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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on December 22nd, 2021

Bed Bugs all Gone specializes in bed bug inspections & bed bug remediation since 2014. As the only such specialist in Northern CA, they are expanding their service area.

Bed Bugs all Gone is a rare company doing nothing but bed bug inspections and bed bug remediation since 2014. As the only such specialist in Northern California, they are now reacting to strong demand by expanding their service area to San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties in addition to the seven counties surrounding San Francisco Bay, their original service area. You can reach them at (844) 416-4999 or through their website:www.bedbugsallgone.com.

Convenient, Fast and Lasting Results to Get Rid of Bed BugsThey have pioneered a uniquely comprehensive, single-service method that does not use toxic chemicals, requires virtually no preparation, allows the occupant to stay home during service, and stops bites from the day of service.

It comes with an unprecedented 15-month warranty which is important since bed bugs can live over a year between meals while they hide in tight, dark, undisturbed places close to the victim.

Bed Bugs all Gone uses a control material that remains bio-available for many years. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques are also employed along with other products that last indefinitely. In fact, in calling past clients from over four years ago, none had had a re-occurrence. In summary, the service outlasts the bugs, so they all die!

Education Is the KeyThe entire staff is trained to teach clients how to avoid getting bed bugs in their current and future residences. This includes how to avoid bringing bed bugs into your home after a trip. Founder, Steve Coy, points out that the staff is a group of born teachers who enjoy helping the client succeed.

We arent looking for repeat business from our clients, just repeat referrals! If you know what to do, you are unlikely to have this problem again.

About Steve Coy at Bed Bugs all GoneBorn in Palo Alto, CA and raised in Los Altos, his entrepreneurial career began at the age of 14, painting houses. With this endeavor, he put himself through Stanford University studying economics with a graduate MBA degree in finance.

Having practiced pest control for over 25 years, Steve learned about this new, never-before-heard-of product. He tried it out on the worst bed bug infestations he could find and it worked beyond his wildest dreams. He imagined starting a movement to rid the world of bed bugs.

Steve immediately sold his pest control operations in San Diego and moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area. It took over a year of preparation and planning, but once he started, he never looked back while continually perfecting his system of bed bug extermination.

People who know him say hes not bashful about his knowledge of bed bug control; he plays to win every single time he does a service. Steve published his entire protocol on the Bed Bugs all Gone website, hoping that others will follow his lead and adopt the program he has created. He invites you to contact him.

Media ContactCompany Name: Bed Bugs All GoneContact Person: Barbara HartleyEmail: Send EmailPhone: (650) 863-9128Country: United StatesWebsite: https://www.bedbugsallgone.com/

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on December 22nd, 2021

Written by: A ONeill, Licensed Pest Management Professional

Did you know 84% of pest control companies reported they get called out to treat a particular pest (people often think its fleas), only to find that its actually bed bugs?

Its important to be able to identify and know what a bed bug looks like as you dont want to delay treating a growing infestation. From the description below and the following images, youll see that bed bugs are:

Lets find out a bit more about these pests.

The scientific name for bed bugs is Cimex lectularius and they are small, wingless insects with flat bodies. They are reddish-brown in color and are about the size and shape of a small apple seed.

They only feed on blood and prefer the blood of humans, but will also feed on animals.

They are nocturnal, so they hide during the day but a close inspection will find them on mattress seams, box springs, bed frames, headboards, and in cracks and crevices near to where you sleep.

Bed bugs are not seasonal so they bite all year round, but they do prefer warm temperatures of between 70-80F (21 26C) so the female can lay her eggs.

Its easy to get them confused with similar-looking pests, and as mentioned above, a lot of people misidentify them, so the photos below will give you an idea of what they look like and what to look for.

Well begin by looking at what these bugs look like up close.

1. This photo is one that I took when treating a bed bug infestation.

In this close up you can see the segments on the abdomen and its six legs as its crawling on the mattress.

In front of the bed bug is a speck of fecal matter and just behind it is a bed bug egg.

Although this is not the actual size of a bed bug, it does show you what they look like and help you identify them if you think youve found one.

2. This picture is a good example of a bed bug close-up. You can see its feeding by piercing the skin and taking blood from the person.

One particular identifying feature of the bed bug as I mentioned above is the protruding eyes, which are situated to the side of the head.

Bed bugs will bite any area of skin exposed when youre sleeping.

Well get to the photos of bites to the face, back, and other areas of the body further down the page to get a good idea of what the welts look like.

3. I took the magnified photo below to show what bed bugs look like close up and how they compare in size to an apple seed (left) and a flaxseed (right).

Although other bugs are mistaken for bed bugs, they do have some features which will help you to correctly identify them, and these are:

Head short and broad with distinct eyes that are clearly seen on each side of the head.

They have a long proboscis to feed, which pierces your skin and sucks your blood. When not feeding, the proboscis is tucked back underneath the body.

Bed bugs have two antennae, each with four segments that work together as sensors for locating a blood meal.

Thorax is attached to the head and abdomen and enables the body to move.

Its not always easy to tell the difference between the thorax and the body, but the thorax is in three segments and the segment nearest the head is flatter and partly surrounds the head.

The legs and wing pads (bed bugs cannot fly despite having wing pads) are also attached to the thorax.

Abdomen the bed bug has 11 segments on its abdomen so the body can expand whilst feeding.

After feeding the body looks swollen, elongated, and darker in color.

You can also tell if the bed bug is male or female by the shape of this area. The female is larger with a rounded abdominal tip, whereas the male has a more pointed abdominal tip.

