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Your Weekly CORNWALL EVENTS & COMMUNITY Newspaper
Vol. 3, Issue 10 March 16, 2012
about CORNWALL PEOPLE for CORNWALL PEOPLE by CORNWALL PEOPLE
our new columnist
BRENT HARPER The water guy! See Brent’s column on page 5
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FOR SALE: white oak dining room set, one leaf, 6 chairs and 2 captain chairs, buffet with light inside, paid $6,000, asking $2,000. Telephone 613-932-8696.
FOR SALE: Oriental 4 Panel Screen with beautifully coloured figures. Each panel measures 18” x 69”. Excellent condition $400, Telephone 613-528-4533.
FOR SALE: Apartment size white Frigidaire deep freezer. $50 very good shape. Also a 1994 Mazda MX6 - 6 cylinder Standard. Would make a great race car - $1,500. New clutch, belt and outer drive pulley off a 2012 Polaris 500H0 4 wheeler. Fits 2006 and up. $650 or trade for an old camper or Chevy truck or other articles. Telephone 613-330-5856. FOR SALE: HP computer and printer. Asking price $100 Telephone 613-933-3049.
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FOR SALE: Antique armoire, excellent condition, 2 door with oval mirror and large drawer at the bottom. Bought for $1,200 and will sell for $700. Call 613-932-5681.
FOR SALE: 2 touch lamps, gold and ivory in colour - $15 each. Maytag white electric dryer, asking $175. AC Mastercraft stick welder, Helmet plus chipping tool included 230 amp. asking $225. Telephone 613-347-3142. FOR SALE: Browning bar2 Safari Semi 7mm mag 6x24x40 scope $725 Call: 613-930-2336.
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FOR SALE: 16x11 Plastic garage. Still erected for viewing. Please call 613-932-4419.
FOR SALE: 2003 Bonneville, sunroof, 4 door, winter tires and rims included. 1 owner, fantastic price. Call 613-937-4640.
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FOR SALE: Eliptical trainer, Powerstride 8.5. Worth 1,200 asking $500. 1 ladies full length fur coat in good condition, medium, asking $75 OBO. Full set of Encyclopedia Britannica. Best offer. Call 613-936-9399.
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FOR SALE: York Vinyl Dumbell-Barbell set. Still in box $65. Lexmark Printer, 2 years old, needs new ink cartridge, $15 or best offer. Selling because I don’t have a computer anymore. Mans black suit, worn once, waist 33. Includes 2 dress shirts. $60 for all. Telephone 613-938-6149.
FOR SALE: Portable fishing hut, 2 man, brand new with 6 fishing rods, $350. Call 613-932-5810.
FOR SALE: Zenith 30” advance system with remote control. Good running condition - asking $30 Call 613-932-6584.
FOR SALE: Whirlpool Washer and Dryer, excellent condition. Liquor Cabinet from the 1940’s and a 2 drawer filing cabinet. Telephone 613-938-8783
FOR SALE: Gibson Epiphone Box Guitar with a pick-up. Brand new - never used $300 firm Telephone 613-933-4437. FOR SALE: Catalogue from the Museum of Historical Arms, Miami Beach, Florida. 47 editions - the earliest is 1955 and the latest 1992. $280 for all. 613-938-6149.
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Tia Latour & Tyler Ezard play hockey for the South Stormont Selects Atom B Team. On any given day they play in front of 100 fans, mostly family and friends. Last Saturday the two young right wingers were skating in front of 21,000 fans at the Scotiabank Place. How you ask, well, Tia applied online to be a “Scotiabank Skater” and won!! She was also able to bring a member of her team. The Skaters were greeted by screaming fans in the dark arena with only a spot light on both Tia and Tyler. “We were asked to skate around with the Sens flag and line up to greet the Senators as the entered the ice surface. “I was so thrilled “said Ms Latour “I wasn’t nervous at all till I stood next to Chris Philips on the Blue line for both national anthems” I looked up and saw all the fans cheering it was so exciting. “My Dad told me that I was extremely lucky to have this opportunity to skate with NHL Hockey players.” Tyler and I will remember this day for ever!!
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EYE ON SOCIETY by Jason Setnyk
Arts, Culture, and Politics Rock for Charity a success! Last Friday was the two year anniversary of Rock for Charity. 18 concerts, amazing musicians who donate their time to play for free, great venues, and wonderful audiences, all contributed to the nearly being raised to date for various charities and non profit groups that make Cornwall and SD&G a better community. New Cultural Coordinator hired! According to Choose Cornwall: A new Cultural Coordinator has been hired to help strengthen the arts and culture sector in Cornwall and S D & G. Iroquois resident Bruce Davis has been hired by the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Community Futures Development Corporation (SDG CFDC) to spearhead the development of the area’s cultural sector and implement the recently-completed Culturescape initiative. He has already met with the City of Cornwall’s Cultural Plan Committee, a group of community members that are tasked with reviewing the Culturescape initiative.
