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  • 1 in 3 Canadians suffered some form of child abuse; linked to mental disorders

    TORONTO - A new study says one in three adult Canadians suffered some form of child abuse in their past, adding this abuse is associated with a higher risk of mental health disorders later in life.

    The lead author of the study says it provides the first national look at the prevalence of child abuse experienced by Canadian adults.

    Tracie Afifi of the University of Manitoba says previous estimates were based on a nearly 25-year-old study from Ontario and more recent data from Quebec.

    The study is published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

    The authors studied data collected from more than 23,000 adults 18 and older who took part in Statistic Canada's 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey.

    Respondents were asked questions about whether they were hit or subjected to other forms of physical or sexual abuse in childhood, or whether they were exposed to violence between the adults in their homes.

    Afifi says the questions didn't ask "Were you abused?" because studies have shown that some people who have been abused don't characterize their experiences as abuse.

    Instead, the questions asked whether respondents were slapped on the face or head, spanked with a hard object, pushed, grabbed, shoved or had something thrown at them to hurt them. For both those questions, respondents were asked to say yes only if the behaviour had happened a minimum of three times.

    Another question asked if respondents were kicked, bit, punched, choked, burned or physically attacked at least once.

    Sexual abuse questions were designed to determine whether respondents were forced into unwanted sexual activity. And the questions related to having witnessed intimate partner violence asked whether as children they had seen their parents, step-parents or guardians hit each other or other adults in the home three or more times.

    One in three adults reported experiences that met the criteria for at least one of the types of abuse, with physical abuse the most common of the three; 26 per cent of respondents said they had experienced physical abuse.

    Ten per cent of respondents said they had experienced sexual abuse and nearly eight per cent witnessed intimate partner violence.

    Men were more likely than women to have experienced physical abuse, 31 per cent versus 21 per cent. But women were more likely to have experienced sexual abuse, 14 per cent versus nearly six per cent.

    The researchers went a step further, looking to see if rates of mental illness were higher among adults who had suffered abuse in childhood.

    "We found strong associations between child abuse and mental conditions," they wrote.

    This type of study cannot prove cause-and-effect; it can only point to possible links.

  • GAME DAY: Kelowna in Portland for Game 3

    Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Portland Winterhawks in game three of the Western Conference championship series. In game one the Rockets were a 5-4 winner before the Winterhawks countered with a 5-3 victory in game two. Game four in this series is tomorrow night at the Moda Center before the series shifts back to Kelowna for game five Friday night. This is the third time in the last four seasons these two teams have met in the playoffs. Back in 2011 they collided in round two before meeting in round one in the 2012 post season. The Winterhawks won both of those playoff series. These two teams met four times during the regular season with the Rockets going 4-0-0-0. Overall, the Rockets out-scored the Winterhawks 28-10 in the seasonal series including 12-5 on home ice and 16-5 on the road. The Rockets out-shot the Winterhawks in three of the four games. The Rockets are playing in the Western Conference final for the 6th time in franchise history and for the first time since 2009.

    Game Two Tidbits: Nick Merkley had a goal and an assist in the 5-3 setback. The Rockets had a 2-0 lead after one period of play before the Winterhawks would erupt with four-second period goals. The Rockets gave up a playoff high 53 shots on net. It marked the first time in the playoffs the Rockets suffered a loss on home ice. The loss snapped the teams 7 game playoff winning streak. The Rockets were 2 for 3 on the power play. 

    Game One Tidbits: Jesse Lees scored the game winning goal in game one. It was the Calgary residents’ first career playoff goals. It was Lees’ 15 career WHL playoff game. Tyson Baillie had three points in last night’s win. Baillie also had three points (1+2=3) in a game four loss in Tri City in round one. The Rockets used five different goal scorers in a game one win. Jordon Cooke earned his second assist of the playoffs with a helper on Baillie’s first period goal to make the score 3-1. Rourke Chartier scored last night giving him four goals in his last six playoff games. The crowd of 6,218 was the largest of the season at Prospera Place. 

