Derek Miedema: Euthanasia hurts families

first_imgNational Post 16 June 2014My brother, who is severely handicapped, was once admitted to the hospital for pneumonia. During the few hours my family was not with him, a “do not resuscitate” bracelet was attached to his arm. My mother found out about it by accident when she asked what the purple bracelet was for.I can imagine the assumption: he’s so severely handicapped that we should let the pneumonia kill him. To have my brother die this way would have been absolutely devastating to our family.Bill 52, which ushers in doctor-assisted suicide in Quebec, has been discussed a lot by now. However, no one has addressed how arguments over life and death for loved ones can have lasting effects on family relationships and radically alter family dynamics.My brother survived. Not such a happy ending for Tom Mortier, whose mother was killed by euthanasia in 2012. She was clinically depressed and had cut off contact with her son, contrary to his wishes. Tom found out his mother was dead only when he was called to make arrangements for her body at the morgue. read more

Angels outfielders Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout get first looks at lower right-field fence

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros It means there are likely to be a good many more home runs that used to go for extra base hits in past seasons. It could mean video replays might be needed more often than in the past in order to determine whether a ball cleared the yellow line or not.Pitchers might come to loathe it.Calhoun, a left-handed hitter, and Trout, a prolific chaser of balls at the top of the fence in center and left-center, each said it would benefit them at the plate and in the field. They agreed it would take some getting used to, though, starting Sunday.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ANAHEIM — There was no ribbon-cutting ceremony or red-white-and-blue bunting or marching band Sunday. The Angels unveiled their new right fence at Angel Stadium without any fanfare before their Freeway Series opening against the Dodgers.It didn’t not go without notice for Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun and center fielder Mike Trout, the two players most impacted by the change. They got a sneak peek at how the lowered fence plays during a batting practice session Saturday before they tried it for real in Sunday’s exhibition.As part of the Big A’s offseason scoreboard and sound system renovations, the Angels installed a new out-of-town scoreboard on the right-field wall and lowered the height for a home run from 18 feet to 8, making it a standard height from the old bullpen gate in right to the one in left.A yellow line now serves as a home-run line of demarcation.center_img “Learning as we go, really,” said a shrugging Calhoun, who along with designated hitter Luis Valbuena were the only left-handed hitters in the Angels’ starting lineup Sunday against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, a right-hander.Trout said the change was “going to be weird, but it’s going to be pretty cool.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Neither planned to change his approach at the plate. The biggest change for them will be in the field, where they can try more leaping and catching at the fence than before, when they played balls hit off the high wall more conservatively. New padding on the fence will aid their attempts, too.“It’s way different,” Trout said of the makeup of the fence, which is made of a different material than the high wall. “You can run full speed into it. You run full speed into it last year and you were going to hurting. I’ll definitely try to get after a few more balls year.”Said Calhoun: “I’m going to go try and catch it. It’ll change the way some games end up. We’ll just have to see how it plays out, really. I have no idea (why there was a change in the height of the fence). It wasn’t my decision.”UNANSWERED QUESTIONSManager Mike Scioscia wouldn’t name his opening-day starter, although it’s assumed Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs will take the mound for the first two regular-season games Thursday and Friday at Oakland. There was no firm date for Shohei Ohtani’s major league debut.Scioscia was equally vague about the makeup of the Angels’ bullpen. He declined to name a closer, for instance. Bud Norris led the Angels with 19 saves last season, and Blake Parker had eight after inheriting the closer’s role last in 2017. Norris joined the St. Louis Cardinals in the offseason.Parker could get the job again to start this season.“There are some things we’re fine-tuning the last couple of days,” Scioscia said. “Much like last year, these guys understand what their job is when they get the ball and that’s to get outs. If roles develop, great. We definitely need a group of guys who can pitch and hold leads.”Asked specifically if he had a closer in mind, Scioscia said, “You mean a closer, like, one guy designated for the whole year? We have a number of guys we feel can pitch in the ninth inning with a lead. We’ll wait to see how the game plays out on the back end.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

FSJ OSB Plant Shuts Down and PG Plant not being Rebuilt

first_imgCanfor’s local Peace Valley OSB plant begins its latest one week shutdown today, in a continuing struggle to stay afloat, by keeping productivity up.Speaking on Issues and Answers this week General manager Chris Baby said…[asset|aid=144|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Baby-down time_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -Meantime, Canfor announced today that it will not, rebuilt the Prince George’s North Central Plywood plant, that burned down in May.CAnfor’s Vice PResident of marketing said in a conference call, the decision was made based on fibre supply and market conditions. Mark Feldinger says severance will be given to the more than 200 people who worked at the plant, based on the terms of the collective agreement. CAnfor has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow to make the news official.Advertisementlast_img read more