Qatar detains researchers for rights group

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Qatar has confirmed it is holding two Britons who went missing while researching migrant labour issues, saying the men are being questioned for alleged illegal activity in the Gulf nation that is due to hold the 2022 World Cup.

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A little-known organization, the Norway-based Global Network for Rights and Development, reported that its researcher Krishna Upadhyaya, 52, and photographer Ghimire Gundev, 36, went missing on Aug. 31 as they were preparing to leave Qatar. It suggested that Qatari security services were behind their disappearance and has called for their release.

The London-based rights group Amnesty International last week urged Qatari authorities to reveal the men’s whereabouts and ensure their safety.

No details on charges

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said in its first comment on the case Saturday that the men were arrested and “are being interrogated for having violated the provisions of the laws of the state of Qatar,” according to a statement carried by the official Qatar News Agency.

The statement said that all actions taken against the men are “consistent with the principles of human rights” outlined in the laws of Qatar, and that British Embassy officials have visited them to check on their situation.

An official at the British Embassy in Doha confirmed Sunday that the mission is providing consular assistance to the men but was unable to provide further details.

The Global Network for Rights and Development is based in Stavanger, Norway and describes itself on its website as a neutral organization set up in 2008 to promote human rights and development. Many of its recent statements have focused on the conflict in Gaza and other issues related to the Middle East.

It has singled out Qatar in the past over conditions faced by migrant workers. Like its Gulf Arab neighbours, Qatar relies on vast numbers of mainly Asian low-paid migrant workers. Its treatment of them has come under greater scrutiny since it won the right to host the 2022 World Cup, with labour rights activists raising concerns about dangerous working conditions, allegations of unpaid salaries and other abuses.

Egypt’s official State Information Service in December noted that the Global Network for Rights and Development supported listing the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, and the group has since described a constitutional referendum and May elections that led to the presidency of former military strongman Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi as a “democratic transition.”

El-Sissi led the military overthrow of the Brotherhood-backed government of President Mohammed Morsi last year. Qatar is a strong supporter of the Brotherhood and other Islamist groups – a position that has put it at odds with Gulf neighbours such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Headphones and eReaders with new tricks

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*Steve Makris is a technology expert who does a weekly Tech Talk segment during Edmonton’s Sunday Morning News. You can watch his segment above. 

Originally Canadian Kobo, a globally known eReading company in 190 countries, launched the world’s first waterproof Kobo Aura H2O eReader. It was shown at IFA Berlin 2014 and I brought one to my Tech Talk segment.

Kobo aura H2O has good looks and is waterproof

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So it’s good for one metre under water for 30 minutes. But don’t expect to be reading underwater as the sharp 265 dpi, large 6.8” antiglare touchscreen with upgraded Carta E Ink technology doesn’t take to touching much wet, even if it keeps dry inside.

Still, a worry-free IP67 certified eReader (comes with wipe cloth) that features ComfortLight backlight technology for dark anywhere. The battery is good for up to two months of reading and you can expand the built-in 4 GB (about 3,000 books) memory with a micro-SD slot to beyond 30,000 books.

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It’s a WiFi capable go-anywhere mobile library.

“We found that more than 60 per cent of customers surveyed said they would love to be able read near water without worry,” said Michael Tamblyn, president and Chief Content Officer of Kobo.

What impressed me is the clarity, sharpness and minimum lag when “turning” pages, essentially a finger sweep, as there are no buttons other than a sleep/power button. A special water seal access on the side for your micro USB charge port and microSD memory expansion keeps the H2O minimalist with a hint of subtle angular design on the back, feel-good matte finish.

Kobo Aura H2O has 10 fonts which were fine-tuned pixel-by-pixel to display each letter with noticeable crispness and clarity. It has 24 font sizes, with adjustable font sharpness and weight setting, read the way you want.

The Kobo Aura H2O also makes for easy discovery of new titles, with on-device recommendations based on readers’ activity and preferences. Take notes, highlight text, make bookmarks and track stats to learn more about their own reading habits with Reading Life. Readers can even share favourite passages, quotes and books to 广州桑拿论坛 Timeline. Available in Canada or online for $179.99 CAD starting October 1.

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A Headset on steroids 

The new Plantronics wireless, noise cancelling BackBeat Pro, is a must have for audiophiles and fans of cool technology.

Taking them off your ears, even just a bit, pauses the music and resumes when you fit the comfortable form fitting headset back. Like magic.

You can hear your surroundings while listening to music with an adjustable large ring on the side. Nice.

