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One Woman’s Battle With Breast Cancer

FROM THE CHEF Tired of that same turkey that you have during most holidays?



A Healthy Relationship with Food

Planning Your Renovation

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With Will and Grace: The Dream Factory’s Grace Thomson helps make dreams come true FEATURES

9  Health

Up Close and Personal: One Winnipeg woman’s battle with breast cancer

19  Parenting

Childhood Bullying: Is your child a victim of harassment?

22  Community

The Clothes Closet: Providing care and confidence


5  We Love

24  From the Cellar

6  Q&A

26  Out to Lunch

8  Scene

29  From the Chef

12  Ask the Expert 18  Fitness 45  Chatterbox






30  Planning Your Renovation 38  Winterizing the Cottage 42  Falling into New Trends

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editor’s perspective

Winnipeg The guide for living local


Fall 2013: Volume 14, Issue 3 EDITOR Alison Mintenko


t seems like summer just began and then it was over. I’ve been like an ice block for a couple of weeks now and as much as I try to reason with Mother Nature, she’s not hearing it – cold temps are coming.

Our cover story this issue is on Grace Thomson, Executive Director at The Dream Factory. I know Grace, but learning more about her and the foundation through this piece has been a really eye-opening experience. The work and selflessness of the people of Manitoba to make children’s dreams come true is truly inspiring. Our DreamSpaces section is full of great ideas to get you through the fall months. Tips to help you winterize your cottage, give the interior of your home an update with some


A healthy relationship with food - eating doesn’t have to be complicated. simple touches and accessories, and even guidance on how to begin planning for that home renovation you’ve been wanting.

Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, our health feature is on one Winnipeg woman’s personal battle with the disease. A mother of two teenage girls, Alissa Brandt shares her story with us. In keeping with health, our fitness piece on having a healthy relationship with food is a must-read. It makes eating healthy easy and manageable. Dish features a new twist on the classic holiday favourite of turkey. Out to Lunch visits three of the city’s well-known steakhouses, and From the Cellar suggest some fall flavour pairings sure to make your mouth happy. It won’t be long before the snow is here (and I really have something to whine about), so make the most of these autumn days!

CONTRIBUTORS Amanda Thomas, Ian McCausland, Holli Moncrieff, Randy Sawatzky, Kathryne Grisim, Rob Thomas, Candice G. Ball, Joanna Graham, Elizabeth Russell

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That’s Just Dandi Won’t you look dandy in Khrio’s Dandi boot! Soft forest green suede leather uppers with a western toe, fold down cuff at the ankle and sassy stud accents. $170. Available at Rooster, 452 River Avenue. 

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Throw in Some Comfort This collection is handmade from linen, hemp, vintage linens or cotton. The pillow featured here is silk screened with the mocking bird image and there are a variety of images or words on pillows, gift bags, tea towels, and a kid’s line consisting of work aprons, tooth fairy pillows and magic wands! Available at For Space Sake, 1824 Grant Avenue.


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By Amanda Thomas

Entrepreneurial Excellence

Sandra Altner and the WECM want to help make you a success story


ith over 30 years of experience, Sandra Altner knows what it takes for a woman to be an accomplished business owner. Now, Altner and her team at the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba (WECM) are leading other entrepreneurial women to successful careers in business ownership.

What exactly does the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba do? The WECM is a non-profit organization established by Western Economic Diversification Canada to assist women and partnerships of women and men to start and grow their businesses in our province. We do this by providing three core services: confidential, free, one-on-one business advising that is provided by a team of very experienced business professionals who are able to assist our clients at every business stage; online and in classroom training sessions that range from the development of a business plan to key operational topics such as marketing, finance and human resources; and business loans up to $150,000 to start, expand or purchase a business.


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What is the most rewarding experience that has come with your role of CEO at WECM? There are several parts to this answer. Seeing a woman who has a business idea come to the Centre and, through our interactions with her, build a successful business is incredibly rewarding. Helping a woman to grow an existing business through strategic thinking and planning is immensely satisfying as well. Last but not least, every day I get to work with an amazing team of dedicated individuals who put their hearts and souls into helping our clients. Dynamic conversations/ debates and brainstorming sessions are a regular occurrence at the Centre.

Have you always had a passion for seeing women succeed in business? I have had a passion for business since my first entrepreneurial endeavour, a retail store in Osborne Village in the 1970s. The path that I’ve taken and all of the mistakes I’ve made have led

me to this place. I wish that I had what WECM offers women today. With the knowledge and guidance we provide, female entrepreneurs can go farther faster and avoid many of the pitfalls and obstacles to success that we encountered in those years.

What has been your biggest professional accomplishment? I think that any time you take on a new challenge in a new area and make a success of it, there is a tremendous sense of accomplishment. My career has been varied to say the least. My initial education was in the arts and in journalism. I expected to be an academic in the area of Renaissance Art and to be a writer. I’ve had two stores, been a policy advisor in the Mayor’s Office, worked with Global College in the area of human rights, and had a consulting practice in marketing and strategic planning. In each endeavour I’ve learned valuable life lessons. But when all is said and done,

it’s what I’m doing now that gives me the greatest sense of purpose. I’ve helped build a marvelous team that is doing leading edge work in the area of women’s entrepreneurship.

How have you been able to balance a successful career, home life and hobbies? This is an interesting question and one that we get often at the Centre. As women, we are always juggling home, family and work. Balance suggests that every aspect of life fits nicely into a little box. As we all know, the reality is very different. We have come to recognize that at different times, different parts of life need greater focus and attention. The ability to devote time and energy to those aspects when it is most important is where balance comes in. An understanding family, encouraging friends and colleagues who “have my back” makes this possible for me.

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Winnipeg Art Gallery In Memoriam: Inuit Artists Remembered • until November 17 A tribute to some of Canada’s most respected Inuit artists who have passed away in recent years. ABOVE: Kenojuak Ashevak, printmaker Kananginak Pootoogook, Tundra Hawk, 1970. Stonecut on paper, 35/50. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Gift of Indian and Northern Affairs, Canada. G-89-621. Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts.

LEFT: MTC General Manager Camilla Holland and Artistic Director Steven Schipper at the 2012 Black & White Ball RIGHT: The Fort Garry Grand Ballroom, the 2012 Black & White Ball Both photos by Duncan McNairnay

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre The Black & White Gala Ball On Saturday, November 2, 2013, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre will host the annual Black & White Gala Ball, an evening of extravagance in the Fort Garry Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Dress to the nines and enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing, as well as an auction with fabulous prizes. Proceeds from the event support MTC’s productions and programs, ensuring that live theatre continues to thrive in our community. For more information and tickets, visit 

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Up Close


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ou can love or hate it, but you can’t ignore the ubiquitous pink ribbon. From bumper magnets to highend running apparel to blenders and trendy bracelet charms, the pink ribbon is everywhere. It may very well be one of the most successful health awareness campaigns of all time.

