According to Stats Can, in Ontario, about 15% of us are living in small towns or rural locations.? We are served by less than 8% of the province¡¯s physicians.?
The government has a number of strategies and programs in place to address the issues of healthcare.
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It¡¯s that time again and this evening should be the peak, according to the experts.?? NASA¡¯s Meteroid Environment Centre reports that the Perseids show is one of the best meteor showers of the year, frequently producing the most fireballs. This comet was named after astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle who first discovered it, in 1862.
Tonight¡¯s show is courtesy of the Comet Swift-Tuttle¡¯s most recent visit near earth, in 1992. The best time to watch is between midnight and dawn.? You should plan to spend at least an hour, so you¡¯ll need to take a cozy blanket and a comfy chair (a recliner works best).? If you watch the northern part of the sky, you¡¯re bound to see some of the comet debris which will seem to flash across the sky, almost like fireworks.? Experts estimate that the debris is composed of particles are anywhere from a fraction of the size of a grain of sand, to the size of a baseball. ??Hurtling toward at the rate of some 60 kilometers per second; the fragment begins to burn as it comes into contact with the Earth¡¯s upper atmosphere.?
There may be hundreds of these streaks of light in the sky this evening.? Some will appear more brightly than others and some will give off a noticeable hue; as flashes of different colours depend on the chemical composition of each tiny piece. ??This year, the show is expected to be more vivid, thanks to the waxing crescent moon which is less likely to obscure the view.? (Of course, nothing beats stargazing in cottage country!)
Swift-Tuttle, itself, is next expected to visit in 2125.
You know you're in cottage country when you often fall to sleep listening to that high-pitched zzzzzing? sound while swatting blindly into the air.? They just don't seem to leave some of us alone!?
& we usually don't know they've got us, until we react to the sting
However,?there are many creative ways for coping with the annoying mosquito-?a pesky bug that?appears to offer?no useful function.?? Chemical solutions may wipe them out but it is never a good idea to employ such radical measures... in other words, these little creeps are best deterred from coming near us, let alone biting.?
There are a number of methods for repulsing these?nasty little things and I thought I would share a few, today.
It's best?to avoid wearing heavy, dark clothing in warm weather. Mosquitos are attracted to warm bodies, so staying cool is an effective way to avoid bites.
I know people who tie?dryer sheets to their sunhats or tuck one into the inside of their cap...
It makes for interesting conversation.
?Other people have interesting ideas such as making a centrepiece from sliced lime and cloves:
While nothing seems as magical as?
?which ?manufacturers advise should not be used under clothing or on damaged skin, and further tell us?that preparations be washed off after they are no longer needed or between applications. DEET can act as an irritant; in rare cases, it may cause severe epidermal reactions and seizures and should not be used on infants under 6 months and... a whole list of other bad stuff...
but there are natural alternatives to chemical bug dope.? Here are a few good recipes:
Home-Made Organic Insect Repellent
?-Distilled water (or boiled)
-Natural witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
?-Essential Oils: choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint?
??Dried herbs: peppermint, spearmint, citronella, lemongrass, catnip, lavender, etc. Use at least one herb from the mint family.
?-Vegetable glycerin (optional)
?Directions if using essential oil:
?Fill spray bottle 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
- Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top
- Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin (if using)
- Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be.? A good mix is: Rosemary, Clove, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus.
Directions if using herbs:
- Boil 1 cup of water and add 3-4 tbsp of dried herbs total in any combination from the above. I use 1 tbsp each of peppermint, spearmint, catnip and lavender, and also throw in a couple of dried cloves.
- Mix well, cover and let cool (covering is important to keep the volatile oils in!)
- Strain herbs out and mix water with 1 cup of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. Store in a spray bottle in a cool place
- Use as needed. It smells great and is refreshing to the skin.
?Note:? Some people add vanilla extract to their repellent recipes- for a simple version you can just rub vanilla or lavender flowers or lavender oil onto your skin. Others suggest you rub fresh or dried leaves of anything in the mint family all over skin to repel insects. Basil is also said to repel mosquitoes.
?You can also mix vanilla with witch hazel and water for a spray version of mosquito deterrent.
