OUR COMMUNITY’S VOICE AUGUST 2010
Brought to you by your Tuscany Community Association
Join Us for the
2nd Annual Tuscany
Amazing Race & Chase
Register now at www.tuscanyca.ca!
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 3
What Do You Think?
Tuscany Community Association itting in Nova Scotia in my parents the crosswalk and slowing down will
www.tuscanyca.ca house – and I’m sicker than I’ve help prevent an accident. Pedestrians,
P.O. Box 27030 Tuscany RPO
Calgary, Alberta T3L 2Y1 been in years. Funny how I feel so you may have the right of way but
much a mature adult (okay, except if you can’t outmatch a car. Keep safe
President .......................... Glen Furtado I’m watching an episode of Magnum by assuming there are motorists trying
..........................firstname.lastname@example.org P.I, my first true love) until a high their best and make sure they see you
Vice President .... Michelle van de Reep
fever, sore throat and aching body before you step out.
Treasurer..........................Lee Bardwell make me want to call for my mom.
Secretary ............................ Tyla Willett And I’m not too proud to admit I love Jamie is looking for a precious
the feeling of her cool hand doing wedding ring that was lost in the play
Tuscany Committee Email Addresses the fever check on my forehead, the area behind the Tuscany Club and
.................... email@example.com offer of my favorite grape popcycle to is asking for our community’s help
Events & Recreation Committee help cool me down, my dad’s remedy in locating it. You can find further
Events...................firstname.lastname@example.org of a beer as a back-up and my sister information on page 5. Also, residents
Recreation ........ email@example.com commiserating and making me tea. on the corners of Tuscany Way and
Parks and Planning Committee Tuscany Blvd. are asking for their
Tuscany Sun Newsletter Until we are back in the fold of community’s support in reducing
................................firstname.lastname@example.org our family at times like these, I speed and noise in this area. You can
Traffic and Safety Committee wonder if we forget that we were all really help out by sticking to your
.............................. email@example.com children once and we all hopefully 50km/hr in our community (cruise
Elected Officials had someone in our lives that loved control can help!) and by accelerating
Alderman: us, knew us well and made choices more slowly to reduce noise pollution.
Dale Hodges to keep us safe. As a parent, I am It would be the kind thing to do. It will
403-268-2445 reminded that I don’t have the corner also be good practice as this is a future
firstname.lastname@example.org market on parenting and that I can school zone.
Lindsay Blackett learn a thing or two watching my
403-216-5444 parents grandparent my children. And I hope you have an amazing
email@example.com I come around to that age-old idea September.
MP: once again that it does take family and
403-292-6666 a community to help raise us all and Yours,
www.robanders.com keep us safe and strong in an awe- Michelle
inspiring and sometimes terrifying
Tuscany Sun Newsletter world.
Editor & Article Submissions:
Michelle van de Reep
firstname.lastname@example.org Bringing this back to our local world
Submission deadlines for this monthly publication are the in Tuscany, we have over 1400
9th of the month, prior to the distribution month.
students taking their places in our two
Advertising Sales: schools between 8am and 8:35am on
Phil 403-660-7324 Thursday, September 2nd which
email@example.com means they’ll be traveling to school
The ad booking deadline is the 14th of the between the hours of 7:30am and 8am.
month prior to the distribution month.
This publication is published 12 times a year by Suburban
Please keep them safe by making safe
Journals Publishing and delivered to residents by Canada driving, walking, biking and parking
Post. This publication is also available for pickup from the
Tuscany Club. choices each school day as you either
Please note: the information and opinions in this newsletter
are subject to change, and do not necessarily represent the
make your way to work or to drop
opinions of the publisher or editor. Content contained in your children off at our schools. This
this publication may not be reproduced without the written
consent of Suburban Journals Publishing. The information time of year is really tricky for drivers
herein is believed accurate but not warranted so. Any
advertisements, home businesses, babysitters & nannies, and pedestrians alike because of the
or other parties listed in the Tuscany Sun should not be
interpreted as recommendations or endorsements by the height of the sun in the morning and
editor or the publisher. at dusk. Assuming a pedestrian is in
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 5
In Our Community
The Talk in Alderman's
Bowmont Park Update
At this point in time, rerouting around
the blind corner in Waterfall Valley
Crowfoot Library below the Silver Springs Community
is presently in progress. Site visits are
All Calgary Public Library locations ongoing for vegetation assessments
will be closed Monday, August 2. and determining proper alignments.
Many dedicated volunteers have as-
Talk in Tuscany belongs to you. Have • Timeless Tales: Aug. 20, 11:00 a.m. sisted with building of the rerouted
you read something in the Sun you’d – 11:45 a.m. Ages 6 – 9. trail. Trail closures and restorations
like to comment on? Are you looking • Lost in Time, The 2010 Summer around Waterfall Valley have been
for some feedback on an issue? Or, Reading Adventure: Never to late initiated by volunteers, as well. To
would you like to comment on what’s to register. Return sheet five by Aug. date one trail has been closed and re-
happening in and around Tuscany? 27 to be eligible for the grand prize. planted with a second trail to be closed
• Super Summer Drop-in Family and replanted in early July. Ongoing
We’d all love to hear what you have to Storytime: Mondays (No program trail closures and plantings will occur
say. Aug. 2) 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the upcoming weeks. Restora-
Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver. tion plantings have been installed on
Please Help – Ring Lost No registration required. the “Fournier Island” and within the
I’m hoping you can post a small lost • Drop-In Family Storytime: Wildlife Preservation Area. In late
ad in the Tuscany Sun as I’m desperate Wednesdays 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. June, Goat’s Beard was picked by
to find my lost wedding ring. On May & Thursdays 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. volunteers and crews continue to hand
18th at the noon hour, I placed my ring Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver. pick weeds throughout the park. The
on the picnic table by the wading pool No registration required. Storm Water Retrofit Project is ongo-
(nearest to the gate) to place sunblock • Creation Station Coaching: ing in the west end of the park. The
on my children. I left without putting Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Biophysical Impact Assessment (BIA)
the ring back on. No registration required. with updated wildlife and bird surveys
has also been completed.
It’s my engagement ring with two
wedding bands fused together to
make one large ring. It has one larger
Bowness Library A Bowmont Environment Park Com-
mittee Meeting was held at the Scenic
diamond with 3 tiny diamonds above Acres Community Hall in July, 2010.
• Lost in Time, 2010 Summer
and below the larger diamond. It’s At this time, interpretive signage is in
Reading Adventure: Until Aug. 27
white gold. It’s very precious to me the process of being installed. A few
• Online Summer Reading
and I hope it can be located. interpretive signs previously installed
Club for Teens: Details at
will be changed to reflect an accurate
I can be reached at 403-663-2008 if description of the geology at Waterfall
• Board Game Bonanza: until Aug.
someone finds this ring. Reward if Valley. Hogg’s Back is currently be-
4, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
found. ing restored. Restoration signage has
been installed at both ends of Hogg’s
Regards, Back with the area being fenced off
for more information on these
Jamie when restoration is complete.
programs. Registration is required for
all programs unless otherwise noted.
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 7
In Our Community
2nd Annual Amazing Tuscany
Race & Chase 2010
REGISTER FOR THE AMAZING Participants must be 6 years of age or
CHASE AND BBQ older.
Begins: Tuscany field directly south of
The Amazing Tuscany Race and Chase
the Tuscany Club.
grew out of the desires of community
Get Active * Get Involved Ends: The parking lot of the Tuscany
members like you to participate in
Build a Community Club.
events that would bring us together in
Sunday, September 12th fun and active ways. The event - with
Register: The registration fee is $80
Join your fellow Tuscanites in an the help of our sponsors, volunteers
per team and your team can register
active fun-filled day that starts with a and participants - was a big success
online at the TCA’s website at www.
race and ends with a BBQ! last year and we look forward to an
tuscanyca.ca. You must be a TCA
even bigger event in 2010. The day is
9am - 11am The RACE member to compete - memberships
broken into 3 parts:
Enjoy running in your community can also be purchase online for $20 for
with fellow residents in either a 5km the year. After you’re registered, check
9am - 11am THE RACE
walk or race or the 10km race. out the TCA’s event page on Facebook
What: Race with your fellow Tuscany
where you can upload a picture (go
residents along our beautiful trails.
11am - 4pm The Chase wild!) of your team and your team’s
There are both 5km and 10km hand-
Gather your team of 4 Tuscanites to name. Your team’s registration
timed races for those who love to run.
compete in Tuscany’s own version of includes entrance into the BBQ.
If you’d like to walk with friends, your
the Amazing Race! Participants must children and neighbours, there is also a
be 6 years of age or older. 3pm - 6pm THE BARBECUE
What: Come, hang out and have a
3pm - 6pm The Barbecue Begins: Tuscany field directly south of great time at our community wrap-up
Eat, drink and be merry at this the Tuscany Club. BBQ. There will be lots of food and
community BBQ! Festivities will drinks, along with a variety of fun
include a climbing wall, face painting, Ends: Tuscany field directly south of
activities for all (face painting and
bouncy tents and more. the Tuscany Club.
wall climbing, to name a few).
see you there! Register: The registration fee is $35
Begins & Ends: In the Tuscany Club’s
per person. The Race form can be
“This was really fun. There were lots outdoor space. Register: Tickets can be
filled out in this pamphlet and returned
of things to do and lots of variety. It purchased online at www.tuscanyca.
to any Running Room location by
was fun to do with my family.” ca for the cost of $10/adult and $5/
August 31st, 2010. Alternatively,
Fiona, age 9 child. BBQ tickets are included in the
you can register online at www.
registration package for each Chase
“The Amazing Chase was a fun and runningroom.com.
exciting way to spend quality family time
within our community. The BBQ and the 11am - 4pm THE CHASE
Chase was well-organized with lots of What: Gather a community team
activities for all ages and plenty of good of 4 family or friends to compete
food and snacks. It was well worth the in Tuscany’s version of the famous
money spent. We will definitely try to Amazing Race. Participants will move
participate again next year.” through a variety of stations around
Nicole Holoboff, 2009 Chase Tuscany, testing their athletic, problem
Participant solving and mind-based abilities.
