Distribution of free Naloxone kits skyrockets in Quebec

The number of Naloxone kits distributed free at Quebec pharmacies has increased tenfold in six years, from 6,892 distributed in 2017-18 to 78,360 over the last year, according to the latest numbers from the province’s health insurance board, the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). “Glad that the measures put in place to raise awareness of […]

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Sarnia chemical plant appealing provincial order to reduce toxic emissions

A chemical plant in Sarnia, Ont., that has been shut down over benzene emissions says complying with certain conditions set out by the provincial government can’t be done safely and will cost up to $50 million. INEOS Styrolution is now appealing the government’s actions and wants the province to reverse new, stronger emissions restrictions. The company started to shut down its operation […]

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Federal panel lists 35 ‘plausible’ future threats to Canada and the world

In a new report, a think-tank within Employment and Social Development Canada cites 35 “plausible” global disruptions that could reshape Canada and the world in the near future. The Policy Horizons Canada (PHC) panel drafted the list and then asked more than 500 stakeholders within and outside government to suggest which ones were more likely, when they might happen and how […]

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Environment Canada adopts B.C. model to warn of smoke hazards

Last year’s record-breaking wildfire season forced Canadians to become familiar with the scale of air pollution as hazardous smoke drifted across the country. Environment Canada’s colour-coded Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), designed to help people understand health risks associated with contaminated air, was closely watched under hazy, orange skies that stretched beyond the Canada-U.S. border. But the […]

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