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Researchers honoured for identifying 'Newfoundland curse'

Researchers honoured for identifying 'Newfoundland curse'ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A research team was honoured Wednesday for identifying the cause of the "Newfoundland curse" — a deadly heart condition that has afflicted Newfoundland families for centuries. The condition, known to the medical community as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, is a genetic cardiac muscle disorder that often shows no symptoms before sudden cardiac arrest. A team from Memorial University of Newfoundland received the Governor General's Innovation Award for leading research that identified the genetic mutation and the cause of the lethal heart attacks.


Abortion pill to become more widely available after new billing code adopted

Abortion pill to become more widely available after new billing code adoptedThe abortion pill is expected to become more widely available to women in Nova Scotia starting next month, as part of a series of measures adopted by the province aimed at improving abortion access. A physician's bulletin issued by Nova Scotia Medical Services Insurance last week announced a new billing code that will pay doctors for overseeing the termination of a pregnancy using the abortion pill. Dr. Ken Wilson, medical consultant for Doctors Nova Scotia and a member of the provincial fee committee, says the new health service code will improve access to an important service.


CN Rail locomotive engineers ratify five-year collective agreement

CN Rail locomotive engineers ratify five-year collective agreementCN Rail says its 1,800 locomotive engineers in Canada have ratified a new five-year collective agreement. The Montreal-based railway says the contract with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) includes annual wage and benefit improvements in line with the industry. The company also says work rules that were of concern to CN and engineers have been modified.


Union calls on prime minister to step into 'stalled' Phoenix compensation talks

Union calls on prime minister to step into 'stalled' Phoenix compensation talksThe country's largest civil service union says talks aimed at compensating government employees affected by the Phoenix pay system fiasco have stalled. The Public Service Alliance of Canada says Treasury Board negotiators at the table have told them they don't have a mandate to proceed. The leaders of 17 unions issued a letter to Justin Trudeau in February, demanding compensation for civil servants who have suffered as a result of the pay crisis.


CEO of Royal Canadian Mint to resign, citing desire to find more balance

CEO of Royal Canadian Mint to resign, citing desire to find more balanceThe CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint has resigned, citing a wish to find better work-life balance. Sandra Hanington says she will leave the mint on July 1, after serving just three years of her five-year term. Finance Minister Bill Morneau, following the recommendation of the mint's board of directors, has confirmed Jennifer Camelon as interim president and CEO until a permanent replacement is found.


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