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Ian Power

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

By | Community, Events, Ian Power, News

Late last week I was drawn to a friends Facebook post that espoused how extraordinary Barack Obama was as the 44th President of the United States. She expressed heartbreak at what she saw as a growing divide among the American people under the presidency of Donald Trump. She worries for her American friends and family, including next to kin, that the US is losing its way.

It was a moment put to words on Facebook, accompanied by a video, when something dark, perhaps sinister began bubbling up through what became a long thread of anxious discourse. In response to my friends post one of her Facebook “friends” took great umbrage and spat back in defence of her beloved Trump. It may have been ok, under free speech, to allow for her to express an opposing view. But when the vitriol became personal all bets were off.

Suddenly the longest, most open and undefended border in the world felt like it was rapidly unwinding. We are awkward and periled in these uncertain times. Our next door neighbour has seen and found the need to show its mighty strength through the oval office or Mar a Lago for that matter. And, as true friends and neighbours we have stayed out of it. But enough is enough and locking babies in cages may have been the last straw where it would simply be wrong to remain quiet.

It seems everyday my newsfeed is full of “friends” snapping at each other and emotions are running high with worry.  So, why can’t we all just get along?

I suspect the frenzy of (mis)information we consume and the divide and conquer style of the POTUS is exactly the plan. We watch in horror while diversion after diversion clouds and derides our thinking. The result is not really unexpected, neighbour turning on neighbour, just as friends are turning on friends. We must continue to take the high road. This is what we have always done as Canadians and what most of the world has come to expect. One can only hope in the longer scheme of things this will be but a blip on the political map. Regardless of what side of the political spectrum you fall let’s be sure to treat one another with respect and dignity. After all, like it or not we’re all in this together!

Ian Power

@ianonair

ian@pulsefm.ca

Uncomfortably Numb

By | Community, Feature, Ian Power, News

So much of what we do is in a vacumn. Even vacumning is in a vacumn. Bear with me, but who if anyone ever notices when you cut the lawn, or do the dishes, or get through the day to day? There is a disconnect and the wind is blowing in from the south.

The President of the United States has decided that now is a good time to take his protectionist trade offense to a new level. And, belive me the bar has been set pretty low. He suggested that we as Canadians go to the US simply to buy goods and to escape paying “tarrifs”. He even went so far as to suggest that if we bought shoes state-side we’d scuff them up to disguise the new purchase. Makes no sense to me whatsoever. In fact, when we return to Canada we may or may not be required to pay a duty (different than a tarrif). The point here is that when we shop in the states the economic winner is the USA. For the record, I am just as happy in most cases to shop wherever it supports the local economy.

Let’s not discount our friends and family whom we visit from time to time.

Next comes abhorrent treatment of refugees crossing the US border to the South. American authorities rounding up children and puting them into essentially chicken wire cages. So much for woman and children first. It’s not how we receive imigrants runing scared across our Canadian border. For many, it’s not that they wanted to leave everything behind, but they had to. Rest assured we have a comprehensive screening process and thankfully from time to time it works.

The President has always been the master of diversion. Look over there! Where? Today, he did a 360 and signed an Executive Order suspending the segregation of parents and children. I’ll take it, but don’t get too comfortable or complecant. Let’s push through the numbness. Everyone wins!

Ian Power

@ianonair

ian@pulsefm.ca

 

Staying Cool In A Heat Wave

By | Community, Events, Ian Power, News
BC Hydro predicts province wide electricity demand could exceed the historical record for the month of June as the first summer heat wave hits the province.

On Monday, BC Hydro recorded the highest peak hourly demand – the hour customers use the most electricity – of the season. At nearly 7,300 megawatts, this represents more than a 10 per cent increase over the previous Monday.

BC Hydro is forecasting its peak load to be between 7,000 and 7,500 megawatts over the next few days. The increase in electricity use is attributed to customers turning on fans and air conditioners, and refrigeration units working harder to stay cool.
Last August, BC Hydro set a new record for summer power consumption when the province’s peak hourly demand reached approximately 7,500 megawatts.

There are a number of energy-efficient ways British Columbians can keep cool during the heat wave:

  • Close the drapes and blinds: shading windows can block out up to 65 per cent of the heat.
  • Out with the warm, in with the cool: position a fan by a window or door in the evening when temperatures are cooler to direct the cool air in.
  • Spin that fan: ceiling fans are the most efficient option for cooling. Ensure the fan is rotating counter-clockwise to help direct the cool air down.
  • Hang laundry to dry: avoiding the dryer will keep unnecessary heat out the house.
  • Opt for smaller appliances or take the cooking outside: use a microwave, crockpot, toaster oven or barbeque to avoid the extra heat produced by the stove or oven.

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Some Like It Hot

By | Community, Events, Ian Power, News

These last few days of spring may be a sign of what to expect for the coming summer. In some areas temperatures may be as much as 10 degrees above the normal for this time of year. How do you keep cool when we’re having a heatwave?

