Majority of Manitoba heart and stroke patients not calling ambulance: report

WINNIPEG —; Every second counts when a person is having a heart attack or stroke. A minute can make all the difference when it comes to a patient’s care.

However, when it comes to getting that care, too few people are calling 911 to have an ambulance help during those critical moments.

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It was 17 years ago at the age of 33 that Heather Purvis woke up to a strange headache and weakness in her right side. She was suffering a stroke but didn’t know it right away.

“I probably wasted 20 minutes just deciding whether this was something serious enough,” said Purvis.

She finally called 911 and said she’s certain that’s what helped save her life.

“It’s very frightening,” she said. “It’s more frightening in hindsight looking back. What would have happened if I hadn’t dialed 911… if I hadn’t contacted emergency services.  If I had have gone and had my husband drive me, what would have happened?”

A new report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows more and more Manitobans are opting to drive to the hospital instead of calling an ambulance.

“Sometimes I think I’d rather go in a car or a taxi even,” said one woman who spoke to Global News. “Sometimes there’s a long waiting period for an ambulance to come.”

In Manitoba, 51 per cent of patients who had a stroke showed up at the hospital in an ambulance in 2014-2015.

Only 33 per cent of heart attack patients took an ambulance. Both those numbers are the worst among all provinces and well below the Canadian average.

“A lot of times the ambulance wait times feel like it takes a long time,” said MGEU president Michelle Gawronsky. “The reality is it isn’t a long time. It just feels like it.”

The report found that Canada-wide, lower-income people were slightly more likely to use an ambulance than higher-income people. It also found that younger people were less likely to arrive with flashing lights and sirens.

In Manitoba, calling an ambulance can cost more than $500 but the Progressive Conservatives have said they will cut those prices in half by the end of their first term in office.

Health professionals are reminding Manitobans there are a number of reasons why it is always best to call 911, including the lifesaving treatment they can offer before you get to the hospital.

“There’s a lot of different medications we can give you inside your home,” said Ryan Woiden, Local 911 President, Winnipeg Paramedics. “Along with consulting with a cardiology team while you are inside your home, the team gets the ball rolling a lot quicker before it gets you triaged at an ER department.”

Rebel Wilson says she gained weight to get famous

Some actors and actresses will go to extreme lengths to be “noticed” by casting agents, and it turns out Australian Rebel Wilson is one of them.

The 36-year-old star has admitted she purposefully gained weight early in her career to get famous.

Speaking to The Telegraph she said she noticed there were benefits to being overweight, specifically that women are seen as funnier if they’re bigger.

In her first play, she was cast alongside a girl who was bigger than she was.

“I was like: ‘Oh. That girl’s getting a lot of laughs, a lot easier than me. What is it?’ Because I don’t think there’s much difference in talent… And I remember distinctly thinking, ‘I think it’s because she’s fatter.’ And then, I don’t know if it was mega-conscious, but I thought, ‘How can I get more laughs? Maybe if I was a bit fatter…’ And then suddenly I was fatter, and doing comedy.”

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The Pitch Perfect talent went on to say if she takes a few months away from the screen, her body weight drops and returns to its normal, natural size. Wilson told the paper she was athletic and had strong arms before hitting it big.

“I’ll take six months off, and just do a total transformation. But then, so many people go: ‘Don’t you do it!”

Her comments are similar to the ones she made to an Australian publication, Daily Life, last year.

“I took something that was seen as a disadvantage – no one thinks, if you’re fat, that you’re going to be an actress and everyone’s going to love you – and turned it into a positive. And bigger girls do better in comedy… “I don’t know why. Maybe because people find it easier to laugh. It’s very hard to laugh at someone who’s very attractive, I think. And normally those people don’t have a great personality anyway.”

As part of The Telegraph interview, the Bridesmaids star said the other reason she believes she grabs gigs more regularly is because she can ad lib.

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“They know I’m going to embellish the script,” she said. “And I kind of think in Hollywood, if you don’t have that ability, you’re not going to last too long in comedies.”

It’s been a busy year for Wilson. She headlined her first major film, How to Be Single, and has a part in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. She’ll reprise the role of “Fat Amy” in Pitch Perfect 3 in 2017.

