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COVID-19: End of the beginning? Canada planning gradual return to ‘normal’

Wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said regarding a major victory in 1942, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”. Perhaps that »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Pandemics: a brief history

Most people have heard of the widely known 1918 “Spanish” flu identified as H1N1. Particularly violent, it got its name from the fact that unlike elsewhere where countries had controlled media due to the war and deliberately downplayed coverage, Spain’s »

Economy, Health

COVID-19 job losses: Potentially millions in Canada, millions more worldwide

As businesses are ordered closed, and companies lay off workers, the unemployed rate is soaring. Last week claims for federal “employement insurance” (EI) jumped to 500,000. Employment insurance in Canada provides temporary payments for a specific length of time for »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

A new study shows pressures of recreational ocean fishing

While several studies in recent years have highlighted dangerous levels of fishing on many ocean species, they do not include the effects of recreational fishing. A new study by an international team of scientists estimates some 900,000 tonnes of fish »

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

Poll finds strong worldwide support for bans on fishing endangered species

A recent international survey by Ipsos for the World Economic Forum found strong majority support for bans on catch and sale of endangered marine species.  The survey involved almost 20,000 people in 28 countries between August 23 and September 6, »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Tornado hits national capital region

Residents in eastern Ontario and western Quebec around the national capital Ottawa, were surprised to see funnel clouds racing across the region on Sunday evening. The tornadoes also surprised weather officials who saw no typical warning signs in their radar »

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

Canada: A world hot spot..but that’s not good

A new multi-disciplinary report on climate shows Canada is warming at twice the rate of the global average. Northern regions are warming even more at about three times the global average. The report by Environment and Climate Change Canada also »

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

Global Water Futures conference: Water problems seeking solutions

Its becoming more common to hear of unexpected flood disasters, drought disasters, and lack of safe drinking water, not only in Canada, but around the world. A major initial gathering to discuss issues concerning water is wrapping up a four-day »

International

Canada doubles funding to educate world’s children

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced Canada will double its annual contribution to provide education for children, and especially girls, in developing countries. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he said Canada will contribute $180 million to »