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning, when the humidex value is expected to reach levels ranging from 29 degrees celsius to 40 degrees or greater depending on your location.

Environment Canada and the Lower Mainland Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.

Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.

Check on older family members, friends and neighbours. Make sure they are cool and drinking water.

Never leave pets or people inside a parked car.

Some of the symptoms of heat illness include: dizziness/fainting; rapid breathing and heartbeat and extreme thirst.

When in doubt do not hesitate to call HealthLink BC at 811.

Stay cool.

Ian Power

@ianonair

ian@pulsefm.ca

 

 

Wish You Were Here

By | Community, Feature, Ian Power, News

Random thoughts for Dad on Father’s Day:

Dad, Husband, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather, GREAT Grandfather, Friend, Colleague,

MIA

Humour, Jazz, Crooners, Comedians,

Teacher, Coach, Enforcer, Empathetic, Caring, Compassionate  ⎯

Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Baseball, Football, Snooker & Bowling Too!

I remember the time he walked in while I was watching curling on TV and he said, don’t tell me what’s happening here because I’m recording this round so I can go back and watch it in slow motion. He loved sports.

He loved a lot of things in life – none more than his family! He and my Mother set the Example Bar pretty high. Value, Values! Forgive, Forget… Life’s Too Short! He always said that … and  “the difference of opinion …. is what makes horse racing.”

Never complained, He always persevered.

Stubborn, Strong and Always On Time. Thank You is two words! I wanted to come up with just the “right” word to describe my dad. “Generous” – in all ways, always and “Kind” ― One of a kind!

I miss him.

Ian Power

@ianonair

ian@pulsefm.ca

Hold On To Hope — There Is Always Help

By | Community, Feature, Ian Power, News

It struck hard the news that a second celebrity who seemingly had it all took their own life this past week. Kate Spade was a famous fashion designer and entrepreneur who was reportedly obsessed with Robin Williams death. A telling sign of the times. The other, Anthony Bourdain, a rebel chef, author and television personality who was fascinated by culture and the human condition. He had no filter and was much-loved for his brutal honestly and insight. No matter their wealth of riches, adoring fans and seemingly perfect lives the one thing they shared in common was personal torment. They were completely different people with different lives and interests, but they also shared one other thing in common, they straddled the line and fell over and deep into the other side. It has occurred to me that we all, every single one of us straddle the same line and that it doesn’t take much of anything at all to push a broken soul over. Depression, anxiety are common place and most of us will go through an episode of one or both in our lifetime and then we recover and become healthy again. Others are not so lucky.  Life is fast, we are constantly being pressured and I think there is a palpable lack of leadership, certainly at the political level these days. I am not sure if mental health issues are any greater than they were fifty or 100 years ago, but today the world we live in has never been more connected. So, it begs the question, if we are so tethered and caring is this the real life or is it just fantasy (apologies to Freddie Mercury)? It’s a low ball question that requires greater insight and expertise to answer. We are constantly reminded to seek help, to reach out, to hold someone’s hand when our mental health is raw and exposed. However, too many times there is nothing left to hold except for that very fine line I mentioned earlier. And, in too many cases we know how that ends. On Pulse Mornings we intend to seek out experts in the field of mental health. We will attempt to find answers to the many questions plaguing us all. More so, we want to find out where to turn for professional help in a fulfilling and meaningful way. Let’s get over the stigma, no matter how difficult it becomes, to find a way to stay on the life side of the line. There is after all, so much to live for.

In the meantime if you are experiencing anxiety or depression, suicidal thoughts, distorted thinking or any other mental distress call 9-1-1 in an emergency or the Fraser Health Crisis Line 24/7 at 604.951.8855 or toll-free 1.877.820.7444 ― there is someone there to help. Please reach out!

Ian Power

@ianonair

ian@pulsefm.ca

Urgent Primary-Care Health Centre Opens This Fall In Surrey

By | Community, Ian Power, News

It will soon be easier for Surrey residents to receive primary health care with a new urgent primary-care centre set to open across from Surrey Memorial this fall. The announcement was made this week by Premier John Horgan who says this centre will improve quality of care, and provide more care to more people.

“Team-based care is the future of health care, and will be the standard for primary care throughout B.C.,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Urgent primary-care centres are part of an overhaul of the way British Columbians access day-to-day health care. One in six people in this province don’t have a doctor. For too long, over half of the people living in B.C. have been unable to get same-day or next-day appointments with their primary-care providers. It’s time for families to have easier and improved access to health care.”

The Surrey Urgent Primary Care Centre will be integrated into a local network of health-care providers, services and programs, making it easier for people to receive follow-up care and access other services they may need. The centre, and the primary-care network it will be a part of, will work to connect people to consistent health-care providers in the community who are accepting new patients. Close to 78,000 people in Surrey do not have a family doctor.

“Surrey is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, and we want to support people of all ages and walks of life in accessing the services they need to thrive,” said Michael Marchbank, Fraser Health’s president and CEO. “The new Surrey Urgent Primary Care Centre connects people directly to a team-based approach to health care, which will collaboratively address their health and social needs in a single setting, before emergency interventions are needed.”

