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Calgary doctor refuses to prescribe birth control over moral beliefs

Calgary doctor refuses to prescribe birth control over moral beliefs | Canada | Scoop.it
A doctor at a walk-in clinic in southwest Calgary is refusing to prescribe birth control due to her personal beliefs. Chantal Barry of Westglen Medical Centre does not prescribe contraception.
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Custom clothes for people in wheelchairs seeks to fill adaptive clothing void

Custom clothes for people in wheelchairs seeks to fill adaptive clothing void | Canada | Scoop.it
TORONTO - No matter where his clients are based, John Cook seeks to help them bypass one of their main shopping obstacles: finding comfortable garments suited to meet their mobility needs.In 2009, Cook teamed with Jennifer Gallienne to form Koolway Sports, a Whitby, Ont.-based company specializing in designing a colourful range of outerwear for people who use wheelchairs. The garments are handsewn, and Cook said 99 per cent of their products are custom-made for the individual, which can also feature personal touches like sewn-on crests of their favourite sports teams.Blanket fronts and backs can be zippered on and off of jackets, while zippers in the sleeves allow for the clients to be dressed while in their wheelchairs, said Gallienne.
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Harper's Pipeline Decision Is a Blow to Democracy

Harper's Pipeline Decision Is a Blow to Democracy | Canada | Scoop.it
A pipeline to carry diluent from the coast to the tar sands to dilute bitumen that would then be carried back to the coast in another pipeline for export to world markets in supertankers does not have a "sufficiently direct connection" to the tar sands? And the impacts of the tar sands and its products on climate are not relevant to the project that makes these impacts possible? What the hell? This project should never go ahead.
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A Canadian built robot is going to hitchike across the country

A Canadian built robot is going to hitchike across the country | Canada | Scoop.it
A Canadian built robot is done testing if humans can trust robots, it’s trying to decide if robots can trust humans. What happens when a robot, with no human supervision, is simply thrust into the world and tries to survive? […]
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Alberta family has to give up pet potbellied pig

Alberta family has to give up pet potbellied pig | Canada | Scoop.it
A family in Sherwood Park, Alta., has to give up their pet potbellied pig named Eli because county law doesn’t allow livestock to be kept inside homes.
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Businesses lobby to salvage foreign worker program

Businesses lobby to salvage foreign worker program | Canada | Scoop.it
Lobbyist registrations include Honda Canada, IBM Canada, Maple Leaf Foods, Microsoft, and Bank of Nova Scotia
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What Happened At The Border When We Sent A Reporter To Investigate Canada's Tar Sands

What Happened At The Border When We Sent A Reporter To Investigate Canada's Tar Sands | Canada | Scoop.it
At the border and beyond.
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Paid duty police work: Does it cost city too much?

Paid duty police work: Does it cost city too much? | Canada | Scoop.it
Are Toronto police officers being paid too much for paid duty work? It's an issue Coun. Michael Thompson, vice-chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, raised Tuesday in an interview with Matt Galloway on CBC Radio's Metro Morning. Paid duty is work officers perform outside their regular shifts.
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Why do Ontario lawyers who steal rarely go to jail?

Why do Ontario lawyers who steal rarely go to jail? | Canada | Scoop.it
They treat client trust accounts as their personal piggy banks, facilitate multi-million-dollar frauds and drain retirement savings of the elderly. While most lawyers caught stealing from their clients are reprimanded, suspended or disbarred by the profession’s regulator, the vast majority…
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Humpback whale's 'threatened' status amid Northern Gateway concerns

Humpback whale's 'threatened' status amid Northern Gateway concerns | Canada | Scoop.it
The Canadian government is trying to reduce the protection of humpback whales off the coast of B.C. under the Species at Risk Act as the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline threatens to turn the whales' habitat into a major oil shipping corridor. The move comes as the government readies for a decision on the approval of the pipeline, which would feed oil onto a tanker shipping route that overlaps with what environmental groups describe as "critical habitat" for the whale. Environement  Minister Leona Aglukkaq, with advice from Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, is recommending that the Northern Pacific population of humpback whales be downgraded from "threatened" to "species of special concern." The recommendation for the change to the Species at Risk Act was published in the Canada Gazette Saturday. The whale population has increased "significantly" since it was first listed as threatened in 2005, said a statement supporting the recommendation. It added that a 2011 independent assessment showed the whale's population growth rates have also increased. Karen Wristen, executive director of the Living Oceans Society, said the decision "has absolutely no basis in science and is simply a political move to clear the way to approve the pipeline." The downgrade would mean that the government would no longer have to designate critical habitat for the whale's recovery, Wristen said. Currently, that designated critical habitat consists of areas near Kitimat, B.C. – the proposed western end of the Northern Gateway pipeline – where the whales feed and rear their young in the spring and summer. The federal government is expected to decide before the end of June whether to approve or reject the proposed pipeline. A report of a joint review panel recommended in December that the government approve the project subject to 209 conditions. If the pipeline goes ahead, the whales' feeding and breeding areas are expected to be a major corridor for oil tanker traffic. "Ships were one of the specific things that were mentioned by …scientists as being a very high hazard to the whales for their recovery," Wristen said.
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Drugged seniors were prescribed antipsychotics by doctors, says health minister

