Canada briefs – June 23

A six-year-old girl from the Toronto area and two Quebecers have increased to 16 the number of Canadians to die after contracting swine flu.

Flu claims three

A six-year-old girl from the Toronto area and two Quebecers have increased to 16 the number of Canadians to die after contracting swine flu.

Health officials were unsure Monday what role the H1N1 virus played in the Ontario girl’s death.

Authorities did not release the name of the girl, who is believed to be the youngest person in Canada with the virus to have died.

Quebec health officials released a statement to announce the two deaths in the province. They gave no details.

Saskatchewan to pitch isotope plan

The Saskatchewan government says it doesn’t want to miss a chance to get into the medical isotope business and hopes to pitch a plan to Ottawa soon — even though it hasn’t yet heard what the public thinks about the future of uranium development.

Meetings are being held across Saskatchewan to give people a chance to respond to the Uranium Development Partnership report, which studied the nuclear cycle.

It said the province should open the door to nuclear power. It also said that nuclear research will be necessary for long-term success in the uranium industry. Saskatchewan could enhance its position by building a research reactor, the economics of which could be strengthened by integrating medical isotope production.

A report on the findings is due by the end of August.

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