Suicide: How To Help Yourself and
Others Find Healing
More and more people are choosing to take their own lives
because they see death as the only solution to the difficulties
“But I don’t want to do yoga, it’s so boring!”That was my answer
for so many years when my mom would beg me to do yoga with
her. I would watch her practicing it every day and just couldn’t
understand what was so special about it.
Finding a partner and having a happy marriage cannot be left to
chance. It is important to plan for the end before the beginning,
to count the cost up front, and try to anticipate the pitfalls and
difficulties that will occur along the way.
What is the first thing you look for when purchasing a new shirt?
Fit? Style? Colour? Many would say a combination of all three. It
is important in our society to have channels such as fashion to
express ourselves and our beliefs.
Your Best You
The Spirit of Christ is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent
at all times. He knows you even better than you know yourself
and can come into your life and re-design it if you ask Him.
Today, ask Him into your life to transform it and bring you to
your highest and best—your very best. To Him be all honour,
glory and praise.
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Ways to Boost
Your Mood Immediately
Sunshine and Nature
Let the sunshine into your house. Open the shades and
curtains. Go for a walk in nature. Get fresh air.
Get Lost on Purpose
Go somewhere you have never been. Go for a drive
with no destination in mind.
Put on upbeat music to becomeenergized when you’re
Ask for a hug. We need human touch to sustain life.
When we are feeling down, we need even more human
connection for healing. Pets help with healing too.
Lavender & Orange
Both these scents calm the body; they are refreshing
and provide soothing.
Be productive! Find something to do whether it be
organizing a messy drawer, baking or doing art.
what you go through”
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Suicide: How To Help
Yourself & Others Find Healing
More and more people are choosing to take their
own lives because they see death as the only
solution to the difficulties they face.
Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are recent
high-profile suicide cases that left the world rattled
and perturbed yet, every 40 seconds someone
commits suicide—every 40 seconds someone’s
world is devastated.
We have a problem!
I say “we” have a problem because the rising rate of
suicide is a judgement on our society. David Foster
Wallace, discussing suicide, says:
“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person
who tries to commit suicide doesn’t do so out of
‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s
assets and debits do not square; and surely it is
not because death suddenly seems appealing. The
person in whom an invisible agony reaches a certain
unendurable level will kill themselves the same
way a trapped person in a burning high-rise, will
eventually jump from a window. Make no mistake
about people who leap from burning buildings.
Their terror of falling from a great height is just
as great as it would be for you or me…that is, the
fear of falling remains a constant but the variable
here is the other terror, the fire’s flames; when the
flames get close enough, jumping to possible death
becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors.
For the individual, it is the terror of the flames that
eventually provides impetus to jump. Invariably,
people down on the sidewalk, looking up, yelling
‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, cannot understand the jump.
You would have to have personally been trapped
and felt those flames to really understand a terror
way beyond falling.”
Individuals like Bourdain and Spade could not
escape the “flames” because we, as a society, did
not provide a way for them to save themselves.
These flames are different for everyone. It could
be the conflict of trying to be someone else than
ourselves; a festering trauma from any stage in our
lives, or mounting pressure and expectations from
our lifestyle; it could be loneliness, relationships…it
could be anything. All of us are vulnerable because
we face the challenges of daily life.
The current psychiatric system is supposedly helping
people but it is in shambles. Psychotropic drugs
have failed to eradicate mental ill-health; more
people suffer from mental ill-health than ever
before. Kate Spade saw some of the best mental
health professionals in New York for months before
her death. As psychologist Noel Hunter notes,
“most people who have committed suicide did so
after having sought out help.” He also points out,
“Telling someone they are “ill” for suffering or being
sad serves to further alienate the individual. It often
results in the person feeling defective, and puts the
problem inside the individual instead of recognizing
how cultural and circumstantial factors are negatively
impacting them. Studies have demonstrated over
and over again that a biological illness perspective
on human suffering leads to decreased empathy,
increased desire for social distance, and increased
prejudice and discrimination.”
As a society, we have to re-examine how we view
mental health. We have to re-examine the way we
help people who are going through difficult times.
We have to stop placing blame squarely on the
shoulders of the individual who find it difficult to
escape the flames of their life.
