OUR COMMUNITY’S VOICE OCTOBER 2010
Brought to you by your Tuscany Community Association
The 2nd Annual
Tuscany Race & Chase
A HUGE SUCCESS!
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What Do You Think?
Tuscany Community Association A recurring theme in the Sun and and that you take the time to connect
www.tuscanyca.ca from the Community Association with one another, yet again.
P.O. Box 27030 Tuscany RPO is “community” and I hope the
Calgary, Alberta T3L 2Y1 residents who participated in the All the Best to You and Yours,
Amazing Tuscany Race and Chase Michelle
President .......................... Glen Furtado on September 12th felt that sense of
Vice President .... Michelle van de Reep community as strongly as I did. As my Also posted on www.tuscanyca.ca.
......................... email@example.com friend Kim and I were just discussing,
Treasurer..........................Lee Bardwell the last few weeks of letting go of
Secretary ............................ Tyla Willett summer schedule (or lack thereof)
Tuscany Committee Email Addresses and getting back into all the routines
Communications Committee has left us a little exhausted and
.................... firstname.lastname@example.org certainly, on the morning of the event,
Events & Recreation Committee I was feeling pretty draggy (I really
Events...................email@example.com do cherish an extra fifteen minutes
Recreation ........ firstname.lastname@example.org
Parks and Planning Committee snuggled in my duvet in the morning).
............................... email@example.com When I arrived at the race, the energy
Tuscany Sun Newsletter of the volunteers and the excitement
................................firstname.lastname@example.org and focus of the runners really
Traffic and Safety Committee energized me. The fact that everyone
cheered each other on, shook hands,
Elected Officials posed for photos and helped each
Alderman: other out during both the Race and the
Dale Hodges Chase just buoyed my sense that our
email@example.com community is growing and connecting.
MLA: It felt great and I can’t wait to do it
Lindsay Blackett again next year.
firstname.lastname@example.org The TCA would like to thank the
Rob Anders members of our community that
403-292-6666 volunteered their time to make this
www.robanders.com event so successful. We could not
have had the day we had without
Tuscany Sun Newsletter
Editor & Article Submissions: your invaluable contributions of time,
Michelle van de Reep energy and support. Thanks so much!
email@example.com To read more about this event and to
Submission deadlines for this monthly publication are the
9th of the month, prior to the distribution month. see some pictures, check out the rest
of the Sun.
firstname.lastname@example.org With community in mind, many
residents wrote in with their opinions
The ad booking deadline is the 14th of the
month prior to the distribution month. about chidren playing on residential
This publication is published 12 times a year by Suburban roads. You’ll find those opinions on
Journals Publishing and delivered to residents by Canada
Post. This publication is also available for pickup from the page 5 in Talk in Tuscany, as well as a
resident’s concern about parking issues
Please note: the information and opinions in this newsletter
are subject to change, and do not necessarily represent the with the new LRT in Tuscany. Also, a
opinions of the publisher or editor. Content contained in
this publication may not be reproduced without the written big community event will be occurring
consent of Suburban Journals Publishing. The information
herein is believed accurate but not warranted so. Any
at the end of this month – Halloween.
advertisements, home businesses, babysitters & nannies,
or other parties listed in the Tuscany Sun should not be
I hope everyone has fun, holds on to
interpreted as recommendations or endorsements by the the tradition of going to neighbour’s
editor or the publisher.
houses rather than the mall for candy
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In Our Community
in the original zoning. I was told the Let’s try to enforce the speed limit in
The Talk in petition will have to have 70% support
from the effected street. The process
this community but kids belong in the
park – not in the streets.
Tuscany can take months. Having to have car
stickers displayed in your vehicle and Thank you
clearly visible so the very unpopular FM
CPA do not ticket you for parking
outside your own home is something Roads are not for Children!
else that concerns me. I have read of I remember growing up and having
residents in other communities who responsible parents who ALWAYS
have been ticketed by the CPA for stressed to not play in the roads and
simply having tinted windows and the to look both ways before crossing the
sticker not being visible enough. street. In today’s day and age with
the population drastically increased
Carl Machin and therefore traffic is also increased,
Talk in Tuscany belongs to you. Have where oh where would they ever get
you read something in the Sun you’d Playing in the Streets the idea that it is ok for their children
like to comment on? Are you looking I read the arguments in your last to commandeer our roads?
for some feedback on an issue? Or, issue, the pros and the cons, about
would you like to comment on what’s kids playing in the street. It is one “Rollerblading and cycling, etc. are
happening in and around Tuscany? of the cases where RH and MB are best played on an asphalt surface,
We’d all love to hear what you have to both right and wrong. It’s kind of sad which means some play will be on
say. Email email@example.com. that we have to always go to the pass our residential roads.” ROADS are for
to remember the good times we had cars and driving not kiddie activities.
LRT – Parking Concerns when we were kids and were able to
As I live close to where the LRT play practically anywhere we wanted. YOU had the children. It is YOUR
station will be built, I am concerned Times have changed and this is a responsibility to get off your butt and
of the issues surrounding parking. I different society. take them to an appropriate location.
know that many commuters will be You are simply using the road as
ill mannered enough to park outside I am positive that RH is a sound parent a backyard so YOU don’t have to
peoples homes close to the LRT. The taking good care of their kids. I don’t actually get them to a skateboard
whole area will need to be zoned for think it could be anymore enjoyable park or take them out on one of many
parking which will also effect myself. to see your kids playing anywhere. walkways, etc. in our community.
I have seen the same problems occur However, there are two situations
in Scenic Acres and Silver Springs. that comes to mind: why do we have Use the school playgrounds. Enroll
Representatives at the open house parks, some small, some huge, built them in hockey leagues or baseball.
told me they were surprised how far in our community? Why do we have a Expecting drivers to babysit your
commuters are prepared to walk just Tuscany club with all the amenities? children is unbelievable.
to save paying the $3 per day LRT Why we take such good care of the
parking fee. I attended the open house coulee? As for RH, I for one, intend to call the
and was not surprised at the lack of police each and every time I encounter
interest from the residents in Tuscany. RH, I understand your frustration, but an A-frame board saying “children
Approx. 110 people attended. between seeing my kids playing in the at play” in the middle of the road, or
park and seeing my kids under a car, am faced with children playing on
Concerned Tuscany residents need I take the first option. We can have all the road with their parents approval.
to wake up to the issues surrounding the signs you want. We can have all THEY ARE BEING A NUISANCE
parking. I was also told at the open the speed bumps. The fact is that it’s AND THEIR PARENTS SHOULD
house that in order for your street to be going to be a car around the corner BE INSTRUCTING THEM TO
zoned for parking means a petition to that won’t be able to stop or the child PLAY ANYWHERE OTHER THAN
the city if your street was not included didn’t see the car and then what?
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In Our Community
The Talk in
THE ROAD! The absolute nerve
in thinking that the rest of the street
and neighbours would want to put
up with that! Some of us don’t have
children and do not want to be doing
the parenting for those lazy ones who
plunk their kids in the middle of the
road and think the community should This concerns me, as I would not want a sign reminding fellow drivers that
take care of them. to see a child injured because he/she there are kids at play. The first time
was not taught that a street is indeed I saw one of these florescent green
Like I said, EVERY TIME I run into a dangerous place and certain safety signs on our street I thought it was a
this, I will call police. rules need to be followed. fantastic idea! Kudos to you!
Unbelievable that you would put your The person that stated that there is no We specifically built our house on a
kids at such risk. My aunt was just law against playing on the street is street that we felt would be safe for
hit by a car and she is in ICU with correct. But, the law also states that our kids to be able to play on. All
a broken neck, a broken back, and vehicles have the right of way, and of our children play on the street in
every rib she has is broken! Wake up bicycles using the road must obey the front of our house/park and they will
people. rules of the road. continue to do so. Have you ever tried
playing ‘street’ hockey or riding a
Pamela I’ve had to honk my horn at some bike on park grass? We live on a street
children while they were playing exploding with children and to us,
Playing in the Streets hockey, because they ignored my there is nothing more wonderful than
Hi. Since I live on the same street presence and I had to come to a hearing children play happily outside
that is being described in the previous complete stop. This resulted in one of in the park OR on the street.
articles, I felt that I should voice my the children giving me the finger. At
opinion. other times, I get dirty looks from the When you drive into a quiet street
children because I’m interrupting what with a playground zone and a bunch
I grew up playing hockey and they are doing. of children playing, take the extra 30
performing bicycle jumps on our quiet seconds to slow down and wait for the
street. I still occasionally play hockey Like I said, I have nothing against children to move. If you would like to
on the street! playing on the street, just educate your draw attention to something important,
children that cars have the right of way what about all the yahoos who rip
So, I have to agree with some parts of and should look-out for them and give through the Playground Zones with no
everyone’s previous message. I totally way. It’s all about staying alive. cares but their own?
encourage play on the streets, but only
in a safe and educated manner. Thanks, There are much bigger things to
RV complain about in this world of ours.
I drive at 20kms when I come down
my street and I still have to slam on Playing in the Streets TB
the brakes very often, because some Dear MB & Tuscany Residents,
children are driving their bicycles from From the bottom of my heart, I would The opinions on this page do not
the park or their driveway onto the like to thank those parents who care so necessarily reflect the opinion held by
street in front of me, without looking to much about our children’s safety that the Tuscany Community Association.
see if a vehicle is approaching. they would go out of their way to buy
THE TUSCANY SUN OCTOBER 2010 9
In Our Community
2nd Annual Amazing Tuscany Race and
Chase a Big Success!
The TCA would like to thank our
sponsors, participants, community
residents and volunteers for all their
help in making this day such a success.
