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Grand Manan to get air ambulance in the fall, after year of close calls

After over a year without air ambulance services, Grand Manan will have an aircraft stationed on the island beginning in the fall, according to a Department of Health news release Thursday.

It will be the first permanent aircraft to be stationed on the island since medevac services were lost in 2022 after changes to Transport Canada regulations led to the loss of a contract with Ambulance New Brunswick.

Municipality mayor Bonnie Morse welcomes the development.

“This has been something that we have been in discussions with the Department of Health and Ambulance New Brunswick … for well over a year now. So it’s something we’ve been advocating for a long time,” Morse said.

WATCH | Mayor of Grand Manan: ‘It’s a sense of relief’ 

Grand Manan will have air ambulance stationed on the island by September

After consultations between the village and the Department of Health, a King Air 200 aircraft will be based on the island to provide ambulance service.

According to the release, Ambulance New Brunswick signed a contract with Voyageur Aviation to bring the aircraft to the island.

Ambulance N.B. currently operates a primary aircraft and a mechanical backup, both of which are King Air 200 models. The new Grand Manan aircraft will also be a King Air 200.

Until the new aircraft is stationed on Grand Manan, Ambulance N.B. “will continue to collaborate with Voyageur Aviation to maximize usage of the backup aircraft to support services on Grand Manan. This temporary measure is expected to be partially operational starting in March,” said the release.

Bonnie Morse, mayor of Grand Manan
Grand Manan Mayor Bonnie Morse says the announcement of a permanent air ambulance is very good news after over a year of anxiety for the municipality. (CBC New Brunswick)

Morse said the absence of a permanent air ambulance caused anxiety in the

The latest fashion rules: buy pre-loved labels and just five new items a year | Vintage fashion

It’s 5pm on Friday night and a group of volunteers have gathered in an old, cold church in Willesden, north-west London, making last-minute adjustments to rails of floaty dresses, piles of sweaters, boxes of hats, shoes and scarves. Hosted by former Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and novelist Zadie Smith, this isn’t any old charity jumble sale but a must-go event that sums up current trends in how people buy their clothes.

The provenance of much of the merchandise is starry. Shulman opened her address book and Sophie Dahl and Jemima Khan donated clothes. Labels spotted included YSL, Chanel, Jil Sander, Prada, Gucci, Manolo Blahnik, Margaret Howell and almost every other big name in luxury goods. Plus lots of Zara. Prices are £10 to £200.

When the shoppers are let in, the rummaging begins. Marina Beaumont, 40, who lives in nearby Kensal Rise and works in marketing, tells me she is prepared for the melee. “I’m wearing a vest and leggings to make it easier to try things on; you have to know what to expect.” She was encouraged to come out at the end of the week because “I knew that if Alexandra and Zadie had put their names to it, it was going to be worth it”.

And for her it is. She looks magnificent in a long black Bella Freud evening dress, which Shulman tells her is her own personal favourite from everything in the sale. A recent survey found that 67% of millennials buy secondhand now, and Beaumont is no exception: “I shop on resale sites a lot; most of my friends do too.”

Chiara Menage, who founded one such site, Menage Modern Vintage, in 2018, tells me the trend has gone mainstream with its obvious connection to sustainability. “That’s contributed hugely to why people are

Could you commit to buying just five new items of clothing in a year? | Fashion

I love fashion, enjoy following trends, keeping up with new brands and dressing up, but I have always bought too much. So when a report last year found that no amount of recycled materials, regenerative agriculture or innovative fabrics are going to make enough of an impact to keep global heating at bay, I decided to embark on a new way of getting dressed.

Those living in the high-income G20 countries, the report from the thinktank Hot or Cool Institute stated, need to radically reduce their fashion consumption. It set a specific brief: “If no other actions are implemented, such as repairing/mending, washing at lower temperatures, or buying secondhand, purchases of new garments should be limited to an average five items a year for achieving consumption levels in line with the 1.5-degree target.”

Tiffanie Darke, wearing a top altered from an old dress.
Tiffanie Darke, wearing a top altered from an old dress. Photograph: Courtesy of Tiffanie Darke

Five is a radical number, but it’s also tangible. It still allows you the pleasure of shopping, but requires you to think carefully about the garments you choose. They need to be special, work hard in your wardrobe and you need to really love them.

