14 Oct

Pregnancy Assistance for First Time Moms

In the event that you are looking for fast baby placement or need pregnancy assistance, there are many options available to you. One of the most popular options is adoption.


Pregnancy Assistance


An unplanned pregnancy can not only be scary but can be stressful. Sometimes a fast baby placement can be the better choice. Deciding if adoption is right for you, depends on many factors.


To help you decide, you may want to consider cost and what type of adoption. Many adoption agencies recommend creating an adoption plan. This plan will help you sort out the process when it comes to negotiating with the adoptive parents. The terms will discuss if the adoption will be open and what will be communicated as they welcome the baby into their home.


While you seek fast baby placement, you can find an adoptive family through an agency or a network. You can talk to your attorney or physician. They will be able to help start the search to finding a family to adopt the newborn. Once you find a few prospective adoptive parents, you will want to know as much information about them. If you are going the independent route, you will want their family history and possibly know more about their life. This will give you time to know more about the families and build a rapport.


In most cases, the adoption process can be finished up before you give birth. If you work with an adoption agency, the agency will handle most of the paperwork for you. Depending on the type of agency you work with, you will be to find the right adoptive parents. The options vary based on how much communication you wish to have in the child’s life. The adoption can also be done privately. If you have a closed or private adoption, you do not have to reveal your identity at all. You can request all information about the adoptive parents without having to exchange personal information about yourself.


You can get pregnancy assistance from a non-profit organization or an agency. In most cases, this assistance is complimentary to you.

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01 Oct

B.C. Researchers: Exposing Babies to Microbes a Good Thing


Scientists say letting her play with the dog and crawl on the floor may help protect your baby from asthma. (Chris Carlson/Associated Press)

When we welcome a new baby into the world, we’re ever so careful to keep it safe and healthy. However, a recent CBC News story suggests that being exposed to certain bacteria may actually be in our infants’ best interests.

A group of Canadian scientists found that when babies are exposed to four gut bacteria types before they are 3  months old—during a crucial period when their immune systems are taking shape—they gain asthma protection. The group from B.C. Children’s Hospital says that when it comes to hospital visits, asthma is the No. 1 reason.

There’s a belief that doing everything we can to keep our homes and children dirt-free and germ-free could be doing as much damage as good. It’s known as the “hygiene hypothesis.” In our crusade to sterilize everything around us and protect ourselves from infectious diseases and germs, we also kill the good stuff—bacteria that actually benefit us.

The researchers found a correlation between babies’ healthy immune systems—which fight the wheezing of asthma—and the levels of healthy bacteria in their systems.

One scientist cautioned that people shouldn’t go seeking out diseases and germs, but that it’s quite alright for babies to crawl on the floor, put things in their mouths, lick things, be around pets, etc. Doing so apparently colonizes bacteria in their immune system that are designed to fight off the real nasty stuff.

There are studies that have been done in Europe that show children who grow up around farm animals and are exposed to the types of bacteria common in a farming environment gain asthma protection.

While there are some environmental triggers that can trigger asthma, such as dust particles, other studies have shown that the chemicals we use to clean our homes may be contributing to the problem as well. Some companies, including Melaleuca, manufacture safe products that help people avoid asthma. Melaleuca products, for example, are environmentally friendly and contain no harmful chemicals like chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, or ammonia.

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23 Sep

Trouble with New Passport Processing Program

According to the latest reports, the new system by which Canadian passports are processed is highly susceptible to tampering and fraud. The flaws in the system may be due to the fact that the new passport program was hurried into place this past May, even though top brass pointed out red flags that could result in serious threats to security.

One of the fears, according to internal reports is that this new system could make it easier for passports to wind up in the wrong hands, leading to an increase in passport forgery and fraudulent behavior.

Ever since the new procedure was implemented, those in charge have been frantically working to correct the problem, which includes scores of security gaps and glitches. When the problem was not resolved within a few weeks, some officials recommended shutting down the production of passports until things were completely fixed.

However, that advice was not heeded, and the passports are still being made under the security-lax system. For example, it was found that government employees could take an approved passport and change the photo. Also, the information that appears on the passport may not match what is in the official government database.

Rob Nicholson, the current Foreign Affairs Minister, expressed his confidence in the system, saying that it has been and will continue to be tops in the world. He said that any issues that arise are quickly tended to and fixed.

However, one security expert says that’s not enough. Ex-CSIS analyst David Charland says that in the current world atmosphere of vamped-up security, the reports out of Citizenship and Immigration Canada are indeed worrisome. The glitches and gaps that are happening right now could make it easier for suspect individuals to freely enter and leave Canada, Charland says. He also fears that it will cause a great deal of inconvenience for law-abiding travelers to and from Canada who do not realize there are mistakes on their new passports.

What’s more, a Canada passport is the way Canadians obtain other important documents, including license to drive. Under the current system and its problems, applying for such a document could become a real headache.

