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Ubuntu: Humanity toward others

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he movie, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, features two eight-year-old boys who communicate with each other through a tall wire fence. The fence keeps one boy in and the other boy out and surrounds a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. The two boys become friends. The eight-year-old on the outside of the fence has not internalized his parents’ spoken belief that “Jews are different, they’re not like us, they’re not people.” The boy in the “striped pyjamas” on the inside of the fence has not yet learned to hate those who put him there. I want to believe we’ve come a long way since those dark times. I find confirmations here and there; sitting at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival this past summer, for example, I heard the lead singer for Blue King Brown say

“There is a shift in consciousness taking place on the planet right now.” Yes, there is. I think many people sense this. Having this Santanaendorsed musician from Australia express it reveals its global reach. But what does this global shift in consciousness really mean? Generally it includes the idea that we are all one, we are not separate. We all have a global responsibility to the planet and to making the world a better place. Our actions have consequences, what happens to another affects me. What I do affects someone else. More people have an increased awareness of this and want to reach out and help. There’s a marvelous old African term known as ubuntu that has begun to surface in Western awareness, which helps to express this idea. Ubuntu involves humanity toward others. “A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.” - Archbishop Desmond Tutu But still, there are those who separate, humiliate and torture, who create barriers

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where there are none. Various strains of extremism are alive and well. Some religious versions insist we convert or die, other versions set out to obliterate entire groups of people. This is the unconsciousness that remains, the insanity that produces violence. It sanctions the destruction of the ‘other’ – people not like us. There are many layers to this shift. Some academics tell us the evolution of consciousness is a global imperative. “The existing paradigm, characterized by materialism, competition, and individualism, is losing its cultural legitimacy in light of overwhelming evidence of environmental degradation, displacement and exploitation of people, species extermination, and the disassociation of people from the community and earth that sustains them.” The challenges are immense but there is evidence that the shift in human consciousness has begun. It is affecting our structures, the way we do business, the way we live on the planet. Many people have an increased sense of responsibility, expressed in volunteerism and activism. We will see global consciousness in action, which could include support for participative forms of manage-

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ment, spirituality in the workplace, corporate social responsibility, and the more familiar themes of environmental sustainability, and social justice. It is 20 years since the fall of the Berlin wall, and more walls are coming down as we recognize our common humanity. We have a common fate – this is not an ‘us versus them’ fate. What hurts the one affects the others as well. We all belong. This is ubuntu - humanity, compassion and goodness - the South African approach to life. Hopefully, the global shift in consciousness will be warmed and informed by ubuntu, empowered by a new brand of world leaders, and inspired by those who, like the two boys who didn’t see the fence between them.

Editor’s Remarks

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elcome to the November issue of the Neighbourhood Express. ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ was released 45 years ago by Bob Dylan and it became the anthem for a generation. Change is now the norm. Creativity, innovation, transformation, along with the need to reform, reorganize, diversify, alter and adapt are now everyday concepts and yet both local and global issues seem to demand even more rapid and dramatic change. In this issue we touch on some of those currents of change. Many younger adults are choosing to travel to other countries to understand different cultures and people from all generations are finding ways to help communities all over the world. There is a spirit of volunteerism, activism, and a growing compassion and understanding for others. Writing in this issue, Gregg Cochlan, who coaches organizations on strategic change, names the emerging synthesis of values “love leadership.” Cameron Zimmer talks about Operation Christmas Child and the many volunteers that exemplify leadership in their work helping children in third-world countries.

The world is coming to terms with what it means to be a community and it is in the spirit of building community locally that we share these and several other human interest stories. We are entering the season in which both religious and secular expressions of the ideals of community are expressed. Community events both inspirational and practical abound as you will see in these pages. For many, holiday customs, which contrast with the change all around, help them anchor their ideals. At the same time, many people are establishing new traditions and new ways to express their hopes and beliefs. In this issue, several writers have addressed many areas of health and well-being that, when Dylan’s masterpiece came out, would have been unheard of. New and unique ways to understand and develop health are everywhere. The times they are a’changin’, and we at the Neighbourhood Express would like to think they’re changing for the better. Look for our next Saskatoon issue out on December 16 (Prince Albert issue out on December 1). Make sure to check out page 18 Section B for a chance to win tickets to STOMP live on Tuesday, November 24 at TCU Place. Bev Dawson, Editor

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Inside Meewasin At 30 going on 35 Few organizations have as favourable a public profile as a positive force in the community as Meewasin. Few work as hard in building that recognition through communication, partnerships and public input. “We are just finalizing our next five-year strategic plan after a series of open houses, a web survey on the Meewasin website and focus group sessions,” said Brenda Wallace, Meewasin’s resource planning manager. “The plan for the period through 2013 is focused on five main goals, conservation, education, asset replacement, trail development and organizational development. It is based on public input, a vigorous review of its activities and their outcomes in the previous five year plan plus a general state of the valley assessment.”

Conservation leader As the primary strategic goal, conservation efforts in the draft plan include 31 targets. In general, these focus on conservation areas,

nature experience areas, river edge areas in the city, cultural heritage sites, and riverbank parks. The specific targets include updating site plans for each of the 18 conservation areas and six nature experience areas that are already established. These site plans also include targets for continued removal of invasive species, expanded naturalization and wildlife friendly fencing.

ing programs for grades three and five classes and the general public. There are numeric goals for each audience and the education programs at the Meewasin Valley Centre, Beaver Creek, plus the interpretive canoe tours, and other programs. New interpretative programs at River Landing Riverfront will increase a focus on water and protection of the watershed.

In terms of expansion of the

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Meewasin trail, another 10 km

Asset replacement and development will include a new Meewasin Valley Centre, trail refurbishment, new skating facilities, new river access sites, and expanded hiking, tobogganing and cross-country skiing areas. In terms of expansion of the Meewasin trail, another 10 km of trail added to the current 54 km of trails is the goal by the end of 2013. There will also be a focus on specialized trails, such as exercise loops, nature hike trails and biking trails. The organizational goal includes targets such as expanding partnerships and collaboration with contributors, including other nonprofits, government agencies, businesses and the general public.

of trail added to the current 54 km of trails is the goal by the end of 2013. Additionally, along with stakeholders, Meewasin aims to update master plans for Victoria Park, Friendship Park, the Mendel Riverbank Area, Rotary Park, and, Diefenbaker Park. In terms of protecting new areas, Meewasin is aiming to establish 33 new conservation agreements with private land owners. A wider community focus is suggested by the target to develop an credible landscape policy for the valley and explore the potential of an urban agriculture pilot project. The breadth and depth of conservation efforts may come as a surprise to many. “In recent public opinion surveys 86 per cent recognized Meewasin’s role in developing trails but only 46 per cent recognized its role in resource management,” noted Wallace. However, as of its 30th anniversary, just celebrated in September, Meewasin had added a new 11.3 hectare conservation area bringing the total of lands under direct management to 6278 hectares.

Education for appreciation For education, the second main goal area, there are 19 targets. These focus on continu-

Peer into 2013 “The final five year strategic plan will be available on the Meewasin website, www. meewasin.com, in December,” said Wallace. The plan is well worth a review. As the pace of urban development in and around Saskatoon has rapidly expanded, Meewasin has become increasingly important as a vehicle for not only conserving and replenishing natural areas but also supporting wider community aspirations for a more sustainable city. The thoroughness and transparency of its planning process is one of the reasons the Meewasin Valley Authority is known and studied around the world as a model of what can be done by a community to conserve a river valley.

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Human Interest

Changing our future begins within [First i n a s e r i e s]

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en years ago, my wife and I along with our three young children were driving back from Edmonton. Just as we started the drive home, we heard on the news that the premier of Alberta was announcing 2,000 new jobs for teachers. My wife is a teacher, so this opened up a discussion that lasted most of our trip. The question we asked ourselves was, “should we join in the migration from Saskatchewan to Alberta?” We started to tally the possibilities. My wife could get a job. With the work I did at The Pacific Institute (TPI), it did not really matter where I lived. Given the movement of young people, it was possible our kids would end up going to school in Alberta or at least going to Alberta after they got out of school. So why not move? From Edmonton to Lloydminster we explored and dreamed about the possibilities. As we entered Saskatchewan and felt the road conditions deteriorate and the gas prices increase, we slipped into reflective thought. As we drove along, I started to think about why I live in Saskatchewan. When I looked out the window and saw the familiar towns and sights, I started to fill with pride. I love Saskatchewan. I love the land and landscape. I love the people. I love the communities. I love that we can attract 1,000 volunteers for any major event we host. I love our spirit of cooperation. I love the feeling of community, and, of course, I love the Riders. We did not join the migration to Alberta, but I was struck by an overwhelming feeling of ‘Gestalt,’ a concept we use in The Pacific Institute’s leadership education. It is a term that describes the discomfort when there are two pictures in the mind that don’t match.

It is like a picture on the wall that’s crooked, and we can’t stand it until we fix it. That’s Gestalt. So my pictures of Saskatchewan did not match. The one picture is a beautiful province with an abundance of heart and spirit, and more importantly resources; a province with high quality people who know the value of hard work, but also a province renowned for our innovation and creativity. We have all the tools and resources to be great.

As a province which has suffered hard times, we are people with habits we have formed collectively, beliefs we hold and the expectations we have for ourselves and our province. The other picture was seeing what was going on, or better yet, what was not going on in Saskatchewan. The two pictures just didn’t match. Why is it that we were not as prosperous as Alberta? Why were we trapped in what felt like an endless cycle of stuckness. Like many, I thought it must have something to do with our attitude. Given the concepts we teach at TPI and the coaching I do with various organizations, it has become clear to me that Saskatchewan is like many of my clients. They have unlimited potential, but something is getting in the way of tapping into their potential. This is changing as Saskatchewan has become an economic hot spot. Our potential is not being held back by things on the outside

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of us. But, our full potential is still being held back by things on the inside of us: habits, attitudes, beliefs and expectations. As a province which has suffered hard times, we are people with habits we have formed collectively, beliefs we hold and the expectations we have for ourselves and our province. The good news is that we can actually control this. We can do something about it, if we choose because it is inside us, not outside us. The sincere and honest question we may want to ask ourselves, and then ask our communities, is what is holding us back? Habits • What habits have we formed that stop us from achieving what we know we should? • Have we habitualized, grooved and routined our behaviours so that they stop us from achieving our goals? Attitudes • What attitudes are we holding that limit our ability to achieve what we know we should? • What, really, is our attitude toward change? When asked or forced to change, is it a have to or a want to? Beliefs • What beliefs do we have that limit our ability to achieve what we know we should? • Do we actually believe we can change in positive ways? • Do we believe we can be successful? Expectations • What expectations

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The Saskatoon streak

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ic Lynn outraces the opposing winger for the loose puck and passes it to the playmaker, center Teeder Kennedy. Lynn and right winger Howie Meeker, pick up speed flanking Kennedy crossing center ice, and the “kid line” heads into the Montreal end. Kennedy slows at the blue line stick handling, holding the Montreal defenceman as the ‘Saskatoon Streak’ Vic Lynn, flashes in from left wing behind the defenceman. Kennedy feints right to Meeker and flicks the puck through the defenceman’s legs to Lynn who in one motion fires it to the top corner of the net, leading the Maple Leafs to the Stanley Cup in 1947. “That was one of our plays,” comments Lynn, explaining the effectiveness of the speed and swirling motion of “the kid line,” that led the Toronto Maple Leafs to three Stanley Cups in 1947,1948 and1949. The only player in NHL history to suit up for all six original teams, Lynn, played one game for the New York Rangers in 1943, several games for the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens in 1944-5, before joining the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1946. He won three Stanley Cups over five seasons in Toronto, and then went on to play for a “good team” in Boston he recalls, and finished his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1954. Lynn’s speed and tenacity further enabled him to make three all star teams in 1947, 1948 and 1949.

