Reclaiming his life

PORTRAIT OF INSPIRATION Canadian ex-paratrooper Dan Matthews still struggles with deep psychological scars Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Sergeant Dan Matthews was the only one of six paratroopers to escape without a scrape from an Oct. 2, 2003, mine blast in Afghanistan. Now, almost 14 years later, the psychological wounds inflicted on...
  • For Canadian soldiers back home from combat in Afghanistan and suffering from operational stress injuries, adjusting to the civilian world can be more than difficult. This group of veterans sought respite by banding together and going on a bike journey across Europe’s...
  • Health File

    October 28, 2012 by Sharon Adams
    Research Yields Results There’s been good news on the research front lately for people with age-related health conditions. A new treatment now being tested opens the option of angioplasty, rather than bypass surgery, for some heart patients. In angioplasty, a guide wire is threaded through a blood vessel...
  • For a decade or more retired freelance writer Norma Ramage, 62, has struggled to get a good night’s sleep. It can take her hours to fall asleep at night, sometimes sleep doesn’t come; other times she wakes in the night and is unable to get...
  • Help For Homeless Veterans

    September 1, 2012 by Sharon Adams
    A strong and caring commitment of half a million dollars—that’s The Royal Canadian Legion’s initial funding for a program that will help homeless veterans across the country. “I am extremely proud to announce a national Leave the Streets Behind program,” said Dominion President Pat Varga, who...
  • Health File

    June 28, 2012 by Sharon Adams
    Just a half hour a day, advises Toronto family physician Dr. Mike Evans, whose popular video 23 and ½ hours, has gone viral on YouTube. (He does make the point that more is better and kids need at least one active hour every day). The video,...
  • 11 Steps For Surgery: What Patients Need To Know

    June 11, 2012 by Sharon Adams
    The prospect of surgery can turn the strongest of us into wimps. Who wouldn’t feel helpless, lying sedated, surrounded by a bunch of masked people armed with sharp instruments, poised to pierce your skin? You may not be able to change that scenario, but preparing yourself mentally...