Festival de La Cabane a Sucre 2012! (English to follow). Le festival, une activité pour toute la famille, aura de tout pour tous et toutes. Une “cabane à sucre” sera érigée sur le terrain de stationnement du Club Army, Navy, Air Force. On fera bouillir la sève sur un poêle à bois. Il y aura des violoneux, des musiciens, des kiosques, des chansons à répondre, des danses et beaucoup plus encore. Parmi les musiciens et chanteurs, nous retrouverons le groupe “Les bons vivants” avec Yvon Neveu, Brian St-Pierre et Louis Racine puis le groupe de Jean-François Thibaud, qui se sont avérés très populaires aux cabanes à sucre précédente. Ils nous feront danser le vendredi soir. Le samedi, nous aurons des activités pour les enfants, un clown très drôle et nos chanteurs locaux. Dans la soirée, la jeune vedette montante, Mathieu Poirier, et la vedette country Guylaine Tanguay nous feront vibrer et danser. The festival, a family event, will have something for everyone. A “cabane” will be erected in the parking lot of the Army, Navy, Air Force Club. Sap will be boiled on a wood stove. There will be fiddlers, bands, kiosks, singing, and much more. Entertainment includes “Les bons vivants” band with Yvon Neveu, Brian St-Pierre and Louis Racine, , and “Le Portageur” Jean-François Thibaud who are returning by popular demand. On Saturday, March 25, 2012, activities for children, a funny clown and local talent will entertain us. In the evening, the rising star, Mathieu Poirier and the country star Guylaine Tanguay will lead the dance. Raisin River Canoe Race Set For April 22nd! "The longest paddling event in Eastern Ontario will be taking place just north of Cornwall on April 22nd. An annual rite of spring in S, D and G, the Raisin River Canoe Race will see hundreds of paddlers winding their way down the Raisin, from St. Andrews West to Williamstown. It promises to be a special year as the race celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2012." The cost to participate in the event is $30 per canoe/kayak and registration forms can be printed in advance by going to the Raisin Region Conservation Authority website: http://www.rrca.on.ca/ Participants can attach these forms to their payment the morning of the event. The starting gun fires at 10:30 am sharp! Canoe rentals are available by contacting Trailhead directly at 613-722-4229 or by emailing: email@example.com.
with preselected specialty equipment suppliers, mechanical equipment, electrical modifications and improvements as well as the supply and installation of various instrumentation and control panels. The project has a total value of $55.5 million (including taxes), and the City, Provincial Government and Federal Government are each contributing $18.5 million. The City has already set aside nearly $4 million in reserves to assist with its share of the project, and the $18.5 million contribution will be funded through a combination of reserves and long-term borrowing. The upgrade to the Wastewater Treatment Plant will assist in the efforts to have the St. Lawrence River at Cornwall de-listed as an Area of Concern. In addition to the numerous environmental benefits, the project will also support future growth and infrastructure expansion in the City.
Social Justice Social Justice Meeting! The next meeting of the SD&G Coalition for Social Justice is Tuesday March 20th at the Cornwall Public Library in the Upstairs Boardroom from 6:30pm to 8:15pm. Protesting Homelessness! There is a rally in favour of a homeless shelter in Cornwall being organized by Tim Archer. Our City's homelessness problem has become more visible in recent months. There is a growing need for a permanent shelter to assist people who need help. This public gathering will take place all day on Friday March 16th in front of City Hall. The International Women's Day a success! About 100 people were in attendance for the Women's Day dinner hosted by the Cornwall and District Labour Council.
My name is Jason Setnyk, and this is my eye on society. Jason Setnyk is a local high school teacher, journalist, published and award winning author, photographer, arts and culture event coordinator, and a community volunteer sitting on numerous boards and committees. www.cornwallunderground.com
Where in the world is Team Cornwall Team Cornwall is a group of over 300 business leaders that act as goodwill ambassadors for the City. When members travel they hand out their Team Cornwall cards to promote Cornwall wherever they are.
Helix are coming to Cornwall! Rockstar Party and Alkaline Entertainment proudly present Helix Saturday March 24th at La Maison. Tickets are available at the venue or by calling Rockstar Party at 613363-4708. Tickets are selling quickly! In other news, King Street Percussion has a facebook page! The local drum company that buys, sells, and trades now has their own facebook page. Be sure to like King Street Percussion on Facebook!
The Environment City Council Awards Contract For Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade! Graham Construction and Engineering has been selected to complete a $49-million upgrade to the City of Cornwall’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. Cornwall City Council awarded the tender – the largest in the City’s history – during a special meeting on March 14th at City Hall. The project consists of a number of upgrades to the existing Wastewater Treatment Plant and Pumping Station on Montreal Road. The scope of work is wide-ranging and includes new construction, renovation of existing facilities, earthworks, extensive concrete works, sub-contracting
THE LOCAL SEEKER (March 16 - pg. 4)
Here is Tim Mills, Executive Director of the Upper Canada Leger Centre for Education and Training, presenting his Team Cornwall Card to Tim Martin, Canadian Ambassador to Colombia in Bogota, the capital city. Mills was attending the Imagine Canada student fairs and school tours, in 5 cities in Colombia.
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It is also the time when people start thinking about summer…wanting to get in shape to fit in their favorite bathing suit, starting up their garden, planting flowers etc….we all like to think that this will be the year when we will be the healthiest and finally make the changes that need to be done to achieve our goal… I’m putting a twist on my column this week, I’ve asked a participant to write a testimonial concerning how my seminars have helped her better her life……here it is….
“I recently attended a few cooking seminars put on by Sylvie Thibert in Cornwall. As a family we have made changes over the years with the way we ate, but like other things in life we sometimes sway away from the path a little. I was looking to get re-inspired this winter, and Sylvie's seminars delivered the punch I was looking for and much more. She has taught me that it doesn't have to be all or nothing, as a matter of fact it's better to make small changes that add up to a lot over the course of a month or a year. She teaches that it doesn't have to be complicated to learn to cook healthy meals or even cost a lot of money. What we have found over the years is that eating healthy whole food is cheaper and you end up being healthier and more energized because of it. There are so many bonuses to eating healthy. Sylvie really packs a punch with each afternoon you spend with her, plus you get to taste test so much good wholesome healthy foods that she prepares. She sets you up with a ton of information and great healthy recipes to get you going. Sylvie is very organized and professional in her presentation. She is great at adapting her seminar content to all her audience, young and old alike no matter what level of knowledge you might have about nutrition. You leave her seminar knowing you can make these changes. Sylvie is an ordinary and amazing woman, who decided to take responsibility for her wellbeing by losing weight and changing her lifestyle a few years ago... and today she shares her inspiring story and how she did it step-by-step and you can see for yourself and know that it is possible for you too if you just commit to doing one step at a time. We can all relate to a piece of her story... that certainly is inspiring me to lose a few extra pounds, become more active and healthier. We need to invest in our health and well-being. It all starts with the choices we make.” Suzanne McRae When I asked Suzanne to do this, she accepted to do it right away without hesitation and I truly appreciate that….she is an awesome woman and I admire her greatly…thanks so much, you are the best!!!!
