Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Thursday May 9 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Study could help seniors keep driving

As a large segment of the Canadian population become elderly a wide-ranging study is looking at seniors and road safety. It’s hoped that learning more about seniors’ driving will help them stay on the road longer right up until it is no longer safe for them to do so.

More than 900 seniors across the province are taking ...

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Training better politicians

Canada currently has over 26,000 elected politicians involved in various levels of government. They range from 308 MP's (members of parliament), over 800 provincial and territorial politicians, and 25,000 municipal level officials.

Professor Maxwell Cameron, University of British Columbia Dept of Political Science, and Director of the Centre ...

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Canada census survey results set off opposition party attacks

Normally census data results aren't the stuff of debate, but on Wednesday (May 8), the first release of 2011 Canadian census survey data set off questions both in the House of Commons and in the media.

The results of two surveys from the government agency Statistics Canada focussed on Canada's Aboriginal population, and on immigration, ethnic origin, language ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Calgary delays ban on sale of shark fins

The western city of Calgary has put off a decision to immediately ban sale of shark fins.  A task force recommended the city avoid an outright ban, and instead look for ethical sources for the product


Shark fins for sale in Toronto © CBC

“Right now, the recommendation coming ...

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Science Rendezvous brings science to people across Canada

Thousands of innovators, researchers, engineers, and scientists, from 80 universities and organizations will bring hands-on science to Canadians on Saturday (May 11) in the latest edition of Science Rendezvous.

Started in 2008 in the city of Toronto the festival now has grown into a pan-Canadian festival with 2,500 volunteers and 300 events.

Partners in the festival include universities, museums, ...

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Canadian minister: Trade fight possible if EU taxes oil-sands crude

Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper is reporting that Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver "is raising the prospect of a trade fight with the European Union over its proposal to label oil-sands crude as dirty even as both sides try to seal a major deal to liberalize two-way."

Minister Oliver was in Brussels on Wednesday and met with European Commissioner ...

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Farmers profit from smartphone apps

Aphids can devastate a soybean crop but Canadian farmers can now get help from an app developed by the University of Guelph in Ontario. That’s just one example of how farmers are increasingly using their smartphones to improve the efficiency of their operations.

Only two per cent of Canadians are farmers so there is only a small market for ...

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Police concerned about "realistic" fake guns

At a press conference this week, Halifax police and local RCMP once again raised concerns about the issue of very realistic looking “fake” guns.

In some cases these are from the “Airsoft” company and fire small plastic or wax pellets, others are BB guns, which are extremely realistic looking

“You don’t have time to think in your brain, ...

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Anti-abortionists rally to revive debate

Abortions have become commonly available in Canada after years of highly divisive debate and legal battles. Few politicians want to re-open the controversial issue. However pro-life activists are using a new angle to try to rekindle support.

Gender selection is a process whereby pregnant women find out the gender of their fetus and choose to abort the females. It’s ...

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