"Construction of the most expensive public-infrastructure project in British Columbia's history, the Site C dam, will continue, dashing the hopes of environmentalists and some Indigenous communities that the new minority NDP government would stop construction. "This is not a project we would have started," Premier John Horgan told reporters on Monday, ending months of speculation and review by announcing his intent to finish the partly built project. "We do it with a heavy heart." Despite the government's intent, the project still faces legal hurdles, with two First Nations announcing plans to proceed with court action.
At a background briefing earlier in the day, government officials said that the project's budget has increased again, to $10.7-billion, but the project will be subject to additional oversight to try to ensure there will be no further delays or cost overruns.
However, already two First Nations have served notice that they are heading to court over the project, saying it infringes on their treaty rights. If successful, those lawsuits could drive the costs even higher.
With the decision to proceed, Mr. Horgan said he remains committed to reconciliation with First Nations, though he will find that effort much more difficult now..." #nositec#britishcolumbia#beautifulbc#vancity#eastvan#firstnations#Indigenous#humanrights#unitednations#government#canada150#corruption#Canada#edmonton#calgary#toronto#ontario#decolonize#resistance150#ndp#winnipeg#saskatchewan#halifax
"Despite a warning by the FDA regarding the significant safety risks of opioids, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that 1 in 20 children were still prescribed codeine after having a tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy, according to data through 2015.
The study analyzed the records of more than 362,000 children from a commercial claims database who underwent a tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy from 2010-2015. Based on their results, the authors believe that more vigilance is necessary to reduce inappropriate codeine prescribing, while promoting the use of non-opioid medications such as ibuprofen to treat postoperative pain after tonsillectomy. "Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is the second most commonly performed ENT surgery in children, following ear tube placement” according to Dr. Nina Shapiro, Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA, and author of the forthcoming book, HYPE: A Doctor's Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims and Bad Advice: How to Tell What's Real and What's Not.
Before 2010, Tylenol with codeine elixir was the most commonly prescribed postoperative analgesic. But even before 2010, this drug had multiple reports of adverse effects, partly explained by the fact that it is a combination drug. “Secondly, codeine itself is not an analgesic, but is a 'pro-drug'. It metabolizes to morphine for analgesic effect. However, variants in patients' P450-2D6 enzymatic activity can lead to either no therapeutic blood levels of morphine or levels multitudes higher than is safe, leading to respiratory depression and even death, especially in children with a history of obstructive sleep apnea, and more so in the hours following general anesthesia and airway surgery.”..." #awareness#children#health#doctors#doctor#tonsillectomy#adenoidectomy#childhood#opiates#overdose#prescription#safety#toronto#vancouver#seattle#portland#newyork#chicago#boise#surgery#death#painkiller#bigpharma
"Researchers and journalists have begun to reveal the extent to which Indigenous activists and organisations in Canada are subject to surveillance by police, military, national security intelligence agencies and other government bodies. While security agencies have long looked beyond ‘traditional’ national security threats and set their sights on activists – even in the absence of evidence linking these individuals or organisations to any violent criminal activity – this reality is increasingly the subject of media and public scrutiny.
Government agencies have engaged in surveillance and information-gathering activities focused on Indigenous leaders and activists. Take for example the case of Dr. Cindy Blackstock, who is a Gitksan activist for child welfare, the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and a Professor of Social Work at McGill University.
Dr. Blackstock’s organisation (along with the Assembly of First Nations) had sought justice at Canada’s Human Rights Tribunal regarding the federal government’s failure to provide equal funding for services for First Nations children, youth and families living on First Nations reserves.
Access to information requests revealed that between 2009 and 2011, Dr. Blackstock was subject to extensive monitoring by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) – the government department responsible for Indigenous issues — and the Department of Justice. Officials monitored her personal and professional activities on Facebook and attendedbetween 75 and 100 of her public speaking engagements, taking detailed notes and widely distributing reports on her activities..." #awareness#firstnations#Indigenous#humanrights#decolonize#government#canada150#Canada#canadian#vancouver#britishcolumbia#ontario#toronto#edmonton#calgary#halifax#winnipeg#saskatoon#policestate#corruption#spy#genocide#aboriginal
"Pregnant women in Mississippi are much more likely to experience a cesarean delivery than women in other parts of the country. Mississippi has the nation’s highest C-section rate, 38.2 percent. Jackson has the highest rate, 49.6 percent, in the state.
