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NFL Play 60 campaign promotes exercise at Royal Vale School

MONTREAL —; Royal Vale School hosts an annual flag football tournament that has grown so fast in popularity – that the NFL took notice.

The organization’s Play 60 campaign planted its flag in the school’s backyard, the first time it’s ever done something like this in Canada, to sponsor the event, held by the Greater Montreal Athletic Association, a coalition made largely of English schools.

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To celebrate the Play 60 campaign, NFL Indianapolis Colts players, cheerleaders, team mascot ‘Blue’ and the first female coach in NFL history – Dr. Jen Welter – attended the tournament.

Royal Vale School gym teacher Norman Katz was involved in a charity jump rope competition when he received a text from NFL Canada.

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    “Royal Vale School has shown, within four short years, that they have been able to grow the tournament from four to 17 schools,” said Tammy Johnson, a spokesperson with NFL Canada.

    Royal Vale officials were thrilled that the league sponsored their games.

    Gym teacher Norman Katz said he was participating in a charity jump rope event when he received a text message from NFL Canada.

    “It was like a Cinderella story,” he told Global News.

    Play 60 is a football exhibition that the league puts on in schools across the United States, in an effort to promote exercise for both boys and girls.

    This year, the program is slated to come to three other Canadian schools.


Calgary teen with rare genetic disorder has unforgettable moment on rugby pitch

The Forest Lawn High School rugby team didn’t win a single game this season–but it doesn’t matter.

No one will remember the final scores or their record. But they will remember May 16.

In the final game of the season against the best team in junior rugby, Doug Jarvis–a Grade 10 student with a rare genetic disorder–not only got on the field, but stole the spotlight.

Click through the photo gallery below to see Doug in action:

Doug’s school picture at Forest Lawn in August.

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Doug showing off his Forest Lawn Titans jersey.

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Doug on the practice field at Forest Lawn with his teammates.

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Doug Jarvis dancing on the practice field at Forest Lawn High School.

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Doug in the huddle during football season with the Forest Lawn Titans.

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Doug on the sideline, in uniform during a high school football game.

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Doug on the sideline during a Forest Lawn Titans game.

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Doug running onto the field during a division 3 game against Lester B. Pearson.

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Doug showing how much weight he’s lost since the start of the school year in September.

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Weighing 170 pounds.

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Doug with his grandma from Dauphin, MB.

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Doug with his mom, Rolene, and siblings.

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Doug posing with his teammates on the Forest Lawn wrestling team.

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Doug in his ‘Yes I Can’ T-shirt. It’s a motto he lives by.

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In the dying seconds, Doug grabbed the ball and ran the length of the field to score his first-ever try–a moment captured in the video above.

His teammates, elated by the triumphant moment, hoisted him onto their shoulders and carried off the star of the game chanting his name: “Jarvis, Jarvis, Jarvis!”

“I’ve never been so proud of my son, to see what he’s accomplished,” said his mother, Rolene Maliteare. “He’s a special gift from God, that boy.”

WATCH: Calgary teen with rare genetic disorder has unforgettable moment on rugby pitch

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    Doug became the star of Forest Lawn athletics this year, and not because he led the team in touchdowns or tries, but because he led them in personality and positivity.

    “You see him yelling and screaming ‘let’s go guys’. Just the most energetic and happy guy to be around…even on the worst of days,” fellow Grade 10 student Samuel Steward said.

    Born with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), Doug has an insatiable appetite, low muscle tone and a learning disability.

    “Overall, he just wants to eat all the time. Food is his favourite thing,” Maliteare said. “It’s his passion.”

    WATCH: Global Calgary learns how Doug Jarvis’ positive attitude has impacted other students, when he visits with his mother Rolene Maliteare and his coach Keith Daye

    Doug has a new passion now: sports.

    Never one to turn down an opportunity, it all started on registration day when a student invited him to join the football team. Doug obliged.

    “Doug approaches it in a simple way that I wish a lot of other people could. Somebody said, ‘here’s an opportunity,’ he said ‘OK, I’m in,” Forest Lawn wrestling coach Keith Daye said.

