Author Archives: Sobieski

EDITORIALS: OPG meeting hijacked by Whitby

The recent scheduled meeting by the Durham Nuclear Health Committee (DNHC) to respond to the ‘false nuclear plant alarm” was hijacked by the City of Whitby.

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BOOK CLUBS OF PPL: HOOPLA, another way to access digital books

Hoopla is a web and mobile library media streaming platform for audiobooks, comics, e-books, movies, music, and TV. Hoopla allows library patrons to download or stream media content. The PICKERING PUBLIC LIBRARY is one of the host libraries using HOOPLA.

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HEALTHY: Technology can help with your health

Technology can be a challenge but once you learn to use it, it can help you stay fit and get healthier. If you are challenged by technology, get some help. Your health will benefit with use of technology.

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EVENTS: Fraud seminar event, Jan. 30

Also confer with our category:  Scams and Frauds

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BOOKS moderated: Books read by GAL Book Club (as of Jan. 2020)

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RICHARD reads reviews: The Invention of Wings

The Invention of WingsSue Monk Kidd

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EDITORIALS: Call centre hell. In Israel it’s against the law

“Please listen carefully as the following menu options have recently changed,” says a woman’s voice. “Agent!” I shout into the phone, wondering if the torture would ever end.

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EDITORIALS: Thank you Doug Ford. We feel much safer now.

Is this an example of our provincial government making us feel safer….In mid-January, an alert was sent out regarding the Pickering nuclear facility. As it turned out, it was a false alarm. However, the statement issued by the Solicitor General … Continue reading

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From NAKINA...: Jan 13 – “mamby pamby and mamby pamby,” says Justin Trudeau

What Goes Here??!!…Speaking of ‘history’….and I was until I just erased the item…..I’m thinking it goes without saying that today’s (predicted) temperature for Brant’s Ford of 14C….yes, + 14C….would/will without a doubt become the warmest January 11th ever recorded.

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HEALTHY: What exercises should we be doing to stay healthy as we age?

These are must-do exercises no matter what age group yo

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HEALTHY: Healthiest way to begin your day

What should be our morning routine to be healthy?Source: Quora, David Hauser

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EVENTS: Marriage and Divorce according to Islamic law and the Canadian legal system

 You are invited to a free seminar about Marriage and Divorce according to Islamic law and the Canadian legal system.

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SENIORS: Snow removal assistance for seniors

Seniors in need of snow removal assistance should contact the City of Pickering at  SNOW REMOVAL

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AGEING: How much do I need to retire?

We all want to make sure we are saving enough to have a comfortable retirement, but how do we know what is enough?

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EATING BETTER: 10 highest carb foods to avoid

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BOOK CLUBS OF PPL: Trending bestsellers, January 2020

The bestsellers of January, 2020…

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BOOK CLUBS OF PPL: Best of 2019 ( Cdn Libraries staff picks )

The best books of 2019 according to the Canadian Libraries staff picks:

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HEALTHY: Ways to Wellness – Adult wellness program

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From NAKINA...: Jan. 6 – blitzkrieg on Blitzer

Rotzy might have forgotten about George Bush’s weapons of mass destruction as he reminds us of 9/11…biting his tongue. Well, Whaddya Know?!The olde guy saw The Ball Drop on TV (*see below) in Times Square New Years Eve!! First tyme … Continue reading

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ARCHIVES: disclaimer

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors/contributors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of COOKz, BOOKz and NOOKz. Content provided is the opinion of the contributors/authors and is not intended to malign any … Continue reading

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EAT RIGHT, LIVE BETTER...by LISA: Oatmeal, not like your mother’s

Remember those frigid winter mornings, coming into the warm kitchen and smelling the oatmeal your mother was preparing for your breakfast?

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EAT RIGHT, LIVE BETTER...by LISA: Forget the weight, feel great nutrition workshop, Jan 24

Feel better about yourself as you learn better nutrition and dieting strategies from Lisa Ireland, Loblaws dietitian.  

