One year from now we will know some very cool things about Pluto – National

Posted on 11/09/2018

TORONTO – It may have been demoted from planet to dwarf planet in 2006, but those involved with the mission to Pluto aren’t letting that stop their enthusiasm.

“It’s kind of hard not to be excited,” said Dipak Srinivasan, of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Srinivasan worked as a system verification engineer on the New Horizons spacecraft that is a year out from reaching its destination.

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Pluto – once considered the ninth planet in our solar system – is the most mysterious world in our solar system. At an average distance of 5.9 billion km from the sun (about 3 billion from Earth), its composition and exact nature has eluded astronomers.

But in just one year, that won’t be the case.

New Horizons, the fastest spacecraft ever built – travelling at a mind-blowing 43,000 km/h  – will pass within 10,000 km on July 14, 2015.

Two of Pluto’s small moons – Nix and Hydra – are photographed here in 2005.

NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI), and the HST Pluto Companion Search Team

Getting to this point has been a long time coming for those who have worked on the spacecraft.

“Some of us started working on the mission back around 2000 or 2001, so to finally be at this point right now is very exciting,” said Mark Holdridge, New Horizons’ Encounter Mission Manager with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

But unlike other spacecraft – such as NASA’s Cassini, now in orbit around Saturn – there will be no stopping: being ultra-fast means being ultra-light which in turn means being unable to stop. That means that the data collected will be within a very short time-span.

WATCH: New Horizons

That’s not to say that it will only have a day to observe and collect data: the cameras on New Horizons will be focused on Pluto and Charon – the icy world’s largest moon – months before it arrives. It’s seven scientific instruments will collect data on Pluto’s composition, atmosphere, and as well as how the solar wind might influence the tiny world.

A planet by any other name

American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona (interestingly, the name was chosen by an 11-year-old British girl).

In 2006, little Pluto was “demoted” by the International Astronomical Union and reclassified as a dwarf planet after similar worlds were discovered beyond its orbit. The decision was met by anger. World-renowned astrophycist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is also the head of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, received angry letters blaming him for the “death” of Pluto, claiming he got the ball rolling (in 2000, the redesigned planetarium omitted Pluto from the collection of planets in the solar system, reclassing it as a member of the Kuiper Belt, a region beyond the orbit of Neptune that is home to icy worlds).

But to Holdridge, it doesn’t make a difference.

“To me, it doesn’t matter because it is what it is, regardless of what label you put on it,” Holdridge said. “It doesn’t really change what it is….Regardless of how big or small it may be, it’s still going to be as interesting.”

“It’s all about discovery and just figuring out another piece of the puzzle of our solar system,” Holdridge said.

READ MORE: Hubble Space Telescope spies smallest moon yet around former planet Pluto

But once New Horizons reaches Pluto, its mission isn’t over. Scientists plan to further explore the outer reaches of our solar system in the Kuiper Belt, home to not only Pluto and many other dwarf planets such as Eris, discovered in 2003 by Mike Brown (which lead to Pluto’s demotion), Makemake and Haumea.

The orbit of Pluto and Eris in the Kuiper Belt.


“One of the interesting things is that we’re going to fly by Pluto, but then the journey is ongoing… It will be interesting to me to see where we go next,” Srinivasan said.

Holdrige is hoping that the mission discovers things that scientists haven’t even considered about Pluto.

“I think it’s the unexpected I’m hoping for,” said Holdridge. “It’s the excitement of discovery.”

WorkSafe report overhauls investigations

Posted on 11/09/2018

VANCOUVER – The agency that investigates workplace accidents in British Columbia will undergo a significant overhaul to ensure cases involving potential wrongdoing can be successfully prosecuted in court, the provincial government announced Tuesday, following botched probes into two fatal sawmill explosions.

The province outlined the changes as it released a report examining both the risks associated with sawmill dust and, more broadly, how workplace injuries and fatalities should be investigated by WorkSafeBC.

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The report, which the government said would be fully implemented, includes more than 40 recommendations, including specialized teams that would work with prosecutors and police, increased inspections, and a wider array of penalties.

