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Another fun Saturday morning at Springwater Lanes with the Bowling Buddies girls from the Down Syndrome Association of Simcoe County. The girls, their siblings and parents participate in this organized bowling league along side other local youth bowlers. A special thank you to Dan and Sue who make the activity interactive and inclusive.

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ISSUED January 14, Flood Potential: Low Ice Jam Potential: Low Issued to the following groups: 1) Municipalities and Local Conservation Authorities 2) School Boards and Police 3) Media 4) Conservation Authority Chair, Vice Chair & C.A.O. The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority advises that water levels on our rivers and streams will remain high over the next few days as water from melting snow makes its way to Georgian Bay. The public and especially children are advised to stay away from all area water bodies as fast flowing cold water and slippery banks will result in dangerous conditions. High temperatures and rain received over the last few days have caused melting snow and runoff. Water levels in the upper part of our watershed are elevated but will decline over the next few days. Water levels in the lower Nottawasaga River are still increasing. Residents should be aware of the dangerous conditions around our rivers and streams as the flood wave moves toward Georgian Bay. Localized flooding in low lying and flood prone areas could occur.  No major flooding is anticipated. For additional information, please call 705-424-1479 and select option “1” for the flood information line or check our website at:

What could have been a dismal day turned out to be quite enjoyable at Le Villageois de Lafontaine during the “blizzard” on Tuesday, January 7th. It was quite stormy outside, but inside, it was a day filled with laughter, games, good food and singing, thanks to an idea put forth during the mid-morning coffee get-together. “Bring whatever you have in your refrigerator”, said a member of the Social Committee, “and we will make a good soup for tonight’s supper”. In the afternoon, since the members of the Seniors’ Club were not able to attend their weekly card game, the president, Rosita M. Des Roches, invited the residents to meet in the Club Room where an array of games was laid out; some played cards, others scrabble or dominoes, until it was time for supper. Let’s talk about supper! It was not only one good soup but three good soups that were served, plus tourtière, a delicious chili, freshly baked bread of the day, an array of desserts, wine, tea and coffee! It was a feast, which put us in mind of the multiplication of the loaves... When everyone had had their fill, as in long ago get togethers, we sang call-and-response songs accompanied by Father Justin Desroches on his bouzouki. It was such an enjoyable day that I overheard someone say: “I hope we have another blizzard soon!” A big thank you to all who contributed in making this a memorable day. Ghisèle Maurice Resident of the Seniors’ Community of Le Villageois de Lafontaine

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On behalf of the Flos Agricultural Society and surrounding community, we wish to convey our sincere appreciation for all the time and effort that you give to make the Elmvale Fair a success. We are so blessed to have such a supportive group of people. Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014. In addition to the usual banquet and presentation of the minutes and financial statement, we have invited representatives from the Elmvale Minor Hockey Euro Team to share their recent overseas experience. This year, elections for Directors will also occur. In accordance with our Constitution: 1. Directors must be elected every 2 years from our pool of fair volunteers and must take an active role in the decision-making of the Society. 2. Each Director shall hold office for 2 years and be eligible for re-election at the AGM. New Directors may be elected from the floor at this meeting as well. 3. Honorary Directors are appointed by the Executive, as an acknowledgement for long standing service to the Flos Agricultural Society. These honored, lifetime members have full membership privileges. 4. Your Executive (President, 1st Vice & 2nd Vice) is elected from the slate of elected Directors. 5. Secretary and Treasurer are annually appointed positions. At the present time, the Flos Agricultural Society has 38 elected Directors and 11 Honorary Directors, requiring a 15 member quorum at all regular meetings. It is important that we have a vibrant and enthusiastic group of volunteers to continue the Fall Fair traditions. This year’s nominating committee is finalizing the list of Directors for the upcoming AGM. As a current Director, we ask that you notify us if you wish to allow your name to stand for re-election. Please contact us by email ( or by phone (Pat 705-527-1899; Lori 705-322-3198) with your answer before January 15th so that we may forward your decision to the Nominating Committee in preparation for our AGM. Thank you again for your dedication and support of the Elmvale Fall Fair On behalf of the Nominating Committee, Pat Leonard

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Editor’s Musings New Years Eve - While all you guys were planning on staying home New Years Eve, or maybe going to your Fireman’s New Year’s Eve Party, or maybe to some house party, I gathered up my Sweetie and at about 1 pm, Tuesday, the final day of 2013, I took her to Mississauga actually she drove - parked the car at some Global Parking lot ($74 for 12 days) behind a Comfort Inn, jumped in a van and headed over to Mayor Hazel McCallion’s airport, it is in her jurisdiction you know. After checking Margaret Ann in, and getting to the loading gate, our wait got a little extended, first for a stewardess to show up and then to thaw a frozen waterline on our plane. At 6:40, rather than 6 pm, we got into the air heading for Calgary. There’s a time change of two hours involved and there was a sort stop over in Saskatoon. Sometime around 11pm, we landed, picked up our rental car from a very talkative little Filipino girl - I hope we didn’t spoil her New Year’s Eve - and hustled our butts to Cochrane, some 38 kilometres away so my wife could witness the changing of the years, the midnight clock, with her arms around her first born. Now did anyone, anyone at all, do anything so gallant? Or at least try? Unfortunately, the roads were not so great, and at the stoke of midnight, we were just on the outskirts of the town of 20,000. Ten minutes later, as we approached his house, the garage door opened and while our son Tim got the motherly hug and she got the kiss I took her there for, I got a hug from Jessie, my first daughter-in-law, and then attacked my two grandsons who had gone to bed because they were tired waiting on Grampa to arrive. The two boys - Ethan is 11 in Grade 6 and Sean is 9 and in Grade 4. They attend Holy Spirit Elementary School. When they reach grade 7, it is high school time and they will be attending St. Timothy’s. In the ensuing 11 days, the temperature dropped to around minus 35 to 40 which was OK, maybe even relatively normal, while Toronto put out extreme Cold Warnings because their temperature was going to drop below minus 15. We experienced a high of plus 10 one day. Only a couple of hours earlier, the thermometer in the car read minus 13. As a Chinook passes through, high winds are the norm and drifting snow on the highways was rather temperature deceiving. Tim has lived in his house for ten years. He has never seen a plow or any snow removal vehicle in his cul-de-sac. Home owners are responsible for the sidewalks in front of their houses so they were more passable than many of the roads. Snow removal does happen on some of the main streets but they used the same grader that we might see on gravel roads or smoothing the shoulders of the roads in the summer time. Occasionally, they move some roadside banks but generally, the roads waited on Mother Nature to do her thing. Calgary is similar but there were a lot of complaints that a First Class city should have more snow removal equipment to make the roads more passable. Jessie (d-in-law) manages the gym/exercise room at the Sports complex so headed there to do some paperwork while everything was quiet on New Year’s day. She tried to encourage me to go with her as I would have all the equipment and the track all to myself and I could get back to my Herculean shape of some 500 years ago. It is an observation that when I was almost the most physically fit person in the world, I worked from dawn to dusk and then some. I had no money. I didn’t holiday much.

I think I missed some of the years that my kids grew up in. I worried about many more things. The world could have been better. Since I have gained an astonishing 75 pounds from my fit 157 pound weight I got married at, life is better. I drive better vehicles. I have more time to enjoy little ones. I travel more. I don’t work as hard. I am living proof that the bigger you are, the better your life. I turned Jessie’s offer down. Tim took us west into the foothills and a little place called Exshaw which is on 1A. The floods of June 20th sliced through the roads and cut the hamlet off from civilization. It is still rebuilding. A house formerly located beside the Bow River now hangs over the Bow River and there is little chance of demolishing it without part of it being temporarily located in the Bow River. Canmore is back to normal but you can see where the water eroded the landscape leaving a trail of destruction. On our return trip, he took us to the Seebe Dam where logs blocked the river and the road. In a Google Search of all the floods, you can see video of the mess before backhoes hauled a dumpsite of trees from the water. Much of it is still laying on the banks. In Morley, we visited with a Balm Beach/Tiny Ontario gentleman who was setting up alternate housing for the Indians. 200 temporary homes had been located up from the Indian settlement for some of our First Nations people to live in while approximately 800 houses were either rebuilt or brought up to standards. We (the boys, MA and me) went to the Calgary Zoo. The penguin area is always interesting. They have four breeds. A few have died. Some people are appalled. The volunteer we talked to said they get old and like any other bird or most any form of life, time catches up to you. They have had some reproduction so numbers are not much different. There was only one hippo to be seen. When asked about the other, we were told Skippy needed a rest and the two were separated for a few days. It was in the paper the next day that she had had two stillborn premature calves. It was a bit of a surprise because they had been feeding her birth control pills. The 22 year old cow had had some other calves in her lifetime which she had raised. Throughout the Zoo, they have markers indicating how high the water was throughout the park during the June 20th flood time. We (the boys, MA and me) also went to Gasoline Alley which is located at Calgary’s Heritage Park. There were games set up for kids during the Christmas/New Years break. Gasoline Alley is a museum with a number of Antique cars, assorted signs that hang from the ceiling and a variety of more than 70 old gasoline pumps. Outside, there was a skating rink with a plastic material for skating on which could be used 12 months of the year and a number of old stores. I would suggest you NOT GO in the wintertime as you don’t get to go through the old town or to go for a wagon ride behind the horses. In the summertime, you can also go down by the lake and wander through the old train. We’ll see that another time. We went down to Bragg Creek. There is a hardware store there that brags about having one of everything. He said he had caulked the doors when he left as the waters were rising. When the RCMP let him back into the parking lot/ store, the marks on the side of the building indicated it had been near four feet deep. Inside, there was six inches of mud and water. They spent some 1700 man hours cleaning and repairing before they reopened some 19 days later. In another store, they had pictures of the damage. The water had been near six feet deep outside and three feet deep inside. Studwalls were replaced for fear of mould and re dry walled, etc. The dirty water consisted of a lot of very fine sand. When the water leached out of it, it turned to an almost cement substance. A lot of cleanup was very difficult. The liquor store had almost no damage. A cardboard display sitting on the floor soaked up some water and fell over breaking a couple of bottles so they opened rather quickly. Some people walked away so not all the stores have reopened. Because of the erosion, some people along the river lost a fair portion of their lands and the properties are now to small to rebuild on. We went on down to High River. One gentleman we met rolled his eyes as he said he had lived in Cochrane but it was too dry so moved to High River. He said that the first sign of flooding he saw was a wave coming down his street about 2-3 feet deep. In no time flat, the water was over the wheels of his dump truck. The town does have higher and lower areas but the majority of the town was under water, Many of the stores have not reopened. Construction continues at some sites in an attempt to get people back into their stores. A temporary canvas Quonset probably 2-300 feet long had been erected in the park. Many businesses had leased space there but the lady in the one store said that I was her second customer that day. It was 2 pm. I was only in there to look/see and talk. She suggested it was nigh unto impossible to pay her mortgage which I assume meant on the home she lived in. Around town, we were told that many buildings had already been demolished. Some sagging buildings had only part foundations under them while others were boarded up or had no doors or windows in them.

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We were told the Insurance companies were not being very helpful or paying out much for damage while many of those who had got anything probably were now uninsurable. Another drive took us north. One little town of less than a 1000 people named Cremona had a Curling Rink. Every vehicle in front was a half ton truck. We saw a couple of men walking in with their curling shoes/broom. I wish I had stopped there longer. We went into a town named Caroline. The arena was named after one of their residents, a skater by the name of Kurt Browning. We checked out Olds and spent some time in Airdrie, the town/city with the youngest population in all of Canada. On another day, all six of us went to the BMO Centre in Calgary located on the Stampede Grounds to a very good motorcycle show and watched motorbike and ATV jumping in the 6475 seat Corral Centre. We took in a Lacrosse game at the Saddledome which seats 19,289. The Colorado Mammoth were visiting the Calgary Roughnecks. Many of the players on both teams come from Ontario including Dan Ball of Midhurst who plays on the Colorado team. Tim builds houses. They give him a plan. He follows the blue print. They sell for $400,000 or more. I wandered into a few of the houses. Two of the trades people I talked to marvelled at the ability of the engineer/architect who planned walls in weird places, rooms that were somewhat inaccessible, stairs that only athletes could navigate, roof lines that protruded here and there and garages that one could not get a car into. There are few meat and potato houses, a reference to the abode I live in, in which every bit of space is utilized. My grandsons beat me at all computerized games. One beat me at bowling while the other was not very far behind. I beat them at almost every card game. For the first 30 seconds of wrestling, I could hold my own but then... We left on Saturday afternoon for a 4 pm flight back home. There seemed to be little difference in the amount of snow at the Calgary airport compared to the Toronto Airport. In fact, on our ride up from Toronto, we were nigh unto Barrie before we saw significant mounds of the white stuff. We arrived in Elmvale very early Sunday morning, January 12th. We were told that the warmth of the last few days had cut the size of the banks by possibly 50%. We missed it.

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SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP / January 6, 2014 – All high school students are required to complete 40 hours of community service in order to receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students who are looking for a way to earn hours can do so by clearing snow from a fire hydrant in the Township of Springwater this winter and then sending a tweet to @spingwatertwp, with a photo of the hydrant along with the location and the hashtag #GoodNeighbours. Students will receive .5 hrs/per hydrant towards their high school community service hours. Please note that snow must be cleared from all sides and around the hydrant and an ample path to the roadway must be created. Snow accumulation or the results of plowing and snow clearing can completely cover or restrict access to a fire hydrant. Blocked hydrants mean slower response to extinguishing fires which can result in catastrophic consequences if firefighters have to spend time locating a buried hydrant and / or clear snow away from it, especially if the snow is heavily compacted from snow plowing. In order to earn community service hours, students should: 1. Completely clear snow around a fire hydrant in Springwater Township, and create a path to the road 2. Take a picture of the fire hydrant after it has been cleared 3. Send a tweet to @springwatertwp with a picture of the cleared hydrant, the location and add the hashtag #GoodNeighbour 4. Log the hours you have completed 5. Come into the Administration Centre at 2231 Nursery Road to have the Township of Springwater sign off on your community service hours **Please note that each hydrant cleared is equal to .5 community service hours, and there is no limit to the number of hydrants you can clear for community service hours** Springwater is a municipality of approximately 18,000 residents located in the heart of Simcoe County. Springwater Township is home to the second largest concentration of County Forests and is a popular destination for outdoor activities in all four seasons.

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Happy Birthday wishes go out to Jody Moreau, Darlene Grant, Garett Wakelin, Sara Archer, George Stott, Ann Archer, Jim Hales, Dean and Chris Jones. Bid euchre is on Friday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. in the church basement. Light lunch & prizes. $2.50 per person. Winners from Jan. 10th were: 1st Bill Courtney; 2nd Dan Boyle; & tied for 3rd Joan Henry & Dorothy Rumney. Everyone welcome. The next U.C.W. meeting is on Thursday, Feb. 7th at 1:30 at the church. Roll call is a memorable Valentine meeting. Program is Valentines special. The Youth Group is meeting this Friday afternoon Jan. 17th. Meet at the church at 7:00 p.m. and then go to the hills to sled and toboggan. The community sign outside the church was damaged before Christmas. The good news is several have offered to donate to repair or replace the sign. Thank you to those generous people. School News: Jan. 14 & 15 – head lice check; Jan. 17 – pajama day; Jan. 24 – Assembly at 9 a.m. Anyone with news items for the paper, please call me and leave a message at 705.527.5274.

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Death & the girl he loves by Darynda Jones (Young Adult Fiction) Rating: – I loved this book but it wasn’t all gold.

BOOK THREE: DARKLIGHT SERIES. The fate of the world is not something a girl wants on her shoulders, and that is especially true for Lorelei McAlister. Because danger lurks everywhere, she agrees to leave the sanctity of her hometown and is sent to a different world entirely. A boarding school. But even here she is being watched. Someone knows what she is. What she carries inside her. And now, alone and vulnerable, she must face the fact that there are people who want her dead, and no matter where she goes, no matter how far she runs, the lives of her friends and family are in mortal peril. ----------------------------------------Yummy!  A new book from Darynda Jones and what a treat it was AS USUAL! :)  Right off the bat, I’ll say one of the things I enjoyed most about this book was how the story took new turns.  The friendships and relationships Darynda has built up for us in books one and two are a major draw for readers so taking Lorelei away in book three to create new relationships made me wonder if they could be just as good as the ones we would miss.  I won’t tell you how she does it, but she does it good! The New Year's drink of choice is arguably Champagne, Another winning factor are the characters themselves - they and over 300 million bottles of it are produced annually feel like real people that you’d want in your corner whether from the strictly defined Champagne region, located 90 you are asking them to pass the butter or stand with you miles northeast of Paris. While wine has been produced against the end of days.  The pacing is perfect, the intensity is in Champagne for 2,000 years, the bubbly stuff can be spot on and I truly loved racing through the pages to see what traced back to the 17th century, when the cork, which happened next and what clue would shed new light on a three captured fermentation gases, was developed. book problem. Despite how much I love to gush about Darynda Jones as an author in general, and despite the fact this is a Young Adult level book, I am keeping these gems aside for my daughter to read later.  She is an advanced reader, but the content is a bit dark at times.  I’m a big fan of take what you Includes: like and leave the rest, but the entire series is based on the fact Lorelei swallowed a humongo New Spark Plug demon dude (horns and all) when she was just six Oil Change years old and now as a teenager is being called Carburetor Cleaned upon to save the world...somehow.  It sounds so completely implausible - to the point you’d think Lubrication of: cables, auger & it would not be a good read, but again, I will toot drive mechanism my horn that the characters themselves are the Inspection of: drive mechanism, gold no matter what the crazy plot might be. auger & drive belts, bushings*. Calling these books, “The Darklight series” +HST * Additional Parts Extra made me hopeful it would be a true series, as in more than two, more than three, dare I hope for fifty books in total?  But this third book was a finisher as far as I can see so perhaps it would have been better named the Darklight Trilogy... OR maybe Darynda will pleasantly surprise me and continue it - here’s hoping!




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Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different hair color than the other members. One of her students suggested that he was adopted. A little girl said, 'I know all about Adoption, I was adopted..' 'What does it mean to be adopted?', asked another child. 'It means', said the girl, 'that you grew in your mommy's heart instead of her tummy!' Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

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Once again Mother Nature has proved her superiority with her last wallop of winter weather. As I have said repeatedly I am no fan of winter. However I certainly have nothing to complain about with last week’s storm. My husband got two days off work and managed to keep the laneway clear. With a little bit of assistance from the hair dryer he also managed to keep the pipes from freezing in the barn. The only casualty we’ve had here is the freezethaw cycle on the weekend took part of the eaves trough off our house. While I have spent hours outside each day I have also managed to spend some quality time reading by the fire. I was actually quite sad to see the end of the book I was reading. It was a Christmas gift from my motherin-law and I told her it was the perfect book for me. It has everything I love—horses, other animals, wildlife and birds and farms. The book – Ride the Rising Wind: One Woman’s Journey Across Canada – was written in 2006 by Barbara Kingscote. In 1949 Barbara set out from her farm in Quebec to undertake a 4,000-mile journey to the British Columbia coast, on her Canadienne horse named Zazy. It reminded me of a story a read in a horse magazine in the 1970s that has always fascinated me. A man rode across the United States on his half-Arab gelding. I was never the travelling type so I could never really had any desire to make such a trip. My old Thoroughbred Star wasn’t exactly a trail horse type. When we travelled on our concession road she merely tolerated the cars. She also wanted to race them and was annoyed when I’d pull her in tight when a car passed. I thought it was better to be safe than sorry. One thing that amazed me about Barbara’s journey – and the American man’s – was how quickly their horses wore out shoes. Another thing was how the horses had to adapt to having somewhat meagre rations. They certainly weren’t like their stalled counterparts that ate exactly the same amounts of food at the same time every day. If ever there was a working horse, Zazy certainly was one. She could travel 40 miles a day through heat, rain, blackflies and mosquitos. Yet some days, she had no access to grain. Sometimes Barbara had to buy the horse rolled oats (the kind we would use to make porridge) from a general store if there was no feed store handy. Pasture was the only thing 20-year-old Barbara could count on to sustain her horse and that had to be grazed whenever they stopped to make camp. This was often just on a roadside. While the horse tried to find her way back home once during the early part of the journey, that was the only time. Barbara could leave the animal untethered while she slept. The bond became so strong between the horse and rider that the animal stayed with her like a dog. Zazy would go anywhere Barbara asked. She would board a Great Lake freighter or a railway boxcar without hesitation. It got to the point where the horse never spooked at cars coming towards her down narrow mountain roads. The mare also knew one very useful trick. The lone horse and rider sometimes encountered unsavory men on the road. Barbara carried a shotgun with her for protection but the horse proved to be a better deterrent. She would rear up on cue and strike out with her front feet. That made more than one carload of men drive on. While there were some scares on the road, for the most part Barbara and Zazy got to see the kind, generous side of Canadians across the country. Luckily, she was travelling at a time when many farmers still used horses. These farmers welcomed the traveling pair. They would feed and lodge Barbara and accommodate Zazy in a box stall and give her oats and hay. Many people gave Barbara money and food. Lumber camps in northern Ontario also welcomed them. Barbara even managed to work at one for several months. Barbara had maps but of course she had no idea when she would come to an inhabited area. Sometimes she travelled whole days without eating any food herself. She had to rely on the kindness of strangers, her own wits and the intuition of her horse. It was uncanny how the horse seemed to know her way to the nearest settlement. Barbara was indeed a unique young woman of her time. Her main interests were animals and nature. So it was not surprising that she enrolled in the Veterinary College at the


TOWNSHIP OF TINY – January 9, 2014 – Township of Tiny Firefighters along with OPP and Simcoe County EMS responded early Thursday evening to a Concession 15 area residence after smoke was noticed coming from the attached garage of a split level home. Firefighters from Stations 1, 2, 3 and 4 arrived on scene to find heavy smoke emitting from the eaves of the home’s garage. Firefighters quickly set up offensive firefighting operations and halted the fire’s spread. Damage to the structure was contained primarily to the garage but did extend to the bedroom area located above the garage as well as heavy smoke damage to the remainder of the home. All occupants were away from the home at the time of the fire. Although cause of the fire is still under investigation the fire is deemed not to be suspicious. Damage to the structure is estimated at approximately $50,000. Although all the occupants of the home were away at the time of the fire, smoke alarms could be heard by arriving fire service personnel.

