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FAMILY DAY SKATE Article by: Leslie Styles
On February 19th, many celebrated Family Day at Memorial Park, in Waterdown, at the new rotary skating loop. It was made up of 230 meters of ice that is climate controlled, with a skate change area and washrooms on site. Waterdown residents looked forward to skating performances planned for that evening, as well as the arrival of food trucks.
01: Emelyn with Nic & Jackie. 02: Hannah & Hunter enjoying the ice.
WITH MAYOR KRANTZ This year’s Mayor’s Breakfast, hosted by Milton Chamber of Commerce and held at Rattle Snake Point Golf Club, on February 16th, was a sold-out event. The theme was Milton 2018: A Place of Possibility and was presented by Town of Milton CAO, Bill Mann. Bill spoke of the Town’s 2018 priorities and explored the opportunities that come with being a growing community. Following the presentation, there was an opportunity to ask questions, with inquiries about transportation being brought up the most. This year’s presenting sponsors were Bell, OLG and Cogeco. It was a perfect morning to meet old friends and business associates, as well as meet many new ones.
01: Amy & Ben from Enable Education. 02: Damion, Mayor Kranz & Kevin. 03: Brian & Mike Vernooy. 04: MPP Indira. 05: Erin, Catherine & Deborah. 06: Thumbs up. 07: Peter from CIBC with Lesley.
SPORTS CELEBRITY DINNER & AUCTION 01
The Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction was held at Rattlesnake Golf Club, on Tuesday, February 6th. One of Milton’s most talked about events, The Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction, brought together sports heroes and sports enthusiasts alike. There was an autograph signing session, as well as an opportunity to touch the Stanley Cup! After the cocktail reception, a delicious gourmet dinner was served then each celebrity spoke. Hosted by Milton Chamber of Commerce, the proceeds of this event went towards the Scholarship Program, which funds local students in their post-secondary education. Their goal is to raise sufficient money, in order to create an endowment fund that will be self-funding into the future, to ensure monies will be in place in perpetuity to provide scholarships to Milton’s youth.
01: Daniel Baird with Yvan Cournoyer. 02: Korey, Geraldine, Yvan, Billy, Elizabeth, Dennis, James, Ken & Ron. 03: Howie Borrow & Ken Reid. 04: Hugging the Stanley Cup. 05: Teresa & Karen. 06: Dennis, Gord, Ron & James. 07: Christine & Kip. 08: Carmine & Stefan Romano.
IT WAS A
FAMILY AFFAIR Article by: Leslie Styles
On Febraury 17th, there was lots of action at the Mainway Arena, when 35 Artisan Vendors from the Golden Horseshoe set up shop. Entertainment was offered throughout the day, with costumed characters tumbling at the gymnastics obstacle course, courtesy of Monkeynastix. Youngsters were fascinated at the Mad Science table with Dr. Dee Enay and Professor Meg Nesium. Families browsed, stopping to munch on pizza from the snack bar, and enjoying the start of their Family Day weekend.
04 01: Horacio junior with Dad Horacio. 02: Max, Justina & Veronica . 03: Kathryn of Laugh Yoga. 04: Don selling his creations through C&D Steel Works.
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Article by: Leslie Styles
On February 19th, many Halton residents enjoyed Family Day at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, visiting the Nature Centre for live animals, participating in hands-on activities and nature-based crafts, such us building their own bird feeder and more. Kiddies squealed with delight jumping off the loft at the Childrenâ€™s Playbarn and petting goats on the bottom level. For more information, please visit brontecreek.org.
04 01: Alexis with William, Charlotte, Julia & Sean. 02: Candice with Alex & Megan. 03: Asher & Owen building bird feeders with Andrew. 04: Lucas & Dilshaad.
The Women’s Centre of Halton is a not for profit organization that supports women in crisis, distress or transition in a caring, confidential, non-judgement and safe environment. On February 10th, The Women’s Centre held it’s 2nd Annual LOVE DOES Gala. Thanks to the support of the community, the Centre’s gala raised more than $16,000, which ensures women in need will continue to have access to support, education and empowerment through their many programs and workshops. The Women’s Centre strives to empower women to alleviate social isolation, to foster independence and gain self-sufficiency through their many programs.
Please visit thewomenscentreofhalton.com for more information.
