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NDP leadership hopeful Tom Mulcair reacts to ‘Plan Nord’ Social impact can’t be ignored, says ex-Charest cabinet minister


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OPINION & EDITORIAL Screening kids for high cholesterol a silly idea


hen you have been looking at the drug in the same way as being poor means you’re more likely to industry for as long as I have, examining the have worse health compared to someone who isn’t poor. But way diseases and pharmaceuticals are mar- most people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol. keted, packaged, and pitched to doctors and So why bother screening kids for a risk factor for a dispatients, nothing much surprises you anymore. ease that’s not likely going to hurt them, if it ever does, for One might get a little tired of seeing the same old decep- another 50 or 60 or 70 years? Because we can. tive marketing ploys repackaged and retooled, launched to The apparent rationale given at this conference is that fool new generations of consumers and health profession- statin drugs - treatments like Lipitor, Zocor or Crestor - can als, but at least it’s entertaining. Occasionally an epiphany be used safely in children. The experts say that, with rising strikes, like a bolt of lightning from a blue sky instantly obesity levels in children, monitoring their cholesterol levels elevating one to a whole new level of incredulity will only help them prevent future health problems. When I finally soaked in this idea for a while I asked myself in a very subdued voice: “Have we all gone stark ravHard to believe the pediatricians were serious ing nuts?” Such a thunderbolt hit me this past week when I learned Let’s look at some of the facts in this case: We’ve known that experts at a recent American Heart Association conference were recommending that more children should for years that selling medication to treat your “future risk” be screened for high cholesterol before puberty. And they for a disease is hugely and immensely profitable for the pharmaceutical industry, yet the benefits to health are sometimes seemed to mean it. I checked to make sure it wasn’t April Fool’s Day because nonexistent. Statin drugs, prescribed to lower cholesterol, are among this is the kind of dastardly stuff those medical jokesters sometimes try to get away with. Sure enough, those pediatri- the biggest-selling prescription drugs on the planet. The pharmaceutical industry has invested heavily in convinccians were serious. So, apparently, concerned are they about the health ing medical scientists, patient groups and our prescribing of children, they believe it is worth screening kids for doctors to think about cholesterol as a nasty foreign enemy high cholesterol at younger and younger ages. This seems which needs to be brought down at all costs instead of a substrange because high cholesterol, one needs to be constantly stance essential for life that actually resents being chemically reminded, isn’t a disease but is a “risk factor” for a future tinkered with. While physicians will prescribe statins appropriately in disease (such as heart attacks) which mostly strikes middleaged and older people. A risk factor might affect your health men who have established heart disease, there is much con-

troversy over whether the drugs are effective in women and the elderly. As for the benefit of cholesterol lowering in kids? Those studies haven’t even been done yet. Like any drug therapy, there are potential adverse effects and patients taking statins have higher rates of kidney failure, cataracts, and liver damage compared to similar patients who take placebos. The most common effect, experienced by 20-25 per cent of statin-treated people, is muscle pain or weakness. The basic message here: you should have a clear chance of benefit before you start tinkering with your body’s cholesterol levels.

Why not screen kids at an even younger age?

So I say, if we are all going to go ahead and drink Big Pharma’s Kool Aid, why don’t we go a step further? Why should the medical profession wait until kids are eight or nine before they start screening them for high cholesterol and prescribing them powerful statin drugs? Why not screen them at a much earlier stage, and look for evidence of high cholesterol while in utero? This would help parents-to-be prepare for the arrival of their little bundle by stocking up on Lipitor-laced baby formula. Sound desperate? Perhaps not so desperate as the cholesterol empire that won’t rest until it’s convinced an entire generation of parents that their kids are pre-diseased and need to be saved by their drugs. Alan Cassels

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Rosemère is preparing to celebrate Christmas All sorts of festive events planned for Dec. 9 and 10 M A R T I N C. B A R R Y It’s starting to look like Christmas in Rosemère, a lower-Laurentian community where the snow-covered trees make it an especially festive place during the annual holidays. For the fifth year, the administration of the city has decided to stage a twoday Christmas event in the downtown core for the benefit of children and the young at heart. Starting at midafternoon on Friday Dec. 9, lots of events will be taking place into the late afternoon of Saturday Dec. 10.

