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Happy Family Day, Alberta!

From the United States to Australia and other parts of Canada, please join Alberta in celebrating Family Day tomorrow! Let’s reflect on the healing power of nature of which we share. See Let’s cherish life and the world around us; from the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon (pictured below) to Australia’s coastal and rainforest areas to Canada’s glistening lakes and towering mountains, this planet is home to all of us!
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Reptiles Down Under and the Red Centre

: Happy Family Day, Alberta!

 

January 26: Australia Day

 

Australia Day

January 26 is a time to mark and respect national achievements and their emergent international uniqueness! Famous Australian poet Andrew Barton “Banjo” Patterson provided an insight into how challenging the environment can be. In 1890 he wrote and arranged for the “Man from Snowy River” to be printed. His work appeared in “The Bulletin” magazine. “Banjo’s” family’s background was in grazing livestock. His poems reflect his life experiences and events linked, for example, to horses. “Banjo” was called to the practice of law. He wrote:
“Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree
And he sang as he watched and waited ’til his billy boiled.
[You’ll come, a-waltzing Matilda, with me]…
The shade is critical in the heat, and locals have placed dampening agents around technology to keep it working even with 40 Celcius plus temperatures. The  Australian Government (2021) reported that the Australian continent is the second driest in the world.
David Gordon Kirkpatrick “Slim Dusty’ (1945-2003) was another famous figure who contributed to Australian culture through his songs and lyrics. He sang both The Man from Snowy River and Waltzing Matilda.

Birthday Wishes Australia!

Planning Your Winter Short Hike 

The Canadian Rockies and other outdoor locations offer picturesque views and having time outside while physically distanced during the COVID-19 pandemic can be beneficial. Before you set out, there are some matters to keep in mind. The following items may help, and these “just touch the tip of the iceberg” and are not definitive or authoritative. These items are based on our personal experiences. Before you begin your journey, please see:

  • Environment Canada weather reports https://weather.gc.ca
  • Road condition reports https://511.alberta.ca/#:Alerts and https://roadreports.ama.ab.ca 
  • Hiking trail conditions https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/randonee-hiking/etat-sentiers-trail-conditions and https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports/peter-lougheed/ 

Pack most of your hiking items the night you set out on your journey. You could have bear spray in your winter hiking backpack, a satellite or cell phone, and personal heating packs. You may also benefit from ice cleats and hiking poles. A hiker reported that their hiking pole snapped! Please inspect your equipment and make sure that it fits its purpose. 

Don’t forget your sunglasses and to wear sunscreen. Hydration packs could freeze under winter conditions, and you should carry water and sealed or wrapped food, a first aid kit, a compass and trail maps. Days can become shorter during the winter than at other times of the year, and it is essential to have personal headlamps and spare batteries. You could bring two pairs of gloves, a hat, and a scarf. One thin pair of gloves is for you to have flexibility when you are, i.e. taking photographs. The thick pair of gloves is for additional warmth. Have warm socks and consider carrying spare pairs if, for example, your gloves or socks become wet. You could tuck your pants in your boots to avoid getting wet feet. Long John’s are often an excellent base layer. Snow pants, gaiters, and jackets could help. There are benefits to you having thermal or merino wool wear. Also see, https://www.albertaparks.ca/albertaparksca/learning/parks-stories/alberta-parks-guide-to-backpacking-in-k-country/ 

Let your ‘fingers do some typing’ and research your clothing options from various government and non-government sources. Remember your face mask, hand sanitizer, and have one-use Kleenex in your pockets for runny noses! Also, alert others about where you are going and when you expect to return from your journey. When you arrive at your destination point, if it is crowded, have alternative venue/s in place. You could eat in the car and avoid crowded eating areas. You may limit your visits to public bathrooms and go to the toilet before your trip. See this link on washrooms https://tridentfoundation.net/?p=5382 Public bathrooms can have high traffic. 

Winterise your car, consult with your mechanic and arrange to have roadside assistance. Also, have emergency contact numbers available for roadside assistance, families or friends. If your car breakdowns, it could take you a while with current COVID-19 conditions to get help from friends or emergency services. You may have such items as blankets, a spare tire, and an air compressor. You would benefit from having a well-stocked first aid kit with, i.e. bandages, and bandaids. Also, have flashlights, roadside bases, super grip gloves, a cable to have your vehicle towed, flares, an adaptor cord, a 12 VUSB plug, a safety hammer, and a shovel. These are the kinds of items that you would want to have in your emergency kit for your vehicle. Some people have recommended having antiskid sand for your car to give added traction can help. For additional information, please see https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/sfttps/tp201012-en.aspx.

 In summary, ideally, you would have practical knowledge and skills about alpine conditions. Please start preparing for your journey and be careful! You and others are not immune from becoming environmental conditions, including being infected by the virus, so please be careful, remember your hand sanitizer, face mask and enjoy your short winter hike!

Wishing you the very best of the season and always!

The current pandemic conditions create threats and weaknesses. Yet, there are also opportunities to grow and become stronger as we adapt our lifestyles, including study, work, and social practices to meet current situations. The Trident Foundation aims to be in the best possible position to raise awareness of the benefits of visual and supporting methods as a means to reduce distress, including from COVID-19’s impact. Best practices take time and careful planning to develop. Also, we plan to adapt the subject matter pertinent to people with different ideas, values, and beliefs.

Vaccinations against COVID-19 are not accessible for all people. The advent of the new mutation of COVID-19 VUI-202012/01 in England is currently under investigation. Questions and reservations about having vaccinations continue to be pressing psychological, biological, environmental, economic, social, technological and legal pandemic circumstances. It is unlikely that the next winter/s that education, work, and lifestyles will have returned to pre—COVID-19 conditions. COVID-19 impacts are realities. Perhaps it is impossible to return to pre-COVID-19 conditions when they have affected so many countries with people of various ages and interests for an extended time.

The art of survival/personal and social resiliency often takes time and application. Students and workers take time during this season to be in, for example, telephone-based and online contact with friends and loved ones. It can be a tall order for students, workers, other people, researchers, administrators, and practitioners, to find places to be outdoors and be physically distanced. Safe and adaptable methods limit the impacts of COVID-19 call for ongoing observations, research, and mediation, counselling, and supportive practices. It also takes time to ascertain what retail outlets have the lowest infection levels and preferable shopping and service methods. These conditions often seem to be both static and dynamic. It is difficult for students, workers, and people as they or more of their relatives and friends become infected or do not survive pandemic conditions. Also, some people seem to be more concerned that they will infect others than their well-being.

In December 2020, at Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada, we observed people enjoying the outdoors. The outdoors includes beaches, rivers, deserts, fields, and mountains. People can be responsible, have fun and exercise outside, savouring every life moment! Be kind to yourselves and others. We are indeed in this situation together!

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Daily Service Available During Public Holidays, including Christmas and New Year.

 

Staff
hold:
– post-doctorate,
– doctorate,
– master’s and
– bachelor’s qualifications.
represent fields such as:
– psychology,
– social work,
– education,
– distance education,
– social policy and
– law.
often provide:
– mediation, counseling, the arts and supports information through complimentary 20-minute telephone-based consultations,
– daily between the hours of 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., during the COVID-19 pandemic and the pending Season, including public holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Day.