Local athlete competing in Mexico

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LETHBRIDGE – If you’re walking through the halls of the Lethbridge College Physical Education building and you hear a constant, echoing thump, chances are it’s Coby Iwaasa practicing for his next big game. Not long ago, U-18 Junior Boys National Racquetball Champion learned that he would be competing in Mexico at the 2014 Pan American Sports Festival.

“I was very thrilled,” said Iwaasa. “Almost jumping you could say.”

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Iwaasa plays racquetball; a fast paced sport that requires just as much brain power as physical agility. “It’s very reaction based, because you only have so many seconds before you have to choose what shot to hit for the appropriate time. So you have to be able to think really quickly.”

Early Tuesday morning, Iwaasa is catching a flight to Mexico to meet up with the rest of Team Canada, and size up his opponents. It’s going to be one of the biggest competitions he has been a part of.

“This is going to be a lot bigger than most tournaments I’ve ever been to,” said Iwaasa. “[It’s] like all these countries coming together and each one is sending their best players to come. So it’s going to be tough competition no matter who you play.”

The 2014 Pan American Sports Festival is a massive event, with over 4,500 athletes from different countries competing in over 20 different events. It’s essentially a precursor to the 2015 Pan-Am Games which are to be held in Toronto, and a way to prepare some athletes for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The high level competition doesn’t seem to phase Iwaasa, who at the young age of 18 has already had plenty of experience on the world stage. And he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

“Starting September, I go on a bus and we’re just going to go from California, all the way to Chicago, down to Mexico and back up to Minneapolis. It’s going to be just tournament after tournament and that’s the next step.”

Even with so much already accomplished in his young racquetball career, Coby Iwaasa still has a clear goal in Mexico.

“My goal is to win, just like everyone else there. I feel like I’ve trained hard and I’ve been training well. All that’s going to build up to this tournament, so I’m very confident.”

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OKCupid admits it manipulated feeds for experiments

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UPDATE (July 30): A spokesperson from the office of the federal privacy commissioner confirmed to Global News that they are aware of the recent revelations by OKCupid.

“The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is aware of this matter, which appears to raise similar privacy issues to those now being considered with respect to 广州桑拿论坛’s activities,” said the spokesperson in an email.

The spokesperson could not comment on whether the commissioner will take any action in this case.

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    TORONTO – Popular dating site OKCupid has come to 广州桑拿论坛’s defence, admitting it too has manipulated user feeds to experiment on people.

    The revelation came just one month after 广州桑拿论坛 came under fierce criticism for conducting a psychological experiment on nearly 700,000 users without their knowledge.

    OKCupid founder Christian Rudder revealed in a company blog post Monday that the company often runs experiments on unknowing users – in some cases manipulating people’s “matches” to say they weren’t a good fit, even if the site’s algorithm said the two users were a perfect match.

    “We noticed recently that people didn’t like it when 广州桑拿论坛 “experimented” with their news feed. Even the FTC is getting involved,” wrote Rudder.

    “But guess what, everybody: if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.”

    READ MORE: Will 广州桑拿论坛 lose users over its emotion manipulation study?

    The blog post goes on to explain in detail some of the “more interesting” – in Rudder’s word – experiments the website has conducted on users.

    Two of the experiments mentioned involved messing with users’ photos (arguably one of the most important aspects of an online dating profile).

    In January 2013 the site set up the “Love is Blind Day” experiment, which involved removing all users’ photos to see how it would affect exchanges. Unsurprisingly, the site saw a decrease in traffic that day, but users had better experiences overall.

    According to the blog, people responded to first messages 44 per cent more often than they did when there was a profile picture visible and contact details were exchanged more quickly.

    The second photo-based experiment looked at how users scored each other based on looks and personality.

    Developers hid text from users’ profile pages to see if they would be rated just on their looks. The study found that text contributed less than 10 per cent towards how profiles were rated.

    While the first two experiments may not seem as controversial as 广州桑拿论坛’s emotion manipulation study, the final experiment mentioned by Rudder has many users up in arms.

    The site changed its match algorithm to match users who would have otherwise been considered a bad match for each other.

    This experiment found that users who were told they were highly compatible were more likely to interact, even if they were considered a bad match by the site’s algorithm.

    Rudder defended the experiment by suggesting it helped the company to rethink its match strategy – making more compatible couples and more happy customers.

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    “The ultimate question at OkCupid is, does this thing even work,” said Rudder.

