PARIS: Opioid use has reached crisis proportions not only in the United States but also in Canada and some European countries, as prescription opioid painkillers have become much more common, the OECD club of wealthy nations said on Thursday.So far the opioid epidemic has focused largely on the United States, where the OECD said nearly 400,000 people died of overdoses between 1999 and 2017, resulting in the lowering of overall life expectancy for the first in more than 60 years."The United States is by no means alone in facing this crisis," the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in a report.The Paris-based policy forum said deaths linked to opioid use were also rising sharply in Sweden, Norway, Ireland, and England and Wales.Canada reported more than 10,000 opioid-related deaths between January 2016 and September 2018, with rates increasing from 8.4 per 100,000 people to 11.8 over the period, the OECD said. Between 2011 and 2016, opioid-related deaths rose more … [Read more...] about Opioids crisis has spread beyond United States: OECD
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By Brian Lee Crowley Justin Mohammed Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 Are the federal Liberals right to make it more difficult for immigrants and refugees to enter Canada from the United States? Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, argues Yes, while Justin Mohammed, a human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International, argues No. Yes, Canada would be right to tighten its borders, particularly with respect to those who have been entering Canada illegally. Unfortunately, while the government is making noises that it wants to do so, there is little evidence that those measures will be effective. Let’s begin with why it would make sense to toughen border controls. Canada’s highly successful postwar immigration policy, supported by an all-party political consensus and public opinion, has never been laissez-faire about who gets in. On the contrary. That admirable policy has always been premised on the idea that … [Read more...] about Is Canada right to tighten its border?
Business The tiny, two-person Smart cars once pitched as the next big thing in urban mobility will be discontinued in the United States and Canada at the end of the current model year, German automaker Daimler AG said on Monday. 30 Apr 2019 05:25AM Bookmark REUTERS: The tiny, two-person Smart cars once pitched as the next big thing in urban mobility will be discontinued in the United States and Canada at the end of the current model year, German automaker Daimler AG said on Monday.Smart cars, with their unique styling and ability to fit in half a parking space, found an audience in densely populated U.S. and Canadian cities. But that audience was small and rapidly declining. Smart reported just 90 cars sold in the United States during March, down 18 percent from the year before.U.S. sales of a wide range of small cars have collapsed over the past several years as relatively cheap gasoline and a strong economy have encouraged consumers to buy larger trucks and sport utility … [Read more...] about Daimler will pull Smart mini-cars out of United States, Canada
By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau Sun., April 28, 2019 OTTAWA—European companies have been fast out of the gate to take advantage of the free trade deal between the European Union and Canada, prompting questions about what more can be done to spur Canadian firms to diversify their foreign trade. European exports of merchandise and goods and services have seen double digit increases, outpacing Canada’s exports to Europe in the months after the trade pact with 28 nations of the European Union — known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement — took effect on Sept. 21, 2017. In addition to eliminating most tariffs, the pact also liberalized trade in services such as financial services, telecommunications, energy and transport, and give companies access to bid on government procurement projects. “We saw during the first year that European enterprises and European companies were more active in Canadian market,” said … [Read more...] about European companies quick to seize opportunities of new trade deal with Canada
By The Canadian Press Sun., April 28, 2019 ORNSKOLDSVIK, SWEDEN—Jack Hughes had a goal and two assists Sunday to set a tournament scoring record and help the United States defeat Canada 5-2 in the bronze-medal game at the world under-18 men’s hockey championship. Hughes’ three-point effort gave him 20 points this year to go with 12 in 2018. The combined 32 points eclipsed the previous record of 31, set by Alex Ovechkin in 2002 and 2003. Hughes is NHL Central Scouting’s top-ranked North American prospect for the June NHL draft, where the New Jersey Devils will have the first overall pick. Cam York had two goals for the U.S., while Alex Turcotte and Bobby Brink also scored. Dylan Cozens and Nathan Legare scored for Canada, which hasn’t won this tournament since 2013. Spencer Knight made 21 stops for the U.S. Nolan Maier stopped 36 shots for Canada. Article Continued Below Report an error Journalistic Standards About The Star … [Read more...] about Jack Hughes breaks scoring mark in U.S. win over Canada at under-18 hockey worlds