July, 2020

Health & Wellness

Sumeet Sharma: The Star power-lifter

We have all heard inspiring weight loss stories due to simple lifestyle changes. But the story of a lifestyle change that led to the making of an international sports star, is quite rare. Meet Sumeet Sharma, a 33-year-old Vancouver resident, who did not only lose weight but has become an international gold winning power lifter for Canada, after deciding to …

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Surrey Makes PPE companies hit $4M in sales

16 local manufacturers have retooled to serve the Canadian PPE supply chain Sixteen manufacturers participating in the Surrey Makes PPE program have sold over $4 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help Canadians combat COVID-19. The initiative was launched in response to the growing demand for made-in-Canada PPE from government, health authorities and local businesses seeking to protect …

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Six Coronaviruses out there, which one will spread next?

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) As a new variant of coronavirus spreads panic — keeping governments and health authorities on their toes from around the world — researchers have been stressing for long on the fact that identifying new viruses in animals and quickly determining their potential to infect people is a key way to reduce global health threats. According to a …

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Mandatory flu vaccinations for health care workers no longer required

THE BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) announced on Wednesday that it has succeeded in ensuring the professional judgement of nurses is respected through an agreement with Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) to amend the mandatory flu vaccination policy. The new agreement, reached through collaborative efforts with HEABC, will mean an end to the punitive nature of the previous policy and …

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BC Children’s Hospital improves access to mental health care for children and youth

Vancouver – The first service of its kind in Canada, BC Children’s Hospital’s Compass program has increased access to mental health and substance use supports for more than 1,000 children and youth in its inaugural year. Compass is a telephone resource for community care providers who care for children and youth under the age of 25. In its first year, the focus …

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Eight tips for promoting men’s health

With November comes Movember, putting the spotlight on men’s health. UBC nursing professor John Oliffe has a few tips that can help ensure the success of men’s health programs. He recently led a study that reviewed community-based programs in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.K., the U.S. and other regions to see what worked and what didn’t. “Men tend to shy …

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DON’T GO VIRAL. GET YOUR FLU SHOT

SURREY – Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) are reminding everyone that flu season is fast approaching and the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is the flu shot.  “This is one of those times when ‘going viral’ is not cool,” says Fraser Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Aamir Bharmal. “Instead, help protect vulnerable members of our communities including infants, …

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Mushroom poisonings on the rise in British Columbia

Vancouver – With 2019 on track to be a record year for mushroom poisoning calls, the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) Drug and Poison Information Centre is urging British Columbians to use extreme caution when foraging or consuming wild mushrooms.  Poison Control received 201 mushroom poisoning calls as of September 30, 2019, well on track to being one of the most active …

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Seven hundred school children lead park beautification event to wrap-up Love Where you Live Campaign

Surrey, BC — Mayor Doug McCallum joined over 700 students, parents and teachers from Cambridge Elementary School for a clean-up event today, wrapping up Surrey’s city-wide Love Where You Live Campaign.  The initiative, which began in April, called on residents, business owners, schools and community groups to step up and get involved in keeping Surrey clean and welcoming.  “The key to …

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Sitar virtuoso Sharanjeet Mand: Putting Indian classical music on world stage

By Surbhi Gogia  We all rightly marvel at the skills of talented musicians, especially when they effortlessly play classical complex forms of music — wondering how does someone become so skilled? The questions we can’t help but ask: Are they born talented? Does it run in genes? Is it hard work and practice? Obviously, hours and hours of dedicated practice is …

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