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PUBLISHER KATIE BURCHELL CREATIVE DIRECTOR SIMON BURN EDITORIAL TEAM KEVIN “CRASH” CORRIGAN DAVID K. DORWARD HEATHER GHEY BROADBENT RIC KITOWSKI JOCELYN KLEMM DIANA JANOSIK-WRONSKI CONTRIBUTORS KIRA DORWARD GAIL GRANT PROOFREADER SALLY MORELL EDITORIAL DESIGN SDB CREATIVE GROUP INC. ADVERTISING DESIGN & PRODUCTION CAROLINE SWEET, SKY CREATIVE GROUP LTD. ADVERTISING SALES KATIE BURCHELL TRUDY GENTILE frontlinemedia1@sympatico.ca Tel: 905 857 2536 While every effort has been made to ensure that advertisements and articles appear correctly, Frontline Media cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the contents of this publication. All material is intended for information purposes only. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of its publisher or editor. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part prohibited without written permission from the publisher. Owned & published by Frontline Media, P. O. Box 340, Caledon, Ontario L7E 5T3 Tel: 905 857 2536 Email: frontlinemedia1@sympatico.ca Caledon Living is published 4 times a year (January, April, July, October)

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from the publisher Usually on my publisher’s page I would announce the exciting new articles in the pages that follow. But this time I want to tell you about my continuous problem with Canada Post. I deliver through Canada Post as I believe it is the best way to deliver my magazines and, until a better way becomes available, I will continue to do so. Other publishers leave their magazines for people to pick up in stores, but we can’t rely on the numbers that are being collected. And delivering in newspapers is not the way to go as we see them all over the place, thrown in ditches or put straight into the recycling box, so I have chosen to deliver an average of 29,000 pieces through Canada Post. My problems are matters that businesses should really take note of. On average, I collect back from Canada Post about three percent of my delivery, around 800 pieces which are classed as overage. Canada Post would charge me for delivering them and would just recycle them. However, since I collect them, I deduct it from my Invoice before paying it. Also, their electronic filing system is quite a joke as the numbers do not give an accurate account of the deliveries. For example, King City now includes Kettleby, which Canada Post has changed to SS0006 King City without informing business customers such as myself. Not knowing this change had taken place, I did not deduct it from the mailing and had to go to the King City Post Office to retrieve those magazines, costing me time and expenses. Last year Canada Post apparently lost a lot of income. If we, the business community, could rely on their information and services, and if they could get themselves sorted out without continuously changing postal groupings and codes, maybe more businesses would use their services. But, even at best, they are unreliable with their delivery information. Raising their accountability would be a welcome change. Making the business community, as well as the average citizen, spend more money is not the answer.

Publisher and Owner Note: Most of the employees at the local post offices and distribution centres are great to deal with. Talk to them before creating your mailings.

OOPS! Writer Heather Broadbent, author of Caledon Creeks

in our last issue—recently a Vice Chair of the Humber Watershed Alliance—knows perfectly well that Centreville and Boyce’s Creek are in the Humber Watershed and suggests gremlins got into her Computer. She apologises about the silly error.

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contents spring 2013

home 18 Inspiration:

Romantic birdcage mural

food 27 Recipes:

Jambalaya stuffed red peppers Rhubarb & ginger pannacotta

wine connoisseur 31 Wine cocktails heritage 11 The Region of Peel Art Gallery,

Museum and Archive

people 49 Jamie Gairdner 50 Wayne Baguley community 44 The little hospital that could!

Headwaters Health Care Centre

pets 39

Meet the marmalade!

travel 21 Up in the air

Ballooning in Sedona, Arizona

motoring 52 Supercharged Range Rover

COVER Gina O’Sullivan, Cadogan Farm Spring: The Hills of Headwaters, page 35. PHOTO: SIMON BURN

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heritage

The Region of Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archive WORDS HEATHER GHEY BROADBENT

Many newcomers to Caledon and, indeed, other residents do not know that we have a world-class cultural facility for all of our Region, located in the former County Town of Brampton. At the time of writing, the Region reached the final installment in the evolution of the complex of buildings recently renamed as Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Arcive (PAMA). This latest installment of the saga has far exceeded the originally anticipated completion date, but it seems well worth the wait. SPRING 2013 CALEDON LIVING

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heritage The complex of buildings, originally started in 1868, has undergone many transformations and has become an outstanding example of ‘adaptive use’. A very noteworthy demonstration of how to reuse historic buildings instead of condemning them to land fill or rubble for the base of new roads. The creation of the County of Peel had a complicated origin. Originally part of the enormous Nassau District in 1788, and then part of the East Riding of the Home District, it was (although undeveloped) part of York County. After 1852, the District system was abolished and Peel, York and Ontario Counties were joined. But Ontario County quickly separated, and a very long period of heated discussion and indecision about whether the other two counties should separate started. By 1856, a Provincial Act to “Provide for the Separation of the Counties of York and Peel” was passed. However, the Act required a vote by qualified municipal voters (i.e.) land owning men, resulting in a narrow victory for the “Yeas.” Such a vote then caused a great deal of acrimonious discussion on all the aspects of ‘going it alone’—including the need for new County buildings and which village would become the County Town. One vote for Brampton was strangely passed with less than a quorum, so that did little to settle things down. The arguments went on from 1856 to July 1860. As a matter of interest, alternative suggestions were Churchville, Silver Creek, Derry West, Telacourtre, Belfountain, Cheltenham, Tullamore, Cooksville, Bolton, Edmonton, Port Credit, Streetsville, Malton, and the eventual winner, Brampton. One hundred and sixty times there were motions at meetings on this apparently vexing subject, with further important motions on which Hotel the next meeting would be held in! When, at last, a clear victory was made

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(the final vote being for Brampton, Malton or Streetsville), Council had spent so long arguing that they hadn’t even thought about the required County Buildings site. When they heard the likely cost, they then started to discuss whether they should reunite with York and, in April 1862, after the fourth election in six years, an early motion was made to reunite again. That lasted for two years before the decision to ‘go it alone’ was back on the table, and more names were added to the County Town list by the electorate (including one saying just “At Home’). Finally, after 10 years of indecision, on January 22nd, 1867, the separation was agreed upon with Brampton—suitably in the centre of the county— chosen as its County Town. (During preparation of this article it occurred to me that, if this happened today, would Mayors Hazel, Susan and Marolyn take so long to spearhead a solution?) The first item of business was acquisition of County Buildings—a Court House and a Jail. About ten properties were offered as suitable sites, and the one chosen had the bonus of being a gift. After one false start, a wellknown architect in both Canada and the United States, William Kaufman, was selected on the understanding that both buildings would cost no more than $25,000.00 each. (Note: This architect also designed the now altered Caledon building known as “McLaren’s Castle.”) The winning contractor was J. Kestevan. The splendid Court House came in at $19,085.99 and the stone Jail (principally because of extras required by the Quebec Prison Inspectors) rose to The Peel County Courthouse, circa 1875 PHOTO: COURTESY PEEL ART GALLERY, MUSEUM & ARCHIVES


