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We Live Up Here

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editor’s note

Melissa Anwatin, Editor-in-chief

Another Year, Another Season Season’s Must List

If you haven’t done so before, take time to watch the holiday classic, A Christmas Story. It has been a favourite of mine for the last 20 years and now I have passed on that enjoyment to my kids. From Ralphie’s desire for a Red Rider BB Gun and the famous response of, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” to the adorning Leg Lamp in the window. Everything about this Christmas comedy makes it a seasonal treat for me. Found at retailers throughout Ontario or online. A Christmas Story plays annually on several television channels including TBS who holds a full day marathon of the movie during the holiday season. Don’t miss it!

This book was truly insightful and has allowed me to see my expectations in a different way. Uniquely written and inspiring to the end, it is perhaps one of he greatest gifts to give someone in search for their path to ultimate fulfillment. Found at Chapters Indigo Bookstore locations throughout Ontario or online at

Another beautiful season is ahead of us. It is a time of year when rosy cheeks are in style, and nothing can be more captivating than the feeling we get on Christmas morning. With some of the most appetizing smells filling the air and the joyous sound of children’s laughter, you can be assured that the comfort of family gatherings will make some lasting memories. Perhaps even the most abominable of scrooges will find themselves amongst the jolliest of the holidays, with some unique gifts made from the heart. Another wonderful thing to celebrate this season is our first anniversary. Simplified Living is proud to have shared moments with you our readers over coffee, conversation and get-togethers. Throughout the year, we have strived to awaken your knowledge towards the many exquisite individuals that gather, work and live within our communities. We also promise to strengthen our relationship with our readers in the year to come, by bringing you more touching and engrossing stories; stories that will become as important to you as they are to us. So, in this busy world, remember to simplify and pause, even for a brief moment, to celebrate family, friends and loved ones for another year to come. Savour the season, Happy Holidays.


Tis the season... contributors

Lisa Johnson, proofreader

chantal poitras, Editor/writer

When Melissa sent me her first Christmasinspired article of this issue to edit, nostalgia caught me off guard. I recalled driving through a blizzard at a crawl with Tim, mulling over articles and designs. It feels as though yesterday I was sitting in Jim ‘n Cary’s coffee shop, warming my hands over a hot chocolate as we discussed upcoming issues. In my first year at Simplified Living, I have met incredible people and visited truly unique places, but with Christmas upon us once again, I realize that winter is the season I associate most strongly with Simplified Living.

Winter - its cold, dark, snowy days are feared by many. Yet, there are so many great things about winter that can be cherished during this time: stews and soups, bulky sweaters, fuzzy slippers, giant wrap-around scarves, snowball fights, warming fires, the beautiful quiet of fresh evening snow, hot chocolate...the list goes on! Cozy up and enjoy!

Julie Dupuis, writer

Freezing temperatures, biting winds, lingering nights, and runny noses can’t long overshadow brumal delights. Starlight reflecting in snow. Dancing fairies. Breathy words drifting heavily away. Warm blankets and fluffy socks. Every day angels. Silent men, cold but smiling, fragile but hardy. Grave stillness. Brightness magnified in afternoon. Wintry daydreams. Snowshoeing in Mashkinonje. Playful pooches, black fur barely visible beneath powdery white layers. Aurora borealis. Hibernal bliss.

Erika ackerland, writer

Winter is the one season I look forward to most of the year, I spend many hot days of summer longing for winter’s arrival. For me, it is the best time of year. Between horseback riding in the fields, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing and daily trips out dogsledding this is, by far, the season I am most active. The main downfall for me has been that the winters are just so short. Some of my fondest memories of growing up in the small town of Warren occurred during this season as it brought us young teens a new freedom, our very own means of transportation to gather together and explore, I am talking about our parents snowmobiles of course. There is not one favorite youth memory I can think of that does not include my skidoo. I wouldn’t trade any part of winter for any other season.

Penny Bowman, writer

I love snow. I will never tire of watching how beautiful it looks as it falls softly from the sky and gently settles on evergreen boughs, or suddenly ignites in sparkles as the sun dances across it. I love it even more when there is enough to play in, for this is when I enjoy winter and begin to warm up to its cold embrace. Whether it is stepping into the binding of my cross country skis and gliding across snow packed trails, or tromping awkwardly along in snowshoes creating new trails, I am most content in winter when I am outdoors, most often with camera in hand, actively experiencing winter’s snowy playground.


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In this December/

January issue


Peter Buffett, musician, philanthropist and writer, opens up about his book, his life and his passions. This conversational book is an inspiring read and the forefront of his ongoing tour.


Family gatherings, work parties and festive get-togethers all amount to holiday overeating. We dish out some ways you can avoid this common problem and get through the holidays all while sparing your waistline.


also in this issue


A captivating project took place this year in Sudbury. The end result is an astounding book full of pride in what we love and where we live.


Did you know you could be putting your pets at risk this winter? We offer you some tips to help you keep them warm and safe.


A look into the book The Carbon Rush by Amy Miller, and the project behind the documentary.



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WLUH, a collaborative love story about urban culture. A visual look at the people, places, and things that inspired so many Sudburians to pick up their cameras and share how they see the city they live in and love. written by Penny Bowman

We are all storytellers. Whether we realize it or not, where we live, the things we do, the people in our lives, all tell a story. When we are passionate about those things, our stories come alive and take on a life of their own. I was born in Southern Ontario, but as a young child, I developed a passion for the north. I fell in love with the rugged beauty; the curve of windswept pines, the lure of pristine rivers and lakes, the formidable faces of towering rock sculptures, and I was compelled to eventually make it my home.

Photography is another passion of mine, so I was excited to be assigned this profile because it gives me an opportunity to tell you a story about two very creative guys and how their passion for their northern community ignited passion in others, and gave birth to a beautiful, inspiring book of photography: We Live up Here. Every book tells a story. We Live up Here tells hundreds of stories. Stories told via the lens of a camera, given form and voice through the hard work and dedication of Christian Pelletier and Andrew Knapp. They describe their project as a photo collaboration about Sudbury’s culture. After speaking with them, it seemed to me, it is more about a labour of love. Both young men were inspired by a similar collaboration out in BC called: This is East Van, a community photography project that publishes books of photos submitted by residents. As proof that one never knows where inspiration will come from, Christian and Andrew were attending a porketta bingo when a friend showed them the book. They were not only impressed by it, but saw similarities between Sudbury and East Van, and a spark was ignited.



TOP AND BOTTOM LEFT: Many wonderful fans and enthusiasts came by for the book launch on November 8th, at Fromagerie Elgin. RIGHT: Images from the book including that of Roxanne Taillefer’s.

TOP LEFT: The book is engrossed with vibrant images about our people and our culture, shown here is two of Christian Pelletier’s. RIGHT: Images from the book including those of Bora Ugurgel, Matina Castonguay and Matthew Barton’s.

They had two main goals for the project: to support the flourishing local talent and explore Sudbury’s rich culture. Andrew, a professional photographer, knew the area was home to amazing people and talent, but felt there was a lack of networking. He also wanted to bring photographers together in a spirit of collaboration rather than competition. As he put it, “he had a desire to build a community around photographers in Sudbury.” A native of Sudbury, he also admitted he wanted to have a greater appreciation for the city he grew up in and has come back to. Christian was not born in Sudbury but “fell in love with it” after moving there in his teens. With the hopes of visually capturing Sudbury’s essence, they kicked off their project by reaching out and inviting residents to submit photos of life in Sudbury. They wanted it to be authentic and encouraged participants to capture Sudbury exactly as it is. Photographers were asked to submit images of people, places and events. Anyone could enter as long as the photo was taken in Sudbury.

“There are over 300 striking images in the book, creatively and deliberately arranged to tell a bigger story about Sudbury.”