With over 90 runners registered for
the 5/10km races, the day started off
with a bang. Well, it started off with
an official car horn compliments of
Jeff Neustaedter of Remax Group, the
event’s main sponsor! “The race was
awesome, although I had to dig in to
get through the last 2 kms! Tuscany
has a hilly course that’s great to run,”
stated Gary Millard, 3rd place 10
km winner. Jacqui of the Running
Room, who organized and held the
race for our event, seconded this
idea. “Runners love running different
courses and Tuscany is great for its
hills, pathways and clear air.”
After the Race, it was time for
the Amazing Chase. Ten teams
participated this year and it was BBQ that featured lots (and I mean volunteers for the day’s activities.
awesome to see that competitive spirit lots) of food, a climbing wall, bouncy As well, a huge thanks goes out to
in Tuscany doesn’t mean trouncing tent, spray tattoos, popcorn and the Running Room and Jacqui for
your fellow competitors. “I’ve cotton candy and a fantastic magician organizing and holding the morning’s
never been in a community where that still has me shaking my head in race for us. Allison Kiss of Kiss
people actually help each other get wonder. Prizes were given out to the Fitness took the time and her own
through tasks,” marveled Maura of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for music to help our runners warm up in
Zest Corporation, organizer of the both the 5km and 10 km runs and to a fun way and Sobeys made shopping
Chase. “It’s really incredible.” The the 1st place and Runners-up of the and delivering food fun and easy!
Sherringtons – last year’s winners – Amazing Chase. We’d also like to thank KPMG – they
squeaked in to finish with 10 minutes donated all the prizes for our winners
to spare and were able to hold on to The TCA would like to thank our of the two events. We really appreciate
their title of Amazing Chase Winners. main sponsor, Jeff Neustaeder the support. And thanks so much to
and Associates, for helping with Amaranth and Synergea for providing
The day finished with a community the funding of the event and with
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In Our Community
such an amazing rest station to our
Finally, we’d like to say a huge thank
you to all our volunteers who made the
day so successful. Some of you were
our spouses and shall not be named
– thanks for helping us to volunteer
and then volunteering yourselves
for community duty – and all of you
were awesome community members.
Let’s see if I get this right – Jodi,
Jade, Barry, Lexi and friend, Corrine,
Mason, Sydney and Kennedy, Brad,
Dana, Ric Lockhart, Chris Harper,
Charmaine, Rose, Celeste, Yvonne and
her friend, Kelly and the staff at the
Here’s to a great event and a great
community. We hope to see you all
again next year and invite the rest of
our community to join us in the fun.
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In Our Community
Phillies Check in 2:22
Tuscany Amazing Race Times Dawson Bachand
5K 56:54 Christy Nolin Tanner Greves
25:25 Matthew Mitchell 1st Male 57:08 Travis Willms Maddux Greves
27:31 Ben Coxson 2nd Male 57:14 Jennifer Cherniwchan
28.21 Laurent Hache 3rd Male 57:19 Mark Steele Dodge Ems Check in 2:25
29.22 Jean Francois Amiot 57:30 Dawson Milbury Mathieu Dery
30:56 Karle Green 1st Female 57:31 Theresa Dewis Michelle Dery
31:42 Robert Vessey 57:57 Erin Power Jacqueline Dery
31:50 Steve Dowler 58:20 Melanie Draper Ethan Dery
32:19 Melanie Tolloch 2nd Female 58:57 Mary Rodriguez
32:19 Jean-Romain Botembe 58:58 Amber Dutchak Ravine Ravens Check in 2:56
32:36 Kelsey Clark 3rd Female 59:17 Earl Bothwell Gary Millard
32:57 Dale Walper 59:29 Nicholas Cherniwchan Brynna Millard
33:49 Bailey Lever 60:14 Joan Vlasschaert Maya Millard
33:49 Loraine Lever 60:38 Susan Keller Jodi Marshall
34:03 Nadine Gamache 62:25 Melanie Janzen
35:25 Marnie Gallant 62:46 Karen Blasetti The Happy Holoboffs Check in 3:04
35:46 Jennifer Dowler 63:27 Donna Moore James Holoboff
37:00 Chantal Somers 64:14 Debbie Willms Sophie Holoboff
37:52 Janet Sullivan 65:10 Jake Harris Nicholas Holoboff
40:43 Brenda Borgeson 66:42 Tara Harris Nicole Holoboff
40:44 Rhonda Risdale 66:43 Neil Ross
41:40 Lanna Hojski 68:32 Pamela Frey The Blackett Clan Check in 3:05
41:52 Ramona Remesat 69:00 Bart Peake Jennifer Blackett
42:20 Rachel Remesat 69:00 Bonnie Taylor Lindsay Blackett
42:54 Megan Barnett 69:07 Brad Nightingale Jasmine Blackett
51:42 Hilda Leon 69:26 Arielle Douglas Samuel Blackett
52:07 Wendy Heibert 69:26 Leah Campbell
59:14 Paula Coxson 70:16 Chet Dobson Sobeys Pharmacy Phish Check in
59:14 Sebrina Fystro 71:48 Vreny Pegoraro 3:09
61:32 Nicole Clark 71:50 Khriza Castejon Lori Kroon
61:32 Ryan Clark 73:47 Angela Scrivens Maxine Mitchell
77:10 Patti Morris Audrey Lemessurier
10K 77:10 Shawna Dubord Wendy Fyffe
41:49 Ken McWilliams 1st Male
41:55 Carl Miller 2nd Male Chase Mixed Nuts Check in 3:10
44:48 Gary Millard 3rd Male Spasmodics Check in 1:55PM Doris Szeto
47:55 Greg Barnett Margot Sherrington Jerry Koppenol
51:15 Jeffery Miller Ian Sherrington Alex Koppenol
51:57 Lawrence Keller Fiona Sherrington R. Stagg
52:15 Kim Maguire 1st Female Jenna Sherrington
53:03 Andrew Dalton The RugRats Check in 3:15
53:13 Steve Morin Schnellsters Check in 2:05 Calleigh Regan
53:33 Brett Hillier Lon Brewster Ryan Ferguson
54:31 Stacey Kelley 2nd Female Jodi Brewster Nicolas Regan
54:40 Roy Baxter Andrew Schnell Christopher Regan
55:29 Tasha Carty 3rd Female Pam Schnell
56:21 Michele Twerdun
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In Our Community
Tuscany Sports Our Schools
as well as to give some time for some
Tuscany of our parents to come on board with
Tuscany School has had a tremendous
start to the school year with a big Our school would like to thank
focus on safety. Our Kiss N Drop, • Honorable Lindsay Blackett,
Crosswalk Patrol and Parking Patrol Alderman Dale Hodges, Constable
Sports in Tuscany! programs have gotten off to a great Roy Moe, St. Basil School and the
• 95 soccer and 8 ball teams had an start and they couldn’t have done so Community Association for their
exhilarating season without the help of so many parents, participation in the Safe Routes to
• 2000 people enjoyed the sports staff members and community program and for their help with our
BBQ members generously giving of their first and second days of school.
• 200 coaches gave their time and time. • Dougie White of St. Basils for all
knowledge each week his time in meeting with us about
• 700 families enjoyed watching their This month, our grade 4 students will Parking Patrol and then helping us
children and siblings play soccer be beginning their duties as Crosswalk to implement everything.
and ball Patrollers. Please give them special • Annette, Anil and the amazing St.
consideration by slowing down at our Basil Crosswalk patrollers (Katie,
Thank you to the hundreds of crosswalks in order to ensure their Victoria, Alexis, Billy, Jesslyn,
volunteers who came together to safety and success as they volunteer Taylor and Krysta) who volunteered
organize teams, collect fees, distribute to help people cross safely in our busy their time on our first two days
equipment and wrap hotdogs. school zone. of school to help us start our
Crosswalk Patrol off on the right
Thank you to Albi Homes, Landmark Our Parking Patrol program has met foot.
Homes and Tim Horton’s for their with a great deal of success with • All the parent volunteers (32 in all)
donations in support of the Soccer and the majority of parents being polite who gave their time this month to
T-Ball jerseys. and understanding when approached Kiss N Drop, Crosswalk Patrol and
about a parking infraction. We have Parking Patrol.
Thank you to the following sponsors already seen a difference in parking
for their support of the 2010 Sports and driving choices being made at We hope you have a great October.
BBQ: our school but, as we all know, Rome If you’d like more information about
wasn’t built in a day so please be our school and these programs, please
• Starbucks Tuscany patient as we all work to get this right, visit our website at schools.cbe.ab.ca/
• Darren Cameron - Royal LePage b393.
“Your Tuscany Realtor”
• Sobeys Tuscany
• Home Depot Tuscany
Registration for the 2011 season will
begin next February. Look for signs in
the community in January.
The TCA Youth Outdoor Sport
Programs are already planning for
the 2011 season. If you are interested
in helping please contact soccer@
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École St. Stop Your Engines: Idle Free Zones
Hello and welcome back from the staff
of École St. Sylvester School. The
new school year has begun. The kids
and staff welcomed the new school
year with bright smiling faces and we
all got into the swing of things right
away. September included such events
as the Meet the Teacher Barbecue,
parent teacher meetings and the school
opening mass held at St. Peter’s.
As well, a sacramental recognition
celebration took place at St. Luke Please turn off your engine when suspension, steering and wheel
Parish attended by Bishop Frederick you are parked somewhere and when bearings.
Henry, priests and deacons from you are dropping off or picking up • Even under winter conditions, fuel
Calgary and surrounding areas, students your children from school or another injected engines require only about
who received and the family members location. Read below some facts from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes
of students who were recognized. the City of Calgary website. of idling to circulate oil through
It was a wonderful celebration the engine. If your windows are
recognizing Calgary Catholic School Why Vehicle Idling is a Problem clear, the best way to warm your
District students who received one or When vehicles are left running while vehicle in cold weather is to drive
more sacraments during the 2009-2010 parked, they produce emissions that it - avoiding high speeds and rapid
school year, a milestone year marking contribute to air pollution and climate acceleration for the first 5 km.
