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Sunday, March 9, 2014

National Respiratory Network Being Launched

Those suffering from chronic lung diseases like asthma may breathe a sigh of relief at the announcement that a national respiratory network is being launched. 

The Canadian Lung Association is helping to fund the network and Barb MacKinnon of the New Brunswick chapter says the number of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is growing. It's the fourth leading cause of death in the country with mortality rates climbing in the last three decades especially for women. About 2.4-million of us over the age of 12 have been diagnosed with asthma.

MacKinnon says the network will foster integrated research across the country on respiratory diseases and also has a training program for young researchers. The Lung Association investing more than a million dollars into the new Canadian Respiratory Research Network over the next five years.

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Local Dietician Encouraging Home Cooking

Whipping up a home-cooked meal after a grueling day can seem like a daunting task, but one dietician says it doesn't have to be. 

Saint John registered dietician Vanessa MacLellan says getting things ready ahead of time will make the cooking process much faster. She also suggests planning leftovers, so if you're having chicken breasts on the weekend, just throw on a couple extra so you can eat them the next day.

MacLellan also emphasizing dinners don't have to be complex, and says an example of a simple, healthy, cheap, and quick meal is a frittata.

A 2012 poll conducted for Dieticians of Canada revealing 43-percent of us don't cook homemade meals, which could mean we're relying more on prepackaged meals and fast food.

Sluggish Start To Spring

A meteorologist calling this winter one for the record books in terms of cold temperatures, and it won't be heating up anytime soon. 

Dayna Vettese of the Weather Network tells CHSJ News we won't see balmy spring weather until about mid-April. She says we tend to see about 2 or 3 degrees for daytime highs during this month, but over the next few weeks temperatures will hover closer to the zero mark or even drop below that.

Vettese says there is a big trough in the jet stream and all of the cold air is funneling south, which is almost the opposite of what happened a few years ago when we experienced an usually warm March.

Premier Defends What His Government Is Doing To Turn Province Around

Premier David Alward is dismissing the latest polling which shows his government trailing the Opposition Liberals in popular support by 12 per cent, telling CHSJ News he knows the upcoming provincial election will be tough but the polls have been unreliable of late if you look at what happened with the provincial elections in B-C and Alberta.

Alward maintains the decisions his government are making now, however controversial, will make the province stronger down the road. He spoke at his party's nomination meeting at Champlain Heights School, saying there will be announcements made soon to boost forestry in the province and that will benefit the port of Saint John.

Alward, also taking a shot at Provincial Liberal leader Brian Gallant, saying he's all about moratoriums whether it's shale gas or pension reform and the province can't afford a step back.

Conservatives Choose Their Candidate For Saint John East

The Conservative candidate in Saint John East for the provincial election in September will be Glen Savoie. The ridings have been reconfigured and, right now, Savoie is the M-L-A for Saint John Fundy. 

Savoie prides himself on keeping in touch with his constituents and tells CHSJ News they realise New Brunswick's financial position is precarious and tough decisions have to be made.

Savoie, a member of the Southern Regional Caucus, says they set three priorities.....A new "Y" in Crescent Valley, safe drinking water for the city along with more money for the Fundy Trail and all three were achieved.

He concedes a main focus in the upcoming election will be the migration of young people out west but believes the economic development policies of the Alward Government are a start in getting them to return.

Sad Stats On Parental Disappointment

If you always thought your parents were secretly disappointed you didn't become a lawyer or a doctor, you're not alone.

A new study by Big Brothers Big Sister is showing 67% of parents in Canada aren't sure their kids will live up to their expectations.

The top-ranked expectations parents have for kids include: having the values to make good decisions, having confidence, and finding work they love. The biggest barriers to achieve them were listed as negative behaviors, financial troubles, and stress.

That disappointment seems to have been passed down from generation to generation, with 83% of parents unsure that they lived up to the expectations their own parents had for them