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How To Transfer Assets To Your Adult Children Interested in transferring assets to your children? There are two routes you can take-pass assets along while you're alive, or leave them to your heirs when you die. Not everybody wants to wait until they die to transfer assets. You might want to give cash, property or investments today to help your children with their finances. A gift of cash is one of the easiest ways to transfer assets while you're alive. Cash can help your children buy their first home, start a business, fund a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or help meet just about any other financial need. If your child is 18 or older, there are no tax consequences for you or the recipient when you give money. And by giving cash now, you'll transfer future tax liability to your children. You may have other assets to pass along-such as securities, real estate, or business interests. In that case, things can be more complicated. The transfer of assets is unlikely to create immediate tax consequences for your child, but it can result in tax liabilities for you. Transferred assets are generally deemed for tax purposes to have been sold (a "deemed disposition"), even if no actual sale takes place. The increase in the value of those assets is a capital gain and may increase your tax bill. The good news is that appreciation from the day of the transfer is taxable in the child's hands.

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You may be able to reduce taxes by giving assets to your child over a number of years, instead of all at once. A large gift can raise your marginal tax rate, and consequently the amount of tax you pay. Capital gains taxes can also be reduced if you have capital losses in the year of the gift or have unused capital losses from previous years. Something else to consider when giving assets is that you lose control over them. If you want to retain control, consider setting up a trust to transfer assets to children while you're alive and appoint yourself as trustee. But you'll still be on the hook for income taxes. In most cases you'll pay capital gains taxes on the appreciation in value until the day assets are transferred. Depending on how you set up the trust, you may also be subject to taxes on income earned by those assets. Seek legal and tax advice when considering this arrangement. Trusts are often used as an "estate freeze," a strategy that freezes assets at their current value for tax purposes while you're alive. You will have been deemed to have sold these assets and will be taxed on capital gains. However, future taxes are deferred until your beneficiaries sell the assets, or until their deaths. Estate freezes can be particularly useful when passing business assets along to children. The goal is to limit the value of the business that will be taxable upon your death and defer taxes on future growth to the next generation. There may be other strategies you can use to transfer wealth before you die. For more information, consult your financial advisor. Edward Jones, Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Edward Jones, its employees and Edward Jones advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. Please consult your lawyer or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

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Publisher’s Note With the welcome creation of auto-related jobs locally and FCA Canada’s Windsor Assembly Plant recently ranked as the country’s single-biggest manufacturing facility by employment, Windsor-Essex has emerged as our nation’s automotive epicentre. That is fabulous news for our community’s financial wellbeing, peace of mind and pride. For we all have a vested interest in the health of our auto industry: Good auto jobs are also good for local businesses, charities and public projects. Taking stock of where we are at the outset of 2018, I am grateful that once again, Essex and Kent Counties are proving we can weather the storms, be they economic, personal or meteorological. Consumer confidence is returning to our area as we recover from some tough years. I’m always glad to see friends and colleagues driving new vehicles, particularly cars, minivans, trucks and vans made in North America and especially here in Windsor. I feel happy that they are experiencing the joy of new rides, and I am pleased that our economy benefits from their investment. The latest and greatest vehicles were on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Manufacturers unveiled great designs for 2018, and dashboards are lighting up with more tech than ever. The things today’s vehicles can do are astonishing, especially to someone of my vintage. The first car I owned, a Chevrolet, was built in 1955. The other day, I wondered if I was driving a car with a convenient, handsfree Smartphone feature — or a sleek phone booth on wheels. Listening to my nieces and nephews anticipating that wonderous day when they can leave the driving to their autonomous cars (so they won’t have to interrupt their texting, I suppose), I shuddered. To a motorhead and race car driver like me, half the fun of living is driving. Now that I’ve become accustomed to writing 2018 on my correspondence, I believe I am getting into the groove of this new year, all fresh and bright like the billions of flakes breaking this area’s snowfall records. Speaking of the white stuff, I hope this winter that you are keeping warm, staying healthy and driving safely. Sincerely,

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The North American International Auto Show A Bit Of History Mixed In With New Cars And Trucks STORY/PHOTOGRAPHY BY DICK HILDEBRAND IT’S BEEN A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE…the North American International Auto Show, 2018 edition at Cobo Center in Detroit. Right from the opening salvo, it was obvious that trucks continue grabbing buyers’ attention and have settled into a solid niche in the market as the latest wave in transportation. No longer are they used exclusively to haul stuff...upscale urban buyers are flocking to dealerships to purchase their newest status symbol. And, thanks to lower gas prices, particularly in the U.S.,more efficient engines and transmissions and interiors that rival the finest of cars, it’s no wonder that truck deliveries are booming.

This page clockwise from below: 2019 Ford Edge ST; all new 2019 Mustang Bullitt along side the original 1968 Mustang GT from the movie “Bullitt”; Lincoln Navigator, North American Truck of the Year; 2020 Ford Ranger.

Automakers are responding. Chevrolet came out swinging with its brand new Silverado for 2019. Among its many features is a box that’s more than 6 inches wider than the previous model, thanks mainly to the use of heavy rolled steel and a narrower space between the inner and outer box. That’s just for openers. The Silverado also has a fresh new, more luxurious interior and a host of other goodies to improve performance and safety. Not to be outdone, the 2019 Ram truck left its mark at the auto show with Mike Manley, head of the brand boasting: “since the Ram brand was launched in 2009, sales have increased by 160%. And it is our intent,” he continued, “to build the best trucks and commercial vehicles in the marketplace.” He maintained that the trucks are ‘upscale’, ‘durable’ and ‘reliable’, which is why customer loyalty is the best in the business. The Ram 1500 has a 4 inch longer wheelbase and crew cab, providing better handling and naturally more back-seat legroom. Cargo capacity has been hiked


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This page clockwise from top: All new 2019 Chevy Silverado; the redesigned 2019 Jeep Cherokee; 2019 RAM 1500; Honda Accord, North American car of the year.

by 10%, while an available 8-speed transmission doles out greater fuel economy. Inside, Ram boasts of the quietest cabin in its class and provides riders with a 900 watt Harmon Kardon audio system for the best possible musical experience. In addition, 100+ safety and security systems have been built into the new hauler. On the performance side, changes to the ‘ready for action’ Rebel include a new crew-cab configuration, 18 inch wheels, a re-designed distinctive interior and a new off-road package to tackle the “toughest off-road conditions.” Another new entry from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is the re-designed Jeep Cherokee, a vehicle that Mike Manley has described as “its own brand ambassador and the most capable performer in the mid-sized SUV market.” 3 engine choices, mated to a 9 speed transmission are available, including a new 2L , 270 horsepower, turbo-charged 4 cylinder power plant for better performance and economy. The Cherokee boasts of 80+ safety and security features, best-in-class towing capability and a completely re-designed rear end with a hands-free, power operated tailgate. Inside, 27-cubic-feet of storage space are available with the back seats folded down. Never one to sit back, Ford fired back and re-introduced its popular Ranger pickup for another foray into the medium-sized truck market. Already the largest selling truck in the rest of the world, the Ranger, which was axed in North America back in 2011, will be re-born and manufactured in the U.S. in time for deliveries next year. With its striking new interior, re-designed off-road technology and a 2.3L EcoBoost engine, it’s been created exclusively for the North American market. As Raj Nair, Ford company president quipped; “the Ranger is the only mid-sized pickup that’s built Ford Tough.” And, as the automaker moves ahead with electric-vehicle technology, a new F-150 hybrid to be built at the Dearborn truck plant will be introduced in 2020, the same year that the Mach 1 battery-operated performance vehicle makes its entrance. In fact, Ford will be spending 11 billion dollars over the next five years to create up to 40 electricpowered vehicles. Ford has also showed the world its latest generation Edge ST. Sandwiched solidly between the Escape and Explorer, the new Edge has a tuned sport suspension and post caliper braking which will aid in preventing the dreaded secondary collision in case of an accident. The performance-oriented ST will be powered by a 2.7L EcoBoost engine putting out 335 horsepower. Inside, riders can expect to find a newlydesigned, extremely quiet interior complete with rotary shifter that

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provides more room for other things like cell phones and coffee cups! Speaking of performance! It was a stunned audience that witnessed the introduction of the retro-based 2019 Bullitt Mustang, patterned after the iconic 1968 model that Steve McQueen drove in the heart-pounding chase scene in the movie “Bullitt” which was released 50 years ago. Finished in Highland Green…just like the original, the new pony is described by McQueen’s granddaughter, Molly, as a ‘minimalist car’ where all exterior badging has been eliminated, even in the grill. Inside, the shifter which moves the 6-speed manual transmission has a cue-ball top which McQueen preferred in his own movie car. Like McQueen and the ’68 Mustang, the new model is described as “fun, fast and cool.” Adding to the excitement of the event was the unexpected appearance of the original movie car, driven onto the stage by Sean Kiernan who’s owned the vehicle for the past 17 years...a secret he managed to keep until this year’s auto show. A Warner BrothersSeven Arts logo sticker remains affixed to the driver’s corner of the windshield, proving the car’s authenticity. Company chairman Bill Ford told the capacity crowd that the family-owned manufacturer hopes to become the world’s “most trusted automobile company” in a city that only 10 years ago was fighting to stay alive. “Today,” he said, “Detroit is known as the comeback city with Ford being uniquely equipped to shape the future of transportation.” A final note: kudos to the folks at Michelin Tire, who have hosted the media since the auto show went international. Without their co-operation and tireless efforts like providing information and catering food services, those of us charged with the event would be missing a great deal. Michelin can only be described as ‘the perfect host.’ Muscle did indeed meet mobility at this year’s North American International Auto Show. While the focus is still on four wheels, it’s obvious that future trends are moving in the direction of electric cars, hybrids and, of course, driverless cars. While auto executives are still talking performance, they’re also focusing on providing greater mobility in a shrinking world. Like it or not, the future is here. Down the road, auto shows will be exuding a new image... moving people in the safest, most efficient manner possible. In the meantime, enjoy your horseless carriages…they probably won’t disappear altogether. WLM



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A New Location to Better Serve Our Patients DR. TIM GUTHRIE first opened his practice in Riverside almost six years ago. “Because of our wonderful patients, the practice has grown to a point where we needed more space. We are happy to announce we have moved to our new, larger location at 7786 Wyandotte St. E.,” the optometrist says. The new office allows Guthrie Optometry to continue to provide the highest quality care while enabling Dr. Guthrie and his team to expand every area of their family eyecare and medical optometry practice. As many current patients appreciate, Dr. Guthrie’s eye exams are comprehensive and personalized. Committed to providing leading technology, Dr. Guthrie knows, “Early detection of any change to your eyes is critical to protecting your eye health and vision. The addition of a dedicated ancillary testing area has allowed us to further enhance our current testing capabilities.” The Optovue OCT scan reveals incredible detail, enabling the optometrist to see what is happening in the entire eye. It uses an intelligent testing tool, Optovue iFusion, a combination of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and retinal photography. Guthrie Optometry continues to lead in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease including diabetes, macular degeneration and dry eye disorders. Expanded Optical For Personalized Visual Style An attractive optical dispensary and boutique featuring the latest collections of frames by top designers is now open onsite. Patients and walk-in customers are invited to shop for a wide selection of frames from designers such as Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade or Hugo Boss, along with sunglasses from Rayban and Maui Jim.

The optical staff will educate you on the multitude of lens designs and treatments and together, you can select the proper visual correction for your lifestyle. Whether you require fulltime spectacle correction, specialized computer designed lenses or the perfect sun lens for golf or boating, Guthrie Optometry is committed to establishing the relationships required to provide individual visual solutions. Visual correction can also be achieved with enhanced contact lens materials and optics that will correct for astigmatism, as well as make it possible for patients requiring bifocals to wear contact lenses. Dr. Guthrie is now performing complex contact lens fitting with the latest scleral lens designs to correct for corneal disease such as keratoconus and advanced dry eye. Refractive surgery is the pinnacle of vision enhancement. Since Dr. Guthrie has had LASIK himself, he can consult with you on refractive surgery options from a personal level to ensure your best possible outcome. Plenty of free, handy parking is available for your convenience at Guthrie Optometry, now located near the practice’s former Riverside address. New patients are always welcome. Ap7786 Wyandotte St. E. pointments are available Monday through 519.945.8000 Saturday, including early morning and evening options.

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88 YEARS... AND STILL GROWING STRONG! 1931 Original 1931 building. Joseph Reaume starts out with GM and opens Sunnyside Garage at 1820 Front Rd. in LaSalle selling Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Frigidaire, then a General Motors’ Company.

1936 Son A.J. (Mine) Reaume and Louis Pajot (A.J.’s brother-in-law) take over the reins and continue to provide LaSalle and area residents with fair and honest dealings on vehicles, fridges and Supertest gasoline with friendly, quality service.

1944 A.J. buys out Louis and the name Sunnyside Garage is changed to A.J. Reaume Motor Sales & Service. A few years later, son Don joins the family business, after attending GMI in Flint, MI. In those days Don not only sold you a vehicle, but personally serviced it too.

1977 Don’s son Steve joins the business of 9 employees and with Ed Jones (Steve’s brother-in-law) proceed to grow the business. Supertest gas pumps are replaced with a better new vehicle display area and some upgrades are completed in the dealership building.

1980 Don Reaume with concept completed in 1982

Don buys out A.J. and after quickly outgrowing the original building, begins the process to look for a new dealership location. 500 Front Rd. (formerly Conklin Lumber/Discount Dave’s) is chosen. Employees now at 16 and the name is changed to Reaume Chev/Olds.

