Accounts of the injustices meted out to Japanese Canadians are no longer news to most Canadians. Southern Albertans are well aware of how West Coast families were stripped of their homes and property, then shipped away to remote mountain villages.
But what happened later? After the Second World War ended, how did those Canadian citizens adjust to their new realities?
Those stories — from seniors now living in the Lethbridge area as well as their non-Japanese neighbours — have become the focus of an ongoing oral history project. “Stop the Presses,” a new exhibition at the Galt Museum, is designed to start those conversations.
World history professor Darren Aoki, originally from southern Alberta but now teaching at Plymouth University in England, professor Carly Adams at the University of Lethbridge and a team of student researchers have launched their Nikkei Memory Capture Project here. The museum was the setting Sunday for the launch of the project’s next phase, seeking out more stories from more southern Albertans who lived through those post-war years.
Homeowners planning renos
Maybe it’s a way of celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. Or maybe Alberta homeowners are calculating the money they’ll save by avoiding trips to the U.S.
Whatever the reason, a new survey shows more than half of this province’s homeowners are planning upgrades or renovations this year. And Albertans are expecting to spend more than $22,500, the Ipsos study found — about $5,000 higher than the national average.
If renovations cost more than expected, the pollsters say, most Canadians would proceed rather than stopping work. About half of those polled said they would dip further into their wavings, while 15 per cent would take on more debt.
The Ipsos online poll, conducted in May, covered 1,003 Canadian homeowners who said they were at least “somewhat likely” to renovate.
While Albertans were prepared to spend the most, it found, residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba were the most frugal. Owners in those two provinces were also the least likely to borrow to pay for the work.
3-D arms aid Nigerian youth
Aided by prosthetic arms “printed” in Canada, three Lethbridge people have offered new hope to an accident victim in Africa. While fetching water from a well, a 19-year-old student contacted a high-voltage power line with a a metal pipe — and ultimately lost both his hands and forearms.
When retired University of Lethbridge kinesiology professor Mary Dyck learned about his situation from family members serving as missionaries in Nigeria, she contacted a recent graduate who owns a three-dimensional plastic printing company.
Soon she and Colin Pischke, owner of Print Your Mind 3D, got in touch with a Toronto company specializing in high-tech solutions to medical issues. They joined the company, Medical Makers, and became leaders in a project aimed at creating new hands and arms.
No one in the team had a background in therapy, so Dyck recruited Brittany Mercier, an athletic therapist at the university’s Rebound Health Centre who had also served as a teaching assistant in one of her classes.
Earlier this year, she and Mercier travelled to Africa to meet the young man, known as Sunday. They brought a printed arm and socket, and tested a 3D-printed gripper thumb terminal device.
“We were very excited to meet Sunday and to test the prosthetic arm,” Dyck says. “The 3D-printed gripper thumb will enable him to grasp objects such as a pen or toothbrush.”
Second cannabis clinic opening
A second medical cannabis clinic is set to open in Lethbridge this month. Natural Health Services will open its doors at Unit #110, 719 4th Ave S. on July 17. This follows 420 Clinic, which opened earlier this month at 330 7th St S.
Health Canada announced the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations last summer. This meant Canadians who are authorized by their health care practitioner could have access to cannabis for medical purposes.
The Calgary-based NHS is a patient-centric medical cannabis clinic with locations in Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, and in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.