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Fort St. John has “Pazazz”
ith the arrival of spring comes the feeling most of us have for change. For some, a simple rearranging of furniture, cleaning out closets or getting rid of clutter will ease that spring fever, but for those of you who are looking to make bigger changes, such as redecorating your home or office, there’s “Pazazz Painting and Design” owned and operated by Carrie Halliday.
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began a career as a local truck driver, which she did for 10 years, after suffering a severe back injury, was told by the doctors she could never drive professionally again. In the summer of 2009 Carrie, who is not new to the business world (previously owned the Lil’ Roc Cafe in Taylor), decided to see if she could make a living doing what she loved most and started her own painting and design business.
Pazazz Painting & Design has since hired two full time employees and has an impressive resume. Although Carrie’s specialty seems to be redecorating homes, she adds The Shed Health & Fitness in Taylor, the A & W, and Fort City Chrysler to her list of accomplishments. If your home or office needs a new look look, (interior or exterior) why not give Carrie a call for a quote 250-329-9299.
Popular paint projects for spring expensive than a fresh coat of paint. According to The Home Depot Canada, here are some of the most popular painting projects and solutions for spring.
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Paint the unexpected: Traditionally, colour has been reserved for the walls only. This spring, consider introducing paint to everything from worn wood furniture and floor boards to the ceiling. Whether you apply a muted tone, bright hue or a dynamic check pattern, you will be amazed at the results.
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ike any home décor trend, painting trends come and go. From sponge and stenciling to accent walls and painted chalkboards, new innovations have paved the way for exciting developments. If you are looking to give your home a quick pick me up, nothing is faster, easier and less
Paint and go: Paint technology has come a long way in saving time. Whether one room or the whole house is on the spring checklist, make any paint project easier with a premium paint and primer all in one. Available in a wide range of colours,
Behr Premium Plus has received rave reviews. Colour match it: Sometimes inspiration is found from that perfect colour in a piece of art or even a throw pillow. Now you can bring in a home accessory or fabric swatch to the Colour Solutions Center at The Home Depot and an associate will replicate the colour in a can of paint. Imagine the possibilities. For more inspiring paint projects, check out the new addition of the DreamBook at www.homedepot.ca/dreambook.
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anomie (also: anomy) (ann’-uh-mee) n. 1: social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values. 2: a feeling of personal unrest stemming from a lack of standards, values, purpose, or ideals. tyro (tie’-roh) n. a beginner in learning, a novice.
Large weed infestations can now be controlled
f a weed-free lawn is important for your family enjoyment throughout the summer, you may be looking for some serious help now that most Canadian municipalities uphold pesticide bans. Indeed if you’ve already been looking for help but the weed infested areas are just getting worse, it looks like a highly effective ‘broadcast’ product is in the shops this year. “One of the most exciting innovations is a weed control product that is made with iron,” says Natalie Jones at Scotts Canada, a leading name in lawn care. “It was introduced last year under the name EcoSense Weed B Gon - and now it’s also available in a concentrate format designed for large areas of a weed infested lawn. The product is ingeniously formulated to kill weeds but not the lawn. Once
applied, it penetrates into the cell structure of the plant to kill it from the inside out.” If you have a lot of weeds throughout your lawn, Jones advises to simply attach the ready-to-spray product on the end of your hose, or mix the concentrate format according to instructions. Then spray across all weed-infested areas. “With a concentrated formula like this, you can see a difference in just a few hours as the weeds turn black, shrivel up and die. It’s a welcomed, effective solution; it’s available in communities with pesticide bans - and in tandem with science, it works to kill weeds without harming your lawn.”
Simple tips for a naturally beautiful home
ake your home fresh, warm and inviting by introducing natural elements into the space. Award-winning interior decorator Laura Stein offers four simple steps to bring nature indoors: 1. A little bit of wood goes a long way. Whether formal or casual, sleek or rustic, adding just a small amount of wood to a room makes it feel rich and more comfortable. 2. Natural stone ups the chic factor in any space. Since natural materials are always associated with quality, using stone and wood can help increase the value of your home. 3. Fresh cut flowers and plants are a
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Recognize what’s important to your partner. Knowing what is truly important to your partner can go a long way towards building goodwill and an atmosphere of compromise. On the flip side, it’s also important for your partner to recognize your wants and for you to state them clearly. Constantly giving to others at the expense of your own needs builds resentment and anger.
