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Feds tabling new bill to ban conversion therapy on Monday

On Monday, the federal government will be tabling an enhanced version of their bill to largely ban conversion therapy practices in Canada, moving forward with a stronger version of previously-halted legislation. The version of the bill coming next week is expected to include more teeth and potentially a wider reach when it comes to cracking down on the harmful practice.

The pride flags fly on Parliament Hill following a ceremony with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, Wednesday June 14, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Feds aim to criminalize threats towards health-care workers with new bill

The federal government introduced a new bill Friday that, if passed, would impose new criminal sanctions for people who threaten health-care workers, impede access to medical facilities, or intimidate people accessing health services. The legislation also would update federal labour laws to provide 10 days of paid medical leave.

Demonstrators gather outside Toronto General Hospital, on Monday September 13, 2021, to protest against COVID-19 vaccines, COVID-19 vaccine passports and COVID-19 related restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

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W5 INVESTIGATES | Is a drug overdose murder?

W5’s upcoming documentary ‘Death Penalty,’ airing on Saturday at 7 p.m. on CTV, compiles the first-ever research on a growing trend to treat overdose deaths as potential homicides.

Fentanyl pills are shown in an undated police handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

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NEW | Counting murders by overdose deaths in Canada

Homicide charges following investigations into overdose deaths in Canada can be described as falling into two categories: pre- and post- fentanyl. W5 found that starting in 2016, there was a significant uptick: 135 manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death charges being laid by police and prosecutors across Canada.