Jennifer Laferriere

Jennifer Laferriere

Garden City community correspondent

Jennifer Laferriere is a community correspondent for Garden City.

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Don’t let your cats roam outside

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Don’t let your cats roam outside

Jennifer Laferriere 2 minute read Wednesday, May. 18, 2022

It’s finally spring and we get to enjoy the warm weather. Warm weather also means you will see more cats roaming the streets. While some may be strays, lots of cats are let outside by their owners, which is actuallynot permitted under the City of Winnipeg’s Responsible Pet Ownership bylaw.

Letting your cats roam may not only result in hefty fines; it can also be extremely dangerous for your cats.

Dangers include:

• Your cat getting hit by a car — There have been so many dead cats on the roads. It’s a horrible thing to happen to them and totally preventable. I’ve had to stop and pick cats up a few times because no one else cared;

Wednesday, May. 18, 2022

Letting your pet cats roam the neighbourhood is forbidden by Winnipeg’s Responsible Pet Ownership bylaw.

April 7 is Green Shirt Day in Canada

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April 7 is Green Shirt Day in Canada

Jennifer Laferriere 3 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022

April 7 is known across Canada as Green Shirt Day. It’s the day Canadians honour the Logan Boulet Effect.

Logan Boulet was one of the young hockey players killed in the tragic Humboldt Broncos Bus crash in April 2018. This crash took the lives of 16people.

Logan had registered to be an organ donor. So when he passed, his parents honoured his wishes and donated his organs.

This was an amazing thing to do. Logan’s organs went on to save or improve the lives of six people. But this wasn’t the end of his gift.

Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022

Toby and Bernadine Boulet, parents of Logan, one of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team who died following the April 8, 2018 collision between their team bus and a semi-trailer near Armley, Sask., pose near their home in Lethbridge, Alta. The family donated six of Logan’s organs and sparked a surge of donations across the country now known as the Logan Boulet Effect.

March is kidney health month

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March is kidney health month

Jennifer Laferriere 5 minute read Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022

 

You may not realize it or think of it very often, but your kidneys are extremely important to living a healthy life. Most of us are born with two kidneys. But some of us are born with just one — a person can live a completely normal, healthy life with only one kidney. Kidneys do so much for our bodies; it’s really quite amazing. Kidneys are responsible for removing waste and fluids, which is why we can feel sick if our kidneys do not work properly. Every time you drink something, the kidneys filter the fluid. When you go into kidney failure, your kidneys can no longer remove fluid from your bod which causes fluid build-up and huge breathing problems. Kidneys also regulate and keep a healthy balance of important minerals such as phosphorus and potassium. These two minerals can have dire effects on our bodies if levels of either get too high or low. Dialysis is a medical process that’s needed when your own kidneys can no longer do their job. This means being hooked up to a machine to clean your blood for periods of three to four hours at a time. It’s not a great situation but it is often the only one available until a suitable match can be found for a kidney transplant. So how can you keep those kidneys healthy?• Get plenty of exercise — stay active;• Eat a healthy diet;• Drink plenty of water;• Monitor your weight;• Monitor your blood pressure ;• Control your blood sugar.You may be at greater risk of kidney disease if you are diabetic, have high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, smoke, or have a family history of kidney disease. If you are high-risk, have your kidney function tested regularly. Diabetes, both type 1 and 2 , is the leading cause of kidney disease with high blood pressure coming second. That is why it is important to watch what you eat, limit your sugar and make sure to exercise.Six years ago I received a kidney transplant. I  had been diagnosed with a rare kidney disease and my kidneys were failing. Getting a transplant was one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. Kidney failure can have a huge impact on your life in ways you wouldn’t think. That’s why it’s so important to take care of them. So remember to drink lots of water and keep those kidneys healthy. Jennifer Laferriere is a community correspondent for Garden City.  

You may not realize it or think of it very often, but your kidneys are extremely important to living a healthy life. 

