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Volume 2, Issue IV March 2012 – May 2012 ISSN 1923-855X

Must see destinations Village of Inglewood

Innovative thinking Post secondary education in Caledon

Just Julia Exploring Julia Gilmore’s stream of consciousness

Running through cystic fibrosis Lisa Bentley’s story

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Feature highlights

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Volume 2, Issue IV | Spring 2012

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Thank you to our contributors: Allan Thompson, Regional Councillor, Ward 2

Amy Darrell, ecoCaledon Barb Shaughnessy, Tamerlane Interiors

Barrie Shepley, C3 Cynthia Flemming, Dufferin Accounting Services

Dan O’Reilly, Inglewood Schoolhouse Performers

David Tilson, M.P., Dufferin-Caledon David Tyson, Bruce Trail Conservancy Deanna McGuire, Family Transition Place Doug Beffort, Area Councillor, Ward 1 Dr. David Kirkham, Cheltenham Veterinary Centre Elio C. Riccio, TD Waterhouse Freyda Tartak Gord McClure, Area Councillor, Ward 1 Inspector Rose DiMarco, Caledon OPP Jane Guy Jenna Roest, TRCA Kate Vaughan, Villlage of Inglewood Association Kelly Noble Kenneth Bokor, SouthFields Village Residents

Just Julia 26 Must see destination: Village of Inglewood 27 Life’s breath 38 Map provided by Town of Caledon. Used with permission.


Linda Murray Lindsay Vandenhurk, Discover Your Yoga Lisa Bentley Liz Shaughnessy, Caledon Agricultural Society Margaret Stapley, Village Montessori School Michele Skawski, Live in Caledon & RRSI Realty Natalie Adsetts-Adams, C3 Roland Toser, Owen’s Tree & Shrub Care Ron Haist Sarah Bohan, Belfountain Heritage Society Scott Kirby, Caledon East Audio Video Sharon Olesen Sheralyn Roman, South Caledon Soccer Club Stan Cameron, Peel District School Board Stanley Watroba, SW Bookkeeping Services Sylvia Jones, MPP, Dufferin-Caledon Teresa Watroba, Travelonly Thorntin Macdonald Holdsworth, Belfountain Inn Tim Forster, Tim Forster Caledon Insurance

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Copy editing Mary-Anne Kennedy, Mark Pavilons & Eleonora Tartakovsky Cover: Guardian of the village by Yevgenia Casale ISSN 1923-855X

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From the editor’s desk... Hello Palgrave! You may be wondering why this is the first issue you’ve gotten and the cover says Volume 2, Issue 4. We’ve been slowly growing our distribution for the past couple of years and your neighbours kept asking us when we were planning on delivering to their door, too. So, here we are! This is our biggest distribution to date, with over 10,500 copies mailed throughout Caledon, via Canada Post. If you would like to take a look at our back issues, they are all available on our website. I have to admit, this issue is a really special one for me. Our loyal readers will notice the shear quantity of contributed content and we love it! Keep it coming! The magazine really is and was always supposed to be YOUR voice. We had to call it something so we stuck with home base (SouthFields) but it really is the voice of all of Caledon. I also have to thank Caledon’s Olympic trainer of elite athletes and president of C3, Barrie Shepley, for agreeing to come on board as a contributor. If it wasn’t for him, I would never have had the pleasure of showcasing Valleywood’s Lisa Bentley. Her story brought tears to my eyes. People are always telling me how much they love SFVV and how they read it cover-to-cover. It is wonderful to read and hear about how much you enjoy it but I can’t take the credit. Barrie, along with the wonderful Michele Skawski, the gloriously dynamic Liz and Barb Shaughnessy (who pulled off a real coup by spearheading the Caledon Agricultural Society’s hugely successful, first annual SnowFest this past February), the expert insights of Dr. David Kirkham, our local politicians ... I could go on and on. I am humbled by all of these pillars of our community who take the time, each quarter, to send in their articles despite their busy personal lives and highly successful, and hectic, careers. While I’m at it, let me also take a moment and thank our wonderful advertisers. Quite literally, we couldn’t do what we do without you. You pay the bills and I am extremely grateful to you for trusting in SFVV to showcase you and

allow us to be a small part in your ongoing success. We really love discovering new businesses and truly feel as though our advertisers are our partners in success. There isn’t one in here that we wouldn’t spend our own money on. In fact, in most cases we have. Homeland Garden did our hardscaping, Freshly Painted, primed, sanded, and painted so that we didn’t have to, and we get all our garden soil delivered by Salisbury Garden Supplies. Finally, thank you for reading and don’t be shy about sending us your comments. (Sometimes we put stuff in just to get a conversation going, even if we know it isn’t the popular opinion). Email is great and Facebook is better. The magazine is published quarterly but we find stuff out all the time and we love to share it. So, be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook, post comments, join conversations and email us anything you want help publicizing. That’s what we do. Get it in before May 1st and chances are we’ll get it into the next issue of the magazine for you, as well. The magazine may be my baby but, just like they keep saying over at Inglewood’s Village Montessori School, it takes a village to raise a child. Okay, one more thing: if you do live in SouthFields, the spring community clean-up day is Saturday, April 21st. Tim Hortons, the Town of Caledon, and the TRCA are sponsoring the event so all you have to do is come out and bring the kids (it’s a great way to earn community hours). Supplies, coffee and water will be provided. We might be able to arrange some goodies for all the participants, as well (I love giving away free stuff !). Meet up at the park at Lossino and Learmont, at 11 a.m.

Sincerely, Yevgenia Casale

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SouthFields village update by Kenneth Bokor We are well into 2012 and I find it hard to believe that for my family and me April will be our 2-year mark for moving into the SouthFields Village. What a difference a couple of years make. The Village has grown to almost 600 homes occupied now with much more growth still to come. As I ponder these past 2 years, I am also very proud of the work that Yevgenia Casale and I have put into forming the Residents Association and for our accomplishments to date: The establishment of our village as a Caledon community, strong involvement with our Mayor, town councilors and staff, partnership and involvement with our builders, school boards, and other stakeholders, well attended quarterly meetings, fantastic participation and involvement in our community clean-up and social days – just to name some of our doings. I am not trumpeting our own horn just to get some thanks, but to let you know that there is a passionate and dynamic nucleus in place of a residents association: one that continually encourages opportunities for you and

your family to get involved and form connections within our community. If you have been out to our recent RA meetings or listening to our podcasts (available in iTunes, search for “vosfracaledon”) you have heard Yevgenia and I discuss next steps for the RA. What we have accomplished so far is the establishment of an officially recognized entity that provides residents with a forum through which to be seen and heard. We have made it easier for the Town and others to communicate with our community and for residents to communicate within it. However, the RA is not a 2-person agenda group. It needs to expand with a few more residents and formally decide on things like: • The need for an operating budget and sources of funding • Obtaining non-profit / charitable status • Define what the RA should do and what value it should bring to residents 2012 will be a milestone year in the evolution of our Village. Our

first school will open in September, creating a further sense of community, as well as bringing new concerns. The fast pace of land acquisitions and applications from the builders will continue to alter the village landscape. We will continue to experience an increase in our population and traffic. A task force of village residents and town staff is being formed to analyze the needs and requirements for our future community centre – to be built in the next few years. It is time for our RA to evolve into a more formal entity to ensure that it is able to remain in-sync with the realities of our community. I encourage you to get involved. In closing, we are very fortunate to live in a community that has so many great and wonderful people. It’s so refreshing to go for a walk and experience greetings, smiles and waves from neighbors all over the area. Yevgenia and I hope that what we have started for a RA is what you want for our community. However, we need your feedback and ideas. We would love to hear your feedback, comments or questions, and can be reached via If you are interested in becoming a more active participant in the RA, let us know. Help drive the evolution of the SouthFields Residents Association by contributing to the definition of its structure and mandate. Yevgenia and I will collect your feedback and comments over the next couple of months, and share them with the community. The future of the RA is in your hands. Have your say. We will present the findings at the June meeting and, as a community, decide where to go from here. See you on June 7th!

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Village of Inglewood Association by Kate Vaughan For over one hundred years, enthusiastic citizens of Inglewood have gathered to brainstorm, plan, and execute amazing activities for their village. The Village of Inglewood Association is a non-profit community-based group of active and concerned citizens, working to bring attention to all matters of interest in our community. Funds generated from VIA sponsored activities go to various events and projects within the village. VIA’s annual events are Inglewood Day, Tree Lighting, Winterfest and a Village Clean-Up. Inglewood Day is held the second Saturday in June. It commences with a parade down the main street to the park, then follows with a pancake breakfast. The summer day of fun continues with a bouncy castle, a dunk tank, races for the younger kids, watermelon eating contests, a beer tent, and the famous duck race down Credit


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In the spring the residents of Inglewood take pride in their environment and do a Spring Clean around Earth Day. This helps to keep the village and its trail system clean. As new families move into Inglewood, new ideas are always arising. Check the website for upcoming events in Inglewood at Some teasers are a Maple Sugar bush visit right in Inglewood, and a movie in the park night. Long time residents and new residents always have the same feeling about Inglewood. They care about their tiny village. They are proud of their surroundings. They love where they live!

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Federal reflections on 2011 David Tilson, M.P. Dufferin-Caledon Dear Constituents, In 2011, we saw many positive changes across Canada. The Canadian economy remained strong despite the global economic uncertainty that is still being experienced around the world. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Economic Development (OECD) have forecasted that Canada’s economy will remain among the strongest in the G-7 in 2012. For the fourth consecutive year the World Economic Forum also ranked Canada’s banks as the soundest in the world. To help protect and create Canadian jobs we created the Temporary Hiring Credit for Small Business and extended the work-sharing programme so companies can avoid layoffs by offering Employment Insurance (EI) benefits to workers willing to work a reduced work week. Our Government extended the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and extended the accelerated capital cost allowance treatments to support investments in manufacturing. Our Government continued our plan to return to balanced budgets in the medium term and we worked towards identifying savings through strategic reviews as part of our Deficit Reduction Action Plan. Our Government promoted economic growth throughout 2011 by expanding international trade through talks with approximately 50 countries. We ensured predictable infrastructure funding for municipalities through the Gas Tax Fund and supported links between business and colleges, to improve commercialization of new technologies. Our Government also implemented a new strategy to strengthen Canada’s Tourism Advantage and provided permanent support for BizPal, to reduce red tape and to support small business. In 2011, we continued to support families and communities by keeping taxes low (since 2006, we have delivered over 120 tax cuts, saving the average family of four more than $3,100 a year). We enhanced the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) for seniors and introduced Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs) to help Canadians prepare for retirement. In addition, our Government established: the Volunteer Firefighter’s Tax Credit; the Children’s Arts Tax Credit; created the Family Caregiver Tax Credit; and extended the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program.

Our Government continued to deliver on its promise of keeping Canadian streets and communities safe by enshrining, in law the right of victims of crime to be kept informed and to be heard on the status of offenders. We passed legislation to combat white collar crime, instituting mandatory minimum penalties and a requirement that aggravating factors be taken into account during sentencing. Furthermore, we passed ‘Mega-trials’ legislation to help ensure complex cases involving activities such as drug trafficking, white collar crime, terrorism, or organized crime can be heard more swiftly and effectively. We also took steps to scrap the wasteful and ineffective Long-Gun Registry once and for all. During 2011, our Government took important steps to promote the health of Canadians by attracting doctors and nurses to underserved rural and remote communities by forgiving a portion of their Canada Student Loans. We also increased labour mobility for nurses, to allow them to practice their profession anywhere in Canada. Our Government worked to protect a clean environment in 2011 by supporting the development of new clean technology projects through Sustainable Development Technology Canada. Our Government also provided a Loan Guarantee for Lower Churchill River Clean Energy Projects, which will help reduce up to 4.5 megatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in Canada and generate up to $3.5 billion in economic benefits. We also took action on democratic reform in 2011. We did this by proposing to reform the Senate. We also passed the Fair Representation Act, to ensure every province moves towards representation-by-population in the House of Commons, as well as delivering the Political Loans Accountability Act. This is only a short list of the many accomplishments and ultimately promises delivered to Canadians by our Government during 2011. We achieved a great deal; however, we also recognize there is still much more work to be done in 2012. Going forward, the economy remains fragile and we will, therefore, stay the course and implement the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan – our low-tax plan for jobs and growth. Canadians have much to be optimistic about for 2012 and we will continue to deliver real results, as we’ve always done.

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Provincial accomplishments

With Ivonne*

Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon As your member of provincial parliament I appreciate the chance to discuss my role as your representative in the Ontario Legislature. I enjoy meeting with and learning from Dufferin-Caledon residents, whether it’s at a community event or discussing issues in my constituency office. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contacted my office about a provincial concern or questions. I rely upon your input to help me advocate on your behalf at Queen’s Park. Since November, I have introduced three private members’ bills (PMBs) that I believe will make a difference for residents in our community. Bill 12 Helping Volunteers Give Back Act, 2011 would allow volunteers to use an annual criminal record


check for multiple agencies. I want to support volunteers and I believe this will encourage people to volunteer with more than one organization by removing the barrier of having to pay for multiple criminal record checks.

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Bill 18 Respect for Voters Act, 2011 would require an MPP who wishes to switch to another political party to first return to their riding and run in a by-election. MPPs who decide to change their political affiliation mid-term should remain accountable to their constituents by running in a by-election before deciding to cross the floor. Bill 23 Protecting Vulnerable People Against Picketing Act, 2011 is a bill I reintroduced which would ensure people residing in supportive living homes, would not have their homes picketed by striking workers.