01: Tanya, Stewart & Denyse. 02: Maureen & Lero. 03: Yasmin & Sabrena. 04: Mike & Delina. 05: Shianna, Ravi & Jocelyn. 06: Suzanne, Alesia & Chantal. 07: Philip & Jacqueline. 08: Amneet & Sukh.
MARCH'S BOOK SUGGESTION
granted scholarship to university so that she can leave town for a better future. Carl: the town’s hockey-hopeful from a wealthy family is predicted that he’ll be drafted to one of the major NHL teams but in order to do so he must graduate high school. Sonja agrees to tutor him because she needs the money, and so begins the story of Sonja & Carl: a novel. Carl is drafted to the Boston Bruins while Sonja attends University of Toronto. Within his first year on the team, Carl suffers a concussion that brings the two together again. Their journey is an unconventional, slow burn romance but a beautiful one nonetheless.
SONJA & CARL: A NOVEL
Geared towards young adult readers, I found that this novel appeals to a wider audience. Although the story follows the characters from age 17-20, they are faced with several mature situations. The book touches on issues of poverty, wealth, death, love, and heartbreak, to name a few. It delves into the world of professional hockey, sports related injuries, and the pressure to get back in the game.
BY ALEXANDRIA WILLIAMS
’ve always appreciated a good storytelling, and in her first work, Canadian author Suzanne Hillier delivers just that with her debut novel Sonja & Carl: a novel.
The story revolves around Sonja Danychuk and Carl Helbig, two contrary high school students who are thrown together under unusual circumstances. In their small town of Davenport, Ontario, Sonja: an intelligent high school student from a very poor immigrant family, hopes to be
In the making of this novel, Hillier, a retired lawyer, researched concussions related to hockey injuries, and interviewed several families of injured players who suffered irreversible damage at the hands of the sport. Sonja & Carl: a novel takes you on a ride that is as heart-warming as it is wrenching, with unexpected emotion at several turns. Featuring dynamic characters with rich history, I would recommend this to lovers of well-written fiction.
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QUICK EDITS ost photographs will benefit from some quick basic editing after the photo has been taken. If using a smartphone, editing can often be done on the phone itself. Computer-based editing software can also be used. First, make sure that the photo is straight/level, especially for horizons, poles and other vertical edges. On some smartphones, leveling occurs automatically when you begin to crop the image. In photo 1, the photographer was so excited to capture the sunrise that he overlooked the slanted horizon. This was corrected on the smartphone for photo 2. Second, check to see whether the photo needs more or less light/ exposure. Most smartphones will have a way of adjusting exposure on the image. Third, crop the photo to discard elements that are distracting or not needed. It’s completely understandable that in the heat of capturing the moment (3) extraneous things can be left in the photo. Editing helps (4).
SMARTPHONE/POINT AND SHOOT/DIGITAL SLR. NO MATTER WHAT DEVICE YOU USE TO TAKE PHOTOS, WHAT LOOKS FINE ON THE DEVICE MAY LEAVE YOU DISAPPOINTED WHEN YOU WANT TO MAKE THAT SPECIAL IMAGE INTO AN ENLARGEMENT, A POSTER OR A SCREEN-SAVER. EACH MONTH, THIS COLUMN WILL AIM TO PROVIDE UNDERSTANDABLE, PRACTICAL, LARGELY NON-TECHNICAL ADVICE TO HELP YOU MAKE BETTER PHOTOS.
COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR Photos by: John Comber
It was not the coldest night, but it was certainly lots of fun on February 24th, for Milton’s CNOY. This year over $44,555.00 was raised for Milton Transitional Housing, which exceeded their goal by 111%! Milton Transitional Housing is a communitybased, registered Canadian charity that provides bridge accommodation and supportive counselling to people in Milton who are experiencing a housing crisis. MTH’s program assists participants in overcoming their challenges while they work towards securing their own independent, stable housing. Their goal, “…from HOPE to HOME,” summarizes their belief that lives can be rebuilt with support and assistance from their community. 01: CFUW Milton. 02: Food Volunteers. 03: Route Rangers. 04: The B Team.
COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR Article by: Leslie Styles
An enthusiastic crowd gathered at St. James United Church, in Waterdown for The Coldest Night of the Year Walk, on February 24th. Waterdown was very proud that on their first CNOY Walk, nearly $35,000 was raised, for the benefit of Drummond House, a transitional home for women and children. CNOY takes place in various Ontario cities and raises funds for local charities that serve the hungry, homeless and hurting. Since the walk began in 2011, it’s raised 18 million dollars. More information can be found at cnoy.org.
