VANSTONE: Riders QB Drew Willy fondly recalls idol time

REGINA — Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Drew Willy has experienced Indy days and windy days. The latter conditions factored into his “Welcome to Saskatchewan’’ moment on Tuesday morning, when gusts exceeded 60 kilometres per hour. That was a pronounced contrast to the climatically controlled surroundings at Lucas Oil Stadium, which was a dome away from home for Willy when he was

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More babies being born hooked on prescription painkillers

The babies, when they are born, are inconsolable, their frantic, high-pitched cries a telltale sign of a newborn in the throes of drug withdrawal. Canada’s baby specialists are witnessing an alarming new phenomenon: growing numbers of infants being born dependent on prescription painkillers and other opioids. Rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, have doubled in Canada, the latest fallout

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Some 8,000 French women have faulty breast implants removed

PARIS – French health authorities said Monday that nearly 8,000 French women had followed a government recommendation to have faulty breast implants that sparked a global health scare removed. The ANSM health product and drug safety agency said that, as of the end of April, 7,868 women had the implants produced by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) removed, after French authorities

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Saskatchewan Roughriders have a nice problem at safety

REGINA — There’s safety in numbers at the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ training camp. James Patrick, the West Division and CFL all-star at safety in 2010, has moved back to that position from the linebacking spot he played late in the 2011 campaign. If as expected the move is permanent, it will bump Craig Butler, who was the West Division’s all-star safety

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Trash talking with Garbage

Garbage has always been known as the band that didn’t quite fit in, and 17 years after they debuted, not much has changed. Releasing their self-titled album in 1995, when grunge rock shared the airwaves with electronic acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Garbage fell somewhere in between, combining fuzzy guitars with highly produced loops and samples. That difference, combined

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Erica Durance is Saving Hope for new medical drama

Erica Durance compares performing fake surgery to acting in a well-choreographed play. The Calgary-born actress is on the phone from Toronto, where she is on a lunch break after six gruelling hours in the operating room, performing make-believe life-and-death procedures as the star of CTV’s new medical drama Saving Hope As with most hospital-set dramas, there’s an emphasis on authenticity.

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Summer books preview

June 4 Nick Harkaway: The Blind Giant: How Human Connection Will Redeem the Digital Age Are you worried the interweb is sapping your attention span, so that the only texts you can read without fidgeting are short blurbs such as this? Not to worry, claims Harkaway — by flitting from blog post to video to tweet, you’re able to synthesize

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