“Life Is Not Fair…Get Used To It”

Editorial by Robert Kirwan


     Now that school has begun for another year things around the house should be getting back to normal – right? 

   What is normal today? I am sure parents around Valley East and Capreol are even busier than ever registering their children for all sorts of fall and winter activities such as hockey, ringette, bowling, basketball, skating, scouts, cubs, girl guides, etc., etc., etc.

   In any event, regardless of how busy you happen to be this week, I have an article that I would like you to show or read to your school-aged children – be they in elementary, secondary or post-secondary school. This is even an article that may have relevance for many adults you know. It is something that I saw recently in a magazine about a speech that Bill Gates gave to a high school in the United States . He introduced his presentation by telling the students that he was going to give them eleven rules about life that they have not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings have created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept has set them up for failure in the real world.

   Bill Gates wasn’t trying to destroy the confidence and self-esteem of these young students. He was just trying to warn them about some of the realities of life that they would soon run into once they entered the real world. I am sure you will agree it is a warning that all of our children should be aware of in order that they may develop the necessary skills to avoid failure when they venture out on their own.

   If I was still teaching, I would post these rules someplace visible in my classroom. The list should be posted on the fridge in every home where there is a young person going to school today. It is even something that grandparents may want to put up for when their grandchildren come over for a visit.
   Please share Bill Gates’ rules with your children:

   Rule #1: Life is not fair – get used to it!
   Rule #2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

   Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
   Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
   Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
   Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

   Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
   Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
   Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
   Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
   Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

   I hope your children will pay attention to these valuable lessons about life and prepare themselves accordingly.

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Couple Travels All Over North America And Decides To Settle Down In Valley East
Monique Val Alphen, one of our local Hanmer residents, sent Valley East Today some information about some friends of theirs who have just recently decided to settle in Valley East.

Denis and Velma Laplante, shown on the left, originated from Iroquois Falls and Timmins. They have spent the past 15 years living in St. Catherines.

On September 29, 2005, Denis and Velma put everything they owned in storage and embarked on a 128 stop tour of Northern Ontario that brought them all the way back to Hanmer on Monday, September 4, 2006. You can visit their web site to see some photos and memories that they collected during their tour.

They parked their trailer in the driveway of Monique and Jim Van Alphen and after a few days decided that this was where they wanted to settle down. On September 8, Denis announced on his web site, "Tomorrow we will sign a rental agreement in Capreol. Capreol will be our new home town. It is a Northerly part of Sudbury. This will be a start of a new life style. It seems like a nice friendly area and is close to another friendly area Hamner where our friends live. We will visit my dad in Iroquois Falls for his birthday and then head back to St. Catharines to say good-bye for now to our friends there and pick up our furniture and stuff."

Apparently the Laplantes will be staying in Capreol until they can find a new permanent home in Hanmer.

Monique Van Alphen commented, " I think it speaks volumes that after touring our vast beautiful country they have chosen the valley to call home. They really like the warm friendly community feel and are excited to get to know the area. I think they are great candidates to receive a Welcome Home gift basket from the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre, which I feel is a wonderful way to extend our open arms to them in our community."

Make sure you take time to visit their web site and see some of the fantastic scenery they discovered during the trip of a lifetime. The web site is at www.delaplante.ca


1st Valley East Scouts Hold Registrations At Mall And Increase Membership Significantly

Debbra Christianson, Scout Leader with the 1st Valley East Scouts,  holds up a display board that was used at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre during registrations which were held in September. 

This marked the first time that the scouts have used the mall for registrations and Debbra was pleased with the response.

"We gained nine new members while we were in the mall, so it was very worthwhile for us to be there," she explained.

If anyone is still interested in joining this great organization, you can call Debbra at 969-7095 or Olivia Lobbon at 222-8878.

Valley East Ladies' Slo-Pitch League Plays Every Monday and Wednesday Evening At Centennial Fields In Hanmer

Angele Kirwan of The Chemy Girls gives the ball a good ride to right field during double-header semi-final action against Chico's. Chico's won the series 3 games to 1 with both games on September 11 being decided by a single run. Both teams are shown shaking hands after the hard-fought series. You can catch the finals on Mondays and Wednesdays during the next week or so.

To View Some of the other teams of the Ladies' League to to the following link:


Joe Ann's Market Research Collects Important Information From Local Consumers

JoeAnn's Market Research Group was in the mall from September 7 to 9 conducting research on household product usage by local residents. JoeAnn Corneau, shown above has been involved in this type of work for many years now and is contracted by large international companies to conduct market research on new and existing products. Interviews usually take no longer than 15 minutes and participants are given some small token of appreciation for their time and cooperation. Market research results are very important in the marketing and distribution of all products, so the information collected by JoeAnn and her assistants is extremely useful. The next time you see JoeAnn in the mall, stop by and see what type of research she is involved. Your input may be needed.
Beswick Denture Clinic Provides Education As Well As Patient Service 

Nicole Brunet and Doug Beswick, denturists with Beswick Denture Clinic, provide much more than denture service to their patients. They also provide valuable information and advice for denture wearers so that regardless of who they currently use as their personal denturist, they are aware of the issues and concerns that will help them get the best use and enjoyment out of their dentures.

