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Choose your healthcare life cycle

This is not a sponsored post, but it is written as a supportive post for Bruyere Continuing Care on Ottawa. Locally known as the best and largest palliative care centre in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, Bruyere has been growing and adjusting with new programs for the aged and handicapped. Bruyere has opened an adaptive affordable housing complex and started new programs that encourage older Canadians to stay in their homes for as long as possible. I have been volunteering for the annual Bruyere Radiothon for several years.

Bruyere 2When it comes to healthcare we go through phases in our life. For most of us, our attention to healthcare normally starts when our first child is born.   Prior to that it would have been our parents that took us for shots, check ups and for the broken bones from sports activities. As the years pass the experiences we have in hospitals and who we have those experiences with will change.

When do you start thinking about your future healthcare needs, meaning at what point do we start to think about being proactive and not reactive? What does it mean to be proactive in our personal health care planning?

For me, it means that I think about where I might end up when I need care in the months and years approaching. Will I need physio after a fall? Will my memory start to fade? What about rehab following a stroke? Let me add that I intend to do everything I can while I am in my late 50’s to prevent needing any of the above-mentioned care and treatment. Of course, nothing is for certain but I do have the opportunity to shape what care I might need by being proactive and practicing preventative care. This is important because our current health care systems are not preventive, they are reactive – it will take a generation maybe more of governments to change that.

I’ll leave how the government will handle the change to the politicians and healthcare agents.  For my care and what I want to have available to me, that will rely on my efforts. That means I’ll look to support a hospital that will work to have the needs of my generation, the late edge of boomers, in their plans for care and innovative.

The annual Bruyere Radiothon is being held this week, the once a year radio campaign to raise money for the organizations #LifeChanging campaign. Early this week I attended a private event announcing the goals for the campaign, $30 Million that won’t go to any brick and mortar buildings, but rather to programs and care focusing in Brain Health and Memory; Integrated Senior’s Health and Rehabilitation and all be powered by the sector leading Bruyere Research Institute.

BruyereThe most life changing plans revolve around Brain Health and Memory. As the number of Canadians suffering from dementia is expected to double before 2037, Bruyere will reduce the incidence of dementia by 50% in those same 20 years. Just as important is redefining geriatric care that will allow us to stay in our homes and out of expensive healthcare facilities as we age.  Life changing care is because living longer means living better.

I am not naïve enough to believe that by reading this you’ll support Bruyere and their plans, but what I hope you will do is look forward to your future healthcare.   When you do make that decision you’ll have to consider how you can ensure that care is there because you cannot count on the government to cover the increasing cost of your healthcare 100%.

The need for fundraising by hospitals will only increase as demand and cost grow. Choose your healthcare cycle and support it, for you and your future care.

Please take a moment and click here https://www.bruyere.org/en/life-changing-day and be a part of Bruyere’s #LifeChanginDay

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Cancon: The making of MAPL music

RHBS184The recent death of Lighthouse founder Skip Prokop highlighted not only his musical prowess with the success he had with hits “Pretty Lady”, “Hats off to the Stranger” and “One Fine Morning”, but he also politically provided key testimony during the initial phases of Canadian content in Canadian radio.*

In his obituary posted in the Globe and Mail (September 8, 2017) Prokop appeared at CRTC hearings in 1970 stating “…in part the kids who are recording will start getting hit records. Then Canadian kids will start paying a certain amount of money to go and see them in concert. This creates the beginning of an industry – you start creating stars within your own country. This is something that Canada has never really had.”

Did his words strike true? Has the introduction of cancon developed the Canadian music industry? Would we have fewer Canadian musical artists cracking the US Charts if cancon had not come into being? If the government had not instituted the Canadian content rules would we have April Wine, Streetheart, Prism and others that may have had a small ripple in the United States but mainly have had successful Canadian careers? Concentrating on the first two decades of cancon, who would not have been here? Who should we thank cancon for, for having some artists in our record collections, mixed tapes and digital music play lists?