Ice sculpting champs On Friday beginning at 7 p.m. there’ll be an ice-sculpting show near the fountain in parc des Pionniers. During the presentation, Laurent Godon, who holds the Guinness record for being the fastest ice sculptor in the world, accompanied by Nicolas Godon another ice sculpting expert, will give a demonstration of their prowess. (The two work so fast you may want to get there early. According to the schedule, it’s not supposed to go past 7:15 p.m.) On Saturday around 10:30 a.m., Santa Claus will be arriving downtown accompanied by elves, after which he’ll spend time at the library listening to children’s wishes until 3 p.m. A professional photographer will be on hand to record the moment for those who would like that. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., children from three to 10 years of age are invited to sit down in a corner of the library and listen to a Christmas story, ‘Bisou et le chat du père Noël,’ told in French. It could get crowded, so the advice is to get there early.

shop for unusual gifts and organic food products sold by around 30 merchants from the Rosemère area. Whereas Rosemère used to hold the Christmas market only on Saturday, this year it will be open on Friday afternoon and evening as well. “We had so much success with the outdoor market that we’ve decided to extend it over two days,” Mayor Hélène Daneault said during a press briefing held at the library on Nov. 30. According to the mayor, more and more municipalities across Quebec have decided to hold similar community markets during special events as a means of stimulating the local economy. “We are very happy to be one those municipalities,” she said. “It provides an opportunity for people to come out and meet in a place where everyone can get together.” A few other Christmas-time favourites Rosemère has decided to have again: horse-drawn calèche rides, inflatable games for the kids and facepainting. All will be taking place outside the library on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with ice sculpting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Petit Choeur de Rosemère will be holding a free concert from 2 to 3 p.m. at Église SainteFrançois-Cabrini.

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Trudeau, who has taken a few blows to the ego when he has sometimes dared to raise a point in the House, only to find himself facing the guns of a well-prepared minister, claimed in a statement e-mailed out following the exchange with Kent that “basically care that the largest hole ever discovresponses. These political non-answers I gave him an opportunity to make ered is right now hanging above the An unquiet portfolio lead me to ask a basic question on the me look foolish.” He also pointed out Arctic. Mr. Kent’s concerns, and the While environment (along with minister’s knowledge of this important that Canadians have historically led the concerns of this Conservative governStatus of Women) should perhaps be issue. Could the minister explain to the charge internationally in the banning ment, rest solely on an ideologicallydriven agenda of slashing budgets.” one of the more quiet portfolios in the House what ozone is and what is the of ozone-depleting substances. The North-Shore News placed a call Harper cabinet, Kent finds himself this difference between its impact at low “But does the Minister know what to the environment minister’s office to week at the centre of an increasingly altitude and high altitude? I just need ozone is?” continued Trudeau. “I asked. obtain a response. None was received uncomfortable controversy over the to know that he understands the issues.” Mr. Kent didn’t answer. And that, in a by our deadline. rumour of Canada’s impending withKent: “Mr. Speaker, if there are any very unfortunate way, makes a lot of drawal as a supporter of the Kyoto shortcomings in this House, it is in sense to me. Mr. Kent is not concerned Protocol. the quality of the questions from the with the depletion of the ozone, or even The environment minister has called Liberal opposition. This government the environment in general. He doesn’t the Kyoto agreement, which was signed by the former Liberal government, “one of the biggest blunders” the Liberals ever made. The Conservative government has questioned the scientific validity of Kyoto, which links human activity to global warming. The government wants to adhere to new international greenhouse gas control commitments made at climate change conferences held in Copenhagen and Cancun in more recent years.


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“We have not in any way restricted immigration during the recession,” said Harper, maintaining that the policy is without precedent. “In fact, if anything we’ve increased it and we’ve certainly increased the use of key economic categories like temporary foreign workers. Our government believes strongly that immigration is an essential and positive component of the Canadian economy. “We’re going to look at additional reforms where we can make it work even better. But the fact of the matter is that this is the first government in history not to restrict immigration during a recession, because we believe that vigorous immigration is essential not just to the immediate but to the long-term well-being of the Canadian economy.”

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Lake of Two Mountains The Deux-Montagnes library’s collection of large print and High School audio books is improved “ Pride Lives Here” by a donation from the France Exchange Deux-Montagnes Lions Club L

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LTMHS students eagerly await the arrival of the French students.

TMHS has been extremely lucky to have the opportunity of the France Exchange. Students from France and our own secondary 3 students get to live together to experience what life is like in each others’ homes and countries. This educational and cultural experience teaches students global camaraderie with intense cultural immersion.

On October 13, French students between the ages of 10 and 13 arrived at LTMHS to an open-armed welcome. They stayed with the families of our students for 10 days. In this short amount of time, they had the chance to visit Quebec and Montreal, spend a funfilled evening at a cabane à sucre, shop at our malls, play laser tag, and much more. Some of the French students were even taken to concerts and Habs games! Though the French students were shy at first, by the end of their stay, they had become just as open and inviting as our own LTMHS students. On October 23, students said their good-byes Madame Stephanie Bergeron and Madame Linda amidst some tearful eyes and laughter. The Guérin await the arrival of the French class. French students left with many happy memories to tell their families and friends in France. In May 2012, LTMHS students will be going to France to live with their new family members and share in a truly amazing and wonderful experience.


his year, once again, the Deux-Montagnes library can improve its collection of large print and audio books thanks to the donation of $1,500 by the Deux-Montagnes Lions Club. Since 1980, the Lions Club contributed $ 32 600 to these French and English collections mainly destined

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• The North Shore News • • December 3, 2011

“Set in the 1930’s, the film revolves around an orphan boy (Asa Butterfield) who lives a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl (Chloë Moretz), and the cold, reserved man who

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary and Mary from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

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Aries March 21-April 19__________________

Start nothing before December 13. New (not old) money matters are stalled; the logjam will break Christmas Day onward. If purchasing holiday presents, keep it simple and refundable, as lemons abound. VIPs, bosses and parents look on you kindly to December 20 – take advantage, approach, visit, do them favours, etc. (But DON’T launch new projects for them. If the boss wants you to begin a new project, diplomatically suggest a mid-December or January launch.) You impress everyone Sunday/Monday, but barriers to action remain: act Sunday eve/night. Chase money Tuesday/Wednesday.

Taurus April 20-May 20___________________

The general accent lies on mysteries, sex, subconscious urges, finances, investments and debt, and potential lifestyle changes. You’re lucky in these, though forward motion has been lacking since August. By late December delays will end – a legal, travel, educational, intellectual or international “element” will be the go-forward key. You might soon agree to wed a sexual partner. Think deeply before plunging. Make NO commitments, nor any new starts, before December 13. Lie low, rest Sunday/Monday. Your energy rises Tuesday through Thursday. Romance lies below, wants to emerge!

Gemini May 21-June 20___________________

Relationships are foremost. Your popularity and joie de vivre rise Sunday/Monday. But avoid arguments or hasty driving to midafternoon Sunday. Turn from a hard-to-convince person Monday. Retreat, rest Tuesday to Thursday. Sunday to Wednesday give a lucky boost to governmental, administrative and charity projects, and might also attract you to someone because he/she represents a rest, comfort, safety. But at what cost (to him/her!)? Your energy soars Thursday night to Saturday: contain temper. Until mid-2012, you’re quick to laugh, rage. Start nothing important before December 13.

Cancer June 21-July 22___________________

The accent lies on work, health, duties, a bit of boredom. Start nothing major before December 13. A former duty, chore or employment position might return – do it, grab it if unemployed. VIPs, parents and bosses are watching Sunday/Monday – do you best, avoid temperamental words Sunday. Your hopes and happiness rise nicely Tuesday to Thursday – life’s worth living! The Sunday to Wednesday period opens doors to friendship, travel, even the kind of romance which, though light, could lead to partnership. Retreat to contemplate, rest and heal Thursday night through Saturday.

Leo July 23-Aug. 22______________________

Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22_____________________

Start nothing new before December 13, especially in communications, travel and record-keeping. A former friend appears, or you travel to revisit a familiar place. Your home life is blessed; you could, if seeking, find a domicile where affection and beauty will prevail, especially Sunday to Wednesday. Let this be a place connected to the past. (These daysalso bring tantalizing, but secret or private, attractions. Be honest, moral.) Relationships irk you to mid-afternoon Sunday, then they turn successful. But if you offer little (Monday) you get little. Wisdom, Friday/ Saturday.

Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21___________________

Remember, start nothing big and new before December 13. In particular, buy nothing – you are drawn straight to lemons now. Tackle chores and health concerns Sunday (much better after 3:30 p.m. PST) and Monday. Relationships offer both opposition and concord Tuesday to Thursday. Concord is more likely – and far more beneficial – as this entire week offers friendship and good conversation – with a romantic tinge. A big, lucky “concord” looms on the horizon, late month into next June. Finances, sexual urges and deep health matters arise Friday (some difficulties) and Saturday (climaxes?).

Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21________________

Though your energy, charisma and clout are high, use them to tackle ongoing projects or to revive past ones – start nothing new before December 13. You easily impress others, gain their favour and get your way. If you’re single and have been hankering for some special company, contact that ex or old flame – AFTER 3:30 p.m. PST Sunday (or, less successfully, Monday, or, for more “grown up” results, after 9 p.m. Friday, into Saturday). Higher-ups are temperamental and impatient all week (until next July!) but you win them over, might even land a raise Sunday to Wednesday.

Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19_________________

Avoid new starts before December 13. Get plenty of rest, eat and drink sensibly. Retreat from the hustle-bustle, avoid competition. Tackle past-due obligations, especially those involving charity, institutions, the government, or head office(s). This is an excellent “clean-up and clear-out” phase to prepare you for powerful action later this month. Pay attention to home-related concerns Sunday/Monday. (Careful with tools, confrontations Sunday.) Romance, notional or real, visits Tuesday to Thursday – in fact the thrill of attraction fills the entire Sunday to Thursday period.

Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18__________________

Start nothing major, relationship nor venture nor project, before December 13. Your creative and romantic juices stir this month, you ride a winning streak (yes, you’ll tend to win at cards, etc.) and pleasures abound. An old flame is near or “present.” You might feel you have been tricked and betrayed or mistreated by others, especially the opposite sex, this last decade or two. But turn around: how have you treated those you suspected? When angered or ignored, you can be cruel. “Admitting” this can clear you for future love – which is going to be stronger, longer than past love.

Start no new projects nor relationships before December 13, Aquarius. This is a happy, optimistic and forward-looking month, but you’d do better to look to the past this week. A former flirtatious friend might arrive, or the door could fling open to a goal that was once just “wishful thinking.” Dream do come true! Careful with speech, driving Sunday – after 3:30 p.m. PST, all’s well. Tuesday to Thursday accents your home, security, family and real estate. A verboten romance could attract you. Actually, romance simmers all week, then emerges Friday (careful!) and Saturday.

Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22____________________

Pisces Feb. 19-March 20__________________

Start nothing, buy nothing, before December 13. You might meet former neighbours, or visit family members you haven’t seen in awhile. “Home,” whatever it means to you, is a powerful draw – especially Sunday/Monday. Though you shouldn’t buy or rent a new place (or furniture) a former abode or prospect might be a good thing. But don’t act before 3:30 p.m. Sunday. A gentle, mellow mood arrives Tuesday to Thursday. Despite your lower energy, Sunday to Wednesday offer meaningful romance, or a potent creative urge, especially if you’re in nature. Be ambitious, not forceful, late week.

Be ambitious, show your skills to higher-ups, study business and career topics, but don’t start new projects or relationships before December 13, Pisces. Money hits an irksome snag Sunday, but smoothes out late afternoon into Monday. Talk, travel, and casual meetings fill Tuesday to Thursday – and could turn enmity into an amorous bond. You have a choice now to next July – you can love, or hate. The former is more likely this week, from Sunday to Thursday. Collapse into the comforts of home or still beauties of nature Friday/Saturday. Don’t let stress cause a fight Friday.

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Jo k e o f t h e we e k ! When the wife talks

John and Jessica were on their way home from the bar one night and John got pulled over by the police. The officer told John that he was stopped because his tail light was burned out. John said, “I’m very sorry officer, I didn’t realize it was out, I’ll get it fixed right away.” Just then Jessica said, “I knew this would happen when I told you two days ago to get that light fixed.” So the officer asked for John’s license and after looking at it said, “Sir your license has expired.” And again John apologized and mentioned that he

didn’t realize that it had expired and would take care of it first thing in the morning. Jessica said, “I told you a week ago that the state sent you a letter telling you that your license had expired.” Well by this time, John is a bit upset with his wife contradicting him in front of the officer, and he said in a rather loud voice, “Jessica, shut your mouth!” The officer then leaned over toward Jessica and asked. “Does your husband always talk to you like that?” Jessica replied, “only when he’s drunk.”


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