Health Canada has recalled bassinets by Perlimpinpin Inc. with the following model numbers, as the cradles didn't meet safety standards and present multiple hazards, including falls, cuts, strangulation and suffocation:
Although neither Health Canada nor Perlimpinpin has received reports of incidents or injuries, customers are advised to stop using the recalled bassinets immediately and return them to the retailer.
For further information, customers may contact "Les vêtements Perlimpinpin Inc." consumer service at 1-418-877-4042 between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
From May 2011 to May 2012, approximately 120 of these bassinets were sold in Canada. An unknown quantity was sold prior to May 2011.
According to the CBC's Investigations Unit, some privately run ultrasound companies are revealing the gender of the fetus much earlier than most hospitals. As early as 14 weeks into pregnancy, some of the companies visited gave out information that could lead to women, particularly of Chinese and Indian heritage, choosing to abort females.
A recent study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal confirmed Indian-born women living in Ontario have more male than female children.
“The numbers are definitely tilted because women are aborting the girls,” says the chief operating officer at Punjabi Community Health Services in Mississauga, Amandeep Kaur.
Kaur says some women abort the female fetus, fearing violence against them.
Typically Canadian hospitals refuse to reveal gender until it is too late for a woman to abort. However, in the past decade there has been a surge in private 3D ultrasound clinics. For around $200 parents-to-be receive a 3D video of their fetus, and for a smaller fee, they can simply find out its gender.
Although many of the private practices claim they do not reveal fetal sex until 20 weeks, the CBC unit found that about two-thirds of the clinics did.
Dr. Ravi Thakur, operator of Modern Non Diagnostic Imaging Centre in Brampton, Ont., is of the mindset that what you don't know doesn't hurt you. Indeed, he doesn’t consider himself responsible for what people do with the information he provides. “That is their problem, that is not my problem.”
Currently there is no law in place in Canada when it comes to revealing the gender of a fetus. Unlike India, China and the United Kingdom, it isn't even illegal in this country to abort a fetus based on gender.
Should Canada pass legislation against fetal abortion, or at least enforce more stringent policing of 3D franchises when it comes to revealing gender? Or is legislation a moot point all the time that women continue to be devalued in certain cultures?
So Madonna was at it again. Unlike a virgin touched for the very first time, when the pop star flashed a bit of nipple at a recent concert in Istanbul, it was a big case of been there, seen that.
No doubt 53-year-old Madge is defying nature by looking fitter than most 20 year olds. Nonetheless, when it is time to retire the sex card and start trading some other currency?
Unlike Janet Jackson's legendary nipple slip during the Super Bowl way back when, the incident with Madonna was far from a wardrobe malfunction. It was calculated and frankly, a little sad.
While belting out her hit 1995 song "Human Nature," Madonna began stripping. First, she removed her white shirt, then simply yanked down her bra so the audience could get a good long gawp at her right nipple. This, when she managed to keep it all in during her own Super Bowl halftime show in February.
The former queen of controversy is clearly clutching at straws and beating a dead dog (and whatever other cliches you can throw at it) to stir up some drama on her MDNA tour. The singer/actress/director and mother of four even painted a swastika on the forehead of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen during a show in Israel.
Even though the image appeared in a montage featuring the likes of Sarah Palin and Chinese president Hu Jintao, Le Pen was furious and even considered suing.
"We are not a Nazi party, and object to being depicted as such," a party source reportedly told the Daily Mail.
Madge, we love you but isn't it high time to put childish things away? You're an icon. Your fans will still be there. You don't need swastikas and a cheap flash of boob to fill a stadium. If you really want to shock us, why not act your age with grace and style... Just sayin'.