A Detroit Red Wings scout spotted his nated blades. “The sticks were speed as a 16-year-old playing with the lighter. But they broke a lot Quakers, Saskatoon’s junior team in 1942, more.” Northland hockey and got him a tryout with the pros. Too sticks were the top-manufacyoung, Lynn returned home and found out tured stick at that time and the New York Rangers were looking for fast were still widely used until young players. “I contacted them and GM the seventies “Everybody used (and legendary goal tender Lester Patrick them,” he remembers. sent me a ticket). So I went to New York by After his cups with the Leafs, train,” he says. They put me up in a hotel, Lynn bounced back and forth all paid for, and I was a 17-yearold living in New York and having a great time.” He played one game with the Rangers but spent the season with the New York Rovers of the Eastern Hockey League. “There was good hockey down in that league.” he remembers. “It was the best move I could have made. The league was covered by scouts and I got noticed.” Fortune came when Conn Smythe of the Maple Leafs was looking for some good young players to build his team and Lynn caught his eye. Soon after he blended in with two other good players, Kennedy and Meeker, as ), aple Leafs a unit, and formed part of the Vic Lynn (M ) 7 4 9 (1 ld famous “Kid Line.” 22 years o Lynn played head to head from an excel1942 - 54, against some of the best lent team then,” he firmly players the game has ever seen. As states.” We had to change our a left winger, he frequently faced game and play better to match Lynn started his career on the open rinks Gordie Howe, “the best athlete them. We played better against and playgrounds in Saskatoon, then con- I’ve ever seen,” and had battles them the second time.” tinued playing pee wee hockey with the with the fiery Maurice “Rocket” He says the hockey game of Kinsmen. Richard. One game Richard hit today is a give away game. “They Lynn over shoot the puck in the corner and the head chase it. Hap Day, coach of the with his Maple Leaf’s Stanley Cup teams Vic Lynn (Boston Bruins) using the reputable Northland. stick cutsays Lynn “would always say that ting him (puck) possession is 90 percent for 20 stitches. “I from the NHL to various minor leagues, of the game. If a player did that (shot the knocked him down but did appear in 120 games with the puck in) under Conn Smythe, he would THE and took the puck so Boston Bruins and Chicago Black Hawks have said “what’s the matter with you? Why 10 Minute he chased me and hit during this time. His last appearance in the did you give them the puck? Are you afraid Oil Change me,” Lynn recalls. NHL was in the 1953/54 season. Lynn of it? We are paying you big money.” The Lynn rates Gordie accumulated over 275 points in his career, Russians he says, “would not have given it M S PROGRA D R A W E R Y T Howe the best ever, with a season high 14 goals in 57 games in back!” L A Y LO E E R F e g and then center 1950. Lynn then joined the ranks of mann a Oil Chogram cards Everyal6l th Milt Schmidt of He returned to Saskatoon in the 1953/54 agement spending many years with the pr Plus completd edin a DRAW for the Bruins, “a real season and led the Saskatoon Quakers to Saskatoon Quakers of the Saskatchewan are entere FACT: good player,” and two appearances in the Allan Cup (1960 Senior Hockey League (SSHL). His involveEngineers have the Rocket as the and 1962). ment resulted in seven Saskatchewan champer year) discovered that top players of that Following his playing career, Lynn pionships, and four Western Canadian (2 trip draws clean oil era. Lynn also saw also coached the Quakers at the World titles. SAVES MONEY at development of the Championships in 1962, only to be embarVic Lynn was installed in the Saskatchewan 3401 8th St. E. 956-3278 the gas pump and hockey stick from rassed 13 1 by the Russians, coached by Sports Hall of Fame on June 12, 2004. Northeast Corner of 8th & Acadia gives you one piece to lami- the legendary Anatoli Tarasov. “They were He resides in Saskatoon. MORE POWER!

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Patzcuaro, Michoacan by Doreen Kerby

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he lake country of Michoacán in the pinecovered highlands has many impressive sites that are well worth a visit. One of these is the archaeological site of Tzintzuntzan on the eastern shore of Lake Patzcuaro. The Tarascan Indians, today known as the Purhepecha, built it in the 13th century. It means ‘the place of the humming birds’ but the hummingbirds are long since gone, hunted to extinction for their iridescent feathers that were used to adorn clothing. The ancient city had a population of 25,000 to 35,000 people. It stands on a hillside overlooking modern Tzintzuntzan, a small town of 3,500. The ruins of five large Purepecha temples remain with their unusual circular platforms, two of which have been restored. A dozen workers are there to restore the site and women are busy with steel brushes, scraping the lichen off the stones and washing them so they gleam in the sunlight. The Museum displays many of the artifacts that have been found on the site and a model of what the site must have looked like is on display to help visitors understand the complexity of the city. Off to one side lie ruins believed to have been the dwellings of high priests. A large patio, originally covered by a pillared roof, was perhaps an altar. The tombs of high priests were unearthed beneath its floor, and on a nearby slope, archeologists have discovered a huge deposit of human bones. Unfortunately, the natives had a horrific experience with the Spaniards who arrived in 1529. Nuno de Guzman was sent by Charles V to rule the new colony. All he wanted was gold and began torturing the natives because the amounts they brought him were not what he was expecting. Thinking the chief was hiding gold from him, he had him tortured and burned alive. To add to their trauma, their city was largely dismantled to provide stones for the large 16th century Franciscan Monastery of Santa Ana. Eventually, Guzman was called back in disgrace and put in prison and Vasco de Quiroga was sent to replace him in 1530. To this day, even the name of Don Vasco is revered for the efforts he made to help the native people. He sent for the best artisans in Spain to teach the natives their crafts and organized small communities around Lake Patzcuaro, each specializing in a different trade such as copperware, embroidery, weaving, making guitars, violins, lace, and pottery. The plan he set up 450 years ago is still

working today. Don’t for a moment underestimate the quality of the work. The Purhepecha have been doing this for hundreds of years and they create for the joy of creating because it comes from the soul. Another very special place is Janitzio Island, a small island in Lake Patzcuaro. A return ticket by boat is only 45 pesos (about $3.50 Cdn), and takes about 25 minutes. The island has 2,500 inhabitants and only people who speak Purepechan live there. Travel for them is free. Greet each person you meet with ‘nar erandesk’ (have a good day). The people will be delighted with your effort. The way to the top is 270 steps and there are little shops and restaurants all along the way. Arriving at the top there is a massive concrete statue of Mexican Independence fighter, Jose Maria Morelos, 40 meters high. If you are still up to climbing higher, for a price you can ascend the winding stair inside the statue and peer out of Morelos’ upraised fist. The story of Morelos’s life is depicted on the walls, in murals by Ramon Alva de la Canal. A Mexican Roman Catholic priest and revolutionary leader, he led the War of Independence. After Father Miguel Hidalgo was executed in 1811 he assumed the leadership. Captured in 1815, he was executed for treason. The city of Morelia and the state of Morelos are named in his honor. We left the island in the same boat that had taken us there. The driver paused near the shore and on command, the ‘butterfly fishermen’ came out from shore to perform. The fishermen work in a group of six or seven narrow boats. The whitefish in the lake have been the mainstay of countless generations but excessive demand has caused over-fishing and for now this way of life has ceased. But the men still display the method and find some financial return in performing for tourists. They formed a circle with their boats and then the nets are dipped into the water in unison. They hit the boat with their paddles and after a few minutes raise up one half of the net, and flip it into the boat, the other side still hopefully capturing more fish. All we saw were empty nets but it was interesting to watch the performance. Then one person paddled over to the tourists to collect the tip. It was then time to head for shore and enjoy another Mexican feast at the Rancho La Mesa overlooking Lake Patzcuaro and the lovely island of Janitzio.

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Home & Garden

The times they are a changin’ (but not in Saskatchewan) by robert white

If you are like me at least once every year I make a phone call to someone in another part of the country and unintentionally wake them up. As I apologize, I make a mental note to jot down the time zones in the country and the dates they change time.

Q: If it is 10 pm in Saskatchewan on December 15, what time is it in Vancouver and Toronto?

A: Vancouver would be 8 pm and Toronto would be 11 pm.

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he confusion around Saskatchewan time, as compared to the rest of Canada, arises from the fact that it is the only province that does not use Daylight Saving Time (DST) in winter months. Other provinces “spring forward” their clocks by one hour in spring to gain more daylight hours in the evening.

DST is essentially the adoption of the standard time of the adjacent time zone lying east of any location. This shifting of time zones means Saskatchewan synchs with Alberta in winter and Manitoba in summer. The one exception to this is the Battle River area including the city of Lloydminster. Lloydminster’s distinctive situation is reflected in other legal matters, including its time zone. Alberta law requires the use of daylight saving time, while Saskatchewan does not observe daylight saving time. Lloydminster’s charter allows it to follow Alberta’s use of daylight saving time on both sides of the provincial border; this places the city in the Mountain Standard Time Zone and synchronizes clocks with those of Alberta. Remembering Time Shifts The rest of Canada uses the handy phrase “spring forward, fall back” as a reminder about setting clocks during the shift. In North America DST now begins the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November. As of November 1 Saskatchewan is one hour behind Toronto and since broadcasting is centered in Toronto and New York this is reflected in TV schedules. What is needed is a simple mnemonic for remembering such as “spring west, fall east.” A brief history of Saskatchewan time Saskatchewan is bisected by the 105° West meridian, the central meridian of the Mountain Standard Time Zone (UTC-7 or seven hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), yet clocks are kept at UTC-6 all year long. This policy was implemented when the Saskatchewan Time Act was passed in 1966 to solve the problems of having a patchwork of time zones across the province resulting from each municipality setting their own time policy. Debates about time zones and DST had preoccupied Saskatchewan during the 1950s and there was even a province-wide plebiscite in 1956, but divisions remained.

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A brief history of Daylight Savings It all started 94 years ago – first, in Germany, in 1915, and quickly followed by Britain and much of Europe and Canada. DST was originally adopted for reasons of energy conservation. You can blame it on industrialization. It was reasoned that less electricity would be needed in the fall and winter to light offices and factories if time

were adjusted to suit daily patterns. And why sleep when the sun is shining bright - far better to push the clocks ahead one hour in springtime and wake an hour earlier. The daylight thus saved can then be spent on outdoor evening activities. But in the fall, turning clocks back an hour made for more winter days with full light in the morning. Back then it all seemed so simple; clocks were not ubiquitous like today. Nor were there any computers, microwaves, answering machines and a host of other digital devices to reset. With a few exceptions, like Saskatchewan and pockets of Ontario, Quebec and B.C., most jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S., perform this ritual on the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November. DST is observed in most of the United States, except Hawaii, part of Arizona, and part of Indiana. Europeans commonly refer to the system as “summer time” as in British Summer Time and European Summer Time. All told, more than one billion people in about 70 countries primarily in temperate climates observe DST in some form. India and China do not use DST. The DST season has become longer to decrease energy consumption. These benefits were first observed during the first energy crisis in the 1970s, when the U.S. moved the start date for DST up to March. It was also beneficial in preventing traffic injuries fatalities due to better light conditions during commuting hours. There are many good time zone sites. The site www.clocklink.com/world_clock.php shows a world map with active display of time as you click on a location. Other sites, such as http://www.qlock.com, provide a downloadable world clock.

Shortbread Tarts with Cream Filling

Ingredients for Shortbread Tarts: 1 cup butter, room temperature ½ cup icing sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups flour 2 tbsp cornstarch 1/8 tsp salt Ingredients for Cream cheese Filling: 1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened 1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice Zest of 1 lemon 1 tsp vanilla extract Garnish: Any combination of berries can be used (we used raspberries). Preparation for Shortbread Tarts: Lightly spray miniature muffin tins with nonstick vegetable spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and place rack in the center of the oven. In a bowl cream the butter and sugar together with electric mixer about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour, corn starch and salt. Mix just until incorporated. Divide the dough into 36 even pieces and place one ball of dough in the center of each

muffin tin. With your fingertips, press the dough up the sides of the individual muffin tin so there is an indentation in the center. Once filled, place the tart pan, with the unbaked shells, in the freezer for about 10 minutes so the shortbread can become firm. (This will prevent the shortbread from puffing up during baking.) Bake for approximately 18 - 20 minutes or until lightly browned. About halfway through the baking time, lightly prick the bottom of each shortbread, with the tines of a fork, if they have puffed up. Check again after another 5 minutes and prick again if needed. Once they are fully baked, remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. When completely cooled, remove the tarts from the pan. (These may be made in large quantities and frozen.) Preparation for Cream Cheese Filling: With an electric mixer beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add the condensed milk, lemon juice, zest, and vanilla. Process until smooth. Transfer the filling to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until serving time. It is best to make the filling at least a day in advance to give it time to become firm and for all the flavors to mingle. To Serve: Using two small spoons, fill the tart shells with the cream cheese filling. Just be sure to fill the shortbread tarts with the cream the day of serving in order to keep the shortbread wonderfully crisp. Just before serving top with fresh berries. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 36 - 2 inch miniature tarts.

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Recipes continued from page 8a Tuna Tofu Mini Burgers Makes 6-8 mini burgers Ingredients 2 standard cans (170g) tuna, oil-packed or water packed 1/2 block (1 block = 300g or 10.5 oz) extra firm tofu 2 tbsp dry plain bread crumbs 2 tbsp finely chopped green onion 1 tbsp miso 1/8 tsp pepper Directions Drain the tuna very well. Drain the tofu well. Dump everything in a plastic bag. Mix very well by squishing the bag around. In the meantime, heat up a nonstick frying pan with a little olive oil. When everything is evenly mixed, take out spoonfuls of the mixture from the bag, form into little burgers, and fry on each side for a couple of minutes until browned. Can also be cooked on barbecue. Note: If you are having trouble getting the burgers to hold together. The key is to drain the tuna very well, especially if you are using the water-packed variety, and to really mix and knead everything together thoroughly until the texture is quite fine and paste-like. If that still doesn’t work, add some egg white.

Eating healthy begins with portion control A “portion” is defined as how much food you choose to eat at one time, whether in your own house or in a restaurant. A “serving” size is the amount of food listed on a product’s Nutrition Facts. It’s important to note that there are times when the portion size and the serving size match and other times when they don’t. The serving size on the Nutrition Facts is not always a recommended amount of food to eat. It is a informative way of letting you know the calories and nutrients in a certain amount of food.

Apple, Grape and Almond Salad Ingredients 3/4 cup lemon yogurt 3 tbsp lemon juice 3 Macintosh apples, cored and chopped 2 cups seedless grapes, sliced in half 1 cup sliced toasted Almonds Directions Blend lemon yogurt and the lemon juice together. Add the chopped apples, sliced grapes, and the toasted almonds. Mix well. Chill overnight.

A good way to keep track of your portions is to use a food diary. It will help you be aware of the amount of food you are eating and the times you tend to eat too much. You can keep it on your cell phone, online or in a notebook. When looking over your food diary you may find that you started off your day with relatively healthy portion sizes. At those meals you ate to satisfy your hunger. But by mid afternoon the pattern changed. You chose to have a large chocolate bar for emotional reasons. It may be that you ate this way because you were bored or tired, not because you were hungry. If you realize this is happening, try doing something else, like taking a break and going for a walk, or drinking water or herbal tea. The recipes shown here certainly don’t spare the taste. However, since they are served in small quantities, they are a healthier choice. Photography by Karyn Kimberley. Food preparation by Debbie Sander.

