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Politics, Society

Handgun ban study: Canadians strongly divided

After months of consultation, federal Minister of Border Security and Organised Crime, Bill Blair, has released his report on a possible ban on handguns and so-called assault-style rifles. The 31-page report says Canadians are very polarized on the issue of» 

Environment, Society

Second province will ban plastic bags

The eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador is the second province that will ban the retail use of plastic bags. Public consultations in the province suggest 87 per cent of the population is in favour of the ban.  However, the» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Facebook bans 6 Canadian ‘alt-right’ groups

Facebook is banning half a dozen pages linked to far-right, white nationalist and extremist groups, the social media giant announced Monday. The ban on Facebook and Instagram affects far-right political commentator Faith Goldy, white nationalist crusader Kevin Goudreau, as well» 

Health, International

Canada plans to ban breast implant linked to cancer

Canada’s health department has announced it intends to suspend its licences for Biocell breast implants following a safety review of breast implants and a rare form of cancer. Health Canada has been notified of 28 confirmed cases of BIA-ALCL, a» 

Arts and Entertainment, Politics, Society

Ontario: No phones in classrooms

In an announcement Tuesday, Ontario’s Education Minister said mobile phones will not be allowed in school classrooms starting in September which is the beginning of the next school year. The reason is the claim that cell phones are a distraction» 

Economy, Environment, Politics, Society

Ontario may ban plastic straws and single use plastic

Canada’s most populous province is exploring a ban on plastic straws and other single use plastics such as plastic untensils like those often found in fast food outlets. A document was released this week called, Reducing Litter and Waste in» 

Health, Society

Stronger gun control urged by new doctors’ group

Canadian doctors and other health-care professionals have formed a new group to fight for strong gun control laws including a ban on handguns and assault weapons. “Guns represent a growing public health threat. Statistics Canada reports that firearm-related violent crime» 

Economy, Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Proposal to ban private “for profit” blood clinics.

A member of Canada’s Senate has tabled a bill to ban “cash for blood” clinics in Canada. Traditionally blood has been collected in Canada on a voluntary basis. Independent Senator Pamela Wallin has introduced bill S-252 which would ensure private» 

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Politics, Society

Shark finning: Canada close to ban on import of shark fins

After years of campaigning against the practice of shark finning and the sale of fins, Canada is moving close to a ban. Although the actual practice has been banned in Canada since 1994, shark fins can still be imported. According» 

Environment, International, Politics

Greenland joins push to ban heavy fuel oil in the Arctic

Environmental and northern Indigenous communities are welcoming the decision by Greenland to push for a ban on the use of the highly polluting heavy fuel oil (HFO) in Arctic shipping. In a statement released Monday, the government of Greenland (Naalakkersuisut)»