Stefano’s hard day at work I
(Ssh! Actually it was a day of much pride and many new insights!)
smell like garbage. But that’s okay. I had the best day of the year this past week when I helped clean up downtown with the Downtown BIZ’s clean
team. Every now and then, I take to the
streets with our front-line staff. It’s important to get your hands dirty, to see firsthand how your staff and the incredible work they perform impact our downtown. To get a better sense of what they do and how they do it. To understand and appreciate their challenges. To hear their ideas on how we can make their jobs more exciting, meaningful and easier.
Donned green apparel So I traded in my suit for a forest
green uniform, work boots and a safety vest and had an opportunity to get to know the people and the lives of my crew, who serve as incredible ambassa- dors for our downtown. I wanted to help clean up downtown with my team
Stefano Grande Downtown
to show them how proud I am of them. I wanted my clean team to know I appreciate the work they do. And without a doubt this week’s engagement with my team delivered on this and more. Now that I have seen them in action, I can speak with confidence and integ- rity when I talk to the media or to our 1,300 members about how clean downtown truly is. Hanging out with the team also reaffirmed my thought that they truly believe they can transform the
downtown daily. Our downtown-cleaning program is managed well, and it shows. Picking litter, power washing sidewalks, cleaning bus shelters, removing graffiti – these are just a few of the daily tasks undertaken. I fear the day we stop. Because the trash, litter and grime will not stop. There’s a daily war here on downtown trash and litter. A war that we’re winning. But it’s going to take the commitment
of our entire community to keep down- town looking clean and great. Many of our business and property owners go the extra mile to keep areas around their buildings clean and tidy. They wash their windows, sweep the sidewalks. Thanks to them for caring when many others still don’t! And thank you to the many downtowners who move out of the way so we can do our job, and who smile and thank us when we keep side-
walks free of debris and garbage. What I also learned was how businesses are creating
jobs for people to improve the cleanliness of the down- town. Through their funding, the Downtown Winni- peg BIZ has been able to employ nearly 22 full-time and part-time, clean-team employees. When I took a break during lunch to hang out with
the team, I was touched by a moment between Bren- dan, a clean-team employee, and his wife – they were chatting over Skype. She was incredibly proud of Bren- dan for working hard to put food on their table. It’s a
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tion arises from two conditions – distance and noise. As the hearing loss progresses, distance and noise become factors in effective commu- nication.
Normal conversation, which used
to take place at 20 feet, is no longer possible and the hearing-impaired individual needs to be approached in order to carry on a conversation.
Noise is typically the most devas-
tating, with the hearing impaired un- able to cope and social contact with others restricted. The early stages of hearing loss typ-
Watch out for deer ticks
Lyme disease is caused by a bacterial infection that people can get from the bite of an infected blacklegged (deer) tick.
Manitobans can reduce contact with deer ticks by avoiding wooded or forested habitat, wearing long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, tucking in clothing, using an appropriate repellent (it should state ‘for use against ticks’ on the product label), looking for and removing ticks as soon as possible.
For more information about Lyme disease, its symptoms and how to prevent it, visit our website at www.manitoba.ca/health/lyme/
You can help You can help in the study of Lyme disease in Manitoba by collecting and submitting deer ticks for surveillance purposes.
Deer ticks are smaller than the more common wood tick. Unlike wood ticks, they do not have white markings on their bodies.
If you find a deer tick, remove it slowly from skin or clothing using tweezers and steady pressure; avoid twisting. Cleanse area with soap and water or a disinfectant.
Place the tick in a small, crush-proof container (for example, a pill bottle) with a piece of slightly damp paper towel (to help keep the tick alive).
Firmly tape the lid shut.
Check the pictures and additional information on the website to determine if your tick might be a deer tick.
Hand-deliver or mail the sample to the address below. If mailing, place the container in a sealed plastic bag then in a cardboard box labeled: RESEARCH SPECIMENS – FRAGILE – HANDLE WITH CARE
Include your name, telephone number, email address and information about where, when and on whom (ex: a dog, a person) the tick was found. Deliver or mail to:
Passive Blacklegged Tick Surveillance Program Cadham Provincial Laboratory
P.O. Box 8450, 750 William Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3C 3Y1
ically have a greater effect on the wife or husband of the individual than on the afflicted individual. The TV has to be louder; the pair can’t converse without the spouse approaching the other person or repeating a statement a number of times causes more ten- sion with the spouse than with the individual affected. The energy ex- pended in having to stop what you are doing, approach the individual and repeat your statement is more taxing than saying “what?” As hearing loss progresses social life
often becomes more restricted, lead- ing to feelings of depression. Delay in acting upon a treatable hearing loss condition has significant consequenc- es. The more our hearing system is deprived of normal stimulation, the less efficient it becomes. An attempt to rehabilitate hearing through hear- ing aid use after years of delay cre- ates extra difficulty in adapting to the hearing aid. In addition it has been shown that hearing loss left untreated can contribute to dementia. It is important that everyone at age
65 receive a baseline assessment of hearing ability in order that any defi- ciency is properly assessed and man- aged. The audiologist is a health care professional trained to assess hearing and balance disorders and to treat or manage the disorder through non-
medical intervention. Where a medi- cally treatable condition is identified, the audiologist will report to your physician so the condition can be medically managed. Assessment of your hearing range
from simple to in-depth. A simple screening can identify whether your hearing sensitivity is sufficient but will not give any detail. A pure tone assessment will give a little more ac- curacy to the test, but may not give us a picture of how the loss is affect- ing speech understanding. In order to fully understand your abilities and needs, a full diagnostic battery of tests will identify the cause of the loss and whether there are any medically treatable conditions. We also assess your abilities with regard to social ad- equacy, assessing your speech-under- standing abilities for various levels of voice and competing noise situations. A pure tone assessment may be a satisfactory test for baseline measure- ment as long as there are no recom- mendations regarding hearing aid use. However if the loss is of signifi- cant degree further in depth assess- ment is warranted.
Bob Turner was Winnipeg’s first audiologist to enter private practice in 1987. He previously owned three hear- ing clinics under the name Redwood Hearing Centres. Today his clinic, Turner Audiology is located at Unit E 77 Redwood Ave, Phone number is 204- 589-3332. Bob is professional audiolo- gist and owner.
Take Pride: the war on trash can be won if everyone pitches in. Photo by Joel Penner.
tough job. But it’s incredibly rewarding and steady. I’m proud of the people who work for us. They are the definition of family.
Brings daily rewards My brief experience with my clean team was reward-
ing for many reasons. Deep down, I am envious of the daily sense of accomplishment they are able to feel at the end of every day. I certainly felt it. Working in a suit behind a desk can create change, too, but it often takes much longer to achieve. When I came home to my kids to kiss them good-
night, they asked why I was limping, aching and sore. All I told them was that I had a hard day at work. Thanks team.
Stefano Grande is executive director of Downtown Win- nipeg BIZ
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