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The ‘critter-of-the-year’ for 2009 is hedgehogs.

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n retail, the majority of Christmas décor Every year there seems to be a favoured buying happens in February. It is hard for Christmas animal whether it’s a deer, seal, a buyer to wrap his head around Santa bird, mouse…or the Christmoose; they all Clause in February with spring just around get their time in the spotlight. The ‘critter-ofthe corner but it needs to be done. This is the-year’ for 2009 is hedgehogs. We’ve taken when all the latest trends, colours and critters them and made hedgehog houses in bean are introduced. pots, flower pots, or any container that they’ll In the past few years we have seen a shift tuck into, and you can too. For the hard-totoward coloured trees such as pink, black, buy-for people on your list, create hedgehog blue, brown, and red. While finding the families with a dad, mom and kid hedgehogs. right combination of decorations to put on It makes a cute and original gift. the coloured trees was For many years now, My parents clung to “real” clear somewhat limited, when mini-lights, both executed properly, the trees, bubble lights, tinsel that inside and out have look was worthy of a been the number one home decorating magawas saved year after year, choice. Last year, as we zine. Manufacturers were driving around decorations from their have even given upsidelooking at Christmas down trees a try. While displays on housmarriage in 1951 and always light these trees work well es, we remarked about in a retail setting to get how many people were an angel tree topper. the decorations up at returning to assorted eye level and free up floor space, they didn’t coloured lights. LED lights are much brighter really catch on in the domestic market. Pre- and the colours much more vibrant than the lit half trees are popular with condo owners old bulbs. who have limited storage and floor space. Even within families, trends or themes vary These fit flat against a wall, can be hung or in Christmas décor. The kids grow up, get left free standing and are reasonably priced married and carve their own traditions and at about $160.00. This year the shift is back personal look. My parents clung to “real” to traditional pine trees with realistic quality. trees, bubble lights, tinsel that was saved year The price tag is a bit higher but well worth after year, decorations from their marriage in the investment. 1951 and always an angel tree topper. This There were fewer off-the-wall colours is what we knew and loved. My own tree is and cartoon characters featured for 2009. hundreds of clear mini-lights, bronze, gold Traditional decorations like Santa, Father decorations and an angel. My brother’s famChristmas, reindeer and glass balls in all ily has a tree which is a beautiful mixture of shapes are back in style. The reds and greens bought and homemade decorations, coloured lean toward matte finishes and muted colours lights, ribbon and an angel. My sister’s famrather than the really bright shades. This isn’t ily has bubble lights, homemade decorations, to say Christmas has gone country because cardinals and an angel. that isn’t the case, just more traditional. Change, moving on, and family; is what Remarkably, it is the twenty-something group life…and Christmas is all about. of consumers that are snapping this trend Jennifer Lucky is in charge of marketing and up. Cardinals, bluebirds and penguins are promotions at Charter House Interiors at 331 always a strong choice for decorations, they - 1st Ave. North. She can be contacted at 653are timeless. 4634 or visit www.charterhouseinteriors.com.


Human Interest

Tamara’s House participating in sixteen-day campaign of activism against violence against women

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ne in every three women has been Institute on Women, Violence and Human sexually abused at some time in Rights called for a global campaign of 16 her life, according to Canadian sta- days of activism against gender violence to tistics, and many are re-victimized in adult run from November 25 to December 10 and relationships. Countless women, with or encompass World Aids day, the anniversary without these negative childhood experiences of the Montreal Massacre on December 6, are raped and/or beaten inside intimate ‘part- and Human Rights Day, December 10. nerships’ or by strangers. Violence against Tamara’s House Services for Sexual Abuse women and children is, thus, of epidemic Survivors Inc. is participating in the 16proportions, and the problem will not go day campaign to eradicate violence against away unless we do somewomen. thing to end the vio- The United Nations General Tamara’s House in lence. A 2003 study for Saskatoon is a unique Assembly has recognized the Law Commission of healing service for surCanada stated that child violence against women as a vivors of child sexual abuse and neglect cost the abuse. It is based on Canadian economy $16 huge social problem, and in a holistic understandbillion annually, and a ing that child sexual 1995 study (Centre for 1999 declared November 25 abuse can affect all facResearch on Violence ets of a woman’s life. Against Women and as the International Day for According to research, Children) reported the the Elimination of Violence women’s physical and economic cost of viomental health, educalence against women as tion, employment, Against Women. over $4 billion annually, parenting, and other so abuse impacts our economic well being as intimate relationships can all be negatively well as our collective and individual function- impacted by these early experiences. Women ing. survivors are over-represented in the populaThe United Nations General Assembly tions served by social services, mental health has recognized violence against women as a and justice. Tamara’s House has an eighthuge social problem, and in 1999 declared bed residence where women can come to do November 25 as the International Day for intensive healing. Drop-in services are availthe Elimination of Violence Against Women. able from 1 to 4 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Around the world, this day had been observed Thursday and Friday, and programs such as for almost two decades as a day to recognize Yoga, Creative Arts and our Thursday lunch the plight of women who were murdered, are part of this program. The Harmony Song raped, battered and sexually harassed in both Program provides traditional Aboriginal healprivate and political contexts. In 1991 the ing, facilitated by an Elder, to survivors of Centre for Women’s Global Leadership and residential school abuse and their families. participants from the first Women’s Global Tamara’s House is also mandated to provide

public education to increase awareness about violence against women and to work toward eradicating it with the help of the wider community. Our participation in the 16 days of activism on violence against women is part of this effort. Tamara’s House is organizing or participating in the following events during the 16 days of activism: November 26, 7 pm at Friendship Park - light a candle in hope to end all violence against men, women and children. November 29 - International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. Everyone wear red all day. December 3 - International Day of Disabled Persons. Women’s Center showing the Politechnique documentary at the University of Saskatchewan. See website for time and exact location. December 4, 10 am to 2 pm -Tamara’s House table in the tunnel all day at the

University of Saskatchewan (in collaboration with the Women’s Center). December 6 -Anniversary of the Montreal massacre. Women’s Center hosting the vigil at the University of Saskatchewan. See website for time and exact location. December 8, 10 to 12 pm - Women to Women abuse project workshop at Tamara’s House. December 10, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Human Rights Day: lunch for everyone who participated in the 16 days. (see website for location). Some media events are also being organized by Tamara’s House, but are not confirmed yet. See their website at www.tamarashouse. sk.ca for more information. Article submitted courtesy of Elizabeth Anne McNulty, MSW, RSW, PhD. Director, Tamara’s House Services for Sexual Abuse Survivors Inc.

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A Mindful Christmas

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he stress of post-Christmas bills plus growing awareness of the environmental impact is leading an increasing number of people to choose mindful ways to celebrate that save not only money and resources but time and personal energy. Celebrating in ways that honour your self, your relationships, your savings and the planet requires some forethought and appreciation of the value of moderation. Most adults remember the single, and often simple, gifts that meant most to them as children when

presents were few and far between. If you think back to when you were a kid, likely your fondest memory is of a family outing tobogganing or looking for a tree. These are the kinds of memories your children will recall too. Every time you go to buy something, ask yourself first. Is the recipient likely to receive fulfillment, satisfaction, and value in proportion to the life energy being spent on it? The life energy includes the hours you exchanged to make the money to buy this. Secondly, does the item and the exchange reflect your deepest values and the ideals Christmas is about; joy, peace, and happiness? The direct satisfaction from stuff is fleeting but can be made more meaningful. Meeting a recipient’s needs ensures there will be no unused and frivolous stuff cluttering lives and next summer’s garage sales. Further steps include considering green gift options.

Green Christmas Choose local Buying locally produced products, crafts and artworks strengthens the regional economy and supports small businesses that depend on Christmas sales. Gifts of locally grown foods and preserves can introduce family and friends to new options. Natural enjoyment A park pass, a good quality pair of binoculars, bird books and other items to help someone enjoy nature can be great gifts. Green products - The Better Good opened recently on Broadway. Seasonal features include fair trade, handmade wool toques and mittens, cozy handmade wool socks, organic cotton and hemp sweaters made from recycled yarn

and pure sheep’s wool slippers. Corey and Laura Neufeld, operate the eco-store that carries a range of organic, fairly traded, local and handmade products. They also share 10 percent of company profits with charities like Grandmothers for Grandmothers who raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation and its work in Africa. -Through SARCAN, people with disabilities sell practical handmade wooden products such as birdhouses, signs, coat racks, plant pots, and toys. See online catalogue at www. sarcan.ca. -Ten Thousand Villages stores are another place to shop with a conscience. They carry fairly-traded, handcrafted products from around the globe. Saskatoon has three outlets. You can also shop online and read the artisan’s profile. Durable products When shopping for gifts, choose items that are durable and have less packaging. They may cost more in the short-term, but will last longer. Experiences over goods Experiences can be more memorable than any object. It could be a special time you spend together with a recipient or an opportunity for them to go out. Here are just a few ideas: - tickets to movies, concerts or sporting events - membership in an organization or gym - gift certificate to a restaurant or spa Give your time, skill or talent Examples are: - babysitting offer, perhaps with a getaway idea for an overworked mother - a massage, music lesson, coaching or offer of assistance - family recipes collected in a binder or recipe

box - a journal filled with memories of your relationship and words of gratitude and appreciation - CD of music you think they would enjoy (or a compilation of poems or quotations) - gift coupons for things like a home-cooked meal, a walk, dishwashing, a special date, breakfast in bed, or your undivided attention for a period of time. Global giving There are now several well-established international organizations that offer creative packages of basic items for those most in need. You can fund chickens, goats, seeds, seedlings, tools, training and basic services that go to villagers. See www.oxfamunwrapped.ca, www. plancanada.ca, www.chf-partners.ca or www. giftsthatmatter.ca. GlobalGiving, allows you to find, support and track high-impact, grassroots development projects around the world. See www.globalgiving.com Other ideas - Wrap gifts in the comic section of the newspaper, old maps or used gift wrap. Iron if wrinkled. Towels, scarves and fabric can also be used as well as gift bags. Save bows, ribbon, festive bags and paper for reuse. - A great project for kids is to have a “decorations party.” Create unique holiday decorations with old greeting cards, cookie dough, and potpourri made from kitchen spices such as cinnamon and cloves. - Green gadgets such as solar and crank powered lights, radios, clocks, and chargers are increasingly available. Battery chargers are a very useful gift. For ideas or ordering online see the Toronto-based Grassroots Store and click on Green Gift Giving. Other resources include: www.simpleliving.org and www. reduce.org

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inter in the garden is a special way to experience the beauty of my plants. This year we had an early taste of snow in October before the leaves had time to fly off their stems. We did not get the beautiful hues that mark fall and ease us into our deep cold and banks of snow that is winter here in Saskatchewan. Snow is a great insulating blanket that keeps our perennials and shrubs alive despite the -20C winters we have. The early snow, although unpleasant gave us a good amount of moisture to water in our evergreens and trees, so that they have a good reserve of moisture through the harsh drying winds to come. We can grow strawberries here when we get a deep blanket over them. Strawberries die at – 7. However, even at -20C, it is only -5 at the bottom where those plants and other forms of life are surviving. My special Hardi-Mac with its thin skin has a tree wrap on it. It is a special coil of plastic (white) wound around the trunk

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Tech-etiquette In this day and age, it’s pretty obvious that everyone is a slave to their cellular phones, laptops or personal computers. We use them in every facet of our lives and sometimes we use them poorly. Even with the ease of technology as a means to communicate, etiquette must always be considered. Here are some tips for techetiquette: Text appropriately Do not text someone while having a conversation with someone else. This is the equivalent to answering your cell phone on a first date, you just don’t do it. Proper Grammar and Sentence Structure at all Times When you are emailing someone, no matter what the content, maintain appropriate sentence structure and check spelling. There is nothing more frustrating than receiving a poorly written email where the letter “I” is

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Wash your hands with soap and water: - before starting food preparation, when switching foods, after using the washroom, and whenever hands are dirty. Wash, rinse and sanitize all surfaces and equipment prior to contact with food: - Wash the surface with warm soapy water, rinse with clean warm water and sanitize. To make a sanitizing solution, you can mix 1 tsp (5 ml) bleach with 3 cups (750 ml) water. (Note - some people do not like to use bleach in the kitchen.) Rinse and scrub all fruits and vegetables before peeling or cutting.

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Human Interest

Baby boom Local volunteers spread Christmas to third-world children Healthcare bust – are you prepared?

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excitedly looking under the Christmas tree this year with expectation of finding a new video game or cell phone, many children in third-world countries haven’t heard about the holiday, let alone ever received a thoughtful gift. Operation Christmas Child (OCC)—the world’s largest children’s Christmas project—is an organization attempting to address this disparity by bringing Christmas to children surrounded by war, poverty, and disaster, regardless of their race, religion or gender. OCC encourages volunteers to pick up shoe boxes at local businesses and organizations to fill them with toys, hygiene products and a personal note. The organization then delivers the boxes directly to children in Central America, South America and Africa. Many Saskatoon volunteers have found it rewarding to give the boxes to children who may never have received a gift. Adeline Sawatsky, a resident in Bethany Manor seniors’ complex, doesn’t have any children of her own but says she likes to experience the joy of giving to children. “This is my way of doing something for the next generation.” Since OCC first launched in Canada in 1993, Sawatsky has assembled hundreds of shoe boxes each year. This year she has collected enough items to fill 120 boxes, but doesn’t consider it work. “I hope that these children will get inspired. Even if just one gets inspired, then it has been worth it.” Local business owners also support OCC’s focus on children in need. Ron Blais has supplied OCC boxes in his Saskatoon Dollar Store With More outlets for eight years. “I felt it was a good cause because kids appreciate something they haven’t seen before and it all goes directly to the kids—there’s not a percentage taken out,” says Blais, who also makes a corporate donation to the charity each year. Janet and Don Neufeld, who co-own J&H Builder’s Warehouse, have served on the board for Samaritan’s Purse, the international relief organization that oversees OCC, for over a decade.

