Vaudreuil-Dorion gym offers exercise class tailored to stroke and Parkinson’s patients

Fifteen years ago, Darnley Holder’s life changed forever.

“I had a stroke,” he told Global News.

“I couldn’t read, I couldn’t write. I didn’t lose my mobility, but I lost my memory.”

Holder said he’s still able to talk today thanks to his determination to keep his brain and muscles moving.

Now, he’s bringing that philosophy to others through a unique exercise class tailored to stroke survivors and Parkinson’s patients.

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    “It’s Darnley Holder that started the program, and he had enough faith in me to bring me on board,” said fitness instructor Kathy Bishop.

    Two days a week, at Physical Park gym in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Bishop leads a group of participants through a series of exercises aimed at improving coordination, strength and balance.

    “I feel better and I think I could be doing more of this probably,” said Douglas Sirrs, a participant with Parkinson’s disease.

    An emphasis is placed on multi-tasking —; moving legs and arms simultaneously —; all the while reciting the alphabet or singing a song.

    “We sing while we’re on the bike because their speech is affected,” said Bishop.

    “We incorporate balance and strength and we just have a great time together.”

    Bishop has been a fitness instructor for 25 years, but said she continues to learn alongside the participants.

    “I see it, that they’re steadier on their feet,” said Bishop.

    “They tell me all the time they’re really, really enjoying it, and that’s half the battle.”

    “It doesn’t eliminate your shaking, but you can control it better,” said Pierrette Domingo, a participant with Parkinson’s.

    Domingo has had the disease for seven years, and only recently found this program.

    She told Global News the class is not only therapeutic for her body, but for her mind as well.

    “I’m just very grateful that I found this place,’ Domingo said.

    “I wish there would be more, because it brings so much happiness to everybody here.”

    Holder hopes more people will become aware of the program, so they too can regain some of the independence that he came so close to losing.

    “I see the importance of a program like this,” said Darnley Holder. “Why? Because I’m going through it.”

Documentary recognizes RCMP efforts during Fort McMurray wildfire: ‘We should have been terrified’

A documentary released Wednesday includes never-before-seen video and photos of the heroic efforts displayed by RCMP members during the Fort McMurray wildfire.

Footage captured by an RCMP videographer starting on May 4, 2016, combined with video from cameras mounted on RCMP vehicles during the May 3 evacuation, make up the 14-minute documentary.

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    The film, called Boots on the Ground: Nature of the Beast, was produced by Alberta RCMP.

    RCMP Sgt. Jack Poitras says the footage is “compelling.”

    “I think the public would like to see what the event was like from the members’ point of view,” he said. “It gives you a whole new perspective on their dedication.”

    READ MORE: All of Fort McMurray evacuated as wildfire intensifies 

    In a news release, the RCMP said the video “captures breathtaking… images and footage of the fire’s devastation and the brave men and women who remained on duty to ensure the safety of Fort McMurray residents.”

    Poitras says the video from the dashcams is time-stamped and there’s a moment that captures the exact turning point in the emergency.

    “It was 3:30… and it goes from clear as day to when you can’t see anything at all.”

    The documentary was made public exactly one year after the wildfire forced 88,000 people out of the region.

    “Most people were fairly calm when you spoke to them,” Wood Buffalo RCMP Sgt. Jonathan Baltzer says in the film. “And if you looked in their eyes, they weren’t.”

    WATCH: Dashcam video shows tense moments as Beacon Hill residents escape flames 

    “I have so much respect for the work that our employees put in during the Wood Buffalo wildfires,” said Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean, commanding officer of K Division. “They worked tirelessly to ensure the safe evacuation of the residents.”

    “Our job is to protect and preserve life, first and foremost,” Baltzer said.

    READ MORE: Fort McMurray wildfire: 1 week after mass exodus of 80K people, fire grows to 229K hectares

    Poitras said about 140 RCMP officers were stationed at the Wood Buffalo detachment when the fire hit.

