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The big night is fast approaching… time to get ready!

Posted Friday, December 21, 2018

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Santa during his busiest time of year to ask him what he keeps in his Emergency Preparedness Kit.

Santa knows that delivering gifts is important; he also understands that being ready is important!

Q: Santa, you’ll be delivering gifts to children all over the world on December 24th. What are some of the most important items in your sleigh?

A: Mrs Claus makes sure that I keep a change of clothes in the sleigh, including a...

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Food Safety During “Power Failure”

Posted Saturday, September 22, 2018

Handling and preparing food is always important in preventing Foodborne illness, but a power failure can result in food becoming spoiled due to a lack of refrigeration. Follow these safe food-handling tips during a power failure to reduce the risk of Foodborne illness:
Frozen Food:
  • Freezing stops the growth of bacteria. A full upright or chest freezer will keep food frozen for up to 2 days during a power failure. A half-full freezer will keep the food frozen for about one...

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#PartySafe tips

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018

These tips will help keep you safe and healthy.

Whether you’re going out for a drink or plan to party all night long, know these party safe tips before going out:


  • Don’t mix drugs with other substances like alcohol
  • Using more than one drug at a time increases the risk of overdose
  • Stay hydrated with water and take breaks from dancing to prevent dehydration and overheating
  • Don’t accept drinks (even water) from people you don’t know -...

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“I feel guilty taking time for myself, what helped was remembering that I’m a person too with needs and with limits.” Pierre, Caregiver

Posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Taking care of a person living with mental illness or experiencing mental health challenges can be both rewarding and stressful.  You may learn new skills and build a stronger relationship with the person – child, youth, adult, or older adult you care for. It is also important to take care of yourself.  Just like the pre-flight instructions, you need to put on your own oxygen mask before helping another person put on theirs. 

As a caregiver, it’s important...

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Kids need to move more – their brains will thank them!

Posted Tuesday, July 10, 2018

ParticipACTION has released the 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. This annual publication provides a snapshot of the status of physical activity for Canadian children.   

Why is physical activity important? 

Physical activity is key to children’s physical health. A healthy heart, strong bones and muscles are well-known benefits of physical activity. Research is now showing the important role physical activity also plays...

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