Are they or aren’t they?
by Roger Varley
Whether or not the Bruins are in the playoffs was an unanswerable question at press time on Tuesday. But it could be that, by the time you read this, the Uxbridge Bruins will be facing a seven-game series against the Clarington Eagles in the OHA Junior C Central Division playoff finals.
That's because the Bruins took 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven semi-final series against the Little Britain Merchants with a 4-1 victory at the arena on Tuesday night, to go along with a 5-3 win on Saturday night and a 7-4 win last Friday.
Meanwhile, in the other semi-final series, the Clarington Eagles swept the Lakefield Chiefs and now await the winners of the Bruins-Merchants match-up. The Eagles registered wins of 2-1, 1-0, 3-2 and 5-3 over the Chiefs.
Tuesday's game at the arena saw a different version of the Merchants, who spent too much time in the penalty box in the first two games because of undisciplined play. Tuesday saw a total of only four penalties in the game: one against the Merchants, one against the Bruins and one set of concurrent penalties.
The Bruins made that one penalty count as Tyson Eastgate scored with the man advantage at the midway point of the first period when he deflected the puck in mid-air with the shaft of his stick. Assists went to Daryl Thomson and Adam Bartholomew. Kurtis Moore scored Little Britain's lone goal with just two minutes remaining.
After a scoreless and penalty-free second period, Jarrett Smith dug the hole a little deeper when his pass across the Merchants' crease, intended for Marco Mastrangelo, deflected off a defenceman's stick into the net. Assists were credited to Eastgate and Michael Spataro. Then, with four minutes left, Todd Winder picked up the puck in the neutral zone and skated in to score an unassisted goal.
On Friday, the Bruins twice allowed the Merchants to gain a two-goal lead before coming back for a convincing 7-4 win.
Little Britain scored early in the first on a shot from a face-off at the blue line: Goalie Brandon Francey, screened on the shot, never saw it. The second goal came at the midway mark when Brandon made what appeared to be an easy deflection of a shot, but it deflected into the net.
The second period was barely there minutes old when the Bruins came back, first with Winder's power-play goal, assisted by Thomson and Jarrett Smith, and then Shane Smith's first of the night, assisted by Spataro and Carter Vahey. Moore put the Merchants ahead again with a power-play goal that went in off the post, followed by Hayden Long's goal, which was deflected in mid-air. But Uxbridge wasn't finished yet. Alex Siblock reduced the deficit to one and Shane Smith tied the score again with a power-play goal, assisted by Thomson and Connor Evans.
In the third period, the Merchants lost discipline and wound up with 10 penalties to the Bruins' five, including a match penalty against Nathan Hughes for spitting. As a result, it was all Bruins, starting with Mastrangelo's goal at 18:38, assisted by Eastgate. Eastgate scored one of his own on a power play as the period wound down, assisted by Evans, and then 30 seconds later, Thomson put the icing on the cake, assisted by Shane Smith and Thomas Sheedy.
In Little Britain on Saturday, the Bruins' power play once again came into effect, with Korey Brand opening the scoring in the first period with a power-play marker, assisted by Evans and Bartholomew. The Merchants answered with their own goal with the man advantage to end the period scoring.
The two teams traded goals again in the second, as Eastgate's goal, assisted by Francey, was answered by Little Britain just two minutes later. Then Winder, notched another power-play marker, assisted by Evans, who then came back four minutes later with a power-play goal of his own, assisted by Jarrett Smith and Mastrangelo.
Moore scored one more for Little Britain but Dylan Locke came back with an unassisted goal with one second left on the clock.
After Tuesday's game, coach Geoff Hodgkinson refused to be pulled into speculation about Clarington.
"The job's not over yet," he said, looking ahead to Wednesday night's fourth game. "This series isn't over."
Hodgkinson said he is pleased with the way his top line of Jarrett Smith, Mastrangelo and Eastgate has been working, especially in keeping Terry Snodden off the scoreboard and limiting Moore to three.
"We knew they were going to be tough," he said.
The coach reiterated his belief that it will be the team with the best specialty teams that wins, noting the seven power-play goals the Bruins have scored in the three games while allowing only two.
If the Bruins lost last night's game, they will be back at the arena at 7:45 p.m. on Friday. However, if they won, general manager Ron Archibald said he doesn't yet know when the final series will start. Fans are urged to check the Bruins' website for the game schedule.
Hope for Hockey 2 a resounding success
An incredible community effort has resulted in over 130 First Nations children learning to skate and play hockey.
