2016 | Vaccine against pneumococcal infections
Getting vaccinated every year is the best way to protect yourself against the flu and its resulting complications. If you suffer from a chronic disease or if you are aged 60 years and older, the vaccine is offered free of charge. Get vaccinated! Take the opportunity to ask for the vaccine against pneumococcal infections. For more information, see www.sante.gouv.qc.ca/en/
Are you #InItForAlz?
Source : Alzheimer Society
Each year, 25,000 Canadians hear the words, ‘you have dementia.’ But dementia is more than just numbers. Friends, families and members of our communities all experience the personal and social impact of dementia. For our health-care system and economy this means higher demand for services and soaring costs.
It’s not just their disease. It’s ours too.
That’s why the Alzheimer Society is asking Canadians to be #InItForAlz and support vital research to eliminate this disease and its impact on Canadians. Through this campaign, the Alzheimer Society also hopes to change the conversation about a disease that continues to be shrouded in silence.
Dementia doesn’t discriminate and can affect anyone. It’s one of the fastest growing diseases of our time, but still has no cure or effective treatments. It can only be beat if everyone takes action. That’s why Darren Dreger, a Hockey Insider at TSN, is getting behind #InItForAlz. His 76-year-old step father, Ervin, who lives in Saskatchewan, was recently diagnosed with dementia. “This is a cause that’s close to my heart and I’m proud to lend my support to the campaign. We need to get over our uneasiness about dementia and start to recognize and talk about it more openly. Research is a top priority if we’re to find a cure for people like my step dad. And, we need to turn research into better resources for caregivers like my mom,” says Dreger, who makes his home in Toronto.
You, too, can be #InItForAlz and make a difference right from your computer. Visit
alzheimer.ca/initforalz to watch a video about Darren and his family, read the personal stories of other Canadians impacted by dementia, and donate to support research. You can also use the hashtag #InItForAlz to spread the word that “it’s not just their disease. It’s ours too.”
Operation Red Nose volunteers to hit the road, starting Friday night
Source : Opération Nez rouge
After many weeks of preparation, it is tomorrow that 55,000 volunteers, from 100 host communities, will begin to wear Operation Red Nose’s red vest, a true symbol of a safe holiday season on Canadian roads and highways. Operation Red Nose will « bring you home for the holidays » beginning November 25th, and up to December 31st, 2016.
Requesting a ride has never been easier
It is now easier than ever to reach an Operation Red Nose phone operator and request a safe ride home. The Operation Red Nose mobile application is now available, for free, on the App Store and on Google Play, and allows one to contact the closest Operation Red Nose headquarters. One can also set an alarm to remind them to call Operation Red Nose later in the evening. The OperationRedNose.com website contains local information for service users as well as volunteers.
The ride, a decision with positive consequences
Motorists who will decide to safely get home with the help of Operation Red Nose volunteers will not only help make roads safer in their community, but they will also help contribute to the well being of youth and amateur sport by making a donation at the end of their ride. Even if the Operation Red Nose service is free, donations are accepted and entirely handed over to local youth organizations. In Canada, 1.5 million dollars are raised this way, every year.
Recruiting volunteers : a continued effort
Offered to the community, by the community, Operation Red Nose would be nothing without the incredible commitment of thousands of volunteers who come for one or more nights in order to ensure the holiday season remains a happy one for everyone in their community. Whether they are alone, with friends, with work colleagues, or with family members, Operation Red Nose helps make volunteer registration easy by making its volunteer application form available on OperationRedNose.com. The recruitment of volunteers will continue throughout the entire campaign. For more information
Spring cleaning for your vehicle
Nadine Filion - CAA Quebec
The snow has melted and the sap is running. Spring’s in the air, and you’ve been busy with the Big Cleanup. You’ve cleared the clutter and tidied up in the house, the garage, the yard… But wait! Don’t forget that your automobile needs plenty of attention in springtime as well. In Nordic countries like ours, winter is especially tough a motor vehicle. There are all sorts of vestiges of the snowy season—road salt and grit, mud and grime—that you’ll need to get rid of. Here are some overall guidelines to get your vehicle shining again for spring.
