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#21 Mike K.

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 03:12 PM

The child died yesterday.


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#22 todd

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 03:58 PM

 

http://www.viha.ca/a...m_12oct2016.htm

Boy dies from eating poison mushroom

 

October 12, 2016

 

 

Island Health confirms that a three-year-old boy has died after ingesting a poisonous mushroom.

 

“We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the child’s family,” said Dr. Richard Stanwick, Island Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer. “This tragedy reinforces how important it is for recreational mushroom hunters to know the difference between a poisonous and non-poisonous mushroom. To an untrained eye, it’s easy to mistake a toxic mushroom for an edible one. If you aren’t sure, leave it in the ground.”

 

The youngster was foraging for wild mushrooms with his family last week at an undisclosed location in downtown Victoria. Mycological examination of specimens collected at this site suggests that in all probability he ingested the Amanita phalloides mushroom, also known as the “Death Cap” mushroom. Tests to confirm the presence of specific toxins in his system from this variety of mushroom are ongoing. He was initially treated at Victoria General Hospital, and later airlifted to a hospital in Edmonton where he died last night.
 
This is the first recorded death in this province from a B.C. Death Cap mushroom.

 

Stanwick explained that the differences between poisonous and non-poisonous mushrooms can be very subtle, sometimes only seen microscopically. They grow in both urban and remote settings, and are becoming more common in urban areas such as Victoria, Vancouver and other regions across the province.

 

While it doesn’t look like any popular edible species native to B.C., the Death Cap does resemble the paddy straw mushroom, an edible and popular mushroom that grows in Asia.

 

If people choose to forage, Dr. Stanwick urges them to familiarize themselves with wild mushrooms, focus on the ones that can be easily identified and known to be safe and edible – and avoid the remainder, especially the Death Cap. Better yet, go harvesting with an expert in the field or even join your local mycological society.

 

The Amanita phalloides has an ordinary appearance. It is mainly white, with a white or yellowish stem, a cap that ranges from yellowish-green to light brown that is round when young and flattens with age. Its stem is bulbous at the base, and may be buried in soil. At maturity, it can be fairly large, up to 15 cm across.

 

“At the urging of the family, efforts will be made to improve public education of these risks as well as work on possible signage appropriate to locations where Death Caps are found,” Stanwick said.  

 

Tips to stay safe while mushroom hunting:
• If you are unsure or uncertain, don’t eat it;
• Only pick and eat mushrooms that are well known, distinct and easily identifiable;
• Dig up the entire mushroom if uncertain, to help in its identification;
• Eat small amounts;
• If you suspect you’ve consumed a poisonous mushroom, call the BC Drug  and  Poison Information Centre at 1-800-567-8911 or 604-682-5050, and seek medical attention, or call 911. In both cases, keep a sample of the mushroom or food that was eaten.
                                                                  BC Centre for Disease Control

For more information, please go to the BC Centre for Disease Control website at http://www.bccdc.caand search Death Cap mushrooms.

Media inquiries:
Kellie Hudson
Media Relations Manager
250.370.8908
kellie.hudson@viha.ca

 

 

http://www.viha.ca/a...m_12oct2016.htm


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#23 LJ

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 07:11 PM

Why is a three year old out foraging for food?

 

What sort of supervision were his parents delivering?

 

Did he eat it raw right out of the ground?


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#24 todd

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 07:50 PM

Why is a three year old out foraging for food?

 

What sort of supervision were his parents delivering?

 

Did he eat it raw right out of the ground?

 

 

AMY SMART / TIMES COLONIST OCTOBER 12, 2016 02:22 PM

 

A three-year-old Victoria boy has died after eating a “death cap” mushroom found downtown, prompting health officials to pursue an education campaign about the invasive species in the wake of the tragedy.

 

The boy and his family harvested the mushroom just steps from a sidewalk on a residential property last week, Island Health’s chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick said.

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.....see more: http://www.timescolo...toria-1.2363831


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#25 Nparker

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 01:47 PM

As I walked along Mason Street between Vancouver and Cook about 90 minutes ago, I noticed that the "saviours of Mother Earth" at the Mason Street "farm" had a sprinkler running in the midst of the downpour. A funny way to be eco-friendly if you ask me.



#26 Mike K.

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 04:07 PM

They’re just helping to slow the force of the reservoir’s runoff.
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#27 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 May 2020 - 04:31 PM

i finally got my CERB benefit today.

 

I used it to buy baby chickens.
 
Money for nothing and chicks for free.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 04 May 2020 - 04:31 PM.

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#28 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 June 2020 - 02:00 PM

During peak harvest, Dheensaw has roughly 45 workers tending to about 90 acres of land. On May 28 he had only 16, and the new hires still need training.

 

“You can burn up the whole day just training people and re-training people,” he said. “We’re working 16-hour days just to try to keep up.”

 

And hiring for the physically-demanding, outdoor job with long hours and a steep learning curve has been challenging, he added, speculating that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit – offering $2,000 a month in benefits – may be more appealing to people who might otherwise look for seasonal work.

 

 

 

 

https://www.vicnews....rmer-thousands/


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#29 todd

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 10:05 PM

Oak Bay couple might have world’s tallest foxglove:   

 

https://www.vicnews....llest-foxglove/

#30 mbjj

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Posted 29 June 2020 - 07:45 AM

That's neat. I have quite a few foxgloves and my tallest, I suspect a raccoon was rooting around looking for grubs and pulled it 2/3 out of the ground so it sort of collapsed.


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#31 todd

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Posted 29 June 2020 - 05:57 PM

I’ve got about an 8 foot one at the moment.
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#32 LJ

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Posted 29 June 2020 - 07:17 PM

Lots of wild foxglove around, deer won't eat them as it causes their heart rate to decrease.


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#33 todd

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Posted 29 June 2020 - 08:31 PM

I’ve got about an 8 foot one at the moment.


Once I mix some fertilizer and artificial lights..

 



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