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 9
In Our Community
2nd Annual Amazing Tuscany
Race & Chase 2010
REGISTER FOR THE RUN
What is the TCA, you ask?
If you’re confused about who we are, PARTICIPANT INFO
don’t worry! Most of our community Name ________________________________________
wonders the very same thing. Very
simply, Tuscany has two very different Address ______________________________________
associations - the Tuscany Community City ____________________ Postal Code ___________
Association (us) and the Tuscany
Residents Association. Phone # (H) _________________ (C) _______________
Why two associations? It isn’t to Email ________________________________________
confuse you, that’s for sure. The TCA __ Male __ Female Age on day of race __
and the TRA serve two very different
purposes. Run: ___ 5 km __10 km
The TRA was created by Tuscany’s T-shirt size: __S __ M __ L __ XL (if registered by Aug. 31)
developer to manage the Tuscany Club
and maintain some (but not all) of the THE CUT-OFF DATE FOR REGISTRATION IS 8:30AM RACE
DAY IF CAP OF 200 HAS NOT BEEN MET
grounds in the community. The TRA’s
boundaries do not encompass the whole
community; those within its boundaries
pay a mandatory fee per year as per their
The TCA is run by dedicated community
volunteers, its boundaries include the
entire community and membership in
the TCA is a voluntary $20 per year. The
TCA’s mandate is to develop and deliver
community-wide programs, events
and opportunities, as well as act as an
intervener to represent the community’s
interests in civic matters.
You may know us through:
The Tuscany Sun * Tuscany Soccer
Program * Annual Community Book
swap * Annual Amazing Tuscany Race
All in all, we think you get a lot for your X_________________________________________________
$20 a year - and we hope you do, too. participant signature or signature of parent/guardian
Keep apprised of community news by _________________________________________________
reading The Tuscany Sun newsletter or date
by visiting www.tuscanyca.ca. Please return registration form and fee to any Running Room location.
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 11
Tuscany Council, a team was formed and
Tuscany School was on its way to
its holistic approach. The Safe Routes
to School program suggests working
constructively address these traffic with all key stakeholders in order to
and walking concerns on everyone’s make a meaningful and successful
minds. change within a community. To
date, the project has the support of
2010-2011 marks our school’s fifth In a nutshell, the project has three MLA Lindsay Blackwell, Alderman
school year and it promises to be a main goals: Dale Hodges, Bev Whitworth
wonderful and exciting year. School 1. To increase the number of parents (principal of Tuscany School), Greg
begins at 8am on Thursday, September and students who are willing to find Kittleson (principal of St.Basil’s),
2nd - welcome back to all our parents alternative methods to driving in Constable Roy Moe (CPS), The
and students! getting to and from school. Tuscany Community Association,
2. To reduce the number of parents CBE, Sobeys, and staff, parents and
We’re proud to let you know that we parking around the school by students from the two current schools
are participating in the Safe Routes running a successful Kiss N Drop in Tuscany, as well as the upcoming
to School project. Our principal first program in the Loading Zone on the middle school.
encountered information on this NW corner of the school.
project at a seminar she attended last 3. To reduce the number of driving To find out more about this project,
year and brought it back to the school and parking infractions around check out the school’s website at
in response to increasing concerns school by implementing a Parking http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b393. As the
regarding walking and traffic safety Patrol program. project progresses, we’ll be posting
around the school by both parents, information and celebrating successes.
staff and community members. The key to this project’s success is in
After presenting the project to School We’d like to extend a big thank you to
all who’ve given their support to this
exciting project already and a thank
you in advance to all who will be
supporting the project in the future.
Tuscany School: Thursday, September
2nd – Students in Class by 8am
St. Basils School: Thursday,
September 2nd – Students at school by
Drivers, please slow down and drive
Parents and students, walking and
biking to school will dramatically
assist in reducing traffic congestion
around the schools.
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In Our Community
The TCA is a non-profit organization
run by a core group of volunteers
who are committed to the needs and
Support Tuscany! constructive development of Tuscany
and its community. The TCA has
Buy Your Community Membership Today! a broad mandate to represent the
community to external stakeholders
such as the City and to provide
community sports programs. We also
...do you have your have an emphasis to preserve and
Community Association membership yet? protect the natural environments in
Benefits of Membership This year, the TCA is focusing
its efforts on three broad goals –
• A healthier and more enjoyable • Effective representation and community cohesiveness, traffic
community through the provision advocacy to external third parties safety and the development of youth
of community sports and about issues of concern to the programs in Tuscany. If you would
recreation activities like soccer – community, including public like to participate in the development
your membership contributes to health and safety, development and implementation of these goals, the
the costs of operation and the natural environment TCA is always looking for committed
• Insurance coverage to participate • Maintenance and preservation of volunteers. For more information,
in Community Association the natural environment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
organized sports, such as soccer including Twelve Mile Coulee go to our website at
• Discounted insurance rates - • A safer community through our
email email@example.com advocacy on traffic and other
• Up-to-date information about safety issues
issues affecting you and the • Pride and a sense of community
community through the Tuscany through participation in
Sun and our website community activities
YES! I would like to become a member of
the Tuscany Community Association
Go to www.tuscanyca.ca to register online
for your membership today!
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 15
In Our City
Parks Cemetery Tours: Travel back materials are free to stencil storm looking to gather any photographs
in time with knowledgeable volunteer drains and distribute door hangers dating back from the 1900's all the
tour guides. Until Oct. 3, 2:00 p.m. in the neighborhood of your choice. way up to present day Calgary. Call
– 3:30 p.m. FREE. Register for tour The stencils and door hangers remind 403-870-9923 or email James.paton@
online at www.calgary.ca/recreation. communities that `only rain goes in calgarycommunities.com.
storm drains.' For more information,
Parks’ Nature Discovery Camps: or to reserve a stenciling kit please Get your community involved in
Children discover nature first-hand. contact yellowfish@yellowfishroad. helping the Food Bank. There are a
Every week 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. org, or call 403-221-8370. variety of ways that Calgarians can
throughout August. Pre-care and post- get involved with the Food Bank
care available. Register online at www. 2010 TAGS - The Anti Graffiti Sym- to support those in need, such as a
calgary.ca/recreation. posium: Oct. 19 & 20 at the Coast Community Food Drive. For more
Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre information please contact Kelly
Depression Research Study – Vol- Register by phone at 403-206-8352 Ferrier at 403-319-0833 or by email at
unteers Needed: The Depression or at www.TAGSconference.com. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Laboratory at the U of C is
investigating the relationship between Building Blocks, A Resource and The Calgary Foothills Primary Care
mood and thinking. If you are an adult Activity Fair for 50+: Sat. Sep. 25, Network is an arrangement between a
between 18 and 65, have had one or Cardel Place (11950 Country Village group of family physicians and Alberta
more previous episodes of depression Link N.E.), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Health Services - Calgary to provide
but are not currently depressed, and Drop in and join us for a day full of in- primary care services to patients living
would like to participate please call formation and fun! Bring your swim- in N.W. Calgary and Cochrane. We
Laurie Ching at 403-455-5963. All suit and active wear and come out and offer free programs such as an after
inquiries will be kept confidential. try something new and fun! hours clinic, group walking program,
and stress management classes. For
Music in the Park: In celebration of Spirited Grannies raises money for more information visit www.cfpcn.ca.
Parks 100th anniversary, The City of the Grandmothers and their families
Calgary Parks is hosting free family in Lesotho, Africa. Volunteers are Our Foster Children Need Your
concerts in parks this summer. needed to help in a variety of ways – Help! The Wood’s Homes Foster Care
• South Glenmore Park: Jul. 17, such as hosting and donating to garage Network provides family-based care
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. sales, craft making, woodworking, to children 0 to 18 years. If you would
• Prairie Winds Park: Aug. 28, 2:00 sewing and knitting. Please visit www. like to know more about becoming a
p.m. – 5:00 p.m. grofoundation.org or call Sheila at foster parent, contact us at 403-270-
• Valleyview Park: Sep. 25, 2:00 p.m. 403-208-1658 or Eileen at 403-208- 4102 or www.woodshomes.ca.
– 5:00 p.m. 7811.
For more info visit calgary.ca/parks. Women In Need Society (WINS):
Calgary's Communities History: We help women and their families
Help protect Calgary`s rivers by The Federation of Calgary Communi- help themselves by operating 4 Thrift
participating in Trout Unlimited ties is currently working on its 50th Stores inCalgary: Bowness, Dover,
Canada`s Yellow Fish Road storm anniversary magazine project and it’s FisherPark and Killarney. The stores
drain stenciling program. All are open 7 days a week for shopping
and drop offs. How can you help?
Donate gently used items to our thrift
stores, make a monetary donation or
hold a donation drive or event. Visit
www.WomenInNeed.net for more
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 17
In Our City
Tickets, admission or registration may be required
Events In and Around Calgary for events. Event details are believed correct as of
press time but may change at any time.
Heritage Day at Fort Calgary: Chinese Dragons.
