Quebec doctor’s pay slashed for taking maternity leave

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A Montreal-area physician says she has had her pay slashed for taking maternity leave. It’s because of a new agreement with the government to get family doctors to take on more patients.

Dr. Evelyne Bourdua-Roy started her career as a general practitioner (GP) last October.

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    She has recently come back from maternity leave and she’s been told she’ll have to pay back 15 per cent of her salary because she didn’t meet her quota. In a new agreement between her union and the government, new doctors receive a salary top up to take on 500 new patients in the year to come.

    “This is not a question of money. I’m not complaining that I don’t get paid enough as a doctor,” Bourdua-Roy said.

    “This is about discrimination against women who take maternity leave …. The timer should stop when I’m on maternity leave and just get started when I come back. That’s just logical to me. I just can’t believe this is happening in Quebec in 2016.”

    She made a complaint with the Human Rights Commission. She also brought her concern to the health minister Gaétan Barrette, who said it was a mistake on the part of the doctors’ federation, the FMOQ.

    READ MORE: Future unclear for new Quebec doctors

    “Obviously, they forgot an aspect of their regulation, but it’s their thing, it’s not mine,” he said.

    A spokesperson with the FMOQ told Global News that wasn’t true.

    In a written statement, Jean-Pierre Dion said the federation asked Barrette for exceptions for maternity leaves but the minister refused. They are now taking measures to fix the system and allow new doctors who take maternity leave an extension to sign up their new patients.

    The official opposition, Parti Quebecois (PQ), agreed the minister needs to take some blame himself for penalizing doctors in the first place.

    “He focussed on statistics and on coercion against physicians, which is not the right way to give better access to primary care,” Diane Lamarre, PQ health critic, said.

    Bourdua-Roy said she’s heard that other women doctors have been unfairly treated under the new rules.

    “It’s not the first time my federation, or the government has heard of cases like mine. It’s not new and it’s time to fix it,” she said.

Family desperate for answers weeks after Mississauga dad vanishes without a trace

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The family of Terry Jackman told Global News his body had been found and police do not suspect foul play

For Sarah Goncalves, the hardest part of her boyfriend’s disappearance in Mississauga more than a month ago is not knowing what happened – and what to tell their two-year-old son Caleb.

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“It’s very tough for me because I have all this and then I also have to watch our son,” she told Global News Tuesday. “It breaks my heart because my son actually says to me almost every day, ‘Miss daddy.’”

Terry Jackman, 34, disappeared without a trace on Aug. 31 after walking away from his work site at a local tree service, near Cawthra Road and Lakeshore Road East, on his lunch break around 12:20 p.m.

READ MORE: Missing Mississauga man’s ‘unusual’ disappearance raises family’s concerns

Goncalves, Jackman’s girlfriend of three years, says she is desperate for answers and is doing everything she can to help police locate him.

“I’m not doing good at all,” she told Global News Tuesday. “I’m trying the best I can to do anything I possibly can.”

Goncalves created a Facebook group to bring together members of the community to help look for Jackman Wednesday night.

“The only thing I can only really do at this point is keep trying to get some searches going and see if anybody has seen him or heard anything just to know he’s OK at least,” she said.

“I’ve actually gotten a lot of messages on Facebook from friends of his, old friends of his, even from when he went to high school —; so a lot of people wanting to help. That’s why I organized that search.”

Goncalves said she won’t stop until she finds something because Jackman has never done anything like this before.

“Nothing. Nobody’s heard, nobody’s seen, it’s very strange,” Goncalves said, adding the two had an argument shortly before his disappearance but she did not think it was the reason he vanished.

“He was going through a lot recently and he was very, very stressed out. It might have maybe had something [to do with it] but I don’t think so because we’ve always had a little bit of an argument or something and he always comes home.

“We always make up.”

Jackman, who is also the father to another six-year-old boy with another woman, has not reached out to friends or family since his disappearance and police said it was “unusual” for him to be out of contact for this long.