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02 Sep

Greens push for supertanker ban on B.C. coast, stronger environmental laws

Canada needs stronger environmental assessment laws to help defend coastal communities from risky pipeline and tanker schemes, the federal Green party says.The party also wants a legislated ban on supertankers on British Columbia’s coast and a moratorium on drilling for oil and gas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The Green party advocates embedding the right to a healthy environment in the Constitution as well as development of a national energy plan with a strong commitment to tackling climate change.

The Greens also want to repeal the government’s omnibus security bill, which they say makes it easier for authorities to spy on environmental protesters. The RCMP should receive scientific briefings to ensure police understand the legitimate concerns of people who want action to reduce climate change through less reliance on fossil fuels, the party proposes.

The Greens held two seats in the House of Commons at dissolution, but hope to get enough new MPs elected to be more influential in Parliament.

Every pipeline project — whether it’s Enbridge’s Northern Gateway, Kinder-Morgan’s B.C. expansion through Burnaby Mountain to the Burrard Inlet, Energy East, or Keystone XL — is all about one thing: getting raw, unprocessed bitumen to coastlines, the Greens say.

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has hurt the economy by putting all of Canada’s eggs in the bitumen basket, May charges.

“On top of that, one accident could cripple the entire billion-dollar fisheries and tourism industry upon which our coastal communities depend. It is time to think like a country again and develop a national approach to a diversified energy strategy.”

Pipeline projects are approved only after proper independent scrutiny, Harper says.

The Greens claim the National Energy Board has “essentially become a pipeline approval agency.”

“With no national policy guidance on either the environmental impacts of resource extraction or in terms of long-term energy goals, the NEB hearings have become a farce,” says a party background document. “This must change.”

RCMP should receive scientific briefings to ensure police understand the legitimate concerns of people who want action to reduce climate change through less reliance on fossil fuels.

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02 Sep

Veterans launch ‘Anyone But Conservatives’ campaign during Harper stop

FREDERICTON – A veterans group opposed to the Harper government says it is planning to regularly picket campaign events, post lawn signs and use social media in its Anyone But Conservatives campaign, launched Monday.

The group kicked off its efforts with a protest outside the Royal Canadian Legion branch in Fredericton as Stephen Harper made announcements to boost the number of military reservists in the next mandate.

Tom Beaver, the chair of the campaign, said the veterans will be holding similar rallies and protests across the country.He said he was among a group of veterans who waited outside the campaign gathering but weren’t permitted to enter the local legion building.

Beaver, a former member of the army who served as a peacekeeper in the 1990s, says the group has a network of about 320 volunteers who are poised to help a board of 12 directors arrange the national campaign.

He says the Fredericton rally was arranged at short notice, and he expects the protest will be repeated at Conservative campaign stops across the country.

Veterans wearing their uniforms will be stationed near polls on election day in an effort to dissuade voters from supporting Harper, he said.

Beaver also said in a single day the group’s fundraising website – which was launched Monday – raised about $1,800.

The group says in an email it was formed after cuts to Veterans Affairs occurred in parts of the country under the Harper government.

An auditor general’s report late last year said one in five ex-soldiers seeking mental health care had to wait up to eight months for their application to be reviewed.

Nine regional offices that served veterans were closed by early 2014 despite complaints to former veterans affairs minister Julian Fantino.

But the Conservatives have said service levels have been increased through delivery of veterans programs at offices that jointly provide other government services.

Kory Teneycke, a Conservative campaign spokesman, noted that Harper spent part of the day meeting with veterans and said his party is concerned about veterans’ issues.

“Like all Canadians we’re proud of the service of all of our military both present and past and strongly support the veterans,” he said.

“Where there are issues we try to work closely with veterans to represent them.”

Kris Sims, who worked as the spokesperson for Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole before taking leave to work on the Conservative campaign, said the department has been hiring new case workers.

“More than 250 case workers and Veterans Affairs staff are being hired nationally,” she said in an email.She also said the government has created a national mental health network for the military and veterans and a 24-hour hotline staffed by mental health professionals who stand ready to counsel a veteran at any time.

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02 Sep

NDP wants RCMP to consider charging Wright, other PMO staffers, in Duffy affair

OTTAWA—The NDP wants the RCMP to consider laying charges against Nigel Wright and up to a dozen other staffers in the Prime Minister’s Office for their part in covering up the scandal over Sen. Mike Duffy’s expenses.
In a letter to RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus says testimony at the Duffy trial has produced significant new evidence about the role played by Wright, Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff.
Angus says Wright’s testimony has also revealed that at least a dozen other senior staff in the PMO were involved in a plan to make a secret payment to Duffy, interfere with an independent audit of his expenses and deliberately mislead the public about the entire affair.
Wright has been on the hot seat at the Duffy trial all this week, testifying about his decision to personally give the beleaguered senator $90,000 so that Duffy could reimburse the Senate for questionable expense claims.
In addition to charges of fraud and breach of trust, Duffy faces one count of bribery for accepting Wright’s money. He has pleaded not guilty to all charged. Wright, however, has not been charged with anything.
Angus notes that the Parliament of Canada Act specifies that no senator shall receive compensation for services rendered in relation to any matter or controversy before the Senate. It also makes it illegal for anyone to offer such compensation.
“Given the details that have now come to light about the $90,000 Mr. Wright paid to Mr. Duffy and the involvement of at least a dozen staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, I am writing to ask whether the RCMP will now be laying charges against Nigel Wright,” Angus says in the letter to Paulson.
“I am also asking, based on this new information, whether Ray Novak or any other staff working in the Prime Minister’s Office should be investigated for their role working with Mr. Wright in relation to this matter.”

