worst household products for greenwashing
Marketplace investigation reveals the truth behind environmental claims
Posted: Sep 14, 2012 7:41 PM ET
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misleading packaging to downright dangerous chemicals: CBC
Marketplace’s annual top-10 list of lousy labels identifies
household products that don’t live up to their green promises. See
company statements in the news story below. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)
the maker of this and several other dish soaps, donates soap to
clean up animals after oil spills and gives money to rescue groups,
but the product itself contains Triclosan, an ingredient deemed to
be toxic to aquatic life. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)
packaging on these J-Cloths claims the popular wipes are 'now
biodegradable' but Marketplace’s expert warns that the cloths cannot
be composted in green bin programs, and the official-looking seal on
the box is made up. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)
T-fal Natura fry pan uses 100 per cent recycled aluminum, an
environmental plus, but the label claims "no PFOA" – a manmade
chemical found to be carcinogenic to an.imals and is under review as
causing cancer in humans. It is misleading because the chemical is
still used to manufacture the pans. (Evan Mitsui/CBC).
Melt ice remover claims that its use of sugar beets makes it
environmentally safe. However, Marketplace determined that the
product is only three per cent sugar beets by weight. The rest is
rock salt, which has been officially declared as harmful to the
environment when used as an ice melter. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)
label on Vim PowerPro Naturals bathroom cleaner says the spray
contains 98 per cent natural ingredients but no specific ingredients
list is provided. Its maker, Unilever would not disclose its
ingredients list to CBC. When CBC commissioned testing, they
discovered that after removing the water, 24 per cent of the product
was petro-chemicals. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)
Upper Canada Eco Collection bath mitt is made from bamboo, a
material that can be grown sustainably but requires harsh chemical
processing to turn the tough grass into soft material. It also comes
packaged in unrecyclable plastic. (CBC)
Green All-purpose Cleaner says it's non-toxic, but a Marketplace
expert determined that one ingredient in the cleaner –
2-butoxyethanol – is listed by Environment Canada as a toxic health
hazard that can damage red blood cells. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)
ObusForme EcoLogic Oversized Contour pillow uses castor oil in its
memory foam. After contacting the pillow's manufacturer, Homedics,
Marketplace determined that the product is only eight per cent
castor oil, while the rest is made with petroleum-based polyurethane
foam. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)
Green Clean laundry soap’s label states that the detergent includes
plant-based cleaning ingredients. CBC commissioned a test and
determined that aside from water, 38 per cent of the product is made
from petro-chemicals. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)
insecticide in Raid Earthblends Multi-Bug Killer comes from the
chrysanthemum flower but the label warns users to avoid contact with
skin and clothes and not to inhale the mist when spraying it.
Pesticides such as this one are also banned for outdoor use in many
parts of Canada. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)
the Marketplace video: Lousy Labels
misleading food product labels in Canada
products' false claims rampant: report
natural and non-toxic are environmentally friendly promises plastered
across many household products, but a CBC Marketplace investigation
found that a number of them amount to little more than greenwashing.
"There's so much
greenwash on shelves today, it's just overwhelming," said Adria Vasil, a
columnist and author of the Ecoholic book series. "It's like a tsunami
of greenwash really."
whether products are actually environmentally friendly can be
challenging since companies don't have to post the ingredients on
Friday Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. on CBC Television.
they think, 'Consumers aren't looking too deeply. We can bamboozle
them.'" said Marc Stoiber, who worked in advertising for 20 years but
now helps companies go green.
Vasil worked with Marketplace to examine environmental claims on
household products and created the following Top 10 list of lousy
Antibacterial dish soap
The labels on
Dawn's antibacterial dish soap feature baby seals and ducklings with the
promise that "Dawn helps save wildlife." Dawn donates soap to clean up
animals after oil spills and gives money to rescue groups, but the
product itself contains an ingredient harmful to animals.
antibacterial agent, was recently declared officially toxic to aquatic
life and it is an ingredient environmental groups have called for to be
banned. "We don't need more of this in our rivers and streams," said
Vasil. "And it's certainly not saving wildlife."
Proctor & Gamble,
maker of Dawn products, refused an interview request by Marketplace. In
a statement, the company said, "All of our Dawn dishwashing products and
ingredients are in compliance with current legal and regulatory
requirements in Canada."
2. Biodegradable J
The decades-old J
Cloth recently came out with a new product it suggests is an
environmentally friendly alternative to paper towels: Biodegradable J
Cloth. That and an official-looking biodegradable seal may lead some to
believe it can be composted.
Marketplace called the manufacturer, they said the cloth can be thrown
into compost bins. "J Cloth is composed of cellulose fibres, which are
100 per cent derived from wood pulp. These fibres are organic in nature,
and biodegradable," they stated.
Marketplace expert notes it can't go in the green bin because
municipalities regulate what is certified compostable. Anything not
approved is sent to a landfill. "Nothing biodegrades in landfills,"
notes Vasil. "You'll find 40-year-old hot dogs in landfills."
3. T-fal Natura
While the T-fal
Natura frying pan uses 100 per cent recycled aluminum, an environmental
benefit, there are other concerns with how misleading the label is.
advertises the pan as free of PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid, a manmade
chemical used in the manufacture of non-stick cookware and a likely
human carcinogen. The fact is there's never been PFOA used in T-fal
frying pans, but the company has come under criticism for using it in
the manufacturing process.
the company to ask whether the new "PFOA free" label means they've
stopped using it in factories, and they said it's still in use.
"Independent analysis … has confirmed that no PFOA is present in any of
T-fal's non-stick cookware products," they added.
4. Organic Melt
One of the key
concerns around using road salt to melt ice is the damage salt does to
aquatic life when it reaches rivers, streams and groundwater. Organic
Melt ice remover advertises itself as being "environmentally safe" and
an "agricultural-based product" with sugar beets.
checked with the company, it revealed that only three per cent of its
product is sugar beets by weight and the rest is rock salt — that
despite the fact that the ingredient list puts beets first.
'The word natural
is totally unregulated.'—Ecoholic author Adria Vasil
requirement for companies to put the main ingredient first on the list.
The company, Eco-solutions, told Marketplace that using sugar beets
makes the product work better so less is needed and overall there's less
salt going into the environment.
5. Vim PowerPro
The label on Vim
PowerPro Naturals bathroom cleaner says 98 per cent natural ingredients.
But as Vasil notes, "The word natural is totally unregulated."
aren't required to list ingredients for cleaning products on the back,
Unilever has decided not to post them — or reveal them even when asked.
"Unilever does not disclose specified ingredients information. However,
if it's a medical necessity for this information, Unilever would be more
than happy to work with your physician," a customer service agent said
when Marketplace called them.
commissioned a test on the product. Like many cleaning products, it
largely contained water. When water was eliminated, one-quarter of the
product was found to be petroleum-based chemicals. Unilever stated, "Our
'naturally derived' claim is based on all the ingredients in the
product, including … water."
6. Eco Collection
The Upper Canada
Eco Collection bath mitt is made from bamboo, a plant that can be
sustainably grown, but the tough grass is not as green as it might seem.
Harsh chemical processing is required to turn the plant into a soft
The product also
comes packaged in unrecyclable vinyl. When contacted by Marketplace, the
company said, "Our packaging includes necessary product information for
our customers to make an informed decision."
7. Simple Green
On the label, this
cleaning product states it's non-toxic. But a Marketplace expert
determined that one ingredient in the cleaner, 2-butoxyethanol, is
listed by Environment Canada as a toxic health hazard that can damage
red blood cells.
Vasil notes that
no one is policing use of terms such as non-toxic on household products.
The toxin is also not listed on the back of the product because there's
currently no requirement for ingredient lists on cleaning products. "No
one is forcing them to list their ingredients and to come clean about
what's actually in the product," said Vasil.
responded to questions from Marketplace about its non-toxic claim in a
statement. "We have had independent laboratories … conduct a host of
testing on our product as a whole to confirm that the complete formula
EcoLogic contoured pillow
While most memory
foam is made out of polyurethane, a synthetic material that emits
chemicals that can irritate the lungs, the label on the Obusforme
EcoLogic pillow states that it contains "natural ingredients" and
includes castor oil – a potential environmental improvement, if the
amount was significant.
Marketplace contacted the maker, HoMedics, the company said castor oil
replaced only eight per cent of the petroleum-based polyurethane. "The
ecologic contoured pillow is produced using processes that reduce the
use of chemicals that are harmful to the environment," said HoMedics.
9. Sunlight Green
Clean laundry soap
dew-covered leaf on a crisp white bottle, Sunlight Green Clean laundry
detergent looks the epitome of environmentally friendly and the label
promises "plant-based cleaning ingredients."
commissioned a test of the product and found that, once water is
eliminated, 38 per cent of the product is made of petro-chemicals. Those
chemicals leave a major environmental footprint in terms of extraction,
refinement and processing.
to Marketplace in a statement that said, "With more than 60 per cent
[plant-derived content], we have made significant positive strides to
reduce the environmental impact of our product."
EarthBlends Multi-bug Killer
insecticide derived from the chrysanthemum flower, Raid EarthBlends
Multi-bug Killer touts itself as an alternative insect control solution.
Despite its naturally derived component, the label warns users to avoid
contact with skin and clothes, and not to inhale the mist when spraying
"A lot of things
in nature are actually dangerous and toxic," said Vasil. "Not all
natural things are good for you. And this is a perfect example."
The product states
it can be used for bed bugs, despite that in many parts of Canada,
homeowners are banned from using such pesticides on their lawns. "Banned
from your backyard, but OK for your bed?" questioned Vasil.
In a statement,
the maker, SC Johnson, said it is "committed to using sustainable
ingredients in our products" and the products are "safe and effective
when used as directed."
Capt. Lochschmidt retires after 20+ years with cadet
By Randy Pascal
Some know him as Coach Big, Huggy Bear. Others know him, more formally,
as Captain Jim Lochschmidt.
Posted by Laurel Myers
Sure, Capt. Lochschmidt might well be a real softie beneath a rough and
tough exterior, but he has one heck of a legacy in the world of cadet
Born in Germany, Lochschmidt moved to Canada at the age of eight and has
more or less called Naughton home for the bulk of his lifetime,
including his lengthy career with Inco.
It was the involvement of his two daughters within the cadet corps that
prompted his interest in the military, a passion that he maintained for
more than 20 years later.
Since 1989, Lochschmidt and his wife have been involved with the
Naughton Irish Regiment 2964, typically home to 30 to 40 young cadets.
With the unit looking for a little help back in the day, Lochschmidt
found a natural transition.
"I used to help out with the shooting, because I had always loved target
shooting," he explained. "But when it came to biathlon, I couldn't
understand why (our cadets) weren't winning. At 25 metres, they could
knock off thumbtacks."
Finally taking the plunge and attending a competition in Petawawa,
Lochschmidt made a surprising discovery.
"I was under the impression that they were doing classic (skiing) in
competition, so we had the old three-pin binding skis," he said.
In fact, the biathlon involved the "skating style" of Nordic skiing, a
pretty big adjustment for the young athletes.
"The other guy who was attending the races never said a word,"
True to his nature, the gentle giant began putting into place the
framework for a biathlon program that would become the envy of the
nation. With the help of the Crean Hill Gun Club and substantial support
through the military chain of command, Lochschmidt and company built a
biathlon trail and restocked the necessary equipment, allowing the small
northern Ontario crew to be more than competitive.
"Quebec had ruled the roost in biathlon," Lochschmidt said. "My aim was
to knock the living daylights out of Quebec. For eight years (from
roughly 1993 through to 2000), we won all the gold medals.
"I never did any Nordic skiing as a kid," he added. "But I picked it up.
I watched and learned. I learned a lot from the Quebec team, believe it
or not. Even taking snow temperature — it was something I saw a Quebec
coach doing in Petawawa."
But if Lochschmidt was going to throw himself, heart and soul, into the
sport, he demanded an equal buy-in from his athletes.
"There is a commitment on their part," he said. "When I see that
commitment, then I'll commit.
"I've been out there when it's minus 30 with wind chill. But when they
say they're going to practice, they will be there."
With his 65th birthday approaching this summer, Lochschmidt has decided
it's time to move on.
Thankfully, he will enjoy the opportunity to leave on a high. The most
recent national championships produced yet another podium finish for the
local crew, with Jennifer Hull capturing three bronze medals — two
individual and one as part of the Ontario team.
"What I like about Jennifer, no matter how bad it got, she kept that
smile," Lochschmidt said with a laugh. "She was always there to
encourage her teammates."
Joining the cadet corps some three years ago and armed with an
introduction to the sport via the "Biathlon Bears" through the Walden
Cross-Country Club, Hull progressed quickly up the ranks, capturing gold
at the Ontario Winter Games in 2010.
"It's an individual sport, so I could push myself, make myself get
better by going out to practices," Hull said. "And you could learn to
ski and shoot, which is pretty cool."
The effort paid off last month, as the Grade 12 Lockerby Composite
student medalled on all three days.
"I worked so hard all year and to cross that finish line and look up at
my parents and know I finished third, I cried."
The results provided a near ideal send-off for Lochschmidt, the
Commanding Officer at the 2964 regiment.
"I would do anything for these kids," he said. "But my wife has a year
and a half left (until age 65). We want to wind down and somebody has to
Wanted: A big, huggy bear of a coach with an incredible attention to
detail to mold the young athletes of tomorrow. It won't be easy to
replace Captain Jim Lochschmidt.
Sault Property Taxes Remain Much
Higher Than Property Taxes in Sudbury and North Bay
April 3, 2012 - Local 2, Sault Ste
Marie - Posted online
The Province continues to reduce tax
pressure on the City of Sault Ste. Marie and has invested an additional
$656,800 in the City through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF),
a transfer program which helps municipalities with the costs of
operating important social programs and services. The OMPF is made up of
a combination of a transfer payment and the value of provincial uploads,
which for the City of Sault Ste. Marie totals $30,726,400 in 2012.
On a per household basis, the City of
Sault Ste. Marie receives more funding from the province’s OMPF than any
other major city in Northern Ontario. In fact, Sault Ste. Marie received
a combined per household provincial benefit of $890, while Timmins
received $803, Sudbury $786, Thunder Bay $767 and North Bay $685. In
comparison to Sault Ste. Marie, the provincial average of the combined
per household benefit is far lower at $255.
