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RCMP found Travis Vader’s fingerprint and DNA on beer can found in missing couple’s SUV

RCMP found Travis Vader’s fingerprint and DNA on beer can found in missing couple’s SUV

EDMONTON — Accused killer Travis Vader’s fingerprint and DNA were on a beer can found in Lyle and Marie McCann’s SUV, RCMP say in newly released court documents.

Two dozen RCMP officers posed as criminals to build the case against Vader, who’s accused of the murders of the St. Albert couple, missing since 2010.

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    Three played major roles in the fabricated plot designed to draw in the prime suspect and coax damning evidence from him; 20 more made cameo appearances. All pretended to be part of a criminal organization looking to recruit Vader, according to documents that became public Monday when a judge granted a request from several local news organizations, including Global Edmonton, to lift a publication ban. The documents have not been presented or proven in court.

    In part, the documents read like a sort of laundry list of leads and theories to tie Vader to the 2010 crime.

    A paralegal working with the lead prosecutor even made a “things to do” list. On it was a note about Sheri Lynn Campbell, who used to share a home with Vader and whom he described to RCMP as his alibi.

    Text messages between the pair indicate that Campbell told police Vader was at the home from 2 a.m. on July 2, 2010, to 2 a.m. July 3, the day the McCanns were last seen as they gassed up their motorhome in preparation for a trip to B.C.

    READ MORE: The disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann

    Two days later, the burned-out motorhome was found at a campground near Edson. Then, on July 16, the Hyundai Tucson SUV the couple had been pulling was found concealed about 25 kilometres east of the town. Inside, RCMP found the beer can, Marie McCann’s blood and Lyle McCann’s hat with a bullet hole in it. They say Vader used the couple’s cellphone at about 2 p.m. that day.

    READ MORE: Evidence ties Travis Vader to missing St. Albert couple’s SUV: Crown summary

    Vader was arrested on July 19, but he wasn’t charged with the murders until April 2012. The bodies of the McCanns have never been found.

    In March 2014, a month before his trial was to begin, Crown prosecutor Michelle Doyle stayed the charges, citing a huge gap in disclosure provided by the RCMP to the defence. Doyle said she was confident Vader would be convicted, but was concerned he may not receive a fair trial. Nine months later, the stay was lifted and the first-degree murder charges applied again.

    Vader is fighting to have the case thrown out, accusing the Crown of trying to buy more time to collect evidence. A judge is expected to rule on the abuse-of-process claim at the end of the month. If Vader’s trial goes ahead, it is scheduled to start March 7.

    READ MORE: ‘It appears that the police rushed to a judgement’: Vader’s lawyer 

    The paralegal jotted notes about the disclosure set-back, writing “2 years fought to keep in Vader. MD feels betrayed.”

    The documents released Monday also recount evidence from a man who said Vader gave him a “gold ruby ring” that belonged to the McCanns. The man said Vader took it from the motorhome and kept it at a cabin near his father’s place, along with “a lot more stuff.”

    The documents reveal that, as well as mounting the sizable undercover case, RCMP paid a jailhouse informant for information against Vader.

    In a sworn affidavit among the documents, an RCMP sergeant said as many as 10 undercover operations are going on in Alberta at any given time, lasting from several weeks to several years, with some remaining open indefinitely.

    It’s a dangerous job, said the sergeant, who coordinates undercover operations in Alberta.

    “I am aware of situations where suspects or targets have clearly indicated the intention to kill an officer upon discovery of an undercover operator’s true identity.”

    In one case, an operation was terminated because the suspect became suspicious, the sergeant said. RCMP intercepted audio of the suspect’s girlfriend reading newspaper coverage of the Jason Dix murder trial, when he realized he was the target of the same strategy used against Dix.

    RCMP spent months on an elaborate, undercover “Mr. Big” operation to gather evidence against Dix for the 1994 deaths of Tim Ordzyk, 33, and James Deiter, 24, whose bodies were discovered at a paper recycling plant in Sherwood Park. RCMP first thought they had been electrocuted, but both had been shot in the head three times.

