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local real estate market update
deceptively quiet in Terra Cotta
stylishly new in Caledon East
fresh from the book garden
reflecting on top of the morning
SouthFields Village farmers’ market
Caledon’s village gatherings
garden your way to optimal health
where kids paint like the pros
elite athletes’ approach to hydration & diet
bulging beagles, full-figured felines & novel nutrigenomics
Inglewood farmers’ market under new management
get creative with Caledon Arts this summer
children & nature
Caledon’s Icelandic Horse World Championships contingent 36 artist to watch: Jeremy Guy
reconnecting purpose through teaching and doing
showing off local to celebrate silver
discussing financial risk assessment
is your business prepared to tackle unwanted hurdles
the role of an executor
healthy food for all in Caledon
come for the savings stay for the health
blaze into summer with outdoor entertaining made easy 50 what a small town
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fleeting moments & afterthoughts: rethinking school
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ABOUT US chief idea realization expert Yevgenia Casale copy editor Eleonora Tartakovsky contributors
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editor’s soap box:
Hungry for summer... Welcome to a rather lengthy letter from the editor. This issue certainly has a plethora of good reading and we had a lot of fun putting it together for you, especially that Blaze in Kitchen spread; we’d hate to let great food go to waste. But what really kept us busy since the last issue was pulling together this summer’s first ever SouthFields Village Farmers’ Market. At the time of printing we have twelve confirmed vendors, a dedicated steering committee and made arrangements for on-site cooking demos. So if you see something that you have no idea what to do with (and you will, because there will be stuff there that never makes it to grocery stores), you will have access to expert advice ready and waiting to answer your questions. In case you aren’t in the habit of carrying cash, don’t worry: you’ll be able to purchase market bucks with your credit card at the market. Just visit our admin stall. While you’re there buy a reusable bag in which to take home your goodies. Each bag is your entry for a draw to win prizes from local businesses (draws will be held weekly). So you see, we’ve had a bit of a divided focus this past spring. Then again, we were working on the issue all along because we needed to get everything sorted out in order to make sure that you could be the first to meet our market vendors. By the time market day rolls around we’ll have a few more to add to the roster but those who have committed so far are presented for your enjoyment in these pages. from an early morning musing
On a sunny winter morning, with the only ones awake being me and the sun, I went on Facebook and put out a random thought: wouldn’t it be nice if we had a farmers’ market in SouthFields? I guess the winter had been getting to me and on that particular morning the warmth coming through my windows was a welcome change. With the household fast asleep I mused these thoughts via my keyboard. Now, I have my followers on Facebook and Twitter but I didn’t expect the response. I’ve never seen something I had to say go viral like this. So I guess we were putting on a farmers’ market. That’s exactly how it started and over the next several months I’ve been feverishly learning and organizing, getting ready for the July 4th Opening Day. my rapid learning curve
In between then and now I have learned that some words like “locally grown” and “food terminal” are best spoken with great care and attention to who is listening. I also learned once again how willing my neighbours are to pitch in and bring to fruition community engagement initiatives. I’ll be honest, initially I was worried: how in the world was I supposed to pull together a farmers’ market without any farmers? But you know, it wasn’t that hard to convince them. All I had to do was tell them where we wanted to hold it. SouthFields and its
surrounding communities of Valleywood, Anthem, Stonegate are full of people who are excited to be within a short walk, bike ride or even drive from the venue. the where of the matter
The venue was another big question mark. SouthFields has some dead-end streets, yet-to-be-developed fields and a school with a parking lot. Together with the Town’s help we explored every option but, in the end, decided on the convenience of the SouthFields Village Public School parking lot. Principal Matt McCutcheon is forever the champion of community engagement and his support was invaluable. Getting the Peel District School Board to agree to an abnormal summer hour parking lot rental was no small task but Mr. McCutcheon, a true visionary, espousing the many benefits of supporting the community in this way, successfully gained approval for us. Ending in mid October, the market season will stretch into the new school year, offering many learning opportunities for the kids to take advantage of. We look forward to working with the school to support their initiatives in this area. sensitive topics
Back to the question of locally grown versus food terminals. Turns out that as farmers’ markets become successful they tend to attract unscrupulous vendors, who do a good job of talking like growers but, in actuality are strictly resellers. “They live in apartment buildings and load up their trucks at the food terminal. They ruin it for everybody,” was the sentiment that I heard over and over again. “They buy the same things that the grocery store buys, from abroad, and pass it off as locally grown and even organic produce at the market, at elevated prices.” I learned early on that the best this to do in order to combat this threat is to pay each vendor a visit at their farm, to make sure they have one, and to limit the number of stalls a vendor can have to no more than three. I was told that your typical honest grower won’t need more than that and resellers won’t be satisfied with just three. I also learned that the word local has many definitions. Some are more stringent than others. To be perfectly technical, local to Caledon would limit what we could sell to pretty much squash, apples and strawberries. I exaggerate a little bit but not much. So, we decided to be a bit more liberal with the definition: if it’s from Ontario, it’s local because “good things grow in Ontario!” caledon’s independent grocers
Now about the food terminal: many of us see it as a place where things get brought in from countries like Peru and Guatemala. Actually, the food terminal has sections where large local growers go to market, as well. Caledon Spectrum advertisers such as the family-run grocers Garden Foods (Bolton) and Rock Garden Farms (Caledon East) and, restaurants like Da Paolo’s, have trusted staff or family members who get up at 2 a.m. every day, except for Saturday, to drive down to the terminal and pick from an assortment of locally grown produce, from Ontario
They do also buy from beyond Ontario but follow a strict hierarchy: first Ontario, then the rest of Canada, then USA and only go beyond that as a last resort. Garden Foods’ broker for Chilean and Peruvian imports deals with the only grower who does not fumigate their product. Garden Foods owner Piero tells us that they sometimes purposely choose not to carry products their customers are looking for rather than offering something from a disreputable grower or country or putting something out for sale from that is of poor quality. Even at the food terminal our local grocers enjoy preferred relationships with growers, often going on farm visits to verify production standards and attention to quality. Pino, the buyer for Garden Foods says, “I love the relationships that we build. We can custom order variety based on what our customers want.” ethical buying
Knowing a grower’s ethics is something both Garden Foods and Rock Garden Farms pride themselves on. Each says they like dealing with smaller growers, based on quality rather than volume. “Dealing with local farmers we can come closer to what we think are quality products,” says Piero. advantage of the personal touch
Our SouthFields Village Farmers’ Market is definitely one where we’ve taken great care to gather quality local growers, as well. But let’s also remember that a community market is not just about food. It’s about the experience. Though markets are definitely busier on warm, sunny days, many people go when it’s raining, too. Anybody who loves to cook knows that every good meal tells a story. If this is not something you have tried before, you owe it to yourself to find out why they are so committed. Handing money directly into the hands of the person who grew and picked your ingredients is a special feeling. It’s like the difference between getting a hug from grandma versus Skyping with her; it’s like the difference between smacking the tennis ball with an actual racket versus using the Wii remote. when and where
The SouthFields Village Farmers’ Market runs Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., from July 4th to October 10th in the parking lot of SouthFields Village Public School (110 Learmont Ave., just north of Mayfield off New Kennedy Road). For details visit: caledonspectrum.com/2013-farmers-market/. But don’t let all this talk of markets and growers fool you. True to our name, these pages speak of much more than where your food comes from and how you can enrich your culinary experience. It’s just that with the warm weather now upon us we can’t help but hunger with excitement for the bounty of the fields. Have a delectable summer and see you at the market! Warm regards,
Editor, Caledon Spectrum Chief Idea Realization Expert, PRAS Publishing ...and Market Manager, SouthFields Village Farmers’ Market page 7 . volume 4, issue i . summer 2013 . CALEDONSPECTRUM
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David Tilson MP Dufferin-Caledon Dear Constituents, Summer is upon us and we’re now beginning to make plans with family and friends to celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday. We have much to be proud of as Canadians, including our economic standing in the world. Canada is in the best fiscal position in the G-7 and our government remains on track to balance the budget in 2015-16. Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on this successful performance and ensures our continued economic growth and prosperity. On March 21st the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, delivered Economic Action Plan 2013 to Canadians. It focuses on positive initiatives which matter most to Canadians: support for job creation, economic growth, and returning to balanced budgets. Since 2010 our government has taken significant steps to reduce government spending and as a result, government spending this year is expected to be over $11 billion lower than planned and the savings grow to almost $16 billion in 2015. Our plan to return to balanced budgets is working - in the past two years we have already cut the deficit by more than half. Job creation is a priority for Canadians. Canada has created over 950,000 net new jobs (90 per cent full-time and nearly 80 per cent private sector) since the depth of the global recession in July 2009. During this period, Canada has had the strongest job creation record in the G-7 and our unemployment rate is at its lowest level in four years, while also being significantly lower than that of the United States—a phenomenon that has not been seen in nearly three decades. Our government recognizes there is still work to be done for job creation and strengthening Canada’s economy, which is why Economic Action Plan 2013 includes: • increased skills and training support, including the new $15,000 Canada Job Grant, to help more Canadians find highquality, well-paying jobs; • tax breaks for manufacturers who buy new machinery and equipment to stay competitive, and an extended ‘hiring credit’ for small businesses who create jobs; • record $70 billion federal investment in infrastructure across Canada, including; roads, bridges, subways, rail lines, and ports; • major investments in research and technology; • new tax relief for Canadians who give to charity, adopt a child, or rely on home care services; • elimination of ‘import tax’ tariffs on everyday items such as baby clothing, sports gear, and exercise equipment; • and much more. Economic Action Plan 2013 continues to position Canada as a global economic leader. For more information on the Plan, please feel free to visit www.budget.gc.ca/2013/home. Please also feel free to contact my Bolton constituency office at 905857-6080 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any federal matters. I wish you and your loved ones a safe and enjoyable summer! .CS page 9 . volume 4, issue i . summer 2013 . CALEDONSPECTRUM
letters from caledon town council
Marolyn Morrison Mayor, Town of Caledon This spring, I attended an excellent presentation at the Caledon’s Senior’s Advisory Committee about “Creating an Age Friendly Caledon” and, specifically, how important it is to plan now for the needs of a new generation of older adults. Like all other communities, Caledon needs to prepare for the inevitable demographic shift in our population. In 1961 one in fourteen Canadians was over 65 years of age, about 7% of our overall population. By 2011 the ratio had increased to 14% and by 2031 nearly one quarter (25%) of Canadians will be over 65 years of age. This is a startling certainty that we, as municipal
decision-makers and managers, must thoroughly understand and plan to accommodate. The harsh reality of an aging, retiring population is that all levels of government will face higher demands for services and a consequent increase in costs; while facing reduced tax revenues from fewer taxpayers. There are a number of approaches to evaluating a community’s preparedness to meet the needs of its aging population. The Town of Caledon is examining each of them carefully and I have established an ad hoc committee to review the “age-friendliness” of Caledon within the principles espoused by the World Health
Gord McClure Regional Councillor Ward 2 One of my responsibilities as councillor is to serve as a member of the Caledon Library Board. Recently our Bolton branch had a huge book sale at very good prices. The sale, I believe, was a great success. We have a number of branches in the Town and the one we have in Ward 2 is in Valleywood. If you or your children have not visited it yet, I recommend that you try it. It has a great selection of books and also stocks movies. You may be surprised at what else you will find and the staff is very helpful. Reading is still the best way to appreciate any subject. As you will agree, we can give no greater gift to our children than the ability to read. (You can’t use a computer to its fullest extent unless you read well). With the ever-rising cost of printed materials, libraries are coming back into their own once again and I and the Council encourage you to assist your children in using them. Our Fire Department and Police are great in assisting us to keep our children safe but a great deal of their future will be decided by the ability to read and speak well. As a new community, additional services such as a new library cannot be reached over night. My goal is to try to bring a new library to you and your family. Please use and enjoy the facilities we have until this goal is reached. .CS
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Organization. We need to ask ourselves if we are planning ahead to meet the needs of all our future residents in terms of: both active and passive transportation; accessible and affordable housing; social services; recreation and health care. I will be meeting with all major developers in our community to seek their cooperation in designing homes that promote aging-in-place. I will be encouraging developers to consider Universal (or Flex) Design: a broadspectrum solution that produces buildings, products and environments that are usable and effective for everyone, not just people with special requirements. I look forward to Caledon being at the forefront once again as we begin today to evaluate the community’s age-friendly status, adjust our plans and establish proper priorities to meet the future needs of all of our residents. .CS
Stan Cameron Peel District School Board Trustee While saying that many Caledon area public schools are “on the move” does not necessarily mean they are moving physically, in the case of Alton Public School it means the hole in the ground on the property of the current school is soon going to sprout a new school building. Yes, it’s true. The Peel District School Board’s planning department has its eyes firmly set on opening the new Alton Public School (K to 6) building on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. This is a very exciting time for the Alton community. Principal Andrew Greenhow has a finger on the pulse of the new building construction timelines and brings a wealth of experience, care and creativity to this little school with a big heart. The children of Alton will enjoy watching their new school building grow every day this summer. grand opening
SouthFields Village Public School hosted its official opening on Thursday, April 25. There were two ceremonies to celebrate the opening of this beautiful new school: one during the day for the students, teachers and staff and one in the evening for parents and community members. Principal Matt McCutcheon is a visionary leader with ideas to help SouthFields Village PS and its community grow together. offering many ways to learn
Humberview Secondary School in Bolton is one of the best examples in the Peel District School Board of a composite school. This means it is a school that offers a variety of ways for students to learn. With our understanding today that not all students learn the same way or at the same pace, school boards look for ways to ensure that all students feel included, supported and enthusiastic about learning. Humberview SS offers just that; many ways of learning. Humberview SS offers regular stream classes for students pursuing college, university or an apprenticeship, classes for the enhanced learner, French immersion classes, extended French classes, two specialist high skills majors: one in transportation and one in health & wellness, a Vocational One class and a Vocational Two class. Congratulations to Principal Rick Tredwell and all of the Humberview staff for opening their doors and hearts to all learners. .CS
Doug Beffort Area Councillor Ward 1 Welcome to summer. May your days be warm and dreamy! Congratulations to the SouthFields Community on initiating another farm market for Caledon. This venture will certainly complement the already blossoming market areas in Bolton (Saturdays) and Inglewood (Wednesday evenings). Ward 1 invites you to join us during the days of summer. Take time to explore the Forks of the Credit Park, the Belfountain area and the arts activities in Alton at the Alton Mill. Explore the businesses in Inglewood as you ready yourself to walk, run and ride our beautiful Caledon Trailway. Golf awaits you at Caledon Country Club, Osprey Valley Resorts and a number of smaller venues such as Orangeville Golf Club in Melville, Mayfield Golf and Banty’s Roost. Enjoy lunches and dinners in our villages and take part in the myriad of activities presented for your pleasure. The Annual Agricultural Fair at the Caledon Village Fairgrounds takes place on June 7, 8 and 9. Prepare yourself for the annual Aecon/ LaFarge 5 km run/walk on September 14. Tours of the pit areas are available for your education. Avid golfers are reminded of the annual Caledon Council Community Golf Tournament held at Osprey Valley Resorts on September 11, 2013. This year’s event major recipient is the Headwaters Hospital, celebrating its 100 years of service to our communities. As your representative on the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Board I encourage you to bookmark and use the terrific website established by Headwaters Tourism at thehillsofheadwaters. com. You can find many interesting activities and places to visit. If you would like to be kept up-to-date on many of the activities in our Ward 1 please feel free to e-mail me at doug. email@example.com and ask to be placed on the list for my weekly update and newsletter. The goal of my weekly musings is to keep folks up to date on what is happening in their community and to celebrate one another. Have a great summer! .CS
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Local real estate by Michele Skawski The real estate market in Caledon had a slower start this year than last but last year people were buying early to beat the changes in the mortgage lending rules. This year we had the winter that wouldn’t end! Yes, the weather does play a role in selling real estate in Caledon. The ‘spring market’, which usually starts in February, didn’t get underway until April. With 109 sales, we did a good job of catching up on sales in April, leaving the number of sales Year-To-Date at 263, only nine properties (3.4%) less than 2012. Prices, on the other hand, averaged at $575,926, which represents a 1.88% increase in average price over the same period last year. This compares to a 2% drop in the number of sales across the GTA from the same time last year and a 2% increase in the average price.