It may be expected that
municipalities receiving lower provincial per household transfers would
be likely to have higher residential property taxes. However, that is
not the case in Sudbury and North Bay. In these two comparable Northern
Ontario cities, which both receive less in provincial transfers,
property taxes are 15 percent to 20 percent lower than in Sault Ste.
In the case of Sudbury, which has a
greater population than Sault Ste. Marie, property tax on a home
assessed at $100,000 is $1,363 while in Sault Ste Marie property tax on
a home assessed at a $100,000 is $1,703, which is a difference of $340.
On a home assessed at $200,000, property tax in Sudbury is $2,726 while
in Sault Ste Marie on a home assessed at $200,000, property tax is
$3,406, which is a difference of $680.
In the case of North Bay, which has a
smaller population than Sault Ste. Marie, property tax on a home
assessed at $100,000 is $1,441, while in Sault Ste Marie property tax on
a home assessed at a $100,000 is $1,703 which is a difference of $262.
On a home assessed at $200,000, property tax in North Bay is $2,882
while in Sault Ste Marie on a home assessed at $200,000, property tax is
$3,406, which is a difference of $524.
“It makes sense that cities in
Northern Ontario, such as Thunder Bay and Timmins, which receive a
smaller portion of the province’s OMPF grant, have higher municipal
taxes in order to compensate but it does not make sense that Sault Ste.
Marie residents pay significantly more in property taxes than residents
in Sudbury and North Bay given the Sault receives more in provincial
transfers than these communities,” said David Orazietti, MPP. “Clearly
Sault residents do not pay the lowest municipal property taxes when
compared to other major Northern Ontario cities despite substantive
efforts by the province to reduce local tax pressures.”
In 2012, the City of Sault Ste. Marie
will receive $18,431,700 under the OMPF grant and also $12,294,700 in
benefits form the uploading of important services that include:
o Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB):
o Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP)
o Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP)
o Ontario Works (OW) Benefits:
o Ontario Works (OW) Administration:
o Court Security and Prisoner
This year’s provincial funding is 43
per cent higher or $9 million more than what the City received under the
previous transfer program. The provincial uploads of social assistance
benefit program costs and the OMPF grants alone will provide
municipalities in Ontario with $1.8 billion in 2012. When combined with
additional investments to reduce city costs such as the provincial gas
tax program, increased funding for land ambulance and the uploading of
public health costs, the ongoing provincial support to municipalities
totals approximately $3.2 billion in 2012.
In addition to improving transfers
for municipalities through the OMPF, the province is also providing
important supports for seniors in Sault Ste. Marie so they can remain in
their homes longer and enjoy a better standard of life. Enhancements to
Ontario’s Energy and Property Tax Credit created by the current
government are already benefiting 740,000 seniors province wide.
Seniors who own a home are able to
claim up to $1,025 annually to help reduce property tax pressures.
Seniors living in Northern Ontario who pay rent or property tax for
their principle residence and qualify, are also eligible for the annual
Northern Ontario Energy Credit of up to $130 for a single person and up
to $200 for a family to help with energy costs.
Additionally, seniors in Sault Ste.
Marie benefit from the province’s Clean Energy Benefit that reduces
electricity bills by 10 per cent of their total monthly bill, which is
estimated at $150 per month.
Other Provincial government
initiatives supporting the City of Sault Ste. Marie since 2003 include:
o $25 million new funding for road
o $9.2 million in new provincial
transfers under the new Ontario
o Partnership Fund (OMPF) – 43%
increase in 9 years to suppor the cost of municipal services
o $7.4 million new provincial gas tax
o $7.3 million new Algoma Public
o $6.4 million social housing
o $6.2 million West End Recreation
o $5.6 million Carmen’s Way
o $4.7 million Essar Centre
o $4.2 million Conservation Authority
infrastructure - source water protection
o $3.5 million Third Line extension
o $3.1 million Hub Trail and
o $3.0 million Municipal
Infrastructure Investment Initiative (MIII) 2008
o $2.7 million COMRIF
o $2.2 million new Emergency Response
o $1.9 million land ambulance
o $1.6 million Recreational
Infrastructure Canada/Ontario 2009
o $1.2 million Root River Bridge –
o $1.0 million for 8 new city police
Accent: Magical Paws get magical results
By RITA POLIAKOV, THE SUDBURY STAR
It's hard not to fall in love with Molly. Tammy Kuhn is already
there, hopelessly, head over heels in love with her eight-year-old
Molly has quite the social life. Sometimes, she'll get a belly rub at
the library; other times, she'll visit the elderly. But more often than
not, the dog will hang out at 245 Mountain St., where Kuhn works as an
educational assistant at the SHILO (Simulated Healthy Independent Living
Opportunities) program -- a life skills class for students with
Molly, a therapy dog with Magical Paws pet therapy, has been involved
in animal-assisted therapy for almost six years.
"She'll just walk from student to student and put her head on their
laps. She seems to be a relief from whatever is bothering them," Kuhn
said of Molly's work at SHILO. "We have one student here, this is his
first year with us, when he came for the interview last spring, he
didn't want to come into the school."
It was Molly -- not Kuhn, not the student's mother, not the program's
teacher -- who convinced the boy to come inside.
"(He) came in because of the dog. That's who he looks forward to
seeing," Kuhn said. "That's often who she stands beside. She'll be
sitting with her face on his knee. I just think it lessens anxiety."
This, to a certain degree, is the key to animal-assisted therapy,
which aims to improve social, emotional or cognitive functions. Programs
like Magical Paws, a group of volunteers who visit various facilities
with their pets, integrate animals with emotional therapy sessions and
Molly and Kuhn have been involved in the Reading Tails program, which
uses animal assisted therapy to encourage kids to improve their reading
Using animals as part of therapy isn't a new concept. In the late
18th century, domestic animals were introduced to an asylum in England.
Patients at the facility would wander the courtyard and interact with
the animals. A centre for epileptic patients in West Germany started
using animals in its treatment plans around 1867.
Elvira Bratfisch, the director of programs at Great Minds Tutor and
Life Coach (TLC), has done lots of research on the subject.
Great Minds TLC specializes in children and teens with learning and
life challenges. The program combines animal-assisted therapy with other
techniques, like play therapy.
"What we do is work on kids' strengths and abilities to help them
(cope with life problems). I've worked with infants and seniors. I've
always thought it was a brilliant idea to use a dog," Bratfisch said.
Which is where Cyrus, a certified therapy dog, comes in. Bratfisch's
border collie will often sit in during therapy sessions.
"He's fairly large and extremely friendly," she said. "Often times
kids, if they're shy or cautious, they feel safe with an animal ...
research shows that petting a dog calms you. It lowers your heart rate
and decreases your anxiety and stress. ... People become more
This type of therapy, which can involve dogs, horses, cats and small
animals, does more than just relax clients.
According to an article by Kathryn Heimlich, called Animal-Assisted
Therapy and the Severely Disabled Child: A Quantitative Study, and
published in 2001 in the Journal of Rehabilitation, studies found that
using animals in therapy is effective in reducing blood pressure and
promoting survival in coronary artery illnesses.
Horse-related animal therapy, called hippotherapy, or therapeutic
riding, was found to promote better posture and balance in patients with
movement disorders. Animal-assisted therapy also increases
socialization, responsiveness and mental alertness, specifically with
Annette Lumbis, the co-ordinator of the Magical Paws program, has
seen this first hand.
When Lumbis first started volunteering in animal therapy programs
around six years ago, she visited a nursing home with her dog, Rex,
where she found a woman who simply stared into space.
"(My dog) tried to get her attention. He was performing tricks, she
was totally ignoring him," Lumbis said. This happened for several
visits. Until one day, something changed.
"She walked up to my dog and pointed to my dog to lie down. And she
said, 'Good dog' and clapped her hands. The staff went crazy. They said,
'You don't understand. She hasn't said a word for years.' "
Since then, Lumbis started Magical Paws, which includes 54 dogs and
"Our therapy (animals) are trained to provide affection and comfort
to just about anybody.
We target retirement homes, group homes, nursing homes, day centres,
schools ... people who suffer from Alzheimer's or dementia. It's amazing
how petting dogs will bring back a memory from a time long ago when they
had a dog," she said.
Not every animal qualifies as a therapy pet.
"(Animals) have to be friendly, patient (and) gentle," she said.
Therapy animals must go through training sessions that test their
reactions to loud noises and unexpected situations.
Kuhn's dog, Molly, walked around a room as stainless steel plates
were dropped to ensure that she wouldn't get scared and panic.
For Voss, a two-year-old lab, training was much more intensive. Voss
is an autism assistance guide dog. He's part of the Lions Foundation of
Canada Guide Dogs, an organization that provides service dogs to people
who are blind, hearing impaired, have regular seizures, have medical or
physical disabilities or are autistic.
The group's autism assistance program is fairly new. The program,
which is cost-free to clients, was introduced in 2009 and is geared
towards children aged 4 to 12. Dogs help calm children in high anxiety
situations and reduce stress in public places. Unlike the Lions
Foundation's other programs, which are also cost-free, the client's
parents train with the
dog, so, if a young child runs out onto the street, his or her
parents can command the dog to stop, forcing the child to stop as well
Alissa Palangio, one of Voss's new owners, first heard of the program
through her son's school. Christopher Leblanc, 9, was diagnosed with
autism when he was six.
"When he's comfortable around people, he can be very outgoing,"
Palangio said of her son. "He loves his trains. Any kind of train. He's
very loving, very affectionate."
But he also has problems in social situations."He has great
difficulty being in areas like a mall with lots of people around because
of the noise stimulants," Palangio said.
A trip to the ice cream store, for example, could be catastrophic for
the boy, especially if it includes a change in his routine.
"He has problems with being agitated ... Because he can't express
himself, sometimes he doesn't have the words to say he's upset or
hurting, and that can escalate in situations where there's high
So, if he's promised an ice cream, but the store is closed,
Christopher could meltdown or run away.
It's Voss who helps Christopher cope. The dog joined Christopher's
family in December, after Dan Leblanc, Christopher's dad, trained with
the dog at the Lions Foundation's centre in Oakville.
"I have to say, I was very shocked, in such a short period of time,
how much change ... we noticed right away," Palangio said. "Voss has a
very calming effect ... It's like he takes away the anxiety for the most
Now, if Christopher starts to meltdown, he'll throw his arms around
the dog rather than run away.
"It's like he tells the dog his sorrows," she said. Voss also acts as
a safety net.
"(Christopher) has no perception of danger whatsoever. If he sees a
ball across the street, he's not looking around to see a car coming.
It's not on his radar," Palangio said. "(Now) I can command the dog to
stop and he will stop him."
This means that Christopher doesn't have to constantly hold his
parent's hand, giving him some independence.
Voss also acts as a bridge between the nine-year-old and his
community, Palangio said.
"Autism is an invisible disability. If I take Christopher out
shopping and he acts differently than other kids, people don't
Seeing Voss encourages these people to ask questions and learn about
But more than anything, Voss is just a good dog.
"He loves to play with children. He loves to run ... He's very in
tune to people's moods and temperaments. He just positions himself
beside somebody who's upset and just sits there and offers everything he
can to help (the person) through it."
Kuhn could say the same thing about Molly. But she doesn't have to.
Her students say it for her.
"Molly is always there for all of us," Vanessa McLennan, a SHILO
"We take her for walks sometimes," Travis Aubrey adds. "She helps me
when I'm sad. She makes me feel good."
Article published in Walden Today
"Our Friendship Centre" (Community Living Greater Sudbury) offers
members with a developmental and /or physical challenges a chance to
live, work, and play in their home community.
Our Friendship Centre has been in existence since September 1995, and
is located at the Kinsmen Hall in Lively. Our program is open four days
a week, and provides our members with a variety of leisure and
recreational opportunities, which enhance member’s quality of life,
health, and community integration. The members are introduced to fun
activities and provided with choices.
For members who choose to work, job placements have been secured in
the community. Having a job has helped in building self-esteem, self
worth through being a contributing member of their community. Members
are able to develop employment skills, expand their knowledge base and
area of interest, and are able to supplement their incomes.
The literacy and reading programs are important as an educational
component and helps in the growth of the mind, communication, and helps
enhance the member’s quality of life. Guest speakers provide information
addressing safety giving member’s a better understanding and exposure to
Our cooking program gives the members independence, and promotes
awareness of ethnic food. Members are involved in meal planning, grocery
shopping, and preparation and serving of the food.
Members learn the need to have responsibilities and respect by
helping staff with the set up and closure duties each day at the Kinsmen
Hall. Our Friendship Centre is very appreciative to the Greater City Of
Sudbury for the usage of the Kinsmen Hall for our program.
These programs are lead by our many wonderful volunteers who
contribute so much time, talent, and donations, to make these programs
so very enjoyable and successful for our members.
A monthly calendar is developed with the members ideas, wishes and
suggestions included whenever possible. Over the years members have
enjoyed many talented musicians, dances, and socializing with frequent
visits from Espanola, Sudbury area, Sturgeon Falls, groups.
Additionally,members have been able to enjoy many outings in the
community, out-of town trips ( Blue Jays, Shania Twain Pavilion, Boat
Cruises, Museums, Shopping Trips, Polar Bears in Cochrane) just to
mention a few of the many trips.
In order to generate funds for the members that share our centre, we
continue to fundraise.
Each year we have a Chili Lunch at the Kinsmen Hall, please remember
to join us on Friday March 2, from 9:00-1:30 for delicious Chili.
Financial donations from Service Clubs, Community Members,
Organizations, ensure the continuance of the program.
For more information about "Our Friendship Centre" or other programs
please call: Community Living Greater Sudbury at 705-671-7181 or contact
Cathy Oja at 705-692-3072
8022 - Chelmsford Animal Hospital
Cats, and Traveling
People are on the go, and increasingly, they are
taking their pets along for the ride. While some pets seem born
to ride, for others the loud noises and strange motions involved
in traveling can be a real problem. Dr. Kelly Ballantyne, a
veterinarian at the University of Illinois Chicago Center for
Veterinary Medicine, advises owners on issues related to animal
behavior. She offers these tips on how to make traveling a safe
and pleasant experience for your pets. "The first step is to
watch for signs that your pet is stressed," advises Dr.