MILESTONES MATTER at Reaume Chevrolet/Buick/GMC, where the start of each new year is eagerly welcomed. The Reaume family likes to imagine 1931, the year their dealership’s founder put his first customer into a vehicle. “We value the Trust that so many generations of customers in LaSalle, Windsor, and Essex County have placed in us,” says Jeff Reaume. “That’s why we continually seek ways to improve on what we do. Nothing is too good for our customers.” A good example of this is how WE MAKE CAR BUYING EASY by giving customers Up-Front Pricing...which is available with photos and videos right on our always-upgraded website. Take a look at The 70-plus employees that continue the Reaume family’s Tradition of Trust today are one indicator of how far the dealership has travelled. When founder Joseph Reaume opened Sunnyside Garage in LaSalle 88 years ago, he was a one-man operation. The workforce doubled in 1936 when his son A.J. (Mine) Reaume and Louis Pajot (A.J.'s brother-in-law) took over the company. The men continued to sell Chevrolet and Oldsmobile vehicles, as well as newfangled refrigerators manufactured by General Motors’ Frigidaire division and Supertest gasoline. It’s fascinating to think of the little dealership on Front Road as an early superstore, selling vehicles, tires, home appliances and gas. By 1944, A.J. had bought out Louis. To reflect the change, he renamed the business A.J. Reaume Motor Sales & Service. The service department was largely the responsibility of his son, Don, a mechanic and graduate of The General Motors Institute in Flint, MI. GMI was the auto manufacturer’s progressive training school which eventually became an accredited university offering degrees in engineering and management. Like the vehicles on its lot, the Reaume family business proved it could endure. Steve joined his dad, Don, in 1977. With Ed Jones (Steve’s brother-in-law) and nine employees, the Reaumes were determined to keep the company modern while upholding the family’s reputation for reliable service and fair prices. Wanting to show off the latest models of GM cars, trucks and vans, they removed the gas pumps and installed an attractive new vehicle display area. Other upgrades enhanced efficiency and customer comfort. However, by 1980, it was apparent the original building at 1820 Front Rd. couldn’t keep pace with the dealership’s growth. The family relocated the business farther along the riverfront to 500 Front Road. Steve recalls everyone’s excitement as the family and their 16 employees welcomed customers to the new dealership, now called Reaume Chev/Olds. “We were a small-town dealership now poised to conduct business on a larger scale,” Steve says. “Everything our family had learned over more than 40 years in business was applied to this big move. Thanks to our loyal customers, I’m happy to say we never looked back, even during the Windsor area’s numerous economic downturns.” Don’s long career in the auto business drew to a close in 1988. He was bought out by Steve and Ed and began enjoying retirement. Meanwhile, Steve and Ed quickly started making their mark, changing the name to Reaume/Jones Chev/Geo/Olds and

investing in the company with major renovations. To service the expanding list of customers on a timely basis, additional staff were added, bringing the roster to 27. In the family tradition, siblings Jeff, Craig and Jenn joined their father, Steve, at the dealership. More relations came on board in 2002, when Steve’s wife, Gail, and brother, Rick, teamed up with him. Together, they bought out Ed and reverted the company name to Reaume Chev/Olds. The 32 staff members helped the LaSalle business maintain its steady growth. With the arrival of each decade, new vehicle collections advanced in technology, longevity and fuel efficiency. When the Reaume family invited their customers and community to their grand diamond anniversary celebration in 2007, it was fun to compare the elegant Chevrolet Sport Roadster with a rumble seat in the back that Joseph sold for around $500 in 1931 to the sleek 2007 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. “Styles have come and gone, yet our family’s admiration for cars always remains strong,” says Steve. “It feels great to share our love of vehicles with our customers.” With 75 years under their belts, the Reaume family decided to make significant upgrades to the dealership’s facility, now known as Reaume Chevrolet. “Any investment we make to our dealership is an investment in our customers. Their complete satisfaction is our mandate,” Craig observes. After navigating through so many global economic downturns, including the downturns of 1981–82 and 1990–92, Canadians were hit hard by the recession of 2008–09. General Motors needed to make big changes, including scaling back on dealerships. Stalwart and hopeful, the Reaumes were relieved to survive the 2009 GM Dealer cutbacks. “Joseph started this business during the Great Depression, the Dirty Thirties, when millions of Canadians were unemployed and unable to buy food, let alone fridges and cars,” Rick says. “I believe his positive attitude and work ethic has been passed down through the generations. It’s a heritage we share with our hardworking neighbours.” The economy was on a steadier footing by 2011. Appreciative of the people who continued to come to the dealership to purchase new and preowned vehicles and have them serviced, the owners and their team of over 50 staff members introduced a new jingle that reflected their promise of outstanding customer care: “You’ll feel right at Reaume.” Reaume Chevrolet/Buick/GMC had long benefited from Steve’s guiding hand when, after 38 years in the business, he retired in 2016. He still likes to drop in and chat with customers. Steve’s son, Jeff, took over as Dealer Principal, with his brother Craig, sister Jenn and Uncle Rick continuing to work alongside him. “With customers driving off in our new 2018 and preowned vehicles,” Jenn says, “we are proud to have earned their trust and loyalty.”

2002 Steve is joined by wife Gail and brother Rick and buy out Ed. This compliments sons Jeff and Craig and daughter Jenn who are already in the business. Staff continues to 32 and the name is changed again to Reaume Chev/olds.

2007 In 2006, the Reaume Family dealership and tradition celebrated its 75th year. To prepare for the next quarter century, another major facelift was completed in 2007. Employee count has grown to over 40 and with Oldsmobile gone, the name is now simply Reaume Chevrolet.

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...5 members of the Reaume Family became partners and Buick & GMC were added.

In 2012, now over 55 employees at the newly GM imaged Reaume Chevrolet•Buick•GMC

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EYEWARES OF WINDSOR Tailor-making Glasses that Complement Your Life Two lenses and a frame comprise a pair of glasses. However, there is much more to eyewear than meets the eye. Are you a head turner or an eye gazer? Athlete, hobbyist, boating or motorcycling enthusiast? Is the bulk of your day spent looking at computer, TV and tablet screens? When enjoying quality time with a good book, are you a classic page turner or do you light up an e-reader? Do you avoid driving after sunset? “No two people are the same,” says John Walker, who co-owns Eyewares of Windsor with his wife, Susan. “We get to know your visual behaviour and figure out your preferences. How your eyes function naturally and the many ways you use them daily equally influence the kind of glasses, prescription sunglasses and contact lenses you should be wearing.” To understand your needs, the Eyewares of Windsor opticians take time to walk with you mentally through your day. “We don’t just fill eyewear prescriptions, we interpret them,” John says. The same Eyewares of Windsor staff have been providing exceptional care to clients for more than 20 years. They are vigilant about vision changes. “Every time you get a new prescription it gives us opportunity to fine-tune the way you see,” John explains. Treating babies to seniors, the opticians believe their job entails more than fitting and tailor making glasses. “Eyewear is a tool, and it’s our responsibility to instruct you,” John notes. A kid is taught how to juggle schoolwork and sports while wearing glasses. A teenager is coached in wearing and caring for contact lenses. Someone who hits age 40 and needs reading glasses receives



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tips for integrating eyewear into her life. John finds, “Once they understand, they learn and adapt.” Even veteran eyeglass wearers benefit from helpful advice, especially when transitioning from single vision to multifocal lenses. Progressive multifocals seamlessly build the capabilities of two or three lenses into one lens, enabling you to see near, middle and far distances with one pair of glasses. “Progressive multifocals may take getting used to,” John says. For instance, a 6’ tall man wearing bifocals needs to tilt his head more when walking down stairs, compared to a 5’-5” tall man. Without this simple adjustment, blurring or double vision at the bottom of the lenses may be experienced, causing a feeling of imbalance. “Informed people soon develop visual habits so they comfortably process paperwork at their desks and safely navigate stairs.” Light sensitivity and night vision are also important considerations. “In the dark, your eyes use different parts of the film of the eye, so you don’t see as well as in daytime,” says John. “The right eyewear prescription can help your eyes function in all light levels, including when night driving.” If light sensitivity is an issue for you, the solution may be photochromatic lenses that transition from clear when you’re indoors and automatically darken when you step outside into daylight. “I recommend that you back up your photochromatic lenses with much darker prescription sunglasses for driving,” John says. Special lens coatings and other advanced technology can bewilder people. John assures, “We’ll help you decide what you actually need for your lifestyle and budget.” Options are unlimited at Eyewares of Windsor, which has its own lab and eyewear boutique onsite, offering a huge selection of lenses and designer and value frames.

PANOS SECHOPOULOS WEALTH MANAGEMENT OF RBC DOMINION SECURITIES Panos Sechopoulos is a modern day financial services professional perfectly suited to our increasingly globalized, interconnected world. Over the past 14 years Panos has served as an Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager with RBC Dominion Securities, Canada’s largest full-service brokerage and a division of RBC Wealth Management. Panos’ top priority is to provide his clients confidence and peace of mind when it comes to their investments and a clear road map on how to reach their goals. He offers transparent, comprehensive and personally tailored wealth management services to businesses and individuals — including high net worth families, professionals and experienced investors. “As discretionary portfolio managers, we are able to execute trades when required. We don’t need to interrupt our clients’ busy lives and create unnecessary stress regarding their investments. It is our job to stay on top of things for our clients and provide them peace of mind.” An avid reader of financial periodicals and international publications, Panos is able to proactively tailor and adjust portfolios in real time as the world changes around us. His proactive, discretionary approach ensures that his clients are able to benefit from time-sensitive investment opportunities quickly and efficiently. Panos and his team at RBC bring the expertise of Wall Street to Windsor. Panos studied Economics and International Relations at the highly regarded Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1992 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts. One year later, he completed a Master of Arts in Economics from the prestigious Northwestern University in Chicago. Since 2003 Panos has been living and working in Canada. Since moving to Canada he has obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Financial Management Advisor (FMA) designations. He acquired his Portfolio Manager Licence in March 2009. Today, Panos provides his diverse client base with financial and estate planning services and creative, personally tailored retirement planning — including access to Institutional-level solutions. A highly accredited discretionary money manager, he builds individual portfolios tailored to each client’s unique growth requirements, income needs, and risk tolerance. Panos works closely with each of his clients to develop and implement strategies to minimize taxation, generate sufficient retirement income, safeguard wealth and effectively transition assets between generations. As a part of RBC Dominion Securities, Panos’ clients benefit from the vast resources available through Canada’s leading fullservice investment firm. Clients benefit from

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STEM Program Wows High School Students at Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board MATH, SCIENCE, engineering and technology have become a whole lot more exciting for students thanks to the creation of a STEM Academy at Holy Names High School. In order to better prepare students for post-secondary education and careers in those fields, the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board created a $1.2 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy at the South Windsor school. It opened last September and has been so successful that plans are already underway to create similar academies at St. Thomas of Villanova and Ste. Anne’s next year. The board partnered with the University of Windsor in creating the academy. Dr. Chris Houser, Dean of the Faculty of Science, has been very enthusiastic about the project and the university has provided in-kind support, such as the participation of graduate students in labs and providing mentorship to students. “It’s been a tremendous asset to have the University of Windsor as a STEM partner,” says Pat Hickson, Principal at Holy Names. “The students develop familiarity with the university, ultimately making the transition easier when they graduate.” Currently, 65 students are enrolled in the program. The academy offers 30 credits from Grade 9 through 12, and all courses embed the STEM philosophy. Newly renovated robotics, chemistry, and physics labs have been created to give students a chance to do more hands-on work. All have been modeled after modern labs found at universities and institutions. Bundling of courses means students will learn bio-mechanics, bio-physics, and environmental and physical sciences. “It’s really about preparing students for next steps and doing our best to keep up with technology,” says Dan Fister, Executive Superintendent of Innovation and Human Resources. “We have already found that students engaged are more responsive.”

Sam Clements is a Grade 9 student enrolled in STEM. Robotics is her favourite class. “I like the hands-on experience and I get to try things that I normally wouldn’t,” she said. “It’s very different than any of my other classes.” Real world applications mean that students build, design, evaluate and work in teams. Catherine Tillie is a physics teacher at Holy Names. She is a fan of STEM because of its focus on project-based learning. “It takes concepts and allows students to try them out in the lab,” said Tillie, whose students were testing the law of conservation of energy. “We teach them critical thinking and problemsolving skills. This is what the next generation needs to be learning.” Down the hall Grade 9 students are involved in a lab evaluating the environmental impact of disposable diapers. Students not only learn about the environmental ramifications, they also learn about how the city is impacted and how they can work on outreach to decision makers to affect change. Yousif Nasif, 14, says that the STEM program gives him experience with design programming that will help him in the workplace. “The STEM program was a big factor in my decision to attend Holy Names.” Students in the STEM program will be in the field more often, and one of the cool projects currently in development is the Climate Crusaders initiative. Students will work together to create a weather station on the school’s front yard. “Currently the closest weather station is in Wingham, so this will have positive impacts and provide environmental research for the region,” says Fister. “It also teaches students problem-solving skills, because they will collect and analyze data from rain gauges that will be distributed to Grade 8 students throughout our board’s schools.” To find out more about the STEM program and the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board visit

6 Degrees members (l-r): David Akinwumi (Keyboards), Brad Merryfield (Bass), Russell Wilson (Drums) and Ralph Brown (Guitar).



RALPH BROWN IS VIRTUALLY SURROUNDED by music. Not only is he a music teacher at the F.W.Begley Elementary School in Windsor, but he’s also a pretty accomplished guitarist in his own band, Six Degrees. Born and raised in Amherstburg, his family spent a number of years in Windsor, before returning to the county. Like most musicians, he got started at an early age, picking up his first guitar at the age of 12 and working on classic rock tunes, playing mainly by ear until he decided to go for lessons. His favorite group at the time was Led Zeppelin. He started his first band at age 14 and never looked back. Over the ensuing years, he was a member of numerous garage bands which gained valuable playing experience at various parties and other functions. Bars were out of the question, since the players were too young. After his years at the Essex High Ralph studied the classical guitar at the University of Windsor and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. Needless to say, he emerged from post secondary education as a pretty good picker.


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By the time he was 19, his group at the time, was featured at various festivals and managed to place third out of 20 bands that had competed at the Southwest Music Festival in Windsor. One of Ralph’s more popular groups, Motor City Music, played at numerous clubs in the area where audiences readily appreciated the renditions of Motown and R&B hits. Six Degrees was formed about five years ago by Ralph and his cousin Russell Wilson and initially had 6 members. As ‘smooth jazz’ musicians, they concentrated on cover versions of hit tunes by the likes of Stevie Wonder and George Benson, occasionally inserting one of their original compositions into the mix. “Once we had a set list,” says Brown, “we started branching out, contacting local wineries and were invited to participate at festivals in the area.” Like most groups, there have been personnel changes since the group originally formed. Six Degrees currently consists of 4 members, Ralph Brown is the lead guitarist, while Russell Wilson, who’s employed by the Ford Motor Company is the drummer. Brad Merryfield, who

works in the medical field handles bass duties while David Akinwumi is the keyboardist and owner/operator of the ‘Tribe of David’ music studio. As a primarily instrumental combo with an occasional female guest vocalist, Six Degrees fits neatly into a niche of its own. “We always draw a crowd,” explains Ralph, “the reaction has been fantastic and people have even started video taping with their cell phones and asking for personal information. They’re intrigued by our sound — the music speaks for itself. Since there are no vocals we put all our energy into the music side of it.” In turn, patrons respond by getting up and dancing…particularly at places like Art In The Park and Cosmos Lounge at Caesar’s, where the group has made a number of appearances. Six Degrees has also opened for Alexander Zonjic at the Carousel of Nations and has performed at the downtown Windsor Epicure festival, the former Shores of Erie Winefest, The Art of Eating in Tecumseh, the Cornfest, the Strawberry festival, banquets and other corporate events. In the future, members are hoping to venture into weddings and other functions at places like the Caboto Club and the entire wine circuit which is gaining in popularity. The next few years look bright for Six Degrees. However, because of the changes, members haven’t written any new material and are currently working on an update of their website. A demo CD has been recorded with the probability of a full disc being prepared down the road. For updated information or to book the band, contact Ralph at Meanwhile, the group intends to start composing new tunes and is increasing its efforts to branch out and broaden its exposure. With the lucrative Detroit market looming just across the river, Ralph is working to get the necessary papers allowing access to the U.S. People attending a gig by Six Degrees are definitely in for a pleasant surprise. Not only do these guys excel at the sounds of smooth jazz, but they also have the uncanny ability to change direction and break into some hard-rocking stuff. You never know what to expect…there’s occasional material made popular by the great Joe Satriani or Eric Johnson and maybe some rock tunes by Michael Jackson and others. Six Degrees can do it all….instrumentally and danceable! This is a group that could go places given the right breaks. WLM


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Investing in School Library Learning Commons to Help All Students Succeed

OPPORTUNITIES FOR READING, creating, connecting and thinking abound in the School Library Learning Commons, a lively hub in each of the Greater Essex County District School Board’s 55 elementary schools and all its secondary schools. With library cards to the physical space and online passwords to the school board’s huge database collection of books and resources, students have safe access to learning adventures that help them navigate their own world and explore destinations beyond. “This is not your Grandma’s library!” notes Martha Martin, teacher-librarian at LaSalle Public School. In Martha’s School Library Learning Commons, elementary students can find full shelves stocked with new releases, graphic novels, fiction, non-fiction, books representative of every culture and resources supportive of the school’s curriculum. Book displays are frequently refreshed to capture the interest of students in every grade. The GECDSB teacher-librarian reads loads of books before choosing them for the school, determining what will grab students’ attention. Then Martha talks up the books to encourage youngsters to delve inside. “Kids need somebody to connect them with the right books at the right time,” Martha finds. Classroom teachers can also depend on teacher-librarians to locate resources they need for specific subjects. The smart technology of an Interactive Whiteboard lets Martha and the students engage in words, graphics and educational games that the whole class can see. The Whiteboard is also used when Skyping an Inuit community, African orphanage and other people around the world. Literature circles led by the teacher-librarian bring together groups of students reading the same book in a type of book club. When discussing the story, “the kids actually speak to one another, face to face, instead of texting each other,” Martha explains. The School Library Learning Common is also a Makerspace, focused on design thinking. Kids explore and develop their interests in robotics teams, knitting clubs and other groups advancing STEAM, an educational approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points to learning. “Kids in grade four are coding!” Martha says. Providing tools for success, the teacher-librarian coaches students in persevering, having a positive mindset and staying curious while doing research.