When photos started coming in, Christian felt there was an element of honesty missing: too many seemed clichés of Sudbury. To encourage a broader perspective and shape the message, they introduced weekly missions. Mission topics included: neglected and abandoned buildings, parking lots, waiting for the bus, machines minerals and mining. Andrew’s focus was to ensure the people aspect was covered. Sudbury to him was about the faces that conveyed passion and told a story. With this in mind, he reached out to established photographers such as Stacey Lalande, owner, photographer, designer at Mirth Photography. Several of her portraits, which Andrew described as phenomenal, are featured in the book. Stacey told me she feels very fortunate to do what she loves, and was thrilled to be part of the project. A tribute to Andrew and Christian’s extraordinary efforts and insights, Stacey expressed what I am sure many people felt by saying, “I love that these two guys got people out with their cameras. The project was beyond inspiring and made me fall in love with Sudbury all over again!” Andrew also put his own photography skills to work. He let people know he was looking for a miner who was passionate about his work, and was pleasantly surprised by the response. Although they laughingly claim it was tough to get by the judges (themselves), both he and Christian made the cut, and several of their photographs are a part of We Live Up Here. When the call was over, they had received over 800 photographs from people of all ages and expertise. Photos were taken by professional and amateur photographers, with digital and film cameras, and even iPhones. Andrew and Christian were excited and inspired by the results. Choosing the photos to be in the book

was time consuming, but made easier because they instinctively knew what they wanted: pictures that evoked emotion and told a story. There are over 300 striking images in the book, creatively and deliberately arranged to tell a bigger story about Sudbury. When I spoke with Andrew and Christian for this interview, they had just seen the proofs and were moved by what they saw. They were also very busy preparing for the book launch held at La Fromagerie Elgin in November. (I knew I wanted to go when they mentioned something about a catapult.) Although they were not thinking too far ahead in terms of future projects, I asked if there would be a similar project next year. They said they felt they almost had to. With some relief, they realized that once people see We Live up Here, and get a sense of what they are looking for, the process would be smoother, and the results even more powerful. The project was independently funded, and in order to keep productions costs low, participants were not compensated for their photos, but are mentioned in the book. Christian and Andrew were not in it for profit, but should there be any, it will go to Myths and Mirrors, a multi-disciplinary arts organization whose mission is to build community and inspire hope. If you want to add this amazing book to your collection or find out more about this project, you can go on line to Next time my friends and relatives from southern Ontario ask me why I live up here, I know what I can do. I will tell them via the passionate stories and stunning visual images of Sudbury‘s photographers…I will just hand them a copy of We Live Up Here.


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The Art of Snowshoeing written by Erika Ackerland

The joy of walking across crisp, clean, and unchartered territory after a fresh blanket of snow is one that is quite difficult to convey, as each person who participates in this sport has their own unique experiences. Snowshoeing, one of the oldest forms of transportation and possibly the most relaxing winter activity, is suitable for all ages and skill levels. It can take you places you normally could not explore, due to the deep snow that comes along every winter. The snowshoe itself has gone through many changes in design during its lifetime; however, the goal has always remained the same: to ease travel. Historically, snowshoes were used primarily for survival and utility and designed for weight carrying capacity, which made them quite larger than the snowshoes of today. The snowshoe has seen its most drastic change in design over the past 15 years, making them much easier to use for various skill levels. There are many types of snowshoes available, with prices ranging from fifty to several hundred dollars. You can find traditional wood, aluminum, and even carbon snowshoes for maximum flex and aesthetics. There is literally a snowshoe out there for every individual style, use, and budget. You can find snowshoes at outdoor stores in your area as well as many great Canadian companies online. Not only is snowshoeing a wonderful form of exercise during the winter months, but it is also a great time to be out enjoying nature and making the most of a cold winter day. Once you are out on a trail, you may notice that even on the coldest day you begin to warm up quite fast, to the point of removing a layer, especially if on a wooded trail where you are shielded from the wind chill but in full sunlight. It is always best to plan your route ahead of time, and to bring an adequate supply of water as you will work up a thirst in no time. Staying hydrated is equally important in the winter as it is throughout the rest of the year. Many snowshoe enthusiasts also suggest using snowshoe poles, which are much like ski poles, to help with balance and to keep your upper body moving. These poles also come in handy if you should fall. It happens to the best, and it can be a daunting task for anyone to get back up on their feet while wearing snowshoes. I spent a great deal of my first few trips out practicing the art of falling and perfecting getting back up.

Not everyone has easy access to trails and land to snowshoe on; however, there may be plenty of opportunities to get out in your area. You can check with your local municipal office to see if there are any outdoor programs in your area, such as the West Nippissing Nordic ski and snowshoe committee. This committee offers clearly marked trails for every skill level, a cozy chalet, and equipment rentals for those who are just starting out and want to see if snowshoeing is something they will enjoy before shopping around for their own set of snowshoes. Whether you are going out to break and pack your own trails or are planning on taking a leisurely stroll atop a crisp, clean canvas of fresh snow, snowshoeing is an excellent source of exercise and fresh air that is equally enjoyed alone or with family and friends. If you are looking for a new way to embrace winter and want to remain active outdoors, this could be the activity you have been looking for.

“... a great time to be out enjoying nature and making the most of a cold winter day.�

Which snowshoe is best for you? Recreational snowshoe

backcountry snowshoe

running snowshoe

If you want to snowshoe with family and friends and plan on hitting a more relaxed area like the park, golf course or a neighbouring field. This budget friendly category is perfect if you are uncertain on the amount of times you will be using your snowshoeing equipment.

If your are more of the adventurous snowshoer, and you prefer a more challenging terrain, this is shoe style is best for you. These shoes tend to offer more traction for those steeper or icy swept terrains. Also a great shoe when travelling with equipment, gear or backpacks.

If you want to stay in shape this winter and would like to keep up with your running schedule, the running snowshoe is perhaps the better choice for you. This style works well with most athletic footwear. Lighter weight in its overall design, this shoe is great for taking this activity to new fitness heights.

hiking snowshoe Most people tend to fall into this category when shopping for the perfect snowshoe. For a more frequently used shoe, this style works well for those individuals who want to continue enjoying the outdoor trails and might casually go off the unbeaten path. This is still perhaps your best value shoe and suits well for those who want to experience this sport with a durable all-around shoe.


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Inspiration A brief look at Peter, his New York Times Bestselling book and the messages that are brought to life through his inspiring performance Life is What You Make It: A Concert &Conversation with Peter Buffett.

“Peter gives readers something that will open their hearts and empower them to make their lives, and the lives of others, worth living for.”

It’s Thursday morning and the clock reads 9:35 am. Papers are stacked, questions are in order, and only 25 minutes remain before the anticipated call. In less than a half hour, I will be interviewing Peter Buffett on his first written novel, Life Is What You Make It. No big deal, right? It just so happens that the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett will be calling me at my home and to tell you the truth I was a complete mental wreck despite looking prepared. A few days earlier I picked up his book, based on choosing the paths in life that will give you the most fulfillment and satisfaction, even if it’s the path of least resistance. It is a wonderfully written book full of wisdom and warmth. It’s now 10 am, and not a minute later the phone rings. Here goes nothing and everything. I pick up the receiver. “Hello?” “Hi Melissa, it’s Peter Buffett.” At this I grin and attempt to gather my thoughts. I was looking forward to the conversation, but suddenly I’m having trouble deciding what to say first. Let’s see. I begin to mull over some options and blurt out, “How is the weather out there?” Really. That is what I can come up with? But he laughs, and responds with as much enthusiasm as with the rest of the interview. So, again, this brings me back to the same question, where shall I begin? Peter Buffett is a renowned composer, musician, and philanthropist. His music has seized the attention of many individuals within the advertising industry over the years, and can be easily recognized from many commercials and films, including a scene from Dances with Wolves. Along with these great talents, Peter

can now add writer to his list. Let it be known that he is someone who has more than a few wise words and values to share, giving readers something well worth considering. In his new book Life Is What You Make It, he talks about everything from being the son of successful investor Warren Buffett, to the many passions and successes that have forged his chosen path in life. He strategically wrote his book in a way that feels like an ongoing conversation. It’s a warm-hearted and an easy read, but more than that, it’s introspective and innovative in reaching out and awakening young adults who are in search of their own lives’ quest. It became apparent to Peter that he could create lasting connections with his readers, to help people break through their existing boundaries, to begin forging their own paths of fulfillment. Peter gives readers something that will open their hearts and empower them to make their lives, and the lives of others, worth living for. Just how does he propose we do this, you ask? He encourages readers to make their life worth living, to discover possibilities and love what you do and essentially following your passions. Additionally, Peter stresses the importance of parental encouragement. As parents, it is important to bring joy into life, and this is perhaps the single greatest gift parents can give their kids. In his book, he recounts the many times that both his parents influenced and inspired him in their own different ways. It was through his parents’ actions that Peter realized the importance of seeing equality in everyone. As a devoted humanitarian, his mother taught him about the world. She exposed him to different religions and worships and helped him see life’s unfairness. Her teachings allowed him to form his own conclusions about what touched him and what pulled hardest at his heartstrings. His father had a much wider vision


