Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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The federal government is launching a pilot program it hopes will uncover warning signs for suicide.

Ottawa-based artificial intelligence service company Advanced Symbolics will examine suicide hot spots across the country, including Indigenous communities, although the company's chief scientist stresses the goal is not to focus on any particular group.

The pilot is expected to start by the beginning of February, and use randomized, controlled samples of social media users in all regions.

The project will not identify individuals, with the company saying safeguards are in place to ensure individuals can't be identified within samples. (The Canadian Press)



Veterinarians are concerned Canada's planned legalization of marijuana this summer could be dangerous for pets, amid increased cases of dogs with marijuana toxicity.

Marijuana's T-H-C makes dogs sick rather than getting them high, with symptoms including wobbling, crying, and urinating uncontrollably, and in rare cases, death.

Animal experts are calling for warnings and greater public education on what marijuana can do to pets.

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2012, and vets reported a four-fold increase in toxicity cases in dogs between 2010 and 2015. (The Canadian Press)



Starting January 15th, British Columbia will cover the 300-dollar cost of the so-called abortion pill.

Mifegymiso (meh-FEH'-guh-MEE'-zoh) -- also known at RU-486 -- can be used to terminate a pregnancy at up to nine weeks.

New Brunswick, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia have already approved the abortion pill.

The group Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights says coverage of the pill addresses an issue of equitable access to abortion in rural and remote parts of Canada where surgical options don't exist. …

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