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Burns Bog fire: How bog fires burn and why they’re difficult to combat

Forest fires can be difficult to combat, but peatland — or bog — fires present a whole set of new challenges for firefighters.

The Burns Bog fire burning in Delta, British Columbia, is an example of how peatland fires can burn out of control.

READ MORE: Burns Bog fire update: Road closures, evacuations remain in place

According to Natural Resources Canada, peatland accounts for about two to three per cent of Earth’s land surface, and about 25 to 30 per cent of the global boreal forest region. Of that, Canada is home to roughly 25 per cent.

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    Bogs are home to peat, a collection of decayed organic matter and vegetation. This peatland collects more carbon than any other means on Earth. For that reason, when these areas burn, they release considerable amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

    When peat burns, it can burn deep underground for metres, even in damp conditions, until its fuel is exhausted. These fires are known to smoulder underground, even riding out the winter months.

    Due to climate change, warming temperatures and the rising incidence of drought conditions, there is concern that these peat fires will become more common. Melting permafrost can also add more peat to the forest, which in turn provides more fuel.

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    Steve Taylor, research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service in Victoria, B.C., said that fighting peat fires can be more difficult than crown forest fires.

    “The strategy in upland situations or non-bog fires is often to contain the fire by scraping the organic layer away down to mineral or soil by hand using crews with tools or bulldozers so you’re creating a fire guard,” he said. “But in a peat situation, where there’s likely a metre or many metres of organic material, that’s not necessarily possible, or it might not be ecologically sensible.”

    As well, firefighters might have a more difficult time finding the fires.

    “You can usually see open flame or smoke with infrared; but if the fire is burning deep and smouldering with no open flame [there may] not be a thermal signal,” Taylor said.

    While it’s not known how the Burns Bog fire started, peat fires can begin in much the same way as large forest fires, with a lightning strike or a human cause, such as a discarded match or cigarette. In the case of a lightning strike, peat can ignite after a tree is struck by lightning and ignites, travelling down into the root and spreading throughout dried out vegetation.

    Though we likely think of bogs as moist areas, they go through dry periods.

    “Peat is quite dense,” Taylor said. “It has quite a significant energy content and will burn slowly, as long as it’s dry enough.”

    The region experienced drier than normal conditions in April and May, which could mean that the peat has dried out centimetres into the ground or even a metre or more, Taylor said, allowing for favourable burning conditions.

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‘Work of the devil’: Memphis mother accused of fatally stabbing 4 of her own children

WARNING: This story contains graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Sheriff’s deputies found a large butcher knife with what appeared to be blood on it in an apartment where a Tennessee mother killed her four children by cutting their throats, court documents say.

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Shanynthia Gardner, 29, of Memphis, has been charged with four counts of first degree murder while committing aggravated child neglect in the deaths of her three daughters and one son – all under the age of 5. Their bodies were found after deputies entered her apartment in a gated community in unincorporated Shelby County on Friday. Neighbours and friends of the family attended a vigil to honour the victims on Saturday.

READ MORE: 4 children fatally stabbed in Memphis, mother charged

Gardner also faces four counts of first degree murder while committing aggravated child abuse; four counts of aggravated child neglect or endangerment; and four counts of aggravated child abuse. She is being held without bond, with an arraignment scheduled Tuesday.

An affidavit filed in Shelby County court by a sheriff’s detective identified the victims as 4-year-old Tallen Gardner; 3-year-old Sya Gardner; 2 year-old Sahvi Gardner; and 6-month old Yahzi Gardner. A fifth child, 7-year-old Dallen Clayton, fled the apartment and escaped the attack, the affidavit said. Dallen is Gardner’s son from a previous marriage.

WATCH: Tennessee police say mother charged with first-degree murder of her four children

Gardner spoke by phone with her current husband, Martin Gardner, and acknowledged that she killed her children, the affidavit said. Attempts to reach him or relatives of the Gardners have been unsuccessful.

“This is a terrible act, an egregious act that has shocked, I believe, the community, and has shocked our staff to the core,” Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham said Saturday.