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from Allan Thompson’s desk As we write this the 2012 winter remains mild and so far uneventful, although signs of spring are starting to show. Only time will tell how we will close out this unseasonably mild winter. Our newest community on Caledon’s west side continues to grow and there are many exciting things happening in the SouthFields Village right now, such as nearing completion of the new SouthFields Village Public School, which will serve as a community hub. We have some parking issues and concerns that we must get resolved. The parking concerns and recreational facilities are some of the agenda items discussed at the spring SouthFields Village meeting. I’m pleased to report that community spirit remains alive and well in Caledon In Terra Cotta the community centre renovation project continues. The community has raised the funds to undertake the restoration, many hours of volunteer labour have been invested in the project and thanks to the generosity of the community and other businesses, many materials have been received as in-kind donations to help move the project along. It is all very exciting to see and serves as a great example of the power of community spirit and volunteerism. Well done Terra Cotta, well done.

from Gord McClure’s desk So far winter has been kind to us, in Caledon. The fact that we have not had to deal with major storms of snow and ice may well help our budget for the year. If things stay the way they are. However, if we are not lucky I shall do my best with your Regional Councillor, Allan Thompson, to provide you with the very best service we can. As you can see as you travel around the Snelgrove area, things are changing and with change we get some confusion and maybe frustration. I do my best to stay on top of any problems that are brought to my attention, should I miss out call me at the numbers listed below. It is my wish that you are now settling in to life in Caledon and hope you will enjoy the beauty of our Town and visit many of our great Conservation areas and parks. There is not much that can beat a drive around our northern areas and walk in the country along our “Rail Trail” on a nice summer day or evening. Best wishes,

Our community relies on volunteers for many of our services and events and if anyone wants to assist in the planning of our newest Caledon community centre, to be located in SouthFields, please let me know. There are many exciting family and community events planned in the next couple of months and I encourage you to bring your family and participate. Look for more news in my newsletter, available shortly. Respectfully submitted,

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Doug Beffort writes ... Congratulations to the Inglewood Railroaders on winning the Millpond Cup at this winter’s Ward 1 Pond Hockey Tournament, held at the Alton Mill. Established three years ago, the tournament brings together members of each village in Ward 1 to play and to cheer on the competitors. The pond hockey tournament is reflective of both the spirit and the beauty of Ward 1. I encourage all readers to make a resolution to spend some time in visiting this beautiful part of Caledon. Ward 1 is located north of Olde Base Line Road and west of Airport Road to the boundaries of Wellington County and Orangeville. The village of Inglewood is highlighted in this edition and is a must. Walk the Caledon Trail. Visit the cycle shop and the General Store. Move on to Belfountain and the beauty of the Forks of the Credit area. An ice cream cone and a visit to the Belfountain Conservation Area are recommended. Head north through the hamlet of Cataract to Alton. Try a treat at Martha’s or the famous Millcroft Inn. Stop at the Alton Greenhouses for your spring flowers. Visit the beautiful Alton Mill, home to many artists. Move on through the hamlet of Melville to Caledon Village. Try the Village Bistro or the sushi restaurant just up the street. Visit Chic à BOOM for

your clothing needs. Join us for the Caledon Agricultural Society’s celebrations at the Fairgrounds or for the dinner at Knox United Church. The Caledon Townhall Players are celebrating their 48th year of presenting live theatre. Check out their latest show. Hope to see you soon! Caledon Village Update In the winter issue of SouthFields Village Voice I wrote about the Ryerson University project for Caledon Village. The project is complete and the final report will be tabled at Council this spring. It will form the basis for the Town’s decision on future plans for the village and will, hopefully, provide a platform for the Ministry of Transportation to work with our Council and Village Association to help those most affected by the demands of a major highway through the Village. I will keep you posted. Doug Beffort’s Council Summaries After each council meeting I summarize the items of interest to Ward 1 residents and post them under the Council section of the on the Town of Caledon website. If you would like to receive these summaries, please notify me at

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Stan Cameron’s update The Peel District School Board of Trustees recently approved the Communication Department’s recommendation to name Caledon’s newest K-8 public school, SouthFields Village Public School. The school will open its doors for operation in September, 2012. Mr. Matt McCutcheon, currently the Principal at Herb Campbell, will lead this school as its new Principal. The new school will be expected to follow the provincial Ministry of Education’s new direction on nutrition standards applying to all food and beverages sold in all venues (e.g. cafeterias, vending machines, tuck shops), through all programmes (e.g. catered lunch programs), and at all events (e.g. bake sales, sports events). The standards do not apply to food and beverages that are: offered in

schools to students at no cost; brought from home or purchased off school premises and are not for resale in schools; available for purchase during field trips off school premises; sold in schools for non-school purposes (e.g. sold by an outside organization that is using the gymnasium after school hours for a non-school–related event). The nutrition criteria are provided in the following categories: Sell Most (≥ 80%) Products in this category are the healthiest options and generally have higher levels of essential nutrients and lower amounts of fat, sugar, and/or sodium. They must make up at least 80 per cent of all food choices that are available for sale in all venues, at all events. Sell Less (≤ 20%) Products in this category may have slightly higher amounts of fat, sugar, and/or sodium than food and

beverages in the “Sell Most” category. They must make up no more than 20 per cent of all food choices that are available for sale in all venues, at all events. The same requirement applies to beverage choices. We are proud to partner with the SouthFields community to help present the 3rd annual SouthFields Community Day, on Saturday, July 14th, 2012. The community is invited to visit its innovative new school - the first Geo-Thermal school built in the Peel District School Board. Meet, greet, and enjoy a few hours of fun and community-connecting. More details will follow in the June issue of this magazine. I look forward to meeting many of our SouthFields Village P.S. families at the event. Sincerely,

Stan Cameron Public School Trustee for Peel District School Board

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One small step for Brampton Flight Centre ... by Yevgenia Casale January 25th, 2012 was a momentous day for the town of Caledon. It was the day that post secondary education made its way into our town with what is hopefully the first of many similar partnerships. As a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic University, this sort of collaboration between the education and private sector is nothing new, and it works ‌ really well! The year I entered Ryerson was its first as a University. Before that it was a Polytechnic Institute. Nothing really changed except that now I could come out with a degree after my name. My bachelors of technology raises eyebrows to this day. (The school’s then Dean, Frank McGuire, had invented the name because there really wasn’t anything like Graphic Communications Management anywhere else). But, boy, if you want to one day just pick up and single-handedly launch a magazine; establish a few annual community traditions; raise a family; write and publish a book; design a few websites; master social media and; build a few back office management systems that repeatedly make the ISO auditor scratch his head looking for something to come back on, then a B.Tech from Ryerson is exactly what you need. I wasn’t sure how to make that sentence any shorter and I’m pretty sure it will get longer with time.


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The point of all this is not to be self-congratulatory, in any way. What Ryerson does extremely well is combine theory and foundation with hands-on practical learning by bringing in professors and guest lecturers who are leaders of industry and arranging numerous opportunities for students to interact with them. Ryerson brings top employers on campus to interview students for internship placements and job fairs. Between year two and three I got to intern as an estimator with Simpson Screen Print & Litho. Between year three and four I got to work as a customer service coordinator with St. Joseph Printing. By the time I graduated I had four job offers before school even ended for the summer. We can debate about what sort of building we need, who will pay for the land and how we can justify its use for post-secondary education purposes, or we can taxi on to the Brampton Flight Centre (BFC) flight path. As of fall 2012, Sheridan College is offering a new Global Business Management in Aviation Program. The four-year degree programme combines a global business management curriculum taught at Sheridanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Davis Campus with professional pilot training at BFC, here in Caledon. BFC is the the largest uncontrolled airport in Canada and is recognized as one of the top flight training schools in the country. The partnership provides an excellent opportunity for Sheridan to expand its curriculum without having to spend the significant resources it would take to build such facilities from scratch. After completing the joint program, students will receive a Global Business Management-Aviation degree from Sheridan, and a diploma from BFC that confirms their completion of a Commercial Pilot Licence with Multi-IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) Rating and the Advanced Airline ground school. Each graduation year BFC will offer the top degree graduates a position as a Flight Instructor. With Sheridanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree and BFCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diploma, students interested in a career as a pilot can go from zero experience to becoming a commercial pilot in four years. The partnership is in response to a massive demand for new pilots and a major shift in the requirements for commercial pilots. Boeing estimates that over the coming years the Canadian and US demand for new commercial pilots will reach nearly 100,000 (over 460,000 globally). The programme also addresses the hiring shift among commercial airlines to require degree accreditations among new pilots entering the industry. The North American manufacturing sector, in general, is shrinking. There is a growing demand for crosssector knowledge-based workers with applied practical

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experience. Universities have gone on record lamenting the lack of preparedness amongst first year students to enter post-secondary studies and industry is not far behind. Small and medium size businesses comprise approximately 99 per cent of all business in North America. Ever shrinking margins are driving their need to accomplish more with less staff, giving rise to the pale blue collar hybrid worker: somebody who can roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty while having the capacity to grasp the big picture. Good employers are willing and happy to provide on-the-job training, as long as the staff is willing to learn. The best part is that students and interns are cheap labour and there are already government incentives in place to help kick start innovative approaches to partnering education with industry. Maybe the answer to Caledon’s university question lies in our joint willingness to collaborate and take advantage of emerging technologies and remote, open, and shared classroom spaces. Caledon has a long, rich history of community collaboration. For as long as there has been agriculture in these hills, businesses have collaborated to share resources rather than compete head-on. If Inglewood could sustain three grocery stores, we can certainly put together a chance for kids to get a proper education without having to suffer long commutes or move away. Money and land are not the problem, nor are they the main solution. Besides, with the right hands at work, Caledon doesn’t really have a shortage of either.

Caledon Agricultural Society’s 152nd Caledon Fair by Liz Shaughnessy One of the oldest annual fairs in southern Ontario, the 152nd annual Caledon Fair, presented by Trailcon Leasing, has become both a tradition and a landmark occasion, drawing participation and spectators from across the Town of Caledon, plus visitors from the surrounding communities of Orangeville, Erin, King and Brampton. “In a diverse community like Caledon, we’re proud to support an event that engages all its residents, the many new families that now call Caledon home and the generations of agricultural families who are still an integral part of our town’s fiber and tradition,” says Alan Boughton, president, Trailcon Leasing. Feature activities include a truck and tractor pull on Friday evening, the Saturday afternoon lawn tractor challenge, an agricultural education pavilion throughout the three days,

agricultural competitions and an all breeds horse show, including the crowd pleasing horse/dog relay on Saturday afternoon featuring the Fast ‘n’ Furry Agility Dog team, presented by RuffSport. New for 2012 is an equine fun day on Saturday, hosted by WHOA, the Women Horse Owners Association. The “play all day” schedule includes obstacle courses, mounted games, a gymkhana and a drill demonstration for adult english and western riders. For information on this “spirited” competition visit www.womenhorseownersassoc. com. The day closes with a lipsmacking BBQ Saturday evening featuring country and western entertainers, The Muir Family. Since its move from the crowded fall schedule to early June, the Caledon Fair has renewed its focus on youth and education, with a groundswell of

participation from the local schools, several of which have integrated the Fair into their curriculum with specific “school days” at the Fair. Caledon’s Got Talent young finalists will perform Sunday on the main stage with an expanded format of local talent including vocalists, dance and comic performances, while horse driving and pony breeders competitions fill the schedule with spectator friendly equestrian activities on the final day of the Fair. Midway rides, a vendor marketplace showcasing local crafts, farm fresh produce, garden plants and supplies complete a day of fun and entertainment for the entire family at the 152nd annual Caledon Fair.

Come on..... Be a part of your community.... Be a part of the Fair! June 8, 9 and 10th, 2012

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Bookkeepers, accountants, and taxes by Stanley Watroba and Cynthia Flemming


ccountants and bookkeepers often have overlapping duties. Though there are some key differences in scope of services, both keep clients’ financial records in order. A bookkeeper tends to work more with day-to-day financial activities. He records the routine financial transactions of a business such as payments to vendors or cheques from customers. He also processes payroll, prepares financial statements for accountants, and produces reports and documents essential for tax filing and business planning purposes. Accountants produce financial statements, prepare tax returns, and perform cost analyses, budgets and loan proposals. Depending on your tax filing needs you may

require the services of either or both of these professionals. Both bookkeepers and accountants prepare year-end taxes for personal and non-incorporated small business owners. By law, incorporated business entities are obligated to utilize the services of a chartered accountant Incorporated business entities often utilize the services of a bookkeeper, as well, to prepare the documents that need to be submitted to an accountant. This ensures that everything is properly organized, complete, and in the format and manner required. Because she is involved with your day-to-day operations, a bookkeeper is in a good position to catch taxsaving opportunities and make timely recommendations, both throughout the year and at tax filing time.

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Properly organized documentation helps maximize your available deduction potential, allowing you to take full advantage of any credits to which you may be entitled. A bookkeeper is able to provide regular reporting that often results in significant savings and improves your ability to drive sales and control costs. Many accountants, such as Alton’s Dufferin Accounting Services, offer a complete range of in-house services, with a professional bookkeeper and accountant on staff, offering their corporate clients a one-stop shop solution and on-site consultation services to clients who find it difficult to get away from home base. Independent bookkeepers, such as SouthFields’ Stanley Watroba’s SW Bookkeeping Services, cater to the specific needs of individuals and small

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business owners, also often travelling to their clients’ locations for meetings.

For year-end tax filing meetings you will also need:

group to take advantage of the best possible deductions and credits.

Whether on your way to a bookkeeper or an accountant, coming prepared is well advised. Before you meet with a bookkeeper, be sure to gather:

• Any “T” slips you may have • Receipt for any rent or property taxes paid for the year • Charitable donation receipts • Amount paid for safety deposit boxes • Medical, dental and drug bills, including hearing aids, prosthetics, etc.

Aged parents and disability If you are caring for an aged parent or an adult that has been ill, there are a number of tax credits available to you, including a driving allowance (and meals allowance) for medical or personal care visits that you take the person to. This is an area that many people are not aware of, so it pays to ask questions.

