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Blazing a New Trail: Olympian Clara Hughes begins another chapter


16 Cover

Blazing a New Trail: Olympian Clara Hughes begins another chapter

26 Community

Siloam Mission: 25 Years Changing Lives

31 Health

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32 Ask the Expert

The Consumer’s Guide to Manitoba’s Gift Card Legislation

40 Parenting

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28 Wish List 34 Holiday Gift Guide DISH

42 Fresh Idea 44 From the Cellar 46 Local Assets 50 Out to Lunch 53 From the Chef 54 Cravings DREAMSPACES

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21 Fitness 23 Fashion 68 Chatterbox


63 Decorating for the Holidays 66 Energy Savvy WINTER 2012


editor’s perspective

Winnipeg Winter 2012

The guide for living local


Winter 2012: Volume 13, Issue 4 Editor Alison Mintenko


s the holiday season approaches at what seems to me like breakneck speed, I’m trying to make myself sit back and take stock. Even though life is often chaotic, I’ve got a healthy four-year-old, a great job, and wonderful family and friends to be thankful for. Our cover story this issue is former Olympian, Clara Hughes. After a whirlwind career spanning 22 years, she’s decided to step down from competing to take stock of her life as well. To pursue new interests, travel to new places, and enjoy life from a new perspective. With the year drawing to a close, it seems natural to reflect and look ahead. The holidays are always great for that with people coming together to help those that are less fortunate, spending time to find someone the perfect gift, and families and friends gathering to celebrate one of the numerous holidays that scatter the end of each year. With holiday parties to attend, why not pull out all the stops and end the year with a bang? Our fashion pages are full of stunning looks to help you find an outfit for any type of party. Browse our Wish List and Holiday Gift Guide for ideas of what to buy the special people in your life, or maybe even to find something you’d like to add to your own wish list. The rest of this issue is dedicated to all things winter: tips on how to decorate your home for the holidays, how to keep your bills to a minimum with all that extra hydro use, how to keep your children safe when they’re out on the ice, and even how to relax while the snow falls. My new profile picture is to show my support for Movember and all the men who grew out their moustaches to support men’s health. If I could have grown a real one, I would have. Maybe. I wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season. Keep warm, and I’ll see you in the spring!

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Amanda Green Dancing Her Way to the Top By Amanda Thomas Photo by David Cooper

manda Green has been an accomplished Canadian dancer for well over a decade. Earlier this year, at the age of 27, Green was named a Principal dancer for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB). Green has come a long way with the RWB, starting in the Professional School Division at only 10 years of age. In addition, her international credits include performing at New York’s coveted Guggenheim Museum as part of a piece called In Tandem, and dancing with the RWB at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad. Green’s performances are captivating and can be seen in town as she continues to work and play in Winnipeg.

Q: How did you fall in love with dancing? A: My mother enrolled my sister and I in dance when we were very young, and I loved it from the beginning. Being introduced to a variety of different dance styles such as jazz, tap, lyrical, and ballet kept me busy and helped pave my path to becoming a professional dancer. Dancing and expressing oneself through music is an incredible experience that I think everyone should try.

Q: What has been your favourite production to be a part of so far? A: I love performing mixed repertoire and shorter pieces where dancing showcases the pure athleticism and energy of the art form! I also love performing full-length ballets - I don’t have just one favourite! Uncovering each character and storyline with their infinite layers of complexity is something incredibly special. I believe that each and every performance, whether good or bad, is an opportunity to learn and grow.



Q: What has your experience been like working in Winnipeg - is this city more supportive of dancers? A: Working with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is the best job I have ever had. The Winnipeg audience has always been amazingly responsive and supportive. It’s great to dance in a city where the patrons take pride in their dancers, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the arts in general. It’s a pleasure to dance with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet at home and across the world.

Q: Any advice for other young women hoping to make a career in the arts? A: Don’t! Haha, I’m just kidding. The arts are a very difficult career path to follow, but it is tremendously gratifying. Know that life is short, especially a career in dance, so enjoy it while you can. Pursue what you love and what makes you happy.

Q: What is next for you? A: I hope to dance with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for the foreseeable future. This season I was promoted to Principal dancer and I feel like, in some ways, my career is just getting started. It’s a very motivating time for me as a professional dancer, and I welcome the extra pressures and opportunities that come with this new path. I am extremely excited to see where the Royal Winnipeg Ballet will take me, in my career and on the road.



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Blazing a

New Trail Olympian Clara Hughes

begins another chapter

By Holli Moncrieff

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y the time the lights went off in Olympic Park in London, Clara Hughes was already starting the next chapter of her life.

The multi award-winning Olympic cyclist and speed skater had been competing at the highest possible level for over two decades, and she knew it was time to call it a day.

“Imagine doing something that intense for 22 years,” Clara says in a phone interview from Salt Lake City, Utah. “It had nothing to do with age. I just didn’t have the desire anymore. My heart and mind told me it was time to quit. I’m grateful that I knew when it was time to stop, because I had no more to give.” Clara continued to break records and make Winnipeggers cheer until the end of her triumphant Olympic career. She is one of only five people to have podium finishes in both the winter and summer

games, and is the only person to have won multiple medals in both. Her success on the ice and on the track continued as she reached her mid- to late-thirties, shattering the illusion that competitive sport is an arena reserved for the very young. “A lot of the women who are competing and winning are in their late thirties. When I was 39, people were asking me why I didn’t do another Olympic Games. There has definitely been a shift,” says Clara. “I did something no one else has ever done in the history of the sport (referring to her multiple medal wins in both winter and summer sports).” Clara’s current obsession is adventure travel with her husband Peter. As soon as they left the London Olympics, the couple embarked on a three-week hiking vacation through France, Switzerland and Italy, and they hope to do a lot more.

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“I consider us to be nomads more than anything. We love to travel and many places can be home,” she says. After spending 22 years in the highest level of competitive sport, you may think that Clara might relax for awhile, but that clearly isn’t her style. Even now, she continues to exercise every single day. “Being active is a part of my life. It’s interesting to phase into being a purely recreational athlete. It’s fun to make that shift,” she says. “I have no desire to compete.” She’s also a spokesperson for Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk Day for another two years, a cause that is close to her heart. Let’s Talk is a charitable program dedicated to the promotion and support of mental health across Canada. The multi-million dollar initiative supports a wide range of programs that are designed to enhance


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awareness, understanding and treatment of mental illness and promote access to care and research across the country. Clara, who has always been unflinchingly candid about her own experience with mental illness, was happy to lend her credibility to the cause. “Depression has been a part of the narrative of my two decades in competitive sport. At times it’s been so hard it’s brought me to my knees,” she says. “I suffered in silence for a long time. It took time to heal. I lost two years of my athletic life because of depression.” In order to combat her crippling depression, Clara says she had to change her approach to training and rethink what it meant to be an athlete. She got a new coach and focused on following a healthy diet and making sure to get enough sleep. “I was really over-trained as a young athlete. I learned to recognize signs that I was going into a dark place,” she says. “People have told me it means a lot to them to see that someone ‘so successful and so strong like me’ went through this.” Clara adds that she is excited to be able to give more time and energy to the cause since retiring from the Olympics.



“It’s incredibly important and we have so much more to do. There’s still a stigma attached to struggles with mental illness. People feel like they can’t ask for help,” she says. “More money needs to be allocated to mental health care.” Another cause Clara believes very strongly in is Right to Play, an athletedriven international humanitarian organization that uses sports to encourage the development of youth in disadvantaged areas. After winning her gold medal in 2006, she donated $10,000 to Right to Play, and has donated just as much or more every year since. Through Right to Play, Clara has visited children in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Mali, Ghana, and the Middle East. She is now on the charity’s International Board of Directors. “Sport has been the one constant in my life that allowed me to go after my dreams. It’s important for me to provide that opportunity for kids all over the world,” she says. “I’ve seen kids born into such despair, who have no choice, and I’ve seen the affects of play on them. It fosters leadership. Seeing these very young girls and boys take a leadership role is the most amazing thing. It’s so powerful.” Clara’s story is inspiring to many because it could easily have turned out so differently. As a young girl growing up in Elmwood, Clara never thought of herself as an athlete…far from it. “I didn’t have a lot of direction in my life at the time. I was skipping a lot of school and getting into a lot of trouble,” she says. The moment that changed her life forever was witnessing the performance of Gaetan Boucher, a Canadian Olympic champion speed skater, on television. “The way he literally emptied himself until he had nothing left to give was so

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Clara still visits her hometown on a regular basis. She was in Winnipeg just this October, and was recognized often during her daily trail runs. Although she now lives in Quebec with her husband, a region she fell in love with during her cycling training, she admits that one place will always be home. “The one place my roots will forever be firmly planted is Manitoba,” she says. “We all have grit coming from the ’Peg and I’m proud of that. I really only see the positive about being from Winnipeg.”

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awesome people who are incredibly real. It allowed me to have the tenacity to never give up on myself. I can do anything and I’m not afraid of anyone.”

