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Harper says income splitting ‘good policy’ Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured here visiting with seniors at the Garrison Green Seniors Community Home in Calgary, thinks that income splitting has been a good move for senior citizens. Submitted photo
Bruce Cheadle The Canadian Press Prime Minister Stephen Harper is hinting that the key Conservative campaign plank from the 2011 federal election that earned him a majority may not be pitched overboard after all. Income-splitting for couples with children under 18 was a multibillion-dollar pledge during the last election — a Conservative promise that would kick in as soon as the government balanced the federal budget. But Finance Minister Jim Flaherty began publicly questioning the policy even before his Feb. 11 budget that effectively balanced the books this year and projected a surplus for 2015. “I think income-splitting needs a long, hard analytical look ... to see who it affects and to what degree, because I’m not sure that overall, it
benefits our society,” Flaherty told the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce during a televised post-budget interview. Under questioning in the House of Commons, Harper refused to repeat his 2011 income-splitting pledge after budget day. Government sources, meanwhile, spread word that the prime minister and his finance minister were of one mind on the matter. However, following a week-long break in the Commons schedule, Harper rose in the House on Tuesday to strike another note. “Income splitting has been a good policy for seniors in Canada, and it will also be a good policy for Canadian families,” the prime minister said in French in response to Liberal goading about broken election promises. Harper did not repeat the statement in English. His comment came the same day
Flaherty told a Reuters news service interviewer in Australia that he has not decided whether he’ll run again in 2015. The Prime Minister’s Office repeated the emphatic defence of income splitting. “It is a good policy,” Jason Macdonald, Harper’s director of communications, said in an email. “It has been good for seniors and it would be good for families but, as the prime minister has said, we aren’t in a position to talk about additional tax relief until we have the fiscal room to do so. That means balancing the budget and creating a surplus before we talk about additional relief.” Seniors have been allowed to split pension income to reduce their tax burden since 2007. Studies by respected think-tanks such as the C.D. Howe Institute have found that family income-split-
ting would benefit only about 15 per cent of Canadian families and the benefits would disproportionately go to the wealthiest, single-income households. Nonetheless, a number of Conservative MPs — including some high-profile cabinet ministers — appeared to be caught flat-footed when Flaherty questioned the soundness of income-splitting as a policy, and there was some grumbling about how Conservative voters would react to any policy shift. The Conservative party in 2011 made several tax relief promises, including a $2.5-billion pledge to allow two-parent households with children under age 18 to split up to $50,000 in income for tax purposes to the lowerincome partner. “This measure will be implemented when the federal budget is balanced within our next full term of office,” stated the party platform.
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Calgary woman targeted in “Grandparent scam” Police warn citizens after occurances escalate By Danielle Higdon Calgary Senior When Carolyn Hormon learned that her mother, Florence, 69, had received a phone call from her nephew, Clifford, on July 5th, 2013 saying that he had stolen a car and needed money for his court appearance, she immediately found the situation suspicious. “I thought about what she was saying and instantly thought something was up,” she said. “First of all, he was in a controlled rehabilitation facility at the time. Surely they would have been looking for him. Also, I didn’t think you needed money for a court appearance when you are first arrested. Bail yes, but to see a judge? I thought that was odd.” Carolyn also found it strange that the phone call had come on the day of the Stampede Parade in Calgary, where her mother lives and where the phone call had originated from. “Anyone raised in Calgary knows that the government buildings are essentially shut down the morning of the parade,” she explained. “I highly doubted the story when I realized that.” Despite Carolyn’s initial questions, the situation was not as straight forward for her trusting mother. “She did ask questions,” says Carolyn. “She asked how he left the hospital. He resides in the Ponoka Brain Injury Hospital. He said he had stolen a car, and for a brain injured 50-year-old, that isn’t impossible. But she didn’t question how he knew how to drive. She took his word for it and the fact that the police had him.” These types of situations are not uncommon in scams directed at seniors, especially where family con-
nection is used as a tool to obtain money. This is why it is imperative that seniors who are even the slightest bit suspicious contact another family member or the authorities to clarify what they are being told. In Florence’s case, that person was Carolyn. “I called the facility my cousin resides at and spoke to a few caregivers,” she said. “I explained to them the situation and they were able to confirm that my cousin was in fact at his residence, and not in Calgary. They let me know everything was well on his end.” From there, Carolyn went to the police. “That’s when I realized that it was some sort of scam phone call, so I reported it.” Earlier this month, the Calgary Police Service issued a statement warning citizens about the scam, which appears to have escalated in recent weeks. Since the beginning of the New Year, 12 cases have been reported connected to the scam. Often, the con artists speak of a scenario involving an accident or arrest while travelling, with a request that money be sent through a money transfer company, such as Western Union or Money Gram. The emphasis is always on needing money desperately and immediately. In one case alone, the scammers were able to con someone out of $12,000. Police estimate the total sum of money obtained through the scams to be around $65,000. For seniors, these kinds of scams are not only financially jeopardizing, they are also emotionally traumatizing, as they often involve a family member being in peril, as was the case with Florence.