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Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett was held on November 13th at the Colège Boréal Concert Hall in Sudbury, ON

ABOVE RIGHT: Peter plays his music from the award-winning mini series: 500 Nations produced by Kevin Costner. BELOW: Peter responds to questions about his upbringing, life events, choosing hapiness and everything in between.

of inequality and the many disadvantages and missed opportunities it creates for all of society. It is staggering to think of how many gifted and talented people remain unknown because of the systems or communities that they are born into. Peter has a very keen awareness of the fact, stating that, “Clearly all of us lose out when opportunity is denied.” Through his parents’ influences, Peter and his wife have continuously given back to our world, making it a better place for the people who live in it. Through their charity, the NoVo Foundation, they envision change by creating ways to empower girls and women, and ways to conquer violence, putting to rest its effects against girls and women all over the world. His vision of philanthropy is about contributing, and in his book he mentions, “It is not about money, it is about relationships and what you can do to make someone else’s life more their own.” How true and empowering those words can be. In fact, this is something we can all remember when while we value dignity in life and strive to contribute through random acts of kindness. It all essentially starts with you. With the paths you choose for yourself. With devotion and determination comes success. Allow yourself to feel, and happiness will follow through your heart’s guidance. Live to work and do not work to live. Peter illustrates all these concepts by saying, “We need to walk in the world connected, instead of disconnected. ”It seems to make perfect sense, Peter has stumbled across the most important concept through his life experiences; above all choose happiness. If you want to learn more about Peter Buffett, his music, his book or his many ongoing projects, go to To learn about the NoVo Foundation go to His book Life Is What You Make It can be purchased online or at retailers across Canada.

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Winter Pet Care written by Erika Ackerland

Northern Ontario winters bring cold temperatures and extreme wind chill, and while we can easily bundle up on a cold winter’s day, our pets may need a little extra help. Here are some steps you can take to keep our furry friends comfortable during the cold weather and to protect them from the elements. Animals that are housed outdoors year round should have a suitable shelter and insulated bedding at all times. Straw makes for excellent bedding, but be sure to make sure the straw you buy does not have any seeds or foxtails, which are arrow-shaped stickers that are produced by some grasses once they have gone to seed. These stickers can embed into your pet’s skin if they lay on them and spread, causing infection and other serious problems. Be sure to check the straw bedding regularly and change it if it becomes wet, as wet straw will not provide insulation for your pet. Outdoor pets also need to have their water checked and changed several times a day because it freezes. Snow is not a suitable source of water for animals since it contains a lot of air, and melting the snow into water requires a tremendous amount of energy and body heat from animals. One tightly packed cup of snow may only yield less than half a cup of water. Another hazard of winter for our pets is toxicity. Ensure your pets do not have access to anti freeze containers or leaks. Antifreeze attracts many animals as it has a sweet taste; however, it is highly toxic and can cause symptoms that are much the same as kidney failure. Another winter danger for your pets could be road salt or home walkway ice melt. It is important to clean your pet’s paws after a walk where ice melt is used. It would take a high amount to be lethal to your pet, but it is safer to reduce the risk completely by not allowing your dog to drink from puddles along your walk; by wiping their paws; or by finding pet-safe, non-toxic salts for your walkway which are available at most stores that sell regular ice melting salts. Another way to protect your dog’s feet from road salt is to put boots on them. Dog boots also help prevent ice buildup between the pads of their feet caused by snow melting and refreezing on the fur between the dog’s pads. Many people keep this fur trimmed to reduce the amount of ice buildup or purchase paw waxes to prevent snow balls from forming. In place of paw waxes, you can also use a small amount of cooking spray on the paws for those sticky snow days.

Winter also poses a deadly risk to cats that are out in the elements seeking warmth by means of warm vehicle engines. It is a good practice to either knock on your hood or honk your horn prior to starting your vehicle. Even if you do not have a cat, it does not mean that one cannot make its way under the hood of your vehicle to seek some shelter and warmth from the cold. There are also dangers for your pet inside the house during the holiday season, such as Christmas tree decorations like lights, tinsel and poinsettia plants. Tinsel is particularly hazardous to cats because it is shiny, it dangles, and is alluring to them. The hazard is not merely playing with tinsel, but ingesting it, which could cause a linear foreign body obstruction in the digestive tract. This occurs because the tinsel is caught in a portion of the digestive tract and can result in painful and likely fatal complications without prompt and appropriate treatment. By taking precautions to prepare your pets for winter, whether by putting a jacket and booties on a short coated dog, or adding a bit of extra warm bedding to a horse stall, it can be a wonderful season for humans and pets alike.

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If your main goal is warmth, then this heavyweight, waterproof coat is perfect for your furry friend. Your dog will appreciate this breathable fabric since it helps keep his heat in and the nasty weather out. PetRageous Designs, sold at PetSmart locations across Ontario

These stylish booties help protect your pet’s paws against winter’s elements. They are waterproof, warm fleece-lined and have the added feature of a reflective stripe.

What about dressing him up for the holidays with something that will help fight the blistery cold. Your pet will look his holiday best in this cottonlined hoodie.

Top Paw Reflective Booties, sold at PetSmart locations across Ontario

PetHoliday by Top Paw, sold at PetSmart locations across Ontario


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“...once decorated, they warm our hearts with their enchanting sight.”

O Christmas Tree That sweet smell of pine drifting throughout the house, the strategically dressed up branches bursting with enchantment and the glow of brightly coloured lights shimmering with pure delight. The simple sight of this decorated marvel is what makes us all, young and old, want to rejoice and sing, “O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, Much pleasure doth thou bring me!” This timeless tradition never seems to lose its appeal, but when did it all begin? Have you ever wondered about the Christmas tree’s origin, or why we take pleasure in decorating them for the festivities of the season? There are many stories dating back as early as the 12th century about the Christmas tree and its believed origin. Some say it should be credited to a traveling monk who first introduced the evergreen as God’s tree, using its divine shape to explain the trinity. It was also said that even during the dreary winter months, the mere fact that you can still see the full beauty and colour of the evergreen gives promise and hope for another green and fruitful season ahead. This is perhaps why, during the celebrated solstice, evergreens were a perfect choice and a wonderful reminder of the time when the sun would gain its strength and all would grow beautifully again in the summer months. The evergreen: an everlasting life. Later, in the 16th century, the beauty of stars shining brightly through the evergreens mesmerized Martin Luther as he walked home one evening. Wanting to recreate the exquisiteness he saw on that night, Luther lit candles and wired them into the branches of an evergreen for his loved ones. The decorated tree has evolved many times since, from the bounty of fruits to delicately placed handmade ornaments, all in celebration of the season.

Here are some all-time favourites, and perhaps a teeny glimpse as to why we love them. COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE This tree has a wonderful pyramid shape, along with a glamorous silvery-blue colouring. The only downfall to this splendid specimen is that its needles fall relatively quickly. SCOTCH PINE - VIRGINIA PINE This mildly scented charmer is recognized for its best overall shape. The needles grow in great bunches giving a full look, and they stay on long after cutting. I am almost certain that this was Charlie Brown’s choice. Balsam Fir This quick-growing tree has long lasting needles and displays well with its symmetrical shape. Accompanied with a luscious smell, the branches of this fir are quite flexible due to its flat and blunt needles. Douglas Fir This fuller-looking tree is quite whimsical with its needles shooting off in various directions. It also has a sweeter smell and a luxuriously bright blue-green colouring. • If you love the idea of having a real tree as opposed to an artificial one but disfavour the process of chopping one down, then maybe you should consider going to a garden centre and purchasing a smaller potted evergreen to plant later on in the spring. This is a reasonable option for the environmentally-conscious.

