Highlights/funding

Health, Indigenous, International

Tuberculosis fight to get $13B USD a year

The World Health Organization says TB is the world’s deadliest infectious disease which infected 10 million people in 2017 and killed 1.6 million. The disease is caused by bacteria, is contagious and predominantly affects the lungs. World leaders meeting at» 

Arts and Entertainment, Society

English and French minority schools get funds for cultural activities

The government of Canada has many projects to promote the country’s two official languages, English and French. As part of that it will provide up to $7.5 million starting in 2019-20 for cultural activities in schools where the language is» 

Environment

National park, a world heritage site, gets millions in funding

The Canadian government will provide $27.5 million over the next five years to help Wood Buffalo National Park not be listed as endangered on the UNESCO world heritage list. The United Nations agency investigated Canada’s largest park in 2016 after» 

Society

New rules, funding aim to cut homelessness by half

The Canadian government will provide more money with fewer restrictions with the goal of helping cities reduce homelessness by half over the next decade. A research paper from 2016 found that at least 235,000 people in Canada experience homelessness in» 

Environment, Society

Climate action announced for smallest province

The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island have pledged $47.8 million to tackle climate change and to help Canadians save money and reduce energy waste. Some of the money will go to improving energy efficiency in homes, businesses, industries,» 

Health, Society

Formerly homeless youth guide help for others

A ‘most urgent social issue’ A private foundation is providing $175,000 as part of its efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada. Research suggests that on any given night, more than 6,000 young people are without a place» 

Environment

Ontario colleges funded to cut carbon emissions

Colleges in the province of Ontario are praising the provincial government’s gift of up to $200 million to reduce carbon emissions in the college system and up to $300 in interest-free loans to retrofit college and university facilities. The announcement» 

Internet, Science and Technology

High-speed internet funded for remote eastern towns

“Access to high-speed Internet is not a luxury: it’s essential,” says a news release announcing the Canadian government’s investment of $27 million to bring the service to 70 remote and rural communities in the eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador.» 

Arts and Entertainment, International, Society

Public broadcasting threatened- Switzerland case

skype video interview at bottom of story Swiss referendum may decide to close public broadcasting When radio started in the early part of the last century, most countries established a national public broadcasting system; first radio, then television, and now» 

International

De-mining efforts threatened by lack of funding: advocacy groups

Advocacy groups say “the Ottawa Treaty, which bans all anti-personnel mines, is one of Canada’s great humanitarian contributions to global peace and security” but warns “its vision of a landmine free world is under threat.” The problem is a global»