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Macdonald Youth Services moves into new building

New Therapeutic Centre will help thousands of Manitoba youth.

Macdonald Youth Services (MYS) officially opened the doors last month to their brand new, state-of-the-art, 33,000-square-foot facility at 175 Mayfair Avenue. The $7.5 million Therapeutic Centre is expected to help more than 9,000 youth per year in Manitoba through life skills training, counselling, and mobile crisis intervention.

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The next new technology 3D printing

by Dorothy Dobbie

Six years ago, a 3D printer would have set you back $100,000 to $300,000 to make a flimsy prototype from a waxy material. Today, 3D printers are available as desktop printers for the price of a good computer and materials can vary from living cells to gold and titanium. You can even use a 3D printer to make another one for a friend.

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cartwheelBy Ceder Finnie

Confidence is an issue for everyone at one point or another, whether we know it or not. When it comes to looking for a job or making a career move, the more confidence you can project the greater chance you have of becoming successful. Everyone, even the people who always seem so sure of themselves, have their moments of insecurity where they question, does this outfit look good? Will I get this job? And does that person like me?

We all want to be rock stars. Here’s your chance.

The great thing about life is we have a lot more control than we may think. It’s amazing how finding an activity that pushes us physically and mentally can improve the way we view ourselves and even how others view us. There is power in being able to take control of your body and, in setting a goal and achieving it, you feel you can conquer the world.

So tomorrow morning when you wake up, grab a protein shake and resolve to make small changes. Walking up stairs on your tiptoes exercises your ankles all the way up to your core, and a stronger core gives you a stronger abdomen and back, generating a feeling of confidence. Take a minute a day to lean against your wall, arms extended, shoulder-width apart, and slide into a sitting position, holding it for as long as you can. This exercise, too, will correct your posture and promote strength in your legs.

A good cardio workout is as simple as pulling out that old skipping rope and skipping non-stop for five minutes. This workout is the equivalent to running five miles. If you can commit to doing this every day, you will soon feel unstoppable.

Complementing your new routine with a great diet is definitely a benefit. This doesn’t mean that you should only eat lettuce or cut out all the food you love. You are not a rabbit, so don’t eat like one. A proper diet can consist of small changes such as no carbohydrates after 4 p.m., unless you’re going to be active. Skip McDonald’s today and grab some fresh fruit; if you want to get really crazy, add yogurt. Switch from that fried chicken and fries or mashed potatoes to a skinless chicken breast and some fresh vegetables. And please continue to eat your dessert, you deserve it!

Coming from a martial arts background, I can honestly say there is nothing like knowing you spent that last hour learning how to throw the perfect kick complemented by an extraordinary upper cut to increase your personal confidence. Martial arts may not be the activity for you, but yoga, dance lessons or whatever else it may be, will give you that extra touch of confidence and control that all of us search for.

The first few activities you try may not be for you and that’s ok, don’t give up! I myself, have played hockey, lifted weights and finally settled into martial arts. For me it is all about awaking a passion, and soon the confidence of having found our true calling.

Ceder Finnie is Western Canada’s female champion in light-weight mixed martial arts, with two gold medals, one silver and one bronze. Ceder holds four belts in different styles of martial arts and specializes in muay thay and weapons.

Drinking smart

Drinking-smartAlcohol and drug use is a serious concern in the workplace, especially if your job performance can jeopardize the safety of your co-workers or yourself. In some workplaces, a zero tolerance for alcohol and drug use is a part of the hiring discussion. If you are unclear as to what your work place policy is, ask your supervisor or human resources officer.

Going for a drink after work is a great way to socialize, but knowing the risks and limits are important.


  • Binge drinking for women is four or more drinks and men five or more in a single occasion.
  • Alcohol requires no digestion. It is absorbed directly into the bloodstream and makes its way to the brain where it passes through the three main areas: the frontal lobe, midbrain and hindbrain.
  • The frontal lobe is the area that controls judgment, slows down reaction time and decreases inhibition and reasoning. It is what creates the alcohol “buzz”. Once alcohol affects the midbrain, there is a loss of muscle control, lack of co-ordination and slurred speech. But it is the effect on the hindbrain which is the most dangerous as it controls basic bodily functions, such as respiration and heart rate. When a blood alcohol content reaches 0.41, there is a 50 per cent chance of death.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, it takes your body about an hour to completely process one drink (defined as 12 ounces of beer, 1.5 ounces of spirits or five ounces of wine).
  • Blood alcohol content peaks 30 to 90 minutes after the last drink has been ingested.
  • Long term, alcohol use affects major organs of the body such as liver and heart, and is implicated in certain forms of cancer and pancreatic problems.


  • Drinking black coffee, walking or cold showers do not speed up the sobering process. Only time does.
  • As blood alcohol levels increase, so does sexual activity. However, sexual performance declines and male sperm counts decrease.
  • Alcohol irritates the lining of the stomach and intestines which can lead to vomiting.
  • Alcohol increases blood flow to the skin, which causes flushing and sweating leading to a reduction in body temperature.
  • Recent studies indicate that moderate consumption of alcohol, two drinks per day for men and one for women, has beneficial effects on the heart.

The addiction factor

Alcohol is a psychologically addictive drug. It eases stress and anxiety and therefore becomes a crutch used in any situation that may cause stress. Plus, the more someone drinks, the more they believe they need alcohol to get through the day.

Signs of alcohol addiction include:

  • Drinking to avoid stressful situations
  • Drinking alone at all hours of the day
  • Drinking to excess and experiencing “blackouts”
  • The belief that you need another drink to get through the day