    This and That: The Winterhawks opened the scoring in game one and the Rockets opened up the scoring in game two. The team that has opened the scoring and held the lead after 20 minutes has lost. Rockets forward Rourke Chartier and Winterhawks captain Taylor Leier are both from Saskatoon and played their midget hockey with the Saskatoon Contacts. Damon Severson led the team in scoring in a second round series with Seattle with 4+7=11. Nick Merkley was next with 2+6=8. The Rockets are 9 and 2 in the playoffs. The Winterhawks are 9 and 2. The Rockets have scored 17 power play goals in the 2014 playoffs.  The Winterhawks have 17 with the extra man. The Rockets have won seven of their last 8 playoff games. The only losses were a 4-3 setback in game three in Tri City in the opening round and in game two (5-3) against Portland. The Rockets have allowed 17 goals in seven home playoff games. That is an average of 2.42 goals against in the 2014 post season. Defenceman Madison Bowey signed a three year entry level contract with the NHL’s Washington Capitals April 2nd. The 18 year-old was chosen in the second round of the 2013 NHL draft – 53rd overall. The Rockets have killed off 46 of its last 53 shorthanded situations in this year’s playoffs. The Rockets have a power play goal in all eleven playoff games. The Kelowna Rockets franchise played its 200th playoff game Saturday night. This is the 37th playoff series the Rockets have been involved in since relocating from Tacoma for the start of the 1995-96 season. Jordon Cooke was named the VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month for March. It is the second time this season that Cooke has been named VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month, having earned the honor for September/October as well. Damon Severson was named the WHL Player of the Week on April 7th. Severson had three goals and four assists with a +3 rating that week. Four members of the Rockets have made NHL Central Scouting’s final list for this June’s draft. Justin Kirkland, Riley Stadel, Rourke Chartier and Tyson Baillie are cracked NHLCS prestigious list. Madison Bowey turns 19 on April 22nd. Rourke Chartier had 5+4=9 in his first 27 regular season games. In his final 45 regular season games the 17 year-old had 19+30=49.

    Who’s Hot: Nick Merkley is riding a 8 game point streak. Merkely has 3+11=14 over that period. Damon Severson has points in five of his last six games. The 19 year-old has 4+9=13 over that period. Marek Tvrdon has points in nine of the eleven games in this year’s playoffs (5+7=12). Rourke Chartier is riding a 8 game point streak. Chartier has 5+5=10 over that stretch. Jordon Cooke is 9 and 2 in this year’s playoffs with a goals against average of 2.73 and a save percentage of .920. Over his career, Cooke is 13-4-4 in 22 playoff appearances. The Leduc Alberta product has been pulled only once, in a second round series against the Kamloops Blazers in the 2013 post season.    

    Playoff Highs Low:
    Most Goals Scored: 6 vs. Seattle in games one and two.
    Most Goals Allowed: 5 in game two vs. Portland (5-3) in WCF.
    Most Power Play Goals: 3. Went 3 for 6 in game one against T-Birds in round two.
    Most Shots Taken: 55 @ Tri City (4-3 Loss) Game three vs. Tri City in round one.
    Most Shots Allowed: 53 vs. Portland in game two. (5-3 loss)

  • Local Masterchef eliminated, announces she will open restaurant in Kelowna

    "I LOOKED AT THE FIRE AND IT DIDN'T EVEN REGISTER."

    KELOWNA – It took 14 episodes, but West Kelowna’s Kaila Klassen has been eliminated from Masterchef Canada.

    She fought through more pressure challenges than anyone else on the show, slipped on camera twice, her station caught fire and she spent the majority of the series with a target on her back, but even that wasn’t enough to keep the West Kelowna realtor from making it into the final three.

    “To make the final three was very surreal,” she says. “I’m so proud of myself and how far I came.”

    In the most recent episode, titled Not-your-average Joe, the four remaining home cooks were tasked with cooking for Masterchef US judge Joe Bastianich. The ingredients they would have to use were selected by Joe himself.

    “Holy crow I was freaking out. He’s a tough chef and someone I admire,” she says. “I was nervous to cook for him. They’re not ingredients I use a lot but they are beautiful.”

    Klassen chose to make a stuffed veal loin. It was undoubtedly the most complicated dish and all four of the celebrity judges questioned her decision to attempt something so challenging.

    “I wanted to impress Joe,” she says. “It was a bit of a gamble but I’ve taken a few risks and I think a lot them paid off. I was so excited he picked my dish.”

    No stranger to succeeding with her back against a wall, Klassen’s dish was named the best of the four and Tammara Behl, a special needs teacher from Alberta, was sent home.

    “I must have been really hard for the judges. All the dishes were very strong.”

    Klassen’s reward for winning the mystery box challenge was she was given first choice of three seafood ingredients to cook with during the second-to-last pressure challenge.

    “I chose the scallops because I’ve cooked them before and I love them,” she says. “I’ve never opened scallops before so it took a long time though.”

    The remaining two ingredients were Dungeness crab and razor clams. It was clear that Eric Chong, Kaila’s rival since the beginning of filming, desperately wanted the crab. Having made the second-best mystery box meal, it came down to Marida Mohammed to decide who would get the relatively simpler dish.

    “Take the freaking crab,” pleaded Klassen. “Do not let Eric have it.”

    But that’s exactly what Marida did.

    “I don’t think it was deliberate,” Klassen says. “I’m not sure what her strategy was but I’m sure she’s happy she chose the razor clams because she made a beautiful dish.”

    Kaila struggled with her scallops early on, and things were not looking good when a paper towel caught fire at her station.