October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, will be particularly awash in pink. It’s a time to cast a spotlight on breast health and educate women and men about the risks and early detection. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) reports that in Manitoba in 2013, an estimated 820 women will be diagnosed with the disease. Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer in Canadian women over the age of 20, with one in four diagnoses being breast cancer. “The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation puts a heavy focus on educating the public on being breast health aware,” says Bonnie Megley, vice-president of business development CBCF-Prairies/ NWT Region. “Throughout the month, on our social media channels, we will be posting daily breast cancer facts and stats, in order to encourage people to take a proactive approach with their breast health.” For some breast cancer survivors in Winnipeg, it is a time to don pink from head to toe and participate in survivor parades or the Run for the Cure. For other breast cancer survivors, such as 44-year-old Alissa Brandt, October is breast cancer reminder month. “It’s hard for those who have had it. It’s constantly WINNIPEGMAG.COM

in our faces. At the same time, it’s that awareness that has provided us with so many resources.” It’s the sexy, slick pink marketing that turns Brandt off. “There is nothing pretty about breast cancer. Make it less sexy rather than trying to feed into some misplaced notion of what women need and want and how marketing affects them,” says the mother of two teenaged girls. Because her own mother had breast cancer, Brandt regularly performed selfbreast examinations, but it was an itchy, scratchy feeling in her left breast that prompted her to get a mammogram. The mammogram identified what the doctors called “an area of concern.” A radiologist performed a diagnostic biopsy and told Brandt the tumour was malignant and would “have to come out.”

She stepped aboard what she calls a treatment train that had a series of steps and a few key decision points. The first was a mastectomy and reconstructive breast surgery. It is a common practice that as the surgeon performs the reconstructive breast surgery, an initial screening test of a sentinel lymph node, removed during the mastectomy, can indicate if the cancer has spread beyond the breast so they can go back in and remove additional lymph nodes as necessary. It wasn’t until the full pathology came back a few weeks later that they discovered more cancer. Brandt underwent another surgery to remove the lymph nodes under her left arm followed by four rounds of chemotherapy and 25 radiation treatments. The recovery was painful and difficult, but Brandt describes many aspects of FALL 2013


the experience as amazing. “All the support I received from friends, family and colleagues spoke to the humanity of people,” Brandt says. “I felt very supported and loved.” Today Brandt’s health is good, but she still doesn’t feel like a survivor. “A survivor is someone who walks away from a one-time event like a plane crash,” she says. “You’re never done having cancer once you’ve had it.” The odds are stacked in Brandt’s favour. The five-year survival rate is close to 90 per cent. “Maybe I will feel like a survivor after my five-year mark,” she says. The survival rates are encouraging, but how close are we to a cure? “Today, we understand genetics. We can identify women at higher risk, and help take steps leading to earlier detection and improved survival,” says Megley. She points out that 25 years ago, screening programs for breast cancer did not exist. The five-year survival rate for a woman diagnosed with breast cancer was around 75 per cent. Mastectomy was the only surgical option. Breast cancer screening was in a trial stage and the use of multiple drugs and post-surgical hormonal therapy was in the early stages of investigation. There’s no question treatment keeps getting better and better, but Brandt is

wary of the enthusiasm about advances such as breast reconstruction. “They tell you that you will get a breast reconstruction and a tummy tuck. They’re selling you beauty and self-confidence. It feeds on a woman’s greatest fears that she’s going to be deformed and undesirable,” Brandt reflects. “There’s got to be a different way of approaching it.” Brandt did draw strength from breast cancer support groups and found the support offered by CancerCare Manitoba to be excellent. She encourages women who have just been diagnosed with breast cancer to seek out others who are going through the process. “It’s great to have someone to call when you’re worried about some freaky little thing. They understand and may have experienced the same thing.” Although Brandt felt more conflicted versus empowered by fun runs or survivor parades, she does cherish the memory of the one thing she could take complete control of during treatment: cutting off her beautiful blonde hair before chemotherapy caused it to fall out. She made a decision to donate her hair to an organization that makes wigs for kids living with cancer. She booked an appointment with her stylist and her two daughters came along. “It was a nice afternoon. It was one of the few things I could control the what, the how and the when. It felt really special.”

BREAST CANCER FACTS • One in 29 Canadian women will die from breast cancer. • In 2013, an estimated 5,000 Canadian women (60 Canadian men) will die from this disease. • In Manitoba in 2013, an estimated 190 women will die from this disease. • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Canadian women – second only to lung cancer. • The risk of dying from breast cancer increases with age – 90 per cent of breast cancer deaths occur in women age 50 and older. • Fewer Canadian women are dying from breast cancer today than in the past – since their peak in 1986, breast cancer deaths have decreased by 42 per cent due to earlier detection through regular mammography screening, advances in screening technology, and improved treatments. Source: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Prairies/NWT Region


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Benefits of Hypnotherapy T he mind body benefits of hypnosis therapy are widespread. This popular and sometimes misunderstood method helps you create positive changes in all aspects of your life. Inward Action hypnosis can help you achieve lasting weight loss, quit smoking and other addictions, natural

child birth and general relaxation and stress relief.

Hypnotherapy works by easing you into a deep relaxation where the conscious mind takes a back seat while your sub-conscious mind is more open to accepting new suggestions and this new re-programming will support new goals.

Hypnosis is right for you

One of the main benefits of hypnosis is that when you are in a hypnotic state, your brain wave frequencies slow down. You achieve a heightened state of concentration or focus so you are very aware of the visualization and suggestions that may be part of your session. A state of focused awareness almost feels as though you are more of an observer of thought and images instead of a part of them. This allows you to bypass the “gatekeepers” at the entrance to the subconscious and superconscious. Once you are past the gatekeeper you can access these levels of consciousness directly and your brain is much more receptive to suggestion.

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By Norman L. Yusim and Marcelin F. Murray

Common-Law Relationships

and the Law in Manitoba A s family law practitioners, we often deal with individuals involved in common-law relationships. In Manitoba questions relating to the rights of commonlaw partners are complicated by public misinformation and the fact that the “test� for a common-law relationship, whether an opposite- or a same-sex common-law relationship, is defined differently by different legislation and for different purposes. The Family Maintenance Act, for instance, provides for rights for spousal support and other relief when the partners have lived together in a conjugal relationship for three years, or for one year if they have a child together. The Family Property Act requires three years of cohabitation before property rights arise, and there is a child of the union. Both Acts provide that partners are common-law if they register as such with Vital Statistics at any time. The following are some of the questions we are frequently asked:

1. W  ho pays support and how much? The Family Maintenance Act of Manitoba provides that both common-law partners have a duty to financially support and maintain each other while living together.


