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April 15th, 2019 by admin

‘You feel very hopeless’: Lethbridge woman gets 2nd chance after years of abuse

Maritza Stinson was trapped in a toxic relationship for nine years.

Originally from Guatemala, she moved to Lethbridge in 1992. It was not until she arrived in Canada that she even recognized the emotional and psychological abuse she was living with everyday.

“You feel very hopeless,” said Stinson. “He did not want me to be in contact with my family, he was watching me all the time and I could not go to bed before 10 p.m., because I would have to wait for him.”

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After only a couple of months in the country, she decided to leave her spouse. With the help of family, she took her two daughters and escaped to the YWCA women’s shelter, Harbour House.

However, she returned to her partner shortly after, on the promise that he would change. Instead, the abuse got worse, as he began to physically assault Stinson and her children.

“I said, ‘no, this is going to end badly and it is not going to be with me’,” she said.

With the help of the YWCA, she was able to leave her partner for good.

“I felt freedom and it was beautiful. I felt so happy that I could make decisions on my own.”

Stinson decided to go back to school, completing her diploma in Lethbridge College’s child and youth care program. She eventually got a job at the place which helped her at her darkest time, the YWCA.

Working as an outreach counsellor, she helps women leave relationships affected by domestic violence.

“When things are down, she is going to hold your hand and help you pick yourself up again,” added co-worker Sandra Vonk. “She is a fighter and she is a role model to all women.”

Stinson and her two daughters have moved on; she has remarried and has two grandchildren. After all the chaos she has lived through, she has finally reached true happiness.

“It’s been 23 years and it’s been a long journey, but I had a lot of rewards for me at the end,” she said.

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April 15th, 2019 by admin

Saskatoon environmental advocate is hopeful with early Liberal action

SASKATOON – A recent move by Canada’s new prime minister to rename a rename a federal ministry is hopeful news according to a Saskatoon-based environmental advocate. On Wednesday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created the newly titled Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

Peter Prebble, policy director for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, said he applauds the new move.

“I think clearly the Trudeau government intends to make climate change a higher priority than the previous federal government,” said Prebble.

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Trudeau made a number of promises on the campaign trail that many expect he will now act to keep. Prebble pointed to a number of pledges on the climate that make him hopeful for the future.

“The commitment for instance to phase out fossil fuel subsidies,” said Prebble.

“The commitment to work constructively at the upcoming Paris negotiations on climate change.”

While Wednesday’s news may make advocates like Prebble optimistic, it could strike anxiety in others. University of Saskatchewan economics professor Joel Bruneau said some oil and gas companies may feel weary about the new government’s potential approach.

“Oil companies and gas companies are feeling [financially] stressed so they will be legitimately concerned that new policies will place more stress on them,” said Bruneau, who specializes in resource economics.

READ MORE: Only 1 in 2 Canadians believe climate change is a serious issue: survey

Bruneau pointed to a lack of uncertainty over what measures will actually be implemented as a potential stressor.

“Getting them written down so that they understand exactly what they’re dealing with can resolve a lot of uncertainty for them,” he said of Trudeau’s potential policies.

The provincial government will have to work with the federal Liberals to come up with appropriate climate measures, according to both Bruneau and Prebble.

“One has to wait to see what the actual actions of the new federal government will be, but certainly the initial signals are very positive,” said Prebble.

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April 15th, 2019 by admin

Common wisdom about the common cold – what should you believe?

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TORONTO —; The flu season is upon us, and more and more people are catching not only the flu, but also the common cold.

What I have found to be really interesting over the last few years is the number of so called “old wives’ tales” about colds that have actually been explored in scientific studies.

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My mother always told me to dress warmly to avoid catching a cold. But when I learned that colds are caused by viruses, and not by cold air exposure, I figured that was just a myth —; we don’t catch cold, we get infected with a virus.

But the twist is that a study published this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that cold weather actually reduces nasal lining cells’ immune response to the rhinovirus, allowing the virus to replicate more quickly.

To be fair, this was a mouse study, but if we take a leap of faith, we might extend this to a theory that low outdoor temperatures turn down the immune system and truly make us more susceptible to colds.

What about that age-old warning that if you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system will get weak and you’ll get sick?

A fascinating study published this year carefully monitored people’s sleep patterns, and then gave them nasal drops containing the cold virus to see who was most likely to get infected.

Amazingly, those who slept less than 5 hours had a 45 per cent chance of getting a cold, whereas those who slept more than 7 hours had only a 17 per cent chance.

Again, this very likely has to do with the functioning of our immune system.

What about natural products for prevention and treatment of colds? Vitamin C is the big one.