One charge via included USB cable is good for 24 hours of pristine music listening while noise cancelling mode alone works for 60 hours.

You can run the BackBeat Pro without power, minus the cool features above, by attaching the included audio cable with phone mic control. The large turn and clickable ring/disks on either side of the phones are easy to get to, instead of trying to fine small controls in competitor models.

The streaming Bluetooth 4 Class 1 capable music is as good as WiFi streaming, good to 100 metres if your music device has the same capability.

The status alerts for battery, volume limit and more come in 14 languages.

How good is the noise cancelling? It is virtually dead quiet in everyday home and workplace surroundings, but on airplanes. I tried them on small noisy turboprops and high-flying jets – they won’t replace the King-of-the-hill Bose around-the-ear QC noise cancelling headsets but are easily on of top of other competitors.

In balance, this do-it-all headset with useful cutting edge features is a bargain at about $260, coming soon to Canada.

Plantronics takes criticism in stride promising better ideas with new models.

“We are a conservative company but do our homework,” said Plantronics Consumer Product Manager Greg Miller.

Indeed they do.

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Kelowna horses get new home

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KELOWNA–They were rescued once, but a group of abandoned and surrendered horses found themselves at risk once again.

After five and a half years, and 50 horse rescues, the BC Interior Horse Rescue Society was told it had to move from the donated property it was using by October 15.

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If a new home couldn’t be found the horses would have to be surrendered to other rescue societies and the association would be forced to fold.

Amanda McNeil is the vice president of the society.  She was volunteering for a Kelowna horse trainer, Phil Sansational,  and explained the dire circumstances.  To her surprise, Sansational offered up a couple of acres of his own property.

He runs a training and boarding facility on a 10 acre parcel, but thought he had a couple of acres to spare for the society.

“I don’t have time to donate because I’m so busy seven days a week with my own horses,” explains Sansational, “so I decided to donate land.”

His fiancee Adrienne Smith says she loves the idea.  

“I’m so excited to have them because there will be more horses here and it’s a good feeling to rescue horses.” 

The society currently has three horses in its care. The plan is to move them to the new property sometime next week, after volunteers finsh moving rock and clearing the land to make it safe for the horses.

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West Island regatta raises money for disabled sailors

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Watch above: Two West Island yacht clubs are raising money to help disabled sailors realize their nautical dreams. Reporter Billy Shields has more.

LAC ST-LOUIS – The Sperry Top-Sider Challenge took to Lac Saint-Louis on a rain-drenched Saturday afternoon.

The sailboat race involved several classes of boats, but the most intriguing was the class of about a half-dozen Martin 16s that trolled the lake.

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Those boats were helmed by sailors with disabilities – some of whom use wheelchairs to get around.

“The ability for those guys to go sailing is really something,” said David Wisenthal, the co-chair of the event.

“I mean it’s really under the most dire circumstances, and it really speaks legions to their ambition and their determination.”

The race was held in the lake roughly halfway between two West Island yacht clubs, Dorval’s Royal Saint Lawrence Yacht Club and the Pointe-Claire Yacht Club.

Organizers hope to raise about $25,000 so they could add another Martin 16.

The boat has design features which make it easier for a disabled sailor to handle.

“It’s designed in such a manner that it’s untippable, and so they can go out and sail in any weather without having their full faculties,” Wisenthal said.

“It really makes a big difference.”

The boat is about the same size as a racing dinghy, but has a joystick like an airplane that controls the rudder, and typical jib and main sheets to trim the sails.

It can also be trimmed by use of a straw mechanism similar to those found on electric wheelchairs.

Not everyone in the race with a disability used a special boat.

Erick Poirier, for example, has been in a wheelchair for 20 years after a serious auto accident.

For the race, he was helming a yacht owned by friend Alain Dubuc called the “Borean.”

“My family has been in boats for years,” Poirier explained.

“My father was a captain at the Port of Montreal.”

This is the regatta’s second year.

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Islamic State group beheads 2nd captive Lebanese soldier, photos show

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BEIRUT – The mother of a Lebanese soldier held captive by the militant Islamic State group said photographs posted online Saturday purporting to show his beheading appeared to be real.

Zeinab Noun said her 20-year-old son, Abbas Medlej, was “sacrificed” after supporters of the militant group posted images appearing to show a captured Lebanese soldier before and after he was beheaded.

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    “My son was sacrificed,” said Noun, clutching a passport-sized photo of her son, a handsome, smooth-faced young man.

