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Health

Overdose deaths spike amid coronavirus situation

COVID isolation and restrictions suspected as contributing factors While most attention from politicians and media worldwide has been focussing on the COVID-19 situation, another health and societal crisis has been growing. This involves use and deaths from opioids and fentanyl. »

Health, Society

Canada passes a grim COVID-19 milestone

The figures are harsh and the heartache–both collective and personal–is likely worse than most Canadians ever imagined. The coronavirus is relentless. So are the repercussions and the crises the monster brings, and Canada has now passed a grim milestone. Canada »

International, Politics

Canada History: Apr. 7. 1973 – Death in Vietnam, peace accord farce

It was on this day in 1973 that a Canadian military officer was killed by North Vietnamese forces. The Vietnam war is a well-known, well documented, and well mythologised period in modern history. During the course of the war about »

Environment & Animal Life

Second endangered blue whale found dead in Gulf of St. Lawrence: DFO

A second endangered blue whale was found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence last month, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed Tuesday. A cargo ship initially reported seeing the blue whale carcass on Sept. 7 and the sighting was »

Economy, Health, International

E-cigarettes: JUUL ends advertising in U.S, but not Canada

With seven deaths and hundreds of lung illnesses in the U.S, related to vaping, regulators there are taking actions to halt or severely limit vaping product sales . U.S President Trump this month suggested controls should be enacted around vaping »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Massive loss of N.American birds: study

A new study for the first time has quantified the number of birds that have disappeared from our skies. The  study (and website) note there are now almost 3 billion fewer birds than there were in 1970 Adam Smith (PhD) »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

Canadian author Graeme Gibson dead at 85

Canada’s literary community is mourning the death of author, writers’ rights champion and conservationist Graeme Gibson. Publisher Penguin Random House Canada said Wednesday Gibson has died at the age of 85. “We are devastated by the loss of Graeme, our »

Economy, Health, International, Politics, Society

Deaths, illness raise the issue of youth vaping and marketing to young people

A handful of deaths and hundreds of reports of lung illness in the U.S. has greatly raised concern over the practice of vaping among young people. The recent deaths and illnesses have caused U.S President Trump to weigh in on »

Health, International, Society

Vaping concerns in Canada after U.S. deaths, illness

E-cigarettes and vaping, was supposed to be a safer alternative to tobacco smoking, and even help wean people off tobacco. In fact, cigarette smoking among youth appears to be on the rise, and vaping has increased dramatically according to public »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Digital life and real life, the first lingers long after you’ve gone

Most of us probably have never thought about it. We have perhaps often heard that anything put on the internet is there forever, but that of course means it’s all still there after you are not. A legacy is what »