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Most toxic drug deaths are now from smoking. Advocates ask when B.C. will adjust to that reality

Last year, up to three quarters of people killed by B.C.’s toxic drug supply in parts of the province had smoked — not injected — their fatal dose, according to figures from the coroners service. But in some regions of B.C. that saw the highest rates of death by inhalation, …

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Hockey Canada’s response to scandal ‘boggles the mind,’ says Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the posturing of Hockey Canada — accused of mishandling allegations of gang rapes — “boggles the mind,” while the federal sports minister says it’s time for members of the embattled organization to “clean the house.” During a high-profile appearance before the House of Commons heritage committee on Tuesday, …

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Loblaws partners with self-driving company Gatik in Canadian first: driverless grocery trucks

Loblaws is partnering with an American autonomous vehicle company in what’s believed to be a Canadian first: taking grocery delivery orders between various Loblaws facilities via self-driving trucks. There is no human sitting in the driver’s seat of a half-dozen trucks adorned with PC Express branding, currently making their way around …

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Rust filming to resume after family of cinematographer shot by Baldwin settles lawsuit

The family of a cinematographer shot and killed by Alec Baldwin last year on the set of the film Rust has agreed to settle a lawsuit against the actor and the movie’s producers, and production on the project will resume in January. “We have reached a settlement, subject to court approval, …

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Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board has collapsed, expert says

A backlog of cases at the province’s Landlord and Tenant Board is creating hardship for tens of thousands of Ontarians who are having to wait more than half a year to settle a dispute. During the pandemic, the province paused evictions and hearings for months at a time, causing stoppages in the board’s work …

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These plants soak up nutrients from manure. They may make feedlot water clean enough to drink

On a feedlot in central Alberta, nearly 100 kilometres northeast of Calgary, researchers gathered to watch as floating islands were launched onto a pond created by runoff water.  To people driving past on a nearby dirt road, it might not look like much.  But the islands are the result of …

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B.C. announces new addiction and mental health supports for people leaving jail

The British Columbia government has announced inmates struggling with mental health and substance use will be supported after they leave jail by transition teams connected to all 10 of the province’s correctional centres. Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson said Monday that’s an increase from inmates at five facilities …

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Ottawa should move fast on promised $200M fund for Black-led charities, group says

The federal government needs to follow through quickly on its promise to create a self-sustaining investment fund for Black-led charities and community-based organizations, says a spokesperson for a group backing the idea. Liban Abokor, a board co-chair with the Foundation for Black Communities, made the comment after Ottawa took another step in laying the …

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Tips for parents on the hunt for kids’ fever-reducing meds

Anxious parents are flooding social media sites in search of fever-reducing medication for their little ones as cold and flu season begins. Pediatricians and pharmacists are trying to reassure them there are options.  Starting six months ago, some store shelves of pediatric acetaminophen and, later, ibuprofen products — like liquid …

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Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to trio of scientists for ‘pioneering’ work in quantum science

Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger won the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on quantum information science, it was announced Tuesday at a ceremony in Stockholm. Aspect is from France, Clauser the United States and Zeilinger is Austrian. The scientist were honoured for “experiments with entangled …

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