Find something you enjoy doing together. It can be a shared hobby, a dance class, a daily walk or volunteering. Doing service moves you out of yourself and your own problems and supports a broader, more spiritual view of life. Get involved with a local organization like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (www.ccfcanada.ca) and help improve the lives of children and families living in poverty around the world.
Keeping outside relationships and interests alive. No one person can meet all of our needs, and expecting too much from someone can put a lot of unhealthy pressure on a relationship. Having friends and outside interests not only strengthens your social network, but brings new insights and stimulation to the relationship too.
Connect as a couple and rekindle love. Relationships need time to thrive. It is vitally important to set aside specific times to be together. Commit to spending quality time together on a regular basis. Even during very busy and stressful times, a few minutes of sharing and connecting can help keep bonds strong.
Change it up. Act out of character— you can easily get into ruts. If you find that you are repeating patterns, step back and break it up. Be somewhat still unknown to each
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Foods to help save your sight
ne in seven Canadians will develop a serious eye disease in their lifetime, and while some eye conditions are unavoidable, others – such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, dry eye syndrome and eyelid disorders – can actually be prevented, slowed or suppressed by making healthier food and lifestyle choices.
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“Astonishingly, 75 per cent of vision loss can be prevented or treated,” says Dr. Keith Gordon, CNIB’s Vice President of Research. “Getting regular eye exams to detect eye disease early, making simple lifestyle changes to promote vision health and taking safety precautions to avoid eye injuries are all important.” Consuming eye-healthy foods, either on their own or in conjunction with other foods rich in protective
nutrients, has been shown to promote eye health and protect against preventable eye conditions. These nutrients and their food sources include: Omega-3s: Studies have shown that a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids can lower the risk of AMD, the leading cause of vision loss in Canada. The most common sources for this nutrient can be found in flax seeds, walnuts, soybeans and fatty fish, such as salmon or mackerel. Beta-carotene: Beta-carotene, most commonly found in carrots, is a nutrient that the body converts into vitamin A and can offer protection against advanced AMD progression and cataracts when combined with other antioxidants.
Lutein and zeaxanthin: Eating foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin can
This dish, full of Asian flavors, is best served with plenty of steamed jasmine rice and sauteed snap peas. 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/4 cup fish sauce 1/3 cup water 3 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oilsee savings 3 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced 8 chicken thighs (bone in or boneless), fat and skin removed Cilantro sprigs for garnish 1. In a bowl, whisk the brown sugar, fish sauce, water, rice-wine vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. 2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the scallions and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the thighs and the brown sugar mixture. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. As soon as it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer, turning the thighs occasionally, until cooked, 25 to 30 minutes. 3. Remove the thighs from the pan and cover with foil to keep warm. Increase the heat to high and reduce the sauce by half or until it is slightly thickened and resembles a bubbling caramel sauce. Serve the chicken with the sauce, garnished with the cilantro sprigs. reduce the risk of both AMD and cataracts by protecting against the oxidation of healthy tissue in the eye. Food sources include leafy greens and brightly coloured produce, such as squash, corn and orange peppers. Fiber: Foods that are higher in fiber also have a low glycemic index (GI) – a measure of how quickly carbohydrates raise blood glucose levels. Foods with a higher GI, such as white bread and potatoes, can increase the risk of AMD and cataracts; whereas low GI foods, such as oat bran, lentils, beans and barley, work to promote eye health. To take control of your vision health, join CNIB in taking part in Vision Health Month. Visit eyesareforlife.ca to learn more and take action for your eyes today. www.newscanada.com
Can British Columbia meet the demand for skilled workers?
