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Peter Nygård pursues immortality through stem cell research

Winnipeg-raised fashion magnate Peter Nygård has claimed that he is growing younger through the use of stem cell injections – an area of research he claims is “a game changer [ . . . ] perhaps immortality.”

The 10-minute video titled “Bahamas Stem Cell Laws: The Peter Nygård Breakthrough” depicts Nygård as he details the progress he has already allegedly made with his stem cell treatments. Nygård is shown in a number of “before and after” shots that highlight the supposed miraculous effects he has been experiencing, and that emphasize his energy.

“Stem cells are being used for anti-ageing and the University of Miami is doing a study about that to prove that it is true. They are looking at me, and my markers have shown exactly that I have been actually reversing my ageing and getting younger,” Nygård told the Bahamas Tribune in February.

“I am taking perhaps more stem cell treatment than anybody else in the world. I have been doing it for four years now, so I am sort of a testimonial that this stem cell [treatment] really works.”

In the video he speculates that he might be the “only person in the world” with his “own embryonic cells growing in a petri dish.”

The video further describes his plans to build a multi-million dollar facility in the Bahamas wherein a team of specially chosen doctors and scientists can further continue their study of stem cell treatments. Nygård was reportedly a lobbyist for passing pro-stem cell treatment legislation in the country, and claimed he helped draft the legislation – though Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie has disputed that claim.

“I’m going to live forever or die trying,” Nygård told the Bahamas Tribune.

Vince Li given unsupervised free time in Selkirk

Vince Li rose to infamy in 2008 for the beheading of 22-year-old Tim McLean. Nearly six years following, Li will be allowed unescorted, periodic passes into the city of Selkirk for 30 minutes as well as minimally supervised visits to Winnipeg.

Li, who was found to be not criminally responsible for the murder due to his mental illness, will also be moved from his current high-security locked facility into a more relaxed, unlocked one, as endorsed by the Crown attorney last week.

Li—described as a “model patient” since his arrest—was reported as having no confrontational incidents with other patients or mental health staff since his confinement, or while on escorted walks.

Despite a lack of objection from the Crown, the granting of such privileges to Li has produced significant controversy amongst those who feel that such freedoms are too much for someone who has committed such a crime. MP Shelly Glover released a statement on Feb. 28 condemning the Crown attorney’s office for their lack of objection.

“The decision by the Manitoba government not to object to any of the recommendations made to grant Vince Li additional freedoms, including unescorted trips into Selkirk, is an insult not only to the family of Tim McLean but to all law-abiding Manitobans,” wrote Glover. She further called on Attorney General Andrew Swan to appeal the decision. Rachel Morgan, speaking on behalf of Swan, responded, saying that Glover was simply “trying to score political points.”

“As Ms. Glover knows, the attorney general does not direct Crown attorneys on criminal cases. The attorney general’s job is to advocate for better federal laws, such as amendments to this section of the Criminal Code. That’s why Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan wrote to the federal government and urged them on multiple occasions to change laws so that public safety would be the primary consideration when making decisions on these cases.”

Gender wage gap shown to persist in study of university graduates

A study by Statistics Canada has revealed that while getting a university degree does give a higher statistical probability of scoring a larger salary than a person with only high school education, it tends to earn males significantly more than females.

According to the study, over a period of 20 years, on average, males with a bachelor of arts degree will earn $732,000 more than males who only graduate high school, whereas this gap is $448,000 for females. When looking at the top five per cent of earners of each gender, university-graduated males made approximately $2.5 million above and beyond what a male with just a high school diploma made, compared to graduated females’ $600,000 lead on their high school graduate classmates.

The gender wage gap, according to Statistics Canada, was not a result of women dropping out of the workforce for significant amounts of time, but rather due to the types of jobs that each gender tends to favour.

Women tend to work more in the public sector, in areas such as education, health, and public administration, whereas men have a tendency to work in private sector jobs that lead to outsize returns on their paycheques.