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Animals, Environment, Politics

Stop expanding oilsand tailings ponds, urge environmental groups

The extraction of oil from sand in western Canada has left over a trillion litres of waste stored in tailings ponds and they are getting bigger. Two environmental groups issued a report showing the cost of cleaning them up would exceed» 

Health

Sleep apnea likely more common than we know

Some people stop breathing for several seconds when they sleep and may do so hundreds of times during the course of a night. This may occur in people who have small airways or in people carrying extra weight where tissues» 

Animals, Environment, History

Historic land, home to 170 species protected

A corridor of “exceptional’ lands” between the Canadian cities of Montreal and Ottawa has been acquired and will be protected by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). The area is 3 km wide and 20 km long and is home» 

Health, Society

Investigation finds a big hike in youth demand for mental health care

A joint investigation by the Toronto Star newspaper and the Ryerson School of journalism has found “an unprecedented demand for mental health services among young people.” “In the last three years we’ve seen a jump of 50 per cent in» 

Animals, Arts and Entertainment, International

Red foxes spread to cities, make good neighbours: documentary

A new documentary features beautiful shots of red foxes and rare footage of newborn pups in their dens. The film called Fox Tales aired on the public broadcaster, CBC, last week and it shows red foxes spreading around the globe.» 

Animals, Environment, Society

Unique ecosystems protected in St. Lawrence River

A non-profit conservation group has acquired three new pieces of land in the St. Lawrence River enabling it to protect some unique ecosystems that are home to vulnerable species of plants and animals. They add to areas already protected by» 

Animals, International, Society

Canada should adopt seafood traceability rules, says group

The European Union and other jurisdictions have rules to ensure that seafood comes from sustainable sources and is caught through fair practices. But there has been fraud. In response, the United States has issued new traceability rules. Consumers should know» 

Education, Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Teens at schools that start later get more sleep: study

There has been much debate in Canada about whether high schools should start later so adolescents can get more sleep. Some people argue that if school started later, teens would just go to bed later. But a new analysis of» 

Environment, Politics, Society

Canada not doing enough to foster electric cars: report

University researchers have given Canada a C- in their report card on efforts to promote the use of electric vehicles (EV) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This they translate as the country having policies that have a “marginal” impact on» 

Health, Science and Technology

Tactic helps see the fine print without glasses, say researchers

An international team of neuroscientists has found that people can improve their ability to see fine visual detail by looking at a rapidly flickering display for about 10 seconds. There are two major pathways that carry information from the eyes»