What would cutting back to only five things do for me? It turned out, a lot. I had more fun with fashion this past year than ever before, as I turned to rental, alteration, swapping, borrowing and mending. I shopped my own wardrobe and found many unworn treasures (according to Wrap (Waste and Resources Action Programme) we only wear 20-30% of our wardrobes), meanwhile I was forced to consider my own personal style rather than one prescribed to me by catwalks or Instagram. Maybe the bow thing is not for me, and Tomato Girl summer worked better on TikTok.

When I announced my plans on

10 Nutrition Tips for a Healthy New Year

As a health reporter who’s been following nutrition news for decades, I’ve seen a lot of trends that made a splash — and then sank. Remember olestra, the Paleo diet and celery juice?

Watch enough food fads come and go, and you realize that the most valuable nutrition guidance is built on decades of research, in which scientists have looked at a question from multiple perspectives and arrived at something like a consensus.

Here are 10 science-backed pearls to carry you into the new year.

Decades of research support the Mediterranean diet — which is centered on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, olive oil, nuts, herbs and spices — as one of the healthiest ways you can eat. Its heart-health benefits are numerous, and it has been linked to a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline and certain types of cancer.

If you’re interested in adopting the Mediterranean diet but aren’t sure where to start, stay tuned. Starting Jan. 15, we’ll be sharing a week of practical guidance and recipes for Mediterranean-style eating in the Well newsletter, which you can sign up for here.

Some people may experience heartburn, but there’s no evidence that drinking coffee on an empty stomach can damage your gastric lining or otherwise harm your digestive system, experts say. And there are reasons to feel good about your morning brew: Drinking coffee has been linked to a longer life and a lower risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Mornings can be hectic, and it may be tempting to grab a quick muffin or skip breakfast altogether. But nutrition experts say it’s worth prioritizing

The Top Fashion Trends for 2024: Start the New Year Right With On-Trend Clothing and Accessories

As we eagerly await the ball drop, the fashion landscape is already buzzing with the latest trends set to define 2024. Influenced by the glamour of high-fashion runways and the dynamic world of TikTok, the spectrum of captivating 2024 fashion trends runs the gamut. From groundbreaking new styles to the revival of timeless classics, a diverse array of fashion awaits to rejuvenate your wardrobe and infuse a fresh sense of style as you step into the new year.

While the past year celebrated quiet luxury and minimalist elegance, 2024 is ushering in a chapter of unparalleled style with a collection of unique looks. The runways have been ablaze with the most coveted styles, showcasing the irresistible charm of over-the-top florals and the bold sophistication of heavy metals. Beyond the glamour, casual aesthetics come into focus, with the prevalent coastal grandma aesthetic making way for the TikTok-fueled rise of the eclectic grandpa trend. 

In 2024, a nostalgic wave is set to revive beloved classics that might just have you rediscovering hidden gems in the depths of your closet. The resurgence of sporty chic and preppy looks is on the horizon, with polo shirts and rugby shirts poised to steal the spotlight once again. Adding to the nostalgic revival, fringe accessories and clothing that blend timeless elegance with a contemporary flair will make a triumphant return in the new year.

To give you a leg up on the fashion trends that’ll be everywhere in 2024, we’ve pulled together the hottest styles to elevate your wardrobe.

Over-the-top Florals

Florals are set to reclaim the spotlight in 2024, this time reinvented with a modern twist that incorporates styles adorned with three-dimensional floral embellishments. Whether it’s elegant dresses or skirts, get ready to see over-the-top floral clothing, with a specific emphasis on roses.


Production volumes: Why don’t we know how many clothes fashion produces every year?

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How can fashion tackle its waste problem if no one knows how much clothing is produced in the first place?

This is the question The Or Foundation is posing with its Speak Volumes campaign, which launched last month and calls on fashion brands — large and small, fast and slow, old and new — to publish their 2022 production volumes. “If we are going to clean up fashion’s waste crisis, develop data-driven policies and transition from a linear to a circular economy, we need to know how many garments are produced every year,” the campaign’s website says. “But this data is currently unavailable.”

The Or has gotten some response: Collina Strada reported producing 20,000 pieces in 2022, while Asket said it produced 231,383 pieces, Finisterre 450,643 and Lucy & Yak 760,951.

