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very March, the world celebrates Ireland’s patron saint. But how much do you really know about St. Patrick and his adopted homeland? Saint Patrick was the Christian missionary who is credited with converting Ireland to Christianity in the 400sAD. Since there are so many legends that surround his life, it is difficult to find a definitive truth. Many do not know that St. Patrick was not actually Irish at all. While his exact birthplace and date are not known, it is believed he was born around the year 400AD in Scotland or Wales. As a young man, Patrick was kidnapped and sold into slavery as a sheep herder in Ireland. During his six-years in captivity, he became fluent in the Irish language. Patrick eventually escaped captivity after having a vision that told him to leave Ireland by going to the coast where he would find a ship waiting. Following these instructions, Patrick made his escape. Eventually, he made his way to France where he became a priest, and following another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling to him, he returned. He travelled throughout Ireland for 40 years, preaching to the people and converting thousands, including the high king.

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It is believed he died on the 17th of March, 460AD, and that is why Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th. St. Patrick is just one of many legendary figures to come alive on a visit to Ireland. The mystical land that enchanted Patrick has had a similar affect on visitors from around the world. Perched on Europe’s Western edge, visitors can expect stunning scenery unfolding around every turn in this land which is steeped in history. Ireland offers a plethora of castles, cathedrals, cliffs and caves. From the lively capital of Dublin to the barren west coast, to the long-troubled north, every place has its’ own story to tell. Throw in some whiskey, great music, legends and lore, and plenty of Irish charm along the way, and Ireland should be at the top of everyone’s destination list. Victoria-based Mile Zero Tours is off to Enchanted Ireland this October with a full 13-day tour of the Emerald Island. The tour includes all the must-see sites, a hefty dose of local culture, many meals and return airfare from Victoria. As always, enjoy complimentary home pick-up and return service on this or any other Mile Zero Tours trip. For details on this trip or others, visit: MileZeroTours. com or phone: 250-590-0811.

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he story of Shen Yun Performing Arts is somewhat of a fairy tale — the journey of a small group of leading Chinese artists turning a dream into a reality by touching the hearts of millions of audience members around the world. That number is growing exponentially as the acclaimed classical Chinese dance company launches its 2019 global tour, with six companies touring simultaneously. This year, Shen Yun returns to Vancouver for the 13th time, playing 10 shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre March 22 to 31. Five of those shows are matinees, which is good news for Vancouver Island residents because they can take a morning ferry, see the show, and return in the evening without the added expense of staying overnight in Vancouver. What is it about this New York-based group of artists that has captivated so many theatre-goers worldwide — transcending culture, race and ethnicity? Certainly, Shen Yun draws top artists from around the world, including winners of international competitions in classical Chinese dance and music, charming showgoers through superb dance and a unique orchestra which highlights Chinese melodies in a seamless combination of Eastern and Western instruments. The program is a visual feast, showcasing exquisite, handmade costumes and state-of-the-art technology, with ground breaking animated backdrops that extend the stage and transport theatregoers into different realms that