125 years of Catholic education. change, affecting our health and • If we could reduce the idling of
the environment. Putting a stop to all of Calgary’s vehicles by just
École St. Sylvester will continue to engine idling is an easy way to reduce 1 minute per day, in one year we
accept registrations for students new to emissions, save money, and protect would reduce Calgary’s greenhouse
the communities within the boundaries your vehicle’s engine! gas emissions by 11,200 tonnes,
of the school. A baptismal certificate save over 4.7 million liters of fuel
is expected, however if you are not The Truth About Idling: and over $3 million!
Catholic, please call the school and • More than 10 seconds of idling uses • According to Clean Calgary, an
talk to the office staff (403-500-2063) more fuel than turning your engine idling engine actually releases more
as space may be available for residents off and restarting it again. So if harmful emissions than an engine
of Silver Springs. Feel free to visit our you stop for more than 10 seconds, does during driving.
school website at cssd.ab.ca/schools/ except in traffic, turn off your
stsylvester to learn more about our engine! Please be considerate of the children
school. École St. Sylvester School • Excessive idling can cause engine and caregivers who are walking to and
is a place where caring, respect, damage. from school. The exhaust fumes from
responsibility, trust, and family are • Idling is NOT an effective means idling cars are hazardous to our health
taught and lived! for warming up your vehicle in the and the environment, not to mention
winter. Idling does nothing to warm unnecessary. Do your part - help to
We are all looking forward to what your vehicle’s transmission, tires, make Tuscany idle free!
October has in store!
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In Our Community
Community Garden Coming to Tuscany!
Community Meeting on
Thursday October 14, 7-9 pm.
The Tuscany Community Garden
Steering Committee is thrilled to have
recently received approval from The
City of Calgary Parks to construct a
community garden at the corner of
Tuscany Hill and Tuscany Meadows
Drive. The concept plan has been
completed and includes raised beds
for rental, some communal beds and
fruit trees and a central gathering place
for all members of the community to
gather and enjoy the space. The next
phase is to get fundraising in order to
be ready to build in May 2011. We
have an ambitious plan and need your
• An understanding of plants and last fall. She is a Mount Royal College
The Steering Committee will be nature for children, youth and adults Interior Design graduate and worked
hosting a community meeting at the • Less expensive organic food as a high-end kitchen designer for
Tuscany Club on Thursday, October • Encourages active living seven years before joining Ina two
14 at 7:00 pm to present the concept • Collaboration and exchange of years ago. She loves using her design,
plan and to get your ideas and help gardening knowledge and expertise drafting and space planning skills in
on different fundraising opportunities • Increases neighbourhood security her new design field.
over the winter months. And with and safety
that in mind, please bring your wallets • A place to escape the fast pace of Specializing in beautiful and
as we’ll be selling tickets to win urban life functional landscapes, Ina along with
Death By Chocolate for Two at the • Models “green” living in our Suzanne at Garden Designs employ
Palliser hotel. In the meantime you community their extensive knowledge of plants,
can check us out at our blog: http:// site analysis, and design principles
tuscanygarden.wordpress.com/. The Designers to create pleasing, practical and
Ina Kitchner & Suzanne Van Hill ecologically sound landscapes.
What is a Community Garden?
A community garden is a single Ina Kitchener is a Tuscany resident William Dorman
piece of land gardened collectively who has spent almost 20 years helping Garden design and planning is being
by a group of people. Gardens can people successfully implement done with assistance from William
be exclusively vegetable or flower their landscaping ideas. She is winner Dorman, owner of Renaissance
gardens or a combination of both. of the 2003 Calgary Award for Landscaping. Mr. Dorman is a
Environmental Achievement for her Tuscany resident who has served
Benefits of a Community Garden Design of the Cornerstone Gardens as a board member at the Calgary
• Beautification of our physical at Calgary Christian School: A Horticultural Society and is an active
environment Schoolyard Naturalization Project. volunteer for gardening causes
• A place to gather as a community throughout Calgary.
and develop friendships Suzanne Van Hill moved to Tuscany
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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 OCTOBER 2010 23
In Our City
NW Recreational Centre Update
Our NW Recreation Centre May 1. Rallying Council to prioritize There are many needs for a city
Be in Jeopardy! recreation and not enough financial resources
Attention: Residents of NW Calgary. 2. Allocating promised budgets to satisfy those needs. There’s no
Ask yourself the following question: 3. Removing bureaucratic hurdles question the CNRCS is biased toward
What’s more important for the well 4. Championing the delivery of new recreation as a top priority. But our
being of Calgarians of all ages: a facilities, including a NW recreation team has learned there is a strong
billion dollar tunnel, new roads, a $20 centre, until they are built feeling among NW residents that this
million designer bridge or recreation centre is a good thing, it’s needed
facilities? The pending election is the best now and the need for the facility will
opportunity for NW residents to increase as this quadrant of Calgary
In September 2007, I attended a voice their concerns about the lack expands.
breakfast where Mayor Bronconnier of progress on this project. The next
announced $300 million of funding mayor will set the City Hall agenda In 2007, the CNRCS was told we
for three new recreation centres and for the next four years. If recreation is could have a centre by 2012. At the
facility upgrades, including $70 not prioritized, a new NW recreation current pace, even if this project
million for a NW recreation centre. centre will become a fleeting fantasy. started in early 2011, we’ll be lucky
to have a new centre operating in
The Calgary NW Recreation Centre When casting your ballot, we suggest 2016. What happens if the incoming
Society (CNRCS) was formed the core criteria of your choice for mayor doesn’t include recreation as a
shortly thereafter, as 11 community mayor include assessing their stated cornerstone for their mandate?
associations formed a partnership commitment levels to construct this
to work with the City to make this centre and their passion for recreation. Sandor Kiss
facility a reality. So where are we at To assist you, we’ve researched Chair, CNRCS
today? the priorities and background for firstname.lastname@example.org
• No committed land* each candidate and their views on
• No confirmed timelines recreation. Visit our website at cnrcs.
• No clarity on next steps ca for a summary.
• No shovels in the ground
*Note: The province offered
provincially owned land (near the
Rocky Ridge/Royal Oak Wal-Mart off
Stoney Trail and Country Hills Blvd)
to the City to build the centre on.
Negotiations for some type of transfer
(land swap, lease, City purchase) have
been ongoing for about one year.
I commend Aldermen Dale Hodges
and Gord Lowe, and MLA Lindsay
Blackett for their support of this
project and efforts to date. But
what our group feels is critical is a
new Mayor who will commit to the
construction of a NW recreation centre
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In Our City Be a Homework
details, contest Hero
Alderman's rules and
entry forms, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary
Report please visit the
invites you to be a Homework Hero,
and share your quest for knowledge
calgary.ca with children and youth in the
In my previous article for the Tuscany
and search for community. Homework Hero is an
Newsletter, I provided some current
Bowmont Park Photo Contest. Entry afterschool program that provides
information on the Stoney Trail/
deadline is October 8, 2010. students in grades three to 12 with
Nose Hill Drive NW Interchange and
access to academic tutoring at both the
Bowmont Park. In this article I am
Help Prevent Dutch Elm Disease community clubs and group homes
including information on a couple of
Alberta has the largest stand of Dutch facilities. Volunteers can engage youth
great topics: the Bowmont Natural
elm disease (DED)-free American and excite their imaginations with
Environment Park and Help Prevent
elms in the world and Calgarians math, social studies, language arts and
Dutch Elm Disease.
can help keep our trees healthy and other interesting subjects.
disease-free into the future.DED is
Bowmont Natural Environment
a fungus that clogs the tree’s water “Volunteerism profoundly impacts
conducting system, causing it to die. communities. This is an opportunity
Did you know that today’s volunteers
for people to provide mentorship to
play a major role when it comes to
This fungus is primarily spread children and youth, grow and expand
the health, needs and protection of
from one elm tree to another by the their skills, and network with a
this major natural environment park?
European elm bark beetle. This beetle diverse group of people,” says Nicky
Crews invest many countless hours
is attracted to weak and dying trees Blackshaw, volunteer specialist.
of hand picking weeds, such as the
because they serve as breeding sites. “The goal for Homework Heroes is
Crested Wheatgrass Seed Head to help
Once the beetles mature, they fly to to enhance the value of education
prevent further spreading. Restoration
healthy elms to feed, and in doing so, for children and youth, and to enable
plantings have been installed on
transport the fungus on their bodies them to feel good about learning while
“Fournier Island” and within the
from one tree to the next. confronting the barriers that create
Wildlife Preservation Area. Please
academic challenges for them.”
also take note that the Hogsback
Symptoms include leaves that wilt,
escarpment is now closed to the public
droop, curl, become yellow and brown The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary
for restoration because of the severity
and may drop prematurely. Leaf facilitates several programs that
of the erosion that has taken place over
symptoms are accompanied by brown provide educational support and
staining under the bark. career development. These programs
enhance the opportunity for students
Construction information signs on the
For City-owned trees displaying to progress in the classroom and
Storm Water Retrofit Project for two
symptoms, contact 3-1-1. For challenge barriers to learning. Taking
new wet ponds should be installed
privately owned elm trees with the “work” out of homework promotes
around the end of September. The new
symptoms, contact your local tree care learning and education, and empowers
wet ponds will not only protect our
professional and call 3-1-1 to report kids and youth to thrive academically.
waterways but they will also benefit
park users, wildlife, rivers and the
If you are interested in becoming a
natural environment landscape.
Calgary’s elm trees not only provide Homework Hero and for information
shade and aesthetic appeal, they are on how you can volunteer at the Boys
The Bowmont Natural Environment
an important part of Calgary’s urban and Girls Clubs of Calgary, visit
Park Committee is once again
forest, which is one of the assets that boysandgirlsclubsofcalgary.ca or
conducting their amateur photo
make this city a great place to live, contact volunteer specialist Nicky
contest. All photos must be taken
work and play. Blackshaw at nblackshaw@bgcc.
within the park between November 1,
ab.ca or 403-520-1548.
