Features

We are still here and going strong

It seems to be an unfortunate sign of the times that almost all of the news people are exposed to is, to be quite frank, of an extremely negative nature. Some like to put the blame on media, but in my opinion, that’s simply too broad of a paintbrush stroke. Yes, media reports a steady stream of disconcerting news, but ...

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How our eating choices affect climate change in a big way

This time I am presenting some information, not regarding actions we can take to improve our own personal health, but rather what we might do to contribute to the health of our planet. (But, just as an aside, there is evidence that changing our diets in this way should improve our own health as well.) The following is an except from ...

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Happenings at Wawa First United – May 8

The congregation welcomes everyone to Worship at First United Church.  Services are held on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.  If anyone has a question or concern, please leave a message on the answering machine at the Church  705-856-2926. A  Special THANK YOU to EVERYONE who  helped in so many ways with the recent THRIFT SHOP      Sat.     May    11   Prayer Shawl Ministry ...

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Between the Covers – May 1

NEW BOOKS ON THE 7 DAY SHELF this week are; “The Au Pair” by Emma Rous, “The Silent Patient”, “The Better Sister” by Alafair Burke and “Redemption” by David Balcacci. STAFF PICKS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL ARE; “Accidental Heroes” by Danielle Steel, “Chasing the Night” by Iris Johansen, “An Evil Mind” by Chris Carter and this week’s feature is “A ...

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Telescopes and Binoculars

Telescopes have come a long way since its invention in 1608. The simple refracting telescope consisted of two small lenses located at each end of a long tube. This `spyglass` was a great tool to magnify approaching enemy ships from a distance.   Galileo Galilei heard of this new instrument and in 1609 constructed his own without seeing the original. ...

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Walkerton – Déjà Vu

Recently some of my Northern region colleagues and I were discussing concerns regarding Doug Ford’s deep cuts to public health. Later as I was driving down the road after the meeting, a particular former politician’s image came to my mind followed by the name – Walkerton. Even those too young to remember the horrific circumstances involving the contamination with the ...

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News from the Park – Lunch Bag Let Down

If you were a kid who had to take your lunch to school with you, did you ever experience “lunch bag let down?” Most of us did from time to time. As a kid you would sit in class all morning and your mind would wander to thoughts of a favourite PB&J sandwich or some of Mom’s homemade cookies. Then, ...

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It takes a village to raise a child

All of us have heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child,” many times. Some attribute the origin to the Igbo and Yoruba tribes in Africa, while others say it was passed down through North American Indigenous teachings. No matter what the origin, few would argue with the statement. Those of us who have children can readily ...

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Between the Covers – April 8th

This is National Library Week – Please join us in celebrating National Library Week from Monday, April 8 to Saturday April 13, 2019! Food For Fines. If you bring in non-perishable food items, you will receive double the Fine Forgiveness Coupons. Please help support our local Food Bank! Book Sale from Tuesday, April 9th until Saturday, April 13th. There will ...

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Happenings at Wawa First United Church – April 10

The congregation welcomes everyone to Worship at First United Church.  Services are held on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.  If anyone has a question or concern please leave a message on the answering machine at the Church (705-856-2926). Thurs.  Apr. 11   Worship Committee – 2 p.m. Sat.      Apr. 13    Prayer Shawl Ministry – 3 p.m. Fri.       Apr. 19   Good Friday Morning ...

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St. Monica’s Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday Weekend Saturday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 9:00 a.m.   Holy Thursday Thursday, April 18, 8:00 p.m. Vigil until Midnight   Good Friday Friday, April 19, 3:00 P.M.   Easter Vigil Sunday, April 20, 8:00 P.M.   Easter Sunday Sunday, April 21, 9:00 a.m.  

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Portal to another World

You know those sci-fi movies and television programs in which the story revolves around a portal adjoining two worlds. Often the plot is based on the idea that whatever the main character does in one world has some sort of effect in the other world. Some days, when I plunk myself down in my residence in Toronto, I feel like ...

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Eat Your Veggies: Study Finds Poor Diets Linked to One in Five Deaths

This article for the New York Times reports on the link between healthy diets and longevity. By Andrew Jacobs, April 3, 2019 Mom is right when she says to eat your peas. In one of the largest surveys of data on global dietary habits and longevity, researchers found that consuming vegetables, fruits, fish and whole grains was strongly associated with ...

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Our Moon

  Stargazing is a wonderful and peaceful past time that anyone can enjoy. From planets to star clusters, galaxies to nebulae, the night sky is a treasure chest of celestial delights. Although astronomy and star gazing are traditionally done in the dark countryside, our glorious moon can be enjoyed from the city as well. The moon was created about 50,000 ...

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What Makes Canada the best place to live?

How many times has Canada been chosen as the best place to live or placed at least in the top ten best nations to live in the entire world? There have been many surveys based upon responses to a large variety of criteria. Admittedly I didn’t come up with a final answer in my research, but suffice to say we ...

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