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Churchill - the polar bear
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Explore Swan Valley, Manitoba
Costa del Sol - an ideal winter destination
Travel insurance - plans for every need
British and living in Canada?
What happens to your
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issue 35 Oct 08
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From the Editor
We are now officially in the autumn or fall season and this means
that we all need to start thinking about winter. In this issue we look
at how you can prepare your home for winter by doing a few
chores now. If the thought of winter fills you with horror then how
about taking a look at our new travel section. This month we look
at the Costa del Sol in Spain and next month we will be taking a
look at the southern United States. If you are a snowbird, you will
want to read this.
Back to this month and we visit Manitoba with special features
on Brandon and Swan Valley. These are great locations to visit or
even to relocate to. One place in Manitoba you might consider for
a visit but perhaps not as a relocation option is Churchill - the
home of the polar bear. Read all about this fascinating place and
of course these wonderful creatures.
In our Working Life department we start a new section about
unusual jobs. If you or someone you know has an unusual job why
not get in touch so we can feature you in the future?
We have a special feature for our readers who originate from the
United Kingdom but now reside here in Canada. Do you know that
will happen to your UK state pension? We speak to Tony
Bockman, Chairman of the Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners
and the International Consortium of British Pensioners for
important details about this.
If you are one of our younger readers or a parent with children
then you might want to read our article on the Canadian Cadets.
This can be a terrific avenue for young adults to experience the
role of the Canadian Forces without any costs to parents. You can
choose Air, Army or Sea Cadets so as you can imagine there is
plenty to keep you occupied.
Well, I will keep you no longer. Read on….
Jane Toombes
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Contents 3
Discover Canada

4 The polar bear capital of the world
8 From a warm welcome to welcome
home - Brandon, Manitoba
14 Come explore the Swan Valley region
18 The Costa del Sol, Spain
24 Anyone for pumpkin?
26 Are you living in the best place?
29 Top Canadian...
Working Life
30 The slightly unusual
32 The Power of Women Exchange
33 10 craziest excuses for being late
34 Travel insurance:plans for every need
38 New cars on the block
39 The mystery of the roundabout
40 Do you have what it takes
to be a cadet?
43 Top kids….
Moving to Canada
44 Your British state pension and
living in Canada
47 Have you talked to us lately?
48 Immigration news update
50 Rural living in Nova Scotia
52 Real life - Playing catch up
Health & Wellness
54 Natural cures help for allergy
55 Smoking trends in Canada
55 What is glutathione?
56 Coping with grief
57 Hair loss linked to thyroid disorders
Home & Garden
58 Tile offers a way to add personality
to your home
60 Million dollar homes
62 Top wallpaper myths debunked
63 Prepare your home now for the
winter ahead
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A fantastic place to visit, Churchill,
Manitoba will offer you an experience of
a lifetime - the possibility of seeing
polar bears in their natural
The polar bear
capital of the world
The polar bear population in Churchill,
Manitoba of around 1,200 outnumbers the
human population which according to the
2006 census was just 923.
The town is one of the most southern
areas where polar bears can exist year
round. Because polar bears tend to live in
remote, inaccessible places, the fact that
they can be seen so easily in Churchill
makes it one of the best places in the world
to observe these remarkable creatures -
leading to its nickname of “Polar Bear
Capital of the World.”
Churchill is located on the shores of
Hudson Bay and is connected to the rest of
Canada only by rail or air. It was named after
John Churchill the 3
governor of the
Hudson Bay Company and the Duke of
Marlborough. The town acts as a hub for
many Northern Manitoban communities and
has a diverse economy. Tourism is one of the
main economies within the community, but
mining, forestry, trapping, transport and
fishing also play their roles.
Churchill is the main transportation hub
for the area with the busy Hudson Bay Rail
Line, an airport and the only inland saltwater
port in Canada. Many of the goods which
are needed in Canada’s far north come into
Churchill before being sent onto various
destinations. The Churchill Northern Studies
Centre and the Institute of Arctic
Ecophysiology are both large research
centres located in the town.
The population is split almost equally
between white Canadians and Aboriginal
Chipewan and Swampy Cree. There are also
a small number of Inuit in the area. English is
the main language spoken in the town.
Churchill was first used as a hunting area
for early Inuit people and these sites can still
be seen at the Seahorse Gully site on
Churchill’s West Peninsula or along the
glacial kame at Twin Lakes.
In 1619 Jens Munck, a Danish navigator
sailed to the area from Europe in two ships
with his crews. However, that winter was
very hard on the team and only Munck and
two of his crew survived (64 perished) and
the following year they returned to Europe in
one of the ships.
In 1717 the Hudson’s Bay Company
established a trading post along the
Churchill River. There they built a stone
fortress to secure control of the fur trade
which was named Prince of Whales Fort. In
1782 the French took over the undermanned
fort but following a smallpox epidemic and a
harsh winter the fort was deserted and the
Churchill fur trade as good as ended.
Over a century later Churchill was once
again in demand and in the 1920’s the
Hudson Bay Railroad and the Port of
Churchill were constructed. This led to
churchill becoming a major outpost almost
In 1942 Fort Churchill was established by
the United States Air Force and after WWII
Canada and the United States jointly
sponsored a training and experimental
centre. During this period weapons and
equipment were cold weather tested and
cold weather fighting tactics took place.
During the 1950’s the Churchill Rocket
Research Range came into existence
launching rockets and conducting
experiments on the northern lights and the
ionosphere. Over the next thirty years over
3,000 sounding rockets were launched.
Fort Churchill was a thriving military
community during the 1950’s and 60’s. The
base was decommissioned in the mid 1960’s
and is now the home of the Churchill
Northern Studies Centre.
The 1970’s saw a major redevelopment of
Churchill with new facilities and the
development of the tourism industry.

Tourism is one of the biggest industries in
the area and most months of the year offer
something special for visitors. Most visitors
either fly in from Winnipeg or catch a train at
Thompson and arrive by rail. You cannot
drive to Churchill as it is only accessible by
rail or air.
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Hudson Bay coastline
Remember to pack the right clothing for
your trip as the average winter temperatures
are a mind-numbing -27℃ and in the
summer months reach the dizzy heights of
During the summer months between May
and August, Churchill is a mecca for bird
watchers. Over 270 species have been
recorded here such as the Pacific Loon,
Horned Grebe, American Bittern, Tundra
Swan, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Pintail,
Northern Harrier, Osprey, Horned Lark and
Yellow Warbler.
During July and August thousands of
Beluga Whales can be seen along the
Churchill River as they arrive to calf. This is
a major spectacle attracting tourist from all
over the world. Various companies in the
area run boat tours into the Churchill River
allowing tourist to see the whales up close.
Hudson Bay Helicopters offers several
Beluga Whale tours and seeing a pod of
whales from the air is an awesome sight.
The Hudson Bay itself is part of Nunavut,
not Manitoba and the indigenous population
do still hunt the whales, however there are
still nearly 30,000 Beluga Whales to be seen
along these shores.
If you especially adventurous you can
kayak with the whales. The Beluga’s are
very curious and friendly and are known to
swim alongside kayaks so this gives the
tourist the ideal opportunity to see these
stunning creatures close by.
If you want to get nearer still then how
about snorkeling with the whales. Some
companies offer this activity which allows
for a unique experience for any tourist.
During the winter months tourist look to
the skies as the Aurora Borealis or Northern
Lights dance across the sky. Although the
Northern Lights can be seen all year round,
the clear winter skies offer the best
opportunities to see them. By getting away
from other light pollution areas, including
the moon you will have a much better
opportunity to see them at the full glory.
Because night photos are notoriously hard
to capture it is recommended that you bring
a tripod with your camera so that you can
capture the phenomenon clearly. TIP: Digital
cameras seem to capture better images of
the Aurora than traditional film cameras.
We have all seen the stunning photos of
the Aurora Borealis but nothing compares to
seeing this spectacular display in person.
However it is the
months of October
and November
when over 12,000
tourist flock to
Churchill to see the
Polar Bears. During
the winter the
Hudson Bay freezes
up and the bears
make their way to
the area to wait for
the freeze which will
then allow them to
return to their
hunting grounds and hunt for harp seals. A
deserted beach known locally as Polar Bear
Alley is a favorite for these big lumbering
bears and many tour guides will take you
along this route. The bears tend to bed
down between the rugged rocks so never
be tempted to venture here without an
experienced guide.
Many tours are available including the
famous tundra buggy tours which allow
tourist to board large modified busses and
safely observe the Polar Bears. Be warned -
it is not unusual for the bears to come right
up to the buggy or even climb the sides of
the buggy.
You can also take helicopter tours such
as those offered by Hudson Bay
Helicopters. There are several options
available, but their most popular tour is a 60
minute tour to Cape Churchill where during
October and November they can almost
guarantee Polar Bear sightings. You may
also get to see mouse, fox, seals and
If you plan to visit Churchill at any time
you are advised to book well in advance as
accommodation and tours are limited. If you
are planning a trip during Polar Bear season
then booking at least a year in advance is
advisable. Accommodation, tours, train
seats and flights get booked quickly. It is
also advisable to book through an organized
package tour as these companies can book
all parts of your trip together so you can be
sure not to miss anything out.
Whilst in Churchill you should check out
the Eskimo Museum, one of the oldest
museums in Manitoba. It was first set up in
1944, but has since grown and is now
housed in a building that was purpose built
in 1962. The museum has many artifact
from Inuit life, some dating back over 3,500
years. Many items of Inuit art are displayed
including over 850 carvings and sculptures.
The museum is free to visit, but donations
can be left which go directly to the
operation of the museum.
Cape Merry National Historic Site can be
found to the west of Churchill and is
managed by Parks Canada. Cape Merry
was originally established as a fur trading
post by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1717
and is named after their deputy governor
John Merry. You will see a cannon battery
here where a stone wall used to protect
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Beluga Whales
Northern Lights
Polar bear tours
MV Ithica
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Sign in Churchill Eskimo museum Iceberg
cannon from enemy fire. It was set up to
prevent enemy occupation of Cape Merry.
The Cape has great views of the Churchill
River and it is a great place to watch the
Beluga Whales. Apart from the views it is
also a great place for wildlife, especially
The Prince of Wales Fort, also managed
by Parks Canada is another Hudson’s Bay
Company trading post established in 1689.
The Fort took over 40 years to build and is in
the shape of a star. The outer walls are 11
metres thick and 6.5 metres high and
originally forty cannon were mounted along
its length.
The Churchill Northern Studies Centre
was established in 1976 and offers Learning
Vacations for tourists. Several five-day
courses are offered and are led by
professional scientists and researchers.
During the course you will learn about the
culture, history and wildlife of Churchill. You
will stay at the centre which is located 23 km
outside of town in dormitory style
accommodation. Programs include birding,
arctic wildlife, beluga whales, botany,
northern lights, astronomy and polar bears.
You are advised to book early.
Some other interesting things to see
would include the ship wreck near Bird Cove
a few km east of Churchill. The MV Ithica
was a British steamship originally built in
Quebec in 1922. On September 14
whilst traveling to the Rankin Inlet in
Nunavut it encountered gale force winds
and was grounded when the rudder broke.
The wreck now sits for all to see surrounded
by water when the tide is in but high and dry
when out.
If wrecks are your thing then you will also
want to check out the crashed C46 aircraft
which lies along Hudson Bay. She is called
Miss Piggy because she carried huge
amounts of cargo including pigs. The aircraft
crash landed in 1979 and has since become
a strange tourist attraction.
The Town of Churchill
Whilst in the Churchill area you will want to
know exactly what the town itself has to
offer, after all this is where you will be
staying. As you would expect there are a
number of hotels and bed and breakfast
establishments to cater to the thousands of
tourists who visit every year. They vary in
price and amenities so check that the place
you plan to stay has the facilities you need
such as Internet connection.
There are also a number of restaurants
and cafes to cater to most culinary tastes as
well as bars for evening entertainment.
The Town Centre Complex was
completed in 1976 and is where you can
catch a hockey game, go swimming or
curling or take in a film at the theatre
amongst other things. The complex is also
home to the Town of Churchill municipal
offices, a school and the hospital.
If you want to shop whilst in the town
then you will not be disappointed. Apart
from shops that cater to the residents such
as Home Hardware there
are plenty of gift shops
offering everything from
jewellery to clothing, fur
products to native arts.
As you can see whatever
time of year you visit
Churchill there will be
plenty to keep you
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Polar Bear Facts

Polar Bears are the largest land
carnivores in the world.

The Polar Bear diet consists
mainly of seals but they will eat
Beluga Whales, walrus and
other animals too. They are also
partial to birds eggs.

Polar Bears have a layer of fat
(blubber) up to 12 cm thick.

Polar Bears have two layers of
fur to help with insulation
against the cold.

Only pregnant female Polar
Bears hibernate during the
winter, other bears remain

Polar Bears are meticulous
when cleaning themselves as
wet and dirty fur offers poor
protection against the cold.

Bears spend around 8 hours
asleep in any 24 hour period,
but also nap regularly
particularly after eating.

The scientific name for Polar
Bears is Ursus maritimus, which
means "sea bear."

Polar bears can run as fast as
40 kilometers per hour, but only
for short distances.

Adult males can weigh up to
1,500 pounds (680 kg)

Females weight between 330
and 550 pounds (150 - 250 kg).

Females start reproducing from
around five years of age.

Polar Bear fur is not actually
white, but transparent with a
hollow core which reflects the

