I’m not sure if this story is getting the notice it should.
Due to the current economy, there is concern about the future of the Tom Baker Centre. There is a delay in building in much needed cancer centre in the city. There is no question that many people have been positively impacted by their work. There is also no question about the difficulties and struggles those with cancer have had.
As a matter of fact, there was a rally from a group called Concerned Citizens for the Calgary Cancer Centre. This was on Wednesday January 28. You can read that here.
What do you think? Should we save and rebuild the Tom Baker Cancer Centre?
The Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention would agree. The APCCP is compiled of 17 provincial health groups, including The Heart and Stroke Foundation.
They are suggesting that the Provincial Government tax soda pops and sugary drinks.
The reason is “”Decreased sugary drink consumption has major benefits for Albertans, such as reduced risk of chronic disease, improved quality of life, increased productivity and academic performance for students, as well reduced health care costs.”
Here’s also a perspective from the person putting forth the request.
I don’t want my child to be segregated or different because of her allergy. Each school has a policy in Alberta, the standards are very loose and up to the individual school. So as a parent with a child it makes it difficult to trust or to investigate what is best for our child.
Children have died because of the lack of information. I don’t want to risk my child life, I also want her to be able to have a life.
I should note that we have zero allergies between myself and my husband. So all of this is like a new world.
In the midst of our eyes and hearts impacted by what is going on in Moncton, this story might have fallen under the radar.
It is also a reminder that June 6 is the anniversary of D-Day the Allied invasion A turning point in World War 2.
Time and time again, we say we honour our war veterans for the freedoms we enjoy. We say that we are grateful for the sacrifices they have made for us. Every November 11 in Canada, we take a moment of silence for them.
And yet, it takes this long for us to take the steps to support the veterans in need? We still have veterans who need to go to a food bank!
The above link is a story from CTV News. A House of Commons Committee has unanimously decided to go forward with this. However, if you listen, there is a concern that there are actually getting less than they were before.
Currently, disabled veterans receive 75 % of their gross income. Under the new policy, they will get 85 % of their net. It actually adds up to less for the veterans,
So, two questions.
The first one is does this policy help seriously disabled veterans?
The second one. Why is it tough for us to support our veterans?
The above link is a report on Canada’s obesity rates. According to the Organization for Economic Development, 25% of Canadians are classified as obese. Which is higher than the average rate of other OCED countries. Some of the countries include, Mexico, Norway, United Kingdom and of course, our neighbours to the south, United States.
Now, what this particular article doesn’t clarify is a definition of obese. And while some may see that this would be clear, there are some people that may not. As an example, you may have known someone who thinks they are obese and aren’t.
The other thing I would note is that it seems when we analyze health, it seems we focus on the topic of obesity. However, there are other, and this is my word , eating issues out there. Some are not commonly spoken of as much. However, The Canadian Mental Health Association does site other eating disorders out there. Some include Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge eating. It also discusses the impact of them. You can read that here.