    At the start of the school year, Doug weighed 257 pounds.

    WATCH: Global cameras were running when the Forest Lawn Titans handed the ball over to their most valuable player for an unforgettable moment.

    By the end of the season Doug had played Titans football, wrestling and rugby. He also lost nearly 100 pounds.

    “He was diabetic, Type 2 on insulin,” Rolene said. “No more insulin. No more finger pokes.”

    “Just a totally different kid than he was a couple years ago. I just think, if he can do it, why can’t other people do it? He inspires me every day, and I’m his mom.”

    According to the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research Canada (FPWR Canada) the disorder affects one in 15,000 people. The most dominate symptom of PWS is extreme hunger, which means a person never feels full. There are currently no effective treatments to regulate appetite in PWS.


Over 32 million Twitter passwords have been leaked online

桑拿会所’s hacking woes may be just beginning. Tens of millions of 桑拿会所 passwords and login credentials have been leaked online and are reportedly for sale on the dark web.

According to Leaked Source, a website that collects and analyzes leaked data, a user by the name of Tessa88 is selling over 32 million 桑拿会所 password and email combinations. It is believed the user is asking for around 10 bitcoins, approximately C$7,323 at time of publishing, in exchange for the data.

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Over the last week, a growing number of celebrities – including Drake, Kylie Jenner and the NFL – have had their 桑拿会所 accounts taken over by hackers who use the accounts to poke fun at their victims and spark rumours of celebrity deaths.

READ MORE: Drake, Kylie Jenner, now the NFL – why are celebrity 桑拿会所 accounts being hacked?

It’s unclear why or how so many accounts are being hacked, but some have speculated hackers were using information from a recently released database of passwords and user names stemming from old data breaches at LinkedIn and Myspace to hack the accounts.

However, this latest data dump does not appear to be connected to those data breaches.

Leak Source believes the passwords in this new data dump may have been obtained through malicious software that tricked users into handing over their login information.

“The explanation for this is that tens of millions of people have become infected by malware, and the malware sent every saved username and password from browsers like Chrome and Firefox back to the hackers from all websites including 桑拿会所,” read the organizations blog.

桑拿会所’s chief security officer Michael Coates confirmed Thursday that the company is aware of the situation, adding, “We’re confident that our systems have not been breached.”

He also said 桑拿会所 is working with Leaked Source to obtain the stolen data.

What should you do if you are a 桑拿会所 user?

In the wake of this data dump and the recent increase in account hacking, 桑拿会所 has been actively encouraging users to increase the security on their accounts.

First, you should consider changing your 桑拿会所 password. We have compiled a list of tips to help you create a secure password here.

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You may also want to turn on two-step authentication for your 桑拿会所 account. This means you will add your cellphone number to your 桑拿会所 account; once activated, you will be required to input a six-digit code sent via text message, along with your password, each time you sign in to your account.

The idea is that a potential hacker would have a much harder time accessing your account without access to your phone.

Instructions to turn on two-step authentication for 桑拿会所 are available here.


Why heat, droughts and dwindling glaciers threaten Alberta’s oil sands

Oil sands production depends on water — a lot of it.

Bitumen is either extracted from the soil with steam or with heated water. It takes about two and a half barrels of water to produce a barrel of oil.

Much of that water comes from the Athabasca River, which is filled by rainfall and snowpack high in the Rockies. At the moment, oil sands production uses a small percentage of the Athabasca’s flow.

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    But three interconnected threats may make the river’s flow far smaller in the future than it is today:


    The Athabasca River’s flow has been measured since the early 1950s and water allocation decisions are based on that data, says University of Regina geography professor David Sauchyn. But recent research shows that recent decades have been a wet period. The region’s deeper history shows long, severe droughts.

    Sauchyn studied rings on trees in the Athabasca’s headwaters, in Jasper National Park, which were up to 900 years old. They told a story of regular droughts — in the 1930s, the 1860s, and a long one through the end of the 18th and early 19th centuries.