The major brands and retailers that dominate the fashion cycle have been far quieter. For Liz Ricketts, co-founder and executive director of The Or Foundation, what that says is that the industry is scared to disclose the information being asked of it. “There are many reasons for brands to be afraid of publishing this information, but one reason is how legible it is to the public,” she says. “The average person might not understand an LCA [lifecycle analysis report] or supply chain data, but any person can understand production volume numbers. It’s scary to put information out there that’s so transparently legible.”

If the campaign sounds gimmicky, it’s not because the call for production volume transparency is trivial but because the industry is so far from providing that transparency that it can seem unrealistic to even ask for it. That’s operating on the industry’s terms, though, and not those of the planet or the communities

Ontario hospital ERs have closed 867 times this year, coalition says

“The numbers are like nothing we have seen before.”

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Emergency departments and other hospital services have closed a record number of times in Ontario so far in 2023, according to a new Ontario Health Coalition report being described as “staggering.”

As of Nov. 24, there had been 867 temporary emergency department closures in the province this year, including more than a dozen temporary overnight closures at Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital, mostly earlier this year, and a handful at Almonte General Hospital, the most recent just in November. Arnprior Regional Health also temporarily closed its emergency department twice overnight, in May. All three hospitals are located outside Ottawa.

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Sask. health care: A million hours of overtime clocked by nurses this year, union says

The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses said nurses have clocked more than a million hours of overtime this year as they face a shortage in their profession.

 “We’re so short-staffed like we have over a million hours of overtime so far clocked this year, (which would pay for) 720 full-time equivalents,” SUN president Tracy Zambory told CTV News.

 SEIU-West, the union representing St. Paul hospital workers, is also seeing staffing issues.

 “They don’t have the emotional, physical or mental ability to keep running at this level of crisis,” SEIU-West president Barbara Cape said.

 Zambory said the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s newly announced “action plan” to alleviate overcrowding in Saskatoon hospitals does not address core issues.

 “Unfortunately, we were not given the ability to have any sort of input in this plan,” she said.

 SHA CEO Andrew Will said staff and unions have been included in conversations.

“We’ve had ongoing engagement with staff and with our union partners over the many initiatives that we have implemented,” Will said in a press conference on Tuesday.

 A letter to SHA leaders signed by 118 emergency department staff at St. Paul’s Hospital cited issues of overcrowding, unsafe ratios of nurses to patients and indignity experienced by patients treated in hallways.

“I had the opportunity to be in the emergency department to speak with staff and physicians and we have included some of their ideas in this plan as well,” Will said.

Zambory said out-of-province agency nurses at St. Paul’s hospital are being paid $120 an hour.

“This is no way to run a healthcare system. We’re going to find ourselves bankrupt if we think this is a solution that we’re going to hang our hats on,” she said.

Zambory said the union is

Throne of Grace Clothing Named ‘Emerging Designer of the Year’ at Phoenix Fashion Week 2024

Throne of Grace Clothing, the faith-inspired fashion brand founded by Tony James in Phoenix, Arizona, secured the esteemed title of “Emerging Designer of the Year” at the Phoenix Fashion Week 2024. James, the mastermind behind the brand, has infused premium streetwear with unapologetic designs that boldly intertwine style and faith.

Throne of Grace Clothing

Throne of Grace Clothing specializes in crafting fashion-forward lifestyle essentials, including premium hoodies, sweaters, hats, and trendsetting t-shirts. The brand’s unique identity resonates with individuals across the United States and Europe, seeking to make a faith-driven statement through their clothing choices.

Brian Hill, Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week, praises the brand’s growth during the intensive Designer Bootcamp, noting its evolution into a highly sought-after collection. This recognition positions Throne of Grace Clothing as a rising star in the world of faith-driven fashion.

“Phoenix Fashion Week is proud to announce that our 2024 Emerging Designer of the Year is Tony James of the brand, Throne of Grace Clothing. During the 3 months of Designer Bootcamp, our team was fortunate to see this brand grow from its infancy into a highly sought-after collection of trendsetting designs for faith-driven visionaries worldwide. Watch out for this brand as Tony and his team creatively fuse together faith and fashion”, said Hill.

James expressed gratitude for the award, acknowledging the hard work and passion embedded in every garment created by Throne of Grace. The “Designer of the Year” honor is seen as a shared achievement with the brand’s supportive community.

Throne of Grace Clothing

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be named ‘Designer of the Year’ by Phoenix Fashion Week,” said James. “This award is a testament to the hard work and passion that goes into every piece of clothing we create at Throne of Grace. This award is shared with the community that has surrounded our brand

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