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Researchers develop 3D-printed stethoscope for use in war zones, low-income areas

Researchers develop 3D-printed stethoscope for use in war zones, low-income areas

Although it’s taken for granted here in Canada, the modern stethoscope is unavailable to health care professionals in certain parts of the world because of its prohibitive cost. The standard stethoscope can often cost several hundred dollars, which prevents physicians working in low-income communities or war zones from using them. That is, until now. A team of researchers in London, Ont. say they have created an open-source and clinically validated template to 3D-print plastic stethoscopes in less than three hours and for less than $3.  And the best part? TheRead More

B.C. government asks residents for feedback on oil spill prevention plans

Vancouver oil spill

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s government says it is moving to the next steps in defending provincial land and water from oil spills by getting public feedback on potential policies, even as one of its most controversial proposals heads to court. Environment Minister George Heyman says in a statement that British Columbians have a “personal connection” with the environment and need to have their voices heard about steps to protect land and water. The province is looking for input on four policy areas: response times for oil spills, geographic response plans,Read More

Edmonton lifts moratorium on combative sports imposed after death of MMA fighter

Tim Hague

EDMONTON — City council in Edmonton has voted to lift a moratorium on combative sports events that was imposed following the death of a mixed martial arts fighter. Tim Hague, who was a teacher, died in hospital last June — two days after losing a match to Adam Braidwood, a former Canadian Football League player. Hague, who is 34, died following brain surgery after being knocked down five times in the ring. City council imposed the ban in December in response to a report that recommended the city improve fighterRead More

Eskimos sign veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn to CFL deal

Kevin Glenn

EDMONTON – Kevin Glenn’s trek through the CFL is now complete. The veteran quarterback signed with the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday. Prior to the move, the Eskimos were the lone team not to hold Glenn’s rights over his 17-year CFL career. The 38-year-old Detroit native spent last season with Saskatchewan, passing for 4,038 yards and 25 touchdowns in leading the Roughriders to the East Division final. Glenn is expected to provide depth at quarterback behind incumbent Mike Reilly, the CFL’s outstanding player last season. Glenn has appeared in 268 careerRead More

85 years of business at Saskatoon barbershop

85 years of business at Saskatoon barbershop

Over eight decades after first opening its doors, a barbershop in downtown Saskatoon has no plans to slow down. The City Park Barbershop performed its first haircut in 1933. Other than a move from the front of the building to the side, the business has been in the same location since the beginning. Jodie Thompson took over the barbershop last year after about 27 years working in the industry. “I love the location, the atmosphere and the size,” Thompson said. “It’s very homey and everybody’s friendly.” Some clients have beenRead More

Accused in attacks fit to stand trial, but second assessment not yet complete

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif

The man accused in the Sept. 30 attacks in Edmonton has been found fit to stand trial, although an assessment on his mental state at the time of the alleged assaults has not been completed. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif appeared in court Friday on the 11 charges he faced in connection to the attack – where an Edmonton Police Service officer was hit by a vehicle and then stabbed, and hours later, a cube van hit four people in the downtown core. His lawyer told court Friday an assessment found SharifRead More

Putin calls Kim Jong Un ‘competent and mature’ leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre

The Associated Press Published Friday, January 12, 2018 11:21AM EST Last Updated Friday, January 12, 2018 11:22AM EST MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin says North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has shown himself to be a mature leader who is interested in calming down the tensions over its nuclear and long-range missile programs. Meeting with top Russian media figures on Thursday, Putin said Kim “is an absolutely competent and already mature politician” who has “solved his strategic task — he has a nuclear warhead and a global-range missile.” Now, inRead More

Another London cop facing criminal charges

London Police

CTV London Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 4:50PM EST Last Updated Thursday, January 11, 2018 4:55PM EST In what seems like is becoming a regular occurrence, another London police officer is facing a criminal charge. Cst. Sergio Mendez-Vargas, 33, is facing one count of breach of trust. He has been suspended from duty since March 27, 2017. Mendez-Vargas has been released from custody and is expected to appear in court on Feb. 21. This is the ninth London police officer facing criminal charges in the past 10 months. “With theRead More

Drug trafficking leads to jail time for Windsor man

CTV Windsor Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:06PM EST Last Updated Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:26PM EST A Windsor man is headed to jail for drug trafficking. Kevin Lewis, 30, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months in jail after pleading guilty to possession of drug trafficking in October. Lewis was among 10 people charged following a cross border investigation into the importation and distribution of illegal guns into Ontario from the United States. “Project Kirby” began in 2015 with members of the OPP, the Organized Crime Enforcement Nureau and theRead More

No charges after Toronto police Tasered psychiatric patient multiple times: SIU

SIU file photo

TORONTO — Ontario’s police watchdog says no charges are warranted after a psychiatric patient at a downtown Toronto hospital suffered a broken hip when Tasered multiple times by police officers. The Special Investigations Unit said in a release Tuesday that the hospital made a 911 call for assistance with a patient on Sept. 24, 2016, and the man was subdued by a conducted energy weapon and then sedated by hospital staff. Late on Sept. 27, police again responded to a 911 call regarding the same patient in the psychiatric intensiveRead More