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If you, or anyone you know is struggling with
suicidal thoughts call Toronto Distress Centre.
(408) - HELP
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Suicide: How To Help
Yourself & Others Find Healing
WHAT CAN WE DO AS A SOCIETY?
Love. We cannot survive without love. Love is, according to
research, the top addiction and scientists show us we are
wired for love. More people die from the lack of love than
any other disease. Love thrives in a community. Humanity
is wired to work and thrive in a community. Love cannot
be shared, of course, without someone to love. In science,
and especially quantum physics, “entanglement” is one of
the most important laws - often referred to as the law of
relationships. We are entangled humans living in an entangled
universe; we need each other. When we help other people,
we heal ourselves.
Love starts in the family unit. It is important for parents and
guardians to constantly tell and show their children they are
loved. Hug them; tell them they are needed, wanted and
special. Parents and guardians also need to create a safe
space for their children by assuring them they will not be
judged or condemned. As a parent of four children, I have
to constantly work at making sure my children know that
no matter what, they have my trust and love. I ensure they
feel safe and not judged—we can talk about anything and
At schools and workplaces teachers and managers should
be trained to identify the signs of mental ill-health and
be equipped to provide adequate support for troubled
individuals. Such support can be a compassionate and
knowledgeable person who is there to help individuals deal
with the vagaries of life.
Churches can also be incredible powerhouses when it
comes to showing communities what love looks like. In
addition to regular counseling services, churches should
create loving, safe and non-judgmental centers or peaceful
gardens, manned by volunteers who will listen and love
people who are going through tough times. Unfortunately,
more and more people feel that the church is a harsh, critical
and sin-obsessed institution in bed with the current political
empire. This is a judgment on the current state of Western
Christianity, which in many ways, does not reflect the love of
a beautiful and caring God.
As a clinical practitioner, I have repeatedly experienced
how communities of love work wonders at transforming the
mind. I have recorded these in my books, DVDs and online
programs, including the 21 Day Brain Detox.
People can be healed—there is indeed much to hope for!
We have many programs that deal with overcoming toxic
thinking patterns: training and educating individuals to
use their mind well, at drleaf.com and at our non-profit,
the Whole Mind Project. You are more than welcome to
contact us for more information.
We are currently working on certified counseling courses
and an app to train individuals to think and build healthy
memories, which will be released in October 2018.
Mental well-being. The association between mental
“disorders” and violence (including suicide) is an unfair
association and distorts the discussion; in particular,
the media’s caricature of individuals with mental issues
committing acts of violence because there is ‘something
terribly wrong with their brain’. According to research, those
battling with mental issues are more often victims than
We desperately need a revolution in mental healthcare.
The current drug-oriented, biomedical model of diagnosis
and treatment for non-medical problems and experiences
is reductionistic and dangerous. While the biomedical model
is very effective in treating illnesses such as heart disease,
diabetes, cancer and so on, it is unhelpful and even damaging
in matters to do with consciousness and the mind, such as
depression or anxiety.
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The “treatment” of these so-called diseases of the mind is
predominated by psychotropic drugs, Electroconvulsive
Therapy (ECT) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation(TMS),
which statistics or studies have shown to be ineffective,
destructive, disempowering, and stigmatizing in the long run.
Calling for a bigger budget for drug-oriented psychiatry really
“medicalizes misery”, dehumanizes people while ignoring the
context surrounding why a person chooses to act or speak
in a certain way.
Drugging people to control their thoughts, feelings and
actions is not the answer to societal ills. The good news
is that there are many alternatives to psychotropic drugs
and invasive treatments like ECT. Mad in America, an online
community of mental health professionals, advocates, and
individuals provides detailed resources on the current
state of mental health treatment, guides to withdrawal
and alternatives to drug treatment for mental health
issues. The contributors at Mad in America, including
psychiatrist and mental health advocate Dr. Peter Breggin,
are making incredible strides in changing the way individuals
and institutions define and treat people suffering from
the vagaries of life.
Most importantly, we need to recognize that DMs, Tweets,
commenting on someone’s Facebook wall, or liking an
Instagram post is not the same as taking the time to phone
someone, or paying a visit to check in on a loved one even if
they seem “fine”.