County of Simcoe’s Public Access Defibrillation program helps save life of Bradford resident

Midhurst/January 10, 2014 – November 21, 2013 started like any other day for Lynn Pitts, a 59 year old Bradford, Ontario resident. After a game of pick-up hockey at the Bob Fallis Arena in Bradford, Pitts began to experience symptoms commonly associated with a cardiac arrest. Two days later, Pitts was fully alert in the Southlake Hospital. The events of November 21st remain a blur to Pitts; however, they serve as an important reminder that the County of Simcoe’s Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program is truly making a positive impact. After Pitts experienced his initial symptoms he collapsed. Pitts was fortunate that an off-duty firefighter and police officer were in the arena. The pair quickly began CPR and arena staff retrieved the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services defibrillator that is installed at the Bob Fallis Arena. The defibrillator was used to deliver three shocks to Pitts’ heart. When County of Simcoe paramedics arrived on the scene, Pitts had no vital signs. En route to the hospital paramedics continued CPR, added an advanced airway and administered four more shocks with a defibrillator. Fortunately, Pitts’ vital signs returned during transport. Pitts spent two weeks in the Southlake Hospital recovering and is now back home. “Without the quick response, CPR and support from the defibrillator we may have had a different outcome,” said Andrew Robert, Chief Paramedic with the County of Simcoe. “I’m fortunate that I was in the right place at the right time,” said Pitts. “The defibrillator installed at the arena helped save my life and feel extremely fortunate to be alive today.” County of Simcoe Paramedic Services has installed almost 600 defibrillators in public spaces across the County, including schools, businesses, recreation and community facilities, and hockey arenas through the County’s PAD Program. “To date, nine individuals have survived after suffering from a cardiac arrest thanks in part to the PAD program,” said Warden Cal Patterson. “The installation of defibrillators empowers the public to take action and save lives.” Research shows that CPR and defibrillator use prior to the arrival of emergency responders can increase a person’s chance of survival by as much as 75 per cent. Sudden cardiac arrest kills 40,000 Canadian each year according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation—that is one cardiac arrest death every 13 minutes. “I want to thank everyone who helped save my life. I’m grateful for everything that they did and hope that the extension of the PAD program will help save more lives,” added Pitts. A ladybug in flight beats its wings up to 85 times per second. Any man who laughs at women’s clothes has never paid the bill for them “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” University of Guelph in the fall of 1950. Sixteen months after she finished her cross-country journey she became one of two female veterinary students there. Despite a busy career and marriage and children, her friendship with Zazy remained. Zazy lived on Barbara’s farm for 28 years. She also bore three foals that remained in the family. Barbara had been so busy with life that she didn’t get around to publishing her story until she was 77. I’m glad she did. It has a lot to say about the bond between animals and humans as well as the great spirit and kindness who live in our wonderful rural communities. •••••• Please send your birthdays, anniversaries, new items and ideas for the Grenfel and Centre Vespra News. Kathy Stunden-Hall may be reached at 735-9423 or by e-mail at .

Rural Intentions – a word from Craighurst

by Lynette Mader In the wake of the ice storm that hit Toronto so hard, a hot topic among rural residents is whether rural folk are better prepared for the inconveniences imposed by the loss of hydro. Rural hydro being what it is, the obvious answer is yes, by nature of necessity. Growing up on a farm, you learn at an early age to quickly fill the bathtub at the first ominous flicker of lights. Hopefully, by the time the power sputters out, you have a bathtub full of water that you can use to flush the toilet. Barring that, you can melt snow in the winter. We’ve always lived near a creek and have kept creek water in mind as a handy back-up although we’ve never had to use it. A fireplace or woodstove is generally a common feature in most rural homes and, between hydro outages and camping, I’ve learned how to cook a tasty meal over the coals. You really have to get a woodstove jumping in order to be able to cook on top of it, but it’s certainly doable and we’ve done it. There are candles at the ready all over the Mader house although this is more of a nod to my home-décor predilections than preparedness for an outage. I’d like to say that we have a flashlight in every room but, being regular night time dog walkers, flashlights are the one thing that can often not be found when we need them. They are hiding in someone’s pocket, or left behind the TV console from when Dave was peering at wires, or not recharged, or just not working at all. Growing up, we had a big chest freezer – the kind that was big enough to hide a body (not that we ever tested it although the occasional brave kid hid in it during a game of hide and seek). We also had a cold cellar. Food could be kept cold for a very long time during outages and if there was risk of spoilage, we put stuff outdoors in coolers – safely tied up so raccoons and farm dogs couldn’t get into them. We didn’t get grocery cards. These days and in the recent past as well, generators are a common feature on a farm, taking some of the inconvenience and most of the fun out of a power outage. During a 1970’s ice storm, we lived without power for nearly a week, sleeping on the family room floor in front of Franklin stove and cooking soup in a big pot over the fire, while the turkeys in our commercial barns enjoyed the benefits of a generator. Then mom put her foot down and one of the generators magically showed up at our house. Anyone that lives rurally probably has great stories of surviving without hydro. Come on out to Storytelling Night organized by Judith Banville on the third Wednesday of every month and share them. Storytelling Night takes place at 7pm at Abbott’s restaurant. The Craighurst Women’s Institute will once again be presenting the history of Craighurst by Neil Craig sometime in the near future. This is a very popular event: check Sheila Craig’s column on the CWI for details. Storytelling, the recollection of events and moments in time, and the sharing of personal anecdotes is fundamentally important contribution to the culture of rural communities. Storytelling brings history forward to be remembered and passed on through future generations. Come on out to meet your neighbours and be a part of it. The earliest known types of knitting by nomadic people in the desert places of North Africa actually used circular or narrow, oblong wooden frames. One of the earliest known examples of knitting (formed on two sticks by pulling loops through loops) were a pair of cotton socks found in Egypt from the first millennium A.D. The knitting machine was invented in 1589 (during the reign of Queen Elizabeth) by William Lee, a clergyman. After the invention of the knitting machine, knitting was gradually taken over by guild-organized cottage industries in the 17th and 18th centuries Knitting first appeared in England during the 13th century in the form of felted caps that were worn by soldiers and sailors. However, knitting did not become a popular method for creating other garments due to the difficulty of producing quality steel needles Early knitting needles were typically made from bone, ivory, or tortoise shell. Changes in fashion in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as well as the huge influx of cheap imported knitwear, led to decreased interest in knitting. The cost of buying yarn compared unfavorably to buying ready-made clothes. Centipedes are carnivores, millipedes are vegetarians. The muscles that power a dragonfly's wings make up 23 percent of its body weight. Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music. Water freezes before a cockroach's blood will. A hive of honeybees eats up to 30 pounds of honey over the winter. Houseflies prefer to breed in the middle of a room. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important. Bad decisions make good stories.


ET SACHEZ AUSSI QUE les nominations pour tous les postes seront faites à l’écrit sur le formulaire de présentation de candidature prescrit; lequel est disponible au Bureau du greffier ou sur le site Web du canton au www.springwater. ca/election et lequel sera accompagné par un droit de dépôt de 200 $ pour le bureau du maire/de la mairesse et de 100 $ pour tous les autres bureaux. Le droit de dépôt de nomination doit être payé en billets de banque, par chèque certifié ou mandat-poste payables à la municipalité. Le formulaire de présentation de candidature doit être signé par le/la candidat(e) et doit être déposé en personne ou par un(e) agent(e) comme il est prescrit dans la Section 33 de l’Acte.

Conseil scolaire Simcoe County District School Board (Écoles publiques de langue anglaise, Circonscription nº 17). Un(e) (1) à être élu(e) par section électorale. Conseil scolaire Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (Écoles séparées de langue anglaise, Circonscription nº 44). Un(e) (1) à être élu(e) par section électorale. Conseil scolaire Viamonde (Écoles publiques de langue française, Circonscription nº 58). Un(e) (1) à être élu(e) par section électorale. Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud (Écoles séparées de langue française, Circonscription nº 64). Un(e) (1) à être élu(e) par section électorale.

ET SACHEZ QUE les propositions de candidats pour le poste de COMMISSAIRE D’ÉCOLE seront consignées au dossier du Bureau du greffier et des sections électorales désignés et elles seront déterminées pour:

Conseil du Canton de Springwater : Maire/mairesse: Un(e) (1) à être élu(e) de façon générale. (Aussi nommé(e) au conseil de comté) Adjoint(e) au maire/Adjoint(e) à la mairesse: Un(e) (1) à être élu(e) de façon générale. (Aussi nommé(e) au conseil de comté) Conseiller/conseillère d’une des Sections électorales: Un(e) (1) à être élu(e) dans chacune des 5 sections électorales.

SACHEZ QUE les formulaires de présentation de candidature peuvent être remplis en personne ou par un agent au Bureau du greffier, canton de Springwater, 2231 chemin Nursery, Minesing pendant les heures normales de travail; à partir du lundi au vendredi de 8 h 30 à 16 h sauf pour les jours fériés; lesquels débutent le jeudi 2 janvier 2014 et se terminent le jour de clôture des candidatures le vendredi 12 septembre 2014 entre 9 h et 14 h pour les candidats qui serviront dans les postes suivants pendant les termes du 1er décembre 2014 au 30 novembre 2018.

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Copies of the Development Charges Background Study and proposed Development Charges By-law are available at General inquiries should be directed to Mr. Brad Sokach, Director Pour obtenir plus de renseignements à ce sujet, veuillez visiter, courriel 705-728-4784 ext. 2034 or by e-mail

Development Charges are levied against new development, and are a primary source of funding growth-related capital expenditures.

ET SACHEZ FINALEMENT QUE dans un délai de 10 jours après la clôture des mises en candidature; le nombre de candidats certifiés pour un poste est le même que ou moins que le nombre de candidats qui seront élus; le Greffier devra déclarer immédiatement le/la candidat(e) élu(e) sans concurrent(e) pour le/les poste(s) qui s’imposent. Au cas où il n’y aurait aucun candidat certifié pour un poste; des nominations supplémentaires pourront être consignées au Bureau du greffier le mercredi 17 septembre 2014, entre 9 h et 14 h et ces nominations seront sujettes aux provisions prescrites dans la Loi sur les élections municipales.

Further to the meeting held on October 7 and the Public Meeting held on November 18 pursuant to the Development Charges Act, 1997, Council will further consider the adoption of a by-law on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm, regarding proposed development charge rates and Les nominations pour tous les postes se fermeront à 14 h le vendredi 12 septembre 2014. policies. An updated Development Charge By-law may be adopted at Les nominations ne seront certifiées que lorsque le Greffier sera satisfait du fait que chaque personne est qualifiée this meeting or on a date subsequent to this public meeting, and no pour être nominée et que la nomination est conforme avec l’Acte. additional notice of adoption will be published in this regard.



If you would like to become a member of the policing committee or for more information please contact: Bob Sporring: 705-726-2230 or Ken French: 705-322-1894

Members of the public are invited COMMUNITY POLICING to attend all meetings and Council Congratulations to Springwater will seek public input on the budget resident Mr. John Tracey, who was at it’s February 10 meeting. recently awarded the Officer of the Year Award from the Province of All meetings will Ontario for his contributions to the take place in the Snowmobile Trail Officer Patrol Council Chamber at (STOP). Mr. Tracey has been a the Administration volunteer with STOP for 18 years Centre, 2231 and is a credit to our Community. Nursery Road.

Council will undertake their 2014 Carbon Monoxide alarms should budget deliberations at special be installed in a Council Meetings scheduled for: central location outside each sleeping January 20 - 3:00 pm area and on every January 21 - 3:00 p.m. level of the home. February 10 - 6:30 pm

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February 6 - 7:00 p.m. Anten Mills Rec Service Board Anten Mills Community Hall

February 5 - 7:00 p.m. Committee of Adjustment Township Administration Centre

February 5 - 7:00 p.m Hillsdale Rec Service Board Hillsdale Community Hall

January 28 - 7:00 p.m. Heritage Committee Township Administration Centre

January 27 - 5:30 p.m. Planning Committee Township Administration Centre

January 21 - 7:00 p.m. Minesing Rec Service Board Minesing Community Hall

January 21 - 3:00 p.m. Special Council Meeting (Draft Budget) Township Administration Centre

January 20 - 5:30 p.m. Council Meeting Township Administration Centre

January 20 - 3:00 p.m. Special Council Meeting (Draft Budget) Township Administration Centre

January 16 - 7:30 p.m. Community Policing Committee Township Administration Centre


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Springwater Library Reading Buddies

Elmvale Novice Rep Team Completes a Successful Season!

The Elmvale Novice Rep team sponsored by McNamara Power Line, completed their regular season on Sunday January 12th with a solid win against Oro. The coaching staff of Mike Kelly, Gerald Stone, Jay Jesseau, Dave Crowder and manager Carrie Jesseau led the team to a very successful season. The team’s record of 13 wins, 5 losses and 2 ties is enough to put them on top of the Georgian Bay Minor Hockey League standings. What an accomplishment! The team will begin their preparations for playoffs this week. The team participated in three tournaments over the course of the season. In early November the team travelled to Huntsville, where their efforts earned them 2 wins and a loss, not quite enough to get to the semi-finals. However, the team came together and demonstrated their skill and team work in the Regional tournament of the well-known Silver Stick, which was hosted by Wasaga Beach. This weekend was extremely exciting for the players and families as they battled Newcastle in the Championship game, emerging victorious. This win earned them a berth in the International Silver Stick Tournament on the weekend of January 24th in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Recently, the team participated in a tournament in Ayton. In this tournament, the team played some of the their best hockey of the season; however, the competition was stiff and the team came out on the losing end. The tournament helped show the team what they will need to in order to be successful in the playoffs and International Silver Stick.

The Reading Buddies program at the Springwater Public Library Midhurst Branch has come to yet another successful conclusion. This highly successful six week program paired up young readers with an adult “Reading Buddy” to read together, participate in a Reader’s Circle and play fun literacy games. The group collectively exceeded its set goal of books to be read by the end of the program, and as a result were rewarded with a party. Books and other prizes were given to each individual in recognition of them completing their own personal reading goals. Ella Crawford was the top reader for reading the most books and Evan Priest was the most improved reader of the group. Some of the parents had the following comments regarding their children’s involvement with this program: Lily: My daughter loves this club and looks forward to it all week. I didn’t realize how a small incentive would make her read so much. Ella: Since day one Ella was on fire about reading. After her first session she read 33 books! Previously she had been intimidated by reading and was shy about it because she was not confident in her abilities. She has a very different outlook towards reading now, thanks to Reading Buddies. To no surprise Reading Buddies has once again proved to be successful in encouraging children to read and showing them how much fun reading can be! A huge thank you goes out to all of our faithful volunteers and to Angela Alphonse from Investors Group Financial Services for once again sponsoring the Reading Buddies program. Our next Reading Buddies program will be starting at our Midhurst branch on March 18th. This will be an all new french Reading Buddies led by retired French teacher Brenda Stride. Please contact Springwater Library Midhurst Branch at 705-737-5650 to sign up as space is limited.

“Bring it on!”

Karygiannis Assists Veterans to Help Veterans OTTAWA - The Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for ScarboroughAgincourt and Liberal Critic for Veterans Affairs, has assisted a group of veterans establish a toll free crisis line for veterans and soldiers who are in crisis. “Losing one soldier or veteran to suicide is one too many.  Losing seven within two months is a national tragedy.” said Mr. Karygiannis.  “Once again, our veterans are stepping up to the plate.  They are volunteering to answer telephone calls from their brothers-and-sisters-inarms who are in crisis.” Since the middle of November, seven veterans and soldiers have taken their own lives.  It has been reported that these veterans and soldiers suffered from PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  “Soldiers and veterans who are

suffering from PTSD and other operational s t r e s s injuries are carrying a dreadful burden. All of us must work to remove the sigma of PTSD and other mental health issues.” Mr. Karygiannis commented.  “The despair they feel can strike at any time.  They need to speak to someone immediately – someone who understands what they are going through.” The toll-free number 1-855373-8387 will be manned by veterans who will be available on a 24-hour basis.  The callers will not be required to identify themselves.  “I want to thank everyone who has been involved in getting this off the ground and moved quickly to establish the toll free n u m b e r. ” M r . Karygiannis s t a t e d  . “I pray that this initiative will help save lives.”

"Giving birth is little more than a set of muscular contractions granting passage of a child. Then the mother is born."-- Erma Bombeck "I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on."-- Oscar Levant (1906 - 1972) "Money can't buy you happiness. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery."-- Spike Milligan

Gavin Sanderson (Goalie), Elijah Williams, Jaxson Johnston, Luke Phillips, Trenton Peterson, Julia Koski, Ty Groenewoud, Ben Kelly, Jaxon Pretty, Michael Macneall, Keenan Crowder, Isaac Jesseau, Joshua Stone, Cameron Robertson Best of luck to the Novice Rep team as they enter playoffs and head off to compete in the International Silver Stick!

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“We Can TAke It!” "Momentary Reminder" Imagine there is a bank, which credits your account each morning with $86,400, carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course! Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.  Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.  Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow." You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today.. To realize the value of ONE YEAR Ask a student who has failed his exam. To realize the value of ONE MONTH Ask a mother who has given birth to a pre-mature baby. To realize the value of ONE WEEK Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the value of ONE DAY Ask a daily wage laborer who has ten kids to feed. To realize the value of ONE HOUR Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. To realize the value of ONE MINUTE Ask a person who has missed the train. To realize the value of ONE SECOND Ask a person who has survived an accident. To realize the value of ONE MILLI-SECOND Ask the person who has won a silver medal in Olympics.

Cabs for Cancer - final stop of the year

Barrie Taxi’s pink cab made its final stop of 2013 at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) to donate the proceeds from its Cabs for Cancer campaign. Representatives from Barrie Taxi were at RVH to donate more than $1500 to the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre. Pictured left to right: Samantha White, events assistant, RVH Foundation; Tom Watson-Giles, operations manager, Barrie Taxi; Marcy Baldry, manager, RVH Foundation; and Amber McGarvey, development assistant, RVH Foundation.

Springwater News • January 16, 2014 Edition 408 • Phone 705 322 2249 Cell: 705 321 (BOLD) 2653 dollar reduction in the drive clean fees. What’s worse is that the NDP MPP has signaled it will work Simcoe North with the Liberals to keep Drive Clean running 482 Elizabeth Street indefinitely. That’s Midland ON L4R 1Z8 unacceptable. Drive (705) 526-8671 Clean is a temporary program that’s long past 14 Coldwater Rd. W. its expiry date. Orillia ON L3V 6S2 Clearly, Drive Clean has (705) 326-3246 outlived its usefulness and has become nothing more than a government Cleaner cars and fuels have rendered Drive Clean redundant, so I strongly feel cash-grab. That’s why for more than two and a half years the Ontario PC that it is time to scrap the program. Drive Clean was set up as a temporary Caucus has been calling on the Liberal measure with the very specific purpose government to scrap Drive Clean. About of reducing vehicle emissions that 12,500 Ontario drivers have voiced their contribute to smog until advances in opposition to the province’s emissionsfuel efficiency and standards caught up. testing program by signing the Ontario Well, the evidence shows that happened PCs’ online petition at ScrapDriveClean. three years ago. From 1999 to 2010, ca. Special events: the percentage of vehicles that failed My 14th Annual Pancake Breakfast emissions testing in Ontario had dropped Fundraiser will take place February 1, from 16% to 5%. With 95% of cars passing emissions testing, the former 2014. The event runs from 8 a.m. until Auditor General found in his 2012 report 12 noon at the Royal Canadian Legion in that the Drive Clean program had had Orillia. Proceeds   from the event go to little to no impact on reducing smog. Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. I would like to take this opportunity to The new computerized emission test introduced last year has also proven to be remind you that I will be hosting free roller skating on Family Day February less reliable and prone to error. In December, 2013, the Environment   17, 2014 at ODAS Park. The event will Minister announced a meagre five run from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome. I hope to see you there!