Most of us are born with two kidneys. But some of us are born with just one — a person can live a completely normal, healthy life with only one kidney. 

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022

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Kidney disease can seriously affect your quality-of-life, so be sure to treat your kidneys well.

Sign up for life in 2022!

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Sign up for life in 2022!

Jennifer Laferriere 4 minute read Monday, Jan. 17, 2022

January is when everyone makes plans and sets goals. Resolutions to do better this year or to improve something in their lives. Whether they are personal or professional goals, I think we all have something we want to achieve. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to make a huge change in your life. And some people don’t even set goals. How about setting one really easy goal that could change a lot of lives for the better? One that would only take a couple of minutes?I’m talking about organ donation. Set a goal to become an organ donor and do it. It literally takes only a few minutes and your health card. All you have to do is go online to www.signupforlife.ca and register. It’s really that easy. This year is signupforlife.ca’s 10-year anniversary, and it’s hard to believe that it’s been that long since people could throw away their blue donor cards and register online. Now your intentions can be easily accessed and your family will know exactly what your wishes were. In the 10 years since the site was launched, 59,200 potential donors have registered. Although this number is absolutely wonderful, we know it can be so much greater. Manitoba has a population of over 1.3 million people, so 59,200 isn’t actually that many. I know we can do much better than this. Transplant Manitoba has set a goal for this 2022 They would like to see 10,000 new registrations in celebration of 10 years of signupforlife.ca.For those who don’t know, I received a new kidney almost six years ago and my whole life changed because of a kind stranger. I know what life is like when  waiting for an organ donation. I am lucky enough to know what it’s like to receive one. If you’ve ever thought about organ donation or if you’ve been wanting to do it but have been putting it off, now is your chance to make a huge difference in many lives. Please go to signupforlife.ca and register. Make a difference in this world. Make this your goal for 2022.Jennifer Laferriere is a community correspondent for Garden City. 

January is when everyone makes plans and sets goals. Resolutions to do better this year or to improve something in their lives. Whether they are personal or professional goals, I think we all have something we want to achieve. 

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to make a huge change in your life. And some people don’t even set goals. 

How about setting one really easy goal that could change a lot of lives for the better? One that would only take a couple of minutes?

Monday, Jan. 17, 2022

January is when everyone makes plans and sets goals. Resolutions to do better this year or to improve something in their lives. Whether they are personal or professional goals, I think we all have something we want to achieve. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to make a huge change in your life. And some people don’t even set goals. How about setting one really easy goal that could change a lot of lives for the better? One that would only take a couple of minutes?I’m talking about organ donation. Set a goal to become an organ donor and do it. It literally takes only a few minutes and your health card. All you have to do is go online to www.signupforlife.ca and register. It’s really that easy. This year is signupforlife.ca’s 10-year anniversary, and it’s hard to believe that it’s been that long since people could throw away their blue donor cards and register online. Now your intentions can be easily accessed and your family will know exactly what your wishes were. In the 10 years since the site was launched, 59,200 potential donors have registered. Although this number is absolutely wonderful, we know it can be so much greater. Manitoba has a population of over 1.3 million people, so 59,200 isn’t actually that many. I know we can do much better than this. Transplant Manitoba has set a goal for this 2022 They would like to see 10,000 new registrations in celebration of 10 years of signupforlife.ca.For those who don’t know, I received a new kidney almost six years ago and my whole life changed because of a kind stranger. I know what life is like when  waiting for an organ donation. I am lucky enough to know what it’s like to receive one. If you’ve ever thought about organ donation or if you’ve been wanting to do it but have been putting it off, now is your chance to make a huge difference in many lives. Please go to signupforlife.ca and register. Make a difference in this world. Make this your goal for 2022.Jennifer Laferriere is a community correspondent for Garden City. 

January is when everyone makes plans and sets goals. Resolutions to do better this year or to improve something in their lives. Whether they are personal or professional goals, I think we all have something we want to achieve. 

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to make a huge change in your life. And some people don’t even set goals. 