Aug. 2, Fort Calgary. Enjoy costumed www.chinatowncalgary.com/ccma/
interpretation, and historical crafts and
games at the Heritage Day celebration. 7th Annual Golf Classic: Aug. 16,
www.fortcalgary.com The Links of GlenEagles. Fun 18
hole golf tournament in support of the
FHNB Fashion Camp Calgary: Cochrane & Area Humane Society’s
Aug. 2 – 28, Olds College. Designed Internal Animal Hospital.
to build confidence and self-esteem www.cochranehumane.com
for teens. Ages 11 – 18.
www.fashionhasnoborders.com Toast 'n' Jam: Aug. 19 – 20, New
Black Centre for Music and Art. This
Mommylicious: Aug. 8, Carriage is a free youth music festival featuring
House Inn. Local businesses offering the music of some of the hottest young
products and services geared towards bands in town. www.calgary.ca Concerts
• Backstreet Boys: Aug. 8,
Hootenanny at Heritage Park:
Marda Gras: Aug. 8, Marda Loop. A Aug. 24, Heritage Park Historic Vil-
• Chromeo: Aug. 10, Flames Central
festival featuring live entertainment, lage. All-ages, family friendly event
• Stompin Tom Connors: Aug. 14,
market tables and plenty of activities features musical entertainment, crafts,
for children. www.mardaloopbrz.ca exhibitors, dance demonstrations and
• Michael Bublé: Aug. 18,
Rock the House Run: Aug. 8.
• Black Eyed Peas: Aug 22,
10k or 5k run and a 1k McDonald’s Calgary Produce Marketing Asso-
Go Active Walk in support of Ronald ciation's Harvest Sale: Aug 28 – 29,
• Bobby Curtola, Sep. 4, Deerfoot
McDonald House® Southern Alberta. Heritage Park Historic Village. Sup-
Inn & Casino.
www.rmhsouthernalberta.org/rock- port the local community and local
• Johnny Reid: Sep. 27, Jubilee
thehouse charities by purchasing fresh fruits and
• The Beach Boys: Sep. 30, Jubilee
vegetables at affordable prices.
• Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Oct. 16,
Walking With Dinosaurs: Aug. 11 – www.heritagepark.ca
Deerfoot Inn & Casino
15, Pengrowth Saddledome. Go back
• Great Big Sea: Oct. 27, Jubilee
in time to an ancient landscape, where Calgary Highland Games: Sep. 4,
• B.B. King: Nov. 8, Jubilee
you will witness exceptionally life-like Shouldice Park. Features highland
• Tony & Tina’s Wedding: Nov. 18,
dinosaurs fight for survival right be- dancing, traditional heavy events,
The Wedding Pavilion
fore their eyes. www.dinosaurlive.com Scottish food samples and pipes.
Taste of Calgary: Aug. 12 – 15, Eau
Claire. Offers sensational samples Calgary Pride Parade: Sep 5, starts Festivals
from Calgary’s finest and most unique at 8 st. S.W. & 8 ave. S.W. Calgary's • Calgary International Blues
restaurants and beverage companies. gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and trans- Festival: Aug. 2 – 8
www.tasteofcalgary.com gender community celebrate diversity. • Afrikadey! Aug. 9 – 14
www.pridecalgary.ca • GlobalFest: Aug. 20 start
Chinatown Street Festival: Aug. 14, • Calgary International Reggae
Chinatown. Featuring street vendors Primal at the Calgary Zoo: Sep. 10, Festival: Aug. 21
selling everything from jewelry to Calgary Zoo. Get your caveman on • Expo Latino: Aug. 27 – 29,
food and various demonstrations with The Calgary Zoo’s Annual Fund- Prince's Island Park.
such as Tai Chi, and the parade of raiser. www.calgaryzoo.com
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 19
In Our City
Summer Fun for Kids Visit calgary.ca/cns or call 3-1-1 for more
information on all events listed below
Lawnchair Youth Days Family Pool
Theatre Ages 13 – 17. We get together every Parties
Tuesday to Friday. Each day we
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy great do something different—outdoor Hang out with your friends and family
snacks and live entertainment for the activities, sports, cool special guests while enjoying some music and party.
entire family. All events: 6:30 p.m. – and just hanging out in the sun. Each Regular pool admission applies.
8:30 p.m. Thursday we go on a Road Trip to • Aug. 7: Mount Pleasant Pool – 2310
• Aug. 5: Hidden Valley - 10504 awesome local places, like hiking 6th St. N.W.
Hidden Valley Dr N.W. (by in K-Country, Calaway Park and • Aug. 21: Bowview Pool – 1910 6th
outdoor rink) horseback riding. Come on Tuesday Ave. N.W.
• Aug. 12: Tuscany - Tuscany to learn about the Thursday trip. ALL
Meadows Drive and Tuscany summer until August 20.
Meadows Close N.W.
• Aug. 17: Ranchlands – 7713
• MacEwan: MacEwan Dr. and
MacEwan Ter. N.W. (at the “shed” Youth Pool Party
Ranchview Drive N.W. (Behind the next to the playground on MacEwan
outdoor rink) Ter. N.W. in apartment complex). Enjoy music, games, fun and prizes
• Aug. 19: Edgemont - 33 Edgevalley Tue. – Fri. 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. with friends (regular pool admission
Circle N.W. (Thu. times may vary) applies). Ages: 12 – 17 yrs.
• Aug. 26: Bridgeland – Centre Ave • Scenic Acres: 8825 Scurfield Dr. • Aug. 13: Silver Springs Outdoor
East and 7A St. N.E. N.W. Tue. – Fri. 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 Pool, 5720 Silver Ridge Dr. N.W.
p.m. (Thu. times may vary) 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Dalhousie: #205, 4848 Dalton Dr. • Aug. 20: Sir Winston Churchill
Sonics Basketball N.W. Tue. – Fri. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00
p.m. (Thu. times may vary)
Pool, 1520 Northmount Dr. NW.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Huntington Hills: 520 78 Ave N.W. • Aug. 27: Highwood Outdoor Pool,
Free Youth Drop-in
Tue. – Fri. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 25 Holmwood Ave. N.W. 7:00 p.m.
(Thu. times may vary) – 9:00 p.m.
Ages 13 – 17.
Wednesdays Jul. until
Aug. 25, 6:00 p.m.
– 9:00 p.m. at the
Dalhousie Outdoor Courts south of
Win a Free Family Pool Pass
Dalhousie Dr. and Dalford Rd. N.W. Call 3-1-1 and give us your feedback on our summer programs. Your family
(Near LRT Station). will be entered into a draw to win a family swimming pool pass (value: $13).
‘Road’ Hockey Top Eco Rating for Our City
Night in Canada The Mercer Quality of Living Survey recently ranked Calgary No. 28 on
its overall quality-of-living list, but gave the city top spot in a new ecology
Free drop in road hockey for ages 12 – ranking. Calgary, narrowly edged out Honolulu and Ottawa for first place out
17. Mondays until Aug. 23, 6:00 p.m. of 320 cities considered in the evaluation. The "eco-city" ranking includes
– 8:00 p.m. at the Edgemont Outdoor criteria such as water availability, water potability, waste removal, sewage, air
Arena, Edgemont Hill and Edgemont pollution and traffic congestion.
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 21
In Our City
City Hall News Graffiti Vandalism
City Administration reviewed commu- schedule planning sessions to be held Graffiti vandalism is defined as words,
nity associations and social recreation on the first Tuesday for the months of figures, letters or drawings scribbled,
organizations on City land. The report February to July, and September to scratched or sprayed on a surface
now includes all third-party organiza- October, 2011. without consent of the property owner.
tions with facilities on city-owned What do I do if I see graffiti in my
land that Community Services liaises City Administration will consider community?
with and includes financial exposure, leasing surplus City land to a nonprofit
liabilities, and assets. As of June 15, group to provide services for dogs Step 1: Record. Record the exact
2010, they reviewed the financial and their owners. A report on fenced location, colour(s), type of property
statements of 151 groups out of 190. off-leash dog areas will update the and any conveyed message and/or
The remaining 38 have not been rated; Community and Protective Services identifiable markings. Recording graf-
24 submissions are being audited, 14 Committee, by January 2011. fiti vandalism assists in investigations
submissions are past due and one was and helps identify and hold offenders
not required. The majority are posi- The City has bylaws for excessive accountable.
tive, with 100 percent compliance with noise, but Council asked for a cost
insurance and payment. estimate to use new technology, and Step 2: Report. Any graffiti should
enforcement options, with a report to be reported as soon as possible. All
At the July 5 Combined Public Hear- the Land Use, Parking and Transporta- reports will be investigated to verify
ing and City Council Meeting, the tion Committee. Some of the offend- whether the graffiti is vandalism (Il-
Low Density Residential Guidelines ers targeted will be motor vehicles and legal) or urban art (with permission).
for Established Communities were trucks using retarder breaks. Vandalism will be investigated by
passed. Administration will respond to the Calgary Police Service, and ap-
issues raised by communities no later As the downtown public library will prehended offenders will be charged.
than November 2010. They will en- require $53 million in lifecycle costs The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw
gage other stakeholders on developing and $40 million was allocated, demoli- Services will then ensure graffiti is
objective standards and bylaw rules tion was mentioned at the July 5 meet- cleaned in a timely manner. Urban art
for low density infill development in ing of City Council. will be verified by Bylaw Services to
developed areas. Administration will However, there may be other govern- ensure adherence to current bylaws.
bring this forward to November’s ment funding and sponsorship. A To report graffiti vandalism call 3-1-1
Budget adjustment and consider the strategy for the central location, with or visit calgarypolice.ca and click
new project in the Planning Depart- some services housed in an off-site on “online reporting”. If you observe
ment’s 2011 work program. support facility, will be considered in a graffiti vandalism in progress, call
report to the Land and Asset Strategy 9-1-1.
