November is Financial Literacy month in Canada. Financial literacy means having the understanding, skills and certainty to make responsible financial decisions. Newcomers to Canada are a dissimilar group of people and their financial circumstances, needs and goals are diverse. The Financial Literacy: Resources for Newcomers to Canada Report suggests that one of the best places for new Canadians to obtain financial literacy supports is through classes that offer English as a Second Language. Here are two links that may be valuable in supporting Financial Literacy; Prosper Canada offers money management tools for New Canadians and an interactive budget.
The South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council is a community based organization that supports youth literacy in the Grey Bruce region. The aim of the group, is to support students and their families to improve reading, writing, speaking and math skills. One of the services that the Council delivers is tutoring to school age children. Their trained volunteer tutors work one-on-one with both parents and children. To acquire a tutor, students must be referred by a teacher or a parent. The tutors meet with students at locations that are convenient for the family such as schools, libraries, student’s homes or at their office, located in Hanover. To find out more about the organization check out their website at Youth Literacy Council. The South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council staff can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519-364-0008.
An early taste of winter weather has moved into Grey Bruce Georgian bringing snow squalls and poor driving conditions. During winter months weather conditions can cause road closures, school bus cancellations, school closures and event cancellations. Before heading out in stormy weather, it is always best to check the winter road conditions. Information about road conditions, closures and cancellations can be found by listening to local radio stations or by checking the following links:
If you live in a home with a fuel fired appliance or an attached garage you will be required to install a Carbon Monoxide alarm by April 15, 2015. The Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Service is giving Carbon Monoxide alarms to families in the City of Owen Sound that are in need of an alarm and do not have the money available to purchase one. The Carbon Monoxide alarms were donated by the Scenic City Lions.
For more information on Carbon Monoxide go to Owen Sound Fire and Emergency. For more information about having a fire alarm installed by Owen Sound Fire and Emergency, contact Grey Nicol, at 519-376-2512 or send an email to gnicol@owen sound.ca
Eat Right Ontario presents FREE healthy eating information developed by registered dieticians. Their web site, Eat Right Ontario, offers a wide selection of wholesome recipes, healthy eating menus and informative resources. Eat Right Ontario is currently offering, anyone who is interested, a chance to win a $1500 gift card from Sobey’s (can be used at Foodland). It you would like a chance to win a gift card call Eat Right Ontario at 1-877-510-5102 from now until Nov 28/14 to have your name entered into this draw.
The Great Annual Library Book Sale
Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library’s Great Annual Library Book Sale is being held from Tuesday, November 4 to Sunday, November 9. Purchasing books at the sale is an inexpensive way to purchase gifts or to stock your own bookshelf. Money raised from the book sale is used to support library programs and services. For more information about the Book Sale , visit Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library or call the library at 519-376-6623.