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Girl Guides can earn badge for self-esteem

TORONTO—Girl Guides of Canada is introducing a “Love Yourself Challenge” badge, which can be earned by girls aged five-8 who complete three tasks that promote self-esteem and a positive body image.

“The whole idea is take away the negative body images and turn them into positives,” said Myrtle Corkum, the organization’s chief commissioner and a member for 50 years.

Girl Guides to get badge for tasks promoting positive body image, self-esteem

TORONTO — Girl Guides of Canada is introducing a Love Yourself Challenge badge, which can be earned by girls aged five to 18 who complete three tasks that promote self-esteem and a positive body image.

“The whole idea is take away the negative body images and turn them into positives,” says Myrtle Corkum, the organization’s chief commissioner and a member for 50 years.

Boy wakes after 13 days in coma

WINNIPEG—Family members say it’s a miracle an eight-year-old Manitoba boy who nearly drowned in a flooded culvert has awoken from a 13-day coma.

Samuel Gross was playing with friends on Westroc Hutterite Colony, northwest of Portage La Prairie, when he was sucked into a culvert.

His cousin pulled him out of the freezing water, where he had been under for 20 minutes.

Soldier dies

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan—A Canadian soldier who was injured during a previous tour of duty has been found dead in Afghanistan.

Maj. Michelle Mendes, based in Ottawa, was found dead in her room at the Kandahar Airfield yesterday afternoon, the Canadian Forces said in a statement early today.

Ski jumpers face big hurdle

VANCOUVER—Female ski jumpers suing for a chance to compete at the 2010 Games may have a solid moral argument, but a legal one will be much tougher to prove, Olympic and legal experts say.

The case between 15 former and current ski jumpers and the Olympic organizing committee, known as VANOC, was set to begin today in B.C. Supreme Court.