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Finnish Inspired Spa at Oro-Medonte Opening Fall 2021

A highly anticipated, Finnish-inspired Nordic spa, destined for a forested hilltop in Oro-Medonte, is on its way.

Situated on a 26-acre site at the top of Horseshoe Resort, Vettä Nordic Spa is on track for an early September 2021 opening.

“Coming from a Finnish family, it stood out to me that people in Canada, and especially Ontario, are missing out on the sauna experience and the opportunity to unplug for a while,” said president and founder Eric Harkonen.  

Once open, the outdoor day spa will operate year-round and boast one of the largest commercial saunas in North America, along with warm pools, cold-plunge pools, salt rubs, a hot-stone room, massage rooms, social and quiet zones, a restaurant overlooking the spa and forest, a coffee bar, bistro, relaxation areas, and outdoor wood-burning fire pits.

Harkonen described it as “a place you can visit that quiets the mind and rejuvenates your spirit. “It’s a place to come together, create memories and spend precious time with friends and family,” he added.

While there is a designated zone for those wishing to relax quietly on their own, the majority of Vettä adheres to the Finnish tradition of chatting and engaging with others.

Guests are encouraged to enjoy their spa time with friends or family members, Harkonen said.

“Time is always ticking and moving forward,” he added. “We are run by our calendars and we are always chasing time in one way or another. “It’s important — for our well-being — to simply stop and take some time for yourself,” he said. A first-generation Canadian, Harkonen’s parents immigrated to northern Ontario from Finland in the 1950s.

After obtaining an engineering degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from McMaster University, he spent 25 years leading and mentoring project teams on engineering and constructions projects in Canada and across the globe, according to information on the company’s website.

“Horseshoe Valley is already a vacation destination for many, and the natural beauty found here fits the Finnish-inspired escape so perfectly,” he added. “Vettä will be the vacation without the travel.” Visit https://vettaspa.com/ for more information.


What does it even mean to be human?  Well that’s an endless topic, but for the purpose of this article it means human beings experience life in a body by way of intellect…mental/physicality, and through their soul…consciousness (spirituality)/intuition.  Each one of us navigates and experiences life using these systems, some of us perhaps using one system more than the other.  But be forewarned!  There are always cautions to living predominately one-way.  Humans can easily become so spiritual that they are no earthly good, or they can become so advanced intellectually that they progress themselves into oblivion without any sense of the intangible soul.  The danger of living solely through ‘one aspect of the self’ lies particularly in the progression of our intelligence.  And today, this could not be more obvious. 

Take for example the Canadian platform deemed Policy Horizons, an idea that transformed from a previous traditional ‘think tank’ into a foresight center in 2011.  (Website: horizons.gc.ca)  It’s an organization within the federal public service that conducts strategic foresight on crosscutting issues and public policy implications for the future of Canadians all of which the foreseers hope be completed within the next decade.  It’s very similar to the agenda of the World Economic Forum for the Great Reset.  It’s great to know we have our own forum, people and partners and organizations planning our future right here in Canada while we the citizens can sit back in the comfy of our living rooms and do as we are told, or worse have no interest at all in the evolving world around us.  Take for instance the plan for “Biodigital Convergence” under the section of “Our Work,” which, in essence is the merging and full physical integration and co-evolution of biological (human) and digital (machine) technologies.  The page states that this way of thinking could disrupt the way we produce and consume goods and services, relate to one another, maintain and augment our bodies, acquire and process data, make decisions, and manage our place in ecosystems.   Or how about “The Next Digital Economy.”  Here you can read the hypothetical futuristic story titled, “Jamie and My New Shoes,” and what buying a pair of shoes might look like in the year 2029. (Jamie is a robot.) Or perhaps a technical device that reads your thoughts and answers back?  You can find out why you might need this under “Economic Futures.”  On the website there are speeches, presentations, videos, etc.  Great conversations are taking place and people from all over the world are connecting with Policy Horizons Canada through various social media platforms.  You can even get a job here!  The forthcoming excitement for Canada’s future is endless!  All this information makes you feel like you wouldn’t want to be left out.  A new way of ‘being’ is becoming brainstormed into existence.  Trans-humanism is definitely on the agenda.   Most everything on Policy Horizons is in PDF format and can be downloaded by the average citizen for their reading pleasure or soulful horror, whichever description you prefer.  This website is perhaps Canada’s way of remaining transparent in regards to plans for ‘our’ Great Reset.  Famous words…“We told you so!”

Folks, this proposed futuristic agenda has been in the making for several years.  With our attentions currently diverted by the fear of Covid perhaps some of us have missed it.    To mix and match technology with the human body and brain ignores the natural capabilities of the soul self, those intangible unexplained gifts that we naturally possess.  If humans were to focus a little more on such, there is no telling what we could touch in this universe without the aid of such bizarre technology.    But unfortunately, at this time in history the human being may no longer be capable of such feats.  In the name of progress we have all been led down the gadget/stuff path believing these are the things that will fix our unhealthy bodies, soothe our longing souls and mend our hurting planet.        

