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Check your benefits.
The Government of Canada provides a service on its web site that you may find very useful.

If you answer the questions you'll see when you click on this link, you'll get a customized list of benefits for which you may be eligible. 

The Benefits Finder may suggest benefits from federal, provincial or territorial governments, and does not collect or track your information. The more questions you answer, the more customized your results will be.

Give it a try. It's free.

Please help us...

The book titles we are especially interested in seeing back on our shelves are   The Life of Pi and  The Flying Troutmans If you've taken Grade 12 English with us, you may still have one of these books at home.  

Lots of Activity and Fun

What's New From the Playroom

February was a fun month in the Playroom. We would like to introduce some new members that have moved in! We are pleased to introduce four new fish to our fish tank! Their names are Marshall, Chase, Sky and Rubble. We have learned a lot about the challenges of introducing new fish to a tank, but these four fish are settling in nicely. They enjoy swimming most of their day, following each other around and love it when one of the children gives them only one pinch of food per day!

We had a day full of laughter and love on Valentine's Day. The children and their parents got to decorate their own cards for their loved ones, make cute headbands and play in the Valentine's themed sensory bin. Don't miss the fun events planned for the month of March! During March Break, we are having a Pajama Day, Summer Fun themed day, and a St. Patrick's Day party. 

We'd be happy to help you get this job done

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

Lots of useful information

Are you looking for information on mental health? CHEO has created a special mental health website to help you navigate the many services and resources available to children, youth and their families.

CHEO is one of the largest providers of child and youth mental health services in Ontario. More than 3000 children visit CHEO's Emergency department with a mental health crisis each year. At least 500,000 Ontario children - up to one in five - have difficulties that are diagnosed as a serious mental illness, and sadly the numbers are still on the rise. CHEO has developed programs and services to enhance the lives of children and youth who suffer from mental illness and to support their families. 

Check for yourself the many mental health topics covered on CHEO's web site.

Common sense is our greatest ally

There are many benefits to the world's ever-increasing advances in technology. However, there are also some disadvantages. Identity theft has become an increasingly popular crime in Canada. No one wants this to happen to them. Not only can it be a stressful and confusing situation, but it can also be time consuming to return everything back to normal. Here are some tips from the Renaissance Magazine to help protect you from identity theft.
  • Never provide personal information over the telephone unless you initiate the call.
  • Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery.
  • Avoid mail or telephone solicitations - often disguised as promotions, surveys or awards or offering instant prizes - designed for the purpose of obtaining your personal details.
  • Shred or otherwise destroy pre-approved credit card applications, credit card receipts, bills and related information when you no longer need them.
  • Avoid keeping a written record of your bank account, PIN number(s), social insurance number and computer password(s), and never keep that information in your wallet or handbag.
  • Sign all credit cards when you receive them. Cancel credit cards you don't use. 

CLEO carefully explains what this entails

What is a Power of Attorney for Personal Care? And is this something I need?

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the power to act on your behalf. This person is called your "attorney". In Canada the word "attorney" usually does not mean lawyer, as it does in the USA.

You can give someone a Power of Attorney for Personal Care if you want them to make personal care decisions on your behalf if you become mentally incapable of making them yourself. This is sometimes called a "personal power of attorney".

What are personal care decisions?

Personal care decisions are decisions about your health care and medical treatment, diet, housing, clothing, hygiene, and safety.

Why should I have a Power of Attorney for Personal Care?

If you become mentally incapable of making personal care decisions, someone else must make them for you. This person is called your "substitute decision-maker" (SDM).

For some decisions, including those about your medical treatment, the law says your doctor and other health care providers must get your substitute decision-maker's consent before taking action.

Making a Power of Attorney for Personal Care lets you choose a person you trust to be your substitute decision-maker if you become mentally incapable in the future.

Making a Power of Attorney for Personal Care is also a way to make sure your wishes about personal care decisions will be respected. It gives you a chance to say what you want and do not want. For example, if you do not want certain medical treatments if you get seriously ill, you can state this in your Power of Attorney.

If interested, you can check this link for more information as well as a download link for a Power of Attorney form. You can also check the database in the Owl's Perch for information about the Power of Attorney.

Welcome to Ontario

If you are new to Ontario or are a long term resident, you can find answers to many common questions about our province and country on Settlement.Org. On this site there are answers to lots of common questions, such as:
  • How do I find a family doctor?
  • Am I eligible for Employment Insurance?
  • What do I do if my Social Insurance Card (SIN) is lost or stolen?
  • Will I receive financial assistance from the government when I retire

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