He is described by police as a white male, standing 5’7″ tall, 130 pounds with a thin build. He has short brown hair, hazel eyes, is possibly unshaven and was last seen wearing a dark-coloured T-shirt, dark green pants and beige steel-toed boots.

Police have searched the area where Jackman went missing with the help of K9 units but have turned up nothing.

Family and friends had also conducted their own searches, putting up fliers in the area and asking local residents for information.

But Goncalves said she and her family have grown “extremely worried” as time goes on.

In the meantime, she has a simple message for Jackman:

“I love you and I miss you and I really want you home.”

Cold Case Files: Toronto police searching for killer linked to 2 murders from 1983

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Twenty-two-year-old Erin Gilmour was on the cusp of starting her adult life.

She had her own apartment in Yorkville and was just breaking into the fashion industry while working at a high-end clothing boutique.

But her life was unexpectedly cut short.

On Dec. 20, 1983, Gilmour made arrangements to attend a Christmas party.

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“It was in the early evening hours, just after 9 p.m., a friend who had a prior arrangement to meet her went to her apartment to meet up and I believe they were going out that evening and they found that she was not responding to knocks at her door,” Toronto police homicide unit Det. Sgt. Stacy Gallant told Global News.

“Her door was open. When the friend went up to see where Erin was, he found her dead in her apartment.”

The days following Gilmour’s murder revealed disturbing details on how the 22-year-old died.

“You find out as the days go by, that she had been raped and stabbed. Some of the horrific details of it all,” Erin’s brother Sean McCowan said.

“It was very hard to process. I was totally caught up in… you can’t even begin to fathom how it’s happened and why it’s happened, and who and what were the circumstances.”

Gilmour’s killer has never been found.

WATCH: Extended Interview – Erin’s bother Sean McCowan, speaks about the days following her death.

However, the creation of a National DNA data bank in 2000 revealed her murder was connected to another homicide that happened just four months before, in August 1983.

“I think the DNA link with Susan Tice was a real eye-opener because all of a sudden you had two victims from the same guy. The (modus operandi was) the same. They were both raped (and) they were both stabbed,” McCowan said.

Photo of Erin Gilmour.

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Pictures of Erin’s apartment, December 1983.

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More pictures of Erin’s apartment, December 1983.

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Photo of 22-year-old Erin Gilmour, who was killed Dec. 20, 1983.

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“There is something there that this guy picked these two woman. They were both at very different points in their life. They didn’t look similar and they lived in different areas, but there is some connection to this guy for sure.”

Police haven’t given up.

“Ultimately, to solve one of the cases means we solve both,” Gallant said.

“If we  can do that in this particular case, I think the two families would have some sort of resolve.”

Gilmour’s family has put out a $200,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of her killer.

“It’s literally just a name. If the police use the name in solving and getting to the bottom of this, then someone is going to get $200,000 and it’s price to pay for an answer to us,” McCowan said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police homicide unit at 416-808-7400, [email protected]长沙夜网 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Watch Global News at 5:30 & 6 p.m. ET Thursdays for our weekly Cold Case Files series.

Teachers want to know why some kids don’t see value in math

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Researchers have used it to build a satellite, find out which dinosaur is fastest and figure out the territorial patterns of wolves.

There are plenty of interesting things you can do with math but an Edmonton educator say kids aren’t sold on its real world value or their abilities in the subject.

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    “Students don’t feel confident in math but they desperately want to be good at it,” Assistant Principal Christine Dibben said. “That tells us something as math teachers. How do we create opportunities for students to really be good at math and to feel successful at math?”

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    Dibben and research consultant Lisa Farlow are surveying about 2,000 junior and senior high school students in northeast Edmonton to see if there’s a connection between how kids feel about math and their performance in the subject.  They want to know about confidence, interest and whether kids see value in the work.

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    “When you talk to a student who hasn’t done well in math in the past and you say, ‘What’s up?’ they’ll often say, ‘Oh, I didn’t see any point’ or ‘I didn’t think I was very good at it,’” Farlow said.