    Instead of fleeing or trying to protect their own homes, members got to work in the region, many of them directing traffic during the mass exodus. Many officers worked 72 hours straight; others even longer. Fifteen officers lost their homes in the fire.

    The evacuation of Fort McMurray on May 3, 2016, as seen from the perspective of RCMP.

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    The evacuation of Fort McMurray on May 3, 2016, as seen from the perspective of RCMP.

    Courtesy: Alberta RCMP/Nature of the Beast

    The evacuation of Fort McMurray on May 3, 2016, as seen from the perspective of RCMP.

    Courtesy: Alberta RCMP/Nature of the Beast

    The evacuation of Fort McMurray on May 3, 2016, as seen from the perspective of RCMP.

    Courtesy: Alberta RCMP/Nature of the Beast

    The evacuation of Fort McMurray on May 3, 2016, as seen from the perspective of RCMP.

    Courtesy: Alberta RCMP/Nature of the Beast

    The evacuation of Fort McMurray on May 3, 2016, as seen from the perspective of RCMP.

    Courtesy: Alberta RCMP/Nature of the Beast

    The evacuation of Fort McMurray on May 3, 2016, as seen from the perspective of RCMP.

    Courtesy: Alberta RCMP/Nature of the Beast

    The evacuation of Fort McMurray on May 3, 2016, as seen from the perspective of RCMP.

    Courtesy: Alberta RCMP/Nature of the Beast

    “Everybody called it ‘The Beast’ because it was so out of control, it was so unpredictable,” Baltzer said. “You look at the aftermath of it and it just seemed fickle. It would pick off two dozen houses and it would leave three. They would be untouched and then on the other side there would be another two dozen houses gone.

    “It almost seemed taunting. And anything that’s that dangerous to begin with, that seems to be able to have a mind of its own… to just flaunt its power, almost, saying: ‘I’m going to do this and there’s nothing you can do about it,’ we should have been terrified.

    “We should have been absolutely terrified. But we had a job to do.”

    RCMP officers ran door to door through the smoke, making sure neighbourhoods were evacuated. They gave rides to people who needed help getting out, including a woman confined to a wheelchair whose home later burned to the ground.

    “It’s very emotional,” said Wood Buffalo RCMP Supt. Lorna Dicks, who was interviewed for the documentary. “I look at that video… and just the pride I have in all the RCMP officers that responded that day. They put themselves in the middle of the fire, they put their lives on the line and put everything at risk to get the community out.

    “The incredible amount of pride I feel for those first res ponders, it overwhelms me.”

    Watch below: The RCMP in charge of the Wood Buffalo detachment on May 3, 2016 opens up about that day

    “While the detachment didn’t burn, we lost access to both police stations up there,” Poitras said, adding they had to set up a mobile command post. That, and the remote location of Fort McMurray, compounded the challenge.

    “If you run out of supplies, where do you go?

    “You realize that in some other incidents that we’ve had… you have cities around you you can go to,” Poitras said.

    “It was quite a logistical feat.”

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    In the days that followed, Wood Buffalo RCMP received support from several detachments across Alberta, B.C. and the Maritimes.

    During the next few weeks, RCMP secured the evacuated areas, assisted with animal rescues and continued to escort residents from camps north of the city. Then, in June, the RCMP worked with the municipality on the phased re-entry plan.

    Click here to watch the Alberta RCMP’s wildfire documentary.

Weather advisory ended for funnel clouds possible in Saskatoon, parts of Sask.

UPDATE: All advisories mentioned in this story have ended

Environment Canada says conditions were favourable for the development of funnel clouds in Saskatoon and others parts of Saskatchewan Tuesday.

According to the federal agency, these types of funnel clouds are generated by weak rotation and normally don’t pose a danger near the ground. However, there was a chance of them turning into weak landspout tornadoes.

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  • Fog advisory ended in all parts of central Saskatchewan

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    If a funnel cloud develops nearby, people are advised to prepare to take shelter.

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    Saskatoon started the day with thick fog, dropping visibility down to 200 metres as we fell below the freezing mark this morning.