You can listen to my podcast on social media and the mind
for more information.
“Often times, depression can mute or hinder someone’s
ability to reach out. So, if you do see someone struggling,
reach out! If you don’t see someone who used to be
around, reach out!” (Caissie St.Onge)
Dr. Caroline Leaf
If you, or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal
thoughts call 416-408-4357.
This is informative not individual medical advice.
I recently recorded a podcast on dealing with depression
with Dr. Jason Littleton. You can listen to the full interview
here: Episode 35(also available on iTunes and Google Play)
Relationships. Although the technological age has helped
improve the lives of many, platforms such as social media
can serve to increase our sense of isolation, and increase
our desire to seek attention. We now have the world at
our fingertips, yet, paradoxically, more and more of us live
solitary, futile lives. We are more connected, literally, yet we
are more isolated than ever before.
We should all make an effort to engage less with our phones
and computers but more with those we love and are part of
our community. We should limit our time using technology,
including social media, to certain hours of the day or, certain
days. The brain thrives in a dynamic and social atmosphere;
the more we reach out to others, the more we improve our
own mental and physical health.
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Entrepreneurship And Accounting
A Growing Complexity
Business Adviser - Yonin Senouvo
Managing Partner at Senouvo Consulting Group
According to the census 1 of December 2015, Canada’s
economy is essentially made up of very small to medium
enterprises/businesses (SMEs) which represent respectively
54.1% (businesses with less than 4 employees) and 43.8%
(businesses with 5 to 99 employees). While the medium size
companies (100 to 499 employees) represent 1.8% of the
total, large companies (over 500 employees) only account
for 0.3% of the market.
This overwhelming ratio of small businesses (97.9%)
raises the inevitable question of their ability to manage
while focusing on their core business. In fact, many small
businesses still see accounting and finance as a mere tool
to help file the year-end administrative paperwork: yes
“TAXES”. Undoubtedly, tax filing needs to be done however,
this exercise now requires a departure from the traditional
view of the accountant as a tax filer. In order to optimize
the SME’s chances for optimization and healthy growth,
today’s accountant needs to be a specialist on tax, finance,
management and systems in order to provide competent
and relevant advice to SMEs on the everchanging nature of
As a managing partner at Senouvo Consulting Group (SCG),
I have spent the last 15 years in two of the top global
accounting and advisory firms, (commonly known as the
Big 4s) and have learned that business success is measured
by the ability to learn, and optimize resources. The 2.0
Accountant provides business clients with benefits beyond
bookkeeping and tax filing. For example, the Accountant is
able to advise and caution clients regarding over-investment
on fixed assets or, if and when cash flow needs to be better
managed, by delaying vendor payment.
SCG is a 2.0 accounting firm whose priority is to shoulder the
management burden of the SME and assist them to provide
the same quality of services as large corporations. We
purpose to come alongside small businesses, understanding
that they are the game changers. We position ourselves as
advisers helping our clients achieve sustainable growth.
Key Small Business Statistics - June 2016, Government of Canada
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BMO Nesbitt Burns
Five Tax Ideas for the
Remainder of 2018
Below you will find concepts that could help you save taxes, increase
your net worth, and position you for financial success in 2018.
1. Start tax planning now
Many investors wait until year end before
thinking about how to reduce their annual
tax bill. As a result, they often miss out on
available tax planning opportunities. Tax
planning should be a year round activity in
order to maximize the savings opportunities
available to you. Feel free to email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy
of our 2018 Personal Tax Calendar, which
summarizes important tax deadlines and
provides some tax planning tips for you to
consider throughout the coming year.
2. Make your RRSP and TFSA
Making regular Registered Retirement
Savings Plan (RRSP) contributions is one of
the best ways to ensure you save enough
for your retirement. If you’ve already made
your 2017 RRSP contribution, consider
making your 2018 RRSP contribution early,
instead of waiting until 2019, in order to
maximize the tax deferred compounding
inside your RRSP. The maximum RRSP contribution
available for 2018 is $26,230.
The benefits and flexibility provided by a
Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) make it
ideal for saving for multiple financial goals.
The TFSA contribution limit for 2018 is
$5,500. Unused contribution room – dating
back to 2009 when TFSAs were first introduced,
or the year you turned 18 – carries
forward and can be used in a future year.
