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 Toujours prêt                                                                           Revenir à l’essentiel grâce
                                                                                         au scoutisme.




       L
                    es scouts, c’est la ren-                                                       à la baisse. Cependant, il reste stable à Montréal »,


 «                  contre de gens extra-
                    ordinaires. J’y ai d’ail-
                    leurs rencontré mon
                    épouse. » Parler de
                                                                                                   constate Me David qui demeure avant tout opti-
                                                                                                   miste. « Nous avons créé des affiliations avec la
                                                                                                   Croix Rouge et les pompiers de Montréal, par
                                                                                                   exemple », souligne-t-il. Et la protection de l’en-
 scoutisme avec Me Marc David de l’é-                                                              vironnement demeure une préoccupation
 tude Shadley Battista à Montréal, c’est                                                           importante chez les jeunes.
 voir briller ses yeux.                                                                               Est-ce que cette implication fait de Me David
      Depuis 25 ans, Me David s’implique                                                           un meilleur juriste? Le principal intéressé qui
 avec amour au sein du Mouvement                                                                   œuvre aussi à titre de conseiller juridique de la
 scout et plus particulièrement auprès                                                             Commission d’enquête sur les actions des
 des Scouts et Guides de Montréal. Il y a                                                          responsables canadiens relativement à Maher
 trouvé amitié et valorisation. « J’y ai                                                           Arar en est convaincu. « Notre profession est
 tout fait…de construire des latrines                                                              accaparante et on peut facilement se perdre
 dans un camp à siéger sur le conseil                                                              dans notre petit monde. [Revenir à l’essentiel]
 d’administration. » Celui qui a été tour                                                          permet de regarder la vie avec perspective, de
 à tour louveteau, éclaireur, animateur,                                                           retrouver l’équilibre dans la vie de fous qu’on
 trésorier des Scouts et Guides de                                                                 mène», croit-t-il. Et celui qui fut récemment
 Montréal et maintenant président du                                                               récipiendaire du prix pro bono 2004 de l’ABC-
                                                Me Marc David
 conseil d’administration de la Fonda-                                                             Québec d’ajouter : « Les avocats sont privi-
 tion Scoute La Cordée, ne tarit pas d’éloges envers les qualités de        légiés dans notre société, ils sont bénis de talents. Il s’agit d’une
 l’organisation. « Les valeurs scoutes me tiennent à cœur», précise-t-      façon de redonner à la société dans laquelle on occupe une place
 il. Invité à expliquer quelles sont ces valeurs, il répond : « Former la   importante. » Scout un jour, scout toujours? À écouter Me David
 jeunesse, trouver la joie avec des choses très simples, respecter la       parler avec autant de passion, on est prêt à parier sa parole de jean-




                                                                                                                                                            SPYROS BOURBOULIS
 nature, partager et fraterniser. »                                         nette que la réponse est oui.
      Une façon de concevoir la vie transmise aux futurs citoyens avec          Ce que vous faîtes en dehors du travail nous intéresse. Après
 des moyens humbles, « rien de techno », pour reprendre l’expres-           tout, c’est aussi ça la vie! Communiquez-nous vos idées pour un article à
 sion de notre interlocuteur. Un défi justement pour les Scouts et          national@cba.org. N
 Guides. « Au Québec, surtout dans les régions, notre membership est                                                                 – Mélanie Raymond




 Address that stress!                                                                                               15 minutes earlier so that you
                                                                                                                    don’t feel so rushed.
                                                                                                                    • Schedule breaks for yourself
 Do you find yourself constantly stressed out, burned out and anxious? You can                                      throughout the day. This will
                                                                                                                    give you a chance to rest and
 take control of your stress and relax more by taking specific steps every day.                                     will also prevent the stress
 Mediresource (www.mediresource.com) offers these simple stress-busting tips.                                       that comes from “falling
                                                                                                                    behind schedule.”

 1. Simplify                           • Concentrate on doing one           energy for the things that are          3. Get support
 • Set priorities for yourself.        thing at a time. Once you’ve         most important to you.                  • Don’t try to do everything
 Organize your time so that you        finished a task, take a                                                      yourself. Ask your friends and
 do the things that are most           moment to let yourself feel          2. Plan ahead                           family members to help with
 important to you first. Let the       good about getting it done.          • Think about which situa-              some of your responsibilities.
 less important things go.             Take a rest if you need it, and      tions cause you stress, then            • Talk about your feelings with
 • Identify things that cause          then move on.                        plan ahead to minimize or               family and friends. Make sure
 you the most stress, then look        • If you’re running late, or if      avoid them. For example, if             you take time for social activi-
 for ways to get around them.          you feel overwhelmed, can-           waiting in line is stressful for        ties and exercise. You’ll be
 For example, if you find trav-        cel or reschedule your ap-           you, bring a book to help pass          more prepared to deal with sit-
 eling stressful, see if you can       pointments.                          the time. If you find the               uations that cause you stress if
 make a phone call instead.            • Learn to say “no.” Save your       morning rush stressful, get up          you’ve taken time for fun! N


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                       Pilates Primer
                       Shape up and de-stress with the newest
                       exercise regimen.

