NEWS

The federal and provincial governments are investing a total of $200,000 to Health Sciences North Research Institute. The funding is to help develop technology that provides better access to electronic health records for hospitals, researchers and clinicians.

The technology is a cloud-based information sharing platform to improve access to patient records, and enhance the delivery of health care services and products.

The plan is for researchers to collect data from northern residents, clinicians, entrepreneurs and community leaders. This way, the electronic health records system would be specific to the needs of those living in northern Ontario.  

   

Metro Ontario has been fined $80,000 after a worker in the grocery chain's Sudbury store was injured while grinding meat. The company pleaded guilty to a charge under the Occupational Health and Safety Act in connection with the November 2015 incident.

The worker at the Lasalle Boulevard store had a coat sleeve caught in the mixing arms of the meat grinder, leading to an injury that required hospital treatment. The Ministry of Labour determined that the grinder was not equipped with a proper guard to prevent access to still-rotating mixer arms.

Metro has since taken steps to retro-fit the same equipment in all its stores.

An Inuk journalist's now-iconic photograph of a Mi'kmaq woman praying during the 2013 fight against fracking in New Brunswick is part of a national exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

The photo, taken by Inuk journalist Ossie Michelin, is of Amanda Polchies kneeling in front of a line of police while holding an eagle feather. Polchies was one of dozens of people from the Elsipogtog First Nation and across the Atlantic who took part in demonstrations that year, which Michelin covered as a reporter for APTN National News.

The photograph was named best photograph in the museum's

Points of View: A National Human Rights Photography Exhibition, made up of 70 photographs.

The risk of heart attack, stroke or breast cancer due to hormone replacement therapy has been overstated, and that has scared away some women who could benefit from it, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada said at its annual conference in Ottawa this week.

The SOGC says HRT is not the scourge it was once considered to be. For decades, HRT was the go-to treatment for women experiencing symptoms of menopause that can include night sweats, insomnia, depression, anxiety and hot flashes, and was even thought to have a protective effect against bone density loss and heart disease.

In 2002, however, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) prematurely

ended a massive study involving thousands of women when it was

discovered HRT failed to protect against heart disease and increased the risk of heart disease as well as blood clots, stroke and breast cancer.

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a clause in Facebook’s terms of use is “unenforceable” in this country, clearing the way for a Vancouver woman to sue the social media giant for what she claims was a breach of her privacy.

Deborah Douez brought a lawsuit against Facebook over a now-defunct advertising format that saw her name and profile photo featured in “sponsored stories” from companies she had ‘liked’ on the website. She alleged her name and profile photo were used without her permission and the ads were sometimes displayed on her friends’ Facebook newsfeeds.

SPORTS

American rapper,actor and businessman Ice Cube is not planning an old timer's tour. Players coming out of retirement for his new 3-on-3 basketball league were told they would need to deliver serious competition -- and some were turned away when their bodies weren't up for it. The product needed to be worthy of a sport that's so popular around the world that it's ticketed for the next Olympics.

So when the Big3 debuts Sunday in New York, it will not be a bunch of former players going through the motions. Cube expects them to be going all out, perhaps believing they can get another shot at the NBA or maybe even a gold medal at the Olympics.

Soccer star Lionel Messi has offered to pay an additional fine of US$558,000 to ensure he avoids a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud that a judge is expected to suspend.

The fine-for-time deal was presented by Messi's lawyers to the judge who will rule on whether to suspend Messi's sentence -- as is widely expected.  

Messi's lawyers have made a similar offer for the Barcelona player's father, Jorge Horacio Messi. He is offering to pay $402,000 to avoid his 15-month sentence for helping his son cheat on his taxes.

In women's soccer, Coach John Herdman is a step closer to his goal of taking the Canadian women's soccer team to the top.

Canada has moved up one spot to No. 4 in the new FIFA women's world rankings, matching its all-time high first achieved last year.

The U.S. reclaimed top spot, dropping Germany to No. 2. France remained at No. 3. Canada vaulted over England, which dropped to No. 5.