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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has charged two people from Pakistan with Citizenship Act offences after they allegedly provided false residency information on their application for Canadian Citizenship. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22nd, 2011

Toronto men arrested for trafficking marihuana

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The RCMP Greater Toronto Area Drug Section-Criminal Organization Marihuana Enforcement Team (COMET) has disrupted a multi-million dollar marihuana trafficking ring.

Dubbed project “OCROC”, this investigation identified a criminal operation based in the Greater Toronto Area that maintained sophisticated marihuana grow operations (MGOs) in three units of an industrial complex. The RCMP GTA COMET executed a search warrant on these units and seized 2200 indoor marihuana plants in various stages of growth, as well as specialized equipment typically used by organized crime groups in the production and trafficking of marihuana. The investigation is continuing.

To date, 3 people have been charged with drug-related offences in relation to this drug network.

Arrested and charged are:

Vahan TCHALKIAN, age 32 of Toronto, Ontario
George KANDAHARIAN age 49 of Toronto, Ontario
Sarkis MARCOSSIAN, age 28 of Toronto, Ontario

“Criminal organizations and street gangs are financed through the illegal production, trafficking and exportation of marihuana” said Sgt Werner GRACI NCO i/c of the RCMP GTA COMET. He added, “The size and sophistication of their grow operations are continually increasing”.

In September, 2011, the RCMP implemented a new national strategy called the Marihuana Grow Initiative (MGI) to combat the prevalence of organized crime groups producing and exploiting marihuana in Canada. This initiative is based on three key components: Awareness, Deterrence and Enforcement; and outlines how the RCMP will work with partners, organizations and community members to reduce the presence and safety concerns associated with illegal MGOs across Canada.

If you have information about a MGO or any other criminal activity, you can contact your local police department, your nearest RCMP Detachment at 1-800-387-0020 or you can anonymously supply information through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

For photos related to this investigation please visit the following link and click on the associated release:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/on/news-nouvelles/index-eng.htm

For information on the RCMP’s Marihuana Grow Initiative, please visit: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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December 21st, 2011

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism in men

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The symptoms of hyperthyroidism in men, also known as an overactive thyroid gland, should not ignored or untreated. Hyperthyroidism occurs when a thyroid produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. Basically, it works too hard. There are other factors that can cause this, however, such as Graves’ disease or exposure to radiation.

The most common symptoms of hyperthyroidism in men are fatigue, sweating, restlessness, changes in appetite, having trouble concentrating and weight loss. The thyroid itself may also become enlarged, which will cause swelling in the neck and throat area, near the Adam’s apple. One unusual side effect that will only affect men is the swelling of breast tissue, which will actually cause men to grow breasts.

The less common symptoms of hyperthyroidism in men are hair loss, vomiting, diarrhea, hyperthyroid symptoms in women tremors, and weakness. If the hyperthyroidism is brought on by Graves’ disease, some symptoms may include puffy or swollen eyes, irritation in the eyes, and an overproduction of tears.

Another possible symptom is the sensation of having a very fast heartbeat. The heart may beat irregularly and breathing will become labored, even when resting. Most people feel their heart is actually about to burst out of their chest. In elderly patients, heart failure can occur.

Two more serious side effects that men may receive due to hyperthyroidism are muscle weakness paired with bone weakness. Osteoporosis, usually caused by low levels of calcium and causing frail and weak bones, is a dangerous symptom of this thyroid disorder.

Increased metabolism is also a serious symptom, as it can cause serious if not fatal effects on the human body. If left untreated, the symptoms will get worse as the thyroxine levels rise. Hyperthyroidism can also be caused by an error in the link between the thyroid and the pituitary gland, which signals the thyroid to release hormones.

Failure or refusal to treat hyperthyroidism can result in vision complications (if brought on by Graves’ disease), dangerous weight loss, and heart problems. Treatments for this disease include a radioactive iodine injection, and are recommended as a life threatening condition may develop called thyroid storm if left untreated.

There are a few treatments possible for hyperthyroidism. symptoms of hyperthyroidism in women Medication is an option if the doctor determines it the best solution. Radioactive iodine is another possibility, although this option may worsen Graves’ disease should that be the cause. Surgery is the last common treatment available.