Polar Bears have black skin
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From a
welcome to
Close your eyes, picture a vibrant, growing
city nestled in the scenic Assiniboine River
valley, surrounded by alluring landscapes,
rolling hills, enormous skies, quaint towns
and unspoiled countryside. Welcome to
Brandon, a city of promise, in which our
children wish to stay and raise their own
Brandon is a welcoming community of
approximately 44,000 people that offers the
opportunity and sophistication of
metropolitan life minutes from quiet country
living. As Manitoba’s second largest city,
and the service centre for 180,000 people,
Brandon boasts amenities, services,
educational and employment opportunities
generally found in much larger centres.
Though Brandon presents all the diversity
and conveniences of a larger centre, our
primarily English speaking city has remained
a close-knit community that looks out for
one another.
Located in the southwest corner of
Manitoba, Brandon is within a short drive of
Manitoba’s abundant natural landscapes,
wildlife, rivers, lakes, parks and forests.
With approximately 70% of Manitoba’s
farmland located within a 100 km radius of
Brandon, alluring landscapes are as much a
part of Brandon as city lights. Brandon is
near some of Canada’s most amazing
natural attractions including The Spirit
Sands, a prairie desert phenomenon, and
the spectacular Riding Mountain National
Park. Brandon covers an area of 75 km² and
is located at the junction of major highways
and rail services providing access to Eastern
and Western Canada, Northern Manitoba
and the United States. Brandon lies 197 km
west of Winnipeg and Manitoba’s
International airport, 121 km east of the
Saskatchewan border and 100 km north of
the United States border.
A low crime rate, affordable housing,
clean water, fresh air, student oriented
education systems, abundant recreational
and cultural opportunities create an
enviable quality of life for our residents. As
a sports oriented city full of top-notch
recreation facilities with everything from
skiing to soccer to equestrian sports, a
truly amazing community spirit is found
throughout the City.
Whether you are planning a visit, or
considering relocating to Brandon, we
would be happy to assist in making your
plans. From a warm welcome to welcome
home, you belong in Brandon.
Tourism / Events
Brandon’s central location and reputation
for hospitality create an ideal setting for
hosting major events and serving as a hub
for day trips within the region. With close
to 1300 hotel and motel rooms, over 100
restaurants and a variety of attractions,
including two Manitoba Star Attractions —
the Riverbank Discovery Centre and the
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum,
Brandon alone warrants a few days to
explore. Brandon offers free outdoor musical
performances during the summer months, a
diverse offering of concerts at the Western
Brandon Facts
Population June 2006: 41,511*
Trading Area Population: 180,000
Median Age: 37*
Median Family Income: $60,167*
Number of Dwellings: 17,920*
Number of Businesses: 2,000+
Average Unemployment Rate 2007:
New dwelling units 1999-2007:
MLS Residential Property Sales
2007: 1,191
Average rental vacancy rate
1999-2007: 1.0%
Average House Price: $136,000
(2007 BREB)
Brandon in January
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Manitoba Centennial Auditorium and is home
to the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba,
featuring national and international
exhibitions and works by regional artists.
In addition to international and national
events hosted frequently, Brandon offers
numerous annual events that include the
Dakota Nation Winter Festival, Lieutenant
Governor’s Westman Regional Winter
Festival, Brandon Jazz Festival, the Royal
Manitoba Winter Fair, Manitoba Summer Fair,
and the Brandon Folk Music and Art Festival
to name a few. More information can be
found at
Brandon has four very distinct seasons that
all offer their own unique beauty and
recreational opportunities. The summer
season ranges from May through September
with daytime temperatures from 12ºC to
26ºC. The months of November through
February usually have considerable amounts
of snow and temperatures well below
freezing. Snow usually arrives in November
and disappears in April, although these times
can vary. The area enjoys over 2,000 hours
of sunshine per year.
Brandon was destined to become the hub
and service centre for Western Manitoba
from its inception when it was selected as
the divisional point for the Canadian Pacific
Railway, a role that Brandon not only
embraced but has excelled at. During its first
year of existence, Brandon was often
referred to as the “Wonder City of the
Northwest” because of the rapidness of its
development. Today, Brandon continues to
be known as a city of opportunity that
capitalizes on its unique strengths. With
innovation and foresight driving the economy
forward, Brandon has evolved from the early
days as a service centre to a diversified and
important contributor to the Manitoba
Today, Brandon continues to serve as the
education, health, retail, service and
entertainment centre for the southwest
Manitoba region. Significant economic
generators within the local economy include:
farm fertilizer production, manufacturing,
pork processing, metal fabrication, trucking
as well as Federal, Provincial and Municipal
government and higher education including a
university, community college, emergency
services college and private vocational
colleges. Brandon is fortunate to have a
varied manufacturing base. While the
Agriculture community has a strong impact
on manufacturing, products and services are
diversified sufficiently to allow the economy
to remain stable despite peaks and valleys in
the farm economy. Brandon’s largest
manufacturing employers are Maple Leaf
Pork, Koch Fertilizer Canada, A.E. McKenzie
Seed Company, Behlen Industries,
Inventronics, Canexus, and Wyeth Organics.
Manitoba’s housing costs are amongst the
lowest in the country, which means that
owning a home or condominium in Brandon
is easily within most people’s reach. In the
first seven months of 2008, Brandon’s
average house price was approximately
$147,000. Brandon has a variety of housing
options in all price ranges and types. For
those that prefer to live in a rural setting,
there are acreages, hobby farms and homes
located minutes away from Brandon in the
rural municipalities of Cornwallis and Elton.
Brandon has close to 7,000 rental units of
varying types including mobile homes,
apartments, vertical townhouses that have
their own entrances and a small yard,
duplexes, which are two homes that share
one common wall but otherwise are totally
separate from one another, a limited supply
of single family homes, all offering varying
sizes and price ranges.
As a medical referral centre for Western
Manitoba, the medical services available in
Brandon are extensive. Manitoba is proud of
its quality, public funded health care system
available free of cost to all residents
including landed immigrants, refugees and
those on foreign worker permits provided
they have a Manitoba Health card. The city
also offers a full compliment of dentistry, eye
care and rehabilitative services.
The Brandon Regional Health Centre
provides a full range of health related
services for Brandon and Western Manitoba
residents including a 24 hour, 7 day a week
full service emergency department, acute
care, outpatient care & clinics, extended
care, ambulatory care, rehabilitation services
and a full range of diagnostic services
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including standard and specialized X-rays,
ultrasounds, electrocardiography, MRI and
CT scanner and laboratory services. The
Brandon Health Centre has 344 hospital
beds and there are over 100 physicians and
specialists with admitting privileges at the
Health Centre.
Several large family practice medical
clinics offering specialties such as allergy,
cardiology, general surgery, internal
medicine, obstetrics, gynecology,
orthopedics, nephrology, pediatrics,
psychiatry, thoracic and vascular surgery,
and urology are found throughout Brandon,
along with smaller clinics, many of which
offer walk in service. There are a variety of
physicians welcoming new patients.
Fire, police, ambulance, and medical air
evacuation are all readily available within
As the second largest city in Manitoba,
Brandon offers excellent educational
facilities that include a publicly funded
school system, a University, several colleges
and private vocational schools.
In Manitoba post secondary education is
not part of the publicly funded Manitoba
Education System so students are
responsible for their tuition and book costs.
Brandon University offers graduate and
undergraduate degrees in a personalized
learning environment. The University is home
to the renowned school of music and serves
as a magnet for a diverse range of musical
talent in the City. Many of the local
musicians perform in several restaurants that
have incorporated live music into their
ambiance. Assiniboine Community College
is home to the Manitoba Institute of
Culinary Arts featuring a state-of-the-art
teaching kitchen, Master classroom,
majestic Grey Owl Dining Room and a
Culinary Theatre. Manitoba Emergency
Services College and private vocational
schools are committed to meeting the
learning needs and career aspirations of all
There are over twenty licensed daycares
and nursery school programs that provide
care for children between 12 weeks and 12
years of age in Brandon. In addition to the
licensed daycares and nursery schools,
there are close to one hundred licensed
home daycares.
Brandon has a diverse faith community
with over 40 places of worship and over 20
organized religious affiliations. With
Brandon’s growing cultural diversity,
several places of worship offer service in
languages other than English.
Recreation and Leisure
Brandon is a sports oriented city full of top-
notch recreation facilities, Brandon has
everything from skiing to soccer to
equestrian sports. Additionally, the city is
home to diverse arts and cultural offerings,
featuring visual exhibits and drama and
musical performances in a variety of genres.
A diverse offering of concerts are available at
the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium
and the Art Gallery of Southwestern
Manitoba features national and international
exhibitions and works by regional artists.
The city itself is great for the outdoor
enthusiast with an extensive trail system that
ranges from natural river bottom forest to
paved, lit walkways and links to sports
venues, downtown shopping and dining.
The Assiniboine River Corridor stretches 17
Brandon’s Recreation
Facility Inventory
Athletic court (indoor)
Baseball diamonds
Basketball courts (outdoor)
Bowling alleys (5 & 10 pin)
Climbing wall
Cross country ski trails,
Curling rinks
Field hockey pitch
Firing range
Fitness centres (indoor)
Football fields
Golf (miniature)
Golf courses
Gymnastics facility
Horseback riding
Indoor ice rinks
Indoor swimming pools
Lawn bowling
Outdoor ice rinks
Outdoor swimming pools
Paddle pools
Pool Hall & Billiards
Racquetball courts
Running track (outdoor)
Seasonal ice pads
Skateboard park
Soccer pitches
Spray parks
Squash courts
Tennis Courts
Volleyball courts (outdoor)
Walking trails (paved)
38 km
Waterslide indoor public
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km through Brandon and is the ideal
setting for canoeing, water sports, fishing,
picnic spots and a host of other activities.
Multiple indoor fitness centres offering a
full range of services and equipment as
well as personalized trainers are located
throughout the city for the convenience of
residents. Several racquet ball and squash
courts, an outdoor running track and
numerous indoor and outdoor swimming
pools including a waterslide and an
Olympic sized pool are readily available in
the city.
Hiking and cycling are extremely popular
in Brandon and the nearby Brandon Hills.
Brandon offers a nice mix of man made
and natural scenic trails perfect for
walking, hiking, biking, rollerblading,
horseback riding, skiing and snowshoeing.
For those that are a little more
adventurous, there a variety of more
challenging recreational opportunities
offered in Brandon; pilot lessons,
parachute jumping, and an indoor rock-
climbing wall to name a few.
Golf is another sport that is extremely
popular. Brandon offers multiple 9 and 18
hole golf courses and driving ranges, each
offering it own distinctive feature or flare.
For those that like a bit of variety, over 30
beautifully groomed golf courses are
located in southwestern Manitoba, a short
distance from Brandon.
Brandon boasts an excellent array of
shopping facilities with two major
shopping centres that together offer
shoppers over 100 shops and services, a
power retail centre that offers over 30
shops and services including national
chain box stores, chain department stores,
and a mix of smaller unique boutiques and
shops. The city is home to a variety of
major grocery stores, health food outlets,
butcher shops, florists and bakeries.
Brandon has well over 100 restaurants
ranging from fine dining experiences to
casual patios and unique, cozy cafes,
offering something for all tastes and
There are seven different financial
institutions represented in Brandon with
17 locations spread throughout the City.
At the end of the day, one of Brandon’s
greatest assets is the balance between
profit and personal reward. Imagine taking
no more than 15 minutes to get to and
from work, no matter what time of day, or
where you live in the city. Come for a visit,
and you may decide that you belong in
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The first website listed below contains
a comprehensive relocation section as
well as information on immigration
and a multitude of useful links.
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Corral Centre
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Brandon street in fall
Jogging on Rosser Avenue
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Come explore the Swan
Valley Region of
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Freedom… that is what you will find in the
Swan Valley, Manitoba. Freedom to live your
life in a safe, clean environment that
provides a balanced lifestyle for discovering,
experiencing and exploring. It’s also a
wonderful place to visit with views to enjoy,
activities to engage in, and friendly people
to meet.
Nestled in west-central Manitoba,
between the heavily forested Duck and
Porcupine Mountains, the Swan Valley
region is surrounded by nature. It has
abundant natural resources, fertile soils, a
favourable micro-climate and a relaxing and
rewarding quality of life. Located
approximately 370 km (235 miles) from the
capital city of Winnipeg, it offers the
peacefulness of a rural area with urban
The diverse geography of the Swan
Valley covers over 5,500 km² (2,200 mi²),
and ranges from rolling green hills and level
fertile plains to rugged rock outcroppings
and heavily forested prairie mountains.
These mountains are home to the highest
point in the Province of Manitoba; Baldy
Mountain at 832 meters above sea level; the
Swan Valley is at 335 meters.
This varying landscape supports a variety
of wildlife and vegetation. The region
experiences a high rate of heat units
meaning there is sunshine hours every day
in every season. This results in hot summers
and bright winter days.
Built on a strong history of agriculture
and forestry, modern amenities are plentiful
in the Swan Valley. This allows the 12,000+
residents to experience both business and
personal success.
This spacious area also provides an
invitation to live life to its fullest. From large
yards to small hobby farms, you can choose
what suits you and your family the best.
Regardless of where you live, you will have
the great outdoors at your doorstep and
clear blue skies overhead.
You are invited to come along on this
narrative journey and to feel the energy of
the people, land and the opportunities that
wait newcomers and visitors alike.
Communities… experience the
The Swan Valley is a ‘Community of
Communities’ whose strong heritage is
grounded in family values. Each area has its
own unique identity that it contributes to the
overall character and wonderful quality of
life found here.
Whether the charm of country-living or an
urban setting is what you are seeking, the
Swan Valley offers a balanced lifestyle with
affordable and quality services to provide for
your everyday needs.
Located in the heart of the Swan Valley is
the Town of Swan River. As the largest
community, it is a bustling centre offering
business, service, health, educational and
government services. It is home to a wide
range of organizations, and several annual
events are held here throughout the year.
A quiet community in the southern part of
the region, the Village of Benito is a
welcoming community with a health centre,
public school, recreational facilities,
industrial properties, a business community
and easy access to the Duck Mountain
Provincial Forest.
The peaceful, community-minded Village
of Bowsman is 16 km (9.6 miles) north of
the Town of Swan River. It offers easy
access to all parts of the region and has
strong community involvement in many local
organizations and projects such as the
community-owned grocery store.
The fertile land in the rural municipality
(RM) of Swan River surrounds these
communities and provides the production
base for the majority of the agricultural land
in the region. Access to nature is a key
quality of the area and the RM hosts
numerous lakes, trails and recreational sites
including Thunder Hill Ski Lodge.
In the beautiful RM of Minitonas,
successful grain and mixed farming
operations produce a variety of crops in
addition to livestock. Many non-farm
acreages offer a peaceful setting as the
district is adjacent to the Duck Mountain
Provincial Forest.
Lifestyle… feel the energy
The well-maintained road system and trails
in the mountains, provide easy access to
shopping, recreation and nature. The region
is also served by courier, daily bus, taxi
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services and charter services through the
local airport.
Worship needs are served by the eight
denominations and 20+ churches present in
the Swan Valley. They offer numerous
opportunities for fellowship and
participation in the local communities.
Housing costs are modest with the
average 3-bedroom, 1,400 square foot
home available for $80,000 to $90,000.
Most urban homes have large yards for
gardening and relaxing with friends. In the
countryside, there are hobby farms in
addition to agricultural-based properties.
Health care is provided through a $33
million regional hospital constructed in 2005
and through other health facilities. Life flight
service (air ambulance) is used to transport
patients to centres outside of the area in
extreme emergency situations. Several
doctors, including specialists, look after the
health needs of the residents along with
dentists, optometrists, chiropractors and
alternative health practitioners.
There are excellent learning opportunities
for both the young and mature student with
public, private and adult education
programs. This includes a French
Immersion school, private Christian
schools, access to post-secondary
programs, and English as a Second
Language courses. The high school serves
the entire region and provides a unique and
advanced learning environment as both an
academic and technical school. In addition
to traditional studies, the following courses
are offered: business and marketing, food
services, electrical, family and community
services, cosmetology, environmental
management, music, mechanics, computer
technology, and visual communications.
The weekly Star & Times keeps people
informed on news and local events. Several
radio stations can be heard in the area,
including the local FM station which brings
a local flair to the airwaves with a focus on
Swan Valley’s people, places and
Recreation… explore the beauty
Nestled between two provincial forests, the
local connection to nature is very strong.
There is an abundance of pristine lakes,
resulting from large blocks of shattered ice
that were left behind from the wave of
glacial ice that once filled the Swan Valley.
Now people enjoy scuba diving, sandy
beaches, boating, camping and numerous
other activities in these ancient waters.
There are also flowing rivers, lookout sites
and trails to explore. The possibilities to
discover and experience the beauty of this
diverse area are endless.
The golf course in the heart of the region
is an excellent walking course that is open
to the general public and is currently being
expanded to 18 holes to add further
enjoyment for the golfing enthusiast.
Canoeing is a great way to see the Swan
Valley. Take a day to travel along one of the
many canoe routes, and stop for a picnic
lunch along a secluded beach. Enjoy the
diversity of the area and go rock climbing in
the morning, horseback riding in the
afternoon, and berry picking in the evening
as the sun slowly sets on the distant
The clear night time sky allows fantastic
views of the stars and during a clear fall
evening you may be blessed and be able to
watch the dancing lights of the aurora
borealis (northern lights).
The natural beauty of the area is the
perfect backdrop for winter recreational
activities. Hundreds of miles of groomed
trails extend beyond the boundaries of the
Swan Valley across rolling plains and
through forested areas. These same trails
can take you cross-country skiing to a
favourite spot for a family bonfire. The
picturesque Thunder Hill provides several
downhill runs for both skiers and
snowboarders while others simply enjoy a
hot cup of cocoa while looking out over the
peaceful Swan Valley from the Ski Lodge.
The arenas in the area are also kept busy
with figure skating, hockey, and recreational
skating. Curling is another popular ice sport
with youth to seniors keeping the curling
rinks busy.
For spectators, the Swan Valley
Stampeders Junior A hockey team keeps
the energetic fans cheering for their home
Summer brings baseball, volleyball,
basketball, swimming in one of the
community pools and stock car racing. The
new Rotary Sports Park was built to
accommodate the growing interest in the
high-spirited game of soccer. The trails at
Thunder Hill host the Tread the Thunder
mountain bikers during the warmer months.
Other sports include martial arts,
gymnastics, dance groups, and walking
The area is rich in parks and
playgrounds. The Legion Park, found along
the river that meanders through the Town of
Swan River, has the highly popular Rotary
Pathway to Living – a year round walking
path used by all ages.
There are also many opportunities to
meet great people and get involved in the
community with organizations and clubs for
all ages. There are service groups like the
Rotary, Kinsmen, Lions, and Elks, and
special interest organizations focusing on
horticulture, community development,
drama and art to name a few. Youth options
include Air Cadets, 4-H clubs, sporting
teams, gymnastics, dance, curling and a
Boys & Girls club.
No community is complete without its
share of special events, and the Swan
Valley is no exception. The most notable
event is the exciting Northwest Roundup
and Exhibition, a rodeo and fair held the
third weekend in July that attracts people
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from across the country. There are trade
shows, talent shows, a Women’s Wellness
event, craft shows, farmer’s markets,
harvest festival, parades, musical shows
and so much more.
Business… achieve your dreams
An independent region, the Swan Valley has
a thriving business community of
individually owned, franchised and chain
store businesses offering a wide selection of
goods and services. The region takes pride
in being able to meet the needs of residents
and visitors alike.
The main trading area is 30,000+ who
support the 400+ businesses present here.
Availability to services is key to ensuring
a high quality of life and once again, the
Swan Valley delivers with an excellent
selection of financial, legal, trades and other
professional services. Several provincial and
federal government departments also have
regional offices in the area.
For the entrepreneurial spirit looking for
the excitement and freedom of owning a
business, there are opportunities to
purchase an existing business or to start
and grow a new business that meets
personal interests while filling consumer
Whether you require financing, property
location assistance, staff training, or an
opportunity to network with other
businesses, the Swan Valley will support
you in achieving your business dreams.
Industry… build your future
A successful local economy built on
agriculture and forestry was established by
the first European settlers, with
manufacturing and tourism following as
natural developments..
The thriving agriculture sector plays an
important role in the continued growth and
economic health of the region. The natural
forestation contributes to both soil and
water conservation and to the range of rich
soils which provide for excellent farm land.
The area enjoys the second highest crop
productivity in the province and has never
experienced a total crop failure.
The considerable amount of livestock in
the Swan Valley and increasing value-added
activity in u-pick farms and on-farm
manufacturing, illustrates the area’s
diversified base.
Tremendous forest reserves in the region
also contribute to the continued prosperity
and economic health with more than 600
people employed in this industry. Key
industry participants are Louisiana Pacific,
producing oriented strand board, and
Spruce Products Ltd., producing
dimensional lumber.
The non-timber forest products industry
is also gaining strength with all natural
products whose ingredients are found in the
local forest.
Manufacturing in the Swan Valley began
with forest products and has expanded to
include metal fabrication, customized
industrial and agricultural equipment,
woodworking, cabinetry, and concrete
Most products are destined for
provincial, national and international
markets including the United States,
Australia and Europe.
Historic success and future potential
make development in this region a natural
Tourism is a growing sector as the region
is able to offer visitors and residents
amazing, untouched natural resources to be
experienced at any time of the year. In
addition to all the abundant nature
mentioned earlier, there are breath-taking
views, national parks, geo-caching sites,
abundant flora, fauna and wildlife.
For the adventurer interested in exploring
some, or all of the region, a self-guided
ecotourism tour book is available. The
tourism booth is a treasure-trove of local
information of things to see, so visit next
time you happen by.
For more information on the Swan Valley,
visit or
contact the Swan Valley Enterprise Centre
at or call (204)
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The Costa del Sol
an ideal winter
We are now getting to that time of year
when many Canadians think about where
and how to spend winter. Whilst the vast
majority of Canadians stay in the country,
some decide to spend the harsh winter
months in warmer climes.
So, where to go? There are so many
places these days that are relatively easy to
get to that the choice can seem
overwhelming. Many Canadians decide to
go to Mexico, Arizona, Florida or the
Caribbean, but there are many other
beautiful worldwide locations to choose
Many Europeans have already discovered
the delights of southern Spain, particularly
the Costa del Sol area. Extending along 150
kilometres of the Andalucia coast it is the
year-round holiday destination for thousands
of tourist every year.
Renowned for its beautiful sandy
beaches, stunning mountains and excellent
weather the Costa del Sol has much to offer.
If you want the hustle and bustle of the city
then look no further than Malaga. If the
beach resorts are calling out to you then
Marbella, Fuengirola or Torremolinos may
suit. There really is something for everyone
from the laid-back traditional Spanish
villages like Mijas to the hip and trendy
Puerto Banus.
Getting there
Malaga is the major international airport in
the Costa del Sol, however there are
currently no direct flights from Canada.
Depending on which airline you use you will
have to connect in places such as Paris,
Madrid or London. Flight times vary
depending on route but expect at least 14
hours from Vancouver and 12 hours from
You may choose to book your travel
itinerary independently or use a travel
service. If you book independently you will
need to take into account flights, transport
once in Spain, accommodation, tours etc. If
you want the easy option you could book a
package which should include all these
When to go
One of the main considerations when
deciding when to visit the Costa del Sol is
the weather. During the summer months the
temperatures rarely fall below 30℃ with very
little rain fall. The winter months also see
very mild temperatures with the average
January temperature being around 16℃.
There are around 5 rainy days during
January on average. March and April will see
temperatures rising to an average of 22℃
and less rain. Once you get into the summer
months (June - September) the temperatures
regularly reach the 30’s and rain is a rarity.
The months of October, November and
December will see temperatures slowly fall
from the mid 20’s to the high teens with
increased likelihood of a few rainy days.
Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol
and the largest city, home to around 600,000
people. Most visitors use Malaga as simply a
place to land at the airport before traveling
onto other destinations within the Costa.
However, the city has a lot to offer the visitor
and no visit to the Costa del Sol should be
completed without at least one day spent in
the city.
The city is a contrast of old and new and
one minute you will find yourself wandering
down a narrow street surrounded by
whitewashed houses and shops strewn with
bougainvillea, the next moment in a busy
street surrounded by modern stores,
boutiques and trendy cafes.
In the centre of the city you will find the
pedestrianized area known locally as the
Larios. Here you will find all the designer
shops and boutiques you could wish for. At
the top of the Larios is the Plaza de la
Constitución, the main square where events
take place throughout the year. During the
Christmas period a huge Christmas tree is
erected with decorations and festivities. The
square is also the location of the Larios
Hotel which is where you need to be if you
are a star gazer - that’s the Hollywood type
of star!
Malaga’s most famous son is Pablo
Picasso and you will find his work displayed
in many galleries including the Museum of
Fine Arts. You can also visit the house where
he was born located in the Plaza de Mercad.
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You can see details of his life and work and
it is free to enter. The Picasso Museum
houses 155 of Picasso’s works, many of
which were donated by his daughter-in-law
and grandson. The works are in
chronological order and include the portrait
of his first son: Paulo con gorro blanco
(Paulo with a white cap).
Malaga Cathedral is worth a visit whilst in
the city. It was built between 1528 and 1782
and although it should have been built with
two towers, due to lack of funding only one
was actually built. Inside the cathedral you
will see influences of both the Baroque and
Renaissance styles with the choir stalls
designed by Luis Ortiz. Pedro de Mena then
carved the 40 statues of saints which sit
behind the stalls.
In total the cathedral has 15 chapels and
25 alters. There are many beautiful art
works within the building including a
weeping Madonna sculpture by Pedro de
Mena. You will also see two seventeenth
century pulpits made of pink stone which
are quite spectacular.
Another landmark in the city is the Plaza
de Aduana, a fortress dating back to the
700’s. You will find the fortress itself as well
as beautiful landscaped gardens with
fountains and terraces offering stunning
views of the harbour and city.
You will not want to visit Malaga without
exploring the Alcazaba. The city’s most
ancient monument Teatro Romano is
located here and dates back to 100 B.C. A
part of its proscenium, an entrance gallery,
traces of the orchestra and a large part of
the cavea (16 metres tall and with a radius
of 31 metres) have been preserved. Its
stone was used for the construction of the
Alcazaba and for the foundation of the Casa
de la Cultura (House of Culture), a building
that was torn down in 1995 to restore the
ancient monument.
The Alcazaba itself dates back to the
eleventh century and it was used as a
Muslim fortress before being conquered by
the Christians and then serving as a
residence for Catholic Monarchs and Felipe
IV. It was designated a National Monument
in 1931 when restoration began.
Malaga has many beaches and one of
the most popular due to its location along
the city front is Las Acacias Beach (Playa
Las Acacias). The sand is yellow-grey and
comes with many facilities including water
sports, sun beds, showers, children’s
playground, disabled access and life
La Malagueta Beach (Playa La
Malagueta) is a man made beach in the
centre of Malaga equipped with sun beds,
showers, disabled access and life guards.
The sand used to make this beach was
imported from the Sahara Desert.
Known as Spain’s answer to St Tropez,
Marbella is a luxurious resort surrounded by
high quality golf courses and beautiful
sandy beaches and the backdrop of the
Sierra Blanca mountain range.
One of the most popular places to visit is
Old Town (Casco Antiguo) where you will
find lots of small shops and boutiques
surrounded by whitewashed houses. Old
town is the location of Orange Square (La
Plaza los Naranjos) which dates back to
1485 and has gardens of beautiful flowers