An 11-person team took 160 pairs of skates, 120 shoulder pads, 139 hockey sticks, 131 helmets, 104 pairs of gloves, over 300 sweaters and pairs of socks, more than 100 pants, 130 pairs of shin pads, 100 pairs of elbow pads and heaps of coaching tools, pucks, tape and other equipment up to Weagamow. There, the team engaged the entire community in learning how to play The Game. Clinics were held for six-year olds just learning to skate, right through to the introduction of girls’ hockey and more advanced playing. Many team members observed that everyone’s skills had improved from last year. They also noticed an increased level of trust and connection with the Weagamow community as a whole, with parents being more involved, and working with the band council on a “deeper level”.
While there, a full-sized electronic scoreboard that had never been used was discovered in a storage area. It had no instructions, but it was eventually figured out, and stood pride of place at a tournament on the Saturday of the visit.
The group wasn’t lucky enough to find a Zamboni, however, so they fashioned one out of hockey sticks, some PVC tubing and one of the team member’s bath towels, which enabled “exceptionally smooth ice between sessions!”
Uxbridge Town Council also sent along 1,000 pencils, and several pencil cases were handmade here in Uxbridge and sent along with the pencils and other various treats inside of them. Baldwin Sales donated medals for a four-team tournament, and these were presented to some of these younger players by the Weagamow chief.
Organizers of the Weagamow trip wish to thank the community of Uxbridge and surrounding area that have supported the Hope for Hockey initiative so fully.
“We hope you feel the same joy in knowing we have helped others in a tangible way!”
by Alysa Wilson
What is there to look forward to at the end of February? Valentine's Day has come and gone, with only stale chocolate hearts to remember it by, and March Break still looms in the future, just out of reach for those hopeful students wishing for a break.
The USS Tigers were wondering what could possibly brighten those February blahs on Sunday night while they sat in front of those all-too-familiar stress relievers they call televisions and laughed, cried, and cheered during the Oscars 2015.
On the screen emerged the students' favourite celebrities, including Emma Stone, Steve Carell, and Eddie Redmayne, all of whom were nominated throughout the night for at least one Oscar. To Denae Pickard, a Grade 12 student at USS, Lady Gaga's performance was a highlight.
“She can really sing! I thought she would be performing some pop song, but she surprised me with that Sound of Music medley!”
The opening of the show was adored by students and unforgettable to most. Neil Patrick Harris turned out to be the perfect host for the evening, with his hilarious mashup “Moving Pictures” with Jack Black and Anna Kendrick, which engaged all types of audiences with celebrities from different genres.
Natalie Gibbens, another Grade 12 student, was thrilled with Patricia Arquette's speech on equality, as “Arquette took her opportunity to spread a message she believed in while accepting her Oscar for best supporting actress in “Boyhood”. She could have just said 'thank-you' and taken all the glory, but she focused it on woman's rights, and I think that's amazing.”
Meryl Streep gave Arquette a standing ovation, which speaks for itself.
Some students were disappointed with “American Sniper” winning only the achievement in sound editing, as the movie impacted their views on world issues, like the effects of war on a person.
The Oscars 2015 were inspiring and fun-filled. Who knows - a USS Tiger alumnus might be up on that stage one day!
4-H not just for ‘farm kids’
When many people first hear about the organization 4-H, they often immediately think of two things: First - that 4-H is just for farm kids. Second - that it's all about cows and baking cookies. While those are a small part of what the 4-H program encompasses, the roots of the organization do come from young people learning to raise cattle and bake cookies.
As the 4-H program marks its 100th Anniversary in Ontario this year, there is much to be celebrated, as the program has expanded over the years to include a wide variety of topics.
The 4-H program runs for all youth, ages 9 - 21 (as of January 1) and aims to develop leadership skills, public speaking skills, organizational skills, while building and developing lifelong friendships. The 4-H motto of “Learn to Do by Doing” preaches exactly what it practices; members learn from a hands on perspective, in a fun environment, from adult volunteers who are eager to share their knowledge and skills with the next generation.
The Durham West 4-H Association is getting ready to kick off another fantastic, fun-filled year.
They will be hosting the annual Sign-up Rally on March 5 at the Sunderland Arena, in the auditorium, from 7 - 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this event.
If you are curious to find out more about 4-H and what it offers, stop in, and one of the members will be glad to chat with you. If you are a current member or want to get involved, you will have the opportunity to pay your membership fees and meet with leaders.
