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Making Canada's Food Guide Work for You

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 at 1:05pm

Canada's new food guide was released in January, getting rid of food groups and recommended servings to instead advocate eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain food and protein foods, and choosing protein foods that come from plants more often. It also encourages cooking more at home and avoiding added sugar. The advice sounds fairly straightforward, but the specifics raise a few more questions—how much is "plenty"? What plant-based foods are a good source of protein? How universal are the new guidelines? What is the best way to implement them at home? What is healthy versus saturated fat?

There is a lot to know about nutrition, and even more material and opinions to sift through, so it might be helpful to attend a class with a registered dietitian to start (especially with the holiday season fast approaching). In her upcoming class, Making the Most of Canada's New Food Guide, Maria Baranowski will discuss using the new food guide to promote health, prevent disease and learn about healthy eating recommendations. Register now to learn more about one of the key factors in overall health. 

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom, Health

Find Strategies for Living With Chronic Pain

Monday, Nov 04, 2019 at 3:53pm

Chronic pain comes from a variety of sources—disease, arthritis, nerve damage, injury and fatigue, to name just a few—and can have a significant impact on day-to-day life, both physically and emotionally, which can be very discouraging.

The good news is there are numerous strategies people who suffer from chronic pain can pursue to try and improve the quality of their life. 

On November 13, Erin Murray (BMR-RT) will explain some therapeutic management techniques for chronic pain, including traditional physiotherapy treatment, acupuncture and craniosacral therapy in her class, Managing Chronic Pain. With more than 27 years of experience, Erin uniquely combines traditional physiotherapy with acupuncture and craniosacral therapy for a holistic approach to help faciliate healing. Her goal is for participants to leave this class informed and hopeful. 

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom

November's Author of the Month: ROBERT HARRIS

Friday, Nov 01, 2019 at 11:14am

Robert Harris is the author of twelve bestselling novels. He is a former journalist and BBC television reporter. Harris was a columnist for the Sunday Times, but gave it up in 1997. He returned to journalism in 2001, writing for the Daily Telegraph. He was named “Columnist of the Year” at the 2003 British Press Awards. Although he began his career in non-fiction, his fame rests upon his works of historical fiction. Several of his books have been adapted to film, including The Ghost Writer, which starred Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Ewan McGregor and Olivia Williams. Harris later shared a César Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Harris lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his wife, Gill Hornby, herself a writer and sister of best-selling novelist Nick Hornby. Harris contributed a short story, “PMQ”, to Hornby’s 2000 collection Speaking with the Angel.

In Harris’s new novel, The Second Sleep, it’s the year 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote English village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts — coins, fragments of glass, human bones — which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes — about himself, his faith and the history of his world — is tested to destruction.

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month

Books of the Season 2019

Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 at 11:02am

The holidays are coming!

Get yourself prepared with our annual holiday catalogue, Books of the Season, which features the best books, music, toys, games, and gifts for everyone on your list.

Pick up a free copy of the catalogue in any of our bookstores, or read it online right now >>>

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

Governor General's Literary Awards 2019 winners

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 at 3:18pm

The winners of the 2019 Governor General's Literary Awards, Canada's oldest and most prestigious literary prizes, have been announced.

Of particular note is Winnipeg's Joan Thomas, who won the Fiction award (in English) for her novel Five Wives, which we had the pleasure of launching earlier this year.

The other English-language winners include:

Along with the English-language winners are seven French-language winners. For more information on those books, and on the Award in general, visit

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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