Of course, most of the real estate news heard by the public is based on activity in the bigger centres. I frequently remind people that the Caledon market is very different than Toronto. For example, a recent article stated that buyers were heading to the suburbs to avoid being hit by the double Land Transfer Tax assessed against homebuyers in Toronto. This activity moved home prices in an upward direction however the MLS Home Price Index shows that Brampton and Mississauga both experienced an increase in price of more than 4% over the last year, while Caledon only recorded an increase in price of .79%. It can be confusing for homeowners to keep track of the value of their property or even market conditions as there are various criteria for assessing the market and the GTA news covers such a wide
area. The MLS Home Price Index is a relatively new report to Ontario that has been used in British Columbia since the 90’s. It uses a sophisticated statistical model, in which the price of a home is estimated based on both quantitative (e.g. number of rooms, bedrooms etc.) and qualitative (e.g. finished or unfinished basement) features. Realtors® now have access to these figures on a monthly basis and can use the information available to provide homeowners with more accurate price estimations. The Bank of Canada is predicting growth of about 2.5% in the second half of 2013 with expected annual average growth projected at 1.5%. As of publication date, the target overnight interest rate was held at 1% giving every indication that 2013 will continue on its current cautiously optimistic path. .CS
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Of note in Terra Cotta dinner for twelve draw Calling all foodies! This is a fabulous, not to be missed opportunity to win dinner for twelve (12) personally prepared by the renowned chef Roberto Florindi of The Terra Cotta Inn. If you have never dined at the Inn and more so if you have, you will know that this is an unique experience for you and eleven guests to enjoy a sumptuous four course meal served in the intimate and private Victoria Dining Room. Only 200 tickets available and they are selling quickly. Don’t be disappointed. Draw will be held June 22nd during the Grand Re-opening celebrations (see below). Winner will be notified and does NOT need to be present to win. Tickets $50.00. Contact Sylvie 905.877.9752 or Yvonne 905.702.0480 to get your tickets now! grand re-opening of the terra cotta community centre celebration Saturday, June 22, 2013. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ribbon cutting, speeches by dignitaries, light refreshments, a video presentation, historical display and guided tours. All this and more as the celebration is still in the planning stages. You are warmly invited to join us and be part of this historical afternoon! ninth annual le tour de terra cotta bike race Monday, August 5, 2013 Winner of the Best Festival and Event for 2012, The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association. This event puts Caledon on the cycling map for the Province of Ontario. Offering the largest cash purse (male/female equivalent) events for cyclists of all ages and abilities and an unparalleled spectator experience. Viewing the signature race has been compared to viewing a stage of Le Tour de France and other prestigious European road races. Live the experience right here in Caledon! Concession, barbeque, kids zone, exhibit area and licensed patio on the terrace of The Terra Cotta Inn. Visit www.letourdeterracotta.com for more information. Family friendly event with complimentary shuttle bus from parking. Volunteer and Sponsor opportunities available, contact race founder Ted Webb firstname.lastname@example.org. seventh annual terra cotta community centre golf tournament and dinner banquet Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Golf the beautiful Caledon Country Club and dine on the terrace of The Terra Cotta Inn. Silent Auction. Registration: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m./ Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m./ Shotgun Start 1:00 p.m. sharp. Individual $165.00, Foursome: $620.00. Don’t Golf? Don’t Despair! Take advantage of the dinner only option $45.00 Join us for a delicious dinner and social evening on the terrace. Cocktails: 6:00 p.m./ Dinner: 7:00 p.m. Reservation required. Consider a Hole Sponsorship or Prize Donation. For more information or to register contact: Yvonne Sanchez 905.702.0480 or email@example.com.
community infraspectrum: terra cotta
Deceptively quiet and out in full bloom by Donna Cragg
This summer Terra Cotta is coming alive with a list of exciting upcoming events sure to entice visitors to this picturesque hamlet in the southwesterly corner of Caledon. The winter and spring months were deceptively quiet in Terra Cotta. The Terra Cotta Community Centre was abuzz with activity as the renovation of the heritage 1862 hall continued virtually unabated almost every weekend all winter long. After two decades of dedicated effort, this building at the heart of a community, is nearing completion and is available to rent. Over 4,500 volunteer hours have been devoted to the hall reconstruction since October 2011 and now several functions have already been held in the new space including its first wedding ceremony, a family Christmas, a 65th birthday party, and an impromptu community potluck; word of which spread quickly neighbour to neighbour attracting over 90 participants eager to see the renovated space. A remarkable turnout, far exceeding the originally anticipated thirty people. The feedback has been outstandingly positive. Yoga has also moved back home from its temporary facility at the Terra Cotta Inn Tea Room to 18 High Street, with classes being offered three times a week. Further work is still needed and additional capital funds required to complete the heritage exterior wood siding in the original profile, the landscaping and finishing touches on the kitchen. This could be the ideal space for your next function. Foe rental inquiries, contact Jen Lusby at 905.702.1056. Yes, Terra Cotta is alive with plans for a whole summer of fun. Mark our events on your calendar and join us for one, or for all. Experience Terra Cotta’s particular brand of hamlet charm and small town camaraderie that communities all across Caledon are famous for. For details visit terra-cotta.ca. .CS Terra Cotta residents couldn’t wait to break in the new community centre with a pot luck that everybody turned out to.
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local infraspectrum: bloom fashion boutique
Stylishly new You know a fashion boutique has figured out how to tap into the pulse of its community when it’s tough to find the shop devoid of clientele. Such is the case with the little gem that recently opened up in Caledon East. Bloom Fashion Boutique, located in the same plaza as Carusi Hair Salon and Rosa Chiefari’s accounting practice, is having a Grand Opening on June 8th. Shop owner Melissa Lester is working with Naomi of Caledon Travel to plan a joint celebration since both businesses are new to the plaza. Bloom embodies Lester’s passion for style and design. She’s been working toward its creation for years, including her academic training in fashion marketing and merchandising. At Bloom Fashion Boutique elegant fashion sensibilities are manifested in accessories and urban casual wear. “Women of Caledon no longer have to travel to the city to achieve their up-to-date, optimal look,” says Lester. Bloom Boutique carries a wide assortment of popular, sought-after labels for jeans, tops, sweaters and accessories. In addition, Melissa works with private labels to design clothes specifically for her clientele. The clothes are not only stylish but cross-generational, as well. Ladies who buy for themselves come back because their mothers or daughters want the same thing. That’s a nice problem to have for an emerging local business. .CS page 17 . volume 4, issue i . summer 2013 . CALEDONSPECTRUM
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Fresh from the book garden by Donna Kamiel-Forster Consumed by Sarah Elton
By 2050, the world population is expected to reach 9 billion people. The challenge of feeding the population has already been compounded by climate change, which will increasingly wreak havoc on our ability to produce our food. At the same time, we have lost touch with the soil. Few of us know where our food comes from or how to grow it, and we are at the mercy of multinationals that control the crops, putting our future at risk. In her new bestselling book, Consumed, award-winning writer Sarah Elton walks fields and farms on three continents, investigating not only the potential, and very real threats to our food, but also telling the little-known stories of the people who are working against time to create a new and hopeful future. From the mountains of southern France to the highlands of China, from the crowded streets of Nairobi to the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, we meet people from all walks of life who are putting together an alternative to the industrial food supply that we have grown accustomed to piling into our shopping carts. In the arid fields of rural India a small farmer has transformed her community with organic agriculture by selling her food to her neighbors; in a Toronto laboratory scientists are breeding a new kind of rice seed they say will feed the world; we learn of Italy’s underground food movement; university grads are returning to the fields in China, Greece and France and; in Detroit scraps of vacant land are used to plant kale and carrots. Food might be the problem but it is also the solution. The food system, as we know it today, was assembled in a mere handful of decades so if you can build it that quickly, you can tear it apart in the same amount of time. Elton lays out the targets we need to meet in the coming years.
As the calendar moves towards 2050 it is the stories she tells that give us hope for avoiding a daunting fate and help us believe in a more promising future.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey Fans of Hunger Games, Maximum Ride, The Host, The Passage and I Am Number Four, will be thrilled with The 5th Wave. Like in those books, there are strong male and female characters; the world is in jeopardy and it’s up to the strength and resilience of the youth to save it. The story is cleverly executed and simple: aliens have come to Earth to wipe us out so that it can belong to them. There are many books and movies with that theme. What makes this different is the insidious way the aliens have gone about it. It came in four waves: initially the power was knocked out and we became helpless; disease finished off billions of people; violence did the rest. Those who survived the first waves huddled in groups, making it easier for the aliens to find and kill them. Since the aliens look exactly like humans, people began killing anyone who was suspect. Amidst the main characters is fifteen year-old Cassie. Her mother died of the disease in the last wave. She, her father and her brother moved to a compound for safety. There Cassie witnessed the death of her father and all of the other adults. So she ran off alone to survive in the woods. Along the journey we meet Ben Parish, a crush from the past and now a soldier; Evan Walker, who helps Cassie out in the woods and a host of other minor characters. It is a story of survival, human resilience, betrayal and the question: what makes us human? It unfolds from alternating characters’ perspectives and is so convincing that
the reader learns to mistrust everyone. When we discover what the 5th Wave is we are both disgusted by the aliens’ actions and enamoured of the author’s creativity. Highly recommended for readers 14 years of age and up.
