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I am hearing and learning more about Mindfulness. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. Most of us are probably not very good at this but I think it is worth looking at. Being aware of the present should help us recognize and deal with some of the stress and tension that so affects our lives. In Psychology Today I found this article “The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment” We live in the age of distraction. Yet one of life's sharpest paradoxes is that your brightest future hinges on your ability to pay attention to the present. By Jay Dixit, published on November 01, 2008 last reviewed on September 20, 2013 A friend was walking in the desert when he found the telephone to God. The setting was Burning Man, an electronic arts and music festival for which 50,000 people descend on Black Rock City, Nevada, for eight days of

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"radical self-expression"—dancing, socializing, meditating, and debauchery. A phone booth in the middle of the desert with a sign that said "Talk to God" was a surreal sight even at Burning Man. The idea was that you picked up the phone, and God— or someone claiming to be God—would be at the other end to ease your pain. When God came on the line asking how he could help, my friend was ready. "How can I live more in the moment?" he asked. Too often, he felt, the beautiful moments of his life were drowned out by a cacophony of selfconsciousness and anxiety. What could he do to hush the buzzing of his mind? "Breathe," replied a soothing male voice. My friend flinched at the tired new-age mantra, then reminded himself to keep an open mind. “When God talks, you listen.” "Whenever you feel anxious about your future or your past, just breathe," continued God. "Try it with me a few times right now. Breathe in... Breathe out." And despite himself, my friend began to relax. I found this interesting and so true. It could be anyone or no one on that phone but the advice is good. Just breathe…… Take the time to breathe.

Life unfolds in the present but so often, we let the present slip away, allowing time to rush past unobserved and lost and squandering the precious seconds of our lives as we worry about the future and ruminate about what's past. "We're living in a world that contributes in a major way to mental fragmentation, disintegration and distraction" says Buddhist scholar B. Alan Wallace. We're always doing something, and we allow little time to practice stillness and calm. When we're at work, we fantasize about being on vacation; on vacation, we worry about the work piling up on our desks. We dwell on intrusive memories of the past or fret about what may or may not happen in the future. We don't appreciate the living present because our "monkey minds," as Buddhists call them, vault from thought to thought like monkeys swinging from tree to tree. How often does this happen to you? The same thoughts going on and on, over and over during the night like a broken record we can’t turn off. We can learn how to turn that record off. We need to live more in the moment. Living in the moment—also called

mindfulness—is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present. Mindful people are happier, more exuberant, more empathetic, and more secure. They have higher self-esteem and are more accepting of their own weaknesses. Anchoring awareness in the here and now reduces the kinds of impulsivity and reactivity that underlie depression, binge eating, and attention problems. Mindful people can hear negative feedback without feeling threatened. They fight less with their romantic partners and are more accommodating and less defensive. As a result, mindful couples have more satisfying relationships. There are many paths to mindfulness—and at the core of each is a paradox. Ironically, letting go of what you want is the only way to get it. In the following weeks I will explore ideas about Mindfulness and share some of the tips to becoming “Mindful”. Comments, ideas, suggestions are welcome. Contact me: Or at 514-695-3131 Monday to Friday between 8:30 to 4:30. Health Access Home & Nursing Care

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Montreal traffic woes far from over A 514-827-5689 •

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the Turcot Interchange there are still temporary ramps and and structures needing to be taken down. Transport Quebec said drivers will be able to use many of the new structures but can expect major closures every weekend until the end of this year and into 2019. And then there are two additional projects scheduled that will affect traffic to a degree: A bike and pedestrian bridge over Hwy 20 that will link to the Southwest By Bonnie Wurst NDG Borough, and a new nature park being built on part of the Turcot Yards and infrastructure work and the old Hwy 20 area. are far from over and trafLAFONTAINE TUNfic congestion will still NEL: 2023 cause some major The Lafontaine Tunnel headaches. In fact, there that connects the Monwill be at least another 4 treal with Longueuil on to 5+ years until the the South Shore is schedcones really start to dis- uled for a major rebuild appear. Roads, ramps, beginning in 2020 and albridges, tunnels and un- though it will remain open derground infrastructure to cars, concrete slabs loin and around the Mon- cated on HWY 25 on the treal area have been in Montreal side of the tundire need of repair and in nel need to be replaced some cases, even replace- and on the South side, a ment. So hang on to your third lane for vehicules steering wheels and try will be added.The work is not to lose your 'grip' in expected to have a signiffrustration. icant impact and traffic Here are some of the control measures will put projects to look out for in place. and their projected com- L’ÎLE-AUX-TOURTES pletion dates: BRIDGE: ONGOING TURCOT INTERRoad and bridge work CHANGE: 2020 have been ongoing for When the New Cham- over a year now and beplain Bridge is officially hind schedule - but Transopened by the end of this ports Québec explained year, or early next year, it that the complex task of will indeed ease some placing hundreds of custraffic woes, but around tom made steel beams