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t might be safe to say that people have heard about the recent measles outbreak in Vancouver and Seattle. Outbreaks of this sort are rare in Canada. In fact, Health Canada reported only 29 domestic cases of measles is 2018. Measles was thought to be essentially eradicated in Canada after 1979, due to routine vaccination programs. However, outbreaks of this nature do bring up the ideas of herd immunity and antivaccination support. This article will try not to be a debate for either side — just facts about the matter. Measles, like rubella, mumps and chickenpox, is a viral disease. Symptoms of childhood viral diseases tend to overlap. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, sore throat and skin rashes. Most health care practitioners might have not seen a case of measles. The unique characteristic of measles is the small, blue-white spot on a red background that can appear on the inside of the cheeks. Like most viral diseases, the infection pattern is similar. Symptoms of the infection might not show up for one to two weeks after exposure. People are infectious for a time period before, during and after symptoms appear. This a very vague timeline for this disease, but it does highlight the fact that you can be contagious without demonstrating any symptoms. The consequences of catching measles for most healthy people are annoying. Young children, infants, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk of developing complications. The most worrisome risks of measles infections are encephalitis (brain swelling), pneumonia and blindness. It is thought to be fatal in two to three of every 1000 infections. This might not sound like much, but according to the World Health Organization, 157,700 died from the measles in 2011. This is close to the population of Victoria City. Public vaccination programs are effective due to the theory of herd immunity. To explain herd immunity, let us imagine a group of cows standing in tightly packed circle. With 95 per cent of cows vaccinated, there is a low risk of an unvaccinated cow standing on the edge of the circle spreading the disease to another unvaccinated cow standing in the middle of the circle. Conversely, if only 10 per cent of the cows are vaccinated, it is easy to spread through the entire herd, as unvaccinated and susceptible cows might be standing side by side. More vaccination, less chance that susceptible people will come into contact with each other. The exact percentage of vaccination to reach herd immunity is not known, but is thought to be in the 85 per cent range. One of the reasons why there is a yearly influenza outbreak is that vaccination rates for the yearly flu shot are as high as 45 per cent in the general population. One fascinating story of herd immunity and measles occured in the winter of 2014 at the happiest place on earth. There were 110 California residents who contracted measles after visiting Disneyland. Forty-five per cent of those affected were unvaccinated, 67 per cent intentionally. Only 12 per cent of those affected were vaccinated. There were no numbers given for people attending the theme park during the outbreak, but anyone who has been to Disneyland can use their imagination. There are few contradictions to receiving most vaccines, and they are thought to be very safe. Side effects are usually limited to mild flu-like symptoms which last a few days. More, most serious complication of the measles vaccine is a treatable bleed risk that occurs in one of every 40,000 vaccines. I had to look hard to find this side effect. The evidence suggesting that vaccines are linked to autism spectrum disorder was discredited around 2003. Most of us who were vaccinated as children are thought to have lifetime immunity to measles. If you are not sure, or want to update your immunity, you can receive a free vaccine from pharmacies, physicians’ offices or from public health clinics. If you are unvaccinated, you can choose to receive a vaccine at any age — there is no age of medical consent in Canada. – heartpharmacy.com

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Wishing you the luck of the Irish: “Wherever you go and whatever you do, May the luck of the Irish be there with you.” Answers: 1. Three-letter words: JIG, ELF, BOG, ALE, KEG, WEE 2. Four-letter words: ISLE, TURF, STEW, PINT, BREW, LUCK 3. Five-letter words: IRISH, JOLLY, TWEED, PIPES, FEAST, GHOST 4. Six-letter words: GAELIC, GARDEN, MUTTON, JOLLY, RITUAL, KNIGHT

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here was a family upset I witnessed several years ago that could have easily been avoided by timely end of lifer planning. It was a nasty upset indeed. Two family members were fighting in the chapel over who would get their parent’s cremated remains. Yep, a public, hurtful and unnecessary upset. It affected everyone who was in attendance at the ceremony and really hurt the surviving spouse and other siblings. It left an emotional tarnish on what was supposed to be a ceremony of loving good-byes. Now, you might say this was an extreme example, and perhaps it was, yet I have witnessed other family upsets that may not be as public but were just as hurtful, at a time when we could be saying our loving good-byes instead of fighting. A member of MSBC (Memorial Society of BC), who did their end of life planning well

in advance and involved family members in the preparations, told us of how graceful and loving their ceremonies for their mom were. One of the primary reasons for the loving send-off was that they worked out all of their differences during the planning phase. Getting everyone on the same page well in advanced resulted in a chaos free end of life celebration. Seeing the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to end of life planning, especially lack of planning, I created an “All Ready To Go” binder that houses all of my end of life paperwork, from my power of attorney to my funeral arrangements. It rests on a bookshelf in my home office, and all my family members knows where it lives and more importantly, the details it contains. Intending to avoid painful chaos for my loved ones at the end of my life, I chose to have the uncomfortable conversations

well in advance — conversations that got us all on the same end of life page. The conversation was a little bumpy, and we hung in there until we all agreed and understood how I want my end of life and my after-death care to be. Now it is done. Believe it or not, we all had a sigh of relief that the end of my life has been well planned for all my family and me. Whew! So please do choose to have what may seem to be challenging conversations about your end of life wishes well in advance. Join the Memorial Society of BC and record your plans on an arrangement form, send a copy to the staff at the MSBC, and keep a copy for family’s use somewhere in the home. It is a generous gift to your loved ones, indeed. You will be glad you did. memorialsocietybc.org

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