Knowingly I have not included names like Bryan Adams, Rush, The Guess Who/BTO, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Anne Murray and Gordon Lightfoot. These successful careers were based on influences that were are entirely due to the introduction of cancon rules. The longevity of their careers has guaranteed their music stays out of the “Canadian” bins due to international sales and tours.

RHBS184 1The MAPL system of identifying Canadian content was established by the CRTC in 1971. The MAPL designation identified the Music, Artist, Performance and Lyrics as being solely Canadian. To be a cancon selection two of the MAPL categories had to be of Canadian origin.

The initial success of Lighthouse was borne before cancon rules were in place, though the rules certainly may have extended their radio success. What about other bands, that as Canadians we love, but won’t be more than a passing interest to Americans?

Without prejudice I wonder what the fate would’ve been for the following Canadian musicians/bands if cancon had not been mandated. These bands all had fabulous success in Canada (I have most of these discs in vinyl). Below are just a few cancon era bands I personally love to hear in my playlist.

The 5 Man Electrical Band made more money when Signs was covered by Tesla in 1990 than they did in 1971 under their own name. An Ottawa based band they had other memorable songs including Werewolf and Absolutely Right.  With three big hits they have every right to play the reunion fall fair concert circuit.

The Stampeders had 16 singles charting in Canada from 1971 to 1976, they had but four songs crack the US.   Cancon has been good to The Stampeders. How else do you explain never cracking the top 10 in 7 years and maintaining a solid fans base today while continuing to hear Carry Me, Sweet City Woman and Hit the Road Jack in rotation at Canadian oldies radio stations?

I have nothing but smiles for the music of Michel Pagliaro. He was HUGE in Quebec starting in 1968 but for the rest of Canada it’s songs like Rainshowers and What the Hell I Got, which scored big for Pagliaro in English Canada and cancon gold.

It was the 80’s classic My Girl (Gone Gone Gone) from Chilliwack that made it big in the US but in the early cancon days Chilliwack sustained their career with songs like Lonesome Mary, California Girl , Fly at Night (not to be confused with Rush’s hit Fly by Night) that sustained the band via cancon.

Born from a cancon homegrown music contest, there is no better band than Honeymoon Suite to represents the success of Toronto’s Q107 radio contest. Honeymoon Suite won that contest with the hit New Girl Now. The band scored 6 Top 40 songs in Canada and 2 Top 40 hits in the US.   Without cancon rules and Canadian radio looking for new talent to play it is hard to know just where Honeymoon Suite would be.

With 19 singles released in Canada between the years 1977-1981, Prism is a cancon success. I’m surprised to see their lead single Spaceship Superstar only charted as high as 63 in Canada in 1977. I thought it was a fabulous song! In four years Prism charted 10 times in Canada and 5 times in the US. Prism’s success is cancon-centric, something to be proud of with 5 well received albums by Canadian rock and pop music lovers.

In an odd cancon twist of success, Saga scored big with 5 LP’s from 1980 to 87, but is a European twist; Saga has charted albums in Germany since 1981’s Worlds Apart. Saga soared with a top 3 hit in Canada and Top 30 in the US with On the Loose in 1981. With initial success in Canada the band has succeeded to continue to see success and to tour consistently. As a nod to their German fans Saga has released three CD/DVD concerts sets recorded in Bonn and Munich since 2004.

Canada has shown a real love for its homegrown bands. Whether it was cancon that created the environment for the love, Skip Prokop was prophetic when he appeared at the CRTC hearing back in 1970, “(cancon) creates the beginning of an industry – you start creating stars within your own country.”

*The CRTC mandated that 35% of music played on Canadian music must be considered Canadian content.  2 of the 4 categories of the MAPL pie must be either composed, written or performed by a Canadian to meet content.  Classical radio stations and Windsor ON stations had reduced content regulations.

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No Music No Life

RHBS 183“No Music No Life” was the branding used by Tower Records in the US right up to the day they closed their doors for good. I cast a tear watching the documentary, All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records the other night.  Like all those that passed through the doors of Towers Records locations, I loved going into record stores and through the aisles and piles of records. Even today whether I purchase anything or not it is still a pleasure for me.

Watching Colin Hanks’ documentary and the images he used had memories streaming of browsing the racks and bins of vinyl the mail slot wall of 45’s at Sunrise Records (I believe that was the store) in the old Mississauga Sheridan Mall.

I remember the smell of new vinyl, the feel of the wrapped new records and I remember the days were grease pencils were used to mark the price and not stickers. There was nothing better than using a finger nail to remove the cellophane wrap from an LP after taking it out the square bag that was perfectly designed to hold the new 12” LP that was selected with care. I pity those that have no fingernails and had to use (I shudder at the thought of it) a knife or scissors to cut the cellophane and possibly damage the custom sleeve or the disc.

I lived in record stores, and if I didn’t have bills that need to get paid I’d there 24/7. In fact there was a time where I almost owned a record store. My inspiration was Ian Fraser who purchased Laughing Gnome Records in Stratford Ontario. I was in there every day, when I wasn’t on the air on CJCS. How could I beat the life I had then? I played vinyl all day and went to talk about records with Ian in his shop. I was a record store brat. I understood how people that worked in Tower Records felt. There was no place like a record shop. As the signs in Tower Records said, “No Music No Life”, it was a lifestyle.

RHBS 183 2When working in Stratford in the late 80’s, I loved the idea of being in a record shop all day I was on the verge of opening a shop of my own. I wanted to specialize in Jazz and Classics. York Street Classics and Jazz, was going to be the name of a recently renovated retail space, specializing in custom orders and using the store as a performance location for local musicians. It would have been a really unique space, sadly it just didn’t come together.

So day I spend time in Compact Music in Ottawa and with the closure of HMV I know get to browse again in Sunrise Records. It is a pleasure to see increased racks and variety in the selection of music on vinyl. I think I am being called back in time.

RHBS 183 3Looking back at the records I purchased I had good collection, not great, pretty good. Like most collectors re-arranging, cataloguing was all part of it, being into music that much defined me and to this day I have to escape just listen while I work. A few years back I had to think about downsizing and over a couple of years went from 3000 Lp’s to my essential 250. My inspiration was the late Robert Palmer who did the same thing out of sheer need. Now the essential 250 are in storage waiting for the day to come up to be heard once more.

My last LP purchased was Elton John’s “Sleeping with the Past” in 1989, until July of this year when I picked up the newly remixed and remastered Beatles Sgt. Pepper. So flipping through the bins is becoming a ritual once again. However, until I get the turntable out of storage and bring the albums up, I will only be going through the actions. Someday soon I’ll again feel the moment of removing the wrapping, feeling freshly pressed vinyl going from my hands to the turntable and hearing the sound of the needle dropping.   Soon…because no music no life is a real thing

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The last of summer music

As the summer nights fade away and the lazy autumn days approach here’s a last look at the music of my summer. This follows earlier posts from the start of the summer “When I’m 81, #SgtPepper75” and “Summer Music”. Now that the eclipse has come and gone, here’s a brief look at the last of my summer music, what is new, and what drew me back to the past for great music.

London Grammar

I get hints and tips for new music from many sources and I first saw London Grammar on the shelves of Compact Music in downtown Ottawa. The title caught my attention, “Truth is a Beautiful Thing”. “Truth”, it turned out was the bands’ second disc. The person, who I assume manages the store, told me that it he had not listened to it yet, but based on his favourable opinion of their first disc he was looking forward to this. I asked that he let me know when I came in the following week. Not a few days later, Q on CBC Radio One featured an interview and in-studio performance. Now that I’ve had a few listens to “Truth” the late evening summer vibes of London Grammar fit in perfectly with balcony lighting and conversation. It is reminiscent of newer female vocalists Lorde, Halsey and established voices like Annie Lennox and Dido. I am tempted to pair Lennox’s latest CD Nostalgia with “Truth is a Beautiful Thing”. It would be as tasteful to the ears as a good Merlot is with a perfectly BBQed sirloin steak.

The Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasions

In what seemed at first to me to be a throwaway effort of music turned out to be a fun listen. I waited, hummed and hawed before picking this up. This is an assembly of BNL tunes rearranged for an a cappella performance and it sounds like it should, a microphone set up and friends gathered around it together and sing.  It’s great to hear old favourites with that new twist. Some arrangements require a second listen, but when you get it, it’s fabulous. I’ve treated this as an opportunity to re-hear how songs written, in what seems like a musical generation ago, sound new and re-imagined. Is it a grab to bring fans back? Possibly, but after the first listen you forget about it and rediscover the fun of BNL, with just a bit of “Persuasion” added.

The Doors

Who says you always have to get something ‘new’? Sometimes a purchase to pad the collection has to be made. It’s not so much about getting music that I’ve forgotten, but it’s because some really good music was made. The Very Best of the Doors was released on the 40th anniversary of the Doors first Lp (and purchased by me on the 50th anniversary). Listening to this collection is a reminder of how hypnotic Jim Morrison could be lyrically and how mesmerizing the band sounded. I won’t have this in constant repeat , but knowing I have it is a relief because sometimes going back in time is all you need. Really, for the end of summer there is nothing better than a romp through the 60’s and 70’s, even if it is a seven-minute romp of ‘LA Woman’.

Nick Heyward

Whether it was Haircut 100, or his solo discs, Nick Heyward is one of those artists that I always follow and have a keen interest in. From the one Haircut 100 Lp to his first three solo discs I’ve loved the breezy light infectious pop he always produced. I became aware of Woodland Echo through Heyward’s Instagram account and his pledge music drive to fund the making of the record. I was in! I pledged the 25 pounds that would get me a signed copy of the CD fresh from the UK and waited. There were snippets of the music online, it was trademark Nick Heyward. Woodland Echo is Heyward’s first new set of music on disc in 18 years and my first new Heyward music purchased since 1988’s I Love You Avenue. As I waited for my copy of the new disc I prepped myself by revisiting the disc ‘North of a Miracle’, ‘Postcards from Home’ and ‘I Love You Avenue’. 18 years on, his song writing remains as I recall it with a bit of swing, easy to sway to and English pop. It fits in perfectly with the rest when I have all Nick Heyward’s music on shuffle. My signed copy, number 6 of 1500, will be a long listening fave. I hope I don’t have to wait another 18 years – that would put us both in our 70’s. NOTE: Paul McCartney is writing and performing in his 70’s, so maybe I can expect that from Nick Heyward.

The Beach Boys

Does any music say summer more than the Beach Boys? My intrigue this summer with Pet Sounds comes from watching the 2014 biopic on Brian Wilson “Love and Mercy”. The movie is about the indulgence of Brian Wilson making, actually change that to creating “Pet Sounds”. For all the personal struggles that Wilson was going through in the months of producing a summer classic, he did just that. A masterpiece was made and in was summer wrapped up in under 3 minutes. With ‘Wouldn’t it be nice’, ‘Sloop John B’ and ‘Caroline No’ and ‘God only knows’ my summer of ’17 was nostalgic and memorable.

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Vacation State of Mind?

Vacation Alert

What is a vacation state of mind? What is an ‘away from work’ Zen moment feel like?

Do you detach completely? Is it an awareness there are something at work that you know will be waiting for you when you get back? To get your vacation state of mind do you leave town? Do you go off grid? Or does obtaining a vacation state of mind merely mean getting out of the office?

