News for Youse: Booze and public health, Amanda Todd vigil, and Lions win division
Higher alcohol prices affect public health A study led by Tim Stockwell of the University of Victoria's Centre for Addictions Research shows that a "minimum pricing" policy in Saskatchewan reduced beer consumption by 10.06 percent, spirits by 5.87 percent, and wine by 4.58 percent, with higher strength beer and wine falling the most. Higher prices for drinks with more alcohol led more people to buy beverages with less alcohol, improving public health.
Amanda Todd vigil A couple of hundred people, including Surrey mayor Diane Watts, gathered last night in Holland Park to commemorate Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide after being bullied. Similar vigils were held in cities around the world.
Whopping expense accounts An audit has found that an official in the Ministry of Justice charged B.C. taxpayers $226,000 in expenses, including $118,000 without submitting any receipts.
Energy takeover blocked Ottawa has vetoed the Malaysian state-owned oil company Petronas's attempted $6-billion takeover of Calgary-based Progress Energy Resources Corp.
Court approves extradition A Court of Queen's Bench judge in Alberta has ordered Edmonton resident Sayildin Tahir Sharif to be sent to the United States to face trial in connection with two suicide bombings in Iraq in 2009, one of which killed five American soldiers.
Leos win division B.C. Lions have clinched first place in the West Division with a 39-19 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos at B.C. Place.
Hanks apologizes for swearing Actor Tom Hanks has said he's sorry after he "accidentally" used the word "fuck" on Good Morning America while demonstrating an accent that he used in his newest movie, Cloud Atlas.
Sunscreen recalled Banana Boat spray-on sunscreen has been pulled off store shelves after reports that some people caught fire after using the product. More details are available here.