    Over time, the region has seen cyclical droughts, and it’s a question of when, not if, the next one will arrive.

    The drought that started in 1790 lasted for 17 years, the tree rings show. Hudson’s Bay Company records from the period complain that canoes were damaged in low water and that trade routes were disrupted. The region also saw large forest fires.

    One drought in the Middle Ages lasted 56 years, and another lasted for nearly a century.

    READ MORE: Oilsands water restrictions a climate change ‘preview:’ study

    “In a normal year, they’re only taking a few per cent of the river flow,” Sauchyn says. “It’s a fairly large river, and they’re taking a relatively small amount in an average year. If you take a dry year, or a very dry year, that proportion goes way up.”

    The region’s droughts will come again, Sauchyn says.

    “The oil sands industry has only existed since 1967, and since ’67 there haven’t been consecutive dry years. But there have been consecutive dry years for decades.”

    Rising temperatures 

    A new danger, though, comes as we combine cyclical drought with global warming. A long drought, like the one that started in 1790, would have much more serious effects.

    “The water was below average for 17 consecutive years. If that was to reoccur in the future, it’s reoccurring in a warmer climate. It’s much warmer now than it was in the 1790s – much, much warmer. So it’s a double-whammy.”

    “It’s amplifying the problem, because you’re without water, but you’re without water in a much warmer climate where there’s a much higher demand for water.”

    READ MORE: 7 major changes the Prairies will see as the climate warms

    The combination of the two factors could be dangerous, says Shawn Marshall, a glaciologist at the University of Calgary: “The fear, I guess, and it’s a legitimate one, is what that’s going to look like.”

    In May, climate researchers at the University of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre predicted that the region will see a steadily increasing number of days with temperatures over 30 C.

    Fort McMurray, which now has about four over-30 days a year, will see about 20 by mid-century, they say. That’s similar to the climate of modern-day Estevan, Sask., which is almost on the U.S. border.

    Shrinking snowpack and glaciers 

    Part of the Athabasca River’s flow comes from meltwater hundreds of kilometres away, in the Rockies. As the snowpack and glaciers shrink, however, that source can’t be relied on.

    As the glaciers shrink, however, water flows could actually increase — temporarily.

    “A few years ago, they thought that the upper reaches of the Athabasca were actually getting increased flows because of the huge amount of glacier melt coming off,” Marshall explains. “But after you’re getting your peak water it starts to decline, because you don’t have as much glacier left.”

    “It’s essentially fossil water that you start off with, from the 1700s, 1800s, and we’re burning through that, and we’ve enjoyed that kind of extra water, but then you’ve spent it and then it’s gone, and then you lose your fossil water completely. “

    By the time it reaches Fort McMurray, meltwater forms a fairly small part of the river’s flow, Marshall says, though in a drought it would form a proportionately larger one.

    If it keeps flowing, that is.

    READ MORE: Oilsands water plan short-sighted: Athabasca River study

    “As long as the snow keeps falling, in the mountains, there will still be water in those rivers, but there will be less flow, especially in the late summer. You lose that sort of regulator — the glaciers sort of act like a reservoir to store some of that water, but in this case it stores it for centuries, in the case of the Columbia icefield.”

    “I think the industry feels like they have the water supplies they need from there, but a lot of people think that might not be true, because we haven’t really seen what it looks like when it gets hot and dry in a warmer climate,” Marshall reflects. “And we’ve lost that glacier input.”

    VIDEO: Water use restrictions have been placed on dozens of energy companies due to low flows on the Athabasca River. As Margeaux Morin explains, some experts think that this summer is just a preview of what we can expect in the coming decades.


Kris Kristofferson says his memory loss was due to ticks, not dementia

For years, doctors were telling Kris Kristofferson he was grappling with Alzheimer’s disease as his memory quickly deteriorated. Turns out, he had Lyme disease – a discovery that has helped the 80-year-old country singer take back his health.