This year’s Durham West 4-H Association anticipates offering dairy and beef clubs, a sheep club, a lawn tractor pulling club, a potato club, a horse club, a Milk Makes it Better club and many more.
Check out www.4-hontario.ca if you'd like to learn more about 4-H.
Let’s Get Happy
with Jacquie Hermans
Inspirational Comedian & Emotional Intelligence Specialist
Have you ever made a decision you regretted? I try my best to find the “learning” in all experiences, rather than harbor feelings of regret. Sometimes it can be a long process to release the uncomfortable emotions that situations can create.
I made a decision the other day that ignited some guilt. I didn't realize the guilt was there until later that evening when I was laying in bed with a knot in my stomach. I directed my attention to the knot to see what was going on and realized it was connected to my choice earlier in the day.
While I slept, I had dreams that further revealed my discomfort and brought some clarity to why I was feeling guilty. Sleep is one of the best ways to shift your energy. When you sleep, your subconscious mind has an opportunity to process your experiences. Sleep helps to create a clean slate so you can move beyond your current conditions that have been stemming from your thoughts. When you sleep, you have an opportunity to break the momentum of negative thoughts, along with the energy they create. You can also experience clarity, along with a break of negative momentum, when you meditate.
Even though I was unhappy with the choice I had made, I was grateful the experience occurred, as it provided me with more insight to what's important to me. I know I will make different decisions moving forward.
We need to have those uncomfortable moments in our lives to help us to make choices that are more aligned with what we want. To discover what we truly want, we need to have experiences that amplify what we don't want.
The next time you have an experience that feels uncomfortable, have a mini celebration with yourself, as you now know you are on a path to your life getting even better.
Remember, you are gaining clarity in what you want, so you can attract more of what you love. Congratulations!
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April 17 & April 18 at the Don Valley Hotel and Suites in North York (register for one or both days). Visit www.lightnup.ca (Upcoming Events) for more info.
Next Light'n Up Women's Circle is Sunday, March 8, which is International Women's Day! 14 Testa Road from 1 - 3 p.m. (by donation). We'll celebrate everything we've accomplished in our lives thus far, we'll celebrate the accomplishments of all women, and we'll align our energy, our passion and our focus to accelerate our rockets of desire for 2015 and beyond.
There are two more Mondays that you and your family can drop-in to the “PLAY with ME” program at the Uxbridge Library from 7 - 8 p.m. (lower level activity room). If you would be interested in signing up for an eight-week program starting after March Break, please inquire (905) 758-0565.
Jacquie is also available to book for KEYNOTES, WORKSHOPS, ENTERTAINMENT and for one-on-one energy healing sessions.
Feel free to call/text for more information (905) 758-0565 / 1-888-LAF-LOTS www.lightnup.ca
FAMILY FUN ACTIVITY
“Who is most likely?”
Take turns to ask everyone at the dinner table one question that starts with “Who (at the dinner table) is most likely to…”, then you choose how to end the question. Examples include: Who is most likely to forget to brush their teeth? Toot loudly? Be the first to wake up? Ask to have pizza for dinner?
Use one of the above questions or make up your own.
Once the question is asked, everyone at the same time is pointing a finger while spinning that same arm around in a circle above their heads counting 1, 2, 3 … then everyone points at one person THEY THINK is the “MOST LIKELY.” There are no wrong answers.
See who gets the most votes, and then another person takes a turn to ask their question and so on…enjoy getting to know how your family perceives you!
A Cuo Of Coffee-with Anna Trippel
by Roger Varley
(Anna Trippel had barely set foot in Uxbridge when we asked her to join us for a cup of coffee. Her profession is one we've wanted to discuss for some time and her shoulder bag showed that she was a practitioner. It simply said: Midwife. That was a few months ago, but we finally got together for that cup of Joe.)
How long have you been in Uxbridge now, Anna?
I've actually been here since the middle of September. I was studying for my final licencing exams at the time. I was transitioning from being a student to an actual practitioner at the beginning of October.
Has there been a resurgence in the use of midwives lately?
Well, the profession has actually been legislated in Ontario since 1993, so the profession itself has been around for quite some time, but I would say in the past several years there has been more public awareness and attention to it. So in a way there has been a resurgence, but a lot of people don't know that it is a legitimate profession that has been funded by OHIP for a good 20 years.
My sister was born at home with a midwife, but it seems back in the 50s and 60s women seemed to get away from the idea of a midwife.
