A New Beginning

Ahhhh, the signs of spring are starting to arrive – noticed by a sign seeker, who often finds herself making deals with the universe: give me one more reason, one more sign. This is possibly just proof of her inability to live in the moment or perhaps her own little way of igniting a flame hope.

There’s a proverb that says: “No matter how long the winter is, spring is sure to follow.” Eventually, the signs of spring will come, but you will not notice if you don’t look for them. I believe too that if you look, eventually the signs you seek in your life will also come.

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The Rise and Fall of the Trend: Women and Alcohol

Alcohol is killing Canadian women at dramatically increasing rates. 

In May of 2018, the Canadian Institute for Health Information reported a sobering 26 per cent rate increase of alcohol-related deaths in women since 2001.  Girls 10 to 19 had higher hospital rates than boys their age.[i]

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, addressed her concern that the deadly risks of alcohol are being overlooked because of its social acceptance in her 2018 report on the state of public health in Canada.[ii]  

One of the six main areas of focus for Dr. Tam is the use of cannabis, opioids and alcohol because of the fact that the average life expectancy of Canadians may actually be decreasing.  More men still die of alcohol and drug related causes.

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