“My mom was in such a panic,” Carolyn said. “I am so glad I was able to help.” The Calgary Police Service urge anyone who receives a suspicious call to not feel pressured to respond right away, to always ask ques-
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Calgary Senior News Staff Charities often target certain groups of people when soliciting donations. Those groups may include past donors and people who have recently attended charitable fundraisers. Such an approach can be very effective. It should come as no surprise that criminals posing as legitimate organizations tend to target specific groups of people as well. Anyone can be fooled by a fraudulent charity, but such criminals tend to target seniors more than others. Seniors often make attractive targets to con artists because seniors are most likely to have substantial savings, own their homes and/or have excellent credit. Elderly victims of fraud and other crimes are less likely to report those crimes out of fear that their families may feel they are no longer able to take care of themselves or manage their own finances. These factors make seniors especially attractive and vulnerable to con artists, particularly those who prey on well-intentioned men and women by posing as fake charities. But there are steps seniors can take to protect themselves from fraud. Be skeptical of solicitors. Many con artists will indicate that persons have given to the charity in the past, hoping that prospective victims simply won’t remember if that claim is valid or not. If a solicitor or appeal letter claims that you donated in the past, don’t simply take it at face value, especially if you don’t recall making such a donation. Get specific information about alleged past donations, checking that information against your own bank records and receipts. Many donors claim donations as deductions on their tax returns, which also can be used to verify or debunk solicitors’ claims. Don’t feel obligated to reciprocate a gift with a donation. Many charities send gifts, be it mailing labels or holiday cards, to prospective donors as a token of appreciation for past donations and as a way of encouraging future donations. Con artists are fully aware of this tactic and may try to imitate it in an attempt to defraud potential victims. No matter if the people behind those mailing labels or holiday ornaments are legitimate charities or con artists, you should not feel compelled to reciprocate a free gift with a financial donation. Beware of solicitors pressuring you to donate. Reputable charities should not be on the verge of shut down if you fail to make a donation, so such organizations never pressure prospective donors into making donations. If a solicitor is pressuring you into making a donation over the phone or in person, chances are this person is not representing a reputable charity. Hang up the phone or, if the solicitor is on your property, politely close the door, ask the solicitor to leave your property and contact the local authorities. Send donations directly to the charity after independently confirming their address. When making charitable donations, those donations should never be given directly to solicitors. Donations should only be made after you have independently confirmed the charity’s address and mailed straight to the organization. PRECAUTIONS, Page 5
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East Village seniors to benefit from program born out of flood Rotary, Calgary Foundation contribute funds to launch program Lisa Rushka, APR Momentum Communications An innovative new program to help Calgary’s low-income seniors is set to launch in East Village today. The Seniors Collaborative Community Outreach Team (SCCOT) will help up to 80 flood-affected East Village residents who are living independently, but require assistance to manage the tasks of daily living. Made up of a multi-disciplinary team of service partners that includes The Alex Seniors Clinic, Calgary Family Services, Alberta Health Services, and Trinity Place Foundation of Alberta (TPFA), SCCOT will provide medical supports and intervention as well as support with tasks such as preparing healthy meals, cleaning their suites, shopping for nutritious food and maintaining laundry. The program was inspired by
events that followed the evacuation of more than 600 seniors during the flood last year. “After being evacuated from East Village during the flood, some of our residents moved into temporary accommodations that provided three meals daily and light housekeeping services,” stated Lawrence Braul, CEO of TPFA. “We noted that their mental wellness improved and we began to consider how to support seniors to more effectively maintain their independence as well as their mental and physical wellness.” “We believe that providing additional medical supports through the SCCOT program and more instrumental supports in suites will be beneficial to seniors who struggle with the tasks of daily living,” Braul added. The overall objective is to assist seniors to remain independent in their own homes.
