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A reminder that caring is not dead

As a caregiver and a care-receiver, they just about always come to the kitchen together, but now once in a while the receiver comes alone.

As they sit and eat, they converse with whoever is around them and seem to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

Once in a while, we will make up a take home meal for the receiver, and when they leave, it is never without profuse thanks.

I have known the caregiver for about 25 years and although she presents a jolly and carefree persona, I know her well enough that I am not fooled by her presented attitude. Underneath that facade is a caring woman who takes her work seriously, and it shows in her relationship with her ‘client.’

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Seven things to know about your cosmetics

How many personal care and hygiene products do you use in a day?

A recent consumer survey estimated that women use an average of 12 and men use an average of six personal care products daily. This adds up to an exposure of more than 80 unique ingredients!

The problem is that many of these ingredients don’t have a proven track record of safety. In fact, new research is making the connection between our health and cosmetic ingredients. With a few easy tips, you can avoid the most harmful cosmetic ingredients and find cleaner alternatives.

When we take stock of how many products we have in our bathroom cabinet, we can quickly see that our exposure to potentially harmful ingredients may be quite high. Many of us use some combination of body lotion, shampoo, perfume, soaps, deodorants, shaving creams, makeup, gels ... and the list goes on.

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Indifference allows violence

Somewhere in this country we have dropped the ball; furthermore, we have placed cushions all over, so the ball won’t make a noise or a harmful impact.

Confused? Well so am I!

I am still trying to wrap my head around what I see and hear in the media and the seemingly losing battle I see society struggling to cope with.

On the one hand, I see a country spending countless dollars and an infinite amount of energy battling violence against women, while on the other, we listen to a public figure declare that he is into violent sex, which involves beating, striking and otherwise demeaning women by indulging in his sexual fantasies.

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Making it all add up

Whenever the education experts (including media pundits), government bureaucrats and parents would all line up to bemoan the latest international test scores of Alberta students — and then proceed to blame the teachers for them — I would always tell myself how glad I was that my kids were safely out of school.

And then I started having grandchildren. Does this mean I have to be invested in the next round of the “new math” debate, all over again? I guess so.

Here’s a question from an international Grade 8 level math test: Find 1/3 minus 1/4.

Four possible answers below the question are presented to test whether the student knows the method to finding the answer, which is 4 minus 3 over 3 times 4 (that’s 1/12 in the old math I was taught).

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Wellness Foundation can’t deal with what kills us

Does Alberta need another arms-length or autonomous foundation, funded by a dedicated tax levy, to convince us that better lifestyle choices can lead to better health?

Apparently many of us do. An informal coalition of communities and organizations representing fully a million Albertans is asking the provincial government to create a new foundation that would fund wellness initiatives around the province.

It’s easy enough to get those kind of numbers if you ask municipalities to join your cause. It’s not like Red Deer city council, for instance, would be using any of its own money to promote this initiative. So last week’s decision to join the coalition doesn’t come with much of a downside.

Quite the opposite. The upside potential for the city is huge, considering what is spent here by the city and partner organizations dealing with the outfall of illnesses and conditions that better lifestyle choices can easily prevent.

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