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Mercredi, 23 octobre 2013


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Here come the municipal elections again. Only 45% of voting-age citizens voted in the last municipal elections in 2009.

What were the other 55% of us thinking? That the world will just march on across our TV screens forever?

Like all else, democracy is a sometime thing. Not voting is a very effective way to help it just fade away. Would a little polling station violence help us finally take seriously this right and duty and privilege?

Quebec's Chief Electoral Officer has launched a campaign to encourage electors to vote. On a tous nos opinions is a fast-paced little video on YouTube. It shows people expressing their views in a myriad different ways - tweeting, emailing, facebooking, commenting on and on. "So why not express your opinions by voting?" Mr. Chief Electoral Officer asks us.

Are we too comfortable? Why not just get up off our couches and go make a few little X's on a ballot?

How is it that we so readily offer opinions - often unsought and unwanted - about things that don't affect our lives even a tiny little bit? Yet remain silent - by not voting - about who will be making decisions in the coming years about things that could have a profound impact on our daily life?

The YouTube video begs another question. It shows all these opinions being expressed on a variety of platforms, as they say these days. On a computer. On a smart phone. On line. Lots of clicking and tapping and a little typing. I saw no one driving several kilometres to pick up a pencil and put it to paper.

Hmmm. Wouldn't voting be more sexy if we could do it on line? A click on the "like" or "don't like" icon could do the trick. There's an idea, Mr. Chief Electoral Officer. I dreamt it up on my couch.

Sunday November 3 is election day. Mark it with an X.

The English-speaking caregivers' groups at the Centre d'action bénévole (volunteer action centre) du Haut-Saint-François have dreamt up a way to get together and learn something really useful at the same time. It's a series of three Care-Ring Voice information sessions via phone and internet - aka webinars.

If the topics interest you, you are invited. All the webinars are free of charge. Each one should last about an hour.
How to keep stress from managing your life. That's the topic of the first session. The presenter is Dr. Camillo Zacchia, psychiatrist. He says "stress can complicate your life, it can be paralysing. Learn techniques that will give you back control over stress." It is this Wednesday October 23, at 7 p.m.

Institutional Abuse: Prevention through a Culture of Respect. This webinar addresses tough questions. How do you protect a loved one in a long-term facility? How can elder abuse take place in a nursing home? What tools or strategies can help prevent this from happening to a loved one? The speaker will be Linda August, social worker at Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre. The session is Tuesday, October 29, at 7 p.m.

Self-care and wellness seminar: What about me? This may be the toughest question for anyone who takes care of someone else. This webinar will teach how to identify and understand physical, emotional and spiritual needs. How to identify personal and caregiver barriers to self-care. How to communicate and negotiate self-care needs. And how to develop strategies of self-care. The speakers are Katie MacLean and Stacey Pustowka, both social workers at SPRINT Senior Care in Toronto. It will be on Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m.

The Manoir de l'eau vive at 210 Principale East in Cookshire has generously invited us into their cinema. We will be able to sit back in comfy chairs and see the images on the big screen.

To enter the residence, go to either door - one on the municipal hall level (1st floor), one on the church level (3rd floor). Beside the door is a phone. Dial 333 for the reception. After a moment the door will open. In the interior hallway, take the elevator to the second floor, where the cinema is. Exiting the elevator, turn right and then left immediately to get to the cinema. Info: 819-560-8540 (x 9) or

Plan ahead for two workshops coming up in November. On the 9th is one on Herbal Christmas Gifts, and on the 30th and December 1st is a two-day Basketmaking workshop. Stay tuned for more news next issue.

Don't forget military whist at the St. Paul's Church Hall in Bury. It's this Friday at 1:30 p.m. The fee of $5/person also gives you refreshments. Proceeds are to support the St. Paul's Guild/ A.C.W.

This Thursday October 24 is a 500 Card Party at the Bulwer Community Centre, Jordan Hill Road. Admission: $5. Cards, lunch, distribution of prizes. All are welcome! Info: leave message and phone number at 819-875-3452.

United: Sunday services and Sunday school are at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire, and at 11 a.m. in Sawyerville (for details, listen to message at 819-889-2838, and for more info, leave a message and phone number).

Anglican: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury (with Sunday school for children) and 11 a.m. in Cookshire (819-239-6902).

Baptist: In Sawyerville, the worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French (819-239-8818).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by October 28 for publication November 6 and by November 11 for November 20.

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