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Doctors in Toronto treat man with Parkinson’s disease at his home in N.L. Here’s how they did it

Almost 16 years after he  was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, George Martin says he has his life back — thanks to a first-of-its-kind technology. The 68-year-old lives in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, but the NeuroSphere Virtual Clinic allows his doctors to treat him remotely from Toronto.  It’s reduced the tremors caused by his …

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Conspiracy theory about ‘new world order’ won’t save Vancouver home from foreclosure, judge rules

When Karen Wai King Lew told a B.C. judge that her mortgage debt had been completely forgiven, she invoked a two-decade-old conspiracy theory about a “new world order” that has recently resurfaced. According to a recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling, Lew appealed a foreclosure order on her Vancouver home on …

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More volunteers needed in Calgary to home and train guide dog puppies

An organization that breeds and trains service dogs says it desperately needs more volunteers in Calgary to help raise and train them. BC & Alberta Guide Dogs relies on volunteers to raise puppies for up to two years with help and guidance from specialist puppy trainers. They play a vital …

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Newcomers get a taste of the home they were forced to flee at National Ukraine Festival

The return of the National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin offered newcomers displaced by the Russian invasion of Ukraine a comforting taste of home over the weekend. Lesia Yaroshenko travelled more than 300 kilometres from Winnipeg to attend the event in southwestern Manitoba. Yaroshenko and her sons Hnat, 16, and Vlad, …

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Death of maestro Bramwell Tovey hits home in Vancouver

Bramwell Tovey, the longest-serving music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO), died on Tuesday at age 69, a day after his birthday. Tovey, who was born in the U.K., served as the VSO’s music director from 2000 to 2018, and was a pillar of B.C.’s classical and contemporary music scene as an artistic …

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Surrey woman says she had miscarriage at hospital after doctor told her to go home

WARNING: This story contains distressing details. Kirandeep Kaur Mangat was preparing to go to bed on May 12 when she started experiencing severe pain.  Mangat, who lives in Surrey, B.C., and was 18 weeks pregnant at the time, called 911. After being advised that the ambulance wait times were anywhere from 25 minutes to …

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Manitobans who manage own home care squeezed by rising expenses, worker shortages

It’s getting harder for Vishno Gupta to hire the home-care workers he needs as a quadriplegic living at home.  The 82-year-old, who needs help with everything from getting out of bed in the morning to bathing and eating due to a spinal cord injury, is one of about 1,000 people in Winnipeg …

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If you work from home Monday and Friday, there’s a tawdry nickname for you

A trend is emerging among Canadian employees who split their time between working in their home and downtown offices — and it has gained a naughty nickname. When given the choice, more hybrid workers are staying in their soft pants on Mondays and Fridays, while suiting up the rest of the week. This new …

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Sales tax on seeds works against lower carbon footprint, expert and home growers say

Nicola Moore says it was the pandemic that triggered her interest in growing food. “My parents have always had a garden my whole life,” she said. “I never put two and two together until I had a family of my own. And then when we went through the pandemic, I think …

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‘I want a home back again’: One year after fire, Lytton, B.C., residents mourn slow recovery

It’s been a year since the residents of Lytton, B.C., and those in neighbouring communities lost everything when a wildfire spread through the village, burning down homes and businesses, and killing two people.  In the days leading up to the fire, the community — home to about 250 people — had set …

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