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Health Canada reviewing safety of BBQ brushes, says nine injured since 2011

July 18, 2017 Brennan Doherty - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Health Canada is conducting an investigation into the safety of wire-bristle brushes used to clean barbecues, with plans to conclude the probe by the end of the summer. The agency said the risk assessment on the brushes comes

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Senate bill proposes to allow limited promotion of vaping as ‘tobacco cessation method’

May 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A bill currently before the Senate will, if passed into law, restrict the promotion of electronic cigarettes. Bill S-5 was the subject of hearings last month before the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. The bill –

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Ottawa promises funding to address risk of food contaminated by listeria, artificial intelligence research

March 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government is proposing to spend $125 million on a “strategy” for artificial intelligence, to be administered by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). “From smartphone applications that can understand human speech to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence is

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ICLR releases new book addressing extreme heat events

December 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) has published a book addressing the risk to Canadians from extreme heat events. Cities to adapt to extreme heat: Celebrating local leadership profiles “20 of the many successful local projects underway or already

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Health Canada ‘slow to respond’ to reports of prohibited substances in personal hygiene products: Auditor General report

June 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal health department “cannot assure consumers” that cosmetic products comply with the nation’s Food and Drugs Act, and vendors of such products are not required to disclose chemical components, a recent auditor-general’s report suggested. “Health Canada should inform consumers