National News Canadians are spending more at the pharmacy; Hospital shooting in Chicago leaves four dead SHARE ON: James Bowler, contributor, Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 2018 Brand-name prescriptions driving medication costs in Canada The cost for prescription drugs is getting more expensive in Canada. According to a Canadian Institute for Health report, each Canadian will spend nearly 7-thousand dollars on medication either through coverage or out of pocket this year. Experts say the drive in cost comes from the hefty price tag of name-brand drugs as generic brands aren’t as widely available. Four dead, including suspect, in Chicago hospital shooting Four people, including a suspect, are dead after a Chicago hospital shooting. Police say the shooting started as an argument in the hospital parking lot before the gunman opened fire killing a pharmacist, a doctor and an officer. In Ontario, an inmate opened fire in a hospital in Kingston after grabbing a correctional officer’s gun. One person was injured. Federal Tory Leader says no to handgun ban, focuses on illegal weapons Andrew Scheer says he’s not in support of an outright handgun ban in Canada. The Conservative Leader says he’d rather give police the tools to focus on criminals who use illegal weapons. Scheer says a gun ban penalizes people who are law-abiding citizens. He’ll be laying out more of his federal plans during a meeting in BC today. Health Canada reviewing tobacco control program as smoker rates spike As the number of smokers in Canada increases, Health Canada is trying to find out why. CBC reports the government branch is reviewing its Federal Tobacco Control Strategy, which ran for 16 years and cost millions of dollars. This comes as the number of smokers spiked in the last few years by 13 per cent. Freedom Mobile takes aim at big wireless brands in Canada again After forcing big wireless companies to slash prices last year, Freedom Mobile is at it again. The Shaw Communications branch is offering 100 gigabytes of data for $60 on a two-year plan. Last year around the same time, Freedom Mobile offered a $50 for 10 gig plan, which forced companies like Rogers and Bell to offer similar deals.