East Central Therapy Dogs

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There is something very soothing about interacting with a gentle, friendly pet.   Scientific evidence has demonstrated both physical benefits as well as emotional ones from animal interaction which can provide comfort and reduce anxiety. East Central Therapy Dogs volunteers take their approachable and affectionate dogs to institutions around the community … Continue reading

What is Canada’s most significant scientific breakthrough?

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With Canada Day around the corner we’ve been debating this question. It’s a tough one to answer. During the 150 years since Confederation, we’ve made some remarkable discoveries. The invention of the pacemaker in the 1950s, pioneered by John Hopps in collaboration with Wilfred Bigelow and John Callaghan stands out. … Continue reading

A Higher Minimum Wage Improves Public Health and the Economy

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After months of consulting, the provincial government has introduced a bill to amend existing employment and labour laws that address several issues like pay equity for part-time and temporary workers, scheduling rules and better enforcement of the laws.  Also included in these changes is an increase to the minimum wage … Continue reading

Paying it Forward a Fitting Way to Remember

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The tone of the message was ideally targeted to the audience of St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School students last Friday morning. Dressed in a tee shirt and ball cap, the thirty-something speaker told a personal story of loss and recovery using the students’ own language, sprinkled with a healthy dose … Continue reading

Be Prepared So the Pandemic Flu Virus Doesn’t Become Your Worst Nightmare

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A quick scan of the planet today reveals at least six novel influenza strains infecting humans at the moment, as well as an outbreak in Saudi Arabia of “MERS-CoV”, a relative of the SARS coronavirus. Wherever there is life, there are mutating viruses, often starting their journeys in animals and … Continue reading

Healthy Living – Bad News for Two Fad Diets

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The past two months saw an evidence-based takedown of two popular fad diets. The first was intermittent fasting, or IF. IF has been proclaimed to be an easy way to cut calories and train your body to burn more fat and reduce weight. The basic premise of this diet is … Continue reading

Getting Started

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Do you hear the songbirds calling you to come and play outside? Maybe you’re thinking that you’d love to get into the garden, but your knees and hips are feeling stiff. Not to mention your sore back. However, the more sedentary your lifestyle, the stiffer your joints will become. Regular … Continue reading

New Paramedic Station Expected to Improve Response Times

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The new Paramedic station at 1003 Clonsilla Ave. opened for business on Monday, April 24th, with two 24 hour ambulances on site to improve the response time for service in the west end of Peterborough City and County. Formerly the home of Paul Tinney Auto Sales, the building has undergone … Continue reading

Biting the Hand That Feeds You to Advocate for Better Dental Health

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Of all the countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), only Spain spends less than Canada on dental health care for its citizens. Only 6% of dental health expenditures are publicly funded in Canada. Of the $12.5 billion spent each year on our teeth, the vast majority … Continue reading

Luxe Sugaring and Beauty Bar Opens in Millbrook

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Hair removal is a service appreciated by both sexes and interest in this grooming service has been growing. These are some of the reasons that Jessica Grieve decided to head in this direction in her search for a part-time service business to launch in the area, veering away from her … Continue reading

New Therapy Service in Town or in Your Home

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Certified Bowtech Practitioner Susan Brettell introduced herself at last week’s BIA breakfast in a brief presentation about her plans to bring a gentle form of physical therapy developed in Australia to the community. For the last few years, Brettell has been delivering Bowen Therapy to clients from two treatment locations … Continue reading

Medicinal Herbalist Kerry Hackett Talks Herbs at Bailieboro Luncheon

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Last week the Bailieboro Women’s Institute ushered in spring with their annual luncheon featuring Medicinal Herbalist Kerry Hackett.   The full house enjoyed a delicious pot luck luncheon of prepared by the local hosts and then heard from Ms. Hackett who spoke about the variety of uses of many of these … Continue reading

Medicinal Herbalist Kerry Hackett Comes to Millbrook Garden Club

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Gardeners interested in expanding their knowledge of the varied nature and uses of herbs can join the Millbrook and Area Garden club on Wednesday, May 3rd to hear a presentation from well-known herb expert Kerry Hackett. With more than two decades of experience in the field, Kerry is a certified … Continue reading

Ensuring Women’s Reproductive Rights in Peterborough

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What is a medical abortion and why should anyone in Peterborough care? Unintended pregnancies continue to occur, despite best efforts at prevention. Even with the best efforts to make every pregnancy a planned and wanted one, there is still a need for abortion services as part of comprehensive reproductive care. … Continue reading

Calorie Counts are on the Menu

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Obesity was labelled as a disease by the Canadian Medical Association in October 2015. This decision was important as health care providers, the individual, and the government need to recognize that treatment programs and preventative measures to combat obesity are undeniably required. Motive for this decision is demonstrated by data … Continue reading