Ballantyne. That is easier said than done, because not all
animals express distress in the same ways. Some animals that are
very anxious show obvious signs, such as pacing and vocalizing,
whereas other, equally stressed pets may give much more subtle
indications. "For dogs, you should watch for excessive
salivation, panting, a furrowed brow, holding their ears back,
and frequent lip-licking or yawning," says Dr. Ballantyne. "Cats
may crou ch or try to hide when stressed," she says. "They may
also twitch their tails and pull their ears back. These all can
be signs that your pet is anxious and not enjoying the trip."
veterinarian will be an important partner in finding a way to
manage your pet's anxiety while traveling. There are many
options, and you may need to try several approaches to discover
what works best for your pet. Dr. Ballantyne recommends
experimenting with different approaches when taking your pet on
short trips so you can find out what works before taking your
pet on a long road trip. One option available for both dogs and
cats is a synthetic equivalent of a natural pheromone with
stress-relieving qualities. Feliway® is a pheromone product for
cats that comes as a spray or in a diffuser. A similar product
for dogs is a DAP (dog appeasement pheromone) collar or spray.
For dogs, specially made clothing that applies gentle, constant
pressure on the torso is marketed to produce a soothing effect
on stressed dogs. Lavender aroma therapy has also been found to
help calm anxious dogs. For some pets, prescription anti-anxiety
medications or sedatives may be the best alternative.
In addition to addressing your pet's stress
level, you should ensure that your pet will be safe while
traveling, according to Dr. Ballantyne. "Cats should always be
in a carrier," she says. "You can't predict how your pet will
react while traveling. A carrier will keep her safe and ensure
that she can't accidentally get away from you." Dogs should also
be secured in a carrier or harness when riding in a car. Special
harnesses and seats that attach to seat belts are marketed to
ensure safe car travel for your dog. If your car has airbags,
your dogs should not be placed in the front seat, just as small
children should never ride in front. Nausea is another problem
that plagues pets that travel. In dogs, drooling and looking
sick to their stomach are likely signs of carsickness. Owners of
pets prone to carsickness wonder whether or not to feed their
pet. "It probably isn't a good idea to feed your pet a large
meal before a trip, especially before a plane flight," says Dr.
Bal lantyne. "When going on a long car trip, try feeding small
meals during rest stops and feed the biggest meal at the end of
the day. If your pet has been carsick on a trip before, talk
with your veterinarian about anti-nausea medicine."
Your veterinarian can also advise you on how to
handle a long trip if your pet has a special medical condition
that requires controlled feeding times, such as diabetes or
inflammatory bowel disease. A final piece of advice from Dr.
Ballantyne is for people on the go who are getting a puppy or
kitten: "Start when your pet is young. Let him get used to
traveling and learn that it is a positive experience." So get
going, and bring your pet with you! Just be sure to work with
your veterinarian to find safe and low-stress strategies that
will make the experience enjoyable for you and your pet. Happy
Ms. Andrea Lin
Veterinary Extension/Office of
Public Engagement University of Illinois College of Veterinary
Dogs, Cats, & Traveling
Jan 25, 2012- 12:36
$20M project will see improvements to Municipal Road 4
By: Arron Pickard - Sudbury Northern Life Staff
A unanimous decision from council to support a cost-sharing agreement
with Vale to rebuild a local road will pave the way to even more
agreements of that kind, the city's general manager of infrastructure
services said. Council authorized the city to enter into an agreement
with the mining company to undertake improvements to Municipal Road 4.
Vale's Totten Mine is located off that road about nine kilometres from
Highway 17 West. Vale hopes to begin production at Totten Mine sometime
later this year, and is projecting about 800,000 tonnes of ore per year
to be hauled from the mine site to the processing facility in Copper
Cliff. The mine has an expected life span of at least 20 years. The
total estimated cost of the road improvements is $20 million. Vale will
foot 75 per cent of the bill, chipping in $15 million, while the city
will be responsible for 25 per cent of the total cost, at about $5
million. The cost is about $4 million more than the city had suggested
in October, 2011 when it first approached council with the possible
partnership. A lot more work has taken place since that time, and it was
discovered that peat deposits are more extensive than originally
thought, and utilities will have to be relocated, Greg Clausen, general
manager of Infrastructure Services, said. At first, the plan was to just
go around the utilities, but that is no longer a viable option. "When we
reported to council in October, it was based on the best information at
that time," Clausen said. "We won't know the actual cost of the project
until all the tenders come in," but staff is confident it will be in the
$20-million range." Vale indicated that for their development of Totten
Mine to be economically viable, unrestricted year-round use of Fairbank
Lake Road (Municipal Road 4) is essential, according to the report. It
was Vale who approached the city to seek out this partnership.
Currently, the road is subject to seasonal load restrictions during
spring months, a time when the road is highly susceptible to increased
permanent damage from heavy truck loadings. In its current condition,
the road has relatively low structural strength, as well as minimal
gravel shoulders and roadside ditches. The intersection at Highway 17
has no traffic signals, and southbound traffic is controlled by a stop
The proposed road upgrades will consist of strengthening the road
base, paving and adding paved shoulders. It will also include
straightening out existing sharp curves and removing small bedrock
outcrops. Traffic lights will be added at the Highway 17 intersection,
complete with turning lanes, and widening of Highway 17 West will be
done to accommodate an acceleration lane for large trucks. According to
the agreement, Vale will be responsible for funding 100 per cent of the
improvements to the intersection at Highway 17 West. Any funding
received from the Ministry of Transportation will also be applied to
this portion of the project, and will not offset the city's funding
portion. If tender bids for the construction exceed the estimates, the
city and Vale may agree to the additional project costs. The city will
lift the season load restrictions for the 20-year expected life of the
road. "This is a real good news story for the city," Clausen said. "We
have a similar agreement in the very infancy stages that we're working
on with QuadraFNX, and we're in discussion with Xstrata for another
similar project. This is a great stride forward in trying to work with
the mining companies and other industries where they need our roads, we
can't afford the upgrades, and we work together for a win-win
situation." The final project design should be completed by the end of
January, Clausen said. Tenders will go out after that, and it is
anticipated the contract will be awarded sometime in March to allow for
a spring start to construction. "We're hoping that we'll be far enough
along in construction that we'll be able to lift the load restriction in
spring of 2013 – that's our target, and if everything works out, that's
where we'll be," Clausen said. "It's been a lot of hard work that has
resulted in a lot of good dialogue between the city, Vale and Xstrata,
and we are very optimistic these types of partnerships will continue
moving forward." Posted by Arron Pickard
Feds dump $11M into biosolids facility
Finance Minister Tony Clement looks on, Dec. 12, as Mayor Marianne
Matichuk says a few words, during the announcement of federal funding
for upgrades to Sudbury's wastewater treatment plant. Photo by Arron
Dec 12, 2011
government is pouring $11 million into a new biosolids facility in
Sudbury to modernize wastewater practices.
The funding will cover 25 per cent of the total cost of a project that
will see the construction of a centralized sludge treatment and
biosolids end-product storage facility at the wastewater treatment plant
on Kelly Lake Road. Sewage sludge is a normal end product of the sewage
Ministry of Finance Tony Clement, president of the Treasury Board and
minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern
said the dollars are being made available through the Public-Private
Partnership (P3) Fund. Clement made the announcement at the city's
wastewater treatment plant on Kelly Lake Road.
The city will be responsible for the remaining 75 per cent of the
project. Ownership of the facility will remain with the city; however,
once selected, private sector partners will design, build, finance,
operate and maintain the biosolids management facility.
P3s are an alternative method for governments to meet public
infrastructure needs, and provide the private sector with a greater role
in projects like this. It offers a unique business opportunity, allowing
private companies to deliver a broad range of services in different
industrial sectors over a long-term concession period.
Project engineer Akli Ben-Anteur said the construction phase will take
about 18 months.
Existing practices have become outdated and are no longer
environmentally sustainable, and the new facility will respond to the
current restraints placed on the city's disposal practices. The city has
been using tailings ponds near Lively for more than 30 years as a
disposal site for waste-activated sludge. Changing environmental
standards and recurrent episodes of foul odour have made this method
unsustainable, and the city is required to cease this practice for
Clement assumed the role of Santa Claus, doling out additional funds in
Sudbury to the tune of about $1.3 million for local projects including
$750,000 to expand municipal infrastructure at the airport's industrial
park; $276,700 for the city's Regional Business Centre, earmarked for
support and outreach services; and $200,000 for Cinefest Sudbury to
increase marketing initiatives.
Posted by Mark Gentili
Neeltje Van Roon: Our Woman of
By Forbes Stoodley
Neeltje Van Roon is the Chairperson of the
Walden-CAN (Community Action Network). This is her second year as the
sparkplug of this committee of interested citizens. She and husband Dale
are our webmasters and keep us up to date on events happening here.
You, of course, noticed that unique accent when
Neeltje talks with us. She was born in England but under the Dutch flag.
Holland was occupied by the Nazis at the time. Neeltje’s father was a
deep-sea fishing trawler captain. But he was also an accomplished
linguist, speaking English, Russian as well of course, as Dutch and
German. During the war he worked as a translator for Lord Beaverbrook.
When the war ended he worked for the Danes (he spoke that dialect, too).
Then the family moved back to Holland.
Time changes circumstances. The Van Roon’s
wished their children to be educated in England, so back they came,
settling in Yorkshire and enrolling the children in private schools.
Neeltje graduated from her nurse’s training and then completed her BSc.
She came to Canada as part of the university community and moved to
Walden in 1981.
Almost immediately, she joined the Penage Road
Community Centre, with its Corn Roasts, Canoe Races and Chili Cook-offs.
She was the "Beaver" leader in her community, as well.
When the winds from Queen’s Park started to hint
at amalgamation, Neeltje and other like-minded people became members of
the Walden-CAN. Amalgamation of several established communities into a
single administration has political challenges, to say nothing of the
differing social fabrics, culture and youth organizations and
health/mental health services. The CAN provides a voice, a surety
against being forgotten. It works closely with the local councillor. It
has been hugely successful in helping to open up the Lively Ski Hill,
community services, and now, the Nurse Practitioner Clinic and the
Walden City of Lakes Family Health Team. The Youth for Youth Centre
program is of special interest to the CAN. How goes our young people, so
goes our future.
The Walden area is huge and diverse. It is no
small feat to bring together everyone on a common cause. This one is
most important – our environment and all those things we do to it.
Neeltje is a true environmentalist. Their very
welcoming home shouts this out. She firmly believes in the Lake
Stewardships, public education on our surroundings, the wise use of
natural resources and as little use as possible of landfill sites. She
was at the forefront of Walden’s ban-the-plastic-bag campaign.
It also bothers her that we do not use the heat
generated from mineral extraction in our region to heat our homes and
What happens to our community is of paramount
importance. We do have more avenues for action than just the ballot box.
The Walden-CAN is planning an Environmental
Conference in the spring. A brain-storming session is planned for
November 28 at 1:00 pm in the stable at Anderson Farm. Everyone is
welcome to bring ideas.
Remember: Walden-CAN meetings are held at 7:00
pm on the 3rd
Monday of every month. For more information visit
www.Walden-CAN.com or call Neeltje Van Roon at 866-0048.
An ‘uplifting’ experience
Wendy Fahey smiles through
the face of a hand-painted bra. Bras like this will be auctioned off at
the Holiday Inn on Nov. 11. Photo by Jenny Jelen.
Nov 07, 2011
Hand-painted bras support breast cancer
are one thing — hand-painted cups are another.
Although it is not
advisable to serve from these sets, they certainly are wearable.
A number of local artists,
as well as painters from afar, used their talents in a different fashion
to create artistically designed bras.
On Nov. 11, the community
will have the opportunity to get their hands on them at an auction in
support of The Sisterhood of Hope.
Wendy Fahey, the owner of
Wendy’s Way in Lively, spearheaded the project and also took part.
She said painting on a
curvy canvas has its challenges — she said she had to stuff the bras to
ensure they kept their shape while she painted them.
One of her pieces,
playfully titled “Stacked,” depicts the Sudbury skyline, complete with
two smoke stacks and the Big Nickel.
The other pieces in the
collection are decorated in a variety of ways, from feminine florals to
hooting snowy owls.
Fahey said she and the
other artists were “having a lot of fun” putting the collection
together. She even went as far as calling it an “uplifting” experience.
Most of the pieces were
created using fabric paint and primed and finished in a way that’s
Sized from what Fahey
calls “tiny to ‘Oh my gosh,’” the delightful delicates all bring a sense
of fun to fashion.
“Where else can they get
custom, hand-painted lingerie,” she said.
Fahey said even coming out
to look at the pieces is an experience in itself, since some of them
Similar events have been
held in other regions before, but Fahey said this is new to Sudbury. In
other places, the bras brought in an average of $50 each. Fahey is
hoping to be just as successful, if not more, to bring in money for the
Fahey said she felt
pairing a breast cancer support group with a bra event was a good fit.
“I don’t think there is a
family around that hasn’t been touched by cancer,” she said.
Not only will the
fundraiser support a worthwhile cause, it will also help grow the
Northern Artists Getaway, an art and art instruction show that is
debuting in Sudbury the same weekend.
“We could help a charity
and bring awareness to this job and help it grow,” Fahey, who has
participated in the show in other cities, said.
For more information about
the project, or to take a sneak peak at the bras, stop by Wendy’s Way,
phone 705-692-1579 or visit wendysway.ca.
The auction takes place at
8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Sudbury.
Posted by Jenny Jelen
Algae activity high, but not unusual
Oct 27, 2011
Article By: Scott Haddow, Northern Life
Late October has seen a rush of blue-green algal blooms in lake systems
scattered across Greater Sudbury and the surrounding region.
In the last week-and-a-half, blue-green algal blooms have been reported
in Nepewassi Lake, the Vermillion River near Whitefish, the Dry Pine Bay
area in the North Channel of the French River and most recently in
The rush of activity by these botanical menaces, even this late in the
year when the weather is starting to remind people winter is coming, is
“This much activity is not unusual,”
Sudbury and District Health Unit Environmental Support Officer Allan
McDougall said. “We had a long, hot summer with little rainfall and
this is the time of the year lakes start to turn over. This action is
bringing more blue-green algae to the surface.