New projects in transportation, construction and natural resources are expected to create more than one million jobs over the next 10 years. At the same time, B.C. faces the challenge of a looming shortage of skilled tradespeople as veteran workers prepare for retirement. Current trends suggest the province will face a shortage of at least 160,000 skilled workers by 2015. One way employers can prepare for this labour shortage is by hiring more skilled immigrants and apprentices, says Dave Cummings, the foreman at Systems Mechanical, a local construction company that employs more than 35 tradespeople and apprentices, some of whom are skilled immigrants. “With more skilled workers retiring, apprentices and skilled immigrants are invaluable to our company’s future,” he says. “Many skilled immigrants already have the right work experience and training, and just need Canadian certification – we know they can get the job done.” As foreman, Cummings recently started working with Vasile Covaza, a plumber apprentice from Romania. Covaza, 45, had construction experience before moving to Canada, but struggled to find work in B.C. His search for an English course led him to the Immigrants in Trades Training program offered through Diversecity Community Resources Society.
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Immigrants in Trades Training connects skilled immigrants to training opportunities across the province. It is overseen by the Industry Training Authority, the provincial crown agency responsible for managing B.C.’s trades training and apprenticeship system, and funded through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement. The program helped Covaza develop a resume and find a job in the plumbing industry. Now a registered apprentice in his third year of training, Covaza plans to become a Red Seal certified plumber. While Cummings is relieved to have a skilled employee he can count on, Covaza says he is happy to finally work at a job he loves. He offers this piece of advice for other people in his situation: “The trades are a rewarding career choice. Find a resource to help you and don’t give up.” More information is available at www.IITTapprentices.ca. www.newscanada.com
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Trailblazing mom lands plumb new career Don’t tell Cathy Minty plumbing is a man’s job. Two years ago, the B.C.-based mother of five ran a home daycare and never used a drill. But after becoming a single mom and her family’s sole breadwinner, she knew she needed a new career—and fast. “I needed to go back to school, but it was too expensive and I wouldn’t have time to work or support my family,” remembers Minty, 34. “That’s when I remembered my father’s words, that someone always needs a plumber.” She decided to enter the Piping Opportunities for Women program offered by the Piping Industry Association Board through the Women in Trades Training initiative. The program paid for Cathy’s tuition and work boots, and helped with childcare and transportation costs. Women in Trades Training connects unemployed or low-skilled women to funded training opportunities across British Columbia. It is overseen by the Industry Training Authority, the provincial crown agency responsible for managing B.C.’s trades training and apprenticeship system, and funded through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement. After completing the piping program and her first year of technical training, Minty was hired for a large project with the construction company Black & McDonald. “When we hired Cathy, she was confident, prepared and able to hit the ground running—exactly what we needed,” says Stacey Kent, project administrator.
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Now a first year plumber apprentice, Minty hopes to one day become Red Seal certified. “When I come home covered in dirt and dust, I’m brimming with confidence,” she says. “I can’t wait to tell my kids what I did at work that day. “One of my daughters recently told me she might become a plumber when she grows up—what mom wouldn’t be proud of that?” More information is available at www.WITTapprentices.ca.
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Peace Country pioneer and volunteer, Anne Callison
By Sandy Baker ifelong volunteer Anne Callison is ninety years young and still going strong. On any given Monday she can be found at the Fort St. John Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shoppe, where she volunteers each week. Callison believes that helping others helps her as well. “It’s the best medicine a person could have,” she says.
Callison has worked with a number of charities and service organizations over the years, as well as helping family and friends in times of need. She has been a member of the Catholic Women’s League for almost sixty years. She is also a lifetime member of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum Society, the Peace Lutheran Care Centre Foundation, the Royal Purple, and several other charitable organizations. As friend Louise Ollenberger says, “I have known Anne for years and she is amazing. She has helped so many people she should stay young forever.”