TPFA applied for and received $110,000 from the Calgary Foundation Flood Rebuilding Grant Fund whose mandate is to support initiatives that restore community spirit and enhance community resilience. The Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic donated another $20,000 to the program. TPFA is awaiting word on a third grant application to supplement the program’s reach. Rotary Club member Grant MacEachern remarked, “We contributed to the program because we see value in the collaborative nature of the initiative and in helping seniors stay in their homes for as long as they can without compromising their quality of life.” The funds will be used to hire three independent living skills specialists, who will provide the direct services and supports to seniors. Many of the program participants have already
been identified by the outreach team, but any East Village residents who believe they could benefit from the program are encouraged to contact their social workers. About Trinity Place Foundation of Alberta Trinity Place Foundation of Alberta is a charitable non-profit organization established in 1974 in response to the need for subsidized housing for seniors. Trinity is the largest provider of self-contained seniors’ housing in Calgary, offering variety of facilities and services responding to the needs of their diverse clientele. Trinity’s philosophy is based on hope for a future where appropriate housing is available for all seniors in Calgary. For more information, please contact: Lisa Rushka, APR Momentum Communications, office: (403) 4531066, cell: (403) 816-1038.
Bethany Care named one of Alberta’s Top 65 Allison Chorney Airdrie City View For the seventh year in a row the Bethany Care Society has been named one of Alberta’s Top 65 Employers. “That tells me it isn’t a fluke,” said Darrell Lang, vice president of human resources for the Society, of the repeat win. “It’s been something we strive to be recognized for.” Lang said the emphasis put on helping employees move forward and become better at their role through both in-house education and by education assistance that helps financially as employees pursue post-secondary education put the Society above other employers. He said the Society also helps employees’ children reach their goals by offering two $1,500 bursaries a year. The Society also provides two scholarships to Bow Valley College and two to Red Deer College for Licensed Practical Nursing students. Bethany Care Society has locations in Airdrie, Cochrane, Sylvan Lake, Red Deer, Calgary and High River and provides a variety of housing and care options for seniors and persons with disabilities. “I think for Bethany Care, it’s kind of confirmation that all the
work we do to support not only our residents but also our employees is important and meaningful to the staff we employ,” Lang said of the honour. Bethany Care was one of only a few continuing care and not-forprofit organizations to be selected this year for the honour, others include Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited and the United Way of Calgary and Area. Lang said that makes the award even more special because as a nonprofit they have to focus on what they can do for employees while still staying within their financial limits. “We have to focus on giving the staff the tools to get the job done,” he said. He added the Society also makes sure staff are aware of the impact they have with residents and try to highlight the importance of creating and maintaining relationships with residents. “The opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of Bethany residents on a daily basis is one of the most rewarding aspects of working at Bethany,” Land said in a press release. Alberta’s Top Employers is an
annual competition now in its 10th year, which is organized by editors of the Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal. The competition recognizes employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Employers are evaluated on eight categories including the physical workplace, the work atmosphere, health, financial and family benefits, training skills, community involvement and more. To see the complete list of Alberta’s Top 65 Employers, visit www. canadastop100.com/alberta
PRECAUTIONS From Page 4 Never make a cash donation, as cash provides no paper trail should you want to deduct your donation or should you learn that you were victimized by a con artist posing as a representative of a reputable charity. Request personal information not be shared. Upon receiving a charitable donation, many charities share their donors’ contact information with other charities. Such actions are legal as long as no sensitive information is shared. But many donors would prefer their contact information not be shared so they don’t find themselves being inundated with solicitations from other charities. Donors can ask to opt out of having their personal information shared upon making a donation. This is especially important for seniors living on fixed incomes who simply cannot afford to support many causes no matter how compelling those causes are.