Earlier this year, Crown prosecutors announced there would be no charges in connection with two fatal mill explosions in 2012, which each killed two workers. The blasts — first in Burns Lake and then in Prince George — have both been linked to dust from dry, pine beetle-infested wood.

In each case, the Crown declined to approve charges in part because of concerns that evidence collected by WorkSafeBC wouldn’t be admissible.

WorkSafeBC has a range of special powers, such as warrantless seizures, that are designed to allow it to determine the cause of an accident. However, that sort of evidence isn’t admissible in court.

To avoid that apparent conflict, Tuesday’s report said the department that handles injury and death investigations should be split in two.

If investigators determine a case could lead to a prosecution, it would be handed off to a separate team that would start over, obtaining warrants and warning employers of their charter rights. The teams would work directly with prosecutors from the criminal justice branch and a special constable would be assigned to co-ordinate with police.

“It is absolutely essential that once there is a recognition that there is potential for prosecution, the case begins from that point,” said Labour Minister Shirley Bond.

The report also recommends a range of new measures to target employers found to be violating occupational health and safety regulations.

Those include the introduction of tickets and citations, with escalating consequences ranging from warnings to fines; expanding the scenarios in which stop-work orders can be issued; and changing the law to prevent employers from declaring bankruptcy to get out of paying financial penalties.

Opposition New Democrat labour critic Harry Bains said WorkSafeBC had failed to enforce rules that existed before the explosions.

While he said some of the proposed changes were promising, he argued the Liberal government’s plan should have gone even further. In particular, he said the province needs a special prosecutor who would specialize in workplace accidents.

“I think they have not gone far enough to put enough incentives or deterrents for negligent employers to protect workers,” said Bains.

The explosions at the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake and the Lakeland Mill in Prince George have been linked to combustible dust.

While investigations suggested the explosions were preventable, Crown prosecutors said both mills had taken steps to mitigate the buildup of dust.

The Burns Lake explosion killed Carl Charlie, 42, and Robert Luggi Jr., 45. In Prince George, 43-year-old Alan Little and 46-year-old Glen Roche died.

Family members have called for a public inquiry to examine the explosions and the failed investigations.

Luggi’s widow, Maureen, said an inquiry is still the only way her family and the public will know exactly what went wrong.

“The province has failed me and my children; WorkSafeBC has failed us,” she said in an interview Tuesday.

“They could have prevented this if they were doing their inspections properly. If they did their investigation properly, the Criminal Justice Branch would have called for charges.”

The province has ruled out a public inquiry, pointing to the various reports and investigations that have already happened, as well as the plans for inquests by the BC Coroners Service.

The explosions prompted increased inspections to ensure mills were taking steps to control dust.

The latest phase of inspections found 84 per cent of sawmills tested were in compliance, up from 58 per cent during the previous round. Other manufacturing operations, such as pellet mills, had a far lower compliance rate of 40 per cent.

Why some clothes could pose a safety hazard during MRI exams – Toronto

Posted on 11/09/2018

TORONTO – Health professionals are warning clothes containing metal fibres can be dangerous during MRI(Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

“Because you’re going into a magnet,” Sara Lamothe, a MRI Technologist at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa. “You’re putting metal into a magnet. It can actually react and spark or heat up and burn them.”

Jenn Marr learned that the hard way during a recent MRI exam when she was wearing her yoga pants.

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“I was getting a burning sensation so strong that I had to press the emergency button for them to stop the machine and pull me out,” she said.

“I said I’m burning. ‘What do you mean you’re burning?’ Like I’m burning. My legs are on fire.”

No one made the connection with the pants butafter a quick break, Marr decided to remove the pants and try again.

“I was in the machine for 15 minutes and had no burning whatsoever,” she said.

But the technologist still didn’t think the problem was with the pants. The next day, a fifth-year resident  she met told her the pants have silver in the material that can cause burning during the exam.

MRI Technologists admit it is still fairly new. That’s why some hospitals may not ask you if you are wearing certain clothes.

