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October 2016 Archives

Rail industry safety 3 years after the Lac-Mégantic disaster

You would probably have to turn over a lot of rocks to find a single resident of Canada who has never heard of the Lac-Mégantic train disaster. Three years ago, a train hauling oil tankers derailed and exploded, leaving 47 people dead and the town of the Lac-Mégantic literally in ruins.

Talcum powder and its link to ovarian cancer

Talcum powder has been used for generations. People use it to keep their bodies dry and mothers use it help fight diaper rash. While it would seem that the use of talc is benign, there exists strong links to ovarian cancer in women who use these products on a regular, long-term basis. News sources across the country are filled with stories about talcum powder and its link to cancer, but many Ontario consumers are still confused about the dangers associated with talcum powder.

Oak Ridge facility allegedly tortured mental health patients

The Oak Ridge facility was supposed to treat mental health patients, giving them the assistance they needed, but many have been claiming that they were actually subjected to such brutal treatment while at the facility that it should be viewed as torture. The cases have been going on for more than half a decade, but a new report just came out on CBC that sheds some light on what really happened there. It's called The Secrets of Oak Ridge.

Legal action possible if you have been misled about investments

There is a reason companies are required to disclose information about their enterprise when trading on the stock market. Accurate disclosure ensures all potential investors are as aware of any risks as possible. Failure to disclose or to willfully misrepresent can be viewed at the very least as securities misconduct. Investors and shareholders have the right to receive regular updates about their investments that are truthful, accurate and not misleading.

Proposed class action litigation claim against the Leviathan II

On Oct. 25, 2015, a group of whale enthusiasts boarded the Leviathan II whale-watching vessel of Canada intent on observing nature in all its glory. Unfortunately, the excursion ended in tragedy when the vessel capsized, killing six people and injuring several others.

Defective defibrillators could drain batteries

A class action lawsuit has been brought against Medtronic of Canada Ltd. and Medtronic, Inc. over the defibrillators that the company sold. Though these are designed to help people with heart conditions, there have been serious concerns at almost every level, from development and design to testing to the marketing and sale of these units. There are potential issues with both cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators and implantable cardiac defibrillators.

Negligence can turn simple activities into dangerous situations

The sinking of the Leviathan II, a whale-watching ship that went down last fall off the coast from Tofino, British Columbia, shows just how quickly a seemingly safe and simple activity can turn both dangerous and deadly.

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