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Growth will really pay for growth in Barrie: Nuttall

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Pic 1 Michael Pierzchala,Liam Munroe & Aidan O'Hara at the Roman Forum Pic 2 Spingwaters Aidan & Kevin O'Hara at the Colosseum. Three local Barrie FC players participated with Canada Selects in a soccer tournament in Rome Italy. The team faced some stiff compitition losing the first game  2-0 (after a long flight) to AC Milan & 2-0 to Torino in the second game.They battled hard to beat the host team Tor Tre Teste in the third game 3-2, to finish third in the group.   With only the first place teams from each of three groups advancing and the best overall second place finish, our group was considered the group of death.  Ac Milan(1st) and Torino finished best second. Torino went on to beat AC Milan in the semi final 1-0 and AS Roma in the final 2-1 to win the tournament.   Other notable teams in the tournament were Barcelona,Juventus and Inter Milan to name a few.  Kevin O'Hara

By Kate Harries AWARE News Network Everyone pays lip service to the mantra that brings out the worst in all the that growth must pay for growth, but when players – be they from government the rubber hits the road, politicians bow to or the private sector. He pointed to pressure from developers and load what costs the OMB’s decision striking down they can onto existing taxpayers. the Region of Waterloo’s efforts That’s something Barrie has decided not to to contain sprawl designating 85 do, Ward 10 Councillor Alex Nuttall told a hectares for future development in meeting organized by Environmental Defence its Official Plan. The OMB favoured and the Midhurst Ratepayers Association. developers’ demands that more than The city undertook a fiscal impact study so 1,000 hectares be designated. it can make sure the current taxpayer doesn’t Waterloo has appealed. The OMB decision, pay the cost of bringing the new taxpayer, if upheld, “puts a stake right through the heart he said. The analysis concludes that in order of Ontario’s growth plan,” Grove-White said, to cover new development costs, Barrie’s referring to the Places to Grow legislation development charge for a single residential that aims to create complete communities by lot needs to rise from $30,000 to $44,000, encouraging infilling and discouraging green with an additional $4,500 capital surcharge, filed development. totaling $48,500. A further development The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and charge background study is being undertaken Housing is seeking public input on a review before city council makes any decision. of its land-use planning and development The assessment was necessary, Nuttall said, charges. Developers view the review because for the past decade, the city had to as a chance to get development charges budget for deficits created by booms in the lowered, Grove-White said. It’s important previous years.  “We’ve been digging the that concerned residents speak up to city of Barrie out of this mess for the past 10 stop inefficient and costly development. years.” is the page ED has set up to In contrast, said Sandy Buxton of the MRA, facilitate public comment, which is due by Springwater council has launched into a 10- January 10 2013. fold expansion of Midhurst with no signed AWARE Simcoe is also working on contracts with developers and no fiscal recommendations and will post a draft on impact study. “We’re just feeling our way in this website; Simcoe County residents can the dark in Springwater.” email with any Springwater Councillor Jack Hanna noted suggestions. that his municipality has reduced development About 40 people from groups like AWARE charges by $3,500 – and when he suggested Simcoe, the North Gwillimbury Forest that Springwater adopt a capital surcharge Alliance, the Angus Ratepayers Association like the one Barrie is considering, township and the Nottawasaga Steelheaders attended staff advised that it would be appealed by the the meeting. There was agreement that the developers to the Ontario Municipal Board rising concern about the and, staff told council, “you will lose.” effects of uncontrolled Nuttall said Barrie wants to be able to sprawl has to become an show it has the figures to support the city’s issue at Queen’s Park. position. “Is it defendable at the OMB? I’ve Conservative MP Patrick heard both sides, but it certainly would be fun Brown (Barrie) attended to find out,” he said the first few minutes of the He said he had led the city to the OMB on meeting, held December four appeals since he was elected in 2006, and 7 in Barrie and attended on three of those occasions, he was opposing by about 40 people. city staff who had sided with the developers. Brown was applauded “We won four times,” he said to applause. for expressing support for Nuttall added that there is no doubt that the Midhurst Ratepayers development within a built boundary on Association and their existing services is cheaper and more efficient efforts to preserve than green-field development. farmland because, he said, Aidan Grove-White of Environmental once it’s paved over, it’s Defence said the reason developers prefer gone, green-field development is because there Citing Lake Simcoe are no neighbours who have to be consulted and the area’s many – even though the consultation process may natural assets, he said “I produce a better result. think that’s a legacy we In his presentation, Grove-White said want to pass on to future Ontario has created a policy framework generations.”

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Your View - Letters to the Editor Re : Springwater Council's Secret Meeting to Silence Jack Hanna

Even though we find out about this attempted silencing of a councillor a year later, it does not surprise me. I had negative experiences dealing with this council with regard to their aggressive pro-developer stand in Centre Vespra. The people of Midhurst are facing a similar attitude with overdevelopment in this rural township. They are highly aggressive, undemocratic and feel the electorate are there to serve them and not the other way around as was the reason governments were created in the first place. They are power hungry zealots. Their attitudes threaten democracy as we know it. Sincerely, Joe Shocrylas

Dumping Rob Anders

It was heartening to read in the Toronto Star recently that a group of Alberta Conservatives want to unseat Calgary Conservative MP Rob Anders. I was particularly encouraged by Anders’ contention that his opponents are a coalition of Red Tories, Liberals and New Democrats. If that is true, such enlightened cooperation bodes well for the country. Along with Michael Chong’s efforts to free MPs from the stifling control of their party leaders, this progressive movement gives Canadians hope that there may be a chance to break the current log jam that is poisoning federal politics. It may also wake up a lot of traditional Tory voters to the fact that Anders and his like are not true conservatives, but simply Reform Party members in Conservative clothing. Katy Austin, Elmvale

Alarmist exaggerations

There seems to be more public concern over global warming than actual awareness of the nature of what is really going on. To begin with, rather than enlightening the public, Al Gore's science fiction movie (Inconvenient Truth) deceives it by claiming that people themselves are primarily to blame for global warming because they produce too much carbon dioxide. Such absurd science has given birth to the myth that climate change is a man-made phenomenon. In reality, climate change occurs naturally and is not something new. Ultimately it is the sun that has the largest effect on climate. Even Gore agrees it's warmer during the day than at night, and Greenpeace now admits that polar ice caps shrink in the summer and expand in the winter. Internal changes in the sun (often associated with sunspot activity) affect not only the amount of heat radiated, but also cause fluctuations in the sun's magnetic field, which acts like a gateway controlling the amount of cosmic radiation reaching the surface of the Earth. Cosmic radiation plays a critical role in cloud formation. When a strong solar magnetic field reduces (by deflection) the amount of cosmic radiation reaching Earth, it diminishes global cloud cover and causes marginal global warming. Conversely, when the sun's magnetic field weakens more cosmic radiation reaches Earth, which has the effect of increasing cloud cover and lowering global temperatures. Other factors like ocean oscillations also come into play. Professor Dr. Nir Shaviv, a researcher in astrophysics and climate science at the University of Jerusalem, predicts that the Earth's temperature will increase by less than one degree Celsius in the next hundred years. The alarmist exaggerations and falsehoods of the man-made global warming hypothesis serve to confuse the public and perhaps make it less unwilling to accept restrictions (no incandescent light bulbs) and to pay a host of carbon taxes allegedly to combat a chimera. Werner Broschinski -- Researchers say they have proof that Sasquatch is real --*DALLAS - A researcher in Dallas released video and data this week she says proves Bigfoot exists -- and is a hybrid descended from humans and a closely related species. Melba Ketchum, a geneticist, is the leader of the Sasquatch Genome Project, KTVT-TV in Dallas reported. "We want people to understand this is a serious study," she said at Tuesday's news conference. The research is being funded by Adrian Erickson, a businessman who says he has seen the creatures a number of times. Erickson has presented videos in the past. "People have chosen not to believe it," he said. "They can't find it in their minds to think these things exist." Bigfoot sightings are most common in the Pacific Northwest, although there have been reports as far afield as Pennsylvania. The creature is generally described as humanoid, although covered with fur. Ketchum said the group has tracked and filmed Sasquatch and obtained hairs that have been analyzed for DNA. She said her work has been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. "This creature does not follow general rule," Ketchum said. "What it does do is very different. We think it is human-hybrid. That is our theory." A leaked review of the article suggested the reviewer had problems with her methodology. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. Do all you can to create a tranquil, harmonious home. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

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Wikipedia tells us that the original reason d'etre for the Green Party was to stand up without compromise against all forms of nuclear power and all the madness that accompanies the risks and reckless gambling associated with its uses. As an original green party founder I must apologize for the current version of the 'Green' party which for unknown reasons have virtually ignored this gigantic game ending event in Fukushima Dai-ichi, Japan. It has gone as far as even aggressively criticizing the genuine green activists like Dr. Christopher Busby who correctly spotted the dark cloud on the horizon when this nuclear catastrophe first began. Of course when the truth replaces info-tainment the bubble wrapped citizens will get out of their orderly line ups at Kmart and ask each other ‘WHY?’ they were left out of the info loop. In Canada our PM and his crew suggested that Canadians could NOT handle the truth and so were not told. That dufus went so far as to tell his West coast audience NOT to take the potassium iodine pills many were rushing out to purchase despite warnings from WildGreen activists. Yes... those very same PILLS the USA just ordered 14 million of for something YET to be revealed. The mass media meltdown reveals to those paying attention that our freedom of the press has been hijacked to such an extent which warrants some kind of drastic remedy. Yes the hierarchies in place are GUILTY and we won't promise that something won't get BROKEN in the aftermath of the coming CORRECTION. We ALL know this 'mean spirited' new world order should NOT have dumbed down the next generations(in play now)without first understanding that their ME AGE re-run obedient minions would likely panic when and if the bubble wrap came off. Warmest regards, WildGreens-CANADA

County of Simcoe receives upgraded rating from Standard & Poor’s

Midhurst/January 13, 2014 – The County of Simcoe has received an upgraded rating from the Standard & Poor’s Rating Services from stable to positive. Standard & Poor’s has also reaffirmed the County’s AA- long-term credit rating. The positive outlook was released in December 2013, and reflects Standard & Poor’s expectations that over the next two years Simcoe County will continue to strengthen its financial flexibility and performance, the County’s liquidity will remain very positive, and its debt burden will remain moderate. Furthermore, Standard & Poor’s expects that Simcoe County’s operating performance will gradually improve in the next two years, in line with the growth of the past several years indicating that the County has a predictable and well-balanced local government framework. “This upgraded rating demonstrates the County is committed to operating with prudent financial management and providing efficient services to our residents,” said Warden Cal Patterson. “Council will continue to strive to improve our sound financial position, while meeting the vast needs of our residents.” Highlights from the Standard & Poor’s Rating Service report: • The County’s operating surplus was 9 per cent of adjusted operating revenues in 2012, up from 5 per cent in 2009 • The County’s budgetary flexibility has been improving—its modifiable revenues accounted for approximately 71 per cent of operating revenues in 2012, up from 66 per cent in 2010 • The County’s financial management has a neutral impact on its credit profile. It has a robust set of financial policies, and annual financial statements are audited and unqualified • Simcoe County’s debt burden remained moderate at 28 per cent of consolidated operating revenues in 2012 • The County maintains a strong liquidity position with adjusted free cash and liquid assets totaling $45 million (CAD) in 2012 and covering 15x (times) the estimated 2013 debt service About Standard & Poor’s - With offices in 23 countries and a history that dates back more than 150 years, Standard & Poor’s is known to investors worldwide as a leader of financial market intelligence. Today Standard & Poor’s strives to provide investors who want to make better informed investment decisions with market intelligence in the form of credit ratings, indices, investment research and risk evaluations and solutions.


TOWNSHIP OF TINY – January 13, 2014 – The Township of Tiny Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind everyone to clear snow away from your home’s exhaust vents. With the recent storm resulting in severe drifting of snow it is important to remember to clear away any accumulation of snow from air intakes and more importantly exhaust vents around your home. The buildup of snow and ice around these vents may interfere with the proper functioning of your fuel fired appliances and pose a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Clearing of snow from around any fire hydrants on your property would greatly assist us and help avoid delays in accessing water during and emergency. Remember carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless and poisonous gas and is known as the “silent killer.” Carbon monoxide can be produced when you use your furnace, fireplace, gas stove, propane heater, kerosene lantern or other fuel fired appliance. Improper maintenance can cause dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to build up inside your home. On December 12, 2013, the Hawkins Gignac Act received Royal Assent which will amend the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 and provide for the regulation of carbon monoxide alarms in the Ontario Fire Code.

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The truth about Tory tax tales

Dear Editor, There are several things wrong with the Harper government’s never-ending claims that they are brilliant tax cutters. To start with, it’s untrue. Their first fiscal decision after taking office in 2006 was to increase personal income taxes. Later that fall, they imposed a toxic new Conservative tax on Income Trusts which obliterated $25-billion from the savings accounts of two million ordinary Canadians.  More recently, Mr. Harper has increased the overall federal tax burden in each of his last four budgets – taxing everything from hospital parking fees and cosmetic wigs for cancer patients to local credit unions and job creation. Conservative claims about lower taxes for families need a scrupulous reality check. For example, MP Kellie Leitch says that "the average family of four pays $3,200 less in tax each year."1[1] But it all depends on what type of "family" you're talking about. You can construct an illustration which would fit the Conservative model -- with two parents, two children, a six-figure income and consumer spending of more than $50,000 every year (including over a thousand dollars for art lessons). But for most families -- in fact, for 70-percent of Canadian families -- this is simply not their reality The vast majority of middle-class Canadians haven’t seen a significant improvement in their real incomes for the better part of 30 years.  But their living costs have gone up and debt-loads have ballooned.  For every dollar of disposable income, Canadians are carrying $1.64 in household debt. Many are concerned about affording post-secondary education for their kids, or having no pension plan at their place of employment, or finding decent childcare or long-term care for their parents.  Nearly three-quarters of Canadians worry that their children will not do as well as they have done. And then there’s Mr. Harper’s new federal debt burden to take into account.  He has run six consecutive deficits so far, adding more than $165-billion to Canada’s overall debt-load.  That works out to $5,000 in new Conservative debt for every man, woman and child in this country, or $20,000 for every family of four.  Any tax cuts claimed by Mr. Harper are paid for with borrowed money. So there is no room to be complacent about the needs of Canada's middle-class and all those striving so hard just to get there. Sincerely, Hon. Ralph Goodale, PC, MP (Wascana) Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada Goodale was Canada’s Finance Minister from 2003 to 2006. Most apple blossoms are pink when they open but gradually fade to white. Apples are a member of the rose family of plants along with pears, peaches, plums and cherries. Twenty five percent of an apple's volume is air; that is why they can float. Elephants use the skin folds on their backs to crush mosquitoes. Don’t ever feel that you are alone. There is always somebody there for you to reach out to. The sleeve on the outside of a coffee cup is called a “zarf.” Finish last in your league and they call you idiot. Finish last in medical school and they call you doctor.

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The Sports Zone by Mike Townes

Greg Maddux (97.2%), Tom Glavine (91.9%) and Frank Thomas (83.7%) were all elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame last week. Jack Morris again came up short and actually dropped to 61.5%. Craig Biggio came up only two votes short from receiving the needed 75% to be elected. Thomas became the 6th ex-Blue Jay to be elected to the Hall. Steroids were again an issue to the voters as Bobby Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire actually dropped in percentage from last year and are likely not going to be elected in the near future, if at all. I was hoping Jack Morris would make it, especially this being his last year of eligibility. It is a shame that he did not make it. The players that have been accused of using performanceenhancing drugs are finding it hard to find a place in the Hall of Fame. The battle goes on as Alex Rodriguez is facing a 162-game suspension for using these illegal products. He had originally been saddled with a 211 game suspension before the reduction but he is still going to fight on. His legal staff has filed in federal court to have the suspension lifted for the 2014 season, but experts say that unless major league baseball has not crossed the “T’s” and dotted the “I’s” they have little chance of success in court. Rodriguez has also been accused by MLB of interfering with the investigation. Rodriguez, who has been getting little help from his union, has repeatedly denied using performance-enhancing drugs while with the Yankees. He will lose $25-million if the suspension is not overturned and possibly $63-million more if his career comes to an end. He is 39-years old and has hit 654 homeruns. He needs 103 more to become the all-time major league leader. I would think he will need at least 3 more seasons to reach that mark. He vows to keep on fighting but I believe his career continuing and his chances of making the Baseball Hall of Fame are slim to none. Quiz Time: Claude Noel was fired by the Winnipeg Jets this week. He was their first coach since the Atlanta franchise move to Winnipeg in 2011. Who was the last team that was relocated to another city in the NHL before Atlanta moved to Winnipeg? Answer below. World Juniors: Canada, again, came home with no medal at the world juniors. The team looked good going into the medal round, but with Finland, Sweden and Russia winning medals and also playing in the other pool, this proved that Canada was playing in a much weaker pool; thus making Canada look better than it was and giving us hope of a medal that really was never there. The team next year will have to improve to have any chance of winning a medal here in Canada when the tournament will be played in Toronto and Montreal. They have to take the

Anten Mills News We lost a good one December 31st with the sudden passing of long time Anten Mills resident Doris Edwards. In a village defined by its strong backs and big hearts no one personified the sanctity of community more than Doris.  With best friend and husband Dennis by her side this dynamic duo was a mainstay on the front lines for every community event. By day  Doris was a caregiver to many neighbourhood kids, some of whom now have children of their own. To parents it was a ‘safe harbour’ . For the kids who enjoyed the elaborate backyard playground it was paradise. Come Christmas time the Edwards Horseshoe Valley Road home and property was transformed.  It was a dazzling display, a ‘must see’ on peoples Christmas display circuit,  and ‘the’ place to be,  come  December 23rd to drop off your list to Santa himself. It was a Christmas tradition in our  house. Doris also spent time actually bringing you the ’news’ as your local correspondent before me. She certainly had the ability to rally the troops and it was a column  I very much enjoyed reading. It was also a  big reason for me picking up the mantle when she stopped. Over time I have gotten to see firsthand the tireless efforts made by many of you. Those same faces were front and centre for Dennis and his family now, just as they were shovel or hammer in hand when the Edwards Pavilion was raised in  their honour.  Now the efforts  of so many new faces have continued to make the pavilion and park  a very special gathering place for neighbours, family and friends. And for daughter Cori and Norm, grandsons Carter and Mackenzie and son Wayde and Jennifer take refuge from  your sadness with the enormous pride you must feel from the outpouring of gratitude and respect for your mom from a very appreciative community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. No better segue  I can think of  than to let you know that Family Day preparations are well underway. The skating rink takes centre stage February 17th starting with public skating from 11am til noon, a hockey skills competition from 12 until 1 and a hockey game from 1 til 3. There’s also going to be horse drawn sleigh rides, face painting, crafts, hot dogs and hot chocolate. The cost is 20 bucks per family. Check back here for more details or go to the Anten Mills Facebook ‘groups’ page.

best players and this can be only achieved by forgetting where a player is from and remembering his skill only… Elmvale resident Chris Bigras was on the team in Sweden but saw little ice time. Hopefully he will be on the ice next year when the team plays back in Canada. Team Canada: Canadian athletes head to the Olympics next month looking for gold. The Canadian ice hockey team was selected last week with a few surprises. The committee decided to not only take the stars, but role players also. Some skilled players were left off because they chose players that could play lesser roles without complaining while having a place on the team. Players in the trenches will win the battles not score the goals. Every team needs these players to win. I think they have chosen a good team, but competition will be high as teams in other countries are improving every year. Canada is no longer the best at the game of hockey in the world. We have to earn that title back in Russia. Cashspiel: The Elmvale Curling Club will be hosting the Global Control Cashspiel on Jan. 23, 24, 25 and 26. This event is the highlight of the curling season in Elmvale. Teams will be playing for $8,000 in prize money. Check at the Club for the schedule starting Thursday night and continuing until Sunday when the finals take place…The Monday Night Men’s schedule finished with Bryan Wilson, Arnold McAuley, Bob Bell and Bobby Bell winning a squeaker over Kevin Fleming, Trent Turner, Brian Lalonde and Paul Kenney…In the Friday Night Mix, Allan and Rhonda Johnstone, Kim Agar and Ed Mechefske finished first while Ron Belcourt, Casey Bouius, Jake and Beth Arnold came a close second…Elmvale will be represented in Senior Curling Regionals this weekend in Shelburne. Tim Belcourt, Kevin Fleming, Arnold McAuley and Ron Belcourt will be working hard to make the provincials. This Day in Sports (January 16th): The Ottawa Silver Seven won the Stanley Cup against Dawson City in 1905. Ottawa’s Frank McGee scored 14 goals in the 23-2 victory. Eight of those goals were scored in 9 minutes… Gordie Howe passed Maurice Richard to become the NHL’s all-time leading scorer in 1960…Chicago’s Phil Esposito played his first NHL game in 1964…Bobby Hull scored his 300th goal in 1966…In 1970, Punch Imlach was named the first coach and general manager of the new Buffalo NHL team…Curt Flood filed a civil lawsuit challenging baseball’s reserve clause…In 1972, Dallas won the Super Bowl…Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford were both elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974… Barrie’s Doug Keans recorded his first NHL shutout in 1984…Born on this day include baseball players Dizzy Dean (1910) and Albert Pujols (1980). This & That: In 1997, the Hartford Whalers moved and became the Carolina Hurricanes. They were the last team to relocate before Atlanta moved to Winnipeg. The coach of Hartford at the time of the move was Paul Maurice, the new coach of the Jets.