Although a C-section can be medically necessary and lifesaving for both mother and baby, the high rates in Mississippi reveal an overuse of the procedure that does not benefit patients.
The World Health Organization says cesarean rates should be between 10 and 15 percent. Research shows that when the rate approaches 10 percent, maternal and newborn deaths decrease. But when the rate goes above 15 percent, there is no evidence that mortality rates improve, above that there is no benefit — only harm to mothers and babies.
Why should we care? In addition to significant medical costs, the procedure comes with risks. Low-risk women undergoing their first C-section are three times more likely to suffer serious complications — such as severe bleeding, blood clots, heart attack, kidney failure, inflammation, major infections of the uterus, and venus thromboembolism, all of which may lead to maternal death.
64 percent of VTEs occur after C-section deliveries. This risk increases with each subsequent C-section. Surgical injuries to nearby organs, especially the bladder, may occur, and the risk increases when a mother has multiple C-sections.
With each subsequent C-section, a mother is at risk of experiencing placenta accreta, a condition in which the placenta attaches too deeply into the wall of the uterus that can cause maternal death, and possible uterine rupture..." #awareness#humanrights#maternalrights#pregnant#pregnancy#csection#birth#midwifery#doulalife#doula#midwife#womensrights#health#motherhood#mississippi#jackson#newyork#portland#seattle#losangeles#chicago#naturalbirth#normalizebirth
"When Seanah Roper found out she was pregnant with her first child, she was excited. "I went in and they did the prenatal and they weighed me and took my blood pressure and all those things," she said. Then came the reminder of where she lives. "They made me sign a paper that says I can't have my baby here." For over a decade, pregnant women in Fort Nelson, B.C. have been advised by Northern Health and the local medical clinic to leave town at least a month before their due date because of a lack of resources to properly care for them. "Due to staffing issues we are unable to conduct safe obstetric care in Fort Nelson," reads a form given to pregnant women in the community. The hospital's maternity ward was shut down in 2012, but even before then care was frequently suspended when staff were unavailable to provide emergency caesarean sections or other services.
That means women like Roper have to travel at least 380 kilometres to Fort St. John for care, taking time away from work and family and racking up thousands of dollars in hotel bills while they wait to go into labour.
According to ICBC data obtained by Global News in 2015, the drive between Fort St. John and Fort Nelson is one of the deadliest stretches of highway in the province. Emergency medivac services are also "unreliable," according to the emergency clinic form, a problem also highlighted by B.C.'s Forest Safety Ombudsman and local government officials..." #awareness#britishcolumbia#government#maternalrights#fortnelson#canada150#vancouver#vancity#edmonton#alberta#toronto#ontario#halifax#pregnant#pregnancy#healthcare#humanrights#canada
"Conditions such as acute stress and severe anxiety join PPD in the pantheon of problems that make new parenthood difficult, and according to new research, a very sizable chunk of mothers in the U.K. are suffering in this way. BBC Radio 5 and YouGov surveyed 1,800 British parents and found that more than a third of mothers had dealt with mental health issues related to motherhood, the BBC reported, compared with just 17% of fathers.
Of the women who had experienced difficulties with conditions such as acute stress, severe anxiety and postpartum depression, more than two thirds sought professional help, although it's unclear what proportion had actually received treatment.
Meanwhile, the CDC reports that an estimated 1 in 9 women in the United States experience postpartum depression, which is about a third as many as the U.K. research has found. Though clinicians suspect the highly stigmatized (and somewhat nebulous) disorder is largely under-diagnosed.
Reassuringly, more than half (60%) of women in the YouGov survey said they had turned to their friends for emotional support, while 56% had sought it from their partner and 18% went online for help.
However, a worrying 15% of mothers and a larger proportion of fathers (25%) didn't receive any emotional support as parents. The issue of motherhood and mental health isn't anything new, but this new study makes clear how much further we have to go before parents — the world over — feel supported in what can be a very challenging time..." #depression#anxiety#postpartum#mentalhealth#parenthood#parenting#fatherhood#motherhood#newmom#newdad#support#awareness#humanrights#maternalrights#womensrights#mensrights#newborn#newyork#toronto#ontario#vancouver#uk#britain
Today I am 40 weeks pregnant!! "Women and their infants benefit from an intricate cascade of endocrine events that leads up to and facilitates labor and vaginal birth when labor occurs spontaneously. The results are shorter hospital stays, lower infection rates, increased breastfeeding, and faster recoveries with fewer complications. However, the induction of labor rate has doubled in the United States in the past 20 years, and the cesarean rate has increased 50%. A significant number of labor inductions are not medically necessary. Leading experts say that the overuse of labor interventions is a public health problem that exposes women and infants to unnecessary risks in the perinatal period and long-term, and results in considerable and unnecessary health care costs.