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Who is being held accountable? Perusing through a daily check-in continue to make headlines? on a favourite news website, it is difNot only do we have a responsibilficult not to notice a pattern in the ity as a society, as people who were types of stories to be found – one all born and raised with parents, that describes an elderly woman’s grandparents, and family members ordeal after being left abandoned by who are now aging, but there are a company that was supposed to be people who are paid substantial providing her with transportation, amounts of money to be accountanother regarding a senior’s facility able when these types of things octhat failed to report an cur. That accountability incident of sexual abuse is a part of the position against a resident, and they hold – whether it’s of course, the still-to-bethe developer of a senior resolved issue regarding citizen’s home, the driver the lack of sprinklers in of a shuttle service, or a many seniors homes. personal care assistant. As I continue scrolling When someone is relythrough the headlines, ing on you to ensure that I can’t help but wonder they are safe, secure, and “what if our grandparents From the Editor looked after, you are acand parents had treated countable. Danielle Higdon us with this same level of Unfortunately, those regard?”. accountable do not seem to make Imagine for a moment, your par- the headlines as much as the issues ents not bothering to put a fire de- themselves. They often hide behind tector in your home. Imagine them public relations teams, policy statenot reporting an incident of sexual ments, and “ring-around-the-rosy” abuse to the police. Imagine them phone connections. When we try to leaving you stranded at school with find answers, we often find ourselves no answers, no way of knowing if in an adult version of “Who stole the they were going to come for you or cookie from the cookie jar?”. not. Imagine the kind of impact that It can be discouraging, scrolling would have on any child. through pages of headlines, seeing The impact is no less detrimental so many pressing concerns and so when it happens to a senior. In fact, few resolutions. But the only thing it can be even more severe, in its more detrimental to the well being own way, because a senior citizen is of all aging individuals than continsomeone who was once able to do all uous updates with no final solutions, of those things for themselves, but is to stop being aware of the issues now find themselves in a situation altogether. where their ability to defend and Being informed is the first step to protect themselves has been com- acting accordingly. promised. Here’s hoping the action comes Why do these types of situations sooner rather than later.
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National Music Centre receives international architecture award The National Music Centre (NMC) has received a second international design award. The 61st Annual Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards—an annual award given by Architect Magazine, one of the leading publications dedicated to architecture and design— recognized lead architect Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works Architecture at an awards dinner last week in New York for the visionary design of the new NMC building. Architect Magazine’s P/A Awards recognize unbuilt projects demonstrating overall design excellence and innovation. The National Music Centre was one of the 10 projects to be recognized out of 150 submissions, and was one of three to receive an award. “For over 60 years, the Progressive Architecture Awards have recognized the most innovative global architecture. We are honoured to have our design of the National Music Centre recognized with a P/A Award and look forward to the culmination of this important project,” said Brad Cloepfil, Founding Principal of Allied Works Architecture. Allied Works Architecture won an international competition to convert the historic King Edward Hotel and an adjacent half-acre parcel into a new building that brings the love of music to life by providing space for engaging exhibitions, recording studios, performance spaces, classrooms and a radio station. The new National Music Centre will be a 160,000 square-foot cultural destination in the heart of Calgary. Opening in 2016, the new NMC is part of the rapid and extensive revitalization of the East Village. Construction began in early 2013 and Allied Works Architecture is working closely with local architect partner Kasian Architecture and CANA Construction to realize the ambitious design. “When I first saw Brad’s design,
I realized that he understood the scope and importance of this project, not only to Calgary, but to Canada. Allied Works understands the heart of NMC, and has given it an aweinspiring home that Calgarians can be proud to have in their backyard, but it will also attract visitors from across Canada and around the world,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC. Cloepfil describes the building as a gathering of resonant vessels that hold the many diverse programs, spaces and experiences of the National Music Centre. Nine towers form the body of the building; the vessel walls, clad in terra cotta, will rise in subtle curves that merge, part and intertwine, modeled by light, gravity and acoustics. Inspiration for the building was drawn from Canada’s iconic landscapes – from the cadence of waves to the lullaby of lakeshores, from the silence of the prairies to the echo of the Arctic, and the energy
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Health Snooze and you lose!
