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Health, Society

Birth control advice for teens should focus on IUDs first, say doctors

The Canadian Paediatric Society says doctors should advise youth that the best way for them to avoid pregnancy is the intrauterine device. The t-shaped device is about one-quarter the size of a person’s palm and is made of plastic or» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

HPV vaccine is again scientifically proven to be safe: study

Canadian research shows getting inoculated against the human papillomavirus does not increase the chance of getting an autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis or Bell’s palsy. Some people continue to question the safety of vaccinations in general, in» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Mercury linked to dramatic decline of migratory songbirds: study

Examination of tail feathers suggests that mercury is one of the determining factors for the steep declines of many songbird populations that migrate long distances to and from North America. The study by researchers at Western University in Ontario compared» 

Economy, Environment, International

Carbon emissions from tourism growing rapidly

A new study suggests that tourism is growing rapidly and is already responsible for about eight per cent of greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change. A large part of the emissions comes from flights, but this accounting also includes» 

Health, Indigenous, Society

Indigenous counselling service goes online

The government of Canada established a telephone help line for indigenous peoples in October 2016 and now, it has expanded the service to provide counselling though online chat. Counselling said to be ‘culturally competent’ The free service is available 24» 

Health, Society

More seniors, greater needs, warn care establishments

Nine out of 10 long-term care residents in Canada’s largest province have some form of cognitive impairment, reports the Ontario Long Term Care Association. Ontario is home to many of the very large group of Canadians born after the Second» 

Health, Society

Opioid prescription drugs to carry mandatory warning labels

The Canadian government will require opioids dispensed at pharmacies or in doctors’ offices to carry a sticker warning the medication can cause dependence, addiction and overdose. This and other measures will take effect in October 2018 in answer to the» 

Environment

Wilderness corridor created close to Montreal

Two conservation groups have acquired property in the province of Quebec that will enjoin a network of existing protected areas and increase connectivity for wildlife species there. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Conservation Manitou have acquired the Barbara» 

Environment, International, Society

Ban neonic pesticides, protect bees as did EU, urge groups

The European Union has banned all outdoor uses of neonicotinoid pesticides to protect bees, and Canada should do the same, argue several Canadian environmental groups. Scientific studies have long linked the use of these chemicals to the decline of honeybees,» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Exercise protects against depression world over: comprehensive study

An analysis of 49 studies involving more than 266,000 people suggests that physical activity can protect against the emergence of depression. “If you look across the world there is consistent evidence that physical activity has the capacity to prevent the»