    “The funny part was I looked at the fire and it didn’t even register,” she says. “It was just one more obstacle. You never know what will happen in the Masterchef kitchen.”

    Although the three judges thought Klassen’s dish tasted good and Chef Claudio Aprile called it “a very admirable dish”, the scallops were slightly overcooked. 

    “Before I taste your dish, I just want you to know that I think it’s incredible what you’ve achieved here,” Chef Claudio Aprile said to Kaila. “You’ve been in so many pressure tests and you continue to dig deep and find a way to get through. You’re a fighter.”

    Klassen says the words meant a lot.

    “Coming from Claudio who had some reservations early on, it really meant a lot to me."

    With all three dishes tasted, the judges left to decide who would be going home.

    After surviving 14 episodes and countless obstacles, it came down to only 15 seconds of cook time. Kaila Klassen was sent home.

    “In one sense it was heart wrenching,” she says. “On the other side, I feel like a door is opened for me and I’m so grateful to Masterchef for the opportunity.”

    Chef Michael Bonacini had some parting compliments for the young realtor who made it further than anyone thought possible.

    “Kaila, there are a lot of valuable lessons to have been learned in the Masterchef kitchen,” he said. “One of them was not to underestimate you. You worked hard for your success here and when you encountered challenges that would have defeated someone else, you survived because you are smart, you listened, you tasted and you took risks.”

    Overall, Kaila is very happy with her time on the show and says there are only a few things she would do differently if she had the chance.

    “If I could do it over again I probably wouldn’t have made three panna cotta’s. That was silly,” she says. “I should have stuck with just one but overall I’m proud of what I accomplished.”

    Although her time on the show is over, Klassen says her success has inspired her to make another brave move. She has decided to open a restaurant here in Kelowna called Krafty Kitchen and Bar.

    “I think now is the time,” she says. “I believe it can be extremely successful. The food is going to be local ingredients and local fare, small bites and really happily shared food that is interactive and really fun.”

    Eric Chong and Marida Mohammed will battle head-to-head for $100,000 on the season finale next Monday at 8 p.m. Full episodes can be seen on the Masterchef website.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Kelowna dad's latest film showcases daughter's favourite toys

    KELOWNA – A local filmmaker's most recent video received a rave review from the person who means the most to him.

    Clayton Arnall is no stranger to good reviews. His short film about a new sport called bouldering was shown at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, but his latest production is even closer to his heart.

    Bullfrog’s Payback is a stop motion film Arnall made for his three-year-old daughter, Brighton. It features three of her favourite toys croaking and hopping along the back of a couch.

    “My daughter really likes frogs,” Arnall says. “She’s basically slept with that tree frog every night for the last two years. She won’t go to sleep without that frog.”

    Arnall says the stop motion video was more time consuming than he thought it would be.

    “It took me about an hour to shoot and about three hours to edit,” he says. “It’s time consuming because you have to shoot each frame, move the frog a little bit, and shoot another frame.”

    Arnall says that although the video took longer than expected, his daughters reaction was well worth the time and effort.

    “She loved it. She really likes home videos and this was with her toys so she laughed and watched it around 20 times in a row. I have another idea for a more complicated stop motion with toys. Maybe one day I’ll get around to it.”

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • B.C. producer recalls batch of medicinal pot after Health Canada inspection

    TORONTO - A B.C. producer of medical marijuana is voluntarily recalling a batch of one of its products following a Health Canada inspection.

    Health Canada says the recall by Greenleaf Medicinals is related to the company's production practices, which may affect its product known as "purple kush."

    The Nanaimo, B.C., producer is advising clients to immediately stop using any marijuana from the shipment identified by batch number PK-10-20-13.

    Greenleaf says it is working with other licensed producers to find a supply of purple kush for clients who use the product for medicinal purposes.

    Health Canada did not disclose the problems with Greenleaf's production practices nor what adverse effects might occur from smoking the recalled pot.

    But the federal department says producers are subject to compliance and enforcement measures similar to those that regulate producers of other controlled substances.

    Licensed medical marijuana growers must meet strict security, control and reporting requirements, and are regularly inspected.

    Dried marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada. Possession and use of marijuana remains illegal unless authorized under regulations with the support of a doctor or nurse practitioner, Health Canada said.

  • Clearwater mother of 3 dead, homicide investigation continues

    CLEARWATER – RCMP found a mother of three young children dead resulting in a seven-hour standoff with a man who barricaded himself inside a house yesterday.

    The suspect, believed to be the woman's common-law husband, was taken into custody, according to Global Okanagan. Clearwater RCMP said in a press release the man eventually surrendered without incident and charges have been recommended. He will appear in court later today, April 22.

    The woman, Angela Wilson, has three children, ages six, four and two. Witness, Clearwater Mayor John Harwood, said all three children were removed from the home. They are safe with no physical injuries.