Queen’s University has a MRI Safety Questionnaire that asks patients if they are wearing clothing with silver or gold threading, like Lululemon Silverescent.

Lululemon uses what it calls silverescent technology, according to information on some Lululemon clothing. The technology purports to stop odour-causing bacteria from embedding itself into the clothing.

But according toAlison Matthews David, an assistant professor at Ryerson University, silver or metal fibres can turn up in other brands but you may not know it.

“If you see the label, anti-microbial, in other words it kills microbes or bacteria, it mostly like does that with silver technology. Nano silver technology,” she said.

David is currently writing a bookabout how clothing can cause bodily harm. She says metal has been used for centuries in clothes butit’s more common now in athletic wear.

“We have bacteria on our skin that causes us to smell bad and the silver kills that,” David said.

Lakeridge Health requires all patients to disrobe and use a gown for MRI appoinments. Marr says she would like to see all hospitals adopt the same policy.

“Clearly, you have no idea what’s in the material. I never would have guessed that there would have been any form of metal in these pants.” she says.

Apple turns to IBM for help in gaining more corporate customers – National

Posted on 29/05/2019

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies.

The partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries.

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The applications, expected to be released this fall, will feature some of data-crunching tools that IBM Corp. sells to companies trying to get a better grasp on their main markets while scouring for new money-making opportunities.

IBM is also pledging to provide better security to reassure companies concerned about hackers stealing vital information off the mobile devices of employees doing less of their work on desktop and laptop computers.

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook said his company is turning to help from IBM because it doesn’t understand the needs of corporate customers as well as it does consumers. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the alliance will help her company by widening the audience for its technological tools, providing bigger returns on the roughly $24 billion that IBM has invested in data analytics.

“It’s a watershed partnership that brings together the best of Apple and the best of IBM,” Cook said Tuesday during an interview at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters. Underscoring the importance of the alliance, Rometty flew from IBM’s Armonk, New York headquarters to join Cook for the announcement.

“This is about two powerhouses unleashing the power of mobility for (businesses),” Rometty said. “This is going to remake professions and industries.”

By joining forces, Apple and IBM are hoping to build mobile applications that prove iPhones and iPads can serve many other business purposes besides checking email and keeping track of appointments. Cook says the devices are already used for work within all but a handful of Fortune 500 companies.

Both Apple and IBM are counting on their foray to boost their own revenue. The companies both have been facing concerns on Wall Street about whether they will be able to accelerate their revenue growth at a rate that will propel their stocks higher.

The worries about Apple’s future prospects have been easing amid widespread anticipation for an iPhone with a larger display screen this fall and the expected release of a smart watch with sensors to tracks people’s health. Apple’s stock has rallied from its recent lows reached in 2013 and is now approaching its all-time high. The shares shed a $1.13 Tuesday to close at $95.32, just 5 per cent below their split-adjusted peak of $100.72.

IBM’s stock fell $1.37 to close Tuesday at $188.49, about 13 per cent from its high of $215.90.

The partnership underscores how technological upheaval can change allegiances. The notion of Apple and IBM helping each other out would have seemed inconceivable back in the 1980s and 1990s when they were bitter rivals in the personal computer market. The animosity ran so high that Apple famously skewered IBM as a soulless company devoid of new ideas in a commercial that evoked images of novelist George Orwell’s “Big Brother” figure in 1984.

The hard feelings have faded away as technology has evolved and the companies have moved in new directions. IBM got out of the PC business when it sold that division to the Lenovo Group nearly a decade ago. Apple now makes far more money from its iPhones than it does from its Mac computers.

“That was a long time ago,” Cook said of Apple’s old rivalry with IBM. “This is two pieces of a puzzle that fit together perfectly.”

Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs, Cook’s predecessor, never concealed his disdain for IBM, but longtime Apple analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies is convinced Jobs would have hailed Tuesday’s news as another step away from the days when IBM’s mainframe computers dominated technology. “Steve would have loved this,” Bajarin said. “It shows that the post-PC era is in full swing now.”

