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Pollution from tar sands vapor on par with most major cities: study
(via the New York Times)

The amount of pollution created by vapor from Canada's oil sands, which contributes to climate change, ranks on par with most major cities in North America, according to a new study by the country's environmental regulator that was published on Wednesday.

Today

Haida Gwaii caught in the midst of world plastic pollution
(via Global News)

British Columbia's Haida Gwaii islands, with their long, rugged coastlines, temperate rainforest and unique wildlife, attract people from around the world to an area often referred to as "the Galapagos of the North."

Today

Panama Papers: law firm approved Vancouver billionaire David Ho despite his criminal charges
(via CBC News)

Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca created an offshore company for notorious Vancouver billionaire David Ho, even though he was facing criminal charges involving drugs, guns and unlawful confinement of a prostitute, saying "this is not a criminal case related to economic crimes," the Panama Papers reveal.

Today

Canada suckered by Facebook and Google's tax shell game
(via National Observer)

When Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey went cap in hand to Ottawa, seeking tax relief and government incentives to save his company, few observers could contain their mirth. Yet nobody connected the dots to the fresh Panama Papers revelations, the massive global tax evasion story that broke just three days earlier.

Today

Canadian ambassador who took down Islamic terrorist tackles protester at Dublin 1916 remembrance
(via The Independent)

This is the moment a hero Canadian ambassador, who made global headlines when he took down a terrorist gunman, tackled a protester at a 1916 ceremony in Dublin.

Today

Provincial exams scrapped as part of new BC school curriculum
(via News 1130)

In a sweeping overhaul of the education system, provincial exams have been scrapped for secondary students, and parents will be asked to weigh in on report cards.

Today

Amnesty wants sex work decriminalised to protect human rights of those in profession
(via International Business Times)

Sex workers across the world are often subjected to horrific human rights abuses, mainly because of criminalisation of the profession in many countries, Amnesty International has said.

Today

Weekend work emails are now illegal in France
(via The Huffington Post)

Checking your work email on a weekend or a holiday? In France, where employees have been granted "the right to disconnect," that's now against the law. 

Today

Panama Papers: British-Canadian billionaire mysterious middleman in 'corruption scheme'...
(via the Toronto Star)

Victor Phillip Dahdaleh, a British-Canadian billionaire honoured recently by York University with his name on a new health institute, is the mysterious middleman in a 20-year "corruption scheme" in which U.S. officials say he "enriched himself" with $400 million (U.S.) in mark-ups and paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes to Bahraini officials, a Toronto Star/CBC investigation has found.

Yesterday

...and Vancouver is Canada's hotspot for secret tax haven firms, with hundreds of addresses in leaked papers
(via South China Morning Post)

Vancouverites love secret tax haven companies. So much so that Metro Vancouver addresses are about four times as likely to feature in the Panama Papers and Offshore leaks database as Canadian addresses as a whole, per capita.

Yesterday

It takes 23 years to save for a down payment in Metro Vancouver
(via Financial Post)

Andrea Stucchi counts her blessings. She has a good job, a stellar education, a supportive family; she and her husband even have an enviable toehold in Vancouver's red-hot real estate market -- a 690-square-foot studio in Kitsilano they purchased four-and-a-half years ago.

Yesterday

Fed up with denial, Alberta introduces aggressive climate change bill
(via National Observer)

The Alberta government is speeding ahead with aggressive action to address climate change, introducing new legislation on Tuesday that would require the province's population and industry to pay for their pollution and reduce energy consumption.

Yesterday

Tragically Hip tour dates announced one day after Gord Downie reveals he has terminal brain cancer
(via CBC News)

One day after revealing that singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer, the Tragically Hip have posted the dates for an upcoming summer tour.

Yesterday

Due to global warming, polar bears and grizzly bears are starting to mate more often
(via The Independent)

A hunter has shot and killed a rare "grolar bear" in Canada as researchers warn the existence of the hybrid could ultimately spell the end of the polar bear, the world's largest land carnivore. 

Yesterday

Poland starts logging primeval Białowieża forest despite protests
(via The Guardian)

Poland has started logging in the ancient Białowieża forest, which includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland, despite fierce protests from environmental groups battling to save the World Heritage site.

Yesterday

Has a Hungarian physics lab found a fifth force of nature?
(via Nature)

A laboratory experiment in Hungary has spotted an anomaly in radioactive decay that could be the signature of a previously unknown fifth fundamental force of nature, physicists say -- if the finding holds up.