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under the bridge is the main reason for the delay - but the structural maintenance on the bridge is expected to be be finished by the end of the summer. And then… after 53 years since it was built, the bridge is scheduled to be replaced.The project is still under study and the official start date is not yet known - and repairs and maintenance work continue on the present structure until the new bridge is built. REM ELECTRIC TRAIN: 2018 - 2023 The building of the REM electric train network has already caused headaches for many and will not only continue, but intensify.The effects will be felt by commuters and drivers, especially those in the WEST ISLAND, DOWNTOWN

and SOUTH SHORE. Underground tunnels have to be built and we have already seen the Vincent D’Indy Ave. entrance of the Édouard-Montpetit metro station closed and it will remain so until 2022. Work on the REM will also effect parts of McGill College Ave. and you can expect more closures and detours as the work progresses. MÉTRO BLUE LINE EXTENSION: 2020 2026 This project was a long time coming until it was finally approved. Work has not yet begun, but the Blue Line will add five new stations to Montreal's

Metro system, extending eastward and is expected to be opened in 2026. STE-CATHERINE STREET: 2019 - 2022 Although the first phase of the revamping of SteCatherine St. was delayed in order to offer merchants some relief during their peak season - the work is still scheduled to start in 2019. *OTHER PROJECTS TO KEEP IN SIGHT: - METROPOLITAN E X P R E S S WAY / D E CARIE CIRCLE: Start Date Not Yet Known The Expressway is in serious need of repair. At least 10 of the On and Off-ramps are in bad

shape and require major repairs and some minor work is needed on thirtyone others. There are even studies going on to replace it.Transport Quebec also has plans to rebuild the DECARIE CIRCLE, but that is in the long-term. For now, only maintenance and repairs are going to be made to the structure. Disruptions should be held to a minimum as some of the work will take place under the elevated part of the circle. - NOTRE-DAME ST. EAST: Plans are in the making for major roadwork starting in 2022. - ST-PIERRE INTERCHANGE: Start Date Not Yet Known. At over 50 years old, the interchange is in serious need of replacement. Studies are being done. **The list can go on and on, but look out for ongoing roadwork work between Jean-Talon and Jarry Streets on ST-DENIS until December of 2020. As well as work on VAN HORNE AVE. on the westbound side between Decarie Blvd and Victoria Ave. until 2020 and the DORVAL CIRCLE Interchange project should be fully completed by the end of 2019 due to more road work around the airport. It ain't over 'til it's over…

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Quebec actress Karelle Tremblay delivered a convincing anguished teenager in Sebastien Pilote's "The Fireflies are Gone," winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film

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Tremblay "as an angst-ridden teenager teetering between malaise and wanderlust in a small industrial town. […] It is near the end of high school, and Léo dreams of escape. She feels stuck in

his "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan" and Denys Arcand with "The Fall of the American Empire," were also very well received. THE INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE A well-deserved award in the Platform category (a section that, as its name indicates, has served in the past as a launch pad for emerging filmmakers) was given to the Malaysian director Ho Wi Ding for his excellent "Cities of Last Things," in my view also the best feature movie of the festival. The film is narrated in reverse time, starting from the future, when everyone has By Sergio Martinez been inserted a chip taining all pertinent information, city buses are her small-town, industrial equipped with personal Québécois life.The easiest computers that connect target for her frustrations to people, but some is her stepdad, a local talk- things still remain the radio celebrity on the same: those who have sufwrong side of a political fered a betrayal look for divide that forced her satisfaction in the form of union-organizing father a retribution. That's the out of town. Léo misses case of former policeman her father and yearns to Lao Zhang, dismissed leave, but her rebellion du from the force for the jour only seems to mani- reason that we would fest itself as malaise." only learn when the Of course, films by well- movie turns to the presknown Quebec names, ent, and we see the officer Xavier Dolan presenting entirely dedicated to his


