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Economy, Environment

Environmental group welcomes Baffinland’s decision to abandon icebreaking plans

A giant iron mining operation in the Canadian Arctic is getting rare praise from environmental groups and local communities after it decided to abandon its plans to ship the ore all year around using icebreakers. Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. says» 

History, International, Military, Science and Technology

The doomed Franklin Arctic expedition: new discovery in a 170 year old mystery

Since the mid 1800’s, enduring mystery has surrounded the fate of the Franklin expedition, its two ship and 129 man crew, lost without trace in the Arctic. Since the 1980’s it was thought lead poisoning from the lead-soldered tinned food» 

International, Society

UNICEF asks Canadians to give Survival Gifts

Three in four Canadians say that many of the people that they buy gifts for at this time of year don’t actually need anything, as reported in a recent public opinion survey. Moreover, 23 per cent say they usually throw out» 


Business calls for faster airport screening

A coalition of business groups wants the Canadian government to make airports more competitive to enhance tourism and economic activity, reports Canadian Press (CP). London’s Heathrow and Hong Kong International airports require 95 per cent of passengers to be screened» 


Toronto teen accused of plotting school attack

A 17-year-old boy is facing charges of uttering death threats after Toronto police arrested him for allegedly plotting an attack on a Toronto high school on the 27th anniversary of the massacre at Ecole Polytechnique engineering school in Montreal, one» 

Arts and Entertainment

Novel predicts sex with robots, insects as food, and chaos

John Redstone did not intend to predict the future in his novel “Christ came from Croydon” but, as in the book, the gap between rich and poor has grown, and the anger and resentment towards the rich has had shocking» 

Animals, Environment, International, Politics, Science and Technology

Iconic Canadian symbol-Caribou, and lovely Monarch butterfly, in danger

A science committee has raised the alarm over the future of the populations of two migratory species which are in steep decline. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) held its semi-annual meetings on species at» 

Economy, History, Lifestyle, Society

Update: Woman chosen to grace new series of Canadian banknote

It’s been a long time coming, but the official notice was given in a press conference today on which remarkable Canadian woman we be the first to have a prominent place on a Canadian banknote. The final choice, Viola Desmond,» 

International, Military, Politics

Canada selects Airbus C-295W for its search and rescue planes

The federal government has chosen the Airbus C-295W to replace the Canadian military’s aging search-and-rescue aircraft. The announcement was made today by Public Procurement Minister Judy Foote and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in Trenton. Ottawa’s decision to award the $2.4» 

International, Society

Indonesia earthquake leaves at least 97 dead

An earthquake off Indonesia’s northern Aceh province has killed at least 97 people with many more feared trapped beneath the rubble, say local officials. The magnitude 6.5 quake struck just off the north-east coast of Sumatra Island. “It was very,»