help to parents struggling over pandemic screentime use
A Huron County program to teach parents how to manage kids’ screen time during COVID-19 will be available soon.
Struggling with kids about screen time? Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) will host a must-see documentary screening for parents and grandparents – “Screenagers: Growing up in a digital world” from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1. Zoom panel discussions and Q and A sessions providing tips for parents will be held on Oct. 1 only.
Gateway’s 2020 Speaker Series continues virtually this September and October, featuring on-line viewings of “Screenagers” and “Next Chapter”, two important documentaries about the impact of excessive screen time on today’s children and teens.
Gateway Board member, Nancy Simpson believes that screen time is an integral part of all kids’ lives especially during COVID-19 times. During the lock down period, there is also a good chance that some bad habits were developed with respect to screen time.
“Finding that balance between living in a digital world and the real world is key. For example, face-to-face interactions within your ‘bubble’ or class cohort to develop good social skills, exercise and positive health choices, as well as enjoyment of nature and the great outdoors,” said Simpson.
There are multiple screenings happening daily of “Screenagers” in communities across the globe. It is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offers parents and families proven solutions that work. What started out as a personal story for one has grown into an international movement, helping millions of teens and their families navigate growing up in a world with instant access to screens. The themes include use of screens in school, boys and video games, girls and social media and the risk of addiction.
Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make “Screenagers” when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor on-line homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.
As a director, Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories of messy struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. We meet Hannah, a 14-year old victim of social media bullying who struggled trying to hide her social media use from her mom. And Andrew, whose love of video games turned into an addiction taking him from earning straight A’s to flunking out of college.
Interwoven into these stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on the real changes in the brain when kids are on screens. “Screenagers” goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time, it reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.
Gateway has purchased the licencing rights to “Screenagers” and “Next Chapter” which allows the organization to offer these documentaries to registering participants. Registrants will watch these documentaries on their own time during a two-week period, then opt to participate in a moderated Q and A session on Zoom, led by a facilitator and a panel of local experts coordinated by Gateway.
Screenagers will be available from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 on demand. The panel discussion and Q and A Zoom session will be offered the evening of Oct. 1 only starting at 7 p.m.
For trailers and more information about this documentary, visit www.screenagersmovie.com
To register for “Screenagers” go to www.eventbrite.ca/e/116129493441
And be sure to watch for more details about the second documentary, “Next Chapter” coming soon.
Gateway would like to acknowledge and thank the following sponsors of these virtual Speaker Series events. Larry Otten, of Larry Otten Contracting, is pleased to sponsor this upcoming Gateway Virtual Speaker Series event.
“We have been active supporters of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health for the past three years and we are pleased to assist with this new presentation that is so relevant in these COVID-19 times. A growing concern for parents is the amount of time that their children of all ages are spending on their devices. The lockdown associated with the pandemic has added to the screen time children experience. We hope that this presentation will help to inform parents and help them to understand the effect of prolonged screen time on their children’s brains, and general well-being.”
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health received a Community Grant from the Town of Goderich to support their 2020 Speaker Series fundraising initiative. Mayor John Grace (right) presented the cheque to Gateway Past President Gwen Devereaux, recently (Submitted photo)
Gateway received a Community Grant from the Town of Goderich to support their 2020 Speaker Series fundraising initiative. Mayor John Grace agrees there are many positives of screen time for children and teens, like connecting with distant grandparents, friends and teachers, as was the case with remote learning March through June. Screen time has been a lifeline and a new reality for many parents trying to work from home. But there are undoubtedly negatives evolving too such as addiction to gaming.
“Whether parents have chosen the bricks and mortar school or remote learning for their children or teens’ back-to school-experience, it’s important as a community to support parents anyway we can. It sounds like these documentaries will share important information about the impact of unlimited screen time on today’s youth and provide tips to help children and teens navigate the digital world safely,” said Mayor John Grace.
Unwanted shoes to make a statement on climate change
Unwanted and unused shoes are being collected in Goderich for Global Day of Action on Sept. 25. These shoes will later be donated to area charities. (Submitted photo)
Fridays For Future International has declared a Global Day of Action on Sept. 25. It is almost one year since over one million, Canadians joined millions of others around the world in the 2019 Global Climate Strike. The Global Day of Action is a youth inspired event.