Like driving while impaired by alcohol there are measures that can be taken to avoid driving while sleepy. In the alcohol scenario there is the designated driver and if you are alone, don’t drink if you are going to drive. Same process could apply to sleepiness…if you are feeling sleepy, get someone else to drive, if you are alone, don’t drive. Consider the following: ‘Drive only when rested, keep your mind alert, find a safe place to stop if you feel drowsy, avoid sugary and fatty foods and drinks, instead drink water and eat highprotein snacks, drive defensively’. The term “defensive driving” means many things to many people, one defensive driving strategy is to work out what is or might happen on the road ahead and around you. Speak to yourself, what is that car going to do, or will that pedestrian dart across the street, etc. Most people if pressed will say they have
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10 Diet Tips No Senior Should Skip! Calgary Senior News Staff As we get older, eating right becomes ever more imperative. Our bodies tend not to be as forgiving of overindulgence and lazy eating; they expect to be well maintained and will punish us if they are not. A proper diet for seniors promotes mental alertness, higher energy, better recuperation from illness or surgery, and avoidance of health problems like osteoporosis and constipation. Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy diet as an older person: 1. Understand that as you age, your metabolism slows, therefore all else being equal, you need fewer calories. Depending on activity level, a man over 50 should consume 2,000 to 2,800 calories, while a woman over 50 should consume 1,600 to 2,000 calories. 2. Get plenty of fiber in your diet. This reduces the risk of constipation and certain chronic diseases. Good sources of fiber include fresh fruits and vegetables including beans, and whole grains. 3. Reduce bad fats like butter, fried foods, full fat dairy, and fatty meats. Eat good fats that promote the good kind of cholesterol, like avocados, fatty fish, nuts and seeds, and olive oil. 4. Older people are especially at risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures if they fall, so it’s important to get plenty of calcium in your diet for strong bones. Good sources of calcium include
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Fixes for wall colour disasters Calgary Senior News Staff Wall colour disasters happen to even the most seasoned interior decorator. Paint chips can be deceptive, and once on the wall, a dream colour can quickly turn into a home improvement nightmare. Luckily, the wrong wall colour does not have to be a lasting problem. The following are fixes for wall colour disasters: Give colour a chance In the event the room has been completely painted, it may be tempting to run straight back to the paint store and start again, but a trial run of the new colour may be in order. Often, a negative reaction to a new paint colour is not dislike so much as shock, particularly if the change is dramatic. By replacing the switch and outlet covers, rehanging art, and returning the room to a functional state, the painter can get a better sense of whether the colour works or doesn’t work in the en- Luckily, the wrong wall colour does vironment. Once the not have to be a shock of the change sub- lasting problem. sides, the painter may just come to view his or her colour disaster as a decorating happily ever after. Try a Faux Finish Another fix for the less-than-fabulous painted room is a faux finish. By treating the undesired paint colour as a base, the painter can use paint or glaze to change the overall style of the walls. Any number of looks can be accomplished with faux finishes. For example, with paint and stencils, painted walls can be given the look of wallpaper, or layering glaze over the base colour with sponges can create an Old World look. A paint technique using a comb and brush can give walls the rich look of linen. A perusal of the faux finish section of a craft or home improvement store can offer inspiration, or websites like HGTV and DIY offer ideas and detailed how-to videos. Modify the Paint Colour If the painter realizes a paint colour is wrong early in a project, there may still be time to correct the problem. Unfortunately, unless an error was made in the mixing process, most hardware and home improvement stores do not accept custom paint returns; however, many paint stores are willing to alter the colour to a more pleasing hue. While magenta cannot be made over into ivory, slight changes can be made to the existing paint, which may be just enough to make the colour spot-on. Often, the store will make these adjustments at no additional charge. Start Again The last resort resolution in a wall colour disaster is to go back to the drawing board. Now that a paint mistake has been made, it should be used as an opportunity to see where changes need to be made. Was the colour too light? Too dark? Too red? The new paint colour should go right where the disaster paint colour went wrong. Painters needing a little guidance in selecting a new colour can follow expert tips like the ones found here. Before investing in a gallon or more of the new paint, a sample should be applied to the wall. By observing the test area of the wall at different points of the day as the light changes, the painter can determine whether or not the colour will work. Ideally, multiple tests conducted side-by-side to allow for comparison. Getting a wall colour wrong can be discouraging, but the crisis is only temporary. With a little patience and creativity, a wall colour disaster can be turned into a decorating success.
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A typical restaurant in Ajijic. The majority of restaurants have outdoor seating to enjoy the sunshine. (inset) A house in Ajijic, Mexico. Houses nd roads are more compact than in Canada. Submitted by Jane Milburn
Are you scared of Mexico?