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s I sit down to write this editorial an email pops up from a client asking that I program workouts for her that she can do in a hotel room, because she’s heading on vacation. As I sketched out the workouts and sent off a draft she replied with, “These are great! And I can do them at home too!” Yup! Small spaces or no time need not be excuses to not get your sweat on! With the holidays upon us, it’s tough to get to the gym for our classes. With that said, all those extra indulgences need to be accounted for. Studies show that if you keep up your workout routine throughout the holidays you’ll be more likely to watch what you’re eating and drinking, too! So, you’ve got a small area and no equipment… what can you do? Although the movements may get repetitive and use mostly body weight (the best kind), it’s all about having a bit of fun with programming. Playing with time and reps will give you enough variety so that when you’re in a pinch you’ll still get something done. Here are some of my favorite options. 21-15-9 Perform 21 reps of a movement, then 15, then 9. Let’s take, for example, three movements: squats, burpees, sit-ups. 21 squats followed by 21 burpees followed by 21 sit-ups. Then 15 squats followed by 15 burpees followed by 15 sit-ups. Finally, 9 squats followed by 9 burpees followed by 9 sit-ups. You can choose any movements you want! I like sticking to 2 or 3 movements max but hey, get crazy and break the rules. For time My favorite workout. I like giving an amount of work that needs to be completed and having to time myself. I write the time down and the next time I do the workout I try to beat that time. Let’s say for example: 100 high knees, 80

second plank, 60 lunges, 40 pushups, 20 burpees. Give it a try and let me know how long this takes! Again, you can make up any workout you want. Choose a variety of movements so that you get a whole body workout OR if you’re really pressed for time, just kill the legs (the legs have the largest muscle groups and therefore offer best bang for time buck… think max calorie burn) For example: 20 jump squats, 30 second wall sit, 15 jump squats, 30 second wall sit, 10 jump squats, 30 second wall sit. AMRAP A very common acronym in my world, it stands for As Many Rounds As Possible. For this workout you’ll need a timer, and yes, your egg timer from the kitchen will work just perfectly. So, while you make your deviled egg recipe, throw in a workout while the eggs hard boil. Create a “round” of movements. Let’s take for example step ups (grab the kitchen stool or chair), tricep pushups, and jumping jacks. One round will be: 20 step ups per leg, 8 pushups, 30 jumping jacks. Set the timer for however much time you have… 5 mins, 8 mins, 10 mins, 12 mins, 15 mins or heck, go for 25 minutes! Repeat the rounds as many times as you can within that time period.

15 minute date with some sunshine and good music? Anyone can squeeze that in! Remember, all movements can be made to scale. Pushups against the kitchen counter, office desk or even wall are modifications for those who need to work on core and arm strength. Maybe your squats aren’t as deep as you’d like. That’s ok… with practice they’ll come! Jumping jacks can be done with the low impact version and burpees can be done in a reverse format. Do the best you can and just move a little every day, even if the space is small!

Song This is a great one to do when it’s sunny! Choose three of your favorite songs. I never get over the motivation people get from music. Have the three of them on your speaker so they play one after the other. Bundle up and head outside. First song – walk as fast as you can. Second song incorporate some step ups on the curb or even a set of stairs somewhere. For extra intensity you can drive the knees up and use big arms. Last song walk with high knees or butt kicks to work the back of the legs. A little WINTER 2012



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iloam Mission has long been a prominent fixture in Winnipeg’s downtown core, known for their commitment to helping those in need. In fact, Siloam Mission celebrated 25 years of operation this past August and they continue to help hundreds of people in Winnipeg each and every day. They provide an astounding 1,200 meals per day and 110 beds per night, seven days a week.

Siloam Mission offers more than just a bed to sleep on and food to eat. They have been providing health care since 2007 due to an extremely generous $1,000,000 gift from the estate of the late Winnipeg pharmacist Mr. Saul Sair. Staff and volunteer health care professionals of many fields provide care for those living in poverty or suffering from homelessness. Services include primary care, dentistry, physiotherapy, counseling services, chiropractic care, foot care, and health education. No one is turned away and care remains free of charge.



They also operate a clothing program where people can come in five days a week and pick out gently used clothing and personal hygiene items. Additionally there’s an employment program for those re-entering the workforce that provides resume building, work skills and possible job connections. Furthermore Siloam Mission bought an apartment complex in Wolseley last year and has renovated the complex from top to bottom. That project provided 85 individual permanent residences at an affordable rate for clients that had used Siloam’s other services in the past, giving them a sense of responsibility and pride. The Wolseley complex was the first of many housing units that Siloam hopes to be able to offer in the future. Siloam has been able to provide all the services listed above due to the commitment of their gracious 6,400 annual volunteers and extraordinary donors. This is the perfect time of year to get involved and lend a helping hand to those in need. Volunteering at Siloam Mission is as easy as going online and filling out the volunteer form, completing an orientation session and finally rolling up your sleeves and pitching in! After that, Siloam puts a volunteer schedule online and you’re free to sign up for as many shifts as you’d like each month. Siloam is passionate about volunteers getting to work in their area of compatibility. Volunteers are currently needed in food prep, food service, clothing sorting, admin, and janitorial areas. However, if you possess a speciality like photography, event planning or writing, Siloam will try to use your expertise in some way. Volunteers are also asked to simply interact with Siloam’s guests because having a shoulder to lean on or someone to talk to goes a long way. Human interaction and understanding are a big part of Siloam Mission’s core. Lastly, now that the cold season is officially upon us, Siloam is actively looking for warm clothing donations. They’re currently searching for boots, socks, gloves, hats, toques, sweaters and winter jackets. Donations of coffee are also extremely sought after at this time of year because Siloam provides coffee and a place to warm up 24 hours a day, every day.


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Fluid Isometrics Cutting-edge pressure and breathing techniques promote better health, says founder


ook at Deanna Hansen today, and you couldn’t imagine there was a time when she didn’t look like a clean-cut, healthy young woman brimming with life. But she recalls a quite different reality about 13 years ago. “I wasn’t healthy,” she says candidly. “I had about 50 pounds more weight than I do on me now. I had a lot of anxiety issues, constipation, chronic back pain. I was just not functioning at a high level. And I tried getting rid of my weight by running, doing all the traditional things, and nothing would change that.” One day, while suffering a particularly bad anxiety attack, her reaction was to put pressure into her belly. “I recognized right away that it was full of pain and scar tissue. That pain though, took my attention away from my anxiety attack, so it actually made me feel better,” says Hansen, a Certified Athletic Therapist. Inner scar tissue forms because of the lack of blood flow to an area, she explains. This can occur because of incorrect posture and breathing, causing a compression of connective tissue. “Our chest literally collapses into our core causing that very forward posture that we see today, especially among people who have been in front of a computer a lot, and it displaces everything outward which is partly why a belly gets bigger,” says Hansen. That discovery was not only the beginning of better health for Hansen; she began using the techniques on her patients with similar good results. She began training massage therapists in the pressure-andbreathing techniques which she calls fluid isometrics, and today there are eight practitioners who work with her. How patients breathe is an important part of the process, and she encourages patients to “breathe diaphragmatically.” This infuses more oxygen into their bodies and is one factor in the healing process that can help to alleviate the symptoms of many health problems, she advances. Does pressing on the belly hurt? “We do it in a way that’s very controlled,

always respecting the boundaries of the patient “she responds. “As long as the patient remains relaxed and breathes, the sensation is calming and healing.” In 2011, Hansen opened the Centre for Fluid Isometrics in Winnipeg at 814-1661 Portage Ave. The founder works hard to advance what she freely admits is a cuttingedge practice while continuing to train professionals who work with patients. But she hasn’t stopped there. She wants to also pass on fluid isometrics techniques to lay people who can use them on their own. To that end, she wrote The Power of Conscious Breathing, which can be purchased on her website Hansen has also authored 90 Days to a Whole New You, a book people can use in connection with her 90-day online program, facilitated through the BodyMind Institute. Fluid isometrics will be gaining a wider audience in the months ahead, which are shaping up to be busy ones for Hansen. She will be doing a PBS pledge show this February, where she will be explaining fluid isometrics, and there are opportunities for North America-wide speaking engagements. Founding a new health discipline is not an easy task, but Hansen welcomes the challenges ahead and the opportunities to promote better health through the practice of fluid isometrics. WINTER 2012


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The Consumer’s Guide to

Manitoba’s by Lindsay R. Martens


legislation s you prepare for the holiday season, you likely have at least one hard-to-buy-for person on your list. The safest bet for the fussy is a gift card.

Their appeal is irresistible to consumers who desire to take the guesswork out of gift-giving and avoid the time-consuming task of carefully selecting and wrapping the perfect gift.

It’s no wonder the gift card business is fast becoming a multi-billion dollar industry in Canada. While the allure of the gift card is tempting to holiday shoppers, it does have its drawbacks as well, most of which affect the recipient. How many of us have received a gift card only to have it expire, thereby incurring reactivation fees and other charges, or become exasperated attempting to find the terms of use or



the balance remaining on a gift card from months past? The Manitoba government enacted legislation to target these and other issues, a move which will likely serve to perpetuate and intensify the love affair consumers already share with the wildly popular gift card. The following is a brief summary of the key points touched on by The Consumer Protection Amendment Act (Prepaid Purchase Cards) and its corresponding regulations, which regulate gift cards sold in Manitoba on November 1, 2007 or anytime thereafter. Expiry Dates The legislation prohibits expiry dates on all gift cards for which the consumer makes payment in full. Outside the scope of this provision are those gift cards that are issued for promotional or charitable

purposes or as part of a reward or loyalty program. Also excluded are those gift cards that are sold for a specific good or service, such as a manicure, as opposed to a particular dollar value. The logic behind this distinction is that the value of a specific good is subject to change in response to fluctuations in the economy, but money is money and a gift card with a cash value should be recognized as such. If a supplier chooses to include an expiry date on a gift card in violation of the legislation, it will be unenforceable, as if the expiry date does not exist, and the supplier will be subject to an administrative penalty in the range of $1,000 to $5,000. Fees Suppliers are only permitted to charge a fee to a gift card holder to replace a lost or stolen card or for customization of the gift card itself. Additionally,

where a gift card that is redeemable at multiple unaffiliated stores has not been activated within a 12 month period after its purchase, a supplier may charge an activation fee of up to $2.50 per month thereafter. Absent the foregoing exceptions, no fee, other than the value paid by the consumer to obtain the gift card, can be associated with the purchase or redemption of a gift card. Suppliers who charge fees contrary to the legislative prohibitions will be required to refund the charge to the consumer on demand, provided said request is made within one year after payment of the fee is made. Disclosure Key terms relevant to the use of the gift card must be clearly displayed on the card itself and visible to consumers at the time of purchase, including the fees that the supplier may legitimately charge, all restrictions, limitations, and conditions that the supplier may impose on the use of the gift card, and how consumers can obtain further information about the gift card, including any unused and remaining balance thereon.

