The best option: stick with OPS

At the last Orangeville Council meeting, OPP made a presentation in which the long-awaited OPP costing report was provided. The report and presentation were thorough, highlighting the services that would be included, the basic costs for these services, and some of the start-up costs for the switch-over. It was, perhaps, one of the most attended council meetings I have been to. The gallery was packed, and a number of us were ushered upstairs to the Opera House to watch the[Read more]

We need to stop polarising

Our perception of the world around us is, for the most part, incredibly limited. Although we can be aware of the fact that other people’s lives are very different from our own, particularly in other countries, we are often incapable of actually grasping and understanding what that means. When we are facing things connecting us to issues in other countries, we witness them through fogged-up glasses – our opinions on the people affected are shaped by the media or rumours,[Read more]

Self-care in turbulent times

It seems like every day logging onto social media is becoming one of those daunting tasks. These days, it often feels like a much darker place than usual. Politics and arguments raging everywhere, people sharing their fears, mocking others for their fears. Civil unrest. Terrorist attacks. Human rights issues. They’re all piling up, like an avalanche on your emotions. We live in a time when access to this kind of information is more prevalent than it has at any time[Read more]

The great divide

Social Media has provided a platform for everyone to speak our minds. The ‘social’ aspect is often traded in, reformatted as a sounding board for our opinions and thoughts, allowing them to bounce off an echo chamber of people affirming said opinions. Often, we end up creating a bubble, removing the people whose opinions are in contradiction to our own. These echo chambers and sounding boards have helped to foster a belief that our opinions are more than just opinions[Read more]

Let’s talk and keep the conversation going

conversation

Mental Health care in Canada has come a long way, but it still has a long way to go. One in five Canadians will experience some kind of battle with mental health in their lifetime. That’s a minimum of 25%. While Bell Let’s Talk day is certainly far from perfect, it can be used as a tool to help by driving conversation in the right direction. Although I know people, like myself, who have been helped by the system, I[Read more]

This overload will overflow

For as long as I have been a writer, I cannot recall a time where I have had so many things I have wanted to write about. I intended to sit down and pound out post after post, addressing issue after issue. The problem with all of these things flooding my mind is I have ended up in a mental and emotional overload. My heart hurts and my mind hurts. It’s become a constant battle to remember to respond in[Read more]

Control is an illusion worsening anxiety

control

Living by faith when you are a person who needs to be in control is difficult. Although there are many reasons driving the need to constantly be in control, it is not something easily turned off. In my case, the overwhelming need to be in charge, to control my life, is a mixture of the effect of my mental illnesses and unresolved issues from childhood. If I am in control, I cannot be hurt and I only fail based on[Read more]

Christmas with the Wells

Christmas

Something I don’t often talk about on here is how I am just a *little* bit obsessed with decorating. Especially at Christmas. I’m one of those people who attempts to decorate at least something in every room. Lights, candles, wall stickers, ornaments, you name it! Christmas is the time for me to go wild. This was our second Christmas living in the upstairs of the house, giving me the opportunity to revamp how I decorated last year a bit. I have[Read more]

Changing lives with a call, text or tweet

Imagine waking up every day and having to convince yourself to get out of bed. Not because it’s warm, or comfortable, or because you don’t want to work or go to school, but because for an inexplicable reason the sheer idea of getting out of bed is equally exhausting and terrifying. You don’t know why, but the thought of facing your day makes you feel extreme dread; a bubbling darkness threatening to swallow you whole. You make it to work[Read more]

The Gift-Knight’s Quest

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the author of The Gift-Knight’s Quest, Dylan Madeley for just over 10 years now. We met via the Toronto NaNoWriMo chat rooms my first year participating and in person the following year when I began attending ToNaNo events. When he mentioned during this year’s NaNo he was looking for people to read the sequel to this book, I jumped on it. I hadn’t read the first book yet, so of course, I had to[Read more]