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EAT RIGHT, LIVE BETTER...by LISA: Budget savvy eating workshop, Jan. 22

Eating well without seriously damaging your budget.            

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RICHARD's desk: Imagine the stress in being a teacher of ENGLISH

Those who teach English to newcomers to Canada must suffer a lot of stress. Just consider…. We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,  But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.  One fowl is a goose, but two … Continue reading

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HEALTHY: Many older Canadians are at risk of poor nutrition…

The Bottom Line Many older Canadian adults are at risk of poor nutrition, which can cause serious health issues. Inadequate available services, physical, social and financial limitations, and a lack of awareness about how to get help are among the … Continue reading

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TRAVEL: AUTOMOBILE Preparation list

The items in this list are suggestions only. Selection of any particular item is up to the needs of the individual driver. Shovel Sand, salt or kitty litter Traction mats Tow chain Compass Cloth or roll of paper towels Warning … Continue reading

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HEALTHY:

9 Ways to Beat Dementia Sam Nash     We all know how to keep our hearts healthy, but what about our brains? Eat oats for breakfast, get your five a day, vigorous exercise three times a week, blah blah … Continue reading

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From NAKINA...: Dec 30 – Xmas slow down or the hangover lingers ?

Xmas Round-Up…It’s Saturday 10:00AM as I start writing this week’s “F/N” column, and as has become the custom lately, I’ll finish it off tomorrow. These days are kinda a ‘down’ tyme here at Unit #303 555 Harris Place, though I … Continue reading

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RICHARD's desk: Computers drive me crazy!

We work with computers a lot. Think it gets easier? No way.  You will never believe our latest problem and even more, how it was resolved.

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ARCHIVES: currency facsimile

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TRAVEL: American currency: just the facts, ma’am…

Countering counterfeiters, the challenge of the American government.

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HEALTHY: Prostate cancer: symptoms

Consult with your doctor: prostate cancer is more successfully treated than even five years ago. However, early diagnosis is still to your biggest benefit.  Some symptoms of possible protate cancer include hesitancy, blood in urine or semen, back aches…

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DEMO's desk...: Online Security: Keeping Good Digital Hygiene

Avoid putting yourself at risk while being online. Do some password housekeeping.

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BRUNO's ramblings...: Another year, more cheer!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! A new year brings with it a fresh new beginning. Many of you are Snowbirds and are probably down south. Hope all is well in the southern areas. We are all aging more and more. Age, for … Continue reading

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From NAKINA...: Dec 23 – Nat, Dino, Frank…keep dreamin’ boys !

Parking, no white Christmas and new year resolutions Readers Write    And this week’s message(s) obviously came from a senior citizen, perhaps giving younger folks a glimpse into the workings of a mind that has been drawing OAS for a decade. … Continue reading

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TRAVEL: PERSONAL PACKING LIST

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TRAVEL: OHIP changes out-of-country coverage

In Ontario, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) currently provides limited coverage for residents travelling outside Canada. OHIP provides the following coverage: Physician services — the lesser of the actual amount a physician bills for services and the rate that … Continue reading

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AGEING: Winter risks for older adults

Winter can be dangerous for older people.

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EDITORIALS: Trump letter to Nancy Pelosi

Donald Trump sent House of Representatives Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, the letter displayed below. It should be read, at the very least for  insights into the mentality of its author.

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AGEISM: HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS

RTO (Retired Teachers of Ontario) has published a very informative booklet regarding health plans available to its members. The content of this booklet is available at: RTO

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EVENTS: PartiCipation – Jan. 24

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FERMO's Desk...: Remember when your kids were this considerate….

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: Scammers & fraudsters never stop…read more here

Fraudsters and scammers never stop. They work 24/7. Greed is endless.