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This duty can be fulfilled by earning income outside the home or by running the household. The right to financial support includes the right to receive reasonable amounts of money for clothing and other personal expenses on a regular basis and the right to spend this money without interference from the other common-law partner. The Family Maintenance Act also gives common-law partners the right to request and receive financial information from each other both while they are living together and when they are separated. The Family Maintenance Act also provides for commonlaw support to be paid from one partner to the other on separation in some circumstances, particularly when one partner earns significantly more than the other, or when one partner has left the workforce to care for children. Entitlement to common-law support is based on the specific facts of the relationship. The amount of support to be paid can vary greatly, but is often based on the recommendations of the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines, a tool which is not binding but is available to lawyers and to the Court.


2. W  hen common-law partners separate, how is their property divided? Manitoba is one of only a few provinces in Canada which has extended the family property regime to common-law partners, which it did as of June 30, 2004. The Family Property Act in Manitoba provides that common-law partners have the right to use and enjoy family assets. Upon separation, The Family Property Act provides that either partner can make a request to the Court for an accounting of assets and debts acquired during cohabitation as of their date of separation (usually resulting in an equalization payment from one to the other). In the case of a pre-acquired asset owned by a partner at the date of separation, and provided that pre-acquired asset was not inherited or received as a gift from a third party for the sole benefit of the partner, the increase or decrease in the value of that asset is shareable. Such an application for an accounting must be made within three years of their separation, failing which their rights under The Family Property Act are extinguished.

3. What are my rights in relation to the family home? In the case of the family home, The Homesteads Act (which defines common-law partners as people who have lived together in a conjugal relationship for three years or who have registered with Vital Statistics) provides protection for the other common-law partner where the homestead is owned by one common-law partner alone. In that case, the other common-law partner must consent in writing before the owner can sell, mortgage, rent for three years or more, or otherwise dispose of it.

As well, there are rights to an equalization of contributions pursuant to The Canada Pension Plan Act if the common-law partners had lived together for at least one year and have been separated for at least one year before an application can be made. Such an application must be made within four years after the parties have been separated, failing which the common-law partner will not qualify for a credit split unless the former partner is still alive and agrees in writing to waive the four-year time limit.

5. C  an my partner and I agree to something other than the legislation provides? Common-law partners are not prevented from dealing with their property in a different way than the legislation provides. Common-law partners can opt out of the property sharing regime of The Family Property Act for instance by entering into a Cohabitation Agreement or a Common-Law Relationship Agreement which can set out a different distribution of the partners’ assets and could provide that the parties agree their assets and debts will not be governed by The Family Property Act at all. As one can see, there are myriad rights and obligations which arise upon the parties living in unmarried cohabitation. Any questions about living in a common-law relationship can easily be answered by a lawyer.

Norman Yusim and Marcelin Murray practise family law at Fillmore Riley LLP.

There is a further protection of common-law partners who live on a farm as the protection not only applies to the farm dwelling but also up to 320 acres of land. If a common-law partner has disposed of the homestead without the other partner’s consent, the common-law partner who disposed of the homestead may be liable to that partner for damages. Where both common-law partners are the registered owners of the family home, both must agree in writing to any sale, mortgage, rental or other transaction involving it unless they obtain a court order.

4. Will I have to share my pension? If a common-law partner is employed by an employer who has a pension plan sponsored by an employer for employees in Manitoba, The Pension Benefits Act of Manitoba applies, which means that the portion of the pension earned during cohabitation will be divided or equalized unless there is an agreement called a Pension Benefits Common-Law Partners Agreement releasing such rights to a division of the pension. To qualify as a common-law partner pursuant to The Pension Benefits Act, a couple must have registered the relationship with Vital Statistics or cohabited in a conjugal relationship for at least one year if neither of them is married. If a plan member or his or her common-law partner dies after the member retires, there are survivor benefits that the survivor spouse may be entitled to. WINNIPEGMAG.COM

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magine having the opportunity to make a sick child’s dream come true. Imagine what it would feel like to see their beaming face, surrounded by their family as they are told they get to go to Disney World, or Italy, or that they get to meet Wayne Gretzky.

Grace Thomson, Executive Director at The Dream Factory, has known that feeling for 18 years. In fact, she’s been directly involved in those three specific dreams, amongst many, many others. What I’m sure is a very common first impression of Grace is that she looks like one of the most friendly people you could meet. She moves quickly, sort of no-nonsense, but has this beaming smile complemented by twin dimples that light up her face and make you feel at ease, which is what most people that come to see her are desperately in need of. Those families that are taking one day at a time, wrapping their lives and minds around their child’s lifethreatening situation and trying to make the best of it. So Grace is the perfect welcome for those families, especially when you hear her voice and that soft, Scottish accent just sort of wraps around you and makes you feel content. And it’s not an act or an air, it’s just Grace – open and honest and warm. Grace herself is no stranger to working with children, even with sick children. Before her 18 years with The Dream Factory she was a provincial director with the Children’s Wish Foundation. “The last 30 years, it’s just always been something to do with kids,” she says. “I’ve believed in what we were doing for these kids and their families.” Born and raised in Scotland, she grew up in “The Borders” located directly between Scotland and England in a small town called Kelso. She and her husband Tony did some moving around before coming to Canada, but they’ve now lived here for 33 years. “We moved to Winnipeg and then never moved,” she laughs. At that point they had two boys, six and four, and an eight month old daughter, and it was the third country each of the boys had lived in. Before moving to Canada they’d been in Zambia for four years for her husband’s work, and Scotland before that. “We thought it would be a better opportunity for the kids,” she explains. “We really enjoyed being in Winnipeg. It was such a good community to be involved in.”


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How You Can Help Make a Dream Come True BECOME A SUPPORTER. Sponsor a child, sponsor an event, join up to help with the Month of Dreams in March, or organize a fundraiser. BECOME A VOLUNTEER. Anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer time to help with the fundraising committee, with a special event, or even help out at The Dream Factory office. DONATE. Make a monetary donation, arrange for employee payroll deductions, take up a collection at your wedding – simple and easy ways to help make a dream come true. FUNDRAISE. Organize a walk-a-thon, a bake sale or even a concert. The possibilities are endless. There is no shortage of ways that you, your family or even your company can help. Visit for more information.