    “But in the back of our minds, there’s always been the possibility: maybe it works just because we tell people it does. Maybe people just like each other because they think they’re supposed to?”

    But some users are still outraged by the experiments.

    The announcement was a bold move on OKCupid’s part – especially as 广州桑拿论坛 is now under investigation by government bodies over its emotion study.

    READ MORE: Privacy czar looking into 广州桑拿论坛’s emotion manipulation study

    The office of Canada’s privacy commissioner has said they will press 广州桑拿论坛 for more information related to the study, alongside British, French and U.S. regulators.

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One Direction’s Zayn Malik sparks Twitter war

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TORONTO – Zayn Malik of the British pop group One Direction sparked a firestorm late Sunday when he tweeted “#FreePalestine” to his 13 million followers.

By early Monday, the 21-year-old’s message had been retweeted more than 150,000 times.

Malik has been getting both kudos and criticism for his position.

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“I’m so proud of you. You’re so brave,” tweeted one fan. Another posted: “I’m proud of you standing up for what you believe in.”

But other tweets include “YOU CAN GO TO HELL” and “Seriously disappointed. You don’t have a clue of what’s rly goin on.”

Malik, who was raised in a Muslim household, is not the first pop star to weigh in on the conflict.

Rihanna tweeted “#FreePalestine” but deleted it only minutes later. She later tweeted: “Let’s pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?”

On July 18, Selena Gomez posted a message on Instagram that read “It’s About Humanity. Pray for Gaza” but a day later added: “And of course to be clear, I am not picking any sides. I am praying for peace and humanity for all!”

Here’s a sample of the reactions Malik got to his tweet:

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Budget Deliberations Begin

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The numbers are in, now the crunching begins as City Council got its first look at the 2015-2018 operating budget.

There are several items that drew council’s attention, particularly the 2.93 per cent annual increase in property taxes.

“I think 2.9 percent is on the high side, so we will see what we can do to bring that down,” said Mayor Chris Spearman.

The budget also includes an annual increase of 2.62 per cent in utility rates, but Spearman said people should not be concerned with the increases this early in the process.

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“We want to make sure that we thoroughly investigate all the opportunities that there are for savings, then look at everything that we are doing in terms of adding costs and just make sure tax payers are getting value for their money.”

Some significant spending increases include $5.5 million over the next four years for the Capital Improvement Program, which would cost the tax payer $1.76 per month. Emergency services would see an additional $2.8 million increase, with a tax change of $0.91 per month

“First blush, it meets the needs of what the projected growth is internally,” said Councillor Jeffrey Coffman, who is acting chair of the Finance Committee.

“It is incumbent upon us to go back through the document and see if there are other opportunities or options we can take advantage of.”

This is the first time the city has worked with four-year operating budget, as opposed to three, to match the new four-year term for council. City Manager, Garth Sherwin, said even with the additional year the process remains the same.

“Our departments are very good at this now. This is their sixth multi-year budget, and they are very accustom to thinking longer term and budgeting accordingly,” he explained.

The budget is in its early stages, and still needs to go through public consultation and be debated by council. The final budget will be approved on November 24th.

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WATCH: Lumby medical marijuana grower says RCMP went too far in bust

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Update February 2015: Lumby RCMP says no charges have yet been approved in this case.

LUMBY – A medical marijuana producer in the North Okanagan is speaking out arguing RCMP went too far when they seized much of his equipment while executing a search warrant last week.

However, police say they were investigating the production of a controlled substance and seizing equipment is routine.

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RCMP seized equipment was last Thursday when they executed a search warrant at a Lumby facility where Josh Peterson says he is licensed to grow medical marijuana for himself and another person.

“I’m looking at, to get this back to where I was, I am probably looking at $250,000,” says Peterson.

He admits he had more plants that were allowed under his production licenses.

“I did have more plants and I had extra plants because when you are moving plants and you are transplanting plants, you end up a lot of times losing plants. So, I pull my numbers to get down to it. I don’t start at my number where I end up below my number,” says Peterson.

To make matters more complicated, he says there was also another licensed medical marijuana grower using the same building.

“There was a third license here under another individual who was no longer with us so because he was no longer here and we couldn’t get a hold of him, we are looking at removing his license and removing the plants,” explains Peterson.

He says police only left him with the number of plants allowed under his production licenses and he is not taking issue with that. What he does take issue with is RCMP seizing much of his equipment.