The Council calendar will be approved Committee, by December, 2010.
at the 2010 Organizational Business Step 3: Remove. Remove graffiti
Meeting to be held on October 26, St. John the Evangelist Church, the within 72 hours to:
2010. On July 5, City Council sched- Ogden Hotel (Alyth Lodge), and the • Reduce the change of reoccurrence.
uled Strategic Planning Sessions for Somerville Duplex were designated as • Send a clear message to offenders
the new Council on November 16 Municipal Historic Resources. that defacing property is not
and 17, for an overview of strategy acceptable.
and priorities. City Clerk will likely Anne Burke • Take away the recognition
“The best and most beautiful things in the world Visit the City of Calgary’s website to
cannot be seen, nor touched...but are felt in the see tips on removing graffiti vandalism.
heart.” Helen Keller Calgary Police Service
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In Our City
The Green Space in Your Backyard New Name, Same
You’ve probably noticed lovely green way we have of providing long term Safety Message
spaces in the midst of subdivisions planning for future ring roads and
around the city and wondered just utilities to serve the cities as they The Calgary Police
what they were, and how they were expand. Service has changed the
going to be used. name of the system
So while they may look like lovely that provides crime pre-
In some cases, these green spaces are unused green space, they do have a vention and community
actually TUC – Transportation Util- purpose, sometimes buried, sometimes awareness messages to citizens.
ity Corridors – and they have a very more visible. And because we buy the
definite use. land in advance, they may not be used The Police and Community Telephone
for their intended purpose for a num- (PACT) system will now be known
These are pieces of land the Alberta ber of years, so the government may as the Police & Community
Government owns. The most visible rent the land out in the meantime. Awareness Program (PCAP). The
use for them is roads. And a perfect name was changed to avoid conflict
example of that is Calgary’s ring road, This means they are not an extension with a new social program with the
(Stoney Trail). Planners knew, over 20 of your back yard, so no, don’t plant same acronym.
years ago, that Calgary (and Edmon- trees or build a barbeque on them, or
ton for that matter) was going to need use it as a place to put your lawn clip- PCAP will still distribute pre-recorded
a ring road, and began buying land for pings. phone messages to subscribers to
that purpose as it became available. alert them to criminal activity in their
Today, the ring road around our city is If you want to find out more about communities and offer crime preven-
being built on that land. Until then, it TUC land, or if you are concerned tion and security tips. The CPS, and
was considered to be part of a TUC. about fencing, noise, litter, access, sponsor EnCana, provide this service
trespassing, or maintenance, call free of charge.
We also use TUC land for power lines, Leszek Boczek at 403-355-4097.
pipe lines, regional water and sewer For more information, includ- If you don’t currently receive PCAP
lines and telecommunications lines as ing maps that show where Calgary messages, you may subscribe to the
well as some municipal utilities. TUCs are located visit www.infra- service on the CPS website at www.
structure.alberta.ca>Buildings and calgarypolice.ca. Click on the PCAP
TUCs are really the most effective Land>Transportation Utility Corridor. link near the bottom of the page for
the registration form. You can also
register by calling 403-645-2990.
Thankfully: All About Allergies
With school starting soon, and the fall allergy
season looming, you may want to take a look at
“Happiness is a
an outstanding web site produced by the Calgary butterfly, which when
Allergy Network. Whatever your allergen, from pursued, is always just
peanuts, to mold, to skin problems or breath-
ing problems, this non-profit’s web site has a beyond your grasp, but
wealth of information to help you cope. The site which, if you will sit
provides practical information and resources to
anyone dealing with asthma and allergies, par-
down quietly, may light
ticularly potentially life-threatening allergies. upon you.”
Take a look at this resource at www.calgaryallergy.ca. Nathaniel Hawthorne
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 25
In Our City
You, Your Pets and Summer Mount Yamnuska
As pet owners, warm weather means that dogs are not allowed in school Located 23 km
we take our pets on more trips, spend grounds, playgrounds, sports fields, from Canmore,
more time at the dog park and leave golf courses, cemeteries, wading or Mount
pets outside for longer periods. Being swimming areas. Yamnuska was
proactive can help keep your pet safe a challenging,
and prevent him from getting out or If your dog or cat enjoys being out- yet invigorating
becoming a nuisance to other citizens. side, remember that according to the hike. I am an
bylaw, pets must remain on their own- amateur outdoor person and have
When taking your pet in the car, make ers’ property. For safety, Animal & never been very interested in nature
sure he is in a secured kennel or a har- Bylaw Services recommends that cats and the outdoors, but the breathtaking
ness and safety belt. If you must leave stay indoors. Dogs can be outside in views, and fresh mountain air
your pet alone in the vehicle, there a securely fenced backyard or in a dog converted me to be a nature lover.
must be adequate ventilation. It is run. If an owner is home and super-
unsafe and against the bylaw to leave vising, a dog can be tethered in the As we passed people coming down
pets unattended in a vehicle if the backyard. Dogs cannot be tethered in the mountain, I was taken aback
weather conditions are too hot. backyards when owners are not home. by the kindness of others. Walking
down the sidewalk in the city
With the abundance of parks and Prevention and planning will help doesn’t usually come with smiles
pathways we have in Calgary, dog protect your pet as well as your neigh- and conversation from a passerby.
owners have their pick of places to bours and other citizens in the com- Maybe the fresh air and physical
spend quality time outdoors with their munity. activity does what they say it does…
pooches. It is important to remem- it actually makes you happy!
ber however, that all parks are on Animal & Bylaw Services
leash except where The hike itself was difficult for me,
designated by signs. but for someone in average shape it
Pathways and park- is comparable to a moderate cardio
ing lots, even in workout. There are a few spots on
off-leash areas, are the climb where you can hunker
considered on leash. down for a rest and have something
As a responsible pet to eat. Yamnuska has a 533 meter
owner, when you gain on a well worn path, however
are out and about once you reach the chimney, there is a
with your dog, it is tricky section where a lot of climbing
always necessary to over and up rock is required as you
pick up your dog’s head towards the summit.
waste and to carry
a suitable means to Hiking is an inexpensive activity that
do so. Be aware you and your family can do. Don’t
get stuck in the same old routine day
in day out. Mix it up once in a while!
Dogs in Trucks Check out www.hikealberta.com
for details on Mount Yamnuska and
Keep your dog safe. If he is riding in the back of a truck, the truck bed must many more adventurous, leisure or
be covered by a topper or the dog must be secured in a ventilated kennel. He site seeing hikes.
can also be tethered, but he cannot be standing on bare metal. Protect your
dog by ensuring he is not put in danger of strangulation or can jump or be Megan Hidson
thrown from the vehicle.
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Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Pre-Game Jitters
Monitor your own pre-game rou- sure. Be sure to clarify that even elite positive coping statements. Explain
tine: It has been said that talking athletes they look up to have perfor- to your child that it can be common to
to your kids in the car (somewhat) mance nerves. doubt yourself or get negative during
ensures a captive audience. But watch the heat of competition. Then work
you don’t abuse this tactic. Many Help them focus on the right stuff: with them to come up with some
sport kids complain their parents talk Kids can become overwhelmed by positive game talk to have ready. For
too much about the game and how the stimulating nature of competition. example, “I’ll do my best and I’ll be
they should play on the way to the Help your child narrow their focus to ok” or “I’ll get it next time”.
field. This can feel like a whole lot of something they can manage. Together
pressure to an already geared up young you can come up with one simple Play the ‘same game’: Kids can be
athlete. Let your child take the lead in focus that has to do with a skill they intimidated by going to competitions
the pre game chatter. Ask them if they are learning like ‘keep your eye on the in places they haven’t been before,
want to talk, and whether it should be ball’. Above all be sure to emphasize and with new people. What is the
about sports or something else. that although competition has winners same about training and competition?
and losers, worrying about winning is Lots of things: same equipment, same
Explain that pre-game jitters are not an effective focus. Direct them to coach, same skills etc. Making a list
normal: Don’t panic when your sport focus on skills and let the outcome of of what is the same for your particu-
kid tells you they feel nervous. Ex- the game take care of itself. lar child can help reassure them that
plain that it is normal to feel butterflies many things are familiar and they
in your stomach before you compete, Help them develop positive game are prepared for the challenge of
it means you care about what you’re talk: One way you can help your child competition.
about to do. Kids often worry they are prepare for the stressors of competi-
the only one feeling nervous and un- tion is to help them come up with April Clay, Registered Psychologist
Back to School!
With the hustle and bustle of July loaded and ready to go one week teams, music, theatre, dance, etc.
becoming a distant memory, it is now before their first day of school. Why Keeping your children involved in ac-
time to prepare for the Back to School not have the first few school outfits tivities will make school a much more
frenzy that will ensue. The all ready to go as well? pleasurable experience.
ominous school supply Sending the kids off to
shopping is often left to their first day of school Kids often have a hard time adjust-
that last week before school should be an enjoyable ing to the rigorous school schedule.
starts. Why do we, year af- experience, for you and Waking up in the morning and get-
ter year, subject ourselves to your children. ting going takes several days to get
the stressful, crowded, pain- used to. If you can encourage your
fully long shopping experi- Some kids have a hard children to practice getting up early,
ence during that last week of time getting excited for getting dressed, and having breakfast
August? Don’t we deserve the start of school. It the week before school starts, you will
to rest before the busy is a good idea to reiter- help them to be at their best.
school year begins? Here ate to your children, the
are some tips to make the transition benefits of receiving an education. Be With the assistance and support of
back to school as smooth as possible. sure they know how much fun school parents, children are sure to be well
can be and how much they will learn. prepared for the coming school year.