The role of The Dream Factory is to make dreams come true for children (under the age of 18) suffering from a life-threatening illness. It was conceived in 1983 when two local mothers watched the same program on the Make a Wish Foundation and found themselves inspired. They came to realize that no such program existed in Winnipeg, or even in Canada, thus, they created The Rainbow Society – the very first dream granting foundation in the country. Operating under that name for 28 years, it was rebranded as The Dream Factory in 2011. Faced with a life-threatening illness, children often have to grow up very quickly. Being torn from the carefree life of a child and thrust into a world of uncertainties will never be easy, which is why The Dream Factory strives so hard to give them back some of that innocence through granting a dream. Something that sets The Dream Factory apart from other dream or wish granting foundations is that beyond the dream, they also try to help with monetary assistance, be it helping pay rent or utilities, or even just paying for parking at a centre while the family has to be there for treatment of the sick child. The entire operation is funded by the generosity of the Manitoba community, with no help from the government or The United Way. “The Manitoba community is very generous – it’s self-sustaining in that we can fulfill the dreams of Manitoba kids,” says Grace. Most anyone would feel empathy for a family going through the illness of a child, but having to face the illness with the family firsthand takes a whole other level of one’s self. When I asked how she finds the compassion needed for these families, Grace speaks about her own children. She had major health scares with both of her young sons, one while she and her husband were living in Zambia. “That’s the compassion – that you’ve been through some of it yourself,” she explains. “It’s a roller coaster ride for the families. Things are going well and then they get bad test results…and every family deals with things in a different way,” says Grace, “You just count your blessings.”

How difficult is it to work with these children every day? Some of them get to see their dreams come true, but there are times when illness wins out and a dream goes unfulfilled. “It gets to you. You wonder about the parents that have lost a child. You wonder what they would have been like. Everyone would give their last cent to save their child,” says Grace quietly.

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Working with these children and families tends to really put life in perspective. You come to appreciate what you have and the health of those around you. “You could be having an off day and then you think ‘What do I have to complain about?’” says Grace. What is it about making the dream come true that benefits everyone involved so much? “The reward in the job is the smiles on the kids’ faces – that positive focus to help them through the rough times. Everyone (in the family) pulls from the dream,” she explains. “That’s the passion – that’s what keeps you going.” WINNIPEGMAG.COM

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A Healthy Relationship

with Food

By Holly Green, edited by Jason Penner, BESS, NSCA-CSCS Aspire Fitness, 3501 McGillivray Blvd, 204-832-0328


calorie is a calorie is a calorie, right? By that logic someone who eats three meals of leafy greens and lean protein complemented by two snacks totalling 1,800 calories per day is going to look and feel the same as someone eating just three large McDonald’s milkshakes per day, also totalling 1,800 calories. That is simply not true. The answer is clear: not all calories are created alike. They shouldn’t be feared or obsessed about but simply understood and acknowledged that not all are created equal.

The timeless analogy of a car running on ethanol (low-nutrient calories) versus a car running on premium fuel (nutrient-dense calories) is relevant and exact. Both sources of fuel will power the car but we will see a higher rate of wear and tear, poor mileage and more maintenance needed with the first option. Nutrient-dense calories will keep you running clean with minimal maintenance needed and overall better mileage no matter what you do with your car. A healthy relationship with food is not difficult; simply eat by three simple mantras: 1. Learn to listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry. Sleep when you are tired. 2. If you can shoot it or grow it, eat it. Look for food from local sources and remember that the less altered from its original state, the better. 3. Learn how to time your macronutrient intake. Wait, what is a macronutrient and where am I taking it? Macronutrients are the three main components of food: protein, fat and carbohydrate. The ratio that they are consumed in has a huge effect on your blood sugar and therefore excess fat accumulation and storage. Each individual will have a different ideal ratio but a good place to start is: 30 carbohydrates/30 fat/40 protein. This means that 30 per cent of your daily calories are from whole grain, complex (low GI) carbohydrate sources like sweet potato, 30 per cent come from “good fats”, that means unsaturated that is found in nuts, seeds and oils, and 40 per cent are from lean, natural, animal protein. When considering carbohydrates it is important to understand what a “GI Load” is and the impact it has on your body. Here are a few key definitions: Glucose: carbohydrates are broken down into glucose and this is the MAIN energy source used by cells in the body


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Glycogen: Main form that glucose is stored in in the body, stored in the liver and muscles Insulin: Insulin causes cells in the liver, skeletal muscles (all the muscles you’re in control of; quads, hams, biceps etc) and fat tissue to absorb glucose from the blood. Glycemic Index: the amount that the food consumed will raise a person’s blood glucose after digestion An example: you eat a cup of rice cakes, it is digested very quickly. If blood sugar rises too quickly it sends a message to your brain to release a large amount of insulin. Insulin pulls sugar out of the bloodstream and converts it to fat. Increase in blood sugar, increase in insulin release, more storage of fat and drastic lowering of blood sugar results in a big sugar rush followed by lethargy. Soon after you will feel hungry again. You’re tricking yourself into feeling hungrier, even when your body doesn’t actually need more fuel. What you should be looking for are foods that have a low glycemic load, that take longer to digest and will not unnecessarily spike your blood sugar. Generally speaking, the less ingredients in the product, the better. Secondly, the sweeter it is the higher the glycemic load. Foods with a high-GI load are best eaten first thing in the morning, so spiking your insulin kicks your body out of sleepy hibernation mode and revs you up for the day. The second time high-GI foods are best eaten is immediately after a weight-lifting workout, no matter what time of day it is. Eating doesn’t have to be complicated. Every long-term successful diet has one thing in common: the closer to nature your food is, the better it is for you. Eat a potato instead of fries, eat chicken rather than nuggets, and I have yet to see a candy tree of any variety, so eat foods created in a laboratory sparingly. You are what you eat so don’t be fake, cheap, fast or easy. WINNIPEGMAG.COM



Childhood Bullying

By Holli Moncrieff


othing can make parents feel helpless like finding out their child is being bullied. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to help.

The first step is to find out if your child has been the victim of bullying. This isn’t as easy as you might think, says Mary Hall, director of Safe Schools Manitoba. “Children often don’t say they’re being bullied. If it’s cyber bullying, kids might think their computer or cell phone will be taken away if they tell,” she explains. “We need to open the conversation with our children and watch for signs that our children are being bullied. If you have an ongoing dialogue, they’re more apt to tell you when there’s something going on.” Hall says that signs of bullying include ongoing difficulties sleeping or eating, low self-esteem, a lack of self-confidence, unexplained injuries or missing property. A lack of friends or a reluctance to be social can be another sign. These behaviours need to be chronic in order to be a sign of bullying, as most children will have trouble sleeping or moments of low selfesteem now and then. “If the bullying is happening at school, the child will be reluctant to go to school. Watch for a prolonged anxiety or sadness, or unexplained outbreaks of anger,” she adds. “If the child shows signs of distress after being on the cell phone or computer, it could allude to the communication or messages received.” Once your children have told you they are being bullied, Hall says it’s important to recognize their courage and take immediate action. “Teachers and parents can make a huge difference. Having a positive relationship with the kids is key,” she explains. “Keep the lines of communication open.”


