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Vitamin D levels too low?

TORONTO — The vast majority of Canadians get enough vitamin D to stave off rickets and protect their bone health, a new study from Statistics Canada says. But some experts — and even the authors of the study itself — question whether the bar is set in the right place when determining the cutoff for adequate levels of vitamin D.

Dr. Richard Kremer, an endocrinologist at McGill University Health Centre, said based on a more broadly accepted cutoff, the study actually suggests about two-thirds of the Canadian population has insufficient levels of vitamin D to maintain healthy bones and ward off cancer and other chronic diseases that have been linked to having low levels of vitamin D.

Hike OK, CRTC suggests

TORONTO — Cable subscribers have shrugged at rate increases in the past and might be willing to do so again if new fees are passed on to them, the broadcast regulator said Tuesday.

In a report to cabinet, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said it does not believe “that significant affordability issues would be created” for consumers if a new compensation regime is introduced as early as next year.

Called “fee for carriage,” the new system would see big cable firms such as Shaw pay conventional-TV networks a fee for station signals.

Park smoke ban sought

TOFINO, B.C. — Councillors in this Vancouver Island surfing community that is trying to keep fast-food chains and big-box stores out of town, have now directed staff to draw up a bylaw banning smoking in municipal parks.

“As a parent, going out there and playing on the swings and someone comes up to your kids and starts smoking, it doesn’t make sense — it’s supposed to be a place of health and recreation,” Coun. Gord Johns said.

Hope for aboriginal school

REGINA — An agreement has been reached that’s being called “a blueprint” that could save the embattled First Nations University of Canada.

The four-year deal between the Saskatchewan government, First Nations University, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the University of Regina lays outs a plan to reorganize operations at the aboriginal school.

— From the news services

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