    “If we can change those attitudes it can lead to increased performance as well as increased enjoyment and increased confidence.”

    In addition to measuring attitudes, Farlow wants to see if girls or indigenous students feel differently about the subject than other kids.

    “It would be disappointing to think people – girls or boys or anybody – who could be really skilled or really enjoy math has been turned away from it for these socially constructed stereotypes of who can do what,” Farlow said. “I hope this survey helps teachers fight those perceptions.”

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    Dibben also wants to know where kids get their attitudes from. As a math teacher for 12 years, she says some parents would regularly tell her they didn’t mind if their child didn’t succeed in math because it wasn’t an easy subject for them in school.

    “We would never say that about reading and writing. We would never say it’s okay not to know how to read … We need students and people within society who understand numeracy and are able to apply the math they’ve learned and understand the value of it.”

    Dibben says the goal is to make learning math exciting and inclusive in a way that encourages students to explore engineering, technology and other careers involving numbers.

    Farlow expects to collect survey results by mid-October and use them with students’ final grades this summer to get a sense of how feelings about math may affect performance.

Goat yoga aims to raise money for B.C. man with Stage 4 cancer

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You’ve probably heard of a yoga pose called downward dog, but downward goat?

Goat yoga has become a popular pastime in Oregon after a farm in Albany decided to hold some classes and they immediately sold out.

And now, Lower Mainland residents will have the chance to do some yoga with some very cute goats, and the proceeds will go to a good cause. Essentially, participants will be guided through a yoga class while the goats come around for some cuddles and nibbles.

Yoga, Pilates and fitness instructor Nicole Roy came up with the idea after hearing the story about a student’s brother and his battle with cancer.

Kendra Hart’s brother, Taylor, is only 27 years old. Last year he was diagnosed with Stage 4 gastric cancer. He underwent chemotherapy but Taylor’s family found out in August that chemo was no longer working.

Kendra Hart and her brother Taylor. Credit: GoFundMe

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Taylor’s oncologist believes immunotherapy will be the best form of treatment going forward but it is not covered by medicare. Taylor now has to fund the treatment himself.

Kendra started a GoFundMe to raise $100,000 to pay for Taylor’s treatments for a year. They have raised more than $62,000 so far, but Roy wanted to help raise more.

“I lost my father four-and-a-half years ago to bone cancer so I sincerely empathize with Kendra and her family,” said Roy. “As the mother of two young men, one who knows Taylor, Taylor’s battle with cancer touches me deeply. Also, I see goat yoga as an opportunity for people to see animals as friends, not food.”

Roy’s friend Ken Ku has a farm in Langley and owns a number of pygmy goats. Ku asked Roy if she would be interested in teaching a goat yoga class on his farm and she knew it would be a good idea for a fundraiser. Later that week, Kendra told Roy about Taylor’s fight.

“I wanted to help Kendra out in some way and I came to the conclusion that a goat yoga fundraiser would be a unique and fun way to raise funds for her brother,” said Roy. “I contacted Ken and asked him if he would be interested in supporting this endeavor and he said, ‘absolutely’.”

The class takes place Thanksgiving Monday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Roy will teach a basic all-levels yoga class while the goats wander around.

Credit: Kenneth Ku.

Credit: Kenneth Ku.

Credit: Kenneth Ku.

Credit: Kenneth Ku.

Credit: Kenneth Ku.

Credit: Kenneth Ku.

The class is by cash donation and all proceeds will go directly to Taylor’s treatment fund.

Word about the class is already generating some buzz.

“People seem very excited about this event,” said Roy. “I have been promoting the event online and to my students after every class and it has definitely created a buzz. Several colleagues of mine have had friends approach them, friends who don’t even know me, and ask, “hey, did you hear about this goat yoga fundraiser?’”

Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather as the event will run rain or shine. They should also bring their own yoga mat or beach towel.

Anyone interested can sign up on the official Facebook event page.