Monday, October 21, 2013

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Monday October 21 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Opposition attacks over Senate scandal, government responds with EU-Canada trade deal

A raucous Question Period in Canada's House of Commons had opposition parties concentrating on new developments Monday (October 21) in a Senate spending scandal involving the office of the Prime Minister, while the government focused on its announcement of a trade deal with the European Union.

For months the ruling Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been ...

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Only a third of Canadians get flu vaccines

This is a time of year when public health officials urge Canadians to get a vaccine to protect them from whatever flu virus they predict will be active that year. But for several reasons only between 35 and 40 per cent do get inoculated. The number may be higher for people who are at risk for complications, and ...

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Farm animal rights group calls for an end to "battery hen" operations

Most people are aware of various animal rights groups. Often these are concerned with wild animals, or with treatment of domestic pets. Another group however is concerned primarily with treatment of farm animals.

Mercy For Animals-Canada (MFA) recently went undercover at two factory egg-producing operations in Alberta, in western Canada.  They filmed what appear to be abusive conditions and handling ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Study: Air pollution deadlier than car crashes

Continued exposure to air pollution is almost nine times more deadly to people than car crashes, according to a researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC), on Canada's Pacific coast.

In a commentary published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) titled, "Traffic-related air pollution and health in Canada" researchers Michael Brauer, Conor Reynolds, and Perry Hystad say about ...

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Canada: Third high profile train derailment keeping residents from homes

There was more bad news Monday (October 21) for residents who were evacuated after a train derailment Saturday near the town of Gainford in the western Canadian province of Alberta. Canadian National (CN) officials say it's not yet safe enough for the residents to go back home.

Saturday, 13 cars carrying oil and liquefied petroleum gas went off the rails near Gainford, ...

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High number of Canadian passports reported stolen or lost

The number of Canadian passports reported lost or stolen in recent years has skyrocketed.

Between 2003 and 2012, passports loss rose from just under 12-thousand, to almost 66-thousand.  This latter figure was obtained by the Quebec-based French newspaper La Presse under Access-to –Information laws..

The official agency Passport Canada says the number in the ...

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Remembering the "British Home Children" in Canada

A gathering of a special group of Canadians was held this weekend in the town of Bible Hill, a suburb of Truro, Nova Scotia on Canada’s east coast.

The group consisted of the descendents of what are known as British Home Children.  Aged 2-14, these were poor, abandoned, or orphaned children, or even from previously comfortable familiies ...

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Government scientists feel muzzled

90 per cent of Canadian government scientists feel they are not allowed to speak freely to the media about the work they do, according to a survey by their union. If they were to speak about a departmental decision that could harm public health, safety or the environment, 86 per cent said they would face censure or retaliation. ...

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Widower lost $35K because of bank mistakes

After the death of his wife left him alone to raise his five children, Patrick MacDonald was slapped with an unnecessary tax bill of $35,000 dollar because his bank made several mistakes. The bank offered to repay the money, but only after MacDonald went to the media to complain.

Many Canadians have their own pension plans called RRSPs. The ...

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