Save The Bees

In recent years, our honey bee population has significantly decreased, especially in rural areas. Many believe this is due to the increased use of pesticides and chemicals in farming. The bees dying could cause elimination of many plants that are important for our ecosystem, as well as some of our favourite veggies and fruits.

Why are honey bees so important?

Some plants can pollinate on their own, some by wind and others by animals and insects, including bees. The honey bee is an important part of pollination of plants as they cover 1/3 of all pollination.

What is pollination you ask?

Pollination is the transfer of the male pollen grains to the female stigma in flowers of the same species. As the bee flies from plant to plant, it transfers the pollen which is stuck to their little hairs and to the sticky surface of the stigma. This allows the plant blossom to produce fruit and vegetables.

What will happen if pollination doesn’t occur?

If pollination does not occur, the plant will lose the ability to reproduce and flower blossoms. Low levels of pollination could result in lower yields, smaller fruits and an increase in diseases. If pollination continues to decline, all flowering plants and creatures that they support will disappear and/or become very expensive due to limited crop.

More and more cities are beginning to incorporate bee hives into city life. For some reason, bees are surviving more in the cities away from rural areas. Toronto Bee Rescue started in 2011, taking unwanted bee hives in homes and work areas and placing them in a protected safe environment. The rescue is working hard to keep our bees alive to pollinate our plants.

Sara and Peter are a couple who started the Toronto Bee Rescue. Together they are looking to increase their bee hives and continue to take care of these precious and valuable creatures. Click here to see more on their story and please help them build more bee colonies. Together we can save the bees!

You can learn more about the importance of Bees here on Ted Talks

Michelle Wolfe

Aldo’s boot camp to recovery

IMG_3875Less than a year ago, Aldo Vercillo was told he may never walk again. This past week, Aldo and Physiotherapist Matt Sanchez sat down with satellite radio crew “What She Said” to talk about Aldo’s astounding recovery. He shares his experience of his accident which left him paralyzed from the waist down and how he was unsure if he would ever walk again. After doing his research, Aldo knew he wanted to attend Aim2Walk Neurological Rehabilitation Facility for his therapy. With the help of their outstanding therapy protocol and robotic technology, Aldo is already walking with a walker and continuing to see results each week. He explains that it’s not easy! He works out for several hours a day at Aim2Walks Neurochangers gym, pushing himself to achieve his goal of walking. Take a look at this link for more from their interview.

 

Michelle Wolfe

Lets Talk About Sex!

 

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Sex is a wonderful thing! So why does it often feel “wrong” or “weird” to talk about it? Even while reading this article one might hide in a room alone or try to make sure no one else can see that they’re reading about S-E-X. Back when “50 Shades of Grey” was all the rage, I remember a fellow co-worker being uncomfortable that I was reading it around others on my lunch break. I was shocked! It’s human nature and people do it every single day! Why is it so wrong to talk about it?

A couple of weeks ago, a client told me that he couldn’t talk to his wife about their sex life and he was wondering if a sex therapist could help. This client is older and has recently had a stroke. He has hemiplegia (one side of his body is paralyzed) so his physical abilities are much different for him.

Here are some of the reasons I thought a sex therapist could help him:

1) opens up the line of communication between both partners
2) gives ideas and options for new, safe positions
3) offers ideas for new ways to pleasure each other
Although this client seemed interested and hopeful that his sex life would improve, he was still not interested in talking to someone else about it due to the “awkwardness”.

closeup Tim and RoseIn the Toronto Star recently, a young man named Tim with Cerebral Palsy and his wife Natalie, talk about their hopes to break down the myth that people with disabilities are not sexual. When Tim and Natalie first started their relationship, they too had questions about sex. They were both disappointed with the lack of information available, and they together started the Rose Centre for Love, Sex, and Disability.

THEIR MISSION STATEMENT…

The Rose Centre is a charitable organization that focuses on positive representations of love, sex and disability. We recognize the multiple barriers to participation in love, sex and relationships for disabled people and the lack of positive discussion around disability and sexuality. We also believe that sex and relationships can be fun and enjoyable for anyone. The organization provides programming and events which support this mission and that are open and welcoming to everyone.

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When I contacted Natalie and Tim, they confirmed their mission was to improve the love and sex life for people with disabilities and they would happy to assist anyone with questions. Due to their recent appearance in The Star, they have become overwhelmed with people interested in learning more. They are passionate to help people feel sexy and enjoy sex, no matter the circumstances. There is help out there for all who want to improve their sex life, but first, you have to be open to talk about it!

Michelle Wolfe