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Economy, Health, International, Politics, Society

COVID-19: Open the Canada-U.S border? Most Canadians say, not yet

This week the Canadian government says restrictions on travel between the U.S and Canada will remain in place for another month in light of the coronavirus situation RCI: May 15/20: Canada-U.S border to remain closed for another month Non essential »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

British Columbia unveils plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions

Starting in mid-May, British Columbians will be able to do things many Canadians in the rest of the country have been dreaming about since mid-March, when lockdown measures introduced by various levels of government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic upended »

Health, International, Politics, Society

COVID-19: End of the beginning? Canada planning gradual return to ‘normal’

Wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said regarding a major victory in 1942, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”. Perhaps that »

Health, Society

Canada is still ‘weeks away’ from easing pandemic restrictions, Trudeau says

Canada is still “weeks away” from relaxing public health restrictions and restarting portions of the economy that have been shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. Speaking outside his home »

Economy, Health, International, Politics, Society

COVID-19: Some countries easing restrictions, Canada not quite yet

Wuhan China which had been the centre of the global pandemic and which had been placed on lockdown for 10 weeks, has now eased travel restrictions. Several countries in Europe are now preparing also to ease some of the restrictions »

Environment & Animal Life

Canada’s failure to ban pesticide called incomprehensible

The Canadian government issued restrictions on the use of nicotine-based pesticides called neonics on April 11, 2019, but environmental groups say they should instead be banned outright. These pesticides were banned for outdoor use by the European Union last year »

Health, Politics, Society

Doctors, health professionals march for stronger gun laws

Doctors and others in the health care sector held rallies in several Canadian cities today to demand stronger restrictions on guns. Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns is a grassroots group made up of trauma surgeons, emergency room doctors, pediatricians, »

Health, International

E-cigarette use among teens grows dramatically

U.S. health authorities want to reduce the number of young people using e-cigarettes and so, plan to restrict sales of flavoured e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations.  In the face of this pressure, Juul Labs Inc. announced it will »

Health, Society

Opioid deaths increase 34 per cent

The government of Canada will severely restrict the marketing of prescription opioids to doctors after nearly 4,000 Canadians died in 2017 of overdose linked to this class of drugs. That was an increase from about 3,000 in 2016. The most »

Society

New rules, funding aim to cut homelessness by half

The Canadian government will provide more money with fewer restrictions with the goal of helping cities reduce homelessness by half over the next decade. A research paper from 2016 found that at least 235,000 people in Canada experience homelessness in »