Manitoba’s gift card legislation was enacted to protect consumers from loss of card value arising from unfair expiry dates and fees commonly associated with the use of gift cards in the past. However, the legislation is not as straightforward as it might appear at a first glance. Manitoba’s legislation does not regulate gift cards issued outside the province (although most provinces have enacted similar legislation) or by federally-regulated businesses, including telephone service providers which market prepaid phone cards, or banks which sell prepaid purchase cards. It is important that consumers make all due inquires as to the nature and type of rules applicable to gift cards purchased by them and, correspondingly, that retailers familiarize themselves with the recent changes in gift card regulation to keep abreast of any future amendments.

Lindsay Martens is an associate at Fillmore Riley LLP who practices in the areas of corporate and commercial law. She may be reached by phone at (204) 957 8368 or by email at

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Strikemaster Electric Auger, $359.99 – Cabela’s; Quattro baby sleepers, $68.00, Audi Kids Pedal Car, $550.00 – St James Audi; Vostock Antartic Jacket, $450.00 – Wilderness Supply; Bernini Red Leather and Rabbit Vest, $589.00, Black Fur Scarf, $284.60 – L and VIA; Saeco Espresso Grind and Brew, $1,249.99 – d.a. Neils; Pajar Jacket, $575.00 – October Boutique; Joseph Ribkoff Jacket, $305.00 – Sues; Wine Stopper Set, $94.95 – Mercedes; Muskrat Fur Hat, $549.00, Pen Set, $3,995.00 – UN Luggage



Girls' Best Friend

MUSE Collection engraveable pendant in 18 Karat white gold with diamond accents, $1,795.00, Snowflake pendant 18 Karat white gold with 0.26 carat total weight of diamonds, $1,295.00 – Birks; Belle Etoile Mod Ring, $230.00, Belle Etoile Bangle, $750.00, Belle Etoile Pendant, $245.00, 18 inch Black Satin Cord, $14.00 - $245.00 – WK Chan Jewellers; Hilberg and Berk Necklace, $385.00 – Lola; Radiant Diamond Ring 18 K white gold with 1.03 carat diamonds, $11,105.00, 14 K white gold In House designed Ring with .20 carat diamonds, $1,450.00, 18 K white Gold Earrings with 1.47 carat Diamonds, $10,500.00 – Bijou Jewellers



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Beech Yoga Sandals, $39.99, Nike Yoga Mat - $37.95 - Stride Ahead; Snow Blaster, $36.99 – Cabela’s; Audi Knife, $69.50 – St James Audi; Thursday Friday Bag with Seline Bag screen print – Red Tote, $65.00, Brown Pouch, $35.00 – Girl Candy; Neil Young, Waging Heavy Peace, $31.50, Pete Townshend, Who I Am – A Memoir, $33.99, Wild – Cheryl Strayed, $29.00, CrabTree and Evelyn Men’s Shaving Bowl, $22.00, Nomad Travel Set, $26.00, Padraig Cottage Slippers – Made in Canada, $76.00, Lamp Berger – Holiday Collection with Swarovski crystals, $119.00, Pear Scent Oil, $24, Robin Tunic, $69.99, Black belt, $29.99, Felt Hat, $35.99 – McNally Robinson; Manitobah Mukluk Moccasin Slippers, $57.98 – Quarks; Men’s Rugged Spray Lotion, $17.95, Men’s Rugged After Shave, $16.95, Men’s Rugged Shower Shake, $13.95, Men’s Rugged Body Wash, $13.95 – Tiber River; iPod Charger, $29.88, Samsung Galaxy Tablet 8.9, $99.99 (3-year contract) – Teleco; Baubles, Bags and Bows – Bauble Bag – Small, $28, Large, $34, Jonklar Jewelery – Purple bracelet, $34.00 and necklace, $42.00 – Lola; Alden Rae – leather wrap bracelet, $49.00 – Loka; Snoozies Slippers – Adult sizes, $12.99, Christmas Pillow – Believe - $39.99 – St. Mary’s Nursery; Delta IN2ITION Hand Shower, $105.90 – Robinson Bath; Acti Fry – Deep Fryer, $289.99 – d.a. Neils;




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Siglarr Moisturizing Creme for chapped skin, $14.99 – Vita Health; Fit Assist Adjustable Walking Sticks, $44.95 – Stride Ahead; Snow Stompers – Foot Prints in the Snow, $19.99, Zip/Fly Mini Luge, $39.99, Snow Boogie, $44.99, Raber Snow Bird Mitts White, $44.99, Raber Garbage Mitts, $32.99, Men’s Brown Aviator Hat, $69.99, Women’s Yellow Aviator Hat, $49.99, Minox BF 8x42 BR Binoculars, $189.99 – Cabela’s; Audi Men’s Jacket, $250.00 – St James Audi; North Face Sprout Back Pak, $35.00, Goal Zero Solar Powered Panels, $189.00, Atlas Men’s Snow Shoes, $230.00, Rock Out rechargeable Speakers, $49.95 – Wilderness Supply; Powder Scarf and Arm warmers, $29.00 – Lola; Steve Madden Leather riding Boots Brown, $180.00, Soia and Kyo – Leather Gloves, $75.00, Creme Beret – Canadian made, $29.00 - Loka; Wooden Bird House, $59.99 – St. Mary’s Nursery; Watuko Head Gear, $19.99, Ice Breaker Merino Wool Running Shirt, $119.99 – City Park Runners; Fleece lined Tights, $45.00, Fleece lined Mitts, $65.00 – October Boutique; Water Pac, $130.99 – Mercedes; Ventless Fire Pot, $34.95 – Fort Whyte Alive



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Ivy and Bean Treasure Set of Books, $21.99, My Name is Parvan Book, $16.95, Search for Wondala, $9.99, Quirkle Game, $30.00, Mark of Athena, $13.99, Solar Rover Kit, $20.00, Darth Vader Lunch Box, $16.99, Star Wars Origami, $19.95, Winnipeg Jets – Set of 2 Sippy Cups, $15.00, Set of 2 Bibs, $15.00, Winnipeg Blue Bombers – Li’l Joe Slippers, $31.00, Magnificent Baby Snuggle Pram Set, $49.50 – McNally Robinson; Small Plush Reindeer, $59.99, Large Plush Reindeer, Snoozies Baby sizes, $9.99 – St. Mary’s Nursery; Winnipeg Blue Bombers Dog Sweater, $40.97, Catware Scratching Post, $129.97 – Petland; Doggie Treat Jar, $21.99, Doggie Bowl, $9.99, Baby Set, $12.99, Cat Treats Cook Book, $14.99, Children’s - Lady Bug cutting Board, $14.99, Pizza Cutter, $13.99, Spatula, $11.99, Pastry Brush, $11.99 – d.a. Neils; Accordian, $33.95, Plan Toys Banjo, $31.95, Microscope, $109.95, Musical Hand Bells, $38.95, New Terrace Doll House (furniture and accessories sold separately), $179.95, Bruder Cement Truck, $81.95 – Toad Hall Toys; Children’s Sheepskin Luv/Ewes Slippers, $27.30, Mitts, $28.00 Lambskin Specialties



Gift Guide Store Index

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Lola 11 – 2090 Corydon @ Tuxedo 204-896-5652

Stride Ahead 152- 1120 Grant Avenue 204-477-4975

Birks 191 Lombard Avenue 204-786-7468

Loka Suite B -542 Academy Rd. 204-489-1993

Sues A – 580 Academy Rd 204-489-2310

Cabela’s 1300 Ellice Avenue 204-786-8966

McNally Robinson 1120 Grant Avenue 204-475-0483

Teleco 220-1600 Kenaston 204-947-9570

City Park Runners 2091 Portage Ave 204-837-9242

Mercedes 2554 Portage Ave. 204-667-2467

Tiber River 408 Academy 204-474-2333

D.A. Neils 485-Berry St. 204-954-2345

October Boutique 1120 Grant Ave 204-472-0737

Toad Hall Toys 54 Arthur St. 204-956-2195

Fort Whyte Alive 1961 McCreary Rd. 204-989-8353

Petland 1910 Pembina Highway 204-989-7616

UN Luggage 175 McDermot 204-943-1068

Girl Candy 918 Grosvenor 204-975-4605

Quarks Unit 1240 - 1120 Grant Ave 204-254-5181

Vita Health 166 Osborne Street 204-984-9599

Lambskin Specialties 250 Dufferin Ave 204-586-8097

Robinson Bath 1760 Ellice Ave. 204-784-0111

Wilderness Supply 623 Ferry Road 204-783-9555

L and VIA B -545 Academy Rd 204-416-0615

St James Audi 670 Century St. 204-788-1109

WK Chan Jewellers Unit 124 1485 Portage Ave 204-786-1388

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Protecting your children from brain injuries By Susie Erjavec Parker


inter sports can be a great way to while away the cold months, but they can also bring the increased risk of a serious head injury. Although hockey hits get a lot of attention in media lately, skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing injuries are more than twice as common, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). According to data from 2010–2011, there were 2,329 hospital admissions for a skiing or snowboarding fall or crash, compared with 1,114 hockey-related hospitalizations. Other seasonal activities also led to hospital stays: ice skating (889); snowmobiling (1,126); and tobogganing (171).

