Teens are sleep deprived, suffering due to early school start times: study

Pushing first class to later in the morning could do wonders for chronically sleep deprived teens, according to a new study.

Teenagers often get a bad rap: they’re seen as “tired, irritable and uncooperative” because they choose to stay up too late, and lazy for not wanting to get up early, the study states. But teens don’t run on the same inner clocks as everyone else, and experience “a major biological shift in their sleep patterns” during puberty.

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The findings were published in the Learning, Media and Technology journal and recently presented at the British Science Festival.

Researchers from Harvard and Oxford studied the difference between conventional 9 to 5 schedules, referred to as “social time”, as opposed to the “biological time” the body naturally follows. They found there is no other time than during the teenage years that these two schedules differ more greatly. Adolescents’ biological time dictates a need for nine hours of sleep, and later sleep and wake times.

READ MORE: Tips for parents: making sure your children get enough sleep

When a teen’s alarm goes off at 7:00 a.m., it’s the equivalent of a 4:30 a.m. alarm for the average person in their 50s.

The result of an early wake up call goes beyond sleepy teens; chronic sleep deprivation can produce negative effects, both mental and physical, on the body.

“This level of sleep loss causes impairment to physiological, metabolic and psychological health in adolescents while they are undergoing other major physical and neurological changes,” the study states.

“Failure to adjust education timetables to this biological change leads to systematic, chronic and unrecoverable sleep loss.”

The study is not unique in its findings: in August the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that most middle and high schools in the United States were starting their days too early.

“Getting enough sleep is important for students’ health, safety, and academic performance,” said lead author Dr. Anne Wheaton. “Early school start times, however, are preventing many adolescents from getting the sleep they need.”

In 2014 the American Academy of Pediatrics called a lack of sleep among adolescents “an important public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety, as well as the academic success, of our nation’s middle and high school students.”

READ MORE: Doctors say schools should start later so kids can sleep longer

All three studies urged the same conclusion: let the teens sleep.

The most recent study states that at the age of 16, the biological wake up time is around 8:00 a.m., and school should begin between 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. At 18 the biological wake up time is closer to 9:00 a.m., and a class time of 11:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. would be most beneficial.

The researchers concluded that syncing up educational start times to teens’ body clocks would be a “a relatively simple step” to boost students’ performance and reduce health risks without having to alter teaching methods or at any great expense.

“Good policies should be based on good evidence, and the data show that children are currently placed at an enormous disadvantage by being forced to keep to inappropriate education times,” the study states.

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Ontario mother outraged after bus driver leaves 6-year-old daughter at park alone

WATCH ABOVE: Just two days into the new school year, a six-year-old girl was dropped off by a school bus at a park by herself — rather than being walked over to after-school care. As Caryn Lieberman reports, the situation could have escalated into something much worse.

TORONTO — A Bradford, Ont. mother is outraged after her six-year-old daughter was mistakenly dropped off at a park about 20 minutes from their home, rather than sent to after-school care.

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Juliette, who prefers not to use her last name, told Global News she was mortified to learn that her daughter was put on a school bus rather than walked over to the YMCA daycare, which is attached to the W. H. Day Elementary School.

“I talked to her teacher in the morning and let her know that she would be going to the YMCA care and she went though her folder and said yeah, she did have a list,” Juliette said.

“She just basically had to walk down the hall.”

Melanie Slade-Morrison, a spokeswoman for the Simcoe County School Board, said the school board was “apologetic to the family,” adding that this was an “isolated incident.”

Slade-Morrison insisted the Board isn’t looking to assign blame, but is looking at where there may have been breakdowns in communication.

Juliette said that her daughter Sarena should have been picked up at the bus stop where she was dropped off Tuesday.

When Sarena got off the bus, no one was there to pick her up as her parents assumed she was in her after-school program.

The bus stop is next to a park, so Sarena played there for 45 minutes by herself.

“I’m mortified, I’m sick to my stomach,” said Juliette.

“She went into the park and played for about 45 minutes by herself.”

That’s when a passerby noticed her and asked if she could help.  Juliette had written the name of the school on Sarena’s backpack so the woman called the school, which then alerted her parents as to where she was. Eventually Sarena’s aunt rushed to the park to pick her up.

Juliette, who works as a Doula and registered massage therapist and was in a Toronto hospital helping to deliver a baby, said she asked Sarena if she considered walking home from the park but the little girl said she wouldn’t leave the area because her mom taught her never to cross the street alone.

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Big grocery chains about to put the squeeze on shoppers: report

Consumers may be about to feel the full weight of the country’s two dominant grocery chains, both of whom have added considerable heft and could be planning to start throwing it around, according to experts.

With job cutsand store closureslargely behind them, Loblaw Co. Ltd. and Empire Co. Ltd. (owner of Sobeys and Safeway) are now turning their combined attention toward the end-game of their blockbuster acquisitions of Shoppers Drug Mart and Safeway, respectively, last year: netting a bigger slice of cash from shoppers, experts say.

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“The big consolidations of 2014 should finally begin to bear fruit,” CIBC World Markets retail stock analysts said in a recent research report.

The fruit will come in the form of pricing and promotional strategies that mean lesshead-to-head competition between chains, and more sales squeezed from customers, the analysts said.

“Already we have seen some coordination of advertising programs to avoid direct item conflicts,” the CIBC report said. “But more importantly, the reduction in the number of competitors in both drug and food makes price checking and price signalling that much easier,” the analysts said.

“It fosters a much calmer, more coordinated market.”

Loblaw announced in July it was closing 52 unprofitable stores over the next year to help boost its bottom line. That announcement followed a similar one from Empire in mid-2014 that it was closing about 50 locations following its $5.8-billion purchase of Safeway Canada.

The pair of mega-deals, which were approved by regulators after Loblaw and Empire agreed to sell offsome stores, mean about half of Canadian supermarket sales are controlled by the two retailers, CIBC estimated.

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Loblaw and Empire each argued that their added scale would benefit shoppers by allowing the retailersto buy more wholesale volumes. The savings they got from the bulk purchases would give them the flexibility to pass the discounts onto customers, they said.

But consumer groups and some academics warned when the deals were first announced that shoppers could suffer from higher prices.

“We view this as a loss of competition,” Bruce Cran, president of the Consumers’ Association of Canada, said of the deals.

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In a paper published on the Loblaw-Shoppers transaction, Douglas West, an economist and chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta, called for an extensive analysis of prices on overlapping product lines.

“You have all these local markets across the country and the competitive intensity will vary by market,” West said at the time.

“I live in a little suburb of Vancouver, and we’ve got a Safeway and a Sobeys,” the CAC’s Cran said.

The loonie’s sharp decline as well as skyrocketing meat prices have already accelerated growth in supermarket prices. Food inflation remained relatively stable for several years following the recession, but began rising sharply at the beginning of 2014, Statistics Canadadata show.

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Loblaw did not respond to requests for comment.On a conference call Thursday, Empire executives said hiccups with theirintegration efforts in the latest quarter had createddelays in introducing the grocer’s new pricing strategies, but the holdupsweren’t significant.

Next year

CIBC’s analysts said Loblaw and Empire still have work to do, but their respective pricing strategies should be fully phased in by next year. “By 2016, the most important element – pricing strategy – should be determined and coordinated,” the report from Aug. 12 said.

Empire is clearly showing it’s still a work in progress. The company said Wednesday earnings fell 14 per cent compared to the same period last year, citing costs associated with the integration of Safeway.

“From a pricing and promotional point of view it’s been more business as usual, with a few experiments here and there,” Marc Poulin, Sobeys CEO said on the call.“We’ve always said we want to make the transition to the new systems and processes first and foremost before we look at the way we market.”

MORE: Facing leaner times, Alberta grocery shoppers ‘trade down’

Belt-tightening among shoppers in Western Canada, where Safeways outnumber Sobeys, could also keep a lid on price growth, experts say.

Supermarket prices in regionssideswiped by the oil downturn will be difficult to raise and could actually tick lower, Kenric Tyghe, a retail stock expert at financial services firm Raymond James, said. “Necessitated by a more price sensitive Western Canadian consumer.”

Still, grocery shoppers elsewhere won’t likely seeanything close to lower food prices, the CIBC research note said. Next year “should be the culmination of consolidation: a distinctly less competitive marketplace.”

