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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

China's state-controlled energy firms are struggling to turn a profit in Canada in part because of the federal government's immigration laws, a senior Chinese diplomat says.

Wang Xinping, China's consul general based in Calgary, said his country's energy companies want to bring in their own employees to reduce costs. But Ottawa has been stingy in issuing work permits, he said, making it harder for Chinese companies to develop their projects.

The department prohibits companies operating in Canada from hiring foreigners if there is a qualified Canadian able to the job. read more


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his party's long-awaited plan on immigration on Wednesday, telling reporters, "We must make America somewhere no one wants to live."

Appearing with House Speaker John Boehner, McConnell said that, in contrast to President Obama's "Band-Aid fixes," the Republican plan would address "the root cause of immigration, which is that the United States is, for the most part, habitable."

"For years, immigrants have looked to America as a place where their standard of living was bound to improve," McConnell said. "We're going to change that." read more


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lisa Aliferis, NPR: Prices for common medical tests like mammograms and MRIs are notoriously opaque. Negotiated rates between insurance companies and doctors or hospitals are sealed tight by contract. We know there's price variation, but comparing what one insurance company pays versus another is virtually impossible. We asked people to share prices for four common medical procedures: mammograms, lower-back MRIs, IUDs and diabetes test strips -- although plenty of people shared prices for other procedures, too. read more


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Depression is an astonishingly common mental disorder; it affects as many as 1 in 4 people during their lifetime, and between 5 and 10% of the population are suffering from the illness to some extent at any one time.

Despite extensive research into this area, the underlying causes of depression are not well understood, although many believe it could stem from changes in brain chemistry. In particular, two chemicals have taken center stage: dopamine and serotonin, which are often found in lower levels in patients with depression. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that this could be a symptom rather than a cause.

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