by Stefan Archuticz
Your friendly neighbourhood journalist covering local news, business reviews and opinions!
The S.H.E. B.E. O.K. project is a non-profit organization in Niagara, founded by Paje from Honor Beauty. The goal of the project is to provide free self-care services to female victims of abuse and bullying.
Abuse is a subject that's near and dear to Paje's heart. She created this project to give back to other women in the community who are in need. Paje believes that victims of abuse need a strong support network in order to persevere through this dark time in their lives. So she created this project in order to curate a directory of local businesses who are also passionate about giving back to the community. These businesses offer services that are vital to the well-being of women dealing with situations of bullying and/or abuse.
The name of the project is a unique acronym that breaks down like this:
S - Strong
H - Happy
E - Empowered
B - Beautiful
E - Empathetic
O - Original
K - Kind
Since Paje herself lived through and overcame an abusive relationship in her past, she knows first hand what the victims go through. Paje found that her natural reaction during that dark time in her life was to shut down - to stop doing the things that made her happy and helped her heal, like yoga, doing her hair and socializing with friends. Offering self-care services to abuse victims who are not in a mental state to think about receiving them, or who might not be able to afford them, could significantly help improve their lives. The businesses that participate in the program are all volunteers and they offer their time and services for free to the women that the She Be Ok project supports.
Currently, there are many businesses in the project directory, covering services like classes/workshops, arts, beauty, self-care products, and spiritual/physical healing. As the project continues to grow, more businesses are being added. Now, the battle is to spread the word about the support that's available to victims of abuse in our community. What's really admirable and amazing are the people who choose to stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves. You can do just that by spreading the word about this valuable project in our community! Read more about it by clicking here.
In 2003 there was a sudden boom in tourism again. This was long in coming, as the 9/11 terrorists attacks greatly affected tourism in the Niagara Falls area. Despite the SARS outbreak of 2003, tourism seemed to be on the rise again.
However, things may once again take a turn for the worse with the spread of the coronavirus throughout North America. It is uncertain as to how this may affect tourism to Niagara Falls.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illness that appears as a common col but is more severe than SARS. Unfortunately, there are no known ways to treat the coronavirus and no vaccine that can protect against it. Most people who have been infected can recover on their own but some have not been so fortunate.
It is a respiratory infection that is new to humans that shows a person-to-person transmission through direct contact with respiratory secretions. The transmission of the virus requires distancing yourself and increasing one's awareness of hand hygiene. One of the biggest concerns is that it is being seen in the most common trade areas of exchange. This includes an exchange of products and people, which can intensify the increase in cases.
What further complicates things is that the symptoms are commonly associated with other illnesses, such as a common cold or flu. Those who have pre-existing conditions, such as respiratory problems or diabetes, need to be particularly careful. Also, those who are older are more susceptible to the virus.
While the coronavirus has been said to originate in China, it is unclear as to the exact area. However, it has now become a worldwide concern as there are now cases of the virus being treated in the U.S, South Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and Thailand. At the time of this story, 81 people have died and over 2,500 people have been infected.
It appears that health agencies have the situation under control and are successfully able to follow the contacts of those who have been infected. Tourism organizations are preparing for the worse, as the virus is on the move. The chief executive officer of Niagara Parks, David Adames said that it is too early to offer information on what the parks will do. The issue is ongoing and information is constantly changing. The Niagara Parks has been deferring comments to the Ontario Ministry of Health and other public health officials.
Those who are concerned and who may have plans of visiting the area are also being encouraged to visit Ontario.ca/coronavirus, a website that has been set up to provide updated information. This information will enable visitors to plan accordingly.
The Niagara Casinos is monitoring the situation with Niagara Public Health and the Ministry of Health. They communicate health and safety tips to their associates to help drive home the importance of properly washing hands and emphasizing hygiene protocols. They recognize this as the best defense against the coronavirus.