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Canada bracing for health, political fallout from North Korean nuke test: memos

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  • OTTAWA — Canadian officials have been quietly preparing for the fallout from an atmospheric nuclear-weapons test by North Korea, including the spread of radioactive debris across the ocean and the significant public concerns that would arise, internal government memos show.

    In the event of a test, Health Canada’s radiation protection bureau would monitor contamination, while various federal agencies would manage any dangers to the public and ensure everyone is well-informed about developments.

    Radiation levels would depend on the size and height of a detonation and weather patterns over the Pacific Ocean, according to model scenarios mapped out by the bureau.

    “Historical experience in fallout monitoring indicates that contamination would be well below levels of public health concern,” says a presentation prepared for Health Canada’s deputy minister.

    “Nonetheless, significant public and political concern can be anticipated.”

    Officials expect to suddenly be juggling everything from testing the safety of the food supply to evaluating the hazards to travellers and Canadians living abroad.

    The Canadian Press used the Access to Information Act to obtain a copy of the briefing materials. A few passages in the notes, drafted last December, were considered too sensitive to release under provisions of the access law concerning international relations and security.

    Nuclear tests in North Korea have taken place underground, resulting in “extremely small” levels of radiation that pose no risk to Canadians, the presentation says. However, it adds the country’s threats last year to carry out an atmospheric test “highlights the need to be ready to respond” to consequences.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s nuclear ambitions touched off a stormy war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump and a high-profile summit meeting last June.

    Canada is a signatory to the global Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits nuclear explosions, and carries out various activities in support of the treaty including round-the-clock monitoring.

    The radiation protection bureau operates a network of over 100 monitoring stations across Canada as well as laboratories that allow for prompt assessment of fallout from a nuclear accident or weapon through collection and analysis of air, rain and milk samples.

    Information collected previously by Canada and other countries provided evidence of North Korea’s underground tests, leading to United Nations Security Council sanctions.

    In the case of a nuclear event, the Federal Nuclear Emergency Plan kicks in, setting in motion efforts by the protection bureau and 18 other federal agencies, the notes say.

    The bureau would provide “scenario analysis” on the spread of radioactivity to security and intelligence analysts in the Privy Council Office — the bureaucratic arm of Prime Minister’s Office. Teams at the PCO and Public Safety would manage the federal government’s overall communications response, with the chief public health officer serving as the lead spokesman on health issues.

    The Public Health Agency of Canada, meanwhile, could activate a special operations centre, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency would evaluate effects on food, feed and animals.

    The protection bureau would be on standby to answer questions from Global Affairs Canada about any needed steps to protect diplomatic staff.

    The various agencies worked together on a disaster in the not-so-distant past, forming Canada’s response to the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear emergency following an earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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    Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press



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    Prairie police chiefs call on Ottawa for help as meth-fuelled crime skyrockets

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  • OTTAWA — Police chiefs say methamphetamine is fuelling a crime wave in some of Western Canada’s biggest cities as use of the highly addictive drug skyrockets across the Prairies.

    Calgary’s interim police Chief Steve Barlow told a House of Commons health committee Tuesday that the city’s crime rate is going through the roof as the price of meth drops.

    “When I look at the tools on an officer’s belt, there isn’t a single one to help a person in the throes of addiction,” Barlow said. “We will not arrest our way out of this problem.”

    Meth is behind some recent violent and unprovoked attacks, Barlow said. On one occasion, he said a woman stabbed three random people in 20 minutes. In another, a senior sitting on a downtown bench was stabbed multiple times.

    A woman was left paralyzed last month after she was pushed into the path of an oncoming transit train. The suspect is believed to have been high on meth, Barlow said.

    The drug is also motivating residential break-ins, car theft and other property crimes.

    It’s driven by a rise in the amount of meth on the street and a dramatic drop in the addictive drug’s cost — to about $50 a gram now from about $150 in 2015. That means one hit of meth costs about $5.

    Officers are worn out and more resources are needed to address the root causes of addiction and to help people get clean, Barlow told the committee.

    He predicts 2018 will see a record number of meth seizures in his city — more than 1,769 — which is 130 per cent above the five-year average.

    Winnipeg’s police Chief Danny Smyth told the committee his officers have seized more than 20 kilograms of meth this year — nearly double what was seized in 2017.

    Barlow and Smyth said the meth on their streets is being smuggled into British Columbia from Mexico.

    Drug-related crime, in turn, is causing a big backlog in responses to calls for service in Winnipeg, because officers are tied up in health-care facilities with meth users, Smyth said.

    “It prevents us from getting into the community and doing proactive work.”

    Numbers from Winnipeg’s health authority show a 1,200 per cent increase in people going to hospitals because of methamphetamine — up from 12 in April 2013 to 218 this past April.

