Artech celebrates 30 years

Family business: Clive and Bev Ness started Artech almost 30 years ago when they were also just starting a family.

Family business: Clive and Bev Ness started Artech almost 30 years ago when they were also just starting a family.

By Kim Goggins

Clive Ness fully admits that he and his wife Bev were inexperienced and didn’t quite know what they were doing when they first came to Orillia, 30 years ago.

“When we moved here, I had a houseboat, a half-ton truck and a credit card that was over the limit. I got rid of the truck, I wish I still had the houseboat, but I still have the credit card – and it’s still over the limit,” jokes Clive, who very clearly is not in the same financial situation as he was as a 25-year-old guy just starting out. Continue reading

Are you ready to be thirsty?

ChuckBy Dr. Charles Gardner

When I was approached to participate in an alcohol-free challenge for the month of February as part of the health unit’s Ready to be Thirsty campaign, I saw it as a great opportunity to raise awareness about the impacts of immoderate alcohol consumption on people’s health in Simcoe Muskoka.

The trend in recent years has been an increase in harmful levels of alcohol consumption, with higher levels of consumption in our communities compared to the provincial average. This trend has been consistent in Simcoe Muskoka since 2003, with 25-30 per cent of adults reporting they consume more alcohol than recommended by Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines. Continue reading