Now the market is flooded with real and artificial trees, electrical lights and fiber-optics. What an abundance of choices we have! From the beauty of handmade treasures to vintage finds; once decorated, they warm our hearts with their enchanting sight. So when decorating your home this holiday season, try to remember the trees devotional beauty. Smile at the pure thought of triumph of life over death, and celebrate its everlasting allure.


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Holiday Overeating: Guilt-Free Fulfillment

A common stigma tends to surface around this time of year—fear of holiday overindulgence and its afterbulge. This year, there’s no need to worry because there’s a plan. After all, New Year’s resolutions are for looking to the future, not compensating for the past. written by Julie Dupuis

During the festive season, an abundance of food—its sights and smells—triggers hunger signals causing the need for more fuel to feel sated. The mere presence of so much food works against you. Never mind that most holiday foods are high in fat, sugar, and calories but low in fibre, thus not very satisfying. Add to that social factors like large crowds, music, or hockey games on TV, which affect spontaneous consumption, and no wonder holiday overeating is a problem! Recall how uncomfortable it feels to overeat: perhaps sluggish or sleepy, guilty or ill. To get through this year’s holiday season in gastrointestinal bliss, learn from past experiences and adapt. Remember, it’s not worth the guilt brought on by setting unreasonable goals when there are already so many additional demands on time and energy. Rather, strategize. Research yummy healthier alternatives to traditional foods, such as hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick instead of eggnog. If you’ve been losing weight, aim to maintain it over the holidays and resume your program afterwards. Before a social event, prepare at home. Have a healthy breakfast and lunch the day of a party; an empty stomach leads to ravenous cravings. Include whole grains, fruit and vegetables, and low-fat dairies and proteins like yogurt, cheese, lean meats, and boiled eggs. If you’re hosting guests, do simple things like letting people add their own salt and skimming fat off gravy. Be creative with your meal. Try wild rice with fresh or frozen cranberries and walnuts instead of mashed potatoes, or quinoa salad instead of stuffing. Experiment with mini desserts. At gatherings, focus on why you’re there: family, friends, celebration, merriment—not food. Talk to other guests and live in the moment to keep your mouth busy and spirits high. Stand or sit far away from appetizer trays, candy dishes, buffet tables, or chip bowls. Sip water while

others talk. When drinking alcoholic beverages, alternate each one with water to save on calories and sugar, and to retain the ability to sense hunger levels accurately. Stick to red wine, wine spritzers with club soda, or light beer for lower health impacts. Once it’s time to eat, scan the options; plan ahead to avoid filling your plate with so-so foods before getting to the good stuff. Serve yourself to ensure small portions. Instead of loading up, take a little of everything you love, even if it’s unhealthy. Don’t deprive yourself. Go ahead and eat the holiday foods you fancy—just be aware of how much you’re eating and know when to stop. Moderation takes practise, but once you discover that the first few bites taste best, you’ll want to dazzle your taste buds by sampling many delicious foods. Choose special holiday treats over every day favourites. Save the calories for something delectable, leaving room for dessert only if you know it’s something you like. But whatever delights you, savour it. Eat slowly, chewing every bite thoroughly before swallowing. Set your fork down between bites and sip water to feel full faster. Talk to your neighbours. Eating slowly allows time to feel full, and though it takes longer, you’ll eat less. During the meal, keep tempting dishes away once you’ve taken some to refrain from automatically grabbing seconds. At buffets, use small plates, returning more frequently. Once you’re finished eating, leave the table. Wait twenty minutes before deciding whether you want seconds. Brush your teeth to dull your taste buds and suggest a walk. Others will happily join to stimulate digestive systems and burn calories. Hosts can give away leftovers. To stay strong throughout the holiday season, focus on your overall health. Take breaks. Nurture your well-being by spending time with family and friends. Sleep well. Get lots of exposure to natural sunlight to boost mood and circumvent emotional eating. If you do overeat, notice how you’re feeling. The consequences of overeating just might prevent you from doing it again. But don’t rebuke yourself! No sense feeling guilty for what’s done—move forward. Wait until you’re hungry to eat again—your next meal may be at an irregular time. Your body will readjust as you return to your regular routine. Get some exercise, but remember that it isn’t punishment! Be physically active in ways you enjoy to for an energy and mood boost. You’ll thank yourself at the next party. Don’t spend the jolly season obsessed with food. For stress-free holidays, develop a strategy and predict obstacles. If all else fails, listen to your body’s clues and cues—it’s never wrong.


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Potential Holiday Troublemakers *Everyone should get to indulge a little, but keep in mind that the following holiday fare can be unhealthy.



Holiday Health Savers

Candied and salted nuts Sugar and/or salt Cheese ball Saturated fats Peanut brittle Corn syrup, sugar Spinach dip Mayonnaise Cheese fondue Salt, saturated fat

*For hosts, potlucks, contributions, or gifts, you can modify most recipes easily for healthier lip-smacking.




Butter, margarine

Olive oil

Whole eggs

Egg whites only

Margarine or salted butter

Unsalted butter

All-purpose flour

Half whole- wheat, half all- purpose flour

Creams, full-fat milks

Skim milk

Cream cheese, mayonnaise or Sour cream

Light versions Plain low-fat yogurt

White or brown sugar

Organic cane sugar, local maple sugar

Sweeteners such as corn syrup

Maple syrup or honey

Candied/sugared/ salted dried fruit and nuts

Plain versions

Creamy dips

Salsa, hummus, black bean and lime dip

Canned cranberry sauce

Homemade sauce with fresh/frozen berries

Milk chocolate

Dark unsweetened chocolate


Vegetable shortening


Flavouring (ginger, cinnamon, orange juice)




Steaming, roasting

Swedish meatballs Heavy cream Stuffing High-fat meats like sausage Candied yams Sugar, marshmallows Poultry Skin, dark meat Yorkshire pudding Salt, animal fat Glazed ham Salt, sugar Mashed potatoes Salt, butter, cream

Sides Gravy Salt Creamy dips and dressings Saturated fats, salt Canned cranberry sauce Sugar

Drinks Eggnog Sugar, cream Mulled wine Sugar Wine coolers and hard lemonades Sugar Hot buttered rum Butter, sugar

Desserts Pecan pie Corn syrup, sugar Cheesecake Sugar, full-fat cream cheese Sugar cookies White flour, sugar Butter tarts Sugar, butter, white flour, lard Shortbread Sugar, white flour Fruitcake Sugar, corn syrup Yule log Cream Gingerbread houses Frosting, candy dĂŠcor Gingerbread cake Buttermilk, sugar Plum pudding Molasses, candied fruit, sugar Trifle Sugar, condensed milk, cream



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Fromagerie Elgin This winter, come let a coffee cup warm your hands at Fromagerie Elgin, take a chance on a flavourful cheese platter, and immerse yourself in this heart of Sudbury’s emerging art scene. written by Chantal Poitras

“What is intriguing about the café’s layout is its flexibility as a social space...”

