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Episode date 15 January 2013
Interviews and reports
National summit deals with crisis in police funding
(Reuters)
A major conference is being held starting tomorrow (Wednesday) in the national capital, Ottawa, to seek solutions to skyrocketing policing costs in Canada. 

The National Summit on the Economics of Policing will involve people from all realms of policing for the two-day summit. This includes police chiefs from across the country, other police officials, along with politicians and officials from federal, provincial, and municipal governments, civilian oversight bodies, academics and other concerned agencies.

On the surface it will seek ideas to hold or possibly reduce policing costs without reducing public safety. 

However, they will also be examining how other countries, which have been harder hit by the economic downturn, have been dealing with the issue and looking both for ideas to cope, and ideas to avoid, in dealing with reduced budgets.

In addition to that, they will also be looking at potentiallyl deeper and more fundamental changes in policing by creating efficiencies in  coordination and cooperation with a variety of the agencies and services they deal with, and perhaps partnerships with specialists in various fields, social service agencies, and private security operations.
Sudden bouts of extreme exercise may lead to kidney damage, doctor warns
Nathan Denette/Canadian Press
At the beginning of the New Year, many Canadians decide it’s time to get fit. The problem is some of them want to do too much, too soon. Over exercising can cause damage to muscle fibres and the kidneys, according to Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, professor of pediatrics and director of the Neuromuscular and Neurometabolic Clinic at McMaster University.

“It’s totally normal to feel some discomfort 24 to 48 hours after exercise,” says Tarnopolsky. “However, if the muscles are so severely sore and not getting better, or if the urine starts to become discolored, those are usually the warning signs that you’ve got more than the normal exercise associated discomfort.”

Those symptoms are linked to a condition called rhabdomyolysis, a rapid breakdown of muscle fibres that leads to the release of chemicals in the blood that can damage the kidneys.
Loneliness Dangerous to our Health
Photo courtesy of LSRS
Research is demonstrating, that like smoking and a lack of exercise, loneliness takes a toll on our health.  This is a warning to heed as more Canadians live alone.  For the first time, according to the most recent census, there are more people living alone in Canada, than in couple with children households.
 
We all know that living with people does not necessarily rule out loneliness.  And, as Professor Carsten Wrosch, of Concordia University’s Centre for Research in Human Development, says, “living alone doesn’t mean people are lonely.”

But in a winter climate that can keep people in their homes due to severe cold and deep snow, the effects of isolation are something to be aware of, particularly in the elderly.  While many senior medical programs take good care of physical needs, emotional needs must be addressed as well.  Research is proving that for those who are well-connected socially, serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease and dementia are delayed. 

In British Columbia, the Langley Senior Resources Society is providing a model.  The centre has been in operation for 27 years offering a wide variety of services and experiences to people over the age of 50.  From a place to have lunch, to overnight trips, to line-dancing and snooker, there is something for the many participants and eager volunteers. 

Janice McTaggart, director of outreach and volunteer services at the Langley, recognized a need for something a little deeper however, and took on the the issue directly.  After consulting people about their needs, the word loneliness, was revealed as a common response.  Ms. McTaggart created a 4-session workshop series called “Letting Go of Loneliness”.  She has given the series three times now and the response and the feedback have been powerful.  Some people realize it saved their lives. 
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First the Canadarm, Now Dextre
Photo courtesy of CP/NASA handout
Dextre, that’s short for, Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, began his first task last night. For the next 5 days, the robotic handyman will be working on safely refuelling a satellite. [...]
Canada’s former governor general says aboriginal chief should end hunger strike to better fight for her community
Photo: Thibault Camus/AP
Canada's former governor general, Michaëlle Jean, says Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence should end her hunger strike. In an interview with CBC Radio Montreal's Daybreak, Jean said Spence is “better off alive to carry out this whole struggle."[...]
The end of a tradition
(Raleigh Canada)
Raleigh Bicycles of Canada has announced today that it will cease production at its Waterloo, Quebec facility the end of its seasonal run in June. About 100 employees will lose their jobs. [...]
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