I would like to challenge Moms and Become educated on what is offered
Dads to have their kids’ backpacks at your child’s school, such as clubs, Megan Hidson
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 29
Raising Financially Responsible Kids A Promise to
It is the parent’s responsibility to teach
money management skills to their
supplies, etc. Change Your Life
children. This process should start Your hope should be that they will run New York Times
when the child is 5 or 6 years old. By out of month before they run out of best-selling author
this age, most children have an under- money. Sound harsh? Well, consider Gary Zukav ex-
standing of money and its value. the alternative. Do you want this to plores the creation
happen when you are not there as a of “authentic
Children who have knowledge about back up? Wouldn’t you rather they power” in his
how money works not only become learn this financial lesson now when new book Spiri-
more fiscally responsible, but they the risk is low versus when they have tual Partnership
also become more responsible in other a mortgage? (HarperOne). He
areas of their lives. Probably the best promises that the
tool to teach money management is an Please don’t insist your children save techniques he shares related to mak-
allowance. all of their allowance. You can’t expect ing conscious choices in your life
them to learn how to manage their will fundamentally change your life
Traditionally a child’s allowance has money if they don’t use their money. and your soul in a very short time.
been tied to the chores they complete. Anger, jealousy, obsessive thoughts,
I would encourage you to not com- Take for example the story of my compulsive activities, and addic-
bine these two entities. When we pay friend whose son had acquired a great tive behaviors are all addressed in
our children to complete household deal of money from birthdays and a this book. With the help of spiritual
chores, we undermine the cooperative summer job. He wanted to spend that partners, who share your goal of
household philosophy. Everyone who money in November on a popular growing spiritually and challenge
lives in a home contributes to the up computer game system which, had he you to be your best, you can change
keep and care of the house. We want waited, would probably be under the the sources of your painful emo-
to teach our children to take ownership tree at Christmas. Mom’s idea was tions. He provides guidelines for
of the home and, by contributing, this to tell him that under no such circum- spiritual partners to use. Children
will happen. stances could he spend that money so and parents, co-workers, friends and
foolishly. couples can all be spiritual partners.
An allowance is given to a child so he
or she can learn to manage money. The But how would mom respond if her Those who are familiar with Zu-
only time I recommend that you pay boss handed her a paycheck and kav’s earlier books know that his
a child for chores is if they are doing said, “Don’t be buying any shoes this advice is clear and simple—and
chores above and beyond the regular weekend. That is not what this money good for the soul. This book pro-
scope of a child’s involvement, or they is for.” vides inspiration for anyone focused
are chores usually done by you, and on their spiritual development.
you don’t want to do them. Mom did give in and let her son spend
the money as he wished. As I pre-
Deliver the allowance at the same time
each week. Provide the money in a pay
dicted, by February he came to her
and shared his disappointment in his
Book of the Month
envelope and insert an invoice. For decision. The game was not what he
example, if your child is six years old, had expected, and now he wished he
the invoice might read: $1 allowance had that money for something else.
+ $6 lunch money. As your children Not only was she not the bad guy, her “No act of kindness no
grow, allow them to manage more son learned a valuable lesson. matter how small is
money and increase the items they will
be in charge of purchasing, including Debbie Elder, Parent Coach
personal care products, clothes, school Aesop
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 31
Go East to the Badlands to Round Farmers’ Markets
Out the Season Please check with markets for times of
operation and other details.
Before the summer season ends, • Airdrie Farmers’ Market:
consider a couple of more road trips Wed. Jun. – Sep. Royal Canadian
with the family or friends. How about Legion.
heading east: to Drumheller, or past • Bearspaw Farmers’ Market: Sun.
Strathmore if you want to stay a bit Jun. – Oct. 25240 Nagway Rd.
closer to home.
• Black Diamond Farmers’ Mar-
ket: Sat. May – Sep. Oilfields
Drumheller has always been a great
destination for the Badlands and dino-
• Blackfoot Farmers’ Market:
saur enthusiast. This year, the Royal
Weekends Jul. – Oct. 5600 – 11
Tyrrell Museum celebrates its 25th
anniversary. In a very short time it has
established itself as Canada's palaeon- • Calgary Farmers’ Market: Year-
tological authority. round, Fri. – Sun. with Thur. start-
ing in July. Currie Barracks.
Alberta Unearthed showcases 25 of • Calgary Grassroots Northland:
the museum’s most significant speci- Tue. Jun. – Sep. 5111 Northland
mens and recounts rarely told stories superb facility. There’s also traditional Dr. N.W.
of discovery. This special exhibit is food and a gift shop. But don’t limit • Calgary Green Market 17: Sun.
about the people, places, and pieces yourself to the building. Take a self- Jun. – Sep. Tomkins Park.
that comprise Canada's dinosaur guided tour of the numerous historic • Chestermere Farmers’ Market-
museum. In addition to the special sites. Fri. evenings Jun. – Aug. On
exhibit, there are nine ever-evolving the Lake.
galleries, fun hands-on activities at Ever wanted to experience a tradi-
• Cochrane Farmers’ Market: Sat.
this great destination. See www.tyr- tional powwow? The historical park
Jun. – Sep. Cochrane Ranche.
rellmuseum.com for information on is hosting a powwow on August 28
and 29. It’s an unbelievable cultural • Crossroads Farmers’ Market:
hours and location.
experience—and don’t forget your Year-round, weekends. 1235 –
camera! 26 Ave. S.E.
Just about an hour’s drive from
Calgary is the Blackfoot Crossing • Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’
From Calgary, Blackfoot Crossing is Market: Wed. Jun. – Sep. 1320 –
Historical Park, where you will enjoy
located 100 km east on Highway 1 5 Ave. N.W.
an exciting, authentic, Blackfoot cul-
(Trans Canada Highway) and 7 km • Millarville Farmers’ Market: Sat.
tural experience. There are fantastic
south on Highway 842 in the Canadian Jun. – Oct. Millarville Race Track.
exhibits, and informative exhibitions,
Badlands Region. See www.black- • Okotoks Farmers’ Market: Fri.
performances and activities at this
footcrossing.ca for details. Jul. – Sep. Country Living.
• South Calgary Public Farmers’
Take A Deep Breath—or Five! Market: Thu. Jun. – Sep. Grey
This is a sure-fire stress buster when you are about to lose your cool. Take • South Fish Creek Farmers’ Mar-
a breath in for a count of five, hold the breath for five, then exhale on a ket: Fri. Jun. – Sep. 333 Shawville
count of five. Do this five times in a row and you will be amazed how much Blvd. S.E.
calmer you feel. Even works in the middle of the night when you can’t get • Strathmore Farmers’ Market:
back to sleep. Fri. Jun. – Sep. Kinsmen Park.
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 33
How to Choose a Family Photographer
Believe it or not that time of year is
coming. For photographers, fall is the
most popular time of year for family
portraits. Not only are the colours
beautiful, but it is getting closer to
the holiday season and photos make
a terrific gift (especially for hard-to-
buy for grandparents). Family photos
are on many family’s minds. Many
families also choose to put a family
photo in their Christmas card.
My focus here is to help you choose
a family portrait experience that you
will treasure for a lifetime. A gift you
give to your children. A morning,
afternoon or evening of your life right
now that will be captured forever.
An event that I believe with all my
being should be experienced by every
family. The photo I have chosen for
this article is one that I think captures
a moment of a family just being. One
of my favourite things.
e-mail, or better yet, give them a call. but also with beautiful options on how
This way you can get a feel for the to display those images so you can
There are a lot of options out there.
photographer and a sense of their enjoy them for many years to come.
Do you want formal or casual? Studio
passion for capturing families. For me We will talk more about this next
or on location? Contemporary or
there is nothing I would rather do than month!
traditional? Candid or posed? How do
capture families in beautiful photos -
you choose? First thing to do is check
the joy it brings to families is a great Believe it or not the time to book is
out photographer websites. Every
gift. now. Custom photographers book up
photographer I know who is serious
very quickly and fall is their busiest
about their business has a website.
Last but not least, everyone’s favourite time of year. To have your choice
Go to it. It’s simple. Do you like what
issue, the cost. Yes, it’s true that of dates, and to get your photos in
you see? Most photographers will
custom photography is a luxury, and time for Christmas, the earlier you
also have a blog connected to their
it’s not inexpensive. I understand book the better. My own cut off for
site, which will show more up to date
that budget is a consideration, but ordering prints in time for Christmas
work. Also it will show a few more
the experience is worth it. With the is November 1. I know that seems like
images from each session so you can
right photographer, not only will you forever away, but it will be here before
get a better feel for the final product.
have a great time, but the resulting you know it - with families at home it
images will be a constant reminder of is amazing how fast time flies!
Now that you have seen something
everything you love about your family.
you like, it’s time to contact the
A professional photographer will Erin Baer
photographer - this is when things
not only provide you with treasured Child and Family Photographer in
start to get exciting. Send them an
images that will make your heart sing, Tuscany
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 35
Keeping Kids Fit
As adults, we think about exercise and • Toddler’s minimum daily activity Remember, par-
keeping fit in the gym, on our tread- should be 1.5 hours per day. ents are the best
mills and in work out classes. For our • Preschooler’s minimum daily role models for
children, keeping fit is all about “play” activity should be 2 hours per day. their children,
and being physically active as they en- • School aged minimum daily activity so by being
gage in fun activities. The percentage should be 1 hour or more. active yourself,
of over weight children continues to you are laying
skyrocket, mainly because they are far Parents can help by establishing regu- the basis for an
more inactive than they should be. The lar physical activities for their children active family.
average child is watching 3 hours of and incorporating fun-filled opportuni- Take the time to
television each day and spending too ties to be active into their children’s be active – the benefits of exercise are
much time sitting down while play- daily routine. Take your children to worth it! You’ll all develop stronger
ing computers and video games. With the playground, go for a family swim, muscles and bones, be less likely to
these staggering statistics, parents re- walk or bike ride, invite friends over become overweight, decrease your risk
ally need to ensure that their children and play outside with a ball, water bal- of developing disease, and you will all
are getting enough daily exercise. loons or squirt guns, encourage them be better equipped to handle physical
to invent their own games/sport, play and emotional challenges.
