Author Archives: Contributor

Banning of junk food sales in Canadian schools having a positive effect: study

In Canada’s ongoing battle against childhood obesity, one simple weapon appears to be working. Over the past 12 years, six provinces have banned junk food from schools, and a new study says the measure is having a positive impact on student health. “It’s a small step in the right direction,” said Philip Leonard, a health economist at the University of New Brunswick.“Combined with other ...

Read More »

From condoms to caskets: merchandise marks Canada’s 150th birthday

It’s been said that Canadians are not brash about their patriotism, but you wouldn’t know it from the variety of merchandise, big and small, being snapped up in advance of Canada’s 150th birthday July 1. From T-shirts to hats, flags to flasks, condoms to caskets, goods adorned with celebratory logos are popping up faster than you can say sesquicentennial. “It’s ...

Read More »

Transformers tops box office, Big Sick’s limited release finds success

Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight scored a franchise-low debut but still easily topped the North American box office with an estimated $43.5 million US in ticket sales over the weekend. The Paramount Pictures release, the fifth in the Transformers series, totaled $69.1 million in five days, after opening Wednesday. But it was a huge hit in China, where it debuted with ...

Read More »

Airbag maker Takata expected to file for bankruptcy Monday

Drowning in a sea of lawsuits and recall costs, Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States early Monday. Takata was done in by defective airbag inflators that can explode with too much force, spewing out shrapnel. They’re responsible for at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries and have touched off ...

Read More »

How a rookie MP from Victoriaville became Scheer’s new Quebec lieutenant

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer has chosen Alain Rayes, the MP for Richmond-Arthabaska and the rookie who helped him woo Quebec voters during his party’s leadership race, as the new political lieutenant for the province. The recently minted leader celebrated Quebec’s Fête nationale with Rayes in Victoriaville, a town 160 kilometres northeast of Montreal, Saturday. After he was recruited by the Tories so that the party could ...

Read More »

Lady Gaga on Pride: It’s a time to shine light on equality

Lady Gaga, a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, says Pride weekend is a time to shine a light on equality. “This weekend is a time for us all to reflect on the importance of tolerance and the importance of bravery and kindness, (and) the importance of us supporting one another,” the pop star said in an interview with The Associated Press ...

Read More »

Embodying Barbie: Cosmetic gynecology on the rise in Canada

After six years of wishing she looked better below the belt, Alyssa recently shelled out $4,200 to have part of her labia removed.  “Esthetically, there’s nothing hanging, there’s nothing really excess in that area so it does look better,” said Alyssa, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy.  The procedure she got done, known as labiaplasty, was performed ...

Read More »

Warning labels might be coming to cheese: CBC’s Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

Miss something this week? Here’s the consumer news you need to know from CBC-TV’s Marketplace. Get this in your inbox every Friday. Sign up here. Fake drugs American prosecutors accuse CanadaDrugs.com and its CEO Kris Thorkelson of selling unapproved and counterfeit cancer drugs to U.S. doctors. (CBC) Six Canadians are accused of selling cancer drugs online. The problem? The vials ...

Read More »

PM Justin and wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will march in Pride parade today

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, will march in Canada’s largest Pride parade on Sunday. Trudeau, who became the first sitting prime minister to march in a Pride parade during last year’s event, will also be joined by other dignitaries including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde and more than 150 groups ...

Read More »

Meet the man walking across Canada without leaving his town

After Dave Durkee strolled through Kamloops, B.C., on his epic cross-Canada walk, he opened the front door to his home in Yarmouth, N.S., and started teaching a music class. Durkee, 62, is on a whimsical walk that will take him coast to coast without leaving southern Nova Scotia. Every morning since October, he’s set out at about 6 a.m. to ...

Read More »