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Caledon West

SouthFields

Village Voice Volume I, Issue IV March 2011 – May 2011 ISSN 1923-855X

Must See Destinations Exploring Cheltenham

Community Spirit Caledon’s club life

What to do when school is out Your local camp guide

Round house on the Badlands Meet the man behind the mystery


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Feature highlights Volume I, Issue IV | Spring 2011

Thank you to our contributors: Bob Webb Carmen Joseph Dawn Rockall Don Kellam Dr. David Kirkham Dr. David Kostynyk DD, BSc. Donna Kamiel-Forster Elizabeth Szekeres Freyda Tartak Ivonne Ibarra Jackie Thompson Kenneth Bokor Mary Maw Michele Skawski Patricia Duffy RBC Royal Bank Samantha Reed, B.PHE Sandra Watterson Stanley Watroba Tav Schembri Teresa Watroba Town of Caledon

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Defining Caledon’s spirit 10 Must see destination: Village of Cheltenham 15 Building around paradise 17 Peat moss and landscaping 20 Spring fashion trends 13

Cover: Inglewood in the Spring, submitted by Keri Eric

ISSN 1923-855X Published quarterly by PRAS Publishing thanks to the support of our advertisers. Be sure to mention you saw their ad here! Annual subscription rate: $19.96 + HST.. To order send Paypal or Electronic Interac payment to: subscribe_villagevoice@pras.ca The publication is distributed door-to-door and at select locations throughout Caledon on the first of March, June, September and December. Content in articles and advertising are the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the magazine. It is the responsibility of those submitting content and photography to ensure that they have the legal right to use and distribute it. All content is the property of PRAS Publishing or the contributors and cannot be reproduced without written consent from the magazine. Contributions are welcome and encouraged. Send in your community updates, artwork, poetry, short stories, articles, and photographs by the first of the month prior to issue publication date. Advertising space is available. The ‘We do that! Village of SouthFields Service Directory’ listing is free to all SouthFields villagers.

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Map provided by Town of Caledon. Used with permission.


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From the editor’s desk... Cancer is such an in-depth topic that I hope the reader will forgive my transgression in attempting to write about it. There is no perfect way to say what I have to say. Put simply, cancer is a scary word that used to be synonymous with death. Today, it doesn’t have to be. When Gael Miles was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, Jamie Holton, the Minister at her church drove her to treatments at Sunnybrook. After she recovered they decided to hold an “evening of hope” and were overwhelmed by the response. The church was full. “One of the most debilitating parts of cancer is the lack of control that you have over your life,” said Gael. They realized that one evening was not enough. After some research, the two found Wellspring, a nondenominational network of cancer support centres providing programs, educational resources and emotional support for cancer patients and their families. After touring the Oakville location Gael and Jamie decided to establish one that would be convenient for people living in Caledon and Brampton. Within six weeks, they organized the Wellspring Chinguacousy Foundation. The land, building, and the furniture were all privately donated. Since opening, in 2008, the Wellspring Chinguacousy location has had over 12,000 visits, over 130 trained volunteers, and currently has over 800 members using the facilities or attending programs. They offer: 25 professionally led programs; cancer specific support groups; healing programs teaching various types of coping skills; subject matter experts who run educational programs; and coping skills programs for people who either need to return back to work or make final arrangements.

The centre runs with only two and a half full-time staff members. The rest are all volunteers, people who typically went through cancer themselves and can speak about it in very real terms. It relies entirely on private funding, as they have never received any core operating funds from the government or other sources. Statistically, people who have emotional support tend to require less medical intervention. There is a direct correlation between enjoying a strong support network and the reduced need for emergency room services. “The hardest part about going through cancer treatment comes after the first three months when everybody stops coming around,” agrees Lynn Wood. “They still care but they have to go back to their normal lives. Wellspring rallies the spirit that you didn’t know you had. It is a place you can safely explore how you feel and consider how to get better.” Lynn, who volunteers with the local hospice, Bethell House, teaches coping skills. She says that “one of the positive first steps in the journey to wellness is actively pursuing tools that will bring you into a position of empowerment over your current situation rather than feeling like a victim to it.” Wellspring allows people to build their own wellness team by consciously participating in their own recovery. Join us on April 2nd at Banty’s Roost Golf & Country Club for the 2011 Caledon Butterly Gala to help raise awareness for this wonderful centre. Proceeds will go to the Wellspring Chinguacousy Foundation. Event highlights include catering by Chef Warren Gelinas, who has generously agreed to shut down Village Bistro for the night in order to personally oversee the event; a key note address by the Master of the Arctic, Mr. Cory Trepanier; open bar; silent auction; a cirque-tacular performance by A2D2; and Alec & Steve’s duelling pianos. Come celebrate... for love of the living. Regards,

Yevgenia Casale,

Letters to the editor

As a resident of Strawberry Fields (SouthFields), I’ve quickly become a fan of the Village Voice magazine. Not only is the Village Voice an informative and entertaining read from cover to cover, it provides the news and features that truly hit home and that I cannot find elsewhere, and it does so objectively. It is, I think, also helping to create a sense of community which is so important when moving into a new neighbourhood. Keep up the great work! Martin Slofstra

I want to congratulate you on the latest issue of SouthFields Village Voice. Once again you have done an outstanding job. Also thanks for all the great coverage you continue to provide to Caledon Public Library. Mary Maw, Caledon Public Library RE: Everybody comes home, December 2010 issue

Excellent article, tells the true story of what a volunteer firefighter contributes to his or her community! Well done!!!! Bob Webb

Thanks for you effort in producing the ads for your magazine. We have had positive results and are glad that we put the adds in. Tav Schembri, Headlines Hair Design RE: Online version of the magazine

Thank you Yevgenia! I had a chance to read some of the articles and thank you and everyone else involved in this project. Very informative.Its so nice to be part of the community fern_m


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Village of SouthFields Residents Association Update by Kenneth Bokor Dear Village of SouthFields resident, I hope you all had a happy Holiday Season and I am looking forward to an exciting year of happenings here in the Village. For those of you new to our Community, hello and welcome! The Village continues to see rapid growth. As of the end of February, we have about 250-270 homes occupied, with more closings for phase 3 in the spring/summer and ongoing construction off Larson Peak and new Kennedy Road. As Chair of our Residents Association, it is great to continue to see a strong turnout for our meetings as well as emails and increasing forum activities from residents. Our next RA meeting is Thursday March 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. at the Margaret Dunn Library in Valleywood. Here are some items we will be discussing: • Zoning applications – An application dealing with our neighbours in Valleywood – SmartCentre wants to build a plaza next to the library with a grocery store. The other application affects some lands on the east side of Kennedy Road, just north of Waterville Way. • Garbage cans at pond paths - We are working with the Town to get at least a couple of these installed soon. The Town has engaged EcoMedia Direct,

EcoMedia’s proposed garbage disposal units

who will be out at our March 3rd meeting to explain what they can offer. • Public elementary school – Latest update from our Public School Board Trustee is that the “Mayfield West” public school design has been finalized and the construction contract has been awarded. Construction activities are scheduled to commence this spring with school opening anticipated for Fall of 2012. • Sidewalks/Streets - Reminder: Please don’t block sidewalks with parked cars. Also, please note that new signs have been posted by the Town regarding overnight parking. They are actively patrolling and ticketing in our area. • City 2011 Budget – I attended a public meeting on January 25th on the Town’s proposed budget (now passed by Council). In summary, the town has much infrastructure work to be done, including roads and bridges that need to be maintained, repaired or replaced. This Public Works infrastructure captures the majority of the Towns Capital Budget funding. In conjunction with other capital projects, expanded and improved services such as Fire & Emergency, Administration & General Governance, Planning & Development, Recreation, Corporate and the rebuilding of the Reserves, the Town identified a need for an increase in the tax assessment of approximately 10.4%. This equates to the Town of Caledon portion of the Tax Bill being about $138 more per year (on an average residential current value assessment of $406,000). More

information will be provided at our March meeting. For more on these or other topics, please don’t hesitate to contact me via phone or email, or drop by my home (call first please). Also, in case you have not heard, our RA Audio podcasts are now available in iTunes (search “vosfracaledon”) or go to www.southfieldsvillagevoice.com. I will continue to produce these podcasts on a regular basis so please subscribe. This is a great way to also stay up-to-date if you can’t make our meetings. Thanks for your continued support and I hope to see you at our next meeting. Regards,

Kenneth Bokor Chair, Village of SouthFields Residents Association


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Letters from Parliament and Council I am Sylvia Jones, your Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP). I am passionate about bringing Dufferin-Caledon concerns and ideas to Queen’s Park. I have challenged the government on many issues including access to health care services, hydro rate increases, and the ballooning provincial deficit. I have also introduced a number of Private Members’ Bills. Hearing stories of individuals who were impacted by striking workers in 2007 and again in 2009, my Private Members’ Bill 83, Protecting Vulnerable People Against Picketing Act, would ensure individuals living in supported living residences are not subjected to picketing outside their home during times of labour unrest. I understand the value that volunteers bring to our community. As a result, I introduced a Private Members’ Bill 38, Criminal Records Check for Volunteers Act 2010 to try and ease the costs associated with volunteering. Bill 38 would allow volunteers to pay once per year for a criminal record check and distribute to multiple organizations. I was part of a nine member, all-party committee set up to study Mental Health services in Ontario. After nearly 2 years of work, 23 recommendations have been made that call for a radical transformation of Ontario’s mental health system. Please contact me with any provincial concerns by calling my constituency office at 1.800.265.1603. You can also email me at sylvia.jonesco@pc.ola.org or visit my website at www.sylviajonesmpp.ca.

Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon Follow Sylvia on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/SylviaJonesMPP

As this issue of SouthFields Village Voice is prepared your Town of Caledon representatives at each the Town of Caledon and Region of Peel council tables are in the process of passing the budgets for the municipalities. The Town of Caledon budget has just passed and the budget at the regional level is expected to be passed within the next couple of weeks. Both 2011 budgets are what I will call “bare bones” budgets with hardly any perks. The challenge for both the Town of Caledon and the Region of Peel with these types of lean budgets is building the necessary financial reserves to replace aging infrastructure, principally your roads and bridges. Caledon is the headwaters for the Credit, Mimico, Etobicoke, Humber and Nottawasaga Rivers and includes over 205 bridges and box culverts. While the Region of Peel assumes responsibility for some of these, the Town of Caledon are responsible for over half of them—133! As it relates to roads, the problem in Peel is we are not getting our fair share in funding from the province of Ontario and the federal government. While we are getting our share of the federal tax dollars in Caledon, we are not getting our share out of the provincial gas tax dollars because the province has designated gas tax funding for municipal transit

purposes only--which we do not have. Gas tax revenues to the municipalities are what built the roads and bridges in the first place, and so in my opinion, gas tax dollars should be forwarded to the municipalities to use for their transit purposes as required. But that is not the case and so we have a fine line on how much we can afford to put away from our taxpayer dollars for infrastructure improvements and financial reserves. In the coming weeks and months we will be holding community meetings to discuss the availability of recycle containers in our community. Recycle containers will be made available to our communities that wish them and the proposal is that they will have artwork affixed that blends with the part of the community where it is placed. We will be coming for your input and we want you involved as we move forward. Community engagement is critical to building the type of community our residents want and I encourage and invite all of you to engage in the upcoming discussions on these and other topics. Respectfully submitted,

Allan Thompson, Regional Councillor Ward 2 Follow Allan on Twitter @ AllanForCaledon