• Cheque book stubs or register with vendor names, dates and amount information • Business bank statements • Business loan information (e.g. lines of credit, personal loans/ equity, asset purchases) • Copies of deposits • Business credit card statements • Business expenditures made with personal funds • Subcontractor/vendor information (names, address, Tax ID number) • Customer information including how much they owe you • If you have employees the bookkeeper needs their information to process payroll • If you have an accountant who does your income taxes or year-end financials, you will need to provide the bookkeeper with their contact information

For seniors For individuals over 65 years of age, consider “income splitting” to take advantage of deductions and credits. For students • Receipts for tuition paid • Bursary or scholarship details

For parents • Ensure all your children are recorded correctly • Receipts for child-care expenses • Receipts for sports activities • Receipts for art/cultural activities (new this year) • RRSP contributions

Parents and post secondary aged children should do taxes as a family

The above lists are not complete by any means since each person’s situation is unique. When using a tax preparation service, these lists serve as a general guideline and your tax preparer should ask you pertinent questions to ensure that you take full advantage of deductions and credits you may be entitled to. It is worth the extra expense of retaining a reputable service, since the provider will also be able to assist you with any questions that Revenue Canada may have on your income tax submission.

Thefts from unlocked vehicles can be prevented by Inspector Rose DiMarco, Caledon OPP In 2011 officers with the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police investigated over 200 incidents of reported thefts from motor vehicles. Most of the involved vehicles were left unlocked despite numerous warnings from Police and there were likely many more incidents that for one reason or another did not get reported. We know that most thefts occur late at night when the unsuspecting owners are sleeping and their vehicles are parked on the driveway. The thieves simply test the door handles and if they are left unlocked it only takes a few seconds to steal the contents. Driveways with multiple vehicles give the thieves a hiding spot between cars should someone drive by and contrary to some peoples beliefs it is very rare for the thieves to break the vehicles windows as the noise created could increase their chances of being seen or getting caught. The thieves are known to carry backpacks and may enlist the help of a getaway driver who may park in the area. Items that are commonly stolen by the thieves are usually small and easily concealed in jackets or pant pockets such

as loose change, GPS units, cameras, wallets, purses and sunglasses. This is a crime of opportunity, therefore the chances of catching those responsible is very rare. A further concern of the Police is the suspects may use or sell the stolen items to purchase drugs and alcohol and may commit other crimes such as mischief, vandalism and break and enters which can have more serious impacts on the community and upon the involved families. The good news is that most of these incidents could have been prevented by simply taking a few seconds to lock your car and by removing all valuables from plain sight. Leaving wallets and purses inside vehicles is particularly frustrating and dangerous as your personal information and documents are difficult to replace and could lead to identity theft issues weeks or months later. To report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, especially late at night, please call the OPP Communications Centre immediately at 1-888-310-1122. In 2012 let’s practice prevention: “Lock It or Lose It”.

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Protect your investments from market fluctuations by Elio C. Riccio The enemy of long-term investment success is short-term thinking. Short-term thinking is caused, almost always, by the arrival of a downturn in the market. Concern, particularly with an inexperienced investor, can all too often turn to worry, even panic. A hasty decision often follows. Investors sell part of their portfolio at a loss, hide on the sidelines, wait out the storm until the market seems to be returning to normal, and only start investing again when the coast is clear. But market reversals are nothing new. And even quite dramatic falls are hardly rare, startling though they may seem. Markets, like life, have their ups and downs. The key is to keep calm, think hard, check out historical market information, and seek the help of a professional investment advisor. Anyone who studies market ups and downs will quickly discover certain underlying factors and trends. Inflation is one. Large-scale political and economic events are another. All, to a greater or lesser extent, influence market movement and impact the rise and fall in the value of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other investments. Although market ups and downs can create fear among investors, a long-term view shows their impact on most kinds of investments is less dramatic than frequently expected. Historically, rises have typically followed quite quickly after even steep falls in the market and, accordingly, investments have tended to recover. One thing is certain. Attempts to “time” the market by getting in and out during these erratic periods is rarely successful. The practice is usually ineffective simply because it is virtually impossible to predict exactly when the market drop will occur. And if investors sell, there is always the danger that they will not take advantage of any subsequent rise in the market. Investors that attempt to time the ups and downs of the market, increase their risk of missing quality opportunities on days that register big gains.

Some investors turn to what is known as dollar-costaveraging as a solution to market uncertainty, an investment strategy where you make predetermined periodic investment purchases of a fixed amount on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. The strategy protects your portfolio by encouraging you to invest consistently, allowing you to buy more shares when the market is falling and fewer shares when the market is rising. In the end (assuming markets increase over time), your cost per share is lower than the average price per share. The true value of dollar-cost-averaging is often realized during a down market. At this point, many investors stop investing for fear that it will fall further and wait for it to rebound. In most cases, this is exactly the opposite of what should be done. In fact, many investors view lower market prices as an opportunity to buy more stock/funds. A dollarcost-averaging strategy forces you to put aside your “gut reactions” and continue investing. It is generally agreed that investors who maintain a longterm outlook for their investments have an advantage over those who do not. Successful long-term investors understand that while the market will always experience periods of decline, history has shown that they tend to recover in the long run. Talk to an investment advisor if any of these terms are unfamiliar to you, or if you have any other questions or concerns about your investments. This article was prepared by TD Waterhouse Private Investment Advice for Elio Riccio who is an Investment Advisor with TD Waterhouse Private Investment Advice and is for informational purposes only. It is not an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase and sale of any investment fund, security or other product and does not provide individual, financial, legal, investment or tax advice. Please consult your own legal and tax advisor. TD Waterhouse Private Investment Advice is a division of TD Waterhouse Canada Inc., a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank. TD Waterhouse Canada Inc. – Member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.®

Caledon Mountain Wildlife Supplies Wild Birdseed / Feeders / Nesting Boxes Pet Food & Supplies / Wildlife Feeds Crafts / Books / Nature Accessories “We’re here to help you help nature” 18371 Hurontario St., Caledon Village phone: 519.927.3212 fax: 519.927.9186

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Brain based learning by Jane Guy


hild development experts and psychologists all over the continent are excited about new knowledge in brain development which has come about as a result of nuclear imaging techniques. Neuroscience is an exciting field and this past decade has resulted in amazing views of living brains being available to assist doctors and psychologists, not only in treating patients, but in informing educators about the effectiveness of curricular programmes in schools and the directions that schools should be taking. Tall Pines School in Brampton has been designing school curricula according to brain based learning principles for some years, incorporating the latest in brain research into all of the programmes at the school. Both their traditional private school programmes and their Montessori philosophy programmes incorporate those principals, so that students experience learning environments which enhance their brain growth and overall development. Today’s students adjust to rapid technological and social changes, navigate vast flows of information and learn to work collaboratively with diverse individuals and cultures in a global economy; and the programmes at Tall Pines School are especially prepared learning environments for working in that context.

Dr. Angeline Stoll Lillard, an American psychologist, details the brain based learning principles identified by Dr. Maria Montessori, in her 2008 book, Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, (Oxford University Press.). Dr. Lillard explored the scientific research and compared it with the eight principles of Montessori education. Dr. Maria Montessori designed her learning programmes based on her observations of children. Dr. Lillard’s book details how Montessori’s major ideas about the design of learning environments and school programmes are upheld by today’s brain research, proving that they bring about more optimal learning and development for children. At Tall Pines School, curricula structured around brainbased learning principles are combined with small class sizes and experiential hands-on learning programs. Cognitive tools and 21st century teaching techniques are implemented to help students cultivate their skills. The results at Tall Pines School show students who love learning and really enjoy school, while receiving an education that properly prepares them for the demands of the new millennium.

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Have you heard of TRCA? by Jenna Roest TRCA – or Toronto and Region Conservation – is part of Conservation Ontario and is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. With over 50 years of experience TRCA helps people understand enjoy and look-after the natural environment. We do this by: • protecting, enhancing and regenerating natural resources (like wetlands, forests and streams) • providing sound environmental information and advice to promote good land management practices

• providing outdoor recreation opportunities on over 13,000

• inviting community members to take action on environmental projects. TRCA is committed to protecting natural areas for the benefit of all living things. But this is only possible with the understanding and involvement of people like you.

hectares of open space, forest lands, campgrounds, and conservation areas • offering conservation and heritage education programs, and

TRCA offers many events and activities to help you contribute to the health of the environment through everyday actions. Programmes include healthy home and garden sessions, nature walks, tree plantings, clean-up

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activities and hands-on demonstrations. These events are educational, social and always fun. Check out our website ( to register and help make a difference in your community.

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for our 2nd annual spring

SouthFields Village Community Clean-up Saturday, April 21, 2012. 11 a.m.

As the Stewardship Coordinator it is my mandate to work with community members to learn about your environmental initiatives and interests and to lend a hand in implementing them. So if you have any ideas, let me know! For more information about TRCA, visit: To learn more or to get involved, contact Jenna Roest, Stewardship Coordinator, Etobicoke/Mimico at 416.661.6600 ext. 5646 or

Meet at the park, we`ll fan out from there (Lossino & Learmont)

Join the party! Free Tim Hortons coffee & supplies provided. Fun for the whole family!

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Heating up Firehall 304 for a great cause Station 304 is the place to be on Saturday, March 31st. The fourth annual Chilli Showdown will be held between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the fire hall, located at 14190 Creditview Road, in Cheltenham. As usual, proceeds from the competition will go to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The event is open to the public with the bargain basement admission of $5.00 per person. Sample all you can eat, as long as there’s chilli left in the pot! So, get there early and support this fantastic cause! Of course if you’ve got the next it’s-so-good-it-should-befamous chilli recipe, why not toss your hat in, as well? Anybody who wants to enter a pot of chilli is invited to contact Chuck Mills at Entry fee is $50.00. To date, the hall has raised just over $3,000 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. 2011 was their second best showing for entries with 14 pots of steaming hot chilli in all varieties, from vegetarian to venison. Entries came from Fire Stations 304 Cheltenham, 305 Inglewood, 307 Snelgrove, 308 Mono Mills and Headquarters. They also had entries from the Cheltenham General Store, Terra Cotta Inn, Davis Feed & Farm Supply, as well as some public entries. rs Last year Margo Tennant from Caledon Fire Headquarters won best tasting in the public judged category, James Lynch won public judged hottest chilli, and Carol Lyons was picked best overall by the VIP judges.

Save the date: help revitalize Caledon East The Caledon East Revitalization Committee is at it again! If you liked the Spooky Spaghetti Dinner and last year’s Masquerade Ball, you’ll love this event! It is the Committee’s major fundraiser for the year and the group of dedicated volunteers is hoping to get more street banners and flowers for the village’s downtown core from this fundraiser. Put April 14th in your calendar as the night to help beautify the downtown

core of Caledon East. Be wined, dined and dance the night away, all while enjoying a great band and a four-course meal at the Royal Ambassador! Their mandate is to improve the outward appearance of Caledon East through both small and large scale projects. Do your part by purchasing your tickets for a fantastic night out! Tickets will be available soon at downtown Caledon East merchants:

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I read it on the internet by Dr. David Kirkham Let me start by bragging. I absolutely love my job! In addition to medicine and surgery, veterinarians devote countless hours researching literature as well as acting as educators. We, as people of all ages, are very curious about animals. I was honoured to speak to our local first and second grade students about animals and the environment and am equally honoured to have been invited back to lecture about camelid (alpacas/llamas) medical techniques at the college level.

dental procedure it’s not unusual to hear comments about how friendly their pet has suddenly become. When we have dental pain that we become aware of, we contact our dentist and trust their expertise to fix the problem. However, our pets rely on the dental component of the annual physical examination to identify issues and improve their overall health and quality of life.

In the course of my daily practice I come across interesting, strange and occasionally, downright scary notions of how to care for pets. I hope some of these topics pique your curiosity, add some humour to your day and open the doors of communication with your veterinarian. My dog has a dry nose, he must be sick. The temperature and moisture of a dog’s nose does not necessarily equate with its health status as it will normally fluctuate throughout the day. Changes in texture: cracks, crusts, growths, or colour could be indicative of many things including autoimmune diseases and should be investigated. I read on the internet that onions, garlic and carrots can be used for deworming and repelling fleas. Garlic may work on vampires and is a potent wife repellant in my house but is also potentially toxic to animals and should be avoided. The internet wasn’t clear on how the carrot was to be administered. However, this clearly has all the markings of a disastrous plan. Routine fecal testing has tremendous value as it allows your veterinarian to prescribe a targeted worming agent for your pet and the specific type of parasite present. Additionally, there are many great, efficacious, convenient and safe flea products on the market that can be used. A dog won’t eat if there’s dental pain. This is only true at the absolute extreme end of dental pathology. Animals are very stoic: they hide their pain, and nowhere is this better exemplified than dental disease. Following a

Can you believe that people consider their pets to be part of their family? Absolutely. My pets have Christmas stockings and I call to check up on them when I am away at conferences. This connection becomes heart-wrenchingly obvious during the process of grieving. I can’t even begin to count the times where people have confessed that they didn’t cry at the death of friend, family member or colleague but were having a really hard time dealing with their pets passing. As cheesy as it sounds, they truly are our fun, non-judgmental, reliable and supportive best friends. When it comes to caring for our pets, please always consider the advice of your trusted veterinarian with more time and credence than Dr. Internet search engine and feel free to contact me if there’s a topic you would like explored in one of these articles. One final thought, “I wonder what would happen if we all tried to be the people our dogs already think we are?”

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Town promoting good food ideas The Town of Caledon in partnership with Caledon Countryside Alliance, has taken part in the Growing Good Food Ideas Video Project. Two videos have been produced to showcase Caledon’s Good Food Ideas, highlighting Caledon’s food innovators and local “farm to table” efforts. The videos communicate innovation and opportunity within Caledon’s food industry and aid in the Town’s ongoing effort to support the agriculture, hospitality and tourism sectors of the local economy. This project was completed as a collaborative venture with Sustain Ontario, a number of municipal and non-profit sector partners and Powerline Films. With funding from OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Investment Fund, these groups have used video to tell the stories of just a few of the many fascinating sustainable food projects that are being run successfully in Ontario. Two videos have been produced to showcase Caledon’s Good Food Ideas. The first video focuses on Caledon’s “Farm to Table” efforts, while the other highlights Caledon’s “Food Innovators”. These videos are an effective means to communicate innovation and opportunity within Caledon’s food industry. They are also great tools for assisting the Town of Caledon’s ongoing effort to support the agriculture, hospitality and tourism sectors of the local economy. Both videos are available via the Town of Caledon’s and project partner’s social media profiles and websites. To view them, visit: Community/goodfoodideas.asp. For more about the Town of Caledon Economic Development Department, visit www.caledon. Preferred by award-winning chefs Served at some of Headwater’s best restaurants

Bert Nieuwenhuis, Lamb & Wool Producer Amaranth Township

Available at the farm by appointment. No Sunday calls, please.


