DURHAM: June 10th, 2019 – Durham Region Health Department is reminding all local amateur sports organizations that July 1st is the deadline to implement the mandatory components of Rowan’s Law related to concussion safety in Ontario.
Rowan’s Law was passed on March 7th, 2018, and was named in honour of Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby player who tragically passed away after sustaining multiple concussions over six days.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, concussions continue to be a serious public health issue because of the frequency with which they occur and the potential for serious short and long-term consequences to brain health.
“Between 2016 and 2017 alone, more than 17,000 sport-related brain injuries were seen in Ontario and Alberta emergency departments,” said Nicole Goodfellow, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “Of these sport-related brain injuries, 94 per cent were concussion related.”
Rowan’s Law establishes several requirements that Ontario sports organizations must follow. Sports organizations that are impacted by Rowan’s Law include, but are not limited to, hockey, rugby, lacrosse, football, soccer, equestrian/horseback riding, martial arts, diving, ski and snowboarding. The following three components are mandatory for all sports organizations:
1. Ensure that athletes, parents of athletes under 18, coaches and officials confirm every year that they have reviewed Ontario’s concussion awareness resources.
2. Establish a removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocol.
3. Establish a concussion code of conduct that sets out rules of behaviour to support concussion prevention.
The first component related to concussion rules and the third component related to code of conduct requirements must be implemented by July 1st. The second component related to the removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocol will be enforced starting July 1st, 2020.
The Health Department is offering free resources and staff assistance to support sports organizations in developing a code of conduct and learning about player concussion awareness requirements and accompanying protocols.
Members of sports organizations are invited to join the Health Department for one of two interactive and informative workshops that will discuss fulfilling the mandatory requirements of Rowan’s Law. The first workshop will take place June 25th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Delpark Homes Centre (formerly the Legend’s Centre), 1661 Harmony Rd. N., Oshawa. The second will be held on June 26th, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Scugog Recreation Centre, 1655 Reach St., Port Perry.
Individuals interested in attending a workshop or receiving further support can call the Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729, or email CDIAdmin@durham.ca. For more information on Rowan’s Law and concussion safety, visit ontario.ca/page/rowans-law-concussion-safety or durham.ca/concussions.
BRIAN N. FORBES, Chairman of The War Amps Executive Committee & Danita Chisholm, War Amps Advocacy Program
ONTARIO: Ontario is often viewed as a leading model for health care in Canada, but as it applies to the Assistive Devices Program (ADP), it is sadly failing. Funding guidelines for artificial limbs are grossly outdated and are leaving many of the province’s amputees in dismal circumstances, literally unable to afford a leg to stand on.
ADP funding is quoted, and re-quoted, as covering 75% of the total cost of artificial limbs, a comforting thought, until one realizes, the 20-year old funding grid, this is based upon, covers technology which is outdated and obsolete, while failing to cover the cost of modern-day essential components.
The result is, amputees, if they have the means, must pay thousands of dollars out of pocket, to have the proper artificial limbs which were medically prescribed for them. Those who can’t, and there are many, have few alternatives.
For many, crowdfunding has proven necessary, a veritable canary in the coal mine, pointing to a shameful state of affairs for the province’s health care system. It is also only a stop-gap solution, given amputees will understandably be reluctant or simply unable to repeatedly appeal to friends and family for the replacement limbs needed during their lifetime. It is unimaginable, in the 21st century, seriously disabled amputees would have to rely on their families and communities in this way to cope with the basic financial requirements of an artificial limb.
This means those who have already suffered the loss of a limb are further penalized with punishing and ongoing debt, or with the physical and psychological consequences of going without the needed limb. Often, most affected are those with higher levels of amputation (as the cost of prosthetic care is greater), seniors, self-employed or low-income individuals, or those on disability/social assistance.
To add further salt to the wound, had their prosthesis been an internal one, like a knee or hip replacement, the government would, without question, pay the thousands of dollars required for the needed components, plus the full hospitalization.