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Western Canada’s largest clean energy project officially launched – Lethbridge

Posted on 29/05/2019

It was a big day today in Vulcan County.

It was the official launch of Western Canada’s largest investments in clean energy. The Blackspring Ridge Wind Project is designed to provide electricity to 140,000 Albertan homes.

Enbridge, in partnership with EDF EN Canada, has invested more than half a billion dollars in the project, which has been seven years in the making.

“It’s all part of the strategy to build towards an energy future with a higher mix of greenhouse gas free generating sources,” said Richard Bird CFO of Enbridge.

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The wind turbines are located in Vulcan county, taking up 48 thousand acres of land. The Reeve of the county, Derrick Annable, said the project will help the community.

“This is a big project as far as generating tax revenue, bring some money into us. But the spin off for the communities is huge too.”

The Alberta Government has also invested 10 million dollars in funding to the project through the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation.

Minister Diana McQueen says the province is always in strong support of alternative sources of energy.

“The demand for energy comes from the choices we all make and fortunately Alberta’s strong regulations, position us to meet the demand while maintaining a sustainable environment and strong communities,” McQueen said.

Renewable Energy Credits generated from the project will be contracted to Pacific Gas and Energy and sold into the Alberta power pool.

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EXCLUSIVE: Yaletown shooting victim talks about his miraculous recovery

Posted on 29/05/2019

WATCH: We are hearing for the first time from a bike shop owner gunned down in Yaletown last month. John Daly has this Global News exclusive.

Paul Dragan believes it is a miracle he survived a brazen daylight shooting in Yaletown in early June.

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The 52-year-old Dragan was shot on a sidewalk in front of the Starbucks on Davie Street and Marinaside Crescent on June 10. The suspect, Gerald Battersby was charged with attempted murder of Dragan, along with five counts of attempted murder in relation to police officers involved in the shootout.

In an exclusive interview with Global News, Dragan says he mercifully has no recollection of the shooting and when he woke up in Vancouver General Hospital, he thought it was the next day. In fact, it was five days later.

READ MORE: Victim in Yaletown shooting described as ‘great guy’

From the moment Dragan was shot, he believes there were many factors at play that saved his life. It’s as though he was provided with everything necessary to keep him alive.

As Dragan tells Global News, it started with Dr. Clifford Chase, an ER doctor who rushed to Dragan’s aid and stopped any CPR being administered since it would have made him bleed out and instead, packed his wound to stem the bleeding. To the homicide police officers on-site that radioed for an ambulance immediately, which went straight to Emergency Health Services dispatch.  And lastly to the paramedics, who transported Dragan to VGH and happened to be Advanced Life Support (PALS) medics from the Infant Transport Team (ITT).

WATCH EXTENDED INTERVIEW: Paul Dragan spoke exclusively to reporter, and friend,  John Daly about his recovery.

All played a part, Dragan believes in keeping him alive, despite the fact Dr. Chase, the paramedics, and the trauma team at VGH thought he was not going to make it because he had lost from 60 to 80 per cent of his blood.

“If anyone of those steps hadn’t happened — I wouldn’t be here,” Dragan, who is the owner of Reckless Bikes.

READ MORE: Yaletown shooting victim off the critical list

Dragan says, despite their thoughts, no one stopped trying.

To give some perspective of the severity of Dragan’s wound, the ITT paramedics came to visit him and said his vitals flatlined twice while enroute to the hospital, and that the 52-year-old had lost so much blood in the ambulance, they had to sweep it out of the back.

Additionally, the VGH trauma surgeon, Dr. Hameed, had to cut out his breast bone immediately and pump his heart with his hand to get blood to his brain. It’s at this point, Dragan’s wife Erica says that doctors told her he had been without any blood pressure for seven minutes.

Despite everything that happened to Dragan, today he can walk, talk and his brain is fine.

The only visible signs of his trauma is a 70 centimetre scar from one armpit to the other across his chest, and some pain and weakness due to having lost one lobe of his right lung. He has no trauma or nightmares due to the the incident.