    Medlej’s maternal uncle, Abu Ali Noun, also said the photographs appeared to be of his nephew. A spokesman for Lebanon’s military said it was still investigating the incident.

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    Medlej would be the second captive Lebanese soldier killed by the Islamic State group, underscoring the grave challenges that face the ill-equipped Lebanese military as it fends off an unprecedented jihadi threat from Syria-based militants.

    Around two dozen more members of the country’s security forces remain held captive by militants. They were seized in August when several groups, including the Islamic State group and Nusra Front, overran a Lebanese border town, killing and kidnapping soldiers and policemen in the most serious spillover yet of the neighbouring civil war.

    Families of the captive soldiers have blocked highways and held demonstrations to pressure the Lebanese government to negotiate with the militants.

    Local media had reported that negotiations were underway, with the militants demanding cash and the release of Islamists being held in Lebanese detention. A statement posted by supporters of the Islamic State said Medlej was killed after he tried to escape.

    Medlej hailed from a large Shiite clan from the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbak.

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    His mother vowed revenge on rival Sunnis.

    “We have to take our revenge from those apostates,” she said.

    The captured soldiers and police are from Lebanon’s many religious sects: the first soldier beheaded by the group, Ali Sayid, was a Sunni Muslim. The militants are also holding Christian soldiers and other Sunni Muslims.

    The Islamic State group has drawn global attention particularly since June, when it swept through northern and western Iraq from its stronghold in neighbouring Syria.

    It follows an ultra-conservative, violent interpretation of Islam and is accused by rights groups and the United Nations of committing war crimes, including the mass killings of soldiers, Shiite Muslims and followers of the ancient Yazidi faith in Iraq. It has also beheaded two U.S. freelance journalists who were held captive, Steven Sotloff and James Foley.

    A video of Sotloff’s killing was posted on online networks on Tuesday. On Saturday, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement condemning his murder.

    “This crime is, yet again, a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists face every day in Syria. It also once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people,” the statement said.

    Last week, the U.N.’s Nations’ top human rights body approved a request by Iraq to open an investigation into suspected crimes committed by the Islamic State group against civilians in its country. Its aim would be to provide the Human Rights Council with evidence on atrocities committed in Iraq, which could be used as part of any international war crimes prosecution.

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Alouettes rally for 38-31 victory over Ticats

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MONTREAL – James Rodgers’ 82-yard punt return TD helped rally the Montreal Alouettes to a 38-31 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Percival Molson Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Rodgers’ return broke a 24-24 tie as Montreal (3-7) earned its second straight win to move into a tie with idle Toronto atop the East Division. Hamilton (2-7) is third, two points ahead of Ottawa (1-9).

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    Jonathan Crompton finished 18-of-27 passing for 205 yards with a TD and interception in his second straight start for Montreal, which outscored Hamilton 31-10 in the second half to secure the victory.

    Crompton played Sunday with a heavy heart.

    The Als quarterback, who had been growing his hair for the Locks for Love campaign, divulged Sunday his former fiancee had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier this season and died Friday.

    Crompton was planning to head home to Tennesse after the game to be with his ex-fiancee’s family.

    Hamilton’s Zach Collaros was 30-of-43 passing for 345 yards and added 35 rushing yards.

    Montreal trailed 24-10 when Montreal’s Billy Parker intercepted Collaros and returned it 45 yards to Hamilton’s four-yard line at 9:10 of the third quarter.

    Four plays and a pass interference penalty later, backup quarterback Tanner Marsh scored on a one-yard run.

    That seemed to energize the Alouettes as three minutes later, Crompton put together his best drive of the game to make it 24-24.

    He had a 33-yard completion to Duron Carter and 42-yard toss to Chad Johnson, then finished the five-play, 98-yard drive with a 10-yard scoring strike to Carter.

    Marsh added his second rushing TD of the game at 12:05 of the fourth.

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    Collaros had a TD pass to Andy Fantuz with 11 seconds remaining.

    Linebacker Winston Venable put Montreal ahead in the first, returning Mossis Madu’s fumble 59 yards for the TD.

    Hamilton responded with a turnover score of its own when cornerback Rico Murray returned a Crompton interception 40 yards for the touchdown.

    Collaros then had a three-yard touchdown pass to Fantuz with time expiring in the first.

    It was a disastrous opening quarter for Montreal, which had no first downs and one yard of total offence.

    Justin Medlock added his second field goal of the game and a 53-yard single late in the second to put Hamilton ahead 21-7 at halftime.

