Housing Complex for Mentally Ill Homeless Opens in Vancouver

The homeless in Vancouver now have a permanent place to stay if they are suffering from mental illnesses or struggling with addiction. The Kettle Society have opened a new housing complex called Taylor Manor to help those in need. The complex was once a psychiatric facility and then a home for seniors. The complex contains 56 studio-like apartments with a communal kitchen. According to the story on CBC News, The Kettle Society were able to open this facility thanks to a large donation. An anonymous donation came in of #30 million which will keep the facility running for the next 30 years.

To find residents for the 56-person complex, The Kettle Society visited places such as parks and shelters to take applications from those interested in becoming a resident at Taylor Manor. They received 200 applications in just 10 days from those in need. The Kettle Society went through each application and chose those who they felt needed their help the most. It is projected that most residents will need to spend a few years at Taylor Manor before they are able to stand on their own feet.

The state of Utah had a similar program to help the homeless in their area stated Jason Halpern. Since 2005 their homeless population has been reduced by 72% and many less calls were placed to social and emergency services since that time.

Canadian Regulators Cap Basic Cable Fees

The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) enacted new regulations that would cap basic cable rates to $25 CDN (About $20 USD). It also set regulations to end the practice of selling large bundles of unwanted channels to consumers. Instead, customers can pick and choose which channels they want to add or purchase smaller, themed bundles instead.

CrunchBase suggests that the basic cable packages will be required to carry local programming and some may carry U.S. channels in border areas where they are normally received. Cable companies in Canada will have to make changes to their offerings by the end of the year. Existing customers who are satisfied with their current packages will not have to switch.

This move was in response to concerns about the rising cost of cable as well as a change in how people are consuming media. Many people are paying for bundles that contain a large number of less popular channels that they don’t want. Others have changed their television viewing to online channels and portals.

CRTC chairman, Jean-Pierre Blais, says that this change may affect some jobs as the less popular channels may go off the air due to financial in-feasibility. However, he says that the change is good for consumer freedom.

Canadian Reggae Band Magic Popular in Jamaica

Rolling Stone Magazine has an article on their website about how Canadian reggae band Magic is popular in Jamaica. Magic is best known for last summer’s smash singles “Rude” and “Let Your Hair Down”. They play reggae music tinged with pop.
Gianfrancesco Genoso says that the band is ecstatic that they are well received in the homeland of Reggae especially since hardcore reggae critics in the United States frequently dismiss the band as reggae wannabes. Magic has even performed at Jamaican reggae festivals alongside local acts and done studio collaborations with Jamaican reggae stars.

I like that Jamaica has accepted this foreign act. It would be easy for music lovers in Jamaica to criticize any foreign band playing reggae music as being inauthentic, yet here they are open-minded and tolerant. It’s good that they aren’t too protective of reggae.

In fact, I believe it’s a good thing when any type of culture – music, food, drama – transcends the group of people who created it and becomes a universal thing. Some might say it’s bad that a restaurant selling great Mexican food isn’t run by Latinos, for example, but I think that kind of thing is fine. Any culture should be free to expand on the creations of another. Ultimately, it brings everyone closer.

City In Ontario Closes Road To Protect Endangered Salamanders

Every year, the City of Kitchener in Ontario closes one of its roads to protect a colony of endangered salamanders. The Jefferson’s salamanders live in forests on both sides of the road, but only one side produces the vernal ponds the salamanders need for laying their eggs. So every spring, they have to cross the road to get to a vernal pond, mate and lay eggs. But the salamanders are small and slow and are therefore easy prey for cars and trucks.

According to Flavio Maluf, Jefferson’s salamander populations are declining throughout Ontario, so the species is protected under the province’s Endangered Species Act. Several years ago, the citizens of Kitchener decided to do their part to protect the salamanders by closing Stauffer Drive during the salamanders’ mating season so they can safely cross it. The road will be reopened on May 1.