    Once the fog lifted this morning, mostly cloudy skies moved in as we warmed up into low double digits by noon.

    There is a risk of cold core funnel clouds in the Saskatoon area today with enough vorticity (or rotation) in the lower atmosphere to sustain such features in the convective clouds this afternoon.

    Thunderstorms will roll through this afternoon as we warm into the mid-teens with some heavier rain associated with these storms.


    Clouds will clear back out tonight as we cool back toward, but just above freezing for an overnight low.


    We’ll start the day in the sunshine on Wednesday with some higher cloud moving in during the day.

    Temperatures should climb a bit further into the mid-teens with an afternoon high around 17 degrees.


    A massive upper ridge will punch in the heat for the rest of the week, bringing in Saskatoon’s biggest warm up so far this year.

    Partly to mostly sunny skies are expected both days with daytime highs jumping from the low 20s on Thursday into the mid 20s by Friday.

    Massive upper ridge builds in the heat and sunshine later this week.

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    Weekend Outlook

    It looks as though the heat will peak on Saturday with a daytime high in the mid-to-upper 20s as clouds roll back in during the day with mostly cloudy skies and a chance of thunderstorms Sunday, but the mercury should still climb into the low 20s.

    Here is your Saskatoon SkyTracker 7-Day Weather Forecast.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Island get new office space, for free

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of West Island have been in their current office space in Dorval for the last six years.

However, the organization admits it has limitations.

“It’s really a maze,” said interim executive director, Julie Ogilvie. “It doesn’t work well when one case worker is having a confidential meeting, and another one needs to bring someone in, because they have to go through [the office to get to the other] and interrupt.”

Though Big Brothers and Big Sisters is a big organization, the West Island division is quite small.

Right now, they directly impact about 160 people, so the $24,000 a year they pay in rent can be quite a burden.

To help with the high tab, Traffic Tech came up with an idea.

The transport company recently moved into a brand new building in Kirkland, and they offered Big Brothers and Big Sisters some office space.

“We’re a large business. This is our Canadian headquarters, and Traffic Tech and Brian Arnott [owner] have given up space to Big Brothers and Big Sisters for a 15-year donation for a space and a lease.”

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The new space will consist of a conference room and six closed-door offices.

Each of those offices have big windows, lots of space, and a lot of light.

On top of that, the building is in the perfect location to help children who need mentors.

“We service everyone from Verdun to Rigaud,” said Ogilvie. “We even have some children in Laval. So being up closer to the [Highway] 40, it just puts us a lot more central for our community.”

A community that is also in need of help.

The organization needs volunteers.

They currently have 60 kids on a waiting list for a mentor.

The extra funds saved by their lease will help.

“Freeing up these resources that we are currently spending on rent, and allowing us to put that directly towards the kids and the programs, will allow us to service those 60 kids that are waiting.”

At the moment, their new space in Kirkland is under construction.

It’s expected to be ready for the new neighbours by mid-June.

Barack Obama praises Jimmy Kimmel’s healthcare plea

Former U.S. President Barack Obama broke his 杭州桑拿会所 silence Tuesday to support Jimmy Kimmel’s plea for Obamacare after the talk show host revealed his newborn son had heart surgery.

“Well said, Jimmy. That’s exactly why we fought so hard for the ACA, and why we need to protect it for kids like Billy. And congratulations!” Obama tweeted with a link to Kimmel’s Monday night opening monologue.

Obama had not tweeted since March 23.

Kimmel held back tears when he told the Jimmy Kimmel Live audience his son needed heart surgery just three days after he was born.

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Kimmel explained a nurse had detected his son had a birth defect called tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia – a hole in the wall separating the right and left sides of the heart and a blocked pulmonary valve.

His son was transferred to another hospital where surgeon spent three hours operating on him.

“He went in with a scalpel and did some kind of magic that I couldn’t even begin to explain,” Kimmel said.

After thanking family, friends and hospital staff for the support for the family and his son’s treatment, Kimmel criticized President Donald Trump proposed $6 billion cut in funding to the National Institutes of Health.

