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Volume 2, Issue III December 2011 â€“ February 2012 ISSN 1923-855X
Must see destination Caledon East
For love of horses English is stupid and other life lessons
Feather in their cap Craig Bell and Elaine Heathâ€™s new digs
Snowfest 2012 Family Day in Caledon
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Family Day: Monday, February 20, 2012 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Treasure hunt 2011 4 Operation Red Nose 7 We have a winner 14 Finding roadside balance 18 Riding bareback through ESL 20 Bringing back the Newfoundland 22 Tax loss selling 24 Inside with Peter Otis 32 Must see destination: Caledon East 35 Belfountain’s White Church 41 Big city gallery aesthetics to Alton 56 Remembering Margaret Foster 60
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From the editor’s desk ... Welcome to the second winter issue of SouthFields Village Voice. For those of you who have been with us from the beginning, back in June of 2010, hopefully you continue to see a lot of positive change with each issue. Even if you don’t, send me a note. I love hearing both the good and the bad. Feel free to share your pearls of wisdome. I’m all ears! For those of you who are seeing it for the first time, chances are it’s because we have only just begun circulating in your area. All of our past issues are on our website (southfieldsvillagevoice.com), check them out! First, thanks so much to Bret Teskey of Yestek Inc. Photography for furnishing my fabulous new head shot. I and Wayne Baguley, President of Headwaters Arts are very grateful. Wayne really wasn’t pleased with the last one. Every once in a while I think to myself that I’m bound to run out of content and then I realize just how silly that thought is, especially when I push off about six stories to a future issue because there simply isn’t room and time to tell you everything in one go. Until the very last minute we were looking forward to publishing an interview with Signe Ball, the fantastic editor of In the Hills magazine. That’s just one of the stories that you can look forward to reading in the spring. This time, its all about horses and Caledon East, there was just so much to say… but you wait and see what’s in store next… you’ll be amazed at who lives next door! Before moving to Caledon I had remarkably little experience with horses… and dogs. I used to cross the
street when I saw a dog halfway down the block. That went away fast after moving here. It was, for the first time in my life, replaced by an understanding of what a relationship with animals can add to a person’s quality of life. That’s why I have to thank Faith Clarkson and ng Judy Thompson for sharing ell their stories with us, as well le as all the wonderful people who welcome us into theirr homes and open up their lives so that I can share them with you: people like Stan Janess and zers of Diane Tolstoy, the organizers don. Operation Red Nose Caledon. This issue we are also promoting four exciting initiatives: 2011 Treasure Tour, Snowfest, Operation Red Nose Caledon, and the second session of SMAC (Saturday Morning Art Club). Each is a relatively new initiative and all there to help enrich our quality of life, here in Caledon. There is always a lot going on around town, especially during the holiday season, like Christmas carolling in Cheltenham and Terra Cotta, and a slew of other events. The New Year will be welcomed by the annual Winterfest and later on by Snowfest and Apple Wassailing, and so much more! We highly recommend bookmarking the Town of Caledon’s Community Events and Headwaters Tourism sites: caledon.ca/residential/communityevents/ and thehillsofheadwaters.com. We hope that you will enjoy this issue and all that winter has in store! From our family to yours, happy holidays!
Letters to the editor I just read the autumn issue of Southfields Village Voice. There aren’t many magazines I read cover to cover, but this is not just a magazine of pretty pictures. I read every article and loved it all! Lots of great information about life and this community written with style and grace. Congratulations! You are really good! Nancy Angrove Urekar, Chic à BOOM
Just saw your new edition of the Southfields Village Voice and just wanted to let you know that you did another magnificent job. Cinzia Del Zotto, Hospice Caledon/ Hospice Caledon Foundation Congratulations to all residents of SouthFields and welcome to your own community and within the community of Caledon. Tom Kumagai, SNAP Caledon
RE: Tranquility of purpose at N.H.D. Stables, autumn issue
As a result of the article we did find a placement for our 2 horses together over near Alton. The response from our friends and neighbours was overwhelming - had lots of calls with positive comments. Thanks again for your article. Norm and Helen
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Operation Red Nose About 26 years ago a bartender suggested that the main reason people drive drunk is because they don’t want to leave their car behind. This insight was the basis of Operation Red Nose. “We’re going to save lots of people, all we have to do is save one,” says Stan Janes. Stan first found out all about it when his brother was unable to join the family for Christmas dinner because of his obligation as an Operation Red Nose Bellville volunteer. From the start Stan realized that he would need a lot of local buy-in. The first thing he did was get his partner, Diane Tolstoy, and his friends at the Bolton Rotary Club on board. Since then, people like Palgrave Rotarian Don Choffe have become equally as enthusiastic about championing the cause. Three years in, Stan says there isn’t one service club that isn’t involved. “The Lyons, Knights of Columbus, Masons, Rotarians, and Optimists Club are all doing what they can.”
Diane, with 25 years of recruiting experience has been lending her talents in that capacity, as well as in steering the development of a database management tool to help them function on par with their much larger counterparts in other areas. Together, Stan and Diane’s innovative thinking have earned them the moniker of “dynamic duo” from their Operation Red Nose counterparts but they are the first to credit the support, sponsorship, and donations of volunteers and corporate citizens: people like Bob Fines who said “can I help you get all of your vehicles supplied by the dealerships and pay for all the fuel?”, and George Ledson, of Cavalier Transport, and Caledon Community Services and the local OPP detachment, and so many others. Operation Red Nose is not about passing judgement, just offering an alternative. It says, “how about we get you, your car, and the friends you
brought with you, home, for free? If you’ve given them a ride there, we’ll get them home. You pay what you can.” Some people have given as much as $150 for a ten minute ride down the road and some people have given nothing. “That’s okay, too,” says Diane “because the point is to save lives.” “We just have to save one,” adds Stan. Every penny donated will go toward supporting a local charity. The statistics are impressive and readily available on their website (operationrednosecaledon.ca). But, the only stat that really matters is that there was not one alcohol related fatality on our roads on a night that the 2010 Operation Red Nose season was running. They still need volunteers and sponsors so if you have some time, or want to be associated with a great cause, they’d love to hear from you.
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SouthFields village update a word from Kenneth Bokor Hello SouthFields village resident: It’s been an exciting and busy few months and for those of you new to our community, welcome! The continued pace of sales and construction by Monarch and Coscorp provides an ever increasing landscape to the village. We now have over 500 homes occupied, amounting to approximately 2,000 residents! As founders of our Residents Association, it’s great to see the continued support and feedback that Yevgenia and I receive from residents. We strive to make sure that you are all informed and that we, as a community, have a collective voice to be an active participant in the growth and shaping of our village. Here’s a quick summary of our December RA meeting and of some of the key discussion points: Zoning applications – 29 ha site of the Livingston Farm property has been zoned to residential. This supports most of the balance of the eastern edge of the village, just east of Learmont Ave., north of Abbottside Way, up to our northern boundary. It will encompass 360 detached, 48 semi-detached and 80 townhomes; an extension to a greenway corridor (original part of Phase III); and an additional storm water management pond.
Meeting schedule: Thursday, December 1, 2011 Thursday, March 1, 2012 Thursday, June 7, 2012 Location: Valleywood Library 20 Snelcrest Dr. (off Valleywood Dr.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
From left to right: Councillor Allan Thompson, Monarch (Brad Carr, Tom Baskerville), Sylvia Jones MPP, Brian Johnson (Monarch), Mayor Marolyn Morrison, Richard Costigan (Coscorp), Councillor Gord McClure, and Liz Sawicki (Monarch). Not pictured but in attendance: Ken Bokor & Yevgenia Casale on behalf of SouthFields RA
Phase I of (new) Kennedy Road Diversion – Southern section was opened in October. Phase II construction for the northern diversion is now underway, to be completed by end of December. Currently Kennedy Road North is closed till December 15th. Please watch your speed and obey all signs in the village. Public elementary school – Continued major progress in construction and will be open September 2012 – JK to Grade 8. Stormwater management ponds (SMP) – Maintenance and enhancements were completed and our current two SMPs are working fine. Village Blue construction is well underway. This pond is now holding water runoff from the Phase III area. Park updates – Neighborhood park was opened in early fall. Most of final construction completed. Additional parks are planned. Community entrance marker – Now completed. Had a ribbon cutting ceremony in October with the Town and Builders. It looks great, too!
Monarch townhomes (Learmont and Abbottside Way) – On September 21st, common elements plan of condominium was registered – Peel Condominium Corporation No 916. Phase III – Constructions well underway, initial closings for homes across from the new school to start May/June 2012. New soccer club – A new club has been formed for SouthFields Village and Valleywood (Mayfield West) areas. Phase I and II – Expect Town to assume these areas in next few months. New signs – Posted on Old Kennedy Road North, showing locations of seniors building and village downtown (core). I am also producing quarterly RA audio podcasts, available in iTunes (search for “vosfracaledon”), so please subscribe – it’s free. This is a great way to also stay up-to-date if you can’t make our meetings. Thanks for your continued support. Regards,
Kenneth Bokor Chairman and Co-founder SouthFields Village RA
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Reminder about SouthFieldsâ€™ ecological devices 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.
In the winter, the quality and thickness of the ice can change rapidly due to unpredictable water flows into the ponds. 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.
Locations of the greenway corridors were determined by previously existing natural system linkages and park locations and sizes were determined by population settlement patterns, statutory parkland dedication requirements, and proximity to the open space network including schools, greenway corridors and centralized functions.
Please tell your children that these ponds are unsafe for skating and swimming!
The neighbourhood park in Phase I of the Mayfield West Secondary Plan has been recently constructed. The community park in Phase II, along Larson Peak Road and Learmont Avenue, is planned for construction in 2012, pending Town of Caledon Council budget approval. The second community park is planned for construction in 2013, pending Council budget approval. Future park development and timing will be determined by the subdivision approval and construction process. Specific park facilities are provided in accordance with the Town of Caledon Recreation and Parks Masterplan. Families are reminded that stormwater management ponds are not for recreational use. Urban stormwater, whether from rain or melting snow, flushes debris and contaminants from roads, parking lots, sidewalks, rooftops, lawns, and other surfaces. Stormwater can contain suspended solids, nutrients, bacteria, oil and grease, trace metals, and organic contaminants such as fertilizers and pesticides. Stormwater detention ponds are designed and constructed to reduce downstream flooding and erosion by controlling the peak flow, frequency of peak flow and velocity of stormwater. These ponds are also designed to trap and settle much of the solid material carried by the stormwater as sediment, which improves water quality and helps reduce contaminant loads into rivers or lakes. Structural devices, such as oil and grit separators, may be incorporated upstream of the pond system to capture oil and larger particles. Aquatic vegetation can serve as a biological filter to retain fine sediment and the contaminants bound to this sediment. 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 or meant for recreational purposes such as swimming or skating.
Trails have been constructed around some ponds for passive uses such as hiking or walking pleasure. Because these ponds are an ecological device, please respect the environment such as the flora and fauna, and pick up after your pets. Contrary to belief, stormwater management ponds are not a conducive breeding environment for mosquitoes known to carry the West Nile Virus. What you pour down the storm sewer system goes to our lakes, rivers and streams. Do not dispose of any waste materials into the storm sewers, catch basins or ditches. Submitted by the Town of Caledon. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 905.584.2272 x.4328
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Federal greetings David Tilson, M.P.’s message Dear Constituents, I’m pleased to welcome the SouthFields Village to the Caledon community, following the official placement of the village’s entry marker this fall. SouthFields is a wonderful addition to our thriving and diverse community with its distinctive charm and unique character. Congratulations to all of the residents, as you celebrate your new village and home. This is an exciting time and the unveiling of the SouthFields Village sign marks an important and
highly-anticipated milestone for our community. A great deal of careful thought, planning, and construction went into ensuring the cherished Caledon values of live, work, and play were respected and met with the outstanding design and development of the village. I commend the efforts of everyone involved from the beginning stages of planning to the members of the SouthFields Residents Association who have and will continue to diligently work to represent the needs and interests of residents going forward. I encourage you to contact me on any federal matters you may have. My Bolton constituency office would
Provincial welcome Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am delighted to extend warm greetings to readers of SouthFields Village Voice. Community spirit is what makes Ontario so special. Our province derives its vitality from the dedication of our citizens and from the thriving businesses, clubs and organizations that make up our villages, towns and cities. Thanks to you, community spirit is alive and well in the heart of Caledon West. I commend the volunteers of the SouthFields Residents Association for keeping citizens abreast of the news and events that matter most to their daily lives. In doing so, you provide a voice for residents, and help to build a stronger community — and a stronger Ontario. Please accept my sincere best wishes for much continued success.
Dalton McGuinty Premier
be pleased to assist you and may be contacted by telephone at 905-8576080 or by e-mail at david.tilson.c1a@ parl.gc.ca. Please also feel free to visit my website at www.davidtilson.ca. On behalf of the Government of Canada and the residents of DufferinCaledon welcome to the Caledon community!