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2 dead, hundreds sickened in U.S. Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers

TORONTO – Two people in the United States have died in a growing outbreak of salmonella linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico, which have led to recalls throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that in addition to the two deaths, 341 others have become sick as the agency continues to investigate the outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections.

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“341 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona have been reported from 30 states, an increase of 56 cases since the last update on September 4,” the CDC said in a statement. “Seventy ill people have been hospitalized, and two deaths have been reported from California and Texas.”

READ MORE:  Cucumber recall in Canada expanded

Just over half of the reported cased involve children under the age of 18, the CDC said.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the Overwaitea Food Group based in B.C. is recalling field cucumbers linked to the outbreak sold at Save On Foods, PriceSmart Foods, Coopers Foods, Overwaitea and Freson Brothers stores in B.C. and Alberta.

The affected field cucumbers were sold unwrapped on or before Sept. 4, 2015.

Safeway recalled the cucumbers this week along with other in-store products, like salads, that could contain the cucumbers.

The CFIA says it is not aware of any reported illnesses in Canada associated with eating the cucumbers.

In the U.S., the cukes that tested positive for Salmonella were distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce and the company began a voluntary recall of its “Limited Edition” cucumbers.

“Consumers should not eat, restaurants should not serve, and retailers should not sell recalled cucumbers,” the CDC said on its website.

“If you aren’t sure if your cucumbers were recalled, ask the place of purchase or your supplier. When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them and throw them out.”

Symptoms caused by Salmonella include diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, vomiting, nausea and abdominal cramps. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections.

Food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick and affect a wide range of food from pork and poultry to vegetables.

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Canadian Natural Resources cuts salaries in Calgary, Aberdeen by up to 10%

CALGARY – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. said Wednesday that it is cutting salaries for all of its staff in Calgary and Aberdeen, Scotland, as it grapples with low commodity prices.

Salaries will be reduced by up to 10 per cent, with the biggest cuts being absorbed by higher salaried employees, according to company spokeswoman Julie Woo.

Canadian Natural (TSX:CNQ) has not reduced its workforce this year, unlike many oil and gas producers who have resorted to mass layoffs in the face of plummeting oil prices.

“The additional measures taken today were in order to help the company address the current challenges without reducing our workforce,” Woo said in an email.

Canadian Natural has more than 7,600 employees across its operations in North America, Europe, and Africa.

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Blue Bombers QB Matt Nichols to make debut against Roughriders

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers aren’t wasting any time giving Matt Nichols his first start. He will play Saturday night when Winnipeg hosts the Saskatchewan Roughriders to complete their home-and-home series.

The Bombers acquired Nichols from Edmonton last week but backup Brian Brohm played in their 37-19 road loss Sunday to the Riders.

The loss ended Saskatchewan’s wretched nine-game losing streak to open the 2015 season and gave interim head coach Bob Dyce, a Winnipeg native, a victorious CFL coaching debut.

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Nichols will become the fourth different starter this season for Winnipeg (3-7) following incumbent Drew Willy (knee), Robert Marve (leg) and Brohm. Willy is the club’s offensive catalyst as all of its wins have come with him in the lineup.

Brohm, a 2008 second-round pick of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, was 21 of 26 passing Sunday for just 184 yards while adding 22 rushing yards on eight carries with a TD. He went to nine different receivers but four had just one reception and Winnipeg’s offence managed less than 250 total yards.

Nichols, in his sixth CFL season, gives Winnipeg a more experienced option behind Willy. The 28-year-old appeared in 45 games with Edmonton – going 5-7 in 12 career starts – and was 5-2 with the Eskimos this season after incumbent Mike Reilly (knee) was injured.

Nichols has completed 128 of 209 passes (61.2 per cent) for 1,488 yards with eight TDs but also 10 interceptions. Overall, the six-foot-two 215-pound Nichols is 270 of 443 passing (60.9 per cent) for 3,386 yards with 19 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

He has also run for 138 yards and three TDs.

Willy is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks and Winnipeg is 0-3 without him and 0-4 overall. The Bombers are fourth in the West Division, just two points behind third-place B.C. (4-5) but both teams would miss the playoffs if the fourth-place team in the East finished the season with more points.

