Investing In Canada’s Youth Will Create A Better Future

This time last year, young Canadians embarked on a journey of change that saw them shatter the stereotypical label of apathy and cynicism. As young people headed to the polls in record numbers, the weight of their decision felt heavy as they cast their…

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Shame On You For Shaming A Dead Drug Addict

Rob Ford was not a personal friend. He wasn’t even an acquaintance. I met him a half a dozen times, shared a debate stage with him once, and interviewed his brother Doug when I ran into him at City Hall.

But I did not know him personally. I do not kn…


Your Olive Oil Is Almost Certainly Fake

Bite is Mother Jones’ new food politics podcast. Listen to all our episodes here, or by subscribing in iTunes, Stitcher, or via RSS.

Walk into your kitchen and pick up your bottle of olive oil. You know, that health-promoting nectar of Mediterranean …


Former Pakistan captain Hanif Mohammad, the original ‘Little Master’, dies aged 81

• Hanif dies in Karachi after suffering respiratory problems
• Retains the record for the longest Test innings at 16 hours

The former Pakistan captain Hanif Mohammad has died at the age of 81, having been admitted to a Karachi hospital earlier this week suffering from respiratory problems. He had previously been diagnosed with lung cancer, which he had treatment for in London in 2013.

Dubbed the “Little Master” long before Sachin Tendulkar could lay claim to the tag, Hanif arguably had an even more significant impact on the popularity of cricket in his country. He retains the record for the longest Test innings in term of time – taking just over 16 hours to piece together a game-saving 337 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957, which is also still the highest score by an Asian batsman outside the subcontinent.

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Penny Oleksiak Wins Gold Medal At Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — Teen swimming sensation Penny Oleksiak tied for gold in the women’s 100-metre freestyle on Thursday at the Rio Olympics.

The 16-year-old Toronto native finished in an Olympic record time of 52.70 seconds with American Simone Manuel. Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden captured bronze in 52.99 seconds.

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Penny Oleksiak on the podium of the women’s 100m freestyle, Aug. 11. (Photo: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)

“This is amazing, to tie for a gold. I never thought I’d win a gold,” Oleksiak said. “She (Manuel) deserves it as much as me. It means so much.”

Oleksiak becomes the first Canadian swimmer to win four medals in a single Summer Games. She has already won silver in the 100-metre butterfly, and has bronze medals in the 4×100-metre and 4×200-metre freestyle relays.

“This is amazing, to tie for a gold. I never thought I’d win a gold.”

It was the first time a Canadian woman competed in the 100-metre freestyle since Marion Lay finished fourth in Mexico City in 1968.

Kelowna, B.C., native Kierra Smith finished seventh in the women’s 200-metre breastroke in a time of two minutes 23.19 seconds. Japan’s Rie Kaneto won the race in 2:20.30 with Russia’s Yulia Efimova (2:21.97) in second and China’s Jinglin Shi (2:22.28) earning bronze.

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Penny Oleksiak won gold in the women’s 100m freestyle. (Photo: Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Santo Condorelli didn’t qualify for the men’s 50 metre freestyle final. He finished fifth in his semifinal heat but a fast swim in the second semi bumped the Kenora, Ont., native to 12th. Condorelli also fell short of qualifying for the men’s 100-metre butterfly final by 0.10 seconds.

Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C., advanced to the final of the women’s 200-metre backstroke after finishing first in her heat in 2:07.17. Only Katinka Hosszu of Hungary had a faster time than Caldwell (2:06.03). Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., failed to advance to the final after finishing her semi in 2:09.07.


New guidelines on anti-clotting drug could benefit thousands

Government advice suggests heart attack and stroke sufferers take 60mg of ticagrelor with aspirin to help prevent further cardiovascular events

New UK guidelines recommending treatment with an anti-clotting drug that prevents heart attacks and strokes looks likely to benefit thousands.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has published draft guidance suggesting people who have had a heart attack should take 60mg of the drug ticagrelor with aspirin – a £2-per-day treatment – to reduce the risk of any further cardiovascular events.

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Edmonton Parents Build Homemade Wheelchair For Their Toddler

EDMONTON — Evelyn Moore isn’t the fastest kid on the racetrack, but she’s by far the tiniest.

At 13-months old, the paralyzed toddler skilfully wheels her homemade wheelchair around the simulated track at Treehouse, an indoor playground in northeast Edmonton that she often visits with her mom.

Several school-age children whiz by on souped-up tricycles and she stops to stare and clap.

“She really gets around now,” says Kim Moore, who first put her daughter in the makeshift chair — basically a purple, foam Bumbo seat on wheels — at seven months.

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Evelyn Moore zips around a simulated racetrack at an indoor playground in Edmonton. (Photo: Jason Franson/CP)

Just like other children learn how to crawl, Evelyn slowly figured out how to wheel.

“She went backwards first and then she went forwards, and then she figured out how to turn,” Moore says. “And now we have a speed bump in the middle of our living room because she just goes that fast.”

Evelyn — also called Eva by her family — was diagnosed with cancer following her four-month check up. A nurse noticed too much movement with the child’s hips, then a doctor recognized a lump protruding from her spine.

The stage 4 neuroblastoma tumour couldn’t be removed, so she underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy.

Although the cancer is in remission, Evelyn’s family received more bad news: their first child is permanently paralyzed below her arms.

It was heart-breaking, says Moore.

“But then you go home and you cry and you come back the next day and be the strongest mom and dad you can ever be.”

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Moore navigates between chairs at an indoor playground in Edmonton. (Photo: Jason Franson/CP)

Moore says doctors told her that Evelyn would likely “army crawl,” pulling herself around with her arms, until she was about two. Wheelchairs would come after that.

“I guess that wasn’t a good enough answer for me,” Moore says.

Parents built the DIY chair

She wanted her daughter to have some independence like other children.

While searching on the social networking website Pinterest, she found photos of a do-it-yourself baby wheelchair and asked her husband, Brad, to build it. He spent a night in his garage attaching a second-hand Bumbo chair to a kitchen cutting board, then put casters on the bottom and small wheels from a children’s bike on each side.

It took a while for Evelyn to figure it out. Then one day Dad nudged her down the driveway and she was able to stop herself.

She now waves her arms when she knows she’s about to be put in her chair, and — able to only speak a few words like “dada” and “uh-oh” — tilts the chair back and forth, clicking the casters to show she’s excited.

“Nothing can stop her.”

The chair cost about $100 to make. As Evelyn gets bigger, she’ll move into other chairs that will cost thousands of dollars.

Her mother says they’re preparing themselves for those bills.

Dr. Bev Wilson, a pediatric oncologist, says she was amazed when Evelyn first came into her office in the chair, bumping into staff to get their attention. The doctor had never seen a child so young in a wheelchair.

“She looked like any adult or older child would in a wheelchair,” Wilson recalls. “She was turning around in circles, backing up.”

The chair gives Evelyn freedom, she says.

“Normally, she would be propped in a chair or a seat or a stroller somewhere. This has allowed her to explore her environment just like a crawling child would.”

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Thirteen-month-old Evelyn Moore uses a homemade wheelchair to get around. (Photo: Jason Franson/CP)

Wilson adds that she would recommend a “rigged up” wheelchair like Evelyn’s to parents of other paralyzed youngsters.

Brad Moore, away from home on a two-week work stretch at a diamond mine in the Northwest Territories, says over that phone that he’s proud of his little girl.

“The willpower that she has, and how adaptable she is to her situation, is something I never really expected. And how quickly she’s grasping it has really blown me away.”

He wants her to grow up knowing that she can do anything, he says.

“Nothing can stop her.”

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