A review of the Atlantica Hotel

If you ever visit the beautiful Province of Nova Scotia, then this hotel
should be a must stay for you!

A review of the Atlantica Hotel
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
This Hotel is located in Halifax Nova Scotia and is practically close to
everything; restaurants, shopping, and is not too far by a very inexpensive
limo from the Robert Stanfield Airport.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

Remarks :
Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.
Restaurant staff were helpful and willing to read menus and make suggestions
on specialties.

About hotel staff:
They were very friendly, extremely helpful, and went out of their way to
ensure that my stay was a great one.

My meals:
Excellent, included rich blends of Halifax cuisine along with European and
the rest.

Any suggestions?
Just hurry now and visit this wonderful hotel.

Contact info:
Atlantica Hotel Halifax – 1980 Robie St at Quinpool Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H
3G5 CANADA
Toll Free: 1.888.810.7288 | Local: 902.423.1161 | Hotel Fax: 902.423.9069

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Privacy tip of the week – Applying for health cards

Protecting your privacy
Each week we at the business desk will be presenting you with a tip on how
to better protect your privacy and this is our newest feature.

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but
most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and
independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on
destroying our right to these precious commodities.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to bringing you great tips.

The business desk team

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Applying for health cards
This applies mainly to Canada but it may be generic enough for you to use in
your home country.

This time, and if you do not have a trusted person to help you, give a call
to your provincial MPP’s office.
If you do not know their number, then follow these steps.
Phone 1800 622 6232 and ask for the number of your Federal MP.
Upon obtaining this number call it and ask for the number of your provincial
MPP.
Then call this number and explain what you are attempting to do.
Tell them that you are vision impaired and that you need assistance to
obtain your health card.
Tell them exactly what you need; you need to know what documentation you
need to take, where to go, and if possible to find someone who can go with
you if you do not have a trusted person to go with you.

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Can totally paperless be a reality?

By Donna J. Jodhan

This is a question that continues to follow us and I myself am not very sure
that I have a definitive answer for you. What I can tell you is this! If I
were to be given a choice, I would definitely vote to have a workplace that
is almost totally paperless. I do recognize that paper would probably never
die but a case of 90 percent versus 10 percent in favor of paperless would
make me happy.

There is definitely a continuing place and case to be made for having paper
remain in the workplace but with the present trend of rapidly evolving
technology where i devices and other types of mobile devices are now part of
our landscape and here to stay, the case for paperless is definitely much
stronger now than it was about a decade ago.

I do not believe that paper would ever completely die; so hang on to your
printers and paper. For blind persons, the ideal workplace may be one where
paperless reigns as king but for a blind person who enjoys working with
Braille or feels more comfortable having the dots at their fingertips so to
speak, then there is the case for having paper stick around. For the blind
person who still uses paper and stylus they can certainly function if there
is no electricity or if their system happens to be down but paperless would
not really be helpful in this circumstance.

Could paperless and paper co-exist in the workplace? Definitely so and for
a blind person this may be the ideal landscape. The best of both worlds so
to speak. In short, to have one’s cake and eat it too! Paperless to
communicate with the rest of the world and paper (communicating in Braille)
at their leisure with those who they desire to do so with.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your free lance writer and roving reporter wishing you
a terrific day.
You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/author.jodhan

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http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog,
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm and
www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com.
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Top privacy tip of the week – Completion of college and university applications

Protecting your privacy
Each week we at the business desk will be presenting you with a tip on how
to better protect your privacy and this is our newest feature.

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but
most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and
independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on
destroying our right to these precious commodities.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to bringing you great tips.

The business desk team

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Completion of college and university applications
Mote: The information below is more specific to Canada.

Here, a good idea would be for you to visit the office for special needs
students at the college or university that you are applying to and seek
their assistance.
You would be amazed to find that these offices are extremely helpful and
that staff are standing by to help you.
To find the phone number for the college or university in question, you
could start by calling the main information number and then asking to be
connected to the office for special needs students.
If the operator is unable to help you then ask for the registrar’s office.

12. Applying for health cards – done
This time, and if you do not have a trusted person to help you, give a call
to your provincial MPP’s office.
If you do not know their number, then follow these steps.
Phone 1800 622 6232 and ask for the number of your Federal MP.
Upon obtaining this number call it and ask for the number of your provincial
MPP.
Then call this number and explain what you are attempting to do.
Tell them that you are vision impaired and that you need assistance to
obtain your health card.
Tell them exactly what you need; you need to know what documentation you
need to take, where to go, and if possible to find someone who can go with
you if you do not have a trusted person to go with you.

