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• ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

• ¼ cup chili sauce

• ¼ cup packed brown sugar

• 3 garlic cloves, minced

• 2 tsp minced fresh parsley

• ¼ tsp ground ginger or 1 tsp minced fresh gingerroot

• ¼ to ½ tsp cayenne  pepper

• ¼ to ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional

• 4 salmon steaks (6 ounces each)

In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. If grilling the salmon, coat grill rack with non-stick cooking spray before starting the grill. Grill salmon, uncovered, over medium heat or broil four to six inches from the heat for four to five minutes on each side, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Brush occasionally with sauce.

Serves four.

Nutritional analysis: One serving equals 373 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat) 106 mg cholesterol, 565 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, trace fibre, 32 g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.

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Ask A Veterinarian

Q: My veterinarian told me that my teenage cat’s kidneys are failing. Can they be replaced?

A: Believe it or not – yes. Organ transplantation in pets, though rare, is becoming available in private veterinary practice in the U.S.So far as I am aware, the only location in Canada to be offering transplants is the veterinary college in Guelph, Ont.

Candidates for transplantation (the recipient) are carefully selected because if the cause of the kidney failure is something that would lead the “new” kidney to fail, a replacement kidney is not going to solve the problem.

Cats in the early stages of kidney failure are not considered candidates until all medical means of management are exhausted. Neither are cats with very advanced failure as survival from the procedure is unlikely.

A broad study revealed that 59 per cent of recipients were still alive six months after surgery and 41 per cent were still alive after three years.

One transplant centre reported 26 per cent of recipient cats did not survive to be discharged from the hospital.

One might be tempted to think that after a kidney transplant life will return to normal. This is far from reality. Recipient cats must be kept on immune-suppressing drugs and have regular blood testing for the rest of their lives, plus you will have a new feline companion in your home since all centres performing the transplants require that the recipient’s family adopt the donor cat. Seems like a very complicated way to acquire a new feline companion.

Dr. Jeffrey Person practices at the Delton Veterinary Hospital and co-hosts the listener call-in show Pet Talk, heard every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on AM630 CHED.

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Hi everyone. 

They call me Salome, Sally for short! I ended up at the Leduc County Pound and nobody came to get me so now I’m in a NASAP foster home in Beaumont waiting for someone to notice what a great dog I am and come and give me a great new home.

My foster Mom says I’m a very good girl and she can’t understand why I was left in the Pound. Anyway, let me tell you a bit about myself.

I am roughly one year old and I’m now spayed (just the other day – ouch!) and have been given my shots and wormed. I weigh 59 pounds and I am strong and fit. I can run very fast and love to play with my foster brothers and sisters (a German Shepherd and a feisty Boston Terrier) in the backyard.

I’m not out to look for trouble and if other dogs growl at me I back away.   If they want to be grumpy that’s their problem…I leave them to it.

I like to give the cat kisses and he doesn’t mind too much. I am affectionate and a real snuggler.

I’m housetrained and cratetrained and, so far, haven’t put a foot wrong in my foster home. If you are looking for a family pet who will listen and try to get things right then you won’t go far wrong with me. 

Please call NASAP at 780-922-0250 and ask about me, or you can go online to http://www.nasap.ca and click on the ‘adopt me” link underneath my picture. This will put you in touch with my foster Mom.

So maybe we’ll meet soon. I promise you won’t be disappointed if you come meet me but you’ll never know if I’m the one for you unless you do!     

Thanks for reading about me…

All the best, from Sally

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Open Your Door to Colour

Changing the paint colour of your front door is the simplest way to open your home to a new look, says leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints. 

And with this season’s energetic colour palette, it’s easier than ever to revive the exterior of your home.

Popular exterior colours this summer include refreshing, saturated shades like aquamarines, lime greens and yellows, and coral-based reds. Building on the classic exterior colours, also in style are burgundy, ash gray, copper brown, near black and clay earth tones.

This season’s top CIL picks include Still Waters (ASE27) blue, Napa Valley (MC21) green, Classic Burgundy (DL07) red, Midnite Hour (MC51) grey and Hale Village (SE47) brown.

“When it comes to home improvements, maintaining the exterior of a house is just as important as the interior, if not more important, since the outside is what makes the first and often lasting  impression,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, marketing manager for CIL Paints. 

He explained that an attractive exterior not only adds curbside appeal to a home, but also increases the market value of the property as well.

Adding a punch colour to the front door will instantly brighten up a house at little cost, Tustin-Fuchs emphasizes.  

“To choose the right colour for your front entrance, take into account the colour of your roof, brick, siding, landscaping and the homes around you,” he said. 

Then, apply a lighter shade of the front door colour, or a neutral hue, to your window frames, trim, eavestroughs, siding and garage door to complete your exterior makeover. Make sure that the vinyl siding is painted in light colours only and never in a colour darker than the original as this may cause warping, he said. 

Once you’ve decided on colours, CIL offers these tips to ensure a fail-proof exterior paint job:

Get ready to prepare: Surface preparation can make or break your project, so ensure it’s done properly. Harsh winters and the damaging ultraviolet rays of summer take a beating on Canadian homes, leaving painted surfaces faded, peeling and blistering. Before painting, clean the area with a phosphate-free cleaning solution, and then rinse with a garden hose or pressure washer and scrape peeling or flaking surfaces with a scraper, putty knife or wire brush. Fill holes, cracks and seams with an acrylic‑based caulking. If necessary, smooth surfaces using 120 grit sandpaper. Keep in mind that even the highest quality paint won’t adhere properly if the surface is not well prepared.