How about setting one really easy goal that could change a lot of lives for the better? One that would only take a couple of minutes?

Enjoy the season and remember to shop local

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Enjoy the season and remember to shop local

Jennifer Laferriere 3 minute read Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

Christmas is already looking very different than last year. Now that most people are double-vaccinated, getting together with loved ones shouldn’t be an issue, although we will have to watch our for the progression of the new omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.

Still, even a small gathering will be something to celebrate.

Last year was such a difficult time for the holidays. Remember the limited shopping? No holiday decorations. We could only purchase necessities. Not this year., thought Stores are at full capacity and we are allowed to purchase all the fun Christmas items that we want.

Stores are getting busier as the days are counting down and they will only continue to get busier. I suggest shopping during the week if you get a chance. I know I like to avoid large crowds. It also makes the shopping experience more enjoyable.

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

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With this Christmas season being more open than that of 2020, remember to help support small businesses by shopping at local retailers.

Do your best to be responsible cat owners

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Do your best to be responsible cat owners

Jennifer Laferriere 5 minute read Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

Animal rescues are having a hard time right now. There are so many cats needing homes. Everyone is overwhelmed. And shelters are full. There are an abundance of stray and pregnant cats living outside trying desperately to survive. People who can no longer keep their cats are trying to surrender them. And other cats are just being dumped outside. This year seems to be worse than previous years. With winter approaching, people are starting to show more concern about the stray cats they’ve been feeding or the family of cats that has been coming around all summer. It’s wonderful that there are caring people out there but everyone is worrying now, leaving less chance of getting  such cats into a safe place. It’s important to do something as soon as you notice a cat hanging around. First try to see if it is friendly. Then check its ears for a tattoo. A tattoo means the cat has been spayed or neutered and has or had an owner at one time. A found cat can be reported to the Winnipeg Humane Society, which can trace the tattoo to find the owner of the cat. Found cats can also be posted on different social media pages. Make sure to get a picture to include with the post. Outdoor cats are not necessarily strays but cats that have gotten away from their families. Lately there have been many amazing stories about missing cats that have been returned to their homes after months or even years of being gone. Overpopulation of cats is a huge issue in Winnipeg. And people are to blame, not the cats. Rescues are working hard to alleviate the problem but here’s what you can also do to help:• Adopt from a rescue. A reputable rescue will make sure the cat you are adopting is spayed or neutered;• Realize that there’s no such thing as a “free” kitten. Kittens need to be spayed or neutered ,which will end up costing you more than an adoption fee. • Don’t let your cats roam outside and don’t let your cats have kittens. There are many organizations that offer affordable spays and neuters. Rescues only have so much room and very limited funds. So when you call around looking for someone to take in a stray cat or one you need to surrender, please don’t get angry or hang up when they can’t accommodate you. Understand that they are doing the best they can. Jennifer Laferriere is a community correspondent for Garden City. Animal rescues are having a hard time right now. There are so many cats needing homes. Everyone is overwhelmed. And shelters are full.

There are an abundance of stray and pregnant cats living outside trying desperately to survive. People who can no longer keep their cats are trying to surrender them. And other cats are just being dumped outside. This year seems to be worse than previous years.

With winter approaching, people are starting to show more concern about the stray cats they’ve been feeding or the family of cats that has been coming around all summer. It’s wonderful that there are caring people out there but everyone is worrying now, leaving less chance of getting  such cats into a safe place.

It’s important to do something as soon as you notice a cat hanging around. First try to see if it is friendly. Then check its ears for a tattoo. A tattoo means the cat has been spayed or neutered and has or had an owner at one time.

Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

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Cats are wonderful animals and make great pets but humans need to be sure they act responsibly when they take ownership of a cat or kitten.

Give the gift of life at signupforlife.ca

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Give the gift of life at signupforlife.ca

Jennifer Laferriere 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

Signupforlife.ca is a really important website. This is where you can register to become and organ and tissue donor. It only takes your health card and a few minutes.

The website launched in 2012 and so far over 58,000 people have registered. That’s a large number but not when compared to how many people there are in Manitoba.

Did you know by being an organ donor you can save up to eight lives plus you also could improve as many as 75 lives. It’s a simple gift that could give a stranger a chance to live a normal life, not to mention more time with their family and friends.

Waiting for an organ is one of the hardest things to live with. My life was never normal while I waited for a new kidney. I relied on a machine to keep me alive and it was extremely difficult.

Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

Signupforlife.ca is a really important website. This is where you can register to become and organ and tissue donor. It only takes your health card and a few minutes.

The website launched in 2012 and so far over 58,000 people have registered. That’s a large number but not when compared to how many people there are in Manitoba.

Did you know by being an organ donor you can save up to eight lives plus you also could improve as many as 75 lives. It’s a simple gift that could give a stranger a chance to live a normal life, not to mention more time with their family and friends.

Waiting for an organ is one of the hardest things to live with. My life was never normal while I waited for a new kidney. I relied on a machine to keep me alive and it was extremely difficult.

A sad reminder that pets are like family

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A sad reminder that pets are like family

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 3 minute read Friday, Aug. 20, 2021

If you are like me and have an animal living in your house then you are probably an animal lover. And that animal isn’t just a pet, it is family.

I love animals but especially cats. I have been a cat lover for as long as I can remember and I have always had cats. I couldn’t picture not having a cat to greet me when I come home.

Recently one of my cats became ill. After a vet visit and an ultrasound she was diagnosed with cancer. Something I didn’t expect. This was a huge shock to me.

Since Sinnamon was feeling better, eating and acting completely normal, my vet said she could have a surgery to remove the mass.

Friday, Aug. 20, 2021

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Sinnamon has been correspondent Jennifer Laferriere’s treasure for the past 10 years.

Summer heat is great but be careful

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Summer heat is great but be careful

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 2 minute read Friday, Jul. 30, 2021

Happy summer, everyone! It has been a very beautiful one so far. The weather has been amazing. After a very long time of dealing with restrictions and isolation, we are finally able to spend time with family and friends. Something we have all been waiting to do.

This means there will be a lot of group gatherings — birthdays, picnics in the park, beaches, pools and a lot of other outdoor activities. But, with summer come some days of extremely hot temperatures. Although it’s fun to be outside, it can be dangerous.

Being at the beach or pool is one of the best ways to spend a hot day. And of course the best way to keep cool. But as wonderful as the sun is, it can affect your health. Here are a few tips to stay healthy while having fun:

Make sure to wear sunscreen with a high SPF to protect yourself from sunburn. And remember to reapply it often. Especially when you have been going into the water;Wear a hat; Stay hydrated! Drinking lots of water is very important; Limit your time in the sun. Animals are also at risk in this heat.

Friday, Jul. 30, 2021

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Ensure your pets have access to plenty of water during the summer heat.

Do your part to help local businesses

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Do your part to help local businesses

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 3 minute read Thursday, Jun. 3, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in some way or another. Loss of jobs, working hours cut, being able to spend time with our families... so many things have been affected.

But small businesses have really been hit the hardest, between bars and restaurants being closed and retailers being asked to limit the numbers of people in their stores. With all the big-name stores in the marketplace remaining open, many small businesses just can’t compete.

While some are struggling, others have had to close altogether. It’s a struggle to continue on with rent, bills and not enough income. There really isn’t any other choice for these businesses but to close. And it’s a huge loss when these businesses have been around for many years and are well-known in their communities.

So what can we do to make a difference and help struggling businesses? Shop local. That’s the answer.

Thursday, Jun. 3, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in some way or another. Loss of jobs, working hours cut, being able to spend time with our families... so many things have been affected.

But small businesses have really been hit the hardest, between bars and restaurants being closed and retailers being asked to limit the numbers of people in their stores. With all the big-name stores in the marketplace remaining open, many small businesses just can’t compete.

