JANUARY 2010 Sledding SAFETY Avoid Avalanche DANGER Calgary CONNECTION No Two SNOWFLAKES Alike? SIGNAL HILL SUBURBAN JOURNAL JANUARY 2010 3 In Our City Signal Hill Community Association 403-246-4848 Calgary Connection 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. email@example.com 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. 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Connections to Collections, Jeff Thomas and Paul Wong: Until Feb. 21 Glenbow Museum 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 development. www.glenbow.org 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 Hazards 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 quickly. 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. bottom. out how to design, budget, schedule, • Never go down a hill head first or and execute a great renovation. Equipment backward. • 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 be steered! 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. Plan Ahead • 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 Your Safety 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 features. • 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 the stores. • 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 Your Family Cabin Fever 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. http://www.epilogsys.com/scoutingweb/ http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/raisingaglutenfreechild/r/PlayDough.htm subpages/slimeSP.htm 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. involved. SIGNAL HILL SUBURBAN JOURNAL JANUARY 2010 15 Beauty Beauty Tips that Make a Real Rice Relief Difference in Your Life Fill a clean sock with uncooked 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 people. • For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. Seaweed Soak: • For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. Great for • For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone. clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs Releasing Toxins • 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 Your Pets 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. problems. 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 Your Health 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 motivated. 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 Green Living 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 picture brightness. 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. SIGNAL HILL SUBURBAN JOURNAL JANUARY 2010 23 Worth Noting 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. Something for 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 winter blues. 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 feel better.
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