The nonagenarian - the official title for a person who is between ninety and ninety-nine years old – was born Anna Grendys on December 15th, 1921 in Poland. When she was five, her family immigrated to Canada. They settled on a homestead at Mountain Trail, 8 km north of Huallen, Alberta near Beaverlodge. Anna was taken out of school in Grade Seven to help care for her mother, who was recovering from surgery. Later, she worked for various neighbours and at the High Prairie Hospital helping the nuns care for patients. In November, 1942 Callison received a letter that she has saved to this day. It was from Mrs. Arthur George of Fort Nelson, B.C., offering her a cooking job at her trappers’ boarding house. Callison was to be paid $50 a month plus room and board. She accepted the position, travelling by train to Dawson Creek and on from there in a mail truck.
While in Fort Nelson, Anne met her future husband, John Callison. John’s family had first settled in the South Peace in 1914. John helped survey the route of the Alaska Highway from Fort Nelson to Summit Lake. When Anne met him he was working for the US Army with strings of packhorses supplying
Looking to the future. Anne Callison with her great-grandson Emmett Callison.
construction camps along the route. The pair married on July 10, 1944 and were together 52 years until John’s death in 1996. The Callisons had three sons; Adley, Wayne and Darcy. Their first home was at John’s trap line on the Kledo River, north of Fort Nelson. During the summers the family resided in Montney.
In 1953, when the boys reached school age, the family moved to Dawson Creek. There they built the Callison Motel, later renamed the Central Motel, which they operated for twenty years. In 1973, the Callisons moved to Fort St. John. With the boys out on their own, the couple began travelling, eventually visiting 12 different countries.
Callison has seen a lot of changes in her ninety years. The change she feels has been one of the most positive is way the Canadian government now takes care of its senior citizens. When asked how long she thinks her life will be, Callison replies with a
laugh, “Oh, I don’t know. My dad lived to be a hundred, so why shouldn’t I?” Anne is pictured here in Fort Nelson where she went to work in 1942.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” - Robert Frost
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EVER WONDER ................... Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?
Why isn’t there mouse-flavoured cat food?
Why women can’t put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
Why don’t you ever see the headline ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?
Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
Why is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word?
You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!
Why is it that doctors call what they do ‘practice’? Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavour, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons? Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains? Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together? If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?
Tom, Dick and Harry went to a party. After the party they returned to the hotel. The hotel was 600 stories high. Unfortunately for them, the elevator was not working. They made a plan for the first 200 stories, Tom will crack jokes. The second 200 stories Dick will tell a happy story and lastly Harry will tell a sad story.They then started up the steps After 2 hours it was Harry’s turn. He turned to the other two and said “Ok guys, here’s my sad story. I forgot the keys downstairs.
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Safe and affordable entertainment for your children or teens
re you looking for safe and affordable entertainment for your children or teens? Are you a youth or adult that wants to help make a positive difference in the lives of many children? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then Scouting may be for you.
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Scouting began in the United Kingdom in 1907 when Lt. Gen. Robert Baden-Powell took a group of youth to a camp on Brownsea Island (in southern England) to teach them basic survival skills. The idea quickly spread throughout the U.K., then to North America and, by 1914, the Boy Scout Association was incorporated by the Canadian Parliament. The name was later changed to Scouts Canada as the association has been co-ed for
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Today, Scouts Canada provides value-based and educational fun for boys, girls, men and women ages 5 through 26. Within Scouts there are five different sections, depending on the age of the participants:
Sections will typically meet once a week for a variety of activities (depending on the age group) with occasional weekend events as well. There are two active Scouts groups in the Fort St. John area. The 1st
Fort St. John Scouts have firmly established Beavers and Cubs sections and, very soon, will have a Scouts section for ages 11 through 14. As the youth in our program mature, we hope to eventually have active sections for Venturers and Rovers as well. Coordinating and running these programs takes time and commitment. Leaders and other volunteers are vital to Scouts Canada’s success. Often, the number of youth that can be signed up for a section depends on the number of leaders available. No prior experience is necessary to volunteer in Scouts Canada, just a willingness to help (and a clean criminal record if you wish to become a leader).
chance to make friends, learn new skills and take part in activities they wouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy elsewhere. Along the way, youth develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals; better prepared for the future. More information on all of our programs is available on-line at www. scouts.ca. If you would like to discuss signing up for Scouts as a volunteer or participant, please contact Al Stebbing 250-262-6596, email@example.com.
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