Health Minister Jane Philpott proposes warning stickers on opioid prescription painkillers

As deaths from powerful painkillers continue to rise, Canada is pursuing unprecedented measures to curb their use, including requiring cigarette-style warning stickers on every prescription, Health Minister Jane Philpott told Reuters. Next month Health Canada plans to publish a detailed proposal for the stickers, which Philpott said would warn that opioid painkillers can cause addiction and overdose. Health Canada plans to put the warning sticker proposal to focus groups andgather public comment before Philpott makes a decision. Canadian and U.S. public health advocates have campaigned unsuccessfully to restrict the long-term use of anyopioid for non-cancer pain. Supriya Sharma, Chief Medical Advisor at Health Canada, said it's too soon to say whether the agency's changes would be that sweeping.

January 23, 2017 14:26 UTC

Italy crews find three puppies alive in avalanche-hit hotel as rescue operation continues

▶ Five days after an avalanche in central Italy, rescue crews are considering using heavy equipment to search for 23 people still buried in the ruins of a hotel. Emergency crews believe people might still be alive in pockets under the snow. So far nine people have been rescued from the Hotel Rigopiano and six people have died. Rescuers search the area of the avalanche-struck Hotel Rigopiano in central Italy on Sunday. ▶ Emergency crews pulled out four more survivors early Saturday from the rubble of a hotel crushed by an avalanche.

January 23, 2017 14:25 UTC

IPhone-maker Foxconn mulling U.S. factory for displays

"Son is a good friend," Gou said, adding that Son had asked for his views about investing in the United States. Gou said he told Son that the United States has no panel-making industry but it is the second-largest market for televisions. An investment for a display plant would exceed $7 billion and could create about 30,000-50,000 jobs, Gou told Son. Gou added that Foxconn would also remain active in in China, dispelling talk that Beijing may be pressuring Foxconn about its investments. Foxconn is one of the biggest employers in China, where it operates factories that churn out most of Apple Inc's iPhones.

January 23, 2017 14:20 UTC

The mystery of the red Skittles: Candy spill on Wisconsin highway has a bovine twist

“There’s no little ‘S’ on them, but you can definitely smell, it’s a distinct Skittles smell,” Sheriff Dale Schmidt told WISN. They wrote: “The Skittles were confirmed to have fallen off the back of a truck. Due to it raining at the time, the box got wet and gave way allowing the Skittles to spill out on the roadway. The Mars candy company said while it does participate in programs through which it sells discarded candies to cattle farmers, that isn’t what happened in this case. But that particular plant doesn’t sell any of its discarded candies for cattle feed, Linda Kurtz, a corporate environmental manager at Mars, told the Associated Press.

January 23, 2017 14:16 UTC

British government accused of covering up failure of an unarmed missile on a nuclear submarine

LONDON — The British government is being accused of concealing the failure of an unarmed ballistic missile launch ahead of a debate in Parliament over whether to refurbish the country’s aging Trident nuclear launching system. Britain’s prime minister refused to say Sunday whether she knew about an unarmed Trident missile that reportedly failed when it was test-fired off the coast of Florida last year. Theresa May told BBC she has total confidence in Britain’s Trident nuclear launching system, but didn’t confirm or deny a newspaper report about the alleged failure of a ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear warheads. The prime minister was asked about the missile test after the Sunday Times reported that an unarmed missile launched from a submarine off Florida’s coast in June veered off course and may have headed toward the U.S. A government statement posted on a Defence Ministry blog indicated there was a “routine unarmed Trident missile test launch from HMS Vengeance” in June.

January 23, 2017 14:01 UTC

Can eating spicy food lead to a longer life? Chili peppers could be the secret

Spicy food not only makes life more exciting but could also lead to a longer life, according to a new observational study published in PLoS ONE. Chili peppers, a member of the nightshade family, come in many different colours, flavours, and forms. The fruit of the capsicum plant, chili peppers are native to modern-day Mexico. Capsaicin, the component that gives chili peppers their “heat,” could also be responsible for the positive health effects. He added that more studies are needed before people jump on the chili pepper bandwagon, saying, “There’s a whole bunch of better, stronger, more convincing ways to improve your health than to go on a chili pepper diet.”

January 23, 2017 14:00 UTC

‘Super Bowl is the time of year to eat like Guy Fieri,’ and vegans can do it, too, with potato skins and more crowd-pleasing finger foods

Sour Cream & Onion Potato Skins is a straight-forward take on the classic American appetizer. The vegan variation lies in the sour cream, which is a blend of cashews, coconut milk, coconut oil, lemon juice, and seasonings. SO VERY SOUR CREAMMake Moskowitz’s So Very Sour Cream a day ahead as it needs several hours to set. Transfer the sour cream to a litre- (quart-) size container, cover, and let set for at least a day. Dole it out as needed in cup-size portions and keep the rest cold, refilling the sour cream bowl as needed.