4. Here is a good picture of a bed bug as it shows you in detail all of the features mentioned above.

You can see how the segments on its body expand and become darker in color as it fills itself up with blood.

This is what a bed bug looks like after feeding.

5. A closer image of number 1 above. Although this photo is a bit blurry (its hard to take photos when youve got all of your pest control gear on).

Again, you can see the segments on the abdomen as it crawls across the mattress.

6. This frontal close-up image of the bed bug shows it is feeding. Notice its body is similar to the shape of an apple seed.

You can see the wing pads which dont actually develop into wings, so thankfully, bed bugs cannot fly.

7. I took this close-up photo when treating a heavily infested mattress and box spring.

The adults cluster together in their hiding spots.

You can also see what bed bug eggs look like which are the pearly-white, almost translucent oblong shapes in the photo. These have hatched as there is an opening at one end of them.

8. The next photo is an extremely detailed one of the head and thorax.

Obviously, you wont be able to see this level of detail with the naked eye, but I hope it gives you a good idea of their body shape.

9. Another good close-up photo of this dreaded pest using its mouthparts to pierce the skin and take in a blood meal.

Notice how the body has become longer as it feeds.

10. This is a great (but rather scary-looking) image that was created using a digitally colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM).

From this view, you can see the mouthparts of the bed bug which it uses to suck up your blood.

11. This picture is taken from a slide that shows a bed bugs body structure.

12. Can you tell the difference between male and female bed bugs? This picture shows a male (left) and a female (right) as well as bed bug eggs.

The males body is more pointed as this is where the sex organ is, and the females body is more of an oval shape and is wider than the males.

13. This photo (magnified picture at the top), although not very clear, shows both a male and female bed bug, as well as bed bug eggs.

You can see the fecal matter, which is digested blood.

14. An adult bed bug is about 5-7mm long. This up-close photo shows its size in millimeters.

This is an adult and as you can tell they are very small so they are excellent at hiding in the smallest of cracks and crevices in your bedroom, hotel room, workplaces, and anywhere people generally are.

15. This image indicates the size of a bed bug by the scale at the bottom of the picture. Again this is an adult and you can clearly see the segmented parts of the body.

16. This is a picture of a nymph, or bed bug baby after feeding.

Baby bed bugs can be hard to see as they are semi-translucent and as the measurement scale on the image shows, they are tiny.

This baby bed bug has had a blood meal which is the dark area in the abdomen.

17. The next picture shows the size of bed bugs in comparison to the coin.

The adult bed bug on the left has an elongated body meaning it has recently fed. If you think youve got bed bugs, then just remember this image to see how small they are when searching for them.

18. What do bed bugs look like on a mattress? If you look closely at the picture below youll see an adult crawling where the seam of the label joins the mattress.

Bed bugs can be found anywhere on or near the bed, and this shows just how carefully you need to inspect everything as they are so small and can easily be missed.

19. The image below is one I took after treating a house for an infestation.

To show the actual size of a bed bug, I placed it alongside a ruler and if you look close enough, youll be able to see it had fed shortly before it died.

20. How small are bed bugs? Small but you can see them with the naked eye.

I took this photo of a baby bed bug, probably 4th/5th instar, that I found during an after-treatment inspection.

21. The next photo is a close-up of a dead bed bug that was placed on the pen tip for size comparison, again to show what size they are.

22. I took the photo below to show the size comparison of a bed bug (middle), apple seed (left), and flaxseed (right).

This bed bug was not quite an adult, so an adult would have been slightly larger, but it still gives a good indication of their size and similarity.

There is also a close-up version of this picture at number 3 above.

23. Another close-up image I took of a bed bug at the end of a Q-Tip (or cotton bud if youre in the UK).

Hopefully, these pictures are giving you a good idea of what they look like and how easily they can hide away in the seams of your mattress.

24. And another for size comparison with the bed bug next to the Q-tip.

This bed bug had been dead a few weeks as you can tell by its dried-out appearance.

The following are pictures of bed bugs feeding on people.

As these pests are nocturnal, you often wont know you have bed bugs straight away because not everyone reacts to the bites, and if they do, they usually think its a bite from a different insect.

Adult bed bugs and nymphs will feed about once a week, and they need regular access to a blood meal so they can grow and reproduce.

Although they feed on your blood, and the blood of animals, thankfully they do not transmit diseases!

25. The image below shows an adult getting a blood meal from a person.

26. This picture of a bed bug shows the pest crawling on a persons hand and feeding.

If you woke up and discovered a welt on your hand, would your first thought be that its a bed bug bite?

27. This is a great bed bug poop photo! Not only is it defecating but its also feeding on a person at the same time.

The fecal matter is actually blood taken from a person which the bed bug has digested.

Notice how dark the dropping is. Well take a look at how you can spot this on your mattress in the photos further along.

28. You can see from the next picture exactly what bed bugs look like after feeding when the abdomen becomes longer and fuller as it fills with blood.

Newborn baby bed bugs (or nymphs or larvae as they are also called) are about 1mm (1/16) in size and look almost transparent as they are so pale.

They go looking for a blood meal after they hatch, and when fed their abdomen becomes red making them easier to spot.

Nymphs will molt five times before they mature, as long as they have access to blood.

As they molt and become bigger (a 5th stage baby bed bug will grow to about 4.5mm), they look like the adult bed bugs only smaller and become brownish-red in color.

Baby bed bugs can reach adulthood in about 21 days if temperatures are between 70-80F (21-27C), but the average time is usually about five weeks.

Once they become adults, they can reproduce and add to the infestation.