    The altercation apparently resulting in the woman's death reportedly began in a home on Stegg Road in an area known as "The Flats" Sunday evening, near the southern part of town. After the incident the man then fled to his home near Joyce Road.

    The RCMP’s Emergency Response Team surrounded the man's home while an RCMP helicopter landed in the nearby Clearwater Secondary School field. A canine unit was also on scene.

    Daryl Huff was watching the incident progress Monday afternoon and was tweeting pictures of the RCMP activity.

    Huff told InfoTel News police had the home in a wooded area on the north side of town surrounded.

    He said nearby businesses were closed including the gas station, the hotel, a restaurant and a tire shop.

    There's still no word if the man was armed.

    A RCMP spokesperson at the Clearwater detachment didn’t have a lot of details to release to the public while the standoff was in progress.

    “The reason the ERT is here is we are trying to figure out what is actually going on here,” Landon Tonn said. “It’s a precaution at this point. That’s all I can really tell you.”

    A release posted to the B.C. RCMP website by E-Division Communication Services reads, "Clearwater RCMP is currently dealing with a police incident which involves the deployment of additional police resources to the area. As this investigation is in the early stages, police are not able to provide further information at this time. A news release will be issued with more details once available."

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infotelnews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

    — This story was updated at 5:04 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014 to add media release from RCMP Communication Services.

    — This story was updated at 10 a.m. April 22 to include details gathered by Global Okanagan.

    — This story was updated at 11:23 a.m. April 22 to include details from a Canadian Press story.

    — This story was updated at 1:02 p.m to include details from an RCMP press release.

  • Families' hopes for ferry victims painfully humble: to find bodies before sea does more damage

    JINDO, South Korea - Lee Byung-soo says he knew, when he saw his 15-year-old son's body in the tent. It could not have been more horrifically obvious. But he wanted so much for him to be alive.

    "Stop sleeping!" the truck driver yelled as he hugged Lee Seok-joon. "Why are you sleeping so much? Daddy will save you!"

    He pumped his son's chest and blew into his mouth to try to resuscitate him, "but I could only smell a rotting stench."

    This is the kind of heartbreak that awaits the families of about 220 people still missing from the submerged ferry Sewol, or at least those whose relatives' bodies are ultimately recovered. Families who once dreamed of miraculous rescues now simply hope their loved ones' remains are recovered soon, before the ocean does much more damage.

    "At first, I was just very sad, but now it's like an endless wait," said Woo Dong-suk, a construction worker and uncle of one of the students. "It's been too long already. The bodies must be decayed. The parents' only wish right now is to find the bodies before they are badly decomposed."

    The pace of recovering bodies has accelerated in recent days, since divers finally succeeded in entering the vessel. There were 86 confirmed fatalities as of Monday night.

    After the bodies are pulled from the water, police and doctors look for forms of ID and take notes on the body's appearance, clothing and any identifying physical marks such as moles, said a Health Ministry official who was helping co-ordinate the effort and spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

    Lee Seok-joon arrived as Body No. 41. The official description bore few details: a boy. Mole on forehead. Wearing a pair of Adidas track pants.

    The bodies are transported to Jindo island, about an hour's boat ride away, as rescuers notify families waiting at the port, or at a gymnasium where many are sheltering. Bodies without IDs are described to officials in Jindo who relay the details to the relatives.

    At the dock, bodies are taken to a white tent for another inspection, then transported by ambulance to another tent. A coroner there cleans up the bodies, mostly to wipe off oil and dirt and straighten limbs, and then the families file in.

    Only two pieces of news can be delivered here, and each is heartbreaking. Your loved one is dead, or still missing.

    After reading the description of Body No. 41 on Saturday, Lee Byung-soo thought it couldn't be his son. He had a mole, but it was near his eyebrow, not on his forehead. Then another student's parent told him it probably was Lee Seok-joon, and he "rushed like a maniac" to the tent.

    The sight of his son brought Lee to his knees. He later lashed out at a military doctor who was in the room removing Lee's son's clothes for further inspection. "Don't touch my son!" he said. "He's still alive!"

    In truth, it was a grim sight. Lee said Monday, as he escorted his son's body home by ambulance, that his right eye had completely decayed.

    It is mainly the parents of teenagers living through this. About 250 of the more than 300 missing or dead are students from a single high school, in Ansan near Seoul, who were on their way to the southern tourist island of Jeju.

    Bodies are being identified visually, but family members have been providing DNA samples in case decomposition makes that impossible.

    The families, and South Koreans more broadly, have at times responded with fury. The captain initially told passengers to stay in their rooms and waited more than half an hour to issue an evacuation order as the Sewol sank. By then, the ship had tilted so much it is believed that many passengers were trapped inside.