“He went and took the infraction amount, left me with plants but he left me in a crippled state by taking all of my equipment, which he is not entitled to do,” says Peterson who argues RCMP went too far.

“It is not just a hit to me, it is a hit to my designated person as well. They have the license for me to grow for them because they have a serious medical condition,” says Peterson.

RCMP say they were acting on a complaint from the public and investigating the production of a controlled substance.

“This is routine for police, we execute a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act [and] we do take the equipment,” says Henry Proce with Lumby RCMP.  “Basically we shut down the operation if it is deemed to be illegal.”

Peterson insists nothing criminal has gone on but police expect to recommend charges in connection with the search.

“I think there will be two charges, which will be forwarded to federal crown once the matter is fully concluded and investigated,” says Proce.

According to Health Canada, it is up to the RCMP to decide what they do or don’t seize.

Peterson hopes to rebuild his operation and have his equipment returned.

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Canada claims victory over U.S. in beef and pork labelling battle

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SASKATOON – The federal government is once again claiming victory over the U.S. when it comes to country-of-origin labeling (COOL) laws on livestock from Canada and Mexico.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled against requirements forcing Canadian beef and pork to be segregated and labeled when it’s exported to the U.S. The organization ruled that it had a “detrimental impact on the competitive opportunities” of Canadian livestock in the U.S. market.

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    Monday’s ruling marked the third time the organization has sided with the Canadians against COOL.

    “We once again have a ruling from the highest trade court in the world, that the Americans are in violation of their obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization,” said Federal Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz, who reacted to the news in Saskatoon.

    COOL was introduced in 2002 and was activated by the U.S. government in 2008. Since that time, minister Ritz claims the requirements have cost producers roughly $1-billion a year.

    “Our government encourages American legislators to listen to the WTO panel, do what’s right for economies, and end this discriminatory process once and for all,” said Ritz.

    Brad Wildeman, a beef producer from Lanigan, said the process of segregating the exported beef hurts Canadian business, because fewer companies want to deal with the extra work that the legislation brings.

    “We make up about three per cent of their supply,” said Wildeman, referring to Canada’s share in the U.S. beef market.

    “For the big major retail companies that would sell meat, they’re looking, saying we’re not going through all this cost for three per cent supply, we’ll just use U.S. and be done with it.”

    Wildeman added that a drought in 2002, mad cow disease scare in 2003 and COOL requirements have contributed to hurting Canada’s beef production industry.

    “When you add all those things together, a lot of people lost a lot of confidence in the industry, a lot of people have exited the industry,” said Wildeman.

    “We have the smallest cow herd now we’ve had in some fifty to sixty years in North America,” he added.

    Ritz said he expects the U.S. government to appeal the ruling, which means a final decision could take months. In the meantime, the federal government has drafted a list of American exports that they would target with tariffs, if the U.S. government failed to comply with the WTO’s ruling.

    “We will target everything from California wine, to Minnesota mattresses,” said Ritz, who added that the retaliatory measures could not be used during the appeal process, if the U.S. government decides to go that route.

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Saskatchewan welcomes largest group of foreign diplomats

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REGINA – The federal and provincial governments are showcasing Saskatchewan to the largest group of foreign diplomats the province has ever hosted. Regina welcomed 50 diplomats Monday for an economic mission.

“Saskatchewan is a province of the future. It’s a province of amazing people, and we came here to explore the possibility of exchange,” explained Croatian ambassador, Veselko Grubisic.

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The diplomats’ three-day itinerary includes tours of a potash mine, RCMP “depot” division, and SaskPower’s boundary dam carbon capture project. The diplomats will also attend the opening of session at the legislature on Wednesday.

“My hope for this forum is that when they report back to their home countries, they have a firsthand experience of all that’s going on in Saskatchewan,” said House of Commons speaker, Andrew Scheer.

More than just international trade, the discussions this week will centre largely around people. Of particular interest to many of the diplomats is partnerships in education and more international exchanges for post-secondary students.

“Our population is young and our population is hungry for knowledge,” said Zimbabwean ambassador, Florence Zano Chideya.

The University of Saskatchewan already has a joint degree program with a university in Norway – Zano Chideya would like to see similar joint programs with her country.

“I know this is something I can easily convince my government we are looking at and it can easily be adapted,” she said.

More international collaboration is part of the Saskatchewan government’s education growth plan:

“Increasing the number of international students here in the province and to increase the number of students from Saskatchewan who go to study abroad,” said Kevin Doherty, advanced education minister.