Currently, Montreal (4-6) stands fourth in the East, just behind Ottawa (5-4).

Saskatchewan (1-9) certainly faces an uphill battle getting back into playoff contention but Sunday’s win was its 11th straight Labour Day weekend decision over Winnipeg. Rookie quarterback Brett Smith was 19 of 26 passing for 211 yards and a TD and also added 59 yards rushing on seven carries.

But Saskatchewan was anchored by a 161-yard rushing attack, led by Jerome Messam. The six-foot-four 245-pound native of Brampton, Ont., ran for a game-high 73 yards on 17 carries while rookie slotback Nic Demski – a Winnipeg native and former University of Manitoba standout – added a 60-yard punt return TD.

Pick – Saskatchewan.

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Quebec’s English school boards fight for survival

WATCH ABOVE:  School boards got some support from their colleagues in English Canada Wednesday as they fight to maintain their institutions. Howard Cohen finds out why.

MONTREAL – Quebec school boards received support from colleagues across Canada in their fight for self-preservation as they launched another offensive to try to protect their institutions.

Last April, Quebec Education Minister François Blais served notice that he intends to abolish school boards.

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“This is not simply a question of democracy,” said David D’Aoust, president of the Quebec Association of English School Boards.

“It is a question of the survival of our English speaking community in Quebec; a minority community.”

READ MORE: Can Quebec school board elections be saved? Should they be? 

“Providing our communities with a voice in the decision process is democracy,” added Floyd Martens, vice president of the Canadian School Boards Association.

“Electing representatives gives community a voice in who makes decisions on our behalf.”

But not everyone agrees.

Andrew Ross, a parent commissioner of the English Montreal School Board, wants to take advantage of the reform to increase the representation of parents in school governance.

“Parents need to have that stronger role,” he said.

“So it’s out with the old system and in with something new.”

Turnout at last fall’s school board election was 17 per cent for English school boards.

“Our system right now is a relic of a bygone era,” said Ross.

“The turnout of elections for school boards is an indicator that the general public does not have an interest in having these elections take place.”

Chris Eustace, a former teacher, welcomes the change.

“The government should pay more attention to the classroom, not the boardroom,” said Eustace.

He also argued that the money saved by abolishing school boards would result in cost savings.

Yet, opponents continue to raise concerns.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” said D’Aoust. 

“We firmly believe that the government’s time would be better spent working on reaching agreements with our teachers, professionals and support staff for the benefit of our students and also find ways to improve the present electoral system.”

The education minister is expected to table his school board reform bill sometime this fall.

Until that happens, school boards will continue to fight.

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Uxbridge father and son remembered after fatal vehicle rollover

WATCH ABOVE: Police say alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in a fatal collision that killed a father and son from Uxbridge, but investigators need help in piecing together what happened before the crash. Catherine McDonald has more on the victims and the investigation.

TORONTO — A family friend is remembering a 53-year-old Uxbridge man and his 23-year-old son in a positive light, after they were killed in a fatal rollover collision in Scugog township late Sunday.

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Durham Regional Police said a westbound Dodge rounded a curve on Regional Road 8, east of Lakeridge Road, at a high rate of speed and lost control at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday.

The vehicle entered a ditch and rolled multiple times. Both men were ejected.

READ MORE: Uxbridge father and son killed after vehicle rollover near Scugog township

The 53-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene while his 23-year-old son was transported to a local hospital by Durham EMS before being airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre by ORNGE air ambulance in critical condition.

The 23-year-old man succumbed to his injuries in hospital on Wednesday and the family has consented to the names of the victims being released.

With the families consent, police identified the victims on Wednesday as 53-year-old David LeGault and his 23-year-old son, Brandon Legault, both of Uxbridge.

Aylivia Taylor, who knew the two men, said they were very close.

“Dave lost his wife when Brandon was young,” she said.

“He raised two children on his own and did an amazing job.”

Taylor said Dave left behind a 21-year-old daughter and that Dave worked for the Toronto Catholic District School Board as a technician while his son owned a roofing company.

Police said they are looking for anyone who saw the father and son earlier that day at the Port Perry Fair because they still don’t know who was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

“We put the message out many times over the years, just don’t drink and drive,” said Sgt. Bill Calder.

“In this case we want to know which one was driving.”