and orange trees. In its centre is a bust of
King Juan Carlos I. The Church of Saint
Mary dominates the square and is home to
the most important church organ built in
Spain in the last 125 years. It is made up of
5,000 pewter, copper and wooden pipes,
four manual keyboards of 56 notes and a 36
note pedal.
Also located in the square is the Town
Hall which was built in 1568 and contains
the original Council Chambers. In the
chambers you will see carved ceilings an
murals dating back to 1572.
If you want to chill out by the beach then
Marbella has 26 km of beaches just for you.
There is also the popular promenade which
features many bars and cafes. Of the many
beaches in Marbella Nagueles Beach (Playa
Nagueles ) is very popular and is one of the
largest. Here you will find 2,500 metres of
grey sand beach flanked by the promenade.
It has facilities such as water sports, sun
beds, showers, toilets, windsurfing and has
life guards and police patrols.
El Fontanilla Beach (Playa El Fontanilla) is
one of the closest to Marbella town centre
and is therefore very popular with tourists
and locals alike. It has many facilities
including sun beds, water sports, toilets,
showers, life guards and disabled facilities.
There are also plenty of beach front cafes to
keep you supplied with drinks and snacks
throughout the day.
Another popular beach is Casablanca
Beach (Playa Casablanca) which is 1,500
metres of golden sand located between
Marbella and Puerto Banus. It has the same
facilities as the other beaches mentioned.
Golf is a very popular pastime in
Marbella for both tourists and locals alike.
There are fourteen golf courses in the
municipality offering year round enjoyment.
One of the best courses in the area is the
Las Brisas Golf Club located in Nueva
Andalucia just outside Marbella. Another
top class golf course is the Flamingos Golf
Resort found between Marbella and San
Pedro with stunning scenery and views.
One of the few pay and play courses
available is the Santa Clara Golf Club close
to Marbella town centre. If you want to play
some golf whilst in Marbella, or indeed
anywhere in the Costa del Sol then you are
advised to book in advance, although many
clubs do not allow booking more than seven
days in advance.
Puerto Banus
The town of Puerto Banus is located just
west of Marbella and no visit to the Costa
del Sol is complete without visiting this
prestigious location. This is the place where
the rich and famous come to be seen.
Puerto Banus is a port and you will find
hundreds of luxury yachts moored here. You
will also have plenty of trendy bars, clubs
and discos to visit along with many
boutiques aimed at the wealthy clientele.
The nightlife in the area is second to
none and amongst the many restaurants,
bars and clubs you will also find a casino
and multiplex cinema.
Torremolinos Puerto Banus Benalmadena
This is the ideal people watching location
where you can just sit back and chill out
watching the world go by.
As with everything here the beaches and
golf courses are second to none
Years ago Torremolinos was regarded as
the poor-mans Costa del Sol with its
cheap and tacky image. It was often the
destination for party-goers which led to its
gradual decline in popularity with families
and couples. These days however the
town has been revitalized and has become
a popular and attractive resort it its own
The town is located just 12 km from
Malaga and so is easy to get to from the
airport. Torremolinos has been re-modeled
and is now popular with both tourists and
There is a great sea front with six
spotlessly clean beaches with golden
sand. In fact the beaches are the main
attraction of this resort. One of the most
popular beaches is Playamar beach where
there are many beach front cafes, water
sports, sun beds, showers, playgrounds,
disabled access and life guards on duty.
El Bajondillo Beach is another popular
beach offering all the facilities of Playamar
along with sailing, diving an beach
If you want a more laid back beach then
you might choose La Carihuela Beach
which connects Torremolinos with
Benalmádena. It can be busy at peak
periods it is also used by many locals
including older men who frequent the
beach to play dominos and boules. Again
there are all the major facilities including
beach front cafes, sun beds, water sports,
disabled access and life guards.
Shopping is also another good reason to
visit Torremolinos where you will find a
mixture of large stores and small shops.
There is a pedestrian area called Calle San
Miguel which forms the main artery of the
town. Here you will find many shops and
cafes. Another popular area is the district
of El Bajondillo, an old fishing village. The
pretty streets are lined with market style
kiosks and restaurants. This is a good
place to pick up souvenirs.
Torremolinos does not have the historical
sights associated with many of the towns
on the Costa. Its main attractions are its
This popular town is just a few kilometres
from Malaga and its 30,000 resident are
boosted each year by an additional 70,000
tourists. The town is sandwiched between
beautiful beaches and the Sierra de Mijas
mountains and retains it natural charm
despite its bustling tourist trade.
The Castillo de Colomares (Colomares
Castle) is a popular tourist attraction that was
built between 1987 and 1994 to
commemorate the discovery of America. It is
a very ornate and strange building merging
many architectural styles together. It is
surrounded by beautiful gardens and is
adjacent to the Jardín de las Aguilas (Garden
of the Eagles) where you can see regular
falconry displays.
La iglesia de Santo Domingo (the Santo
Domingo church) is another popular
attraction dating back to the seventeenth
century. Unfortunately nothing of the original
structure remains as it underwent such
massive reconstruction but it is still an
impressive building. It is also an excellent
place to view the magnificent surroundings
and sea views.
The Museo Arqueológico (Archaeological
Museum) has the best collection of pre-
Columbian art in the whole of Europe.
The beaches are another reason to visit
Benalmádena and one of the most popular is
Santa Ana Beach. This is a man-made beach
with over 500 metres of shoreline and gets
very busy in the summer. It has many
facilities including water sports, sun beds,
toilets, showers, disabled access, life guards
and police patrols.
Although not a large beach the Torre
Bermeja Beach is well located and has lots of
facilities for all the family. It has a children’s
playground, football pitch, beach volleyball,
watersports, windsurfing,sailing, fishing, sun
beds, toilets, showers and life guards. It is
also accessible for disabled visitors. Many
cafes and bars surround the beach and it has
a car park close by.
If you want to try something a little
different how about the Benalnatura Beach.
This is a nudist beach accessible by the A7
road. It is set in a small cove giving it privacy
but it can get very busy so you are advised to
arrive early to get a spot on this small beach.
At the other end of the culture scale is the
amusement park called Tivoli World. The park
has over 30 rides and attractions as well as
live shows, music and restaurants. You can
purchase a general ticket for €6 or for €12
you can purchase a Supertivolino ticket
which allows unlimited access on to most
rides (subject to age and height restrictions).
Some activities require additional payment
such as Go Karts, Bumper Boats, remote
Controlled cars etc. Check out the website
for more details.
Mijas Pueblo
If you are in the Costa del Sol you should
visit the mountain village of Mijas. It is known
as one of the finest “white villages” in
Andalucia and is full of old world charm.
It sits over 400 metres above sea level
offering spectacular views of the surrounding
area. The beautiful narrow cobbled streets
take you back in time and make it a favorite
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Castillo de Colomares, Benalmádena
Tivoli World
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Mijas Pueblo
for artists and photographers. The village manages to retain much
of the traditional Andalusian way of life and you will find many
shops selling paintings, prints and pottery by local artists. The
streets are set at different levels and you will have to navigate
steps and slopes as you wander round the village.
You should try to navigate as many streets as possible as they
each have their own charm and quality about them. One of the
best ways to get around is by local taxi. As with everything in Mijas
this is not your usual taxi but a traditional Spanish donkey. You can
either ride the donkey or choose to be pulled by the donkey in a
small carriage.
Plaza de la Paz or Peace Square is where you can relax and
soak up the atmosphere at one of the local cafes or bars. Another
popular chill-out spot is La Plaza de la Constitucion in the centre of
Mijas. Here you will find a beautiful fountain carved by Galiano
along with lots of cafes and shops.
The Santuario de la Virgen de la Pena is a statue carved into the
rock by Mercedarian friars in the seventeenth century and is a
tribute to the patron saint of Mijas. It dates back to 1586 when it is
reported that an image of the Virgin Mary appeared at this spot.
Soon after, an image of the Virgin was discovered, hidden for 500
years in a recess in the tower.
You also might want to visit the Bullring (Plaza de Toros) which
was built in 1900. It is unusual in design and has an oval ring
surrounded by a quadrangular exterior. Along the walls are unique
ceramics depicting the fights of some of the best matadors to have
performed here. There is also a Bullfighting Museum at the bullring.
Fuengirola is a very popular destination on the Costa del Sol being
only 25 km from Malaga. It has evolved from a small fishing village
to a large cosmopolitan metropolis.
One of the main attractions in the city is the Castillo Sohail, a
castle that has been destroyed and rebuilt many times over the
centuries. It is a fortress surrounded by four square towers, all of
which have been restored and converted into a large open air
auditorium and museum. The monument stands on a hill and is a
huge part of the Fuengirola landscape. It is the location of many
festivals and theatre productions during the summer months.
At the very centre of Fuengirola is the parish church Nuestra
Señora del Rosario Coronada located in the Plaza de la
Constitución. The building has a very ornate interior as well as
baroque facade and is a popular place for weddings.
The History Museum or Museo de Historia houses many
artifacts from past civilizations including the Visigoths,
Carthaginians and Moors. You can also experience a virtual tour of
the history of the Castillo Sohail as well as a look at the fishing
history of the area.
Fuengirola is well known for its beaches, indeed it has over 7
km of sandy beaches and a sweeping coastline. The area is also
known for its water sports and amenities, so you will always be
able to find something to suit your tastes.
Las Gaviotas Beach is centrally located and gets very busy
during the summer months. It has many facilities including a
children’s play area, sun beds, toilets, showers, boat hire and local
restaurants, cafes and bars.
One of the most popular beaches is Los Boliches Beach which
is also the largest in the area. It is centrally located so has all the
amenities of town as well as sun beds, children’s area, water
sports, volleyball, toilets, showers, disabled access and life guards.
If shopping is more your thing then check out the area around
Plaza de la Constitucion where you will find designer boutiques as
well as popular chains. The sea front is also a good spot for the
more expensive Spanish style clothing.
One of the newest shopping attractions is the Miramar shopping
and leisure centre, opposite Castillo Sohail. It is a large, three story
mall offering everything from clothing to furniture.
One of the most popular family attractions in Fuengirola is the
zoo which has undergone extensive refurbishment. Once a small
zoo with tiny cages for the animals it is now a “full-immersion zoo”
giving the animals as near-to-natural habitats as possible. The
changes were made after the zoo was taken over by the Rain
Forest S.L. who spend over 8 million Euros renovating it over three
years. The zoo has over 1,300 animals representing over 140
Castillo Sohail Fuengirola
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Ronda is one of the fastest growing towns
in Andalusia but retains much of its old
world charm and is quite beautiful. It is
seated in the Sierra de Ronda mountains
and has a spectacular 100 metre plunging
river gorge El Tajo that splits the town in
two. The magnificent Puente Nuevo bridge
connects the two sides as do two other
bridges. The Nuevo bridge, or new bridge
was built in 1735 but was destroyed by
flooding six years later. The rebuilding of the
bridge started in 1751 and was completed in
1793. It was designed by Juan Martín de
Aldehuela who received much praise for its
design. Today the central arch of the bridge
houses an interpretive centre dedicated to
his work.
Ronda is famous as the birthplace of
modern bullfighting. Each year in September
you can experience the Feria Goyesca
where bullfighters and spectators dress in
the manner of Goya’s sketches. The Plaza
de Toros (bullring) in the town is now a
museum dedicated to bullfighting.
The town itself is divided into three
distinct areas: the Roman area known as la
Ciudad (the City), the barrio del Mercadillo
(Mercadillo neighbourhood) which is the
business district and the barrio de San
Francisco (San Francisco neighbourhood)
which is to the south and dates back to the
sixteenth century.
Because of how the town is structured
the majority of homes do not have gardens
and so locals and visitors alike use the
Alameda del Tajo, a large park area for
family gatherings and general relaxation.
Ronda is full of architectural delights and
is a must for history buffs. Other places of
interest include the Baños de los Arabes
(Arab baths) which is one of the best
surviving examples of Arabic water baths in
Spain built in the 11
Close to the bullring you will find the
Merced Carmelite Convent where in the
twelfth century, monks living here made up
one of the most influential mendicant
brotherhoods of the Middle Ages. In the mid
1400’s nuns also became affiliated with the
order, eventually taking over and are still
there today.
The town of Nerja is about 50 km from
Malaga at the eastern tip of the area known
as the Costa del Sol. It is flanked by the
Sierra Almijara mountain range and the old
quarter of town is virtually unchanged from
centuries ago.
In the heart of the town is the impressive
Balcón de Europa or Balcony of Europe. It is
a magnificent promenade on the edge of a
towering cliff with sweeping panoramic
views of the town, beaches and the
Mediterranean sea.
However it is the Cueva de Nerja (Nerja
Cave) located just three kilometres from the
town centre that tourists come to see. The
cave was first discovered in 1959 and is the
most important natural cave in the region. It
holds a wealth of archaeological relics and
some spectacular stalactite and stalagmite
formations. Some of the paintings and pre-
historic remains are over 20,000 years old. It
is designated a National Historic-Artistic
There are four galleries open to the
public: Belén (Bethlehem) where you will find
ceramics and the Cromagnon Man museum,
Fantasmas (Ghosts) so called due to the
shapes formed by the stalactites, Ballet
where music and dance festivals are held
and Cataclismo (Cataclysm) where you can
see the scattered pieces of the columns on
the floor where an earthquake once
destroyed it. It is in this chamber where you
will find the largest natural column in the
world. It is eighteen meters thick and 49
meters high, and is listed in the Guinness
Book of Records. Over half a million visitors
descend on the cave every year.
As you can see there are lots of options
open to you when visiting the Costa del Sol.
Whether you want a bustling city
atmosphere or a laid-back beach or even
prefer to explore some natural (or unnatural)
wonders then this area of Spain has it all.
It also has a great climate whatever time
of year you choose to visit.
Puente Nuevo bridge, Ronda Cueva de Nerja (Nerja Cave)
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Pumpkin Soup
1420 ml chicken stock
9 g salt
980 g pumpkin puree
1 g chopped fresh parsley
160 g chopped onion
0.4 g chopped fresh thyme
1 clove garlic, minced
120 ml heavy whipping cream
5 whole black peppercorns
Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes
uncovered. Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a
food processor or blender. Return to pan, and bring to a boil again.
Reduce heat to low, and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered.
Stir in heavy cream. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh
Pumpkin Gingerbread
600 g sugar
235 ml vegetable oil
4 eggs
160 ml water
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 g ground ginger
2 g ground allspice
2 g ground cinnamon
2 g ground cloves
440 g all-purpose flour
9 g baking soda
9 g salt
2 g baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5
inch loaf pans. In a large mixing, combine sugar, oil and eggs; beat until
smooth. Add water and beat until well blended. Stir in pumpkin, ginger,
allspice and cinnamon. In medium bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, and
baking powder. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just
until all ingredients are mixed. Divide batter between prepared pans.
Bake in preheated oven until toothpick comes out clean, about 1 hour.
Anyone for pumpkin?
It’s Thanksgiving time again and so we thought we would furnish you with a few
pumpkin recipes to try out.
Pumpkin Pancakes
250 g all-purpose flour
40 g brown sugar
9 g baking powder
5 g baking soda
2 g ground allspice
2 g ground cinnamon
0.9 g ground ginger
3 g salt
355 ml milk
245 g pumpkin puree
1 egg
30 ml vegetable oil
30 ml vinegar
In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar.
Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice,
cinnamon, ginger and salt, stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to
combine. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat.
Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup
for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
Pumpkin Stew
905 g beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
45 ml vegetable oil, divided
235 ml water
3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 carrots, sliced
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
10 g salt
1 g ground black pepper
1 (14.5 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
15 g beef bouillon granules
1 sugar pumpkin
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
Place beef in the saucepan and cook until evenly brown. Mix in the
water, potatoes, carrots, green bell pepper, garlic, onion, salt and
pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer approximately 2
hours. Dissolve the bouillon into the beef mixture. Stir in the
tomatoes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Cut top
off the pumpkin and remove seeds and pulp. Place the pumpkin in a
heavy baking pan. Fill the pumpkin with the beef mixture. Brush
outside of the pumpkin with remaining oil. Bake in the preheated
oven 2 hours, or until tender. Serve the stew from the pumpkin,
scraping out some of the pumpkin meat with each serving.
Lifestyle 25
Sequoia Club
26 Lifestyle
Are you living
in the best
Where are
the best
places to
live in
Ottawa - the best place to live in Canada
27 Lifestyle
There are many ways in which we define a
“good place to live” and these reasons can
vary from person to person and family to
family. For instance a couple in their thirties
with children will want a location where their
children's needs are catered for: good
schools, activities, sports etc as well as
somewhere they can earn a good income.
By contrast a retired couple may want
peace and quiet, good weather, great
healthcare, local amenities and so on. We
all want something different from life so how
do we begin to determine where the best
places to live are?
Moneysense recently produced their
third annual list of Canada’s Best Places to
Live report based on 154 communities
throughout Canada. Each community was
assessed on 16 different indicators with a
maximum of 104 points available. The
sixteen indicators included weather, real
estate, household income, unemployment
rates, crime rates, health care, education,
transportation and growth rate of
Although some communities fared better
in some indicators than others, overall the
winning community was our country's
capital Ottawa (75 points). In second place
was Victoria B.C. (67 points) and coming in
third was Fredericton, NB (66 points). But
before we all start arguing abut these
findings lets look a little closer at the results.
First we will look at the results regarding
our weather. This was broken down into
several areas, but when it comes to the
number of days with rain or snow Okotoks
in Alberta came in first place with 94.10
annual days with rain or snow. Both
Cranbrook, British Columbia and
Lethbridge, Alberta showed under 100 days
of annual rain or snow. At the other end of
the scale Prince Rupert, British Columbia
came in last place with 239.70 days with
rain or snow. St. John’s and Corner Brook in
Newfoundland and Labrador and Terrance,
B.C. all had over 200 days each.
Top ten best places to
live in Canada
1. Ottawa, Ontario
2. Victoria, British Columbia
3. Fredericton, New
4. Kingston, Ontario
5. Levis, Quebec
6. Moncton, New Brunswick
7. Winnipeg, Manitoba
8. Burlington, Ontario
9. Halifax, Nova Scotia
10. Vancouver, British
Victoria British Columbia.
The second best place to
live in Canada
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When we look at actual precipitation the
least can be found in Whitehorse, Yukon
with 267.40 ml/year and the most once
again in Prince Rupert with 2,593.60 ml/yr.
Quite a difference.
If the cold bothers you then you might
want to make your home in Powell River,
B.C. where during the average year only
31.50 days go below 0℃. Vancouver comes
in a close second with 35.40 days below
zero. However if you love the cold then a
move to Thompson, Manitoba might be on
the cards where you can experience 239.90
days a year below zero.
Employment & Income
Next we will look at the more fundamental
aspects of living in different locations such
as average annual income. If you want to
earn lots of money then Wood Buffalo in
Alberta could be the place for you. Here the
average household income is $139,253. The
other communities in the top five are all in
Ontario: Oakville, Vaughan, Markham and
Richmond Hill all with household incomes in
excess of $111,000.
Shawinigan in Quebec had the lowest
household income of $46,519. Of the
bottom five communities three are in
Quebec and two in Nova Scotia.
When we look at unemployment rates
Alberta an Saskatchewan lead the pack
with Estevan and Lloydminster in
Saskatchewan in the lead with 0.80% and
2% respectively. Okotoks B.C. also
averages 2% and Swift Current, SK and
Brooks, Alberta averaging 2.2 and 2.6
percent. The highest average
unemployment rate was in Dolbeau-
Mistassini in Quebec at 16.2%.
A big factor when choosing somewhere to
live is the cost of real estate. The cheapest
average house prices were found in:
1. La Tuque, QC - $93,923
2. Bathhurst, NB - $97,078
3. Portage la Prairie, MB - $99,650
4. Yorkton, SK - 102,886
5. Timmins, ON - $108,827
The most expensive places to buy real
estate were:
1. Canmore, AB - $780,964
2. Squarmish, BC - $586,726
3. Coquitlam, BC - $571,000
4. Burnaby, BC - $571,000
5. Richmond, BC - $571,000
The highest crime rate was seen in Sept-
Iles, Quebec with 6,724 crimes per 100,000
population. Following close behind was
Thompson, Manitoba with 5,527 crimes per
100,000 and North Battleford,
Saskatchewan with 5,407. By contrast a
Quebec community also showed the lowest
crime rate of just 184 per 100,000
population in Saint-Hyacinthe. Petawawa
and Centre Wellington in Ontario and Alma
in Quebec all showed rates of under 400
crimes per 100,000 population.
These days the number of doctors available
in a community can be a deciding factor
when deciding where to live. Canada is
forever being reported as having a shortage
of doctors and this can be a particular
concern for the elderly and those with
The most doctors per thousand
population was found in Grand Falls-
Windsor in Newfoundland and Labrador.
This community enjoys 4.6 doctors per
1,000 population. Kingston Ontario came in
second with 3.9 doctors and in third place
Joliette, Quebec with 3.8 doctors per 1,000.
The least number of doctors per 1,000
population was in Leamington, Ontario with
just 0.6 and Brooks in Alberta with 0.7.
Indeed 10 communities had under 1 doctor
per 1,000 population: Petawawa ON,
Norfolk ON, Estevan SK, Ingersoll ON,
Wood Buffalo AB, Chatham-Kent ON, Port
Hope ON and Kawartha Lakes ON.
Between 2001 and 2006 the average
population growth in Canada was 5.4%.
Communities need to see good annual
growth but equally too quick an increase
can actually damage a community if it
cannot keep up with amenities,
infrastructure etc that the growth demands.
Thus it was determined that a growth of
around 7.4% was ideal and communities
scored points depending on how far above
or below they were from this level.
The highest population growth was seen
in Okotoks Alberta with a population gain of
46.7%. Brampton and Vaughan in Ontario
both saw growth in the 30% range.
Prince Rupert British Columbia had the
lowest growth rate with a decline of -12.5%
population in 2007.
For those looking to retire the criteria may
be different from other people so
MoneySense compiled a top ten list of
places to retire to. Victoria, British Columbia
came up top due to the great air quality,
good weather, number of doctors and low
crime rate. Ottawa came in second followed
by Kingston ON, Vancouver BC, Quebec
City, Quebec, Levis Quebec, Halifax NS,
Joliette Quebec, London ON and Moncton
Kingston Ontario
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Levis, Quebec
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TV shows
Top Canadian…
1. Fringe - 1.53
2. Canadian Idol (Mon) - 1.46
3. Bones - 1.45
4. Canadian Idol (Wed) - 1.37
5. C.S.I. New York - 1.30
6. Flashpoint - 1.28
7. You Can Dance Canada - 1.24
8. CTV Evening News - 1.22
9. Law & Order: SVU - 1.21
10. Big Brother 10 (Thu) - 1.19
1. Death Magnetic, Metallica
2. Not 4 Sale, Kardinal Offishall
3. Viva La Vida, Coldplay
4. Block, New Kids on the Block
5. Lax, The Game
6. Mama Mia, Soundtrack
7. Little Bit Longer, Jonas Brothers
8. Recession, Young Jeezy
9. All Hope is Gone, Slipknot
10. Enter The Beat, God Made Me Funky
1. Sex and the City: The Movie (18A)
2. Deception (14A)
3. 88 Minutes (14A)
4. Baby Mama (PG)
5. Leathrheads (PG)
6. Run Fatboy Run (PG)
7. Made of Honor (PG)
8. The Forbidden Kingdom (PG)
9. Pathology (18A)
10. The Love Guru (14A)
1. Book of the Dead, Patricia Cornwell
2. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
3. The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill
4. Late Nights on Air, Elizabeth Hay
5. Doors Open, Ian Rankin
6. Friend of the Devil, Peter Robinson
7. Playing for Pizza, John Grisham
8. Mister Pip, Lloyd Jones
9. Standard of honor, Jack Whyte
10. Compulsion, Jonathan Kellerman
1. The Flying Troutmans, Miriam Toews
2. The Gargoyle, Andrew Davidson
3. The Host, Stephanie Meyer
4. Devil Bones, Kathy Reichs
5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato
Peel Pie Society, Burrows/Shaffer
6. Through Black Spruce, Joseph
7. The Other Queen, Philippa Gregory
8. Thousand Splendid Suns, khaled
9. Coventry, Helen Humphreys
10. The Gypsy Morph, Terry Brooks
Lifestyle 29
The slightly unusual!
This month we start a new series of articles where we take a look at some of the more
unusual jobs that people have. So if you have an unusual job or even one that you feel is
misunderstood then get in touch. We can feature you in a future issue.
When you think of enthusiastic and fun
people, Gayle Crosmaz-Brown certainly fits
the bill. She is a bubbly woman who is
passionate about her work and her
enthusiasm for art, design and vintage
clothing is very infectious. Her company
Crosmaz & Brown Emporium sells vintage
clothing and jewellery and here we find out
more about her and her business.
So Gayle, how did you get into this line of
I am a professional artist by trade, but have
always, since childhood had an obsession
with vintage clothing. I even wanted to be a
fashion designer at the start of my art
career. I ended up in the visual arts but
maintained my love for fashion. Three years
ago I opened a retail shop where I started to
sell the family collection of vintage and retro
clothing and jewellery, as well as an online
shopping web site,  I needed to
expand my customer base, so I decided to
expand my line, with One-Of-A-Kind Vintage
Re-Design Jewellery. This is jewellery
made with beads from vintage necklaces
with some new beads and findings.
Where do you get the clothing,
accessories etc that you sell?
I buy my clothing and accessories by
invitation, I am asked to come in and shop
in other peoples closets or customers will
bring me their favourite older and designer
pieces to buy or trade.
What sort of people buy your products?
All sorts of people buy my clothing, from
teens, to young
adults, to middle age
and seniors, there
isn't one set type or
age except a need to
be creative and
unique. I sell to
performance artists,
people going to a
special or themed
event or people just
wanting to be
different from the
How do you
promote your
I promote my
business by putting
on fashion shows, at
least one per week. I
have home parties to
promote my
jewellery, in my shop
and in other peoples
homes. I do trade
shows, and business
organizations, such
as "Power Of
Women Exchange"
as well as
consignments in an
art gallery in
Belleville "Art Plus" I also promote from my
online shopping web site.
How does your family support you?
My family is always there to help both
physically and emotionally, they help me
with events and fashion shows and are
always on the look out for things for my
What is the most common misconception
about your business?
The most common misconception about
my business is that I am a thrift store. I
actually carry only high quality and brand
name items. The other misconception is that
I am a costume shop, that my clothing is all
so vintage that you would only wear it for
themed events. But in fact, I carry a large
variety of elegant and classy clothing for
special events, such as weddings,
Christmas parties or any other occasion
where you need to dress up, for a fraction of
the price. An example would be a $1,000-
$2,000 designer dress could sell for only
$200 or $300.
Where do you see your business in the
I see my business growing and employing
several of my family members who want to
be involved with the business full time. I
want to get a larger selection of high-end
designer labels to balance my middle-end
labels and promoting the business in larger
exclusive vintage clothing trade shows.
Why not check out Crosmaz & Brown
Emporium yourself. You can find the shop in
the lovely town of Campbellford, Ontario or
see all Gayle has to offer on her website
Why not hold a jewellery party yourself
and get quality re-designed jewellery at
special prices before they make it onto
Gayle’s website for general sale. Also, as
the party holder you will receive special
discounts. So if you are within 80 km (50
miles) of Campbellford, Ontario give Gayle a
call on 1-705-653-0726.
jewellery in the convenience of your
own home. No last minute panic, no
crowds and no worries! I will even
gift wrap that special gift for you at no
extra charge. Or add to your own
jewellery collection.
Vintage One-Of-A-Kind
Re-Designed Jewellery
Home Parties
Book Your Own Jewellery Party and
receive bonus discounts
Party bookings in a 50 mile radius of
Campbellford, ON
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Working Life 31
Sequoia Club
The Power of Women Exchange has
announced a series of fall events which help
women learn, network and meet new
people. The events are titled POWE Fall
Lunch and Learn Series and started at the
end of September and will run through the
next couple of months.
During October you can attend the
following Lunch and Learn events.
Image Impacts Income will be held on
October 9
between 12:00 - 1:30 pm at the
POWE Boardroom, 110A Ash Street, Whitby,
Ontario. Consider this…you have to make a
choice. There are two gifts sitting on the
table. One is beautifully wrapped in foil
paper, topped with a wonderful gold bow
and an abundance of trailing ribbons. The
other gift is in a brown paper bag with the
top scrunched up just enough that you can't
see inside.
You're not allowed to shake, rattle or
peek. You must make the decision in seven
seconds based solely on the appearance of
the package.
Be honest, which gift would you choose?
Consider this…potential clients may be
overlooking your “gifts” in that first seven
Are you willing to take that chance?
What if….you could give yourself an edge
in your business by making a few simple
changes? Creating professional credibility is
critical to your bottom line!
The fee for this event is just $10 for
members or non-members. However
members bringing a guest can attend for
If you are free on October 16
12:00 - 1:30 pm you might want to attend
the Learn Communication Styles to Instantly
Connect event. This will be held at Elgin
Mills Reception Centre in Markham, Ontario.
This event will help you learn the
communication style preferences to instantly
connect with people. Learn to see others by
recognizing body movement and other non
verbal communication skills. Improve your
own communication skills by understanding
how you speak, move and interact with
those around you.
Another event titled Taking Your Business
to the World will take place on October 23

