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Sunscreen and you: the uncoated, goopy facts about sun protection – Toronto TORONTO- Walk into any store and you’ll find shelves packed tightly with a variety of sunscreens. While there are many brands,  sunscreens work in one of two ways; either reflect or absorb UV radiation. But for it to do the job it has to be applied correctly. “What we usually recommend is for people to apply it every two hours, to apply it before sun exposure and then re-apply it,” said dermatologist Anatoli Freiman. Story continues below READ MORE: Is aerosol sunscreen safe for you? Inhaling chemicals is a concern A sunscreen with a SPF of 30 is generally recommended and you don’t need to buy special children’s formulas according to Freiman. Dr. Julia Carroll, the dermatology director at the Medcan Clinic in Toronto, said despite all the public awareness around skin cancer and the  need for sun protection, many people still aren’t using enough or any sunscreen. “There is still that myth of a healthy glow,” said Carroll. Carroll agrees technically a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 is good enough to protect people from more than 90 per cent of UVB rays, but recommends her clients use an SPF of 50 or 60 and that it be a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen. “When the lab puts on SPF 30 for testing they do a thick layer. When we put it on in real life, we put on maybe a quarter of what’s being used in the lab. So you’re getting a much lower SPF maybe in the single digits. So we cheat and tell you to put on a higher number,” said Dr. Carroll. WATCH: Dr. Anatoli Freiman discusses what to look for when choosing the right sunscreen “You can go as high 110 these days,  but it does not make you sort of foolproof and sun proof,” said Freiman “It does not make you sort of immune to the effects of the sun.” A national working group, including the Canadian Cancer Society and Cancer Care Ontario are working with partners to review research on personal sun protection practices. With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research a document will be released in the near future for those working in the area of sun safety and skin cancer prevention. In May, the Canadian Cancer Society released a report focusing on skin cancer because melanoma rates are increasing more than any other cancer rate. READ MORE: U.S. skin cancer rates spike after generation of sunbathing, tanning beds According to the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation Canadians, those born in the 90’s have a lifetime risk of skin cancer that is two to three times higher than those born in the 60’s. In Carroll’s 14th floor office in downtown Toronto Lucie Puzzo sits on a bed in a dimly hit office. There’s only one light on in the room supplemented only by a slight glow from a machine near the table. Danielle Murray, a registered nurse at the clinic, lifts a pen-like device attached to the machine to a mole on Puzzo’s face. The machine is the Aura Skin Cancer Detection device. The non-invasive machine was created in British Columbia through a partnership with the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the University of British Columbia. In seconds it can test a lesion and determine if it has a low, medium, or high probability of being cancerous. Puzzo was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2013 and has a scar the length of a business card on her left forearm. “I’m now living a very different life,” said Puzzo after her exam.”I avoid peak sun times, I sit in the shade and I wear my sunscreen.” She says sunscreen is a part of her entire family’s ritual now. She has two daughters and since her cancer diagnosis everyone takes precautions. Dermatologists say sunscreen should be third in the line of defence against the sun and it’s harmful rays after staying out of the sun and covering up.

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Shaming bad parking: Social media accounts target Lower Mainland residents VANCOUVER – Web sites and social media accounts dedicated to publicly shaming bad parking jobs are becoming very popular. The latest is a 桑拿会所 account called ‘YVR’s Worst Parking‘ and it’s dedicated to sharing pictures from people around Vancouver showing bad park jobs. The account has already gained more than 1,700 followers and is run by a man named Brian LaBelle, who also runs the account for Edmonton’s worst parking. He told Global Edmonton “I don’t really have a problem shaming, it’s more embarrassing than anything.” “I don’t really see it harmfully impacting somebody’s self-esteem if they’re caught parking across three stalls. They might be embarrassed, their friends might tease them about it a little bit and hopefully they don’t do it in the future.” @d_bagparkingYVR depth perception issues. pic.twitter杭州夜网/utisWwSU00 — Tj Chase (@punksaves) July 30, 2014 Dom, who helps run the Facebook Pages of S**t Parkers of Kelowna, Vernon, Greater Vancouver and Victoria, did not want to appear on camera because he said they usually deal with people who don’t necessarily care how they act and behave in public. “We’ve had people uttering threats and things like that,” he said. He started this social media venture about eight months ago and was surprised by how popular it became. “People were submitting left, right and centre,” he said. The primary goal, according to Dom, is not to shame people but to get people to think about what they’re doing. “We have received pleas from people for help,” he said. Other social media channels do not just focus on parking, but driving. Bad Drivers of Vancouver is a very popular YouTube channel, run by a Richmond resident. The creator, Sean, who didn’t want his last name used, also has a 桑拿会所 account. But he does not think Vancouver is the worst place for drivers. “Vancouver definitely has it’s share of really bad drivers,” he said. “But in every big city there’s bad drivers.” What do you think about this idea? Is it harmless fun or inappropriate? Let us know in the comments!