Well, you know, in the 50s and 60s that whole medical model of care really took over the health care system, especially in obstetrics. So people did gravitate away from the natural style of births. So it did become much more medical. In the last decade, even in the last 20 years, it's changed a lot.
What's the difference between a midwife and a doula?
That's a really good question, a lot of people ask us that. Doulas aren't technically medical care providers, so they can't provide any type of medical care, like ordering routine tests, blood work, ultra-sounds or doing the actual delivery of the baby. They don't have a role in any of that. They're more for labour support as partners and birth coaches. So they provide more emotional support.
When a woman opts to have a midwife, does she almost automatically opt for a home birth also?
No, that's actually a really big misconception. The majority of midwife-attended births in Ontario still occur at the hospitals. You have the option, so a choice of birthplace is really one of the big tenets of our profession. It's either home or hospital or there are birth centres in Ontario.
What's a birth centre?
A birth centre is kind of a new movement that's been around the past several years. It's a centre for people who don't necessarily want that cold, clinical, institutional feel of having a hospital experience, but don’t, for whatever reason, feel comfortable having their baby at home. So a birth centre can be a really good medium for people who are a little undecided and want a third option. They're midwife run and they've been in Quebec for years. There's one in Ottawa and one opened up in Toronto about a year ago now. It's not like a hospital; it has the home feeling.
Where do you work, Anna?
I work out of Uxbridge/Stouffville Midwives. It has its own clinic and we have privileges at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Our home base is in Uxbridge. I am occasionally doing home births, but most of our births are at the hospital.
How did you get into this profession?
I was a registered nurse in New Brunswick and when I was doing my nursing degree I specialized in infant and maternal health. When I was doing my final apprenticeship for my nursing degree I realized it wasn't exactly what I thought it was. It wasn't what I wanted out of a career and didn't fit my lifestyle, and so I explored other avenues and, unfortunately, midwifery wasn't well known in the Maritimes as opposed to Ontario and further out west. I did a little research and it seemed right up my alley. I applied for the program at Ryerson, got accepted and went from there.
You'll forgive me, I hope, but you don't look old enough to have gone through training to become a registered nurse and then gone through another program to be a midwife.
That's okay. I was a very overly-ambitious 17-year-old!
But not all midwives are also trained nurses, right?
No, the majority of midwives don't come from a health care background.
As a midwife, what can you do in place of a doctor?
Having a midwife replaces the need to have a family doctor or an obstetrician. As long as the woman is having a really straightforward, healthy pregnancy, we do all of her pre-natal visits, all of her routine medical care, routine ultra-sounds and blood work. Unless there are complications and it becomes more of a high-risk pregnancy; then you consult with a specialist.
How does a woman make the decision about whether to go with a doctor, an obstetrician or a midwife?
A lot of people come to us in different ways. A lot of people go to their family doctor when they first find out they're pregnant and the family doctor at that point tells them they have the options and they give them the information. Some people are referred by friends who have had a really positive experience with midwives. Some people go to an obstetrician for a good chunk of their pregnancy and decide it's not what they really wanted out of their pre-natal care experience and then they see if they can get into our clinic.
I asked how a woman decides to choose a midwife, but I'd also like to know why does a woman make that choice.
The reason people choose us over an obstetrician or doctor is because our care is very different. It's a much more personalized model of care. We spend about 30 to 45 minutes (with a patient) whereas with an obstetrician you can expect to see for about usually 10 to 25 minutes, so we have longer visits. It's much more relaxed, a more informal model of care. We have more of a partnership rather than a patient/practitioner relationship, which a lot of women prefer. Informed choices are a big priority of ours so it's giving the women to option to decline any screenings or tests. So it's a collaborative model of care.
Men nowadays are much more involved in the births of their children. Are they still as involved when the woman chooses a midwife?
Yes, for sure! I would say if anything they are more involved. Even with modern-day obstetrics, the husband doesn't have to wait outside the room, they don't have to scrub down before the baby comes, they're still very much part of the process. But with midwifery care, that's even more prevalent. We have fathers at the head of the bed offering encouraging words while we're at the other end of the bed, but we've also had husbands who get in there and help cut the cord. I have had partners help me with the delivery as well.
Uxbridge is a small town and so is Stouffville for that matter. Do you have many clients?
We do. We have four midwives at our clinic and we each have a full-time case load, which means we are responsible for about four women who are due per month, plus we have about that many backup women. In a good month, we can expect about seven or eight births. And it's not uncommon to have a waiting list as well. I think we're booked up for the most part until next September. In order to maintain our level of care, we have a cut-off for the number of women we will take in.