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How to make take out restaurants more accessible

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make take out restaurants more accessible

The thing to keep in mind is that with each passing year, the number of
consumers who are seniors and those with a disability is only going to
increase and why? It all has to do with the aging process which cannot be
avoided or halted.

So to get you started, here are some tips for you.

1. Make sure that your counters are easy to access and reach. That is, that
from sidewalk to counter it is easy to find and that for especially those in
wheelchairs, these counters are placed at a reachable height so that
communication between customer and staff can be easyily attained.

2. That staff are appropriately trained to be able to communicate not just
in the customer’s language but also that they are able to carry out
conversations in an articulate and fluent manner.

3. That staff are appropriately trained to be able to serve those customers
who have a disability; vision impaired, hard of hearing, or those with a
mental or learning difficulty.

4. That staff are prepared and willing and ready to assist those seniors who
need help to maneuver their take out cartoons and trays.

5. That the entrances to your take out establishments and exits from your
establishments are accessible; that is, that they are easy to find, easy to
navigate through, and easy to access.

This should be a great basis on which to build your accessibility platform.

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Protecting your privacy – Applying for a passport

Don’t take your passport for granted! There is someone out there who is
just waiting to snatch it when you’re not looking!
Protecting your privacy
Each week we at the business desk will be presenting you with a tip on how
to better protect your privacy and this is our newest feature.

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but
most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and
independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on
destroying our right to these precious commodities.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to bringing you great tips.

The business desk team

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Applying for a passport

Each country has a different process when it comes to applying for a
passport and the post below applies to those living in Canada.
However, there are certain similarities that can be applied elsewhere.

These are the following ways that you can do this and it all depends on
whether you are applying for a new passport or applying for a passport
renewal.
You can do it online but the relevant website is not user friendly for a
vision impaired person.
Or you can obtain the relevant forms at the nearest post office.
However, you will again need help to do this with the aid of a trusted
person.
You could get a head start by phoning your Federal MP’s office and asking
them to tell you which supporting documentation you would need and you could
also ask them to help provide you with a trusted person if you are unable to
find someone.
Chances are that they will help you all the way.
From completing the forms to accompanying you to the nearest Service Canada
office to present it to the agent.
However, you should be prepared that this may not be the case but it is
worth a try.
To obtain the name and phone number of your Federal MP, call the toll free
number 1 800 622 6232

Remember now: Make sure to store your passport in a very safe place as it
contains details of your date of birth and if your passport is ever lost, it
means that your details are probably now in the hands of unauthorized
persons.

Without a passport you cannot travel abroad.

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Helpful tips for June 2018

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld

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Helpful tips for June 2018

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Something very interesting about straws:
They are no good for the environment.
So the next time you get a straw with your drink and if you care about the
preservation of the environment, just do not use your straw.

What’s this about vitamin A?
It is very good for the regeneration and rejuvination of one’s skin!

Then how about vitamin C?
Another great vitamin to help keep skin healthy.

A great fragrance to foster restful sleep at night?
Yes! It’s lavendar!

2 great ways to improve dexterity of one’s fingers:
The taking of pottery and knitting classes.

A great way to keep the humidity down in one’s bedroom:
Place a bowl of water in the corner of the room.

The difference between cats and dogs?
Cats tend to annoy while dogs love to please.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Contributed by Dan Thompson
Seven of the Most Common (and most useful) non-toxic cleaning products

1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a pantry staple with proven virus-killing abilities that also
effectively cleans, deodorizes
, brightens, and cuts through grease and grime .
2. Castile Soap
Castile soap is a style of soap that’s made from
100 percent plant oils
(meaning it uses no animal products or chemical detergents). Popularized by
the
Dr. Bronner’s
line of products, castile cuts through
grease and cleans.
3. Vinegar
Thanks to its acidity, vinegar is nothing short of a —it effectively (and
gently!) eliminates grease, soap scum, and grime.
4. Lemon Juice
Natural lemon juice , cuts through grease, and shines hard surfaces (It also
smells awesome.).
5. Olive Oil
This good-for-you cooking oil also works as a cleaner and polisher.
6. Essential Oils
Essential oils have gained popularity thanks to
aromatherapy
, but these naturally occurring plant compounds also make great scent
additions to homemade cleaning products (particularly if you’re not into the
smell of vinegar).
Essential oils are
generally considered safe
, but these extracts can
trigger allergies
—so keep this in mind when choosing scents.
7. Borax
Many DIY cleaners tout Borax (a boron mineral and salt) as a non-toxic
alternative to mainstream cleaning products; however, the issue is pretty
hotly debated.
Some research
suggests Borax can act as a skin and eye
irritant and that it disrupts hormones. For this list, we’ve chosen to avoid
products that use Borax.