The coming months and years will be crucial in ensuring a safe pathway below 1.5 °C increase in global mean temperature, a target stated in the Paris Agreement. If people are to minimize the risks of triggering irreversible chain reactions beyond human control, people need to act now. It is therefore vital that the climate crisis doesn’t get forgotten in the shadow of COVID-19 but is regarded as the utmost priority.
Goderich’s own Climate Strike action last year was very successful but members of Green Goderich feel there is more progress to be made. That is why members of Green Goderich invite people’s “shoes” to attend a Fridays for Future event in Goderich on Sept. 25.
The public is asked to participate by leaving a pair of shoes and a poster at Dr. Jim
Hollingworth’s garage at his residence at 66 Waterloo St. North, in Goderich prior to Sept. 25. Shoes may be left in a bag or box, for ease of handling, a blue bin is provided to place them in. Posters may also be left to accompany these shoes. The shoes will be gathered and donated to local charities after the event.
Participants unable to drop off a pair of shoes are asked to post a photo to Social Media of themselves and a poster on Sept. 25. Use hashtags #Fridaysforfuture #Goderich #HuronCounty
COVID-19 conditions make this creative solution necessary. The shoes represent people who are unable to attend or be present due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Dr. Jim Hollingworth of Goderich and a member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is dedicating much of his retirement life to warn people of the danger in not heeding Climate Science.
“The work that we must individually and collectively do to avoid a cascading climate catastrophe in 10 or 11 years hence is huge. But do the work we must if we wish to protect the well-being of our children, grandchildren, the beauty and diversity of the natural world and to preserve civilization as we enjoy it today. Against all odds, we should remain hopeful and proactive by doing that which we know to be right for the sake of the whole of humanity,” said Hollingworth.
Millions of people young and old from around the World will be making their voices heard on Sept. 25.
Disha Ravi from Fridays For Future (FFF) India said, “To actually experience the climate crisis makes you understand the urgency of the situation. Millions are losing their homes and livelihoods, this can no longer exist in a vacuum. We need world leaders to prioritize humanity over greed. The youth are going to come together, over and over again – each time more strategic and united than ever before.”
FFF is a global climate strike movement that started in August 2018, when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began a school strike for climate. In the three weeks leading up to the Swedish election, she sat outside Swedish Parliament every school day, demanding urgent action on the climate crisis. She was tired of society’s unwillingness to see the climate crisis for what it is: a crisis. To begin with, she was alone, but she was soon joined by others. Their call for action sparked an international awakening, with students and activists uniting around the globe to protest outside their local parliaments and city halls. Along with other groups across the world, FFF is part of a hopeful new wave of change, inspiring millions of people to act on the climate crisis. To learn more visit fridaysforfuture.org/.
Fridays for Future Goderich is a local Huron County grassroots group existing to organize events and communication for this movement. It is sponsored by Green Goderich. They can be found on Facebook at “Fridays for Future Goderich”.
Green Goderich is a local Huron County grassroots environmental action group that inspires and unites people to protect and support ecosystems. They love natural resources and wish to protect them through action to eliminate plastic pollution and both the causes and effects of climate change. They build community through education, action, and advocacy. To discover more visit: www.greengoderich.com/.
SOCIALIZE WITH A PURPOSE AND RAISE FUNDS FOR ALZHEIMERS
The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is rebranding the traditional fall fundraiser, Coffee Break, to “Social with a Purpose”. Social with a Purpose is a do-it-yourself fundraiser that promotes the importance of socializing, staying in touch and building a strong positive relationship with friends, family and community.
The Society has got people covered with easy to use digital kits to host their own Social with a Purpose fundraisers that they can invite their friends and family to join! Available kits Include: Paint Night, Sing-a-long concert, Date Night with cooking lessons, Wine Tasting with your own Sommelier, Game Nights, host a board game or card tournament with the family for ultimate bragging rights; and more!
The power of coming together and hosting a Social with a Purpose fundraiser will provide those living with dementia and their care partners needed social recreation programming. Social recreation programs have been proven to improve life quality and reduce isolation, something everyone has experienced over the last few months.
By fundraising just $40, a person living with dementia and their care partner will be able to attend eight sessions of Minds in Motion — a vital program that provides physical exercise, social interaction, and brain stimulation activities with other clients, volunteers, and staff. Minds in Motion has been offered virtually during the pandemic; this is one example of the excellent work happening in social recreation at the Alzheimer Society.