01: Jennifer, Liz & Tamara. 02: Michelle & Rachel with Sofia. 03: Excited to begin the walk. 04: Jayden, Alana, Jessica, Phil, Erin & Mekiah.
The play, “Bury the Dead,” takes place in the midst of World War III, in
soldiers who rise from their grave and refuse to be buried. Much to the
a post-apocalyptic America. This anti-war story focuses on five dead chagrin of their commanding officers, these men will not lie back down
Semester 2 has started and it has been a busy time of year for us all.
and allow their lives to be over.
Hopefully this newsletter will help to pass along any information that may have been missed.
“Bury the Dead” is directed by Mrs. Cates and Mr. Bevington. CK audiences will get a chance to see the show Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April
Another group of CKSS students have become published authors! We say another because this is a kind of usual thing around here. Please
14th at 7:00pm in the CKSS Theatre. See you there!
join us in congratulating Sude Doven, Dylan Warren, Abbey Lenardon,
ATHLETICS IN FEBRUARY:
Alyissa Sheechoria, Madeleine Avery, Alexandra Best, Bushra Boblai
For the week of February 5th: The girl’s Volleyball teams defeated
x2 (qualifying for both poem and short story), Cara Macrae, Nicholas
Bateman away, each winning by 2 sets to nil. The Junior boys basketball
Morrison and Alex Nojadera. They all will be published and all also have
team lost to Georgetown on the 6th, but had a successful tournament in
a chance at winning a national prize!
the Kawarthas the following weekend. It was a strong end to the season. The seniors lost to Georgetown as well, with 49:62. CK trounced MDHS in
CKSS YOUTH IN ACTION
Novice Junior Mixed Curling, by a score of 13:1. The Senior Girls volleyball
WE Are Love Campaign supports Truth and
team beat Acton 2 sets to nil to finish up the week.
Reconciliation Initiatives! CKSS Youth in Action student leaders, Rabeeyah Ahmed and
For the week of February 12: The Junior and Senior Girls volleyball team
Amber Alchnos hosted grade assemblies this
made it to the Tier 2 Finals this week, by defeating both Acton DHS and
month to introduce students to our HDSB land
E.S. Gaetan Gervais. Way to show ‘em ladies! The Novice Junior Mixed
acknowledgment, the concept of truth and
Curling Team defeated MDHS 7:2 and the Senior Boys Ice Hockey Team
reconciliation, the story of Chanie Wenjack
lost to OTHS 2:3. The Bantam Boys Basketball team hosted a tournament
and the long term effects of Canadian
on the 14th and lost to both Hayden and Iroquois Ridge.
residential schools. This was followed by Youth in Action WE Are Love Campaign, a week long event with the intent
For the week of February 19: Over the weekend the CK Wrestling Team
to spread awareness and raise funds for truth and reconciliation initiatives
won their 30th “Halton Championship” last week, by scoring “double
through the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack fund. Youth in Action students
the points” of 2nd-place Georgetown! Awesome job! The Junior Girls
sold Valentines Flower Grams, had a Toonie Tuesday Fundraiser and had
Volleyball Team are Halton Champs! The seniors are runner-ups. They
a We Bake for Change Bake Sale on Valentines day to fundraise for the
had a blast on the 20th at Sheridan College doing what they do so well.
fund. Many parts of the school got involved in the fundraising, including
our school store Keaners and our Food School. Together, WE can make a difference. Thank you to everyone that supported this initiative. #liveWE
For more results please visit the Halton Secondary School Athletic Association at hssaa.ca.
WORLD JUSTICE DAY & BLACK HISTORY MONTH On February 20th, in honour of World Justice Day and Black History
Please remember to check out our website regularly for updates and news.
Month, the Starlight Steel drum band spoke to us through their music.
You will find resources, the calendar and reminders at cks.hdsb.ca/home.
The students were treated to an amazing show and our own Kendra Chow got up close and personal with the instruments.