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Library periods are scheduled for student book exchanges. Often, the teacher-librarian will bring books to a classroom, at the teacher’s request. Beyond the library walls is the GECDSB’s virtual library. All schools have free WiFi, free Office 2013 for every student, one device for every three students and free database subscriptions. Students are given passwords to login in anywhere. The public school board’s online databases include NoveList, Newspapers, Science in Context, CareerCruising, Health & Wellness Resource Centre, General Business File ASAP, LegalTrac, InfoTrac Military and Intelligence, Culinary Arts Collection and Literature Resource Centre. Teacher-librarians have their own websites. For instance, Martha’s LaSalle Public School Library Learning Commons homepage lets students click onto Mrs. Martin’s Research Roundup, her Video Links for Social Studies, Homework Helpers, Research Tools and Link to Learning (curriculum-related sites by subject and grade). Promoting online smarts, the teacher-librarian instructs students in safety, courtesy and the dangers of cyber bullying. The goal is that students experiencing the School Library Learning Commons will become inquiry detectives, literary critics, creative engineers, technology experts, digital citizens, cyber safety patrols, exploring geniuses and critical thinkers. “We’re educating them to be good citizens,” Martha summarizes. The story of the LaSalle Public School Library Learning Commons is being retold in all other GECDSB schools. The school board believes in the value of school libraries and teacher-librarians specializing in literacy, technology and inquiry skills. Confident in students’ capacity for achievement, GECDSB has spent millions of dollars on books, online databases and technology to ensure every School Library Learning Commons is a dynamic space where real learning happens.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Between physical and virtual access, “the library is being used all the time. It’s a prime realty spot in our schools,” says Clara Howitt, GECDSB program superintendent. Although e-books let students load up on reading material without bursting their backpacks, Clara says, “We never want to lose the great feeling, impact and experience of opening a book, whether it be a picture book or a novel, to support and engage our young learners in reading.” The library is the first place that children starting Junior Kindergarten this February will get to know. New for 2018, families who have registered their JK kids can accompany them to the library during school hours in January. “The kids can get acclimatized,” Clara says. “It also engages our parents, helping them feel comfortable with the school.” “Parents are nostalgic for school libraries,” Martha observes. They are pleased to see that all GECDSB schools have libraries that are “thriving, active places.” Stretching young minds, the school board’s libraries offer students many ways to acquire 21st century competencies. Clara says, “I’m really proud of our system that has invested in literature, both hard copy and virtual opportunities, to help students develop literacy and critical thinking skills.”


ESSEX KENT JUNIOR GOLF HUGHES TOUR Ryan, Terri, Curtis and Bryce Hughes have signed on as sponsors of the Essex Kent Junior Golf Hughes Tour. Together with the tournament committee and local golf pro-


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The 15th annual Face to Face campaign surpassed its goal, raising more

game of golf in the community. Upcoming

money than in previous years to support The Hospice of Windsor & Essex

events, a new website and the 2018 tourna-

County. At the Nov. 29 wrap-up party, Hospice executive director Carol

ment schedule are to come.

Derbyshire, campaign founder John Fairley and 100 volunteers applauded

the community’s generous contribution of $118,023.85. Picture here are: Laura Lemmon, Carol Derbyshire, Robert Scussolin, Jamie Henderson, Marlene Corey, Mike Solcz, John Fairley, Donna Snow and Lina Sabatini. The funds will support the Hospice’s Fairley Family Transportation Program which provides more than 8,500 rides to patients and their caregivers, bringing them to medical appointments, treatments or to the Hospice Wellness Centre for programs. 519-251-2557 or

ROTARY CLUB OF WINDSOR (1918) The Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) launched its centennial year celebrations with its Kick-Off luncheon on Jan. 8. Attended by nearly 300 people, the event highlighted Rotary’s many projects, including local community programs and helping to eradicate polio worldwide. Centennial committee chair Maureen Lucas outlined upcoming events, such as the May 12 grand opening of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Plaza, dedication of the


Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial

Jack Jorgensen, (right) president and CEO of Advance Business Systems, and his team

tives planned are a speaker series, scholar-

presented an $11,000 cheque to the Youth Advisory Committee of the Windsor-Essex

ships, international projects and a museum

Children’s Aid Society in November. The funds are the proceeds from Advance’s 26th

exhibit. The club anticipates visitors will

Annual American Thanksgiving Football Classic, a premier networking event in South-

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CAESARS WINDSOR Recognized as an organization that has developed an admirable reputation as a great place to work and established itself as an upstanding example of Ontario’s tourism industry, Caesars Windsor has been named the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario’s Employer of the Year. This award demonstrates their commitment to creating a workplace where employees are excited to learn, grow and give back to the community where they live, work and play. Caesars Windsor also recently received the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ National


Philanthropy Day award for Outstanding Business for its Caesars Windsor Cares corpo-

The Lumber and Building Materials Asso-

rate giving and employee volunteer programs.

ciation of Ontario Inc. presented Greg Drouillard, owner/operator of Target Building Materials in Windsor, with its 2017 Industry Achievement Award. The honour was given in recognition of Greg’s contributions to the LBM/Hardware and Home Improvement Industry and to local civic organizations. On Nov. 16, Greg and his partner Dianne Warner were on hand for the award presentation and gala dinner celebrating LBMAO’s 100th anniversary in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 519-966-6000 or

SLEIGHING HUNGER CONCERT The S’Aints’ festive music harmonized with community spirit to help five foodbanks stock their shelves. The annual Sleighing Hunger concert on Dec. 22 at The Colosseum, plus the S’Aints’ holiday CD sales and a contribution from Caesars Windsor Cares, raised $50,000 to be shared evenly by The Unemployed Help Centre, The Goodfellows, Outreach for Hunger in Chatham, Welcome Shelter for Women and the Windsor Homes Coalition. Led by Jody Raffoul and Jeff Burrows, The S’Aints band is backed by partners Caesars Windsor Cares and St. Clair College. The Sleighing Hunger performance marked the college’s 50th final Acts from the Heart in celebration of its 50th anniversary.



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solutions, the workforce partner agency

by donating $18,630 to Transi-

figured the loan of a vehicle is a practical

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way to help a local person get to work. Ash-

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Health Association. RE/MAX

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SOUTH WINDSOR HEARING CENTRE Protecting Your Hearing Proactively at Every Age

One in six Canadians has a hearing, speech or language disorder, making communication and comprehension a daily challenge. Hearing issues can be present at any age. In fact, 47% of people age 48-85 have hearing loss. “Up to one in five Canadian elementary school students experiences temporary, mild hearing loss from infections or middle ear fluid,” says audiologist Neesha Dunkley, who co-owns South Windsor Hearing with audiologist Allison Stevenson. More alarming is that approximately 12% of Americans age six to 19 years have noise-induced hearing loss, according to the American Academy of Audiology. Children with unaddressed mild to moderate hearing loss achieve one to four grade levels lower than students with normal hearing. “It’s important to create a listening-friendly environment at home and school,” Allison says. Unnecessary sound can be lessened by closing windows and doors, turning off noisy equipment, hanging sound-absorbing cork, felt and other material on the walls and placing desks at an angle to the walls. “A sound amplification system can ensure the teacher’s voice will be heard.” “Hearing loss alters your brain and causes challenges with auditory attention, memory and comprehension. Untreated, it can continue to reduce your hearing and processing abilities,” says Neesha. While the ear can’t be physically changed to cure hearing loss, leading edge technology can make it possible for people to hear sounds

more clearly and reliably. Supportive features let barely visible hearing aids fit smoothly into daily life, such as rechargeable batteries, convenient dehumidifiers, and connectivity with Bluetooth, smartphones and smart TVs. South Windsor Hearing supports patient choices that best suit their needs and budgets including hearing devices made by Phonak, Siemens, Widex, Oticon, GN Resound and Unitron. A decline in a person’s hearing capabilities


are frequently noticed first by a relative, friend, teacher or co-worker. “Sometimes people get a bit defensive when someone suggests they should get their hearing tested,” Allison notes. “There is no reason to feel embarrassed. Visiting an audiologist should be a regular part of everyone’s personal wellness plan, like seeing your dentist and optometrist.” No referral is required to book an appointment with South Windsor Hearing.

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An important thing to know about segregated fund contracts is that they’re actually insurance products. Only insurance companies can offer them, and only licensed insurance representatives can sell them. Segregated fund contracts also vary widely. They offer different guarantees, features and fees. Your advisor can explain the differences and recommend various options available to you.

Segregated fund contracts are designed to help offer a safe harbour for Canadians worried about volatile markets. MANY CANADIANS ARE APPREHENSIVE about investing. And who

can blame them? Between plunging oil and commodity prices, and the Canadian dollar’s free-fall, the economy has taken a big hit. So has investor confidence. Market volatility, together with economic uncertainty, is the new normal – at least for now. But even in a tough investment environment, diversification, with at least some exposure to stock markets, may be one way to stay ahead of inflation. This is precisely why today’s turbulent conditions are leading some investors to take a second look at segregated fund solutions. What is a segregated fund contract?

A segregated fund contract combines the growth potential offered by a broad range of investment funds with the unique wealth protection features of an insurance contract. Segregated fund contracts can help minimize exposure to risk through various guarantees, such as income, death and maturity guarantees, potential creditor protection features, and estate planning benefits – all from a single product or insurance contract. The value of a guarantee

For risk-averse investors, a segregated fund contract’s most appealing attributes are its guarantees. After all, life doesn’t come with too many guarantees. With a segregated fund contract, you’re sure to receive at least 75 per cent of your deposits (or 100 per cent, depending on the contract), less any withdrawals, when the contract matures. This is known as a maturity guarantee, and it applies at the maturity date (which occurs after a minimum number of years has elapsed or at a contract set date, for example, age 100 of the annuitant), even if markets decline during the period. And if markets rise, you have the opportunity to grow your savings. Some contracts even let you “reset” your maturity guarantee to lock in growth. So you get the opportunity to protect your capital, while also enjoying growth potential.

Who might choose a segregated fund contract? Segregated fund solutions typically appeal to conservative investors, especially during turbulent markets. For investors who don’t want to lose sleep over the market roller-coaster ride, the guarantees that come with segregated fund contracts can provide some peace of mind. They also appeal to people for whom estate planning advantages or potential creditor protection is top of mind. Death benefit guarantee Segregated fund contracts also include a death benefit guarantee. The guarantee can be up to 100 per cent, depending on the type of contract selected and the age of the annuitant when the product is purchased. Your named beneficiary gets the death benefit in the event of death. Your beneficiary can be anyone – a family member, a friend or a charity. The costs Keep in mind that the guarantees are a type of insurance, which you’re paying for. Segregated fund costs include management fees, insurance fees, operating costs and applicable sales tax. A contract might also include a charge for early withdrawal. Ask for all the fees and costs to be clearly itemized, so you can make an informed decision. The reset So what happens if your segregated fund contract maturity guarantee is 100 per cent of your initial deposit (let’s say $10,000), but the underlying investment grows five per cent within the first year? Some segregated fund contracts allow you to lock in this growth, so your new guaranteed amount is higher – 100 per cent of $10,500 (unless, of course, you withdraw money). Insurance companies that offer segregated fund contracts call this a “reset.” Resets are a great feature in volatile markets, since you can take advantage of the peaks to reset without descending to the valleys. Depending on the product, resets may be automatic, or you may initiate them yourself. They may affect the maturity guarantee and/or the death benefit guarantee, and they can happen annually or more frequently. Certain conditions apply to elect a reset, and these are specific to the contract you are purchasing. Decisions, decisions…

That’s a lot to mull over. Segregated fund contracts could be just the answer for investors looking to help minimize risk, and given the ups and downs of today’s markets, they deserve a close look. The best advice? Discuss with me whether segregated fund contracts are right for you.

Interested in learning more, please call or email Barbara Allen, HBA, CFP, CDFA Senior Financial Advisor Manulife Securities Incorporated Life Insurance Advisor Manulife Securities Insurance Inc. Direct Line 519-250-0515 519-250-5190, ext. 409 2255 Cadillac Street, Windsor

© 2016 Manulife. The persons and situations depicted are fictional and their resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental. This media is for information purposes only and is not intended to provide specific financial, tax, legal, accounting or other advice and should not be relied upon in that regard. Many of the issues discussed will vary by province. Individuals should seek the advice of professionals to ensure that any action taken with respect to this information is appropriate to their specific situation. E & O E. Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Any amount that is allocated to a segregated fund is invested at the risk of the contractholder and may increase or decrease in value. Manulife, the Block Design, the Four Cubes Design, and Strong Reliable Trustworthy Forward-thinking are trademarks of The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and are used by it, and by its affiliates under license. 2016


AT ONLY 22 YEARS OF AGE, Matthew Luppino, has earned awards and accolades for his work on short films. To date his films have won nine international awards. “Film-making is my passion,” says Luppino. “I still can’t believe that all of this has happened so quickly for me.” Luppino grew up in Windsor and graduated from Ste. Anne Catholic High School. His interest in film developed at an early age. He is self-taught, learning on his own before attending the Toronto Film School. After saving enough money to buy a Sony camcorder, Luppino shot his first film, “Beyond Fear,” locally in the summer before he started grade 10. It was also during high school in 2011 when Luppino founded Luppo Studios Productions Inc. “It started out as a joke and is now my biggest asset to my portfolio. This website now showcases my large collection of projects I have created with my company.” It was at the Toronto Film School where Luppino wrote and produced, “Blink of an Eye.” It is based on a true-story of a highschool classmate, Mikaela Scurto, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. During that period he had the opportunity to go to Los Angeles to work on a film, “Red Spring.” One day on the set he received a call that


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“Blink of an Eye” has gotten into the Teneculo Film Festival in the Student Short category. The film ended up competing in the Best Romance Short category and won. “It was really wild. I was only 19 and the film went viral and won at another film festival and global distribution was offered.” After 18 months living in Toronto, Luppino moved back to Windsor. His five-year plan was to purchase film-making equipment which would allow him the freedom to create his own projects and continue to work on his writing. “Never did I think I would have nine international awards at this stage of my career.” For Luppino the best films stem from a good story that connects with the audience. He specializes in the Drama and Romance genres, but also likes to dabble into many projects including songwriting, rapping, poetry, and writing novels. “I am a writer at heart, I having been writing for as long as I can remember. I really strive to showcase emotion through the art of film.” He comes up with a lot of his ideas because he is a lucid dreamer. “I actually get my best ideas when I am asleep,” said Luppino. “I have a dream journal and I write down all my dreams.