Below are some of the frequently asked questions at Beswick Denture Clinic. 

If you have other questions or would like to find out more about Beswick Denture Clinic or the Beswick Footcare Clinic, simply go to their comprehensive web site at the following link>>>>


Q- How much does it cost for a consultation?

A - There is no charge for your initial consultation at that time  an estimate will be given for your treatment.


Q – How much do dentures cost?

A -  Dentures are a rehabilitation  process. It is different for everyone.  A consultation is recommended to establish the type of treatment that is right for you.


Q – Does my insurance cover dentures?

A – Your insurance coverage is between you and your carrier.  We will gladly fill out the appropriate paper work for you and send it to your insurance company on your behalf.  


Q – Do you accept payment plans?

A- Our office policy is a deposit of 1\2 is required at the beginning of treatment and the balance is due when the denture is delivered.  You can make payments for the deposit and when 1\2  is accumulated we can begin treatment and extend the appointments so that the denture done when payment is more convenient for you.


Q – How often should I come in and have my denture looked at?

A – An annual recall exam is highly recommended.  At that visit your denture is cleaned and polished, checked for stress cracks, ear and tear and that no teeth are getting ready to pop off.  An annual oral exam is also done to check for any irregularities such as oral cancer.  There is a fee for the exam but your insurance company may reimburse the visit if it is a covered expense.


Q – How often should I get new dentures?

A – The average life of dentures is approximately 7-10 years.  Depending on wear and tear. Care and condition of gums must be factored in but generally 7 –10 years. 


Q – How often should I get a reline?

A – Tissues shrink and change over time.  If your dentures are loose it’s important to get them checked as loose dentures can cause further problems such as bone resorption.


(Located in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre)

Customer Representatives Needed
Working In The Paint Dept. & On The Floor
Must Enjoy Working With The Public
Contact Mike Lemieux at 969-7000
or See Him In Person at the Store


The Korea Veterans Unit 19 Sudbury is always looking for New Members and if there is anyone out there who served in the Korean War we would be glad to welcome them into the Unit. Anyone interested can call Harold Payne at 969-4367 or George Haskin at geeoh@sympatico.ca 522-0562.

The next meeting of the Korea Veterans is on 27 Sep 06 at Branch 76 Royal Canadian Legion 1553 Weller St Sudbury



His three children were outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.

In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she may be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of
toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went.

He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What happened here today?" She again smiled and answered, "You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world did I do today?"

"Yes," was his incredulous reply.

She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it."

Golf Nut

A man and woman vacationing at Myrtle Beach fell in love.  They discussed how to continue their relationship after their vacations were over.

"It's only fair to warn you, Muffy," he said. "I'm a golf  nut. I live...eat...sleep...and breathe golf."

"Well,"  Muffy said, "since you're being honest, I have to tell you something too--I'm a hooker."

"I see," he said thoughtfully. He furrowed his brows and then relaxed.

"It's probably because you're not keeping your wrists straight when you hit the ball."

Marriage Counseling 

A husband and wife were at a party chatting with some friends when the subject of marriage counseling came up.
"Oh, we'll never need that. My husband and I have a great relationship," the wife explained. "He was a communications major in college and I majored in theater arts."
"He communicates real well and I just act like I'm listening."                                                            
Long Distance Calling????  Interested in Voice Over Internet Technology??? Need Your Computer Repaired???
Edgar Lajambe, is a 30-year old life-long resident of Hanmer. His passion for computers and information technology goes back to a high school co-op placement he had in 1994 with a company called the AMS Group. When he graduated from St. Charles College he discovered that there were a lot of people who kept coming to him for computer repairs and consulting, so he formed his own company, Valley Computers & Consulting.

   When VoIP (Voice over Internet Technology) was first introduced to Sudbury , Edgar saw this as the future of communication and immediately jumped on board; studying everything there is to know about the technology. As a result, he formed another division of his company, called VCCNet.ca Internet Solutions, which deals with long-distance discount calling and the use of the internet for communication purposes.

   Edgar has joined forces with another locally owned firm, Infocom Canada Business Consultants Inc. which operates Valley East Today, a marketing & public relations company which publishes a community web site and weekly online news magazine.

    “The cost of long distance calling has always been a detriment to people living in the north,” Edgar explained when asked why he feels so strongly about the communication services he now provides to the community. “I know so many of my friends and acquaintances who have children or parents living in other parts of Ontario . They would love the chance to talk to them more often by phone, but long distance charges really cut into the budget; especially for seniors who would love to talk to grandchildren, or parents who have children away at university or college.”

   “Once people find out how easy it is to switch over to my plan, and they realize that there is absolutely no risk or long-term commitment – that all they get is the freedom to talk on the phone to anyone in Ontario for as long as they want for one low price of $15.95 a month, they are sold,” Edgar went on.