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02 Sep

Trudeau promises $300 million a year to develop and market green technology

SUDBURY, Ont. — A Liberal government would invest millions of dollars to support a clean technology initiative to create jobs and wealth, Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.

On a campaign swing through northern Ontario, Trudeau used a stop at a Laurentian University research institute to underscore a commitment to sustainable growth.

He said a Liberal government would invest $200 million a year to develop clean technologies in forestry, fisheries, mining, energy and farming.
This will not only boost economic growth, he said, but will also meet environmental challenges.

“The environment and the economy go together like paddles and canoes,” he said. “You just can’t get to where you’re going unless you have both of them together.”

Trudeau said it’s time to bring together the private sector, provincial and territorial governments and research institutions to invest in sustainable growth.

In addition to the $200 million, there would be extra funding to help firms market their clean-technology products, he added.

“We’ll invest $100 million more per year in organizations that have been successful at supporting the emergence of clean technology firms in Canada, including Sustainable Development Technology Canada.”

The proposal would provide good jobs, create wealth and reduce pollution, he said.

He said Stephen Harper and the Conservatives have failed to deliver solid, sensible economic policies over the last decade and it’s time for a change.

“We know the world has changed in the last 10 years,” he said. “Mr. Harper and his government have not. Their plan has failed and they have no new ideas. We have to act now.”

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02 Sep

Top Harper aide Novak knew about $90K cheque, court told

Late in the day Tuesday, Senator Mike Duffy’s defence lawyer Donald Bayne presented evidence in his client’s trial that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s top aide, Ray Novak, knew about a $90,000 cheque given to Duffy by Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright.
It was a dramatic moment because the campaigning Conservatives have been answering pointed media questions by stating that Novak, Harper’s current chief of staff, did not know about the payment — even though he was copied on an email that said Wright would be sending the cheque to Duffy’s then-lawyer Janice Payne.
Kory Teneyke, speaking for the party, said Novak had not read that email. Novak told police he didn’t know about Wright’s $90,000 cheque — issued from the independently wealthy Wright’s personal funds to settle Duffy’s disputed Senate expenses — until May, two months later.
Bayne referred to an RCMP interview of Benjamin Perrin, Harper’s former legal counsel, conducted in February 2014.
Perrin told police Novak was in the room — meaning Wright’s office — “at some point” when the repayment was discussed. Novak was also on a conference call with Payne when she was told about Wright’s intention to use his own funds to repay Duffy’s expenses.
Bayne, reading the transcript to the court, said Perrin explained that he had a meeting with Wright on March 21, 2013 in his office. Perrin gave Wright the news he’d learned from Payne — that Duffy was reneging on the agreement to publicly announce he had repaid his expenses. Duffy intended to fight back and had come to believe the Deloitte auditing firm would back him up on his claim his primary residence really was in P.E.I., Perrin said.
It was the first time he’d heard of the decision, Perrin said.
Bayne kept reading. Perrin was adamant in his interview with the RCMP: “Ray was in that meeting and he heard that,” adding he was “shocked” when he read an RCMP production order listing who knew about the payment — a list that didn’t include Novak.
When Bayne asked Wright in cross-examination about Novak’s presence, he replied, “No, Ray wasn’t on the call. He may have dropped into the office for part of it. But he was not on the call.”
Bayne responded: “You know Mr. Perrin’s evidence will be he was on the call throughout?”
“I don’t know that,” said Wright. “That’s just not true.”
Wright told Bayne he’d spoken with Novak two weeks ago in BlackBerry text messages, but added there is no record of the messages — which he said lasted a minute or two.
Although Novak was issued a subpoena by the Crown, Bayne said in court on Tuesday it’s not likely he’ll be called as a witness — meaning the Crown has decided not to call him.
Perrin, who left the Prime Minister’s Office in 2013 to teach at UBC, will appear as a Crown witness later this week. It means he can be cross-examined by Bayne.
Harper has been asked repeatedly on the campaign trail why Novak wasn’t fired if in fact he knew about the Wright repayment. Wright was dismissed because, according to the Conservatives, he secretly repaid Duffy’s expenses from his own funds. Harper replied Tuesday that Novak at the time was a “subordinate.”
Duffy is on trial for 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery. Three of the charges relate to the money he took from Wright, who has not been charged.

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