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Seasonal reminders Mayor Marolyn Morrison’s message The leaves have all fallen and Caledon will soon be a winter wonderland. The buzz of the holidays will soon consume our thoughts and so, I thought that I would take this opportunity to remind residents that there are those in our community who need help over the winter. Through Caledon Community Services (CCS), residents and businesses can donate to the Caledon Food Bank to ensure that no one goes hungry this winter. The food bank is part of the Crisis and Counselling Unit located at 18 King Street East, Upper Level of the Royal Courtyards in Bolton. When a person in need comes to the food bank, they are issued food certificates which may be redeemed for fresh and nutritious food at two local grocery stores (Zhers in Bolton and Foodland in Caledon East) and when available, pre-packed food hamper will also be distributed. Each year, the staff at Town Hall work hard to give back to the community over the holiday season by hosting a food drive. I encourage you and your neighbours to do the same. For more information on how you can help this winter, please contact CCS at 905.584.2300 or visit www.ccs4u.org.
During the holidays, the Town of Caledon Animal Shelter also becomes extremely busy. Cats and dogs can offer wonderful companionship. If you are interested in a new addition for your family, why not adopt and give a loving home to an animal that desperately needs it. To learn about the adoption process, please contact the shelter at 905.857.5208 or 1.866.818.5493. Upon adopting a dog or cat from the Animal Shelter you are entitled to a free medical exam and a 10% discount off of the initial vaccinations at a participating local veterinary clinic. On behalf of the Members of Council, I would like to extend an invitation to all residents to attend the annual WinterFest being held on Sunday January 8th from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm at the Mayfield Community Complex for a free family swim and skate. The afternoon will be filled with festivities for the whole family, including face painting and cake. We hope to see you there! Caledon is a community of communities with breathtaking scenery. No matter the season, there are many spectacular outdoor activities to enjoy. So strap on those snowshoes and explore all that Caledon has to offer!
Marolyn Morrison Mayor, Town of Caledon
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from Allan Thompson’s desk As I write this the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is just beginning, which for me is always a signal that fall is winding down and the holiday season is just around the corner. As I think back on this year it has been a very busy one and there has been much progress and activity in our newest community here in west Caledon, SouthFields Village. The number of residents continues to grow, the new school is becoming a reality, new parks and trails are starting to take shape, the community sign has been erected and the sense of community is deepening.
from Gord McClure’s desk Caledon’s Municipal Council is made up of nine persons: a mayor, four regional councillors, and four area councillors. It has been my pleasure to serve as Area Coucillor, Ward 2, for the last five years. During that time a number of new areas have been allocated for residential development, including SouthFields Village. Whenever new projects are created it takes time to settle in and some problems will no doubt arise. The most important aspect is communication. As I have indicated, we have regional and local councillors who are available to serve you: myself and Allan Thompson, Regional Councillor, Ward 2. We are here to assist in the process. I serve on a number of Committees of Council. However, these do not indicate that they are my only interests. My main interests are devoted to safety, police, fire protection, and roads. I shall continue to spend my effort to ensure we have the highest possible service in these areas. For many of us, snow clearing and road safety will soon claim a great deal of our attention. I certainly will be looking out for service in Ward 2!!! Budget is a big item for Council and we are now at that time of the year. We will have public meetings on the question
Work is underway on both the budgets for the Town of Caledon and the Region of Peel. Staff and council have prepared a five and ten-year plan for capital and operating expenditures. The capital long-term workplans include a number of capital projects and investments scheduled for our west Caledon communities. Some of the projects on the docket include an expansion to the fire hall in Valleywood, a possible expansion of the Margaret Dunn Public Library in Valleywood or perhaps a brand-new library facility in SouthFields village. Other public facilities, such as recreational centers, etc., are also scheduled for SouthFields village. This is an exciting, dynamic time for our communities. Ditching and road improvements will continue. As we approach the end of the calendar year, it is a very busy time of the year; a time of special celebrations and festivities for people of all cultures. In our home we celebrate Christmas and I look forward to spending this special time with my family, friends and loved ones. I wish everyone the best of their Season and hope you too will find comfort and joy sharing it with your loved ones. I invite you to join with council and my family and I for the Town of Caledon’s Annual Winterfest, held on Sunday, January 8, 2012, at the Mayfield Recreation Complex. Details will be available at www.caledon.ca. Respectfully submitted,
Allan Thompson, Regional Councillor Ward 2 of budget costs and expenditure and you are welcome, of course, to attend. If you wish to discuss a particular matter, I am available. Wishing you the very best of the season.
Gord McClure, Area Councillor Ward 2
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from Doug Beffort’s desk Kudos re your article ‘Must see destination: Caledon Village’. With the help of our resident historians, Marg Foster and Fay McCrea, you captured the historical essence of our village and brought into focus the current nemesis – two highways cutting through the middle of the village. As a resident of the area for more than 40 years I was swept back in time to the days of Perry Thompson’s store, the Cooperative Nursery School at Knox United Church, the Caledon Community School and more. The brief history of several buildings allows one to view the Outback and the Staite home, for example, from a whole new perspective. Well done! Our current dilemma is caught up in the quote “The Ministry of Transportation is our nemesis. There is a viable community if not for living around a highway corridor.” I think often of the double edged sword that I have carried since meeting with the then Minister of Transportation, Donna Cansfield, in September of 2006, just prior to my first election for the position of councillor. At that time the residents of Caledon Village had been promised an upgrade to the road through the village in order to clear the backlog of constant traffic. That promise was not kept by the government of the day and the project was on hold. By inviting the Minister to join me at the (then) Eddie Shacks Coffee Shop I was able to share the concerns of the community and show her, on a Friday afternoon at rush hour, exactly what we were dealing with. Thankfully, I learned that the Minister had a country home north of Shelburne and she experienced the delays each weekend as she travelled north. Soon after that meeting the project was reinstated, I was elected to Caledon Council and the road to our current dilemma was paved. Since my introduction to Caledon politics in 2006, the issues of Caledon Village, as outlined in your article, have been high on the priority list. I have listened to villagers, spent hours on the telephone, received hundreds of e-mails and spent many hours trying to capture the seed of an idea to help. One of my main priorities was to help those residents who live on Highway 10 and constantly experience the noise and the dust and the constant vibrations from the heavy traffic. My first thought was to have their homes rezoned to a combination of residential/commercial in order to allow them to sell to someone wishing to open a business. This would allow some of the residents to leave, with pride, and retire in peace. Councillor Paterak and I worked to have such a rezoning take place only to be told by the infamous Ministry of Transportation of Ontario that
once rezoning took place the entrances, the driveways, of those locations would be closed. Our efforts to help where in vain! The only crack of sunlight in an otherwise dismal dilemma for these folks was a mention by MTO officials that if Caledon Village had a plan for its future perhaps MTO and the Town of Caledon could work together on the issues. How could we develop a plan? As previously mentioned, I have been associated with the Village of Caledon for more than 40 years. Thinking of how to help was a passion but ideas were being clouded by closeness and history. We needed something new to push the limits of creative ideas. In the late spring of 2011 I approached Councillor Paterak and then the Town of Caledon to suggest a cooperative effort with a university planning program to assist with our problem. After discussion and research, David Amborsky, a Planning Department professor at Ryerson University, agreed to help by using our issue as a research project for his 4th year planning students. Students fought over the chance to work on this project and we now are in the process of working with 13 planning students to bring new life and new ideas to the future of Caledon Village. Letters have been sent to the residents outlining the project. I hosted the students at the Old Township Hall in September where they were given a wonderful presentation by Marg Foster and Fay McCrea and a tour of our village. A facilitated meeting of residents was held in October. Residents were provided with opportunities to write and call-in ideas and suggestions. The students are busy reviewing the Caledon Official Plan as to the ways in which the Village can and should grow. A second meeting of residents was planned for late November (too late for information for this issue of SouthFields Village Voice) and a final project paper will be presented to Council sometime in December of this year. I am hopeful that the results of this project will allow us to focus on the future of our village. Perhaps we can capture that seed of an idea to allow us to plan for economic growth and a shared working relationship with MTO and The Region of Peel for the betterment of the residents. I have received and reviewed the first draft of the Ryerson report and am buoyed by the possibilities. I am also confident that even as the report is being written, beautification plans will actually become reality at our four corners and at the entrances to our village and redevelopment plans for the centre of our village will actually be approved. I look forward to sharing the successes and the results in a future edition of your publication.
Area Councillor - Ward 1
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from Stan Cameron’s desk Mayfield West Public School, the first school in the PDSB to have a geothermal system, isn’t the name of the beautiful new K-8 school set to open September, 2012 in SouthFields Village. Under the supervision of the Director of Communications, schools are named in the following priority order: 1. Generally, the name of the street on which they are located. If that name is not appropriate: 2. The name of the area/ community they are to serve. 3. An historical name that once applied to, or is connected to the area. 4. At the discretion of the Board, the name of a distinguished member of the community, or other worthy individual not of the community, but deserving recognition.
A final decision has not been made yet. Regardless of the name, it is wonderful to think of the many accomplishments that this building will bear witness to. Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of attending commencement ceremonies at Mayfield S.S. and Humberview S.S. Both of these ceremonies were filled with celebrations of student success. Honouring students for their effort and performance is something very worthy of our recognition. Hearing what each graduate is doing with their life, and their expressions of appreciation for the people and programs that helped them get there, was heart warming. When young people have that “attitude of gratitude” we can see it and hear it. Both sets of graduates were effusive in their expressions of appreciation for their parents, their families, their teachers, their classmates and their school.
Finally, congratulations to Herb Campbell P.S.! Principal Matt McCutcheon, Olivier St. Hilaire and Kim Clark, representatives of the Herb Campbell Environmental Council, were interviewed by journalist Jeff Rowlings to feature the environmental initiatives/projects of Herb Campbell’s learning community in the annual “Local Heroes” article/feature for the Dec. 2011-Feb. 2012 issue of the In the Hills. The amazing leadership at this wonderful school continues to “shine the light” on the special environmental work done by its students, teachers, administration, parents, and community partners (including SouthFields Village Voice). Recently I was a guest of the school’s “local heroes” for a visit to Herb Campbell’s peaceful and relaxing community garden. What an incredible place. What special people. Sincerely,
Public School Trustee for Peel District School Board
Tracy Forgette, of the new Anthem development in Mayfield West was all smiles when she picked up her prize from Janine Livingston of Broadway Farms Market. Tracy’s shot of her baby’s first Thanksgiving was the winning entry to last issue’s photo contest for a catered meal from Broadway. Thanks to everybody for all the wonderful entries.
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Gotta love the creativity creativity! This Halloween we had a ton of kids come by looking for candy, and most were even wearing costumes! It was fantastic to see all the parents that got into the spirit with at least a mask, and often more. But, just like last year, there was one stand-out costume of the night: a homemade candy vending machine, complete with full size candy bars in the display window ... all conceived, put together, and donned by one talented young lady. Eleven year-old Rebecca blew us away and we just had to share it with you! We thought all that effort deserved a little better than mini chocolates ... like an authentic Italian thin crust pizza dinner for four somewhere in Caledon East, this issue’s must see destination. Special thanks to Da Paolo Trattoria for sponsoring our 2nd annual SouthFields Village Voice Neighborhood Spirit Award with a $50 gift certificate for our winner. Great job, Rebecca!
Honourable mentions It’s a good thing Carmen Joseph, of MomsOfCaledon.com, and Heather Ryall, our lovely librarian at the Margaret Dunn Valleywood branch of the Caledon Public Library, had their cameras handy or we might have had trouble believing them. Carmen was busy washing the dishes, when she took a look through her kitchen window and saw a cow grazing in her backyard. By the time they were ready to moove along the final tally was a herd of 27 cows! We’re pretty sure Dave got a pass from mowing the lawn that weekend. Heather’s dishes had to wait a little while, though. One day, she found herself having to put her car in park as a family of wild turkeys took their time crossing the road Thanks for sharing, ladies!
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at Palgrave Community Kitchen (34 Pine Avenue, Palgrave)
Holiday Cookie BEE Saturday, December 3rd, 11 a.m. -4 p.m. Want to get this yearâ€™s holiday baking done in a fun group setting, complete with hot apple cider, freshly baked scones and holiday music? We will be making 5 different types of cookies, all featuring LOCAL ingredients. Everyone will go home with at least 10 dozen cookies (2 dozen of each), which can be kept in the freezer until needed for gifts and holiday entertaining. The cost is $50 per person. Please register ahead of time via email eatlocal@ eatlocalcaledon.org or phone (905) 584-6221. Cook Like A Local Chef: Soups & Stocks with Lena Monday, December 5th, 6:30-9:00pm, In this hands-on class, Lena Valiquette of the Tea Boutique will be teaching participants the fundamentals of making soups and stocks, both meat and vegetarian. At the end of the class, we will all sit down and eat together. Cost is $35. Please register ahead of time via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (905) 584-6221.