    At a Cabinet briefing Monday, President Park Geun-hye said, "What the captain and part of the crew did is unfathomable from the viewpoint of common sense. Unforgivable, murderous behaviour." The comments were posted on the website of the presidential Blue House.

    Park said that instead of following a marine traffic controller's instructions to "make the passengers escape," the captain and some crew members "told the passengers to stay put while they themselves became the first to escape."

    "Legally and ethically," she said, "this is an unimaginable act."

    The captain, Lee Joon-seok, and two crew members have been arrested on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, and prosecutors said Monday that four other crew members have been detained. Senior prosecutor Ahn Sang-don said prosecutors would decide within 48 hours whether to seek arrest warrants for the four: two first mates, a second mate and a chief engineer.

    A transcript of ship-to-shore communications released Sunday revealed a ship that was crippled with indecision. A crew member asked repeatedly whether passengers would be rescued after abandoning ship even as the ferry tilted so sharply that it became impossible to escape.

    Lee, 68, has said he waited to issue an evacuation order because the current was strong, the water was cold and passengers could have drifted away before help arrived. But maritime experts said he could have ordered passengers to the deck — where they would have had a greater chance of survival — without telling them to abandon ship.

    The cause of the disaster is not yet known, but prosecutors have said the ship made a sharp turn before it began to list. The third mate, who has been arrested, was steering at the time of the accident, in a challenging area where she had not steered before, and the captain said he was not on the bridge at the time.

    Authorities have not identified the third mate, though a colleague identified her as Park Han-kyul. Senior prosecutor Ahn said Monday the third mate has told investigators why she made the sharp turn, but he would not reveal her answer, and more investigation is needed to determine whether the answer is accurate.

    Many relatives of the dead and missing also have been critical of the government, which drew more outrage Monday with the resignation of Song Young-chur, a high-ranking official in the Ministry of Security and Public Administration.

    Song, chief of the Regional Development Policy Bureau, reportedly tried to take a commemorative photo Sunday evening of the situation room in Jindo where government officials brief relatives of the missing.

    Yonhap news agency reported that one family member shouted, "We are a nervous wreck here, and this is something to commemorate for you?"

    Blue House spokesman Min Kyung-wook said the government accepted Song's resignation "as a warning to others, as he has raised public resentment by trying to take commemorative photos without understanding the feeling of the families of the victims and lost persons."

    The search effort on Monday included more than 200 rescue boats, 35 aircraft, 13 fishing boats and 641 personnel, mostly coast guard and navy.

    Most of the bodies found have been recovered since the weekend, when divers, frustrated for days by strong currents, bad weather and poor visibility, were finally able to enter the ferry. But conditions remain challenging.

    "I cannot see anything in front ... and the current underwater is too fast," said Choi Jin-ho, a professional diver who searched the ferry Monday. "Then breathing gets faster and panic comes."

    Searchers on Monday deployed a remote-controlled underwater camera dubbed the ROV1 to explore the inside of the ferry. Unlike divers who have to surface after 20 minutes, the U.S.-built camera can be used for two to three hours.

    The government-wide emergency task force centre issued a statement saying the ROV1 can reach places that are tough for divers to get to, but it added, "We are experiencing difficulty as there is lots of floating matter."

    Relatives have been allowed to observe the search operation in pairs, said Woo, the construction worker who is a relative of a missing student, and was to view the operation Monday.

    Woo has been in Jindo, sleeping in his car, since Wednesday. Other relatives of the missing have taken shelter in a gymnasium.

    Still others have put up tents near the port, where many sat in silence Monday, their faces blank and shoulders sagging from exhaustion. A Buddhist monk chanted prayers and tapped out a slow percussion on a wooden praying block from his perch at a dock facing the sea, providing a calming rhythm.

    Lim Son-mi, who works at a daycare centre in Ansan, said some part of her still hopes that her daughter Park Hye-son is alive, no matter how unlikely that would be. Until then, and maybe after, she will be haunted by memories of their last conversation.

    "She called me from the ferry and said, 'Mom, everything is so strange. We're all wearing life jackets,' but I didn't think anything of it at the time. I thought it was nothing. I found out only later from the news that it was this serious," Lim said.

    "I should be the one who should die."
    ___

    Associated Press writers Hyung-jin Kim in Mokpo, South Korea, Minjeong Hong and Raul Gallego in Jindo, and Foster Klug, Youkyung Lee, Jung-yoon Choi and Leon Drouin-Keith in Seoul contributed to this report.

  • 'Housing First' approach may put homeless youth last, report warns

    OTTAWA -- A new report says the success of so-called "Housing First" programs could have a limited impact on young Canadians living on the streets.

    The report warns against what it calls the "Housing First Jr." approach, saying youth homelessness demands a unique focus on the developmental, social and legal needs of young people that can differ significantly from homeless adults.

