Happy Easter!

Easter has been seen as a time of new life and renewal as the Earth shakes off the cold snow of winter and the flora and fauna begin to appear again. It is such a hopeful time of year, with the promise of great things to come.

This past year has been challenging for everyone. As we move into another shutdown that will keep us from our friends and family, know that there is hope around the corner as more and more people receive the vaccine and good weather will allow us to be outside and more active than this past winter.

We at the WAAC hope that this Easter inspires you to new hope, happiness, and prosperity. Wishing you the hope and beauty of springtime and the promise of brighter days ahead.

Centre Closure Due to Provincial Shutdown

Just a little while ago, Premier Doug Ford announced that Ontario has pulled the COVID-19 Emergency Brake and the province is once again going into shutdown. This newest shutdown is to last from Saturday, April 3rd until Friday, April 30th.

What does this mean for you?

  • The Centre will be closed until we are out of shutdown. Victoria will be available to answer inquiries via phone or email Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4pm.
  • All pool playing sessions are canceled.
  • All exercise classes are canceled. For those who have already paid for April sessions, please contact Victoria in the office at 519-627-6224 to make arrangements to pick up your refund.
  • Sue’s Kitchen will be closed. She will be taking Frozen Food orders, which will be available for pickup only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8am until 11am. Please call 519-359-6832 to place your orders.

Our website and Facebook page will continue its regular posting schedule, as well as posting any relevant updates. Be sure to follow at www.wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca or www.facebook.com/WallaceburgAAC/ for the latest.

We will be working hard to prepare to reopen the Centre as soon as possible once the shutdown is over. Know that in the meantime, we are thinking of you and sending our warmest thoughts to you and hope that you all stay safe and healthy in this trying time.

Sincerely,

WAAC Board of Directors and Administrative Coordinator

Trivia Thursday~~April 1st, 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday, our 47th edition. With the rich history Wallaceburg has and the so many places to see. Today’s trivia is all about Wallaceburg’s historical and wonderful sights. There is a twist this week instead of a story we have picture hints.

Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted within the comment section. Do you think you can solve them? Do you know these places? Do you know their history? If not you may like to check them out.

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go….. Have Fun

1. Along my trail you’ll find a story to be told. So come with me and immerse yourself… What/Who am I?

2. I am fondly known as Turtle Park and am the first splash pad of Wallaceburg although fairly small. What is my true name?

3. For 75 years our presences was known for help out our fellow man. In 2020 we had to disband. Who are we?

4. I have a hill to climb or sled down with diamonds at its feet. I am a place to have fun and to stay fit. What/who am I?

5. I stand among some tropic like native trees that bear edible fruit which the woods I reside in is named after. What is the name of my place?

6. With a riverside view that people are dying to have and where many who have contributed to the rich history of Wallaceburg reside. What/Who am I?

7. On the outskirt of town if you are looking for a trail to walk or scenic view, look no further then here. Once known at Chicken Island and home to the snowmobile club, I am now a refuge for wildlife. Who/what am I?

8. I reside with history on the Wallaceburg museum’s grounds. However for 21 years I provided water for the people of this township. Which one was it?

9. I was once where bad guys belonged now it is where smiles are maintained. Who/What am I?

10. In 1975 I was moved to my final resting place however from 1921 to 1975 I was located at this intersection. What two streets or area did I reside?

Reminders for Those Playing Pool

Our pool tables are hopping – so much so that we are looking at adding afternoon sessions to the calendar (see our previous post for more information on that)! It’s so great to see people enthusiastic about playing!  The WAAC just wanted to send out a friendly reminder about several of our pool table protocols.

  • Registration is required for pool. You must register in advance with Victoria in the office (you can call, email or stop in the office to save your spot).
  • You will be allowed to register for up to 5 days a week.
  • Registration will start on Thursdays for the following week.
  • Spots are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.
  • A maximum of eight (8) players will be allowed in the pool area at a time.
  • No spectators or guests allowed.
  • Drop-ins will be allowed only if there are available spots.
  • Please pay prior to beginning play. If you need change, please see Victoria in the office.

