No Two SNOWFLAKES Alike?
SIGNAL HILL SUBURBAN JOURNAL JANUARY 2010 3
In Our City
Signal Hill Community Association
www.shca.ca The Bowness Historical Society is the event and transportation will be
printing a new book “Bowness: Then provided for those in need. To register
Elected Officials and Now”. Residents, past or present, phone Michelle at 403-286-1811.
Alderman: or persons with knowledge of
Joe Connelly Bowness are invited to participate Robbie Burns Fundraiser:
403-268-2430 with their family history, pictures, etc. Saturday January 30, 6:00 p.m.
firstname.lastname@example.org Call Carole at 403-288-1737 or Inga at the Varsity Community Centre
at 403-288-2055. in support of Alberta Rocky
MLA: Mountain Highland Dancers
Ron Liepert The Bowness Monument Project (ARMHD). Tickets to the Robbie
403-216-5439 will proceed in May, 2010. If you Burns night are just $40 a person or 2
email@example.com have loved ones who lived in Bowness tickets for $70 and include a delicious
and have passed away, and you would meal - with the traditional Haggis and
MP: like their name on the monument, a delightful line up of entertainment.
Rob Anders “don’t delay, call today”. Marg at For tickets and more information to
403-292-6666 403-288-5561 the Robbie Burns night, email Stacey
firstname.lastname@example.org Lunt at email@example.com or call
Seniors’ Chocolate and Chat Café: 403-201-9048.
The Northwest Seniors’ Network will
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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.
Connections to Collections, Jeff
Thomas and Paul Wong:
Until Feb. 21
Connections to Collections invites
artists Paul Wong and Jeff Thomas
to investigate Glenbow’s collections
and create new works based on their
examination. The result is new works
in response to the story of Alberta’s
CAPS Calgary Fast Track Program
(Speaker School): Jan. 6 – Jun. 1
Inglewood Co-Op Monthly 23 White Ave., Bragg Creek audience with four renowned health
Assist individuals who are committed Come see this Canadian icon in an experts. www.mtroyal.ca
to becoming professional speakers intimate setting. www.braggcreekca.
and seminar, workshop and training com/upcomingevents.htm LG Snowboard FIS World Cup:
leaders. http://www.capscalgary.ca/ Jan. 30
event_speaker_school2010.html Alzheimer''s Disease Community Canada Olympic Park
Information Forum: The world's best snowboarders
The Calgary Motorcycle Show: Jan. 23, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. compete for money and recognition in
Jan. 8 – 10 Calgary Jewish Community Centre the halfpipe event.
BMO Centre Do you know someone affected by www.canadasnowboard.ca
Canada’s premier motorcycle show. Alzheimer’s disease or a related
www.calgarymotorcycleshow.ca dementia? Attend this free information Beyond Likeness: Contemporary
forum to learn more about the Works from the Portrait Gallery of
Singles Glow In The Dark resources available, what you can do Canada: Jan. 30 – Apr. 9,
Bowling (5pin): now, and what you need to do next. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Jan. 9, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. www.AlzheimerCalgary.com The Art Gallery of Calgary
The Bowling Depot This is a rare opportunity to see
Join other like minded singles at our Dr. Gabor Mate Weekend contemporary works from the national
Cosmic Bowling Night with a light Workshop: Jan. 23 to Jan. 24 portrait collection held by Library and
show, music and prize draws. South Calgary Community Archives Canada.
www.meetmarketadventures.com Association www.artgallerycalgary.org
Gain or strengthen your capacity to
High Performance Rodeo: drop the negative and enervating The Kingston Prize 2009, Canada’s
Jan. 19 – 22 self-judgments that are blocking National Portrait Competition:
EPCOR CENTRE your path towards self-knowledge, Jan. 30 – Apr. 9,
Presented by One Yellow Rabbit. self-awareness and self-love. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Showcases new local and national www.dankridyl.com The Art Gallery of Calgary
works by original and respected talent. The $10,000 Kingston Prize is
www.oyr.org Body of Knowledge Lecture Series: awarded in a biennial national
Jan .28, Feb. 25, Apr. 1, May 6 competition for contemporary portraits
An Intimate Evening with Murray Mount Royal University of Canadians by Canadian artists.