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Master planned public spaces The entire Mayfield West Secondary Plan residential area has been planned with three community parks, two neighbourhood parks, one special purpose park, four greenway corridors and five stormwater management ponds. The features are bound by three environmentallyprotected areas including the Etobicoke Creek Valley lands and the existing Humber River tributary lands. Greenway corridor locations were determined by preexisting natural system linkages and park locations. Sizes were determined by population settlement patterns, statutory parkland dedication requirements, and proximity to the open space network of schools, greenway corridors and centralized functions. No-contact lakes In the winter, unpredictable water flows into the ponds mean that ice quality and thickness can change rapidly. In the summer, swimming is dangerous because these ponds are not supervised or checked for water quality and the levels in the ponds can change quickly. Trails around the ponds are for passive use such as pleasure hiking or walking. Because these ponds are an ecological device, please respect the environment such as the flora and fauna, and pick up after your pets. Remember that what you pour down the storm sewer system goes to our lakes, rivers and streams. Please do not

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dispose of any waste materials into the storm sewers, catch basins or ditches. A word about mosquitoes Contrary to popular belief, storm water management ponds are not a conducive breeding environment for mosquitoes known to carry the West Nile Virus. Implementation timeline The neighbourhood park in Phase I of the Mayfield West Secondary Plan is due to begin construction in early 2011 with the Community Park in Phase II scheduled to begin in 2012, pending Town of Caledon Council budget approval. Future park development will be determined by the subdivision approval and construction process. Background The objectives of the Master Plan for Parks and Open Space throughout the Mayfield West Secondary Plan are: • To provide continuity of the open space system • To provide parks and open spaces visible and accessible in each neighbourhood of Mayfield West • To design and locate parks and open space as focal points within the community and within each neighbourhood • To incorporate and design stormwater management facilities as both functional features and community amenities where appropriate, while meeting the water quality and quantity requirements Important note about stormwater management ponds: Families are reminded that Stormwater Management Ponds are not for recreational use. There will be public pathways surrounding the Ponds which will provide excellent opportunity for recreational use. Storm water management ponds are an ecological treatment system to manage the quantity and sometimes quality of the storm water runoff in developed communities. They are not designed nor meant for recreational purposes such as swimming or skating.

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• To preserve, enhance and integrate natural features within the open space system wherever possible Key features of natural system preservation areas and community facilities within the community are: Natural Features • The Etobicoke Creek Valley system that borders both the south and northwest limits of the Secondary Plan area, as well as the Humber River Tributary system bordering the northeast, are to be preserved and possibly enhanced to accommodate trail linkages in consultation with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. Community Facilities • Greenway corridors that form open space links between natural open spaces and community parks • Stormwater management facilities are to be developed as open space features where possible within the community. Community Park • Community parks that form major open space focal points within the community • Pedestrian and bicycle trail system consisting of a • Neighbourhood parks that form small scale active and combination of on-street facilities within the road crosspassive recreational facilities within a neighbourhood sections and trails within the parks and open space areas. • A special purpose park that forms a significant focal point Specific park facilities are provided in accordance with the in the Village Centre and contains a Community Centre Town of Caledon Recreation and Parks Masterplan. • School blocks that form major focal points within the community adjoining community parks providing Submitted by the Town of Caledon. For more information, contact educational and recreational facilities. the Public Works Department at 905.584.2272 x.4328

Banty’s Roost Golf & Country Club 12600 Bramalea Road, Caledon, Ontario (Just north of Mayfield Road)

proud host of the

2011 Caledon Butterfly Gala for Wellspring Chinguacousy Cancer Support Centre

Offering 27 holes of great golf, patio bar, outstanding wedding and banquet service, and the Caledon Junior Golf Academy. Extensive club facilities and year-round activity close to home, makes us a popular choice for members and corporate outings.

905.843.9364

White: nine holes, 3,420 yards, par 36. Red: nine holes, 3,446 yards, par 36. Blue: nine holes, 2,757 yards, par 35


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Community spirit: Caledon’s defining characteristic Most people in Caledon belong to some sort of social club or volunteer organization. They celebrate each other’s successes and work together to overcome challenges. This is what defines the spirit of Caledon and allows the town to function as well as it does. It is generally accepted practice to rally together and fundraise for things people might normally expect the municipality to pay for.

At its core, a club is a collection of like-minded souls who form valuable social networks through service. Some, like the Rotary are about service above self. Others, like the Shriners are more inward looking, taking good men and making them better. Regardless of how they present it, each organization ends up giving back to the community-at-large but some are more open about it than others.

The Tour of Terra Cotta Bike Race and Cheltenham Day are great examples of this sort of community spirit. Both resulted from simply wanting to refurbish the local community hall or build a playground for the kids.

Attrition plays a big factor in a club’s ability to survive and many have evolved over time. As our society has become more multi-cultural and multi-denominational, the clubs have adjusted. Still, a delicate balance must be maintained in embracing change. In swaying too much from core beliefs a club risks losing current the members. For instance, the Shriners still do not accept women and the Orangemen are still devout Catholics.

When people first started settling the hills of Caledon they were moving to a remote wilderness. The trade-off was land, lots of land. But friends and family were difficult to get to. Fraternal organizations and churches became a popular means of building a sense of community. Though clubs depend on active members and dues to survive and thrive, people must qualify to belong and are typically welcomed by invitation only.

This sort of prejudice is not without merit. Society has gotten so politically correct that our personal relationships have taken on a certain generic element. There are times when men just need to socialize with other men and may not have the fraternal relationships within their personal lives as they will find at the Masonic lodge. Masons and Shriners The oldest known Masonic document dates back to a copy of a Regius Poem, printed in about 1390. But many believe the order started with the stonemasons’ guilds of the Middle Ages. The masons, infamous for being shrouded in mystery, feel that society is only as good as the sum of its parts. They teach the value of personal study, self-improvement, individual involvement and philanthropy. In Europe, Masons would traditionally feast together at the pub after each meeting. That did not translate to North America, where they would simply go home. In 1872 a group of New York Mason, who happened to be doctors were having a few drinks and mused about wanting to bring back an element of fun to the fraternity. Soon after, they created Shriners International, fondly known as The Playhouse of Masonry. In 1922 they came to the realization that Shriners were lacking in purpose so they established the first Shrine children’s teaching hospital where any child up to the age of 18 can receive treatment, free of charge. The Shriners pay for all of the costs, including any required transportation and lodging for an accompanying family member. Today, there are 22 Shriners Children’s Hospitals, costing $2 million per day in operating expenses. Three


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of them are dedicated to burns. Their innovation has served to drastically improve the survival rate of victims with burns to 60-70% of their bodies. In some cases, even kids with 78% are able to recover. The local Tecumseh Shrine club currently has 14 kids at the Montreal hospital. Rotary Clubs By contrast, the history of Rotary Club is well documented. It was founded in 1905 by a Chicago attorney named Paul Harris, who missed the friendly spirit of small towns that he remembered from his youth. Harris wanted to recapture it in a professional club. By 1925, Rotary had spread to six continents and consisted of 200 clubs and more than 20,000 members. In 1989 they voted to admit women and now boast of over 145,000 female members, worldwide. Like the Shriners, Rotary decided to adopt a more outwardly philanthropic attitude, pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need, both locally and around the world. Rotary works to address issues such as environmental degradation, illiteracy, world hunger, and children at risk. An example of a Rotary initiative is the Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) programme which raises money to provide bedkits to children in underdeveloped and developing countries. Because of how Rotary is structured, 100% of the money donated goes to providing the needy child with a bedkit, with nothing being set aside for administrative costs.

Spring denture cleaning by David Kostynyk DD, BSc. Well spring is hopefully just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about Spring Cleaning. An important item often overlooked is one’s dentures. Over time small scratches and nicks can appear on your dentures which can accumulate plaque and bacteria. A proper professional denture cleaning is essential to remove these unwanted particles and to buff and polish your teeth to reduce new accumulations. When your denture was newly fabricated it was buffed and polished to look shiny. Over time the acids in your saliva, hard foods and regular usage cause wear & tear on your dentures and affect the appearance of the teeth. Having your dentures professionally cleaned and polished removes the build up of these plaques and bacteria without leaving little scratches which will prevent the material from accumulating more quickly. It also applies a new layer of polish to give your teeth a new look and shine. When it comes to spring cleaning don’t forget your dentures.


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Untangling hair colour by Tav Schembri Hair colour is popular for adding shine and body or covering gray. Though widely used, not all products are created equally. Repeat exposure to certain chemicals can cause rashes, nausea, hair loss, itchy and flaking scalp. It is important to choose wisely. Home versus professional colour Home kits are less expensive and are typically designed to cover gray, offering one to two levels of lightening. Taking a brunette to a blonde usually requires about five levels. Professional colours often come with more choices, including strength of developers. A stylist is able to apply colour in highlights, low lights or creative application of hair colour in different shades. Temporary hair colour The first category of hair color is a temporary hair color. These colours usually last for 1-2 shampoos. The spray on colours for Halloween and some “rinses” are often temporary. This may not be the case for blonde hair or porous and chemically treated hair (perms). These hair types may be extremely porous and may act as a sponge, holding the color molecules for an extended period of time in random places along the hair shaft. Semi-permanent Semi-permanent colour lasts 4-6 weeks and can blend gray hair but not lighten colour. Ingredients vary from brand to brand. Some use strictly food-grade (FD & C) dyes, with an alkalizer to slightly open the hair shaft. Others contain an alkalizer to deposit oxidative dyes on the outside of the hair shaft. Ammonia-free, natural semipermanent Ammonia-free hair colour offers an environmentally friendly option. At Headlines, we preffer Schwarzkopf Professional’s ESSENSITY. It is made of more than 90% naturally derived ingredients, the highest in the industry. Henna Dyes come in an array of red tones. Ingredients vary but may include metals, oxidative dyes or other plant pigments such as indigo, madder root, turmeric and walnut. Metals build up in the body over time, so repeat use can increase your levels of toxicity. Henna usually comes in powder form, is Image courtesy of Essential Looks by Schwarzkopf Professional 1:2011

mixed with water, coffee or black tea and applied to dry hair as a paste. Hairdressers generally do not like working with this product. Progressive dye Progressive dyes build colour with frequency of application, for a gradual change. Some products contain lead and other toxic metals. It is advisable to exercise caution before applying a perm or relaxer treatment if you use a progressive dye. These chemicals may counteract with the metals deposited by the dye. Permanent The most popular choice, permanents use either ammonia or monoethanolamine to open the hair shaft so oxidative dyes can enter and develop into colour. Ammonia in small concentrations is not toxic to the body and is necessary for some colours to cover gray or lighten the hair. Monoethanolamine is an odorless chemical that does not cover gray as well as ammonia and cannot lighten the hair as much as ammonia can. The best colour companies make colour their specialty. Understanding the types of hair colour available and their ingredients will help you understand which colour is right for you. Always follow Manufacturer’s directions and call them if you have questions. Tav is a Colour Specialist operating out of Headlines Hair Design


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Bygone eras inspiration for latest fashion trends by Jackie Thompson This spring, the latest fashion trends shout of better days ahead with bright, muted colours, large floral prints, bows, stripes, and the luxury and the opulence of lace and sheer fabrics.

emphasize the endless possibilities of making this look feminine and classy. Sheer fabrics are used to transpose us, not expose us, with insets and layering, the key to pulling off this great look.

Flower power Designers have incorporated flower patterns into everything from large bold prints to blurred floral gardens in sheer. Chose from floral motifs in vintage lace for a classy look or tiny flowers for a more sensual approach.

Throwback to the 70’s Bell-bottomed jeans, trousers with high waists, and flared legs are 70’s aspects most women will love. The key is balance. High heels and a slim-fitting top help to balance out the look but a billowy blouse can also be flattering if finished with a waist-cinching belt.