    The 44-page report, obtained by The Canadian Press, was written by York University professor Stephen Gaetz and is part of the so-called "Homeless Hub" series of studies on homelessness in Canada.

    The Housing First approach provides individuals and families with stable housing as an initial first step towards addressing other social issues, rather than the other way around.

    It was founded in the early 1990s in New York as an inner-city experiment. Since then, it's had an 85 per cent success rate in the U.S. in permanently housing mentally ill homeless people.

    An estimated 30,000 Canadians sleep on the streets every night. The Conservative government is focused on the Housing First strategy, which the Mental Health Commission of Canada has concluded is showing concrete and cost-effective results in five cities.

    But Gaetz says it remains an open question whether that approach works for homeless youth.

    "We cannot take an established approach that works for adults and simply create Housing First Jr. by changing the age mandate," says the study's executive summary.

    "Young people have complex needs, but these may be profoundly different than those associated with adult homeless populations."

    Government's defence

    Social Development Minister Candice Bergen defended the government's approach.

    "Housing First is a proven, evidence-based model that is delivering better results for the most vulnerable, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity, while ensuring the tax dollars of hard-working Canadians are spent wisely," she said in a statement.

    "This model has been recognized internationally for its effectiveness and is helping people here at home.... We are proud to be focusing our efforts and resources on programs that will have the largest, long-term impact."

    Canadian communities are free to invest in other proven approaches at the local level, such as specific initiatives for homeless youth, she added.

    A massive pilot project called At Home-Chez Soi was created in 2008 following a $110-million investment from the federal government. The program helped find and pay for homes for mentally ill homeless people in five cities across Canada, and also provided recipients with as many social services as they needed to stay housed.

    As of April 1, the Conservative government's $600-million Homelessness Partnering Strategy shifted to a Housing First approach.

    Housing First ineffective for youth

    But Gaetz's study, entitled "Coming of Age," suggests Housing First isn't necessarily effective for homeless youth.

    "Whether and how it works for youth still remain an askable question," the summary states.

    Gaetz cites other research that argues that while many young people thrive in a Housing First environment, those with mental health and addiction issues "find that the choice and independence offered by the model" can be overwhelming.

    The report suggests governments develop strategies to prevent young people from ending up on the streets after leaving child protection, mental health or juvenile detention facilities, identify a stronger role for schools as part of the solution and help strengthen families while offering young people a way back home.

    "We also understand that many young people can no longer return home or in some cases have no home to go to," the report says.

    "For these young people we need strong models of accommodation and supports that will help them move forward with their lives."

    The study concluded that Canada also needs to make broader, societal changes to truly vanquish the plight of homelessness.

    "We need to ensure that there is an adequate supply of affordable housing," it says.

    "We need to ensure young people have the opportunity to earn a sufficient income to pay the rent, purchase food and have fulfilling lives and/or receive rent supplements if they cannot earn a living wage. We must ensure every young person has the opportunity to go to school and fulfill his or her dreams."

    Some facts and figures on homelessness in Canada:

    How many homeless in a year? The State of Homelessness in Canada 2013 report estimates that each year at least 200,000 individuals seek homeless emergency services or sleep outside at least once.

    How many homeless on an ordinary day? On any day, about 28,500 people are homeless and there may also be as many as 50,000 "hidden homeless," including those temporarily "couch surfing" with friends or relatives.

    How long do they stay homeless? The median length of a stay in emergency shelter is about 50 days, although most people need beds for less than a month and 29 per cent stay only one night. Most manage to find their own places, usually with little support.

    How many are chronically homeless? 4,000 to 8,000.

    Source: The Homeless Hub

  • GAME DAY: Kelowna in Portland for Game 3

    Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Portland Winterhawks in game three of the Western Conference championship series. In game one the Rockets were a 5-4 winner before the Winterhawks countered with a 5-3 victory in game two. Game four in this series is tomorrow night at the Moda Center before the series shifts back to Kelowna for game five Friday night. This is the third time in the last four seasons these two teams have met in the playoffs. Back in 2011 they collided in round two before meeting in round one in the 2012 post season. The Winterhawks won both of those playoff series. These two teams met four times during the regular season with the Rockets going 4-0-0-0. Overall, the Rockets out-scored the Winterhawks 28-10 in the seasonal series including 12-5 on home ice and 16-5 on the road. The Rockets out-shot the Winterhawks in three of the four games. The Rockets are playing in the Western Conference final for the 6th time in franchise history and for the first time since 2009.

    Game Two Tidbits: Nick Merkley had a goal and an assist in the 5-3 setback. The Rockets had a 2-0 lead after one period of play before the Winterhawks would erupt with four-second period goals. The Rockets gave up a playoff high 53 shots on net. It marked the first time in the playoffs the Rockets suffered a loss on home ice. The loss snapped the teams 7 game playoff winning streak. The Rockets were 2 for 3 on the power play. 

