Thursday, January 9, 2014

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Thursday January 9 2014 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Opposition leader wants return of government inspection of railways

The Canadian government should return to inspecting the safety of railways in Canada, and not leave it to railway companies, Official Opposition NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said on Thursday (January 9) two days after another train derailment in Canada.

The Official Opposition leader told a press conference that successive Liberal and Conservative governments have let companies self-inspect their ...

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Canada must fight Russia’s anti-gay law: activist

Canadians must be careful to not break Russia’s anti-gay law when they are there but they also have an obligation to apply pressure to have the law withdrawn, says Fo Niemi, executive director the Centre for Research Action on Race Relations.

“An attack on gay rights… is an attack on fundamental human rights,” says Niemi. The ...

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Closing of Canadian fisheries libraries alarms scientists

An effort at federal cost-cutting has marine scientists and researchers across Canada and elsewhere shocked and dismayed.

Announced last year, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is closing 7 of its 11 specialized libraries across the country in order to save money.

DFO officials say they are getting rid of duplicate books and research documents, and ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Canadian lab cracks the DNA code for 1800’s cholera pandemic

At Hamilton, Ontario’s McMaster University, scientists have once again travelled back in time to solve a medical mystery.

Known as the Ancient DNA Centre at the university’s Department of Anthropology, it has become a leader in the emerging field of paleopathogenomics, the excavation of the genetic sequences of pathogens that infected in eras before science could ...

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Fire continues, as train derailment investigated

The fire at a train derailment in the Canadian province of New Brunswick continues, but is under control, according to railway authorities, who have not yet been able to approach the derailed cars because of the fire. The accident occurred Tuesday (January 7) near the town of Plaster Rock.

Among the cars that derailed some carried crude oil and others were ...

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Proposal for a "Viola Desmond" holiday in Nova Scotia

The eastern maritime province of Nova Scotia is now in the process of following the lead of several other provinces in creating a holiday in the month of February. This would give a long weekend to provide a mid-winter break. The province will institute the holiday in 2015 but in the meantime they have been asking for suggestions on what ...

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Court awards damages for unauthorized credit check

Cable giant Bell has been ordered to pay damages of $21,000 to Rabi Chitraker for accessing his credit record without his permission. Chitraker had asked Bell for a satellite television connection for his home in the eastern province of Nova Scotia in December 2010.

Justice Michael Phelan called Bell’s conduct in the matter “reprehensible” and chided the company for ...

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Baiting wolves for photos “illegal, unacceptable”

Park officials in western Canada are worried that “wildlife paparazzi” are using food to bait wolves so they can get a good photograph. A park warden on patrol in Banff National Park on Sunday came upon a wolf feeding on a discarded, cooked turkey at the side of the road. Nearby were three vehicles with people inside taking ...

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One H5N1 bird flu death confirmed in Canada, officials downplay risk

Canadian officials have confirmed the first human death from H5N1 bird flu in North America, during a press conference Wednesday (January 8), but the officials repeatedly emphasized that there is no risk of transmission between humans.

The case was confirmed in a lab test Tuesday night.

The person, a resident of the western Canadian province of Alberta, first showed symptoms ...

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