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Liberals defend Hydro One sale they opposed when PCs tried it – Toronto ( admin posted on May 23rd, 2019 )

TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberals are being forced to explain why they want to sell Hydro One after condemning the previous Progressive Conservative government for proposing a similar privatization plan.

The Conservatives dug up a 2002 motion from veteran Liberal Jim Bradley, now the chair of cabinet, that said Hydro One “is best kept in public ownership and public hands.”

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Bradley cited cabinet confidentiality Tuesday when asked if he had ever spoken against Premier Kathleen Wynne’s plans to sell 60 per cent of the giant transmission utility to raise an estimated $9 billion.

READ MORE: Opposition parties warn Hydro One sale will raise electricity rates

Wynne says she would use $4 billion from the sale to help pay for a $130-billion, 10-year infrastructure and public transit program, and $5 billion to pay down hydro debt.

Bradley insists he supports all government policies, and says he opposed the Conservatives’ plan to sell Hydro One 13 years ago because they wanted to sell 100 per cent of the utility.

PC Leader Patrick Brown explains his opposition to the sale by saying he won’t be tied to positions taken by previous Conservative leaders, and warns that privatizing Hydro One will drive up electricity rates.

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‘I was so raw and so open’: Mother’s post on postpartum goes viral – National ( admin posted on May 23rd, 2019 )

A new mother from Phoenix, Arizona, is receiving praise for her honest post depicting the potential struggles of postpartum.

“I was a f*****g mess,” Danielle Haines wrote on Facebook over the weekend.

“My nipples were cracked and bleeding, my milk was almost in, my baby was getting really hungry. I had not slept since I went into labor.”

Despite the pain she was in and the help that she needed when it came to nursing her son, Haines realized how lucky she was to have support from loved ones. Whether it was feeding her, helping feed her baby or just giving her reassurance that her newborn was okay.

READ MORE: ‘It felt like we were going rogue’ says mom who let friend breastfeed her baby

The post seemed to resonate with mothers, many of whom shared their own postpartum photos and confessed how alone they felt during their postpartum.

It was “so exhausting, physically and emotionally, with such little support,” Sarah Currier wrote.

“I felt like everyone came to see my baby one time and then,” added Monica Kurtz, “I was completely alone.

“I knew I should’ve reached out to other women, but I didn’t really have anyone I felt close enough to, to ask.”

READ MORE: What is postpartum depression?

Kurtz and others also felt like they were failing as new mothers.

“I felt like a failure even though I was doing what was the absolute best and safest thing to do for my baby,” wrote Shelly Haines.

Why do some women hide their feelings or feel afraid of “asking too much?” Barbara Hames points out that women are so good at giving, supporting and caring, but they need that themselves as well.

“Blessed are other women who can see through the ‘I’m fine’ mask.”

In a follow-up post, Haines thanked everyone and encouraged people to “reach out to your beloved pregnant mamas and insist on feeding her…At the very least!”

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Building men’s awareness about cancer – Saskatoon ( admin posted on May 23rd, 2019 )

SASKATOON – September is Mens’ Cancer Awareness Month and a Saskatoon doctor is urging men to take the steps needed to prevent cancer.

“The older you get, as your immunity gets lower, you need to be more aware,” said Dr. Johnmark Opondo, who is working with the Canadian Cancer Society to push for more awareness.

“Most cancers can be prevented – there’s a variety of things you can do,” he said.

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Opondo said much of it are tips that people have been hearing for years: eat more fruits and vegetables, and avoid smoking. He also stressed the importance of being active.

“Sitting too much is actually as dangerous as smoking – there’s data that shows that, and talking about smoking, avoid cigarette smoke and tobacco smoke,” he said.

Opondo said the most common cancer for men is prostate cancer, but colorectal cancer, skin cancer and lung cancer are also fairly common. Getting regular tests, he said, is very important.

“One key piece is you need to remember that there’s medical screening and testing that can detect many of these cancers at an early stage,” he said, “where they can either be completely prevented, or found early enough that treatment is available.”

READ MORE: Should Employment Insurance be extended for cancer patients?

But one of the problems is that men tend to shy away from testing.

“Men are pretty universal and global, men typically wait – Saskatchewan is no different than anywhere else in Canada or the world – men wait until after they’ve developed symptoms,” he said.

Opondo said a common test for prostate cancer is one example.

“The test for that quite simple…, but it’s quite an uncomfortable test for men who don’t normally go and see their physician,” he said.

“So just man up, go and see your doctor and take the test.”

One way to remind men to get tested, he said, is available on the Canadian Cancer Society’s website. Reminder for life will send men an annual reminder about what they might need to discuss with their doctor, depending on the age.

It’s one more tool in the fight against cancer.