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Maple balsamic Ontario lamb chops by Stacey Fokas Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: Approx. 7-10 minutes for the lamb and 3-5 minutes for the veggies Ontario lamb chops balsamic vinegar sunflower oil brown sugar garlic cloves Ontario Boston lettuce
12 washed 2-4 tbsp drizzle 1/4 cup 4 chopped 1 head
Curry sweet grated carrots large carrots 2 grated sunflower oil for frying brown sugar 1/4 cup sea salt to taste curry sprinkle Spicy red bell peppers red bell peppers sunflower oil jalapeño pepper dried chillies sea salt
2 sliced for frying 1 sliced sprinkle to taste
Ginger sweet peas frozen sweet peas sunflower oil ginger
2 cups drizzle sprinkle
Maple glaze maple syrup brown sugar
1/2 cup 1/4 cup
BBQ 2 frying pans, 2 pots, resealable container for marinating 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
For more ideas on cooking with locally grown food check out Stacey’s book “Freshalicious,” now in its 2nd printing and available at Forster’s Book Garden, Broadway Farm Markets and numerous other locations around town.
Preheat BBQ to 400ºF. Clean and slice the peppers, grate the carrots, seed and finely chop the jalapeño, and measure the peas, keeping them all separate. Start by boiling salted water in one pot. BBQ the lamb chops 3-4 minutes per side until cooked to your liking. Remove and set aside. In boiling water, blanch peas for 3-5 minutes, while frying other veggies. On medium to high heat, fry the carrots in sunflower oil for a couple of minutes, add brown sugar and season with salt and curry. Fry only a few more minutes and remove from heat. Serve on top of the Boston lettuce as shown in the image. Drizzle the warm maple glaze over the lamb chops and enjoy!
When preparing vegetables like this, the cooking time is kept to a minimum, keeping all the full flavours, colours, and textures to make the veggies come alive!
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Great Blue Heron
Trumpeter Swans Great Egret
Canada Geese Wood Ducks Photographed at various Caledon wetlands by Kimberly Clark
Finding balance at the side of the road by Kimberly Clark Within the natural beauty of Caledon, we are surrounded by wildlife species and their habitats. Walks through our neighbourhoods, along the Caledon Trailway, and visits to local conservation areas provide great opportunities to observe wildlife species. Sometimes, though, due to the fast pace of our daily lives, we are so busy that we travel from one place to the next through our community, focused on our destinations, without having time to observe and marvel at the wildlife species that live among us. To find the balance between time, destination, and opportunities to enjoy nature, travel along a variety of local Caledon roads. These provide amazing opportunities to observe wildlife species in their natural habitats. In Caledon, we are fortunate to live within the Credit and Humber River watershed areas, home to many wetland habitats which support both year-round and seasonal wildlife species. Many of these wetland habitats are located near local roads in Caledon, providing
opportunities for passers-by to observe wetland wildlife species. This year, from spring to fall, travelling along Heart Lake Road provided ample opportunities to observe seasonal wetland wildlife including: Canada geese, mallard ducks, wood ducks, great blue herons, great egrets, and trumpeter swans. Of particular interest have been the trumpeter swans, which are less common in our local wetlands and yet, have remained from spring to fall, being observed in several different wetland habitats along Hwy.10, Heart Lake Road, King Road, and next to the 410 Extension. Most importantly, the presence of opportunities to observe all of these seasonal wetland species speaks volumes about the health of our local wetlands in providing the food, shelter, and space needed in support of them. As the winter season approaches and many of our local wetlands freeze over, most of these
wetland wildlife species will take flight to migrate to warmer places to locate food sources. Hopefully, they will return in spring to provide us with even more observation opportunities and reasons to take pride in the natural beauty of Caledon, this place we share and call home. To learn more about local wildlife and habitats visit Herb Campbell Public School Environmental Council at myclass.peelschools. org/ele/NA/6732/Default.aspx
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Green schools in a green town by Amy Darrell The Town of Caledon has a reputation for being the “greenest town” and nowhere is that more evident than in its schools. Each year our students engage in a variety of activities that are improving the local environment and making the world a better place. We are fortunate to be in the midst of glorious natural surroundings. Our school grounds are no exception, with staff and students often directing their environmental activities towards enhancing, protecting and exploring their own backyard. Over the past few years Herb Campbell Public School has taken on school ground greening projects including planting 300 seedlings and creating multiple gardens. Students use the grounds as an outdoor classroom and incorporate exploring their natural surroundings into their learning. Allan Drive Middle School is continuing its school ground greening
efforts through the creation of the Jan Scott Outdoor Classroom. Its very active Green Team has been hard at work in areas of waste reduction and energy conservation including a successful scrap metal drive in October during which community residents were encouraged to drop off items that contained metal for recycling. The power of environmental activities in schools is that they not only encourage students to become more engaged citizens but also tend to have a ripple effect throughout the community as staff, parents, community members, local businesses and organizations get involved. This is definitely the case at Belfountain Public School where the highly supportive and involved families, and surrounding community, are the driving forces behind the school’s Environmental Education, Conservation, and Outdoor Education
(ECO) initiative. Through this unique program environmental activities and outdoor education is a central focus through which learning and curriculum goals are achieved. The schools are not alone in their efforts, with many organizations offering support and resources: many Caledon schools are involved with Ontario ecoSchools, an environmental education and certification program for grades K-12; eat local Caledon involves students in healthy and sustainable eating through workshops, gardening and cooking; and ecoCaledon offers a fun, interactive waste reduction workshop free of charge to all Caledon Elementary Students. Whether through planting trees, reducing waste or exploring nature, Caledon schools have become central in efforts to engage communities and keep Caledon Green.
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Riding bareback through ESL by Judy Thompson In 1993 I was a single mom with four small children and we urgently needed a place to live. A friend of a friend heard of a 10 acre parcel for sale just north of Inglewood. The property had an old farmhouse and a small barn. We made a low-ball offer: a long shot but all we could afford. When the deal closed I knew it was heaven sent. There were horses in my background, and raising large hunter ponies was not only a dream of mine, it was a perfect way to make a living on a small farm where four children needed me to be at home. From my coach Rosalie Logan (in 1970) I learned to cross thoroughbred horses to welsh ponies for a beautiful type of 14.2hh show pony that is stylish, athletic and kind; the perfect mount for horse-crazy kids. My children and I bred, trained and showed these special ponies and then sold them on to avid horse families all over North America. Some went on to become circuit champions like Good as Gold, the 1997 Royal Winter Fair Large Hunter Pony Champion. But the greatest ponies were the ones that excelled at pony clubbing and kept by the families who purchased them long after their children had grown because the parents couldn’t part with them. In 1998 my daughters coached for Caledon Pony Club at their D Camp, held
annually at the Caledon Riding Club. There were fifteen ponies at camp that year and six of them came from our house. The little riders would ask my girls “how come you have baby pictures of all our ponies?” In 1997, when my youngest child got on the kindergarten bus, it was time for a career change. I called Humber College and told them I’d like to register for their fall TESL (Teaching of English as a Second Language) certification programme. I thought I’d just have to pay and attend. The receptionist told me the deadline was fast approaching to submit my application and to include a resumé to see if I’d be considered for an interview. God bless Tanya, my employment counselor. Without lying she helped me put a resumé together that looked like I’d done nothing but teach for the past 20 years. We left out the part that what I had been teaching, were horses. 500 applications had been submitted for 24 places, and thankfully one became mine. Teaching ESL for the Peel Board of Education was considered a plum job in the ESL world, so I sent them my resumé but with no real experience or hope of success. Then one sunny afternoon in May 1999 I was on my way to the barn to feed the horses when the phone rang. I had my boots on and for a moment I debated letting the
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machine get it before turning back into the house and taking the call. It was the Peel Board. An ESL teacher had unexpectedly quit – could I start tonight? They had called every name in the job application file and I was the first to answer the phone in person. Getting a job at a premier adult education center within the Peel Board was a coup. Unfortunately, our students learned to read and write but their speaking never improved. For eight years I taught at the best adult school in Brampton. The students worked hard and the teachers worked hard but not one student graduated fluent in English. There are only three reasons why a horse won’t do what you want him to do. He either doesn’t understand what you want, it is physically beyond his ability, or he is afraid. My students understood what I wanted them to do and speaking was within their capability but, they were afraid of making mistakes and looking foolish. Once the problem became clear, I set about fixing it. I realized that English is difficult because it isn’t logical: sew rhymes with toe and go; to rhymes with you, blue, who, shoe, few, glue and through. Spelling is random and there are simply not enough written clues for students to be able to verbalize with confidence. Outside of class most ESL students wouldn’t speak English at all. My school’s administration saw no problem, at forty and with four children, I left my job and pension behind to create a viable method for teaching new immigrants to speak English. I was hired by Sheridan College to teach a program I developed, “Speaking Canadian English”. When we published the textbook “English is Stupid” it sold over a thousand copies in 16 countries, in the first year! When I am not teaching at Sheridan I travel around the country training ESL teachers in a new method for teaching people to speak English. I was featured in the Toronto Star, interviewed on CBC and have a TEDx video on my youtube channel. Together with my team, we are making a difference. We recently finished creating the “English Phonetic Alphabet Workbook” a companion to Chapter One of “English is Stupid.” Along with thirteen volunteer ESL teachers from across Ontario, we are working on our next book “Grass is Black,” the world’s first sound dictionary where students look up words from the sound to figure out how to spell them. An amazing concept. My children have grown and the lessons they learned from training ponies have allowed them to put themselves through university and build lives and careers of their own. I still live on my little Caledon farm and have a few ponies beyond my window. They are the grandchildren and great grand children of the beautiful ponies who, many years ago, taught my children to become good citizens and taught me to be a good teacher.
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Applegarth’s Newfoundland ponies by Liz Shaughnessy One quietly suspects that there was a double agenda at play when David and Faith Clarkson acquired their beautiful pastoral property in Caledon during the mid-nineties. Both born and raised in Streetsville, David became a doctor, while Faith pursued a nursing career until the advent of their children in the mid ‘70s. From a strong rural background, including three generations of apple orchard farming, the property was perfect for David , who still practices at Credit Valley Hospital, but has always harboured an interest in horticulture and landscape design. Today, their property, Applegarth, would do justice to any page in “Better Homes and Gardens”. Faith, an active equestrian in her youth, chose to renew her passion for horses ... something she had left behind for nursing school, a career, and their young family. But, as Faith readily admits, “lots had changed during the ensuing years, and with creeping arthritis, I was constantly ‘lame’ and not rock solid in the saddle anymore”.
A visit to the Royal Winter Fair in the fall of ’98 would change her vision and personal role in the sport she loved. During the Fair, she attended a Spirit of the Horse demonstration given by retired RCMP officer Lyn Chapman, about a rare breed from his native province “the Newfoundland Pony”. Numbering almost 12,000 up to the ‘70s, this distinct breed now faced extinction with fewer than 100 plus ponies left on the Island. Small, but mighty, these hard working ponies were the equine ancestors of the horses brought by the island’s early settlers from the British Isles. For over 400 years, these exceptional ponies were instrumental to the New World settlers on the farms, in the pit mines and the fishing industry. But increased modernization and automation eroded their traditional role, with thousands sold in the ‘80s and ‘90s to meat processing plants for human consumption in Belgium and France. Faith was absolutely sold on the plight of this engaging pony and joined the handful of dedicated breeders committed to saving this Canadian Heritage Pony. Now, she just had to sell it to David.