McLauchlan: Jan. 21, 8:00 p.m. This series of inspiring, entertaining www.artgallerycalgary.org
The Bragg Creek Centre, and informative lectures connects the
SIGNAL HILL SUBURBAN JOURNAL JANUARY 2010 7
In Our City Your Safety
toques to exchange wet garments for
Signal Hill Sledding Safety dry ones.
• Take breaks to warm up out of the
Library Sledding is a fun and exciting activity
cold. Ensure frostbite hasn’t affected
any exposed skin, frequently the
that thousands of children and adults
finger tips, toes, ears, the tip of the
• Drop-In Family Storytime: Tue. enjoy every winter. It is one of several
nose, and other high points on the
Jan. 12 – Feb. 16, 10:15 a.m. – great outdoor pastimes that make this
face such as the cheek bones.
10:45 a.m. OR Thu. Jan. 14 – Feb. snowy time of year more enjoyable.
• If frost bite has occurred, treat it by
18, 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Join us But while sledding is a lot of fun, it is
first removing the individual out of
for stories, songs and fingerplays the not without its risks.
the cold environment. Gently warm
whole family can enjoy! For ages
the affected skin by placing a warm
2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver. No Alberta Health Services, Emergency
hand over it or by placing the
registration required. Medical Services would like to remind
affected part in warm water (not hot;
everyone most sledding injuries can
~41oC max.) until re-warmed.
• Relieving Headaches Naturally: be prevented. Injuries may result from
Tue. Jan. 19, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. collisions with stationary objects such
Learn how a blend of science and as trees and rocks or with other people
• Avoid hills that are too steep, or too
nature can help ease your headache on the hill. Unprotected falls can result
icy– you might lose control very
pain. Presented by Naturopathic in injury if you lose control at high
Doctor Gayle (Heath) Maguire. speeds. Everyone is at risk – especially
• Choose hills free of obstacles such as
children. Educate your family how
trees, rocks, utility poles, or fences.
• The Renovation Planner: Tue. to stay safe and follow these simple
• Don’t sled on hills that end with a
Jan. 26, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Good safety tips for a fun day on the
road or busy parking lot at the
homes start with a good plan. Find toboggan hill.
out how to design, budget, schedule,
• Never go down a hill head first or
and execute a great renovation. Equipment
• Make sure your sled is in good
• Avoid sledding at night if the hill is
• Reflexology for Seniors’ Health: condition. Don’t use sleds with
not well lit.
Fri. Jan. 29, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. broken parts, sharp edges, or splits in
• Consider using sleds that you can
Access the benefits of this alternative the material.
easily control. Inner tubes, crazy
practice—learn how it can help, • If your sled won’t stop, or if you are
carpets, and flying saucers cannot
what to expect, and experience out of control, roll off your sled onto
hands-on demonstrations. Presented the snow. You can always retrieve
by the Calgary Alberta Chapter, your sled afterward.
Alberta Health Services
Reflexology Association of Canada. • Currently, there are no helmets
Ages 50 and up. designed specifically for sledding.
However children should wear a
Visit www.calgarypubliclibrary.com properly fitted helmet designed
for more information on these for high impact collisions, such as
programs. Registration is required for hockey, cycling, or climbing helmets.
all programs unless otherwise noted.
• Be conscious of clothing that
contains drawstrings, or loose
clothing, such as scarves, which
may present a choking hazard if they
become caught or snagged.
• Dress warmly in layers and
anticipate weather changes. Consider
bringing extra sets of gloves and
SIGNAL HILL SUBURBAN JOURNAL JANUARY 2010 9
Help Police Stop Vehicle Prowlers
It’s not only vehicles thieves are well-lit area and using an
interested in — it’s also what’s inside anti-theft device such as a
them. car alarm or steering
wheel locking device.