“When blue-green algae is on the surface and forms in clumps, this
indicates it is dying off and is releasing toxins. There really is no
fixed schedule, but with lakes turning over, there is going to be more
blue-green algal blooms.”
Ministry of the Environment advised the Sudbury and District Health
Unit that test results from the areas were positive for blue-green algae
(cyanobacteria). Samples taken contained a species of cyanobacteria that
can produce toxins.
Not necessarily a cause for alarm, residents need to be aware that
precautions must be taken to remain safe and healthy in the event of a
bloom, the biggest of which is to find another water source.
“We recommend finding an alternative source of water, not just for now,
but for the future,” McDougall said. “Once it forms in a lake, it will
come back. It’s also migratory. It isn’t anchored and the wind can move
it around quite a bit in a lake. Water in one area could be good one day
and not the next.”
The highest concentrations of toxins are usually found in blooms and
scum on the shoreline. These dense accumulations pose the greatest
potential risks to people and pets, and can irritate the skin and, if
ingested, can cause diarrhea and vomiting. At high enough levels, toxins
can cause liver and nervous system damage.
“So far in 2011, there have been 32 blooms confirmed as blue-green algae
in Ontario,” Ministry of Environment senior regional spokesperson Michel
Finn said. “Nine of those blooms have been reported in Sudbury. You have
to take those numbers into consideration because there are a lot of
lakes in Ontario.”
Ontario has some 250,000 lakes, according to the Ministry of Natural
The number of blue-green algal incidents could rise for the year 2011.
“We’ll probably have more reports because people are more aware of
blue-green algae now because of increased public awareness,” McDougall
Contaminated water will have a pea soup appearance and a foul smell
similar to rotting grass. Anyone finding algal blooms can contact the
Sudbury and District Health Unit or the Ministry of the Environment.
would exacerbate blue-green algae issues - Linda Heron
2011, Letter to the Editor…published in Northern Life
It is time to recognize the cumulative effects of dumping effluent from
nine wastewater treatment plants into the
Vermillion River Watershed is having dangerous effects on the
Vermillion River and its connecting lakes.
blue-green algae, has been reported all the way from Simon Lake,
McCharles Lake, into the Vermillion River system, as far down as
Wabagishik Lake. Many citizens rely on the Vermillion River for their
drinking water, for bathing and food preparation.
Cyanobacteria produce toxins that are at least a nuisance, but at their
worst are life-threatening to people, pets and wildlife.
There are currently four proposals for hydroelectric dams in the area
going through the environmental assessment (EA) process.
Gord Miller, the environmental commissioner for Ontario, states in his
2007/2008 annual report that “the EA process is broken, and there is no
possibility of an outcome.”
These types of dams will hold water back for up to 48 hours to produce
power during peak demand hours at a 50-per-cent bonus to the developer,
and are purported to produce green energy, but in fact produce dirty
There are numerous studies to back up this claim, including ones by
Health Canada and the MNR.
Water levels and flow have been so low these last few summers that it is
hard to imagine how a developer could make money-producing energy on
these rivers. They actually couldn’t without the peaking bonus offered
by the FIT Program.
We are already having trouble with cyanobacteria on the Vermillion River
without these dams. But what will happen when river water has been
sitting in a head pond for up to 48 hours, has an opportunity to warm in
the sun for a few days, and has the additional loading of five upstream
wastewater treatment facilities pumping their effluent into this upper
arm of the Vermillion River?
And then, this water blends with the additional four wastewater plants
pumping effluent from the Simon Lake end of the Vermillion River
For the protection of its citizens, city council must ensure these dams
are not built. There are 13,000 people alone receiving water from the
Vale Public Water Intake on this upper arm of the Vermillion, not to
mention the people living along the Vermillion River system who rely on
this water for their daily needs.
Sudbury must also take positive steps, in a timely fashion, towards
ensuring that all nine of their wastewater treatment facilities are
equipped with tertiary treatment – primary and secondary treatment is no
longer adequate with climate change now upon us.
We must ensure healthy river systems and clean water for our future
Chair, Vermillion River Stewardship
Volunteer Canada Conveys Best Practices on
Volunteer Screening during CBC TV Media Interviews,
-- The 10 Safe Steps of Screening Offer
Guidelines for Best Practice --
On Friday, October 21, 2011, CBC’s
The Fifth Estate aired an investigative
report examining how Scouts Canada and the Boy
Scouts of America dealt with cases of sexual abuse,
and how cases were recorded and shared with
authorities. In responding to this breaking news
story, Volunteer Canada was able to highlight best
practices on volunteer screening, including the
10 Safe Steps of Screening available on
The report alleges that Scouts Canada kept a
confidential list of volunteers suspected of sexual
abuse, and says the organization kept the
information hidden from the police. Scouts Canada
denied the accusations and their spokesperson John
Petitti said the organization keeps records of
suspension and termination, and shares the
information with police and youth protection
The CBC has also uncovered more than a dozen
civil cases accusing Scouts Canada of failing to
protect children from abuse. For more information,
see the latest article on the issue from CBC News.
Fifth Estate piece is
available online, as is a
CBC news story outlining the report. Friday's
investigative report by The
Fifth Estate has sparked a raft of
national news coverage, including best practices
surrounding volunteer screening.
Bringing Best Practices of Screening to the
Ruth MacKenzie, President and CEO of Volunteer
Canada, was interviewed by CBC TV for a news segment
that aired nationally this past Friday as part of
local CBC evening news broadcasts. Audio from
MacKenzie's CBC TV interview also aired on various
local CBC radio news reports. On Saturday
morning, MacKenzie appeared live on CBC Newsworld in
an interview with reporter Nancy Wilson.
In media interviews, Volunteer Canada did not
speculate on Scouts Canada’s past screening
practices and protocols. Volunteer Canada focused on
issues related to volunteer screening. Among the
many important core messages conveyed by Ruth
MacKenzie were the following:
Screening involves much more than police record
checks. While police record checks are one of
10 Safe Steps of Screening, screening
is a comprehensive process meant to keep
vulnerable people safe.
Canadians can learn more about volunteering
detailed information about the 10 Safe Steps of
Parents should take the important first step of
asking organizations to detail their screening
practices before children are entrusted
If a volunteer is accused of abuse, the
organization should follow best practices and
suspend the volunteer as well as alert Police
Services and Child Protection Services. All
measures should be in accordance with provincial
It is of the utmost importance to ensure the
privacy of volunteers accused of abuse, as these
people may ultimately be proven not guilty.
While records should be shared with law
enforcement and child protection agencies, they
should otherwise be kept confidential in
accordance with privacy legislation.
Canada’s Work on Screening
Volunteer Canada is planning to host national
dialogues on screening as a first step to
re-establish the National Educational Campaign on
Screening. The discussion aims to identify the
current issues and challenges in the voluntary
sector. This will help us develop our pan-Canadian
screening campaign, in collaboration with local
volunteer centres and provincial associations. The
program will raise awareness of the importance of
screening, and build sector capacity to conduct
comprehensive screening practices.
Volunteer Canada, in partnership with the RCMP,
offered a series of webinars on the
10 Safe Steps of Screening and an overview of
the process for obtaining Vulnerable Sector Checks.
More than 400 people working in the voluntary sector
attended the workshops, from organizations that
provide services to seniors, people with
disabilities, those requiring home-support services,
day cares, and youth-serving agencies. Another
webinar series is in the works, and will be
In the mid-1990s, Volunteer Canada launched the
National Educational Campaign on Screening,
10 Safe Steps of Screening. The program was
meant to mitigate abuse toward vulnerable people and
to raise awareness of the importance of properly
screening volunteers. The initiative was a key
resource in the development of the National Sex
Offender Registry, a Canada-wide database accessible
to police services. Both programs have enhanced the
standards and practices of volunteer screening in
the past 15 years. While these initiatives have
greatly improved the protection of vulnerable
people, there is still more work to do to raise
awareness of these best practices and to facilitate
collaboration among key players.
following are links to some of the current top news
stories on the issue:
CBC News – Scouts Canada settlements kept secret:
CBC News – Scouts Canada kept “confidential list”
The Globe and Mail – Scouts Canada urged to open
its secret files on alleged sex abusers:
The National Post – No secret files on suspected
abusers, Scouts Canada says:
us what you think.
Visit the Volunteer Canada Facebook page and
share your thoughts on volunteer screening.
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Angela Evans hits a high note
Lively-born singer Angela Evans is performing at the Global Woman Summit
in Washington, D.C. Oct. 8 and 11. Supplied photo.
Jenny Jelen - Sudbury Northern Life Staff
Angela Evans is at a new place in her life, which has brought her to a
new place in her career.
The Lively-born songstress, formerly known as Angela Nussey, went
through a “transition” about five years ago.
While living in Toronto, change began to happen when she realized that
she was responsible for the way she was feeling. Positive, like-minded
people began to surround her, and her life took an upward spin. “It all
came together as one whole package.”
The result of her metamorphosis was "Still Hope". The album is full of
“hopeful, empowering and inspiration music,” Evans said.
“We've had some great feedback (about the album),” she said.
Confirmation of her successes came with an invitation to perform at the
Global Woman Summit.
Oct. 8 and 11, Evans will take the stage in Washington, D.C., at the
same conference speakers like Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Oprah
Winfrey will be headlining.
think they chose me because they understood what my message is and
realized that it would be a perfect fit for a celebration of ideas and
conversation like this,” Evans stated.
wanted to create music that can make you feel good while still holding
true to the issues and values that I see as being at the forefront of
change. It’s one thing to hear words of inspiration – it’s quite another
to tap your feet to them.”
you can't catch her in Washington, Evans will be in Sudbury this
November. She is speaking and singing at the ???
She will also be making an appearance in Sudbury this year as a Keynote
speaker at the "i wanna feel good" conference, held in November.
For more information about Evans at
Deadline looms for decision on School of
Sep 15, 2011
Arron Pickard - Sudbury Northern Life Staff
There was no real
clear indication of where councillors stand on the proposed location for
the School of Architecture following presentations by both Downtown
Sudbury and the Market Square Vendors' Association.
Downtown Sudbury chair Jeff MacIntyre asked council to vote based on
facts when the time comes to to decide whether or not to allow
Laurentian University to build its school on property currently occupied
by Market Square.
It would mean the many vendors who sell their wares on weekends would be
forced to set up shop elsewhere.
“The business owners have been loud and clear to (Downtown Sudbury), but
we need to see the school open as soon as possible,” MacIntyre said.
“This shouldn't be treated as the School of Architecture vs. Market
Square; rather, it should be about having the best possible downtown we
The School of Architecture would be a 75,000-square-foot facility with
the capacity to accommodate 400 students and 40 faculty members.
Laurentian University conducted a survey of the downtown area, and it
was determined through that study that Market Square is the best
location for the School of Architecture due to its size and the fact it
is the only location with the potential to be ready for a 2013 opening.
Most councillors around the table agreed that both the school and the
market are important for the city, but they have yet to be made aware of
all the details of the proposal by Laurentian University.
In fact, Laurentian University has requested an audience with council
for Sept. 28. That's the day council is expected to give its decision on
the fate of Market Square.
Anyone who wants more information about the proposal is encouraged to
attend a consultation session on Sept. 19 at St. Andrew's Place from
5:30-8 p.m. The session will also provide an opportunity for the public
to present their thoughts on the future of Market Square.
-Posted by Arron Pickard
pets connect with students, seniors
Mary Lang, a
resident at Red Oak Villa, had the chance to meet Ruffles, a Magical
Dog, and her owner Jeannine Feeley, during a visit to the retirement
home. Photo by Jenny Jelen.
May 31, 2011
Louise Parr stroked the long red wavy coat of Ginger, she told the dog’s
handler about the dachshund she used to own.
“I had one
the same colour,” Parr told Lisa Anderson.
Now that she
lives at Red Oak Villa, Parr said having therapy dogs visit once a month
is “the next best thing” to having her own pet, which is not allowed at
the retirement home.
makes me feel good petting them and hugging them,” she said.
Gaudet, manager of recreational services at Red Oak Villa, said having
Magical Paws Pet Therapy visit “just pleases the residents so much.”
the dogs visit, Gaudet said about 15 residents gather in the common room
to pet them, feed them treats and watch them do tricks.
the group together,” she said. It gives residents the opportunity to
socialize not only with the dogs but with each other, she added.
Lumbis, co-ordinator of Magical Paws Pet Therapy, said “there is such a
need” for programs like Magical Paws.
chapters of the organization throughout the north, including Elliot Lake
and Sturgeon Falls.
is a dog owner herself, said the animals have a certain “magic” about
them. It’s something with which people can easily connect.
in schools, group homes, retirement homes and nursing homes enjoy visits
from Magical Paws, so do the 55 handlers and 60 pets involved in the
non-profit organization that started this May.
benefits,” Lumbis said.
residents in homes get to share quality time with animals capable of
dog reminds them of what it was like to have their own home,” Lumbis
brings back happy memories of owning pets and loving and caring for
companions in Magical Paws like it, too.
dogs and cats love soaking up the “undivided attention” given to them by
students and residents.
handlers benefit by spending time with their best four-legged friends in
a relaxing environment.
Lumbis said some handlers are apprehensive about joining the program,
but soon find that it benefits them and their pets.
Handlers often report feeling “much better” after visiting a site,
especially if they’ve had a rough day.
also exist for children and teens who help their parents handle a pet.
Lumbis said when the group visits facilities, handlers often end up
engaging with residents.
She said it
is a great way for kids to learn about the lifestyles of seniors and
others with whom they may not otherwise connect.
For more information about Magical Paws, phone Lumbis at 705-693-4912
Note: Magical Paws For Pet
Therapy will be participating in the
5th Annual Fall Fair at the
Anderson Farm Museum, Sept.10th
embraces community to get projects rolling - Gwen Doyle
Last year, more than 4,000 people came out to take part
in the Anderson Farm Museum Heritage Fall Fair
Jun 09, 2011
By: Guest Columnist
When the Walden Community Action Network (CAN) formed in November of
2005, one of the key issues identified by the community was the need to
preserve and protect, enhance and develop the Anderson Farm Museum as a
vital heritage site and a hub for year-round community activities – for
the citizens of Walden and Greater Sudbury.
