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ASTHMA: Find the cause and treat the symptoms

Asthma is an increased response of the airways to certain stimuli that are irritants/allergies or sensitivities to that person. This causes broncho-constriction, which means narrowing of the breathing passageways, which can lead to shortness of breath, wheezing or a chronic cough and in some cases can be life-threatening. At this time of year, I see many people that are starting to experience reactions to the mould from the melting snow and the dust in the streets and at home, especially if there is a wood stove.

Rosslanders Podium at Neil Edgeworth Banked Slalom at Big White on weekend

My experience with the Neil Edgeworth banked slalom goes back a few years now.  The first time I went I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I was told by my husband that he was off to compete in this race and I was not only coming with but competing as well.  Hold on just a minute I think was my response, why am I competing?  So he explained and I went, hesitantly.

Hundreds rally against Endbridge Oil

On a soggy Monday afternoon, hundreds of people rallied against the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline from the tar sands in Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia. The protest was lead by the Heiltsuk people, whom proudly describe themselves as the care takers of their territorial lands and waters, in the Great Bear Rainforest on BC’s Central Coast.  

The rally began modestly at the Bear Initiative Office on Granville, swelled at the Vancouver Art Gallery, then hit the streets for a march to the Enbridge office on Burrard. 

Good Friday?

Having just read Diana Butler Bass' new book Christianity After Religion--a thoughtful and thought-provoking read--and being in the midst of planning for Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday services, I am left to ponder what the post-Christian generation might think about Good Friday.

In the book we learn that many people in our age are cross border shopping in faith traditions, taking what they need to supplement their personal experiences of the Divine.

Powder, Trees and Airbags

Friday night the snow was falling and my biggest concern was how to fit everything I wanted to do in on Saturday as I had to work Sunday and Monday and Tuesday…... not feeling 100% Saturday started slow with a sleep in after helping make breakfast for our guests.  Always something to do at the lodge so while Ian was sleeping I started making beds and then we headed out for some mountain time.  We had missed the Cliff Dive registration so I figured it was time to go see what the snow was like up top before hitting the park and the Airbag.

Down the garden path: CCCs benefit developers, punish infillers

Council and the community are being led down the proverbial garden path by CAO Victor Kumar about the Development Cost Charge (DCC) Bylaw.   Information provided to council by Mr. Kumar is misleading, inaccurate, incomplete, and frequently unsubstantiated.  The only realistic data being provided seems to be coming from Ken Holmes.  Thanks Ken!

Jesus clears the temple

Here you'll find the image our kids gave me a few years ago. It occupies a central place in my office. The kids do not attend church; describe themselves as generally agnostic; have caused me to wonder about my hypocrisy as only teenagers could; and have generally shown a distrust of the church and its teachings that is typical of our society today.

And yet. And yet. They gave me this image. Jesus clears the temple.

Is Harper undermining Obama on Iran?

It might be useful for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to read a U.S. state department cable from Israel released by Wikileaks. It reveals that talk of Iran's imminent production of nuclear weapons goes back to the early 1990s: "The head of the MFA's [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] strategic affairs division recalled that GOI [Government of Israel] assessments from 1993 predicted that Iran would possess an atomic bomb by 1998 at the latest."

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