Cycling injuries are by far the most common injury from summer sports and recreational activity. In 2009–2010, 4,324 Canadians were hospitalized as a result of a cycling injury, with close to half of these injuries occurring in June, July and August. Clearly, anyone participating in sport needs to make safety a priority and take precautions across all age groups. The most serious of these injuries is the concussion. Ninety-five per cent of concussions occur without loss of consciousness. In addition, many sports participants still do not recognize that “dings” or “seeing stars” are likely to be concussions, and most importantly,


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there is still some uncertainty regarding whether concussions are brain injuries.”1 [See sidebar definition of Concussion] According to Jeff Billeck, head athletic therapist for the University of Winnipeg Wesmen teams and instructor in the faculty of kinesiology, the most common sports where one may suffer a concussion include hockey, football, basketball, and rugby. “We also see a spike in seasonal concussion around winter activities, too. Any sport with body contact can result in concussion,” says Billeck. There are many misconceptions around what constitutes a concussion. Many still believe that concussions occur only when the head receives a direct hit, but Billeck states these outdated definitions just don’t cover the medical evidence anymore. “In reality, one doesn’t need to actually sustain a hit to the head for a concussion to occur. Whiplash, any sudden jerking of the head which may cause it to snap back, a forceful movement of any type where the brain essentially crashes into the skull is now deemed a concussion by the sport and medical community.” Once the injury occurs, next comes the evaluation process where medical staff attempt to determine how serious the concussion is 1 Tator, C. H. “Sport Concussion Education and Prevention”. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 2012, 6, 293-301.

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and what level of injury is. According to the Pocket SCAT 2 (see sidebar image) endorsed by FIFA, IIHF, the Olympics, and the International Rugby Board following a head injury “Concussion should be suspected in the presence of any one or more of the following: symptoms (such as headache), or physical signs (such as unsteadiness), or impaired brain function (e.g. confusion) or abnormal behaviour.” Athletes with suspected concussions are removed from the field for evaluation by medical professionals. This same type of evaluation can be conducted by parents or guardians if a child sustains a head injury at home. Simple questions your child should be able to answer can be used. But Billeck does assert that having a head injury checked by qualified medical professionals is a no-brainer. Although most concussions will resolve within 7 to 10 days with rest, he recommends going to the emergency room to get evaluated. “Bleeds can be slow. Symptoms may get worse. It’s always best to get checked out to decrease the chances of long-term damage or even death from concussion.” Active, healthy lifestyles are great ways to enjoy life and experience new, exciting sport. So how can individuals and parents mitigate these inherent risks while sharing in a zest for life and activity? One way is always wear protective gear when engaging in sport. Wear proper fitting and graded helmets for the activity in which one is participating. This means wearing a bike helmet for biking and a hockey helmet for hockey or skating. Another way to prevent or reduce injury is to educate coaches and players to follow the rules of play, stresses Billeck. “I see many athletes attending clinics these days to learn how to better deal with the risks of play. For example, in body checking camps, they teach players to remove the opponent from the puck, not to strive to knock the opponent out of his/her skates. It’s about respecting each other, learning how to protect ourselves, and still being competitive and safe.” Indeed, there are ways to win on the field or ice. And protecting one’s head is the smartest first step.

Definition of a concussion1: A concussion is a brain injury caused by movement of the brain within the skull, either by a direct blow or by a whiplash effect. The movement of the brain causes damage that changes how brain cells function, leading to symptoms that can be physical (headaches, dizziness), cognitive (problems remembering or concentrating), or emotional (feeling depressed). A concussion can result from a blow to the head or body in any number of activities including receiving a check in hockey, falling from a jungle gym, being in a motor vehicle collision, or slipping on an icy sidewalk. Although concussions are often referred to as “mild traumatic head injuries” and a single concussion usually resolves uneventfully, concussions have the potential for serious and long-lasting symptoms and so must be treated carefully and in consultation with a physician. 1 Courtesy of

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EdibleGiftBaskets A treat for the eyes and the belly By Candice G. Ball




he way to everyone’s heart is through his or her belly, so if you’re stumped for holiday gift ideas, consider the edible gift basket.

From holiday sweets to hearty cheeseand-cracker and preserve baskets with something to meet every taste, the only limit to what type of basket you can create is your imagination. For colleagues or professional contacts, consider a fresh fruit arrangement with chocolate-dipped strawberries from Edible Arrangements—a lavish bouquet that will delight office staff’s eyes and taste buds and disappear quickly.

gift basket of Manitoba foods is sure to please the taste buds and the heart of the receiver.” Visit the Buy Manitoba website,, to create your shopping list and learn more about our province’s quality food products. A good example of a high-quality, Manitobamade product is Nature’s Pasta. Based in Steinbach, Nature’s Farm is an agri–food business that has created superior lines of smart eggs, pastas and granolas. Nature’s Pasta, made from Canadian durum wheat and farm-fresh, free-run eggs, has garnered accolades from restaurateurs and awardwinning chefs.

Megan Deaust, program manager for the Buy Manitoba program, suggests creating a basket featuring exclusively Manitoba-made products.

You can create a basket with the pastas and ingredients so the recipient can make the recipes created by Winnipeg chefs such as Spiced Pumpkin Papardelle or Pink Peppercorn Penne. These and other recipes appear on Nature’s Farm’s website.

“There’s an abundance and variety of amazing food products crafted right here in our province,” says Deaust. “A

Rosanna De Luca-Poole, catering/ specialty gift basket co-coordinator at

De Luca’s, creates baskets as varied and unique as her customers. She says the key to creating a lavish basket that will delight is to know the gift recipient. “We ask questions. Do they like to cook? How adventurous are they when preparing meals? Do they prefer quick meals? Are they vegetarian? Do they have allergies?” With that information, she selects products to create a highly personalized, one-of-a-kind basket.

What is the price range for baskets? At De Luca’s, a large gift basket with antipasto spread, cheeses such as Camembert and brie, biscotti, vinegars, Kalamata olives, and other gourmet goodies will cost about $100, but De Luca-Poole has created lavish baskets in the $250 range. There are small and medium gift baskets that range in price

from $30 to $50. Of course, you can also create your own basket that showcases some of Manitoba’s best products that will meet any budget. An edible gift basket that is customized for the gift recipient will make you popular this holiday season--and you may even get invited to a gourmet dinner.

What’s popular these days? De LucaPoole reports that there has been a continuous trend towards specialty sea salts, glazes, balsamic vinegars and specialty vinegars such as champagne vinegars. She says there has also been a greater demand for healthier products such as spelt pastas, whole wheat pastas, and gluten-free products. De Luca’s will package up personal items customers bring in for the baskets or use a colander as the “basket” and include all the ingredients for a dinner. Or, for the coffee aficionado, they’ll select a stovetop espresso maker, a set of espresso cups and some fresh beans.

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From the Cellar


By Randy Sawatsky


tocking your bar for the Christmas season shouldn’t be rocket science. Keep things simple and fun. Try to create an atmosphere that is warm and inviting for friends and family to come together and enjoy an evening of good cheer. Here are some helpful hints for a holiday home bar: 1. Party Planning If you’re throwing a party, there are some great Drink Calculators online to help you out. The MLCC has one to make your party planning a bit easier: 2. Variety It’s good to have some of the basics: gin, rum, vodka, wine and beer. The classic martini can be made with gin or vodka and everyone likes a rumzee. Both red and white wine available for your guests is also essential. And a bar without beer is no bar at all. Think locally. Half Pints Brewery has Stir Stick Stout ready for the winter, with its sweetness and heaviness making the cold a little more tolerable. 3. Mixes Keep plenty of cola (diet and regular), ginger ale, tonic and lemons/limes on hand. A good variety of juices will allow you to be creative. Don’t neglect serving coffee or hot chocolate to those who choose not to drink.

4. Glassware Keep things amusing with remarkable glassware and be sure to have more than enough to go around. Good glassware does not have to be pricy. An eclectic collection is perfect for any event. Cheers, everyone!



Pink 47 (England; $32.99; +9036) Pink 47 is a true London Dry Gin flavoured with 12 botanicals from all four corners of the world to produce a unique and complex flavour with a crisp and compelling finish. It’s perfect to drink with a tonic or as the base for a great cocktail. It’s strong and full flavoured but without a trace of harshness.

Pio Ecologico (Spain; $13.50; +13417). Fresh and pleasant cherry colour with a bouquet of red fruits, the Monastrell grape has some earthy and woody tinges from oak barrel aging that finishes with dark chocolate and vanilla. This wine pairs well with rice dishes such as paella, beef stews and pizza.

Half Pints Stir Stick Stout (Manitoba; $2.14; +7181). The Stir Stick Stout is robust with ruby highlights and a generous addition of locally roasted fair trade coffee. The beans lend a distinct chocolate aroma and flavour that blends well with the roasted barley and malty sweetness. A woody bitterness rounds out this ale.

Ron Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva (Venezuela; $45.95; +11095).

This complex blend of Copper pot still rums, aged 12 years, has a nose of fruit cake, rum n’ raisin ice cream, cocoa, dried ginger, cinnamon and clove. Baked bananas with fudge sauce and chewy toffee alongside vanilla oak and a deeper note of syrupy gingerbread and hints of orange zest. The palate evokes chocolate sauce and the sweet toffee, fudge and tropical fruit flavours from the nose. Deep, vivid and extremely seductive flavours.