While some are struggling, others have had to close altogether. It’s a struggle to continue on with rent, bills and not enough income. There really isn’t any other choice for these businesses but to close. And it’s a huge loss when these businesses have been around for many years and are well-known in their communities.

So what can we do to make a difference and help struggling businesses? Shop local. That’s the answer.

Honour Logan Boulet — be an organ donor

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Honour Logan Boulet — be an organ donor

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 3 minute read Thursday, May. 6, 2021

April 6 marked the third anniversary of the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan that took the lives of 16 people. Most were young players for the Broncos, a team in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The news of this tragedy spread quickly and hit hard.

The team was on its way to a playoff game when its bus was struck by a semi. The accident changed the lives of many people.

Among the people that lost their lives that day was 21-year-old Logan Boulet, a player on team.

Logan had signed his organ donor card just weeks before, on his birthday. He also notified his family of his wishes. So when his parents knew he wasn’t going to survive they did what their son wanted. They donated his organs, and Logan improved six lives with his donation.

Thursday, May. 6, 2021

April 6 marked the third anniversary of the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan that took the lives of 16 people. Most were young players for the Broncos, a team in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The news of this tragedy spread quickly and hit hard.

The team was on its way to a playoff game when its bus was struck by a semi. The accident changed the lives of many people.

Among the people that lost their lives that day was 21-year-old Logan Boulet, a player on team.

Logan had signed his organ donor card just weeks before, on his birthday. He also notified his family of his wishes. So when his parents knew he wasn’t going to survive they did what their son wanted. They donated his organs, and Logan improved six lives with his donation.

Stay vigilant, because this isn’t over

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Stay vigilant, because this isn’t over

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 3 minute read Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021

Sure, we got some snow last week but March was beautiful. We have been so lucky. And with public health restrictions loosening up, everyone one wants to be outside enjoying this weather.

The parking lots at stores are busy. Retail outlets that have long been closed are once again open and everyone wants to go shopping. I can understand that. I haven’t been inside a Walmart in over a year. But are we rushing things?

I’ve never been terrified of this virus, even though I am immunocompromised. I’m just very cautious, and I’m not willing to take unnecessary chances with my health. I stay away from people and stores. We do online shopping only, which is really great and convenient.

I recently had to make an unavoidable trip to a hospital emergency room. Now, when I say I have go to the hospital then I absolutely need to go to the hospital — I avoided emergency rooms even before COVID-19.

Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021

Sure, we got some snow last week but March was beautiful. We have been so lucky. And with public health restrictions loosening up, everyone one wants to be outside enjoying this weather.

The parking lots at stores are busy. Retail outlets that have long been closed are once again open and everyone wants to go shopping. I can understand that. I haven’t been inside a Walmart in over a year. But are we rushing things?

I’ve never been terrified of this virus, even though I am immunocompromised. I’m just very cautious, and I’m not willing to take unnecessary chances with my health. I stay away from people and stores. We do online shopping only, which is really great and convenient.

I recently had to make an unavoidable trip to a hospital emergency room. Now, when I say I have go to the hospital then I absolutely need to go to the hospital — I avoided emergency rooms even before COVID-19.

Consider becoming a donor on World Kidney Day

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Consider becoming a donor on World Kidney Day

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021

Recently someone very close to me lost a good friend she had known for many years. A young girl passed away, way before her time.

The person I know was devastated when she found out. Her friend had been on life support for a few days. There was no brain activity and, unfortunately, there was nothing doctors could do. She was gone. The family graciously decided to donate her organs.

With this donation, she helped save the lives and vision of 20 people. Twenty people from just one amazing donation.

Losing someone you love can be devastating. How do you continue on? Does donating the organs make things easier? I think so. Just knowing that part of your loved one lives on in others; there has to be some comfort knowing other lives were saved.

Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021

Recently someone very close to me lost a good friend she had known for many years. A young girl passed away, way before her time.