lthough sometimes we heard negative comments among Montreal critics regarding the state of the province's film production, the truth is that Quebec filmmakers –including some promising young names– are doing quite well, if one considers the recognition they receive outside the province. It is what happened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where the awards in the two Canadian categories, the City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film and the Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Films went to movies by Quebec filmmakers. Katherine Jerkovic won the award for First Feature Film for her "Roads in February" ("Les routes en février"). The movie tells the story of Sarah who "still mourning the death of her father, travels from Montreal to a sleepy village in rural Uruguay to visit her paternal grandmother, Magda. Over a decade ago, Sarah and her parents left Uruguay and never returned. Driven by childhood memories, she hopes to renew her relationship with Magda and with her home country. But as soon as Sarah arrives, a quiet unease forms. Magda doesn't understand why her son never returned to see her and must now live with the fact that he never will." This movie will be screened at the Festival du nouveau cinema de Montréal in October. For his part, Sebastien Pilote won in the Best Canadian Feature Film category with "The Fireflies are Gone" ("Las disparition des lucioles") a movie featuring Karelle

work until a critical incident would change his life forever.And then, what little we know about his life as a young man is revealed in the last instalment of the story, in the past when we see the tormented relationship with his mother. Two western women are present throughout the story, a

lover of the young man, a high-priced prostitute in the story set in the future. AND MORE AMERICAN MOVIES "A Star is Born" directed by Bradley Cooper who also plays the leading role of seasoned artist Jackson Maine, with Lady Gaga as the amateur performer

Ally, created an expectation among the public. This movie will be in Montreal theatres on October 5. "The Old Man and the Gun" a charming story directed by David Lowery with veteran players Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek is to be released next week.

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The Welcome Collective first ever “Fun”Raiser


he Welcome Collective will be hosting their first e v e r “FUN”RAISER taking place on Thursday, October 4th at 7pm at Mandy’s Old Montreal (425 St. Nicolas).

The “FUN”RAISER will serve to raise additional funds for the asylum-seeking families they work with and will include; delicious bites provided by Mandy’s, Olive & Gourmando, Aux Vivres (to name but a few), beats by DJ Josh Brown, a Nigerian dance party spearheaded the families they’ve worked with, and stories from the families and the board members on how the collective has helped them, how to get involved etc! After close to a year of good samaritans doing good deeds for the refugee and asylum-seeking families in Montreal, the board is proud to announce the launch of their non-profit organization– The Welcome Collective. Established in early 2018, the Welcome Collective works with individuals and communities across Montreal, assisting asylum seekers in gathering the essential items they need to live and to integrate into their new home. The board was created by a group of concerned citizens in the summer of 2017 as a pilot project

originally called Acceuil Refugies de Montreal. After getting involved and being paired up with an asylum-seeking family in November 2017, the Mandys Salad sisters got heavily involved in helping find welcome families, as well as using their social media platform to spread the word and gather donations and volunteers. With the help of the YMCA social workers, several local philanthropic foundations, lawyers, and other committed board members, the Welcome Collective is offering a helping hand to the city’s most vulnerable newcomers. Asylum seekers often arrive in Canada with little or no possessions and can experience difficulties when attempting to access social services. The Welcome Collective works with its partners, the YMCA and the Trottier Family Foundation, as well as several local community organizations, to prioritize vulnerable newcomers and form their “Welcome Groups”. A Welcome Group can be a family, friend group, colleagues, or even a single individual. Each group is paired with a newcomer family to help them gather information about local culture, social assistance, and essential items that they need for their new home such as; furniture, kitchen items, and clothes, to name but a few. The idea of the collective first came to light in the summer of 2017

when local doctors noticed an influx of asylumseeking women giving birth in Montreal hospitals and going back to empty apartments with their newborns, and quite often with a brood of other children. A pilot project was formed to help find donations for these vulnerable women and children. As explained by M a n d y Wolfe “After meeting a few families on paired up missions, we were introduced to d o z e n s more families, kids, single moms, pregnant women telling us their stories, their situation, what they needed most, everyday essentials like mattresses, diapers, strollers, cutlery, winter jackets, boots! We saw them walking outside in t-shirts and flip flops in 15 degree weather. We took down their information and rented trucks, assembled volun-

