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Six explosions dans des hôtels et des églises du Sri Lanka, au moins 80 blessés

Le Journal de Montréal - 1 ora 58 min fa
Six explosions se sont produites dimanche dans trois hôtels et trois églises du Sri Lanka où était célébrée la messe de Pâques, faisant au moins 80 blessés, a-t-on appris de sources policière et hospitalière.
Categorie: Canada

Un premier décès causé par les inondations printanières

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 1 min fa
La septuagénaire qui est décédée après une chute au volant de sa voiture dans un immense cratère créé par la crue des eaux en Outaouais était bien connue dans la région pour avoir consacré sa vie à aider les plus démunis.
Categorie: Canada

Ses œufs pour nourrir l’armée

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 2 min fa
Un homme de 104 ans de l’Estrie, qui affirme avoir été l’un des premiers aviculteurs à améliorer la génétique des poules, a aidé à nourrir secrètement les soldats canadiens pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.
Categorie: Canada

Bégin est tombé dans la potion

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 2 min fa
L’ancien du Canadien Steve Bégin, entraîneur adjoint avec les Voltigeurs de Drummondville, avait prévu de se donner cinq ans avant de se retremper dans le monde du hockey quand il a disputé son dernier match avec les Flames de Calgary, en 2013. Il voulait attendre que ses deux filles atteignent le secondaire.
Categorie: Canada

Isabelle Vincent: tout feu tout flamme

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 2 min fa
C’est en allant voir la pièce Première neige au Théâtre de Quat’Sous qu’on a eu l’idée d’interviewer la comédienne Isabelle Vincent afin d’en savoir plus sur son univers littéraire.
Categorie: Canada

Éloge à la famille, même éclatée

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 2 min fa
La famille de ce récit est à la fois disloquée et tricotée serrée, et ça se lit comme un hommage.
Categorie: Canada

Sept parcours cyclables inusités

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 2 min fa
Libre à vous de choisir un itinéraire de quelques heures ou de quelques jours, en évaluant soigneusement les distances.
Categorie: Canada

«Une drôle de fille» d'Armel Job: Secrets et jalousies après la Guerre

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 2 min fa
Écrivain de talent, Armel Job raconte comment le bonheur apparent d’une famille ordinaire, les Borj, va éclater en mille miettes après l’arrivée d’une orpheline de guerre épileptique et pratiquement illettrée dans leur maison.
Categorie: Canada

Cette ex-maison de pot est menacée de saisie

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 2 min fa
Une Française pourrait se voir dépouillée de sa résidence à Montréal parce que la police y a découvert une plantation illégale de cannabis. Et ce, même si le cultivateur suspect a été blanchi des accusations.
Categorie: Canada

Ils ont fait repousser 7 cm d’os

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 2 min fa
Un homme de Brossard dont la jambe a éclaté lors d’un accident de chasse a été sauvé de l’amputation par un médecin de Montréal qui a réussi à faire repousser sept centimètres d’os.
Categorie: Canada

«Sortie côté tour» de Patrick DeWitt: étonnant revers de fortune

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 2 min fa
Après avoir séduit des milliers de lecteurs avec Les frères Sisters, un western désopilant, adapté au cinéma par Jacques Audiard et lauréat de quatre prix César, l’écrivain Patrick DeWitt propose ce printemps Sortie côté tour.
Categorie: Canada

Choc de Titans entre Pelchat et Aznavour!

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 2 min fa
Après avoir épaté la galerie avec sa voix, Mario Pelchat a ensuite surpris avec son flair de producteur (vadrouiller avec la scène country locale, découvrir 2Frères, etc.) et, bien sûr, quelques coups de gueule hyper médiatisés.
Categorie: Canada

Laurence Nerbonne: jouer avec le feu

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 2 min fa
Après le joli succès qu’a connu son premier album solo XO, en 2016, Laurence Nerbonne se demandait si elle avait encore des choses à dire. « J’étais dans le doute. Je me suis demandé si j’avais encore le feu sacré. En écrivant les chansons, je l’ai retrouvé. » Elle nous arrive ainsi avec l’album judicieusement appelé Feu. Le Journal s’est entretenu avec elle.
Categorie: Canada

Pour l’amour de la musique cajun

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 2 min fa
Amoureux de la musique acadienne et cajun, Jean-François Breau et les frères Jonathan et Éloi Painchaud ont décidé de former le « supergroupe » Salebarbes, en compagnie de deux autres comparses acadiens, George Belliveau et Kevin McIntyre. Le projet, qui ne devait être qu’éphémère, commence finalement à prendre plus d’importance.
Categorie: Canada

Toutes les sortes de diversité

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 2 min fa
Culturelle, ethnique, dont on parle beaucoup depuis un certain temps, mais aussi physique et intellectuelle.
Categorie: Canada

‘Feeling bionic!’ Disabled take big steps forward with Surrey’s robotic walker

Vancouver Sun - 2 ore 13 min fa

It’s been 27 years since the car crash that profoundly changed Stephanie Cadieux’s life.

