Friday, June 7, 2013

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Friday June 7 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Poverty undermines health say doctors

“Poverty is one of the most important determinants of health, perhaps the most powerful determinant of health,” says Gary Bloch, a family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.  9 per cent of Canadians have low incomes according to government statistics. The Canadian Medical Association which represents doctors is asking people across the ...

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Government's new bill will make it tougher to set up supervised drug injection sites

Canada's Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq wants local communities to have more of a say in whether a safe injection site can be set up in their community. On Thursday (June 6) she introduced the Respect for Communities Act which will toughen criteria for supervised drug consumption sites for drug addicts in Canada.

In a press conference announcing the ...

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Eye on the Arctic – Balancing science and aboriginal knowledge in Canada’s North

Each week, Eye on the Arctic features stories and newsmakers from Canada’s northern regions.

Narwhal is an important species in Canada’s North.  To local Inuit communities it’s a source of food and sustenance and can provide a small source of income.

Issues around the conservation and preservation of the animal are the subject of ongoing discussions.
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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Strike by Canadian diplomats spreads worldwide

After weeks of sporadic and limited work actions, Canadian diplomats have started worldwide strikes after negotiations fell apart with their employer, the Canadian government.

"After nearly two years of negotiations and a four-month hiatus in talks, the Government returned to the table with the same position they presented back in the fall of 2011," says Tim Edwards, President of ...

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Grand Prix of Canada: the Formula 1 circus returns to Montreal

After concerns in the past that Montreal would lose its Formula One race, the circus is back in town again this year for the 34th time


Surely the coolest hat award should go to this guy seen at the open track © Anne-Louise Despatie

 
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Chocolate cartel: Competition Bureau charges major players

Canadians love chocolate.  On average, we eat about five and half kilos of chocolate per person per year.  And we’re paying for it. In fact, it seems we’ve been paying too much.

In 2007, an insider in the chocolate business blew the whistle on industry price-fixing to Canada's Competition Bureau which then began an investigation. 

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McGill hospitals to add to disinfection staff duties

Several hospitals in the Montreal area will require sterilization attendants to take on extra responsibilities, reports the Gazette. The McGill University Health Centre must slash $50 million in spending and is cutting storekeeping positions to reduce spending. Hospitals across the province of Quebec are publicly funded and under heavy pressure from government to cut spending.

By choosing to do ...

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Bear opens truck door on video

A bear broke into a pickup truck in the western province of British Columbia on Tuesday and it was all caught on video. Rebecca Moore of Maple Ridge, B.C. says she and her husband were asleep when they heard a noise at about 5:30am.

"By the time we got out of bed, was actually inside one ...

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Privacy Commissioner: Canadian law must be updated

"Canadians would be better served by a law that motivates organizations to put privacy considerations up front, rather than the current situation where we’re left to trigger a mop-up after privacy is violated," says Canada's Privacy Commissioner.

Delivering her last Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act  report of her mandate, Jennifer Stoddart, listed numerous privacy infractions including: rental laptops that ...

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