What was once a powerful industrial center for northern Ontario is rapidly becoming a thriving cultural community. The city of Sudbury might be known for its looming smokestack and overabundance of large-chain coffee shops, but if you take a close and careful look, the city has an extraordinarily versatile arts scene, and a unique selection of cafés and restaurants that bring their own exceptional, cultural flourishes to the city. Among the most popular and wellreputed is Fromagerie Elgin. Jake Callingham was a regular customer at Fromagerie Elgin when it was owned by Hazel Ecclestone back in 2007. After four years, however, Hazel decided that it was time to leave Fromagerie Elgin behind. With a penchant for cheese and a history of working in restaurants under his belt, it only made sense that Jake should receive the fateful opportunity to take over where Hazel left off. In the summer of 2011, Jake Callingham and Cristina Greco took the helm. To step off Elgin Street and into Fromagerie Elgin is to step out of Sudbury and into a European coffee shop with a rustic, openconcept and inviting atmosphere. The archaic dining tables, small bar tables, and mismatched chairs lend themselves to a comfortable space with an approximate capacity of eighty. What is intriguing about the café’s layout is its flexibility as a social space, making it favorable for large groups, for the solitary coffee-shop-writer, and for concert venues, art exhibits and book launches. While the character and design of the place is enough to captivate, it can hardly distract from Fromagerie Elgin’s main attraction: le fromage. At any given moment, there are between ninety and two hundred and fifty different kinds of cheese at Fromagerie Elgin, which is enough to enthrall the true cheese enthusiasts, and to introduce the casual customer to something

unimaginable. Their cheese comes from an impressive variety of places, from the relatively local Thunder Oak, in Neebing outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario, to Quebec, and even as far as Australia, France, and the United Kingdom. Each type of cheese is sampled to meet staff approval before being incorporated into the menu, sometimes only for a limited time, and occasionally as a reoccurring favourite. Within their ever-expanding menu, the essential must-try item is the sample cheese platter: an assortment of cheese and pâté, put together to compliment and play off one another in what Jake has called a “savoury lottery.” It is a lottery because the types of cheese are not necessarily chosen by the customer, but are organized by the staff, who are well-versed in the art of creating platters to tantalize the palate. Although the heart of Fromagerie Elgin is its cheese, there are many vegan soups and sandwiches on the ever-growing menu, and Jake and Cristina have both expressed an interest in incorporating vegan cheese into the menu, though for the time being, it is merely a very hopeful thought. Their vegan endeavors are just one example of the many ways in which they strive to appeal to as many people as they can, within the community and without. Many artistic groups gravitate towards Fromagerie Elgin, drawn to its atmosphere that inspires creativity. Julia Muldoon, a Municipal Liaison for Sudbury’s National Novel Writing Month group, shared her views on why Fromagerie Elgin is so conducive to writing, and writing in large groups: “One of the things I adore about the Fromagerie is the space. They have beautiful long tables that are perfect for setting up as a writing group. Add to that the excellent customer service and the fact that we are on a first name basis with most of the staff, and it just kind of feels like an extension of


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“Although the heart of Fromagerie Elgin is its cheese, there are many vegan soups and sandwiches on the evergrowing menu...” home. I knew I liked cheese but I didn’t realize that I loved cheese until I started going to the Fromagerie. The wonderful array of options and the knowledgeable staff that is attentive and willing to give suggestions really raises the bar on customer service. It’s a personal favourite for our writing group, and even though we have tried other locations, none of them feel like home quite the way the Fromagerie does. It’s a combination of unique food, and the way the staff has of being attentive without being in the way either. They know us as writers and the level of service we need, and there is somehow this perfect balance to the experience.” Fromagerie Elgin continues to grow as a restaurant and in popularity, as a wellrevered business within the community. Their reputation for outstanding food and exceptional customer service is primarily spread by wordof-mouth, and their mandate as a business is no less admirable than the rest of their accomplishments. They do very little in the way of paid advertising. Their source of networking is through assisting dozens of local social services and charity programs throughout Sudbury. They also receive promotion by endorsing and encouraging local arts and talents, making for an altruistic approach to advertising. In the future, Jake and Cristina look forward to expanding Fromagerie Elgin’s menu and physical layout, to include a patio area outdoors. For five years, this gem of a coffee shop has brought a unique and inspiring feel to the city’s downtown core, and it is obvious by the array of event posters lining their front windows that Fromagerie Elgin is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.


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It was a beautiful studio set atop a garage overlooking the lake. Vibrant colours graced the walls, a cozy wood stove was ablaze and two beautiful rescue dogs lounged comfortably. The Laughing Dogs Studio belongs to Dianne Kuzniar: an artist, a teacher and an inspiring individual. Walking around the space you get a true sense of who she is as her eclectic paintings resonate with her personality. Within this calmness brews a storm. In a few small words, Dianne is smart, beautiful, caring and full of spirit. She is a true artist.



Dianne Kuzniar

Striking colours merge with passionate emotions on this artist’s canvases. Stories captured in artistic motion.

Dianne was born in Chapleau and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. Her father was a police officer and her mother was an artisan (potter) and a teacher of her craft. Dianne reveals that art was very prominent in her upbringing, and so many of her family members were creative in their own ways. It was no surprise then that from an early age, she began to paint, putting her visual thoughts on canvas or paper when the opportunity arose. To the young Dianne, it just made sense and felt natural; it was something that made her feel alive. In reality, it became her true vocation. But as mentioned, Dianne is an unsettled spirit and over the years she has experienced so much. Her journey has been a creative one, from being an antiques dealer to upholstering beautiful furniture, and from being a sculptor to a doll maker. Her passion for music and the arts has made her an important member of our community. She sees so much beauty in the world and wants to share as many of her visions as she can. Her determination is striking within the projects she undertakes, and our community will continue to benefit from her presence. As a teacher, Dianne gives her time voluntarily to teach teens in our community how to paint. This offers the artist a chance to talk about the arts, about its presence in society and about the many creative opportunities it has to offer. Like many of her works, Dianne presents the kids an opportunity to experience various styles of painting. She herself has been inspired by the works of Andrew Wyeth and Dean Mitchell, and as you look around at some of her works, it is clear that her talent goes beyond that. She is a painter who craves observing other artists as they paint, watching their emotions dictate the process in which they create each individual piece. The ultimate creation of a story or a moment in time.

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Winterizing Your Home: the Green Way

Blending Old-Fashioned Methods with Modern Tools for Low-Cost Energy Efficiency written by Julie Dupuis

“Lifestyle is another factor in your home’s energy usage. Good habits lead to full wallets!”

Winter’s chill can be harsh—and not just outdoors. Our homes are exposed to this country’s severest weather this time of year and staying warm indoors can be a struggle. Increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy costs probably top everyone’s list these days. Luckily, they go hand in hand. The good news is that many of the things you’ve been doing for years are good habits to maintain. Better yet, there are now a few greener ways to keep the house cozy, too! Some of the eco-friendliest ways to winterize your home are old-fashioned, do-it-yourself projects. These can be very easy, like draining pipes and cleaning gutters to prevent icicles from forming, and placing straw around the foundation to warm lower floors. Inside, hang thick curtains in front of doors to insulate separate rooms. Make your own fabric draft guards to fill crevices. Verify vents are unblocked by furniture or other objects. Place sheets of aluminum foil between radiators and walls, which will deflect heat back into the room. Sealing and insulating ducts, caulking and/ or weather-stripping windows and doors, and plugging unused electrical outlets with plastic protectors are still excellent traditional techniques for keeping out drafts. For years, people have covered windows with plastic films—it’s also good practice to insulate water heaters. The Earth-friendliness of these types of products varies so check materials and their sources before you buy! Some measures require a minor investment of time or money, such as fitting a permanent furnace filter for less waste and cleaner air, installing a programmable thermostat, adding more insulation in the attic, or mounting solar lights outside (for cost-effective lighting during the long winter darkness). Other ideas may require more savings or more patience, but are well worth the effort. For instance, planting fir trees to the north and northwest of a house creates protective winter windbreaks, but the trees won’t grow tall enough overnight. On the other hand, replacing out-dated home energy systems with modern energy efficient models can initially be expensive, but the upgrade quickly pays for itself. For those with fireplaces, closing the flue when no fire is lit stops warmth from escaping. Grates made of C-shaped metal tubes will draw in

