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Sweet Tooth? Kids May Choose Snacks Based on Genetics Behind Taste Buds: Study

Sweet Tooth? Kids May Choose Snacks Based on Genetics Behind Taste Buds: Study

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

Elie Chamoun
Elie Chamoun, a PhD candidate in the department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, poses in this recent handout photo. Whether a pre-schooler has a sweet tooth, is partial to snacks rich in fat, or has an aversion to bitter vegetables like broccoli could be linked to genetics, researchers suggest. A study by University of Guelph researchers found that almost 80 per cent of a group of 47 children aged 18 months to five years old carried at least one of three genetic variants related to taste receptor cells in taste buds, which could predispose them to poor snacking habits. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – University of Guelph)

TORONTO – Whether a pre-schooler has a sweet tooth, is partial to snacks rich in fat, or has an aversion to bitter vegetables like broccoli could be linked to genetics, researchers suggest.

A study by University of Guelph researchers found almost 80 per cent of a group of 47 children aged 18 months to five years old carried at least one of three genetic variants related to taste receptor cells in taste buds, which could predispose them to poor snacking habits.

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Regulator is Throwing Consumers to ‘Telco Sales Dogs,’ Says Advocate

Regulator is Throwing Consumers to ‘Telco Sales Dogs,’ Says Advocate

By The Canadian Press

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Bell Canada head office is seen on Nun’s Island, Wednesday, August 5, 2015, in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

OTTAWA – A consumer watchdog group says Canada’s telecom regulator is abdicating its responsibility by refusing to launch a public inquiry into the sales practices of the country’s major telecommunications service providers.

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre called for the inquiry early last month to investigate media reports about high-pressure sales tactics used by at least one major company.

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Commercial Airplane Incidents, Accidents Jump in 2017, Safety Board Says

Commercial Airplane Incidents, Accidents Jump in 2017, Safety Board Says

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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A airplane flying over Norfolk, Va., is silhouetted by the full moon on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. A national pilots associaiton is raising alarm bells over new accident numbers showing a year-over-year jump in incidents involving commercial airliners. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

OTTAWA – The number of incidents involving commercial aircraft flew above the average last year, raising calls from an airline pilots association for the Liberals to boost spending on safety oversight.

Figures released Tuesday from the Transportation Safety Board showed there were 94 incidents in 2017 involving commercial aircraft operators, a jump from the 63 recorded in 2016 and higher than the five-year average of 79 incidents.

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CRTC’s Dilemma: Balance Consumer and Telecom’s Feelings on Broadcast’s Future

CRTC’s Dilemma: Balance Consumer and Telecom’s Feelings on Broadcast’s Future

By David Paddon, The Canadian Press

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Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly speaks to reporters after leaving a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. A warning from Canada???s biggest media companies that their survival is under threat from unregulated foreign rivals and illicit content pirates has sparked a massive influx of submissions to the federal telecommunications regulator from consumers with little sympathy for their cause. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

TORONTO – A warning from Canada’s biggest media companies that their survival is under threat from unregulated foreign rivals and illicit content pirates has sparked a massive influx of submissions to the federal telecommunications regulator from consumers with little sympathy for their cause.

Midway through a 30-day public consultation that is open until March 1, more than 5,440 responses have been posted with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission — predominantly focused on one issue.

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Music Industry Struggles to Shake Ugly Legacy of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Music Industry Struggles to Shake Ugly Legacy of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll

By Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press

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Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around pop-rockers Hedley have put the spotlight on an industry long defined by the mantra of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, but several music veterans believe a powerful sea change is already well underway. Members of the band Hedley pose on the red carpet during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, March 15, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power)

TORONTO – Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around pop-rockers Hedley have put the spotlight on an industry long defined by the mantra of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll — but several music veterans believe a powerful sea change is already well underway.

As the explosive #metoo movement is upending patriarchy in Hollywood and politics, the music industry, too, has been awakening to deeply ingrained gender inequities and increasing pressure to change its ways, said Melissa Auf der Maur.

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Kim Campbell Says Sleeveless Dresses ‘Demeaning’ for TV Broadcasters

Kim Campbell Says Sleeveless Dresses ‘Demeaning’ for TV Broadcasters

By The Canadian Press

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Former prime minister Kim Campbell testifies before the Oliphant Commission in Ottawa, Wednesday, April 29 2009. Campbell is admonishing female news anchors who wear sleeveless dresses on the air, calling the bare-armed attire “demeaning.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

TORONTO – Kim Campbell is admonishing female news anchors who wear sleeveless dresses on the air, calling the bare-armed attire “demeaning.”

The former prime minister tweeted her displeasure, saying “bare arms undermine credibility and gravitas.”

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RCMP Has Provided ‘Comfort Letters’ to Firms That Help Families Free Hostages

RCMP Has Provided ‘Comfort Letters’ to Firms That Help Families Free Hostages

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA – A senior RCMP official says the national police force has sometimes assured private companies they won’t be prosecuted for dealing with hostage-takers on behalf of desperate Canadian families.

James Malizia, the RCMP assistant commissioner for national security, told a Senate committee Monday that the primary focus for the force is the safe release of the captives.

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Pot Brands Race to Retail Front Line for Edge in Competitive Cannabis Landscape

Pot Brands Race to Retail Front Line for Edge in Competitive Cannabis Landscape

By Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press

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Budtender Phillip Courdery, left, discusses different varieties of marijuana with Marissa Toia, of Kansa City, Mo., and Mike Tebo, of San Diego, Calif., as Toia decides which to purchase at Cannabis Station dispensary on Monday, April 24, 2017 in downtown Denver. As the race to produce enough cannabis for the soon-to-be-legal market gets increasingly crowded, licensed producers are setting their sights on the next frontier in the race for maximum pot profitability: developing retail stores. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joe Mahoney)

TORONTO – As the race to produce enough cannabis for the soon-to-be-legal market gets increasingly crowded, licensed producers are setting their sights on the next frontier in the race for maximum pot profitability: developing retail stores.

Pot producers have been ramping up production in preparation for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use later this year and — realizing there is a healthy collective pipeline of product coming online over the next few years — are looking to deploy their cash in more profitable ways, said Russell Stanley, special situations analyst with Echelon Wealth Partners.

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Two Canadian Women Freed from Cambodian Prison Arrive on Home Soil

Two Canadian Women Freed from Cambodian Prison Arrive on Home Soil

By The Canadian Press

Eden Kazoleas - Jessica Drolet
Eden Kazoleas, 19, left, and Jessica Drolet, 26, return to Canada after they were arrested on January 25 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, February 9, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch)

TORONTO – Two Canadian women released from a Cambodian jail after facing charges of producing pornographic images have returned to home soil.

Eden Kazoleas, 19, of Alberta and Jessica Drolet, 26, of Ontario, landed at Toronto’s Pearson airport Friday night, accompanied by Canadian lawyer Frances Tibollo, who helped negotiate their release.

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