Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hydro worker dies in storm accident

A 27-year-old hydro worker in Port Elgin, Ont., was electrocuted Tuesday night while working on a repair as severe thunderstorms swept southern and central Ontario.

Saugeen Shores police said the Westario Power employee was working at a hydro station when he was involved in an accident just before midnight.

Reports from the scene suggest the worker was hit with 2,400 volts of electricity.

He was taken to Southampton Hospital with a chest wound and third-degree burns to the right side of his body and pronounced dead a short time later.

The Ministry of Labour and the coroner's office are investigating the death.

In the Toronto area, the storm snapped hydro poles, felled tree branches and caused some problems in areas where traffic lights malfunctioned.
Mayfield Road in Brampton was closed for safety reasons after a number of power poles came down.

By early Wednesday morning, power had been restored in most parts of the city, except for a neighbourhood stretching from Bayview Avenue in the west, Don Mills Road in the east and from Finch Avenue in the south to Steeles Avenue in the north.

Toronto Hydro emergency repair crews have been sent, but there is no estimated time for when power will be fully restored.
There are also isolated outages across Peel, Newmarket, Aurora and as far east as Peterborough.

Also Tuesday, two people were injured when a severe storm knocked down trees and left much of the Huntsville region without power.
A woman was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries, and a man suffered serious injuries, after a tree fell on their car in Port Sydney.

Ontario Provincial police said the storm hit quickly, downing trees and hydro wires and leaving the detachment operating on generator power.
Hydro One has restored power to a few of the 33,000 customers affected, but some won't get their electricity back until Wednesday afternoon.
Environment Canada said a line of thunderstorms hit the region with wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour and heavy downpours.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Eating Abroad With Diabetes

Eating Abroad With Diabetes

By The Adventure Worthy Team on July 27th, 2009

Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to use blood glucose, also known as blood sugar. Glucose is necessary to the body as it is what fuels the cells of tissue and muscles. Actually, it’s the body’s main source of energy. When people are diabetic this means they have too much glucose in the blood, which can lead to serious problems with their health. Both type 1 and 2 diabetes is chronic and needs constant attention.

The common symptoms associated with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can include increased thirst, extreme hunger, fatigue, blurred vision, frequent urination and frequent infections that often affect the skin, gums, bladder or vagina.
Typically, diabetes type 1 affects children and adolescents, although it can develop at any age. Type 2 diabetes is the more common type and is often preventable. This type can affect anyone at any age.

Diabetes, depending on the type, normally require blood sugar levels to be checked and either oral medication or insulin to be taken. It’s also very important, no matter if the individual has type 1 or 2 that they exercise regularly, manage their weight and eat a healthy diet. Diabetics are not put on a certain diabetes diet, as there is none. What diet they do need to follow is one of foods that are highly nutritious and low in calories and fat along with avoiding sweets and reducing animal products.

When traveling abroad, diabetics don’t have to worry about eating if they stay focused on eating healthy foods. Vegetables, fruits and whole grains are foods that are low in fat and calories and if choosing a good variety of these, there is no need to feel deprived from enjoying delicious well rounded meals. Eating at buffets can allow the individual to enjoy a number of foods that are low in fats and calories and highly nutritious. Carrying around cheese crackers or peanut butter crackers can help keep glucose levels stable or carrying small boxes of raisins can help provide a good snack, especially when it’s hard to find a place to get something nutritious to eat.

Travelers with diabetes must check their blood sugar often as the stress of traveling and the change in normal routines can cause problems with glucose levels.
Having saltine crackers kept close by can come in handy if getting proper food is difficult and blood sugar levels act up. Saltines can stabilize the levels and not disturb the appetite. Also carry extra test strips and test often as many countries abroad have hidden sugars or carbs added to their foods that could cause a problem with blood sugar.

