My latest article in the Humber Et Cetera. On Mon. March 22 a car was stolen from a parking lot at Humber’s North Campus in the middle of the afternoon. Click the link above to read.
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My article for the Feb. 24, 2010 Humber Et Cetera:
After spending three weeks in Haiti treating victims of last month’s earthquake, nursing professor John Stone returned to Humber this week.
Stone was with a team of Canadian medical professional volunteers who treated up to 200 patients a day at a field clinic in rural Leogane, a coastal town west of Port-au-Prince that was hit hard by the Jan. 12 quake.
“There were a lot of fractures and amputations – a lot of surgeries,” said Stone, who is also a registered nurse.
He was among a team of 11: an orthopedic surgeon, an anesthetist, an emergency physician, two nurse practitioners, two paramedics and four nurses.
“We basically worked a day-clinics’ hours, from 8 a.m. until 4 or 5 p.m., but we were around every evening as well and usually about every other evening we’d have some emergency come in, like machete cuts or road accidents.”
They arrived Jan. 31, to relieve a similar group, also members of Canadian Medical Assistance Teams, a non-profit NGO based in Brantford, Ont., that provides assistance to disaster victims around the world.
Stone previously travelled with the organization to Pakistan after an earthquake in 2005.
In Haiti, his team was equipped with medical supplies, food, water and tents for shelter.
They operated out of a tent, with patients sprawled on a stretcher laid across concrete blocks.
After the first couple of days, Stone said there were fewer surgeries and more post-operative care.
“There were a number of people in casts and what we call external fixators for broken bones, which are metal rods that literally protrude from the side of the leg to stabilize the wound until it heals,” he said.
Other rehabilitation specialists will replace Stone’s team in Leogane to assist people who have had amputations or broken bones.
“The focus gets to be what you are going to do when you get the casts and splints off because there are complications – you can’t just put the cast on and then say ‘good luck.’”
As for Stone, he called the experience “very rewarding – and you hope you’ve helped a little bit in some way.”
My second article in the Humber Et Cetera on Thurs. Feb. 11.
Students should know absence from H1N1 does not give them an automatic pass in their courses, said associate vice-president of academics, Pamela Hanft.
“Teachers will do the best they can to accommodate and perhaps provide extensions, but students are still responsible for all their work,” said Hanft.
School policy regarding H1N1 is no different from any other major illness, she said.
“If students were absent for 10 days or less they simply had to report through their program co-ordinator or record on our website,” said Hanft.
According to school records, there have been between 20 to 25 students absent due to H1N1 each week across all three campuses, with most for periods of less than five days, said Hanft.
“They were actually predicting a flu pandemic this year where there would have been far more absences and much more widespread illnesses,” she said.
Despite the milder than predicted flu season several students have had to interrupt their studies because of H1N1, with some even delaying their graduation date.
Second-year police foundations student, Jonathan Nalliah, 19, missed about three weeks in the fall term and said he wasn’t able to catch up.
As a result, he said he dropped one class and failed another.
Nalliah said he thought his teachers would be more lenient since the school was encouraging students with flu symptoms to stay home.
“I went to one of my classes, but I was coughing and was so sick that my teacher asked me to leave,” said Nalliah.
First-year post-graduate journalism student, Janine John, 27, became sick with H1N1 in November, but is still unable to attend classes due to side effects from the virus.
“When the flu-like symptoms stopped I had this loss of balance and dizziness – it’s called vertigo and can last anywhere from six weeks to three months,” said John.
Though John will graduate a year after her class in the two-year program, she said her instructors and program co-ordinator have been understanding about her condition.
Hamft said students should consider different options if they do miss school due to H1N1 because it is difficult to catch up on work for all missed courses.
“Sometimes dropping a course is a good strategy so they can concentrate on the remaining courses and try to salvage as much of the semester as possible.”
My career as a Humber Et Cetera news reporter has begun – hey, you’ve got to start somewhere!
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With construction delays postponing the January opening of the North Campus fitness centre, athletic director Doug Fox said he is disappointed with the progress.
“We weren’t even open for the first three days of school and I said to someone here “everyone’s coming back with new year’s resolutions and they’ve got nowhere to go,” said Fox.
The new section of the athletic centre holds two fitness studios and a cardio room and was expected to be completed Jan. 4, he said.
“There are so many glitches right now which is very frustrating,” Fox said.
The fitness centre opened a weight room and an incomplete cardio centre on Jan. 14.
“It’s still a work in progress – the access now is limited to the existing equipment we have,” said Jim Bialek, assistant athletic director.
While a new cardio room is open, construction is not complete on either of the fitness studios.
Delays are due to complications with the structure along one of the studio walls and flooring that is not ready to be laid, said Bialek.
“It’s a bit of a problem for kinesiology and other programs as well because they’re supposed to have those studios active for their courses,” said Fox.
The mechanical lift needed to move all the heavy equipment to the second floor wasn’t installed properly the first time, resulting in another setback, said Fox.
“The reality is we’ve had to hold back most of the new equipment until we get the mechanical arm,” said Fox.
The new facility has a lot more space for students, but not a lot of equipment yet, said Lindsey Bradbury, 22, athletic centre employee and first year massage therapy student.
“Everyone likes it and it’s nice but they just want it to be finished,” said Bradbury.
“Ultimately, students have to be a little patient – we’re trying our best to allow them to continue with some facility usage and get finished as quickly as possible,” said Fox.