Park users concerned about herbicide in Nose Hill Park

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CALGARY- Concerns are being raised about weed control in Nose Hill Park, due to side effects caused by a herbicide spray.

Abby and Dave Moss take their dog to the off-leash park almost every day, and recently noticed a sign warning that Clopyralid was used in the area. When they researched the chemical, they were disturbed by what they learned.

“I looked up the ingredients and found unsettling information,” Abby Moss says. “In lab studies it had caused reproductive problems, it can cause dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea.”

She adds there must be some alternative.

“Are there ways we can work with nature to find a balance that isn’t harmful, and can stay in soil for months and not cause all kinds of things we are and aren’t aware of?”

Abby and Dave Moss in Nose Hill Park.

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City parks officials say the herbicide is used to control thistles, and that if the invasive species were left alone it would overwhelm native species and damage the park’s ecosystem.

“All of these products are regulated by Health Canada,” says James Borrow from the City of Calgary, adding they rely on their guidance when choosing which products to use. “They go through provincially regulated testing, I don’t know what else I can say.”

Several city parks are designated pesticide and herbicide free, which isn’t an option for Nose Hill Park due to the spread of certain weeds.

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Edmonton football players grow beards for ALS and late GM

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Watch above: The Edmonton Wildcats are playing with a purpose this season – to honour longtime general manager Al Park, who passed away in February from ALS. Quinn Phillips shows what four of the players are doing with him in mind.

EDMONTON — Four members of the Edmonton Wildcat Football Club are supporting the fight against ALS. On top of the team’s ice bucket challenge, these men are growing out their beards for a year.

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    It began as a challenge for their amusement, but after the passing of the football team’s General Manger, Al Park, in February they decided to put the hairy mess on their face to action. Their attempt to raise funds for the ALS society is in memory of “Big Al” and anyone else who may be affected by the disease.

    READ MORE: What is ALS?

    Last year was offensive lineman, Spencer Dobko’s first year with the team. Dobko was welcomed by Al Park with open arms, and made him feel comfortable with his new squad.

    “In the one year he made me feel like this was the right place to be, this was a home for me,” said Dobko. “I remember the first day of camp, I didn’t really know anyone and I was hanging out by myself. He came up, put his arm around me and started talking to me just like I was any other guy. It just made me feel welcomed.”

    The guys shaved clean January 1, and it was a month and half later that Big Al passed away. Al’s passing was hard for the entire team. Fourth-year linebacker Brett Morrow said the team wants to win for him.

    “It was really tough… It’s basically a family member, basically another dad to us,” said Morrow. “We’ve all been in for Big Al, we all talk about it on the field and everything.”

    Their goal is $5,000; so far, the four teammates have raised $200. During the summer months, this is a hard challenge to go through. Sweat drips out of the beard during practice, it gets pulled in games, and overall, it’s a rough experience, they say. But Morrow reminds himself, he’s doing it for a reason.

    “You get to come to the clubhouse and you see two or three other guys with big beards, you’re like alright, I can do it if they can do it,” said Morrow.

    Darcy Park, head coach and son of Al Park is rewarded with the team’s actions. Regardless of what happens this season, he knows it’s great the guys are remembering him this way.

    “It’s a special year and that’s what we want to say. There’s very few times where you get to play in honour of someone, regardless of wins or losses,” said Park.

    “It’s how we’re carrying ourselves that I think is really important.”

    In January of next year, the guys will be shaving off their beard. They will be organizing an event for everyone to take part in. Anyone can shave off a patch for $50, or donate $200, and wax off a patch of chest hair.

    “It goes more to the character, that’s ultimately what he wanted,” said Park. “Going through the uncomfortable experience of having that beard, and playing football to raise awareness and raise money for it, it’s fabulous. That’s the ultimate tribute to him…for someone to start a fundraising campaign for him is the ultimate compliment.”

    With files from Quinn Phillips, Global News

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N.S. summer camp puts fun first for kids living with cancer

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HALIFAX – A summer camp in Nova Scotia is giving children with cancer a place to have fun, relax and spend time with other kids.

Camp Goodtime is located at Brigadoon Village, near Aylesford, and is currently hosting 79 children. It has been taking place for the past 28-years and offers everything from choreographed dances to outdoor activities.

Barbara Stead-Coyle, the CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, says the camp is about putting fun first.