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heritage $27,000.00. Later, as a result of further legislation, a Registry Office was added in 1890. Architecturally it did not resemble either of the other two buildings, but neither did they resemble each other; they just presented a visually dynamic complex. By 1959, as staff grew along with the population explosion in Peel, Council decided that they could no longer fit in the Court House, where they met in the Upper Chamber, so a new County Building was needed. Fortunately there was room on the south side of the Court House so another building was constructed there. Meanwhile, Brampton continued to meet in the building on Queen Street, and the Township of Chinguacousy built a new home on the south side of Highway 7. When Regional Government was created in 1974, the two municipalities were merged (with the northern part of Chinguacousy becoming part of Caledon), but for a while the new Region used the new building until another was built close by. Now Brampton City Hall is “kitty-corner” across Main Street from the Heritage buildings. All of these relocations, and the construction of larger County/Regional buildings, resulted in buildings at Wellington Street and Main (Hurontario Street) being vacant, except for the Jail and the newer building, initially. Earlier, the Peel County Historical Society (then the third oldest Society in Ontario), along with the Women’s Institutes of Peel, approached Council about using the Registry Office as a Peel Museum and Art Gallery. (The Women’s Institutes had already run small museums in such places as Albion Hills and Belfountain.) With the group led by the late, intrepid Russ Cooper, permission was granted and launched as a Centennial Project for 1967. This worked well as the collections continued to grow. Then in 1973-74, the Act to Create a Region of Peel noted in Section 137 that the operation of the Museum and Art Gallery, and all the collections, revert to the Region, so the staff became Regional employees. Within a few years the Regional Clerk, alarmed about the condition of old County records, recommended that an Archive be part of the facility, which was really outgrowing its walls. Fortuitously, the Jail was about to be relocated and plans were soon made to expand into that space. While that was in the planning stage, tours of the Jail were offered and there was an overwhelming response. On a personal note, I recall organizing and leading some tours. The first question was, “Where are the bodies (of murderers) buried?” (They were all relocated to appropriate cemeteries.) Then, “Where were they hanged?” At least one person asked that on every tour. An elderly lady really floored me while looking at the Chief Jailer’s Office. “I was married in here,” she announced. After a long silence, she went on to explain that the Jailer was her Uncle and Guardian, and her groom was not a prisoner. In retrospect, I still think it was a very odd place for a wedding. Renovations started with renowned Court House/Public Buildings cum refurbishing expert Architect Carlos Venton designing the new layout and joining of the two buildings. The main floor of the Jail became the Archive and the link

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was the reception area. The Registry Office housed the Art Gallery, and the Museum took over the upper floors of the Jail and link. However, all too soon, the growing collections were taking over, so ‘New Age’ storage methods were installed in an addition on the east side, where the jail yard had been, and that helped for a while. Soon the Directors were eyeing the second County Building, which had been used in the intervening years by Brampton Hydro but was now empty. Overtures were made to Regional Council and eventually tenders were taken for expansion into those buildings, and the latest expansion started. This time the architect was Christopher Borgal of Goldsmith and Borgal Company Ltd. They designed the amazing new spaces. There is even an underground passageway to link the buildings, primarily so that the numerous school groups don’t have to dress and undress, particularly in winter, to move between buildings. (Every mother knows how long that can take.) It should be mentioned here that the old Court House is still occasionally used as an overflow from the third Peel Court House on Hurontario south of Steeles. By the time you read this, the last phase of your Art Gallery, Museum and Archive complex will be completed and opened. Although generous Government grants aided in the restoration and renovations of this dynamic group of buildings, please don’t forget it is your complex, supported by your Regional taxes, and an outstanding example of adaptive use—a place to be proud of. Please visit all the collections and exhibits at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archive soon. 9 Wellington Street, Brampton Ontario. www.pama.peelregion.ca

Heather Ghey Broadbent has been a member of the facility since 1974. She is a past President of the Peel County Historical Society, was a Director and Chair of the Board of Management, Chair of the Art Gallery Committee during the late 1970s & 80s, and is presently a member of the Archive Committee.

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homes

Romantic

birdcage mural

WORDS KATIE BURCHELL

What could be better than looking up to your bedroom ceiling to see a whimsical birdcage, open to the sky, and beautiful birds in flight? This bedroom belongs to a Caledon client of Jim Connelly and Peter De Sousa. We were shown it while shooting an article with them for an upcoming issue. It was so delightful, we just had to feature it too! 18 18

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What a delightful idea to bring some of that nature inside.

The bedroom had just received a makeover with new bedding, draperies and furniture. The client’s daughter loves birds, had recently purchased a beautiful antique bird cage from a local store, and had decided birds would be the inspiration for her mural project to cheer the room up. The large window in the bedroom looks out onto a sprawling country garden full of nature’s glory—what a delightful idea to bring some of that nature inside. The ceiling is fairly high, with a coffered dome in the centre. The iron headboard had a beautiful, soft, open design and became the inspiration for the birdcage ironwork mural that was proposed. Before starting the project, Jim and Peter researched our feathered friends from a wildlife book. Sketches of several birds in flight and a hand drawn rendition of the finished mural were presented to the clients for approval. Once approved, the magical scene was hand painted onto the ceiling. Fluttering birds fly into the room through an open birdcage, while the tea stain clouds add a warm patina and softness to the artwork—the client had nixed the idea of traditional blue clouds early on in the project, wanting something more subtle. A nice addition to the mural was a hand painted bird perched on top of the bedroom doorframe. His lifelike energy, looking at you with a chirpy expression, is so realistic that I believe by now they surely have given him a name. SPRING 2013 CALEDON CALEDONLIVING LIVING

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Up

travel

in the air

Ballooning in Sedona, Arizona

WORDS GAIL GRANT PHOTOS WENDY GRAY

We had followed an air current into a canyon and found ourselves so close to its wall that we could almost reach out and touch it. At about 25 feet off the ground, the pungent smell of pine wafted upward as the copilot leaned over the edge of the basket to pluck a pine cone from the top of a tree as we drifted silently by. There is no steering mechanism in a hot air balloon ... you simply drift along, following whatever air current you pick up. But this seemed a little too close for comfort. I anxiously glanced toward the pilot but, in that same instant, he opened the blast valve and up we soared, out of the canyon, in search of another air current to follow. My friend Wendy Gray had suggested a ride in a hot air balloon during our recent hiking visit to the gorgeous red rock area of Sedona, Arizona. That’s how I found myself shivering outside our hotel in the very dark early morning, waiting to be picked up by Blair Prescott, a third generation commercial pilot with 25 years of experience flying hot air balloons. His plan was to take us 2,000 feet up in the air in a tiny cane basket dangling from an enormous yellow and green balloon and, hopefully, bring us safely back to earth. As we set off toward our launching site half an hour away, Blair explained that the early morning start was necessary because it was the calmest and coolest part of the day. We

also learned that there would be two balloons taking off that morning, with seven people in each basket. Hot air balloons are the oldest successful human carrying flight technology. Invented by the Montgolfier brothers, Frenchmen who understood the principle that hot air rises, the first ever recorded manned and untethered hot air balloon flight took place in 1783. At that time the gondola, or basket, had a hole in the middle of it and was tethered to the ground. A fire was built, heating the air in the envelope, or balloon, which was made from paper. Originally it was thought that the smoke made the envelope rise but eventually the brothers, who were paper manufacturers by trade, realized that it was actually the hot air. Once the air in the balloon was heated sufficiently, the tethers were cut and the occupant found himself floating gracefully over the fields of rural France. Not much has changed in the world of hot air ballooning since then, according to Blair. “The structure of the baskets,

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the propane tanks and the fabric used for the balloon must meet standards set by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration),” he said, “and, of course, all hot air balloon pilots must have a valid commercial license. But the principles are pretty much the same as they were way back then.” Ground temperature hovered around freezing that crisp November morning, but the sun finally made its welcome appearance as the baskets were unloaded from the trailers and laid on their sides at the launch site. They looked dismally flimsy to me, and totally incapable of carrying four propane tanks, our pilot, a pilot in training, plus Wendy, a couple from Alaska, their eight year old daughter and me. The balloons were unfurled and laid out on the ground above the baskets. Two volunteers were asked to hold open the throat of the balloon while a large commercial gaspowered fan was hooked up to begin the inflation process, which took about 15 minutes. The envelopes are 80 feet tall and hold 160,000 cubic feet of air when fully inflated. The throat of the balloon is lined with Nomex, a flame retardant, while the rest is made of ‘rip stop’ nylon. Excited, nervous chatter accompanied the righting of the baskets, the final checking of the lines that attach the balloon to the basket, and the turning on of the propane to heat the air in the balloon. It was show time. We all climbed into the basket ... no turning back now. The copilot twisted the blast valve and released a steady, unnerving whoosh of propane into the balloon. With a gentle bounce, we lifted off. In that moment I had a flashback to the magical childhood tale of “Aladdin and His Flying Carpet.” According to Blair, “There are rivers of wind in the sky; you just find one of those and follow it along,” and his primary objective is to give his passengers an interesting, fun experience. We drifted lazily along, our altitude fluctuating, at times tree top height and sometimes soaring to 2,000+ feet, enchanted by the panoramic and ever changing views of the massive, mystical and magnificent red rocks of the Sedona area. The intermittent whoosh of propane punctuates conversation; otherwise this mode of transportation is as silent as a shadow in a cemetery. We were lucky enough to catch an eagle’s view of a small herd of mule deer, a family of javelinas (peccaries also known as skunk pigs), and a couple of magnificent elk as we floated silently above, grateful each time we found


