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Health, International

UN urges countries to eliminate trans fats, reduce cardiac deaths

The United Nations’ health agency plans to help countries remove artificial trans fats from their food supplies over the next five years. It estimates that these hydrogenated vegetable oils increase cholesterol levels leading to a greater risk for heart disease» 

Environment, International, Society

Ban neonic pesticides, protect bees as did EU, urge groups

The European Union has banned all outdoor uses of neonicotinoid pesticides to protect bees, and Canada should do the same, argue several Canadian environmental groups. Scientific studies have long linked the use of these chemicals to the decline of honeybees,» 

Environment, International, Politics

World maritime body moves to ban dirty fuels in the Arctic

Environmental groups and northern Indigenous communities are applauding a move by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to work towards banning the use of the highly polluting heavy fuel oil from Arctic shipping and are calling on member states to adopt» 

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Society

Banning single-use plastic straws, cups, containers

Plastic has been a boon to mankind used in everything from containers, to bags, to car and plane parts, to clothing and so much more. However, it has also become an environmental disaster. While single use plastic shopping bags have» 

Environment

Canada to ban capture of dolphins, whales

The federal government will ban the capture of marine mammals like whales, dolphins and porpoises, according to proposed legislation presented by the governing Liberals in the House of Commons. The prohibition on fishing for cetaceans “with intent to take them» 

Society

Spear hunting banned after bear kill

The western province of Alberta is banning spear hunting after a public outcry when a hunter from the United States killed a bear with a spear in 2016. The government announcement states that its changes to hunting rules “will discourage» 

Economy, Politics

Trade war: provinces battle over licence plates

The war of words between two of Canada’s prairie provinces is heating up. Saskatchewan and Alberta are locked in battle over licence plates. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and his Highways Minister David Marit have said anyone with an Alberta licence» 

International, Internet, Science and Technology

Ban autonomous killer robots, urge AI researchers

Members of Canada’s artificial intelligence (AI) community want Canada to spearhead a movement to ban autonomous killing machines. Government representatives, advocacy groups and academics from around the world are meeting in Geneva this week to discuss so-called killer robots. Machines» 

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Ban of face coverings: Criticism outside Quebec, but wide support inside

(to leave your comment on this, or any RCI story, go to bottom of page for the submission form) The mainly French-speaking province of Quebec recently banned face coverings for anyone receiving public service in the province. It is a» 

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Contentious law on face covering passed in Quebec

A controversial law was passed in the Quebec provincial legislature today. Known as Bill 62, the law will ban face coverings when people receive government services, and prohibit  public workers from covering their faces. A photo posted online in November»