In October 2006 our heritage committee prepared its final report and
recommendations to the Walden-CAN, which then formed a heritage task
force to: work with the city and its museums to implement the
recommendations, create an Anderson Farm Museum site committee and
develop action plans.
In 2007, the committee formed the Anderson Farm Museum Heritage Society
and became officially incorporated on Sept.22 of that year.
The society focused on repairs and restoration of the museum buildings,
repairs to the paddock, renovations to the stable- for year-round use,
building display/storage units for the barn loft, restoration of farm
The society also introduced free annual community events, such as a fall
fair, Christmas tree lighting and a summer concert series and developed
strong, long-term sponsors and community partners.
It’s exciting to see the Anderson Farm Museum Heritage Society grow and
develop each year, working in partnership with Ward 2 Councillor Jacques
Barbeau, the mayor and council, Greater Sudbury Museums, city staff and
long-term community partners and sponsors, as well as 100-plus
The Walden CAN continues to be a key community partner for the Anderson
Farm Museum Heritage Society: promoting events and projects etc, using
our free communications tools, and having a display at the fall fair.
Our newsletter editor, Forbes Stoodley, acts as emcee for the fall fair
and Christmas tree lighting celebration.
The third annual ‘Rock The Farm’ summer series five free concerts and
new farmers’ market, kicks-off on Wednesday, June 29.
Tom Fyfe and the Whiskey Rivers Blues Band will perform outside the
stable at the Anderson Farm Museum, 6-8pm. Be sure to bring a chair or
Effective, enthusiastic, long-term partnerships are key to the success
in solving issues identified by the community – which can grow and
develop into long-term success stories.
For details call Darryl Orser 705-561-2762.
www.walden-can.com/anderson_farm_museum.htm or our Calendar of
And you can purchase local produce and value-added products at our new
Rock The Farm farmers’ market, 4-7pm, in the centre court on the musueum
For details, call Michelle Fex at 3-1-1. Watch for Updates on
The Anderson Farm Museum Heritage Society’s 5th Annual Fall Fair takes
place Sept.10, 10am-4pm.
Last year, more than 4,000 people attended this free community event.
There is something for everyone: live entertainment, displays and
demonstrations, art/craft/snack food vendors, farmers’ market, small
farm animals, therapy dogs/therapy Llamas, art/craft activities,
children’s area, classic cars and antique tractors, and dog agility
The event “Pulling For the Cure” a tug-of-war fundraiser, will be held
in the Paddock.
And there will be much more.
For fall fair details go to
Gwen Doyle is the
communications coordinator for the Walden Community Action Network.
OVERVIEW OF FEARS, PHOBIAS
AND ANXIETIES IN DOGS AND CATS
- What is
- What is a
- What is
- Is it
possible to prevent fears, phobias and anxieties?
How can these problems of fears
and phobias be treated?
Fear is a physiologic, behavioral and emotional reaction
to stimuli that an animal encounters. The physiologic
reaction results in an increase in heart rate, increased
respiratory rate (panting), sweating, trembling, pacing
and possibly urination and defecation. Behaviorally an
animal will exhibit changes in body posture and activity
when afraid. The animal may engage in an avoidance
response such as fleeing or hiding. A fearful animal may
assume body postures that are protective such as
lowering of the body and head, placing the ears closer
to the head, widened eyes, and tail tucked under the
body. If the animal perceives a threat, the response can
also include elements of defensive aggression. Whether
an animal fights or flees when frightened depends on its
genetic predisposition, previous experience (what it has
learned from similar situations in the past) and the
environment that it is in (see below). The emotional
reaction in animals can be difficult to gauge because
animals are non-verbal. However, by observation of body
postures and facial expressions it is possible to
conclude that an animal is afraid. On the other hand,
pets may modify their behavioral responses with repeated
exposure to the stimuli if the stimulus has been
successfully removed by aggression or if escape has been
successful. Therefore what you see at the present time
may not be the same as when the problem first began.
Is fear ever an
abnormal response in animals?
In many situations it is acceptable and understandable"
for an animal to be afraid. However, there are times
when animals exhibit fear when it is maladaptive or
dangerous for humans. When animals are frightened they
may become aggressive (fight), run away (flight), or
stay still (freeze). The response a pet exhibits depends
on the pet's personality, the type of stimulus, previous
experience with the stimulus, whether it is on its own
property (where it is more likely to fight), whether it
is in the presence of offspring or family members (where
it is more likely to fight), or whether it is cornered
or restrained and unable to escape (where it is more
likely to fight).
What is a phobia?
This is an intense response to a situation that the
animal perceives as fear inducing. The response is out
of proportion to the stimulus and is maladaptive. Common
phobias in animals involve noises and places. Phobic
responses have physiologic, behavioral and emotional
responses similar to fear, but they are extremely
exaggerated. See our handout on canine fears and phobias
What is anxiety?
The human definition of anxiety is a diffuse feeling of
impending danger or threat. It appears that animals can
exhibit this diffuse type of anxiety, often manifested
as generalized anxious behavior in either specific
situations (the veterinary hospital, new locations) or
in a non-specific way (anything out of the routine
schedule or environment). Anxiety is manifested by some
of the same physiologic signs as fear, but also may be
displayed as displacement or redirected behaviors,
destructive behaviors, or excessive vocalization, and
may become stereotypic or compulsive over time.
What types of stimuli
might trigger fears, phobias or anxieties?
The triggers for these behaviors are as varied as there
are breeds of dogs and cats. Animals may be frightened
of people, other animals, places or things. Others may
only respond with fear or phobia in one particular
situation such as toward a thunderstorm.
What causes fearful,
phobic or anxious responses?
Sometimes fear is the result of an early experience that
was unpleasant or perceived by the animal as unpleasant.
If the fearful response was successful at chasing away
the stimulus, or if the pet escaped from the stimulus,
the behavior has been rewarded and therefore is likely
to be repeated. Owners that try to stop the behavior by
providing treats or affection may actually serve to
further reinforce the behavior the animal is performing
at that time. Also, it should be noted that punishment,
in close association with exposure to a stimulus might
further cause fear and anxiety toward that stimulus. If
the owner is frustrated or anxious or the stimulus is
threatening, this too will further aggravate (and
justify) the fear. Finally should the stimulus retreat
or be removed du ring a display of fear aggression, the
aggressive display will have been reinforced.
It does not take an
unpleasant experience however for fear to develop. Any
stimuli (people, places, sights, sounds, etc.) that a
dog or cat has not been exposed to during its sensitive
period of development, which is up to 3 months of age in
dogs and 2 months in cats, may become a fear evoking
stimulus. For example, the dog or cat that is exposed to
adults, but not to children, during development may
become fearful when first exposed to the sights, sounds
or odors of young children. The pet's genetics also
contribute to its level of fears and phobias to stimuli.
Phobic responses can
occur from just one exposure or gradually increase over
continued exposure. In many cases of anxiety,
neurotransmitter (brain chemical) function and levels
may be altered and contribute to the overall behavior.
Again, learning or the consequences that follow the
phobic response (rewards, escape, punishment) may
aggravate the problem.
Illness, pain and the
effects of aging may lead to an increase in fear or
anxiety in situations where there was previously little
or no evidence. These changes may change the way a pet
perceives or responds to a stimulus. Age related changes
in the brain (cognitive decline) or in the sensory
system (hearing, sight), arthritis, diseases that affect
the hormonal system such as an increase or decrease in
thyroid hormones or an overactive pituitary gland
(Cushing's) and organ decline (liver, kidneys) are just
a few examples of health and age related problems that
might contribute to increasing fear and anxiety.
Therefore, for any pet with fear or anxiety, but
especially those that are intense, generalized, have any
other concurrent signs or do not arise until adulthood
or older age, a full physical examination and some blood
tests if indicated would be warranted.
Is it possible to
prevent fears, phobias and anxieties?
A good program of socialization and exposure to many new
and novel things while an animal is young can be helpful
in preventing fears and phobias. However, in the
phenomena of "one trial" learning, an event is so
traumatic that only one exposure can create fears,
phobias or anxieties. Socialization and fear prevention
for dogs and socialization and fear prevention in cats
are covered in separate handouts.
Owner responses when
their pet experiences a new situation that could
potentially be frightening are important. Calm
reassurances, happy cheerful tones, and relaxed body
postures of owners help pets experience new things
without fear. Bringing along treats and play toys and
giving them to the pet when it enters new environments
(e.g. veterinary clinic, schoolyard) or when it meets
new people or other pets can help turn the situation
into one that is positive. Conversely, if you show
anxiety, apprehension or frustration with your pet, or
if you try to use punishment to stop undesirable
behavior, you will likely make your pet more anxious.
Knowing your pet and their individual temperament will
help determine what situations you can and should expose
your pet to.
can these problems of fears and phobias be treated?
Each time your pet is exposed to an anxiety, fear, or
phobia-inducing situation and cannot be made to calm
down, the problem is likely to worsen. Finding a way to
control, relax, calm, or distract your pet in the
presence of the stimulus is needed to correct the
problem and to teach your pet that there is nothing to
be feared. A pet's fear and anxiety will be lessened by
an owner who is calm and in control. For most cases of
fear, behavior modification techniques, where the pet is
exposed to mild levels of the stimuli and rewarded for
non-fearful behavior, are utilized. For low levels of
fear or anxiety, especially when the pet is being
exposed to new stimuli, many pets will calm down with
continued exposure, as long as nothing is done to
aggravate the fear. These retraining techniques are
discussed in our handout on Behavior modification -
desensitization and counter-conditioning. Consequences
that reinforce the fearful behaviors (inadvertent
rewards or retreat of the stimulus) or aggravate the
fear (punishment) must be identified and removed.
Exposures to stimuli that have an unpleasant or negative
outcome (e.g. an aggressive dog, a child that pulls the
dog's tail) also serve to instill further fear. Drug
therapy may also be a useful adjunct to behavior therapy
techniques and may be necessary in the treatment of some
This client information
sheet is based on material written by Debra Horwitz, DVM,
Diplomate ACVB & Gary Landsberg, DVM, Diplomate ACVB
© Copyright 2005 Lifelearn Inc. Used with permission
under license. December 29, 2006
CANs ‘bring people together’ to build
More than 50 people gathered at the Colonial Inn in Coniston May 5 for
the city’s Community Action Network (CAN) Summit. Photo by Kimberley
May 16, 2011
By: Guest Columnist
The Coniston Community Action Network (CAN) had the pleasure to host
this year’s Community Action Network (CAN) Summit, held May 5 at the
Colonial Inn in Coniston.
More than 50 people from the 16 CANs within the City of Greater Sudbury
attended the summit.
The event opened at 5 p.m., with many booths on display. The Parkside
Centre, EarthCare Sudbury, Sudbury and District Health Unit, City of
Greater Sudbury Recreation Services, Rainbow Routes, Greater Sudbury
Consortium and the Sudbury Food Connections Network all had booths set
The Coniston CAN’s vice-chair, Wyman McKinnon, welcomed the CAN members
to Coniston, and introduced council members.
Catherine Matheson, the city’s general manager of community development,
provided an update on the Healthy Community Cabinet. Matheson also
distributed a booklet identifying the city’s healthy living initiatives.
A hand-out on the CANs’ terms of reference was provided by Chris Gore,
the city’s manager of community partnerships.
A Community Gardens update was presented by Diana Mounce, food charter
animator for the Sudbury Food Connections Network–Ward 1 CAN.
Mounce presented a slideshow of the community gardens in various
communities. For more information on the gardens, visit
A networking session table discussion took place, and all of the CANs
shared experiences of what is working in their communities.
Many of the CANs have their own websites and send out newsletters. Some
send out inserts in Northern Life. Many of the CAN members expressed
concerns that not many people know what a CAN is.
We decided to start a Northern Life column for CANs to help spread the
word on what is going on in your community. CAN members, please send
email@example.com for this column.
We encourage you to join the CAN in your area. CANs bring people
together to build a healthy community.
Healthy communities are strong and vibrant. They emerge from the
collaborative efforts of citizens who care about where they live and
want to make their neighbourhoods the best they can possibly be.
CANs provide resources to make this happen.
For information about forming a Community Action Network (CAN) in your
area, phone the City of Greater Sudbury at 311.
Kimberley Wahamaa is
the operations manager at Northern Ontario Business and publicity and
marketing coordinator for the Coniston CAN.
Coming together in the spirit of
Steve Miller, chief of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (formerly the Whitefish
Lake First Nation) and Richard Bois, a representative of the Ojibway
Road Campers’ Association,
check over a lease signed between the two parties in December. They say
the new lease deal, retroactive to April 1, 2010, is superior to a
previous lease administered by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Photo
by Heidi Ulrichsen
May 04, 2011
By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life Staff
chief of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (formerly the Whitefish Lake First
Nation), is the first to admit that relations between campers’
associations and First Nations in Ontario have not always been the best.
In some cases, negotiations between First Nations and the campers
leasing their land have lead to a “long, drawn out” process, he said.
But thankfully, that’s never been the case for Atikameksheng Anishnawbek
and the Ojibway Road Campers’ Association, Miller said. The two groups
have always approached each other with a spirit of co-operation.
“We’ve always communicated well,” Miller said. “The door has always been
open with the chief and council, as well as with their organization. We
see how we can help each other out with projects we have on the go.”
After meeting 11 times last fall, the Ojibway Road Campers’ Association
and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek inked a new lease deal in mid-December.
“There were times when there were things put on the table that we
couldn’t agree to,” Richard Bois, who chaired the negotiation team for
the Ojibway Road Campers’ Association, which represents cottagers on 90
lots on the band’s land bordering Lake Penage, said.
“We’d counter that and put something different on the table that would
work. You eventually get to something you both can live with.”
Both parties say the new lease deal, retroactive to April 1, 2010, is
superior to a previous lease administered by Indian and Northern Affairs
The new lease sets out clearer terms for rent increases, Bois said.
It uses average Bank of Canada lending rates as the basis for the
increases for the first five years of the lease, and after that, average
cost of living increases.
The old lease takes into account land value appraisals, which can be
unpredictable, when it comes to rent increases, he said.