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LEFT TO RIGHT Wendy Gray, Gail Grant

and their pilot Blair Prescott

ourselves in the warming rays of the brilliant Arizona sun. Occasionally the silence would be broken by radio contact with our chase vehicles as they updated the pilot on wind velocity and confirmed that they had us in sight. We eventually spotted them off in the distance and floated on a gentle current of air toward them. “Landings can be tricky,” said Blair. “You hope for a flat landing spot, close to the chase vehicles.” With no flaps or shock absorbers on hot air balloons, he said he often uses scrub trees as braking mechanisms. Our landing strip turned out to be a seldom used roadbed. We came at it from the side, slowing as we approached, and used the far side’s bank to stop our forward momentum. With artful application of heat to the air within the balloon, and manipulation of the air escaping from the top vent hole, our basket slipped down the bank, thankfully still in upright position, and came to a halt safely on the roadbed. Our massive balloons were allowed to collapse while we piled out of the baskets and headed for the welcome warmth of the chase vehicles. In the early days of balloon flights, French balloon pilots quickly discovered that the farmers in whose fields they landed were none too happy about it, and often needed appeasing. The easiest way was to offer champagne, so a tradition was born. We kept that tradition alive. Once our flight equipment had been stowed, we headed down the road to a picnic spot for pastries, strawberries with fresh cream and champagne, the perfect ending to a magical and memorable experience in the spectacular red mountains of Sedona. SPRING 2013 CALEDON LIVING

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recipes I food

Stuff it!

WORDS + PHOTOS SIMON BURN

chicken thighs chorizo spanish onion chicken broth diced tomatoes brown rice garlic red peppers chili powder paprika ground peppercorns sea salt

6 200gm 1 900ml 398ml can 2 cups 5 cloves 1–2 per person 1 tbsp 1 tbsp 1 tbsp 1 tbsp

Ontario greenhouse-grown peppers are available right now, and are a very versatile vegetable. They are great to cut up and eat raw as a snack, grill on the BBQ, slice up for pizzas or blend into soups. The most fun way to use peppers is to stuff them.

Jambalaya stuffed red peppers Chop up the chicken into small pieces, slice the chorizo and finely chop the onion. Add a little olive oil and fry them in a large pan or wok on medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the paprika, chili powder, salt, pepper, chopped garlic, broth, diced tomatoes and rice. Give it all a good stir and bring to the boil. Turn heat down and let simmer for about 40 minutes, until rice is soft. Preheat oven to 3850F. Cut out the tops of the peppers and scoop out the seeds and white ribbing with a spoon. Rinse with cold water, and then spoon in the Jambalaya. Place peppers in a baking dish or tray and let bake for approximately 30 minutes.

Serving suggestion Garnish with sprigs of fresh thyme The great thing with this recipe is you’ll have loads of Jambalya left over to freeze for future meals.

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food I recipes The first fruit locally available in spring also happens to be one of my favourites— rhubarb. It’s full of vitamins and dietary fibre, considered a perennial, and easy to grow in your own garden too. We know it best for playing a supporting role in pies. It pairs particularly well with apples. Rhubarb makes a great jam, but its best lead role is in rhubarb crumble. Here’s what I like to do with it when I don’t have time to make a pie or crumble...

Rhubarb and ginger pannacotta 35% whipping cream water pure vanilla extract unflavoured gelatin fresh ginger honey rhubarb

2 cups 2 cups 2 tsp 2 sachets 4 tsp ⅔ cup 6–7 large stems

With this recipe, it’s really all about the rhubarb sauce. You don’t have to make the pannacotta if gelatin isn’t your thing, you can spoon the rhubarb onto ice cream or even on your porridge!

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+ IDEAS If you don’t have ramekins, use teacups, they make great individual portion molds. Ramekins: Teacups : serves 5–6 people serves about 4 people You can replace the honey with sugar, or better still, maple syrup! For a lower fat version, replace the cream and water with almond milk

Different flavour?

If you don’t like ginger, try cinnamon. Or try both!

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PANNACOTTA Finely chop the ginger. Put half of it aside for the rhubarb sauce. Cut a six-inch piece of rhubarb from a stem and finely chop. Pour cream, water and vanilla into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Slowly stir in gelatin, followed by the rhubarb and ginger. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Take off heat and let cool for a further 10 minutes. Lightly grease inside of ramekins with butter before pouring in liquid. Place in refrigerator to set. RHUBARB SAUCE Cut rhubarb into one-inch pieces and place in saucepan with the honey and finely chopped ginger. Stir enough to cover the rhubarb with honey. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 10–12 minutes, or until rhubarb is soft and starts to break apart. To serve, place ramekins in a few inches of boiling water for 30 seconds or so, and then place a plate over the ramekin and carefully turn upside down. Then lift the ramekin off, and spoon on a generous amount of rhubarb sauce.


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wine connoisseur

Wine cocktails WORDS RIC KITOWSKI & JOCELYN KLEMM

It may seem like heresy for us to write about wine as a cocktail. After all, winemakers have staked their reputations on creating a quality product that is complete, without the need for any alterations. We don’t disagree; we’re just open to other interesting ways to enjoy wine, without debasing it. We also have history on our side. For centuries, ingredients have been added to wine to either extend it or improve it. In days of old, wine was quite bad, generally sour and quite unpalatable without the addition of sweet or herbal ingredients. Vermouth, an aromatized fortified wine flavoured with botanicals, was first produced in Turin, Italy in 1757, and went from being consumed for its “medicinal” properties to being a major ingredient in cocktails such as the martini and Manhattan before Prohibition in America. The first mention of Sangria (a blend of red wine, usually Rioja, brandy, syrup and fresh fruit) dates back

to 15th century Spain, while Kir (whose name comes from the Mayor of Dijon, Félix Kir, credited for creating the blend of aligoté with crème de cassis) became popularized in the 1940s. In America, where the popularity of the term “cocktail” is generally attributed, the Suburban (made with port, rum, rye and bitters) was first created around 1910 by bartenders at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, while mention of the classic New York Sour started around 1870. Sparkling wine cocktails like the Bellini (Prosecco and peach purée), first created at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy in the late 1930s, the mimosa and Buck’s Fizz aren’t technically “cocktails” in the traditional sense, but most bartenders will agree they have a place in the lineup. White wine spritzers probably do not. SPRING 2013 2013 CALEDON CALEDONLIVING LIVING SPRING

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wine connoisseur Some say the earliest “wine cocktail” reference, however, might actually be the champagne cocktail which is simply a sugar lump and a few dashes of Angostura bitters, topped with champagne. A contemporary spin on this classic is to add about ⅓ ounce of cognac. When making a cocktail with sparkling wine or champagne, it is important to always add all of the other ingredients to the glass before adding the wine component, in order to prevent the cocktail from overflowing the glass. Fortified wines like port, sherry, madeira and vermouth were common ingredients in classic wine cocktails. There’s a natural affinity between spirits and fortified wines—after all, fortified wines comprise upwards of 18% alc./vol.—and fortified wines offer a range of powerful aromas and flavours, tremendous body, and complex textures. Vermouth is probably the most popular fortified wine used in cocktails and there are hundreds of classic recipes, including the martini, Manhattan, Negroni, Rob Roy and Gibson. Vermouth, at around 16% alc./ vol., lowers the overall alcohol content of cocktails that have strong spirits in their base (e.g. vodka or gin) and provides herbal aromas and flavours, and sometimes sweetness that can accentuate the flavours in the base spirit. Generally speaking, Italian vermouth is sweeter while French versions are drier. Originally, martinis used Italian vermouth; then, in the early 1900s, drier French vermouths became popular. Interesting note: The term “dry martini” originally meant using drier vermouth as a mixer, not using less vermouth as the term means today. Non-fortified wines are not as common in cocktails, but are recognized for the higher levels of acidity (e.g. Sauvignon Blanc) that can offset some of the sweetness in a cocktail, in the same way that citrus juice is added.