    Game One Tidbits: Jesse Lees scored the game winning goal in game one. It was the Calgary residents’ first career playoff goals. It was Lees’ 15 career WHL playoff game. Tyson Baillie had three points in last night’s win. Baillie also had three points (1+2=3) in a game four loss in Tri City in round one. The Rockets used five different goal scorers in a game one win. Jordon Cooke earned his second assist of the playoffs with a helper on Baillie’s first period goal to make the score 3-1. Rourke Chartier scored last night giving him four goals in his last six playoff games. The crowd of 6,218 was the largest of the season at Prospera Place. 

    This and That: The Winterhawks opened the scoring in game one and the Rockets opened up the scoring in game two. The team that has opened the scoring and held the lead after 20 minutes has lost. Rockets forward Rourke Chartier and Winterhawks captain Taylor Leier are both from Saskatoon and played their midget hockey with the Saskatoon Contacts. Damon Severson led the team in scoring in a second round series with Seattle with 4+7=11. Nick Merkley was next with 2+6=8. The Rockets are 9 and 2 in the playoffs. The Winterhawks are 9 and 2. The Rockets have scored 17 power play goals in the 2014 playoffs.  The Winterhawks have 17 with the extra man. The Rockets have won seven of their last 8 playoff games. The only losses were a 4-3 setback in game three in Tri City in the opening round and in game two (5-3) against Portland. The Rockets have allowed 17 goals in seven home playoff games. That is an average of 2.42 goals against in the 2014 post season. Defenceman Madison Bowey signed a three year entry level contract with the NHL’s Washington Capitals April 2nd. The 18 year-old was chosen in the second round of the 2013 NHL draft – 53rd overall. The Rockets have killed off 46 of its last 53 shorthanded situations in this year’s playoffs. The Rockets have a power play goal in all eleven playoff games. The Kelowna Rockets franchise played its 200th playoff game Saturday night. This is the 37th playoff series the Rockets have been involved in since relocating from Tacoma for the start of the 1995-96 season. Jordon Cooke was named the VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month for March. It is the second time this season that Cooke has been named VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month, having earned the honor for September/October as well. Damon Severson was named the WHL Player of the Week on April 7th. Severson had three goals and four assists with a +3 rating that week. Four members of the Rockets have made NHL Central Scouting’s final list for this June’s draft. Justin Kirkland, Riley Stadel, Rourke Chartier and Tyson Baillie are cracked NHLCS prestigious list. Madison Bowey turns 19 on April 22nd. Rourke Chartier had 5+4=9 in his first 27 regular season games. In his final 45 regular season games the 17 year-old had 19+30=49.

    Who’s Hot: Nick Merkley is riding a 8 game point streak. Merkely has 3+11=14 over that period. Damon Severson has points in five of his last six games. The 19 year-old has 4+9=13 over that period. Marek Tvrdon has points in nine of the eleven games in this year’s playoffs (5+7=12). Rourke Chartier is riding a 8 game point streak. Chartier has 5+5=10 over that stretch. Jordon Cooke is 9 and 2 in this year’s playoffs with a goals against average of 2.73 and a save percentage of .920. Over his career, Cooke is 13-4-4 in 22 playoff appearances. The Leduc Alberta product has been pulled only once, in a second round series against the Kamloops Blazers in the 2013 post season.    

    Playoff Highs Low:
    Most Goals Scored: 6 vs. Seattle in games one and two.
    Most Goals Allowed: 5 in game two vs. Portland (5-3) in WCF.
    Most Power Play Goals: 3. Went 3 for 6 in game one against T-Birds in round two.
    Most Shots Taken: 55 @ Tri City (4-3 Loss) Game three vs. Tri City in round one.
    Most Shots Allowed: 53 vs. Portland in game two. (5-3 loss)

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  • Local Masterchef eliminated, announces she will open restaurant in Kelowna

    "I LOOKED AT THE FIRE AND IT DIDN'T EVEN REGISTER."

    KELOWNA – It took 14 episodes, but West Kelowna’s Kaila Klassen has been eliminated from Masterchef Canada.

    She fought through more pressure challenges than anyone else on the show, slipped on camera twice, her station caught fire and she spent the majority of the series with a target on her back, but even that wasn’t enough to keep the West Kelowna realtor from making it into the final three.

    “To make the final three was very surreal,” she says. “I’m so proud of myself and how far I came.”

    In the most recent episode, titled Not-your-average Joe, the four remaining home cooks were tasked with cooking for Masterchef US judge Joe Bastianich. The ingredients they would have to use were selected by Joe himself.