Adhering to these protocols will ensure that we are following all COVID-19 government regulations. This will help keep you and our community safe and allow us to continue to offer this program.

Possible Afternoon Pool Sessions

Due to the extreme popularity of our pool tables, we are looking at possibly opening an afternoon session to accommodate everyone! The afternoon session will run from 1:00 until 3:30. The cost would be $2 for the entire afternoon.

This is where you come in. We need your help to determine if there is enough interest to run this program. Please take this short (only 1 question!) survey to let us know if adding an additional pool session is of interest to you:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6K5BKSC

Thank you for taking the time to complete this quick survey. Your feedback helps us develop programming that is of interest to our members. It is our hope that, as the vaccines roll out and cases decline, we can add back more of our programs and activities.

In the meantime, take care and stay safe!

Ask a Tech Geek~~Social Media Safety Part 2

For the next few segments Our Geek will be discussing way to keep us safe online, If you have any questions, at the end of this article is information on how you can contact our Resident Geek.

Facebook Posts Audience Safety

It is wise to check who can view your posts every time you post something. With the “audience selector” you can choose who can see the post. When you create a post you will see who will see your post with a drop down arrow. It is here where you can select your audience

For safety reason it is best to choose your audience wisely especially when sharing private information. Be extremely careful about anything that you make public, since it makes the post visible to the world. However sometimes you need to share a post publicly.

You may not know this but the audience you select for a post will automatically be setting for all additional posts until you change your audience again. It is very important for you must pay attention to your audience setting each time your post. If you want to limit who can see any past post you can easily change them however it has to be done one at a time. Just go to the post you like to change the audience setting and click the icon beside the date/time under your name of the post. Public looks like a world, friends have two people.

Since a Facebook friend instantly gets access to a lot of your personal info, Be Very Careful Whom You Friend on Facebook.

Whenever you receive a friend request, you should  verify the person’s identity.  Make sure that they are the actual owner of the Facebook account, and that they sent you the request. There are several ways of doing that you can asking them in person, or contact them though email, other social media, text/SMS, phone, etc. you could also confirm their identity by asking a trusted mutual friend.

Remember your Facebook page/profile is an extension of you so make sure that you secure your information just as you would your home. You have control over who can see your post and who can not. Don’t be afraid to delete a person you may not know personally because your safety is more important then the number of friends you have in your list.

If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can ask.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.

April Exercise Classes – Register Today

Classes for our 4-week April Session are filling up quickly, but we do still have several openings in most classes. In fact, due to BOTH Pilates classes filling up almost right away, Dianne is offering a 2nd Pilates class on Wednesdays from 10:15 to 11:15 for those who couldn’t get into the other classes.

Registration is also now open to non-members, so if you have a friend who has expressed interest in taking a class, let them know (see chart for cost breakdown). Registration ends this Thursday, so contact Victoria at 519-627-6224 to reserve your spot today.*

For those already registered or wishing to take the Wednesday Pilates classes, please be aware that Dianne is not able to have class on Wednesday April 7th and will hold a make-up date on Monday April 12 instead. Class time and location remain the same.

*Just as a reminder, if a class does not meet the minimum number of participants (7 minimum for classes held at the WAAC, 8 minimum for classes held at Trinity United Church), it will unfortunately need to be canceled.

Virtual Tour – Jerusalem

Easter weekend is next weekend and Passover starts tomorrow. It is fitting that today’s virtual tour takes us to Jerusalem, the heart of the Abrahamic religions – Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Each year, during Passover and Easter thousands of worshipers flock to Jerusalem’s holiest sites. Unfortunately, this year that won’t be possible so we’re bringing these breathtaking and spiritual sites to you in a special virtual tour.

