of Excellence for its fully accessible design and inclusive environment. This multi-award winning facility offers a significant contribution to the community. It hosts all of the space and equipment for a complete range of inclusive athletics , arts and life skills programs and much more.

Sirko was convinced that the idea she had pictured in her mind was already on the market, so each Thursday she searched through Canadian Tire flyers looking for this device. It wasn’t there. After more research, she realized that every person that had the same compost bin was experiencing the same problem with the messy bag slipping down. She made her decision at that point to seek a way to invent it herself. Ring Around The Bin is manufactured in Pickering and will soon be available in Canadian Tire stores across Canada.



It began in 1972, when Ray Paty Sr. moved his family to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago and opened his first service station. Just 10 years later, he started R&G Automotive, and his son Kirk began to learn about the business, joining his father full time after university.

Manohar Singh is the owner of the Mount Everest Indian Restaurant in Ajax and an award winner for the past 18 years. Singh came to Canada from Punjab, India in 1988 as a master chef and since then has consistently gained recognition for his dishes, which are all made with home-crushed spices and fresh ingredients.

Kirk’s vision, knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit enabled R&G to modernize their operations and eventually expand from their two-bay operation to their current location with six bays. R&G Automotive Centre is now the largest independent repair facility in Pickering, with four licenced technicians and an apprentice on staff. They also operate Value Car & Truck Rental, with three locations in Durham Region. The pros at R&G Automotive Centre are confident that their operation is not only large enough to effectively service their clients but also small enough to offer their unique brand of personal value-added service. Spring 2015

Mount Everest, a family run business, is a popular spot that is often so busy that it’s necessary to make a reservation. Singh attributes the restaurant’s success to the support and love of the community. Over the years, many first-time customers have become loyal repeat patrons. The policy is simple, says Singh. “We treat customers like family because that’s what they are to us.” Staff are known to remember names, birthdays, anniversaries and small but important details – they enjoy working there and the customers love dining there. 23

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The guitar is alive and well in Durham Region

by Rob Caldwell

“The guitar is the most democratic of instruments” reads the quote at the top of guitarist Brian Wride’s blog. The longtime musician has taken the saying to heart and has been teaching guitar, bass, ukulele and mandolin to people of varied backgrounds and abilities for more than 10 years. “I love watching people of all ages grow from playing simple chords and melodies to playing some fairly sophisticated pieces of music,” he says.

– which provides opportunities for developmentally disabled people – as some of his most memorable. “They’re so loving and generous and happy despite having profound challenges. I try to remind myself that I have no excuse not to be the same.”

Recently, he has been recording a series of instrumental guitar tunes inspired by nature. It’s a project he has taken on for the fun of it and to further his recording skills. Though it’s sometimes challenging to juggle the roles of teacher and “Guitar is a difficult musician, he feels each has its own rewards. instrument and everyone For now, teaching is his main focus. “Guitar is struggles with it at a difficult instrument and everyone struggles some point. I get great with it at some point. I get great satisfaction from satisfaction from helping helping students through those difficulties,” he students through those says. “I seem to have found a bit of a niche difficulties”, says guitar with adult beginners, and I love it when people teacher Brian Wride. decide later in life to expand their horizons and reach outside of their comfort zone. “

Born and raised in Markham, Wride and his family now make Uxbridge their home. “We love Uxbridge. Whether you’re into sports, arts, nature or literature, there are opportunities here. You can walk anywhere in town and the local trails are wonderful. There are the little things, too – we have one of the best book stores in the country (Blue Heron Books) and we have a shoe store (Uxbridge Shoes and Repair) where the owner knows more about feet than most podiatrists. We also have fine dining, family dining and great cafés.”

Being involved in the community is important to Wride, and he counts Christmas shows that he’s performed at Windreach Farm

You can book Wride for guitar lessons and can often catch him live at community events, such as the weekly Uxbridge open mics hosted by singer/songwriters Tania Joy and Darrin Davis, or the monthly York Region Fingerstyle Guitar Association open mic in Stouffville, Ont. for more information, visit


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The Wonders of Whitby The excitement of the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games will be coming to Whitby this summer when the state-of-the-art Abilities Centre will host Parapan judo and boccia. Opened in 2012, the Abilities Centre encourages all people of all abilities to engage in sport, interact with others and learn in a fun, safe and supportive environment. While you’re there, take in Whitby’s vibrant arts and cultural scene, including art galleries, museums and theatres, along with thousands of acres of parkland, two conservation areas, multipurpose trails, two heritage downtown areas, a seasonal farmers’ market and a marina.

TORONTO 2015 PARAPAN AM GAMES come to the Abilities Centre in Whitby, August 7-15.

Catch the Action Two Parapan competitions take place in Whitby from August 7 to 15. Boccia, a game similar to curling, requires athletes to propel a ball as close to a target as possible. It was originally designed for people with cerebral palsy, but there is also a category for athletes with disabilities that affect motor skills. Parapan judo is a competition for athletes who are visually impaired. At each event, 700 spectators will have a unique opportunity to watch elite, world-class athletes excelling at what they do best. FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION, VISIT WHITBY.CA/PANAMGAMES.

Healthy and Cultural Pursuits Forming part of the Lake Ontario Trail, the Whitby Shores Waterfront is a magnet for walkers, joggers, cyclists, in-line skaters and skateboarders. Nearby, the Lynde Shores Conservation area, which is rich in waterfowl, lures photographers and nature enthusiasts. The award-winning Port Whitby Marina, next to the Yacht Club and down the street from the Abilities Centre, can accommodate visitors who wish to sail to the Parapan events.

