Oromocto clinic to help military families get better access to health care – New Brunswick

Posted on 01/03/2019

OROMOCTO, N.B. – Horizon Health Network and 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown unveiled the plan for the new health clinic in Oromocto Tuesday.

The clinic will have a physician, two nurse practitioners, nursing staff,  a dietician, social worker and administrative staff, to serve the town of Oromocto, the military base and the Oromocto First Nation.

It’s a project that’s been in the works for five years.

The clinic begun as a thesis proposal, by Janet Weber, a nurse practitioner who now serves the military base.

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“There were people who’s health was suffering, and once you seen how much they were suffering, you couldn’t not see it,” Weber said. “And you couldn’t not do something about it.”

She collaborated with several others, and took it to Horizon Health. A team has been pushing the clinic to become realized ever since.

Military families move three times more than the average Canadian family. So, while it’s already difficult for people to find family doctors, military families have an even more challenging time.

“They come, and they’re on wait lists until they leave and then they go to a new province and they’re on another wait list and they haven’t received care,” Weber said.

In some cases, it’s caused health problems to deteriorate much quicker.

“I see people who are coming to me, who’ve not had regular screening, who’ve not had regular children checks, well-women checks, males who’ve not had regular check ups in several years,” said nurse practitioner Raelyn Lagacé, who’s already treating some patients in Oromocto.

The clinic will be built within an existing space on Iroquois Avenue and will open its doors in November. Horizon Health estimates it will serve 3,000 patients.

4 questions in the Calgary family disappearance-turned-homicide case

Posted on 29/01/2019

WATCH: As the news sets in that 5-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents, Alvin and Kathryn Liknes, will never come home, the prime suspect was formally charged with their murders. Francis Silvaggio has the story.

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TORONTO – The disappearance of five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and grandparents Alvin and Kathryn Liknes has resulted in three murder charges against suspect Douglas Garland.

The Amber Alert was discontinued by police on Monday, but police continue their investigation. And there are some seemingly unusual questions being asked by those following the case.

How can murder charges be laid without the victims’ bodies?

Though Garland has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder related to the Liknes’ and one count of second-degree murder related to O’Brien, no bodies have been recovered.

“While it is unusual for homicide charges to be laid without the bodies, and there’s obviously a huge amount of information that comes from being able to obtain that additional evidence, what it tells me is that the evidence the police have already collected points to this particular conclusion,” said forensic psychologist Patrick Baillie.

The body of eight-year-old Tori Stafford was not found until three months after she went missing, and two months before Michael Rafferty and Terri-Lynne McClintic were arrested and charged with abduction. (In addition, Rafferty was charged with murder and McClintic was charged with knowingly aiding and enabling Rafferty).

Charges were also laid without a body in the Waterloo case of Catherine Todd, added sociology and legal studies professor at University of Waterloo Jennifer Schulenberg.

“It is rare (very rare) but it occurs when sufficient evidence exists to do so. An actual body is only part of an evidentiary picture,” Schulenberg told Global News.

Baillie said the prosecution can only go ahead when the Crown believes there’s reasonable possibility of conviction, so there must be sufficient evidence to justify the charges.

“We know there was a violent incident at the Liknes home and I would assume there is blood evidence collected at that scene,” he added. “We also have a suspicious vehicle—which was tied to the accused—so there may have been evidence gathered in that setting as well as the extensive search the police have done.”

Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson said it’s “obviously” preferable to have a body so that the medical examiner “knows what you have.” But that’s not necessarily always the way a case concludes.

“People dispose of bodies and we have to pursue every investigative lead that we have,” said Hanson.

Why was there a delay between Garland’s arrest and processing?

Garland was arrested early Monday morning, but not escorted to the Calgary police arrest processing unit until much later Monday evening.

Baillie said from what he understands, investigators tried to use that time to “have a conversation with him.”

“There have been other cases where favours have been given to people that have been convicted, but in Mr. Garland’s position—to my understanding—there’s been no confession, no admission of responsibility; so he’s not in a position where he wants to give police additional information,” said Baillie.

Watch below: Murder suspect Douglas Garland escorted by police to see a justice of the peace

Schulenberg said hearings must occur without reasonable delay and within a 24-hour period or as soon as possible.

“This means there is nothing unusual with the timing of going before a Justice of the Peace,” she said.

Why did Garland violate his curfew and breach a police scene?