                                       hen Joseph H. Pilates opened           a minimum of two one-



                       W               his New York City exercise
                                       studio in 1926, his plan was
                                       simple — to teach profes-
                                       sional dancers a new exercise
                       regimen based on his study of yoga, Greek
                       and Roman athletics, and Zen philosophy.
                           Nearly eight decades later, it’s a sure bet
                                                                              hour classes a week, focuses
                                                                              on building strength in the
                                                                              abdomen, lower back and
                                                                              buttocks, or what she called
                                                                              “the power house.” “That’s
                                                                              crucial for everybody, espe-
                                                                              cially people sitting behind
                       that the German immigrant and former                   computers,” Smith says. “You’ll sit straighter             “Of course, we get all these A-types who
                       boxer would be pleased with his progress.              and taller and you’ll find it less fatiguing.”          want to do it all right now,” she adds.
                       Buoyed by celebrity endorsements and late-                 And while it’s not intended to be as                “That’s hard for us, but they’re fun to work
                       night infomercials, Pilates has rocketed to            meditative as yoga, the challenging nature              with because they really like to challenge
                       the top of the fitness world.                          of Pilates tends to deliver stress-reducing             themselves.”
                           But thankfully, you don’t have to have             benefits. “It requires total concentration, so             And despite what those TV ads would
                       to boast a Hollywood zip code to benefit               you can’t come and do it properly and be                have you believe, Smith says more and
                       from Pilates (pronounced pil-AW-tays).                 thinking about everything else in your life.”           more people in their 50s and 60s are
CP PHOTO/FRANK GUNN




                       According to Lynne Smith of Body                           Smith, whose studio was Calgary’s first             enrolling in her classes. “It’s really a lifetime
                       Dynamics Pilates Studio in Calgary, the                authentic New York Pilates operations when              program, because you do it as well as you
                       series of stretches and movements are per-             it opened eight years ago, says she’s seen a            can,” she says. “It’s not about keeping up
                       fect for anyone who has to face hours of               marked increase in business, especially with            with everybody else, like the rest of the
                       desk work every day.                                   professional males. “We’re getting more ath-            world seems to be these days.” N
                           The program, which is typically done in            letic men all the time,” she says.                                                           – Brad Mackay




                                      st o f ..                 Canada’s Hiking Trails


                                 B   e                          pristine Vancouver
                                                                Island coastline.
                                                                Beginning at the
                                                                southern town of
                                                                Port Renfrew, the
                                                                trail takes you
                                                                through a breath-
                                                                                                                           Perfect for rookie
                                                                                                                           hikers looking to, uh,
                                                                                                                           get their feet wet.

                                                                                                                            3. The Bruce
                                                                                                                            Trail, Ontario
                                                                                                                            Encompassing some
                                                                                                                                                    meters. On top of the natural mar-
                                                                                                                                                    itime beauty, it will take you through
                                                                                                                                                    abandoned settlements and towns,
                                                                                                                                                    including an original Irish settlement
                                                                                                                                                    from the turn of the 19th century.

                                                                                                                                                    5. East Coast Trail,


                       O
                               ver the past decade, the age-    taking landscape of                                         750 kilometers, the     Newfoundland
                               old pastime of hiking has        craggy sea stacks,                                          Bruce has been the      Younger than the Bruce Trail, the East
                               undergone a revolution, with     sandy beaches and                                           granddaddy of trails    Coast Trail proves equally mesmeriz-
                       $300 hiking boots and a slew of          a temporal rainfor-                                         since it opened in      ing. Starting south from Signal Hill in
                       books feeding the trend. But to long-    est, before ending                                          1967. Starting at       St. John’s, it wends its way through
                       time hikers like Jeff Hemming, the       at the town of                                              Niagara-on-the-Lake,    50 kilometers of The Rock’s prime
                       appeal is more sublime.                  Bamfield. The trail                                         the Bruce snakes        Atlantic Ocean coastline before end-
                          “Hiking offers access to the quiet-   has proved so pop-                                          through Ontario’s       ing in Cape Broyle. “It goes right along
                       ness and solitude of nature,” says the   ular that Parks Canada has estab-         wine country, around Lake Ontario up      the coast. It’s gorgeous,” says
                       president of Hike Canada. “There is a    lished a reservation list.                to the Bruce Peninsula, and ends          Hemming. Perfect for a three-to-four-
                       lot of spectacular scenery out there                                               along the cliffs of Georgian Bay. Part    day vacation.
                       that you just can’t necessarily get to   2. Whiteshell Provincial Park,            of the UNESCO World Biosphere
                       by vehicle.”                             Manitoba                                  Reserve, it’s clearly too big for one     “Make sure you have a map or con-
                           Here’s a sampling of the Best Of     Whiteshell boasts several beginner-       outing, so most hikers tackle the         tact a local hiking organization to get
                       … Canadian hiking.                       level hiking trails, all conveniently     Bruce in sections.                        information,” Hemming advises. Or
                                                                designed in loops. Located about an                                                 check out www.nationaltrail.ca, which
                       1. The West Coast Trail, B.C.            hour-and-a-half east of Winnipeg, the     4. Dobson Hiking Trail, New               includes links to each province and
  PHOTODISC




                       The undisputed star among hike-happy     park has more than 200 lakes and          Brunswick                                 information on some of the country’s
                       British Columbians, the West Coast       rivers, all of which can be seen during   From Saint John to the Bay of Fundy,      3,000 trails. N
                       Trail stretches along 77 kilometers of   these two- to five-kilometre hikes.       the Dobson stretches a full 58 kilo-                             – Brad Mackay


                      AOÛT   ·   SEPTEMBRE   2004                                                 www.cba.org                                                                              55

				
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