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Toxic flame retardants replacing toxic flame retardants

For years medical scientists have been concerned about the addition of flame retardant chemicals into almost all consumer items, from fabrics in curtains, pyjamas, carpets, car seats and furniture, foam cushioning to televisions and other electronic devices. The chemical called »

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

Call to phase out toxic cash register reciepts

Millions of people every day handle a known toxic chemical and most don’t realize it. The majority of today’s cash registers in stores use thermal paper for its cash register receipts. This type of receipt paper has usually been coated »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, International

Toxic Chinese toys recalled

For the second time a major retail chain has removed toys from its shelves over health concerns and issued a recall The discount chain Dollarama was advised by Health Canada that the plastic toy, a small doll and accessories from »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, Politics, Society

Ontario environment report: Raw sewage, forest and wetland loss

A new report says untreated sewage is still flowing into the waterways of Canada’s second largest and most populated province. The Ontario Environmental Commissioner’s latests report indicated that raw sewage overflowed into the provinces waterways on over 1,300 occasions. 766 »

Environment & Animal Life

Lake Erie Action Plan aims to reduce toxic slime

Huge algae blooms have for years created a toxic slime on one of the Great Lakes at the heart of North America. It can make people sick, kill fish and other aquatic life and make drinking water unsafe for human »

Environment & Animal Life

Insecticide toxic to songbirds: study

Research at the University of Saskatchewan has linked the use of two kinds of widely-used insecticides to serious health issues in songbirds.  Scientists found that imidacloprid (neonicotinoid) and chlorpyrifos (organophosphate) are directly toxic to songbirds that eat seeds. Tests on »

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World heritage site: Rideau Canal contaminated

It is featured in virtually every tourist promotion photo of the Canadian capital, but Ottawa’s downtown section of the Rideau Canal has a secret. Testing has revealed that the canal is contaminated with toxic waste. It now joins a list »

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

Even diluted fracking fluid found to harm fish

Canadian research has determined that the fluids produced by hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas can harm rainbow trout even when greatly diluted. Fracking requires large quantities of water and chemicals which are toxic. University of Alberta researchers Dan Alessi »

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Toxic algae bloom linked to warm ocean

Unusually warm Pacific Ocean temperatures contributed to a massive bloom of toxic algae off North America’s west coast last year, says a recent study. Nicknamed “the blob,” the bloom closed important fisheries and disrupted marine life including seabirds and sea »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, Politics, Society

Chemicals in cosmetics not well tested or reported: audit

A Government program is not working as it should to protect consumers from harmful or prohibited chemicals in cosmetics, according to a federal audit. Environment commissioner Julie Gelfand found that the government health department does not regularly test cosmetics, companies »