Priming is prime step: Priming the exterior of your home is key for several reasons. It seals new or bare surfaces, increases adhesion of the paint and prevents it from blistering, cracking and peeling, improves colour retention and fade resistance, controls growth of new mildew and covers chalky or weathered surfaces. There are paints available today that contain built-in primer so that a home’s exterior receives all the protection of a primer but doesn’t require that extra step, saving both time and money. An added benefit of built-in primer is that it reduces the thickness of the paint film by one-third, resulting in a longer-lasting job.

Order on the house: When painting the outside of a house, always follow a plan. Work from the top down, painting fascia boards, gutters and eavestroughs first, then the walls and downspouts. Leave the trim for last. If painting boards or siding, focus on one or two boards at a time, going from one end to the other – rather than working in sections – to avoid overlapping. Use a good quality, wide brush – instead of a roller – that is slightly narrower than the board itself. Contrary to popular belief, using a brush speeds up a paint project, does a better job of filling seams and cracks for maximum protection and produces better-looking results. When painting doors, start with the doorjambs and casing, then paint the panels and cross boards starting at the top on the inside corner and work your way down. Finish with the outer vertical boards, leaving the door open to dry. For best results with doors, wait a full day between coats to allow for proper hardening.

Curb the number of coats: The notion of ‘the more the better’ may be true in certain circumstances, but not when it comes to painting. There’s a limit to the number of coats of paint that a surface can support. As paint ages and thickens over time, it loses its flexibility and ability to expand and contract, causing premature cracking or flaking. For long-lasting results, apply a maximum of two even coats of paint to achieve the desired colour appearance and surface protection.

Weather makes a difference: The ideal environment for exterior painting is one that is shady and dry for 24 hours before and after application. As a general rule, temperatures for painting should range from 10 C to 32 C – with the ideal temperature being between 15 C to 25 C – although there are some exceptions. 

Several of CIL’s exterior paints, for example, can be applied in temperatures as low as 1 C. An ideal painting day would have low or moderate humidity, little or no wind, and no fog, drizzle, rain or dew present. Begin painting on the side of your house that remains in the shade the longest since painting in direct sunlight can cause dry blisters and lap marks.

“Following these basic guidelines, and applying a fresh coat of paint every five years or so, will help protect a home from the elements and ensure your exterior maintains its curb appeal and value,” Tustin-Fuchs said.

For more information about exterior painting tips or to locate a CIL retailer near you, visit http://www.cil.ca or call 1-800-387-3767.

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When Lauren Law first signed up to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award she was skeptical she would see it through from start to finish. 

Her first expedition changed that – it stirred up a passion in her for the outdoors and gave her the drive to finish all three levels of the award; bronze, silver and gold. Along the way, she gained unique skills and abilities that set her apart from her peers and set the stage for her future success.

The Canadian teen was one of thousands of young people around the world who have taken part in the award, a unique program that offers young people a balanced non-competitive program of voluntary activities that encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance and responsibility to themselves and service to their community.

To earn the bronze, silver and gold levels of the award, young people set and achieve goals in four areas:

– community service; skills development; physical recreation; and an adventurous journey.

“For a lot of participants, pursuing the award is just the first step,” says Rick Ashbee, national executive director of the award. 

“By completing the various levels of the program, participants gain valuable life skills, experience and confidence that gets them started on the path to success.”

For Lauren, it was the outdoor expedition that inspired her to take on environmental initiatives in her community which ultimately led to an opportunity for her to be a youth ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund. 

As part of this, she traveled to the Arctic to see the effects of climate change first-hand. Today, this passion for the environment continues to play a role in Lauren’s life as she pursues a post-secondary degree in environmental studies.

-www.newscanada.com

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For many young Canadians, summer vacation means rest, relaxation and a break from the normal routine. 

Having some free time is also an opportunity to take on a new challenge.  Volunteering gives young people the chance to gain some real-life experience that can be beneficial down the road in the job market, and if they continue on to college or university.

“Many young Canadians are interested in volunteering or taking a more active role in their community, but don’t know where to start,” says Rick Ashbee, national executive director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award offers young people a balanced, non-competitive program of voluntary activities that encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community. 

The program is open to all young Canadians between the ages of 14 and 25, regardless of circumstances or abilities.

“Participating in the award is unique since it gives participants the flexibility to choose volunteer activities that best suit their interests and abilities,” adds Ashbee “And, the criteria for achieving the bronze, silver and gold levels are based upon individual effort and personal improvement.”

Young people earn the award by achieving goals in four areas: community service, skill development, physical recreation and an adventurous journey. 

To help increase the accessibility of the program, the TD Waterhouse Investing in Youth initiative provides funding for local field officers who introduce the award to communities and provide support to participants. Two of the specific areas of focus for Investing in Youth is encouraging inner-city youth and youth with disabilities to take part in the program.

More information on how to get involved in the award or the Investing in Youth initiative can be found online at http://www.dukeofed.org.

-www.newscanada.com

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Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, try new things and gain valuable experience – but for many young people, it’s difficult to know where to start says Rick Ashbee, national executive director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 

Participating in the program is a great way for Canadian teens interested in making a difference in their community to find that start.

One of the best ways to get started with volunteering is by finding opportunities in your own community. Chances are, there’s an opportunity for you to volunteer your time right in your own backyard where you get the added benefit of seeing the impact within your own community.

As a first step, think about things you like to do or something new you’d like to try. Volunteer opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, so keep an open mind to find something that’s a fit for you.

Check out the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a unique program that offers young people a balanced, non-competitive program of voluntary activities that encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is nationwide and has more than 37,000 young people from across Canada engaged. Volunteering is just one aspect of the award that you work towards in order to achieve bronze, silver or gold award levels.

-www.newscanada.com

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