“It’s also a chance for them to be in safe environment where the councillors understand how to protect them in terms of looking after their health,” she said.

Parker Murchison is one of the kids spending the week at the camp.

“I’ve been coming here for four years and it’s been an awesome four years,” he said.

“One of my favourite things is going on the water —; boating and swimming —; and I like when we play games like capture the flag or rocks or tails.”

Camp Goodtime gives children with cancer a place to have fun, relax and spend time with other kids.

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Kids at the camp say it’s special being around others who understand what it’s like to live with cancer.

“You feel really normal when you’re around these guys because a lot of them have been through the same thing as you, so it helps a lot,” said Parker, who was diagnosed in July 2010.

Stead-Coyle says it’s a different experience than other camps can provide.

“For the first time they get to meet other children who are going through the same experience they are,” she said. “So it’s the journey that brings them together instead of making them feel very much apart from their other friends who don’t understand what a cancer diagnosis means.”

This summer at camp will wrap up this Friday, Aug. 22.

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Karen Stintz bows out of the mayoral race

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Watch above: Karen Stintz drops out of the city’s mayoral race. 

TORONTO – Karen Stintz bowed out of the mayoral race Thursday morning due to a lack of funds and support.

Stintz made the announcement during a morning press conference at city hall where she thanked supporters and said she would not be returning to city hall as a councillor in October.

“Absent a more substantial level of support, I must conclude my efforts,” she said.

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“After three terms, I am proud of my accomplishments and believe I have served my constituents and city well.”

Questions were raised this week after Stintz stayed mum on a series of highly contested recommendations the TTC board voted on to improve transit service, an organization she was the face of for nearly four years.

Poll numbers had consistently shown Stintz well behind fellow candidates Olivia Chow, John Tory and Rob Ford.

Stintz took a few minutes during her press conference to stress the need for the city to fight gridlock and build transit infrastructure, suggesting the downtown relief line should be the city’s top priority.

“One of the greatest threats to our city is congestion,” she said.

Stintz chose not to endorse any of her rival candidates though all four of her main competitors, Ford, Tory, Chow and Soknacki issued statements thanking her.

WATCH: Mark Carcasole explains what led to Karen Stintz’s decision to drop out of the race

Where do her supporters go?

Chow wasn’t willing to speculate when asked Thursday.

“I never predict how, you can’t predict how people react,” she said. “I think it’s important we focus on what we can do for the city.”

Though she did take a few minutes to point out that she agrees with some of Stintz’s priorities including working with the school boards and building the downtown relief line.

Soknacki admitted he would appropriate some of her ideas including taxing unused commercial buildings.

Ford however said he’s confident her supporters will vote for him.

“Stintz voters obviously know that her and I share the same ideas,” he told reporters at city hall. “The majority of issues, we’re on the same page. On October 27, I’m very confident they’ll come my way.”

WATCH: Olivia Chow comments on Karen Stintz dropping out of mayor’s race.

Who’s next?

Rob Ford, Olivia Chow and John Tory aren’t likely to drop out of the race before October: the mayor has been adamant that despite his many controversies, and Olivia Chow and John Tory frequently place at the top of polls.

But Soknacki polls in the single digits, and admits he’s a long shot.

“Well I think the general population needs to recognize that this campaign is a $2 million campaign. If you don’t have a party behind you, if you don’t have well-heeled friends, it’s certainly a big challenge. It’s certainly been a challenge for myself,” he said. ”I’ve had the discussion [about exiting the race] with my campaign manager, we do every month.”

Stintz did not take any questions following her brief press conference.

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Province to invest $24M into Moncton’s future events centre

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MONCTON, N.B. – The city of Moncton’s plan for a downtown entertainment centre saw some monetary support Wednesday as the provincial government announced they’ll invest $23.85-million into the project.

The announcement was made at the former Highfield Square Mall area, where the centre is slated to go. Construction of the new facility is supposed to cost about $100-million, but the city can’t move ahead until the federal government also agrees to invest.

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Todd Vaniderstine runs a pub in Moncton’s downtown and says the project is moving along painfully slow.

“I am tired of waiting, but I am excited that there is a little progress being made,” he said. “We are all looking forward to bringing a little life back in to the downtown community.”

