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Today’s online finds: Inspirational, educational and very close to home. I grew up with Carly, and her family’s story needs to be heard. Her voice has been strong, loud and clear and now it’s our turn to do our part. Please Share. Support. Donate. Write. Speak up.

     

Dear X

I’m writing in support of families who have children impacted by Autism and whose children are faced with a mental health or behavioural crisis related to their diagnosis. The province of Nova Scotia must step up to the table and provide the supports necessary for these complex cases involving children in crisis.

Namely, I am insisting the government:

1. Ensure families with children in crisis have access to necessary resources to maintain the safety of their home (funded in-home support);
2. Ensure coordination between the departments of community services, health, and education to develop a shared plan of support for children who are in crisis;
3. To continue publicly funded, evidence-based interventions for children affected by Autism past the age of six.

Thank you for your consideration.

Best,

Here’s a list of MLAs:

Bill Horne
Fall River/Waverley
billhornemla@gmail.com

Ben Jessome
Hammonds Plains
jessomeben@gmail.com

Kelly Regan
Bedford
kelly@kellyregan.ca

Claudia Chender
Ochterloney St., Dartmouth
claudiachendermla@gmail.com

Dave Wilson
Lower Sackville
avewilsonmla@eastlink.ca

Tim Harrison
Main Street, Dartmouth
larryharrisonmla@gmail.com

Barbara Adams
Eastern Passage, NS
barbadamsmla@gmail.com

Patricia Arab
Joe How Dr.
info@patriciaarab.ca

Jaimie Baillie
Springhill, NS
jamiebaillie@bellaliant.com

Gary Burrill
Quinpool Rd, Halifax
garyburrillmla@gmail.com

Keith Colwell
East Preston, Dartmouth
keithcolwell@eastlink.ca

Lena Metlege Diab
Craigmore Drive, Halifax
nfo@lenadiab.ca

Rafah DiCostanzo
Lacewood Dr, Halifax
Rafah@Rafahdicostanzo.com

Tony Ince
Cole Harbour
tonyince@tonyincemla.ca

Brad Johns
Middle Sackville
mlabradjohns@gmail.com

Labi Kousoulis
Spring Garden Road, Halifax
labi@labimla.ca

Susan Leblanc
Wyse Road, Dartmouth
susanleblancMLA@bellaliant.com

Brendan Maguire
Herring Cove, Halifax
brendan@brendanmaguire.ca

Lisa Roberts
Young St, Halifax
lisarobertsmla@gmail.com

life lately (on the hill)

Itching to see 200 photos of mountains with a some cute kids mixed in? Here’s life lately. In February we travelled across to the country to spend a late Christmas holiday with our family from another country. Mike’s parents came as well and we enjoyed a five glorious days skiing  at Whistler with some Vancouver sightseeing to bookend the adventure.

Day 1

With the time-change, I was wide -awake at 5:00 am and went out for a run around Stanley Park. Not the smartest thing to do alone in a big city, but it was a bucket-list item … It was really dark (which is why these pics are so grainy) and also why I thought the statue in the water was a real person. img_0153 img_0150img_0155After breakfast we met up with Mike’s brother and his family and went back to Stanley Park to the see the totem poles and visit the Vancouver Aquarium.img_0158In daylight, she looks a lot less real.img_0169Joel, David, Evan and Celeste:img_0162img_0160 img_0178As a devote DANGER BAY fan, I was excited to see where Dr. Robert’s worked:img_0171 Sting Ray touch tank:img_0176 img_0174 img_0173 img_0172Afterwards, we took a bus to Whistler and made it in time to see the fire show.img_0183img_0181

Day 2

The kids went to ski school for the first three days and had a blast.img_0188… And here are the mountain photos – I mostly skied alone on the first day.img_0190 img_0191 img_0192 img_0194 img_0197 img_0199 img_0200 img_0205At the end of the day, I rode the peak-to-peak – the gondola that takes you on a +4km  ride from Whistler to Blackcomb mountain:img_0205c img_0205d img_0206 img_0207

Day 3

I skied with my father-in-law. He was incredibly patient (with my skiing and photo taking) and I convinced him to ride a t-bar up to Blackcomb Glacier… then we hiked up a hill just to snap some more pics.img_0208 img_0209 img_0210 img_0215 img_0216 Carl and me on the top:img_0217 img_0218 img_0219 img_0226Lunch with the Ackermans:img_0213Whistler village has totem poles too.img_0227img_0230img_0231Terrible photo (sorry) but it’s the only one I have of Jeff and Allie. It was great to see them again!img_0242

Day 4

It was rainy at the bottom and wet snow at the top so I only skied in the morning. img_0245 img_0248But I enjoyed the mitten warmers in the bathroom at one of the hill-top restaurants:img_0249 img_0250 img_0251 img_0252 img_0253After lunch, I roamed around the village and grabbed a coffee.img_0256

Day 5

We got in line super early for the first-tracks breakfast at the top of the hill. Steve, Celeste and Rachel on one side:img_0257 And me and Pauline on the other:img_0258 David and Evan own the podium:img_0259 img_0260 After breakfast we attempted to all ski down together… which did not happen. Turns out, families that ski together, don’t stay together. img_0264 Half of us headed over to Blackcomb for the rest of the day:img_0267 Back on the peak-to-peak, this time with Mike, Evan and David.img_0269

Day 6

Our last ski day at Whistler – it was great to see how much the kids improved with just 3 days at ski school. They’re so much better than me, and brave! img_0273 The best part about skiing:img_0276 img_0277 img_0278

Day 7

Our last bit of time with the family before they travelled back to England. Joel is already taller than me… and I am guessing Evan will be too the next time we meet…img_0280 img_0281 img_0286 The village rink and playground:img_0287 img_0291 img_0292 Cousin time is the best time:img_0293 img_0294 img_0296

Day 8

Back in Vancouver, we explored the city and rode the mini taxi boats to Granville Island.img_0301img_0308img_0309img_0312img_0311David thought I was taking a picture of him but obviously, I was taking pictures of the palm trees:img_0313We had lunch with Nelson and his lovely family – Nelson and I met in University and it’s been years since we’ve seen each other – what a treat!img_0314img_0315img_0316Earl’s in Yaletown:img_0305 And finally, hockey night to wrap up the holiday.img_0326 img_0327 img_0332psst. If you like what you’re reading, please subscribe and share. xomegimg_0298

life lately

Holiday snaps. Here’s life lately:

I made way too many shortbread cookies this year.img_7301img_7302 img_7303

Pizza night. We cheated on the crust.img_7305

Worked outside of the office one day. It was distracting.img_7307

My first Hanukkah present! I have great clients.img_7308

David and I are reading Harry Potter. My university roommate Beth, gave me this book.img_7317

We had Katherine and Jay + kids over for a fun night. It started off classy.img_7321 img_7326

Christmas eve with Henry in Point Pleasant Park.img_7331

Amanda made me the most adorable batch of gingerbread men. Sarah made me peanut butter balls and Kristin delivered an assortment of goodies. Lucky me.img_7333

It was a quiet but nice Christmas eve with Mike’s parents.img_7335

I am pretty impressed with my screenshot skills.img_7337

Christmas morning on Cabot Street.dsc_0418 dsc_0419img_7338

David got a waffle maker and was in charge of breakfast with Nanna.dsc_0421dsc_0427

Erin and Cameron + kids popped over on Christmas day for a quick visit.img_7321dsc_0457

Christmas flowers from Sarah.dsc_0432

David got started on his new lego right away.dsc_0429dsc_0450

Christmas dinner shenanigans.img_7343

My mother-in-law made my favourites for Christmas dinner including broccoli casserole. I got leftovers! img_7346

We drove around Halifax on boxing day night checking out all of the lights. These houses bring in the big crowds.img_7347 img_7348 img_7349

Christmas break is for binging. This year it was the Crown. More please!img_7351

I attempted to braid my hair while watching it… not bad.img_7354

Two very good books I have been reading this season.img_7355

Winter running gets wet. img_7356

We took David and his friend to the Putting Edge. We barely saw them. (I beat Mike)img_7357

My new bag arrived! Thank you Fjallraven Canadaimg_7358

Lego is done.dsc_0462 dsc_0465

Mike and I celebrated New Years Eve a night early at Edna’s. Less crowds. Hey Mike, let me take a picture.img_7361

Oh wait, let me take a picture with the drinks.img_7362

Now let me take a picture with the appetizers.img_7363

These days I need to double-up the motivation to run. I did the Runners World Run Streak and overlapped the last week with a local clubs Christmas Marathon.img_7365

*** We had our friends from Quebec and others over for New Years eve brunch and forgot to take pictures – big fail ***

On the real New Years eve we stayed in and watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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New Years day walk around the Frog Pond Trail.img_7369 img_7370 img_7372

My first time skiing this winter. Mike and David have already been out a few times.img_7375

Go Canada…img_7386

Back to school and work. My house it peaceful and quiet again (during the day)img_7387

On to the next project. David is loving his K’Neximg_7391

Ants on a log for special dinner guests.img_7389

Snow angel by David. img_7406

First go at the Steamwhichimg_7404

Second (better) attempt.img_7411

Snow was in the forecast so we drove to Pugwash Saturday night to get ahead of the storm and close to Ski Wentworth.img_7416

It snowed all day. Lots of powder practice before our trip out West next month with the family.img_7418img_7419

While we skied, Henry did as well with my mom on their trails.img_7421
That’s a wrap. I’ll be back again.

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cold case

Winter is here. And with it comes the start of ski season.

To make the cold weather more bearable, I’ve recruited a new ski bunny to join me on the slopes and she asked me to make her a list of what to wear on and off the hill when we go away for a week in March.

The thing with skiing in the Maritimes is the weather is very unpredictable and usually pretty wet. Our winters are windy with high precipitation and it gets cold! Not a dry cold like other parts of Canada but an under-your-skin damp cold.

Fun right? Not always, which is why if you’re going to face this climate, you best be prepared and bundle up.

I’ve had the same ski jacket for more than ten years so I’m on the hunt for something which will keep me warm but look good and I have been eying the winter jackets from Fjällräven Canada.

jackets

I love wearing a light padded jacket with a shell on the slopes. The shell keeps the wind away and I stay toasty with the padded jacket underneath. If the sun comes out and the day warms up, off goes a layer! The Iceland Anorak is a great choice for every day wear – plus, I love the side zips and the big front pocket.

So with my new jackets picked, here are my On The Slopes and Après Ski essentials for our ski holiday:

on-the-slopes

  1. Fjällräven : Women’s Keb Eco-Shell Jacket
  2. Fjällräven : Women’s Keb Padded Jacket
  3. Burton : Women’s anon. Insight Goggles
  4. Smith : Women’s Holt Helmet
  5. Helly Hansen : Women’s Warm Freeze 1/2 Zip
  6. Helly Hansen : Women’s Warm Pant
  7. Smart Wool : PhD Slopestyle Medium Wenke Socks
  8. Fjällräven : Gear Duffel
  9. Smart Wool : Women’s Isto Sport Sweater
  10. The North Face : Women’s Sally Pants
  11. Fjällräven : Keb Fleece Balaclava
  12. Burton : Women’s GORE-TEX Mitt + Gore warm technology

apresski

  1. Fjällräven : Women’s Iceland Anorak
  2. Oakley : Women’s Forehand Sunglasses
  3. Lululemon : Women’s Studio Pant III (Lined)
  4. Fjällräven : Kiruna Beanie
  5. Fjällräven: Totepack No. 1
  6. Sorel : Women’s Out N About Leather Duck Boot
  7. Towsen : Après Ski Sweater

Happy trails!

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life lately

It has been a month! Here’s life lately:

Trying not to dwell on all the bad things in 2016… but, what the hell Toblerone! img_7105

Gap Kids:
Me> Hey David, like this shirt?
David> No.
Me> I think I’m going to buy it for you to wear at your school concert
David> I won’t wear it.
Me> Fine, I’ll buy it for myself! img_7108

When your patch matches your hat.img_7109

Dear Santa,img_7113

Thankful for American Thanksgiving and a light workload allowing me to watch all four episodes back-to-back.
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Jill and I strongly believe in the “teach them while they’re young” motto when it comes to exposing kids to the classics. Home Alone.img_7127

I spy Edie!
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Christmas starts now…
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My namesake is eight! Happy birthday Libby Meghan.img_7140

As you can imagine, these were a hit.img_7134img_7139img_7145

Henry and his moustache stuffie he won at the Movember Run.img_7149

Christmas card production is a full time job for me…img_7155

And at this point, I realized I didn’t buy the adhesive envelopes…img_7160

Because you have all been dying to know the state of my toes : 4 blackimg_7157

Thank you SBJ for the end of November!img_7158

Edith stopped by for a visit and I snapped a pic. She’s my new favourite subject.img_7161

My body has been hurting (I think I need to get a massage or something) but I am so glad I bought this heat thingy at the Tatamagouche Farmer’s Market last summer.img_7162

Mike’s co-worker’s son makes beer. We happily approve.img_7164

North End tree lighting in the Hydrostone.img_7167

Pancake breakfast with santa at Needham Preschool and Daycareimg_7172

We got our tree early this year. Same place as always – wish there was snow but I couldn’t wait a day longer.img_7175img_7178img_7192

The Halifax Explosion was 99 years ago. Here’s the memorial, which we walk by all of the time.
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I spot a protest. Teachers doing their thing.img_7189

Here’s a non-paid endorsement… I got my boots cleaned and resoled at Quinpool Shoe Repair. Totally recommend them for their service and I am not the only one who thinks this.
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Batch one of the HELLO 2017 calendars. img_7193

Poor Cubbie : One of many of David’s bleeding nose incidents. img_7195

Dreaming of a cabin like this. A screen shot from Instagram.img_7199

Home sweet festive home.img_7204

Sharing chocolates with my girls at Mother’s Pizza.img_7215

North Brewing Company’s awesome new label! img_7216

Drinking Baileys and eating Christmas crack with dear friends. Tis the season!img_7220

Cherries are in season right?img_7222

First bit of snow. Shocker : School was cancelled.img_7225img_7228

In terms of photography and cooking skills, there is nothing to brag about here but it was damn good. Especially after Sabrina’s tough circuit class at Cyclone Group Fitnessimg_7229

From the look of it, you’d think Katherine needs a daily planner for Christmas… nope, she has one and it’s right there. She just prefers shopping bags.img_7233

Early morning runs within a snow globe.img_7240

Reason why winter sucks… I am forced to wear socks but they never stay up in my stupid boots.img_7241

Snowwhite.
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A pre-holiday visit to GG-ma’s house. img_7255img_7300

Winter running is not so bad when you have views like this and there is no one on the road except for animal footprints.img_7257img_7262

Send me all the cards!!! I love getting holiday cards. I also love my friends who give me sweet gifts in exchange for calendar refills! Jam and tea towels, they know me well!img_7298

That’s a wrap. I’ll be back with some holiday snaps in the new year!

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