between 12:00 - 1:30 pm at the POWE
Boardroom, 110A Ash Street, Whitby. This
event is $10 for members and non-
members, but once again any POWE
member bringing a guest can attend for free.
Learn how the world wide web levels the
playing field between large and small
businesses. It
opportunity to
establish yourself
as an expert in your
field and build
with your clients
– but only if
you're there.
Go beyond
a static
website and
discover the
and flexible
to market
your business. It's even
possible to create new income streams for
many businesses.
Another important announcement is the
confirmed date of the next POWE
Conference. This will take place on March
2009 at the Ajax Convention Centre. Full
details of this event and all other POWE
offerings can be found on their website at
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POWE Chapters
Bay of Quinte
Meets at the Holiday Inn, Trenton
on the 4
Tuesday of each month
Registration from 11:00 am.
Meets at Bobby C’s Dockside in
Bowmanville on the 4
of each month. Registration from
6:30 pm.
Durham East
Get together at the The Oshawa
and District Shrine Club in
Oshawa on the 1
Tuesday of
each month. Registration from
11:00 am.
Durham West
The Forest Brook Community
Church in Ajax is the location of
this meeting on the 3
of each month with registration
from 11:00 am.
Join the Kingston chapter on the
Tuesday of the month.
Location and times TBC.
This chapter meets at Victoria
Square Community Centre on the
Tuesday of the month with
registration at 11:00 am.
Ottawa West
Meet at City View United Church,
Ottawa on the 1
Tuesday of
each month. Registration starts at
11:00 am.
POWE Vision Statement
The Power of Women Exchange is a
group dedicated to offering the tools
necessary to assist women entrepreneurs,
executives and business professionals to
grow both professionally and personally.
We accomplish this through our offering
of innovative products, services and
events to promote business growth that
assists women in their journey of
discovering success on their terms.
POWE offers a safe, nurturing platform for
women who are ready to define their path
by combining who they are and what they
have to offer others.
POWE endeavors to be the vehicle for
women to expand their businesses using
resources provided while educating them
that it is up to them to make it happen.
POWE empowers women to achieve
POWE reaches out in our communities to
others who are less fortunate by
volunteering time, fundraising and
assistance where we can.
Sequoia Club
Working Life 33
Rosemary Haefner, Vice President
of Human Resources for
It's been one of those mornings. You
overslept, spilled coffee on your shirt, the
kids wouldn't wake up and you left your gym
bag at home. Late for work and need an
excuse? You're not alone.
Sixteen percent of workers say they arrive
late to work at least once a week, according
to a recent survey. One-
in-four of all workers (25 per cent) admit to
making up phony excuses to explain their
Reasons for coming in late varied from
forgetting something at home to feeling sick
to enduring a long commute. Thirty-one per
cent of workers attributed their
unpunctuality to traffic, 16 per cent blamed
falling back asleep and 8 per cent cited
getting their kids ready for school or day
care as the main cause.
Here are the top 10 examples of the most
unusual excuses employees offered their
managers for arriving late to work:
1. Someone was following me, and I drove
all around town trying to lose them.
2. My dog dialed 911, and the police
wanted to question me about what
"really" happened.
3. My girlfriend got mad and destroyed all
of my undergarments.
4. I woke up and thought I was temporarily
5. I just wasn't "feelin' it" this morning.
6. I was up all night arguing with God.
7. A raccoon stole my work shoe off my
8. I super-glued my eye thinking it was
contact solution.
9. I was putting lotion on my face when
my finger went up my nose causing a
10. A prostitute climbed into my car at a
stop light, and I was afraid my wife
would see her and think I was messing
around... so I got out of the car.
As explanations vary, so do men and
women when it comes to being late for
work. Males are less prone to tardiness with
41 per cent saying they've never been late
for work in their current position compared
to 37 per cent of females. Men are also less
likely to lie about why they're late (22 per
cent) -- while 28 per cent of women won't
tell a fib, either.
Most of us make up excuses in fear of
repercussions. Forty-four per cent of hiring
managers say they don't care if their
employees are late as long as their work is
completed on time and with good quality
but others aren't so lenient. In fact, one-in-
five hiring managers say they would
consider firing an employee if he/she arrives
late two or three times in a given year. The
key is to know your individual manager's
expectations and take the time to learn your
employer's culture and policies.
Think you're being sly with the excuse
you gave your boss? Guess again. While the
majority of hiring managers don't typically
question the validity of the reasons
provided, 27 per cent say most of the time,
they don't believe the excuses.
Rosemary Haefner is the Vice President of
Human Resources for
She is an expert in recruitment trends and
tactics, job seeker behavior, workplace
issues, employee attitudes and HR
10 craziest excuses for being late
34 Money
Travel Insurance:
plans for every need
By Heather Lang
Money 35
You and the family are outside of your home
province on a ski trip and you have an
accident that requires you to fly home via air
ambulance. Who is going to get the rest of
the family home? Who pays for the air
 The pride of the family just got a
scholarship over seas yipee !  Will regular
travel insurance cover them for the years
they will be away? Will they remain eligible
for their provincial coverage because they
have been out of the country too long?
 Your beach vacation is being interrupted
by a hurricane and you are forced to
evacuate. Who will help you and who will
reimburse you for your lost vacation
You have recently moved from abroad to
make Canada your new home. The house is
fabulous, lots of space and a big back
yard but your youngest son has just fallen
out of that great tree house out back and it
looks serious. The trip to emergency reveals
your provincial health plan does not kick in
for 20 more days - now what?
 The folks have come from the home
country to see how your new life is going,
but they don't have emergency medical
coverage outside of their home. What
happens if Gramps has a heart attack
helping you shovel snow?
 The answer to all these questions is
travel insurance !
 From lost baggage to twisted
ankles travel insurance has been there for
countless Canadian travelers. Now travel
insurance has evolved into a multifaceted
range of products serving many diverse
groups of people regardless of age or travel
habits. Anyone traveling for business,
vacation or study can find a plan to protect
their health and possibly life savings. For the
most part travel insurance falls into two main
categories: Vacation (single or multi trip ) and
Visitors to Canada or Gap insurance.
 “Don't leave home without it” is the
famous tag line for a credit card company
but nothing could be truer when it comes to
vacation travel insurance. This type of
insurance typically offers coverage in three
main areas for single or multi trips.
 Baggage * basic protection against the
cost of lost, stolen or damaged luggage
usually has a set maximum so if your
traveling with very expensive items best
check the policy or add an "away from
home" rider to your existing home property
 Trip cancellation or interruption * helps
recover costs of trip cancelled or interrupted
by problems at home such as a death in
the family, fire or flood of home or if there is
damage to your destination because of a
natural disaster.
 Medical* pays for health costs outside of
Canada in the event of illness, injury or
death. This is perhaps the most important of
the three as many people are misled or
unaware of the gaps between the actual
costs of medical services in other countries
and their coverage from provincial, credit
card or employer group plans.
A typical bill per day in a European
hospital can cost as much as $6,000. A
lengthy stay may end up costing you a
significant portion of life or retirement
savings. All provinces partially cover hospital
stays, but have maximum amounts and vary
with the type of services they will pay for.
British Columbia maximum payout is $75 per
day, Alberta $100, Saskatchewan $100,
Manitoba $570, Ontario $400, Quebec $100.
One common limitation on insurance
provided by credit cards is the length of stay
outside Canada. Employers plans may set
family limits for trip cancellation and most
expect you to pay the health care provider
first then seek reimbursement. Some
patients have been known to take out loans
to pay for facilities they have stayed in
overseas. Many people also don't realize the
same limitations hold for travel in Canada
between provinces. Your own provincial
coverage may or may not cover all medical
expenses occurred in another province.
Expatriates who no longer qualify for their
provincial coverage or foreigners who reside
in Canada but don't qualify for the health
insurance of their native country need a
more comprehensive type of medical
insurance that may or may not be covered
by the typical vacation scenario. A top up or
an additional policy for medical may be in
your best interest. If you are not sure what
you are covered for and what the limitations
are call the plan provider and find out exactly
what you are covered for.
 The cost of these types of coverages
varies widely with all the different coverage
types, benefit levels, age, duration of stay
and in some cases medical condition. Many
medical plans require full and accurate
disclosure in a medical questionnaire and
pre-existing conditions are generally not
covered. Most plans come with emergency
assistance numbers and will help with any
and all travel emergencies. You can't be
insured against every situation and some
insurers will not cover those over 80 years of
age or of any age where certain medical
conditions apply. If the federal government's
Consular Affairs Bureau has issued a travel
warning for a location you will not be
covered. The same holds for illegal activities.
Its vital to go over all the details of your
policy before, during and after you purchase
and to keep it with you at all times when
traveling. Knowing the details of your
coverage can mean the difference between a
vacation postponed or no vacation at all.
 This leads us to the Gap or Visitors to
Canada policies. 
These types of coverages typically fill in
that gap period from arrival date of new
immigrants to the date the provincial health
coverage begins and of course visitors to
Canada with no other coverage. Canadian
hospitals are no cheaper than American or
foreign institutions. A downtown Toronto
hospital can easily charge $4,000 to $5,000
per day for routine inpatient care. Imagine
the blow to a savings or retirement account
for a more involved procedure requiring a
longer stay in hospital. Coverage for this
type of plan is offered in two or three main
 Emergency medical *benefits provided
can include hospital and physician bills,
ambulance transportation, professional
services such as chiropractor or
physiotherapist, emergency
dental, emergency return home, bedside
companion travel /subsistence, return home
of remains, childcare, meals, hotels, phone
36 Money
calls , taxi etc.
 Trip interruption *refund of trip cost
should it be interrupted due to a covered
or defined event and you are required to
return home
 Travel Accident *a benefit provided for
accidental death or bodily injury, usually
single or double dismemberment.
 Coverages are available in a range of
amounts from $25,000 to $150,000.
Deductibles offered can reduce the
premium amount as can a family versus
single purchase and some companies
offer group discounts. Most companies
will have plans to cover pre-existing
medical conditions as well as plans that
do not. Like other travel plans, premiums
will be affected by age and duration of
stay. It is best to purchase these types of
plans well in advance of your date of
arrival so that you are covered
immediately. Most programs if purchased
on arrival have a 48 hour to several days
period before they become effective. One
company offers a refund for days not
used. For example new immigrants
purchasing emergency medical cover for
90 days find out OHIP ( Ontario Health
Insurance Program) starting at day 60, a
refund for the unused 30 days is possible
if no claims are made beforehand. It is
important to note that in many emergency
plans if something happens, your first call
should be to the company provider ( after
911 ) as some will require claimants to pay
the first 25% of claims if notified after the
fact. As with vacation travel insurance it is
wise to go over all the details of the policy
before, during and after purchase.
 Now what happens if your travel agency
or travel insurer suddenly goes out of
business? In Canada, three provinces
have special funds travelers can apply to
for compensation of their losses if an
agency goes bottoms up. The funds also
cover losses if travel is cancelled because
the travel provider such as an airline or a
cruise line fails. British Columbia, Ontario
and Quebec all have such funds and
information on  claims can be found on
these web sites:
British Columbia
 Other provinces in
the Atlantic and the
Prairie regions are
looking at setting up
similar funds.
 All life insurance
companies in
Canada authorized
to sell life and travel
policies are required
to be members of
Assuris. If an
insurance company
fails, holders of its
travel insurance will retain much or all of
their protection. If a company becomes
insolvent Assuris will automatically transfer
your policy to a solvent one and you will be
ensured coverage. There may be limits
depending on the initial amount of benefit
Assuris guarantees you will receive up to
$60,000 or 85% of promised benefits,
whichever is higher.
 There are lots of companies to chose
from and most now offer the ease of online
shopping and buying. Some companies offer
unique services such as legal assistance,
translation services, lost or stolen credit card
replacement, e-mail or home message relay
even concierge services (all 24/7) to book
every thing from restaurants to tee times.   
Remember to carefully go over all the
benefits offered as not all benefits are the
same company to company and at different
coverage levels. Keep in mind your travel
destination, who will be with you and what
you will be doing. Those traveling with a
young family for a week will require different
benefits from a business person going on a
two day conference. Here are a few
important travel tips to review before you go.