The Calgary Police Service suggests Prowlers who see that your
taking a few simple preventive car is protected are more
measures to help protect your vehicle likely to move on to a car
from being broken into, or even stolen: that doesn’t have security
• Take your purse or wallet with you
— never leave them in the vehicle If you become a victim of a
(thieves know all your favourite car prowling, it’s important
hiding places). to call the police
• Always lock your vehicle doors. immediately —regardless com/districts. You can also call
• Do not leave your vehicle running of the extent of loss or insurance the Calgary Police Service general
unattended, even for a few seconds coverage. These incidents are rarely number at 403-266-1234 and provide
(this is an invitation to steal your isolated, and thieves often work for police with as much information as
vehicle’s contents or the vehicle several days or weeks in a row. Early you can: where and when the incident
itself). information can help police identify occurred, what damage was done and
• Store valuables and shopping bags areas of concern and catch the culprits. what was taken (including a list of
out of sight within the vehicle. serial numbers and descriptions of the
• When you’re shopping, it’s best to To report an incident, visit your local stolen items).
keep your shopping with you (if you district office. District phone numbers
drop it off at your vehicle and then can be found on the Calgary Police For more crime prevention tips, visit
return to the store or mall, it can alert Service website at www.calgarypolice. www.calgarypolice.ca.
thieves that there may be something
worth stealing in your vehicle). If
you need to drop off your shopping,
move your vehicle to a different
parking spot before going back into
Pre-Trip Planning Crucial to
• Take removable stereo face plates or
Avoid Avalanche Dangers
stereos with you when you leave the According to the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC), there are an average of
vehicle. 14 avalanche fatalities per year in Canada. A number of common mistakes put
• Don’t leave CDs in your car, as they many backcountry recreationists at an increased risk of being involved in an
are untraceable if stolen. avalanche accident, including:
• Don’t leave anything in your vehicle • poor trip preparation;
overnight. • lack of knowledge recognizing avalanche terrain;
• inability to assess snow stability; and
Shopping centre parking lots are • unskilled backcountry search and rescue techniques.
common areas for car prowling and
theft, so many malls employ One of the best ways to avoid getting caught in an avalanche is to choose
security guards to deter potential routes that are appropriate for the conditions. At the CAC trip planning
thieves; however, thieves also target section at www.avalanche.ca you can get information on weather, popular
vehicles parked in residential areas. trips, and avalanche safety issues and conditions, and exchange information
You can further decrease your chances with others.
of becoming a victim by parking in a
SIGNAL HILL SUBURBAN JOURNAL JANUARY 2010 11
January is often filled with many
outdoor high energy and fun filled
activities. Snowmen are on many Play Slime
front lawns, hills are filled with
children tobogganing, skis are outside • Corn starch
on the front porch, the smell of turkey • Water
soup and hot chocolate is in the air, • Food coloring (optional)
and wet mittens are drying inside on
the heating vent. 1. Put cornstarch in bowl.
2. Add enough water to make a
When those exciting days of playing paste.
out in the snow are lost due to a 3. If desired, you may also add
blizzard, or bitter cold, what do you food coloring.
do then? 4. This makes a messy slime that
goes from liquid to solid, and is
Movies and board games are fun involved in the making process. great fun to play with.
family activities, but over time kids
can get quite antsy and what we • Crafts – pick up a large roll of paper
lovingly call “cabin fever” begins to and have your kids trace their body. Silly Putty
set in. Quarreling can be at an all time They can glue on scraps of fabric,
high, frustration levels increase, and label and draw their organs, glue on • glue (wood glue works well but
the noise can often be unbearable. yarn for their hair etc. white glue will work too)
• Epsom salts
Here are some tips to help keep your • If you are okay with a little bit of • water
kids active while indoors during the mess, get your kids in their bathing • measuring spoons
poor weather, not only for their sake, suits, and have a bubble bath beach • plastic spoon
but for yours as well! party! Remember to have plenty of • 2 small cups
towels on hand! • waxed paper
• Homemade play-dough/slime/silly • plastic bag (optional)
putty – remember to get the kids Megan Hidson
1. In one cup, put 1/2 tsp Epsom
salt and 1/2 tsp water, stir to
dissolve salt. (note: It may not all
Home Made Playdough dissolve.)
2. In the other cup, put 1
• 2 cups flour tablespoon glue. Add the Epsom
• 1 cup salt salt water to the glue and stir.