In a candid interview with Rolling Stone Country, Kristofferson conceded that his memory had slipped so much, he’d often forget what he was doing in the moment.

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He even wrote about it: “I see an empty chair/Someone was sitting there…I’ve got a feeling it was me/And I see a glass of wine/I’m pretty sure it’s mine.”

He forgot about that song too, according to the magazine.

READ MORE: What you need to know about ticks and Lyme disease

Kristofferson dealt with lingering head injuries from playing contact sports, such as boxing, football and rugby in his teenage years. At his age and with his health history, doctors guessed dementia was setting in.

But this year, a test for Lyme disease came back positive. Kristofferson’s wife, Lisa, says he could have picked up a tick while shooting a movie in a Vermont forest for six weeks.

“He was taking all these medications for things he doesn’t have, and they all have side effects,” she told the magazine. The medications to treat his alleged Alzheimer’s and depression didn’t help.

He traded them in for three weeks of Lyme disease treatment. That’s when Lisa saw a change in his mood.

“All of a sudden he was back…some days he’s perfectly normal and it’s easy to forget that he is even battling anything,” she said.

Lyme disease and ticks

Lyme disease is a bacteria that’s transmitted through the bites of infected deer tickets, which can be about the size of a poppy seed. Female ticks can grow up to 100 times their original size after feeding on blood, experts say.

READ MORE: Climate change may be reason ticks are spreading across Canada

Unlike mosquitoes that can transfer West Nile to humans with a single bite, the tick has to be attached to the body for at least 24 to 36 hours.

How to protect yourself against ticks:

Wear light-coloured clothing. It makes ticks easier to see and remove before they can attach to feed.Wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt, closed footwear and tuck your pants into your socks.Use a tick repellent that has “DEET.”  Apply it to your skin and outer clothing.Examine yourself thoroughly for ticks after a day out and use a mirror to check the back of your body.

How to safely remove a tick:

If you do find a tick, it’s important to remove it as soon as possible. If it’s removed soon enough, treatment may not even be necessary.

Try not to squash it.Do not apply matches, cigarettes, or petroleum jellies to the tick as these may cause an infected tick to release the bacteria into the wound.

Symptoms to watch out for:

If you have been infected by the potent bacteria ticks can carry, you could show the following symptoms within three to as long as thirty days:

A rash at the site of the biteHeadachesFeversMuscle achesChills

These symptoms appear to be the onset of Lyme disease.

If it’s left untreated, it could move onto the second stage of the disease. The tick’s victim is left with multiple skin rashes, arthritis, heart palpitations, and central and peripheral nervous system disorders.

A third is recurring arthritis and neurological problems, according to Health Canada.

You can find more information on the multitude of Lyme disease symptoms on the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation website.

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Rescuer saves, adopts dog chained to porch in Texas floods

A dog chained to a porch during the deadly floods in Texas was rescued by Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls last month and has now been adopted into his family.

Nehls wrote that when he first saw the dog barely keeping her head above the rising water, it was “infuriating.”

READ MORE: Houston reporter helps rescue man from flood on the air during live report

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The Houston Humane Society named the pup Archer and prepared to put her up for adoption, but when the Nehls family went to visit her it was “love at first sight for everyone.”

NBC affiliate KPRC spoke to Archer’s original owner, Mario Gallardo, on Wednesday. He said he didn’t think the flooding would be as bad as it was when he left his home to receive dialysis treatment.

When Archer was rescued, she was covered in debris and had heartworms and fleas. The Humane Society also said there were marks around Archer’s neck that indicated she was often chained for long periods.

READ MORE: Drowning dog saved from Colombia floods

Gallardo told KPRC that he’s made peace with Archer finding a new home.

As for his part, Nehls claimed that even if Gallardo wanted Archer back, he would have fought to keep her with his family.

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Facing calls for him to quit, Bernie Sanders meets with Barack Obama at White House

WASHINGTON – With calls growing for him to quit, Bernie Sanders came to the White House on Thursday for a meeting that President Barack Obama hoped to use to try to nudge the Vermont senator to accept defeat in the Democratic race. Obama planned to endorse Hillary Clinton after the meeting.

