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09/09/2018

Obituary: Christine Campbell

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Christine Campbell passed away this morning after an extended illness.

A tea will be held next Saturday, September 15, at Marble Mountain Community Hall from 2:00 to 4:00. Friends and family are invited to gather in celebration of her life.

Tea and light snacks will be provided.

See her obituary for more information. Click on the link below.

RIP, Tina. You will be dearly missed.


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09/04/2018

Campbell & Green At St. George’s Channel Hall With Tim LaBorie & The Fabulous Bard Boys 7pm Saturday, 8th September $10.00

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Canadian songwriters, Campbell + Green, are on the road again in support of their new album ‘On Being Human’. With songs and stories inspired by their travels, the wonderful people they meet, and each other, these two excellent musicians will have you toe-tapping, smiling, laughing, and maybe even shedding a tear as they spin their tales in song.

Campbell + Green are currently touring their home province of Nova Scotia after a successful tour through Europe and Canada. They have big plans for the coming year, including a Christmas recording, and another cross Canada tour with some big surprises.

‘On Being Human’ is a collection of new songs about the many facets of being human, from a playful love song or two to heart-wrenching tune about refugees, or a thoughtful song about Vincent Van Gogh. With both Campbell and Green contributing to the writing, they draw from many styles and vibes which lends to an entertaining and engaging show.

www.CampbellAndGreen.ca

Feature artists Tim LaBorie & The Fabulous Bard Boys "What a great evening this is going to be - don't miss it! 7pm Saturday, 8th September. Bring everybody you know and earn their undying gratitude!"


08/30/2018

Hummies Are Leaving

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The first wave, males, started their journey a couple of weeks ago. Over the weekend the numbers thinned, females. That leaves the juveniles fattening themselves as they ready for their flitght to Brazil for the winter.

There is still some bickering at the feeders, just much less of it. The hummies awre spending a lot of time visiting the flowers, not as much the feeders.

Best guess - I count 5 or 6 hummies, whic probably means double that.
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08/05/2018

Japanese Barberry Linked To Lyme Disease Is Now Banned In Maine

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Japanese barberry may be fueling the spread of Lyme disease, something we have known for at least a few years.

"They're definitely a tick magnet . They're very much a tick magnet and they not only are a tick magnet; they're a mouse magnet and mice is where Lyme disease is reservoired," Fish said.

Researchers in Connecticut found "managing Japanese barberry will have a positive effect on public health" by reducing the number of ticks that carry Lyme disease.

If you have Japanese Barberry, consider destroying it.

Click on the link below for more info from WGME.


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08/02/2018

Fundraiser For Jamie MacLean Friday, August 10, West Bay Hall, 7 p.m - 10: p.m.

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The fundraiser will be in West Bay hall on Friday, August 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by local talent and all entertainers are welcome to join in.

Refreshments will include tea, coffee, snacks and sweets.

50/50 tickets will be available as well as a Mystery Box Raffle and bake sale.

Jamie is the son of Jimmy MacLean and Linda Campbell of Marble Mountain, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  

Jamie was diagnosed with MS a few years ago and has been fighting an uphill  battle since.  

Stem cell treatment offers the potential to improve Jamie's quality of life. Stem cell treatment is available in Mexico but not Canada.

It is very important to all who know and love Jamie that he be given the opportunity to have this possible life changing surgery.  

This surgery is very expensive so we are reaching out to family, friends and anyone else who would like to join us in Jamie's fight against MS.  

Thank you to all who participate.

Donations accepted at West Bay Post Office.

This Go Fund Me page is for Jamie MacLean.  

https://www.gofundme.com/jamie-maclean


07/06/2018

It's Garlic Scape Season

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Garlic scapes: What they are and five health reasons to eat them

Garlic scapes, the flower stalks that grow from garlic, pack a major nutritional punch. Try them in this healthy green spring dip.

by Julie Daniluk, R.H.N. Published Jun 6, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2012 2 Julie Daniluk

Garlic scapes are the flower stalks that spring out of the garlic bulb. During the growth period before the garlic flowers appear, the scape begins to curl upward looping into one to three neat coils, like a pig’s tail. Spring scapes have a milder flavor without the hot garlic bite. More delicate than the root, they can be enjoyed raw in salads, dips and stir-frys.

The scapes can be cut before harvesting the more familiar garlic bulb and sold in the market tied in bundles that look very similar to green onions. They are considered a delicacy, as you will only find them in the early summer, before the stocks get too wooden for harvesting.

Garlic scapes pack a major nutritional punch for a mere 30 calories per 100 grams. They are high in fibre and contain good amounts of vitamin C and pro-vitamin A, which protects your skin and lungs.

Five more reasons to search for scapes

1. They may increase oxygen levels in the blood: When people suffer from many diseases, including liver disease, the body releases compounds that can interfere with the amount of oxygen available in the blood. There are components of garlic, as well as its scapes, which may help to reoxygenate the blood and maintain healthy tissues and organs.

2. They could protect against osteoarthritis: Garlic scapes contain many allium compounds also found in the bulbs of garlic plants. These compounds may inhibit the enzymes in the body that are responsible for breaking down the bone tissue. As we age, this becomes increasingly important for the prevention of fractures and osteoarthritis.

3. They are high in antioxidants: The sulphur compounds in garlic scapes boost glutathione, the body’s most powerful antioxidant. This can protect the cells of the body against outside causes of illness from bacteria or viruses, as well as internal causes of damage including stress.

4. They may have anti-cancer properties: Diallyl sulphide is one of the many sulphur compounds found in the scapes of garlic. This sulphur compound in garlic has been shown in lab studies to cause programmed cell death (apoptosis) in non-small cell lung cancer cells.

