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We need changes to our laws PDF Print E-mail

We need changes to our laws, or -"The Law is an Ass" at times.

A recent judge's decision that eight months in jail and three months' probation was a fair punishment for a man who had possessed and indeed himself produced child pornography, and who had sexually assaulted two young girls left the father of one of them outraged, and rightly so.

Will this slap on the wrist prevent such a man from further offenses once he is released? I think not. It will give him time to reminisce about former deeds and to plan new methods of attack. Such a man will not change. He will continue to be a menace to children. Before long, he will be in court again, on similar charges. Rape and sexual assault are closely akin to murder. The body of the victims may not be permanently damaged but their souls may well be. What has been done will damage his victims for their lifetime.

So sufficient time in custody for this man to be given treatment, to be given counselling that may possibly allow enough time for his behaviour to change, surely is a necessity.

I was much disturbed, too, by the Crown's suggestions regarding the three young people who set fires in Penticton 'for fun'. One blaze caused about ten million dollars in damages to a badly needed seniors' facility. Detailed plans to set more fires were found in the cell of one of the boys. Both boys are said to have 'laughed about their accomplishments' and neither one has shown remorse. The Crown is asking for a 'maximum two year sentence with one year of probation' for these boys.

Both suffered from 'turbulent upbringings' and are very sick children. Time in jail is not the answer - indeed, it will only expose them to hardened criminals and assure their future in crime. What, then, is the answer for them?

Canada has no facillities for cases like this, but is a facility the answer? I think not.

Perhaps the answer would be to place each in a special foster home - one with wise parents and perhaps other young people of secure values. Counsellling must take place. But it seems to me that work is also the answer. Hard, supervised work. And the idea of replayment should enter in, too. Not that these youths can ever make the necessary millions to replace what they have destroyed, but if much of what they receive goes to some laudable fund, it might have two effects. One would be the idea that crime really does not pay! And hard physical work is healing. Along with good parenting and hard work, they might be able to change their dangerous thinking.

And perhaps they need a tracking device for some years, too. Knowledge of their whereabouts is vital! A change in the law seems needed to address the needs of such children. And wouldn't it be less expensive and more hopeful than incarcerating them?

Frustrated in Penticton, D.M.

Simple Untrasound could save many seniors' lives PDF Print E-mail

Canadian Vascular Surgions call for National Screening Program


The Canadian Assoc of Vascular Surgeons is calling for a national screening program for abdominal aortic aneurysm screening. There is strong and growing evidence indicating that identifying abdominal aneurysms before they rupture is effective in cutting the death rate in half for those at risk.

5 percent of men and under one per cent of women over the age of 65 have an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) The Society's research reveals that ultrasound screening for AAA among men aged 65-75 could be as cost effective as saving a life by mammography. The cost of a limited abdominal ultrasound scan to screen for aortic aneurysm in Ontario, under the provincial health plan, is $55.

Canada's aging population will increase the number of individuals at risk for AAAs and if you have one there is a good chance that it will rupture. Canada's time has come for a national screening program.

The Canadian Soc for Vascular Surgery is calling on all national, provincial and territorial health ministries to develop screening programs for AAA to prevent unnecessary deaths. In the USA screening is available to all senior citizens as part of their medicare exam. The UK government decided on a screening program in January 2008 and is now planning their implementation.

Seniors are encouraged to talk to their doctors about booking an ultrasound now. Early detection and treatment of an abdominal aortic aneurysm can avoid a life-threatening risk of rupture. All men between 65 and 75 and those under 65 with a family history should be screened. Women over 65 who are at high risk because of smoking history and a family history should also be screened. 

A Bowl of Cereal and 53 Peaches PDF Print E-mail

Ever wonder why food doesn't taste like it used to? Science provides the answer, and it isn't pretty.

All those bright chemists working for the big food producers are toiling in their chemistry labs to produce food that ripens quickly, looks good, and travels well - taste does not come into their research!

No taste - and no nutrients either. In 1951 one serving of broccoli contained as many vitamins as two servings today. Most amazing - in 1951 the vitamin A in two peaches would require 53 peaches today! Hard to believe that all that scientific research is producing dud food for Canadian consumers.

Maybe that is part of the obesity epidemic. People are eating more because the sterilized modern food is just not satisfying them!

Fruits and vegetables that are trucked in  to Canadian markets from thousands of miles away are just not providing us with the nutrients we think we're getting. By the time we get them in our stores, 8-16 days after harvesting, they have already lost between 15% (spinach) and 90% (green beans) of their vitamins and minerals.

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Zooming on in the Okanagan 


Canadian Zoomers Want Respect PDF Print E-mail

Did you know that there are over 10 million Canadians aged 50 and over? We not only widely outnumber all the other age groups we have more than 70 percent of all saving and account for more than half of all consumer spending. So why aren't we being taken seriously?

Even though we have the money businesses continue to cater to the 10-25 age group, which is odd as this group has no money!

TV programs cater to the young crowd with the endless stream of forensic crime dramas, talent hunts and dancing celebrities. Movies, which includes DVD rentals, are the same. Car chases, steamy sex, explosions and violence of all sorts.  The entertainment industry either does not know or does not care that our generation still reads books. We have certain standards and we expect shows to have a point. We like a plot and prefer character development to car chases. These TV produces can't expect  Jane Austen to carry the whole load herself!

The upside of this is that Canadian Zoomers are going line dancing, taking up Tai Chi, playing golf and painting landscapes. Senior Centres are busy places and night school classes are more full than ever.  Book stores, with the exception of Calgary, are doing a brisk business - we have taken our entertainment into our own hands!

Restaurants are another area where Zoomers are not catered to - but that's for another day.

Zooming on! in the Valley 



Found a Wooden Clothes Drying Rack PDF Print E-mail

I read the chat on the high cost of using a clothes dryer and went looking for an old fashioned, wooden drying rack - you remember! They fold up to nothing when not in use, then you just set them up when you need them.

Well, they were not easy to find, but I did track them down at Home Hardware. These are not as well made as the one my mother used to have, but they do the job. Just setting it up on my small sundeck brought back lots of memories, and the clothes did smell fresher!

Thanks for the good idea!

'goinggreen' in Oyama 


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