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Vaccines For Animals And The Thoughts Surrounding Them

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There is a new step in the heavily debated topic of whether vaccines give people autism or not. In this case, it appears that there are pet owners who might believe that getting their dogs shots could give their animals health issues.

According to the National Post, the thought first appeared on the television show known as Good Morning Britain. On the show, a message was apparently put out on Twitter, which asked some pet owners what they thought.

While the Twitter post didn't cause a large-scale argument as is the case with other instances, it did lead to the British Veterinarian Association replying and stressing the importance of vaccines for animals. The association also wrote that there was no reliable scientific evidence backing up the idea.

 This is actually something that's been looked into before though, according to a study conducted in 2014 by Tufts University, some bull terriers exhibit behavior which is similar to autism. This includes tail chasing, aggression, and even phobias. Apparently, this is similar to how some autistic children might behave. As in, spinning in circles and flapping their arms. With that in mind, one of the authors of the study who's a veterinary behaviorist at the university, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, mentioned that the study only examines one breed of dog, not all dogs out there. On top of that, he also said that vaccines do not cause autism in dogs or humans.

Despite the study and the position of Dr. Dodman, there are still some areas that can get some people on edge about it all. Dr. Peter Dobias, a holistic veterinarian, apparently believes that there's a possibility to over-vaccinate a dog. He thinks that a dog being vaccinated to much could lead to them having a damaged immune system.  Even in this particular debate, Dobias said that “the jury is still out," on some pet owners claims that vaccines are causing odd behavior in their dogs.

All in all, it's clear that there's a new step in the debate regarding the debate of eighter being pro or against vaccines. One side might think that it can cause health issues down the line, while others don't think that it can happen at all.

By Michael Normandin

Liberals Called Out For Blocking Move To Invite Jody Wilson-Raybould Back To Testify On SNC-Lavalin Issue

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The Canadian Liberal Members of Parliament decided to block an effort being made by the opposition on Wednesday to invite Jody Wilson-Raybould back to the parliamentary committee. The effort was being made to have Wilson-Raybould talk even more about the Liberal government's alleged pressuring of her to shelve the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Inc. 

Despite the liberal government's vote on the subject matter, it's clear that Jody Wilson-Raybould will not be giving up so easily. In fact, she's expressed a willingness to appear before the justice committee if she's asked to give additional testimony. According to The Globe and Mail, the last time that she apparently appeared was last month in which she claimed to have experienced “consistent and sustained” pressure from Mr.Trudeau as well as other senior officials to put off the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

This doesn't necessarily mean that the Liberals would like to try and silence Wilson-Raybould. You see, one Liberal MP (Member of Parliament) Randy Boissonnault, who's actually on the justice committee mentioned that members need time to reflect on what they've heard so far before they go ahead and meet at a scheduled time on Monday, March 19. 

However, the Conservatives seem to be viewing the move from a different angle. In their eyes, it is important that Raybould have the chance to respond to a testimony given by Gerald Butts, the former principal secretary for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In this case, it is said that the Conservative deputy leader, Lisa Raitt called out the Liberals for stalling an invitation to Ms. Wilson-Raybould. Alongside the Conservatives is another political party, the NDP, who also believe that Ms. Wilson-Raybould should be given another shot at speaking. 

Even if the effort wasn't blocked by the Liberals and the other parties appeared to have gotten what they want, it wouldn't break the fact that Ms. Wilson-Raybould is still limited in what she can reveal. There's even a cabinet order that permits her to talk without falling under violation of solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality, but it doesn't apply to conversations that took place after or in relation to her resignation from her position. On top of that, it also doesn't apply to conversations that took place after she was shuffled out of the justice portfolio.

All in all, it's clear that the SNC-Lavalin case is far from over, especially with both sides debating the issue fiercely. On one side you've got the Liberals which seem to want to evaluate all the info they just received, then there are the Conservatives who want answers and few delays in that process. They might see that every time something like this occurs, it slows down the investigation as a whole.

By Michael Normandin