Do you think this is dangerous ground for the future of true humanity?   There may be few people left on Earth who have the kind of energy required to propel themselves along side the competitive technical race to save the rights of the natural born human.  These folk are the ones who live simultaneously through both their humanity and their divinity. The ones who do exist this way could possibly be our Saviors.   Will science ever recognize this?  Not likely.  As exciting as science is it now seems to be the new God and the old human template no longer interests those who follow this path.  The drive for science-minded humans to advance technically is perhaps even stronger than the drive to eat.  So why are they even thinking about creating synthetic meat?  Yes, you will find this on the agenda for the ‘new human’s’ dining pleasure somewhere on the huge list of ‘To Do’s’ at Policy Horizons Canada as well.  Stay tuned!

Submitted by Beverley Dujay-Macdonald

Ontario Expanding Mental Health Services for Children and Youth

TORONTO — The Ontario government is providing over $31 million to help improve access to specialized mental health treatment services, reduce waitlists and wait times, and support the mental health and wellbeing of children and youth by addressing the increased demand for services during COVID-19. This funding is part of the government’s commitment to invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to implement the Roadmap to Wellness, Ontario’s plan to build a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions system to serve Ontarians of all ages.

“Our government continues to make mental health and addictions a priority by making critical investments to ensure children, youth and their families have access to the supports they need to stay mentally healthy during these challenging times,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “With today’s funding, we continue our important work through Roadmap to Wellness to enhance existing services and build a treatment network that will support children and youth, families, and communities across Ontario on their journey to wellness.”

The pandemic has been extremely difficult for many young people, including unique challenges for students. This funding will stabilize and expand existing services and will provide targeted investments in specialized mental health supports, improving access to innovative solutions to support the mental health and wellbeing of Ontario’s children and youth. It will ensure child and youth clients can receive in a timely manner the appropriate care in the right setting, improving outcomes and avoiding hospital admission. Investments include:

$20 million for an across-the-board five per cent funding increase for all government funded children and youth mental health agencies that provide core mental health and addictions services as well as select Indigenous and specialized services to increase access to supports and decrease wait times for these services to address high demand, particularly during COVID-19 pandemic.

$3.5 million for the Step Up Step Down live-in treatment program for children and youth with complex mental health needs who require short-term supports to step down from hospital care to less intensive community-based services, or step up from less intensive supports to provide stabilization through intensive interventions.

$2.7 million at four new Youth Wellness Hubs across Ontario in Guelph, Renfrew, Timmins and Windsor for people between the ages of 12-25, to offer walk-in access to primary care and address their needs related to mental health, substance use, primary care, education, employment, training, housing and other community and social services.

$2.1 million in annualized funding to support a new Virtual Walk-in Counselling Program which provides children, youth and families across the province with virtual counselling with a clinician via telephone, video conferencing, text or chat.

$2 million for a new program to help children and youth who require additional one-on-one intensive treatment to transition in or out of specialized, live-in treatment programs, secure crisis units, and/or hospital.

$1 million to maintain Child and Youth Tele-Mental Health service levels and continue providing access to specialized psychiatric consultations through videoconferencing.

“Now, more than ever, it is critical that we make the necessary investments to support the mental health of our children and youth,” said Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “Through our Roadmap to Wellness, we are focused on filling urgent gaps in mental health and addictions care and addressing extensive wait times for services. We are committed to creating a system where Ontarians of all ages have access to the highest-quality mental health and addictions supports, when and where they need them.” 

Two servings of fruit may reduce Type 2 diabetes risk 

People who consume two servings of fruit per day have one-third lower odds of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who consume less than half a serving, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

“We found people who consumed around 2 servings of fruit per day had a 36% lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes over the next five years than those who consumed less than half a serving of fruit per day,” study author Nicola Bondonno said in a press release.

“We did not see the same patterns for fruit juice. These findings indicate that a healthy diet and lifestyle which includes the consumption of whole fruits is a great strategy to lower your diabetes risk,” said Bondonno, a researcher at Edith Cowan University’s Institute for Nutrition Research in Perth, Australia.

Researchers analyzed data on 7,675 participants from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute’s Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study who provided information on their fruit and fruit juice intake through a food frequency questionnaire.

They found that people who consumed more fruit had to produce less insulin to lower their blood glucose levels.

“This is important because high levels of circulating insulin — hyperinsulinemia — can damage blood vessels and are related not only to diabetes, but also to high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease,” Bondonno said.

Diabetes is a huge public health burden, according to the Endocrine Society.

About 463 million people had diabetes globally in 2019, a number that is expected to rise to 700 million in 2045.

Approximately 374 million people are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, but a healthy diet and lifestyle can lower a person’s diabetes risk.

In July, two studies showed that eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods could lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

One study looked at more than 9,700 people who developed Type 2 diabetes and over 13,600 who didn’t, finding that people with the highest levels of fruit and vegetable consumption were 50% less likely to develop diabetes.

Another study included more than 158,000 American women and over 36,000 American men, and that one found that people with the highest levels of whole-grain consumption had 29% lower rates of Type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest levels.