“If your baby is going to die but it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make,” Kimmel said. “I think that’s something, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right? I mean we do.

Kimmel called on politicians to not let “partisan squabbles” divide them on issues such as a child’s access to medical treatment.

“No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life,” he said.

“It just shouldn’t happen, not here.”

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also shared Kimmel’s monologue on 杭州桑拿会所, thanking the late night talk show host for sharing his story.

“Watch & prepare to tear up. Thanks @jimmykimmel for sharing your story & reminding us what’s at stake w/health care,” Clinton tweeted.

– –Global News reporter Jesse Ferreras contributed to this report.

U.S. Army releases final photo taken by combat photographer of blast that killed her

The final moments before a young combat photographer died were captured on film – through the lens of her own camera.

In 2013, Spc. Hilda I. Clayton was serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, photographing the military’s training efforts with the Afghan National Army in Operation Enduring Freedom.

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During a live-fire training exercise on July 2, 2013, a mortar tube accidentally exploded, killing Clayton and four Afghan soldiers.

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Nearly four years after Clayton’s death, the military, along with Clayton’s husband, released the final image that she captured on her camera, depicting the force and power of the explosion that claimed five lives.

The 22-year-old was training an Afghan soldier in combat photography, who was also killed when the explosion occurred. His final image was also released.

The photos were first published in the May-June issue of the Military Review, a professional journal published by the U.S. Army.

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The journal’s managing editor, William Darley, told Global News that Clayton’s story punctuated their latest issue’s theme of implementing gender equality as a policy in the military.

“She was out in the front line, doing her job as a journalist and recording the training that was going on with the Afghan military, and a couple of these photos were taken at the cost of her life,” said Darley.

Clayton was a member of the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera), the only active-duty photojournalism unit in the U.S. Army.

According to the journal, she was the first visual-information specialist to be killed in Afghanistan. Following her death, 55th Signal Company named an award after Clayton where teams compete in a tactical and technical combat-photography competition. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Spc. Hilda I. Clayton Best Combat Camera Competition.

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Ontario government to test giving seniors retirement home stays to ease overcrowded hospitals

TORONTO – Offering recuperating seniors free stays in retirement homes is one of the measures the Ontario government will be testing as it tries to tackle the issue of overcrowded hospitals.

The province announced in its budget last week that it would test a program that gives seniors vouchers for their stays in retirement homes in an effort to free up hospital beds, but it has not specified how long the stays will be or which communities the measure will be tested in.

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Health Minister Eric Hoskins said the program aims to help so-called alternative-level-of-care patients, who are well enough to leave a hospital but don’t do so because they’re not able to live independently and don’t yet have a spot in a long-term care home or a home-care arrangement.

READ MORE: Ontario budget to address problem of patients in hospital hallways: finance minister

Such patients, many who are seniors, are an enormous expense to the health-care system and being stuck in a hospital isn’t good for their physical or mental health, Hoskins said.

“There are very few patients in ALC beds that love being there, or want to be there,” he said on Monday. “So the way I look at it is, the savings we accrue, we can afford to invest out of hospital, often at a fraction of the price and a better patient experience.”

The government has been facing mounting calls to act on overcrowded hospitals, where patients have ended up in hallways, boardrooms and even cafeterias when regular beds fill up.

In the budget, the government announced $24 million for “innovative” ways of dealing with patients in alternative-level-of-care hospital beds.

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Those funds will go towards what the government calls “demonstration projects,” one of which will be the voucher program, the health ministry said. The government will test the program, which is expected to be running this year, and use the results to inform future policies.

The voucher would cover the cost of recuperating in a private-pay retirement home until a senior is ready to move back home or into government-funded long-term care. Hoskins said the stays provided through the vouchers would be transitional.

A similar program has been running in the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network since October 2014, giving seniors temporary stays in retirement homes at a fraction of the cost of keeping them in hospital beds, according to the LHIN.