New York Sour The classic New York Sour dates back to the late 1870s and was created in Chicago by a bartender who also claimed to have invented the Manhattan. How it got its name is a mystery, but the recipe is regarded as a classic. It’s a unique take on the traditional whiskey sour, whereby red wine floats on the surface of the drink. In addition to looking good, the sourness from the lemon and the smokiness of the whiskey accentuate the wine’s unique fruit flavours. Experimenting with different red wines, you will find: Rioja (Tempranillo) offers plum and dark fruit aromas and flavours, Syrah/Shiraz – blueberry/cherry, Cabernet Sauvignon – currant and blackberry, Valpolicella Ripasso – dried fruit and nuts.

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Red wines, lower in tannin, like Gamay, also work well in cocktails such as “The Bishop.” Sweet wines, like icewine, can also replace sweet vermouth in a traditional martini. Fuller-flavoured wines, like Sauvignon Blanc or Nebbiolo, can be used to create intense wine syrups (reducing equal parts sugar and wine over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved) that are then added to cocktails. Modern mixologists maintain a wide range of syrups to complement their cocktail menus. We are noticing a trend toward making more foodfriendly cocktails using wine. Consider drier cocktails to start the meal, preparing your palate for the dinner ahead. More intensely flavoured food goes best with cocktails, especially in small-bite situations, where the food flavours are punchy and bold. Mexican and Asian foods, which tend to be spicier with higher levels of flavour, pair well with cocktails with more acidity, acting as a foil to the dish’s hot and spicy flavours. As with traditional wine and food pairings, think about which flavours in the cocktail will complement the dish. Fruit-based cocktails pair nicely with grilled meats like pork, while cocktails with mint pair well with lamb. Since cocktails have a higher alcohol content than a standard glass of wine, keep in mind having a full cocktail with each course is not recommended. While wine has had its place in the cocktail canon for hundreds of years, it may have fallen out of fashion in North America as the quality and range of wine offerings improved and we began to gain an appreciation and respect for wine. Perhaps now is the perfect time to broaden our horizons and discover other roles for wine. The millions of Aperol spritz drinkers can’t all be wrong… Richard Kitowski and Jocelyn Klemm are The Wine Coaches and authors of the best-selling guide to the basics: Clueless About Wine. Sign up for their newsletter at www.thewinecoaches.com

2 oz Canadian Rye Whisky (e.g. Alberta Springs 10 Year Old) 1 oz fresh lemon juice ¾ oz simple syrup (see note) dry red wine lemon wedge Add Rye, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake and strain into a Collins glass. Float red wine on top and garnish with a lemon wedge. Note: To make a simple syrup, mix equal parts (e.g. ¼ cup each) water and sugar. Simmer in a pot over medium heat until sugar has melted. Can be stored for 2–3 weeks if refrigerated. Hint: For the red wine to float on top of the drink, hold a spoon upside down over the glass and slowly pour the wine onto the back of the spoon, letting it slowly drizzle into the drink.


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Discover a distinct country getaway in Headwaters this spring

Natalie Kotyck and Carl Cosack of Rawhide Adventures

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Gina O’Sullivan

Cadogan Farm, Caledon After an old-fashioned Canadian winter the signs of spring are a welcome sight in Headwaters. As the buds open on the tree limbs, the flowers peak their heads out from their winter hibernation, and our farmers head out to the fields, it seems as though our communities come to life in Headwaters. One of the most welcome signs of spring are horses grazing in the fields and riders taking to trails on horseback to discover what awaits for another year. In this issue of Spring: The Hills of Headwaters, we’re pleased to introduce you to two distinctly unique Headwaters getaways. Rawhide Adventures is the original “city slickers” getaway where you can wrangle cattle and ride the hills. Cadogan Farms is a wonderful bed & breakfast situated on 250 acres in Caledon, where visitors will be treated to a true farm adventure, including horseback riding, fishing, hiking, biking and swimming. Spring comes alive each spring in Headwaters. Come for the day or spend the night—either way we’re just steps outside Toronto’s back door, yet worlds away from life in the city! The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association Executive Director: Michele Harris Writing: Rodney Barnes Photography: The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association

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Sitting on 250 acres in the heart of horse country, Gina O’Sullivan peers out the panoramic windows of Cadogan Farm, her binoculars trained on a large bird picking its way through crisp, smooth snow near a stand of trees. “That’s a grouse,” Gina tells me. Animals are a common sight on the property, home to mink, river otters, beavers and hundreds of deer. “You’ll never see them,” Gina says, “But you’ll see their tracks.” This wilderness provides a unique opportunity for the horse-lovers who come to Cadogan Farm to experience the raw side of Caledon. Ten kilometres of groomed trails weave through the property, at the heart of which stand the same ancient trees that the area’s first settlers looked upon. “This is better than Muskoka,” Gina says, “and we’re 30 minutes from the airport.” Gina’s the fifth generation of a family that made its living off of horses. Her grandfather and great-grandfather were involved in horse racing and, growing up in the UK, her mother ran a 40-room hotel that would bring in kids and introduce them to horsemanship. Now Gina has the opportunity to do the same, as Cadogan Farm naturally offers a variety of recreational activities—from snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice fishing in the winter, to swimming, mountain biking and other sports in the summer—the perfect environment for the day and overnight camps Gina runs through July and August. It’s exactly what Gina and her husband, Mark, envisioned when she first moved from her home further east in Caledon five years ago, her horse-breeding operation having outgrown itself. “It was love at first sight,” she says. “It was so much more than what we were looking for.” She saw the expanse of trees, the fields and the lakes, and thought, “What could we do with this property to share it?” she recalls. “I wanted to bring people out to the beautiful Caledon countryside.” She started with a bed and breakfast, and now hosts corporate events and spa weekends as well as the kids’ camp during the summer. “I want to create experiences for people that you can’t buy elsewhere,” she says. “Sometimes there are people who don’t know anything about horses, and suddenly there’s all these beautiful horses standing there waiting to meet them.” Gina’s planning ambitiously for the future. She wants to encourage those bed and breakfasters with horses to bring them; the horse could frolic in the field while the owner frolics in the spa. “If your best friend is your horse, you should go on a holiday together,” she says. Her facilities and access to top-tier trainers would also offer advanced riding skills. “We’d like to be horse central in horse country,” Gina says. “I feel honoured to be able to share all of this—it’s too much for one person to enjoy.”

Cadogan Farm is located at 15930 St. Andrews Road in Caledon and can be found online at www.cadoganfarm.com


Carl Cosack

Rawhide Adventures

It was John Wayne’s ruggedness that attracted Carl Cosack to the cowboy’s life. He’d watch those movies as a boy and dream about riding his own horse some day. “I loved the man for what he portrayed, which was always respectful,” Carl says, “even to his enemies; he could get into a bar brawl, knock ‘em down, and then go buy ‘em a beer.” Carl completed cowboy school out in British Columbia in 1978, and today he operates Rawhide Adventures out of Peace Valley Ranch where, for nearly 40 years, he’s been living his dream of horses and cattle. “Out here you really feel part of something way bigger than you,” he says. “You start to live the days as they are provided to you. It’s a very satisfying connection to life.” Carl, or Krusty, as he’s know by his trail boss name, has brought the traditions and attitudes found west of the Mississippi to Southern Ontario. “Everything we do here is structured around making it right for the animal,” he says. Horse owners in Ontario tend to treat their horses like kids, he adds. “They provide heated barns, and grain they don’t need. They keep them in stalls when they’d rather be on the move. And horses are grazers, so they want to nip on something for 18 hours every day, where instead we provide them with two feeding periods.” Out on Peace Valley Ranch, horses are left to roam free in herds, and their happiness means they feel safer in the presence of humans, “because you are the one that makes that happen,” says Carl. “When I go out to do the chores, I put lots of loving on them and they absolutely connect the dots on how it works.” The ranch’s reputation for friendly horses has brought people of all skill levels to Rawhide Adventures, from the first-timer to the Governor General’s Guard to the phobic. “What makes us unique is that we truly enjoy doing private rides only,” says Carl. “We get to know people and they get to know horses.” Rawhide Adventures was started in 1996, after the increasing demand for trail rides interrupted daily life on the ranch. Tourists would see the men driving cattle like cowboys in an old western, and would stop to take photos or video. Then City Slickers came out in ‘91, and everyone dropped their golf clubs to hop on horses. “It’s a tremendous addition to my life; you meet so many great people,” says Carl. “The biggest compliment to me is how well people like our horses. To me, it’s a given that they are the way they are; but to others, it’s a really pleasant surprise.” Since then, thousands of people have gone through Rawhide Adventures, its guest book representing over 34 countries. People can lease or board horses, and can stay and work on the ranch to experience the authentic cowboy life. And, of course, they can ride the country. “The terrain is unreal here,” says Carl. Situated on the Niagara Escarpment, riders have access to incredible views. “In the summertime we go up onto the ridges and you can see for 40-50 miles in any direction. “To the