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AGEING: Aging Well Together newsletter: Winter edition

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AGEING: Snowbirds Association suing Ontario govt over travel medical insurance change

SNOWBIRDS SUE ONT GOVT OVER TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE CANCELLATION

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TECHNOLOGY: So you think your computer was expensive?

Apple’s New Mac Pro Desktop Costs Up to $50,000—More Than a Tesla Cybertruck By Sissi Cao • 12/15/19 9:30am   Apple revealed the new Mac Pro during the 2019 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June in San Jose, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images If … Continue reading

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TRAVEL: SNOWBIRD TRAVELERS’ ASSISTANCE GUIDE

Whether you’re going away a short time or extended time, it is important to organize and prepare your ‘home front‘.  Links to help you prepare: HOME Checklist AUTOMOBILE Preparation Kit___Accident incident form ( for glove box ) Gas ‘NO ZIP … Continue reading

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TRAVEL: TRAVEL/MEDICAL Insurance

INSURANCE FOR TRAVELLERS Holidays need security,  travel and medical insurance. Contact your INSURANCE providerContact your insurance company to clarify and confirm the coverage you have, be it travel, accident or medical. Be sure you understand the explanation and details about … Continue reading

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From NAKINA...: Dec 16 – Christmas seeping in everywhere

Christmas is seeping in everywhere….joy, happiness, and making of hoopla!  

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HELP: H E L P

Do you need help? Here are resources where you can get assistance.

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HEALTHY: Sources for our health information

MAYO ClinicMcMaster Univeristy Faculty of HealthAlzheimer’s & dementia AssociationDoctor ReviewsMedLinePlusWebMDPatientinfo  

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HEALTHY: The Real Secret of Brain Health

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TRAVEL: Snowbirds…road accident assistance

Driving a car while on holiday in the U.S.A.?  You never know who you may bump into. No one we hope, but if a bump occurs….perhaps this site will be of help…….

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AMAZING: Don’t leave home without it, TRAVEL INSURANCE

Norris McDonald is a former Star editor who is a current freelance columnist/contributor.  He recently wrote an article about the need to have complete insurance coverage when you travel.  

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AMAZING: 10 apps to set up your iPad

10 apps you need to set up your iPad for producivity and efficiency.

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AMAZING: 10 apps to set up a Win 10 computer

Set up your Win 10 computer so it is clean and simple!

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RICHARD's desk: Pickering councillors who support expeditious dismantling of PNG (power)

The Pickering Nuclear Generating Plant is scheduled for closure in 2014. But the storage of contaminated spent fuel will still be a and clean up should begin immediately. The Pickering Councillors supporting expeditious clean up after the dismantling are: Hi … Continue reading

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AGEING: Geriatric Training

For more information:  http://nationalseniorsstrategy.ca Source:

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AGEING: Elder Abuse

For more information:www.elderabuseontario.com Source:

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AGEING: Age-Friendly Communities

For more information:Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide  http://bit.ly/agefriendlyguideAge Friendly Checklist http://bit.ly/age-friendlychecklist Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide http://bit.ly/agerural Source:    

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AGEISM: RTO Retired Teachers of Ontario

Since 1968, the Retired Teachers of Ontario/Les enseignantes et enseignants retraités del’Ontario (RTO/ERO) has provided excellentprograms and services in retirement forthe education community.

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AGEING: Questions and papers about Seniors

The Retired Teachers of Ontario recently met with representatives of the Ontario government in regard to issues relating to Seniors of the province. The issues addressed were – adult friendly communities, elder abuse and geriatric training.  To read more about … Continue reading

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RICHARD's desk: Get computer assistance while in your jammies!

Is your computer driving you crazy? Get help without leaving home or anyone coming to your home.

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EDITORIALS: The Prime Minister wears a 34B bra

OK, OK…it’s the new Prime Minister of Finland we’re talking about, Sanna Marin. But our point is that social media is becoming ridiculous?

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EATING BETTER: Guacamole with Pomegranate

Easy to prepare, easy on the waistline.

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EATING BETTER: Lighten up your menu this holiday season

Eating healthy during the holidays takes a bit of care.

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RICHARD's desk: Community: unity with diversity

“Unity with diversity” may be the philosophy of the Islamic community as demonstrated by the annual lunch hosted for Pickering community representatives. Each year the Pickering Islamic Centre hosts a lunch to which they invite a broad range of Pickering … Continue reading

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From NAKINA...: Dec 9 – Electric cars … shocking thoughts!

Smokin’ up or chocolatin’ down…it’s all legal in Canada these days. I Only Caught Mention….….of ONE ‘National Day of Celebration’ last week on 92.9 F/M, that having been ‘National Blue Jeans Day’ on Thurs Dec 5th. Naturally I complied with Paul … Continue reading

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LONELINESS: Practical advice for the lonely

Loneliness can be very detrimental to your health. There are practical things you can do to deal with loneliness constructively and beneficially.__________________Heather Ann Hunter__________________RTO member

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RICHARD's desk: Considering an electric car – DON’T

Electric Cars – taking us for a ride?

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SAVING$ TIP$: Electronic banking made secure

Make sure your online banking is as safe as it can be.

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From NAKINA...: Dec 2 – Fraudsters and thieves everywhere

Even the great Rotzy can get taken . . .

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RICHARD's desk: FAKE NEWS: 12 defences against it

We are bombarded by news everyday from many sources but the sources are not authentic news services. FAKE NEWS is a very real problem today. If you are a news junkie, there are steps you can take if you really … Continue reading

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EDITORIALS: Don Cherry, ya listening ?

This letter to Ottawa was posted on Ottawa/Reddit earlier today by a U.S. soldier (u/919Firefighter) who was in the Capital to attend a Senators/Hurricanes hockey game last weekend. On Monday, November 11th, he attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at the … Continue reading

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EVENTS: Pickering Christmas Market nt 1

Pickering Christmas Market was a great evening for everyone who attended: Christmas lights everywhere, holiday decorations in all of the Esplanade, music playing, carolers singing, sponsor tents with holiday goodies, and beaver tails too. If you could not attend, we … Continue reading

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EVENTS: Pickering Christmas Market Band 2

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EVENTS: Pickering Christmas Market Band 1

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EVENTS: Fireworks 3

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EVENTS: Fireworks 2

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EVENTS: Fireworks 1

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ARCHIVES: Christmas Market evening

A great evening for everyone who was able to attend, the weather perfect just like a cold fall night should be, the crowds excited and enthusiastic populated with lots of kids.

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EVENTS: Walking basketball prgm – Jan 22

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NAUGHTY HUMOUR: You want me on top?

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TECHNOLOGY: Password use made easy

Passwords are key to many areas of the Internet and digital activity. The problem becomes how to keep track of all your passwords and to use them properly.

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HEALTHY: What you should know about the FLU SHOT

You could be helping your family by getting the flu shot. First, you might not get the flu, so you don’t be contagious to others. You dont get the flu, so the household doesn’t get out commission because you’re sick. … Continue reading

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NEWS: Aging well together, 55+ newsletter

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RICHARD's desk: Some thoughts about living and aging…

As we age, we think about ageing more and more. How can we slow it down? How can we hold on to the capabilities of the younger times? How can we delay all that comes with old age?

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LEGAL: DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT

Log every transaction you make, without fail.

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AGEISM: Ma BELL, guilty of AGEISM?

The original storyRecently, we heard this story which smacks of a big corporation guilty of ageism. A couple moved into a retirement home. A few years later, their son was given the task of looking after their accounts. As he … Continue reading

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BRUNO's ramblings...: TERMINATE and CLOSE ACCOUNTS IN WRITING or you will pay for it.

Going paperless. I was reminded recently by TV commercials and by email as well as snail mail that Hydro One could make me a winner if I was to go paperless. That means they want me to do my billing and … Continue reading

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JUST MY OPINION...: Teacher appreciation

Teachers are appreciated.