THE WATER GUY Brent Harper
Naturally Delicious ... with the Health Nut
Spring is just around the corner. Today, I couldn’t help but notice all of the people taking advantage of the beautiful, mild weather…walking, biking, rollerblading etc….awesome to see this going on. Spring means new beginnings, fresh air in your lungs and being able to open the windows to get some fresh air circulating in the house…….awesome!!!
The Seeker Chicks are happy to introduce a new columnist to you, our readers. Brent Harper, of O.R.O. Systems. Welcome to our Seeker family Brent.
I got this powdered water now I don't know what to add. ~ Steven Wright I’d like to thank the Seeker Ladies for the opportunity to write a column about my favourite topic, a topic that I am always very excited about – Water. I was going to jump right in to the reason for this column, water in general and specifically the water in Cornwall, but allow me a moment to introduce myself. It is my column, after all. You can stop reading if I bore you. I’ve been in the water treatment business for a year now, and have learned much about water treatment and what is involved. My background was originally banking, so I don’t blame you if you have a bit of scepticism about my experience in water. Before I bought my business, I knew that water came from the tap, was something that you were supposed to drink 8 large glasses of each day, that when you flushed the toilet, the water turned in a clockwise direction to dispose of..well, whatever you put in the toilet – and many other normal, day to day uses. Washing, watering the lawn, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera...I could go on for hours but I don’t want to bore you. Unless you’ve already stopped reading. Now, I deal with roughly 2500 clients from east of Bainsville, to Ault Island and Morrisburg, to Greely, and many of the places in between. I love what I do and when you get me talking about water treatment, I get very excited about it. I hope to use this venue to educate you, the reader, about your options for water treatment, what you can find in your water, what is good and what isn’t, and all in as much of an unbiased way as possible. (I have a business to run, after all). But first I want to earn your attention to the very important topic of this column – water. For the next column, I’ve planned a trip to the Water Treatment Plant so that I can get the details of how the water in Cornwall is dealt with before it reaches your tap. Until then, keep in mind what the great W.C. Fields once said : I never drink water; that is the stuff that rusts pipes.
I have some spaces available for my part 1 cooking seminar (cellulite reducing and weight maintenance recipes) on Saturday, April 28th , 1 to 4pm…. If you wish to live my seminars, maybe get inspired as well …you can check out my official website at www.thehealthnut.ca where you will find plenty of recipes, health blogs, my 14 recipe videos, Facebook Fan Page, my ifoodtv website…etc….. If you wish to attend my seminars you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 613-931-3119 and I will be happy to answer your questions… Remember “You are what you eat!!” In health….. Sylvie Thibert
THE LOCAL SEEKER (March 16 - pg. 5)
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Where did the time go? Brad turns 18 next week. It is so hard to believe that my baby is now a young man. I was thrown this weekend when I walked outside and saw large footprints near my garage and car. I wondered, ‘was someone here’? Then I realized, Brad took out the garbage the night before and the large snow footprints were his. Friends are sometimes surprised when they call my house and he answers, gone is the young voice, it is now replaced by a deeper voice that answers. Every now and then, I have to stop and realize how much he’s grown and soon he will leave town to pursue post-secondary education. He still unleashes his playful side; like the other day as I walk through the kitchen with a basket of clothes in hand, he waited around the corner and precisely aimed his Nerf gun to surprise me with a barrage of foam bullets, or the resonating sound of his exuberant laugh as he re-watches his favourite movies and shows. He eagerly shares details of his days and asks about mine. It is never boring with him around.
I can’t help but be nostalgic when I think back to all the days and evenings I spent with him. I dedicated my time to him. He has always been my top priority. I still remember the tiny little boy with the big imagination who would sit for hours and play with his action figures and toys. He’d build elaborate worlds, combining different toy collections, Lego and the fantastic drawings he would make, complete with backstories. He would whip through puzzles in record speeds, quizz me on his Pokemon and Digimon names and the countless card collection games that came with it. He was computer savvy at a young age, and still can’t be without one. I remember holding his hand to cross the street, times spent at the park and all the restaurant outings and movies seen at the theatre. He immersed himself in movies, TV shows and books, so it is no wonder that he is honing his creative talents and forging a career in the field. We are both slowly adjusting to the changes to come. He’s starting to pick out what he wants to take with him to college, and deciding what he’s keeping and what is going. We still have a lot of his toys from his youth. Some he won’t part with, others will be given away to his cousins, or local charity. Watching him go through this process, I can’t help but think of Toy Story 3, when the boy is getting ready for college and his frazzled mom is trying to cope with all the changes. I can relate. Yes life will change. My little boy is now old enough to make his own decisions. Here is the time I ask myself the questions that every parent faces. Did I raise him well? Have I taught him enough? Did I give him enough independence? Did I spend enough time with him? As a single parent, this weighs heavily on my mind. The double duty role has been fraught with trying times, but overall I wouldn’t change it. The best compliment I have ever received is that I raised him well and that he is an exceptional young man. He was recently mentioned at the Team Year in Review for his book release and noted as being an inspiration for youths. I’m proud of all of his accomplishments and continue to support his dreams. Although the dynamics will change in the next few months, I hope we will always be close. I will never forget that first moment when I looked into his eyes; somehow I knew it would not be an easy road, but it would be a memorable one. Happy Birthday Bradley boo, I will love you forever, I will love you for always. I am so proud of the man you have become. xo For all the parents like me who are navigating this new chapter in your children’s lives, take heart; we gave them the tools and now they can go out and carve a life for themselves, knowing we will always be there for them. Follow Kris Ward’s Blog at: www: kriscrossroads.wordpress.com
THE LOCAL SEEKER (March 16 - pg. 6)
Financially Speaking with Brian Seguin
kriscrossroads by Kris Ward
Eighteen… Brad’s Milestone Birthday
