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‘Shell knew’: oil giant’s 1991 film warned of climate change danger
(via The Guardian)

The oil giant Shell issued a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change more than a quarter of century ago in a prescient 1991 film that has been rediscovered.

Yesterday

A massive permafrost thaw documented in the Canadian Arctic portends a huge carbon release
(via Inside Climate News)

Study shows 52,000 square miles in rapid decline, with sediment and carbon threatening the surrounding environment and potentially accelerating global warming.

Yesterday

Joseph Boyden responds to report questioning short story’s originality
(via CBC Radio)

Canadian author Joseph Boyden is once again on the defence after a news report highlighted similarities between one of his short stories and that of an Ojibway storyteller. 

Yesterday

Amazon deforestation, once tamed, comes roaring back
(via the New York Times)

A decade after the “Save the Rainforest” movement captured the world’s imagination, Cargill and other food giants are pushing deeper into the wilderness.

Yesterday

How Canadian scientists are leading the hunt for extraterrestrial life
(via The Walrus)

If there are aliens on the newly discovered exoplanets, we may be the first to find evidence of them.

Yesterday

Kevin O’Leary says he can’t be bought, sets $50,000 fundraiser minimum
(via The Globe and Mail)

Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary says he won’t attend any high-roller fundraisers for less than $50,000 an appearance and predicts he will rake in $2-million before the votes are counted in late May.

Yesterday

The subtext of Kellie Leitch’s bizarro video
(via Maclean’s)

Let’s go second-by-second through that weird new eight-minute video from Kellie Leitch.

Yesterday

Will Elon Musk send the first woman to the Moon?
(via The Atlantic)

To make a triumphant return to the moon with two dudes on board would be, well, less triumphant.

Yesterday

Andrew Nikiforuk: Lessons from Canada’s scientific resistance
(via Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

As the Trump administration prepares to censor inconvenient environmental science, Canada, of all places, offers some shocking illustrations of the tyrannical trend—and lessons on how to mount an effective resistance.

Yesterday

Alberta’s oil and gas wells are triggering a multibillion dollar bill
(via National Observer)

Landowners south of Calgary started to notice signs of trouble about a year ago.

Yesterday

Trump brothers will travel in cocoon of US Secret Service during Vancouver visit
(via The Province)

When Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump arrive Tuesday to open Vancouver’s Trump International Hotel and Tower, their entourage will be bigger than just their assistants and business associates.

Yesterday

Ottawa prepares to hand over historic federal farmland to corporate developers
(via Rabble)

The Central Experimental Farm (CEF) in Ottawa is a 1055-acre open-space jewel in a modern metropolis. By comparison, New York's Central park is only 837 acres. The CEF was established back in 1886 by Agriculture Canada to produce safe and healthy food for Canadians. After the Second World War, the ministry directed it to embrace chemical industrial factory farming that benefited corporate agri-businesses and prioritized profit over food safety.

Yesterday

WHO names 12 bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health
(via The Guardian)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a list of the 12 bacteria which pose the greatest threat to human health because they are resistant to antibiotics.

Yesterday

The town that should be Canadian: How a surveying error put Sumas, Washington on BC soil
(via National Post)

It was on Sept. 11, 2001, of all days, that a Washington State courtroom convened to hear one of the state’s most outlandish attempts to evade a drug charge.

Yesterday

What it was like on-stage during the Oscars 2017 Best Picture mistake
(via the New York Times)

Jordan Horowitz knew something was wrong the moment he saw people in headsets scurrying across the Oscars stage.

Yesterday

Enter your birthday, and The Atlantic will show you how the world has changed during your lifetime
(via The Atlantic)

Tell us your birthday, and we’ll show you how the world has changed during your lifetime.

Yesterday

Why facts don’t change our minds
(via The New Yorker)

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.

27 Feb 2017

Businessman from China investing in Vancouver real estate ordered to repay millions
(via CBC News)

In what’s being described as a landmark case, a businessman accused of disappearing from China, after withdrawing a loan there equivalent to $10 million and reappearing in Vancouver in possession of several multi-million dollar Lower Mainland properties, has been ordered to repay the money.

27 Feb 2017

Canadian marijuana stocks tumble as Trump White House talks crackdown
(via The Huffington Post)

Shares of Canadian and U.S. marijuana producers fell Friday after the Trump administration suggested a crackdown on recreational marijuana may be in the works.