The downtown areas of Whitby and its Brooklin community feature opportunities to stroll, shop and dine among a mixture of heritage and modern buildings. The colonial past is also reflected in the verandas of Pearson Lanes, the Whitby Museum and the mid-19thcentury Centennial Building. The Whitby Farmers’ Market runs every Wednesday, while the Courthouse Theatre features comedy, music and drama throughout the year.

The excitement in Whitby rises to new heights each summer with a wide variety of festivities, which include:



This is your chance to see world-class competitors here at home. Watch as athletes from the Americas compete for medals and a spot in the Rio2016 Olympics.

TORONTO 2015 TORCH RELAYS June 8 PAN AM August 5 PARAPAN AM Whitby Civic Recreation Complex

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BOOKSTORE… by Dawn Riddoch

The hardwood floor creeks as I walk around Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, perusing the displays of hardcovers and paperbacks. Their tantalizing smell envelopes me with promises of new worlds and adventure. It’s my idea of heaven. Owner Shelley Macbeth greets me with a smile. I follow her around the store and listen while she changes up book displays and shelves books, her ear constantly tuned to the conversations of her customers, even while she is speaking with me. Macbeth has had a long love affair with Blue Heron Books. As a mother working part-time in town, she would often bring her children to the bookstore for author visits and other fun events. Every time she was in the store, she would approach the owner and ask if there was a job she could do because she just loved being around the books so much. Finally one day the owner had a job offer for her. The owner knew that she was a banker but asked if she was also a bookkeeper. Macbeth didn’t hesitate. “Of course I am,” she replied, even though she had never done any bookkeeping. She knew she would figure it out. “Being the bookkeeper is the perfect way to know the business,” she says.

were on the floor and the kids were slapping their paint down, flicking it onto the canvas. It was extraordinary, the things they created,” says Macbeth. In addition to hosting author visits, Blue Heron Books gives local authors the opportunity to host their book launch at the store. “A big part of my belief system is to give everyone an opportunity,” says Macbeth. The majority of Canadian authors struggle to get their titles on the shelves of bookstores, and without independent bookstores like Blue Heron Books, many of those titles would never see the light of day. Independent bookstores play an important role in supporting Canadian publishers, Canadian authors and Canadian literature. “If someone comes in and asks me for a recommendation, the first thing I’d go to is a book that I love. I mean if it’s American I will tell them but I will always try to reach for the Canadian book first,” she says. Macbeth was in a horrific automobile accident over a year ago that has her on a long road to recovery with more surgeries to follow. Not long afterward, she sought out Dr. Norman Doidge, author of The Brain That Changes Itself. Doidge has spoken at The White House, the UN, Harvard, Yale, London School of Economics and the Sydney Opera House. Macbeth really didn’t think that Blue Heron Books could land someone who had spoken at The White House, but she really campaigned for him.

Macbeth purchased Blue Heron Books in 2008 and she hasn’t looked back. She has worked tirelessly to bring in the best authors possible for readings and promotional events. When she started, she was able to land a B-list author but only after she begged and begged and Independent bookstores begged. Over the years she has built a reputation play an important role for hosting a good event with an audience that in supporting generates book sales. Now things have come to Canadian publishers, the other side, where publishers are calling her with requests to host A-list authors. She recently Canadian authors and received a call asking her if she was interested in Canadian literature. hosting an event with Margaret Trudeau. “Yeah! I really am.” “We are really proud of our events. I think that’s what kind of sets us apart and makes us special,” says Macbeth. Blue Heron Books is a cultural hub in Uxbridge and all of Durham Region for art, music and literature. They offer one-day workshops, courses, day programs and evening programs. They also have a fantastic Saturday morning art club for kids called Inspiration Station, in which the children learn to paint like a famous artist. Before Christmas, the children researched Jackson Pollock, who always painted with really loud jazz music playing. “So there they all were back there with loud jazz music. The canvases 26

“When I had the accident, this book was very ... it changed me. It gave me strategies to work with my pain." Macbeth admits the plan to secure Doidge was self-serving, but she really wanted to see him.

The accident has shown her just how important she is to the people who work for her, and her whole community. “The staff just plugged in and said ‘OK let’s do this,’” says Macbeth. A teacher/ librarian suggested that they post on Facebook that the best way to help Macbeth would be to visit Blue Heron and purchase a book. The staff was not prepared for what happened next; it was like Christmas. Everyone came to support the store by buying books. There were line-ups of people, including the mayor. “Community was huge, staff enormous. It was totally a team effort that kept the doors open and things happening,” says Macbeth. “It’s still mindboggling; it’s humbling; it’s beautiful. It was extraordinary and I’m beyond grateful because … this is kind of like my baby.”

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durham author spotlight MY POWER SPELLS

powerful spells to protect, guide & reassure by Sandy Jane Peic, $24.99

My Power Spells

In her debut picture book, Sandy Jane Peic weaves curious and captivating patterns with profound yet simple verse together to create a powerful book of spells for young girls.

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Best New Reads This Spring Check out these books by Canadian authors – As Recommended by Librarian Rob Caldwell

adult non-fiction Your Water Footprint by Stephen Leahy (Firefly Books, 2014) 7,600 litres of water to make one pair of jeans, 910 litres to create a smartphone. We’ve all heard about our carbon footprints. Now Leahy, a renowned environmental journalist and Uxbridge resident, takes a close look at our water footprints – the amount of water it takes to manufacture everyday items. Accessible and timely, the book is illustrated with colourful graphics.

by Sandy Jane Peic

Powerful Spells to Protect, Guide & Reassure

The spells impart a sense of power and protection by way of rhymes that are easy to remember, so that they may be referred to in times of need.