Here are some basic guidelines to help a game of catch, tag or pick up a game
you get started: of soccer. Miriam Magnus
Food For Thought: Breakfast Cereals
As I walk down the cereal aisle at the Your cereal should have ingredients
grocery store, I start feeling like I’m such as whole grains, oats, psyllium,
in an amusement park gift shop. The and natural flavours. Freeze dried
brightly coloured boxes and catchy fruits are usually added to low fiber
slogans litter our subconscious with refined grain cereals, therefore, stay
propaganda. The cereals that look like away from these and add your own
colours of the rainbow are definitely fresh fruit to add to the nutrition value
the ones to avoid. But, what about the of your breakfast.
one’s that boast “High Fiber”, “Made
With Whole Grains”? They must be What about those instant oatmeal
healthy right? Wrong! The amount packets? Oatmeal is good for you...
of preservatives, sugar, saturated fat, when it’s not laden with sugar and
and artificial flavours in these so called artificial flavouring. Because instant
“healthy” choices are staggering. Be oatmeal is highly processed your body
sure to always read the ingredients digests it quicker than slow cooked
before purchasing any product. oats. If you just don’t have the time,
you could add protein to your instant
Go to your pantry and pull out your oatmeal such as chopped nuts, protein
cereal box. Look at the ingredient powder, or low fat milk to help slow
list. What do you see? White flour, down the digestion process leaving With these simple changes you
high fructose corn syrup, refined corn you feeling fuller, longer. Unflavoured will start your day on a much
or rice, glucose, hydrogenated oils? instant oatmeal is best; you can add healthier note.
These are all ingredients that should your own fruit and spices to avoid the
be avoided. refined sugar. Megan Hidson
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Sit Back and Relax with Reflexology
In our hectic, fast-paced lifestyles, Before having a reflexology session, Therapist (RCRT) stays current with
we don’t often take the time for self- ask what the practitioner’s creden- upgrading, providing that extra assur-
awareness. We accept tials are and if ance that you will be in good hands.
accumulating aches and Reflexology Week they belong to an To find a qualified reflexologist in your
pains as part of aging, organization, such area, www.reflexologycanada.ca or
continuing to ignore sig- is September as the Reflexol- www.reflexologyab.com.
nals that distance us from 19 to 26 ogy Association
our wellness and vitality. of Canada (RAC). Kim Little, Registered Canadian
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to just sit or A Registered Canadian Reflexology Reflexology Therapist (RCRT)
lie back for an hour and receive posi-
tive changes to your body? Reflexol-
ogy can do this for you! Reflexology
is used as complimentary care which Fitness Fun
strives to create a state of balance and
harmony for the whole body. Get outdoors and increase your cardio while bringing
and endurance while having fun! the left knee
Reflexology is an age-old therapeu- to the left
tic practice that integrates all body Water exercises add an element of elbow. Do this
systems through the non-invasive resistance to any move you do and is again reaching
application of finger, thumb, and hand ideal for low-impact exercise that is forward with
pressure to reflex points on the feet, easy on the joints. your left hand,
hands and/or ears. Think of the whole bringing right
body mapped out on the feet. Through Pool Scissor Kicks knee to right
the application of pressure on these • Once in the deep end of the pool, put elbow.
reflexes, positive changes occur in your arms on the edge of the pool, • Continue crawling on hilly terrain
referral areas of the body to promote facing the pool’s wall and bringing going in both up and down directions
self-healing. It promotes relaxation, your upper body out of the water engaging your arms, legs and core to
releases tension, soothes the nervous • Hang on to the edge and simply target those specific muscle groups.
system, improves blood and lymphatic stretch your body out, beginning to
circulation, and promotes normal body slowly kick your legs as though you Sand Side Shuffle with a Lunge
functions. were swimming. • Getting into a low squat position,
• Focus on squeezing the glutes and shuffle feet laterally in one direction
Sessions usually require 45 to 60 engaging the core when fluttering for 10 seconds.
minutes. During a session, you may your legs. • Take the leading leg into a side lunge
feel some sensitive areas, indicating • Do continuously for two minutes being careful not to extend the knee
possible congestion in the correspond- continuously then take a 30 second past the toe.
ing area of the body. Working through break. Repeat four times. • Reach down to touch the leading leg
these congested areas, tension is and then return to original low squat.
released. After a session, most people Parks and beaches are great places to position and perform side shuffle in
feel calm and relaxed; some people bring out your inner child and kick the opposite direction.
feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle your workout routine up a notch!
the day; others experience fatigue, Do three reps in each direction (six in
which normally lessens in the follow- Spiderman Crawl Uphill total) with 30 seconds rest. Repeat for
ing hours or days. The more often you • Position yourself into a low plank four sets.
receive reflexology, the more benefi- keeping your body in a straight line –
cial it will become in maintaining your don’t let those hips creep up! Sammie Kennedy, leading Canadian
well-being. • Reach forward with your right hand fitness authority
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A Good Word for Muscle Soreness
Can you spot the person that just curs while you are exercising and can
started working out? She’s the one be described as acute, unilateral pain,
hobbling around with sore quads and swelling and bruising.
can’t sit down or get up every easily.
Too funny...but not if it’s you! I can’t move! There are ways to al-
leviate DMOS. Following is a list of
If you want your body to look dif- ways to make those muscles ache a
ferent, you have to move it in differ- little less even when you are pushing
ent ways, and that sometimes means yourself to the limit:
muscle soreness, especially when • Warm up the muscles thoroughly.
starting out with a new program. Most • Cool down after exercise.
people are disappointed to hear that • Do stretching between sets.
this will never end. • Increase intensity of exercise slowly
I’ve been training for a very long time • Get back into the gym. Doing some
and I still get sore because I try to light cardiovascular work will usu-
bring a higher intensity to my workout ally loosen up muscles as blood is
each day. However, I don’t get that delivered to the aching areas.
debilitating soreness that comes at • Avoid intense training of the sore soreness, it’s time to bump up the
the start of your program that some muscles before hitting them hard intensity.
experience. I suggest that you start off with another workout.
at about 60-70% effort for the first 2-3 • Non steroidal anti-inflammatory Always a challenge…Your job in
workouts if you haven’t worked out in medications (such as ibuprofen) will your fitness journey is to push your-
months. By the fourth workout, you reduce soreness temporily but will self to new limits every day. As we
can bump up your effort to 90-100%. not speed healing. age, this may mean meeting a similar
challenge from our past. To me this is
What causes muscle soreness and is The pain is gone… Now what? That a step forward. Try to push your limits,
it a good thing? Most will experience muscle soreness will subside with where ever or what ever they are, but
what’s called ‘delayed onset muscle time. And when it does, it’s an indica- be realistic and allow for enough re-
soreness’ (DOMS) after starting tion that you need to push yourself a covery time. If you are really too sore
something new. This is caused by the little more. I must say that soreness is to workout, try some lower intensity
eccentric contraction or forceful con- not always an indication that you’ve movement to ease up that soreness and
traction of muscles while lengthening. had a good workout, but it is some- try again the following day.
Microscopic muscle tears occur and what telling. If you never feel muscle
the amount of soreness depends on tiredness, fatigue and some muscle Shawna Kaminski
the intensity of the work done to the
muscle. This is a common and neces-
sary response to resistance training in
particular as muscles become stronger
Vitamin D and MS
and develops stamina. Soreness peaks Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic shown that higher vitamin D blood
within the first two days of exercise disease of the central nervous system, levels are associated with lower risk,
and subsides after a few days. This is and it has recently been in the news a less relapses and a slower progression
not an indication that you should quit lot related to new surgical procedures of MS. Scientists are calling for a
exercising. In fact, getting back exer- spearheaded by an Italian doctor, as standard vitamin D intake of 2000 IU/
cising will ease the pain of the sore- well as the benefits of vitamin D. day. If you are interested in learning
ness. DOMS should not be confused more about this topic, visit
with a muscle strain or tear. This oc- Recent epidemiological studies have www.vitamindandms.org.
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Home & Garden
Help for The Remodeling-Challenged Tips for Growing
"Whether you're an expert do-it- backsplash or add a new one. Orchids
yourselfer or this is your first home • Install granite tile instead of a
improvement project, the Internet slab—Granite kitchen counters can Think orchids are just for
can be an excellent resource," said be a $5,000 upgrade. Instead, put in those with green thumbs?
Danny Lipford, host of the nationally 12-inch granite tiles for as little as Think again. "Orchids are
syndicated television show, "Today's $300 in materials. really easy to grow," says
Homeowner with Danny Lipford," • Freshen up your bathroom—Try Justin W. Hancock, editor
and frequent contributor to "The simple updates like regrouting tile of Better Homes & Gar-
Early Show" on CBS. "And the tools or reconditioning cabinets. The new dens online (BHG.com). "The array of
available on the Web just keep getting Method bathroom faucet collection varieties, spectacular colors and exotic
better and better— with educational from Moen features clean lines, soft shapes makes them the perfect decora-
videos, downloadable shopping lists, curves and a sophisticated, modern tive choice to add beauty and style to
budget and return-on-investment cal- look, and its eco-friendly, offering every home."
culators." 30% water savings.