BURY THE DEAD
On Thursday, March 1st, 38 CK students will be heading to Nelson High School in Burlington, to compete in the National Theatre School Drama
February has been another busy month, with the beginning of
Festival (formerly known as the “Sears Drama Festival”). The March 1st
the new semester and lots of new students starting with us. Our
date is part of the District Festival component of the competition, which
Alternative students made several trips to the Velodrome to use
runs February 26th to March 2nd. All participating schools and students
their gym facilities to play basketball, badminton and much more.
from Halton are invited back to Nelson HS on Saturday, March 3rd for
This provided the opportunity for many students to engage in some
the distribution of awards and to discover which schools are selected
fun and energetic activities outside of the classroom and created
to compete in the Regional Showcase in April. This is the first time that
innovative opportunities for teachers to connect these activities to
Craig Kielburger Secondary School has participated in this festival, both
a variety of curriculum expectations.
cast and crew alike are extremely excited!
Our self paced adult online program has transitioned to second semester with many students completing credits and many new students starting up. Students are working towards preparing for post secondary, while others are working towards completing their diploma or upgrading their skills for the workplace. College and University offers are beginning to come out for those students that have applied and many of our students already have conditional acceptances. Gary Allan provides opportunities for students of all ages to complete credits towards the attainment of their goals and to further them along their chosen pathway. On February 22nd, our Georgetown location hosted a community event “Explore the Trades Fair” in partnership with VPI (a local employment program group) to connect job seekers and youth to apprenticeship programs and hands-on opportunities in the trades. The event included representatives from GAHS, The Centre, a number of colleges, Service Canada and many more. It was very well attended with students and community members learning a great deal. The group at the Bronte Creek Project, located at Sidrabene on Appleby Line, are welcoming a brand-new group of students from across Halton into our outdoor education programs: Trail Head (Grade 10) and BCP (Grade 11-12). They are looking forward to another exciting semester of hiking, camping, snow shoeing, climbing, connecting
provoking performance of committed students who promoted empathy and compassion for racially marginalized people. Their efforts and courage were very well received! Feb 8-10th, the DECA team competed in the provincial tournament of this international business competition. Our team of over 30 competitors brought home medals in multiple categories, and the senior team moved on to the upcoming international finals next month. On Feb 20th, the Senior Concert Band and Senior Jazz Band travelled to Redeemer University to participate in the annual Golden Horseshoe Music Festival to compete for the opportunity to advance to Nationals. After performing, an adjudicator helps bands improve in a workshop where they are told which sections they did well on and are instructed on how to improve. Bands that
with nature and learning.
are invited to Nationals have to get a Silver Plus ranking, or higher.
As March gets started we are looking at preparing some of our
After several performances by each band, the Senior Concert Band
students to write the Ontario Secondary Literacy Test, a requirement for graduation. This will be a first attempt for many of out English Language Learners and new immigrants working towards their Ontario high school diploma. Anyone interested in more information about our programs, or how to register should visit our school’s website www.garyallan.ca or Facebook: facebook.com/GaryAllanSchool. Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/garyallanschool
MILTON DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL
The central focus of our community continues to be wellness here at MD as we head full on into second semester. It turns out that while we’ve been working on being well, we are in fact, DOING well and are more than happy to share
earned a Silver Plus and the Jazz ensemble a Silver. We wish our amazing group of musicians who are going to Nationals, all the best! On Feb 21st, the MD senior boys basketball team won the Halton Varsity championship held at Sheridan College. Lastly, on Feb 22, Milton MP Lisa Raitt, Milton Mayor Gord Krantz and other notable volunteers helped celebrate the thriving BREAKFAST program at our school which is sponsored by Halton Food for Thought. Each day, students enjoy a hearty breakfast of any variety of eggs, pancakes and smoothies. Launched in the fall by Ms Wrigglesworth, the Shack has been open every morning to anyone who missed breakfast, regardless of the reason. The program has been received and grown so WELL, that local officials were happy to help serve hundreds of hungry students before they headed off to class.
some recent successes with Milton! MD enjoyed a variety of arts and events throughout Black History Month. The highlight was a thought
Dear The Wine Ladies,
I would love to surprise my husband with a fabulous homemade dinner made with one of his favourite meats bison. I am not too familiar with bison, leaning toward a ribeye and wondered if you have any suggestions on which wines might pair well and/or any ideas on how best to prepare and perhaps even source these meats? I live in a rural area so there’s not too much availability in my neck of the woods. - Jacqueline
THE WINE LADIES Q&A Dear Jacqueline, We too are fans of the various meat alternatives such as bison, becoming increasingly more popular in restaurants and more available in butcher shops. Bison (often used interchangeably with buffalo meat) is known to be leaner and less dense than beef and is widely accepted as one of the tastiest and healthiest all-natural alternatives to the traditional meats.