If I can’t think of an ending (for a film) or where the film is going, I go to sleep and figure it out in my sleep.” “True Colours” is Luppino’s latest film. It is a true-story following Nathan and Bailey as they discover true love. With the help of his dream journal, Nathan reveals how to show his true colours. The film was shot over three days in Windsor, Tecumseh and Kingsville with a budget of $300. It was released on September 1, 2017. “The film follows specific moments in my past with a girl that I am madly in love with. I used the concept of when you say ‘I see your true colours’ in a fight and turned that message into a positive saying, ‘I will show you my true colours. It is dedicated to a girl who has my heart.” Fortunately there is a lot of support for the film industry in Windsor-Essex. Actors and others have donated their time and talents to Luppino’s films. Luppino says he worked hard on this film and he's very proud of it. “Now that I keep winning more awards and as they keep piling up,” says Luppino, “I feel little bit more anxious every time I enter a film festival only because it intensifies every time I enter, I don't know if I'm going to win or not.” Luppino says he puts a lot of pressure on himself to win awards. As he continues to work on his writing and producing, Luppino is also focusing on promotion of his films and his studio. In many ways there has never been a greater time to be a filmmaker. The internet and mediums like YouTube and Netflix have provided new platforms to make films available. In addition, the cost of equipment has dropped. Individuals like Luppino are able to establish their own company and make films about stories they are passionate about. “It comes down to people seeing your work. You don’t need all the special effects that cost thousands of dollars. It forces you to be creative.” As part of his efforts to get more people to see his films, Luppino’s goal is to be living in Los Angeles within five years. “It can be challenging being in Windsor a long way from the heart of the film industry. I have chosen the independent route which means that I have to get my foot in the door in different ways. However, it also means that I have to work other jobs to pursue my passion. I believe that if I keep perfecting my craft it will work out for me.” For more information about Matthew, his films and Luppo Studios visit his website at WLM

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Your Budget, Your Dream, Your Reality HOME RENOVATIONS, construction projects and house flipping is stressful enough. Finding an honest contractor doesn’t have to be. When undertaking a home improvement project, it’s important to connect with a contractor who embraces your vision. House Flip INC. frequently surpasses clients’ expectations, building upon them in impressive ways – while staying within budget. As the owner of eight home improvement companies under the umbrella of House Flip INC., Brandon Cassidy has strategically assembled a well-rounded, multiskilled and dependable team that gets the job done.

“Make one call for all your renovation and construction needs, all while saving you money.” On work sites since age eight, Brandon started out helping his father Wayne Cassidy at the family business, Cassidy Home Improvement, where as a boy, he learned to build stud walls and hang drywall. Brandon would eventually build several homes with his father from start to finish. Brandon then became a landscape construction worker for 15 years in Windsor, Hamilton and Toronto before he began his Career in Toronto as a General Contractor (GC). Brandon worked directly with home owners to execute large renovation projects and new home construction and design. As a GC, Brandon would do everything from developing blueprints and hiring & ordering equipment and tradesmen to scheduling and permits and everything in between. Brandon spearheaded many projects before arriving at a conclusion that would make GC work less hectic and less expensive. His vision was to start a company comprised of all the trades needed to fully complete a new build or renovation. In doing so, Brandon would eliminate the need to hire several different companies, avoiding stress and scheduling issues as well as unnecessary overhead and saving the homeowner substantial costs. He evolved into a jack of all trades whose attention to detail helps bring the myriad elements of a renovation project together. Brandon started House Flip INC. in Toronto. In 2015, he returned to Essex County for family reasons and rediscovered the opportunity here for people willing to work hard. One small project in upscale Walkerville led to neighbouring homeowners engaging House Flip INC. for landscaping, roofing, interlocking brick installation, basement renovation and other improvements. House Flip INC., as the name indicates, is also called in by house flippers who need a turnkey company to do the construction work and prevent costly, dangerous errors.

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Believing that every Canadian should be able to enjoy homeownership, Brandon is working on establishing a local community of tiny homes. “When I lived in Toronto, I paid big money to live in a little place. Now I’m using what I learned and putting that into tiny homes. We have currently begun design and construction of two 40’ shipping containers and two utility trailers, converting them into tiny unique and custom homes. We are also incorporating solar power into each design.” Brandon’s experience with tiny homes is also useful in redoing attics and basements in traditional houses to make the most of the owners’ space,” Brandon says. Delivering style and function in compact square footage, growing non-GMO produce on the roof and building in other smart features, Brandon thinks “tiny homes will be big in Essex and Kent Counties. Priced from $25,000 to $50,000, they can help people have the security of homeownership without a large mortgage. I also want to take my knowledge to high school students and help them view homes in fresh ways.” Brandon also wants to reach out to elementary schools to share his knowledge of gardening and permaculture, using renewable resources and a self-sustaining ecosystem to grow food at home. “Permaculture is a big focus of House Flip INC. We are encouraging future generations to produce their own food while reducing their carbon footprint,” says Brandon. “Tomatoes that you grow yourself will always be better than ones you buy in the store. Not only do they taste better, but they have less of an impact on the environment because they weren’t shipped here on a truck from thousands of miles away. It’s important that we try, as much as possible, to eat locally and eat what’s in season.” For existing houses and condominiums, House Flip INC. provides complete interior and exterior restoration, specializing in kitchen and bathroom transformations, flooring, stone masonry, landscaping and decks and fences. Interior design and property management services are also offered. “We can do everything with our own people, keeping control of the costs and schedule,” Brandon says. “As your one-stop solution, we minimize overhead. Often, your budget goes farther with House Flip INC., so you can get additional projects done.” A green business, House Flip INC. repurposes pallets into feature walls, custom furniture and even decks and fences. The team drinks from reusable coffee cups, use green or recycled construction materials whenever possible, and try to incorporate restored or repurposed furniture into new jobs in efforts to clean landfills. “I strive to make positive changes, through conscientious design and our team’s artisanship and creativity,” says Brandon. Recent mega storms brought Brandon and his team into the swamped homes of local flood victims. House Flip INC. has spent months returning properties to livable condition at a substantial discovunt. The contractor says, “As a community, we have to be there for one another.” “Everything we do begins with our clients’ passion and personality,” Brandon explains. “House Flip INC. tends to attract people who are progressive, eco-minded, money-wise, imaginative thinkers. We don’t rest until everything is the way our clients want it to be.”

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Motor City Community Credit Union When You Bank Local, You Build Local Now that 2017 has come to a close and time was enjoyed with family and friends over the holiday season, it’s fitting to talk about giving back – to get out and make a difference in our communities in 2018. Motor City Community Credit Union (MCCCU) members all have different financial needs and goals. The extra effort staff takes to help find solutions and work with them along the way to help them achieve results is what differentiates MCCCU from other financial institutions. Being local is more than just a tag line; it is knowing the pulse of this community and not being afraid to take the extra step to make a difference. Whether it is with a young member starting out, a student beginning their academic journey, young couples starting fresh in marriage or a new home, MCCCU offers solutions and products to help. MCCCU has a passion to help businesses achieve their goals. BK Cornerstone is a longtime member whose experience is indicative of what can be expected. “The commercial lending group at MCCCU is fantastic,” says Brent Klundert, co-owner of BK Cornerstone, a premier home-building company and MCCCU member for over 10 years. “Coming from our experience with big banks, it is refreshing to work with this group who help us in all facets of our business. They have worked hard to understand that cashflow is king. They get beyond the numbers to find out what our company does and offer tailor-made solutions.” In fact, one of the more satisfying elements of working for MCCCU is seeing how staff go out of their way to find solutions for customers year-round. Members appreciate the quick turnaround of decisions and actions that are all made locally. The partnership with In Honour of the Ones We Love, who celebrates 20 years of making a difference in this community, is another group MCCCU proudly supports through various sponsorships and initiatives. “In Honour of the Ones We Love is both grateful and blessed to have such a wonderful and supportive partnership with MCCCU for over 15 years. Together we have made a difference in our local community! Thank you MCCCU for all you dedication, love and support to In Honour of the Ones We Love,” says Anita Imperioli, founder. The credit union movement stands apart from the many others in the financial services industry through our genuine commitment to helping the communities we serve and providing credit union banking at its best. “From non-profits and small businesses to larger companies, corporations and union groups, we are proud to have the opportunity to work with many local organizations in all

sectors that strive to make Windsor-Essex a better place” says Becky Langlois, Marketing and Community Relations Manager. As a caring local credit union our pillars of giving back to the community include In Honour, Make A Wish, Windsor Firefighters Benefit Fund, Youth, Homeless, Healthy Financial Literacy and scholarships. MCCCU also proudly sponsors the Pillars of the Community Award each year at Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. As a member of MCCCU, you have free access to over 3,000 ATMs nationally, mobile banking and all its features. Experience the credit union difference at Motor City Community Credit Union and see for yourself what sets them apart from other financial institutions. Visit, visit a branch or for small business and commercial lending, call 519-977-6939 to learn more.

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Lakeview: Where Student’s Learn, Lead and Succeed Together

Celebrates its 40th Anniversary OVER THE LAST FOUR DECADES hundreds of children have benefitted from their individualized approach to learning, small class sizes and personalized educational experiences. “The Lakeview community inspires its students to learn, lead and succeed together,” says Prof. Maureen Harris, Head of School. “Beyond the importance of strong academics, Lakeview places a high priority on the non-academic skills and work habits to reflect the social and emotional well-being of our students.” Lakeview offers an enriched, unparalleled learning experience for children aged 18 months to Grade 8. This independent school supports innovative and dynamic learning that continues to There are also several events planned expand. Most recently this includes expansion to the plaza next to the school with the Arts & Tech Academy. throughout the year that will celebrate The school is known for its sense of community and inclusivity. Students have the opportunity to find out who they are the 40th anniversary. If you attended from an early age ultimately instilling confidence and resiliency Lakeview and have any photos or as they get older. “It’s ok to be who you are and who you want to be at memorabilia that you are willing to Lakeview. We work on building self-esteem of our students from share at one of these upcoming events an early age,” states Harris. One of the things that differentiates Lakeview from other we would love to hear from you. schools is its highly qualified, passionate teachers. “We are very fortunate to have a dedicated faculty who continuously cultivate their personal love of learning into building a warm and nurturing environment. Mediocrity is not acceptable here. Together we look at what makes a student unique and promote it,” says Prof. Harris. Many of the faculty are accomplished outside of teaching at Lakeview. Faculty are committed and experienced holding Bachelor of Education degrees and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) and Montessori certifications. Lakeview is also an accredited Montessori Teaching School, accepting teacher candidates from around the world. At Lakeview, teachers understand and appreciate that every Technology plays a significant role in learning at Lakeview. In student learns differently. They work collaboratively to create learn- addition to laptops, Smartboards and Apple TV, every student has ing environments that teach to the level of every student. The cur- an iPad as a learning tool. Students are introduced to coding from riculum is unique to each child’s ability. An individually-focused grade one. Robotics is introduced to the older students as a tool to education is offered at this contemporary, progressive school. teach math, science and technology. Students from grades 4-8 parLow student teacher ratios ensure that students are given the op- ticipate in robotics and STEM competitions against other schools. timal, intimate environment to thrive. The school also produces Lakeview also offers a Culinary program, Modern Languages – proven results with students consistently rating above the national beginning in preschool, music, the arts, and wellness programs inaverage in standardized testing. Lakeview’s Middle School curricu- cluding sports. Students have the opportunity to participate in lum follows the I.B. Middle Years Program guidelines and 100% of everything from soccer to track and field using facilities in the city students who apply to local IB Programmes are accepted. including the Atlas Tube Centre and the University of Windsor. Lakeview offers exceptional proIn recognition and celebration of 40 years of outstanding educagramming that is not available at other tion in Windsor/Essex, Lakeview proudly offers several scholarships schools. This includes the Arrowsmith to eligible, new incoming elementary students. Program for students with differenti“We are delighted to be able to offer scholarships for the first time ated learning styles. Through careful in Lakeview’s history,” says Prof. Harris. “It is our way of rewarding assessment, Arrowsmith creates an in- outstanding students and showing the community how proud we dividual learning profile for each stu- are of them.” dent and then designs individualized The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. To find out exercises to target precise areas of more about Lakeview and how you can give your child the best edlearning. The goal of this program is ucational start in life, please contact Prof. Harris at (519) 735-5005 to develop effective, confident and to schedule a tour. Visit for more self-directed learners for life. information.

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While working to restore hundreds of homes and businesses damaged by flooding, fires and other calamities that have occurred over the years in Essex County, Rob VidAmour has learned never to take his own dry, comfortable home for granted. That wisdom was reinforced when his own home was hit during last August’s flood. “If you aren’t one of the many residents dealing with property losses, waiting for the completion of necessary restorations and living in temporary accommodations, count yourself lucky. If you are dealing with these issues, continue to count your blessings – it’s so easy to let these things bring you down,” says the owner of the Windsor and Leamington Winmar franchises. The local restoration specialist is currently restoring three homes damaged by separate fires. “It’s a devastating experience for the people who want to return to their normal lives. We’re doing everything possible to make that happen,” Rob says. While some problems that befall houses are unavoidable, many simple things can be done to minimize hazards. The key is being vigilant. “After the holidays, storage rooms were repacked with boxes of decorations and wrapping paper,” Rob notes. “Be careful where you store flammable items. Leave plenty of space around the furnace and hot water tank. Don’t choke off their pilot lights or you could cause flames to ignite.” People who have sump pumps should step outside and check where the sump pump’s discharge line protrudes out of the house. “If







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property owners gave the Windsor and Leamington Winmar last year, Rob and his team supported the vital efforts of several local charities in December. “We need to help one another and give back to our community,” he believes. “I’m sure we’re all ready to leave the tough stuff that hit our community in 2017 behind. My team and I wish everyone a safe and happy New Year!”

