Highlights / summer

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Some waterways in Canada’s Great Lakes region now as salty as ocean: study

Road salt levels have hit new record levels in Canada’s Great Lakes region, making some waterways as salty as the ocean according to new chloride maps revealed by environmental advocates. WWF-Canada’s Great Lakes Chloride Summer Hot Spot Map reveals that »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

Winter 2018-19: Worldwide – colder and hotter than “normal”

Several long-term forecasts have been released for the coming season and what has been the “norm” of late seems to be more abnormal conditions. Across Canada and much of the U.S.  the west will be generally warmer than than normal, »

Arts & Entertainment, International

The CNE and PNE: Ending summer on a big note of fun

It’s been an annual tradition since at least 1879. The Canadian National Exhibition opens today at the large 78 hectare CNE grounds in Toronto. Often called simply the “Ex” it was originally staged as a showcase of agricultural and technological »

Environment & Animal Life

Southern Ontario hit by summer’s first ‘heat event’

Environment Canada issued weather statements for parts of southernwestern Ontario on Monday, warning residents to brace for the “first heat event of the season”. “A warm and humid air mass has moved over Southern Ontario today,” the agency said. “The daytime »

Arts & Entertainment, Health, Society

Summer reading can boost kids’ well-being: author

Summer is short in Canada, but it’s a particularly good time to encourage children to read, says author and parenting columnist Ann Douglas. Canadians tend to think about reading in terms of academic improvement and expanding vocabulary. But Douglas says »


Consumers plan to spend less this summer

Most Canadians take holidays in the summer months of July and August and many say that is when they are more likely to make unplanned and impulsive spending decisions on entertainment and fun. Summer vacation is a time when Canadians »

Health, Society

Some Canadian children go hungry in summer

During the academic year many Canadian schools offer free or reduced-price breakfasts and sometimes lunches, but those cease in the summer leaving some children hungry. Food Banks Canada estimates some 900,000 Canadians go to food banks to get free supplies »


Settling more frequent noise disputes in summer

When winter is finally over in Canada, people throw open the windows and spend much more time outdoors, but that can cause more complaints about noise. Most Canadian towns and cities have bylaws limiting noise, typically between the hours of »


Politicians vaunt achievements as Canada’s House of Commons adjourns early

Friday was supposed to be the last day for MPs in Canada’s House of Commons before the summer break, but Tuesday night (June 18) an all-party deal adjourned the House until the autumn. The last few weeks have seen raucous »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

Festival season in Pacific coast city of Vancouver

Canada’s Pacific coast city of Vancouver is in the midst of a whole string of festivals from now until later this summer. Here are just three of them: From Monday (June 17) until Wednesday, the Spur Festival mixes politics, arts »