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As the community gets deeper into influenza season, physicians and staff at Georgian Bay General Hospital want to remind people that there are some effective tools you can use to protect yourself. While in the community and at the hospital remember that hand cleaning and wearing a mask if you are showing symptoms are two great weapons in the fight against the spread of illness. Other protection measures include: • staying home when ill and avoiding contact with other people, • avoiding visits to the hospital unless symptoms worsen, • being vaccinated annually against the flu; the flu shot is currently an excellent match to the circulating flu strains and is recommended for anyone over 6 months of age, • frequent hand washing, • getting adequate sleep, • eating healthy foods and staying active. At the hospital, patients who arrive in the hospital’s emergency department with a potential influenza illness will be asked to clean their hands and then the triage nurse will also ask them to wear a mask during their visit. That mask, says emergency department physician Dr. Vikram Ralhan, is important and should not be removed. “The mask is something so small and yet so well documented in its effectiveness to fight the spread of influenza,” Dr. Ralhan says. The mask is important, he adds, because it protects other patients in the waiting room as well as the health care workers. Masks are available in the emergency department as well as at entrances to the hospital where hand cleaning stations are also located.

Nanticoke Generating Station Burns Last Coal

What was once the province's largest coal-fired station is now out of service. The Nanticoke Generating Station was the last operating coal-fired facility in southern Ontario. This latest shut down will help mark 2014 as the year Ontario will become a coal-free jurisdiction. Closing Ontario's coal-fired stations will save ratepayers $95 million from reduced maintenance and project costs. A coal-free energy mix will also lead to a significant reduction in harmful emissions, cleaner air and a healthier environment. Eliminating coal-fired generation and protecting the environment while providing clean, reliable and affordable power is part of the government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate across Ontario. QUICK FACTS • The Nanticoke Generating Station has been producing electricity for Ontario since January 1972. • The station has generated more than 500 billion kilowatt hours of electricity over the duration of operation. That’s enough electricity to power the entire province of Ontario for more than three years. • The closure of Ontario’s coal plants comes as the province moves toward implementing a smarter electricity grid, increasing efficiencies within the electricity system, introducing strong conservation efforts and committing to cleaner energy sources. • According to a 2005 independent study, “Cost Benefit Analysis: Replacing Ontario’s Coal-Fired Electricity Generation,” the cost of coal generation was approximately $4.4 billion annually when health, environmental, and financial costs were taken into consideration. • Replacing coal-fired electricity generation is the single largest climate change initiative being undertaken in North America and when fully eliminated will be equivalent to taking up to seven million cars off the road.

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Community, like family, is the tie that binds. It’s the difference between living somewhere you’re attached to and just having a roof over your head. Many of Springwater’s villages and towns still have a good sense of community. We see this at festivals, parades and in various community traditions. But a sense of community comes not only from people and their activities; it also comes from places and spaces we share. We hand over decision-making about those places and spaces to our local government - to envision, to build and to enhance them. When a strong sense of place exists, one with thriving main streets and beautiful public spaces where residents can meet one another, our community is stronger and richer. Our streets are safer, we behave like good neighbours towards one another and our children can thrive. It all requires vision and careful thought. Without it, our communities, like untended fields, degrade and become wastelands of forgotten places, replaced by nondescript strip malls and endless repetitive subdivisions. Right now, Springwater is at a crossroads. Will it enhance our communities by capitalizing on their unique strengths and features? Or will it ignore those assets and treat every green space and community the same? Choosing the latter for the sake of quick money will mean more subdivisions, more urban-style, soulless development and less of what made our towns and villages special to begin with. The Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association wants our council to think carefully and with vision. Our places and spaces, our communities, are worth more than just land for houses and strip malls. They mean something to us. Every effort should be made to help them grow in ways that preserve their uniqueness and those qualities that made us love them in the first place. Springwater residents have a choice to make, too. We can sit idly by, telling ourselves that we just have to accept that ‘this is how things are going to be’ OR we can say, ‘ No. We want a better alternative for growth - for ourselves, our children and grandchildren.’ That requires a team effort and a collective voice that can’t be tuned out. If you care about your community and want to ensure that Springwater grows with community preservation in mind, please join us at: Community Matters: MRA Annual General Meeting Sunday, January 26 from 4-7 pm Midhurst Community Hall, 74 Doran Road Community Appreciation Buffet 4-5:30 Keynote Speaker: Carl Cosack of “Mega-Quarry” fame FREE to 2014 MRA members and children under 12; $10 for non-members Memberships can be purchased at the door. Together, we can make a difference!

Learn more about Georgian College at Community Nights in January Anyone interested in attending Georgian College this spring or fall is invited to drop in to one of three Community Nights being held this January in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound. Community Nights offer opportunities to learn more about Georgian College programs and services in a friendly and informative setting. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 21 and 28, members of the public are invited to drop in to Campus Connections between 5 and 7 p.m. at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses to explore full-time and part-time certificate, diploma and degree program options. Visitors can speak one-on-one with staff and have all their questions answered about Georgian, get help with their college application and take a campus tour. Complimentary career assessments will also be available for anyone not sure which program or career would be right for them. Registration is not required and parking tokens will be provided.

*-- Kuwait divorces result from bad manners, toothpaste squeezing --*KUWAIT CITY - A Kuwaiti woman filed for divorce from her husband, citing the "shocking sight" of him using bread to eat his peas, court record state. the Kuwaiti daily al-Qabas said the court heard the woman was disgusted by the "shocking sight" of her husband using his bread instead of a fork to eat his peas and decided his poor table manners were grounds for divorce, Gulf News reported Monday. Al-Qabas said the filing followed another divorce where the woman told the court her husband insisted on squeezing the toothpaste out from the middle of the tube. "We are always arguing," she was quoted as saying. "I keep telling him that he should squeeze in the end of the tube, but he stubbornly refuses and keeps squeezing it in the middle. He is so obstinate." Another recent divorce involved a man deciding to end his marriage when his wife refused to bring him a glass of water, saying it was a job for their domestic helper. A Kuwaiti legal expert told al-Qabas divorces in the country often result from couples being unable to accept one another's habits. The expert said couple's should take time to get to know one another prior to their marriages so they avoid unpleasant surprises later that could lead to divorce.


Living with a brain injury can certainly be challenging for the brain injured and the people who care for them. The focus of this article is magnification. It seems that after a brain injury the brain magnifies everything. This magnification of senses lead most brain injured people to a place where nothing makes sense and trying to explain it to people just makes it worse. This process could be explained in this manner “all sounds, smells, and other senses outside of the brain are travelling “a million miles an hour” and all sounds, smells and other senses inside the brain are travelling in “slow motion”. It takes the damaged brain more time to process information, and the brain injured person can become very distressed because before the brain injury the brain processed information differently. This is a simplified version of what happens minute by minute in the recovery process of having a brain injury. During this magnification process when the brain “has had enough” of all the magnification the brain injured person may have strong emotional reactions that seem to come out of nowhere. These strong emotional reactions cause much distress to the brain injured and the people who care for them. When brain injured people “react’ so strongly from the magnification process it is a dark and lonely place for all people with brain injuries. The brain injured people don’t always know when these reactions are going to happen, because most of the time they occur without any notice. Caregivers remember that these strong reactions happen whether you are there or not because the damaged part of the brain decides when the “brain has had enough” but when you are there and the brain injured person reacts to the magnification process it makes it “less scary”. That is a fact. To the Brain Injured Person: Magnification can make living with a brain injury very difficult but recognize what it is and then you can start a new recovery path. To the Caregivers of the Brain Injured Person: Understanding the magnification process can make a difference in which recovery path to choose. Jean Oostrom lives in Springwater Township has lived with a brain injury since 1997 and has created a website www.newbrainliving where people with brain injuries and their caregivers can find answers. Twitter: @ newbrainliving Facebook: New Brain Living Email: New Brain Living Book Click on the Book Icon to Order

New Math Supports and Resources for the Classroom Ontario is taking steps to help students improve and build their math skills by giving teachers and students more tools and resources. The province will help students and educators refine their math skills by: • Creating more opportunities for teachers to gain additional qualifications in mathematics through new professional learning workshops and summer learning programs, and partnering with school boards to increase the number of teachers with mathematics qualifications. • Continuing to promote balanced learning that focuses on critical thinking and problem solving, and practice in basic math operations. • Exploring how technology may be used to improve teacher instruction and student understanding of mathematics. Working with the Ontario College of Teachers and faculties of education to improve mathematics training in the province's new teacher education program. Helping parents and guardians find resources that help them support their child's mathematics learning, such as TVO's Homework Help, which provides free online math tutoring for students. Helping students succeed in math is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people and ensure everyone has access to a world-class education. QUICK FACTS • Ontario students continue to improve their achievement levels, with 71 per cent of grades 3 and 6 students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, writing and math. • As part of the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Ontario students performed at the Canadian average and above the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average in mathematics, reading and science. • The province is investing $4 million to create new learning opportunities in mathematics for educators.

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In 2014, Drink Something Old and Something New By David White

January is the perfect time to reflect on the previous year and make resolutions for the new one. For those of us who take wine seriously, it's smart to include wine in our New Year's resolutions. This year, I plan to drink something old and something new. In other words, I'll dig deep into a classic wine region and also explore a part of the world that doesn't get much attention. Whether you're a veteran oenophile or a budding wine enthusiast, following this plan will surely heighten your appreciation of wine. Consider my consumption habits. For my palate, America's most exciting Pinot Noir comes from the "extreme" Sonoma Coast, a series of remote hillside vineyards in northern Sonoma County just miles from the Pacific Ocean. My favorite examples, which come from producers like Peay, Hirsch, and Littorai, combine all the elements I look for in Pinot -- rich, ripe aromas of cherries along with fresh herbs and earth, together with lively acidity. So regardless of the season or the meal, these tend to be my go-to wines. Such complacency is easy to understand; we're creatures of habit. But it's silly. The world of wine is infinite. And when it comes to Pinot Noir, Burgundy wrote the book. So this year, I hope to finally get my head around this legendary French wine region. I want to learn about its history, memorize the vineyards and producers my friends obsess over, and taste as much as I can. Discovering a classic wine region should be on every oenophile's list of New Year's resolutions. If you're fond of Washington State Merlot, try some classic, Right Bank Bordeaux. If you enjoy Riesling, stock your cellar with wines from Germany's Mosel River Valley. And don't just drink the classics, learn about them. It's the classics that inspire New World vintners. Next year, I also plan on embracing obscurity. Last summer, for example, I fell in love with Muscadet, a white wine produced in France's Loire Valley from a grape called "Melon de Bourgogne." Typically, the wines are marked by subtle yet precise aromas of apples, limes, and seawater. Thanks to extended contact with the dead yeast cells left over after fermentation, Muscadet is also known for exhibiting a creamy mouthfeel. These wines are perfect with shellfish and light seafood dishes. Plus, like most obscurebut-delicious wines, Muscadet is generally affordable. This past summer, I fell for northeast Italy's electric white wines, trying as many offerings as I could find from Alto Adige, a neighbor to Austria and Switzerland, and FriuliVenezia Giulia, which borders Slovenia to the east and Austria to the north. Alto Adige is best known for Pinot Grigio, but dozens of varieties flourish there. Gewurztraminer, MullerThurgau, Sylvaner, and Kerner are exceptionally aromatic and display enough sweetness and acidity to complement cream sauces and even spicy foods. Friuli-Venezia Giulia, commonly shortened to Friuli, is home to a host of unfamiliar grapes like Ribolla Gialla and Friuliano. Producers in the region are also known for producing rich, complex blends that include these grapes alongside more traditional varieties like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling. This year, I hope to learn more about the wines of Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and other spots in Central and Eastern Europe. More and more of these wines are making their way to the United States, and plenty are fun, food friendly, and affordable. Adventurous drinking should make everyone's list of New Year's resolutions. There are, quite literally, thousands of different wine grape varieties planted in dozens of countries. Tasting different wines is the best way to learn, and surprising your palate is the best way to keep things fun. The world of wine offers endless possibilities. So regardless of which resolutions you make -- and which resolutions you keep -- just make sure wine is a part of your life in 2014. David White is the founder and editor of, which was named "Best Overall Wine Blog" at the 2013 Wine Blog Awards. His columns are housed at Grape Collective ( *-- Diaper clogs airplane toilet, cancels flight --*PHOENIX - United Airlines said a "blockage in the lavatory" -- which a passenger identified as a soiled diaper -- caused a Phoenix-to-Cleveland flight to be canceled. Airline spokesman Charles Hobart said United Airlines Flight 294 was canceled shortly before it was due to leave Phoenix Monday due to a "blockage in the lavatory," the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Wednesday. "A blockage occurred in the lavatory, which caused several of the lavatories on the airplane to become inoperable," Hobart said. "We realized we would have to cancel the flight in order to fix the aircraft." United said some customers who were to catch connecting flights in Cleveland were rebooked on different flights, while 71 passengers bound for Cleveland as their final destination were put up in nearby hotels for the night and left Phoenix the following morning on the now clog-free plane. Passenger Rick Milligan said United workers told passengers there was a diaper clogging the toilet. "After 6 hours of giving us diaper updates, they finally just canceled the flight," he said.

The World is Mine...Author unknown Today, upon a bus, I saw a very beautiful woman and wished I were as beautiful. When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle. She had one leg and used a crutch. But as she passed, she passed a smile. Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. I have two legs; the world is mine. I stopped to buy some candy. The lad who sold it had such charm. I talked with him, he seemed so glad.  If I were late, it'd do no harm. And as I left, he said to me, "I thank you, you've been so kind. It's nice to talk with folks like you. You see," he said, "I'm blind." Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.  I have two eyes; the world is mine. Later while walking down the street, I saw a child I knew. He stood and watched the others play, but he did not know what to do. I stopped a moment and then I said, "Why don't you join them, Dear?" He looked ahead without a word.  I forgot, he couldn't hear. Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.  I have two ears; the world is mine. With feet to take me where I'd go.   With eyes to see the sunset's glow. With ears to hear what I would know. Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. I've been blessed indeed, the world is mine.

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Emergency Services made up of Police, Fire Services, Changes coming into effect on Jan. 1 would: • Protect vulnerable people by giving fire officials Paramedic Services were tasked with numerous calls for the power to carry out at least one annual fire safety all types of calls for service but mostly roadway related inspection in every regulated retirement home, long- while Provincial, County and Municipal snow clearing road crews tried their best to keep roadways clear before term care home or other specified residence. • Improve patient care by authorizing registered being pulled off the roads as a safety precaution. During the 24 hour period of January 7, 2014 OPP officers nurses or registered practical nurses to dispense drugs from Southern Georgian Bay Detachment responded to under certain conditions. • Regulate the construction, demolition, change of 14 calls for service for vehicles stuck/immobilized on use and renovations of buildings in Ontario by bringing local roadways along with 25 reported crashes. 3 of those crashes involved OPP vehicles one of which was written into effect the 2012 Building Code. • Facilitate the restructuring of pension plans off after being struck by a tractor trailer on Highway 400 affected by reorganizations while protecting benefit near Port Severn and the officer was taken to Georgian Bay General Hospital for observation and released. security for plan members and pensioners. 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Fee changes effective Jan. 1 include increases she was transported to a Toronto area hospital for further for fishing and hunting licences, registering specialized treatment by Simcoe County Paramedics as Peewee Rep Need A Hunger For Playoffs off-road and snow vehicles, and car camping Ornge was unable to land due to the extreme weather Article and Photos by Jamie Dietrich conditions. The Gary Edgecombe CA Peewee Rep Coyotes finished their regular in provincial parks. In the interest of road safety, motorists are reminded to In addition, changes to the Employer Health season Friday, January 10, with a 3-1 win over the Oro Thunder. The follow local radio & television stations, monitor e-mail or Tax (EHT) Act mean that over 60,000 smaller win gives them home ice advantage over the Thunder in the first round employers would pay less EHT, including websites such as and social media to of OMHA playoffs, set to start soon. 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Elmvale family wins landmark decision on police notes

By Kate Harries Springwater News - Will Evelyn Minty finally get a chance to hear the man who killed her son testify under oath to his actions? Will she get finally get a chance to give her account of what she saw, the night of June 22, 2009, when Doug Minty, 59, was fatally shot by OPP Constable Kris Wood A Dec. 10 2013 Supreme Court of Canada decision has cleared the way for resumption of an inquest that started in Barrie more than a year ago. It was halted at the request of lawyers representing Wood and two other officers involved in the shooting of Peterborough resident Levi Schaeffer on June 24 2009 in northern Ontario. In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court found that officers who are witnesses to a civilian death at the hands of police are not allowed to consult a lawyer before they have completed their duty notes. It was a resounding endorsement of the position taken by the Schaeffer and Minty-Pinder families. The landmark judgment will ensure that their names will mark an important milestone in a Canada-wide battle to impose civilian oversight and provide for full police accountability. “For the rest of our lives, our family will struggle with the idea that the facts that led to my son’s death are uncertain,” Minty said in a statement released by her lawyer Julian Falconer. “But we are thankful that today, the Court recognized that this is a struggle that other families should not have to endure.” Falconer, who acted for the two families, stated, “This judgment brings finality to our clients’ fouryear legal battle against police manipulation of S.I.U. investigations into police shootings. There is now no doubt that the practices of police officers communicating with lawyers prior to filing their investigative notes undermines the public’s trust in law enforcement. The public is indebted to these families who have courageously insisted that accountability and transparency find their way to

June Lockhart

B e s t remembered by sci-fi fans for her role of TV space mom Maureen Robinson in the 60s series “Lost in Space,” June Lockhart was honored by NASA last October, a recognition she says was a highlight of her long career which includes a Tony Award, an Emmy nomination, and a couple of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I was presented with the Exceptional Public Achievement Medal for my work with the space agency,” explained the 88-year-old actress. “I’ve been to two space shuttle launches and worked with NASA since the 1970s, addressing their employees and traveling on NASA’s behalf to promote the agency. So I’m absolutely thrilled by this recognition. No other actress has received this honor.” One of her memorable experiences occurred during a Space Shuttle mission in 1992. She suggested NASA use “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise,” a catchy 50s hit by Les Paul and Mary Ford, as wake-up music for the astronauts. The song held special significance because the lyrics were written by her father, character actor Gene Lockhart. “I went to Mission Control in Houston and at around 2 am they played the song for the crew of the Columbia mission,” she explained. “Then a voice from space came over the speaker: ‘Some of us up here want to know what Lassie’s mother is doing in Mission Control at 2 o’clock in the morning!’” “Lassie,” one of the TV’s longest-running shows (1954-1973), was Lockhart’s other big hit in which she dispensed maternal wisdom, this time for six seasons as a farm mom. Later, she morphed from

the heart of S.I.U. investigations.” Now, it is up to Dr. Dirk Huyer, Ontario’s Chief Coroner, to set a date so that an inquest can be held and an explanation given to the families and the community of why Doug Minty – one in a long list of developmentally challenged people who have been shot by police – had to die. The decision by the officers’ lawyers to appeal backfired, because Canada’s top court took back a concession made by the Ontario Court of Appeal in November, 2012 that officers could be given “basic legal advice” before completing their notes. But the Supreme Court found that “even the perfunctory consultation contemplated by the Court of Appeal is liable to cause an ‘appearances problem’. Because the initial consultation is privileged, the public will have no way of knowing what was discussed.” As a result, a threat to public confidence exists. So where do matters stand? What has never been in contention is the right of a subject officer (one who is a suspect and likely to be charged) to remain silent and not answer Special Investigations Unit  questions. A subject officer is required to complete duty notes but those are not given to the SIU. The Scheaffer-Minty case has revolved around witness officers and the practice of their being instructed to hold off writing their notes until they had seen a lawyer. This resulted in delay – always injurious to recollection - and, in the common situation of one police association lawyer representing several witness officers, of the perception that information could be shared. Justice Michael Moldaver, writing for the majority, stated that he was not persuaded by the SIU argument that consultation with counsel would undermine the independence of a witness or subject officer’s account. “Such a conclusion is inconsistent with the position of trust counsel rightly enjoy in our justice system.”