Durham Regional police say they’d like to speak to anyone who saw the Legaults leaving the Port Perry Fair earlier in the day.

Police believe alcohol and speed were factors in the crash and said neither Dave nor Brandon were wearing seatbelts.

Sgt. Calder said the investigation is not focused on whether the father and son were over-served at the fair.

The Port Perry Fair has yet to comment on the tragedy.

Taylor said she’s still in shock and despite the fact their deaths may have been preventable, she wants to remember the victims in a positive light.

“They were incredible people,” she said.

“It’s very sad what happened.”

Police said the incident is an active investigation and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash or had contact with the men at the Port Perry Fair and who have not already spoken to police to contact Det.-Cst. Ashfield of the Collision Investigation Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5226.

Anonymous information can also be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Students in Ontario pay highest average tuition fees in Canada

TORONTO — Undergraduate students in Canada paid an average of $6,191 in tuition fees for the 2015/2016 academic year, a 3.2 per cent increase from the 2014/2015 average of $5,998.

The annual Stats Canada comparison of tuition fees across the provinces found that students in Ontario are paying the highest fees on average, at $7,868. Saskatchewan tuition fees came second at $6,885, and in third place Nova Scotia at $6,817.

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Paying the least in tuition fees are students in Newfoundland and Labrador with an average of $2,660, and Quebec at $2,799.

Alberta froze tuition fees for the academic years, while tuition has been frozen in Newfoundland and Labrador since the 2003/2004 academic year. New Brunswick froze tuition for most programs, resulting in a modest increase of 0.9 per cent overall. Other increases by province ranged between 1.9 per cent in Manitoba to 5.2 per cent in Nova Scotia.

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Dentistry students paid the highest average tuition fees of all undergrad students, coming in at a total of $18,934 in tuition fees, on average. Next came students in medicine at $13,416, pharmacy at $11,723 and law at $10,983 on average.

Graduate students

Tuition fees for graduate students followed the same patterns as undergrad fees: Ontario students paid the most, at $8,971, followed by students in Nova Scotia at $8,502 on average.

Again, students in Newfoundland and Labrador paid the least on average for graduate studies at$2,474, and in Quebec $2,886.

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Among graduate students, executive master of business administration remained the most expensive program with average tuition fees at $42,235, followed by the regular MBA with average fees of $28,567.

Dentistry took a relatively distant third place with $12,551 in average tuition fees in the 2015/2016 year.

International students

Students from outside of Canada continue to pay much higher fees for their studies. International students paid an average of  $21,932 in the 2015/2016 year, a 6.5 per cent increase from the year before.

Tuition fees for graduate programs increased by 3.2 per cent for international students, who paid $14,350 on average for the 2015/2016 school year.

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TIFF Lookback: ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

With eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and a win for Jennifer Lawrence as Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook was one of the biggest movies of 2012.

And it all started at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“[Silver Linings Playbook] had its world premiere at TIFF, and there was so much buzz going into this movie,” says ET Canada‘s TIFF Project Manager Kim Gonsalves.

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Of course a lot of that had to do with the fact that Silver Linings Playbook featured two of the biggest names in Hollywood.

“You have Bradley Cooper who’s super hot from The Hangover and Limitless,” says Gonsalves. “Then you have Jennifer Lawrence. She was just coming off the first Hunger Games film. Their connection on screen was undeniable and you could tell they had a great connection off screen as well.”

That off-screen magic came alive at TIFF where Jen and Bradley were interviewed by ET Canada‘s Rick Campanelli.

“When you meet him,” Jen said of Brad, “he’s nice, he’s charming and just so easy to be around. I just feel like I am in really good hands anytime when he’s around.”

The feeling was mutual with Brad calling Jen “one of the smartest actors” he had ever worked with.

Of course, the Academy was pretty fond of Jen, too. At just 22 years old, she became the second-youngest Best Actress winner in Oscar history (the youngest being Marlee Matlin who won at 21 years of age for the 1986 film, Children of a Lesser God).

“[Jennifer] is so relatable, she’s the girl next door,” says Gonsalves. “She’s got this casual vibe, so that really did help her out in terms of her Oscar campaign and that started right when the movie premiered at TIFF, so the festival really has been a great platform for her.”