Last year, more than 713,000 OCC shoe boxes were collected in Canada. After taking trips to distribute the boxes in Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Cambodia and Liberia, the couple has seen firsthand the difference shoe boxes make in children’s lives. “It’s humbling and very exciting to think that while you’re not fixing their life, you are contributing in a little small way so they can smile and they can laugh. They can play with things and I think it gives them a little bit of hope,” says Janet. “Looking at the joy in the eyes of children that receive a shoe box, you’re giving them not just a moment of joy. You’re giving them a good chunk of time of joy,” shares Don. Last year, more than 713,000 OCC shoe boxes were collected in Canada. This season, shoe boxes from Canada will make their way to countries in South and Central America, and West Africa. Shoe boxes can be picked up at Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC), Forest Grove Church, Scott’s Parable and Your Dollar Store With More. Boxes will be collected from November 16 to 21 at Forest Grove Church, STC, Cooke Agencies, J & H Builders Warehouse, Circle Drive Alliance Church and Armstrong Physiotherapy Clinics.

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he baby boomers are preparing for retirement. In 2011 the first baby boomers will be turning 65. Over the following 18 years the largest group of people ever will become seniors. Right now only 12 percent of Canadians are over 65, yet they account for 43 percent of all health care spending by provincial and territorial governments. As the boomers age, that number will definitely increase. If you are planning for retirement, don’t count on government programs to meet all of your potential health care needs. It is no secret that Canadians have seen changes to the health care system over the past decade. We are reminded daily of waiting lists, privatization, leaving the province for medical tests and unexpected health care costs. Recently, the Canadian health care system has been spotlighted in the American media as the great health care reform debate has loomed at the forefront of U.S. politics. Although Canada has one of the best medical systems in the world, it is not perfect. A common misconception is that long term care will be paid by our provincial health plans when in fact that is not the case. In their document titled “Long Term Care Insurance in Canada” the Council of Aging in Ottawa notes that “provincial health plans and private supplementary plans usually will not pay for long term care at home or in a facility.” This is important for the baby boomers to know. When planning for retirement, most of us think about how we will spend our new found freedom, focusing on recreational activities, family and travel. Little attention, if any, is given to the not so pleasant topic of our health. When asked the question how will a serious illness/injury affect your life and finances, most people say it would be devastating. When asked where would the money come from

to pay for extra healthcare costs not anticipated in your retirement budget, the usual answer is savings. But what would you do if the savings ran out? Long term care insurance is one way to protect your retirement savings from being depleted by healthcare costs. It is a relatively new product available in Canada that has been brought to the forefront of financial planning in the past few years as the aging of the boomers has come into focus. Long term care insurance will provide the extra monies required when a person is no longer able to care for themselves without assistance. Although the focus of this type of insurance has been for the boomers, it should be considered at all ages. No one is immune to injury or illness and long term care insurance never expires. It is a plan for the “if” and “when” of life. It will be in place “if” something unexpected happens. It will still be there “when” the probability of needing help with care is the highest, in our elder years. It is very important to include a discussion of long term care insurance in your financial planning to make sure you gain an understanding of: - the costs associated with long term care - the limitations of government and private health plans - the benefits and drawbacks of being a caregiver - options that can help you maintain independence, protect your assets and get the care you want. We cannot stop the aging process but we can be prepared for the future. Jennifer Dick B.Sc.N., CFP, RHU is a Certified Financial Planner with O’Reilly Insurance, the co-operators, in Saskatoon. She can be contacted at 306-934-7331 or Jennifer_dick@ cooperators.ca.

McNALLY ROBINSON EVENTS BOOK SIGNINGS & READINGS: November 19 Lakeland: Journeys in the Soul of Canada by Allan Casey, reading and signing 7pm November 21 A Letter to My Son, A Letter to My Daughter and 11:11 by Kim S, signing 1pm

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Katie Goes to Camp by Rachelle and Cassandra Smith, reading and signing 1:30 November 22 Matt Jackson - I Learned Kung-Fu from a Bear Cub and a Beaver is Eating my Canoe

Reading and signing, Main Floor 1pm November 23 Romancing the TeeShot: The 5-Iron Murder by Howard Birnie, reading and signing 7:30pm November 24 Anne-Marie Brockman - Angels in the Snow Reading and Signing, 7pm November 26 Yann Martel 7:30pm, November 28 Fawn Nielsen Christmas Card Making Kit for Kids

1pm November 29 Mercedes Montgomery - Walk With a Polar Bear Reading and signing December 1 General Rick Hillier - A Soldier First, reading and signing 7pm December 2 Bill Waiser - Portraits of an Era: The Ariel Photography of Howdy McPhail 7:30pm December 3 Melody Goetz 7:30pm See pg. 8B for more events...


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East’s 3♠ bid was preemptive, showing a long suit (usually 7 cards) and a weak hand, its purpose being to make life difficult for the opponents. And so it does, pushing N-S into an ugly 4♥ contract which has 5 top losers. West cashes his three Clubs and then, for want of better, shifts to a Diamond. Dummy wins that, and draws trumps. It was fortunate for Declarer that West started with no Spades, otherwise he would have been down two in a hurry. But now, if Declarer can bring home the Diamond suit, both of those Spade losers will disappear and this rotten contract will actually make! Do you play Diamonds from the top (hoping that they are 3-3 or that East has Jx)? Or do you finesse the Ten (playing West to have Jxxx)?

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It may be tempting to think “East has seven Spades and West has none, therefore West is more likely to have Diamond length.” But that’s only part of the picture and Declarer will count the whole hand. East started with seven Spades, two Hearts, and one Club. That much we know. This leaves three Diamonds, no more, no less! So Declarer confidently plays the Diamonds from the top and the Spade losers are thrown off. It pays to count in this game! It also pays to stay awake. Yes, you noticed, the defense was fast asleep! East must ruff the third Club, just in case West has no Spades. Now the Spades are cashed and it is down two. And let’s also mention that West should have helped his dozing partner

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Backgrounder: Radon and Lung Cancer Radon’s link to lung cancer was discovered in the 1970s when studies of uranium miners exposed to high levels of radon showed they had a high incidence of lung cancer. Radon gas in the air can be inhaled where it breaks down and gives off alpha particles. Alpha particles release small amounts of energy that are absorbed by lung tissue and result in lung cell damage. Damaged lung cells can lead to cancer. Two recent independent scientific studies in Europe and North America showed that lung cancer risks extend to radon levels found in homes. About 2,000 lung cancer deaths in Canada are linked to radon each year. Worldwide, 10 per cent of lung cancers are attributed to radon exposure. Sources: Health Canada; Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Canadian Cancer Society gas containing radon can enter a house any place where the house contacts the soil. SRC Environmental Analytical Laboratories performs short and long-term radon tests for clients across Saskatchewan and Canada. Those interested in ordering a radon test can call tollfree to 1-800-240-8808, email analytical@ src.sk.ca or visit www.src.sk.ca/radon for more information.

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meantime I learned how to severely limit my water and sewer usage by getting personal with the bushes behind my house. It was just another day in the country and my rural education was just beginning. I’ve learned many things since then, the most important being that if you want to relocate to the country you should acquire a strong stomach and a huge sense of humor. My impeccably groomed dog was directly responsible for this first lesson. He took great pleasure in seeking out disgusting malodorous things to roll in regardless of my preference for the scent of shampoo. Wild animal scat is his favourite, along with the desire to accumulate burrs and wild rose branches to adorn his silky coat. Finally I learned to laugh at the look of glee on his face and I certainly learned to relax about the perpetual mud on my kitchen floor. Another thing I’ve learned is that it’s important to maintain a good rapport with your local plumber. Water and sewer are not supplied by the city and are essential for day to day living. Luckily for us the local plumber has become a good friend. Country living has a way of getting you in touch with nature in a myriad of ways. Some are extremely pleasant and some, not so much, but if you love life and laugh at yourself often, you’ll get by. Life in the country really can be grand. After 22 years of living in Saskatoon, Sherry Richards abandoned her familiar surroundings and moved North to live in Saskatchewan’s boreal forest. She can be contacted by emailing tillee@xplornet.com

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Situation normal…

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ow many times have you wanted things to get back to “normal?” Normal is that state where you think you know what’s going on, what is expected of you and generally the state in which you find yourself operating comfortably. It doesn’t mean that you’re having an easy time. Normal could be overworked and underpaid. Normal could be bored. Normal could also be happy to be alive. It is that state which you long for when life gets tough or hectic or emotionally draining. Normal is so “normal.” We could never survive without normal routines or habits. How you get up in the morning, how you go to work, making sure you look both ways before you cross the street – left first, which hand you brush your teeth with, how you fold your hands, and the list goes on and on. Sometimes, “normal” just gets in the way, especially when you want to do something different. A new situation comes up at work or you need to solve a problem at home. Maybe you avoid something because of a childhood habit – are the assumptions still valid? How do you know?

A friend told me that he doesn’t like asparagus. The “normal” for him was to have it steamed to within a centimeter of its life and then served with a bland cream sauce. It was strong tasting and had a very unpleasant feel in the mouth.

I went to a seminar some time ago where the speaker suggested that to help change your perspective on a particular topic, you might try hanging out with people who have different perspectives on that topic – especially perspectives you disagree with. I convinced him to consider it raw, or slightly grilled. He is still haunted by his mother’s asparagus but I’ve seen him ordering it in restaurants and serving it in salads. All he needed was to examine the assumptions in his

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groups with perspectives that make you angry – listen to what they have to say and hold your own tongue. I’ve tried this. It’s not easy. Those particular groups still make me angry sometimes, but I have been able to get a better understanding of my own perspective by trying to understand theirs. Changing deep set “normal” attitudes and perspectives can be somewhat akin to changing the direction of a ship with a hand mixer. It takes persistence. But, the world is rapidly evolving as we try to pull ourselves out of this economic down turn. Saskatchewan is one of the best places to live and do business right now and that means that change is affecting all of our “normals.” Re-evaluate your normals and see which ones you need to adjust. Situation normal? – Only if you are messing with your normals “because the times they are a changin’.” Bill Brooks is a physicist and an award winning promoter of science and technology. He is also the senior consultant for eclecthink international – a creativity and innovation consulting company in Saskatoon. For more information visit www.eclecthink.com

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n the legal sense, volunteer work refers to work or service that is performed without any promise or expectation of being paid or receiving goods or services in return. Volunteer work contributes to the well-being of individuals and communities. Most volunteer work is co-ordinated through community-based, nonprofit organizations. The motivation for volunteer work can be varied. Volunteer Canada reports that some people volunteer to provide a needed service or advance a worthy cause, while others volunteer for personal development reasons. Many volunteers are motivated by a combination of the two and find that volunteering can be a great way to… • learn new skills or use and develop existing skills • interact with other volunteers in the community • explore new career options or interests and learn more about them • meet new people and make new contacts • gain valuable experience and references • discover the satisfaction that can come from helping others • enhance self-confidence and self-esteem • find opportunities for travel

It is important for volunteers to understand their legal rights and responsibilities. Perhaps most importantly, volunteers must understand that they may be personally responsible for their own actions even when they are performing volunteer duties. The extent that a volunteer may be held personally responsible for their actions may be affected by the relationship between the volunteer and the organization for which they volunteer. Our society requires individuals to take reasonable care when going about their daily business. In law, this is sometimes referred to as the “duty to take reasonable care.” Sometimes this duty is set out in statutes with regard to certain activities, such as driving a car. But individuals are also expected to take reasonable care even when an activity is not specifically dealt with under a statute or law. Individuals must generally take care not to act in such a way that might cause damage or injury to another. When an individual fails to take such reasonable care, they

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ave you ever wondered why some sales professionals do extremely well in meeting or exceeding their sales targets? What qualities do successful sales people have? For the most part, success in sales is determined by an individual’s attitude and the approach taken when selling. In today’s business climate, many customers are well informed about the products and services they want to purchase, so the traditional approach

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may be sued for their negligence. This information is not intended to scare away potential volunteers, but rather to prepare them. Although volunteer work may expose you to some risk, it is important to understand that you can take certain steps to protect yourself without giving up all the benefits that volunteer work can provide. Learning more about the law and volunteers can provide you with knowledge that you can use to protect yourself. Volunteer Canada suggests that individuals considering volunteering with an organization make sure that the organization is a “good fit” for them. In particular, individuals should understand the mission or mandate of the organization and what exactly the expectations are for volunteers. It is important for volunteers to understand how their work will advance the organization’s mission or mandate. Required skills or those that can be developed should be identified, as well as details about how work is supervised and any known risks and how they are managed. If you are not sure about organized volunteerism you might want to start by practicing random acts of kindness. According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, as people tap into their own generous human spirit and share kindness with one another, they discover for

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was a sacrifice. His last haircut was the day before he started med school (because his parents wouldn’t let him go to med school with a mohawk). The audience rallied together to give $16,000 and his parents matched up to $10,000 for a total of $26,000. Wow! The generosity continued. Kal Hourd was invited to play his song of hope and courage, “When Pink is Just a Colour Again.” The song is geared toward breast cancer research but the message is that there’s hope and we’re all fighting this. Kal teamed up with Brad Johner for a few songs and they played off each other, providing much entertainment. Brad Johner, recording artist and feature entertainment for the event, commented “What I really enjoy about this event is it’s not just a general fundraiser for cancer research, it’s for a specific instrument to combat cancer. It’s really neat.”

