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COLUMNSLETTERSTOTHEEDITOR5TuesdayMarch122013FortSmithHayRiverWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayForecastForecastNorms-9Cand-21CNorms-6Cand-20C-29Low-34Low-22High-19High-27Low-24High-26Low-30Low-32Low-21High-20High-27Low-22High-26Low-19High-15HighYellowknifeInuvikWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayNorms-18Cand-28CNorms-6Cand-20C-26Low-31Low-32Low-34Low-30Low-32Low-21High-20High-27Low-22High-26Low-15High-21High-19High-28High-22HighEditorInresponsetoyourre-centeditorialonrepresen-tationtheElectoralBound-ariesCommissionwelcomespubliccommentonourin-terimproposals.Howevertheseinterimproposalshaveunfortunatelybeenmischaracterizedasnalrecommendations.Effectiverepresentationisaboutmorethannumbers.Itisalsoaboutcommunityofinterestcon-siderationssuchaslanguagecultureandgeography.Thebestwayforacommissionsuchasourstounderstandtheseconsiderationsistohearfromcitizens.Ourcommissionhassofarheardfromnearly100Northern-ersthroughpresentationsatpublichearingsaswellaswrittensubmissions.Pub-lichearingscontinueuntilMar.13andwrittensubmis-sionswillbereceiveduntilMar.28.BeforewemakenalrecommendationstotheLegislativeAssemblywelookforwardtohearingfrommoreNorthernersaboutwhatmattersmostindraw-ingourelectoralboundaries.Hon.JusticeShannonSmallwoodChairElectoralBoundariesCommissionMarchisNutritionMonthacrossAlbertaanditsthemeisChoosingandPreparingFoodforaHealthierYou.ThismonthAlbertaHealthServicesdietitiansaresharingtipsonhowtochooseandpreparehealthyfoodsforyouandyourfamily.Thetaskofchoosingandpreparinghealthyfoodsforyourfamilystartsatthehome.Whatyouplantobuyaffectshowwellyourfamilyeatsathome.Makingthehealthychoicetheeasychoiceisoneofthebestwaystohelpyourchildrenlearnhealthyeat-inghabits.Onewaytosticktohealthyeatingistoplanamenuandmakeashoppinglistbeforeyouleavehome.Allfamilymemberscanhelpoutbysuggestingfoodsformealsandsnacks.AskyourchildrentogiveideasandencouragethemtoincludeavarietyoffoodsfromallfourfoodgroupsVegetablesandFruitGrainProductsMilkandAl-ternativesandMeatandAlternatives.Plantogotothegrocerystorewhenyouarewell-nourishedandhaveashop-pinglist.Ifyoubringyourchildrenalongletthemhelpyoushop.Talkabouthealthychoicesdiscusspricesandseasonalfoodsandaskthemtopickanewvegetableorfruittotryathome.Athometrytogetev-eryoneinvolvedinprepar-ingmealsandsnacks.Evenyoungchildrencanpartici-pateinsomeway.Theycanhelpyougetingredientsfromthepantryandmeasurethemrinsevegetablesandfruitmixingredientsshapecook-iesandsetthetable.Makefoodfun.Whenpreparingmealsforyourchildrentrytoofferdif-ferenttexturesshapesandcolours.Forexamplebyaddingblueberriestooat-mealyoucanmakepurpleporridge.Youcanalsousecookiecutterstocutcheeseintofunshapes.Eatinghealthyfoodscanbeanotheradventureandfundiscoveryinyourchildslifeandyouhaveanimportantroleinit.AlbertaHealthServicesHealthyfoodforyoungfamiliesNorthernJournal2013JoinusonlineLikeNorthernJournalonFacebookandgettheweeklynewsdeliveredtoyourfeedFACEBOOKFEEDBACKUnionrepresentativesjoinedthearrayofvoicescallingforanendtobullyinglastWednesdayonPinkShirtDaythenationaldaytoendbullyinginschoolsandsociety.UnioncallsforendtoworkplacebullyinginNWTnorj.caSoniaBeaulieu-EdkinsTrudeauHopeitworksintheseschool.DoubtfulStellaWasylyshynIrememberoneBoundaryCommissionneedsinputASeniorMomentSeniorsHelpingSeniorsIbKristensenElderabuseisbullyingtooTheFebruaryactivitiesoftheNWTSeniorsSoci-etymeetingsinYellowknifeincludedaworkshopdeal-ingmainlywithCreatingSafeCommunitiesforOlderAdults.DayoneWereceivedanupdateofworkbytheNWTnetworkincludingchallengesandsuccessesaswellasac-tivitiesplannedforthisyear.Thiswasthesecondface-to-facemeetingonthisimpor-tantsubject.TherewasanopportunitytomeetandaskquestionsoftheHonourableTomBeaulieuministerofHealthandSocialServicesandministerresponsibleforSe-niors.Duringthemorningsproceedingsmanyquestionswereaskedfromtheoorwithplentyoftimetohearfromthedelegatesanddidweallgetanear-fullItwasagreatexchangeofconcerns.ItalsosohappenedthattheNWTSeniorsSocietywasplanningCelebrating30YearsofSeniorsHelpingSeniorsatthesametimeasourmeetings.Whatanop-portunitytomeetsomanyeldersandspecialguestsfromacrosstheTerritories.Afterthefabulousdinneranddes-sertawellput-togetherslideshowwaspresentedonthe30-yearhistoryoftheNWTSeniorsSociety.AltogetheragreateveningBacktoworkDaystwoandthreeweresetasideforboardmeetingswithanagendastretchingafulldayandahalf.Butdaytwoheldaninterest-ingchangeafternishingourheavybusinessagenda.TheAuroraResearchInstitutehasstartedaCommunity-BasedParticipatoryActionResearchStudyatAuroraCollegeYellowknife.ThepurposeofthisisforthoseconcernedtoworktogethertobetterunderstandexactlywhatthingsareimportantsothatolderadultsintheNWTcanlivegoodlives.Someoftheinformationthatcomesfromthisstudycouldpossi-blyaffectdecisionsmadebypoliticiansintheNWT.Yourdelegatetoourmeetinghasalltheinformationandwillexpandonthisproject.NosoonerdidtheFortSmithgroupreturnthanitwastimeforourmonthlymeeting.AtitwedecidedtoarrangeadaytriptoFortChipewyanbythewinterroad.ThedatewillbeMar.20startingat800a.m.fromtheSeniorCentre.Thechargewillbe20perpersonrstcomerstservedwemayhaveto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