Garland was also released after having been taken into police custody and questioned last week in connection to the O’Brien/Liknes case, which revealed unrelated charges having to do with identity theft.

Garland then violated his curfew and returned to his parents’ acreage (which police are still searching). Since police have official custody of the acreage, Garland was also stepping onto the crime scene.

Timeline: Missing Calgary family Nathan O’Brien, Alvin and Kathryn Liknes

“We know that Mr. Garland made the decision to go back there, and we can assume he was aware of the conditions he wasn’t supposed to be in that area.  So he must have had a reason for wanting to get back there,” suggested Baillie.

But Schulenberg said a violation of parole speaks more to Garland’s criminal behaviour and record than it does to the case per se.

“We are not privy to exactly what the police are searching for and whether there is a probability that Garland would be aware and/or concerned,” she explained.

Why have police stopped updating the public?

Hanson has characterized the case as “complex” and said he understands why questions are lingering.

“But we live in a world, in a justice system, where once we lay a charge we no longer comment on what evidence we’re prepared to move forward [with],” he said.

“The reality is the evidence we have will be presented by the Crown in a court of law.”

Garland is set to appear in court Wednesday morning.

READ MORE:How you can support the Liknes and O’Brien families

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Testosterone therapy may pose risks: Health Canada

Posted on 29/01/2019

TORONTO – Health Canada is warning consumers and health-care providers about a potential risk of serious and life-threatening cardiovascular problems linked to testosterone replacement therapy for men.

Testosterone replacement products are used in men whose bodies don’t make enough of the hormone, causing such effects as flagging libido, low energy, loss of muscle, mood swings and disturbed sleep.

A recent Health Canada safety review found a growing body of evidence suggesting that the use of replacement testosterone may pose an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots in the lungs or legs, and heart rhythm irregularities.

The federal department says testosterone replacement products should not be used in men for non-specific symptoms if lab tests have not confirmed a low testosterone level, nor should they be used in children under 18 nor in women.

Men should advise their doctor of any history of cardiovascular disease or symptoms that might indicate such disease before using testosterone replacement therapy.

The agency also says health providers should assess patients for cardiovascular disease risks before prescribing testosterone and closely monitor men who begin hormone replacement.

In Canada, 12 testosterone replacement products are approved for sale, including such brand-name products as Androderm, Delatestryl, Androgel and Testim, as well as various generic equivalents.

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Workplace attacks: tips to keep staff safe – Edmonton

Posted on 29/01/2019

EDMONTON – Have a security plan in place and trust your instincts. Those are two tips from Alberta security advisor Neil LeMay.

On Monday, police say a man working at a property management office was slashed across the neck by another man they believe was upset about a property he was renting.

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After an initial argument, the suspect left the building. At that time, the employees were sent home and the doors were locked.

“The actions of that supervisor probably prevented it from being a more tragic incident,” said LeMay.

“Whatever transaction took place with the aggressor in that building in the first meeting … was enough to create some concern,” he explained. “The fact that they sent the employees home clearly demonstrates that they had the interests and security and safety of the employees above and over those business concerns.

“In this case, I think that action probably saved a lot of people’s lives.”

On Tuesday, a 62-year-old man was charged with several offences in connection to the incident, including attempted murder.

Have safety protocol in place

LeMay stresses that a violence prevention assessment is not only required by Alberta law, having a plan laid out is paramount to keeping people safe.

“You need to have policy. You need to have some procedures in place. It’s very important that you do some training and drills so that your staff knows what to do.”

“I think this type of an event is a reminder that they need to take this seriously and put some basic procedures in place.”

Watch for warning signs

While violent incidents can escalate very quickly, LeMay says people should always be on the lookout for possible indicators.

“We recommend that at least employers and supervisors be aware of what the potential dangers are, be aware of what the red flags and warning signs are, whether it’s from an employee or a client or customer,” he said. “And, that when they do start to see a cluster of behaviours or a pattern of behaviours of concern, that they seek out some professional assistance.”

Create barriers for aggressor(s)

If an unexpected violent situation comes up, LeMay suggests putting barriers between yourself, your staff, and the aggressor.

For instance, in the July 14 Edmonton case, he says locking the doors was a smart decision.

“You want to buy yourself some time.

“You want to create barriers in place that allow the police to get there and delay the suspect from getting access to individuals that they can harm.”

LeMay believes having a safe room with a solid core door on site is another way to increase safety.