Gotta have lace One of the hottest trends this season is lace... not as an added detail on a garment, but as the garment! Lace skirts and dresses are all the rage from single to multiple layers. Sheer luxury Sheer is certainly making a bold statement on the fashion stage for 2011. Many red carpet-worthy gowns

Bow wow This spring bows are in full bloom on waists, shoulders, necklines and the backs of a dresses. This 60’s element lends sophisticated detail, raising most outfits to the next level. The bow blouse offers a sophisticated feminine look. Ideal for the office or glammed up for a night out.

No yarn Crochet is back, overlapping the current lace trend with earthy brown, orange, cream and white tones. Now is the time to pull out those old crochet projects you’ve been storing and make them new again. Tassels in full swing Featured prominently on everything from dresses and skirts to shoes, hats and belts, get ready for oversized, brightly colored, silk and leather, ornately decorated with beads and metal tassels. Oh my stripes! Although not as popular as floral prints, get ready for stripes. They will range from huge, multicoloured patterns to thin pinstripes on daywear, casual wear and sports wear.


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Chris Goodhand holding one of his award winning hollow forms

For Christina Beelaerts van Blokland-Price, an Australian artist living and working in Canada, the local arts scene was unusual. “It is a lovely place to live and work but people need to be told where they fit in,” she said during a recent artists get-together, in her home. “You have to learn the mentality of the people. You can’t just invite people over for drinks, there has to be a special occasion.” Christina has been exhibiting since l985. She has had shows in The Netherlands, Germany, USA and Canada, as well as completing many private commissions. A well-travelled child and wife of diplomats, she grew up living in South-East

Christina Beelaerts van Blokland-Price

Asia, Geneva and Paris. She studied 17th century Flemish painting techniques in The Hague under Lux Buurman, a well-known Dutch artist. Compared to the rest of the world, she found Canadian austerity somewhat disconcerting, spending entire days without speaking with a single living soul. All that changed when she met Inglewood based artist Lucille Weber. Lucille is good at many things but one of her chief strengths is making artists feel part of a cohesive community. Since their initial meeting, Christina worked tirelessly to immerse herself, and those around her, in

an engaging and inspiring way. She believes that artists become stronger at their craft when they feed off each other’s strengths and motivate each other to fulfill their individual potential. Take the example of Chris Goodhand, a local wood turner out of Cheltenham. For Chris, it is all about the shape. “Thinking of myself as an artist has always seemed strange, perhaps even uncomfortable,” he says. “Unlike a painter, for example, much of the work I produce has a functional purpose.” He then continues to talk about the importance of including the beauty of nature’s imperfections in his work, wherever possible. Chris absolutely loves wood and spends countless hours contouring and finishing what to some are nothing more than salad bowls and vases. On Christina’s encouragement, Chris entered his first juried art show Without giving Chris much choice in the matter, she commandeered some of his work to use as subjects in her paintings. Her painting of Chris’s wood turned apple, hung by a string off a tree garnered the prestigious Headwaters Arts Festival’s 2009 Juror’s Award of Excellence. During the same festival, Chris Goodhand was recognized for his own submission of a hollow form with the People’s Choice Award, and again in 2010 with the Artist’s Choice Award.

From left to right: Pete Paterson, Joan Gray, Lucille Weber, Jennifer Murphy, Lyn Westfall, Chris Goodhand, and Christina Beelaerts van Blokland-Price at recent artists gathering.

Photo of Chris Goodhand credit: Pete Paterson

Chris and Christina: The artist as the muse


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A different perspective… by Michele Skawski During their renovation, Shelley and Cheltenham’s charm is anchored in Shelley and Steve Craig exemplify home stewardship. Shelley is a Steve found hidden documents from the beauty of the century homes and buildings that line its gracefullydescendent of both the Lyons and the 1840’s, and a board in the kitchen the Haines families. When she and with Hugh M’Kechnie’s signature on it. treed streets. The only thing older, are the families that founded The M’Kechnies or the village. Names like McKechnies were a farming Haines and Lyons have family in the area during been associated with the the 1800’s. The artifacts are area since the early 1800’s, all on display in the home and a surprising number of - the board is part of the their descendents still call wainscoting in the foyer and Cheltenham, home. This may the documents are kept under explain why Cheltenham has glass, in the dining room. Hugh McKechnie’s signature on a board found when the more heritage-designated Craigs were renovating their home. As home owners, Shelley and structures than any other Steve may have found it more village in Caledon. cost effective to tear down the old Steve bought the Haines’ family home As a Realtor®, I tend to think of home house and rebuild on the land, as home in 1988, they made the decision to “ownership”, but as one intrepid stewards, they embraced the character rehabilitate it. They took it down to century home owner told me – he the frame and even had to temporarily of the old family home, invested in thinks of it as home “stewardship”. He making it work in today’s world, and in move the structure in order to sees himself as the caretaker of one the process, created another Caledon construct a better foundation. piece of Caledon’s history. Treasure.

Must see destination:

The Village of Cheltenham Cheltenham, with Creditview Road serving as main street, is as much a part of Caledon’s past as it is its future. It is home to a vibrant community that is full of people who treat each other as family. Many are related to the founding fathers of the town, and in fact the country. It is anchored at either end by a house of sticks and a house of straw and in between, a house of stone. The village was founded in 1821 by Charles Haines, a millwright who named the place for his home town in the UK. Charles had nine kids and built his family home some time around 1819.

the need for people to hang around waiting for the grist to be milled. A resurgence of sorts took place between 1914 and 1950 when the brick yard came in but did little for the town because the processing was done down in Brampton. At the top of one hill, to the south, stands The Top of the Hill B&B, majestically clad in wooden siding. As you descend into the village centre it is difficult not to want to stop in at the Cheltenham General Store for a cup of perfectly brewed coffee. Behind it sits one of the river tubing entry points and a lovely picnic spot. At the top of the hill, to the north, sits the multi-award winning Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, with its walls made of straw, a wood burning oven, and geothermal ambient heating. Though less than two years old, Spirit Tree has become so much of a staple on the face of the West Caledon landscape that you really couldn’t talk about the area without mentioning it.

The historic Cheltenham General Store

Cheltenham became a booming center as people arrived from miles around and had to wait for the job to be done. At one point there were three hotels, three stores, a saddlery, blacksmith, dress maker, distillery, and library. In the late 1870s business took a sharp downward turn as the rail system puffed in and removed

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The house of straw Looking at the Spirit Tree Estate Cidery today it is difficult to imagine Tom Wilson and best friend, wife, and business partner Nicole Judge’s labour of love openned less than two years ago. The walls of the building are actually made out of bales of straw, a naturally occurring, renewable resource that makes for excellent insulation.

Tourism Association`s with Best Overnight Getaway Experience award.

Cruella Deville. Everything had a story that ended with Oh, no I couldn’t sell that. It has too much sentimental value,” says Shelley as she points out a seemingly insignificant looking building behind the Cheltenham General Store before moving on to Beaver Hall and then Beryl Bland Parkette.

Beryl was one of a group of ladies who felt their kids deserved a playground. Friday pizza nights are local The town agreed to pay for favourite. A wood fired oven Tourists enjoying a beautiful afternoon behind half the cost so the ladies is used to produce the award the Cheltenham General Store organized the first Official winning artisan breads and pizzas Cheltenham Day to cover the The house of stone while the tasting room offers cider rest. Fifteen years later, this The Cheltenham General store went of both the hard and youth-friendly through many hands over the years. At immensely popular event is now varieties. Both Tom and Nicole one point it was even owned by Shelley an annual tradition, taking place attended L’École Le Cordon Bleu, in on the second Saturday in July. Craig. Today, Glen and Sherry Judge Paris and the San Francisco Baking have brought new life to the anchor of Institute to learn how to make true The entire community gets the Cheltenham community. artisan breads, free of additives like involved; even folks who moved chlorine bleach or pesticides. away. Everybody looks forward A walk through memories to the soap box derby, crazy boat You don’t have to be a history buff In the warmer months there is no race, pie eating contest, parade, better place for a Sunday morning than to enjoy Shelley’s Historic Walking firefighter’s barbeque, dancing the Tour with stories of days gone by on Spirit Tree’s patio. night away at the firehall pavilion, and and people like Mrs. Milne who had Incidentally, Spirit Tree has generously cleaning up all the bails of hay that are flowing purple outfits, long red hair agreed to provide all the bread for the used to keep the kids from breaking and antique shop where nothing was 2011 Caledon Butterfly Gala. something important when they roll really ever for sale. “I remember her The house of sticks down that giant hill. always having a cigarette holder like Shelley and Steve’s house was known for many years as The Spinster House. In the Haines family it was common for there to be twin girls and they would often be called Mary and Martha. They were expected to stay home and care for their aging parents. Any unmarried women of the family www.cheltenhamstore.com • Freshly roasted organic, fair trade coffee would also move there. With • Sandwich deli bar, decadent baked treats so many women living under • Scooped ice cream, seasonal treats one roof, it became the family 14386 Creditview Rd, • Home grown, natural, antibiotic-free frozen beef Cheltenham, ON gathering spot there for Sunday • Gift Shop with unique, tasteful treasures dinners and special occasions. • Post Office, ABM, Interac service • Battery Recycling Shelley, now an accomplished • Wheelchair accessible pianist remembers taking her first piano lessons at the home.

905.838.2729

In November 2010, the Craigs were recognized for their efforts with The Hills of Headwaters

Not too far for a good cup of coffee! Open Monday to Friday 6 a.m. (for early morning coffee) to 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Sam Perri, master of the round house enjoying a cup of coffee in the Tea Room at the back of the Cheltenham General Store

Building around paradise Sam Perri still remembers living in the warmer climes of Italy. That’s one of two things that Sam wants to escape from: The cold Canadian winters and the craziness of city life. Well, escape to a point. He wants to have access to it, just not be immersed in it. Sam is building the round house beside one of Caledon’s treasures, the Badlands. They, like Sam’s property, are part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and fall under the realm of the Niagara Escarpment Commission. The plans for the house were registered in 1997, following which he had to go through a rigorous approval process to prove that the structure would not adversely affect the integrity of the surrounding environment. “The basis for the construction is to provide shelter for my tropical birds,” said Sam as classical music embraced the two-man site. The centre of the home will be a climate controlled tropical birds’ oasis complete with a waterfall feature and a stained-glass

cupola that will crown a copper roof. Around the glass enclosure will be a mainly open-concept floor plan with large windows to allow full access view of both the outside landscape and the aviary. The master bedroom will feature a large tropical fish aquarium. On a clear day, you can see the CN Tower from his bedroom window. Rome’s infamous Spanish Steps served as inspiration for the majestic stairs leading up to the main entrance. “I would like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance and patience of my lifelong friend, Wolf Mruzek,” Sam said. Wolf Mruzek and Peter Boyle, owners of Brampton’s MBS Steel Ltd., provided the structural steel for the construction of Sam’s house and he asked that we make public acknowledgment of their support and generosity. Realistically, he is looking at a couple more years before his modernday pantheon will be complete.

Photo credits: Portrait of Sam Perri by Pete Paterson, pendulum weights and interior by Natalie Kay, exterior aerial views by Eric Taylor. Bottom image depicts scale model of the finished house.


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Best way to fight fire is with prevention When fire broke out at a neighbour’s home there was little David Walker could do but watch the firefighters do their job. Being a photographer, he naturally reached for his camera as flames blazed through what only minutes ago was a solid roof. The family stood nearby by watching a lifetime vanish within a half of an hour. The photo to the right shows what remained when the flames were put out. Living on a construction site, this hit close to home. Partially finished homes and vandalism make good bedfellows. Last year, SouthFields villagers awoke in the middle of the night to the sounds and sights of fire engines congregating around a partially finished house.