27 Feb 2017

Gay, lesbian and bisexual teens are half as likely to play sports: UBC study
(via Global News)

A new University of British Columbia (UBC) study says in the last 15 years, lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth are half as likely to play sports compared to straight teens.

27 Feb 2017

Dogs’ love isn’t unconditional after all
(via The Atlantic)

The more difficult the task, the less likely they will be generous.

27 Feb 2017

Biologists say half of all species could be extinct by the end of the century
(via The Guardian)

One in five species on Earth now faces extinction, and that will rise to 50 per cent by the end of the century unless urgent action is taken.

27 Feb 2017

Israel to Amazon: Stop selling Holocaust-denying literature
(via ABC News)

Israel’s official Holocaust memorial has asked Amazon to stop selling literature on its site that denies the genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II and otherwise promotes anti-Semitism.

27 Feb 2017

Searching for Nova Scotia’s phantom cougars
(via The Walrus)

Dozens of people report sightings of big cats in Atlantic Canada, but are their eyes playing tricks on them?

27 Feb 2017

‘I was a Muslim in Trump’s White House’
(via The Atlantic)

When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days.

24 Feb 2017

A refugee flood? Pull yourself together, Canada
(via Maclean’s)

We can’t stop refugees from crossing the border. We can show courage by helping them and heading off a U.S.-style nativist backlash.

24 Feb 2017

Mark Cuban: Kevin O’Leary is telling wealthy friends he wants ‘carte blanche’ power over Canada
(via PressProgress)

Kevin O’Leary is bragging to his American billionaire friends that he could command unchecked power over Canada, according to one of O’Leary’s American billionaire friends.

24 Feb 2017

It’s high time for Canada to address First Nations’ water woes
(via DeSmog)

According to a 2015 CBC investigation “two-thirds of all First Nation communities in Canada have been under at least one drinking water advisory at some time in the last decade.”

24 Feb 2017

Similarities between Joseph Boyden story and Ojibway healer’s published work trigger questions
(via APTN)

Three Day Road author Joseph Boyden is facing questions over ‘intimate’ similarities found in a passage from one of his short stories and a piece published years earlier by an Ojibway healer and storyteller named Ron Geyshick.

24 Feb 2017

Why now is the time to reform Canada’s drug laws
(via The Georgia Straight)

On February 21, I marched in solidarity with hundreds of people across Canada to raise awareness around the devastating number of lives needlessly lost to opioid-related overdoses.

24 Feb 2017

Pope suggests it’s ‘better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic’
(via Reuters)

Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.

24 Feb 2017

Five HIV patients left ‘virus-free’ with no need for daily drugs in early vaccine trials
(via The Independent)

Researchers combined two new HIV vaccines with a drug usually used to treat cancer.

24 Feb 2017

Dakota pipeline protesters leave site after year-long occupation
(via BBC News)

A year-long protest against an oil pipeline in North Dakota appears to be nearing its end, although some remain in defiance at a deadline to leave.

23 Feb 2017

Worst-ever coral bleaching event continues into fourth year
(via New Scientist)

It’s a catastrophe for coral reefs. Sea surface temperatures are so high across much of the tropics that many reefs will suffer severe bleaching for an unprecedented fourth year in a row. Divers in Australia are already reporting new bleaching in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef, where last year half of corals in the worst-hit areas died.

23 Feb 2017

Astronomers find seven Earth-size planets around a nearby star
(via NPR)

A small, faint star relatively close by is home to seven Earth-size planets with conditions that could be right for liquid water and maybe even life.

23 Feb 2017

Canada is not immune to Kremlin manipulation and disinformation
(via the Toronto Star)

Despite the worrying ongoing emergence of Kremlin proxies and targeted disinformation, Canada has done little to detect or respond to these attempts to undermine our democracy.

23 Feb 2017

If Trudeau really blames corporate elites, why did he sign CETA?
(via The Huffington Post)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, bedecked in tuxedo and tails, stood before a crowd of some of Europe's richest and most powerful people last week and told them to get in touch with the middle class.

23 Feb 2017

Sweden’s official Twitter account debunks Donald Trump claims line by line
(via The Independent)

An official Swedish Twitter account that is controlled by a different citizen each week has taken Donald Trump to task over his claims about the country. 

23 Feb 2017

Scarcity of resources led to violence in prehistoric central California
(via Science Daily)

A longtime Cal Poly Pomona anthropology professor who studies violence among prehistoric people in California has been published in a prestigious journal.

