News for Wednesday, July 20th 2016

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In an attempt to clean up the city and create a reusable resource, an environmental action group has installed recycling bins for cigarette butts in Montreal's Gay Village.

According to CBC News, the Société pour l'action, l'éducation et la sensibilisation environnementale de Montréal has been installing bins since June along Ste Catherine.

The collected butts are shipped out to a recycling plant near Toronto where the paper, ash and tobacco are turned into compost and the plastic filters are mixed in with other recycled plastic.

The SAESEM says they collect and ship 10 000 butts a week and are hoping to double the number by March before the pilot project ends.


One of the worlds most circulated medical publications is praising a made-in-Canada approach to treating opioid addiction.

According to CTV News, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a review of guidelines developed by health authorities in British Columbia.

One of the authorities, Dr. Kieth Ahamad, suggests scrapping some traditional strategies that have been found to be either ineffective or harmful- such as rapid detoxification and the use of methadone.

It is hoped that the medical journals recognition will generate interest and help focus attention on the need to modernize addiction treatments.


Bosnian Pokemon Go players are being warned to avoid areas of the region that may still contain active landmines from the 1990's.

According to BBC News, the warning was issued by a Bosnian demining charity after it received reports of players venturing into risky areas.

The charity wrote on its Facebook page asking citizens to respect demarcation signs of mine fields and to avoid unknown areas.

It is estimated that about 120 000 mines remain undiscovered in Bosnia.