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Propane fuel price faces major increase

Les chutes comptent parmi les principales causes des admissions à l’hôpital pour tous les groupes d’âge, mais elles touchent plus particulièrement les aînés. Chaque année, un adulte sur trois âgés de plus de 65 ans fera une chute. Dans le cas des personnes âgées de plus de 80 ans, les risques augmentent à une personne sur deux. Les chutes ont des répercussions sur la santé, la mobilité et l’autonomie des adultes plus âgés, et ont un effet sur leur qualité de vie en bout de ligne. Mais tout n’est pas perdu puisqu’il est possible de prévenir les chutes en conservant un mode de vie sain et en prenant certaines précautions, surtout l’hiver. • Manger trois repas équilibrés par jour. • S’adonner chaque semaine à un minimum de 150 minutes d’activité physique, comme la natation ou la marche. • Se procurer des chaussures qui donnent du soutien et dont les semelles sont antidérapantes. • Passer des visites médicales périodiques et subir chaque année, entre autres, des examens de la vue et de l’oreille. • Demander à votre professionnel de la santé de revoir votre dossier des médicaments que vous prenez chaque année. • Dresser une liste de sécurité à la maison chaque année et prévenir les chutes à la maison en s’assurant que la voie est libre d’encombrement et que les tapis amovibles sont enlevés. • Saupoudrer du sel, du sable ou de la litière de chat non agglomérante sur les trottoirs et les escaliers pour éliminer la glace. • Apporter avec soi un petit sac de sel à utiliser sur les chaussées glissantes au besoin. • Faire de petits pas avec les pieds à plat sur les surfaces glacées. • Considérer l’usage d’un dispositif d’aide à la marche muni de crampons à glace ou d’un bâton de ski. Il est aussi possible d’installer un crampon à glace sur votre canne. • Porter des bottes robustes munies de semelles à rainures profondes et bien ajustées. Vous pouvez aussi fixer des crampons sur vos bottes pour une meilleure traction sur les surfaces glacées ou enneigées. Pour de plus amples renseignements sur les moyens de prévenir les chutes, communiquez avec le Bureau de santé de l’est de l’Ontario au 613-933-1375 ou au 1 800 267-7120 et demandez la ligne Appel-santé. Visitez notre site Web à Stay Up this Winter! Falls are one of the main causes of hospital admissions in all age groups, but they especially affect older adults. Each year, 1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 will fall. The odds increase to 1 in 2 in individuals over the age of 80. Falls have repercussions on older adults’ health, mobility and independence, ultimately affecting your quality of life. The good news is that most falls can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and taking certain precautions, especially during winter. • Eat three balanced meals per day. • Get at least 150 minutes of physical activity, such as swimming or walking, every week. • Get supportive footwear with non-skid soles. • Have periodic health visits regularly, including an eye and ear exam every year. • Have a healthcare professional review the medications you are taking annually. • Complete a home safety checklist every year and fall-proof your home by clearing walking paths and removing loose carpets, amongst other things. • Put salt, sand or non-clumping cat litter on walkways and stairs to keep them free of ice. • Carry a small bag of salt in your pocket to spread on icy patches when you are walking outside. • On icy surfaces, take small flat-footed steps. • Consider using a walking aid with ice prongs or a ski pole. You can also install an ice pick on your cane. • Wear sturdy boots that have a deep tread and fit well. You can also try ice-grippers on your boots for better traction on icy and snow-packed surfaces. Taking a few precautionary measures can also help you prevent a fall in slippery winter conditions: Les chutes ayant d’importantes conséquences dans la vie, il vaut mieux adopter une approche globale pour les prévenir : Prendre quelques précautions peut aussi aider à prévenir les chutes quand c’est glissant l’hiver : Since falls can have wide-ranging consequences on your life, a global approach must be adopted to prevent them:

Canadian propane reserve was allowed by the NEB to be sold to the U.S., reducing in- ventory by one-third of last year’s. The NEB website states the decision was based on a predicted moderate winter. However, this winter started early across the country and much of the continent. The situation has been compounded by rail and pipeline disasters and the southern Ontario ice storm, all of which interrupted distribu- tion. Local suppliers contacted by the Reflet- News stated they are trying to keep cus- tomers warm. Some are only partially filling tanks to be able to spread the fuel around. Several are not taking new customers at this time. In rural Canada, propane is widely used as a heating fuel in areas that do not have natural gas lines. It is alternative to oil, and until recently, was also less expensive.


The price of propane, which sold for 66 cents per litre last fall, has increased sig- nificantly in January, ranging from $1.05 to $1.06 per litre. The situation is similar across Eastern Ontario. The jump occurred approximately two weeks after suppliers suggested that customers conserve their propane due to a shortage of the Canadian product. If the price of gasoline increased by a similar amount, gasoline would go from $1.25 per litre to $2.03. The National Energy Board, an arm of the federal government, makes the decision of how much propane to hold in reserve for Canadians. In 2012, about 60 per cent of the

Farmers want a choice on heating fuels

L’ORIGNAL | Farmers in Prescott-Russell would like to have options when it comes to using either propane or natural gas as part of the fuel supply for their operations. The United Counties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR) accepted a recommenda- tion from the Agricultural Advisory Com- mittee of Prescott-Russell (AAC) for a future revision to the counties’ economic develop- ment plan for the region. Right now, most farms in Prescott-Russell are limited to propane as an alternative to oil or electricity for heating outbuildings

and barns and coops for livestock. Any de- lays in propane deliveries to refill the on- site storage tanks can create problems for a farm operation. The UCPR’s economic development and tourism department will prepare an amendment to the plan to have natural gas delivery to rural areas added as part of the plan’s future goal priorities. The counties council and administration will also research methods to apply politi- cal pressure to make natural gas delivery to rural areas a reality.


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For more information about what you can do to prevent falls, contact the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line. Visit our website at

By Robyn Hurtubise Program Manager, Injury Prevention Gestionnaire de programmes, Prévention des blessures Bureau de santé de l’est de l’Ontario Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Clarence-RocklandMayor Marcel Guibord was the guest of honour during the official opening of Rockland’s new restaurant, Spartas Fresh Greek Grill, January 28. The res- taurant located at 2737 Laurier Street, near the Grenon Your Independent Grocer is the new venture of Ali El-Zammar andYahya Isamelel. The owners are surrounded by family members Iman, Medaa, Nour, Fatimah and Amer.

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