2009 and October 1, 2010. For more From the office of Dale Hodges
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In Our City
Bags, Babies & Beyond: Handcrafted and Edgemont Superstore weekends City Links main switchboard at
purses, accessories, baby & toddler in October. Help to support the Spark, 403-974-3112.
items, jackets, pet accessories & more. Brownie, Guide, Pathfinder and Ranger
Oct. 15, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Oct. units in the Nitanisak District. If you miss Be a Homework Hero and help take
16, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. South Calgary the opportunity to purchase the ‘work’ out of homework! The Boys
Community Association, 3130 – 16 St. cookies, please contact Pam at and Girls Clubs of Calgary is looking for
S.W. Profits support the Grandmothers of 403-275-7761. volunteers for our afterschool program
Africa who are raising the AIDs orphans. that provides students in grades 3 to 12
403-931-3539 or ujamaagrandmas@ Homeless Awareness Calgary Commit- with access to academic tutoring. www.
platinum.ca. tee (HAC): Focuses on educating people boysandgirlsclubsofcalgary.ca or 403-
about the realities of homelessness and 520-1548 for more information.
Depression Research Study – Volun- inspiring our communities to take action.
teers Needed: The Depression Research The highlight of HAC’s year is Home- The Calgary Sketch Club: Art show
Laboratory at the U of C is investigat- less Awareness Week (HAW), observed and sale will be held at the River Park
ing the relationship between mood and the 3rd week of September. For more Church, 3818 – 14A Street S.W. on the
thinking. If you are an adult between 18 information on HAW or to engage a guest corner of 37th Ave. and 14A St. S.W. on
and 65, have had one or more previous speaker at your own community event, Saturday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00
episodes of depression but are not cur- visit p.m.
rently depressed, please call Laurie Ching www.homelessawareness.ca.
at 403-455-5963. All inquiries will be Mayoral Forum: Get informed! Make
kept confidential. Global Festival Sale: Oct. 29, 6:00 p.m. your vote count! You're invited to a
– 8:00 p.m. Oct. 30, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mayoral Forum to hear the candidates
Calgary Block Parent Association & Oct. 31, 12:00 p.m. – running for Calgary's top job share their
2010/11 School Calendar: Purchase 2:00 p.m. at the Woodcliff United views on our great city. Wednesday,
a 16-month calendar and contribute to Church, 5010 Spruce Dr. S.W. (south en- October 6, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the
community safety. 403-269-6460 or trance to Edworthy Park). Find wonderful Southcentre Mall Centre Court. Moder-
www.CalgaryBlockParent.ca. treasures for yourself or to give as gifts, ated by Nirmala Naidoo, CBC Calgary
such as hand knit cotton & alpaca sweat- News Anchor.
Guiding’s 100th Anniversary: Oct. 3, ers, baskets, nativity sets, ornaments,
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Parkdale United instruments, games, coffee, tea, chocolate Support Public Education in Election
Church, 2918 8 ave N.W. For former & much more. 2010: Volunteer on a trustee candidate's
Girl Guide members. Please preregister www.woodcliffunited.com campaign; attend a Trustee Forum; and
by emailing homecoming@calgary- VOTE on October 18. For more infor-
girlguides.com or calling 403-283-8348, Girl Guides Registration for 2010- mation: 403-294-8259 or cbe.ab.ca/
ext 222. $10 at the door & a Food Bank 2011 Programs: Sparks, ages 5-6 ; trustees/elections.asp
donation. Brownies, ages 7-8; Guides, ages 9-11;
Pathfinders, ages 12-14; Rangers 15-17; Calgary Fibromyalgia Chronic Fatigue
4Kids Provincial Lottery: Proceeds Leaders 18+. Please call 1-800-565-8111 Support Group Meeting: We meet at
provide funding for crisis care, family for more information. the Arthritis Society offices at 1301-8 St.
support and mentoring for children and S.W. Admittance is free. Meetings are
youth. Cash prizes ranging from The City Links Employment Prepara- fragrance free.Saturday, October 16, 2:00
$100 to $700,000. Tickets are $25 tion Program of The City of Calgary p.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be 2 speak-
each, 4 for $60, and 10 for $100. Seniors Services Division is currently ers: CPP and disability applications and
www.4kidslottery.ca or 1-877-508-6192. accepting new clients for light house- Herbs and Nutrition. To register to attend
keeping, yard maintenance and snow call Liz at 403-699-9686 or Rochelle at
Girl Guide Cookies: Chocolaty Mint removal services. For more information 403-241-9059.
Cookies for sale at the Hamptons Coop and eligibility criteria call the
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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.
11th Annual Ambulance Chasers Playing for Change Concert: Oct. Scary Puter & the Corrupted Hard
Charity Run and Walk: Oct. 1, 13, 8:00 p.m. MacEwan Hall, U of C. Drive Comic Mystery: Oct. 22,
7:00 p.m. Join the Calgary EMS Join Inn from the Cold for an evening Deane House Restaurant & Historic
Foundation for a family fun run or celebrating our community’s commit- Site. Four course, served meal &
walk with numerous prizes for partici- ment to ending homelessness, featur- show. Computer wizards and glitch
pants. Contact Pat at 403-955-9607 ing international musical sensation witches work their magic against the
or email@example.com Playing for Change. Tickets: $35. evil Lady Scuzzyport, who enforces
www.innfromthecold.org conformity. www.greatfun.ca
Calgary Baby & Tot Show: Oct.
2 – 3, BMO Centre. Come and see a Rocky Mountain Food & Wine BEYOND An Artisan Marketplace:
wide variety of exhibitors showcasing Festival: Oct. 14 – 16, BMO Centre. Oct. 22 – Oct. 24, Blackfoot Inn.
a variety of products and services and Enjoy an array of samples of interna- Meet 50 amazing Artists and Artisans
much more! www.calgarybabyshow.ca tional wines, port, scotch, liqueurs, with work from painting, pottery,
beer, spirits, and delicious food sam- glass, wood, fashion accessories,
Heritage Park - Thanksgiving ples prepared by Calgary’s restaurants. jewellery and more. Begin your
Thank You Weekend: Oct. 9 – 11, www.rockymountainwine.com Christmas shopping at BEYOND.
Heritage Park Historical Village. www.beyondmarketplace.com
Enjoy free rides all during this appre- Con-Version 26: Oct. 15 – 17,
ciation weekend. A traditional Thanks- Quality Inn Calgary Airport. Calgary's Cochrane & Area Humane Society
giving meal is served throughout the longest running Science fiction, Book Sale: Oct. 22 – 24, 62 Griffin
weekend at the Wainwright Hotel. fantasy and horror convention. Industrial Point, Cochrane. Used book
www.heritagepark.ca www.con-version.org sale with all proceeds benefitting the
Thanksgiving Memory Walk and Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival:
Run: Oct. 10, Eau Claire Market. The Oct. 15 – 17, BMO Centre. A number Halloween Howl Calgary: Oct. 23,
Alzheimer Society of Calgary's sig- of art forms will be on display includ- Eau Claire Market. 10 km run, 5 km
nature family event. Register for the ing sculpture and painting, and the fes- run/walk, 10 km/5 km teams run or 3
event through the Running Room. tival will also include all things related km fun run/walk. Costumes encour-
www.AlzheimerCalgary.com to and associated with tattoo culture. aged. In support of ADF-Diabetes Re-
www.calgarytattoos.com search. www.events.runningroom.com
Concerts Calgary Fall Antiques Show & Sale:
Oct. 16 – 18, Big Four Building, Stam-
Boo at the Zoo: Oct. 26 – Nov. 1, Cal-
gary Zoo. Take a terrifying journey
• Great Big Sea: Oct. 27, Jubilee pede Park. Top Dealers from across that will surely delight your 3-12 year
• The Trews: Oct. 29, MacEwan Hall Canada offering deluxe antiques old. www.calgaryzoo.com
• Grease: Nov. 2 – 4, 5 – 7, Jubilee and vintage bargains.
• B.B. King: Nov. 8, Jubilee www.antiquesbydesignshows.com Heritage Park After Dark: Oct 27
• 3OH!3: Nov. 10, MacEwan Hall – 30. Heritage Park. Get ready for the
• April Wine: Nov. 13, Deerfoot Inn The Anti Graffiti Symposium ghosts and ghouls to come out! Enjoy
& Casino (TAGS) 2010: Oct 19 & 20, Coast this spooktacular Halloween favourite!
• Barra MacNeils Christmas Con- Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre. www.heritagepark.ca
cert: Nov. 24, Knox United Church Open to individuals working for
• Stuart McLean Vinyl Café municipalities, law-enforcement agen- Cocktails for Critters: Nov. 6, Hotel
Christmas: Dec. 2 & 3, Jubilee cies, departments of justice, schools, Arts. A celebration of people and
• Carrie Underwood: Dec. 19, community groups, businessesses and pet art and fashion in support of the
Pengrowth Saddledome other agencies affected by graffiti van- Calgary humane Society.
dalism. www.tagsconference.com www.calgaryhumane.ca
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Bowness Library Crowfoot Library City News
It’s Big. VERY BIG. • The Nesting Dolls by Gail Bowen: A Sign Regulation,
Calgary Public Library presents Oct. 29, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. No Policy and Review
One Book, One Calgary: November registration required. project is underway.
2010. Come together by reading the • Home Rehab Expo: Oct. 16, One issue is where
same book. 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. No digital freestand-
registration required. ing and digital third party advertising
Mavericks: An Incorrigible History • Beyond Borders Film Series: will be permissible: near residential
of Alberta by Aritha van Herk Oct. 2, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. No communities, brightness and off-site
Join the conversation. Realize registration required. impacts; safety issues, and near major
the possibilities! Pick up your • Discover Your Style for Women: roads, intersections, and other transit/
copy at your local branch or visit Oct. 5, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. transportation. The interim measures
calgarypubliclibrary.com • Fire and Ice: Oct. 9, 11:00 a.m. – were only for direct control districts.