The Dinner by Herman Koch This book is excellent book club fodder, with lots to discuss about the central plot and even more about the characters. Narrator Paul Lohman and his wife Claire are meeting Paul’s brother Serge and his wife Babette at a very exclusive restaurant to discuss a rather distasteful subject: Their sons Michel and Serge have done something terrible. A YouTube video of it has been uploaded but the boys are not readily identifiable. The parents have gotten together to figure out what to do but much of the dinner is spent avoiding the subject. At first the reader can identify with Paul’s rants about entitlement and opulence. But then things start to go off the rails. You would think that once what the boys did is revealed the rest of the book would revolve around that but, not so! The deed is but the catalyst for the revelations we are about to discover about the characters themselves and they prove to be quite shocking. .CS
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Where other meals may need a special occasion to warrant dining out, the break from last night’s fast is often reason enough. local infraspectrum: highpoint cafe
Reflecting on top of the morning dining by Freyda Tartak
Breakfast. I love going out for breakfast. Though not something I do everyday, this ritual of celebrating the break from my corporal reliance on sleep is one that I have always treasured. It is particularly satisfying when done as part of a gathering. After all, where life dictates whom we do or don’t dine with at every other time in the day, breakfast is unique in its ability to afford more choice in that department. I get to decide how early to get up, so I can always make the time in ways otherwise unthinkable. My favourite is breakfast with the little people, watching their faces get smothered with the whipped cream that topped their crepes, or the jam that covered their homemade toast, or the eggs that seemed to cover their plates on arrival but vanished so quickly that they start to steal things off of mine. When they aren’t with me, I love to gather with people who have something
to say about love, life and art. I’ll leaning back in my chair as I sip my coffee and gossip about everything under the sun, occasionally leaning in with eyes wide open as I stuff my face with a spinach and feta omelette and listen to what they have to say. I love breakfast dates almost as much as I love finding new places to have them at. One around here that has topped my list for a while is the Highpoint Café. It’s only open Fridays to Sundays making the times that I can go there all the more special. It’s located up Hurontario, half way between Caledon Village and Orangeville and, when I go, it never ceases to amaze me that despite how busy she is Jolanta welcomes me as though I’ve just come home. Her food is always fresh, homemade and authentic in that special Eastern European way. You won’t find anything like it anywhere else in Caledon. Soups from the old country and breads
baked fresh and on-site from locally sourced ingredients. If gluten-free is what you’re looking for then this is the place for that, as well. I love the crepes: filled to the brim, sprinkled with icing sugar, with a dollop of whipped cream and homemade jams on the side. But most of all I love the atmosphere. It’s just big enough for a gathering with a group or to find a quiet spot for yourself. Yes, I love breakfast: especially at Highpoint Café. It’s the closest I’ll get to having a proper brunch at home without having to lift a finger to make it. Of course when I do have a bit more time, I love the fact that being only ten minutes south of Orangeville’s Broadway I can escape for a stroll and visit the quaint shops that line the street on either side, tuck in to the treasure chests along Mill Street and on Saturdays take in the local farmers’ market. .CS
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Hidden Meadows Farm Crystalview Greenhouses
our winter issue Barb Imrie reminded us that when food ripens on fields it tastes better. It has more flavour and more nutritional value. Inspired by her involvement with Albion Hills Community Farm and Palgrave Community Kitchen we set about bringing locally grown produce closer to home. We asked for and got an armload of help from a ton of people such former Caledon Farmers’ Market Manager Charles Banfield, Caledon Countryside Alliance’s Karen Hutichson, SouthFields Village Public School Principal Matt McCutcheon, numerous staff at the Town of Caledon and, several other market managers and organizers. Thank you also to Caledon Town Council for receiving our delegation and passing a resolution in support of the market and to Farmers’ Markets Ontario for the oodles of market by-law templates and lots of useful advice. Thank you also to our team. A market could not happen without an executive steering committee. Special thanks to
Mulberry Moon Farm
Kelley Joyce, Pardeep Sandhu, Melissa Downey and Lori Cook. Not one of them hesitated for even a split second when asked to volunteer their time and each of them has contributed significantly to its future success. It would be impossible to have a market without their generous involvement. In reviewing the next couple of pages you may notice some vendor opportunities for yourself. Like the fruit and veggies, we anticipate that this list will grow by market day and do have a limited amount of stalls still available. If you are interested in being a vendor at the market, the application form and details are online at caledonspectrum. com/2013-farmers-market/ and feel free to call 905.846.4852 with any questions. One last thing, we know not everybody is on Facebook. But if you are, be sure to like our page. It’s a great way to stay informed and it will help us spread the word about the market. So, don’t hold back. Click that ‘Like’ button. page 23 . volume 4, issue i . summer 2013 . CALEDONSPECTRUM
confirmed market vendor roster Berry Fresh Farms
Mulberry Moon Farm
Dave and Christine Klyn-Hesselink, with the help of their family and employees have been growing fruits and vegetables in Fenwick, Ontario since 1999. Fenwick is in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula, ideal for growing a variety of tender fruit and berries. They harvest strawberries for about five months and raspberries for three months. They also grow blueberries, blackberries, hascaps, cherries, peaches, nectarines, pears, apples, sweet peas, and sweet corn.
Alex Glazirin and Kim Barker are the proud owners of Mulberry Moon Farm, a 5-acre farm just south of Orangeville. They are passionate about local, sustainable agriculture and, of course, great-tasting veggies! They grow a wide range of organic vegetables and herbs from A to Z and are especially fond of the unique heirloom and colour varieties they grow. They also have a small flock of chickens that are free-range and pasture-raised. Alex and Kim believe that farmers’ markets bring people together through the cornerstone of any community: food! There is no better way to feel connected to your food and your community than to pick your produce up, bundled fresh, from the tables of the local farmers who grew it. Alex and Kim can’t wait to meet the folks they will be sharing their harvest with at Southfields Village this summer.
Berryview & Downey’s Farms Berryview Farms is a family-owned and operated apple orchard located just north of SouthFields Village. Berryview grows thirteen popular varieties of apples, as well as strawberries, raspberries, apples, pumpkins. Berryview’s Melissa Downey has graciously agreed to serve as the vendor representative on the market steering committee. Look for participation from Downey’s Farms, as well. When it comes to these two, it’s all in the family. They’ll also be offering fudge and home baked pies using seasonal fruit and berries.
Crystalview Greenhouses Diane Holroyn greenhouses are located on Torbram Road. She’ll be bringing along plants, dried & freshly grown herbs, perennials, annuals and vegetable plants.
Garden Products Played hockey for forty years, coached for fifteen an traded in the hockey puck for vegetables in his retirement. But he still holds his rake like a hockey stick. Watch for Mel Bailey to join us starting July 11th or 17th, depending on when his crops come in. He grows an assortment of fruit and vegetables on his Georgetown area farm including beans, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, garlic, sweet peppers, eggplant, potatoes, turnips, parsnips, pie pumpkins, gourds, squash, tomatoes, carrots (purple, yellow, orange), onions, apples and pears.
Hidden Meadows Farm Their primary crops are garlic, ground cherries and tomatillos. They also grow heirloom varieties of beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, kale, peas, radishes, spinach, squash, tomatoes and greens such as arugula, chard, orach and herbs. Wild leeks are harvested from their property in a responsible and sustainable fashion. In addition to the fresh produce look for their garlic scape pesto, jams, jellies, chutneys, chili sauce, pickles, relishes and salsas made from our produce. CALEDONSPECTRUM . summer 2013 . volume 4, issue i . page 24
Sarete Farms Originally from central Italy, Maria and Vince Sarete have been growing fruit and vegetables in Brampton for the past ten years. Their produce includes apples, grapes, pears, onions, garlic, rapini, asparagus, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, potatoes, carrots, celery, eggplant, peas, beans, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, cucumber, cauliflower, radish and more.
value add vendors In addition to fruit and vegetables we have also assembled a fantastic group of value-add vendors to enhance the atmosphere and customer experience. There are still a limited number of stalls available in this area. Our aim is to offer a consistently high quality experience for everybody. Every effort will be made to accept only full season vendors. Sarete Farms
Albion Hills Farms
Albion Hills Farms Pina and Tony’s and cured meat and bread are a farm market favourite wherever they go.
Mrs. V’s Preserves
Mrs. V’s Preserves
Brampton’s, Barb and Doug Vivian established Mrs. V’s Preserves in 2003. They turned favourite family recipes into a thriving small batch preserve business. The Vivians enjoy sharing the history of each product with their many regular customers. Mrs. V’s has over 100 different items in a variety of jams, jellies, marmalades, conserves, sauces, relishes and pickles all made with Ontario fruit & vegetables.
InspirAsian Encased in a delicate wrapper, juicy, tender bites of minced pork or fresh vegetables amidst garlic and ginger will takeover your taste buds. InspirAsian dumplings are made from scratch, finished by hand and will be available as a hot treat ready to eat at the market or packaged for you to prepare at home.
T by Daniel
T by Daniel
Daniel Lewis first graced SouthFields Village at the 2012 SouthFields Community Day. There, his table was a popular stop and with good reason. Since discovering what an amazing, healthy and delicious beverage tea could be he has made it a personal mission to help change the way people view tea today. He made a point of finding interesting, different tea blends that would tease the nostrils and electrify the tongue, sending a shocking zap of flavour into your mouth in every single cup. We’ve been watching Daniel’s efforts over the past year and are rightly impressed and thrilled to the nines that he has decided to be a vendor at our market. Come discover what tea can do to you.
The Olivar Corp Erin’s The Olivar Corp’s founder Dolores Smith is passionate about olive oil. She takes great care to source extraordinarily flavoured Spanish olive oil with silky textures, exquisite flavours and crispness. Smith routinely reviews every oil in her portfolio for chemical purity. She is excited to bring her extra virgin olive oils to the SouthFields Farmers’ Market and encourages everybody to “come taste the difference!” .CS
special guests Bert and Janet Nieuwenhuis will be on hand for Opening Day, grilling up their delectable lamb burgers. We’re hoping to convince them to make a full season of it. Come show your support! page 25 . volume 4, issue i . summer 2013 . CALEDONSPECTRUM
Caledon’s village gatherings by Michele Skawski One of the most fun and endearing parts about living in Caledon is the plethora of ‘community days’ that are held throughout the summer and fall. These events are a fantastic way to reinforce our terrific sense of community and enjoy all that this town has to offer. Chances are that if you live in one of our many villages you already have a residents group that is hard at work in putting one together but if you don’t, there’s nothing stopping you from organizing one. Literally anybody can do it. All it takes is the desire to do something great and a willingness to ask for help. People love pitching in for things like this. Then again, if you just want to help where you can, don’t hesitate to reach out. Some long standing traditions, like Valleywood’s Corn Festival, got put on hold due to a lack of volunteers. Don’t be shy. Reach out and don’t let these great
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traditions fall by the wayside. These are the memories that we are gifting to each other and to our children. Twenty years ago a group of Cheltenham moms wanted to raise money for a playground in the village. So they rekindled the community day tradition and it hasn’t stopped rolling down that huge hill ever since! Cheltenham is celebrating their 20th Annual Community Day on July 6th. The village closes its main street to allow boxcar racing down the hill that leads into the village core. It’s engineering at its finest as every youthful contestant tries to find a way to build a faster car! There are street vendors, a children’s’ play area, a pie-eating contest and lots of other fun things to do. The day is topped off with an outdoor dinner and dance with a live band and silent auction. Check at the Cheltenham General Store for information and tickets. Some community days are open to everybody, like the Agricultural Society’s
annual Canada Day Celebrations and the Town of Caledon’s Caledon Day. Other groups, like the folks in Inglewood, tend to organize for the enjoyment of those who live in that village. Others still are organized by commercial enterprises like the Bolton BIA’s jazz festival and the Downey’s own annual Canada Day Celebrations. But whatever way you slice it, these volunteer-led events are what add to the many things that make Caledon a place worth calling home. The Town of Caledon’s website, caledon.ca, is a great resource for listings of local events and an easy place to list an event that your group is organizing. Another great listing of community events is the Hills of Headwaters Tourism site, thehillsofheadwaters.com. As well, be sure to check with the local papers and don’t forget that you can always count on CALEDONSPECTRUM to promote local events through both our website and on our Facebook page. .CS
Local summer highlights (a partial listing) albion hills community farm agm
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Wednesday, June 5th 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Palgrave United Church Community Kitchen (34 Pine Ave.) Join us on world environment day to celebrate. Sarah Elton, CBC locavore and author of new book “Consumed” will be our guest speaker. Albion Hills Community Farm is a not for profit on public lands “growing community” through food production, community gardens and education. For details call 905.880.0303.
Monday, June 24th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Around SouthFields Village This event is to promote the ROAD WATCH program in the area and to speak with members of the community about possible traffic concerns.
bolton jazz & blues festival
Saturday, June 22nd (rain date Sunday, June 23rd), Bolton’s four corners. Stay tuned for more details from the Bolton BIA. The event was still at the planning stages at time of printing.
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canada day strawberry festival
Monday, July 1st, Caledon. Caledon Fairgrounds Located on Hwy #10 in the Village of Caledon. July 1st. The Fairgrounds will once again spring to life with the 25th Annual Strawberry Festival Canada Day celebrations. Feather-light pancakes ladled with field fresh strawberries and cream, live music, a classic car show with avenue upon avenue of vintage cars and a
Garden your way to optimal health by Renee Jadek Since early man people have walked the earth with certain continuous movements that we have needed to perform with ease in order to survive: squatting, lunging, bending, pulling, pushing, and gait. Although most of us no longer have to hunt for food or regularly travel great distances on foot, the extent to which we are able to perform these movements with fluidity contributes to our perception of our quality of life. Inactivity and strain resulting from poor posture habits may result in diminished abilities and lead to a debilitating injury simply from performing a routine daily task such as working in the garden. To compensate for today’s lack of movement we turn to “exercise” such as walking, running, pushing and pulling gym weights. During gardening, you are doing just that! You have to squat and lunge to plant to: lift loads, push barrels and mowers, pull on rakes and hoses, and so on. Being active by gardening takes us back to how we used to keep functioning optimally.