23 Feb 2017

Canadian inventor of Hawaiian pizza defends pineapple after Iceland’s president disses fruit topping
(via CBC Radio)

The president of Iceland has made a bold, shocking statement about a Canadian invention.

23 Feb 2017

US Customs block Vancouver man after reading his Scruff profile
(via Daily Xtra)

A Vancouver man was denied entry into the United States after a US Customs and Border Patrol officer read his profiles on the gay hookup app Scruff and the website BBRT.

22 Feb 2017

Tony Clement hangs up on ‘CBC Daybreak’ after exchange over asylum seekers
(via CBC News)

Tony Clement, the Conservative Party's public safety critic, hung up on CBC Montreal Daybreak host Mike Finnerty this morning after he grew frustrated with Finnerty's line of questioning on asylum seekers crossing the U.S. border into Canada. 

22 Feb 2017

Trudeau says Canada won’t halt illegal border crossing
(via Newsweek)

Canada will continue to accept asylum seekers crossing illegally from the United States but will ensure security measures are taken to keep Canadians safe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.

22 Feb 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart news after pedophilia comments
(via the New York Times)

Milo Yiannopoulos, the conservative polemicist whose endorsement of pedophilia instigated outrage over the weekend, resigned on Tuesday from Breitbart News, the hard-right news and opinion website where he was a longtime editor.

22 Feb 2017

Trustworthy fella: Trump’s lawyer has told 4 different stories about the Russia-Ukraine ‘peace plan’ debacle
(via Business Insider)

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was at the center of a bombshell New York Times report published Sunday.

22 Feb 2017

Donald Trump state visit: British MPs of all parties demand ‘disgusting’ US president’s trip be cancelled
(via Business Insider)

A cross-party group of MPs has called on Theresa May to rescind an invitation for Donald Trump to attend a state visit to the UK later this year.

22 Feb 2017

Authoritarianism on the rise: If he had his way, Iceland’s president would ban pineapple pizza
(via CNN)

The food world is riddled with heated debates, and one of the most polarizing fights centers around pineapple on pizza.

22 Feb 2017

Key endorsement: Robert Mugabe marks 93rd birthday with praise for Donald Trump
(via The Guardian)

Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, celebrated his 93rd birthday on Tuesday by pledging to remain in power despite growing signs of frailty, and endorsing Donald Trump’s brand of American nationalism.

22 Feb 2017

Trump administration ‘had a secret plan to lift Russian sanctions’ and cede Ukraine territory to Moscow
(via The Independent)

President Trump’s personal lawyer and a former business associate met privately in New York City last month with a member of the Ukrainian parliament to discuss a peace plan for that country that could give Russia long-term control over territory it seized in 2014 and lead to the lifting of sanctions against Moscow.

21 Feb 2017

Simon & Schuster cancels alt-right personality Milo Yiannopoulos's book deal
(via The Daily Beast)

Publishing company Simon & Schuster has cancelled a book deal for alt-right personality Milo Yiannopoulos, following the circulation of a video in which he condoned pedophilia.

21 Feb 2017

Canadian glaciers are seriously affecting sea level changes
(via Science News Journal)

In the first long term analysis of ice flow to the  Arctic ocean, glaciologists from the University of California, Irvine, have found that sea level change is affected by ice loss from Canada’s Arctic glaciers in a major way. The study analyzed ice flow to the  Arctic ocean from 1991 to 2015.

21 Feb 2017

Syrian refugees in Canada’s north: ‘It’s not warm in weather, but warm in emotions’
(via The Guardian)

In communities such as Yellowknife, the temperature can sink to -40C, a dramatic change for refugees who had ‘never experienced anything like it.’

21 Feb 2017

South Sudan declares famine, the first anywhere in the world in six years
(via BBC News)

A famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years.

21 Feb 2017

What happens when you give basic income to the poor? We’re about to find out
(via Big Think)

Ontario is poised to become a testing ground for basic income in 2017 as part of a pilot program.

21 Feb 2017

Dating while black: What I learned about racism from my online quest for love
(via The Walrus)

Like many singles, I had created an online dating profile. But I rarely logged in. Now I decided to take it more seriously.

21 Feb 2017

In a Walt Whitman novel, lost for 165 Years, clues to ‘Leaves of Grass’
(via the New York Times)

The anonymously published tale was nothing less than a complete novel by Walt Whitman.

21 Feb 2017