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The intention of My Power Spells is that it becomes a special source in a girl’s life, starting as early as possible, so the affirmations become part of her inner and outer vocabulary. Her wish for this book is that it guide our girls throughout their lives and lovingly be passed on to the next generation of enlightened daughters.

adult fiction The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphries (HarperCollins, 2015) Humphries’ new novel is set in Germany and England during World War II. The plot centres on a British officer stuck in a German POW camp who occupies his time with a study of the local birds. Meanwhile his wife, recently having become housemates with his sister, is having an affair. More of a meditation on nature and the bonds between people than a war story, this is Humphries’ seventh novel.

teen Out Of This World (Wildlings Book 3), by Charles de Lint (Razorbill Canada, 2014)

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The latest installment in de Lint’s popular Wildlings series finds the main character, Josh, in the Otherworld attempting to rescue his ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, back in his hometown, the Wildlings – teens who can change into animals – are faced with persecution from the community. Ottawa resident de Lint, also a musician, is one of the most prolific fantasy authors writing today.

tween Unleashed: A Swindle Mystery by Gordon Korman (Scholastic, 2015) Korman, a native of Thornhill, Ont., has a new Swindle mystery out. This time, a national competition for young inventors has the young teen team busy. Especially when they have to track down the mysteriously missing front-runner invention! Kirkus Reviews calls the Swindle series “Goofball funny and addictive!”

children Sometimes We Think You Are a Monkey by Johanna Skibsrud and Sarah Blacker, Illustrations by Julie Morstad (Puffin, 2015)

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Durham Teacher Spotlight

Duane Bronson by Dawn Riddoch


uane Bronson has wanted to be a music teacher for almost as long as he can remember. But in his last year of high school he flirted with the idea of becoming a professional musician, so he changed his focus and really worked hard on being a performer. He auditioned at various schools, only to be told that he would make a much better teacher than performer. “They were right,” says Bronson. “And it’s such a hard slog being a musician.” That tough love helped him refocus his efforts back to his original goal, and that choice led him to a fulfilling career.


rock High School in Cannington was Bronson’s first stop as a music teacher. He taught there for eight years, with his last two years as department head. A job opening became available at O’Neill C.V.I. and Russ Baird, the then head of the Performing Arts Program, contacted him. “I am forever grateful for the things he taught me,” says Bronson. Baird decided to move out west after Bronson had been under his wing for only two years. He recommended Bronson to be his replacement. “For someone who had only been a teacher for 10 years, a program like this at a performing arts school was a little intimidating, but I gladly took it up and I’ve loved every minute of it.”


here’s no other school like it really,” says Bronson.” One of his biggest challenges is staying ahead of the students. “We have some students that are really highly trained and have been taking lessons for many, many years,” he says. “The hardest part is keeping everybody working at a good clip and committing equal amounts.”


ronson begins his speech to Grade 9 students the same way every year: “Not all students are in this program to go on to become professional artists.” He then tells them about a student who went all the way through the program as an instrumentalist and a vocalist in musical theatre who then became a doctor – not a musician. The program gave him the confidence to pursue a career as a doctor and to be able to get up in front of people. “We’re really proud of making the students comfortable in front of audiences and confident in whatever they do,” says Bronson.


e realizes the importance of empowering his students. While at a music festival in Banff, Alta., O’Neill students addressed 4,000 to 5,000 other music students about empowerment. When students are given the opportunity to take charge in their education, it gives them the confidence 28

to work hard and achieve their goals. And they know that if they put 100 per cent into their music, they will get back so much more. “The students line up at the door each year for their turn to give back to younger students,” says Bronson.


ronson is passionate about hockey and plays twice a week. In the warmer weather he can be found on the golf course with a fellow teacher. He scratches his itch to be a performer by playing drums in community theatre, where he usually performs in two or three shows a year. And it seems that other members of Bronson’s family don’t fall too far from the performing arts tree. His daughter, Meghann, lives in New York and earns her living as a professional dancer. His son, Nicholas, does production work on commercials and promos for two local radio stations.


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Presutti’s ideal teen space: “It would include pale blue walls, a stereo, a desk, a bookshelf and a projector. I would have a big black stereo that would have the ability to play CDs, records and my iPod music. This is the most important item in the room because of my love for music.” Bean’s ideal teen space: “It would be a place of relaxation, where I could devote myself to my hobbies and de-stress after the school week. It would have a wall of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in dark wood tones, stocked with my literary favourites. This would be my first priority, followed closely by a sturdy desk. When I’m not reading books, I dream of writing them.” Zhang’s ideal teen space: “It would have puzzle piece mats to cover the floor. The mats would be apple green and light blue. I could sit on the mats while studying. Also, the residence girls could gather to play games or cards on the mats. I believe the bright colour would add vitality to my room. A big screen TV, with the lights off, would create the atmosphere of a cinema.” Other wish-list items include DVD collections, Xbox, Wii and, of course, the time to enjoy them all. 30

