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Veterans march to raise PTSD awareness, pay tribute to the PTSD fallen

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Veterans march to raise PTSD awareness, pay tribute to the PTSD fallen)

“Find your lonely road and follow it…follow it through everything to the end of the road and then let go of that road…put it behind you…”

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In the past three years, 50 recognized Canadian Forces veterans have committed suicide directly related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their tours in Afghanistan. Put into perspective, there were 158 Canadian Soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan over the 12 year campaign. If the current rate of suicides continues, then 200 Veterans of the Afghanistan war will die by their own hand in Canada in the same time frame.

PTSD has been wounding people in the Canadian Forces, and veterans, for some time—but it seems to be taking an ever-increasing toll as Canadian veterans die by suicide and family members raise questions about the supports needed but not offered or available.

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Do you know what’s in your food?

July 15th, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Do you know what’s in your food?)

Food security includes access to healthy, affordable food; it also includes knowing what is in the food we eat

picture 563New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Murray Rankin (Victoria) recently put forward a motion in the House of Commons calling for the mandatory labeling of food products containing ingredients that have been genetically modified. The New Democrats take the position that consumers have a right to know what they are buying, that labeling genetically modified foods will allow people to make their own choices.

Endorsements for the motion have have come from industry organizations, consumer advocacy groups, prominent environmentalists and food retailers that agree people have a right to know if they are consuming GMOs.

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Helping others while not losing yourself in the process

July 13th, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Helping others while not losing yourself in the process)

As helpers, we need to ensure that we are not falling into a vicious circle of helping others but draining ourselves, says author Debbie Holmes

picture 561The helping profession is filled with people who are selfless and giving. If you are a helper, you are probably well-acquainted with the intrinsic rewards of helping others, as well as the draining effect helping can have on you.

Burnout is a common side-effect of working in a helping role and occurs when we, as helpers, give more of ourselves than is healthy for us. In short: we lose our boundaries, we lose ourselves and we lose what is really important to us.

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COCO Cafe serves up inclusion from its community hub in Cedar

July 7th, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on COCO Cafe serves up inclusion from its community hub in Cedar)

Employment and socialization are important to everyone. Experiencing them can be challenging for people living with a developmental disability

picture 530Since opening in June of 2011, COCO Cafe has become a bustling community hub that truly is “Where friends meet”. The COCO (Cedar Opportunities Co-Operative) mission is to employ people with developmental disabilities within their community.

COCO was founded by a group of families in the Cedar/Yellowpoint/Cassidy areas of Nanaimo, British Columbia, all of whom have adult children with developmental disabilities. The families began meeting in 2007 to explore the idea of creating employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities within their community. During the initial stages of planning it was decided that, not only would a cafe be a welcome addition to the community, it would also be able to provide a range of different employment opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities in a manner that increases their visibility and integrates them into the community.

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‘Roboethics’ isn’t science fiction anymore

June 23rd, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on ‘Roboethics’ isn’t science fiction anymore)

Robotics experts are investigating the ethical implications inherent to firsthand interactions between humans and robots

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More than 20 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates have endorsed a joint statement calling for a ban on weapons that would be able to select and attack targets without meaningful human control. The group is warning that “lethal robots” could completely and forever change the face of war and likely spawn a new arms race. The Laureates are encouraging a public debate about the ethics and morality of autonomous weapons systems. They’ve also welcomed the establishment of a Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

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Physio expert on cycling

April 30th, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Physio expert on cycling)

picture 335May is Physiotherapy Month and also Bike to Work Month.

Kari Watson, is a physiotherapist at the Outpatient Clinic of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Tune in to People First Radio on CHLY 101.7FM this Thursday at noon, for a conversation with Kari. She will talk about how regular cycling can improve our health, give us tips on how to make sure we prevent injury and pain when cycling and when to call a physiotherapist.

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