The Backwards Brain Bicycle

The “backwards brain bicycle” is an entertaining video. Destin, of YouTube channel Smarter Every Day demonstrates that knowledge does not equal understanding.  The unique bike turns right when you turn left, left when you turn right. Destin son learns to ride the bicycle much quicker than he does, validating for Destin that children have more neural plasticity. Destin remarks that this may be why the greatest time to learn a language is as a child!

Free Comic Book Day

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Comic books can be a useful addition to your ESL learning. Reading comic books can help you to improve your English vocabulary, writing and knowledge about culture. Reading comic books is a FUN way to learn English!! On Saturday May 2 the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library and the TOM Thomson Art Gallery are having a FREE Comic Book Day. You can pick up your free comic book in the Youth Services Department of the library. A number of comic book focused events will be taking place at the library on May 2. More information about Comic Book Day can be found at Owen Sound Library.

Online Community for Newcomer Youth

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NewYouth.ca presents a variety of resources for young newcomers to Ontario. The site offers material that is written in language that is easy to understand on topics such as daily living, immigration, school work and employment. Newyouth.ca gives youth a place to ask questions and obtain accurate information. The site uses multimedia technology and online social media to link up with young newcomers. NewYouth.ca can be found on Facebook, twitter (@newcomeryouth) and YouTube (Newcomeryouth). A bi-monthly newsletter is also available on the site. Find out more about the online community for youth at NewYouth.ca.

Book Sale

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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.

Online Magazines for Newcomers to Canada

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Here is a link to Prepare for Canada, an online magazine for immigrant professionals. The magazine provides information on working and living in Canada which can help you to plan for settling here. Within this site there are a number of useful videos and links to assist you to become more knowledgeable about life in Canada. Another useful resource is Canadian Newcomer a free magazine that provides information, guidance and support to new immigrants.

Volunteering

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Volunteering is unpaid work. Volunteer positions can often be acquired through non-profit or charity organizations. As a volunteer you can bring new skills and fresh ideas to an organization. Volunteer work is an excellent way to get Canadian experience and Canadian references. Volunteering will provide you with an opportunity to practice English and obtain job leads. Volunteer Connections is a fantastic place to search for volunteer opportunities in Bruce and Grey Counties.

Telehealth Ontario

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Telehealth Ontario is a confidential telephone services that provides health advice or general health information from a registered nurse. The service is FREE for residents of Ontario and you DO NOT need a health insurance number to access assistance . People that call telehealth can get advice about health-related matters such as health symptoms, illness, and injury. Telehealth offers information in English and French, and translation support is available for other languages. Telehealth Ontario is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Click here to learn more about Telehealth Ontario

WINTER CLOTHING DONATION PROGRAMS

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With a cold winter on the way, the need for warm winter clothing is great. Fall is the perfect time to tidy your coat closet before winter arrives! Volunteers in Grey Bruce have organized coat drives to collect quality snow pants, hats, mitts, and boots to give away to anyone that needs them. On October 18, 2014 from 8:30am to 1 pm, Coats 4 Kids is giving away warm winter apparel, to families at the Masonic Hall (behind Shoppers Drug Mart) The group is still accepting used winter items. Contact Marg Kerr at 519-364-3768 for more information. Grey Bruce Winter Coat Drive is presently accepting donations of gently used winter outerwear. Donations can be dropped off at Douglas Cleaners in Owen Sound. Clothing can be picked up at Douglas Cleaners after the Owen Sound Santa Claus Parade, on Saturday Nov 15, 2014. After this date, articles can be picked up at the United Way in Owen Sound.