move education “We are thrilled to launch the DC Summer Accelerator, the latest addition to our FastStart programming,” said Debbie McKee Demcyzk, director of the Office of Research Services and Innovation. “Teaming up with Spark Centre to provide expert advising and mentorship services, we will provide participants with a unique opportunity to kick-start their businesses. We’re confident that this will be a successful and in-demand program supporting young entrepreneurs.” Funding for FastStart was provided through an $800,000 Government of Ontario grant being shared equally among all four post-secondary institutions under the province’s $5 million On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). Durham College, UOIT and partners’ FastStart program is living “Fostering the entrepreneurial spirit among students is a key component of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy, through programs up to its name. that help transfer their ideas and skills to the marketplace while Launched only a few months ago, FastStart is already changing creating rewarding careers,” said Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister the culture of post-secondary education by harnessing the of Research and Innovation, and Minister of Training, Colleges entrepreneurial spirit of students and providing them with access and Universities. “By partnering with colleges and universities to an exciting world of possibilities. to support entrepreneurship, we are ensuring our province’s The program, which was developed in partnership with Durham business leaders of tomorrow are getting the support they need College (DC), University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), to succeed today.” Fleming College and Trent University, was created to leverage existing networks, educational approaches and geographical location to increase students’ entrepreneurial skills and awareness while also helping them create solid business plans that take their products to market – quickly and successfully. The four institutions work with Spark Centre and the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) to enable students, and other youth in the community who possess an entrepreneurial spirit, to apply what they learn to their future careers, whether they are in startups, established businesses, social innovation or public service. FastStart has already proved beneficial in connecting students with progressive industry leaders and mentors through a contest that was hosted in February. Applicants had to creatively demonstrate a desire to learn about entrepreneurship or share how they aspired to start their own business. A panel of experts selected 11 winners from DC and UOIT who won the opportunity to participate in the Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. “It was truly an inspirational and life changing experience,” said Jordan Ella, a DC student who won $500 for being part of the team in Halifax that presented the best idea for solving student debt. “The conference opened my eyes to a world of opportunity that I had never considered. My plans for the future have been dramatically challenged after being so inspired during my time in Halifax.” DC also recently launched the DC Summer Accelerator program, a new initiative to help students, local youth and alumni take their innovative ideas or business ventures to market faster while utilizing the professional services from an experienced support team.

FastStart is already changing the culture of post-secondary education by harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit of students and providing them with access to an exciting world of possibilities.

In collaboration with Spark Centre, the program offers support and access to services so young entrepreneurs can turn their great ideas into tangible and marketable products. Spring 2015


move business Step 1: Find out where your site is lacking The only way to know if your website is actually working – and if people are finding it – is to take a look at the analytics. Both Google and Bing have website analytics to help you figure out the “who, what when and how” of your website hits. Google analytics is the more accurate of the two and can be installed on your website by either a web developer or by the site owner. I can’t stress enough how invaluable this information is to a business. If, for example, you find that you are not getting very many visitors, and are

and avoid looking desperate by trying to “stuff” as much as you can above the fold. A beautiful, clean site with a strong statement will invite visitors to look further into your site to find out more.

As of January 1, 2015 organizations with more than 20 employees must have an accessible website. It won’t be long before all public and private businesses will have to have websites that adhere It’s always a good idea to invest in good to the accessibility laws for people with professional photography and graphics, disabilities. If you are unsure if your or professional stock photos. Visitors can website complies, you should contact your sniff out generic photos in a second, and web developer for more information. they’ll be left with a generic impression of Step 6: Fresh Content, Fresh Eyes! your company. Poor quality photos and Search engines love fresh content! Include graphics are worse than having none at a blog on your site and change your all. Show your visitors your individuality content regularly – find ways to always by investing in professional level visuals. keep your content fresh and up to date.

BUILD a Better Website Almost every business has a website, but how many have one that really works for them? Many business owners really don’t know much about their website or how they can use it to improve their business – and therefore their bottom line. Here are some top tips to help you get the most out of your website! by Candace Morgan – Lead Creative and Technical Director Graymatter Marketing Solutions

ranking low on all the key search terms, Step 4: Make sure your contact info is at the you may need to have a site evaluation top of every page! done to find out why. Many people will come to your site just to grab your contact information! Don’t Step 2: Textual Content is everything. Period. make them hunt for it! Make sure that your The content on your site is the most contact information is at the top of every important element of your website. If page, and that your phone number and you’re not a wordsmith, hire a copywriter – address are clickable on mobile devices it’s worth it! Content is what people connect so visitors can easily call or map your with, it’s what keeps people on your site location on the go! longer and what keeps them coming back for more. It’s also 100 per cent of what all Step 5: Mobile Friendly and Compliant design search engines look for and how you are These days it’s commonplace for someone ranked! If your site has no content, you’ll to surf using their tablet or smartphone. have no ranking! Google and Bing can’t Is your site easily accessible for multiple tell what a picture is, so that’s why web devices? Does the design change so that developers attach code to each image it becomes easy to read? It’s becoming called an “alt” tag that contains text to tell more and more important for your site search engines what the image is. to be optimized for multiple devices to retain your visitors. Your analytics can tell Step 3: Get rid of the clutter! you how many people are visiting your Sites these days can be so visually site on mobile devices and if they drop overloaded with images that a user off quickly. doesn’t know where to look or go next. Make your website easy to find and It is also imperative that your site is navigate, avoid competing calls to action, compliant for people with disabilities. 32

A stale, unchanged website will slide down the rankings.