7 things ways to infuse fitness into your gardening 1. avoid injury No matter what form of activity you are engaged in, it is Renee Jadek, of Renee J Fitness, teaches her clients that done important to remain mindful of your posture and technique. This right, our favourite activities still count as great exercise. is especially if you are normally inactive, are becoming more active after a period of inactivity or already have a history of “shop till you drop Christmas in July” craft musculoskeletal problems. To get the most out of your gardening experience and artisan trade fair, a Bavarian beer garden and minimize the risk of injury consider incorporating the following best and silent auction create a full day of family practices: entertainment, celebrating Canada’s 146th 2. start with a warm-up birthday. Ease your muscles into it. Walk the garden a few times while you plan The Fairgrounds open at 10 a.m., admission is designs and tasks before getting into more strenuous activity. free. All proceeds are dedicated to the Caledon 3. protect your lower back Agricultural Society for maintenance and Squat to lift a load by keeping your torso upright, bending at the knees and facility upgrades to the grounds which has hip rather than bending over. Never twist during the lift. served the Caledon community since 1860. For more information visit caledonfairgrounds.ca. 4. rest your joints and muscles Avoid repetitive strain injury by regularly alternating tasks and taking southfields community day breaks. th Saturday, July 13 . 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. SouthFields Village Public School at 110 Learmont Ave. Car Boot Sale (garage sale out of your car). Contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in selling; local farm produce and food vendors; children’s activities and sporting events. Local fire, police and paramedics showing off their vehicles and meeting the community. If you’d like to volunteer contact Eddie at email@example.com. .CS
5. use proper tools
Use wheel barrels for heavy loads and tools with long handles to avoid over reaching or having to bend over and knees pads or cushions to protect knee joints.
6. hydrate and refuel your body Drink plenty of liquid and don’t forget to eat!
7. breath deeply One of the greatest joys of gardening comes back to the therapeutic factors associated with working outdoors. Take the time to close your eyes and inhale deeply, nourishing the body and the mind as you remind yourself that this type of physical activity definitely counts as exercise, too. Happy gardening! .CS page 27 . volume 4, issue i . summer 2013 . CALEDONSPECTRUM
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Where kids paint like the pros The folks around Bolton are getting used to seeing the energetic red haired Cathy running errands covered in paint. There’s paint in her hair, on her shoes and on every article of clothing that she owns and she couldn’t be happier. The owner of 4Cats, Caledon’s professional art studio for kids, has always gravitated toward artistic pursuits. She’s been a florist, professional window dresser, gotten into event décor and even taught visual merchandizing at a college. But she truly discovered her passion when she chanced on a photo of a woman in an ad for this Canadian franchise. At that instant Cathy realized that this was what she was looking for but it was not without a fair amount of homework before committing to what would and has pretty much taken over her life. 4Cats gets its name from Barcelona’s infamous Les Quatre Gats, where Picasso would gather with his contemporaries to showcase their work and discuss their views on love, life and art. The franchise got its start like most Canadian success stories: Joey Simon, a young mother, was faced with being told that her son, a preemie, will likely have learning disabilities as he got older. So she decided to become certified as a Montessori teacher, to be in a better position to help him in his development. She had set up an art studio in her basement and in working with him discovered that he also liked to talk about what the artists must have been like. They create paintings inspired by various artists and made polymer clay models of the artists themselves. They’d talked about using the various materials: the paints, canvass, brushes, etc. But they’d also get into fun facts like how many cats Andy Warhol had and things like that. When Joey’s friends learned what she was up to they all wanted in. Turns out their kids loved exploring art the same way as Joey’s son did. She started offering classes in her basement and eventually got into franchising the concept. CALEDONSPECTRUM . summer 2013 . volume 4, issue i . page 28
Before Cathy could open her a great way for the closet doors for business she had to artist in all of us to get our go through extensive training hands on professional arts because every 4Cats Studio supplies and go to town. teaches the same way. Plus, she Walking in to 4Cats for and her family had to paint all a session is like walking the paintings that cover every in to one of the artists’ inch of her walls. Cathy happily studio, while they were repaints the tables and floors still alive, and being there on a regular basis, especially with them as you learn to since one of the most popular emulate their techniques birthday party options on the and style. It is a place menu is the ‘Splatter Party.’ where kids are inspired 4Cats kids use professional art supplies and let parents allow them It’s easy to see why 4Cats is to use the tools that led to explore creativity without having to worry about the mess. quickly becoming a household to the creation of some of name in Caledon. Where else can you go and be encouraged to the world’s most famous works of art. literally throw paint on the walls with no threat of repercussion? The atmosphere at Cathy’s place is full of creative energy. But that is only one of the options. At their birthday parties While she is there to guide the process, she’ll be the first to each guest works on a individual masterpiece (maybe a Georgia say that if somebody wants to take what she is offering in a O’Keeffe or a Monet) and also collaborates on a massive canvass different direction that’s okay, too. Some of the older classes for the guest of honour to take home. Everybody leaves with also get into things like composition, design and visual weight. something special. For the younger kids the focus is more on creating an engaging In addition to the birthday parties the studio also offers a environment where they can let loose and have fun without variety of classes and camps for all ages. Adults can get in on their parents having to worry about the mess that sort of the action too, through various workshops or even corporate freedom would cause if they were to do it at home. .CS parties. The sessions typically feature a particular artist and are
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Elite athletes’ approach to hydration & diet by Barrie Shepley Human body cells renew every ten to one hundred and eighty days. This is great information to have up your sleeve if you are hoping to improve the shape that you’re in. In other words, if you modify how you eat and hydrate you can literally remake yourselves in less than half a year’s time. When it comes to how the human body responds to nourishment, the vast amount of research done to promote high performance for elite athletes also holds true for any of Caledon’s citizens. These are the basic strategies that work for the world’s best competitors: check your blood
All my athletes have their blood checked a minimum of twice per year (more often if they have problems). The health of your blood is a great indicator of your overall general health and it is very reflective of how well you are eating and recovering. High cholesterol, bad sugar levels and low iron all show up very quickly in your blood. Pick two days a year and have your family physician check your blood to make sure you are healthy. Teenagers, women and almost all athletes need to pay special attention to their blood markers. eat smaller meals more often
Whether you are trying to lose weight or gain muscle, eating smaller meals with shorter gaps between each one is the key to success. Your metabolism revs up each time you eat, helping you lose weight. The only difference between weight gain in the form of muscle mass and weight loss (optimally fat) is the size of the five to six meals you eat each day. Obviously if you are eating five to six times you shouldn’t make each of those meals a large one. Our bodies tend to perform at their best with calories coming in every two to three hours. So, having a breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, supper and a pre-bed snack, that are all modest in size, is ideal. People often try to lose weight by reducing their meals to 800 to 1,000 calories once or twice a day. This actually slows down your metabolism, resulting in very little weight loss. Conversely, those who eat five to six meals comprised of 200 to 400 calories each are typically more effective at achieving reasonable weight loss goals. drink until your urine is clear
If you are not experiencing daily regular and fairly colourless you are likely dehydrated. Headaches, reduced metabolic function and poor athletic movement are also good indicators
that your body is lacking hydration and is not functioning at an optimal level. But replenishing body fluids does not necessarily mean drinking more water. ‘Electrolyte’ is the scientific term for electrically activated salts essential to healthy body function. They are what responsive cells, such as the ones in your nerves, heart and muscles, use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses throughout your body. Your kidneys work to keep the electrolyte concentrations in your blood constant despite changes in your body. A prolonged lack of hydration can result in a surplus of salt deposits that bond together to form kidney stones. Each time your body works harder than usual to lose hydration, like when you are tired, perspire or when you are ill, you inhibit electrolytic activity. When electrolytes are replenished, within an half hour of rigorous exercise, your body is able to recover quickly and continue functioning well. Because stress, either physical or mental, burns calories, drinking plain water is not enough and may be doing more harm than good. Plain water will bloat your cells rather than activate them. Further, electrolytic activation will speed up the cells and work harder to attack what is already weakened by the activity: the muscle tissue, not the fat. So it is also important to add an immediate complement of protein and sugar you allow your body to both recover from the strain and benefit from it by directing the activated cells to attack the fat while letting your muscle tissue recover and strengthen. All my top athletes eat some recovery food within thirty minutes of finishing off their training sessions. weigh in regularly
Weigh yourself weekly or bi-weekly. Many people try to stay away from scales because they are afraid of what they will see. Weighing yourself at the same time each week provides a good indication of whether you are losing too much weight (over-stressing your body too fast and not recovering) or if your nutritional intake is too large for the amount of exercise that you are doing. While typical scales do not specifically reference muscle versus fat, they are a quick indicator of how well the decisions that you are making about the quality and quantity of food you consume are impacting your ability to reach your personal goals. These concepts are what both my elite athletes and regular clients use every day to work toward and achieve their goals. As an example, a 55 year-old client was 80 pounds lighter at this spring’s training camp than she was a year ago. While that may seem massive, she simply made a commitment to lose 1.5 pounds (5,200 calories) per week (750 per day). By breaking it down into 750 lost calories per day, every day, my client was easily able to manage that transition rather then having to worry about 80 pounds or 280,000 calories. Remember: when and what you put into your body, every single day, will be the building blocks to remake all the cells in your body over the next ten to one hundred and eighty days. If you are not happy with the way you feel or move right now, that can all be changed by the end of the summer. | CS page 31 . volume 4, issue i . summer 2013 . CALEDONSPECTRUM
Bulging beagles, fullfigured felines & novel nutrigenomics by Dr. David Kirkham
Like many folks, local realtor and SouthFields Village Farmers Market steering committee member Lori Cook never realized just how plump her house cat had gotten until she decided to bring a new cat into the home to keep him company. “I guess I have to cut back on those treats,” says Lori.
According to research by Hills Pet Nutrition, a leading pet nutrition product provider, canine and feline obesity and weight related diseases are now present in 50% of the pet population. This represents a 40% increase over the past five years! Growing up, our family pet was a beagle named Barkley Beagle Kirkham. I loved my fat beagle. But the six-year-old version of me didn’t realize that I was killing my pet with the food treats that I liked giving him, and he certainly didn’t mind eating them. In the end, Barkley was euthanized due to pain from a slipped disc in his back. Looking back, it becomes apparent that this was one of the many complications that we, in the veterinary community, see and refer to as potential weight related disease. Clearly, based on recent statistical trends and contrary to my mother’s insistence that he was simply portly, Barkley was ahead of his time: a pioneer in and victim of the current pet obesity epidemic. Other common weight related issues include orthopedic disease, heart disease, arthritis, respiratory difficulty, high blood pressure, diabetes as well as an increased anesthetic risk. The idea that what we eat affects our health is anything but novel. How many books, how much internet space and how many of the late night infomercials are dedicated to this concept? Given the trouble I had getting back to sleep after attending a recent late-night calving, I can tell you with confidence that there are quite a few! For the sake of our pets, it’s time for us to start to approach this problem differently. Body fat is not only the end result CALEDONSPECTRUM . summer 2013 . volume 4, issue i . page 32
of overindulgence, it is also an active body organ with its own hormones and mediators, much like skin! The most unsuccessful diets are based on absolute calorie restriction by decreasing the amount of food to a level below what the animal needs for daily function. Their bodies, like ours, have evolved mechanisms and strategies to survive. They cannot distinguish between calorie restriction for weight loss and starvation. But fortunately, there are a number of successful weight loss strategies available for our pets. These vary based on species, age and energy requirement, and involve balancing fibre, carbohydrates and proteins. One of the newest strategies for managing pet nutrition involves targeting your pet’s own metabolism and altering genetic expression (which genes are switched on and off) through the concept of nutrigenomics. In laymen’s terms, nutrigenomics is the study of the effects of food and food constituents on gene expression. Research shows that the genetic expression of overweight pets differs from that of healthy pets. Study subjects who have experienced an adjustment in their diet plans have demonstrated that with time the overweight gene expression more closely resembled that of its healthy counterparts. Examples of this technology are not restricted to our overweight friends. Proteolytic enzymes called aggrecenases are known factors in the degradation of cartilage and have been found to be over-expressed in dogs with osteoarthritis. There are blends of nutrients that have been proven to decrease these enzymes, breaking the cycle of degeneration and improving
Inglewood Farmers’ Market under new management
by Jennifer Clark
Riverdale Farm’s Owen, Sue (seen with Max) are amongst the farmers who have taken over management of the Inglewood Farmers’ Market.