An athlete all his life, Dragan says his recovery has been gradual starting with some simple walks and now he’s to the point where he’s walking each day. He hopes that in a month or two he’ll be able to go back to work and start exercising again. While he knows he won’t be doing any triathlons in the near future, Dragan says he’d love to be able to eventually participate in an event with his son.

Slideshow of the support for Dragan:

Paul Dragan and his wife Erica.

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Annual festival generates waste along Saskatoon’s riverbank – Saskatoon

Posted on 29/05/2019

Watch above: is there a way to reduce waste at Taste of Saskatchewan?

SASKATOON – The 19th annual Taste of Saskatchewan kicked off Tuesday in Saskatoon.

Thirty restaurants have set up shop in Kiwanis Park for the event, each serving a choice of three items. Taste buds will be tantalized by everything from pork ribs and poutine to fried alligator and deep fried pickles.

One of Saskatoon’s largest summer festival will fill stomachs and garbage bins alike.

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    Food for Thought – Taste of Saskatchewan

About 100,000 to 150,000 attend the summer sampler each year purchasing 250,000 menu items in total.

The site is accompanied by two massive garbage bins and a single recycling bin. Each bin holds 30 yards of waste. The event generates enough garbage to require that all bins be emptied daily.

According to organizer Scott Ford, the vendors are encouraged to use compostable materials rather than styrofoam or plastic.

“We’re at about 70 per cent compliance,” said Ford.

The green team also assists in the effort, consisting of a group of 12 people from the Saskatoon roller derby league.

The women remove garbage bags from containers and sift through the waste for recyclables.

On June 19, the City of Saskatoon hosted its annual civic pancake breakfast. It’s one of the city’s most environmentally friendly events.

In 2014, 1,133 breakfasts were served generating just 14 kilograms of waste. Meanwhile 300 kilograms of plates, napkins, stir sticks and coffee grounds were composted.

According to the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC), Taste of Saskatchewan faces unique challenges.

“Because you’re going to each vendor and each vendor is giving you something to hold the food in,” explains Joanne Fedyk with SWRC.

SWRC recommends being a green patron instead. This includes bringing your own beverage in a reusable bottle, refusing utensils you don’t need and handing back excess napkins that accompany meals unnecessarily.

Edmonton’s Folk Fest and Vancouver’s Folk Music Festival both charge customers two dollars for a plate. Visitors wash the plates at a wash station and are reimbursed when it is returned to a plate booth.

UPDATE: Mt. Boucherie fire human caused

Posted on 29/05/2019

UPDATE 3:00 p.m. Wednesday: According to the Central Okanagan Regional District the fire is now 100 per cent guarded. The fire has been deemed human caused, as natural causes have been ruled out.

UPDATE 10:30 Wednesday: West Kelowna fire officials say the blaze appears to be human caused. It started on a walking trail a quarter of the way up the mountain off of East Boundary Road. East Boundary Road remains closed as the mop up efforts continue. Mt. Boucherie Park is closed indefinitely.

UPDATE: The Mt. Boucherie Interface Fire is fully contained and approximately 30 per cent guarded. Fire crews will patrol the fire through the night.

Spot fires and flare ups will be more noticeable when it’s dark. The district of West Kelowna asks that the public avoid calling 9-1-1 to report these.

Motorists are also asked to avoid East Boundary Road until further notice.

UPDATE: Officials say the fire is contained but is not officially under control.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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WEST KELOWNA — There is a wildfire burning in West Kelowna, on the west side of Mt. Boucherie.  Smoke can be seen from several points in Kelowna.

Trees are candling, and the forest service has at least one helicopter dropping buckets of water on the flames.

However, the fire is not very aggressive and it’s mostly shrubs and tall grass on the west side of the mountain.

The West Kelowna Fire Department is attacking the fire from the ground. There is a communications tower in the area, which appears to be very close to the flames. No other structures are threatened.

