Daily Archives: February 6, 2019

Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty makes new friends on Capitol Hill

Olympic gold medalist hockey player Haley Skarupa talks a selfie with the NHL Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot who’s irked Twitter users, made a visit to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for “Hockey Day on the Hill.” The large Cheeto-orange mascot, one of several mascots representing their teams on Capitol Hill, appeared to make ...

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Facing crackdown in Canada, drugmakers offered billions in price cuts

Canadian pharmaceutical industry lobby groups, trying to head off a planned crackdown on prescription drug prices, offered to give up $8.6 billion ($6.6 billion US) in revenue over 10 years, freeze prices or reduce the cost of treating rare diseases, according to interviews and documents seen by Reuters. Those industry offers did not impress federal officials last year, as Canada ...

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Brexit promoters deserve a 'special place in hell,' EU official says

Donald Tusk, the European Council’s president, blasted British politicians who lobbied for the U.K. to leave the European Union without first working out how to do it. “I have been wondering what a special place in hell looks like for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of plan how to carry it safely,” Tusk said. Tusk gave no indication the other 27 ...

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How U.S. sanctions on Venezuela have left a dozen oil tankers idling with no place to go

The sanctions the U.S. slapped on Venezuelan oil last week are playing havoc with the tankers that ship crude around the world, and throwing energy prices off-kilter in the process. Last Monday, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company Petroleos De Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA for short) in an attempt to starve the regime of Nicolas Maduro of the ...

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Funeral workers launch peer support group to help their mental health

Organizers of a peer-counselling group for funeral home workers in Ottawa say they had a hard time finding help for their industry’s mental health challenges, so they made their own service. “We’re trying to create a network,” said Melanie Giroux, an embalmer with Ottawa’s Hulse, Playfair & McGarry funeral home and co-founder of Ottawa Funeral Peer Support. “We want to be able ...

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Immigration Minister Hussen's profile hijacked by refugee scam

A brash new scam on social media hijacked the identity of Canada’s immigration minister to defraud desperate refugees of thousands of dollars. The fake Facebook profile of Ahmed Hussen spelled his last name with one “s” but used the same photos the minister has on his official Facebook page. The account’s information was written in Arabic and English. CBC News was sent ...

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No Roll Up the Rim? Kids ask Tim Hortons to make contest greener

Three young people in Calgary are challenging Tim Hortons to roll up the rim for the planet. Mya Chau and Eve Helman, both 12, and Ben Duthie, 16, are behind a change.org petition asking Canada’s iconic coffee chain to introduce a fully compostable or recyclable paper cup. They also think the coffee chain, which has more than 4,600 stores worldwide and ...

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