See the Tower of David, the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and numerous other historical sites in this beautiful tour

Video via Israel

As always, if there is a specific city or site that you want to have a virtual tour of, just let us know and we will do what we can to make it happen!

Trivia Thursday~~March 25, 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday, our 46th edition. It is Repeat Thursday. To test our memories and our knowledge we are posting a repeat of one of our past trivia segments. . Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden within it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go….. Have Fun

Questions:

  1. What is the hashtag symbol technically called?
  2. How many folds in a chef’s toque (hat) and what do they represent?
  3. According to the Guinness book, what was recorded as being 63 football fields long?
  4. What is the national animal of Scotland?
  5. What does M&M stands for?
  6. How many Grammys did Elvis win?
  7. What was the first soft drink in space?
  8. Approximately how many grapes go into one bottle of wine?
  9. What Aves has one of the highest metabolisms?
  10. What did clocks never have before 1577?

Story:

A Lion named Murrie and a Unicorn named Mars were the most unusual companions.  While most thought they should be mortal enemies, Mars and Murrie were like a brother and sister.  Growing up together they shared every experience and adventure.  When they were young they did the Pepsi and Coca Cola challenge. Murrie picked Pepsi while Mars pick Coca Cola but they both preferred Tab.  Murrie always chuckled at how Mars said Octopus as “Octothorpe”.

Today was going to be the biggest adventure ever, Mars was getting married to the love of his life, a young Pegasus name Marie. Murrie was thrilled to be their Maid of Honour. They met Marie at a small restaurant called The Minute Hand where they not only learned there was a 100 ways to say hello but a 100 ways to cook an egg.

Mars nervously waited for his bride to be as Murrie helped Marie adjust her veil. The Second hand veil was Marie’s something old and the 700 hummingbirds that were to carry it down the aisle was something new as well as borrowed but she was missing something blue.  Murrie reached in her mane and pulled out 3 small blue Forget-Me-Nots and gently placed them in Marie’s hair.

“You are beautiful and are ready to walk down the aisle to marry Mars.” She said with a slight tear of joy in her eye, and a hug.

Just then the wedding march began. Together they proceeded.

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~March 24, 2021

What a wonderful time of the year, Spring when the earth awakes from its slumber and the migrating birds return. It is during these times that hope and faith are renewed as beauty blooms and new growth begins.

The sweet melody of birds fill the air as the spring flowers send forth a sweet smell upon the air. Spring is a time when the wonders of natures give joy to their audience. Just a simple walk around the block or sitting on a balcony/porch the sights and sounds of nature bring a peace that is awe inspiring. Take the time to enjoy what is around us.

Today, we are sharing a wonderful video that the Sydenham Field Naturalist have created. The Birds of Southwestern Ontario. With prime birdwatching season upon us and migrating birds flying through our area what better time to share the wonders of birds found in our area. We hope you enjoy this wonderful relaxing video. Happy Spring everyone.

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

Trivia Thursday~~March 18, 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday, our 45th edition. Today we are going to do a Throwback Thursday and Time Travel back to the 80’s. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go….. Have Fun

Questions:

  1. In the 80s if you turned on your television and saw the characters Tootie, Blair and Natalie, what show would you be watching?
  2. What 80s fashion trend was inspired by the movie Flashdance?
  3. What 80s film helped to start the Ray-Ban Sunglasses trend?
  4. Larry Hagman played which iconic character on the TV show Dallas?
  5. In the early 2000 Croc shoes came on to the scene but what were the shoes to wear in the 80’s if you wanted to be fashionable?
  6. What was the highest grossing movie of the 1980s?
  7. Care Bears were all the rage during the 80s. Which Care Bear was green?
  8. Which Stevie Wonder hit song was the first song to hold number one honors on four different Billboard charts?
  9. Which 1984 film by John Hughes only took two days to write?
  10. Angela, Tony, Sam, and Mona are characters from what popular 80’s sitcom?