Overuse of inductions increases long- and short-term maternal and neonatal morbidity, including obstetric hemorrhage, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admissions, less breastfeeding, overuse of cesarean, and infection.
The normal length of human gestation is 40 weeks. The neonatal risks vary
among all gestational ages. Evidence shows the best neonatal outcomes occur at
40 weeks. In 2000, the largest percent of singleton births in the U.S occurred at
40 to 41 weeks. By 2009, the largest percent had shifted to occurring at 39
weeks. Overuse of inductions increase both short- and long-term costs.
Intermountain Health Care’s initiative to reduce elective inductions, regardless of
gestational age, created savings of more than $50 million per year in short-term
We do not fully understand what triggers a woman’s labor. Obstetric textbooks
say the exact mechanisms that start labor are yet to be definitively defined but
that baby's readiness for birth—“pick her own birthday” (Reason #16 )—and the
biochemical and neurohormonal interactions between mom, baby and placenta
are essential triggers..." #duedate#40weekspregnant#homebirth#waterbirth#csection#awareness#humanrights#maternalrights#childrensrights#pregnant#pregnancy#breastfeeding#normalizebirth#birthday#keepcalm#37weekspregnant#babygirl#thankyou#blessed#waiting
"It’s not a new discovery. In fact, as early as 1977 – 40 years ago – the National Academy of Science reported that the combination of magnesium and water would prevent 150,000 U.S. deaths from strokes and heart attacks per year. In 2013, another researcher found the simple formula would prevent 4.5 million deaths worldwide.
Professors Bella T. Altura and Burton M. Altura of the the State University of New York
Downstate Medical Center concluded in their contribution to the report that critical minerals, including magnesium, are deficient in water supplies and available foods in many parts of the world. “One important issue that deserves attention is the low mineral intake from foods and water that are common in many parts of the world,” they wrote. “Today, subclinical deficiencies of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium prevail in both the developed and developing worlds.” They recommended that all drinking water in the world should contain at least 25-50 milligrams of magnesium per liter to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Adding minerals to water supplies can be a controversial matter, but the research shows the connection between magnesium and the incidence of heart problems.
A systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2013 found “circulating and dietary magnesium are inversely associated with cardio-vascular disease.” This means the lower your magnesium intake (and the lower the circulating magnesium in your body), the higher your risk. The study, which combined information from more than 313,000 people, was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition..." #awareness#water#magnesium#heart#health#heartattack#healthy#humanrights#life#newyork#stroke#blood#highbloodpressure#healthybaby#healthypregnancy#diet#seattle#portland#washington#chicago#vancouver#toronto#nutrition
"The Mining Association of Nova Scotia hopes to develop a quarry in the area of Kellys mountain in Cape Breton, but the Mi’kmaq say the land is sacred.
The picturesque landscape is covered by the Kluscap wilderness and considered First Nation's holy ground, but the association believes there’s an aggregate deposit of over 2 billion tonnes on the mountain in New Harris, N.S.
Protesters from First Nations communities gathered near the mountain to take a stand against any mining or quarrying on the land Saturday. “This mountain is sacred to us because it is the departure point of our hero in Kluscap,” says protester, Suzanne Patles. “It is the home of the Kluscap caves where we performed ceremonies.” Johnanna Padelt from the Inverness Chapter Council of Canada says it’s not the first time the idea of mining or quarrying on Kelly’s Mountain has been discussed. She was part of a group protesting against a company called Kelly Rock Ltd., in the late 1980's. “Here we are almost 30 years later and were having the potential of facing the same thing again, the difference now being that this land has been recognized officially as First Nations sacred land,” says Padelt..." #awareness#canada150#humanrights#firstnations#Indigenous#mining#land#sacred#capebreton#halifax#novascotia#ontario#toronto#vancouver#britishcolumbia#unitednations#edmonton#calgary#culture#decolonize#resistance150#freedom#canadian