29. Apologies for the blurry image, but sometimes its quite difficult to get into spaces and get good photos.

This close-up photo of an infestation shows baby bed bugs (nymphs) in different life stages as their cast exoskeletons are visible. This means they have been able to grow to the next molting stage as they have had access to blood.

You can also see two adult bed bugs have fed as their abdomens are a darker color.

30. If this baby bed bug (nymph) wasnt filled with blood, it would be hard to see as its almost see-through.

Notice the prominent eyes at the side of the head.

31. In this photo you can again see that the immature bed bug has recently fed because of the dark area in the abdomen.

As it has had access to blood, it has been able to molt to the next growth stage (called instars) and leave behind its exoskeleton, which is at the top right of the photo.

32. This magnified image of baby bed bugs below shows a cluster of hatched bed bug eggs, tiny nymphs, and casings.

An adult female bed bug lays about 5 eggs a day and hundreds throughout her lifetime. She also mates with her offspring, so the infestation will just grow and grow unless treated.

The eggs are extremely small like a speck of dust (1mm) and are a translucent white color so you can imagine how hard they are to see with the naked eye.

The female uses a clear and sticky substance to attach the eggs to cracks and other surfaces like wood.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on December 20th, 2021

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Mellissa Bergeron first moved into her unit on Bruce Avenue in Sudbury a year ago, but it wasnt until a fire next door about six months ago that she said bed bugs and cockroaches infiltrated her unit.

Bergeron said her son is covered in bites, and she worries for her young daughter. She said because of all of the things wrong with her unit, she's refusing to pay rent to Sudbury Housing.

Housing wont fix it -- they say it's my fault, that Im a dirty woman," she said. "Theres been no help. Ive pleaded and begged. Theyve taken me to court for withholding my rent (but) they wont see it on my side."

She said there's a host of other problems connected with her apartment that badly need to be addressed.

My basement wall is molding and falling apart -- you can pull the whole plywood off of the wall and it would crumble everywhere," said Bergeron.

"Theres walls bubbling, finishing nails that are popping out because of the water damage from them putting the fire out. Theres a dead raccoon living in the ceiling above my bed. My attic roof fell on my head and gave me a concussion.

While shes concerned about her home, it's the health of her nine-year-old son and 14-month-old daughter shes most concerned about.

My son is so covered in bites that he is so itchy, hes ripping them wide open and he looks battered and bruised from it," she said.

"My 14-month-old daughter has them all over her legs, all over her body. (She) has something called cockroach fever and is getting very violently ill.

In order to fix the infestation, Bergeron said Sudbury Housing told her she would have to pay the rent she owes and get rid of everything she owns.

They havent done anything," she said. "I have to throw out everything I own, my children own. I dont get to keep anything because of this. Then they will come and clean out my home for me to be comfortable in it.

When CTV reached out to the city for comment, we received the following statement:

We have an extensive pest management program that provides support to our residents during a pest infestation. We have been working closely with our pest contractor to resolve pest issues, and we stepped up our program in September to provide greater assistance to our residents.

"As with any pest management process, cooperation from residents is required in order to assist with treatment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some residents have not reported their infestations to the maintenance department or been willing to permit staff and pest contractors to have access to their units to complete necessary treatments.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on December 3rd, 2021

Kids, culture vultures, historical fiction buffs and kids. In the second of our two-part Books Gift Guide, weve asked some of our regular Star books section writers for their choices to make your gift giving easy, and Ive added a few more of my own. Happy holidays.

Culture Vultures: For those who want art attacks

1000 Years of Joy and Sorrows: A Memoir, Ai Weiwei (Doubleday Canada) A favourite of Canadian art lovers when hes shown in public spaces and in museums and galleries, read about his life and artistic practice, and how he refused to be silenced under a totalitarian regime.

Renegades: Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama (Crown) America has been mythologized in its popular culture, so it seems a natural to marry the views and thoughts of one of its most popular artists with its first Black president. A unique look, with plenty of pictures, at America today. And dont forget the music.

A Like Vision, Ian A.C. Dejardin and Sarah Milroy (McMichael Canadian Collection/Goose Lane) A gorgeous book featuring the art of the Group of Seven, yes, but also an examination of how their painting fits into a longer history of this land that includes and excludes Indigenous peoples. Beautiful and thought-provoking.

Prize Winners: For those who like a jurys stamp of approval

Tainna: The Unseen Ones, Norma Dunning (Douglas & McIntyre) Dunning won the 2021 Governor Generals Literary Award for fiction for this slim volume, a collection of short stories centring Inuk characters facing prejudice and hostility, but experiencing also reconnection and community.

The Promise, Damon Galgut (Europa Editions) This years Booker Prize winner is Galguts moving family saga set in South Africa and spanning three decades. Prize judge Chigozie Obioma said of it: The novel can best be summed up in the question: Does true justice exist in the world and if so, what might that look like?

The Finder, Will Ferguson (Simon & Schuster) Winning the Crime Writers of Canada Award for best novel, Ferguson takes us around the world on a search for lost objects that include the Romanovs Faberge eggs and Buddy Hollys glasses, wrapped in a story in which an Interpol agent chases a shady figure called the Finder.

Permanent Astonishment, Tomson Highway (Doubleday Canada) Highways memoir, which won the Hilary Weston Writers Trust Prize for Nonfiction, is about his experience as a Cree child, growing up in the sub-Arctic, going to residential school. He takes as his touchstone his brothers final words: Dont mourn me, be joyful.

Blasts from the past: For those who like their history well-written

Letters Across the Sea, Genevieve Graham (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Breathing life into little-known aspects of Canadian history, Graham writes with aplomb about aspiring journalist Molly Ryan and her forbidden first love, Max Dreyfus, during the struggles of post-Depression and Second World War Toronto when lifelong neighbours are pitted against each other as hate engulfs the world. Out of dark times emerge moments of grace.