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When seeking care for acute injuries such as sprains and strains, or more specialized care for chronic conditions don’t wait hours in the ER, instead head to the Bone Joint Muscle and Spine Walk-in Clinic. Windsor-Essex residents now have access to two musculoskeletal centres of excellence—one located at 1505 Ouellette Avenue in Windsor and a brand new location at 186 Talbot Street South in Essex. “Our initial goal with these clinics was to alleviate long wait-times in our emergency rooms for acute injuries. Many patients that have been suffering from long standing aches and pains are also turning to our clinics for more expedient care,” explains clinical director John Spirou, PT, Doctor of Physical Therapy. “Today’s patients are looking for more options for care and want detailed information about their condition and treatment. Having all these services available under one roof provides a seamless experience for patients where they get answers quickly,” adds Spirou. This walk-in clinic is the brain child of a group of medical visionaries who wanted to create a more streamlined service for the treatment of muscle and skeletal injuries and to alleviate congestion and wait-times in emergency rooms. These clinics provide patients access to high-quality, efficient care. No appointments or referrals are necessary. Services are covered by OHIP and X-rays, ultrasound and advanced imaging are all available. And parking is free. “We are seeing lots of patients suffering with a variety of injuries, especially from car accidents, workplace/sports injuries and chronic pain,” says Spirou. “The focused walk-in clinic concept has really been embraced by the community and more patients are turning to us for enhanced diagnosis and treatment”. To meet this demand, the clinic has opened a second location to serve the county and added to their inter-disciplinary medical team. “We are thrilled to announce our second location in Essex and are pleased to add more specialists to our team to further improve patient care,” says Spirou. According to Dr. Ed Sabga, ER specialist at Windsor Regional Hospital and the clinic’s medical director, musculoskeletal conditions consume enormous healthcare resources. They are the most common cause of pain and physical disability and the second most common reason for consulting a doctor. “Up to 60% of people on early retirement or long-term sick leave identify a musculoskeletal problem as the reason. With the exclusion of trauma, these conditions represent almost 25% of the total cost of illness WWW.WINDSORWALKIN.COM in westernized countries and are a major

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Effective Solutions that Easily Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution to Look and Feel Great

crow’s feet and dark hollows around the eyes; those, too, can be remedied with the fillers. Comprised of a clear hyaluronic acid gel, a substance that your body naturally produces, dermal fillers are safe options. Done right, injectables won’t make it evident that you have had something done. Instead, prepare to accept compliments from friends and colleagues who notice you are looking more rested, youthful and happy. Botox can be teamed with a dermal filler or used on its own to treat wrinkles brought on by repeated facial expressions. Strategically placed injections block muscle contractions, softening and smoothening existing wrinkles and helping to prevent new ones from forming. “There are many ways we can take care of your skin concerns,” Dr. Radin says. “Come in for a no-obligation conversation about how we can help you.”

The arrival of 2018 doesn’t mean you have to live with looking another year older. Or accept the blemishes, scars, wrinkles or unwanted hair for another 12 months. Those issues and more can be resolved at the state-of-the-art Radin Skin Centre in Tecumseh. “Most people have something about their appearance they would like to change. Let us help you feel better about yourself and your skin,” says board certified dermatologist Dr. Daniel A. Radin. A tool is only as effective as the person handling it. Botox, dermal filler injectables, resurfacing lasers and other complexioncorrecting and anti-aging solutions can achieve great results when administered by an expert. Take no chances when deciding who to entrust with your skin. After all, you will see the outcome on your face or body every day, so it ought to make you smile. Rest assured that every treatment you receive at Radin Skin Centre will be done properly and safely by the well-trained team. Dr. Daniel A. Radin Dr. Radin is an expert in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Drawing on his understanding of facial anatomy, Dr. Radin combines science with artistry. “In everything I do, I strive for natural looking results,” he • Botox® says. • Dermal Fillers A leading local authority on Botox and dermal fillers, Dr. Radin uses special injec• Laser Hair Removal tion techniques. He does all injections him• Laser Skin Resurfacing self to ensure patients will be pleased with the • Medical Grade Skin Care excellent outcome. “We are the only clinic in the area with the • Lip Enhancement Micro Laser Peel and the advanced Halo • Dark Eye Circle Treatment resurfacing laser. These help with fine lines, • Photorejuvenation/Photofacial scars and the overall rejuvenation of the skin,” says Dr. Radin. • Body Contouring/Skin Tightening The Micro Laser Peel revitalizes the full • Chemical Peels face with its gentle laser-assisted skin peel. • Mineral Makeup Sun damage, enlarged pores, discolouration and poor texture can be targeted with Halo’s • Latisse Eyelash Enhancement deep dermal rejuvenation and epidermal • Microdermabrasion renewal to bring radiance to the skin. • Laser Treatments: Radin Skin Centre has a range of addiSpider Veins, Brown, Red, Age, tional lasers that deliver accurate intensity at the optimal depth, removing unwanted hair Liver Spots, Toenail Fungus and fading or eliminating brown spots and broken blood vessels. A tiny injection here and there can fill in and smooth out lines caused by time, All injectables are performed by Dr. Daniel Radin, board-certified dermatologist, for your utmost safety and best results. concentration, weight loss, chronic pain or smoking. Dermal fillers can address wrinkles and lines, as well as plump sagging areas on the face and neck that have lost volume and elasticity. Cheeks become more defined and laser & cosmetic dermatology the jawline firmer. Folds and lines around the mouth and forehead are smoothed. You don’t 13278 Tecumseh Road East Suite 103 B | 519-979-4569 | have to become resigned to thinning lips or


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Armando’s Belle River - Pizza made fresh from our family to yours, with all your favourite toppings. Other menu items available. Fast delivery. Located in Aspen Plaza. 1679 County Rd. 22. 519-727-0660 Boston Pizza - Fresh gourmet pizzas to burgers and amazing salads. We have it all. Family dining room and sports bar. 4450 Walker Rd., Windsor 519-250-7670 4 Amy Croft Dr., Lakeshore 519-739-1313 Brews & Cues - LaSalle’s premium destination for craft beer, award winning wings and pool tables. Private party rooms available for groups up to 60. Call to reserve. 5663 Ojibway, LaSalle 519-972-7200.


Casa Mia Ristorante - Experience authentic Italian food, local wines and homemade desserts served in a casual, completely handicap accessible setting. For many years, chef and owner Frank Puccio has been making lunch and dinner fresh to order. Gluten free options. Closed Sunday and Holidays. 519-728-2224 523 Notre Dame St., Belle River. Cramdon’s Tap and Eatery - South Windsor’s friendly gathering place. Offering great food at affordable prices. Satellite sports and billiards in a pub-like setting. 2950 Dougall Ave. 519-966-1228 The Dalhousie Bistro - We are a real Bistro, not a burger joint! Belgian Waffles and Eggs Benedict at Breakfast. Homemade Soups, Gourmet Paninis and Salads at Lunch. Fine Artisanal Cheeses, Pâtés, Charcuterie and Smoked Salmons. French Country Cooking at dinner. 219 Dalhousie St., Amherstburg 519-736-0880.

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Fratelli Pasta Grill - Offering flavour drenched “woodfire” grilled steaks, seafood and pasta dishes. A fresh and healthy selection of modern and time tested classics. Located behind McDonald’s on Manning Rd. in Tecumseh. Take-out, catering, private parties. For reservations call 519-735-0355.

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Fred’s Farm Fresh - Fresh fruits & vegetables, butcher, deli, cheese, salad bar, soup bar, sandwiches, hot & ready food, sushi, catering, organic, vegan, gluten-free, specialty grocery & quality service. 2144 huron Church Rd. 519-966-2241 Gilligan’s – Burgers Burgers Burgers. Including Buffalo, Lamb, Turkey and more. Great Ribs, Wings and Salads. Sundays kids eat for a toonie. 1270 Walker Road. 519-971-0204

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YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO TRAVEL to New Orleans to taste the Cajun and Creole flavours you have been craving. Nola’s – A Taste of New Orleans, located at 1526 Wyandotte St. East, is now open. Walk through the doors and you instantly feel like you are in a different city with hints of aromas from the kitchen filling the air. Owner, Chris Mickle, visited New Orleans six years ago and fell in love with the food. Three weeks later he returned to learn more about the flavours, cocktails, culture and the people. “They welcomed me with open arms,” says Mickle. “They allowed me to work with them in their kitchens and immerse myself in the culture and cooking techniques.” Nola’s is the outcome of a business plan six years in the making. “My vision has always been to create a true taste of New Orleans with its flavours, atmosphere and culture.” This has definitely been accomplished with Nola’s. Chef Rob was excited by Chris’ vision and four days later was on a plane to New Orleans to learn cooking technique and develop relationships with the chefs. Mickle drafted the menu and the chef put the finishing touches on it. Together they have created memorable dishes with flavours New Orleans cuisine is famous for. The char-broiled oysters have been a huge hit with guests and the gator bites and the lobster-stuffed ravioli have also been popular. They also feature drinks from the area including the Hurricane and a comprehensive wine list. Ironically the bartender is a New Orleanian who moved back from New Orleans to Windsor just in time for Nola’s opening. Café du Monde, a speciality coffee only available in New Orleans, is also served. The decadent desserts are made by a pastry chef. One of the most popular options is the Bananas Foster cooked right at your table. Word of mouth has already made Nola’s a popular destination for foodies in Windsor. Every weekend has been sold out. “Where else can you go in Windsor for fine-dining, decadent seafood, live jazz and creole food all under one roof?” Everything is made to order with many dishes cooked in cast-irons pans. All guests are greeted with the infamous New Orleans beads. Nola’s is perfectly located on Wyandotte street in the heart of the city. They were able to take over the former Lorelei’s location quickly as the décor was already a French cuisine theme. It had everything that Mickle was looking for, including a courtyard patio. They renovated and opened within nine days of taking ownership of the business.

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Mickle is not new to the restaurant industry. He has owned the Dominion House in west Windsor for six years and also owns his own catering company. With his solid business plan for Nola’s, his plan is to open two more franchises over the next three years. Nola’s is sure to become one of Windsor’s most popular dining experiences and a great spot for a romantic night out or to celebrate a special occasion. Mardi Gras promises to be fun-filled with the party starting in mid-January through until February featuring brass bands and other surprises. To find out more about Nola’s visit

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Joe Schmoe’s Eats N’ Drinks - Family friendly restaurant in LaSalle. Handcrafted burgers, sandwiches and salads. Fresh ingredients and house made sauces. Local wines; 12 Ontario craft and commercial beers on tap. HDTVs. Fast, cheerful service. 5881 Malden Rd. (behind Rexall) 519-250-5522


Johnny Shotz - Tecumseh’s #1 roadhouse and home of the New Chicken Deluxe. 2 for 1 wings (Sun 1-4, all day Mon). Breakfast served Sunday. 38 HD screens covering every game, 7 pool tables & 13 beers on tap. 13037 Tecumseh Rd. E. 519-735-7005 Kelsey’s - Social gathering and family friendly eatery located at 4115 WALKER RD (the old Casey’s site). Diverse menu from messy sammies, burgers, and wings with many healthy options too. Not to mention off the chart appies, bevvies, and sawwweeeet desserts! Open 7 days a week. Take out option available. 519-250-0802

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Thai Palace Restaurant - Authentic Thai Cuisine featuring local wines, daily lunch specials and weekly specials. Voted “Best Asian Spot In Windsor Essex”. Finalist in “Taste of Windsor Essex Award”. Take out and catering available. 519-948-6161. 1140 Lauzon Rd., Windsor.


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Nola’s, A Taste Of New Orleans - Located in Historic Walkerville. Cajun and Creole cuisine with the New Orleans Twist. Lunch dinner and lots of parking. 1526 Wyandotte Street East. 519-253-1234.

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Thai Time - Thai Palace’s sister restaurant. Your convenient spot for Authentic Thai Foods. Dine-in, take-out, catering. For placing orders or reservations call 519-967-1919. Gift certificates available. 3395 Howard Ave. (Kenilworth Square) Neros Gourmet Steakhouse - Indulge in the finer things in life at Neros where modern upscale dining meets traditional steakhouse fare. Fresh, local ingredients, an incredible wine selection and superb service. 1-800-991-7777 ext. 22481. Swiss Chalet – Nothing else is Swiss! Famous rotisserie chicken, ribs, roast beef and much much more. DELIVERY AVAILABLE 7 days a week. Dine in, drive thru, take out also available. Open 7 days a week 500 Manning Road 519-739-3101 4450 Walker Road 519-250-7106

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Serving Your Home Healthcare Needs WE ALL NEED A HELPING HAND at some point, especially when dealing with illness, injury or mobility issues. Comfort Mobility treats clients with the same care they give to their own family. That’s reassuring to people requiring supportive aids, such as grab bars, walkers and power wheelchairs. “Every phone call or visit to our showroom is a person with real needs looking for answers to their challenges,” says vice president Julie Fase. Comfort Mobility’s large selection of products is tested and handpicked by company founder John Fase, a 33-year registered nurse with 23 years’ experience in fitting and supplying clients with mobility solutions. “Our aim is to make each person feel as comfortable, confident and independent as possible,” he says. The need for Comfort Mobility’s products and services in Windsor-Essex County is great. Since the local family owned and operated business opened in April 2014, customer demand has resulted in the steady addition of inventory and staff. “Our clients appreciate our unbeatable prices. The money they spend at Comfort Mobility remains in our local community,” Julie notes. Registered Nurse Cliff Fauteux joined the staff in 2017, making Comfort Mobility the only local mobility company with two RNs. The Fases’ son, Jonathan, home from Kingston, is Comfort Mobility’s service manager. He originally began working in the mobility industry at age 15 and now has many years of work and life experience. With father, mother and daughter Jessica also on the Comfort Mobility team, Julie says happily, “Now we’re a complete family business!” Empowering people to move safely in their homes and beyond, Comfort Mobility sells, rents, delivers and maintains manual and power wheelchairs, walkers, rollators, folding transport chairs and scooters. Canes, crutches and other aids for daily living are available, as well. A lift chair that assists a person with sitting and standing and an adjustable hospital bed improve homecare, increasing comfort and safety. Both furnishings also lessen physical strain on caregivers. Comfort Mobility also sells and installs reliable stair lifts and porch lifts in private homes. Realizing that many people who need products are unable to get to Comfort Mobility’s store, John makes house calls. “While in a client’s home, we can see how it is arranged and what

we need to consider, such as porch steps that have become a barrier,” says John. “Simple adaptations, such as a grab bar in the bathroom or a pole placed by an armchair, can help our client feel more secure.” Most people try out products in Comfort Mobility’s showroom at 2707 Temple Dr. in Windsor, just off Central Avenue at E.C. Row Expressway. “While you’re visiting us, our certified compression stocking fitters can measure you for support stockings,” says Jessica, the customer service manager. She enjoys answering customers’ questions regarding product options so they can make informed decisions. In the service department, experienced technicians maintain rental equipment and refurbish clients’ older devices to extend years of reliable use. Products can also be viewed online at and ordered by speaking with a real person on the phone at 519-988-1234. Delivery in Windsor is free. Authorized as an Assistive Devices Program vendor by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Comfort Mobility can take care of the client’s funding details and bill Green Shield, WSIB, ODSP and Blue Cross directly. Julie says, “We want you to have everything you need to make your day better right now.”

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The Rock Steady collaborators (l-r): Andre Gorges, Border City Boxing Club coach; Karolina Gorges, BCBC coach; Lisa Nixon, Coordinator of Programs and Services, Parkinson’s Society SWO; Kevin Laforet, Regional President, Caesars; Josh Canty, Border City Boxing Club.

