Highlights / warning


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 »

Health, Society

Lightning kills and injures, warns government

Each year, lightning can cause as many as 10 deaths and 164 injuries in Canada, warns the government’s environment department. June 11-17 has been declared Lightning Safety Week and the government is drawing public attention to an online map which »


Phone scammers pretend to be national police

Of the myriad phone scams that plague Canadians, the latest involves fraudsters who pretend to be police officers with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). They use a system to disguise their telephone numbers so that they appear to be »


Deaths from distracted driving increase again

Police warn distracted driving is the top cause of road deaths in the province of Ontario and the toll has increased for the fifth consecutive year. Many schools, colleges and universities in Canada close for a week in March, and »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Thousands of scientists from 184 countries warn humanity-again

(comments open on all RCI stories- to add your comment go to the form at bottom of page) This week, more than 15.000 scientists from around the world signed an open letter noting the lack of action on environmental issues. »


Police warn about sexual extortion

Police in the town of Kingston in Ontario say they have received five complaints about sexual extortion and they are warning people to not share intimate images online. The cases involve men who were contacted by a woman who made »


Spike in overdose deaths prompts public warning

We have reported on the dramatic increase in overdose deaths in the western province of British Columbia, but a recent spike has prompted one of its six regional health departments to issue a public warning for people who use illicit »

Environment & Animal Life, Health

Use caution when treating pests on pets, urge health officials

At this time of year, Canadians and their pets spend more time outdoors and the government health agency notes that animals can bring home unwanted pests like fleas and ticks. Health Canada warns that this can be more than a »

Health, Society

Health authority warns of Halloween overdose risk

With many Halloween parties coming up this weekend, a western health authority is warning people to take precautions if they plan to take drugs. If they won’t consume themselves, people are advised to look out for friends and family who »

Health, International, Society

Postpone Olympics due to Zika, urge health experts

The Olympic Games should be relocated or postponed because of the Zika virus threat, say 150 health professionals and academics including Canadian professor Amir Attaran. “Our concern is for global health,” reads a letter addressed to the World Health Organization »