The Hollywood Spy, Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam)

Intrepid Special Operations Executive operative Maggie Hope reunites with her former flame, Royal Air Force pilot John Sterling, in 1943 L.A., where she uncovers a fascist cell of homegrown American Nazis and a brave group of resistance fighters. A page-turner with cameos from George Balanchine and Dorothy Parker.

Tuscan Daughter, Lisa Rochon (Harper Avenue)

Readers on your list will want to immerse themselves in early 16th-century Tuscany, the halcyon years in which Michelangelo is carving David out of a prized block of Carrara marble and da Vinci is painting his enigmatic Mona Lisa. A gorgeous, transporting debut rife with lush detail and lifes wisdom.

The Perfume Thief, Timothy Schaffert (Doubleday)

The protagonist, queer-identifying 72-year-old Clementine, an admitted con artist, provides solace through her scents to 1941 Paris. Her bespoke business relies on chemistry and psychology: clients must believe what she tells them. Vividly imagined, this celebration of love and life enthralls on every page.

The Magician, Colm Tibn (McClelland & Stewart)

A sweeping biographical portrait of Nobel-winning German novelist Thomas Mann, nicknamed the Magician by his fascinating children. Tibn masterfully explores the tension between the admired public figure and his timorous private self thanks to the now known contents of his diaries. Wholly immersive.

Middle Grade and Young Adults

Across the Rainbow Bridge, Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love (Candlewick Studio)

This luscious, dramatic collection of five Norse tales of trickery, riddles, bounty and the glory of the natural world makes for superb reading aloud or alone. Crossley-Hollands poetic language highlights courage, wit and mystery; Loves art introduces kids to a strange, mesmerizing world.

A Boy is Not a Ghost, Edeet Ravel (Groundwood)

Sequel to the award-winning A Boy is Not a Bird, this captivating biography continues the difficult adventures of Natt and his mother, sentenced to Siberia under Stalins regime. The two books make a suspenseful, heartwarming read as Natt, doggedly brave despite his fear, relies on the uncertain kindness of strangers, and endures everything from bedbugs and lice to Soviet secret police.

The Genius Under the Table, Eugene Yelchin (Candlewick)

Yelchins mordant humour and sense of the ridiculous suffuse this snappy funny/serious childhood memoir of growing up in Cold War Russia. A mixture of comic family drama, poignancy and the high stakes in Communist Russia makes it both entertaining and enlightening, and an inspiration for budding artists.

The Case of the Burgled Bundle, Michael Hutchinson (Second Story)

The four crime-solving friends of fictional Windy Lake First Nation go into action when the treaty bundle goes missing during the National Assembly of Cree Peoples. An engaging, quickly paced mystery, exceptional in its portrayal of the kids rez humour, community relationships and traditions of teaching and learning. Bundle up all three Mighty Muskrats Mysteries for a perfect gift for young mystery fans.

The Robber Girl, Franny Billingsley (Candlewick)

A dagger-bearing, britches-wearing wild girl, Robber Girls life with outlaw Gentleman Jack is turned upside down when shes adopted by the very judge who apprehends her hero. This magical wild west fantasy fairly glitters with the intelligent intricacy of its plot, language and themes. An irresistible lose-yourself-in-it read.

The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, Jonathan Stroud (Knopf)

In dystopic, climate-scarred Britain, Scarlett has survived thanks to her wits, agility and talents as a bank robber, but when she rescues hapless, naive Albert Browne from a strange bus accident, even she is amazed by the pursuit that ensues. Incisive, elegant action scenes stuffed with daredevil escapes and shoot-em-up confrontations keep this well written fantasy racing.

The Words in My Hands, Asphyxia (Annick)

Growing up deaf, Pipers had to adapt to the hearing world by speaking and lip-reading. Then she encounters Australian Sign Language and communication breaks open for her. In a time of food scarcity and environmental collapse, her new-found passions for deaf culture and sustainable living converge in vital activism against a dystopic future. Vibrant illustration and welcome engagement with deaf culture and language make this stand out.

The Last Cuentista, Donna Barba Higuera (Levine Querido)

Awaking from an induced sleep of 380 years, Petra finds that except for herself, passengers sent to colonize a new planet have had their memories of Earth erased by an authoritarian collective. In the tradition of her story-telling abuelita, Petra musters her memory of Mexican folklore and how to weave stories to reach through the brainwashing and fear brought on by the Collective.

Aqu era el paraso/Here Was Paradise, Humberto Akabal (Groundwood)

Amid all the tales of dystopias, refugees of totalitarian regimes and environmental collapse, this Mayan poets words are vital and refreshing. Reading them allows us, young and old, to take a moment to look and feel our world as it is now, to observe the moon in a puddle, see the air as a great bird and feel the puff of its wings, notice bees little shoes of pollen and inhale that moment in spring when the earth already smells of mother. Highly recommended.

Kids books to picture books

Santa in the City, Tiffany D. Jackson, illustrated by Reggie Brown (Dial Books)

Deja loves Christmastime but is worried Santa won't be able to reach her in her apartment building.Her mother comforts her and reminds her that all is possible.

Something Good, Marcy Campbell, illustrated by Corinna Luyken (Little, Brown)

This book models how a community comes together to tackle an incident of hate speech using art as a form of healing.

Our Table, Peter H. Reynolds (Scholastic Canada)

This book explores how a little girl uses the dinner table to reunite her family during these busy and difficult times.

