Category Archives: Science

Pesticide exposure impairs bumblebee crop pollination, study finds

Low-level neonicotinoid pesticide exposure affects the pollination services provided by bumblebees to an economically important crop, according to a University of Guelph research published today in Nature. “Until now, research on pesticide effects has been limited to direct effects on

TPP will cause unnecessary suffering by making medicines unaffordable, MSF warns

The recently released text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership confirms that the deal contains dangerous provisions that would dismantle public health safeguards enshrined in international law and restrict access to price-lowering generic medicines for millions of people leading to unnecessary suffering

TPP: Chapter By Chapter Analysis

After years of secret negotiations, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was finally released last night. Civil society is going through the text with a fine-toothed comb to uncover provisions that threaten the rights, freedoms and the well-being of

TPP: Cancer for Canadians and closed doors for Canadian dairy exports, whistleblower scientist warns

Allowing milk from hormone-treated cows in the United States into Canada under the Trans-Pacific Partnership will increase the cancer risk for Canadians while making it more difficult for the nation’s dairy farmers to export Canadian milk overseas, according to a

TPP: A good deal for Big Pharma

On Oct. 5, negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a a multi-nation deal held in secret between twelve Pacific Rim nations, reached an agreement said to cover more than 40 per cent of global GDP. Those participating countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada,

Warm climate in Europe may lead to abrupt cooling as Gulf Stream is disrupted

A warm climate in northern Europe can be hit by a sudden cooling leading to an Ice Age associated with an interruption of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation and the Gulf Stream, a new record of past climate change shows.

Supporting dance in Canada a healthy strategy for the Government

By Peggy Reddin (Director of Arts Education, Confederation Centre of the Arts) Dance provides physical, psychological, and social benefits. On the physical side, dance offers an excellent aerobic activity, improving heart and blood vessel function. It improves coordination, balance, and

Alberta Paramedics blame PC budget cuts for EMS system breakdown, urge Albertans to vote for change

A group of Alberta Paramedics are blaming Premier Jim Prentice’s Progressive Conservatives for the “complete system breakdown” that brought Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Edmonton Zone to a grinding halt yesterday, and are urging Albetans to vote at today’s election.

Vote for Harper and reward contempt for democracy

By Michael Nabert Having the first and only Prime Minister in Canadian history to be found in contempt of Parliament running the country seems a lot like having a daycare run by someone publicly proud of the fact that they

Immigrants arrive healthier than Canadians but get less healthy over time

New immigrants have a significantly better health profile than the general population as the screening process for immigrants to Canada tends to select candidates in good health, but their health advantage diminishes over time, according to  a team of researchers