Deputies were called to an apartment complex in unincorporated Shelby County on Friday afternoon. When they arrived at Shanynthia Gardner’s apartment, they found her with superficial cuts to her neck and wrists, the affidavit said. Deputies also found four children with “severe lacerations to the throat,” the document said.

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Two children were found in the living room – Yahzi was in her baby carrier and Sya was lying next to the carrier. The other two victims were in a bedroom.

The affidavit said Dallen was able to escape the apartment and run up to a man, yelling that his mother had stabbed his sister.

The man told officers that he saw Shanynthia Gardner come outside with a large knife in her hand, then re-enter the residence. Deputies found the knife in the apartment, the affidavit said.

Authorities have not divulged what circumstances they believe led to the killings. Oldham said investigators were trying to determine if Gardner has mental health problems.

The state Department of Children’s Service has offered its assistance to local law enforcement, but has no record of interaction with the slain children, said spokesman Rob Johnson.

About 30 people attended an outdoor candlelight vigil at the apartment complex on Saturday evening. They prayed for the four children, the surviving boy, and Shanynthia Gardner. A pastor poured water from a decanter onto the ground, in remembrance of the victims.

Sonya Clayton, Dallen Clayton’s grandmother, said she had not seen the boy’s mother for a few years. She said she was shocked by the attack.

“She was a sweet young lady,” Clayton said of Shanynthia Gardner. “What happened, I don’t understand.”

Later, Sonya Clayton said she forgives her former daughter-in-law.

“I know this is the work of the devil,” Sonya Clayton said. “I know this is not Shanynthia. And I pray and I love Shanynthia.”

Sonya Clayton said her son, Detrail Clayton, has not seen Dallen since the stabbings. She said her son is not doing well, and he wants to see Dallen soon. Sheriff’s officials say the boy has been under protective supervision.

Neighbour Mona Hansen, who attended the vigil, became emotional when talking about how her own daughter adopted three girls after their brother was killed by a parent. Hansen called the killings of the four children in the apartment complex where she lives “heart-wrenching.”

“Like the minister said, you don’t know what they could have been in life,” Hansen said of the Gardner children. “Their lives didn’t even get started yet, before they were taken.”

Electronic Products Recycling Association Saskatchewan marks milestone

A major milestone has been reached by the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) Saskatchewan.

EPRA says they have now recycled over 25,000 metric tonnes of end-of-life electronics (EOLE) since the program started in 2007.

“We’re thrilled with the uptake from Saskatchewan residents who have been so enthusiastic about the program for the past nine years,” said Gayleen Creelman, who is the program director for EPRA Saskatchewan.

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    “To put that amount in perspective, 25,000 MT is more than the weight of 150 Statues of Liberty.”

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    EOLE products include televisions, computers, audio and video devices and tablets.

    They are collected at 72 SARCAN locations across Saskatchewan and recycled back into the manufacturing supply chain so fewer natural resources are needed to make new products.

    “There is always more that we could be recycling and diverting from landfill and our beautiful environment,” said Creelman, who added that recent polls indicate 80 per cent of people in the province are hanging on to EOLE’s.

    “I encourage every Saskatchewan resident to drop-off these items for recycling through EPRA.”

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    EPRA is also teaming up with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the takeback to touchdown partnership, which encourages people to show how green they are by recycling electronics.

    “In Saskatchewan, we’ve been the leader when it came to product stewardship for EOLE, and together with the people of Saskatchewan we will continue leading the way long into the future,” Creelman said.

Canadians’ quality of life ranks 2nd globally, according to 2016 Social Progress Index

Canada has moved up in the world as the second most socially advanced country, according to the 2016 Social Progress Index.

The index, released Tuesday, ranks 133 countries in three major categories; “Basic Human Needs,” “Foundations of Wellbeing” and “Opportunity.”

This year, Canada moved up into the top three countries ranking just behind Finland and just beating out Denmark. Canada was sixth overall in last year’s report.

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Based on 53 indicators, Canada ranked 1st overall in the “Opportunity” category that measures indicators of personal rights, personal freedom and choice, access to advanced education and tolerance and inclusion.

