AEDs Save Lives

A young man who had a cardiac arrest in a very similar way to my experience, didn’t make it 3 years ago.

His father is making an attempt to get Nova Scotia’s healthcare software to be as effective as the rest of Canada’s.

Michael Fowlie’s tragic experience with heart failure was very close to my own, with the huge difference that I was lucky enough to survive.

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Regina Woman Saves 2 Lives With CPR

Learn CPR, and you could become a super hero like this Regina woman, Mallory.

Neither of them expected something like this to happen, especially to Fyfe, an athletic 29-year-old who won the Queen City Marathon just last year.

“It’s weird,” McCormick said. “After Iain, I kept joking about how like, ‘Oh ya, once I get two lives, then I get to call myself a super hero,’ but I only said that because I thought the chances of it happening again are just so (low).”

But less than a month later, McCormick and Fyfe were hiking near Fernie, B.C., when the couple came across a woman who had collapsed on the trail.

Showing similar symptoms to Fyfe, McCormick jumped into action yet again.

“Apparently, the first thing out of my mouth was ‘Oh, bleep, not again,’ ” said McCormick.

It’s a story I can easily relate to.

Councillor’s Son Diagnosed With Cancer

There’s been no shortage of cancer unkindly touching the lives of members of City Council.

If Councillor Stevens is unable to continue as Ward 3 Councillor, that will be a real loss to the soul of Regina. He’s been the only Councillor to drive a progressive agenda this term, dependably bringing important ideas to Council for discussion. I wish him, his family, and of course his son well.

Hep C Cure Being Underutilized In Saskatchewan

Why is our health system failing an estimated tens of thousands of people?

“If we only treat 350 people a year, the number of new infections in the province almost assuredly will be higher than that, so we’ll never actually get to a point where we’re actually bringing the prevalence down and actually getting to a point where we can actually talk about eliminating hepatitis C by 2030, which is the World Health Organization’s’ stated goal.”

Can’t Get Lung Cancer Outdoors

Actually, you can, especially in Regina where we are a decade behind the times.

Regina is behind by a decade. Mayor asks if we should try to catch up:

“I wouldn’t say we have fallen behind,” Fougere said.
With the report coming before April 1, the hope is that the bylaw could be in place before patio season arrives.
“The idea is we want to move on this quickly,” Fougere said.

A little late for that, but good to know he’s finally on the right track.

In other lung disease news, in the previous Leaderpost tweet:

#YQRcc Thinks You Need No Additional Rights

Our City Council is being awfully stingy with your rights. They don’t think you should have a right to a clean environment, so are delaying a non-binding commitment to support the Blue Dot movement calling for a Canadian constitutional change. They are literally more concerned with the supposed costs to the City, than about your health and safety.

Regina members of the Blue Dot movement, which is seeking to get the right to a healthy environment added to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, are frustrated by delays at City Hall and councillors wanting more information on what they consider a no-brainer.

Six months after the local chapter of the Blue Dot movement called for such action, and for the city to pressure the provincial and federal governments to recognize this right, too, administration has reported back that it wants to do more research on the matter.

“At this point, what further information is needed?” asked Blue Dot organizer Kelly Husack at Wednesday’s executive committee meeting, stressing that the declaration is non-binding.

She added that “one should not pretend this motion matters to Regina City Council if it does not.”

It doesn’t matter to most Councillors, obviously. And that is shameful for Regina.

Pedestrian Safety Committee

This was sent to City Council last week in regard to this news story and Regina’s glacial repair of dangerous street design:

Your Worship, and City Councillors,

I write in support of Councillor O’Donnell’s idea to improve pedestrian safety in school zones. I would hope though that this effort to save lives is not limited to only school zones, and will be extended across the city.

The main problem is not just that the 40km/h and 50km/h limits are too high in residential areas, the streets are designed in an unsafe way for pedestrians, and actually encourage speeding. This debate was recently seen in Calgary, regarding fire truck street design vs. pedestrian safety design. For times when a collision does happen, 30km/h is far better than 40km/h, as a limit. That’s why it’s the standard for progressive countries looking to reduce auto/pedestrian fatalities.

To get people to actually slow down takes more than another street sign, it takes road redesign. Look on Broad St. N., College Ave., and Douglas Ave. for examples; all go by schools and have three lanes for cars (one is parking). If we were concerned about slowing vehicles down in these zones, one of those lanes would be blocked off for bicycles only, and there would be no parking close to where children and other pedestrians cross the street. There would be bulb-outs to make the walkers’ trip short, and pose a visual threat to drivers going too quickly. Speed humps, that put pedestrians at grade, like the one seen in the parking lot of Victoria Square Mall in front of Jysk is a fine example to copy too. Make streets as narrow as possible for cars (and emergency vehicles and snow removal equipment). Do not place congestion concerns above human life. If people want to avoid congestion, they can walk, bike, or take buses given priority lanes.

Two people have died recently on Victoria Ave. E. because that street was designed only with vehicles in mind. Instead of walling it off to people, give it safe places to cross, and a sidewalk (and cycle track) to connect east Regina with Downtown. With the new bypass, Victoria Ave. should be reclaimed as a city street instead of a highway hostile to pedestrians with the body count rising.