    Dix spent nearly two years in jail and the case was eventually thrown out because of lack of evidence. He sued the Crown and RCMP for malicious prosecution and was awarded $765,000 in 2002. The case remains unsolved.

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Manitoba Ombudsman report leaves questions unanswered in dam purchase

Manitoba Ombudsman report leaves questions unanswered in dam purchase

WINNIPEG —; The Manitoba government was not justified in an initial attempt to buy $5 million in flood-fighting equipment from a specific contractor without bids from others, the province’s ombudsman said Thursday.

But the 35-page report from Charlene Paquin also says that, in the end, the NDP government followed the rules.

The report neither completely clears nor condemns the government in a controversy it has faced since 2014.

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The issue flared when Infrastructure Minister Steve Ashton tried to get approval for water-filled barrier tubes called Tiger Dams for flood-prone First Nations communities in the Interlake region north of Winnipeg.

An anonymous whistleblower complained to the ombudsman that Ashton pushed to have the contract awarded to a company run by a friend, who has contributed money to both Ashton’s and the NDP’s election campaigns.

In the end, the contract was put up for open bidding, but was never awarded. The First Nations communities went to the federal government to get the equipment.

RELATED: Manitoba premier welcomes probe into contract

The ombudsman’s report says senior public servants were concerned with Ashton’s attempt to sole-source the contract and pushed to have other equipment considered.

“Individuals we spoke with … indicated that departmental staff did not agree with waiving a competitive procurement process,” the report reads.

“However, as noted previously, the department was directed by the minister … to draft a submission that proposed an untendered contract for Tiger Dams.”

Government rules allow for contracts to be awarded without open bidding in sudden emergencies or when a specific product is needed and there is only one supplier.

“In this case, we did not review any evidence that the … requirements for ‘sole-source’ procurement were met,” Paquin wrote.

The report leaves questions about the actions of Ashton and other politicians largely unanswered, because the ombudsman does not have the power to investigate members of the legislature.

RELATED: Manitoba ombudsman to look at First Nations flood-fight purchasing

A government source, with first-hand knowledge of the discussions, told last year that Ashton made the request to the provincial Treasury Board, which insisted on open bidding.

The matter went to cabinet and Premier Greg Selinger initially backed Ashton’s request, said the source, who would only speak on condition of anonymity.

Selinger said last year he insisted on a full discussion by cabinet and Treasury Board, and then directed the contract be put up for bidding.

Ashton said First Nations communities asked specifically for Tiger Dams, which are distributed by only one company in Manitoba.

“They put forward what they wanted and needed,” Ashton said Thursday.

The ombudsman’s report does not delve into cabinet discussions at the time, but notes that some five weeks passed between when Treasury Board called for open contract bidding and when Ashton’s deputy minister agreed.

“We’ve all learned … we probably should have gone to tender right away. But I want to stress that our government makes no apologies for the intent of what we were doing,” Ashton said, referring to the need to help flood-prone communities.

Kelvin Goertzen, house leader for the Opposition Progressive Conservatives, said the premier should remove Ashton from cabinet.

“The NDP tried to override the civil service,” he said.

“The premier has to decide whether or not this is the kind of direction he wants within his government.”

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Iran sanctions and others a burden for Canada

Iran sanctions and others a burden for Canada

OTTAWA – Canada’s pending decision to lift sanctions on Iran will likely spark cheers at the country’s foreign ministry because the ever-expanding program has posed legal and staffing burdens.

A briefing note prepared for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau describes internal problems associated with one of Canada’s few foreign policy sticks — the sanctions imposed on nine countries, including Iran, North Korea and Russia.

The note was obtained by under the Access to Information Act.

Canada is expected to follow the world in lifting sanctions on Iran because it has complied with a landmark deal with six leading world powers that is aimed at preventing it from developing a nuclear bomb.