east, it’s all escarpment and valley, and to the west, it’s the magnificent potato fields of Melancthon township. There’s a real contrast, and that gives us an opportunity to tell people about how the Niagara Escarpment came about.” The sometimes challenging riding conditions give riders a “tremendous appreciation for what horses can do,” says Carl. “People realize the horse is the original 4-wheel drive vehicle. They can do amazing things.” Carl plans to expand some of the programs offered at Rawhide Adventures, for instance training other horses for trail riding. And he’s looking forward to growing old on the ranch with his cattle and his horses. “My favourite part is hanging onto this historic relationship between humans and the land and its animals,” he says. “I feel value in being connected to other people, and grounded knowing that in the big picture every breath I take relies on mother nature. There’s a real grounding to this type of life.”

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SPRING EVENTS April 13 ALPACA ONTARIO 12TH ANNUAL SPRING SHOW Orangeville Agricultural Centre www.alpacaontario.ca

April 20 – May 12 THE MADE OF WOOD SHOW One of a kind works of art in wood. Alton Mill Arts Centre www.altonmill.ca

May 8 – June 2 ART4U The Orangeville Art Group show at The Dam Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre www.orangevilleartgroup.ca

April 18 ASK A DESIGNER NIGHT Get answers to those landscaping questions www.creditvalleyca.ca

April 20 ONE IMAGE AT A TIME Show by photographers Jana & Jeff Smith www.altonmill.ca

April 19 CALEDON HOME AND LIFESTYLE SHOW Featuring over 80 vendors www.caledonchamber.com

April 27 CALEDON CHAMBER CONCERTS Leslie Newman, fluet and Erica Goodman, harp. Caledon East www.caledonchamberconcerts.ca

May 11 FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS James Connelly’s new mixed media show at Aurea Lux Gallery, Alton Mill www.altonmill.ca

April 19 LAUGH OUT LOUD LADIES’ NIGHT Featuring the hilarious comedy of Yuk Yuk’s on tour. Caledon Parent-Child Centre www.cp-cc.org

April 27 SPRING GALA Annual dinner and auction fundraiser, Headwaters Health Care Foundation www.hhcfoundation.ca

THE 2013/14 HILLS OF HEADWATERS VISITOR GUIDE IS COMING SOON Have you booked your ad yet? Call 905 857 2536

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For the latest event updates and details visit: www.thehillsofheadwaters.com


Fat, furry, full of love –

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meet the marmalade WORDS KIRA DORWARD

They’re as sweet as the jam!

Marmalade, ginger, orange tabby – these are names for all cats cute and carrot-topped. Made famous by Garfield, an iconic representation of the marmalade ideal, these fiery bundles of fur are, more often than not, characters in their own right. Yellowish, orange, or reddish in hue, these cats come in all shapes and sizes, especially the very large!

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pets Typically tabby (a word derived from Attabiyah, a neighbourhood of Baghdad that used to manufacture a striped silk cloth), and 80% male, marmalades come in four patterns—Classic, Striped, Mackerel and Ticked. The marmalade, more often than not, has darker-hued stripes on his legs, tail and back that run in unbroken lines from the flanks to the underbelly (á la Garfield), as well as a distinctive M on the forehead. The story goes that, when the baby Jesus was asleep in the manger, an orange tabby cat curled up next to him and purred, soothing the baby to sleep. Mary was then said to have picked the cat up and kissed him on the forehead, resulting in her initial being carved on his brow for eternity. Besides the M, black freckles often develop on the nose. Otherwise, marmalade colouring can vary, characterized by anything from darker orange blotches against a yellowish or brownish background, orange with white spots on the tail, paws, belly, and/or legs, or even just orange all over. Sometimes the markings may be so faint that, from a distance, these tabbies appear to be a solid colour. It remains unclear to geneticists and veterinarians why the species is predominantly born male. What is understood, although it is not understood entirely why, is that colour is a gender-based trait in cats. With gingers, the red gene is carried in the X chromosome and, as males only have one X chromosome, they only require one of these genes to inherit an outward ginger appearance. In females, who carry two X chromosomes, both red genes must match. The red gene also overrides all other colours carried in cat chromosomes, making the chances of a ginger kitten that much greater. However, because cats may produce a single litter from more than one father, it becomes almost impossible to define the workings of the cat gene pool. With so many recessive and dominant genes mysteriously at play, what you see is not always what you get. A cat’s genotype, or his outward appearance, might not always be the same as his phenotype, or his inherited genetic coding. Therefore, because the gross appearance does not necessarily carry into that of the offspring, the colouring of kittens is impossible to determine based on that of their parents. What is certain, says Albion Hills Veterinary Hospital’s

Lorna Lee, D.V.M., is that, although hardly proven by cold hard scientific data, marmalades tend to be “… quieter, sweet, friendly, more laid back.” In general, they are excessively good-natured and are naturally predisposed to becoming overweight, which should be a concern for owners and something to watch out for. As in human beings, colouring has been linked to size and bone density, which may explain why marmalades tend to be on the larger end of the cat scale. Believed to have originated in Asia, the ginger colour was likely the second or third mutation in cat evolution, and it spread throughout Northern Europe through Viking settlement. This is likely why ginger toms are so common in Scotland but not in Southern England. Colouring and personality may also be linked. Although they are separate strains of mutation in the genome it is possible that, if the two genes sit close enough together in a cat’s genetic sequence, they may end up accompanying each other. As similar colours continue to evolve, the same personality traits may evolve with them. In the early 21st century, British cat boarder George Ware developed and published his own system of identifying temperament based on colour. Of gingers, Ware says, “Big softies and laid back to the point of laziness. Like being stroked, but dislike being picked up and cuddled. Prefer to sit on furniture rather than on laps.” Lynda Woolley, Caledon resident and owner of Bow Wowz and Meowz in Caledon East, has been a marmalade owner for over thirty-five years. She describes her “orange boys” as “… so affectionate. They love to be held, while most cats are independent. They tolerate and want the attention.” In the pet grooming business herself, Lynda adds that they’re very easy to work with and don’t mind their nails being trimmed, while many others kick up an enormous fuss. All of them have been big, especially later on in life. When asked why she prefers the ginger, Lynda says, “I just love the colour of their fur. They’re also highly intelligent. In attitude, I would say they’re definitely a one-person cat. They have a favourite that they’ll go to for play or affection. It’s almost indefinable why I adore them!”

Famous marmalade cats “Garfield” of course!

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, the android Data had a marmalade cat named “Spot” who appears in several episodes. In one, Data creates over 200 foods for her, causing the ship’s replicator system to malfunction, producing cat food for the entire crew. In another, Commander Riker agrees to catsit for Data while he attends a conference, but Spot does not take to Riker and causes mayhem in making her displeasure known.

Winston Churchill owned an orange tabby named “Jock” who often attended wartime cabinet meetings with his master. No one started eating until Jock was seated at the table along with the other ministers. He slept with the Prime Minister, reportedly every night, even up until the end of Churchill’s life, and was named in his will. Churchill even commissioned a portrait of his favourite cat, although he owned several gingers during his lifetime. After Churchill’s death, his family asked that a marmalade named Jock be forever installed at Chartwell, their traditional home. Currently, Jock IV is the reigning marmalade. Says Caroline Bennett of The National Trust, “He lives in an apartment at Chartwell, with a member of staff, and has his own National Trust Green cat flap (kitty door), which has been approved by our Historic Buildings Inspector. He is a very affectionate cat and has trained the Chartwell staff very well. He spends most of his day sleeping on various chairs and beds around his apartment.”

