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Changes to Saskatchewan’s provincial sales tax took effect over the weekend, meaning prices have increased on liquor, tobacco, restaurant meals and children’s clothing.

It appears the tax increase is hurting Premier Brad Wall’s approval rating in the province.

A new poll out on Monday morning conducted by Mainstreet-Postmedia claims Wall’s rating has dropped, following the release of the provincial budget in March.

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    According to the poll, Wall’s overall approval rating fell 6 points, from 52 to 46 per cent since last October.

    “We‘re seeing very different results for the Saskatchewan NDP than we saw in the last election. The NDP now leads in both Regina and Saskatoon where the Saskatchewan Party is running second. But outside those two urban centres the Saskatchewan Party holds a dominant lead. Of course, an election isn’t being held anytime soon and we still don‘t know who will be leading the NDP into the next campaign – the numbers could increase, or decrease, once there is a new leader at the helm,” said David Valentin, Executive Vice-President of Mainstreet Research.

    “Driving these numbers are the impact of the budget which has a net disapproval rating of -19 (approval-disapproval). Regina residents are the most likely to disapprove (57%) while Saskatoon residents are the most likely to approve (26%).”

    The poll also shows that 66 per cent of Saskatchewan residents oppose the PST increase and 51 per cent disapprove the closure of the STC.

The Tragically Hip received the high honour of Group of the Year at the Juno Awards on Sunday night, but the band’s acceptance speech was cut short.

Frontman Gord Downie didn’t attend the ceremony, but other band members Rob Baker and Paul Langlois were there to accept on the group’s behalf.

As Langlois’ speech ran past the allotted time, the show’s producers tried to play him off stage with music.

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He asked, “Oh, you’re actually going to play me out?” and continued to deliver his speech, while the producers changed the music to the Hip song Ahead by a Century. Langlois continued talking, saying, “Go to commercial, go ahead. This is my arena, not yours.”

He proceeded to thank Downie, which was met with thunderous applause and cheers from the audience. Many people took to 杭州桑拿会所 to share their disapproval about the beloved Canadian band’s cut-off.

Late Monday morning, the band’s official 杭州桑拿会所 account sent one last jab in the Junos’ direction.

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For his part, Downie took home Songwriter of the Year for his solo project, Secret Path.

He appeared in a video message, thanking the crowd for the support Secret Path received and “recognizing our friends who were here before us.”

“Thank you for following the sound you’ve sort of been hearing your entire life, for recognizing that we aren’t completely Canada yet,” Downie said. “My dream would be that this record might help people.”

WATCH BELOW: The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie among the winners at the 2017 Juno Awards

The solo multimedia project recounts the life of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school. Downie revealed in May 2016 that he has glioblastoma, an incurable and rare form of brain cancer.

The band went on a final tour for their latest album Man Machine Poem this summer, selling out every show. Man Machine Poem won the Juno for Best Rock Album of the Year.

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After a delayed start to game six of the first round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs the Kelowna Rockets defeated the Kamloops Blazers 4-2 on Sunday night in Kamloops to advance to the second round. 

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The start of the game was delayed an hour as the referee’s were stuck in a road delay on the Coquihalla during their commute to the game, so an outside ref squad was called in. 

At 11:57 of the opening frame Dillon Dube ripped home his fourth of the post season to give the Rockets a 1-0 lead that they held into the second period. 

Reid Gardiner notched his third of the playoffs at 5:36 of the second period and the Rockets took a 2-0 lead into the final frame. 

After the Blazers had a goal disallowed due to a high stick, Collin Shirley got Kamloops on the board at 16:49. Then at 17:46 Brodi Stuart scored to knot the game at 2-2. That momentum was quickly dashed as Gardiner potted his second of the night at 18:03 to regain the Rockets lead. Gardiner then completed his hat trick with 23 seconds remaining to secure a 4-2 Rockets victory. 

Michael Herringer made 21 saves in a winning effort as the Rockets ousthot the Blazers 35-23. 

Reid Gardiner led the Rockets with three goals. Dillon Dube (1G, 1A), Cal Foote (2A), and Nick Merkley (2A) also enjoyed multi-point nights. 

Reid Gardiner says he couldn’t have enjoyed tonight’s success without his linemates. 

“I have to give credit to my linemates. On my second goal Devo (Devante Stephens) had a great push and opened up a little seam and Merks (Nick Merkley) found me there,” said Gardiner. “And then on the empty netter we buckled down and got the job done so all the credit to those guys. Thurks (Calvin Thurkauf) had a good game again too.” 

Kelowna wins the series 4-2 to advance to the second round. They await the winner of the Prince George Cougars versus the Portland Winterhawks series to determine their next opponent. Portland currently leads that series 3-2. 

Scheduling for the second round has yet to be determined. Stay tuned for updates on ticket information.

Sex has numerous physiological and psychological effects, including supporting immune function, lowering blood pressure and easing stress. It also tends to inspire pillow talk, the exchange of deeply personal information with the person we’ve just been physically intimate with.

But if you’ve ever kicked yourself for opening up too much with your new squeeze post-sex, don’t be so hard on yourself: science has found there’s a reason we do this.

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In a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, researchers from the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya in Israel found that people were more apt to self-disclosure with a prospective romantic partner after being exposed to sexual stimuli.

Through a series of studies that placed heterosexual people in situations where they were subliminally or explicitly exposed to stimuli like erotic pictures and movie scenes, or non-sexual material, and then asked to divulge a personal event to an opposite-sex stranger via Instant Messenger or face-to-face, those exposed to sexual stimuli were more prone to sharing.

“These findings suggest that activation of the sexual system encourages the use of strategies that allow people to become closer to potential partners,” researchers concluded.

This supports what we already know about human sexual proclivities and how they affect intimacy. For example, as opposed to animals, humans typically have sex in private and tend to favour sexual positions that involve face-to-face contact. All this points to a desire to establish a connection with the person we’re having sex with. And what better way to connect than by disclosing intimate information about ourselves?

“After humans orgasm, we release a hormone called oxytocin, which is also known as the ‘attachment hormone,’” says Nicole McCance, a psychologist and relationship expert. “We feel more attached and more likely to trust the person we’ve just been intimate with.”

We’re also inherently more relaxed and less inhibited after sex, so we’re more likely to flap our gums. Plus, we’re vulnerable, both literally and figuratively.

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“Our brain likes to match the circumstance — we are literally naked after sex and our brain equates that with emotional nakedness, which could lead you to unleash private details about yourself,” McCance says.

Interestingly, she’s come across more men in her practice who are prone to saying “I love you” immediately after sex than women.

“I think that’s honestly how they feel in the moment,” she says. “They feel bonded to the person they’ve been with and laying in bed naked gives them permission to be vulnerable in ways that the real world doesn’t give them.”

To those who tend to fall into the overshare trap after sex and regret it afterwards, McCance offers this piece of advice: “Ask yourself how you feel in this person’s presence on a regular basis. Is this sense of wanting to share your heart and your feelings consistent, or does it only come up when you’re in bed?”

When American scientists announced they’d conceived the world’s first “three-parent baby,” the world waited with bated breath for more details.

Now, for the first time, the doctors behind the controversial technique that combines DNA from three people are shedding light on their decision-making.

While global health officials are approaching the scientific milestone with skepticism, the scientists say they’re optimistic about the technique they’ve pioneered and ushered into the world.

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    “This is it. We did it, finally. This brilliant technology is exciting for mankind,” Dr. John Zhang, the lead author of the paper said in a press release.

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    His research was published Monday in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine. In the paper, Zhang and his team explain that they helped Jordanian parents conceive a healthy baby boy last April even though he was at risk of inheriting DNA for Leigh syndrome, a severe neurological disorder that usually kills within a few hours of birth.

    They’ll have burning questions moving forward, though. Zhang’s paper concedes that the baby boy’s parents refused any further DNA testing on him unless it’s medically necessary.

    Zhang’s team won’t know how the baby will fare moving forward and what the long-term implications may be from his novel conception.

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    But they explain how and why they tested out the experimental procedure. For starters, the baby boy’s mom lost two children to Leigh syndrome. His mother is a carrier of the genetic disorder but she’s asymptomatic. About one-quarter of her mitochondria passes on the genes for Leigh syndrome, the study revealed.

    Zhang’s team implemented a new IVF technique using mitochondrial replacement therapy – or MRT. The technique involved removing the nucleus from a healthy donor egg and placing it into the egg cell of the mother in an attempt to weave out any risk of genetic issues.

    The egg was then fertilized by the father’s sperm and transferred to his mother’s womb – the baby was born at 37 weeks after an “uneventful” pregnancy.

    Tweaking the egg and fertilizing it were done in a private clinic in New York. The embryo was then frozen and taken to a clinic in Mexico where doctors met with the parents for implantation.

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    “Now, for the first time, an egg with abnormal mitochondria can be changed to contain mostly normal mitochondria from a healthy egg donor. This is a major change of technology and an obvious advantage for women who are at risk of passing such diseases on to the next generation,” Bart Fauser, editor in chief of the journal, said in a statement.

    For years, British and American health officials have been debating “three-parent babies” made from the DNA of a man and two women. It was dubbed as a medical breakthrough, a promising way to create babies free from certain diseases, but critics said this technology is playing God in making designer children.

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    Scientists believed that three-person IVF could help women who carry DNA mutations have healthy babies. With a third person’s DNA worked into the baby’s genes, defects like blindness or epilepsy won’t be passed on.

    In initial reports, DNA from a donor egg amounts to less than one per cent of the resulting embryo’s genes. Essentially, the baby is made with the genes of the intended mother and father, with the help of the healthy mitochondrial DNA from the donor embryo.

    By February 2015, the United Kingdom became the first country that allowed three-parent babies. So far, no other country has introduced laws to permit the technique.

    The U.K.’s health minister at the time, Earl Howe, said the move offered “real hope” to families.

    “Families can see that the technology is there to help them and are keen to take it up, they have noted the conclusions of the expert panel … it would be cruel and perverse in my opinion, to deny [families] that opportunity for any longer than absolutely necessary.”

    Because it’s “treating a disease,” medical ethicist Art Caplan says it’s fair game.

    “These little embryos, these are people born with a disease, they can’t make power. You’re giving them a new battery. That’s a therapy. I think that’s a humane ethical thing to do,” Caplan, the director of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, told CNN.

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    What Caplan’s more concerned with is the “slippery slope” that might follow once health officials open the door to manipulating genetics to make a healthy baby.

    “The big issue over the next five to 10 years is going to become how far do we go in pursuit of the perfect baby,” said Caplan.

    Read Zhang’s full paper.

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