A small fixed-wing aircraft loaded with fire retardant has begun to attack the fire. There are also two planes hovering over the area.

RCMP are asking motorists to be careful and refrain from stopping at the side of the road to look at the fire.

“Motorists along Highway 97 have been reportedly stopping to look at the fire and are putting themselves and other motorists at further risk. Police are asking all traffic to maintain a safe flow through the area and refrain from stopping roadside,” reads a statement from Kelowna RCMP.

East Boundary Road has been closed to all traffic between Daimler Road and Elk Road.

‘An outrage’: World leaders react to Malaysian Airlines MH17 – National

Posted on 29/04/2019

WATCH ABOVE: Malaysian minister calls downing of MH17 “an outrage.”

International leaders and officials expressed grief and shock at the crash Thursday in eastern Ukraine of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet, killing all 298 people on board. The plane, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, had passengers of more than a dozen nationalities – including one Canadian.

Several world leaders pledged to contribute to investigation efforts, which are ongoing as emergency crews sift through the wreckage.

READ MORE: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: More than 180 bodies found at crash site

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

“We understand from reports that a Canadian citizen is among the dead. On behalf of the Government of Canada, Laureen and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the victims of this outrageous act,” Harper said in a statement.

“While we do not yet know who is responsible for this attack, we continue to condemn Russia’s military aggression and illegal occupation of Ukraine, which is at the root of the ongoing conflict in the region.”

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird:

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U.S. President Barack Obama:

Obama called the crash a “terrible tragedy.” And in a noon press conference Friday he said U.S. intelligence officials believe the surface-to-air missile that brought down the plane came from pro-Russian separatist territory in eastern Ukraine. He also said there was one dual Dutch-U.S. citizen aboard.

“It is critical that there be a full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation as quickly as possible. We urge all concerned – Russia, the pro-Russian separatists, and Ukraine – to support an immediate cease-fire in order to ensure safe and unfettered access to the crash site for international investigators and in order to facilitate the recovery of remains,” the White House said in a statement.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte:

“Possibly one of the worst air disasters in Dutch history. … I am shocked. I am broken up. All of us in the Netherlands are in deep mourning.”

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak:

“We must – and we will – find out precisely what happened to this flight. No stone can be left unturned. If it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice.”

“This is a tragic day, in what has already been a tragic year, for Malaysia. … The flight’s passengers and crew came from many different countries. But today, regardless of nationality, we are all united in grief.”

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron:

Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“This tragedy would not have happened if there were peace on this land, if the military actions had not been renewed in southeast Ukraine.”

“And, certainly, the state over whose territory this occurred bears responsibility for this awful tragedy.”

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko:

Called the attack an “act of terrorism” and demanded an international investigation.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

“We owe it as well to the families of the dead to find out exactly what has happened and exactly who is responsible. … As things stand, this looks less like an accident than a crime. And if so, the perpetrators must be brought to justice.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry:

“We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims. We offer our sympathies and support to the Governments of Malaysia and the Netherlands at this difficult time, as well as to all those whose citizens may have been on board. We are reviewing whether any American citizens were aboard the flight.”

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon:

“There is clearly a need for a full and transparent international investigation.”

Chris Beyrer, president-elect of the International AIDS Society:

If Dutch HIV researcher Joep Lange was on Flight 17, “then the HIV/AIDS movement has truly lost a giant.”

The World Health Organization:

Why Health Canada might change recommended levels of sugar intake – Toronto

Posted on 29/04/2019

TORONTO – Everyone knows too much sugar isn’t good for your health. But Canadians may soon be told to have even less.

Rona Ambrose, Canada’s health minister, suggested the health agency might soon recommend people only consume 100 grams of sugar each day. That works out to 24 teaspoons of sugar or 20 per cent of the average person’s total caloric intake.

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“Most Canadians right now take in about 50 to 60 grams of added sugar and another 50 grams of naturally occurring sugars. So we do hit 100 grams already and it’s actually pretty easy to reach that amount,” said Cara Rosenbloom, a registered dietitian and president of Words to Eat By. She teaches clients how to read nutrition fact panels, how to navigate the grocery store and how to prepare the purchased items.