The Liberal MLA and former cabinet minister was a passenger in a pickup truck that rolled off a highway near Bellingham, Wash.

Cadieux, just 18 at the time, woke up in hospital, unable to move.

“I was ejected from the vehicle, broke my neck and was completely paralyzed at first,” she recalled. “It was the start of a long journey back.”

The journey included a halo brace to immobilize her head and neck, and an entire year in hospital and rehab as some feeling gradually returned to her limbs.

Categorized as an incomplete quadriplegic, Cadieux has used a wheelchair ever since.

“I can stand and take awkward steps with some assistance, but not functional walking,” she said.

But the Surrey-Panorama MLA recently had a chance to experience the feeling of walking once again.

At the Health Tech Innovation Hub complex, across the street from Surrey Memorial Hospital, Cadieux heard about the Lokomat, a robotic exoskeleton that helps people with paralysis use their legs again.

A strapped-up Stephanie Cadieux looks at herself in the mirror while she moves her legs with the help of the Lokomat, a robotic exoskelteon, at Neuromotion Physiotherapy Clinic in Surrey.

“As soon as I saw this technology, I thought, ‘That’s fantastic. I can totally see how that would be beneficial.’ They said, ‘Well, would you like to try it?’ I said, ‘Oh yes! I would love to.’ ”

At the Neuromotion Physiotherapy Clinic last week, therapist Pauline Martin carefully wrapped Cadieux’s legs in preparation for her session.

Cadieux was then strapped into a body harness, hoisted from her wheelchair and her legs slipped gently into the machine’s robotic limbs.

“OK, here we go,” Martin said, controlling the robot through a computer interface.

The computer screen flashes, the machine begins to hum, and Cadieux’s legs start moving forward in a brisk, walking gait as the MLA breaks into a smile.

“It feels a little funky at first because the machine starts moving before your feet are lowered onto a treadmill,” Cadieux said. “It was a little like treading water, which was an interesting feeling in itself.”

But then her feet touched the treadmill and Cadieux felt something very familiar, even after all this time in her chair.

“Once there was some weight going through my joints, I could feel my hips and knees engage in a normal walking motion,” she said.

“To be able to experience functional walking again — moving both my legs, both feet, both knees, both hips — was an amazing sensation after 27 years.”

She takes step after step: 100, 200, then 500 and beyond.

Surrey Liberal MLA and incomplete quadriplegic Stephanie Cadieux in a blur of motion using the Lokomat, a robotic exoskelteon. ‘As soon as I saw this technology, I thought, ‘That’s fantastic. I can totally see how that would be beneficial,’ ’ she says.

“Feeling bionic!” she joked. “Or like a Transformer. Maybe this is how Bumblebee feels?”

She took more than 1,000 steps over two sessions in the Lokomat. Martin, who owns the Neuromotion Clinic, where the Lokomat is on loan from its manufacturer since December, said the high-tech therapy can help Cadieux build strength and endurance while reducing the risk of muscle atrophy.

Cadieux, though, is under no illusions.

“I don’t expect to walk again,” she said. “There’s too much motion missing on my right side, and that’s totally OK. But knowing this technology could help other people walk again? That’s very cool.”

For people like Alanna Jones, the robotic walker opens up thrilling possibilities.

“I love it,” said the 25-year-old Surrey resident, who works out on the Lokomat twice a week.

“It feels really good to get up and walk around. I can feel my sensations coming back.”

Four years ago, Jones and some friends decided to climb a tree for fun. She fell and broke her back, leaving her a quadriplegic.

The Lokomat is her favourite part of her rehab program.

A younger Stephanie Cadieux, who had been partially paralyzed in a vehicle accident a decade earlier, with wheelchair athlete pioneer Rick Hansen in 2002.

“Since I started using it, I can move my legs in the water during pool therapy. That’s really great.”

The Lokomat is in high demand at the Surrey clinic, one of just three in B.C. that offer the machine for public use.

In addition to people with spinal cord injuries, the machine is of great help to people with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, brain injuries and stroke, Martin said.

“People can have a very vigorous session and put in some great work in just 15 minutes,” she said.

“It’s a breakthrough for people who need to learn how to walk again,” Cadieux added.

“Their muscles are functional, but their brains aren’t sending the right signals to their legs. So someone recovering from a brain injury or stroke, for example, can re-train the body, which is an awesome therapy.”

The technology was developed by Swiss electronics engineer Gery Colombo, who got the idea while watching therapists struggle to help people walk again using parallel bars. Now his company, Zurich-based Hocoma, builds and markets the Lokomat to hospitals and rehab clinics around the world.

But the machine is not cheap.

“It costs $500,000 to buy one and $10,000 a year to maintain,” Martin said, adding the price tag is inflated with the addition of two miniature robotic legs so the machine can also be used by children.

Michael Coss, who was injured in a 2006 car crash, looks delighted walking in a Lokomat machine in 2017. ‘The Lokomat allowed me to walk again. Now I want to pay it back and help others have access to it,’ he says.