   Edgar also repairs and programs individual computers for both commercial and residential use. You can drop in and see him at his office in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre, or he will come directly to your home or office.

   Whatever you are looking for, give Edgar a call at 670-4039 or you can go to his web site at www.vccnet.ca and see how he can meet your needs.  



The next municipal election for the City of Greater Sudbury will take place on Tuesday, November 13, 2006. 

A lot of things happen during a four-year term. Some are good and some are bad. However, every decision that is made by our municipal council has a direct impact on the lives of people living in Valley East and Capreol.

Please note that Candidates have until 5:00 p.m. on September 29, 2006 to file their completed nomination form. 

It hoped that anyone who is serious about standing for election will declare his/her intention as soon as possible so that we have enough time to fully understand their individual platforms.

PHONE: (705) 524-7006

Robert Kirwan Believes In The Golden Rule of Politics… “Know Your People!” 

     There are a lot of things I intend to do if I am elected to represent the residents of Ward 6 – Hanmer and Val Therese as your Councillor for the next four years. However, there is one very important ironclad rule I have made for myself and you have my word that it will be followed if you send me to City Hall. Furthermore, I am absolutely certain that if I follow this one “Golden Rule of Politics” I will have no problem providing effective leadership and representation for my constituents.

   The Golden Rule: KNOW YOUR PEOPLE!

   Starting right now, and for as long as I am your Councillor for Ward 6 – Hanmer & Val Therese, I intend to visit every section of Hanmer & Val Therese at least once a month. I will stop at every playground. I will drive through the streets and take note of where major repairs are needed. I will observe the members of my Ward in their neighbourhoods and will stop and talk to them to get their feedback on the services they are receiving. By following this practice, I know I can learn something new every week and get the feel, touch and pulse of Ward 6.

   In fulfilling my duties as your Councillor I want to become aware of the things that need to be improved before they get worse so that I can take immediate action while there is time to fix them. I want to talk to my constituents and find out what I can do to help improve their quality of life.  Most of all, I want to be confident that when I speak at City Hall on behalf of the people of Ward 6 – Hanmer and Val Therese, I am totally aware of their needs and concerns and will be fully prepared to fight for what they truly deserve and for what they have paid for over the years with their property taxes and user fees. Valley East has a tremendous potential to become the most vibrant, thriving community within the entire City of Greater Sudbury . I intend to be an integral part of the growth and want to make a significant contribution to the future of Valley East . I truly intend to be the fuel that keeps this place growing and growing and growing.

   Another thing you can count on if you vote for me to serve as your Councillor is complete and total access to your elected representative. My office door at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre will always be open. My phone lines will be well published. My email address will be on your computer. My web site (www.kirwan.ca) will be always open. I am also looking forward to invitations to attend meetings with organizations, churches and school councils to talk to their members and get their suggestions on how the City can help them meet their needs. I do not intend to be the type of Councillor you only see at ribbon-cutting ceremonies or knocking at your door during election campaigns. I want to be part of your discussions and planning sessions. I want to know what I can do to help you become more successful in your own projects and initiatives.  And if you are the kind of person who likes to attend group meetings, you can take part in my “Town Hall Public Meetings” which I will be scheduling once a month in Ward 6.

   We have less than ten weeks before the election on November 13. I have already met thousands of you at the mall and through my involvements in the community over the past 32 years. I will meet many more of you over the next ten weeks. Those of you who know me understand full well that if Robert Kirwan is elected to represent Ward 6 – Hanmer & Val Therese, you will be getting the total package! I guarantee that great things will happen in Valley East and we will get the recognition we deserve from City Hall. With your support on November 13, I am confident that we can work together as a community to “Keep The Spirit of Valley East Alive”!







The Valley East Today Weekly Online News Magazine and Community Web Site are being made available free of charge to local residents through the support provided by the following businesses and organizations. 

You are encouraged to take time to visit their web sites, which can be linked by clicking on each of the individual names listed below. 

On behalf of all who are enjoying the feature articles on this newsletter, we express our deepest gratitude to our sponsors.

Beswick Denture Clinic
Hart Department Store
VCCNet.ca Internet Solutions
Sole Mates Family Footwear
Desjardins' Food Basics
Pet Palace
The Source by Circuit City
Hanmer Home Hardware
Stan Thomas Solicitor
Drs. Dunlop & Labrecque Optometrists
Lou's Shoe Repair
Valley Plaza Barber Shop
Glamorous You
The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre

Hanson Family Dentistry
Heatwave Tanning Salon
Fantastic Floors

Independent Energy Services

Ron Gladu Photos
Masciangelo Motors
Drago Men's Wear
Reliable Security

Sole Mates Family Footwear
Masciangelo Motors
Sudbury Rent-A-Home
O'Malley's Rent-A-Pub


If you are looking for a business in Hanmer or Val Caron, you should be able to find it on the Online Business Directory.  



Published by
Robert Kirwan, President & C.E.O.
4456 Noel Crescent, Val Therese ON P3P 1S8
Phone: (705) 969-7215    
EMAIL   rkirwan@infocomcanada.com