Story:

As Angela placed 16 Candles on J.R’s cake she could not help but get misty eyed. It just seem like yesterday when he was into peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and putting his sisters leg warmers in the cat bed to keep Tabby warm. Oh how she missed his innocence and joyful manner. She especially missed how he would sit outside under the stars hoping to see an UFO or an E.T. 

When he hit his teenage year he became a different person with his top gun attitude she times wondered who’s the boss. However she knew the facts of life were they would grow to become young adults, ones that will break away from their parents to make their way to the world.  She just did not realize how quickly time passes by. 

One thing she hoped for was never hearing from J.R. or his sister Mary’s lips “part time lover”.  It was hard enough for her to imagine they will be in serious relationships soon .  

Picking up the cake after she lit the last candle she headed towards the dining room.  As she entered the family who gathered started to sing Happy Birthday as she placed it on the table.  J.R. gave a little smirk and blew out the candles.  She wondered what he wished for yet knew that she could not ask as it was a secret.

She passed him the cake knife, “You are now old enough to cut the cake and dish it out.” This had been a family tradition handed down over the generations.  

J.R smiled mischievously, “I am a man now, ready to take on the world.”

Angela laughed as she went over to hug him. “And good luck with that”   

Ask a Tech Geek~~Social Media Safety Part 1

As we stated last time for the next few segments Our Geek will be discussing way to keep us safe online, If you have any questions, at the end of this article is information on how you can contact our Resident Geek.

Social Media Safety

In this day and age it seems like there is always a scam out there and since Covid there have been more phishing email scams.

Over the past year, more people have turned to social media; especially Facebook to help pass the time, keep in touch with family and friends as well as find social outlets.  At the same time scam artists and fraudsters have increased their presence creating opportunities to gain access to individual’s information in unique and unprecedented ways.   Knowing the obvious scams are easy to spot, they have now devised ways for you to share your information. Without realizing you may be giving them an opportunity to harvest your information. One way is to have you or your Facebook friends/family share/copy and paste their posts.

Facebook Page Giveaway Scam.

These scam artists knows that people love Facebook giveaways especially when businesses are being encouraged to use them to increase their Business Brand recognition.  Fraudsters will use the share and like this page giveaway technique to con people.  Here is one that was going around a few weeks ago using a fake Coca-Cola page as their bait.

As you can see they ask you to share it with your friends and then lead you to click a link to validate the entry.  This is a two way scam.  First, they exploit Facebook users to share and comment on the post and liking their page thus giving them creditability. Second, they create a phishing site to gain more information from those who click the link.

Now not all like and share advertisement is a scam, yet there are a few tell when one is. 

  1. Term/phrase” When they use something like: “Everyone person who shares, likes and/or comments will receive the offer.”  With over 2.8 Billion users on Facebook, a company would not take the risk of spending that much money for promotional items. Even if just .5% of the users participate that is roughly 14 million participants with a minimum of $20 for each prize. The company would be giving away close to $300 million. However for a scam artist that is a potential of 14 million marks (or people) to scam.
  2. Links for verification required: In other segments we talked about phishing links.  These links will not only be found in emails but also found in Facebook post especially those trying to give something away that is too good to be true.
  3. Old Company but Brand New Page.  The Coca Cola page (Example above) was created on March 5th 2021.  A company that has a social media presence for several years never starts a new page to promote themselves or a giveaway. They would use their verified Facebook page.  So check out the page before you like, share, or comment on it. Scroll through and find out how many post are old, check out their ABOUT section to see if the information aligns with the true company.
  4. Use a Gimmick/promotion to catch your eye.   The Coca-Cola one was its 125 anniversary, however with a quick Google search will reveal that their anniversary was over 10 years ago.  Use Google or another search engine to find out if what they are saying it true. Just and easy copy and paste in the engine will tell you all need to know.

Copy and Paste Scheme:

Though out the last year copy and paste Social Media posts have been circulating like crazy, especially ones that entice you to share information about you.  Realizing the need to have social interaction and engaging people to get to know one another Copy and Paste posts that look like simple fun have dangerous repercussions since you give very personal information out on your page.  This can led someone to figure out passwords or your security questions.

