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Vaccine misinformation winning in British Columbia

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More news on the harm that vaccine safety misinformation does. Thanks Jenny McCarthy! B.C. vaccination rates drop amid ‘misinformation’ campaign | CTV Vancouver News. An organized campaign by anti-vaccination groups to sow doubt about the effectiveness and safety of vaccines has helped push some vaccination rates among kindergarten-aged children in B.C. to their lowest levels…

Tragic death by escalator

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I have heard of people’s clothing or hair getting stuck but this went one step further. Montreal woman dies after her scarf becomes stuck in subway escalator | News.com.au. A WOMAN has died after her scarf got caught in an escalator in a Montreal subway stop. The woman was riding the down escalator at the…

Surprise! Wolverines found on Canadian island, and eats fish

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The wolverine population is spreading. And evolving new habits. Salmon-eating wolverines found for first time on island off B.C.’s coast. Evidence shows the often-reclusive wolverine has taken up residence for the first time on an island off British Columbia’s Central Coast and the animal’s eating habits have changed along with its relocation. The study, published…

Chimaera fish photo stirs interest

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A strange looking mystery fish is identified. Arctic mystery fish identified – North – CBC News A University of Windsor researcher has identified a strange fish caught recently in Nunavut waters. Nigel Hussey, a researcher who works with the Ocean Tracking Network, says the fish some speculated was a goblin shark is actually the mysterious “long-nosed chimaera” — mysterious because they’re rarely…

What to do when an electrical fireball comes down YOUR street. Film it! (UPDATE)

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This is like something from a sci-fi movie – crackling and sizzling its way down the street. Watch the ‘electrical fireball’ video from Montreal’s wind storm. One of the hottest online videos right now shows an alleged “fireball” running across power lines in a Montreal borough. Filmed by a homeowner from his living room, the…

Screening for questionable syndrome rejected for Alberta schools

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One government official makes a medical claim that has no solid backing. It rightly is rejected. Alberta MLAs reject proposal for Irlen Syndrome screening in schools. A Progressive Conservative MLA has fallen short in her bid to make Alberta the first province to mandate childhood screening for a little-known visual-processing disorder doubted by much of…

What you want might not be in there but what you don’t want just may be

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A study to be published Friday in the journal BMC Medicine concludes that people taking herbals and dietary supplements are not always getting what they pay for. Herbal remedies study: Natural products often mislabelled | Toronto Star. [W]hen scientists from the University of Guelph scoured the DNA in a number of herbal products, they found…

Metallic sounds in BC town freak people out (UPDATE: Horn of Gondor, etc.)

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And… here we go again… Strange sounds in Terrace, B.C., spark stranger theories – British Columbia – CBC News. Some people in Terrace, B.C., say they were awoken Thursday morning by some strange, whining and grinding noises echoing off nearby hills for several minutes, prompting a wide range of speculation online about the source. At…

Sasquatch, Keeper of the forest, invoked at environmental hearing

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This is not the first time, surprisingly, that mythical creatures have been used for environmental causes. Sasquatch cited in mine hearings | Local News | Prince George Citizen. Most people consider the sasquatch a legendary creature, but the mythical bush man of northern B.C. received its fair share of attention at environmental review hearings into…