Photographer: David Walker

department was unable to identify the culprits from the footage. However, in speaking with witnesses, two young people were seen walking away from the house just prior to the fire breaking out.

Today, you would never know anything had happened there. Perhaps the family that lives there now doesn’t even know how close they came to being homeless.

Not too long after this incident, a trash can at the end of Benadir was set on fire. Once again, the fire department reacted quickly, and there was no harm to any people or property. According to eye witness accounts, these were not the only two incidents.

When a fellow villager saw the smoke he ran over with his own fire extinguisher and handled what thankfully was a fairly small fire. Considering how quickly fires double in size, quick thinking makes all the difference. Though the site is equipped with security cameras, the fire

Firefighter walking away from raised Bolton home

Fire can have devastating consequences. So can apathy. Remember that fire safety is everybody’s responsibility.

Tapp-C Many children have a fascination with fire. It is important to understand that while curiosity about fire is natural, fire-play can be dangerous. The Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPPC) was developed in 1991 to address the problem of juvenile fire setting. The Office of the Fire Marshal and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health partnered together to expand it into the municipalities. If any parent, teacher or any other member of the community has a concern about a child or teen, the Tapp-C program is there to help. For details call Caledon Fire Prevention at 905.584.2272 ext.4335.


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Equine fire safety by Bob Webb In my career as a fire official I was with Toronto Fire Services for 34 years and then 7 years as the fire official with Woodbine Racetrack, I was responsible for the safety of the horses and training of the staff of Woodbine and Mohawk racetracks.

feed should be located at every exit door clear and unobstructed, as this is most important, given the time it will take for the fire to be reported and

To understand fire you must know that fire needs three things to burn: Heat, fuel and oxygen. Fires spread very quickly in a barn environment. The average fire is over 1,000 °F and doubles in size every minute. In housing horses you are dealing with bedding material which consists of straw, hay and shavings. All are considered highly combustible when fire is introduced. Also as part of any building used to house horses you have electrical equipment for lighting, heating and for veterinarian use. It is most important, if possible, to store bedding and feed material separate from the building housing the horses. It is also important to keep the aisles and exits free of bedding and hay other than on the stall door housing the horses for their feed. This will allow for quick evacuation of the horses within the building. To ensure fire safety is maintained within and around the buildings housing the horses, strict rules for “No Smoking� must be followed along with ensuring that all electrical equipment is certified and approved within the building. Extension cords must only be used as a temporary power source and unplugged overnight. Portable fire extinguishers within the buildings housing the horses and

with horses and fire is an approved fire safety plan. This is made up of all the key components of the housing and location of all the horses and location of the fire exits, fire protection equipment and storage location of their feed and bedding. This plan also lists all the key people who manage and own the horses and care for them along with key phone numbers like the 911 number for the local fire department who will respond.

In short fire can happen at any time and preparation and fire Bob Webb getting re-aquainted with and old pal. drills are most important to ensuring the housing and well being for the local fire department to arrive. from fire of these wonderful animals. Remember that every minute a fire doubles in size. Bob Webb is the Retired Chief of Fire The most important component of fire safety when housing and dealing

Prevention, Toronto Fire Services


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Tips for newly planted tree care by Don Kellam Now that many of the homes in SouthFields have received trees, it is important to be armed with the knowledge necessary to care for them. Achieving this is as simple as understanding what is beneath the soil and how to keep that soil moist. The first priority for a newly planted tree is to establish new roots. Your tree has lost over 80% of its root system when dug and transplanted to the front of your house. Typically, the roots spread as wide as the canopy of leaves above. This all means that the most important factor to the survival of your new tree is WATER. Watering is less of a concern from October to April, because a tree is dormant or asleep and the weather is cold and wet. However,

as your tree starts to wake in the spring and the weather becomes hot and dry, it will need water. The amount of water is dictated, obliviously, by how hot and dry it actually is. A general rule is to give your tree a five gallon pail of water every day in the crazy hot days of summer, and every couple of days when the temperatures aren’t as hot. To ensure that the water applied actually penetrates to the roots, slowly add the water around the base of the tree, letting it soak in its most valuable fuel. Mulch has already been added to your tree to help keep moisture in the soil and help control the weeds. Fertilizer will be added spring and summer by

our men to keep your tree as healthy as possible. Healthy trees are an asset. They provide shade (reducing your energy costs), habitat for birds and increase the value of your property. More importantly, trees contribute to the health of our planet. They clean the air by giving off oxygen, storing carbon and recycling moisture into the atmosphere. Hopefully these few simple suggestions and facts will help you understand trees a little better, giving your new neighbourhood that true country feel. Don Kellam is a certified arborist and owner of Tamarack Landscape Contracting Services Ltd., official tree provider for the Village of SouthFields.

Why to incorporate peat moss into your garden The Village of SouthFields is located just north of a stretch of Mayfield Road that was under construction for the better part of 2010. The length of the construction for such a short stretch of road may have been a bit of a head scratcher for anybody other than Bob Snell. He lives across the street and knows from first hand account about the main contributor to the delays experienced by the crews and all of us who had to suffer through the construction.

over the years, because of the terrain. His grandfather nearly lost a couple of teams of horses in that bog.

The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association reports that “in Canada, peatlands cover more than 270 million acres (about 12% of the surface area of the nation) and comprise 90% of the 314 million acres of wetlands across Canada. According to Salisbury Garden Supplies, peat bogs are found throughout the world but are principally located According to Bob, who also worked as one of the road crew, in the northern hemisphere in Canada, Finland, Ireland the town had built up that section of road numerous times, and Russia (primarily in Siberia). Canada accounts for some of the largest wetlands regions on earth with more @1/2” @1” @2” than 270 million acres of peat Bale size THIS SIZE IDEAL FOR (1cm) (2.5cm) (5cm) lands representing 25% of the world’s supply. LARGE 2 2 2 Small to medium flower beds, gardens & lawn sections and transplanting

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Peat is derived from the decomposition of organic plant material, usually in marshy areas located in bogs, including mosses, reeds and shrubs. It is the first material to form in the process of natural coal deposits and plays an important role in horticulture as a growing


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medium and soil amendment. Though not in Canada, in certain parts of the world it is harvested as an important source of fuel. According to The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association, “peat is a sustainable natural resource.� In the natural environment of Canada peat accumulates at an estimated rate of more than 50 million tons per annum. By comparison, currently only 700,000 to 800,000 tons of peat is harvested each year. Sphagnum peat, commonly called peat moss, is a mat of decomposed, dead parts of moss found in bogs. The moss is used in its plant form, not its peat form and can hold up to 20 times its weight in water. Most common type of Peat Moss is Sphagnum peat. Sphagnum moss species and is the most important type of peat for horticultural use. When compared

to coir (dried husk fibre by-product of coconut processing) and green compost, it out-performed both in sandy and clay soils, when tested on its effect on the growth of tomatoes and

Sphagnum Peat Moss

impatiens. In research conducted by The Peat Research and Development Centre, Shippegan, New Brunswick, while compost and coir, in various blends with sandy or clay soil, performed nearly as well as peat moss under certain conditions, none

Canadian sphagnum peat moss is a natural, organic soil conditioner that regulates moisture and air around plant roots for ideal growing conditions. It will help to: Save Water Peat retains up to 20 times its weight in moisture, and releases water slowly as plants need it. Aerate Heavy, Clay Soil Peat moss allows for proper root growth by loosening and aerating soils. Bind Sandy Soil By adding body to sandy soil, Canadian peat helps it retain moisture and nutrients. Reduce Leaching Peat moss reduces leaching of nutrients in or added to the soil, releasing them over time. This will save on fertilizer. Protect Soil Peat moss protects soil from hardening and adds organic material. Make Better Compost Peat moss speeds the composting process, reduces odours and controls air and water in the compost pile. It decomposes slowly, over several years, compared to compost which typically decomposes within one year. It has a reliable pH (3.4 to 4.8); is environmentally friendly and free of insects, weeds, seeds, salts and chemicals.

worked as well as peat moss under all conditions. Home gardeners, professional nursery growers, and landscape businesses all recognize Sphagnum peat as an ideal growing medium because it has a homogenous composition; a high structural stability; high water and air capacity; an easily adjustable low pH; low salt content; is free from weed seeds, pathogens, insect pests; and has a low, easily adjustable nutrient status. For those of us not in the business, this means it is ideal growing medium for vegetables and flowers, lawns and lawn repairs, transplanting trees and shrubs, composting, yardening. So, when you start planning your garden this year, don’t forget to factor in a bale or two of peat moss. It is considered to be excellent for soil amendment, topdressing lawns, potting soil mix, and rooting cuttings/seed germination.


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Sherry’s picks: Wireless surround sound & lights by Sherry Taylor Let me begin by saying that I love working for Torbram Electric Supply. It is such a kick to get sneak peaks at the latest and greatest in electronic home comfort products. My two favourites these days are the Light Speaker and the Audio Rock. These products make enjoying music throughout your home almost too easy to accomplish. The Light Speaker The Light Speaker innovatively combines the LED bulb and wireless speaker into one screw-in unit. Ian Deacon, of TES Burlington, has received lots of positive response from his customers. “They love the sound and the easy installation. I would recommend it for these reasons plus it can be used in place of a surround sound for your TV.”

Joe Spiteri, of TES Downtown Toronto agrees. “I wish this product had been around when I had a sound system installed in my home. It would have saved me a lot of money and it can be totally hidden without destroying any walls.” All you need is a light socket and digital source such as an MP3 player, PC or TV. You can even connect two different sources to the transmitter to establish two separate listening zones. Now I can relax with some Jazz in the kitchen while my husband rocks out in the living room. The Light Speaker even has the ability to mimic surround sound

at a fraction of the cost of a home theatre system. In fact when it comes time to finishing my basement I’ll be using this product. The Audio Rock The Audio Rock is an add-on feature that works with the Light Speaker system. It is a battery operated, rechargeable, fully weatherized stereo speaker that allows you to take your music outside. These beauties are perfect for backyard parties, luxurious weekend barbeques and working in the garden. Now that we have grass at our new place I can’t wait to get outside and do some gardening while listening to my favourite Ella Fitzgerald CD. SouthFields villager Sherry Taylor pioneered TES’s ‘Shop from the comfort of your home’ initiative to bring wholesale electronic home comfort shopping to your door. See their ad on the back cover of this magazine.


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How to reduce your tax burden by Stanley Watroba Maximize your RRSP contribution An RRSP contribution can be deducted from your taxable income in the year of contribution reducing the tax you otherwise would have to pay. Contribute to a spousal RRSP If your spouse does not have sufficient employment income to realize the maximum benefits of an individual contribution, contribute to the spouse’s RRSP and claim the deduction yourself. The benefit is that funds withdrawn from the plan will be taxed in the hands of the lower-income spouse, creating overall tax savings for the family. Income splitting You can make a loan to your lower earning spouse at a prescribed rate of 1%. The spouse can invest the loan proceeds. Any income generated from those investments would be included in your spouse’s taxable income and taxed at a lower rate. Consider a tax-free savings account In a TFSA, any investment income earned is not subject to tax. The maximum limit is $5,000. Although contributions are non-deductible, withdrawals are not taxable. Focus on smart investing The income you earn from various investments is taxed differently. Interest is taxed at your top marginal tax rate while

only 50% of capital gains are taxable. Taxable Canadian dividends are also taxed at a relatively low rate. Donate to a good cause If you give to officially registered charity you can qualify for a tax credit of up to 29% for all cash and goods donated for which receipts have been issued.