It’s a fine day out, and you can feel the warm sun on your skin. Must be the perfect time to wash the car, right? Wrong! You should wait for an overcast day, or move your vehicle into the shade. In direct sunlight, droplets of wash water act like tiny magnifying glasses and can damage your vehicle’s finish. Also, if you wash your ride after it’s been sitting in the sun for several hours, the water will dry too fast on the hot metal and tarnish the paint.
You’re better off starting early in the morning, preferably in the shade of a large tree—that is, unless you go to a commercial car wash, which offers the benefit of a roof and a good high-pressure hose.
The perfect car wash starts with giving the body and the wheels a serious bath. Using a garden hose, spray the body panels, moldings, inside the wheel wells and underneath the vehicle, where winter muck will have worked its way into all kinds of nooks and crannies. If mud continues to run off, keep spraying until the water runs clear. Remember, even a tiny amount of dirt that stays on your vehicle can trap moisture and become a source of rust.
Once the body is wetted down properly, wash all parts of the car with a soft cloth or sponge soaked in soapy water. A few words on soap: dishwasher detergent won’t damage your vehicle’s finish, but it can leave deposits behind if you don’t rinse thoroughly. Avoid more powerful cleansers; your car’s shine will suffer. To do the job right, use a product designed specifically for car washing that is non-abrasive, won’t strip off wax, and won’t leave a greasy film. Car wash soap can be found at your favourite retailer.
Always work from top to bottom, so that you don’t dirty areas that you’ve already cleaned. Clean small sections at a time and rinse often, starting with the roof, then the hood and trunk (or hatch), and finishing with the doors. Rinse the sponge frequently, in case it has picked up any fine grains of sand that could cause nasty scratches in the paint.
Are really tough stains making the job a lot harder? Again, look for the right automotive product to tackle them. Or use this surefire trick from Jim Kerr, Automotive Technology Instructor at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology: “Lay an old flannel sheet over the front of the vehicle, where bugs tend to get stuck, and soak it with water. The sheet holds the water on the surface, softening the deposits so they come off easier. Let it soak for a few minutes, then take the sheet off and wipe with a moist sponge.”
While you wash, keep hosing down the body with water until you’re ready to dry it. You can do this last part of the work with a bunch of old bath towels, but the best thing for the job is a chamois—either a real leather one or a synthetic Absorber brand cloth. Why not let the vehicle drip-dry, you ask? Because minerals in the water could leave spots in the finish—no fun, after all that hard work you’ve just put in.
Next, the more meticulous car washer will want to apply wax or sealant. This step is really worth it, not least because it’ll make the job easier next time you wash. Use a soft cloth and work small sections at a time. Don’t wax rubber trim, moldings or plastic: to restore shine to these areas, you want to use a specifically designed tire and rubber finish or plastic protectant. Take the opportunity to check for any spots where rust is creeping in, and have them taken care of as soon as possible.
Finally, don’t forget to give the rubber weatherstripping on the doors and trunk a protective coating. A silicone-based lubricant will keep the rubber in good shape and prevent it from drying out during the summer—in turn, delaying the onset of chassis noise.
Beauty is on the inside
So now you’ve got your ride shining like new on the outside. Great! But what about the inside? From salt and gravel encrusted in the floor mats and carpeting to dust coating the dashboard and stains on the seat fabric, your vehicle’s interior needs plenty of TLC in the spring as well.
Start with a good vacuuming to get the dirt out of the mats, carpeting and seat fabric. If your “dustbuster”-type hand vacuum isn’t up to the task, you can go to your local gas station where, for a few dollars, you can enjoy the power of an industrial-strength shop vacuum.
Are there stubborn calcium stains on the floor mats? Declare war with a vinegar-and-water solution. It’s also a good idea to take advantage of a sunny spring day to hang the mats on the clothesline and rid them of that musty winter smell.
