Experts Offer Advice for Mitigating Health Risks of Legalized Marijuana

Experts Offer Advice for Mitigating Health Risks of Legalized Marijuana

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

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Dr. Benedikt Fischer, right, speaks in Ottawa on Friday, June 23, 2017. He is joined by an international team of experts as they release guidelines aimed at lowering the health risks of cannabis use. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – Six of the country’s leading health organizations endorse 10 new cannabis recommendations designed to help reduce the risks associated with Canadians using marijuana — which is set to become legal in a year.

The guidelines, published Friday in the American Journal of Public Health, include recommendations for people to avoid cannabis if they are pregnant or at risk of mental health problems, as well as delaying marijuana use until later in life and limiting consumption.

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MPI Campaign Reminds Motorists to Leave Space for Cyclists

MPI Campaign Reminds Motorists to Leave Space for Cyclists

By Sarah Klein

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Cyclists at The Forks demonstrate how much distance vehicles should leave them during the launch of the ‘Please Leave Space to Breathe’ campaign on Friday, June 23, 2017. (@WPGPOLICE / TWITTER)

A new Manitoba Public Insurance campaign wants to get the message out to motorists to leave a safe distance when passing cyclists.

The “Please Leave Space to Breathe” campaign suggests a distance of one metre between a vehicle and cyclist on the road.

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U2 to Perform at Canada Day Celebrations in Ottawa on July 1

U2 to Perform at Canada Day Celebrations in Ottawa on July 1

By The Canadian Press

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Irish rockers U2 kick off their world tour of the Joshua Tree in Vancouver on May 12, 2017. U2 band members Bono and the Edge will perform at next week’s Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. A spokeswoman for the Department of Canadian Heritage says the Irish rockers will perform one song around noon at the July 1 Canada 150 festivities on Parliament Hill. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

OTTAWA – U2 band members Bono and the Edge will perform at next week’s Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Canadian Heritage says the Irish rockers will perform one song around noon at the July 1 Canada 150 festivities on Parliament Hill.

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Roars Rainbow Stage Back to Life for Another Season

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Roars Rainbow Stage Back to Life for Another Season

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

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Doo-wop tunes, intricate sets, bloodthirsty plants, an evil dentist, doomed lovers, and an excellent Bob Ross mural — what do these things have in common? They all take centre stage in Rainbow Stage’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

I was glad to see that Rainbow decided to do three (including their inaugural partnership with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, South Pacific) full-fledged musicals this year instead of, frankly, wasting local talent on a tribute show like last year’s “Cash: Ring of Fire.” Winnipeggers can get their fill of impersonators of yesteryear with Club Regent’s touring lineup. No, this year, the two summer shows, both modern classics in the musical theatre genre in their own right — Little Shop and coming in August, “Mamma Mia!” — are both making their Rainbow debut.

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Money Key: Leaders Say Damaged Rail Line to Churchill Could Be Fixed in 2 Months

Money Key: Leaders Say Damaged Rail Line to Churchill Could Be Fixed in 2 Months

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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The mayor of Churchill, Man., says damage to a shutdown rail line, shown in a handout photo, that has been a vital link for the town of 900 on Hudson Bay may not be as disastrous as first thought. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-OmniTrax)

WINNIPEG – Indigenous leaders say a broken train line that has cut off land access to Churchill in northern Manitoba could be fixed in two months if governments and the railway’s owner would put up the money and hire workers from another rail company.

Chiefs say the Keewatin Railway Company, run by First Nations in the province’s northwest, has the supplies, manpower and expertise to get repairs done quickly on the rail line to Churchill.

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New Pediatric Ward Opens at Brandon Regional Health Centre

New Pediatric Ward Opens at Brandon Regional Health Centre

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The pediatric ward at Brandon Regional Health Centre officially opened on Friday, June 23, 2017. (PRAIRIE MOUNTAIN HEALTH / HANDOUT)

The new pediatric ward at Brandon Regional Health Centre is now open on a recently renovated second-floor space of the hospital.

The ward features seven single rooms in addition to a new playroom and opened for patients and families at the end of May 2017.

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Shoplifters Try to Fool Self-Checkout at Brandon Walmart

Shoplifters Try to Fool Self-Checkout at Brandon Walmart

Brandon Police Service CrestThinking they could only scan some of their items at the Walmart self-checkout in Brandon, three people are facing theft charges.

Police were called to the Walmart in the Corral Centre Thursday evening where two people failed to pay for just under $200 in clothing, food and electronics prior to leaving the store. A 43-year-old man and 36-year-old woman were released to appear in court in August.

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Wind Could Significantly Raise Levels on Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba: Province

Wind Could Significantly Raise Levels on Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba: Province

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Beach and dock along shores of Lake Winnipeg (FILE)

WINNIPEG — The Hydrologic Forecast Centre of Manitoba Infrastructure is reporting a strong wind-effect warning for the South Basin of Lake Winnipeg and south Lake Manitoba areas Friday afternoon and Saturday.

“Wind speed and direction could raise levels by as much as three to five feet with the highest setup occurring as a result of the strongest winds,” the centre said in a release. “In addition, these winds can result in significant wave action on shorelines.”

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