The Inglewood Farmers’ Market initially started as a partnership between Caledon Countryside Alliance (CCA) and the Inglewood General Store. This year it is proudly celebrating its sixth season with a fresh start. The CCA, through its Eat Local Caledon program, the animal’s quality of life. wanted to create a place Similar studies looking at dogs where local producers could with various types of cancers sell their wares and where have shown that certain fish oil residents could find truly components can slow the cancer local food. Over the years the related weight loss (cachexia). Inglewood Farmers’ Market Moreover, reducing certain has grown into a well known ingredients while maintaining community-gathering others have proven to increase weekly event and a great the average survival time in dogs place to grab dinner, shop for with lymphoma as well as other local food, and catch up with types of cancer. neighbours. Considering all the advances, this really is an exciting time in veterinary nutrition. Although I can’t travel back and sit down with the six-year-old version of myself, I hope to be able to help the ‘Barkleys’ of 2013. Please talk to your veterinary team about the importance of using the data from the physical examination of your pet to receive personalized nutritional recommendations. There is never a one size that fits all solution. .CS
The eclectic mix of high-quality food vendors has earned it a bit of a reputation as a true “foodie” market. Items such as gourmet mushrooms, cured meat, sheep cheese, lamb burgers on the BBQ, perfect salad greens, heritage tomatoes and decadent cupcakes all contribute to the authentic air of the market for locals and visitors alike. What’s more, seasoned farmers and budding entrepreneurs frequently use the market as a launching pad for phenomenal success stories such as Keri Eric’s much beloved Wicked Shortbread. This year the Inglewood Farmers’ Market will be run primarily under new management with a few of the vendors stepping up to operate and promote the market alongside the CCA. As Karen Hutchinson, Executive Director of the CCA puts it: “Our end goal for this market has always been for it to be self-sustaining… operated by a combination of vendors and the community. This year’s transition is certainly a step in that direction!” The new management team includes Owen Goltz who, along with his partner Sue Graham, runs Riverdale Farm & Forest, an organic multi-purpose farm in the heart of Inglewood. Joining him is Neil Morris, another long-time Inglewood resident who grows food on his property and has sold vegetables and preserves at the Inglewood market since its inception. As well, the market has moved to a new location. Still running June to October on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. it sis not located conveniently across the street from the Inglewood General Store at Inglewood Park (15551 McLaughlin Road). The new site has more level ground and ample parking. With over fifteen regular vendors, both new and returning, the 2013 season is shaping up to be great! Come visit us Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. from June to October. Opening Day is Wednesday, June 12th! Various special events will be taking place throughout the season. For more information, visit eatlocalcaledon.org/farmers-markets/inglewood-farmersmarket/. Hope to see you this summer in Inglewood! .CS
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Get creative with Caledon Arts this summer
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by Janet Clare
Summer is the perfect time to let your artistic side blossom and Caledon Arts is ready to provide a dose of inspiration with the help of local working artists who also happen to love teaching their crafts to students of various ages. Painter Sharon WadsworthSmith, mosaic artist MaryLou Hurley, potter Debra Gibbs, and graphic designer Tad Majewski have come together to offer an array of day programs for six to fourteen year olds, workshops. Actor Chandra Pepper adds a dramatic flair with an acting and
Year round classes for all ages taught by professional local artists (905) 587-0061
Students from MaryLou Hurley’s winter mosaics class for 6 to 9 year olds proudly displaying their work.
v e r. 2 creative writing program for children, as well as evening classes for teens. Adult students can paint the colourful summer landscape with Lyn Westfall at her studio in Caledon Village. Visit caledonarts.org for a details on available options for spicing up the summer locally with creative pursuits. | CS
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local infraspectrum: tall pines school
Children & nature
by Jane Guy
In our increasingly digital world children seem to be more and more disconnected from nature. Children need to experience nature to understand and realize how important it is to take care of our wonderful world by exercising stewardship of the environment. At Tall Pines School students experience the natural world through outdoor education trips that begin early. Montessori students begin by learning about how apples grow on trees, and that there are many different kinds of apples: each with a different taste and colour. They also learn about butterflies and how they grow from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis and finally emerge as an adult creature that is beautiful and can fly. Montessori Casa and Kindergarten students take part in farm visits starting at age three. They learn how milk comes from cows, how pumpkins grow from vining plants, and how maple syrup is harvested from tree sap in the late winter. Elementary students at Tall Pines School have an amazing opportunity each year to participate in Outdoor Education trips. These are not just optional, but are a part of the curriculum, and therefore included in the tuition. Students from grades one to three attend a week of outdoor education day trips in the spring, while grades four to six have overnight camping experiences. They learn about nature by doing pond studies, rock climbing, canoeing and orienteering. Many city kids these days have never seen a tree larger than the young maple on the boulevard in front of their home. To be in a place where there are gnarly old oaks that reach the sky is a transformational experience. Farm service becomes important in the senior elementary years. Volunteering on a farm involves mucking out a barn, preparing the land for seeding of market garden crops, or perhaps harvesting such crops in the fall. Senior students at Tall Pines School are keen workers at a Caledon CSA farm, and really enjoy participating in the production of food. Outdoor Education trips at Tall Pines culminate with the Montessori Odyssey and Leadership Camps for the grade seven and eight students. Canoe trips in places like Temagami or Algonquin Park are annual hallmark events. Students leave as older kids but return as young adults with the leadership skills of young people who are increasingly ready to assume the responsibilities of the world. .CS
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Caledon’s Icelandic Horse World Championships contingent was also how Sydney got a taste for horse training. This August, the eighteen year-old leggy blonde will be representing the Canadian Icelandic Horse Federation, along with three teammates, at the Icelandic Horse World Championships in Berlin, Germany. Sydney stands at five foot eleven and three quarters. “I don’t like to say six feet because it sounds kind of scary.” From the way she says it you can tell that empathy is one of the many admirable traits this girl is in ample possession of. For her, breeding, selling and training horses is the only thing she can see herself doing. Growing up she knew she loved helping people and initially considered becoming a psychiatrist. “But I found I was too emotionally attached and I don’t think I can separate myself enough from people’s experiences to be a psychiatrist. In Losing a leg hasn’t taken anything from Brian Horas’ life. “If anything, it’s made it training horses I am still helping people be better,” relays his daughter Sydney. Both are pictured above in a recent photo taken happier in a way that I know that I able to, by Wendy Horas. Sydney will be representing Canada at this summer’s Icelandic in a way that I know that I’m good at it.” Horse World Championships, in Berlin, Germany. Though barely out of high school, Sydney already has an admirable list of credentials under her “We didn’t start out with horses,” begins Sydney Horas as we belt. She first started riding recreationally at age five. As she got settle into a conversation that sounded like the plot line for one older she got into jumping on thoroughbreds and dressage on of Shelley Peterson’s novels. Her father, Brian Horas came from a long line of cattle farmers. So, when he and Wendy got married, that’s what he was going to raise, too. Wendy convinced him to buy her a horse because they had the land and she really wanted one. Neither one of them had any idea of what lay ahead: the sudden, heartbreaking loss of a couple of calves; a flock of sheep that grew from a manageable thirty to a mind-boggling one hundred and fifty and then a devastating car accident. In between, the discovery that Wendy’s horse was pregnant when they bought it. After the accident they got rid of the sheep but, kept the horses because Icelandics don’t take much work. Once life started to settle down, and Brian was in rehab, he asked Wendy to arrange for a few foals so that they could have some farm activity again. That was how they got into breeding. That
An epic loss of limb Brian Horas was driving home in his truck and only two minutes away. His two best friends were already waiting for him. He grabbed his cell phone to let them know that he was on his way but dropped it between the pedals. Grabbing the phone, he refocused his eyes on the road just in time to be confronted by the sudden desire to avoid the skunk that had popped out of nowhere and was doing a dandy job of playing chicken with him. It was September and the dirt road he was on had a fine complement of washboards. Under normal circumstances they would have posed no problem for his usually admirable
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driving skills. But, as Brian swerved, he got caught in one that successfully carried him into a ditch. Along the way his front axle decided to borrow the car after connecting with a stump, driving Horas straight into a really old maple tree. That grand old lady was so lonely from standing in a field devoid of any other obstacles that it gladly collapsed on top of Brian’s truck, crushing both it and him beneath the full weight of her embrace. It’s times like these that a man learns who his friends really are. The guys, one a paramedic and the other a firefighter, had been patiently waiting but decided
Andalusians and Lusitanos. When Brian and Wendy realized how serious Sydney was becoming they “thought it would be good to learn about horses that we have, because our horses are not big in dressage or jumping.” Over the next six years she would travel to train professionally with some of the world’s top Icelandic horse trainers: people such as Goodmar Peterson, the highest graduate from Iceland’s prestigious Hólar University Iceland. That’s what Sydney has her sights set on. When it comes to everything else, Sydney is fairly laid back and easy going. She enjoys playing whatever sports her friends are into, such as: hockey, baseball, badminton and so on. But she never got into any of them the same way saying, “I just didn’t like them as much as this and couldn’t image myself doing anything else.” Just as the University of Guelph is the equestrian university of Ontario, Hólar is the equine university of Iceland. There, they teach anything you can possibly think of to do with a horse. “It’s really rewarding for me to see where it starts and where I can bring it to. You have your good days and your bad days with a horse but, it’s a great feeling knowing where they start and seeing them become so much better,” says Sydney. But if there’s one thing that experience has taught her, it’s that there is so much more to learn with horses. “Every once in a while I come up to a problem with a horse and I think ‘you know, I don’t really know what to do here;’ that would be a moment in time when I would talk to a trainer that I know who has already gone through the programme and always seems to have the answers. I don’t know if it is because they have been with the horses longer or because they have been to university but, I definitely know that it does look good for people who are interested in having their horses trained that you have been to this school.” For her, the World Championships are not about monetary prizes. There aren’t any. But the prestige associated with them that Brian’s two minutes were up and went looking for him. Two and half years later, Brian finally come home again. But one leg lighter. The accident left Horas with glass in his head, a concussion, broken ribs and a beautifully crushed ankle. But it was the dirty surgery that did it; introducing a bone-eating bug that stayed undiscovered until after it had feasted and fourteen subsequent surgeries had gone by. “Just don’t take my leg,” was the last thing Brian remembers jokingly saying to the doctor before going under. When he woke up that was exactly the choice they offered him. He could have kept the leg but decided a life without a leg was better than the second option. Nearly a decade went by before he discovered Brad van
Four things to love about Icelandic horses Ideal for the Canada’s climate. Though Canada actually has harsher winter than Iceland, the horses adapt well here. They get really thick coats in the winters and then shed out in the warmer months. They’re not hard horses to feed. You almost have to feel like you’re starving them because they don’t need a lot. They’re backyard horses. Virtually anybody with an acre of land could have an Icelandic horse in the backyard. They’re great for trail riding. They don’t have that flight instinct. They prefer living in herds and know how to act as a herd. But when you are riding them they don’t see everything as a threat so it is a real bonus while trail riding because they remain calm.
may help her secure a scholarship to Hólar. Ironically, the competition itself is quite costly and could become the reason why Sydney might have to hold off on going away to school for another year or two. She’ll need at least that long to earn enough money for her tuition. Sydney qualified for the competition amongst the top four riders in Canada. Once in Germany, the Canadian team will be one of sixteen to twenty countries competing. Of those, the Canadian contingent is the smallest. But Sydney’s chances are good because managing the relationship between horse and rider is the greatest skill that a rider can have and Sydney has that one down in spades. Go Canada! .CS
Lenthe’s Freedom Prosthetics. Ironically enough, Brad’s practice is only a couple of streets away. These days Sydney says, “now that he has discovered texting he’s always on his phone with Brad, even at the dinner table,” asking questions as they work on developing his permanent prosthetic leg. “He’s gone through lots of legs and he is just now working with Freedom Prosthetics. For my dad it’s been a very personal experience. The fact that he’s so close has made it a lot easier!” Back in 2002, when the accident happened, Brian’s daughter Sydney and son Mitchell were eight and three, respectively. Mitchell didn’t know any better and Sydney was young enough to simply
accept the challenges as a normal aspect of their life. The kids used to go down to see their dad at the hospital four times a week. “The thing I remember the most– this was when he was at St. John’s and had his prosthetic leg and he was in the rehabilitation – we used to get Swiss Chalet when we’d go down. I used to love the Swiss Chalet,” recalls Sydney. Fortunately she and her brother Mitchell always had their mom and grandparents close by and never felt as though they had missed out on knowing him. Brian is 47 now and he’s the one who drives the truck and the horse vehicle. He can drive tractors with clutches and goes ATVing up north. “I don’t think it’s taken anything away from his life. If anything it’s made it better,” says Sydney. .CS
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Before turning his focus to making a living as a working artist, Guy channeled his talents through landscaping. But when his clients started to ask if he knew anybody In addition to being on display at his who could create sculptures for their Caledon East gallery space and at the gardens he began quietly researching and Alton Mill Arts Centre, Guy’s work is exploring his own capacity to develop work also in numerous private collections and at various locations around that could fit that niche. downtown Toronto, including: Guy traded some early pieces for a basic Ritz-Carlton (183 Wellington St. W.) website to market his work. That site The Britt (955 Bay St.) got the attention of Queen Ethalburga’s Lumiere Condo (770 Bay St.) The Republic (25 Broadway Ave.) College, a well-to-do school in Yorkshire, that was designing a sculpture garden. They requested that he bid on the job and subsequently commissioned the creation of twenty-four original pieces. Today, his sculptures line the garden’s walled borders, six on each side you can see it online at qe.org/en/gallery/sculpture-park. “I wanted to make sculptures, large scale sculptures” and concrete was the ideal choice to begin with. He was used ot working with it in his landscaping business and was attracted by the artist to watch: idea that he could form permanent impressions in it before it cures. So he expanded on this concept by casting large blocks of sand and cement in timber moulds. When the block was by Yevgenia Casale cured enough to be self-supporting he A long time ago I learned to avoid asking would dismantle the mould and carve rhetorical questions such as ‘what is an artist?’ so the semi-soft concrete, refining the as not to insult the reader. The concept bemuses shape as it hardened. and intimidates so many people that they would The material’s properties defined his rather buy a TV than an original work of art to “creative window,” adding an interesting stir their soul each time they look at it. dimension to the creative process. By The problem goes back to the fact that an the same token, the material offered artist’s materials can really be anything. They many creative limitations. To solve can even be the same stuff your kitchen counter that problem Guy decided to create a Queen Ethalburga’s College Sculpture Park is made out of. Somehow the fact that something composite substance similar to modern that has such an elite sentiment attached to it can be made out countertop materials. By mixing a polymer resin with crushed of entirely pedestrian materials is a bit disconcerting. So too is stone he was able to create a material that is almost identical to the idea that if the material can be anything then supposedly solid stone, allowing him to make originals from essentially a anybody can call themselves an artist, and many people do. high-density foam. So now, put yourself in Jeremy Guy’s kitchen, sipping tea and “As a material for sculpture, foam is like a writer being given hearing him start off by saying “initially I was into landscape.” a blank page: anything becomes possible.” Though concrete Oh, would that be watercolours or oils? “No, I channeled my works well for objects that have a large mass, when working creativity through designing and building gardens.” with very thin sections it is prone to cracking and doesn’t repair Jeremy hails from Yorkshire’s Pontefract, within 10 miles of well. Engineered stone creates a very strong, durable material, the same part of the UK that both Barbara Hepworth and Henry which can also be reinforced with steel during the casting Moore came from. When he was growing up he used to ride his process, which Guy adds to some pieces for extra strength. bike to see their work and marvel at how the human hand can The casts are very rough and are only the beginning of the manipulate stone and create something of such magnitude. Like creative process. Next, Jeremy spends weeks grinding and them, Guy graduated from the prestigious Leeds College of Art. polishing each of his pieces. For the larger sculptures he makes a
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SouthFields Village Public School Council Chair Yevgenia Casale and Co-Vice Chair Dave Sheen unveiled Jeremy Guy’s Stride at the school’s Grand Opening Ceremony in April. The sculpture is destined for the school’s future ecoGarden and is intended to serve as a reminder that “together we are the village that is raising children bound for greatness.”