Yesterday

Silicon Valley billionaire has been secretly funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against Gawker
(via Forbes)

One of Silicon Valley's best-known investors has been footing a former wrestler's legal bills in lawsuits against a shared enemy.

25 May 2016

Tony Blair: Britain and US 'profoundly' underestimated chaos brought about by toppling of Saddam Hussein
(via The Independent)

Britain and America "profoundly" underestimated the chaos that would be unleashed by the toppling of Saddam Hussein, Tony Blair has admitted, in one of his starkest expressions of regret over the Iraq War.

25 May 2016

Gord Downie, Tragically Hip singer, has terminal cancer
(via CBC News)

Gord Downie, the lead singer and lyricist of the iconic Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, announced this morning he has terminal brain cancer, but still plans to join his bandmates of more than 30 years for a summer tour.

25 May 2016

Google's Paris HQ raided in tax probe
(via BBC News)

French finance officials have raided the Paris offices of U.S. internet giant Google as part of a tax fraud investigation.

25 May 2016

Dozens of real estate firms not compliant with anti-money laundering rules
(via The Globe and Mail)

At least 85 real estate companies have not implemented a plan showing how they are trying to detect money laundering and other suspicious transactions, nearly 15 years after they were required to do so, according to data obtained by The Canadian Press.

25 May 2016

Four out of 10 homeowners caught short without enough money to meet their expenses, new survey finds
(via Financial Post)

About four in 10 Canadian homeowners says they were "caught short" in the past year without enough money to meet their expenses, according to a survey out Tuesday.

25 May 2016

For first time in modern era, living with parents edges out other living arrangements for 18-34 year olds
(via Pew Research Center)

Broad demographic shifts in marital status, educational attainment and employment have transformed the way young adults in the U.S. are living, and a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data highlights the implications of these changes for the most basic element of their lives -- where they call home.

25 May 2016

New poll: No one cares about Elbowgate
(via Abacus Data)

The House of Commons, and it seemed, the entire political ecosystem erupted this week, over an incident involving the Prime Minister losing his temper. Much ink (or whatever the digital equivalent is) was spilled discussing the consequences of what became known as #elbowgate.

25 May 2016

Climate denial arguments fail a blind test
(via The Guardian)

In a "Pepsi challenge" test, economist and statisticians find mainstream climate arguments accurate and contrarian arguments wrong and misleading.

24 May 2016

The Fort McMurray fire's stunning pulse of carbon to the atmosphere
(via the Washington Post)

The Fort McMurray wildfire, which seems likely to be the costliest disaster in Canada's history, continues to grow. According to the government of Alberta, as of Friday morning it had burned over 500,000 hectares of land, or more than 1.2 million acres.

24 May 2016

Arctic sea ice melt 'like a train wreck' says US scientist
(via Climate Home)

Artic sea ice levels are on course to hit a new record low as warming at the North Pole accelerates.

24 May 2016

Zika outbreak fuelled by mosquito control failure, says WHO boss
(via BBC News)

The spread of Zika is the price being paid for a massive policy failure on mosquito control, says World Health Organization leader Margaret Chan.

24 May 2016

Liberals' pot plan looks for way to detect and deter drug-impaired driving
(via CBC News)

The man tasked with coming up with Canada's marijuana law has a proposal for dealing with one of the biggest issues facing legalization: prevention of driving under the influence of pot.

24 May 2016

One half of Canada is smaller than the other -- plus more fascinating inequalities
(via Big Think)

No statistics brings home the lopsidedness of Canada's population distribution as well as this map.

24 May 2016

How Russia's new facial recognition app could end anonymity
(via The Atlantic)

FindFace's technology may one day allow anyone to identify you with their phone.

24 May 2016

Which rock star will future historians remember?
(via the New York Times Magazine)

The most important musical form of the 20th century will be nearly forgotten one day. People will probably learn about the genre through one figure -- so who might that be?

24 May 2016

Oil company records from 1960s reveal patents to reduce CO2 emissions in cars
(via The Guardian)

The forerunners of ExxonMobil patented technologies for electric cars and low emissions vehicles as early as 1963 -- even as the oil industry lobby tried to squash government funding for such research, according to a trove of newly discovered records.

23 May 2016

Study finds 60 per cent of First Nations children on reserves live in poverty
(via The Globe and Mail)

Indigenous children in Canada are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than non-aboriginal kids, according to new findings released Tuesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

23 May 2016

HBO hunts down 'Game of Thrones' pirates but some Canadians say they have no choice -- really?
(via CBC News)

HBO is hunting down Game of Thrones pirates. Its weapon: warning letters.

