Staving off dementia: 5 ways to keep your brain young and healthy

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Your brain may change with age but don’t think mental decline has to seep in as you get older. New research suggests there are plenty of ways to keep your brain sharp and alert.


“The evidence is getting stronger that there are things we can do to potentially lower our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Previously, before this evidence came to light, people…said it’s luck of the draw if they’ll get this disease and there was a real sense of helplessness and lack and control,” Mary Schulz, director of education at the Alzheimer Society of Canada, said.

“There are no guarantees that if you follow these [lifestyle habits] to a letter that you won’t develop a form of dementia but we’re learning that they have some protective measures,” she told Global News.

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These habits are also helpful for people already living with dementia in staving off the deterioration of their brain health, Schulz said.

For National Brain Awareness Month, Schulz named five lifestyle changes you can make now to improve your brain’s health and fight off illness:

Challenge yourself

Learn a new language, take up chess or even take piano lessons. Stimulating your brain helps to reinvigorate it, Schulz said.

“It’s something new and it wakes up your brain, giving it a jolt and startling it. You’re also teaching it to adapt, and be flexible as you have messages fired around in your brain in a way it doesn’t normally,” she explained.

Research backs up Schulz’ claim, too: Speaking a second language could delay the onset of three types of dementias — vascular, frontotemporal and mixed dementia, according to one study. It found that people who were bilingual developed dementia 4.5 years later than people who could only speaking one language.

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Make sure you choose a hobby that you’re interested in when setting a challenge. If you hate Sudoku, don’t commit to completing one every day.

Be socially active

Engaging with your family, friends and community is key to keeping your brain happy. This could be through conversations with your grandkids, joining a local book club or even going to the movies with your friends, Schulz said.

One study suggested that leisurely activities that rolled physical, mental and social stimulation together helped the most to prevent dementia.

“There is new evidence that suggests as we are exposed to new ideas and conversations, different pathways in our brain are created and that’s neurons talking to each other, which we want,” Schulz said.

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Maintaining relationships is especially crucial in keeping your mental health intact. Schulz said there’s debate around whether depression causes dementia or if it surfaces as dementia sets in. Either way, the two go hand-in-hand leaving dementia patients in isolation.

One study warned that loneliness is as bad for aging seniors as poor physical health. It can increase a person’s risk of premature death by 14 per cent.

Follow a healthy diet

A healthy diet helps with keeping your weight in check and your heart healthy, but what you eat also feeds your brain.

“The brain directs our heart and all of our organs to do the jobs they’re meant to do and what we’re learning is there are specific foods that are particularly good for brain health,” Schulz said.

So what should you be eating? Look for colour when putting together your meals because those are the ingredients that’ll be packed with anti-oxidants and other nutrients to nourish your brain.

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Blue and purple fruits and vegetables — blackberries, blueberries, purple cabbage and plums — are a good start. While green, from broccoli, avocados, spinach, and pears, help, too.

Reds, from beets, raspberries, red grapes, tomatoes and red peppers, also make good choices, Schulz said.

Fish is packed with omega-3s, so reach for tuna, salmon and herring to feed your brain.

Stay physically active

You don’t need to run marathons to keep dementia at bay, but doing some form of physical activity goes a long way in keeping your brain young.

Exercise gets your heart rate up, which increases blood flow to the brain, nourishing cells with nutrients and oxygen. It also encourages the development of new cells, all factors in reducing your risk of stroke, Schulz said.

Gym memberships need not apply — walk to the grocery store instead of driving, take the stairs instead of the escalator and get off of the bus two stops ahead on your way home.

Your brain is just like your heart. They’re both muscles that need to be given a workout to stay healthy.

Limit your stress levels

There’s a reason why colouring books and puzzles are making a comeback for adults. These activities are great for destressing and research suggests they’re exactly what busy bodies need to unwind and give their minds a break.

Stress disrupts mood regulation, disrupts our sleep, elevates blood pressure, increases stress hormones like cortisol and increases depression. Too much stress could lead to chemical imbalances that damage the brain and other cells in the body.

