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July 6, 2018 3:16 PM Portuguese lawmakers overwhelmingly reject proposal to ban bullfighting

LISBON, PORTUGAL—Portugal’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly against a bill banning bullfights, which are a traditional summer event. A lone lawmaker with the People-Animals-Nature party tabled the bill Friday, but it earned just 31 votes in the 230-seat Republican Assembly, Portugal’s parliament. Unlike in Spain, bulls are not killed in the ring in Portugal 34

June 27, 2018 10:24 PM American women could lose abortion rights after Supreme Court judge announces his retirement

Women in no-abortion states who still wanted to terminate their pregnancies would be forced to choose between travelling to liberal states, getting an illegal abortion, or reluctantly allowing the pregnancy to continue. “Women with money could get abortions no matter what the law said, because they could travel out of state or even out of the country 12

June 18, 2018 10:55 PM Marijuana bill goes back to Senate after House rejects 13 amendments

OTTAWA — The federal government’s bill to legalize recreational cannabis is on its way back to the Senate. The House of Commons has voted 205-82 to reject 13 amendments passed by the upper house, including one which would have authorized provinces to prohibit home cultivation of marijuana plants if they choose. Senators will now have to decide whether 12

June 15, 2018 2:01 PM McDonald’s to switch to paper straws in U.K., Ireland

NEW YORK—McDonald’s said Friday it will switch to paper straws at all its locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and test an alternative to plastic ones in some of its U.S. restaurants later this year. The burger chain and other fast-food companies are facing increasing pressure from customers and environmental activists to stop using plastic straws 10

June 15, 2018 8:00 AM Reducing waste by banning plastic straws shouldn't come at the expense of accessibility

Single-use plastic straws are currently the best option available to people with certain disabilities There's a group of people whose needs are often overlooked when we talk about banning single-use plastic straws: people with disabilities. These are people who rely on using plastic straws on a daily basis — people like myself, a Canadian thalidomide 20

May 30, 2018 11:03 PM Kids with allergies more likely to be bullied, research shows

Tessa Bantock was labelled “allergy girl” and even pelted with nuts by her classmates at school. Growing up with a food allergy can be tough, but when children with serious allergies are bullied, the consequences are potentially life-threatening. “I am severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts,” said Bantock. “You definitely feel different and segregated 20

May 24, 2018 4:15 PM McDonald's not ready to let go of plastic straws

McDonald's says it is already working on finding alternatives to plastic straws McDonald's isn't ready to stop offering plastic straws, despite environmental concerns. A shareholder proposal to pressure the world's biggest hamburger chain on the matter was voted down at the company's annual meeting Thursday. The proposal by activist group SumOfUs asked 47

May 22, 2018 8:19 PM Quebec City mosque head urges ban on assault weapons in gun control legislation

OTTAWA—The president of Quebec City’s Islamic Cultural Centre appealed to a parliamentary committee Tuesday to include a ban on assault weapons in proposed gun control legislation. “Please, please. Help us, help us and help society so that this type of assault weapon, of war, is no longer in this country,” Boufeldja Benabdallah said. “It’s for the good of all society 12

May 17, 2018 2:29 AM Vancouver votes to ban plastic straws, foam cups and containers by June 2019

Council voted to bring in a distribution ban on straws and polystyrene on Wednesday Vancouver has voted to ban the distribution of plastic straws as well as foam take-out containers and cups as part of its zero-waste strategy. The move is part of the city's Zero Waste 2040 strategy, which was approved by councillors in a vote on Wednesday. Council also approved 21

April 17, 2018 5:02 PM Saskatchewan premier says province will also table oil-ban bill

Scott Moe tweets that if fuel tanks start running dry on the West Coast, Saskatchewan won’t be stepping in to fill them up. Moe says in his tweet that if fuel tanks start running dry on the West Coast, Saskatchewan won’t be stepping in to fill them up. Alberta and B.C. have been at odds over the Trans Mountain project, which was federally approved in 2016 but has been hamstrung 18