by Jennifer Buchanan, BMT, MTA
It’s Thursday morning and eight visually impaired babies and toddlers accompany their parents to the music therapy program at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). They file in one by one, many of the parent’s looking disheveled and tired. The parents help each child take off their coat before finding a comfortable place on the floor. The child sits in front while their parent cradles their little body from behind...
Editor's Note: Children with visual impairments can find a sense of relaxation with the help of soothing sounds. Jennifer Buchanan, Past-President of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy and owner of JB Music Therapy, shares a descriptive account of an interactive group music therapy session for young children with visual impairments.
Music Therapy & Sound Healing
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
Today, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) gave the Aquarium des Iles permission to release two six-month-old harp seal pups who were slated for death on September 15.
Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: The power of petition and the peoples' voice is impressive - 2 baby harp seals were saved thanks to the voice of the Canadian people and their petition. Zak and Mika will survive beyond the tourist season thanks to 140,000 Care2 members speaking up.
Animals & Pets
From Wikipedia: Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt is a Canadian singer, composer, harpist, accordionist and pianist who writes, records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes. McKennitt is known for her refined, clear soprano vocals. She has sold more than 14 million records worldwide.
Listen & Laugh
From Wikipedia: Michael Steven Bublé is an Italian Canadian singer and actor. He has won several awards, including three Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards. Bublé has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.
Listen & Laugh
by Marie-Claude Beaulieu, RHN
Celiac is the most common genetic disease in the world.
But awareness of Celiac disease (CD) is very low, even though recent research indicates 1:100 are affected. As many as 300,000 Canadians could have Celiac. If one is diagnosed with Celiac, other family members have a 1:10 risk factor for the disease...
by Amanda McCuaig
The Blue Trees, a recent work by international artist Konstantin Dimopoulos is part of a larger discussion on forests worldwide. The inspiration? Each year, an area at least the size of Belgium of native forests is cleared from around the planet...
Editor's Note: Internationally celebrated artist, Konstantin Dimopoulos, raises awareness of the degradation of our planent's forests through his recent work, The Blue Trees, for which he painted trees in three Canadian cities a vibrant blue.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Susan Drury
Recently the Canadian broadcasting company’s Marketplace TV program aired an hour-long “investigation” entitled “Homeopathy – Cure or Con?” At the same time, the homeopathic community is being warned that internationally, various anti-homeopathy groups are mobilizing organized events and media propaganda with the goal of discrediting homeopathy and ultimately making remedies unavailable to the public...
article from Buzz On
Art & Entertainment on Prince Edward Island, Canada
Thanks to the Scottish Arts Council, Unipaz-UK and Charlottetown’s MUSEartspace, Scottish-Canadian storyteller and education consultant Michael Williams returns to Prince Edward Island, Canada where he has been appointed the Storyteller-in-residence at MUSEartspace, Charlottetown’s community art gallery and workshop space at 211 Euston St. He will be developing storytelling sessions and workshops for children and adults throughout the summer.
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