fiberglass and steel frame and coats this with his crushed stone and resin mix, followed by grinding and polishing. As an artist, the method he developed serves his own needs. Though heavy, the matterial do not weigh as much as real stone, simplifying both the creation and the installation process. It also makes the possibility of owning original sculpture much more of a reality for property owners because, quite frankly, sculpture from manufactured stone costs ten times less than one made from natural stone. Guy enjoys the technical aspects of chemistry, using the tools and methods and even the challenges presented by some installations, “but these only serve my creative aspirations. I would say that the human ability to question the meaning of life creates each person’s individual answers. I explore that paradox through my sculptures. I think it’s more important than ever to encourage the interpretive thought process in others.” Though there is an element of creating work that people would be willing to buy and display proudly in their gardens, his style and approach is governed by his fascination with natural forms and movement. His work explores the relationship between individual elements that exist on both a microscopic and galactic level. Anything from shells to anthropomorphic forms serve to inspire curves and holes that draw in the observer and both highlight and complement their presence within their natural setting. His style is modern and minimalist, blending exceptionally well within the most traditional of settings: a garden. But it also works beautifully indoors. This is why the scale is so important. When you enlarge things they take on a greater significance and are better able to draw attention to the synergies that exist between the natural and the man-made. .CS
Jeremy Guy’s Stride a generous gift to commemorate SouthFields Village P.S. Grand Opening With SouthFields Village Public School about to celebrate its Grand Opening on April 25, 2013, we asked Jeremy, on behalf of the SouthFields Village Public School Council, to donate a piece to commemorate that historic occasion so that it can be put on display in their coming ecoGarden. The piece, which was presented to the school during its grand opening ceremony, is made of engineered black granite. Every element of this work, called Stride, speaks to what the school is about today and where it is heading in the future. As per the school’s mission statement: “The SouthFields Village learning community strives to cultivate a welcoming and caring environment flourishing in an ever-changing world. We nurture diverse and responsible citizens who respect the environment, embrace technology and contribute positively to the community. On plante les graines pour l’avenir!” (We are planting the seeds for the future!). There are many ways to look at art. This work is no exception. Whether you choose to focus on the shape and its resemblance to the letter ‘v’ for ‘village’; take into account the artist’s vision for it (that of an anthropomorphized torso of a striding giant) or; combine the two to echo the sentiments of the school council as we presented the work that, “it takes a village to empower children with the skills they’ll need to stride toward greatness,” Jeremy Guy’s work, intended to be surrounded by nature; made through technological ingenuity and; generously donated as a reminder of the need to contribute positively to our communities, was the ideal way for the school council to both celebrate the school and send a message to the community regarding the importance of parental engagement within the school. The sentiment is one that the school shares with Queen Ethalburga’s College, whose sculpture park is home to the first version of this piece, that one standing at 5’ tall and made of green Scottish granite. .CS
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local infraspectrum: discover your yoga
Reconnecting purpose through teaching and doing
We are lucky to live in Caledon. Our population is changing, with an increasingly smaller portion of us coming from farming backgrounds. But that attitude of learning by doing is still well entrenched in our community. This is perhaps one of the reasons why our schools are so good at incorporating flexible ways to support kids with learning styles outside of traditional classrooms. For a long time in our society we have been watching an escalating trend: an increasing amount of young people with an overinflated sense of entitlement and a lack of appreciation for anything outside of their own immediate circle of reference. Fortunately, one of the best solutions to helping teens learn humility is to broaden what interests them by putting them in charge of a group of preschool children. The teens become responsible for planning and executing lessons, activities and crafts. While imparting tools for self-moderation, confidence and self-esteem to the little ones they absorb those life skills, as well. humberview’s playschool programme
About twenty years ago Bolton’s Humberview Secondary School embraced a community project, not unique to that school, called Humberview Playschool Programme. With the guidance and supervision of a Peel District School Board employee, high school students are empowered with parenting, human growth and development skills that they need to work with young children. It teaches them patience, empathy and compassion in a safe and convenient atmosphere. For the preschool families it offers a socialization outlet for children in the community, bringing together kids from the area CALEDONSPECTRUM . summer 2013 . volume 4, issue i . page 40
For Lindsay Vandenhurk, doing things the yoga way comes naturally: be it using breathing techniques to teach preschoolers how to calm themselves when they get upset; poses to teach the alphabet or offering classes to people of all ages at her Inglewood studio. Shown here: the pose for the letter ‘Q’ and ‘W’ at right.
in the two to four year old age group. It runs twice daily, three days a week for two hours a day (mornings and afternoons). The Peel District School Board covers the salary of the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) who administers and operates it at the school but is otherwise self-sustaining. Parents who enroll their preschool children in the programme pay registration fees, thus covering its operating costs and incidentals. The job of the ECE, in this case Lindsay Vandenhurk, is to teach high school kids how to work with little children. “Ironically, my classroom has also become a place for high school students to hang out at lunch to talk about their own selfesteem and confidence issues,” says Lindsay. For the parents it is conveniently located and an extremely affordable daycare alternative. For the rest of us their involvement is tantamount to contributing to the overall wellbeing of the town. It is helping teens gain transferable skills to use throughout their lives and with which to set positive examples amongst their peers. Over the past twenty years cuts to education spending have had their toll on numerous elements within our schools. The fact that Humberview still supports and partially subsidizes the costs related to Playschool speaks volumes as to the commitment that Principal Rick Tredwell has to the kids in his school, as well as to the community at large.
where yoga helps
But for a programme like this to succeed it takes a certain kind of individual to run it on the ground level: one who understands how to be patient, dedicated, focused and well practiced in the art of meditation. As the person who has to navigate her way between the two most difficult age groups imaginable, some days meditation is probably the only thing that keeps her sane. It’s a good thing then that The Humberview Playschool Programme is run by none other than the owner of Inglewood’s Discover Your Yoga, Lindsay Vandenhurk. Lindsay is the perfect person for the job. She is young enough to be able to relate to the high school kids and gain their trust on their level. But she is also disciplined, well-trained and able to give those kids the mentorship and support that they need to work with the fifteen preschool kids in her class.
Ananda have travelled, lived and taught yoga all over the world and made the star-struck Lindsay realize that as skilled as she is there is always so much more to learn. Not thinking that they would accept, she extended an invitation for them to host a weekend yoga retreat in her space. To her surprise they accepted. The retreat, which took place earlier this year, proved to be quite a humbling experience for her. It allowed her to “be a student rather than a teacher again.” The fact that it was in her space, “which is often a workplace for me,” reconnected her with the practice again. At the end of the weekend Lindsay found herself in tears as Charles and Ananda praised her for her efforts and success in bringing her vision into reality by establishing a wonderful place where yoga can be enjoyed, as Lindsay says, “by everybody and every body.” reigniting joy of being through openness to learning
“The innocence of learning is re-ignited when you become your own client and student, as opposed, to when you are the While she loves her job, Lindsay refers to Discover Your Yoga (DYY) as her dharma, or life’s purpose. “I’m just as happy sharing subject matter expert and executing your own script.” When Vandenhurk stepped back into her studio at the start of the next with two people as with a packed class of seventeen.” But don’t workweek she was once again able to ‘buy what she’s selling’ let that fool you. This hot yoga studio in the heart of Inglewood because she remembered how much she believes in that product. is rarely empty. Ever since Lindsay opened her it about a year Unless we make a conscious effort to the contrary, our daily and a half ago, it has become a popular hub for clients of all ages routines have a way of making us forget why we believe and skill levels. in the things that add passion to our lives. “The Brittany, who recently opened the Roots by the River in biggest thing for me is Cheltenham and her mom Kathy, a leading reiki master, all about balance. It find classes at DYY to be a great way to fit some motheris the key to life,” daughter time into their hectic lives and kids she says, “but like Jacoba love bounding into classes geared when I am so toward kids. Even guys who understand busy teaching how well practicing yoga can improve it and their flexibility and endurance on the soccer field, baseball diamond and in the hockey rink come to get their ‘OM on’ across from Inglewood’s trailhead on MgLaughlin Rd. Of course Brittany’s burley Chris Hull, who owns and operates In the Hills Landscaping feels he’s happy enough running simply driving by the studio a couple the studio, it’s a of times a day. But Brittany might lot, and sometimes I need just get him in there for one of somebody to remind me of Lindsay’s Valentine’s Couples yoga that, as well.” Hearing Charles and sessions, specifically designed Ananda affirm that she is on the right to give guys a chance to see path and doing what she is supposed to where their gals disappear to be doing, even though it isn’t always easy, each week. was not about gaining external gratification for Lindsay. It was rediscovering her own dharma about being reminded that we can never close our minds to With so much of her life dedicated to teaching others, earlier opportunities to learning, as well as teaching. this year Lindsay started “feeling disconnected from my personal That is exactly what makes her studio and her Humberview practice. Working all day and then teaching at night classroom so accessible and relatable. We all have moments and on weekends” was taking its toll on her. when we question if “there’s value in what we are doing”. Fortunately, last year Vandenhurk had attended Lindsay’s darmha is in her desire to offer people a place from a workshop in Orangeville taught by Brazil’s which they can leave thinking: “Oh, yeah! That is why.” It works Charles and Ananda, considered “yoga rock because she practices what she believes in...even if she, like stars” in the world of yoga. Charles and everybody else, needs an pat on the back sometimes .CS from public school to private classes
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local infraspectrum: rock garden farms
Showing off local to celebrate silver
On July 7th Caledon’s Rock Garden Farms, located a few kilometres north of Caledon East’s village core, is going to be celebrating their 25th anniversary. Margaret Galati, who is organizing the celebrations, says her family could think of no better way to mark the milestone than by inviting their growers to join them. There will be a BBQ and “the local merchants that I buy from will be there so that they can meet our customers and our customers can see the families whom we support and see that we deal with real local people.” Margaret’s dad has been building contacts all across Ontario for the past thirty years, starting with the days when he used to run the Tullamore farmers’ market. Relationships are something that Margaret and Paul Galati and her parents Nick and Tish Iuglio take very seriously. “Service and quality is what we strive for, always,” says Margaret. In addition to the produce and other items that get brought in the family also grows strawberries, sweet corn, squash, pumpkins and some herbs on the farm. When in season they bring in Ontario peaches, raspberries, wild blueberries and “anything that’s from Ontario, as its in season, we bring it here.” A lot of thought goes in to the layout and design of the shopping experience. On arrival, customers get an instant impression of abundance, variety and colour. “It’s not about just the food, it’s a destination experience; somewhere different to go than a normal store,” adds Margaret. “What people like most about it is that it’s a little more laid back, it’s fresh, it’s open concept.” Over the years the offering has grown but their mandate has not changed: support local growers and producers and give customers what they are looking for. Initially it was all about strawberries and sweet corn but when customers started asking about an expanded variety they brought more and more in. Their admirable assortment of flowers was an extension of something Tish was doing for her own use. “People would ask her ‘where did you get those?’ so we started selling our flowers to customers. Then we got the greenhouse and started building up our flower clientele.” Another customer favourite is the assortment of local dairy products such as whole milk from Sheldon Creek. Recently Sheldon Creek expanded their product offering and these are available at Rock Garden Farms, as well. This year they put in solar ray panels, “it’s a long term investment for the business and to also help the environment. It’s about grabbing the best energy out there, from the sun, grab it and give it back,” says Margaret. As they embark on their next twenty-five years will take them younger generation is already starting to pitch in around the store. Margaret loves to watch her boys helping customers and helping Paul with the truck. Congratulations to this well-loved local business on this milestone anniversary. .CS page 43 . volume 4, issue i . summer 2013 . CALEDONSPECTRUM
Discussing financial risk assessment by Tim Forster
The financial services industry focus on products and rates dilutes the fact that our offerings serve people. There needs to be a human exchange to truly find the right product fit for each client. Within that, insurance is the worst example as the topic discussed always ends in death or disability: things nobody likes to talk about. My perspective is that through insurance planning my clients can actually focus on living, because they have the peace of mind knowing that if and when things go wrong, their loved ones will be taken care of. There are different conversations that occur at different stages in life. But, when it comes to personal financial wealth and opportunity there are no easy answers because life insurance decisions can be broken down into columns: “if” I die and “when” I die. For average young healthy couples with small children, the conversation typically focuses around “what if” concerns. It will lead to financial needs analysis that addresses debt, income needs, education, emergency funding, and final expenses. Once a value is determined, the