Doherty wants the exchange of students to actually lead to more solid economic partnerships in the future.

“Students will come here and study in this province and go back to their respective countries. They end up in senior management positions in large organizations or indeed in government at the very top level of the bureaucracy or even in elected positions and they remember fondly – hopefully they remember fondly, their time here in Saskatchewan,” he said.

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In Photos: Comet Siding Spring buzzes Mars

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Watch the video above: NASA explains just how close Comet Siding Spring came to Mars.

TORONTO – It didn’t collide with Mars as initially anticipated, but Comet Siding Spring still put on a great show.

The comet —; officially designated C/2013 A1 —; was discovered in January 2013 and astronomers eagerly anticipated its trip by Mars.

It’s believed that this is the first time the comet paid our inner solar system a visit. Data suggest that it originates from the Oort Cloud, a vast collection of icy bodies that surrounds our solar system. Every so often something dislodges one of them and sends them into orbit around the sun.

READ MORE: 5 interesting things about Comet Siding Spring’s close encounter with Mars

As the comet neared Mars, astronomers around the world turned their telescopes toward the red planet.

Renowned astrophotographer Damian Peach captured Comet C2013 A1 on Oct. 11 from California.

Courtesy Damian Peach

Using a remote telescope in Australia, Italian astronomer Rolando Ligustri captured Comet Siding Spring as it approached Mars on Oct. 19.

Courtesy Rolando Ligustri

The comet, when first discovered, was thought to be on a collision course with Mars. As the comet neared, astronomers refined their calculations which placed it a safe distance from the planet. However, it was still a close shave: it passed within 139,000 km, about one-third the distance between Earth and the moon.

Comet Siding Spring as it passed Mars on Oct. 19.

Courtesy Rolando Ligustri

Shortly after the flyby, NASA reported that all of its spacecraft —; three orbiters and two rovers —; were safe and sound.

In orbit around Mars was NASA’s HiRISE spacecraft. It took high resolution images at a distance of 138,000 kilometres.

The rover Opportunity, turned one of its cameras to the sky, capturing a faint fuzz in the sky, likely the comet.

Is this Comet Siding Spring as seen from Mars? This image of a ‘faint fuzzy’ was photographed by NASA’s Opportunity rover.

Courtesy NASA/JPL

NASA intends to further study the passage of the small comet. In particular, its MAVEN spacecraft —; which arrived at the end of September —; will study how the Martian atmosphere was affected (if at all) by the particles from the passing body.

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Public pressure mounting on Saskatoon city council

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Watch above: Transit labour unrest may have damaged city’s reputation

SASKATOON – Even though the buses are back up and running, has the damage already been done?

First the Saskatoon Transit lockout was found to be illegal, then another lockout was issued which was then withdrawn, all within three days.

Experts agree the transit labour situation has been less than ideal for the city’s reputation.

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    “I think that it really hasn’t turned out I think the way the city wanted it to turn out,” said Dr. Dionne Pohler, assistant professor at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

    “I think that the problem with the clause in the Saskatchewan Employment Act is it was an issue of interpretation over whether or not the lockout was in fact legal or not.”

    According to city councillor Darren Hill, the first lockout was the council’s decision.

    “We did what we deemed to be the right course of action based on the information that was provided to us,” said Hill.

    It was the second lockout, said Hill, that was issued by administration prior to an executive council meeting to discuss the ruling from the labour relations board, one that city council would withdraw.

    It was the right move said Pohler.

    “It was a very good move on the part of the city to rescind the second lockout notice. I think that it indicates that the city is willing to take a step forward at this point and I would hope that the union would choose to take the same approach,” Pohler, who admits that even so, there are no winners in this situation.

    “I think that right now, nobody is really happy with either (side) in this issue, particularly the public.”

    Hill says he received a tweet with colourful language on Sunday.

    “I don’t make my decisions based who’s going to vote for me in the future, this was a very complicated matter, it’s not over yet,” explained Hill.

    “We still have an agreement to reach with the Amalgamated Transit Union, there’s a great distance between us and I’m still sure there’s going to be people on both sides that will be upset with the decisions and vote that I make.”

    Taxpayers are divided on the situation.

    “I think they’re very capable people.”

    “I usually don’t vote but come election who knows right, we’ll see how long this lasts.”

