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Less than 250 people carried COVID-19 in Quebec in the spring : Study

As few as 247 people could have carried COVID-19 into Quebec during the spring, according to a genome sequencing study published by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) and the McGill Genome Centre.  The study looked at »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Study hints further that cannabis and pregnancy not good

Science has long shown that drinking alcohol or smoking during pregnancy have negative outcomes on the foetus and the child’s later development. Now, perhaps not surprisingly, a new study shows a possible link between cannabis use while pregnant and a »

Society

Study offers initial look into how widespread COVID-19 antibodies are in Canada

The initial results of a study has given a glimpse into how widespread antibodies to COVID-19 there is in Canada’s adult population. The Canadian Blood Services and Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) revealed on Thursday that less than 1 »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

New study shows worrisome loss in wild bee and plant networks

When people think of pollination, they most often are thinking of commercial honeybees. but they are in fact only a small portion of pollinators, and of bees. Wild bees account for the majority of pollination including valuable crops, or about »

Economy, Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Study finds Hydroxychloroquine not effective fighting COVID-19

A much-anticipated study, co-authored by Dr. Emily McDonald, a physician at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, has found that hydroxychloroquine — a drug much-touted by U.S. President Donald Trump — was not effective in fighting COVID-19. »

Environment & Animal Life

Climate change: Environment Canada confirms rain becomes more extreme

A new study by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) confirms what many have been saying, that climate change has made rainfall events more frequent and more severe and the changes are dominated by human activity. This includes burning of »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Montreal suburb says it has scored a first in the COVID-19 fight

A leafy Montreal suburb has become the first jurisdiction in Canada making it mandatory for anyone entering a business or city-owned building to wear a mask, according to its mayor, who says it’s a policy that works very well in »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Methane emissions in Arctic Ocean have long been overestimated, study claims

A new study from UiT The Arctic University of Norway revealed that estimates of methane emissions released from the Arctic Ocean floor are calculated without taking into account seasonal variability and may therefore be overestimated. “Because we only go [in »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

Global warming and economic effects of dwindling lake freezing

In 2015 a study of over 200 lakes around the world (containing a total of half the world’s freshwater supply) showed a clear warming trend. At the time, it was suggested that this is affecting drinking water quality, fish habitat, »

Economy, Health, International

Majority of Canadians concerned about rising food cost

An end of year survey by Dalhousie University of Halifax shows some 87 per cent of Canadians feel food costs are rising faster than incomes. The Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University together with the polling firm Angus Reid Institute, »