Oct 19, 2020

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Travel restrictions at Canada-U.S. border to remain in place until at least Nov. 21

Limits on travel between Canada and the United States will persist for at least four more weeks, the federal government confirmed Monday despite signs of growing impatience south of the border.”We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until Nov. 21, 2020,” Public Safety Minister Bill Blair declared on Twitter. “Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe.” Incidental visits like vacations, day trips and cross-border shopping excursions have been forbidden since March in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. The […]Read full article >
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As lobster fishery dispute boils over, N.S. calls on feds to define a ‘moderate livelihood

Calls for Ottawa to define a “moderate livelihood” fishery mounted on Sunday, as hundreds gathered in support of Indigenous lobster fishers after a heated dispute over treaty rights boiled over. Following fierce clashes outside fish plants in southwestern Nova Scotia last week, a lobster pound that stored the catch of Mi’kmaq fishers was burned to the ground early Saturday.The attacks prompted widespread condemnation, with the NDP’s fisheries critic calling for an emergency debate in the House of Commons on Monday. The escalating violence also prompted a show of solidarity in Halifax on Sunday, where hundreds of […]Read full article >
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Canada inches toward to 200,000 COVID-19 case mark

Canada’s COVID-19 caseload edged closer to the 200,000 mark on Sunday after a weekend in which Quebec had the majority of new infections and public health officials urged Canadians to remain united in their efforts to combat the pandemic.The country reported 1,827 new cases Sunday, for a total of 198,151 infections.Quebec accounted for 1,094 of those new cases, marking the third day in a row the province has had more than 1,000 infections.Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube tweeted that the number of hospitalizations in the province continues to rise and urged residents to “break the wave to slow this down” and […]Read full article >
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Operation chinchilla: How a mining company in Chile is trying to relocate rare rodents

This story was originally published by Undark and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.The short-tailed chinchilla, a high-altitude South American rodent, was hunted almost to extinction in the 19th and 20th centuries for its highly prized fur. Now endangered, a small colony of the species is worth far more alive than dead, skinned and dried.The colony in question sits atop 3.5 million ounces of extractable gold, a resource set to be developed by Gold Fields, a South African-based gold mining company.Gold Fields’ CEO Nick Holland said in 2017 at a mining conference in Cape Town that the chinchillas were one of the […]Read full article >
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A national school lunch program would solve more than hunger, advocates say

School meal programs should be more than a meal — they should anchor school curriculum and root kids into their school, advocates say.Canada is the only G7 country without a national school meal program, with a patchwork of school-based and regional programs partially filling a gap exacerbated by the pandemic. It’s an inadequate system that needs reform — an opportunity, say advocates pushing for a universal, national school lunch program, to rethink the role of food in Canadian schools.“There’s three reasons why we don’t have a national school food program in Canada,” said Debbie Field, […]Read full article >
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B.C. politicians, show us your blueprint to protect our coast

At the end of August, the provincial government announced a new fund to support shoreline cleanup along B.C.’s central coast. The funding will help local communities, Indigenous nations and others remove marine debris from a coastline that includes the Great Bear Rainforest.The announcement was made from a wharf on the Victoria waterfront, a few feet above the waters of the Inner Harbour. The location is noteworthy because it highlights another marine issue that threatens our coast — sea level rise. Experts tell us that, due to climate change, the oceans will rise along the coast by half a metre by the year 2050 and will […]Read full article >