“People who drink pop are going to hit 100 grams easily. A can of soda can run 40 grams, a bottle 60 grams,” Rosenbloom said.

READ MORE: How much sugar should you be eating? How to follow WHO’s guidelines

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff has been following Health Canada’s progress on creating a new food labelling system for months and wonders how the Canadian government decided on the 100 gram number.

“Its a larger amount than has been proposed by other organizations,” Freedhoff said.

In March for example, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended added sugars make up no more than 10 per cent of a persons total caloric intake.

The proposed level from Health Canada – 100 grams – equals roughly 20 per cent.

READ MORE: What Health Canada’s ‘easier to read’ nutrition labels would look like

Yet Freedhoff, who runs an obesity clinic in Ottawa and writes a blog called “Weighty Matters” says any reduction of sugar intake is positive.

“The goal for everyone should be less,” Freedhoff said, “The smallest amount is the right amount.”

Mosquito numbers on the rise in Saskatoon – Saskatoon

Posted on 29/04/2019

Watch above: Continued warm, dry weather presents perfect populating ground for mosquitoes

SASKATOON – A spring filled with rain and now hot, dry weather means mosquito numbers in Saskatoon continue to climb.

Mosquito numbers are up and depending on where you live in the city, you could be seeing more than usual.

Each night, averages of 177 mosquitoes were trapped last week. Around 570 in the Buena Vista area every night compared to only 21 in College Park.

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College ParkSilverspringParkridgeMontgomeryHudson Bay ParkAll*3 yr Average of All**Nuisance Mosquitoes/Trap572.6021.50117.2531.25174.6772.40177.16132.67

“In an area like College Park where you have a lower tree cover, there’s fewer, mature American elms in that neighbourhood, you’re not going to have as high mosquito counts,” said Jeff Boone, the city’s pest management supervisor.

While mosquito numbers are higher than the three year average, Boone says they are not abnormal.

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  • Saskatchewan warned about West Nile virus

“It varies a little bit year to year but when you get heavy precipitation for the months of May and June and then a sudden increase temperature you get a sudden increase in nuisance mosquitoes,” said Boone.

READ MORE: Mosquito that can carry West Nile virus found in Saskatoon

The amount of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes that have been caught in the region has been very low so far; however, the risk of contracting the West Nile virus from this species is still there.

“Normally, human cases are not something that we learn about until much later on, so it is very important to take precautions,” said Boone.

Deputy medical health officer Dr. Johnmark Opondo with the Saskatoon Health Region says while 80 per cent of those infected by the virus will not experience any symptoms, the public is urged to look for the more severe symptoms.

“When you should go and see your doctor is when you have persistent headache, persistent neck pains, symptoms that are like meningitis because that’s how severe it can be,” said Opondo.

“Particularly those that have underlying medical conditions such as cancer or anything else your body might be dealing with, West Nile just makes it worse.”

Watch below: Dr. Johnmark Opondo discusses West Nile virus on the Morning News

Health officials advise the public to cover up especially at dusk and dawn, keep lawns short and remove any standing water.

“Put on DEET as much as it’s going to be nice, warm weather for the next week or so,” said Opondo.

According to city officials, the number of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes in the region will continue to build through into early August, with the risk of contracting West Nile virus peaking the first weekend of August.

Five tips to stay healthy this BBQ season – Toronto

Posted on 29/04/2019

TORONTO – It’s officially the summer – or, unofficially – barbeque season – the time of year when you don the flip flops and throw some burgers and steaks on the barbeque.

But check the expiry date and wash your hands because the incidence of food-borne illness increases during warmer weather, according to Health Canada.

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“We often forget about the steps before cooking,” Global News medical contributor Dr. Samir Gupta said. “I want people to think about , at every stage, how to avoid having their prepared foods or their raw foods contaminated with the bacteria they have on those raw meats.”