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But, Moldover wrote, from other incidents two days consultation before notes are before recite what the officer saw completed remains problematic. and did, with repeated references to “It creates a real risk that the focus time. The notes regarding the day of an officer’s notes will shift away of the shooting, completed with from his or her public duty under a lawyer’s assistance, provide no s. 9, i.e. making accurate, detailed, timeline, and “display a particular and comprehensive notes, and concern with justifying why the move toward his or her private officers first took physical control interest, i.e. justifying what has of Mr. Schaeffer — before he taken place.” became resistant and brandished Over the Moon This is what happened in the case a knife — and invoke legal matriarch to medic as Dr. Janet Craig for three of an officer’s notes in the shooting terminology to that end.” seasons on “Petticoat Junction.” of Levi Schaeffer, the Supreme Costs were awarded to the “Petticoat Junction was a delight to do with Court decision states. The notes families.  wonderful scripts,” said Lockhart. “It was great playing comedy after ‘Lost in Space,’ which was more dramatic, and ‘Lassie,’ which didn’t Expert Advice: Weather have many laughs.” Windchill On the big screen, 12-year-old June made How cold it “feels” outside isn’t just about temperature. her debut in the 1938 holiday classic, “A Severe winds combined with low temperatures can Christmas Carol,” alongside both her parents, create a cooling effect that can actually freeze flesh. Gene and Kathleen Lockhart, who played the • To prevent frostbite on exposed flesh, do not Cratchits. While she went on to costar with stay out for more than 15 minutes if the windchill factor is greats such as Gary Cooper in “Sergeant York” –18 degrees F or below. and Judy Garland in “Meet me in St. Louis,” • To treat frost nip, immerse the affected body parts in tepid to “A Christmas Carol” is special since it was the warm water (no hotter than bathwater). Do not rub the skin only time she appeared with with snow or anything else! her parents in a motion picture. How Is Windchill Measured? In addition to being an The windchill chart l was designed by the National Weather Service advocate for NASA and to accurately calculate how cold air feels on human skin. many other causes, Lockhart It includes a frostbite indicator, too. continues to work and costarred in the comedy spoof “Zombie Hamlet,” which had its world premiere at the 2012 Palm Beach International Film Festival and was released on DVD last month. “In December, I also celebrated my 80th year as a paid performer in the business!’ said Lockhart. “I made my debut at the age of eight in ‘Peter Ibbetson’ at the Metropolitan Opera House.” While actors are used to receiving accolades for career milestones, Lockhart admits to still being overwhelmed by the NASA recognition and is, she says, “over the Moon about it!" Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala. His features and columns have appeared in over 400 newspapers and magazines. He is the author of 74 Mapleview Drive W “Raised by the Stars: Interviews with 29 Children of Hollywood Actors” published by McFarland & Co. He can be reached at his blog: http:// * freight and PDI charges are in addition to the advertised retail pricing per unit. These charges



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Role of the Parent Surrounding Youth • Part Eighteen

By: Ernest Matton I.C.A.D.C., E.F.A.P., Addiction Behavioural Specialist E.F.T. Practitioner • T.I.R. Facilitator Certified Gladue Writer Here are some Tips For parents. Steps to Help them say No to Mood Altering Substances. Talk to them not at them about mood altering substances. Make sure they understand the dangers, problems and consequences. Learn to really listen to them. Just talking to them is only half the job. You can help keep open the lines of communication by knowing how to listen, and by knowing when to listen and not talk. Help them feel good about themselves. Preteens and adolescents are often unsure of themselves. Knowing that their parents have confidence in them and believe in their self-worth means a lot. You can communicate this faith in them by giving lots of specific and believable praise and encouragement to them at appropriate times. Help them develop strong values. A strong value system anchored in a clear sense of right and wrong can give your them the courage to make decisions based on facts and sound values rather than on peer pressure. Be a good role model. They are very aware of your patterns and spoken and unspoken attitudes concerning mood altering substances use. They will tend to follow your example. Help them deal with peer pressure.  When the young are taught to be gentle and agreeable also may need skills to resist peer pressure. Help them practice ways they can say “no” and feel confident about themselves and their decisions.

Set firm rules against substance use. Have clear family rules. Tell them that they are not allowed to drink, smoke, use other drugs, or engage in other risk taking activities to which you object.  Be sure they thoroughly understand the consequences of breaking these rules. Enforce the rules consistently. Encourage healthy, creative activities. Make sure they have enough structure in their daily lives. Create activities for them or encourage them to a healthy risk or take part in sports, school programs, or hobbies they might enjoy.  Join them in having fun. Talk with other parents. They’re all going through the same things you are.  Networking with neighborhood parents and community groups can help. If they are going to a party or getting together with friends, make sure there is a chaperone and that there will be no mood altering substances. Know what to do if you suspect a problem. Learn to recognize the telltale signs of substance use, and get appropriate help quickly from a professional. I will continue with Signs that they might be using a substance, I will continue with part nineteen in my next column. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please write me or email at ernest@ We are now offering home visit for one to one counselling. For more information, or to book an appointment please call (705) 533-1579.

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705-322-1932 • 705 322 5587 Dial 511 from your phone SWITCHING SEATS DOESN’T WORK FOR IMPAIRED MOTORIST (Oro-Medonte, ON)- On January 10th, 2014 at approximately 6:30 p.m., members of the Barrie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to a motor vehicle collision (MVC) involving two vehicles on highway 11 northbound. A motorist advised police the driver and passenger had switched seating prior to police arrival. An OPP investigation revealed that the original driver of this motor vehicle was operating it while under the influence of alcohol. Charged with “Impaired Operation”, “Exceed 80 mgs” and Driving while under suspension X 2 is Arlow BUEHLER 40 years old from DUNDALK. His licence was suspended for a period of 90 days under the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) program and his motor vehicle was impounded for seven days. He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on February 3rd 2014. SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP / January 7, 2014 – Large snow piles are tempting for children to play in, however they pose a serious threat to their safety. Children will often attempt to build forts or tunnels through the snow piles, which have the potential to collapse without warning; this could effectively trap a child in the snow with catastrophic results. Snow ploughs run at all times of the day so there is never a safe time for children to play on snow piles that are near roadways or in parking lots. Instead, encourage children to get outside and play in the snow at parks or in private backyards. Coast Guard Icebreaking Operations Underway In Lake Huron And Lake Erie, Ontario MONTRÉAL, Québec - The Canadian Coast Guard, in partnership with the United States Coast Guard and the Ontario Provincial Police, has an important safety message for all ice surface users near icebreaking operations and shipping routes in the Great Lakes. Broken and fragmented icy tracks left behind by icebreaking operations and other ship traffic may not freeze over immediately. Newly fallen snow may obscure icebreaker and ship tracks and changes in weather contribute to unsafe ice conditions that may remain long after the ships have left the area. All ice on or near the planned shipping routes and icebreaking operations should be considered unsafe during and after ship transits through these routes. The Canadian Coast Guard, the United States Coast Guard and Ontario Provincial Police are advising everyone to stay clear of these areas. Icebreaking operations are currently underway in various areas of the Great Lakes. • Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard are carrying out icebreaking operations from Southern Lake Huron to Lake Erie, including the St. Clair River. • Update: Icebreaking operations have ended near Midland and Owen Sound, Ontario. Public service announcements made prior to impending icebreaker and shipping activity are issued for the safety of all ice surface users, who can expect disrupted and unstable ice conditions related to icebreaking and shipping operations. Dates and routes are subject to change with little or no notice due to weather, ice conditions, shipping schedules or other unexpected situations. Please post and share with fellow ice surface users, so all surface users this winter may enjoy a safe winter season. For broadcast Seasonal icebreaking operations are currently underway in the Great Lakes. All ice near the planned shipping routes should be considered unsafe during and after icebreaking and shipping operations. The Canadian Coast Guard, the United States Coast Guard and the Ontario Provincial Police are advising everyone to stay clear of these areas. Quick Facts • Icebreaking operations and shipping traffic create broken and fragmented ice conditions that may not freeze immediately creating unstable ice conditions in the area. • All ice near planned icebreaking operations and shipping activity should be considered unsafe during and after ship transits. The question of the year!!!!?? We are always hearing about how OLD AGE PENSION is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about Welfare running out of money? What's interesting, the first group "worked for" their money...the second didn't!!

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Rosie’s Devotions Blizzard

As I write, Environment Canada has reported that a combination of dangerous snow squalls with extreme wind chills of -35 to -40 will produce frequent blizzard conditions for this afternoon and evening. The combination of a fresh, heavy snowfall from last night's storm along with intense snow squalls and bitter wind chills poses a life-threatening risk for anyone outside for any duration, or stranded in vehicles if roads become snow-blocked, Environment Canada says. Schools and some highways are closed; school buses and various programs are cancelled due to the storm, in the hope of avoiding any dangerous situations that could arise. The newscaster on the television warned people to stay indoors and not drive. It is indeed a scary and unsafe situation for people who are homeless and those without power. As I look outside my living room window, I see nothing but white; even my neighbour's house has vanished for a few moments. I am warm and safe and thankful that I have a roof over my head and food to eat. My mind turns to the less fortunate: the homeless men, women and children, who are scrambling for cover in an alley, or wherever they can find a small space just to stay alive. I think of the various places that open their buildings and provide food to the people who have no shelter to keep warm. James 2:15-16-Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, "Goodbye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well"--but then you don't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? (NLT) And I ask myself what it is that I can do to help. It was if God heard me, and the other day, a request for a loaf of sandwiches for the "Out of the Cold" program came over the Internet. I quickly e-mailed the coordinator and told her that I was willing to donate the sandwiches. She was very thankful. It is by such a small act as donating that many mouths are fed. If you can't make a load of sandwiches, perhaps you can donate your time of listening and sharing or supporting someone who is in need of clothing, education, and food. Prayer: Creator God, thank You for blizzards that help us to realize how blessed we are and that encourage us to share our resources with others. Direct us and continue to show us how we can help and therefore do Your will to help our community in need. Amen. Rosemary Hagedorn,,Penetanguishene,

Quest Art featuring Barrie artist Brian Barrer

Playfully haunting digital photo assemblages will comprise the upcoming exhibition in Quest Art School and Gallery’s Upper Gallery until March 1. The exhibition “From Within” will feature work by Barrie artist and educator Brian Barrer, who has received regional, national and international recognition for his work. Barrer has been using photographic assemblages since the early 1990s to metaphorically capture the ironies, pleasantries and tragedies of everyday life. The exhibition at Quest Art will feature digital prints from his “red balloon” series. “For most people a balloon symbolizes a milestone, joyous occasion, an event even a rite of passage.  I wanted to see how I could incorporate it with my existing imagery to create new narratives,” said Barrer.  “Bold and bright red, they are able to symbolize any one of the many emotions or things we encounter as we move through our lives day-to-: love, warmth, anger, speed, excitement, blood, and the heart.” The opening reception takes place on Jan. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. with curator and artist remarks at 7:30 p.m. Quest Art will also be marking the opening of the Pedagogy: Classroom to Gallery exhibition in the Atrium Gallery that same evening. Pedagogy will feature works by past Quest Art workshop participants and each piece will have been either created in, or inspired by, a workshop within the last two years. This exhibition will feature works by artists of all ages and skill levels and marries the two main programming components of Quest Art - visual arts education and exhibition. Quest Art School and Gallery is located at 333 King St., Midland.  For more information about these exhibitions or workshop opportunities, visit or call 705-526-ARTS (2787).

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2013 a solid year for residential home sales Residential sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® came in at above average levels in 2013, pushed higher by a record setting demand in the Western District. Overall home sales in 2013 numbered 2,683 in 2013, up 2.8 per cent from 2012 and above both the five and 10year averages. Home sales numbered 112 units in December, rising 16 per cent from the same month last year. This also came in on par with the five and 10-year averages for the same month. The Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® comprises two distinctive markets. Home sales in the Western District which includes Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Clearview Township, The Blue Mountains, Municipality of Meaford and Grey Highlands rose 16 per cent on a year-over-year basis to 80 units. This came in just above the five- and 10-year averages for the month of December. Annual home sales activity in the Western District totaled 1,845 units in 2013. This was eight per cent above 2012 levels and marked a new annual record. Home sales in the Eastern District encompassing the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, the surrounding communities of Elmvale, Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Coldwater, Port Severn, Honey Harbour and Tiny, Tay, Springwater, Oro-Medonte, Severn and Georgian Bay Townships totaled 32 units, an increase of 14 per cent from last December. Annual home sales in the Eastern District totaled 838 units, down six per cent from levels in 2012. “Resale housing demand was strong overall in 2013, with all sales recorded via the Association’s MLS® System reaching their highest annual level in six years,” said Wayne Cornfield, President of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. “That said, the big story in 2013 was the strength of demand in the Western District along the south shore of Georgian Bay where sales topped the 1,800 mark for the first time ever. About 840 properties traded hands in the Eastern District in 2013. That is a little below average from the standpoint of recent history, which has seen activity bounce around roughly in the 800 to 900 range since 2008.” New residential listings numbered 242 units in December 2013, down nine per cent from a year earlier. There were 1,617 active residential listings on the Association’s MLS® System at the end of December 2013, down eight per cent from year-ago levels. There were 14.4 months of inventory at the end of December, down from 18.2 months at the end of December 2012 but slightly above the long-run average for this time of year. The value of all residential transactions in December was $33.5 million, up 28 per cent from a year earlier. Sales of all types of properties numbered 123 units in December, up three per cent compared to the same month in 2013. The total value of all properties sold in December 2013 was $36 million, up 15 per cent from last December. Encompassing several communities along the shores of southern Georgian Bay, approximately 1½ to 2 hours from the Greater Toronto Area, the area is one of Canada’s premier four season recreational playgrounds. The Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® represents close to 500 REALTORS® registered with its member offices. The geographical area served by the Association includes the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, the surrounding communities of Elmvale, Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Coldwater, Port Severn, Honey Harbour and Tiny, Tay, Springwater, Oro-Medonte, Severn and Georgian Bay Townships, Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Clearview Township, The Blue Mountains, Municipality of Meaford and Grey Highlands. Provided by: Wayne Cornfield, President Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® In the midst of record-breaking bitter cold, the U.S. Coast Guard has been relentlessly fighting against ice buildup in the Great Lakes region in an effort to keep important shipping channels open. "The Coast Guard said it was the earliest the ice had frozen here since the 1930s, and the river connecting Lakes Superior and Huron has been some of the toughest ice they have seen. With cutting through ice, the noise is loud and constant."

People You Just Can't Stand

"Never waste a minute of your precious life by squandering it thinking about people you don't like" ~ Alex Tan Did you ever notice how much time people can spend talking about people they do not like? They will recount every detail of what the person has said or done.  They will repeat things that others have said about that person. They will go over the same stories, comments or opinions time and time again.  What purpose does this serve? Theoretically it allows the person to vent and perhaps feel better.  They may well vent, but probably do not feel any better after venting. It is likely they feel worse.   Why is this? If you think about it, humans turn away from most things they find distasteful. We will cover our ears if there is an irritating sound, turn away from something visually disturbing, or hold our noses when there is a bad smell. We simply do not want to dwell in unpleasantness.  Yet, when it comes to having a "hate on" for someone, humans will absolutely immerse themselves in all of the disturbing and anger- provoking details. When we are angry or upset, the body produces stress hormones and toxic chemicals. The immune system is suppressed for six to eight hours afterwards.    This is bad enough to put our bodies through this while we are in the actual situation. However, people often replay the episode over and over to whomever will listen, for days, months, even years after the event. Every time they replay it, even if only in their minds, the effect on the body is the same as when the event actually happened.   Our survival instincts cause us to back away from toxic substances. We do not stand behind a vehicle breathing the exhaust. We do not rush to view the scene of an accident where there has been a toxic spill. We try to avoid getting the flu, and may have carbon monoxide detectors in our homes.   We must now realize that a toxic state can be created in our own bodies by the way we think, and what we choose to focus on. We need to be more aware of our personal "ecology," and to understand as well that when we are venting our "toxic spill" it not only negatively affects us, but also those in whose presence we are venting.  Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit

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The average selling price in City of Toronto (“416”) for December 2013 sales was $541,771 – up by 9.5 % compared to the average of $494,941 in December 2012. A bigger population obviously means more sales, so total GTA sales for calendar year 2013 were up as well, compared to previous year. As there is a trend in Toronto that people want to live downtown, it’s widely known that condo investors helped drive condo sales across Toronto the last 10 years and those units have been captious to supporting Toronto rental market in growing areas where almost no new purpose-built rental apartments have been built in decennium. According to CMHC, condo ownership over last 30 years had a growth rate nine times faster then single-family homes. Some 42% of condo occupants are singles and the condos still remain most popular with seniors and young adults. New Toronto MLS listings were down by nearly 4% in December 2013, compared to December 2012. As borrowing costs stay low, it is expected that average selling price will be up again in 2014 . So, looking at the condo market the big concern is still all about supply and particularly downtown, as skyscraping condos are the future of 21st century Toronto. And the fox said to the little prince: men have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author and aviator (1900-1944)

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TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) released today a new joint-research paper with the U.S.-based Reason Foundation. The paper looks at Canada’s tobacco tax rate changes in relation to the growth of the contraband market, making the case to reject higher tobacco taxes in Canada as well as President Obama’s proposal for higher tobacco taxes in the United States. “Canada, and especially Ontario and Quebec, have witnessed first-hand the effects of high taxes and the resulting explosion of the contraband tobacco trade,” said report co-author and CTF’s Ontario Director Candice Malcolm. In 1994, Canada’s federal government cut excise tax rates on cigarettes in half, and many provinces, including Ontario, followed suit with their own cuts. Ontario’s tobacco tax decreased by 66 per cent and Quebec’s were slashed by nearly 71 per cent. This was done in an effort to combat widespread cigarette smuggling from on-reserve as well as across the U.S. border, where tobacco was taxed at a fraction of the Canadian levies. Within six years, RCMP seizures of illegal cartons of tobacco dropped by 93.6 per cent. “Not surprisingly, when tax rates were lowered the contraband market lost its competitive edge,” said Malcolm. “It was no longer worth breaking the law to smuggle and sell cheap cigarettes.” Due to mounting pressure from interest groups and lobbyists, Canada’s federal government hiked tobacco taxes in 2001 and by 2002 they were back to pre-1994 levels. Within four years, RCMP contraband tobacco seizures were higher than ever. “Well-meaning policies like using sin taxes to prevent youth smoking often backfire,” said Malcolm. “In this case, the policies entice large segments of the population to break the law – both buyers and sellers – and thereby allow young people to circumvent laws intended to protect them, but buying cigarettes illegally.” “Children who are supposed to be seeing pictures of cancerous mouths on the sides of cigarette packages are instead only seeing cigarettes in clear baggies, and at the fraction of the price, thanks to the growth of the contraband tobacco trade,” said Malcolm. “In Ontario, the federal and provincial government forgo well over a billion dollars annually due to untaxed contraband tobacco,” continued Malcolm. “We only need to look at our own history to see that we are repeating the mistakes of 20 years ago and find a potential solution with Jean Chretien’s 1994 tobacco tax policies.” The CTF’s new joint paper with Reason Foundation, “The Effect of Cigarette Tax Rates on Illicit Trade: Lessons Learned in Canada” can be found at media.

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the director, "What is the criterion that defines a patient to be institutionalized?" "Well..." said the director, "we fill up a bathtub, and we offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask him to empty the bathtub." "Oh, I understand," said the visitor, with a chuckle. "A normal person would choose the bucket as it is larger than the spoon or the teacup. Right?" "Noooooooo!" answered the director. "A normal person would pull the plug."

The Resume Dilemma

Over the holidays, I knew that from a business perspective, I would not be very busy. So I decided to make productive use of the downtime that occurs, right after Santa visits, by engaging in some professional development. I marched into Chapters on December 27th armed with my discount and gift cards to purchase a few good reads on the art of resume writing. After doing my reading, I concluded that the nuts and bolts of writing a traditional resume have not drastically changed over recent years. But, the advent of the internet and social media has changed the ways that job seekers search and employers hire to the point that there is a real dilemma with regards to resumes. In fact, some experts in the career development field are pondering whether or not a resume is even relevant or necessary in today’s digital world of mobile devices. Career expert, Richard N. Bolles, annually updates and revises his best-selling job-hunting book What Color Is Your Parachute? In the 2014 edition, he says that “Google is your new resume” because employers have easy access to information about any of us who have posted online. He admits that he is “using the word resume loosely” when he is referring to Google. He warns his readers about the number of employers who Google potential new employees to find digital dirt, but he still promotes the “old type resume” as a necessary marketing tool. In the 6th Edition of Resumes for Dummies, careers columnist Joyce Lain Kennedy recognizes that the World Wide Web and social media have changed the “climate” of job hunting. Still, she believes that “resumes are here to stay”. Ms. Kennedy does, however, devote some chapters to the climate changes and how best to use new technology with a “targeted resume” that is “tailor-made for a specific employment opportunity” rather than a generic “allpurpose resume”. She maintains that “your one-size-fitsall work of art is obsolete, and it’s getting lost in more and more recruiting sinkholes.” You may accuse me of being a dinosaur but I am convinced that the resume still has a purpose and that job hunters still need one! Of course I have pretty good reasons for arguing that the traditional resume is still relevant: 1. Resume writing is one of my business revenue streams; 2. A good resume has helped me get my foot in the door at employers of my choosing on more than one occasion; 3. Resumes have connected clients, family members, and friends of mine with scads of opportunities over my working lifetime; 4. And even though technology is changing the ways we communicate and the systems that we use, employers still pick those individuals that they wish to interview because of the message that a well-written and well-aimed resume sends.

