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first_imgIt has been 40 years since the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control launched National Non-Smoking Week in Canada, which runs until Jan. 21. The focus was simple: To educate Canadians about the dangers of smoking. Now, four decades later, we have seen radical changes in how we view smoking and tobacco use, and more recently, e-cigarette use among our population. Since the 1970s, Nova Scotia has proudly taken a leadership role. Our policy changes have helped to create a physical and social environment where smoking is no longer the norm. In fact, the Canadian Cancer Society named Nova Scotia as a world leader in tobacco control in its 2015-16 Impact Report. Recently, concerns have been raised globally, most notably by the Surgeon General of the United States, about the public health concerns of e-cigarette use, particularly by youth and young adults. Here at home we saw that risk and acted early. Almost two years ago, our government took steps to improve two already strong pieces of legislation B the Smoke-Free Places Act and the Tobacco Access Act. We regulated access to e-cigarettes and flavoured tobacco, including their sale and advertising, by amending the Tobacco Access Act. We also expanded the definition in the Smoke-Free Places Act to include electronic smoking devices, waterpipes, and other non-tobacco substances. We can’t allow smoking in public places to become the norm once again. We must remain vigilant and are committed to ensuring our legislation is responsive to changes within our society. These changes have since been copied by several different jurisdictions, validating the important steps we have taken here in Nova Scotia. Certainly, these changes wouldn’t have been possible without many dedicated partners such as the Canadian Cancer Society and Smoke-Free Nova Scotia. Working together, Nova Scotia became the first jurisdiction in the world to ban flavoured tobacco, including menthol. We were also the first province in Canada to regulate e-cigarettes. Throughout the process of making our policy changes, I always believed there was an important role for the federal government in regulating e-cigarettes. Over the last few years I have continued to talk about the need for a national approach, so it gives me great pleasure to congratulate the federal government for recently tabling a bill on e-cigarettes. I would be remiss if I did not take time to address the role of individuals. Quitting smoking can be very difficult and I understand why many people are hesitant to try. However, I want you to know there is help. Nova Scotians can call 811 to get access to a trained counsellor. They can also go to our Tobacco Free Nova Scotia website for other supports including an online chat, text messaging support, and website resources at https://tobaccofree.novascotia.ca/. -30-last_img read more

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed with a modest advance Monday with gains spread out across almost all sectors despite disappointing economic news from the world’s third-largest economy.The S&P/TSX composite index added to last week’s one per cent advance, up 39.4 points to 14,882.5 as Japan’s economy unexpectedly slipped back into recession in the third quarter, contracting at a 1.6 per cent annual pace following a sales tax hike.But traders preferred to concentrate on the positive, including a wave of merger and acquisition activity. American Botox maker Allergan reached a friendly deal to be acquired by Irish drug company Actavis in a deal valued at US$66 billion, which trumps a hostile offer by Quebec-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals (TSX:VRX). Allergan shareholders will receive about US$219 in cash and stock.Valeant’s most recent bid was valued at US$53 billion and the company said Monday it couldn’t justify matching the Actavis offer. Valeant shares rose $2.93 to $154.40.Analysts note that conditions — particularly inexpensive financing — are currently very favourable for M&A activity.“Money is cheap, growth opportunities inside of a relatively slow growth economic environment are a little harder to come by and so we’re seeing companies pursue growth opportunities outside of the organic kind,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. (TSX:OR) and Virginia Mines Inc. (TSX:VGQ) plan to combine their businesses to create a royalty company with revenue from two Quebec operating gold mines. The friendly deal values Virginia Mines of Quebec City at about $479 million, about 41 per cent above its closing stock price on Friday. Osisko shares slipped 56 cents to $14.86 while Virginia Mines jumped 35.65 per cent to $13.66.Also, two of the world’s biggest oilfield services companies are combining. Halliburton will buy Baker Hughes in a deal worth more US$34.6 billion.The Canadian dollar fell back 0.15 of a cent to 88.53 cents US.U.S. indexes were mixed as the Dow Jones industrials gained 13.01 points to 17,647.75, the Nasdaq was 17.54 points lower at 4,671 and the S&P 500 index advanced 1.5 points at 2,041.32.Reaction was muted to the Japanese data since the country has been afflicted with stagnation for the past two decades.“Not shock, I would just call it disappointment to some degree,” Fehr said.The gold sector was the leading percentage advancer on the Toronto market, up about 1.85 per cent even as December gold ticked $2.10 lower to US$1,184 an ounce.The base metals component was ahead 0.3 per cent while December copper was a cent lower at US$3.04. Telecoms were also supportive, ahead 1.4 per cent with additional strong lift coming from the industrials and consumer staples sectors.The TSX energy sector was the major decliner, down 0.65 per cent as the December contract in New York was down 18 cents to US$75.64. Concerns about demand and global oversupply last week pushed crude to below US$75 for the first time in four years.Also, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation in favour of building TransCanada’s (TSX:TRP) Keystone XL pipeline on Friday. And supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it this week. However, President Barack Obama could veto the bill and it is highly uncertain if the Senate or House would have the two-thirds majorities that would be needed to override a veto. TransCanada was up 77 cents to C$56.57. read more

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres said he is “closely following” developments in the West African nation as it prepares to go to polls.“[The Secretary-General] urges all parties to ensure the holding of elections that are peaceful and credible and allow for the participation of all interested stakeholders,” read the statement.“He calls on all parties to ensure respect of the rule of law and that the human rights of all Mauritanians are upheld.”According to reports, some 98 political parties are participating in the elections this year, a marked increase over the last time polls were held. read more