WATCH: Trudeau says he’s ‘pleased’ with Iran nuclear deal


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Canadian sanctions are imposed under two separate regimes: the United Nations and its own Special Economic Measures Act, or SEMA.

SEMA has proven problematic for officials at Global Affairs Canada because the number of countries facing sanctions under it has jumped to nine from two since 2010, the memo says, creating a heavy workload and legal headaches.

This has resulted in “greatly increasing the compliance burden for the private sector and creating resource and potential litigation challenges” for the department.

“As these procedural regimes have started to mature, foreign courts have begun to demand that increased procedural fairness be present in the listing and delisting of persons under such sanctions,” it says.

“It is likely that Canadian courts will demand the same procedural fairness in the event that any of Canada’s sanctions are challenged in court.”

A separate briefing note, also written for Trudeau last fall, says it is likely that Canada will be in a position to lift its Iranian sanctions “as early as winter 2016 and as late as summer 2016.”

READ MORE: U.S. imposing new sanctions on Iran for ballistic missile test: Obama

With Iran found to be in compliance with the nuclear deal as of last weekend, it would appear that the lifting of sanctions is imminent.

Trudeau has said Canada will also restore diplomatic relations with Iran, but the prime minister indicated Monday his cabinet will set the timing of that decision during an upcoming meeting.

Trudeau said he was pleased that “quiet diplomacy” led to successful negotiation of the Iran deal and would move it “towards respecting international expectations.”

Speaking to reporters at a cabinet retreat in New Brunswick, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said his fellow ministers would soon decide whether and how to lift the economic sanctions still in place.

Canadian companies won’t be able to compete for Iranian contracts until the sanctions are lifted, giving a leg up to their American counterparts. Dion suggested cabinet would make a decision quickly so as not to disadvantage Canadian companies.

WATCH: Lifting of Iran sanctions could further fuel oil’s slide, loonie drop

It may take longer, he said, to reopen the embassy in Iran.

“That’s something also that we’ll have to do step by step, how to re-engage with Iran when all the links have been cut,” Dion said.

“It cannot be done overnight, but the prime minister said very clearly during the campaign that this is something that we want to do properly in a timely fashion.”

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose said the government should be wary about lifting sanctions on Iran, because it has not been trustworthy in the past.

“Let’s remember that once those sanctions are removed that Iran is going to flood the market with cheap oil, which has a huge effect on the Canadian economy as well,” she said.

The deal that Iran forged with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China — plus Germany, is expected to provide it an estimated $100 billion in sanctions relief.

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‘Too hard to fire incompetent Quebec teachers’ says MEI report

‘Too hard to fire incompetent Quebec teachers’ says MEI report

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"We don't hire these teachers. Management hired them, so maybe the management process is flawed - not the termination process."

MONTREAL – Quebec’s public school system needs to brush up on weeding out bad teachers, according to a new report by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI).

The report highlights the difficulties that school boards have in dismissing teachers, citing that only seven were fired for incompetence in the last five years.

This amounts to an estimated 0.01 percent of the province’s public sector teachers.

The findings follow access to information requests to the province’s 72 school boards.

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    “There is something seriously wrong with the process,” said Youri Chassin, Economist and Research Director at the MEI.

    “If a teacher is not that good, he or she should be fired and this is actually not happening at all in Quebec.”

    The MEI report blames unions for systematically stalling the firing process and suggests school boards should regularly evaluate teaching staff.

    The president of Quebec’s Provincial Association of Teachers is on the defensive and claimed all workers should have the right to proper representation and due diligence.

    “You don’t just fire people left right and centre because today you wake up and decided that person’s incompetent,” said Richard Goldfinch.

    Teachers are typically hired into permanent or tenured positions after a two year probation period, which is ample time for school boards to reconsider, according to union leaders.

    “We don’t hire these teachers. Management hired them, so maybe the management process is flawed not the termination process,” said John Donnelly of the Pearson Teachers’ Union.

    “Once we get them, we must protect them.”

    School boards are currently negotiating the local portion of the public sector teachers’ collective agreements and union leaders suspect the timing of the damning report is no coincidence.

    “Maybe in the French system it’s different than with us, but we will fight as hard as any of our French counterparts to protect our teachers from being fired,” insisted Goldfinch.

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Apache Canada faces up to $2.5M for 2014 pipeline spill northwest of Edmonton

Apache Canada faces up to $2.5M for 2014 pipeline spill northwest of Edmonton

Apache Canada Ltd. is facing charges for a 2014 pipeline spill near Whitecourt, Alta., the energy regulator said Monday.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) said there’s a maximum penalty of $2.5 million in relation to five counts for contraventions of the Pipeline Act and the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

An Apache Canada pipeline leaked about 1.9 million litres of produced water into a nearby creek about 40 km northwest of Whitecourt on Jan. 21, 2014.

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AER said this is the third penalty in the past seven months Apache is facing related to pipeline spills.

“In October 2015, charges were laid against Apache for a pipeline spill approximately 33 km from Zama City that occurred in the fall of 2013. And on July 7, 2015, the AER directed Apache to address issues with its pipeline integrity management system,” AER said in a statement.

“The fine and four orders were a result of an AER investigation into the company for its failure to follow provincial legislation and AER requirements.”

When asked if it was taking steps to improve its pipeline safety, Apache Canada said in a statement it doesn’t comment on legal matters before the courts.

“Apache takes its environmental responsibility very seriously,” the statement said. “Pipeline integrity on our gathering systems is a critical component of meeting that responsibility and Apache has a robust Pipeline Integrity Management System in place to mitigate the risk of future pipeline incidents.”

The first court appearance for Apache Canada is set for Feb. 9 in Whitecourt.

Whitecourt is located about 180 km northwest of Edmonton.

READ MORE: How does Apache’s 9.5 million litre Zama City spill stack up?

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Fort McMurray’s airport, hotels and restaurants hurting with oil’s slide

Fort McMurray’s airport, hotels and restaurants hurting with oil’s slide

FORT McMURRAY, Alta. — Fort McMurray’s airport is the gateway to Alberta’s oil sands.

It was built close to two years ago, when oil prices surged. But as crude plummets, the number of people flying here goes with it.

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    Joseph Gaudet has commuted from Prince Edward Island for nine years. He was laid for from his job as an equipment operator just a few hours before he spoke with Global News on his way home for the last time.

    Gaudet’s not sure what to make of the bad economy.

    “I feel sorry for guys that have been laid off. For me, Fort McMurray was excellent for me,” he told Global News before flying out of town.

    It’s a fear others sitting in the airport terminal have every day.

    “I work for a pretty good company, so we’re pretty healthy,” says Scott McNaughton, an oil sands worker from Vernon, B.C. “[But] it crosses my mind all the time. Will I have my job tomorrow?”

    Blaine Menuier from Sudbury, Ont. says fewer and fewer employees return to the work sites every tour of shifts he works.

    “We were running approximately 70 guys last year. Now, we’re negotiating work for about 10 men,” Menuier told Global News.

    The terminal saw a peak passenger total of 1,308,416 in 2014, but that dropped 16 per cent to 1,099,663 last year.

    Flights to the United States and Mexico have been grounded and airlines have even adjusted some domestic legs for the lower passenger loads.

    The Fort McMurray Airport Authority says it’s trimmed some costs and hopes it can handle any furthers drops in travelers.

    “You can’t let the snow pile up, you’ve got to keep the runways clear,” says Airport Authority CEO Scott Clements. “You have to meet all your regulatory standards, so we still have some flexibility with our plan.”

    READ MORE: More layoffs and continued recession in 2016: ATB report

    Fewer planes also means less need for hotels.

    Gone are days of no vacancy signs and stays for $200-300 a night for a room.

    Fort McMurray Hotel Group is the largest operator of rooms in the municipality.

    General Manager Jean-Marc Guillamot occupancy is just under 50 per cent across the municipality and rates down approximately $15 nightly.

    Many hotels have laid off staff or even closed floors of buildings to stay open, but few are optimistic about when the hospitality industry could see a recovery.

    “Realistically, 2020,” says Guillamot. “From now to 2020, I think we’re going to hop along.”

    READ MORE: Consumer confidence is surprisingly high — but falling: poll

    Bars and restaurants are also feeling the pain. There’s no more waiting for a table. You can have your your pick of any table.

    As a promotion, the Wood Buffalo Brewing Company started selling its beer for one-tenth the closing price of oil.

    It began at $60 a barrel, which worked out to $6 for a pint. Now, it’s nearing the minimum price it much charge: $2.88.

    “I hope it doesn’t go that low,” says Wood Buffalo Brewing Company’s Adam Solar. “But, the way that the markets are going right now, we’re not too sure. That’s as low as we can go.”

    The problem is, oil prices can continue to drop.

    Gaudet knows that all too well. He just hopes for the sake of this community, they don’t stay there for long.

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    WATCH: The price of oil closed below $30 per barrel today, leaving many in the industry with an uncertain future and a big impact on Fort McMurray’s economy. Provincial Affairs reporter Tom Vernon reports.

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Eagles founding member Glenn Frey dead at 67

Eagles founding member Glenn Frey dead at 67

Glenn Frey, founding member of the band the Eagles, has passed away at the age of 67.

The band announced Frey’s death Monday “With the heaviest of hearts” in a statement on its official website.

Frey passed away Monday in New York City after a “courageous battle”, succumbing to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, the statement said.

“Word can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.”

Along with his role as the band’s lead guitarist, Frey was also a talented singer and songwriter. Frey’s vocals can be heard on many classic Eagles singles including Take It Easy and Tequila Sunrise.

With the Eagles Frey won six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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    After the band broke up Frey went on to launch a solo career, releasing hits The Heat Is On and You Belong to the City.

    Frey was born in Detroit Nov. 6, 1948. He was in a number of bands in Detroit during the 60s, before heading to California to pursue his music career. He performed backing Linda Ronstadt before starting the Eagles with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner in 1971.

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    The band achieved great success before breaking up in 1980. The Eagles reunited in 1994, launching a popular tour and releasing the album Hell Freezes Over.

    “He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved,” Henley said Monday evening in a statement.

    “Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit,” Henley continued.

    Henley writes that crossing paths with Frey changed his life, adding Frey impacted millions of people all over the world.

    “I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some.”

    Frey was married to wife Cindy and they had three children, daughter Taylor and sons Deacon and Otis.

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Dartmouth roommates concerned about emergency plan in case of power outage – Halifax

Dartmouth roommates concerned about emergency plan in case of power outage – Halifax

A Dartmouth woman whose roommate is battling cancer is criticizing the municipality’s emergency plan.

Ellen Mouratis is concerned about a prolonged power outage at their shared apartment because she fears her roommate, Heather, would be unable to handle the loss of heat.

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During this weekend’s snowstorm, she called her local councillor and city officials in an effort to find out if there is a location in their neighbourhood that has been pre-designated as a warming centre.

She was dismayed to find out there isn’t.

READ MORE: Emergency preparedness kit key to surviving power outages

“The emergency plan they have for us is to wait 24 hours without heat and then turn on a radio with batteries and listen to when they come online to find out where in your neighbourhood you could go. That’s terrible,” she said.

“There should be one in every community of school or community centre that you know in advance is your designated place to go.”

The municipality’s Emergency Management Office (EMO) advises residents to have their own plans to take care of themselves for 24 to 36 hours.

Coordinator Barry Manuel says it is impossible to have warming centres set up instantly for every outage.

“Each agency will have a plan to provide the services they need to provide in an emergency and people should do the same thing with their own family,” Manuel said.

“All the centres we would use in an emergency we already know where they are now. We don’t designate them until we have a need.”

Manuel says EMO would determine when and where to open up a warming centre based on how many people are affected, the temperature, and how long the outage was expected to last.

“Just because we lose power doesn’t mean we need to open up a warming centre right away because again these warming centres they are a resource,” he said.

“I don’t want to abuse the resource. They are run by volunteers and I do want to make sure they are there when they’re needed.”

Coun. Waye Mason, who represents Halifax South Downtown, is currently working on establishing a Joint Emergency Management team in the urban core. Similar teams were set up in rural areas after Hurricane Juan.

The community-based volunteer group will work with the municipality’s EMO and help during emergencies.

“When activated, they can kind of be there to open up the warming centres to be eyes on the ground call into EMO and let them know what the local conditions are,” Mason said.

But Mason admits the team probably wouldn’t be applicable to Ellen and Heather’s situation, unless their outage was part of a larger emergency that had mass impact.

Instead, Mason suggests if they ever did lose power and felt they needed help, to call 311 or the police non-emergency line.

The women, however, have their own plan.

“My roommate is dying of five different cancers and she would need heat. We couldn’t wait 12 hours and then wait until somebody comes up with a place for us to go to,” said Mouratis.

“After a lot of thinking about it, I just decided that if it got bad, I would take her to the hospital.”

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Effort to curb overuse of antibiotics in cold, flu season

Effort to curb overuse of antibiotics in cold, flu season

WASHINGTON – It’s cold season and the miserable trudge in seeking antibiotics because their mucus turned green, or the cough has nagged for weeks.

Despite years of warnings, doctors still overprescribe antibiotics for acute respiratory infections even though most are caused by viruses that those drugs cannot help.

Now doctors are getting new tips on how to avoid unnecessary antibiotics for these common complaints — and to withstand the patient who’s demanding one.

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Sure bronchitis sounds scary. So describe it as a chest cold. And no, colour changes don’t mean it’s time for an antibiotic.

“Antibiotics are terrific. Thank God we have them for really bad things. But we need to be judicious in the way we use them,” said American College of Physicians President Dr. Wayne J. Riley, an internal medicine professor at Vanderbilt University.

Rather than sending patients off with little advice about what to do while their bodies fight off a virus, how about a prescription instead for some over-the-counter or home remedies that just might ease the cough or the pain?

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“We’re calling for the symptomatic prescription pad,” Riley said, describing information sheets that suggest simple aids like humidifiers and plenty of fluid, have a space to scribble directions for an OTC drug — and tell patients when to return if they’re not getting better. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a sample on its website.

Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness, and inappropriate prescribing is one factor. Repeated exposure can lead germs to become resistant to the drugs. The CDC estimates that drug-resistant bacteria cause 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year in the U.S.

Another reason not to use them unnecessarily: side effects. Antibiotics are implicated in 1 of 5 emergency-room visits for bad drug reactions, CDC says. Particularly troubling is an increase in severe diarrhea caused by C-diff, the Clostridium difficile bug that can take hold in the gut after antibiotics kill off other bacteria.

CDC has seen improvement from pediatricians in antibiotic prescribing but overuse remains a big problem for adults, especially with respiratory illnesses, said Dr. Lauri Hicks, who heads CDC’s “Get Smart” antibiotic education campaign.

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Monday’s guidelines, from CDC and the American College of Physicians, move beyond simple statements that antibiotics don’t work for viruses like the common cold or the flu. They lay out how doctors begin deciding if antibiotics are warranted for some other common respiratory complaints, explain that decision to patients and offer guidance on symptom relief.

Among the advice, published in Annals of Internal Medicine:

—Acute bronchitis is airway inflammation, irritation that makes you cough, sometimes as long as six weeks. The guidelines say not to perform special testing or prescribe antibiotics unless pneumonia is suspected, something often accompanied by a fast heartbeat, fever or abnormal breathing sounds.

Over-the-counter symptom relief includes cough suppressants such as dextromethorphan; mucus-thinning expectorants such as guaifenesin; and antihistamines or decongestants.

—Sore throats are hugely common but adults are far less likely than children to have the strep throat that requires an antibiotic. A rapid strep test is available if patients have suspicious symptoms such as persistent fever, night sweats or swollen tonsils.

Pain-relieving options for adults include aspirin, acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, and throat lozenges.

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—Sinus infections can be very painful but usually clear up without antibiotics even if bacteria are to blame. The guidelines say antibiotics should be reserved for patients with no signs of improvement after 10 days, severe symptoms such as fever higher than 102, or what’s called double-sickening, when someone starts to recover and then gets worse.

Possible symptom relievers include decongestants, nasal sprays, saline nasal irrigation and pain medications.

Riley often has to explain how to tell if cough and cold relievers contain a sedating antihistamine, and that nasal sprays clear congestion quickly but that using them for too many days can trigger rebound symptoms. He asks if patients are taking multiple products that contain acetaminophen, best known as Tylenol, because too much can damage the liver. Often, his patients say an over-the-counter drug isn’t working when in fact, they didn’t take it as directed.

“There is a dizzying array” of drugstore symptom relievers, so don’t make miserable patients sort through them without help, said CDC’s Hicks.

“There isn’t a right answer that works for everybody,” she said. But sometimes something as basic as a humidifier “can make a difference in terms of how you feel when you wake up in the morning.”

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“Communist revolution” best way to fix Newfoundland economy: internet

“Communist revolution” best way to fix Newfoundland economy: internet

When the Newfoundland and Labrador government asked for suggestions on ways to fix the province’s economic woes, it probably wasn’t expecting “Communist Revolution” to be one of the top picks.

But revolution is the top-rated answer to the question, “How can government be more innovative or efficient to provide quality services at lower costs?” on a provincial government website.

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    “If we carry out the communist revolution then there would be plenty of funding to go around. We should be receiving the benefit of the resources that are taken from here and sold at profit by capitalist corporations. Why should they get rich from our resources and from our labour?” wrote commenter “Levi”.

    The proposal has received 56 votes so far, with an average score of 4.2 stars out of 5.

    But you won’t find Premier Dwight Ball at the barricades: He told local media last week he isn’t entertaining communism as a way to solve the province’s financial problems, which are substantial.

    The provincial government is facing a $1.96 billion deficit, according to the latest budget update, due in part to the fall in oil prices and associated royalty revenue. So they’re asking residents for suggestions on how to save money and raise more of it.

    Among other consultation measures, the government has set up a website where anyone can post a suggestion and people vote on their favourites. The website was set up Jan. 12.

    There are some more conventional offerings, such as raising the HST and restructuring regional health care authorities.

    But many users are thinking outside the box.

    “Make every day Big Mary Monday, for Jesus sakes,” wrote “UpDaShore,” referring to fried chicken chain Mary Brown’s weekly special.

    “Replace tap water with Blue Star,” wrote “eversweet709.” Blue Star is a popular Newfoundland beer.

    “Stop wasting money on consultations,” wrote “commoncents.”

    Other commenters are playing with Newfoundland’s unique place names. “Resettle Dildo into Broad Cove,” is one such suggestion.

    “As we know, Newfoundland and Labrador is awash in red ink – much of which comes from the infrastructure costs required to service so many small communities. To remedy this, I propose we consider a more robust resettlement program,” wrote user “drewfoundland.”

    “It would also be an easy resettlement, since all Dildo has to do to get to Broad Cove is sail down Spread Eagle Bay. Since both towns are so close already, there will be very little mess to mop up afterwards. And if it goes well, it might lay the foundation of a future population growth strategy.”

    “But most importantly, moving Dildo into Broad Cove will be a powerful symbol of the sort of things the government expects from people in these hard times.”

    (Travel buffs, take note: Although Dildo is next to Broad Cove, you wouldn’t cross Spread Eagle Bay to get there – you’d use Dildo Arm, according to Google.)

    And lest you think all Newfoundlanders are left-leaning, a competing “Fascist Revolution” proposal has also appeared on the website. As of Monday afternoon, it remains quite unpopular, receiving a score of only one star after five votes.