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5 Halifax stories you must read this week: March 11

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposes a toast to US President Barack Obama during a state dinner Thursday, March 10, 2016 in Washington.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposes a toast to US President Barack Obama during a state dinner Thursday, March 10, 2016 in Washington. The Canadian Press

From taking a look inside the Canadian Border Services Agency to getting a nod from the president of the United States, here are the top five stories Global Halifax brought you this week:

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Halifax Evening News: Mar 11 – Mar 11, 2016

Barack Obama toasts Cape Breton

Remember when a man from Cape Breton offered Americans a safe refuge in Nova Scotia from a potential Trump presidency?

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President Barack Obama toasted Cape Breton at his State Dinner address Thursday during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Washington.

READ THE STORY: Barack Obama toasts Cape Breton for welcoming Americans wishing to flee Donald Trump

Click to play video: 'Pharmacist fearful that knife-point robbery won’t be the last' Pharmacist fearful that knife-point robbery won’t be the last
Pharmacist fearful that knife-point robbery won’t be the last – Mar 9, 2016

Curbing prescription drug abuse

“An individual forced his way into the pharmacy, held a student who was working for me at knifepoint and demanded us to open up our narcotic safe,” said pharmacist Peter Jorna.

He said shaking the effects of opioid addiction is easier said than done, and he knows how desperate some people can become to avoid getting “dope sick.”

READ THE STORY: Experts say battling prescription drug abuse in Nova Scotia is difficult

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Dartmouth company’s new technology aims to prevent injuries in soldiers – Mar 8, 2016

Dartmouth company strikes big military deal

Could the future of injury prevention in the military lie in the hands of a small company in Dartmouth?

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That’s what Spring Loaded Technology is hoping for with an impressive knee brace technology that caught the eye of the Canadian military. The company is hoping the brace will give soldiers a greater advantage in the field.

READ THE STORY: Dartmouth company’s new technology aims to prevent injuries in soldiers

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Behind the scenes with CBSA – Mar 9, 2016

An inside look at international airport customs

“The officers are trained to detect any sort of off behaviors that don’t match with the travelers answers. There’s also many types of products that require us to do a verification – such as many food, plant and animal products.”

With the help of a dog’s nose and some new technology, Canadian Border Service agents keep dozens of illegal items from being brought into the country.

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READ THE STORY: Inside CBSA: Technology, dog’s nose keeping illegal items out of country

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Study hopes to better protect newborns – Mar 10, 2016

Vaccinations for babies before they’re born

“If somebody’s sick, we rush to give them medicine, but vaccines are given to people who are well in order to prevent them from getting sick.”

A new, wide-ranging medical study is hoping to protect children from health issues while they’re still in the womb.

READ THE STORY: IWK researchers want to protect kids from certain infections before they’re born

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