    “Holy crow I was freaking out. He’s a tough chef and someone I admire,” she says. “I was nervous to cook for him. They’re not ingredients I use a lot but they are beautiful.”

    Klassen chose to make a stuffed veal loin. It was undoubtedly the most complicated dish and all four of the celebrity judges questioned her decision to attempt something so challenging.

    “I wanted to impress Joe,” she says. “It was a bit of a gamble but I’ve taken a few risks and I think a lot them paid off. I was so excited he picked my dish.”

    No stranger to succeeding with her back against a wall, Klassen’s dish was named the best of the four and Tammara Behl, a special needs teacher from Alberta, was sent home.

    “I must have been really hard for the judges. All the dishes were very strong.”

    Klassen’s reward for winning the mystery box challenge was she was given first choice of three seafood ingredients to cook with during the second-to-last pressure challenge.

    “I chose the scallops because I’ve cooked them before and I love them,” she says. “I’ve never opened scallops before so it took a long time though.”

    The remaining two ingredients were Dungeness crab and razor clams. It was clear that Eric Chong, Kaila’s rival since the beginning of filming, desperately wanted the crab. Having made the second-best mystery box meal, it came down to Marida Mohammed to decide who would get the relatively simpler dish.

    “Take the freaking crab,” pleaded Klassen. “Do not let Eric have it.”

    But that’s exactly what Marida did.

    “I don’t think it was deliberate,” Klassen says. “I’m not sure what her strategy was but I’m sure she’s happy she chose the razor clams because she made a beautiful dish.”

    Kaila struggled with her scallops early on, and things were not looking good when a paper towel caught fire at her station.

    “The funny part was I looked at the fire and it didn’t even register,” she says. “It was just one more obstacle. You never know what will happen in the Masterchef kitchen.”

    Although the three judges thought Klassen’s dish tasted good and Chef Claudio Aprile called it “a very admirable dish”, the scallops were slightly overcooked. 

    “Before I taste your dish, I just want you to know that I think it’s incredible what you’ve achieved here,” Chef Claudio Aprile said to Kaila. “You’ve been in so many pressure tests and you continue to dig deep and find a way to get through. You’re a fighter.”

    Klassen says the words meant a lot.

    “Coming from Claudio who had some reservations early on, it really meant a lot to me."

    With all three dishes tasted, the judges left to decide who would be going home.

    After surviving 14 episodes and countless obstacles, it came down to only 15 seconds of cook time. Kaila Klassen was sent home.

    “In one sense it was heart wrenching,” she says. “On the other side, I feel like a door is opened for me and I’m so grateful to Masterchef for the opportunity.”

    Chef Michael Bonacini had some parting compliments for the young realtor who made it further than anyone thought possible.

    “Kaila, there are a lot of valuable lessons to have been learned in the Masterchef kitchen,” he said. “One of them was not to underestimate you. You worked hard for your success here and when you encountered challenges that would have defeated someone else, you survived because you are smart, you listened, you tasted and you took risks.”

    Overall, Kaila is very happy with her time on the show and says there are only a few things she would do differently if she had the chance.

    “If I could do it over again I probably wouldn’t have made three panna cotta’s. That was silly,” she says. “I should have stuck with just one but overall I’m proud of what I accomplished.”

    Although her time on the show is over, Klassen says her success has inspired her to make another brave move. She has decided to open a restaurant here in Kelowna called Krafty Kitchen and Bar.

    “I think now is the time,” she says. “I believe it can be extremely successful. The food is going to be local ingredients and local fare, small bites and really happily shared food that is interactive and really fun.”

    Eric Chong and Marida Mohammed will battle head-to-head for $100,000 on the season finale next Monday at 8 p.m. Full episodes can be seen on the Masterchef website.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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  • Kelowna dad's latest film showcases daughter's favourite toys

    KELOWNA – A local filmmaker's most recent video received a rave review from the person who means the most to him.

    Clayton Arnall is no stranger to good reviews. His short film about a new sport called bouldering was shown at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, but his latest production is even closer to his heart.

    Bullfrog’s Payback is a stop motion film Arnall made for his three-year-old daughter, Brighton. It features three of her favourite toys croaking and hopping along the back of a couch.

    “My daughter really likes frogs,” Arnall says. “She’s basically slept with that tree frog every night for the last two years. She won’t go to sleep without that frog.”

    Arnall says the stop motion video was more time consuming than he thought it would be.

    “It took me about an hour to shoot and about three hours to edit,” he says. “It’s time consuming because you have to shoot each frame, move the frog a little bit, and shoot another frame.”

    Arnall says that although the video took longer than expected, his daughters reaction was well worth the time and effort.

    “She loved it. She really likes home videos and this was with her toys so she laughed and watched it around 20 times in a row. I have another idea for a more complicated stop motion with toys. Maybe one day I’ll get around to it.”

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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