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Just what Cheltenham needs by Freyda Tartak art programme within my local community and I believe every community should have a creative art making space that can host local programmes,” says Heather.

Heather Stephenson thinks it’s really important for kids to have exposure to lots of arts experiences, both in and out of the classroom. “I took Art in Community Education at Queens and was part of an exciting and inspiring co-op where I worked at the office of the Arts Network for Children and Youth under, Linda Albright,” says Heather. As part of her co-op, Heather visited many community arts programmes throughout Ontario and was inspired to start her own local art programme for children. After earning a visual arts degree from McMaster and finishing Teacher’s College, in 2009, Heather moved

The studio’s location couldn’t be more convenient. There is Heather Stephenson’s Craftbox Studio plenty of parking, so if parents want couldn’t be in a better location than to stick around they can relax in below the Cheltenham General Store. the Tea Room or on the patio at the Enjoy the Tea Room, visit the spa back of the General Store. The store upstairs, enjoy the back deck, catch offers unbelievably good coffee, a deli up on a good book or get a little work sandwich counter, ice-cream and, free done while the kids enjoy art class. Wi-fi! You can catch up on a bit of work, enjoy a good book, or enjoy the to Cheltenham and got a job as an company of other adults while their art teacher in Georgetown. She also kids are happily occupied downstairs. had a studio at the Alton Mill for her There’s even a Canada Post outlet on personal work. When she had her premises. second child, in February 2011, she decided to bring her art pursuits closer On warm days there really are few to home and created Craftbox Studio. places as serene as the back patio Glen Judge, owner of the Cheltenham General Store, and a huge supporter of Cheltenham based business development, was happy to let Heather set Craftbox Studio up in the newly renovated space below his store. When you walk in, you are transported into a blank canvass on which to play, experiment and learn. It’s light, bright, and spacious. “I want to offer a quality

of the Cheltenham General Store, surrounded by mature trees, a large back yard and Credit River flowing at its feet. Craftbox Studios offers programmes for children and adults, group classes, private lessons, workshops and school break activities. They offer painting, drawing, sculpture, handmade crafts, mixed media, some printmaking, and work with a wide range of high quality materials. Upcoming events: March Break Art Adventures (Register by phone or email) Spring Open House & Registration March 20 & 21 5-8 pm Early Spring Classes March 26 - May 11 Late Spring Classes May 14 - June 22

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A whole lot of mini-triathlon fun by Barrie Shepley Caledon is home to C3, the Canadian Cross Training Club. The family based year-round swim-bike-runhike-yoga club is committed to helping entire families get active and stay active.

6-year-olds go one length of the pool (and are allowed to use life-jackets)

For the last 13 years C3 has hosted the Kinetico Kids of Steel Triathlon.

Parents are allowed to help their 6 and under children during any portion of the day. Older children (7 years and up) have distances that are slightly longer. Children can do the entire swim-bike-run event individually or, get two friends and do the race as a three-person relay team.

This year’s mini-triathlon will take place on Sunday, May 27 and will have ageappropriate distances for kids as young as 3 to 4 years of age, all the way up to adults.

Our May 27th event is located at Caledon Public School on Kennedy Sideroad and we are expecting 1,000-plus kids and family members to be participating. The C3 Claudia Johnston with her 2 children in the 6 and under category club also runs an 8-week Our 3 to 6-year-old age preparation clinic for then bike (often on their tricycle) 300 category has the most kids of any age children in May and June. For details metres before run/walking 200 metres category every single year. The 3 to visit to the finish line.

C3’s summer camp offers Olympic size fun by Natalie Adsetts-Adams As a mother of four and a teacher I know that kids need to move … a lot. As Co-Director of C3’s Summer Camp I know that even in Caledon not everybody can afford to send their kids to camp. At C3, we don’t believe that should be a reason for any youngster to miss out on going to camp. My coaching staff and I want to inspire each child to be their best. We get kids moving with a multisport programme that has campers trying different sports, developing skills and having new experiences. It builds confidence, encourages teamwork and creates a solid foundation for a healthy, active lifestyle beyond the camp experience. Thanks to the Caledon Agricultural Society and James Dick Construction the camp uses the Caledon Fairgrounds for land based and Caledon Beach for aquatic activities. The beach surrounds a spring fed body of open water complete with change rooms, a life guard and an enclosed swimming area. In poor weather, we move to the nearby

Caledon Public Pool. Elite athletes from the Canadian Cross Training Club participate with the campers and share their skills. This year, to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games, C3 Summer Camp will host mini Olympic style games each Friday: a full day devoted to games and good old fashion fun, complete with a BBQ and podium awards! Thanks to the support of Kinetico Canada, the Bolton Rotary Club and students from the Interact Club at Humberview High School we are able to subsidize camp fees for kids who would not otherwise afford to come. If you are interested in learning more about the camp, please join us at a camp information session at the Mayfield Recreational Complex on Sunday, April 15, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Meet our staff, ask questions and register! If you would like more information or know of a child who would benefit from support in attending our camp please contact me at:

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Inglewood’s theatre company by Dan O’Reilly Another challenging production was The Man Who Came to Dinner. In the late 1990s Paddy stepped down from her role. A number of cast members tried their hand at directing. During the past few years the group has been directed by Kathie Maloney, who has the ability to read a script and then visualize how it can be brought to life on the stage. Her portfolio has included House of Wonders, Hotbed Hotel, and Is He Dead?

Marie Leroux (Laura Iannarelli) and her sister Cecile try to comfort their father Papa Leroux ( Larry Flint) who faces bankruptcy through the machinations of an unscrupulous art dealer in the Inglewood Schoolhouse Performers 2011 production of Is He Dead?


almost 30 years the Inglewood Schoolhouse Performers have been entertaining and delighting audiences with their amateur theatrical productions. Their shows are presented in the Inglewood Community Centre, which was once the village school—hence the origins of the name “schoolhouse.” The group was founded by Cheltenham resident Paddy Thomas, whose career in the theatre started in the Second World War when she performed with a repertory theatre taking plays to army and air force camps in Great Britain. In the early 1980s the Inglewood School was saved from possible demolition through the efforts of the Town of Caledon and local residents and transformed into the community centre. With that transformation, Paddy saw the possibilities of using it as a venue for staging amateur performances.

That vision caught the imagination of the village. Entire families joined the new group which made its debut with Almost An Evening with Thornton Wilder. From there the performers went on to stage several well received productions including its own versions of Cinderella and Aladdin. All the plays were directed by Paddy, who also wrote a number including Flo and Ada’s War. It focused on the lives of two families in London during the Blitz and was based, in part, on her experiences during that time.

This year’s production is Too Soon For Daisies. The dates are Friday March 23, Saturday March 24, Friday, March 30, and Saturday March 31. Show time is 8 pm. Tickets are available at the Inglewood General Store, Body Perks, Coffee Bean, or by contacting Larry Flint at: 905.838.2874 or

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Just Julia

Some  “Some

people do that! I can’t believe it! Some people actually show up early for things,” begins Julia. “My entire existence is a stream of consciousness; I can’t function at all in the real world.” That’s how our interview began with the beautifully eloquent, charming and brilliant Julia Gilmore, a local artist from Inglewood. Julia is known, and I must say, loved, for being an integral thread in the living tapestry that is the village of Inglewood. She is at once fully integrated and at the same time, a nomad. For half of the year, her home is her studio and the place from which she carefully lays out her touring schedule. Unlike most artists, Julia is equal parts avid jogger, hermit artist and, self promoter. After graduating with a fine arts degree from University of Concordia she entered the gallery scene with several highly successful shows. But it didn’t take long for Julia to become disillusioned with art scene. She found that she was spending six months alone in her studio, would come out for opening night and have to disappear again for another six months. It was a very lonely life for somebody whose soul feeds off of her interactions with others. “Little did I know back then that you didn’t need to go through the gallery system you could promote it yourself,” says Julia.

Back in art school she had formed a “crazy wacky underground band” called Condition, a cross between B52s, The Cramps, and The Lounge Lizards. Condition enjoyed regular rotation on Much Music and toured Canada in a 1964 Valiant. After Julia married one of Canada’s best guitarists, Danny Bartley, and decided to raise a family, the couple went in quest of a white picket fence, and landed in the heart of Inglewood. For 13 years Julia Gilmore commuted to work as bartender/hostess/ waitress, you name it, at Yorkville’s Idler Pub. When its owner, and publisher of the infamous Idler Magazine, decided to retire and write a book, Julia decided to return to painting. Not long after, she and Danny decided to very amicably part ways. Julia’s Condition taught her all about writing music, booking gigs, managing books and becoming a critical success.

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Unwilling to go back into a world of personal isolation associated with selling work through the gallery system, she developed a touring route. “I tend to stick to a specific market that I have determined is the best market for my work. Basically the East Coast: anywhere from Boston to DC. DC is really good for me.” Philadelphia and New York are also strong markets, though her work does hang in a number of Canadian homes, as well. “I love the fact that I am in control of what happens to my artwork,” says Julia When Danny and Julia started looking for that idyllic setting this was the very first house that they looked at. Norm Martin’s mother had passed away and it was fully furnished with all her antiques and they just fell in love with it but couldn’t afford

it. “We kept looking but came back to it and put in an offer which Norm Martin accepted and even gave us a second mortgage, interest-free, so that we could afford it. He was awesome, awesome, awesome! He really made it possible,” says Julia. “I still go in there often and every morning when I go for a run he’s there and toots his horn.” According to Gilmore, all creative endeavours, particularly in the visual arts are about communications. “If you are not able to communicate all aspects of who you are as the creator then there is an element of dishonesty about it. I keep it really straight forward with my artwork. I just paint stuff I like. I paint what I know. I guess that is my answer to what art should be,” says Julia.

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Sligo Junction. Riverdale. Like the other villages that make up the town of Caledon, Inglewood wasn’t its original name and before it was even a police village, the land

employed for mixed farm use. A lot has already been written about its history, including William E. Cook’s History of Inglewood. Suffice it to say that the village of today is the result of vision of group of settlers who had the means through which to establish a place to work in that they “wanted to live in.” When Graham decided to develop the south slopes, he needed to make sure that the people who moved in knew all about the culture and heritage that they were inheriting and presented to each home in the relatively recent subdivision a copy of Cook’s booklet. Norm and John Martin’s family has been in Inglewood since 1869. Theirs, like the Graham family has had a lot to do with the evolution of the village and surrounding areas. If it wasn’t for a little matter between great grandpa Martin’s shot gun and the railway developers, many things would work and look much differently than they do today. Inglewood used to be a junction point. It was the meeting place for two different railways and supported three grocery stores, a hotel, a pool hall, a butcher shop, a confectionary, a blacksmith shop, a bakery, a pool hall, a woolen mill and, the oldest branch of Royal Bank in Southern Ontario. It was entirely self-sustaining. When cars entered the picture, people’s habits changed. Only one of the railways is still used, with a tourist train running between Orangeville and the Inglewood General

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Store. The other forms a trail that if you haven’t explored yet, then you should. In addition to the Martins’ lawn and farm equipment shop, it is home to artists and numerous home-based businesses, the hospice, a brand new hot yoga studio (see page 36), a well patronized spa, a cycle shop, and a world-renown fly-fishing shop. On the property of the old woolen mill are National Fitness Products and Riverdale Fitness, as well as the yearold installation of solar ray collection panels. It may be set in a remote, idyllic country setting but National Fitness products is a leading supplier of high-end fitness equipment and recently outfitted Sydney Crosby with his personal home gym. The adjacent Riverdale Fitness Mill is a surprise on every level. The Martin family has been in Inglewood since the beginning, arriving in 1869. When you walk in, it’s like stepping back in time. They carry the latest in farming, snow removal, and lawn care equipment and supplies but the attitude and atmosphere is strictly old-world charm and down to earth good nature, mixed with a healthy dose of knowing what they’re talking about. We could tell you all about the shotgun but why don’t you go in and ask them for yourself. “We have the clay hills over here, what they call The Badlands. My dad, he was born in 1898 and when he was about 11 or 12 he remembered them cradling wheat off those hills that are all bare clay now,” says Norm. “I remember my grandfather saying a lot of this land they should never have taken the timber off.” Norm can tell you all about the history of Inglewood. “When I started business (in 1958) I remember dealing with a company in Owen Sound. I could phone up before 3 o’clock and order what I wanted from them and I would get it here that same night about a quarter to 7 on the express car,” says Norm.