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In November 2000, Applegarth Newfoundland Pony Breeders was born with the purchase of a weanling colt and an 18 month filly from respected breeders Mike Compden and Diana Royce of Deerfield Farm in Burlington. The bouncing colt “Garland” and a lovely dunn coloured filly “Chaos of Avalon” (aka “Cate”) became Faith’s foundation stock. With the addition of a second broodmare, Applegarth has seven offspring to date. All of the ponies have heritage apple names with Applegarth as their prefix: Royal Gala, Mac, Ginger Gold, etc. Faith quickly discerned that these ponies needed to be “re-marketed” for the new consumer ... children and adults that loved horses. Education commenced immediately to break and train the young stock for riding and Faith’s new horse passion ... driving. Employing the skills of well-known pony breeder/ trainer Kirsten Brunner of Hillsburgh, Faith was soon competing and winning ribbons at shows across Ontario and into the U.S. She and Brunner were both impressed and surprised at the willingness and intelligence of the ponies who eagerly sought their new vocation in life. Equally at home pulling a cart or taking beginner children for rides at summer camp, the ponies never lost the wortk ethic instilled into their gene pool over the last three centuries. Several of these charming, adaptable Applegarth ponies have found new homes with loving families who trust these sturdy little equines with their most precious treasures ... their children. Today, Faith and David both look forward to the day when their own grandchildren will be galloping across Caledon’s rural landscape with their home-bred Newfoundland Ponies. In the meantime, they are happy to spread the word about one of Canada’s exceptional four-legged cultural assets, which is now protected under the Heritage Animals Act of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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High-level overview of tax loss selling by Elio C. Riccio, FMA, TD Waterhouse Tax loss selling is a tax strategy which involves selling unprofitable securities and using the realized losses to offset capital gains realized in the current year thereby reducing the amount of taxes owing. Tax loss selling is simply a tax strategy to minimize capital gains from other sources. If the amount of capital losses in a given year exceeds that of capital gains, the excess capital losses (known as net capital losses) can be carried back and applied against net capital gains realized in any of the previous three years (or carried forward indefinitely) for a tax refund.
shares for more than 30 days. In this case you will not be able to claim the $100 loss as a capital loss. However, the $100 is added to the adjusted cost base of your reacquired shares which is now $1,100 ($1,000 + $100). This will effectively reduce any future capital gains from the subsequent disposition of these shares. In the preceding example if only 50 shares were repurchased and owned beyond the 30-day period, then 50% of the loss may be claimed as a capital loss, and the remaining 50% added to cost of the shares reacquired. Tax Loss Selling
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) form T1A â€“ Request for Loss Carryback is used to carryback net capital losses to a prior year.
Settlement date For superficial loss purposes, the 61-day period is from settlement date to settlement date. For example, if you sell your shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange on October 19, 2010, the transaction will settle on October 22, 2010. To avoid the application of the superficial loss rules, this means you cannot acquire these shares between September 22, 2010 and November 23, 2010 settlement dates. This in turn means you must purchase the shares on or before September 17, 2010, or on or after November 18, 2010 to avoid a superficial loss.
Generally speaking, losses are usually carried back and applied against gains in the earliest of the past three years first. However, if your marginal tax rate varied significantly in the past three years, you may wish to apply the loss carryback to the year with the highest marginal tax rate (assuming you had net capital gains in that year) if your goal is to receive the most tax refund per dollar of loss carryback. While tax loss selling may be beneficial from a tax planning perspective, the decision to sell a particular security should also be based on its investment merits, and your long-term goals. Superficial loss In order to claim a capital loss on the disposition of a security, you should make sure that the loss is not a superficial loss. Generally this means you cannot buy the identical security during the period that begins 30 days before and ends 30 days after you have disposed of that security, and still own that security at the end of that period (i.e. 30 days after the disposition). The superficial loss rules will also apply in the case where your spouse or common-law partner (hereinafter collectively referred to as the â€œPartnerâ€?), or a company controlled by you and/or your Partner purchases an identical security that you have sold during the 61-day period, and own the security at the end of that period. The effect of the superficial loss rules is that you cannot claim the loss as a capital loss. Rather the amount of the loss is added to the adjusted cost base of the identical security purchased. As an example, suppose you sold 100 shares of XYZ Ltd. today for a loss of $100 and you immediately buy back the same 100 shares at a cost of $1,000 and held onto those
Identical property Another aspect of the superficial loss rules is that an identical property must be acquired for these rules to apply. The CRA in an Interpretation Bulletin (IT-387R2) provided its view that identical properties are properties that are the same in all material respects so that a prospective buyer would not have a preference for one as opposed another. The determination of what constitutes an identical property can be quite tricky. For example, the CRA has opined in one of its past documents that it considers an index fund that tracks the performance of the TSX Composite Index from one financial institution to be identical to that from another financial institution. Professional tax advice is strongly recommended to assist in the determination of identical properties. Superficial loss transactions The following are examples of transactions that may be considered as superficial loss transactions if they occurred within the 61-day period previously described: 1) Sell a security in a non-registered account, and repurchase the identical security in a RSP/RIF. 2) Sell a security in a non-registered account, and repurchase the identical security in a managed account or vice versa. 3) In-kind transfer of an unprofitable security to a RSP/RIF. In this case, the loss is permanently denied.
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4) Switches to different versions (e.g. deferred sales charge to front-end) of the same mutual fund. 5) Sell shares and then purchase call options on those shares if the options are held beyond the 30-day period. Examples of transactions that may not be considered as superficial loss transactions include: 1) Purchasing the identical security outside the 61-day window period. It should be noted that if the identical security is purchased ahead of the sale, it may affect the average cost of the security, and thereby the size of the loss in the subsequent sale. 2) Transfer the security to a child or parent. 3) Sell common shares and purchase preferred shares. 4) Sell shares of one company and purchase shares of a similar company. 5) Switch from one mutual fund trust to another mutual fund trust in the same asset category. 6) Switch from one mutual fund trust to a similar mutual fund corporation or vice versa. Stop-loss rules The superficial loss rules apply to individuals seeking to claim a loss. Where it is a company that is seeking to claim a loss, the stop-loss (and not superficial) loss rules will apply. If a company controlled by an individual and/or his/ her Partner disposes of a security at a loss, and the identical security is repurchased by that individual or his/her Partner within the 61-day window period, the stop-loss rules will
apply to suspend the claiming of the loss by the company until such time as the identical security is disposed of by that individual or his/her Partner. Transferring unrealized losses to a Partner It is possible to transfer capital losses from one Partner to another. This is something that may be worth considering where one Partner has realized capital gains and the other Partner has unrealized losses but no gains with which to offset. In this case the Partner with the unrealized losses can sell that security on the open market, and the other Partner can repurchase that security immediately also on the open market. The resulting superficial loss transaction would cause the amount of the loss to be added to the cost of the security purchased. After 30 days, and assuming the market value of the security has not changed appreciably, the security can be sold and the loss can be claimed by the Partner who purchased the security. A tax election may have to be filed by the Partner who disposes of the security to complete the transaction. As with all tax planning, professional advice and assistance from a qualified tax advisor is strongly recommended. With some careful planning and professional advice, you can turn tax loss selling into tax loss winning. This article contains general information for Canadian tax purposes, provided by SouthFields villager Elio Riccio, FMA
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If you are interested in House League soccer for your child between the ages of 3 and 14 – read on! For many years, the community of Valleywood has hosted a soccer league with all games played at the Lina Marino Park in Valleywood. A core group of volunteers who have been responsible for this league are now taking on the challenge of running it independently, under a new club name, the “South Caledon Soccer Club”. Their specific focus is on the promotion of House League level soccer for the Valleywood, SouthFields, Anthem and north Brampton communities. This group has a long history of promoting family friendly soccer. Their Opening and Closing day events feature a parade, bouncy castles and treats for the children, and each year they host a fundraising charity BBQ with all proceeds going to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. To date, they have raised over $40,000. Luciano Marino and Damian Barrett, who together are at the helm of
this league, are very proud of the relationships they have formed with the community over the years and with the many sponsors and families who have played in the league. They hope to continue the tradition of house league soccer under the new South Caledon name, one which they feel better reflects the communities from which they draw participants. If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 14 interested in playing noncompetitive House League soccer, come to our family-friendly league where the emphasis is on fun!
If you, or a person you know, is interested in sponsoring a team, this is a great way to spend your advertising dollars. Just ask places like #10 Mini Storage & Reinhart Trailer Sales.
All registrations will take place in the Community Room of the Margaret Dunn Library in Valleywood. All games will take place at the Lina Marino Fields in Valleywood.
Sponsorships are inexpensive and guarantee that each week, a large group of children, wearing your logo on their shirts, will be highly visible to the community. Use the contact information above with “Sponsorship” in your subject line and a volunteer will contact you.
Registration dates January 20th, 2012 January 21st, 2012 February 17th, 2012 February 18th, 2012
6 – 9 pm 11am – 2pm 6 – 9 pm 11am – 2pm
For more information contact us at 416-433-1500 or at email@example.com A website is currently under construction.
On circulation We love hearing from our readers and one thing we hear a lot is how much you all love receiving the magazine ... unless you don’t ... because not everybody does. Although we would love to deliver all over Caledon, it does boil down to dollars and cents. Ad sales pay for printing and postage. That’s it. No grants, no subscription fees. Just ad sales — though we do get a bit picky. If we wouldn’t buy from them, we won’t let them advertise. You have our word on that. So next time you visit a place because you saw their ad here, be sure to say ‘hi’ for us. By the way, this sandwich and coffee over to the left tasted great! Oh, and if you’re thinking right about now that you should probably let us vouch for you, too, it might not be a bad an idea ... (psst, the number`s at the back ...)
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Everybody comes in with a story Marvin and Brian Lenstra love what they do. No two customers and no two days are exactly the same. All the brothers have to do is be there for it.
explain the difference between Mayfield West, Caledon West, Inglewood, Caledon Village, Caledon East, Victoria, Claud, Valleywood, and so on.
Marvin and Brian own and operate #10 Self Storage, the mini-storage facility located in Victoria (for those of us new to the area, Victoria is basically just the four corners of Hwy. 10 and King St.). To SouthFields Village Voice, they are also the Cheers of Caledon, with Marvin serving as its Sam Malone.
He was like a one-man welcoming committee and a terrific sounding board. We still drop by for the occasional sanity check and we aren’t the only ones.
Beneath his quiet, humble demeanour is a Marvin Lenstra at his counter, always ready to listen. man who understands From the very beginning, Marvin helped steer the direction that when people come to get a key, they are likely going of the magazine, offering valuable insight about the area and through something unnerving and he’s there to make at least the storage part of their headache go away. “Everybody we drank it all in like it came from the Oracle of Delphi. comes in with a story and they just need somebody to For a Caledon newbie it took some time to wrap our heads listen to them,” says Marvin. But don’t expect to hear any around the geography and it was Marvin who helped gossip. He’s just there to listen. Like a good bartender. Hours of Operation Monday - Friday 8 am - 6 pm Saturday 8 am - 12 pm (closed on long weekends)
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Starting up business in Caledon a capital idea Caledon is a community of communities that offers a unique mixture of thriving urban and industrial centres surrounded by a calm rural environment of fertile lands, beautiful rolling hills and quiet open spaces. Caledon’s origins date back to the early 19th century when it quickly established itself as a key industrial and agricultural centre in what was then Upper Canada. Since that time, Caledon has evolved into a progressive economic base for a wide variety of industries ranging from agriculture and tourism to manufacturing, food processing and logistics. With a population of over 60,000, Caledon has earned a reputation of providing a safe, stable and sustainable environment for its private and corporate citizens. In fact, Maclean’s magazine has named Caledon “Canada’s Safest Community” in each of the three years that they have been assessing communities across the country. All of these factors, plus an enviable proximity to Canada’s largest urban centre and busiest transportation hub, have made Caledon an attractive location for businesses of all sizes. To ensure that the needs of Caledon’s entrepreneurs and small business managers are being met, the Town of Caledon Economic Development Department partnered with Caledon Community Services to form the Caledon Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC). The Caledon SBEC provides a variety of services, including: business advisory and consultation services, workshops and seminars, business plan reviews, free business-related computer and Internet access, networking and professional development opportunities. It also offers access to entrepreneur-specific materials, a reference library, trade indexes and business publications and guidance on licenses, permits, regulations and other new business requirements. For more information about the services offered by the Caledon SBEC, visit the website at www.ccs4u.org/ Caledon-SBEC.aspx, call 905.584.2300, e-mail: sbec@ ccs4u.org, or drop by the SBEC office in the upper level of the Royal Courtyards at 18 King Street East in Bolton.
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Increased insurance options bring better solutions by Tim Forster My practice is like a virtual store. The more products on the shelf, the more ability I have to help fulfill my clients needs. Over the summer, I had the honour of being asked to join the Board of the Caledon Chamber of Commerce. My goal will be to bring in more businesses from the west and to promote the Chamber as being “The Voice of Business for All Caledon”. For added service, I am now the local sub-agent for The Chamber of Commerce Insurance Plan. This plan offers big company benefits to small and medium sized member companies. By adding this product, Caledon business residents now have a one stop shop for Health Benefits. We can look at traditional group, the Chamber Plan, and of course the individual based Caledon Community Health Plan. I’ve also developed a relationship with the Insurance Supermarket Inc. If you are looking for insurance on the internet, you have a good chance of connecting with this company. This company gathers information from you, sets up an appointment, and sends out an agent to meet with you. In Caledon, that could be me. Many people who search the internet for insurance have health issues and do not know who or where to turn to. Also commercials promoting guaranteed issued life insurance have made people more aware of the need for financial security to protect their loved ones specifically for final expenses. Here’s what I can share with you. The easier a policy is to buy, the more expensive it is and the more likely that underwriting will be done at time of claim. Obviously, a better result would be to have less costly insurance that is underwritten at time of application. Through the Insurance Supermarket, I’ve added even more products to my shelf in order to put you in the best policy possible for your circumstances. The greater goal in life should be to do life insurance planning. Create a program that is laddered, with differing
Terms that address changing needs as you progress through your life cycle. Identifying early that final expense/capital gains insurance is a good idea will save you a lot of money. Best Product find over the past few months has been Mortgage Disability Insurance from Blue Cross. In the event of disability, it actually pays your mortgage, principle and interest (and can even pay property taxes) for up to 2 years OR the remainder of your mortgage amortization term. Yes, this product can pay off your mortgage! More importantly, other disability benefits are not affected as claims are paid directly to the creditor. It’s portable and premiums are reasonable…for me a great find. Most needed Product … Critical Illness Insurance. Who does not know a friend or family member who has had a heart attack, or is fighting cancer. Do you think that $25,000 or $50,000 would have relieved some financial stress and allowed them to focus on their health? These products cover a wide range of life threatening conditions and are more difficult to qualify for. Several companies are now bundling this product with life insurance to make it more accessible. Buying insurance is like borrowing money. When you do not need it, it’s plentiful and inexpensive. Now is the best time to Talk to Tim.