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teer drivers and movers, announced the urgency of the situation over our restaurant’s social media platforms, and collected hundreds of donations that we amassed in our various locations over the holiday season. Our goal was to make sure that everyone we had met was taken care of in terms of their basic needs when they moved out of the shelter and into their own apartments. A handful of them are still friends of ours, we have them over for dinner and vice versa. Some are even employed full time with us at

our restaurant! “ To date, The Welcome Collective has helped over 150 families feel at home in their new communities in Montreal. Their purpose comes from the people they help.“The underlying mission was so heartwarming and meaningful to us – we felt that we had been exposed to this huge movement of people both wanting to help out, and in desperate need of help. We couldn’t just donate once and walk away, and that’s how The Welcome Collective was formed.” – Rebecca Wolfe.


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The Hall: Celebrating Hockey’s Heritage, Heroes and Home by Kevin Shea


ack in 1943, Captain James T. Sutherland, a shoemaker from Kingston, Ontario who was an early enthusiast of the history of the sport of hockey, had a vision. He envisioned the establishment of a place where the greats of the hockey world would be celebrated and memorialized, which would be similar to the National

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Baseball Hall of Fame, which opened four years earlier to great fanfare in Cooperstown, New York. Somehow, Captain Sutherland convinced both the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) that the establishment of such a place must become a reality, and was given the go-ahead to form a committee with the goal to find a home where this building would be situated. …And the Hockey Hall of Fame was born. Since then, the Hockey Hall of Fame has become a major cultural institution that celebrates everything about hockey, from its greatest players, builders and referees, its greatest games and moments, and how it has become Canada’s national sport, not to mention how it has stretched its influence and impact around the world. And since the Hockey Hall of Fame opened its doors at its current location at Brookfield Place on the corner of Front and Yonge streets in downtown Toronto, it has attracted over seven million hockey fans of all ages from around the world. This year, the Hockey Hall of Fame marks a dual anniversary: the 75th anniversary of its creation, and the 25th anniversary of the opening of its magnificent downtown Toronto home. And these milestones are commemorated in all of its historical and cultural splendor in a thoroughly researched, lavishly illustrated book called The Hall. When you read the

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book, two things immediately come to mind regarding the Hockey Hall of Fame’s formative years: how it almost came to be situated in Kingston, and how its first site at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) grounds in Toronto practically outgrown itself from the moment it opened its doors in 1961. “Captain Sutherland wanted the Hall of Fame to be in the place where hockey originated, and there were compelling arguments for Halifax, Montreal and Kingston. Yet Sutherland convinced everyone that hockey started in Kingston, although the first recorded hockey game in Canada took place in Montreal in 1875,” said the book’s author Kevin Shea during a recent interview. “However, he got the city of Kingston involved and tried to raise the money to build the Hall of Fame there, but it never came to pass. By the end of the 1950s, everyone involved with the project got annoyed because every time they got close to the amount that was needed, the figure grew and grew even more so because of building costs and inflation in general.” It was during that time that the NHL took over the Hall of Fame project, and appointed then-Montreal Canadiens GM Frank Selke and Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn

Smythe to help choose a site for it. “They wanted a place where the population would support it, and they decided on Toronto, much to the chagrin of Kingston,” said Shea. Shea added that when the first Hockey Hall of Fame building was officially opened at the CNE in August of 1961, it immediately became a moot point for the Hall. “It was only opened during the time when the CNE happened, which was only three weeks a year, and they weren’t allowed to charge admission,” he said.“Eventually, they were allowed to open throughout the year, but without the traffic that the CNE brought, it didn’t attract the crowds that they needed, which is why they ultimately had to move to downtown Toronto in 1993.” Shea, who serves as a resident writer for the Hall and is the author of 17 books, said it took a year to put together this book, in which he spoke to numerous Hall of Fame executives and current and former hockey players to flesh out the many stories that has made the Hockey Hall of Fame such a revered cultural institution. Practically every aspect of the Hockey Hall of Fame story is covered in this book, from its origins, to the two buildings that the Hall called its home, to the D.K. Doc Seaman Hockey Resource Center,