12:00 p.m. Ages 5 to 12. The new rules and uses will be added
October 2010 Programs • Colour Therapy: Oct. 13, 7:00 p.m. to the land use bylaw and are due no
Conversation Café at Your Library – 8:30 p.m. later than December 2010. If you have
Drop-in for an afternoon of • Citizenship Preparation Class: any questions, you can contact Ken
stimulating conversations with people Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Melanson at the City 403-268-3775.
who have diverse views and a shared
passion for engaging with others. DID YOU KNOW? Read With Me There is a Multi-Residential District
No registration required. Tuesdays, is a program designed to enhance Review (from townhouse to large
September 7 to December 28 from 2 to reading level skills and interest multi-storey, apartment buildings).
3:30 p.m. in reading; through one-on-one The aims are to have more flexibility
interaction between an adult volunteer and potential for mixed-use,
Check out NEW library programs this and a child in grades 1-6. Find out in a market which accounts for nearly
fall: more at the library! one-third of Calgary’s housing units.
• Drop-In Family Storytime; There are different cycles of develop-
• Drugs and Teens; Visit www.calgarypubliclibrary.com ment. In developing areas, there is no
• CyberSeniors Connect; for more information on these established pattern of development. In
• Discover Your Style for Women programs. Registration is required for developed areas, rules should reflect
And more… for more information all programs unless otherwise noted. what already exists in the community.
call 403-260-2620 or visit For more information, you can contact
calgarypubliclibrary.com. Lisa Kahn 403-268-1456 and Lauren
City Council invites individuals to vol-
unteer their time and expertise. Ab-
original Urban Affairs, Audit Commit-
tee, Accessibility, Airport Authority,
Public Art Board, and Public Library
Board are only a few of the eighteen
boards, commissions, and committees.
To be eligible, an applicant must be an
elector/resident/citizen. Visit www.
calgary.ca for details or contact the
City Clerk’s Office at 403-268-5861.
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Halloween Safety Firewater
Alberta Health Services EMS would This upscale pub located at 222, 7th
like to remind parents and trick-or- St. S.W. caters to a dynamic crowd.
treaters of some basic Halloween
safety tips as October 31st approaches. The menu is sure to please even the
As a member of the UNICEF Partners pickiest eater. There are wings and
for Safety, ambulances, along with potato skins for those who prefer
police, fire, transit and Shaw Cable been tampered with, or that are not typical “pub grub”. If you are more
vehicles will be out patrolling properly wrapped. adventurous, I recommend the Hun-
communities on Halloween night to garian Mushroom Soup—it had the
provide a visible safety resource for Costumes right amount of spice to add kick,
parents and trick-or-treaters. • Choose bright colored costumes that and was hearty, robust, and full of
are highly visible. Adding reflective flavour.
Trick-or-Treaters tape to costumes further increases
• Remember: all regular pedestrian visibility. For the main course, I loved the Kung
rules still apply. Be sure to cross the • Consider sending your children with Pao. The noodles were pan fried to
road at marked cross walks or well a flashlight for additional safety and perfection and complimented with
lit corners only. It is safest to work increased visibility. seasonal vegetables. The Tequila
your way up one side of the street • When purchasing or making Shrimp and Crab was decadent and
and then cross once to the other side. costumes, look for materials and left me wanting more.
• Stay away from houses that are not accessories that are labeled flame-
well lit and do not accept rides from resistant. Be sure to try one of their “soon to be
strangers or enter any home you feel • All costume accessories, such as famous” martinis. I recommend the
is unsafe. sticks, rods or wands, should be soft Key Lime Pie—it actually tasted like
• Let your parents know where you are and flexible with no sharp edges. taking a bite out of a key lime pie!
going to be at all times and advise • Consider using hypoallergenic make-
them if you will be late returning. up kits instead of masks that may Firewater is truly the “little black
impair vision or breathing. dress” of downtown. It is perfect for
Parents • Be sure costumes are loose enough unwinding after a long day of work,
• Be certain that young trick-or- to be worn over warm clothing – but watching the game with friends or
treaters are accompanied by an adult. not so baggy or long they become a even a night out with the guys or
Older children should stay in groups tripping hazard. Costumes should not girls—complete with golden tee
of three or more. be longer than your child’s ankles. golf and free pool. High definition
• Pre-determine boundaries to trick-or- • Ensure your child is wearing screens adorn the walls, providing
treat within and establish a firm time adequate foot wear that takes into a great angle to catch every crucial
to return home. consideration weather conditions and play, no matter where you are sitting
• Advise children not to eat anything walking. in this multi-level chic venue. The
until they return home. Dispose versatility of Firewater will not disap-
of any items that appear to have Alberta Health Services point even the most discerning critic.
Halloween: What’s in A Name? Food * * * *
The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish Atmosphere * * * *
variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Eve, that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Service * * * * *
Halloween has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holi-
day of All Saints’ Day. Restaurant Review
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No Cost Spay/Neuter Program: Stunning Book
Benefitting Calgarians and Their Pets by Martel
As responsible pet owners already through cat licensing. Fans of Life of
know, spaying or neutering your pets Pi will want to
increases the likelihood that they will Starting this fall, Calgarians will be pick up Yann
enjoy good health and a long life. It able to submit an application to Martel’s newest
also helps to reduce pet overpopulation qualify for free spaying or neutering novel Beatrice
and the thousands of homeless and un- of their cats or dogs. Application & Virgil (Al-
wanted animals that end up in shelters forms and eligibility requirements fred A. Knopf
every year. The City of Calgary Ani- will be available on-line at calgary. Canada).
mal & Bylaw Services is proud to fulfill ca/animalservices or by calling 3-1-1
phase three of a commitment made to and having applications mailed out. When you begin
Calgarians to assist in controlling the Pet owners can also come in person reading this
cat overpopulation problem in our city. to the Animal Services Centre at 2201 novel, you will initially think this
Phase three is the start up of our no-cost Portland Street S.E. to obtain their is truly crazy, off-the-wall stuff. A
spay/neuter program for low income application form. writer meets up with an old taxi-
Calgarians. dermist, who creates a play about a
To request the assistance of an inter- donkey (Beatrice) and her howler
This program follows the first two preter or to be connected to the No monkey friend (Virgil). As you
phases which were the implementa- Cost Spay/Neuter Program Adminis- read, the story soon captivates you.
tion of the Responsible Pet Ownership trator, citizens can call 3-1-1.
Bylaw in 2007, making cat licensing By the end, you will be stunned
mandatory, and the grand opening of Animal & Bylaw Services believes by the impact of this book. “Once
the new Animal Services Centre Clinic this important step will help Calgary you’ve been struck by violence,
in 2009. Since the opening of the clin- continue to be known as a city of best you acquire companions that never
ic, spay and neuter surgeries have been practices. Working together with our leave you entirely: Suspicion, Fear,
performed by our in-house veterinar- Responsible Pet Ownership Group Anxiety, Despair, Joylessness.” The
ians for our own adoptable animals. partners we continue towards the vi- “games” at the end of the book will
This soon expanded to include cats sion of a city where all animals are challenge your deepest beliefs.
through the Spay/Neuter Assistance wanted and humanely treated.
Program (SNAP). All operational costs Martel, who now lives in Saskatoon,
for the clinic are completely funded Animal & Bylaw Services has created a superb new piece
Addressing the Problem... Book of the Month
Often times, when members of Com- For your safety, please be aware that
munity Services & Protective Services under the Community Standards
or Alberta Health Services/Emergency Bylaw, your address must be clearly
Medical Services respond to a call, displayed at the back of your property,
time is of the essence. When ac- if adjacent to an alley or public walk- "People forget how fast
cessing a property from an alley, the way. Calgary Fire, CPS and Animal you did a job—but they
difficulty comes when addresses are & Bylaw Services appreciate your
not clearly displayed at the back of support and assistance. remember how well
the home. It is even more difficult in you did it."
areas where houses are built in close Animal & Bylaw Services Howard Newton
proximity to one another.
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In Our City
On October 18, 2010, adult Albertans system we currently live with,
will be eligible to vote in municipal and voting is how we participate.
elections. In 2007, only 30% of eligi- By not voting, we voluntarily dis-
ble voters chose to exercise their right. enfranchise ourselves. An election
So, as this election approaches, there gives us an opportunity to learn
is much talk of encouraging public about the ideas and personalities
participation. Why do so few people of the people who will end up
feel strongly about voting? representing us. It's true that we
each only cast a single vote. But
When discussing our right and respon- when we vote, we take our place
sibility to vote, I hear that those who as a citizen. We show support for
don't vote have no right to complain our preferred candidate. And we rec- We can make our voices heard in other
about their government. But I have ognize that, no matter how small our ways at any time during the year. But
come to realize that voting is not the contribution, democracy is too impor- October 18, 2010 is our opportunity
only option. Citizens can also make tant to leave to chance. Further, if ev- to make our vote count. Make sure
their voices heard by writing letters eryone decided to just stay home and all your friends and colleagues know
to, phoning or meeting with their let others vote, your single vote would that you'll be voting, even if it means
representatives. Citizens can become make all the difference. And when you taking a short trip to vote at the local
involved in lobby groups, demonstra- go to cast your vote, the people around polling station. And encourage them to
tions or associations that represent you see your participation, and they vote, too.
their point of view. And politicians will hopefully respond to your exam-
must listen, whether the citizen voted ple and also choose to vote. Trina Hurdman
or not, because they represent all their
constituents: those who voted for
them, those who voted against them
and those who didn't vote, including Simplicity Makes Thanksgiving
children and permanent residents.