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Parenting Speak to your child’s teachers and let them know about the situation. If that doesn’t stop the bullying, Hall suggests going to the principal, followed by the school division super-intendant and the school board. If all else fails, parents can contact Safe Schools Manitoba. “We need to make sure the child being bullied is safe. If parents are fearful for their child’s physical safety, they have to take immediate action. The police need to get involved,” says Hall. “Moving the child from one school to another won’t solve the problem.”

There are also a number of things parents shouldn’t do. Hall advises against contacting the parents of the bully, or suggesting that bullied children ignore the problem or fight back.

“We need to encourage our children to stand up for themselves but not to fight back. Retaliation can just make things worse. Children should avoid isolated areas where bullying is more likely to


take place,” she says. “Parents shouldn’t overreact and get very angry because then the child will just pull inward and not report it the next time.” Conversations about bullying should begin when children are young, but Hall says it’s never too late to start. Children should be encouraged to speak up when they see someone being bullied. “We need to let our children know that if there’s a situation where a person is being hurt in some way, it’s not tattling to report it. Kids who report bullying play a huge leadership role because they’re affecting the safety of the bullied child,” says Hall. “When young people have the courage to let us know, it’s our responsibility to do something.” Let your children know that it’s okay to report images and messages they see online that are harmful or embarrassing to another student. “Have them save the message or image—don’t delete them, because the principal will need to investigate it,” Hall says. “Cyber bullying is definitely an increasing problem. Children are light years ahead of adults when it comes to their understanding of the technology and their ability to use it, but they often don’t have the moral compass of what’s right and wrong. Cyber bullying is 24/7, seven days a week.”

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To open a dialogue with your children about bullying, Hall suggests using what-if scenarios, or a news story. For younger children, there are storybooks on bullying. Safe Schools Manitoba gives presentations about bullying to students, teachers, and parents throughout the year. For more information and resources, please see their website at


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f you’ve just cleaned out your closet and have piles of clothes that are still in good condition but that you just don’t wear anymore, I know the perfect place to donate them. It’s called the Clothes Closet and it is a project of the South Winnipeg Family Information Centre (SWFIC), a non-profit, community based resource centre located in the lower level of the Fort Garry United Church. The Clothes Closet is one of the centre’s programs that aim to empower people to improve and strengthen the relationships with their family and community. Winnipeg Women: What service(s) does the Clothes Closet provide? The Clothes Closet provides quality clothing, free of charge, to women who have financial restrictions and are currently enrolled in a job retraining program. This is a referral-based, by appointment only service. Volunteers assist the women to select clothing items that work together and create a complete look. Our goal is to help women who come to Clothes Closet feel cared for, as well as providing them with a good starter wardrobe they can build on. Virtually all of the women leave feeling great about their new outfits, with a little more confidence, some self esteem, a smile, and a big thank you for the volunteers.


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WW: Why did SWFIC decide to provide this service specifically to women? The Clothes Closet has remained a service directed (towards) women since its inception. Currently space constraints prevent us from expanding to include a men’s wear program. WW: How many women does the Clothes Closet help each year? Thanks to the commitment of a dedicated volunteer team and the generosity of community and corporate donors and supporters, the Clothes Closet outfits more than 500 women annually. WW: What donations is the Clothes Closet most in need of? With the winter season upon us we are in need of winter coats, boots, mitts (gloves) and scarves, but there is always a need for gently used career appropriate blazers, tops, pants and shoes.

WW: How long has the Clothes Closet been operating for?

WW: How can you make a donation to the Clothes Closet?

The Clothes Closet officially opened on Feb. 15, 1997 and has been in continuous operation for over 16 years.

From September 15 through until June 15 clothing donations may be dropped off at South Winnipeg Family Information Centre, 800 Point Road (lower level of the Fort Garry United Church) Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. A tax deductible monetary donation is also accepted. Please contact our offices at 204-284-9311, email us at or visit our website

WW: Why did the South Winnipeg Family Information Centre decide to start a service like this?

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Family Information Centre and the Social Action Committee of the Fort Garry United Church, met to discuss the concept of the Clothes Closet. The committee saw the need for appropriate clothing for women fleeing abusive situations or living on social assistance so they may attend court appearances and job interviews.

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From the Cellar

Don’t Fret

By Randy Sawatzky



he pairing of wine on any special occasion is only as stressful as you make it. Don’t let the variety of foods and flavours overwhelm you when choosing wine for dinner.

A couple things to keep in mind when it comes to pairing wine with food in general: pick what you like and consider the weight of the wine. Select wines you’ll enjoy, and barring that, choose lighter wines with lighter fare. It’s all about balance. In the end, no need to worry about what dish will pair with what wine. Consider shopping for the event, not the multitude of dishes that will find their way to the table.


Dry white wines, like Chardonnay, would be a natural choice for a match with turkey. Stay away from intense and heavily oaked wines that can overwhelm the seasonal feast. You may also consider a Riesling (White Rabbit Riesling; Germany; $13) as they have a nice balance of sweetness and acidity that complements holiday dishes. Sauvignon Blanc (Yali Sauvignon Blanc; Chile; $12), with its citrus and mineral flavours, makes a great contender for turkey and mashed potatoes.


If red wine is your preference, steer clear of Cabernet Sauvignon with its high tannins and heavy weight. Consider a Pinot Noir with its light berry brightness that contrasts well with the heartiness of the traditional menu. Pinots traditionally have little tannin so it will not overwhelm the taste of the meal. You may want to consider Beaujolais (France) with its light, fresh and fruity flavours. Remember to chill your reds slightly before pouring a glass.

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Dry Rosé wines are great food options because they are usually lower in alcohol and have a nice non-tannic, fresh fruitiness to them. The balance of acidity and fruit of a good Rosé matches the richness of dark meat, gravy and butter.

Ventisquero Queulat Chardonnay

(Chile; $16; Private Wine Store) Fresh with an aroma that is reminiscent of tropical fruits such as papaya and mango with a bouquet of honey and vanilla. This chardonnay has nice structure and balanced acidity with a fresh finish of fruit.

Block Nine Pinot Noir (California; $17; MLCC)

Beautifully long and rich in ripe cherry and berry flavours with aromas of strawberry, violets and plum. Flavourful and silky in the mouth, the light tannins in this pinot cut through the rich and fatty flavours of Thanksgiving.

Yali Winemakers Rosé

(Chile; $13; The Winehouse) A wonderfully light and fruity rosé with a soft watermelon backbone and hints of strawberry and cherry on the palate. Light, refreshing and food-friendly, it’s a great match for turkey and cranberries.

Whether you favour whites or reds, lighter and less complex wines go better with the traditional holiday feasts. Be well and be kind!