Alternative-level-of-care patients make up about 15 per cent of patients in Ontario hospitals, according to the government. And in over-capacity hospitals, they take up beds that are needed by patients with acute medical problems.

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Ontario Retirement Communities Association CEO Laurie Johnston said her organization, which represents most of the province’s retirement homes, has been in talks with the government about using the voucher program.

She said retirement homes have long worked with the province’s home and community care organizations in getting government-funded respite and support services to their residents.

“This is really just an extension of the program to a segment of the population who perhaps would have had difficulty affording private-pay retirement living while they recuperate,” Johnston said. “This would make an opportunity for them to recuperate and build their strength as they move on to their next step.”

Linda Haslam-Stroud, president of the Ontario Nurses’ Association, said she’s also spoken with senior civil servants about the use of the voucher program and she’s hopeful they’ll be successful in moving alternative-level-of-care patients out of hospital more quickly, freeing up beds for other patients.

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It’s needed, she said, as all year round nurses have to care for patients who are left in hallways as they wait for a bed in a hospital room.

The 2017 budget includes an increase of $518 million in hospital funding, a three-per-cent boost, which came after five years of funding restraint and warnings from hospitals that their funding hasn’t allowed them to keep up with the increasing demand for care.

The budget also promises an extra $9 billion for hospital construction projects over 10 years, and announced newly approved hospital construction projects in Niagara, Windsor, Hamilton, Mississauga and the Weeneebayko hospital replacement project in northern Ontario, as well as a new $2.5 million for the planning of an expansion to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

An ancient doppelgänger? Quebec artist matches people with 2,000-year-old doubles

Have you ever wondered if there’s someone out there who looks just like you?

An exhibition on ancient doppelgänger, doubles and lookalikes is in the works at Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City.

The aim is to find people who look just like statues taken from the collections of the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève and the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art.

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    The exhibition is the brainchild of the museum’s former director, Michel Côté.

    “He just asked me, ‘Well, we’re doing this exhibit of ancient sculptures, and what do you think of finding lookalikes of ancient sculptures?’ I always say ‘Yes’ to special ideas,” said Montreal photographer François Brunelle.

    Over the last few months, the museum invited people from all over the world to submit photographs of their faces in the hopes of finding their ancient twin.

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    Of 75,000 submissions from around the world, about 30 will be chosen to be featured in the museum’s exhibition.

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    “I always like challenges. I always like to do the impossible,” Brunelle told Global News.

    “At first, we were supposed to find lookalikes from Quebec City, and then we got all these calls and photos from all over the place.”

    The world-famous photographer said he’s hoping to travel, no matter where they are in the world, to photograph them.

    Their portraits will stand next to their ancient statuette doppelgänger.

    “I hope when people get inside this room, when they see the sculptures and the photos of the people, that they get excited,” Brunelle told Global News.

    “My personal goal is that if you see some figures, I think there’s a Cesar in there, then you have this guy who works as an electrician from Laval and he looks like Cesar exactly and you say, ‘Cesar could have been an electrician.’”

    WATCH BELOW: People searching for their 2,000-year-old double

    The Sherbrooke native has gained incredible recognition for his project Je ne suis pas un sosie ! (I’m Not a Lookalike!).

    Since 1999, the photographer has travelled the world looking for people who look alike, and photographing them together.

    “When I take this photo, I play with their expressions: ‘Look sad, smile,’ and finally I try —; I’m not sure if I succeed all the time —; I try to find a common expression [between the doubles],” explained Brunelle.

    “With a statue, it has one expression, and sometimes it’s quite neutral because it’s a statue.”

    “I already have photos of the statues from many angles, so we may decide, say we take this guy from Montreal or Quebec City or Russia and say, ‘Oh, he looks like this statue.’”

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    So far, there are a handful of near-perfect matches to several Greco-Roman antiquities and Egyptian funerary portraits.

    “It’s exciting. It’s a connection in time. I call it time travel,” Brunelle told Global News.