To spruce up the dashboard, doors and leather seats, simply use a cloth soaked in hot water. Whatever you do, don’t use an ammonia-based (Windex-type) cleaner, as it could ruin plastic surfaces.
For really recalcitrant stains, use detergent mixed with cold water—not hot water, which is likely to “lock” the stain in permanently. Rub gently, taking care not to discolour or harm the material. Dry gently as well, using a hair dryer on its low-temperature setting.
You may think you’re done, but what about the inside of the windows? Wash them with a good car window cleaner, or a bit of vinegar. Be careful: an ammonia-based cleaner can damage tinted windows. Here’s a good window-washing trick: wipe the inside horizontally, and the outside vertically. That way, if you miss any spots or leave streaks, you’ll know which side they’re on.
Now it’s time to re-tire!
Obviously, your spring maintenance won’t be complete until you swap your winter tires for summer tires. Be sure to check the pressure in the new tires at the same time.
We can never stress this enough: an underinflated tire will reduce fuel economy and wear out faster. For example, a tire four pounds under the recommended pressure increases fuel consumption by 2%.
Clear winter clutter from the trunk
Back in the fall, you packed your trunk with winter gear: bags of salt, shovel, traction aids... It’s time to take them out and lighten the load. A heavier car burns more fuel, and in turn releases more toxic emissions.
So rid your trunk or cargo space of all items that won’t be of any use during the summer season. And while you’re at it, take the ski rack off the roof and store it: no need to increase wind resistance!
During the Holiday Season, you will most likely cook and gather family and friends around a good meal!
You probably already know that if you eat or serve food that hasn't been properly handled, you or your family could get sick.
To reduce the risk of illness caused by eating contaminated food, there are four basic steps you should always follow: clean, separate, cook and chill.
· Wash hands, kitchen counters and utensils frequently.
· Keep raw foods separate from cooked and ready-to-eat foods.
· Make sure you kill harmful bacteria by cooking foods to the proper internal temperature.
· Keep cold foods cold. Bacteria can grow rapidly when food is allowed to sit in the so-called danger zone: between 4°C (40°F) and 60°C (140°F).
Poultry Safety: http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/healthy-eating-saine-alimentation/safety-salubrite/meat-viandes/turkey-dinde-eng.php
For more tips on food safety during the Holidays, visit:healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/safety-salubrite/holiday-fete-eng.php
The West Nile virus (WNV) : attention to mosquito bites!
Source : Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
The West Nile virus (WNV) is transmitted through mosquito bites. With summer here and an influx of mosquitoes, the risk of infection increases significantly and is higher in the city. Cover your entire body with long, light-coloured clothing when outdoors and use mosquito repellent to protect yourself from being bitten, especially at dusk and dawn. To know about protection measures and to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your surroundings,visit le Portail santé mieux-être
PRIME MINISTER’S VOLUNTEER AWARDS - CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Have you met a volunteer whose work in the past year had a profound impact on your community?
Now’s your chance to recognize their accomplishments and nominate them for a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards!
The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards celebrate the enormous contributions that volunteers, not-for-profit organizations and businesses make to their communities.
You can nominate someone in the following national and regional categories:
Emerging Leader: recognizes new volunteers who help build stronger communities through leadership and have made a positive difference in their community in a short period of time. This award is for those who have volunteered for no more than three years.
Lifelong Achievement: recognizes individuals who have dedicated their life to volunteering and have inspired other volunteers, led volunteer groups or made other exceptional achievements through volunteering. This award is for those who have volunteered for a period of at least 20 years.
Community Leader: recognizes individual volunteers or groups of volunteers who have taken a lead role in developing solutions to local challenges.
Business Leader: recognizes businesses that demonstrate social responsibility in their business practices.
Social Innovator: recognizes not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate innovation in addressing social challenges.
Recipients are recognized at an awards ceremony and are eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant of $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).
