Highlights/Society

Environment, Society

Songbirds in trouble over climate change, habitat loss

A new report suggest North America’s boreal songbirds face a serious threat of decline and even extirpation in some areas. The report says climate change is driving species further and further north,  and “refugia” corridors of natural forest are needed» 

Society

Majority of young Canadian women experience discrimination: survey

A survey of females between the ages of 14 and 24 found that 75 per cent reported having experienced gender-based discrimination.The online survey commissioned by  Plan International Canada also found 66 per cent of respondents had a friend who had» 

Indigenous, Society

Indigenous band sues governments, firm, over oil spill

A west coast First Nation is seeking damages for the ruin of its traditional harvest and associated cultural and commercial losses, as well as for its oil spill response efforts and remediation. Two years ago, a U.S.-owned tug ran aground» 

Health, Society

Doctors suffer burnout, depression, suicidal thoughts: survey

While the majority of Canada’s physicians report having good mental health, a significant number say they have feelings of burnout, depression and thoughts of suicide, according to a survey. Studies suggest poor physician health can have an impact on patient» 

Economy, Environment, International, Society

Inundated by plastic waste: companies named

Plastic garbage is everywhere. You probably heard of the giant “Pacific gyre” a massive accumulation of plastic waste in the ocean. Microplastic waste with its still as yet not fully understood negative implications can be found in every water body» 

Arts and Entertainment, International, Society

Calgary considering a bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

Calgary, Alberta, hosted the winter Olympics back in 1988. Now, the International Olympic Committee has invited Calgary to compete for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, but Calgarians, many of whom remember the first event, are not yet enthusiastic» 

Economy, Society

Walmart Canada exploring possibility of selling cannabis products in stores

As Canada prepares to legalize recreational marijuana on Oct. 17, Walmart Inc’s Canadian unit said on Tuesday it is exploring the possibility of selling cannabis-based products. While the retail giant said it has no immediate plans to get into the business» 

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Politics, Society

Irving Oil explosion the fourth emergency in Saint John

Irving Oil and the Saint John Fire Department emergency crews managed to contain and extinguish the fire yesterday at the refinery, following the explosion that people felt as well as heard, up to 20 kilometres away. On the Thanksgiving holiday» 

Society

Vandals strike war memorial on Thanksgiving weekend

Once again, vandals have defaced a memorial to the thousands of Canadians who made the supreme sacrifice in the World Wars. In addition to substantial enlistment by residents of the city and province, Halifax, Nova Scotia on Canada’s east coast,» 

Economy, Environment, International, Society

Irving Oil refinery explosion now contained

Irving Oil was the scene of a “bed-shaking” explosion this holiday Monday morning, in Saint John, New Brunswick. The largest oil refinery in Canada, was in shutdown mode, but that meant some 2,500 contract employees were on site for major»