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgentstern “The Night Circus” is certainly getting its share of “buzz” ... and rightly so. The book has a wonderful magical feel that maintains its ambience throughout. The two main characters, Celia and Marco are being groomed for a fight to the death in a long standing contest. Celia’s father, Horace Bowen, a.k.a “Prospero the Enchanter” and Marco’s guardian, A.H., “the man in the grey suit” each teach their respective protégés to perfect their magical abilities in order to win their contest at the Night Circle. But they do not have to face the consequences of losing ... only the children do. For years, neither Celia nor Marco knows who each other are, or how they relate to each other. They do not know the “rules”, its consequences, or even how it will be judged. Inevitably, they find out, fall in love and have to figure out how to finish the contest without one of them dying. Without Celia and Marco, the Circus itself cannot exist and the magical ambience will be lost. There are many other characters who contribute to the existence of this mysterious Circus, but they are not as well developed. For that matter, Celia and Marco are lacking in true character development, as well. I believe this is purposeful. They are the Circus and the Circus is what creates the ambience of the book. The Circus is what keeps everyone and everything together. The Circus is more than a background or setting. It is a living, breathing creation which keeps us reading to the end…and wanting more. This is a great read for adults or young adults. Highly recommended.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs This narrative, and accompanying strange, and a bit disturbing photographs work for adults and young adults. Jacob and Abe Portman have a very close relationship. Jacob has always been fascinated by Abe, his grandfather’s stories of his life in Europe as a young Jew prior to WWII. After Abe’s family was killed and he was sent for protection to a strange house in Wales. He tells Jacob of the mistress of the house, Miss Peregrine, and her very strange children with extraordinary powers. He even produces their eerie and creepy photographs. After Jacob witnesses his grandfather’s death, his parents send him to a psychiatrist who convinces them to let Jacob go to Wales to prove (or disprove) his grandfather’s tales. What Jacob discovers there will change his life forever. It’s a fun, fast, adventurous read for both teens and adults.
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan This is a dystopian futuristic novel. The division between church and state has been obliterated. Hannah Payne has been convicted of murder. Her victim, the child she aborted to protect its father’s identity, a well-known public figure. Rather than jailing, felons’ skin is “chromed” a brilliant colour to indicate their crime and let loose for lifelong public scorning. After the procedure, Hannah’s parents find a half-way house for her but it turns out to be a strictly religious place where chromes are abused. She escapes and finds an underground group who smuggle her to a place where chroming does not occur. Hannah goes from a naïve 26 year-old to a critical thinking young woman, able to heed the call to action when necessary. “When She Woke” is reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s “Handmaid’s Tale” and Hawthorne’s “Scarlett Letter.” Highly recommended for adults and young adults.
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Something smells great in Inglewood Anybody familiar with Inglewood knows all about the Coffee Bean CafĂŠ, with its imposing green and black sign, located at the corner of Old Baseline and Hurontario. It used to be owned by the same family who runs the popular Manis Automobile Service Centre Ltd.
restaurants and how to make the inside a kitchen work the way it needs to. Angelo, just as headover-heals in love with her as she is with him, and an equal partner is ... along for the ride. â€œEh, the way she cooks, everything is my favorite,â€? Angelo replied enthusiastically when asked what he liked on the menu ... because everything on the menu looked great. Here is a man who, like most Greeks, knows great food so, we were inspired to trust his opinion.
The restaurant served up great Mediterranean style home cooking but, the owner has wanted to sell for a long time. Since the beginning of November everybody has the same reaction: â€œoh, he finally sold it. Good for him!â€? Angelo and Barbara quietly set up shop in the beginning of November with little more than an â€œunder new management signâ€? on the sidewalk and new faces inside. But what a difference!
â€œIn all the time I lived in New York I never caught a break. I move here and eight months later I own a restaurant,â€? says Angelo, still reeling a bit from the pace at which his life has been transformed in such a short time.
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For Barbara, too, life has taken some interesting turns beginning with the February sudden loss of her father and greatest mentor, a bad breakup and meeting the love of her life, all in a the early part of 2010. Itâ€™s like her own personal version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. According to Barbara, â€œIâ€™m living my dream!â€? When you do go to the new Coffee Bean CafĂŠ & Grill, expect a warm welcome, expect a great meal, expect to become a regular ... expect a new sign out front!
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A different perspective… inside with Peter Otis by Michele Skawski “My art is my joy.” Artist Peter Otis cannot contain his joy, nor does he want to! As you step through the front door of his Caledon East home, a cacophony of colour, textures and ideas compete for your attention. Peter’s original paintings, a rare collection of cigar box labels, and an assortment of primitive masks are showcased – and that’s only the foyer! Moving through Peter’s house, it is clear that he lives life on his own terms – a urinal in the “powder room”, bold green and orange walls in the living room and kitchen - artwork, everywhere. Peter’s creations line the walls ... and floors; creep up onto the furniture; and hang from the ceilings in a joyous riot that almost feels alive. Peter’s black & white photography is breath-taking in its quiet simplicity. A stand of trees is emotionally captivating and a series of nude photographs honour the beauty of the human form.
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Peter’s life flows from his imagination. He is a photographer, collector, painter, and inventor, continually exploring new ways to express himself – and his home is just another canvass. It is a receptacle for his endless experimentation and creativity. At age 61, Peter was driving through Caledon East realizing that he
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way to Peter’s prolific talent, which cannot be contained on the walls of a parlour - his creativity flows through the house, out the back door and even onto the backyard fence! Despite his penchant for colour, at the heart of Peter’s many interests is his fascination with the ancient and primitive. He wears the Eye of Horus, an Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power & good health. A Hindu funeral mask and his renditions of native cave art grace the walls inside his house. And on that backyard fence… Peter artistically displays a collection of items from our pioneering past – a wash board, hand-held farming implements, and stained glass, to name a few.
Peter’s house is his home and his art gallery. Anyone is welcome to knock on his door and come in for a tour. He likes the old idea of the parlours in France where people displayed their art and would share a glass of wine while viewing it. The civility of the concept, however, gives
didn’t have a “pot to piss in”, when he noticed a “For Sale” sign. Most people wouldn’t have given it a second thought but, Peter was inspired. He bought the house immediately and has lived there ever since!
Peter’s house is his showcase and an adventure for anyone who happens upon it. He is fearless in his “decorating” because he is not concerned about what his guests think of his decor or what is best for resale value. He bought the home as an investment, but more importantly, as another way to express himself. When it comes time to sell, he will whitewash the canvass and the new owners will never know what came before ....
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Fantasy in the eye of a photo by Freyda Tartak Desirée A. Neville really knows how to capture a moment. But so do any number of other talented photographers around town. What makes her Caledon East studio, Your Eye On Photo, special is her ability to understand why people hire photographers in the first place: to capture the fantasy of a moment, not its reality ... even in those candid shots. Anybody who has ever gotten married knows it is a hectic, exhausting and stressful day. Things always go wrong and by the end the only thing the bride wants to do is take her shoes off. The wedding album isn’t supposed to contain any of that, just the tender moments. What Desirée does is expertly stage the magic and allow her clients and their children to pick which altered reality to bring to life. Take for instance her Tattle Tales offering where little boys can go fishing with poles in a pond, or
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become buccaneers, and little girls can turn into real life faeries. These are not your typical photo books, posters, and so on. Desirée even commissioned custom tailored costumes from local dressmaker Linda Reist, who specializes in complicated alterations, custom ladies formal wear, gymnastics and dance costumes. At Your Eye On Photo clients are able to order entire bedroom collections (story book, poster, growth chart) with their child in a fantasy setting that looks every bit as though it really happened just that way.
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Orchestrating a local hidden gem One of Caledon East’s best kept secrets is Caledon Chamber Concerts, an organization started by its president, Gordon Morton. Morton, a Palgrave resident, was inspired by a series of house concerts presented by Russell and Vera Linney, also from Palgrave. The Linneys’ departure for BC in 2003 left a gap in the classical music life of Caledon residents, a gap that Morton sought to fill. Lacking the space in his own home, Morton moved the concerts to St. James’ Anglican Church in Caledon East where, at that time, he was Choir Director. The quiet, tasteful surroundings of the Gathering Space at St. James provide an intimate setting for this classical music series.
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Caledon. A series of five concerts is presented between October and April with performances ranging from solo piano to trios to string quartets to a small chamber choir. To add further interest to each concert, the performers give insights into the music and the composers. Refreshments are served after each concert, allowing concertgoers to interact with each other and the performers.
Caledon Chamber Concerts’ mission is to promote and sustain an interest in chamber music in the Town of
For a list of the remaining concerts, visit www.caledonchamberconcerts.com/schedule
Must see destination: Caledon East When Gabriel Giraldi’s parents decided to move from Malton to Caledon East in 1986, everybody thought that they were crazy for moving to the middle of nowhere. But they needed a bigger kitchen for their Italian family and had an opportunity to buy a house there. Caledon East, though, is not in the middle of nowhere, situated along and around Airport Rd, it is a village that doesn’t behave like one because “we have a lot of influences from outside the town with Airport Road being a major artery between Toronto and Collingwood. But, you still get that small town warmth. People acknowledge each other when they
walk down the street,” says Gabe, owner of Caledon East Bakery.
enter as strangers leave as friends,” and so they do.
About 85% to 90% of local merchants live in Caledon East, as well. So when people walk in to Bernie’s hardware store and don’t have enough to pay for what they need he doesn’t mind letting them take the product and come back to pay him a bit later; Frank’s barber shop is exactly like the one you see in the old movies; and when Peter Otis walks in for his breakfast and asks how everything is going, Natalie at the new Terrapin Station, tells him all about spending the weekend at the hospital with her father-in-law. People care about each other the way you only find in a small town. The mural that she painted on her wall reads “may all who
When the Caledon East Revitalization Committee raised enough money (through volunteer efforts and donations from local businesses) to put planters along the main strip for some much needed curb appeal, Glen Echo supplied the planters at cost and even delivered them free of charge. Glen Echo, the local nursery just south of the village is always supporting local fundraisers by donating raffle prizes, just as they did for both of our SouthFields village community days. “Most people are surprised to learn that we are still open this late in the year but we always carry a great selection of holiday décor, fresh-cut Cont’d on next page ...
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Typically décor at a nursery can often be a bit on the kitschy side. Glen Echo offers a refreshing change to that because most of the staff live and work in the area. Their sensibilities with respect to what they offer for sale and how much they charge for it reflect the nursery’s overall down-to-earth, personable attitude. When Valerie and Martha decide what to bring into the store they do it knowing what people are likely to buy, consistently demonstrating an appreciation for the finer things without the unreasonable price tag. Davis Farm Feed Supply, located just a street over on Mountainview Road is another popular destination. They supply black sunflower seed to all the local businesses that carry it and specialize in horse feed. This year they sold pumpkins
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and always carry Christmas trees. But that isn’t the only reason people drop by. Sometimes people come because they need help in finding a good plumber. “As long as they’re driving up that driveway that’s good enough for us,” says Sean Davis. “If we don’t carry it and somebody needs it, we’re going to do whatever we can to bring it in for them,” he adds. It may not be much of a stretch to expect to find nurseries out in the country but, you may be surprised to learn how easy it is to find just about everything else, as well: dressmakers; photographers; physiotherapists; accountants; lawyers; pet groomers; and even one of the best places you could possibly find for expert audio video advice, equipment and accessory sale, and installation. These guys can hook up any body for anything. They have one family who, thanks to Caledon East Audio Video, is able to watch their son’s hockey playoffs from the comfort of their backyard hot tub on their flat screen TV and, then easily hang it back up in their family room. The locals in Caledon East really do take every opportunity to shop where they live. They understand that if they want to preserve that small town feel they need to do more than just sleep there. Take John McGuire, for instance. John is well known for his hot rods, having built award winning cars for collectors from all over North America. But even if he is almost out of gas he will drive his car until it is bone dry just to get back home to Caledon East and fill it up there. Giving as good as they get Nick Niro, who passed away in 2011, was an icon in the community. For a long time he was the owner of the local IGA, the only grocery store in the village (and the rest of Caledon, outside of Bolton). Nick was a true mentor to people like Gabe, giving him his first job at age 13. “He gave me a start at an early age and taught me to believe in myself,” Gabe recalls. Nick had Gabriel stocking shelves in the glass aisle, “the hardest aisle to work because everything was glass!” Every once in a while something would break but Nick still kept him around. Gabe learned a lot in those five years, like about “reading individuals, how to build on their strengths and work on their weaknesses,” says Gabe. Skills he now uses on his staff to empower them and take the pressure off him and his mother, Anna. When it was time for Gabriel to move to Toronto to go to school at Ryerson, and then Sheridan, Nick helped Gabe get his second job at Oshawa Foods, a distributor for IGA. “Believe it or not my mom worked for him too. Nick even supported me in opening this business even though the bakery was sort of competition for his business.” That was ten years ago. Gabe, his mother, Anna, and his brother-in-law, Robert, started Caledon East Bakery with the idea that once the business got off the ground it would transition over to Robert. In a ironic twist, Robert developed Cont’d on next page ...