Submissions will be accepted until June 30, 2015.
To learn more about the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards and to submit a nomination, visit pm.gc.ca/awards or call 1-877-825-0434.
Programs and Services for Seniors 2015-2016
The 2015-2016 edition of the electronic guide entitled Programs and Services for Seniors is now available for your perusal. In it you will discover the different government programs and services to which you may be entitled.
The Government of Québec has designed the guide as a tool to respond to the daily concerns of seniors and their caregivers. It contains information on the resources offered by the Government of Québec, especially as regards health, housing, home support, and taxes and fiscal measures. For example, the guide covers financial assistance for housing for low-income seniors, domestic help services, and the tax credit for caregivers. It also presents the mission and contact information of a number of organizations that may be of use to seniors.
You may access the guide at http://www4.gouv.qc.ca/EN/Portail/Citoyens/Pages/accueil.aspx.
Invitation to a webinar for seniors
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 1 p.m., Eastern time
This webinar is a live and interactive presentation intended to provide an introduction to key tax topics for seniors, such as:
- pensions, benefits, and tax credits for seniors
- pension income splitting instalment payments
Would you like to lend a helping hand to low-income people?
We are seeking non-profit organizations and volunteers with knowledge about personal income tax to complete income tax returns for the less fortunate. Your good deed will help ensure that those in need will claim all the tax credits and deductions to which they are entitled.
Sign up for the Volunteer Program! You will receive online training in completing simple income tax returns and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from helping people who cannot afford professional assistance.
For more information about the Volunteer Program, call 514 496-1274.
Canadian Retirement Income Calculator
Employment and Social Development Canada has launched the redesign of the Canadian Retirement Income Calculator. The Calculator will help promote the understanding of public pension system benefits as part of retirement income planning.
Disability Tax Credit Consultations
As you may be aware, the Disability Tax Credit Promoter’s Restriction Act (DTCPRA), which received Royal Assent on May 29, 2014, proposes to limit the fees that a promoter may charge to complete a Disability Tax Credit (DTC) request.
Starting this month, the CRA will begin in-person and online consultations seeking the views of Canadians with disabilities and their supporting persons, promoters, tax professionals, qualified practitioners and members from the general public. This feedback will help the CRA establish regulations setting the maximum fees allowable under the Act, as well as to identify individuals who may be exempt from the Act’s reporting requirements. The CRA is also looking for suggestions on how to simplify the DTC process and clarify the steps Canadians need to take to apply for the credit.
Your participation and feedback are important to the CRA and will be essential in helping protect people with disabilities from paying excessive fees for assistance with a DTC request as well as improve the DTC process.
Find out more information and how to participate here
Vaccination… The best protection!
Vaccines stimulate our defense cells to produce substances called antibodies in what is an entirely natural protective reaction. These antibodies protect a vaccinated individual against disease caused by real germs.
Whether for you or your child, vaccination is a major ally.
Pat Burns award : We all know an exceptional person!
What is Pat Burns award? Inspired by Jason Burns, son of the late coach of the Montreal Canadiens and president of the Pat Burns foundation, the Pat Burns Award was created by the Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec in order to pay tribute to a caregiver is being particularly distinguished the support given to a person with cancer.
Pat Burns Award is $ 10,000, split between the winner and two finalists. The winner or winner receives a prize of $ 5,000 and two finalists receive a prize of $ 2 500 for a total of $ 10 000.
Read more: http://www.coalitioncancer.com/en/prix-pat-burns/9-fixe/152-pat-burns-award
The Marie-Vincent Foundation and the Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes are pleased to join forces for the fifth edition of L’Échappée BELLE
The Marie-Vincent Foundation and the Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes are pleased to join forces once again for the fifth edition of L’Échappée BELLE on August 16, 2014! This women’s cycling challenge aims to raise funds to help children aged 12 and under who have been the victims of sexual abuse. It will be an unforgettable experience!
For more information : www.echappeebellemarievincent.ca