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UPDATED: Opioids killing more Ontarians than ever, coroner’s numbers show

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WATCH ABOVE: Crystal Goomansingh reports on the recent increase of opioid-related deaths in Ontario. 

Update 4:50 p.m. ET Wednesday, Nov. 12: Updated figures from the Ontario Coroner, emailed to Global News this afternoon, show opioid deaths are even higher than previously reported. Figures have been updated below.

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Ontario’s opioid epidemic is more deadly than ever, new numbers obtained by Global News indicate. And the province hasn’t shifted its tactics to deal with the evolving health crisis killing 600 Ontarians a year.

Preliminary 2013 coroners’ data indicate the number of Ontarians killed by prescription opioids continues to rise.

And it isn’t the usual suspects: While oxycodone, the active ingredient in OxyContin and its successor OxyNEO, is being prescribed less often and playing a role in fewer deaths, other drugs have more than made up the difference.

Hydromorph Contin is also made by Purdue Pharmaceuticals. It’s even more powerful, per milligram, than OxyContin; it’s just as addictive.

And, in Ontario, it’s far easier to get.

Meanwhile, the province is beginning to act on the prescription database it created in 2012. But police referrals from a working group parsing those numbers are a drop in the bucket; and prescriptions for these potent painkillers have continued to rise since the working group’s creation last fall, numbers first reported by Global News show.

As Global News reported previously, prescriptions for Hydromorph Contin have been skyrocketing as it replaces prescriptions for relatively restricted OxyNEO.

Hydromorphone, the active ingredient in Hydromorph Contin, has almost doubled as a cause of death in the past two years. Methadone and morphine-related deaths have increased, as well, even as oxycodone, once the dominant cause of opioid-related deaths, continues to drop.

Interestingly, heroin is also causing more deaths – possibly as people who started on prescription opioids turn to a relatively cheaper street drug.

This is translating to changes in these drugs being sold on the streets, says OPP Constable Chris Auger, with the Drug Enforcement Unit.

“We do see a switch to other opioids,” he said – Fentanyl and Hydromorphone among them.

Ontario opioid toxicity deaths, by drug – 2002-13. Data from Ontario Coroner.

Note: Where a death involves more than one opioid, it may appear twice in the chart above. Preliminary coroner’s numbers indicate 489 people in Ontario were killed by opioids in 2013, and an additional 112 were killed by a combination of opioids and alcohol.

The number of deaths involving both opioids and alcohol is also increasing for certain drugs, preliminary coroner’s numbers show:

Data from Ontario Coroner

When Purdue phased out OxyContin and replaced it with “tamper-resistant” OxyNEO, Ontario was among many provinces to restrict its coverage for the new drug.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins cited that step the last time Global News asked him about skyrocketing opioid prescriptions, which have shown the province’s strategy has worked, but only in the narrowest sense – there’s less Oxy out there, but more of everything else.

When Global News asked in July about the increasing number of opioid prescriptions, Hoskins said that while Ontario was “always looking to improve” its strategy it had no immediate plans to crack down on prescription opioids.

Hoskins was not available for an interview for this article. An emailed statement cited the 2012 OxyNEO restrictions and narcotics monitoring system.

That monitoring is starting to bear fruit: In the past year, the province’s Narcotics Monitoring Working Group has referred

  • nine cases of “possible double-doctoring” to the Ontario Provincial Police;
  • 16 cases of “potential inappropriate prescribing practices” to Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons;
  • and 10 dispensing-related concerns to the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

    The cases referred to the OPP are on the “extreme” end of the double-doctoring scale, says the OPP’s Auger – “people that see multiple physicians; not just two.” These nine also comprise a small minority of the double-doctoring or prescription drug diversion cases the OPP deals with every year.

    “We are working with the Ministry of Health and we have a great relationship [with] them, working back and forth on these cases. And it’s been very effective that way,” he said.

    “A referral, to us, it’s a starting point.”

    (There’s been no disciplinary action yet taken against any of the pharmacists referred, their College says. Global News is manually combing through dozens of disciplinary actions against physicians, which are searchable by name but not year or offence.)

