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Cape Breton Post - - OUR COMMUNITY - BY JEN­NIFER DITCH­BURN

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.

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