23 May 2016

Many shades of invisible: on the powerlessness of having brown skin
(via The Walrus)

In his new book, Kamal Al-Solaylee explores the powerlessness of having brown skin.

23 May 2016

Donald Trump may not be a fascist, but he is leading America merrily down that path
(via The Huffington Post)

People who have studied the extremist right as a historical and sociopolitical phenomenon in depth are acutely aware of a simple truth: America has been very, very lucky so far when it comes to fascistic political movements.

23 May 2016

America's overlooked gun violence
(via the New York Times)

Most shootings with four deaths or injuries are invisible outside their communities. And most of the lives they scar are black.

23 May 2016

Iranian women cut off their hair and dress as men to avoid morality police
(via The Independent)

Women in Iran are cutting their hair short and dressing as men in a bid to bypass state 'morality' police who rigorously enforce penalties for not wearing a hijab.

23 May 2016

Freed from the Islamic State, but far from free
(via Foreign Policy)

Depression and PTSD are rampant among the Yazidi survivors of brutal captivity.

23 May 2016

Crown drops criminal charges against former Liberal senator Mac Harb
(via iPolitics)

Charges of fraud and breach of trust have been dropped against former senator Mac Harb, a Liberal appointee and central figure in the Senate expense scandal whose housing expenses were deemed unjustifiable by the upper chamber.

20 May 2016

40 per cent of Manhattan buildings could not be built today
(via the New York Times)

In Manhattan alone, roughly two out of every five buildings are taller, bulkier, bigger or more crowded than current zoning allows. And often that can actually be a good thing.

20 May 2016

Uber begins testing a self-driving car
(via the Globe and Mail)

Uber announced Thursday it has begun testing a self-driving car in Pittsburgh, where the ride-sharing company has its Advanced Technology Center. The car, a hybrid Ford Fusion, is decked out with radars, laser scanners and high-resolution cameras, which are clearly visible on the roof.

20 May 2016

India's hottest day ever
(via The Atlantic)

A desert town in the northwest of India on Thursday recorded the country's hottest day on record, a broiling 51 degrees Celsius, or 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

20 May 2016

Creditors get priority over environment in Redwater Energy insolvency: judge
(via CBC)

The Redwater Energy case is one that the energy sector, international investors, bankers, lawyers and regulators were all watching closely. Alberta Chief Justice Neil Wittmann has ruled to put lenders ahead of clean-up costs when energy companies go bankrupt.

20 May 2016

EgyptAir wreckage found in Sea; Egypt cites possible terrorism
(via the New York Times)

An Egyptian jetliner carrying 66 people from Paris to Cairo abruptly swerved, vanished from radar and plunged into the Mediterranean early Thursday, shortly before it was scheduled to land. Egyptian officials said wreckage had been found and suggested terrorism was a more likely cause than technical failure.

19 May 2016

Bernie Sanders, eyeing convention, willing to harm Hillary Clinton in the homestretch
(via the New York Times)

Defiant and determined to transform the Democratic Party, Senator Bernie Sanders is opening a two-month phase of his presidential campaign aimed at inflicting a heavy blow on Hillary Clinton in California and amassing enough leverage to advance his agenda at the convention in July -- or even wrest the nomination from her.

19 May 2016

Ethnic outreach scandal won't sway B.C. election, deputy premier says
(via The Globe and Mail)

The B.C. Liberal government faces the prospect of heading into the next provincial election campaign without a resolution to allegations of criminal wrongdoing in the "quick wins" scandal. Rich Coleman, Deputy Premier and co-chair of the Liberals’ election readiness team, predicts voters won’t care.

19 May 2016

Genetically modified salmon approved for sale as food in Canada
(via CBC)

At a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced AquaBounty's genetically modified salmon has been approved for sale as food in Canada.

19 May 2016

Trudeau: 'I made a mistake. I regret it'
(via the Globe and Mail)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he behaved inappropriately in the House of Commons and he apologizes "unreservedly" for an incident Wednesday in which he crossed the floor to try to drag the Conservative Whip to his seat and elbowed a New Democrat MP in the process.

19 May 2016

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone
(via The Guardian)

Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive days last week in a clean energy milestone revealed by data analysis of national energy network figures.

19 May 2016

Dying infants and no medicine: inside Venezuela's failing hospitals
(via The New York Times)

The economic crisis in Venezuela has exploded into a public health emergency, claiming untold numbers of lives. It is just part of a larger unraveling here that has become so severe it has prompted President Nicolás Maduro to impose a state of emergency and has raised fears of a government collapse.

18 May 2016