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No invitation? No problem. Green leader May plans to digitally debate opponents – National ( admin posted on May 23rd, 2019 )

OTTAWA – Elizabeth May is not letting the lack of an invitation keep her out of Thursday’s election debate on the economy.

The Green Party leader plans to muscle her way into the conversation – at least online – with the help of 桑拿会所.

The party is teaming up with the social media company to swiftly film and Tweet May’s video responses to statements by the three invited leaders.

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The Globe and Mail newspaper has asked Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to discuss economic issues Thursday evening at Calgary’s Stampede Park.

May and her team will be hunkered down in a Victoria church with 桑拿会所’s Steve Ladurantaye, creating a steady stream of video remarks, retorts and reality checks.

People watching the debate on the Canadian Parliamentary Affairs Channel or at globeandmail杭州夜网 won’t see or hear May.

But the idea is to engage Canadians following the debate on 桑拿会所, including many who will have their TV remote in one hand and their smartphone or tablet in the other.

“This is one way of saying to Canadians, we’re not going to give up on helping to communicate issues in a way that will engage voters,” May said in an interview.

In past elections, the English and French TV debates organized by leading broadcasters have been key campaign events. But this time the English one might not even happen. At the same time, several privately sponsored exchanges are taking place.

May’s gritty performance in an August debate hosted by Maclean’s magazine earned her plaudits – and valuable attention for her effort to expand the party’s foothold of two MPs.

The Greens have denounced May’s exclusion from the Globe and Mail event, an exchange staged by the Munk Debates in Toronto on foreign policy, and a French-language debate on TVA.

READ MORE: Mulcair, Trudeau agree to participate in Munk foreign affairs debate

Sean Humphrey, the Globe and Mail’s vice-president of marketing, has defended the Calgary format, saying it will “lead to focused discussion on the Canadian economy.”

The exclusion led 桑拿会所’s Ladurantaye – a former Globe and Mail reporter, as it happens – to suggest a parallel digital debate, an approach he took in Britain last March with the Scottish National Party.

“You don’t need to wait to be invited to something anymore. If you want to be part of it you can be part of it,” Ladurantaye said.

“Because there’s this whole conversation that’s going to be happening that night on 桑拿会所.”

He points to new figures that suggest almost 60 per cent of Canadian 桑拿会所 users were unsure of who they would vote for in the election.

桑拿会所 is working with all five leading parties on different facets of their campaigns, Ladurantaye said.

The Greens wanted 桑拿会所’s expertise and on-site assistance to make sure “we’re doing the technology side of this right,” said party communications director Julian Morelli, adding the company is not charging for its services.

The party hopes a crowd of Green supporters will be at the Victoria venue to watch large screens – one showing the Globe debate, the other projecting May’s 桑拿会所 feed.

May, meanwhile, will be in an adjacent room watching the debate and preparing her video responses.

She would consider it party crashing if she turned up in Calgary and banged on the door to get in.

“I’m not the kind of person to do that. But using social media and smart technology to give Canadians an additional option in the way they access this debate, I think is completely appropriate,” she said.

“The disadvantage is, I’ll get 30 seconds to insert what I would have said. Even using social media as cleverly as we possibly can, nothing replaces being on the stage to say, ‘But wait, Mr. Harper…’

“It’s the best we can do, but it’s far from being a fair debate.”

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Members of Manitoba’s business community stranded on island for STARS fundraiser – Winnipeg ( admin posted on May 23rd, 2019 )

WINNIPEG — Seven Manitoba business people have been stranded on an island in Manitoba, unable to leave until they raise enough money for the STARS air ambulance program.

The annual fundraiser is in its third year and has raised half a million dollars.

This year the seven participants each set their own goal and while on the island will call people to bring in donations and complete tasks to meet their goal. They will then be flown back to civilization.

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STARS is partially funded by the government in Manitoba, but they must raise the remainder of the funds to stay afloat.

So far this year STARS has flown to 371 life saving missions. Last year they did a total of 177.

Currently STARS is only dispatched for emergencies where a patient is likely to be in critical condition from either a medical emergency (heart attack, stroke, pregnancy complication, respiratory illness, etc.) or traumatic injury (high speed highway collisions, farming accidents, falls, burns, etc).

Here’s a list of this year’s participants. Manitobans can support them in their fundraising efforts by visiting the rescue on the island website.

Chris Goertzen – Mayor of Steinbach
Gene Fraser – Vice President MacDon Industries
Colin Penner  – Farm Management Instructor
Jason Dubois  – President Len Dubois Trucking Inc.
Rod Hill  – Ex-Winnipeg Blue Bomber
Jessica Dumas  – Chair, Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
Nicole Chabot  – Vice President of L. Chabot Enterprises Ltd.

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