Sell Investments for the Right Reasons It’s important to understand which investments to own, and when to buy them. But you should also know when it’s time to sell an investment — and why. Unfortunately, many people sell investments for the wrong reasons. Some people want the money to purchase so-called “hot” investments, even if they aren’t appropriate for their needs. Others own investments that have lost value, and fearing further losses, they decide to sell — thereby violating the oldest rule of investing: “Buy low and sell high.” These types of behaviour can lead to at least two major problems. First, if you’re constantly selling investments, you’ll likely incur fees, commissions and taxes that can erode any returns you did manage to achieve. And second, by frequently selling off your investments and buying new ones, you’ll find it difficult to follow the type of consistent, long-term financial strategy that’s essential to help you work toward your goals. If you shouldn’t sell investments to find quick gains or to avoid losses that may not even occur, when should you sell? You might want to sell: If your goals have changed —You bought certain investments because you thought they would help you make progress toward your objectives. But over time, your goals may change, so in response, you may need to sell some investments and use the money to purchase new ones that are more suitable for your new goals. For example, early in your career, you might have benefited from owning investments that offered high potential for growth, but as you near retirement, you may need to shift some — but certainly not all — of your growth-oriented vehicles to income-producing ones. If the investments themselves change —You might have bought a stock because you liked the company’s products, business plan or management team. If any of these factors change significantly, though, you might need to re-evaluate your ownership of this investment. If you need to rebalance your portfolio —You may have decided that your investment portfolio should be composed of specific percentages of stocks, bonds and “cash” instruments. But due to changes in the value of your investments, these percentages can shift somewhat, resulting in a portfolio that no longer reflects your goals and risk tolerance. If that happens, you’ll need to rebalance your holdings, which may require you to sell some of your investments. If an investment has chronically underperformed — Sometimes, an investment simply doesn’t perform as well as you had hoped. When this happens, you may be better off by selling the investment and using the money to pursue new opportunities. However, don’t rush to judgment. Before you sell an underperforming investment, try to determine why it hasn’t done well. Is it because the market as a whole has slumped? If so, your investment could rebound when the market does. Or are there factors unique to this investment that have caused its problems? If the investment’s fundamentals and prospects still look good, you might want to simply give it time to prove its worth. By knowing when you should hold an investment, and when you shouldn’t, you can help avoid costly mistakes and improve your chances for long-term investment success. So think carefully before putting up the “For Sale” sign on your investments. Diversification does not ensure a profit and does not protect against loss. Edward Jones, Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund.
local Edward Jones advisor, BRIAN SEGUIN , (613) 932-6161 89 Tollgate Road West, Unit 2 , Cornwall, ON K6J 5L5 www.edwardjones.com
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MORTGAGE MATTERS with Derrick Cracknell
The Seeker Chicks are happy to introduce a new columnist to you, our readers. Derrick Cracknell, a Mortgage Planner. Welcome to our Seeker family Derrick.
Stress Relief 101: Trading bad debt for smart debt Taken a browse through the self-help section of your local bookstore lately? What you’ll find is an incredible selection of books on stress management. It’s a growth industry: it seems that many Canadians are looking for stress relief. Well, here’s a guaranteed stress-buster for some homeowners: Roll up your debt. That’s right: use your home equity to trade bad debt for smart debt – and give yourself some financial breathing room each month. You can save money too. In many households, money is a leading cause of stress (second only to a sick family member). If too much debt has slowed your monthly cash flow to a trickle, it’s time to talk to a mortgage planner. The right refinancing package can help put an end to the monthly squeeze of too much credit card debt or too many loans. There’s no question that the individual debt load of Canadians is growing. The good news is that individual wealth has been growing too. Not surprisingly, the biggest factor in the upswing of personal wealth has been the rising market value of real estate. How does that influence the debt picture? With all the attractive mortgage options now available, that extra equity gives homeowners the opportunity to consolidate their other debts: including credit cards and other high-interest unsecured loans. The combination of low mortgage rates and high housing valuations are creating an environment for smart debt: lowinterest manageable debt secured against your home. There’s no way to know how long these low rates will last, but Canadians are refinancing in record numbers to take advantage of what has been an historic opportunity.
Independent mortgage planners – who have access to more than 50 different lenders, including most of the major banks, have become specialists in helping Canadians restructure debt. In addition to offering access to a broad range of mortgage options, these experienced planners provide credit advice and debt management tips that can help save thousands of dollars. Mortgage planners agree that homeowners are recognizing that they need to get smart about debt. Canadians pay a shocking amount of money on their high-interest debt, whether it’s credit cards, unsecured loans, or tax bills. It all adds up. Run late on a payment – or run short on the minimum amount – and your credit rating can be affected. But if you have equity in your home, there’s no good reason to be carrying high-interest, unsecured debt. The benefits of rolling up your debt are immediate and long-lasting: improved cash flow, fewer payments, a brighter credit picture, and potentially big savings on your overall interest costs. For Canadian homeowners who have been juggling payments to several lenders, the best stress relief is often just the simplicity: one lower-interest payment to a single lender. Home equity debt consolidation is a golden opportunity. Aside from the debt stress relief and interest savings, restructured debt also gives homeowners a fresh start at responsible financial housekeeping: sensible spending and saving habits. If you recognize that your new financial comfort is secured by the value of your home, you’ll want to maintain that ease by living within your means. If you’ve been out of your financial comfort zone, it’s time to get back in. Derrick Cracknell Mortgage Planner - Agent #10001993 613-662-2377 Mortgage Architects - Brokerage #10287
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International And Table Topic Speech Contest submitted by Gere Jacobs- member of Smart city toastmaster! Area 2 International and Table Topic Speech contests was held this year at Smart City Toastmasters Club,Cornwall. All the contestants had excellent and marvelous speech presentations. There will be only one winner who will go on to the Division A Speech Contest, at the MacIntosh Inn, Morrisburg. March 25th at 2pm. The winner was Brad LeClair in both categories,International &TableTopic Speech Contest,(cc,President of Toastmasters Club). Everyone wishes him good luck! Thanks to everyone who participated! photo: L-R-back - Brad Leclair, 1st place (both) International & Table topic Speeches. Jason McDonald,2nd/Intl-Akwesasne Toastmasters. Erin Robertson, 3rd/Intl-SmartCity toastmasters. L-R-front- Carol Bennett-Bray, 2nd, Table Topic (cc,Smart City. Schereese Jackson, 3rd, Table-Topic-Akwesasne toastmasters.