• 2 tablespoons cream of tarter 3. Watch as your new material
• 2 cups of water starts to form. Pull out the putty
• 1 tablespoons mineral oil and put it on the waxed paper. You
• food coloring can experiment with it to find out
more about its properties.
1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. 4. You can store the new putty in a
2. Cook over medium heat, stirring until stiff. plastic bag.
3. Allow to cool, then knead.
SIGNAL HILL SUBURBAN JOURNAL JANUARY 2010 13
Science & Technology
DNA Testing Continues to Open Up to Individuals
While genetic testing offers people a Pandora’s box of problems, such as
an opportunity to take unprecedented anxiety or depression.
proactive measures to safeguard their
health and even prolong their lives, Knowledge of your test results could
emotional, privacy and discrimination also lead to discrimination by
issues must all be considered. insurance companies and employers.
Personal DNA testing was once the If you are testing children, there is a
realm of TV crime shows or day-time “As the availability of predictive debate of whether late onset diseases
soaps trying to establish the mother testing for various medical should be tested for only when the
or father of a child. In Canada, today, conditions continues to grow, the person is old enough to make his or
you can access a range of personal question as to whether these tests her own decisions.
DNA (genetic make-up) testing should be performed has stirred a great
services. deal of debate. Among the myriad of Genetic testing can provide important
questions, one is at the core: Is it information, but whether or not to be
Independent labs offer not only better to know or not to know that you tested is a matter for an individual
paternity but also disease testing, have the genetic makeup to develop a to decide after being fully informed
child ID kits to establish DNA disease or condition?” about all of the implications. What
identification markers, and even DNA does a positive and a negative result
dog testing so you can determine why Certain facilities will test only for actually mean? What consequences
your pooch is the way he is and take genetic conditions for which there is do the test results have for family
proactive measures to get the best of a treatment, and that is an important members—who may or may not want
your buddy! distinction to make. Testing to know?
without viable treatment options opens
Internationally there are even more
DNA services available. You can
even trace your ancestry through
DNA testing using genetic genealogy. No Two Snowflakes Alike?
Find out where your ancestors came Snowflakes are made of ice crystals. dirt that have been carried up into the
from, discover their ethnic Each snowflake is made of as many atmosphere by the wind. As the snow
background, and trace the roots of as 200 ice crystals. Some snow crystals grow, they become heavier
your surname. You can compare crystals are symmetrical. Others are and fall toward earth. Different
your genetic make-up with 411 ethnic small and irregularly shaped. types of snowflakes form in different
groups (genebase.com). conditions. Temperature determines
Even though most have a hexagonal if the crystals become a flat plate, a
None of this comes cheap, as you can structure, there are so many ways long column, or a prism shape.
imagine—anywhere from $600 to that water molecules can arrange
$800 for a basic paternity test, to themselves as the water freezes, that On average, 10 inches of snow melt
thousands of dollars for complete some people say that there are no two down to about an inch of water;
disease testing linking certain genes to snowflakes alike. Probably no two however, not all snow is the same.
potential medical conditions. snowflakes have exactly the same Some places receive very heavy
arrangement of molecules. But they snow.
But when it comes to testing for can look alike.
disease or medical conditions, social Go to Web Weather for Kids
and ethical issues can’t be ignored. A Snowflakes form in clouds where the (http://eo.ucar.edu/webweather)
theuniversityhospital.com there is a temperature is below freezing. The to learn more about all kinds of
clear overview of the ethical questions ice crystals form around tiny bits of weather phenomenon.
SIGNAL HILL SUBURBAN JOURNAL JANUARY 2010 15
Beauty Tips that Make a Real Rice Relief
Difference in Your Life Fill a clean sock
The following beauty tips are rice for a great
attributed to Audrey Hepburn. heat or ice pack.
These tips have passed the test of Put the sock in
time—and aren’t affected by trends or the freezer for a
new fashions. cold pack. Put it
in the microwave for two
• For attractive lips, speak words of minutes on high for a heat pack.
kindness. Let the sock cool before applying.
• For lovely eyes, seek out the good in
• For a slim figure, share your food
with the hungry.
• For beautiful hair, let a child run his
or her fingers through it once a day.