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    Amid mounting evidence of Canada’s prescription opioid epidemic, both provincial and federal officials have taken steps to curb the health crisis: While Ottawa approved generic OxyContin against the recommendations of both provincial  ministers and health professionals, Health Minister Rona Ambrose has since suggested all such powerful narcotics be tamper-proof, and has called for recommendations on how to make opioid prescribing safer.(“Several” organizations applied for the Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund before the Aug. 29 deadline, Health Canada spokesperson told Global News in an email last month. And while “The department is assessing all applications and will announce the successful applicants, once the review and approval processes are complete,” she couldn’t say when that announcement will take place.)Ambrose’s office has made clear it has no intention of tracking opioid-related deaths on a national level – “Data on opioid related deaths is collected by the provinces and territories,” a spokesperson for the minister told Global News in a July email.

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    Despite all the public health warnings regarding giving out strong, long-acting opioids for chronic, non-cancer pain, it’s clear Canadian physicians are still providing these prescriptions?

    Why?

    For many of them, it’s what they’ve been taught.

    No one wants to see a patient in pain.

    And it’s often easier to write a prescription for powerful pills than to sit down with a patient and go over other, effective but often more complicated options, such as physiotherapy or other interventions, pharmaceutical or otherwise.

    “It takes about 20 seconds to write a prescription – and 30 minutes not to write a prescription,” said David Juurlink, an internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre who specializes in drug safety.

    That said, “opioids are a very heavy, blunt instrument.” The clinical-trial evidence behind their use as long-term painkillers is scant, critics say. And there are better ways to treat pain.

    But the solutions to this tidal wave of prescriptions aren’t easy: Putting a hard cap on dose amounts ignores that some people genuinely do need these drugs.

    Doctors and advocates for pain-sufferers balk at the idea of only allowing specially trained physicians to prescribe opioids, the way only specially trained doctors are allowed to prescribe the methadone used to treat opioid addictions.

    And putting all opioids under Ontario’s Exceptional Access Program, which involves more paperwork and more scrutiny for drugs not meant for routine prescribing – and which OxyNEO’s now on – could overwhelm that system, Juurlink says.

    “The Exceptional Access Program does not have the capacity to accommodate those kinds of requests.”

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    Ultimately, Juurlink argues, a solution must go much further than Ontario’s one-drug crackdown.

    “The idea that the one intervention and no longer paying for one particular product … is going to make a huge dent in the big picture is not really believable,” he said.

    “If we wanted to make a really big dent in opioid-related deaths we would find a way to get doctors to prescribe much, much, much less readily.”

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    Sask. Sierra Leone community concerned about Ebola outbreak overseas

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    Watch above: Sierra Leone community worries about family back home

    SASKATOON – The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has garnered attention all around the world.

    In Saskatoon, it’s been an uneasy few weeks and months for Moses Kargbo and the local Sierra Leone community

    “Everything has become upside down in Sierra Leone,” said Kargbo, president of Saskatoon Sierra Leoneans Cultural Community.

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      Nancy Williams was in Sierra Leone just last year visiting. She says the Ebola outbreak is causing the already devastated country even more damage.

      “My country is dragging down, it’s down, it’s down, we need help from the whole world, we cannot see our country going down like that; no doctor, no medication, no treatment, no good facility,” said Williams, a Saskatoon Sierra Leoneans Cultural Community member.

      Over 4,500 people in West Africa have died from the Ebola virus since spring.

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      “This is the first time Ebola outbreaks have happened in capital cities in Africa, usually it’s in rural areas and it burns out in the villages,” said Dr. Johnmark Opondo, deputy medical health officer with the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) .

      Sierra Leone is one of the three worst-hit countries.

      “I cannot tell you anyone I know now because I’m not there and what is going on there, is surprising to me,” said Kargbo.

      “It is really, really difficult for them there and the difficulty they have there, it’s also affecting us because every day at least a relative or a friend might be lost or suffering,” said Ibrahim Kamara, a Saskatoon Sierra Leoneans Cultural Community member.

      Being thousands of miles away, not being able to do more is weighing on their hearts and minds.

      “It’s like 30 years backwards for them again; I call … every day in Sierra Leone to check on my family … every day I call,” said Williams.

      The local community is small but during this tough time it’s brought them closer to the rest of the city.

      “People are sympathizing with me, anytime … ‘How is your family? How are they doing there? What happened’,” said Kargbo.

      With no end to the outbreak in sight, many members want to take a trip back when it’s safe to do so.

      “I have to go see them, to set my eyes on them, to see my mom, my sisters, my nieces, my nephews,” said Williams.

      The Saskatoon Sierra Leoneans Cultural Community is planning a fundraiser to help loved ones and the people back home. For more information or to help, contact them at [email protected]广州桑拿网.

