Ontario teacher denies anti-vaccine allegations at hearing

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A southwestern Ontario teacher says he did nothing wrong when he spoke to a nurse and students about vaccinations being administered at his high school. Timothy C. Sullivan told a disciplinary hearing at the Ontario College of Teachers on Tuesday that he warned students about the risks associated with vaccines on March 9, 2015. The college is accusing Sullivan of professional misconduct for telling students they could die as a result of vaccination Read more [...]

Children at higher risk of overdose if mom is prescribed opioids: study

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Small children whose mothers have been prescribed opioids are significantly more likely to suffer an overdose than the children of mothers who take a different class of mostly over-the-counter painkillers, according to a new Canadian study. The paper’s findings underscore how dangerous it can be to keep opioids such as codeine, oxycodone and methadone in the house, especially if the potent pills are left within reach of toddlers. “These drugs Read more [...]

Record-breaking temperatures expected to last rest of weekend in Ontario

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Environment Canada says more spring-like weather that smashed temperature records in Ontario is in store for the rest of the weekend. Trudy Kidd, a meteorologist with the weather agency, says Toronto saw a new record high for Feb. 18, with the mercury hitting 11.9 C at Toronto Pearson Airport. The previous record for that day was set in 2011 at 10.8 C. Kidd says Windsor, Ont., was the hot spot in the province that day, with temperatures reaching Read more [...]

Photographer captures migrants’ rush across Canada-U.S. border

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Eight asylum-seekers, including four children, barely made it across the Canadian border on Friday as a U.S. border patrol officer tried to stop them and a Reuters photographer captured the scene. As a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer seized their passports and questioned a man in the front passenger seat of a taxi that had pulled up to the border in Champlain, New York, four adults and four young children fled the cab and ran to Royal Canadian Read more [...]

Should I speak out when I see swastika tattoos?

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The question Last fall, I attended a family-friendly music festival. It was a lovely event where you camped onsite. Camped right next to us was a couple with two young children. The children were well-behaved and their parents were quiet and minded their own business. The problem was that the dad had several prominent Nazi swastika tattoos and by the way he rolled up his sleeves was not afraid to show them. I was born not long after the Second World War. Read more [...]

Nova Scotia teachers to hold one-day strike to protest imposed contract

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The Nova Scotia Teachers Union will hold a one-day, provincewide strike on Friday – its first ever – to protest legislation imposing a four-year contract. Union president Liette Doucet said she understands parents will be inconvenienced, but the union’s 9,300 members are “tired of this government bullying them.” “It’s been 122 years and there has never been a full-out strike. It’s a historic moment in the history of the NSTU,” Read more [...]

Former public health executive screamed at, belittled staff: report

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A former senior executive at the Public Health Agency of Canada regularly screamed at staff and subjected them to “physical displays of anger,” including slamming desks and throwing papers, according to a report by the federal government’s public-sector integrity commissioner. But the executive’s frequent tirades and fits of rage did not lead to him being fired – instead, he left the public health agency before the investigation was finished Read more [...]

Leah McLaren: Stuart McLean brought the gift of laughter wherever he went

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Stuart McLean called me up one day in 2004. He wanted to discuss a column I’d written for this paper making fun of his show. It was a cold, bright Friday in February and we spent three hours in the restaurant at Hart House on the University of Toronto campus, drinking wine and eating and laughing until the staff had to roll us both out into the snow-covered quad. I was amazed to discover he wasn’t the least bit insulted – or even annoyed. He thought Read more [...]

Sentencing hearing underway for ex-Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum

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A sentencing hearing is underway for ex-Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum. The longtime local politician was found guilty last month of eight of the 14 corruption-related charges against him. Applebaum’s son, Dylan, said this morning his father has lived under the cloud of criminal charges for more than three years. He says he worries about his father’s health and that Applebaum seems defeated and sad. The younger Applebaum says his father Read more [...]

Sexual assault complaints need independent investigation, UBC policy says

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The University of British Columbia plans to introduce a standalone sexual-assault and misconduct policy and establish a centre to support assault survivors, the latest Canadian postsecondary institution to respond to persistent calls for the education sector to address such incidents on campus. Under the new policy, an independent investigator would be responsible for examining allegations of assault or misconduct, rather than a tribunal of trained students, Read more [...]