Agriculture was the basic way of life around here. The road between the clay hills and Cheltenham was just a foot path. You couldn’t get a car across. People up from Victoria, Campbell’s Cross and Caledon East shopped here. Inglewood used to go down all the way to Old School and Dixie. The village boundaries changed depending on who the developer was at the time. The community center was erected, entirely through private funding, to meet the needs of the village. There is an ice skating arena inside and up until 1971 it housed a three room school that went all the way up to grade twelve. Cheltenham came here for grade school and Inglewood sent their kids to Cheltenham for high school.

on bike, the cycle shop’s owner Don Coats arranges for night hikes. On a given Wednesday you can have a group of twenty to fifty people, and three or four dogs, hike up from Inglewood to either Belfountain or Terra Cotta, and back to the shop for a warm bowl of soup. Don likes to

The Town run ice surface is not very well used, these days. “I can go up there on Saturdays and nobody would be there in the entire building,” says John. “There is a shortage of ice-time all around. They (outside of Caledon) can’t get enough ice time.” The problem boils down to rates. Most people find them to be unreasonable. “When the Town of Caledon took over they jacked the rates up so high that nobody will use them. People would rather flood their front field and let kids skate on it rather than use the arena because it’s too expensive.” Before the Town took over, the arena used to be a buzzing place. Inglewood is still buzzing with people who love to live active lifestyles. The Caledon Cycling Club and the Caledon Hills Cycling Shop are always organizing opportunities for people to come out and join a group to go riding after work. During the winter time, when you can’t get through the trails

keep it interesting so sometimes they’ll switch the route and start off at the Belfountain Inn or Terra Cotta Inn, instead. When the weather improves around the beginning of April, they get back on the bikes and switch to Thursday nights, and for a pub crawl. Don has arranged for special rates and menus at places like the Belfountain Inn to serve as a rest stop from their outdoor excursions. When the farmer’s market starts up again, Inglewood General Store plays host by letting them set up

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in the parking lot. On colder days, they have a soup pot going and aside

from groceries, a deli counter, and one of the best cones of ice cream you can find, there is also It’s Roxies. Roxanne Mountain stocks the ladies boutique knowing exactly whom she is buying for. She shops for the store as though she were a customer shopping in it. Roxanne, like the rest of the community, is a strong supporter of Hospice Caledon. Families will come in for a bit of a break and Roxanne will take them in to her tea room, offer a coffee and a friendly shoulder. Each year she hosts a fashion show extravaganza to raise money for the hospice. The event was so well attended last year that you could barely move but nobody seemed to mind. It was an honest-togoodness girls’ night out and this year looks like it will be even better. Roxanne’s contributions to the community are so

appreciated that when she decided to move over to her current location from where Caledon Hills Cycling shop stands today, the entire village helped move her in their pickup trucks. Whether you have ever attended a gym before or not, you have to at least visit Riverdale Fitness Mill. It is really and truly unlike any gym you have ever been to: all the latest equipment, professional trainers, yoga, kick boxing, spin classes — all that and anything else you would expect in a gym. But, there is no way to describe the experience of the being in the building or even driving up to it. You just have to go and check it out for yourself. Put simply, nobody is there for any reason other than to become their personal best. There is no attitude and people come as they are and leave better. That pretty much describes Inglewood, in general. Come as you are and leave better.

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As the saying goes by Margaret Stapley The environment that helps create our school goes beyond the four walls of the building The community that makes up the village of Inglewood has so much to offer.

Village Montessori School co-teachers Margaret Stapley and Erica Harrison

It’s hard to believe almost five years has passed since we discovered the perfect location for our Montessori preschool: the ground floor of the Inglewood United Church. I fell in love with the space the first time I walked in — from the large windows and wood floors to the charm of a century old building situated in the centre of the village.

We are within walking distance of the Caledon trail way. Whether it is to hunt for treasures for our nature table or to witness the changes of the seasons, it is a wonderful place to walk with the children.

The community has embraced us with generous invitations. Sue has opened her farm next door to feed the chickens, ride the donkey cart and collect eggs. Rick, a local volunteer fire fighter, coordinated a presentation at the fire hall, complete with a talk with the children on home safety. A short walk north is the library to enjoy story time, learn how to become a member and use it. Of course the favourite trip for the children is a walk down to the Inglewood General Store for an ice cream on hot days. Our name, Village Montessori School, was inspired not only by the location of the school but from the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” and we are thankful for the wonderful community that surrounds us and supports us in our endeavours.

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Inner turtle haven There’s a curious little house on Airport Road with a hand-painted sign that reads Terrapin Station. For a good part of 2011, people drove past and wondered when, as the sign read, ‘opening soon’ might be. “I definitely learnt patience in that time,” says owner Natalie Rubinia. When it finally opened in the fall of 2011, the steady stream of loyal clientele was ready. Inside, the food is always plentiful and delicious and the mural on the wall, which Natalie painted as much for herself as for her patrons reads, “may all who enter as guests leave as friends.” The café was inspired, long ago, by a Grateful Dead album cover. There certainly is a lyrical atmosphere that engulfs and welcomes you on entry. It’s the sort of place you can come to for breakfast and still find yourself sitting there for lunchtime, “and that’s fine, too,” says Natalie. “I never want this to

be a place that rushes people out the door.” “Natalie makes you feel absolutely welcome,” says Shelly Hicks, “I’ve come here with a good book when he’s (Jim Trophea, of nearby N H Dunstan Stables) been working.” Shelly comes down from Barrie to visit Jim but Natalie has her fair share of locals, as well: artists, farmers, neighbours of all sorts, including the local chapter of the Red Hat Society. Caledon is filled with kindred spirits, people who love and celebrate life, each day and feel that art and music feeds the soul. Aside from the cozy and welcoming eat-in dining area, Terrapin Station also serves as an outlet for local artists and artisans. For those days when you don’t even have enough time to get out of the car, let alone lounge for hours with

a great book, Terrapin Station’s drivethrough window is a speedy quick stop for a really good cup of coffee or a bite to eat. It’s all about flexibility and meeting the needs of the customers. “I enjoy anything that is really creative: I cook, crochet, I paint, I sew. I decided that I was going to do something that would be within the town I’m living in that was going to offer something to the community and its worked out that way,” says Natalie. Dine in or drive thru for a very nice meal in a very nice town. 15426 Airport Rd., Caledon East

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Recipe for moving

on to a healthy relationship by Deanna McGuire If there was a perfect recipe for a healthy relationship, the key ingredients may include trust, communication, respect and commitment with a dollop of romance, a dash of humour and perhaps a sprinkle of fun. Mix it all together with feelings of emotional and physical safety and you should have a foolproof recipe for a successful relationship. However, there is no guarantee that the recipe will turn out, even if you follow the exact directions. No relationship is 100 per cent perfect because life takes us on a journey of transition. Hurdles such as financial difficulties, shifts in employment and feelings of loss or disappointment can shift relationship dynamics and

“spoil the recipe,” so to speak. Abuse may be one of the hurdles that is more difficult to overcome in a relationship. Exposure to verbal, emotional, sexual, physical or financial abuse impacts the well-being of the person experiencing the abuse, making it more difficult to alter their circumstances, leave the relationship or access supports. It may take several months or years to work through some of the emotions and hurdles that people face after leaving an abusive relationship. Abuse forces people to change who they are in an attempt to blend with their abusive partner’s behaviour. After leaving, people have to rediscover who they are and this process takes time. It is important for people to prioritize their own needs and set small goals that will eventually foster strength and self-trust within themselves. If you are considering developing another relationship, make sure that the key ingredients are all there before you start. Take the time to prepare for the recipe by asking yourself if your potential partner supports your ideas and opinions and respects your outlook on life. Take the time to ask yourself if any recipe spoilers are present. Does your partner put you down, criticize you, call you names or isolate you from friends or family? Does your partner try to intimidate you or threaten you? Does your partner push, hit, spit at, kick or slap you? Is your partner possessive or extremely jealous? If any of these ingredients are present, they will ultimately spoil your recipe and you will have to start all over again - another foiled recipe. Take the time to share other recipes of a healthy relationship by asking friends, family or counselors what ingredients they add to their recipes to make them work. Family Transition Place has many different programmes including counseling to help you explore the ingredients you should add or remove from your recipe to build a successful relationship. Take the time to perfect the very best recipe for you and pass it on!!

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Community involvement key to a fulfilled life by Tim Forster Community involvement has always been an extremely important part of my work-life balance. So much so that when I started advertising my insurance business through the SouthFields Village Voice people were surprised to learn that for the past 20 years I have also been running a very successful insurance business. I am an active member of both the Caledon West Rotary Club and the Caledon Chamber of Commerce and always strive to do my part to help bring our wonderfully diverse and spread out Town together. Working within a community group allows me the opportunity to give back and mingle with some pretty dedicated and caring people. Over the past year I have been heavily involved with the Caledon Agricultural Society, hosts of the Caledon Fair June 8 to 10 and Canada Day Strawberry Festival, with an amazing car show, on July 1st. This February the Agricultural Society hosted Caledon’s first annual SnowFest. It was, by all accounts a blockbuster success, especially knowing how quickly everything came together from concept to completion. To my knowledge, there has never been an event that has drawn participants from as many service clubs, community groups, or supporting sponsors. No part of Caledon was left untouched and never in a million years did we expect, for

a first year effort, to draw as large a crowd as it did. One of the day`s highlights, Good Guys Dog Carting, earned a record $1,200 towards the purchase of animal respirators used for pet rescue during a house fire. Visit to see the variety of people that were involved. I’d be happy to tell you about the individuals, their organizations and what they do that makes them special. Its volunteer groups like these that make Caledon such a great place to live. They need new members and I encourage people all the time to look outside their life to see how they can give back. The insurance that I market is about helping people look outside their immediate life to see how variables like sickness and death would affect their families. The purchase of life insurance is not about the life insured but the financial security of immediate family. It insures that there is a lump sum of money available to your family with the only prerequisite being you have to die… never a pleasant thought. Most people have term insurance to provide large sums of money while liabilities are great (mortgages) and

families are young (education and income needs). A simple capital needs analysis can calculate an amount that will meet those needs. However, all needs are not temporary. Your mortgage may become paid off, but you still will require final expense funding and perhaps tax planning or provisions for gifting. These needs require a more permanent solution and have a higher degree of commitment than term insurance because they provide liquid cash at time of death… whenever it occurs. An insurance review can be a daunting task however once the discussion gets started, it can be quite entertaining. Often people have policies that are gold and they have no idea. Here’s the deal with me. I meet with people, give them a fair assessment of their current programme and a picture of how that programme will evolve. As concerns are raised, I will offer to design a solution that addresses needs, age, health, and funding ability. I want to thank those who have given me the opportunity to look into their lives and help them address their personal needs. I’ve also learned more about life from my diverse group of clients and volunteer friends than I ever thought possible. Thank you for keeping my life interesting.

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This Hanoverian brood of mine by Sharon Olesen


have been an important part of my life from a very early age. My mom purchased two Welsh pony mares when my sister and I were just 3 and 5 years old. I have owned many wonderful horses throughout my life. During my teenage years, I competed in eventing on a quarter horse/thoroughbred cross named Midnight Blue. When we moved to Inglewood in 1988, Midnight Blue along with three other horses moved here, too. By then, all four were old enough to vote. It was time to start looking for some younger horses. I decided to breed my own but what should I breed? I was first introduced to the Hanoverian breed more than 25 years

Photography by Calin Jones of Rockwood

ago when visiting Spruce Meadows Farm in Calgary, Alberta. The Hanoverian breed is one of the oldest and most successful warmblooded breeds. The breed had its beginnings in Germany almost 300 years ago. Today, the Hanoverian horse is often seen competing successfully at the Olympics in both show jumping and dressage. I decided I would look for a Hanoverian broodmare. It turned out to be a little more difficult than I thought. After looking at many horses over a couple of years, I finally found one I really liked, Remington, sired by Ramiro. She was 7 years old and already had three healthy foals. One of her daughters caught my eye, Gypsy Rose aka Gracie, who was 3 years old at the time and already in foal to Silvio I. So I made an offer on both

Remington and Gracie and brought them home to our farm in Inglewood. Gracie had her foal, Santana, the following year. I then bred Remington to Fabriano, a Hanoverian stallion in Germany and one year later she had her colt, Ferrari. I think I was more nervous for their pregnancies and births than I was for my own, but both foals arrived safely, healthy and strong. Today, I am enjoying jumping Gracie and training both Santana and Ferrari. Remington looks like she might be interested in having one more foal - we will have to wait and see. My intention has always been to keep them all - I am not in the business of breeding. These horses are part of our family and will remain at Fox Meadow Farm until the end of their long and healthy lives.

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WOMEN with SPIRIT presents

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Women with Spirit, a local women’s group from Caledon, is presenting: Illumination — A Spring Awakening of your Mind, Body and Soul The event is in support of Starthrower Foundation, a grass roots registered Canadian charity founded by Orangeville’s Sharon Gaskell. The foundation supports social justice and education in Haiti. Sharon will be a speaker at the event. Tickets include lunch, workshops and access to the marketplace. Workshops include an Introduction to Yoga, Introduction to Meditation and Introduction to Pilates, How to Connect to Your Loved Ones in Spirit. The marketplace will feature local artists and businesses. Connect in a day of fun and wellness with like-minded women. For details email Tickets now on sale at Orangeville Scotiabank.

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Pull up a yoga mat by Lindsay Vandenhurk Yoga, the Sanskrit word for union, is an integrative approach to health. It promotes harmonious collaboration between the body, mind and spirit. Yoga is based on the notion that within the physical body flows a subtle rhythmic, pulsating energy called prana, or life force. Blockages in its flow create imbalances that manifest themselves in the body through physical stress, tension, and pain. Even slight disruptions can disturb or block this vital energy force. Yoga classes teach how to release blockages. Breathing exercises, continuous physical posture flows, meditation and deep relaxation are designed to guide you into a deeper awareness of the union of body, mind and spirit. With practice, your self-awareness improves and you are more effective

at dissolving blockages and allowing energy to flow freely. You will, inevitably, experience healing. Add a little heat Add In hot yoga, an increasingly popular style of practice, postures are performed in a studio heated to body temperature, about 38 째C, and build on the benefits of traditional yoga. The heat and humidity reduce chances of injury and increase circulation while allowing you to get into postures deeper and more effectively. S retching your flexibility St Yoga postures are created to heal and maintain the areas they expose by releasing tension. Your range of motion will increase but, the goal of yoga is to maintain vitality not to create flexibility. Yoga is a personal experience without competition or comparison between you and others.

Just you and a ma at There are many styles of yoga and many different instructors. Your connection with the teacher is more important than the style of yoga that they teach.

Key benefits of hot yoga: Body detoxification Weight loss Increased flexibility Improved posture Strengthens and tones muscles Lubricates joints, ligaments & tendons Strengthens connection between mind & body Massages internal organs Melts away stress.

To determine what will work best for you sample different classes and teachers: see which one you feel most comfortable with. The most important thing is to get started! All you really need to practice yoga is your body, your mind, a bit of curiosity, comfortable clothing and a yoga mat.

