Highlights / deaths

Environment & Animal Life

What is killing Botswana’s elephants by the hundreds?

There’s a crisis in Botswana. Elephants are dying by the hundreds and nobody knows why. Initial official reports have said over 200 of the majestic animals had died since carcasses began to be discovered two months ago. Conservationists now estimate »

Health, Politics, Society

COVID-19: Ontario, and elsewhere, at or near the peak?

Ontario, Canada’s most populated province at over 14 million, is now indicating some hesitant optimism about infection rates. Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s associate chief medical officer of health and Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, dean of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School »

Health, Politics

Ontario releases projections on figures for COVID-19 deaths

Governments in Canada have been under pressure to reveal projections on the potential death toll from this novel coronavirus. While the federal government has so far not complied, today provincial health officials in Ontario revealed their modelling projections. The modeling »


Thousands die from medical errors yearly, notes advocacy group

In Canada, medical errors account for 28,000 deaths yearly, according to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute which campaigns to reduce that number. Errors are said to be the third leading cause of death in Canada after cancer and heart disease, »


Canada approves two new drugs to fight opioid crisis

The Canadian government calls the opioid crisis one of the most serious public health issues in Canada’s recent history noting that 10,337 people died of opioid overdose between January 2016 and September 2018. It has announced approval of two new »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Millions die after surgery worldwide, say researchers

A new study suggests that 4.2 million people die each year in the 30 days after surgery making this the third leading cause of death around the world. Using available information, researchers found that this number of post-surgery deaths exceeds »

International, Society

More journalists killed in 2018

The number of journalists killed for the work they do nearly doubled this year, according the the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. At least 53 journalists were killed somewhere in the world between January 1 and December 15, 2018. »

Health, International

Tobacco plain packaging spreading worldwide

The Canadian Cancer Society is lauding what it calls tremendous momentum worldwide for plain packaging on tobacco products. An international report says there are now 25 countries and territories moving forward with plain packaging including Canada. Plain packaging was implemented »


Hot humid weather claims lives in Quebec

An extended period of hot and humid weather is linked to the deaths of as many as 16 people in the province of Quebec and the heat wave is expected to last another two days. Some people have air conditioning »

Health, Society

Drug checking finds most were not what Vancouver users expected

An overdose crisis in the western city of Vancouver prompted officials to ask for samples of street drugs to test their contents. Analysis of 1,714 substances found that more than 60 per cent contained none of the drug that clients »