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an allergy to wheat so, it was Gabe who ended up staying and running the fabulous bakery/catering business. For the first five years he, like most people who come to Caledon East, tended to keep the focus internal but eventually the place got to him, as it does to everybody. Customer loyalty has been huge for Caledon East Bakery. “They’ve really supported us through the years,” says Gabe. In return, about 40% of his advertising budget goes to sponsorships of local sports teams and other fundraising requests that come through the door. That’s pretty common for the other businesses in the village, as well. “The way I see it, one-hand washes the other. It’s not an issue of if I can afford it or not, because a lot of these kids,” he said, nodding at the group gathered for a pizza and veal subs a couple of tables over, “are on the local sports teams.”
Gabe is big on giving credit where it’s due. When it comes to his work ethic and humility, he is every bit the typical Caledonite. No conversation about his success would be complete
without paying respect to his upbringing and the many people who have mentored him over the years. Truly, Anna, who is the heart of the home cooked meals that are served up each day, is one of the main reasons people keep coming back ... authentic Italian home cooking at its best. “A very good mentor of mine told me you can run a business in one of two ways: You can either micro manage it, doing the nittygritty, looking over people’s shoulders, or you can run your business like a yacht and really navigate it in the direction that you want to go in,” says Gabe. When Robert left, Gabe and Anna moved from thinking of the restaurant as family owned to regarding it as ‘employee
run.’ They have a fantastic staff and are able to delegate important tasks, freeing up their time to focus on growing the business. Gabe already has plans for expanding to a second location within two or three years.
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Gourmandisimo, Howard the Butcher, Caledon Burger Company, and Airport Pizza are also examples of husband and wife run establishments, while others, like the new Caledon Hills Coffee Company, Da Paolo’s, and Home Hardware, like Gabe and Anna’s Caledon East Bakery, exemplify parentchild run businesses. Equally as many households are comprised of a wife and husband each running their own distinctly unique business like Lena of the Tea Boutique, and her husband who owns the auto parts shop next door, or Desirée of Your Eye on Photo and her husband the actuary who rents a space in the same heritage once
Presbyterian church that is also home to Inspirations. The little Italy of Caledon Entrepreneurial drive is not the only thing that helps define many of the enterprises in Caledon East. The abundance of coffee shops, cafés, restaurants, and auto mechanics is a bit of a running joke in the area. But then again, all you have to do is look a bit closer: you could say that Caledon East is the Little Italy of Caledon, though we know that local photographer Pete Paterson must be shaking his head as he reads this. Pete, who on occasion graces SouthFields Village Voice with his photographs and is a regular photographer for In the Hills also raises chickens and serves on the Caledon East Revitalization Committee. He is quick to point out that not all of the business owners are of Italian lineage. But, they aren’t Cont’d on next page ...
Its friendly, warm atmosphere is what makes Caledon East the purrrfect place to enjoy a great meal, take care of yourself, your car, your pets, and your house. A new surround system, Christmas tree, outfit, enlightening chamber music, a hike on the Caledon trail system, hockey arenas and the town hall are all in close proximity.
Keeping it all in the family Family is what it is all about for most of the establishments in Caledon East. Inspirations, the interior décor and framing shop at the end of the street is Luigi and Rosanna’s retirement dream. Luigi used to be a shop teacher with the Catholic School board. The slower pace of Caledon East is ideal for this laid back couple who understands that selecting wallpaper, paint colours and framing alternatives can be a stressful experience. They even installed an espresso bar and set up a cozy cafétype atmosphere in order to enhance the experience for their customers. Rather than simply offering paint they have been working hard to establish themselves as Ferrow & Ball (premium paint) resellers.
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all Greek on Danforth, Italian on College, or Chinese on Spadina, either. Even many of the people who live in Caledon East don’t realize just how many of their local establishments are owned by Italians… and without generalizing too much, Italians know food, coffee, and cars (though not all of the mechanics are Italian). To mix things up a bit, you do have a fish & chips place, a tea house specializing in tasty, healthy food, and a new, extremely popular burger joint, as well as a Subway and one really nice Annex-style coffee shop. The rest are all either unabashedly Italian or run by people who grew up on Italian home cooking and know exactly how to win client loyalty with a great plate of food, even if it is sometimes distinctly Canadian cuisine. This goes for everybody from the all day breakfast places like Tom’s and Terrapin Station to fine dining restaurants like Da Paolo’s and The Consulate (located on the grounds of The Royal Amabassador on Innislake Road, just east of Airport Road). The restaurants in Caledon are excellent for celebrating special occasions like anniversaries, date nights, and taking the kids out for breakfast. Though the rest of Caledon does have some great restaurants, like the newly expanded Village Bistro in Caledon Village, and the newly acquired Coffee Bean Café & Grill, in Inglewood, Caledon East is really the place to go if you want to park, enjoy breakfast, have a latte or cappuccino, do a little shopping, get a facial or spa treatment, get your car fixed, have lunch and go for a nice long walk on the trail before coming back for a delicious dinner. Have your pick of casual, fancy, intimate, romantic, take-out, eat-in, or sports bar. If you just want to take
something home or hire a caterer, you’ve got a healthy selection there, too. Howard the Butcher was responsible for the delicious catered meal at recent gathering at Inglewood artist Julia Gilmore’s place. We know because the server working the event was the same girl who sold us all our perennials when we were in at Glen Echo. Capital renovations According to the Town of Caledon’s Economic Development department, “the Town recognizes the potential in Caledon East and has worked with the Caledon East Revitalization Committee (CERC) for a number of years to assist with their efforts to make improvements to the commercial core area through beautification projects like banners, and flower planters. There are challenges to redevelopment in the commercial core area particularly due to all or portions of properties being in the floodplain and the area surrounding the floodplain which is regulated under the Conservation Authority Act. Development potential in this area is quite limited and requires a permit from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.
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The Town is currently considering initiating a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) process in Caledon East. A CIP allows municipalities to put a financial incentive grant program in place making grants available to commercial property owners who are choosing to make physical improvements to their property whether through redevelopment, facade improvement or landscaping.” One thing that Caledon East could use though, according to Frank the barber, and his patrons, is a Chinese restaurant… go figure.
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Tea and passion at Melville White Church by Michelle McCann Rowan I went to the well-publicized August 2011 Tea Party reopening of the Melville White Church, just south of Belfountain, out of idle curiosity. But being at the tea party felt a bit like I was new bride at a family reunion. The church, one of the last remaining timber framed churches in Ontario, built in the Victorian era of 1837, closed its doors in 1964 because of a declining congregation.
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In 1999 the Belfountain Heritage Society signed an agreement with the Town of Caledon to restore the church to its original beauty and for the past twelve years the community has worked hard to make it happen. At the tea party I met some of the players who donated skilled labour and raised funds in order to re-open the structure for public use. I looked at old wedding photos and then shared a table with Bob and Nancy, the couple from those 40 year-old pictures. I loved hearing stories about Wally McLeod, who helped fix the
church on his own time, with money from his own pocket, and Cathy Earl who still sends money to the town to go towards the cost of the church. At the Tea Party, I expected a nice afternoon outing. It was that and more: I now feel even more connected with not only the history of Belfountain but also with what it is today. After hearing the stories, it is easy to understand why the community could not stand by and watch the building get demolished. In its hay day it was enjoyed by adults and children alike. Many of them now have kids and grandkids of their own. The newly reopened building is a church in name only, though it had always served a double purpose, serving as a place for people to gather and trade stories or news after mass, or to mark all sorts of special occasions from weddings to picnics. Back then life
lacked many of the comforts that we take for granted today and those social gatherings were often the only social events in an otherwise difficult life, making the church a beloved centre of the community. For lack of technology, it was the place for neighbours to keep in touch. For many of us, Facebook and cell phones often replace face-to-face conversations and taken away true appreciation for what a real social connection feels like. I felt fortunate on that warm August afternoon to have been reminded of it. The Melville White Church has been restored to its former glory and new generations have begun creating memories. The kids in the community have grown to love the church through the passion in their parents’ eyes. The Melville mouse was created to engage the children and a new children’s book is currently being written. In its future are story-telling family events, music recitals, art exhibits, weddings, baptisms, and more. As Sarah Bohan says, “the Melville White Church is the jewel in the crown of Caledon’s heritage landscape”, we need to use it or we’ll lose it.
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A word to the winter couch potato by Leigh Booth
re you the type of person that dreads the thought of the pending snow and cold of winter? While we should all be prepared for the yearly Canadian winter season and the opportunities that it brings, some of us have the tendency to lock ourselves in the basement watching the tube and eating copious amounts of junk food, frothing with anticipation of what the spring will bring. Instead, we need to embrace our varied seasonal opportunities and get out and enjoy them. Not only is it physically stimulating but its mental contributions to one’s life are profound. What to do you say? Well there are unlimited opportunities available. Of course there are the usual suspects like skiing, snowboarding and, skating,
etc. Another winter activity that keeps your motors running and can be done at your own intensity and at a minimal cost is winter trail-bush hiking. Even more exciting is doing it at night. While the cost can be relatively inexpensive, don’t expect to go out trekking in your Parka, jeans and heavy winter boots. Your clothing and how you wear it is the most important thing you can do. Boots: A good pair waterproof hiking boots that fit well and have good grip are essential. You don’t want your feet to get wet, cold or sore. Depending on the conditions, a good pair of boot cleats will keep you sure footed. Clothing: Close to your body, two layers that wick. Once you get going, you will be amazed how hot (and wet) you can get. Outer layer should
be something that blocks the wind from getting through, although it should have some breathability. For other layer considerations, it will depend on the temperature outside. Remember, you will want to feel slightly cool when you start. You will need a hat that covers your head and you ears or wear something separate but make sure they are both covered. Gloves, they don’t have to be big and bulky, something fairly flexible to help you along the way. Again, cool at the beginning is not a problem, the more you work, the warmer you will get. You can always layer your gloves and take one off during the hike if you need to. Hiking poles can come in handy but are not a necessity. Cont’d on next page ...
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Of course if all this sounds great but, you are hesitant to get out there on your own, consider tagging along with the experts like the good folks at Caledon Hills Cycling for their Wednesday Night Hike Series. They typically go out from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This should give you a good start and you will learn as you go but winter is not to be afraid of but to be embraced. So this winter get out and grab hold.
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Paisley Courtyards worth stopping at by Freyda Tartak With a few exceptions Caledon East could look better. Many of the buildings are in need of, at the very least, a facelift. If you haven’t bothered to pull over and step inside any of the quaint shops or experience the fine fare its likely because you were put off by their outward appearance.
There are also a few properties that are an embarrassment because the owners don’t live in the village and don’t have any real incentive to sell them. The Town is trying to work with them but most people we spoke to say that more could and should be done.
The people who own and operate the businesses there are well aware of the challenges. They’ve even formed, with the Town’s blessing and involvement, a volunteer-based Caledon East Revitalization Committee.
On the other hand, there is Paisley Courtyards. Again, the little strip mall is not much to look at but the owners have already sunk big bucks into structural renovations and are looking forward to implementing more visible changes early in the new year.
Still, it is up to the individual business owners to handle their own storefronts. The challenge is that most of the business owners don’t actually own the structures out of which they operate. The ones who do are putting their money where their mouths are, resulting in an eclectic mix of nice looking structures set amidst a lackluster backdrop. This is not to say that it is a simple matter of property owners not renovating derelict buildings. There is the little matter of an underground river running beneath the village, it being in floodplain territory, and being subject to the whims of various bodies such as the CVC and TRCA.