to its branding and marketing strategies, to its many artifacts, and to the 399 individuals who have the distinction of being called the Hockey Hall of Fame’s “Honoured Members” (in which the portraits of each inductee from 1945 to 2017 are featured at the end of the book). Amongst the Hall’s many treasured artifacts and exhibits that are silent witnesses to the history of hockey, Shea admits that there are two specific items that really stand out for him; one is an obvious example, the other has a more poignant touch to it. “The first is the Stanley Cup, which is displayed in the Great Hall, and the

how his career came to a tragic end. It contains one of his fishing rods, as well as the Leafs sweater he wore when he scored the goal that won the Leafs the Cup in 1951, as well as the stick and puck he used during that final game.” (Barilko was killed in a plane crash several weeks later, while he was on a fishing trip in rural Ontario). Throughout the book, Shea wanted to convey to those who have visited the Hall of Fame (and those who have yet to visit it) of how the game of hockey has played such a vital role in the lives of so many Canadians, and the rich history that it carries. “Hockey is in the minds of not just so many boys and girls, but with fans across North America and around the world.We have all grown up with hockey, and have played it to a certain extent; it’s something very special to so many Canadians,” he said. “And the great thing about hockey is the stories that go with it. And the Hockey Hall of Fame is full of stories. With this book, I tried to find those original Cup that Lord stories about the game Stanley donated in 1893, that hasn’t been told over which is displayed in what 100 times.” The Hall is a visually was the vault of the Bank of Montreal. The Presi- stunning, historically magdent of the Hall of Fame nificent book that pays a told me that the Stanley fitting tribute to the Cup is the reason a lot of Hockey Hall of Fame. And people come to the thanks to the thorough Hockey Hall of Fame. You examination of practically can go to the Great Hall every aspect of what and touch the Cup and makes this building such a take your picture with it. major attraction for It’s the most amazing tro- tourists and hockey fans phy in sports and it’s for alike, it shows that the the public to enjoy; it’s the Hockey Hall of Fame – and the people and mopublic’s trophy,” he said. “And if I had to show ments that it honours – is somebody one artifact at a vivid and revered testament to the power of the the Hall outside of the Stanley Cup, it would be game of hockey, and why the Bill Barilko display,” it’s in the blood of practiadded Shea. “It tells the cally every Canadian from legend of this former coast to coast, whether it Leafs player from the be at a major NHL arena 1940s and early 50s, and or the neighborhood hockey rink.


Le Cube Secret – The best-kept secret in Laval celebrates its first anniversary and offers a chance of $1,000 in gold & silver coins

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ut along Highway 15, where Rue Michelin comes to an end, there’s a closely guarded secret. An entertainment concept that combines quick thinking, keen observation, and an intensive fun workout for your grey matter in an environment totally removed from everyday life. Inside a huge metal cube – a structure like no other – the Le Cube Secret escape game reveals four apartments with amazing decors featuring period pieces, antiques, and images evoking a particular escape room theme. Like Lucky the Mafioso and his 1940s New York underworld. Or the 1970s kitchen where The Kidnapper lurks. An elegant living room housing the collections of The British Colonel. Or the shabby, run-down apartment of a junior police, The Detective. A strange, unique atmosphere pervades the secret cube, no matter what apartment you choose. Since opening last year, Le Cube Secret has welcomed over 10,000 visitors from all over for thrilling escape room adventures. From financier to treasure hunter Le Cube Secret designer Sylvain Rivard was a treasure hunter of another sort for 15 years before he took up the escape game adventure. After a successful career in fi-


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nance, Sylvain, a selftaught problem solver and puzzle enthusiast, made a life-altering change, travelling around the world, solving mysteries and competing in treasure hunts. After working tirelessly for close to two years, he and his wife succeeded in opening their own escape room and adventure game centre, presenting fascinating mysteries to an eagerly awaiting public. Sylvain Rivard also creates mystery game designs to order – custom productions for corporate clients and private enthusiasts. Le Cube Secret is a sophisticated game offered in both French and English – an imaginary, surrealistic world of elaborate settings, filled with puzzles, traps, and secret doors arranged in apartments built into an enormous metal cube – looming, mysterious, a structure like no other, where a mesmerizing story written by Sylvain Rivard continues from one apartment to the other, allowing you to see links between each of the chapters and apartments in Le Cube Secret, whose four characters are in fact linked over time. In its puzzles and riddles, the Cube speaks to you, and tells the tale of their shared secret that’s yours to discover. What Le Cube Secret

