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Governments in Canada act to ban conversion therapy

The Canadian government is urging all governments at different levels to take action against any therapy that seeks to repair or convert a person’s sexual orientation. Several municipal and provincial governments have already acted to end conversion therapy and the» 

Environment, Society

Panel identifies top climate risks, needs for adaptation

A panel of academics and researchers has identified the biggest threats to Canada from climate change to help guide decisions on how to adapt to avoid the worst effects. It created a list of 57 risks, the most serious of» 

Environment

Projects to study sensitive marine habitats get funding

The Canadian government has announced almost $1.6 million dollars to collect scientific data on ecosystems in the St. Lawrence Estuary. The estuary is the area in eastern Canada where the fresh water of the St. Lawrence River meets the salt» 

Environment, International, Society

Booming natural gas projects subvert climate change goals: report

Canada is a major developer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) but an international non-profit says the world boom in this industry is “on a collision course” with the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The report» 

Health

Physical activity can affect children’s future heart health: study

A study of children three to five years old found that those who engaged in almost two hours of energetic play daily had better blood vessel health and cardiovascular fitness that could help prevent later heart disease. “Kids don’t get» 

Health

Vaccines important for pregnant women, say doctors

Diseases that were virtually gone are making a come-back and there are growing gaps between people’s perceptions and the medical reality about the safety of vaccines, says the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC).  The issue can be» 

Health

Concussion safety video to run during basketball finals

The death of a young rugby player has prompted the province of Ontario to run a new ad about concussions during the NBA finals airing tonight. The audience will be huge given that it is the first time a Canadian» 

Health

Cost of abortion pill covered by Saskatchewan government

As of today, the government of the province of Saskatchewan will cover the cost of Mifegymiso, a drug that can terminate a pregnancy of up to nine weeks. This comes one week after the province of Manitoba declared it would» 

Health, Society

New Brunswick moves to make vaccination mandatory

The eastern province of New Brunswick is considering obliging children in school and daycares to be vaccinated unless they get a signed medical exemption from health care professional.  Exemptions are given to children who may be allergic or have other» 

Environment, Society

Almost all Canadians want to reduce plastic food packaging: survey

Over 93 per cent of Canadians are personally motivated to reduce single-use plastic food packaging, according to a survey by Dalhousie University in eastern Canada. Almost 90 per cent think regulations to reduce the use of such packaging should be»