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SaskPower ordered to remove all smart meters in the province REGINA – SaskPower has announced that they are removing all the smart meters that were installed in the province. The minister responsible for SaskPower Bill Boyd said the utility company will be taking out all 105,000 smart meters around Saskatchewan. “I think the concerns about safety are paramount here, the concerns are significant enough, anytime families are at risk in Saskatchewan, actions have to be taken and that’s why we’ve directed SaskPower accordingly,” said Minister Boyd. Story continues below Related Another SaskPower smart meter explodes in Saskatchewan SaskPower installer requirements questioned after smart meter fires Smart meter installation begins in Saskatchewan SaskPower reports small number of smart meter concerns The removal of the smart meters over the next six to nine months will cost around $15 million, according to SaskPower. “We view it as similar to a recall situation and the people of Saskatchewan shouldn’t be responsible for the costs of this and we’ll do everything we can to recover those costs,” said Boyd. Boyd will also be reviewing why the new meters weren’t properly studied or tested before they were installed in homes. “I don’t know whether there was enough testing done. We’ll certainly be conducting, along with SaskPower, an internal review of the procurement procedures around this around the safety concerns people had,” added Boyd. “We want to determine when these were originally ordered, if there were safety concerns known at that point in time, so we have a lot of questions we’re going to be discussing with SaskPower about how this came to be.” Earlier this month SaskPower temporarily suspended its installation of smart meters around the province after half a dozen caught fire.

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Rob Ford orders 5 espressos in 1 cup on coffee run with Deadmau5 – Toronto WATCH: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Deadmau5 go for coffee at Tim Hortons TORONTO – Rob Ford is just the latest person to get a coffee with Deadmau5. Story continues below Related WATCH: Deadmau5 takes his Ferrari out for a ‘double-double’ The 30-minute video, apparently shot via inward-facing dashboard-mounted camera and posted to YouTube, features the T-shirted musician riding with Ford in the passenger seat talking about everything from politics to football (“I love football. It’s cool,” the mayor says) and the quality of parking garages in the city (the one at city hall, Deadmau5 says, isn’t suited for his Ferrari). The musician got a extra-large double-double and the mayor ordered five espresso shots in one cup. “That’s cardiac arrest,” Deadmau5 said. The mayor paid for the coffee. They also talked about potholes – Deadmau5 referred to one, in particular, as “the widowmaker.” The mayor promised to get it fixed, citing broken windows theory as his motivation for tackling these apparently small-scale priorities. “They seem little in the grand scheme of things,” he said. “But the people that go over them every single day, that’s a major inconvenience for them. The DJ has released dozens of videos of him driving with celebrities including Russell Peters, Pharrell and Tom Green. “This thing can fly,” Ford said. “How fast can you get it up to?” The DJ says he’s got the Ferrari to 210 miles per hour.