Trust your gut

LeMay, who worked with the RCMP for 27 years and was a homicide detective for a decade, says it’s important to trust your instincts.

“We have a tendency as individuals to overrule our gut with our head.”

“That intuition, that gut feeling – that ‘spidey sense’ we get when the hairs stand up on the back of our neck – we need to pay attention to that.”

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Keep sensitive accounts of residential school survivors, judge urged

Posted on 29/01/2019

TORONTO – Destroying the sensitive testimony of survivors of Canada’s notorious residential school system will seriously damage the historical record and the material should instead be sealed for 30 years, an Ontario court heard Tuesday.

In making a pitch to keep the records, a lawyer for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission said their preservation does not have to equal their publication.

“Destruction of those documents will have a deep, irreversible impact on the state of the record,” lawyer Julian Falconer said.

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“The minute you destroy the information, you alter the ability for generations to come to remind people of what was done to these victims.”

At issue are records of the often heart-rending and emotional testimony of 37,000 survivors of the residential school system who sought compensation for sexual, physical and psychological abuse.

Their evidence under the independent assessment process – separate from thousands of others who spoke publicly to the commission about their experiences – was intended to be confidential.

The head of the adjudication process, Dan Shapiro, with backing from a privacy expert, argues the only practical way to ensure that confidentiality and avoid revictimizing survivors is to destroy the documents.

At the same time, part of the mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is to create as complete a record as possible of the residential school system and its legacy.

READ MORE: Voices of 40,000 residential school survivors would be silenced if documents destroyed: archivist

There are ways to protect privacy without threatening history, Falconer told Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell.

“Part of our mandate is to ensure claimant survivors aren’t revictimized,” he said.

Falconer proposed sealing the documents for at least 30 years. During that time, an “outreach” would occur to try to persuade survivors to agree to making their accounts part of the trove of material being housed at the National Research Centre at the University of Manitoba.

If that consent cannot be obtained, the materials would be transferred from Aboriginal Affairs after the 30-year waiting period to Library and Archives Canada, which would deal with them under its normal document protocols.

“You’re not deciding how to protect history today,” Falconer told Perell.

READ MORE: Indian residential schools inquiry about to get reams of documents

About 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children were taken from their families and forced to attend the residential schools over much of the last century to “take the Indian out of the child.” The last school closed outside Regina in 1996.

The head of the national archive dedicated to the residential schools has said the voices of thousands of the survivors would forever be silenced if their testimony was destroyed.

The hearing is slated to wrap up Wednesday.

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New Alzheimer’s study a wake up call for Maritimers – New Brunswick

Posted on 29/01/2019

MONCTON – Eating right, controlling diabetes, not smoking and watching your weight could substantially lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study suggests.

That’s no surprise to a Maritime woman whose parents had a history of the debilitating illness.

Judy Grantham is taking the advice to heart and changing her lifestyle to lower her risk.

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“I see little things like the other day I was with friends and I couldn’t say one of my good friend’s names and it really bothered me,” she said.

Now, 68-year-old Grantham is exercising every day trying to prevent the onset of the disease.

“I think weight has something to do with it as well.”

She’s right. A new study from Cambridge University shows that the biggest risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s are inactivity, obesity in mid-life and diabetes.

All chronic health problems found across the Maritimes, says Chandra MacBean from the Alzheimer’s Society of New Brunswick.

“We need to take control of our own health status and our own lifestyle and make healthier choices,” MacBean said.

Otherwise, MacBean fears, an alarming number of Maritimers will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the coming years.

Maritime provinces already have the fastest growing seniors population in the country. There are 2,900 new cases of dementia, a form of Alzheimer’s, diagnosed every year in New Brunswick alone, with more than 3,000 in Nova Scotia.

Those numbers are expected to dramatically increase over the next two decades. MacBean says it should be a wake up call for people now in their 30’s and 40’s.

“It’s critically important to manage your lifestyle as early as possible to reduce your risk of that down the road.”

The new research shows that one  out of three cases of Alzheimer’s is preventable with proper diet and exercise in mid-life.

Aligning rail safety regulations with Americans’ is risky, short sighted: Opposition – National

Posted on 29/12/2018

The Conservative government’s recent, quiet move to conceal new rail safety rules from Canadians is part of a bid to align Canada’s policies with those of the United States, according to a spokeswoman for the transport minister.