No matter where the travel designation may be, there are healthy nutritious meals that are offered all around the world. Thai food mainly consists of vegetables with lean meats. Asking for extra helpings of vegetables and brown rice can provide a highly nutritious meal. Japanese food such as sushi is a very good choice of food for diabetics, although ask for it without rice added. Visiting Italy can be more difficult when it comes to eating foods low in calories since pasta is their main diet. There are restaurants there that do include healthy choices on their menus such as salads or mozzarella cheese with grilled vegetables. If going to China, although they cook with plenty of vegetables, they also tend to use MSG and fats that are not healthy. Choosing a Chinese dish that has chicken with low sodium can be a healthy meal or when visiting Mexico and dining at a Mexican restaurant choose beans and perhaps fajitas that are loaded with vegetables, but avoid to many tortillas.

If the diabetic feels like their food choices are too limited for eating properly while vacationing abroad, a good option would be to find a fresh market that sells a good selection of vegetables and fruits and find a place to grill along with some fresh chicken or fish with fresh fruit for dessert. This is an ideal meal and can be fun to do while vacationing. Or make some sandwiches that consist of turkey, chicken, tuna or lean roast beef, which can easily be made in a hotel room or outdoors at a picnic area.

Foods that should be avoided whether at home or traveling abroad are foods high in saturated fats such as butter, cheese and fatty meats. Also avoid salty snacks and use different spices to replace the flavoring of salt when cooking. Eat plenty of foods high in fiber such as whole wheat breads, vegetables and high-fiber cereals and try not to miss meals. When dining out while abroad try to choose restaurants that have a wide selection of dishes to choose from. If portions are large, eat half and take the other half back to the hotel if there is a refrigerator there. And when eating at a restaurant, ask the server about the ingredients and the cooking methods.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Battling bedbugs a big business

“It’s not like you can pick up a spray tank and start spraying, but there are companies that cut corners” michael goldman, structural pest management association of ontario

They are the scourge of urban dwellers and suburbanites alike. A blood-sucking pest that lives, loves, breeds — and most disturbingly feeds — in our beds.

For most people the mere mention of a bedbug causes involuntary scratching and an overwhelming urge to put as much distance as possible from any potential infestation.

But for those who deal in pest removal, bedbugs are a highly lucrative business opportunity — one that has soared as the bedbug scare spreads.

Michael Goldman, education co-ordinator for the Structural Pest Management Association of Ontario, said in the past two years work being done by Ontario pest control companies has doubled. But industry growth is controlled because companies must be licensed through the provincial environment ministry, he said.

“It’s not like you can pick up a spray tank and start spraying, but there are companies that cut corners,” he said, estimating there are hundreds of individual licence owners in Ontario.

His company, Purity Pest Control Ltd., charges about $385 to treat a bachelor apartment with inspection, removal and chemical applications. It costs $400 to $600 for a one bedroom apartment; a four-bedroom home costs up to $1,500.

More about Bed Bugs

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

5 Tips For a Less Stressful Moving House Experience

Today’s guest post comes from Authority Blogger Chris Garrett, who opened the door and promptly got pounced upon! No, truly, I felt the poor hard-working man really needed a friendly space in which to offload a bit of stress from his family’s recent move to a new house. And perhaps we can all learn from Chris’ tips for a “moving experience”… ~ Jen
5 Tips For a Less Stressful Moving House Experience
We just moved house and while the new place is wonderful, the moving experience itself was not.
Here are my top 5 tips for a more relaxed move:
1. Make sure you have backup plans —
If you leave anything to chance you can pretty much be sure it will go wrong in all the worst ways. As well as moving house we had a cat with a broken leg and a small child with a sickness bug to contend with. On top of all that I work from home but couldn’t because our old line was disconnected early while the new line was fitted with a fault. Make sure you have plan B, C and for good measure Z

2. Use professional movers OR over-recruit on the help —
We had three hours to move and only two able-bodied men to do the lifting. Somehow we did it but the stress would have been half with double the time or double the people. Even better a professional crew who just knew how to do everything efficiently.
3. Do not throw every bit of clutter away; some of it might come in handy —
Portable televisions, old style telephones, camping equipment. You name it. We threw out and gave to charity perfectly good rugs only to find a lot of our flooring won’t be fitted for two weeks.
4. Plan your day as best you can —
You don’t want people tripping over each other. We had a guy trying to fit satellite television while another gang was trying to lay carpet, not good!
5. Keep essentials close —
A lot of stress can be saved if you can lay your hand on what you need without hunting for it. Everything from milk and kettle through to power tools. Don’t throw everything into boxes without at least marking what it is, where it should go and how.
This was our third house but we had made all the same mistakes as before. I’m ashamed to say one of my professional skills is supposedly project management! I hope you can learn the lessons it took us so many mishaps to finally grasp.
Do you have any house moving tips to make the whole thing less stressful?
Please share in the comments …

What are some tips for reducing moving stress?

Planning ahead is the key to lowering the stress of moving day.
Moving is the third most stressful life event, following death and divorce according to the Employee Relocation Council. Moving disrupts your normal routine and generates feelings of uncertainty as you enter uncharted waters. The following suggestions may help make the move less stressful - and save you from needing a bottle of aspirin on the big day.

Prior to the Move
Be Prepared - Advance planning and organization will make your move go smoother. Keep all documents related to your move in one, easily accessible location. Use a folder, notebook, or even a daily planner to keep track of important phone numbers and documents. Referrals for new physicians, maps of your new town and contact information for old friends are just a few more things that you may want to stash in your organizer.
Make a schedule of appointments to turn on and off your electricity, gas, water, cable and other fundamentals for your home. This is also a good time to do some online research on your new community. Make notes about restaurants and other places in the area.
Label each box with the name of the corresponding room. You can write directly on the box or to make it even easier, print out large computer labels and stick them to the box.

Fill out the United States Postal Service change of address form six to eight weeks prior to your move to make sure you receive your mail when you relocate. The form can be found at And make sure you let the IRS know, too. A change of address form (Form No. 8822) is available on their Web site (

On Move-In Day
Try to keep children occupied. Have coloring books or other toys readily available to fill the children's time while the movers are bringing items into the home. Ask if your new neighbors have children that your children can play with during this time or if they know of a babysitter that would be available to help out.
If you have a pet, put he/she in an isolated room with food, water and bedding. Post a note reminding everybody to keep the door shut; otherwise, your pet could get injured or even lost.
Begin by opening boxes that you will need first, such as ones that contain necessities like paper towels, trash bags and light bulbs. The easiest way to recognize these boxes is to mark them with a bright colored sticker or a special notation that makes them stand out from the rest. Take care of the bathroom and bedrooms first, and then move on to the kitchen and other living spaces. Keep a trash bag in every room, so packing materials can be discarded as you go.
Trying to fix a meal while still unpacking causes undue stress. Take this chance to find a new and different place to eat, or if you are feeling homesick, find an old favorite and enjoy a meal. If you don't feel like going out, check your new telephone directory for restaurants that will deliver or look back to the list you made from Internet research before you moved.
After Move-In
Time, effort and courage will help you integrate yourself into your new community. Remember - it's a gradual process, but your patience will be rewarded in the long run. Go for a drive, walk or bicycle ride to learn your way around and meet your new neighbors and see your new town.
Look for clubs that match your interests. Running, reading, sewing...there are unlimited possibilities of organizations that can help you meet people in your new community. Check the local library or grocery store bulletin boards for notices of meetings. Don't forget that children's sports leagues, churches, and other parts of your life in your old community will still be available in your new one.
Make sure you have "me time" everyday. Take a moment for yourself to figure out what you need to feel better during this emotional time. And, try not to sweat the small stuff. Remember that it is OK to miss the way things were, but take time to appreciate the new things in your life. Staying positive and keeping an optimistic attitude will help you adjust to your new home more quickly.

How does cross-country moving differ from a cross-town moving?

Often you will find people want to move themselves, when its just a cross-town, they think it will be cheaper and easier that way, when it is something that is cross-country, its much more orchestrated event and it helps to have a professional mover come in and pretty much take care of things for you so you can relax and you can focus on things like finding your new home, learning about you new community things like that. We do offer services locally and they really not that pricey, they are not that expensive, but often a lot of people think they can do it themselves when it's in their own hometown and they don't have the other things to focus on.