Medicines available include beta-blockers and anti-thyroid drugs. Beta blockers do not treat the actual hyperthyroidism, but rather counter the effects that the hormones released by the thyroid have on the body’s metabolism and heart rate. However, it is not a solution to the actual issue.

Anti-thyroid drugs work by essentially shutting down some of the thyroid production, which causes less of the hormone thyroxine to be in the body. They do have a negative side effect which may limit the production of white blood cells, which are used to fight infections. Since this may be a serious side effect, regular check-ups are advised.

Radiation is also a very good choice. The iodine cells are only picked up by the thyroid cells, which then get destroyed. There is no risk of harming your body, since the thyroid catches all of the iodine. This treatment option is most common, as 80% of patients are cured after just one dose of radiation.

Surgery is a rather risky option. hyperthyroidism symptoms checklist The goal is to remove part of the thyroid so the over-production of thyroxine stops. However, along with the normal surgery risks, there is a risk of removing too much thyroid tissue, which can result in underproduction of thyroxine.

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December 21st, 2011

Silent killer!

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Often regarded as the “silent killer” it is important to address lymphoma symptoms in adults.

Lymphoma is one of the most common causes of death from cancer in the United States. More than 48,000 new cases of symptoms of lymphoma in women lymphoma are reported each year. Of particualr concern, the warning signs of lymphoma are often so subtle that it may take some time before the discovery that any medical problem exists. To add to the challenge, the disease is somewhat complex and has many derivations. But simply stated, the lymphatic system is part of the bodies’ immune system. To understand the symptoms, it is wise to understand the disease.

Lymphoma (also referred to as Hodgkin’s Disease in this example) is a type of cancer that impacts the cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. These lymphocyte cells are involved in the cleansing of the lymphatic system of the body via a colorless, watery fluid that travels through the lymph system ensuring that white blood cells protect the body against infections and the growth of tumors. Lymph nodes are located along the network of lymph vessels found throughout the body so the cancer can occur in an array of areas.

In lymphoma, cancer cells are found in the lymphatic system, which is comprised of the bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, stomach, intestines and skin. Because lymph tissues are present in many parts of the body, lymphoma can start almost anywhere. Since lymphomas can occur in any organ, they can create some unusual symptoms as well. A lymphoma in the stomach can cause pain in the abdomen, and a lymphoma in the brain can cause headaches or leg weakness.

Clusters of lymph nodes are found in the underarm, pelvis, neck, abdomen, and groin and lymphoma symptoms in adults are usually painless. Moreover, these lumps are the most common symptom and often the only one. Reportedly, people usually first notice these lumps while bathing or changing, or by a significant other.

Like most cancers, lymphoma is best treated with early detection. lymphoma symptoms in women In most cases, patients consult their doctors if they have painless swelling in the neck, armpits, groin or abdomen. Swelling of the skin or stomach can be a first symptom or a sign appearing later in the disease.

Symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, indigestion or pain in the abdomen, afeeling of bloating, itching, bone pain, headaches, constant coughing and abnormal pressure and congestion in the face, neck and upper chest, fatigue and flu-like body aches

Fatigue resulting from anemia night sweats and fever.

A recurring high-grade fever or continuous low-grade fever that occurs intermittently over a period of time and doesn’t seem related to a chest or urinary infection is a good indication to consult a doctor. Fever that is related to node swellings occurs commonly with infections, and many lymphomas are often mistaken for infections at the early stage. Weight loss is usually fairly dramatic and occurs rapidly for no known reason.Often an adult can lose ten to fifteen pounds over a few months. Loss of more than 10 percent is strong indication. Further, as lymphomas spread and grow in size, many individuals experience a considerable loss of appetite, further accelerating weight loss. Excessive sweating at night, offen referred to as night sweats, awaking to being drenched in sweat with no apparent reason. Another unique symptom that can occur is full-body itching. This symptom exists due to the secretion of some special chemicals from the lymphoma cells so that itchy skin (pruritis), includes rashes and lesions.

