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Monday News Roundup: Dec 21, 2015

Mac’s store robberies, two dead

Three people—Laylin Delorme, 24, Colton Steinhauer, 27, and a 13-year-old youth, who cannot be named—face first-degree murder charges in connection to two convenience store holdups that left two employees—Karanpal Singh Bhangu and Ricky Cenabre—dead early Friday morning. The three suspects made their first court appearance this morning. The youth will return to court Janunary 4, while the cases of Steinhauer and Delorme have been adjourned until January 11.

Ontario offering government-funded fertility clinics

Beginning today, 50 clinics across Ontario will be providing government-funded in-vitro fertilization. The province announced back in October that it would increase funding for IVF to $50 million per year—on top of the current $20 million spent annually on IVF treatments—which would cover the cost for 5000 families trying to conceive a child. The program covers the cost for one cycle of IVF with unlimited rounds of artificial insemination for eligible patients, including single parents or same-sex couples. However, women must be under the age of 43 to participate, and it will be up to the discretion of the doctors and clinics to decide who receives treatment. Individuals seeking treatment must have an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). For a full list of clinics offering the IVF treatments in Ontario, visit health.gov.on.ca

Canada to double its intake of Syrian refugees

Canada hopes to double the number of Syrian refugees brought into the country by the end of 2016, which would bring the total to 50 000, John McCallum, Canada’s minister of immigration and citizenship, announced on Sunday. Currently, Canada’s Liberal government is keeping up with its promise to resettle 25 000 refugees by the end of February.

Woman crashes car into pedestrians on Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas police are investigating why a woman intentionally swerved her car onto a busy sidewalk two or three times yesterday evening, killing one adult and injuring 35 others—five of them were Canadians. The incident occurred around 6:30 pm when the car drove up onto the sidewalk in front of the Paris and Planet Hollywood hotels. A total of six people are in critical but stable condition, while two of the five Canadians injured are in critical condition. In a press release held earlier this afternoon, police reported that Lakeisha Holloway will be charged with one count of murder; however, the motive remains unclear. Though, police have ruled out terrorism as a motive for the crash. Police also report that a three-year-old was in the vehicle during the crash, but was not hurt.

Hello Kitty clinic open

The first Hello Kitty-themed health clinic has opened up in Hong Kong. Situated inside a shopping mall, the clinic—which offers health exams and vaccinations for infants, children and adults—is completely decorated with Hello Kitty pictures, toys and imagery, which is all meant to create a warm and relaxing environment for those not particular keen on going to the doctors.

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