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Walk with Jake to end cystic fibrosis by Linda Murray which thin the mucus and makes it easier for him to cough up. Jake has an enormous and loving support system full of family, friends, doctors, and Cystic Fibrosis Canada (CFC). The CFC has proven to be a valuable resource for this family. In non-medical terms, CF is a progressive, life-shortening disease but that is changing. In the 1950s children did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today those born with CF can be expected to live into their 40s and beyond due to advanced research and enhanced treatments. For more on cystic fibrosis or the Great Strides Walk please visit: GreatStrides/index.php Meet Jake, a resident of Caledon's SouthFields village. Like most three-year-olds, Jake is a very active and vibrant child who loves running, playing with cars, jumping on his trampoline and wrestling with his cousins. What you can't see from Jake's picture is that he is living with cystic fibrosis (also referred to as CF). When newborn screening determined that Jake had CF, his parents, Kim and Ian, were heartbroken. Before his diagnosis, they had never heard of CF and were terrified of what this meant for their son and their family. "We didn't know anything about CF so we did a lot of research," said Kim. CF is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Thick sticky mucus clogs the lungs and this can lead to life-threatening lung infections. The mucus also obstructs the pancreas, making it difficult to digest food and absorb nutrients. Although Kim and Ian had no known history of CF on either side, they were far from being alone. Roughly 70,000 children and adults worldwide are inflicted by this disease. To keep Jake healthy, digestive enzymes must be taken before every meal and snack to help his body absorb nutrients, along with various daily vitamins. Since he is unable to swallow pills, they are crushed and put into applesauce. Twice a day, Kim has to repeatedly "clap" on his chest and back to help loosen the thick sticky mucus in his lungs. Jake also endures two inhaled breathing treatments each day,

Jake's parents and doctors continue to be amazed at how well Jake responds to his medications and treatments. Jake will always be encouraged to dream big and to achieve any goal he sets his mind to and, most importantly, to live a full and happy life. CF is just a small part of who Jake is May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. This year the Peel Chapter has decided to complement the annual walk held each May at the Toronto Zoo with a walk of its own. Peel Region's first annual Great Strides Walk will be held on May 27, at Brampton's Chinguacousy Park. The park is an ideal setting for a family-friendly, fun-filled day with lots of activities for everyone. It is also a great time to raise awareness and funds so that a cure can be found. Please show your support and join Jake and his family on this special day. 15977 Airport Road, Caledon East


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Running life’s breath by Lisa Bentley

Triathlon has been my passion for more than half my life. I suppose when you get older, you can make blanket statements like that. Sport developed my self-esteem and my confidence. It has brought me joy and made me alive. During my 20-year career, I trained hard to win as many Ironman triathlons as possible but the real joy came from touching peoples’ lives. My mission in sport was to share sport so that others could have that same growth and feel that same sense of fulfillment and happiness. But sport also became a vehicle for hope! When I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in my early 20s, I was determined to never let it become an excuse. There was a reason that I was born with CF and it was not going keep me off the podium. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic lung disorder where the lungs grow

abnormally thick mucus creating a breeding ground for nasty bacteria. Repeat infections ultimately damage the lung tissue and over time, the amount of oxygen that the lungs can hold decreases making lung transplants necessary. Most children never used to live to see adulthood. But now, the median survival age is 35 and there are more adults in the CF database than children! Research and preventive therapies are extending lives of CF patients. It is hard to believe that I have won 11 Ironman events (5 in Australia, 3 in Canada, 2 in New Zealand and 1 in Germany), along with 4 top 5 finishes at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships - with CF! That is a miracle. And while winning is fun, sharing the word that CF is not a death sentence is a more wonderful kind

of winning! Sport has been a gift. CF has been a gift. I am as healthy as I am because of sport and yet I am as fulfilled as I am because of CF. It was hard for me to realize the impact that my success story might have on CF families until my husband’s mother was diagnosed with cancer many years ago. When doctors tell you that you have cancer, it is hard to find a reason to fight. But when you find one single person who survived - well, that is hope! And that fuels your fight! A mother of a child with CF contacted me saying that I gave her hope and I couldn’t figure out why - after all - I was truly an anomaly with 100% lung function. But when doctors tell you that your son/daughter has CF and you find out that there is a woman in Caledon who has raced for 20 years and won triathlons all over the world heck, you have a bit of hope that your child might be just fine! And that is

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the wonderful gift of CF for me. I get to share a story of hope. And I get to promote sport as a way to strengthen the lungs, to flush out the bacteria and to renew the spirit with confidence and self-belief! Of course, I was sick for many races but having CF allowed me to see every race as a victory; each race was a slap to CF; each race was a statement saying that CF would not control me; each race was a display of what can be done in spite of CF. I often get asked about my career highlights and I immediately recall my 2007 race at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships. I was badly injured and had planned to skip Hawaii that year when the mother of a little boy with CF told me that Carter, her son, had written to the Make a Wish Foundation. His wish was to cross the finish line with me in Hawaii. Make a Wish granted the wish. Needless to say, I was a frequent visitor to Kings Cross Physiotherapy as I

prepared my body for my most special race to date. My goal was always to have impact and when I crossed that finish line with Carter, in 2007, my career was truly complete. Carter is healthy. He plays soccer and hockey and a multitude of other sports. In fact, on that special day in Hawaii, he told me that I can cross the finish line with him when he races in Hawaii one day. That is hope! That is the highlight of my career!

health is a result of exercise. Healthy lungs get exercised and even sick lungs need a little swim, bike or run to keep them moving. So, I guess triathlon is more than just a lifestyle sport - it is a life-giving sport as well. I might not be training for an upcoming race but, you will still find me swimming at Mayfield pool, biking the Caledon hills and, running the trails trying to be the best that I can be with every breath I take! Be healthy, get fit and be the best you can be with your deck of cards. Your deck might be better than you think!

I have since stepped away from professional competition. There has been some illness; a tricky little bacteria that outsmarted all of my usual antibiotics. My In January 2012, the US FDA approved a drug that treats the root lung function dropped cause of a rare strain of CF. The drug would help only 4% of the from 100% to 59% in one affected population but offers hope for thousands. "This drug year. But after a month proves that you can look at the mistake in the genes and design of IV antibiotics, a year a drug in a rational way that will fix the problem," said Dr. Drucy of a variety of antibiotics, Borowitz, Director of the cystic fibrosis programme at the State lots of therapies and University of New York. For CF patients and their families, hope continued exercise, my is a big deal. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your story. lung function rebounded Come for a walk . Help find a broader cure: to 85%. All of the doctors know that my good

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The ecoCaledon offering by Amy Darrell

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March 31 & Apr. 1, 6, 7, 8 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Easter egg hunt, wagon rides, Easter bunny, face painting, egg decorating, magic & puppet shows. Admission: $11/ppn 13682 Heartlake Rd., Caledon. (905) 838-2990

Bruce Trail: public use of private property by David Tyson


Bruce Trail is the longest and oldest marked footpath in Canada. It runs from Queenston Heights on the Niagara River to Tobermory at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, along the Niagara Escarpment, the most significant land form in Ontario. The main trail is approximately 885 kilometres long and there are roughly 400 kilometres of side trails. Approximately 70 kilometres of the main trail are in the Town of Caledon. It enters the Town on Winston Churchill Blvd. just above Terra Cotta and leaves the town as it crosses Highway 9 just east of Mono Mills. The idea of the trail was originally developed in 1959 by Ray Lowes, a Hamilton metallurgist, and the trail was officially opened in 1967.

The mission of the Bruce Trail Conservancy is to establish a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Other World Biosphere Reserves include the Galapagos Islands, Serengeti National Park and the Everglades. The Bruce Trail is a footpath. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed except in some very limited areas. Many people may not realize that the trail actually runs through private properties and the various owners are not obligated in any way to continue permitting public access to their lands. This applies to both the main trail (marked with white blazes) and side trails (blue blazes). There are three compelling reasons for this: ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wishes, safety and ecology. The members of the Bruce Trail Conservancy

respectfully request that everybody refrain from using bicycles or motorized vehicles on the trails. The Bruce Trail Conservancy is comprised of nine member clubs, each of which is responsible for a section of the trail. The Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club section runs from Creditview Road to just south of Mono Centre. The trail was built and continues to be maintained entirely by volunteers. The trail has many interesting features in the Caledon Hills section including the Cheltenham Badlands, the Forks of the Credit, the falls at Cataract, Devils Pulpit and the tunnel under Hwy 10. For more information check these websites: or

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Caledon’s top five woody plant concerns by Roland Toser As lead arborist at Inglewood based Owen’s Tree and Shrub Care I find that although people call us for many reasons there are definitely five that stand out as most common. Why do my newly planted trees look so unhealthy even after a couple of growing seasons?

When a tree is first planted it is in trans-plant shock or stress. It is unable to keep up its immunity and is prone to pests and diseases… just like people. Trees planted in new subdivisions often suffer greatly. Planting a tree or shrub in poor quality top soil which has also been compacted by heavy construction vehicles is like keeping a baby in its crib all day and providing sugar water only for sustenance. Failure to thrive is the outcome. Adding proper nutrients to the soil along with proper aeration will greatly improve the trees’ chances for healthy growth. Why does my maple have black spots or white powder on the leaves?

This is symptomatic of a common fungal infection. It does not cause harm to the tree but is aesthetically displeasing. It is due to cold, damp springs in which fungus thrives. The only way to get rid of the fungus is to keep the area clean by raking up dead leaves and removing debris. If you do not get rid of the leaves, the fungus is likely to spread from the spores that sit on the leaves. What is this bluey-green or yellow stuff growing on the trunk of my tree?

What you see is called lichen. It is a half fungus, half plant, and lives a symbiotic relationship with the tree. It causes absolutely no harm to the tree. Lichen is actually a sign of good air quality.

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There are numerous factors which can affect flowering potential of lilacs. The main issues to consider are: • location (not enough sunlight, living in swampy or desert-like conditions) • age • soil nutrient content • when and how it was pruned. If you prune at the wrong time of the year you are going to cut off new buds.


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Masters of fusion take up residence in Belfountain ambiance is as important as the food but should never overshadow what is on the plate or outside of the window. “We let the food stand on its own,” she says. The new décor is simple and neutral. It is calm, warm, inviting, cozy and takes a deep, elegant bow to the beautiful Niagara Escarpment that rises up all around it. The windows are left bare with unobstructed views. Inside the lady is all about the charm of celebrating each day as though it were a special occasion. The dark, high back chairs blend into the background. Patrons dressed in their finest dine alongside skiers, hikers and cyclists fresh off the trail or a day on the slopes, without either one feeling that there is anything other than perfect about their attire.


or anybody who has been waiting for that grand lady on the hill, the glorious Belfountain Inn, to re-emerge as a phoenix from her own proverbial ashes, you might say that you have a lot to thank the Millcroft Inn for.

Everything at the new Belfountain Inn, including her new owners, is about fusion. It describes her cuisine and her newfound ability to combine the eclectic with the refined. Thorntin Macdonald Holdsworth and Sonia Catino, owners of the highly successful Bistro Riviere, in Erin, took over Belfountain’s finest dining establishment in August of 2011. Since then the husband and wife team has been relentlessly transforming, sculpting and grooming the old lady for re-emergence as one of Caledon’s premier casual fine-dining destinations. The first time SouthFields Village Voice stopped by for a chat, Thorntin was covered in dust from the table saw that was standing roughly where the best seat in the house is now. He tells everybody that he got his start as a highly respected chef and restaurateur by washing dishes at the Millcroft Inn and watching everybody working in the kitchen. He remembers being in complete awe of how much they loved what they were doing. At fifteen, it ignited a passion and direction within him that had been lacking up until then. As Sonia says, “we take from our own experiences and put it on a plate.” Sonia is a chef by training and manages the front of house at both the Bistro and the Inn. For her,

But take heart in knowing that not everything is different about the Belfountain Inn. It is still a haven for weary hikers and cyclists who would like to pop in for a warm bowl of soup and a tall glass of beer. The grand lady on the hill has had a makeover: a nip here, a tuck there. But it really is about the fusion of what Thorntin and Sonia can bring to the table and what you want on it. So come in and say ‘hi’. There’s a cold Flying Monkey on tap just for you.

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Shrimp & Lobster Linguini by Thorntin Macdonald Holdsworth Ingredients ½ oz 1 tbls 8 larger 4 oz 250 ml 3 oz 9 oz 4 (approx.) tbls 9 oz 2 handfuls Salt & pepper to taste

vegetable oil minced garlic shrimp lobster meat fine diced roma tomatoes Chardonnay 35% cream grated parmigiano cooked linguini fresh baby spinach

Method Heat a large sauce pan, add vegetable oil & minced garlic. Lightly brown the garlic. Add shrimp & diced tomatoes giving a quick sautĂŠ. Add salt & pepper to taste. Deglaze with Chardonnay. Add lobster and 35% cream, allow to come to a boil. Add grated cheese, allow to thicken in sauce. Add cooked linguini & toss in sauce. Once pasta is coated with sauce add crisp spinach (may need to allow pasta to sit in sauce for a short time to help thicken sauce), toss quickly & plate in even portions with even seafood. Enjoy!!

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Michael Skelton, of CAPPS Duct Cleaning, says home owners often don’t realize that they can improve issues with reduced airflow throughout the home by checking if anything is obstructing the air vents. Home renovation projects and kids have a way of putting things down your air vents that you wouldn’t expect to find there: pieces of wood, drywall, action figures, legos, cars, little ponies, even your phone charger and that pair of eye glasses that you have been looking everywhere for. Changing furnace filters and vacuuming on a regular basis, as well as covering vents during renovations are effective ways to maintain the cleanliness of your ducts. If you are not getting the life you expect out of your furnace filters, can see lots of dust on return vent grills and have to dust the home more often, it is time to get your ducts looked after. Dirty air ducts are a health concern and can punish your pocket book. Poor airflow throughout the home can cause strain on the furnace because it has to work harder. Dirt in ductwork just keeps getting circulated, contributing to increased dust and poor in-home air quality. Dirt accumulated in the ductwork combined with moisture accumulation and can leading to mould spores and bacteria growing in ductwork. Because these are lighter than the trapped dirt they are easily circulated throughout the home with what little air that is moving through your ducts. Properly maintained ducts can go three or four years before needing to be cleaned again. However, there are external factors that may contribute to your need to do it more frequently.