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    St. Patrick’s Bridge finally open

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    It took five years to build – one more than planned.

    But it’s finally open.

    St. Patrick’s Bridge, linking the East Village to Bridgeland, officially opened Monday.

    Several dignitaries, including the bridge’s designer, were on hand for the event.

    “Super happy, really super happy,” said Jean Francois Blassel.

    “I can say that is what we are here for, and that is our job to make the city better and to create a better environment.”

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    The bridge, featuring “skipping stone” arches, came in slighter under its $25 million budget – ironically, the same cost of the Peace Bridge, which drew a lot of criticism.

    But the St. Patrick Bridge is also twice as long.

    “We looked at many bridges to make sure our price points were on track, and I think this bridge is not only stunning, it’s responsible”, said Michael Brown, CEO of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.

    Brown added it’s expected to get a lot of traffic.

    “Our starting point, and we’re pretty conservative with our numbers,  is that 4,000 people a day are going over –  and as you can see now it’s being used, so that is good news.

    Mayor Nenshi says the pedestrian bridge addresses a critical need.

    “This one is even more important because all the development happening north of the river, really those people didn’t have a safe, comfortable, easy way to get to work downtown.”

    Area residents like Dwaine Amason are glad to see it open.

    “We are excited to get a gateway from Bridgeland directly into East Village,” said Amason.

    “There is going to be a lot of new development here, so we are looking forward to the restaurants and activities”,  he added.

    Construction of the bridge was delayed because of damaged incurred during last year’s flood.

    WATCH: Pedestrians and cyclists now have a new way to get downtown. Doug Vaessen reports from the site of the grand opening.

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    UPDATE: CF-18s leave Alberta military base for Kuwait

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    WATCH ABOVE: The first Canadian jets took off from Alberta to help in the fight against ISIS in Iraq. They and the team supporting them will operate under tight security, especially in the wake of Monday’s attack in Quebec. Reid Feist reports from Cold Lake, Alta., and Mike Armstrong reports from Kuwait City.

    EDMONTON — Canadian fighter jets have left the Cold Lake military base in Alberta to join an international combat mission against Islamic State extremists in Iraq.

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      The six CF-18s and two spares are heading to Kuwait, which will serve as Canada’s base of operations.

      About 600 personnel — along with the jets, two surveillance planes and an aerial tanker — are to be based in Kuwait.

      “Our government is concerned that, if left unchecked, the threat posed by ISIL will only continue to grow, contributing to the further destabilization of the middle east,” said federal Defence Minister Rob Nicholson from CFB Cold Lake.

      “We are deeply concerned that these radical militants will inspire terrorists that will threaten Canada here and at home.”

      The deployment is part of ‘Operation IMPACT’ — the multinational, U.S.-led force that will be launching air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.

      As part of the mission, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the House of Commons that six CF-18 fighter jets will come from the Canadian Forces Base in Cold Lake.

      A refuelling plane and two surveillance planes will also be deployed from bases in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

      “Our government has a duty to protect Canadians,” said Nicholson, “and to stand firm with our allies in opposition to the unspeakable atrocities being carried out by ISIL.”

      The Conservative government previously announced that Canada’s jets and planes will be based in Kuwait.

      WATCH: Canadian Forces setting up military base in Kuwait preparing to engage ISIS

      Some of the 600 Canadian Forces personnel taking part in the combat mission left last week for what is already a controversial mission.

      After two days of debate earlier this month, the motion to launch a combat mission against ISIS passed 157-134 in the House of Commons. Some 155 Conservatives voted in favour of the motion, with the help of Independent MP Brent Rathgeber and Green MP Bruce Hyer.

      Both the NDP and Liberals voted against the mission. They believe there are other options and that air strikes invariably lead to boots on the ground.

      READ MORE: Are the critics right? Are bombing campaigns enough to take on ISIS?

      Defence Minister Rob Nicholson countered, saying that Canada faces a clear and present danger from ISIS; and while it’s never a good time to war, in this case the necessity outweighs the risk.

      EXCLUSIVE: U.S. asks Canada for combat aircraft, refueling, surveillance to fight ISIS

      On Tuesday, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair asked Harper to address the House of Commons regarding the murder of 53-year-old Canadian soldier Patrice Vincent, who was attacked along with another Canadian Forces member in what authorities are calling a deliberate act from a man with links to “terrorist ideology.”

      With files from and Fletcher Kent, Global News

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