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7 Reasons You Keep Waking Up At Night to Pee
How many nighttime bathroom runs are too many?Frequent nighttime urination, or nocturia, is generally defined as getting up at least once a night to pee. If you get up to pee at night occasionally—most people do—it’s no big deal. But if it's mostly nightly and it bothers you, it's worth bringing up to a doc.
More leaders should say sorry
Re:, April 22 .
Doug Ford said he is sorry. Doug Ford says he apologizes. Doug Ford says “the buck stops here,” all the while taking responsibility for mistakes made by his government during the COVID-19 third wave. Bravo, gutsy, honest, humble Mr. Ford.
Where are the apologies from Justin Trudeau, François Legault, Jason Kenney et al? Have they made no mistakes? I am waiting.
Jacques Dufault, Ottawa
How Often You Should Replace Your Toothbrush (and What Happens When You Don’t)
Learn how often you should replace your toothbrush and the likelihood of getting gum disease and other problems if you don't. The post How Often You Should Replace Your Toothbrush (and What Happens When You Don’t) appeared first on Reader's Digest.You may prolong replacing your frayed toothbrush to get a few more uses, but it's best to do it sooner rather than later.
Politics is no place for cry-babies
I, for one Ontarian, was embarrassed by Premier Doug Ford’s latest boo-hoo fit Friday in front of the press. What a mess!
With apologies to actor Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own, “There’s no crying in politics.” Mr. Premier, grow some backbone or step aside.
Thomas Brawn, Orleans
Ministers need to explain things to premier
Mayor Jim Watson wonders if “provincial officials understand the deep interconnection between … Ottawa and Gatineau.” Premier Doug Ford has two senior cabinet members from Ottawa, Lisa MacLeod and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, to explain this to him. They must take responsibility for the Ford fiasco.
John Edmond, Ottawa
We must support our scientists
How the Indigenous peoples of the world must have felt when their borders were breached with measles, smallpox, mumps et cetera, is how many individuals feel today. The major difference is now we rely on scientists to actually cure a pandemic.
Scientists have cured diseases. Scientists whom many refuse to adequately support. Scientists who need constant endorsement to prevent catastrophes before they occur. Will this lesson be learned?
Patrick Mason, Stittsville ON.
Pharmacy vaccine rollout is frustrating
Re: Letter,, April 22.
I could not agree with Keith Egli more; we should all be booking our vaccine shots as soon as we are eligible. But he is one of the lucky ones. The pharmacy vaccine rollout for some of us has only resulted in frustration.
My husband and I registered with two local Ottawa pharmacies for the AstraZeneca vaccine when it became available for the 55+ age group. Hearing about how some others were rejecting it and there being an abundance, we were excited that we were finally eligible for a vaccine and assumed we would have an appointment within a few days.
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We were still patiently waiting when the eligibility age was lowered to 40. Once that happened, we were surprised to hear about hundreds of people in Ottawa being able to get their appointments right away. Apparently one of the tricks was to sign up with as many pharmacies as you could, and some people reported getting multiple offers for appointments. OK, we tried that as well. Currently, we are on waitlists with over 26 pharmacies and neither of us has received a single notification of an available appointment.
Clearly the process of distributing the vaccines in this way is broken. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason on who is getting in. There are reports that the supply of AstraZeneca is running out and my husband and I are still months away from being eligible for the other vaccines.
Now that’s what I call demoralizing.
Jolana Klobouk, Ottawa
Vaccine booking system is a challenge
Who are these vaccine shoppers and where are they? Not in Ottawa it seems. When the AstraZeneca vaccine first became available at pharmacies for the 55+ age group on April 1, I immediately registered through the Ontario COVID-19 website. It’s now April 22 and I’m no closer to getting my shot, despite being on waiting lists for five local pharmacies.
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Health officials need to consider if the issues are with pharmacy capacity and a glitchy booking system, as opposed to vaccine hesitancy.
Natalie Bolton, Ottawa
The string section is out of tune
Re letter, A vaccine clinic is like an orchestra, April 21.
Indeed I thought this too, until the second injection concert was cancelled and all the musicians and conductor went home and the organizers who were left were unable to arrange a second one despite pleas of age or high risk area requirements.
