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Summer reading can boost kids’ well-being: author

Summer is short in Canada, but it’s a particularly good time to encourage children to read, says author and parenting columnist Ann Douglas. Canadians tend to think about reading in terms of academic improvement and expanding vocabulary. But Douglas says» 

Environment, Science and Technology, Society

Team to study, collect Arctic plants

Botanists from the Canadian Museum of Nature are travelling to Hudson Bay, near the community of Arviat, Nunavut on an annual mission to study and collect Arctic plants. They will spend four weeks on flat, coastal tundra peppered with small» 

Health, Science and Technology

Snake venom could help cystic fibrosis patients

New research suggests that a protein in the venom of a South American rattlesnake could help counter a genetic defect which causes cystic fibrosis. CF is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults and there» 

Environment, Lifestyle, Politics, Society

Thumbs up for Ontario law to cut greenhouse gases

A leading environmental group is applauding an Ontario law to cut carbon emissions that cause climate change. Canada’s most populous province has created a legal obligation to reduce emissions by 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050. ‘A very» 

Health, Science and Technology, Society

Concussion can affect child-parent interactions

Pre-school children are prone to concussions and a new study suggests that mild brain injuries can adversely affect their relationships with their parents. Good relationships with parents in the early years translate into better social skills later on, say psychologists.» 

Animals, Economy, International, Society

Scientists question Swedish ban on lobster imports

Sweden is concerned that North American lobsters may be invading European waters and it wants the European Union to stop the import of live lobsters. Canada exported millions of dollars of the live crustaceans to Europe in 2015. The European market» 

Environment, International, Society

Clean energy investment up except in Canada

With the price of oil down it was expected that investment in clean energy projects would decline, but instead it soared around the world except in Canada, according to a new report. The climate and energy think tank called Clean» 

Animals, Environment, Society

Historic sand hills area conserved

A leading conservation organization has acquired a 127-hectare property in the province of Manitoba that includes a habitat for many rare and some at-risk species. The Ethier Sandhills property includes sand dunes left over from Glacial Lake Agassiz. That lake» 

Health, Lifestyle, Society

Attitudes towards dementia need change: group

There are many misconceptions and outdated attitudes towards dementia, says Mary Schulz, education director at the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The society has just kicked off a social-media campaign to reduce the stigma around the disease. Stigma can be worse» 

Health, Society

Some medical wait times ‘egregiously bad’: doctor

Canadians have the benefit of free medical care but sometimes they have to wait a long time to get it. “If you have an emergency problem, there’s probably no better place in the world to be than Canada,” says Dr.»