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The high-profile meeting in the Oval Office illustrated the intensifying effort within the Democratic Party to unite behind Clinton as the nominee so the party can focus fully on defeating Republican Donald Trump in the fall. Clinton declared victory over Sanders on Tuesday, having captured the number of delegates needed to become the first female nominee from a major party.

Sanders, accompanied by his wife, Jane, arrived at the White House late Thursday morning by motorcade, stopping first for coffee and a scone at a cafe nearby, his spokesman said. He and Obama walked together along the Rose Garden colonnade, smiling and laughing before entering the Oval Office.

READ MORE: Bernie Sanders under pressure to quit as Democrats look to unite

After the private meeting, Sanders was expected to address reporters in the West Wing driveway before heading to the Capitol to sit down with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.

Though Sanders has shown signs he understands the end of his race is near – he was is off about half his team – he has vowed to keep fighting, stoking concern among party leaders eager for the primary race to conclude. Still looking like a candidate, Sanders planned a rally Thursday evening in Washington, which holds the final primary contest next week.

The situation has put Obama, the outgoing leader of his party, in the sensitive position of having to broker detente between Clinton and Sanders without alienating the runner-up’s supporters, many of whom are angry over what they see as the Democratic establishment’s efforts to strong-arm him out of the race. Clinton is counting on Sanders’ supporters backing her to defeat Trump.

Obama, who has made clear he believes the race is over, was expected to formally endorse Clinton following his meeting with Sanders. Aiming to pay tribute to the historic nature of the self-described Democratic socialist’s candidacy and his throngs of young supporters, Obama has sought to give the senator the courtesy of exiting the race on his own terms.

“It was a healthy thing for the Democratic Party to have a contested primary. I thought that Bernie Sanders brought enormous energy and new ideas,” Obama said Wednesday during a taped appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “And he pushed the party and challenged them. I thought it made Hillary a better candidate.”

READ MORE: Clinton vs. Trump: How the two candidates matchup in a White House bid

Obama planned to use the meeting, requested by Sanders, to discuss how to build on the enthusiasm Sanders brought to the primary, the White House said. That’s a diplomatic way of saying it’s time for Sanders to pass the baton to Clinton.

Now head-to-head in the presidential race, Clinton and Trump have one thing in common: Both are working to woo Sanders supporters. Trump has said he welcomes Sanders’ voters “with open arms” while Clinton has vowed to reach out to voters who backed her opponent in the Democratic primary.

“He has said that he’s certainly going to do everything he can to defeat Trump,” Clinton said of Sanders in an Associated Press interview. “I’m very much looking forward to working with him to do that.”

Trump, despite a string of victories this week that reaffirmed his place as the GOP nominee, was still working to convince wary Republicans that he’s presidential material. Looking ahead to an upcoming speech attacking Clinton and her husband, Trump tried to turn the page following a dust-up over his comments about a Hispanic judge’s ethnicity.

That controversy and others before it have led prominent Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, to openly chastise their party’s nominee. Yet Trump’s dominance in the GOP race is hard to overstate: He now has 1,542 delegates, including 1,447 required by party rules to vote for him at the convention. It takes just 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination.

READ MORE: Bloodied Trump supporter in hoax photo is ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ actress Samara Weaving

For Sanders, any rationale for staying in the race has grown more tenuous as even some of his staunchest supporters have started looking to Clinton. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, the one Senate Democrat to endorse Sanders, said Clinton was the nominee and offered his congratulations. And Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Sanders backer from Arizona, suggested the time to rally behind Clinton would come after the District of Columbia primary on Tuesday.

“Bernie’s going to do the right thing,” Grijalva said.

Sanders has promised to continue his campaign through Tuesday’s contest. But about half his campaign staff was being laid off, two people familiar with the plans said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the layoffs.

