According to new data released today, March 24, Mi’kmaq people between ages 20 and 39 are five times more likely to get diabetes than other Nova Scotians. Their health could improve significantly with support from the province’s diabetes centres. The data also highlights a need to encourage more Mi’kmaq people to take part in regular breast cancer screening, to reduce breast cancer mortality rates. These are examples of the information now available from the new First Nations Client Linkage Registry, a joint project of First Nations chiefs, the province and Health Canada. “This is a significant achievement, and an important step forward in enhancing our capacity to meet the health needs of our community members,” said Chief Andrea Paul, of Pictou Landing First Nation, speaking on behalf of the Nova Scotia chiefs. “Having reliable health data will help us better monitor changes in the health of our communities, inform decisions about limited health care resources, and assist us in negotiating services that our communities need now and into the future.” The registry includes information on hospital admissions, visits to doctors, cancer and diabetes treatment, and mortality rates. No individual data is shared. Only community data, coming from a group with more than five people, can be shared through the registry. “This information is key to preventing chronic disease, improving treatment, and helping people live longer, healthier, lives,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. Since October 2012, Nova Scotia First Nations, the province and Health Canada have been working to create the registry, develop health status reports, find ways to share key findings, and offer training for First Nations health centre staff. “Our government is committed to improving First Nations health outcomes, and I am pleased to support an innovative and collaborative initiative such as this, which will help us deliver health programs and services more efficiently,” said Jane Philpott, federal Minister of Health. “This project will facilitate access to valuable information on the health of First Nations communities, and will contribute to evidence-based decision making regarding health services.” Health Canada’s Health Services Integration Transition Fund provided $487,947 over four years. The province contributed in-kind staff expertise to help extract and analyze the data.
TORONTO — Cineplex has scored a deal to bring “Sunday Night Football” and the Super Bowl to its movie theatres.The company said Friday that a three-year sponsorship agreement with the National Football League will begin Nov. 12 and be known as “NFL Sundays at Cineplex.”Games will be broadcast live to 15 VIP theatres and then expand to 50 locations for the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2018.“It’s no different than when we started opera and some of the other things that we’ve done to create and bring a different demographic, a different group of people, into our theatres,” said Cineplex president Ellis Jacob, pointing to other sporting events the chain has featured, including NHL and NBA games, the Olympics, and UFC and WWE events.Seven games leading up to the Super Bowl will be hosted in the adults-only VIP cinemas, which feature wider recliners and in-seat food and beverage service that includes beer, wine and spirits.Jacob said it’s all part of Cineplex’s (TSX:CGX) efforts to reinvent itself as “an entertainment destination” that is far more than just popcorn and Hollywood films.Hence, a growing roster of “event-cinema” offerings such as live opera and theatre broadcasts, as well as investments in the esports platform WorldGaming and various entertainment centres including the upcoming Topgolf venues, the eats-and-entertainment spot The Rec Room, and a relaunch of the Playdium arcades.An especially weak summer in movie profits didn’t help the bottom line, Jacob acknowledged, calling it “a hard year at the box office.”“I wouldn’t panic because we’ve always had these cyclical events,” said Jacob, predicting a bounce-back in the fourth quarter.“This is part of our focus to try and balance that out over a period of time. Because as we’ve seen with the Hollywood product, you’ve got good periods and then you can basically run into some slow growth periods. (But) with the NFL, we are committing and getting three years worth of content so it’s not like I’m waiting for the next movie to come out.”NFL Canada’s managing director David Thomson also saw an opportunity to broaden the league’s audience, stating in a release that the partnership targets the next generation of fans, in part through online tournaments on Cineplex’s WorldGaming platform.Tickets will be $5 and are available at participating VIP theatres in Abbotsford, B.C.; Coquitlam, B.C.; Vancouver; Edmonton; Saskatoon; Winnipeg; Kitchener, Ont.; London, Ont.; Markham, Ont.; Oakville, Ont.; Ottawa; Toronto; and Brossard, Que.The Canadian Press