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Regulator Rejects Via Rail’s Efforts to Limit Wheelchair Access

Regulator Rejects Via Rail’s Efforts to Limit Wheelchair Access

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

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Martin Anderson and Marie Murphy are pictured in front of a Via Rail train at Toronto’s Union Station on May 13, 2017. The Canadian Transportation Agency is rejecting Via Rail’s efforts to limit access on its trains for passengers using wheelchairs and other mobility aids. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

TORONTO – The Canadian Transportation Agency is rejecting Via Rail’s efforts to limit access on its trains for passengers using wheelchairs and other mobility aids.

The national rail provider has been actively resisting a previous Agency ruling dictating that all trains coast to coast must double their capacity to accommodate mobility aids and create two tie-down spots for the devices.

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Op-Ed: Foster Care Damages the Health of Mothers

Op-Ed: Foster Care Damages the Health of Mothers

By Elizabeth Wall-Wieler, PhD student in Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

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Spending time in foster care can have serious consequences for the health and well-being of children. But what about their mothers?

The impact on women of being separated from their children is often overlooked because many of these moms have been accused of abuse and neglect, and don’t meet society’s standards of good parenting.

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Health Canada Expands Fire Extinguisher Recall Involving 2.7 Million Devices

Health Canada Expands Fire Extinguisher Recall Involving 2.7 Million Devices

By The Canadian Press

Fire Extinguisher

OTTAWA – The Canadian government is expanding a recall of Kidde and Garrison brand fire extinguishers to cover some 2.7 million of the devices in Canada, including some that date back more than 40 years.

Health Canada says the fire extinguisher can become clogged or require excessive force to operate and may fail during a fire.

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Manitoba Government Rejects Bid for Human Rights Protection of Body Size

Manitoba Government Rejects Bid for Human Rights Protection of Body Size

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Lindsey Mazur
Dietitian Lindsey Mazur speaks at a rally outside the Manitoba legislature in Wiinipeg on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government voted down an opposition attempt Thursday to expand human rights protection to people who are overweight or have dwarfism.

Members of the Progressive Conservative government caucus defeated a private member’s bill from Liberal Jon Gerrard that would have broadened the province’s human rights code to ban discrimination based on physical size or weight.

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What’s in a Checkup? Regular Checkups Are Key to Your Dental Health

What’s in a Checkup? Regular Checkups Are Key to Your Dental Health

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Manitoba Dentist

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Some people have a strange attitude towards checkups. They think that if the dentist doesn’t find something wrong, they’ve wasted their time. A series of successful checkups can discourage people from ever seeing their dentist again.

The idea that you should only see your dentist when something is wrong with your teeth may end up costing you a lot of money, time and comfort. Your dentist can detect and treat most dental problems before you’re even aware of them.

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Manitoba Government Rejects Call to Change How Organs Donated

Manitoba Government Rejects Call to Change How Organs Donated

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Steven Fletcher
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa Thursday March 27, 2014. The Manitoba government has rejected a proposal that would have made all people in the province organ donors unless they specifically requested not to be. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government has rejected a proposal that would have made all people in the province organ donors unless they specifically requested not to be.

Members of the Progressive Conservative government caucus voted Tuesday against a private member’s bill from Independent legislature member Steven Fletcher that would have set up presumed consent.

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Doctor Says Canadian-Led Heart Valve Surgery Details Will ‘Blow People’s Minds’

Doctor Says Canadian-Led Heart Valve Surgery Details Will ‘Blow People’s Minds’

By Camille Bains, The Canadian Press

Max Morton
Max Morton, 81, sits with his dog Barney at his home in Richmond, B.C., on Monday October 30, 2017. Morton is one of 411 patients who had transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery where the damaged aortic valve is replaced without removing the old one. The procedure is an alternative to the more invasive open-heart surgery. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

VANCOUVER – A Vancouver cardiologist has presented details of a revolutionary heart valve surgery to thousands of doctors from around the world and says the minimally invasive procedure will “blow people’s minds.”

Dr. David Wood led a study involving 411 patients who underwent an operation called 3M transcatheter aortic valve replacement for treating aortic heart valve disease, at 13 centres across North America, 11 of them in Canada.

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Bernie Sanders Says Canadian Health Care System Sets a ‘Strong Example’ for U.S.

Bernie Sanders Says Canadian Health Care System Sets a ‘Strong Example’ for U.S.

By Salmaan Farooqui, The Canadian Press

Bernie Sanders
United States Senator Bernie Sanders waves after speaking at the University of Toronto during an event called “What the U.S. Can Learn from Canadian Health Care,” in Toronto, Sunday October 29, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch)

TORONTO – High profile U.S Senator Bernie Sanders had high praise for Canada’s health care system on Sunday, saying it’s something American policy makers should pay attention to.

Sanders talked up Canadian health care on Sunday during a speech at the University of Toronto as part of a fact-finding trip to learn more about Canada’s medical system.

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