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Mobile mammography service to visit Jasper

Credit: Alberta Health Services Women ages 50-74 — the group most at risk of developing breast cancer — will have local access to mammography services when the Alberta Health Services Screen Test program arrives in the community later this month. A mobile mammography trailer will be stationed at the Jasper Activity Centre/Jasper Fitness & Aquatics Centre (305 Bonhomme Street) on May 24-27, May 30-31, an ...

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Avoid injury this spring

The Valemount Mountain Bike Park north of Valemount, B.C. | File photo Sean FitzGerald | Special to the Fitzhugh Time to start storing the skis and start tuning up the bikes. For many of us, this means a transition from winter hibernation to summer madness, and this sudden transition can create issues. Even if you were active over the winter, those activities might not use the same muscles or movements and ...

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Life is bigger than cancer

Laurie-Ell Bashforth | Special to the Fitzhugh The ordeal of cancer can’t be measured. It leaves its mark in the bones of our soul. In April though, the Canadian Cancer Society invites us to turn our attention to the lives and strength of patients and survivors. To not turn away from the visible hold of the disease but rather see past it into the heart of those with it, and those walking the path alongside ...

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New physician practising in Hinton

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca A new family medicine physician is now providing care at Hinton Medical Clinic and supporting surgery services at the Hinton Healthcare Centre. Dr. Joel Buhiire also has enhanced anesthesia skills. “I’m pleased to welcome Dr. Buhiire to Hinton,” said Martin Long, MLA for West Yellowhead, “both as a physician and as a new member of this beautiful community. I know that, lik ...

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Alberta drops most public health restrictions

The Government of Alberta has lifted nearly all public health measures, which includes ending the provincial mask mandate as of March 1. Masking is still mandated for AHS facilities, continuing care and public transit, and may also be required in municipalities with their own mask bylaws. “I am proud of our province and its people on reaching this milestone," said Premier Jason Kenney in a news release. "Th ...

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Jasper doula assists families with births

Jenna McGrath is with her son, Finian, in a dated photo. McGrath has provided doula services for over 11 years in Jasper and Hinton, and she said she puts her heart into the deep level of care she provides to her clients. | Photo by Ashley Kennedy, Kinfolk Photography Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca For more than 11 years, Jenna McGrath has been assisting famili ...

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Family asks for funds to medically evacuate injured father from Mexico

Local resident Mike Dunn has suffered a severe head injury while vacationing in Mazatlan, Mexico. The family is now fundraising for his medical evacuation. | Supplied photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca UPDATE: Mike Dunn was evacuated from Mexico on Feb. 22 on a low-flying leer jet. As of Feb. 23, he was on a ventilator and heavily sedated at the Royal Alex hospital in Edmonton. His family was able to ...

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Lottery raising money for STARS

The 29th edition of STARS LOTTERY launched last month to raise money to support the air ambulance in Alberta. | STARS photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca An annual lottery has begun to fundraise for STARS Air Ambulance, which just experienced one of its busiest years on record due to the pandemic. Launched last month, the 29th edition of STARS LOTTERY will offer ticket holders the chance to win 2,800 p ...

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Alberta ending proof of vaccination program

Premier Jason Kenney announced the proof of vaccination program would end starting at the end of Feb. 8. | Government of Alberta photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Alberta is ending the Restrictions Exemption Program that requires patrons to show proof of vaccination at certain venues beginning Feb. 8 at 11:59 p.m. This is step one of the UCP government’s plan to gradually lift health restrictions, de ...

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Have Fun. Get Active.

Laurie-Ell Bashforth | Special to the Fitzhugh It’s understood that regular physical activity leads to our physical well-being. What’s not always understood is that it has a big part to play with our mental well-being too.  Recent research indicates that: active, physically fit individuals do not react to difficult situations with as much stress as inactive peopleregular exercise programs have been fou ...

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