Full-day Kindergarten Registration Now Underway

Program Getting Results, Rollout Complete this September Across the Province Ministry of Education Ontario is encouraging parents to register their four- and five-year-old children for full-day kindergarten this September, completing the provincewide rollout of this important program that gives kids the best possible start. Registration is underway at many of the province's elementary schools. By this fall, full-day kindergarten will be available for all four- and five-year olds in Ontario, benefitting almost 265,000 students in approximately 3,600 publicly funded schools across the province. A recent study measured the progress and development of students who were enrolled in full-day kindergarten compared to those who participated in half-day programs. The results found that Ontario's youngest learners who completed full-day kindergarten are better prepared to enter Grade 1 and to be more successful in school in all areas the study explored. Giving children the best possible start is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people and ensure everyone has access to a world-class education. Quick Facts • Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their local school board for details about registration in their community. • To register, most school boards require identification documents such as a birth certificate, birth registry/ baptismal certificate, Ontario health card, and immunization record. • About 1,000 more schools will be offering full-day kindergarten this September. • Ontario families can save up to $6,500 per year in child care costs by enrolling their child in full-day kindergarten.

Happy New Year We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year and hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday season. As the snow continues to fall, we encourage you to get out and take advantage of the numerous recreational opportunities that the winter brings to Springwater Township. Council Meeting Schedule 2014 The Council Meeting Schedule has been approved for 2014. Council will meet on the third Monday of each month in the Council Chamber at 2231 Nursery Road and additional special meetings will be scheduled as needed. Agendas are available to the public and posted to www. on the Wednesday preceding the Council meeting. You are encouraged to follow the proceedings of your local government and get involved by reading the agendas, attending public meetings, following the Township on social media and contacting your ward Councillor with any questions or concerns. Election 2014 The Township Administration Centre will be a hive of activity as municipal staff prepare for the election taking place on October 27, 2014. Watch for election updates on the Township website, on Twitter @SpringwaterTWP and in the Springwater News. 2014 Budget & Business Plan Council will continue their 2014 budget deliberations at Special Council Meetings on: • January 20, 2014 at 3 p.m. and; • January 21, 2014 at 3 p.m. Council will seek input from residents at a Special Council Meeting where the 2014 Budget & Business Plan will be formally tabled on: • February 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. As your Council we will work hard to maintain established expectations, while trying to offset mandatory imposed increases resulting from increased OPP costs and a decrease in OMPF funding. Members of the public are invited to attend all budget meetings and provide input at the budget meeting on February 10. The final adoption of the Budget & Business Plan will take place during a regularly scheduled meeting of Council on: • February 18, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Emergency Preparedness Last week the Township endured a significant winter storm, and was well prepared to deal with the outcomes. The Emergency Management Team and Fire and Emergency Services were on standby and ready to take action as warranted; Public Works and Parks and Recreation staff worked long hours to keep roads, sidewalks and Town facilities accessible; and communication to the public was continuous and ensured that the media and residents were always in the loop. As a result, services throughout the Township were never disrupted. The Township thanks residents for heeding safety warnings to stay at home and off the roads when possible. Each of us must take responsibility for our own safety and ensure that we are properly prepared in the event of an emergency situation by always taking proper safety precautions, and maintaining emergency preparedness kits for both house and vehicles. Upcoming Events • Special Council Meeting (Draft Budget) January 20 – 3:00 p.m. • Council Meeting January 20 – 5:30 p.m. • Special Council Meeting (Draft Budget) January 21 – 3:00 p.m. • Planning Meeting January 27 – 5:30 p.m. • Special Council Meeting (Draft Budget) February 10 – 6:30 p.m. Michigan barber to attempt 40 haircuts in an hour DETROIT - A Michigan barber said he is aiming to break a world record by performing at least 35 haircuts in an hour. Bryan "B-Dogg" Price, 46, of Oak Park said he is practicing to attempt the goal April 6 at the Michigan Barber School in Detroit, where he obtained his license in 1988, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday. "I feel at home right here," Price said of the school. He said he needs to finish at least 35 haircuts to break the world record, but his goal is to reach 40. "The patron has to have a full head of hair where you're able to line it all around," he said of the rules for breaking the record. Price said he is planning to use two sets of clippers, one in each hand, and quickly move back and forth between two chairs while customers quickly change places in the seats. He said he will clip and line each cut, even over the ears. "These cuts are free, and two more are free after," Price said. "That first cut -that's the way I want to do it. They're going by my rules, so, you know, I have to go ahead and hook them up, give them something for doing it for me, show them I appreciate it." Ivan Zoot, who set the record in 2008 by giving 34 haircuts in an hour in Texas, said he applauds Price's ambition. "My words of advice would be, first of all, good luck," Zoot said. "Second of all, follow the rules very, very carefully."

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Almost 1,300 new students started Georgian College classes Jan. 6 Students don’t just start classes at Georgian College in September any more.

Every year, more and more students are taking advantage of the opportunity to start full-time programs in January. On Monday, Jan. 6, approximately 1,300 new full-time students began their studies across Georgian’s seven campuses as compared to 2009, when 607 students started their programs in Georgian’s winter semester. While numbers have not yet been finalized, many campuses are reporting especially strong increases for January 2014. The Midland Campus has seen a 65 per cent increase in enrolment in its Electrical, Plumbing and Welding Techniques programs compared to 2012. The Owen Sound Campus has a 48 per cent increase, with strong enrolment in Practical Nursing and Pre-Health Sciences and the South Georgian Bay Campus is experiencing a 75 per cent increase where popular programs there include Gas Technician, Pre-Health Sciences, and Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician. The number of international students starting class in January is also up, by 14 per cent over last year. This January, 189 new international students will arrived at Georgian. Most international students choose programs at the Barrie Campus. Popular program areas at the Barrie Campus this winter include Engineering Technology, Computer Studies, and Business. “Students come to Georgian because of our strong programs, partnerships with business and industry, our commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation and access to a full range of credentials from apprenticeships to degrees,” said Georgian College President and CEO, MaryLynn West-Moynes. “I am pleased to see our record growth is continuing. This is due, for the most part, I believe, to our extraordinary range of programs and services that help students graduate and find and/or create a job.” New and returning students to Georgian will be welcomed with January orientation activities. These activities are designed to make the transition to postsecondary education a little easier. Every campus offers some sort of welcome event on Jan. 6. Some campuses add in their own special activities. The Barrie Campus Students’ Administrative Council, for example, is offering Quidditch matches, straight out of Harry Potter, in the Athletics Centre from noon to 4 p.m. The Orillia Campus offers an “ask me” booth all day long to help first-time students find their way. At the Owen Sound Campus, the day begins at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and a visit from St. John Ambulance therapy dogs. Jan. 6 was also the first day of classes for Georgian students in all years of study. Georgian College fosters a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, preparing students to become not only job seekers, but also job creators. Working together with industry and community partners, Georgian offers relevant, cutting-edge curriculum, quality work placements and co-op experiences. With more than 120 career-focused programs across seven locations in Central Ontario (Barrie, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay), Georgian serves 11,000 full-time students and 28,000 Continuing Education registrants annually. Advanced study options, including the only four-year automotive management and golf management degrees in Canada, are offered through the one-of-akind Georgian University Partnership Centre. Georgian received the highest score among Ontario colleges in the 2013 International Student Barometer – ranking number three in the world – and has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers seven times and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers four years in a row.

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Seasonal home staging tips

If you are planning to sell your home this fall or winter, you may want to think twice before turning your front lawn into a Halloween graveyard or winter wonderland. According to Phil Dorner, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association, it is important to keep seasonal decorations to a minimum when opening your home up to potential buyers. “Visitors need to be able to picture themselves living in the space,” says Dorner. “An overly cluttered or decorated home will detract from their experience. Keep in mind not everyone celebrates the same holidays that you do or shares your taste in décor, so it’s always best to follow the rule of ‘less is more’ when showing your home around holidays.” If you choose to decorate your home during the selling process, make sure to follow these tips: • Keep it clear. Decorations should not block hallways or prevent potential buyers from entering or exiting areas of your home. • Engage the senses. Soft lighting and a nice aroma (like pumpkin or cinnamon) will welcome guests without being overpowering. • Make it homey. Especially when selling in fall/ winter, create the feeling of comfort by layering couches and beds with throws and cushions, for example. • Keep it functional. When decorated, living spaces should still look the part (i.e. a family room should not resemble Santa’s workshop). Some general staging tips: • Make sure your home is spotless, especially the high traffic areas. • Put away personal belongings like family photos. • Make sure that closets, cupboards and drawers are organized to show maximum storage potential. • Create ambiance in certain rooms like bathrooms by laying out plush towels and candles without over cluttering the space. “Don’t sink a ton of money into staging,” advises Dorner. “Keep it simple and talk to your Realtor about what buyers in your area are looking for.” For more information, visit

Georgian Bay Lighthouses

In these wintry days of cold and snow, many boaters dream of the warm summer days ahead. The Lighthouse and Marine Heritage tour gives an exploration plan to more than 50 Georgian Bay, Ontario Lighthouses and Marine attractions. Some of the lighthouses are open to the public, some offer viewing only, and others are accessible by private boat only. There are 32 lighthouses, including six limestone towers, built in the 1850s. Many of these lighthouses are considered surplus, and without care will probably deteriorate in the coming years. The Mississagi Straits lighthouse, built in 1873, is accessible only by car. It is situated on a section of flat white rock. There is a two-story frame house, and the square wooden tower rise just eight feet about the roof line. The inside of the lighthouse has been made into a museum. This structure is located at Meldrum Bay. The Victoria Harbour Rear Range Light sits atop a hill overlooking the harbour. The red and white pyramidal tower was discontinued in the 1990s. Now owned by the Township of Tay, there are plans to restore this light to its original condition. For more information, go to: visitgeorgianbay. com

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confidentially and the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of those surveyed will not be included in the survey results provided to the OPP. The results of the completed survey will be used to assist with developing the OPP Business Action Plan and the Annual Report. The information gathered will be useful in helping the OPP set goals and objectives to improve on the services it delivers to communities throughout Ontario. These surveys are done throughout the province on a three year schedule. Results from the 2013 survey are available on the website at this link. The Provincial survey will start in early or midJanuary and is expected to be completed by March 30, 2014.   We would like to thank those who participate in the Community Satisfaction Survey for taking the time to help the OPP in its Vision of “Safe Communities…..A Secure Ontario”.

from The American Contract Bridge League



(ORILLIA, ON) – A Community Satisfaction Survey is scheduled to start in January to solicit public opinions about the services the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) delivers to communities throughout Ontario. The Community Satisfaction Survey is a telephone survey that randomly selects members of the public (16 years or older) who live in Ontario.  The survey takes about five to seven minutes to complete and is strictly voluntary.  Those contacted and willing to participate are asked about issues such as community security, perceptions of crime and youth issues in the community, OPP presence in the community, service delivery and even how the OPP investigates crime and enforces the law. The information provided by those surveyed is being collected by a research consultant, R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. that has been retained by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.  The information is treated

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This is not a good slam! After a Diamond opening lead, even if trumps are 3-2 and the Club finesse works, it still looks as if Declarer must lose a Heart and a Spade for down one. How does Declarer avoid that Spade loser?

West’s 3♠ overcall (showing seven Spades) points the way to the winning line. Declarer wins the opening lead with the ♦K, and now proceeds to remove all of East’s safe exit cards. At Trick 2 he takes the Club finesse, then cashes the ♥K, back to hand with the ♥A, and another Club. After Declarer has taken his minor suit winners, the ♠A is cashed, at which point East is down to the ♥Q and two Clubs. Declarer now throws in East with a trump, and East is forced to return a Club, allowing Declarer a so-called “ruff and sluff”, whereby one hand pitches a (Spade) loser and the other one takes the ruff. That’s a pretty elimination play for 12 tricks. Strangely enough, if South declares 6NT, there is a totally different elimination play, this time directed against West. Say that West leads a Diamond as before. Declarer wins, finesses the Club, returns to hand with another Diamond, and plays off the rest of the Clubs and Diamonds. By now, West is down to ♥J6 and ♠KJT5. Dummy’s ♥K is cashed and a Heart is run around to West’s Jack. West must return a Spade and that gives Declarer the 12th trick. West might try and wriggle out of the end-play by throwing his ♥J under the ♥K, but to no avail as that only serves to set up a Heart finesse against East. Visit for more about the fascinating game of bridge or email

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The Hardship Acres Peewees

RVH’s 10th OR open for business

The Hardship Acres Peewee AE team hosted their tournament at the Elmvale Arena on January 3-5th.  There were seven teams in total playing from all over the province.  Each team played a round robin of four games and the top two  played in the final on Sunday. The Elmvale Coyotes first opponent was the North Muskoka Lightning.  The team got off to a fast start with Noah Parnell scoring for the home side.  With an early lead the boys let up a bit only to see the Lighting score a couple of quick ones to take the lead.  Realizing that the North Muskoka team was not going away the  Peewee AE's got down to business.  The Coyotes buried four straight goals and cruised to the 5-3 win.  Conner McGee, Damian Lalonde, CJ Beltrame, and Noah Parnell all scored for Elmvale with assists going to Eric Aldersey on three of the five goals! The Twin Centre Stars were next up for Elmvale.  It was a tight checking game right from the faceoff.  The Stars got on the board first with a goal early in the second period.  The Coyotes continued to battle and finally got rewarded in the third when Carter Luoma wristed one in from the point.  Less than two minutes later Noah Parnell gave Elmvale the lead and the boys shut down the Stars for the rest of the game giving them their second win of the tournament. Assists in this game went to Isaak McGinnis and Luke Dutton.  Game three saw the Coyotes play a team from Tavistock.  Elmvale took a 2-0 first period lead on goals from Parnell and Beltrame.  Assists this time went to Aldersey and McGinnis.   The boys dominated the play and Beltrame scored his second of the game, unassisted, to give the Hardship Acres Peewee AE's a 3-0 victory. The fourth and final round robin game featured the only two undefeated teams, the Paris Wolfpack and Elmvale.  Paris came here to win, scoring a goal in the second and an insurance marker in the third to give the Coyotes their first loss of the tournament,

More area patients will have access to As the health centre has doubled in surgical procedures and the most advanced size with the opening of its expansion, medical technology thanks to the opening the surgical program has grown to meet of Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s the demands of the region. The increase (RVH) 10th operating room. in capacity will accommodate new and As part of RVH’s Phase 1 Expansion enhanced services being provided at RVH project, two brand new operating suites as well as the additional surgeons now were built and existing suites renovated practicing at RVH. bringing the total to 10 ORs, enabling “Last year RVH performed almost RVH’s surgical team to perform an 12,000 surgeries in its main operating rooms”, says Shawn Virtue, program 2-0.  The Peewee AE's finished the round additional 200 cases each month. Four of the operating rooms feature the director, Surgical Services, RVH. “This robin tied with Listowel in second place but very latest technology. These advanced improved technology and expanded because of goal differential Elmvale earned suites are digitally integrated so patient space means surgical patients from across a berth in the final. information is right at the surgeons’ Simcoe Muskoka should have great After a pizza party get together the boys fingertips and patient images can be peace of mind coming to RVH, knowing got the rematch they wanted and promised accessed during surgery or transmitted they are in the hands of highly-skilled a better effort in the championship game.  from the operating room to other healthcare professionals who have the They came out and took the play to the specialists for real-time consultation.  best technology available to perform high Wolfpack.  They peppered the net with shots Called ‘Smart’ Ors, they also permit quality, safe procedures.” but time and time again the Paris goalie 3D image-guided surgery, which helps The next stage of renovation in the turned them away.  As the third period wore surgeons plan every point of the procedure project is a refresh on the existing surgical on their opponent gather some steam and and verify the success of the surgery. inpatient care units which will continue started to take the play to Elmvale.  It was “We opened our first ‘Smart’ OR earlier in through the first half of the year. the Coyotes goalie, Jacob Sanderson's turn the fall and our entire surgical team agrees “The opening of the 10th OR is another to come up big.  He made countless saves these suites truly are the gold standard,” great milestone for RVH,” says Janice and the rest of the team waited for their says Dr. Peter Dauphinee, clinical director Skot, RVH president and CEO. “It is chance to score.  With just over 30 seconds of RVH’s surgery program. “All of our one of the very final pieces of the Phase left on the clock CJ Beltrame shot one past surgeons are already highly skilled and 1 Expansion project – a $450 million the Paris goalie securing a hard fought 1-0 these OR’s ensure they have the most redevelopment that doubled the size of victory!! advanced technology at their fingertips the health centre and added programs The Hardship Acres Peewee AE's won the tournament with team work, dedication and which allows us to deliver on our promise and services not found elsewhere in the region.” discipline.  Everyone worked hard from the of high-quality patient care.” defence core of Luke Dutton, Robbie Tolles, In 1991 Per Lindstrand and Richard Branson become the first people to pilot a Carter Luoma, and Tanner Corriveau to the balloon across the Pacific. Traveling 6,700 miles in 46 hours at speeds of up to forward group of Eric Aldersey, Damian 245mph, they flew from Japan to Arctic Canada. Lalonde, Conner McGee, Hayden Schepers, The first successful circumnavigation of the world in a balloon took place in 1999. Isaak McGinnis, Lucas Scanlan, CJ Beltrame Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones left from Switzerland and landed in Egypt just shy and Noah Parnell and last but not least to of 20 days later. our excellent goalie Jacob Sanderson.  The Vijaypat Singhania set the world altitude record for highest hot-air balloon flight in team should all be very proud of their November when he reached 69,850ft. efforts.  Thanks too goes out to the outstanding coaching staff of Ian Schepers, Doug Dutton, Ken Corriveau, James Fleming and Colleen McGinnis. With the regular season now behind us the Peewee AE's look towards the playoffs.   Their first round opponent will be the Oro Thunder.  Both teams know each other quite well after 6 games played between the two this year.  Good luck to the Hardship Acres AE's and the rest of the Coyote teams in the second season!! 

AWARE Simcoe calls on province to plan for real sustainability

AWARE Simcoe is calling on Ontario to plan for finite, sustainable

communities. The underlying assumption of the current planning regime is one of perpetual growth, with no community ever deemed to be complete, no level of population ever enough. “In our view this assumption is perverse and irrational,” AWARE Simcoe states in its submission to the ministry of municipal affairs. The organization, founded in 2010 to protect water and farmland, draws examples from two recent high-profile local planning controversies - the 10-fold expansion of Midhurst and approval of the new Simcoe County Official Plan - to make a number of recommendations, including:  A ‘Net Benefit’ standard for all new development.  Growth must pay for growth; under the present system, it doesn’t.  Improved measures to ensure the informed involvement of local citizens when major community change is being contemplated  Progressive legislation such as Places to Grow should be enforced. Recent amendments, the result of lobbying by the development industry, should be repealed.  The farm sector is one of the main drivers of the Ontario economy. Farmland is employment land and should not be converted to less productive and less important economic uses.  The Ontario Municipal Board was not part of this review, but this unelected body with a clear pro-development bias, should have been subject to evaluation. The Municipal Affairs ministry solicited comment on land use planning, appeals and development charges. Comments closed January 10.  The tradition of serving champagne after a hot-air balloon flight originated in the 18th century as a way of appeasing French farmers who didn't much like balloons landing in their fields and crushing their crops.

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Immunization Helps Protect Against the Flu Including H1N1

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, is reminding Ontarians to protect themselves from influenza by getting the flu shot. Dr. King stresses it is still important to get immunized - particularly with an increased proportion of laboratory confirmed cases of the 2009 H1N1 flu virus in the province and across the country this year. This strain of influenza affects people of all ages, but children under five and those age 20 to 64 years old appear to be most susceptible. To date, children under five appear to be most at risk of hospitalization.  Deaths have been reported in adults and the elderly.  The flu vaccine is safe and the best way to keep you and the people around you healthy during the flu season. The free flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices and is also available for those five and older through specially trained pharmacists at close to 2,000 pharmacies across Ontario - three times as many pharmacies as last year. Ontarians are also encouraged to contact their local public health unit about community flu immunization clinics. Ontarians can get information about flu immunization, and locate your nearest flu clinic by visiting www.ontario. ca/flu. QUICK FACTS • The flu vaccine prevents up to 80 per cent of influenza cases in healthy children and adults. • Persons at highest risk of hospitalization and death from the flu are children under five years old, seniors, people with weakened immune systems and individuals with underlying medical conditions. • The flu vaccine is free and available to everyone, six months of age and older, who lives, works or attends school in Ontario.

King's Wharf Theatre

June 4 - June 21 Peter Pan A Traditional British Panto June 25 - July 12 Run For Your Wife An Outrageous British Farce July 16 - August 2 I’ll Be Back Before Midnight The Original Comedy Thriller August 7 - August 30 Twist and Shout: The British Invasion Music That Rocked The World •••• The King’s Wharf Theatre is at 97 Jury Dr., Penetanguishene There is free parking with courtesy cart to front entrance, wheelchair accessible, free infrared hearing assistance, air-conditioned, licensed lounge. Regular Performance $42.00 + HST = $47.46; Previews $34.00 + HST = $38.42; 20 & Under $25.00 + HST = $28.25; Groups (20+) $34.00 + HST = $38.42 705-549-5555 or Toll Free: 1-855-drayton (372-9866)

First Baby of 2014!