“Thomas O’Malley” from Disney’s The Aristocats was a streetwise ginger who meets Duchess, and helps to return her to Paris.

Some people, like Churchill and Lynda Woolley, will never be without their “ginger boys”!

“Cat,” Audrey Hepburn’s cat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, had a major role in the film and helped bring together the characters played by Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in the final scene. That feline star, Orangey, went on to appear in several films and television series throughout his lifetime, and won two Patsy Awards. “Orion” was the white-splotched tabby that had the universe dangling from his collar in 1997’s Men in Black.

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While individuals have a natural ability to learn, we believe that, by nurturing this innate ability and by providing opportunities to explore and experience the world around them, an individual will continue to show growth and achieve optimal success. Hummingbird Education Centres are the result of a lifelong passion and love of learning. We have created a learning environment that is in keeping with the 21st Century. We wanted to move away from the traditional “institutional type” learning environment. We have built a fun, interactive, hands-on, student-centred environment. We offer programs for the entire family in the Learning Academy, the Wellness Studio and the Creative Arts Studio, and our programs are developmentally appropriate for the appropriate age groups and skill levels. The Hummingbird is a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible and will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own life circumstances. Animal Speak: The Spiritual Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small, by Ted Andrews.

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which will encompass and provide a wider range of Mind, Body, Spirit-inspired classes using a Holistic Learning Approach. My past personal experiences and work experience in recreational and educational settings, with both children and adults, in both the private and public sectors, have also been instrumental in the development and creation of Hummingbird Education Centres. Working in the industry for over 22 years, I have come to realize, more than ever, the importance of the Mind, Body and Spirit balance to an individual’s overall well-being and success. Just like the hummingbird, it is persistence and tenacity in the pursuit of my own dreams, plus my passion for nurturing excellence and growth in others, that have brought Hummingbird Education Centres to life. I have a special interest in working with individuals with disabilities, and I have often partnered with community organizations to make programming available. At Hummingbird Education Centres, we have developed and offer inclusive programming opportunities for individuals of all ages who are living with developmental and or learning disabilities. It has been a long, arduous process. Having worked in various learning environments, I have seen and experienced what works and what doesn’t. I have been involved in program administration and development for many years and have often had the opportunity to work with the same individuals in different settings. It is always astounding for me to observe how individuals react to their environment. When they are comfortable, they exude confidence and they are more likely to feel successful. When they are not comfortable in their environment, they are more apprehensive and feel less confident that they are going to be successful. Our mission is to support and empower learning by encouraging individuals of all ages and skill sets to find and discover within their own Mind, Body and Spirit the inner strengths and talents to achieve balance and success in life. Hummingbird Education Centres are committed to providing a safe, positive, student-centred learning environment. I am excited about combining my experience in education, art and wellness into one system. Hummingbird Education Centres offer something unique for everyone. Our environment is casual, relaxing, but still very conducive to learning. Each of our spaces is designed to facilitate the type of program being offered. Our programs are as unique as our clients. As a parent, I have often had difficulty attending programs to meet my needs because, just like most parents, I have often put my children’s extra curricular activities before my own. Hummingbird Education Centres have uniquely combined our program offerings at the Bolton location so that younger students can be participating in a program in one learning room while adult programs are being offered in another. We offer flexibility in our class sizes. Individual one-on-one classes and group classes are available. Inquire about our Private Workshops and In-School Interactive Workshops. Community Outreach Programs are also available. We can also bring many of our programs to you. Our goal is to make learning possible and fun for everyone! To learn more about our exciting unique and innovative programs, visit us at www.hummingbirdeducationcentres.com or contact us at 905-951-6984.


The little hospital that could!

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LEFT TO RIGHT Joan Waechter, Board Chair, Headwaters Health Care Foundation, and Liz Ruegg, President and CEO, Headwaters Health Care Centre, emphasize the importance of the community’s financial support to bring state-of-the-art technology such as Digital Mammography to their community hospital. The Digital Mammography Room at Headwaters Health Care Centre was named in honour of the Honeywood Hockey Moms and the Jennifer Widbur Memorial Hockey Tournament, for donating more than $100,000 to Headwaters Health Care Foundation since 2008 for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Recognizing that Caledon residents will have to rely on HHCC throughout their lives for the gamut of family and personal health matters, emergency or not, fundraising is an essential component of the health care in this area.


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Like the little train in the beloved children’s story, the Headwaters Health Care Centre (HHCC) in Orangeville is looking at its next 100 hundred years with the same uphill tenacity. The little hospital that grew

Celebrating its centenary last October, most readers are already aware of how our community hospital was started in 1907 by a group of local women who had recognized the need for health care closer to home. Some say the impetus was the great Horseshoe Curve train wreck. This group of 53 women who founded the Lord Dufferin Chapter of the IODE (International Order of the Daughters of the Empire) focused on the single project to create a hospital in Orangeville. They successfully raised $7,000 to build it, an amazing feat at the time since the population was only about 1,000! First located in the Kearns house on the corner of First Street (Prince of Wales Road) and McCarthy Street, with nine beds and a nursing school, it grew from there. By 1997, the IODE had long relinquished their charter and management to a community board, changed the hospital’s name to Headwaters Health Care Centre, and physically relocated to its present site. As much as we try to avoid it, the hospital is an important part of all our lives. According to HHCC’s Strategic Plan, in 2011-2012 almost 39,000 Emergency Room visits were made! Almost 16,000 were outpatients, and over 5,500 patient admissions were made, as well as 646 births.

Commitment to care

Caring and “patients first” has been the watchword of HHCC for the last 100 years. Since its inception, Headwaters Health Care Centre has been very much the hospital for the community, by the community! To say the hospital has grown in the many services it offers is an understatement. Some current hard facts are that it is an 87-bed acute and complex continuing care facility, with more than 580 staff, 60 active family physicians and two family health teams. A medium-sized hospital, it is well equipped to offer a whole range of services to the community: inpatient programs like critical care, surgery and palliative care; outpatient programs including emergency care, sexual assault care and diabetes care, as well as rehabilitation services and diagnostics. Indeed, we are lucky to have a hospital which has won awards and achievements for its patient care! Accreditation Canada has given HHCC “Exemplary Standing,” the highest designation a hospital can receive. It finished first among 73 participating Ontario hospitals, with the lowest emergency wait time in 2011/2012, and actually exceeds the provincial average for wait time to see a doctor, as well as general stay in the Emergency Department. HHCC is an Ontario High Performer for Inpatient Acute, Emergency and Maternity Care, receiving top experience ratings from hospital patients. But it is its connection to the community which makes the big difference. Community is very much part of the care partnership. That front line relationship of staff, patients and volunteers is very important, with its positive and friendly “whole” approach to patient care. The focus on patient care

is central. A happy and healthy work environment is promoted to attract and retain the best staff. In fact, the community’s volunteers are crucial to the hospital’s operations as about 250 serve as greeters in the Emergency Department, staff the hospital’s gift shop, and offer support to new mothers and long-term patients to ensure patients’ and families’ well being. Anyone who has had to use their services will be well aware of this. You don’t have to go far to get testimonials of the service at HHCC. For instance, the Pett family of Caledon put their name on a room after years of good care for their parents. Local businesswoman Dianne Acheson says she has “all the praise in the world for Headwaters Hospital.” When her husband, Bill, suddenly fell critically ill, Dianne credits the hospital with saving his life and being “absolutely amazing.” “Everything we needed, we received,” she added, “They were there for us.” Running a business in the community, Dianne found it easy to be near Bill as he recovered. “When visiting Bill, I recognized many people from the community. It was not strangers looking after him. If we want to keep this quality of care in the area, we must be prepared to support it.”