make a list of all identification, credit card
numbers, travel itinerary and insurance
information leave a copy at home and
with a family member or close friend

make sure you have a valid (at least 6
months before return date) passport and
carry it with you at all times

keep a pen and extra cash handy to fill
out forms and pay for any extra arrival/
departure taxes or service fees

put bag tags on the outside and inside of
every piece of luggage
Now book that flight, buy your travel
insurance and Bon Voyage!
Heather Lang is an independent financial
advisor in the Quinte Region of Ontario.
Information found in this article provided by
AIG Travel Guard, Manulife  Travel Insurance
and Investment Executives Money Planner  
2008-2009 . For more information or if you
have questions see    
Independent Financial Services company servicing Bay of Quinte Region Eastern Ontario
Heather Lang, BSc, Agr
Financial Advisor
Tel: 613 - 922 - 6699 Fax: 613 - 962 - 6736
Money 37
Sequoia Club
38 Motoring
New cars on the block
Audi have just launched their brand new A4 and a stunning car it is
but they are also promising a brand new SUV for late 2008/09
which will be called
the Q5. They say
it will be one of
the most
compact SUV’s in
its class and one
of the most
spacious. It will
be a 5-seater all
wheel drive
vehicle. Details of
full specs and
costs are yet to
be released.
Cadillac gave
us a preview
of their new
CT Coupe
concept at the
various auto
shows this
year. Although
still a concept
and as we all
know not every concept makes it to the road it will be worth
keeping an eye on this model.
If you are looking for
something a little different
and a little greener then the
new GEM Peapod from
Chrysler might be just up
your street. This model is
scheduled for production
during 2009. This will be
an electric car with a
range of about 50 km and
will have a central console.
The S400 BlueHYBRID
is going to be launched
in summer 2009 and
promises to be the
most economical luxury
saloon available. The
fuel consumption will
be 7.9 L/100km with the world’s lowest C02 emissions.
Following on from the
success of the current Mini
range we can now expect
to see the new Mini
Crossover in 2009. This
vehicle will be a four door,
4WD car with four seats.
This will also be the first
mini to measure more than
four metres in length.
Pontiac are
planning on
bringing the
truck in line with
the car, or is that
visa-versa? The
Pontiac G8 Sport
Truck will have
the sporty
handling of a sports car with the cargo capabilities of a truck.
However you will have to wait for this as it is not expected until at
least 2010.
The new Toyota Venza
was unveiled at the
North American
International Auto
show this year and
promises to combine
sedan refinement with
SUV functionality. This
vehicle will be sold
exclusively in North America.
A potential new
truck for late 2009
will be the concept
Pickup. This vehicle
aims to set new
standards in the one-
tone pickup class
and will have four
doors and four seats.
We cannot promise that all these cars will reach the road, but
some certainly will make driving around a little more interesting.
We take a look at what the car manufacturers are promising us
in the next few years.
Motoring 39
The mystery of the roundabout
Throughout Canada a strange phenomenon
is occurring. Drivers are happily going about
their business when suddenly they come
across a strange road junction consisting of
several entrances and exits and a large
round island in the middle. What can this
odd thing be? Well it is in fact a roundabout.
These junctions are common place in
Europe where motorist happily navigate
them on a daily basis. One very famous
roundabout surrounds the Arch de Triumph
in Paris and any non-Parisian is well advised
to stay well clear of this huge and confusing
road monstrosity.
In North America we are only just starting
to witness the emergence of the
roundabouts in any great numbers. It is true
that our neighbours to the south have had
the pleasure of roundabouts much longer
than ourselves, but even then they are still
few and far between. So what are they?
A roundabout is an elaborate junction in
which traffic flows around a central island in
a counter clockwise direction. They are
designed to keep traffic flowing in an orderly
How to use a roundabout
When you approach a roundabout you
should reduce your speed just as you would
approaching a 4-way. However unlike a 4-
way you do not have to come to a complete
stop unless traffic requires you to do so. You
should yield to traffic already on the
roundabout coming from your left before
entering the roundabout. Enter the
roundabout when safe to do so and proceed
in a counter clockwise direction until you
reach your exit. Never stop whilst in a
roundabout unless traffic conditions dictate
it necessary. When exiting signal to let other
drivers know you are maneuvering and exit
at a slow speed. Be prepared to stop for
pedestrians using crosswalks. If you miss
your exit proceed around the roundabout
until you reach it again.
Whilst on the roundabout you must be in
the right lane. Lets say the roundabout has
four exits. If you are taking the first exit you
should stay in the right lane, if you are going
straight across then you may use either the
right or left lanes. If you are taking the third
exit you should use the left hand lane and
use the left lane of the roundabout until you
exit. Do not change lanes whilst on the
roundabout, exit from the lane you are in.
Why have roundabouts?
Many traditional intersections using traffic
lights or stop signs are prone to collisions
especially as traffic is often moving fast.
Roundabouts provide a safer way to
maneuver traffic as it is moving much slower
and there are no left turns in front of
oncoming traffic.
They also tend to keep traffic moving
better as there are no stop signs or traffic
lights which require vehicles to stop.
Roundabouts also improve air pollution
and noise levels because they do not require
vehicles to stop, start, idle, speed up etc.
This means less fuel is used and less
exhaust fumes in the air.
Where are these roundabouts?
There are a growing number of roundabouts
in Canada and most provinces and
territories have at least one.
The region of Waterloo in Ontario
currently has eleven roundabouts and more
are promised.
Winnipeg and Brandon in Manitoba both
have roundabouts as does Montreal in
Quebec. The roundabout furthest north is
probably the one in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Most confusing roundabout in the
This title has to go to the aptly named
Magic Roundabout in Swindon England. It
was built in 1972 and consists of one large
roundabout surrounded by five smaller
roundabouts. This is the Google Maps view
of it. Told you it’s confusing.
So if you read that a roundabout is planned
for your area, or you come across one on
your travels you will know not to panic. You
can also download the brochure detailing
how to use a roundabout by Transport
Canada at this link.
Transport Canada brochure
Sequoia Club
40 Kidzone
Do you have
what it takes
to be a cadet?
Kidzone 41
For many young people the idea of joining
an organized group for fun activities and
learning is very appealing. Probably some of
the first groups that come to mind are the
Scouts and the Girl Guides but how about
the Canadian Cadets?
The Canadian Cadet Organization (CCO)
allows young Canadians aged between 12
and 18 years to participate in organized
activities which are both challenging and
rewarding in a properly supervised
environment. There are currently around
56,000 cadets throughout Canada.
There are three units to the cadets: Sea,
Air and Army. Cadets can join any unit and
take part in local, regional and national
activities. As a cadet you are encouraged to
be an active member of the community and
learn skills such as leadership, teamwork,
citizenship and fitness. In turn you will gain
self confidence, decision making skills and
gain physical fitness. Through the program
young cadets learn about the Canadian
Forces although there is no expectation to
join the military, nor are the cadets part of
the Canadian Forces.
The CCO is open to both young men and
women (aged 12-18) from all across Canada
and from all levels of society. The
Department of National Defense incurs all
costs, so there are no costs to join, no fees
and no cost for the uniforms or the training.
So this makes the cadets an ideal solution
for families on a budget who still want to
participate in such activities.
During the school academic year
(September - June) cadets take part in
weekly training, one night per week. There
may also be the option of weekend training
depending on the unit chosen.
During the summer you will be able to
take part at one of the 28 summer training
centres located across Canada. Depending
upon which element you choose to join, you
may participate in rappelling, adventure
training or survival exercises for Army
Cadets, flying and gliding exercises for Air
Cadets, and navigation and seamanship
activities for Sea Cadets. All cadets are also
provided with the opportunity to participate
in marksmanship and biathlon competitions,
map and compass exercises, as well as drill.
Other activities focus on developing
leadership, self-discipline and citizenship
skills, including the Cadet Harassment and
Abuse Prevention Program (CHAP).
Through CHAP, cadets are sensitized to
the various forms of harassment and abuse,
and their effects. Method of instruction,
public speaking and healthy living courses
are also practical components of the regular
Cadet Program. Furthermore, cadets
frequently enjoy sports, environmental
challenges, and music instruction (pipes and
drums, or band). Each cadet also
participates in a minimum of three field
exercises per year.
Over 23,000 cadets attend national and
regional training every summer at one of the
Canadian Forces-conducted Cadet Summer
Training Centres (CSTC). Many of these
programs include activities such as
canoeing, camping, hiking, meteorology,
sailing and mountain climbing. These
courses last from two to six weeks
depending on the speciality training chosen.
If you are doing especially well you may
be chosen to take part in international
exchanges. Every year a number of senior
cadets are chosen on merit to travel to
foreign locations such as the United
Kingdom, Japan, France, United States,
Singapore or Germany. During these
exchanges you will be representing Canada
and will take part in training and cultural
activities with your foreign cadet
Other specialized training is also offered
for advanced cadets. These include
marksmanship competitions both in Canada
and nationally as well as parachute courses.
Cadets who take part in summer training
also receive a weekly training bonus - so you
get paid for having fun! If you are 16 years or
older and have reached a certain standard
you can choose to become a Staff Cadet
(course instructor) at one of the summer
Visions and Objectives
The three aims of the cadets is to:

Develop leadership and good citizenship

Promote physical fitness

Stimulate an interest in the three
elements of the Canadian Forces
The cadets core values are;

Loyalty - the expression of our
dedication to the ideals of the Cadet
Movement and all its members

Professionalism - the accomplishment of
our tasks with pride and diligence

Mutual Respect - the treatment of others
with dignity and equality

Integrity - the courage and commitment
to exemplify trust, sincerity and honesty
Leadership: Through the cadet program
you will learn how to be a fair and
responsible leader, take responsibility for
your actions and motivate your peers. These
skills are not only useful in the cadets but
also in all other aspects of your life.
Physical fitness: Being healthy and fit is
important to all cadets and you will learn
how to maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst
participating in fun activities. By competing
in individual or team events you will learn
that sensible living, healthy eating and
remaining active are all important factors to
good health and fitness.
The Canadian Forces: Although the
cadets are not part of the Canadian Forces
you will learn skills that stimulate your
interest in the sea, land and air activities of
the Forces. You will learn the history of the
Canadian Forces as well as skills such as
self-discipline, teamwork, leadership and
good citizenship.
42 Kidzone
Sea Cadets
As you would expect the Sea Cadets
activities revolve around naval pursuits.
You will learn about sailing, seamanship,
shipboard life, naval communications, boat
repair, marine engineering and ship
deployments. Additionally you will receive
tall ship training and power boat handling.
Sea Cadet training is divided into four
phases with an additional corps
apprenticeship training option for senior
cadets. The following subjects are part of
the program:





Physical Fitness


Sea Cadet Routine

Naval Knowledge



Instructional Techniques
During summer camps Sea Cadets learn
sailing and seamanship activities along
Canada’s coastline. Sea Cadets can earn a
chance to participate in a national sailing
regatta or to sail aboard a tall ship.
Around 20% (11,000) of cadets are Sea
Cadets with around 4,500 of those
participating in sumer training.
There are four phases to the training
offered in the Sea Cadets:
Phase 1: Introduction to the cadets, safe
handling of a rifle, sailing, camping, sports
and community activities. Completing this
training is a prerequisite to going to a
Summer Training Centre and for promotion
to Able Cadet.
Phase 2: Advanced shooting, sailing,
seamanship, camping, physical fitness,
community activities and parade drill.
Completing this training is a prerequisite to
going to a Summer Training Centre on a
Trade Group I course and for promotion to
Leading Cadet.
Phase 3: Sailing theory, advanced rope
handling, leadership skills and community
activities. Completing this training is a
prerequisite to going to a Summer Training
Centre on a Trade Group II course and for
promotion to Petty Officer Second Class.
Phase 4: In this phase you can become
an instructor yourself. Completing this
training is a prerequisite to going to a
Summer Training Centre on a Trade Group
III course or a Specialty course and for
promotion to Petty Officer First Class.
There is then the option to pursue Phase
5 where you can lead groups on an outdoor
adventure weekend, assist in supervising
activities amongst many other
Army Cadets
The Army Cadets is the oldest of the cadets
programs with around 35% of cadets
belonging to it.
Through active outdoor pursuits like
trekking, canoeing, rock climbing and
survival training, Army Cadets gain valuable
life skills, knowledge of themselves and an
awareness of their environment. Army
Cadets also learn about army traditions and
participate in a variety of national and
international expeditions that focus on
adventure training, like whitewater rafting,
horseback riding and canoeing.
Army Cadet training is divided into four
star levels:
Green Star: During the first year you will
get basic training in bushcraft, citizenship,
drill, fundamental training, leadership,
marksmanship, public speaking and map &
Red Star: This level includes continued
training in the Green Star activities as well
as first aid knowledge.
Silver Star: At this level you will take on
more responsibility, learn leadership skills
and teach other cadets all you have learnt.
Gold Star: At this level you can become
a leader at the cadet corps.
Air Cadets
If you choose to join the Air Cadets you will
have the opportunity to earn your civilian
pilot licence as well as learn about the
traditions of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
You will also learn how to fly a glider,
allowing you to pursue a career in flying or
simply enjoy it as a hobby.
Air Cadet Training is divided into five
proficiency levels, including on-the-job
training for senior cadets. Some of the
courses offered to Air Cadets at the local
level are:

Aircraft identification

Aircrew survival

Aeronautical facilities

Physical fitness


Airframe Structure

Effective speaking


Principles of flight

Radio communication



During the summer Air Cadets can
attend summer training to gain flying and
glider scholarships.
The Air cadets has the largest proportion
of cadets with 45%. Of those around
10,000 attend summer training.
By joining the cadets you will be rewarded

sense of accomplishment

recognition from your peers and

once-in-a-lifetime experiences

life-long friends

a chance to show case your talents and

self-confidence, self-discipline, self-
esteem and increased self-awareness

community involvement
So what are you waiting for? Join up
Kidzone 43
Movies in theatres
Video games
DVD rental
Bestselling books
Top kids stuff…
1. Twilight, Stephanie Mayer
2. Breaking Dawn, Stephanie Meyer
3. New Moon, Stephanie Mayer
4. Eclipse, Stephanie Mayer
5. Treasure Hunters, Smith/Hamaker
6. Warriors Power of Three 4, Erin
7. Love You Forever, Munsch & McGraw
8. The Maze of Bones, Rick Riordan
9. Just One Goal, Munsch/Martchenko
10. Starclimber, Kenneth Oppel
1. Made of Honor (PG)
2. It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
3. The Forbidden Kingdom (PG)
4. The Little Mermaid: Ariel's
Beginning (G)
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Collectors Edition (PG)
6. The Love Guru (14A)
7. Speed Racer (PG)
8. The Wiggles: You Make Me Feel Like
Dancing (G)
9. What Happens in Vegas (PG)
10. Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: The
Best of Both Worlds Concert (G)
X-Box 360
NHL 09 (E10)
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (T)
Soul Calibur IV (T)
NHL 09 (E10)
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (T)
TNA Impact (T)
NHL 2K9 (E10)
Mario Super Sluggers (E)
Siper Smash Bros: Brawl (T)
Nintendo DS
Pokemon Diamond (E)
Pokemon Pearl (E)
Diddy Kong Racing (E)
1. Igor (PG)
2. Ghost Town (PG)
3. The Longshots (PG)
4. The House Bunny (PG)
5. The Family That Preys (PG)
6. Fly Me to the Moon (G)
7. Journey to the Center of the Earth (PG)
8. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (G)
9. Kung Fu Panda (PG)
10. Space Chimps (G)
Sequoia Club
44 Moving to Canada
Your British state
pension and living
in Canada
Are you British but living in Canada. Have you
given any thought to what happens to your UK
state pension - thought not - read on….
Moving to Canada 45
By Tony Bockman, Chairman, Canadian Alliance
of British Pensioners & International Consortium
of British Pensioners
If you ever worked in the UK and you’re either already in Canada
or you are planning to immigrate / emigrate, whether you are
young or old, please answer the questions below . . . .

Do you know if you are eligible for the State Retirement
Pension (SRP) that you helped fund through yours or your
spouse’s National Insurance Contributions (NICs) in the UK?

Do you know you can continue to build that pension
entitlement, here in Canada, if you’re not yet at retirement

Do you know how and when to claim your pension

Do you know that the rules have changed if you reach
retirement age after 5 April 2010?

Do you know that when you start to receive that pension in
Canada, it will be frozen – FOR EVER?

If you are already receiving the SRP, and you have not yet
emigrated, do you know it will be frozen the day you depart
for Canada?

Are you already receiving a ‘frozen’ pension and know what is
being done to try to remedy that?