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of the subconscious rather than conscious mind. If the By David Bernstein conscious mind was equipped to do it, one would n the course of my prac- only have to tell oneself to tice I have met many peo- stop and would. While some ple who have fallen into people can do it, for most it the trap of unwanted be- is too daunting and best be haviour – habits! These in- put off for another day, and clude nail biting, nervous so the habit persists. ticks, grinding of teeth, drinkHypnotherapy goes to the ing, gambling, binge eating and source of the negative mindmany more. set, the program running in Habits are usually created the background that transinadvertently and slowly over mits the urges and compultime as the person repeats sions.That is where the cycle behaviours over and over or loop is disrupted, the auwhich become accepted as tomatic behaviour interfered normal by the subconscious with so the cycle can break mind, and so the person has down and disappear. It is a what we all know as a habit, painless and fast solution to their new “normal”. How- what so many people think is ever, bad habits are not nor- just going to be their probmal, they are a consequence lem for the rest of their lives, of a certain thought process but I am happy to say that that brings us to a point where we are essentially on doesn’t have to be. David Bernstein C.H. is auto pilot and feel helpless to a Certified Clinical Hypdo anything about it because notherapist in Pointe the compulsion is too strong. Claire, and can be reached This is untrue! In actuality, bad habits can at: be overcome and neutralized quite quickly, using the power 514-249-1907


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eptember: a time of transitions: seasons, wardrobe, tasks… physical and mental changes. Some of the symptoms of stress from this: tension, soreness, restlessness, low energy, headaches, upset stomach, tense muscles, chest pain and rapid heartbeat, insomnia… Yoga is a good response. Some yoga practices, particularly restorative and nidra, can bring you to rest, repair & refresh. An ancient practice ideal for modern life! Controlled, valid medical research is proving this. A 2004 study shows that a regular yoga practice ameliorates the effect of stress: slows the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and eases the breath. It also helps increase heart rate variability thus providing flexibility in one’s response to stressors. Another medical study found a correlation between the ability to deal with stress and sensitivity to pain.The non-yoga participants… some described as healthy and others with fibromyalgia… were found to be much more sensitive to pain. The yoga practitioners in this study, perceived pain at a higher threshold, hence were more able to deal with the physiological effects of stress. One of the components of yoga drawing particular

interest from the medical community is pranayama: breathing techniques. No coincidence that to control over-reaction we have been taught to take ten slow breaths before we speak. Research has begun on the use of yoga practice for PTSD. Researchers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., are now using yoga…both asana and pranayama…as treatment for vets show-

ing symptoms of PTSD. They believe this to be more efficacious, with less stigma, than traditional methods. Last week a young woman walked into my class and told me that her therapist has been telling her for years to ‘do yoga’ to help with her anxieties. Even my ‘old school’ GP admits that yoga may actually be having a positive effect on my general health and hence on my mind-set/energy in dealing with the day-to-day stressors we all experience. The news is spreading. On Sunday, September 30th find out what one yoga practice specifically designed for stress reduction, can do for you. From 2-4 on that afternoon, repair and refresh yourself.




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would like to share something with you. A month ago, I decided to embark on the keto lifestyle. Short for “ketogenic diet,” this eating plan is all about reducing your carbs and increasing your fats to get your body to use other fat as a form of energy, says Scott Keatley, R.D., of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy. While everyone's body and needs are slightly different, that typically translates to: 60-75% of your calories from fat, 15-30% of your calories from protein, and 5-10% of your calories from carbs. It is not for everyone but i am already reaping the benefits: weight loss, better mood and improved concentration. In the course of a month, I have lost 16 pounds and feel better than ever. Many friends have asked me if you can have wine on a Keto diet. Generally speaking, the answer is yes but how much can you have will depend on the residual sugar of a bottle of wine. Residual sugar implies the leftover sugar after fermentation stops, or is stopped, but it can also result from the addition of unfermented must or plain sugar. It is usually measured in grams of sugar per litre of wine, often abbreviated to g/l or g/L. The site states that wines range from 0 to about 220 grams per liter sugar, depending on the style. A standard glass of dry wine (150ml) can have between 3-4 carbs per serving. Generally speaking, the cheaper the wine, the more residual sugar it will contain. If you are considering following the Keto regime, you should favor wine in the $20-$30 price bracket. The SAQ site is very useful because it shows the amount of residual sugar per bottle on quite a number of wine references. At the end what counts is how you manage your • September 22, 2018