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n the late 50s, Rae and Jerry’s Steakhouse, the Silver Heights Restaurant and Hy’s Steakloft all opened in Winnipeg, commencing our long-standing affection of associating steak with a special evening out and celebrations of all kinds. In the 1970s, a casual and more affordable steakhouse burst onto the scene. Winnipeggers would line up to get a table at The Butcher Block and The Keg and Cleaver Restaurants (now rebranded The Keg Steakhouse and Bar). The Ichi Ban Japanese Steakhouse also opened its doors in the RIGHT) 70s. The steakhouse niche Carpaccio at Hy’s has had amazing fortitude because you likely know that almost all of these

(BELOW) 16 oz. rib steak at The Lobby on York

restaurants are still alive and thriving on Winnipeg’s culinary scene today. These days we are also graced with the Chop Steakhouse and The Lobby on York. The latter dubs itself a modern steak and seafood restaurant to distinguish themselves, I am guessing, as the new kids on the block. The decor of The Lobby on York reminds me of upscale dining rooms, the likes of which I have visited in Manhattan. The round banquette seating in the centre of the room, surrounded by stunning floor to ceiling drapery creates a sensual setting. On this evening, we had our pick of tables, which I am sure is not a luxury afforded at lunch time. We started our evening with a couple of seafood selections. The Crab Cake Duo was moist and tender and nicely


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enhanced by both mango chutney and a tartar with the novel addition of capers. The Crispy Calamari was the preference of our choices. The rings of squid retained the crispiness that only deep fat frying can produce and yet they were absolutely greaseless in appearance and taste. The crispy coating was a wee bit over salted but a big squeeze of the provided lemon was successful in neutralizing this. Having already thoroughly indulged, we decided to share an entrée and selected the 16 oz. rib steak. Our server kindly mentioned that because it was a bonein steak, the meat next to the bone would be rarer and suggested we order medium. This proved to be very helpful. A cut as flavourful as a rib steak can stand to be more thoroughly cooked without losing any of its moisture or tenderness. The server was very accommodating and carved and halved the meal onto two plates, French service style. While he did so, he and I reminisced about the days when Chateaubriand was the culinary craze (until we realized that we were excluding my dining guest with these reflections).

Padano cheese. Had I known that the preparation included a drizzle of mustard, I would have requested that they switch it out for one of fine olive oil, otherwise-perfection! Our visit to the Ichi Ban Japanese Steakhouse allowed me to continue my meander down memory lane. Many years have passed since I last visited and yet I swear, not a single thing has changed. We were greeted by a kimono

wrapped hostess and accompanied to a communal table, surrounding a grill top. Being the last to arrive, we might have felt as if we were crashing a party, but true to Winnipeg form, we were warmly and enthusiastically greeted by a family of four and a young couple, both groups celebrating birthdays. We were treated to a hearty vegetable soup and then a sweet marinated cucumber salad. By this time our own

I once lived up the block from the former Hy’s location on Kennedy Street and I fondly remember my roommate and I would meet after an evening class for a basket of cheese toast in their cozy lounge. I recall the soft lighting and rich interior touches. Although Hy’s has moved locations and obviously spent a fortune on their building accoutrements, their warm and elegant ambience has been retained. And the cheese toast is just as I remembered it! The silver basket came lined with aluminum foil which was appreciated, as it kept the toast piping hot and the cheese warm and gooey. My dinner date actually fancied poultry that evening. Although Hy’s specialty is steak and red meat, the chef also does a great job with other items such as the chicken, which was selected. I was thinking that the bacon studded cream corn that adorned the entire bottom of the plate might have influenced my husband’s choice. He was well-pleased. I was not swayed by his preference and decided that I wanted to try Hy’s uncooked beef selections. I thought that it would be an opportune way to test their meat quality. So, I asked our handsome waiter (clad in a white waiter’s jacket), if he would recommend the tar tare or the Carpaccio. With his help, the latter was chosen. The lovely paper-thin tenderloin slices were offset with some peppery arugula and huge shavings of what I assumed was Grana WINNIPEGMAG.COM

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Out to Lunch chef was preparing his grill station for his show of culinary tricks. Our chicken liver appetizer was prepared exactly as I remembered the recipe. Where my memory failed me was thinking that I actually liked the taste of chicken livers, though I did enjoy the mushrooms and onions that were part of the sauté. The main act was the preparation of our entrées complete with a flambé on the grill. We both chose a combination (RIGHT) of filet and seafood that Crab cake duo and came with steamed crispy calamari at rice and an enormous The Lobby on York

(BELOW) Cheesetoast at Hy’s

vegetable stir fry. The seafood was tasty and tender. I really like to savour the complex taste of beef, so I should have requested a rarer preparation, not knowing that the filet would be cut into bite-sized pieces. No worries, I was happily distracted by the chef’s knife and juggling skills. So Winnipeggers love of steakhouses continues and it has been a long and lovely adventure. I have been involved with our steak fascination in a personal way for many years. For you see, I was the hostess that greeted you at the door of the Keg’n Cleaver on Garry St. the very first night that they opened, all those years ago.

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From the Chef

This ain’t no

Jive Turkey


By Rob Thomas


ired of that same turkey that you have during most holidays? You may not be, but nevertheless I’m here to show you how to take your turkey dinner to the next level. This ain’t no Jive turkey… it’s a Jerk turkey. Not a turkey that says or does rude things, I’m talking about the wonderful flavour of Jerk. A style of cooking from the island of Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a hot spice mixture called jerk spice. Jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork and chicken… until now. Behold the Jerk Turkey! And it still goes well with traditionally served cranberry sauce and all the accompaniments. Watch out! It definitely comes with a kick, and your guests will never forget it!

¼ C

olive oil

½ C

packed dark brown sugar

½ C

chopped green onions


freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste


kosher salt, plus more to taste

1 T

dried thyme

1 t

ground cinnamon


ground Allspice


lime, juiced


soy sauce


cloves garlic

2 Scotch bonnet or habanero chiles, stemmed and chopped 2” piece

ginger, peeled and sliced

1/3 C

butter, melted


(12-lb.) turkey




Heat oven to 500˚. Combine ¼ cup oil, brown sugar, green onions, black pepper, salt, thyme, cinnamon, allspice, juice, sauce, garlic, chiles and ginger in a food processor; puree until smooth, set aside. Pat turkey dry, then brush all over with melted butter (reserving some for basting). Season turkey inside and out with Jerk paste (set aside ¼ of paste for final basting), make sure to get underneath the skin where you can, and let the turkey come to room temperature.


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Transfer turkey to a roasting pan, pour 2 cups water into roasting pan and roast turkey for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350˚ and continue roasting, brushing occasionally with butter, and basting the juices all over. When an instant-read thermometer inserted into a thigh, without touching the bone, reads 150˚ (about 2 hours), remove turkey from oven and baste completely with reserved jerk paste

and butter. Place back in oven and continue to cook until internal temperature reaches 165° (about 30 minutes more).