    The two teams exchanged field goals in the third.

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Roughriders look to sweep season series against Bombers

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WINNIPEG – Lirim Hajrullahu knows how important it’ll be to take advantage of every scoring opportunity when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday.

The rookie kicker has done his part in that department this season, connecting on 22 of his 24 field-goal attempts and having both misses hit the uprights.

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    His rhythm, though, could be affected in Sunday’s 11th Banjo Bowl as the Bombers (6-4) have a number of injuries forcing roster changes, including the long-snapper who’ll send the ball back to Hajrullahu.

    Linebacker Ian Wild, who does the long-snapping duties, was injured in Saskatchewan’s 35-30 Labour Day Classic victory over Winnipeg last weekend and will sit out Sunday’s sold-out game at Investors Group Field.

    Hajrullahu said fullbacks Carl Fitzgerald and Michel-Pierre Pontbriand have been zinging the balls back to him close to 100 times in practice this week and he’s confident either one can do the job.

    “Halfway through the season, to have a new snapper is something different, but these guys are professional and I expect them to be just as good on the field,” the Western University product said after Friday’s practice.

    And if a few snaps aren’t perfect, he’ll deal with them.

    “If some snaps are different, we always prepare with the drills that if it is a bad snap, what do you do and stuff like that,” said Hajrullahu, who’s had to do all the kicking the past six games after a hamstring injury to punter Mike Renaud.

    “I can’t have any doubt in my kicks so I’m just going to prepare like it’s any other game.”

    The defending Grey Cup champion Riders (7-2) have won six in a row and are aiming to sweep the season series with the Bombers. The teams have each won five Banjo Bowl games.

    Winnipeg committed six turnovers that gave the Riders 20 points in their 23-17 victory in Winnipeg on Aug. 7, and then saw the Riders score the winning touchdown last Sunday with 28 seconds left in the game.

    Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea isn’t satisfied that his team has played Saskatchewan close in this year’s two clashes.

    “I want to get these guys. Our players do, too,” O’Shea said.

    “And we recognize from our film that we can’t make the mistakes we made.”

    O’Shea wouldn’t reveal who’ll be doing the long-snapping, but it’s expected Fitzgerald will get the nod as he went into the game last week and had experience at the position for the Saint Mary’s Huskies. Backup quarterback Brian Brohm remains the holder.

    “I got thrown in last week and I had to do all the field-goal snaps and I was a little nervous on the first one, but once you do it it’s just like riding a bike — you just get back on it and it’s all right,” Fitzgerald said.

    Winnipeg quarterback Drew Willy injured an ankle in last week’s loss, but he continued playing and has been practising all week and is good to go.

    The same can’t be said for Winnipeg receiver Nick Moore, who injured an ankle and will be replaced by Romby Bryant. Defensive end Kashawn Fraser hurt a knee against the Riders and Jason Vega will take his spot.

    Saskatchewan is also dealing with injuries in its kicking unit.

    Punter Josh Bartel (hamstring) and long-snapper Levi Steinhauer (shoulder) will miss Sunday’s game after injuries in last weekend’s match.

    Placekicker Chris Milo will do the field-goal kicking and punting and linebacker Brian Peters is expected to be the long-snapper. Former Bombers placekicker Justin Palardy may come off the practice roster to do kickoffs.

    Saskatchewan slotback Chris Getzlaf didn’t practise Friday because of an undisclosed injury and head coach Corey Chamblin told reporters afterward that he may not suit up, but should be good in the next week or so.

    “He didn’t go today and he was very limited yesterday so there’s a good chance he may not play and we have to be prepared for that.”

    Rookie receiver Alex Pierzchalski will fill in and “he has to step up” with his opportunity, Chamblin said.

    Although the Riders were victorious in their first two games against their arch-rivals, Chamblin said making it three straight isn’t easy.

    “It’s always tough. It’s tough to beat ’em one,” he said. “But to beat ’em three, you’ve just got to know that you’re not doing it all at one time, but it’s one game at a time.”

    Bryant is looking to make good on his next opportunity with the Bombers. He’s played five games this season and has 11 catches for 94 yards and no touchdowns.

    Bryant watched the game on TV last week and thinks he and his teammates can pick up some tips on how to handle Saskatchewan’s “solid” defence.

    “Playing them back-to-back, they probably don’t have much time to change stuff up,” Bryant said.

    “You can see tips. It gives everybody tips, even the people that did play last week. It’s giving them tips on how they play us and what coverages they do and certain schemes that they got going.”

