What a good idea to connect with candidates, to get their feedback on issues like sustainable farming, safe, affordable food, and recognizing the importance of local and Canadian production.
In any case, get out to meet the candidates in your area, take the opportunity to express your priority issues and engage in civil dialogue. Vote.
Food for thought, indeed!
Written by Denise Deby.
Given our need for healthy food, it’s surprising that food issues are often not on the agenda.
That’s a problem, especially because many people don’t have healthy and sustainable food:
- Here in Ottawa, eight per cent of people live in households that are food insecure—meaning unable to afford or access a sufficient, healthy diet. For low income residents, it’s worse: a third of households don’t get enough to eat.
- Across Canada, four million Canadians are food insecure. That includes 1.15 million kids. Among Inuit, First Nations and Métis people and in the North, food insecurity is five or six times higher.
- Food prices have been rising faster than incomes. Food bank use has increased by 25 per cent since 2008. Every month, around 850,000 Canadians—including working people, people on fixed incomes and children—need food banks in order to make ends meet.
- More than half…
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Many of the distorted thinking styles listed in this change article are very similar to those for people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) . Wow! I agree that if negative thoughts arise, it’s good to change your focus onto something else but it’s also good to stop and analyze WHY those thoughts occur and work through them. Mindfulness exercises, concentration on breathing, a walk in the fresh air or listening to uplifting music can help in any circumstance to help one work through negativity.
There are two types of attitude in every workplace, positive and negative attitudes. Negative attitudes can result from a series of factors including the overall workplace environment, the attitude of superiors and the individual themselves. Positive attitudes can result from the exactly the same situational and personal factors. What is the difference? The difference is in the thinking.
People with a negative attitude may have a lot of reasons to be less than positive in their workplace but the primary reason for their negativity is actually their thinking. Scientists and researchers who have studied this phenomenon have come up with a long list of thinking patterns that they call distorted thinking styles. Have a look at the list and see if you can recognize yourself or others in your workplace.
- Filtering: You take the negative details and magnify them while filtering out all positive aspects of a situation.
- Polarized Thinking:…
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Good article. Your mind can wander down creative paths while taking long walks – or daily commutes. It has been a year since I obtained my smart phone.
I have taken plenty of pictures of cats, trees and bus stop inspirations. The novelty of checking for messages, etc. has worn off. It is more of a communication tool, not very good for productivity if one wants to type paragraphs of text. Darn autocorrect!
I agree on avoiding drunken, loud gatherings. I celebrated New Year’s quietly, snuggled on the futon watching British comedies / romance-y entertainment like The IT Crowd, Love Actually, Serendipity (Phfff) and various movies starring Steve Coogan. Actually stayed awake past midnight AND sipped no bubbly. Happy New Year!
Despite Geneva’s attempts to distract me again, I was able to complete my data entry commitment yesterday.
What else would one be doing on Boxing Day? Visit a factory warehouse outlet along with hundreds of other casual consumers? http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-s-tanger-outlet-mall-shooting-victim-uncooperative-with-police-1.2884529 .
Um, no thanks!
Miss Geneva thought I deserved a break this weekend.
In-between catching up on addressing Christmas card envelopes and writing short, meaningful messages, I turned my attention to a different task.
I have been a volunteer with a professional conference the past two years. Due to my introverted tendencies, I prefer to use my talents in organizing things and making sense out of jumbled numbers. I don’t like being in the middle of all the action, especially if it’s loud and chaotic.
Ironically, I volunteered to organize the post-conference social event – for the second year in a row. That went very well with plenty of finger food, liquid refreshments and conversation opportunities.
Over the next few weeks, in-between demands from festivities and social events, I will be in a happy place of working with Excel, transposing ranking numbers and nearly illegible handwriting from dozens more evaluation forms.
My cats provide me…
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Some Canadians feel the same way too! I have for over 20 years.
“Our increased aversion to ownership is not a shortcoming, it’s an opportunity. Valuing experiences means we don’t want just one thing; we want a little bit of everything.”
Good advice – especially that of giving one’s time if financial resources are low. That’s what I have told my children for years. It has been so nice to have someone else prepare Christmas dinner and clean up afterwards.
I think that we put too many expectations on people for gifting. In a way, I am glad that I have limited resources so that I am not overwhelmed with decisions and trips to the crowded stores.
P.S. I love the MAJ Communications choice of WordPress template :o)
This time of year – a time of peace and goodwill – can be one of the most stressful for us, particularly when it comes to buying presents. We often feel an enormous amount of pressure to get it all ‘right’. To help ease some of the strain, I’ve come up with a few suggestions.
How do I decide?
“Sure”, I hear you say, “but where do I start?”
Start by making a short list of some of the things you know about the recipient – even as few as five things will give you ideas (and if you don’t know five things about them, do you really need to give them a present?). For instance, a list…
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I need new socks – big, warm socks to wear in my little boots. Still can’t locate my big winter boots.
I wonder if there are socks with patterns / pictures of cheese?
The poor, unassuming sock has long been a victim of its own understated functionality. Despite providing warmth to countless feet and being an integral part of any ensemble, it’s a perennial staple of “worst gift” lists — the sartorial equivalent of a big, fat lump of coal.
But the tides are turning for our much-maligned cotton friend. After decades of exile in the stingy back aisles of department stores, the sock is having a moment — especially for men. The socks of 2014 are more than an afterthought; they’re bright, vibrant and full of personality. They’re fashion statements unto themselves, flashing paisley and polka dots from that scant space between trouser and shoe like some sort of Morse code for the style savvy.
Jared March, owner of online boutique Socking Behaviour, reports a 500% increase in sales this November compared to last year: “It’s been phenomenal.” Adds Edward Nagy, co-founder…
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