Leases between campers and First Nations were previously administered by
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
However, as of 2008, bands are allowed to control their own land, which
includes administering leases. The new lease deal worked out between the
two parties is for 25 years, but gives the opportunity for two five-year
extensions, bringing it to 35 years.
Those campers who wish to do so are allowed to stay under the terms of
the old Indian and Northern Affairs Canada lease, which has 17 years
left on it, but Bois said his association recommends they sign the new
lease with the First Nation.
Working out a new lease agreement was worth it for Bois, who has owned a
camp on Lake Penage since 1975.
He said the lake has to be the “best” in the area, given its large size,
good water quality, road access and proximity to Sudbury.
Committee concerned about proposed
By: Martha Dillman - Sudbury Northern Life
Four dams are proposed to be built on the Vermilion River by 2015, and
members of Vermilion River Stewardship are expressing their concerns
about the project.
Toronto-based Xeneca is proposing to build four hydroelectric dams on
the Vermilion River. The dams would be located at McPherson Falls,
Cascade Falls, Soo Crossing and Wahagishik Rapids.
Linda Heron, chair of Vermilion River Stewardship and interim chair of
the Ontario Rivers Alliance, said her groups are concerned about the
projects because they include a “modified peaking” method.
This is a method where they hold water back until their head ponds are
full, Heron said.
“There’s no clear information...(about) how often they’ll be holding
water back and letting it go in a day,” she said.
“When they hold that water back it has...the potential of negative
impact both upstream and downstream of the holding ponds because
when...the water is in the holding ponds, it can warm.”
Heron said if the water temperature rises, it can cause an increase in
bacteria and algae.
“That can affect aquatic life, and we’re also worried about people who
have wells on the river, because it stirs up the sediment in the bottom
of the river,” she said.
“This has been a mining town for close to 100 years and who knows what’s
all in the bottom of that river.”
The project is currently in the environmental assessment (EA) stage.
Mark Holmes, vice-president, corporate affairs with Xeneca, said at this
point, information about the project is still being gathered.
Holmes also said the project would provide an economic benefit to the
“Water power aids gross revenue charges of approximately $5 million per
megawatt,” he said. “For the powerhouses that are located within the
municipality, that money goes back to the municipality.”
Holmes confirmed that three of the proposed dams fall within the limits
for the City of Greater Sudbury.
He said a survey needs to be completed on the Wabagishik dam to
determine if it falls within the city limits or not.
Holmes presented the proposal to the Greater Sudbury policy committee
March 23. During the March 30 city council meeting, Ward 2 Coun. Jacques
Barbeau questioned representatives from the Nickel District Conservation
Authority about the project.
“The Vermilion River certainly supplies a large number of residents in
Lively, Whitefish, Naughton and Copper Cliff with our drinking water,”
he said. “What role (does) the Source Water Protection play with that
Judy Sewell, project manager of the Drinking Water Source Protection
program, said her organization is ready to view more information.
“We’re certainly waiting for the project plan to come out,” she said.
Sewell also said the Drinking Water Source Protection program will
review the project proposal to see what it does to the drinking water
“We’ve also been in contact with the Ministry of Natural Resources who
has also been involved in reviewing proposals for small hydro projects,”
“Their view to source water is that these projects can go
Open House at Walden Fire
Stations No. 6 & 8
is recruitment time for Greater Sudbury Volunteer Firefighters and
therefore District Chief Mike St. Jean organized Open Houses for April 2nd
from Noon to 16:00, at Fire Stations No. 5,6 & 8. It was a chance to
meet some of our Ward 2 Volunteer Firefighters, learn about their
on-going training and see the fire-fighting equipment.
husband and I decided to visit the Volunteer Firefighters at Fire
Stations No. 6, at Black Lake Rd. and #8 in Whitefish. Although we’ve
lived in Lively 36 years, we had never been inside the Whitefish Fire
Station and hadn’t visited Station No. 6 since the 1990’s. It was an
We started in Whitefish- at Fire Station No.
8- where we could see the flashing red lights and fire-fighting
vehicles on display in the parking lot, people standing around and a
BBQ. It was great meeting some of the Volunteer Firefighters and seeing
their fire-fighting equipment: Pumper 8- 2003 Freightliner FL106, Tanker
8- 2004 Freightliner FL80, Bush 8- 1983 Dodge Power Ram 350/Perriville
mini-pump and Rescue 8- 1992 GMC step van rescue – as described on
know there are 350 Volunteer Firefighters in CGS and only approximately
107 career Firefighters?
Station No. 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 are manned by Volunteer Firefighters and they
need more Volunteer Firefighters.
No.7 is located in Lively beside the laundry mat and No.9 is located in
Beaver Lake behind the Tourist Information Centre)
Luckily, by the time we arrived at 1:30pm, 3 people had already come in
to find out more about becoming a Volunteer Firefighter!
know that Pumper 8 cannot leave in response to a 911 call until 2
Volunteer Firefighters arrive at Station 8?
More than one person is needed to successfully fight the fire. They
showed us the MAP of the huge territory they serve- from Blueberry Hill
to Nairn Hill. It’s hard to imagine how they can respond so quickly from
home or work- 24/7! This year they have already responded to a roof
fire, chimney fire and a vehicle on fire etc
know the Fire Station has a Binder with Maps–sorted alphabetically by
road- showing sources of water, so that they can fill the Pumper trucks?
information is vital when there are no hydrants nearby. In winter, they
have to hack through the ice to pump out the water.
went to Fire Station No. 6, on Black Lake Rd.
The first thing we saw was the huge ladder of Aerial 6-205 American
Lafrance Eagle and Tanker 6- 1999 GMC C8500/Almonte on display in the
know that 4 firefighters-in full gear- can sit in the back seats (which
have air tanks) and attach their air tanks before bucking-up- so they’re
all ready to go when they jump out of the truck?
I had a chance to sit up in the back seat- during my personal tour with
Volunteer Firefighter Marc Morin. It’s air-conditioned too. Marc pointed
out the special camera, which can detect heat sources in structures-
vital to locate people.
walked around Aerial 6 Marc opened all the various compartments along
the sides of Aerial 6- filled with everything from chain saws (to cut
into roofs), axes, ropes, blocks/boards, hoses of various thicknesses to
a generator etc. Every available space is utilized.
know that Aerial 6 was dispatched to every house fire in Walden?
Aerial 6 cannot leave Station No.6 until 2 firefighters arrive. And
Tanker trucks or portable pumps are needed to keep filling the tank,
which can empty in 2 minutes. With such a huge territory to service,
sometimes it takes up to 35 minutes to arrive on the scene from Black
know how Support #6- Ford 350 Deisel Van is used at a fire?
It’s an air-conditioned space where the firefighters can rest & recover
on-site during a fire.
Volunteer Firefighters respond to thousands of emergency responses per
year: structural, wildland and vehicle fires; ice/water rescues; vehicle
extrications; land search and rescues; carbon monoxide and fire alarm
calls and medical aid calls.
know what you should do it your Carbon Monoxide Detector goes off?
911 and get out of your home or building immediately or if you have a
cell phone, call from outside. Let the Fire Department discover what’s
wrong. They have the proper equipment. Carbon Monoxide has no smell and
can kill you. Don’t be afraid to call 911.
really enjoyed meeting the Volunteer Firefighters at Fire Stations No. 6
& 8. We both learned a lot! Sincere appreciation to our Volunteer
Firefighters, for their commitment and dedication to responding 24/7 to
emergencies in our communities.
Paul Doyle, Lively
Photographer creates book of local landscapes
Photographer Don Johnston snapped this photo near his Lively home.
In his publication, Close to Home, more than 150 photos highlight
Greater Sudbury scenes. Supplied photo.
Feb 04, 2011
By: Jenny Jelen - Sudbury Northern Life Staff
Johnston has seen the world through a lens, but he said it’s not
necessary to travel to far-off places to capture stunning landscapes.
“(Photographers) all lust after going to Antarctica and Iceland and
exotic locales...but good landscape photography is not a function of
place, it’s a function of time,” he said.
photo-book Close to Home, he proves just that.
collection features more than 150 photos taken near his Lively home over
the past decade. Some were even taken on his own property.
deliberate intent was to include images that were taken close to home,”
he said, proving that any location can be photogenic. “It’s a matter of
right place and right time. You don’t have to go far to strike it rich.”
former biology teacher, has been shooting photos for about 30 years. He
began using slides, then transitioned to digital equipment in 2003.
He said he
likes knowing how his images turn out the second they’re taken.
much less uncertainty,” he said.
he does have professional-grade equipment and software, he said taking
time to find the perfect shot in nature produces a much better image
than using technology to alter it.
is to spend as little time on an image on the computer as possible,” he
said. “Do it well in the field, necessitating as little processing time
said finding that ideal setting in nature can be time-consuming.
said he keeps his ears on the weather report, and looks forward to
clear, frosty winter mornings and light rains in the fall. Knowing when
flowers are in bloom helps, too.
the circumstances aren’t bang-on, Johnston said he still likes
experimenting with his camera.
attending a workshop led by Canadian nature photographer Freeman
Patterson, Johnston said he learned that “inspiration begins with work.”
said it was Patterson’s opinion that photographers who seek creative
images will be rewarded with better results than those who wait for
photos to come to them.
he doesn’t wait for the right moment — he simply looks for creative ways
to shoot within the given conditions.
to Home first came out in December, he was anxious for feedback. Since
then, he said the book has received positive reviews from friends and
a copy of the book, visit Johnston’s website at
www.donjohnstonphotos.com and follow the links. Close to Home is
also available at a number of local retail shops, listed on the website.
will be signing copies of the book at Forget-Me-Not Flowers and Gifts in
Lively on Feb. 14 from 1-4 p.m.
Two Winter Carnivals in Walden…February 10 –13th!
Welcome, Bienvenue, Tervetuloa Everyone…to Beaver
Lake Winter Carnival! We hope you’ll join us at the Beaver Lake Sports
& Cultural Club Fe. 10th –13th for our annual
Winter Carnival – with fun for everyone! Everything starts on Thursday
night with our Euchre Party at 6:30pm.
Join us Friday night for: our Spaghetti Supper at
5pm; Opening Ceremonies with Fireworks at 6pm–followed by performances
by a Choir and Jam Session with local musicians.
“…It’s worth noting that the Ariadne
Women's Chamber Choir, directed by David Buley, will do a short
performance on Friday evening at 6:15 …It’s very worthwhile the drive to
Beaver Lake even if we weren't offering fireworks, spaghetti supper,
and other local musicians, including Michael LaFramboise (whom I happen
to know) on guitar and vocals. Friday night at the Winter Carnival in
Beaver Lake will be wonderful - as usual!” Margaret
activities include: Finn Pancake Breakfast 8-11am, Boot Toss and Rolling
Pin Toss Contests, Jug Curling, kid’s games, cross-country skiing and
Beaver Lake Little Theatre at 6pm.
on Sunday for our Finn Valentine Pancake Breakfast 8-11am and stay for:
Kid’s Fishing derby (10 years and under) sponsored by Ramakko’s;
Snowmobile Fun Run & a movie.
more information call Brenda Salo at 866-2919
Winter Carnival is once again here…Feb. 10 –13th!
Join us in Lively for our annual Walden Winter Carnival- with something
for everyone- at 3 main SITES: the Anderson Farm Museum, TM Davies
Arena, St. James School.
Anderson Farm Museum: ‘A Sliding Party’ on Friday night, from 6-8pm –
with free hot chocolate and cookies served in the Stable and the
‘Extreme’ Cardboard Box Derby on Saturday at 2pm.
Thursday Opening Ceremonies: a Family Skate 5-8pm,
Zumba Fitness, upstairs 6-7pm; Cake and refreshments at 7pm and a giant
Bonfire at 7:30pm.
activities: Ice-Sculpting Demonstrations and new for the kids will be
Hamster Balls. Upstairs there will be entertainment for the kids in the
morning by ‘Jam Sandwich’, and in the afternoons there will be a Variety
Show which will feature: Hoola Hoop & Belly Dance Presentations, the
LDSS Bands and many other musicians and dancers.
MUTT Show: starts at Noon Sat. with prizes for: fastest fetch, best
costume, fastest eater, shortest legs and curliest tails. Admission a
Hockey: Saturday from 11am –4pm and Sunday 11am-3pm
School: Craft Tables, inflatables, face painting, the Haunted Hallway,
balloon animals for the kids and games.
schedules, details and Sponsors see
and have fun at the Walden Winter Carnival! We look forward to seeing
Lively musician releases second single
Lively native Jamie Byron now has two songs
on Canadian country radio.
Jan 25, 2011
By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff
Jamie Byron's second single, ‘That's
What Love Does’, was released to Canadian Country Radio at
midnight on Jan. 24.
The Lively native's first single from his debut album Dreamin' Don't Get
it Done, Song In There Somewhere, has played on radio stations
throughout the country, including here in Greater Sudbury. He's also
been featured on Country Music Television (CMT) in the past.
Byron said he's not sure what to expect from the new single.
“I guess we'll have to wait and see,” he said.
Byron describes the track, written by Thomas Wade and Tim Taylor, as a
“catchy song,” about the feelings that come from falling in love.
For more information about Byron, visit his website at
man tops in ‘positive
Master Cpl. Mike Trauner is the To the Top Canada Award winner for 2011.
He is seen here at the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre with his newly
fitted prosthetic legs. He is learning to walk again. He lost both his
legs and injured his arm after stepping on a roadside bomb in
Afghanistan in 2008. Supplied photo
Jan 05, 2011
By: Stacey Lavallie - Sudbury Northern Life Staff
Nothing can keep Lively native Mike Trauner down.
The 31-year-old career soldier, based in Petawawa, served his first tour
of duty in Bosnia in 2000. He was scheduled to leave for Afghanistan in
the first wave of deployments, but he had broken his back and was still
When he finally made it to Afghanistan, he stepped on a roadside bomb
and lost both of his legs and injured his arm.
The St. Charles College graduate is still serving in the Canadian
Forces, even though he’s down two legs. He’s raised $70,000 for the
Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre, where he spent 13 months learning how to
Less than two years later, he ran with the Olympic Torch during the 2010
Vancouver Olympic relay. He raised the International Paralympic
Committee’s flag at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics. He walked the five
kilometre Army Run without using his wheelchair. And he’s been presented
with a medal of honour from the military
His determination to live a normal life, the example he presents to
others and his drive to help others are three of the reasons why Trauner
was selected by To the Top Canada as its 2011 Award Winner. The awards
program is a privately-run, non-profit organization.
