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The Canadian Cancer Society is challenging you to quit smoking the first week of the month and offering a $500 cash prize to encourage you to try.

Why is the first week so important? Because if you’re successful for the first week, you're 9X more likely to quit for good!

If you or someone you know is considering quitting, visit to learn more and to register!

A new winner every month

We know that reaching success sometimes means you have to quit and quit again. The good news is there are 12 First Weeks in a year, each with a chance to win $500!

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We hope that this challenge will be the extra nudge you or your friends need to turn the urge to quit into action, and we will provide the tools and support proven to help.

For example, every person who registers for The First Week Challenge Contest will receive a $10 discount coupon for Nicorette® or Nicoderm® nicotine replacement therapy products.

We also encourage you to take advantage of the free support services at Smokers’ Helpline to help with your quit attempt. Call 1-877-513-5333 or the number on cigarette packages.

Bring your cat or dog in on Saturday April 30 or Sunday May 1 for a $25 rabies vaccine (cash only).

Microchipping is also available for $30.

Drop in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cats must be in a carrier and dogs must be on a leash.

Location: Stonegate Animal Hospital, 292 Stone Road West, Guelph (corner of Stone Rd. and Edinburgh)

For more information, call 519-265-7224.

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Wellington County is hosting the 2016 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM 2016) from September 20 to 24, 2016, in Harriston, Town of Minto. 

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If you plan to provide food at the event, here’s what you need to know about working with Public Health.

Food safety training and workshops will be available before the event. If you want to sign up please email or call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4753.

This April, put your health first and get screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test. 

Two kids painting on the wall: It's always better to catch things early

Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular screening, appropriate and timely follow-up of abnormal results, and HPV immunization.

You still need a Pap test, even if you: 

  • Feel healthy and have no symptoms
  • Are no longer sexually active
  • Have only had one partner
  • Are in a same-sex relationship
  • Have been through menopause

Cancer Care Ontario encourages women to get screened with a Pap test every three years until the age of 70.

Call your doctor to make an appointment for a Pap test today, or visit to learn more.