Obama’s aides have said he’s itching to get off the sidelines and take on Trump. The key question is whether voters who helped elect him twice will follow his lead now that he’s not on the ballot. Democrats have yet to see that powerful coalition of minorities, young people and women reliably show up for candidates not named Obama.

“It’s going to be hard to get African-American turnout as high as Obama got it, and to get youth turnout as high as Obama got it,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster. “We have to work really hard.”


Associated Press writers Ken Thomas, Erica Werner, Laurie Kellman and Lisa Lerer contributed to this report.


Florida man calls 911 to report he’s out of vodka

A Collier County, Florida man is facing a misdemeanor criminal charge after he called 911 Monday night to report a rather questionable “emergency.”

“Collier County 911. What is the status of your emergency?” the 911 dispatcher can be heard saying in audio logs obtained by NBC-2 News in Fort Myers, Florida.

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    “Uh sorry. It’s not what I’d call a true emergency, but it’s the same BS,” says Collier County resident Jack Means.

He goes on to explain that his neighbours are shouting and fighting.

“Do you know why they’re yelling?” the operator asks.

“It seems to be what they do best,” Means replies.

WATCH: Florida man recorded attempting to abduct 13-year-old girl, mother fends off predator

Two Collier County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Means’ home but when they arrived, police said there was no sign of any disturbance involving his neighbours.

Instead, police say Means, who they believe was intoxicated, had called 911 after his girlfriend refused to buy him more vodka.

According to a police report, the two deputies spent more than an hour dealing with this non-emergency call.

“The more time that is being spent going to these calls that are not 911-related, somebody’s life could be in danger,” Naples resident Leslie Colburn told NBC-2.

Jack Means has been charged with a misdemeanor for misuse of 911.


Teen suicide: What one American county is doing to get students to talk about suicide

People in Berks County, Pennsylvania have some advice for towns like Woodstock, Ontario going through a suicide crisis:

Talk about it.

READ MORE: ‘Suicide contagion’ feared in Woodstock, Ont., after string of youth suicides

They’re walking their talk on this too. After facing 55 suicides in the county in 2015 (out of a population of about 415,000) they decided it was time to take action.

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    They’ve been hitting the airwaves, the stage and the baseball field to spread the message: it’s ok to talk about suicide, you’re not the only person who’s had these feelings and there is help out there for you.

    “I think the whole past thinking of it was, don’t talk about it because it will cause you to do it, and you should be ashamed of it and just get over it,” said Edward Michalik, Berks County’s mental health and developmental disabilities administrator.

    “That couldn’t be more wrong. That’s what we’re trying to tell people: it’s normal, we’ll get you through it, there are other people that are struggling with it.”

    One of the ways they’re getting the message out is through a play, performed by local middle and high school students, that frankly discusses suicide.

    In that play, called “Between Apartment 2B and the Endzone”, the students tell stories based on the experiences of real youth and talk about the outcome — whether that person killed themselves, or not, and what the impact of that decision was.

    And panel discussions featuring people who had lost family members to suicide, or attempted suicide themselves really brought the message to people, says Michalik.

    “They talked about their experiences how, in a nutshell, suicide is not an end. It may be the end for the people who commit it, but it’s the beginning of a lifetime of all kinds of struggles and trauma for all those who were left behind,” he said.

    The student performers were “very into it,” he said. “The play, talking to them afterward and even before, represents some of the struggles they see among their peers and they felt compelled to do this to make a difference.”

    They’ve been performing at high schools all around the county. And the audience reaction at a recent public performance was “very powerful.”

    Baseball games and TV commercials

    But Berks County is doing more than putting on a play. They also recently sponsored a night at the local minor baseball game. The Fightin Phils played in front of a crowd of 6,300 people, who all saw messages about suicide prevention on the Jumbotron and took a try at a dunk tank, dunking prominent members of the mental health community and getting information on local mental health resources while they stood in line.

    The county has set up a website, called ruOK Berks?, filled with mental health resources.

    And Michalik himself has taken to the airwaves, in a public service announcement broadcast on local ESPN and Fox channels.

    Although his group has only been at it for a few months, Michalik believes their actions are having an impact.