We are free to choose whether or not
to vote. In a municipal election, it is What could be more beautiful to deco- porch to welcome your guests.
clear that our choice represents only rate your home this Thanksgiving but
one voice in ten thousand, at best. It the simple things found in nature. Put Place some colourful pillar candles on
takes a certain effort to learn about the a large beautiful branch whose leaves a platter (vary the sizes and heights)
positions and personalities of the vari- capture all the autumn colors—reds, and adorn the platter base with leaves,
ous candidates, to bring appropriate yellows, oranges—in an elegant vase. moss, branches with berries, and pine
identification and to travel to the poll- This is a gorgeous backdrop for your cones. Scented candles are a nice
ing station. It may appear that voting buffet table. touch.
is more effort than it is worth.
Fill the baskets you never use with Take your inspiration from nature:
This year, I feel very strongly that rose hips, flowers, and squash and abundant, simple and elegant.
it's important to vote. There will be small pumpkins. Put some on your
significant changes expected at city
hall and from Alberta Education, and
I want to have a say in determining "Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see
which people play a part.
the flowers in it."
Democracy is not perfect. But it's the
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Pinching Pennies Sales, Sales,
I realize that most of us are just trying chicken with your Sales!
to make it through Thanksgiving this head cut off.
month. Preparing the house, cooking Halloween is ever so present on and
the turkey, and those cute fall out- To start, make a before October 31st in the stores.
fits for the kids seem to take over at list of all the gifts, The day after, however, brings a
the beginning of this month. A long decorations, and multitude of sales and clearance
awaited breather is in store as the food you want to items. This year, try to take advan-
October festivities finish. But wait, buy. Keep the list tage of the fact that Halloween items
Christmas is just around the corner! If in your purse and are marked down up to 75% the
you think you’re busy now, just imag- while you are out days after. Stock up on those Jack-
ine how you will feel in a month when and about running your regular er- o-lantern garden bags, cute Hallow-
Christmas is in full swing. rands, try to check off as many things een lights, decorations, costumes,
on the list as you can. and anything else that catches your
In order to avoid the chaos that De- eye. Store your seasonal items in a
cember brings, why not be the envy The true spirit of Christmas tends to be plastic bin and label it so it’s easy to
of all of your friends and have your lost each year. Bring back peace and find next year. Come 2011 you will
shopping finished before December tranquility in to your home by being be thankful you planned ahead!
1st? This is the year that you will be prepared this year.
able to enjoy the week before Christ- Megan Hidson
mas instead of running around like a Megan Hidson
Food For Thought: Soy
With the number of people affected by found in soy milk powder, soy
lactose intolerance on the rise, many protein powder, and soy baby for-
people are turning to milk alternatives mula. According to Brett Stone
such as soy to replace cow milk prod- and Kathy Nowak on www.
ucts. 10 years ago, soy milk was some- earthsave.ca, both of whom are
thing to purchase at a specialty store, registered holistic nutritionists,
but now it is a common ingredient in the soy beans are acid washed
many products on the grocery shelf. in aluminum tanks, soaked in
a chemical solution to extract
Soy has recently come under scrutiny proteins – which produces cancer
for its photoestrogen content, which is causing carcinogens, and are
much like the human hormone estro- spray dried using high tempera-
gen. Drinking two glasses of soy milk tures which may form nitrates. Small amounts of organic tofu, tempeh,
a day for one month contains enough miso, and soy beans a few times a week
estrogen to alter a female’s menstrual These processes of fermentation are not will help aid digestion, and reduce
cycle. I don’t know about you, but that used when the product is organic. In the risk of some prostate and breast
has sure turned me off of soy milk. I small quantities, organic soy products cancers.
have chosen rice, hemp, and almond can be very beneficial to your circula-
milk as a replacement to soy milk. tory system, and lower your LDL cho- Remember, you should always consult
lesterol. Avoid over processed products your physician when embarking on a
There are also concerns regarding the such as soy “hot dogs”, “burgers”, or new diet plan.
fermentation process of the soy bean luncheon “meats” as these are treated
creating “Soy Protein Isolate”. SPI is with dangerous chemicals. Megan Hidson
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What To Wear For Fantastic Family Photos
So you have booked your family it goes, after you go through your competing patterns. I think we have
photo session, or maybe you are just closets you may find nothing you all been warned about the dangers of
setting the tripod up in the back yard. think goes together. Now it’s time wearing stripes and plaid - so don’t put
However you plan on capturing your to go shopping. If you are investing both in your photos. I LOVE colour
family moments you might as well in custom photography, I think it is in photos, I think it makes everything
look good doing it. important to invest in looking great pop. Just make sure the colours all go
and making these photos something together and all will go well.
Gone are the days
of everyone in their As for maternity
acid wash jeans and photos, anything
white crew neck form fitting that
t-shirts. I believe shows off your
your family photos gorgeous belly will
should truly reflect be great. A tight
who you are as a fitting tank top and
family. I know very jeans or a form
few families that fitting dress are
can go out in white always good choices
and keep it that and to make them
way. even better pair them
with some chunky
For individual shots jewelry. Put your
of your kids, why partner in a shirt that
not let them help matches and you’re
pick out what to off.
wear. Maybe it will
be some crazy- I think that newborns
coloured capri look best in nothing
pants and a sparkly tee, or the hoodie extra special. at all. Maybe a few shots in the special
that your son wears 5 days a week or outfit that Grandma made, or in the
maybe, if you’re lucky, that superhero For the whole family to look great, outfit his dad came home from the
cape that goes everywhere he does. my biggest piece of advice is to NOT hospital in when he was born, but the
They are your children and you want all wear the same thing. Yes you want rest should show off how pure and
to remember what was important to unity and yes you want to match, but precious these new little people are.
them, who they were, not how clean you also want a representation of your
and perfect their clothes were. family, and I think if most families My last piece of advise is that make
were to go out all in the same clothes sure that no matter what you decide
Then the family photos: this is where they might get a few double takes. to wear, make sure that everyone is
you consider your style. Are you When putting your outfits together comfortable. This includes you, Mom
classic or modern, traditional or lay them all out on your bed so you and Dad. If someone is uncomfortable
contemporary. You want these photos can visualize what they will look like. in what they are wearing, it will show.
to represent you, so I recommend Stay away from large logo tops (that
going through your closets and finding favourite Elmo shirt of you son’s will Erin Baer
what your clothes say about your style. look great in a couple of the individual Child and Family Photographer in
And why not let your partner and kids shots of him, but in the group shot, Tuscany
have a say too. And then, I know how could be distracting.) Watch for
THE TUSCANY SUN OCTOBER 2010 43
Parenting Your Preschooler Witch Hands—
Does a Loving Parent Say, “No”? could ask themselves is, if I yelled, A Great
“Stop” as my child chased a ball out
“No,” is a word that few people like into the street, would my child respect Handprint Craft
to hear. Is it ever appropriate for a that boundary?
loving parent to say, “No” to their This is an easy craft to do with a
preschool child? Parents love their Among the conclusions of a ten-year crowd of children and the results are
children and wish to provide for their study known as Harvard University’s great for decorating the house. You
needs as well as for many of their Preschool Project stated that the best will need:
“wishes”. However the reason parents parents did well in 3 areas: • Green card or paper
set boundaries is precisely because 1. They excelled at designing • Scraps of black, red or purple card,
they love their children and want what and organizing their child’s paper, felt, tissue paper etc.
is best for them. environment. • Pencils and pens
2. They allowed their child to • White glue
Parents provide safety for their interrupt them briefly so comfort,
child out of love. If a preschooler information, and enthusiasm could Draw around the children's hands onto
is pushing a chair up to a hot stove, be exchanged. the green card. Older children can pair
“No!” is a reasonable response. 3. They set firm boundaries at the up and draw round each other’s hands.
Whether or not that “No” is taken same time showing affection for Cut out carefully.
seriously by the child is dependant on their child.
whether or not the child recognizes Use the scraps of paper or card to cut
parental authority. By Betty Ann Chandler, B. Ed. pointed oval shapes for long, spiky
finger nails and stick them on—em-
Three year olds often test boundaries bellishing, if you like, with glitter or
to see whether the parent will back stickers.
up what they say. “May I have 5
pieces of Halloween candy before Draw some spidery veins onto the
supper?” “Do I need to come when hands, using your own hands as inspi-
I am called?” Will that boundary ration.
move? Boundaries create security for
the child. The child then knows that Why not add a wart or two? Make
he/she can trust his/her parents’ words. them by scrunching tissue paper into
The child enjoys much freedom within a tiny ball and sticking onto the hands
the boundaries and is assured that with white glue.
parents care enough to create a safe
environment. If a child is repeatedly Use the hands to decorate a notice-
successful in defying a parent, the board, the fridge, or the Halloween
child may lose respect for that parent. table (place them on either side of a
In the long term, this can lead to loss plate for a humorous effect). If you
of respect for other authority figures attach them to the edge of doors with
and could put the child increasingly at sticky-tack it looks as if someone
risk for anti-social behaviour later in spooky could be hiding on the other
life. In the short term, the child is at side! Alternatively, attach plain white
risk for direct consequences such as paper to the back of the hands and use
a burn from the hot stove mentioned them as invitations!
For more great craft ideas, go to
An example of a question parents allfreecrafts.com.
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Top Halloween Recipes
Chocolate, chopped butterscotch chips to each cluster for
• 1 cup Baker's Butterscotch Chips the spider's eyes, then refrigerate as
• 2 cups Chow mein noodles directed.
• 1 cup each miniature marshmallows
and salted peanuts 3. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or
until firm. Store in airtight container in
1. Mix chopped chocolate and butter- refrigerator.
scotch chips in large microwaveable
Why is it you can never find the
bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM 3 to 4
Halloween recipes you want when
minutes or until chocolate and but-
you need them? Well, take a look at
kraftcanada.com for the top recipes all
terscotch chips start to melt; stir until "When I was
chocolate and butterscotch chips are
in one spot—and even party hosting,
completely melted and mixture is well kidnapped, my parents
house decorating and game ideas!