Step 7: Use Social Media to pull more viewers to your site Go to where your customers are! Social media is a great way to engage your current and potential customers and let them know what you do! Find out what social media platform makes the most sense for your target customers and join in! You can use social media to ask questions, feature deals and contests and give tips and tricks related to your business. Try to think of information and posts that feature sharable and likable content. Keep it relevant, short and always, always have a link back to your website. Hiring a qualified web designer and SEO expert and following these tips will keep your business website relevant, useful and sought-after.

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Bessada Kia

by Dawn Riddoch



visited Bessada Kia in Pickering to present their Service Department with a Move Magazine Business Excellence Award. Vanessa Blue was thrilled with the service that she received during a very trying time. “As someone who isn’t knowledgeable about cars, I felt very comfortable and that I could trust them,” says Blue. Her first point of contact was with Mark Hubbert, a service advisor who deals directly with customers. “I just love helping people,” says Hubbert “I hate to say it – it sounds like a cliché - but when people can leave here, a car dealership, and feel that they can smile, that’s a representation of how they’re treated.” Blue says that treatment has made her a loyal customer, adding, “Bessada Kia will now be my only choice for service.”


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Tips for New Home Buyers

If you’re a first-time home buyer, you’re embarking on a journey that is both exciting and scary. We asked Dan Plowman, of Dan Plowman Team Realty, a few questions about buying your first home.

Do you have any tips on choosing a real estate agent?


A full-time realtor is critical in my opinion. The market conditions charge quickly and buying a home is probably the largest single investment you will make. It’s most important to choose a realtor that you are comfortable with. Make sure he is knowledgeable, experienced (especially with negotiations), honest, and is going to tell you reasons to buy or sell, or even the reasons not to. What about other professionals such as home inspectors, lawyers etc.?


How can first-time homebuyers set a manageable, and realistic, budget for the home?


A great place to start is by speaking with a mortgage broker. Figuring out what size mortgage you are comfortable with and how much money you would have left after paying your bills is very important. Separate your wants and needs. Ask your realtor for his advice on what a home might be worth if it has everything on your wish list. Look at some homes that are currently for sale, so you can get your own idea of how much house you can afford. Could you offer some tips on saving for a down payment for a first home?


While you may be able to afford a monthly mortgage payment and the associated costs, that first down payment can be a bit of a hurdle. However, you can overcome this by changing a few simple habits and taking advantage of saving options.

Any savings you already have (not set aside for emergencies) should go toward your down payment. This includes work bonuses, income tax refunds and maturing bonds.

The Canada Revenue Agency Home Buyers' Plan allows you to borrow from your RRSP for a down payment for a home. For an individual, this is $25,000, and $50,000 for qualifying couples. This does have to be paid back over a period of 15 years split into equal payments.

A tax-free savings account (TFSA) lets you invest up to $5,500 a year and earn on your investment. These earnings are not taxed, nor are any withdrawals you make from the TFSA account.

Having more money is often about spending less. Eat at home more, cut down on luxury purchases and bring your own lunch to work. You will be amazed how small things add up quickly.

Your realtor can provide you with a few different options for all of the professionals you might need in your home buying experience. Make sure you understand all of the costs involved. How should they deal with things like multiple offers?


There is never any harm in entering into a multiple offer. Your realtor should have the experience and know-how to help you buy the home of your dreams, or to advise you when to walk away. How can first-time homebuyers know if a home is right for them?


When you have found the right home for you, it will feel right. You will start to place your furniture in the home and picture yourself living there. A full-time realtor will bring you up to speed on the house and the area, and an educated buyer is a comfortable, relaxed buyer. Experience and education go hand in hand. An experienced full-time realtor can make all the difference. for more information, visit

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Spark Centre Igniting the Spark of Innovation If you are an entrepreneur who needs help getting your company growing, Spark Innovation Centre might be a great resource for you. It works with start-ups that focus on technology, innovation or invention, and the services are completely free.

By Karen Sheviak

support all aspects of innovative technology or invention.”

Spark Centre is a not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centre. There are 18 across Ontario and the one based in Oshawa covers Durham Region and Northumberland County. Spark They have a network of advisors who are experts in various fields Centre receives funding from a variety of sources, including (marketing, sales, manufacturing, legal etc.) and, depending on government, industry and sponsorships. what someone needs help with, they will connect them to the person with the right expertise. “This is ideal for people who Here are a few of their clients. are starting a business because they don't necessarily have IFTech is a high-tech company that has developed wearable the funds to pay for executive leadership coaching, marketing technology that can be used in gaming. Their first product, expertise, accounting or legal advice,” says Amanda Reynolds, called ARAIG (As Real As It Gets) may not just be used for fun: public relations and media manager for Spark Centre. “Clients the company is expanding the technology into areas such as receive training, business assistance and access to funding to military simulation and virtual reality.

National Prostaff is a social network for anglers and outfitters. Tiko 3D invented an affordable 3D printer. Both of these companies won Spark Centre's Ignite Pitch Competition, which has a grand prize of $25,000. The competition is similar to “Dragon's Den,” where entrepreneurs go through a series of pitches, presenting their companies to a power panel made up of successful entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders, says Reynolds.

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Spark Centre also offers coaching for people who want to be entrepreneurs, help with ideas that have yet to become a reality, as well as advisory boards for existing businesses. Spark Centre’s Thrive program is designed to help start-ups with all aspects of their new companies, including gaining faster market entry, reducing costs and networking with other seasoned entrepreneurs who can offer valuable advice. for more information, visit



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blancride By Karen Sheviak

Many inspired ideas probably come from people daydreaming while stuck in traffic. But how many of those aim to solve the traffic problem itself? That’s exactly what happened when a team came up with the idea for Blancride, a free to download app that facilitates carpooling. “On a daily basis, we were spending many hours of our days stuck in traffic and dealing with huge gridlock problems, and when we looked around us, we noticed how many people were driving alone and thought that if we could at least put some of these people (who are most likely headed to the same general area) in the same cars, what a big impact it could have,” says Hamid Akbari, CEO of Blancride.