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Where to find artisan leather goods If you were one of the many people who attended the Caledon Arts and Crafts for Youth (CACY) tent at the 2011 Caledon Day Celebrations, you have already chanced on one of Caledon’s best kept secrets: Green Man Leather. Their leather bracelet kids’ workshop was a huge draw. With any luck, we can convince Stephen O’Ceallaigh to once again team up with CACY as they set up shop at our 3rd annual SouthFields Community Day on July 14th. The O’Cealeighs, a husband and wife team based out of Caledon East, formed Green Man Leather five years ago and have been in huge demand all over the world ever since. Yet they remain relatively unknown within Caledon. The company manufactures leather goods and offers both cold and hot embossing and debossing with a strong emphasis on quality craftsmanship. “The best part of my trade is using really old machinery. The oldest sewing machine I have is 120 years. 400 pounds of cast iron which sews 7/8” thick leather. I find working on the older machinery allows me to work and craft in the manner how it was intended,” says Stephen.

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Clients come with anything from a photo to an idea and collaborate with Stephen to make their vision into a reality. He designs the patterns and does everything from creating the physical piece to personalizing it with either lettering, and array of Celtic symbols or custom artwork such as corporate logos. Purses, bags, leather straps, saddles, and so on. The sky is the limit. Green Man Leather prides themselves on delivering customized artisan products and services that Embossing/Debossing will last a Strap Cutting lifetime. Now, if only Caledon knew that they existed ...

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Mellville White Church serves as inspiration and home to art show marking its 175th anniversary by Sarah Bohan Lucille Weber took a deep breath and steadied herself as she sat down on the hard, unforgiving pew. Light streamed in through the Gothic-shaped windows to frame the pulpit, reaching out to illuminate the broken bits and pieces of an old pump organ corralled into a corner on the pine plank floor. A large narrow wooden cross hung high, set within a plain wooden arch on the plastered wall behind the pulpit. “I was transported back in time, to the mid 1800s. I could see the people dressed in their Sunday best, driving with their horse and buggies. I imagined them, sitting upright in these pews, playing the organ and singing their hearts out,” said Weber, describing her first visit inside the historic Melville White Church (MWC). MWC was established in 1837. “You see the design with wood and then you feel the closeness of the air with the aroma of wood and earth. It begs you to listen, to hear what might have been said. It gives you a sense of time and time past,” she said. Weber, along with 35 other Headwaters area artists, was invited to the timber frame structure in October 2011 to get a sense of the church, its founders, its 175 year legacy, and to turn those impressions into works of art for an exhibit to celebrate its anniversary in mid September 2012. Thinking about the hands that built the church fuels Weber’s creativity as she talks about her process, “I’ll create several encaustic collage pieces that use bees’ wax with oil paint to give it colour. I’ll insert photos and imbed words and the settlers’ names in the wax. I’ll play and won’t worry about the outcome.” The themed art show is the brainchild of respected Caledon artist, Diana Hillman, conceived as a way to celebrate its 175th anniversary, and its first since the grand reopening in August 2011. The show is to promote public awareness of this pioneer church. “An art show is the idea that

I always come up with as a great way to connect different parts of the community,” Hillman said. In addition to the art show, a commemorative book featuring the artwork in the exhibit will be launched at a tea party and artists’ reception. “Visitors will have a chance to see what a charming venue the church is for special events. They will view and perhaps buy art that will be thoughtful and interesting. The artists will have a chance to participate in a well-presented show and have their art included in what will be a very attractive book. The Belfountain Heritage Society will (with luck) make some money to look after the building and will definitely make more friends for the White Church,” explained Hillman. Water colour artist Sue Powell agrees, “the art show adds another dimension to the celebrations as the artists’ interpretations take the written information and facts and put together a visual story from many different perspectives.” With each piece, the artist becomes a part of the history. Each will bring recognition and appreciation to the Melville White Church: its past, present and future. The Mellville White Church art will run from Saturday, September 15th to Sunday, September 23rd. Admission will be free except during the Tea Party, Book Launch & Artists’ Reception on Sunday, September 16th. For more information. visit

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Upcoming events this spring at MWC The Belfountain Heritage Society is hosting an Easter weekend Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast, details are available on their website www.

ReinKARNation Music Concert. Sunday May 27th

Internationally renowned organist Rodney Jantzi will play a restored Karn (circa 1906) reed pump organ. Karn organs were as pervasive as the iPodÂŽ at the turn of the century, found in most homes, churches and cathedrals throughout the world. The style of music will range from Bach to Bjerre. Free admission.

Thanks from South Caledon Soccer Club by Sheralyn Roman The South Caledon Soccer Club would like to take this opportunity to thank the many wonderful individuals and companies who provide support through sponsorship. We are grateful to these community based, local area sponsors who are invaluable to our league. The names of 27 sponsors are featured here and there are still more spots available if you are interested. Sponsorship is very inexpensive and features your company name and logo on the shirts of every player on the team. We urge you to consider thanking our sponsors, through patronage of the services they provide. South Caledon also wishes to thank SouthFields Village Voice for the opportunity to talk about our league. With our focus on meeting the fun and fitness needs of the South Caledon community through soccer, the SouthFields Village Voice has been instrumental in helping us get the message out to Caledon residents. Our league runs mid May through September and our special Opening Day event (featuring a parade, soccer games, a

fundraising BBQ, bouncy castles and more) is scheduled for June 2nd this year. In person registrations will be hosted on March 2nd from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Margaret Dunn branch of the Caledon Public Library. To register after that date contact the club via email and a representative will arrange registration details with you directly. Please send all inquiries to:

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Creating the perfect man cave (for her) by Scott Kirby Figuring out what he wants is easy. Making it work for her is what keeps a marriage tranquil. There are several ways to accommodate both husband and wife when creating a home entertainment room in any household, and all of them are about aesthetics. This is the only way to create the ideal MAN CAVE. Hide it! If there is not a specific piece of furniture designed for the TV, always, always, always, mount it on the wall. Today’s flat panel TVs and the brackets that hold them are so narrow, it is like hanging a print that will beautify your wall. Hide all wiring in the wall. All speaker wires, HDMI cables and power lines can be professionally hidden at a very reasonable cost. In-wall speakers can provide a solution to one of the most argued circumstances in setting up a sound system. Today’s in-wall speakers sound absolutely amazing, are paintable

and, will disappear in either your ceiling or your walls. Properly done, they are almost invisible and will never detract from the room’s established décor. They also come in price ranges, shapes and sizes to accommodate all budgets and expectations. Two words: Harmony. Remote. There is a reason why it is called a Harmony Remote. This remote can also be called a Marriage Saver. It simplifies the control and operation of all home entertainment systems down to just pressing one button. No more table tops cluttered with remotes that most people without a master’s degree in engineering can figure out what each one does. This remote will also save relationships for people whose parents struggle with just turning on the TV and the satellite receiver. From my experience, these three suggestions go a long way to keeping a couple’s relationship on track while they create their happy home entertainment system.

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Consider a cruise by Teresa Watroba A cruise offers variety, convenience and fun. Here are the top reasons my clients opt to hop on a cruise ship:

encounters are just a few of the shore excursions you can add to your package.

Value Nothing beats a cruise for incredible vacation savings. Airfare, transportation and accommodations are all included in the price of many packages.

On board, you have your choice of several entertainment and fine dining options. Live acts, dancing and casinos provide nightly entertainment. On deck, there are numerous activities suitable for any age group. Many cruise lines also offer enrichment programmes that immerse you in the things you like best: poetry, fine wine, regional cooking, and that’s just the beginning.

If you consider the cost of the flight, hotel stays, a rental car, and meals in the cost of a typical vacation, even a short trip can get expensive. A cruise package drastically reduces these costs. Variety Endless activities await both on board and ashore. Waking up in a brand new port of call is part of the unique thrill of cruising. Each will offer unique opportunities to enjoy. Jungle safaris, historic city tours and dolphin

opportunities to get pampered in style on a cruise liner.

Most ships offer variety in the dining department, as well, with cuisine options and multiple restaurants. Comfort Between ocean views, balcony staterooms, luxurious bedding, spa and sports facilities there are plenty of


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Adventure Depending on what adventure means to you, a tailor-made cruise can make it a reality. Ice climbing in Alaska, surfing in Hawaii, exploring wildlife in the Galapagos, finding the best Caribbean beach, or anything else you wish to do, there is a cruise for you. Family-friendly Cruises offer options for families to stay together while enjoying separate vacations. Everyone can go their own way and then meet as a family for meals and other events. Many offer on board activities for even the smallest travellers, allowing parents a chance to relax, as well. Try it, you’ll like it.

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different cuts of steak on display,” says Howard. He knows that too much on display can feel overwhelming at the end of a long day. The meat counter is always uncluttered and everything is fresh, straight and neat.

Happy anniversary Howard Beckett and Ann Dunbar’s fabulous Howard the Butcher, located in the heart of Caledon East, is a favourite gourmet food lovers’ destination for patrons from all over Caledon, and well beyond. On February 28th, the shop celebrated its fifteenth anniversary. Maybe it’s the diverse selection of fresh, locally grown meats, or the wide assortment of gourmet accompaniments, or their willingness to bend over backwards to do anything their customers ask for, or it could just be because of the sense of joy and humour that permeates every aspect of their business. Whatever it is, their phone doesn’t stop ringing and neither does the bell above their door.

“Our idea with the catering goes back to being all about taking away some of your stress. For us, because we do it all day, preparing a meal for 20 people is no big deal. We show up, serve, and tidy up,” agrees Ann. Howard is a firm believer in keeping things straight forward. “It’s all about the line of sight. I don’t have sixteen

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Rick Lehman lives way out of town but often drives up Airport Road on his way to and from Toronto. “They make a good honey glazed ham. I come here all the time for a sandwich,” says Rick. The store is merely an extension of Ann and Howard’s good nature. They are always strong supporters of local causes and often serve as a ticket outlet for galas and special events. If you haven’t been in yet, you don’t know what you’re missing.


905.584.2934 No website to visit or Facebook fan page to follow. Just good ol’ fresh food & great service!

You can pick up just about anything to complete a meal, get home and have dinner ready within 30 minutes: dessert, freshly baked bread, grilled vegetables and potatoes.

Everybody from event planners to people just wanting a great rib eye steak have come to rely on Harold (oops, Howard) the Butcher.

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A worthy rival for the throne of Midas “I have a bar stool in the garage that does 50 miles per hour and a Radio Wagon Flyer that will go 35 miles per hour,” says John McGuire.


ohn McGuire is best known, by hot rod aficionados, as the builder of cars you’re proud to hold a mirror under. When he and Bev (the B in J B Street Rods) first moved to Caledon East 27 years ago, the first people saw of John were his cars. That made them stop and look. Eventually, a few neighbours worked up the courage to walk up his long driveway to ask a few questions and they’ve been coming ever since. For a long time, the McGuire’s lives were all about racing cars. Eventually John turned his attention away from of building a tough car to focusing entirely on crafting slow pretty cars: cars that are in demand all over the world. John and Bev moved to Caledon East because it is a small town and he “needed a 100 year-old house where you could stomp your foot and don’t hear an echo. This house still has square nails.” Four kids and six grandkids later it’s still all about the craftsmanship and love of cars.

Though a lucrative business for the McGuires they will turn away clients if they feel the car will not go to a good home. In 22 years of J B Street Rod’s operations there were only about 30 days with an empty bay in the shop. Movie production companies have offered them the pot at the end of the rainbow to put together disposable hot rods for movie sets and have been turned down. Jobs are booked a full year in advance. “It’s not about the money. It’s about doing something that is different — every car is unique,” says John. “We’ve done a lot with cars in the area,” says Bev. The McGuires have organized their fair share of local vintage car shows. Last year, they partnered with three or four people around town to help grow the Caledon Day classic car show component from forty to one hundred cars. The legendary Caledon Cruisers car club started in his garage with nine and grew to fifty-five members at one point. Just like Howard the Butcher, whose car John is currently working on, the garage will bend over backwards to satisfy the needs of its customers. One time he even sent Andrew Muirhead leather all the way to England to be dyed the perfect shade, to match the exterior of the car. John works closely with people like Ed Mann, of the Caledon Trim

Behind the garage door: your after winter storage checklist by John McGuire Antifreeze coolant • Check the freeze point. • Change coolant every two years. • Ensure that it is compatible with your engine or radiator. Some coolant is not compatible with aluminum and will break down the metal in your radiator or cylinder heads.

Engine Oil • Engine oil warmed and cooled by ambient temperature can become contaminated by acidic moisture and, over time, attack the softer metals in your engine. Dirty oil has a tendency to turn to varnish and sludge. Changing you oil is cheap insurance.

Tires • Increase the air pressure to the maximum point written on the side of the tire.

Shop, over in Bolton. Mann is famous in his own right, with Ferrari owners world-wide sending him their seats. It really is about the love with John and Bev. Over the years they have learned to draw the line between work and home. “I can spend a weekend and not open the garage door but come Monday morning I love opening that door,” says John. After spending a lifetime working around vintage cars you get to learn a thing or two about how to determine a vehicle’s worth. Classic cars, anything over 20 years old, require a special insurance. After that much time has gone by the only way to put a value on it is through third party evaluation. As an extension of his business, John is licensed in Ontario (by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation) to state an appraisal value under, OPCF 19A, for classic automobiles, motor homes, snow mobiles, and race cars. It’s a good thing he has such a long driveway because he definitely needs it.

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A different perspective… The Grange Equestrian Neighbourhood by Michele Skawski The Grange Equestrian Neighbourhood - I had sold a couple of houses in the area, but it wasn’t until we boarded our daughter’s horse at Grangewood, that I started to understand and appreciate this horse-centric Caledon community.

yard - of course, they were following their noses and not paying attention to lot lines!

