Four stories in the news today, Jan. 11:
DAMAGE TO BRIDGE BLOCKS TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY TRAFFIC
Damage to a bridge that spans the Nipigon River in northern Ontario is blocking traffic on the Trans Canada Highway — and there’s no word yet on how long it will take to fix the problem. Engineers have been called in to assess the situation. One section of the bridge, which opened only a couple of months ago, has lifted about 60 centimetres. The Trans-Canada is the only major highway in the region, and the traffic issues resulting from the bridge closure could be significant.
GOVERNMENT TO ASK SUPREME COURT FOR EXTENSION
The federal government will make its case to the Supreme Court of Canada today about why it needs more time to draft a law dealing with doctor-assisted death. The court set a February deadline to draft a new law, but the government says it’s impossible to do so. The court ruled last year that consenting adults enduring intolerable physical or mental suffering have the right to end their lives with a physician’s help.
BANKS FACING COMPETITION TO ATTRACT TALENT
Upstart online financial companies are giving big banks a run for their money in luring talent. Many young people are opting to work for so-called fintech companies because they like the culture and the opportunities. Many employees point to greater learning opportunities, less red tape and the chance to work on problems they feel genuinely passionate about as big selling points.
CARDIAC SURGEONS USE 3D-PRINTED MODEL
Toronto’s hospital for Sick Children is experimenting with 3D printed models to allow surgeons from a number of countries to practice their techniques before being called upon to perform surgery on a child. Extremely accurate 3D copies have been created of five hearts from real infants with cardiac anomalies. The models allow surgeons to gain experience using techniques that would typically take years to learn by watching and assisting senior surgeons.