“Canada is known for its social welfare policies. It also leads the world on the Opportunity dimension, ranking first place in Access to Advanced Education (87.42), thanks to its top-ranking universities and access to tertiary education,” reads the report.

The report suggests Canada needs to improve on the shelter indicator as the country sits 12th overall. The report said Canada, Sweden, Norway and Iceland rank outside the top ten in this category due to the lack of affordable housing. The 19th ranked U.S. tops Canada in the shelter indicator.

Here are the top 10 countries according to the 2016 Social Progress index:
1. Finland
2. Canada
3. Denmark
4. Australia
5. Switzerland
6. Sweden
7. Norway
8. Netherlands
9. United Kingdom
10. Iceland / New Zealand

As the Toronto Star points out, Canada’s worst ranking on the index fell (102nd) in the number of mobile phone subscriptions. For every 100 people, only 81 have a phone plan. Michael Green, the index’s director told the newspaper the ranking was “strikingly low.”

“That’s an area of social progress that’s really easy to fix. Countries with much lower levels of GDP have fixed it, and Canada is sort of falling back on that one,” Green told the Star. “Perhaps a slightly weird thing about Canada is that Canada is showing weakness in an area the world knows how to solve, on the other hand Canada is also doing pretty well on tolerance and inclusion, which is a much harder problem.”

You can read the full report here.

Johnny Depp changes Amber Heard tattoo from ‘Slim’ to ‘Scum’

Johnny Depp, in the midst of divorce proceedings with his former wife Amber Heard, has once again altered a tattoo on his body to correspond with his changing relationship status.

Originally, Depp had the letters “S-L-I-M” tattooed over his right-hand knuckles — apparently that was his nickname for Heard — and when photographers zoomed in at his band’s recent concert, it was discovered it had been altered to “S-C-U-M.”

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Of course, Depp did something similar when he split with actress Winona Ryder after four years together: he changed his “Winona Forever” tattoo into the ever-classy “Wino Forever.”

Depp is currently on tour with his band, Hollywood Vampires. He and his group play Casino Rama, near Orillia, Ont., on July 8.

Heard, 30, was granted a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband on May 27 after submitting a sworn declaration in which she alleged Depp, 53, threw her cellphone at her face and repeatedly hit her.

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Depp’s camp has accused Heard of fabricating the abuse in order to make money. The divorcing couple didn’t sign a prenuptial agreement, and Depp is estimated to be worth upwards of US$400 million.

Depp is trying to ensure that many of his assets stay his. He specifically noted “miscellaneous jewelry,” earnings made after their separation and, as stipulated in his response, “there are additional separate property assets and obligations of the parties, the exact nature and extent of which are not presently known.”

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“Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life,” read a statement released to the media. “Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.”

Heard and Depp were married in 2014. She filed for divorce the day after the alleged blowup, citing irreconcilable differences.

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New terrifying, swimming centipede discovered in Southeast Asia

If you dislike centipedes, you’re not going to be happy.

Researchers have identified a new species of centipede, the first of its species that can swim.

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    According to National Geographic, George Beccaloni of London’s Natural History Museum was on his honeymoon in Thailand in 2001 when he started lifting up rocks near streams. The entymologist found the centipede lying beneath a rock and, instead of it running into the forest, it skittered into the water and hid under a rock.

    Beccaloni captured the “horrific-looking” centipede and put it into a container of water where it dived to the bottom and swam like an eel. When it was removed from the container, the water simply slid off it, leaving it dry.

    He approached a centipede expert at the museum, who doubted it was of the genus Scolopendra, which are giant land-loving centipedes. So the centipede remained on a shelf for years.

    But it wasn’t the end of the story.

    Warut Siriwut, a colleague of Beccaloni’s, had found two specimens of centipedes in Laos near waterfalls, naming them Scolopendra cataracta. It turns out that that was the specimen Beccaloni had collected from Thailand.

    There are only four known specimens of the species: the aforementioned three, as well as one collected in 1928 that had been misidentified (it had been in the museum’s collection).

    And of course, as with all centipedes, this new species is venomous, though its sting wouldn’t kill you. It would merely leave you in pretty significant pain. Oh, and they can grow u p to 20 cm long. Seems like the stuff of nightmares.