View the kits or sign up to host a Social with a Purpose fundraiser at on.alz.to/socialwithapurpose. Once registered participants will immediately receive a customized web page with a unique link to share and promote their Social with a Purpose fundraiser. Make connections matter!
Bluewater groups can Apply for Foundation grants
The Grand Bend Community Foundation (GBCF) annual community grants program makes funds available to local charities and community groups to support a wide range of activities, from education and recreation, to the environment and the arts. The GBCF serves the municipalities of Lambton Shores, Bluewater and South Huron. Deadline for applications is Sept. 30.
This year, the GBCF is encouraging grant applications from groups adapting to the new normal created by the pandemic.
“We know that charities are facing a big challenge right now,” said Grants Committee Chair Jim Jean. “They must continue to offer much-needed services while reimagining their organizations in a totally new context. We believe there’s an opportunity to help them ‘build back better’ in our communities.”
Applicants are encouraged to contact Pat Morden, Executive director of the GBCF, to discuss their plans before starting an application. More information and application forms are available online at grandbendcommunityfoundation.ca/wp-gbcf/applying-for-a-grant/.
For more information, call Morden at 519 619-8630 or email email@example.com.
The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.
“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.
For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit: www.hpph.ca
huron demo farm
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has monitoring equipment in this field at the Huron Demonstration Farm, near Clinton, to collect important data and evaluate different types of erosion control solutions. Some of this equipment was recently stolen while other parts were vandalized. (Submitted photo)
The Huronview Demonstration Farm, south of Clinton, has experienced recent thefts and vandalism.
This site is one of several in Ontario where farmers and partners work together to develop and demonstrate science-based agricultural practices to improve crop production and soil health while protecting the environment.
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has monitoring equipment in this field to collect important data and evaluate different types of erosion control solutions.
If anyone has information regarding the missing equipment, please contact the Clinton OPP Detachment at 519 482-1677.
“The intent of this project is to share data with our agricultural partners at the Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the drainage community. This data will help to inform best practices to improve water quality,” said Mari Veliz, ABCA Healthy Watersheds manager. “We hope people will appreciate the work being done and watch for the missing equipment.”
Quilt of the month
The Huron Hospice quilt for September is designed in a “Chopstick” pattern. The cotton quilt has a backing of soft flannel, and is made by a member of the local community. It measures 87” x 83” and sells for $650.00.(Submitted photos)
With so much talent, busy hands and love in the community during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the Huron Hospice was pleasantly overwhelmed with donations of afghans and quilts. A random selection of these handmade quilts will be sold as a fundraiser for patient care at the hospice.
This fun, contemporary quilt is suitable for all ages and a wide variety of décor styles. The “Chopstick” pattern is made with vivid colors, surrounded by a graphite background. The end result is simple, yet stunning. This large quilt will enhance a bedroom, work as a picnic blanket or will be lovely in front of the fire. The cotton quilt has a backing of soft flannel, and is made by a member of the local community. It measures 87” x 83” and sells for $650.00.
The first person who sends an email to Hospice Manager of Fundraising Christopher Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org. will be the happy owner of the quilt. Anyone who would like further information before purchasing can also email Walker.
Proceeds of the quilt sale will go directly toward patient care.
Paint Ontario is open, with all appropriate COVID-19 precautions and adjustments in place to ensure physical distancing and the full safety of visitors, volunteers and staff at all times.
Show hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with evening extensions to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays; closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
To ensure a safe environment for everyone, building capacity at Lambton Heritage Museum has been reduced, and only 20 visitors per hour will be allowed to view the Paint Ontario show at a time to maintain physical distancing. Visitors are required to pre-register a time to visit and those attending the show without registering in advance may be required to wait, or return when space is available. Please call ahead at 519 243-2600 Ext. 0 to book a space or visit www.heritagemuseum.ca to register online.
The judges assure Grand Bend Art Centre organisers that artists’ work in the 2020 show will delight and inspire visitors, and art collectors will enjoy a wide variety of subjects and styles from which to choose.
Artists’ demonstrations and workshops have been pre-recorded and will be played on a rotating basis during the run of the show as well as being available on-line. Additionally, look for free, live outdoor demonstrations that will add a new element to the Paint Ontario visitor experience this year.
