New BC Veterans Center, Using Music to Relieve PTSD: In the News November 10

Led by the BC / Yukon leadership of the Royal Canadian Legion, Whalley Legion Branch 229 and the Lark Group, it will also provide affordable housing, market housing and Legion facilities.

Rowena Rizzotti, project manager for the Legion Veterans Village, says her goal is to tackle the challenges faced by first responders and veterans and to provide all the health care needed in one place.

Veteran Trevor Greene has taken on an advisory role at the center, saying his experience of trying to navigate treatment after a fatal injury, combined with post-traumatic stress disorder, will help provide the framework for veterans to receive the car and support. they need to recover, something he said was missing from his treatment plan for the past 16 years.

“PTSD is physically, psychologically and mentally exhausting,” he says. “I share my experience and my point of view.

Rizzotti says the center is more needed now than it was when it was conceptualized six years ago, citing the current opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic as the driving forces for more mental health supports for first responders.

“We intend to be a unique place where veterans and first responders can go and where we can support them on their journey. We plan to link up with other partners at the local, provincial and national levels (because) we want to bring this whole community together.

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An Afghanistan war veteran says it took being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder to appreciate the healing qualities of music.

Dennis MacKenzie was diagnosed shortly after completing a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan in 2007, and says he has tried several therapies since being medically released by the Canadian military in 2013. But he noticed a personal change when he got serious about learning music theory.

In the years since his release from the military, the Bonshaw, PEI resident tried everything to help ease an internal conflict that made it difficult to maintain a job and led at a time when he needed alcohol just to function.

“I can’t even count the number of therapies,” MacKenzie said. “From clinical desensitization to eye movements and retreatment-type therapies, to yoga and breathing work, you name it. The most important thing for me was the music. I use it as a way to release what’s inside.

A big step in that expression is the release on Wednesday of her debut album, “The Guardian Angel Platoon”, available through Bandcamp, Spotify and

Calling it a concept album meant to highlight issues such as the suicide rate among veterans, MacKenzie said he wanted to bring attention to the issue, while honoring those who have been lost to the ” invisible wounds of war “.

MacKenzie said the proceeds from the album, which comes with a small metal pin symbolizing the problem, will be used to fund and create music therapy programs for veterans.

What we are watching in the United States …

General Electric will split into three state-owned companies focused on aviation, healthcare and energy, a break that is the culmination of a long remodel of a symbol of US manufacturing power that could mark the end of the conglomerates as a whole.

William Blair’s Nick Heymann said the conglomerate model no longer works in a market in which only the fast and nimble survive.

“It’s over now,” said Heymann, who has followed GE for years. “In a digital economy, there really isn’t a place for that.

The company has already gotten rid of products most Americans are familiar with, including its home appliances last year and the light bulbs GE had been making since the late 19th century when it was founded.

Tuesday’s announcement marks the final step, dividing an empire created in the 1980s under Jack Welch, one of America’s first “superstars” CEOs.

GE’s stock has become one of the most sought after on Wall Street under Welch, steadily outperforming its peers and the broader market. During the 1990s, it returned 1120.6% on investments. GE’s revenue nearly quintupled during Welch’s tenure, and the company’s value increased 30-fold.

Still, the stock started to lag in the summer of 2001, the last days of Welch’s reign. As the decade drew to a close, GE was struck by near ruin with the onset of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. General Electric’s vulnerabilities were laid bare and the epicenter was GE Capital, the financial arm of the company.

GE’s most profitable aerospace unit will keep General Electric in the name. GE will divest its healthcare business in early 2023 and its energy segment, including renewables, power, and digital operations in early 2024.

What we watch in the rest of the world …

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to COP26 to pressure negotiators around the world to “turn promises into action” in the final days of the summit.

Johnson attended a summit of world leaders that kicked off the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow last week and will return to the Scottish city on Wednesday.

So far, the conference has produced announcements that have made headlines in areas such as ending coal power, financing green technologies and reversing deforestation. But the nearly 200 nations present are still far from reaching a deal that could limit global warming to the internationally agreed target of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Meanwhile, a United Nations analysis of recent national climate commitments indicates talks have taken “serious steps forward” towards reducing emissions, but far from the giant steps needed to limit global warming to targets. internationally accepted.

The new analysis found that last week’s commitments were not enough to reduce future warming scenarios and reduced the “emissions gap” by a few tenths of a percentage point.

To achieve the goal of the 2015 Paris climate agreement of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, the world can only emit 12.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases by 2030. The latest commitments have the world on track to 51.5 billion metric tonnes by 2030, up from 53 billion metric tonnes before talks began.

On this day in 1979 …

A Canadian Pacific freight train carrying deadly combustible chemicals has derailed in the heart of Mississauga, Ontario. Deadly chlorine gas escaped from a punctured tank truck and triggered an evacuation that affected 220,000 people, most of the city’s population. No life has been lost in Canada’s largest peacetime movement of people.

In entertainment …

LOS ANGELES – The Netflix TV series “Squid Game” will return for a second season, although most TV shows in South Korea only last one.

But due to the show’s worldwide success, its creator and director Hwang Dong-hyuk said, “I almost feel like you don’t give us a choice.”

The series, starring Lee Jung-jae as Seong GI-hun and others in an ensemble cast, focuses on people who are so desperate for money that they agree to participate in an ensemble cast. series of games in the schoolyard with a deadly twist. South Korea’s dystopian survival drama is said to have become Netflix’s biggest TV show.

The series, starring Lee Jung-jae as Seong GI-hun and other cast members, centers on people who are so desperate for money that they agree to participate in a series of playground games with a deadly twist.

South Korea’s dystopian survival drama is said to have become Netflix’s biggest TV show, and with that success its stars are recognized worldwide.

Lead actor Lee Jung-jae has worked in Korea for over 25 years.

Now his life has changed because he is also recognized on the streets of America.

He says it’s amazing and it’s great to be able to meet the fans who have loved and watched the show so much.


LONDON – Britain’s telecommunications regulator has said thousands of iconic red phone booths will be protected from removal under new rules.

Public pay telephones may seem like stale relics to many in the age of ubiquitous mobile smart phones, but regulator Ofcom has said they can still be a “lifeline” for those in need. The regulator is proposing rules to prevent the closure of 5,000 telephone booths in areas with poor mobile coverage.

Ofcom said on Tuesday that boxes located in areas considered hot spots for accidents or suicides would also be eligible for protection. Telephone company BT says more than 6,500 unused phone booths have so far been converted into mini community libraries, art galleries or storage units for public defibrillators.

Ofcom said there are still around 21,000 phone booths across the country and nearly 150,000 calls to emergency services were made from phone booths from May 2019 to May 2020. Some 45,000 calls were made from phone boxes. have also been switched to other helplines such as the Samaritans.

“Some of the phone booths that we plan to protect are being used to make a relatively low number of calls. But if any of those calls are from a child in distress, an accident victim, or someone contemplating suicide, that public hotline can be a lifeline at a time of big. need, ”said Selina Chadha, Ofcom’s director of connectivity.

“We also want to make sure that people without mobile coverage, often in rural areas, can still make calls. “

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 10, 2021

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