January 23, 2017 14:00 UTC

Samsung says batteries caused Note 7 fires, delays new Galaxy S8

Samsung Electronics Co. has said that problems with the design and manufacturing of batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones caused them to overheat and burst into flames. A damaged Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on a table in Richmond, Va., after it caught fire on Oct. 9, 2016. U.S. companies UL and Exponent examined batteries from Samsung’s suppliers Samsung SDI and Amperex Technology Ltd., or ATL. Though Samsung faulted the batteries from its suppliers, it said it would bear all costs from the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. About 4 per cent, or 120,000 units, of the recalled Galaxy Note 7s have not been returned.

January 23, 2017 13:56 UTC

Vancouver barbers question value of new B.C. liquor law changes

's liquor laws come into effect today, affecting businesses from barbershops to cooking schools and art galleries — but many of them are downplaying the changes. Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Policy John Yap (left) introduced the new rules that allow businesses like barber shops to apply for a liquor licence last fall. Despite other liquor law changes allowing wine sales in B.C. grocery stores, City of Vancouver councillors rejected a staff recommendation for a one-year pilot project to allow five grocery stores to sell B.C. winemakers said they weren't getting a chance to sell their product in grocery stores across the province because municipalities were hesitant to grant the required permits.

January 23, 2017 13:52 UTC

Matthew McConaughey looks to his dad for inspiration for new film Gold

Matthew McConaughey looks to his dad for inspiration for new film Goldmore stories from this episodeFull EpisodeWhen preparing to play a real life character, Matthew McConaughey thinks it's equally important to take from the facts and the folklore of this person. But as much as studying Walsh's history was important for McConaughey, the actor also looked for inspiration in his own life — specfically his father. "I looked at my own life, at the David Walshes that I knew growing up," McConaughey recalls. In the end, both fact and fiction helped McConaughey put together the role of Kenny Wells in the film (Walsh's name was changed). "Sometimes there's more truth in an impression of a character than there is in the actual close-up and understanding of a character."

January 23, 2017 13:46 UTC

Brantford rapist escapes Kingston facility

Police are searching for convicted rapist David Maracle. (Kingston Police)A Brantford man who raped a 14-year-old schoolgirl in the late 1990s has escaped from a Kingston correctional facility, police warn. David Maracle, 51, ran off from the Henry Trail Correctional Facility Sunday evening, police say. Maracle is a convicted rapist, who was jailed after sexually assaulting a woman in 1987, as well as two separate assaults on a Brantford teen in 1997. Maracle is described as a First Nations man, five feet 10 inches tall, about 200 pounds, with short, dark hair.

January 23, 2017 13:30 UTC

Beware the Slenderman: When the boogeyman goes viral

A drawing of the urban mythical character Slender Man holding a child's hand from the documentary Beware the Slenderman. ( HBO )Irene Taylor Brodsky was getting frustrated while working on her latest HBO documentary, investigating how the Internet was impacting kids’ brains. Then she heard about Slender Man. They’d allegedly been inspired by the Slender Man, a character born online, created by committee through fanfiction, forums and other web-born whispers. He submitted two vintage black-and-white photos of a group of children outdoors, the figure rendered as a blur lurking in the background.

January 23, 2017 13:03 UTC

Saving a dwindling First Nations language, through an app

Ta'an Kwach'an woman Nicole Smith and her grandmother Irene Smith are working together to revive the Southern Tutchone language in the Yukon. Instead, Irene's voice — captured in sound waves from a little square app on a smart phone — will soon reverberate throughout the Yukon to many who are seeking to learn the dwindling Southern Tutchone language. Nicole Smith is learning and teaching Southern Tutchone using the new app she helped develop. (CBC/Cheryl Kawaja)There aren't many Southern Tutchone speakers left in the Yukon, and it's a language with several dialects. Telep is the deputy chief of the Ta'an Kwach'an Council that took on this project to preserve the dwindling Southern Tutchone language.

January 23, 2017 13:01 UTC

Lawrence Solomon: They said Trump wasn’t conservative. Now he’s already batting nearly a thousand

“Trump is not a true conservative,” #NeverTrumpers charged for months, even after Trump won the Republican nomination for president. But no conservative can be dismayed by the agenda Trump has begun to roll out today, his first Monday on the job following his inauguration. As far as true conservatives are concerned, Trump is pretty much batting a thousand. But even if Trump ends up batting .500, he will go down in history as transformative, a president who rivals the ultimate conservative president, Ronald Reagan. Trump may indeed not be a true conservative, as many have feared; he may be adopting conservative policies not from ideological conviction but from a businessman’s bent of doing what works.

January 23, 2017 13:01 UTC

John Robson: Coconut flour at the online bookstore proves that socialism never works

The other day I had this weird dream of a world where I ordered coconut flour from a bookstore on a subscription plan. Welcome to the unsettling world of free enterprise, sometimes labelled capitalism. And profit is the reward for finding often surprising ways to increase the gap between the good things we get and the good things we must give up to get them. I was tempted here to say central planners would never think of selling coconut flour through a bookstore. And there is a lot of vanity in the churn, a lot of seeking happiness in the wrong places, much creativity devoted to wrong things, and many painful failures.

January 23, 2017 13:01 UTC

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