Canadian water is on the table at trilateral talks between politicians, businessmen and academics from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, CanWest News Service has learned.
A series of closed-door conferences for the North American Future 2025 Project will include the discussion of "water transfers" and diversions, according to the outline for the project, a trilateral effort to draft a "blueprint" on economic integration for the governments of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
A man whose family agreed to donate his organs for transplant upon his death was wrongly declared brain-dead by two doctors at a Fresno hospital, records and interviews show. Only after the man's 26-year-old daughter and a nurse became suspicious was a third doctor, a neurosurgeon, brought in. He determined that John Foster, 47, was not brain-dead, a condition that would have cleared the way for his organs to be removed, records of the Feb. 21 incident show. "It kind of blew my mind," said the daughter, Melanie Sanchez, "like they were waiting like vultures, waiting for someone to die so they could scoop them up."
Women might soon be able to produce sperm in a development that could allow lesbian couples to have their own biological daughters, according to a pioneering study published today. Scientists are seeking ethical permission to produce synthetic sperm cells from a woman's bone marrow tissue after showing that it possible to produce rudimentary sperm cells from male bone-marrow tissue.
One of Italy's most senior churchmen has been placed under armed guard after threatening graffiti appeared in the northern port city of Genoa. The threats follow a strongly-worded attack Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco made on government plans to give legal rights to unmarried couples.
For the second consecutive year, the number of clergy sex abuse claims received by the nation's Roman Catholic bishops and religious orders has dropped, according to a new report on the church's child protection reforms. The vast majority of allegations date back decades. Costs related to abuse cases also decreased - by about 15 percent over the past year - mainly due to a decline in what dioceses paid to settle molestation cases.
Some Supreme Court judges are stronger supporters of individual and economic freedoms and equality than their colleagues, claims a new report yesterday. The report, Judging the Judges, categorizes the justices' decisions as "pro-freedom" and "anti-freedom."
More than two-thirds of Canadians believe politicians should have the power to override court decisions by having the final word on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in certain circumstances, a survey indicates ... Sixty-eight per cent either strongly or somewhat agreed the "notwithstanding clause" should remain intact.
The Harper government is passing on a major Ottawa conference marking the 25th anniversary of the Charter of Rights, with the Prime Minister and three Cabinet ministers turning down invitations to speak. In fact, the milestone anniversary will be a muted affair within the government ranks, unlike the hoopla surrounding the 20th anniversary when the Liberals were in power five years ago.
Political feminism is a beast. It is a dictatorial movement that demands gender behavior, gender roles, and gender servitude. It is not a movement based upon concern for women, but is wholly dedicated to 1) depopulation indoctrination and demand, and 2) the control of masculinity.
The government is predicting that some 15m people will revolt against Tony Blair’s controversial ID card scheme by refusing to produce the new cards or provide personal data on demand. The forecast is made in documents released by the Home Office under the Freedom of Information Act. The papers show ministers expect national protests similar to the poll tax rebellions of the Thatcher era, with millions prepared to risk criminal prosecution.
The Government faces damaging claims of misleading voters over ID cards after documents revealed it always planned to make the controversial scheme compulsory. Whitehall papers, which the Government has fought for two years to suppress, disclose that Labour intended to force the public to sign up to the programme.
Countless millions of Christians have elevated certain politicians and their mouthpieces in the Religious Right into a church-sphere or even into a God-sphere. In other words, because a politician or conservative celebrity claims to be a Christian, they are presumed to be untouchable. Such people must not be criticized or challenged, no matter how unconstitutional or stupid their actions might be, because doing so makes one guilty of some kind of spiritual law against speaking ill of Christian brothers.
Treating cancer with surgery, chemotherapy or radiation may sometimes cause tumors to spread and U.S. researchers said on Thursday they may have nailed down one of the causes - a compound called TGF-beta. Tests in mice show that using the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin or radiation both raised levels of TGF-beta, which in turn helped breast cancer tumors spread to the lung.
A majority of American doctors believe God or another supernatural being intervenes in patients' health, a study has found. And nearly two in five doctors believe religion and spirituality can help prevent bad outcomes such as heart attacks, infections and even death, according to the University of Chicago nationwide survey of 2,000 physicians.
The woman is accused of trying to kill her unborn baby, Oswego County Sheriff's deputies said. The woman was arrested Monday. Deputies say that on April 4 the woman ingested several over-the-counter and prescription medications. Deputies say the woman was in her 13th week of the pregnancy at the time.
Activists on both sides of the abortion debate took credit Monday for a new report that shows the number of women who had the procedure in 2006 was down for the third straight year and at the lowest level on record. There were 9,580 abortions in Wisconsin last year, the lowest number since the state started tracking them in 1974, according to the report by the Department of Health and Family Services.
(A birth certificate) is more than a piece of paper to many of the nearly 3,000 families that cope with stillbirth each year in California. They are anxiously watching Senate Bill 850, which would authorize the state to issue a "certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth." It is headed to the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday for its first in a long line of hearings.
It's not great news – but reports of the death of religion have been greatly exaggerated it seems, and churches in Leeds are optimistic about the future. For there are signs of a renaissance in our two main Christian religions in the city, the Church of England and the Catholic Church, which are bucking this trend of decades. And, importantly, they are involving young people, not the older people we normally associate with church congregations.
Thousands of people were baptised into the faith in Catholic churches across China on Easter night. Yet in some areas the underground Church is still subjected to persecution and imprisonment. In Beijing alone during the Easter Vigil, the number of adult baptisms numbered in the thousands.
(Pope Benedict's) argument, elaborated in the years leading up to his election and continuing through his daily speeches and pronouncements, reduces to something like this: secularism may be one of the great developments in history, but the secularism that holds sway in much of the West — that is, in Western Europe — is flawed; it has a bug in its programming. The mistaken conviction that reason and faith are two distinct realms has weakened Europe and has brought it to the verge of catastrophic collapse.
An Anglican primate has launched a stinging attack on the Archbishop of Canterbury's "indecisive" leadership amid growing fears that the worldwide Church will split within months. The head of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, said yesterday that Dr Rowan Williams's handling of the crisis over homosexuality had been "disappointing and lacking" at critical points.
Ontario is considering becoming the next province to pay people to donate a kidney or part of their liver. Health Minister George Smitherman says Ontario is looking to British Columbia for ideas after that province decided to pay patients up to $5,500 to be a live donor.
Information chips implanted in the brain. Electromagnetic pulse weapons. The middle classes becoming revolutionary, taking on the role of Marx's proletariat. The population of countries in the Middle East increasing by 132%, while Europe's drops as fertility falls. "Flashmobs" - groups rapidly mobilised by criminal gangs or terrorists groups. This is the world in 30 years' time envisaged by a Ministry of Defence team responsible for painting a picture of the "future strategic context" likely to face Britain's armed forces.
The Next Magazine, a weekly publication from Hong Kong, reported that infant corpses and fetuses have become the newest supplements for health and beauty in China. Not only is the placenta considered a beauty remedy, but also aborted fetuses are much sought after delicacies. In Guangdong, gourmet body parts are in high demand and can even be purchased through hospitals. The magazine's investigations into this form of cannibalism took them to Liaoning province.
Deprivation and corruption, mayhem and madness; a city that is hemorrhaging many of its best and brightest, while many of those left behind are brutalized and traumatized. Not withstanding the well-publicized stroll by Arizona Republican Senator John McCain last week – "Things are better," he insisted – Iraqis wonder: Can a place where men blow themselves up in street markets, cars implode at traffic lights and kidnappings occur in broad daylight ever recover?
The RCMP has urged the Harper government to reintroduce a controversial bill that would force Internet service providers to turn over personal information on subscribers, arguing the lack of such legislation has already had "serious consequences" for investigations, newly released documents show. The former Liberal government introduced a law, called the modernization of investigative techniques act, that would have have made it easier for law-enforcement agencies to intercept Internet and wireless communications.