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Issue #3: 2/21

Thoughts from our ARM Chapter 3 President, Lee Ferguson

Who would have ever thought a year ago that we would be in a lockdown like we are right now. We must keep vigilant with using our masks and keeping that 3 metre distance. It looks like maybe the Provincial government will be forced to get rid of the private long term care homes. That has been the disaster of this whole past year. The doctors and the media are powerful lobby groups in our society today.

The OSSTF offices in Toronto are in transition to a new building, so some membership renewals have not been processed. Bob Smith, our Membership Chair is following through on this matter. The OSSTF President, Harvey Bischof is retiring. He has done a great job dealing with the media. But, what a hard couple of years he has had dealing with the Provincial Conservative government with contract negotiations and now the pandemic. Our provincial government has not put enough dollars into making the schools and school buses safer for students and staff. I am wondering why the idea of having one school board in Ontario has not been raised during this time. It sure would save money that could go back into making schools safer.

We hope you enjoyed receiving the OSSTF mask, pen and stylus. Members of our Executive enjoyed making contact with you. If there was anyone out there that did not receive a masks, get back to me and I will see you get one. Just before Christmas, we gave donations from ARM Chapter 3 to the local Food Bank, the Maison McCulloch Hospice and Better Beginnings, Better Futures. 

We are using Zoom to keep in touch. We have had George Ng (OTIP) in a session on our Extended Health Care plan and in a couple of Executive meetings. We have access to any guest speakers that other ARM Chapters host, via Zoom. I would recommend checking these Zoom speaker events. It is not difficult to click on the link to get into the event -you just reply to the invitation that you receive from Carolyn at <>. Once you have registered this way, you’ll be sent a link to enter the webinar.

Keep safe.

What have ARM members been up to lately?
A view of the “Wolf Moon” from Ramsey Lake, near McNaughton Terrace. The next full moon will be the “Snow Moon” on February 27th, 2021.
Recommended Reading

Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, 
was the book of the month for a virtual Book Club at the South End library.

The North Carolina marshlands coast is the location of this interesting read. It is a murder mystery where a young girl, Kya is abandoned by her family at a young age. She grows without any supports – an amazing process. It is an easy read with a fabulous surprise ending. Recommended by Lee Ferguson

Too Much and Never Enough​, by Mary L. Trump, PH.D
How my family created the world’s most dangerous man.

Interesting read as we wait for the Biden-Harris transition.

Other books written about Donald Trump did not have the personal family connection that this book has.  Mary Trump is a trained clinical psychologist as well as Donald’s only niece.  She explains how specific family events, traumas, destructive relationships and a tragic combination of neglect, abuse and enablement created a damaged Donald Trump. Mary feels that Donald has many psychological disorders but in order to get an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis, it would require a full battery or psychological and neuropsychological tests. Donald would never agree to sit for this.  The only diagnosis that she is comfortable with is “narcissist”. Donald’s inability in handling the pandemic is one of his weaknesses. Covid-19 is not a human so Donald couldn’t lie about, manipulate, dismiss, fire, bully,  bribe, sue in court, belittle or ignore it.  Too bad Mary didn’t write this book before the 2016 election. Recommended by Valerie Lalonde.

A few moments for you to enjoy.

Icelandic Nature

   ....or, if you need a warmer ambience...

Paradise Island

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”
- Will Rogers


The view in our own backyard, here in Northeastern Ontario.
See any familiar faces or places?

Junction Creek Trail: Photos by C. Otto

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Farewell Friends,
until we meet again.

Patricia Ames
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*Please let us know if you have news of a colleague who has passed away.

Things to do and places to be...

A few things to think about...
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“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”
- Maya Angelou


5 common driving violations and how to avoid them

While we all do our best to obey the rules of the road, sometimes even the most seasoned drivers find themselves on the other side of a traffic stop. Getting pulled over for a driving violation generally results in a ticket to pay, along with a potential increase to your car insurance premium. Worried you may have picked up some bad driving habits over the years? As a refresher, here are some of the most common driving violations and how to avoid them. 

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Sit back and take a virtual trip with your friends at ARM

When you need community supports call 2-1-1

Help is just a phone call away. Whether you are looking for information on programs for seniors, food supports, or financial assistance, 2-1-1 is available to help. The call is free, confidential, and available 24/7/365 in over 150 different languages. #helpstartshere

Do It Yourself Action Kits

Basic needs kits that include shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste


Are you looking for a hands-on way to give back to your community? Consider participating in our DIY Action Kit collection drive. The next time you are out shopping for essentials, consider donating:

  • Meal/Food Kit – Share an easy weeknight dinner recipe and purchase the non-perishable items needed to make the recipe.
  • Hygiene Kit – Prepare a Ziploc bag with new items. Items on our wish list include deodorant, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
  • Seniors Activity Kit – Include an activity book, a puzzle, pens, and a notebook. Make it extra special by including a personal note.

For more information on this program, please contact Katherine Cockburn, Development Manager at

The Sudbury Indie Cinema
Indie Cinema is hosting a fundraiser through Indiegogo to raise funds for a sign. You can check it out here Every donation has a perk that varies with the amount donated. If you have not purchased a membership yet, this might be the best time. When you buy this perk, you become a lifetime member which means that instead of the regular film price of $14, you pay only $10. Visit all the other perks offered before the end of the fundraiser!
The Greater Sudbury Public Library
For the duration of the provincewide stay at home order, all Greater Sudbury Public Library locations continue to offer contactless curbside pickup of requested library materials. Have a title in mind? You can still place your reserve online, by phone or in person at the door. Not sure what to read next? Give us a call as we're more than happy to help you find your next title over the phone.
Once the stay at home order is lifted and we can welcome the public inside our buildings again, most of our regular library services will resume at that time. Hours of operation vary between locations so call your closest branch or visit for the most up to date information. 

We can't wait to see you again - Happy reading! 

Just a reminder: It’s time to renew your ARM membership.
If you haven’t already done so, It’s easy to set up automatic renewal.

Go to

ARM OSSTF Chapter 3 Executive

President: Lee Ferguson -

Vice President: Bob Smith - 

Secretary/Treasurer: Val Lalonde -

Media/Communications: Carolyn Otto -

Events: Pat Miller -

Hospitality: Sylvia Bass -

Members-At-Large - Josée Blais, Marisa Costanzo, Denis Plouffe, Rachelle Urso

*Please note: 

If your contact information should change, please send your new details to
Bob at

If you have a submission for a future issue of the ARM Chapter 3 The Tumbler, please send it to Carolyn at We welcome your thoughts on favourite books, movies, activities, hobbies, photos, etc.

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