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Death toll among B.C.'s homeless rising, hit 342 people last year: Coroner's report

Death toll among B.C.'s homeless rising, hit 342 people last year: Coroner's report

VICTORIA — The number of homeless people dying on the streets of British Columbia is "staggering," say advocates who brace for reports of more deaths daily. More than 600 people experiencing homelessness in B.C.
Hypothetical situations or real-life medical tragedies? A judge weighs an Idaho abortion ban lawsuit

Hypothetical situations or real-life medical tragedies? A judge weighs an Idaho abortion ban lawsuit

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An attorney for Idaho asked a judge on Thursday to throw out a lawsuit seeking clarity about the medical exemptions to the state's broad abortion bans, saying it was based on hypothetical situations rather than current facts.
Fuming over setback to casino smoking ban, workers light up in New Jersey Statehouse meeting

Fuming over setback to casino smoking ban, workers light up in New Jersey Statehouse meeting

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — With prospects for a smoking ban in Atlantic City's casinos looking hazier than ever, workers who want smoking banned took matters into their own hands, lips and lungs Thursday.
A judge is considering Wyoming abortion laws, including the first explicit US ban on abortion pills

A judge is considering Wyoming abortion laws, including the first explicit US ban on abortion pills

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Ohio clinics want abortion ban permanently struck down in wake of constitutional amendment passage

Ohio clinics want abortion ban permanently struck down in wake of constitutional amendment passage

Abortion clinics in Ohio are pushing for a court to strike down abortion restrictions now that voters have enshrined abortion rights into the state Constitution, arguing that even the state’s Republican attorney general says the amendment invalidates
NDP and Liberals set new deadline for introduction of pharmacare bill

NDP and Liberals set new deadline for introduction of pharmacare bill

OTTAWA — The NDP and Liberals have agreed to a new March 1 deadline for the federal government to introduce pharmacare legislation in the House of Commons, as part of the parties' deal to keep the minority government in power.
A look at alcohol sales rules by province across the country

A look at alcohol sales rules by province across the country

TORONTO — The Ontario government has announced sales of beer, wine, cider and ready-to-drink cocktails will be allowed in convenience stores and all grocery stores in Ontario by 2026.
N.B. COVID-19 efforts 'above and beyond,' but decisions lacked evidence: auditor

N.B. COVID-19 efforts 'above and beyond,' but decisions lacked evidence: auditor

FREDERICTON — At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Brunswick's Health Department issued 33 recommendations without evidence to substantiate them, the province's auditor general says.
B.C. approves health research centre construction at new St. Paul's Hospital

B.C. approves health research centre construction at new St. Paul's Hospital

VANCOUVER — British Columbia's provincial government is going ahead with the construction of a $638-million "state-of-the-art" research centre at the new St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver.
Sickle cell affects more families in Africa and India, but new gene therapies are out of reach

Sickle cell affects more families in Africa and India, but new gene therapies are out of reach

Gautam Dongre’s two children in India and Pascazia Mazeze’s son in Tanzania live with an inherited blood disorder that turns blood cells into instruments of pain.