Chairperson, Shelley Gregg with committee members Debbie Olson, and Joanne Chartier.

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n Friday, November 6, Saskatoon stepped up to the plate in many ways. Choc’la Cure, an evening in support of the Saskatoon Cancer Centre, was a delicious success. The greenhouse at Dutch Growers was magically transformed into an enchanting wonderland – filled with beautifully set tables, hung candle chandeliers, live musical entertainment, chocolate martinis, a scrumptious dinner and tables full of Saskatoon’s most decadent chocolate desserts! The silent auction tables were full to the brim with generous donations from Saskatoon merchants and community members, and the live auction was thrilling. Kelly Minisofer, champion auctioneer, revved the guests into purchasing/donating over $90,000 from the live auction alone. The excitement was palpable when two bidders squared off to win the “Fishing with Babcock” weekend fly-in fishing trip for six with hockey coach, Mike Babcock. When the ‘sold’ call rang through the space and the gong sounded, the entire crowd gave these two a standing ovation. $24,500 toward new radiation equipment is definitely worth a standing-O! Another ‘big-ticket’ item was the collective contribution toward the live head-shaving of third year medical student, Tyler Maltman. And to this young man, shaving off his hair

step up to the plate. It always amazes me at events like this where they just really give.” – Trish Cheveldayoff, 2009 Committee Member Funds from the 2009 gala go directly toward purchasing a ‘SmartArc’, a piece of equipment that shortens radiation treatment time for patients. Currently one patient receives treatment in each 20 minute radiation treatment session. With the new SmartArc in place, two patients will receive treatment in the same time frame. In addition to increased efficiency, the equipment will increase accuracy and potentially spare more healthy tissue than current equipment. The price tag for the SmartArc is $200,000, which is the fundraising goal for Choc’la Cure. Organizers estimate that $160,000 was raised during the event. That’s 66% more than last year’s $96,000, but a little short of the $200,000 goal. The Saskatoon Cancer Centre needs the full amount to purchase the SmartArc. So…if you feel compelled to help them reach their goal, please contact cure@choclacure. ca or call the Saskatoon Cancer Centre at 655-0698, and make sure to mention Choc’la Cure.

The head shaving of Third year medical student, Tyler Maltman’s raised a “whopping” $26,000!

Nicole Vassos and champion auctioneer Kelly Minisofor during the live auction.

Brad Johner, Shelby Jeanneau and Kal Hourd each took a turn on stage to provide the entertainment.

Choc’la Cure was started by the family owners of Dutch Growers. “This really is a grassroots organization,” Trish Cheveldayoff commented. “It’s in its early days (third annual) and it really started with people who were affected by cancer or knew someone who was affected by cancer. You can’t get any more grassroots than that. These women have worked hard. It’s so wonderful to see that their hard work is paying off with muchneeded funds for much-needed equipment.” Congratulations to founders, committee, volunteers (including some energetic ladies

from ‘Busting with Energy Dragon Boat Team’) and donors for a spectacular event! Every year 5,000 people find out they have cancer in Saskatchewan and each day eight new patients will begin their treatment at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre. This group is committed to stepping up to the plate to improve their treatment and experience. Plan to attend or volunteer at the 2010 event, you won’t be disappointed, and stay tuned for the possibility of a surprising spring event (I’ve heard through the grapevine). Check out the website: www.choclacure.ca

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Healthy Lifestyles

Reflexology: An art with ancient origins

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eep inside the Egyptian tomb of Amkhumahor or, the physicians tomb, a wall painting dating from 2300 B.C. depicts two reflexology treatments in progress. One seated practitioner grips his patient’s foot, while a second presses with knuckles into another’s hand. Above the characters symbols of long abandoned script translates: “Don’t hurt me.” And the practitioner’s response: “I shall act so you praise me.” Similar artefacts and evidence have been located in China, India, Russia and other places around the globe.

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ealth professionals seem to be always telling people to increase their consumption of dark green leafy vegetables, or vegetables in general. I think it is very important to get to know one of the lesser known vitamins to support these suggestions of increased vegetable intake. Vitamin K is needed for the production of prothrombin, which is necessary for blood clotting. It is also essential for bone formation and repair. It is important for converting glucose from carbohydrates into glycogen for storage in the liver, promoting healthy liver function. Immunity, longevity and heart health are also promoted with Vitamin K. It can help prevent cancers that target the inner linings of the organs. The two naturally occurring forms are Vitamin K1, derived from the alfalfa leaf and Vitamin K2, produced by micro-organisms, such as bacteria in the intestinal tract of many animals. A third form, Vitamin K3, is synthetically derived. K3 has the same basic structure of naturally occurring Vitamin K and is twice as active biologically. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin and is a component of fatty foods. Consumption of low fat diets, antibiotics, cortisone, warfarin and heparin can lead to deficiencies in Vitamin K. Other enemies of vitamin K are x-rays, radiation, frozen processed foods, aspirin, air pollution and mineral oil. However, deficiencies are rare. Vitamin K absorption is dependent on normal fat absorption including the presence of bile and pancreatic juice. Malabsorption problems such as sprue, pellagra, bowel shunts,

Consumption of low fat diets, antibiotics, cortisone, warfarin and heparin can lead to deficiencies in Vitamin K.

often does not affect blood clotting mechanisms, thus allowing the deficiency to go undetected. Very small amounts of Vitamin K are required by the body on a daily basis and can be easily obtained through the diet. Supplementing with vitamin K should be monitored by a health professional. The best source of Vitamin K is dark green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach, parsley, broccoli, asparagus, blackstrap molasses, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, egg yolks, liver, legumes, oats, rye, alfalfa, green tea and kelp. The majority of the body’s supply of vitamin K is synthesized by the friendly bacteria normally present in the intestines. Although allergic reaction is possible, there is no known toxicity associated with high doses of the K1 or K2 forms of vitamin K. However, vitamin K3 can be toxic. Large doses have been known to cause allergic reactions, hemolytic anemia, and cytotoxicity in liver cells. Megadoses of vitamin K can accumulate in the body and cause flushing and sweating. Large doses of vitamin K should be avoided during the last few weeks of pregnancy. There are several other lesser known nutrients supplied by the consumption of dark green or brightly colored vegetables, all of which are essential to life. Variety is the key to obtaining the best nutrient value from these vegetables. Fresh, frozen or lightly steamed all

ulcerative colitis, or regional ileitis also can cause secondary Vitamin K deficiency. Some symptoms of vitamin K deficiency could include: bruising easily, bleeding gums, spontaneous bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding from rectum, etc.), poorly formed (sloppy) stools, intermittent or chronic diarrhea, history of repeated miscarriages, heavy periods, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, spider or varicose veins, and bone loss or thinning. Blood clotting is so essential to life, the body will synthesize vitamin K as long as the base requirements • Written Guarantee • SGI Accredited • ISO 2001 are available. This is why a marginal defiFax 373-7768 ciency of vitamin K #225 - 103rd Street Tel. 374-4585

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How does the Swine Flu Spread? H1N1-Swine Flu is transmitted from person to person. Coughs and sneezes release the flu virus into the air, where it can be breathed in directly by others within six feet. The virus also rests on hard surfaces like counters and doorknobs where it can be picked up on hands and transmitted when a person touches their mouth or nose. If you are ill with flu symptoms you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Some people are more likely to get flu complications and they should talk to a health care provider about whether they need to be examined if they get flu symptoms this season. They are: Children younger than five, people 65 and older, and pregnant women. Also people who have: cancer, blood disorders, chronic lung disease [including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)], diabetes, heart disease, kidney disorders, liver disorders, neurological disorders (including nervous system, brain or spinal cord), neuromuscular disorders (including muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis), and weakened immune systems (including people with AIDS). What are the Emergency Warning Signs? Anyone with any emergency warning signs should seek medical care immediately. These warning signs include: In adults: sudden dizziness, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, confusion, and sever or persistent vomiting. In children: not drinking enough fluids, fast breathing or trouble breathing, bluish skin colour, not waking up or interacting, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held, flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough, and fever with a rash.

How Long Should I Stay Home if I am Sick? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people with flu like symptoms remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100° F [37.8°C]), or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Washing your hands is the single best way of preventing the spread of the flu. Everyone should take these steps to help stop the flu: - Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 15 to 20 seconds or clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub that contains 70% alcohol or greater (or equivalent). - Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth - Cough or sneeze into a tissue and wash or sanitize your hands afterwards. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm - not your hands. - Don’t share objects that might transmit flu such as utensils and drinking cups, musical instrument mouthpieces, water bottles etc. - Stay well rested, be physically active, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food. Shelly Luhning RN BScN MN, resides in Saskatoon.

Drs. Lori Robinson, Beverly Orr and Dorothy Barrie of InVision Eye Care Centre and Dr. Darren Schamber of Vista Eyecare & Ware are pleased to announce the merger of their practices They would also like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Graham Noseworthy, who will practice out of the InVision Eye Care Centre location

New and previous patients are welcome at each office.

For appointments with Drs. Schamber and Orr, please call Vista Eyecare & Ware at 955-3811. For appointments with Drs. Robinson, Barrie, and Noseworthy, please call InVision Eye Care Centre at 373-2234

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Healthy remedies for sports drinks by Paulette Millis

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: Do you know of some substitutes for those unhealthy sports drinks? : Yes! There are many simple alternatives, some you may purchase, and some easy to make (suggestions at the end of this article). It is important to replace fluids when exercising to prevent dehydration. Sports drinks are meant to replace fluids, electrolytes, and energy stores used up during exercise. Drinking sports drinks can cause weight gain and erode tooth enamel (high citric acid levels). [1] Sports gels and sugar fortified energy bars and drinks ignore the fact that fat is better for fuel then carbs, as fat yields three times the energy as a carb. [2] Sports drinks are comprised of two ingredients, sugar and electrolytes. Electrolytes (usually sodium and potassium) replace the salts lost through sweat, and they directly enhance the fluidity of muscle contractions and reduce muscle cramping. These drinks are packed with artificial colours and flavours. The sad part is the poor source of the carbohydrates they contain. Usually the sugar is from highly processed, denatured and often genetically-modified sources, most commonly high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup solids. It is used because it is cheap, plentiful and has a shelf life similar to plastic. Many classify this sweetener as “a food-like substance”. [3] It is possible to suffer from heart palpitations, lightheadedness and trouble concentrating as well as muscle cramping when not consuming enough liquids with electrolyte minerals. Consume fluids before, during, and after exercise regardless of whether or not you feel

thirsty, as this helps prevent dehydration and muscle cramping. Did you know that enough water can significantly ease back and joint pain for many sufferers? Along with the liver, our kidneys are important for detoxification, and they extract a litre and a half of urine daily. [4] Regardless of drinking ANY sports drinks, be sure to drink two to three litres of pure water daily. These healthy drinks are beneficial for all of us. If you are interested in more specific nutrients for serious workouts, two good resources that I recommend are Cory Holly and Brendan Brazier, as they use all natural nutrient dense ingredients. Suggestions: Have cans of coconut milk and Bolthouse Carrot Juice on hand for a fast drink to take with you. Simply mix half and half and place in a thermos. 1. Blend half and half of any unsweetened fruit juice and water. 2. Make your own coconut milk (recipe below) and/ or your own carrot juice for an even healthier drink. 3. Blend your favorite fruit(s), make your own nut milks, add essential fats like hemp oil, concoct your own drinks using whole healthy ingredients . 4. Add ginger and/or turmeric to help reduce inflammation. 5. Add Yerba Mate (a natural stimulant) to provide a boost in energy. 6. For a variety of green smoothies containing many raw ingredients, check Eat Away Illness, second edition.

The above information is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace any instruction from medical or health professionals. Paulette Millis is a speaker and author of Eat Away Illness and other publications. She can be contacted at eatingforhealth@sasktel.net or by visiting www.healingwithnutrition.ca.

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WHAT IS A CATARACT? A CATARACT IS A CLOUDING OF THE NORMALLY CLEAR LENS OF THE EYE KNOWN AS THE CRYSTALLINE LENS. AS THE CLOUDING PROGRESSES, IT PREVENTS LIGHT FROM REACHING THE RETINA AND IT EVENTUALLY INTERFERES WITH YOUR VISION. CATARACTS ARE A NORMAL PART OF AGEING AND THEY CAN VARY IN SIZE FROM VERY SMALL AREAS OF CLOUDINESS TO LARGE OPAQUE AREAS.

WHAT CAUSES CATARACTS?

Although cataracts result from many conditions, the most frequent cause is the natural ageing process. A family history of cataracts, medications and excessive exposure to the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight (UV rays) are all factors that may contribute to the development of cataracts.

COMMON SIGNS OF CATARACTS

Indications that a cataract may be forming include blurred or hazy vision, the appearance of spots in the front of the eyes, or the feeling of having a film over the eyes.