Thursday evenings promise to be a special time for viewers and purchasers who have busy weekday schedules, with a bonus of outdoor performances by popular local musician Tom Taylor. People are asked to bring their own deck chair.
Paint Ontario, including its show-within-a-show “Faces of Ontario”, continues to be Ontario’s largest Show and Sale of original artwork, a unique opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their work and an unmatched opportunity for buyers to view and acquire it.
For more information, go to www.paintontario.com or call Teresa Marie Phillips at 519-859-1662 or email email@example.com.
The year 2020 hasn’t turned out the way anyone expected. The pandemic changed the way people behave and think and has changed perspectives about what is important. Despite the tough times communities and families have been through, they are looking to the future with hope: Hope that they can get together with family and friends soon. Hope that they will be back in their work places. Hope that the markets will recover. Hope that they can make up for lost revenue and business opportunities.
One of the best ways for people to demonstrate hope is to plant a tree. It exhibits hope for the future and it will add a feature to people’s property that can be enjoyed for decades to come. People have been enjoying shade trees throughout this summer during their stay-cations.
Springtime is the traditional time for tree planting but COVID-19 changed those plans for many people. Autumn is an ideal time to plant larger conifer and hardwood trees.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is now taking fall orders. Species include a variety of Cedar, Spruce, Pine, Maple, Oak, and Tulip Tree. They range in size from 18 inches to five feet tall and are $17 to $25.
The ABCA purchases the trees in bulk from nurseries and then sells to local landowners for projects that benefit water quality, soil health, and habitat for all living things. The trees are best suited for field windbreaks, shelterbelts around buildings, and buffers along streams and rivers. Plantings that prevent soil erosion and improve water quality could qualify for grants to help reduce the costs.
Landowners can pick up the trees at the ABCA office east of Exeter around Thanksgiving or they can arrange, with ABCA, for staff to plant the trees.
People making tree orders can submit email, mail, and faxed orders until Sept. 18. Orders accompanied by payment are accepted until Sept. 30.
To find out more visit the abca.ca website at this webpage link: www.abca.ca/forestry/treeorders/
Anyone interested may also phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to find out more.
COVID-19 IMPACT Survey
COVID-19 has had serious and potentially long-lasting impacts on communities. While the recovery will be long and difficult for everyone, small and rural communities face particular challenges. A partnership between the University of Guelph (U of G), United Way Perth-Huron’s Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC), the County of Huron, the Huron Arts and Heritage Network and the Listowel Salvation Army aims to ensure rural voices are heard.
“Fifteen per cent of Ontarians live in small communities and rural environments and these areas have a unique voice,” said Leith Deacon, assistant professor at the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. “We want to make sure that voice is heard. We’re looking forward to working in Perth and Huron Counties to learn about the concerns and anxieties of local people as communities look for ways to recover from the pandemic.”
The U of G survey aims to determine not only what planning is required to best support ongoing recovery in Perth and Huron but also how to best increase resilience and well-being over the longer term. Researchers aim to identify vulnerable populations, determine priority programs including mental health, income and food security, and education specifically to support those populations during and after COVID-19, explore opportunities for the non-profit sector and identify emergent mental health and economic concerns. The project is funded through Mitacs, a non-profit research organization that, through partnerships with Canadian academia, private industry and government, operates research and training in fields related to social and industrial innovation.
The research team is encouraging all residents over the age of 18 to complete the survey in an effort to capture the most accurate data that reflects the experiences of people from across Huron and Perth Counties. The survey takes roughly half an hour to complete and is now open to people in Huron. Residents can visit linktr.ee/RURAL_RESPONSE to complete the online version of the survey. All households within Huron County will receive a paper copy in the mail, including a prepaid return envelope.
“We’re looking forward to the results of this important survey,” said SRPC Director of Planning, Susanna Reid. “This research will form the basis of our future research and planning efforts in Perth and Huron Counties. Everyone’s voice is important. What we learn from this research will help shape programs and policies that will be tailored to local needs.”
The SRPC is operated by United Way Perth-Huron and is comprised of volunteer community representatives dedicated to the collection, analysis and distribution of information relating to local social trends. Research enables United Way to discover and understand the root causes of issues affecting Perth-Huron and in turn mobilize the community.