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We have a new puppy!!!

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in Animal Health, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

We have a new puppy!!!

Meet Shay.   Dr. Louise Janes D.V.M. & Dr. Jeff Grognet D.V.M. Mid-Isle Veterinary Hospital 5-161 Fern Road West Qualicum Beach, BC Tel (250) 752-896  Mid-Isle Veterinary...

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A B.C. case study

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

A B.C. case study

Mi–Jung Lee is an investigative journalist and has worked for CTV News in Vancouver for 18 years. She anchors CTV News at Noon and at Five. Mi-Jung graciously spoke with us about her cancer diagnosis, what she learned about breast density and her efforts to raise awareness. When did you start having mammograms? In British Columbia, it used to be recommended that women start getting mammograms at age 40. They have since changed that to every 2 years starting at age 50, but I started at 40 and got mammograms regularly. I was conscientious about that. Please tell us about your diagnosis....

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Shaman, Witch, Pagan

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Metaphysics & Complementary Healing | 0 comments

Shaman, Witch, Pagan

The wind in the trees, the waves running across the surface f the water, the gentle sigh of the earth as she settles into herself each day – all of life is energy and in constant movement. When we live on the land, with the land, we learn the rhythms of the earth. When we learn the rhythms of the earth, we learn our own rhythms; we learn to flow with all the energies around us. It can be challenging to listen and feel the rhythm of the earth and your own rhythms though the din of traffic and the solid concrete beneath your feet. The cry of the eagle, the song of the frog or the chatter of...

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The Person Inside the Mess.

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 1 comment

The Person Inside the Mess.

It was excruciating to watch the TV Reality Show, “Hoarding”, as the so-called ‘experts’ aggressively tossed out years of memories, while a shattered person watched by the sidelines, heart-broken. Fortunately, modern medicine is providing more humane treatments for hoarding. Most professionals agree that living in a mini garbage dump is a symptom of a much greater problem and the focus should be the person who is suffering under all that trash. The resounding message from a community forum on hoarding was that a gentle, compassionate approach is the sure-fire way to effectively deal...

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Should I Take a Multivitamin?

Posted by on Sep 17, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Should I Take a Multivitamin?

One of the most common questions that I’m asked as a registered dietitian is “should I take a multivitamin?” Here’s what I think about multivitamins for women. First I need to tell you that when it comes to nutrition, one size doesn’t fit all. We each have different nutrition needs – based on our sex, age, physical activity, health concerns, etc. And, our eating habits vary widely. That’s why when I work with clients, the first thing I do is a nutrition assessment of you. It’s from the results of my nutrition assessment that I create your individual action plan. So, without...

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 B.C. Seniors Advocate survey

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

 B.C. Seniors Advocate survey

B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie released provincial results of her office’s survey of publicly subsidized residential care homes today. This is the most extensive survey of residents’ quality of life ever conducted in Canada. “For the first time in this province, we have heard the collective voices of some of our most frail and vulnerable seniors across all of our care homes,” said Mackenzie. “What they are telling us is that while some are satisfied in some areas, overall, we need to be doing better, and in some cases, much better in ensuring the needs of residents are...

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Paradise Found

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Real Estate | 0 comments

Paradise Found

House for sale on Gabriola is only part of the picture.  Honestly, I’m still surprised with comments like, “I never knew”; “Wow, what a place and you have it all here on your island, Gabriola”; “We sailed by, but hadn’t stopped in until today.  Looking to rest our sea-legs, and find a home on Gabriola”.  Just a few exclamations of what I hear every day.  And so, I think it’s about time I entice you my island paradise.  About now you would have recognized that I am a full-time resident on Gabriola, love it here!  I’m also a REALTOR® full-time.  A perfect...

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Are You Dehydrated?

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Are You Dehydrated?

The “I only drink when I’m thirsty”approach can trip you up. The summer is almost over. The sweating and basking in the sun moments are still fresh in our memory, and we may even long for the cooler breeze of early fall. You’ve heard it all summer long: stay hydrated, drink 8 to 12 glasses a day. But don’t think to pack that habit away along with your shorts and summer attire. Hydration is important all year long. Research has shown that active and healthy seniors are managing their hydration well, evidenced by little difference in hydration status compared to younger folks....

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Striking It Rich….

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 4 comments

Striking It Rich….