Celebrated local author, actress, and arts patron Shelley Peterson loves her home in the Grange. “It’s an incredibly welcoming, friendly, and supportive community,” says Peterson. Her new book, Dark Days at Saddle Creek is being released this March (see page 55).

The Grange equestrian area was defined about six years ago when local horse owners and their neighbours decided they wanted to keep their graceful, tree-lined roads safe for horse-back riding. So, when the rest of Caledon was being painted with asphalt, the northern part of Creditview Road, where it meets The Grange Sideroad, was left untouched. Driving into The Grange Equestrian Neighbourhood is magical; there are gracious front lawns leading up to beautifully appointed houses with horses frolicking in nearby paddocks. It is so inviting, I have seen tourists stop to picnic on private front lawns (I would not recommend this)! Not so long ago, Caledon was a still primarily a farming community,

Hacking is a gentler sport; it’s like hiking on horseback. To a horsey person, there is nothing as pleasurable as walking slowly through the trees and fields on a sunny summer day. From what I have been told, The Grange Equestrian Neighbourhood is unparalleled as far as its beauty and the understanding of property owners who, once again allow neighbours access to miles and miles of private trails.

Horses are definitely what binds this community together, but that is not all this area is. The University of Toronto’s Hart House Farm is in the neighbourhood. Last October, they hosted a Dry Stone Walling Festival. To honour the area’s Scottish heritage, a couple of instructors were brought here from Scotland to demonstrate and teach Dry Stone Walling in the traditional manner. It was a fabulous and unique way to spend a beautiful fall day.

so you will also find simpler homes and smaller properties throughout the neighbourhood, as well as the McLaren Castle! Yes, a castle, complete with turret! The Grange Equestrian Neighbourhood looks calm and peaceful on the outside, but is often a flurry of activity. Although it’s no longer allowed in Caledon, not long ago, there was always a hint of excitement and expectation when the Caledon Hunt Club was on the run. At any moment a frenzied pack of hounds could swarm through the

The Grange Equestrian Neighbourhood is a corner of Caledon that honours and cherishes its ties to all things equestrian. I have heard people say that it is an exclusive neighbourhood, but for those who share their love of horses — it is a very inclusive, and friendly neighbourhood. If you are looking for a place to live in Caledon, keep your eye on this very intriguing neighbourhood. You don’t have to own a horse to live there, but if you do, you’ll never want to live anywhere else!

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The latest from Saddle Creek by Michele Skawski and Yevgenia Casale


helley Petersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love of horses goes back to before she can remember ...

Her parents say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in her DNA! When she was young her dreams were filled with jumping a horse out of the paddock before she ever even stepped foot on the pitch. Shelleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first horse, Napoleon, was an â&#x20AC;&#x153;outlawâ&#x20AC;? that would only be ridden by her and no one else! Through her acting training Shelley learned how to study people. This insight has proven to be an invaluable resource to her as she deftly sculpts characters that engage and envelope her young audience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ages 8-12 are very formative years,â&#x20AC;? says Shelley, â&#x20AC;&#x153;they are no longer kids and they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grown up yet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they are very curious.â&#x20AC;? Because they are like sponges, she also feels this is the prime age for them to receive some very important life lessons. As a story-teller, Shelley weaves her messages through a delicate path, allowing children to â&#x20AC;&#x153;deal with very tough issues from a safe place.â&#x20AC;? She is constantly receiving letters from kids thanking her for writing stories â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;about meâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. In


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one story there is a gay ghost; in another, troubled family life; in a third, a character is mentally ill. By wrapping difficult subject matter, in a shroud of myth, mystery and horses kids are able to connect in a way they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect to and feel as though the books were written just for them! This March sees the release of Shelleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest book: Dark Days at Saddle Creek. In this 6th instalment of the Saddle Creek series, nefarious and inhumane activities shake the horse show world. As horsesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives are at peril, the RCMP recruit the remarkable Bird, 14 year-old Alberta Simms, to unearth well guarded secrets. Her investigation brings Bird face-to-face with discrimination, deception, and death. While struggling to rescue horses, in the dead of night, she is brought closer to understanding who she really is and why she possesses her remarkable gift.

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Reisting to the occasion


inda Reist

has sewn all her life but never realized it would become her dream job until a friend needed some help. Today, Linda is a sought-after dressmaker, crafting highend performance wear, and providing gainful employment for four ladies within her community. She and her staff meticulously piece together competitive dance, skating, and gymnastics wear, do alterations, and make dresses from patterns. Linda went to university in order to teach family studies but met Michael Reist instead. Along came family and she never went back to teaching. While Linda stayed home with the kids Michael earned over 30 years of experience in the classroom and worked his way up to his current post as head of the English Department at Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School.

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Michael is also a public speaker; has been featured on television, in newspapers and magazines; tutors; is a founder of The Beach School; has published over 70 articles and has recently published his second book: Raising Boys in a New Kind of World (available at Forester’s Book Garden). When Michael launched his new book, Linda reached out to everybody she knows to promote the book and let them know how proud she is of her husband’s latest effort. Now that the last of their four children has gone off to university their Caledon East home does feel a bit empty, though they seldom have

time to dwell on this for too long since both are in such high demand. Linda chanced on her calling almost by accident when a friend, who was making dancewear, had a large order to fill just as her father had died. Linda offered to pitch in and realized how much she enjoyed it. From there she went on to work as a dressmaker in Mississauga and eventually decided to branch out on her own. “I knew there was a market (locally) for people who needed alterations done, from hemming to the more complex work that I could do,” says Linda. These days almost all of her noncorporate business is based on referrals. “They just keep coming to me and then they’ll refer somebody else. We do wedding, mother-of-the-bride, and bridesmaid gowns ... anything that can be done from a pattern,” lists Linda. “We also do a lot of alterations.” Linda really enjoys working with stretch fabrics such as lycra, chiffon, danier, … any stretch material. People give her a sketch or a photo of something that they like and she transforms it into dancewear

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or a leotard. She knows how her fabrics work and how her patterns fit. As a dressmaker, she also loves collaborating with her clients and knowing that she is helping them salvage their closets. Often people buy something very nice and then

realize that it doesn’t really fit. That’s the problem with ready-to-wear clothing. “I like helping people take the clothes that they’ve spent good money on and make them wearable again,” says Linda.

With a little alteration Linda is able to help her clients gain value from their existing clothes. With a little patience, Michael is helping students that don’t fit in with traditional approaches to teaching find ways to learn and excel at school and at life.

Book excerpt from “Raising Boys in a New Kind of World,” by Michael Reist Distractibility There are four types of distractibility: auditory (by extraneous sounds), visual (by extraneous sights), tactile (by the desire to touch things or people), and temporal (by thoughts about the past or the future). Distraction is an interesting word. It implies that the child is distracted from something. Usually that something is what we want the child to be focused on. It could be argued that it is only from our point of view that the child is distracted. From his, he is focusing precisely on the most important thing – the thing he wants to focus on. It could be argued that ADD is just an unwillingness to focus on things

one doesn’t find interesting. In the definitions above, I used the words “extraneous sounds” and “extraneous sights.” Perhaps these things are extraneous from our point of view but central to the child’s. Auditory and visual distractibility are closely related. Since the visual trumps the auditory in the male brain, looking will often override listening. This is especially true for the child with poor receptive language skills, common in boys. Earlier, I use the analogy of the waterfall and the thimble. Perhaps the boy ended up in a classroom (or a family) where there is a lot of talking and he feels overwhelmed by all the words flying around. The solution

might be to use fewer words, to make instructions short, simple, and emphatic. When he reaches his language saturation point, he will move on to other things. He will most likely revert to his preferred sense – looking. He will start scanning the room for visual stimulation. To the people talking to him, he may appear distracted. It is true that he is not listening, but that doesn’t mean he is distractible. It means he has a limited capacity for the sustained processing of complex language, and his preferred mode – looking – has taken over. ©2011 by Michael Reist. Published by Dundurn Press

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Barbie’s house: navigating to a dream home by Barb Shaughnessy


ave you been searching for that perfect property in Caledon to purchase and build your dream home? How do you find out what restrictions may apply? The answer: Town of Caledon. Now, don’t start feeling overwhelmed at the thought of dealing with the Town. it is just one of those things that has to be done. First and foremost, when finding yourself faced with the Town, always go in with a friendly face and always treat people the way you would like to be treated. The next order of business would be to fact find.

When you go to the Town, bring the address of the property you are considering buying, or your existing house address and site plan. You need to clearly describe what you would like to do with the property and find out what limitations and policies govern it. All this should be done before your architectural drawings have been started. Plans are expensive to draft and revise if you haven’t conformed to the Town’s guidelines. It has been said that the Town process is not consumer friendly, and that is true, but probably not for the reasons you may think. Let me explain: people move to Caledon because of the beautiful land and stunning views. We have some of the finest remaining prime agricultural farmland in Southern Ontario, which is a a resource that is quickly dwindling. We also have one of the largest natural wonders: the magnificent Niagara Escarpment with hills, rivers and wetlands that wind their way through the countryside. Those of us who live here know we are lucky and others coming to Caledon want to be lucky too. With this fabulous land comes the need for preservation and this is where the real challenge lies. Caledon is one of the most heavily regulated areas in Southern Ontario only second to the Niagara Region. The majority of land is controlled by the Niagara Escarpment Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Plan, and the Greenbelt. And then let’s not forget the conservation authorities: Toronto Region Conservation Authority and Credit Valley Conservation are the two big ones in Caledon. On our northern boundary you might find the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority and Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. Does this sound complicated? For sure it is, and that is why you need the town staff to walk you through the process, which is complicated not just for you but for them, as well.

Aside from what you may or may not be permitted to do on your own land, as a land owner you should also consider how neighbouring lands may change around you, and how that would affect your property. Remember that a large part of Caledon is made up of gravel, limestone and other aggregates. There are maps at the Town that show you where the designated resource and reserve aggregate lands are. If you purchase land close to a gravel pit you must think about the possible haul routes as this can affect property values, amongst other things. Many think aggregate is a bad word. You have to know that aggregate was necessary to build your house and the road you drive your car on. The fact is some of our local aggregate producers lend tremendous support to local kids groups and organizations within Caledon such as C3, which trains our present and future Olympic athletes in one of the lakes created by James Dicks’ gravel pits. For those of you who would like to give up the commuter life for a more “green” way of living by working from home, you have to find out what is allowed. There are differences between home office and home industry, so investigate before you proceed. Also, if you are planning a multi- generational home in Caledon you need to know that in some areas such as the Niagara Escarpment Plan, there are no provisions within the plan for that type of use. Exceptions may be possible within NEP urban areas and centres. Of special note, if you are governed by more then one authority (NEP and Credit Valley), the authority with the more stringent restrictions will apply. Now there is a little good news: the Town is updating their out-of-date, user unfriendly website and it should be running by mid April. I’ve suggested that they have an icon specifically for building a home. Click it and up pops a check list, maps, zoning, planning and building info all under one convenient heading. Wouldn’t that be easy? Always keep in the back of your mind as you work through the development process, the reasons you came to Caledon: its beauty and lifestyle, which can’t be beat. That will make it all worth it.

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Fleeting moments and afterthoughts by Kelly Noble

Making a difference in the community matters to many Caledon residents and none more than Pat Shields. For more than thirty years Shields has given to the Caledon community. Her contributions amass a long list of good deeds from baked goods and leading toy drives, to fashion shows, coaching, fundraisers and helping out wherever needed. Countless past and present students at Herb Campbell Public School are more confident readers today thanks to Shields’ support and dedication to the Parents Raising Readers programme. In spring 2009 Shields was presented with the Helen Des Roches Starfish Award by the Peel District School Board. It is awarded yearly to people who have made a difference in the lives of students facing obstacles to their education. Shields embodies the spirit of the award, as the difference she makes extends well beyond the school walls. Experience has taught Shields that it’s the little moments or random acts of kindness that matter the most to people. “Everyday you have to do something for somebody. Even if it’s a simple hello, you can make a positive change in someone’s life for just one minute,” said the award recipient. While thankful for the honour, Shields admits that

accolades and recognition do not motivate her to give. “It feels great to give to somebody else. Seeing the difference I’ve made means more than anything.” Volunteering has made a difference in Pat Shields’ life too. It has given her greater purpose and a fresh perspective on her day to day life. More importantly, it has fulfilled her life long dream to teach and work with children. Life may not always work out as planned, but more often than not it works out better than one could ever imagine. Shields’ lasting wish is to raise awareness about volunteering and her hope for the future is for everyone to experience the joys of giving.

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A slim crocodile living in the Nile took a child. His mother begged to have him back. The crocodile could not only talk, but was also a great sophist and stated, “If you guess correctly what I will do with him, I will return him. However, if you don’t predict his fate correctly, I’ll eat him.” What statement should the mother make to save her child?

Is it possible to give what we don’t have? Yes, greedy man gives his cash with sorrow. However, he doesn’t have the cash with sorrow, so he gives what he doesn’t have.

What is better - eternal bliss or a simple bread? What is better than eternal bliss? Nothing. But a slice of bread is better than nothing. So a slice of bread is better than eternal bliss.

Just one trip! There are three switches downstairs. Each corresponds to one of the three light bulbs in the attic. You can turn the switches on and off and leave them in any position. How would you identify which switch corresponds to which light bulb, if you are only allowed one trip upstairs?



Blanket of my mind I had a dream this night That woke me with a start I dreamt I saw a vision That had come to steal my heart I set my canvas to prepare And paint this vision hidden there And bring to life and now define That hid so deeply in behind The blanket of my mind Although not seen I was aware Of a beauty lost beyond my stare So pure would cause my brush to quack When to canvas my first stroke would make Of this vision that was hidden there Behind the blanket of my mind I took my paint And three steps back And stood my brushes tall But the beauty hidden I had sensed Was not visible at all I sensed her hair I sensed her smile I sensed her eyes so bright But that beauty I awoke for Was still hidden in the night I could feel her touch Her warm embrace That made my strong arms weak I could even feel her gentle kiss She lay upon my cheek I’d close my eyes I’d strained so hard To see behind that sheet But this vision for my canvass Is yet for me to meet

Ron Haist


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