You may want to consider gifting funds to
your spouse or common-law partner, or
adult children to allow them to contribute
to their own TFSA (subject to their personal
TFSA contribution limit). Income earned
within their TFSA will not be attributed back
3. Reduce tax with income-splitting
Under our tax system, the more you earn,
the more you pay in income taxes on
incremental dollars earned. With this in
mind, it may make sense to spread income
among family members who are taxed at
lower marginal rates in order to lower your
family’s overall tax burden, subject to the
income attribution rules. Some of the more
common income-splitting strategies to
• An interest-bearing loan at the prescribed
interest rate to family members
in a lower tax bracket. This strategy is
particularly attractive because rates are
currently at historically low levels;
• Pension income-splitting between
spouses (or common law partners);
• Gifts to adult children or other adult
family members (other than a spouse or
common-law partner); and
• Gifts to a minor child – directly or through a
trust structure – to acquire investments that
generate only capital gains.
Cameron Murphy, BBA (Hons), CIM
BMO Nesbitt Burns
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How Yoga can Help
“But I don’t want to do yoga, it’s so boring!”
That was my answer for so many years when my mom
would beg me to do yoga with her. I would watch her
practicing it every day and just couldn’t understand what
was so special about it.
But years passed and sometime during highschool, I
started developing an interest in fitness. I had always
had the gift of natural flexibility so I thought I’d give yoga
another shot. I soon realized that heck, I was really good
at it so I just continued practicing, under the guidance of
my mom of course (who, was more than thrilled). I slowly
started to see the real benefits of yoga, including weight
loss, muscle strengthening and discipline in my fitness.
Today, yoga is a daily part of my life. Whether it’s to start
the day or to end the night, it has become one of my
greatest passions. Yoga is my number one fitness activity
and is easily the part of my day which I look forward to
most. People take up yoga for a lot of different reasons –
meditation, spirituality, muscle toning, restoration…the list
is endless; but that is what is so beautiful and so unifying
about it. Whatever stage, level, reason – yoga has a place
for everyone and will return however much love and effort
you put into it.
People always tell me that they’d love to do yoga but are
not flexible. Like I once did, so many people try it once and
walk away because they find it too hard and not enjoyable.
Even I will admit, if I take a break from yoga for whatever
reason (we all have busy lives with work and school, but
that is no excuse!), the first time getting my stiff body
through a yoga session sucks! However I PROMISE YOU,
it’s just a matter of staying disciplined and keeping at it.
The ONLY way to get better at it and enjoy is to keep
doing it, and I promise you, you will see the results!
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The desire and the pursuit of such love is leading many single
adults to attend Plan & Prepare unique 10-Week Relationship
Seminar and its associated social activities. Plan & Prepare
was established in 2004 to provide enrichment seminars
for individuals concerned about building and maintaining a
healthy relationship. Some of the life changing topics dealt
In Pursuit of Everlasting Love, Overcoming the Fear of
Rejection, Healing Emotional Wounds, What is Love? Ten
Most Common Emotional Needs, Sexuality I & II, Dating
Guidelines, Money in Marriage and Beauty In and Beauty
Throughout the years, we have opened our doors to over
1,500 people and celebrated over 75 marriages. Although
most attend these seminars as a single adult, we have seen
many return to the seminars with their future spouse. Here’s
what three happily married couples have to say:
“Plan & Prepare gave us the step-by-step guidance on how
to move on from past wounds and relationship hang-ups and
open our hearts to love again unconditionally.” Adriano & Eva
“Plan & Prepare deepened our understanding of ourselves,
each other and God’s plan for a successful marriage. The
topics really helped us to have important and meaningful
discussions as an engaged couple.” Tyler & Ruth.
