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12 week Zumba class in Luskville


Hello Everyone

I’m happy to announce that we have enough participants to run the 12 week Zumba class in Luskville!

To those of you who registered in advance…thank you!

If you haven’t registered yet for the 12-week session, it’s not too late! Please arrive 10 minutes early if you still need to register. This will help to ensure our class starts right at 7pm.

Tips for A successful Zumba class:

  • Smile, laugh, be silly, shout, sing.  Zumba is a safe place to let loose. The more energy we create, the more fun we will have together.
  • Dance at your own pace and take breaks when you need them. Listen to your body.
  • When in doubt, just march on the spot!
  • Wear comfortable running shoes and clothing that makes you feel good.
  • Bring plenty of water and drink often!
  • Bring a towel and be prepared to sweat.
  • Try not to be hard on yourself if you are having a hard time following along.  It can take a few classes to get the hang of the choreography.
  • Try not to worry about how you look. Other participants are likely more concerned about how they look than how you look. 
  • If you are having a hard time getting certain moves, please feel free to approach me after class and I will be happy to review the steps with you.
  • Remember to have fun!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to send me an email.

I can't wait to Zumba with you on Thursday...

In good health,

Marianna Vakopoulos OCT, CCC. RHN

Walmart and Organic Food: Help or Hype?


by Rob Wallbridge
The Fanning Mill

According to a news release published yesterday and widely parroted around the web, Walmart is poised to takes its “lowest price is the law” approach to some of its organic offerings, promising to make organic food “affordable” to all. According to their own research, 91% of its shoppers would buy organic food if the price were the same. By partnering with the Wild Oats organic food brand, they plan to introduce a line of organic products priced the same as non-organic equivalents.

On the surface, it sounds do-able. As I’ve pointed out before, the organic premium is largely a factor of economies of scale in transportation, processing, marketing, and distribution, as well as the laws of supply and demand that allow all players in the food chain to earn a little extra along the way (whether they’ve incurred all that extra cost or not). This also means that the premium paid to the grower is rarely directly reflected in the retail price.

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Mark Vallee & the Country Valley Dancers Fundraiser


Mark Vallee & the Country Valley Dancers invite you join them for a fun-filled evening with several activities including: Silent Auction, line dancing, Karaoke,  door prizes & a light lunch.  This is a fundraiser in support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.  The event will be held at Gavan’s Hotel in Quyon, Quebec on April 25 at 8:30 pm.

For more info

Organic farmer speaks out for GMO co-existence: Labeling might break impasse for the reasonable


The emails usually start arriving in April. “Do you sell organic vegetable transplants for home gardens?” they usually ask because “I want to avoid planting GMO tomatoes and peppers in my garden.” That’s strange as there are no GMO tomatoes or peppers.

A few weeks ago, I received this helpful list of organic and non-GMO seed suppliers via Facebook, with the comment, “a ‘lot’ of seeds planted in gardens are ‘unknown’.”

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First case of deadly pig virus reported in Quebec


CBC News Posted: Feb 23, 2014 11:09 AM ET
Quebec’s agriculture ministry confirmed the province’s first case of porcine epidemic diarrhea Sunday, a deadly virus that has already killed millions of piglets in the United States.

Known as PED, the virus originated in China before arriving in the United States and Canada, where cases have been confirmed in Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and now Quebec.

Quebec’s first case of PED was detected in test samples from a herd on a farm in the Montérégie region south of Montreal. The pigs have no clinical signs of the illness but agricultural ministry officials now have the farm under quarantine to prevent the virus from spreading.

Concours de logo lancé par la Table autonome des aînés des Collines (TAAC)



Thomas Soulière

La Table autonome des aînés des Collines (TAAC), un organisme bénévole intéressé par les besoins des personnes âgées, lance un concours pour création de logo et la soumission gagnante remportera un prix de 500 $!

TAAC adopte une approche intergénérationnelle à agir comme un lien entre les personnes âgées et les organismes et institutions pourvoyeurs de fonds ou de service aux résidents francophones et anglophones, afin d'aider les aînés à maintenir une qualité de vie digne pour vivre à la maison pour toutes les 7 municipalités dans le MRC des Collines.

En 2010, TAAC a travaillé à la mise en œuvre du programme PAIR dans la région, un appel téléphonique automatisé en service contacte les gens pour s'assurer que tout va bien. Ceux qui utilisent le service sont appelés à un moment prédéterminé, une ou plusieurs fois par jour. Si la personne ne répond pas, une alerte est émise et les bénévoles vérifient que la personne n'est pas en détresse. Plusieurs vies ont été sauvées grâce au programme PAIR, qui est un service gratuit!

Les soumissions au concours de logo doivent être faites avant le 28 Février 2014. Le gagnant sera choisi par un comité de sélection formé par des membres de TAAC et annoncé aux médias. Pour plus d'informations et les règles complètes du concours, communiquez avec Marie-Pierre Drolet, coordonnatrice, à

Logo Contest Launched by des Collines Senior Roundtable (TAAC)



Thomas Soulière

Des Collines Seniors Roundtable, a volunteer organization interested in the needs of seniors, is holding a contest to chose a logo and the winning submission will win a prize of $500!

The roundtable, named Table autonome de aînés des Collines or TAAC, takes a intergenerational approach to act as a link between seniors and agencies and institutions that provide financial aid or services to both Francophone and Anglophone residents, to help seniors maintain a dignified quality of life living at home for all 7 municipalities in the Des Collins Regional County Municipality.

Back in 2010, TAAC worked towards the implementation of the PAIR program in the region, an automated phone call-in service that contacts seniors to make sure everything’s well.  Those who use the service are called at a predetermined time, once or a few times a day.  If the person doesn’t answer, an alert is made and volunteers check that the person is not in distress.  Several lives have been saved thanks to the PAIR program, which is a free service!

Submissions to the logo contest must be in by February 28th, 2014.  The winner will be chosen by a selection committee formed by members of TAAC and announced to the media.  For further information and complete rules for the contest, contact Marie-Pierre Drolet, Coordinator, at

Frank O'Dea


I watched Frank O'Dea on the news today:

In 1971 he was living in a flophouse, and buying wine with his buddies for 99 cents.  They would sit on their stoop and talk about how things would be different tomorrow.  They never were.

Today he is known as the co-founder of Second Cup.   He has a new book out "Do the Next Right Thing"

Sounds like an interesting read.

Here's a link to his webpage


Sick and destitute, a resident of Pontiac sends out a plea for help


TVA Nouvelles (translated)
December 11th, 2013 - 9:07pm  |

Pontiac resident Garry Bélair has sent out a desperate call for help.

Garry, a schoolbus driver, is unable to work due to a serious eye disease.

The care that Mr. Bélair requires to treat his condition costs hundreds of dollars each month.

But Garry currently has no income and is not eligable for social assistance.

He hopes to get a loan from the State that he promises to repay upon his return to work.


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