Dear Seeker Chicks (Reply to last weeks Letter to the Editor) I can appreciate the writer of the Letter to the Editor and her piece re; trains and buses . There is a change in the size of the comfy old shoe we have worn for so long but perhaps the matter of sold out is a measure of how a problem is to be resolved . I experienced pretty good travel arrangements with VIA prior to the most recent changes including a 1:05am train to Kingston a few years back ; had to pick up a car rental there as all other outlets were sold out well in advance of Christmas Eve . Another super deal was the triangle from Cornwall at 10:55 am to Brockville ; then the connect to Ottawa for a few hours of afternoon appointments then the 6:pm return to Brockville and a nice two hour stopover to wonder around or have a dinner . The 9:00 pm to Cornwall was right there and all for a nice advance fair of about $60 return . They found out ; it was taken off a few years ago and is close to $100 return . If at all! We know that this neck of the woods has to accept a few quirks as VIA and Bus transportation work out the higher demands of Toronto to Montreal on the corridor and return . I book in advance for VIA to Kingston and Toronto with return . No problem! However the Bus route has long since fallen from my graces and interest ! Car rentals still work well if you shop ; I did through an Alumni deal which beat all competition including VIA and Bus . But letting VIA get you there still tops my list ; if we can remind them to slow down , keep trainees away from the controls and let us enjoy the travel ! Ron Bates presently in Cornwall
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$760 was raised and there was a full house Friday night for the two-year anniversary of Rock for Charity hosted by Jason Setnyk at La Maison. The recipient of the latest Rock for Charity was the Children's Aid Society of SDG. According to keynote guest speaker Kimly Thivierge, the money raised on March 9th will help send a local child go to summer camp through one of their programs. In the photo above is Brendan John Mason. He along with Rodney Rivette, Kings Bishop, Chuck Leclair, Joe Hehir, and Keegan Larose hit the stage Friday night. "I would like to thank the musicians who donated their time and played for free, all those who attended, the generosity of Dan DesGroseilliers, and the staff at La Maison. We are approaching the $9000 mark for total money raised. No one could do this alone, a lot of people make these shows successful. Thank you!".
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Upstream-Downstream After a busy weekend of couples coaching followed by an equally busy Monday, Jim and I arrived in our office to find that our internet system had died. Living rurally, access to internet is not what you might imagine when you live in the city. Our reality is that there are places much more remote than us who have better internet access than we do. That said, running a business from your home means, especially in 2012, staying connected with your clients. We were not happy campers. Of course I was oblivious to the situation initially as I was engaged in other aspects of what we do every day. It was only when I saw Jim’s dismay that I became fully aware. His aura, shall we say, was rather dark, his demeanor abrupt, and his patience non-existent. He was going UPSTREAM and for all the right reasons. It’s just that going upstream does not serve you at all, even when things are frustrating and apparently not going your way.
Jim and I have this agreement that when either of us is going upstream we ask what will it take to go downstream? I know you are wondering what the heck I am talking about so let me explain. When you go upstream you are going against the current which means of course that you consume much more energy and effort. To turn downstream is to go with the flow and to allow yourself to be carried along easily and effortlessly. Upstream also means you are in resistance and when in that state you are focused on what you DO NOT want. And guess what, you just keep getting more of the same. To go downstream is to relax, become conscious of what you want and ask for it, and let the Universe take care of the rest.
As you can imagine, Jim wasn’t immediately open to my downstream suggestion, yet he heard me. I suggested we set some intentions. “Such as?” he quipped.
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Here is what I came up with: ~ we are attracting the perfect internet system to support our expanding business ~the installation of the new service will be easy and effortless ~ the new system will be easily maintained and supported by incredible technical assistance. At this point Jim placed a call to our current provider where upon he learned that they no longer had any technical support available to us and confirmed that indeed our system was no longer operating. Great! Actually this confirmed what we already knew. We could have been angry or simply accept this as an invitation to move on. The second call was made to a new provider who had informed us several months ago that they would soon have service available in our area. This call proved productive – exactly 6 days earlier the new system had become available and in fact they were just about to contact us as we had been on their waiting list. Two days later their technician arrived and within three hours we were up and running once again – yes, easy and effortless. Finally they have a package specifically for business owners assuring us that they will be here to provide service within 24 hours of a problem. Cool! DOWNSTREAM!!!!! What can I tell you – it works. So the next time you feel like you are fighting an uphill battle against someone or something, STOP! It doesn’t work. You need to come up for air, breathe, and change directions. Take a moment to clear the space in your head and replace resistance with what it is you really want. Then simply allow it to unfold and relax, go with the flow, watch what shows up. Jim and I are still learning and the Internet Incident is proof! Ah, an opportunity to practice what we teach. You have to love that! Paddling downstream…Betty Betty Healey is an award winning author and inspiring speaker. Her new book, The ME FIRST Playbook, is now available in Cornwall at Laura’s Gift Shop or by ordering from the roadSIGNS website. You can join Betty and Jim for the roadSIGNS TV Show shown weekly on Cogeco: http://www.tvcogeco.com/cornwall/shows/1396-the-road-signs-show. For information regarding Betty’s coaching and upcoming retreats or to subscribe to her monthly e-newsletter, contact Betty at betty@roadSIGNS.ca or visit her website at www.roadSIGNS.ca.