Paisley Courtyards is a great example of a destination worth parking at. Angela, the esthetician enjoys a wonderful reputation. The clothing boutique, Sweet Harmony, and the hair salon, Carusi, are all about treating customers with a familiarity you only get in a small town, while delivering services worthy of the city. The music school has a long standing reputation of excellence and the accounting office of Rosa Chiefari is run by a friendly, professional, detail oriented lady who is eager to build her practice in what really is an idyllic setting. Caledon East may not be much to look at on the outside, but it’s definitely worth going into.
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A facial like no other by Freyda Tartak For the uninitiated, the word ‘holistic’ can make people run for the hills. But since that will land them somewhere in the middle of Caledon, they should take a moment and step inside the Tea Boutique, located just off the main stretch in Caledon East. There are few better places to discover the true meaning of the word. There, anything prepared for you will be made just for you. It will contain all natural, locally sourced ingredients (where possible), and will be put together, from scratch, by somebody who understands both your skin and how to address issues in your body. Inside the elegant little building is a buzz of energy in the form of the Tea Lady, Lena Valiquette, who tirelessly customizes everything from lunch to a very unique blend of facial treatments based on a full Ayurvedic prakruti test and emotional iridology assessment of your health, to determine your Total Health Profile. We are all walking around as a package deal and if something is not right inside, it will show on the face, as well.
That’s why a facial treatment at Healthy Lifestyle Wellness, located on the upper floor of the Tea Boutique is such a unique experience.
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Let the games begin! by Liz Shaughnessy The Caledon Agricultural Society is pleased to host the first ever Snowfest on Family Day, February 20th, 2012 at the Caledon Fairgrounds in Caledon Village. Dedicated to healthy winter fun, exercise and competition for the entire family, Snowfest activities include: snowshoeing, dogsledding and ski races, horse drawn sleigh rides, ice sculpture and snow castle competitions, plus a special winter cook-off. Caledon Firefighters will be front and center for this inaugural event with a winter Olympics-style pentathlon competition to showcase the skills, strength, speed and agility required for firefighting. Teams, wearing full turn-out gear, from the Fire Halls across Caledon will vie for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in winter skill activities including sled running, ice bowling, tug-of-war and more.
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says Gillian Boyd, Public Education Officer, Fire and Emergency Services. “Community engagement is paramount”, says Snowfest convenor Tim Forster, with his invitation to all on community service clubs and associations, schools, and fitness and sports clubs to get involved. “This is a great opportunity to have some friendly competition, meet new friends, and be outdoors.” For the more passive Snowfest visitors, there will be food and beverage “People’s Choice” competitions, plus the vital role of cheering fans for the spirited winter competitions. “Our objective is to make Snowfest a much sought after annual event that brings lively participation from residents, young and old, support from community business leaders, and visitors from far and wide to Caledon for this winter tourism event,” says Stan Dacres, President of the Caledon Agricultural Society. Admission is free to the public with gates open 10 am to 6pm. The Caledon Fairgrounds are located on Hwy. 10 (Hurontario), just south of Charleston Sideroad (Hwy. 24) in Caledon Village. For more information visit www.caledonfairgrounds.ca. To support or volunteer for Snowfest contact Tim Forster at 905-838-5182, email@example.com
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Boston Mills bakery full of apple spirit Spirit Tree has only been around for two years but it is already a multi-award winning fixture on Caledonâ€™s landscape. It is an Ăźber modern bakery and apple cidery because they do everything old-school!
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flour and traditional techniques, meaning you are buying a product that is free of any bleach, pesticides and preservatives and you know exactly who baked it, where they did it and exactly how old it is. The atmosphere of family is all around with Tom’s brother and at least one of either Nicole or Tom’s parents on site, often taking care of their son, Kiernan.
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They have also been very generous with SouthFields Village Voice by donating all the bread for last year’s Caledon Butterfly Gala, in support of Wellspring Chinguacousy Cancer Support Centre and providing their cider as a raffle prize.
The Peel Morris Dancers, pictured above, are a real treat to watch as they dance and play around the fire for the traditional Apple Wassailing, held each February, to ward off evil spirits and welcome a strong harvest. The event is authentic family fun, complete with hot apple cider and toasted marshmallows over the bonfire.
What they did know was that if they were going to do it, they would do it right. Both took courses at prestigious schools around the world to learn the fine art of artisan bread and cider making. They planted an apple orchard and built the most sustainable commercial property in Caledon. The walls are made of straw bales encased in plaster and geothermal pipes provide the ambient heating, along with the wood burning oven. The on-site cider processing facility uses the most modern ultraviolet technology and is open for viewing through the glass window in the store front where local artists like Chris Goodhand and Lucille Weber are invited to showcase and sell their work. They carry Keri Eric’s Wicked Shortbread and Stacy Fokas’ Freshalicious. Spirit Tree’s hard apple cider is perfect for a cold winter evening, as is their Friday night pizza. Their bread is baked using artisan
Spirit Tree Estate Cindery is a fantastic destination point, either on its own or en route to either Cheltenham or Belfountain. We highly recommend it! On your way back, why not make a detour over to Chic à BOOM, in Caledon Village. It’s owner, Nancy Urekar is pictured at centre, in the Apple Wassailing photo.
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Members with benefits The Caledon Ski Club got its start when one couple and some of their friends decided it might be nice to go skiing in their backyard. Over the years that circle expanded, as did the location and size of the club. But that warm, friendly, family oriented feel is still there, and always will be, because members have the final say on how things are run. The club is located in Belfountain, one of the most scenic places in Caledon. Its slope diversity is considered on par with some of the best hills in Europe and its central location makes it easy to either go home at the end of the day, or enjoy a stay at a nearby bed & breakfast, such as at Cheltenham’s The Top of the Hill. Though small, the hamlet of Belfountain offers fine dining and some quaint stores that are definitely worth checking out, like Credit Creek Country Store and Moorcroft’s Antiques. As for the Caledon Ski Club, it’s a place where friends, young and old, love to gather and feel as though this really is the best of all possible worlds.
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ur creativity may be why people hire Tamerlane but sharing our experience and educating clients to make informed decisions is where we truly add value. Knowing how to ask the right questions and get the right answers from our clients is one reason why Tamerlane has enjoyed such success for the last 25 years. In the end, our ability to meet client demands, within their budget, comes down to understanding how they will use the space and how long they intend to live there. Workmanship and material are essential components in achieving quality results but knowing where you can sacrifice without losing on overall value takes experience. To understand why a kitchen is priced at one shop for $35,000 and at another $50,000, when the cabinetry looks thee acade. same, you have to look beyond the facade. Cabinets or “boxes” can be made of 3/8” material but a better choice would be 3/4”. Are the boxes stapled, glued, wed butt jointed or are they screwed od and dowelled with solid wood bracing? These “hidden” elements contribute to the final price, as duct. well as the overall longevity of the finished product. MDF is affordable, provides a great surface to paint but I find it dents and chips easily. It can also be a health hazard from the “off gassing” of urea formaldehyde. Particle Board is a composite made of wood fibers and glue. Quality variations can be extreme due to the type of glue used and/or the type of wood fiber: either soft wood or hard wood. North American products are rated and certified according to quality, density, strength and dimensional characteristics and formaldehyde levels (NSI A208.1). Products that come from oversees are not subject to the same regulations and may contain higher than acceptable levels of carcinogens. Plywood is made up of thin layers of wood applied to each other in different directions to create stability with the better companies using 9 ply. Canadian plywood that is environmentally responsible is certified by Certiwood. Logs up to 10” in diameter come from managed sustainable forests and 100% of the log is used, nothing is wasted. A plywood based kitchen can last 30 years or more.
When it comes to drawers, construction is everything. They must withstand constant opening and shutting and tremendous weight of items stored in them. Less expensive products can have particle board or fiberboard bottoms that are glued and stapled. Metal drawers would be an upgrade but the best drawers are solid wood or Baltic birch plywood, dovetailed, glued with ½” sides and ½” bottoms. Regardless of materials, upgrading to European soft close slides is always a good idea. Good cabinet makers will use a controlled spray booth and a post-catalyzed lacquer which will not yellow over time, to deliver superior finishes. These a also the guys who take the extra care in properly are prepp their work and using quality materials. prepping Robert Edwards of TCWW Inc. loves to use tthe better stains and lacquers, such as th those made by Gaudy. These quality products allow the grain of the wood to shine through for a furniture-grade appearance as o opposed to a plastic-like finish that ma the true beauty of wood. masks h No house is perfectly square and floors are not alwa always level. Skilled installation in a kitchen is importan important. Custom companies like TCWW and Aspen Architectural Millwork, both from Caledon, take pride in installing their own kitchens with th the same attention to detail as it was crafted with. Service is one of the key differentiators. When you buy a kitchen you want to know that you can hold the people who make it for you accountable. Dino Di Nenno, owner of Aspen believes in answering calls and emails promptly and delivering his top of the line cabinets when he said he would. He is detail oriented and service driven to insure clients have a positive experience. Pre-fabricated kitchen manufacturers send third-party installers with a set amount of time and resources to get the job done. They use “filler strips” designed into the kitchen for ease of install. During construction changes are made and mistakes happen. With a local cabinet shop, changes and adjustments can be made overnight as opposed to taking weeks or months to get replacement parts. A great kitchen starts with a creative functional design, first and foremost. You then add quality materials, experienced craftsmen to build and install, and to make the experience lasting, you add in a service driven company who will be there in the future.
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Keep ribbon & tinsel off the dinner menu by Dr. David Kirkham, DVM As a mixed animal practitioner, my time is more or less equally divided between small, exotic and large animals. Driving between farms the other day, I noticed that the leaves are starting to change which means that the holidayss are soon going to be here. This season is the time of year when, in our practice, we see the most emergencies and unfortunately, heartbreak. The internet can be a great source of information but doesn’t always offer a balanced perspective of the various toxins and hazards that routinely make an appearance as we prepare to celebrate. It seems that everyone is well aware of some of the common scenarios such as chocolate. The darker it is, the more toxic it is. Lesser known items that might be on our menus over the next few weeks and which could potentially pose a problem are onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, grapes, avocado, rhubarb leaves and various meats.
Slicing onions reliably teaches us that they are inherently irritating to the eyes and respiratory system. In most other species they can also cause an anemia (low red
blood cells) which occurs independently of the cooking process. Although not necessarily toxic, fatty foods and meats usually account for a fair number of our emergency visits over the holiday and obesity lectures in the months following. Getting past the vomiting and diarrhea, which inexplicably always seems to land on the white carpet, fatty foods can contribute to pancreatitis. This is a potentially fatal condition that often requires intensive hospitalization to correct. Many of the plants that adorn and embellish our houses pose a risk. Poinsettias are irritating to the oral cavities of our pet but have low overall toxicity. Mistletoe, lilies, foxglove and oleander present a greater risk to our pets. Lilies in particular are deceptive. Cats demonstrate an immediate onset
of lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea, which tends to improve over the next few days, giving the illusion that the
“T season is the time of “This year yea when, in our practice, we see the most emergencies and heartbreak.” problem has been solved. Much like antifreeze toxicity, without therapy, these animals typically succumb to an kidney failure 5-7 days later. ki It’s It’ common knowledge that the holidays are referred to by many specific names depending on personal person faiths and beliefs. Among the veterinarian community it is also ve known as “Gastroenterotomy Season” and is marked by an increase rate of pets requiring surgical intervention to remove foreign objects from their intestinal tracts. Commonly retrieved items include tinsel, ribbon and string, toys, bones, and personal garments – the Labrador’s affinity for stockings comes to mind. These, plus an infinitely long list of items, are swallowed but are unable to complete the journey to the backyard or litter box. Vomiting, dehydration and lethargy signal a problem that can culminate in intestinal rupture and death if left untreated. Animals are curious by nature and explore this world with their noses and mouths. This regrettably holds true for our rabbits, ferrets, dogs and cats when
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exploring irresistible items such as the electrical cords scattered throughout the house. An exhaustive list of toxins and hazards is well beyond the scope of an article such as this. At the end of the day, even the most vigilant and cautious pet owner may find themselves in a situation where their pet has helped themselves to something they shouldn’t have. Early contact with your regular or emergency veterinarian is essential to
achieving a positive outcome. The next time you see a tinsel wrapped gift in the litter box consider how valuable that gift really is or rather, how costly it potentially was! An ounce of prevention really is far superior to a pound of cure. Finally, please remember that small children can be loud, move quickly and unpredictably. The combination of children, stress and holiday novelties with even the most tolerant of our canine friends can present a strong
recipe for disaster. Having a sanctuary set aside for your pet will not only contribute to a furry happy camper but may also avoid an unwanted trip to the emergency department. Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season. David Kirkham, BSc DVM is a veterinarian at the Cheltenham Veterinary Center and a regular contributor to SouthFields Village Voice. For questions, or to send in your topics of interest and article suggestions email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grooming your dog for the health of it by Keri Chard-Savage & Joanna Palmer-Smith We all love our dogs, but many dog owners only call the groomer just before their appointment with the vet. A regular grooming, consisting of bathing; drying; brushing; haircut; pedicure; and ear cleaning should be done at least every 8-10 weeks. During a professional grooming, bathing not only removes the dirt, it stimulates circulation and gives the groomer the opportunity to check the skin condition for ‘hot spots’, sores, warts and dry skin. Inspection of the ears, teeth, paws, nails and annals, if done regularly will promote the dogs’ overall good health.