discussion will lead to how long those risks need to be covered and a program will be designed to address those needs. Under a full insurance review, that program will include life insurance, critical illness insurance, and income replacement or disability insurance. Some coverage may be supplied through group insurance but all issues should be addressed. This is where the couple goes into premium shock since they are likely currently struggling to keep all the balls in the air. The least expensive solution will be term life insurance and, perhaps, a smidgen of critical illness insurance. The point is that some insurance is better than no insurance. So the couple will have some sense of security. As the family matures, needs begin to change. This is why having the discussion on a regular basis is important. As income improves and stabilizes, income replacement becomes more important. You are your most important asset, and if you have something valuable you should protect it. The other realization is that life insurance gets more expensive as you get older. Whether term insurance is for 10, 20 or even 30 years, it only addresses “if” needs. “When” needs can only be solved by permanent insurance and include final expenses, tax Financial risk is directly planning and some retirement planning concepts. proportional to how In the past year, I have focussed on the seniors Risk market. Certain companies are marketing to seniors the you choose to spend Art increases idea that insurance proceeds will pay the final expenses your money Futures Liquidity and leave additional funds behind for loved ones. There Commodities reduces is nothing wrong with the products advertised on TV or SPECULATION Real Estate radio but that does not make them the best options. Tax Shelters Personally, I love working with people in the sixty Business Interests plus age group because it is always a good discussion. You get to find out what was and is important in people’s lives. When it comes to death, people over sixty Bonds may have already buried a loved one, which means GROWTH & Equity Securities they are familiar with the process and costs. If there was DIVERSIFICATION Mortgage Paydown life insurance in force, they know that the process was easier; when there was none, they recognize insurance would have helped. RESPs Often, at this point purchasing insurance RRSPs SAVINGS & becomes a question of how much Home Ownership ACCUMULATION Liquidity premium is available and how to Fixed Interest Plans increases get the most bang for your buck. Mutual & Segregated Funds Risk Without the human exchange reduces with a broker, many seniors Wills pay too much money or have Debt Reduction coverage that may not pay a death claim. Regular Savings Discussions can be hard to start but the PROTECTION Emergency Funds sooner they begin, the greater options Disability Insurance an insurance agent has to create the Critical Illness Insurance least expensive solution and provide Life Insurance the best value. .CS CALEDONSPECTRUM . summer 2013 . volume 4, issue i . page 44
know what you know:
Is your business prepared to tackle unwanted hurdles? by Jutta Koetzle In the last issue of this magazine we focused on the importance of implementing a Business Management System (BMS) and why it is so important that every business, regardless of size, should at least document their most critical processes: those activities that cannot be ignored to ensure the business continues to run without a negative impact on operations; customer satisfaction or compliance with regulatory requirements. Caledon is no different than the rest of Canada – most of our businesses are small to medium in size and are run with minimal staff. Unless a business is adequately prepared to handle unexpected hurdles (which have a way of popping up at the worst possible times), depending on severity, their impacts can be devastating on both the business and individuals involved. BMS planning and processes are designed exactly for that purpose. Businesses that take the time to intentionally implement the tips outlined below have been proven to be better able to withstand those challenges. In fact, through situations that could bury operations that are not prepared, ones who are often come out stronger, more efficient and able to compete at a higher level than where they were at prior to becoming challenged. Many of my clients are little overwhelmed when they realize the effort it takes to implement a full BMS and at first shy away from doing it. It does not have to be that complicated! Taking a strategic, planned, step-by-step approach will simplify the task.
Document your critical tasks: what is needed to keep the business going and what requirements must be complied with. plan
Determine priorities and sequence of implementation – one process at a time! develop
The most effective processes are written with the end user in mind. Describe tasks in detail from the perspective of a person who needs to step into the job with little or no knowledge and getting it done right with minimal supervision, interruption and errors. Solicit feedback from your field experts, the people who are currently doing the job because they know best how the tasks are accomplished and what works best for them. Documents that are developed from this perspective will best work for your organization. They should describe: • What needs to be done • How to do it • When the task must be completed • Who is responsible implement
Train all stakeholders, anyone participating in completing the described task improve
Update your documents as needed to maintain best practices by looking at tasks rather than individuals. With accessible process documentation when somebody becomes unavailable completely, or needs help covering a portion of what they do, a person who is not familiar with that role can still step in fairly seamlessly and take over. By breaking BMS development and implementation into taskcentric chunks, they become easier to handle and afford. The reality is that most companies, especially ones where everybody is wearing several hats, are too busy to stop and reflect on how they are doing things, even at the risk of being vulnerable when uncertainty strikes. Many companies choose to hire somebody from outside to job shadow and ask the right questions, allowing for minimal interruptions to daily operations while ensuring that this critical business management step is developed and implemented. What they typically find is that the expense of the consultant often becomes transparent because of the inherent savings that result from process efficiency improvements, effectively allowing the BMS to pay its own way into your workplace. .CS
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The role of an executor by Kate M. Saldanha In a previous issue of this magazine, I wrote about the importance of having a current will. Once you have started thinking about having a current will, there are many important decisions to be made. One important decision you must make is whom you will name as your executor. After your death, your money, personal items, property, and debt make up your estate. An executor is the person who will be in charge of your estate and follow the instructions you leave in your will. It is important to understand the tasks required of your executor so that you can pick the right person for the job and so that the person you pick understands his or her tasks. Your executorâ€™s work starts with notifying the government of your death and arranging your funeral. In many cases, the next step is to apply to the court to obtain a certificate of appointment. A lawyer can assist with the preparation of the required application.
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The certificate confirms that your will is valid and has not been challenged and it shows that your executor is authorized to act on behalf of your estate. Your executor must then take care of your estate, including finding and caring for your assets, paying your debts and bills, and completing your tax returns. Your executor is responsible for following the wishes you expressed in your will and distributing your estate according to those instructions. A lawyer can assist your executor in understanding and following your will. Your executor will need a lot of information about you and the items in your estate. He or she should have easy access to this information. You can help your executor by keeping information about your money, investments, insurance, property, and debt in one place. You can also help your Executor by creating a well thought out estate plan and will. With such important responsibilities, be sure you pick the right person for the job. If you already have a will, review it to make sure your executor is a good fit. Your Executor should be organized, detail oriented, comfortable dealing with numbers and good at following directions. Finally, make sure you leave your executor good instructions in a properly drafted will. .CS
Healthy food for all in Caledon by Melanie Alderfer-Mowat
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a beautiful atmosphere. The Exchange will let everyone in Caledon play a role in closing our food bank! Want to join the fight against hunger in Caledon? Please contact Kim D’Eri, Manager of Poverty Reduction Partnerships at 905.584.2300 ext 202 or kderi@ ccs4u.org. .CS
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Services throughout Caledon! Visit us in Bolton, Alton, Caledon Village and Valleywood. Check out our website for specific dates and hours of our locations.
Transform ideas into realities
Imagine trying to keep your family fed for a month with donated food: • You appreciate non-perishable items like pasta and beans. • You’re also glad your community cares. • But you still wonder how to buy milk, fresh vegetables and fruit for you and your children. • You know your child’s full tummy is important. A balanced diet promoting health in growing children and better concentration in school is vital. That’s what Caledon Community Services’ Food Support Program is now addressing. We want to be a community that closes its food bank because there is a better way to provide food support. We have operated out of a 100 square foot closet for years, providing people with prepacked hampers of canned goods. Soon we’ll open The Exchange. It will be all about healthy, nutritious food for everyone in Caledon. Here’s what’s in store for our community: • Cooking classes will be held at The Exchange’s new kitchen. • Coordinated food drives by schools, faith communities, sports teams, etc. • Gardeners planting for The Exchange and their bounty finding its way to people’s homes. • Fruit tree owners donating extra fruit for community distribution. • Farmers working with CCS staff to arrange for massive volunteer efforts to glean their fields after the harvest. The Exchange, our renovated 4,800 square foot hub at 55 Healey Road in Bolton, is set to open this summer. It will house dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables and all the food that we need to be healthy and strong. In addition, the activities will be abundant; there will be something for everyone within
The Caledon Small Business Enterprise Centre can show you how!
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local infraspectrum: the naked vine
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Sisters Vera Robinson and Candice Plibersek thought it might be fun to open up a winemaking store. Now, as they enter their seventh year as owners and operators of Bolton’s The Naked Vine, they can tell you that though it has been fun, the best part is knowing that the are helping people live better. Not only have Vera and Candice never worked together before, until ten years ago Vera never even drank wine. But then a friend convinced her to try new things, which was how Vera got into drinking fruit wines. Candice, by contrast, had spent some time working in a conventional wine store so, she was already familiar with the products. But what Vera lacked in knowing about wine she more than made up for with her front of house experience. She came into this business after many years in the airline and airfreight industry, providing customer service, marketing, sales and event planning as well as running a successful maid service. As with her previous roles, Vera knows how to please people but at The Naked Vine especially “everybody comes in happy and leaves happier. Everybody always answers the phone when we call, because they know their wine is ready.” “It’s a great business for health,” adds Candice. “Most people come to make wine here for the price point but stay because they realize the health benefits.” Because you are making your own wine you can control how much if any preservatives are added to your batch. In fact, more often than not people who feel that they can’t drink wine are really likely to actually be intolerant of the potassium metabisulphite. The standard The Naked Vine product uses one seventh of the amount of this preservative as compared to what you will find at the LCBO. In laymen’s terms, this preservative is what causes people to get stuffed up, experience headaches and redness in the face. Because liquor stores needs to maximize product shelf life, they naturally add more preservatives than what you would do for yourself. Some customers even prefer to leave their wines completely free of preservatives. “Our wines typically last about two to three years but I’ve had wines as old as five years and they have been fine,” says Vera who recently uncorked and enjoyed a batch from 2008. The trick is to cellar them properly. Wines don’t like excessive moisture because over time the humidity will seep through the cork and affect the wine. They also prefer to be kept in the dark and to remain undisturbed at a relatively constant room temperature. “Consistent temperature in storage is important but you don’t need a temperature controlled wine cellar,” confirms Candice.
With as little as 25% of the preservatives than what’s in LCBO wines, making your own wine is not only more affordable, it’s better for you. With that in mind it’s easy to see why this Bolton shop is so popular.
The fact that they have up to 75% less sulphites than LCBO Though custom labels can be done on site, you can also get wines is what keeps people coming back but the biggest selling your bottles etched for anything from branding for a special factor from the onset is the ticket price. The Naked Vine carries occasion, such as a baptism or wedding, or marked with a “top of the line products that are sourced from all regions of the corporate logo. world,” says Vera. Their most popular wine is the Amerone-style All in all, if you plan on doing any amount of entertaining this that, when compared in a blind taste-test gets picked nine times year and are shaking your head at how much its going to cost out of ten against LCBO options. It is comparable to a $35 bottle you, consider making a trip to The Naked Vine sooner, rather offering as opposed to only $8 per bottle at The Naked Vine, and than later. It’ll save you a bundle and you’ll be able to say that you get to make it yourself. what you’re serving up came with a personal touch… or you can About a year ago, the ladies hired Cindy Noble to do wine get a gorgeous decanter from the store and keep that little secret production, assist customers with bottling, sales and customer all to yourself. .CS service. Cindy came in one day to make her own wine and got hooked, mentioning that “it must be fun to work here.” Before she knew it that was exactly what she was doing. Cindy, who worked for the LCBO for quite some time, says that “wine is my passion.” Now that she’s been introduced to this reduced sulphite alternative Cindy says that she has trouble enjoying the flavour of LCBO wines. “I can taste the preservatives and find that they mask the wine,” she says. “People think the wines are sweet but no sugar is added: because there are less preservatives, you simply get a better appreciation for the fruit.” Purity of flavour is important at The Naked Vine. Modernday kits are miles ahead of what kit wines used to be and the store uses reverse osmosis water to take out all the chlorine and impurities before using it in the wine-making process. To gain the most pleasure from drinking a red wine the ladies recommend “decanting the bottle for at least an hour prior to serving allows it to aerate and brings forward a Sisters Vera Robinson (Queen’s Jubilee medal recipient) and Candice Plibersek greater fullness of flavour.” page 49 . volume 4, issue i . summer 2013 . CALEDONSPECTRUM
blaze in kitchen:
Blaze into summer with outdoor entertaining made easy
by Paulina Bertoia Vrozos
frozen grapes are great for keeping drinks cool
Whenever BBQ season arrives I’m just as excited to try new recipes for outdoor cooking as I am in the kitchen. Sure you can throw some frozen burgers or hotdogs on the grill but, trust me, the little extra work for these burgers are so worth it! I’m telling you they are so good you don’t even need a bun. If the party is outdoors be sure to fill buckets, bins or even your child’s wagon with ice to keep beverages cold!
