Here’s what’s happening today:
1. Ontario is going to stop paying for addictive opioids
“Ontario will become the first province to stop paying for high-dose opioid medications under its public drug plans, as part of a measure aimed at combatting the widespread abuse of prescription painkillers.
“The Ministry of Health has posted a notice on its website saying all opioids that exceed the equivalent of 200 milligrams of morphine a day will be delisted from the province’s drug formulary as of January. The ministry is overhauling its drug plans against a backdrop of rising addiction rates and overdose deaths across Canada.”
+1: From our April issue: How Fentanyl nearly killed my best friend.
2. Rio’s Olympic village declared ‘uninhabitable’
“The troubled Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games have arrived at their first major crisis, less than two weeks before the opening ceremony.
“The Australian Olympic Committee confirmed on Sunday evening that the athletes’ village has been deemed uninhabitable in the short term due to significant plumbing and electrical concerns.”
3. Attacks on immigrants surge in UK after Brexit vote
“In the aftermath of the vote, xenophobic and racist hate crimes surged by 57 percent, with the National Police Chief’s Council saying it was the worst spike in British history. Eastern European migrants have been a particular target of such xenophobia. Polish community centres and shops have been vandalised, while stories of verbal abuse proliferate.”
4. Russia almost certainly hacked the Democrats’ emails
“Exfiltrating documents from political organizations is a legitimate form of intelligence work. The US and European countries do it as well. But digitally exfiltrating and then publishing possibly manipulated documents disguised as freewheeling hacktivism — if that’s what’s going on here — is crossing a big red line.”
+1: All the reasons people hate Hillary Clinton.
5. Is the universe really just a bunch of black holes?
“Black holes of the size that collided to create the gravitational waves may be far more common than anyone suspects and might have formed in the first fraction of a second of the Big Bang. This could mean the dark matter that makes up most of the universe’s bulk is not exotic particles at all. It might simply be a whole hell of a lot of black holes.”