It's cold outside, but warm in the Playroom!

The cold weather is here and we have been keeping warm by doing crafts and playing with bubbles. For some of your young participants, this was their first time seeing bubbles! We look forward to warmer winter days so we can go outside and play. On January 23rd we had a wonderful winter themed day. We made some crafts and talked about winter safety. Please join us on February 13th for our Valentine's Day party.
Game Day this month is Tuesday, February 12th

We have a number of games to offer from Chess to Scattergories. If you're interested just let Phil know and then show up on   February 12th from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon  for a quick game.

Help is available for your child's education

Education for your child after high school will be very expensive. Happily, help is available.   The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money that the Government of Canada deposits directly into a child's Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) account to help parents get a head start on saving for their child's education after high school.

After high school, your child can withdraw the money to help pay for either full-time or part-time studies: 

in an apprenticeship program; 
at a CEGEP; 
at a trade school; 
at a college; or 
at a university.

How much could you receive?

Get up to $2,000 for your child's  Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)-without having to put in any of your own money! 

The money you get for your child could include: 

$25 to help cover the cost of opening the RESP; 
$500 to add to the RESP now, to help you start saving early; and 
an extra $100 each year until the calendar year he or she turns 15, as long as you continue to receive the  Canada Child Benefit

To get the Canada Learning Bond, you must open an RESP with an  RESP provider who offers the Canada Learning Bond

You do not have to put any of your own money into the RESP. Ask your  RESP provider to apply for the bond, which the Government of Canada deposits directly into a child's RESP account.  

However, if you choose to contribute to your child's RESP account, your child will qualify for the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG). The basic CESG provides 20 cents on every dollar you contribute, up to a maximum of $500 on an annual contribution of $2,500. This grant is available up until the end of the calendar year in which the child turns 17. 

We'll help you improve your computer skills

We want to help you become a more effective computer user. Sign up for our next computer skills training workshop which will be held on  Wednesday, February 27th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

In order to give participants lots of one-on-one help, only a very small number of clients can be accommodated at any one session. We'll focus in this session on what computer skills participants want help learning.

To make sure there's space available for you,  speak to Phil to let him know you'd like to attend.

The Canada Food Guide has been changed

What's on your plate? A Look at the changes to Canada's Food Guide

Recently, the government made significant changes to Canada's Food Guide.

When it comes to what the government wants us to eat, the picture below makes it very clear.

This picture is of a plateful of food is divided into three sections: one-half of the plate is filled with vegetables and fruits, one-quarter with whole-grain foods and one-quarter holds assorted protein-packed foods.

Check out this link to The Canada Food Guide. You'll find lots of useful information there along with many easy-to-prepare recipes.

Here's an easy to follow recipe for a fast, healthy breakfast from the Canada Food Guide web site. Check it out for yourself. There you'll find lots of recipes for every meal of the day.

Get help paying for your post-secondary education

Get help paying for college or university when you qualify for the Ontario Students Assistance Program (OSAP). Click here to use the government's calculator to see how much assistance you're likely to receive.

We have a good program this month to show you.

Once a month, we screen a Netflix documentary that deals with an interesting topic. This month's film will be screened on Thursday, February 7th from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. It is called "Cosmos: Some of the things the molecules do". This program describes the origin of life and evolution. It explains how life evolves by looking at two ways it happens: through selective breeding, using the example of mankind's domestication of wolves into dogs, and through natural selection the process that created species like polar bears. The program uses the Ship of the Imagination to show how DNA, genes, and mutation work, and how these led to the diversity of species as represented by the Tree of Life, including how complex organs such as the eye came about as a common element. 

Since space is limited to see this documentary, please speak to Phil to reserve a spot for yourself.

Since space is limited to see this documentary, please speak to Phil to reserve a spot for yourself.

Your address and phone number are very important to us.

If you've moved recently, please let us know. Your file is only really up-to-date when we have all of your most current information. Since we have to report to your LEAP worker each month, we are always working to keep our records accurate. 

To give us your new address, or to check to make sure we have the correct one, just give us a call or text us at 613-799-2668 or  send us an email.

Our young chefs are rapidly learning

A new session of Friends with Food has begun! We are gathering Wednesday nights in the kitchen where our young chefs are learning about healthy eating and cooking. We are already seeing some amazing skills. We look forward to spending the winter with this group of children! 

It's that time of year again

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will again offer a new, free service for the 2019 tax-filing season to help eligible individuals with low or fixed income do their taxes.

Called  File my Return service, eligible individuals will be able to file their income tax and benefit returns simply by giving some personal information and answering a series of short questions through an automated phone service.

File My Return is free, secure and easy to use. There are no paper forms to fill out or calculations to do.

Eligibility for File my Return: File my Return will be available for eligible individuals who have low income or a fixed income whose situations remain unchanged from year to year. Those who are eligible will receive an invitation letter in the mail in mid-February 2019.

The service is only available to eligible individuals who were sent an invitation letter. The service will verify and confirm the caller's eligibility at the beginning of the call. If the caller is not eligible, the automated call will not let them go further in the process.

Using File my Return: Eligible individuals will receive an invitation letter which will give them all the information they will need to use the automated service. Once they are ready, individuals can call the File my Return automated phone service and follow the prompts provided during the call.

If you don't qualify for this Canada Revenue Agency free service, we'd be glad to help you complete your taxes and our service is absolutely free!

Sign-up for an appointment with Phil in the Owl's Perch. Appointments are available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons during March for help completing your tax return.

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