A SOLUTION TO CATARACTS

In the early stages of this condition, when vision is minimally affected, your Optometrist can prescribe new lenses. In the advanced stage of this condition, your Optometrist will refer you to an eye surgeon who may recommend surgical removal of the cataracts.This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent. THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRISTS RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING COMPREHENSIVE EYE HEALTH AND VISION EXAMINATION GUIDELINES:

INFANTS AND TODDLERS (BIRTH TO 24 MONTHS) - BY AGE 6 MONTHS PRESCHOOL (2-5 YEARS) - IMMEDIATELY, IF PARENTS SENSE A PROBLEM, OTHERWISE BY THE AGE OF 3 AND AGAIN PRIOR TO ENTERING SCHOOL SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN (6-19 YEARS) - ANNUALLY OR EVERY 2 YEARS OVER 19 YEARS OF AGE - EVERY 2 YEARS OR SOONER IF RECOMMENDED BY YOUR OPTOMETRIST

YOUR EYES DESERVE AN OPTOMETRIST!

Information taken from the Canadian Association of Optometrists pamphlet entitled “Cataracts”

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Sources: [1] The Athlete’s Deadly Mistake, Shane Ellison M.Sc. Healthy Horizons Spring 2007 [2] Running Out of Steam, Eric Viallagran, Alive June 2006. [3] Quenching Your Thirst After Sports, Brendan Braxier, Vista Magazine #65. [4] Are Kidneys Your Weakest Link?, Peter Melnychuk, Mosaic Magazine Summer 2009. [5] Spirulina: Prescription for Nutritional Healing, James Balch, M.D. and Phyllis Balch, CNC.


Image & Self-development

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s we start to see the subtle signs of winter approach many of us will be left with dry, damaged, lifeless hair. If salt, sand, sun, chlorine, or wind had its place in your summer your hair is probably suffering the consequences. But who has time for 30 minute masques and in-salon treatments? As the world we live in seems to be getting more and more fast paced we are left with less and less time and being forced to perfect the art of multitasking. Hair care companies have recently taken inspiration from the world of skin care. They are introducing products that protect, refresh, and repair your hair while you sleep. Many of these night time products are easy to apply and penetrate easily without leaving hair oily

or weighed down. The term “beauty sleep” is becoming literal, with our beds becoming our beauty salons. The hair care world is joining in on a trend for nighttime products that include teeth whitening, self tanners, body firming, and skin care products. These night time products take advantage of the fact that while you sleep your hair and skin is undisturbed by day time aggressors such as sun, pollution, and wind. Furthermore, they aid in multitasking your beauty routine, making your hair care one less thing to worry about during your busy day. Looking younger and staying vibrant has become more of a priority in recent times. Getting adequate sleep has been shown to slow down the aging process. These night-

time products ensure that you get the most of the natural restorative processes that are already occurring in your body while you sleep. While your body does not have to deal with external stresses, your body is more receptive to ingredients that help it to repair itself naturally. In the morning you will be ready for the pollution, humidity and sun and make the most of your “beauty sleep.” There are several companies that have recently introduced their own version of night time hair care products. Fekkai Night Time Follicle Boosting Treatment, Redken Overnight Real Repair Treatment, Kerastase Overnight Softening or Revitalizing Treatment, Chi Nourish Intense Silk Hair Masque and Bumble and Bumble Overnight

Thickening Serum are a few to take note of. Products range in price from the drug store brands to high-end salon-only products. Whether you are looking for thickness, softening, repair, shine, or moisture you can do it all in your sleep. Roxy has completed extensive training at The Matrix Academy London and additional colour training at the Wella World Studio London. She can be contacted at Magnolia Salon at 373-8099.

Have you analyzed your wellness wheel?

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hen is the last time you have analyzed your wellness wheel? Do you feel that you are riding along in life on a bumpy road or a road with a lot of pot holes? Do you feel that you need a ‘wheel alignment’? We need to take the time to evaluate our present state of health and ask ourselves questions that provoke emotion and therefore motivation. How do you rate your current commitment to exercise? How healthy is your diet? What concerns you about your weight when you think about the future? There are eight categories or segments to the ‘wellness wheel.’ They are exercise, nutrition, weight management, hydration,

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unhealthy habits, stress management, sleep, and health issues. Draw a wheel on a piece of paper with eight segments representing the titles of wellness. Next, rate each wellness segment on a scale of 1-10 (1 representing ‘not very happy’ and 10 representing ‘very happy’). Complete a scale rating for each of the wellness segments and then connect the lines. You will achieve a very clear and visual understanding as to the areas of wellness that need the most attention to support a more ‘balanced wheel.’ You need to understand where you are now in order to understand where you want to go. In order to succeed and move yourself forward you need to take small and manageable steps. Consider making some better lifestyle

choices. Identify problems and interferences that got in the way to previous success. You will want to create an accountability system which will support you to move forward. Remember that only good things come from hard work. Quick fixes and ‘take a pill’ attitudes only position you back to where you were – unhappy. Take charge of your own person wellness and recommit! Barb Maduck operates Partners in Fitness and Weight Management Studio, 1111-8th Street East in Saskatoon. She can be contacted at 979-7496.

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Genealogy

Understanding the records by Tammy Vallee

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hen examining historical records one may find that what was once considered as ordinary language or a way of life might seem incorrect today. The records used for genealogy will reflect on the traditions of that time period and give insight as to how our ancestors were treated in their society. When we understand the reasoning behind the records, we can realize what intent the gathered information gathered was meant to have.

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The Census is one of the most common records for a genealogist. It was started as a means to record the people and to determine the taxes to be paid. Different types of census have been recorded over the centuries; the last 200 years have seen the highest survival rate of these historical records. The information recorded and the language used is reflective of the information the officials were seeking. The 1906 census of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba was scheduled to count the number of people who were residing on the prairies. Following that, the census was recorded every five years. The language used to describe skin colour or disabilities in 1901 is not typical of what is used today. Registration of births, marriages and deaths

started as means to create statistical information on these events and the people. The information recorded has generally increased over time. The earliest of these records were created by the church then followed by the government with the focus more on the man than on women.

Different types of census have been recorded over the centuries; the last 200 years have seen the highest survival rate of these historical records. Other records relate directly to groups or races of people. Immigration records for people from other countries can be found to contain information on place of origin, occupation, and arrival to the country. Governments also left behind historical records when dealing particular groups of people. Special censuses were taken of Doukhobours in the prairies. Métis (half-breed) scrip records and treaty pay lists are examples of historical records created by the government as they tried to gain control over the prairies.

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Often researchers find that even the most common of records may hold a surprise or two. The records may appear biased to the creator’s point of view but provide the reader with an understanding of how their ancestors were viewed and why they appear in the records. Records also reflect the importance the officials placed in them. One-time records would give a snapshot of that event, reoccurring records meant that the issue was of greater importance or had not been resolved. It is important to stop and consider the level of education or experience of the person hired to create the record. What language did that person speak compared to those around them? Was it their education or method of transportation that got them the job? Is it a reoccurring position? Having some understanding of the answers to these questions will give you a better grasp on the records and the information found within. Each record we explore for answers on our ancestors was created for a reason which may hinder or help us in our search. Keeping an open mind may help you find information that would have been otherwise over-looked. Tammy Vallee is a Genealogical Speaker & Educator; Certified Saskatchewan and Aboriginal Researcher. She can be reached at tamw25@shaw.ca

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alerie Stacey and Joyce Lenz met over forty years ago as nursing students in Saskatoon. As young girls are prone to do, they instantly connected and became the best of friends. However, after graduating from nursing school in 1959, they each went their separate ways. Joyce moved to Manitoba to start her life there and Valerie remained in Saskatoon. They went on with their separate lives, but nearly forty years later (in 2002) a twist of fate brought them back together. “My swim group used to go to Joe Beans every Tuesday morning” says Valerie, “we were sitting having coffee one day when Joyce came in. I looked at her and thought ‘You know, I should know that lady.’ So I went over to her and said ‘You’re Joyce aren’t you?’ and she said, ‘Yes. And you’re Val, aren’t you?.’ And then I said ‘Yes.’ And then we hugged.” Valerie later learned that Joyce had signed up for the Arthritis

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Society’s Joints in Motion program and that she was, at that time, training for a marathon for the following December. It wasn’t long before Valerie decided to join Joyce in her endeavour. “You could choose where you wanted to go” says Joyce “so we chose the Hawaiian one.” The months leading up to the marathon were highly intense with training and workshops. “We chose to do a full marathon,” said Valerie. “We didn’t have any experience in doing marathons, but we had excellent training.” “It took me eight hours and forty-three minutes,” adds Joyce. “There were presentations with nutritional and psychological advice to help prepare us for what we needed to do” said Joyce. “Our goals were to cross the line with dignity, and successfully complete our fund-raising of $4,800 and to do it all without injury. And we did it.” Since the 2002 marathon in Hawaii, Joyce has gone on to do marathons in Switzerland, Las Vegas, and most recently this past September, in Toronto. Valerie has joined her in two of them, the first one in Hawaii and again at the most recent marathon in Toronto. Both Joyce and Valerie talk about different heroes they have had throughout their journey. “We did have the experience of walking with a woman from Winnipeg. She was suffering from fibromyalgia and she had been in a wheelchair,” says Valerie, “She just felt that she did not want to live the rest of her life in a wheelchair so she sought therapy and water treatments. And that lady walked with us for a couple of hours and she came in just behind us. It was a wonderful experience for us to be able to share her joy.” Both Joyce and Valerie plan on doing more half-marathons in the future and are looking forward to raising more money for the Arthritis Society. Joyce alone has already raised $35,000 through her marathons. To learn more about Joints in Motion visit www.jointsinmotion.ca.

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Carrie Catherine

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International rockstar? Almost. Big-hearted singer/songwriter? Absolutely. Community-building activist? Yes. Humanitarian? That, too. Especially when it comes to kids! Over a steaming pot of ‘Inspiration Tea’ at a downtown earthy café, Carrie Catherine happily chats about music and her upcoming family-friendly performance on November 19 in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. How do you describe your music, Carrie? It’s crossover folk, soul, Americana; somewhere in that gray area. A lot of people just use the description singer/songwriter for my kind of music. My focus is on telling a great story and because I end up meshing a lot of difference genres into what I do. (Visit Carrie’s MySpace page for a sampling of her music - myspace.com/carriecatherine) Where do the stories come from? Mostly from pairing personal experiences with a need to tell a story that everyone’s going to relate to. I love getting really specific. I love telling stories about the prairies, I find that people relate to those.

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ringing their sound all the way from Melbourne, Australia, The Cat Empire has returned once again for a crossCanada tour. Supporting their live album, Live on Earth, the six-piece band is looking forward to playing for the energetic Canadian audiences. Their unique music style blends elements of Reggae, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Funk, Pop and Hip Hop. While attributing their sound to their love of world music, front man Felix Riebl found a lot of inspiration from the greats: Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. “Hendrix and Dylan both had unusual singing voices, so do I. So artists who find a way to harness and use the strangeness of their voice is very inspirational for me,” says Riebl. Fans can look forward to both old favorites and new gems from The Cat Empire’s upcoming show. The concert will be a true celebration of the band’s past and future. The band itself is amped about its visit to Canada. “We love Canada! It’s such a beautiful country, although we might play really fast because it’s so cold there” jokes Riebl. Between performances, the band mates find ways to keep themselves amused.

A recent project involved creating their own version of a Star Wars movie while touring. “The band members spent their afternoons just filming all these scenes with a camcorder,” says Riebl. Light sabers were drawn in during post production and then during sound checks we’d do the sound track to the movie. That may be odd to some people but it was fun for us and something to do.” During his career with the band, Riebl has also had many surreal moments including playing on The David Letterman Show and at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. “At the games, we were playing in the center of the stadium in front of an audience of 100,000 people,” says Riebl. “Everyone had these star necklaces that sparkled so it was like looking out at a sky of thousands of stars while performing. It was amazing.” The tour guarantees many more memorable moments for both the band and fans, so make sure that you don’t miss your chance to see The Cat Empire when they play Saskatoon at Louis’ Pub on November 23. To find out more about the band, go to www.thecatempire.com

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Have you gone through stages or themes in your work? Totally, yes. I’m in the recording stage right now so this is where I collect my songs and see themes recurring. A lot of them recently are about kids. I sponsor a child through World Vision. At my concerts I talk about World Vision and people at the concerts can sponsor kids. So seeing these babies, having their profile pictures and watching them get sponsors at the show has been a life-changing experience. I carry a picture of my child, Prince, with me because on days when I forget how lucky I am to be living in Canada, I pull it out. I remember the wealth of what we have and the beautiful abundance that we have here and our ability to give that back. I’ve recently worked with children in song writing workshops and learned something from each one of them. They really know how to tap into creativity. I’ve also been thinking about having kids and the issues surrounding that lifestyle versus what I do for a living; the complexity and excitement of all of that. So this

partnership with Wiegers and this concert is really timely. I wrote a song called ‘Sunshine Baby.’ Wiegers manufactured all the CD singles and are now offering it for sale, with proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital Foundation. You can purchase CDs for $8 at the show, through Wiegers or you will find them in retail outlets around the city. At this point, Deb Wiegers of Wiegers Financial and Benefits grabs a warm drink and pulls up a chair to chat about the event a bit more. Deb, why is Wiegers supporting the CHF through Care 4 Kidz? Cliff and I have four children, and we all know families with children who need medical attention. Our company values family and philanthropic efforts. This is a way for us to give back by doing something a little different through partnering with Carrie and creating an event that families can enjoy. The dedication of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan (CHF) to bring a children’s hospital to Saskatchewan is a dream that Wiegers Financial and Benefits wants to help come true. They are delighted to present care 4 kidz - CHF Fundraiser. All funds raised stay in Saskatchewan to help our sick and injured children and their families. Help with their efforts and enjoy a family-friendly show with great music, video, children’s performances and other guest performers Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 pm at Lakeview Church Auditorium. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children and are available at www.picatic.com/ticket/ event480/index.php or through Wiegers office at 244-0949.