Here is a good example and one that not only insurance companies but also police are warning people about.

Many of us use passwords and even security questions that relate to our lives since they are easier to remember. We should guard our personal information as we would our possessions.  Our personal information is our greatest asset. It is the keys on a ring that can open many of the digital gateways we use.  (Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, health information, communications, social media accounts etc.)

Before you do that fun copy and paste posts make sure that you are not exposing too much of yourself in it; or before you share that next post about receiving something for free make sure it not fake page looking to farm/harvest your information.

Remember just because a friend or family member is posting it does not mean it is always safe.   

If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can ask.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.

Trivia Thursday~~March 11, 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday, our 44th edition. It is always great to learn something new about Canada so this week’s trivia is all about Canada. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go….. Have Fun

Questions

  1. Canada has 20% of this world resource. What is it?
  2. The Narcisse ________ pits located in Manitoba
  3. In 1917, Ste. Marguerite, Que was the first Canadian town to build what type of resort?
  4. What year did ‘O Canada’ become this country’s official national anthem?
  5. What popular Canadian board game was invented in 1979?
  6. What was Canada’s first newspaper?
  7. Penticton B.C. town has been holding what annual Festival every June for nearly two decades.
  8. What building straddles the USA and Canadian border of two towns Stanstead, Que and Derby Line, Vt.?
  9. Who is Laura Secord?
  10. What breed of dog was named the most popular in Canada by the Canadian Kennel Club in 2019?

Story

It was because of the spring thaw that the ski lifts started to wind down for the season. Elvis, the local Labrador retriever, was making his way to the library. He always stopped by for a treat for himself and the Halifax Gazette for his human friend Angela, she was a war heroine and he was her support dog.

As he made his way down the street he noticed something unusually on the sidewalk; it almost looked like a freshwater snake.  He barked several time but it did not move.  He cautiously inched himself towards it wondering what it could be.  It was long and dark coiled up just like a snake.  When he got a few feet from it he realized it was an old vine that had fallen off a truck carrying yard waste.  He ran up to it and started to tug at it and throw it up in the air.  Suddenly he remembered he was on a mission one that brought him treats.

He started back on his way, when suddenly a red 1939 Chevy pickup truck backfired. It startled him and he stop to looked around to make sure there was no danger in the way.  He determined it was safe and set off again. He was only a few blocks away; those that saw him would say Hi.  He was adored by everyone just as Angela was.

He arrived at his destination and headed up the stairs towards the special door they had installed for him.  He headed right to the front desk where the librarian Jake sat. 

“Hey Elvis, how are you doing today?” He reached down and patted Elvis on the head and handed him a small taste morsel of his bagel. 

“Here is the paper, let me put that in your vest for you.” Jake walked from behind the counter and knelt down to place the paper in the special pocket of Elvis vest.  Elvis love Jake and licked his face. 

“Oh Elvis, that is quite enough.  I put a little letter in the newspaper for Angela, letting her know Trivia Pursuit is starting up again next Thursday”

That got Elvis’ tail wagging; he was not sure what they did on Trivia Pursuit night but he knew it was when he got to pig out on wing pieces. Everyone always gave him a treat on that night. 

With the paper on board, his mission was not yet complete he headed home to Angela.  Almost galloping like a horse he made it home quicker than usual.

He ran through his door to the living room where Angela was.  “Well hello there, are you in the rush to share something with me.” She took the newspaper out of his vest then the slip of paper fell to the floor. He picked it up and placed it on her lap.  After she read it she looked down at Elvis. 

Looks like next week we will be heading out again for Trivia time well for you spoil time. She snickered as she hugged him and gave him a treat.