The therapy is not covered by the B.C. Medical Services Plan, the government’s public health insurer. People injured at work or in auto collisions, though, often have the therapy paid for by WorkSafeBC or ICBC, respectively.

“Many people also have private insurance coverage through workplace extended-health plans, but that obviously doesn’t apply to everyone.”

For people without insurance coverage, the cost to use the machine is $175 an hour, but even that does not cover the upfront cost of the expensive technology.

That’s why Neuromotion has partnered with a local charity, the Drive for the Cure Foundation, to raise money to buy the machine and keep it in Surrey.

“The company agreed to loan us the Lokomat while we raise the funds,” Martin said. “We’ve raised $177,000 so far, so we have a way to go.”

Neuromotion currently has three Lokomats, with the other two based at their clinics in Victoria and Vancouver. Those machines were purchased by clients whose children suffered spinal-cord injuries and wanted access to the machines.

One of the leading voices for the fundraising drive is Michael Coss, an inspirational traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor who has dedicated his life to helping other survivors as a motivational speaker and fundraiser.

Coss was injured in a horrific car crash in 2006, when he lost control of the van he was driving on the Coquihalla Highway. The van flipped and rolled, leaving Coss and his six-month-old son Nathan in comas.

Nathan woke up after 10 days and recovered, while Coss was in his coma for six-and-a-half months. Doctors told him he would remain at a reduced mental and physical capacity forever.

But after years of rehab, including many hours in the Lokomat, he has made an amazing recovery, going from a power wheelchair to a manual wheelchair and now walking with a cane.

“The Lokomat allowed me to walk again,” he said. “Now I want to pay it back and help others have access to it.”

Coss, who won B.C.’s Courage to Come Back Award and wrote a book about his recovery, said the physical benefits of the robotic therapy are obvious enough.

But he said there’s also a tremendous mental and emotional lift from using the machine.

“You see yourself walking in the mirror and the feeling you get from that is incredible,” he said. “It boosts your confidence and gives you the power and drive to go further. We need to keep this technology in Surrey.”

‘Seeing how far we have come is amazing. It makes you think about wearable robotics and what’s possible,’ says Stephanie Cadieux.

Martin said demand for the therapy is growing and she encourages people not to think of paralysis as extremely rare or unlikely.

“Anyone can suffer a neurological injury, it can happen in an instant, and you want good rehab if it does,” she said.

Some eye-popping statistics back her up. There are currently more than 300,000 British Columbians living with neurological conditions and access to quality rehabilitative care is often limited and expensive.

According to Health Canada, about 22,000 British Columbians suffer a brain injury each year. Almost 5,000 will have a stroke, 900 will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s and 500 people will suffer a spinal cord injury.

“There’s a big need, but the expense can definitely be a barrier,” Martin said. “Making high-quality rehab more affordable and more accessible is one of our goals.”

For Cadieux, still glowing after her robotic walk, the message to the public is one of hope and excitement, not despair or doom from a catastrophic injury.

“There was nothing like this 27 years ago when I was injured,” she said.

“Seeing how far we have come is amazing. It makes you think about wearable robotics and what’s possible.”

Martin agrees.

“The robotic legs are going to get smaller. They will get easier to use. They will be fitted more easily. This is a glimpse into the future of robotic walking for people with paralysis.”

As Cadieux gets back into her wheelchair, she said she enjoyed her trip down memory lane.

“I’ve never lost the sense in my mind of what it feels like to walk and this experience reminded me of that,” she said. “To see myself upright and walking? That felt good. That was cool.

“But I’m also happy in my chair, it’s a part of me, and I’m very happy with my life. What I find exciting is the rapid technological advances, knowing other people will walk again. That’s inspiring.”

To donate to the campaign to help keep the robotic technology in Surrey, visit projectlokomat.com. Donations over $100 receive a charitable tax receipt.

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Categorie: Canada

La relocalisation pourrait être la seule solution

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 18 min fa
La relocalisation apparaît de plus en plus comme la meilleure solution pour les riverains de divers cours d’eau du Québec souvent inondés année après année, affirment des experts, qui écartent l’option du dragage.
Categorie: Canada

Dans nos archives: le CH gagne le match de la honte

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 48 min fa
Le 20 avril 1984, il y a 35 ans, la Bataille du Vendredi saint changeait à jamais la rivalité entre les Canadiens de Montréal et les Nordiques de Québec.
Categorie: Canada

L’aide à Oka vient... du Guatemala

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 54 min fa
Une centaine d’employés agricoles du Guatemala travaillent sans répit depuis trois jours pour sauver des résidences d’Oka des inondations en préparant des sacs de sable.
Categorie: Canada

Bondir sur la trampoline

Le Journal de Montréal - 3 ore 2 min fa
Avoir l’impression de voler, se sentir libre dans les airs, apprivoiser quelques acrobaties, réaliser un rêve de jeunesse, maintenir une bonne forme physique...
Categorie: Canada