Gupta recommends keeping uncooked meats and anything used to handle them, including utensils and plates, away from any other food or surface.

It’s not just the uncooked meat on your homemade Cronut burger that might get you sick. Nearly 250 people were hospitalized in a salmonella outbreak in 2012 that was linked to cantaloupes.

“Keep fruits refrigerated once their sliced,” Gupta said.

And if you’re buying raw shellfish make sure to get these products from a reputable place.

“You want it to be fresh and you want it to have been cold-stored up to the point where you purchase it,” Gupta said.

Approximately four million Canadians contract some form of food-borne illness a year according to data from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

There are several precautions you can take to save yourself the (literally) gut-wrenching aftermath of tainted food.

Five more tips to make sure you can spend the summer outside and not in bed:

1. Wash your hands

This may seem obvious – and it should be – but you need to be rigorous about hand washing when around food.

“We’re seeing viral infections withthe Norwalk family of viruses and those are actually spread just by manipulating prepared foods because the virus is on people’s hands,” he said. “So be religious about hand-washing when you’re handling food.”

2. Avoid re-freezing your food but…

Food can be safely refrozen if it hasn’t warmed to higher than four degrees Celsius, Gupta said.

Refrigerators are commonly kept below four degrees Celsius, so if you thaw food in your fridge, you can refreeze it.

“The best way to do that is always thaw your meat in the fridge, so that you know if you change your mind, you can throw it back in the freezer and avoid problems,” Gupta said.

3. Don’t get into a long-term relationship with your food

The fresher your meat, the better but if you’re not planning on eating it right away, Gupta recommends refrigerating the meat within an hour of buying it.

If you’re not planning on cooking the meat within 48 hours, you’re better off freezing it to reduce bacterial overgrowth, he said.

4. Don’t trust the colour of your meat

Most people cook chicken until it’s not pink on the inside but, as Gupta notes, that’s not always an accurate indicator of whether it’s safe to eat.

“You can have pink meat, or even poultry that’s actually well-cooked and you can have white-looking chicken or browned beef that’s undercooked,” Gupta said.

5.  Use a meat thermometer

The best way to check whether your roast beef or chicken breasts are cooked is to use a thermometer.

Gupta suggests cooking steak or lamb to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit (62 degrees Celsius), pork or ground beef to 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius) and poultry to 170 degrees Fahrenheit (76 degrees Celsius).

Seal pup with umbilical cord attached, rescued after 24 hrs without mother

Posted on 29/04/2019

WATCH: How do you know when wildlife is in need of help and when it’s better to leave them alone. Linda Aylesworth has more on the do’s and don’ts of marine mammal rescue.

VANCOUVER – A young seal pup, with the umbilical cord still attached, has been rescued by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

The harbour seal pup, ‘Oxygen’, was found in North Vancouver at the Mosquito Creek Marina.

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She was exhausted and trying to suckle on objects, meaning she had not eaten in a while. Crews from the rescue centre came to the marina Tuesday morning and brought her back to their facility.

“Summertime is our busiest time of year,” said Lindsaye Akhurst with the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. “And that’s because it’s puppy season. Then next biggest reason why is because people are on the beaches observing these animals.”

“The biggest thing is know is that if you are observing an animal that you feel is in need of rescuing is to call us,” she added. “Keep people and pets away from the animal, we want to make sure that we give mom a chance to come back.”

Akhurst said people should not attempt to rescue any of these animals themselves, despite how cute they may look.

WATCH: Reporter Linda Aylesworth helped rescue a baby seal, found abandoned near Mosquito Creek Marina in North Vancouver

She added that Oxygen was very lethargic in the water and was underweight. “That long umbillicus on her too means that she’s only maybe a day or so old, so mom is not around right now and she should be.”

They don’t know what happened to the pup’s mom at this time.

The Marine Mammal Rescue Centre is gearing up for a busy season and are expecting lots of calls from the public.

Tips on what you should do if you see a marine mammal that is in distress. You can call the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre at 604-258-SEAL (7325).

– With files from Linda Aylesworth