If you answered ‘NO’ to any of these questions, the Canadian
Alliance of British Pensioners (CABP) can empower you!
We can offer advice on how to calculate your eligibility, current
or future – indeed, the younger you find out, the greater the chances
of accumulating a 100% Pension. And you don’t even have to be
British to collect; you just need to meet the requirements regarding
residence and contributions to the National Insurance Fund.
The most numerous group of people who “miss out” are those
who don’t know that they may be able to continue paying
contributions from Canada, retroactively and/or going forward, in
order to earn themselves an even larger return – and at a much
cheaper cost than paying into an RRSP. This can be lucrative for
anyone, however the younger the better.
The frozen pension issue – in a nutshell
Our number one priority is to achieve pension parity for all
recipients of the UK State Retirement Pension, wherever they might
choose to live in the world during their retirement years. The points
below explain the situation to-date.

There are 12 million UK State Retirement Pensioners, all of
whom contributed to the UK Pension scheme via compulsory
National Insurance Contributions. This is similar to the Canada
Pension Plan, the value of each pension reflecting the number of
years of contributions paid.

Of the 12 million pensioners, just over one million live outside the

Half of these expatriate pensioners receive the same annual
uprating of their pensions as those still living in the UK, while the
other half does not – their pensions are frozen simply because of
where they have chosen to reside in retirement.

Commonwealth nations and British Overseas Territories are
home to 98 per cent of “frozen” pensioners, including 153,000 in
Canada (plus 240,000 in Australia, 46,000 in New Zealand and
38,000 in South Africa).

The UK is the only OECD nation which denies parity to all state
pensioners regardless of their country of residence.

Financial impact on Canada? Almost one-third of a billion dollars
a year, comprised of:

$275 million in foreign pension income withheld from the
Canadian economy.

$23 million paid out in federal Guaranteed Income
Supplement expenditures to struggling UK pensioners living
in Canada.

Cost to the UK government to provide parity to these frozen

£470 million this year (2008/09) which is less than one per
cent of the NIF expenditure and which the government says it
cannot afford because the NIF balance (surplus) is
“borrowed” by the government to invest in capital projects
like schools and hospitals.

At the end of March 2008, the NIF balance exceeded £46
billion and it is projected to rise to whopping £115 billion by
March 2013 (equivalent to over 136 per cent of that year’s
estimated payouts).

The Government Actuary’s office predicts that, during
2008/09, the NIF average monthly income will exceed the
expenditure by £900 million per month! (adding £10.8 billion
to the balance.) Meanwhile, the cost of parity would be less
than £40 million per month!

Additional savings to the UK government created by frozen
pensioners living abroad? Almost £4 billion this year alone in
health and care and other age-related costs which HMG would
need to spend if we’d all stayed home.
All of the above is based upon information from UK government
What are we doing about this?
1. The Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners (CABP) has united
pensioner organizations in Australia, South Africa and Canada
in a consortium which we now call the International Consortium
of British Pensioners (ICBP).
2. This has enabled 13 pensioners Applicants (eight from Canada,
four from Australia and one from South Africa) to bring a human
rights discrimination case against the UK government in the
European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
3. The suit seeks pension parity for all UK pensioners, regardless
of where they live. The case has been scrutinized, accepted,
prioritized and placed on the fast track by the court due to the
advanced age of many of the applicants. Currently, we expect a
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hearing in 2008 with a judgment anticipated in 2009. Our lead
council in the UK handling this case is Timothy Otty QC, a
leading human rights lawyer.
4. In addition, Phil Tunley of Stockwoods LLP provides pro-
bono legal advice to us in Canada, a task he has undertaken
for many years. He first handled the case when he was a
Senior Partner with McCarthy Tétrault and then transferred it
with him to Stockwoods when he moved there a couple of
years ago. He was responsible for identifying Timothy Otty
as our UK counsel and we are forever grateful for the work
Phil has undertaken over the years.
5. On the advice of Counsel, a secondary case has also been
filed listing all members of CABP (and the members of each
ICBP Partner Organization) as “applicants,” thus ensuring
that at least these 40,000 or so individuals will share in the
fruits of the decision on the primary suit. This list of
“Applicants” is updated with the Court on a quarterly basis,
as more and more people become members of CABP and
the ICBP Partner Organizations, in an attempt to safeguard
their rights.
6. CABP and the ICBP continue to aggressively lobby both
chambers of the UK Parliament in order to eradicate any
appetite for launching an appeal when the ECHR finds in favour
of our applicants and to extinguish the political will for
continuing to impose pension freezing.
7. CABP gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the
Canadian Government which enabled the case to proceed
through the UK legal system in order to get to the ECHR and
still stays very much in touch with our efforts and progress
How do we fund all of this activity?
I can hear you all asking that question as you read this. It is quite a
challenge and we do it all through the generosity of our members,
who pay an annual membership fee of $20 (a little more if they are
overseas members) and on top of that make voluntary contributions
to our Action Fund if they so wish.
Each of the other four Partner Organizations makes donations
from its domestic funds to what we now call the Consortium Fund,
which is used solely to support the costs of our Court case and our
lobbying activities in the UK. So the pensioners who are being
discriminated against by the UK government are the ones providing
the means to fund the activities.
This Consortium Fund is managed by CABP and is held in
Sterling funds as most of our legal and lobbying expenses are
incurred in that currency. Phil Tunley approves all UK legal team
expenditures and the CABP Treasurer issues a financial report on
the Consortium Fund to the Partner Organization every month.
What do you get for your $20 membership fee?
To summarize what’s been said above and in the hope that you are
persuaded to join us, here’s what you get for your $20:

A date with the European Court of Human Rights.

A crack team of lawyers fighting for your rights.

The support of the International Consortium of British
Pensioners, over 40,000 strong.

Advice on dealing with the Pensions Service at the Department
for Work and Pensions.

Four Justice magazines a year to keep you informed.
Please remember, you don’t have to be a pensioner to join CABP.
If you are not yet at retirement age but you live in Canada and intend
to qualify for a UK State Retirement Pension, that pension will
eventually become frozen, unless we do something about it!
If you are already a pensioner living in the UK and you are
planning to emigrate to Canada to be close to family loved ones in
your declining years, then your state retirement pension will become
frozen the day you step on that aircraft or boat, unless we do
something about it!
Numbers are important to our cause. The more members we
have, the louder our voice becomes and the easier it is to attract the
attention we need. And if it is less than 15 years since you left the
UK, you still have the right to vote in a UK parliamentary election.
We can tell you how to do that and our voice then becomes
louder through your participation.
Where to find us
The Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners (CABP) is a not-for-
profit organization registered with the federal government. It is
run by volunteers with members and active volunteers across
Canada. For more information, call our national office toll-free:
1-888-591-3964; in the Toronto area call 416-253-6402; Email; On-line:
At our website you will find links to all of the International
Consortium Partner Organizations. These are:
British Pensioners Association of Western Canada (BPAWC)
British Australian Pensioner Association (BAPA)
British Pensions in Australia (BPiA)
South African Alliance of British Pensioners (SAABP).
You will also find a link to the new International Consortium
website there but you can go straight to it through the following
Tel: 001 403 932 5670
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By June

Are you an expert on relocation

Do you have a vision and a purpose?

Do you set measurable goals and have a
focused action plan ?

Do you believe in positive affirmations
and self talk?
If you have answered yes to all these
questions then read no further as your
experience will be totally different to those of
you out there who are still struggling with
some of the basics. You may already be in a
leadership role in your working life or be in a
informal mentoring role with family or
colleagues, what does all this have to do with
emigrating you might well ask?
Psychologists say that there is a
difference between idly wishing for
something and actually wanting something
so much you take action. If you are never
thinking concretely about your goal you can't
take steps to get there.
 There are many challenges associated
with starting a whole new life. You may be
feeling down about your present situation in
the UK and you may have started the
process to turn your life around months or
maybe years ago and still feel no nearer to
achieving your goals. Many people have
expressed their lives as being in limbo and
without purpose until they know what is
happening with their visas. Some of you out
there have paid a considerable amount to
immigration consultants and feel that you are
not getting any further ahead even with their
promises of a new future.
Here at Mumford Homestay and Bed and
Breakfast, we consider ourselves "experts"
at what we do. Well what do we do we ask
ourselves. It’s not until after our visitors have
left that we have been told what an impact
we have made on them. Over the years we
have been in contact with many people from
all walks of life and in every stage of
relocating to Nova Scotia. We have opened
up our hearts and our home to newcomers
and still we find that a week here at Mumford
can be all that it takes to kick start our guests
into a positive frame of mind. This might
sound like a simplistic view. Ask any of our
visitors if they know why they are here and
they will tell you.... but they are not at all
confident or sure of their own abilities to
achieve their goals. Too often we find
ourselves talking with couples that are
"feeling down about their prospects" or make
negative statements regarding their self
worth and have not focused on their goals.
They also refuse to recognize their changing
needs and this will continue to hold them
back from achieving their goals. Remember
you are new at this so it is okay to ask for
help and advice !
In life we experience different forms of
monitorship  it has been proved that if you
select your mentor based on experience and
resources then you will be more likely to
  Informal mentoring  is the most common
form of mentoring that we experience in our
everyday lives.We became mentors by
default, because there was nowhere else for
people to go when they first considered Nova
Scotia as a destination. Things were different
when we arrived in 1996 but
the people that we deal
with now are no different to
those early arrivals, if
anything they are from a
different generation of Brits
that are more stressed 
more disillusioned and
even more determined to
leave. There are many more
choices now than ten years
ago, with internet and
advertising you can gain an
insight into how you will
approach your relocation
experience. For some of
you it will be a steep
learning curve for others it
will be a refusal to
recognize your changing
needs. We can give you the
tools and the positive
feedback to help you on
your way but it’s still up to
you, you will have to do the
leg work and the research,
you will have to step out of
your comfort zone to make
telephone calls and attend
interviews. You are a
novice when you first
arrive, you have never done
this before if you were in a
work situation you would
be paired with someone
with more experience who
would coach you.
Most of us have an idea or have an
assumption made about mentoring, I myself
experienced the positive effects of
Mentorship while working in the UK. My boss
was a key factor in helping me attain my
career goals and in fact was instrumental in
me removing the blocks that helped me to
achieve change in my life.
All too often we have negative self talk
which can destroy our self confidence and fill
us with an overwhelming sense of anxiety.
Positive self talk can over time reinforce that
self esteem and drive us on to achieve and
focus our goals.
Have you voiced your negative thoughts
to yourself lately or do you fill your mind with
positive affirmations?
If you are in the first stages of planning
your move to Nova Scotia or in need of
accommodation on your fact finding trip
contact us - and be warned - we do want
you to succeed ! .
Contact June e via email at
Have you talked to us lately?
Mentoring at Mumford
Besides help with purchasing property we can save
you hours of research, time and money.
These are just some of the benefits Relocation Nova Scotia clients enjoy!
• Tailor Made accommodation solutions for your Fact Finding Trips and
on landing, choice of B&B or one of our short term rentals.
• We will provide meet and greet at Airport when landing with a large
enough vehicle for your family and luggage.
• Meet with professional Immigration Consultant based here in Halifax
on your fact finding trip and receive free consultation.
• Foreign exchange specialist will make moving your money overseas
easy. Fast Track services to obtain day-to-day banking, mortgages,
credit cards and financial services from one of Canada’s leading
Banks, with a one to one service from your own personal banker.
• Competitive rates for Car Rental, Car Insurance and purchasing a
• Canadian Mobile phones, SIM cards delivered to you before you
land and pay using a UK credit card.
• Unique women’s network providing friendship and advice.
Please visit and register.
Call June or Mark on 001 902 446 0766 and we’ll call you back.
Meet us - June & Mark Spindloe online at
the Canadian Government’s portal:
Or email us:

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Staff recruited
to speed up
skilled worker
On September 5
Diane Finley, Citizenship
and Immigration minister announced
funding of $109 million to add processing
staff to the Case Processing Centre in
Sydney Nova Scotia which will help speed
up the processing of skilled worker
Over 30 new staff will be hired and
trained to work at the new location which
will begin reviewing applications in October.
“In order to get the people we need to
this country, we need to process
applications faster,” said Minister Finley.
“This pilot is one of several measures we
are taking to help reduce wait times overall.
By centralizing the intake of federal skilled
worker applications, we are alleviating some
of the workload in our overseas visa offices.
This allows visa officers to focus more on
processing applications.
“In addition to improving the way we
process applications, this centre will create
new jobs in Nova Scotia,” the Minister
added. “This is a win situation for Nova
Scotians, for Canadians and for prospective
This pilot project will be reassessed in
eighteen months and will then be adjusted
as necessary.
Other measures being taken to reduce
the processing times include more staff
being allocated to areas experiencing long
delays and the redistribution of work to
offices that are less busy.
Class now
Last month we gave you preliminary details
of the brand new Canadian Experience
Class of immigration. We can now
announce that as of 17
applications using this route are being
There is one major change to the original
proposals in that graduates and workers
who have left Canada, but otherwise meet
the criteria can apply via this route. The only
stipulation is that they have to apply within
one year of leaving their job in Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration minister
Diane Finley said,“With the Canadian
Experience Class fully in place, Canada will
be more competitive in attracting and
retaining individuals with the skills we need.
It, along with other recent improvements to
modernize the immigration system, will go a
long way in bringing Canada in line with its
global competitors while further spreading
the benefits of immigration into smaller
centres across Canada.”
If you want to use this method of
application you will need to meet the

plan to live outside the province of

be either:

a temporary foreign worker with at
least two years of full-time (or
equivalent) skilled work experience in
Canada, or

a foreign graduate from a
Canadian post-secondary institution
with at least one year of full-time (or
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equivalent) skilled work experience in

have gained your experience in
Canada with the proper work or study

apply while working in Canada – or –
within one year of leaving your job in
According to the Canadian National
Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled
work experience means:

Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations)

Skill Level A (professional
occupations) or

Skill Level B (technical occupations
and skilled trades)
Your application will be assessed on two
requirements if you apply as a temporary
foreign worker:

your work experience and

your ability in English or French.
If you apply as a graduate of a Canadian
post-secondary educational institution with
Canadian work experience, it will be
assessed using the above requirements, as
well as:

your education.
Temporary worker requirements
You must have two year full-time (or
equivalent) work experience in Canada
gained within three years of application.Your
work experience must be Skill Type 0, or
Skill Level A or B on the NOC. You can
check your job at the NOC website here.
Graduate requirements
Applications are based on both education
and work experience. As a graduate of a
Canadian post-secondary educational
institution, you must have one year of full-
time (or equivalent) work experience in
Canada after graduation. Your work
experience must be gained within two years
of applying. Work experience gained during
your studies does not count toward meeting
the requirements for work experience. Only
work experience gained after graduation can
be counted. Your work experience must be
Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B on the
NOC. You can check your job at the NOC
website here.
Education is only assessed if you are
applying as a graduate of a Canadian post-
secondary educational institution.
If you want to apply based on your
Canadian credentials, you must complete