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
Twelve Nontoxic Cleaning Product Recipes for Kitchen Use

1, For a simple,
all-purpose counter cleaner
, mix together equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. If your
countertop is made from marble, granite, or stone, skip the vinegar (its
acidity is no good for these
surfaces) and
use rubbing alcohol
or the wondrous
power of vodka
instead.
2. Cutting Boards
Talk about non-toxic: All that’s needed to
clean and sanitize cutting boards
(wood or plastic) is… a lemon! Cut it in half, run it over the surfaces, let
sit for ten minutes, and then rinse away. If you need some serious
scrubbing power, sprinkle some coarse or Kosher salt over the board, and
then rub with ½ a lemon.
3. Oven
To
clean stubborn, caked-on food out of the oven
, just heat the over to 125 degrees and grab your spray bottle of vinegar
(see “countertops” above). Once the oven is warm, spray the caked-on stuff
until it’s lightly
damp and then pour salt directly onto the affected areas. Turn off the oven,
let it cool, and then use a wet towel to scrub away at the mess. If that
doesn’t cut it, follow the same instructions but try use baking soda
in place of salt (just let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing).
4. Garbage Disposal
This one is
so cool
. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into an ice cube tray and top off the slots with
water. Once they’re frozen, toss a few down the disposal and let it
run—doing so should remove any food that was stuck to
the blades.
5. Microwave
It’s easy to overlook the microwave while cleaning, but man can it get gross
in there. To
combat the gunk
, pour some vinegar into a small cup and mix in a little lemon juice (exact
amounts don’t really matter). Put
the cup in the microwave, let the microwave run for 2 minutes, and leave the
door closed for several more minutes. Finally, open the door and simply wipe
down all the sides with a warm cloth or sponge—no
scrubbing required!
6. Sink Drain
To
unclog a stuffed-up drain
, start by boiling about 2 cups of water. Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the
drain, and then add the water while it’s still nice and hot. If that doesn’t
do the trick, follow the baking soda
with ½ cup of vinegar, cover it up tightly (a pot lid should work nicely),
wait until the fizzing slows down (when baking soda and vinegar come in
contact, they’ll react by fizzing) and then add one gallon of boiling
water.
7. Pan De-Greaser
To
cut through the grime on frying pans
, simply apply some salt (no water necessary) and scrub vigorously.
8. Cast-Iron Pans
Kitchen professionals are pretty against using soap, steel wool, or
dishwashers to clean cast-iron pans. Luckily, there’s an alternative way to
tackle cast-iron grossness
: combine olive oil and a teaspoon of coarse
salt in the pan. Scrub with a stiff brush, rinse with hot water, and you’re
done!
9. Dishwasher Detergent
If you’re lucky enough to have a dishwasher,
simply mix together
1 cup of liquid castile soap and 1 cup of water (2 teaspoons of lemon juice
optional) in a quart-size glass jar. Add some of this mixture to one
detergent compartment of the dishwasher, and fill the other compartment with
white vinegar.
10. Dish Soap
If
washing dishes by hand
, simply combine 1 cup of liquid castile soap and 3 tablespoons water (a few
drops of essential oil optional) in a bottle of your choice. Shake well and
use like you would any other dish
soap.
111. Refrigerator Cleaner
To clean what is perhaps the toughest of all kitchen “gross spots,”
reach for the baking soda
. Add about ½ cup of the white stuff to a bucket of hot water. Dip a clean
rag in the mixture and use it to wipe down the
fridge’s insides.
12. Bleach
For
serious disinfectant power
, mix ½ cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon castile soap, and ½ teaspoon hydrogen
peroxide. Use a cloth to apply the mixture to a wet surface, scrub, and then
rinse thoroughly.
Source: ” Being healthy doesn’t have to suck, right?”
http://greatist.com/health/27-chemical-free-products-diy-spring-cleaning

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From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
The changing landscape of security

The one thing that we need to keep in mind when we travel by air is this:
the changing requirements of security.