The next 100 years

Things are changing very rapidly in the health care area. Caledon Living was fortunate to speak with not only Board of Directors Chair Peter Harris, but also Liz Ruegg, President & CEO of Headwaters Health Care Centre, to get a taste of what lies ahead and how they are planning to manage those changes for the betterment of Headwaters residents. The plain facts are that, in 20 years, the population which Headwaters serves will grow by almost one-third, according to Agnew Peckham Health Care Planning Consultants and HMC Group Inc. They also say the largest growth will be in the 85+ age group, followed by those in the 75-84 years group. Another trend is the pockets of young families who need obstetricians and pediatricians. “However, staying nimble on our feet is important,” Peter emphasized, because trends can change. The main vision he continued, is to keep residents’ care closer to and in the home whenever possible, where healing is at its best in familiar surroundings. This is part of moving to a more efficient future health care system. HHCC can partner with other area organizations to provide services and share expertise as part of providing a “complete health system.” It is in a good position inside and outside the area to provide a lead in the important transition to community health care. A major challenge is the unusual geographic area in which to provide this care. The population is largely rural, very spread out, and transportation is an issue. The hospital mainly serves residents from the County of Dufferin and SPRING 2013 CALEDON LIVING

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Town of Caledon. However, its proximity to other much larger centres like Barrie, Bolton, Brampton, Erin, Guelph, Halton, Mississauga and Newmarket means HHCC often provides care to neighbouring residents. Another challenge to building the infrastructure is getting the information out to all residents about the efficient local health care, not just for emergencies, but providing links. Liz turned the conversation to how technology will drive health care and how different it will look, particularly from the perspective of surgery. Even in the last few years, procedures are now performed and the patient goes home the same day, versus a hospital stay not that long ago. Similarly, health records are changing, so they will be owned by the patient and centralized by leveraging technology. This way, hospitals can become more cost effective and efficient. With the aging population, doctors’ offices will be open later as primary care will be done more in the community. The hospital, therefore, will focus more on outpatient services and ambulatory care.

Expansion to outpatient services and facilities needs $3.5 million The commitment to care campaign

Chairing Headwaters Health Care Foundation (HHCF) is Joan Waechter, who also represents the Foundation on the Board of Directors. The Foundation is a separate organization with the mission of generating funds through donations to support HHCC’s ongoing hospital equipment and redevelopment needs. For its hundredth year, HHCF announced the details of its largest fundraising drive since the IODE first raised the money to establish the hospital way back at the beginning of the 20th century. Last October, the Foundation launched its five-year, $14 million Commitment to Care Campaign. It supports three areas of growth. Expansion to outpatient services and facilities needs $3.5 million. This is for its proposed 4,000 square foot redevelopment and addition to the Ambulatory Care Unit to include more procedure rooms, expanded outpatient clinics for orthopedics, dialysis, and chemotherapy, and a fourth operating room. Specialized pieces of equipment costing more than $100,000 will require $3,000,000 more. HHCC already is investing $750,000 to upgrade its digital radiography fluoroscope services this year. Continued fast delivery of test results for various conditions, in addition to procedures like biopsies and joint injections, can be ensured by this investment. New and upgraded equipment for the hospital over the next five years will cost a hefty $7.5 million. Priority equipment like wheelchairs and stretchers, surgical instrument trays, an upgraded hospital information system and more are requiring $2.7 million right now. Heading up the Commitment to Care Campaign is Volunteer Chair Bob Burnside, retired founder of RJ Burnside & Associates and a long time hospital supporter. Fund raising for the campaign has been done by the 47-member Campaign Cabinet and staff since April 2011 and $11 million 46

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Surprisingly, when the campaign was officially announced last October, $10 million in cash and pledges had already been raised! How? Harkening back to the old days, the connection to the community has been instrumental to the hospital’s success so far. Joan expects to reach the campaign’s goal well within the five-year plan, and emphasizes that community partners have been instrumental in helping to raise funds. There have been some very large donations. Local philanthropist, Mrs. Eva Heiny, gave an unprecedented gift of $3.5 million, and $500,000 was received from the Morningview Foundation towards upgrading and renovating the Digital Radiography and Fluoroscopy room in the Diagnostic Imaging Dept. All twelve of Orangeville’s new car dealers have pledged a total of $220,000 to the Campaign. Important fundraising is also driven by members of the community. Various events held by local service groups in the Caledon and Dufferin areas are significantly contributing

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community to the public phase of the campaign. Other donors come from a wide range of areas. One of the biggest financial supporters, besides their volunteer work being instrumental to hospital operations, has been the Auxiliary which has raised a huge amount of money in many activities from house tours to candy cane fairs and bake sales. Its volunteers “are forever out there” Joan Waechter added. The student body of Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School in Caledon East is another community supporter. Teacher Michael Horton speaks with real enthusiasm about how the students wanted to make a difference at their local hospital and held a “dress down day” to raise funds. Huge fundraising efforts at the school also involved the wearing of pink jerseys by their senior boys’ Wolf Pack soccer team for their 2012 season. They helped raise awareness of how devastating diseases like cancer are to families on a personal level and what cancer care services are available at HHCC. When a group of students proudly presented the $3,500 they had raised, they toured the hospital to see exactly where their money went. Another community donor group has been the Eglinton and Caledon Hunt. Last year the Hunt held a special “Poker Run/Hack for Health” event where about 30 riders were sponsored and collected donations to the HHC fundraising campaign. “ECH wanted to give back to the community,” said Master of the Foxhounds, Alastair Strachan.

The little hospital that WILL!

Recognizing that Caledon residents will have to rely on HHCC throughout their lives for the gamut of family and personal health matters, emergency or not, fundraising is an essential component of the health care in this area. With such a strong community base, the hospital is well on its way to being in a good position for its next 100 years. But the need to raise funds will be ongoing and does not stop tomorrow, or the day after. To make your donation to the Foundation, or for more information about the Commitment to Care Campaign, please contact: Joan Burdette, Executive Director, at 519 941 2702, ext. 2205 or visit www.hhcfoundation.com For more information about Headwaters Health Care Centre, please visit www.headwatershealth.ca

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Jamie Gairdner

Jamie Gairdner has lived the sort of life you’d expect to find in a book of fiction. In his teens, his father made an agreement with him that he’d pay for Jamie’s fare to anywhere in Canada, so long as Jamie found work to pay his way back.

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After about two weeks, he and his brother jumped ship to work on a Canadian ice breaker— and then went back to the tramp steamer to unload, by hand, ten thousand barrels of diesel weighing 750lbs each.

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He went to British Columbia and, within two months, was the second-best logger in a lumber company. Some time after that, he worked on a tramp steamer transporting diesel fuel 580 miles into the Arctic Circle. After about two weeks, he and his brother jumped ship to work on a Canadian ice breaker—and then went back to the tramp steamer to unload, by hand, ten thousand barrels of diesel weighing 750lbs each. In his early twenties, Jamie managed a division of one of the 27 companies owned by his grandfather, a successful stockbroker. Later he bought out his uncle’s real estate business, Johnston and Daniel, and in 30 years turned it into one of the most successful real estate companies in the Greater Toronto Area. At one point they were selling 95% of any properties over $500,000, with less than a single percent of the area’s agents. The hard work standards, ethics and integrity he inherited from his family and developed over the years have all lead to Jamie becoming one of the top realtors in the Caledon area. He sold his uncle’s business during the recession in 1996 and moved to Caledon to work as an agent with Moffat Dunlap. Seven years ago, Jamie started Gairdner & Associates, Ltd., which quietly became one of the most accomplished brokerages in the area, responsible for $27.5 million worth of sales in the past three years. Two years ago, they handled the highest-priced country sales in Canada for over six months, at $15.5 million. Jamie relies on a reputation of uncompromising honesty among the network of close friends and acquaintances he built up over the years working in Toronto, and who are now in the market for their dream homes. Jamie knows the architecture, the vistas, the barns, and the water necessary to turn a country estate into something magical. “All of those have a monetary value attached to them,” he says. “Thankfully, I’m able to talk to 95% percent of my clients about their business,” says Jamie, “because my own experience has been so varied.” People moving from the city to the country desire certain things—‘S’ bends in the driveway for privacy, ponds, trees, space—things they could not have in the city. Jamie understands this. But sometimes compromise has to be made, he points out. Low-lying water can mar beautiful views and some feel that a property full of trees is absolutely perfect. Jamie is in the business of making people happy, and is proud of it. “I love everything about what I do,” he says. He will do his best to make it work. So keep an eye out for the fox—the unassuming animal emblem Jamie chose for Gairdner & Associates seven years ago, in a split-second over a cup of coffee. He subsequently offered to personally put up custom designed fox-crossing signs for anyone who had a fox den on their property within 50km of Erin. Expect real estate in Caledon to pick up over the next five years, according to Jamie. “The activity level right now appears to be quite high, which is really good. I am excited about what I see happening here.”