Definitely not “Bravo Ottawa Public Health” but poor orchestration, Ottawa Public Health.
Christine McLaughlin, Ottawa
Why aren’t vaccines mandatory for some?
My 95-year-old dad lives at Revera Westwood, a seniors care home. recently, four staff and one resident tested positive for COVID-19. I was shocked to learn that vaccinations for staff are not required.
Westwood, as a business, could require vaccinations, but it doesn’t. Nor are medical staff in hospitals required to be vaccinated, for that matter.
All levels of government are saying that safety in long-term care homes is a priority, yet they seem to be missing an essential safety factor. How many seniors are continuing to live in isolation in care homes, as is my dad? It is sad and unconscionable.
Governments tell us we have to wear seat belts. Why can’t they tell us that we need to be vaccinated if we are working with the public? How will politicians deal with this?
How Bad It Is to Wait Too Long to Use the Bathroom
From infections to leakage, this is what happens when you hold in your pee, and why you need to stop ignoring the urge to urinate. The post How Bad It Is to Wait Too Long to Use the Bathroom appeared first on Best Health Magazine Canada.
Sandra Merriam, Ottawa
The market will settle housing prices
Re:, April 20.
It’s true that home prices are rising very quickly — for now. Low-rise housing is in high demand due to the change in lifestyles the pandemic has caused.
But buyers can and regularly do perform a building inspection prior to presenting an offer. Some choose not to.
Buyers can offer what they like on a house that meets their needs. If they are unsuccessful they can adjust their strategy for a better result on the next one. They could also lower their sights to a home they can afford.
If Randall Denley thinks that foreknowledge of the price all parties are offering will help to mitigate price increases in a market with historically low supply, he’s naive. All this will do is ensure that the buyer with the deepest pocket wins every time. How does that make the process fairer?
In this cycle, the seller is benefitting. When prices drop would he suggest that the government step in and force buyers to disclose what they can pay and force them to pay more? How about a price floor that states once a price point is established you can’t sell for less and the buyer must pay that minimum Sound fair?
We will find a balance soon in the average price of a home in Ottawa. That’s always how it works.
Mark Christie, Ottawa
NCC has enough problems as it is
Re:, April 19 .
The federal budget this week announced two new offices: at the NCC to look into the “transit loop” connection between Ottawa and Gatineau; and at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to look into a new interprovincial bridge crossing. There has been talk for decades about these two projects and there’s no progress in sight. Having more government “red tape” is not going to help matters.
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The NCC has also been given more funding to “maintain its assets.” Look at the Rideau Canal for example. Now that, the water levels are low, notice all the serious cracks on the walls along the canal. Have these cracks been inspected to insure the walls won’t collapse and seriously injure walkers, runners and cyclists? Parts of the pedestrian path on both sides of the can require serious repairs.
Look at the stone wall along the south side of Colonel By Drive, between the Bank Street bridge and Clegg Avenue. The NCC spent a fortune just a couple of years ago repairing and replacing that stone wall and it’s already falling apart. Look at all the potholes along Queen Elizabeth Drive; Colonel By Drive; Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Island Park Drive.
I’ve sent e-mails to the NCC as far back as 2020 indicating issues along the path on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, the Champlain Bridge and Bate Island and they still haven’t been resolved.
If the NCC cannot manage its own problems and projects, how is it going to manage the tramway connection between Gatineau and Ottawa?
Brian T. Hum, Ottawa
Strong PS leadership has never been encouraged
All if Michael Kaczorowski’s points are right on point. Changing the public service is critical to our future. We have to stop taking one step forward and three steps back because the old senior management regime continues to block progress.
The progressive areas of the public service do not get recognized for their achievements and the exceptional leaders eventually throw in the towel and retire or leave. The Privy Council Office has never nurtured the required leadership necessary to develop a culture of excellence in the public service. Budgets come and go and money is spent on increasing the number of public servants and no money is spent on leadership development in the rank and file.
The One Spice Everyone Is Adding To Their Coffee
A spice that's one of the world's delicacies is about to elevate your favorite morning beverage. Here's how to add saffron to your coffee.One of Nespresso's three new coffee syrups is a nod to a coffee secret that's apparently been one of the best-kept for years: Saffron. It's the latest spice that coffee lovers are sprinkling into their morning cup of java.
Look at how Jack Welch turned General Electric into a world economic powerhouse. The nurturing and development of leaders is the only way to develop a culture of service excellence. Change needs to start at the top.
Mickey Sarazin, Orleans (retired public servant)
Delay the tax filing deadline, Mr. Trudeau
Why has the Trudeau government not delayed the tax filing deadline of April 30? The United States has pushed its deadline from April 15 to May 17. Why force taxpayers to make a trip to their accountant or to H&R Block during a stay-at-home order? Not all tax situations can be dealt with electronically.
John Palimaka, CEA, Gloucester
Of course they’re bribing us with our own money
Re: Budget a shrewd Liberal election plan, April 21.
It seems that Tasha Kheiriddin has clued in to how governments operate. Of course the budget is designed with a view to the next election. When has a budget not tried to appeal to voters? And yes, governments bribe the taxpayers with their own money because that’s the only source of money they have to bribe them with. None of this is news.
Joey Smallwood summed it up: “The first duty of a politician is to get elected. And the second duty of a politician is to get elected.”
Ellen Shenk, Ottawa
Why subsidize a commercial venture?
Re:, April 20.
I see that Bluesfest director Mark Monahan is very happy that the federal government is throwing some government welfare his way. To a taxpayer, this is very discouraging.
This festival has been a going concern in Ottawa for a long time and should be able to stand on its own two feet. If not, let it go, or revamp it into something that’s sustainable.
This is a commercial pay-for-product event. It’s no different than giving money to the RedBlacks or the Senators. When will governments stop giving cash away to non-sustaining endeavours?
D.J. Phillips, Gloucester
Funding apprentices is a good budget move
I am pleased to read that funding to support the skilled trades is included in the 2021 federal budget. Apprenticeship training is an important component of developing a skilled trade workforce in Canada.
One of the biggest challenges facing first-year apprentices is finding an employer to provide the practical (on-the-job) training of the apprenticeship program. Once graduated, the certified skilled trade workers will be on their way to a rewarding career.
Setting aside funding to create “apprenticeship service” to help first-year Red Seal trade apprentices connect with potential employers will be a welcome step, provided it is not overburdened with bureaucracy and is set up in collaboration with the provincial/territorial apprenticeship authorities.
Dono Bandoro, Ottawa
‘Petro points’ might just get the job done
Re: Don’t be blue over going green, Erin O’Toole, April 17.
The Trudeau government came out with the label “carbon pricing.” The Conservative government re-labelled it a “carbon Tax.” Erin O’Toole has called his plan “carbon pricing” and the Liberals and media have come up with “Petro Points.” Some media label it “rewarding polluters.”
Paying a price for the fossil fuels we use in order to possibly change our habits makes sense to me. To rebate that “tax” seems counter-productive if you really care about the environment, but it does win you votes.
If the government is to rebate the tax/price, I, as someone who cares about the environment, would rather have that rebate go to an environmentally friendly product. The extra money rebated to people this past year could just go into a gas guzzler with no thought of the environment whatsoever. Left to individuals, it’s their choice.
Given a choice, I, too, enjoy a “beer and popcorn.” Given “Petro Points” instead, I see an EV in my future.
James Henderson, Calabogie
What happened to Canada’s fashion sense?
Please tell us that was a joke when Canada unveiled its Olympic ratty jean-jacket look. Even late night host Trevor Noah made fun of it on TV. Did someone pay a consultant to come up with that disgrace? Bad way to spend money.
Please change this outfit. It makes Canada look stupid to the rest of the world. We deserve clothing that shows our dignity, pride and elegant fashion sense. We are Canada.
Janice Leroux, Ottawa
Here's What Happens When You Combine Coffee With Your Protein Shake, According To Experts .
Before you dash to try this seemingly win-win combo, take a pause: A dietitian says there's one key reminder to getting this experiment right.Cold brew coffee has never been bigger. And, especially as more of us grow aware of the benefits of plant-based nutrition, protein shakes and powders have become relatively common kitchen staples.