On Jan. 8, Trauner will be presented the award on the front steps of
Parliament Hill. The award is presented to “everyday people” who,
through their actions, provide an example of “positive citizenship.”
Anyone in Canada can nominate someone who meets the requirements of the
award. Trauner said he was unaware he’d been nominated, let alone
chosen, until he received the call.
“It’s really special to be nominated,” he said. “When they phoned me at
home I didn’t even know I had been nominated. I was in disbelief. I
thought someone was just joking, or a telemarketer just pulling
something for me. I looked into it a bit more. This goes right at the
top of my charts.”
According to Chris Robertson, the administrator of the To the Top Canada
program, Trauner was nominated by Sara Sylvestre, a student in Pembroke.
He said Sylvestre nominated Trauner after she became aware of his work
with several charities in the area.
Master Cpl. Mike Trauner is the To the Top Canada Award winner for 2011.
He is seen here with his wife, Leah Cuffe, shortly after receiving the
medal of valour. Supplied photo
In 2008, Trauner was serving in Afghanistan. During a foot patrol, he
stepped on an improvised explosive device.
The bomb, which packed more of an explosive punch than normal, blew
Trauner six metres into the air.
The size of the explosion actually saved his life, he said.
“It was a huge bomb that went off,” he said. “If it was a smaller one,
it wouldn’t have thrown me out of the debris rain. The size of the blast
threw me about 20 feet, and a lot of the larger debris and shrapnel
Trauner had to be resuscitated twice, once at the scene of the explosion
and again while on the operating table at Kandahar Air Field. He said he
remembers all of it.
“It felt like forever,” he said. “I remember the doctor came up to me
and asked me, ‘OK, we’re just going to stabilize you. I just want to
know on a pain scale of one to 10, what’s your pain level?’ I said ‘What
the...? I’m missing my legs and my arm is busted to hell. How do you
think I feel? My pain scale is 20.’”
Later, Trauner was told the doctor was just testing his cognitive
Once stable, he was flown to a hospital in Germany, and then home to
Canada. By the time he reached the hospital in Ottawa, he had received
13 bags of blood through transfusions, replacing an entire body’s worth
of blood — twice.
“I don’t remember too much of that,” he said. “It was pretty horrible.”
It was while at the rehabilitation hospital that his drive to help
others was first noticed. As soon as Trauner was healthy enough to get
around, he would visit other patients and encourage them in their
As soon as he was fitted with legs, he was moving, pushing himself to
the limit and providing an example for others.
“I stood up for the first time in February, and I walked six lengths of
the bar,” he said. “Which is almost impossible, apparently, because
people can’t tolerate the pain and discomfort. I was just determined to
get up and go, get it over with.”
Before he left the hospital, he was awarded with a guardian angel pin.
The pin is given to those who show an “unselfish effort to comfort,
support, and be a daily inspiration.”
Trauner said he is working on his upper body strength so he can meet the
physical requirements to remain with the Canadian Forces.
And if it doesn’t work out ?
“I’ll go into politics,” he said.
Whitefish Lake First Nation scores Mike Holmes project
Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, also known as Whitefish Lake First Nation,
beat out eight other First Nations entrants to host the Mike Holmes
pilot project, Building Homes and Building Skills. File photo.
Dec 23, 2010
By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff
Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, also known as the Whitefish Lake First
Nation, has been chosen as the host community for Mike Holmes' Building
Homes and Building Skills project.
The project, sponsored by the Assembly of First Nations and the Holmes
Group, will renovate homes in the community, construct new
energy-efficient homes, and create a "centre of excellence" where First
Nations persons will be trained in trades skills by industry
According to a press release issued by Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, the
goal of the project is to create developments in the community and
nearby First Nations communities in the areas of design, planning,
project management, trades, research and communications.
Atikameksheng Anishnawbek was chosen from proposals from First Nations
communities in Ontario. They were selected out of nine proposals.
"The proposal of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek was fittingly named 'G'Wiigwaamnaaniin,'
which means 'Our Homes,'" Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, the Assembly of First
Nations national chief, stated in a press release issued by the Holmes
"Their submission met, and in fact exceeded, all the necessary
requirements that were set out for this project."
Invitations have been sent to the eight other entrants, so they can
participate in the pilot project at Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. The
reserve is bordered by the Greater Sudbury communities of Naughton and
"I am excited at this opportunity to help build improved sustainable
communities with the people of the First Nations," Holmes, star of
HGTV's Holmes on Homes and Holmes Inspection, stated.
The project is slated to start in January 2011.
Dec 23, 2010
By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff
Rob St. Marseille
Rob St. Marseille,
president of the Walden Mountain Bike Club, was named the Mountain Bike
Contributor of the Year 2010 by the Ontario Cup Association (OCA). This
award is given for raising the profile of racing and recreational
mountain biking in Ontario.
St. Marseille started building the Naughton cycling trails four years
ago and has worked endlessly, improving and maintaining the trails. This
summer, the Ontario Summer Games’ mountain bike races were held in
Naughton. St. Marseille was responsible for co-ordinating the event,
along with readying the trails, along with the help of volunteers.
While participating in races on the Ontario Cup circuit, St. Marseille,
who is also an OPP officer and works for Crime Stoppers of Sudbury,
“talks up” the Naughton trail system, and has drawn the attention of the
Pet therapy business opens to help kids learn
By HAROLD CARMICHAEL
Cyrus is no ordinary canine.
As a certified Therapy Dog with Great Minds --
Tutor & Life Coach, a new business that just opened in Greater Sudbury,
the 2 1/2-year-old border collie cross has a lot on his plate because
his job is to help increase children's attention span, motivation and
ability to focus, as well as help develop confidence and empathy while
reducing depression, anxiety and physical aggression.
"His job is to help the kids
to learn," said owner Elvira Bratfisch of Chelmsford. "He helps the kids
to learn to help themselves -- things such as their social skills and
reading ... One of the things we do is have kids who have reading
difficulties read to the dog and it makes them feel comfortable."
Animal Assisted Therapy is one of several tools
used by the new business to help with the educational and mental health
needs of children and youth. Another is play therapy, which pushes
children to communicate their feelings, learn new ways of thinking and
behaving, develop healthy decision-making skills, assist healing from
stressful and traumatic events and build health connections between
children and caregivers.
Bratfisch, who was worked in the special
education field for 15 years, said her job is to make children's lives
"I love working with kids," she said. "I love
seeing that little light go on, that sparkle in their eye. With Animal
Assisted Therapy, the benefits are phenomenal. It's something different.
I have always been creative in my work with kids. If something new comes
up and is getting new results, let's try it ... I also do play therapy:
using play as a tool to help children express their feelings and work
Great Minds -- Tutor & Life Coach is a mobile
"If a client feels better in their home, I will
come to their home," she said. "I also have an office and therapy room
at my home."
Great Minds -- Tutor & Life Coach can be reached
at 919-9878 or by e-mail at
CANs take pride in their communities
May 25, 2010
Kimberley Wahamaa is the event manager at Northern Ontario Business,
Northern Life’s sister company, and a committee member with the Coniston
Community Action Network.
I had the privilege to represent the Coniston CAN (Community Action
Network) at the fourth annual CAN Summit on May 18 at the ParkSide Older
More than 30 CAN representatives from across the communities of the City
of Greater Sudbury attended. When the City of Greater Sudbury was
formed, community action networks were established in each of the
Their purpose is to promote and improve their communities, and
communicate local concerns to municipal council. Whether you are new to
your community, a long-time resident, or a new business, attend your
monthly CAN committee meetings.
Chris Gore, manager of community partnerships welcomed and chaired the
Summit. There were several presenters and a networking opportunity for
CANs to share their ideas.
Catherine Matheson, general manager of community development, health
community cabinet, presented an overview of the Greater Sudbury Regional
Centre of Expertise working together for a healthy sustainable
Stephen Monet, manager of environmental planning initiatives, healthy
community cabinet (natural environment pillar) gave a presentation on
Biological Diversity, Living Landscape: A Biodiversity Action Plan for
Greater Sudbury. VETAC — city council’s advisory panel on regreening,
will expand the liming, fertilizing, seeding and tree planting projects
in our area.
How CAN you get involved?
Plant shrubs and trees on your property. Adopt-a-hill for your group to
apply lime and plant trees and shrubs. Join a garden club and learn how
to propagate plants for re-greening our city. Volunteer to help with the
Ugliest Schoolyard contest. Get involved with local naturalists groups,
such as Frog Watch Ontario, Ontario Turtle Tally, Canadian Lake Loon
Survey, Christmas Bird Count, Project Feeder Watch, and Marsh Monitoring
www.greatersudbury.ca/biodiversity for more information.
Michelle Fex, Market Square officer, spoke to the group about the Market
Square. The 12,000 sq. ft. facility, with 27 indoor vendors and 30
outdoor vendors, is owned and operated by the City of Greater Sudbury.
It is open on weekends for a five-month season, drawing more than 65,000
visitors. The Downtown Information Centre will relocate to the Market
Square, which opens June 5. Hours of operation will be Saturday, 8:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit the Market
Square and shop local.
Cindy Briscoe, community development co-ordinator, Healthy Community
Corner Café advised the CANs about the Healthy Community Recognition
Awards, social marketing and the Healthy Community Café, located at
Deb McIntosh, executive director of Rainbow Routes Trail Development and
Sustainable Mobility Plan, gave an update on plans to increase bike
racks on transit buses, offering family day transit passes, bike lockup
areas, crosswalks and sidewalks. Visit the city council meeting on June
16 for more information.
A CAN in your community
Carole Boileau, 983-1957
David Kilgour, 858-1832
Roger Spencer, 855-0861
Jimmy Sartor, 694-3337
Joanne Renzoni, 682-0307
Mimi Wiseman, 682-0641 ext. 229
Lori Wall, 673-9015
John Lindsay, 525-7526
Scott Sagle, 966-3220
Michael Armstrong, 966-2767
Eva Carissimi, 523-9094
Jim Bruni, 523-7481
Denis St. Pierre,
969-6057 ext. 204
Neeltje Van Roon,
Tom Murphy, 677-0275
John Katerynuk, 698-9256
Ward 12 (Flour Mill Chapter)
Paul Phillippe, 675-6727
Ward 12 (New Sudbury Chapter)
Cecile Kingsbury, 524-8344
Arthemise Camirand-Peterson, 524-9436
Ward 12 (Uptown Chapter)
Richard Munn, 585-0449
For information about forming a Community Action Network in your
area, contact the City of Greater Sudbury at 3-1-1.
Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge
accidental wildlife ‘kidnappings’ this Spring!
Spring is upon us here in Greater Sudbury and soon we will start seeing
some familiar faces around our backyards. Yes, wildlife are becoming
active again for the spring and summer seasons!
The Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre in Lively is active in our
community educating people about wildlife. At our centre, we often
receive a lot of baby birds and mammals in the spring and summer. Many
times, these babies are brought to us- by well-intentioned people-
because they thought that the animal was orphaned when it would have
been best to have left it alone and called our centre first.
Many animals such as deer and snowshoe hares will leave their young
unattended for twelve or more hours. This is a survival technique since
the young are born scentless to avoid predators and the babies are too
young to follow their mother around. The mother will seek food and
return to feed her baby then leave once again. People often will find a
baby hare by itself, think that the baby is orphaned, and bring it into
our centre. We want to help avoid accidental wildlife “kidnappings” as
it may reduce the animal’s chances of survival and cause stress.
Please contact Wild at Heart if you have any questions about wildlife or
if you find an animal that you suspect it is orphaned, injured, or sick:
(705) 692-4478. Please also visit our website at
Globe & Mail
Article, Feb. 2,2010
Weed Killer can turn male frogs into females...Study Finds
Lake Water Quality Coordinator
City of Sudbury
(w) 674-4455 x 4604
Sudbury groups land provincial money
Jan 21, 2010
By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff
Five local not-for-profit organizations have been awarded a combined
total of $216,400 through the provincially-funded Ontario Trillium
“These organizations are important to the growth and vitality of our
community,” said Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci, in a press release. “I am
proud of our government’s continued support of local services in
The following organizations received funding:
- $19,000 for the Sudbury Canoe Club to expand the junior program with
the purchase additional boats
- $15,000 for the Sudbury Amateur Radio Club to upgrade equipment
- $120,000 for the Social Planning Council of Sudbury to hire a staff
member to support its local poverty strategy to benefit vulnerable
children and families
- $14,400 for the Walden Cross Country Fitness Club to purchase trail
grooming equipment and an all-season rescue sleigh.
- $48,000 for the Whitefish Lake First Nation to purchase fitness
equipment and hire a recreational activities coordinator.
Walden Cross-Country Ski club constructs new chalet
The Walden Cross-Country Ski Club has erected a new chalet on the
property of the Naughton Ski Trails. The chalet is expected to open
mid-January. Pictured is John Mullock, ski club president, Sue Murray,
chalet operator, and Harry Sheppard, ski club board member.
By: Laurel Myers - Sudbury Northern Life
After a relaxing jaunt or an exerting sprint through the Naughton
cross-country ski trails, skiers will soon have a new place to warm up
and unwind, with ample room to stretch their arms and legs.
The Walden Cross-Country Ski Club is building a new ski chalet at the
mouth of the trail system, with improved facilities, and additional
John Mullock, president of the club, said the chalet was a necessary
addition primarily because of the rising number of members and day
“We had close to 800 members last year... and more than 700 day users,”
he said. “We have a jack rabbit and junior development program that
involves about 100 kids.”
And once you squished that many kids into the existing 1,000 square foot
chalet, Mullock said there was no room left to move. The new 2,400
square foot chalet could accommodate as many as 120 people.
The membership at the club has been steadily increasing over the past
five years, due in part to the economic accessibility of skiing, as well
as the increased interest in being physically active and healthy,
according to Sue Murray, chalet operator. “People are really wanting to
be fit now,” she said.
Funding for the project has come through various sources, including
$91,000 raised by the club, $20,000 from the city’s stimulus funding,
and $10,000 in corporate donations.