“We are now married with a blended family of three. My
husband and I did our pre-marital counseling through Plan
& Prepare which guided us through our courtship.” Richard
In addition to our 10-week seminars, many have enjoyed our
annual elegant Christmas Gala, Singlesfest conference, boat
cruise, road trips, barbeque, sports activities and many other
social events. Engaged couples are also enjoying our premarital
computerized assessment program prior to saying ‘I
All single adults (never married,
dating, engaged, separated or
divorced) desirous of a lasting
change in their lives are invited to
attend our 10-week seminar and
events. Plan & Prepare assists
in the preparation of individuals
spiritually, emotionally, financially
and physically for whole and
Marlene M. MacKenzie
Co-Founder of Plan & Prepare
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“Plan & Prepare
gave us the
step-by-step guidance of
how to move on from past
wounds and relationship
hang-ups and open our
hearts to love again
Adriano & Eva.
In 1997, my ministry with singles began as the Singles Director
at Kennedy Road Tabernacle Church and five years later, I began
leading DivorceCare Recovery Groups in Brampton. In 2005, I
became co-founder of Plan & Prepare, coordinating its unique
seminars and events. My personal journey of overcoming
broken relationships, has offered hope to many who experience
the pain of a broken heart.
I truly believe that a happy marriage is no accident. The secret to
success in any endeavor is planning and preparing. Many of us
are willing to spend years in school receiving an education that
will prepare us for success in our chosen career or profession. If
we are so careful about planning for career success, why aren’t
we just as careful about planning for success in marriage?
We invite all to attend our fall seminar and become the BEST
YOU for a life time partner.
“Finding a partner and having a happy marriage cannot be left to
chance. It is important to plan for the end before the beginning,
to count the cost up front, and try to anticipate the pitfalls and
difficulties that will occur along the way.” Myles Munroe.
Marlene M. MacKenzie and her husband Tom have been married
for 19 years and are parents to 14-year old Thomas Jr. She
has shared her testimony of God’s faithfulness, healing power,
restoration and forgiveness at singles and women’s conferences and
to congregations; has hosted ‘Nite Lite’ on CTS and has been heard
on WDCX and Joy 1250 radio stations.
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Girls Of Destiny
Programs Empowering Girls
Regardless of our size, shape, height, colour, ethnicity
or religion we are all capable of great things. We all
have this one thing in common-purpose. Purpose is
like an iceberg; 90% is below the surface and 10% is
visible. How does one find their purpose or tap into
their potential? Ask yourself these questions:
Why was I put on this earth?
What do I want to do with my life?
What do I love to do?
Who do I want to help?
How can I help?
The answers to these questions may help us find our
purpose but if we don’t believe in ourselves we cannot
pursue our passion and serve others. Kendall Bronk,
a leading researcher on youth development, submits
that, “…the development of purpose is intricately
woven with the development of identity.”
Let’s face the facts. Some of us struggle with loving
ourselves, finding our true identity, and connecting
with others. Everywhere we go we are bombarded with
the supposed ideal image of beauty and popularity
which we don’t fit. It is no wonder we find it difficult to
value and treasure ourselves.
In a National Population Health Survey conducted by
Statistics Canada, the indication is that adolescent
girls tend to have a lower self-concept (a sense of selfworth
and a feeling of control) than boys. The damaging
effects of low self-worth make girls more susceptible to
issues such as teenage pregnancy, depression, obesity
and various other health issues. A positive self-concept
on the other hand, is apparently, key to developing
good mental and physical health.
Girls of Destiny (GOD) leadership, etiquette, personal
development summer camp and life skill programs are
designed to inculcate and bolster positive self-concept
in adolescent girls age 11-16. Founded in 2003, the
programs continue to provide great mentorship for
The goal of GOD is to engage the community by
mentoring and empowering girls as they go through
their teen years, to build self-esteem, develop social
graces and radiate beauty from within. GOD helps girls
appreciate their personality and value their real self.
Bill Damon, the leading researcher on purpose and
adolescence at Stanford University, says “The biggest
problem growing up today is not actually stress,
it’s meaninglessness. Finding purpose early builds
confidence and habits of mind that can be practiced.
Purpose is something young people not only need, but
Young people may not know what their purpose is,
but the adults in their lives may have a good idea. I
challenge every adult reading this article to encourage
a young person to find purpose by enlightening them
on the strengths you observe they have and how they
can use them to impact their community and society.
Girls of Destiny team members believe each girl has
unique gifts, talents and abilities. Our self-esteem,
modeling, leadership, etiquette, hair care, makeup,
cooking, dance, S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math) and community service
programs give girls the experiences to help discover
their own sense of purpose which is critical during their
adolescent years. We inspire girls to be brilliant “Stars
in the Universe”, destined to influence their world.
