Daily Archives: July 5, 2018

OxyContin manufacturer says it has suspended active marketing of its opioids in Canada

Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, says it has stopped actively promoting its prescription opioids in Canada, according to a letter the company’s Canadian branch addressed to the federal minister of health.  The letter, dated June 27, was in response to a call to action from Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor for pharmaceutical companies to restrict the marketing of opioids as Canada grapples ...

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For trans actors, getting cast isn't easy — especially up against Scarlett Johansson

If Alec Butler wants a part in a movie or a play, he’s mostly had to write it himself. The Cape Breton born, Toronto-based trans actor has written films and plays starring himself as things are “very dry” otherwise. “It’s disappointing and kind of depressing to be a trans actor in this country, in North America,” he said. So he was disheartened to see ...

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Trump's scandal-plagued EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigns

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. With Pruitt’s departure, U.S. President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives regarded as one of the more effective members of his cabinet. But Pruitt had also been dogged for months by a seemingly unending string of ethics ...

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Canada’s cannabis firms plot world domination

IT IS rare to see the words “Canada” and “world domination” in the same sentence. The country’s cannabis producers want to change that. With an eye on October 17th, the date on which recreational marijuana will become legal, medical-cannabis firms have been expanding at home and talking up their global ambitions in a most un-Canadian way. Lots of joint ventures—in ...

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Amazon might be publishing a toy catalog, reports say

File photo: Reports suggest that Amazon may be taking a page out of Toys R’ Us’ playbook and sending a toy catalog in time for the holiday shopping season. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu) Amazon ...

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RCMP watchdog agency hit with harassment allegations

The watchdog body set up to monitor the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for wrongdoing has been rocked by its own allegations of workplace harassment. The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission, which investigates the public’s complaints against the RCMP, launched an investigation after hearing allegations of inappropriate workplace behaviour from within its own ranks, CBC News has learned. Documents released under access ...

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Jada Pinkett Smith shares Whitney Houston throwback photos: 'She was so down to earth'

Jada Pinkett Smith shared rare photos of the late Whitney Houston on Instagram July 4, 2018.  (AP) Jada Pinkett Smith shared rare photos of her “sweet” yet “fierce” friend Whitney Houston on Instagram Wednesday, adding that they’re the only ones she has of the late singer.  Smith, 46, said the three snapshots were taken nearly two decades ago — when she ...

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