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  • Public health investigating legionnaires' disease outbreak

    August 4, 2017 9:03 PM 15

    Hamilton public health is trying to determine what's causing an outbreak of legionnaires' disease. The bacterium, which is typically found in warm water environments, is a type of pneumonia. The city says it has gotten reports of six cases of the infection since the beginning of July, which is "at the high end of the expected number of cases for this time period

  • B.C. drug deaths reach 780 in June, up 88 per cent from same time last year

    August 4, 2017 5:37 PM 11

    VANCOUVER -- British Columbia's health officials are considering plans to offer an overdose reversing drug online and urging drug users not to use alone after an 88 per cent increase in deaths. Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said many of the 780 fatalities between January and June were among people who died alone. There were 414 deaths during the same period

  • City of Windsor launches strategy to deal with opioid use

    August 4, 2017 4:01 PM 7

    Flanked by health officials and police, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens announced a new local strategy to deal with opioid use in the City of Windsor. Mayor Dilkens released details of the plan at a media conference Friday. Dilkens says the main goal of the strategy is to create long-term solutions for what’s becoming a major community safety and policing

  • Toronto mulls accelerated response to opioid-related deaths Add to ..

    August 4, 2017 1:05 AM 11

    Toronto is considering fast-tracking the opening of three supervised drug-use sites and will ask some police officers to carry a life-saving antidote to fentanyl after a spate of deaths linked to tainted street drugs over the past week. Public-health officials across the country have warned for months that authorities in Toronto should be prepared for the appearance

  • First Nations people 5 times more likely to overdose in B.C., data shows

    August 3, 2017 9:01 PM 29

    Statistics on Indigenous overdose victims released for the first time on Thursday First Nations people in B.C. are five times more likely to experience an overdose and three times more likely to die from one, according to new data released Thursday. The statistics confirm what Indigenous leaders in the province have suspected for months — that their

  • Canada approves three types of genetically engineered potatoes

    August 3, 2017 6:50 PM 27

    BOISE, Idaho -- Canadian officials say three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat. The approval confirmed by Health Canada officials on Thursday means the J.R. Simplot Co. potatoes can be imported, planted and sold in Canada

  • Wildfires spark state of emergency in Oregon

    August 3, 2017 5:52 PM 19

    Thursday, August 3, 2017, 1:43 - Wildfires burning across the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, Canada, along with hot and dry conditions prompted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency Wednesday. Brown’s declaration enables the Oregon National Guard to mobilize resources on an as-needed basis to assist the Department of Forestry

  • Austrian women with leak-prone breast implants compensated

    August 3, 2017 3:18 PM 9

    VIENNA - An Austrian consumer watchdog says 69 women in the country given leak-prone breast implants made by a French company have received 3,000 euros (over US$3,550) each in damages. The VKI -- Union for Consumer Information -- says the compensation was paid by German and French testing companies TueV Rheinland and TueV Rheinland-France after a court

  • Province offering free access to abortion pill Mifegymiso

    August 3, 2017 2:31 PM 12

    Women in Ontario will be able to get an abortion pill for free with a prescription as of Aug. 10. Mifegymiso, an alternative to surgical abortion, is a combination of the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol. It can be used to terminate pregnancies at an early stage, up to seven weeks from the start of a woman's last menstrual period. The Ontario government

  • Shoppers Drug Mart plans move to mall late next year

    August 3, 2017 4:27 AM 11

    The Shoppers Drug Mart on 18th Street will be moving across the road to become another addition to Shoppers Mall. The retail drug store has signed a lease agreement for an 18,000-square-foot portion of the space vacated by Target Canada. "We’re delighted to welcome Shoppers Drug Mart, who will be a perfect complement to our existing slate of more than 90 retailers