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“I had so much fun and met many new
friends. The camp is amazing. We modeled,
danced, cooked, learned how to create
mobile Apps and how to set a nice table. The
volunteers are nice. The banquet was the
best, live DJ, lots of food.”
Girls of Destiny 2016 Camper
“I wish to express my sincere appreciation to you
and the sponsor for kindly absorbing costs for Girls
of Destiny Camp for my daughter. I know she totally
enjoyed it, and expressed genuine interest and gained
positive learnings from the guests that came in;
the gym and the catering piece. Your efforts should
not stop with these young women at camp. I have
heightened concerns that desperate needs exist for
us to work with young women within our community
to endorse their self-worth, value and self-esteem,
offering guidance and support.
“I loved Girls of Destiny Camp for exposing us to
women in business...we were taught self-confidence
and told that we could do anything, but to have an
actual woman in front of us to give an account of
what she has accomplished was amazing. It made my
goals more attainable in my eyes. Have a blast this
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Easy Yogourt and
A fast, easy, and light breakfast or
snack made of granola, yogourt,
and either fresh fruit, jam, or
lemon curd. Make it even easier
with all store-bought ingredients
1 cup (100 grams) granola, store-bought or
1 cup (227 grams) yogourt, regular or greek
1/2 cup-3/4 cup fresh fruit or berries, jam, or lemon
1. In 2 half-pint jars, glasses, or small bowls,
alternately layer the granola, yogourt, and fruit,
berries, or lemon curd.
2. Serve immediately.
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‘‘FoodRescue.ca makes it easy
for food businesses to improve
their environmental footprint by
donating surplus food to local
social service organizations that
provide immediate hunger relief.”
The Truth About Our Food
Canadians throw away 40% (15 billion pounds) of food
each year, most of which is perfectly edible. The value of
this discarded food equates to $31 billion being tossed into
landfills, resulting in a tremendous amount of greenhouse gases
entering the atmosphere which is not a sustainable situation for
At the same time, there are single parents struggling to pay
bills and feed their kids; seniors living on shrinking incomes,
and youth unable to make ends meet. Every day we interact
with these people – neighbours, co-workers, students, or
retirees – who are experiencing hunger right in our own
MAKING A DIFFERENCE LOCALLY
A great way to help stop food wastage in your community is
to volunteer with a local charity or non-profit organization.
These groups can take advantage of FoodRescue.ca to access
fresh, nutritious food and you can be a volunteer rescuer!
Offering 30 minutes a week to pickup a donation from a local
business and drop it off at a shelter or school, can make all
the difference to those in need.
FoodRescue.ca is a free, online tool that gives food
businesses with any amount of surplus a simple way
to donate food to any type of local charity at any time.
Grocery stores, retail outlets, restaurants, cafés, bakeries,
butchers, caterers, hotels, producers, and growers can
register to become food donors. Foods like perishable
dairy, protein, prepared foods, and produce, as well as, any
fresh, frozen, or shelf-stable items can be picked up by
‘rescuers’ to ensure this good food gets to those who need
HOW YOU CAN HELP AT HOME
Reducing the amount of good food that is thrown away is
everyone’s responsibility. We can all pay more attention to
what we buy, consume, and put in the bin on garbage day.
Try planning meals and shopping just for those needs, so that
there is less spontaneous purchasing and the items bought
are more likely to be used. Gather any older, limp produce
items and store them in the freezer for making your own
soup stock. When you are not sure what to make with excess
food, search online for new recipes that incorporate those
ingredients. In this way, we will all do our part to better our
Visit www.foodrescue.ca for more.
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When Trash Meets Fashion
What is the first thing you look for
when purchasing a new shirt? Fit? Style?
Colour? Many would say a combination
of all three. It is important in our society
to have outlets such as fashion to
express ourselves and our beliefs. Not
only does it help to define individual
people, but also communities and
cultures. But what we fail to recognize, is
the impact fast fashion can have on our
environment and communities.
In recent years, next to oil, the fashion
industry has become the second most
harmful industry to the environment.