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Planning Your Renovation By Candice G. Ball


e’ve all watched the home renovations shows. Over the course of a weekend, a wall is knocked out, French doors are installed, appliances are rearranged, a breakfast bar is added, and voilà, a kitchen that looked like a throwback to another era is transformed into a modern dream kitchen.

Anyone who has taken on extensive renovations knows that projects get done in one weekend only on TV. Some of the DIY shows also make the art of acting as a general contractor and successfully managing all the trades seem effortless.


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Most renos require more than a weekend warrior attempt

Some people successfully manage a DIY renovation, but many get halfway through a project and discover they have missed an important step or didn’t have the expertise to spot a pitfall that a professional would be able to see from the outset of the project. Even if you decide to work with a professional renovator, you still need to do your research. Is the business established? Do they have a website? Are they members of Manitoba Home Builders’ Association? Have they won awards? Do they have liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage? Do they carry

all applicable licences and permits? Do they offer a warranty? If you answered yes to all the questions, the contractor won’t be cheap. Remember, you get what you pay for. Don’t try to find the cheapest contractor; try to find the best. In the end, you may end up paying more to fix shoddy work than if you went with an established contractor in the first place. A reputable contractor will also be busy. So if you’re planning for a spring renovation, the time to book a contractor is now. Most of the busy contractors are currently booking for spring and summer 2014. WINNIPEGMAG.COM

Ralph Oswald, president and owner of Oswald Construction Ltd., says if you want a great outcome, you need to put in the time to plan. “Don’t short change the preconstruction work. It takes weeks, even months, to plan. When you see it on paper, you may find that it isn’t what you had in mind at all. Drawings don’t lie.” Wayne Sage, president and owner of Harwood Design Builders Ltd., wholeheartedly agrees that good planning is imperative and it takes time. “By the time we come in and measure up the house and get it plotted into the computer

and then go back and forth with design a couple of times, it is a lengthy process. You also have to factor in making sure the plan fits the budget, applying for permits and ordering materials.” One of the major benefits of hiring an experienced renovator is that you be taken through the project from concept to completed renovation. “A general contractor can take you from start to finish, bringing in all the specialty trades to get the project done professionally,” says Oswald.


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When Sage takes on a renovation, one of the first questions he asks his clients is what’s your budget? “We will design to budget. Some people end up with a beautiful design, but then they learn it’ll cost $150,000 to build and they only have $100,000 to spend. That’s why using a designbuild approach adds value engineering during the design process.” Your contractor should ask you questions such as: Why are you renovating? What will the space be used for? How do you currently use your space? Will your renovation work with the flow of your house?







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Oswald also advocates getting a firm price and researching all the finishings, such as sinks, taps, flooring and lighting. Your contractor will help you work out the timing as to when products must be ordered and plot out a timeline for the project, but in general most products, such as flooring, tiles and fixtures, have lead times of three to six weeks and more unique or imported products have lead times of four to five months. Make sure you get the plan of action and a comprehensive quote

or detailed construction budget in writing. A professional renovator will give you a contract that encapsulates the project from start to finish. There’s no question that renovations can be inconvenient. So the time to start renovating your kitchen isn’t a month before you’ll be hosting a big Christmas dinner. Depending on the scope, renovations can take anywhere from one week to a year. In some cases, such as an ensuite renovation, you can simply live with the minor inconvenience while the renovations take place, but if the renovations involve most of the house, you may want to consider moving out for a few months. With the demands for renovations, contractors are working year round now, but there are jobs that must take place during specific conditions. Factoring in contractors’ busy schedules and the preconstruction planning time, your dream family room or kitchen isn’t going to happen overnight. But hiring the right contractor and mapping out the specifics in painstaking detail will be worth it in the end when you get exactly what you want.


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the Cottage Ensure a happy opening day for next spring


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ne of the happiest moments for many Manitobans is that weekend in late spring when they reopen the cottage. What you do before you leave for the winter will help you avoid nasty surprises next year.

Dave Crabb, president of the Manitoba Association of Cottage Owners, has seen even experienced cottage owners make mistakes when winterizing. Many people buy cottages without being educated on how to maintain septic systems and seasonal plumbing, he says. “First off, you need to make sure all water systems are properly drained with the taps left open. This prevents condensation from building up, as it lets the water evaporate,” he says. “There’s often more than one drain plug on a pump. Make sure all pumps are properly drained as well.” Crabb recommends putting plumber’s anti-freeze in all drains to avoid cracked drain traps.

Holding tanks should be pumped down until they’re one-third full, and septic systems should be pumped out annually. “That’s something many people miss. They should be pumping out the solids from their system every year. Adding an active enzyme in the spring to encourage healthy bacteria that breaks waste down helps keep it working well,” says Crabb. “There are lots of pump-out companies all over the province—these are waste and sewage holders.” It may be a no-brainer to ensure that all trap doors are closed, but Crabb says many people overestimate the space needed for a rodent to squeeze into their cottage. Keep a sharp eye out for small gaps around pipes, windows, doors and vents.

“Mice only need a quarter of an inch opening to squeeze by. Once their heads fit through, they’re all cartilage and can easily squeeze in. You can put steel wool or spray foam around pipes and vents— rodents don’t like it. I use both,” says Crabb. “A rodent infestation can be a most unpleasant experience.” He recommends leaving three or four traps to catch the mice that may already be in your cottage. “Now is when mice are looking for a place to spend the winter, and it’s easy for them to get into your cottage when the doors or windows are open,” he adds. Windows and vents should be properly closed before you leave your cottage for the winter. Water barrels need to be drained and left upside down so they don’t collect debris during the off-season. “Make sure you check for any garbage that might bring a bear to your cottage— check that nothing has been left behind in the sheds or outbuildings,” says Crabb.

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Clean and empty fridges and freezers and leave them propped partially open so they don’t become mouldy. Don’t forget to look up—check your roof’s eaves and make sure all shingles and soffits are in place to avoid a visit from raccoons and squirrels. Ensure the dampers on your fireplace and wood stove are closed to keep out birds and squirrels. Cotton balls soaked with oil of mint or mothballs deter bugs and rodents when placed around the perimeter of your cottage.

CRABB RECOMMENDS PUTTING PLUMBER’S ANTI-FREEZE IN ALL DRAINS TO AVOID CRACKED DRAIN TRAPS. Crabb recommends draining the fuel from all gasoperated equipment. “If you don’t, these machines will develop a build-up of varnish over the years which will make them run poorly or not at all,” he says. “Gas only has a three-month shelf life these days. It will start smelling bad and then it will go bad.” The old (but still useful) fuel can be put into your vehicle or taken to a recycling depot. Likewise, weed-killing products should be kept where they won’t freeze. “Freezing changes their make-up—it can even make them more toxic,” says Crabb. Boats and Seadoos should be properly drained and rinsed out. Debris should be removed from the bottom.