    Hajrullahu is just hoping the re-jigged kicking unit won’t miss a beat.

    “Every point is going to count,” Hajrullahu said. “They’ve beaten us twice and this team really hates losing and we hope to come out on top on Sunday and we’ve been preparing like we will.”

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Beating leaves man in hospital with critical injuries

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Watch above: A man in his 30’s is fighting for his life in hospital following a violent assault on 17th avenue early this morning.
As Sarah Offin reports, police still don’t have any suspects and are desperately searching for witness testimony.

CALGARY – A portion of 17 Ave. SW was closed Sunday morning as Calgary Police investigated a serious assault.

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Emergency officials were called by several bystanders after the man was found near 12 St. with critical injuries after what appears to be a beating.

Police closed down 17 Ave. between 11 and 14 Streets for several hours as part of the investigation.

EMS says the man was suffering from serious head injuries and his condition deteriorated on the way to hospital.

Police still haven’t been able to talk to him about what happened and they’re still trying to determine where exactly the assault took place.

Stuart Brideaux from EMS said some witnesses were able to provide information.

“On arrival some bystanders had indicated a patient had been assaulted by one or more people,” Brideaux said. “We were not able to get much information.”

Residents in the area say they didn’t hear anything abnormal and it wasn’t until police started blocking off the area that they were aware of the incident.

“I was walking home around 4:15 last night,” says Nick Dubinsky. “I just got changed and I went to the Mac’s and he was just starting to tape off the front of the Wendy’s there”.

Police are asking anyone with information about the assault to contact CPS or Crimestoppers.

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Global BC’s Thanks For Giving Food Drive sets record-breaking total

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Our Thanks for Giving food drive has set a record-breaking total of $41,150 and you can still donate for a few more days!

DONATE ONLINE  until Sunday, Oct. 12 – provide funding directly to a local food bank – 100% of your donation stays in that community!Text ‘ FOOD ‘ to 41010 to donate $5, $10, $20 or $25

You can check out who donated and look at some of the events throughout the day by using the hashtag #ThanksForGiving

BC’s food banks assist 94,000 individuals, 30% of them children, every month!   Your donation means that no one has to make the choice of either paying their rent or feeding their family.

WATCH: The News Hour anchors discuss how Global BC viewers can get their own limited edition, autographed bobble head.

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A need for milk locally and provincially of all kinds

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Watch above: Would a human milk bank help alleviate food bank demand?

SASKATOON – The next time you pour yourself a glass of milk, be grateful that you can.

Every month, thousands in Saskatoon, many of whom are children, have to visit the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre for milk.

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    “Every week at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, we order approximately 1,440 litres of milk and our milk for children program ensures that children 17 and under and pregnant and breastfeeding women receive a litre of milk at each visit,” said Deborah Hamp, director of operations for the Saskatoon Food Bank.

    More than 6,500 requests are made for milk each month. Numbers that went up over the summer with children having no access to school lunch programs.

    “We have greater purchasing power as we’re purchasing in bulk so the financial donations go a long way toward ensuring that we can keep milk in the building,” added Hamp.

    Launching its second annual ‘milk month’, officials say any financial contributions during the month of September will help offset the program costs.

    “The entire cost is sitting at about $120,000 a year. During the month of September we’re hoping to raise about $35,000 to 40,000 to help us achieve that goal,” explained Hamp.

    Meanwhile, another group says the need for milk can start from day one and are pushing for an entirely different kind of milk to be widely accessible in the province.

    “There are women who do have difficulties, whether it’s for physical reasons, whether it’s just circumstances around birth or that kind of thing and absolutely we would love to see human milk used to help those women as they transition to breast feeding,” said Martha Neovard, committee member for the Breastmilk Bank of Saskatchewan.

    A human milk bank in the province would benefit both babies and mothers in need. According to Neovard, the milk would be intended for sick babies, then the community at large.

    “Human milk banking actually was really popular up until the 1980’s. There were milk banks in every single province in Canada. In the 1980’s the HIV scare shut down all the milk banks of course now we know a lot more about human milk, breast milk and the transfer of HIV through breast milk,” added Neovard.

    The return of human milk banks is now gaining momentum across the country, with three locations at present.

     “If we had support from the community and we had a facility and the funds to start it we could have it going easily within a year to two years,” said Neovard.

    The plan for now is to set up depots in the province and have the milk sent to the Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank.

    “Where it could be pasteurized, tested, processed and then hopefully come back to the community,” explained Neovard.

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