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U by Kotex Sleek tampons recalled in Canada and the U.S.

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Dec 13th, 2018

Kimberly-Clark is recalling regular absorbency U by Kotex Sleek tampons in Canada and the United States after reports of the tampons coming apart upon removal.

The American company says that in some cases, tampon users sought medical attention “to remove tampon pieces left in the body.”

It says there also have been a small number of reports of infections, irritation and injury, but did not specify how many.

Kimberly-Clark is advising people to seek medical attention if they experience symptoms such as vaginal injury, irritation, urogenital infections, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting.

Specific lot numbers can be used to identify whether products are part of the recall, which can be found at the bottom of the packaging.

A full list of the recalled lot numbers is available on the Kimberly-Clark website.

Recalled products were manufactured between Oct. 7, 2016, and Oct. 16, 2018, and distributed between Oct. 17, 2016, and Oct. 23, 2018.

Kimberly-Clark says no other Kotex products are affected by this recall.

The company says health-care professionals can report problems related to the recalled products to Health Canada.

St. Michael’s cancels basketball, football seasons amid sex assault scandal

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Dec 13th, 2018

A prestigious Toronto private school rocked by allegations of assault and sexual assault by students has cancelled a number of sports programs.

In a note to parents Wednesday afternoon, St. Michael’s College School says that in light of the recent scandal, it made “the difficult but necessary decision” to cancel the basketball program this year and two football programs next year.

Last month, six students were charged with sex assault in connection with an incident that involved several members of a school’s sports team and was captured on video.

Police say they are investigating a total of six incidents involving students at the school, including one that police sources say involved members of a different team.

The all-boys Catholic school says students involved in competitive sports will participate in workshops about bullying, harassment and abuse.

St. Michael’s says students, faculty, and staff have been participating in workshops throughout December that focus on the healing and well-being of all students.

Mississauga, Markham opt out of privately-operated cannabis stores

NEWS STAFF | posted Thursday, Dec 13th, 2018

Mississauga and Markham councillors voted on Wednesday to opt out of having private cannabis retail stores in their respective cities.

“Today, our Council made the decision to opt out as we feel that the recent changes to the retail cannabis model have occurred too quickly and there are too many unanswered questions at this time,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie in a statement.

Markham voted 12-1 against hosting cannabis stores.

Queen’s Park gave municipalities until January 22, 2019 to decide whether they will opt out of having retail cannabis stores.

Crombie blamed the province for not giving cities enough control over the rollout of marijuana stores.

“The province has not given municipalities any control over where cannabis stores can be located in our City,” Crombie added. “This is cause for great concern.”

Crombie said the decision isn’t final, and that the city “may decide to opt-in in the future” if municipalities are given more say “into the location and number of retail stores that are permitted in our city.”

Richmond Hill has previously indicated it would also opt-out of establishing retail outlets in their communities.

Before being ousted from power on election night, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals sought to roll out 150 Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) locations by 2020, with 40 to open in the first year. The stores would have been run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

But the Ford government scrapped that business model, announcing that it would be moving forward with a private retail store model to commence in April. Under the Ford government, the OCS will be the wholesaler providing product to private retailers.

In the meantime, cannabis can only be purchased in Ontario through the OCS website.

Tragedies, triumphs and trivialities top Google Canada’s 2018 searches

NEWS STAFF | posted Wednesday, Dec 12th, 2018

Why do dogs eat poop?

According to Google Canada, that was a burning question among Canadians in 2018.

The online search engine has released its yearly list of top online searches, and there was plenty to dig into aside from the culinary curiosities of K9s.

Canadians were gripped by tragedies and triumphs, with the Word Cup and Winter Olympic Games at the top of the overall most searched list, followed by the Humbolt Broncos bus crash and the death of Anthony Bourdain.

Unlike Yahoo Canada! which found Canadians preoccupied by porn, Google Canada found a more wholesome fixation – sports.

The Winnipeg Jets cracked more than one category after a stirring playoff run, and Leafs forwards William Nylander and John Tavares were the third and fourth top-searched Canadians respectively.

“In many ways this year’s list reflects our passion for sports, including hockey,” Google wrote in a release.

“The recent Canada Post Strike and Cannabis legalization also topped news searches in Google this year.”

And don’t be surprised if scalloped potatoes end up on your plate during the holidays — it was the number one searched recipe.

You can devour the full lists below, courtesy of Google Canada.


  1. World Cup
  2. Winter Olympic Games
  3. Humboldt Broncos
  4. Anthony Bourdain
  5. Kate Spade
  6. Mac Miller
  7. Winnipeg Jets
  8. Black Panther
  9. Avicii
  10. Demi Lovato


International News

  1. World Cup
  2. Winter Olympic Games
  3. Royal Wedding
  4. Florida Shooting
  5. Brett Kavanaugh
  6. US Midterm Elections
  7. Hurricane Florence
  8. Hawaiian Volcano Eruption
  9. Hurricane Michael
  10. Thailand Cave Rescue

Canadian News

  1. Humboldt Broncos
  2. Winnipeg Jets
  3. Ontario Election
  4. Canada Post Strike
  5. Cannabis
  6. Toronto Van Attack
  7. Danforth shooting
  8. WestJet Strike
  9. Bruce McArthur
  10. NB Power Outages


  1. Tessa Virtue
  2. Tristan Thompson
  3. William Nylander
  4. John Tavares
  5. Mark McMorris
  6. Patrick Brown
  7. Scott Moir
  8. Patrick Chan
  9. Jessica Mulroney
  10. Tony Clement


  1. Anthony Bourdain
  2. Kate Spade
  3. Mac Miller
  4. Avicii
  5. Stephen Hawking
  6. Stan Lee
  7. XXXTentacion
  8. Aretha Franklin
  9. Burt Reynolds
  10. John McCain

Musicians and Bands

  1. Demi Lovato
  2. Freddie Mercury
  3. Cardi B
  4. 6ix9ine
  5. Travis Scott
  6. Hedley
  7. Childish Gambino
  8. Machine Gun Kelly
  9. Rick Ross
  10. Hubert Lenoir


  1. Demi Lovato
  2. Khloe Kardashian
  3. Hailey Baldwin
  4. Tessa Virtue
  5. Kawhi Leonard
  6. Logan Paul
  7. Tristan Thompson
  8. Stormy Daniels
  9. William Nylander
  10. John Tavares


  1. How old is Prince Harry?
  2. How old is Dolly Parton?
  3. How old is Meghan Markle?
  4. How many medals does Canada have?
  5. How many ends in curling?
  6. How to buy ripple in Canada?
  7. How old is Justin Timberlake?
  8. How to delete Facebook?
  9. How to watch World Cup 2018 in Canada?
  10. How to buy bitcoin?


  1. Why is Canada Post on strike?
  2. Why is 6ix9ine going to jail?
  3. Why is Russia banned from the Winter Olympics 2018?
  4. Why do Greeks break plates?
  5. Why do dogs eat poop?
  6. Why was Meek Mill in prison?
  7. Why was Roseanne cancelled?
  8. Why did Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell break up?
  9. Why 420 Is Weed Day?
  10. Why are there no NHL players in the 2018 Winter Olympics?


  1. Black Panther
  2. Deadpool 2
  3. A Star is Born
  4. Venom
  5. A Quiet Place
  6. Bohemian Rhapsody
  7. Avengers Infinity War
  8. Incredibles 2
  9. The Nun
  10. Hereditary

TV Shows

  1. Altered Carbon
  2. Roseanne
  3. The Haunting of Hill House
  4. Fugueuse
  5. Lost in Space
  6. Big Brother
  7. Occupation Double
  8. Big Little Lies
  9. Peaky Blinders
  10. Sharp Objects


  1. Keto Diet menu
  2. Dubrow diet
  3. Carnivore diet
  4. Scandi sense diet
  5. Lectin free diet
  6. Snake diet
  7. Foodmap diet chart
  8. Dr Gundry diet
  9. Fasting diet
  10. Emily Ratajkowski diet


  1. Scalloped Potatoes
  2. Beef Stroganoff
  3. Chicken Parmesan
  4. Chicken Thigh
  5. Meatloaf
  6. Brussel Sprout
  7. Shepherd’s Pie
  8. Apple Crisps
  9. Chicken Cacciatore
  10. Macaroni and Cheese


  1. “Thank U, Next” – Ariana Grande
  2. “This is America” – Childish Gambino
  3. “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
  4. “God’s Plan” – Drake
  5. “In My Feelings” – Drake
  6. “Havana” – Camila Cabello
  7. “Killshot” – Eminem
  8. “Nice for What” – Drake
  9. “Shallow” – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
  10. “Barbie Dreams” – Nicki Minaj

Consumer Tech

  1. Fortnite
  2. Bitcoin
  3. Red Dead Redemption 2
  4. Fallout 76
  5. iPhone XS
  6. iPhone XR
  7. Tomb Raider
  8. Monster Hunter: World
  9. Far Cry 5
  10. God of War

OPP interim commissioner asks ombudsman to investigate Taverner appointment

NEWS STAFF | posted Wednesday, Dec 12th, 2018

The Ontario Provincial Police interim commissioner Brad Blair is asking the the province’s ombudsmen to investigate the recent appointment of Ron Taverner as commissioner.

OPP confirmed to CityNews Brad Blair has called for an investigation into Taverner’s appointment, but couldn’t expand on any of the details. It has also confirmed Blair has hired a lawyer.

The request filed by Brad Blair claimed that there are “growing concerns over the hiring process” which he claims has “deeply affected the morale of the rank and file, according to a letter obtained by the CBC.

Taverner, a veteran Toronto police officer and a close friend of Premier Doug Ford, will be taking over the position on December 17 for a term of 3 years.

His appointment was announced back on Nov. 29 in a statement from Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Sylvia Jones, who said his appointment by the Ontario cabinet was based on the “unanimous recommendation of a selection committee comprised exclusively of members of the Ontario public service.”

Ford has been insistent that he was “absolutely not” involved in Taverner’s appointment to the top job at the provincial police force.

Critics have been calling for an investigation into the hiring of Taverner but Ford said the selection process was a fair one.

Read a copy of Blair’s letter below:

Brad Blair’s letter to Mr. Dube about OPP Commissioner’s hiring by CityNewsToronto on Scribd

Brad Blair’s letter to … by on Scribd

Yorkdale joins other malls adding gender-neutral bathrooms

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Dec 12th, 2018

Shoppers at one of Canada’s biggest and busiest malls can now use the same bathroom regardless of whether they identify as male or female as Yorkdale Shopping Centre opened its first gender-neutral bathroom.

The Toronto mall is the latest public space to offer such washrooms as schools, restaurants, community centres and other institutions move to be more inclusive.

“The new washroom provides an inclusive option for anyone, including transgender people, people of diverse gender identities and those who may require accompaniment of some kind,” reads a statement from the mall.

The 10-stall washroom has been open to the public for just under two weeks and is in addition to the mall’s seven men’s and women’s washrooms respectively, two family facilities, three nursing rooms and several single toilets.

“Yorkdale strives to offer shoppers and employees the choice to use whichever option is most comfortable to them,” the mall said.

The shopping centre is not the first mall to do so.

Real-estate company Ivanhoe Cambridge, which operates 28 shopping centres across Canada, has had what it refers to as universal washrooms for some time now.

“We identified the need for such facilities sometime ago,” said Roman Drohomirecki, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of retail, as it is the company’s intention to provide shoppers and retail partners with a safe, inviting environment.

Starting with its Vaughan Mills retail outlet north of Toronto in 2012, the company has added 20 universal washrooms at nine of if its properties, he said, and there are ongoing plans for additional facilities at other locations.

“All of our new projects incorporate design-built universal washrooms. All of our renovations or redevelopments call for the addition of universal washrooms beyond our gender specific and family washrooms. In our centres, a universal bathroom is for one single person at the time.”

Cadillac Fairview and Morguard, both which own several malls in Canada, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about gender-neutral bathrooms at their facilities.

Several other public places have incorporated gender-neutral bathroom facilities.

The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto also has a non-gender specific washroom with multiple stalls — as do several Canadian restaurants and universities.

Some community centres and swimming pools around the country also boast inclusive changing rooms.

China says it has no information on detained ex-Canadian diplomat

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Wednesday, Dec 12th, 2018

China’s Foreign Ministry says it has no information about a former Canadian diplomat believed to have been detained in Beijing in retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a leading Chinese executive.

While declining to confirm the detention of Michael Kovrig, ministry spokesman Lu Kang says the International Crisis Group, for whom Kovrig is an analyst based in Hong Kong, was not registered in China and its activities in the country would be illegal.

The International Crisis Group says Kovrig, who previously was a diplomat in China and elsewhere, was taken into custody by the Beijing Bureau of Chinese State Security on Monday night during one of his regular visits to Beijing.

Meanwhile, Lu repeated China’s demand for the immediate release of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei.

Wanzhou was arrested at the Vancouver airport Dec. 1 and a B.C. judge released her on bail and under strict conditions late Tuesday afternoon after a three-day hearing.

The 46-year-old could face extradition to the U.S., which alleges Huawei skirted trade sanctions against Iran.

Earlier Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government has contacted Chinese authorities about Kovrig’s detention.

“We are engaged on the file, which we take very seriously and we are, of course, providing consular assistance to the family,” Trudeau said in Ottawa.

So far, it’s unclear whether there is any link between the two cases.

With files from The Canadian Press

Blue Jays release shortstop Troy Tulowitzki

BEN NICHOLSON-SMITH, SPORTSNET | posted Wednesday, Dec 12th, 2018

Troy Tulowitzki’s Toronto Blue Jays career came to an abrupt and unexpected end Tuesday, as the team announced the release of the 34-year-old shortstop.

“Through many conversations with Troy and his representative Paul Cohen, and with consideration to what is in the best interest of both sides, we made the decision to release Troy today,” GM Ross Atkins said.

Tulowitzki, acquired initially with LaTroy Hawkins for Jesus Tinoco, Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jose Reyes in July of 2015, last played in the major leagues in July 2017. He’s under contract for $20 million in 2019 and $14 million in 2020 with a $4 million buyout for a 2021 club option.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. projects as the Blue Jays’ regular shortstop with Richard Urena an additional depth option.

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