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File on time One final way to save taxes is by not giving the government more money than necessary by filing your return on time and avoiding late submission penalties. There are other ways to save on tax, but I feel these are the main ones. Remember the RRSP deadline is March 1 and the tax filing deadline is April 30th. If you missed the RRSP deadline this year, it is never too early to start reducing next year’s burden. SouthFields villager, Stanley Watroba provides bookkeeping services for small and medium sized business.


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Bright news for global economy We asked RBC for their view of the current state of the economy and where things are headed in the coming year. Here is what they had to say: • Growth scare comes to an end • European sovereign debt crisis won’t derail recovery • Emerging economies are still hot and driving the global economy • US gains speed making the likelihood of a double dip remote • Federal Reserve’s loose monetary policy and government tax package to spur faster growth in 2011 and 2012 • Inventory rebuilding will no longer be a driver of US growth • US business and consumer spending to kick it up a notch next year • Canada’s economy blasted out of recession with growth slowing in more recent quarters • The transition to private demand from public support is underway and Canada looks to be further ahead than the US • Inflation pressures are muted and the Bank will be in no hurry to raise the policy rate as long as risks to Canada’s trading partners persist • Canadian dollar to appreciate against the US dollar breaching parity early in 2011 Another wave of European troubles hit up against the shores of the global economy with worries about the solvency of Ireland, Spain and Portugal taking centre stage. While the great divide between the performance in the peripheral and core European economies did not prevent another decent quarter for growth, the chasm between the two areas remains deep. Overall European growth is forecast to continue as both business and consumer indicators are consistent with

expansion although gains are likely to be moderate going forward. Our forecast is that the Eurozone economies will expand by 1.7% in 2010, 1.8% in 2011 and 1.9% in 2012. The UK also surprised to the upside in recent quarters and is on track to grow by 1.8% this year. In 2011, we forecast growth of 2.1% as private demand fills the void created by the government’s austerity measures. The economy will grow at a faster 2.4% in 2012. The real story for global growth is flowing from the emerging economies led by China where growth is forecast at 9.7% in 2010 and 8.8% in 2011. The IMF forecasts emerging economies will grow by 7.1% this year and 6.4% in 2011 while the advanced economies grow by 2.7% and 2.2% respectively. Overall the world economy is projected to grow by 4.8% this year, 4.2% in 2011 and 4.5% in 2012. Information compiled by RBC Royal Bank’s Craig Wright. Chief Economist; Dawn Desjardins, Assistant Chief Economist; Nathan Janzen, Economist; and Paul Ferley, Assistant Chief Economist


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For Tara Campagnon, when it comes to flying, the sky is the limit.

No place like up When Tara Campagnon was 16 her family was driving past the Brampton Flight Centre . “I’d like to try that one day,” she commented. So, her dad pulled into the parking lot and she took her first lesson that day. Nine years later, Tara is one of only six female flight instructors at the Centre and loving every second of it. You could say that her life changed that day. She met her would be husband while in ground school. Tara also completed a Commercial Aviation Management degree at Western University. She is currently accumulating her hours at Brampton Flight Centre, the largest uncontrolled airport in Canada. The airport has 34 instructors, in total. When asked about her favorite destination points, she said: “Right

now I fly up to Katana Cafe, in London. I like their ceaser salad. I also like to go to Edenvale Airport. They have a really nice club sandwich.” “I associate flight with freedom,” says Tara. Recreational flight is about the journey, not the destination though like Brampton Flight Centre’s own Wings Flight Grille Restaurant, small airports tend to offer great arrival points for a nice meal. So far, Tara’s longest flight was 300 nautical miles over to Iriquis Falls and back, a 10 hour flight that is part of her licensing requirement. “I find it relaxing,” says Tara. “Up there you have a lot more space. On the road you have all these cars. Age is no limit. Her youngest student is ten years old.


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Carrot Lentil Soup by Jackie Thompson Ingredients 1 cup red lentils (washed) 4 large carrots (4 cups) 7 cups chicken broth 2 tablespoon olive oil ¾ cup milk ½ tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon

Looking for a light nutritious lunch? This hearty soup is ready in under an hour.

Directions 1. Boil carrots in a large saucepan, over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low Cover and simmer for 25 minutes, or until tender. 2. Remove from heat & drain, leaving approx. one cup of water in the pot.

Green Tea Muffins Prep Time: 10 Minutes; Cook Time: 25 Minutes Yield: 12 servings Ingredients 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder, or to taste ½ cup white sugar 1 egg ⅓ cup melted butter 1 cup milk ¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional) Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 °F (175 °C). Grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners. 2. Whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, matcha, and sugar together in a mixing bowl; set aside. Whisk together the egg, melted butter, and milk in another bowl. Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture until just moistened. Stir in walnuts. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. 3. Bake in preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 25 minutes. Cool in the muffin tin for 5 minutes, then remove to cool on a wire rack. (Recipe source: www.allrecipes.com)

3. Cool slightly and purée with a hand held blender or food processor. 4. Add red lentils, chicken broth, milk, olive oil, and seasoning. 5. Simmer covered on med.-low heat, for 25 min., stirring occasionally. 6. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, for up to 3 days or freeze.

♥Healthy tip

Lentils have been used to lend texture and nutrients to Mediterranean foods for centuries. They are a healthy, lowfat protein partner for veggies and are rich in soluble fiber, which is known to help reduce blood cholesterol levels.


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Photo credit: Pete Paterson

What to do when you can’t do it all Before the snow came we did the unthinkable. We found time to clean out the garage. This was fantastic because we had been meaning to get to it ever since moving in to the new house (about nine months prior). Before that we were ashamed to even open the garage door for fear of people seeing the disaster inside. Thank goodness we don’t have pets because I don’t know when we would find time to walk them, and heaven forbid we would want to go away. Pets need to be walked, fed, and socialized with regardless of how hectic life can get. Still, as I found out while delivering this magazine door-todoor, just about everybody around here seems to have at least one dog or a cat, and even some children. As this very thought was jogging through my head Kara Harris came by to drop off a flyer for her Spaws Dog Walking service. Kara, though no stranger to being busy, definitely loves what she does. She treats her clients’ pets no differently than kids at a daycare... maybe better. Before even thinking of introducing a new client to her roster she makes sure that the fur-child will be a good fit for what she has to offer. All of a sudden I realized how people actually can juggle work, piano lessons, hockey, soccer, late meetings, date nights, and a fuzzy buddy or two. They call Kara.


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Why and when you need a personal trainer by Samantha Reed, B.PHE Spring is around the corner and we have made it through another Canadian winter. Often we can neglect giving time to ourselves causing our fitness and well-being to suffer. We have all heard of the importance of incorporating daily activity into our lives. How regular weight bearing activity helps prevent bone and muscle loss, helps relieve stress, releases endorphins, and makes us feel better and more energized overall. This activity could be as simple as walking, gardening, cleaning, or for some their job or occupation is active enough. So why see a personal trainer? Personal training provides a safe and effective means to understand and integrate all components of fitness into your life: Strength, flexibility and endurance. If we do not have a job or hobby which includes repetitive lifting of weight we normally don’t get enough strengthening; if we don’t regularly stretch or have a yoga/Pilates routine we usually don’t have optimal flexibility; and if we don’t walk, bicycle or have an active job we won’t have a healthy cardiovascular system. Working with a personal trainer will improve your overall health and fitness levels, keep you motivated, focused and committed to a fitness program, and will customize a program specific to your needs and goals. Personal training is ideal for people new to fitness as a trainer can design an effective routine and develop fitness knowledge so that the newbie can work out confidently and effectively in the gym, on their own. For experienced exercisers, personal training provides a fresh perspective and new challenges to develop deeper strength and better mobility. Personal trainers can also offer movement analysis, sport and occupational conditioning, and muscle re-conditioning programs. In addition, often trainers work with other health professionals such as nutritionists to provide weight management education and metabolic analysis in conjunction with fitness, to ensure the client’s weight loss or gain needs are met. So welcome the change of the season and begin your spring tone-up with a personal trainer. Samantha Reed is a certified personal trainer, Pilates instructor and manager of Riverdale Fitness Mill


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The man who would be Caledon’s town crier

When Ms. Betty Kading was appointed Orangeville’s Town Crier, in 2008, Andrew Welch’s interest was peaked. Three years later, he’s going for it. Ten years ago Andrew decided to retire early, preferring to focus on living life as he wants to. As a trained actor, he studied under the tutelage of David Smukler, Canada’s foremost vocal teacher. He also created renewable energy monitoring software, currently in use around the world; has served on a number of community not-for-profit boards; directed theatrical productions; and is now completing a book on numerical value systems. A town crier is the embodiment of the culture and best personality of a community. Like the mayor, Andrew would be expected to portray the good character of Caledon in face-to-face interactions, maintaining the respect and high ideals of that office, at all times. It is an honourable profession dating back hundreds of years and still valued today for its ability to instantly bring a measure of heritage, pageantry and fun to important civic events. For many small municipalities, a town crier is a tremendous draw. It is a photo-friendly way to welcome visitors and greet them as important guests.

To join the Ontario Guild of Town Criers, Andrew must first be officially appointed by the Town of Caledon, a process that varies from municipality to municipality. The guild offers a code of ethics intended to help maintain the high standards of conduct and integrity associated with the role. Caledon has never had an official town crier. However, we routinely hire town criers for numerous events throughout the year from surrounding municipalities such as Brampton, Orangeville and Richmond Hill. Traditionally, town criers are responsible for their own livery. The costume must be comfortable in all sorts of weather conditions, photographable Andrew Welch as from every angle town crier at the Alton Mill’s and proximity, Fire & Ice Festival be able to withstand the wear and tear of many years’ service, and should be as authentic a period piece as possible. It should also connect them back to the municipality being represented. These costumes can run into the thousands of dollars and Andrew is the first to acknowledge that the process of being officially appointed is likely to be a lengthy and costly one for him. In the mean time, he is gaining valuable experience at events like the Historic Alton Mill’s Fire & Ice Festival and the Second Annual Millpond Charity Hockey Tournament. Photo credit: Elswyth Fryer


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Hot travel trends for 2011 by Teresa Watroba A great deal of people still value a relaxing time on a nice Caribbean beach but many travelers are looking for affordable alternatives to group travel and set itineraries. There’s a growing demand for tailored experiences like active adventures, epicurean journeys and multi-generational trips such as “second-layer” vacations that focus on experiences like African Safaris, South Africa Family Adventures, or Expedition Cruises, just to name a few. Some friendly reminders Always consider safety. Check what kind of insurance you have. Many Canadians believe they have comprehensive travel insurance through employment plans or credit cards, but don’t realize the limitations of that coverage. For example, Trip

Interruption is different from Trip Cancellation. Verify if your coverage extends to the whole family and if it will last the full duration of the trip. Medical plans are different too, and it is good to know whether the existing coverage handles things like upfront payments and international calls home in case of an emergency. Taking advantage of “travel now, pay later” deals allows you to take the trip of your dreams today and pay nothing before 24 months or choose to pay in 24 equal payments. Only applicable taxes are payable at the time of purchase but interest is added to the monthly payments. It is worthwhile to investigate how much the interest portion will increase the total cost of the trip.

Have a valid passport and make sure that it will not expire during your time away. It is also a good idea to factor in time for unforeseen delays in returning back to Canada, and check the latest regulations for luggage. Bon Voyage ! SouthFields villager Teresa Watroba is an Independent Travel Consultant


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My perfect storm by Sandra Watterson My personal perfect storm came together last June, or maybe it was at the end of May, 2010. That was the month we were preparing to move into our home, in the Village of SouthFields. Our old house sold quickly and we had to let our sons move in with friends for a few weeks while we stayed with family, as we waited for our July possession date. During that time, my husband Bob got really ill, which is unusual for him. You have to know that Bob rarely becomes ill, so when he does, he does it all the way. You also have to know that Bob’s illness had nothing to do with mine.

