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Environment & Animal Life

Coast guard takes steps to protect Pacific coast whales

The Canadian Coast Guard is opening the first Marine Mammal Desk to protect orcas and other cetaceans on Canada’s west coast. The threats to orcas, also called Southern Resident killer whales, include noise and disturbance from boats, ship strikes, entanglements »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Saliva tests are as good as nose swabbing for COVID-19: studies

Research indicates that saliva testing for COVID-19 is as good as nasopharyngeal (nasal) swabbing, but it is cheaper and easier to do. Studies from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) yield findings that could influence testing »

Economy, Society

Pandemic drives record home sales

Between November and December 2020, home sales in Canada jumped by 7.2 per cent to set another new record. Sales were particularly high in Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area where the month-over-month increase was more than 20 per »

Health, Society

Women, young adults, minorities report declining mental health

Some Canadians say their mental health has worsened during the course of this pandemic, according to polls. A web panel surveyed from January 2 to 3, 2021 found that 24 per cent of women rated their mental health as bad »

Environment & Animal Life

Government, zoo work to protect endangered butterfly

The half-moon hairstreak butterfly is only found in nine locations in Canada and is listed as endangered under the Species at Risk Act. Now, the government department responsible for national parks and the Calgary Zoo are teaming up to conserve »

Health, Society

ER doctors want vaccines for front-line workers

Emergency doctors in Canada are calling for greater transparency around the prioritization and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) says many of its members along with emergency room nurses and other staff and paramedics have »

Health

Rheumatoid arthritis patients at higher risk of dangerous blood clots: study

People who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and infection. Researchers at Arthritis Research Canada have found that they also have a higher risk of developing life threatening blood clots.   Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) »

International, Politics

Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou wants court-ordered security eased

The ongoing hearings for top Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou heard a new request yesterday during court proceedings in Vancouver. The Chief Financial Officer for China’s Huawei Technologies has been fighting a U.S extradition request for two years on charges of »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Northern lakes risk losing ice cover, affecting drinking water: study

If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, almost 5,700 lakes in the Northern Hemisphere could permanently lose their ice cover this century, according to a study by researchers at York University. In the next decade alone, 179 of those lakes could »

Politics

Experts come to the defence of Canada’s founder

This week (January 11) marked the anniversary of the 1815 birth of Canada’s founder and first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald Long revered in Canadian history there are countless institutions across the country named in his honour, and many »