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Education, Immigration & Refuge, International, Lifestyle, Politics, Society, Sports

Homa Hoodfar launches latest book on Muslim women and sports

Homa Hoodfar, Professor Emerita at Montreal’s Concordia University, has followed through with the book launch she was working on when she was arrested and later jailed in her native Iran last spring. “It was not an easy time, but I tried» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Supreme Court to decide on huge Peel wilderness watershed

It’s an area in Canada’s Yukon territory that is twice the size of Belgium, or one and a half times the size of Switzerland. The Peel watershed is about 68,000 square kilometres of wilderness, largely untouched with no permanent settlements» 

Health, Lifestyle, Society

The rate is falling but 5.3 million Canadians still smoke

Government statistics suggest 17.7 per cent of Canadians over the age of 12 smoked in 2015. That was down from 18.1 per cent the year before. There are campaigns throughout the country to encourage people to quit or never start» 

International, Society

Red Cross needs $400 million for Africans facing famine

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is appealing for funding so it can help five million out of the 20 million people facing famine or the risk of it in Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria. ICRC is» 

History, International, Military, Politics, Society

100th Anniversary of the pivotal battle of WWI

By spring 1917 the First World War had stagnated into a war of attrition. Other than an initial victory by the Serbs at Mt Cer in 1914, the Allied forces had suffered many defeats and no real progress since the» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, International, Science and Technology, Society

First bee listed as “endangered” across North America

The rusty-patched bumble bee was once a common summer sight throughout the mid and eastern US states and well into southern Ontario and Quebec. It was a very important wild pollinator of crops, flowers, and fruit trees. By the start» 

Arts and Entertainment, History, Society

Betty Kennedy, pioneering journalist, dead

Betty Kennedy was the presence many Canadians grew up with on Canadian radio and television. Her family announced her death today, at the age of 91. “She brought dignity, a femininity, a cool, controlled intelligence.” Kennedy began her career where» 

Environment, International, Society

Climate change to make water scarcity for millions worse, says WaterAid

On the eve of the UN’s World Water Day comes news that extreme weather will make things more difficult for the 663 million people who already have don’t have access to clean water. “Climate change and extreme weather have a» 

Economy, History, Lifestyle, Politics, Society

Church preservation threatened by provincial bill

Church buildings, mostly Christian churches, are no longer attracting the congregations that may have built them in years gone by. This is particularly true in the central areas of cities in Canada, and in many of the small towns in» 

Health, History, International, Military, Politics, Society

Japan’s sex slaves in WWII. “The Apology”

It is another tragic chapter of WWII.  The Japanese Imperial Army forced tens of thousands of girls and young women from occupied lands to become sex slaves for their soldiers. Strange as it may seem, this horrible tale is not»