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  • Dove illusion is amazing

    Canada's Darcy Oakes travelled to London to blow away the judges on Britian's Got Talent.

    His dove illusision is amazing.

     

  • Canadian sailor dies under mysterious circumstances in Tanzanian hospital

    OTTAWA - A Canadian sailor on his way home for leave has died in hospital in Tanzania.

    The crewman belonged to HMCS Regina, currently patrolling the Indian Ocean as part of a multinational task force combating terrorism and pirates in the region.

    A release from National Defence did not identify the man, nor state his age, but said the circumstances surrounding the death are unclear.

    The family has asked that the name not be released, although it's known the crew member was based at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, B.C., the navy's main station on the West Coast.

    Military police have been in touch authorities in the East African country and will be investigating.

    Cmdr. Daniel Charlebois, skipper of the Regina, said a statement the sailor was well liked and respected by his peers.

  • 1 in 3 Canadians suffered some form of child abuse; linked to mental disorders

    TORONTO - A new study says one in three adult Canadians suffered some form of child abuse in their past, adding this abuse is associated with a higher risk of mental health disorders later in life.

    The lead author of the study says it provides the first national look at the prevalence of child abuse experienced by Canadian adults.

    Tracie Afifi of the University of Manitoba says previous estimates were based on a nearly 25-year-old study from Ontario and more recent data from Quebec.

    The study is published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

    The authors studied data collected from more than 23,000 adults 18 and older who took part in Statistic Canada's 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey.

    Respondents were asked questions about whether they were hit or subjected to other forms of physical or sexual abuse in childhood, or whether they were exposed to violence between the adults in their homes.

    Afifi says the questions didn't ask "Were you abused?" because studies have shown that some people who have been abused don't characterize their experiences as abuse.

    Instead, the questions asked whether respondents were slapped on the face or head, spanked with a hard object, pushed, grabbed, shoved or had something thrown at them to hurt them. For both those questions, respondents were asked to say yes only if the behaviour had happened a minimum of three times.

    Another question asked if respondents were kicked, bit, punched, choked, burned or physically attacked at least once.

    Sexual abuse questions were designed to determine whether respondents were forced into unwanted sexual activity. And the questions related to having witnessed intimate partner violence asked whether as children they had seen their parents, step-parents or guardians hit each other or other adults in the home three or more times.

    One in three adults reported experiences that met the criteria for at least one of the types of abuse, with physical abuse the most common of the three; 26 per cent of respondents said they had experienced physical abuse.

    Ten per cent of respondents said they had experienced sexual abuse and nearly eight per cent witnessed intimate partner violence.

    Men were more likely than women to have experienced physical abuse, 31 per cent versus 21 per cent. But women were more likely to have experienced sexual abuse, 14 per cent versus nearly six per cent.

    The researchers went a step further, looking to see if rates of mental illness were higher among adults who had suffered abuse in childhood.

    "We found strong associations between child abuse and mental conditions," they wrote.

    This type of study cannot prove cause-and-effect; it can only point to possible links.

  • B.C. producer recalls batch of medicinal pot after Health Canada inspection

    TORONTO - A B.C. producer of medical marijuana is voluntarily recalling a batch of one of its products following a Health Canada inspection.

    Health Canada says the recall by Greenleaf Medicinals is related to the company's production practices, which may affect its product known as "purple kush."

    The Nanaimo, B.C., producer is advising clients to immediately stop using any marijuana from the shipment identified by batch number PK-10-20-13.

    Greenleaf says it is working with other licensed producers to find a supply of purple kush for clients who use the product for medicinal purposes.

    Health Canada did not disclose the problems with Greenleaf's production practices nor what adverse effects might occur from smoking the recalled pot.

    But the federal department says producers are subject to compliance and enforcement measures similar to those that regulate producers of other controlled substances.

    Licensed medical marijuana growers must meet strict security, control and reporting requirements, and are regularly inspected.

    Dried marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada. Possession and use of marijuana remains illegal unless authorized under regulations with the support of a doctor or nurse practitioner, Health Canada said.

  • Window of opportunity bad for alleged drug trafficker

    VERNON - Police didn’t have to look hard to make an arrest early this morning—they just had to peer through a window.

    While checking up on an individual with an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, a Vernon cop noticed the suspect through a window. The 22-year-old man was cutting a substance with a razor blade in the company of several other people.

    RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says the man was arrested and held in a cell to answer to drug trafficking charges.

    “Here’s an individual who is bound by a judicial court order to be in his residence from that time period and probably gets checked very regularly,” Molendyk says. “I guess he thought he would use his time while he was in on his curfew to get ready for the next day.”

    A search warrant of the residence turned up roughly 50 grams of suspected cocaine, 50 grams of marijuana, and other drug trafficking paraphernalia.

    The man is expected to appear in court Tuesday.

    His acquaintances were released without charges.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.