?32 ounces Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tbsp each of dried Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme and Mint
At least quart size glass jar with airtight lid
- Put the vinegar and dried herbs into large glass jar.
- Seal tightly and store on counter or place you will see it daily. Shake well each day for 2-3 weeks.
- After 2-3 weeks, strain the herbs out and store in spray bottles or tincture bottles, preferably in fridge.
- To use on skin, dilute to half with water in a spray bottle and use as needed.
- Use whenever you need serious bug control.
?[Note: This is a very strong mixture.? Apparently it has antiviral and antibacterial properties and some people use it as a tincture for illness. I make no representations for the safety or validity of this use, however, they say that for adults: allegedly?the recommended dose is 1 tbsp in water several times a day, for kids over two years of age: allegedly the recommended dose is 1 tsp in water several times a day.]
The term forensic reconstruction can mean many things... it can be firing a weapon to verify the ?impact it will have, having someone who resembles a crime victim stand-in to a recreated scene, plotting trajectories or measuring distances, among other examples.
The one that always impresses me is the facial reconstruction.? In this case, an artist recreates a face, frequently based upon skeletal remains remains (or a mummy or a known photograph); ?through knowledge and techniques drawn from a combination of ?forensic science, anthropology, anatomy and osteology.?Sometimes, the renderings are 2 dimensional drawings and other times, they are sculptured in 3-d.? Forensic professionals may also employ a computer program to create reconstructions that manipulate scanned photographs of the remains and superimpose photographs of facial features.
These renditions can bring historical figures to life or help to create an age-progression image of a missing person, such as this example of missing girl Madeleine McCann:
?Madeleine McCann is shown in this 2007 handout photo, left, and in an age progression image created by police that shows what she might look like in 2012.
Recently, King Richard III¡¯s skeleton was found below a parking lot in Leicester, England, where in 1485 he was buried after dying in battle.?? From that skeleton, an artistic rendition says that this is what he may have looked like:
It will be interesting to see if this is what the newest Prince George will look like, when he reaches the age of 15:
by?D`Lynn Waldron? artist, U.S.A.
According to Wikipedia:? Many commercial enterprises would consider themselves to have social objectives, but commitment to these objectives is motivated by the perception that such commitment will ultimately make the enterprise more financially valuable. Social enterprises differ in that, inversely, they do not aim to offer any benefit to their investors, except where they believe that doing so will ultimately further their capacity to realize their social and environmental goals.
?Rural communities across Ontario are facing high unemployment rates and a variety of other social, economic and environmental challenges.?? An innovative model is emerging that supports a range of activities that make creative use of knowledge and information generated from within the community.??Certainly this isn¡¯t entirely a new concept, after all, the co-op movement started around 1840 and the first thrift shops in the late 1800s.? These businesses took their social responsibilities seriously, however they remained bottom line focused.? The social enterprise and, or, the social entrepreneur goes a step further, using a market oriented approach that makes social change the primary objective.?
?There are many definitions of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship; however it is a mindset that is focused upon using business to facilitate change.? Becoming involved in the process and planning, communities are able to embrace their unique character while taking on a range of activities that contribute to a vibrant environment, filled with opportunity.??A creative economy with creative industries is one that makes use of all available resources and emphasizes knowledge and information.? The possibilities are endless.? Some small towns have created successful small business incubators, mentoring programs, well-equipped shared working spaces and community event planning that maximizes and showcases all of the local attractions.?
I have had the privilege of attending a number of workshops and seminars on the subject of social enterprise, the creative economy, cultural planning and community asset building; however, there is nothing more powerful than the camaraderie exhibited by members of a real community.
?Many of those who are thinking of moving their family to a small, rural/retirement/resort community will want to know that there are opportunities for employment.? Many of those who are retiring have skills they would like to share and time they can give to helping to improve the quality of life all around them.? I am thinking of that quotable quote: ?¡°Many hands make light work.¡± by John Heywood (English Playwright and Poet, 1497-1580).??I can¡¯t help but think that community cooperation was key for the pioneers when they lived in this area... and of how their spirit remains in those of us who continue to forge a life in this beautiful wilderness that we call home.