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Canadian tour boat sinking results in five tourist deaths, one missing person

A whale-watching tour boat carrying 27 people capsized on Monday about eight miles from the coast of Tofino, British Columbia. According to the British Columbia Coroners Service, the tour boat sinking resulted in the deaths of five British nationals, 21 rescues and one missing person, all ranging in age from 18 to 76. The 65-foot long whale-watching vessel was named the “MV Leviathan II” and owned by the adventure tour company Jamie’s Whaling Station & Adventure Centre. Not only could the ship seat up to 46 passengers comfortably, but it also featured upper, lower and back viewing decks for tourists. There ... Read More

CPSC coordinates massive bicycle recall with 13 affected companies

Nearly 1.3 million bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and quick release levers in the U.S. are now under recall by 13 different bicycle companies. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled bicycles’ front disc brakes may accidentally come into contact with the open quick release lever, resulting in the front wheel stopping suddenly or even separating from the rest of the bicycle. Another 245,000 bicycles are also recalled in Canada, as well as 9,000 recalled in Mexico. This bicycle recall is unique in that it involved an effort by the CPSC to coordinate the recall simultaneously across ... Read More

Rescue snow shovel recall alert issued by Mountain Safety Research

Although most recalls have to do with faulty consumer goods, others can involve more crucial equipment used to help keep others safe. If safety equipment is found to be ineffective due to a manufacturing error during an emergency situation, the results could be tragic. That’s why Mountain Safety Research, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is now initiating a rescue snow shovel recall. According to the recall notice, the snow shovel’s shaft may fail to secure the blade because of an issue with the lower lock button. If the shaft and blade come apart during an emergency ... Read More

Home Depot confirms malware infiltrated its in-store payment systems in a nationwide data breach

Home Depot, an American retailer of construction and home improvement products/services, has confirmed a data breach so large that some experts are saying it may even rival Target’s holiday data breach in 2013. Such as with data breaches in the past, the breach was found to have occurred in the company’s payment security systems. “We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this causes our customers, and I want to thank them for their patience and support as we work through this issue,” said Home Depot CEO Frank Blake in a statement released Monday. Home Depot’s announcement claims that no evidence ... Read More

Thousands of women from Canada, US file Mirena IUD lawsuits

Canadian Jemila Shen suffered severe abdominal cramps a year after being implanted with the popular Mirena IUD contraceptive. But when she went to have the intrauterine device removed, it was nowhere to be found with an ultrasound. It wasn’t until she underwent surgery that doctors found her IUD. It had migrated toward her hip bone. Shen says she was never warned the device could move from its intended location in her cervix. “It sounds easy – you put it in for five years and forget about it,” she told CTV News. “But look what happened to me.” Shen has joined ... Read More

Baby food processors recalled by small kitchen appliance distributor Hamilton Beach

Hamilton Beach, one of the nation’s leading distributors of small kitchen appliances, has announced a recall of its baby food processors. Primarily sold in Canada, the food processor’s shredding disc has the potential to cause the stainless steel pin in the food bowl lid to loosen and fall into the food. The recalled baby food makers are small food processors with a white and gray motor base and an orange control knob. Food is placed in the clear plastic, five-cup food bowl through its built-in food chute. The front of the motor base has “Hamilton Beach” and the French word ... Read More

ExxonMobil’s Arkansas oil spill trial set for June 2014

ExxonMobil Corp. may go to trial in June to face pollution charges stemming from its March 29 oil spill that left an Arkansas community swamped in highly toxic tar sands crude. U.S. District Judge James Moody’s proposed schedule calls for the trial to start during the week of June 16. ExxonMobil faces a joint lawsuit filed by federal and Arkansas authorities seeking damages for its alleged violations of the U.S. Clean Water Act, the Arkansas Water and Air Pollution Control Act, and other federal and state anti-pollution statutes. Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline, a 70-year-old pipe that moves refined Canadian tar sands ... Read More

Woman files $5 million lawsuit against makers of transvaginal mesh

A Canadian woman is suing the makers and distributors of her transvaginal mesh device, alleging that rather than treat her urinary incontinence, the device has caused her chronic pain, recurrent infections, and completely ruined her sex life. She is asking for $5 million to cover her pain and suffering, among other damages. Virginia Corkum filed the lawsuit this week in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax. Named in the lawsuit are Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon Inc., and Gynecare Worldwide. According to the complaint, Corkum was implanted with the Gynecare Tension Free Vaginal Tape-Obturator sling mesh, also known as a bladder ... Read More

ExxonMobil fights to keep recent pipeline inspections a secret

ExxonMobil last week provided a copy of a metallurgical analysis to federal regulators detailing flaws in its Pegasus pipeline that researchers believe formed the root cause of the March 29 oil spill in Mayflower, Ark. But the oil giant is fighting to keep the information about recent inspections of the 850-mile pipeline out of the public eye, triggering concerns that the 70-year-old tube may have many more oil spills in store for those in its path. According to Fox 16 in Little Rock, “Six weeks before the spill happened ExxonMobil sent a piece of equipment through the line during a ... Read More

Scientific analysis underscores risks of ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline

ExxonMobil has released information concerning the cause of a March 29 rupture in its Pegasus oil pipeline, which flooded a Mayflower, Ark., neighborhood and surrounding woodlands with more than a million gallons of dense Canadian tar sands oil. According to the oil company, an independent metallurgical analysis of the 70-year-old pipeline determined that original manufacturing defects formed the root cause of its failure. Those defects included small hook cracks near the seam where the breach occurred. “Additional contributing factors include atypical pipe properties, such as extremely low impact toughness and elongation properties across the … seam,” ExxonMobil said in a ... Read More