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the Middle East.
The board members were upset that the organization had approved funding to a Palestinian rights organization called Al-Haq, and had raised the issue in a review of Beauregard’s performance sent to the Privy Council Office in Ottawa.
At the time of his death, Beauregard was disputing the details of that review, which he said was conducted without his proper input. In a written response to that review, obtained by The Canadian Press, Beauregard said he was being used as a “scapegoat” for an attack on the reputation of the organization.
On the subject of Al-Haq, Beauregard said the group was backed by major rights organizations such as Amnesty International, and that Canadian diplomats had consulted in the past with its executive director. It has also received funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in the past.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney was asked Monday if bodies funded by the government are now being expected to espouse a certain ideological view with regard to Israel. Kenney had said publicly that the government withdrew funding to aid group Kairos for supporting boycotts of Israel — something that church-based organization vehemently denied. CALGARY — Slipping on a helmet before skiing or snowboarding down the slopes significantly reduces the chances of a head injury, suggests a review of scientific studies from around the world.
The analysis, published in Monday’s edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, concludes that wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injuries in skiers and snowboarders by about 35 per cent.
It also found that there was no foundation to the concern that children wearing a helmet might be more vulnerable to hurting their necks.
“Based on our findings, we encourage the use of helmets among skiers and snowboarders,” conclude the researchers.
Many safety groups have long advocated the use of helmets, especially among children.
The debate became even more heated after the high-profile death of actress Natasha Richardson, who died of a blood clot on the brain last year following a fall during a ski lesson at Quebec’s Mont Tremblant ski resort.
Safe Kids Canada is calling for a declaration to coincide with the upcoming Vancouver Olympics that would encourage people to wear helmets when they ski and snowboard. The “ Vancouver Charter on Skiing Safety” is based on a similar declaration made before the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Italy is the only country in the world where winter sport helmets are mandatory.
The safety group says head injuries account for 87 per cent of deaths in skiers and snowboarders.
According to the journal study, head injuries account for up to 19 per cent of injuries reported by ski patrols and emergency departments. Neck injuries account for up to four per cent.
“Head and neck injuries are disproportionately represented in cases of severe trauma, and traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and serious injury among skiers and snowboards.”
To gather the data, researchers from the University of Calgary looked at a dozen studies from Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe. The studies involved head injuries, neck injuries or both. They looked at self-reported injuries as well as reports from ski patrols, emergency rooms and insurance companies.
Within all the studies, 9,829 participants wore helmets and 36,735 did not.
Researchers report the results apply regardless of age and to both backcountry and prepared ski runs.