The person I know was devastated when she found out. Her friend had been on life support for a few days. There was no brain activity and, unfortunately, there was nothing doctors could do. She was gone. The family graciously decided to donate her organs.

With this donation, she helped save the lives and vision of 20 people. Twenty people from just one amazing donation.

Losing someone you love can be devastating. How do you continue on? Does donating the organs make things easier? I think so. Just knowing that part of your loved one lives on in others; there has to be some comfort knowing other lives were saved.

COVID lonely? Consider adopting a pet

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COVID lonely? Consider adopting a pet

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 3 minute read Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

We are already one month into the new year. I know that many people say the days are dragging but I think the days are going incredibly fast.

We are very close to being able to say we’ve officially been living with COVID for an entire year. Last year at this time we had no idea how much our lives were going to change, nor how different our daily activities would become.

The good news? The infection numbers seem to be getting lower, more places are starting to open up and we are closer to getting vaccinated for this awful virus.

So how do we continue to get through this?

Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

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If you decide to adopt a pet, you will be helping not just one life, but two.

Do it now — sign up for life

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Do it now — sign up for life

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 8, 2021

I hope everyone is enjoying the new year. Last year was certainly one that none of us will forget.

A new year means a chance to start over and set new goals. Many people make New Year’s resolutions. The most common are usually about getting into shape, eating better, trying something new or reaching a goal you’ve wanted to achieve for years.

So, what about doing something amazing for someone or many people? Something that takes minimal effort and could last for decades but can be one of the most important things you will ever do.

Why not become a registered organ donor? It’s really easy. All you have to do is go to www.signupforlife.ca and register. It takes only a few minutes and all you need is your Manitoba Health card.

Friday, Jan. 8, 2021

I hope everyone is enjoying the new year. Last year was certainly one that none of us will forget.

A new year means a chance to start over and set new goals. Many people make New Year’s resolutions. The most common are usually about getting into shape, eating better, trying something new or reaching a goal you’ve wanted to achieve for years.

So, what about doing something amazing for someone or many people? Something that takes minimal effort and could last for decades but can be one of the most important things you will ever do.

Why not become a registered organ donor? It’s really easy. All you have to do is go to www.signupforlife.ca and register. It takes only a few minutes and all you need is your Manitoba Health card.

Be a responsible cat owner this winter

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Be a responsible cat owner this winter

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 2 minute read Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

When thermometers start to drop I always worry about the stray animals in the city. What will happen to them?

Cats and kittens are everywhere right now. Rescues have run out of room and there are not enough foster families and households, so agencies are overloaded with incoming calls, texts and emails needing to find placement for stray cats and kittens.

Unfortunately, the number of stray cats is so hard to control. For everyone working on the process of getting the numbers down, there are people working against it. What can people do to help out?

First, when deciding to get a new furry family member, go to a shelter/rescue. All of these cats should be spayed and neutered when adopted, or at the age-appropriate time. Make sure that spaying and/or neutering is covered by the rescue of your choice.

Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

When thermometers start to drop I always worry about the stray animals in the city. What will happen to them?

Cats and kittens are everywhere right now. Rescues have run out of room and there are not enough foster families and households, so agencies are overloaded with incoming calls, texts and emails needing to find placement for stray cats and kittens.

Unfortunately, the number of stray cats is so hard to control. For everyone working on the process of getting the numbers down, there are people working against it. What can people do to help out?

First, when deciding to get a new furry family member, go to a shelter/rescue. All of these cats should be spayed and neutered when adopted, or at the age-appropriate time. Make sure that spaying and/or neutering is covered by the rescue of your choice.

Wearing a mask is a sign of respect

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Wearing a mask is a sign of respect

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 2 minute read Monday, Sep. 21, 2020

Does anyone else feel this year has gone by extremely fast?

It seems like it was just March and COVID-19 was just getting serious. Now here we are and it’s already almost October.

This has definitely been a very strange year for all of us. So the fact that it’s going by quickly is probably a good thing.