Ontario's Tax Changes for 2014

• Employment Insurance ‘rate freeze’ means EI taxes to rise $54 • CPP taxes going up $140 EI payroll taxes up 28 per cent since 2008 TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has crunched the numbers and Ontario taxpayers will keep less of their paycheques after January 1st as EI and Canadian Pension Plan taxes both go up. In its annual New Year’s Tax Changes report, the CTF has calculated that maximum employee EI taxes will go up $23 in 2014 to $914, while the employer’s share of EI payroll tax goes up $31 to $1,279. That means a working couple who each earn at least $48,600 in 2014, will have $4,386 in EI payroll taxes sent to Ottawa on their behalf. The federal government expects to collect $4.2 billion more in EI taxes in 2014 than they pay out in benefits. Other forecasts peg the EI tax windfall to the government much higher. “Politicians like Ontario Premier Wynne complain about the lack of revenues for governments, meanwhile, they say nothing about scams like the EI surplus,” said CTF Ontario Director Candice Malcolm. “If governments wanted to solve and address the CPP shortfall, they should look no further than reforming EI to create an Employment Insurance Savings Account,” said Malcolm. CPP premiums are also going up. The maximum employee Canada Pension Plan payroll tax rises $70 to $2,426 for employees earning at least $52,500 a year. Employers match employees’ CPP payroll taxes dollar for dollar, pushing the total CPP payroll tax haul to $4,856.  “Premier Wynne continues to call for CPP premium hikes, and seems unaware that premiums are already increasing,” said Malcolm. “In fact, CPP taxes have been steadily rising and grown by almost 50 per cent over the past two decades.” “Considering Ontario taxpayers are being threatened with higher gas taxes, higher property taxes and ratepayers will be dealing with soaring energy rates, these CPP and EI hikes are a real slap in the face,” continued Malcolm. “Payroll taxes to the economy are like sharp objects to infants: risky, dangerous, and potentially deadly,” said Malcolm. You can view the CTF’s calculations for the changes happening on January 1st for 26 different income and family scenarios here: media/2014_New_Years_Tax_Changes_Backgrounder.pdf

Amber and Tim Forget of Penetanguishene welcomed the first baby at Georgian Bay General Hospital for 2014. Little Conner Forget arrived at 8:20 a.m. on January 4th weighing in at 8 lbs. 2 oz. and was helped into the world by Dr. Helt and the OB staff at GBGH.


WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22 @ 4:30 & 7:30 PM THE HUNT Director: Jagten Thomas Vinterberg - Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp Certain to be one of the year’s defining and most controversial films, The Hunt is an intelligent and engaging dissection of Danish society. Vinterberg exposes the hypocrisy behind some of his country’s most cherished social ideals, particularly the close bonds of community, the sanctity of domesticity and the innocence of childhood. Directed with consummate skill and driven by exceptional performances from a stellar cast, this offering is expected to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.  WEDNESDAY JANUARY 29 @ 4:30 & 7:30 PM SIDDHARTH Director: Richie Mehta Cast: Rajesh Tailing, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anurag Arora, Naseeruddin Shah In New Delhi, 12 year old Siddharth is sent by his father to work in a trolley factory to help support his family. When he fails to return home for a holiday, his distraught father begins a desperate search to find his missing son. Mehta sets this quest within a hard-working community that is poor in so many ways, yet rich in family and love. Beautifully paced, the film’s emotional spectrum is thoughtfully measured, resulting in deeply felt responses that avoid melodrama.  Screenings at The Galaxy Cinemas, Mountainview Mall, Midland – Doors open at 4:00 p.m. 10 pack – $90  6 pack – $54  Single tickets - $10 Purchase at the Huronia Museum (705-526-2844) or at the door.

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Alzheimer Awareness Month Media Kit

Dear Friends: January is Alzheimer Awareness Month. This year, the Alzheimer Society of Canada is launching a nationwide campaign to promote the benefits of early diagnosis.  As many as 50 per cent of Canadians with dementia are not diagnosed early enough, losing precious time when care and support can make a tremendous difference in their quality of life and avert unnecessary crises for their families.  An early diagnosis opens the door to care and treatment that helps people with dementia remain active and independent longer.  An early diagnosis also helps people with dementia and their families take control of their lives and plan ahead. We need your help!  Please consider placing our new Public Service Advertisement (PSA) which will help Canadians find the information, support and service they need.  While January is Alzheimer Awareness Month, our campaign runs throughout 2014 so we encourage you to use our PSA at any time during the year. Effective January 7, 2014, a comprehensive MEDIA KIT can be found on our website at http://www.alzheimer. ca/en/simcoecounty/News-and-Events/Media-centre/ Awareness-Month-2014.  The site includes a Media Release, Fact Sheets, and information about local events planned for Alzheimer Awareness Month (Public Information Sessions; Walk/Skate for Memories).  The national campaign micro site is now live. To access and download our print, audio and video PSAs, you can go to the Canada Newswire website at http:// If there is any additional information you require or if you would like to arrange an interview with a representative of the Alzheimer Society, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Education Coordinators, Laura-Lynn Bourassa (Barrie & Area, South Simcoe) at lbourassa@ or Erika Rice (Orillia & Area, South Georgian Bay, North Simcoe) at erice@alzheimersociety. ca. The Alzheimer Society has been providing Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow…® for over 28 years in Simcoe County, but we haven’t done it alone.  Please continue to help us spread our messages to the thousands of Simcoe County residents who are affected by this devastating disease or those who may be at risk.  Through education and awareness, Canadian media outlets like yours can make a real difference in the lives of those living with dementia – perhaps even someone you know. On behalf of the Alzheimer Society, I thank you in advance for your ongoing support of worthwhile causes such as ours, and hope that you will join our efforts to share these important Awareness Month messages. All the best in 2014! The Alzheimer Society is the leading nationwide health charity for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.  Active in communities right across Canada, the Society offers help for today through our programs and services, and hope for tomorrow by funding research into the cause, prevention and a cure.

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Community Events

can be faxed - (705) 322-8393, called to - 322-2249

or e-mailed to -

Ken Archer Painting

Over 25 years experience painting & wallpapering

Call Ken 705-727-8313 Canadian Firearms Safety Course &

Hunter Education plus the Canadian Restricted Firearms Course available Instructor/Examiner Ernest Reid • 705-529-1212

Robert MacDonald

Painting & Paper Hanging (705) 322-1160

Leon Tilt & Load

We pick up scrap cars, trucks and metals. Call 705-527-9534

Mike’s Small Engines

Lawn Mower / Snow Blower / Snowmobiles Orr Lake/Elmvale Pickup-Delivery 2158 Orr Lake Road North • 322-2707

Heaslip & Son Renovation & Handyman Services 705-361-9945 R&C Woods Roofing Inc. Asphalt & Rubber Over 30 years experience 705-527-5442

Jan 17 1-4 Quilt Trunk Show at MNO’s Georgian Metis Council Office 355 Cranston Cres. w/demo of quilting, high tea and treats and door prizes. 526-6335 members at Body‘n Balance Physiotherapy (705) 429 - 9619. Sat Jan 18, LIVE MUSIC DANCE, 8:00 pm featuring Terry Last Wed 7 - 8 pm. - Wasaga and area Stroke Support Group meetings Chisholm, tribute artist and musician. Doors open at 7 pm, $ CHRIS CROSS BOATWORX held at Body‘n Balance Physiotherapy - 429-9619 Jan 19 – Order of Wasaga Beach / New Year’s First Wed. of month: 7 pm Hillsdale Parks and Mechanical boat repairs Outboard, Sterndrive Levee Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Mosley Street. Are You New Rec meet in the Community Centre. 835-5240 14218 Cty Rd 27 S. Elmvale to the Community? 1 p.m. The Town of Wasaga Beach will be Wed. 7:30 pm Cribbage at Barrie Legion. honouring the contributions of its citizens at the (across from Jungle Zoo) 322-BOAT 2628) Wed: 7:30 Euchre at the ANAF Club Barrie Do you have a New Year’s Levee. rd 3 Wed of the month: 10 am – noon The Dutch New Baby? Sun. Jan. 19, 10am  St. John’s United Church Mon. Aphasia Communication Group - The Stroke Recovery Canadian coffee club meets in Georgian Mall food warmly invites you to join us for Worship. This Association (Barrie and District). All sessions free 737-9202. court by elevator. week’s reflection is “What is Worship?” 27 Yonge Mon: 9 am. Coffee Club and Art Group - 9:30 am Pool and 10 4th Wed. 7:30. Horticultural Society meets St. S. Elmvale am Tiny Stitches The Place 300 Balm Beach Rd. Perkinsfield Elmvale Legion Jan 19 – Prince of Peace Roast Beef Dinner Call your local rep or Mon: 10 to 11:30 or 7:30 to 9 pm Ladies Interdenominational Thurs: 9 am Coffee Club- 10-3 p.m. Tiny register online for your - The Prince of Peace Anglican Church, 565 Bible Study at Willow Creek Church 2387 Gill Rd. 722-7582 Stitchers The Place Perkinsfield, 526-5074 FREE Welcome Gift bag Mosley Street. Tickets: $12.00 ea. Advanced Mon: 1 p.m. Elmvale Community Hall, euchre/bid euchre First Thursday Phelpston Rec Committee meets and Visit. tickets only. Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Roast Mon/Wed 1- 3pm at Brian Orser Hall Penetang Seniors shuffle 1st Thurs 7 pm Midland District Camera Club Candi Fox (705) 515-2252 Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, Mashed Potato’s, board 549-7611 for info. Register at town hall. at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, Corn, Caesar Salad, Buns and Butter, Wonderful Mon: The HUB for Arts and Culture at the Midland Cultural Midland, in Askennonia Seniors Club area. Desserts, Coffee/Tea. 705-422-1116, Centre - JUST SHOW UP! Guests welcome. Speakers, refreshments. www. July 19: Tiffen Bay Folk Club at the Midland Cultural Centre Mon: 6:30 - 8 pm @ HCES SEVENTY8 All gr. 7&8 students featuring Stephen Fearing are welcome join in awesome games and challenges. A ministry 2nd Thurs "September - June, (inclusive) Barrie District Stamp Wed, Jan 22 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m VON Adult Day Program of Elmvale Community Church. Club. 7 - 9 pm at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Barrie. www. (Sunset Manor), 49 Raglan Street, Collingwood The caregiver 1st Monday of the month -7 pm to 9 pm Come to our monthly or 705-735-6009 support group connects family and friends caring for a person knit and craft gathering at Kelly’s Phelpston Tavern. 2nd Thurs Sept to June - 7 pm Barrie Thornton Fiddle Mon: 7 pm Midland District Railroad Club at Huronia Airport Club at Thornton Banquet Hall above the arena. Evening of who is elderly or frail or with various stages of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease to education and coping strategies - basement of white building 705-526-3461 entertainment, dance, square dance. All welcome to perform in a safe place, while sharing challenges and successes.  Fiona at Mon: 7 pm Texas Hold em Tournament at the Maple Valley Lloyd Preston 705 722 8335 (705) 444-2457 Sports Club. All Welcome 3rd Thurs: 9:30 am – 11:00 am Sept 19, 2013 to May 2014 Wed. Jan 22 at 7:30 Dr. James Young former Chief Coronor of Mon: Euchre 7:30 p.m. RCL Barrie Coffee Party at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hillsdale. Ontario is interviewed at the Midland Cultural Centre 2nd Mon.: 7 p.m., Wasaga Beach Community Presbyterian Thurs. 10 am St. John’s United Church, Elmvale, invites you Jan 23: Warden’s Ski Day at Mount St. Louis Moonstone Church, 208 Mosley St., “Alzheimer Caregiver Support Group” to join us for Coffee and Conversation with Rev. Steve. 27 Yonge Saturday, January 25, 2014 Essa Historical Society is Last Mon.: 7 p.m., Bayfield House Retirement Lodge, 5 Beck Street S. holding their monthly meeting 1:30 p.m. at Thornton Public Blvd. Penetang, “Alzheimer Caregiver Support Group” 3rd Thurs: 10 am - noon - The raging grannies meet at Woods Library. Speaker will be Noni Finkbeiner, retired nurse, quilter Tues. Wed. & Thurs. 9 am-3:30 pm Elmvale Adult Day Out Park retirement facility 110 Lillian Cres. in Barrie. 322-1575 . and volunteer from home. Topic “The way it was”. Guests are Program at United Church Manse. Social activation/assistance 4th Thurs: 1-3 Nottawasaga Bay Stroke Recovery meet at 135, welcome. 705-458-9971. w/daily living activities 549-6277 32nd St. Wasaga Beach Guests speakers 429-9571 Jan 24: All day Warden’s Ski Day at Mount St. Louis Tues: 9:30 Coffee Club - 12:30 Bid Euchre @ The Place 4th Thurs: 1:30 pm Diabetes support group meets at the Health Jan 25 – Hometown Hockey Day Location: Water Depot – 707 Tues. 6-7 pm Painting Classes for ages 5-12 @ Creative and Wellness Center at Penetang General Hospital 549-0881 River Road West, Unit #2 (Foodland Plaza.) 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 Madness 322-6588 4th Thurs. 3-5 pm Parkinson’s p.m. Shoot & Win Board from the Hockey Hall of Fame. $2.00 Tues. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm Waverley support group meetings at the Contributions. Water Depot 705-422-1938 . Youth Group at Waverley Gospel Hall.  Superstore Midland 526-9170. Jan 25 - 3rd Annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival Wasaga GRADES 7 & UP.  Free - All Welcome Thurs. 7 - 10 pm Good Vibes RecPlex, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Artist exhibits and entertainment. 1st & 3rd Tuesday 6:30 Georgian Bay Coffeehouse at Mount St. Louis Road View and Vote on your Favourite Short Film. Drinks and Free Coin and Stamp Club First Tuesday, and 4th of Oro-Medonte Need someone to talk to Popcorn! Local Artist Exhibits. Tot and Teen Dancers. Contests in Midland North Simcoe Sports and Thurs. 7 pmEuchre at Kelly’s about mental health or addiction? and Door Prizes. Special Guests and Entertainers. www. Recreation Centre, 3rd Thurs, at the Call the CAMH Telephone Support line at Phelpston Tavern and Eatery or 705-429-2247 Prime Time Club, 1724 Mosley Street, Thurs. 7 pm Bid Euchre at the Jan 25 9:30am The Brereton Field Naturalists’ workshop on Wasaga Beach. 705-534-3771 Georgian Shores Swinging Seniors Survival Basics. at the Copeland Forest. Learn how to put a basic Tues: 7-9 Wasaga Beach Toastmasters Monday to Friday, 3:00 to 9:00 pm Centre, 526-5074 survival kit together, build a shelter and start a fire. Visit www. at the Library 429-6416 Confidential telephone support provided by volunteers Thurs. 7 pm Blue Grass Music at on equipment to bring and directions to the site. Tues. 7 pm Bid Euchre at Bayshore Barrie RCL Minors must be accompanied by an adult Seniors Club Woodland Beach. Welcome! Thurs. 7 pm - Elmvale Com Hall Euchre/Bid Euchre Lunch. Sunday, January 26 2 pm Does Humour belong in Music at Tues. 7 pm Chess (beginners and advanced) at Bayshore Thurs. 7:15 pm Barrie Shambhala Meditation Group meets at the Midland Cultural Centre. Seniors, Woodland Beach 2000 TBRN the Soul Studios, 40 Bell Farm Road, Unit #8. Sitting / walking Sunday, January 26 Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association will be Tues. 7:30 pm: Bid Euchre and darts Barrie Legion meditation, study, discussion, hosting their annual general meeting “Community Matters” from Tues. 8 pm Elmvale Legion - First Tues, General Meeting - Last Fri: 9:30 a.m. Coffee Club - 9:30 Pool, 12:30 p.m. Bridge – 4-7 pm at the Midhurst Community Centre on 74 Doran Road. Tues. (summer excluded) 322 1042 Includes Coffee/Tea/Cookies Georgian Shores Swinging Seniors There will be a community appreciation buffet from 4-5:30 free First Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30 pm Georgian Bay Coin and Stamp “The Place”, Perkinsfield, 705-526-5074 for 2014 members and children under 12, non members $10. Club meets in Midland, North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Fri: 5:30 pm WB Lions Bingo at RecPlex 429-3331 The keynote speaker will be Carl Cosack who will outline why Centre 534-3771 Last Fri. of month 5 - 7pm Elmvale Ladies Auxiliary Royal communities matter and how his was able to defeat the MegaWed: 9 am Coffee Club - 10 am Pool - 12:30 pm Games Canadian Legion monthly supper $8. Quarry. Come join us for inspiration and community spirit! Afternoon 1st/3rd - 2nd Wed - 1:30 pm Camera Club Georgian Fri.: 6 pm - Full course meals RCL Barrie $10 Reservations Sun. Jan. 26, 10am  St. John’s United Church warmly invites Bay Swinging Seniors “The Place” 300 Balm Beach Road required, 728-4002 you to join us for a special presentation by our Worship team. 27 First Wed/Month: Regular meeting of the Georgian Bay Métis 1st Friday of the month “KID ZONE” Elmvale Presbyterian Yonge St. S. Elmvale Council at 355 Cranston Cres. Midland 526-6335 Church, 22 Queen St., E.  Children J.K. to Grade 8 welcome. Monday, January 27: 7 p.m.  Bayfield House Retirement Every Wednesday CHAIR YOGA 10:00 - 11:00 am. Gentle Every 2nd Friday 5:30 to 7 Branch 262 Elmvale Legion exercises with soothing music that can be done in a chair or on presents TGIF BBQ Hamburgers - Don’t cook in the heat, when Lodge 5 Beck Boulevard, Penetanguishene The Alzheimer the floor that are both relaxing and muscle strengthening. $2.00 you can chow down at the Legion. Come one, come all. Chef Society of Simcoe County’s support groups connect family and friends caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or related for members and $4.00 for non members. Mikey on duty dementias, to education and coping strategies in a safe place, 3rd Wed of the month: 10 am – noon The Dutch Canadian Every Friday 6 pm Minesing United Church Youth Group Jr. while sharing challenges and successes.  (705) 722-l066   coffee club meets in Georgian Mall food court by elevator. Youth Grade 5-6, Sr. Youth Grade 7-12 705-737-5322 Jan 29-11 am Car Seat Clinic at the South Georgian Bay OPP Wed: 12-1:00 Lunch, $8 at Barrie Legion. 728-1412 Fri. 7 pm – Euchre, Ladies Auxiliary, Branch 262, RC Legion, office on Hwy 12 in Midland. 526-3761 Wed: 12:30 Euchre at Wasaga Beach United Church 361-2022 Elmvale (upstairs). Jan 30 – Business After 5 Hosted by Reflexology for Health, Wed 1- 3pm at Brian Orser Hall Penetang Seniors shuffle board Fri.: 9 pm KARAOKE NITE Maple Valley Sports Bar Juice Plus and The Garden Tower held at 12 Northwood Drive, 549-7611 for info. Register at town hall.. Sat: 3 pm Meat Darts Bbq at Legion, Branch 147, Barrie,                                                             Wasaga Beach. Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Networking, auction 3rd Wed of month: 2-4 pm Vet’s Day at the Elmvale Legion Sat. 3 pm Meat Darts. ARMY NAVY/AIR FORCE CLUB, 7 prizes, delicious food and great people! Everyone is welcome! Branch 262. Everyone welcome. George Street, Barrie 728-8240 Feb 1: 2-3:30 The artist in residence at the Midland Cultural Wed. 5:15–6:30 pm Springwater Township Rotary Club meet Sat: 5:00 Meat Darts Elmvale Legion. Welcome! Centre from Jan 27 to Feb 8 is artha Henrickson: “winter’. THe Wed @ Midhurst Library 721.3148 Sun: 9:45 am Knox Flos Presbyterian Church Services reception is on Feb 1. Wed. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids Awana Group at Waverley Gospel Sun. 10 am St. John’s United Church, Elmvale, 27 Yonge February 2nd is World Wetland Day and to acknowledge and Hall SK to GR 6. St. S., warmly invites you to join us for worship.  www. celebrate the wonders of wetlands, the Friends of Wye Marsh Second Wed: 6.30 - 8.30 pm Georgian Bay Coin and Stamp are encouraging everyone to show their support for Wye Marsh Club Real Canadian Superstore, Wasaga Beach. Peter 534-3771 1st Sunday of month - Family Breakfast Barrie Royal Canadian by visiting the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre on February 2nd or Wed: 7 pm Euchre at Sunnidale Corners Hall! All ages and Legion 410 St. Vincent St. - 11 - 12:30 pm 728-1412 by making a donation to support the work of the Friends of Wye experience levels are welcome. Sun. 2-6 All day “Karaoke” at the Barrie Royal Canadian Marsh.  The Friends of Wye Marsh also ask you to save the 2nd Wed 7 - 8: 30 pm.- Wasaga and area Cancer Support group Legion Br. 147 (728-4002) date for their fundraising event Wine & Whisky for Wetlands, meetings open to all cancer survivors, caregivers and family And the Daily Events March 20th at the Library Restaurant, tickets $25. Thurs, Jan 16: MidlandMon. Feb. 3, 9am  The Women of St. John’s United Church Penetanguishene Field will be hosting a presentation by Gabrella from the” Simcoe Naturalists meet at 7:30 pm County Waste Management Programme” followed by a short at Wye Marsh Wildlife Cente. business meeting. www.unitedchurchelmvale.orgFeb 8 – Blood Speaker is Jennifer Howards, Donor Clinic Location: Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St. Time: naturalists, photographer and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. For more information and to make an appointment activist. Topic: Increasing call 1-888-236-6283 Awareness of the Natural Feb 8: 8 pm Elliott Blood World Around Us. Info - Bob TUES FEB 11 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Employment Assistance at 705 533 9996.