Economic Development minister Bruce Fitch says the province is committed to investing in the state of the art facility which will house a concert venue, meeting space and an NHL-size rink.

“The city has been working on it and we’ve been working on it and it was a big push to get it done now because we saw it as a priority for the region,” Fitch said.

Finance critic Roger Melanson, questioned the timing of Wednesday’s announcement.

“This project has been on the table, a lot of work has been done, for more than the last two years,” Melanson said. “Eleven hours before the writ is officially dropped for the provincial election, the Alward government comes here and makes an announcement for almost $25-million.”

Moncton mayor George Leblanc says demolition of the old building should happen in the next few months. But the project can’t move ahead completely until the federal government commits to funding.

“They are still in the process of analyzing how they may be able to fund this and I am very hopeful that we’ll get there soon.”

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School start date of September 2nd in question

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WATCH:  Education Minister Peter Fassbender was at Global BC today, sharing his thoughts on the efforts to resolve his government’s bitter dispute with BC public school teachers.

It’s less than two weeks away from what should be the start of the school year, but there still doesn’t seem to be any movement in the impasse between teachers and the government.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender appeared on the Morning News Wednesday with an update on the state of negotiations.

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“I really want to see every student back in school on September 2nd,” he says.

The minister would not reveal how negotiations have been going, citing a media blackout on specifics.

However, Fassbender says there are no meetings scheduled at this point between the BCTF and the government, but the government is eager to get back to the bargaining table and is ready to negotiate 24/7.

“We hope that the BCTF will come to grips with the issues we need to deal with, and we are more than prepared to have mediator Vince Ready sit with them 24/7, and get a deal,” says Fassbender.

Ready has spoken to both sides separately, but until the parties are closer, he will not be stepping in.

Fassbender says teachers need get their expectations in line with other unions that have reached agreements successfully with government.

“My hope is that the teachers of this province will give their leadership the mandate to go back to the table, to come closer to where they need to be, protect the rights of taxpayers and the budget of this province, and to be closer to where other public sector unions have come,” says Fassbender. “Teachers deserve a raise, but we need to get closer, that is the goal —; and we need to negotiate it.”

Fassbender ruled out legislating teachers back-to-work, and says negotiated settlements are the way to go.

“We’ve been on that cycle, and seen what it does, and the dysfunction it creates, we then become big bad government, so we’ve said we are not going to legislate,” says Fassbender. “The point is a negotiated settlement, we are not going to solve this through legislation.”

Fassbender says teachers and government need to find that “sweet spot” where the two sides can come to an agreement.

“We are clear we have to protect the budget and taxpayers of the province,” says Fassbender. “And we need to respect teachers and give them a fair settlement.”

Fassbender also promoted the government’s new website for parents seeking information on the labour dispute, including information on the $40 per day, per child credit if the labour dispute continues into September.

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Coalition wants Canadian athletic groups to get proactive on concussions

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TORONTO – A coalition of health and sporting groups across the country is calling for Canada’s athletic organizations to get more proactive about protecting participants from head injuries.

The Canadian Concussion Collaborative, consisting of nine national sports advocacy groups, has laid out two specific recommendations in the September issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The collaborative says most sports organizations don’t have policies in place that address the needs of a concussion patient at every step of the process.

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The group’s first recommendation is to put such policies in place immediately and to review them once a year.

The collaborative says the protocols should address concussion education, prevention and treatment, as well as an athlete’s return to action.

READ MORE: Even without concussion, head injuries still affect learning, memory, study warns

They say most sporting groups have policies in place to tackle some of these aspects, but don’t address the issue as a whole.

The collaborative also recommends that organizations consult with medical professionals and local community resources when developing their concussion protocols.

The recommendations come at a time when awareness of concussion risks and repercussions are at an all-time high, according to collaborative members such as the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.

READ MORE: New concussion research at UBC may change medical approach

Urging athletic organizations to act on their newly accumulated knowledge and translate it into concrete policies, they said, is a natural and necessary next step.

CCES CEO Doug MacQuarrie said many parts of society are equipped to deal with the various aspects of concussion management.

He said the time has come for sporting associations, school boards and other organizers of athletic activities to bring all concussion management tools under one roof.

“Often times these things are left to discrete parts of the system,” MacQuarrie said in a telephone interview from Ottawa.

