October 24th, 2020

Life

Careers

  • Insurance Understood: Don’t shoot yourself in the foot

    I think we have all heard he phrase, “Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot”. In simple terms, it means, don’t say or do something that will come back and cause you problems in the future. Well, this got me thinking about insurance and how people need to be cautious when applying for insurance. Especially when [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Business Beat: Chamber hands out annual awards during small business week

    On Friday, we celebrated the kick-off to small business week with our annual business awards. The event, themed ‘Driving Business Forward’ signified that even through challenging times, we can continue to drive business forward. Seven months ago, we were uncertain as to how this event would come together. However, one thing was certain, we needed [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Business Beat: How are you managing your organization through COVID-19?

    As your local Chamber, we have assisted in navigating information related to the pandemic and have voiced your concerns to Government to ensure that businesses had what they needed to manage this very challenging time. However, we still find that some businesses may not have formal pandemic or continuity plans, others are unaware of the [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Business Beat: Innovation Series…

    As a business owner during the province-wide re-launch, what are you doing to make yourself, your employees and your customers feel safe when they enter your establishment? We’ve all read the Provincial Re-launch Guideline documents, the general guideline and/or the industry specific guidelines located on https://Alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx. We know we are required to perform a hazard [...] Read More »

    5 months ago
  • Business Beat: Invest Medicine Hat has had to pivot, too

    Despite the obstacles, there are courageous businesses that are persevering through this challenging time. Businesses that two months ago had a different operating model, and have virtually changed overnight to meet the needs of today’s reality. At Invest Medicine Hat, we have been sharing these stories of bravery – from companies offering curbside pick-up, to [...] Read More »

    5 months ago

Cuisine

  • From Our Table: Food benefits go beyond nutrition

    March is Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is More Than Food. Dietitians across the country want Canadians to know that healthy eating goes way beyond just food. It extends to eating together, cooking delicious home made meals, generational cooking skills and mindful eating. Dietitians love food and the science behind it. We are passionate [...] Read More »

    8 months ago
  • From Our Table: Eat foods rich in nutrients for heart health

    Not only is February the lucky month to host Valentines Day, it’s also the designated month for Heart Health Awareness. This is an extremely important area of our health to keep on top of. That old saying is true, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Both diet and exercise play key [...] Read More »

    8 months ago
  • From Our Table: Love is in the air and in this chocolate cake

    Friday is Valentine’s Day and the red, pink, hearts and Cupids are in full force. There are also a little extra chocolate treats to tempt tastebuds throughout many stores. Chocolate is a deliciously decadent treat that, like many foods, does actually have a healthy component as well as less healthy ingredients. I might mention moderation [...] Read More »

    9 months ago
  • From Our Table: Turn up the heat to avoid food poisoning

    I know this is a food column but I’m going to share a little story with you that is not so appetizing. In fact, here’s a warning: This column may contain content some might find culinarily offensive. A few years ago I was out at a local restaurant. My succulent Caesar salad topped with grilled [...] Read More »

    9 months ago
  • From Our Table: Set a goal to lose weight? Four factors to feeling full without overeating

    The most popular New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. This goal often comes along with that nasty word associated with dieting – deprivation. Losing weight should be about wanting to be permanently healthier. It means finding positive lifestyle changes you can live with forever. It should not be temporary. It should not eliminate entire [...] Read More »

    9 months ago

Health

  • No Nonsense Health: Are we drinking too much chardonnay?

    Winston Churchill, Great Britain’s wartime Prime Minister, once remarked that, “he had gotten more out of alcohol than alcohol had taken out of him.” During the Nazi bombing of London perhaps an alcoholic drink eased his tension. But recent reports from Tufts University in Boston and the University of California, question the increased use of [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Viva Vitality: Keep your children safe while en route

    October is Occupant Restraint Month, and with many sports such as hockey returning this season, safety guidelines have been developed to help prevent the risk of COVID-19 transmission. To save time, space, and be prepared, some parents may be dressing their children in their gear at home ahead of time. Although this may seem like [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • No Nonsense Health: Unripe apples protect from threat of a fatty liver