No, security is probably not my favorite place to be at the airport but in
order to be able to board any aircraft we need to go through security so
there is no getting away from this.

So what do we need to be aware of before we even approach security?
Generally, what we should expect to be asked to do.

I am going to give you a list of some of the more routine things and it
should be a good start for you.

1. You will be asked to place your jackets and coats in a caddy.
2. You will be asked to remove your shoes and you can also place these in
the same caddy as your coat and jacket.
3. You will be asked to hand over your laptop if you have one and any other
type of computer device.
4. You will be asked to place your carry on bag in a separate caddy.
5. If you have snacks in your bag, you may be asked to hand these over as
well and they may not be returned. So best to buy snacks and food after you
have gone past security.

Random body searches are the order of the day so you may or may not be lucky
to get away from one of these. Just remember, these types of searches would
include a complete patting down of your physical being.

I hope that I have not scared you too much but there it is.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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Protecting your privacy – Signing cheques

There is nothing more important than being in control; and this means that
you are able to protect your privacy from prying eyes and listening ears.
Here is a tip from us.
Protecting your privacy
Each week we at the business desk will be presenting you with a tip on how
to better protect your privacy and this is our newest feature.

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but
most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and
independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on
destroying our right to these precious commodities.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to bringing you great tips.

The business desk team

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Signing cheques

You would be amazed to learn how much of an issue of privacy the signing of
cheques could be.
Especially so for those who are blind and vision impaired or for those who
are what we call print disabled. Additionally, how scammers can prey on
these circumstances to take advantage of these persons.

When you go to sign a cheque, there are some banks that provide raised line
cheques but the problem here is that even if you can use these raised lines
to help guide you, a vision impaired person has no way of telling whether or
not the pen is writing. That is, whether or not the pen has ink enough to
write.
Here, you need a trusted person to help you complete your cheques but if you
do not have access to someone you trust; it is probably best to visit your
banking institution and seek assistance of a staff member.

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A review of the Rex hotel in St. Lucia

If you’re seeking a great get away in the Caribbean then this is definitely
it and you need to check it out.

A review of the Rex hotel in St. Lucia
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
Since 2011 my mom and I have been spending our summer getaway at the Rex
Hotel in St. Lucia. We have made this an annual event and we both enjoy it
greatly and it is why we continue to travel to this wondrous spot in the
Caribbean.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

Remarks :
Access to the restaurant could be described as a bit of a mixed bag. It is
a bit of a walk to get to the restaurant but thank goodness there are not
very many steps to make it difficult for those with mobility challenges.

The tables are well spaced so getting in and out of one’s chair is easy.
Sea bathing is simply marvellous with the beach so close at hand and it is
one of the best beaches that St. Lucia has to offer.
You can swim to your heart’s content; either in the wide open sea or in the
hotel’s swimming pool.

About Hotel staff:
Staff are extremely well trained not just in the rudiments of customer
service but how to go out of their way to be accommodating to those of us
with special needs.

My meals:
The cuisine at this hotel is simply out of this world; a true combination of
French Caribbean cuisine.

Any suggestions?
I have none! Just keep it up.

Contact info:
St. Lucian by Rex Resorts
REDUIT BEACH , Castries
Tel : 7584528351 Fax : 7584528351
Email : RES.MRIUSA@REXRESORTS.COM
Website :
www.rexresorts.com

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Privacy protection -Completion of medical forms

Protecting your privacy
Each week we at the business desk will be presenting you with a tip on how
to better protect your privacy and this is our newest feature.

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but
most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and
independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on
destroying our right to these precious commodities.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to bringing you great tips.

The business desk team

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Completion of medical forms
As of now, the only way to complete medical forms is for you to complete
hard copies and for a vision impaired person this is a real challenge.
Why? Because sighted assistance is needed in order to do so.
Most medical offices do not even have their pre surgery forms or any related
documentation in an electronic format and receptionists are simply too busy
to read anything to you.
So the choice is down to finding that trusted person to assist you.

Just remember now: For those who need to depend on sighted assistance; they
have no control over who hears and who sees.
They need to be mindful of this when next they visit their friendly health
care professional.

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