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Let us create a world of peace and love

I used to work as a part-time aide worker with the Parkland Class here in Red Deer.

As required by the company’s policy, I underwent a lot of seminars, usually on dealing with the different kinds of attitudes of clients or individuals.

I learned how to manage anger, and possibly replenish your attitude so that you can acquire a healthy, free from burdens of life.

I earned some techniques to control temper, and the affects of bad attitude, especially anger, grief, stress and fear.

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Weighed down by the misery of winter

Three weeks ago while on a walk, it was with great joy to hear three separate flocks of geese honking their way northward to Mackenzie Park. “Surely” I cried with a hopeful voice, “spring is here — spring has sprung.”

Then last Saturday morning, once again we went for a morning walk. It’s -5C and the entire city is shrouded in ice fog and as I walk and look around, I start to feel a slight bit of depression setting in.

I usually don’t have a problem with that, but with the several false starts to spring, and now ice fog at the end of March, I definitely am starting to lose hope; especially when my brother-in-law phones to say how nice it is on the island.

What if this weather stays all summer? Will I have to buy a new winter coat before July? At my age, should I be thinking about ice cleats on my shoes? What if the Hokey-Pokey is what it’s all about?

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Food introduction for your child

Preventing allergies in babies and issues such as colic, eczema, asthma and digestive problems are growing priorities for many parents.

One of the most common topics that parents want to discuss in my practice is regarding the process of food introduction with their infants.

I believe when to introduce foods is changing as new evidence has many of my colleagues and I making new recommendations to our patients.

The evidence is showing that introducing small amounts of food much earlier, even highly allergenic ones, can prevent future allergies.

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What makes a Canadian?

Question: What do a 79-year-old descendent of an Irish nationalist, an Israeli-born math professor and a Jamaican-born Rastafarian have in common?

Answer: They are all permanent residents of Canada who wish to become full citizens but cannot, because they can’t in good conscience swear allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.

Swearing allegiance to Canada’s foreign monarch is part of the oath of allegiance to Canada that would-be citizens must profess (or affirm), before getting the right to a Canadian passport and the right to vote.

Naturally-born Canadians, like myself, are not required to take the oath. But I’ve done so many times, as our entire elementary school class was compelled to do. We did not include “heirs and successors” in our pledges in those days, because Queen Elizabeth was surely going to live forever.

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Lies, damn lies and budgets

If you were a budget officer for any government in Canada, I’ll bet you would lowball your revenue estimate for the coming year. And (except during election years) you would plan spending based on those estimates.

I’m ready to bet the authors of a report written for the C.D. Howe Institute would do the same, if they were tasked with budget responsibilities.

And when revenues — surprise! — pan out better than worst-case, I’d bet both you and the people at C.D. Howe would have a list handy, of priorities for the extra cash.

So I have to take some exception to the snarky tone of both their report and the reporting done on their report, which gives half the provinces a failing grade for budget transparency, with most of the other half receiving a barely-passing grade.

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