A Sky-Blue Bench, Bahram Rahman, illustrated by Peggy Collins (Pajama Press)

Aria is excited to start school again and, through her own knowledge, abilities and support from her local community, builds a bench. This bench will help her learn in comfort and support her new prosthetic helper-leg.

Well be Together Again, Lucy Menzies, illustrated by Maddy Vian (Frances Lincoln Childrens Books)

Belle and her Grandpa Jack share their own perspectives in this uniquely designed book. They remember all of the fun activities they did together and share their hope for when they will be together again.

Sushi and Samosas: A Trip of Tasty Transformations, Rishma Govani (Tellwell)

Through trying new foods from different communities and cultures, Raine and Asha learn that we are all similar and different. These elements make our communities amazing places.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on November 29th, 2021

Take a guess: what year was Ontario richest? Was it 1945? 1967? 2002?

The correct answer is 2019. That year, inflation-adjusted economic activity per person what economists call real GDP per capita hit a record level. Just before COVID-19, Ontario was richer than ever.

Yet we still had half a million children in poverty.

The contrast gets pretty stark in downtown Toronto. Canadas Big Six banks have offices there, near the corner of King and Bay. They made $46.6 billion in profits in 2019. Their CEOs salaries averaged more than $11 million.

But east of Bay Street, the federal riding of Toronto Centre has the highest child poverty rate in Ontario. Thirty-five per cent of kids there never have enough.

Living in poverty can mean not enough food, or not enough nutritious food. It can mean black mould in the walls. It can mean being cold all winter and hot all summer. It can mean living with bedbugs, cockroaches and rodents. It always means stress and anxiety.

For too many children, thats life in the shadows of the bank towers.

Toronto Centre is the most densely populated riding in Canada. It is fast-growing and diverse, with a population thats younger than the Ontario average and more likely to be working. Seventy per cent of adults have a diploma or degree, well above the 55-per-cent provincial average.

It sounds like a recipe for general prosperity. For some reason, it isnt.

In northwestern Ontario, the federal riding of Kenora has the second-highest child poverty rate in Ontario. It is a vast land of immense wealth. It covers 290,000 square kilometres. Its gold mines alone hold millions of ounces of a precious metal that retails for $1,800 U.S. an ounce.

Yet 34 per cent of this lands children live in poverty.

Wealth and poverty sit side by side in every part of Ontario. There is money here, and its more than enough to wipe out child poverty if we decide to.

Unfortunately, the powers-that-be arent in any hurry. Ottawa says it will cut child poverty in half by 2030. Queens Park has no specific timeline.

This lack of urgency is shocking.

To be fair, the child poverty rate would be twice as bad if not for government transfers like the Canada Child Benefit. In Ontario, just over one child in six lives in poverty. Without transfers, it would be one in three.

But we must do more to help kids now. We need to increase transfers, boost parents wages, and make life more affordable.

We know how to do it. We can raise the minimum wage and improve labour standards; put the brakes on discrimination in the job market; build more non-market housing and get rents under control: and recognize the rights of Indigenous peoples. We can make child care affordable and help thousands of parents go to work.

Good policy is not enough, though. What we need is political will.

If Ontario is richer than ever but 500,000 children are in poverty, then clearly the problem is one of distribution.

With the right leadership, at every level of government, we can fix this. If the pandemic has taught us anything, its that when governments dare to use the tools at their disposal, they can do big things.

Ontario is a place of incredible wealth. That wealth can end child poverty.

Randy Robinson is Ontario director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on November 12th, 2021

As is the case with most insects, people want to know how to get rid of bed bugs fast. Whether youve seen one in your home, on your luggage or hiding in personal belongings, your first reaction is likely to try figuring out what kills bed bugs fast. The good news is theres lots of information including products and tips for elimination. The bad news is that anything other than professional pest control is likely to be ineffective.

Bed bugs are small, flat insects with an oval shape and brownish color that feed on the blood of humans and warm-blooded animals. Their flat bodies allow them to fit into tiny spaces about the width of a credit card, and they hide in cracks and crevices located close to your resting areas such as mattresses, box springs, bedside tables, bedding, bed frames and headboards. This gives them easy access to sleeping humans, thus the name "bed bugs."

Bed bugs aren't an insect you can live with. Their bites don't carry pathogens that may cause disease, but they can cause a lot of itching and discomfort. On top of the bites, bed bugs populations can develop quickly unless they the population is removed and eliminated.

Consider getting rid of anything unneeded such as old magazines and newspapers. Its difficult to inspect a cluttered home, and the more items you can eliminate, the less places bed bugs can hide. If youre wondering what bed bugs are attracted to, other than warmth, blood and carbon dioxide, dark crevices also get their attention.

Bed bugs can hide in cardboard, so if you need the storage, plastic bins are less likely to foster infestations.

Pick clothing and accessories off the floor. If possible, throw away or donate items you no longer need, taking care to ensure its all free of bed bugs.

How to get rid of bed bugs fast starts with how thoroughly pest control professionals can inspect your space. Clean furniture, baseboards, behind outlets, switch covers and other items to give them a head start.

Wash and dry clothing and bedding at the highest heat as allowed by the manufacturer. Place items in sealed plastic bags for transport between rooms, and then seal clean items again in new plastic bags.

If possible, remove and clean fabric window coverings and hardware. Placed in sealed plastic bags.

Wash and vacuum floors thoroughly. When finished, double-bag the vacuum bag in a trash bag and place in outdoor bin.

Check baseboards for any cracks or crevices and caulk as needed.

Ensure wallpaper is not loose and repair any wall damage.

Check outlets and wall switches for bed bug evidence.

