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Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

Joke of the Day

A college student challenged a senior citizen, saying it was impossible for their generation to understand his. “You grew up in a different world,” the student said. “Today we have television, jet planes, space travel, nuclear energy, computers…” Taking advantage of a pause in the student’s litany, the geezer said, “You’re right. We didn’t have those things when we were young; so we invented them! What are you doing for the next generation??”

Grande Prairie Realtors

Real Estate Department

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Grande Prairie & Area

Association of REALTORS®

real estateThe Grande Prairie & Area Association of REALTORS® is a not-for-profit trade association serving a membership of over 260 REALTORS® and related industry members and partners across the region.

We operate an MLS® System allowing our members to offer their customers a comprehensive list of available properties across the entire South Peace.  M embers are located from Grande Prairie to Grovedale to Manning and Hythe to High Level – including Peace River, Fairview, Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Valleyview, Fahler, Grimshaw and all the surrounding communities.

Working with a REALTOR® not only ensures adherence to a strict code of ethics, but assures that your property is best exposed to potential purchasers through the network of professional REALTORS® across the province, the country and in fact the world.

Please see our member roster.

Benefits of Sports

Sports Department

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 The benefits of sportsports

Whatever your age, regular physical activity should be part of your lifestyle, and the benefits will not only last you a lifetime but add up to a better quality of life involving:

  • Greater confidence and self-awareness
  • Improved health, fitness and overall well-being
  • Greater social contact and interaction
  • Less isolation and loneliness
  • Increased ability to deal with stress
  • Greater sense of relaxation and well-being
  • Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Improved self-esteem and self-image

The benefits of sport,  How sport benefits people

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will. ”

Vincent T. Lombardi

During recent decades, there has been a progressive decline in the level of physical activity in people’s daily lives in developed countries. For a majority of people, little physical effort is involved any more in their work, domestic chores, transportation and leisure. Whilst specific health risks differ between countries and regions, the fact remains that physical inactivity is a major risk factor for most common non-communicable diseases and physical activity can counteract many of the ill effects of inactivity.

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Lifestyle Advantage Canada

Lifestyle Department

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Lifestyle Advantage

A Great Place to Live

Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live, learn and work.  From wide-open spaces to the most cosmopolitan places, Canada offers beauty, variety and an enviable quality of life.  Canada is a place where people can realize their dreams, where families can enjoy a standard of living second to none, and where businesses enjoy a competitive edge.

Canada flagStrong and Free

Canadians are hard-working, ambitious people who are proud of their successful, independent country. They want better lives for themselves, their children and future generations. They believe in tolerance, justice and providing a helping hand to the less fortunate. More than empty promises, equality is enshrined in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the country’s Constitution, guaranteeing freedom and fairness for all.

Equality and Multiculturalism

Canada is a large country in both size and spirit. Canada ranks first among the G7 countries in providing equal opportunities for individuals, whether native-born or a new arrival. Canadians welcome immigrants from around the globe. Almost all of the world’s ethnic groups are represented in Canada, creating one of the world’s most culturally diverse and multilingual societies, with over 200 languages spoken. Canada is also a world leader in integrating newcomers, with progressive immigration laws highly conducive to hiring foreign workers.

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100% Whole Wheat

100% Whole Wheat

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Wheat is the most important cereal crop in the world and ubiquitous in the food culture of North America and many other regions of the world. Bread, pasta, bagels, crackers, cakes, and muffins just begin to describe the list of foods made with this grain.Wheat, in its natural unrefined state, features a host of important nutrients. Therefore, to receive benefit from the wholesomeness of wheat it is important to choose wheat products made from whole wheat flour rather than those that are refined and stripped of their natural goodness.
This chart graphically details the %DV that a serving of Whole wheat provides for each of the nutrients of which it is a good, very good, or excellent source according to our Food Rating System. Additional information about the amount of these nutrients provided by Whole wheat can be found in the Food Rating System Chart. A link that takes you to the In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Whole wheat, featuring information over 80 nutrients, can be found under the Food Rating System Chart.

Alberta Energy Sector

Energy Sector

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June 29, 2011
Alberta’s fiscal results improve in 2010-11.
Province posts lower deficit as economy grows.
energy sector world map2010-11 Annual Report Highlights

  • Alberta’s fiscal results reflected growing confidence in the Alberta economy, which grew by an estimated 3.8 per cent in 2010.
  • Alberta posted a $3.4 billion deficit in 2010-11, $1.3 billion lower than estimated at budget
  • The Sustainability Fund, which stood at $11.2 billion at March 31, 2011 is $3 billion higher than forecast at budget.
  • Revenue was $34.9 billion, $886 million higher than budget, mainly due to higher bitumen royalties, strong land lease sales, and investment income.
  • Expense was $38.3 billion, $452 million lower than budget, mainly due to decreases in operating expense and re-profiling of capital grants to future years.  No projects have been canceled.

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the blind man and the advertising story

the blind man and the advertising story

businessAn old blind man was sitting on a busy street corner in the rush-hour begging for money. On a cardboard sign, next to an empty tin cup, he had written: ‘Blind – Please help’.

No-one was giving him any money.

A young advertising writer walked past and saw the blind man with his sign and empty cup, and also saw the many people passing by completely unmoved, let alone stopping to give money.

The advertising writer took a thick marker-pen from her pocket, turned the cardboard sheet back-to-front, and re-wrote the sign, then went on her way.

Immediately, people began putting money into the tin cup.

After a while, when the cup was overflowing, the blind man asked a stranger to tell him what the sign now said.

“It says,” said the stranger, ” ‘It’s a beautiful day. You can see it. I cannot.’ “
(My Dad told me this story when I was a teenager in the 1970s. I saw it recently on a video on the web. This story illustrates in a timeless way how important choice of words and language is when we want to truly connect with and move other people. Thanks BC and SD)

Picture of the Day – Charlotte Catherine

Charlotte catherine de la Trémoille

de Condé Guillain Louvre LP 

English: Statue from the tomb of Charlotte de la Tremoille, Princess of Condé (1568–1629)



1938 Delahaya

Automotive Department

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100 mile mall automobile of the dayIn 1901, the Société des Automobiles Delahaye constructed a factory in Paris, where they continued to manufacture cars and trucks. In 1908, they began producing four cylinder engines, in sizes of 1.5 and 2.1 litres, as well as a 2.6-litre V6. They also licensed their designs to manufacturers in the U.S. and Germany. By the end of World War I, their major income was from their truck business.In 1934, they introduced the 134N, a 12cv car with a 2.15-litre four cylinder engine, and the 18cv 138, powered by a 3.2-litre six — both engines derived from their successful truck engines. In 1935, the introduction of the sporting Model 135 “Coupe des Alpes” car brought success to their car business as well, while the truck business also continued to thrive. Some of the great coach builders who provided bodies for Delahayes include Figoni et Falaschi, Chapron, and Letourneur et Marchand.read more

Strawberry Vase Sponge

Picture of the Day

Strawberry Vase Sponge

Strawberry Vase Sponge Mycale laxissima.

Cat Litter

After a lady’s car had leaked motor oil on her cement driveway, she bought a large bag of cat litter to soak it up. It worked so well, that she went back to the store to get another bag to finish the job. The clerk remembered her. Looking thoughtfully at her purchase, he said, “Lady, if that were my cat, I’d put him outside!”