He ended up on antibiotics, and in bed, leaving me to pack up the house and our sons to help move boxes and things to storage. It was around this time I started showing symptoms. I remember only some things myself, the rest, I relied on everyone else to tell me. According to my sister, we both complained about sore throats at the same time. With the stress of moving and needing to get things done on time I didn’t pay attention to how I was feeling. Family came to help us load the moving box in the driveway. Apparently I was not much help. I sat on the couch and watched everyone do the work, telling myself, that I had packed the house myself, which was why I was so tired. I did not realize how ill I was at the time. That was the last Wednesday of June and three days before we moved into our cousin’s home to await the closing on our new home. We moved into our cousins’ home on June 25, 2010. The next day Bob had appointments with clients. I am told that I went to bed around 4 p.m. and did not come down until Bob came home at around 7 p.m. and woke me up for dinner. I came downstairs, jokingly complained about ingredients in the dinner and went back to bed without eating. All I remember is that I was exhausted. When Bob came to bed, he became concerned with my breathing and insisted on taking me to the hospital. I do not remember the drive to the hospital or getting in a wheelchair, because, according to Bob, I was too weak to walk. I do remember the nurse that put the bracelet on and watching the news. I also remember Bob needing to use the washroom and taking me with him, because he wasn’t sure if I would still be there when he got back. Apparently, I was hallucinating and wanted to take a golf cart home and start again the next day. That was June 26, 2010. The next time I woke up it was July 6, 2010. I had been diagnosed in the trauma room with pneumonia, my heart was beating at a dangerously high rate, and I also had Streptococcus A in my blood stream, which at that time was undiagnosed. When the nurses tried to intubate me, to help me breath, they discovered that I have a small esophagus The doctors had pretty much given up on me, but not the nurses, especially the respiratory nurse. They kept pumping me with air using the balloon. I am told that I actually stopped breathing altogether and passed away but the respiratory nurse continued to put the breathing tube in. By then my body had relaxed enough to let her continue. I wish I knew her name, because I feel I owe her my life.


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The day after I was admitted I was placed into a medically induced coma, one the doctors did not think I would survive. My family told me that I had 15 tubes in me. What I remember most about my coma was being in a hospital and the darkness. I don’t know why it was dark. Maybe the room was kept dark or that was my perception of the place I was in. When I think about the coma, I don’t recall how I got there, I was just there. The hospital of my coma was a small country hospital with the doctor’s house attached to it. My concept of the hospital varied so much from Brampton Civic Hospital that when friends and family came to visit after I woke up I asked about the view outside the ICU window, I could not picture the hospital or its location, even though I knew exactly where it was. I remember seeing people around me moving past like I wasn’t there. They wouldn’t talk to me. I believe I was aware of the nurses, doctors along with everyone else involved in my care, so I brought them into my dreams.

because later on in my recovery I asked him about it. Apparently, every time he tried to leave for a little while, I stopped breathing and the alarms kept going off. “Keep breathing Princess,” he would whisper in my ear, “I’ll be back soon.” And I did. There is so much to tell about my coma, I can’t begin to tell it all here. What I can say for sure is that it’s true what they say: When you talk to someone in a coma they can hear you. In fact, I would say that it is really important to talk to them. I believe with all my heart that is what kept me going. To say this is all behind me would not be exactly true. I am still recovering, getting stronger and stronger all the time. Today Bob and I took Murphy, our dog, for a walk to the ponds. It was the perfect winter day, people were skating and playing hockey. We met some of our neighbours and Murphy met some new friends, too. It was great to meet Sally who was walking Timbit and Katrina and Olivia who were out playing with their dad and burning off some energy. It was also wonderful to be welcomed by some neighbours from Caspian and Cottonwood who were all out skating on this great

What I remember most about this part of my dream was not being able to see Bob. He was nowhere to be found; I tried everything to find s uthField him. I wanted out of that place in o S w o l l fe st the worst sort of way. your fir ft to my As a gi Voice readers, ostage, are Village ds, including p to find out In reality, Bob was there with me two car Call me today an be no the whole time. When he wasn’t on me. ding a smile c with me, he was trying to work how sen at all. ˜Sandy or sleep in a bed. For Bob that trouble wasn’t easy. He slept better in a chair at the hospital. He was afraid to sleep at home, because is a convenient online he was afraid to get a call from card and gift ordering service for when the hospital that would tell him you have all the right intentions and not I had passed away. I slept better enough time to do it all yourself. when he was there, too. The Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, nurses told him my stats were special occasions and just because... . always better when I could hear Never forget another special occasion! him snoring beside me. One thing I can say for certain is that I heard Bob call me “Princess” while I was in my coma; I know this was real

day. We have met quite a few of our neighbours since we moved while we are on walks or even on the phone. We truly are lucky. We have found a great place to live, surrounded by nature and the best neighbours possible. Our family’s hats go off to Monarch, they have been fantastic support. I was sick and in the hospital for the better part of the summer, Monarch came to our aid. They worked with us and let us postpone the closing of the house for a month until I was released from the hospital. With their patience and support, we were able to move into our new home almost exactly one month later than we had planned. We are really proud and grateful to be one of the founding families in the Village of SouthFields, so if you see Bob and I out for a walk with Murphy, please wave or stop us, we’d love to meet you. Sandy Watterson is an independent distributor for SendOutCards. Writing her story was a difficult and important step in her recovery process. Sandy told us that it was a cathartic experience and we thank her for sharing it with us.

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Modern hospitals adopting ancient wisdom by Dawn Rockall effect on the immune system by increasing the number of white blood

treated with Reiki. Toronto’s Mount Sinai and Princess Margaret Hospitals are among a growing number of hospitals using Reiki. In fact, the International Association of Reiki Practitioners conducted a survey of all the hospitals in the US and found that the hospitals offering Reiki all said that they believe Reiki to be at least somewhat beneficial for patients. 67% of hospitals that offer Reiki went on to say that they believe it to be highly beneficial for patients. At Wellspring locations across Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Canada, Reiki is a part of a wide Japanese word meaning universal Dawn Rockall, pictured above, is one of a growing range of cancer support programs life energy. It is a gentle, nonnumber of health-care professionals who feel that to serve the emotional, mental healing is best accomplished by combining holistic invasive technique of hands-on and physical needs of people and conventional best practices. healing that affects the energy living with cancer. referred to as “Ki” in Japan and cells in the body. According to a Reiki is not only good for your health “Chi” in China. This is the non2000 study by the Annals of Cardiac but is also a pleasurable treatment. physical energy that exists in all living Anaesthesia, surgical patients took One of the greatest benefits is the things. To receive Reiki, most sessions less medication and had shorter opportunity to relax and enjoy the are performed on a table or chair with hospital stays with pre and post experience of being nurtured and the client fully clothed. Comfortable surgical Reiki sessions. Furthermore, cared for. For more information on clothing is recommended. The Healing Sciences International Reiki and its benefits contact the Reiki has been shown to complement in California conducted a tightly Canadian Reiki Association or speak medical treatments and has gained controlled case study on how Reiki to your practitioner. acceptance as a meaningful and costwould affect the healing process. Cheltenham’s Dawn Rockall is a effective way to enhance patient care. They concluded that those who had Registered Massage Therapist, Reiki A study conducted by the National received Reiki had improved 93.5% Master, Certified Acupuncture College of Naturopathic Medicine compared to 67.3% for those not Practitioner, and Certified Life Coach showed that Reiki has a measurable According to ancient eastern philosophies, the human body relies on a constant flow of energy. These teachings were documented as far back as the Tang Dynasty in 900 AD. Dr. Mikao Usui is the founder of the Usui System of Reiki. He developed this healing technique in the 1920’s after completing a 21 day sabbatical in Japan. Since then, Reiki has been practiced by many and is a trusted way to maintain and support overall well-being.

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White tea for the health of it Black, green, and white teas all come from the same plant, the Camellia sinensis bush, and contain caffeine. Brewed beverages, commonly referred to as herbal teas, contain no naturally occurring caffeine and are really herbal infusions of dried rooibos, honeybush, kombucha, leaf, flower, fruit, root, seed/spice or other ingredients are called “tisanes.” Antioxidant benefits derived from tea drinking result from consumption of whole leaf tea infusions. “Tea dust,” the fine grain low-grade by-product of the tea manufacturing process, and what is (cont’d on page 35... )


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(...cont’d from page 34) typically found in pre-packaged teabags, contains little to no health benefits. Its popularity stems from being cheap and its ability to produce a very strong brew, offering more cups per measure. Antioxidant properties are lost with each step in the manufacturing process and with the age and fermentation of the tea leaf. The younger and less processed the leaf, the greater the health benefit of drinking the tea. White tea contains less caffeine than green tea, about 15 mg per serving compared to the 20 mg for green tea.

Everybody ZUMBA! by Ivonne Ibarra

White tea leaves are harvested at a younger age of the plant than green tea leaves. Both undergo very little processing. White tea is not fermented at all, while green tea is partly fermented. Black tea is fully fermented.

For those who don’t know, Zumba is a cardio latin dance workout. Zumba is different from other fitness workouts because you have so much fun you don’t even notice you are working out. You can burn up to a thousand calories in an hour of a Zumba class. It all depends on your level of intensity.

The concentration of antioxidants in white tea is said to be three times higher than in green tea. White tea has a gentler, more subtle taste than either the green or black variety. The appearance of correctly brewed white tea is a pale gold.

Zumba is suitable for all ages and fitness level. You don’t need to have a dance background or be a fit person, everyone can enjoy the party.

Benefits of tea drinking include: Reducing tooth decay, preventing certain types of cancer, lowering cholesterol, weight loss, and antiaging properties.

Zumba is best enjoyed when led by an instructor with a professional personal training and fitness instruction background, as well as expertise in latin dance. This ensures that classes are easier, more fun and suitable for everyone.

To achieve the most healthful benefits of tea, and the best flavour, it is important to allow for the tea to infuse properly. According to Dave Elliott, owner of, Alexander Gourmet Beverages water should be heated to 190° - 212° F. Black tea should be steeped for four to six minutes while green and white teas only require two to three minutes. By comparison, tisanes require five to seven minutes.

Zumba has become very popular in Canada since the past 3 years and almost 10 years around the world, starting in Colombia, South America. “I’ve always enjoyed this form of aerobics. It offers a high intensity calorie burn and being a guy in a class full of women. Well let’s just say that there is nothing wrong with that,” says Peter LeClaire. Peter has been an honorary member to Zumba with Ivonne since 2007. “I found the classes go by very quickly and they seem to have a purpose with the dancing in between. Guys don’t dance very well but its amazing how you improve,” he continued. Come and see for yourself, have the experience of a lifetime. Ivonne Ibarra, is a personal trainer certified Zumba instructor.


