E. coli bacteria in Roman lettuce sickens six Canadians

Six Canadians have been infected with E. coli bacteria with a genetic fingerprint similar to that of romaine lettuce in the southwestern United States that has sickened 149 people in 29 US states, according to the Health Agency of Canada.

The organization states that two of the six Canadians reported traveling to the United States before becoming ill because of E. coli O157, that three of them were infected in Canada, and that the other case reports that subject of an investigation.

All people became ill between late March and mid-April in four provinces – one in British Columbia, one in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan, and two in Ontario.

One Canadian was hospitalized and no deaths were reported in Canada.

Two Canadians reported traveling to the United States and eating lettuce during their stay before becoming sick. Others ate romaine lettuce at home, or in prepared salads bought in grocery stores, restaurants and fast-food chains, before the disease became apparent.

The agency says that contaminated romaine lettuce is sold in the Canadian market, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will recall the product if necessary.

The US Food and Drug Administration claims that Roman lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, and California regions is no longer grown or distributed, reducing the risk of exposure to contaminated lettuce.

At least 64 people were hospitalized in the United States, including 17 with kidney failure. One death, previously reported, occurred in California.

At least one person buried by an avalanche near Nordegg

One person was buried under snow by an avalanche near Nordegg, at the foot of the Alberta Rockies, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.

Staff Sergeant John Spaans reported that this person was conscious and breathing, but no other details about his health status have filtered.

Police received an emergency call at approximately 2:00 pm (local time) reporting an avalanche affecting four people on Mount Kitty Hawk.

The RCMP was told that a person dropped 200 to 300 meters along what they describe as an ice climbing route. Doubt persists as to whether it was the person buried under the snow.

The security forces were dispatched to the scene and asked for help from a rescue helicopter.

The air ambulance service also reported on Twitter that it was intervening in the area.

Avalanche risks in Alberta parks were “considerable” Saturday, according to the Parks Canada website. The hazard level is considered dangerous and requires “conservative decision-making.”

North Saskatchewan River Infected by whirling disease

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of whirling disease in the North Saskatchewan River watershed in Alberta.

According to the agency, the watersheds of the Bow River, Oldman River and Red Deer River are also already affected.

The Government states, however, that all fish in the affected areas are not contaminated by the disease.

Friday’s statement gives the federal government a role in the fight against trout disease in Canada.

A fish was first detected with the disease at Johnson Lake in Banff National Park in 2016 , but the disease subsequently spread to several watersheds in southern Alberta.

Peter Giamberardino, coordinator of the provincial whirling disease program, told CBC the disease was detected in the North Saskatchewan after sampling and surveillance work conducted in 2017.

“We know that once it’s in the wild, it’s there to stay,” he said.

“So we can’t treat the disease or eradicate it, but what we can do is really prevent the spread of the disease and do our best to protect those natural trout populations that have yet to be exposed or impacted by the disease.

The name of the disease comes from the fact that fish swim in a circular fashion when they are infected. The tournis is cold water salmonids such as salmon, trout and whitefish. The disease is not harmful to humans.

The Government of Alberta encourages fishers to clean and dry their equipment to prevent the spread of the parasite that causes the disease.

First Grand Prix Diving in Calgary

A diving competition organized by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) brings together 111 divers from 19 countries from May 10 to May 13 at the Repsol Sports Center in Calgary.

At the FINA Diving Grand Prix, top athletes will challenge each other in an individual jump, a synchronized or mixed duo, diving platforms three and ten meters high.

Caeli McKay, Meaghan Benfeito’s new 10m synchro partner, is from Calgary.

At age 18, it’s the first time she will compete in a competition of this magnitude in her hometown.

I’m stressed, but especially excited to dive into the pool where I started at the age of 5 years.

Caeli McKay, diver

Global selections

The Canadian stage of the FINA Diving Grand Prix is ​​the last major competition before the Diving World Cup, which will be held June 5-10 in Wuhan, China.

This is the last chance for many athletes to be selected.

“I’m already in a good position for the qualification, reassures Vincent Riendeau, a Quebec diver. But I’m going to try to improve my scores here, because of course the other divers will also want to qualify.”

