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U.S. health agency’s reported word ban on ‘fetus’ and ‘transgender’ alarms experts – World

The Associated Press Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation’s top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including “fetus,” “transgender” and “science-based.” The health community was reacting to a story in the Washington Post published late Friday citing an anonymous source who said the prohibition was made at a recent meeting of senior budget officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The seven words and phrases — “diversity,” “entitlement,” “fetus,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,”Read More

Cape Breton councillor refuses to apologize after being scolded by mayor

A Cape Breton councillor says she will not be apologizing for comments she made on CTV News over the weekend. Amanda McDougall was scolded by the mayor during a public session Tuesday night. McDougall maintains she’s done nothing wrong. “I feel like I’m being tested,” she says. “I feel like this is the test of what she can take and what can’t she take. Just like anyone else in any other position. It’s just trying to find my limits.” In a battle of words Tuesday night, Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityRead More

KHL undecided on player participation in the Olympics

James Ellingworth, The Associated Press Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:13AM EST Last Updated Wednesday, December 13, 2017 10:05AM EST MOSCOW — The president of the Kontinental Hockey League said Wednesday he is waiting to find out how many Russians will be banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics before deciding if he will allow his players to compete in South Korea. Dmitry Chernyshenko, the head of the organizing committee for the 2014 Sochi Olympics but now president of the KHL, said “we’ll understand who’s going and who’s not going and thenRead More

Sexual, physical abuse ‘rampant’ at Ontario training schools, suit alleges

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:26PM EST TORONTO — A man who says he was badly abused at one of Ontario’s now-defunct training schools is spearheading a proposed class-action against the province that seeks $600 million on behalf of other children and youth sent to the provincial facilities. In his unproven statement of claim, Kirk Keeping, 64, alleges the schools were festering cesspools of sexual, physical and psychological abuse perpetrated by unsupervised and unqualified staff on hapless kids. “The training schools contained a toxic environmentRead More

Fire at Matriarch Nightclub and Event Centre

Saskatoon Fire and Saskatoon Police are currently dealing with a major building fire at the Matriarch Nightclub and Event Centre, located at the corner of 33rd Street and Alberta Avenue. The building was previously the home of the Saskatoon Events Centre. There is no word yet on the cause of the fire. Crews are working to locate the source of the blaze. There are several traffic restrictions in place, including: –Idylwyld Drive and 33rd Street. North bound traffic is restricted to one lane. –33rd Street between Idylwyld and Alberta AvenueRead More

Salvation Army in desperate need of donations for hamper program

The London Salvation Army is hoping for a Christmas miracle because the cupboards and tables are bare at the Western Fair’s Progress Building. Donations are desperately needed to ensure 7000 kids in London have something under the tree Christmas morning. The greatest need is for new unwrapped toys, games, craft sets along with winter hats and mitts for children 0 to 2 and 8-12. Donations can be made at any London fire station, White Oaks Mall, Masonville Place and Westmount Mall as well as directly at the Progress Building. SourceRead More

Sydney man thanks couple who rescued him after dramatic 1986 crash – Nova Scotia

Emma Davie For more than 30 years, Donnie MacNeil has wanted to thank the couple that brought him to the hospital after a traumatic highway accident near Baddeck, N.S. Thanks to social media, this week he finally got to do just that. MacNeil posted to Facebook on Friday, asking if anyone remembered picking him up on Feb. 20, 1986. ‘Someone will rescue me’ MacNeil said that for 30 years, he had wanted to thank the couple that stopped to help him. (Submitted by Donnie MacNeil) At the time, the 19-year-old MacNeil was driving his redRead More

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $55 million Lotto Max jackpot

The Canadian Press Published Saturday, December 9, 2017 11:44AM EST Last Updated Saturday, December 9, 2017 11:49AM EST  No winning ticket was sold for the $55 million jackpot in last night’s Lotto Max draw. There were also four Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each up grabs, and one was claimed by a ticket holder in British Columbia. The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Dec. 15 will now grow to approximately $60 million, and players will also have a shot at 15 Maxmillions prizes.  Source link #USA #NewsRead More

Bright Lights underway in Jackson Park

Bright Lights Windsor is officially underway. The holiday festival kicked off on Friday at Jackson Park. Hundreds of people were on hand as the city flipped the switch and lit up the tall Christmas tree. Donny Tanouye made the trip from Leamington and liked what he saw. “What a beautiful beautiful idea,” says Tanouye. “It’s a great celebration and Windsor needs it, Windsor deserves it.” Lina Dimopoulos attended the kick-off and says Windsor needed a holiday lights festival. “I think it’s awesome, I think it’s overdue for Windsor to getRead More

Flying to Europe gets more expensive for Canadians as Delta adds baggage fee

MONTREAL — Travelling overseas will get a little more costly for some Canadian travellers after Delta Air Lines announced it will begin to charge for checked bags on flights to Europe and North Africa. The Atlanta-based airline said it will charge basic economy passengers US$60 or C$75 for the first bag and more for second bags. The fees will apply to tickets purchased after Dec. 6 and for flights after April 10 originating from the U.S. and Canada. There is no change in policy for more expensive international flight ticketsRead More