• For poise, walk with the knowledge
you’ll never walk alone.
clothes she wears, the figure that
she carries, or the way she combs
• People, even more than things, have her hair.
to be restored, renewed, revived, • The beauty of a woman must be You’ll love this all-natural seaweed
reclaimed, and redeemed; never seen from in her eyes, because that soak for relaxing you, restoring your
throw out anybody. is the doorway to her heart, the place skin’s glow and releasing toxins.
• Remember, if you ever need a where love resides. Seaweed is purported to help flush
helping hand, you’ll find one at the • The beauty of a woman is not in out trapped toxins because of its
end of your arm. a facial mole, but true beauty in a phytochemical content.
• As you grow older, you will discover woman is reflected in her soul.
that you have two hands, one for • It is the caring that she lovingly Place two tablespoons of seaweed
helping yourself, the other for gives, the passion that she shows. (you can purchase this at your health
helping others. • And the beauty of a woman with food store) in a piece of cheesecloth.
• The beauty of a woman is not in the passing years only grows! Tie with a ribbon and drop into your
tub as you fill with water. Relax for at
least 20 minutes! Then have a glass of
water to help rehydrate.
Don’t Look Older Than You Are
According to a recent study conducted we realize and there are multiple signs
at Germany's University of that contribute to this impact,” says
Goettingen, the appearance of skin Rolanda Johnson, senior scientist for
below the face plays a big role in a Olay. “As we age, changes in the
person's perceived age and connective tissue of our skin can
attractiveness. In fact, when judged reduce the skin's strength and
independently from the face, your elasticity, especially around our neck,
body skin can actually decrease your décolletage, hands, elbows and knees.
perceived age up to 10 years. It's important to take care of the body,
as much as the face.”
“Signs of aging on the body have a
bigger impact on age perception than News Canada
SIGNAL HILL SUBURBAN JOURNAL JANUARY 2010 17
Furry Ears Come In all Shapes and Sizes
A really common area of complaints
veterinarians see in their patients is
various problems of the external ear
canal and the pinnae or external
structure of the ear. The worst
victims tend to be dogs with floppy
furry ears but similar problems extend
to all dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits and
our more exotic pets, such as hamsters
and guinea pigs.
Puppies, kittens, and ferrets frequently
have ear mites. This is often
discovered during their pediatric
exam. The ears are full of black crusty
material and under the microscope the hypothyroidism. Appropriate a bubble of blood between the two
parasite responsible is easily visible. treatment options may only be reached skin layers. This problem may be
There may be only one patient in a with extensive diagnostic procedures easily solved with draining but it is not
household with the parasite or including blood work and biopsies uncommon for surgery to be
everyone may have mites. Treatment or food trials to eliminate allergens. necessary. I saw a cat with this
options are usually simple and In elderly pets a warty structure or problem just last week although this is
effective. growth may start persistent ear far more often a doggy problem.
Clinical signs of an ear infection For most of us furry velvety ears
include head shaking, scratching or Severe ear infections and are one of our favorite parts to rub,
rubbing at the ears, and the ears inflammations are not only painful scratch, or pet on our companions.
appear red, stinky, with or without a for the pet but may affect the pet’s Unless your pet has had a chronic
discharge. Causes include parasites, relationship with its owner. An problem for which you and your
fungal or yeast infections, bacterial otherwise sweet dog may lash out veterinarian have developed an
infections, and allergies. If it is the if inadvertently the painful ear is effective treatment plan, seek early
first time a pet has had a problem, touched; the odor medical attention for your pet if you
veterinarians will frequently treat the associated with some of the worse suspect an ear problem.
animal topically with a broad spectrum infections is so bad you don’t want
medication. to be in the same room as the pet. Jennifer L. Scott, D.V.M.
Some problems that persist without a
If ear problems persist or appear definitive cure, such as allergies, may
chronically, this is a whole different
ball of wax! Ear problems can be
require a lifetime of prevention and
treatment by the care giver of the pet. Witness Needed
primary such as a persistent infection
Did you witness an accident at
in that floppy-eared Cocker A different type of external problem the corner of 34th Ave. and 69th St.