Make your bed an island to help get rid of bed bugs fast by moving it at least six inches away from the wall.

Wash and dry all bed linens including pillow cases, sheets, comforters and mattress pads at the highest settings allowed by the manufacturer. Seal in plastic bags once clean.

Post-treatment, use encasements (bed-bug-proof covers) to cover your mattress and box spring. Ensure they have zippers and are high quality to cut down on tearing.

Check under your bed and discard anything unneeded. Items you want to keep should be stored in the same room to prevent the infestation from spreading.

What kills bed bugs fast? Pest control professionals. Give them your full cooperation and make sure they have access to closets, walls and areas around furniture.

Dont wait for the problem to get out of hand. To get rid of bed bugs fast, you need a trained professional to identify the pests and find signs of infestation quickly. Contact Terminix for powerful, customized treatments that can help eliminate bed bugs where they live and breed.

If bed bugs have infested your mattress, you need to take action immediately. But don't panic. Bed bugs are treatable, as long as you use the proper methods.

It's important to first reduce the ability for bed bugs to travel around your home, as bed bugs are constantly looking for ways to travel and spread.

Bed bugs can be removed from your furniture, so it's not necessary to throw it out. However, if you're absolutely sure that you don't want your infested furniture anymore, do not sell it or donate it unless it's been inspected for bed bugs. This will likely only spread bed bugs to another home.

As for your mattress, this depends on the severity of the bed bug damage. It's important to note that simply throwing away your mattress doesn't immediately get rid of your bed bug problem. You'll still need a professional to inspect your home and make sure bed bugs aren't living in another area of your home. Even though they're called bed bugs, they can live in dressers, nightstands and even floors among other places. And moving an infested piece of furniture around the home can move bed bugs into other areas.

Related: Where Do Bed Bugs Live?

If your mattress isn't seriously damaged, it can be salvaged if you go through the above steps and schedule a professional treatment. There may be no need to throw away anything as long as you properly address the issue.

You may be squeamish about using your bedding after an infestation (which is totally understandable), but a few hot cycles in the washing machine followed by a high heat dryer cycle and some time spent sequestered in a plastic bag should kill all bed bugs in your sheets, blankets and pillowcases. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when washing and drying your bedding.

Having bed bugs in your home doesn't mean that you're messy or lax on housekeeping. Bed bugs are adept travelers, and they're constantly looking for ways to 'hitch a ride' and gain ground. For example, they could be present in a hotel room, crawl or climb onto your suitcase and stay on the bag until you return home.

If you do have a bed bug infestation, it's important that you contact a bed bug control professional to treat and get rid of the problem. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to control, and a professional is best equipped to spot the signs, find the visible and hidden bed bugs, and provide the right service to address bed bugs.

Prevention is important as well. Here are some things you can do to help prevent these intruders:

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on November 12th, 2021

A travelling Holocaust exhibition geared specifically to children is at the Chilliwack Museum for the next three months.

Tell Me A Story! Youth Literature and the Holocaust, is an interactive exhibit on loan from the Montreal Holocaust Museum to introduce the history of the Holocaust and the Second World War to children aged eight and older.

I think its really important to continue educating about the Holocaust, said Kate Feltren, curator with the Chilliwack Museum and Archives.

The exhibition showcases five works of youth literature inspired by true stories, allowing visitors to see the horrors of Holocaust through childrens eyes.

There are several replica pieces for children to touch and feel in the interactive exhibition Tell Me A Story! Youth Literature and the Holocaust at the Chilliwack Museum, such as this dress. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Kids will learn about the life of 13-year-old Anneke Van Raalte. She and her family were imprisoned in the Theresienstadt camp-ghetto because they were Jewish.

During the war, I had to work and scrub pots. I was always hungry, the little girl recounts. At night, I tried to ignore the bed bugs.

There are several replica pieces for children to touch and feel in the interactive exhibition Tell Me A Story! Youth Literature and the Holocaust at the Chilliwack Museum . (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

One section, called Hanas Suitcase, tells the story of young Hana Brady and how her suitcase ends up in Tokyo at the Holocaust Education Centre where the director then tries to find out what happened to Hana once the war was over.

And then theres Holocaust survivor Marguerite lias-Quddus. Her story is centred on the three years that she and her sister spent in hiding under false identities with several families in France during the Second World War.

The displays offer a starting point for raising awareness about the dangers of racism and antisemitism, museum officials said in a press release.

The exhibition was designed to be highly interactive so young hands can touch and feel many of the replica items such as a photo album, a dress, and items in Hanas suitcase like a knitted sweater.

While this exhibition comes from Montreal, the content has global significance and impacts the community of Chilliwack, Feltren added.

To demonstrate this, we are highlighting the stories of the Chilliwack community through testimonies and objects from our collection, and from the Jewish Museum and Archives of B.C.

She contacted the Jewish Museum and Archives of B.C. after having found oral interviews online with the Sussel family of Chilliwack.

The museum supplied her with a number of photographs of the family which are now part of the exhibit. She combined those images along with a story and three artifacts from the Chilliwack Museum and Archives collection which the Sussels brought with them to Canada from Germany.

These items cigarette holder, monogram seal and cigarette case were brought over by the Sussel family who were forsed to leave Germany in 1935 prior to the start of the Second World War. They moved to Chilliwack in 1941. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Feltren also put together a panel on the Kozlowski family from Poland. They came to Chilliwack thanks to sponsorship from the Chilliwack Refugee Year Committee.

The whole community came together and raised money to secure them housing and food and everything, Feltren said of the Kozlowskis.

Theres also a piece on how Chilliwacks Dutch community grew following the war.