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Choosing the right private school by Elizabeth Szekeres When choosing a private school for your child, there are several factors to consider. Your child’s age is one determinant. Learning style and interests may be others. Which school you choose can determine your child’s future, so it is a good idea to thoroughly investigate the options open to you and find a good fit for your child’s learning needs. For most parents, cost is a significant consideration. As a consumer, you want the best deal, the biggest bang for your buck; however, when considering private schools, the cheapest tuition may mean that that school is compromising on key aspects of your child’s education. Experienced, well qualified teachers are essential. A well equipped facility is also an integral part of the package, as well as a safe and secure environment. Look for a well developed and challenging academic curriculum, including teachers for specialist programs such as Arts, Athletics, French, Information Technology, Library and Music, as well as a full range of extracurricular activities. The quality of the program should be obvious on your school tour – follow your instincts. For your child’s sake, quality in education cannot be compromised. Montessori schools typically accept children at 3 or 4 years of age (or younger, if they have a Toddler program) since young children learn best by working with hands-on materials. With the especially designed equipment in Montessori classrooms, young children learn in the areas of sensorial development, practical life skills, cultural studies of the world, mathematics, and language: [reading, writing, and phonics]. Look for CCMA Accreditation certificates at the schools you visit, to be sure that you are getting an authentic Montessori program. Visit the website: ccma.ca for further information. As a parent, doing your own homework will help you to make the right decision, ensuring that your children fulfill their potential in a learning environment that is right for them. Elizabeth Szekeres, a resident of Caledon West, is the Registrar for Tall Pines School.Elizabeth is also an accomplished writer who specializes in helping people write their personal history memoirs.


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Adopt caution before bringing Felix home by Dr. David Kirkham This January we have entertained more inquiries than normal surrounding feline viral diseases found in newly adopted cats and kittens. The two diseases with arguably the most devastating physical effects to the animal, and emotional consequences to the owner, are Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). Recent studies in Ontario identified that approximately 5% of tested cats in our area had a positive result. Both viruses behave similarly and, although temporarily manageable, ultimately tend to result in the death of the animal. In late stages, FIV

behaves similarly to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) culminating in suppression of the immune system, similar to AIDS.

behaviours like grooming or sharing food bowls, toys and litter boxes are all possible routes of infection.

As a practitioner, the most frustrating part of both of these diseases is that the vast majority of infected animals initially seem perfectly normal, presenting with vague, nonspecific clinical problems or no clinical signs whatsoever. It is for this reason that Infection with FIV and FeLV can occur testing newly acquired seemingly through multiple routes including bite healthy cats is strongly recommended wounds from fighting. Kittens born to before introduction into the household. infected mothers can become infected Please consult with your veterinarian before or during the birthing process or through ingestion of the milk. FeLV to determine what testing is necessary can also be found in the oral and nasal and which vaccines are best suited for your cat. secretions of infected cats. Benign FIV and HIV both belong to the same family of viruses but cannot cause cross species infection. Multiple studies have failed to demonstrate FIV infection or disease in people.


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Forster’s spring reading picks by Donna Kamiel-Forster

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Left Neglected is about a lesserknown neurological condition which can result after a stroke or other physical brain injury. Here, the brain is unable to perceive anything on the left…even their own body parts. People on the left disappear, food on the left side of the plate is not “seen,” etc.

John Smith is an alien. Several years ago, he and five other children from the planet Lorien were evacuated to Earth with their “handlers”. Lorien is at war with the Mogadorians Not much beats a quiet afternoon with a good book. The main character, Sarah, has who have destroyed their own an immensely busy life with a high powered job and three planet and are looking for a new place to live. The hope is young children. When she looks at her cell-phone while that these children (the Lorien Six) would all develop their driving, she gets into an accident that leaves her intelligence superhuman powers and eventually come back to save intact but “left neglected.” planet Lorien. The Mogadorians are sworn enemies of the Loriens. They have come to Earth to hunt down the Lorien Six and are prepared to take Earth. Three of the Lorien Six have already been hunted down and killed. Number 4, John, and his “handler” Henri, have moved around a lot since coming to Earth to avoid being discovered by the Mogadorians. The pair have just moved to Paradise Ohio where John is supposed to go to school and keep a low profile. This time, he can’t. He is taunted by the school bully, falls in love, makes friends with the school geek who believes his father was abducted by aliens and his powers begin to manifest.

Left Neglected takes the reader on a journey through disability, therapy, and healing. The healing is not just physical. It is also represented by a change in lifestyle. Pre-accident, Sara and Bob’s life was a whirlwind of working 80 hours a week, getting the kids off to school, daycare, and outside activities, dealing with their son’s possible ADHD, and further upheaval when their nanny decides to go back to school full-time. Post-accident Sarah has to slow down and re-evaluate what’s important in life for both her and her family.

As expected, the Mogadorians are closer than they thought and now John and Henri are protecting not only themselves, but everyone in this town…and ultimately, the world.

Both books have a recurring theme where a neurological condition allows each of these women to reconnect with a formerly estranged relative who becomes instrumental in redefining “life” for the two heroines. Alice reconnects with daughter Lydia who has always thwarted her by being the creative, flaky one who wants to be an actress rather than an academic like Alice and the other two children. Sarah reconnects with the mother who “abandoned” her by falling into a deep depression when Sarah’s little brother Nate drowned early in their lives. Both books are wonderfully emotive. Bring Kleenex.

This action-packed gem is projected to be a series of six books. A movie version is currently in theaters.Although predictable in places due to the similarities to other modern genre series like Superman, V, Battlestar Galactica and X-Men, it is a fast, fun, action-packed read which is perfect for the 12 and up age group. Still Alice & Left Neglected By Lisa Genova Lisa Genova holds a doctorate in neuroscience from Harvard University, so both books are based on solid medical research. Still Alice is the story of a brilliant, physically fit fifty year-old linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. We share her journey intimately as she descends into dementia, as well as the effect it has on those close to her.


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Camps of Caledon: What to do while school is out by Carmen Joseph As a parent, you always have to be thinking ahead. Last year I chose to put my girls in a week long camp at the last minute which left me with not much to choose from. Being quite ambitious, I had all these plans to explore and oh what a great summer it would be. So needless to say, I decided not to book any camps for the summer, up until my kids started driving me crazy. This year I know that I will not be leaving it until the last minute. Below I have included a list and information on some of the day camps that are available within the Town of Caledon. Hopefully this will make it less of a chore for families in search of fun and enriching day camps for their children to attend. Day Camps in Caledon The Town of Caledon offers several camps for different age groups during the March Break (March 14th - 18th) and summer holidays (programmes run July 4th - September 2nd 2011). http://www.caledon.ca 905-584-2022 Town of Caledon - March Break March Break Riding Camp (6-12yrs) Caledon Equestrian School (7-14yrs) March Break Mania Camp (7-14yrs) Town of Caledon - Summer Camps Little Critters Camp (3-5yrs) Summer Activity Camp Jr (5-7yrs) Variety Camp (6-12yrs) Jr. Firefighter Camp (7-9yrs) Summer Activity Camp Sr (7-12yrs) Arts Adventure Camp (7-12yrs) Aquatic Camps (7-12yrs) Nature Camp (8-13yrs) Sports and Leisure (8-13yrs) Dramatic Arts Camp (8-13yrs) Crazy Cooking Camp (8-13yrs) Summer Riding Camps (8-14yrs) Leader in Training (14+ yrs) Counselor in Training (15+ yrs)

Caledon Ski Club Limited space is available for the March 14-17th Lesson Camp. (www.caledonskiclub.on.ca) 519-927-5221 x235

for ages 7 - 17 year olds (www. caledontennisclub.com) 647-297-4665 CreArtive Day Camp An outdoor arts camp for kids ages 5 - 11 (www.creartivedaycamp.net) 416-839-0329 Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Squadron 892 Snowy Owl Offers leadership and summer camps for youth ages 12 – 19 years of age. (www.892snowyowl.ca) 905-838-2133

No shortage of summer fun in Caledon!

Soniador Equestrian Centre Summer riding camp for children ages 5 – 14. (www.soniador.ca) 905-838-2020

Caledon Arts & Crafts for Youth Also known as CACY, they offer a high quality Summer Arts Program for children ages 5-14. Classes are offered during the months of July and August and are taught by local artists in the Caledon community. (www.cacy.ca)

Teen Ranch A Christian sports camp offering March break & summer camps. They have a variety camps such as Horse Riding, Hockey, Soccer and Figure Skating camps. (www.teenranch.ca) 519-941-4501

Caledon Cougars Basketball Association Summer camp for girls and boys ages 5 - 14. (www.caledoncougars.ca/ccba/ summer_camp.htm) 416-540-2364

Big Wave Camp Summer camp located in Albion Hills Conservation Area is for kids age 4 -17 (www.bigwavecamp.ca) 905-301-4760

Caledon Equestrian School March Break and Summer Camps in partnership with the Town of Caledon. (www.caledonequestrian.com/camp. html) 905-584-2022 or 1-800-621-1287 The Caledon Public Library Drop-in hourly programs for school age children at the various libraries (parents must remain on premises but do not have to participate) some require registration. (www.caledon. library.on.ca) 905-857-1400 Caledon Soccer Club Summer camp for girls and boys ages 4 - 18. (www.caledonsoccer.com) 905-584-4033 Caledon Tennis Club Located in Caledon Village offering Junior Summer Tennis Camps

Blue Print Hockey School March break camp in Bolton and a summer camp in Caledon East teaching fundamental skills for young male and female hockey players. (www.blueprinthockey.com) 905-880-1162 Now that this list provides you with a place to start, you might want to register earlier rather then later as most camps fill up quickly. Which ever camp you do choose for your child, in addition to it being fun for your child, make sure that it’s a safe and responsible organization that is running it. Good Luck! Carmen Joseph is a resident of Caledon and founder of a local online resource for moms called MomsofCaledon.com (coming Spring 2011)


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How to reduce stress at exam time by Freyda Tartak Feeling nervous before a test is normal but, if you want to do your best it is important to keep stress from getting the better of you. Fortunately, this is easier than you may think. Here are a few proven, simple tips to consider before your next big exam. Good notes are worth their weight in gold Some note taking methods may work better for you than others. Figure out which is most effective and spend ten to fifteen minutes each night reviewing your notes and clarifying anything that isn’t crystal clear.

to make a tough task even harder. If there is anything that doesn’t make sense, be sure to seek the help you need to figure it out. Get plenty of rest Statistically, people only remember about 20% of what they see or hear. A sleepless night translates to remembering even less, somewhere between 10% and 5%. Last minute crashing is no match for feeling refreshed instead of jittery and full of selfdoubt.

If you have a tough time filling in gaps when the lecture is still fresh in your mind, it is not likely to get easier later.

Never go hungry Skipping meals is even worse than skipping sleep. Food carries oxygen to the brain. A lack of oxygen impedes your brain’s ability to function. Not a promising way to enter an exam room.

Use those open doors Too few students actually Sniff Some Mint make use of open hours. Sniffing mint every few Profs are often mandated Doing well on tests means learning to keep nerves in check hours helps with memory to offer set times when retention. Drink a cup of they have to be available for extra help and tend to appreciate when it doesn’t end up mint tea or chew on some peppermint gum as you study or when you go in for your test. Just remember that too much being another hour they’ll never get back. of anything is not healthy. Whizzing through a heavy work load The bottom line is that the best way to calm nerves is to Speed reading is a great way to focus time where you need come prepared. If you’ve done your level best to get ready, it most. Don’t study every single word on the page. Get the all you can do is relax. So, take a deep breath. Close your gist and move on. Make notes and highlight things you need to pay a bit more attention to once you’ve scanned the eyes for a few seconds. Count to three. Run a couple of laps. Do what ever it takes to get rid of any unresolved nervous entire section or chapter. energy and then go in there and know that you’re as ready Do what you least want to do first. It is much harder to as you’ll ever be. Everything will work out fine. figure things out when you are tired and drained. No need

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Extracurricular activities Soccer In Valleywood The West Caledon (Valleywood) Division of the Bolton Wanderers Soccer Club is thrilled to

announce that another exciting season of soccer is coming soon. Celebrating their 12th year, they have grown from about 150 children to a current registration of over 700. 40 local businesses act as sponsors and are a completely volunteer run, not-for-profit organization. Interested parents are invited to register online anytime from the comfort of their own home, at

Soccer in the park

www.bwsc.ca. Children ages 3 – 14 are welcome. Opening Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 4th with a parade around the park, a free BBQ lunch for all soccer participants and a fundraising BBQ for parents. All proceeds go to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in honour of our founding member and House League Director, Lina Marino. To date, the club has raised over $33,000.00. Regular season play commences May 23rd, 2011. All games and practices take place at the Lina Marino Park in Valleywood. The Club welcomes you to join this house league soccer group where the emphasis is on fair play and having fun. For more information or if would like to volunteer as a coach or sponsor, please phone 416.433.1500 and leave a message.