Paulina’s Hoisin Burgers
Grilled S’mores Cakes ingredients
Slices of vanilla pound cake (home made or store bought) Nutella Jet Puffed spreadable marshmallow Heat the grill on medium method
1. Spread Nutella on one slice of cake and marshmallow on the other. 2. Put together like a sandwich and grill about 45 seconds on each side. Long enough to get a nice grill mark & enjoy! Grill up some S’mores Cakes CALEDONSPECTRUM . summer 2013 . volume 4, issue i . page 50
Blaze In Styles’s Top 10 Tips for keeping patio stress low & enjoyment high 1. Keep an area stocked with bug spray, after-bite, hand sanitizer & wipes. 2. Use clip on weights to keep tablecloths from blowing away. 3. Trays filled with ice are great for keeping garnishes & condiments cold. 4. Citronella candles are helpful. 5. Make sure there are things to nibble on before you fire up the grill. 6. Don’t use flimsy plates. If you must use paper or plastic make sure they are sturdy.
Being prepared for summer is the key to keeping stress low when entertaining outdoors.
Paulina’s Hoisin Burgers
7. Frozen grapes are a great way to keep wine or lemonade chilled.
Serves 10 to 14 people, depending on how big you make your patties.
8. Have at least one empty trash can on hand.
9. MUSIC. Don’t forget the music!
3 lbs 1/4 cup 2 cups 2 cups 4 tbsp 1 tbsp 2 1/2 cup 4-5 tbsp 1/2 cup
10. Dessert should be fun: fruit kabobs; grilled pound cake slices with choice of flavoured whip cream, berries, chocolate chips or lemon curd for topping or; pre-scooped ice cream with sprinkles and coconut for dipping.
ground beef chopped onion raw chopped bacon shredded aged cheddar cheese hoisin sauce Worcestershire sauce eggs bread crumbs finely chopped garlic finely chopped herbs (tarragon, parsley, chives) Salt/pepper to taste
1/2 cup 1/4 cup 2-3 tbsp 1 tsp
your favourite BBQ sauce hoisin sauce honey ground cinnamon
Create fond memories with friends and family. That’s what summer is all about.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Sauté bacon till cooked (keep the fat). While it is still warm pour it in a bowl (over the beef). Add everything else and mix well. Form into burgers and wrap in plastic Chill for two hours. Make the glaze. Grill burgers. Glaze every time you turn them, when they are done give them a final glaze.
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What a small town by Yevgenia Casale
Hello, friends. Let me tell you a little story. In an effort to design an ad for the Cheltenham General Store I pulled up to it one early Saturday morning to take pictures. Actually I had gone there to chat with the Saturday morning coffee club. I had heard that they get together around that time to discuss the price of beans and Brampton Brick, and I wanted to come by to say hello. Well, imagine my joy and elation when coming out of the store was a guy holding a coffee cup and looking like on that particular morning the greatest joy in the world could be gleaned from a simple cup of coffee from the Cheltenham General Store. What a great ad! I asked if he wouldn’t mind posing for a picture and he kindly obliged. Then we both went on our merry ways. I didn’t even know who he was (and judging by the hung over look and the hair popping out of his shirt, I wasn’t sure I wanted to, either). But then his mom, a teacher at the Palgrave public school called to tell me how much she loved the magazine and “oh, by the way that was a picture of my son, Chris, in that ad for the Chelt General Store.” It got worse...
Brittany Reid and Chris Hull are a match made in heaven: bound by a great sense of humour and entrepreneurial spirit. ...the next time I popped in to the his clients since day one, and one who rock solid…which is what she told me Inglewood General Store there was actually told him to go out and work on about Chris, who just finished a much his dad, the store’s baker! Fortunately, his own instead of for somebody else). needed job over at my place. Roxanne Mountain knows me well Chris says 95% of his clientele comes So, let’s talk a bit more about what enough to realize it was purely from referrals. In fact, the ad he placed a small world this is. Or at least what a unintentional to put his son on an ad in this magazine is his first (hey, thanks small town this is. Glen Judge called me for the Cheltenham General Store. She again Chris!). up just before the last print deadline to wasn’t too thrilled with Chris though. But On top of that, Chris is a real sweetheart let me know that Brittany Reid is setting honestly, Rox, I swear, he had no idea who and, lucky for me, has a fantastic sense of up a salon on the lower level of his store. I was and probably just wanted to get to humour. His friends still love to rib him Okay, it’s the basement but, it is newly drinking that coffee! about that ad. renovated, spacious and beautiful. So of So, that’s when I found out that Chris It really is a small world, too. When it course, now that Britt (as everybody calls is actually the owner and operator of In comes to my own personal landscaping her so we will, too) has settled in, we were The Hills Landscaping. At 28 years-old he’s needs, I always get my stuff form going to pay her a visit anyway, when we already been in business for himself for Salisbury Garden Supplies and I know I discover that guess who her fiancé is. over seven years, employs several people can go in to see Sheila and ask her about No, really, guess. You’ll never guess. and does landscaping and maintenance any contractor working in the area. Okay you got me. on some of the most elite properties in Though she won’t badmouth anybody, The couple, she Scottish and he Irish, Caledon (several of whom have been she’ll definitely tell you if somebody is don’t always see eye to eye. Chris lives CALEDONSPECTRUM . summer 2013 . volume 4, issue i . page 52
his life by the mantra “never look back,” while Britt, who has a tendency to hold on to things, got a tattoo on her arm to serve as a constant reminder to “always look forward.” But no matter which way you slice it, you end up with the same thought: you can’t help but like these guys and wish them well. Britt’s first part-time job was at none other than Tav’s Headlines Hair Salon. She realized early on how much she enjoyed that vocation and has been cutting and styling hair ever since. As for her desire to own her own salon, well that comes from watching her mom running a business she loves doing. Her mother, it turns out, is none other than Kathy Reid a highly trained Reiki master. Kathy was recently featured on the front cover of Reiki News, a publication put out by the International Centre for Reiki Training. We had met Kathy a while back, as well. While there will be a distinction between the salon and Kathy’s Reiki practice, Britt is excited to announce that her mom will be holding classes in the space during the salon’s off hours. Along
those same lines, it would be easy to offer the space as a location for yoga. But with Inglewood’s Discover Your Yoga so close, she says she’d rather support that business instead. The same holds true of Head to Toe Spa, located above the general store. Rather than offering spa services Britt is sticking to only hair. For now, Britt is still leasing her chair at Modern Hairworks, on Creditview, to make the transition easier for her existing clients. Angelo, who hired her on the spot when she showed him her portfolio, is happy for her, though he is sad to see her go. “He says the energy is different when I’m not there but he’s being very supportive.” Over the next few years Chris and Britt are looking to get married, buy a house and have kids. While the strain of owning a business is hard on any relationship, these two are always supportive of each other and credit each other with their success. They definitely make a good match and as for that photo in the ad: well, I’m certainly glad I took it because that’s what got the conversation going. .CS
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Consider how your existing floor plan is being used or underused. Rather than perpetuating an existing mistake, use this by Barb Shaughnessy opportunity to fix it and make it right. The largest financial investment by opportunities to spend more money, more People always say to me “I have lived with it for 20 years why fix it now?” You need most families is the purchase of a home. is not always better. Not making impulse to fix it because you are spending lots of So, when you decide to renovate you decisions will save you money and often money and if you sell, the next person must add value. Unless you plan on doing give you a better result. won’t want to deal with your mistake. the entire job yourself, the first step is Whatever the size of project, take the No matter how much space you have to assemble a team that will share your time to create your vision. The more or the size of your budget, looking for vision and a commitment to your best you know about the finished result, the ways to better organize what you already interests. That is why finding the right smoother the project will go. A simple have should be your first course of action. designer or contractor is paramount. change can compound into an expensive When reviewing a referral make sure the fix, making everyone unhappy. Plan, plan, Moving a few walls and plumbing can be a lot less expensive than building an scope of work is similar to your job and plan…there will be enough challenges to addition. that the person you hire has the right skill deal with in the months ahead. Often reorganizing an interior space is set. Personalities are also important since a We always ask our clients to create all homeowners really need to do to satisfy typical project can last three to six months. a wish list and to cut out articles and Are you renovating for your family or pictures of their likes and dislikes. The goal their need for extra space. If the addition is for resale value? If you are planning to here is to uncover their personal taste, not necessary, make sure you integrate it into the flow of the house. You will add value live in the house for five years or longer, repeat what has been shown. Remember, to your home if the addition is seamless, you can focus on your own needs and because it looks good in a magazine does works visually with the old and has that preferences. For any length of time less not necessarily mean it will work in your ‘was always meant to be’ feel. .CS than that you need to focus on what sells home. in your area and at what price range. You Most suppliers today can’t afford to need to know what your house is worth stock items, they order as needed. If in the current market before you begin to an item is on back order be prepared decide on your design budget. with an alternative or two to avoid Nobody likes to talk about budget but, unnecessary delays. It never ceases to you need to be up front with what you can amaze me how a back order can cause afford to spend. Though there are always tempers to flare. Tip of the day: White paint is the most difficult colour to decide on. Use warmer whites in a more traditional setting and cooler whites in contemporary rooms. The darker the walls the whiter the trim colour will look. It’s all about contrast. Avoid the harsh look of ceiling white. When in doubt use your white trim colour on the ceiling.
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And now, a special word for our sponsors: “Thanks!” Volunteerism and community involvement are what make Caledon great. But every big idea needs funding. This spring, with the help of the Snelgrove Fire Station Caledon Spectrum organized an Easter egg hunt in SouthFields Village. Over 300 people had a blast and we collected a car load of food for a local food bank. But it cost us close to $1,000 and that money came from local businesses (thanks again to Jeff Borg of Royal Lepage Meadowtowne Realty, Rana Singh Bassi of RBC Mortgage Specialists and Lori Cook of Tailor Made Real Estate). Not only did they help us pay for it, each of them was there to volunteer their time, as well. Big or small these initiatives have far reaching impacts and the sponsors deserve as much recognition as we can give them.
Hot enough to warm the heart The firefighter’s chili showdown keeps getting better every year! This year they presented the Heart & Stroke Foundation with a whopping $1.380.00 thanks to event participants: fire stations:
Cheltenham, Inglewood, Caledon Village, Snelgrove, Alton, Mono Mills
Lyons, McClure, Bebbington, Mills, Debartolo
Davis Feed & Farm Supply, Downey’s Farm Market, Cheltenham General Store Great job to our volunteer firefighters for running this annual tradition and thanks to the event sponsors for supporting their efforts: Owens Tree Service, Cheltenham Water Supply, Kinetico Water, Terra Cotta Inn, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Cheltenham General Store, Davis Feed & Farm Supply, Shell Gas Station (at Victoria), Michele Skawski of RRSI Realty Inc. Brokerage, Green Tractors Brampton, Cheryl Mills (Mary Kay) and, Jackie Rahn and Bev Judge for the delicious corn bread muffins.
Kicking into high gear Serving the South Caledon community, the South Caledon Soccer Club is entering our second season this year. The club provides great local house league soccer for children ages three to fourteen. Organizers have estimated registration at approximately 700 children and have forty-one local community sponsors who are an integral part of helping make the SCSC a success. You may recognize many of the businesses listed here and we encourage you to thank them through your patronage. Sponsors with the SCSC often live right here in the South Caledon community, they certainly do business here and some even have children or grandchildren playing in the league. Just as often however, a sponsor will support soccer to encourage sport in the community without having any formal ties to the club. Some have been with the club since their inception (formerly BWSC/ Valleywood) and others are joining us this year for the first time. South Caledon Soccer and Caledon Spectrum are proud to thank each of these local business heroes who help provide a fun, local summer of soccer in South Caledon. For more information visit southcaledonscoccer.ca.
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This time of year our resident Ospreys arrive back at our Caledon Sand & Gravel Pit. Each year they spend the winter in the Amazon basin and then migrate 5,600 km back to the special nesting platforms that our company personnel built to accomodate these beautiful birds. We look forward to having them back. The Ospreys are attractd to the pit because our crystal clear lakes are full of fish. These lakes that were created by aggregate mining. Gravel from the lakes was and is used to build the homes, roads, schools and workplaces of Caledon. When done properly, aggregate extraction builds homes for all of us: birds, fish and people.
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fleeting moments and afterthoughts:
“With a shorter summer vacation, students typically return rested and ready to learn, and have not yet had time to become bored,” says Joan Hamilton, principal of Roberta Bondar. “We are happy to benefit from the continuous learning opportunities in the balanced calendar schedule and avoid the summer learning loss that can happen for some students. It’s always great to see staff and students equally eager for a fresh start.”
Sources: http://www.nayre.org/calendar_comparison.htm http://www.peelschools.org
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