You became a licenced practitioner in October. How many deliveries have you had since then?
I'm really bad at keeping track, but probably around 30 or so.
Are you still in awe at a delivery, or is it like any job that becomes routine after a while?
For me, personally, it always is amazing being in the moment. You have some cases that are more challenging than others and there are moments when it feels pretty overwhelming and challenging, but at the end of the day when I've got that baby that's five minutes old and the family's all gathered around, it's a really beautiful moment. I still get teary-eyed at a good chunk of my births.
So how did you end up in Uxbridge?
When I was doing my final placement as a senior student in the summer, I checked job placements and there was a place in Uxbridge and I applied and they offered me the job.
Where in New Brunswick are you from?
I'm from St. Andrews, a really, really small town.
So adjusting to Uxbridge is not that big a deal for you?
No, not at all. It appealed to me a lot more than, say, living in Markham or in Stouffville. I did come from Toronto but I'm not a big city person. Uxbridge is a much more happening town, I guess you could say, than I expected it to be. I find there's always a lot of stuff going on: arts, music, community events, things like that, which is really great. There's a lot here for people, which I think is awesome. And everybody here is really, really friendly.
Anna, thank you.
View from the Hill
by Erin O’Toole, MP
‘Please forward this email’ - Setting the record straight
Winston Churchill once said “a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on”. He said this decades before the email and social media became the popular mediums for communication, so today a lie - or incorrect information - can travel ten times around the world before truth or accuracy can weigh in. Even worse is the fact that innuendo and untruths can live on the Internet forever and continue to confuse and confound people for years after they were first posted. I see this on a daily basis in politics and I am truly concerned about this phenomenon when it upsets people or causes them to worry about policies in Canada. Now I will try my best to put an end to the most common untruth that continues to upset people across Durham and provide a little accurate information that I hope spreads instead.
Each week my office receives emails and phone calls from constituents who have a concern about the viability of Canada's Old Age Security (OAS) system. In all cases they have received an email or read a Facebook posting about changes the government might be making to OAS because of a Bill before Parliament entitled Bill C-428. The email chain that goes around on this issue warns people about Bill C-428 because it seeks to amend the Old Age Security Act to reduce the residence requirement for entitlement to a monthly pension and allow newcomers to receive OAS after just three years. The email or posting states that the Bill will receive second reading shortly, and urges the person receiving the message to contact their Member of Parliament to tell them to oppose this measure. The constituents who do reach out to me are normally concerned that the Bill is not only profoundly unfair, but they worry that the financial viability of our OAS and pension system could be jeopardized by such a radical change to who qualifies for these benefits.
I understand their concern, but the trouble is - there is no such Bill before the Parliament in which I sit. While this ridiculous Bill was brought to the House of Commons by a Liberal MP in 2009, the Bill died on the Order Paper years ago. It is not about to become law. In fact, the Liberal MP, Ruby Dhalla, who proposed this major change to OAS lost her seat in the last election and is no longer sitting in Parliament. Despite the fact that these issues are years old, the email chain continues to circulate around the Internet and each week angers people in our community. I try and always tell people not to forward chain emails like this, but it is impossible to catch up with. With this column I am hoping that more people can help me stamp out this chain letter that appears destined to live forever.
It is normally seniors who are the most upset about this issue and it is understandable why. They helped build our country and contributed over their lifetime to receive benefits like CPP and OAS from the government, and they find it unfair that people could receive such entitlements after only a couple of years in the country. These fears are well founded, because such a radical change like this could put our pension systems at financial risk. This will never happen under our government. Seniors deserve to know that we not only are protecting these programs to ensure they continue to help Canadians, but we are making additional investments to support seniors on fixed incomes. Since he became prime minister, Stephen Harper has established support for seniors as a key pillar of our government. We provided for pension income splitting for senior couples and provided the largest increase to the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) in 25 years to support lower income seniors. The Pension Income Tax Credit was doubled and the Age Credit was also increased to provide additional tax savings for seniors.
Hopefully, this column sets the record straight on a few items, but if you ever receive an email that causes your blood to boil about one issue or another, please contact my office, as we are here to try and set the record straight wherever possible. And help us put truth's pants on by not forwarding emails or postings on Bill C-428. This column will be a huge victory for my entire office if we see just one or two fewer people upset by this issue each week.