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Michelle Wright 

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Book clubs have become highly popular in the last while. They offer an opportunity to meet new friends and to rekindle a romance with reading. The Book Review’s author belongs to a book club which usually meets on a monthly basis. The attendees of his book club place their names into a hat and the member who gets chosen from this random selection gets to choose the next book. The result is a very eclectic mix of books, varying from classical literature to modern fiction to non-fiction and the genres are very different from month to month. Book review highlights the monthly book selection of the author’s book club and offers a synopsis and review of the book based on the perspective of the book club.

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oday, at a point in her career where there is both much to look forward to and much to reflect upon, Wright is grateful for the success she’s enjoyed and the lessons learned. “For me, the ride so far has been awesome. My career has taken me to every continent except Antarctica, and I’ve just had so much fun.” And now the ride is bringing her to Yorkton, Moose Jaw, Regina, Swift Current, Prince Albert, Carlyle, and of course...Saskatoon. I recently had a very interesting chat with Michelle from her home office in Nashville: Michelle, you’ve had two decades in the music business. What is your favourite song that you’ve ever written? I have a big old pile of songs that I’m okay with and then I have a handful of songs that I really love. ‘I Surrender’ would certainly be one of those. ‘This is What Love Looks Like’ is simple and basic but I really like that one. A single that I released a couple of years ago is called ‘Everything and More’ which has a lot of meaning to me. It just poured out of me as a result of trips to visit troops in Afghanistan and with World Vision to Africa. I saw firsthand the struggles and the heros and the sacrifices that are made so that people like you and me can live a good life. You’ve lived an interesting life, with ups and downs both professionally and personally, and you seem to have found an inner peace. What have you learned about life that you’d feel comfortable sharing with us? Everything in my life has happened as it should. Everything brought me to where I am today. There were a lot of hard knocks along the way and sometimes I do wonder if it was all necessary. That’s a challenging question to answer. You gotta get out there and you gotta live and you gotta fall on your face and get back up again. And fall on your face again and get back up again. At a certain point in life, though, you have to grow up and not make the same mistakes over and over. You have to eventually love yourself enough to stop and

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think a little bit more as opposed to being too impulsive. But boy when it comes to matters of the heart, that’s a hard thing to do, hey? But it appears that with matters of your heart, you’re in a beautiful place now. You used to sing about wanting to find ‘One Good Man’, wishing for someone who would ‘Take it Like a Man’. How did you go from there to happily married? It’s about being with someone you love and admire and respect and can be best friends with and all the rest will take care of itself. I was 40 and my husband was 43 when we got married and it was a first marriage for each of us. In Christmas 2001, I turned to Marco after we watched ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and I said “I can’t imagine ever watching this with anyone else ever again” and he said “maybe you don’t have to” and he got up and left the room and when he came back, he asked me to marry him. It was beautiful. And it has been pretty close to perfect ever since. And we are getting close to Christmas and your upcoming tour. Tell us about the show so we can book tickets and start “Dreaming of a Wright Christmas.’ The fun thing about the Christmas show is that it’s a night full of songs that we all know - 65 percent classic Christmas music, and 35 percent my hits. The stage is set up like a beautiful winter wonderland with the newest technology out there from flat screen TVs and videos playing, to the eco-friendly LED lighting system. My lighting director/stage designer is just awesome. We have gifts and we sing and your cheeks kind of hurt at the end of the night from smiling so much. It’s a wonderful night out for friends and family, and it’ll get you in the Christmas spirit. Instantly you put your cares away and have some fun. That’s what this show is all about! Michelle Wright will be playing at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon on Friday, November 27. Tickets on sale now. Phone 931-7149 or see www.saskatoonex.com

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eneration A is the newest edition to renowned Canadian author Douglas Coupland, whose collection of works includes: Girlfriend in a Coma, Microserfs, JPod and the Gum Thief; just to name a few. In Generation A, Coupland explores a time set in the near future when bees are believed to be extinct. That is, until five people around the world: a farmer in Iowa who videotapes himself farming nude for a living, a young female vegetarian in New Zealand, a middle-aged woman from Canada who happens to suffer from Tourette’s Syndrome, an avid online gamer from France who looks like Sean Penn and the manager of an Abercrombie and Fitch call centre located in Sri Lanka suddenly get stung by bees. Five people with seemingly no interconnections whatsoever until a simple bee sting unites them together and perhaps within these five lies the answer to why bees have become extinct or more importantly, how we can get them to return? In Generation A, Coupland’s distinct blend of humour, wit, pop cultural references, clever observations and social commentary wrapped within a modern “blog” style of writing really shines once again as he paints life into this world through five different narratives. The short, interchanging passages of the five main characters creates a pace that is quick, but never reveals all too much too quickly as Coupland subtly unfolds the details bit by bit. Add that to a compelling plot and I found that I couldn’t stop myself from turning the pages; captivated by this sense of anxious anticipation in wondering which direction this book was going to go. Then the book takes a sudden turn. Without

spoiling too much, I’ll just say that there is a “story within a story” element during the middle of the book. While some readers may find it to be a departure from the main plot, I thoroughly enjoyed that part of the book. I thought it brought a lot of depth to the characters, finally revealing their background stories while simultaneously leaving hints as to how the world got to this point. For me, the “story within a story” element of the book offered many drastic changes of pace, taking the reader to different levels of highs and lows and it was executed masterfully by Coupland. On the other hand, compared to the first two sections of the story, the final act of Generation A turned out to be a let down. After having created such potential for a powerful ending, Coupland provides a denouement that ultimately felt like a cop out. The haphazard explanations he gave to tie the whole story together felt out of place and just downright silly, reminiscent of endings you would see in bad b-list horror movies. Not only did the ending feel rushed, Coupland also appeared to have lost sight of the book’s central focus and the issue of bees becoming extinct ultimately gets lost in his attempt to end the story. Furthermore, I found the development of characters within Coupland’s book to be very uneven. Within the five main narratives, it was apparent that certain characters were given more emphasis while the others never really grew throughout the whole story. In addition, I often found that throughout the book, the character’s voices were not as distinct as they could’ve been. Coming from completely different parts of the world, Coupland fails to really distinguish the five main narratives and emphasizing the nuisances of telling a story from five completely different cultures. For me, this made the story unconvincing. Overall, Generation A deserves a mild recommendation. While it had a great premise and portions of the book were brilliantly written, it failed to live up to its potential. As with other works by Coupland, Generation A has that ability to make a reader laugh, cry and think all at the same time. On the other hand, I felt that Coupland tried to cover too much ground in Generation A and it would’ve been a much more stronger work had he narrowed his focus. In short, a good read but far from Coupland’s best work. Stan Yu is currently enrolled in the graduate program in Sociology at the U of S and also works as a researach analyst for the MERCURi Research Group. For information on his book club visit his blog (stanielsbookclub. tumblr.com).

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Eddie Kantar Bridge Tips: Bidding Part Three

Tips for bidding Blackwood 1. Every 4NT bid is not Blackwood. If your last bid was 1NT or 2NT and partner bids 4NT, that is not Blackwood. It is a natural, invitational, bid which can be passed. 2. Do not use Blackwood prematurely with a void. Say you pick up: S. AKQ876 H. - D KQ8 C. AKQ3 You Partner 2C 2D (waiting) 2S 3S (positive) ? Do not bid 4NT! If partner shows you an ace, you won’t know which one it is. Cuebid 4C. If partner has the DA, you will hear about it. P.S If you play “Exclusion Blackwood”, where a jump over game (5H) shows a void in the jump suit and asks for aces and/or the king of trumps outside of the jump suit, you could do that with this hand. Responses are: 5S (the first step shows ‘0’ aces. 5NT, the second step shows ‘1’, etc. In effect there are three aces and the king of the agreed suit in play. Noe: Most people have never used this convention in their entire life! 3. Do not ask partner for kings via 5NT unless the partnership has all of the aces and you are

interested in a grand slam. Partner is allowed to jump to seven directly if 13 tricks can be counted. You hold: S. KQ10876 H. 2 D. AQJ42 C. 4 Partner You 1C 1S 4S 4NT 5H ? Bid 6S. Do NOT bid 5NT asking for kings. You are missing an ace and partner might go ballistic and bid a grand. 4. Do not use Blackwood prematurely holding two or more losers in an UNBID suit. You hold: S. KQ987 H. Q107 D. AKJ7 C. 2 Partner You 1C 1S 3S ? Cuebid 4D. Do not bid 4NT until you hear a heart cuebid, a suit in which you have two or more quick losers. 5. When responding to a regular 4NT Blackwood bid, respond 5C with either no aces or all four aces. 6. Do not count a void as an ace when responding to Blackwood. 7. When responding to regular Blackwood holding 0 or 2 aces (‘0’ is optional and is only done facing a huge hand after you have already shown a pitiful

one) aces along with a void, jump to 5NT. Note: When responding to Keycard Blackwood, the king of the agreed suit is counted as an ace. S. A1087 H. AJ843 D. QJ87 C. Partner You 1H 4C (1) 4NT 5NT (2) (1) Splinter jump- strong handusually a singleton (Some play that it shows a void!) (2) Two aces (keycards) with a club void

8. When partner asks you for kings, via 5NT, do not answer for kings if you can count 13 tricks. Bid a grand. Answering for kings tells partner you cannot count 13 tricks knowing that the partnership has all four aces. You hold: S. 6 H. KQ1076543 D. KQ4 C. 4 You Partner 4H 4NT (1) 5C (2) 5NT (3) ? (1) Regular Blackwood (2) 0 or 4 aces, clearly 0. (3) Kings? Also tells you that partner has all four aces as the 5NT bid PROMISES joint possession of the four aces. Knowing that, bid 7NT as you can count 13 tricks: 8 hearts, 3 diamonds and both black aces.

9. With two aces and a void, respond 5NT. Note: the void cannot be in partner’s first bid suit. You hold: S. 876 H. AJ10874 D. - C. AJ94 Partner You 1S 2H 3H (1) 4C (2) 4NT (3) ? (1) Forcing (2) Cuebid (3) Regular Blackwood Respond 5NT showing two aces plus an unknown void- which in this case must be diamonds as you normally do not show a void in partner’s first bid suit. Reprinted with permission. Visit kantarbridge.com

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November 29

Eclipse presents “Christmas Rush” 12th - 2pm 13th - 7:30pm Tickets $15 Broadway Theatre

November 24

Mary Longman Painting Workshop Mendel Art Gallery

Communicating with Integrity from the Inside Out University of Saskatchewan Business & Leadership Programs To register call 966-5539 or more info at learntolead.usask.ca

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MUSIC November 17 Johnny Don’t Buds on Broadway

November 28 Joshua Cockerill Lydia’s Pub Connie Kaldor Broadway Theatre

November 18

Kashmir Buds on Broadway

Kovered in Lies Buds on Broadway

Jann Arden TCU Place

Lights Louis’ Pub

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November 19

November 29

Kovered in Lies Buds on Broadway

Hidden Cameras with Gentlemen Reg Amigos Cantina

Matthew Good with Mother Mother TCU Place November 20 Rah Rah with guests Amigos Cantina Stephen Maguire Prairie Ink Restaurant

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Jenelle Orcharton Trio McNally Robinson Vic Chesnutt with guests Amigos Cantina

Shagadellic Christmas Party w/ Nearly Neil, ABBA Cadabra, Frod Stewart Prairieland Park 8:00pm December 19 & 20 Fireside Singers present Christmas Memories TCU Place 7:30pm

December 2

So You Think You Can Dance Credit Union Centre

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November 22 Surviving the Care Giver Experience 1:30pm - 3pm An informational session to be held at the W.A. Edwards Family Centre. The presenter will be Dr. Phil Carverhill (Registered Doctoral Psychologist) with Prairie Therapists and Trainers

Saskatoon Men’s Chorus “Sing We Now of Christmas” 19th - 7:30pm 20th - 2:30pm Knox United Church In advance - $12 (Students and Seniors $10) At the door - $14

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November 18

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2009 Shrine Fantasy Show Aden Bowman Collegiate 7pm

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Christmas is a Drag Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre 7:30pm $25

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Saskatoon City Hospital Festival of Trees Prairieland Park 9am – 9pm

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Michelle Wright – I’m Dreaming of a Wright Christmas Prairieland Park

Three String Fretless Buds on Broadway November 25 Q.E.D. Buds on Broadway November 26 You Say Party! We Say Die! with Little Girls Amigos Cantina Q.E.D. Buds on Broadway November 27 The King Khan and BBQ Show with Those Darlins Amigos Cantina Kashmir Buds on Broadway Michelle Wright Prairieland Park The Fugitives Lydia’s Pub

December 1 A Christmas Carol Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre $20/17.50 8pm December 4 Rita MacNeil TCU Place 7pm December 4,5, & 6 Sundog Arts & Entertainment Faire Dec 4 - 5pm-10pm Dec 5 - 10am-10pm Dec 6 - 11am-5pm Credit Union Centre Admission $8/Adult December 8 Stuart McLean: A Vinyl Café Christmas TCU Place 7:30pm

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November 21

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Emerging Artist Christmas Art Fair 9am - 5pm at the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon & St. John’s Cathedral 816 Spadina Crescent E. Phone 653-8869

The STOMP experience has been nearly 20 years in the making. It all began in 1991 when it was created by long-time collaborators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas. The production is a mixture of rhythm, theatre, and dance, the eightperson troupe uses everything but regular percussion instruments: garbage cans, matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, Zippo lighters, hubcaps and more. All of these usually cacophonous items come together to create a beautiful and exhilarating piece of theatre. From there, it became the world-wide sensation we hear about now. It has seen theatres all over the world and in 1995 broke Frank Sinatra’s 1972 box office record at the Royal Festival Hall in London, U.K. Not only that, but the production has been involved in a variety of projects and initiatives throughout its run. At New York City’s Orpheum theatre where STOMP has enjoyed 10 years of continuous performances, they celebrated this feat by renaming 2nd Avenue at 8th Street “STOMP” Avenue. With dozens of awards and global recognition, the STOMP world has captivated audiences everywhere. This incredible mixture of rhythm and theatre is a phenomenon across the world and it is coming to Saskatoon’s TCU Place on November 24, 25, and 26. For your chance to win tickets, enter the Neighbourhood Expresses contest on page 18 (section B) and send in your bid to win! w w w . t h e n e i g h b ourhoodexpress.com

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o there I was... Lost, as I often am, in the wild inhibition-free environment of a heavy metal show. The air is palpable, I could taste the sweat from everyone in the mosh pit... mostly because whilst I was screaming at the band, the longhaired fellow in front of me swung all of his scalp sweat into my mouth in one swift head bang. Not tasty. Although the band playing did have some tasty riffs (segue!). Then, the unthinkable happened. One of the aged Metalonians (my new word for ‘an older heavy metal band member’) slipped and fell off the side of the stage. The silence that blanketed the crowd seemed to last forever. Then, when all seemed lost, the Metalonian was flung back onto the stage. It appeared as though from nowhere. But the hardcore fans know that it could only have been the work of... a roadie!

