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Eat Well See Well

Leah Sarich | posted Wednesday, Oct 28th, 2015


October is Eye Health Month and one of the best ways to maintain eye health and prevent disease is to eat well. Optometrist Farrah Sunderji says she encourages patients to get lots of nutrients from their diet… things like lutein, vitamins A,C,D and E and beta carotene. The best ways to get these nutrients from your diet include eating dark leafy greens like kale, half a cup a day, orange vegetables like orange bell peppers, sweet potato, carrot and pumpkin as well as berries and cold water fish like salmon. Eggs should be added to your diet too. Sunderji says eating this balanced diet will help prevent diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome.

Sunderji also says those at high risk of macular degeneration should take an eye vitamin and that they should ask their optometrist about this supplement at their annual visit. Sunderji says make sure to include Omega 3s in your diet as well. She says we get enough Omega 6 and 9 through our diets, but Omega 3 is the best for the eye because it acts like an anti-inflammatory. And she warns getting enough Omega 3 may mean taking a supplement.

Sunderji says along with a healthy diet, lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on eye health. She recommends quitting smoking, getting 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise each day, wearing sunglasses year round and getting your eyes checked each year by an optometrist.

For more information about eye health visit this website.

What to expect when you’re electing: A voter’s election guide

Meagan Campbell | posted Thursday, Oct 15th, 2015

1. How to register

If you were mailed a burgundy slip from Elections Canada with your name on it, you’re automatically registered to vote. If you think it disappeared in the recycling bin, you will still be registered, but you should call or go to your local Elections Canada office to confirm. If you didn’t receive a slip, you can register by calling or going to the office with proof of your name and current address. Make sure to bring the correct proof.

2. Where to vote

Your local polling station is listed on your voter registration card, that white and burgundy slip from Elections Canada that came in your mail. If you didn’t get one, skip to tip number 5.

3. When to vote

To avoid the lines on Oct. 19, you can vote in the advanced polls between Oct. 9 and 12.  The operating hours of the advanced polls are stated on your voter registration card, or can be found at the Voter Information Service.

The operating hours on Oct. 19 vary by region:

  • Newfoundland, Atlantic, Central Time (other than Saskatchewan): 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Eastern Time: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Saskatchewan Time: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Mountain Time: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Pacific Time: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

4. Everyone’s special

Any day before Oct. 19, anybody can vote through a special ballot. You can do this at your local Elections Canada office or by calling the office to arrange a mail-in ballot or home pick-up option. This will be necessary for people who are travelling during the election or have physical disabilities preventing them from going to their polling stations.

5. What to bring

You’ll need to prove your address and name. You can bring your driver’s licence or two of the following: health card, passport, debit card, credit card or a bank statement, one of which must state your current address. There are dozens of other acceptable pieces of I.D. For a full list, visit the Elections Canada website.

Also, bring a friend to the polling station; voter turnout was a meagre 61 per cent in the last election.

6. Whom to vote for

Read about your local candidates on their websites or call their campaign offices to find out about chances to meet them. For a description of the parties’ overall platforms, read the Maclean’s election issues primers or transcripts of this year’s federal leaders’ debates, including  the Maclean’s debatethe Globe debatethe Munk debate, and the first French language debate.

7. Results!

Elections Canada will begin posting preliminary results on its website at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and will continue posting throughout the evening. Between Oct. 20 and 26, electoral officers will validate the ballots and post final results on the website as they become available.

As for your lawn signs, you can return them to your candidate’s campaign office, or, in most cases, call the office to have them picked up.

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