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as Salsas Corp is a Winnipegbased business dedicated to manufacturing specialty homestyle Mexican food, using fresh ingredients and original recipes to meet the increasing demand for Mexican food with authentic flavour. Rubén Marabotto (64), the company’s President and CEO, was born in Mexico City and has been a Canadian Mexican for eight years now. He is married, with three adult children (Rodrigo [35], Daniel [32] and Fabiola [25]). Marabotto moved to Canada with his family on Sept 9, 1999. His oldest son, Rodrigo, lives in Mexico City. Already working in the field of International Commerce for over 35 years, upon moving to Winnipeg, Marabotto established the International Trade Company, Dedalo Corp, to represent and sell Canadian companies’ products to Mexico. “Looking for a new source of income that would depend on our local, stable, and strong economy, I decided to start selling salsas recommended by our friends when we have them over for dinner,” said Marabotto. “They always like my salsas and ask for some to take home. They kept asking me why I wasn’t selling them. I decided to go for it and began making a business plan. “To start selling to stores, I began developing my salsas at the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie, getting our HACCP Plan and all the needed Food Safety regulations in place.” A year later, in June 2012, Marabotto began selling the salsas at specialty and health food stores. Within three months, the company expanded into city stores across Manitoba, as well as in two cities in Saskatchewan and Alberta. “What makes our salsas especially unique is that we use our own Mexican ethnic recipe, manufacturing it with original natural ingredients to provide the original flavor,” said Marabotto.



“There are no salsas like Delicious Kicks on the market. It’s a completely different salsa that’s very versatile. It can be used as a dip, added to any food, or added to your cooking of choice. “Everyone who enjoys hot food – even kids – likes our salsas. And for those who like less of a kick, we have our mild salsas.” In March 2012, Marabotto went to the Natural Product Show in Anaheim to find out what would be needed to get into the U.S. market of specialty foods. The following November, Las Salsas participated in the Canada Food Show, in Japan, sharing their salsa wares. From there, they flew to Shanghai to experience the Food Hotel China Show. “We wanted to penetrate the international market in a short time, while at the same time, continue growing across Canada,” said Marabotto. “Within a few years’ time, we anticipate becoming a well established international company, manufacturing an even greater variety of unique, specialty Mexican food.”

anything about food safety regulations. By taking MAFRI’s seminars for no cost, we learned everything needed to know how to achieve a good start. We also had the support of governmental offices, like the Manitoba Business Centre, the Women Entrepreneur Centre, the Urban GO Centre, Food and Beverage Canada, and Manitoba Trade. “Most of all, all the beautiful people working there provided all their support and experience, and made it possible for Las Salsas Corp to become the successful business it is today – my deepest appreciation to all of them.” For more information about Las Salsas Corp, call (204) 487-4642, email, or visit

Of the road to business success, Marabotto said, “It hasn’t been easy. It requires a lot of work to start a new business, but it’s great to be able to count on support from our government. Until we began manufacturing salsas, my family and I didn’t know



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Omega-3 Turkey Breast with Italian Sausage Stuffing

Omega-3 Turkey Breast Stuffed with Porcini Mushrooms

INGREDIENTS 1 1 tbsp | 15 ml 1 tbsp | 15 ml 2 cups | 500 ml 5-6 threads 2 1 1 lb | 500 g 1/2 tsp | 2.5 ml To taste 2 tbsp | 30 ml 4 cups | 1 ltr

INGREDIENTS 1 1 tbsp | 15 ml 1 tbsp | 15 ml 1-10 g pkg 1 1/2 cups | 375 ml 1 1/2 cups | 375 ml 4 tbsp | 60 ml 2 tbsp | 30 ml 1/2-150 g pkg 1 1/4 tsp | 1.25 ml to taste

Granny’s Seasoned, Boneless Turkey Breast, thawed butter olive oil homemade or low sodium turkey or chicken stock Spanish Saffron medium leeks, diced red bell pepper, diced Italian sausage, mild or hot sea salt freshly ground black pepper Italian parsley, coarsely chopped white & whole wheat bread, cubed (not too fresh)

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 375°F. Add saffron to stock, bring to a boil and then let cool. Sauté leek, pepper and sausage in a pan with butter and oil until lightly brown; let cool. Mix all remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Make a cut in the turkey breast from one end to the other, not cutting all of the way through. Create a large pocket by cutting the slit on each side. Place the stuffing mixture into the pocket, piling it as high as needed. Place the breast on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover the stuffing area with a greased piece of foil. Bake for 40 minutes, remove foil and continue baking for another 20 minutes or until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 170°F (80°C). Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serves: 4-5

Granny’s Seasoned, Boneless Turkey Breast, thawed olive oil garlic, finely chopped dried porcini mushrooms arugula baby spinach fresh parmesan, grated pine nuts, toasted fresh mozzarella, diced egg white sea salt freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 375°F. Soak mushrooms in a 1/4 cup of water until soft. Drain, reserving liquid. Sauté garlic and mushrooms in a pan over medium heat with olive oil for 2 minutes. Add arugula and spinach and sauté until fully cooked; let cool. Mix with remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Make a cut in the turkey breast from one end to the other, not cutting all of the way through. Create a large pocket by cutting the slit on each side. Place the stuffing mixture into the pocket, piling it as high as needed. Place the breast on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover the stuffing area with a greased piece of foil. Bake for 40 minutes, remove foil and continue baking for another 20 minutes or until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 170°F (80°C). Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serves: 4-5

Recipes courtesy of Chef Jason Wortzman

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Turkey Wrapped Escargot with Tomato-Garlic Fondant INGREDIENTS 2 lb | 8-900 g 1 tbsp | 15 ml 2 tbsp | 30 ml 1/2 tsp | 2.5 ml 1 tbsp | 15 ml 3 tbsp | 65 ml 1 tbsp | 15 ml 1 (7 oz) | 1 (199 ml) can 3 tbsp | 45 ml 1-2 tsp | 5-10 ml 1/4 cup | 65 ml To taste

Turkey Mango Crostini

Granny’s Seasoned, Boneless Turkey Breast olive oil flat leaf parsley, chopped cracked black pepper olive oil red onion, finely chopped garlic, finely chopped small escargot, rinsed well flat leaf parsley, chopped fresh red chili peppers, seeded & finely chopped red or white wine sea salt and cracked black pepper

DIRECTIONS Remove skin from turkey breast. Cut turkey breast into 1” squares that are approximately 1/2” thick. Pound them in between plastic wrap with a mallet or the flat bottom of a small pot until paper thin. Combine turkey pieces in a bowl with olive oil, parsley and pepper and set aside in fridge. In a large skillet sauté onion and garlic in remaining olive oil over medium heat until translucent. Add escargot, parsley and chilies and sauté for an additional few minutes. Add wine and stir until nearly dry, then season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool. Wrap each escargot with a piece of turkey then place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper evenly spaced apart. Bake at 375° F for 10-15 minutes. Serve with a small portion of tomato-garlic fondant (recipe below) on top of each piece. Yield: 24 pieces Tomato-Garlic Fondant Ingredients: 1 tbsp |15 ml olive oil 1 tbsp |15 ml garlic, finely chopped 4 ripe medium tomatoes 1 tbsp |15 ml fresh oregano, chopped To taste sea salt and cracked black pepper

INGREDIENTS 1/2 lb | 250 g 2 tbsp | 30 ml 1/2 cup | 125 ml 2 tbsp | 30 ml 2 tbsp | 30 ml 5 tbsp | 75 ml 1/4 tsp | 1.25ml to taste 1 1 tbsp | 15ml

Granny’s Seasoned, Boneless Turkey Breast, thawed olive oil mango, peeled & diced into 1/4 inch cubes jalapeno, diced red onion, diced asiago, shredded sea salt fresh ground black pepper French baguette, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds cilantro

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 375° F. Remove skin from turkey breast. Cut breast meat (approx. 250 g) into small pieces. Sauté turkey and onion in oil over medium heat until cooked. Add mango and jalapeno and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Cool, and then add cilantro, asiago and seasoning. Place baguette on a baking sheet and top generously with mixture. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes and serve warm. Yield: 18 pieces

Directions: Cut tomatoes with an x on the bottom and place in boiling water for 1 minute. Place in cold water and remove skin. Remove seeds and finely chop. Sauté garlic in olive oil over medium heat until translucent. Add chopped tomatoes and simmer gently until almost dry. Add oregano, salt and pepper. Serve over Turkey Wrapped Escargot.

Recipes courtesy of Chef Jason Wortzman

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Out to Lunch

Pizza Party By Kathryne Grisim, The Media Chef

P Santa Ana

izza is not just for Friday night home delivery anymore. The humble pie, originally discovered in Naples when bread bakers used extra dough to make a nutritious lunch, has been elevated to new heights in Winnipeg with exotic ingredients like brussels sprouts and freshly cracked eggs. The latter ingredients were enjoyed on a pizza which was a summer feature at Pizzeria Gusto. The Academy Rd. restaurant was recently declared one of McLean’s Magazine’s Top 50 Canadian Restaurants. Pizza is perfect for large groups who might be looking for a place to book a holiday office party as it’s simple to order, quick to be served and easy to share. The entire pizza realm gives chefs an opportunity to combine certain ingredients and seasonings that compliment each other. I think that this is why pizza has recently made a resurgence on many menus. Even the Keg Steakhouse and Bar has a Butter Chicken Flatbread featured at lunch. I love the French style pizzas served at Chez Sophie in St. Boniface; particularly their Alsatian specialty which is similar to a Tartiflette and topped with panfried potatoes, ham, bacon, onions, Trappist cheese, mozzarella, and cream sauce as opposed to the Italian tomato sauce. Here are a couple more popular places and pizza suggestions that I have tasted recently: Bonfire Bistro’s (1433 Corydon Ave.) Serrano and Pear Pizza is a “sweet and salty” lover’s delight with the unusual, but perfect combination of Serrano ham, fresh pear, stilton blue and mozzarella cheese, fresh arugula, balsamic glaze and savoury fig sauce. Serrano ham (sometimes also called “mountain” ham) is a dry cured Spanish ham that is extra pungent and salty and lends itself to combinations of fruits and bold cheeses.



