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the Cariboo Advisor Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tough luck for Sidney Crosby You couldn't help but wince last weekend seeing the replay of hockey great Sidney Crosby taking a devastating blow to the mouth Saturday night from a puck, sidelining him indefinitely. The injury which broke Crosby's jaw and several teeth, occurred in the first period of Pittsburgh's 2-0 win over the New York Islanders when the puck made a bad bounce and hit an unsuspecting Crosby in the mouth. Prior to this nightmare, the NHL's lead scorer had an impressive month with six goals

and 19 assists as Pittsburgh went 15-0-0 for the month, prompting the NHL to name Crosby as the first star for March. He also matched a career high with five assists against the Islanders on March 10, becoming the only active player with more than one five-assist game in his career. One of the most highly regarded draft picks in hockey history, Crosby has long been a fan favourite to watch since the 25-year-old from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia was drafted, but he has also been plagued with

injury including suffering several concussions. And now, just after we all started to relax and enjoy watching this home-grown talent, fans will have to wait and see once again when Crosby will return to game. The incident serves as a reminder of the injuries these players face during any given game for the love of their sport. And let's be thankful our favourite Montreal Canadians goalie, one Mr. Carey Price, has a full face helmet so as not to harm his million dollar smile.

World Health Day this Sunday This Sunday is World Health Day and the focus for 2013 is high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure and if left uncontrolled,

can also cause blindness, irregular heartbeat and heart failure. High blood pressure is preventable, and can be countered by reducing salt intake, eating a balanced diet, avoiding the harm-

ful use of alcohol, taking regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding tobacco use. So throw away the salt shaker and take a walk this weekend.

Fighting for mental health services A family from Victoria have found themselves inadvertently taking a lead role in the fight for better mental health care services for children in B.C. Yesterday, mother Kelly Bradley as well as other parents, were to meet with Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid to discuss improvements to emergency care for children suffering from mental illnesses and to deliver over 35,000 petition signatures. MacDiarmid was to meet with the families face-to-face however had to stay in Vancouver, so the meeting with the parents was held via teleconference. In January, Kelly and Owen Bradley turned to the Internet to

tell their very personal story and launch a petition for change, after their daughter was sent home from hospital three times while in the middle of a mental health crisis. The 11-year-old, who is living with bipolar disorder, was said to be harming herself and her family. Since appealing to the public for support, the campaign has gathered more than 35,000 signatures and 3,000 comments from people reporting similar experiences. Last month, when Interior Health officials came to Williams Lake, the CEO said only six per cent of Interior Health's budget is dedicated to mental health. It doesn't take a mathemati-

cian to realize six per cent of the budget is just not enough when it's been said that 40 per cent of us will suffer a mental illness during our lifetime. It is also critical that children receive the best possible care, as young as possible, to less the damaging affects of mental illness on the body, mind and soul. Even while many government agencies try to increase awareness about mental illness, our health care budget allocation tells the real story about the priority we give mental health in our society. The only way those percentages will change is if parents of children suffering mental illness continue to fight for their children, and for better services.

Chris Fait photo

David Fait has a bird's eyeview from the roof of the safety cabin at Yank's Peak on the weekend. Though most of the snow is gone around town, there is still plenty of snow left in the mountains for snowmobiling.

Investing in connections with no guarantee A couple of years ago somewhere south of town, an unusual something caught my eye. A doe was standing in an open marsh, but she wasn’t moving and her posture was odd. At first I thought she might be injured, but as the highway curved past where she stood, I noticed she was nursing a fawn. Motoring closer, I saw the fawn suddenly disappear and the doe walk off into the trees. There’s not much new about that kind of story

Living out Loud with Rita Corbett around here. But in hopes of getting a glimpse of the fawn, I crept to where I thought it had been and finally spotted the tiny spots of the most

diminutive fawn I have ever seen. Mrs. Bambi and I watched each other as I made my way back to the vehicle and nearly tripped over two more fawns! Triplets - a sight for the ages! And I have been looking for them ever since. A year later, while driving the same stretch of road, I noticed three small bucks grazing in the ditch, standing together a quarter of a mile from my initial sighting. And I wondered. Even in

my uncertainty, I was delighted! Then last fall my breath caught in my throat. At the same spot lay the mangled carcass of a deer. Was it one of ‘mine’? ‘Mine’ - maybe that’s why I wonder if the deer have sufficient food for the cold winter days, and why I worry when the temperature drops. Somewhere along the way, the smallest bit of me invested in a family of deer and they have become part of my world.

People, from a distance, look pretty odd at times. And they are so common we often dismiss them. What if getting closer revealed something more, a serendipitous bonus to enhance our lives for ages to come? It only takes a moment to thank the lovely, honest Asian woman at Tim Horton’s, or to chat with the person behind us in the grocery store line. The returns can begin right away. A lifetime of enrichment awaits.

Real value hides in common places. It can be revealed in a pause, or when we move ourselves just one step closer. I still see those little bucks everywhere! Of course, it can all go wrong. Vehicles strike deer. And someone we know may damage us with gossip, or take needed assistance and holiday with the funds in Disneyland. But should we quit connecting because there are dead deer by the road and persons who

make unwise decisions? If we stop investing, it might not change much for the deer or the unwise. But, oh dear, it would make all the difference to us. Our lives would be vastly diminished if we shied away from connecting, if we devoted ourselves to just that - ourselves. Your story of kismet interests me, but perhaps I’ll hear it later, ‘cuz right now I’m going out to look for deer.

April 3, 2013, Cariboo Advisor  

A free weekly newspaper serving the communities of the South Cariboo.

April 3, 2013, Cariboo Advisor  

A free weekly newspaper serving the communities of the South Cariboo.