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Wayne Caledon’s Baguley Champion of the arts WORDS DAVID K. DORWARD PHOTO SIMON BURN

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By day, Wayne Baguley is a successful real estate agent. By night he turns into a champion of the arts for Caledon. Wayne has had a long association with the arts and music, starting as a young teenager playing the snare drum, frequently practising six hours a day—imagine his poor suffering family! Throughout high school in the late 1960s and early 1970s he played in rock groups before going into music artist management where he first managed his brother’s band. Later he was on the board of various organizations such as the JUNO awards board 19881989. His volunteer work on the Juno board helped him make connections to assist the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA) as he got more heavily into producing records. His inventive management style and independent spirit contributed to many lively meetings and panel discussions on subjects such as “How to get good press.” In 1989, Wayne turned his talents to real estate, specializing in country property. With his love of animals, Wayne was a natural fit for country real estate. Caledon rural properties, where no two tracts are the same, attract buyers continuously. Our beautiful landscape, combined with our vibrant arts and culinary scene, draws people here. Wayne continued his association with the arts, teaching a business fine arts course and interior industrial graphic design part-time at Georgian College. He got students involved in running their own art shows, using imaginative presentations such as “Art a la Carte” which combined art with food. These experiences compelled Wayne to continue his involvement in the arts and he asked Headwaters Art how he could contribute. In 2008 he spearheaded fund-raising for the first Paul Burdette visual arts scholarship which eventually led to a cheque for $40,000 in support from the Caledon Councillors’ Charity Golf Tournament, organized with Councillor Doug Bedford. It is hard to convey in printed words how passionate Wayne is about the arts. He feels, as I do, that the arts will become bigger and bigger,

significantly adding to the economic prosperity of not only Caledon but our province and country. For communities to grow and prosper, economically and spiritually, the arts will have to be nurtured and “watered” as Wayne puts it. Caledon showcases many great professional artists, one being Ted Fullerton with whom Wayne grew up. Ted went to the Ontario College of Arts and became head of the Arts Department at Georgian College. He showed 18 of his sculptures at the Alton Mill, and his fabulous commission piece in Kitchener is stunning in composition and message. Many new pieces will be added to the outdoor sculpture exhibition at Alton Mill this spring. Then we come to Theatre Orangeville. Wayne calls the theatre “irreplaceable.” Recently we had our dear friends, Ruth and Jim, up from Toronto to sample local culinary arts followed by fabulous theatre put on by the Orangeville Musical Theatre, all on a very reasonable budget. This is what draws people, makes them want to locate here, and inspires them to create works of art worthy of the haunting Caledon countryside. We have seen great young musical artists such as Hannah Chapplain (previously featured in Caledon Living), who was encouraged to write and record by world renowned recording artist Dan Hill. The arts scene keeps on expanding as Headwaters Arts will once again present their $1,000 scholarships, including the Paul Burdette Visual Arts Award, the Dan Hill Music Scholarship and the Shelley Peterson Literary Award. For 2013, Headwaters Arts has also added the Karen Kain Dance Award. Caledon now hosts the largest Arts Festival in the region for our wealth of local artistic talent. Wayne is modest about his contribution as President of Headwaters Arts and always lauds the huge team of great, dedicated people who support arts and artists in Caledon. But more volunteers and sponsors are always welcome, as there is always more to do. Wayne sees the need to show young people the importance of the arts for both careers and entertainment. We cannot emphasize this enough. Our economic future no longer rests solely with manufacturing. Growth industries of the 21st century will definitely include the arts and entertainment. This is not a passing fad. Caledon is looking to the future, and it works!

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Let’s face it, the Range Rover has always been the class leader when it comes to luxury sports utility vehicles, as happy ploughing its way across a snow-covered field as it is graciously depositing its occupant outside Her Majesty’s front door, should the invitation drop through one’s letterbox. It’s a vehicle which not only says you’ve arrived, but also that you’ll get home, no matter what your friendly weatherman throws at you. Yes, Range Rover, as British as fish & chips or afternoon tea on the terrace, except that Britain’s favourite dish is now officially an Indian curry, and those quaint little English tea shops have long been replaced by Starbucks and the like! So it appears times have changed considerably since the world’s first SUV was introduced into Britain way back in 1970 and the famous Land Rover product has had to evolve with it. So let’s take a spin in the new 2013 Supercharged Range Rover to see how things are progressing. At first glance Well there’s not a huge change to the exterior for 2013, I’m pleased to say. Everything is as it should be, an utterly distinctive Land Rover product with just a hint of progression supplied by a rather stylish new front end grille and some dashingly attractive LED light units. So yes, the granddaddy of all SUVs aptly retains its commanding presence on the road and continues to draw attention wherever it goes. Jolly good show! However, climbing aboard one instantly becomes aware of one or two things which appear somewhat out of kilter. Yes, you’re still invited into a sea of supple cow coats, yet the usual accompanying wood veneers are now a glossy 52

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piano black finish. I’m still not 100% sold on this new fashionable look, but I will admit to it adding certain sportiness to the appearance of the interior. Then there’s the gear selector, or what appears to be the lack thereof at first glance, as the Range Rover now sports the ultra-modern pop-up turn dial familiar to current Jaguar owners. Completely unnoticeable until the vehicle is powered up, it then gracefully rises from within the centre console. A tad strange at first yet, once you’ve acclimatized yourself to it, the idea works well in the Range Rover as it matches the appearance and operation of the company’s famous traction control system which nestles neatly alongside it.


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Power on, and we’re off! Thumb the start button and the supercharged DOHC 32-valve 5.0-litre V-8 thunders into life, yet quickly settles down to a surprisingly smooth and library-quiet tick over. In fact, the power plant appears so peaceful at rest that it’s easy to forget the 510hp (461 ft/lbs torque) beast which is tethered to your right foot. Beast is certainly the right word, as the new 2013 Supercharged Range Rover can claw its way to 100kph from a standing start in just over 5 seconds! That’s true sports car territory and, in a vehicle of this size, it’s an experience which can quickly become addictive. Of course, like all addictions, pleasures come at a certain cost. Fuel economy obviously springs to mind as happy-foot typically equates to an unhappy wallet. However, the techno-boffins at Land Rover haven’t simply been idling their time away dreaming up new flavour shots for

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their caffeine-laced hot beverages. Far from it, in fact. After all, the company has its reputation as the 4x4 industry leader to maintain, so this is the world’s very first SUV to be manufactured with a lightweight, all-aluminium unibody. Sounds impressive, eh, and it is. The new vehicle is now 700 lbs lighter! Imagine taking a fully-loaded vehicle and depositing four of its passengers onto the sidewalk. That’s bound to produce greater fuel efficiency, yet the true benefits lie in the vehicle’s new handling characteristics! The previous Range Rover was no wallflower in that department. In fact, each model from the earliest has boasted superb handling, which is why the UK Police have always used Range Rovers as highway pursuit vehicles. However, 2013 takes things to an entirely new level. In fact, I’m almost tempted to describe this as the world’s first sports-utility supercar! It’s not only in high-speed manoeuvrability where this SPRING 2013 2013 CALEDON CALEDONLIVING LIVING SPRING

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The best 4x4 by far! This statement has been used by Land Rover for many years and who am I to argue with it? After all, history has provided evidence that Land Rovers were the very first vehicles to be seen on certain continents. Of course, I doubt many new Range Rover owners will be planning expeditions across uncharted territories but, just in case, they’ll be pleased to discover that the Range Rover’s water wading depth has now increased by about eight inches, to just a tad under three feet. Information like that just about sums this vehicle up. Owners will likely never fully utilize the extraordinary capabilities of their Range Rovers. They’ll probably never

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cross the Sahara by night or drive to base camp on Kilimanjaro but, just like the Ferrari owner who has never driven his vehicle at 300mph, they each will own the right to say, “I could if I wanted to.” And for just $114,750 (top of the line supercharged version), that is a very exclusive club to which you could belong!

It's the ultimate in luxurious and capable SUVs. It's not exactly the cheapest on fuel

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