    The Betaface API face identification process works like this:

    The face is detected in the picture and its position.Facial features are extracted (nose, eyes, mouth, etc.)The features are normalized as a set of connected points, or “template.”They are compared with a previously compiled database of statue templates.The results are presented and expressed as a percentage of similarity.

    Take a look at all the statues looking for their modern-day doubles here.

    My 2,000-Year-Old Double is expected to be on display from Oct. 24, 2018, to Oct. 27, 2019.

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Babies at higher risk of autism if father is too young or too old: study

If women plan on having kids, they are regularly reminded to do so before their biological clock strikes 35, otherwise the quality of their eggs diminish and they – and their child – are at a higher risk for various complications.

Men, on the other hand, have never had that same pressure – until now.

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According to a new study by the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai in New York, fathering a child before the age of 25 and over the age 51 puts the child at a higher risk for developing autism and other social disorders.

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“Our study suggests that social skills are a key domain affected by paternal age,” the study’s author Magdalena Janecka said in a statement. “What was interesting is that the development of those skills was altered in the offspring of both older as well as very young fathers. In extreme cases, these effects may contribute to clinical disorders. Our study, however, suggests that they could also be much more subtle.”

Researchers looked at 15,000 twins in the U.K. between the ages of four and 16.

To find out if children’s social skills were impacted by their father’s age, the team looked for differences in the development patterns of social skills and other behaviours, including conduct and peer problems, hyperactivity and emotionality.

What the study also found was that these children tend to be more advanced than other kids as infants, but then begin to fall behind by the time they hit their teenage years.

“We observed those effects in the general population, which suggests children born to very young or older fathers may find social situations more challenging, even if they do not meet the diagnostic criteria for autism,” Janecka said.

Genetic analysis then showed that the development of social skills was mostly influenced by genetic factors rather than environmental. Those genetic effects, the team says, became even more important as the age of the father increased.

Janecka and her team believe that there could be different mechanisms behind the effects at these two extremes of paternal age.

Despite the behaviour of these children being similar, Janecka says the causes could be “vastly different.”

She also believes the developmental differences pinpointed in the study are most likely the result of alterations in the brain maturation.

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No link was found between the age of the mother and the development of their child’s social skills development.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). 

According to the Government of Canada, one in six couples experience infertility.

Three times out of 10, the cause of infertility is in men.

Common signs and predictors of infertility in men may include experiencing a testicular torsion and having surgery as a child for an undescended testicle.

Men should get tested if they experience premature ejaculation or lack of ejaculations, have a history of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and/or had cancer treatment in the past.

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Nova Scotia connection to Sierra Leone a highlight of navy deployment

Two Royal Canadian Navy sister ships have returned to Halifax after spending just over two months in West Africa.

READ MORE: First black captain leads Royal Canadian Navy ship to West Africa

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“It was really just a great trip and the word going around the ship is what a spiritually rewarding deployment it was,” said Lt.-Cmdr. Paul Smith, the commanding officer of HMCS Summerside.

Smith, alongside the crew of HMCS Moncton, the other Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel that was deployed, visited five West African ports during their travels.

One of the highlights included retracing a historic Nova Scotia connection to Freetown, Sierra Leone.

“In Freetown, being founded by Nova Scotian settlers and to be able to see that there are still pieces of Nova Scotia that are over there including a plaque that I finally got to see at The Cotton Tree, thanking the Nova Scotia settlers for settling Freetown,” Smith said.

The name of the mission was “Neptune Trident 17-01.”

The goal was to engage new partners and train alongside allied nations in the Gulf of Guinea.

The crews made plenty of stops in communities throughout the coast, including a friendly soccer match in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia and the delivery of school supplies to students in Sierra Leone.

READ MORE: Life at sea: an inside look into the world of a Royal Canadian Navy sailor

The deployment was a humbling experience for many, including Lt.-Cmdr. Nicole Robichaud, HMCS Moncton’s commanding officer.

“The fact that people live the different lifestyles that they do, the fact that there’s poverty, it’s just truly made my crew more appreciative for what they have,” Robichaud said.