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NOT IN HER WILDEST DREAMS DID KAREN RYAN think she would take up boxing at the age of 75. However, thanks to the launch of Rock Steady Boxing in Windsor last fall she has become a huge fan. The Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario and Border City Boxing Club have teamed up to fight Parkinson’s disease with Rock Steady Boxing. The program was founded in Indianapolis and has spread across North America as beneficial therapy for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The Southwestern Ontario office has programs set up in Kitchener, London and now Sarnia and Windsor. “The program has really taken off,” says Lisa Nixon, Coordinator of Programs and Services, Parkinson’s Society Southwestern Ontario. “Exercise is a key element of treating


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people with Parkinson’s. Muscle stiffness, balance and speech are all affected by this disease. Boxing can be a great tool to deal with all of these things.” Participants, from newly diagnosed to those who have been living with Parkinson’s for decades, are in the ring to fight this disease. Rock Steady classes are geared to people of all stages of Parkinson’s disease, including men and women ranging in age from under 30 to over 90. Led by experienced boxing coaches and trainers, the program involves exercises that address both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Participants coming into the program may be experiencing rigidity, slow movement, stiffness, weakness and soft speech. This program addresses these symptoms with drills for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength. Non-motor symptoms such as depression, anxiety, apathy and fatigue are addressed as well. Attending Rock Steady Boxing brings clients out into a fun, non-judgmental atmosphere. “Rock Steady Boxing is a unique exercise program based on training used by boxing pros, and adapted to people with Parkinson’s disease,” said certified Coach Andre Gorges. “It involves regular exercises, such as stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, pushups, balancing and non-contact boxing.” All of the coaches for the program attended specialized training in Indianapolis. Rock Steady Boxing offers a sense of community and is fun for everyone involved in the program. “We are excited to be offering classes that help people fight back against Parkinson’s,” says Lisa. Rock Steady Boxing would not be possible without the generous support of a Caesars Windsor donation. “Parkinson’s disease has affected many people in our community, including the families of our employees,” said Kevin Laforet, Regional President, Caesars. “Our donation to the Rock Steady Boxing program represents our hope to create a level of support for people living with this disease and give them a new beginning for life.”

Since 1994, Caesars Windsor Cares has donated over $13 million in funding and inkind resources to support non-profits in their missions to positively impact the greatest number possible, in the Health and Wellness, Environment Sustainability and Conservation, Community Enrichment and Seniors. Lisa is also grateful to the Windsor Firefighters Benefit Fund who supported the program by donating defibrillators to ensure participant safety. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder resulting from the loss of dopamine in a part of the brain called substantia nigra. It is estimated that 100,000 Canadians are affected by Parkinson’s; and that everyday another 25 Canadians are newly diagnosed. While the average age of onset is between 50 and 60 years of age, it is not unusual to see people under 40 being diagnosed. Medication can lessen the symptoms, but currently there is no cure. The Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario is the voice of people living with Parkinson’s in Southwestern Ontario. Our purpose is to ease the burden and find a cure through support services, education, advocacy and research. They offer a monthly support group at

Community Living Windsor. “When I first started the program, I had trouble getting into the ring and had to be helped in. Now I can do it!” says Karen. Karen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago. She first heard about the program while watching the TV program 60 Minutes a few years ago. Subsequently, she read articles that highlighted the benefits. She is also a member of the local Parkinson’s support group and was excited to learn that Rock Steady Boxing was coming to Windsor. “I thought at the very least the program would be good exercise, but it has done so much more for me. My energy level is much higher and we have a lot of fun. The coaches are wonderful – I can’t believe that I’m doing the things I’m doing.” Marg Lavoie, aged 59, started Rock Steady Boxing two months ago. Like Karen, she was somewhat apprehensive about getting into the boxing ring. However, she has been amazed by the results and her own abilities. “It’s definitely strenuous, but my balance has definitely improved and I have more energy and sleep better.” Lavoie also finds the environment to be extremely positive and attends three times per week.

“I keep thinking that this program would be beneficial for anyone regardless of having Parkinson’s. I have muscles that I didn’t know I had,” laughs Marg. To participate in the program an intake assessment is conducted. This includes outfitting the participants with their boxing gloves and hand wraps. A medical form is also completed. “It can be scary to get the diagnosis,” says Karen. “It’s motivating to see others with the disease working hard. The environment is so positive and everyone encourages one another.” Karen also notes that anxiety, depression and fatigue can all be side effects of Parkinson’s and finds that Rock Steady Boxing helps with all of these things. “I recommend this program to anyone with Parkinson’s. You might as well have some quality of life while you’re dealing with it.” Classes run Monday, Thursday and Saturday at Border City Boxing Club. The cost to participate is $100/month. However, if cost is a barrier to participate individuals can contact the Parkinson’s Southwestern Ontario office for financial assistance. To register for a class contact Rock Steady Boxing at 519 996 5623. WLM

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Clinic Seeker Locally Developed App Aims To Shorten Health Care Wait Times STORY BY KIM WILLIS / PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN LIVIERO TRIPS TO HOSPITAL EMERGENCY rooms and walk-in clinics often mean crowded areas and long waits. Clinic Seeker, a free application for Android and iOS devices helps patients receive faster treatment using crowd-sourced data. Windsor entrepreneur, Lisa Jacobs, started developing the app after experiencing a medical emergency while in Toronto. “I was in Toronto and I broke my thumb, Googled walk-in clinics near me and was unable to find a clinic with an x-ray. I ended Clinic Seeker developer up going to the emergency room and waited Lisa Jacobs. for hours to see a doctor, it turns out there were a few clinics and an urgent care nearby I could have gone to,” said Jacobs. “I created the app to empower people to make informed choices about where they can receive care for their health care needs.” Clinic Seeker pairs users with nearby walk-in clinics, urgent care centres and emergency rooms. The app geo-locates all health care resources throughout Ontario relative to the person’s actual location and provides the services available, hours of operation, directions and estimated wait times, which are submitted by app users. The app also lists clinics associated with a family practice that won’t accept walk-in patients. Recently the app won top prize at the Tech Week YQG Digital Challenge in Windsor. “Being chosen validates all the work we’ve put in over the last year,” said Jacobs. “It’s exciting now to get it ready to expand.” The app was launched in January 2017 and early data shows that


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women have been the main users. It’s been particularly popular with hockey moms who have used it to find clinics when they travel to tournaments. “Women make 92 per cent of the healthcare decisions in a family,” Jacobs said. “The feedback has been very positive.” Soon after its launch, Clinic Seeker was selected by Libro Credit Union and WeTech Alliance to receive $5,000 in funding and mentorship as a part of the organizations’ push for regional economic growth. “The amount of support from this community has been so positive,” said Jacobs, “They recognize the functionality of the app and how it can help so many people. A lot of people go to the ER because they don’t know where else to turn. Many clinics have x-rays on site that are able to assist. I just want to help people receive faster treatment.” Jacobs says Clinic Seeker informs the public so they are able to make the best choice for their health care needs and, in turn, it could help reduce emergency department wait times. In support of the concept, WRH has posted a link to Clinic Seeker from their home page to make it easier for patients to access it. Staff can also direct patients who ask about ED alternatives to the Clinic Seeker website or app. “Having other possible options at a patient’s finger tips rather than having to come to the emergency department could help reduce the strain on ED resources and give a quicker option for non-critical patients who need care,” said WRH CEO David Musyj. Since its launch, an initial challenge is making people aware of the app and then ensuring people enter wait times into the app. However, Jacobs remains optimistic that people will catch on based on the success of popular apps like Waze and GasBuddy in which users supply real-time data on traffic conditions and gas prices.

been somewhat validated,” Hendel said of what his fellow judges liked. As the winner, Jacobs will receive 40 hours of developmental support from Splice Digital worth $5,000. There will also be mentorship and support opportunities provided in the tech community. “We know 20 per cent of people who use the ER don’t need to be there,” Jacobs said. “The app is designed to make individuals aware there are walk-in clinics or urgent care centres they can go to where the wait is a fraction of the time. Often it’s the case they are unaware there is a one near them.” Jacobs said a 20 per cent reduction in local ER visits represents 77 people a day. “The app helps individuals, but it also frees up emergency room resources,” Jacobs said. “Imagine the impact of taking 77 people per day out of ER waiting rooms.” Jacobs has even got feelers from healthcare organizations in California and Detroit about using her app to apply to their own needs. “We’re negotiating,” Jacobs said. “This app can be used in many different places. Rolling it out across Ontario, Canada is the next big goal.” Jacobs is now focusing on fine-tuning the app.

The app also has filters that allow the user to search for clinics that may offer specific things like being able to get an X-ray. “Clinic Seeker works for everybody in the health care system,” said Jacobs. “It benefits the hospitals in the sense that there’s patients there that could be seen at an alternative health care setting. It can divert non-urgent patients to be seen in a more timely manner. Jacobs also noted congestion in nonemergency health facilities. “There are patients in one walk-in clinic that has a one-hour wait, and at another clinic three blocks away there’s nobody in there. Why not let people know there are other options?” “I think that people just don’t know what’s available.” Jacobs added that travelers will find the app useful for seeking medical attention in unfamiliar places. “At the end of the day I want the app to help reduce wait times and get patients to the right place at the right time.” Future updates to Clinic Seeker will include listings for mental health facilities. Jacobs is also considering offering different languages settings in the app for newcomers to Canada. WLM *As seen in REM Magazine

“Everybody already has a phone in their hands…if you find yourself at walk-in clinic, you can quickly enter in the estimated wait time.” Starting in 2018 the clinics will also have the ability to input wait times and make any changes to their hours. “Right now, we’re checking and doing those updates ourselves,” Jacobs said. “That’s time consuming. “That portal will help clinics drive traffic to their site or re-direct traffic elsewhere if they’re full.” Clinic Seeker bested five other pitches to the five judges at the YQG Digital Challenge drawn from the tech, finance and government sectors. The presentations touched on virtual reality, marketing, travel, home and professional services and sports. Presenters’ ideas were rated on how transformative they were and on such factors as how they produce efficiencies, yield reasonable outcomes and how impactful, results-oriented, user friendly and marketable they are. Splice Digital founder Brian Hendel, whose firm sponsored the challenge, said Jacobs’ idea was a winner because it addresses a need and could have quick and far-reaching impact. “There’s a practical product built that’s

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Experience the Benefits of French Catholic Education The Conseil scolaire catholique Providence - French Catholic School Board- (Csc Providence) prides itself on offering a world-class learning environment that ensures each student receives an educational experience that encompasses French language and culture within the context of the Catholic faith. Csc Providence stands out for the top academic performance of its students, its high graduation rate and its holistic approach to education that ensures the development of the student in all dimensions of life. Its unique character, made possible through the dedication of its staff and the support of the community, enable Csc Providence to consistently perform as one of the best Frenchlanguage school boards in Ontario. Increasingly, Csc Providence finds that students have a thirst for knowledge and they are working hard to find creative ways to engage students and keep them passionate about learning. They pride themselves on staying abreast of the latest educational research and trends, and implementing innovative ways to engage their students and to prepare them for life beyond high school. “Our approach has been extremely successful in allowing us to know what to look for and determine effective practices that we can then promote across the entire Board to reach each student. Ultimately, it means a positive impact on the learning experience of our students and the school environment,” says Joseph Picard, Director of Education, Csc Providence. The Board has embraced the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL). Through this partnership, the role of teachers changes to that of activators of learning who design learning experiences that build on learner strengths and needs, create new knowledge using real-life problem solving and help all students identify their talents, purpose and passion. “The focus is around developing the core competencies of our students through 21st century learning practices,” says Picard. In addition to the manner in which students are taught, the Board’s learning environments continue to evolve. Robotics is now offered at both the elementary and high school levels. In addition to being fun for the students, staff appreciate the critical thinking opportunities it provides. Students also have the opportunity to compete in robotics competitions. The Board’s computer rooms have been transformed into centres of innovation and exploration. The opportunity for students to engage in modern learning emphasizing innovation and encouraging their creativity is an important part of the educational experience at Csc Providence.

“Teachers and students learn together in this environment that is no longer intimidating. We find that students really excel working together with their teachers. They get excited about learning and projects quickly gain momentum,” says Picard. The Csc Providence does everything it can to ensure student success. This includes academic success along with their well-being and integration into society. They also are committed to exposing students to a 21st century learning environment which means that technology plays a large role in every classroom. One of their innovative priorities is focused on citizenship and community involvement. Students understand that they have a responsibility to improve the communities they live, work and play in. “We want greater links with the community. Increasingly our students are more involved in activities and issues in the community, which is an essential component of French language Catholic education,” states Picard. Citizenship and service are integrated within the curriculum across many areas. For example, a canned food drive provides a forum to learn about poverty, economic disparity and social issues. Additionally, in a math class students can look at data from previous years and develop strategies for improvement etc. The Green Strategy has also been implemented in all of the Csc Providence’s schools. Students are encouraged to look at reducing their environmental footprint through various measures and to think of themselves as global citizens. Recently the students recommended replacing some water fountains with water filling stations. These stations offer energy savings and share with users the amount of plastic they are preventing from landing in landfills. Unlike French immersion education, everything is taught in French at the Csc Providence. In addition, as a Catholic School Board, they offer a values-based education. Essential tools and skills that will be helpful throughout life are woven into the curriculum. Currently there are 30 schools that are part of the Csc Providence. Total enrollment is 9,900 students. “We are very proud of the educational experience that we offer to all of our students,” says Picard. “Our staff are committed to hard work and providing innovative programs that meet the changing needs of our students. This includes access to sports, arts and academics combined with our commitment to strong French language and faith-based programming.” In a French Catholic school, students do more than speak; they learn in a full French environment. To qualify for enrollment at the Csc Providence, French should be the first language spoken in the home or be the language of instruction in the home. If families do not meet this criteria, they can appeal to the Admissions committee to be considered for enrolment. The interest in French education has increased throughout the province in recent years. This is a trend that the Csc Providence has experienced as well. “There are not many guarantees in life, but giving your child an opportunity to learn in a different language can only help them later in their life. Being exposed to languages has a positive impact and provides a different learning environment than they may experience elsewhere,” states Picard. For more information about Csc Providence and registration, visit



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STOP THE PRESSES! It’s here...the official story of Ford City which was around long before Windsor ever became a city and became the centre of the area’s industrial development. Former CBC announcer Herb Colling has assembled detailed information about this colorful time in Windsor’s history and presented it in an extremely fascinating book simply titled ‘FORD CITY’. Colling says it began as a two year project back in 2011 on a suggestion from Biblioasis publisher Dan Wells. Because of busy schedules, work on the book began slowly as is evidenced by the fact that it finally became a reality six years later with its release in November of 2017. It was a painstaking job. Colling did all the research himself, while Sharon Hanna who was mainly responsible for the last issue of ‘From The Vault’ collected the pictures and assisted with the editing . Like many other settlers in our city, Herb Colling was a transplant. He was born in Orillia and began travelling at an early age, having attended high school in Midland and university in both Toronto and Ottawa. His broadcasting career began at CKMP in Midland as “the weekend guy, because they couldn’t get anybody else to do it… nobody wanted the shift and nobody wanted to work for peanuts.” He worked for the CBC in Ottawa and was transferred to Windsor for what he thought would be a two year job with CBE in 1979. Needless to say, the job lasted much longer than even Herb had expected since he’s still here, 38 years later! He retired from the network in 2009. Three years earlier, he won the E.J.Lajeunesse Award for his preservation of local history.