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Thank you!!!

For rent - apt., houses, and halls

We wish to thank everyone on the Team Sweden Tour for making our trip so memorable and being treated so great. The boys and coaches did an awesome job. A memory to keep forever . Thanks again to our new and old friends. Bren and Paul

For rent: 3 bdrm semi-home in Phelpston. $900 plus hydro / gas heat. 705.322.2403

Announcements / Coming Events Flos Agricultural Society Annual Banquet, General Meeting & guest speakers

will be held Tues Jan 21st, 2014 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Elmvale. Dinner at 6:45 pm. Tickets $15 each & available from

Ariel 705-322-5900, during business hours.

"The Family of William (Billy) Cox

would like to invite you to come and celebrate his

65th birthday at the Elmvale Presbyterian Church on Saturday January 18, 2014, from 2-4pm. Best wishes only please."

They now have a Sister

Big brothers Brayson, Preston and Everson Fay are excited to announce the arrival of their baby sister

Layton Charlotte Catherine Fay.

Layton was born on December 9th weighing 7lbs 15oz.  Proud parents are Cullen and Andrea.  Layton’s grandparents are Grant and Dianne Ritchie and Sheamus and Catherine Fay.  Special thanks to Trish Steele of the Barrie Midwives.

Drop off Boxes can be found at

Home Building Center, Hwy 27 S Coffee Time Donuts, 2 Queen St W Elmvale Foodland, 14 Yonge St N Whitfields Pharmacy, 16 Queen St W Elmvale & District Lions Club 1979 Flos 7 West Box 3090, Elmvale 705 322 3088

Free French advice regarding social assistance, housing, EI and CPP issues. Conseils juridiques gratuits en logement, aide sociale, assurance-emploi et pension (RPC). Call the French Legal Advice Line / Appelez la Ligne d’avis juridique 1-87 POUR AVIS (1-877-687-2847)

Get Fit! Have Fun!Simcoe County Ontario Senior Games 55+

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Tyler Lawson’s Family, Bill & Karrie, Michelle & Dude, Stephanie & Dave and boys, would like to thank everyone in the community, neighbors, hockey friends, first responders, paramedics, fire department, police and Steckley-Gooderham funeral homes for the kindness and support in the most difficult of times. Our enormous extended family pulled together & helped us rally through and carry on giving Tyler the best celebration of life possible. He will forever be in our hearts and missed.

Post Christmas Global Warming

by Indra Sharma - Christmas 2013 came and went in a frigid visit. My two American aunts and uncle from Connecticut made the trip to Elmvale for Christmas, a twelve hour drive. So they visited relatives in Oakville and Toronto and dodged the ice storm in that part of Ontario. They arrived in Elmvale several hours before the storm occurred. The family here appreciates the visit. The aunts and uncle are a little over seventy years old respectively. They love our Elmvale and have been visiting here for more than a quarter of a century. The friendliness of people and the laid back lifestyle far from the maddening crowd gives them joy. They will be back for Easter – my favourite holiday! Why? Because the days are longer and the promise of spring is in the air and the sunlight is like new gold. Of course there is the “Ten Commandments” to watch. A fixture at Easter for so many generations including my brothers who sometimes take the roles of Charleton Heston and Yul Brynner and act like them to the point where we are unable to watch the movies because we are laughing so hard. My youngest brother (the Yul Brynner one) who lives in Europe touched base with us for a surprise pre-Christmas visit. He lives in Stuttgart with his wife and two boys but is employed at the University of Plymouth in Cornwall, England. He loves to come home to Elmvale and visit the Tim Horton’s daily. It was a lovely surprise to have him home for a short while and to send back Christmas gifts to Germany for the family there. He missed the Polar Vortex! It reminded me of the movie entitled, “The Day After Tomorrow” where the view of planet Earth from the space station looked exactly like a shot from the movie. Life imitating art. In the movie, Canadians and Americans who survived the terrible deadly cold were taken in by the Mexicans. I don’t think we have to go to Mexico. The January thaw commenced on January 11th. WOW! What a wonderful sight to see the snow banks melting gradually though flooding is the usual offshoot. The January thaw is a natural part of the winter cycle and has nothing to do with global warming. We are having a winter that is what it used to be like years ago – snow for the fields and the lakes and reservoirs. The lake levels will be replenished somewhat. The fields will be better off for the moisture. Nature is the boss and she restores the balance. The planet warms up due to human activity, nature cools it down. The planet has been around for millions of years. Cataclysmic events have repeatedly occurred. We were not here to record same. Compared to geologic time, our existence has been on this planet less than a nano second. Nothing to worry about folks. Nature will act according to her dictates and we have to take it on the chin and keep an eye out for spring which is not far away.

OSGA 55+ District 28, Simcoe County is getting ready for its 2014 summer games. Enthusiasm and spirits of being active in both mental and Get Fit! activities Have Fun! physical are ways of getting fit for life. If youʼre 55+, register, meet new friends enjoy the many events Ontario Senior Games 55+ - and Simcoe County Simcoe County has to offer. This is an excellent way to OSGA 55+ District 28, Simcoe County is getting ready for its 2014 summer games. remain young andof healthy atinheart. Enthusiasm and spirits being active both mental and physical activities are ways of getting Þt forout life. Iffor youʼre register, meet dates new friends the many events Watch the55+,tournament on and theenjoy following Simcoe County has to offer. This is anBall, excellent way toBowling, remain young and healthy at events: Bid Euchre, Pickle 5-Pin Euchre, heart. Horseshoes, Darts, Cribbage, Contract Bridge, Swimming, Watch out Bowling, for the tournament on the following Tennis, events: Bid Euchre, Pickle Carpet Floordates Shuffleboard, Bocce, Slo- Ball, 5Pin Bowling, Euchre, Horseshoes, Darts, Cribbage, Contract Bridge, Swimming, Carpet Pitch, and Lawn Bowling. Bowling, Floor Shufßeboard, Tennis, Bocce, Slo-Pitch, and Lawn Bowling. For further information contact your municipality or you For further information contact your municipality or you can email or phone can email or phone 705.528-0140. 705.528-0140.

This old buck is turning 80 You are invited to join us for a birthday celebration in honour of

Stan Ritchie (Tobe) January 26 2014

father ott will tie the knot!

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beautiful non-denominational Elmvale Presbyterian Church weddings performed anywhere! 22 Queen Street East Call or e-mail today 705 422 1965 Elmvale, Ontario Best wishes only

Elmvale: 2 bedroom apartment, available immediately, fridge/stove, Call: 705-322-3008 Apartment For Rent - Large (~900 sq. ft.), quiet, apt. Air conditioning, ensuite washer/dryer. Non-smoking, No pets $825.00/mth. + hydro Deposit, references & credit check requ'd 12 Stone St. Elmvale 322-1152

Up to 60 Tables & 500 Chairs for Rent Property of the Elmvale Fall Fair - Rob 790-1772 Elmvale Community Hall - capacity 220 for great dances, beautiful weddings and other super events. Stage and kitchen facilities. For rental call 728-4784 ext. 2055

Weddings, Anniversary Parties, & Birthdays

Orr Lake Golf Club is now renting out its hall for weddings, anniversary parties & birthdays. Seating for up to 175 people. Dancing for up to 200 people. Basic setup, cleanup, in-stock utensils/dishes/linens, and bartender included in rental fee. Catering done fresh in house. Call 705-322-1664, email: Web c Site: Hall - Elmvale Lions Club Hall is available for reunions, anniversaries, dances, parties or whatever. Kitchen included. Call Bob at 705 322 4484

Music Instruction

Guitar, Piano, Keyboard, Accordion, Drums, Banjo, Bass, Mandolin & Ukelele lessons available in Elmvale for Children, Adults, Seniors. Flexible times. Reasonable rates. Private Instruction. For more info, call John Brown at 322-7696 or 322-3995

House Cleaning

Laurie’s Cleaning Service • 322-0435 • Residential • Organizing • Homestaging

For sale GET FIT IN 2014 NordicTrack Cross Country Ski Exerciser. Top-rated for both upper body and cardio fitness. Excellent condition. $125,00. Call 705-322-3037

Help Wanted Part-time Bookkeeper required for a busy farm operation. Must be experienced in Microsoft Excel and QuickBooks and be able to perform all aspects of a one person office. Start immediately. Please fax resume to 705.322.8157.

New Math Supports and Resources for the Classroom

Ontario is taking steps to help students improve and build their math skills by giving teachers and students more tools and resources. The province will help students and educators refine their math skills by: • Creating more opportunities for teachers to gain additional qualifications in mathematics through new professional learning workshops and summer learning programs, and partnering with school boards to increase the number of teachers with mathematics qualifications. • Continuing to promote balanced learning that focuses on critical thinking and problem solving, and practice in basic math operations. • Exploring how technology may be used to improve teacher instruction and student understanding of mathematics. • Working with the Ontario College of Teachers and faculties of education to improve mathematics training in the province's new teacher education program. • Helping parents and guardians find resources that help them support their child's mathematics learning, such as TVO's Homework Help, which provides free online math tutoring for students. Helping students succeed in math is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people and ensure everyone has access to a world-class education. The 1900 Olympic Games included croquet, fishing, billiards and checkers. Tug-of-war was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920. In a 1936 Ping-Pong tournament, the players volleyed for over two hours on the opening serve. The first tennis balls were stuffed with human hair. In the 1880s waterskiing was known as plankgliding. Boxing rings are called rings because they used to be round. Karate was invented in India. It was not introduced to Japan until about 1917.

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GUELPH, ON (December 23, 2013) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, on behalf of the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association (MPGA) and Fédération des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Québec (FPCCQ), under the Canadian Soybean Council (CSC) brand are continuing the development of new markets for Canadian soybeans, thanks to support from the Federal Government. The AgriMarketing Program, an initiative of Growing Forward 2, has granted $104,192 to the CSC for activities related to building and expanding international markets for Canadian soybeans. The funding will be used towards developing outgoing programs specific to the European Union, Japan and Korea, as well as several publication materials to further enhance Canada’s brand as a supplier of high value, traceable, safe and quality assured soybeans. In 2012 Canada exported over 3.3 million metric tonnes of soybeans to 50 different countries. Canadian soybean exports were also the 4th largest agri-food export from Canada valued at over 2 billion dollars. “Grain Farmers of Ontario on behalf of MPGA and FPCCQ would like to thank the Federal Government for supporting the Canadian soybean industry through the Agri-Marketing program,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “The program has allowed Canada to remain a strong competitor in soybean export markets. It is through important initiatives like this project, that Canada has been able to increase market access for our high-value Canadian soybeans. The regions of the European Union, Japan and Asia are key to the growth of our value-added soybean industry here in Canada.” Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 5 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province. A rooster, duck and sheep were the first living creatures to fly in a hot-air balloon in 1783. The balloon flew on a tether, rising to 1,500 feet and traveling two miles before being brought back to the ground. The animals survived, though the rooster suffered a broken wing. WILSON, DUNLOP AND HARDEMAN TO HOST AGRICULTURE ROUNDTABLE IN SIMCOE-GREY Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, Simcoe-North MPP Garfield Dunlop and PC Party Agriculture Critic MPP Ernie Hardeman, will host a roundtable meeting to discuss agricultural issues with local farmers and businesses on February 13th, 2014 in Elmvale.  "Over the past decade, the Liberals have made deliberate decisions that have damaged our agriculture industry," said Wilson. "Every day we see farmers and agribusinesses struggle because of high taxes, skyrocketing energy rates and a thicket of red tape."  "Ernie has been very active in the Legislature seeking answers from the Liberal government and advocating for reform," continued Wilson. "I'm glad that he agreed to visit my riding to get a feel for the issues we are dealing with."  Farmers and agribusinesses from across Simcoe-Grey along with the media are invited to attend. The meeting will take place on Thursday, February 13th at 1:00p.m. at the Elmvale Legion (7 John Street) Please confirm your attendance by contacting Wilson's office at 1 (800) 2687542.

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GUELPH, ON (January 6, 2014) – Grain Farmers of Ontario’s March Classic has a new date! This year it will be held on March 24th, 2014 at the London Convention Centre. “Moving the conference back one week, from previous conferences, has allowed us to build the best speaker lineup to date,” says Meghan Burke, Manager of communications at Grain Farmers of Ontario. “This date has changed from the initial announcement in the summer of 2013, so we encourage attendees to mark their calendars with the new date”. This annual event is the largest grain-focused conference in Eastern Canada and is expected to draw upwards of 700 attendees from farms across Ontario, government, and industry. The theme for 2014 is Launching Ontario Grains to New Heights and the conference will host speakers in the areas of science and innovation in agriculture, leadership, and grain marketing. “Every year we are challenged to build on the excitement and success of the previous conference,” says Burke. “With keynote speaker Chris Hadfield we are anticipating a full house, so we strongly encourage people to register early.” Those who register by January 31st will be entered into an early-bird draw for a $25 gas gift card. The complete speaker line-up will be released

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GUELPH, ON (December 3, 2013) – The 2013 Ontario Hybrid Corn Performance Trials Report is now available. The reports contain yield data and production information that is helpful to farmers as they select seed for 2014. The trials conducted by the Ontario Corn Committee were held at 22 locations across the province and tested a variety of seed from 11 companies. The reports contain information on yield index, moisture, test weight, and performance relative to the average for their maturity. The online version of the report’s spreadsheet format allows users to sort the list according to their interests. “The online corn performance trials at not only provide information for many different varieties of corn but allow users to sort the data available,” says Meghan Moran, Research Coordinator, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “It is a great tool to help our farmer-members select the best hybrid for their farm.” The reports are available online at and www. If you are unable to access the trial results from the website, call Grain Farmers of Ontario at 1-800265-0550 or OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 (email: and they will mail you a printed copy.




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Raising Self-Esteem

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire Universe, deserve your love and affection." ~ Buddha Self-esteem is a measure of how much we value and appreciate ourselves. Undoubtedly our childhood experiences have a major impact on this attribute. We may have received negative messages, or given ourselves negative messages as a result of our experience or how we were treated. So, we can arrive at adulthood not feeling very good about ourselves. This can block us from achieving the success we desire, or alternatively, can prevent us from acknowledging the success we have created. Once we become adults, our self-esteem is our responsibility. We can no longer blame others for how we feel about ourselves. We must decide to "esteem" ourselves: to hold ourselves in high esteem in our own minds. In order to do this, we must become aware of the criticisms and judgments we make of ourselves. Then, we must commit to stop abusing ourselves in this manner. Sadly, often our own inner critic takes over the role from those who criticized us in the past. This process may even be subconscious. Next, we must decide to unconditionally love ourselves right now; not when we have lost the weight, gained the promotion, or found the right person. We need to eliminate all conditions we have placed on our worthiness. Finally, we must be independent of the good opinion of others. We can decide to value ourselves regardless of what others may say or feel about us. When these things have been accomplished, we can begin to like ourselves more. We can even start to love ourselves. With this, self-esteem takes a big leap forward. Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist. For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit

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SIMCOE MUSKOKA – Many parents-to-be have a lot of questions about what life will be like with their new baby. Join other parents-to-be and a public health nurse for free classes to get some answers. Getting Ready for Baby classes run weekday evenings or Saturdays. Register early in your pregnancy as classes fill quickly. To register call Health Connection at 705-7217520 or toll free 1-877-721-7520. During the Getting Ready for Baby classes you will learn about: • Nurturing your baby • Keeping your baby safe • Feeding your baby • Becoming a parent • What life will be like in the first few weeks with baby Getting Ready for Baby classes are offered in communities throughout Simcoe and Muskoka. For additional information or to speak with a public health professional, call Health Connection weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 705-721-7520 or toll free 1-877-7217520. Information provided in the classes is available at

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Thanks to the dedication of staff and physicians at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), there has been no disruption to patient care despite the massive storm battering the region. “We have well-established plans in place to deal with issues such as severe storms and thanks to the planning of our Storm Watch team, we were able to anticipate and prepare for this situation,” says Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO. “Many staff and physicians stayed well beyond the end of their shifts, came in early and some even stayed overnight to ensure no disruption to patient care.” It is not anticipated there will be any cancellations tomorrow – January 8 – however, in the event this changes, information will be sent to the media and posted on the RVH website at Patients coming to RVH are encouraged to leave extra time to get to the health centre and be cautious in parking lots and when entering and exiting the health centre. If a patient wishes to cancel or reschedule their procedure, they should call 705-728-9802.


On Fri., Dec. 20, 2013, shortly after 2 pm, Eileen Deacon, 88, passed into God’s care. Surrounded by her family and under the tender ministrations of the Mill Creek Care Centre staff her passing was pain free and peaceful. Eileen was born and raised in Co. Wexford, Ireland, one of 6 children. Her sister Peggy, sister in law Anne, and her many nieces and nephews in Ireland, England and US mourn her loss. When Eileen left Ireland, she came to Canada, met Tom Deacon from “just down the road” back home and married him Jan. 26, 1952. They lived in Mimico for many years and Eileen worked at Christies Biscuits. Life was good they bought a “cottage” in Elmvale where they made lifelong friends and many happy memories. When Tom passed away in 1995 Eileen sold the “cottage” and lived alone in their home in Barrie, she walked everywhere, as she had never learned to drive. At the age of 83 she broke her hip and her mobility decreased, this annoyed her tremendously as she was now reliant on others to help her more and more. Eileen had lovely auburn hair and a quick Irish temper, a huge smile and a feisty personality, a stubborn and independent streak that drove her family crazy; but you had to admire her fighting spirit. She lived a frugal, simple life. Grieving her loss is daughter Margaret Jenkins, son John, son in law Al, daughter in law Janet, 7 grandchildren and their partners, and 5 great grandchildren. Eileen was a powerful presence in our lives and she will be missed. A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, March 1 in Barrie at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 1 to 4 p.m. MONEY, Helen Ileen (Nee: Graham) of Utopia, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, at Hospice Simcoe in Barrie, ON on Tuesday, January 14th 2014 in her 61st year. Beloved Wife of Brian. Loving Mother of Jenny Coulson and the late Jeffrey. Cherished Grandmother of Tanner and Addison. Lovingly remembered by Sisters Marjorie Broome (Grant), Olive Bucko (John), Doris Flood (Harvey) and Brother Alvin Graham (Lou). Predeceased by Brothers John, Tom, Joe and Ivan,Sisters Dorothy and Kathleen. Helen will be sadly missed and always remembered by her many Nieces, Nephews, relatives and friends. Friends may pay their respects at THE STEVEN R. BRIDGE FUNERAL HOME, ANGUS, ON on Thursday, January 16th 2014 from 2:00 ~ 4:00 pm and 7:00 ~ 9:00 pm. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday, January 17th 2014 at 2:00 pm. Cremation to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Hospice Simcoe or the RVH Regional Cancer Care Centre ould be appreciated by the family. For more information, or to send a condolence, please visit our website at

In Memory of... Chris Patterson - Husband Dad and Papa March 1953-January 15 2013 Our family circle has been broken, a link gone from our chain. but though we're parted for a while, we know we'll meet again. We can't believe that one year has past; our memories of you will forever last. Love always for your wife Kathy, your family; Kate & Joel, Robert & Jennifer, Shawn & Jessica and your 3 beautful granddaughters; Olivia, Eve & Reese! We love you and miss you! xoxo DOWNEY, Wendell - In memory of my husband Wendell who passed away 10 years ago, January 4, 2004. Your presence we miss, Your memory we treasure, Loving you always, Forgetting you never. Lovingly remembered by Mary and family DOWNEY, Winston - In memory of Winston who passed away one year ago, December 23, 2012.

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MURDEN, Roy William - Passed away suddenly at his Barrie, Ontario L4M 6T5 residence Hillsdale, Monday January 6, 2014 in his 72nd year. Forever remembered by his loving wife Linda and sons Michael (Ann-Marie) and Jim (Laura). He was the proud grandfather of Angelica and Gabrielle. Dear brother of Gail (Fred), Sandra and Chris (Lorie). He will be missed by his nieces and nephews. In keeping with Roy's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral service. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society and will be accepted at Lynn-Stone Funeral Home, Elmvale. STONE, Charles Jacob - Passed away at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Charles Stone of Barrie, in his 54th year. Beloved son of the late John and Nancy Stone. Dear brother of Maureen of Saskatoon, Frank of Sudbury, Brian of Barrie, Danny of Thunder Bay, Rick of Calgary and the late Leonard, Jack and Eric. Friends called at the Lynn-Stone Funeral Home, Elmvale from 7-9 p.m. Monday. Funeral Service was in the Chapel on Tuesday, December 31 at 11 a.m. Cremation. Memorial donations to RVH Cancer Care Centre would be appreciated.

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