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Here’s how it works: Drivers and passengers download and register with the app, and it connects people who are travelling to the same area. At the end of the ride, the cost is automatically transferred from the passenger to the driver through their preregistered account. A trip of less than 20 kilometres will cost about $5.

“WE STARTED BLANCRIDE BECAUSE THERE WAS A PROBLEM THAT NEEDED TO BE FIXED,” SAYS AKBARI. “NOT ONLY IS CARPOOLING A SOLUTION TO OUR EVERYDAY TRAFFIC WOES, IT IS ALSO ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY TO BOOT!” The app is currently targeted at university students because there are a large number of people travelling similar routes every day. The Blancride team plans to expand across the GTA and eventually to other cities across Canada. They have addressed potential safety concerns that people may have as well. “The app employs GPS tracking and user’s satisfaction to ensure that rides are monitored and completed as planned,” says Akbari. “It also allows the option of rejecting matches, and we will soon update the app to allow driver/passenger preferences, so women can choose to only be matched with other women, etc.” The launch of the business was facilitated by their association with Spark Centre, a non-profit organization that offers support to technology-based start-up companies. “Spark Centre has always been a great supporter of what we’re doing,” says Akbari. “Our goal is to build a successful business, and Spark Centre definitely has resources to help us. Also, leveraging the expansive expert network at Spark Centre has really pointed us in the right direction for our fundraising goals.”



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“We started Blancride because there was a problem that needed to be fixed,” says Akbari. “Not only is carpooling a solution to our everyday traffic woes, it is also environmentally friendly to boot!” for more information, visit 37

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NATURE AT YOUR DOORSTEP The Natural Treasures of Glen Major Forest and

Walker Woods

Almost 50 kilometres of trails help you see it all, whether you’re a hiker, cross-country skier, mountain biker or horse rider.


id you know there’s a wilderness practically in our backyard? The 1,500 hectare Glen Major Forest and Walker Woods conservation area stretches from Uxbridge to Pickering and includes coniferous and deciduous forests, meadows, wetlands and lakes. Best of all, there are almost 50 kilometres of trails to help you see it all, whether you’re a hiker, cross-country skier, mountain biker or horse rider.


good entry point is the parking area on Concession 7/Sideline 4, just north of Highway 5. A large interpretive map at the trailhead gives you the lay of the land and you can head off into the woods or up into a grassy meadow. On a recent visit, I shared the trail with the occasional jogger and dog walker; the peaceful rustle of the breeze in the trees and a nearby woodpecker the only sounds. From a hilltop, I was rewarded with a vista of rolling land to the south under a crisp, sunny, blue sky.


p the road from the parking lot is what’s left of the village of Glen Major, which dates from the 1800s. It was home to mills, schools, a post office and train station at its height, but not much remains now. Among a scattering of rambling newer houses tucked in the trees, though, is the picturesque Weslyan Methodist Church, which was built in 1873. The church is still used in the summer season. Further afield, you can find the foundations of old farm buildings throughout the landscape.


here are multiple points of access to the forest, and the Trans-Canada Trail and Oak Ridges Trail both pass through. From the south parking lot on Concession 6, you can walk the Aggregate Trail, which runs by an old gravel quarry that is being restored to a living classroom to demonstrate the region’s biodiversity.


esides its ecological and historical significance, Glen Major Forest and Walker Woods also contain a provincially designated Earth Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest, called the Uxbridge Forest Kames. Kames are hills of sand and gravel deposited by glaciers as they retreated during the last ice age. In this area are also many “kettles,” small glacially created lakes.


ccording to the Oak Ridges Trail Association, the forests contain habitat for 120 different vegetation communities, 573 vascular plant species and 107 different fauna species, including white-tailed deer, porcupine, coyote and red-shouldered hawk – all right next door to the major urban centres of Durham Region. See you out on the trails!

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Emergency Preparedness by Julie Ineson CFEI Fire Inspector | Fire Services Department

Think about it. What would you do if severe weather knocked out the power in your city for several days? What if a chemical spill required you to evacuate immediately? Do you have a plan in place? Most people don’t, and that’s a big mistake. Disaster can strike quickly and can confine you to your home or force you to evacuate your neighbourhood. When planning for an emergency, consider how you would deal with the disruption of day-to-day services like electricity, water, heat, air conditioning, telephone services and transportation. Education and preparedness are the best defence when dealing with any type of emergency situation. While Durham Region and its municipalities are doing everything possible to prepare for emergencies, as a resident you also have an important role to play in ensuring the safety of you and your family. And it takes just a few minutes to ensure you have the knowledge and resources to react quickly in an emergency.

Know the Risks Durham Region has a number of situations that present potential hazards to residents. The top hazards by rank, relative to risk, for the region can be grouped into three major categories: 1. Severe weather: major winter storms, high winds, flooding, etc. 2. Hazardous materials release: toxic spills/gas leaks, either at a site or as the result of a transportation accident 3.