Alberta dentist foundl guilty of professional misconduct

Accused of causing irreversible brain damage in his 4-year-old patient, Dr. William Mather was convicted on Friday of professional misconduct. The Alberta Dental Association and College found that he had committed serious offenses before and after anesthesia.

Amber Athwal had undergone dental surgery under general anesthesia at William Mather’s office in September 2016. She had suffered a cardiac arrest after the procedure and was rushed to hospital undergoing respiratory assistance. She spent several months in the hospital and was able to find, in part only, the use of its members and speech.

Dr. Mather, now retired, faced five charges of professional misconduct. The college opened its trial in October and found him guilty on all five counts.

“Dr. Mather has committed serious violations of his professional and moral duty,” concluded the report by the college.

Amber’s father, Ramandeep Singh Athwal, said his family was satisfied with this judgment. “We are grateful [to the college] for taking our case seriously and helping us find answers,” he said.

“On the other hand, we are heartbroken to know that all this could have been avoided,” added the father.

The college determined that Dr. Mather had failed in his duty:

  • to obtain Amber’s parents’ informed consent and to discuss with them the risks and benefits of treatment and general anesthesia;
  • to establish whether the girl had drunk and ate before anesthesia;
  • to ensure that the anesthetic gases were extinguished before leaving the room;
  • to maintain Amber under perfusion during the postoperative phase;
  • correctly monitor Amber’s vital signs during and after surgery;
  • to ensure that Amber was continuously monitored by a competent and qualified staff member;
  • to ensure that a physical examination was conducted, including a pre-anesthetic evaluation.

The college also concluded that Dr. Mather had not responded adequately to the emergency. He did not, for example, call the helpers quickly enough.

“Unfortunately, Dr. Mather and his staff […] were not fully trained or prepared to prevent and manage this medical emergency,” wrote Jack Scott, president of the college court.

The next step will be to decide the penalty against the dentist. The girl’s family sued Dr. Mather for $26.5 million.


Depriving British Columbia of Alberta oil would be devastating, say experts

Alberta’s threat to cut off oil deliveries to British Columbia to secure the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion should be taken very seriously, analysts say.

On Thursday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced that her government will introduce a bill to this effect.

Dan McTeague, Chief Analyst for GasBuddy, is forecasting a $2-per-liter price increase for British Columbian consumers if such a scenario occurs.

Rachel Notley says the goal is to convince British Columbia’s leaders not to go after the Trans Mountain project, which promises to triple the amount of oil transported by the existing pipeline.

“If the Horgan government does not take this situation seriously, it is understood that consumers will take it seriously,” says McTeague.

A harder tone

The Prime Minister said that her government will introduce a bill that will allow it to act flexibly when needed. Oil, but also natural gas could be affected, and the province does not rule out measures that could penalize not only British Columbia but the rest of the country.

Rachel Notley says the goal is to convince BC leaders not to attack Trans Mountain while creating the least negative impact for residents. “We do not want to create a crisis, we will be measured and cautious,” she promised.

This statement contrasts with the more conciliatory tone adopted by the Alberta premier in recent weeks. She suspended the wine embargo against British Columbia, which she accused of blocking the Trans Mountain project. Victoria had meanwhile brought the case to justice.

This hardening brings the New Democrats’ position closer to that of the official opposition, the Alberta Conservatives.

Visiting British Columbia on Monday, their leader, Jason Kenney, spoke of an interruption in Alberta’s oil deliveries and the imposition of British Columbia natural gas tolls via Alberta.

The Conservative leader wanted a stronger position from the Notley government for several months. “The government has accepted my position that must be done to the end,” he said Thursday.

In British Columbia, Environment Minister George Heyman does not expect this threat to be implemented. “I see no reason to believe that Alberta will take unfair measures,” he said.

He adds that his government is only defending the interests of the province.

The Prime Minister said that her government will introduce a bill that will allow it to act flexibly when needed. Oil, but also natural gas could be affected, and the province does not rule out measures that could penalize not only British Columbia but the rest of the country.

Rachel Notley says the goal is to convince BC leaders not to attack Trans Mountain while creating the least negative impact for residents. “We do not want to create a crisis, we will be measured and cautious,” she promised.

In British Columbia, Environment Minister George Heyman does not expect this threat to be implemented.

