Highlights/Environment and Health


Island amid world’s highest tides to become wildlife reserve

The Canadian government has announced that a three-kilometre-long island in the Bay of Fundy will be protected as a National Wildlife Area. Isle Haute got the name, which is French for high island, because of its steep cliffs. It is» 


Beehives to be installed on train station roofs

Today is Earth Day and Canada’s national passenger rail service has announced it will install beehives on the roofs of train stations in four cities. Via Rail is partnering with Alvéole, an urban beekeeping company to put two hives each» 


Study renews warnings about infant suffocation

A new study has found that accidental suffocation is a leading cause of injury deaths among children under one year of age in the United States, and 82 per cent of cases were attributed to accidental suffocation and strangulation in» 


Intensive care patients had cognitive decline after release: study

Researchers in Ontario have found that 20 patients who went into hospital intensive care units (ICU) with no brain-related conditions all came out with cognitive deficits. “After they’d recovered from their acute illness, we found that they were all impaired» 


Canada’s failure to ban pesticide called incomprehensible

The Canadian government issued restrictions on the use of nicotine-based pesticides called neonics on April 11, 2019, but environmental groups say they should instead be banned outright. These pesticides were banned for outdoor use by the European Union last year» 


Some neonic pesticides banned, others restricted to protect bees

Canada’s health department has decided to cancel the use of some neonicotinoid pesticides and to change the conditions of use for others in order to protect bees and other pollinators. It says remaining uses such as treatment on canola seeds» 


Too much vitamin D caused kidney damage

Canadians worried about not getting enough exposure to the sun sometimes choose to take vitamin D supplements but doctors warn that too much can cause serious kidney problems. The issue was highlighted in the case of a 54-year-old man published» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology

Science lacks evidence on depression in women, find researchers

Depression affects twice as many women as men and there needs to be more research on what makes men’s and women’s brains so different, say researchers at the University of Guelph. The researchers looked at studies on sex differences in» 

Health, Society

Health, not size should inform treatment for obese children: study

Doctors usually determine the severity of a child’s problem with obesity using the body mass index (BMI), which measures weight compared to height. But a new study suggests it is more important to look at their overall health rather than» 


Cities consider suing oil companies over climate change

The city of Toronto is considering taking oil companies to court over the costs of climate change. Several U.S. cities have launched similar lawsuits against producers of fossil fuels. And the western city of Victoria is going to ask a»