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RICHARD's desk: A bit of history but only for older folks…

Remember the game MONOPOLY and the movie “The Great Escape?” Read on… Untouched for almost seven decades, the tunnel used in the Great Escape has finally been unearthed. The 111-yard passage nicknamed ‘Harry’ by Allied prisoners was sealed by the … Continue reading

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From NAKINA...: Nov 25 – Cherry picking continues…

Rotzy’s still spittin’ out the pits Readers WriteWe’re still receiving a fair amount of notes/letters regarding Don Cherry getting canned by the ‘establishment’ at HNIC, virtually all of them very supportive of Grapes….which should come as no surprise to anyone … Continue reading

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NEWS: Hate speech, bigotry and freedom of speech

Cultural debates reveal common misconceptions about legal right and their limits, experts say.

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REG amuses...: Meditative or mind blowing physics

A video which is either very meditative for the viewer or mindblowing in its stimulation. See what you think…

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EAT RIGHT, LIVE BETTER...by LISA: Butternut Squash & Carrot Soup

Butternut Squash & Carrot Soup with Kale Chips  Don’t tear the kale too small- you want a size similar to potato chips. Nutritional yeast adds a delicious nutty and cheesy flavour as well as providing a little kick of protein … Continue reading

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REG amuses...: And speaking of TV commercials….

Perhaps it just ‘the grass is greener on the other side,’ but commercials from overseas seem to make our TV commercials look pedestrian and uncreative.

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TV: Newist TV shows worth watching

TV ain’t what it used to be. The days of limited selection, poor quality production and less than popcorn-worth stories are gone. Now you can watch TV ad nauseam, the selection so broad, it could take you hours if not … Continue reading

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HEALTHY: STETHESCOPE’s days are numbered

The days of your doctor’s stethescope are numbered.

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HEALTHY: What causes people to feel tired in old age?

What causes people to feel tired in old age?Ray Schilling, retired physician and cancer researcher There are many causes why people may feel tired in old age. Below I am discussing the most common ones. With aging the blood vessels … Continue reading

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RICHARD's desk: While Premier Ford scrambles, Ontario seniors benefit

Whether you support Doug Ford or not, his popularity and support by Ontario voters is definitely in decline, serious decline. Too many of his prematurely launched, ill-advised, and poorly conceived policies have met with rejection and energetic opposition recently. Ford … Continue reading

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EDITORIALS: Hong Kong Presentation: a news event winner for the Pickering Public Library

The Pickering Public Library launched what is hoped to be the first of a series of presentations to help people better understand current major news stories and events. The inaugural presentation was “Hong Kong: One country, Two Systems,’ on November … Continue reading

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: SCAM LISTING on our site

We have a long list of scams explained on our site, likely many more than you might remember. So pick just one each week and learn about it, explain it to others and consolidate into your memory. Our list is … Continue reading

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From NAKINA...: Nov 18 – Cherry topper, snow know-how and unforgettable C&W lyrics

Rotzy comments but avoids controversy. Coaches Corner And StuffLast week I got a fone call from R/B, my olde friend/mentor….and The Missus….our first conversation in MANY moons! so I wanted to send this item out to him and gather his … Continue reading

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HEALTHY: Train Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything

How to Train Your Brain to Remember Almost AnythingThomas Opponghttps://elemental.medium.com/ Success is largely based on what you know — everything you know informs the choices you make. And those choices are either getting you closer to what you want or … Continue reading

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AMAZING: Your computer needs 3 apps only, the holy TRINITY

It’s wishful thinking to believe that only THREE applications are all you need for your computer work but it isn’t far from the truth. We suggest you make three applications the foundation for your computer computer use. They may not … Continue reading

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HUMOUR: Who’s Pearl ?

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: PORTING OUT your phone

PORTING OUT means transporting your mobile phone number from one service provider to another, say from TELUS to BELL. Legitimate PORTING OUTThere are legitimate reasons to port out your phone. You may be getting a better deal with the new … Continue reading

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: NEW – GIFT DELIVERY service

NEWEST SCAM ALERT This scam is actually very clever. The following is a recounting of the incident from the victim: Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone saying that hewas from some outfit called: “Express Couriers,” … Continue reading

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REG amuses...: BUGATTI auto surpasses 300 mph

Street model car capable of exceeding 300 mph.

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BRUNO's ramblings...: Remember Movember

The first big snow of November happened a few days ago. It was gone within a day or so. But the cold temps stayed around. Got my winter tires put on the car. Today we are supposed to get much … Continue reading

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EDITORIALS: Poppies 1, Cherry 0

Cherry may have done himself in this time but he was in the wrong. Cherry commented about the poppy campaign in memory of the fallen who fought in past wars. His criticism was that the poppies were not being worn … Continue reading

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From NAKINA...: Nov 11 – puzzles, pizza and pizzazz

Math puzzles, pizza and pizzazz with good ole Norm.

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: Phone ‘PORTING-OUT’ Scam

Here’s a new one which we will write about in greater detail very soon, after more research is completed. The fraudster find personal information about you and open a phone account with another phone service, impersonating you. They then get … Continue reading

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RICHARD's desk: Number of Canadians honouring vets rising

NICOLE THOMPSONTHE CANADIAN PRESS

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: (PART 3 of 6) Reduce your telemarketing calls

Reduce your telemarketing calls: Register your phone number: Click the link to the Canadian govt’s National Do Not Call The Canadian government service will not successfully block all telemarketers. “Fraudsters.” “fraud callers” originating internationally are NOT BLOCKED. So, your duct … Continue reading

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: (PART 6 of 6 ) Has your data been compromised?

Want to know if your data has been compromised? If you want to verify whether or not your email address has been compromised, there is an Internet service which will identify emails in databases of companies which have been hacked. … Continue reading

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: (PART 4 of 6 ) TELCOS OBLIGED TO FIGHT SPAM

TELEPHONE COMPANIES OBLIGED TO FIGHT TELEMARKETING Bell Canada has just launched their UNCB ( Universal Network-level Call Block service ) supposedly free and for all their clients. You do not have to do anything as BELL completes the process of … Continue reading

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: (PART 2 of 6) How to stop phone spoofing

PART 2 ( 6 part series ) How to stop phone spoofing At this time, there is no ‘sure fire’ way to stop phone spoofing. The US government and the telecom industry are working together to put a stop to … Continue reading

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: (PART 5 of 6 ) Have you been breached?

Has your email been breached ( put at risk )? “Breached” means you have visited a site on the Internet and that company has been hacked exposing a portion of its subscribers to fraudsters. Some very big companies have been … Continue reading

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ERMA's desk...: A war cannot be won, so at best, if you can, count your losses and please do not forget.

The famous phrase of the writer, Rudyard Kipling endares us to remember, “lest we forget”. Remembrance Day November 11th, 2019. Lest we forget! This phrase means there is a lesson learned and we are cautioned not to let it depart … Continue reading

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AGEING: ELDER ABUSE webinar

  ELDER ABUSEWebinar event register to watch this webinar broadcast REGISTRATION  

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HEALTHY: 10 things that just aren’t worth it….

10 things that just aren’t worth the energy and aggravation many of us give them.

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: (PART 1 of 6) Phone SPOOFING, phone scams

What is Phone Spoofing? Phone spoofing is when a scammer makes another person’s or company’s phone number appear on the receiver’s caller ID in an attempt to impersonate that individual or organization. The end goal is to gain access to … Continue reading

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FERMO's Desk...: Ya mean I might be able to join ya?

Fermo’s buddies are droolin’ and have become happier campers with this latest bit of news. Dogs will soon be allowed to accompany their human buddies who want to have a pint in a pub…it isn’t all clear sailing just yet … Continue reading

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