According to Hancock, Phalaenop-
Start your renovation by concentrat- Websites like dannylipford.com are a sis or "moth orchids" are the perfect
ing on the rooms you use the most great place to get ideas. The site DIY- choice for beginners. "Besides being
and offer the best return on invest- network.com gives visitors an over- the most popular, they are the easiest
ment (ROI): your kitchen and your view of a variety of kitchen projects, to grow, rewarding you with months of
bathroom. According to Remodel- with step-by-step instructions, a list of showy blooms with little to no effort,"
ing Magazine's 2010 Cost vs. Value the materials needed and the products Hancock says.
report, homeowners will recoup the their designers recommend. And,
greatest share of their costs by forego- there's a time frame, price range and Here are a few easy tips to grow
ing super-deluxe projects in favor of difficulty level listed for every proj- orchids that will reward you with
mid-range kitchen and bath remodels. ect. Moen's website is another great blooms for months:
A mid-range kitchen remodel brings resource and features many design and
an average 72.1% return on investment planning videos. Always wait until the bark or moss
and a mid-range bathroom project has is almost completely dry before
an average 71% cost recovery. Courtesy of ARAcontent watering. Depending on the type and
season, most orchids should only be
Realtor magazine offers a few bud- watered about once a week. Never
get-minded "mid-range" kitchen or leave your orchid in standing water.
bath enhancements to consider when
remodeling: Be sure to keep your orchid out
• Add or replace tile—Purchase of direct sunlight. Place them in a
low-cost tiles to replace a dated well-lit area, but not in direct sunlight,
or it will not bloom. If exposed to
direct sunlight their leaves will suffer
August Gardeners’ Tips sunburn and become unsightly with
black splotches. Remember, the larger
• Discontinue fertilizing trees, shrubs, covers out again—yes, we know, you the leaf of your orchid, the less light it
and roses. They’re getting ready never put them away! needs.
for the long winter ahead, and don’t • Dry flowers and herbs by tying them
need a growth spurt at this time into bunches with string and hanging For more tips, visit www.costafarms.
of year. them upside down in a cool com/orchidsareeasy.
• To get the most of your flowers for dry place.
as long as possible, get the frost Courtesy of ARAcontent
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Science & Technology
Internet Non-Latin Script Names Technology Is the
For the first time in the Internet’s Top-level domain names are the New Detective
40-year history, three countries can standard .com, .edu or .ca endings on a
use non-Latin script for their domain web address. Egypt was the very first in Crime
names. country to receive an Arabic address,
using the .masr domain, written in IBM recently identified three smart
All three use Arabic script and can be Arabic. “Masr” means Egypt in Ara- technologies that have the potential
written right to left, said the Internet bic. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab to make our communities safer in the
Corporation for Assigned Names and Emirates have also received ICANN years to come. They include:
Numbers (ICANN). permission. The new addresses may
not work on all computers yet. Caught in the act—Imagine if police
“Arabic is among the most highly used could prevent a robbery before it hap-
languages on the Internet today,” said ICANN has received 21 requests for pened? With new advancements in
ICANN, the agency which assigns Internet domain names in 11 different technology, police services across the
domain names. “Users in the Middle languages, including Chinese, Rus- country are doing just that. Analyz-
East will now have easier access to the sian, Tamil and Thai. ing millions of data points housed in
Internet.” various police records, new technolo-
gies can help unveil crime trends and
patterns, providing officers insight on
Even Love Letters Have Gone Digital where offenders may strike next.
A recent survey of busy young pro- love you" for the first time over e-mail It's all in the details—It's often a
fessionals (ages 22-35) conducted by or instant messenger programs like mundane detail that ultimately solves
Microsoft indicates more people are Windows Live Messenger. a crime. A nickname. A parking
trading in calligraphy and scented ticket. A past address. These mundane
stationery for e-mail and even text Courtesy of ARAcontent details—billions of them— populate
messages. In fact, 79% of busy young filing cabinets and data warehouses.
professionals surveyed have sent or Police forces will soon have the ability
received an e-mail love letter within You don't have to be Casanova to make connections between crimes,
the past two years, with more than to send a memorable love letter. stitching together details and identify-
77% reporting that they love receiving Here are a few simple tips: ing duplicate records stored in mul-
e-mail love letters, since e-mail is their tiple databases.
primary means of communication. 1. Be your most romantic self: Fo-
cus on the other person. One call does it all—After witness-
There are major advantages to sending 2. Be specific and sincere: Highlight ing an accident, it is often difficult
or receiving a love letter via e-mail, unique quirks or characteristics you to know what emergency service is
including the ability to refer back to love about the person, recall special required. Fire? Ambulance? Police? At
it easily, and from anywhere. 86% of memories you've shared, or write the new Emergency Response Center
people surveyed who have received an about the reasons why you fell in in Madrid, advanced technology im-
e-mail love letter say they saved them love with him or her. mediately alerts police, ambulance and
in their inbox. With very large stor- 4. Spice up the presentation: Try the fire brigade.
age limits through free e-mail provid- adding color, special photos of the
ers like Windows Live Hotmail, it's two of you or graphics. Learn more about smarter
especially simple to access an old love 5. Double-check details and the "to" public safety technologies at
letter. line before hitting "send"—one out www.asmarterplanet.com.
of 10 people have sent love letters to
More than 27% percent of people sur- the wrong person by mistake! News Canada
veyed report that they've been told "I
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Honey I Shrunk The Mortgage
Isn’t that a great phrase? It seems to sarily tell you. After all, the bank is your funds with your existing mort-
be the Canadian obsession to pay off a business and in business to make gage. The mechanics are quite simple
ones mortgage. The problem is few money. and with the proper guidance you can
people know how to become your own mortgage holder.
do this. Well there is Some people tell me
the obvious method of they don’t have any Whether you’re thinking of renewing
placing extra monthly extra money because it your mortgage or obtaining your first
payments towards the is “trapped” in an RRSP. mortgage, arm yourself with good
mortgage and also at Well, what about mov- information and ask the right questions
anniversary but with ing your mortgage into so you can say….. ”Honey I shrunk
all good intentions how your RRSP. Better to the Mortgage”.
many of use actually pay yourself than the
do. Many don’t take this bank. There are methods Vic Cotton, Mortgage Associate,
into account when choosing a mort- available that enable you to swap out MyMortgage.ca
gage product. People put too much
emphasis on the “rate “ and
not enough on the entire mortgage
product. Pinching Pennies
So, the first step to paying off your Saving money is now more impor-
mortgage early is to evaluate your tant than ever. Making purchases at
mortgage product. Make sure you the end of the season is a great way
have the option to make extra pay- to avoid hundreds of dollars of over
ments monthly as well as at the end of spending. Stores are already bringing
each year. This is an important option in autumn clothing and accessories.
when selecting a lender and mortgage Summer stock sales are beginning;
product. Remember, it’s not always now is the time to start preparing for
about the rate. next summer.
Second is to enter into a split mort- Think of the things around your home, • Sandals
gage that enables you to not only garden, and closet that you haven’t • Summer dresses
have a great mortgage but also a line managed to accomplish yet. What • Shorts
of credit attached to an investment. would you like to have or do at the • Tank tops
The investment pays a return that is close of this summer, or for next year? • Sun glasses
placed against your mortgage. The • Bathing suits
Synergy Mortgage Product takes a Here is a list of summer accessories
25 year mortgage and enables you that can be purchased at the end of the Miscellaneous:
to pay it off in as little as 14 years season: • Sun screen
(this is at today’s investment return) • Summer toys
without you personally making any Yard/Garden: • Beach bags
extra payments. Yup...You’re hearing • Grass seed/fertilizer • Camping/hiking gear
me correctly...you can pay off a 25 • Potting soil/Top soil
year mortgage in as little as 14 years • Solar lights By making a few small changes to the
without any more money out of your • Garden ornaments way you shop now, pinching pennies
pocket. These products exist...maybe • Patio furnitur will become a habit in no time!
not all banks want you to payoff your • Barbeques
mortgage early so they don’t neces- • Gardening equipment/tools Megan Hidson
THE TUSCANY SUN AUGUST 2010 47
Food & Drink
Prevent Food Illness in The Heat Bold, Brine and
Lots of sunshine and heat can easily food you plan to save for the next day. “Beerinades”
turn picnics and barbecues into a breed- • Cook your meats, fish and poultry
ing ground for harmful bacteria, such thoroughly. Make a bold
as salmonella. “Our testing for gastro- • Use a clean plate when taking food statement
intestinal related illness does increase off the grill. with your
somewhat during the barbecue season,” • Melon is a favorite summer fruit but it marinades this
says Dr. Doug Tkachuk at LifeLabs, a is at greater risk of contamination due fall: add beer.
leading diagnostic test centre. to its netted rind. Be sure to wash the Grill expert
surface thoroughly before cutting. Do Brian Misko
LifeLabs food safety tips: not leave cut melons at room temper- of the award
• Wash hands often during meal ature for more than two hours. winning,
preparation to prevent bacteria from • Food items prepared with mayon- Vancouver-based House of Q knows
spreading. naise, or those high in protein should a thing or two about the art of “beeri-
• When using a cooler, separate raw be chilled until served and as soon as nades.” He suggests marinating pork
meat from ready-to-eat foods to pre- possible after. in a Rickard's Red infused beer brine
vent cross-contamination. • Always keep food out of the tempera- before hitting the grill to bring-out the
• Keep hot food hot and cold food ture danger zone of 4° C to 60° C in succulent, juicy characteristics of pork.
cold. Cover hot foods such as steak, which bacteria can grow. After only
chicken or hot dogs in foil to retain two hours in this temperature range Rickard's Brined Chops
heat and eat them right away. food can become dangerous. 4 Servings
• Cold foods should stay chilled at 4°
C or below. Promptly refrigerate any News Canada Ingredients:
• 3-4 pork chops
• 1 bottle Rickard's Red beer
Types of Cherries • 2-3 tbsp molasses
• 1-2 tbsp Kosher salt
• Chelan: The leading early-ripening flavor. • Salt/pepper or BBQ rub
sweet cherry of the Pacific Northwest. • Skeena: Large, very firm, very sweet
Firm, round, heart-shaped fruit of and almost red-black in color. This Preparation:
good size and mahogany red color. late season variety has a very dense 1. Mix the beer, salt and molasses until
• Tieton: Extraordinarily large in size, texture. dissolved.
with excellent firmness and a mild • Sweetheart: A large, bright red cher- 2. Immerse the pork chops into the
sweet flavor; an early-season mahoga- ry with a mild, sweet flavor and out- liquid and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
ny red cherry. standing firmness. This heart-shaped Remove, rinse and dry with a paper
• Bing: The leading commercial sweet cherry is bounteous into August. towel. Sprinkle with salt and pepper or
cherry in North America, its fruit is barbecue rub.
firm, juicy and a deep mahogany red News Canada 3. Grill pork chops on direct high heat
when ripe. Exceptionally large and for about 3-5 minutes and turn once
intensely sweet. color has been set. Grill the other side
• Rainier: An attractive, exceptionally and then move to a cooler spot on your
large, yellow cherry with a bright grill until done.
red blush. Delicately flavored with 4. Rest for five minutes. Devour pork
extraordinary sugar levels, the flesh chops with grilled sweet potatoes,
is pure yellow, very firm and finely sautéed apples, etc.