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Do you prefer that big slice of bread or 2-3 wine glasses. I will let you answer that Here are some suggestions of Keto friendly wines to accompany your diet experience. Next to my tasting notes, I listed the residual sugar amount and the carb value in grams, assuming you are having a 150 ml/5 oz serving Please drink in moderation and before embarking on a Keto lifestyle, please consult your family doctor to get thumbs up. Whites Tokaj Oremus Mandolas 2016 ( Tokai, Hungary). SAQ # 10756400, $30.25 Enticing nuances of flint, apricots with a touch of endives, acacia and honeysuckle. Zesty and vibrant with a round mouthfeel and clean lingering finale. Residual sugar: 3.2 g/L. Carbs per 150 ml: 1.9

Domaine Zind Humbrecht Riesling Turckheim 2016 ( Alsace, France). SAQ # 11461101, $27.10 Exotic bouquet. Lychee with jasmine blossom water. With aeration a note of honey and petrol

emerges. On the palate, it is creamy and fluid with notes of white pepper and verbenal leaf in the finale. Residual sugar: 4.7 g/L. Carbs per 150 ml: 2.82

Domaine des Salices Viognier 2017 ( Languedoc, France). SAQ # 10265061, $14.75 Bright aromas of tropical fruits with a quissentential floral note typical of the Viognier variety. Medium plus acidity , round and very zen alike. Residual sugar: 1.3g/L. Carbs per 150 ml: 0.78

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Château de Carolle 2016 ( Bordeaux, France). SAQ # 11401547, $19.95 Terrific nose of graphite, cassis and roasted red bell pepper. On the mouth, rich and decadent, polished in the mid palate with silky tannins. Best vintage ever of this celebrated Bordeaux producer. Buy. Residual Sugar: 1.7g/L. Carbs per 150 ml: 1.02

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What will the Fall and Winter Season bring to Montreal?

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ality and effects of climate change have become very real. In fact, if urgent and immediate action is not taken, as expert climatologists and scientists have been warning us about for decades, there will be no reversing it. With that in mind, many people are wondering what the Fall and Winter season will bring to Montreal? The answer is… there is no real and clear answer. According the Old Farmer's Almanac, that has been fairly accurate about half the time, the Fall season for Southern Quebec will be close enough to average for the balance of September, bringing us scattered

showers and mild enough temperatures about one degree below the average of 13°C, and precipitation also average for this time of the year, which is 90mm for the month. For October, they are predicting temperatures around 9.5°C which is 1.5° above average and precipitation around 50mm which is 30mm below average.The end of October from the 29th to the 31st might have some flurries falling on the city and it is expected to be colder which is not too unusual. So far, so good and unlike the more extreme weather predicted for other parts of Canada. We appear to have

bridging of ideas and actions.” Part of Desjardins’ social responsibility and cooperation initiatives, Coopérathon was designed as a platform and movement for creating social impact projects, uniting a community of people and organizations who believe cooperation, innovation and entrepreneurship will lead to positive change in the world. Over 25 days, participants will generate ideas and develop a project–from pre-incubation, prototyping, and pitching the concept–to convince juries their solutions have effective social benefits. They will be supported by community, academic and industrial partners in the development of their initiatives. The winning projects will be awarded prizes during the Coopérathon finale to be held on November 1st in Canada and France. “Our mission with Coopérathon is to con-

nect ecosystems and communities that share a vision for the planet and society,” says Ilias Benjelloun, Open Innovation Catalyst at the Desjardins Lab. “It’s an inclusive plat-

bucked the trend this year. According to meteorologists from the Weather Network and stats from Environment Canada, the rest of September and through most of October for the Montreal area should be on average and expected to bring us weather much cooler than compared to last year at this time, when we experienced record breaking heat. For the end of October and through November it should be milder than normal with less days of rain, but when it does rain, moisture from tropical systems should see heavy downpours and storms bring-

ing us close to average precipitation in and around the city. The good news is, although the colours of fall foliage will peak later than normal this year, due to the weather it is expected to be far more colourful, except in areas that were significantly impacted by this past season's dry conditions. As for winter, both the Weather Network and the Old Farmer's Almanac indicate milder or near normal temperatures for the most part - but with some heavier and harsher snow falls with abovenormal precipitation and slightly below-normal temperatures from late