5. They can protect the liver and kidney against oxidative stress: The volatile oil found in garlic and their scapes not only gives them their distinct flavour, but could protect the liver and kidneys from oxidative stress, which occurs during normal metabolic functions as well as when the body is being insulted by environmental toxins. No matter what the source of the oxidative stress is, our liver and kidneys end up bearing the brunt of the damage, so give your organs a break with some garlic scapes!

Summer e-scape skinny dip

This is a vampire-fighting green dip that makes a perfect dip for patio meals. The sweet green peas come alive with the addition of the spicy scapes.

Skinny Dip

3 cups green peas, fresh or thawed

1 tbsp yellow mustard

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 cup garlic scapes, chopped

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup water

2 tbsp hemp seed (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth. Serve with fresh veggies.

Makes three cups

Nutritionist Julie Daniluk hosts Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Her soon-to-be-published first book, Meals That Heal Inflammation, advises on allergy-free foods that both taste great and assist the body in the healing process.

For more amazing recipes visit Chatelaine.com’s recipe section. (Thank you, Len Vassalo, for sharing this post from Chatelaine.)


06/24/2018

Britain Has a Russia Collusion Scandal Now. It Looks Exactly Like Trump’s

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The most important thing to understand about the Russia scandal is that it perfectly fits a clear pattern of behavior. What Vladimir Putin is accused of doing to help Donald Trump win the presidency is essentially identical to what he is either accused of or proven to have done to help many other right-wing candidates in many other countries. As the plot in the United States is slowly exposed, a remarkably similar one in the United Kingdom is quickly surfacing.

This could happen here. It could happen anywhere. It happened in the U.S. and other countries around the globe. Stay informed, stay alert. Vote carefully.

Click on the link for more information. Excerpts from nymag.com.


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06/21/2018

Study Outlines Reasons To Ban Electronic Collars For Dogs

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A review of the scientific research finds there are risks to using electronic collars in dog training and says it's time for a ban.

Last year, a position statement from the European College of Veterinary Clinical Ethologists argued against the use of electronic collars in dog training and for a Europe-wide ban on their sale and use.  Now an article in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour by Dr. Sylvia Masson et al explains the reasons behind their position that electronic shock collars should not be used.

The paper looks at the scientific evidence and demolishes all of these reasons. Ultimately, the use of electronic training collars poses risks to animal welfare, as found in Ziv’s earlier review of aversive training methods more generally.

For example, people who use shock collars may end up paying more on a dog trainer or behaviourist if use of the collar affects their relationship with the dog or the dog’s welfare. The application of shock may result in fear, aggression or learned helplessness. Poor timing on the part of the trainer will increase these risks.

Studies show increased fear and stress in dogs trained with shock collars. And it is possible for dogs to associate this with things other than the behaviour being punished, for example with the trainer, the location of the training, or (in the case of boundary fences) with people or dogs who happen to be walking by.

Meanwhile, there is no research that suggests electronic training collars are more effective. In contrast, there is some research that suggests positive reinforcement leads to better results. (For example, one study found no benefits to the use of shock collars to teach recall but some risks to animal welfare).

The scientists also consider people’s sources of information about dog training, which are often poor. This means many people may not know positive reinforcement is a better way to train dogs.

if anyone is wondering whether or not to use an electronic collar on their dog, this article gives many reasons not to do so.

If you need help with your dog’s behaviour, choose a good dog trainer who will use positive reinforcement.

Professional organizations recommend the use of reward-based training methods (see seven reasons to use reward-based training methods).  You might also like my post the ultimate dog training tip. You can also read about my own article (published in the same issue of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior) on why don't more people use positive reinforcement to train dogs.

Excerpted from Companion Animal Psychology.

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06/17/2018

Tell DHS to Stop Ripping Immigrant Families Apart At The Border

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Click on the link below to take action to make this abuse stop.

The wording is for the USA but I can't see why it woulnd't work anywhere else. Sign this petition. Help the babies, children and their parents become reunited.

Give it a try. You have nothing to lose and the children and babies are at vast risk.


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06/17/2018

As of Thursday, 11,432 migrant children are in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, up from 9,000 at the beginning of May.

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The number grows larger every single day.

Excerpts from The Washington Post, lightly edited (link at bottom):

Nearly 2,000 immigrant children were separated from their parents during six weeks in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Such a situation could have long-term, devastating effects on young children, who are likely to develop what is called toxic stress in their brain once separated from caregivers or parents they trusted. It disrupts a child’s brain development and increases the levels of fight-or-flight hormones in their bodies, Kraft said. This kind of emotional trauma could eventually lead to health problems, such as heart disease and substance abuse disorders.

To pretend that separated children do not grow up with the shrapnel of this traumatic experience embedded in their minds is to disregard everything we know about child development, the brain, and trauma.

Though the policy has been enacted and touted by his own administration, Trump has avoided publicly owning it and, instead, on Twitter blamed Democrats for “forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda.”

Health and Human Services blames Congress, saying its inability to pass legislation on border security “created perverse and dangerous incentives for illegal border crossings and child smuggling.”

Lost in the partisan wrangling and finger-pointing was the long-term impact on children.

As partisan and as divisive as the whole topic of immigration is, we need to start with what’s right. Can we start with just keeping parents and children together while we figure out some of the other details?

The kids need to come first. America is better than this.

Trump could fix this in a minute, if he wanted to. I hate the president and this Republican administration of the United States of America. Really hate. I hate what the USA has become.


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