Finding a good local groomer is like finding a good spa for you. Ask a friend, another dog owner, or your vet. Like a hair stylist, a professional groomer has taken courses and has had lots of hands-on training. Always keep in mind, a professional groomer takes pride in their work and takes the time to understand you and your pets’ needs. Your dog’s visit to the groomer should feel like “this is my time to be pampered.” Don’t wait too long to start a regular grooming regimen. The sooner, the better!
Starting a regular grooming regimen from the puppy stage will be less stressful on your family pet. A puppy experiencing their first grooming must be handled with love and care so that they learn to enjoy the experience. Just like us, which shampoo should be used on your dog should be determined by their individual needs, such as oily coats, dry skin, to release shedding, loosens mats and tangles, or simply to reduce static. Nails that are not trimmed on a regular basis can cause changes in the structure of a dog’s feet, legs and spine that can result in joint and arthritis problems. As each nail grows, especially dew claws, it curls, can splay toes and even cause inbedded toenails.
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Crimson Feather a nice place to be A conversation about art usually goes in one of two directions, depending on the artist. Of course professional artists are typically defined as such based on their saleability but few will openly speak of it in those terms, at least not to somebody who is a potential client or journalist. In reality, any working artist that is able to consistently either sell un-commissioned work or gain commissions understands both the fine art of marketing and how to create work for the purpose of selling it. That’s why a conversation with the dynamic team that has recently taken over Meg and Jordan Grant’s gallery space, in the newly renamed Alton Mill Arts Centre (formerly The Historic Alton Mill), is so refreshing.
Elain Heath, photograph by Craig Bell
They bear no bones about the fact that art is often created with end in mind. Each is a phenomenal artist in their own right, with a unique and readily recognizable style, and each is able to switch hats between creator and gallery owner in the blink of an eye.
The two did not open their new gallery, Crimson Feather, for the purpose of selling their work, though obviously they enjoy when this happens. They did it as a way to motivate themselves to produce. This point bears a bit of clarification. As Elaine says, “I’m not happy unless I create each day but sometimes life gets in the way”. The gallery was a way of merging real life with opportunity and motivation to create.
But one thing that they consistently deliver for people who know good art is the opportunity to find it locally. That may be a lofty statement but consider the source of the judgement. Though entirely self-taught, Craig
Does this mean that the only works on the walls of the newly minted Crimson Feather are Gallery Opening featuring guest sculptor Hugh Russel at left and guest painter Yaohua Yan at center beside the cards. Heaths and Yaohua is the recipient of this year’s Curry’s M. Graham & Bells? Not Co. Award in the Canadian Watercolour Society’s Open in the least. International Juried Art Exhibition. In fact, the pair has made it their mission Bell is a most eager student. He to lend big city art gallery reads every theory book he can get sensibilities to the local setting his hands on and lustily drinks up of the Alton Mill. Elaine, who every mentorship opportunity that has a Fine Arts degree from comes his way. He knows all the Guelph University and 25 years rules, and just how to break them of experience under her belt, is to add the right tension in the just the first to admit that retail is the right spot to present that ‘aha’ her least favourite aspect of the business. Where she excels at is seeking out up-and-coming talent and showcasing it. She goes to their studios, sees how they work, what they produce, what they are capable of. Each month Crimson Feather features a new opening, and is steadily gaining the respect and attention of the art world. The featured artists might be sculptors, glassmakers, painters of various genres, photographers, and so on. Their styles may be realistic, abstract, or some nebulous blend of the two. Bell, Craig. The Sentinel - 24x40 Framed
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moment. There is a joyful innocence in his approach, enabling him to at once be entirely objective and completely candid. He sees himself as a man with a lot to learn though constantly fights his natural tendency to approach things from a scientific or analytical perspective. Craig was a celebrated but uninspired engineer with an MBA who dabbled in art. When the opportunity came to switch careers he decided to dive into the deep end, Bell, Craig. Ancient Eyes - 24x40 Framed seeking out and volunteering to lend his services to high profile art networks and committees in the city. By volunteering to handle marketing and business matters (something creative types usually shy away from) he gained acquaintances and acceptance within what is usually a fairly elite society. He did the same with Headwaters Arts, handling their marketing and PR. In the meantime, he began enjoying experimenting with photography and on a lark entered and won a competition with his point and shoot camera. Today he looks at that first entry and cringes at its rudimentary composition. He feels that his ability to understand what is good is far better than it was two years ago, which in itself was so much better than it was two years prior to that. That initial success buoyed him to enter juried competitions and he continues to experience success after success. He was gratified to learn that people enjoy his work as much as he enjoys creating it, and that they to see in it what he puts there for them to find. Though his medium of choice is photography, to speak with Craig is to realize that he is really a painter and a story teller. He juxtaposes a medium typically reserved for portraying reality with pure fiction. His process starts with a feeling. He chances on an old abandoned town in the American Southwest and is mesmerized by what may have been. For Craig, the supernatural “serves as a wonderful device to history because it is made up of lives lived. The notion of a ghost transports you to a different time and place ... though I am certainly not one to deny the existence of something more than we can see and touch”, he says. “I can go into a place and feel the history of it and I’ll try to put it down on paper”, Craig continues. For a long time Craig used to just capture objects but as he got more comfortable with the tools at his disposal his Cont’d next page ...
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pictures, sometimes through pure digital manipulation and sometimes through collage and mixed media, have morphed into story telling devices. He is not about capturing snapshots in time so much as relaying how he felt in a particular moment. Elaine,is arguably one of Caledon’s most recognizable artists thanks to the floral watercolours that grace the cards sold by Bethell House for fundraising purposes. Her late husband had always enjoyed those paintings and wanted to spend his last days looking at them. After he passed she gifted the work to the hospice and people began requesting that
room because of the art, prompting her to create one for each room. She feels that they encompass the best body of work she has ever created because they came about for the purpose of giving, not selling. For Craig and Elaine there is a universal truth when it comes to the process of creation: simplicity. “You can’t analyze art too deeply or it won’t happen. You just have to let go and create because it is the essence of you. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but you just have to let go and try.”
The two are partners in both business and their personal life and often finish each other’s sentences. When it comes to business, they play off each other’s strengths. Elaine is most comfortable interacting with the artists, bringing the work to the gallery, while Craig enjoys the interaction Bell, Craig. Riverside Squall - 24x40 Framed
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with the clientele. He loves when people come in to the gallery just to browse and engage in conversation. He is “as patient as a turtle”, charismatic, engaging and in complete awe of Elaine, her talent and her distinguished, quiet grace. Though they collaborate in the gallery and in their personal lives, there is a fine line between helping each other through constructive criticism and actually collaborating on their pieces. As Elaine says, “what he sees is different than what I see. We Cont’d next page ...
Registration window open for winter term of SMAC This fall SouthFields Village Voice launched the Saturday Morning Art Club (SMAC). Our intention was to offer kids the opportunity to gain some solid drawing and painting skills, close to home. The response was phenomenal! Spaces filled up quickly and it is truly wonderful to see the pride and sense of accomplishment on their faces at the end of each class. The kids have formed friendships with each other and are steadily, noticeably improving in their ability to not only draw but also overcome personal barriers and inhibitions. “Brianna is really enjoying her class and, I am so pleased with the progress she is making,” wrote one mother,
in a recent email. These same sentiments have been verbally expressed by many of the other parents, as well. Registration is now open for the winter term. Please note that space is limited. For details and to register, visit southfieldsvillagevoice.com
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both have very distinct styles that are very recognizable.” “Who’s voice am I really capturing, who would start,” continues Craig. “In other things we are similar and share but our art is very unto ourselves”, Elaine concludes. That is how their conversations go, always on the same page and yet respectful of their need to remain as individuals. Both have had to go through some very difficult experiences in life and now find themselves energized by the prospect of starting something new and exciting. “It’s really nice to see people go into the gallery and enjoy the artists and the art. We probably aren’t going to get wealthy from this, but if we can cover our expenses while continuing to do what we do then we’ve accomplished our goal.” They feel lucky to have a chance at a fresh and exciting start, being surrounded by love of work and each other. In every sense, it really is “a nice place to be.”
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Fleeting moments and afterthoughts by Fay M cCrea I first met Marg on August 6, 1970. She was in her garden picking raspberries and pregnant with her first son, who was born just a few days later. She was very friendly and welcoming and it was an instant friendship. The following March, she asked me if I wanted a little job – we were actually telemarketers but didn’t think of it then. We were canvassing customers to get an Eaton’s credit card and for every customer we found we made 60¢ – pocket money for us as we were both stay at home moms.
basement had 3” of water in it but she said she would deal with it later. She was always positive and upbeat in life and always saw the cup as half full. She had a green thumb and could start cuttings and sow seeds to make a wonderful showing of flowers. She enjoyed working outside where she said she felt closer to God.
We were very different individuals and I often used the two “P” words she despised. She had different priorities than most people and was always procrastinating. She knew this and would just laugh at my comments. We both had a In our long keen interest in the relationship, I community and can say we never participated in the had words despite Caledon Fair, went Margaret Foster with her “two little sunshines - my granddaughters, age 2 and 4, the fact she could to church, taught who keep me going and fighting to see them grow up. They are precious.” Marg lost make me angry at Sunday school and her brave 18-month battle with cancer on November 12, 2011. times but it never beginning in 1989 Marg would be pleased p to know that the Town Hall Players have ordered a seat bothered her. My we co-convened plaque in her na name to honour her many contributions to the community. husband would the Caledon get frustrated with years. ough neither of us was Strawberry Festival for 11 yea e rs. Thou o her for leaving things lying around outside to rust, or for by being active born in Caledon we gathered a lot of friends f breaking a fork handle by prying on something. He would in the community. Marg loved to travel trave and always brought feel bad that he got cross with her and she just laughed it me back special gifts. off. Never a care or worry. Always smiling. We both enjoyed local history hi and we She remained positive from the day she was diagnosed interviewed long-time rresidents, borrowed with Stage 4 cancer. Always hopeful they would find a cure photographs and copied copi them, and did or she would go into remission. She had so many projects research together with w the hopes to complete but her health did not permit her to complete of writing a history hist of Caledon them. Village. Marg was always an never worried carefree and I will miss her so much as we bounced things off each other. about anything. It was difficult watching her suffer and so now she suffers no One day we were more and has earned her place in Heaven. going to a craft Until we meet again, Marg. Your friend and colleague, show and after I picked her up I learned her
Answer 1: Two half-full barrels are dumped into one of the empty barrels. Two more half-full barrels are dumped into another one of the empty barrels. This results in nine full barrels, three half-full barrels, and nine empty barrels. Each son gets three full barrels, one half-full barrel, and three empty barrels. Answer 2: A sponge. Answer 3: This is possible, and there are 2 ways to do it: Solution 1: Fill the 3 cup bucket, pour it into the 5 cup bucket. Fill the 3 cup bucket again, and pour it into the 5 cup bucket until the 5 cup bucket is full. That will leave exactly 1 cup of sugar in the 3 cup bucket. Dump out the 5 cup bucket, and dump the 1 cup from the 3 cup bucket into the empty 5 cup bucket. This leaves 1 cup in the 5 cup bucket. Now fill the 3 cup again and add it to the 5 cup bucket. Now you have exactly 4 cups of sugar in the 5 cup bucket! Solution 2: Fill the 5 cup bucket. Pour it into the 3 cup bucket. This leaves 2 cups in the 5 cup bucket. Dump out the 3 cup bucket. Now pour the 2 cups from the 5 cup into the 3 cup. Refill the 5 cup. Now pour the 5 cup into the 3 cup until the 3 cup is full. That will leave exactly 4 cups in the 5 cup bucket!
3. You are in a cookie factory, and need to make a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies. The recipe calls for exactly 4 cups of sugar. Problem is that you have two buckets. One is 5 cups, the other is 3 cups. Using these buckets, can you measure exactly 4 cups of sugar? How? 2. What is full of holes but can still hold water? 1. A man is the owner of a winery who recently passed away. In his will, he left 21 barrels (seven of which are filled with wine, seven of which are half full, and seven of which are empty) to his three sons. However, the wine and barrels must be split so that each son has the same number of full barrels, the same number of half-full barrels, and the same number of empty barrels. Note that there are no measuring devices handy. How can the barrels and wine be evenly divided?
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