A 2013 review of 29 trials with over 11,000 patients showed that vitamin C doesn’t prevent the common cold, but it does reduce the duration of cold symptoms by 8 per cent in adults and 14 per cent in kids.

Similarly, a review of 24 studies with over 4,600 patients found very marginal, if any, benefits from Echinacea for cold prevention or treatment.

People have been talking about of zinc since the 1970s, and the most recent reviews do show that zinc can reduce the duration of cold symptoms by about a day.

The caveat is that nasal zinc sprays have caused people to lose their sense of smell, and there are other side effects.

Finally, people ask about those over-the-counter products they find in the pharmacy, such as Cold-FX, which is American Ginseng.

There have been five different studies of Cold-FX, and what we know is that when it is taken regularly as a prophylactic medication, it can reduce the duration of cold symptoms and might even prevent some colds.

But it has never been studied as a treatment for once you get a cold, which is how most people actually use it.

We are learning more and more about the truth behind some of these age old beliefs around the common cold.

But at the end of the day, the best advice is still to get your flu shot, wash your hands often, and if you do get sick, nothing works as well as a little time and a lot of rest.

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April 15th, 2019 by admin

Exclusive: Mom of 5-yr-old killed said she sent son to Canada for better life

The mother of a five-year-old boy killed last summer in Calgary says she sent her son to Canada for a better life.

“She is devastated by his death. What makes it worse for her is the fact she wasn’t here to protect him,” Staff Sgt. Doug Andrus of the Calgary Police Homicide Unit told Global News.

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“We sent investigators down to Mexico City to speak with his mother; she provided us with the date he arrived in Canada and his state of health. She also indicated why she sent him here: she wanted to provide him with a better life, so he could learn and grow in Canada.”

Emilio Perdomo came to Canada from Mexico in February 2014.

He was sent to live with his grandparents, Allan and Carolina Perdomo, in southeast Calgary.

Emilio was seen by a doctor about two months after he arrived in Canada, and was found to be in good health.

Then in July, he was taken to a clinic, and later rushed to the children’s hospital. The child died in hospital July 17.

READ MORE: Police investigate death of 5-year-old Calgary boy after injuries family attributed to ‘accidents’

Police said he had swelling and bruising all over his body, as well as other serious injuries. Investigators have not yet released further details–including the cause of his death.

“His injuries weren’t consistent with the normal play of a child,” said Andrus.

“Emilio didn’t leave the house, he didn’t go to school, he didn’t go to daycare. We’re looking for people who had exclusive opportunity and that is the family of five that he was staying with.”

That includes Emilio’s grandparents, as well as three of their children: two teenagers and one adult, who also live in the Perdomo home.

Global News has tried to speak to Allan and Carolina Perdomo about the case, but they declined to comment.

None of the five residents are cooperating with police.

Despite the lack of cooperation so far, Andrus feels confident charges will be laid.

“We’ve made good progress in the investigation and we’re very optimistic that we will resolve this investigation.”

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April 15th, 2019 by admin

Hookah lounge owner worried Toronto ban will result in business closure

TORONTO – A Toronto Hookah lounge owner expects a ban passed by Toronto City Council Wednesday will lead to the closure of his Scarborough business.

Rizig Sayes, owner of 3 Kings hookah lounge said he was very disappointed with council decision.

“What that means is a lot of businesses will have to shut down, including this one,” Sayes said. “Our staff will be let go because we don’t really have an option at this point.”

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3 Kings has been open for four years, employing five staff and usually sees a minimum of 30 to 40 guests a night.

“It was almost like an attack on a culture,” Sayes said. “You have other places that are running – like [vapour] lounges – in Toronto and smoking is allowed and alcohol is allowed. If we are going to ban smoking, lets ban all smoking.”

City council voted on Wednesday to ban the social practice in a landslide vote, 34-3, after a report recommended the banning of hookah use in licensed establishments, citing health concerns.

READ MORE: Toronto city council votes to ban the use of hookahs in licensed establishments

Mayor John Tory said Wednesday hookah lounges will have to readjust their business and have until April 2016 to do so. Noel Gerry, a lawyer representing 14 hookah lounges said these establishments exist because of the water pipe.

“The vast majority of my clients derive the majority of their income and revenue from hookah smoking,” Gerry said.

“They are not geared up to be cafes or coffee shops or restaurants or bars. They are shisha lounges.”

For Rizig Sayes, he said the decision seems to be a double standard.

“Why should be keep letting the government sell cigarettes or letting vapour lounges operate or sell alcohol? It’s the same exact argument,” he said.

“I have to go get another job or start another business … at the end of the day this industry was killed and it angers everyone.”

©2015