Energy becomes zapped and there is a feeling of weakness. As cancer cells are always lymphoma symptoms in adults growing, they deplete more of the body’s nutrients, leaving the body with less. This adds to feeling weaker. Breathlessness along with swelling of the face and neck. Rarely, when a lymphoma in the neck or chest grows very large, it may block the flow of some vessels and lead to a swelling of the face and neck along with a feeling of breathlessness. Also noteworthy, if lymph nodes are particularly painful after drinking alchohol, it may be a symptom since the lymphatic system is not doing its job.

If experiencing several of these symptoms, especially as non-Hodgkins lymphoma commonly regarded as the silent killer, it is best to get an immediate medical exam. Only a medical professional can properly diagnose the cause of your symptoms

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December 20th, 2011

You make your own decicion.

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There are many things, and many people, which Jason Kenney doesn’t like. The list of things which the minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism detests is long. For example, the corpulent Calgary Conservative detests multiculturalism, quite a few immigrants, and an impressive number of his fellow citizens, too.

In fact, Kenney may be the first federal cabinet minister to preside over a department he would like to eliminate. Born in 1968 in Oakville , Ont., Kenney has never really worked in the private sector. He was one of the mouthpieces of the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation for a while, but that’s essentially a branch of the Conservative Party.

Since 1997, he’s had his snout firmly planted in the public trough, and he likes it there. For example, when he was (ironically) the Canadian Alliance finance critic, Kenney spent more than $120,000 in taxpayer money on trips in a single year. That made him one of Parliament’s biggest big-spenders. He also attacked fellow conservative-minded MPs – calling them “dishonest and hypocritical” – for opting into the MP pension plan. Wasn’t he already a member of said plan?

Therefore, we know that’s something he likes: Kenney likes to blow taxpayer dough on himself. In this regard, he’s a lot like his competitor in the hush-hush campaign to succeed Stephen Harper, Peter MacKay. The two of them can spend taxpayers’ dollars like it’s water. But there are things that Jason Kenney really, really dislikes – such as Muslim women who make a personal choice to wear a veil.

So, he recently decided to make that illegal at citizenship ceremonies, without any debate in Parliament or even a consultation with citizens. He’s going to get his ass kicked in a Charter challenge on that one, but Kenney doesn’t care.

He isn’t fussy about Muslim women, and that’s that. (He isn’t enthusiastic about Muslims either, possibly: in 2003, he shrugged off the Serbian campaign of genocide against Muslims in the former Yugoslavia , saying the Serbs’ “program of ethnic cleansing was modest.”) Evidence of Kenney’s antipathy to other folks isn’t hard to locate. It’s all there in Google, if you have the stomach for it. – Women who favour reproductive choice bug him, a lot. Once, Kenney likened therapeutic abortions to “child abuse” and “slavery.” And: “there is not a medical need for the procedure.” Those are quotes. – Sikhs aren’t among his favourites either, apparently. During the 2000 election campaign, which he and his Reform/Alliance pals lost to the Liberals, Kenney called Sikhs “overheated” and fond of “using the race card” – because, well, actual neo-Nazis had joined the Reform/Alliance movement. Imagine! Who could get upset about neo-Nazis joining a mainstream political party? Really – what’s the big deal? – Gays and lesbians have long been people whom Kenney dislikes, too. Kenney has consistently opposed every single measure designed to give gays equal rights. “There are forms of just discrimination,” Kenney once famously remarked, and he meant it.

And so on and so on. You may be surprised to hear that this partisan Liberal prays fervently for Jason Kenney’s good health every night. I don’t want anything to happen to him, and I want him to win his party’s leadership. If he does, you see, the Liberal Party will win one of its biggest victories in a long time. Jason will hate that, but that’s okay. Jason hates a lot of other stuff already.

Jim Karygiannis P.C., M.P.
Scarborough-Agincourt
Liberal Critic of Multiculturalism

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TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2011 /CNW/ – In a daring raid at a seminary located near an Afghan camp in Sohrab Goth area, Karachi police have recovered 57 young children detained and kept in a cellar. Most of these kids were brought from Peshawar city and suburban areas Read the rest of this entry »