a full-time Canadian post-secondary
educational program of at least two years

a one-year Master’s program
(certificates and diplomas cannot be
counted) and an additional year of
education, obtained in Canada, before
admission into the one-year program (for
a total of two years).
Full detail of the application process,
criteria and requirements can be found on
the Citizenship and Immigration Canada
website. You will also find application guides
and all forms on the site.
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By Donna McNeil, Exit Realty
Metro, Halifax Nova Scotia
Where you might ask is Nova Scotia? Well,
it’s the second smallest province lying on the
eastern coast of Canada with a population of
930,000. It’s also a quick 5 hr. flight from the
UK, making it a desirable place to live for
Brits wanting to exit the fast lane. It offers a
gentler, kinder way of life.
You may choose to live in an urban area
such as Halifax. It’s a lovely oceanfront city
and is the capital of NS. Being a small city
with a population 370,000 people, it is
friendly but also offers the amenities of a
much larger city. There are several
universities in the city thus the down town
core caters to a younger crowd.
However, the more adventurous may
choose to live in a rural area. You may even
have visited and come to appreciate what
rural living has to offer such as peace & quiet
(no traffic noise ) nature at your doorstep and
of course clean air.
Let me take you to Maitland! It is an
Historic Village lying along the shores of the
Bay of Fundy. Once known for shipbuilding,
it’s about 1 hr drive from Halifax and 30 min. from Truro. A fair
number of artists live in the community now, painters, glassblowers
& scrimshaw artists are just a few. It is also home to antique stores,
B&B’s, art studios, small shops and restaurants.
The local Ladies Auxiliary is alive and active. This summer they
hosted Sunday Lunch at the Old Selma Schoolhouse, which is a
Designated Historic Property and is now a community art gallery.
Having tried one of these lunches I can personally tell you that they
Living rural in Nova Scotia
Where you might ask is Nova Scotia?
Well, it’s the second smallest province lying
on the eastern coast of Canada with a
population of 930,000. It’s also a quick 5 hr.
flight from the UK, making it a desirable
place to live for Brits wanting to exit the fast
lane. It offers a gentler, kinder way of life.
You may choose to live in an urban area
such as Halifax. It’s a lovely oceanfront city
and is the capital of NS. Being a small city
with a population 370,000 people, it is
friendly but also offers the amenities of a
much larger city. There are several
universities in the city thus the down town
core caters to a younger crowd.
However, the more adventurous may
choose to live in a rural area. You may even
have visited and come to appreciate what
rural living has to offer such as peace & quiet
( no traffic noise ) nature at your doorstep
and of course clean air.
Let me take you to Maitland! It is an
Historic Village lying along the shores of the
Bay of Fundy. Once known for shipbuilding,
it’s about 1 hr drive from Halifax and 30 min.
from Truro. A fair number of artists live in the
community now, painters, glassblowers &
scrimshaw artists are just a few. It is also
home to antique stores, B&B’s, art
studios ,small shops and restaurants. The
local Ladies Auxiliary is alive and active. This
summer they hosted Sunday Lunch at the
Old Selma Schoolhouse, which is a
Designated Historic Property and is now a
community art gallery. Having tried one of
these lunches I can personally tell you that
they are delicious indeed. After several visits
there I have come to realize there is a back
to the “organic” way of life happening.
Maitland is home of the world famous
Tidal Bore. Tides here can reach heights of
over 50 feet making river rafting along the
Shubenacadie a popular adventure for the
thrill seeking individual.
Small though Maitland is, there are also
business opportunities available to those of
an entrepreneurial mind set. Presently there
is a General Store and a B&B for sale.
The Neils pictured sitting on the front
verandah of their home, have a small antique
shop in their front parlor. Kevin is a retired
teacher, a scrimshaw artist and a wood
worker. He has made the most beautiful
dining room set from birdseye maple. Wood
that a friend offered him at a price he
couldn’t refuse, he says, as he had his eye
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are delicious indeed. After several visits
there I have come to realize there is a back
to the “organic” way of life happening.
Maitland is home of the world famous
Tidal Bore. Tides here can reach heights of
over 50 feet making river rafting along the
Shubenacadie a popular adventure for the
thrill seeking individual.
Small though Maitland is, there are also
business opportunities available to those of
an entrepreneurial mind set. Presently there
is a General Store and a B&B for sale.
The Neils pictured sitting on the front
verandah of their home, have a small
antique shop in their front parlor. Kevin is a
retired teacher, a scrimshaw artist and a
wood worker. He has made the most
beautiful dining room set from birdseye
maple. Wood that a friend offered him at a
price he couldn’t refuse, he says, as he had
his eye on it for awhile.
Their house is currently for sale. It’s a
gorgeous Heritage House listed at
$180,000. Feeling that the house was too
large for them, they bought the smaller
bungalow next door and completely gutted
the inside. It’s being done in a modern
style. Nancy states the reason they chose
to remodel in modern is because “I didn’t
want to live here and pine for my old house
next door with all my antiques so we chose
to go completely different. Now, will we like
the new house? Only time will tell.” It will
be easier to look after which is important as
they travel to Australia for a few months
each winter.
During a recent visit to the area with
my business partner Mark Spindloe and his
wife June, from Relocation Nova Scotia, we
dropped in on new arrivals Anthony
Kawalski & Jon Twinley. Hailing from
England they bought a house and settled in
Selma several months ago. The house they
purchased was built on a land grant from
the British in 1867, the Parsonage for the
Methodist Chapel on the hill. Anthony says
on initial visits , “we fell in love with the
area, it’s beauty and charm and the
friendliness of the people. The magic I
haven’t quite put my finger on. Once our
offer had been accepted on what we now
call the ‘Old Parsonage’, every day that
has passed, including closing day (that’s
moving in day) wood day (delivery of wood
for their wood burning stove), container
day, and any other day I can name, we
have been made more and more welcome
by the local folks. In a short space of time
we have made a house into a home and
each day we have been rewarded by what
the area has to offer.
“The reality of life here, is on the one
hand we have been offered all that I have
talked about, the practicalities sometimes
mean that we wish we could be nearer
facilities. For example, the day I travelled to
Sobeys (a grocery store) in Enfield and
checked through $200 of food & realized
that I’d forgotten my wallet necessitating an
hours round trip to collect it. Upon arrival I
was still glad we made the decision to
move here. We love Maitland!“
Plaque at historical site
The Neils outside their home
The Neil’s home for sale
Cobequid Bay
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52 Moving to Canada
Playing catch-up
Back in 2006 we featured the real-life story of Carl and Debra and their daughter
Charlotte. They had moved to Canada in 2002 and after struggling for a couple
of years finally moved into their own home. Their story featured in both the June
and August 2006 issues. Now we catch up with the family to see what they have
been up to since we last spoke to them. Carl takes up their story.
Since we moved into our Calgary home in
July 2006, we have been busy making it our
own. The garden required quite a bit of
work as the lawn was patchy and full of
weeds, there were no places to put any
plants and the sandbox which they left us
needed to be removed. The house itself
does not have a garage but an area called a
drive pad which was also knee deep in
weeds.Our neighbour was quite pleased to
see us working away at the garden and was
overjoyed when I threw out the sandbox.
Overall, I had made that many trips to the
local dump to dispose of the garden waste I
was starting to be recognized!
I also had a quick learning curve on the
heating systems used here, the furnace
required a new motor and being the kind of
person who likes to do things himself I had
to do some research on furnace
maintenance. One piece of advice is always
check to see if the furnace filter has been
changed regularly, as in our case it had not,
which caused several problems and can be
quite expensive.
By Christmas time the whole place was
looking in much better shape, I had painted
the downstairs (still have to do the upstairs)
and the house became our home. This was
our first Christmas in our own home and it
felt great!
Once winter had passed and spring
arrived, we decided to stain the decking
area which is quite large, about 25 ft by 12
ft so that took a while. We purchased an
outside wooden table and chairs which we
still enjoy using in the summer months.
By March of 2007, we made an addition
to our family, no, not another baby – a cat!
We adopted him from the meow foundation
which is an animal shelter for abandoned
cats. He is a seal-point Himalayan and we
named him Monty after a Himalayan cat we
looked after in England. We do not let him
outside other than on the decking due to
coyotes. Cats make a tasty meal for them
and can be heard howling when sitting
outside late into the evening. I was quite
surprised to see one of the animals strolling
quite boldly down the middle of the road
close to where we live on my way back from
the supermarket one evening. One of
Charlotte’s friends who lives quite close saw
a moose whilst walking her dog with her
parents. It’s times
like these that
make us realize we
are living close to
the wild.
In July of 2007
we decided to go
camping for 10
days to Vernon in
British Columbia.
It’s a fantastic drive
from Calgary to
Vernon and is not
one to rush. There
are just so many
things to see on
the way. We
camped at
Kalmalka Lake
which is not far
from the centre of
Vernon and has a
great beach. The
weather was good
as well, 35℃ was
very welcome from
the -35℃ we
endured over
We also did a
couple of hikes to
Twin Falls in BC
(close to Emerald
Lake) and to Arnika
Lake (close to Lake
Louise). Arnika
Lake is marked as
a strenuous hike
and required some determination. The
views of Castle Mountain were amazing.
Summer soon came and went and it was
back to winter again. We went to Heritage
Park on Halloween as they have the
‘Heritage Park after Dark’ event which lasts
several days running up to the night itself.
We decorated the outside of the house with
various spooky items and gave out lots of
candy. It’s a great way to get to meet your
neighbours from surrounding streets.
Our second Christmas came and went
and when February 2008 arrived, we had
cold weather like we had not yet
experienced. The wind chill factor dipped
below -45℃. Warming up the car was
challenging and even getting to work on the
local LRT (c-train) was made difficult due to
breakdowns - at those temperatures, things
tend to stop working!
So it is now summer time, our daughter
Charlotte will be starting Junior High school
in September, she is now 12 years old.
During the summer time when we are
working, she spends her time at summer
camp which is nonstop fun. The camp is
run at the before/after school care
community centre in Varsity (in the NW of
Calgary) where she has attended for the last
4/5 years. When she starts Junior High, she
will be picked up by one of those yellow
school busses as she will be too old to
Moving to Canada 53
attend the community centre. She is quite
looking forward to that and we are looking
forward to not having the expense of day
care! The busses pick the kids up at
various locations where we live which is
really good. This helps reduce the number
of individual school runs.
For our main vacation this summer, we
decided to spend several days back in
Vancouver. We used our air miles so the
flight was free other than the taxes which
amounted to $490. It was nice to go back
to Vancouver and brought some closure
for us as this was the place where it all
began. It was nice to behave like tourists
and to have nothing to worry about.
We visited Grouse Mountain, the
aquarium, Stanley Park, saw the
celebration of light fireworks display at
English bay and spent a day in Victoria. It
was nice to see the sea! Our neighbour
looked after our cat whilst we were away
which was nice. On our return to Calgary,
we were glad to be back, we truly feel
Calgary is our home. We had a week back
at work and then two more weeks off. We
spent a few days at the local outdoor
pool, visiting Banff, we hiked up the
Centennial Trail in Kananaskis country
which is Canada’s highest maintained trail
as well as to Taylor Lake which is a few
miles east of Lake Louise. The weather was
really nice and the temperatures averaged
the mid to high 20’s with the hottest being
The community where we live is called
Tuscany and has its own shopping centre.
The local supermarket gives out free
samples of food which Charlotte loves. She
is known by all the staff there and spends
lots of time chatting to them every time we
go shopping. The centre has its own gas
station, hairdressers, video store, vets,
doctors, eye clinic all coupled with a great
view of the mountains.
We are both still working for the same
employers: Debra is at the Calgary Health
Region and I at Allstream
(telecommunications). Even though I only
have 15 days vacation plus 2 floater days
(floater days are to cover the Alberta only
public holidays as the company is Canadian
wide), I do not feel in desperate need of a
holiday. I get a flex day every 3 weeks and
can work from home, usually 2/3 days a
week. This allows me to get the usual chores
done around the house.
Later this year, the
C-Train (LRT)
extension to
Crowfoot which is a
large shopping
centre will be
completed. There
will be free parking
for about 1,400
cars and is only 3.5
km drive away. This
will cut down the
current driving
distance of about
11 km to
Brentwood station
which has
1,100 free parking
House prices seem
to have leveled off
in Calgary. The
boom brought with
it prosperity but the
down side is that
the level of crime has increased. At the time
of writing this, Calgary recorded its 25

murder of the year. Gang related shootings
seem to be happening more frequently but
are generally kept within the criminal
element. However, we still feel very safe
where we live and safe in going about our
daily business. The Calgary Police Service
has been actively recruiting new officers for
about the past two to three years and people
who commit these types of crime usually
end up being arrested.
On a lighter note Charlotte has just joined
Pathfinders which is part of the Girl Guides.
We have just bought her uniform which cost
about $100 and in October she will be going
camping with them for two nights.
All in all, we are really happy we
emigrated, it has been an adventurous
journey and stressful at times, but things
have settled down for us and we can relax
and enjoy life. Calgary is a fantastic place to
live and raise a family. Our next step is to
apply to become Canadian citizens. We
intend on applying this year.
Charlotte, Debra & Carl hiking in Arnica Lake
Carl has set up an online
group for people who are
looking to move to Calgary
from the UK, or who have
already done so.
Join for free at http://
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54 Health & Wellness
By Sturat
The substances
known as allergens
are what cause
allergies in
individuals who
are very sensitive
to them. People's
allergic reaction to
something as
manifested by inflammation or allergies
occurs when they inhale, touch or eat
something that their bodies are not used to.
One out of three people either say that
they have a food allergy or that they modify
the family diet because a family member is
suspected of having a food allergy. To
diagnose food allergy a doctor must first
determine if the patient is having an adverse
reaction to specific foods. This assessment
is made with the help of a detailed patient
history and a diet diary, The next step some
doctors use is an elimination diet. Under the
doctor's direction, the patient does not eat
a food suspected of causing the allergy, like
eggs, and substitutes another food, in this
case, another source of protein. This
technique cannot be used, however, if the
reactions are severe (in which case the
patient should not resume eating the food)
or infrequent.
Other popular allergic causes are pollens
from flowers (this can be referred to as
springtime allergy), moulds and dust. These
'triggers', known as potential allergens, may
be animal fur and dander, feathers, mites,
house dust, pollen, cockroach droppings,
insect stings, chemicals (like perfumes, and
even our everyday cosmetics like
shampoos and soaps!) and dyes,
medication, synthetic fiber, and a huge
variety of food and drinks. To address these
reactions, the first line of defense is
avoiding allergens that cause these allergic
While many think of allergy treatment in
the forms of over-the-counter inhalers,
ointments and medication, others opt for
the more natural way for allergy relief like an
herbal supplement that would help eliminate
the sneezing, the coughing and the itching.
Right within one's kitchen are ingredients to
concoct an allergy home remedy without
paying for the traditional drugs. Dealing with
allergies is a serious matter because
allergies could be fatal when allergy
treatment is not administered immediately. If
you think your allergy is leading to Asthma
symptoms you must seek medical advice.
When people begin to take the natural
approach to allergy treatment, chances are
they might be embracing homeopathy, a
disease-treatment system practiced for
hundreds of years already. Some other
forms of natural remedies are: Apitherapy,
Applied Kinesiology, Aromatherapy,
Ayurveda, Biofeedback, Bodywork,
Buteyko, Chinese Medicine, Color Therapy,
Flower Essences, Gemstone Therapy,
Herbology, Iridology, Macrobiotics,
Meditation, Music Therapy and
Though there are
those who claim
that homeopathy
doesn't really
work, others are
quick to defend its
efficiency. An
herbal supplement
is the better
option to deal with
allergic reactions
than those drugs
that contain
chemicals. There
are known cases
where certain
individuals have
allergy reactions
to some
Others simply
don't want pills
and injections for
their allergy
treatment. In this
case, a home remedy allergy treatment
would be fine.
Using nutrition and vitamin supplements
to build up your immunity strength makes
common sense. I have found information on
a site contributed by Helene Malmsio to be
really helpful in learning more about natural
cures allergy treatment. For instance, he
better your nutrition quality is, the stronger
your body becomes to fight off the triggers
that would otherwise cause an allergic
reaction in the stressed and overwhelmed
immune system in the body.
Natural herbal supplement for allergies
often use the Guarana herb as the chief
ingredient to help reduce inflammation, as it
has anti-histamine properties and is safe,
effective and cheap and does not suppress
the symptom of the allergy; rather, it targets
the root cause of the problem that leads to
the symptoms of the allergy. You can make
yourself a strong tea brew from the Guarana
herb, either with the plant or from
commercially made instant teas, or take
guarana tablet supplements. So, natural
herbal allergy relief is achieved in a simple
and fast way.
You can also sometimes get allergy and
hay fever relief by having a steam facial, as
breathing in the steam helps to clean out
the pollens from your sinuses, and the
moisture can soothe inflamed tissues in
your nose and eyes. Cool cucumber slices
or cold wet tea bags can be rested on your
eyes to help soothe them. Keeping the
house windows and doors closed in Spring
time will also help, despite the temptation to
let the mild warm breeze air out the house,
that breeze will also bring pollen from all the
new flowers and grasses.
If you need to work outside where you
are exposed to the pollens, it would be
advisable to wear a filter mask to clean the
air you breathe. You also need to consider
the other allergy triggers you may be
exposed to like house dust, pet hair,
chemical sprays and fumes, that need to be
eliminated from your environment.
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Simply put, glutathione (GSH) is the body’s master antioxidant.
It is a small protein produced naturally in our cells when certain
required elements are present. It functions both as an
antioxidant and an antitoxin and is a major defense system
against illness and aging. Our glutathione level actually
indicates our state of health and can predict longevity. Although
there are more than 60,000 published papers on the beneficial
effects of glutathione replacement, it is still largely ignored by
mainstream medicine. . In the near future the importance of
glutathione will be widely recognized because it has the ability
to boost the immune system and fight off the damage of free
radicals on the cells.
Modern research has shown that individuals who have low
levels of glutathione are susceptible to chronic illness.
Decreased levels of glutathione can be brought about by
continual stress upon the immune system. As we now know, a
lowered immune system can bring about illness and disease.
This is a ferocious cycle. While you need glutathione for a
productive immune system, a weakened immune system
hampers the production of glutathione.
Glutathione has been shown to slow down the aging
process, detoxify and improve liver function, strengthen the
immune system, and reduce the chances of developing cancer.
Glutathione also works to help improve mental functions,
increase energy, improve concentration, permit increased
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Smoking trends in Canada
The Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey (CTUMS) have
collected data regarding smoking in Canada for the year 2007. It
shows that 19% of the Canadian population over the age of 15
years are current smokers. This means that over 5 million
Canadians smoke, the same number as the previous year. More
males than females smoke, although the difference between the
sexes has narrowed over the years with more females smoking
than previous years. On average daily smokers consumed 15.5
cigarettes per day.
Approximately 330,000 teenagers between 15 and 19 years of
age smoke on average 11.7 cigarettes per day. Male teens smoke
2.4 more cigarettes per day than females. 62% of Canadians
reported having tried a cigarette before the age of 19.
In the age range of 20-24 years around 25% of the population
smokes, a decrease of 2% on the previous year. Of this group 17%
smoke daily whilst 9% smoke occasionally. Those who smoked
daily, consumed an average of 13 cigarettes per day with males
averaging more (14.7) than females (10.8).
Along with smoking pre-packaged cigarettes, some Canadian
smokers choose to purchase tobacco so they can roll or make their
own cigarettes. Among CTUMS current smokers, 11% reported
they roll or make their own cigarettes including 4% who do it all the
When smokers were asked how soon after waking in the
morning did they smoke their first cigarette 23% stated it was
within five minutes of waking. 36% waited between 6-30 minutes
and 60% managed to wait for 30 minutes or more before taking
their first puff.
The province with the highest ratio of smokers was in
Saskatchewan (24%) with the lowest numbers in British Columbia
(14%). Smokers in New Brunswick reported the highest number of
cigarettes smoked each day (17.3) with Saskatchewan recording
the lowest daily average (13.9).
Smokers were also asked if they had ever tried herbal cigarettes.
Only 4% said they had and only 1% had smoked a herbal cigarette
in the 30 days preceding the report.
Small cigars are becoming increasingly popular in Canada and
of those surveyed 37% said they had tried small cigars with 32% of
those aged between 15 and 19 years having done so.
Respondents were also asked if they had ever tried marijuana,
cannabis or hashish and 39.1% replied that they had. Alberta (41.8)
had the highest number of people having tried these substances
and Newfoundland and Labrador 32.9% had the lowest numbers.
Fifty-two percent of the Canadian population has never smoked
a cigarette with more females (57%) than males (48.3%). British
Columbia has the highest number of those who have never smoked
with 57.1% of the population followed closely by Ontario with
56.1% of never smokers. Quebec at 46.4% has the lowest level of
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56 Health & Wellness
By Ben Anton
Grief is a common, expected, and
necessary reaction to loss of any kind. Each
person will experience grief in a different
way and, depending on how well they cope
with those emotions, they may have positive
or negative long-term effects from their
What is Grief?
The term grief comes from the Old French
word greve which means a heavy burden.
Normal characteristics of grief include
depression, apathy, lethargy, and sorrow.
What is so difficult about grief after the loss
of a loved one is that it can renew and
manifest again when special occasions or
key dates come around each year. Though
physical absence is the most obvious
reason to grieve, many have a more difficult
time getting over the constant reminder that
they will never share a special moment or
memory with the loved one again.
Responding To Grief
The response to the loss of a loved one
varies depending on how the person passed
way, the relationship between the griever
and the deceased, and individual
personalities. When a person dies
unexpectedly, the grieving process may last
longer than the grief associated with an
anticipated death. Feelings of guilt and
regret are often heightened in situations
where a person dies who one has not
spoken to in a long time or where fights
were going on. People prone to depression
may find the grieving process more difficult
than someone with a more positive
Stages of Grief
In 1969, psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
developed five stages of grief based on her
work with terminally-ill patients. The five
stages are denial, anger, bargaining,
depression, and acceptance. These stages
serve as a good blueprint for what types of
emotions people may experience after the
death of a loved one.
Grief vs. Depression
Symptoms of depression may accompany
grief. However, major depression is a
psychological disorder that requires long-
term treatment and care. Grief is a healthy
human response; it should not be treated
with antidepressants or medication. Grief
can evolve into depression under certain
conditions. Anyone suspecting this to be
occurring should seek the professional
opinion of a psychiatrist or counselor.
Coping With Grief
Surrounding yourself with supportive, loving
people is the best way to cope with the loss
of a loved one. Dealing with grief alone is a
dangerous and unhealthy idea. Find a
discussion group or seek out a counselor if
you need to talk with professionals and
others that have gone through similar
experiences. Find a friend to share time
with, even if its just watching a movie at
home or taking a walk. There is no
embarrassment in sharing your time with
people that are willing to offer you the
support you need, regardless of what form
that support takes.
Some find that a creative outlet, such as
painting or keeping a memorial journal, is a
good way to bring their minds out from
under the burden of grief. Families often find
that creating an online memorial or a
memorial scrapbook helps give them a
sense of peace as well as a place to always
go back to and remember their loved one.
Don't be ashamed of whatever form your
grief manifests itself in so long as it is not
self-destructive or detrimental to your long-
term health.
Grief and Trauma
It is important to be aware of how trauma
may have an affect on the grieving process.
Trauma is a disabling reaction to the
unexpected death of a loved one that may
block or hinder the grieving process and can
lead to more damaging psychological
problems. If you think you might be
experiencing trauma, you should seek
professional help.
By recognizing your grief and making
strides to work through it in a safe and
healthy way, your ability to cope with your
emotions and move forward will be easier.
Coping with grief
the process
Health & Wellness 57
Hair loss prevention
better than cure
Hair loss can be defined as the lessening of
hair on the scalp. The medical term of hair
loss is alopecia, which can be temporary or
permanent. Aside Androgenetic Alopecia,
there are other forms of hair loss that
includes Alopecia Areata (patches of
baldness that usually grow back), Telogen
Effluvium (fast shedding after childbirth,
fever or abrupt weight loss) and Traction
Alopecia (reduction from tight braids or
ponytails). The problem of hair loss generally
occurs with age in both men and women,
but it is normally more pronounced in men.
One of the best ways to reduce hair loss
is stress reduction. Some drugs can also be
the cause of hair loss on the scalp and other
parts on the body. Apart from drugs and
stress, there are other reasons for excessive
hair loss. If your hair loss is due to certain
medication, you need to consult a physician
and ask him to recommend an alternative.
These ways to remove hair loss can work for
you, but the medical study has revealed the
main reason for hair loss, at least 95 percent
of the time, is either hormonal or genetic.
Hair loss is not common in women, but
some of the common types of hair loss in
women that includes androgenetic alopecia,
also known as female pattern alopecia or
Approximately 95 percent of all cases of
hair loss in men are male pattern hair loss. It
is necessary to know your specific needs
then choose hair treatment which is suited
for your hair. Due to hormonal changes
linked with pregnancy or menopause can
cause hair loss in females.
People who have hair loss problems are
advised to take care of their hair. For one of
the common hair loss problem, male pattern
hair loss is treated at an early stage it would
be very helpful. Apart from reducing hair fall,
hair loss treatments involve aiding growth in
hair. If internal parts of your body function
well, then your hair would be silky and shiny.
Illnesses also lead to hair fall, but vitamins
and minerals help in hair growth.
There are many factors for hair loss that
includes aging, genetic, stress-related and
environmental factors. Age related hair loss
is one of the common factors of hair loss
that takes place when the natural re-growth
process slows or stops. Remember,
everyone looses and average of 100 hair per
day. Problem occurs when your hair growth
slows and/or stops re-growing.
Aside these, perming, colouring and
bleaching can also cause hair loss. Tight
pony-tails or braids can cause hair loss as
these can pull the hair from the roots. So,
make an extensive search for getting hair
loss treatments, solutions and products.
Due to competition in the
market, hair loss
treatments, solutions
and products can be
available at affordable
Some of the better
hair loss treatments are
as follows:
Bio matrix
treatment: Known as
hair weaving, the bio
matrix treatment
involves covering the
bald patch. Nowadays,
this treatment has
become popular
among people due to
its successful results.
Surgical hair transplant: This process
involves transplanting the hair follicles in the
bald patches. In each follicle up to four hairs
can be transplanted. In this treatment, hair is
picked from other areas of your scalp where
hair is still thick.
No doubt, the aforesaid processes are
expensive and most of the people are
unable to afford hair loss treatments.
Keeping in mind their requirements, a
number of treatments are available at
affordable rates. For getting hair loss
treatment at the lower rate, you need to
make a comprehensive search through the
internet. Apart from hassle free and less time
consuming, online facility is one of the best
ways to be well educated of hair loss
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In today's world of personalization, making
something "your own" or unique is the
name of the game. Consumers are
personalizing their fashion, work, religion,
education and travel, so it only follows that
they want to make their home a reflection of
their taste and style.
"For centuries, the Spanish have long
understood the need to express one's self.
Spanish tile designers have drawn on the
past and looked to the future to create
pieces that will appeal to any and every
style. Personalization is very much in vogue,
self-expression in the design world has
created many eclectic and exciting
interpretations of the classics," says Patti
Fasan, International Ceramic Tile
So, how do you insert a personal take on
design when using tile in your home? How
about constructing a mosaic, adding an
insert or punching up your current design
with color and pattern? Tile manufacturers
from Spain have developed technical
methods that make using tile easy and cost
effective. Here are some ideas for your