“A sport organization may deal with, ‘what do we do on the field?’ A public health agency or local health care unit may deal with, ‘what do we do when they’re in the hospital,’ and the family practice might say, ‘OK, how do we get the person back into sport?’ What’s optimal is that all of those links are contemplated in advance so that people who get involved in sport how that system exists in their community to assist them should the unfortunate circumstance of a concussion arise.”

MacQuarrie said an ideal concussion protocol would address four key points – training coaches, parents and participants to watch for signs of head injuries, setting up guidelines to make the environment safe for athletes, establishing a treatment protocol should a concussion take place and developing a process to help injured players get back in the game slowly and safely.

This policy should be reviewed once a year to make sure information and resources are kept up to date, he added.

READ MORE: Obama: Too little info about youth concussions

All of these guidelines should be developed with the input of professionals with specific expertise in concussion management, as well as community resources that can ensure the program is tailored for local needs, he said.

The Saskatchewan Soccer Association leaned heavily on local experts when developing their concussion protocol last year.

Executive Director Doug Pederson said the province’s Sports Medicine Science Council offered advice on every facet of the new policy, including providing educational links for parents to access and urging injured players not to lace up their cleats until they had hashed out a “return to play” plan with a doctor.

Pederson said their guidance was essential, since association members themselves don’t have the subject matter knowledge to make the policy as sound as it could be.

“We had good advice and good help to build our policy,” he said. “Obviously a lot of the expertise is not our own and came from those sorts of conversations.”

The collaborative emphasizes the many advantages a comprehensive concussion protocol would have on athletes, but parents and coaches say they also stand to benefit.

Calgary firefighter and minor hockey coach Jodi Bednarek said the volunteers who offer to lead amateur sporting activities are usually not equipped to diagnose or treat head injuries when they take place.

Concussions are not always the result of bruising brawls or body blows, he said, adding the more subtle forms of injury run the risk of falling through the systemic cracks.

Guidelines prepared by sporting associations and approved by medical experts, he said, would give coaches more effective tools to prevent lasting damage while easing the pressure they face in their volunteer roles.

“The problem that a lot of the coaches face is that they don’t have a protocol to say, ‘OK, based on that mechanism of injury, you need to now take a seat if you’ve got a headache or not. We need to take a look at you before you can continue in the game,”‘ he said. “It really takes the onus off of the coach and onto the organization to develop a profile of what to follow.”

The protocols could also reassure parents who are either anxious about a potential injury or curious as to why their children are sitting on the sidelines, Bednarek added.

The collaborative said it hopes its recommendations will be broadly adopted across the country, adding their advice is aimed at everyone from government agencies to schools that run athletic programs.

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Edmonton man’s donut creation ‘The Lumberjack’ battling it out in Tim Hortons contest

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EDMONTON – It’s covered in maple icing. It’s topped with tons of bacon and crunchy graham pieces. It’s even drizzled with cream cheese to “make it pretty.” So what is it? Why, a donut of course.

Edmonton’s Judd Mah is the inventor of ‘The Lumberjack.’ The bacon-inspired donut was chosen out of tens of thousands of entries to be one of the four finalists in this year’s Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest.

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    “The inspiration for the Lumberjack was bacon,” exclaimed Mah, in a video posted to YouTube by Tim Hortons. “The more bacon you can consume at any time of your day will make your day that much better.

    “Who couldn’t use more bacon? People love bacon.”

    The bacon-topped savory treat is up against three other donuts: the Ice Cream Sundae, the Big Canadian Red and the Love REESE’S® To Pieces. All three are invented by Ontarians.

    The Edmonton man says his maple glazed apple cider donut will satisfy the hard working early riser who won’t settle for a fru-fru donut. He describes it as Sunday morning on a donut.

    “The Lumberjack breakfast is the biggest breakfast you can get so I wanted to make a big donut.”

    WATCH: Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts finalist – The Lumberjack

    Voting is open until August 27. The winner will be announced the following day.

    The winner of the Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest will win $10,000 and their donut will be sold at Tim Hortons.

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Tempers flare between cyclists and walkers in Stanley Park

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An avid Stanley Park user is furious over what she sees as a repeated, careless disregard for ecologically sensitive areas.

Alison Martin was out for a walk with her husband on Sunday when the couple saw about 25 cyclists ride on a trail clearly marked as a no cycling trail.

