Sami Jo Small

Women’s pro hockey moves to a bigger media pond

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League has signed a four-year deal with Sportsnet to broadcast the Clarkson Cup every March. The partnership will provide young female Canadians with a more visible goal to aspire to.

Leafs fans in Maple Leaf Square

Two decades of misery: A guide to Toronto’s losing generation

In many ways Toronto is a great city. But for all of its merits there is one way Toronto is a cesspool and arguably the worst city in North America: the quality of its professional sports teams. Over the last two decades this town has put on a clinic in sporting ineptitude, leaving an entire generation with no recollection of a major North American championship.

Providence Healthcare has a drop-off program for Alzheimer’s patients and their families

Though some people diagnosed with dementia may be apprehensive about joining, Elizabeth Davison and her staff employ a variety of techniques to help patients decide to give the program a try. “Sometimes to get them in there we’ll say ‘Why don’t you come for a cup of tea and we’ll see if you like it?’… We really try and promote that club atmosphere”

Blue MedicAlert bracelet

Technology can keep wandering Alzheimer’s patients safer

Technological innovation is helping some families in the GTA keep track of where their loved ones with Alzheimer’s are, from a GPS wristband in York Region called Project Lifesaver, to a special colour-coded MedicAlert bracelet. They are also using smartphones that incorporate geofencing, which is a software that administers and alerts the families of the individual when the tracked person leaves his or her arranged boundaries.

York Regional Police cruiser

Some GTA police forces using Project Lifesaver to track wandering dementia patients

More cases of wandering Alzheimer’s patients are appearing in the news. And experts are predicting the number of people in Ontario with Alzheimer’s to rise dramatically soon. Now a police department in the GTA is offering a new program to keep these at risk people safer. Observer TV News’ Jennifer Lee reports.

Chandrowtie Basdeo

Wandering elderly: 1,200 Alzheimer’s and dementia patients lost in Toronto

The federal government announced on Wednesday, Oct. 1 that it is in the “early stages” of developing a national strategy for dementia. But with no definitive money pledged, no allocation of funds, and no timeline provided, the announcement by the federal Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, is too little, too late for the Basdeo family of Vaughan, Ontario.