Drugged seniors were prescribed antipsychotics by doctors, says health minister | Canada | Scoop.it
Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews acknowledged the drugging of seniors in provincially regulated nursing homes is a problem but suggested doctors are responsible. “Let’s remember, it’s doctors who prescribe these drugs, not the government,” Matthews told reporters in a heated…
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3 Tory Staffers Interfered In Access To Information: Watchdog

3 Tory Staffers Interfered In Access To Information: Watchdog | Canada | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Information Commissioner of Canada has found evidence of systemic interference with access to information requests by three Conservative staff members.Suzanne Legault is delivering her second report following an investigation into cases that date back to 2009 in the office of cabinet minister Christian Paradis, who was Public Works minister at the time.She had already found against one staff member, Sebastien Togneri, in a previous investigation that was sparked by a Canadian Press access-to-information request.Legault looked at more cases, and found that Togneri and two of his colleagues at the Public Works department interfered in five other instances.Togneri, Jillian Andrews and Marc Toupin had all insisted on changes or modifications to government records that bureaucrats had already cleared for release.Legault says there is evidence a possible offence has been committed, but she notes that she can only forward the matter to the current Public Works minister who in turn can refer it to the RCMP.
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Opposition parties attack health minister over drug review secrecy | Toronto Star

Opposition parties attack health minister over drug review secrecy | Toronto Star | Canada | Scoop.it
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Survivors of CA Indian Schools Do Not Want History Erased | PopularResistance.Org

Survivors of CA Indian Schools Do Not Want History Erased | PopularResistance.Org | Canada | Scoop.it
Michael Cachagee does not want his story erased from history. The 75-year-old survived 12-and-a-half years at Indian residential schools around Ontario where he
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Wawanesa apologizes to Montreal foster family for cancelling home insurance

Wawanesa apologizes to Montreal foster family for cancelling home insurance | Canada | Scoop.it
Wawanesa Insurance has apologized to the Montreal foster family whose home policy was terminated for having more than two foster children, but has only offered a two-month extension to their policy while they seek other coverage.
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Canada Approves Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline, But This Doesn't Mean It Will Be Built | Elizabeth Shope's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Canada Approves Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline, But This Doesn't Mean It Will Be Built | Elizabeth Shope's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Canada | Scoop.it
Today, the Canadian Federal Government approved Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline, kicking off a provincial decision-making process about the pipeline that will likely result in rejection of this risky project. The pipeline would carry 525,000 barrels per day...
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Federal agency seeks to widen surveillance beyond Idle No More to any demonstrators in Canada

Federal agency seeks to widen surveillance beyond Idle No More to any demonstrators in Canada | Canada | Scoop.it
'It’s a clear breach of our Charter rights,' Wesley Wark, an intelligence specialist at the University of Ottawa, says of the Government Operations Centre directive
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Canadian meteorologists barred from talking about climate change

Canadian meteorologists barred from talking about climate change | Canada | Scoop.it
But maybe that shouldn't be a surprise in a country that's become a rogue petrostate.
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Beloved Pets Poisoned By Antifreeze

Beloved Pets Poisoned By Antifreeze | Canada | Scoop.it
A Calgary family is grieving after two of their pet dogs were poisoned by eating sausage soaked in antifreeze.
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Canadian Blood Donor Turned Away Due to Trans Identity

Canadian Blood Donor Turned Away Due to Trans Identity | Canada | Scoop.it
While trans people in the U.S. are routinely rejected as blood donors, one Canadian trans woman has found herself on the receiving end of the same discriminatory treatment north of the border.
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Susana Bustes: Red tape could result in massive hospital bill for pregnant BC woman

Susana Bustes: Red tape could result in massive hospital bill for pregnant BC woman | Canada | Scoop.it
Susana Bustes will try to give birth at home to avoid paying tens of thousands of dollars for a hospital birth. She has to make this decision thanks to red tape and paperwork.
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Fracking comes to the world’s ‘greenest city’ | Al Jazeera America

Fracking comes to the world’s ‘greenest city’ | Al Jazeera America | Canada | Scoop.it
The gas boom in British Columbia could result in an additional 73 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year
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Donations pour in for teen whose dream trip plans were shattered

Donations pour in for teen whose dream trip plans were shattered | Canada | Scoop.it
An outpouring of generosity is helping a teen reach his goal of bringing his grandparents with him on a dream trip to “Thomas Land.”
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Homeless, disabled man jailed in bird death. Are we crazy?

Homeless, disabled man jailed in bird death. Are we crazy? | Canada | Scoop.it
On March 27, a man named Keith Watt was jailed for five days for fatally injuring a seagull in the ByWard Market. A shocking little story with two gaping holes. Who is he? Who are we to jail this man, for that?
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Massive property tax hike forces Yonge St. mom-and-pop store out

Massive property tax hike forces Yonge St. mom-and-pop store out | Canada | Scoop.it
For more than 12 years, Donny and Sue Lee’s Roxborough Smoke & Treats has been something of a midtown community hub. People stop by for smokes or chips or simply a friendly chat. But after the tax assessment on the…
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