“You are a good boy”

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~March 10, 2021

March has come in like a lamb and spring is just around the corner. What a great time to watch the changes of the season come upon us. The migrating birds are filling the skies as they head towards their summer homes. The air is being warm by southern winds as the birds fill it with their spring melodies. Flowers will be popping up soon as the days grow longer.

This week we take a glimpse of winter turning to spring, enticing us to get out and enjoy the beauty that is abounding. The wonders and mystery of nature as it transforms it landscape before our eyes. Sit back and enjoy The Sights and Sounds of Nature As Winter Turns to Spring, with photos from our resident photographer in this meditation video set to the music “Light” by Borrtex. Their is a surprise awaiting you near the end.

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

Dijon Baked Salmon

This salmon recipe is so incredibly easy and it’s bursting with flavor. Just coat a large salmon fillet with the Dijon mix and bake it for 18-20 minutes. You can easily make this recipe with 4-6 individual salmon fillets, rather than one large fillet. The end result is a healthy baked salmon recipe that’s super moist, light and flaky. It’s also paleo, low-carb, keto and Whole30 friendly. You can even prepare this in advance by making a larger batch and freeze it. Just pull it out when you need it. You will be adding this to your favourite dinners list for sure! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs salmon, King, Sockeye or Coho salmon
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together the mustard, parsley, lemon juice, oil, and garlic in a small bowl.
  2. Place the salmon on a parchment lined baking tray and generously coat the top of the salmon with the herbed mustard mix.
  3. Bake the salmon for 18-20 minutes (depending on size and thickness), then slice it into individual portions and serve immediately.
  4. Serve with your favourite sides.
Video via Downshiftology

Full recipe at Downshiftology

Trivia Thursday~~March 4, 2021

It’s that time again Trivia Thursday, our 43rd edition. Can you believe it is March already? Well you know what that means this week’s trivia is all about March. Think you know the answers? Are you up to the challenge?

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun

Questions

  1. March was originally what month before Julius Caesar reformed the calendar and it became the third month?
  2. For which of the Roman gods is March named?
  3. What is most commonly considered the flower for March?
  4. What are March two birthstones?
  5. Complete this saying: ‘Mad as a March____.’
  6. What to animals complete this saying “If March comes in like a____, it will go out like a ____?
  7. It is said that St. Patrick drove all of what creature out of Ireland?
  8. On March 20, 1916 Albert Einstein published with theory?
  9. On what date is the Ides of March.
  10. Which sport has a tournament named March Madness?

Story

The stars filled the night and Mars could be seen by the naked eye in the southern part of the sky.  Marty a snowshoe hare was out admiring and forging through the new spring growth sprouting the melting snow.  This time of year was enjoyable because he could get a taste of the first sprouts of the spring vegetation while the snakes were still hibernating deep within the earth.  He tend to stay away from the daffodil patches since they left a bitter taste in his mouth but the green moss was a tasty treat after a long winter.  

As he wandered through a pasture he came to a farm.  He was intrigued with what he saw, the buildings were so big. Hopping over to what looked like a small house made from bloodstone with aquamarine trim; he came across a round looking rock. 

“Hmm what is this?” He nudged it with his nose. It rolled forward and then rolled back almost hitting him. Startled he jumped back. 

Gradually a small curly haired animal exited the bloodstone house.   “Oh do not worry that will not hurt you, it just the farmer’s  15 year old daughter’s basketball.”

“Basketball, what is that?” Marty gave the animal a puzzling look. “And who or what are you?” Marty had not seen anything like this creature.

“Oh sorry, I am Lenny and I am a lamb.  My mom is over there”, Lenny looked over his shoulder. “She is called a sheep; basketball is a game that Suzy plays with that ball. She loves it. Not sure of the rules but I know she throws it into that round hole on the pole behind you.  You are a rabbit right?”

Marty’s mind started to swirl as Lenny kept on talking. Sheep, lamb, basketball, farmer and Suzy there was no relativity to what he had experienced before. 