    The findings were published in ZooKeys.

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Tiny homes: Perks of buying a ‘shoebox’, and tips for maximizing space

Edmontonian Laura Creswell pays roughly $950 a month for housing expenses. That covers her mortgage payment, condo fees, home insurance, parking stall and internet.

The reason the 25-year-old is able to keep her living costs so low, and squirrel away up to half her paycheque: She’s part of a growing number of Canadians buying “tiny homes.” The small parcels of property have made home ownership more affordable for millennials.

Creswell bought her 335-square-foot bachelor suite, located in Edmonton’s popular Oliver neighbourhood, off Kijiji last fall for $154,000 (a grand below asking price).

“It’s a shoebox, for sure,” she said. “But it’s my home.”

She doesn’t think she’s sacrificing anything by living in the small space, which she spent $15,000 to furnish. It’s surprisingly versatile.

“I can have 10 people over for a movie, I can have six people over for dinner… and I can have a master bedroom in the evening.”

There’s floor-to-ceiling cabinetry (enough for two full-size closets) around her custom-made Murphy bed, and loads of storage space throughout the suite thanks to help from a local carpenter.

“I’m not a minimalist whatsoever.”

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

“I’ve always wanted a tiny home,” she explained. “I think it’s definitely the future of sustainable housing especially when it comes to my generation.”

Her job as a civil environmental engineer would afford her a larger living space, but Creswell has “no aspiration of owning a house.” She’d rather spend her money on traveling and saving up for an early retirement, “without working 80-hour weeks.”

Creswell’s choice has been tough for some (i.e. older people) to comprehend.

“There’s this idea that square footage means marketability,” Creswell admitted.

The notion seems so ingrained in the system that some find it tricky to get a mortgage for a tiny home. Creswell even had to pay default insurance, despite putting 20 per cent down.

The CMHC calls this “low ratio transactional mortgage loan insurance,” but insists it doesn’t treat “mortgage loan applications for tiny homes differently than for other dwelling types.”

READ MORE: Tiny homes growing in popularity but looking for place to call home in Canada

Real estate experts have traditionally advised people against investing in one bedroom condos, let alone bachelor units, due to resale value.

The way Creswell sees it, though, is that if she ever wants to rent her condo out it’d be to one person or a couple, the same as with a one-bedroom. Except a one-bedroom would cost her $70,000 more and would double her condo fees and heating bills.

Another perk of her tiny place, she pointed out, is that it encourages her to be out and about enjoying her neighbourhood.

“If you’re both homebodies and introverts you may have an issue.”

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Her tips for maximizing a tiny space

1. Think of the shape of the room.

If you don’t already rent or own one of these micro units, Creswell recommends looking for a place that has a simple, wide rectangular shape.

Ideally the windows would be on the longer side of the rectangle. Otherwise, she says, you’ll end up placing something in front of them, which will block your light and make the space feel smaller.

Also, avoid condos with long hallways because that’s just wasted space.

Creswell looked at a couple places that were up to 200 square feet bigger than her current unit, but felt smaller because of their layout.

2. Think outside the box.

“Sit down and ask yourself what you want in your dream home. You need to build that in or you won’t be happy. You’ll get tired after a year or two.”

For her, a big closet and pantry were important. She watched a ton of YouTube videos before hiring a carpenter to help bring her storage-heavy vision to fruition.

“[There’s] probably just a square meter of wall that hasn’t been covered,” she said, “including my door.”

If you’re handy and into DIY projects, she thinks you could probably do most of what she did yourself.

She relied heavily on a free 30-day trial of SketchUp, which is essentially a 3D mapping tool. You put in the dimensions of your home and then when you’re at a furniture store, you plop in the measurements of whatever you’re considering to visualize how it’d fit.

3. Look for furniture that can be used in at least three ways.

Her wide dining room chairs transform into lounge chairs and two twin beds, so she’s able to have two guests comfortably sleep over.

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Design inspiration for a tiny home, courtesy of Laura Creswell’s small bachelor condo.

Tim Lutic

Her desk chairs also double as stepladders. Her coffee table acts as scarf storage as well as a third seat to her pop-down dining room table.

“It’s all how you use it.”

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