Highlights/safety

Society

Hiking hazards can be avoided

Canadians and people coming to Canada from abroad to hike can underestimate the hazards and find themselves in serious trouble if they are not prepared. It is a mistake to rely on a cellphone to call for help. Canada is» 

Health

Plastic patch will detect e-coli in food

Canada has strict measures in place to assure the safety of food, but new technology may further reduce the chances that people eat contaminated food and get sick. Researchers at Western University in London, Ontario are developing a transparent plastic» 

Health, Society

Safety warnings abound ahead of holiday

July 1 is Canada Day, a public holiday and a time when Canadians do all kinds of crazy things, some of which are dangerous. Summer is so short that Canadians are eager to celebrate on this first holiday of the» 

Society

Laser attacks on aircraft can elicit fines, prison time

Laser attacks continue to put the safety of Canadians and flight crew at risk, says a news release from the Canadian government which goes on to announce penalties for those who launch them. A new measure prohibits the possession of» 

Health, Society

Paramedics’ psychological health and safety addressed

This week’s van attack in Toronto makes one wonder how stressful it is for first responders to answer emergencies. Mental disorders more prevalent The diagnosis of mental disorders among public safety personnel is four times higher than the general population» 

International, Society

Safety improved for many, but not all Bangladeshi garment workers

Two retail company initiatives have led to much improved safety conditions in some clothing factories in Bangladesh but a new report suggests more should be done. Canadian companies like Loblaw, Hudson’s Bay and YM Inc. were central to the initiatives» 

Health

Radiation from medical tests studied for safety

McMaster University is working on a campaign to make sure Canadians don’t get too much radiation through medical imaging. Excess exposure to radiation can cause cancer. While a single imaging event emits very little radiation, people may have several bouts» 

Society

Pilots blame more accidents on government cutbacks

The Canadian Federal Pilots Association is blaming government budget cuts for “a significant spike in accidents and incidents involving commercial airlines, commuter aircraft and air taxis last year.” The government’s Transportation Safety Board reports a rise in the number of» 

Society

‘Wrong people on trial’ for Lac-Mégantic disaster: support group

Three railway workers on trial for one of the deadliest and most destructive train disasters in Canadian history should not be made scapegoats for policy failures by the railway company they worked for and the federal government that failed to» 

Society

Law would ban cell phone use while crossing roads

Distracted pedestrians are more likely to be hit when crossing the street so a member of the provincial government of Ontario is proposing a law to improve safety. The Phones Down, Heads Up Act was tabled today in the legislature»