Category Archives: Canada

Antipsychotic Drugs Prescribed to Seniors at Alarming Rates

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Author: David Bruser

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Thousands of seniors in Ontario nursing homes are on a powerful mix of antipsychotics and sedatives, according to a new provincial Health Ministry report that surfaced after a recent Star investigation. The report, commissioned by the ministry and co-authored by a leading doctor and scientist, sheds new light on the...

Strange Sounds in Canada Continue to Spook

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Author: Dennis Dufrene - Video

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Across the globe, people report hearing strange, unexplainable sounds. TSW has reported on a number of cases involving strange sounds which witnesses blame on everything thing from Skyquakes and solar flares to electromagnetic energy. Other theories are sometimes stranger than the sounds themselves. These include: –> Bigfoot - UFOs -...

Why Have Police In America Turned Into Such Ruthless Thugs?

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Author: Michael Snyder

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Once upon a time, the police were one of the most respected institutions in America, but now most Americans fear them. Almost every single day there are multiple stories of police brutality or misconduct that make the national news.  Just this week, there have been stories about police killing a...

Canadian Citizenship Oath to Queen Will be Challenged in Court

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Author: Colin Perkel

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Forcing would-be Canadians to pledge allegiance to the Queen before they can become citizens is discriminatory and a violation of their constitutional rights, three permanent residents are set to argue in court on Friday. All three maintain they oppose the oath on religious or conscientious grounds, saying pledging allegiance to...

Indigenous Rights Are the Best Defence Against Canada’s Resource Rush

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Author: Martin Lukacs

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In a boardroom in a soaring high-rise on Wall Street, Indigenous activist Arthur Manuel is sitting across from one of the most powerful financial agents in North America. It's 2004, and Manuel is on a typical mission. Part of a line of distinguished Indigenous leaders from western Canada, Manuel is...

The Return of ACTA: U.S. Dictating Canada’s Intellectual Property Laws

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Author: Dana Gabriel

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In March, the Canadian government introduced a bill that would bring about sweeping changes to its copyright and trademark laws. This includes giving more power to customs and border protection agents without any judicial oversight. The move is intended to prevent counterfeit goods from entering the country, but has been...

Aboriginal and Black Inmates Disproportionately Fill Ontario Jails

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Author: Jim Rankin

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Race data obtained under freedom of information paints a disturbing picture of black and aboriginal overrepresentation inOntario youth and adult jails. Blacks and aboriginal people are overrepresented in Ontario’s youth and adult jails, with some staggering ratios that mirror those of blacks in American jails. A Star analysis of Ontario...

Canada Lobbying US to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

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Author: Yves Engler

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On Sunday tens of thousands are set to converge on the White House in what organizers are promoting as “the largest climate rally in U.S. history.” The protesters will be calling on Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Alongside one of this country’s biggest corporations, Stephen Harper’s government...

Canadian PM Vows New Focus On Aboriginal Issues

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Author: Les Whittington

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government promised a new focus on First Nations grievances after aboriginal leaders voiced their demands in a day of pleas, protests, warnings and high-level meetings around Parliament Hill. After four hours of talks Friday, First Nations leaders came out of the meeting with a pledge from...

Canada Chief Warns of Native Retaliation

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Author: PressTV

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An influential aboriginal leader in Canada has warned the Ottawa government that natives could bring the economy to its knees if their demands are not met. On Thursday, Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, from the province of Manitoba, called on the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to immediately address...

Electroshock Therapy is Happening More Often Than You Think

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Author: Jennifer Wells

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Electroshock — a brute force assault on the brain deemed the most controversial treatment in psychiatry — is being administered across Ontario in record numbers and with scant oversight. Nearly three decades after a government inquiry called for provincial training and clinical practice standards — an inquiry launched after a...

Children Face Up To Four-Year Wait For Therapy

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Author: Andrea Gordon

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Children with autism in Ontario can wait four years for an intensive therapy which, when provided early enough, could change the course of their lives. The Star surveyed the nine regional centres that manage autism services and found average wait times ranging from one year to four years for intensive...

How To Cut Your Monthly Phone Bill

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Author: David Friend

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Canadians have long had a volatile relationship with their telecom providers, but some savvy customers have turned their complaints about monthly fees and contracts into big savings. For Hamilton resident Vanessa Ewen all it took was a phone call and a little dissatisfaction to pare down her wireless bill. Internet...

West-End Toronto Residents Shocked By Local Uranium Facility

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Author: Niamh Scallan

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West-end residents are looking for answers after they discovered that an unassuming building on Lansdowne Ave. is actually a nuclear facility licensed to produce nearly 2,000 tonnes of radioactive uranium dioxide pellets each year. The General Electric-Hitachi plant has been processing natural uranium powder into centimetre-long pellets that are assembled...

Canada Braces For Potential Crash As Housing Slowdown Takes Hold

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Author: Andrea Hopkins

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Long convinced the country’s housing boom would never end in a crash, Canadians have watched this autumn as a sharp slowdown in real estate spreads across the country, leaving would-be home buyers hopeful and sellers scared. “The power is in the hands of the buyer – that’s what I’m feeling,”...