cool air and circulate hot air. Consider more eco-friendly wood-burning options, such as compressed bricks of sawdust or woodchips that burn longer, or even converting to a pellet stove. Shut the doors to rooms that aren’t in use, turning the heat down as you leave. Open curtains on south and southwest facing windows during the daytime to take advantage of the sun, and close them at night to shield out the cold. Reverse the rotation on ceiling fans to spread warm air throughout the house. Upper levels will be more comfortable than lower ones, so try to spend more time there. Even running the fan in the bathroom while you shower pushes the hot air you paid to generate outside, so it’s best to leave the bathroom door open instead, which will in turn warm the rest of the house. Decreasing the temperature of your water heater and taking shorter showers will also be helpful. If you’re still cold, some good old-fashioned tricks might just be the remedy you need. Sprinkle cayenne pepper in your socks to warm your feet. Dress in layers and place a hot water bottle between your bed sheets to avoid cranking up the thermostat. A programmable one has the benefit of ending repeat trips to readjust the temperature or refill the woodstove. During Yuletide, homeowners are faced with the additional concern of extra lighting costs, what with strings of brilliance displayed attractively outside. Controlling decorative lights with timers and unplugging them while they are not in use can save loads on postholiday energy bills. In fact, unplugging anything that’s not in use will save cash in the long run since unused electrical appliances continue to consume energy. Likewise, turning lights off in unoccupied rooms, cleaning fridge coils to allow for proper ventilation, and repairing leaky faucets, which can waste heated water, are beneficial year-round. No doubt everyone wants to save money, but not at the expense of our natural surroundings. Winterizing your home is a clear winner! While there are many new products available to assist in the ever daunting task of making environmentally-wise choices for your home, many of the best solutions remain the ones learned from our elders. They sure knew what they were doing.


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A common misconception about minimalists is that we are cheap. This is a society in which belongings represent personal wealth, but it’s important to remember that the level of importance between what someone has and who they are is different for everyone.

Nature Inspired These beautifully-designed ornaments give your home the nature inspired look it deserves this holiday season. It seems like in every store you look, holiday decorations made from the elements that Mother Nature provides us are easy to find. From bark, twigs, acorns and pine needles, everything is a go and from the looks of things, nothing could be more elegant. You can find the bark covered ball ornament, reindeer and berry branch (left and top right) at the French River Trading Post on Highway 69 in the French River This Reindeer Heart Ornament is made with natural felted wool and bring the whimsy of the outdoors right into your living room and holiday decor. bambeco offers a large line of eco friendly ornaments that you can purchase online at

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Imagine a house that contains no furniture except for a bed, a lamp, a portrait of Albert Einstein, and the essential plumbing. On one hand, we could assume that someone who lives in such an empty house is down on their luck, or poor, or cheap. On the other hand, I could tell you that this is actually a description of the late Steve Jobs’ home. Jobs, founder of the Apple Company, had an estimated net wealth of ten billion dollars, yet he chose to live in a simple space—as so many minimalists do—for the sake of personal and professional clarity and focus. My own (way less impressive) experience pertaining to the relativity of possessions versus wealth involves jeans. I own three pairs of them. My meager assortment of pants might suggest that I cannot afford more, but I actually paid $80 for each pair, meaning that I own $240 worth of jeans. Someone who owns seven pairs of jeans but paid half that price would also have $240 worth of jeans, but why would I need seven pairs of jeans anyway? Think about that. I’ll get into the politics of the minimalist wardrobe another time, but the point I am making now is that owning less and purchasing less means I have more money to spend on items that I truly want. I love those jeans, I love the way they look on me, and they are comfortable. Similarly (or not), Steve Jobs truly admired Albert Einstein, so it was justifiable for him to put a portrait of him in his home. So, for the everyday minimalist, belongings are no measure of the wealth of a person. One of the reasons I took on this lifestyle was so that I could afford to visit Algonquin Park, the Bruce Peninsula, and the Maritimes. These purchases are “invisible” compared to a new car or an elaborate wardrobe, but to me, my experiences are worth more, and they define who I am more than my three pairs of jeans.

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Merry oops! A quick guide on how to rid yourself of those nasty holiday stains. We have all experienced that moment of horror as we watch our food or beverages of the holiday season spill on our white carpet or clothing. Here are a few tips for treating some of the more common stains we can expect to encounter. Red wine It is important not to let the stain dry, and start removing it as quickly as possible. Some quick home remedies to wine stains include mixing vinegar, soap and water, pouring it over the stain and blotting it. You can also use club soda or white wine to help get the stain out as fast as possible.

Coffee/tea Blot excess with a clean cloth. Pre-soak with one quart of warm water, half a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent, and one tablespoon of white vinegar for fifteen minutes. Rinse, and then launder if possible. Any excess prior to laundering can be removed with a sponge soaked in rubbing alcohol. Butter /oil Remove any excess butter from fabric. Pre-treat using a stain removing laundry agent immediately. Blot the stained area, and then launder as soon as possible. If you are unable to launder immediately, you can place the garment stain-side down on an absorbent pad.



This is a combination stain, where you need to pay equal attention to the greasy and creamy aspects.

For candle wax that has been spilled onto your table cloth or clothing, you will first need to freeze the wax, and then remove excess by scraping and rubbing it off.

Once the gravy has hit its target, you can begin stain removal by first cleaning up excess spillage, then applying a liquid laundry detergent directly to the stain and rubbing it in. Once it is all soaped up you can begin to rinse the stained area, washing away both the gravy grease and detergent. It is best to launder a gravy stain in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric, and ensure that you have removed all the gravy before putting it in the dryer, which will set any remaining stain. Cranberry sauce Flush the stain with cool water immediately. Mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with half a teaspoon of liquid laundry in a quart of cool water. Soak in this solution for 15 minutes. If the stain remains after the soak, take a sponge with rubbing alcohol to treat the remaining stain, and be sure to check for colourfastness.

Place the stained area between two pieces of white blotting paper and press with a warm iron. Replace the blotting paper as needed. On colourfast fabrics, you can pour boiling water through the stain. Allow the fabric to dry. Should any dye remain, blot it with one part rubbing alcohol and two parts water, as long as it is not an acrylic fiber item that has been stained. The most important things to remember when dealing with stains is to blot them out, not rub them, as rubbing will push the stain further into the fibers. Also, do not apply heat by placing item into the dryer after washing until the stain is fully removed, as this will set the stain. Keep in mind, when using a bleaching agent such as hydrogen peroxide, that the fabric should first be tested for colourfastness. To your relief, most stains can be properly treated, you just need the-know-how solution. So sit back, leave those worrisome stain-blues behind and enjoy the holidays with a smile.


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Woman with water jug: Amy Miller on carbon trading: “We cannot transfer responsibility to the Global South—we have to clean up our own backyards.”

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The Carbon Rush: Fighting the Climate Crisis for Social Justice written by Julie Dupuis

“The Carbon Rush reveals the real effects of this grossly inadequate solution to the climate crisis.”

The Carbon Rush, which screened this fall at Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, is Sudbury-born Amy Miller’s latest social justice documentary. While its topic is environmental, the film’s theme is political. Motivated by a desire to exploit Canada’s role on the international carbon market, Miller found she first needed to explain what offset projects are and who they harm. Miller, now based in Montreal, travelled across the globe to shoot footage for The Carbon Rush, witnessing firsthand the poverty and illness resulting from this supposedly green for-profit industry. Narrated by actress Daryl Hannah, The Carbon Rush rolls smoothly through animations, infographics, interviews, live footage, and eye-catching video montages. Presenting poignant true story examples, it demonstrates what carbon offset projects are, why they are falsely touted as a benefit to the Global North, and how they are negatively impacting the Global South. Because Miller wanted to offer a “critical analysis of the way the world works,” she and her crew journeyed to Brazil, Panama, Honduras, the UK, Scotland, Hungary, and India to meet the children, families, women, labourers, displaced property owners, and communities suffering in the name of carbon trading. Those who are familiar with the carbon market might expect the film to scrutinise the industry from the top down—that is, to determine whether the projects in question actually help reduce or at least stabilise carbon emissions overall by investing in green projects, which is their purported goal. While the effectiveness and eco-friendliness of the projects are indeed questioned, Miller took the bottom-up perspective, letting the people—those sick and dying from pollution, robbed of their lands, deprived of water, unemployed, and even assassinated—tell their own stories. Powerful and evocative, The Carbon Rush reveals the real effects of this grossly inadequate solution to the climate crisis.

