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The Polar Vortex pays a visit The polar vortex is an area of cold air with low amospheric pressure in the Arctic. It exists year-round, its winds swirling counterclockwise and inward towards the North Pole. The polar vortex is constrained by the polar jet stream, a narrow, fast-flowing current of air in our upper atmosphere […] Read more

Brenda Hill, regional lead for the Alzheimer Society in Alberta, says it is important to supply resources for caregivers who live with dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers. | Barb Glen photo

Help is at hand when memory fails

A public library system in southern Alberta offers memory kits to help those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

MAGRATH, Alta. — Dementia can rob people of opportunities for meaningful communication. Alzheimer’s disease can do the same. As those afflicted experience memory loss, it can be hard for other family members and caregivers to share both thoughts on the past and meaningful experiences in the present. Brenda Hill, regional lead for the Alzheimer Society […] Read more

Cost-savings is a big advantage, but not entirely knowing what you’re getting into can be a major disadvantage when renting an Airbnb.  |  Getty Images

Exploring the pros and cons of staying at an Airbnb

A lot has changed in the world of travel recently, but one of the most significant phenomenon in the past decade has been the emergence of Airbnb. Starting with an idea in 2007, it has become bigger than the five largest hotel chains combined. The odd name originated with two young cash-strapped roommates in San […] Read more

Wayne Gibson, a certified life coach based in Regina, says what he does is different from a sports coach. Sports coaches are generally in charge, and they set the goals. Life coaching is the opposite — the client sets the goals. |  City of  Regina photo

Life coach helps set clear vision

One of the most important life lessons Wayne Gibson learned in becoming a life coach is the value of a powerful question. “We need the right questions, the right perspective on how to look at something so we can see it a little bit more clearly than we did before,” says the Regina-based life coach. […] Read more

Farmers who are thinking about selling the farm should start by considering what they want to do with the money.  |  File photo

How to get the most out of a farmland sale

Selling farmland has changed along with the price. While demand is obviously higher, so are the opportunities to improve the sale price and shorten the period that land is on the market. In many cases, the value of grain land on the Canadian Prairies doubled in the five years after 2010 and has seen solid […] Read more

Heat up the kitchen with soups and warm spices

As I sit at the table in my cozy kitchen and my cat stretches out on the hardwood floor in front of the dishwasher and heat vent, we are locked in a polar vortex of frigid Arctic weather. I’m in the mood for comfort food. Slow cooking. Braising. Making a pot of soup. Filling the […] Read more

Mark, left, and Berny Zoratti reached a deal with the Nature Conservancy of Canada as a way to preserve the ranch, ranching history, the grasslands and the river that runs through their land.  |  Brent Calver photo

Alberta ranch reaches conservation agreement

A 3,950-acre ranch nestled in the southern Alberta foothills along the scenic Castle River is the latest ranching property to enter a conservation easement agreement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Riverside Ranch, owned and operated by the Zoratti family, was established in 1914 and has been a working cow-calf operation virtually ever since. It […] Read more

A decision by Earls in 2016 to buy beef from ranches in the United States that met certain standards for animal welfare was not popular in Canada, and the company quickly changed its mind. Sylvain Charlebois from Dalhousie University says that was a mistake.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Earls’ backtracking called regrettable

Food policy professor says industry could have worked with restaurant chain to produce ‘certified humane’ beef

BRANDON — When Sylvain Charlebois began talking about the Earls restaurant chain, the audience of cattle producers inside the conference room became almost silent. In 2016, Earls announced a change in the type of beef sold at its restaurants. It was shifting to a “certified humane” program, where Earls would buy beef from ranches in […] Read more