Daily Archives: June 8, 2018

Why suicide is more than a mental health issue

The deaths this week of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade come at at a time when new numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show suicide is on the rise.  The CDC said suicide rates in the U.S. increased more than 30 per cent between 1999 and 2016. The reasons for the rise are complicated and ...

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Spruce Meadows and the thrill of being there

At this time of year, for the past quarter of a century, my thoughts turn to Spruce Meadows. The iconic horse park on the outskirts of Calgary, which opens its Summer Series of show jumping events this weekend, has acres and acres of lush, green grass. Overhead, the infinite canopy of a bright, blue sky often dominates. If the weather ...

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Facebook slammed ahead of Sheryl Sandberg's MIT commencement address

File photo – Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, addresses the Facebook Gather conference in Brussels, Belgium January 23, 2018. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) Activist group Freedom from Facebook has taken out a full page ad in MIT’s student newspaper slamming the social network ahead of Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement address Friday. Freedom from Facebook, which wants to see the ...

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Ottawa eyes protection measures for 'Canada's shark'

It is stout but fast, a top predator affectionately called “Canada’s shark.” But years of intense fishing left the porbeagle shark endangered, and the federal government is now considering protection measures. Fisheries and Oceans Canada wrapped up a public survey last week on the potential impacts of listing the porbeagle under the Species at Risk Act. Fishery closed since 2013 ...

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Anthony Bourdain, CNN host and celebrity chef, dead at 61

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, whose rakish personality and appetite for culinary curiosities entertained millions of viewers, was found dead of an apparent suicide early Friday morning. He was 61. CNN’s Brian Stelter announced on-air Friday that Bourdain hanged himself. “Anthony was found dead this morning in his hotel room in France. He had hung himself, in his hotel room,” Stelter ...

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White House insists Trump is prepared for North Korea summit

U.S. President Donald Trump will deploy a mix of charm and pressure to coax North Korean leader Kim Jong-un into a deal to give up nuclear weapons, trusting his gut instinct over briefing books in his ability to strike an accord, aides and former administration officials said. Kim, who at 34 is nearly half Trump’s age, will get a concentrated ...

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Facebook glitch made private posts public for millions

Facebook says a software bug made some private posts public for as many as 14 million users over several days in May. The problem, which Facebook says it has fixed, is the latest privacy scandal for the world’s largest social media company. On Thursday, the company said the bug automatically suggested that users make new posts public, even if they ...

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