The move — and the reasons given — do not sit well with the Opposition.

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“I don’t understand why the government keeps going in line with the U.S. without trying to look here for a way for us to make it safer,” said NDP transport critic Hoang Mai. “We have the capacity here to look at our own rules, look at our regulations, make comments and make sure the regulations are safer and stronger.”

READ MORE: What’s safer (and not) since the Lac-Megantic disaster

The change was buried inside the Conservatives’ massive budget bill, which passed into law late last month. About halfway through the 363-page bill is one sentence that repeals one provision of the Railway Safety Act — the section forcing the government to publish any proposed regulatory changes at least 90 days before coming into force.

Those 90 days begin the day the proposed changes are published in the Canada Gazette, the public journal of the government, and allow the public and interested parties to make arguments for or against the proposed change.

Now, only the final regulation will warrant being made public, in black and white.

READ MORE: Lack of rail safety data leaving Canada at risk for future incidents: report

“The government is fast tracking changes without allowing people to say if they think the changes are in the right direction,” Mai said. “It risks burying regulations.”

Granted, most Canadians likely do not read the Canada Gazette on a regular basis. Still,  it’s a matter of having new laws, proposed amendments and many other actions on the record

A spokeswoman for Transport Minister Lisa Raitt brushed off the change, saying it affects only “minor administrative-type amendments and responding to urgent situations.”

In a recent emailed response, Jana Régimbal wrote Transport Canada will still consult affected parties before amending any safety regulations.  To take part in those consultations, however, one usually must be invited.

READ MORE: ‘Significant weaknesses’ in Transport Canada’s oversight of rail safety: Auditor General

Following consultations with “affected stakeholders” on either side of the border, Régimbal wrote, the government will now be able to expedite changes “that facilitate the alignment of Canadian and U.S. regulatory regimes.”

This is not, however, the first time the Harper government has changed Canadian rules at the behest of the U.S. government.

Two weeks ago, a tax deal with the U.S. came into effect forcing Canadian banks to send sensitive financial information to the International Revenue Service.  Had Canada disagreed to do this, the government was looking at potentially harsh economic sanctions.

And as part of the wide-ranging Beyond the Border Action Plan, Canadian and American governments recently started sharing data about residents who cross the border from either side— a move privacy advocates have widely panned.

The changes to the Railway Safety Act means Canadians will not know about many regulatory changes — including those respecting maintenance, jobs “critical to safe railway operation,” preserving records and documents relevant to railway safety and those respecting the establishment of safety management systems.

“The government is fast tracking changes without allowing people to say if they think the changes are in the right direction,” Mai said.

The amendments would not give Canadians living in areas, like Lac-Megantic, Que., surrounded by train tracks along which dangerous goods travel a chance to voice concern before regulations are changed.

Barely more than one year ago, a runaway train carrying tanks of oil came barrelling into the centre of the small Quebec town. The unmanned train destroyed the downtown area, killed 47 people and contaminated waterways.

“In this way, they are moving in a way that is less transparent, more opaque. It’s a concern,“ Mai said.

How to tell if 8 summer fruits are ripe

Posted on 29/12/2018

TORONTO – Fruits of the season are ripe for the picking, but how can you tell if they have reached their sweet spot?

Every fruit matures differently, meaning there’s no universal way to interpret colour, firmness or fragrance. Still, there are certain tips that can help grocery shoppers bring home the best of summer’s bounty.

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Watermelon has one obvious sign indicating it’s ready to eat — a “yellow belly.” The National Watermelon Promotion Board says that’s the creamy-coloured spot you should find on its underside, proving it’s fully ripened in the sun.

The board suggests seeking a symmetrical melon without bruises or dents. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell if a watermelon has gone off other than slicing it open. The texture will be mushier than what you expect — that doesn’t mean it’s not safe for consumption, but it’s on its way out.

Like watermelon, berries are also harvested when ripe. This makes them non-climacteric fruit — unable to ripen off the vine, unlike climacteric fruit such as bananas, which can ripen after being harvested.

A ripe berry is easy to spot.

“Colour is the main indicator,” said Kevin Schooley from the Ontario Berry Growers Association in a phone interview from Kemptville, Ont.

Strawberries and raspberries should be evenly bright red but their fragile nature means you will still see patchy berries in grocery stores. Strawberries in particular don’t always get the chance to fully ripen since they are sometimes shipped a little immature to travel better, said Schooley.