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As a freelance writer, his travel stories have appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, the Windsor Star and the London Free Press. He’s been a stamp collector since early childhood and is currently the editor of The Canadian Philatelist, a national stamp magazine which is published by the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada. Windsor’s history has always fascinated Herb and he’s written five books about it. ‘FORD CITY’ is what he calls a culmination of his earlier efforts which generally featured some aspects of the auto industry as it pertained to this area. But cars are certainly not the whole story. Ford City was a rum-running hub, a hotbed of Communist agitation in World War ll and a thriving cultural centre for the people of the Border cities. The book takes the reader on a journey east of Walker Road which at one time was mainly agricultural land with a few woodlots and three semi-industrial buildings by the waterfront – a pork processing plant, a barrel stave company and the Walkerville Wagon Works which, at the time, was heavily in debt and nearly bankrupted. Since cars appeared to be the wave of the future, owner Gordon Morton McGregor approached maverick Detroit automaker Henry Ford about buying the property and as the old saying goes, “the rest is history.” In 1904 the Ford Motor Company began operations in Windsor and even though it didn’t sell many cars in Canada, Henry Ford’s enterprise had gained him access to the entire British empire which had markets in India, Singapore and Hong Kong…anywhere there was a British colony. And once Ford had established a foothold in the area, other carmakers and parts makers like Dominion Forge entered the fray. In fact, Walker Road had become extremely active with plants like REO and Studebaker and in its heyday, that artery was one of the largest power users in all of Ontario.

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In order to get people to their jobs houses were built close to the plant and Ford City began taking shape. It begins at St. Luke which is just east of Walker Road, over to Raymo just past Pillette and heading from the riverfront up to Seminole. With its own town hall and police department, the area grew quickly over the next 25 years. As Colling writes: “during the first two decades of the twentieth century Ford City became one of the fastest-growing, most diverse municipalities in the country. Labourers and tradesmen, from Europe and elsewhere in Canada, flocked to the area in the hope of finding a better job, a better life.” On the downside, Ford City grew too quickly and was poorly planned, resulting in a hodge-podge of businesses that weren’t compatible with each other. ‘FORD CITY’ contains 14 chapters of automotive history including a section on the 99 day strike that began September 12th, 1945, an event that would “establish unions as we know them today.” As the author writes…“these men and women successfully paralyzed the company, preventing access by management and forced the shutdown of Ford’s operations in Windsor...the actions were both visual and visceral in a bitter dispute that would figure largely in the fate of Ford city itself.” At the time, Ford in Windsor employed at least 10,000 workers. From the opening words ‘FORD CITY’ is a sentimental journey. The reader is given a detailed look at the rise and fall of Drouillard Road, which at one time had been considered to be designated as Windsor’s main street. Even today residents of the area remain fiercely loyal to their section of the city. The book begins with the early history of the area, setting the stage for major industrial development which leads to a major boom, then to a bust when Ford moves its assembly operations to Oakville and finally, the rejuvenation of Drouillard Road…more than 200 pages of material. ‘FORD CITY’ is readily available for $24.95, a small price considering the wealth of material contained between its covers. As Herb likes to say, “it’s available right here in the trunk of my car and I deliver.” It’s also on the shelves of Biblioasis, Juniper Books, Indigo and Chapters. Contact Herb by email at This book is a real page turner. Readers are guaranteed to spend a few sleepless nights as they begin their walk through the industrial heart of Windsor. Herb Colling has indeed hit it out of the park! WLM


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Entertaining sisters Yvonne and Stephanie Pilon love getting together to plan and co-host family brunches, poolside barbecues, themed birthday parties and Super Bowl bashes. “My sister cooks and I serve the food. She definitely inherited the cooking genes in the family,” admits Yvonne, who is president and CEO of WEtech Alliance. Stephanie, a lifestyle entrepreneur, “is slowly and patiently helping me get my cooking wings.” Amid “hilarious bickering,” they get the job done.

“With a sister who is vegetarian, you learn quickly the lack of veggie options at most events and social gatherings. Our veggie-friendly yet crowd-pleasing snacks are great to share during the Super Bowl.”

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Ingredients: • 2 cups of crushed cool ranch Doritos • 1 cup of all purpose flour • 1 cup of butter milk • 1 egg • 1 tablespoon of baking powder • 1 tablespoon of paprika • 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper • pickles

Ingredients: • 1 cup of mayo • 1/2 cup of sour cream • 1/4 cup of chopped parsley • 1 tablespoon of chopped chives • 1 tablespoon of onion powder • 1 tablespoon of chopped dill • Wooden skewers or chop sticks • 1 liter of cooking oil

Combine the flour, baking powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the butter milk and egg. Mix the 2 together to make a batter. Cut off one end of the pickle. Stick the skewer or chop stick inside but not fully through. Using a knife on an angle, cut the pickle creating a spiral. Coat the pickle in the wet batter. Add the coated pickle to the crushed Doritos and coat it completely. Fry the pickle for 3 minutes. RANCH DRESSING Combine the sour cream, mayo, parsley, dill chives, and onion powder in a bowl. Combine with a whisk. Cover the pickles in the ranch dressing and garnish with chives.


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Cucumber Guacamole Appetizer Bites Ingredients: • 1 large cucumber (you can peel off some of the skin in strips if you want) • 1 cup homemade or purchased guacamole • chile powder for sprinkling on top. Wash and dry the outside of the cucumber. Cut cucumber into slices that are about 5/8 inch thick. Use a melon baller to carefully scoop out the center of each cucumber slice to create a small cup. Put guacamole into a small ZipLoc bag; then carefully snip off the corner of the bag. Lay cucumber pieces out on a serving dish, with the scooped side up. Carefully squeeze out enough guacamole to fill the center of each piece of cucumber. Sprinkle each one with the tiniest pinch of chile powder.


“For me, the Super Bowl is all about football, beer, commercials and most importantly, snacks. Although these snacks could make any social gathering a hit, they are easy to make, shareable and a perfect compromise between guilty and guilt-free eating.” – Yvonne Pilon Crunchy Taco Cups Ingredients: • One 15 oz can vegetarian refried beans • ½ cup frozen corn, thawed • ½ cup black beans • ½ medium diced red pepper • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning

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DAN LANDRY D.D. DENTURE CLINIC Helping You Greet 2018 with a Confident Smile

New Year’s resolutions start in your mind and heart, then become more than good intentions when you say them aloud. Prioritize by tackling the resolution closest to the source: Your oral health. If you are like many denture wearers, your resolution might sound like this: “I’m really going to take care of myself in 2018. I’m finally going to deal with these dentures that are causing me pain every time I eat, or get loose and move in my mouth when I’m talking, making me self-conscious when I’m at work or in a social gathering.” Denturist Dan Landry is astounded by “the number of people who put up with the effects of ill-fitting or unmaintained dentures. It’s no way to live.” “There is a solution and it begins simply with you making an appointment for a free, no obligation consultation at one of our denture clinics. We’ll look at your situation and together, find the best resolution,” Dan says. After you receive your new denture or partial denture, there is ongoing maintenance to keep up. Dan recommends, “You should have your dentures checked on a yearly basis to make certain they are performing at optimal level.” Additionally, a denture should be refitted every three years because your gums change constantly. An ill-fitting denture can lead to other issues that may manifest into much larger problems. Take control and make the necessary changes to ensure denture function and comfort now and to avoid preventable problems down the road. “Of all denture prosthetics, the lower denture poses the most concerns. When I consult with my patients, they mostly complain

about the lower denture moving around when they are talking and eating. Often, such frequent movement wears on the gums and causes sores,” Dan says. “Imagine benefiting from the solution that will cure all of those issues. Envision being able to go to a restaurant and not feel apprehensive because now you can eat everything on the menu, confident that your denture will remain in place and won’t embarrass you,” says Dan. “Securing your dentures with implants will resolve your denture concerns.” The process is straightforward. The implants are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw and normally integrate with the bone after two to three months. Once your gums are healed, the denture is secured to the implants. The comfort you feel will be evident by the big, beautiful smile on your face! With the advances in denture technology, you have the advantage of various options in implant retained dentures. “We will gladly talk with you about ways that each style of implant can ultimately change your life for the better. Sitting down for a consultation with our team and getting all of your questions answered will allow you to make the best decision for your situation,” Dan says. When patients finally get their implant dentures, they can’t believe the positive differences. Quickly adapting to their pleasant new normal, patients often comment, “Why did I wait so long to get this done?” “Of course, there is a cost in achieving the best result possible. Remember, you’re worth it,” Dan says. This year, sooner rather than later, take charge and really commit to your healthy resolution. Help is conveniently at hand, with Dan Landry D.D. Denture Clinic locations in Windsor, Belle River, Essex and Chatham.

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NOW SERVING A DOUBLE HELPING OF RAW NUTRITION FOR PETS Everyone is invited to the Sat., Feb. 3rd Grand Opening of The Hungry Pooch’s second location at the Lakeshore Oasis Plaza, Unit 110 at 486 Advance Blvd. by Patillo Road. Prizes and giveaways are part of the fun. The new second location is stocking an expanded selection of raw products, including frozen treats and bulk foods. Food samples from various Canadian raw manufacturers are served in store for pets to taste.

SINCE THE HUNGRY POOCH INTRODUCED local dogs and cats to the many benefits of eating raw and natural food last year, pets and their owners have been asking for more. “We believe pet owners have responded so positively because we’ve been able to provide them with the help they need to get their pet’s diet to a healthy and natural place,” says The Hungry Pooch co-owner, Alina Sherman. Much more than a pet food store, The Hungry Pooch is also where pets can be seen for complementary nutrition consultations. “We work hard to train our staff to ensure they are certified and up to date on current and cutting edge nutritional information for dog/cat owners,” Alina assures. “We encourage people to bring their dogs and cats to our stores, where we empower them to understand their pet’s biological and nutrition needs. We will take the time to speak with each and every customer in as much detail as necessary on their pet’s individual health needs. They will receive information on where to start, what to feed and daily feeding amounts. We will also coach them on supplements, bones and treats. Raw feeding opens up a new world for them! Even for the advanced raw feeder, there's always something new.” “People trust us to guide them through their pets’ health issues that can be largely aided by proper raw diet. Several veterinarians both local and regional recommend patients to us,” Alina notes. Happily, successful transformations are common among The Hungry Pooch’s furry customers. Rescue dogs who experienced digestive problems caused by prior neglect and poor nutrition are now thriving. Debilitating degenerative joint disease has been halted in one aging dog due to raw food. An older cat who had been failing is now wowing judges at cat shows. Puppies are getting a healthy start with a balanced raw diet. “With the right guidance, it’s amazing what food can do,” Alina says. “Raw food enhances the health for dogs and cats of every age,” she points out. “Raw fed dogs are more energized, have softer, shinier coats and experience improved mobility, bowel movements and dental health." “A UK study found that dogs fed balanced raw food live an average of three years longer than dogs eating commercial dry food; their cancer rate is lower; and their quality of life is better,” Alina observes. “We all love our pets. Fresh appropriate food really can add priceless years to our time together.” “At The Hungry Pooch, we continuously update our knowledge and research of pet foods to ensure we only carry properly sourced, safely handled and balanced raw products. That keeps us on the leading edge of pet nutrition so that we can keep pets thriving,” Alina says. The Hungry Pooch carries Canadian raw brands, bones, supplements and raw feeding accessories. The Hungry Pooch also offers door-to-door delivery in Windsor-Essex County.

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Attendees look and listen for owls on a guided hike through Holiday Beach Conservation Area. 6952 County Rd. 50, Amherstburg. 7 to 8:30 pm. Preregistration required. $7 per person; $25 per family. 519-776-5209, ext. 245. Friday, 2 CONNECTIONS EARLY YEARS FAMILY CENTRE TRIVIA NIGHT

A chicken and pasta dinner, bake sale, 50/50 draw and door and raffle prizes are part of the annual Connections Early Years Family Centre Trivia Night. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 143, 1570 Marentette Ave., Windsor. $20. 6 pm. Proceeds support Connections’ programs that advance healthy development of families and kids. 519-252-9696. WINESDAY THE MUSICAL & WINE TASTING

Fri., Feb 2 and Sat., Feb. 3. Invited to sample wine tastings throughout the production, the audience can get into the spirit of Winesday The Musical, a wine-themed play by Joseph Benoit and Jenne Wason. Olde Walkerville Theatre, 1564 Wyandotte St. E., Windsor. 8 pm. $25 (includes tastings). 519-253-2929. LES BELLES SOEURS

Fri., Feb 2. as well as Feb. 4 and 7 to 11. University Players celebrates the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Les Belles Soeurs, a play that originally gave voice to Quebec working class women. Essex Hall Theatre, 401 Sunset Ave., Windsor. 8 pm, Fri. and Sat., 2 pm, Sun. $22. 519-253-3000, ext. 2808.

music by Big Louie and the Band, a silent auction, raffles, Haitian dancing and more. Fogolar Furlan Club, 1800 North Service Rd., Windsor. 5:30 pm. $75 per adult; $50 per student. Proceeds help improve the daily living conditions in Haiti. 519-564-6975. Sunday, 11 ALMEHS' MARDI GRAS HAFLA

The Almeh sisters of belly dance are hosting a community Mardi Gras-themed hafla (party) for the entire family. Riverside Royal Canadian Legion Branch 255, 5645 Wyandotte St. E., Windsor. 4 to 7 pm. 519-945-2012. Thursday, 15 WIDE AWAKE FILM SERIES INDIGENOUS CINEMA TOUR

Souvenir, a series of short films, and This River, a documentary presenting the Indigenous perspective on the experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared, are presented by activist Kyle Kematch and writer Katherena Vermett. Location to be announced. 7 pm. Free. 519-253-3000, 3481.


Sat., Feb 24-Sun., Feb. 25. Heritage Essex presents the 23rd Annual Essex Train Show, Southwestern Ontario’s biggest opportunity to see model train displays, play with interactive exhibits and shop vendor tables. Essex Public School, 72 Brien Ave. E., Essex. 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. $5 per adult; $4 per senior or teen; $2 per child; tots under 3 years old enter free. Proceeds support Heritage Essex Inc. which operates the Essex Railway Station. 519-776-9800. THE COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR

The Mission of Downtown Windsor hosts The Coldest Night of the Year walk-a-thon to raise money for its services, including feeding and sheltering hungry and homeless people in community. Downtown Mission, 664 Victoria Ave., Windsor. Two, five or 10 km walk. 5 to 8 pm. An adult walker pays $25 or raises $150+; youth pays $25 or raises $75+; no charge for participating children 10 years and younger. 519-603-2250. Wednesday, 28 CHILIFEST

Friday, 16 Big Battle of the Bands takes the stage during the Annual Rock For Dimes Windsor. Judges will decide which local rock band wins the trophy. Average Joe’s Sports Bar, 1286 Lauzon Rd., Windsor. 8 pm. $15. Funds raised support March of Dimes Canada. 800-263-3463, ext. 7336.

Leamington and Kingsville restaurants, clubs and churches donate their chili to feed Chilifest guests. The meal includes baked potato, veggies, buns, cake, coffee and tea. Prize draws. Leamington Portuguese Community Club, 217 Talbot St. W., Leamington. 11 am to 1:30 pm. Proceeds support the South Essex Community Council. 519-791-2868.

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The musicians of the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra sit alongside their Windsor Symphony Orchestra professional counterparts in concert. Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. W., Windsor. 7:30 pm. $10 and up. 519-973-1238, ext. 2.