Our goal is to help our community make the connection between past and present, and place our experiences as a community into the global perspective,said Sarah Belley, education and engagement coordinator.

Tell Me A Story! Youth Literature and the Holocaust is on display at the Chilliwack Museum from now until Feb. 5. Hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Thursdays until 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information on admissions can be found at http://www.chilliwackmuseum.ca.

Education programs are also being offered in conjunction with this exhibition. Contact Sarah Belley at 604-795-5210 ext.103 or sarah@chilliwackmuseum.ca for more information.

RELATED: Imaginative artwork wanted for community art show at Chilliwack Museum

This replica of a heart-shaped greeting card was given to Fania Fainer on her 20th birthday in Auschwitz on Dec. 12, 1944. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

There are several pieces for children to touch and feel in the interactive exhibition Tell Me A Story! Youth Literature and the Holocaust at the Chilliwack Museum . (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on November 8th, 2021

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on October 26th, 2021

There are just oh, so many ways to get in the spooky spirit for Halloween, butToronto Forestry is taking it to an uncomfortable level this week for people who aren't fond of bugs.

Instead of offering up tips on how to avoid damaging trees with Halloween decorations or the type of seasonal content you'd typically expect from a city-managed Twitter account, Toronto Forestry is tapping into our collective fears of things that have entirely too many legs.

The TOTrees Twitter account (I seriously don't think they know what they did there) will be spending the scariest week of the year "celebrating Toronto's creepy crawlies."

It's only Monday, but they've come out of the gate swinging with a terrifying start, announcing the week of shiver-inducing critters with possibly the most alien-looking of them all.

Apparently, (and don't squish the messenger) the American giant millipede (Narceus americanus) is something that lives right here in Toronto.

And while this absolute nightmare fuel of a creature can grow up to a serpentine 10 centimetres and might make you want to reflexively reach for the heaviest book in your home, they're apparently nothing to be afraid of.

The tweet refers to the species as a "recycler extraordinaire,"helping to enrich forest soil by eating decaying plant matter and other debris.

So don't worry, you aren't going to wake up with a miniature version of the sandworms from Dune on your pillow.

No promises about house centipedes though. Those things are everywhere, can run like the wind, and can rip pretty much anything smaller than them to shreds.

And that's not even mentioning the bedbugs that run rampant in this city. Those things will eat you alive while you sleep.

So think about those pleasant thoughtswhen you're tucked into bed tonight, because if this is what Toronto Forestry drops on us for day one of the week, people might want to steel themselves up for much scarier local critters to come.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on October 21st, 2021

NHS staff from GPs to nurses, surgeons to pharmacists have shown incredible resilience throughout the pandemic.

But while we have heard heartbreaking stories from Covid sufferers and their families, there can be a lighter side to working in medicine too.

Here, in an exclusive extract from his new book The Secret Doctor, GP Max Skittle recalls some of the funniest and most touching moments from his time working at an inner-city surgery.

Ive an enormous Friday feeling. Its 1pm and Im on a half-day today.

One last patient to see and then Im back home to my wife Alice and the bump. I truly am motoring. Clinical paperwork, done. Emails, read (and selectively ignored). Blood results, checked and actioned.

I look at my jobs list and even thats clear. In this moment, I feel like a capable GP.

I close my eyes and hold on to it all for a few golden seconds, packing it away safely in my memory bank for a rainy day.

With the wind in my clinical sails, I greet Duncan, a nasally well-endowed 23-year-old.

As he places a matchbox next to my keyboard, a small alarm bell rings (a sort of evolved GP Spider-Man sense of the Peter Parker variety) that this is a bit weird.

From then on it all happens in slow motion.

I sit there, listening to Duncan, but already mentally checking out and on my way home to watch Love Island on catch-up with Alice, as he tells me he thinks hes got bed bugs, but wasnt sure. I nod again in slow motion still listening, but not quite putting together the s**t-storm coalescing in front of my eyes.

Before my brain catches up with Duncans explanation of how, since he wasnt sure, he thought hed bring one in that he caught, he slides open the matchbox.

If I inhaled any faster, the now-liberated bed bug wouldve been up my nose in a heartbeat.

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Despite every fibre of my being wanting to tell Duncan hes a f***ing idiot, I shut the box, quickly print out a patient information leaflet on bed bug eradication and delicately instruct him to burn the box and its contents and never to bring a suspected bed bug into my clinic room again.

Ever. I think Ive hurt his feelings so I finish off by commending him for catching the little bugger.

Im in two minds whether to tell Alice when I get home may find myself sleeping in the spare room.

Woke up itching (not in the spare room). Thanks, Duncan!

Mr Toska is 62 years old and a total rock n roller. As he swaggers in, smelling of expensive aftershave, sex, and stale cigar smoke, I immediately remember why I like him he reminds me of some guy straight off an aftershave ad campaign on television.

Here for the results of his recent NHS general health check, he wants me to tell him that hes not likely to have a massive heart attack and drop dead. Sorry, mate, youre in for some disappointing news.

Mr Toska smokes like a chimney, drinks like a (big) fish, has high blood pressure and thinks exercise is for the snowdrop (I think he means snowflake) generation. When you add in his high cholesterol despite protesting he eats healthily, which is clearly an exuberant fabrication in light of his clinical obesity his risk of cardiovascular disease (for example, a heart attack or a stroke) is positively celestial.

I explain all this and tell him he should consider changing his lifestyle and commencing a cholesterol-lowering statin (although that particular advice will all change in the next ten years, Im sure) if he wants to live longer.

