By Nira Rittenberg Special to the Star Mon., March 19, 2018 My mom is 82 and I have noticed she is having issues with her speech. I am not sure if this is normal aging or something is really wrong? Signed, Incommunicado It is important to look at some of the changes that occur in normal aging when considering potential communication problems. As we age, there are changes in our memory, speed of thinking and how we process information. Sensory losses in hearing and vision are also contributing factors. As we age, we tend to hesitate more often (using “um ...” “eh ...”), inserting more fillers in our conversational speech. We use more frequently indefinite words like “this,” “thing,” or “that.” This however, does not mean that language is a problem. Change does not equal decline. We are still as competent as ever in comprehending and expressing ourselves. Some changes however, can be a presenting … [Read more...] about My elderly mom is having issues with her speech, is something really wrong?
Toronto’s scramble to provide emergency refuge for the homeless as icy weather took hold left youth in Regent Park largely shut out of their community centre, highlighting more issues with the city’s handling of the shelter crisis.“I don’t feel that recreation centres are permanent solutions,” said Councillor Lucy Troisi, who was appointed in November to represent Ward 28 (Toronto Centre-Rosedale), which includes Regent Park.“We really need to think about emergency shelters during cold patches where it doesn’t affect other vulnerable populations,” she said.The 24-hour warming centre at Regent Park Community Centre opened earlier this month, amid criticism that the city wasn’t doing enough to provide shelter from the cold for those in need. It will remain available until further notice, said Patricia Anderson, a spokesperson for the city’s shelter, support and housing administration.In the meantime, instructional and drop-in … [Read more...] about Youth lose programming at Regent Park Community Centre as city scrambles for shelter space
Facebook is asking its users to decide how trustworthy news outlets are – and its survey is only two questions long. The social network has been repeatedly criticised over the spread of misinformation and hoaxes. Facebook argues it will look at how news sources are viewed across different demographics – but it’s not clear if “trustworthiness” is the best way to rank them. We’ve got our first look at the survey Facebook is going to use to assess how trustworthy news outlets are – and it’s only two questions long. After months of criticism over its role in the spread of misinformation and fake news, Facebook is making sweeping changes to its News Feed. The social network announced last week that rather than judging the reliability of news sources itself, it is going to ask users to assess their trustworthiness for themselves via surveys and then promote or demote the … [Read more...] about Facebook’s survey to assess the trustworthiness of news is only 2 questions long — but says that’s not an issue
VANCOUVER—Tsunami warning sirens are going off in Tofino and other coastal communities on British Columbia's west coast after a powerful earthquake struck off Alaska today.The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary reading of 8.2 and struck 278 kilometres southeast of Kodiak at a depth of about 10 kilometres.Emergency Info BC says the tsunami warning covers the Juan de Fuca Strait coast, the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, the central coast and northeast Vancouver Island, and the north coast and Haida Gwaii. … [Read more...] about Tsunami warning issued for B.C., Alaska after magnitude 8.2 earthquake
House Democrats have introduced a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level. The bill lays the groundwork for what one of its sponsors described as an “inclusive” marijuana industry by expunging federal convictions and establishing a community reinvestment fund to help former convicts enter the legal industry. The bill is a companion to Sen. Cory Booker’s legislation introduced in the Senate last year. A group of House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge federal convictions for marijuana use or possession. The bill, introduced by Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna of California and sponsored by 12 House Democrats, is a companion to Sen. Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act, introduced in the Senate last year. Beyond removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act list, the bill proposes going a step further to provide … [Read more...] about House Democrats introduce a bill to legalize marijuana and provide ‘restorative justice’ to communities impacted by the war on drugs