Opinion

A heroin user injects himself in New London, Conn., in this March 23, 2016 file photo. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Evidence supports fight for harm reduction plans

The tide is turning on harm reduction. The reins of a new national drug strategy are squarely in the hands of Health Canada. There are positive signs legislators are abandoning ideology for evidence-based policy, and stonewalling for action. Last year, the opioid crisis claimed 916 lives in B.C. alone.

In this June 10, 2010 file photo, Dr. Nada Jabado in a lab at the Montreal Children's Hospital is taking a sample of DNA from a patient's blood. (Marie-France Coallier/Postmedia Network)

Laws needed to prevent genetic discrimination

Access to genetic testing represents a tremendous breakthrough in people's ability to manage their health. Identifying genetic markers can lead to early intervention in conditions ranging from Alzheimer's to some cancers.

Why don’t we fix technology any more?

Over the last few years, the trend towards disposable technology has gotten more and more prevalent. We are no longer fixing things like we used to. It’s difficult to even find someone to fix an old television, let alone a microwave or a vacuum. Sure, most stores that sell computers also service them but it’s mostly for configuration issues and wip

QNX (BlackBerry) concept vehicle. (Handout)

Road to robo-car future filled with costly pothole

Every week it seems another news item heralds the imminent demise of the human-operated automobile. Latest to the party is Canada's BlackBerry, which aims to recast itself as a maker of software for autonomous cars. That's fine.