Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Thursday January 30 2014 edition

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HIGHLIGHTS

Building a better concrete toboggan- GNCTR 2014

It sounds like a university student prank..build a “concrete” toboggan, load a few people on board and race down a steep snow-covered hill.

The Queen's University engineering team speeds down the hill in ...

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Union federation applauds Ontario minimum wage increase, but it's still below poverty line

The announcement of a higher minimum wage in Canada's most populous province of Ontario is good news, but it's still not enough to get workers above the poverty line, says the province's labour federation.

On Thursday, the Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the province's minimum wage would rise from $10.25 an hour to $11 as of ...

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Climate study: Winter Olympics to face difficulties in future

With the Sochi, Russia, winter games almost upon us, a new research paper looks at the effect climate change and warming temperature of the planet will have on the future of the winter Olympics..and where they can be held.

The report is entitled " The Future of the Winter Olympics in a Warmer World"

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Government updates travel advice for Canadians attending Sochi 2014 Winter Games

Canadians planning to attend the Sochi Olympics in Russia should limit their "use of public transportation that is not affiliated with the Games" according to a new travel advisory from the Canadian government issued on Thursday (January 30).

They are warned about travelling outside of the designated Olympic sites: "Be particularly cautious. There remains an ongoing insurgency in the North ...

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Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister gives up unilingual English business cards

Almost six months after being told by Canada's language commissioner he must present Canada's bilingual English-French duality, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has "disposed" of his unilingual English business cards, according to a report by Canadian Press journalist Deen Beeby.

According to the report, a spokesperson for Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser, confirmed a letter last week from ...

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The sad end of a Canadian legend. Jan 29, 1946

The year was 1921, and while steamships were plentiful, it was still the era of the graceful sailing ships, especially perhaps in the Canadian maritime provinces, and northeastern US states.

Bluenose in full sail in 1921 off Halifax in the elimination ...

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Kids should play outside, even in the cold: doctor

Unusually long periods of very cold weather across Canada this winter have prompted some schools and parents to keep young people indoors, but one doctor says they should go out anyway. Toronto Dr. Dan Flanders was on local radio saying it was a “terrible idea” to keep students indoors for recess even in double-digit minus temperatures.

“Going bonkers”
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Veterans outraged at minister, office closings

Some veterans called for the resignation of the veterans affairs minister after he cancelled, then appeared at a scheduled meeting with them on Tuesday. They eventually did discuss the closure of nine regional offices that offer services to veterans, but Minister Joe Fantino refused to reverse it.

Fantino said veterans would be able to get the help they need ...

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Donor human milk becoming more accessible to premature babies.

Medical staff has long recognized the benefits of human milk for babies, and especially so for premature babies. However, for a variety of reasons, some mother's are not able to provide milk for their babies.

Until the 1970’s there were about 20 breast-milk banks across the country. Then as fears about the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission through ...

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Cybermagazine - Thursday

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Thursday January 30 2014 edition

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HIGHLIGHTS

Monarch butterflies numbers plunge

The number of monarch butterflies that migrate from Canada and the U.S. to Mexico every year has dropped to its lowest level since people started counting them. There are other populations of monarchs, but those that go on this annual trek may disappear entirely.

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Opposition Liberal leader to Senators: You're no longer part of Liberal caucus

Liberal members of Canada's upper chamber the Senate had no advance warning when Liberal opposition leader Justin Trudeau spoke to them Wednesday morning (January 29) and informed them they were no longer part of the Liberal caucus. In a letter to the Speaker of the Senate, Trudeau said the decision "is about ensuring that Canadians have a Parliament that ...

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Beware new prescription drugs, warns doctor

Four per cent of new drugs approved by the Canadian government between 1990 and 2010 were eventually pulled off the market for safety reasons, according to a new study. And it took up to three-and-a-half years for half of the drugs to be withdrawn.

“This really points to a serious problem,” says Joel Lexchin, an emergency ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Abstract painter Fernand Leduc was key figure in contemporary art, signatory of 'Refus global'

A key figure in contemporary art, abstract painter Fernand Leduc died on Tuesday (January 28) at the age of 97. Leduc was part of "Les Automatistes" a group of painters in the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec.

In 1948 he was a signatory of the controversial anti-establishment and anti-religion manifesto "Refus global" (Total Refusal) along with contemporaries such as Paul-Émile ...

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Warm weather forces change to Yukon endurance races

Two major international races have had to make significant changes due to unseasonably warm weather recently in the far north.

The Yukon Quest is an annual 1,600 kilometre dog sled race between Fairbanks Alaska, USA, and Whitehorse Yukon Alaska.

The Arctic Ultra is a marathon for runners, skiers, or cross country cyclists, this year with 160 and 480 ...

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Canadian journalist detained in Egypt

Canadian Mohamed Fahmy is among 20 journalists detained in Egypt on charges of joining or assisting a terrorist group and spreading false news that endangers national security. The journalists work for the Al-Jazeera TV network. It is the first time authorities have put journalists on trial on terror-related charges.

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Canada Post stamps for Black History Month

Canada Post has created two more stamps in its ongoing series commemorating February’s Black History Month in Canada.

The two stamps represent two of the earliest black communities in Canada, on opposite sides of the country.

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Statistics Canada- Canadian household spending

Canada’s statistics gathering agency has just released its report on household spending by Canadians for the year 2012.

Not surprisingly household spending was up from the previous year by 2.7%.

The average Canadian household spent $75,443 in 2012 which included just over $56,000 on goods and services, with the remainder for things like income tax, pension contributions, and ...

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Canada's largest bank, Royal Bank, to sell Jamaican operations

Canada's largest bank, Royal Bank (RBC), announced on Wednesday (January 29) it has agreed to sell RBC Royal Bank (Jamaica) Limited and RBTT Securities Jamaica Limited (collectively "RBC Jamaica") to a rival lender, Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited. The sale is dependent on regulatory approvals and "is expected to be finalized in the coming months" according to the RBC press release.

"Consistent ...

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