Six stories in the news for Tuesday, July 31
ADULT DOSE EpiPen TO BE IN SHORT SUPPLY NEXT MONTH
The maker of the EpiPen says its adult-dose auto-injector will be in "very limited" supply in August and new stock likely won't be available until the end of that month. Pfizer Canada says it is able to provide EpiPen Jr, but supply is limited and the injector for children is being carefully managed. EpiPen and EpiPen Jr are used to deliver an emergency shot of epinephrine to patients who are at risk or have a history of the life-threatening allergic reaction anaphylaxis.
ONTARIO FOREST FIRE INCHES CLOSES TO KEY HIGHWAY
Crews battling massive fires in northwestern Ontario have been sent south to the province's cottage country where a smaller blaze that erupted more than a week ago is inching closer to the Trans-Canada Highway. Provincial officials say The fire, dubbed Parry Sound 33, was just six kilometres away from a portion of Highway 69. The blaze began on July 18 and the cause remains under investigation.
B.C. EXPERIENCES 130 OVERDOSES IN A SINGLE DAY
One of British Columbia's top addiction experts has joined Premier John Horgan in calling for increased efforts to fight illegal drug use after a report of 130 overdoses in one day last week. Horgan said he's thankful there were no deaths from any of the overdoses reported on Friday, but the staggering number reveals the amount of work ahead to battle the crisis.
TORONTO COUNCIL VOTES AGAINST COUNCIL REDUCTION
Toronto city council has voted to formally oppose a controversial bill that would cut the council nearly in half. Ontario Premier Doug Ford stunned the city last week with a plan to trim council to 25 seats from 47, just months ahead of an municipal election. Legislation to enact the plan was tabled on Monday. Council also voted to ask the province to hold a referendum on the number of wards and their boundaries before proceeding with the legislation.
ENTANGLED WHALE SEEN IN BAY OF FUNDY
Fisheries and Oceans Canada says an entangled North Atlantic right whale has been spotted about 22 nautical miles east of Grand Manan, N.B. But a whale rescue team cannot assess the whale's condition yet due to an issue with a vessel and worsening weather conditions. The DFO says it will monitor the situation via aerial surveillance.
IGGY BIDS FAREWELL AFTER 20 NHL SEASONS
Jarome Iginla — one of the NHL's best power forwards — is closing the book on a 20-year career. Iginla, now 41, bade farewell at a packed news conference Monday at Scotiabank Saddledome, where he spent 16 seasons as a Calgary Flame and almost a decade as captain. He told the audience he was "very fortunate to have a very blessed career." Iginla, who logged 625 career goals, also played for Pittsburgh, Boston, Colorado and Los Angeles.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY
— The Senate national finance committee releases a report on the failed Phoenix pay system.
— Veterans ombudsman Guy Parent releases a report on federal responses to 10 years of recommendations made by his office.
— George Weston Ltd., Intact Financial and WestJet Airlines are among numerous companies reporting results today.
— Statistics Canada releases today include the gross domestic product by industry for May.
— The Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games open today in Antigonish, N.S.
The Canadian Press