Mr Toska looks at me and tells me he doesnt want to do any of that stuff he has a great life. Oh, and by the way, he wants some Viagra as hes got a new girlfriend whos 43 years old and I quote, has a high sex drive.

I darent probe further, despite my morbid curiosity (which you cant help but develop with the job). Anyway, now hes definitely going to have a heart attack.

Despite my concerns and forceful advice, he leaves no different to when he came, seemingly about to sh*g his way into an early grave.

Like I said, total rocknroller.

No words in the English language can capture what Im seeing. My jaw hangs slack, a little more than probably professionally acceptable, as my eyes absorb the flat of 70-year-olds Mr and Mrs Leigh. At first pass I count 16 dreamcatchers hanging from the ceiling.

I stop counting the dreamcatchers for now as my eyes consume the framed photographs on the wall: Barack and Michelle Obama (at his inauguration), seven Alsatians (all individually framed), Cilla Black, and my favourite, Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Mind-blown, Im speechless, lost in the wonder of their world. Im not even sure the fact I cant remember why Im here even matters now. I put my medical bag down and sit on their sofa next to about 15 boxes of singing garden gnomes (batteries thankfully not included).

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I get out a printed summary of Mrs Leighs medical notes, trying to bury my excitement at this wonderland and suppress all the many, many questions I have and be more GP-like.

Im here for her first diabetic review (most long-term health conditions have some kind of annual check-up scheduled by the GP).

Shes received this recent diagnosis of type 2 diabetes mellitus, picked up on a set of annual blood tests by the district nurses.

Mr and Mrs Leigh sit in front of me, taking in the information about what diabetes is, how it can occur, what the treatment will entail, and what an annual review like the one today involves.

Do you like Home and Away, Max?

Im already on first-name terms.

Bloody love that. Theres something about these two that really makes me want them to like me. Slightly blindsided by the question, I explain, while trying to professionally complete her diabetes checks, that while I dont get a lot of time to watch it (given the fact Im no longer 15 years old, have a job, and moved out of the 1990s), Im sure its still great.

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Fighting the urge, I stop short of telling them Im sure I could probably still sing its theme tune.

God, I want to impress them.

Mr Leigh reappears as I pack up my bag, the diabetes review testing now complete.

He has a photo for me of their wedding day from 50 years ago.

Im really touched, if not slightly confused as to why he has this handy for such an occasion.

I listen with a warm sense of happiness for them as they speak about it with such reminiscent love.

A wave of pessimism sweeps over me sh**, am I being groomed? Itll be sweets in the bedroom next. I bat it away (putting it down to lunchtime hunger) and accept the photograph graciously, not quite sure what else to do.

I wonder what Alice will say? Maybe not one for the family photo wall. Still, a caring gesture nonetheless. And with that, I say goodbye, leaving the Leighs wonderland.

I really do hope to come back soon, this being one of the most fascinating home visits. EVER.

One things for sure, these two need their own television show I even know a theme tune for it . . .

I couldnt have ironed a shirt that well if I had all day. Let alone, square a tie off that neatly and pair it perfectly with a buttoned-up blazer. Also, I dont think I can stand up that straight. As I hover in Mr Cheemas living room, Im acutely aware that my shirts creased, definitely not tucked in at the back, and my trousers (yet again) are covered in my son Williams regurgitated milk from this mornings feeding frenzy.

I also find myself straining to stand up straighter, aware of my comparably inadequate posture. Mr Cheemas incredible: he walks over and shakes my hand, eyes evidently still full of twinkle. He invites me to sit, and I do so in silence, a little stunned by the amount of life in this man.

At one hundred years and two weeks (he adds, exuberantly) he looks 40 years his junior.

I wasnt expecting to find the answer to eternal youth on todays home visit.

Whats your secret? I have to ask as we sit here, imagining all the changes that hes lived through in this world.

Being kind and happy, he says without hesitation, not a beat missed.

A little disappointed at the intangibility of his answer, I probe for anything else more tangible like cheese. Or holidays to Bali.

Sadly, he says thats it. I make a mental note to remember this. Aware that this afternoons clinic is only half an hour away, I get down to business.

Now clinically speaking, theres not much wrong with Mr Cheema. To be honest, at his age, Ive also no interest in poking around to find something to sour his remaining years.

This visit is rather a general check-up as we havent seen him for a while.

Remarkably, he still lives alone with only one weekly carer doing some odd jobs for him.

I take in how immaculate his compact first-floor flat is, while the blood pressure machine tells me that he still has the blood pressure of a 21-year-old Olympic-level gymnast.

Yet, as with all of us, if you scratch deep enough, youll always find something. I can feel the quiet of his life, strange as that sounds.

The flat is a cacophony of newspapers, books, and crosswords.

Do you see many people?

Mr Cheemas veneer didnt take much scratching. It turns out he is in fact incredibly lonely, and has been for years.

He sees hardly anyone at all, with no family nearby (all largely dead, including his wife some 20 years ago), and a community that he doesnt really recognise or understand any more.

This upsets me for two reasons: first, this man clearly has so much to give.

Second, weve become the kind of non-communicable society thats perpetuated and fostered loneliness despite being on top of each other in bricks and mortar.

Its something Im seeing more and more in the patients I meet.

Yet Mr Cheemas clearly still up for life I love that about him.

We can all take a leaf out of this centenarian (and two weeks) book.

He agrees for me to get in touch with the local Age Concern organisation and some of the other local services that plan social activities like tea and cake mornings (though I do promise him that they do other things a little more exciting too).

Before leaving, I ask him to show me the secret to ironing his shirt so well.

Thankfully, his advice here is a little more tangible than being kind and happy to your shirt.

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