Here’s one of their super easy recipes
blended. snapped into action.
we thought you would like.
2. Add remaining ingredients; mix
They rented out my
well. Drop tablespoonfuls of the room."
Bakers Chocolate Spiders Woody Allen
noodle mixture onto wax paper-cov-
What you need:
ered baking sheets. Add 2 additional
• 6 squares Baker's Semi-Sweet
THE TUSCANY SUN OCTOBER 2010 47
comparisons. Even if you are telling
Sport Parent Tips: Don’t Compare your child they are better than their
competitors keep in mind you may be
setting a dangerous precedent. Kids
Jennifer is sitting in my office with her playing favourites and depriving her
whose parents do a lot of comparing
arms crossed defiantly. She is so mad child of moving ahead?
end up doing a lot of sizing up them-
she can hardly get the words out. I wait
selves. They turn into the athletes who
a while, and eventually she launches in: This train of thought will most surely
become over focused on who they are
lead to panic, and subsequently some
competing against rather than focused
My Mother had a big fight with my poor parental decision making or lack
on their sport.
coach today. She thinks I should be try- thereof.
ing for my double axel because another
So instead of talking to your young
girl who is my age almost has hers. It’s never a good idea to compare your
athlete about whether they measure up
Sure I want to get it but I don’t think I child’s development or performance.
against others, direct them to improve
am ready either. Why does she always It’s hurtful, and also unfair. Remember
skills and to develop personal bests.
have to compare my skating to hers? It that kids develop differently. Even
These are ultimately things they can
makes me feel like a total loser. within the same sport, at the same age.
control. In practice, this means com-
Your child will have strengths and
menting on the activity not on the
Parents, like kids, can get competitive weaknesses like everyone else. They
child’s ‘status’—i.e., “I really enjoy
sometimes, and for others it is more might acquire one skill quickly and
watching you play” instead of “you’re
like a chronic condition. They wonder take longer to get another. This does
the best player out there”.
why their child cannot do what an- not make or break future success.
other does- might she be missing some
April Clay, Registered Psychologist
competitive advantage? Is the coach There is another risk associated with
THE TUSCANY SUN OCTOBER 2010 49
Create A Diet Rich in Reduce Your Risk
Cancer-Fighting Foods of Liver Cancer
When it comes to cancer-fighting Fill up with as many of these cancer- When its job is to fight off daily as-
nutrition, my philosophy is to keep it reducing foods as you can: broccoli, saults by toxins, viruses, unhealthy
simple and embrace your cause. blueberries, tomatoes, garlic, Brussels foods, alcohol and other threats, it's
sprouts, dark leafy greens, cabbage, not hard to see how the liver could fall
The Canadian Breast Cancer Founda- soy, cherries, cranberries, green tea, victim to cancer.
tion advocates for a balanced diet that whole grains, beans, herbs and spices,
is high in fruits, vegetables and whole and other red, orange and purple fruits, Here are five ways to reduce your risk
grains, and low in fat and sugar to help vegetables and berries. of liver cancer:
maintain a healthy body weight, which 1. Get immunized against hepatitis.
is linked to lowering the risk for breast I always look for food products that 2. Ask for liver enzyme tests as part of
cancer. support breast cancer research, a cause your annual physical.
close to me. Country Harvest, for 3. Adopt a healthy diet and get lots of
Whole grain foods play a key role in example, is donating a portion of the exercise.
leading a healthy lifestyle because proceeds from all products sold during 4. Limit your alcohol consumption to
they contribute to your vitamin, miner- the month of October to the Cana- seven drinks or less per week.
al and fibre intake. Make sure at least dian Breast Cancer Foundation. Their 5. Quit smoking.
half of your daily grain products are breads, bagels and wraps are made
whole grain. Know that not all grain with whole grains and are a source of Although liver cancer cannot be pre-
products are whole grain, so read the Omega-3. For healthy and nutritious vented, it can often be treated – and
label. Look for “whole grain…” as the recipes: www.countryharvest.com. even cured – if caught early. If you
first ingredient in the ingredient list. know you have cirrhosis (scarring
Kim Arrey, dietitian and nutritionist, of the liver), chronic liver disease or
Eating across the food rainbow is vital. News Canada other risk factors for liver cancer, you
should be screened regularly to ensure
that any tumours are found as early as
possible. Liver cancer can be detected
Trick or Teeth? by ultrasound, blood tests, CT scans or
Tips for Parents to Fight Tooth Decay MRIs. If you are concerned about your
risk factors, talk to your doctor about
This candy season, teach your little Make tooth care fun and rewarding:
vampires, werewolves and toothy tigers Set time limits for tooth brushing using a News Canada, www.liver.ca
the importance of good oral health with timer, singing or playing a song on your
some tooth-friendly tips: iPod. Or invest in the first-ever Philips
Sonicare power toothbrush for kids.
Actions have consequences: Educate
little ones about sugar and tooth decay. Seize the day: Allow for some over-
Take them to the dentist, search the in- indulgence. Most dentists say it's okay
ternet or visit the local library and show to let kids eat as much as they want for
them the true, nasty effects of poor oral two or three days. After that, either take
hygiene. it all away or let them have tiny, con-
trolled amounts. It's long term exposure
Set limits: Teach kids to be their own to sugar that can lead to tooth decay.
candy control board. Decide on a limit
together and reward them. News Canada
THE TUSCANY SUN OCTOBER 2010 51
Canadians Caught in a Calcium May
Time Crunch Increase Risk of
More and more Canadians are strug- Heart Attack
gling to meet the competing demands
of the workplace, their families and
Calcium supplements, commonly
their own need to refresh body and
taken by older people for osteoporosis,
mind, according to a new Canadian
are associated with an increased risk of
Index of Well Being report.
a heart attack, finds a study published
online in the British Medical Journal.
More of us are working non-standard
hours (weekends, evenings, nights and
The researchers found that the supple-
rotating shifts) and looking after chil-
ments were associated with about a
dren and seniors, while fewer of us are
30% increased risk of heart attack and
able to participate in social activities,
smaller, non-significant, increases in
attend arts performances or volunteer poorer physical and mental health and
the risk of stroke and mortality.
for culture and recreation organiza- less satisfaction with the quality of
tions. our lives. The report puts forward a
Talk to your doctor if you have any
number of positive public policy sug-
According to the report, the steep gestions for improving the work-life
price we’re paying for this includes balance of Canadians.
THE TUSCANY SUN OCTOBER 2010 53
How to Make Your 40’s Fabulous
I know what happens when most of you Get in the Kitchen: When you make to hormonal
think of your age. First of all, if you’re your own meals, you know what’s changes). Have
like me, it’s SHOCK: you start to do going into them and can use healthy some fun with
the math and you can’t believe it. How ingredients. Why does restaurant food this one, but think
did those years creep up? Is it possible taste so good? They often use tons of things through.
for me to be 47? Holy cow! butter and other unhealthy ingredients. I once made a
poor choice on a
Then it may be DISMAY. Are you You Can’t Out Train a Bad Diet: summer day with
feeling your best and do you feel that Sad but true, don’t think that you can a strong wind,
maybe your best years are behind you? eat poorly and then add a workout or seriously, you can
I’m here to give you hope and some jump on the treadmill and hope that you just imagine…
ideas to make your 40’s FABULOUS! can balance it all out. Eat clean to look
Some things are easier than others to and feel great. Turn OFF the Idiot Box: The light
do, and some are kinda silly and fun. from TV can disrupt sleep rhythms
Here goes: No White Carbs: Ban all things and you won’t get into REM, the more
white: sugar, flour, breads, bagels, rice, restful stages of deep sleep you need.
Include Resistance Training: Main- potatoes, etc. Introduce more brown It’s best to choose a book to relax with
tain and build lean muscle mass. rice, barley, rye, oats, quinoa and other before shutting it down for the evening.
Women in their 40s have 10 pounds grains into your diet. Make friends with Or, refer to the ‘use it or lose it’ tip...
less muscle mass than they had in their soluble fiber to help lower cholesterol.
20s. And by their 50s, they’re down 15 Chin up! Try to see the cup as half full
pounds in muscle mass. This leads to Have a Glass: If you aren’t trying to instead of half empty. An optimistic at-
a tanking metabolism. Minimum three cut calories, you can enjoy a glass of titude changes everything. Life tends to
times a week on this one, but don’t wine once in a while. Studies show be a self fulfilling prophecy, so envision
think you need to be in a gym to do it. that those that indulge in one alcoholic what you want and make it happen.
You’ll be surprised at how strong you beverage are less likely to have heart
become and how you can add muscle troubles. Remember Your Friends: You’re
with your own body weight. going to feel more energized and good
Use It or Lose It: Sex that is. Good about yourself if you connect with
Intensify Workouts: HIIT – High for SO many reasons, not the least of people you love, especially when you
intensity interval training is the way to which is to keep the pelvic floor mus- get to spend time with other women.
go! Sweat it up for improved fitness cles strong and blood vessels dilated. Don’t undervalue time spent with your
and fat loss. You need to work harder friends!
than ever before if you want results Go Commando: Who needs the extra
you’ve never had before. The good laundry?? Going panty-less decreases Change your priorities: Take some
news with HIIT? Workouts are short your risk for vaginal infections (which time for YOU! As a busy woman, you
and intense! are more common in midlife, thanks may be last on the list after you take
care of everyone else. Time to bump
yourself to the top of the list! You can
2000 New Words Added care for others more effectively when
you feel your best.