The War Amps attempts to fill the gaps where it can, contributing thousands of dollars toward the cost of artificial limbs. As a charity relying on public donations, however, our funds can only go so far. Daily, we see the impact of Ontario’s lack of funding for artificial limbs. Many amputees suffer isolation and enforced sedentary lifestyles, are often unable to work which requires reliance on disability and government benefits, and can develop life-threatening medical conditions related to lack of mobility.
As a good first step, the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario contacted us, for input in a value-for-money audit it was conducting on the ADP. Our response included examples of best practices used in other provinces which could be considered in Ontario, as well as a compendium of cases to provide real-life illustrations of just how inadequate the ADP’s maximum contributions are in practice.
The case examples include that of a 55-year-old, self-employed amputee, who required a replacement leg after 15 years. ADP’s coverage amounted to just 39% of the total cost, leaving him with a personal balance of $11,508.64 in order to maintain his basic mobility and continue working.
The Auditor General’s subsequent report on the ADP, issued December 5th, 2018, confirmed several areas, relating to oversight and device pricing, need improvement, and that device prices are not appropriately monitored and updated.
The War Amps also raised this issue in a letter to the Honourable Christine Elliott, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. After three months, we received an unsatisfactory bureaucratic response from the Minister’s office.
It is our position, Ontario has a legal and moral obligation to improve this desperate situation, by committing to review and update its policies on artificial limb coverage, to ensure amputees have affordable access to the prosthetic care prescribed for them by their medical team.
KAWARTHA LAKES: MP Jamie Schmale and MPP Laurie Scott are pleased to be hosting their annual Seniors Seminars later this month in celebration of seniors’ month.
“Seniors contribute a great deal to this community and our country”, said MP Jamie Schmale. “MPP Laurie Scott and I are pleased to offer these seminars as small thanks, but most importantly as an important tool for seniors.”
This initiative will provide information to seniors on issues that affect their daily lives. Presentations will be given by local non-profit and government organizations. All are welcome and a complimentary lunch will be provided.
The first seminar will be held on Tuesday, June 25th, at the Victoria Park Armoury in Lindsay. The agenda for all three seminars is the same and is listed below.
The second seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 26th, at the Royal Canadian Legion, in Haliburton.
The final seminar will be held on Thursday, June 27th, at the Royal Canadian Legion in Beaverton. To register call 705-324-2400 or 705-324-6654. The programs will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Summer approaches with the promise of warm temperatures. Weather is one reason why summer is such a popular season to tie the knot. But just because sunny skies and rising mercury are par for the course does not mean the weather will cooperate.
Some feel it's a blessing for couples to get a little rain on their wedding days, but many couples would trade in a shower of kindness for clear skies. However, weather can be fickle, and couples who build contingency plans into their wedding festivities are much more likely to overcome inclement weather.
Have solutions for sun and heat.
Couples don't want their wedding guests or bridal party members passing out due to heat exhaustion. Make sure to offer shade if the ceremony or reception is outside. Stock the area with cold bottles of water or a chilled lemonade stand. Have fans and umbrellas available, just in case guests need a way to protect themselves from the sun.
Over the course of hot and humid days, storm clouds can develop and roll in. Afternoon thunderstorms are quite common on summer days. Accommodate for sudden downpours by hosting early luncheon receptions or ensure there is a plan B including a covered area. Couples can stash spare shoes or even rain slickers in a car, to keep their wedding attire protected against rain, as they dash between venues or take photos.
Vivid skies, with lightning or overcast days, can make for unique and striking wedding photography. Couples needn't look at the downside of rain, but rather they should see the opportunities for one-of-a-kind memories.
Storms may knock out power. Some reception halls or banquet facilities may have their own backup power, but be sure to address how power outages are handled. If need be, bring in a portable generator to keep the reception room cooled by fans.
Coastal outdoor weddings present beautiful backdrops for weddings. But being near the shore may mean accepting windy conditions. Tie down tents and use weights to keep wedding programs or other papers from catching a current. The bride and her wedding party should opt for free-flowing tresses so they needn't worry about intricate updos coming undone.