    “People are literally coming out of the woodwork to tell their stories, to start talking about it,” he said.

    Since his TV appearances, Michalik himself has been approached many times. “Wherever I go, people say, ‘My god, you’re in my living room at midnight talking about suicide.’ And then they go on to talk about their own stories.”

    “I went to pay my taxes, and my tax collector started crying because she said she saw the television video and her husband had committed suicide a year ago and she wishes people would have talked about it.”

    And now that people are talking about it, he hopes they are getting the help they need. At performances of the play, for example, they had people present who could help the audience talk through their experiences. Months of planning went into preparing these resources before the campaign went public, he said.

    “You can’t bring this play to a school if you don’t have enough support for the student body and the faculty because chances are not only has the student body experienced it, you’ve got faculty members who have lost their own family members.”

    Keeping the dialogue open is important, he said. “It has to be a community effort and it has to be an open dialogue and one that’s not sanitized. The minute someone starts crying about it, you don’t whisk them away so no one sees them crying about it.”

    Woodstock walkout

    High school students in Woodstock, Ontario walked out of class Tuesday to call for action after a string of suicides in that community.

    Some students wanted improved access to counsellors so they could do exactly what Berks County is doing: talk about suicide. The Thames Valley District School Board said Thursday that they have mental health professionals in each high school and have added additional resources.

    School board officials will hold a public meeting June 22, which will include parents, caregivers and community agencies to discuss the supports and community programs available to youth over the summer.

    If you, a family member or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, or you believe they may be suffering from severe depression and/or anxiety, there are many organizations available to help including the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.  A lengthy list can be found here.


‘Must-have’ travel products and travel deals of the week

Have you ever been in a store staring at a wall of travel accessories and felt completely overwhelmed? We checked in with travel expert Claire Newell‘s for her suggestions on “must-have” travel items to make your getaway easier and safer. Plus three travel deals of the week.

‘Must-have’ travel products:

RFID personal stash $9.99 / RFID belt stash $21.95
Makers of these wallets and belts used to store cash and credit and debit cards say they’ll protect you from people out to steal your information. They say the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) blocking technology in these bags protects your information from being scanned and stolen by illegal devices. But do they?

READ MORE: Reality check: You don’t need RFID protection in your wallet

Travelon sheets $5.95/50 sheets
These micro biodegradable sheets dissolve in water to become hand soap, shampoo, conditioner etc.Bucky 40 Blinks Sleep Mask $16.95
If too much light keeps you from falling asleep, an eye mask might be right for you. The Bucky eye mask’s dome shape blocks out all light and leaves space for you to blink freely without smudging makeup.Cooling Neck Tie $10.95
After being activated with water, the tie can be wrapped around your neck, head or wrist for an instant cool down.Eagle Creek packing cubes (set of 3) $32
Packing Cubes can help you organize and compress your luggage. Pack toiletries in one bag and gym clothes in the other for a clutter-free suitcase.No Jet Lag $14.95
This homeopathic tablet is advertized to help lessen the effects of jet lag. As always, you should consult with a medical professional before taking any medication.PacSafe daypack $109.99
This bag is billed as a bodyguard for your belongings. The Slashguard material is made from stainless steel wires that prevents people from cutting your bag open to get at your possessions. The zippers also have security hooks which prevent anyone but you from opening your pack.

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Shanghai Plus Tour

Stay six nights in a hotel with most meals included

Dates: Sept. 22- 28 or Oct. 2- 14Depart from Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton : $798 + $528 taxDepart from Toronto: $1098 + $528 tax

Costa Del Sol, Spain (Longstay)

Longstay for 20 nights in a one bedroom 5-star suite in a 4-star

Dates: Nov. 10 – Dec. 4 or Jan. 1 – Mar. 2Depart from Toronto: $1239 + $490 taxDepart from Calgary or Edmonton: $1369 + $520 taxDepart from Vancouver: $1449 + $500 tax

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A 14 night cruise from Los Angeles to Miami

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