My personal favourite is the Mediterranean Vegetarian made with roasted red peppers, roma tomatoes, eggplant, artichokes, fennel and zucchini. If all of these vegetables do not pack enough taste punch, they also add kalamata olives before topping with both mozzarella and goat cheese. I am also fond of Bonfire’s Bistro Vermicelli which is served in the evening and features the same luscious ingredients as above. If an entire personal pizza is too much to manage, you can order a half pie and pair it with a freshly tossed Caesar or mixed green salad. On my last visit, the latter was studded with red onions and pecans. Bonfire Bistro is a true neighbourhood bistro and as such, has specific policies regarding reservations and groups, therefore it is best that you read the details on their website at Also centrally located in River Heights is Carbone (1580 Taylor Ave.) which is reputed to be the first coal fired pizza in Canada. I had to educate myself about anthracite coal to find a number of positive qualities, but the most important aspect is that it burns at 850 degrees which means that our pizzas were completely cooked in three minutes. If you have any gluten free concerns in your group, they can provide a gluten free option. What I really love about Carbone’s is their commitment to the freshest of ingredients. Their pizza dough is made with organic Canadian flour. The only food item found in their small chest freezer is their ice cream and they do not have a deep fryer. The only way to cook is over the open flame, which can help you fit into that little black dress that you purchased for additional holiday parties. When we dined recently, we shared the Isabella Pizza, which was covered with artichokes, roasted onions and goat cheese, in addition to arugula. The taste result was a combination of sweetness, creaminess and sharpness along with the pepperiness of the arugula. Artichokes were also found on the Capo Pizza along with red pepper, gorgonzola and capocollo which is a spicy, authentic Italian meat, titled for the family of the same name. I’m not partial to the blue gorgonzola cheese but the other tastes were strong enough to de-emphasize it. Carbone’s take reservations for groups of eight or more and are open for lunch and dinner.

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Santa Ana (F-1631 St. Mary’s Rd.) is also available to accommodate your large group. In fact, on my recent visit the dining room held one large party and another was assembling in the front lobby. This gave them a chance to see the fresh ingredients being tossed together in the open kitchen and the flames from the wood burning oven in the corner. The emphasis here too, is on fresh ingredients that bring out the best in each other. On my last visit I was tempted to try the Santa Ana pizza which combines cauliflower, asparagus and havarti cheese with the unusual choice of prosciutto. But my eye was drawn to the Pacific. I fell in love with seafood pizzas when I first travelled to Italy and this one matches shrimp with fresh garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and celery. The latter provides a fresh and crunchy enhancement to the delicate shrimp taste.

If you are a meat-lover, I highly recommend the Tropicana which couples pulled pork with bacon and adds red onion, pineapple, jalapeño and hickory barbeque sauce. The same “sweet and salty” combination that is typically satisfied by ham and pineapple pizza is taken to a whole new level with this version. I have always chosen my pizzas to be wood-fired, but at Santa Ana you can also select stone baked. They also boost a fine selection of soups, salads, appetizers and pastas. Although I have sampled the salads which were abundant and excellent, I am always tempted by the pizza and have yet to sample the pastas. If you are interested in staying at the office for your holiday get together, Santa Ana also caters with 24 hour notice. The interior of all three locations means that you will be comfortable to wear business attire or your jeans, if your workplace has a casual dress code. Enjoy the holiday season, breaking bread with your friends and when I say “bread,” I mean pizza!

From the Chef

Be the Hostess with the Mostest


et’s face it, sometimes entertaining can be stressful; especially around the holidays. With all the running around to different social events, Christmas shopping, slower traffic; all the while trying to work those extras into your regular lifestyle. It’s no wonder some people dread hosting their own events. There are a few simple rules:

• Start planning early – With little time it will stress you out to plan this party • Make a guest list – So you don’t forget anyone

By Rob Thomas

• Plan your food and drink menu – I’ll make it really easy for you

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Since I don’t know when the best date for your party is, and may or may not know your friends, I can most certainly help with the menu. Here are a few of my very simple and delicious go-to favourites, whether you are the host, or a guest bringing a dish.

Feta Stuffed Lamb Meatballs Makes 50 to 60 meatballs

Sun-dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Spread


olive oil



large onion, minced

½C Sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained


dark rum


minced garlic

Toasted baguette slices


spiced rum


eggs, beaten


heavy cream (or half & half)


worcestershire sauce

4 T

chocolate syrup

2 T

grainy dijon mustard

Method: In a food processor, combine goat cheese and tomatoes until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.


instant coffee (or fresh brewed)

As a dip: Serve with toasted baguette slices.

1 t

ground cinnamon




almond extracts

¼ C parsley, chopped 3T

oregano, dried


bread crumbs

Pinch salt & pepper 2lbs

ground lamb


feta cheese, in ½-inch dice

Method: Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Soft goat cheese

Serve Hot: Spread generously on toasted baguette slices, place on a lined sheet pan, broil until tops begin to brown, let cool for 5 minutes and garnish with chopped green onions before serving.

Homemade Rum Cream 2 cans (14oz) sweetened condensed milk

Method: Combine all ingredients in a blender and whirl at high speed for a few minutes until blended and smooth. Stir before serving over ice, or store in tightly covered container in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Sauté onion and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes. Add to a large mixing bowl with eggs, worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, parsley, oregano, bread crumbs, salt and pepper, and lamb mix until well combined. In your hands take big tablespoonfuls of the lamb mixture and form into balls. Push one cube of feta into each ball, re-rolling to completely cover the feta. Transfer to a baking sheet with raised edges. Roast for 20 minutes.




Holiday Eats

—Manitoba Style By Shel Zolkewich

Celebrate the Ukrainian, Jewish and Filipino way “What would a Canadian Christmas

Jewish Hanukkah begins on the evening of Dec. 8 and ends on the evening of Dec.  16 this year. It’s an eight-day holiday that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. As in Ukrainian tradition, cooking with oil is almost mandatory during this time. It’s a nod to a small flask of oil that kept the flame burning in the temple for eight nights.

be without custom and tradition?” So starts one of my favourite cookbooks—one that’s over 30 years old—penned by the venerable Rose Murray. Canadian Christmas Cooking is a collection of dishes reserved for the winter holidays, no matter what holiday you celebrate. But more than that, it’s a testaments to just how important food was, and will always be, to Canadians as we celebrate December’s special days. Ukrainian Why do Ukrainian Canadians get a second Christmas? While Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 25 on the Gregorian calendar, it falls on Jan. 7 on the much older Julian calendar, the one still used by many Orthodox churches, including those in Ukraine.

Following the kutya, the remaining dishes are brought to the table. The mix includes soup, several kinds of perogies, breads, fish dishes, salads, mushrooms and fruit compote to end the meal.

It all begins on Jan. 6, Ukrainian Christmas Eve, with a holy supper called Svyata Vechera. The meal consists of 12 meatless dishes, symbolic of the 12 apostles. The day is one of fasting where meat, animal fats and milk are avoided. Cooking oil must be used in place of butter and lard throughout the meal. When the sun goes down, the feast begins.

1 tsp salt

Kutya is the first course. It’s a mix of cooked wheat, poppy seed and honey, served cold. Each person at the table receives only a spoonful at first, served by the head of the family. A prayer remem-


bers those who have left us, asks for health and prosperity and gives thanks that families can share this time together.


Panfried Pickerel 6 pickerel fillets 1 tsp pepper 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped canola oil for frying Let the delicate flavour of this flaky fish to come through with a light hand in the seasonings department. Salt and pepper each side of the fillets. Add canola oil to your frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chopped garlic to the pan just before you add the fillets. Reduce heat to medium. Fry on each side two to three minutes.

Talia Syrie, owner of The Tallest Poppy, says probably the most important dish is potato latkes—crispy potato pancakes fried in oil. If you come visit Syrie at her North End diner (open weekends) during Hanukkah, you just might get a taste of her homage to the holiday— latkes poutine. “We cut the latkes in fingers, pile them up then add cheese, bacon, egg and gravy, of course,” she said. Syrie said Hanukkah is also a time to eat other Jewish favourites including matzoball soup, gefilite fish and challah—a rich, braided egg bread. Another favourite at Hanukkah is sufganiyot—a jam-filled, deep-fried donut. Around these parts, we call them jam busters. So head over to the Donut House on Selkirk Avenue, pick up half a dozen and celebrate. Latkes 5 potatoes 2 onions 3 eggs, beaten 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/4 to 3/4 cup all-purpose flour canola oil for frying

with oxtail, peanut butter, eggplant, squash and green beans. Because oxtail can be expensive, beef is often substituted. Kare Kare 3 lbs oxtail, cut in 2 inch slices (cubed beef may be substituted)

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1 small banana flower bud (sliced) 1 bundle of pechay or bok choy 1 bundle of string beans (cut into 2 inch slices) 4 eggplants (sliced) 1 cup ground peanuts 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup shrimp paste 1 litre water Peel potatoes and onion. Place into a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Pulse until smooth. Drain mixture well. Pour potato/onion mixture into a large bowl, add beaten eggs, salt and pepper. Add enough flour so the mixture holds together. Pour 1 inch of oil into a large, deep frying pan. Heat the oil over mediumhigh heat. Carefully drop 1/4 cup of the potato mixture into the hot oil. Flatten the pancake slightly so the center will cook. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden. Drain on paper towel.