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EMPLOYMENT SEEKER The Résumé 101. Cont….. Late last year I was at Heathrow Airport just outside of London following a quick trip to visit family. As always I spent a fair amount of time shopping for items you can’t find in Canada – mostly food items (love the Fish and Chip Shop Curry Sauce). The ticket agent asked me to place my bag on the scale. Most airlines now are fairly strict when it comes to luggage weight, citing fuel costs (read cash grab!) I thought I would be okay but the excess bottles of curry sauce clearly tipped me over the 20kg maximum allowed. I had a choice to remove certain items and give them to my aunt who was dropping me off but I knew that in a few weeks I’d be looking for something to dip my fries into. Out came the wallet and I paid the additional charge for excess baggage.
What does this have to do with résumé writing? Curry sauce – applying for a job?? A résumé is like your luggage. You have to carefully think about what you are including in it. Is it all necessary or are you wasting valuable space with unnecessary information? The jury is out as to how long a résumé should be. Some believe it should be no more than one page in length while others feel 2 – 3 pages is acceptable. I believe that a two pages résumé is adequate. Last week I suggested that a résumé is your first and only opportunity to make a significant and lasting impression. Your résumé will be what gets you (hopefully) to the interview stage. What is put in it needs to grab the attention of the reader and make them want to get to know you a little better. Thinking of your résumé like your luggage will help you trim down unnecessary and often irrelevant information leaving only space for what you really want the reader to know about you. Remember too that a hiring manager may have to review dozens of résumés for just one vacant position so you want to make sure you are detailing just the relevant and pertinent details about your experience. Many résumés today contain an opening section entitled ‘Objective.’ This is far too frequently followed by 3-4 lines saying something along the lines of “Getting a job in your company where I can develop my skills.” Clearly sending your résumé to the company is an indication you are putting yourself forward as a candidate and the usual ‘Objective’ statement can perhaps be better served by a few bullet points highlighting significant or noteworthy accomplishments. The work history you want to include in your résumé will depend on how much experience you have and how many jobs you have held. If you have been in the workforce for a number of years, a part-time job 15 or 20 years ago many not grab the reader’s attention as much as specific accomplishments from your previous or current employment. Focus on what will make the biggest impact.
There is a lot more to cover in what makes a good résumé and over the next few weeks we will be drilling down into this subject a little more. In the meantime remember that a résumé is like your luggage. Space counts. It is valuable real estate and you want to ensure that every inch of it provides return on your résumé writing investment. Consider the job you are applying for and repeatedly ask if it speaks to the skill-sets the hiring manager is looking for.
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Including volunteer experience shows that you are a well rounded person with a belief that it is important to give back to the community in some way. Including the 40 hours of required High School volunteer community service hours from 20 years ago might be considered a bit of a stretch. Unless there is recent and ongoing volunteer efforts to include you may again be better served focussing on current accomplishments. Hiring managers will invariably always ask you for references to provide testimonials relating to your experience and ability to perform the job you are applying for. Most résumés today end with the line, ‘References provided upon request.’ If you do include this line be sure to have the references (either letters of full contact details) ready to provide immediately upon request. You’d be surprised by the number of applicants who after stating this do not in fact have the names of previous employers for the hiring manager to contact. Assuming that you will be asked for the names of past employers as a standard step in the hiring process perhaps replace this line with another detail about yourself instead such as a Linkedin address. What is Linkedin? We will be covering this shortly and why you might want to subscribe to this relatively new social networking community.
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A Dash of Spice
Believe in your Dreams Part 2 To recap last week it is important to believe in your dreams and to feel as if it has already happened. The natural question is “How can I do that when it obviously hasn’t?” what you need to do is look at it like this. We have all, at some time or another, ordered something through internet shopping, by phone from a catalogue, television commercial or the shopping channel. Once you have placed your order you are now satisfied that you are the proud owner of the thinga-ma-jig that you purchased it is just a matter of time and it will arrive. Sometimes we worry about how long it may take or in what manner it will be shipped but for the most part we are fairly certain that it will not be long and we will finally have it. Believing in your Dreams is just like that, we may not know how long it will take or what the manner of its arrival but soon it will be in our life just as we planned. Feel that you already own it! The how and when of it is the mystery ride we take to our destiny. Your Brain is a super conductive computer that can manifest all manner of miracles in your life just to bring you your wants and desires. Once you have put the order, as it were, of what you want your future to look like your Brain will systematically start searching for the things you will need to make that happen. This is the reason that it is critical for you to not spend time thinking negative thoughts about your dreams as this will become the visual focus for your Brain to look for. Instead think confident thoughts about how amazing your life is now that you are on the way to making your life dream come true. If you think that this sounds like some new age mumbo jumbo then I challenge you to do this simple exercise:
Think about a yellow car (or any favorite colour) but not just any car but a specific make of yellow car. See that car clearly in your mind and tell yourself that you would like to see that car. Imagine yourself standing beside that car and walking around it, if you need to get a clearer image of the car look at photos or search the internet for images of that car. Now go about your day. Before you know it you will start to see yellow cars everywhere. Sooner or later depending on your ability to stay focused you will see your car. Most people who do this exercise take from a day to a week to see their car. Once I decided that I would like to own a Mitsubishi Spyder. I started to see them everywhere, on television, in magazines, there is even one driving around Cornwall which I only noticed after deciding it was my dream car, who would have thought there would be a Spyder in Cornwall. Another time I was curious about 3 wheel motorcycles and decided I wanted to see one close up, the next day I parked beside one at Walmart and the couple who owned it were just walking back to their bike when I arrived. This gave me a chance to look it over and ask questions, just in case I decide that I may want one of these too. The lesson in this exercise is that in order to manifest your dreams you need to know what they will look like. This is necessary in order for you to see the things that will come your way; the things which we call opportunities.
