Tourist Fatally Struck By Vehicle In Times Square
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/19/2017 8:16:00 AM.
One person is dead, 22 others have been injured after a car rammed into pedestrians in New York's Times Square. The incident took place yesterday shortly before noon. The driver, a US Navy veteran named Richard Rojas, was arrested at the scene and breathalyzed. Law enforcement officials say he told police he heard voices, and had prior convictions for driving while intoxicated. New York City mayor Bill De Blasio said there was no indication that this was an act of terrorism. The woman who was killed was an 18-year old visiting from Michigan; her 13-year old sister was among those injured.

Police And Nurses Join Force
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/18/2017 6:10:00 AM.
A new partnership between Durham Regional Police Services and Lakeridge Health is being developed to address ongoing concerns over the increase in suicide across the region. According to recent numbers, cases are up 43% compared to a year ago, covering a wide age span from teenagers to seniors. A team of specially-trained nurses and police officers will be collaborating together as part of the new initiative. So far this year, Durham Police say they have fielded more than 1,000 calls related to suicide attempts. 

Costly Joyride For Whitby Man
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/17/2017 7:15:00 AM.
A 32-year old Whitby man faces charges after stealing a TTC bus in Toronto and going on a joyride. The call came in to Durham Regional Police from his brother at around 4:30 yesterday morning; the abandoned bus was found near the man's home about 45 minutes later. There were no injuries or damages to the bus. He was released on a promise to appear. 

Customer Information Hacked From Bell
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/16/2017 7:13:00 AM.
Bell is the latest victim of information theft from an anonymous hacker. The company is apologizing to customers after close to two million email addresses and 1700 names and phone numbers were stolen from their database. The RCMP are working with Bell to investigate the breach. A statement was issued from Bell saying there is no indication that any financial, password, or otherwise sensitive information was accessed.

Alleged Driveway Assault In Oshawa
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/15/2017 7:58:00 AM.
Police are investigating an alleged incident last week in Oshawa where a man was reportedly attacked by two unknown suspects in his driveway. Police say it happened just after 9:30 on Thursday night, when a 37-year old man pulled into his driveway on Downview Crescent, and sat inside his pickup truck for a few minutes using his phone. As he got out, it is believed he was physically assaulted by the two men who approached him from behind. They fled in a nearby vehicle, and the man was treated for injuries in hospital. 

Immediate Hydro Relief Coming
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/12/2017 6:12:00 AM.
New legislation was tabled yesterday by the Provincial Liberal Government that will see hydro bills lowered for the next ten years. Under the plan, time-of-use rates will drop, costs for low-income and rural support programs will be lifted, and new social programs will be introduced. A new entity overseen by Ontario Power Generation will take on debt to pay the difference between above-market rates paid to producers and charges to customers. The Government says the cost of paying back that debt with interest will be up to $28 billion dollars. 

Quebec Flooding Could Worsen
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/11/2017 7:32:00 AM.
Officials are warning that water levels could continue to worsen before they get better in southern Quebec, as towns between Montreal and Quebec City are seeing the effects of floodwaters flowing downstream. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is predicting that water levels in Lac St. Pierre, about 60 kilometres northeast of Montreal, could increase by 15 centimetres by tomorrow. Water levels are already 1.8 metres higher than usual, and high tides have forced many communities to declare a state of emergency.   

Construction On Zephyr Road
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/10/2017 7:15:00 AM.
The Region of Durham says lane restrictions are coming to Zephyr Rd. in Uxbridge, and they could be in place for up to a month. Rehabilitation work will be taking place from east of Concession Rd. 5 to beyond Concession Rd. 6. If weather conditions are unfavourable, the lane restrictions may be extended even longer. All driveways and local businesses along this stretch will remain accessible. Pedestrians and cyclists are being advised to use the road with caution, and motorists are asked to mind the safety of construction workers.  

This Story Is Not Fake
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/9/2017 7:33:00 AM.
Google has launched a new fact-checking tool in an effort to weed out what it calls "fake news" from it's search results. The feature will incorporate the findings of websites like PolitiFact and Snopes to identify whether or not a certain claim is accurate. The tool was tested in October, and doesn't provide fact-checking information on every search. There could also be instances where a claim provides conflicting conclusions. Google says it hopes the feature will help users make more informed judgments.  

New Opioid Guidelines From CMA
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/8/2017 7:30:00 AM.
New guidelines pertaining to opioid prescriptions were released in the Canadian Medical Association Journal today.   The report stated that doctors should only prescribe opioids to treat very specific causes of chronic pain. Doctors were also strongly urged to try to wean their patients off of opioids due to their potentially addictive nature. The recommendations were among ten given to health care providers with a clear focus on reducing prescriptions, a clear departure from the previous guidelines issued seven years ago.

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