Something that has become our new normal is wearing masks. There has been so much debate on this subject. Most people I know don’t have a problem with it. But some are against wearing them, which I just don’t understand.

Monday, Sep. 21, 2020

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Wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic helps immunocompromised people feel more comfortable and is a sign of your respect for others.

The gift of organ donation lasts forever

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The gift of organ donation lasts forever

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 2 minute read Monday, Aug. 24, 2020

Needing an organ transplant is one of the hardest things to deal with. It affects your entire life.

I was diagnosed with kidney disease when I was just 14 years old and something was discovered during a routine examination. That’s when my life changed forever.

My kidneys were working at less than half of their capability. They would continue to decline for years until dialysis was my only chance for survival. That or a kidney transplant.

I chose to do dialysis for longer than anyone would want to do it. And I did every form of dialysis possible.

Monday, Aug. 24, 2020

Needing an organ transplant is one of the hardest things to deal with. It affects your entire life.

I was diagnosed with kidney disease when I was just 14 years old and something was discovered during a routine examination. That’s when my life changed forever.

My kidneys were working at less than half of their capability. They would continue to decline for years until dialysis was my only chance for survival. That or a kidney transplant.

I chose to do dialysis for longer than anyone would want to do it. And I did every form of dialysis possible.

It’s kitten season once again…

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It’s kitten season once again…

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 2 minute read Monday, Jun. 29, 2020

So it’s that time of the year again. Yes, it’s kitten season.

There are lots of stray cats on the streets right now.... Well, always, unfortunately. That’s because people get cats and when they decide they no longer want them, the cats are discarded like trash.

Did you know that a cat can be a 20-year commitment? Anyone getting a cat should be aware of this extremely important fact. And they should also know that cats aren’t disposable.

A lot of the time, people want kittens because they are cute. Decisions are made on a whim without considering the long term.

Monday, Jun. 29, 2020

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Honey was abandoned when her owners moved and was pregnant when she was rescued and taken into care, where she later had seven kittens.

Adjusting to the ‘new normal’

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Adjusting to the ‘new normal’

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 3 minute read Monday, May. 4, 2020

How is everyone doing?

The last month has been very different for all of us. We are going through something that none of us has experienced before and hopefully won’t have to experience again.

When I first heard about the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, I didn’t think it was as serious as we now know it is. It wasn’t a big deal. We were discussing it one weekend ... and by the next weekend events were being cancelled.

We were set up at the Winnipeg Pet Show when we were notified that it was closing down and had to get everything out immediately. It was shocking. I couldn’t really understand why it was happening.

Monday, May. 4, 2020

How is everyone doing?

The last month has been very different for all of us. We are going through something that none of us has experienced before and hopefully won’t have to experience again.

When I first heard about the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, I didn’t think it was as serious as we now know it is. It wasn’t a big deal. We were discussing it one weekend ... and by the next weekend events were being cancelled.

We were set up at the Winnipeg Pet Show when we were notified that it was closing down and had to get everything out immediately. It was shocking. I couldn’t really understand why it was happening.

Organ donations are the gift of life

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Organ donations are the gift of life

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 3 minute read Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

Happy February everyone.

This is such a wonderful month. Winter is almost over. Spring is getting closer and the days are getting longer. But this month means a lot to me for another reason.

In February 2016 I received a phone call that changed my life. After seven years on a waiting list for a kidney transplant I was told there was a possible kidney for me.

It was the call I had been waiting for. The call I honestly didn’t think I would ever receive. Because of antibodies I have, I matched less than one per cent of the population. Getting a kidney to match me was supposed be near impossible.

Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

Happy February everyone.

This is such a wonderful month. Winter is almost over. Spring is getting closer and the days are getting longer. But this month means a lot to me for another reason.

In February 2016 I received a phone call that changed my life. After seven years on a waiting list for a kidney transplant I was told there was a possible kidney for me.

It was the call I had been waiting for. The call I honestly didn’t think I would ever receive. Because of antibodies I have, I matched less than one per cent of the population. Getting a kidney to match me was supposed be near impossible.