Caledon Arts & Crafts For Youth Caledon Arts & Crafts For Youth (CACY) has been operating as a notfor-profit organization in Caledon for over half a century. Every summer Caledon children have the opportunity to participate in a high quality art and craft program instructed by many local professional artists. Classes take place in the CACY Room in the Caledon East Community Center. This past summer 67 local families took part. Some of the classes enjoyed by over 100 children included Fun with Clay, Intro to the Potter’s wheel, Mosaics, Painting and Collage, Leather Craft, Wood Design, Handmade Fleece Creatures, Metal Sculpture, Jewelry and Printmaking. A new course well received last year was a full day Video Production class offered off site, at the Where It’s At! Productions studio, in Bolton. The inspired, original videos created during this Video Production class were available for all to enjoy at the CACY Fine Art Show, on Caledon Day, last October. In addition to subsidizing the highly valued summer art program, CACY also promotes the arts in the local high schools by offering CACY art scholarships. To learn more about CACY please visit www.cacy.ca. The 2011 Summer Program will be available on our website in early April and registration will begin on Saturday, May 28th, 2011.

Piecing together some fun


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A fond farewell to Margaret Dunn by Mary Maw

I remember first meeting Margaret Dunn. I was struck by her indomitable character, in awe and yes a little fearful. It was in the early 80s, I was a fairly new library staff member and she was a recently appointed Board member. She had made it her mission to visit all the branches and get to know the staff. Margaret’s visits, not unlike hosting royalty, commanded attention and respect and I would, when possible, retreat to the stacks, preferring to stay out of the way of such a strong, daunting woman. However, all of that changed one December when Margaret opened her home to the entire staff of Caledon Public Library. As the result of busted pipes, the annual staff Christmas lunch was going to be cancelled until Margaret heard the news. On a cold and snowy Monday afternoon and with little more than an hour’s notice, Margaret opened her home in a gesture of what I would eventually learn was just in her nature to give. In addition to the gift of opening her home to relative strangers, Margaret gave an even greater gift to all the staff.

the interior colour of the branch or the decision to purchase and eventually where to locate the bike racks. What I can say is that a person only needs to enter the branch to feel Margaret’s spirit. Her generosity can be seen everywhere in the branch. From the large clock hanging on the wall, to the bench in the children’s section, to the DVD rack to the gleaming new wooden book truck that arrived just last week, Margaret has left a legacy of benevolence. As important as Caledon Public Library, and in fact the entire Caledon community, was to Margaret it was always abundantly clear that her family was the most important thing in her life.

Margaret Dunn

May 9, 1934 – February 11, 2011 Margaret Dunn served on the Caledon Public Library Board for 16 years, from 1979 - 1995, and held the position of Chairman of the Board from 1980 - 1991. After Margaret resigned from the Board, she continued to work tirelessly and generously to support the library. She was one of the founding members of Friends of Caledon Public Library, a non-profit organization whose mandate is to raise funds for the library She was always an advocate and champion of staff

Albert, her steadfast loving husband was often with Margaret at library and community events. She was seldom at the library without the accompaniment of one of her children and I fondly recall many a library event where at least one of her grandchildren was a volunteer. They learned from their grandmother, and from a very young age, the importance of giving back to your community as a vital part of a full and rewarding life.

Rather than accept any thanks and the community. In many ways it was her strength for her hospitality, she gave a of character and determination that resulted in the establishment of the Margaret Dunn Valleywood Margaret’s personality may beautiful and sincere speech branch, in October 1998. have been bigger than life to library staff, thanking us for but she never seemed to our service and commitment to overshadow others. There is no denying she had strong the community. That afternoon, the staff of Caledon Public convictions but that was balanced out with a wonderfully Library left Margaret’s home standing a little taller, feeling valued and appreciated and with a renewed sense of pride in dry sense of humour. She enjoyed being challenged and respected the opinion of others. It’s true, that she had what they did. certain expectations, not just for others but more notably Over the years, my role at Caledon Public Library changed for herself. Thanks Margaret, for setting such high standards and so did my relationship with Margaret. As a manager I for others to emulate. You will be deeply missed. had more responsibility and was involved in the relocation Respectfully, of the temporary building in Valleywood and the eventual construction of the permanent Margaret Dunn Valleywood Branch. I can’t say that Margaret and I always agreed. I won’t even go into detail about our difference of opinion on Caledon Public Library

Mary Maw


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Shake, Rattle & Read at the library this March Break by Patricia Duffy Caledon Public Library is shakin’ with excitement this March – there’s so much happening for people of all ages, from seniors to wee ones and everyone in between! All 7 branches have March break programs to keep children of all ages busy and happy, such as Build and Tell at the Caledon Village Branch, Move It or Read It at the Alton Branch and Shake, Rattle and Other Music Makers at the Caledon East Branch. Everyone has a bit of the Irish in them on St. Patrick’s Day, and all children will enjoy the free St. Patrick’s Party at the Belfountain Branch on March 17th from 4 – 5 pm. At the Inglewood Branch, Not-So-Lazy Morning Cartoons will see children coming in their favourite PJs and enjoying toons, games and more! Big news this March break is Caledon Public Library’s first

ever Winter Dance-a-Thon to be held at the Margaret Dunn Valleywood Branch on March 16th from 7-8 pm for kids 7 and up. Think you can move it? Come out and prove it! And let’s not forget the awesome Tech Expo that’s happening just before March break at the Albion Bolton Branch on Thursday, March 10th, where you can learn about and even try out some of the latest digital devices. Finally, Seniors @ the library proudly present the Miller School of Irish Dance on Thursday, March 10th at 1:30 pm at the Albion Bolton Branch – everyone is welcome to enjoy some Irish music, a dancing demonstration and light refreshments! Once again, Caledon Public Library is pleased to offer two literary

contests: a short story writing contest for children ages 6 – 12 years and a poetry writing contest for young adults 12 – 18 years of age. Monetary prizes will be awarded for place winners in each contest. Entries can be submitted at any branch for both these contests until close on Saturday, March 19th. For more information about these or any other March programs, including contest guidelines, please call any branch, visit us online at www.caledon. library.on.ca or pick up the latest copy of Books and Beyond, available at all branches on March 1st. Patricia Duffy works with the Communications and Programming Department at Caledon Public Library


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Community Contact Info

Community Information..........................................................................................211 Overnight Parking (before 1 a.m.)................................................. 905.584.2272 x4131 Region of Peel..........................................................................................905.791.7800 Waste Management.................................................................................905.791.9499 Water and Water & Wastewater Billing....................................................905.791.8711 Health Line Peel.......................................................................................905.799.7700 Ontario Works..........................................................................................905.793.9200 Town of Caledon.......................................................................................905.584.2272 Regional Councillor, Ward 2, Allan Thompson..........................................416.319.6543 Area Councillor, Ward 2, Gord McClure..................................................... 905.843-9797 Telehealth Ontario................................................................................1.866.797.0000 Call 9-1-1 for emergency services Caledon Fire (non-emergency)................................................. 905.584.2272 ext. 4303 Caledon OPP Mobile ..................................................................................................*OPP (*677) Caledon East........................................................................................905.584.2241 24-hr Non-emergency/Foot Patrol...................................................1.888.310.1122 Crime Stoppers..................................................................................1.800.222.TIPS Caledon/Dufferin Victim Services.............................................................905.951.3838 Caledon Community Services...................................................................905.951.2300 Caledon Community Living......................................................................905.857.9691 Caledon Meals on Wheels.........................................................................905.857.7651 Caledon Seniors Council...........................................................................905.584.0591 Caledon Parent-Child Centre....................................................................905.857.0090 Child Development Resource Connection Peel.........................................905.507.9360 Distress Centre Peel..................................................................................905.278.7208 Hospice Caledon.......................................................................................905.951.3534 Herb Campbell Public School...................................................................905-838-3952 Mayfield Secondary School......................................................................905.846.6060 St. Rita Elementary School.......................................................................905.840.3467 Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School..................................................905.584.1670 Town of Caledon................................................................................. www.caledon.ca Region of Peel................................................................................ www.peelregion.ca ROAD WATCH ..................................................................... www.roadwatchcaledon.ca Caledon Public Library ........................................................www.caledon.library.on.ca Volunteer Caledon ............................................................www.volunteer-caledon.org Peel Public Health.....................................................................www.immunizepeel.ca Coscorp After Sales Service ......................................................................905.821.6814 Monarch After Sales Service..................................................... 416.491.7446 ext. 3583 SouthFields Residents Association Kenneth Bokor, Chairman ........................kenneth.bokor@gmail.com or 905.996.0058 SouthFields Village Voice ................................... villagevoice@pras.ca or 905.846.4852

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Lateral thinking

Find nine people

Sudoko Corner*

Which line is shorter?

* Puzzles devised by Š Kevin Stone [www.brainbashers.com]


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Fleeting moments and afterthoughts b y Ye v g e n i a C a s a l e

A pet’s plea If it should be that I grow frail and weak And pain should keep me from my sleep Then you must do what must be done For this, the last battle, can’t be won. You will be sad… I understand Don’t let your grief then stay your hand For this day, more than all the rest Your love and friendship stand the test. We’ve had so many happy years What is to come can hold no fears You’d not want me to suffer, so When the time comes, please let me go. I know in time you too will see It is a kindness you do to me Although my tail, it’s last has waved From pain and suffering I’ve been saved. Don’t grieve that it should be you Who has decided this thing to do We’ve been so close, we two these years Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

God bless the King of Caledon Caledon Mountain Wildlife Supplies, located behind the Village Bistro in Caledon Village, is owned by one of the most benevolent hearts in Caledon. Owner Brian Thayer is well respected for being a wealth of knowledge on birdfeeding, wildlife, pets, and local animal shelters. He works closely with local schools like Belfountain and Herb Campbell, both of whom attribute at

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least part of their eco-school award winning success stories to Brian’s input and guidance.

him. Visitors would often inquired as to how King was doing and requesting to see him.

Over the years, many of the store’s clients have become personal friends and have formed a special relationship with not only Brian but also King, a larger than life personality who would recognize visitors by the sound of their voices.

“It is with heart felt sorrow that we announce the passing of the King of Caledon, on January 13, 2011. King was thirteen years old. He was the mainstay at Caledon Mountain Wildlife Supplies, for all of his life. It was his home. King was a big, friendly, gentle, and loving dog who greeted customers young and old with love and enthusiasm,” says Brian. “He will be sadly missed by all who came into our store over the years. King will be fondly remembered in our hearts and in our dreams. God bless our King.”

King, part German Shepherd and part Black Lab would have no part of being locked away in a different room when he heard certain people come through the door, especially since they always brought special treats for

Since King’s passing, Brian has been overwhelmed by the love and support of the community and wishes to express his heartfelt thanks to everybody for all their kindness.


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SouthFields Village Voice Volume 1 Issue 4  

SouthFields Village Voice is a Caledon based lifestyles publication dedicated to making living, working, and playing locally easy to do.

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