Spaniel. Diagnostics may be sometimes seen is called an aural SW at approximately 8:10 in the
necessary to find the right antibiotic or hematoma. This is when the morning of Wednesday, December
antifungal medication. Infections may external part of the ear is traumatized 9, 2009? If so, I need to talk to
be so severe that surgery is by shaking, fighting, or even you as soon as possible. I would
recommended. The infections also accidentally cracking the ear and head appreciate a call at 403-949-2029.
may be secondary to allergies or against a hard surface. A blood Ask for Rob or Linda.
endocrine diseases such as vessel is ruptured and the ear develops
SIGNAL HILL SUBURBAN JOURNAL JANUARY 2010 19
Tips to Succeed with Your New Years Resolution
Did you know that 75 – 80% of all of success. Be
New Year’s resolutions fail? Fitness specific, “I will
based resolutions are definitely one run 3 times a
of the leaders made on January 1st, week starting
and unfortunately most are broken by January 3rd”, or
January 31st. “I will lose 20
pounds by April
Improve your chances to keep your 1st” Goals you
resolution this year by following these can track will
5 steps: keep you
1. Let the world know. Don’t close
your eyes on New Years and 3. Get Help.
whisper your resolution to yourself, Asking for help
tell everyone you know. Some believe and involving
for superstitious reasons you should others can be the
not tell others your resolution. If you best guarantee of success. Join a gym; Pick a goal that is attainable, you can
want to succeed you need to yell it at hire a personal trainer, sign up for a always increase your goal once you
the top of your lungs. Tell loved ones, registered fitness class…these steps have reached it. To watch the Biggest
co-workers and anyone else who will will give you the extra motivation Loser on TV and think that the
encourage you along the way. Let you need to meet your goals. Hiring average person is going to lose weight
others help you along the way, and a personal trainer is very effective, as like them is not realistic. Losing 1-2
keep you in check. they provide you with the motivation, pounds per week is a tough but a more
knowledge, schedule and consistency realistic and attainable goal.
2. Write a specific plan down. Saying to make you stick to your resolution.
“I am going to lose weight in the New 5. If you don’t succeed, try again
Year” is a tough resolution to follow. 4. Be realistic. I would like to say RIGHT AWAY. If your goal was to
Just by writing something it down, you everyone should shoot for the stars go to the gym 3 times per week, and
have already increased your chances but often that is the receipt for failure. you failed the 3rd week of January,
so what! The worst thing you can do
now is quit. Don’t say I will start again
Go Ahead: Laugh Out Loud! on Monday, go the first minute you
can. Starting an exercise program is
just that: starting over and over again.
We’ve all heard about the power of laughter to improve our health and
Every time you get in your workout
general well-being. But ComedyCures founder Saranne Rothberg took her
you have succeeded, over time you
experience to a whole new level.
will succeed more than you fail and
eventually it will be a part of your life.
Saranne was inspired by the writings, teachings and wellness of Norman
Cousins, the pioneer of therapeutic humor. She launched ComedyCures from
Remember that a healthy lifestyle is
her chemo chair several years ago to entertain patients, families and
something that does not happen
care-givers around the globe through live and digital programs.
overnight for anyone. Let your 2010
New Year’s resolution be just the first
Today she is cancer-free and the non-profit Comedy Cures Foundation brings
step to the lifestyle you want and
“joy, laughter and therapeutic humor programs to kids and grown-ups living
create a healthy body for a long life.
with illness, depression, trauma and disabilities.” Take a look at the great site
www.comedycures.com and, go ahead: LOL!
Peder Lodoen, Fitness Director
SIGNAL HILL SUBURBAN JOURNAL JANUARY 2010 21
Home Energy Efficiency: Turn Down Your Heat
How much do you spend on energy in recommended for your attic and R20 cent of a home’s total electricity.
your home each year? Take simple for basement walls (“R” is the
actions to save almost $600 a year. measure of insulation). Check with a To cut phantom power, unplug
Here are some tips: home insulating and heating supplier electronics when not in use or use
to clarify what this means for you and power bars with built in timers to
1. Turn down your heat: Turn down to ensure proper installation. automatically turn entire systems off
your heat by five degrees when you’re and on according to your schedule.