Blueberries are hardier, but it’s trickier to know when they’ve reached their peak. Even after turning blue, they can take three or four more days to reach their full sweetness on the vine.

Gooseberries should be a shade of yellow depending on the variety, but since there isn’t as dramatic colour change as other berries, there’s only one way to be certain.

“With any berries, you always want to taste to make sure,” said Schooley. He encourages going out to taste raspberries and blueberries that are in season now, especially because it’s been an “above average” season.

Another popular fruit in season, cherries, are also non-climacteric. They are picked ready to eat but a deeper red doesn’t necessarily mean more flavour.

“Colour isn’t critical on cherries,” said Glen Lucas from the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association in Kelowna, B.C. which has over 550 tree fruit farms as members.

Instead look for cherries that are firm, said Lucas.

Apricots and peaches might seem too firm at the grocery store but this shouldn’t be cause for alarm since they are climacteric fruit.

“They are picked a little underripe and have to mature,” Lucas said.

He suggests giving them a few days at room temperature to soften up.

The most important thing to keep in mind in the grocery store is to avoid fruits that look too ripe.

“Physically, you’ll be able to tell that the fruit is bruised or deteriorating,” said Lucas.

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French school board president asks anglophones in Repentigny to “have a heart” – Montreal

Posted on 29/12/2018

REPENTIGNY – On Monday evening, all heck broke loose at Repentigny City Hall.

At a city council meeting, anglophone parents made it loud and clear to Mayor Chantal Deschamps they are against a decision to allow the construction of a new French school right next to their English one.

The proposed project would rob Franklin-Hill Elementary of precious green space currently used by the anglophone students.

READ MORE: English elementary school at center of controversy in Repentigny

“We’re not giving up, we’re going to keep on fighting,” parent Anne Chamandy told Global News.

On Tuesday, a new voice entered the heated debate.

Rene Labrie wants frustrated parents to reconsider the plan.

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Rene Labrie, the president of the Des Affluents School Board who is pushing for the construction of the French school, says he wants frustrated parents to reconsider the plan.

“I think it’s a cry from the heart, we’re trying to say everybody deserves a school,” Labrie told Global News.

“I’m appealing to their sense of collaboration, I’m appealing to them to say if it was the reverse, would you be willing to listen?”

Labrie says the francophone community in the Repentigny area desperately needs a new school.

The perfect location, he adds, is on the green space next to the Franklin-Hill.

“You hold the key to the problem,” Labrie says.

“Alternate locations for the the school are not viable.”

WATCH: Repentigny parents fight for school green space

If the plan is turned down, Labrie says older schools in Repentigny, including Ecole EntrAmis, would have to be expanded and renovated.

“That’s not the scenario we prefer,” he says.

Education Minister Yves Bolduc has been asked to intervene in the case.

He’s expected to hand down a decision to settle the dispute in the coming weeks.

Rob Ford to Ontario: Thanks for the subway; now spend less – Toronto

Posted on 29/12/2018

Watch above: Charles Sousa responds to Rob Ford’s criticism. 

TORONTO – Rob Ford is glad the province is paying the lion’s share of the city’s three-stop Scarborough subway, which is costing Toronto more than a billion dollars after the city scrapped a seven-stop light rail line it could have gotten for free.

But he’s still shaking his gravy-finding finger at Ontario for not spending less.

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“I am highly concerned with the lack of any apparent plans to reduce spending, drive efficiencies and reduce the burden of government on Ontario taxpayers,” Ford said in a press release on Tuesday. “While Ontario has committed to eliminating its $12 billion deficit, we see no proof of this in the 2014 budget.”

Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government has promised to eliminate the $12 billion deficit and balance the budget by 2017-2018 while also investing nearly $15 billion in transit and transportation in the region over ten years.

But Finance Minister Charles Sousa pointed out Tuesday the city of Toronto is getting billions in infrastructure funding from the city and the mayor is asking for more money.

Sousa also called on the federal government – from whom his government is hoping to get up to $10 billion in infrastructure cash over the next decade – to commit more to infrastructure projects.

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The Liberal government re-introduced the May budget, with no changes.

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Both the opposition and several economists have warned Wynne will have to cut jobs or hike taxes in order to reach its targets. In a recent interview, Deputy Premier Deb Mathews wouldn’t say whether the government would cut jobs to balance the budget.