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One dropped, four added to Alberta’s threatened species list Watch above: The province has added another bird and several fish to the threatening species list. But, as Kendra Slugoski reports, there is good news. EDMONTON – It’s one step forward and four steps back for fish and waterfowl in Alberta. The province dropped one species – the trumpeter swan – from its threatened species list, but it has been replaced by four others.  Athabasca rainbow trout, bull trout, pygmy whitefish, and western grebe are Alberta’s latest threatened species. Story continues below Related Alberta moves to save threatened grizzlies Alberta sells off habitat of endangered caribou Alberta First Nations groups taking legal action over threatened caribou Lake Wabamun residents warned about oil substances The trumpeter swan, meanwhile, is now indexed as a species of special concern. While it’s still vulnerable, the species is not in immediate danger. The province credits a collaborative effort for the swan’s resurgence. “Government has worked closely with conservation groups, industry, municipalities and biologists to ensure the trumpeter swan had every opportunity to thrive,” said Robin Campbell, minister of environment and sustainable resource development. “Careful management needs to continue for the swan population to continue its recovery,” he added. For the newly threatened species, the province says  recovery plans will be drawn up to protect and rebuild their populations. Provincial framework calls for this plan to “list the specific activities that will be completed to achieve the goals of the recovery program.” To help populations rebound,  the province recommends avoiding unnecessarily disturbing lakes and streams inhabited by the threatened species. The province is mandating a catch-and-release rule for the affected fish, but not a fishing ban. More information and tips on how to help can be found here. Wabamun Lake, July 30, 2014 Kendra Slugoski, Global News Concerns were raised for the western grebe’s habitat after the 2005 Lake Wabamun oil spill. Some feared that the spill would accelerate the water bird’s decline in that area. That fear appears to have come true. READ MORE: Alberta pipeline spills prompt questions  It is hoped that the pygmy whitefish will not be affected in the same way. Although the population of the rare fish isn’t far from its population in the past, this fish is on the list mainly because it is threatened by oil transportation along its habitat near Jasper and Hinton. “If a spill happens along there, we can lose that fish population,” fisheries scientist Michael Sullivan told Global News. Threatened species find themselves in slightly less dire situations than endangered species. Endangered species are at immediate risk of extinction, while threatened species are likely to become endangered if action isn’t taken. There are 16 threatened and 17 endangered species in Alberta. Follow @mkubish Species Assessed by Alberta’s Endangered Species July 2014

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RCMP officer injured in Moncton shooting back to work MONCTON – Nearly two months after the shooting that killed three RCMP officers and injured two others, one of the injured officers spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday. Constable Eric Dubois spoke to media at the Codiac RCMP Memorial Golf Tournament, mean to honour Cst. Fabrice Gevaudan, Cst. David Ross and Cst. Douglas Larche, who were killed on June 4th. Story continues below “I’m good. I’m good. I’m back full-duty at work,” he said. “I’m glad to be back at work because that’s what, you know, I want to do, be on the street and fight crime every day. Make sure that when you go to work, when you go to the restaurant, you can have a safe environment because that’s what we’re there for.” Dubois took part in the golf tournament along with more than 30 other RCMP officers from the Codiac detachment. He said he wanted to speak Thursday so that the public could put a face to the name that they’ve heard over the past two months. The tournament began with a moment of silence, before the teams spread out on the course. “It’s incredible to think that such a tragic event has allowed such an amazing spirit of community to be visible and vibrant, and to see this,” said Supt. Marlene Snowman, who played in the tournament Thursday, despite admitting she had never been on a golf course before. “It’s been incredible this entire time and it continues to be exactly that.” RCMP officers react as they attend the regimental funeral of three slain officers at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, N.B. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Const. David Ross, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Const. Douglas James Larche were killed in a shooting spree last Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick The tournament was organized by the Royal Oaks Golf & Residential Community Association, who wanted to do something for the RCMP to show their support. “It’s also quite emotional,” said Snowman. “And it shows the support of the community and the organizations and the companies of Greater Moncton and the government and the municipality and so many people. “The spirit behind all of this is just overwhelming.” Thirty-six teams registered for the tournament and each raised around $6,600 to play. More money was raised during the day through a silent auction. All the money will go to the RCMP Foundation. Constable Dubois said the show of support from the community has been heart-warming. “Everybody was praying for me and I can tell you that it works because my healing went so fast,” he said. “Everyone around me said it’s incredible how fast everything went back to normal.”