sleeping and away at work. For every But there’s more to your home’s This can save you $44 each year.
degree you lower the temperature, you insulation than the insulation itself.
save up to two per cent on your energy Adding weather stripping to your But you can save even more.
bill. Turning your thermostat down at doors and windows and wrapping
night from 21 to 16 degrees Celsius pipes and duct work will save you Take other actions, too, like switching
will save you 10 per cent of your even more. to energy efficient light bulbs and
energy bill and up to $56 each year. unplugging your old second fridge
3. Turn off electronics: Save energy (older than 1995), to increase your
For added convenience, consider and money by powering down your savings to almost $600 per year.
installing a programmable thermostat electronics and turning off your
to adjust your heat automatically. computer when not in use. But If every household in Calgary took
powering them down means more these simple actions, we would reduce
2. Improve your home’s insulation: than simply turning them off. the energy we use and the greenhouse
Improving your home’s insulation can gases we produce that make up our
save you up to $167 each year. Tax Many electronics, like your television, carbon footprint. It would be the
rebates are also available, but you stereo and game consoles, draw energy equivalent of taking 365,000 cars off
must act quickly to take advantage even when they’re off to receive our roads.
of them. signals from remote controls or to
operate clocks, timers and touch For more details on measuring your
Consider your current attic and pads. This energy is called “phantom ecological footprint and to calculate
basement insulation – R50 is power” and consumes up to 10 per your savings, visit calgary.ca/footprint.
TV Energy Use
According to cnet.com, the power
used by an active television is
determined by three factors:
screen size (the bigger the more
power used); technology type
(plasmas use more power); and
Stricter versions of the ENERGY
STAR program are coming in
in 2010—with just 25 per cent
of TVs released after that date
expected to be eligible to bear
the ENERGY STAR logo.
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What’s The World’s Top City How to Stay
for Dining? Away from
In the past, people would say “Paris” Demon Dialogues
without hesitation when it came to
top spot for outstanding dining. But
now Tokyo has taken over the lead Dr. Sue Johnson, offers some valuable
as the top dining city in the world. advice to couples caught up in
This according to the 2010 Michelin emotional chaos and who now view
Guide, the connoisseurs’ bible. each other as the enemy.
Eleven Tokyo restaurants captured
the coveted three-star award. Paris To reconnect, she says, they have
has 10 three-star restaurants in the to be able to de-escalate the conflict
guide, and New York just four. and actively create a basic emotional
safety. They need to work in concert to
curtail their negative dialogues and to
defuse their fundamental insecurities.
A Fishy Way to Burn Fat With steps such as Stopping the Game,
Claiming Your Own Moves and
According to researchers from the Feelings, and Standing Together, they
University of Western Ontario, fish oil can have their differences and not
may have the power to dramatically boost careen helplessly into Demon
your metabolism—by about 400 calories Dialogues. Go to www.holdmetight.
per day. They found EPA and DHA, the net for excerpts of her book, and
omega-3 fatty acids found only in fish oil, more on her Emotionally Focused
increase levels of fat-burning enzymes and Couples Therapy.
decrease levels of fat-storage enzymes in
your body. For the best metabolism boosting benefit, choose capsules containing
at least 300 milligrams of EPA and DHA total say the researchers.
100 Heartbeats Away from Extinction the Winter Blues
This is the time of year where
Conservationist and Animal Planet Host Jeff Corwing has a very simple message
many people can feel depressed
in his book 100 Heartbeats: Our own survival, as well as that of the world’s
and at a loss for ways to shake the
wildlife, is in our hands. The race to save the planet’s most endangered wildlife
is under way. Every heartbeat matters.
The Royal University Hospital
He takes us on a global tour of the problems facing our natural world, and
in Saskatoon has created a
the battles being fought on the front lines—from the loss of forest habitat for
valuable tool to help you with
Florida’s panther, to the giant panda’s climb ever-higher in China’s mountains,
boosting positive mental and
to the poaching that has devastated Africa’s rhinoceros and elephant populations.
physical health. Take a look at
Saving each animal, each heartbeat is critical.
www.roadtowellbeing.ca for a very
comprehensive look at the emotions
that drive our lives, and ideas and
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” resources that will help you to