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LISTEN: Episode 6 – Practice 60 seconds of celebration every day? Ask Dr. Ganz explains why.


Episode 6:  Are you practicing ’60 seconds of celebration’ every day? You should and we will tell you why. Get those positive thoughts flowing.

You’ve likely caught Dr. Ganz on a variety of media outlets over the past decade and a half. He’s a sought after guest – a very knowledgable speaker.   Now you can enjoy and learn from him on his new podcast “Ask Dr. Ganz”.


Dr. Ganz Ferrance

Ask Dr. Ganz

Ask Dr. Ganz is hosted by Bryn Griffiths

About Dr. Ganz Ferrance, in his words:

“..I am an International speaker, author, entrepreneur. I have a PhD in Counselling Psychology and an MA in Developmental Psychology from Andrews University in Michigan. I’m also the former Public Education Director and Vice-President of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.

Since 1991 I’ve been helping individuals, couples, families, and corporations reduce their levels of STRESS, improve their relationships, and enjoy more success.

I’ve been in the media a lot since 2003 having been interviewed by The Edmonton Journal, CBC Radio, 630 CHED, Good Morning Canada, CTV News, Psychology Today, Ebony magazine, Bloomberg Business Radio Network, and many other media outlets. I hold the John C. Patterson Media Award from the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta and the Rosalina Smith Award from the National Black Coalition of Canada for Exceptional and Prolonged Service from an Individual from the Black Community Conducting a Business.

My deep belief in “positive psychology” helps YOU be the best version of yourself. My style is straightforward, down-to-earth, and no-nonsense. I pride myself on being a fellow “work-in-progress” and do not present anything that I have not personally put my blood, sweat and tears into. This approach has made ME a sought-after public speaker – with audiences in the United States and Canada enjoying my fun, engaging and life-changing presentations on beating STRESS and building superior relationships. I also have a black belt in karate and am currently studying Aikido. I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with my wife and two children…”

Ask Dr. Ganz is hosted and produced by Bryn Griffiths


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Albertans encouraged to wear cloth masks in public: easy tips and links on “How To” make your own



It is not the law, but Canada and Alberta have agreed with the idea that wearing a homemade cloth mask might help in the spreading the coronavirus, especially when it is hard to maintain the 2-metre physical distancing when in public.

YouTuber Japanese Creations offers how-to make face masks videos and tip for fogged-up glasses. Link Below

It is a culture clash between eastern and western countries. Unlike most Asian countries where a lot of the population regularly wear masks in public, in Western counties wearing a mask in public is not as easily accepted by the majority of the population. Many people find that they are treated as “infected” when they wear a face mask in public. Only time will tell if this Covid- 19 pandemic will change the majority of Canadians opinion people wear masks in public.

In February, China’s state media site posted a very strong opinion piece entitled, “Refusing Mask Wearing In Public Is A Threat To Civilization.”

Also not pulling any punches, virologist and immunologist, George Gao told, “The big mistake in the U.S. and Europe – is that people aren’t wearing masks. Gao is the director-general of the  Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “This virus is transmitted by droplets and close contact.

George Gao

You’ve got to wear a mask, because when you speak, there are always droplets coming out of your mouth – masks, can prevent droplets that carry the virus from escaping and infecting others.” Across Asian countries the populations are onboard that, “there are an unknown number of people that are asystematic, carrying the coronavirus and they do not even know it.” So, in the spirit of a country’s solidarity, “there is a need to protect others from yourself.”

In recent weeks countries have seen the stats and cannot ignore the lower numbers of infected in mask wearing countries like, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, the region of Hong Kong and China has also now flatted the curve and have loosed up on the city military lock-downs.

Recently passing laws that make it mandatory to wear a face mask in public are the Czech, Slovakia, Indonesia and the Philippines. On April 3rd, US President Donald Trump, announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending, on a voluntary basis, that Americans wear “non-medical cloth” face coverings.

Making homemade masks can be a fun family craft time. If you are of age, you can even toast a glass of wine to celebrate a good job. Make extras so you can change them up, give to friends or even donate them to those in need.

