Highlights / fires

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

It’s Friday. Let’s do something really really stupid.

Remember when did something dumb your friend told you to do and your mom would say, “and if your friend said jump off a bridge would you do that? It seems for a surprisingly large number of people, social media »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

Amazon rainforest fires: world concern

Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are up over 145 per cent from last year according to Greenpeace, and many are blaming it directly on human causes.  In fact many, including French President Emmanuel Macron, lay the blame at the foot »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Lithium Ion batteries: safety issues

This relatively new generation of batteries are used in so many devices today that it is hard to imagine not having their convenience. From portable power tools, to flashlights, mobile phones, computers, toys, and so much more. In December last »

Society

Fires get cabinet attention

Wildfires are so bad in the western province of British Columbia that the Canadian government has sent in the army and has formed an ad hoc committee of top cabinet ministers to consider what help is needed.  The province has »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

 Could your cheap USB charger harm you?

Health Canada has ordered a huge recall of some 1.5 million uncertified USB chargers. The massive recall of at least 27 brands comes on the heels of a large sampling and testing programme following a number of reports of fires »

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

Global warming, drier world

More drought, more wildfires coming with global warming The news stories of severe and unusual drought and of massive wildfires around the world have been increasing in recent years. Canada, Australia, Greece, South Africa, the U.S southwest and California, and »

Environment & Animal Life

Fires tearing through parts of British Columbia

Hot, dry and windy weather is fanning more than 200 fires in the western province of British Columbia (B.C.).  It’s estimated 7,000 people have been forced from their homes and that number is expected to climb. Hot, dry, windy weather »

Health, Politics, Society

Coroner investigating 32 deaths, rules all nursing homes should have sprinklers

The coroner investigating the deaths of 32 seniors in a nursing home fire last year has released his report, with a list of recommendations including the mandatory retrofitting of sprinklers in all nursing homes. In the conclusion of his report »