Community News – February 2017

Investigative reporter, Carey Gillam, will discuss carcinogenic pesticides at the COG Conference.


On Saturday, February 25, the Canadian Organic Growers will host their 12th annual conference, Organic: Inspiring Change. At this enriching and informative one-day conference, learn about a major study on the nutrition of organic food, the new industry of gene editing, a doctor’s perspective, a forward thinking school board, the challenges facing new farmers in Ontario, and more.

It is time to put the organic vs. non-organic debate to rest with more than 20 speakers covering many of today’s most important issues. A featured speaker is investigative reporter Carey Gillam, who will discuss how a potent pesticide (Monsanto’s RoundUp), linked to cancer, became part of our daily diet.

Conference location: U. of T. Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto. Time: 9 am to 5 pm.   Order tickets before February 10 to get early bird discount: $75 ($65 for seniors and students)! Includes a delicious organic lunch and access to exhibits. Info and registration: or call (647) 367-7706.

Among the top five natural health trends for 2017, mushroom medicine will gain attention this year.


The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) has identified the top five natural health trends to look out for this February and throughout 2017. Michelle W. Book, CHFA’s in-house holistic nutritionist, has released her official list of what everyone is guaranteed to be raving about in the new year. These include:

1) Sprouting: Canadians are increasingly interested in three key things: local food, healthy food, and DIY food. Sprouting ticks all of these boxes. By allowing the seed to sprout, nutrients naturally present in the seed are liberated making it easier for our bodies to access and absorb important nutrients. Sprouting is simple and can be demonstrated in three easy steps.

2) Plant-based dairy alternatives: From nut beverages to coconut yogurt to dairy-free cheese, plant-based alternatives are becoming increasingly popular, and deliver on both taste and nutrition. Many of these substitutions provide added nutrient content including antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre, while staying low in calories and saturated fats.

3) Digestive enzymes: With the rise of probiotics, all eyes are on the next big thing in digestive health. Digestive enzymes can improve gut health by giving the body a digestive boost and unlocking nutritional potential in the diet.

4) Mushrooms: For a food that grows in the shadows, mushrooms are about to enjoy some well-deserved time in the spotlight. Mushroom extracts pack health benefits related to improving mental and nerve cell health. Research also suggests that medicinal mushrooms offer benefits such as improved memory and learning, and a decrease in anxiety and depressive symptoms.

5) Smart carbs: In 2017, keep an eye out for smart carb options that promote more balanced energy levels, digestion, and brain function. Options include pasta made from lentils and legumes, and low-fat bean chips and pea snacks.

The Canadian Health Food Association is a voice of the natural health industry and an authoritative source for what is trending in the industry. CHFA is Canada’s largest trade association dedicated to natural health and organic products; members include manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, and importers.


Local BodyTalk practitioner, Carol Earle, C.B.P., is now offering energy medicine sessions for animals by distance across Ontario, or personal home visits in London, Ontario. As a BodyTalk / Animal Talk Practitioner, Carol can help uncover the root cause of physical, mental, or emotional imbalances, help release trauma and tension or residue from past emotional trauma, or address an unusual behaviour.

Each session is relaxing for the pet, informative for the pet owner, and effective for even the most seemingly impossible physical and/or behavioural issues. This system benefits both humans and pets!

BodyTalk for Animals is a therapy for balancing a pet toward better health and wellness with non-invasive energy medicine. It is useful for the following situations: integrate a new pet into the family; support new adoption; prepare pet for a vacation absence; reduce stress and anxiety of being alone; address emotional and environmental factors affecting health, and more.

To book a session, please call (519) 709-5688, visit:, or email: body


P.A.C.E. is involved in a number of initiatives internationally that are for the improvement of planetary affairs on a number of fronts, which do require support other than just volunteerism and willpower. New developments include:

1) Ongoing negotiations in several nations for the clean-up of nuclear wastes, contaminated zones involving several techniques, as well as advanced logistics / assessment modalities. These negotiations are very demanding on limited resources in preparing responses.

2) Documentation preparations including on-site evidence-gathering for a class action suit concerning existing and emerging electromagnetic field emissions when they are injurious to society and to at least 30% of population in developed areas. This case could have worldwide repercussions.

3) They have also been involved, for more than a year, in advanced stage prototyping of stand-alone electrical energy supply for sustainable communities.

Therefore, they are hereby requesting your financial support for such initiatives, which can be made through Paypal using VISA / MasterCard. For more information call (888) 639-7730 (toll-free). Or send cheque / money order to: PACE, Inc., 100 Bronson Avenue, Suite 1001, Ottawa K1R 6G8


On Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 10 am to 3:30 pm, join Bracelet of Hope for the 2nd Annual Yoga for Hope – a 5-class ‘yogathon’ and lunch! All funds raised go towards supporting orphans affected by HIV / AIDS in Lesotho, Africa. Registration is $30 at Location: Event hosted at Bishop Macdonell High School in Guelph, Ont. Support mind, body and soul at Yoga for Hope.


On April 28th, come and hear Sarada Chiruvolu talk about her personal journey of attaining enlightenment through many years of deep meditation. Sarada will share her personal experience of seeking higher states of consciousness and achieving self-realization, as described in her book, Home at Last (White Cloud Press, 2015). Free event. Institute of Traditional Medicine, 553 Queen St. W., 2nd floor, Toronto. 7 – 9 pm. Visit:

Paint a picture in the countryside – Joyce Burkholder has announced her painting workshop schedule.


Local artist Joyce Burkholder has just announced her Painting Workshop schedule for spring and summer 2017. Some highlights include:

  • Watercolour for Beginners – Saturday, May 13
  • Watercolour for Intermed. / Advanced – Sunday, May 14 (Cost: $100/day $190/2 days; Deep River Library)
  • Oils/Acrylics – Sunday, July 16 ($125; beautiful waterfront cottage on private lake near Wilno)
  • Watercolour – Sunday, Aug 13 (Cost: $125; private waterfront cottage in huge pines near Wilno)
  • Intermediate/Advanced Oils/Acrylics – Sun., Aug 20 (Cost: $125; some experience required; log cottage on a beautiful lake near Wilno, Ontario)

For more information call (613) 756-9283; email: joyce@joyceburkholder.com

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