In Canada Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam has changed her view and is now saying, “Wearing a non-medical mask, even if you have no symptoms, is an additional measure that you can take to protect others around you in situations where physical distancing is difficult to maintain, such as in public transit or maybe in the grocery store.”

In Alberta, the view has also changed on the general public wearing mask in public. Leading off with the premier Kenney, who has seen countries that have been successful in keeping the transmission of COVID-19 down, have all had widespread use of face masks. Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said at a press conference, “What we know is that people who are sick spread illness – wearing a non-medical mask, such as a homemade cloth mask, has not been proven to protect the person who is wearing it,” but added, “However, it may be helpful in protecting others around you.”

The Alberta government wants people to follow these rules, even when wearing face coverings in public.

  • Continue to follow all other public health guidance (staying two metres away from others, wash hands regularly, stay home when sick).
  • Avoid touching your face and mask while using it.
  • Wash hands before putting on a mask, then before and after removing it.
  • Clean a cloth mask as soon as it gets damp or soiled.
  • Put it directly in the washing machine or a sealed bag that can be emptied into the washing machine and then be disposed of.
  • Cloth masks can be laundered with other items using a hot cycle, then dried in the dryer at the highest temperature setting.
  • Medical masks can’t be washed and should be discarded and replaced as soon as they get damp, soiled or crumpled.
  • Dispose of these masks in a lined garbage bin.
  • Do not share masks with others.

There are many online resources where you can easily make a cloth mask with or without a sewing machine.

  1. Youtuber Danysska from the Czech republic has a very easy “How To” do instructions on how to make a cloth mask with no sewing.
  2. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has a web page with easy instructions on how to make 3-different masks, one needs a sewing machine and two do not.
  3. With 1.5+ million views already. Japanese Creations on YouTube has two great how to videos. The second one has good tips to help glasses from fogging up, amazing what a small piece of tinfoil can do. Both do not need for a sewing machine.
  4. The Surgeon General for the US, Dr. Jerome Adam has an easy to follow how to make a face mask video, with-out a sewing machine.
  5. From prixprix on with a step by step photo instructions on how to make face mask out of an old T-shirt, no sewing machine required.
  6. With over 1.9+ million views, HomeMadeOnOurHomestead, has a good how to sew a reusable face mask with a filter pocket.
  7.  1.6+ million views and counting, Thoughtful Creativity, has a tutorial on how to make cloth face masks in a batches using a sewing machine.
  8. Not wanting to be outdone with 1.8+ million views, Kim’s Kitchen Affair, and her DIY how to sew a reusable pleated face mask with nose bridge and filter pockets in just 5 Minutes. Some sewing skills required!

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List of priorities: Kenney gives details on Alberta’s relaunch strategy



EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has unveiled preliminary details of what he calls the province’s relaunch strategy.

The plan focuses on gradually boosting the economy while preventing a second wave of COVID-19.

During his televised address to the province Tuesday, Kenney stressed the strategy can’t come into effect until social distancing rules are relaxed. Current models suggest that won’t be until the end of May, he said.

Kenney says the strategy takes information from countries like Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea, which have had more success than other nations in terms of economic activity and viral spread.

Here are some key points of the relaunch strategy:



Kenney plans for Alberta to conduct as many as 20,000 COVID-19 tests a day. He says testing is the foundation of the strategy. The plan will use new tests to identify positive cases and those with immunity in a more timely fashion.



Kenney says Alberta will have more precise tracing of close contacts of those who are infected.



Kenney says he feels Canada waited too long to close its borders, especially to countries with high levels of infection. He says Alberta will deploy a “much more rigorous approach than the federal government has in screening and quarantining international arrivals.”



The premier says Alberta will use technology to help enforce quarantine orders. He says that could include using smart phone apps when appropriate.



Alberta plans to “encourage and facilitate the use of masks in crowded public spaces, like mass transit.”

Premier Jason Kenney’s full address to Albertans on the COVID-19 pandemic on April 7, 2020 can be read at this link.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 7, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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