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(School-Start-Times)

A wave of international research suggesting delaying high school start times would have health and academic benefits has not yet crested in Canada.

Several individual boards and schools have embraced the idea that early start times are at odds with adolescents' natural sleep patterns.

But Canadian authorities have yet to join their international counterparts in recommending later bell times.

One school board in northwestern Ontario has done so, and declared the experiment a success. (The Canadian Press)

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(Sask-CBO-Funding)

The Saskatchewan government is backtracking on a planned funding cut to community-based organizations such as detox facilities and youth centres.

Health Minister Jim Reiter says the province has decided that it's not the right move to make.

Speaking at the legislature in Regina on Thursday, Reiter said a consultation showed a clear picture of the potential effects on people of any funding cut.

He says the government realized it's "not the appropriate place to try to save money." (The Canadian Press)

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(Adolescent-Eye-Risks)

Researchers in the U-S say a vast majority of young Americans who wear contacts are at risk of an eye infection.

A new study from the C-D-C used data from a 2016 survey of more than 61-hundred people.

It found that of the 3.6-million Americans between 12 and 17 who wear contacts, 85 per cent are doing at least one thing that increases their infection risk.

The most commonly reported risky habits include not visiting an eye doctor at least once a year and sleeping or swimming while wearing contacts. …

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