“My husband said to them politely, at first, that it’s a no cycle trail,” Martin explained. “And the head guys said ‘I know’ or ‘we don’t care’ and then the whole bunch of them came through.”

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There is a Stanley Park plan, which was put in place by the Vancouver Park Board, that includes some no cycling trails in ecologically sensitive areas. In these areas, cyclists are required to dismount and walk their bike along the trails.

Along with ignoring the signs, some cyclists may also be creating their own trails.

“We’ve heard that cyclists are disregarding signs,” Aaron Jasper, VPB chair, told Global News. “And they’re more than welcome in Stanley Park —; along the seawall and designated trails areas.”

But what’s more troubling to the VPB are unconfirmed reports of mountain bikers riding off-trail, which would disturb nesting areas and other ecologically sensitive spots in the park.

“We’re getting reports of BMX riders going in and building their own trails and jumps in some of these ecological sensitive areas,” Jasper says.

“We’ll be looking into it and verifying those reports immediately.

For now, the VPB is working on putting up better signage for cyclists and working with the ecological society regarding what trails need to stay and which ones need to go.

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Bowen Island woman’s death rekindles debate over the right to die

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WATCH: Debate over the right to die reaches a new level after a Bowen Island woman claimed she would rather commit suicide than lose herself to dementia. Randene Neill reports.

The debate over the right to die is reaching new heights after a Bowen Island woman’s decision to end her own life on her own terms two days ago.

Eighty-five-year-old Gillian Bennett was a psychotherapist, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

For several years, she suffered from dementia and decided to take her own life this past Monday.

VIDEO: Sara Bennett-Fox, daughter of Gillian Bennett, talks about her mother’s decision to take her own life

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Gillian’s husband Jonathan Bennett says the day started like any average Monday.

The two got up at a usual time, had breakfast and read the morning paper.

Gillian then got the water and whisky ready, and the couple got up on a local hill before she mixed Nembutal and drank the concoction.

Jonathan helped her lie down on a mattress and within a few minutes, Gillian was unconscious.

“[I was] desolate and elated,” says Jonathan. “I was pleased that she pulled it off and that she got it right. The only thing she was afraid of is doing this and having it not work.”

“57 years, I have not had much practice living without her,” he says.

PHOTO: Jonathan and Gillian Bennett at their wedding in 1957

Her children describe Gillian as a very strong person, with strong convictions, and say she decided her dementia would not dictate the end of her days a long time ago.

As far as 15 years ago, Gillian has made her mind that she will have control over how she would go.

Her daughter Sara says it is something she’d been thinking about and talking about for decades, very openly.

“She’d have good days, bad days, but the good part of the days started getting smaller and smaller,” says Gillian’s son Guy.

Before going, Gillian wrote a blog titled “Dead at Noon.”

Guy published it the day she took her life, imploring people to think about how they wanted to die.

She also explained her own decision saying, “I can live or vegetate for perhaps ten years in hospital at Canada’s expense, costing anywhere from $50,000 to $75,000 per year. That is only the beginning of the damage.”

She was very clear she would hate a life of extreme dependence more than anything.

“I was not in favour of my mom’s website,” says Sara. “I thought it should be private, but having seen people’s response to it, and reading emails that we are getting from people, and seeing how much my mom’s words touched people. People are writing and saying they will make a living will, that they will have a conversation with their families. What she really wanted was for the conversation to happen.”

PHOTO: Jonathan and Gillian Bennett in 2012

The question of how to handle dying with dignity was on the table at the annual Canadian Medical Association convention in Ottawa yesterday. 

Doctors were debating whether to revise the current policy on assisted death.

The session ended with CMA members voting overwhelmingly in favour of an advisory resolution that supports the right of all physicians, within the bonds of existing legislation, to follow their conscience when deciding whether to provide so-called “medical aid in dying.”

Peter MacKay,  the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, released the following statement to Global News in relation to the story:

Assisted suicide is an emotional and divisive issue for many Canadians.

It is our Government’s position that the Criminal Code provisions prohibiting assisted suicide and euthanasia are in place to protect all persons, including those who are most vulnerable in our society.

Furthermore, in April 2010, a large majority of Parliamentarians voted not to change these laws, which is an expression of democratic will on this topic.

WATCH: Gillian Bennett’s family talks about her decision

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