Jane Milburn Are you scared of Mexico? Then the town of Ajijic would be your first choice. It abounds with Gringos and has many amenities, including a HSBC bank, a Subway, Walmart, TelCel and COSTCO, all within twenty kilometres. People who speak Spanish and are used to the experiences of true Mexican culture while traveling will probably shudder, but if you are just transitioning into the world of traveling south, it is a excellent way to wade your way into the waters rather than jumping in head first. There are houses, houses everywhere, but not a drop to drink! Well there is Tequila of course, but all your drinking water has to be bought and carried into the house in big blue jugs. Something that takes a little getting used to! You can amuse yourself by hiking hot dusty trails and peering over the vast local terrain, or kayak the Lake Chapala and observe (or torment, as I did!) the wonderful bird life. I paddled secretly and quietly (so I thought) amongst the grasses and reeds but apparently not quietly enough, as clouds of
cormorants, pelicans and ducks lifted into the rich evening sky. My kayak tutor was strict “Keep your arms straight and move from the waist!”, and I obliged. All went well! If golf is your thing, for 450 pesos (there are 12 pesos to the dollar) you can enjoy the sport. I saw a happy group of men yarning and preening in the shady nineteenth hole of a posh public clubhouse. It offered delicious meals of pescario (fish), or pollo (chicken). The only Spanish word that I really need is “quiero”, which translates to “I want”! You can also take spanish lessons at the Lake Chapala Society, which offers all sorts of intriguing classes: yoga, art, philosophi-
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ATTRACTIONS AND EVENTS
Calgary Public Library Programs – Between January and April A number of programs at all eighteen branches of interest to seniors (some in the daytime and some in the evenings) are offered including: 50+ Coffee and Conversation, Chess in the Library, Stitch and Chat, Wii and Tea 50+, Cyber Seniors, Book Club for Seniors and Talking Book Club. Ph. 403-260-2600. Heritage Park Senior’s Follies Luncheons – March 3 to 7 This annual event includes lunch, entertainment, prizes and transportation from designated locations. Luncheons are held in the Wainwright Hotel within the park. Tickets and reservations required. 1900 Heritage Drive, S.W. Ph. 403-268-8500. Calgary International Auto & Truck Show – March 12 to 16 March 12 from 3 to 10 p.m., March 13, 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and March 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. BMO Centre, Stampede Park. Ph. 403-261-0531. Calgary Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show – March 22 and 23 March 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Displays and exhibits of outdoor products, sporting goods and travel destinations. BMO Centre, Stampede Park. Ph. 403-261-0531. Calgary 2014 Golf Show – March 22 and 23 Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. BMO Centre, Hall B. Ph. 403261-0531. TicketMaster 1-855-985-5000. Chinook County Historical Society AGM and Program – March 25 Tickets are required in advance for this event. The program will feature speaker Chic Scott with the presentation of Deep Powder, Steep Rock – the life of Hans Gmoser who was a guide, writer, the inventor of heliskiing and a film maker. He arrived in Canada as a penniless immigrant. 5 p.m. at the Danish Canadian Club. Ph. 403-261-4667. Bobby Chan Seniors Table Tennis Club – Ongoing Monday, Wednesday and Friday Free ping pong training for beginners – a great way to have fun, get fit and make friends. Beginners are welcome to drop in to the regular training class. Sign in anytime between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The club provides the trainer, racquets and balls. Memberships are available. The venue is the Highland Park Community League, 3716-2 Street, N.W. Further info: 403-295-9553. Scandinavian Centre Choir – Ongoing Wednesdays Between September and May This mixed adult choir provides lots of learning and fun singing and the challenge of performing in different languages. New members are welcome! Rehearsals are held at 739 – 20 Avenue, N.W. on Wednesday evenings. Further info: 403-2831299. Calgary Music Makers Senior Citizens Choir - Ongoing Practices on Thursdays Consider singing for fun by joining this group of enthusiastic seniors! This mixed-voice choir welcomes new members aged 50 and over. The Music Makers perform once a month a seniors’ residences and community events between Sept. and June. Membership fee: $20 per person per year. Practices are held at the Fairview Baptist Church (230-78 Avenue, S.E.) between 9:15 a.m.
and 11:30 a.m. Note that this choir breaks for the summer. Further info: 403-243-8503 or 403289-9326. Calgary Farmer’s Market – Ongoing Friday, Saturday and Sunday Year-Round Over 75plus permanent vendors. Hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 510-77 Ave., S.E. (just off of Blackfoot Trail and Heritage Drive S.E.). Further info: 403-240-9113. Seniors Alpine Ski Club – Ongoing If you are 55+ and enjoy downhill skiing, you’ll want to learn more about becoming a member of the Seniors Alpine Ski Club. This club offers affordable prices for ski tours. Also featured are ski days, ski improvement programs, social functions (for example, dances and a summer golf tournament) as well as a newsletter. Further info: 403-2660003.
