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This blind man has fought for years to get a ‘talking prescription’ at his local pharmacy
Dean Steacy has been fighting for five years to get his local Rexall drugstore to adopt “talking prescription label” technology.
A man from Gatineau, Quebec has been blind for 17 years and takes insulin and up to 10 tablets a day for diabetes and related conditions.
He sometimes has to rely on others to manage his medication. A lack of independence “likely takes away part of your dignity,” he told Go Public.
Also, because he can’t see his prescription, he’s always in danger of taking too much, too little, or even the wrong medication. Mistakes can have serious consequences.
“Too much or too little of it can lead to diabetic shock and low blood sugar.”
He also says getting the right medication so he can reorder it can be a challenge.
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That’s where ScripTalk comes in, a technology that uses a radio frequency chip attached to the bottom of a prescription bottle. It contains the same information as the prescription label, and can be read aloud by a reader or smartphone, including dosage, usage, precautions, and refill times.
Available in Canada since 2010.
Steacy has been lobbying Rexall to adopt this technology since 2017.
He had repeatedly convinced Chain to consider his request, but Rexall had made no progress in five years. I notified you. I learned this from Steacy’s involvement in an advocacy group for the blind.
After Go Public got involved, Rexall changed its position, saying in a statement that its response to Steacy’s request was “not up to” the company’s standards, and vowed to renew its efforts. Please read the full text.
Mourning Halloween Tragedy in Seoul
(Ahn Young Joon/Associated Press)
Mourners weep Monday as they pay their respects at a memorial altar for the victims of a crowd surge that killed more than 150 people at a Halloween celebration Saturday night in Seoul, South Korea. You can read more about this story here.
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Some of the main organizers of the protests that have angered Ottawa for weeks are due to attend a public inquiry this week into the federal government’s use of the emergency law. Several of the organizers on the witness list, including Tamara Rich and Pat King, have faced criminal charges in connection with their involvement in the protest. Attorney Keith Wilson, who represents the organizers of many important convoys, said his client wanted to talk about the protest before the investigation began. I hope it becomes clear that there was no need to invoke the Testimony is expected to begin with two of the original organizers involved in planning the protest, Chris Barber and Bridget Belton. Read the full text here.
CBC News: House9:49Week 3 Breakdown of the Emergency Act Survey
The Ontario government plans to introduce legislation on Monday to prevent strikes by education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Civil Servants (CUPE). Early on Sunday, CUPE will give five days’ notice required for job action, deploy 55,000 workers, including educational assistants, parents and early childhood educators, and go on full strike Friday.Government and Education Workers returned to the negotiating table on Sunday afternoon, but Education Minister Steven Lecce issued a statement on Sunday evening saying the union was sticking to its position. Refusing to withdraw, we have no choice but to introduce legislation tomorrow to avoid class closures [Monday]This ensures that students stay in class and catch up on their learning,” Lecce said in a statement. You can read more about this story here.
More than 60% of U.S. jurisdictions have vetoed elections this fall. Election denials can hold elections in critical battleground states. In Arizona, Mark his Finchem, who was in Washington during the January 6 uprising. A member of the Oath Keepers militia, he introduced legislation earlier this year to cancel Joe Biden’s 2020 victory, 597 days after the last election. The nominated candidate and led Donald Trump’s efforts to nullify the results in his state. among those who are The results of the November 8th midterm elections will determine whether a candidate wins in the next few days. If the polls are accurate, some (perhaps most) of these people will win, along with more mainstream Republicans in Ohio and Georgia. Please check this out for details.
Twenty years after winning his first victory over the Brazilian president, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva defeated incumbent Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday in a hard-fought race. With over 99% of the votes cast in the presidential run-off, with Lula winning 50.9% and Bolsonaro 49.1%, election officials said Lula’s victory was certain. Leftist Lula said he was imprisoned in a corruption scandal in 2018 that paved the way for conservative Bolsonaro to rise to power in the last presidential election. Find out more about the Brazilian elections here.
You may not have heard the name Shawn Desman in a while. The 40-year-old R&B crooner behind hits like electricity, vibration When get ready Known as Canada’s answer to Justin Timberlake in the early-to-mid-2000s, the energetic performer and smooth, sexy-sounding dancer — hasn’t released an album since 2013. Have him download TikTok. He was showing his best performance at Drake’s OVO All his Canadian Northstars show in July. The reunion concert in Toronto featured some of the most popular artists from the heyday of Canadian R&B and hip-hop. Desman, who later gained more than 64,000 followers, is making music again and performing in front of sold-out crowds. He found a new generation of fans to sing with. A mature generation of Canadian artists who emerged in the early to mid-2000s (without major social media his megaphones and digital music streaming his services) are now making a comeback with an eye on these platforms. I’m here. “Social media and streaming have completely changed the game,” Desman said. You can read more about this story here.
Good news to start Monday. It all started with a trip to the grocery store and a little curiosity about Andrew Timms, who lives in Dawson City, Yukon. “I got some heads from the General Store.” He believes he is the first to successfully grow .He said he fed sprouted tropical fruits using only organic-based fertilizers and water.”They were small at first. Then it started getting ‘big,'” he said. Please check this out for details.
Opinion: Daniel Smith has a big idea to clean up oil and gas wells.various troublesome
Alberta’s new prime minister wants to give businesses a loyalty break to do what they are already mandated to do, writes economist Andrew Leach.
First person: I’m a witch, I’m not evil, and I’m not your Halloween costume
“Every Halloween there is a story about witches. Witches are not costumes,” says Winnipeg-based author and witchcraft-practicing activist Suzanne McClear. Please read this column.
Front Burner: Lessons from the Cuban Missile Crisis
Sixty years ago, the Cuban Missile Crisis plunged the world into full-blown nuclear war like never before. The popular tale of her 13 days is that America might win the Soviet Union, but that didn’t really happen.
The true story of that crisis is actually about the relationship between two men who secretly decide to work together to avert a global disaster.
Today, the Cuban missile crisis certainly hasn’t happened again, but experts believe the US and Russia came closest to nuclear war. So today we’re going to tell the story of his 13 days in 1962 and see if it holds a lesson for today.
Our guest is Andrew Cohen, professor in the School of Journalism and Communications at Carleton University and author of several books. Two days in June: John F. Kennedy and the 48-hour race that made history.
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Today in History: October 31st
1977: The James Bay Land Claims Agreement, considered Canada’s first modern treaty with Indigenous peoples, becomes law. In exchange for territorial rights, the Cree and Inuit of northern Quebec received her $225 million, hunting and fishing rights, and substantial autonomy. The agreement paved the way for the James Bay Hydroelectric Project.
1984: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated. Gandhi was murdered by two of his Sikh bodyguards as he left his home in New Delhi. The attack was in retaliation for the Indian army’s raid on Amritsar’s Golden Temple, an important Sikh religious site.
1999: Final curtain falls on production in Toronto phantom of the opera With 4,226 performances in 10 years, it is the longest-running musical in Canadian theater history.
2002: The Supreme Court of Canada has a 5-4 rule that gives prison inmates the right to vote in federal elections.