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Saskatchewan girl helping Haitian children go to school SASKATOON – A Saskatchewan girl is helping underprivileged children with their education in a developing country. It all started a couple years back when Taylor DeVos, 12, was watching a World Vision commercial on TV. “I got inspired by them and wanted to help and for my tenth birthday that’s all I wanted, to sponsor a child from Haiti because they just got a huge earthquake,” said Devos. Her parents came through on her birthday wish and Taylor chose Mesline to sponsor online. Story continues below Related Little girl making big difference Star line-up empowers Saskatchewan youth The two kids developed a relationship over letters and DeVos learned more about Haiti and the living conditions there. While perusing a catalogue, Taylor found out she could give more by building schools. She then set her sights on fundraising. With the help of her family, they started the website, “1 Kids Making a Difference”, where she blogs her journey and accepts donations. “Social Media like 桑拿会所 and Facebook has helped Taylor reach people from all over the World,” said Cora DeVos, Taylor’s mother. “The support that she has received from all over Saskatchewan and North America has been incredible over the last two years.” The DeVos family also began fundraising in Porcupine Plain, Sask. in all sorts of ways from selling Christmas trees or organizing dances. “Sometimes we were waiting there for a while doing a fundraiser and then we got all nervous because nobody was coming but then all of a sudden there was all these people coming through the door,” said Taylor DeVos. In November 2013, DeVos was asked to speak at Credit Union Centre (CUC) for We Day in Saskatoon. Thankfully for DeVos’ nerves, her mother made her a pin with Mesline’s face on it, allowing Taylor to share her story in front of thousands of youth. Watch the video below: Taylor DeVos speaks at We Day in Saskatoon DeVos was delighted to announce this past June she had reached her goal of raising $15,000. Taylor is donating $10,000 to the Free the Children organization and help build four classrooms at a new school in Manac, Haiti. The remaining money will go to the organization that originally inspired her, World Vision Canada. These funds will assist the Jaques Romain School Project, which is also in Haiti. DeVos just recently sent a letter telling 12-year-old Mesline the good news. She says it usually takes a couple months to reach her. But what’s next for this selfless soon-to-be eighth grader? She has already set a new goal: raising money to help build more schools and send underprivileged kids to university before she herself graduates high school. DeVos is also thrilled to have launched a clothing line to fund her future endeavours in making positive change in the world.

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Osheaga gets ready to take over Montreal – Montreal WATCH ABOVE: You know it’s summer in the city when Osheaga rolls around. The music festival hits Parc Jean Drapeau this Friday to Sunday. Global’s Rachel Lau got a tour of the site on Wednesday. Story continues below Related Osheaga Music Festival Osheaga organizers focusing more than ever on safety PARC JEAN-DRAPEAU – One of Montreal’s biggest music festivals, Osheaga, is just two days away – Outkast is performing, Foster the People are performing and Lorde is set to entertain the crowds at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Sunday. With some of music’s biggest names set to take the stage, founder Nick Farkas admits he couldn’t be happier. “Skrillex, Jack White, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Sam Roberts, Half Moon Run, I think we’ve really covered all the bases,” he said. “I’m very excited, looking forward to year number nine.” Things are right on track, which means there’s still a lot left to do before Osheaga officially opens its doors on Friday. “We try to keep it interesting and keep the festival evolving from year to year so when people show up there’s still that wow factor,” he said. READ MORE: Lorde, Outkast among acts coming to Montreal’s Osheaga festival Organizers have made a few changes this year. Some, like the newly installed delay towers, are supposed to improve sound for festival-goers. “This year we had engineers of sound coming with me to make sure that we provide the best quality sound for the people who pay the tickets,” said Patrick Fortaich, Director of Production for the festival. Other additions are just for fun – a good way to showcase local talent. “As the festival’s grown we’ve gotten more and more recognition,” said Farkas. “Sometimes it’s hard to find spots for the local bands so we added a sixth stage this year so we can continue to have that mission.” Celebrity chef Chuck Hughes is also in town to prepare his own stage. He’s catering the event for the fourth year in a row. “We’re running around but everything’s going kind of according to plan,” he said. “This is where the artists come and eat and just hang out and have a good time so we’re kind of setting the tone, setting the mood.” WATCH: Chuck Hughes flips for Charity Osheaga is an international hit now, with more than 50 per cent of festival-goers coming from out of town. Despite its success, Farkas says for him it’s still all about the small things. “The Replacements are one of my favourite bands of all time,” he said. “I traveled to see them a lot when I was a kid and the fact that they’ve re-formed after 20 years is a complete shock to me.” Make sure to watch Friday’s episode of Summer In The City to catch up on all the action.