It's impossible to predict wedding day weather, but staying calm, going with the flow and laughing at things they can't control, can help couples make good memories which will last a lifetime.
Many couples preparing for their trip down the aisle follow the familiar sentiments expressed by Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." Such couples feel "there's no place like home" when hosting a wedding ceremony or reception.
There are many benefits to hosting a wedding at home. Homes often hold couples' most cherished memories, and hosting a backyard celebration or an intimate indoor ceremony at your own home or the abode of a loved one can be a cost-effective way to have a good time.
Here are some tips to help couples navigate hosting an at-home wedding.
The average home is not equipped to handle hundreds of guests, wait staff, caterers, and parked cars. Concessions in regard to comfort and safety will have to be made when drawing up the guest list. The wedding resource The Knot advises the general rule is six- to 10 square-feet of floor space per guest for row seating. You'll probably need even more space for buffet tables, seating and a dance floor.
You will likely need to temporarily move furniture to comfortably fit everyone indoors - or rent a large enough tent for a backyard wedding.
It's important to present a clean, inviting space when hosting a wedding at home. A cleaning service will conduct a thorough cleaning before and after the festivities, freeing up your time for last-minute tasks or to embark on your honeymoon.
Confirm with an officiant that they can oversee the wedding proceedings at your home. Many religious officials are not able to perform ceremonies outside of a place of worship.
Certain municipalities may require permits for parking on street, noise past a certain hour, closing of streets, and much more. Do your research. You may need to coordinate parking at a nearby lot (like a school closed on the weekend) and shuttle people to your home.
Inquire if having such a large party at home is covered by your homeowner's insurance policy, particularly if your home is damaged or someone gets injured during the festivities. Supplemental liability insurance or an umbrella policy may offer greater protection.
Weddings at home can be a unique opportunity for couples who love the comfort and familiarity of their homes.
Each year, millions of couples around the world tie the knot. But before couples walk down the aisle, the proposal to get married must take place. Many couples mutually agree to get engaged, while the experience may be a surprise for others who have thought about it, but may not have been sure when one partner or another would "pop the question."
Upon getting engaged, couples may ponder how long their engagement should last. There is no perfect answer, and engagement length typically depends on personal preference and the needs of the couple.
A number of factors affect the length of a couple's engagement, and couples should not feel as if they need to hurry down the aisle. For example, discussing the many issues intertwined with marriage is important for couples to do before tying the knot. Things like, where to live, whether to rent or buy a house, one or two cars, having children or not and if so how many, schools and locations, if a change of job will be needed, and talking about both of your money spending habits are you savers or spenders, plus either way definitely getting on a budget.
Some couples, who will be financing their own weddings, may need a longer engagement than those whose parents will be chipping in. In such instances, longer engagements give couples more time to save and may help them ensure their weddings are everything they hoped for.
Others may prefer a shorter engagement, if they are financially stable and prepared to tie the knot. Couples in their mid 30s may feel the tug of a biological clock and want to ensure there is ample time to get married and have children. A shorter engagement can facilitate that.
Some couples may have little choice in the matter, as the length of their engagements may be dictated by the availability of their favourite venues. Military deployment, work commitments, medical issues, or travel responsibilities also may affect the length of an engagement.
Some couples may feel an especially lengthy engagement diminishes their excitement about getting married. That "new engagement shine" can wear off, as family and friends wait months or years for the wedding to take place. This could be an indication for a second look at things, because dopamine is no basis to build a relationship upon. A little time can be good to see if a soft glow replaces the shiny lure of the wedding day itself. This is just food for thought.
Couples generally are advised to stick with what feels right to them, regarding the length of their engagements. Just like all aspects of the wedding, couples can weigh the opinions of others, but should remind themselves to follow through with what works best for them.
SCUGOG: A Port Perry woman was killed in a collision east of Peterborough on Monday, June 17th.
