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Bay students help to repel the flu
Job-shadowing Grade 9 girls aid in massive vaccination
Repulse Bay's 700 residents, 560 received their
flu vaccinations and few have fallen ill, thanks
to door-to-door visits by community nurse Maria
Fraser (nee Fernandes) and three Grade 9 students.
(PHOTO BY PATRICIA D'SOUZA)
To find Repulse Bay in Nunavut follow the Arctic
Circle west on Hudson's Bay
flu and its coughs and fever weren't part of the
recent holiday celebrations in Repulse Bay due to
a vaccination campaign conducted by nurse Maria
Fraser and three eager Grade 9 students.
month, Fraser asked Maggie, Sarah and Marsha, who
were at the local health centre for job-shadowing
during their school's "career week," to
help her administer flu shots to as many residents
"I said, how about we go house-to-house and
you help us," Fraser said.
of the girls had the job of explaining to kids how
they wouldn't get sick over the holidays if they
received a flu shot.
other girl said, 'The shot doesn't hurt. It's just
like a scratch, but it makes you feel healthy and
you can play in the snow,'" Fraser said.
third girl was responsible for keeping a list of
residents up to date, crossing off names as people
were inoculated. She also handed out candy to kids
after they received a flu shot.
and the girls first visited those who were at high
risk for a bad case of the flu - children with a
history of lung problems, and the elderly. Then
they visited the school and even stopped by the
local grocery store, where customers were encouraged
to roll up their sleeves for an on-the-spot flu
they finished, about 560 of the community's 700
residents were inoculated.
said the impact of the flu shots has been easy to
see as only a few people in Repulse came down with
not the sort of thing you can do in Iqaluit,"
said Dr. Sandy MacDonald director of medical health
at the Baffin Regional Hospital. "But it shows
a real dedication to the cause."
very good proactive work on the part of the nurses,"
said Ed Picco, Nunavut's minister for health and
social services. "I think it's great. It shows
really good leadership on the public health side
has been another benefit to the home visits, as
well. The three students told Fraser that they'll
willingly give her a hand again in the future and
are keen to work in community health after finishing
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Ash is the mostest again
Saturday, Jan 17, 2004MADAME
Let's face it. You can love her, you can hate her,
but you can't wish her away. Our Ash has done it
again. This time, she has been voted the most attractive
woman of 2003.
a boost for the Indian glamour scene. This was not
a made-in-India competition, though one suspects
that we Indians tend to be the most enthusiastic
voters online and the sheer numbers help. Ash
was voted the most attractive in a poll conducted
by hellomagazine.com , and the also-ran list includes
amazing beauties the world over. Chew on this -
British actress Keira Knightly came in second followed
by no less than Nicole Kidman and Catherine Zeta
Jones. Angelina Jolie was there somewhere, Gwyneth
Paltrow and Cindy Crawford, but Ash beat them all
a boost for the 30 plus woman trying to squint out
those crow-feet. She was Miss World a decade ago.
Takes some doing to be a global beauty queen for
10 years. Knightly, at 19, is actually a generation
apart. She is 11 years younger than Ash.
is hugely tempting to dismiss this as just another
online poll, conducted by the kilo to draw glamour-starved
surfers. To yawn at all that ado about Ash
, the over-hyped. For a moment, let's give in to
that temptation, what do we have? An Indian actress
who looks good on a list because all the bored Indians
surfing out there decided to plug for her? Perhaps,
Lady Luck's loved one - she will always win so eat
your heart out.
Overseas Association, Toronto - New Year's Eve Party
on Dec. 31, 2003
pioneers in Westernisation (by: Dr Jose Pereira)
Release of David Frum's Latest Book An End to Evil: How
to Win the War on Terror
20 Dec 2003, By Frederick Noronha
Imposition of civilizations by force is no novelty in
human history. What is remarkable is that some of these
civilizations were ardently received by the victims of
the imposition. The force is the condition on the imposition,
but the ardent reception can only be ascribed to the allure
that the imposed civilization exerted on the conquered
by providing them with the outlets for their creative
energies that their own cultures had failed to do.
David Frum's new book, An End to Evil, co-authored with
Richard Perle, aims to remind American's what is at stake
in the war on terror, and the coming wartime presidential
David Frum writes that the impetus behind the book was "the
very real danger that the war on terror would be lost -
not on the battlefield - but in the corridors of the capital.
We set out to do our best to persuade Americans to rededicate
themselves to the fight - and to accept nothing less from
its leaders than a total commitment to victory over terrorism.
But it was not going to be enough to exhort people: We had
to offer them some kind of vision of what victory would
look like and how it could be achieved."
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