    Documents obtained by the Manitoba NDP under freedom-of-information legislation also show a rise in communicable diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and syphilis which are associated with intravenous drug use.

    Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman told the committee Ottawa must include meth in a national strategy on illicit drugs, strengthen border protection and provide more resources for mental health.

    “Meth doesn’t distinguish between the area of the city in which you reside, your family’s income,” he said. “Addictions and mental health really know no bounds and we are seeing that here in the city of Winnipeg.”

    — By Kelly Geraldine Malone in Winnipeg

    The Canadian Press



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    A LUXURY SPA experience in the heart of Central Alberta

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  • Safari Spas welcomed its first guests in 2003 with a goal of creating a truly exceptional luxury experience for residents in Red Deer and Central Alberta.

    Our team visits luxury spas all over the world in an effort to continually improve what we do.  We want our guests to feel like they are on a mini vacation each and every time they visit.  Our customer surveys tell us we hit the mark on a very consistent basis!

    Come relax in our beautiful spa, where we’ve created a deluxe environment: everything from glass mosaic and Italian tiles, fireplaces, frosted glass, lighted mirrors and extra plush chairs. Safari Spa & Salon offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, body wraps, body polishes, aromatherapy, waxing, and hair styling for men, women and children, among other services.

    Our level of service is over the top.

    We cater to our guests at every turn. We have created an experience within Red Deer that you would expect at a resort spa. It’s all about helping you recharge your batteries, getting your body, mind and soul back into alignment.

    We have a staff of 45, including four managers who ensure your experience is always 5 star. As long term members of our team, they care for the business as if it was their own.  Janelle has been with us since we opened. Chana started as a  hair stylist  and is now an integral part of our management team. Heather and Natasha are newer to the team and are our Customer Service gurus, always taking care of every little wish and desire of our guests.

    We are very proud of our deep roots in this community and support many worthwhile organizations and events.

    Of particular note is our annual Red Deer Festival of Trees, supporting the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation.  We’ve been an active sponsor of this amazing community event since we opened in 2003.

    We offer a variety of sublime services in a luxurious environment.  Click to take a virtual tour.

    We are proud to be the only AVEDA Lifestyle Spa in the region.

    Here are some of our most popular packages:

    Safari Ultimate $355

    Shampoo and Style, 60 minute Chakra massage, 90 minute customized facial, Aveda Spa manicure and pedicure.

    Couple’s Escape $485

    This is the perfect way to spend a relaxing day together. You will each receive a one hour relaxation massage, men’s spa facial for him, customized Aveda facial for her, then enjoy a spa snack and refreshment while sitting next to each other experiencing spa pedicures in our whirlpool pedicure spa chairs with fully adjustable heated massage chairs.

    Oasis $405

    Complete luxury in a serene atmosphere. This ultimate package includes: 1 hour relaxation massage, aromatherapy body wrap, customized Aveda facial, spa manicure, and spa pedicure. Relax in our serenity area and enjoy.

    Savanna $320

    Complete treatment for the body. One hour relaxation massage, spa facial, body polish and shampoo & style.

    Safari Indulge $300

    Sixty minute customized facial, 60 minute hot stone massage, pedicure, shampoo, condition and style.

    Safari Head To Toe $245

    Get pampered from head to toe with our customized Aveda facial, spa pedicure and one hour relaxation massage.

    Rain Forest $225

    A mini sampling of the spa experience. This package includes a customized Aveda facial, spa pedicure and spa manicure with paraffin wax.

    Gentlemen’s Oasis $245

    This package is created for the special man in your life. One hour relaxation massage, men’s spa facial and a spa pedicure.

    Stress Fix Pamper Package $230

    Stress can really take its toll on your physical and spiritual health.  Try our French Lavender infused Stress Fix Massage, pedicure and manicure to help reduce everyday stress.

    Pamper Package $195

    This is for those deserving to be pampered. Included in this package is a spa pedicure, spa manicure and one hour relaxation massage.

    Browse some photos and please click here to learn more about Safari Spa and Salon.   We are located in Unit 100, 31 Clearview Market Way, Red Deer.

    Please contact us through email clearview@safarispa.com or phone 403.314-9628.

    We have really convenient hours:

    Monday – Friday 9:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm

    We are closed on the following days:

    • New Year’s Day
    • Family Day (February)
    • Easter Sunday
    • Labour Day (September)
    • Thanksgiving Day
    • Christmas Day
    • Boxing Day

    We are open from 9:00am -3pm on Good Friday, Victoria Day (May), Canada Day (July 1) and Heritage Day (August).

    We are open from 9-5 on Christmas Eve so you can start your Christmas celebration off right.

    Getting ready to celebrate the New Year?  We have you covered from 9-5 on New Year’s Eve.

    We open at noon on Remembrance Day so that we, along with our guests,  can attend services throughout the region.

    Please visit and let us spoil you soon!


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