Watch more of Rick Campanelli’s interview with stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence below.

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Gastrointestinal illness cases on the rise in southern Alberta

WATCH ABOVE: Alberta Health Services is reminding parents to be diligent about preventing the spread germs. A gastrointestinal illness is circulating in the south zone and the most vulnerable are the young and old.

LETHBRIDGE – Alberta Health Services is reporting an increase in the number of gastrointestinal illness cases in the south zone, which includes the area South of Calgary, including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. The increase has prompted a reminder to residents and visitors of important precautions to reduce the spread of illness.

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“We had over 200 cases in the zone that’s kind of triggered us,” said Karin Goodison, AHS medical health officer. “Something is going on and let’s let people know now rather than waiting until the fall when we typically see more of our gastrointestinal illness outbreaks.”

Symptoms can include diarrhea and/or vomiting and may include stomach cramps, muscle aches and low fevers.

These symptoms usually last around 48 to 72 hours and, in most cases, require no special treatment.

However, AHS said this illness can be very dangerous for the very young, the very old, and those with weakened immune systems as there is a risk for dehydration.

“Little ones can get dehydrated quite quickly and it’s harder to tell that they’re getting dehydrated because they can’t tell you they are thirsty,” said Goodison. “Parents can actually, if the kid is diapered, pay attention to how many wet diapers they have.”

To avoid the illness AHS is reminding residents to always wash their hands, and clean bathrooms and other household areas more frequently than normal if someone is ill.

AHS said to stay home from work and school if you are ill, and avoid visiting child care facilities, hospitals and seniors care facilities until the symptoms are gone.

Officials also stressed the importance of staying out of recreational swimming pools up to two weeks after symptoms go away.

AHS said if you or a loved one have symptoms or need more information, to call Health Link anytime at 811.

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‘It’s a big deal for the species’: Edmonton Valley Zoo welcomes baby zebra

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Valley Zoo is celebrating the birth of a female zebra.

The newborn, which belongs to the Grevy’s species of zebra, doesn’t have a name yet. She was born on Tuesday  morning and weighed about 88 pounds.

“The baby looks really good right now — she’s running around, she’s acting like a normal little baby,” said Wade Krasnow, team leader of animal care at the Valley Zoo.

“She’s very frisky and she’s got really long legs.”

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Kransow said the birth has been a few years coming, as it took a while to introduce the parents, seven-year-old Zari and 17-year-old Shaka. Plus, the gestation period of a Grevy’s zebra is 390 days, the longest of any equid species.

“It’s a very big deal not just for us, it’s a big deal for the species as a whole because there’s only about 1,500 to 2,500 left in the world. And zoos around the world are working together to help save this species,” said Krasnow.

Krasnow said Zari is a first-time mother.

“She actually was very skittish before she got pregnant, and into her late pregnancy she calmed right down and she’s being an excellent, excellent mother. So we’re very, very happy with that.”

Grevy’s zebras are the most endangered of the three species of zebra. They are found primarily in Kenya and Ethiopia. The life expectancy of a Grevy’s zebra in captivity is 22 to 30 years, according to Krasnow.

The zoo may breed the pair again in a few years.

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Uxbridge father and son killed after vehicle rollover near Scugog township

TORONTO — A 53-year-old Uxbridge man and his 23-year-old son are dead after they were thrown from their vehicle after rolling over into a ditch in Scugog township late Sunday.

Durham Regional Police said a westbound Dodge rounded a curve on Regional Road 8, east of Lakeridge Road, at a high rate of speed and lost control at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday. 

The vehicle entered a ditch and rolled multiple times and ejected both men.

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The 53-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene while his 23-year-old son was transported to a local hospital by Durham EMS before being airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre by ORNGE air ambulance in critical condition.

The 23-year-old man succumbed to his injuries in hospital on Wednesday and the family has consented to the names of the victims being released.

Investigators have identified the victims as 53-year-old David LeGault and his 23-year-old son, Brandon Legault, both of Uxbridge.

Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit investigated the circumstances of the collision for several hours and said alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the collision.

Police said the incident is an active investigation and are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or had contact with the men at the Port Perry Fair and who have not already spoken to police to contact Det.-Cst. Ashfield of the Collision Investigation Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5226.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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