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opioid  summitOPIOID SUMMIT IN OTTAWA HOPES TO FIND WAYS TO CURB ADDICTION

A summit in Ottawa led by federal Health Minister Jane Philpott will try to find ways to tackle the opioid epidemic that has become a national problem. Philpott’s co-chair is Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins who says the two day summit will reinforce the need for leadership across the country to confront the epidemic. Philpott says Canadians are dying everyday due to opioid use and abuse.

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trudeauTRUDEAU CONTINUES VISIT TO ARGENTINA TODAY

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is going to make a pitch for a greater flow of private sector dollars between Argentina and Canada. He speaks to the Argentina-Canada Chamber of Commerce today where he’ll call on Argentine and Canadian businesses to open their wallets to more investment in the two countries. It’s the second day of Trudeau’s visit to the South American country.

calgaryCALGARY HEALTH CARE BUSINESSES SUFFER FROM RECESSION

The tough economic times in Calgary are causing difficulties for health-care businesses that offer services covered by workplace insurance plans. Dentists, massage therapists and optometrists say they’re cutting staff and getting by with lower profits as they wait for the economy to turn around. Dentist Kellen Smith says he had to lay off a support person this week due to lower demand, especially for elective procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers.

Public Open House Budget SessionCITY COUNCIL PRELIMINARY BUDGET Council will learn how sharp their pencils need to be on Monday when they discuss the preliminary budget for Sault Ste. Marie.  City sees a tax increase on the horizon of some 3.02 percent.  The preliminary tax levy for 2017 is $111.3 million, up from the final 2016 numbers of $106.7 million.