Mass casualty event: train derailments, major accidents on the 401 and 35/115 highways or a major building fire

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Emergency Kit Checklist

Make a Plan and Create a Kit Emergency preparedness begins at home. As a family, discuss what you need to prepare for an emergency and what to do during an evacuation. Your family may have special needs to consider. For example, you may need specific medication, wheelchairs or portable life-sustaining equipment. Identify any challenges or limitations that members of your household may have and how different types of emergencies would affect them. Be sure to include your pets when planning for emergencies.

Emergency Plan Checklist 4 Discuss types of emergencies and

how these could impact your home (extreme weather, chemical spills, fire, etc.).

4 Get to know your surroundings and possible hazards/risks in your neighbourhood.

4 Food (canned or dried that requires

no refrigeration)

4 Can opener 4 Water – two litres per day, per person 4 First aid kit 4 Change of clothing per person

(weather specific)

4 Flashlight and batteries 4 Battery or crank-operated radio 4 Telephone that plugs directly into a

phone jack

4 Medication (keep in mind proper storage)

4 Cash

4 Research your children’s school or

4 Personal items (toiletries,

daycare emergency plans.

4 Prepare and practise a home escape

plan. Make sure you know two ways out and have a safe meeting place outside.

4 Decide on an out-of-the-area

emergency contact person and create a list of emergency numbers.

4 Make arrangements with family

members or friends who would be willing to let you stay with them during an evacuation.

4 Create an emergency plan for

your pets.

toothbrush/paste, deodorant, soap, feminine products)

4 Toys and games for children 4 Blankets/bedding 4 Copies of important papers

(identification, medical records, insurance policy, emergency plan etc.)

4 Whistle 4 Candle/matches (use with caution) 4 Small tool kit 4 Specialty items and life-sustaining equipment

4 Take a first aid and CPR course. 4 Pack a family emergency kit and

store it where it is easy to access.

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Passport – Check. Sunscreen – Check. Insurance?!? by Donna Danks


ith our record-breaking cold winter now behind us, many of you are looking forward to a well-deserved vacation. You may have already been counting down the days! But before you pack, add insurance to your checklist because it is often overlooked. If your home is going to be unoccupied during your vacation, call your broker because most policies limit the length of time your home can be empty without it affecting your coverage. Once you find out what your policy states, you can plan effectively. It could be as easy as asking a friend or family member to do a walk-through of your home every three days and shutting off your water. Are you renting a car on your vacation? If you rent a car in Canada or the United States, your auto insurance policy in Ontario may have the endorsement OPCF 27, which will allow you the option to decline purchasing the rental car insurance coverage. Your broker can advise you on this coverage, and it is a conversation best had prior to your departure – not at the airport when picking up your car. 40

While you are travelling, are your contents covered under your current home insurance policy? Probably, but limits and/or exclusions could apply. For example, theft of contents from your vehicle could be limited to $3,000 but might be $10,000 if your suitcases were left in your hotel instead of in the car. Jewelry and camera equipment could also be limited, so again discuss your policy with your broker before you leave. Finally, check your medical insurance. You do not want to go out of province without additional medical insurance. You may already have this coverage through your plan at work, so review it to see that you meet any pre-existing conditions in your policy. A change in your medication, even if it is a decrease in medication in the last three to six months, could affect your policy, so call to verify. If a change has affected your policy, you should purchase additional coverage to ensure that you are adequately covered while on holiday. Some policies also exclude scuba diving, parasailing or zip-lining, among other higher risk activities. Make sure you find out all of this information before you leave for your trip so that you may plan accordingly.

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have had to use my medical insurance in the United States twice, and each time it was very easy and did not disrupt my vacation or my pocketbook. I called the number on my travel card and explained the medical situation and my location, and their customer service rep directed me to a hospital in the first instance and a clinic in the second, lessserious instance. At the hospital, a nurse was waiting for us in the lobby and my family member was taken in to be seen immediately. We had all the necessary procedures, were diagnosed, given a prescription, a copy of the X-rays and a follow-up appointment for the A change in your medication, even following week and were back at our vacation if it is a decrease in medication in home within three hours. We did not pay a dime and did not need to provide a credit card. We the last three to six months, could just showed our identification to confirm who affect your policy, so call to verify. we were, and the travel insurance company took care of the rest. If an accident or illness creeps up suddenly while you are on vacation, it is not ideal, but hopefully it’s just a bump in the road and not a complete disruption of your vacation. So make sure all of your insurance is in place and effective for you and your family. Keeping insurance on your to-do list when planning your vacation can ensure that your trip is as stress-free as you imagined it on those cold winter days!

Donna Danks is a registered insurance broker with 21 years of experience at Pine Ridge Insurance. for more information, email or call 905-683-9725


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They are all we really need. And these dishes create the perfect early spring menu for any occasion, such as "It's Tuesday!" Christine Goble is an award winning local home chef from Seagrave, Ontario. Christine is a huge advocate for local business and makes sure she creates her sensational meals with as many foods provided by local butchers and farmers as possible. She loves cooking for her friends and family and is currently working on her second cookbook.

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This will take about 1 hour. You don’t need to stir continuously, just enough to keep the onions from sticking to the bottom. Continuing to lower the heat will also help prevent sticking. Be patient; the flavour is worth it.


