The Jotbook

A Week in Paradise

 Thank you Janelle Desrochers for covering for me at the Recorder as I travelled to Mexico last week for some fun in the sun. We stayed at Hotel Xcaret and enjoyed the many included excursions, only 45 minutes from Cancun. The weather, food, drinks and history of Mexico was amazing. I loved every minute of it. The temperature change from +26 to -26˚C…. not so much.

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National Family Literacy Day

 Reston and District Library will host a Special Moms and Tots. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to Moms and Tots Wednesday, January 30 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Join them as they read books, do activities and crafts and enjoy refreshments. Everyone is welcome.


 Manitoba Public Insurance is warning its customers not to respond to a text, which is offering an e-transfer of money. The text, which appears to be from MPI, asks the customer to click a link, which will send a refund via e-mail transfer. It appears that the e-transfers are coming from different phone numbers. Manitoba Public Insurance does not conduct business in this manner. Customers who have concerns are asked to contact either their Autopac broker or Manitoba Public Insurance’s Contact Centre: 204-985-7000

 Another Scam that is appearing frequently is from Revenue Canada. Revenue Canada doesn’t not contact you by text messages, facebook or through your email. Please contact your local RCMP if you are a victim of these scams.

National Non-Smoking Week

 January 20 – 26, 2019 is National Non-Smoking Week to raise awareness among Canadians of issues related to smoking and tobacco addition. The aim of the event is to educate Canadians on the dangers of smoking, and assist in making Canada a smoke-free society, by the Lung Association. “Smoking tobacco remains a significant issue for many Manitobans,” said Neil Johnston, president and CEO of the Lung Association of Manitoba.  “To compound the situation, the smoking environment is also becoming cloudier with the recent legalization of smoking cannabis and the availability of electronic cigarettes or vaping.”

 Did you know that the majority of people who smoke want to quit. Prairie Mountain Health has invested training and resources throughout the region over the past 2 years to support smokers in the region who want to quit. Community Health Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Practical Nurses at Primary Health Care Centers are ready to provide various levels of smoking support from Brief Intervention to one on one support. Some areas area able to provide Nicotine Replacement as well as group quit programs.

 Those looking for quit support in Brandon area can access the Nicotine Dependence Clinic by calling 204-578-4207.

 Let this be your last year as a smoker! Smoke Free in 2019! For drug coverage information visit www.prairiemountainhealth.cafor details.

 MANTRA (Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance) has launched a Facebook page called Quit Crowd. It is a diverse and welcoming community of Manitobans who want to quit smoking for good. If you’re a Facebook user, visit the page, “Like” it and you become part of the quit crowd. It’s that easy. E page will have inspiring stories from quitters, tips from experts, as well as friendly support to help you quit and stay smoke-free.

Quote of the Week

 When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. – John Lennon

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