I have a week off, so I got out of dodge as they say, this week we’re in Thunder Bay. That does not mean I left everything behind. Give me two weeks away from the office and I will go stir crazy. To avoid that when we go away for two weeks, it better be in another city, town, somewhere that means the regular life trappings are not in my line of sight. Without somewhere to go, why take the time off? It is not an uncommon as you might think.

The benefits of taking vacation are well known; a reduction in stress helps relationships and a paid mental break from work. Are there benefits for the few that don’t want to take vacation? For those enjoy their work, vacation my just be an unwanted distraction from it. It is very difficult to find benefits to not taking vacation, but there are reasons why some workers will avoid it.

Count the reasons for vacation denial as being the fear of email inbox overload and increased assignments, the fear that another worker will take their job away, the fear that someone else doing their work will screw it up and it will have to be redone when they return.

A 2014 study in the US; Project: Time Off found 4 in 10 Americans did not take their vacation. Are Canadians any different? If you believe a study from Expedia .ca, Canadians only did a little better. Just over one in four Canadians did not take the vacation OR had a year between vacations (http://www.torontosun.com/2016/10/19/canadians-leave-31-million-vacation-days-unused-each-year-study ).

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Our work places are changing and work environments are also adjusting to be more competitive, hence the reluctance to get away from it all.   While most of Ontario is off on vacation for one or two weeks this July and August, Ontario MPPs are currently touring Ontario to discuss Bill 148, The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. Sadly, with 173 recommendations from a study that led to the legislation, the majority of press around this bill goes to one recommendation to increase in minimum wage to $15.00/hour by January 1, 2019.

Other aspects about workplaces including vacation, sick notes, emergency personal eleave, overtime and other aspects that will impact Ontario employers are going almost unnoticed. Much of what the Ontario government wants to implement are clauses that are normally negotiated between companies and unions. Is Kathleen Wynne now going to force non-union workplaces to have ‘union’ like workplace rules and atmospheres? Bill 148 will change workplaces in Ontario, but for the better?

Take some time to read about Bill 148, http://www.ceridian.ca/blog/2017/06/ontarios-employment-standards-act-reform-what-bill-148-may-mean-for-employers/ and then talke to your MPP and let them know what you like and don’t like about telling good employers how to run their shops.

Of course there are some bad employers Bill 148 will be awake up call for them – but to force union like rules on workplaces that are successful? The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act is something I would expect from the Ontario NDP…BUT the next Ontario General Election is less that 11 months away (June 2018), so yes I also expect this frm Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals.

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A virtual walk in the snow

RHBS 172There is something to be said for walking away from something you enjoy. Not like Trudeau v1.0 and his walk through the snow on the second last day of February in 1984 (it was a leap year). I took a walk in my mind and made the decision on Friday to not post on social media for the weekend. It was surprisingly easy, but I was tempted.  We had a great weekend, I didn’t post on Twitter or Facebook at all about a Saturday at Lake Opinicon and the great music we heard.  However as difficult I thought it might be that day, it was quite easy and I focused on the music, the food, the beautiful surroundings in and around Chaffey’s Lock and the company of Liz, who posted a few photos on Facebook and Twitter.

I took a virtual walk in the snow after what I thought was a tough weak in social media. To those that say that I should have known what I was getting into because of the two topics I was posting about – it was the overall tone of the discussions of the day that took a toll, not so much what people what commented on after I posted. I think that many would agree that in Ottawa it was a perfect social media storm when the debates over the Ottawa Pride parade requesting the Ottawa Police not wear their uniforms in the parade collided with the Omar Khadr settlement rumours and then the government announcement.

The tone of the two conversations clashed and I burned out.

In the ashes was a weekend of feeling free, no pressure, no need to make a comment – only to read and see what other people say. It turned out to be an opportunity to see how others react, comment and rationalize on the two issues. Having eyes and not allowing your voice to be heard does permit for thought. There was no “I have to comment right away or else it’s old news” to worry about. I also saw that extreme comments and tweets were emotion over logic. The Khadr affair is clearly the best example of this – it should be, and I hope someone picks up on this, a separate lesson in the teaching plan of anyone that instructs students in the use and influence of social media. I see this being the pinnacle of a debate on the usefulness or the drudgery of Facebook and Twitter.

