Website sells Humboldt memorials without families’ permission

Obituaries for victims of the Humboldt Broncos crash have appeared on a website that aggregates death notices from across Canada, while adding offers to purchase gifts and memorials, without the involvement or permission of the families.

Prescription for worsening myopia in Canadian kids? Head outdoors

All children with myopia benefit from spending more time outdoors, doctors say.

Getting a crew to Mars: Here’s how NASA is tackling the mind-bending to-do list

To make a crewed Mars mission possible, there are incredibly complex problems that need to be solved. Here are some of the things at the top of NASA’s to-do list, and how engineers and psychologists are figuring them out.

The National for April 20, 2018

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‘Good Samaritan’ attacked at Southgate Centre has died, according to Facebook post

A man who was assaulted while trying to intervene in a robbery attempt at the Southgate Centre earlier this week has died, according to a Facebook post from his wife.

Speed Skating Canada fires coach Michael Crowe after investigation

Speed Skating Canada has fired the head coach of Canada’s long-track speed-skating team.

Smallville actress charged with sex trafficking offence relating to NXIVM group accused of branding women

Federal prosecutors say a television actress best known for playing a young Superman’s close friend has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru.

Warm-water bottlenose dolphins, false killer whales documented off B.C.’s Vancouver Island

The scientist behind the discovery of 200 bottlenose dolphins and 70 false killer whales says warmer waters and climate change likely led to their appearance.

Health Canada investigating use of unlicensed homeopathic remedy made from rabid dog saliva

The homeopathic remedy made from rabid dog saliva that a Victoria naturopath says she used to treat a small boy was not licensed for sale in Canada, and the federal government is opening an investigation.

‘We need to rethink the entire plastics industry’: Why banning plastic straws isn’t enough

Disposable plastic straws are about to be banned throughout Britain. Here’s what’s happening with straws in Canada and a closer look at what impact such bans could really have.

Natalie Portman withdraws from Genesis Prize ceremony in Israel

Actress Natalie Portman has snubbed a prestigious prize known as the “Jewish Nobel,” saying she did not want her attendance to be seen as an endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Health Canada should stop approving homeopathic remedies — period: Robyn Urback

Whenever a controversy about homeopathy pops up, Health Canada is stuck: either it affirms the alleged effectiveness of these products despite the total lack of scientific evidence, or it concedes that it has been green-lighting silly water as a health product in its role as a government regulator.

Trump complained about Flynn’s ‘judgment,’ Comey memo says

U.S. President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to memos maintained by Comey and obtained by The Associated Press.

Dodo whodunit: Feathered creature died from shotgun blast to head

Researchers in the U.K. have discovered that the dodo housed in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History for hundreds of years died a violent death.

How ‘Free the Beer’ ruling could impact the B.C.-Alberta pipeline war

A Supreme Court of Canada ruling supports a province’s right to impose trade barriers, but not if the intent is to punish other provinces.

Lance Armstrong reaches $5M settlement with U.S. government

Lance Armstrong has reached a $5 million US settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career.

Meet the newest ‘exploding ant’ that sacrifices itself for the good of the colony

Deep in the forests of Borneo live species of ants with a rather novel way of fending off enemies: they explode.

Canadian weightlifter gets 2012 Olympic gold after top 2 stripped of medals

Canadian weightlifter Christine Girard can finally call herself an Olympic champion. The International Olympic Committee made it official Thursday, declaring that Girard will be awarded the gold medal in the 63-kilogram weight class from the 2012 Summer Games.

Too early to talk charges in fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash, police say

Police in Saskatchewan say it’s too early to say whether charges will be laid in the fatal crash involving a semi-truck and the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team that left 16 people dead.

B.C. realtor fined after asking buyer to hang ‘Sold’ sign for a year

A Richmond real estate agent has been fined for drawing up a contract forcing a buyer to hang her team leader’s “Sold” sign up for a year after purchase.

First responders face long-term risk of PTSD after Humboldt

Paramedics, firefighters and police officers who responded to the horrific crash in rural Saskatchewan are in the midst of debriefings to help them talk about what happened, but agencies emphasize that post-traumatic stress symptoms can take weeks, months, or years to appear.

First responders face long-term risk of PTSD after Humboldt

Paramedics, firefighters and police officers who responded to the horrific crash in rural Saskatchewan are in the midst of debriefings to help them talk about what happened, but agencies emphasize that post-traumatic stress symptoms can take weeks, months, or years to appear.

First responders face long-term risk of PTSD after Humboldt

Paramedics, firefighters and police officers who responded to the horrific crash in rural Saskatchewan are in the midst of debriefings to help them talk about what happened, but agencies emphasize that post-traumatic stress symptoms can take weeks, months, or years to appear.

How a stationary bike, paired with Google Street View, helps seniors with dementia

An innovative dementia therapy tool is making its way to Canada. The BikeAround is a device that combines a stationary bike, Google Street View and a dome-shaped projector to give users a virtual ride down memory lane.

How a stationary bike, paired with Google Street View, helps seniors with dementia

An innovative dementia therapy tool is making its way to Canada. The BikeAround is a device that combines a stationary bike, Google Street View and a dome-shaped projector to give users a virtual ride down memory lane.

‘We deserve better:’ Family of Colten Boushie calls for United Nations to study systemic racism in Canada

Family members of Colten Boushie delivered a fiery call for justice at the international table today, as they called for the United Nations to undertake a study systemic racism against Indigenous people in Canada’s judicial and legal systems.

Missing 2-year-old girl found dead in Quebec City

Police in Quebec City are confirming that the body they found near a home in Quebec City is that of missing 2-year-old Rosalie Gagnon.

B.C.’s free anti-overdose kits saved hundreds of lives, study says

The rapid expansion of a program that hands out an overdose-reversing drug significantly reduced the number of fentanyl-related deaths in 2016 in B.C., according to a new study.

Ottawa transit commission flouts Quebec’s ‘niqab ban’

Ottawa’s transit commission makes its opposition to Quebec’s so-called “niqab ban” official.

Drug-smuggling Australia trip that became ‘vacuous’ photo-op gets Quebec woman 8 years in prison

An Australian judge has sentenced Mélina Roberge, 24, of Quebec to eight years in prison for drug trafficking, in a decision that also criticized young people for their relentless pursuit of social media fame.