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eing somewhat of an upbeat person, I have consistently tried to keep this column positive and progressive. However, this month I ask you to indulge me. Though I am still passionate in my belief in the power of the diversity and artisan-based culture of Broadway Avenue (where I live), I found something amiss this year. At first, I couldn’t put my finger on what had changed. And then one day, as I strolled down the street, it dawned on me what it was: lack of music. Even worse, a lack of live music. Turns out, in an effort to get rid of a very real problem of panhandlers and loiterers, busking was strongly frowned upon too this summer. As much as I believe in respecting others’ wishes, I have to say, there was a loss in Toon Town. Busking is a very old form of art. It dates back centuries. As far as I’m concerned, everyone benefits. We the people get to listen to great (and not so great) live music as we go about our shopping, banking and other errands. The artists benefit as they find an audience and gain feedback, and

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use to upgrade your vehicle and weapons. I would have just preferred a tad more story. That being said, the game is still very ingeniously righteous and very innovative on the traditional hack and slash front. I really loved this one. It’s great! If you like the metal genre at all this is money well spent.

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even acquire meagre earnings from coin (or bills) dropped into their hats and guitar cases. This forces me to ask – why? What is so offensive about this art? Musicians are not panhandling. They are performing. Though I do acknowledge the fact that this area has also had its fair share of those attempting to pass themselves off as entertainers, whereas they are actually drifters trying to rustle up a few bucks or a free meal. I admit, it’s not always easy to tell the difference between the artist and the manipulator. Some of the world’s most popular performers started their career as buskers, or at least did some street performing at some point to market their work. Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, and The Bare Naked Ladies are just a few who spring to mind. I, for one, have always had great affection for the impressive statue of the street musician that is positioned in front of The Bulk Cheese Warehouse. I appreciate what the monument represents, and I enjoy the expressive personalities who lounge on and around it, as they play their instruments, sing their songs, and shoot the breeze with passers-by. Those who are not interested in taking in their energy simply move on. So the next time you’re strolling down the streets, probably somewhere in the city core, keep in mind that these are people too. These are beautiful, expressive people who simply want to share their own art and little piece of immortality with others on this earth we all call home.

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Just as in that incident, the star of the game Brutal options appear, some of which I think it works very well and was Legend is one of these quiet, unknown but essential become very invaluable and comquite enjoyable within the story mode members of any good road crew. pletely necessary on the battlefield. and online. You start off as Eddie Riggs (Jack Black), a roadie Wars are fought by defending Many famous voices make cameos who misses the old days of ‘real’ heavy metal. He the tour bus all the way to a point as well as full on characters in the is briskly crushed by some props and transported where a battle can be staged. Then, game. Along side Jack Black, Ozzy to a whole new world full of musical allusions. literally, a stage is erected and you Osbourne, Lemmy and Tim Curry all He is thrust into the role of the chosen one and put on a show. There are geysers play awesome roles, but I won’t ruin must defeat evil to save the land! Sounds corny around called ‘fan geysers’, where the them for you. and overdone but creator Tim Schafer brings a souls of all of the trapped fans are The graphics really are great for the fresh new approach to the story and indeed, the spewing forth unto the world. If you animated style that they use. It is very entire genre. are putting on a show and can defend reminiscent of old Lucasarts games of They did a fantastic job of incorporating the geyser for long enough, you can those older, better days. heavy metal into every detail of the landscape, take advantage of the geyser by buildThe music, wow! What else can you characters and your tools of destruction. ing a merch booth. After playing the say? It’s jam-packed full of the best in The game play is a fresh new look at the required riff the booth is set up and the heavy metal and chances are good that traditional ‘hack and slash’ methodology. It geyser, along with the fans, is yours. you will even hear some stuff you never takes the button mashing short combo sysYou need fans because they act as your have before. There is over 100 songs to tem and expands to include ‘riffs’. These currency. The fan cash continues to keep your head banging. riffs are found throughout the landscape. trickle in throughout the battle as long ‘But wait!’ you say. ‘With the game being You actually use the first riff you find, as the enemy doesn’t destroy your merch so amazing and all encompassing, what the ‘relic raiser’, to raise ancient relics (of booth and steal your fans. You can use could you possibly have to say negatively course!) from the ground and enhance the fan currency to buy new grunt units about the game?!!’ your skills or open up new garage or soul crushing vehicles. Once you have To that I would say, “It’s too short and entrances. To pull off a riff and reap worked your way across the battlefield to repetitive!” the benefits you hold down the trigger get close enough to destroy the offending In fact, it is disappointingly short. It makes and press the buttons on the screen group’s stage, you are victorious. Online up for it in a small way by incorporating a ton in the given sequence, much like a games play the same way. If it sounds con- of side missions but they get repetitive quickly. Rock Band mini game. As you find fusing, it really isn’t once you have played To complete them all takes a very, very long more riffs more opportunities and a round or two. It’s a whole new spin, and time. At least you gain experience that you can

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November 23 Name: _________________________________________ Phone: _________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________ Mail to or drop off your completed entry form to: Neighbourhood Express 1024A - 8th St. East, Saskatoon, S7H 0R9. One entry per person. No photocopies or mechanical reproductions of the entry forms are permitted. The winners will be selected by random draw and contacted Monday, November 23, 2009. (If no response from winners by next day, further draws will be made.)

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where Home is Every by I, Lion

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he songs contained in this latest album are like freshly seeded plant life. Each is minimal in presentation, small nuggets of life and love. Each blossoms, both over the course of the song and over repeated listens, into overgrown forest and jungle pastiches of sound and influence. The entire album, and most specifically the vocals, relies on an expansive ‘large-room’ feel and there is a heavier emphasis on atmospheric field recordings than on previous outings, like the breathy oceanic whooshes present on ‘Silver winds.” Standout track “Do You Know” features a cyclical guitar and piano pattern swirling under a piercing synth tone with a hypnotic effect similar to that of driving through a dark tunnel periodically and rhythmically illuminated by effervescent orbs of light. Throughout, the percussion is simple, but effective and unique. Never relying on the traditional methods of playing, Hanson plunks on sound deadened cymbals, resolutely stamps on persistent kick drums (which often lead the song), and attacks the full spectrum of clamor with claps, stomps, snare strikes and more. Lyrics have an overture of a deep-seated apprehension and open acceptance of not-knowingness; embracing change, the future and our self-same cyclical orbits. Hanson’s voice creates moments in songs like “Oh, Time”, “You Don’t Know How Hard They Try” and closer “Always Finds Its Way To Me” that feel deeply grave; not completely absent of levity, but as if being bestowed of a great wisdom, in great seriousness. Listen for yourself; I’m absolutely sure you’ll hear some wisdom for yourself. Musician s Corner

is a medium that I am able to freely travel in, and dwell or explore in any area of sound that I choose -- the same awareness is involved with lyrical content and themes. I love the I, Lion: We often talk on the subject of way music is so palatable, all instruments have their place harmony, with the planet, self, society, etc... in the tone spectrum. There’s a lot going on in your records am ready to tap into another as if in a completely non-musical sense. But instrumentally, and yet they’re all level of rhythmic energy and in a way, I think you and I would agree that I remember the first time I ever met you. You strongly acoustic-guitar-centric songs. lyrical prowess to take all of you music is instrumental in facilitating these played Elvis’ “Are You Lonesome Tonight” solo In the past this has allowed you to play on an intimate journey through kinds of relationships. Outside of your own on acoustic guitar. To me, it was an incredibly and tour alone, with partial accompamy songs. For a band, I enjoy havmusic and recording/performance career, what poignant moment and I was awestruck by your niment or with a full band. What are ing each performer offer his or her has been the greatest impact music has played sincerity in the moment. What has been your the best parts about each? own perspective, to take the moods of in your personality and your progression as a favorite (or an influential) impromptu live Having the guitar as a major backthe songs to new realms. human being? performance experience? bone in the songs, I can be versatile These Hands (Michael Hanson): Involving other One of my favourite impromptu live per- for my live performance. I enjoy my Grab this local release at record retailers than my own sounds, I have been greatly influenced formance experiences was at Ness Creek, solo shows right now, and I believe I Vinyl Diner, Vinyl Exchange, or online at by the holistic view of sound as a core fundamental 2008. It was a campfire, and Echolalia have the energy needed to get a full www.these-hands.com of the universe. The ability to manipulate sound is were performing their music, and room flowing with just my efforts CD release party at Walker’s Nightclub with truly a gift that man has to manipulate at will. Found I performed mine. It was a very alone. I have done it before, and Feral Children, November 27 at 10 pm. sounds, specific waves, jungle ambiance, traffic, could potent, raw experience, and my I’ll do it again and again. I all be sampled and transformed into a rhythm. Music brother has it on a tape recorder.

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oman, Emily last month. Afterwards, front-w eon Od e Th at oon kat Sas in show um, Fantasies, Metric played a mates. n tour to support their latest alb ng on the road and her band vivi sur , ting wri g son ut abo t cha to s ute Haines, took a few min I’m Alive, my heart keeps beatTell me about ing like a hammer” into a cell playing live? es, cess use all three of those pro in your group? rk wo g tin phone. That phrase stuck with It’s an exciting wri g son the g. s How doe a single son that writing is sometimes in k thin We . way le me when I moved to Argentina time for us and I love sing ry eve It works in t about how igh upt too is one and I wrote a song. I reworked people that apprecino so r you cess a magical pro What is the story behind on the piano, on the it with the band quite a bit ate live music. I’m it has to happen. I write songs single Help I’m Alive? y accomfull tes wri my Jim before it clicked but when fascinated and elated d. ban was the I , h guitar or wit When I was living in London to them, n liste I ces. it did; it ended up going to by it. You can go to a pie d nge wed arra scre plished and in a bad relationship and all this times, er Oth it. to cs number one in several counconcert and passively lyri te ber wri em rem meditate and up stuff was happening. I er, play and “Help tries. That’s part of why I hear the music but it’s ing say nt, we all just get into a room togeth poi low y at a particularl we es, tasi Fan On love being a musician. I get not a TV and you creff. stu h wit just come up to turn my experiences into ate the night that you songs with my friends and want. You bought your then I get to see a whole ticket- What do you audience all over the world, want to feel and how do react to that same thing you want it to go and when we perform. we will totally ride the energy that comes our How do you survive way. If people want to touring? sit and be quiet, we can I find that I just have present them with a conto adapt to whatever is in cert and will not demand front of me and actually anything of them but never give into the fatigue when we catch a crowd because then you’re miss- like Saskatoon’s- people ing the point. When you who are willing to give it, get on the stage, that’s we will totally match it all what takes my energy the way. I think it’s just but also gives me my important to realize that as energy. I think having a in all aspects of life- don’t positive attitude makes approach music or anything me able to survive. as a spectator because you’re Metric: James Shaw (Guitar & Vocals), Emily Haines (Vocals & Synth), Joules Scott always a participant. Key (Drums) and Joshua Winstead (Bass & Vocals). Photo Supplied

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Get Get to to know know the the band band Emily gives us the inside scoop on her band mates:

Clean freak: Jimmy folds his stuff really well. I’m clean but messy, it’s explosive but when we’re on the bus, he keeps a tight ship. Shopaholic: That would probably be me. Grumpiest in the morning: Josh! He doesn’t drink coffee as a rule. The way we deal with it is we’re just quiet. It’s a good way to deal with stuff…I think more people should take our advice and just shut up in the morning! Most likely to lose their phone/keys/shoes: Joules. His favourite thing to leave behind is his backpack with his passport in it. The best one was in Germany on our way to Turkey, 4 am. Always Late: That’s me. The guys are always downstairs with their stuff in the car and I’ll be just running a bath. To find out more about Metric go to www.ilovemetric. com

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