Be on the lookout for stray cats

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Be on the lookout for stray cats

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

Happy New Year to everyone! It’s hard to believe it’s January 2020 already. The years seem to be flying by.

Our December was pretty amazing. The temperatures were so mild. Even January has started off unusually warm.

I’m not complaining, though. I remember some extremely cold Christmas eves and Christmas days. With lots of family and friends to visit, staying inside where it was warm just wasn’t an option. This year it wasn’t a chore to go out at Christmastime. It was actually enjoyable.

However, now that it is January in Winnipeg, the weather will start to get cooler and, being a huge cat lover, I always worry about the stray and abandoned cats that have been left outside to take care of themselves.

Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

Happy New Year to everyone! It’s hard to believe it’s January 2020 already. The years seem to be flying by.

Our December was pretty amazing. The temperatures were so mild. Even January has started off unusually warm.

I’m not complaining, though. I remember some extremely cold Christmas eves and Christmas days. With lots of family and friends to visit, staying inside where it was warm just wasn’t an option. This year it wasn’t a chore to go out at Christmastime. It was actually enjoyable.

However, now that it is January in Winnipeg, the weather will start to get cooler and, being a huge cat lover, I always worry about the stray and abandoned cats that have been left outside to take care of themselves.

Remember to help others this season

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Remember to help others this season

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 3 minute read Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

The holiday season is approaching and we all know Christmas is the season to give. People are always more generous this time of year.

Getting gifts for family and loved ones is great but what else can you do to make a difference in someone’s life?

Many places around the city are looking for items to give to families in need. A variety of items are always needed — especially toys. There are many underprivileged children who don’t get much, if anything, on Christmas morning. Purchasing toys to donate can make a child very happy. One toy can put a smile on a child’s face, and it doesn’t cost a lot to purchase.

Toy Mountain, an initiative of The Salvation Army, is a great place to donate. Bring new unwrapped toys to their many drop off locations throughout the city, including all Scotiabank locations and all fire stations (for full details, visit toymountain.ca).

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

The holiday season is approaching and we all know Christmas is the season to give. People are always more generous this time of year.

Getting gifts for family and loved ones is great but what else can you do to make a difference in someone’s life?

Many places around the city are looking for items to give to families in need. A variety of items are always needed — especially toys. There are many underprivileged children who don’t get much, if anything, on Christmas morning. Purchasing toys to donate can make a child very happy. One toy can put a smile on a child’s face, and it doesn’t cost a lot to purchase.

Toy Mountain, an initiative of The Salvation Army, is a great place to donate. Bring new unwrapped toys to their many drop off locations throughout the city, including all Scotiabank locations and all fire stations (for full details, visit toymountain.ca).

Are you ready for… brr… winter?

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Are you ready for… brr… winter?

Jennifer Laferriere - Community Correspondent 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Well it looks like winter is here — the part of the year that no one really loves. I can’t believe it is already mid-November. So I need to know, are you ready?

It was crazy back in October when we had that mini snowstorm that took out our hydro  lines and many, many trees. Luckily this time around it was a much more gentle introduction to the snow.

Winter is definitely not my favourite time of year although I don’t care for summer either as it is too hot (yes, I said it). But I also hate the cold. My favourite seasons are  spring and fall.

It gets so cold here in Winnipeg. So I’m really hoping for a mild winter — if that’s even a thing.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Well it looks like winter is here — the part of the year that no one really loves. I can’t believe it is already mid-November. So I need to know, are you ready?

It was crazy back in October when we had that mini snowstorm that took out our hydro  lines and many, many trees. Luckily this time around it was a much more gentle introduction to the snow.

Winter is definitely not my favourite time of year although I don’t care for summer either as it is too hot (yes, I said it). But I also hate the cold. My favourite seasons are  spring and fall.

It gets so cold here in Winnipeg. So I’m really hoping for a mild winter — if that’s even a thing.