This move would be “unprecedented,” according to Simon Fraser University political scientist Nicolas Kenny. He noted, however, that it is difficult to predict how much the discussions around the Trans Mountain project could escalate.

“The more this debate grows, the more we risk seeing a constitutional crisis around this issue,” he concludes.

Vancouver approves 39 women’s modular housing units

The City of Vancouver has approved the construction of a temporary modular housing project for women in the Downtown Eastside.

Atira Resources for Women, a non-profit organization, will manage the 39 units located at 525 Powell Street.

The agency will also provide tenant support services, including meals and health programs.

The apartments of 23 square meters will be equipped with their own bathroom and kitchenette. Seven of them will be designed to be wheelchair accessible.

On the other hand, the building will include shared rooms, including a kitchen, laundry room, and meeting rooms.

This is the most recent announcement in a series of similar projects. The province is investing $ 300 million over the next two years to build 2000 temporary housing units in British Columbia.

Construction on Powell Street is scheduled to begin in May.

So far, 156 modular housing units have been approved by the municipality and 104 proposed units are pending.

Greenhouse gases caused by cities underestimated, study finds

The goods and services we consume, most of which are imported, would be the main source of urban greenhouse gas emissions. This is the conclusion of a new C40 Cities study, presented Tuesday at the International Conference on Climate Change, held in Edmonton.

This is the first study that takes into account the greenhouse gas emissions generated by consumption in so many cities, nearly 80.

The authors took into account aspects of daily life such as buying food and clothing, cultural outings and online shopping.

Until then, most cities measured their greenhouse gas emissions based on the goods and services produced in their territory, rather than those consumed there.

With this new measure, the authors of the study estimate that the greenhouse gases emitted by cities are 60% higher than what could be calculated in the past.

C40 Cities is a network of some 100 major cities around the world, including Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, engaged in the fight against climate change.

New levers of action for cities

According to Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities, the study provides a more complete picture of the causes of climate change.

“Greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 60% since the Kyoto Protocol, and continue to grow,” he says, “despite the fact that many countries and cities have reduced their emissions using the traditional measurement method. So, clearly, something is missing. ”

The conclusions of the study, he hopes, will give local politicians new means of action.

Beyond the issues of transportation and housing, cities should review, for example, how they get their supplies, or the choice of materials used in construction sites.

Victoria residents demand access to a public waterway

Victoria residents say private landowners block public access to a popular watercourse.

They cite a study by the Veins of Life Watershed Society and the University of Victoria, which noted that access to the Gorge Stream was hampered at 87 locations.

According to Calvin Sandborn, director of the University’s legal center, “private” and “no-go” signs are posted on public property at certain locations near the seven-kilometer estuary.

“The problem is that the public land near the water is privatized by neighboring landowners,” he says.

Mr. Sandborn added that sub-divisions in the area require access to the watercourse every 200 meters.

“What often happens is that landowners take possession of these lands and build carports, terraces, gardens and fences, or put their bins to compost. ”

The Association and the University presented the results of their study to the Saanich District Council, in addition to a call to action to notify landowners and begin to clarify public entry points.

In a statement, Saanich District says it has conveyed these concerns to the construction department, regulations, licensing and legal services.

Federal subsidy for employee training in Manitoba

The Manitoba government announced Thursday the companies in the province that will receive a Canada job grant.

The announcement took place at the offices of Tactica Interactive, a strategy and multi-platform digital media company located in St. Boniface.

A total of 3,600 employees from 137 private companies across the province will benefit from nearly $8 million to improve their training, including HyLife.

As a result of this grant, companies can apply for funding for skills training to get work.

This can affect various areas such as truck and transport mechanics, carpentry and computer science.

Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart says grant programs like this one help tremendously in attracting people to Manitoba.

It’s a very successful program to keep Manitobans trained and to attract new people to Manitoba.

Ian Wishart, Minister of Education and Training

St. Boniface MP Daniel Vandal, who was on hand for the announcement, says many private employers in the province are benefiting from this grant this year. He is also pleased that the announcement is made in his riding.

For me, it’s always good when ministers and premiers recognize the importance of St. Boniface in Manitoba.

Daniel Vandal, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface

Daniel Vandal explains that under this program the federal government funds training up to a maximum of $10,000.