The Jefferson salamander is found only in southern Ontario and parts of the northeastern United States. It was declared an endangered species in Ontario in 2011, and the main threats to it are habitat degradation and loss. These animals need unpolluted ponds that do not dry up in the summer and a healthy forest with an undisturbed floor. Human activities like urban development and wetlands draining have hurt their populations.

Contributing our Wealth of Knowledge: Wikipedia

Almost everyone turns to Wikipedia when the have a topic to research, need to know about a person or place, or simply have a question. All of the content on Wikipedia is written by people just like ourselves, who choose to submit content for a variety of reasons. They happen to know a lot about the topic, or just want to make a contribution.
Many users find Wikipedia to be extremely informative. However, you make come across some pages that have outdated information or incorrect facts. Luckily, it is easy to make an edit when you come across information that is less than accurate. Register with a username and password, and you can submit updates and corrections for any Wikipedia page, and provide corrected, updated information for Wikipedia users. You can also provide additional information about a topic that is already correct, but could use a little more content.
Information changes pretty quickly on Wikipedia, as news reports come out on a daily basis. Users are constantly updating pages about celebrities and public figures. GetYourWiki, a US company, even offers a page management service to monitor and update any page that belongs to you.
In order to effectively update a Wikipedia page and submit content, make sure you are submitting information that is strictly factual. The editors won’t accept opinions, criticisms, or even praises for a topic. Also, you need to make sure that you are properly citing your sources. Information that is not deemed reliable will be deleted from the site.


If you come across spam on Wikipedia, it can be easily edited by those with a username and password. You can log in and delete or change the information. Always check with the content policies first, and remember, you can always report spam to Wikipedia: WikiProject Spam. You can also turn to Wikipedia Tutorial, a guide that provides information on editing and formatting. Everyone is an expert on something, it’s great to know that we have a site like Wikipedia in which to share our wealth of knowledge.

Praying in Town

There is the possibility of peaceful protests in Ferguson if the people in the city would take a step back and realize what has taken place in the community. There was a prayer vigil in Ferguson only one night after a horrible accident took place in the city said community member Paul Mathieson. This act shows that the people who live in the city are capable of coming together and dealing with the grief that they have experienced. Although this has been a time of sorrow, the people need to rely on each other instead of closing down businesses and committing acts that aren’t showing anything except hate. This vigil took place in the middle of town for everyone to see. They held candles, prayed and talked about putting the town back together. It seems like the first step in moving forward in hopes that the town can get back on its feet.

Alabama Supreme court issues a stop to same-sex marriage

In a rather unsurprising turn of events, the Alabama Supreme Court has issued a halt to same-sex marriages from being conducted within the state. This follows a few weeks after a U.S District Court Judge in Mobile, Al, ordered a probate judge to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

The Alabama Supreme Courts reasoning for this latest decree is, “As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman,” followed up by this rather bold declaration, “Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty.” This action will be the strongest attempt, so far, at negating the advancement of same-sex marriage as a social norm in society. The Court states that, “This notion has broad public appeal and is, perhaps, the mantra most repeated in public discussions of this matter.” So, even though it has the approval of the public, the court still won’t allow it? This kind of biased decision making only serves to hurt the country and its image.

As is usual with cultural advancement of any kind, the new and progressive ideas only form at the bottom among the public, while the government officials state disjointed reasoning for keeping things the same as it has been seen on LinkedIn. Hopefully, the real Supreme Court will make a decisive move to allow same-sex marriage to continue in Alabama.

Bernardo Chua Recognizes Others During His Own Award Win

The entrepreneur Bernardo Chua returned to his native Philippines to receive an honor as one of the top entrepreneurs in the country at the Dangal ng Bayan Awards. At the same awards Chua’s Organo Gold brand of products was also honored with two People’s choice Awards, with Chua also taking the time to recognize some of the top performing distributors of his globally recognized coffee, tea and personal care products, PR Newswire reports. Despite a number of commitments in Vancouver, Canada, Chua made the trip to Manila with only a single days notice for event organizers and attendees to prepare for the ceremony.

