Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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Tuesday August 20 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Divided opinions on prorogation of Canada's parliament

The decision by Canada's Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper to prorogue parliament before the House of Commons' planned resumption on September 16 has had mixed reactions across Canada.

The prorogation of parliament has to be done by Canada's Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister, and would end the parliamentary session, and any bills that had ...

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Mixed reviews of leader’s Arctic tour

The most Arctic-minded Canadian prime minister is what Stephen Harper would like to be considered. The prime minister is on his 8th annual tour of Canada’s northern regions.

“Use it or lose it” used to be the phrase describing the government’s heavy emphasis on Arctic sovereignty before 2009. While sovereignty is still a pillar of its ...

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New study shows computers in class distract both users and non-users

It’s a common sight these days in schools across Canada. More and more students are using laptop computers in class, especially at the university level, but there may be drawbacks for those students and even for others sitting close to them.

A new study showed that laptop use in class can result in lower grades for students.

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Police officer accused of murder gets bail

The Toronto police officer charged with the murder of teenager Sammy Yatim on July 27 has been released on bail. Four people, including Constable James Forcillor’s wife, have posted the $510,000 bond for him.

A video posted on line and viewed by 1.8 million people shows Yatim alone on a streetcar when he was shot three times, fell, and ...

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Canadian doctors debate contentious "end of life" issues

The issue of euthanasia and assisted suicide has come to the fore again as Canada’s doctors meet at the Canadian Medical Associatons annual general meeting.

Euthanasia is when a doctor intentionally administers a fatal dose of drugs, usually barbituates, and assisted suicide is when the doctor provides the patient or loved one with the knowledge and means to end ...

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Canadians' growing appetite for local food

Interest in Canada for local foods has surged in the last 10 years, according to a new report from the Conference Board of Canada, a not for profit research organisation.

In its report "Cultivating Opportunities: Canada’s Growing Appetite for Local Food" the report found the popularity of local food "has been driven in part by concerns about food quality, health ...

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Montreal's World Film Festival presenting 432 films

Now in its 37th annual edition, Montreal's Festival des films du monde, theme this year is "The World is Yours!".  The festival starts on Thursday (August 22) and continues until September 2.

The festival's director Serge Losique says the festival "offers film lovers and professionals a rich program based on cultural diversity, innovation, independence and creativity. The success and ...

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Military tests stealth snowmobile

Those motorized vehicles many Canadians use to zip across the snow are very noisy, but the Canadian military is testing a new model that is quiet and costly. The stealth snowmobile would be used to quietly whisk troops on clandestine operations in the Arctic. Its cost is $620,000 for this prototype.

Not everyone is convinced the hybrid-electric vehicle is ...

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Toronto schools to look at obesity in students

A study last year found that fully  1/3 of Canadian children under age 18 were overweight or obese.

The Statistics Canada ,Canadian Health Measures Survey, used  World Health Organization standards of measurement. It found that 31.5 per cent of five- to 17-year-olds — an estimated 1.6 million Canadians — were classified as overweight (19.8 per cent) or obese (11.7 ...

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