Clara agreed to visit his claim, the one he’d been digging for years. Fancy meeting after all this time. She hadn’t changed much, wore her hair shorter, but had that same gorgeous smile. If he wasn’t careful he’d fall in love all over again. And she might too, if he struck it rich. If he kept at the digging. Jack lifted another shovelful and threw the rocks, crashing into the wagon. One more and he’d be ready to ‘wash it’. “Why don’t you just give it up, Jack? This place is done for. I found all the gold.”  Old Henry, his neighbour, had struck gold a long time ago and...

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Of Brains And Books …

Posted by on Aug 27, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 1 comment

Of Brains And Books …

 What? Why? How? When someone close to you suffers a stroke, you suffer too … groping for answers to questions you never expected to ask. Some questions go without answers, but many of the answers are out there just waiting to be found. When my dearest friend and partner suffered a stroke eight years ago his friends and mine rallied round with sympathy, support and suggestions that might help both of us. Some offered suggestions for a book or an article that could help shed some light on a phenomenon that we knew little about and never expected to deal with. And then came an invitation to...

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Somethings Don’t Change.

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

Somethings Don’t Change.

Island women I invite you to read this column written by Nellie McClung, in 1942 during the 2nd world war, and tell me how you felt when you came to the end. I challenge you to tell me that it left you unmoved. The words that came to mind for me are fears, doubts, survival, support of neighbours and friends. Now we have the same feelings but the battle now is climate change. Let us be aware of the need to pay attention. The years go by but our needs do not change. Let me hear from you. Trish Summerhayes. Owner/Publisher. ********************************************   This column first...

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There’s A Frog In My Fridge!

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, Gardening, General | 3 comments

There’s A Frog In My Fridge!

We used to offer farm stays to foreign travellers when we owned an acreage in Victoria; many people from around the world stayed with us over the years. I’ll never forget the day I opened the fridge to find a large taped brown box inside. Upon enquiring as to what this was, a young man from California sheepishly informed me that there was a frog in the box. At first I merely laughed him off, responding that he could “pull the other leg as it had bells on it”.   “Ask your husband. He told me to do it!” he replied. Upon further enquiry my husband told me that Dustin had found an...

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Letter to Dr. Robert Jeffress

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 2 comments

Letter to Dr. Robert Jeffress

President Donald Trump’s Evangelical Advisor   Words are powerful. Our words change the world. With words, you can seek understanding, foster peace, and pursue measured justice. With your words, you can damn a people to the fires of nuclear hell and stain your hands in their blood. Dr. Robert Jeffress, your words have me questioning whether you follow the God you claim to believe in. Are you a Christian, or are you a wolf covered in the sheep’s clothing of patriotism in the name of protecting your country? Behind the façade, you are encouraging brinkmanship in your president; a...

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Fighting The Stigma.

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 2 comments

Fighting The Stigma.

Adele was called into the Principal’s office to discuss her twelfth grade son. She was not surprised. He had been in two fights and had been acting strange. She supposed he would be expelled if his behavior did not improve. Deep down Adele feared there was another problem, but she chose not to acknowledge it. After all, he was just a teenager, sometimes teenagers had problems. The meeting went badly. They discussed the fighting. Adele defended her son. Why blame him for everything, did he start it? The Principal appeared to be trying to get something else across, she did not want to hear...

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From Nursing To Farming.

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, General | 1 comment

From Nursing To Farming.

Cedar Valley Poultry Farm was envisioned while I was taking my LPN coursethrough Malaspina University in 2004. By 2005 I registered my Farm business and received a business loan through Farm Credit Canada. My business life was underway, our farm was diversifying and BC Chicken Marketing Board had given our farm a permit to grow Chicken Meat. I left the working world to spend all my time developing our farm Business. My husband was working three part time jobs, which allowed this to happen.   My husband and I have been active in Farmers Markets for the past 21 years. Members of the Cedar...

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Wild Fires. We can do something.

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

Wild Fires. We can do something.

After the 2003 firestorms around Kelowna the provincial government said millions would be spent to clean up logging debris that had been left on the ground throughout BC after logging operations. Only a small fraction of that has been done and the dry fuel is still there waiting to burn. Lots of communities are still surrounded by it and this should immediately cleaned up. Once the fire season is over this should become a matter a of great urgency for everyone. The preparations for this massive clean-up should start now. The price of ignoring this realty can be seen on our television screens....

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