    Worried about having too many alcoholic drinks during the coronavirus pandemic? Think you’re on the way to liver cirrhosis? If so, think again and wonder whether you are instead developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It can lead to cirrhosis and possibly liver cancer. A report from the University of California says NAFLD is now [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • No Nonsense Health: Go ahead and catch the travel bug

    William Shakespeare wrote, “In the night, imagining some fear, how easy is a bush supposed a bear!” For many families having lost loved ones to the coronavirus, this has been a devastating year. The death numbers are broadcast relentlessly. Small wonder people have become paranoid about travelling. But does this anxiety make sense? Normally airports [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • What’s Up Doc?: Use of high-dose influenza vaccine for seniors

    Our immune system changes as we get older. And flu season takes its toll. Use of high-dose influenza vaccine for people 65-years of age and older can have some benefits. Canada’s flu season typically starts in October, when temperatures drop and people are in closer contact with each other indoors. The time to get a [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago

Local Life

  • By the Way: Keep your head up

    “Even though you’re fed up, you gotta keep your head up.” – Tupac This was the quote that we posted in our window at Westminster United when the church first closed because of the Covid 19 virus. We thought we could put up some inspirational messages to the people in our community. That was in [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Navigating the waters of financial aid programs

    As an ex-entrepreneur, if there really is such a thing, I lived through some tough times. I understand the angst that is brought on by economic downturns, recessions, and low commodity prices. The absolute despair that can overtake the toughest, savviest and even most successful business owner when there is a crisis, is something that [...] Read More »

    4 months ago
  • Business Beat: Pivot your business with automation and technology

    Many creative ideas have come as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. Companies large and small have had to act quickly to change the way they do business in a now isolated world. This new business environment has forced many to come up with solution based ideas and act on them quickly. When business [...] Read More »

    5 months ago
  • What’s Up Doc?: A second wave could come later this year, or not

    “Epidemics are like fires. When fuel is plentiful, they rage uncontrollably, and when it is scarce, they smolder slowly.” – Justin Lessler, an associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, wrote in the Washington Post in March. The problem is we do not know how much fuel COVID-19 virus is left with. This question [...] Read More »

    6 months ago
  • ALL PSYCHED UP: NOTICING THE POSITIVES

    We are living in a world that can be scary and full of unknowns. Never before has there been anything exactly like the COVID-19 pandemic that has been terrorizing the world. Governments have followed recommendations of researchers and health experts in ways that have changed our entire lifestyles. At the same time, however, I have [...] Read More »

    6 months ago

Travel

  • Bajan beauty abounds

    The Bajan Queen partied too hard. And now she’s at rest on the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. But, all is good. This 45-metre tugboat, which toiled for years at the port in Bridgetown, Barbados and finished out her above-water life as a tourist-party boat, was sunk deliberately in Carlisle Bay in 2001. Now, in [...] Read More »

    9 months ago
  • Appetite growing for Indigenous tourism

    Now is the time for Indigenous tourism in Canada. The Canadian public seems to have suddenly cultivated an appetite for Indigenous tourism and the industry is initiating programmes and itineraries highlighting different aspects of Indigenous tourism. The Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria has been fortunate to hire a First Nation Cultural Liaison Officer who has [...] Read More »

    9 months ago
  • A perfect day of rain in New Zealand

    At first, the rain is barely a mist on my face. Feather-soft and refreshing, the tiny droplets have somehow navigated their way through the thick canopy of trees, massive ferns and vines. Before long, the precipitation is a steady drizzle, which quickly morphs into a savage downpour. I pull up the hood on my rain [...] Read More »

    10 months ago
  • Your Travels: Beautiful Santorini deserves its reputation

    Santorini (Santa Irena, Saint Irene) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth. It is the southerly-most island of the Cyclades Islands of Greece in the Ionian Sea. The island is roughly the shape of a reverse C, the remnant of an enormous volcanic eruption in the mid-16th century BC. The Minoan Eruption [...] Read More »

    11 months ago
  • Hockey in the palm trees

    As we emerge from the urban, palm tree forest, there it is. The 17,500-seat SAP Centre, a silver-sided edifice better known as the Shark Tank, is the home rink of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks. This is definitely going to be NHL hockey, California-style. Me and my son, Alex, have walked three blocks [...] Read More »

    11 months ago