Fish still healthy, but study suggests species with more mercury may be linked to ALS

Many people think of fish and seafood as being healthy. However, new research suggests eating certain species that tend to have high levels of mercury may be linked to a greater risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gherig’s disease. Questions remain about the possible impact of mercury in fish, according to a preliminary study released Monday that will be presented ...

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Trudeau offers ‘sincere regrets’ for answering in French only at Sherbrooke town hall

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for his refusal to answer a question in English when asked specifically about English mental health services at his town hall meeting in Sherbrooke, Que., last month. Trudeau wrote a letter to the English-language advocacy group, the Quebec Community Groups Network, saying he is committed to the English-language minority in Quebec. “I would like to express my sincere regrets,” ...

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Tim Hortons and Burger King owner, Restaurant Brands, nears deal to buy Popeyes: report

Restaurant Brands International Inc. , owner of the Burger King and Tim Hortons fast-food chains, is nearing a deal to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc., people familiar with the matter said on Monday. The deal, which will likely value Popeyes at more than $1.7 billion US, is a bet by Oakville, Ont,-based Restaurant Brands that it can use its international ...

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Media ask judge to order release of San Bernardino iPhone records

The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the U.S, government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters. The news organizations said in a court filing there was “no adequate justification” for the FBI to continue to withhold information ...

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Meet Chubby, Halifax’s 4.5-metre-high snowman

His nose is a pylon, his eyes are hockey pucks and if he ever magically came to life his arms would be almost two metres long. Meet Halifax’s biggest snowman, Chubby. Chubby? “He ended up with bottom ball ending up with a bit of a spare tire,” said one of his creators, Stephen Flynn, who explained they came up with the ...

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Former Canadian union leader Bob White dies

Bob White, the Canadian labour leader who led the Canadian Auto Workers union’s split from its American counterpart, has died at the age of 81. Unifor, the union which now encompasses the Canadian Auto Workers, tweeted that White was “a great union leader.” “We are here thanks to his work and vision,” said the tweet. Today we mourn the loss of ...

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Germany returns 1874 Menzel drawing sold under Nazi persecution

Germany’s culture minister has handed over an Adolph von Menzel drawing found in the massive trove of a reclusive collector to its rightful owner’s descendants. A Jewish woman sold 10 Adolph von Menzel works, including the drawing Interior of a Gothic Church, to German art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt in late 1938. (www.lostart.de) A task force examining the late Cornelius Gurlitt’s ...

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Unilever shares tumble as Kraft Heinz drops takeover bid

Kraft Heinz Co.’s rapid retreat from its surprise $143 billion US bid for Unilever in the face of stiff resistance knocked the Anglo-Dutch company’s shares on Monday as investors assessed the impact of the failed approach. Kraft, which is backed by Warren Buffett and the private equity firm 3G, wanted to buy Unilever as part of its strategy to become ...

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Uber to investigate sexual harassment claim by engineer

​Uber’s chief executive ordered an urgent investigation Monday into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer who alleged her prospects at the company evaporated after she complained about advances from her boss. Travis Kalanick responded on Twitter to an open statement by Susan Fowler Rigetti about her year at the ride-hailing app. In a blog post titled “Reflecting ...

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Young kids at risk of opioid overdose from adult prescriptions in household: study

Young children whose mothers have been prescribed an opioid are at an increased risk of being hospitalized for an overdose from the potent pain medications, most often through accidental ingestion, a study has found. “It wouldn’t be at all surprising for a two- or three-year-old to find a tablet and put it in his or her mouth,” said Dr. David ...

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