When Lenny called him a rabbit that brought him back to reality. “Rabbit, No I am not a Rabbit! I am Hare. We are nothing alike.  That is like calling a lion, a pussy cat.” He snapped back at Lenny.

“Oh I am sorry, I never seen a Hare before” Lenny apologized as he step back a few feet.  

Marty saw the hurt in Lenny’s eyes and realized his response was beyond rational, “No I am sorry, I should not have snapped at you. Just as this environment is all new to me, I should have realized that you may not have seen one of my kinds before.” He hopped over to Lenny and nuzzled his front legs.

Lenny bent down and put his head near Marty. “It’s okay. You know it’s getting late, and you should not be out in the wild at night, especially around here.  The Coyotes are very aggressive at this time of year.  Please come spend the night with us. Mom won’t mind.  Rest up and then get a good start on your travels again in the morning.”

Marty took Lenny up on his offer to spend the night, however that night Marty and Lenny learned more about each other and became good friend. So much so that Marty never left the farm and spent every night with Lenny and his mom.  

Ask a Tech Geek~~ Phishing Emails

For the next few segments Our Geek will be discussing way to keep us safe online, from Phishing email to social Media. If you have any questions, at the end of this article is information on how you can contact our Resident Geek.

In this day and age it seems like there is always a scam out there and since Covid there have been more phishing email scams.

What is a Phishing Email?

A Phishing email is one of the easiest ways for a cybercriminal to steal your information. They send an email that looks so authentic that they are able to trick people into clicking on the link attached so they can grab someone’s information from Banking to Social Media to email credentials. They are literally fishing for information   However there is no need to be alarm if you stay alert you will not take their bait. While phishing emails will try and trick you into entering personal details or other confidential information, there are sure tell signs that they are not legitimate.  So what should you look out for?

Time Limit

If the email gives you a very short time limit for you to respond, for example;

Your Visa may have been compromised please contact us within 24 hours to verify your information by clicking the link below.

They use this tactic to appeal to our reflex response. They know that many of us are already afraid of our financial information of being compromised so by using this method they are hoping that the time limit will make you panic and respond immediately.

Email Address

Many times we do not check the address of the emails when we receive them but if you take a quick moment a view the email addresses both to and from.  If the email address in the TO: section does not have your email address in it. This is very suspicious behaviour.  Also in the FROM: section if the email address is blank or the address does not match the companies name or spelt incorrectly this is definitely a phishing email.  (click on the images for an example)

Greeting

Since those that send these emails out send them in bulk, they usually do not know your name so address the greeting to the first part of your email address or address you as customer.  This is one major red flag for all banks and companies you do business with will address you with the name you have on record in their files. 

For example: Mary Doe receives a phishing email. Her address mary10237@example.com However the Greeting is; Dear mary10237 instead of Mary Doe

If you receive something similar using part of your email address in the greeting it is most likely a phishing email.

Grammatical errors

Many phishing emails are filled with grammatical errors, odd capitalization, and misspellings. The emails might also contain odd phrases or sentences that sound a bit off. Read your email aloud. If something doesn’t sound right, or professional, be suspicious. It could be a phishing for your information.

Low-resolution logo

Phishers will often steal the logos of government agencies, banks and credit card providers in their phishing emails to look authentic, yet the logo will be of low quality  maybe fuzzy, indistinct, tiny and/or a little off colour. This is a sign that this email is not from a representative of the company or organization.

Odd URL

Many time the phishing emails will have a link attached in which they ask you to click it.  If you hover over whatever link the message is asking you to click. This will show the link’s URL. Often, you’ll see that the URL doesn’t belong to whatever company is supposedly sending it, or there is spelling errors int the companies name portion within the URL. This is definitely a phishing link that will lead you to a website that looks like a legitimate site however it is not. (Click on the image below for an example)

Notice that the link does not have Cogeco in it.