Bernardo Chua founded the Organo Gold brand in 2008 as a luxury lifestyle brand that features the use of the Ganoderma Lucidium mushroom. This mushroom has been used for many centuries in Chinese medicine as an antioxidant, which is used in a number of well known medicines to treat a variety of illnesses and medical conditions. Organo Gold is classed as a network marketing company as the products offered are sold by individual, independent distributors to customers all over the World. The worldwide nature of the company saw Chua honored at the awards ceremony as the Outstanding Global Entrepreneur for 2015 and the brand as a whole won the award for the Best Gourmet Organic Health Coffee. As Organo Gold now provides coffee, teas and personal products infused with the health giving properties of Ganoderma Lucidium the Outstanding Global Entrepreneur award does seem a fitting tribute to the success Chua has brought to the company.

Dr. Rod Rohrich helps make plastic surgery safe for all

Plastic and reconstructive surgery are areas of medicine that are often still mistrusted by many, but the work of Dr. Rod Rohrich is being used to make the World look upon this important area of the medical profession in a different light. Dr Rod Rohrich spends a large amount of his time working on research and educational matters that can be used to assist plastic surgeons around the World in providing the best and safest care available for all their patients. Despite his commitment to education and research,Dr Rod  Rohrich also spends a large amount of his time in surgery using the latest techniques and making sure his patients at UT Southwestern are given the best available care no matter what they are being treated for.

One of the World’s leaders in providing plastic surgery as a cosmetic and reconstructive expert, Dr Rod Rohrich has used his training in both the UK and US to make sure the field has been advanced in all terms of medical research. The commitment Dr Rod Rohrich has to the education of his fellow plastic surgery professionals goes so far as the surgeon spending time as the President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the most respected body in the World for plastic surgery advancements. The resident of Dallas, Texas still works closely with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to help provide lectures, seminars and teaching materials that can be used by surgeons to help provide excellent care in all cases.

One area that Dr. Rod Rohrich has been a major supporter of is the option of providing individual based treatment options based on the needs of each case. The surgeon believes each case is unique and individual, meaning the use of different techniques can be determined by the individual case and the surgeon performing the surgery. By taking an individual approach to each case, Dr. Rohrich believes the most natural looking results can be achieved to avoid issues and problems further down the line.

Life Changing Medical Procedure at North American Spine

For many patients who have been treated at North American Spine over the last six years, the treatment has been life changing. North American Spine in Dallas, Texas has been helping patients alleviate chronic back pain for six years as of January 15, 2015. During that time, they have treated over 4000 patients. Patients are enthusiastic about the results of their treatment.

North American Spine, as a company, operates within a corporate culture that emphasizes educating and helping their patients. This highly regarded medical organization was nominated for The Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award for its company philosophies and practices.

North American Spine has also revolutionized the treatment of some back injuries and conditions with a new technology. They have moved spine treatment from the latest minimally invasive procedures to a procedure with virtually no invasion. Their exclusive AccuraScope technology represents a dramatic advance in treatment for bulging discs and scar tissue that press on nerves. The AccuraScope enters the body through an existing, natural opening in the spine at the base of the sacrum. A tiny cut is all that is needed to have the scope travel through the canal.

This flexible scope can both diagnose and treat many back ailments. Without this technology, doctors have to rely on MRI and sonogram imaging to find the source of the problem. They are not always able to get a complete picture of the cause of the patient’s pain. The AccuraScope shows doctors exactly what’s happening and enables them to treat many problems successfully. Whether the problem is inflammation, bulging discs, or scar tissue, the AccuraScope can reduce the pressure on the nerves by shrinking the scar tissue or bulging discs. Patients report a drastic improvement in their mobility and degree of pain and discomfort. When asked, 96% of the 4000 patients treated said they would recommend the procedure to others.

The AccuraScope procedure is less dangerous than traditional back surgeries. It also typically has a faster recovery time than even the most recent, minimally invasive surgical procedures. Using the new technology to diagnose and help patients get relief from back pain gives hope to long time back pain sufferers.

As you can read in the news, North American Spine has done some pretty incredible things with the Accurascope too.