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‘Several extreme weather events’ predicted for Canadian winter 2020-21

Winter is starting to set in in Canada and the news about what’s to come is somewhat unsettling. The specialty tv channel, The Weather Network has some predictions for December, January and February saying the 2020-21 winter will be “hyperactive »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Complaints against telecoms have decreased

Between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020 there were 19 per cent fewer consumer complaints against telecoms in Canada, according to the Independent Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS). Consumers filed 15,868 complaints, down 19 per cent from »

Society

Pandemic, demographics drive up demand, prices for country homes

The prices of homes in Canada’s recreational regions have soared by 11.5 per cent in the first nine months of 2020, reports major real estate company, Royal Lepage. It explains the increase by saying that because of the pandemic, more »

Health, Politics, Society

Vancouver votes to decriminalize all drugs, a first for Canada

On Wednesday Vancouver city council voted unanimously to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of drugs within city limits.  The move comes as a result of years of suggesting that criminal charges only keep the problem, and addictions in the »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Snapchat launches Spotlight, a TikTok-like short video function

Snapchat used to be the favorite of young social media users, but under the dual competitive pressure of Instagram and TikTok, it has lost its momentum. After a quiet year of lacking innovation, Snapchat finally began to fight back. On »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Environmental effects of online shopping can be reduced: analyst

Two-thirds of Canadians have increased their online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by KPMG. Canada’s postal service reports that parcel deliveries increased by more than 24 per cent in the first eight months of 2020. »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Tension could rise again on Monday in lobster dispute on east coast

The ongoing dispute between Indigenous and non-native lobster fishers could get tense once again. Last weekend, and on Wednesday, agents from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) seized hundreds of Indigenous lobster traps, ostensibly because the traps were set before the »

Immigration & Refugees, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Concordia University adds options to learn French

Concordia University is situated in Montreal but it is working to make resources for learning French accessible “anytime, anywhere.” Among its initiatives, it has launched an Instagram account that offers short lessons on grammar, vocabulary and more. This is one »

Health, Politics, Society

Doctors say Canada not doing enough on pandemic

‘What’s happening is not working,’ says doctors’ representative Canada’s doctors are tired and exhausted, and urgently worried about the health care system, said Dr. Ann Collins, president of the Canadian Medical Association. “Clearly, what’s happening is not working,” she said »

Health, International, Society

Pandemic makes physical activity especially important: WHO

Up to five million deaths per year could be averted if people around the world were more active, says the World Health Organization (WHO). Regular physical activity is said to be key to preventing and helping manage heart disease, diabetes »