Category Archives: Feature Article

“Sitting is the New Smoking”

“Sitting is the New Smoking”    
By Susan Sharp, Brant Basics

Research shows that sitting for as little as two continuous hours increases risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, neck & back pain and other orthopedic problems. Sitting will shorten your life, just like smoking.

Many studies show the effects of long- term sitting are NOT reversible through exercise & good habits, which means that if you eat well and work out for an hour a day, but sit for most your other waking hours, that sitting will chip away the benefits of your exercise.  You are still considered sedentary.

The typical office worker has more Musculoskeletal injuries than any other industry including construction, transportation workers and the metal industry.

How do we make sense of this and fix it? Our bodies are built for movement and it keeps our bodies healthy. 

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Confused about CASL? Read on…

Confused about CASL? Read on…
By Diane Wolf

CASL stands for Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, and it is important that you understand how it affects you and your business in terms of commercial electronic messages (CEMs). These may include emails, text messages, and some social media posts. The legislation came into effect in stages over the last several years, but here is a summary of what you need to know.

Please note the C in CEM stands for Commercial! This is a message intended to solicit business. The legislation does not apply to messages you send to provide information, or to greet clients. If someone has given you the email address of someone they are referring you to, you are also allowed to send one message to that person, ensuring that it is clear that they can unsubscribe from receiving further messages. You must also give the full name of the person who referred you. For example, if our President told me that you might be interested in working with me, I could email you with the following subject line: “Tracey Ormond recommended I contact you”.

You may not send CEMs to people without their consent. It gets tricky though because there is implied consent in some cases. For our purposes, you MAY send CEMs to other WBN members, but you must be sure to include an option for them to unsubscribe to avoid receiving further messages. You must keep track of who has unsubscribed so that if you download a new member list, you must remove anyone who has previously unsubscribed.

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Holiday Hazards: Keeping Your Pet Safe

Holiday Hazards: Keeping Your Pet Safe
By Danielle McIver,
Gleam Event Management host of The Ptbo PAWtacular

The holiday season is in full swing! Everywhere you look there is a beautifully decorated Christmas tree or a meticulously wrapped gift. We have family and friends dropping in to say hi, and piles of delicious savory and sweet treats. The joy is everywhere! But lets not forget that the holiday traditions we are used to, may have some unknown hazards for our furbabies.

Working 17 years in the veterinary industry has proven just how many risks this season can bring. So let’s keep those tails waggin’ and cats purrin’ and learn about some common dangers you can avoid!

Here are my top 5 hazards to be aware of in this festive season! Being aware means you care.

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