December into the first half of January. The same pattern is expected to continue in late January then early and mid-February, with the snowiest periods in early December, late February and midMarch. Bottom line, predictions are just that - predictions. And given the erratic and extreme conditions we have seen just this past year alone, with forecasts changing overnight, it is best to be prepared to adjust to the weather as it happens.There really is no sure way at this point to really know what to expect.

creativity among teams. Participants will gain access to professionals in universities, private institutions and non-profit organizations, along with specialists in smart city, technology and design. This year’s Coopérathon follows back-to-back successes in its previous rounds–last year, it drew in 1480 participants, 100 teams, 16 impact startups, and awarded over $75,000 in prizes. One of last year’s winners included DIS-MOI, an application designed to help prevent suicide among youth, developed in partnership with XPND Capital managing partner and former Dans l’oeil du judge Alexandre form for anyone who velopment goals, including dragon Taillefer, and l’Association wishes to explore, inno- economic growth and Québécois de prévention vate and create social clean energy. During the du suicide. change with projects four weeks of the platThe kick-off event for they’re passionate about. form, Mouvement DesCoopérathon’s third ediOur goal is to bring to- jardins will be hosting workshops, tion will be held on Sepgether people from all numerous walks of life, including vis- bootcamps and informa- tember 26th at the ible minorities and fragile tion sessions in participat- Alexandra Pier in the Old ing cities to encourage Port in Montreal. Bringing communities.” together over 2000 peo-

ple for a social “mixology,” participants will have the opportunity to meet and finalize their teams. Coopérathon 2018 will take place in the following cities: Montreal, Toronto/Waterloo, Quebec City/Levis, RouynNoranda, Sherbrooke, S h a w i n i g a n , Ottawa/Gatineau as well as France (Paris/Normandy/Overseas Territories). Every year, all registration fees are donated to a foundation. For the 2018 edition, proceeds will go to the Malala Fund, which champions the education of girls around the world. Coopérathon is open to all residents of Canada and France who are at least 18 years of age. To participate: Visit nd click “register”. Tickets for the 4 weeks are $25 for standard admission, and $15 for students.

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ince its foundation, Sun Youth has been committed to the promotion of healthy lifestyles and school retention. To promote the physical, social and intellectual development of young people, Sun Youth offers children from 5 to 12 a day camp that is both fun and educational and youth from 6 to 17 years, an alternative to channel their energy positively through sport while supporting their education. Over 800 children and young people annually benefit from Sun Youth's sports and recreation programs and day camp.The proper physical development of children also requires a healthy diet and Sun Youth is also there to support children in that regard.The organization's statistics show that 39% of its food bank users are children and teens aged 18 years old and younger. Of this number, 80% are under the age of 10. Thankfully the CLV Group and InterRent REIT are there to support both initiatives which benefit underprivileged children. On September 18th, Sun Youth had the pleas-

ure of welcoming representative of the CLV Group and InterRent REIT to receive what would be their second annual donation. Back In 2017, Sun Youth received a first donation of $15,000 for its Summer Campaign (Sports & Recreation programs and Day Camp). For 2018, the good people of CLV Group and InterRent REIT really went the extra mile and greatly increased their support, making a substantial donation of $25,000 to the Sun Youth Sports & Recreation program ($15,000) and it's Food Bank initiatives for children ($10,000). “We, at the CLV Group have for many years, seen the great work and the positive impact that Sun Youth has made on many of Montreal's youth. This iconic organization has contributed so much to the community. We are thankful we can help such a well deserving organization in a small way" said Mike McGahan, President of CLV Group. Sun Youth is very proud to once again be associated with the CLV Group and looks forward to helping children from less

fortunate backgrounds participate in sports and recreation programs in a safe and constructive environment and to receive the proper nutrition through its emergency food bank. About CLV Group: CLV Group and InterRent REIT have redefined what a property management and multi-family real estate company can be. Backed by almost 50 years of experience in the industry, we have become market leaders in real estate, property management, acquisitions and new development in our core markets which include the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, Ottawa, and Montréal. Within Montréal, we are proud to present various properties for different lifestyles offering amenities ranging from laundry rooms, to rooftop terraces, gyms and pools. Properties are located in Côte Saint-Luc, Downtown Montreal, Plateau Mont-Royal and Villeray. We are proud to give back to our communities and get involved with charities that make an impact. (Source : CLV Group)

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