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The CESBA Conference offers those working in adult and continuing education (A&CE) a unique opportunity for professional development, practical learning, networking and knowledge exchange.

The conference brings together over 300 participants each year and will feature keynote sessions, workshops, panel discussions and a Pre-Conference day on November 29 for program staff working in specific A&CE sectors.

Your children are not your children.

Almost a century ago, the Lebanese American poet Kahlil Gibran wrote:Your children are not your children.They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.They come through you but not from you,And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. (The Prophet, 1923)

Green tea extract-containing natural health products - Assessing the potential risk of liver injury

Green tea extract-containing natural health products are authorized for sale in Canada for a variety of uses, including to help in weight management (along with diet and exercise) and as a source of antioxidants for the maintenance of good health. The vast majority of those who consume green tea, in any form, do so without harm.
Health Canada reviewed the potential risk of liver injury (hepatotoxicity) associated with green tea extract because of ongoing reports of serious liver injury worldwide, including a recent report in Canada.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases in 20121.

The number of new cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 2 decades.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer.
Approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries.
Around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.
Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer deaths.2.
Cancer causing infections, such as hepatitis and human papilloma virus (HPV), are responsible for up to 25% of cancer cases in low- and middle-income countries3.
Late-stage presentation and inaccessible diagnosis and treatment are common. In 2015, only 35% of low-income countries reported having pathology services generally available in the public sector…

FDA warns companies marketing unproven products, derived from marijuana, that claim to treat or cure cancer

As part of the FDA's ongoing efforts to protect consumers from health fraud, the agency today issued warning letters to four companies illegally selling products online that claim to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure cancer without evidence to support these outcomes. Selling these unapproved products with unsubstantiated therapeutic claims is not only a violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, but also can put patients at risk as these products have not been proven to be safe or effective. The deceptive marketing of unproven treatments may keep some patients from accessing appropriate, recognized therapies to treat serious and even fatal diseases.

Flow-through shares (FTSs)

Certain corporations in the mining, oil and gas, and renewable energy and energy conservation sectors may issue FTSs to help finance their exploration and project development activities. The FTSs must be newly issued shares that have the attributes generally attached to common shares.

Junior resource corporations often have difficulty raising capital to finance their exploration and development activities. Moreover, many are in a non-taxable position and do not need to deduct their resource expenses. The FTS mechanism allows the issuer corporation to transfer the resource expenses to the investor. A junior resource corporation, in particular, benefits greatly from FTS financing.

The FTS program provides tax incentives to investors who acquire FTSs by allowing:

deductions for resource expenses renounced by eligible corporations; and
investment tax credits for individuals (excluding trusts) on resource expenses in the mining sector that qualify as flow-through mining expenditures.
The C…

Origins of Halloween

Originally celebrated by the Celts over 2,000 years ago, Halloween was the time of year when harvests came to an end. The changing of seasons meant that cold weather was on its way and crops would go dormant for the winter.

This time of year also meant that food was in shortage and many people would not make it to the next year. In addition to the lack of food, the cold weather kept people indoors which is the perfect way to spread disease. Halloween signified the beginning of 'death season.'

The actual Halloween celebration on October 31st used to be an event with mixed emotions. On one hand, people would eat and drink in celebration of the successful summer they had. On the other hand, they were keenly aware that they were entering the time of year when times got tough.

The actual Halloween party celebrated by the Celts (although I doubt they called it a 'party' back then) involved eating, dancing around bonfires, and dressing up in animal skins. They'd also bur…