The circus returns for the 4th bi-annual Under the Big Top Kids Gala, benefiting Windsor-Essex Care For Kids. Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Ave., Windsor. 519-985-2608. Saturday, 10 HEARTS TOGETHER FOR HAITI CHARITY GALA

Hosted by CTV Windsor’s Bob Bellacicco, the 18th annual Hearts Together for Haiti Charity Gala features dinner, dancing, live

Also additional dates. In support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor Essex, Rock N Bowl For Kids Sake is rolling at Empire Lanes in Ruthven, 6:30 pm, Feb. 23 and 1 pm, Feb. 24. The fundraiser is also happening at Rose Bowl Lanes in Windsor, 6 and 8:30 pm, Mar. 2 and 6 pm, Mar. 3. $50 minimum pledge scores the bowler two games, shoe rental, pop and pizza. Prizes. Register teams of five or 6 at 519-945-6232, ext. 12

Sap is running at John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area, where guests can make maple taffy in the snow, see how pioneers made syrup and buy maple products during the Maple Syrup Festival. 915 Essex County Rd. 50, Essex. 11 am to 4 pm. $6 per adult; $4 per child; $20 family maximum. 519-738-2029. Saturday, 24 MAPLE DINNER FUNDRAISER

Oxley Estate Winery hosts a maple-themed dinner and outdoor taffy making. Homestead interpreters talk about local maple history. 533 Essex County Rd. 50, Harrow. 6 pm. Proceeds are donated to Essex Region Conservation Foundation in aid of John R. Park Homestead. 519-738-3264.

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GM CEO Mary Barra introduces the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt autonomous car. Photo courtesy General Motors.


The Rapid Acceleration in the Development of Autonomous Vehicles

THE AUTOMOTIVE WORLD is all agog with the talk of a seemingly headlong rush towards autonomous cars, and even trucks, on the horizon. But let’s take a brief trip in the ‘way-back’ machine for a moment to put it all into perspective. While many people think that Henry Ford’s quadricycle of 1896 was the first demonstration of an “auto” mobile, Karl Benz in Germany patented his Motorwagen, a full decade before this. So the roots of what we now call the “auto industry” go back over 130 years. No one really knew what the practical applications for these essentially motorized wagons would eventually become, given that as much of each vehicle came from the local lumber yard as it did from a machine shop. As the 20th century gathered steam, auto manufacturers came and went by the dozens. Some built only one car, some actually built many thousands, but only a few survived to be successful, thriving and profitable enterprises. In many ways we’re seeing a bit of the same thing now with the rush to develop autonomous cars. Not only are most of the major manufacturers spending huge amounts of cash in this regard, a number of non-automotive companies are throwing their hats into this ring as well. What’s behind this near land-rush style stampede to autonomous cars? Simple, it’s all about the money. From several reports, there’s a belief the autonomous car business world-wide could be worth upwards of $7 trillion dollars (yes, with a “T”). When there’s a buck to be made, auto manufacturers want a front row seat. But will all of the players currently throwing their corporate hats into the ring be winners? If we learn anything from history, the answer is “probably not”. As much as the technology is advancing at a rapid pace, so too are the players with pieces on the game board. Some will be simply knocked off for one reason or another, others will be part


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of a merger, and there’ll be players who are acquired by other bigger more bankrolled entries. While the miscredited Chinese curse ascribes “May you live in interesting times”, there’s no doubt that the next handful of decades are going to see a re-ordering of the automotive industry the likes of which we have never seen before. A level 4 autonomous car can operate freely within a geo-fenced area, otherwise known as an operational design domain, generally a large metropolitan area. To get to a vehicle that can manage a cross country trip or drive the dirt trail to your cottage, you’re looking at a level 5 vehicle, and those are still quite some way away as of yet. Let’s take a look at what goes into an autonomous vehicle. Basically, the vehicle is trying to replicate, you, the driver. It needs to know where it is, where it’s going, how it’s going to get there, obey traffic signs, signals and laws (something we all, ahem, do all the time) and because it’s doing the driving and not you, it needs to know when to press on the accelerator, the brake, signal turns and lane changes, turn the steering wheel, turn on the lights and on and on. If your autonomous vehicle has an internal combustion engine (ICE) it’ll need to know when to stop for fuel and where fueling stations are. If it’s electric, it’ll need to know when the batteries need to be recharged and where it can be plugged in. Just about everything I’ve described here, we all take for granted in our normal daily routines, but an autonomous car needs to be taught how to do all of this and do it correctly. So, how does an autonomous car know how to drive? In order to know where it is, there’s a GPS system similar to what you have in your car now, or plugged into a power port and sitting on the dash. But in an autonomous car, the GPS system has to be a whole lot more precise which means a whole lot more powerful. Let’s say you’re driving on the Herb Gray Parkway. As you enter Windsor from 401, you’re in clear open territory and your GPS is plenty happy. But what

happens when you get into town and get into the tunnels. If you have a satellite radio in your car, you know that the radio loses the satellite signal in some of the tunnels. And your GPS loses track of the satellites it uses to know where you are. In your car, it’s OK, because YOU know where you are and that once you get out of the tunnel, the signals will return. But in your autonomous car, when it loses the satellite signals, the car is totally lost. What to do? We turn to the space industry. Space ships heading to the International Space Station (ISS) or the moon, don’t have roads to travel on or GPS satellites to tell them where they are. They operate on an inertial guidance system that measures motion forward and backward, left and right and up and down. That’s all fine, up to a point. In space there’s no real traffic to contend with, but on the road, there’s other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and so on. So in order for the autonomous car to “see” where it’s going it also needs to know what’s around it. An array of cameras to allow the car to see all around itself is one solution. As the saying goes “Nothing is ever simple.” Problem #1: the cameras depend on being kept clean. Rain, snow and road splash are all no-nos. Problem #2 is the images that the cameras get need some whopping enormous computing power to be able to process the images, recognize what they are and then decide what to do about them. Problem #3 is along with this enormous computing power, there also needs to be the ability to handle depth perception. Finally, throw in varying levels of light and shadows and seeing where the car is going becomes a real challenge. The most viable alternative to all of these cameras is what’s called LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging). Driving a car requires you the driver to make split second decisions. LIDAR provides a 3D image of what is happening around the car. These LIDAR units are the spinning gizmos that you see on the top of current real world autonomous test vehicles. Is LIDAR all the car needs? Sorry, no. For parking situations or even bumper to bumper traffic, good old fashioned RADAR comes into effect. Sure it’s miniaturized by many orders of magnitude from when the Brits invented it to warn them of attacking planes, but it still requires space in the car and its own computing power to work effectively. Finally, (and I’m really just hitting the highlights) really, really sophisticated algorithms (think artificial intelligence) operating with even more high speed powerful computers are used to control all of the functions of the car, process the mountains of data being generated from the LIDAR, RADAR and other systems and make decisions. All in a split second. To put it all into perspective, your laptop, tablet or even that big desktop computer you play all your games on, is leagues behind what is necessary for an autonomous car to operate on public roads, get you to your destination, do it safely and do it efficiently. At the moment a front runner in the race to have a viable SAE level 4 autonomous car for sale at your local dealership is Ford. The company themselves report that it will be “possible” for them to have a car ready by 2021, just three short years from now. Their autonomous car is the main part of a bigger plan by the folks in Dearborn called “Ford Smart Mobility” wherein they hope to lead in the fields of autonomy, connectivity, mobility, customer experience and analytics. Also up front with Ford is General Motors. New Zealand born GM president Dan Ammann has been recently quoted as saying their autonomous car will be ready for consumer application in “quarters not years”. GM’s real world testing of specially prepared Chevrolet Bolts has occurred in the hills and windy streets of San Francisco, coping with double parked cars, pedestrians, cyclists. Hometown FCA is right in the thick of things when it comes to autonomous vehicles, but they’re taking a different approach. While GM and Ford have chosen to work by themselves buying technology companies they think will help them going forward, FCA has chosen to be a team player, joining BMW, Intel and Mobileye while also supplying Windsor built Pacifica Hybrids to Waymo, the Google spinoff also working on autonomous

Above: The current Ford Fusion self-driving car. Photo courtesy Ford Motor Company.

vehicles. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne feels that a commercially viable autonomous vehicle, used in a commercial application rather than a personal transportation setting could be road ready by 2021, the same time as Ford. What about Tesla? Tesla indicates their new Enhanced Autopilot will do many things that fit the description of a level 5 vehicle. But as the world watches the rollout of the Model 3 with numerous commitments to vehicle ability and production volumes being revised and pushed back, wait and see seems to be the operative mode. And to keep things interesting, here’s a quick list of some of the non-automotive players who are entering the autonomous car field. High on this list is Uber, the ride hailing company. They’ve ordered 24,000 Volvo XC90s equipped with technology developed by Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group. Just down the road in Waterloo, Blackberry is joining forces with Baidu, a Chinese internet tech company. The Blackberry QNX system is integral to this effort. Not surprisingly Microsoft, Nvidia and Intel are in the thick of all this as well. The ride sharing company Lyft is partnering with all sorts of companies. Among them, Ford and nuTonomy, a Boston based startup spawned from MIT. German supplier ZF best known for transmissions is combining NVIDIA’s PX2 processing platform with their own ProAI self driving system. No plans to build a vehicle as such, but rather supply this system to OEM’s who’d rather buy a system than develop their own. Another automotive supplier Delphi (spun off from GM) is currently working with Audi and Intel. German suppliers Bosch and Continental are in the thick of things too. Aimotive, Aptiv, Argo.Ai, Aurora, Cisco, Clarion, Navya, Transdev, Torc and Velodyne (seriously, you can’t make these names up!) are all working overtime to carve themselves a chunk of the autonomous car business. Nobody has talked about the price of these autonomous vehicles. On those rare occasions when an automaker will even allude to pricing, the most common numbers are $8-10,000, on top of the car itself. But when you look at current costs for high end LIDAR, radar, processing computers, cameras, GPS, inertial guidance and so on, it comes to a staggering $250,000. The first self driving cars that are supposed to be on the market are only a couple of years away. Let’s see what the stickers say. I wonder what the “way-back” machine is going to say a hundred years from now. WLM F e b r u a r y / M a r c h

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FROM EARLY AGES, Mackenzie Burnett, Nicole Depooter and Maddy MacDonald all shared a love for the water. Today they find themselves competitively competing for the Windsor Aquatic Club. In addition, they have all accepted full four-year scholarships with universities in the United States. This is the first time that Windsor has sent so many swimmers to American schools on scholarships. “We still can’t believe it’s real,” says Mackenzie. “We’ve been competing and spending so much time together for so long it’s definitely bittersweet to be going to different schools next year.” “Every other day we literally have mental breakdowns about not being together next year,” laughs Maddy. Each of the young women, aged 17, started swimming when they were young. Hard work, commitment and passion for the sport account for the success they have achieved to date. This means 20 hours of practice every week in addition to attending school. They also compete in at least 10 competitions every year. Mackenzie started swimming when she was in grade six. She has been competing at the competitive level for seven years, the last four have been with the Windsor Aquatic Club. She recalls many summers being spent in the pool at Beach Grove Golf and Country Club. Eventually her parents enrolled her in competitive swimming. Like many athletes, success does not come without some sacrifices. In Mackenzie’s case this means living apart from her family. Mackenzie lives in Windsor with her grandparents and attends Ste. Anne Catholic High School. Mackenzie toured four American schools before ultimately deciding to accept the offer from Long Island University– Brooklyn in New York. “I didn’t want to go to a really big school and this team has amazing resources. Plus the atmosphere of a NCAA team is amazing!” Nicole started swimming at the age of five. Currently, she lives in Wallaceburg which means long commutes to the Windsor Aquatic Centre for practices. She has been competing in the sprint freestyle with this team for the last three seasons. She accepted the offer to attend Northern Colorado University. She likes the small


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Left to right: Maddie McDonald, Mackenzie Burnett and Nicole Depooter.

town atmosphere and also found the program to be solid and the team seems to be a good fit for her. Maddy attends Walkerville High School and has been swimming since the age of eight. This is her fourth season with the Windsor Aquatic Centre. She competes in the backstroke. She will be attending Florida State University next year. After visiting a few other schools she says she had a good feeling after visiting. Her meeting with the coach sealed the deal for her. Getting full scholarships to these schools is a journey. It is a long and somewhat complicated process. Swimmers set up profiles on a website and have to complete their SATs. Their swimming times are also captured. The program then sets the swimmer up with a school. The competition is fierce for these scholarships that are valued at thousands of dollars. The women realize how fortunate they are to be given this unique opportunity to pursue their sport and also academic goals. With their competitive nature and pursuit of excellence, they all have goals that go beyond the pool. “My goal is to get to the Olympic trials, but attending Long Island will also allow me to work on my academic goals,” says Mackenzie. She wants to eventually be an orthodontist. “Swimming has always been a big part of my life,” says Nicole. “It would be cool to go to Olympic trials but at the end of the day swimming has allowed me to pursue my academic goals.” She is considering law school. Maddy has already competed in the Olympic trials in 2016. “I would love to represent Canada and place in a final at a trials competition.” As for a career, she is currently looking at radiology. Over the last few years, the Windsor Aquatic Club has made huge strides in their competition results. They moved from division three to division one in one year. Many, including Mackenzie, Maddy and Nicole, attribute the success to coach Mike McWha. As a swimmer who has competed at the Olympic level, Mike understands what is needed to be successful. “Mike is able to read us really well,” says Mackenzie. “He is able to see the little things in our strokes that we need to improve on.” “Mike is a big inspiration to all of us,” says Maddy. “He went to the Olympics in 2000 and has lots of swimming knowledge. He is always finding new things for us to do in practice and keep us challenged and motivated.” Mike is originally from Windsor, and has been involved in swimming since the age of 8 and has 16 years of competitive swimming under his belt. Mike has been coaching for

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over 10 years, most recently at the Markham Aquatic Club where his swimmers have medaled at Provincial Championships and Age Group Nationals, breaking National Age Group Records along the way. Mike was named as a Swim Ontario Female Age Group Coach of the year in 2012. Mike has coached swimmers at every level ranging from developmental to national. Mike's philosophy caters to each individual with a strong emphasis on proper technique and aerobic fitness. “It doesn’t matter what your swimming goals are, I will work with you to help achieve them.” During the season the women only have three weeks off when they are not in the water. They laugh as they recall the withdrawal they experience. “After three weeks off we need to get back in the water,” says Nicole. “It’s just always been such a big part of our lives, we don’t know any different.” Over the years the women have all experienced various injuries. However, they have been able to persevere in spite of them. One of the other dimensions that can affect an athlete’s performance is nerves. This is something that all of the women have faced. However, they are in agreement that their best times have happened at competitions when they were not thinking about their times. Mike is extremely proud of the women’s accomplishments. However, when asked about three members of the team receiving full scholarships next year he remains modest. “It’s definitely awesome that these three ladies have gotten these scholarships. However, it should be a normal thing for members of this team to get scholarships. This is what we are trying to build at Windsor Aquatic Club.” He continues to be impressed by the level of competitors that he sees joining the sport. “It takes a huge amount of dedication, skill and discipline to achieve excellence.” When it comes to his coaching style, Mike shares that a coach should be three things; feared, respected and admired. These are all things that he strives to achieve. “I can relate to the athletes, but we also have fun together and also know when to get down to work.” For their part these women know that much work needs to be done before they start packing for college. “It still feels surreal,” says Maddy. “Right now we are focused on the next competition and doing our best.” WLM







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