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For those who read “Spice It Up” last week, I promised my readers some tips this week to spice up your love life. So, as Marvin Gaye sings… let’s get in on… or Toby Keith’s song A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action! My first suggestion is…think outside of the bedroom. I know your bed is comfortable, roomy and where you always make love with your partner….but it might be getting a bit boring…consider changing it up. How about you and your partner write down another room on a piece of paper, fold it up and then pick one. The mystery room is now your passion spot, gather some items for a few hours of teasing, tickling and tantalizing. Not only have you changed up your usual place, you will feel a little naughty at the same time, which will add to the experience. Have you thought about sending your partner some sassy text messages throughout the day, skip the usual texts asking what time you will arrive for dinner and deciding what to eat. Instead send some messages that will stir up some sexual desires, you will both be racing home, but not for dinner. Speaking of racing home, why not meet up at home for a nibble, and I am not referring to food. A little lunch fun can really make for a more pleasant afternoon at work. Plan a night out with your partner in a hotel room; remember this is a night of passion and pleasure so pack the necessary items: Massage oils, candles, feathers, background music and items that tease, please and stimulate each other. This is your get away, make the most of it, not only will you be igniting an old flame with each other; you will be creating an experience that you can take home and continue.
When is the last time you showered together? Time to lather each other up, there is no reason for separate showers, whether you set your alarm earlier than your kid’s internal alarm clock, or you take a late night shower lathering each other up. Something tells me you won’t want to fall asleep when your head hits the pillow! Hot tubs and saunas are the perfect atmosphere to steam things up. Soon it will be pool season, try a late night dip in your birthday suit…oh the fun you will have splashing around. Why not take along some water proof toys for your play time? Just remember to gather up your toys when you are done playing… From the “Toy Lady” to you, I hope these suggestions have got your juices flowing and you come up with your own creative ideas to add to these suggestions in order to spice up your love life. Until next time, it doesn’t matter if you’re naughty or nice as long as you are having fun and excitement in or out of the bedroom with your partner. Follow my blogs; http://thesizzlecoach.wordpress.com I am The Sizzle Coach; I am here to assist you with Your Journey of Self-Discovery.
We will continue to discuss opportunities next time…
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Dear Joe, My hot water heater has sprung a leak. I am calling a plumber on Monday to have it replaced. My friend said I should rent the next one from the gas company. I currently have an electric one and wouldn’t mind converting to gas but I am not sure about the whole rental thing. I also don’t know how long they last because this one was here when I bought the house and I don’t know how old it is. I would love to hear what you have to say about this as I have a decision to make and I guess I need to make it rather soon. Thanks for your advice, J
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Hey J, Thanks for the question. Yes, it’s a big decision to make, but it’s an important one, after all what you choose will serve you for quite some time, and it has to work for you and your lifestyle.
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First of all, you need to understand that you have choices. Each choice has its benefits, and drawbacks, costs and savings. So your first choice is power source. Water heaters are fueled by almost all the same sources as furnaces with the exception of wood. Electricity, natural gas, oil and propane are all popular: each has a different cost, and vastly different recovery time(the time for the water to heat back up after being used). I am assuming since you are thinking about going gas, that you already have gas in the house. But since you have an existing electric tank, then electric will be the least expensive replacement. It is simply a case of unhook the old one and hook up the new one, fill it and flip the breaker on. Voila, hot water.
A new gas unit needs a gas supply line run to it, and two holes in the side of the house for exhaust and fresh air intake, quite a bit more involved. Renting over owning: well I like to look at it this way: once you have made enough rental payments that would’ve covered the cost of a new one, then you’re just giving the gas company money, and that’s all they need, more of your money. Over the life of the unit, between ten and fifteen years depending on conditions, you will probably pay for the thing two or three times. That being said, if you own rental or commercial property, then the rental costs are 100% tax deductible. And that’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about as a landlord. You should have them serviced periodically, yearly or every other year, and with a significant amount of moving parts, valves and heat exchangers there is much that could go wrong as the machine ages. Now these tanks operate at pretty high efficiencies now, I think between 90 and 95%. And all gas and oil fired tanks have great recovery times. Now compare that to electricity. One moving part, the thermostat, and the two heating elements are the only things that can fail. They also do not require any type of maintenance. Electric water heaters are 100% efficient which means all heat produced is transferred to the water and none is lost as exhaust gases. The biggest downfall of electric hot water tanks is the poor recovery time which, if you have a large household, can cause some friction when it comes to taking showers and bathing. Some things to consider: If you have a dishwasher this puts a large additional load on the hot water system. How many bathers will use the system? How many bathrooms do you have? How many will use hot water at the same time? When do you use hot water ? How long is the system dormant? Lets talk tankless. The last ten years or so have seen a big increase in the desire and demand for tankless water heaters. Essentially, these are units which heat water as needed. There is no storage tank so the unit doesn’t need to keep water hot all the time waiting for demand (the largest waste of energy in either gas or electric hot water tanks), it only heats water when demand is sensed, ie. Turning on a faucet. Well this sounds great, like the perfect system, you say. Well you’d be right, in theory, and in actual fact, properly installed and sized they offer endless hot water when and where you need it, but they are about five times the price of their tanked cousins, and if you experience demand greater than the unit was designed to handle, then you end up with a luke warm shower at best. The energy savings you see from installing one of these will barely break you even over its life, because like any gas fired appliance, its lifespan is limited by its delicate moving parts and heat exchangers. And though electric tankless water heaters are available, they are not ideal as retrofits as they require the addition of a very large power supply, so unless you have lots of room to spare on a 200amp service, this is not a realistic option. So anyway, if you like hot water, and I know I do, then a hot water tank is a pretty important thing to have in a home. And really whichever style you choose, you need to have the one that will serve your family the best. Price, lifespan, that stuffs all secondary. Find yourself a plumber that you trust and they won’t steer you wrong in making the right water heating choice. Thanks for the question. Joe And thank you to everyone who contributed this week. If I didn't answer your question, keep on thank you to everyone who contributed this week . If I didn't answer your question, keep watching here each week for more household tips and renovation advice. It’s FREE to submit a question and you can email them to: Aboutthehouse@adamshomeservices.ca or Text them to 613-551-5932. For additional information about me and what’s going on in your community, please visit our website: www.adamshomeservices.ca. And remember, Whatever you do, do it well, because a job well done stays well done forever.