The builders — mostly volunteers and members of the club — put the
shovel in the ground in October. Mullock said the plan is to have the
chalet operational by Jan. 15, 2010.
The additional space will also make it easier for the club to host
regional ski races, as well as provide much needed room to store rental
“Last season, we started doing a school program,” Murray said. “There
was probably two classes each week coming out to ski. We had to get more
rentals to accommodate the program.”
The new chalet will be completely wheelchair accessible to accommodate
the skiers who participate in the Para-Nordic program, which the club
launched last year.
“We have more sit-skiers here than they have in most of the province,”
Murray said. “With the Para-Nordic program being centred here, we really
needed a facility that would accommodate them.”
Harry Sheppard has been skiing on the Naughton trails for years and
raved about the quality of the trail system. “They have exceptionally
good trails, and that brings the people from the city out here,” he
The trail system offers one, three, five and nine-kilometre routes, as
well as a three-kilometre loop that is fully lit for night skiing.
Trails are groomed to accommodate both traditional and skate skiing.
The youth racers with the club’s junior development program (aged 14-18)
will offer ski lessons over the holidays as a fundraiser for their
upcoming race season. The lessons will last 45 minutes to one hour and
cost $10 per person.
For more information, phone the Walden Cross-Country Ski Club at
692-2321, or visit www.waldenxc.com
The slots brings more than $600,000 back to Sudbury
October 20, 2009 - Northern Life - Posted online
The City of Greater Sudbury is now $644,665 richer, thanks to the
The earnings are the second-quarter share of the profits the city earns
hosting the OLG slots at the race track in the former town of Rayside
Balfour. Since opening in Nov. 1999, the facility has attracted more
5.6 million visitors.
Each facility hosting an OLG slots-at-racetrack facility receives five
cent of the gaming facility's gross slot machine revenue for the first
machines, then two per cent for each additional machine. In total, OLG
issues more than $18.9 million in second-quarter gaming revenue payments
23 municipalities that host OLG Casinos and OLG slots-at-racetrack
"OLD Slots at Sudbury Downs is an important community partner providing
substantial benefits to the City of Greater Sudbury since 1999," stated
Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci, in a press release. "Through the sharing of
gaming revenue, we are able to continually invest in our community and
support local initiatives and programs."
The Sudbury Downs and other racetracks, and their horse people also
receiving 20 per cent of gross slot machine revenue split evenly between
both groups. Since 1998, more than $2.9 billion has been shared between
Every year, the Government of Ontario allocates two per cent of gross
revenue from slot machines at casinos and slots-at-racetrack facilities
the province's problem gambling program for research, treatment and
An estimated $39 million will be allocated in 2009/2010.
Hike for a Hero(PDF)
Southwest bypass plan cuts access to Hwy. 17: Kett
Date Published | Apr. 20, 2009
Terry Kett, former Walden mayor and Greater Sudbury city councillor,
said plans by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for the
city's southwest bypass will cut off access to Highway 17 for nearby
1,300 residents and businesses. File photo.
Posted by Sudbury Northern Life Reporter Bill Bradley
Terry Kett, former Walden mayor and Greater Sudbury city councillor,
said plans by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for the
city's southwest bypass will cut off access to Highway 17 for nearby
1,300 residents and businesses.
“The latest version of the southwest bypass plan has nasty implications
for everyone from Jarvi Road, Moxam Landing Road, and Kanata Road to
every home from Bonnie Drive to Hillcrest Drive in the Mikkola area, as
well as Fielding Road businesses,” said Kett in a letter he is
He has formed an action group with other concerned citizens to “protect
our homes, families and businesses.”
He is helping to organize a meeting this Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at
the Kinsmen Hall, which is located next door to the Lively Public
Here are his points:
-For those in the Jarvi to Kantola area, the latest MTO version (of the
bypass plans) denies residents access to Hwy. 17 at both Jarvi and
Kantola- “think of the implications for school buses, emergency
vehicles, property values and think of getting to work and back or to
shop,” said Kett.
-Up to 15 km would be added to residents' trips to access the bypass,
depending on where they live.
-For those in the Mikkola area, the plan states “Moxam Landing and
Kantola traffic will use the existing means of access (to Lively)
through the Mikkola area" - Bonnie Dr., Patricia, Hillcrest and Mikkola
would get the brunt of the new traffic with huge line-ups at the
Hillcrest or Westview intersections-it would discourage many from
shopping in Lively.
-970 homes would be affected in Mikkola.
-There would be no access for Fielding Road to the bypass - over 1,000
people work on this road - a continual stream of traffic enters and
exits Fielding Road using the bypass- “think of all those Fielding Road
trucks trying to turn left off of RR55 to get to the bypass,” said Kett.
-The plan continues access to Southview Drive using a service road
linking Kantola and Moxam Landing Roads to Jarvi and thus to Southview -
“the plan would force too much traffic to use this very poor quality,
congested road as it becomes the only way to access the south end.
Southview would have no access to the bypass," said Kett.
However, Ward 1 Coun. Joe Cimino said he does not believe Southview
Drive would have a lot more traffic as a result of the plan.
He did agree with Kett that there should be an interchange at Fielding
“The MTO got it half right. We want no interchange at Southview Drive
and are happy with the flyover we will get. But there should be an
interchange at Fielding Road. I do not agree there should be not be an
interchange there,” said Cimino.
He said Southview Drive residents have complained they were getting
heavy transport traffic off the bypass for years.
Cimino said what the MTO has done is shift the problems Southview Drive
has experienced to the Hillcrest subdivision area.
“An interchange at Fielding would leave Hillcrest the quiet
neighbourhood it has been all along. Instead, they will inherit our
problems with the new plan,” he said.
Cimino also refuted Kett's contention that there should be an
interchange at Southview Drive.
“An interchange at Southview, as was originally presented by MTO, would
significantly increase traffic off the bypass. Residents do not want
that or what exists today.”
He said he suggested to MTO officials that if they put an interchange
in, they should extend the Big Nickel Road to Southview Drive and block
off the residential area, allowing truck traffic to avoid the
residential area on Southview Drive.
“MTO did not want anything to do with that. They do not want to take
for the effects their projects will have on the surrounding area.”
Meanwhile Cimino said he has been fighting to reduce existing traffic
congestion on Southview Drive.
“Coun. Jacques Barbeau and I have been co-operating on this since we
He said city council will spend up to $130,000 to calm traffic on
Southview Drive as a way to promote a safer neighbourhood.
He said it took countless phone calls to trucking firms to pull their
trucks away from Southview Drive.
“Southview Drive is a no truck zone, but it has been used as a short cut
to get to Vale Inco by connecting to Kelly Lake Road, then to Copper
Cliff. We have bylaw officers and police out there along with signage to
discourage trucks coming off the by-pass on to Southview Drive. An
interchange at Southview would reverse all that effort and make it
Ward 2 Coun. Jacques Barbeau echoed Cimino's remarks.
“I have put a lot of effort into this myself, to resolving this issue.
By having a flyover at Fielding Road, the MTO may be making it safer at
Kantola Road, but they are creating five more problems, especially in
the Hillcrest subdivision area.”
Barbeau said city council will be having further discussions with the
MTO about the issue. “We will be meeting with MTO Minister Bradley in
Cimino and Barbeau said they would be attending Kett's community meeting
about the bypass. For more information on the meeting, e-mail Kett at
Diamond cutting facility to be located in Sudbury
April 6, 2009 - Northern Life - Posted online
Ontario's first diamond cutting and polishing facility will be located
Greater Sudbury, creating 50 jobs.
Crossworks Manufacturing, part of the HRA-Sun Diamond Group, which
for a supply contract with De Beers' Diamond Trading Company (DTC), will
and polish an estimated $25 million worth of rough stones a year at the
The stones will come from the Victor Mine, located 90 kilometres west of
Attawapiskat First Nation on James Bay.
The facility is expected to be built by later this year, although a
has not yet been finalized.
The announcement was made by Minister of Northern Development and Mines
Michael Gravelle Monday.
"This is the first cutting and polishing facility of its kind in
creating 50 highly skilled jobs. Crossworks is a Canadian company, well
respected in their field," said Gravelle, speaking at a Chamber of
event at Bryston's on the Park in Copper Cliff.
"The establishment of our factory is a great beginning for us in Ontario
will put Greater Sudbury on the global diamond map. As a Canadian
we are excited about the possibilities that this offers the jewellery
industry, the City of Greater Sudbury, the province of Ontario and
said Uri Ariel, president Crossworks Manufacturing Ltd, in a release.
Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci said he was excited about the news.
"The definition of Greater Sudbury has just been broadened. We are still
mining centre of excellence for the world, but we are expanding into the
cutting and polishing of De Beers diamonds," said Bartolucci.
"We are getting into value added growth. That expands economic
and jobs. This exciting initiative will provide new avenues of
and expertise. It will enhance Greater Sudbury's reputation as a centre
Mayor John Rodriguez was also optimistic about the opportunities the new
industry would bring the city.
"We are going to add value to a northern resource, some of the best
in the world. I am looking at my crystal ball and I can see a cluster of
industries around diamonds, necklace manufacturers for example, just as
have had a cluster of hundreds of companies develop around the major
companies here," said Rodriguez.
The diamonds will come a source that is regulated, where the resource is
tapped in a sustainable fashion and where local people in the area can
benefit, said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said negotiations and been underway for almost a year between
companies and the city.
"I have to give credit to city staff such as Guy Labine, chair of the
Greater Sudbury Development Corporation, his staff and many other people
this community. It was a group effort," he noted.
A Boy Needs a Grandma
A boy needs a Grandma to spoil him a bit
Someone with time on her hands who will sit
In an old fashioned rocker that shivers and squeaks
And listen to words that a little boy speaks.
Someone who knows who a gingerbread man
All crumbly and fragrant and warm from the pan
Can comfort a fellow who feels a bit blue
When nothing just right seems to happen to you.
A boy needs a Grandma to teach him the words
That run like a hymn in the song of the birds
Someone who knows where the Orioles go
When the garden is covered in inches of snow.
And only a Grandma remembers to say
“ Now be a good boy” as she tucks him away
Under the covers and pats them down tight
For little boys sometimes get scared in the night.
A boy needs the comforting knowledge of love
Steady and sure as the stars up above
To carry him safely through sunshine and tears
A light in the darkness, a stay through the years.
A boy needs a Grandma to hold in her chair
And give him her blessing by just being there.
Written by Pearl Wolfe, 1857
Brenda Salo’s Grandma
CARP – SUDBURY CHAPTER
On Thursday, January 29, 2009 at the Parkside Centre in Sudbury,
Ontario, Mr. Paul Crawford, community and public affairs advisor for the
Ontario Energy Board (OEB), made a presentation on “What You Need to
Know about Energy Contracts” to approximately 80 in attendance. The
presentation centered around key areas such as: What are your rights &
what actions can you take. A question & answer period followed on all
aspects of these various Hydro, Gas & other types of energy contracts.
The OEB is responsible for regulating natural gas & electrical utilities
& deregulation in 1998 resulted in gas & electrical marketing companies
going door to door requesting consumers to by from them, promising great
savings & fixed rates, which in many cases, weren’t so.
Mr. Crawford’s advice was to do your homework, make sure you understand
what you are signing & take the time to review the materials before you
sign on the dotted line.
Mr. Crawford also had some tips for those contemplating changing
1) You have options as your energy can be supplied by your utility OR an
Retailer/natural gas marketer.
2) Know who you are dealing with. Agents who come to your door must have
Identification & show ID with their name, company name & the OEB license
3) Be aware as to when you show your gas/electricity bill(s). You are
under no obligation
(Nor should you), to show the agent a copy of your bill(s) until you are
the process & then agree to sign a contract.
A) If you have signed a contract at the door, there is a ten (10) day
waiting period in
which you can change your mind.
B) There is also a reaffirmation period within forty (40) days where you
contacted by the energy company who will ask you some questions and if
“NO” to any, the contract is null & void.
The bottom line is “Buyer beware” as it is very difficult to get out of
one of these contracts, financially, once completed.
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Subject: Government uploading programs to save city taxpayers millions
Government uploading programs to save city taxpayers millions
October 31, 2008 - Bill Bradley - Northern Life - Posted online
Mayor John Rodriguez shares a happy moment with Sudbury MPP Rick
and Greater Sudbury Police Services chief Ian Davidson (on right).
Bartolucci announced Friday a major uploading of provincial programs
taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for. Photo by Bill
City taxpayers got some treats prior to Halloween evening.
Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci came to Mayor John Rodriguez's office Friday
afternoon to offer him and local taxpayers a bag of goodies worth $21
million by 2018.
Luckily, there was no trick or hoop the city had to jump through to get
their treats, said Bartolucci.
The City of Greater Sudbury can expect to see costs of Ontario Works
benefits and the Sudbury Court House paid by the province, phased in
time, according to a new report by the province.
"For Greater Sudbury, this means $7,938,000 in increased annual benefits
social assistance and $1.5 million for court security and prisoner
transportation by the time the upload is complete in 2018," said
"With these uploads, the City of Greater Sudbury can build and repair
infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, libraries, sewer systems and
plants," he said.
Currently, municipalities like Greater Sudbury pay for some provincial
programs directly from property taxes. The Court House security costs -
over $1 million - have been continually an irritant to city councillors
and the mayor, said Bartolucci.
"I know Ward 9 Coun. Doug Craig has been vocal in his opposition to the
being forced to pay for policing the provincial Court House. He paid me
visit about this matter," he said.
Bartolucci also said there was intense involvement by many other
and the mayor to get the upload accomplished.
"Mayor John Rodriguez called me every week about this proposal. We
it intensively," said Bartolucci.
For his part, Rodriguez said it took a lot of courage for the province
upload services at a time when the general opinion is that the economy
"I have never seen a government take this action when everyone is saying
sky is falling," said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez also appreciated that provincial transfers to the city will
the same in 2009 despite the upload and that future funding formulas
have municipalities like Greater Sudbury at the table to work out the
"I find that refreshing," said Rodriguez.
So did Greater Sudbury's financial officer, Lorella Hayes, charged with
keeping the city's finances viable during the upcoming 2009 budget
"It is good news. I appreciate the Ontario municipal partnership fund
be intact in 2009. As to how much the city will save in 2009, that will
known by December," she said.