What’s even more crazy is it releases
more green house emissions than
aviation and international shipping
combined. To grow enough cotton to
produce one pair of jeans requires 6,800
litres of water. If the pair of jeans are
dyed, that would require 1,600 different
types of chemicals and toxins. The
same pair of jeans also has an impact
on the lives of individuals in other
communities. In many cases clothing
is produced in sweat-shops for very a
low cost. The jeans that you may have
purchased for fifty dollars would have
been made for less that a couple cents.
Why has this come about? The answer
is fast fashion. Fast fashion is when large
retailers mass produce trendy clothing
at a low cost. These are the clothes that
you see coming in for one season and
disappearing the next.
To put an end to the chaos the fashion
industry has created, we as consumers
must make more informed decisions
when purchasing clothing. Some options
would be to seek second hand clothing,
participate in clothing swaps, purchase
locally produced fashion pieces, adapt
an minimalist life style, or seek clothing
created by more sustainable materials.
Project Trashion is an upcoming exhibition
that is meant to bring attention to this
issue through art, media and design. The
exhibition is comprised of two segments,
a fashion exhibition and a tradeshow.
The fashion exhibition showcases works
of art, such as the dress in the photo
above, that are made with the help of
passionate and creative students. The
tradeshow segment brings together
various local activists in the sustainable
fashion community to educate
attendees on how they can easily make
changes to a more sustainable future.
“strives to create a global impact by
educating, engaging and creating a
culture of sustainability, starting with
our community. Our greatest challenges
not only lie in creating a zero-waste,
energy efficient and sustainable event,
but to create a collaborative cooperation
between established advocators to
cultivate a sustainable culture in the
What people don’t realize is that
sustainable fashion exists in the heart
of our communities. By purchasing from
your local shops and designers, you are
supporting local artists and ensuring that
your fashion piece comes from ethical
production. The piece to the left, is one
of many pieces that will be featured at
Project Trashion. It was designed by an
artist in the local Greater Toronto Area
using sustainable materials and methods.
For more information on this great cause
and exhibition, check out:
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Your Best You
Become the best version of yourself
“The Spirit of Christ is omnipotent,
omniscient and omnipresent at all
times. He knows you even better than
you know yourself and can come into
your life and re-design it if you ask
Him. Today, ask Him into your life to
transform it and bring you to your
highest and best—your very best. To
Him be all honour, glory and praise.”
- Monica Hernandez, Ph.D.
It has been years my husband and I have wanted to change
the landscape of our front yard to something more attractive.
We felt the flower garden was not at its best and brought in
an expert to re-design the space. And at last, it is being done!
For days I watched the men at work re-designing the space.
They removed slabs of concrete, dug up several perennials
and shrubs, and lay bricks, forming a new design. Already the
landscape has been changed in a marked way and I can foresee
how different and beautiful my front yard will look. Clearly, the
entire exercise reminds me of our personal lives. Sometimes
we look into our lives and know we are not our very best. Yet,
we do not know what to do. We do not know how to put the
various parts of our lives together to experience harmony, and
a sense of well-being.
There is something we can do. I know someone who is an
expert at re-designing lives. This Person sees and knows all
things, even our most secret thoughts and desires, and can
re-design our lives into our very best. He knows where all the
parts of our lives are, and can put them together into a new
experience. That Person is the Spirit of Christ.
The Bible says that “if the Spirit of
him that raised up Jesus from the
dead dwells in you, he that raised
up Christ from the dead shall
also quicken our mortal bodies
(our worldly tendencies) by his
Spirit” – Romans 8:9-11, KJV. This
means the Spirit will raise us out of
stagnation and spiritual death to
become our very best, even while
we yet walk this earth.
Becoming our best is a process
under the guidance and direction of the Spirit of Christ, and it
involves changing our negative thoughts, feelings and attitudes
and practicing biblical truths we have learned along the way.
The great thing about it is, we do not have to do it alone. When
we put learned principles of Truth into action, we grow and the
Spirit of Christ who raised up Jesus from the dead will help us
along the way. He will help us change our thinking and feeling:
our very personalities, if we let him he will give us strength,
courage, wisdom and understanding as he brings us to be our
Monica Hernandez, Ph.D.
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provides no light
is the fuel that allows
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