Even exercises like meditation help in easing stress.

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Trudeau honoured by Alberta’s Tsuut’ina First Nation, chiefs issue challenge

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CALGARY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been honoured by a southern Alberta First Nation, but aboriginal leaders also challenged him to deliver on his promises to Indigenous People.

Trudeau, who has called an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde were honoured at an elaborate ceremony at the Tsuut’ina Nation. The prime minister was presented with a black cowboy hat, a fringed black jacket and an honorary headdress.

Watch below: Prime Minister Trudeau receives ceremonial headdress

During his speech, Trudeau warmly and graciously received the honour, calling it a distinct privilege. He said it was something he will wear and a title he will bear with the utmost respect and pride.

Tsuu T’ina Chief Roy Whitney told Trudeau that his election brings with it high expectations that the government will work with First Nations to overcome historical obstacles to recognition. Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, outlined five promises the Liberals made during last fall’s election and told Trudeau he expects him to keep them.

Trudeau reiterated that he is committed to renewing a relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Metis.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived to a throng of media at Grey Eagle Hotel and Casino to meet dignitaries near Calgary, March 4, 2016.

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The headdress, or war bonnet, that was presented to Trudeau symbolizes accomplishment, respect, bravery and peace building. Tsuut’ina chief and council spokesperson Kevin Littlelight said the bonnet is made of felt and golden eagle feathers—the “most sacred of all feathers to First Nations.” He said the beadwork is exclusive to the Tsuut’ina Nation, and the bonnet was made by elder and medicine man Bruce Starlight.

Watch below: Global’s Gord Gillies explains the symbolism behind the war bonnet

Littlelight said the headdress is traditionally given to someone who displays courage and bravery, but in recent times has also been bestowed to those who bring peace.

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    “It was an idea coming out to the Tsuut’ina Nation to bestow a feather hat on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because he was a real leader in terms of taking a concern on aboriginal issues,” Littlelight said in an interview last week.

    “To our surprise, the prime minister agreed…it’s an honour that works both ways. He’s coming here to accept, we’re honouring him, and for us—out of the 600 nations—to have this privilege is astronomical.”

    Reporters were cautioned not to step on the red carpet that had been laid out prior to the prime minister appearing at the event.

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    Prime Minister Trudeau and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde enter in a ceremonial procession. Hundreds applaud loudly for the prime minister.

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    He was greeted by Tsuu T’ina Chief Roy Whitney, Bellegarde and First Nation elders before going into a private meeting.

    The First Nation rarely bestows ceremonial headdresses upon sitting prime ministers, though other Canadian leaders have received similar honours from other bands.

    In 2011, the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta named then-prime minister Stephen Harper the band’s honorary chief and gave him a headdress of eagle feathers.

    With files from Global’s Doug Vaessen and Jill Croteau

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Irving mounts public relations push as questions swirl around frigate program

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Officials at Irving Shipbuilding opened the company’s massive new facility on the Halifax waterfront to the media on Friday in a response to recent speculation about the future of Ottawa’s plan to refurbish the Royal Canadian Navy.

President Kevin McCoy led a tour around the imposing ship assembly hall and a fabrication facility in Dartmouth to show off the company’s capabilities as work continues on the construction of the first of six Arctic patrol vessels.

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Irving has yet to sign a contract for the high-profile replacement of the navy’s frigates —; a program awarded to the Halifax shipyard with much fanfare in October 2011. And last week the federal government revised the framework for the frigate replacement program, opting for a proven foreign design over a custom domestic blueprint.

The 6,400-tonne ships are being built like giant lego projects inside the cavernous assembly hall, which the company says is the largest covered shipbuilding facility in North America.

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Assembly Hall is 47 metres high at its highest point and at 408 metres in length is longer than four football fields.

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“We’re doing this today because we’ve gotten a lot of questions about what’s happened over the last four years,” said McCoy during Friday’s tour.

McCoy said Irving wants Canadians to know that work has been ongoing and the company is positioned and technically capable of meeting any requirements laid out by Ottawa and the navy.

“We not only built the facility…but now we are up and running and the benefit of all of that prep work over the last four years is that we can efficiently go into shipbuilding,” he said.

The company began construction of the Arctic patrol vessels last September.

The 6,400-tonne ships are being built like giant lego projects inside the cavernous assembly hall, which the company says is the largest covered shipbuilding facility in North America.

WATCH: Irving Shipbuilding gives a tour of its facilities in Halifax.

It’s 47 metres high at its highest point and at 408 metres in length is longer than four football fields.

Inside, state-of-the-art computerized cutting machines are used on the steel which is then shaped and welded in place into giant blocks that are stacked into the three mega blocks or sections that make up each ship —; aft, centre and bow.

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McCoy downplayed Ottawa’s revision of the frigate plan, saying he sees it as a “refinement” rather than uncertainty about the program.

He said Irving recognizes the advantages of working with firms that have existing designs.

“Less cost, less developmental risk, more cost certainty up front once we do get a contract, but also it takes about two years off the design timeline,” said McCoy.

However, he wouldn’t discuss cost or numbers of ships and would only say that the Irving shipyard was prepared to build 15 frigates beginning sometime in early 2020.

Original estimates pegged the cost of building 15 warships at around $26 billion, but internal documents and published reports last fall suggested the price tag could go as high as $40 billion.

McCoy deflected a recent media report that the work schedule is already four weeks behind for the patrol vessels.

“We see nothing right now that impacts delivering the first ship in 2018 as we planned,” he said. “We have not projected that the first ships will be late.”

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‘You’re nothing but a drunk Indian’: First Nations family disgusted by alleged racial attack

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It was supposed to be a sightseeing excursion to Banff’s picturesque Bow Falls on Saturday. But instead, a family from Alberta’s Siksika First Nation says they were subjected to an assault and a verbal attack. The Many Guns family says without hesitation it was because of the colour of their skin.

Fifteen-year-old Payne Many Guns was with a couple of friends, his mother Alayna and two of his uncles. The teens were throwing rocks into the river at Bow Falls.

Bow Falls in Banff, Alberta

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    He said without warning, a couple started accusing them of damaging property. As the conversation continued the man came up behind Payne, wrapped his arm around his neck and choked him.

    “I heard footsteps behind me and then I felt a great force on my back and I felt someone’s arm wrap around my neck,” Payne recalled.

    “I didn’t know what was happening. I felt terrified.”

    Payne’s mother said her son and his friends told her what happened.

    “Payne was holding his throat saying, ‘mom, mom somebody’s choking me, somebody’s choking me.’ Just the look in his eyes and the fear in his eyes, I knew something terrible had happened,” she said.

    Alayna questioned the man who physically assaulted her son. She said the inquiries from the concerned mother triggered a barrage of racial slurs against the group, some of which she captured on her iPhone.

    “The racial discrimination and the profanities started. ‘You stupid Indian, you effing this, you’re nothing but a drunk’ and just calling us things that were unbelievable.”

    The troubling incident has left a lasting impression on the family.

    WATCH: Viewer video of an alleged racial attack caught on video in Banff.

    “I’m still trying to accept what happened and understand why,” Payne said. “I don’t know —; I feel different, I don’t feel the same. It made me feel ashamed of being who I am.”

    Banff RCMP responded to the incident. Officers are continuing their investigation and expect to lay a charge of assault on a minor.

    The man expected to be charged is from Alberta, but not from the Banff area.

    The Many Guns are considering pursuing hate crime charges against the pair.

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Ontario discriminates against patients with eating disorders: expert

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Andrea Clifford has been looking through her daughter’s room for a special doll she can’t find. It belonged to 15-year-old Brieanne Christou, who took her own life on Family Day after battling an eating disorder in and out of hospital.

Her mom says Brieanne would start hospital treatment, but if she refused a meal they would kick her out.

“She was admitted because she’s not eating, but now she’s being sent home because she’s not eating,” Clifford said.  “It just didn’t make sense.”


Only one place ever made a difference —; the Youth Eating Disorders Unit at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

It has a dozen beds and is the sole treatment centre of its kind in Canada, for kids in crisis who have already been through hospital eating disorder programs and not recovered.

At Ontario Shores, patients don’t get sent home out if they trip up.

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“We go back and figure out what went wrong and keep working on it,” explained Dr. Leora Pinhas, head physicians for the Eating Disorder Unit at Ontario Shores.

She said their approach is to work with kids and their families collaboratively, as opposed to a cookie cutter approach.

“We have treatment programs in Ontario that are still doing the same things they were doing 20 to 25 years ago,” said Pinhas. “There’s absolute injustice in the system.”

She believes it is because eating disorders are stigmatized and the patients are considered “difficult” and there’s still a perception they have control over what they are doing to themselves.

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That perception is even held among many psychiatrists, who can graduate without any exposure to eating disorders.

“Eating disorders are the only significant group of disorders that is not addressed in any formal way,” said Pinhas, adding that there is very little research funding and even money the government designates to hospitals for youth mental health doesn’t necessarily always help.

“None of the centres that get the money ever put any money towards eating disorders.”

Global News asked Ontario Minister of Health Eric Hoskins how his ministry ensures money sent to hospitals gets to eating disorders programs.

The answer was puzzling.

“It’s a new program that we were involved in setting up, the ministry was,” Hoskins said.

“We know that this is a priority for Ontarians.”

Pinhas said it’s time to move forward.

“We have to actually address what I would call the systemic and endemic discrimination,” she said, adding that the starting point is accountability.

“We have to hold the people we give our tax dollars to accountable,” Clifford said, adding that although Ontario Shores truly helped Brieanne, after everything else she had been through it was just too late.

“I’ve been told we’re lucky to be getting the help that we did because of the waiting lists for everything is so long, but when it is not enough you still can’t appreciate it.”

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Your Manitoba: June 2016

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Vancouver doctor performs three heart transplants in 24 hours

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As a surgeon, Dr. Anson Cheung is used to putting in long hours in the operating room at St. Paul’s Hospital, performing life-saving surgery on critically-ill patients.

But this week the head of cardiac surgery at St. Paul’s Hospital was pushed to his limits: three heart transplants scheduled within hours of each other.

“We normally do 17 or 18 transplants in one year, so to do three in 24 hours is remarkable,” he said.


“Giving the gift of life to patients is our job, and it’s amazing.”

Due to patient confidentiality, the hospital can’t disclose exactly when the transplants occurred, but they did all happen this week.

The first one was scheduled at 6 p.m., with the procedure taking approximately three hours to complete. The second surgery began just an hour after that, and took the better part of the night, finishing at 5 a.m.

By noon, the team was back in the operating room with another patient who desperately needed a new heart.

By the time it was all over, Cheung spent more than 15 hours on his feet, but he says the credit has to go to the entire team.

“Three in a row is extremely difficult…we need coordination between BC Transplant and the donor’s family. We need to send doctors and nurses to procure the organ, and then here at St. Paul’s we need to staff the operating room and the ICU while we juggle [these surgeries].”

This is the first time in B.C. history that three heart transplants were done in less than 24 hours. At one point, the staff at St. Paul’s weren’t sure if they could pull it off.

“There was a moment while I was coordinating, and I realized we had three good hearts, and I wondered whether it was feasible to do them all,” said Dr. Margot Davis, who says when the third heart became available, they almost had to turn it down.

“It would have been a terrible loss if we couldn’t give a viable organ to someone who needed it.”

2015 was a record for organ transplants in B.C., with 422 people given the gift of life. According to Cheung, 2016 is shaping up to beat that number.

“We’ve already done 14 heart transplants this year, and we expect to beat our own record of 23 in one year,” he said.

All three patients are said to be doing well. One family who can’t be identified reached out to Global News via email. The letter says they are eternally grateful for the gift of life that they have received, and they will think of the donor and their family always.

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Officer shoots, wounds rock-wielding man at Dallas airport

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DALLAS – A police officer shot and wounded a man Friday outside baggage claim at a Dallas airport after the man attacked a woman believed to be the mother of his children and then threatened the officer with a large rock, police said.

“There doesn’t appear to be any other weapon present than the rock,” Dallas Police Assistant Chief Randall Blakenbaker said.

Video posted by Instagram user @flashyfilms- and credited to Bryan Armstrong shows people scattering on the sidewalk outside the baggage claim door at Dallas Love Field. An officer in a yellow vest is seen pointing his gun, and at least nine gunshots can be heard. A man repeatedly yells “stand down!” and a woman is heard screaming.

Asked why the officer fired so many rounds at a man holding a rock, Blankenbaker said only that he did not know how many shots were fired. “We have to conduct an investigation over those types of speculation.”

WATCH: Dallas airport shooting most likely result of domestic disturbance: police


Some airport operations were temporarily disrupted, but the airport remained open. Spokesman Jose Torres said that some people after hearing shots ran through security so everyone had to be rescreened. Officials warned that delays could last several hours.

“There were some folks in the security line who were startled, so they went through the security line without being checked. So the airport has had to pull everybody back out of the secure area and recheck them for security purposes,” Blankenship said.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital. Torres said he was not critically wounded.

Traveller Lucinda Fonseca told WFAA-TV that she and her husband were coming out of the baggage claim area when they saw police approaching the man throwing rocks and one of the officers drew a gun.

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“The man was yelling at the cops, basically saying ‘shoot me shoot me, I dare you,’ something to that effect,” Fonseca said, adding she then heard gunfire.

“I crouched down on the ground,” she said. “I didn’t know where the bullets were going.”

Blankenbaker said it appeared that the man had used a large rock from nearby landscaping to smash the windshield and driver’s side window of a car. Blankenbaker said no children were present during the disturbance and the woman wasn’t injured.

The officer, the lone law enforcement person involved in the incident, would be placed on administrative leave during the investigation, as per police policy, Blankenbaker said.

Police officers swarmed to Love Field but the airport was not closed, Blankenbaker said.

Southwest Airlines, the dominant airline at Love Field, said in a statement that vehicular traffic at Love Field was being routed around the active investigation scene. The airline advised that travellers be flexible to change plans that involve the airport Friday. They say they’re working with air traffic controllers nationwide to manage inbound flights.

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‘We will weather this storm’: Leduc searching for answers during tough economic time

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EDMONTON — The City of Leduc and Leduc County met with the local business community Friday to discuss ways to combat the slumping economy.

While last year’s update focused on the City of Edmonton’s proposal to annex a large amount of land south of the city, the focus of this year’s annual update was on the price of oil.

According to the Economic Development Association, between 15 and 30 per cent of the 15,000 workers in Leduc County experienced job loss over the past 18 months.



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    “The core of our business is in manufacturing,” executive director Barbara Engelbart McKenzie said. “So if we’re seeing layoffs, job closures and business closures in manufacturing, that’s affecting real estate, that’s affecting hotels, that’s affecting the airport and restaurants.”

    The slow down has forced 300 companies to vacate buildings, downsize or shut down in Nisku in the last year.

    To combat low oil prices, the association recommends business owners look at exporting their services, or shifting to alternative technologies, like renewables.

    Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke spoke about the importance of spending cautiously while balancing the needs of a growing community.

    Mayor of @CityofLeduc says “we will weather this storm, and we’ll do it together.” #yeg #ab pic.twitter广州桑拿网/zMbx2GdVSw

    — Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) March 4, 2016

    “Things are tight right now, we realize that.” @CityofLeduc mayor says it’s up to community to determine how to rise above economic woes.

    — Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) March 4, 2016

    Krischke warned those in attendance: “It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” but added that proactive work will reduce the negative impact.

    “There are a lot of people that are losing their jobs right now and because they are, and they’re starting to run out of benefits, food bank usage is up, domestic violence is up, all of those types of things that happen when there’s stressors in a family.”

    READ MORE: Alberta’s economic downturn putting pressure on groups that help people in need

    He added the city is committed to finding money internally to support those in need and will not shift that burden on to taxpayers.

    “Talk to us as a community,” Krischke said, “talk to your banks, talk to the areas you need to talk to because that’s how we’re going to get through it, by working together.”

    “We’re in a little bit of a dip right now, but we’ll get through it, as we have many times in the past.” @LeducCounty mayor @GlobalEdmonton

    — Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) March 4, 2016

    The county is attempting to take advantage of lower construction costs to push essential projects forward.

    Mayor @CityofLeduc says Leduc, @LeducCounty and @FlyEIA want to collaborate on fire and emergency services. Cost cut pic.twitter广州桑拿网/pqDQbzy7qs

    — Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) March 4, 2016

    “2016, it’s going to be tough, there’s no two ways about it. 2017, we’re hoping it’s going to be a light on the horizon for things to get better,” Leduc County Mayor John Whaley said.

    With files from Sarah Kraus, Global News. 

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Canadian biomedical researcher first to share lab notes in real time

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Rachel Harding is putting it all out there.

Harding, a biomedical researcher in the University of Toronto’s faculty of medicine, is the first to blog and share her data, notes and experiments in real-time. Her motivation is simple — she hopes her approach will lead to faster discoveries in a devastating fatal genetic disorder.

“It’s going to be very honest and very raw, not like a polished documents or presentation at all,” Harding told Global News.


Harding is searching for clues in Huntington’s disease, a neurodegenerative genetic disease, that causes nerve cells in the brain to malfunction and die. There is no cure for Huntington’s disease — just a cruel deterioration.

“It’s pretty much equivalent to having Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s at the same time,” Harding said, “There’s nothing out there to really help these people.”

READ MORE: More than half of woman’s family dead from Huntington’s disease

Scientific research is a competitive field. Some researchers guard information — pressure for funding, prestige or contractual agreements — can keep research behind closed doors.

“Around the world you have pockets of researchers hungrily and busily working away on the answers but they don’t share their data,” Aled Edwards, a medical biophysics professor at U of T, told Global News. “That is a tremendously bad idea. Especially if one of the discoveries would have led to some treatment or cure.”

Researcher Rachel Harding hopes by posting her lab notes in real time, it will speed research into Huntington’s disease.

University of Toronto

On her blog, Lab Scribbles, in social media, and on Zenodo, Harding hopes sharing will speed up the research — she’s looking for questions, criticisms, and she hopes to hear from other researchers.

“I am opening myself up to critique from researchers all over the world so we are hoping this will inform better experiments, so we can get to these answers more quickly.,” Harding said.

In order for Rachel to be so public, her university and the foundation that funds the research had to agree – which they did. Both believing in open access research.

Edwards is the director of U of T’s Structural Genomic Consortium (SGC) where Harding is a post-doctoral fellow. He calls her move daring and brave.

“If you look at the landscape at how the world’s research works and how we are not discovering medicines quickly enough, this makes business sense, social sense and logical sense.”

The days of research being hidden is changing, in some scientific disciplines there is a recent practice of open access and sharing.

But not everyone is convinced data sharing is the way to go. In an editorial that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine in January, the authors raise a list of concerns including one that research could be stolen and the data misinterpreted or misunderstood.

“There is concern among some front-line researchers that the system will be taken over by what some researchers have characterized as ‘research parasites’,” the authors write.

As for Harding, her approach of posting raw information in real time is reflective of her own desire to learn and the quest to better understand Huntington’s.

“I hope to show people, you can do really good science and you can make it be completely open and you can be successful doing it.”

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Community rallies behind 82-year-old faced with eviction

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MONTREAL – Pierino Di Tonno, 82, is an internationally recognized photographer, who has travelled the world to take photos.

Di Tonno is a internationally recognized photographer and his apartment holds hundreds of historical photos. pic.twitter广州桑拿网/lvjeRRvaDN

— Felicia Parrillo (@feliciaparrillo) March 5, 2016

For nearly 40 years he’s lived in a Saint-Laurent boulevard apartment, above the Milano grocery store.

Recently, health problems landed him in the hospital for a few months, and when he returned, he was greeted with an eviction notice.

“The moment I came here, I opened the door and it was not possible because they changed the locks,” he said.

Di Tonno told Global News he’ll be contesting the eviction with Quebec’s rental board and a housing rights group in the borough will be helping him.

Le Comité logement de la Petite-Patrie is helping Di Tonno contest his eviction. They say the eviction of seniors happen too often.

— Felicia Parrillo (@feliciaparrillo) March 5, 2016

“We have lots and lots of elderly tenants who are being evicted of their apartment, just because the owners want a little bit of money, just because they want to do a few dollars more per month,” said Martin Blanchard, from La Petite Patrie housing committee. “It is not acceptable.”

The group said the owners of Milano, who also own Di Tonno’s property, want to subdivide the apartment.

Di Tonno’s apartment is located above Milano’s grocery store. Group says its the same owners. pic.twitter广州桑拿网/Bnu01prjEb

— Felicia Parrillo (@feliciaparrillo) March 5, 2016

So Saturday morning, the group organized a protest in front of the Little Italy grocery store, to pressure the owners to reconsider the eviction.

Group called on the community to boycott the popular grocery store so they reconsider the eviction. pic.twitter广州桑拿网/Vpf5ymkf2l

— Felicia Parrillo (@feliciaparrillo) March 5, 2016


“He’s 82-years-old,” said Blanchard. “It’s a tragedy for him to be evicted from his apartment. So we ask the population to boycott the Milano Grocery, until they understand that it is not acceptable to do such a thing.”

According to the housing group, one third of those evicted in the borough are 65-years and older.

They’re also urging the provincial government to adopt legislation that would better protect seniors who rent.

“Every month or two months we meet with them to explain the project,” he said. “We’re fed up of explaining this project we want it to be voted and adopted at the National Assembly.”

Global News reached out to the building owners for comment, but they have not responded.

Di Tonno’s case goes before the Quebec rental board on March 8.

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Volunteer football coach named Edmonton’s top cop of 2015

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EDMONTON — A member of the the Edmonton police bomb squad who has been a volunteer high school football coach for over two decades has been named the city’s top cop for 2015.

The Kiwanis Club of Edmonton – Oil Capital annual honour recognizing an outstanding Edmonton police officer for their volunteer contributions.


The Kiwanis Club said it selected Sgt. Grant Jongejan because he has “been a dedicated and committed volunteer for over 20 years within the Edmonton community, work that is over and above his duties as a police officer.”

The force said Jongejan is an inspiration to other members. “In addition to taking on the duties of a high school football coach, Grant actively recruits other EPS members to volunteer their time,” said Acting Staff Sgt. Steven Maertens-Poole, who nominated Jongejan.

“His leadership and enthusiasm resulted in a total of five EPS members having a positive impact on hundreds of student athletes over the past two decades.”

Jongejan coached high school football for 20 years with St. Francis Xavier High School, and most recently at Ross Shepherd High School.

“Grant is rare, and our community is so blessed with his service,” said Lee Burke, a teacher and former football coach at St. Francis Xavier who is also a friend of Jongejan.

“This is a humble person who never seeks to receive accolades, which he so richly deserves. I am so very proud to call him a friend.”

Jongejan joined the Edmonton Police Service in 1995. He is a sergeant with the Tactical Section’s bomb squad and the current president of the Canadian Explosive Technician’s Association. He has also been a guest instructor at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa.

Jongejan graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor’s of Physical Education in 1993. He also has a Master’s of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management from Capella University.

Former Edmonton Eskimo Rob Brown was named the city’s top cop for 2014, and was chosen for saving the Eastglen High School Blue Devils football team from the brink of extinction.

READ MORE: Former Eskimo named Edmonton’s Top Cop

The Kiwanis Club of Edmonton – Oil Capital has been handing out the award to Edmonton police officers for 40 years.

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