The key to a great French onion soup is patience. Taking the extra time to caramelize the onions will take it to the next level. The soup freezes perfectly, so make a double batch for a quick, easy meal. INGREDIENTS

¼ cup Butter (not margarine) 2 tbsp Vegetable oil

4 Large onions, peeled and thinly sliced

Splash water Sprinkle or 2 sea salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup Brandy, sherry, cognac or fortified wine such as Madeira or Marsala 4 cups Chicken broth

2 Sprigs fresh thyme leaves

Sprinkle or two sea salt and freshly ground pepper

4 Slices hearty multigrain bread

2 cups Shredded Swiss, Gruyere or Mozzarella cheese

METHOD For the caramelized onions, toss the butter and oil into a large heavy stockpot set over medium-high heat. Melt the butter – the oil will protect the butter from burning. Then add the onions, a splash of water and salt and pepper. Stir well, then cover with a tight-fitting lid. This will capture steam and help the onions release all their moisture.

When the onions are a deep golden colour and have shrunk dramatically, add the fortified wine. Turn up the heat and cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly, until the additional liquid has evaporated. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Add the thyme leaves, season with salt and pepper and continue cooking for 15 minutes or so. To serve, preheat the broiler in your oven. Toast the bread slices. Cut rounds or crouton cubes out of the toast, large enough to fit your soup bowls.

Cook, stirring now and then, until the onions soften, about 10 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until all the water has evaporated. Lower the heat and slowly caramelize the onions, stirring them frequently.

Ladle the soup into 4 ovenproof serving bowls. Top each with a slice or two of toasted bread, enough to cover the top of the soup. Cover the bread with an even shredded cheese. Broil until the cheese has melted and browned and looks beautiful.


Spoon enough of the hoisin mixture over the salmon fillets to cover. Bake in the center of the oven for 10 minutes per inch of thickness of fish.


As an alternative to baking the salmon, grill it with this sauce over the top laying on heavy-duty foil. This sauce is also just as good served with chicken or pork. Make a double batch for another day as it freezes well. Make sauce about an hour before so the flavours set in. SAUCE 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce

2 tsp Low-sodium soy sauce

2 tsp Sesame oil

1 tsp Honey

2 Cloves minced fresh garlic 1 tsp Minced fresh ginger

Salmon fillets with skin on Little olive oil for rub Heavy-duty foil if BBQ cooking Parsley and lemon wedge for serving

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Wash and pat dry your salmon fillets with a paper towel. Rub a little olive oil all over the fillets top and bottom. 2. If using oven: Preheat the oven to 425ºF. If using BBQ, preheat to medium and grill over direct heat. 3. Stir the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, garlic and ginger together in a bowl. 4. If baking in the oven, place double folded heavy-duty foil on a baking tray, spread some olive oil on the foil before putting salmon fillets skin side down.

5. BBQ method: Take heavy-duty foil and double fold with some olive oil and place salmon fillet skin side down. Spoon enough of the hoisin mixture to cover the salmon fillet. Grill over medium direct heat until the fish flakes easily when pierced with a fork. Do not over cook, keeping an eye on it periodically. 6. Garnish with parsley and lemon wedge and with remaining sauce on the side if desired.



When making your own vinaigrette, invest in a good bottle of extra virgin olive oil and an aged balsamic vinegar. You will taste the difference! SALAD Fresh washed Baby Spinach

½ Red onion, thinly sliced

English cucumber, cut in half then cut into smaller cubes



2 Oranges, zested

2 Small oranges, juiced or 1 large orange, juiced

2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp Honey

1 Clove garlic, peeled

2. Whichever vinaigrette you choose, drizzle over salad and mix until coated. 3. Serve salmon either over top of the spinach salad or to the side.

3/4 tsp Freshly ground black pepper 3/4 cup Extra-virgin olive oil

To make dressing, blend all ingredients into a small blender until smooth. Chill about an hour so the flavours set in. OPTION 2


2/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup Crumbled feta cheese

1. Mix salad ingredients into a large serving bowl.

3/4 tsp Salt

Fresh red sweet pepper, diced

Thinly sliced radishes (optional)


2 Cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup Balsamic vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp Honey

Mix all ingredients into a mini processor, or add to a bowl and whisk until thick and creamy. Use more garlic, mustard or honey according to your taste.




These do not take long, so just do it – get out that KitchenAid mixer and start making some bread! Freeze the extra loaves if they're still around – they thaw perfectly! Take it to another notch – make mini grilled cheeses for an appetizer and serve with a drizzle of olive oil.

INGREDIENTS 2½ cups Whole wheat flour

1 tbsp Honey

1½ tsp Quick rising yeast

1½ cups Warm water (about 120 degrees F)

1 cup All-purpose flour, plus more as needed

2 tsp Salt

METHOD 1. In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine whole wheat flour, honey and yeast. Add water; stir to combine. Add allpurpose flour and salt; stir to combine. 2. Knead dough on a well-floured surface 10 minutes, adding more all-purpose flour as needed until dough is smooth and slightly sticky, but holds its shape. Or, if using a stand mixer, replace paddle attachment with dough hook; knead dough 5 minutes on medium speed,

adding more all-purpose flour as needed until dough is smooth and slightly sticky, but holds its shape. 3. Shape dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased large bowl; turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled. 4. Punch down risen dough; divide into 3 (or 4) equal pieces. Roll each piece carefully into a thin log, about 10-12 inches long. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough. Place loaves a few inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. 5. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut three ½-inch deep slashes on top of each loaf. Cover dough with a tea towel or plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray. Let rise 30 minutes until nearly doubled in size. 6. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake loaves for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing.

Wine expertly paired by Ocala Winery, Port Perry High Quality Imported Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar is from Sarafino Importers in Uxbridge Atlantic Salmon from The Trading Post Quality Foods, Port Perry Vegetables from Link Greenhouses, Bowmanville 44

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