Members of the Peterborough County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and emergency crews were called to assist at a collision at about 10 p.m. on Highway 7 at the 12th Line of Asphodel.
According to OPP, “a head on collision occurred between a westbound car and an eastbound tractor trailer when the car crossed the center line. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The tractor trailer driver was not injured.”
The Ministry of Environment was contacted due to a diesel fuel leak.
The car’s driver has been identified as 35 year-old Rachelle Tamman of Port Perry. The victim was transported to The Provincial Forensic Pathology Unit at the Forensic Services and Coroners Complex in Toronto for a post mortem.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident, and they ask anyone with further information to contact Provincial Constable Matthew Whittaker of the Peterborough County OPP at 705-742-0401.
KAWARTHA LAKES: The annual John Lindsay Memorial golf tournament is not only a sign of spring, it is a sign of generosity, commitment, and friendship. It’s been 16 years since friends of John Lindsay took on his friendly fund raising golf tournament, an event John Lindsay started in 1975.
In April, 36 golfers hit the greens to enjoy good company, and to raise funds for the 'Here to Help Spring Appeal'.
Today, tournament organizers Greg Welton and Les Fowler presented a cheque for $2,330 to Erin Coons, RMH Foundation CEO.
“Golfers know that having the right club at the right time is the key to playing a good game. I’m sure they appreciate the importance of having the right equipment and technology when it comes to the delivery of patient care,” said Erin Coons. “This gift is a significant step toward meeting our fundraising goal of $107,650.”
The Here to Help Spring Appeal will help to purchase: a new blood gas analyzer, for the Laboratory, to test the acid-base (pH) status and oxygen saturation and carbon dioxide content of our patients’ blood; a replacement carbon dioxide monitor, for the Intensive Care Unit; new portable vital signs monitors, for use on the Medical and Surgical Units; a replacement transport monitor, for use when patients are being transferred by ambulance to other hospitals; and a new Optiflow oxygen delivery machine, to help patients breathe easier using positive air pressure.
The Spring Appeal letter was mailed to every household in the City of Kawartha Lakes, in early May. The Foundation encourages individuals, businesses and service organizations to make a gift to the Appeal, and show the hospital team that they, too, are Here to Help.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Motorcycle enthusiasts will be flocking to Bobcaygeon this weekend for the ninth annual Bobcaygeon Bikefest.
The full-day event is slated for Sunday, June 23rd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with thousands of visitors expected on the scenic shores of Sturgeon Lake.
Downtown Bobcaygeon will be closed for the event which features several activities for the entire family, with more than 200 vendors slated to attend, along with live bands and too many food and drink options to list.
The event, which is supported by GP Bikes in Whitby and Classy Chassis in Lakefield will feature motorcycles throughout downtown, lining Bolton St. between King St. and Front St., as well as Main St.
Visitors can take advantage of the shuttle service to various events around town, provided by orange t-shirt clad volunteers driving golf carts that will be pleased to assist those in attendance.
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Historical Centre will be hosting their 4th Annual Family Kite Day at the Centre located at 7239 Concession 6, Uxbridge, on Sunday, July 7th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Did you know that the earliest written accounts of Kite Flying come from the Han Dynasty, 206 B.C.-220 A.D.? Or, did you know that one UK Schoolmaster once used a kite instead of horses to pull his carriage?
Show off your kite flying skills on July 7th at the Uxbridge Historical Centre at our 4th Annual Family Kite Day. Bring a kite, enjoy a picnic, and join us for the afternoon on the breezy fields of Quaker Hill. The event is free.
UHC staff will be discussing the history of kites, as well as organizing crafts, games, and other activities for children.
Kites, ice-cream, and face painting will be available for purchase. All proceeds from activity sales support the Uxbridge Historical Centre, which includes current work on a textile conservation project.
Come out for an afternoon of kite flying. It’s fun for the whole family!
For more information on this free event, contact the Uxbridge Historical Centre by calling 905-852-5854.