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What does "Heart Safe" Mean to You?

Mark Kawabe - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I recently read an article on the Welland Tribune website that says Wainfleet is now the first "heart safe" community in Niagara.

Here's the link to the article.

I have no doubt that all those who put together the program have great intentions. What I question is the notion that defibrillators truly make a community "heart safe".

It's kind of like saying cars are safe because of their roll cages and airbags while ignoring the fact that people crash their cars on a regular basis and have to make use of those devices. The fact is that all cars are safe - until they crash - so one might think that avoiding crashes is the safest option and one that should be pursued. Since dealing with the causes of crashes (which in my opinion are 95% the responsibilities of one or more drivers) is harder to deal with than their symptoms (the crash), the focus shifts to the "safety" devices like airbags.

Wainfleet was chosen as the first community in the program because "Wainfleet has much higher instances of cardiac disease than the rest of the region". I hope Wainfleet is being more aggressively targeted for education and awareness campaigns by the Niagara health department. Then again, perhaps that's just me - hoping that the causes of disease will be addressed rather than the symptoms.

What do you think? Is this a good idea on its own? I'm open to hear your perspectives.

Do you like free concerts?

Mark Kawabe - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

On September 24th, enjoy a free community concert at Brock University!

The Tuesday Music@Noon lunchtime recital series is free and open to the public, featuring Brock's performance faculty, talented students and alumni, as well as special guests.

Enjoy the Guest and Faculty Recital, featuring Austin Hitchock, French horn and Karin Di Bella, piano Held at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.

This is a free community event!

Lying Niagara Jam Makers

Mark Kawabe - Thursday, August 01, 2013

If you've driven to Niagara-on-the-Lake, I'm sure you've seen the sign along the side of Niagara Stone Road with a little cart advertising 27 types of jams.

They're lying.

They make 36 types.

On average, they sell more than 10,000 jars of jam a year.

The guy who makes the jam made six batches of 54 bottles yesterday. By hand. Usually he stops at five batches but yesterday was a good day.

They use a ton of fruit and 1/3 the sugar compared to store-bought jam.

People from Toronto often buy a couple of jars the first time they drive by. Then they come back for a case.

I didn't know this until I stopped by to look at the 27 varieties only to find out how I've been deceived all these years.

Some years, they've made 40 varieties.

So why 27? "Because the owner likes the number 27" said his partner-in-deceipt.

Go figure. I haven't had any of this jam - yet - but I will soon.

What a great story : )

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