A mosaic is a picture or design made of
little pieces of glass, stone or tile, called
tesserae, set into mortar or concrete.
Mosaics can be used on floors, walls or
ceilings. The overall design created by the
tesserae can be geometric or create words
and pictures. Tile of Spain manufacturer
Onix specializes in recycled glass mosaics
and can recreate intricate designs using
small tile pieces. Because of the extremely
low water absorption rate of glass tiles, a
glass mosaic is a perfect accent for pools
and bathrooms.
Mesh mosaic options offer an easy way
to install tile mosaics in your home. For
example, Keros, and Keraben, both Tile of
Spain branded manufacturers, have
captured the beauty of stone in their tile
options. The small pieces are mounted to
mesh for easy installation. When installed
correctly, the overall effect is a field of
individually set small tiles. Another option,
Rosa Gres and Halcon, offer a mesh
mounted mosaic which is reminiscent of
trencadis. Trencadis is a type of mosaic
created from broken pieces of tiles, glass or
just about anything.
Indeed, mosaic art has changed over the
centuries. Mosaics today are more versatile,
and somewhat more durable, than their
antique counterparts, but their beauty
remains and is bound to be a great addition
to personalizing your home.
Tacos, Listelos, Insets and
Little pieces of tile can make a huge
impact. Tacos, for example, are small
decorative pieces usually just an inch or two
across. When strategically placed in a solid
field, they can add visual interest and
contrast. Tacos come in solid or decorated
options and can be set next to another tile
or within a tile.
Long, thin pieces, called listelos, are
available in metal, ceramic and glass.
Listelos can be used to frame a mirror,
create a chair rail or to simply add a
personal touch. Listelos offer a unique way
of mixing design elements. Try combining a
metal listelo with stone inspired tile for a
contemporary twist on a classic look. Or,
mix a glass listelo with concrete inspired tile
to give a clean, modern edge to a space.
For a one-of-a-kind custom inset,
manufacturers from Spain are using water
jet technology to add graphic design into
tile. This allows designers to create a logo,
geometric shape or even text. Apavisa and
Rosa Gres are manufacturers who use this
technique to create unusual and exclusive
A decorative border can make a personal
statement in just a little space. A brightly
colored and patterned tile can be used to
highlight a special architectural detail of a
room or even make ordinary detail pop. The
Carey Series from Guibosa presents Crema
and Cafe colored field tiles. The decorative
pieces feature a modern graphic pattern
perfect to use as a focal point to jazz up a
Tile can also be reminiscent of a time
gone by, a unique decor trend that has
recently been popularized. Ticsa is a Tile of
Spain manufacturer that takes inspiration
directly from old-world influences. They are
masters of handmade terra cotta tiles that
include mosaic designs and hand painted
decorative pieces.
No matter what design you choose, tile
can be a way to make your home unique to
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City: Cochrane Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3
How much better can this get than your own private park as you sip coffee from your deck
(duradeck/glass rails) or from the sunroom/green house that is heated and has automatic
water system. This bungalow walkout features infloor heating in the lower level, kitchen,
foyer and bathrooms(high efficiency boiler system). The hardwood flooring is thruout
main level plus tile in kitchen & bathroom, foyer and lower level. The home has vaulted
ceilings, three bedrooms, two more down. Another 3pc bathroom, built in oak cabinetry in
family room, painted ceilings thruout,sound system RI, There is oak package in kitchen
with new appliances & quartz countertops.
MLS: C3345205 Price: $369,900 Province: Alberta
City: Cochrane Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3
Easy walking distance to downtown and all stores from this good bungalow facing onto a
small green park and a cul-de-sac. Owner has upgraded roof to metal, windows have all
been metal clad on exterior, new laminate flooring in eating area and kitchen, both main
floor baths have all upgraded fixtures and even the lino is new, new lighting fixtures, new
instant hot water tap, new furnace, new fence in back yard, driveway and sidewalk have
been coated with aggregate finish and the list goes on. The lower level is developed with 1
bedroom and a den that can be used as a bedroom, a 3 piece bath, a bar, a laundry room
with cupboards and a sink and a huge rumpus room. This home is made for families and
you can move right in.
Helen Parnell
Tel: 403-932-8888
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MLS: C3313479 Price: $599,000 Province: Alberta
City: Cochrane Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2
What a walkout bungalow! This house has recently been renovated with new paint
throughout. Upon entering you are welcomed by a bright clean house with the
MOUNTAIN view right from the new front door! The main level features the kitchen with
tons of counter space, new stove, and light fittings, corner pantry, all black appliances and
rounded high breakfast bar. There is also a private den/office and large mud room. The
large Master Bedroom has a spacious 4-piece en suite with soaker tub and walk-in closet.
The main level boasts incredible windows that allows lots of natural light.
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Million dollar homes
We thought we would take a look at some of the most expensive homes on the market
today. Although most of us would have to win a rather substantial lottery in order to even
consider any of these, it is interesting to see how the other half lives.”
British Columbia
This impressive property is for sale in Burnaby, British Columbia
for a cool $25,000,000. For that tidy sum you would get a 14,611
square foot home with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms on a
1.3 acre private and secure estate.
It also boasts a tennis court, racquet ball court, swimming pool
and a self-contained caretaker suite.
If you fancy putting in an offer then you will need to contact
Sotheby’s International Realty.
This five bedroom, four bathroom home sits of 466 acres of
Alberta countryside. The home is 5,700 square feet with stunning
mountain views. Amenities include a indoor swimming pool, hot
tub, golf green, tennis court, BBQ room, trout ponds, fishing cabin
and a cowboy and indian movie set with fort! It also has a 2,000 sq
ft lodge, hired help residences and lots more. Contact the realtor
for more details or to offer the $12,500,000 asking price.
This property located in Caledon, Ontario sits on 150 acres of
rolling hills. The impressive 28,000 square foot home has 11
bedrooms. Extras include a nanny suite, exercise room, hot tub,
indoor pool, steam room, ponds, tennis court, clay shooting course
and other buildings. If you have a spare $24,000,000 the why not
make an offer to the agents?
If you have $11,000,000 to invest then why not consider this
beautiful property near Montreal. It has a magnificent view of Lake
of Two Mountains and sits on 2.5 acres of stunningly landscaped
gardens. The house has 13,500 square feet of living space with six
bedrooms and four bathrooms. Extras include a swimming pool,
gourmet kitchen, solarium and a guest cottage. Contact the agents
for more details.

If you want to live in the Winnipeg area of Manitoba then you
might want to consider this 9,000 sq ft property on offer for a cool
$3,250,000. It sits on 1.7 acres of manicured landscaped gardens
with a rock stream and sport court. It has five bedrooms, six
bathrooms and has been extensively renovated since its original
construction in 1935. The Century 21 realtor will be happy to hear
from you.
Nova Scotia
With stunning views at Hunts Point in Nova Scotia this 5 year old
property will set you back $2,950,000. It has four bedrooms, three
bathrooms and over 5,000 sq ft of living space. The property
comes with 390 feet of ocean frontage and has its own heated
pool. Why not make an offer?
This amazing property near Prince Albert can be yours for
$2,600,000. It offers three bedrooms and the home comes fully
furnished with an art collection. This is a waterfront property with a
pool. The home is 7,400 sq feet and is located on over 5 acres of
land. Features include a boat dock, landscaping, billiards room,
library, home theatre room and mechanical room. See full details
New Brunswick
This magnificent mansion is located in St.Andrews in New
Brunswick on five acres for $1,750,000. It has eight bedrooms and
eight bathrooms with over 6,000 sq ft of living space. The best
feature has to be the panoramic views over the ocean. If you want
to make this your new home then contact the agent.
Now we have seen the most expensive properties that Canada has to offer now we will
look at more slightly less expensive homes. They are still million dollar properties but just
a little cheaper!
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For many homeowners, the word
"wallpaper" conjures images of messy
installation and time-consuming teardown.
But you might be surprised to know that
modern wallpaper technology makes it
easy to add this decorating touch to your
The professionals with the Wallcoverings
Association bust the top wallpaper myths:
Myth: Wallpaper is stuffy and
Reality: Wallpaper may be old -- it's been
around at least since the 1600s -- but it is
very much fashion-forward. In fact, the
fashion industry itself has embraced
wallpaper by splashing vivid patterns in
major advertising campaigns and in
fashion features in magazines like Vogue.
Myth: Wallpaper is limiting.
Reality: Just the opposite is true. There
are no rules. You can mix two or as many
patterns as you want, in a single room.
New York design firm D'Aquino Monaco
hung 27 wallpaper patterns throughout a
four-story stairwell in a New York town
house. Why not hang a pattern or striped
wallpaper horizontally instead of
vertically? There is no limit to the
Myth: Wallpaper and modernism
don't mix.
Reality: In the last decade, America has
had a love affair with modernist design.
But minimal modern interiors often look
too sterile to live in comfortably. The
solution can be found in graphic wallpaper
on an expanse of a single wall. Interior
designers also like to juxtapose a very
traditional pattern such as a floral or
chinoiserie -- often in vibrant, updated
colors -- with clean, contemporary
Myth: You can't hang art on
wallpapered walls.
Reality: As long as there has been
wallpaper, serious art collectors have lined
their wallpapered walls with art. With its
repeat pattern, wallpaper is designed as a
background, to lend a unifying structure to
a room. Even if it's a bold design,
wallpaper complements -- rather than
competes with -- art.
Myth: Large-scale patterns are
for big rooms and small patterns
for tiny rooms.
Reality: While large-scale patterns look
gorgeous in rooms with exceptionally high
ceilings, they can also make smaller
rooms appear more expansive. On the other
hand, a very small pattern in a large space
can become more of a texture than a
pattern and lend the room an intimacy that
might otherwise be lacking.
Myth: Hanging wallpaper is time-
consuming and labor-intensive.
Reality: New technology is making
wallpapers simpler to hang and remove, and
even easier and less messy than paint.
These easy-hang wallpapers are known as
non-woven and high-performance
wallpapers. Installing easy-hang wallpapers
is even quicker than painting, which requires
smoothing the wall to perfection, applying at
least two coats, and waiting hours or days
between steps -- whereas wallpapers have
always been a great solution for problem
These wallpapers adhere to walls with
magnet force, yet are easily repositionable.
Non-woven wallpapers do not expand or
contract, so there's no need for "booking"
the wallpaper, or folding it for a few minutes
to let it expand. Once it's up, what you see
is what you get, as seams won't ever
Myth: Wallpaper is not eco-
Reality: Wallpaper is typically made of
paper, which is renewable and
biodegradable. Other options are made with
grasses, sisal, rice, cork and parchment.
Most wallpaper inks are water-based with
very low V.O.C. (Volatile Organic
Compounds) emissions -- significantly lower
than paint -- and are very environmentally
Myth: Wallpaper is hard to
Reality: Steamers, strippers and chemical
solvents are a thing of the past with today's
more technologically superior papers known
as non-woven and high-performance
wallpapers. They require nothing more than
a quick tug at a corner and an entire sheet
is down in seconds.
Myth: You can't wallpaper over
old wallpaper.
Reality: Indeed you can, if the old paper
is flat. In fact, you can cut the time of
installation in half if you go this route. Bear
in mind that it won't work if the old paper
has an embossed texture or if you test it
and find that the old paper will bleed
through the new sheets. A pigmented
wallpaper primer is a must before you start
the papering process.
Courtesy of ARAcontent
Top wallpaper myths debunked
We all know that winter is just around the
corner but did you know that there are
things you can do now in the autumn
which will help reduce your heating bills as
well as make your home warmer during
those winter months?
Depending on whether you have a new
home which meets the current efficiency
standard or an older home which has lots
of potential for heat loss how you prepare
will differ. However all homeowners should
take the time to check their homes now in
order to benefit during the winter.
Windows and doors
Windows and doors hold the greatest
potential for heat loss in the home. You
should check all your windows and doors
to make sure they all close correctly. If
necessary make those little adjustments,
lubricate hinges, tighten screws etc.
Check the caulking as this can
deteriorate over time especially with
extremes of temperature. Re-caulk if
necessary as this will prevent heat
escaping from those little gaps. You might
also want to add weather-stripping to
doors and windows. These are strips of
insulation that can be placed around the
edges of windows and doors to prevent heat
from the house escaping. This is a very
cheap and effective measure. You might also
want to use draft stoppers along the bottom
of doors.
If you have older windows that are not
double glazed you might want to consider
buying insulation kits from your local DIY
store. Various options are available to suit
most applications and these can help to
keep heat in during the winter and out during
the summer.
If you have a chimney make sure you get a
certified professional to check it out before
using, likewise a wood stove. Make sure
there are no birds nests or debris in the
chimney or flues. Keep chimneys well
insulated and recirculate heat throughout the
house by way of fans.
Heating and cooling
Make sure you get a certified professional to
check your heating system before winter use.
All heating and cooling systems should be
checked annually.
One of the simplest and most effective
ways to keep your furnace working efficiently
is to change or clean your filter regularly. If
your filter is dirty or clogged with dust then it
will be forcing the furnace to work harder and
thus cost you more to run.
Keep all your registers clean and free from
dust by vacuuming regularly as this will not
only make the air in your home cleaner it will
also mean your system is working better.
Make sure all the ducts, pipes etc that run
around your home are properly sealed and
insulated where necessary.
If you haven’t already got a programmable
thermostat then you should invest in one.
The money will be well spent as you will be
able to regulate the temperature of your
home at any given time. You should set the
thermostat to be cooler during the night and
warmer during the day. Not only will this
make for a more comfortable living
environment it will cut down on costs.
Insulation around the home is vital to keep
heat in during the winter and out during the
summer. Key areas to check are loft areas
where heat can escape through the roof and
interior walls that connect with outer walls or
cold zones such as a garage.
Insulation should not be restricted to walls
and lofts but also to plumbing. Any pipes in
cold areas should be insulated to prevent
heat loss. Never run pipes outside as they
may freeze causing untold damage and
resulting in large repair bills.
Apart from insulating pipes you should also
check for leaks. Any leaks found should be
repaired to prevent damp.
Make sure any gaps around plumbing
fixtures are sealed such as around he base of
a toilet or sink. This will not only prevent
damage to floors and ceilings it will also cut
back on drafts.
You might want to consider installing a
dehumidifier which will remove moisture from
the air. This will not only reduce the likelihood
of any damp or mould forming it will also
make the air you breather better quality.
You will also want to check the exterior of
your home before the winter sets in. Check
evestroughs for debris, particularly for leaves
during the fall season. Keeping them clear
will ensure that any water in them will flow
freely. During the winter months the
evestroughs should also be clear of ice build
up to prevent damage.
If you have an outside tap then you should
remove any hoses that are attached and
drain the tap. Insulating the tap is also a
good idea to prevent pipes from cracking.
Cover your air conditioning unit with an
insulating cover to prevent winter damage.
You should also walk around your home to
make sure that caulking round windows,
vents, doors etc are intact and repair as
Make sure your roof is fit for the next winter.
Check shingles to make sure none need
repairing. If snow and ice are able to get
under shingles it can result in damage to the
interior of the home which can be very
expensive to repair.
By taking some simple inexpensive steps
now, you can prevent major repairs later. You
will also improve your own comfort levels
and be in a better position to tackle those
hard winter months.
Prepare your home now for
the winter ahead
Get your furnace checked
before winter
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Sequoia Club
Carol Brough - Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Lanthorn Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage*
102 Main Street, Picton, ON K0K 2T0
Tel: (0) 613-476-8039
MLS: 2085960 Price: $399,900 Province: Ontario
City: Picton Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2
Unique 4 year old custom built, bright, open concept home with commanding view of Smith's
Bay and convenient waterfront access. Many exciting features include living and dining area
with vaulted ceiling, skylights, gas fireplace and three sets of French doors opening onto a
wrap around balcony overlooking the bay. Main floor family room, stunning kitchen with
island. Full basement with 9' ceiling, double car garage with loft plus single carport and triple
parking. Close to marina and vineyards.
MLS: 2081104 Price: $259,900 Province: Ontario
City: Adolphustown Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2
Hobby farm for horses. Newly renovated home on hill top. Original hardwood in living and
dining rooms. All new windows (2007). New flooring in kitchen and bathrooms (2008). Main
floor laundry and walk out to deck. Hill top views of orchard and Adolphus Reach from front
porch.10+ acres with two quonset huts. One is used for stable for horses. 100' x 125' riding
ring plus 4+ acres fenced pasture. Virtual tour:
MLS: 2081511 Price: $649,000 Province: Ontario
City: Athol Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2
Custom built home on 2.73 acres with approximately 190' of waterfront on East Lake.
Laminate, ceramic tile and carpet floors, 11 sets of French doors and double hung windows.
Large living room with propane fireplace, ensuite bathroom with heated floor, 6' x 8' walk-in
closet and claw foot slipper tub. Minutes to Sandbanks, wineries, local artist studio.
Outbuilding has potential for studio. Virtual tour:
MLS: 2082916 Price: $389,900 Province: Ontario
City: Picton Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3
Century home on 21 acres, large custom built eat in kitchen [with Swiss flair]. Original
woodwork, trim, hardwood floors and beautiful wood staircase and railings. Year round
stream and spring fed pond [170' x 55']. Inground 32' x 16' pool, 2 barns plus machine shop
with hydro. Perfect spot for horses. Virtual tour:
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