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WINTERIZING CHECKLIST Make sure all water systems are drained. Leave taps open. Use plumber’s anti-freeze in drains.  eave holding tanks L one-third full.

all the water is out of the lines. Take a shop vacuum to each individual jet to suck out the last of the water, says Groen.

To protect Manitoba’s lakes and rivers, Crabb suggests doing this whenever you’re going to use your boat in a different body of water.

“It can take anywhere from two to four hours to properly drain a tub. It’s a simple process but pretty time-consuming. It’s totally worth it, though.”

Hot tubs require special care before being covered for the winter, says Melanie Groen, service writer for Oasis Leisure Centre.

Using a syringe or turkey baster, squirt pool and spa or RV anti-freeze into each jet. You can also cover your hot tub with a tarp secured with a bungee cord to protect it from the elements.

“We definitely recommend having a professional winterize your hot tub, as even the slightest bit of water left in the plumbing can freeze and cause damage,” she says.

Taking these steps to properly winterize your cottage will help guarantee a happy reunion in the spring.

If you want to do it yourself, you’ll need to unhook the plumbing and make sure

Pump out the septic system. Make sure windows, vents and trap doors are closed. Fill in any gaps with steel wool and/or spray foam.  rain rain barrels and D leave them upside down. Make sure no garbage has been left behind. Clean and empty fridges and freezers and leave them propped open. Check the roof to ensure shingles and soffits are intact. Use mothballs or oil of mint to deter bugs and rodents.  rain the fuel from lawn D mowers, weed trimmers and other gas-operated machines.  ut weed-killers where P they won’t freeze. Drain and rinse boats.

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Falling Into Interior design takes a cue from Mother Nature this fall By Joanna Graham

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old is taking over as the new silver, and that’s not a fashion statement (although it might be true for that industry too). It’s a statement about interior design’s latest colour trend. “There’s a new colour shift,” explains Anna Cianflone, designer at These Four Walls, a Winnipeg store that carries the most current designs and merchandise in terms of interior décor. The store has a large clientele and is a resource for local designers looking for furniture and decorative accessories. “We’ve been doing chrome, we’ve been doing silver and it’s still very fashionable (but) now gold is coming to the forefront and that is the new metal for fall.” “[The gold is] exciting because it looks different all of a sudden,” Cianflone says. “It’s going to be an interesting introduction. We’re excited about it.”

“It’s almost a little brighter than it used to be,” adds Susan Deleca, owner of These Four Walls. Cianflone and Deleca aren’t the only ones talking about this bright metallic shade. When asked what is going to be trendy for fall Vickie Maxwell, the media co-ordinator for Bouclair Home, answered “Gold, gold and gold. Gold is starting to emerge as the new silver.” Bouclair Home is a Canadian interior design store that carries a variety of different products from dinnerware to bedding, lighting, wall décor and furniture. Maxwell explains that gold is starting to show up on accent tables, lamps and decorative pieces, but it doesn’t just have to be used in metals, it can be used in textiles as well. “Gold cushions and ottomans will be very popular this season.” “Accents of gold in any room is the perfect way to add an easy update,” Maxwell adds. But it’s not the only colour that will refresh a room this season.


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“Orange is big for fall,” says Cianflone and explains it’s a new shade that is brighter than a typical fall orange. “Emerald green is another colour that is a strong trend this season,” Maxwell says. “It is showing up everywhere in fashion and that has quickly moved into the home.” Maxwell explains this colour is a really strong, bold look that goes well with geometric prints and can be mixed with black and white to “easily bring a room to life.” In addition to new colours, organic tones and textures will also be prevalent in design in the upcoming months. Texture is huge, Deleca says, especially when different ones are combined. Cianflone says specifically that These Four Walls has a lot of wools and cashmeres coming in as well as alpaca, mohair throws and fur pillows. In terms of furniture, Cianflone says they’re starting to introduce lighter woods like walnut as opposed to darker woods like wenge that have been popular recently. All of these trends will start appearing in These Four Walls in September and flow in until Christmas. Cianflone and Deleca recently went on a buying trip to Toronto, Las Vegas and Vancouver to get new inventory. They are excited about everything they’re bringing in. “We’re like kids in a candy store every time the new season comes,” Cianflone says.


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Maxwell says that Bouclair home receives “newness” every week and the stores get complete new colour stories every six weeks to offer consistent and up-to-date trends to all their customers. Similar to clothing styles, trends in interior design tend to change every season (if not more often), and just as people start itching to update their wardrobes as soon as the leaves turn yellow, many will want to update their home interiors as well. It isn’t practical or affordable to completely redo a space several times a year, even if you want to. But when approached in the right way you can keep a space looking gorgeous with new trends as they emerge. Maxwell explains that you can refresh a room by mixing and matching new cushion patterns and by combining new designs and accessories with your furniture, like candle holders or baskets. These elements can make a big difference to your space. Another way to create a new, exciting look in a room is to update your curtains or to change your wallpaper, says Maxwell. She explains a great way to use wallpaper is

to just do one wall and create a focal point to completely refresh a room.

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“A few vases and a few accessories and you can change (a space) up every season,” Deleca explains. For someone who wants to keep up with trends in the industry, she also recommends using neutrals for large pieces when designing a room and then changing the accents seasonally. But this is not the case for everyone. If you really love one colour and want to use it to make an impact then just go for it. These professionals also have excellent advice for anyone who wants to do more than update their space this season. “Start with a piece that you love,” recommends Maxwell, adding that this can be bedding or something as small as a cushion. She then says to build a room around that piece by co-ordinating the paint and accessories with it. “Don’t be afraid of colour and don’t be afraid to do something bold.” “Do the large pieces first and fluff it out at the end with decorative accessories,” says Cianflone. “And [don’t] be afraid to say ‘this is my budget.’” Deleca adds. Her store has a range of price points for customers to choose from. Similarly, Bouclair Home aims to provide a contemporary look that is affordable. So no matter what the price range, this season there will be lots of ways for anyone to incorporate the trendiest fall colours and textures into their home design.

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Birchwood Art Gallery.............23


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Hook & Smith Barristers, Solicitors and Notaries Public....7

Oxbow Condos........................33

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Plastic Surgery Associates........10

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Kensington Homes Ltd.....34 - 37

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Fort Whyte Alive......................23

Lambskin Specialties................17

Girl Candy Shop.......................23

Lola Boutique...........................22

The Dream Factory..................20

Glastar Sunroom Systems........40

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries .......................Inside Front Cover

Vita Health...............................28

Harwood Design Builders........31

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries....15

Winnipeg Volkswagen Dealers ..............................................41

Fillmore Riley LLP.....................45

St. James Audi.........................17

W.K. Chan Jewellers................13

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