Defeating “two big ills”

Wounded while fighting off an attack on his observation post, Gorden Boivin eventually beat back his physical and psychological demons Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne From darkness, there is light. Corporal Gorden Boivin knows this only too well. Boivin’s descent into darkness began with a firefight at Checkpoint 3 in Panjwaii District,...
  • Health File: Tune Up Your Body For Winter

    September 1, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    The first chill winds of autumn and colourful changes of fall are signals to prepare for winter. As you change to winter tires, check out the furnace and mulch tender garden plants, also keep in mind what your body needs to keep you healthy during...
  • 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...
  • 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...