Highlights / waste

Economy, Health, Society

Canada: The incredible amount of food wasted

A new study claims almost 60 per cent of food produced in Canada ends up wasted. From day-old breads, to products with an expired or soon to be expired “best before” date, to “not perfect” looking produce to overproduction of »

Economy, Environment, International, Society

Recycling plastic: individual efforts for naught?

Greenpeace highlights plastic dumping in Asia Many Canadians are shocked to learn that for all their well-intentioned efforts to sort and clean plastic packaging for recycling, only about 11 per cent actually gets recycled. That figure comes from Environmental Defence »

Politics

Canadian Taxpayers Federation:The year-end financial naughty and nice list

It’s an annual assessment of what the government and other public agencies do with Canadian’s tax money. The non-profit taxpayer advocacy group, Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has just released this year’s assessment of what is being done with taxes. The »

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Environment, Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Old bread to new beer-reducing waste for a good cause

A charity organisation and a brewery in Alberta are the latest to get into a recent form of “recycling”. The Calgary-based Leftovers Foundation gets donations of food and also of day-old bread from local bakeries which they provide to their »

Economy, Environment, 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 »

International, Politics, Society

Afghanistan aid money: Billions wasted, little improvement

The latest report by a government oversight agency says  billions of dollars in aid money to Afghanistan has been siphoned off. The report by the “Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction” cites ongoing issues of corruption, lack of oversight, and »

Environment, Indigenous, Society

Fishermen step up efforts to stop effluent pipeline

Several fishermen vow to block a boat hired to study a proposed pipeline that would dump effluent from a pulp mill into water off Canada’s eastern shores. Northern Pulp wants to build a pipeline overland and underground that would transfer »

Environment, International, Politics, Society

Plastic bags be gone!

Montreal ban in effect Montreal had banned thin and single use plastic bags earlier this year, but had added a grace period for stores and customers to comply. That grace period ends today. The ban on the common ultra-thin bags »

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Society

Banning single-use plastic straws, cups, containers

Plastic has been a boon to mankind used in everything from containers, to bags, to car and plane parts, to clothing and so much more. However, it has also become an environmental disaster. While single use plastic shopping bags have »

Environment, International, Society

The plastic wrapping that can kill

Once again, the issue and harm of plastic garbage in waterways has been highlighted. The northern Pike caught by Adam Turnbull showing severe injury from a plastic drink wrapper. The fish surely was suffering,. Once freed from the wrapper it »