New resources help Indigenous communities start process of searching for unmarked graves
News/Canada/Manitoba: A group of archaeologists and academics has created free online resources answering questions about how to start searching for unmarked graves and explaining the process and the complexities. They say it's a way of empowering First Nations communities.
How the COVID-19 pandemic lowered life expectancy in Canada last year
News/Health: COVID-19 deaths led to a five-month decrease in life expectancy at birth last year, recent data released by Statistics Canada suggest, potentially putting the country at a level not seen in seven years.
Your hemp shopping bag and reusable bottle are laudable, but here's why they aren't enough to save the planet
News/Opinion: The causes of climate change and the possible sources of climate mitigation are a lot more complicated than individual ethics, and we need to ensure that our concerns about the little things don't blind us to the biggest things, writes Todd Dufresne.
U.S. officials plan to curtail salmon fishing along West Coast to help killer whales
News/Canada/British Columbia: Federal officials in the U.S. are planning to curtail non-Indigenous salmon fishing along the country's west coast in years when runs are forecast to be low, in order to help endangered killer whales.
Canada's Constitution should include right to healthy environment, argues new book
News/Science: In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we explore the idea of including environmental protections in the Constitution and where Canadians stand on plastic-bag use in grocery stores.
Hoover Dam reservoir hits record low water level amid extreme drought
News/Science: The reservoir created by Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel that symbolized the American ascendance of the 20th Century, has sunk to its lowest level ever, underscoring the gravity of the extreme drought across the U.S. West.
Overgrown grass in East Vancouver park meant to attract bees is attracting complaints too
News/Canada/British Columbia: An East Vancouver resident says she's concerned about garbage and needles in overgrown grass in Falaise Park — part of a new pilot program run by the Vancouver park board to create meadows to attract more bees.
Compostable packaging exemption in Ontario Blue Box overhaul criticized as a 'loophole'
News/Canada/Toronto: Most compostable packaging and plastics in Ontario will continue to be sent to landfills as the province tries to learn more about a sector that has long been a source of confusion for consumers.
'Wake-up call for Canada': Security experts say case of 2 fired scientists could point to espionage
News/Canada/Manitoba: China says it won't politicize scientific research in the case of two scientists fired from Canada's only Level 4 lab, amid an RCMP investigation, demands for details in Parliament, and concerns it could be a case of Chinese espionage.
Bad news for fishing: Climate change is sucking the oxygen out of lakes, study suggests
News/Science: Fish could be left gasping for air as oxygen levels plunge in the world’s freshwater lakes due to climate change, a new study suggests. Researchers warn that could be bad for fishing, drinking water and the health of aquatic creatures. But they say there are things we can do to reduce the damage.