Close call prompts family to fundraise for AED at school

Life can change in a heartbeat — even for a child.  Playing tag with his friends on the Wilfrid Walker school playground three years ago, Benjamin Fizzard fell unconscious to the ground. The seven-year-old regained consciousness without CPR, but had to be rushed to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton and fitted with an internal cardiac defibrillator and a pacemaker.

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B.C. seniors advocate starts tracking property and violence offences

Violent offences against seniors have decreased 14 per cent while property offences against British Columbians aged 65 and older have increased 36 per cent during the past nine years, according to a report by the B.C. seniors advocate. The third Monitoring Seniors’ Services report, released Thursday, includes data compiled by the RCMP that shows violent offences dropped from 1,131 in

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Canadian doctors group warns about the adverse effects of medicinal marijuana

There is little to no research to support the supposed benefits of medical cannabis, and what evidence exists suggests that using marijuana as medicine may do more harm than good, family doctors’ associations across Canada are telling their members. A trio of advisories prepared by the Alberta College of Family Physicians has been distributed to more than 32,000 clinicians, summarizing

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Workplace injuries in health care related to insufficient staff levels, unions say

The president of one of the unions representing health care workers in Saskatchewan said she was not surprised by provincial auditor Judy Ferguson’s findings about absenteeism in the health sector. On Tuesday, Ferguson released the second volume of her annual report, which tracked absenteeism in the Heartland Regional Health Authority and the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation. She cited Statistics Canada’s 2011

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