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Floods in Eastern Europe kill 3, more than 500 people evacuated – National Watch: Severe flooding left homes and cars under water on Wednesday across parts of Romania. BUCHAREST, Romania – Three people died and several hundreds were forced to evacuate as surging floodwaters submerged villages in Eastern Europe on Tuesday. In Bulgaria, authorities said a 61-year-old woman died in the floods and another person was reported missing after torrential rains hit the region of Gabrovo in the central parts of the country. Story continues below Related WATCH: Japanese otters cool off during heat wave Two people, including a 72-year-old man, also drowned in Romania as floods raged in different regions, said Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea. A passenger train derailed in the same area after a small bridge caved in due to flooding, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, the national railway said. READ MORE: Clean-up begins in the wake of flash flooding and heavy rain in parts of B.C. Seventy Bulgarian villages and parts of the city of Gabrovo were left without electricity and water supply was disrupted as the flooding destroyed some of the water and sewerage infrastructure. The rains also induced landslides and destroyed bridges, and many roads in the region were blocked by mud and debris. Ion Manta, deputy mayor of the southwest Romanian town Novaci, said 500 people had been evacuated from three villages there and some 75 houses were cut off by floods after the River Gilort burst its banks. A local government official said waters reached 3 metres (10 feet). A man uses a chainsaw to cut tree stumps to free a washed up car carried downstream by the recent flash flood, in Bascov city, Arges, Romania, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax The Romanian government sent three helicopters to flooded areas in the foothills of the Parang mountains and the army dispatched dozens of troops to help with rescue efforts. Prime Minister Victor Ponta, accompanied by aides, arrived in the area in the afternoon. Forecasters issued the red code weather warnings for both Bulgaria and Romania Tuesday. Romania has had its wettest summer in years and the heavy rainfall has also caused several flash floods in eastern Bulgaria, the heaviest in the Black Sea resort city of Varna in June when 13 people were killed. ©2014The Canadian Press

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CP won’t immediately dismantle community gardens along Arbutus corridor – BC Canadian Pacific Railway says it won’t be taking down property and community gardens along the Arbutus corridor come August 1. Over 15,000 people living along the corridor have been given notices by CP asking them to clear any property that runs along the train tracks by July 31. CP began asking people to clear the line in April. They say gardens and small structures along the line are causing problems and must be removed so CP employees can do their job. Story continues below Ed Greenberg with CP says the company won’t begin immediate dismantling of community gardens after the deadline passes. But we have a plan in place to continue track improvement in this area and will handle the removal of encroachments as work progresses. Should encroachments still exist on CP track as work progresses, a suitable plan will be developed to remove each one in an appropriate manner. CP has stayed committed to a formal a set-by-step process that began in April and it is our intention to continue this approach as we move forward and identify any items still encroaching on the railway’s right-of-way. Greenberg says the company has been communicating with area residents by sending out letters, attending community meetings and having one-on-one discussions, and has received good feedback so far. WATCH: CP wants Arbutus corridor train track cleared There have not been any trains on the line for 14 years. In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that the City of Vancouver has final say on developing the corridor. Mayor Gregor Robertson has repeatedly said he is against the reactivation of cargo trains along the route. “The corridor is a unique, green route running from False Creek to the Fraser River, crossing several residential neighbourhoods, and our vision for it is to maintain it as greenway for residents of Vancouver until there’s a viable case for rail transit use,” says Robertson. The mayor says the city is prepared to buy the land along the corridor for “fair market value” after an independent appraisal. READ MORE: Striking a deal with CP over Arbutus Corridor could mean financial windfall for the city With files from Amy Judd and Justin McElroy

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