The centre will have a team of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other health-care professionals working together to the full extent of their skills, to provide a broad range of services. At full staffing, this centre will be able to accommodate up to 1,300 unique patient visits per week, and attach up to 5,000 patients over time. Among these patients will be vulnerable residents who have complex care needs, including the frail and elderly, people needing specialized mental health and substance-use services, and the North Surrey/Whalley community.

The centre will also provide diagnosis and care for non-emergency conditions requiring medical attention within 12 to 24 hours, including lacerations, earaches, back pain, and sore throats.

The hours of the Surrey Urgent Primary Care Centre will be daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The centre will be located at 9639 – 137A St., near specialists’ offices, supportive health-care services and Surrey Memorial Hospital. The proximity to the hospital will make it easy for hospital staff to refer patients to the centre for follow-up care, when appropriate. As well, the centre’s staff will be able to easily direct people to hospital-based services, when necessary.

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Pulse Mornings Peacock Patrol

By | Community, Ian Power, News

Peacocks, Peacocks, Peacocks. The population of feral peacocks is estimated to be around 100 or more around Sullivan Heights. They have gone from being a nuisance to full-blown birds of destruction. Just recently at least one peacock was seen bashing its beak on a dark coloured vehicle parked in Sullivan Heights. Experts tell us that when a peacock or any bird for that matter, sees its reflection in a car it thinks that it is another bird fighting to protect territory and potential mates. June is mating season for many species of birds. I spoke to Ann Nightingale (and, yes that is her real name) of the award-winning Rocky Point Bird Observatory. She pointed out that these birds are not protected under the wildlife act as they are not native. And, because they are so prolific they tend to multiply quickly. The real answer, she says, is relocating the birds to another area where they can set up shop. However, there seems little appetite for solving this anytime soon. You must know this will not resolve itself. Those who oppose the peacocks must sit down with those who embrace them and come to a consensus on moving forward. Imagine – neighbours talking to neighbours. Click on audio at the top of this page to hear our interview with Ann Nightingale.

Ian Power

@ianonair

ian@pulsefm.ca

Surrey’s B-girl Does Hometown Proud

By | Community, Ian Power, News

At 17 Emma Misak is a Breakdancing Champion. Hardly known for its breakdancing prowess, Surrey, BC is where Emma was born and raised. And, since she is now performing on the world stage she is quick to point out, where ever she goes Surrey is still her home and is a pretty great place. After all, it was at Surrey’s Panorama Ridge Secondary School where it all began for her just a few short years ago. Another form of dance she had wanted to try was being offered right at her high school’s dance class. And, away she went! While Emma loves many forms of dance she was instantly taken by breakdancing from the very first time she tried it. Breakdancing picked up popularity in North America in the 1970’s. DJs would take the rhythmic breakdown sections (also known as the “breaks”) looping them successively. The breakbeat and a rhythmic bass allowed dancers to display their improvisational skills during the duration of the break. Having just competed at the World Dancesport Federation in Japan her next stop on the world stage will be in Buenos Aires. And, in the meantime and in-between time, she coaches and mentors young girls and boys. Misak says she wants to encourage a sense of self-worth. She thinks this kind of empowerment will help keep youth off the streets. For herself, she will continue to express herself through dance, mostly dominated by males, to teach and to provide a platform to feel empowered. Emma Misak joined Pulse Mornings on-air this morning and you can listen anytime on-demand. Just click on the audio tab above.

Ian Power

@ianonair

ian@pulsefm.ca

 

 

 

 

Squeaky Wheel Fail

By | Community, Ian Power, News

Lately, I have been thinking about the squeaky wheel syndrome. The louder the squeal the more grease it gets. The noise goes away! It seems like a pretty simple concept except there is a real disconnect. Let’s take a look at the twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline with what seems to be a huge number of people against the project. At least that appears to be the story on a multitude of media platforms. Yet, rather than this massive racket getting all lubed up the federal Finance Minister announced yesterday that the federal government would take over the assets of the project to the tune of 4.5 Billion dollars. This jaw-dropping news was hardly the sweet sounding message those opposed were hoping to hear. What they really wanted was some of that proverbial grease. So, what were the Prime Minister and his Liberal government thinking? Let’s be honest there are plenty of people who want the pipeline to go ahead, but how did the feds completely miss the raucous roar of the opposing crowd? Perhaps the question is rhetorical although the whole story will eventually be told. And, as history has also shown we fickle voters tend to have limited memory recall. A lot can happen in the political world before we go back to the polls in 2019. You can almost bet our 4.5 billion will be money spent for your vote long before any dirty bitumen sees the pristine landscape and coastline many of us worry about. The squeaky wheel keeps turning, louder by each passing day and it appears it will not be silenced by (bitumen) grease anytime soon!

Ian Power

@ianonair

ian@pulsefm.ca