May 2017

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Take note, fellow citizens, May 12 is Manitoba Day – let’s all celebrate, with pride and joy, our 147th birthday


wo dates to mark on your calendar: May 12, the day proclaimed as Manitoba Day in per- petuity in this province; and May 6, the day set for Manitoba’s biggest celebration of Manitoba Day this year – on the prior Saturday when Manito- bans customarily have time to celebrate. Last year, more than 10,000 of us turned out at the Manitoba Museum, the co-ordinator of Mani- toba Day activities – its main public event – and broke its historic attendance record. The hopes are the numbers will be even bigger in 2017. Around the province, a broad range of organizations and many municipalities will have their own celebra- tions.

May 12 has a multi-layered meaning in Mani- toba’s history. The Manitoba Act, a creation of the British parliament, received Royal Assent on May 12, 1870. Our official flag was raised May 12, 1966. In 1966, May 12 was named as Manitoba Day in perpetuity, in recognition of the importance of that date for the province.

In the province’s legislature on that date, Premier Howard Pawley told assembly members the date “provides a special opportunity for recognizing and paying tribute to artistic and ethnocultural commu- nities which enhance the quality of life in Manito- ba.” It is in the public interest, he said, that “special attention be given on this day to Manitoba’s history

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and development, to the achievements of her citi- zens in the visual, literary and performing arts, and to their outstanding contribution to our province.” It has been noted that even in more modern times, many Manitobans have yet to hear about Manitoba Day. It is notable, too, that the anni- versary date was celebrated long before It became a permanent feature on provincial calendars; pre- miers were issuing Manitoba Day proclamations urging citizens here to mark the day; a handful of communities were staging festivities. As far back as Montreal’s Expo 67, a local delegation was on hand in the east – on Sept. 2 – to promote the Manitoba Day.

So show up May 6 at some great party place, en-

joy and learn and remember March 12 – Manitoba Day – in perpetuity.

Need balance in your life? Give yoga a try!

As a medicine, yoga has something for everyone: from the overly stressed to the incontinent, or a person suffering from fibromyalgia or a torn ligament. But choose your instructor carefully.

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here is much research to support the claim that Exercise is Medicine, and that concept comes as no surprise to those who practice yoga.

Yoga is unique in that it combines the men- tal, physical and emotional elements to help people find the balance that they are looking for. Often the people who are drawn to yoga are interested in slowing down or their bod- ies have let them know that they need to slow down.

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Enjoying stroll in the park. Photo by David Jakle. Krystal Simpson

e’ve come a long way, baby! In the last 50 years, healthcare professionals and researchers alike have shifted their focus to preventative medicine, rather than just disease and illness. The concept of aging well is finally part of our collective consciousness as the average person spends more years in retirement than ever before. Renowned Harvard research psychia- trist and adult development expert, Dr. George Vaillant, really said it best, “Aging happy and well, instead of sad and sick, is at least under some personal control. A suc- cessful old age may lie not so much in our stars and genes as in ourselves.”


Dr. Vaillant can speak with authority on the subject, having published the longest study ever completed on human development and aging (The Grant Study). The study followed 268 men for 60 years, focusing on their relationships and emotional and physical health indica- tors, along with lifestyle habits.

A good yoga instructor will be able to guide you to the best type of yoga to meet your needs. Photo by Jenia Nebolsina.

What were the compelling conclusions? Six factors measured by age 50 predicted who would be living hap- py and well at age 80: a stable relationship, a mature adaptive lifestyle, regular exercise, no smoking, little use of alcohol and maintaining a normal weight. Some other noteworthy findings – men who were socially isolated

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