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Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Society

Bird flu outbreak prompts warning about future pandemics

There have been outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of avian flu in Russia and India recently and a Canadian scientist says that highlights the urgent need to develop a universal influenza vaccine. Bird flu is prevalent among fowl and may »

Health, International, Society

Justin Clark, a man of extraordinary perseverance and courage, dies at 58

Justin Clark, a man who never learned to take no for an answer, died Thursday at the age of 58. Born in 1962 with cerebral palsy,  unable to walk or talk, he leaves a legacy few Canadians will ever match. »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Canada approves AstraZeneca vaccine 

Canada’s health department has approved the AstraZeneca vaccine enabling health authorities to receive shipments within days and add it to vaccines already being administered from Pfizer and Moderna. Canada has pre-ordered 20 million doses and will get up to 1.9 »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

RCMP chief says there’s more to be done for people facing threats from abroad

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki says the federal police force should–and will–do more to help people in Canada who face threats, intimidation and coercion by foreign governments, including China’s. “If people are getting intimidated, as soon as they’re brought to our »

Society

Couriers organizing for fair working conditions

Delivery workers whose jobs are controlled by apps are working with a major Canadian union to try to press for better working conditions. The couriers organizing the Gig Workers United campaign say the status quo is “simply unsafe and unliveable” »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Many Canadians plan to buy electric vehicles: survey

Of those Canadians who plan to buy a new car within the next five years, 68 per cent say they are likely to buy an electric vehicle, either pure or hybrid, according to a recent survey. As many as 70 »

Society

Liberals seeking extension of assisted dying bill deadline

The federal government was due back in court today to seek a fourth extension of its bill that would expand access to medical assistance in dying. The Bill, C-7, is currently stalled in the House of Commons and a court-imposed »

International, Society

Canada’s chief of defence staff steps down in face of misconduct allegations

The new chief of Canada’s defence staff, Admiral Art McDonald, has stepped down voluntarily as he faces an investigation into unspecified misconduct allegations. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan made the announcement in a statement released late Wednesday night. “As I have »

Society

Pandemic influences young Canadians’ home buying

Almost half of Canadians between the ages of 25 and 35 own homes, and 68 per cent of those who don’t, plan to buy within five years, according to a recent survey. The polling done for the Royal LePage real »

International, Society

Harry Jerome will be honoured–again–in Vancouver

Once upon a time–back in the early years of the turbulent 1960s–Harry Jerome was one of the most famous Canadians on the planet. Jerome was “The World’s Fastest Human,” an unofficial title bestowed by pundits and sportswriters that went to »