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Veterans + Suicide

Illustration by Robert Carter How many veterans kill themselves?   The answer is: We don’t know. Do military suicides outnumber combat deaths? The Department of National Defence says six soldiers took their lives in Afghanistan. Veterans Affairs Canada says 53 active members took their lives when they returned. Citing Department of Defence figures, the...
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    Alberta Legion Backs Long-Term Health Study

    July 30, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    It’s a Friday and no coincidence that Dr. Ibolja Cernak is dressed in red. Her quest for knowledge to improve the lot of injured soldiers has taken her from academe in Europe, to the battlefields of Kosovo, to one of the most respected research universities...

    Collateral Damage: Families In The Wake Of War

    July 10, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    ILLUSTRATION BY: OWEN FREEMAN Exclusive Audio Edition: It’s the first time retired Sergeant Ted Peacock has smiled all weekend, and it’s a phoney smile that doesn’t reach his eyes. His family is gathered for a portrait, and feels obliged to put on happy faces. Son...
  • The Dog—And Horse And Cat—Days Of Summer

    July 1, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    Paul Farrugia and Perry. PHOTO: SHARON ADAMS Companion animals and service animals are now pretty familiar to Canadians. They help and support people with physical or mental challenges to go about the tasks of daily living. Now it’s been discovered that animals can help in...
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    Health File: Welcome To The Sneezin’ Season

    June 14, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    Drippy, itchy, scratchy, wheezy, weepy, sneezy and...
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    Health File: Canada’s Brain Wave

    April 14, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    The recipe looks delicious—roasted butternut squash soup with roasted pumpkin seeds—but what makes it more attractive than a zillion others available online is that it’s food for thought. Literally. It’s from Mindfull, an e-book collection of 100 brain-healthy recipes developed by researchers at the Rotman...
    ILLUSTRATION: DAVID JUNKIN Exclusive Audio Edition: Andrew is hiding inside his jacket. He’s hunched over, clutching his gut, clearly in distress. He keeps his head down, his face obscured by a ball cap with an overly large bill. An early arrival, he’s snagged the chair...
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