Amy Miller has long been an advocate for social justice. Growing up in Sudbury where the wealth generated from resource extraction mostly flows outside the area “off the backs of the labour of others,” leaving only devastating environmental and health consequences behind, Miller became involved in issues of inequality early on. She fondly remembers the solidarity on the teachers’ picket line during the Harris days. Acting from a “genuine belief that transformative change is possible,” Miller has participated in many peaceful protests since then, including the Seven Year Squat in Ottawa and the G-20 in Toronto. Coming home for Cinéfest was an “incredible honour” for Miller, who first went to the renowned festival as a young teenager in 1994. For the next several years, it helped her “develop an understanding of national and international cinema,” introducing her to films outside of Hollywood. Now, Miller is establishing herself as a filmmaker in her own right. Prior to The Carbon Rush, Miller directed Outside of EUrope and Myths for Profit: Canada’s Role in Industries of War and Peace. She is currently working on her next documentary, War for Soil, an exploration of the economic policies stimulating agricultural land grabs worldwide. The overarching message in Miller’s documentaries is of social justice and equality. With The Carbon Rush, she leaves viewers to contemplate the climate crisis and its causes. She brings the audience to acknowledge that industrial capitalism is leading to the problems portrayed in the film, concluding that quickly transitioning away from a free market economy is the only solution. Miller notes that Sudbury has recognised this and has done a good job in the past decade or so of moving away from a resource-based economy. For the country as a whole, Miller says the most important step is to stop the expansion of the tar sands and to shut them down completely. Despite such serious subjects, The Carbon Rush ends with tradition, song, and hope.


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The film has been well-received on the international festival circuit. The Carbon Rush’s World Premiere was at The Green Nation Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has screened at the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival and the Bloor Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, the Miami and the Beaches Environmental Film Festival in Florida, and the Vancouver International Film Festival. It was even featured at a bike-powered outdoor screening at the Take One Action Film Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three more showings will cap off 2012. Those in the Thunder Bay area can catch The Carbon Rush on December 6 at 8 p.m. as part of the Docs on Bay series hosted by the Bay Street Film Festival. There will also be a screening in Kitchener-Waterloo on December 12, while the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa will feature the film December 21-23.



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Holiday Casserole 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled 2 onions, chopped 2 cups sliced mushrooms 1 tbsp butter 4 cups frozen hashbrowns, thawed 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp minced garlic 1/2 tsp black pepper 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups milk 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 3/4 cup shredded gouda cheese


Makes 5-6 servings Cook bacon in a large skillet, drain and set aside. Add the mushrooms and onion to the skillet; cook and stir about 5 minutes. Grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish with the tablespoon of butter. Place hashbrowns in bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with sea salt, minced garlic, and pepper. Top with crumbled bacon and the onions and mushrooms. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until well blended. Pour the beaten eggs over the casserole. Finally, top with grated cheese, cover and refrigerate overnight. The following morning, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake covered in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until set.



Bacon & Cheese Biscuits 2 cups flour 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tsp sea salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 cup milk 1/2 cup margarine, melted 8 cooked strips maple bacon, crumbled 1 cup shredded old cheddar cheese 1 egg Makes 10 biscuits Begin by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F. Meanwhile, crumble the crispy bacon and set aside. In a large bowl add the flour, baking powder, salt, paprika, and onion powder. Mix the dry ingredients, then make a hole in the center of the mixture like a well, add the milk, butter, bacon and cheese. Mix gently with a wooden spoon. The dough should be wet and sticky. Using an ice cream scoop, portion the batter onto a baking sheet, leaving an inch around each biscuit. In a small bowl, beat the egg with a sprinkle of water. Brush this mixture coating each biscuit. Bake in the oven until they are golden brown, 20 to 22 minutes. If you insert a toothpick in the centre it should come out clean.

Maple Glazed Pork



1 fresh picnic shoulder pork roast 3/4 cup water Glaze: 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Makes 10 servings Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place pork roast in a roasting pan and pour about 3/4 cup water into the bottom of pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour and 40 minutes or until heated through, soft and tender. Make the glaze: Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan until smooth and heat over medium-low heat until simmering. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes and remove from heat. When pork roast is heated through, remove the aluminum foil, and pour the glaze over the top to cover completely. Meanwhile, raise oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Return the roast to the oven and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until glaze is caramelized and bubbly. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Hot Cocoa 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3/4 cup white sugar 1 pinch salt 1/3 cup boiling water 3 1/2 cups milk 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup half-and-half cream Top with whipping cream • Candy canes are optional Makes 4 cups Combine the cocoa, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to a light boil while you continue stirring. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add half-and-half cream to the mugs to allow for cooling and top with a dab of whipping cream. • The final recipe for the Banana Peanut Butter Muffins are on page 50.


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Rose Heddle This ceramics artist from Hamilton takes great pride in the pieces she creates.

Art comes in many forms, and since it is utterly impossible to see all the artists in northern Ontario all at once, we enjoy the opportunity to present a few to you each issue. With that said, I want to welcome ceramics artist Rose Heddle. Rose was raised in Hamilton, Ontario as the youngest of five kids in a warming family run with love and care by her mother, a former painter. Over the past thirty years, Rose has allowed her creative side to flourish, and her passion for ceramics hadn’t always topped the list. Rose dabbled and experimented with painting on canvas, cake decorating, and stained glass work. She has an artistic knack that has granted her first prize in the French River Agricultural Fair in 2004. In addition to all that, the Rose that I met was even more interesting in person. Over a cup of tea, we talked about her works and laughed about life. She was welcoming and animate about her pieces. Her humouristic tone was a breath of fresh air. Over the years, her talent in the ceramic art field has made great strides and she remains current in the advancement of the art form utilizing new techniques. Rose expressed to me just how tedious all art forms can be. The amount of heart, dedication and hard work involved in each piece is sometimes undervalued but for the most part, greatly admired. Her pieces have been given as tokens of appreciation, from several lodges in the area to their valued customers, and Rose’s wildlife creations have been purchased by collectors throughout many parts of the world. Her dry brush technique reflects best the natural beauty she finds within life. Rose’s passion for the arts has been inspired by the works of artists Robert Bateman and Kathy Haggerman. She enjoys the beauty of our area and her community spirit is astounding. You can find her works presented at several of the local fairs or you can purchase a piece based on commission and what you like. Each of her creations has a unique story, and a story of beauty that shouldn’t be overlooked. Rose Heddle is a passionate ceramics artist. She has sold pieces all over Canada, the USA, and even as far as England, Germany, Scotland and Australia. You can contact this artist at the information provided below.

Rose Heddle commissions welcome

Featured artists

Pauline Hébert estelle Colombe rachel Lapalme denis Larose andrea Grégoire (Pique Passion) annie Hébert Carole rodrigue Carmen Munroe Carrie Kenny denise Breton Pitre dianne Kuzniar dennis runge denis Larose (dal Photography) Gérard Carrière Nicole Bisaillon Linda Witteveen JJ st Marseille Mim* thompson shannon McKinnon Veronica dokis Pierre sabourin sherry Grégoire Carenie Little Chantal Balanoff Giovanni (John) stopciati Kerry Mitchell Lynn Quinn Michael Cywink ruth Gauthier Marilyn Wyers eric dupuis

Promoting and celebrating the cultures and arts of the First Nations, Francophone, Anglophone, and Metis populations of the French River-Nipissing corridor is the mission of the French River Cultural Industries Council (FRCIC). The Backstreet Gallery is the FRCIC’s creative heart and soul, permanently displaying local talent. This hub of cultural activity shines from within with remarkable artwork in a former health centre that has been reclaimed and renovated, redecorated and revived. • 705.898.3424 • 37 ST. ANToINe STReeT, NoelvIlle, oN


2013 Martinis at the MAX and IMAX

Festival Tickets – Available December 3, 2012! Martinis at the Max is one of the most anticipated annual events in Sudbury, and the kickoff of the 2013 IMAX Festival! This fun event features musical entertainment, specialty martini bars, hors d’oeuvres and a screening the giant screen film Pulse: a STOMP Odyssey! Martinis at the Max is being held on Thursday, January 17th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 (plus HST and non-refundable) and can be purchased online, in person at Science North, or by calling (705) 523-IMAX (4629). Buy your tickets early – only 200 available! Explore the unbelievable at the IMAX Festival from January 18 to February 3, 2013! Ten IMAX films, ten exciting adventures to choose from! Nothing brings you closer to action and adventure than IMAX, the most powerful and immersive experience in the world!