The reason the level of tannins are relevant when it comes to pairing red wines and meat is that tannins cut through the fat of the meat. If one is enjoying a fattier cut, such as a juicy fatty rib eye steak, opt for a big Napa Cabernet for example. As bison is a high protein, lower fat alternative, a better choice would be a red wine with softer tannins such as a Pinot Noir, Malbec, a softer Syrah or perhaps a Tuscan Sangiovese. As far as availability goes, upon a little investigative work, we learned of a company based in Montreal that markets highquality bison raised without the use of any chemicals, hormones or steroids. Norfolk Bison ships across Canada and offer a wide range of wild game products. There is also one recipe we would like to share with you called the “Double Bison Sirloin; Michael Jordan’s style” that includes a touch of truffle oil and would pair beautifully with a silky Pinot Noir.
When it comes to wine pairing, because bison has considerably less fat than beef, wines with less tannin will make for a better match. WHAT IS TANNIN? Tannins come from the skins, stems, and seeds of the grapes, as well as from the oak barrels the wine may have been aged in. That dry sensation you feel in your mouth when drinking a red wine is due to the tannin in the wine. The more tannic the wine, the more you will pucker up and feel the sensation.
For more information, visit northforkbison.com.
RAILWAY CLUB Article by: Leslie Styles
The Burlington Model Railway Club sponsored the Winter Train Show, which drew enthusiasts of all ages to St. Johns Anglican Church, on February 10th. There were several intricate model trains in action. Refreshments and light lunches were available from the kitchen. The sponsoring club was established in the 1980s to promote model railroading as a hobby, improve skills of its members and have fun building and running model trains. If you like model trains, visitors and newcomers are always welcome at the Burlington Model Railway Centre, located in Hidden Valley Park. For more information, please visit burlingtonmodelrailwayclub.ca.
01: Club President Mike, with Phil & Keith. 02: Bob & Liam. 03: Matthew & Lucas.
ANNUAL SKATING PARTY
Article by: Leslie Styles
Team Logue’s Annual Skating Party was held at Appleby Ice Centre, on February 11th. All past and present clients were encouraged to bring family and friends to enjoy skating, hot chocolate, treats and prizes. About 100 skaters came out to this Winter Valentines event. For more information of upcoming events, please visit teamlogue.ca.
01: The Logue Team. 02: Evan skating with his Dad, Frank. 03: Abigail with the Minions.
It was a very snowy Friday, February 9th, as the Seniors Life Enhancement Centres kicked off their 25th year of service with an amazing party! The Senior’s Gala was a sold-out event that was held at St. Joseph’s Banquet Hall. The hall was beautifully decorated and all the guests had an amazing time together. Some of the services and programs SLEC offers are Adult Day Program, Community Bath Program, Dental Hygiene Services and Foot Care Clinics. They have social and recreational actives in a safe, stimulating and encouraging environment. To learn more about SLEC, please visit their website at www.slec.ca.
01: Rich, Avery, Dawn & Will. 02: Lauren & Nathan. 03: Melanie & Alesha. 04: Ron & Eleanor. 05: Wanda, Maria & Jessie. 06: Steve, Michael & Matt. 07: Brittany, Amanda & Laurie.
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It’s also worth noting that your TFSA withdrawals won’t compromise your eligibility to receive federal benefits like Employment Insurance or the Canada Child Tax Benefit. When it comes time to retire, your withdrawals will not be considered as income and will not affect your Canada Pension Plan or Old Age Security payments for example. By contrast, any deposits you make to an RRSP are deducted dollar for dollar from your taxable income in that tax year. For example, if you make $40,000 a year and contribute $2,000 to an RRSP, the tax on your income would be calculated on $38,000 only. And when it comes times to withdraw money from your RRSP, it is considered taxable income and may affect any government benefits. To learn more about the differences and benefits of the RRSP and TFSA, speak to your financial advisor or contact me. *This article is for general information purposes only and should not be construed as insurance, investment or tax advice. The information contained herein is based on sources and materials believed to be reliable, but are not guaranteed.
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