By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-08 08:07:48
A new study by Dalhousie University and University of Waterloo researchers is linking the consumption of high-caffeine energy drinks to substance abuse and mental health issues among high school students.
Over 8,200 high school students around Atlantic Canada were surveyed and about two-thirds of them said they had consumed an energy drink in the previous year. The findings have prompted the researchers to call for the government to reduce the amount of caffeine allowed in energy drinks.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-08 08:06:26
There is plenty of advice as to how to best deal with the upcoming time change over Saturday night, but it’s always best to listen to the experts. And there are few with better qualifications than Christine Magee, Co-Founder and President of Sleep Country Canada. She says the key is, first of all, to embrace the spring ahead, with the realization that warmer spring and summer days are just around the corner, even if you’re losing an hour's sleep. She also says it’s a good idea to make extra efforts to help children and teens adjust by gradually rolling back bedtime.
She adds getting plenty of fresh air and exercise on Sunday will help you feel more tired, and ease the transition to your new “regular” bedtime. You may find you need a nap, and avoiding big meals later into the evening will help.
Expect it might take few days to adjust, especially for younger children.
Remember to set all your clocks and electronics ahead before going to bed Saturday night, and make a point of changing your smoke and carbon detector batteries as well as your dryer and furnace filters.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-08 08:05:46
The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce has written a letter to Premier Stephen McNeil strongly endorsing the Ivany Report, which the Acadia President presented to the Government this week. Chamber President Sue Hayes says “The AVCC believes the time to move is now as a means of capitalizing on the collective support for the Commission’s straightforward economic development recommendations.”
She adds the report’s 19 recommendations closely align with the Chamber’s goals of spearheading economic development initiatives, expanding support for the tourism and agriculture sectors, and aggressively encouraging immigration and efforts to retain our youth to mitigate future labour shortages.
She says the report hints at groups such as the Chamber when mentioning “game changers” who have an important leadership role to play in molding a healthy and sustainable future for Nova Scotia’s economy.
The Chamber boasts almost 500 members between Hantsport and Lawrencetown, and is a respected advocate of Valley business interests.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-08 08:05:21
Pepsi is shutting down its warehouse operations in Dartmouth and Moncton.
Forty-three people are expected to lose their jobs.
Officials with the soft drink company say the move will help them stay competitive.
They say they're still dedicated to serving their customers in Atlantic Canada and employ approximately 369 people across the region.
Armour Logistics of Moncton will take over the work.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-08 08:05:00
Travis Randell scored only 3 goals all season, but his goal 6 and a half minutes into the second period propelled the Axemen to a 3-0 win Friday night over Saint Mary’s to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 AUS final. Travis Gibbons and Dustin Ekelman added empty net goals late in the third to salt away a close-checking game. Goaltender Evan Mosher earned 1st star honours by stopping all 19 shots aimed his way, outdueling Huskies goalie Anthony Peters, whose 20 saves garnered 2nd star recognition. The Axemen can clinch the final with a win at Saint Mary’s Sunday night.