Health and Medicine, Travel, Gardening, Pets, Automotive

The Tunguska Tree Termination

Within seconds a century ago, at 7:14 a.m. on 30 June 1908, something destroyed 80 million trees. And not a single environmentalist protested. There were no environmentalists in the modern sense. Scientists and seers started theories on what caused greatest explosion in recorded history.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, June 15, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Rights of Addicts, And Rights Of Cancer Patients

Should the injection site for addicts in Vancouver be closed? Proponents argue that one million injections in Vancouver have saved lives and decreased the risk of HIV infection. Others contend injection sites send the wrong message and should be closed. But in this heated debate, why don’t both sides and our government attack the root cause of this cancerous problem.

Genetic clock ticks for men

Les Sheffield, The Herald Sun
MOST men would have been surprised to read that overseas researchers had found the death rate of young adults was higher if they had been born to older fathers.

By Guest Column Les Sheffield- Thursday, June 12, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Gardener, Spare That Lawn!

No doubt that planting season is well and truly here. Like the first flies, so are those earnest worthies convinced that the way to alleviating world hunger, rising food prices, carbon footprints and assorted other problems is urban agriculture. Rip out the front lawn. Plant in its place vegetables and fruit. Thus the mantra of the self-proclaimed enlightened. Pro and con . . .

By Wes Porter - Sunday, June 8, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

How “The Neat Theory” and “Magic Underwear” Keep You Thin

Why is it that some people are thin and others prone to obesity? Hundreds of books have been written to explain this dilemma. Some blame the under-active thyroid. Others cite genetics. But Dr. James Levine, an endocrinologists and Professor of Nutrition at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has a “neat theory” supported by “Magic Underwear” to explain the difference.

World Premiere of Fate of the Stallion on Nicker Network June 7

…He’s got eyes as dark and soulful as Omar Sharif’s, the pride unique to majestic Arabian stallions, and he’s coming to a television screen near you on June 7.

Author/artist Ron Hevener’s captivating new documentary film, based on his family novel Fate of the Stallion is making its world premiere on Nicker Network TV.

Featuring a hauntingly beautiful original music score by Barcelona-based composer David Giro (Mystery of the Nile), the 30-minute film premieres June 7 at 7 p.m. EST on

A link to the documentary film will appear on the Nicker Network homepage at that time.

By Judi McLeod - Friday, June 6, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Saving Thousands of Dollars On Expensive Dental care

My initial reaction was, “It can’t be true!”. I’ve enough gray hair to know that if something sounds too good to be true, it’s normally an easy way to lose money. But this was one of my editors talking. And I’ve also got enough gray hair to know you don’t tell your editor he’s full of baloney. That’s a speedy way to get fired. So I politely listened. Particularly, since preserving healthy teeth has always been a good way to preserve your health.

Our man Buffery hopes to be put away in a ritzy old-age home


I ran into a couple of friends on Saturday, Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail and hockey analyst Craig Button, and we ended up watching Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final—the same Stanley Cup final that The Fan 590 personality Chuck (The Temporary Canuck) Swirsky deemed “a bust.”

By Guest Column - Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Springtime for GM in Foothills Country

With the grass finally rizzing in my area, it’s safe for companies that make outdoors-oriented stuff to show off some of their latest wares without worrying excessively about getting snowed out.

By Jim Bray - Monday, June 2, 2008 - -- Automotive


It is not a good month for paraskavidekatriphobics (fear of Friday 13th) and triskaidekaphobics (those afraid of the number 13 itself). They can find solace, however, in that it is the only such on this year’s calendar. And they’re in good company. Marlene Dietrich was an astrology devotee, loathe to ignore omens, as noted Steven Bach in his biography of the acclaimed entertainer. Ernest Hemingway, on board the Île de France in 1934, wrote of how she refused to join a table where twelve are already seated. A more recent thespian with somewhat similar beliefs is Shirley MacLaine.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, June 1, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

To Stop Cancer, Eat Rosemary with your Steak

There will come a time when I will be in a position to afford to build the house of my dreams. The costs will be split into quarters; one quarter will go to my garden, one quarter will go to my library, one quarter will go to my kitchen, leaving the last quarter to build the rest of my house. My priorities are straight – books first then food (my garden will feed me, in addition to having a top notch BBQ area).

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Sunday, June 1, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Glendale Veterinary gets national press

As one of the first veterinarians in Canada to offer the benefits of low-laser therapy for pain relief for cats and dogs, Dr. Cathy Hooper at Glendale Veterinary Hospital in Caledon was recently visited by Macleans magazine, which wanted a first-hand perspective on this drug-free approach to pain relief.

By Guest Column - Saturday, May 31, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

The Benefits and Risk of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

In 1991 Dr. Joacques Perissat at the University of Bordeau, in France, announced to the World Congress of Surgeons that he had removed a gallbladder (cholecystectomy), using optical instruments inserted through a few small incisions. Now, 90 percent of gallbladder operations are done by fiber-optics. What are the advantages and what is its most devastating complication? And why is the crematorium the cure for some gallstones?