New Brunswick mother on the ‘horrifying’ situation of her 10-year-old’s mental illness – New Brunswick

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The Moncton mother of a 10-year-old with mental illness is pleading with the province to provide better access to mental health care for children in the province before another child dies by suicide. Read more: Lexi Daken’s family says provincial review a ‘good first step’ “There are nights that I have to wonder if I wake up is he going to be there or is he going to try to harm himself while I am sleeping,” said Katie Vansnick.“It’s horrifying, it’s scary and it kills me on the inside,” said her son Jakob.For more than two years now, Jakob has been suffering from depression, ADHD and severe anxiety, said his mother, to the point that he has threatened or attempted to take his own life on multiple occasions. Story continues below advertisement “I sit soulless and look for...

COVID-19: Calgarians donate computers to help kids with return to online learning – Calgary

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Students in grades 7 to 12 in Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray will be switching to online learning again because of increasing COVID-19 cases starting Monday, which means many families will need access to technology.On Sunday, a Calgary charity helped out by getting laptops in the hands of students in need. Read more: Calgary junior, high schools move to online learning amid rising COVID-19 cases For some parents who can provide devices for all their kids and who can work from home, it can be a relatively smooth transition to online learning. But not everyone is so lucky.“It’s basically just saying you are home but you cannot go to your school because you don’t have the computer or the device,” said Gar Gar, the executive director of the Youth Empowerment and Skills (YES) Centre. Story continues...

Accessibility advocates raise serious concerns with new policy allowing dogs on Nova Scotia patios – Halifax

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One day after the Nova Scotia government announced a new policy allowing dogs on outdoor patios, some accessibility advocates and guide dog users are raising concerns that the presence of pets could compromise their safety.While service animals are well-trained, any barking or play from dogs at other tables may still distract them, interfering with their ability to keep their owner safe, said guide dog user Shelley Adams.“I’m just worried about the extra distraction it’s going to bring,” said Adams, sitting next to her own guide dog, Rookie.“I don’t want to have to be sitting there worrying that another dog is going to try and engage with him, or I don’t know, hurt him in any way … He is my mobility aid.” Read more: Bone appetit! Dogs now allowed on Nova Scotia restaurant and cafe patios Story...

Public pressure ramps up in fight to save Pathways Addictions Resource Centre

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Public and political pressure is ramping up as supporters of Pathways Addictions Resource Centre in Penticton, B.C., rally to save it from possible closure.Supporters held a second rally on Sunday. Many shared how the programming and counselling services offered by Pathways for mental health and addictions issues saved their lives or the life of a loved one. Read more: Interior Health defends decision to take over Penticton addiction services “I am ten months clean tomorrow. I go here for counselling and I’ve got my counsellor here, I’ve got a support group here, and I’m taking a course here,” said Gord Portman.“I don’t like this situation. I’m happy where I’m at with Pathways. There are good services here and I know the people and I trust them,” he said. Story continues below...

Sidewalk debate: London, Ont., Civic Works Committee grants no exemption for any street – London

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London, Ont., city council’s Civic Works Committee has voted against exempting any street that’s set to receive a new sidewalk this summer.The debate, which took place during a virtual meeting Monday afternoon, heard both sides from members of city council as well as 31 delegates.Eleven streets were set to get new sidewalks installed once underground infrastructure reconstruction takes place, but this didn’t sit well with some homeowners. Read more: London petition demands improved sidewalk maintenance in winter Speaking at the meeting, more than 10 homeowners brought up the issue of tree removal that comes with installing new sidewalks.“It appears that there are 14 trees on 13 properties slated for removal,” said a resident of Bartlett Crescent, one of the streets on the city’s sidewalk installation...

As pandemic highlights education inequity, Calgary teen raises money for technology for all students – Calgary

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Learning online has been a struggle for many Calgary families who don’t have the money for computers or internet access.Now, a Calgary high school student is doing his part to try to reduce that digital divide.Jayce Farris feels fortunate that he always had internet access and a computer when the pandemic forced his high school classes to go online. But he knows not all students are that lucky.“It’s really eye-opening to realize there are people in our city that are in that kind of need, and I think it’s important for all of us to come together to help out,” Farris said on Sunday.“I saw there was a way I could help, and I realized there was a massive need for it.” The Grade 12 student at All Saints High School started a fundraising campaign, selling bags of locally roasted coffee with a portion of the proceeds going...

Nova Scotia Liberal MPs decry NDP ‘political stunt’ after voting down bill on national pharmacare

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Ten Liberal members of Parliament from Nova Scotia opposed a bill on Wednesday that, if passed, would have paved the way for national pharmacare, according to the federal New Democrats.Bill C-213, the Canada Pharmacare Act, aimed to establish some ground rules for the public administration, accessibility, and comprehensiveness of pharmacare, which provincial governments would need to follow before accessing federal funds for universal drug coverage in their jurisdictions.The NDP private member’s bill failed to pass its second reading with a total of 295 votes against and 32 in favour, prompting party leader Jagmeet Singh to accuse Justin Trudeau’s Liberals of “looking for an excuse to justify breaking a promise.”On Thursday, Nova Scotia’s Liberal MPs fired back, labelling the NDP as engaging in political theatre, and saying...

B.C. residents to get priority as provincial camping reservations open March 8

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Residents of British Columbia will once again get priority when it comes to booking provincial campsites.The province announcing on Wednesday the annual melee to book a camping spot will open online on March 8 but residents can only book a campsite online two months in advance of their arrival date.People who live in the province will have priority access to campsite reservations throughout the summer and not just in the opening window. Read more: B.C. residents to get preferential access to camping in province’s parks “Our provincial parks have never been as important as they are right now. They provide a special place to safely connect with nature and improve our health and well-being during these difficult times,” Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman said. Story continues...

Canada cuts health transfer in response to New Brunswick’s position on abortion outside hospitals

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The federal government has reduced the Canada Health Transfer to New Brunswick by approximately $140,000, saying the province has failed in its obligation to fund out-of-hospital abortions.It’s only the latest event in the dispute over abortion funding between the two levels of government.In New Brunswick, abortions are only funded by the provincial government at three locations: two hospitals in Moncton and one hospital in Bathurst — locations that critics say limit accessibility for those who need the procedure. Read more: Civil rights group sues New Brunswick over access to abortion Abortions are only offered in limited locations because previous provincial governments have not repealed a regulation, known as Regulation 84-20, banning the funding of abortions outside of hospitals. Story continues below...

‘Choked me up’: motorized wheelchair takes hunter into the wild for the first time

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It can plow through a foot of fresh snow with ease, climb steep hills and traverse rugged prairie terrain.After time spent advocating for better accessibility for hunters in Saskatchewan, a Lumsden outdoorsman raised the money needed to purchase a specialized, all-terrain wheelchair. Bobbie Cherepuschak tests out the snow blade attachment on his new motorized wheelchair. Supplied This past hunting season he used it to go off the road and into the wild for the first time in his life. Story continues below advertisement “It was the first time I’d ever been off the road, into the bush, and you know, to be totally honest, it chokes me up whenever I think about it,” said Bobbie Cherepuschakm, who has been embracing the outdoors his...