Flu Season Prompts Visitor Restrictions at HSC Children’s Hospital

Flu Season Prompts Visitor Restrictions at HSC Children’s Hospital

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A flu vaccine is injected in Montreal, Tuesday, December 5, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has put visitor restrictions in place in the neonatal intensive care units at HSC Winnipeg to prevent the spread of influenza.

Flu season is well underway, despite the warmer than normal winter temperatures, affecting babies with severe respiratory infections such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

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Electric Cars Will Be Cheaper Than Gas Models But Canada Lags in EV Policy

Electric Cars Will Be Cheaper Than Gas Models But Canada Lags in EV Policy

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

Electric Car
In this Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 photo a car is connected to a charging station for electric vehicles in Hamburg, Germany. A Canadian energy think tank says the world is less than a decade away from the tipping point at which electric cars will cost the same as conventional gas-powered vehicles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP, File)

OTTAWA – A Canadian energy think tank says the world is less than a decade away from the tipping point at which electric cars will cost the same as conventional gas-powered vehicles.

But in a report released Thursday, Clean Energy Canada says this country is lagging on the government polices that elsewhere are helping spur consumers to adopt the new technology despite reservations about everything from price to reliability to the distance they can travel on a single charge.

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8 Food Trends to Make Your Mouth Water in 2018

8 Food Trends to Make Your Mouth Water in 2018

Food - Table(NC) — This past year has been a big one on the Canadian food scene as we’ve seen trends like alternative proteins, accessible vegan, clean eating, simple ingredients and global-Canadian fusion come to life. And charcoal, lots of charcoal. After meeting with a council of Canada’s top chefs, academics and food writers, Mark Russell, executive chef for Loblaws, shares a taste of a few trends that will be big in 2018.

Zero food waste. “This trend kicked off in restaurants in 2017, but you can expect it to go mainstream in the New Year as consumers try to further reduce household food waste,” says Russell.

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Patrick Kane, Nick Schmaltz Lead Blackhawks to 5-1 Win Over Jets

Patrick Kane, Nick Schmaltz Lead Blackhawks to 5-1 Win Over Jets

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Connor Hellebuyck
Chicago Blackhawks’ Vinnie Hinostroza (48) attempts the deflection past Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) as Jets’ Ben Chiarot (7) defends during the first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Thursday, December 14, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Corey Crawford said it was the best game the Chicago Blackhawks have played this season. Teammates Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz agreed.

The trio played a big role Thursday as the Blackhawks extended their season-high winning streak to four games with a 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

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Titanic Celine Dion Megahit Becomes Part of Winning Tradition for Winnipeg Jets

Titanic Celine Dion Megahit Becomes Part of Winning Tradition for Winnipeg Jets

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets’ Mathieu Perreault (85), Joel Armia (40), Matt Hendricks (15) and Dmitry Kulikov (5) celebrate after Perreault scored during third period NHL hockey action against the Vancouver Canucks, in Winnipeg, Monday, December 11, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – It was a song request Mathieu Perreault had no problem accommodating in the Winnipeg Jets’ locker room.

The Drummondville, Que., native controls the room’s music and recalled someone asked him to put on Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” a few days after the team saw her perform in Las Vegas last month.

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Toy Makers Turn to YouTube Influencers to Advertise Ahead of Holidays

Toy Makers Turn to YouTube Influencers to Advertise Ahead of Holidays

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

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Wowee creative director Benny Dongarra, right, and mechanical engineer Anthony Lemire hold Fingerlings in Montreal, Thursday, December 7, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

VANCOUVER – Like many kids, Ryan spends his time playing with toys. But, unlike most of his peers, millions of people watch the six-year-old boy open and test toys — a performance that has earned him millions of dollars.

Ryan ToysReview is one of several YouTube channels devoted to unboxing and reviewing toys that has caught the attention of manufacturers. Toy companies that once targeted children watching TV after school have started collaborating with so-called social media influencers, like Ryan, to advertise their products.

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Manitoba Premier Says Some Rural Hospitals to Close, Be Converted to Care Homes

Manitoba Premier Says Some Rural Hospitals to Close, Be Converted to Care Homes

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Brian Pallister
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to media at an embargoed press conference before the provincial throne speech at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, November 21, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Premier Brian Pallister says some hospitals in rural Manitoba will be closed or converted into personal care homes as part of the Progressive Conservative government’s plan to reform health care.

The province is dealing with an aging population, some rural communities are shrinking, and people who could be in a personal care home are instead in hospital in some cases, Pallister said in a year-end news conference Thursday.

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