While there are other ways to identify a phishing email these are the main ones.  Just keep this in mind if an email sounds too good to be true or makes you want to react and fix a problem, stop and review the email does it have any of the above points. Never click the link if you are not 100% sure it is from the company or business.  If they say your account has been compromised then go to that site as you would normally access it.  If you are unsure, it is always better to be safe than sorry; so contact the company by phone, not with a phone number within the email but with one from the phone book, or you have on hand.

Below you will find a quick reference checklist from Netcetera to help you distinguish if you are reading a phishing email or not.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, the email you just opened may well be a scam.

  • Is the email from someone you do not know personally, or communicate with normally?
  • Is the person (known or not) asking for something unusual, issues related to an online account or password, or otherwise acting out of character?
  • Is the sender’s email address from a suspicious sounding domain? (i.e. @micro-softsupport.com, @paypal-security.net)
  • Were you CC’ed on an email with some other people you do not know?
  • Does the subject line seem irrelevant, not make sense, or not match the content of the email?
  • Is the email a reply to a message you never sent?
  • Did the email come at an odd time, like 2:00 am?
  • Is the sender asking you to click on a link or open an attachment?
  • Does the email contain a .zip or other executable file?
  • When you hover over any links within the email, does it show a different link than what is contained within the body of the email?
  • Does the email contain a link, but no other information?
  • Is the link to a well-known website, but spelled incorrectly and somewhat suspicious looking? (i.e., paypal.paymentsnow.com, bankofamericacom.net)
  • Is the sender stating something bad will happen if you do not click the link, or that there is extreme value in clicking the link?
  • Does the email contain poor grammar or spelling mistakes?
  • Is the sender warning you that they found inappropriate content or images of you online?
  • Is your gut or “Spidey Sense” trying to tell you something…

If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can ask.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.

We are REOPENING!

We are so excited! The Reopen Planning Committee met Thursday afternoon and decided that we are going to resume exercise classes and pool, as well as open the fitness rooms again! Keep reading to see how we are working each program.

POOL

Sessions will run from 8:45am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday, at a cost of $2.00 per session. We are allowed up to a maximum of 8 people (4 per table).

FITNESS ROOMS

The exercise rooms will be open from 8:45am to 3:45pm, Monday to Friday, at a cost of $1.00 per session. Note that due to changes in government spacing regulations, only 1 person is permitted in the small fitness room (with the rowers) and 2 people in the larger fitness room (with the treadmills) at a time.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Classes are scheduled as follows:

Please note that several weeks ago the Ontario government changed spacing requirements for sports, fitness, and exercise from 2 metres to 3 metres for Levels Red, Orange, and Yellow. This means that exercise classes held at WAAC can only accommodate a maximum of 8 people and must have a minimum of 7 participants for classes to be held. As Trinity Church has a larger space, exercise classes held there must have a minimum class size of 8 to go ahead and a maximum of 10 participants are allowed in order to comply with social distancing requirements as in the fall.

ALL PROGRAMS

Due to the high demand and limited space, registration is required for pool and the fitness rooms. Both preregistration and prepayment is required for exercise classes. Please either call Victoria in the office at 519-627-6224 or email her at srcentre@kent.net to reserve your spot. Your spot is not confirmed until a response is received from the office. Last minute registration for pool and exercise rooms may be accommodated, provided space is available, but members who register in advance will take precedent, so save your spot today.

All participants must also read and sign the relevant Participant Protocols document prior to playing. Victoria can either email a copy to you or provide you with one in the office.

We look forward to seeing everyone again!

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~February 24, 2021

The last few weeks winter has decided to do its major visit. With snowstorms and ice jams our streets and waterways became a winter wonderland. One of our regular contributors of photos went out and captured the wonders and beauty of nature during this time Today, she shares her experiences with us.

The beauty she has captured has been made into a unique meditation video set to the music Touch of Ice by Borrtex Thank you both for sharing your talent with us.

There is always beauty to be found, don’t hesitate to go out and capture the joy and peace found in nature when you admire its beauty.

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders and sights so please feel free to share your with us . You can  send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful.