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Prof suggests legal protection for obese people

Canada has human rights laws that protect people from discrimination and they should include direct mention of people who are obese, says Bill Bogart, a law professor at the University of Windsor. Bogart wrote a book called Regulating Obesity? Government,» 

Animals, Environment, Society

Greenpeace questions bird deaths at oilsands

Greenpeace Canada is calling for a full investigation into bird deaths at an oilsands tailings pond in the western province of Alberta. Petroleum companies extract oil from bitumen leaving behind ponds of toxic materials that can be as large as» 

Health, Society

Former Mountie writes about PTSD and first responders

She almost didn’t do it, but Deanna Lennox felt compelled to tell her story to combat the stigma around operational stress injuries in first responders and mental health problems in general.  Her memoir is called Damage Done: A Mountie’s Memoir and» 

Health, Science and Technology

Emergency surgery riskier for the very obese:study

Nearly one in five severely obese Canadians who undergo emergency surgery will die in hospital, according to a new study. An analysis of operations performed at the University of Alberta Hospital in western Canada found that obese patients require more» 

Animals

Environment: an Arctic marine protected area; coming closer

As climate change makes the once remote Arctic more accessible, pressure is mounting to seek the minerals, and oil, and fish reserves thought to be waiting there. One of the world’s most biodiverse areas though is the Lancaster Sound where» 

Health, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

Natural remedies given approval without proof

Popular natural or homeopathic remedies are approved by the government department Health Canada with little or no scientific evidence proving they are safe and effective, reports an investigation by the public broadcaster, CBC. $2.4 billion worth of natural health products» 

Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Scientists urged to stop relying on self-reports

People are notoriously bad at accurately reporting what they eat and how much they exercise, so scientists should stop basing their research on self-reporting, says an article in the International Journal of Obesity. And people should take with a grain» 

Animals, Environment

Ebola killing chimps and gorillas

While human cases of Ebola are decreasing in West Africa, the virus is taking a heavy toll on chimpanzee and gorillas in Central Africa. The World Wildlife Fund estimates the mortality rate for infected gorillas is 95 per cent and» 

Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Salt levels in restaurant food are unchanged

Canadians eat too much salt, and while many chain restaurants have promised to reduce sodium levels in their foods, researchers found little overall change between 2010 and 2013. Canadians eat much more salt than is safe The high consumption of» 

Animals, Environment, Politics, Society

Minister ‘stalls’ on species at risk: scientists

Canada has a law to protect species in difficulty but government delays mean it is not being implemented, say some scientists. The Species at Risk Act was enacted in 2002 and is supposed to be implemented in two stages. First,»