Archive: October, 2011

Dr. Samra a featured panelist at the 4th annual Insight Disability Claims Management + Litigation seminar in Vancouver on October 27, 2011

Dr. Samra a featured panelist at the Insight Disability Claims Management and Litigation conference, “Mental Health in the Workplace” in Vancouver, BC on October 27-28, 2011.   The focus of this two day conference was a variety of questions faced by HR professionals, insurance claims professionals, in-house and outside counsel and experts in the complex […]

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Reality show families offer festive marketplace

Reality show families offer festive marketplace: The latest effort to generate more economic activity in Aldergrove is a Night Market this Saturday (by Heather Colpitts, Langley Advance, October 27, 2011)   Aldergrove is offering people a unique event Saturday evening with a one-time night market.   It runs 6-9 p.m. at 272nd Avenue and Fraser […]

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After 30 years together, I’m not in love with my husband

The question: I’m considering a divorce. My husband and I have fallen out of love, it feels, after 30 lovely years together. I couldn’t ask for a better friend – but I don’t see him as a soul mate anymore. We’re not intimate, I’m not tickled by him, and I’m not sure I can live […]

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Night market on Saturday in Aldergrove

Night market on Saturday in Aldergrove (Aldergrove Star, October 26, 2011)   Aldergrove’s Million Dollar Neighbourhood families are holding a night market on Saturday, Oct.. 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 272 Street and Fraser Highway.   The event is part of the MDN’s continuing series of challenges to meet the collective goal […]

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Aldergrove Night Market is this Saturday

(by Staff, Langley Advance)   Million Dollar Neighbourhood families are presenting another event in their continuing series of challenges to meet the collective goal of $1,000,000 net worth for 100 families, living in Aldergrove.   Many local businesses, friends and families have enjoyed the benefits of a 100 table community garage sale, a private wine […]

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I’m always after a promotion. Is there anything wrong with that?

The question: At 29, I’m what you’d call “on-paper” successful. I’m in advertising, and I’ve jumped companies more than I count, because I’m always seeking a better pay, better title. Is there anything wrong with that? I just got a promotion, but I’ve already applied at another competing agency. My friends say this is an […]

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Creating a psychologically healthy workplace: the importance of fit

(by Larissa K. Barber & Matthew J. Grawitch, PhD, Good Company) When a healthy workplace practice fails to achieve the desired results or anticipated ROI, some organizations become disenchanted and all-too-quickly abandon their efforts. However, workplace practice ineffectiveness may primarily stem from practice design and implementation issues rather than the practices themselves. Many organizations rush […]

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Recognizing and Confronting Workplace Bullying

Recognizing and Confronting Workplace Bullying (by Donna M. L. Heretick, PhD, Good Company, October 19, 2011) Workplace satisfaction often comes from a good match between our expectations, goals, style and talents with the realities of our work environment (Edwards, Cable, Williamson, Lambert, & Shipp, 2006). We enter the workplace with belongingness needs (Herschcovis & Barling, […]

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Wanted: RapidBus service: a better bus system is south after in Langley’s easternmost community

(by Troy Landreville, Langley Advance)   It’s time to get Aldergrove into the RapidBus mix, says resident Annette McArthur.   McArthur moved to Aldergrove from Victoria a little more than a year ago and found out quickly that commuters have very few options as to how to economically move themselves around.   “On any given […]

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Facebook users target innocent Burnaby man in Kehoe killing

(by Mike Hager, The Vancouver Sun)   A Burnaby man is angry and searching for answers after an online witch hunt wrongly accused him of killing 18-year-old Jamie Kehoe this past weekend.   Garnet Ford began receiving death threats Sunday afternoon after someone identified him on Facebook as the person who fatally stabbed Kehoe, who […]

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Neighbours try to give up automobiles

(by Ronda Payne, Langley Advance)   Million Dollar Neighbourhood (MDN) is shaking up Aldergrove again. This time it’s with a used car sale Saturday Oct. 15, 9 a.m to 4 p.m.   Hosted by the more than 100 Aldergrove families who are part of the OWN Canada TV program, the sale is also being supported […]

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Mental health crusader Michael Schratter makes triumphant return to BC after cycling 36,000km around the world for “Ride Don’t Hide” Campaign

Vernon, BC – After cycling solo around the world over the last 438 days, crossing six continents and 30 countries and clocking more than 36,000 km, mental health crusader and elementary school teacher Michael Schratter triumphantly returned to BC on the final leg of his epic “Ride Don’t Hide” journey and is scheduled to arrive […]

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I’m terrified of flying and I’ve never been on a plane

The question: I have an unexplained fear of flying. I’ve never been on a plane – never want to – but now my daughter moved to the States, and I would love to go visit without driving for 10 hours. How can I get over it – or can I?   The answer: A fear […]

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Million Dollar Neighbourhood hosts used car sale

(by Staff, Aldergrove Star )   Do you have a car you’re trying to sell? Bring it down on Saturday to the Million Dollar Neighbourhood Used Car Sale.   The Aldergrove Transportation Initiative invites residents to the first used car sale on Saturday, October 15.   This event is being arranged and hosted by more […]

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Fire in cluttered home kills suspected hoarder

(by Staff, CTV news)   Vancouver fire crews have removed a body from a home that was so full of boxes and junk it was impossible for them to go inside and put out the flames.   Crews trained in high-angle rescues dropped a ladder through the roof Monday to remove a man’s body, a […]

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The Complicated Psychology of Revenge

The Complicated Psychology of Revenge (by Eric Jaffe, Observer, October 2011) A few years ago a group of Swiss researchers scanned the brains of people who had been wronged during an economic exchange game. These people had trusted their partners to split a pot of money with them, only to find that the partners had […]

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I’m admittedly moody. Do I need to see a shrink?

The question: I am admittedly a moody person – I can go from joyous to grumpy in a matter of hours without any real reasons. My wife recently sat me down and addressed this: she thinks it’s a sign of a mental disorder. Can’t someone just ‘be moody’? Do I really need to see a […]

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Stress is the one number cause of long-term absence for the first time as job insecurity weighs heavy on the workplace, finds CIPD/Simply health survey

Stress is, for the first time, the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for both manual and non-manual employees, according to this year’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)/Simplyhealth Absence Management survey. A link between job security and mental health problems is also revealed in the survey. Employers planning to make redundancies in […]

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Dr. Samra launches Managing Emotions at Health, Work and Wellness Conference

Dr. Samra Launches Managing Emotions at Health, Work and Wellness™ Conference in Toronto, Ontario on October 4, 2011.   The 2011 Health Work & Wellness™ Conference in Toronto provided an appropriate venue for the launch of Managing Emotions a new, online training tool that includes video scenarios, interactive learning opportunities, evidence-based assessment of emotional intelligence […]

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Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace launches Managing Emotions to help build emotional intelligence in the workplace

(by Staff, Digital Journal)   New resource follows federal government announcement to fund the creation of a voluntary national standard for mentally healthy workplaces (Canada News Wire) Today Canadian employers gained access to another important online tool designed to help employers improve mental health in the workplace with the launch of Managing Emotions. Developed by […]

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Web tool assesses emotional intelligence in the workplace

(by Staff, Benefits Canada)   There’s a new online tool to help employers improve mental health in the workplace.   “Managing Emotions” was developed by mental health researchers and commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace; it provides an assessment of emotional intelligence in the workplace.   Emotional intelligence refers […]

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Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace