See what playing soccer is like from an elephant’s point of view – National

TORONTO – Ever wondered what it’s like to play soccer when you’re nearly ten feet tall, and weigh over four tons?

Well thanks to the keepers at Australia’s Taronga Zoo – and one particularly playful elephant – you don’t have to wonder anymore.

In honour of World Elephant Day on August 12, trainers at the zoo decided to fit a GoPro camera on the head of Gung the Elephant, a 15-year-old male Asian bull elephant with a decidely playful side.

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“Gung enjoys throwing toys over his shoulders and wearing them on his head, so we thought we’d utilise this to see what things look like from an elephant’s point-of-view,” Steve Westnedge, senior keeper at Tatonga Zoo, told 9 News in Australia.

In the video, Gung shows off some of his fancy footwork (or rather, trunkwork) playing with a pass from his trainers before passing the ball back to them through his pen wall.

Later on, Gung shows off his versatility with a rugby ball, playing with it on his trunk before dropkicking the ball with his front foot – a pretty impressive feat when you weigh over 4,000 pounds.

“We showed the [GoPro camera] headpiece to Gung to see if he was interested in trying it on and he loved the idea,” Westnedge said. “We were surprised at how eager he was to wear it and he hasn’t once tried to touch or remove the camera.”

The trainers hope the video will raise awareness of the problem of elephant poaching around the world, as well as shine a light on their efforts to save the Asian elephant population.

According to National Geographic, poachers have killed an estimated 100,000 elephants in the last three years alone.

And aside from his love of sports, Gung is an important part of Australia’s elephant conservation efforts.

The 15-year-old has already successfully bred with two of the females at the zoo, and according to his listing on the Taronga Zoo website Gung is “an extremely important elephant and a central figure in the future breeding program” designed to boost the elephant population.

Of course, with ball skills like that combined with his impressive size (like the old saying goes, “You can’t coach tall” especially at 9 feet), he’ll always have a fallback option in the world of sports.

Poverty group wants better access to Moncton food banks – New Brunswick

WATCH ABOVE: Some Moncton residents are demanding better access to food banks in the area, saying the hours they are open doesn’t meet their needs. Global’s Brion Robinson reports.

MONCTON – A Moncton poverty awareness group says people deserve better access to food banks in the community.

Amanda Pooley speaks for What Kids Need Moncton Inc., a charity group that helps supply children with toys, food and clothing.

Last week, Pooley and other volunteers set up food serving stations around Moncton.

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“We did 19 meals in total from the last Thursday until the final Sunday and we served about 1,500 people,” she said.

That was around the first seven days of the month when food banks traditionally close their doors. That’s because people on social assistance receive payments during that time.

But Pooley says sometimes there still isn’t enough money for them to buy food.

“We’ve certainly become aware that there’s a gap in service and we’re going to try and fill it,” she said.

Natasha Zohou says she goes to the Karing Kitchen soup kitchen once a week to get bread for her friends and neighbours.

She says she would like to use the food banks but she doesn’t have time to go to them during the day while she’s working.

“Even if they opened an hour earlier as opposed to 10 o’clock they opened at nine I find they might help more families and even myself I’d be able to go,” she said.

Ben MacMichael manages the West End Food Bank and says when his food bank closes for an extended period of time clients are notified well in advance.

MacMichael also says people can still get food even when its doors are closed.

“We’ll get food and meet them here at the building if they can make it out here,” he said. “If not I will try to get food and meet them where they’re at.”

He says he would like to see a more centralized system where food banks are working together.

“We want to collaborate with many different organizations in our city to help as many people as possible,” he said.

Stillbirth and infant loss: Your stories – BC

There were 2,818 babies stillborn in Canada in 2011, the last year for which stats are available. In B.C. there were 217.

We asked our readers to share their stories of stillbirth and infant loss and here are some of the (unedited) responses below.

Darcie:

I lost my son LeeRoy on August 10, 2013.

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It was very difficult to find resourses that I desperately needed right away. I actually recieved a call from one place for counselling last week, that I had applied for in early February of 2014!

In my opinion, it would be helpful to have a support group for families of infant loss available at hospitals.

I also want to mention that the volunteers at NILMDTS (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep ) sent a photographer to the hospital who provided me with photos professionally arranged in a book, as well as a lovely box with a lock of his hair. The service they provide is excellent.

Jeremie:

In 2007, My wife, Emma, and I’s first born daughter was stillborn at 35 weeks.

Of course, much like your article pointed out, people said all the wrong things… “She’s in a better place”, “You’ll have another baby”, “At least she didn’t suffer”, etc.

The Woman’s Hospital at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg was great, except for the delivery ward. Again, like your article said, we had to be on the same ward as all the “live births” which made things worse hearing all the baby screams as they were born. A literal “dead silence” occurred when our daughter Claire was born. We took our own pictures and the hospital provided plaster casts of her hands and feet, as well as ink imprints. We kept a locket of hair and put it in a locket. The hospital chaplain said some very nice things, not too religious, I wish I could remember what they were but I remember the feeling, which is what matters.

After delivery, they put us on a different floor than all the other mothers so we didn’t have to be surrounded by the blissful naive happiness that most people associate and go through after giving birth.

We got to spend the next 8 hours of the night with our daughter, we didn’t have a cooling cot or ice bags but we could see her color get more and more purple and her body get cooler and cooler to the point where we had to say goodbye forever.

For next year, we had to stay away from two of our friends who were pregnant at the same time as we were with due dates within weeks. We purposefully did not communicate due to extreme rage and jealousy. We found solace in The Compassionate Friends support group for grieving parents, through which we met others who had stillborn babies. The format was therapeutic as well as validating. Others were feeling the same things we were.

We commemorated Claire’s birth by commissioning an artist to create a piece that we could look at forever. We did an 8 hour road trip to visit with the the artist who was touched by our story, it was a cathartic experience. Justified the money spend on the project as diaper and formula money we would have spent over the next year on our live baby is she were with us.

We since have two other healthy children which have not replaced Claire but added to our family. Thanks for sharing these stories! It’s just what people need. A little awareness.

Help raise money for a Cuddle Cot in a B.C. hospital

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Charity:

I too suffered a great loss and still, each year at the anniversary of my baby’s birthday, I am filled with so much pain and guilt. And this December will be 11 years.

The pain never goes away and no one really seems to get it. They just tell you to get over it and get with it. It’s a part of you that you lost and can never get back.

Having being forced to stop my daughter’s heart while still in my stomach, and then go through the stages of labour and delivery, is nothing that I would ever want to have another endure and relive annually.

I do know that had I not done so, I would not be here today for my daughter Madison, but the pain still resonates. I feel that more need to speak out and share their losses and know they are not alone and that there are others who have gone through the very same if not very similar experiences and loss.

Shana:

In honor of my daughter Brooklynn Rose Pitceathly, September 30th 2013.

I lost my little girl the day before I was 6 months pregnant. Its been a very hard road and certain things have been difficult to do. Hearing your two living kids ask about their little sister, why they couldn’t meet her, why she left, why, why, why. It breaks my heart every time. It brings back those feelings I had in the hospital.

Being in the delivery room at Women’s Hospital hearing crying healthy babies and over joyed families was hard. Being forced to deliver a helpless life that you can’t do anything for was hard. When my daughter was finally in the world in my arms, it hit me hard.

I tried my best, did what I could for her. Gave her the chance to try and live.

Watching my oldest daughter break down and cry that she wont ever get to meet her sister she always wanted, hurts. Having support from family and friends is what you want. When people around you have no idea how to support you or what to do, its hard for them as well. No one truly understands what you are going through, how you are feeling or what to say until they have gone through it. This is one thing I would never wish upon anyone.

I wish it never happened. I feel everyone has a chance in life,  but sometimes the world can’t handle these little bundles of joy.

I can say that talking about her, telling her story to anyone, and informing people that I have been there and they are not alone. There still is no answer as to why I lost my daughter. I wish I had more time and a cuddle cot to spend more time my Brooklynn.

Courtney:

My son was still born Decemeber 4th, he was due to be born (via C-section) Decemeber 9th (my birthday). I found amazing support through Fraser Valley Health. I had nurses calling me to check in and let me know when I was ready there were resources to help. My nurse that was assigned to us at the Abbotsford Hospital was amazing, she called multiple funeral homes and broke them down one by one… You don’t think about it, but before you even leave the hospital you must decide what you would like to do with your babe. She made what was a difficult time, as comfortable as she could. She even sent us a card a couple weeks later to tell us she still thinks about us. It was never a position that I ever thought I would ever find myself in.

Laurie:

I was 19 when I had my stillborn son TJ at 7 1/2 months, placental abruption

I was all alone on the maternity ward. It was 3 days after he died that I delivered him with the “help ” of an orderly and nurse I had to scream for.

The nurse kept trying to push the baby back inside because the Dr. wasn’t available yet. It was horrible watching and listening to the other 5 women in my room go have their baby come back and nurse them. I was in that room for almost 2 weeks so you can imagine how devastating  that was.

After the baby was born they told me it was a boy and he was perfectly formed. All I saw of him was a head of dark hair as the orderly or nurse, I can’t remember for sure, which ran out of the room with him. They didn’t give me a chance to see him, let alone hold him.

That was 37 years ago and it stills hurts. I have no picture to remember him by, only a birth certificate and a death certificate that had to both be done at the same time. It was a scary time and not being able to talk to anyone then or now is heartbreaking.

I am so happy to see there are more resources for parents of stillborns and can only hope there will be more to come.

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Susan:

On March 9, 1978, I had the most excruciating cramps after my husband and I had dinner.

My husband was not very helpful and said he was going to bed. I went into the washroom awhile later to get ready for bed and noticed I was haemorrhaging, so I woke my husband and he drove me to Vernon Jubilee Hospital. They examined me and did a C-Section right away. The baby was stillborn.

The nurses asked me if I had a name picked out, which I did. The name I had picked out was Jennifer Lynn Hoefsloot.

Nothing was done and it was never talked about. I never forgot this!!

My marriage failed as my husband would not let me forget this. In 2002 I moved from Maple Ridge to Armstrong. I did some checking and the Division of Vital Statistics had a record of my stillbirth, so I paid for a Certificate of Stillbirth. I told my Minister about this and on June 21, 2003, Rev. Lorraine Powell at Zion United Church officiated at a Celebration of Life for Jennifer Lynn. I had about 12 ladies present. I purchased baby pink balloons for all of us and at the end of the service we all released our balloons for Jennifer. I also found out that she had been cremated and the ashes scattered at the Crematoriam in Penticton, B.C.

This did bring closure for me after all those years. Even at 68 years of age now, I wonder what Jennifer would look like and be like as a woman of 37 years of age.

Doreen:

I had a stillborn son 22 years ago. I was 20 weeks pregnant and it was the worst thing I have ever gone through.

He was my fourth child and I still miss him every day.

At that time there was nowhere to turn for help or understanding.

Everyone around me, including my husband, was afraid to talk about him because they didn’t want to upset me, but I needed to talk about it.

I felt alone and isolated, even from my husband. We couldn’t grieve together because my husband felt it was just too painful for me. Maybe it was too painful for him? I didn’t know.

I felt like I had died inside. It took over a year of this awful pain before I started to find my way back from it.

We were finally able to talk about the loss of our son and found out that we were both going through our own hell alone. I wish we could have shared our grief together at the time. I think it would have helped, but through this I found that I have grown and matured a lot.

No one knows or understands why these things happen but for me, now, I am thankful. He is always here in my heart and he is my teacher. He helps me everyday to face the unknown and to help others who have, or are going through, similar situations. He taught me compassion and understanding. He taught me that while I never knew him as a person that I know him as a part of my soul. I will always miss the things we never got to see or share but he is with me, always.

Kristen:

My son, Ryder, was born in the wee hours of the morning on April 15, 2015. At our 18 week appointment in January, we learned he had a congenital heart defect (CHD) and we were immediately sent to a specialist down the street. Eventually we were referred to a center in a larger city nearby that specialized in high-risk pregnancies. There, we learned that the CHD was caused by Heterotaxy Syndrome.

Originally, prognosis was good. His heart was functioning very well despite the defect and the fluid around his lungs was minimal and expected. He was safe snd sound inside my tummy. He would undergo a series of surgeries after his birth, but could otherwise lead a “normal” life. It was a tough pill to swallow, but we put our faith in God and we trudged on, trying to prepare ourselves for our newly prescribed future.

At 24 weeks, I was placed on bed rest due to an incompetent cervix. If Ryder were a baby with no other health concerns, we would just need to make it to 28 weeks to increase his chances of survival. However, he did have health concerns, so we would need to make it much farther in order for surgery to be an option.

Just two weeks later, at a follow-up appointment, we discovered that Hydrops had developed. Ryder’s chances of survival were now slim-to-none. I was sent home to grieve and wait – to wait for his heart to stop beating.

The next two weeks were filled with mourning the baby we may never meet, prayer for his healing and for peace no matter the outcome, and joy and thankfulness for the chance to be his parents and care for him in his short time here on earth. We talked to him, sang to him, read to him, and prayed over him.

I started having contractions on Monday, April 13th. I was scared and I was nervous. I just kept thinking that if he stayed inside for a little longer, we would have more time with him. But sometime between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, his little heart had given out. It had just been working too hard for too long

Ryder came into this world in silence at 12:45 am on Wednesday, April 15th, weighing 2 lbs. and 1.8 oz. He had my nose and chubby cheeks, and his dad’s lips and long, skinny feet. And he was beautiful.

We held him, kissed him, and cried for him.

After measurements had been taken and prints had been made, we held him and cuddled him for a few hours until exhaustion hit like a wave. I allowed a nurse to take him then. I knew he was in good hands and would be well cared for. The hospital staff were patient, caring, and sympathetic to our needs. This was my first pregnancy, but I felt like I had been treated just like any other laboring mamma. I was never rushed. I never felt panicked. I’m so thankful for their care.

There are a few things I wish had gone differently. I wish I had thought to get pictures of his hands and feet. I wish I had gotten more copies of his prints. I wish I had touched his skin, but I didn’t because his skin was so tender from the edema, and I thought I might break him. I wish I could have held him again after I had gotten some rest, but I didn’t ask for fear of what he might look like after a few hours and how I might react to him.

Since coming home, I’ve tried to come up with ways I can honor him and help others in similar situations. I want to be an advocate, a voice for babies born still.

Diane Nicholson:

Held in our Hearts Forever

“C’mon, Jordie,” I offered.  “Let’s read a story.”

I sank heavily against the wall, lowering my pregnant torso gently to the floor. My young son picked a favorite book, fully memorized from many bedtime readings. His blonde head cocked with suspicion as he sat next to me. “Are you okay, Mommy?” he asked.

I placed his hand on my belly, which, as if on cue, grew tight with a contraction. Jordie’s eyes widened.  “Oh, you are in labor,” he whispered. Our precocious son had celebrated his third birthday just two weeks previously. And now, as he snuggled up against me, I thought back to the peaceful days we spent awaiting his birth. My husband, Harry, and I had experienced the miscarriages of three planned and wanted babies, so that by the time Jordie arrived, he did so into very welcoming arms. And we held fast this new life, determined that nothing would part us. When insistent nurses wanted to take the baby to the nursery I held him tighter and told them that they would need a crowbar.

I couldn’t keep my eyes off our son. The word “precious” kept springing to my lips, for now there was justification for this addition to my vocabulary. Yet somehow we felt that we really didn’t have a newborn.  This child was born with the look of an already experienced adult. Even friends with babes of their own would look into his eyes and say, “This kid is spooky!  It’s like he knows…”

Jordie started talking, clearly and distinctly, at the age of nine months. When barely two years old he could carry on an adult conversation. I remember listening to him tell a friend, “You know, there’s this theory of where the moon came from. See there is a hole in the Pacific Ocean…”

And now, this little boy who knew, was silent.

That night was a blur of pain, doctors, nurses, hospital smells, sharing decisions with Harry, and laughing between contractions with my friend and midwife, Linda. Finally I was pushing out tiny feet, and the obstetrician whom I had only met the day before, was asking, “Is there a possibility of twins here?”

Suddenly this joyous event became one of sheer terror: pushing twins that were wedged together, that could not be born; the doctor pushing back, unlocking them, catching two little boys.

Joshua died first. His little heart beat only briefly. Cole stayed with us for almost three hours; long enough to squeeze his daddy’s finger, to let me hold his hand as he struggled to breathe. We waited for the flying squad from Children’s Hospital. They finally appeared as Cole’s heart beat its last. Later we were to discover that both boys were born without kidneys. They had no chance of survival.

Shock and grief filled the room. The head nurse bathed Cole at my bedside, her tears splashing into the water.  As a physically and emotionally traumatized mother was handed her still babies, doctors and cleaning staff alike dabbed at their eyes. Children are not supposed to die.

Harry and I kept our babies for hours, forcing the coroner to wait. We had them foot printed, saved locks of hair, took photos, and loved their physical beings for as long as we could.

At home, Jordie had not been told anything. My mother bundled him up and brought him to the hospital. The nurses tried to stop her from taking him in. “You want to take a three year old in to see dead babies?” they asked incredulously.

My mother put aside her own grief long enough to gather her courage and insist, “Diane wants him there, and he is going in!”

Jordie walked in quietly, obviously worried about his very pale mother. He crawled up beside me. “Jordie, something very sad has happened. You had two little brothers, but they both died.”

“Oh.  That’s too bad.” In reverence, his voice was hushed.

“Would you like to see them?” He nodded.

His grandmother picked Jordie up and took him over to the bassinet where Josh and Cole lay. He looked in and cooed, “Aww. They’re so beautiful. May I touch them?”

“Yes,” I replied. “But you have to remember, they are dead. They are cold, and they won’t move.”

“That’s okay,” he assured me, reaching out and gently stroking their cheeks. “They are so soft…” he sighed.

Jordie taught the hospital staff priceless lessons about grieving, and about not underestimating children. He continued his teaching during the difficult days, weeks and months ahead. Once, during one of my particularly intense crying sessions, I heard him answer, “No, I’m sorry. She can’t come to the phone right now. She’s crying because our babies died.” Death and grief were now subjects worth exploring for our surviving son. And he did so with confidence, and with a new understanding that death is an integral part of this continuum we call life, and is not to be avoided or feared.

Several years later Harry and I felt that it was time to try for another baby. That pregnancy ended in another miscarriage, this time of a little girl. Friends and family expected that we would remain a one-child family, but I had a strong feeling that there was another child waiting for us. I convinced my husband that we should try one last time and that however it concluded, it would be our last attempt.

When the pregnancy developed complications at thirteen weeks, Harry shook his head, “Here we go again.”

“No,” I was emphatic. “This baby is fine.”

“That August, with my husband, my mother, and Linda in attendance, I gave birth to a 9 pound, 5 ounce boy. Harry held his breath until our baby took one of his own. Benjamin was healthy, beautiful, and a custom fit for the void in our arms. Again, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room, but this time the tears were those of joy.

Although Benjie’s birth allowed our hearts to heal, Josh and Cole remain part of our lives. Jordie, now a young man preferring the name of Jordan, remembers little of his time with them. And Benjie knows the twins only from stories and from looking through their scrapbook. But they both understand why I light two candles every year in September. And they have both visited the grave and know the meaning of the headstone that reads: Our Twins. Held In Our Arms For Hours; Held In Our Hearts Forever.

Margaret:

Almost 40 years ago I gave birth to a healthy daughter, but while I was in the maternity wing in a B.C. hospital there is a mother there who gave birth to a stillborn child as I was informed by staff.

All I could think of, and frequently still do, is how lonely and lost she looked walking the corridors. I was a young mother so I really did not know how to reach out but I thought ‘how mean, how cruel to leave her alone out there surround by the sounds of other people’s joy.’ She seemed a ghost who tried to stay out of other people’s way, staff, parents and visitors. No one, no one at all was helping her. They were waiting for her to be well enough to discharge.

And here we are 40 years later and not much has changed. We have support for breastfeeding, support for cancer victims, for all victims, really. We have support for those going through the process of losing a loved one in the ‘natural’ way. Maybe it is because babies are not supposed to die, it is the joy of new life we want to celebrate, not death. Maybe we think it’s contagious. We are so far removed from death in Western society that it is only acceptable under a given criteria and even then we make it antiseptic. Death is natural, even an unnatural one.

I would think these parents would like to be able to embrace their child, both the joy and the grief. This was and is their child and pretending it didn’t happen won’t help these parents. They need help to grieve and it is their right to do so. After all this time, we need ways to give them the supports they need to grieve productively and to openly love the memory of their child. Society needs to embrace them with the sensitivity and support necessary.

Face à Face turns to fundraising to stay afloat – Montreal

WATCH ABOVE: Despite being part of the community for over 30 years, Face à Face is looking for funding to help maintain services offered.

MONTREAL – The Face à Face Listening and Intervention Centre has been helping the homeless and people who struggle with mental health issues since 1982.

However, after all the years of important community work, it remains relatively unknown to the Montreal population.

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Marketing director Louis-Philippe Joly stopped by the Global Montreal Morning News to tell anchor Camille Ross all about Face à Face’s mission.

“The biggest service we do offer is the active listening phone line or in person,” he said, adding anybody can call and talk for 20 minutes in the morning and afternoon.

“It’s not clinical what we do…we listen to them, we help them through their day.”

The organization is hosting an event at the Zibo restaurant in Griffintown on Friday, Aug. 14 to raise funds so it can continue helping people in the community.

Throughout the evening, volunteers will be present to talk to guests about the work they do at Face à Face and their impact on the Montreal community.

WATCH: Good Samaritan saves little boy hanging by his neck off balcony in China – National

***WARNING: The above video contains images which may be disturbing to some viewers. Discretion is advised.***

A 3-year-old boy was rescued by a brave resident in Qingdao City, east China‘s Shandong Province, from falling through a fourth-floor window, on Sunday.

The neighbors were stunned when they heard the boy crying and found him hanging by his head from the window’s iron bars. His body was dangling for sometime, but later he became unconscious and stopped moving.

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At first, a young man risked his life and climbed through the side of the building in order to reach out to the boy as fast as possible. However, since the window was too high up, he couldn’t reach as fast as he had anticipated.

In the meanwhile with all the outside noise, 53-year-old Duan Guangzhi woke up from his sleep.

On realizing the situation, he ran bare foot and without even a shirt to the third floor apartment, and started making efforts to break open the window bars.

After several attempts, Duan finally succeeded. Holding on to the side of the building, he continued to hold on to the boy up from his feet for about eight minutes.

“The accident happened so suddenly, and I didn’t think too much. Many ladies were so scared that they even started crying. Our men have strong ability so we rushed to the scene. Every minute counts and no negligence could be allowed in that situation,” said Duan.

The neighbors finally located the boy’s father who then pulled him inside.

The boy was sent to hospital immediately, though was released soon after on good health.

In all he commotion, Duan didn’t realize how he hurt his foot while pushing the window bar and he saw the swelling only a day after the accident.

As it turns out, the boy managed to climb onto the security window while playing and that’s how he got stuck in between the window bars.

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Man’s death prompts warning about motorist safety

Watch above: The death of a young man fixing a car at the side of a highway over the weekend is prompting warnings from the industry. Wendy Winiewski speaks to a tow truck driver who’s had several close calls and offers tips to other motorists.

SASKATOON  – Driving is one of the most dangerous things we do every day. When a vehicle breaks down the danger only increases according to Lynn Scrimshaw. The tow truck driver with Astro Towing has been assisting stranded motorists for 26 years.

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“When people are going past you at a fast speed and they’re only two feet away, it’s quite dangerous,” said Scrimshaw. Over the years, several company vehicles have been hit but Scrimshaw feels he’s been lucky.

“I myself have never been hit. I’ve had a few close calls.”

On Aug. 7, Lloydminster resident Tanner Graf, 22, was killed on Highway 16 near Paynton when he was struck by a semi-truck. Graf, an employee at a local vehicle shop, was dispatched to the call to change a tire for a stranded driver.

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It’s a task Scrimshaw has tackled dozens of times.

“I got to pull that tire out to about here,” said Scrimshaw, motioning toward the space between his body and the wheel well of a vehicle he’s towing. “So if there’s not a big shoulder, the odds are pretty good that my body is going to be partially on the road,” he said.

Lynn Scrimshaw describes space needed to change vehicle tire

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By law, motorists are required to slow to 60 km/h in several scenarios. RCMP collision reconstructionist, Ryan Case, feels most motorists obey the 60km/h limit but admits some do not.

“Any vehicle that has a flashing light on it … so regardless of the colour of the light be it an amber flashing light, a red flashing light, a blue flashing light or a combination thereof – for emergency vehicles, ambulance, fire trucks, tow trucks … any time there’s anything flashing on the side of the road, it applies to those vehicles,” said Case.

Scrimshaw positions his tow truck as a buffer between him and passing vehicles. He also angles the tires toward the road, not the shoulder, where he’s working. By doing this, if the tow truck is rear ended, it should drive away from him rather than toward him.

He believes part of the onus lies with the driver of the parked vehicle and it’s more extensive than just pulling over. He recommends simple practices like turning on your emergency hazards, pulling over into an approach if possible and popping the hood of your vehicle even if the issue is not related to your motor.

“That way people can see that something is wrong,” Scrimshaw explained.

See what $450K of real estate looks like across Canada – National

WATCH ABOVE: What does $450,000 worth of real estate look like in Canada?

TORONTO — The average house price in Canada in June was $453,560. The data, compiled by the Canadian Real Estate Association, showed sale prices up 9.6 per cent year-over-year from June 2014. But what that money will net you in Yellowknife is quite different than in Vancouver.

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The figure is greatly skewed by the red-hot housing markets of the greater Vancouver and Toronto areas, where spending over a million dollars on a home is no sweat. Take those regions out of the equation and the average drops to $346,904, with a year-over-year gain of 3.1 per cent.

Here’s an entirely unofficial look at what roughly $450,000 will buy you in different parts of the country.

Yellowknife

Starting up north, where the average house price in June 2015 was $449,567, winters are long but lots are large. This Yellowknife home listed for $459,000 features three bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms. The kitchen boasts granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The sprawling backyard has a large deck, a firepit and appears to back onto a wooded greenspace.

The living room of a home in Yellowknife.

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The kitchen of a home in Yellowknife.

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The backyard of a home in Yellowknife.

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The backyard of a home in Yellowknife.

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Vancouver

This $458,000 condo in Vancouver is a one bedroom, one bath unit with a balcony and a great view. The building has a pool and a gym and is close to BC Place. The average home price in B.C. in June of 2015 was highest across the board at $631,962.

The main room of this Vancouver condo.

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The living room and kitchen of this Vancouver condo.

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The view from this Vancouver condo.

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The lobby of this Vancouver condo.

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Calgary

The average home price in June of 2015 was $403,087 in Alberta, down from an average of $407,166 a year before. This Calgary townhouse is the priciest on our list, at $469,900. The Altadore-River Park home boasts a deck shaded by mature trees. The two-level home has an open floorplan with a modern kitchen on the first floor, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The living room of a Calgary townhouse.

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The living room of a Calgary townhouse.

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The kitchen of a Calgary townhouse.

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The shaded deck of a Calgary townhouse.

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 Montreal

Listed at $459,900, this unit in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood of Montreal has three bedrooms, a renovated bathroom, and tons of character. Located on the second floor of a large home, it has two balconies and one parking spot in a garage. The average house price in Quebec in June of 2015 was $278,567.

The living room of a Montreal home.

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The dining room of a Montreal home.

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The kitchen of a Montreal home.

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The hallway of a Montreal home.

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St. John’s

At $459,900 this St. John’s home has a hot tub out back and an income suite in the lower level. In total the home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms over more than 2,600 square feet of space. The average home price in Newfoundland and Labrador in June of 2015 was $280,605

The living room of a St. John’s home.

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The living room of this St. John’s home.

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The main kitchen of this St. John’s home.

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The master bedroom of this St. John’s home.

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Toronto 

Detached houses in Toronto, on average, top the $1 million mark. It’s condo living if you want to be downtown for $456,900 — that’s the cost for this one bedroom plus den a stone’s throw from the Rogers Centre and the CN Tower. The light-filled unit has a massive balcony but does not include parking.

The living room of this downtown Toronto condo.

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The kitchen of this downtown Toronto condo.

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Part of the balcony off this downtown Toronto condo.

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The lobby of this downtown Toronto condo.

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Tories lead on the economy, NDP on health care, cost of living: poll – National

It’s the economy, stupid. But which aspect of the economy could determine who wins the election.

According to an Ipsos poll conducted for Global News, the federal Conservatives are considered most competent on big-picture economic management. But the NDP has won voters’ confidence when it comes to tackling the cost of living.

READ MORE: Election economics cheat sheet

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While the Tories and NDP alternate dominance on a host of issues, the Liberals are nowhere to be seen.

“We don’t really see the Liberals popping on any of the issues,” said Ipsos CEO Darrell Bricker.

“The Liberal party’s had a little bit of trouble, clearly, establishing their identity for voters.

“That doesn’t mean it won’t happen. There’s a long way to go.”

The plurality of those polled favoured the Tories on managing the economy, keeping taxes low, dealing with the so-called Islamic State and crime.

The NDP are in the lead when it comes to health care, child care, the cost of living, retirement, helping small businesses and climate change. Even when it comes to dealing with the Senate, the NDP squeaks out ahead.

The two are tied when it comes to creating jobs.

It’s interesting, Bricker noted, that the Tories are still seen as the most trustworthy economic stewards given that the opposition parties have been hammering their record.

“As it starts to look really rocky for people, do they blame the government or do they say, ‘Actually, these are the only people who know how to deal with this situation.’”

By far the Conservatives’ biggest advantage is when it comes to fighting terrorism: They’re a good 31 percentage points ahead of the other parties on that score.

But the Islamic State isn’t top of mind for many voters: Only 38.9 per cent identified it as an “absolutely crucial” issue.

The Tories need to either make terror the most important issue of the campaign, Bricker said, or widen their lead on managing the economy, which is deemed crucial by a far higher percentage of respondents.

The challenge for the NDP, Bricker said, is framing the economic question in more micro terms, and appealing to the day-to-day struggles of Canadians.

The Liberals, in the meantime, have their work cut out for them in making an impression and owning issues.

Perhaps one of the most telling things about this poll is how little the past two weeks have shifted public perception of the parties.

“It’s reinforced opinions people already have,” Bricker said.

“There’s been a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

GALLERY: Click through to see how each party is doing, by issue and region

Child care

Climate change

Cost of living

Managing the economy

Health care

Creating jobs

Keeping taxes low

Dealing with the Senate

Fighting terror

Fighting crime

Helping Canadians save for retirement

Helping small business

Funding transit

IssueConservativesNDPLiberalsBlocEdgeManaging the economy in tough economic times38%28%27%2%Conservatives by 10Addressing the problems facing Canada’s health system26%38%28%2%NDP by 10Creating jobs32%32%29%2%CPC/NDP tieHelping Canadians deal with the rising cost of living28%37%28%2%NDP by 9Making sure our communities are safe from crime39%26%26%2%Conservatives by 13Taking action on climate change21%42%30%2%NDP by 12Making it easier for small businesses to be successful30%33%29%2%NDP by 3Keeping my taxes low38%29%25%2%Conservatives by 9Helping Canadians deal with and save for their retirement30%34%28%2%NDP by 4Being committed to fighting terrorists like the Islamic State, or ISIL52%19%21%1%Conservatives by 31Dealing with the Senate once and for all29%33%27%2%NDP by 4Helping families deal with the cost of child care25%40%27%3%NDP By 13Investing in Public Transit23%40%27%2%NDP by 13

Exclusive Global News Ipsos polls are protected by copyright. The information and/or data may only be rebroadcast or republished with full and proper credit and attribution to “Global News Ipsos.” This poll was conducted between August 7 and August 10, with a sample of 2,022 Canadians, from Ipsos’ online panel as well as by live-interview telephone. The poll reported above is accurate to within 2.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

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Trustwave security firm opens first Canadian security operations centre in Kitchener-Waterloo

TORONTO – Trustwave security firm will open its first Canadian security operations centre, dedicated to helping businesses identify and respond to cybercrime threats, in the heart of Canada’s tech community this week.

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The centre, announced Wednesday, will bring more than 25 job openings to the Kitchener-Waterloo region, including positions for software engineers, security analysts and other high-tech roles.

“Adding a Security Operations Center (SOC) in Canada is a logical next step in the growth and evolution of Trustwave Managed Security Services in this growing market,” said Brent Davidson, vice president of Canadian sales at Trustwave.

“The new SOC in Canada will help us better serve our Canadian and multi-national enterprise clients and allow us to continue to deliver cutting-edge managed security services in region for Canadian businesses and government agencies.”

According to industry analyst firm IDC, the market for managed security services in Canada is expected to be the strongest-growing security services market.

READ MORE: Ethical hackers: ‘Without us, no one will protect you’

Trustwave – which helps businesses fight cybercrime and protect their data using a cloud platform – will use the centre as a hub to help Canadian companies manage the threat landscape by helping to identify potential threats and attacks and providing recommendations on how to curb those attacks.

According to Davidson, the ability for companies to detect data breaches and security risks themselves is growing more difficult as the security landscape evolves.

“Companies are not able to detect breaches that are occurring in their environment themselves,” Davidson told Global News.

“What that leads to is sort of a lag in detection – which lends to the breaches – and also a lag in mediating those breaches. This means the bad guys are in customer environments for a long time.”

According to Trustwave’s most recent global security report, in 2014, it took an average of 126 days for organizations to detect intrusions themselves.

Businesses that enroll in Trustwave’s platform receive automated threat vulnerability reports and compliance management services.

Over three million businesses – from enterprise to “Mom and Pop” shops – currently use the company’s cloud-based platform.

The Kitchener-Waterloo security operations center will be the company’s sixth worldwide, including the Philippines, Poland,  Chicago, Denver, and Minneapolis.

Swimmers stricken with major illnesses after Rio Pan Am games worry about Olympic athletes – National

Reports of dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria in Rio de Janeiro’s waters have raised – and renewed – fears that athletes are at risk of getting sick at next summer’s Olympics.

Americans Kalyn Robinson and Chip Peterson can’t help but wonder if a potential lifetime of health problems all goes back to the open water races they swam in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio, where the waters are teeming with human waste.

There was more concern when 13 U.S. athletes came down with stomach illnesses at the recent World Junior Rowing Championships. A team doctor said she suspected it was due to pollution in the lake that will be used for Olympic rowing and canoeing.

READ MORE: Sailing governing body to test for viruses in Rio Olympic venue

WATCH: At a news conference to finalise their visit, the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2016 Olympic Games faced a number of questions about Rio’s water pollution.

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Medical officials point out that thousands of other athletes have competed in Rio’s waters without getting sick. And doctors for Robinson and Peterson aren’t able to say that swimming off Copacabana Beach caused or even contributed to their diarrhea, unexplained cramping and unbearable stomach pain that began two weeks after they competed there eight years ago.

The two may never know if there was any connection.

“That’s the million-dollar question,” said Robinson, who competed under her maiden name, Kalyn Keller.

The worry is still there.

“I do find the fact that both Kalyn and I were diagnosed with so similar of diseases suspicious,” Peterson said.

Robinson was eventually told she had Crohn’s Disease and forced to retire for swimming, while Peterson had to deal with colitis, a similar inflammatory bowel disease that led to his colon being removed in 2013.

WATCH: Triathletes preparing for 2016 Olympic Games swam in waters off Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, despite government warnings that water in the area was “unfit” for swimming. Rio’s environmental agency said the water, which has been declared unfit ten previous times this year, was unsafe based on the results a water test conducted in July.

An analysis by The Associated Press of the waters where events will be held next year during the Olympics – including essentially the same course that was used for open water swimming during the Pan Am Games – showed a serious health risk for athletes, with dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria that also could have ramifications for those competing in triathlon and sailing.

Dr. Scott Snapper, a Harvard Medical School professor who directs inflammatory bowel disease research at two Boston-area hospitals and chairs the national scientific committee of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, was intrigued by the cases involving Robinson and Peterson. He said they could be a big help in understanding what causes their diseases, with some theories pointing toward a genetic predisposition.

Snapper stressed that no one can say the Rio waters were the direct cause of Peterson and Robinson becoming ill, though it might have been a contributing factor in triggering the diseases in two people who already were at risk genetically.

“If they had not gotten it then, then maybe they would have gotten it six months later,” Snapper told the AP. “Maybe they would have gotten it after a case of food poisoning or coming in contact with sick kids.”

Even so, one of America’s most prominent swim coaches expressed serious concerns about Rio’s Olympic plans.

Bob Bowman, who works with 18-time gold medalist Michael Phelps and once coached Robinson, said the Olympic open water competition should be moved to a cleaner, safer venue, even if that deprives Rio of staging events against the backdrop of one of the world’s most famous beaches.

“I am extremely concerned that people are going to swim in that water,” Bowman said. “You can’t put the health of the athlete in jeopardy and just look the other way because you’ve got a nice venue.”

At the rowing regatta that featured more than 500 competitors and concluded last weekend, officials said the number of illnesses reported were about as expected for such an event.

READ MORE: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio’s filth: AP Investigation

U.S. rowing coach Susan Francia, a two-time Olympic gold medalist , told the AP that 13 athletes and four staff members – including herself – suffered various gastrointestinal symptoms during the team’s two weeks of training in Rio that concluded with the weekend competition at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

Dr. Kathryn Ackerman, the U.S. team physician, said athletes from several other countries stayed in the same hotel as the Americans, but did not seem to get as sick. Officials did not rule out that the Americans could have gotten ill from food or drinking water.

“We’re not really sure,” Ackerman said. “My personal feeling is, I think it’s from the lake.”

A spokesman for the Rio organizing committee attributed the American team illnesses to “classic travel symptoms” and said an event doctor treated eight Americans, three Britons and three Australians for symptoms including diarrhea.

Bowman said he can’t believe it was simply a coincidence that both Robinson and Peterson – young, fit, with no history of inflammatory bowel disease in their families – were stricken at roughly the same time with such similar conditions.

Robinson’s illness deprived her of a chance to compete in the inaugural Olympic open water competition at Beijing. Peterson’s career was sidetracked by frequent trips to the hospital and forced breaks from training for some six years.

Only after his colon was removed did the symptoms finally cease.

“Personally, I would never go in those waters again,” Robinson said. “There are plenty of other wonderful bodies of water on this planet.”

Peterson still competes, and won a gold medal at the recent Pan Am Games in Toronto though he failed to qualify for the Rio Games. Keller quit the sport to focus on her health, keeping her condition in check with a rigid diet and lifestyle.

“It ended Kalyn’s career,” Bowman said. “There was no doubt she was going to win a medal in Beijing, but she had to stop.”

Looking back, Peterson doesn’t remember the water in Rio looking all that different in 2007 compared with other venues where he had competed, even though water pollution has long plagued Brazil’s urban areas. Most sewage isn’t collected, let alone treated. In Rio, the waste runs through open-air ditches to fetid streams and rivers that feed the Olympic water sites and blight the city’s picturesque beaches.

Keller has a different recollection.

“It was weird,” she said. “Whenever we did open water swims, we pretty much always saw marine life in the water. But I remember doing a practice swim in the ocean at Rio and not seeing a single thing. Nothing but these weird, glowing specks. I asked if they were like little fish, but they didn’t know what they were.”

WATCH: Raw video shows Rio de Janeiro’s water quality similar to sewage ahead of next year’s Olympics

The absence of fish doesn’t always signal contamination, and athletes weren’t warned about any unsafe conditions. Robinson’s focus quickly returned to the open water competition, a relatively new discipline finally getting its moment in the sun. She competed over 10 grueling kilometres (6.2 miles), finishing just off the podium in fourth place. Peterson won a silver medal in the men’s event.

“I didn’t think anything of it,” Robinson said, her voice growing softer, “until I started to get sick.”

Rio organizers insist the waters will be safe during the Olympics. But Peterson said moving the event must be a serious option if the water quality doesn’t improve.

“I’m sure that there are places away from metropolitan areas that are cleaner,” Peterson said. “There are certainly pros to having it in the iconic venue of Copacabana, but the health of athletes is paramount.”

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