The Oxford English Dictionary added more than 2,000 words to its latest edi-
tion in 2010. Internet, mobile messaging and social media jargon have had There you have it, some tips to keep in
a huge impact on our vocabularies—and on our dictionaries. Oxford added mind, and better yet, apply to your life
words such as tweetup, micro-blogging, de-friend and paywall to reflect the daily!
changes in the way we use language because of technology.
THE TUSCANY SUN OCTOBER 2010 55
House Market Chicken Little
“The prices are falling...the prices are chart that shows you a
falling.” The media is filled with the 5-year history of the bank
doom and gloom of another drop in 5 years Mortgage Rates.
housing prices. I guess if you want to
create a stir tell someone their home Here’s what some “ex-
is about to drop in price by 30%. This perts” are saying about
is what I have been reading in local the 5-year rates. Mr. Sal
papers and financial tabloids. Well the Guatiueri was quoted in
Chicken Little approach isn’t doing the Financial post as say-
anyone any good. ing that he sees the prime
rate jumping up by 4%
Lets review some facts about the in the following 3 years
housing market. We just went through resulting in a variable rate
a price correction taking the average product of 6%. If you with the same terms the payments
price of a home in Calgary down over review history one would believe that will be around $1,718.37. Interesting
2%. If you review the chart to the the 5-year fixed Mortgage could end isn’t it?
right, you’ll notice very little change up between 6 and 7%.
over the past 5 years in the average Now I’m not suggesting everyone
home price in Calgary. So now lets do some math. If one be- jump into the Real Estate market im-
lieves that the house prices are going mediately. I am suggesting that if you
People are still moving into Calgary to drop another 5% over the next little are waiting to purchasing a home you
and as we have all heard, the Oil and while and jumps in at that time here is have to look at the entire picture. At
Gas industry is set to take off again. what they may find. the moment we have a huge selec-
What that equates to is an increased tion to choose from. Interest rates are
demand for housing. I had a chat with A home today drops from $400,000 to at historic lows. House prices have
some of my Real Estate partners to see $320,000. Wow what a deal...You’re already taken a hit and as you can see
what the word on the street is. Well, it proud of yourself for waiting a year... by the chart they don’t jump around
seems that people are waiting for the NOT SO FAST. At today’s fixed too much in this market.
buyers and the buyers are waiting to 5-year interest rate (3.69%) with 5%
see what house prices are going to do. down and amortized over 35 years the I have always been a fan of “if you
payments on $380,000 ( $400,000- see a home you love and you plan on
One factor that the people waiting to $20,000 down payment ) would be living in that home for quite some
purchase a home have not considered around $1,606.37 per month. On time...buy it”
is what interest rates are going to do. $304,000 ($320,000 minus $16,000
They are going to go up. Review the down payment at 6% interest rate) Vic Cotton, www.Mortgagecor.com
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How To Turn Your Needs Into Goals
When it comes to money, everybody’s retirement savings, money
objectives are different. By paying for vacations and travel,
close attention to what you need buying a second home
and want from your finances and and even building an
investments, you’ll have a better estate to leave to your
chance of getting ahead in your heirs or charity. Whatever
financial life. your needs, it’s important
that they be clearly
It’s important to differentiate between defined.
needs and goals. This will help you
allocate income to the areas of your Once your needs are
finances that require immediate established, it’s time
attention, as well as plan and invest for to establish goals. You
the long-term. transform needs into goals
by assigning specific
To put both needs and goals into dollar amounts and time horizons. you’ll require.
focus, try thinking of your financial Once your goals are in place, you It works the same way for other long-
life as a pyramid. This will allow you can devise a savings and investment term goals. When are your children
to establish a hierarchy of financial strategy for reaching them. going to attend university or college,
needs, and help you develop a logical, and how much will it cost? Then you
systematic approach to formulating and Take retirement, for example. You can determine how much to save and
meeting your goals. know you need a comfortable income invest from now until then.
when you leave the workforce. But
At the base of the pyramid are your you must also know how much money A financial professional can help you
foundation needs. They form the is involved and how much time you assess your needs and work out your
foundation because they’re related to require to meet that need. goals. With financial help you can
financial security. These are everyday establish a savings and investment
items to which you must devote part of You must determine the level of annual plan that will ensure your financial
your income-including shelter, food, income you’ll require in retirement, as objectives are reached.
clothing, health care, taxes and other well as other financial commitments.
daily living items. For example, if you plan to buy a home Provided By Kevin Baer,
in the southern United States and retire Financial advisor in Tuscany and
Other necessities that should be as a snowbird, you’ll need money NW Calgary
considered part of the foundation to buy the house, as well as regular
include insurance and a cash fund for income for living expenses. When you
emergencies. Adequate life, disability, know how much
critical illness and long-term care money is necessary,
insurance are essential to your and you must determine
your family’s financial health. Proper how much wealth
insurance coverage means you and you’ll have to
your family won’t experience financial accumulate.
hardship if you can’t work because of a Then you can
serious health problem, or if you die. calculate what you
Higher in the pyramid are lifestyle should save and
needs. Once the foundation is in place, invest every year
you can focus on these longer-term from now until
requirements. Lifestyle needs can retirement age,
include paying down the mortgage, and the level of
saving for your children’s education, investment returns
THE TUSCANY SUN OCTOBER 2010 59
Travel & Destinations
Financial Security. "Subsequently,
Travel Reminders for Snowbirds the Cuba Tourist Board advised that
Canadians could present their provin-
cial health insurance cards as proof of
With fall here, many snowbirds are as a precaution. medical insurance. But, supplemental
itching to finalize their travel plans to • If you're driving to your destination, travel insurance is necessary because
warmer climes. If you count yourself find out if you need supplemental car the provincial health insurance plans
among these lucky-ducks, make sure insurance. only offer minimum medical coverage
you've made the all necessary ar- • Find out if you need to update your abroad.
rangements before heading to Florida, shots.
Mexico or the Caribbean. • Let your bank and credit card "Regardless of whether you're out of
company know about your travel the country for a day or for several
Here's a quick checklist to help you plans to avoid any confusion or weeks, accidents or illnesses happen
get organized: service disruption. all the time and it's best to be pre-
• Tell a trusted friend or family- • Most important, buy travel pared," said Morel. "Hospital stays
member about your plans and ask insurance. abroad can reach into the tens of thou-
them to keep an eye on your place sands of dollars. So, it's best to take
while you're away. While most people know that travel in- a few minutes to buy reliable travel
• Secure your home and turn off the surance is important, many people may insurance coverage."
water. not be aware that it is now a prerequi-
• Cancel the newspapers. site for entering Cuba. "Since May 1, Consult your insurance provider to
• Forward or stop mail delivery. 2010, Cuban authorities require visitors learn more.
• Make photocopies of your travel and to provide proof that they can cover
personal documents for yourself and their own medical costs," said François News Canada, Sarah Twomey,
the trusted friend or family-member Morel, sales consultant at Desjardins www.desjardinslifeinsurance.com
THE TUSCANY SUN OCTOBER 2010 61
Food & Drink
Savour Autumn's Harvest with a Hearty Stew
As the days get shorter and tempera- • 1 ½ lb stewing beef over medium heat.
tures start to dip, nothing tastes better • 1 cup onions, coarsely chopped
or is more comforting than a piping hot • 2 cups mushrooms, coarsely chopped Place beef back in pot with red curry
bowl of stew. Instead of turning to tra- • 1 bottle VH Thai Market red curry sauce and potatoes. Fill empty curry
ditional recipes, this fall, try something sauce sauce bottle with water
new and add some inspiration into • 2 cups peeled potatoes, and add to pot, repeat.
your kitchen with a savoury stew that diced Bring to a boil and then
will tempt your tastebuds. Loaded with • ¾ cup frozen peas, reduce to simmer for 1½
tender beef, hearty potatoes and mild thawed hours. When meat and
curry flavours, this Thai-inspired dish is potatoes are tender, stir in
sure to warm the whole family on those Spray tongs with cook- peas. Season with salt to
chilly autumn nights. ing spray. Heat vegetable taste.
oil in a large pot over
Red Thai Curry Beef Stew medium-high heat. Divide Tip: If liquid in the stew
Total preparation time: 90 minutes beef into two batches for is too runny, cook longer
Serves 4 searing. Using tongs, sear beef in oil without lid until the liquid reduces and
until well-browned, about 15 minutes. thickens.
• Pam cooking spray Place beef on a plate. Add onions and
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil mushrooms to pot, cook for 10 minutes News Canada, www.vhsauces.com
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REMINDER: 1 2
• If you lose your pet visit Calgary.ca/animalservices to see if
your dog or cat is in the shelter. Oct. 2 -3
Baby and Tot Show
• Blue bin recycling pickup on garbage days.
• Please pay your Valley Ridge Community membership fees – www.calgarybabyshow.ca
it helps all of us.
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Have Your Oct. 9 - 11
Pet Blessed Heritage Park
at Christ Church Thank You Weekend
3602-8 Street SW Free Rides and B
2:00 pm Thanksgiving Meal
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Inn for the Cold Oct. 14 - 15 Oct. 15 - 17 Oct. 16 - 18
Alzheimer Society Rocky Mountain Science Fiction and Antique Show
Walk and Run THANKSGIVING Fundraising Event
DAY MacEwan Hall, U of C, Food and Fantasy Convention and Sale
Eau Claire Wine Festival Quality Inn, Stampede Park
www.innfromthecold.org BMO Center Calgary Airport Big Four Building R
www.rockymountainwine.com www.con-verson.org 9 - 5 p.m.
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Oct. 22 - 24 Christmas Sale
Oct. 16 - 31
Boo at the Zoo Cochrane Humane Dalhousie Community
for 3-12 year olds
Society Book Sale Centre
12 - 5 p.m. 10 - 4 p.m.
62 Griffin Industrial Point prairiewindpromotions.net
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Oct. 27 - 30 Oct. 29 - 31
Heritage Park Global Festival
After Dark Gift Sale
Celebration United Church
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