What lies ahead is still unknown, what I thought was going to be a weekend in virtual hiding was a weekend awakening and the thought provoking self-analysis of my own way I use my social media feeds. It have been ‘tempted’ to post on Instagram since Friday, but I had to be true to my self-declared sabbatical. I haven’t posted today (Monday) and haven’t had the burning desire to do so.

As a confession, I did post on my #RedHeartBlueLife blog (see link below) Sunday night but that’s it. I’ll post this blog – but I don’t see how this is the same as posting on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. My plan is to stick with it, the sabbatical, for the rest of this week.

I have vacation planned in Thunder Bay next week and then I’ll be travelling for work the week after in Western Canada. Those two weeks seem like they most certainly will be ‘Instagramable’ opportunities for me, lord knows I will want to be sharing it all. Maybe it will be baby steps, but for now it’s okay, I’m okay and I am okay with not being slayed by people who don’t know me because I have (in my mind) a logical opposing point of view.

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Our Canadian Identity

Canadian Identity

Who do you identify with, or rather what nation or country do you identify with? This was a big question as Canadians celebrated Canada’s 150th year of confederation this week.  This does not have to be the divisive question that it appears to have become.   What has become even more divisive are the ideas of “Canadian values”. In an unfortunate turn of events, the use of the term itself has become a negative value, where our Canadian values are used to divide rather then being seen as what brings people together. The term Canadian values should be retired, never to be used again – unless for intentional (negative) use against one particular political party.

Can we refer to what Canadians are/Canada is as ideals?

We can split the idea of a Canadian identity to who we are and who do we identify with. They will not always s be the same, nor should they; it may be a more truthful way of looking at ourselves in the Canadian mirror. For example, I am a second generation Dutch-Canadian. My parents arrived in Canada in the mid fifties in Montreal and headed to Hamilton where my mother’s brother Lex had settled after arriving years earlier in Canada from the Netherlands.  They later settled in the suburbs of Toronto first in Scarborough and then onto Mississauga where they reside today.  I am a Dutch Canadian, I cheer for both the Canadian and Dutch teams during the Olympics, World Cup and other international events. I subscribe to the twitter feed of the Dutch Prime Minister and receive their latest news in my inbox.

However, I identify with being a Canadian, I identify with the ideas that Canadians are fair, open-minded, friendly and accommodating. That is what I see from my perspective; there will be others who will not share this with me. Historically Canada has brought these ideals forward, but we also have not been so good, with good (but misdirected) intentions.   These ideals allow us to move ahead to make amends, apologize and act to correct our past actions.

Canada Day, Canada’s 150th, was a day where our past came face-to-face with our present and future. Protests from Canada’s First Nations on Parliament Hill highlighted that we have some way to go before all who identify with being Canadian, part Canadian or not a Canadian at all,  are content with how Canada as a nation represents them.

Our Prime Minister commented on Canada Day that new Canadians might feel more proud to be Canadian than those of us who were born here. I disagree and feel he misrepresented the pride of all Canadians. There were only few ‘Canadians’ here when Canada was first thought of, first as far away provinces of the Crown and then as a country on its own. As citizens of Canada, 97% of Canadians have roots that are not from here.  We all came from somewhere, French-Canadians, Dutch-Canadians, Italian-Canadians, Indo-Canadians and many more may not feel less of Canadian pride, but it has become who we are and our identity when we remember our past and relish the present and future.

We have a long way to go to recognize the contributions of our Inuit, Cree, Metis and other First Nations. We have a long road to travel to reach appeasement for the actions of previous governments. Nowhere though do Canadians as a whole feel we should not reconcile with our past – it is part of our open-mindedness to recognize that our future as a country lies in part with our history.

It’s our Canadian identity that makes it easy to see the path and who we are.

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