‘Heartless media’ ruins Price pregnancy announcement

MONTREAL – Coming off his 36th shutout of his career against St-Louis Tuesday night, the good news just keeps on coming for Habs’ star Carey Price.

While rumours had been circulating, Price’s wife Angela took to 桑拿会所 early Wednesday morning to make it official.

On her blog, the first-time mother-to-be expressed sadness and anger that certain media outlets and reporters had announced the news prematurely.

“Why would a first time mother and father want to be the ones to announce this big news, when heartless media can do it for you?” she asked.

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Price went on to say that she had been robbed of a once-in-a-lifetime moment but that she wouldn’t let the intrusion ruin what is a very exciting moment in her life.

She finished off by thanking the many well-wishers and confirmed that they would not be naming the baby Stanley.

Baby Price is due April 26 during the first-round of the playoffs.

Habs fans will likely root for the baby to sleep through the night, so that Price can remain sharp and focused.

But considering the franchise record-setting 7-0 start to the season, it might take more than a few sleepless nights to rattle the star goalie.

The Canadiens play next in Buffalo on Friday night.

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Bank of Canada says economy has ‘rebounded’, holds interest rate steady

The country’s central bank is maintaining its trendsetting interest rate at 0.5 per cent, saying the Canadian economy has recovered from a mild recession earlier this year, and doesn’t need a cut in borrowing rates to spur growth.

“Canada’s economy has rebounded,” a statement said. The rate pause was largely expected by economy experts.

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As part of its mandate to keep the financial system and economy stable, the Bank of Canada sets its key, overnight lending rate it provides private lenders such as big banks, who in turn use the key rate to determine the interest rates they charge customers.

The Bank of Canada has already lowered the rate twice this year, in January and July, to stimulate the economy and offset some of the impact from a collapse in oil prices that began late last November.

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Today’s rate announcement is accompanied by the bank’s assessment of the economy, contained in the quarterly Monetary Policy Report.

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Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz will also hold a press conference on the report, his first since Monday’s landslide election victory for the Liberal party under Justin Trudeau — who will replace Stephen Harper as prime minister.

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Poloz carefully avoided the politically charged word “recession” in July when the bank said it looked like the economy contracted in the second quarter — a finding later confirmed by Statistics Canada on Sept. 1.

During the federal election campaign that officially began on Aug. 2, Trudeau and the Liberals repeatedly said Canada was in a recession in the first half of 2015 while the Conservatives — including Finance Minister Joe Oliver — insisted the downturn over the first months of 2015 wasn’t severe enough to be considered a true recession.

Bank of Canada set to weigh in on economy, make key rate call

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada will publish its latest views on the state of the economy this morning, along with an update on its key interest rate.

The country’s central bank is widely expected to keep the overnight lending rate unchanged at half a percentage point (0.5 per cent).

The Bank of Canada has already lowered the rate twice this year, in January and July, to stimulate the economy and offset some of the impact from a collapse in oil prices that began late last November.

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Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz will also hold a press conference on the report, his first since Monday’s landslide election victory for the Liberal party under Justin Trudeau — who will replace Stephen Harper as prime minister.

Although Poloz was appointed by the Conservatives in 2013, he has followed the usual convention of remaining politically neutral in keeping with the Bank of Canada’s role as a largely independent policy maker.

Poloz carefully avoided the politically charged word “recession” in July when the bank said it looked like the economy contracted in the second quarter — a finding later confirmed by Statistics Canada on Sept. 1.

During the federal election campaign that officially began on Aug. 2, Trudeau and the Liberals repeatedly said Canada was in a recession in the first half of 2015 while the Conservatives — including Finance Minister Joe Oliver — insisted the downturn over the first months of 2015 wasn’t severe enough to be considered a true recession.

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‘Bra Day’ educates women on post-mastectomy breast reconstruction

MONCTON – It’s “BRA” day, Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, across the Maritimes. It’s a day that promotes education, awareness and access for women who may wish to consider post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

It’s been just over a eight years since Kerry (Tink) Swetnam had breast reconstruction surgery.

“It never fails to surprise me now much women don’t know what’s available out there,” she said.

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Which is why doctors across the Maritimes are trying to education women about the options that are available for breast cancer survivors and post-mastectomy patients.

Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Brent Howley, says the procedure is becoming more readily available and accepted among breast cancer survivors. But he says he is still surprised by a continued lack of awareness about the procedure.

“You hear a lot of things like, ‘I am not a candidate for breast reconstruction, I can’t have breast reconstruction it’s not for me,’” he said.

Swetnam says many people still don’t realize that most reconstruction options are actually covered by Medicare.

“People will look and say, ‘I had no idea I could have that done, I thought I would have to pay for it,’” she said. “New Brunswick Medicare pays for it. It is breast cancer-related, Medicare covers the costs.

“Quite often if a woman has breast cancer on one breast anything that has to be done to the opposite breast in terms of achieving balance and symmetry it is covered in full,” said Dr. Howley.

Swetnam was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and opted for a double mastectomy because the disease she says is common in her family.

“In my family on my mother’s side I lost every aunt and every cousin by rank of age to breast cancer,” she said.

Dr. Howley says that is not an option for everyone, but he says women do have more choices now.

“Our options in terms of reconstruction are more and we’ve also come a long way in terms of doing reconstruction at the same time as their mastectomy,” he said.

Which is what Swetnam opted to do.

“You know maybe years ago having fake or reconstructed breast was more of a stigma,” she said.

She now councils women diagnosed with breast cancer facing a mastectomy. She says their biggest worry is what they will look like following surgery. She recalls one woman who was in tears at the thought of losing her breasts.

“At least go talk to someone see what’s out there.”