Filipino Can you smell the lechon? Filipino households are busy on Christmas Eve, preparing a whole pig that gets slowroasted throughout the day. Ron Cantiveros, publisher of The Filipino Journal, explains that families gather after midnight mass on Christmas Eve to begin the feast. It’s all part of a celebration called Nochebuena.

1/2 cup annatto seeds (soaked in 1 cup of water) 1/2 cup toasted ground rice 1 tbsp garlic, minced 1 large onion, chopped salt and pepper In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the oxtail followed by the onions and simmer for 2.5 to 3 hours or until tender. Add the ground peanuts, peanut butter and colouring (water from the annatto seed mixture) and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the toasted ground rice and simmer for 5 minutes. In a separate pan, saute the garlic then add the banana flower, eggplant and string beans and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer the cooked vegetables to the large pot (where the rest of the ingredients are) and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with shrimp paste.

“The big feast usually begins around 1 a.m. and goes to around 5 a.m.,” Cantiveros said. “It’s a chance to spend time with your families, celebrate your elders.” Also on the menu are roasted chestnuts, lumpia (similar to a spring roll) and a cheesy treat called queso de bola. “We buy a ton of them for client gifts! It’s really good stuff!” Cantiveros said. But if there’s one dish that truly means Christmas for Cantiveros, it’s kare kare. “This is a dish that my grandmother has made for me. It’s true comfort food,” he explained. Kare kare was traditionally made

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hen a client approached Simon Fimkin, the president of Superlite, six years ago with a request to light his entire home with LEDs, Fimkin talked him out of it. “At that time, it just wasn’t feasible,” he recalls. “Economically it didn’t make sense. The quality of light would’ve been at best dim and mediocre.”



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that illuminate by the movement of electrons through a semiconductor material. LEDs have been used in key chains, flashlights, light fixtures and even portable light therapy devices used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Today LEDs are literally light years ahead of where they were in 2006 and Fimkin not only steers clients towards LED, Superlite just helped a client light a condominium using almost exclusively LEDs with the exception of one light fixture.

What has happened in the LED market over the last six years that has made them not only a viable but desirable option? For starters, LEDs have come down in price. They have also evolved as lighting products and now come with different finishes and in many shapes and sizes. From LED light bulbs that replace regular bulbs to dimmable lamps, LED lighting now offers all the choices of conventional light sources but typically uses 80 per cent less energy.

What are LEDs? LED is an acronym for lightemitting diode. They are tiny light sources

Alison Demare, an interior designer and manager of Robinson Lighting, agrees with

Fimkin that LEDs are the most exciting trend in lighting these days. “LEDs used to emit a really cold blue colour, but now you can select from a nice range of warm colours. They have opened up limitless opportunities to be truly creative with light.” When you light a home, explains Demare, you want to create layers of light. You need a general light source, accent lighting and task lighting. In the past, LEDs worked well for accent lighting, but now you can create layers of light using all LED products. On top of being energy efficient, LEDs have myriad, creative applications. “LEDs really make design more exciting. They offer more variation in where we can put lighting,” says Demare. Colour temperature is measured in Degrees Kelvin. High colour temperatures give off a colder light. Historically, LEDs have been “cool.” Today, they come in a wide variety of warmer temperatures visually comparable to incandescent lighting. In terms of energy efficiency, LEDs are unbeatable as a light source. Most are

rated to last 40,000 to 50,000 hours. Fimkin points out that in many cases LEDs will likely outlast the time the original owners live in their house. Using LEDs as step lights is a hot trend right now. LED’s function as a low-level safety light for changes in elevation. They can also be used as night lights in bathrooms in the toe-kick space of vanities or outside of kids’ rooms for parents with young children. Because LEDs do not give off heat, they are not a fire hazard and can be used in cabinets. Another popular application is to use colour-changing LEDs in a bar or entertainment centre. LED tape lighting, which comes on a flexible half-inch strip, can be used to light a cabinet or to highlight areas of interest such as an art piece or a fireplace. One piece of advice Fimkin offers to anyone lighting a room with LEDs is to do it all at once. “I recommend doing the entire room rather than just part of it and a section in another room. The reason is because there can be variation from batch to batch, even if you order the same

product,” he explains. “They could look different and that would not give you the effect you want to achieve in the room.” When used to light exterior spaces, LEDs do very well and even thrive in Winnipeg winters. “They love the cold and they hate heat,” says Fimkin. In Winnipeg, several car lots have used LED lighting schemes and the trend to use it outdoors continues to grow. Most residential landscape lighting runs off a transformer. If you use LED landscape lighting, you can use a smaller sized transformer, saving you money. Popular outdoor LED applications include lighting a walkway and exterior posts and highlighting trees. “Outdoor spaces are becoming so much more elaborate and beautiful. LEDs afford designers the opportunity to create something truly unique,” says Demare. “There are liner ones that allow you to put them on the edge of a deck or stair. Not only do they create interest, but also safety.” There’s no question the future of LEDs, indoors and outdoors, looks very bright indeed.

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Wintertime Make your winter get-togethers memorable


magine you and your friends lounging in an outdoor hot tub underneath the winter moon… steam rising off the water and snow gently falling all around you.

This is possible even in the bitter-cold winters that our climate foists upon us with the array of hot tubs and spas available today. Asked how spas can be used in winter to entertain guests and relax, Liz Seymour, co-owner of Arctic Spas Manitoba in Oak Bluff replies: “Well, that’s easy; you just need to get in! What is important, however, before you get in is that you have purchased the spa that is right for you and your family. By that I mean you have

to be comfortable. You should make sure your seats and seating arrangement are comfortable, that you have the appropriate amount of jets for your needs, ease of maintenance, no worries of electrical costs, and a safe cover. You can relax in your Arctic Spa now, release the tension of life’s little concerns, look up into the brilliant night sky and just say ‘Ahhh, this is the life!’ And that feeling never gets old!” As with any major expense, it is important to choose a product that will provide optimal use. A spa that is used mostly for personal enjoyment is one thing. “If you are purchasing more for entertainment, WINTER 2012


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then you probably want lots of comfortable seats and quite a few jets,” says Nichol-Seymour. An insulated cover in winter is essential: “The CastcoreÒ Mylovac cover offers excellent insulation and can withstand a lot of weight so you don’t have to worry about snow load – or children – falling through.” Arctic Spas offers a wide range of models, with a price range of $5,000 to $20,000. Great value spas in stock: • Any 7’ Model Family Package Arctic Spa with either 5- or 6-person seating, 40 hi-flo stainless steel water jets, 3 pumps, waterfall, Forever Floor, Castcore cover, Peak Ozone System, family lighting package $11,500. • Any 8’ Model Family Package Arctic Spa with 6- or 7-person seating, 61 hi-flo stainless steel water jets, 3 pumps, waterfall, Forever Floor, Castcore cover, Peak zone System, family lighting package $13,500.

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power for all with two massage pumps and up to 168 jets. "It has everything you need from a waterfall, QSSX Surround Sound, iPod dock and all of Beachcomber’s available lighting packages. Combine these great entertainment features with the comfortable seating of Beachcomber’s top-ofthe-line 700 Series hot tubs and you have a backyard escape that makes you forget how long our winters can be," says Engstrom. He continues: "As important as all of the lights and stereos are, one of the biggest concerns Manitobans have is energy efficiency in our cold climate. Beachcomber has been built in Canada for our Canadian winters for 35 years and is one of the only hot tubs built today with a 100 per cent foam-filled design. This, in addition to our dedicated circulation system called a “hush pump,” provides us with one of the most energy efficient hot tubs available today." Beachcomber Hot Tubs range in price from $4,500 – 16,500. So get creative with your winter entertaining this year by making your hot tub the focal point of a romantic evening for two, a laugh-a-minute girls’ night, or even taking a soak after the game! Oh, and stay away from the aluminum patio door frame.

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Decorating for the By Rebeca Kuropatwa



here should be no limits when it comes to gardening or dressing your home for the holidays, a concept Carla Hrycyna, co-owner (along with Ken Land) of St Mary’s Nursery & Garden Centre, understands well. Just a couple of holiday decorating ideas Hrycyna noted off the cuff, were dressing up an outdoor container by extending it “with boughs of cedar, white pine, and silver fir, in combination with red-tinged branches of dogwood or other twigs. “Vibrant red waterproof berries and ribbons give color for daylight hours. Lights can be nestled in the container for an evening glow. Light dusting of snow over the lights gives an added effect.” Hrycyna is a born-and-raised Winnipegger with two grown children, Cameron and Maureen, who are both involved in the St Mary’s business. Her father instilled in Hrycyna a passion for plants and gardening at a very early age. “I think I was younger than eight when he had me helping with yard work and gardening,” said Hrycyna. “I loved it then, and still love it now. “We’re a growing garden tradition… A growing Christmas tradition. “Open year-round, our greenhouse transforms to a colorful pallet of Poinsettias. “The holiday season is when the true meaning of family really shines though. We have family-focused events (like classes teaching how to make beautiful outdoor festive containers and wreaths) and our Festive Open House on Nov 17 and Nov 18 which kicks off the holiday season…We do something new every year. “Trends show more residences having two or more trees in their homes, and we’re seeing more people opting for themed trees.



garlands can be accented with floral silk accents, ribbons, and berries. The staircase’s newel post can be accentuated with the same complementary elements, but on a slightly larger scale. Artificial garlands can be made to look and smell real by adding sprigs of fresh greenery to them closer to the celebration day.