• Lapins: This large, mahogany red News Canada
cherry exhibits excellent firmness and www.facebook.com/RickardsCanada
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Eyewear's Evolution to Fashion Status
Today, eyewear is both a necessity and
a fashion accessory. For Glasses, Keep
“Eyewear follows fashion's cue,” says Front Interest Subdued
Beverly Suliteanu, creative director Similar to other small scale accesso-
and vice-president of product develop- ries such as jewellery and watches,
ment for Wescan Optical. “Like buy- the tiniest detail can make a dramat-
ing clothing, people choose eyewear ic difference to the overall design,
that makes a statement about who and in the case of eyewear even
they are, and seek out eyewear that is more so, since they sit front and
influenced by current fashion run- centre on your face. This very point
way trends.” It's not uncommon for is integral to eyewear design.
people to have an eyewear wardrobe
consisting of a pair for everyday or create eye-catching visual interest; “Because glasses are the first thing
work, a pair for special occasions and • The artful use of embellishment via people see when they look at your
a casual pair for weekends. graphic patterns and exotic textures face, it's important to keep the front
• Vibrant shades of blue, purple and interest more subdued and play up
Styles that make a statement will be red, as well as softer crystal and trans- dramatic design on the side where
at the top of 2010s radar. When it lucent hues; it's less obvious, Suliteanu counsels.
comes to eyewear, think in terms of • Clever design combinations which She adds that, “eyewear shouldn't
fashion's “item” jacket, “hot” shoe or pair metal fronts with acetate temples overshadow your style and person-
“it” handbag. Look for uniquely styled and vice versa; and ality, it should enhance it!”
frames that speak to your individuality, • Classic neutrals such as gray, brown
through color and distinctive design. and black are also important (espe- Additional insight into Wescan
cially in men's frames). Brown is the Optical fashion brands can be found
Fashion eyewear trends for 2010: “little black dress” of eyewear, be- online at fysh.com, kliik.com and
• Retro-inspired eye shapes that have a cause it's more subtle than black and evatik.com.
modern and more wearable vibe; easier to wear.
• Details such as metallic finishes, bold News Canada
color blocking, marbling and layering News Canada
Fall’s Fashion Colors Arresting and Innovative
Every season brings with it new trends The Institute says that while colours • Golden Glow: and earthy, deep
in colour—for clothes and home continue to reflect consumers’ need for yellow;
fashions. One of the leading colour practicality, they are also conjure up • Living Coral: evocative of a tropical
experts in the world, the Pantone images of travel and adventure. Here destination;
Color Institute updates its colour trend are some of the colours they see for • Endive: crisp and fresh yellow-
predictions regularly. This fall they the fall season: green;
are calling for surprising and intrigu- • Purple Orchid: leaning to fuchsia; • Oyster Gray: a lighter take on the
ing color combinations “inspired • Chocolate Truffle: a rich brown with tradition fall gray; and
by the ongoing phenomenon of film plum undertones; • Rose Dust: a romantic, flattering
animation, vivid colours are often • Woodbine: a new neutral green; beige.
juxtaposed in inventive ways, creat- • Lagoon: this season’s turquoise, and
ing arresting and extraordinary colour the Pantone color of the year; See more of the coming color trends
combinations.” • Lipstick Red: very sensual; and at www.pantone.com.
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How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Barking at People
Walking Past Our House or Backyard?
Your dog barks at people passing the once or twice and then goes to his bed, clip a long line on to his collar before
house or the yard because he will receive a reward. sending him out, and then when you
it is self reinforcing. This This is an ideal system as call him you can coax him back to you
could be due to the fact I’m sure we all appreciate using the line.
that he simply gets excited being alerted to people
and enjoys barking at the near our home, but If your dog is barking out of boredom
world outside or it could would also like our dogs and uses people watching as a hobby,
be because it upsets him to settle down shortly it may be a good idea to consider
to have strange people thereafter. alternate ways to stimulate his mind,
near his house and he such as using interactive toys like
feels better warning them Training in the backyard Kongs, Canine Genius Toys, Puzzle
away. will follow a similar Toys, and Tug-a-Jugs. Safe chew toys
routine. Allow your dog can also be a great way to focus your
Since it is a self to bark once or twice and dog’s excess energy.
reinforcing behaviour it then call him in to his bed
is very difficult to control when you for a cookie. If he will not come, then Calgary Humane Society
are not at home. In this case ideas for
management of the situation should
be looked at. Blocking areas that offer
view to the outside world, or simply Reduce Your Pet's
placing visual blocks over windows
or slat fencing is a great way to take Environmental “Paw-Print”
away the opportunity for your dog to
practice the behaviour. Kenneling is Purina's Paws for the Planet initiative cat litter boxes. Give them a good
also a great tool for keeping your dog shares green tips with pet lovers to re- scrub using hot water and vinegar.
safe and calm when you are not home. duce their impact on the environment • By placing a bell on your cat's collar,
at www.PawsForThePlanet.ca. Here birds and other wildlife will be
When you are at home, you can begin are a few pet friendly green tips to get alerted.
to train more pleasing behaviours. you started: • Grow your own organic catnip. Your
Training a really well solidified “go cat will thank you.
to your bed” cue, will ensure that you Green Tips for your dog:
can break the dog’s fixation from the • Explore the neighborhood with Green Tips for all pets:
window and redirect him to a more your dog on foot. By minimizing • Resources are being stretched at
appropriate behaviour. Remember driving, you can reduce your carbon animal shelters. Consider adopting a
that sending your dog to his bed or his footprint. deserving pet.
kennel should never be a punishment. • Always leash your dog in forests, • Use pet shampoo and grooming
wildlife areas and wetlands to products that are phosphate-free to
If your dog is barking at the window, minimize their impact on plant life help keep our water clean.
then happily ask him to go to his bed and wildlife. • Buy non-toxic recyclable toys and
and reward him for doing so. Give • Use eco-friendly biodegradable dog accessories for your pet—they're
him squeaky toys or chew bones to waste bags since plastic bags can good for the environment and easy
help direct his arousal on to more take decades to decompose. on your pet's digestive system.
appropriate items. If this routine is a
consistent and positive one, your dog Green Tips for your cat: Jenine LaFayette, News Canada
will start to learn that when he barks • Avoid using bleach when cleaning
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Become a Better Investor by Understanding Risk
What does it take to be a successful investor, you might lean toward For example, when it comes to
investor? You need a variety of sacrificing higher returns for retirement, the return you’ll need
attributes, including patience, discipline greater stability of principal. By from your investments depends
and a long-term vision of what you understanding what level of risk on several factors: your age, your
want to achieve. But you also need to you can comfortably tolerate, you’ll retirement lifestyle, your available
understand the role of risk in investing. be in a better position to stick with sources of income, your desired
your investment strategy through up legacy and so on. To achieve your
When investors think about risk, they and down markets. goals, you’ll need to find the right
typically think of the various risks • Risk capacity — While your risk balance between the returns you
associated with different types of tolerance defines how comfortable need or anticipate and the amount
investments. For example, investments
you are with risk, your risk capacity of risk you are comfortable with.
such as stocks carry market risk, which
refers to how much risk you can
is the risk that you could lose money if
handle based on your financial Ultimately, your challenge will be
you sell shares whose market price has
situation, goals and timeline. When to balance your risk tolerance, risk
fallen below your purchase price. Other
you are young and have many years capacity and required risk as factors in
investments – for example, certificates
to invest, you have more time to a comprehensive investment strategy.
of deposit – offer inflation risk,
overcome losses, and so you have By creating this strategy and sticking
meaning the fixed return they provide
a greater ability to handle volatility with it over time, you’ll be able to
may not keep pace with inflation.
— a greater risk capacity — than make investment decisions based
someone who is retired. Also, the on your needs and goals rather than
In addition to learning about the risks
emotionally reacting to the constant
associated with various investments, more discretionary income you
changes in market conditions.
it’s also important to understand have, the larger your risk capacity,
Over time, of course, your thoughts
the following three concepts: risk because you won’t be as dependent
about risk may evolve to reflect
tolerance, risk capacity and required on your investment portfolio to changes in your life and objectives.
risk. Let’s consider each of them: help provide the income you’ll As this happens, you will want to
eventually need for your long-term review your investment mix with your
• Risk tolerance — It’s useful to goals, such as retirement. financial advisor, and make whatever
know your own risk tolerance. changes are required to help you stay
If you are an aggressive investor • Required risk — The higher the on track toward your long-term goals.
by nature, you may be willing to return necessary to reach your
take on a higher degree of risk in goals, the more potential risk you’ll Provided By Kevin Baer,
exchange for potentially higher need to take on — in other words, Financial advisor in NW Calgary
returns. If you’re a conservative the greater your “required risk.”
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