Lyme disease, carried by black-legged ticks, is on the rise. It can have a serious outcome. Protect yourself with socks, light-coloured clothing and bug spray armed with 10 per cent Deet, or higher.
As the warm days of summer begin to fade and thoughts of autumn leaves replace them, we tend to forget about the annoying and dangerous presence of insects. This was a very good summer for (lack of) mosquitoes, allowing us to truly enjoy outdoor activities. Continue reading Be on the safe side with insects→
Can’t stand the odour of artificial air fresheners? You are not alone. Nor are you crazy. The toxic chemicals they contain can cause all sorts of allergic reactions in sensitive people – in addition to cancer, early puberty, autism, birth defects, as well as reduced lung function and increased asthma rates.
Artificial air fresheners contain phthalates, now being phased out in the manufacture of children’s toys in the United States due to these concerns. There are over 350 different chemicals and allergens in these products, including benzene, formaldehyde and the above-mentioned phthalates. Continue reading Freshen your air – naturally→
A landmark international study shows how we can get started
It’s a prediction we are unlikely to have heard before. We, as individuals and as societies, can take action now to prevent or slow down the spread of dementia in our population – a looming opportunity that would mark a turning point in mankind’s search for ways to tame this feared disease.
In England last month the Lancet Commission – an international panel of prominent disease experts, released a landmark study, Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care, to consolidate and bring more insight to the vast amount of information produced in recent medical research. The panel found that “huge strides” had been made in expanding knowledge of the disease. Continue reading It’s time to fight dementia’s onslaught→
Over the past decade and a half, Manitobans have been witness to one of the most cynical, self-serving manipulations of a crown property in our almost-150-year history. Manitoba Hydro, its scandalous mismanagement and callous disregard for rational analyses, has put our province and its people at risk, due to the NDP government’s stubborn insistence on following an ill-advised path of expansion even in the face of well-founded, sensible advice to the contrary. Continue reading We need a public inquiry into the NDP-Manitoba Hydro mess→
2017 marks the 200th anniversary since the signing of the Selkirk Treaty between Chief Peguis and Lord Selkirk. Even after two centuries, Chief Peguis is still held in the highest esteem by the descendants of Manitoba’s first homesteaders.