IN CONCERT Music At Noon Series – Wednesdays Throughout the Year Music At Noon is presented by The Pro Arts Society. Concerts from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. take place each and every Wednesday at Cathedral of the Redeemer at 7th Avenue and First Street S.E. across from Olympic Plaza. Bring your lunch and enjoy music in the midst of the day. Concerts are free but donations gratefully accepted. Further info: 403-269-1904. Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra – March 7 and 8 Hungarian Rhapsody 8 p.m. both dates. March 9 Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage 2 p.m. for the Instrument Petting Zoo and 3 p.m. for the performance. A perfect opportunity to introduce your grandchildren or great grandchildren to the symphony! March 12 Stairway to Heaven: A Tribute to Led Zepplin 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 29 Beethoven and Prokofiev with The Gryphon Trio 8 p.m. both dates. April 2 Live and Let Die: A Tribute to Paul McCartney and The Beatles 7:30 p.m. All concerts at the Jack Singer Concert Hall at EPCOR Centre. All concerts at 8 p.m. excepting February 19 concert. Box Office: 403571-0849. Honens On Stage – March 13 An evening with one of the world’s leading concert pianists, Stephen Hough. 7:30 p.m., EPCOR Centre’s Jack Singer Concert Hall. Box Office: 403-294-9494. Calgary Folk Club – March 14 Arrogant Worms (opening act is West My Friend). March 28 Stephen Fearing and Andy White Venue is the Dalhousie Community Centre (5432 Dalhart Rd. N.W.). Box Office: 403-220-7202. PCL Blues Series – March 14 Mary Flower Performance at the Engineered Air Theatre at EPCOR Centre. Box Office: 403-294-9494. Celtic Celebration with The Barra MacNeils – March 14 and 15 8 p.m. These concerts are part of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra season. EPCOR Centre, Jack Singer Concert Hall. Box Office: 403-294-9494. BD & P World Music Series – March 19 Charlie Musselwhite & Ruthis Foster EPCOR Centre, Jack Singer Concert Hall. Box Office 403-294-9494. Noteworthy Nights Dinner and Music Series – March 21 The Wearing ‘o the Green An evening with the renowned Celtic band, Seanachie. 6 p.m. Heritage Park. Ph. 403-268-8500. EPCOR Centre Jazz Series – March 21 Kurt Elling EPCOR Centre. Box Office 403-294-9494. Calgary Pro Musica Society – March 23 Homage to Glenn Gould 8 p.m. EckhardtGramatte Hall in the Rozsa Centre, U of C. Box Office: 403-244-8277. Nana Mouskouri In Concert – March 25 7:30 p.m., Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. TicketMaster 1-855-985-5000.
Mount Royal University Conservatory Wyatt Concert Series – April 1 Gabriela Montero (piano). 7:30 p.m. at the Leacock Theatre at Mount Royal University. Ph. 403-440-7770. Calgary Opera – April 5, 9 and 11 Madame Butterfly Performances at the Arrata Opera Centre (1315 – 7 Street S.W.). Box Office: 403262-7286.
THEATRE Stagewest Calgary – February 6 to Second Week of April Unnecessary Farce 727- 42 Avenue, S.E. Box Office: 403-243-6642. Theatre Calgary – February 11 to March 9 Major Barbara March 25 to April 20 The Mountaintop EPCOR Centre. Box Office: 403294-9494. Jubilations Dinner Theatre – February 21 to April 27 Elvis & The Las Vegas Hangover! Jubilations Dinner Theatre is located at 1002 37 Street, S.W. Box Office: 403-249-7799. Lunchbox Theatre – March 3 to 22 Brick March 31 to April 19 Dad, Day 1 Showtimes Monday to Saturday at 12:10 p.m., Friday nights at 6:10 p.m. and “Date Night” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday nights. 160 – 9 Avenue S.E. Box Office: 403-265-4292. Alberta Theatre Projects –March 5 to April 6 You Will Remember Me March 6 to April 5 Legend Has It March 7 to April 6 Games March 18 to April 6 Same Same But Different All these plays are part of the Enbridge Playrites Festival This is part of the Enbridge Playrites Festival. Performances at EPCOR Centre. Box Office: 403-294-9494.
MUSEUMS AND ART EXHIBITS Heritage Park’s Gasoline Alley Museum – January 23 to April 21 A new exhibit entitled Cars of the Big and Small Screen The cars are the stars in this exhibit – great classic vehicles that have become part of pop culture. Heritage Park is located at 1900 Heritage Drive, S.W. Ph. 403-268-8500. Glenbow Museum – February 8 to May 4 Two exhibits: Made in Calgary: The 1990s and Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket. February 23 to May 4 Photographer Bryan Adams Exposed The Glenbow Museum is located at 130 – 9 Avenue S.E. (downtown). Ph. 403-2684100.
DANCE Alberta Ballet – March 20 to 22 Giselle 7:30 performances all dates plus a 2 p.m. matinee on March 22. Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Box Office: 403-245-4549. Continued on next page
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Art Exhibits at Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre - February 22 to April 12 Two exhibits: David Alexander: The Shape of Place and Jacek Kosciuk: Everything Is New Again The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre is located at 401 – 1 Street S.E. Ph. 403-502-8793.
Events at Airdrie Public Library – Ongoing Check with the library to learn about the following: Evening Book Club, Airdrie Knitter’s Group, Chess Club, Scrabble Club, Writers Club and Genealogy Group. Airdrie Public Library is located at 111 – 304 Main Street. Ph. 403-948-0060.
Banff Banff Whyte Museum of the Rockies – February 1 to March 30 Two exhibits: The Photographs of Scotia Waterous and Sarah Fuller: My Banff. 111 Bear Street. Further info: 403-762-2291.
Cochrane Cochrane Music Society – April 5 Jazz Night The Cochrane Riverside Jazz group will be joined by the Foothills Music Society Jazz Big Band and the Westwinds Silver Jazz Band for an evening of music. Show at 7 p.m.; supper also available prior to concert. Venue is Killarney’s at 240 Riverside Drive. Ph. 587-362-2552.
High River High River Gift of Music Society – March 22 Guy & Nadino Duo: Le Canet De Voyage Featuring the bassoon, piano and trumpet. 7:30 p.m. Venue is the High River United Church (123 Macleod Trail, S.W.).
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Performances at Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre - March 15 Peatbog Faeries Dance Troupe An evening of Celtic dance with this Scottish dance troupe. March 21 The Arrogant Worms In Concert An evening with this Canadian musical comedy trio. March 25 Andreas Klein and The Cortex Quartet An evening with this German-born pianist. All performances at 8 p.m. 401 – 1 Street S.E. Box Office: 403502-8777.
Okotoks Okotoks Art Gallery – February 28 to April 19 Two exhibits: Freedom: The Social, Symbolic & Senses of Freedom (group exhibit by high school students) and An Alberta Aviary (exhibit by artist Erika Schulz). 3 North Railway Street. Ph. 403-938-3204. Rotary Performing Arts Centre – March 23 Caladh Nua in Concert A talented band performing Irish music. 8 p.m. The Rotary Performing Arts Centre is located at 3 Elm Street E. Box Office: 403938-3204.
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Beat bad doggy breath
You may have once looked forward to sitting and petting your new puppy and the excited sloppy kisses that he or she would lavish on your cheek. Now that your dog is older and bad breath has set in, you may run and hide from that once-precious pooch. Many changes take place as a cute puppy becomes an adult dog. Many pet owners notice that some dogs gain weight, become sluggish and develop foul breath as they age. This bad breath not only can be a nuisance, but also it can be a health problem for otherwise healthy dogs. Bad breath, medically termed “halitosis,” is a condition commonly reported by dog owners. There are many different causes of doggie breath, but the primary contributor is a dental problem. Some pet parents are not aware that dogs need to have their teeth brushed just like their human family members. Food particles can become lodged between teeth and eventually rot, causing an odor. What’s more, this food may cause bacteria to grow, which can decay teeth and lead to gum inflammation. If left untreated, plaque buildup and sore gums can progress to periodontal disease. According to veterinarians, plaque clings to the base of your dog’s teeth, causing the gums to recede and become inflamed. Once the gums are inflamed, they tend to leak blood serum, which blends with the plaque, increasing the amount of bacteria in the dog’s mouth. This appears as a yellowish coating on the dog’s teeth. Some dogs affected by serious plaque buildup will eat less. Routinely brushing the dog’s teeth can minimize plaque buildup. Feed-
ing hard kibble, which can further dislodge any other food, and offering chew toys and bones will also help keep plaque problems at bay. If plaque is a major problem, a veterinarian may suggest a thorough cleaning under sedation. In addition to periodontal causes, bad breath may be a symptom of other serious conditions. Diseases of the kidneys, gastrointestinal disorders or even stomach cancer can cause bad breath. Diabetes and liver problems are also culprits in halitosis. In other cases, foreign objects that become lodged in the teeth, including the pet’s own fur, can decompose and form a foul odor. The foreign objects also may irritate the skin and the gums. An infection that forms may produce an unpleasant odor. A pet with bad breath should be examined by a veterinarian, unless it is obvious that it is the result of something the dog ate, including stool or spoiled garbage. The following methods also may keep bad breath at bay. * Brush your dog’s teeth regularly. This helps prevent plaque buildup and will keep the gums healthy. * Change the dog’s food. Some canned foods may produce foul breath, as can feeding a dog raw meat. * Prevent access to garbage if your dog is a routine scrounger in the trash. * If your dog isn’t eating much and looks frail, the breath may be a sign of a serious illness. Visit with a veterinarian promptly.
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If an impairment to your health affects your mobility, you’re not alone.
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