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Economy, International, Internet, Science & Technology

False alert from nuclear plant scares Ontario residents

It was early on a sleepy Sunday morning when mobile phones, radios, and TV began sending an urgent alarm at 07;30 The alarming province-wide message said something had gone wrong at the Pickering Nuclear power plant located on the shore »

Health

Government warns against soft-shelled hyperbaric chambers

Canada’s health department says soft-shelled hyperbaric chambers “are unauthorized medical devices and may pose serious health risks, including death.” These chambers are promoted online or sometimes offered as a service for treating medical conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy and »

Health

Bristle brushes pose health risk, government seeks safety standard

As the weather warms up, Canadians love to get out the barbecue and cook outdoors, but the government is warning them to check the metal brushes they use to clean the grill. It is also seeking a voluntary safety standard »

Health

More children poisoned by cannabis, warns hospital

The Montreal Children’s Hospital is warning people to use extreme caution when storing cannabis and to realize it is dangerous for children. Where it used to be rare for children to come to the hospital for cannabis use or intoxication »

Atlantic bluefin tuna are corralled by fishing nets off the coast of Barbate, Cadiz province, southern Spain. Two studies by environmental groups say overfishing of the Atlantic continues, in part because quotas are too high. (Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press)

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Politics, Society

U.N. report: Dire warnings on biodiversity and future of humanity (interview)

A million species could disappear That dire warning comes from the latest extensive report from the United Nations. They gathered scientists from around the world  to contribute to the first comprehensive report on the state of the world’s biodiversity. The »

Society

National police warn about fraudulent phone calls

Canada’s national police force, the RCMP,  issued a warning about fraudulent telephone calls demanding money which appear to be from it. The callers pretend to be police officers and tell victims they owe a large amount of money in taxes »

Health

Children should not use cough, cold products containing opioids: warning

The government of Canada recommends that those under 18 years old should not use cough and cold remedies containing codeine, hydrocodone or normethadon. These are mostly prescription drugs, but some low-dose formulations including codeine are available without a prescription. The »

Society

Special avalanche warning issued for western Canada

Many Canadians complain about the long cold winter, but others can’t wait to get out and enjoy the beauty and the snow. Several snow storms have hit the western province of British Columbia and, with a forecast for clear weather »

Society

Vulnerable homeowners warned against underhanded buyers

There have been several complaints in the province of Manitoba about people using aggressive tactics to try to by homes for lower-than-market prices from vulnerable owners. The Manitoba Securities Commission says people are targeting homeowners who are experiencing financial distress »

Society

Do not hike while high, warn rescuers

With recreational use of marijuana soon to be legalized in Canada, rescuers in the Vancouver area are warning hikers to never go into the wilderness after taking drugs, even alcohol. This seems like a no brainer to me but North »