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The Hypoglycemia Roller Coaster Hypoglycemia is one of those conditions that can make you feel like you’re losing your mind. It can leave you feeling lost, confused and alone. Not only do you feel like a hypochondriac, but people treat you like one. Your moods can fluctuate between laughter and crying jags faster than a toddler’s, and those around you never know if you’re coming or going. Hypoglycemia is not only frustrating and inconvenient (especially around the holidays!), but can be very dangerous to your longterm health if not kept under control.

“One of the biggest risk factors of having Hypoglycemia is developing Diabetes Type II.” There are two types of Hypoglycemia, Fasting and Reactive. The most common form is Reactive Hypoglycemia. It is identified by a drop in your blood sugar anywhere from an hour to several hours after a meal. Unlike diabetes, testing for hypoglycemia can be unreliable and in many cases, the most effective diagnosis tool is a simple questionnaire to assess symptoms. For those of us who suffer from this condition, we should feel grateful that we have but one remedy to our situation: Diet and Exercise. Without having the option of medications, we then, by default, end up with the healthiest form of treatment, provided by the best person qualified to understand our bodies; ourselves. When I first learned I was Hypoglycemic I felt angry and resentful because I was told I would have to give up my favourite foods. The only tools at my disposal were my good doctor telling me to avoid fruits and carbohydrates. He had very good intentions, but he wasn’t educated in nutrition. Years later, scientists developed the Glycemic Index. Finally, there was a table I, and all those with blood sugar issues, could easily check to see if we could actually consume a food without creating an imbalance in our blood sugar. How wonderful! But so many healthful foods had to be eliminated due to their high score. Foods such as carrots are extremely high on the Glycemic Index. It ranks at as high as 92 while pure glucose ranks at 100 (the highest possible score). The problem with this number, however, is that you would have to eat tons of carrots in order to consume that much sugar. And unfortunately, for so many years, people had been advised to avoid wonderful healthy fruits, vegetables and grains based on this index. The truth of the matter is that when you look at an actual serving of a food, its sugar content may not be as high. This is where the Glycemic Load comes into play. Having realized the pitfalls of the Glycemic Index, experts created a more realistic table indicating the sugars per serving. For example, a serving of carrots (about 80g) only has a Glycemic Load in the range of 1-6 which is considered very low. Finally, we can eat without depriving ourselves and we can do so without having our blood sugar rise then drop to dangerous levels. And let’s face it, carrots are yummy and if they are good for Bugs, they should be good for us! Besides, variety is essential to a healthy balanced diet.

We must remember though that food combining is still very important when it comes to stabilizing our blood sugar. Even when we consume fruits or carbohydrates with a low Glycemic Load, we should still be combining them with proteins, fats or fibre. These slow the rate of digestion and ease the burden on our pancreases to regulate the rate of insulin release. The other huge factor in regulating blood sugar that so many of us forget is exercise. Why is it so helpful? Because by exercising our cells’ insulin receptors become more sensitive and can more readily accept the insulin our pancreas has worked so hard to produce. One of the biggest risk factors of having Hypoglycemia is developing Diabetes Type II. This can happen in one of two ways. One, our pancreas having been so overworked by the constant demand for insulin becomes too ‘tired’ to continue producing it. Two, our cells become desensitized to the insulin and stop accepting it. Either way this is bad news. The sugar remains in our blood steam and we have now created high blood sugar levels, also known as: diabetes. So, by exercising we can keep that blood sugar getting to where it needs to be and out of our blood stream. There are many risks to not maintaining a healthy blood sugar level and as a person with Hypoglycemia I can attest to how easy it can be to ignore the symptoms. However, by ignoring them, things can become far more serious. The result can be Diabetes and the risks associated with it are far greater and can be life threatening. Having Hypoglycemia doesn’t have to be a life sentence. It can in fact be a wonderful wake up call to take our health seriously and to be kind to our bodies. If someone we loved had it, we would want them to take care of themselves, so we should do the same for ourselves.

Written by Lucie Stephens, RHN You can contact Lucie at or go to her website at To access the Glycemic Index and Load, go to:


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Banana and peanut butter muffins 2 ripe bananas (mashed) 1/3 cup of honey 1/3 cup peanut butter 2/3 cup vanilla yogurt 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour Makes 12 muffins Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside. Mix mashed bananas, honey, peanut butter, yogurt, and vanilla. In a larger bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and brown sugar. Add wet mixture to the dry mixture mixing until all dry ingredients become wet. Avoid over mixing, this tends to create a tough batter. Spoon batter into the muffin cups until they are 3/4 full. Bake on the middle rack for 15 minutes.

Take advantage of these wonderful events shared by your surrounding communities. Enjoy your winter holidays with family and friends.

French River Parade of Lights and Lion’s Club Christmas Party December 2, 2012 The events start at 4:30 pm

Noëlville Arena

Starting at Ecole Secondaire de la Rivière des-Français and finishing at the Noëlville Arena, this Christmas parade offers a great night for the kids and the family. The parade is followed by the Children’s Christmas Party that is generously put on by the Lion’s Club. Come down and enjoy the show and festivities.

Tradional Family Christmas December 9th, 2012 Folks can enjoy a nostalgic experience of simpler days, from fresh baking to craft making. There will be something of interest for all ages to rekindle the Christmas spirit. Santa will also bring good cheer to many children and their parents. The whole family will have the opportunity to create pioneer style ornaments and gifts to bring home. There will be great food, wonderful sleigh rides and exhibit tours! Hope to see you all there! For more information contact

Sturgeon River House Museum 705-753-4716

December 2012 Monthly Fiction & Poetry Readings and Open Mic

December 13, 2012 6:30-8:30pm at the

Main Public Library 74 MacKenzie Street Join the Sudbury Hypergraphic Society and the Ontario Poetry Society for monthly evenings of stories and poetry. An open mic will be available for local writers and readers to come and share their work and that of their favourite authors. Those interested in reading are asked to sign up at the event (first-come, first-served). Interested individuals may contact Suzanne at (705) 673-1155 Ext 4765.

3rd Annual

Santa Skate

Outdoor Festival of Lights

Every night from November 22, 2012 until January 7, 2013 at

Science North

The annual Sudbury Charities Foundation Festival of Lights is now on at Science North. The lights will remain until January 7th, 2013. Until then, visitors can tour the grounds every Monday to Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. On December 25th, 26th, and 31st, the lights will be lit between the hours of 5p.m. and 3 a.m.

Families First New Year’s Eve Celebrations December 31, 2012 4pm - 8pm The goal of the Families First New Year’s Eve Celebration is to give people in our community the opportunity to ring in the New Year with families and friends in an alcohol and drug free environment. Through donations from local sponsors, we provide this event to the public free of charge. For further information contact Parks, Recreation and Leisure, General Inquiries (705) 474-0400, ext. 2329

New Year’s Eve Family Fun Day December 15, 2012

December 31, 2012 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at

2-4pm at the

Science North

Come and see the arena lit up with twinkling lights and Christmas cheer! Enjoy a special performance by the Senior Humphrey Figure Skaters then join Santa for a skate on the ice. Get your photo taken with the big guy himself! All welcome!

Superheroes Unite! Don your capes, masks, and favourite superhero gear and join us for a party like no other! Become a hero (or villain!) and celebrate New Year’s Eve at Science North with your friends and family. Enjoy fun throughout the science centre with special entertainment, children’s activities, crafts, face-painting, and much more! Capture the magic of the season and treat yourself to an annual tradition at the biggest New Year’s Eve family celebration in Sudbury! Presented by Science North and 105.3 EZ Rock.

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