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English for Lunch
Motivational Speaker Martin Latulippe Encourages CCVS Students to Chase Their Dreams
I’ve just started teaching English to Dutch kids. I know, you must be thinking, wait a minute, isn’t she making books? Yes I am. But I couldn’t let this opportunity pass which is also why you haven’t read a column from me in a while… The program is called English for Lunch. Over the years, I have been talking to a couple of friends about English language courses for schools here. Setting up a business of experts that can teach in their native language that the schools can hire on a freelance basis. As in Canada, school budgets are getting cut left and right and native Dutch speakers are teaching English to Grade 6 kids who are then expected to speak English at a much higher level in Grade 7 than is possible to achieve in a year. There had been a lot of talk at our school last year about English. Parents indicating that they were interested in English lessons starting at a much earlier age. A friend of mine started looking for “someone” that could come to the school. I thought, Hey, I’m Canadian, have taught kids and teachers, I can do it. And there you have it, one more thing on my list…
I got in touch with the friends I’d spoken to about teaching English and we developed a program called English for Lunch. I teach the kids at lunchtime at school. At the moment I teach 2 groups, one on Wednesday and one on Friday. Both of those days are half days at school so parents come an hour later to pick up their kids. Win - win right? Because I get to use the school I don’t have to charge a lot to the parents which makes it a no-brainer as an extra-curricular activity and still interesting for me financially. I had hoped for 8 kids to start. Within 24 hours I had over 25 kids signed up for a class of 12. That’s when I decided to offer a second class. I have to prep for one so I may as well teach it twice. My own kids, who are fluent in English, help while I teach. I can use them to help me explain something without having to speak Dutch. They help the kids with their accents and pronunciation. My friends are teaching similar programs in their own schools in other cities now. We are sharing the knowledge we gain with each other. As we are all different individuals with different schools, we are tailoring our own programs to fit our needs. The only thing I hadn’t really realized was how much prep work there would be. I’ve done a lot of research on existing programs, spent days looking for great videos on YouTube, printed many flash cards (as kids don’t read, we have to use a lot of images) etc. But now I have a flow. The themes are organized, most of the songs and video’s chosen. I have 12 (x2) lessons to go which will take us into the end of the school year. I can’t wait to see what the kids will be able to say by the end of our course!
Motivational bilingual speaker and author Martin Latulippe visited Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS) last Thursday to talk to students about getting involved in what they believe in, and overcoming obstacles. The energetic presenter shared with students his experiences as a hockey player, and how he survived a terrible hockey accident. At the 2001 World University Championships in Poland, Latulippe – who was the Team Canada captain – sustained a hockey skate cut to the neck. “In a split second, you’re living your dream,” he said. “And the next, you’re paralyzed. I couldn’t feel the left side of my body.” Luckily, Latulippe recovered from the injury, but his hockey career came to an end. However, surviving the injury led him down a road of self-discovery. “I realized how I was taking my life for granted,” he said. “That might sound cliché, but I want you to think about that. My hockey career was over, but I knew that I always had a dream to become a speaker and author about leadership.” Over the past eleven years, Latulippe has realized that dream and now shares his life experiences with others. “What is the number one thing that is stopping us from doing what we want in life?” he asked the students. “It’s fear, anxiety, stress. We tell ourselves it’s impossible, it’s not going to happen, I’m not good enough.” Latulippe said when he first started thinking about his speaking and writing career, he contacted one of his favourite speakers, New York Times best-selling author Patrick Combs. “He was living my dream,” he said. Latulippe said that although he didn’t know a lot of English at the time, he still emailed Combs to tell him about how much he inspired him. In just three weeks, Latulippe and Combs chatted by e-mail, phone and then in person when Combs asked Latulippe to visit him for two days. At the end of the meeting, Combs had asked Latulippe to translate his book, Major in Success, and rewrite 50 per cent of it. “He told me I could be co-author,” Latulippe said. “Three months after it was released, it became an international best-seller.” Latulippe said that in less than a year, his life changed, and it was all because he set aside his fears and took a leap towards his goals. “Every time you have that doubt and you take action, you feel better,” said Latulippe. “Other people’s opinions of you don’t have to be your reality.” After his presentation, Latulippe talked about why he wanted to be a speaker. “I’ve always been attracted by coaches and positive people,” he said. “[Speaking to students] brings me back to my roots. They need to define who they are. A lot of what I talk about resonated with what they are going through.”
And my books? Well, I’m busy writing the First Aid for Kids – Daily Life, as well as making a new website, marketing and selling the Babies 0-6 months books.
Latulippe was brought to the school as part of the Police Youth Symposium, a week of events hosted by the Cornwall Community Police Service, to share with youth healthy lifestyle choices and tools. The presentation at CCVS was Latulippe’s fifth of the week.
The English is just a little something on the side!
“It’s all about us getting into the community and bringing students the tools they need to make healthy lifestyle choices,” said Blake Paquin, who works in public affairs for the Cornwall Community Police Service.
About Lianne Born and raised in Cornwall. Lives just outside of Amsterdam,NL. Mom of 4. Published Lianne’s Quick Guide for the Busy Woman – about Babies 0-6 months, which is for sale at KidsKorner and at www.liannesquickguide.com.
For more information about Latulippe, please visit: www.martinlatulippe.ca.
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