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Countless oaks, elms vanish in Assiniboine Park conversion

Irreplaceable old trees are being replaced by new ‘attractions’: hundreds of old elms for the zoo and parking, 150 mature trees for the Diversity Gardens, many bur oaks for the 10,000-square-foot Qualico Family Centre.

By Matt Vinet

Despite its stated good intentions, Assiniboine Park is in my view being anything but sustainable when it comes to the park’s trees. Particularly the mature, irreplaceable ones. Continue reading Countless oaks, elms vanish in Assiniboine Park conversion

Canada’s boreal forest plays key role in world’s air quality and temperature control

Sherrie Versluis
Feathered Friends

One of the biggest animal migrations on earth is the arrival of billions of birds at the boreal forest in northern Canada. This luscious zone of mixed vegetation accounts for almost 60 per cent of the country’s land mass, reaching all the way from the Yukon and northern British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador. The region is dominated by many species of trees but also includes wetlands and lakes. This pristine habitat hosts 325 species of birds each summer which rely on this forest as the place they reproduce. Continue reading Canada’s boreal forest plays key role in world’s air quality and temperature control

Need balance in your life? Give yoga a try!

As a medicine, yoga has something for everyone: from the overly stressed to the incontinent, or a person suffering from fibromyalgia or a torn ligament. But choose your instructor carefully.

Janet Cranston
Fit for Life

There is much research to support the claim that Exercise is Medicine, and that concept comes as no surprise to those who practice yoga.

Yoga is unique in that it combines the mental, physical and emotional elements to help people find the balance that they are looking for. Often the people who are drawn to yoga are interested in slowing down or their bodies have let them know that they need to slow down. Continue reading Need balance in your life? Give yoga a try!

Take note, fellow citizens, May 12 is Manitoba Day – let’s all celebrate, with pride and joy, our 147th birthday

Take note, fellow citizens, May 12 is Manitoba Day – let’s all celebrate, with pride and joy, our 147th birthday

Two dates to mark on your calendar: May 12, the day proclaimed as Manitoba Day in perpetuity in this province; and May 6, the day set for Manitoba’s biggest celebration of Manitoba Day this year – on the prior Saturday when Manitobans customarily have time to celebrate.

Last year, more than 10,000 of us turned out at the Manitoba Museum, the co-ordinator of Manitoba Day activities – its main public event – and broke its historic attendance record. The hopes are the numbers will be even bigger in 2017. Around the province, a broad range of organizations and many municipalities will have their own celebrations.

May 12 has a multi-layered meaning in Manitoba’s history. The Manitoba Act, a creation of the British parliament, received Royal Assent on May 12, 1870. Our official flag was raised May 12, 1966. In 1966, May 12 was named as Manitoba Day in perpetuity, in recognition of the importance of that date for the province.

In the province’s legislature on that date, Premier Howard Pawley told assembly members the date “provides a special opportunity for recognizing and paying tribute to artistic and ethnocultural communities which enhance the quality of life in Manitoba.” It is in the public interest, he said, that “special attention be given on this day to Manitoba’s history and development, to the achievements of her citizens in the visual, literary and performing arts, and to their outstanding contribution to our province.”

It has been noted that even in more modern times, many Manitobans have yet to hear about Manitoba Day. It is notable, too, that the anniversary date was celebrated long before It became a permanent feature on provincial calendars; premiers were issuing Manitoba Day proclamations urging citizens here to mark the day; a handful of communities were staging festivities. As far back as Montreal’s Expo 67, a local delegation was on hand in the east – on Sept. 2 – to promote the Manitoba Day.

So show up May 6 at some great party place, enjoy and learn and remember March 12 – Manitoba Day – in perpetuity.

Deer Lodge set to study chronic care patients and their needs

“It’s a population that isn’t understood yet,” says Deer Lodge Centre’s chief nursing officer. “We want to really define chronic care, find out what resources are available to our patients and determine the gaps we need to fill.”

By Ryan McBride

As Deer Lodge Centre wraps up its 100th anniversary year, the Manitoba geriatric healthcare and research facility is looking ahead to the future of chronic care.

“Most people associate Deer Lodge with veteran and senior care,” says Daryl Dyck, clinical nurse specialist at the centre. “Fully a third of our facility is dedicated to people of all ages who need to live in a supported environment.”

Deer Lodge currently provides 120 long-term, chronic care beds spread out across three floors to people living with conditions that can’t be managed outside an institution, including ALS, advanced respiratory disease, renal failure, neurological injuries or disorders, and complex wounds. “We often see patients coming in with several conditions at once,” says Dyck.

Many chronic care patients are in their senior years, but some are much younger. “Today, we have a young man in his early 30s living in chronic care who has Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy and needs round-the-clock nursing support. We’ve cared for other patients as young as 18.”

As the aging of Manitoba’s population continues to accelerate, the demand for chronic care will likely grow, says Shannon Guerreiro, chief nursing officer at Deer Lodge.

“Health care is now so advanced that people are staying at home longer and aging in place. But when they do come to us, they’re far less functional than the patients we were treating 20 or 30 years ago.”

These changes have prompted Guerreiro and Dyck, who sit on Deer Lodge’s research advisory committee, to endorse a study for next year that will examine the uses and needs of chronic care in the centres.

“This is a population that’s not fully understood yet,” says Guerreiro. “We want to really define chronic care, find out who our patients are, what resources are available to support them and determine the gaps we need to fill.

“We want to help other health care facilities understand what makes someone a good candidate for chronic care, because we have the capacity and the expertise to provide data that’s available to few other centres.”

The view that chronic care is “the end of the road” for a patient is also due for a rewrite, says Cara Windle, clinical service leader in physiotherapy at Deer Lodge. She and other allied health professionals, who include social workers, occupational therapists, dietitians, and other specialists, have played a key role in improving quality of life for chronic care patients at Deer Lodge.

“For instance, we have been able to wean some patients off their feeding tubes after exploring their interest and ability to take foods again by mouth. Little gains turn into bigger gains over time for our patients when we focus on quality of life. In more than a few cases, we’ve been able to discharge people to less intensive levels of care – because they don’t need us any more.”

The research study’s ultimate aim, says Dyck, is to help Deer Lodge fully live up to its motto, “Making lives better”. “What that really means is: nurturing potential, exploring possibilities, delivering compassion. When you arrive here, we’re going to do our best to improve your quality of life.”

“Because we want everybody who chooses Deer Lodge – whether you’re choosing for your mom or dad, or for yourself – to feel like you’ve made the right choice,” says Guerreiro. “We want you to feel that this is the best place for you to be.”

Ryan McBride is the Communications Coordinator at the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation.