National Newswatch

Pleather rebrands as ‘vegan leather’ to court eco-conscious shoppers

Dec 3 2019 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Handbag designer Ela Aldorsson built her celebrity-endorsed brand on fine leather. But this season, the Toronto-based entrepreneur did something few fashion labels associated with luxury do — she embraced the fake stuff. Aldorsson describes her fall collection as entirely animal-free, a 180-degree turn from the Italy-imported skins that defined her refined line of clutches […]

All-transgender hockey team ‘like an instant family’

Nov 24 2019 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The goals are big for an all-transgender hockey team known as Team Trans. Comprised of more than a dozen players from Canada and the United States, it's believed to be the first ice hockey team made entirely of transgender men, transgender women, and gender non-conforming athletes. Honorary co-captain Harrison Browne says hitting the ice for […]

Louis C.K. accuser ‘infuriated’ by Canadian comedy booker’s defence

Nov 14 2019 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — One of Louis C.K.'s accusers is disputing a Canadian comedy club CEO's reasons for booking the standup superstar earlier this year. Julia Wolov says she is "infuriated" by an article written by Yuk Yuk's founder Mark Breslin for the Canadian Jewish News that downplays sexual misconduct she and several other women faced from the disgraced comic. […]

Study finds emergency department visits jumped after valsartan recall

Nov 11 2019 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A large recall of contaminated medications appeared to spark confusion among many hypertension patients who were forced to give up the drug last year, with many turning to hospital emergency departments for medical help. The non-profit group Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences says emergency department visits jumped 55 per cent among those affected […]

Participaction report card gives Canadian adults an F for physical activity

Oct 29 2019 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — It's not just kids who get too much screen time and too little physical activity — adults are falling short, too. That's according to the first-ever report card for adults from Participaction, a non-profit group that promotes healthy living and typically ranks children's fitness levels. The new report gives Canadians over the age of 18 a D for […]

Doctors urge national surveillance after curler dies during childbirth

Oct 24 2019 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The sudden death of Saskatchewan curler Aly Jenkins is shedding light on a devastating complication of childbirth that some doctors say could benefit from a national surveillance system to track maternal deaths and suggest fixes. Jenkins' family and teammates were told the 30-year-old athlete died Sunday of an amniotic fluid embolism while labouring with her […]

Doctors urge national surveillance after curler dies during childbirth

Oct 24 2019 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The sudden death of Saskatchewan curler Aly Jenkins is shedding light on a devastating complication of childbirth that some doctors say could benefit from a national surveillance system to track maternal deaths and suggest fixes. Jenkins' family and teammates were told the 30-year-old athlete died Sunday of an amniotic fluid embolism while labouring with her […]