“For apartments/condos, we’re seeing entrance hallway mini-trees. I’ve even seen a whole floor of an apartment condo decorated with wreaths or mini-trees. Now that’s a festive spirit. “Pre-made wreaths or ones created in our classes can be used to adorn doors and gate entrances. Smaller wreaths can be used for centerpieces. Accent a cake plate or platter by placing a wreath beneath it. Wreaths can be hung with decorative metal hangers or can complement your colour scheme/theme with a wide ribbon.”

“Flower urns can be adorned with freshcut mini-treetops, and decorated the same as other containers. “Chandeliers can be adorned with sprigs of artificial greens, silks, and ornaments…coordinating the room with the same colour scheme you decorate in. Drop icicle ornaments add to the chandelier look (but, be careful to keep silk and greens away from light bulbs and heat sources).”

When it comes to decorating a tree, Hrycyna suggested setting it up in “the family/rec-room with a whimsy of collectable ornaments. Try placing a mini 3-4’ tree in a decorative front foyer pot. Set the mood by creating this inviting piece, decorated with whimsical appeal, traditional colours, or in a colour scheme set to match your home décor.

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Energy Savvy Don’t let Mother Nature drive your hydro bills through the roof


e all know that the seasons in Manitoba never come in gently or with any real predictability. Instead they roar in with heat waves, drops in temperature, dumps of snow – anything to throw things into a tailspin, it would seem.

Manitoba winters, in particular, are a force to be reckoned with - minus 50 temps with outrageous wind chills, record snowfalls, and general mayhem. Good old winter. Of course, along with those temperatures come holiday decorating, strings of lights, Christmas trees, menorahs, and any other traditionally lit decorations. Winter calls for a lot of power and energy. The number one energy user in your home is your furnace, and it never works harder than it does in the winter. Pam Vernaus, Supervisor of Marketing Programs with Manitoba Hydro explains: “Older, standard-efficiency furnaces usually have an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of about 60 per cent. This means 40 per cent of every dollar you use to heat your home is doing nothing more than being blown out of the chimney. A higher AFUE means the furnace is more efficient. A high efficiency furnace has a minimum AFUE of 92 per cent and can save a Manitoba homeowner an average of $275 annually on heating costs. Replacing your old furnace with a high-efficient one not only provides you with the immediate and



future benefit of improved energy efficiency, but replacing it before it fails will also save you money on the purchase price of a new one.” Over the festive season when you have more things plugged in or turned on for greater lengths of time, you can make choices to help your energy/money saving

bottom line. “Use ENERGY STAR qualified LED light strings. Virtually indestructible and cool to the touch, they use 90 per cent less electricity and last 10 times longer than old incandescent holiday light strings. They can pay for themselves within a season or two through savings on electricity and bulb replacement,” says Vernaus.

Be Power Smart Manitoba Hydro offers numerous programs and rebates to help you save energy and money. • Water and Energy Saver program – Manitoba Hydro is offering FREE water and energy saver kits. Apply online at or call 1-877-ecofitt (1-877-326-3488). • Home Insulation rebate program - If you are adding insulation to your existing home, you may be eligible to receive a rebate covering a portion of your home insulation costs. • Power Smart Residential Loan – allows homeowners to borrow between $500 and $7,500 for Power Smart upgrades. • Lower Income Energy Efficiency program – homeowners with a limited income, may qualify for energy efficient upgrades at little or no cost. • Earth Power Loan – homeowners installing a geothermal heat pump may qualify for the Residential Earth Power loan. • Refrigerator Retirement program – retire your second fridge or freezer and receive $40 plus free removal. • Power Smart PAYS Financing allows you to make energy efficiency upgrades to your home and Pay As You Save. Visit for more information on these programs, along with other tips.

Those of us that drive our own vehicles during the sub-arctic temperatures know that if you don’t plug your vehicle in at night, you might be calling to catch a ride with someone else in the morning. However, having your car plugged in from when you get home at 6:00 p.m. until you leave at 7 the next morning uses a lot of unnecessary energy. If you use an automatic car timer, you’ll not only save energy, you’ll also save money. To do its job, a block heater only needs to be turned on three hours before starting your car, even on the coldest nights. Beyond the season specific tips though, there are a number of other things that can help you keep your energy costs down, all year-round. “Energy use is behaviour based, so even though you have the best equipment, if you are leaving lights on or not turning your furnace thermostat down when you’re not at home or sleeping, you are wasting energy and money,” explains Vernaus.

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• Place insulators behind your electrical outlets; • Upgrade your heating system; • Caulk and seal gaps. Appliances are a significant energy user in a household. Refrigerators, for example, consume a lot of energy, and are always in use. “Buy a refrigerator that fits your family size,” Vernaus explains. “A family of four may need between 16.5 and 17.5 cubic feet, while a family of six might need a 20 cubic foot model. Any features on the refrigerator that may not be necessary for your family, like an automatic water or ice dispenser, can increase the electrical consumption up to 20 per cent compared to similar models without these features.” If you have a second, mainly empty refrigerator, you may want to consider unplugging or getting rid of it. Your best bet is also to go with ENERGY STAR® labeled models, which are the highest in energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR® appliances are 10 to 50 per cent more efficient than conventional models. So don’t let Mother Nature dictate where you’ll be spending your extra holiday cash this year, instead, set a timer, turn off a light, buy LED, or splurge on a new appliance that will pay for itself in energy savings – be energy savvy.




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Come and Get It! Granny’s Poultry Cooperative Ltd. recently held its International Year of Cooperatives BBQ.

New Location The Thermography Clinic provides Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (D.I.T.I.) which is a non-invasive clinical imaging procedure used to detect and monitor a number of diseases and physical injuries by showing the thermal abnormalities in the body without the use of radiation.

Showtime Productions is proud to present The Wonderful Wedding Show, the largest single source of information available about local wedding services. The show will take place January 19 & 20, 2013 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. To enter to win two tickets to the show, visit www.winnipegwomen. net by January 4, 2013!

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’Tis the Season St. Mary’s Nursery and Garden Centre, located at 2901 St. Mary’s Road, are holding several events over the holiday season. Visit for more information. Nov 29   Ladies Only Night  (6 – 9:30 p.m.)  For all ladies – an evening full of decorating ideas, in-house specials, guest speakers, food sampling. Guaranteed “event of the season.” Dec 2  Family Day - Free sleigh rides pulled by a team of Clydesdale horses (Sleigh rides  12:30-3:30 p.m.), and visit with Santa WINTER 2012

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As you prepare for your holiday vacation, don’t leave your home to chance. Many insurance policies require that your home be checked as often as every day while you’re away! Commissionaires Manitoba HouseWATCH service provides bonded security professionals to check on your home while you’re away, satisfying your insurance requirements. They check to see if anyone has tried to break into your home, leaky pipes, and make your home appear lived in. For more information, call 204-942-5993 x2300 or

Babies, Babies, Babies! Showtime Productions is proud to present the 8th Annual Winnipeg Baby & Kids Show, taking place February 23 & 24, 2013 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre! The Baby & Kids Show is Winnipeg’s largest special event for expectant parents and young families, providing quality education & fun, affordable family entertainment. To enter to win two tickets to the show, visit by February 8, 2013. Photo courtesy of  Jennifer Lee Photography

Winter 2012

Index to Advertisers Arctic Spas Manitoba...................... 61

Granny’s Poultry................47, 48 & 49

Balmoral Hall School....................... 22

Hearth & Patio................................ 58

Bijou Treasures................................ 18

Inn at the Forks...... Inside Front Cover

Birchwood Art Gallery.................... 62

Kensington Homes Ltd................... 58

Canadian Western Bank.................. 11 Commissionaires Manitoba............. 40 Corydon Dental................................ 6 D.A. Niels Gourmet Kitchenware.... 55 Delta Winnipeg............................... 62 De Luca Fine Wines......................... 45 Dr. Ziesmann Cosmetic Clinic.......... 27 Epsilon Creations Ltd...................... 22

Lambskin Specialties....................... 22 Loka Clothing.................................. 33 Lola Boutique.................................. 43 L & VIA Fashion Boutique............... 17 Manitoba Liquor Control Commission.......................... 3 Manitoba Lotteries......................... 27

St. John’s-Ravenscourt School.......... 5 St. Mary’s Nursery & Garden Centre Ltd.......................... 65 Sue’s............................................... 62 Teleco............................................. 33 The Bra Bar & Panterie................... 51 The Fort Garry Hotel....................... 13 The Lobby on York.......................... 52 The Thermography Clinic................ 45

October Boutique........................... 19

Tiber River Naturals........................ 62

Petland Canada Inc........................... 9

Vita Health...................................... 67

Plastic Surgery Associates............... 60

Floform Countertops...................... 41

Pony Corral Restaurant & Bar......... 43

Fluid Isometrics............................... 17

Robinson Bath Centres................... 57

Forks Market...........................14 & 15

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre...... 67

Fort Whyte Alive............................. 13

Set the Bubbles Free...................... 31

Girl Candy Shop................................ 5

St. James Audi.................................. 9


Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)........... 20 Winnipeg Baby & Kids Show........... 22 W.K. Chan Jewellers....................... 64 Women’s Enterprise Centre............ 51 Wonderful Wedding Show.............. 64



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