Every year, millions of people across the globe gather on Earth Day (April 22) to celebrate the environmental movement. The 2024 theme, "Planet vs. Plastics", aims to raise awareness of the harms of plastic pollution for human and planetary health. This year's focus comes ahead of an historic UN treaty on plastics, which is expected to be agreed by the end of 2024.  (BBC News

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Classified as: Parisa Ariya, Christopher Labos, Earth Day, plastic pollution, Sustainability
Published on: 19 Apr 2024

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will present the next budget in the House of Commons on April 16, with the government facing considerable political pressure over the economy. Ms. Freeland says the economic plan will be about “building more homes, faster, making life more affordable and creating more good jobs.” (The Globe and Mail

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Classified as: federal budget, McGill experts, Daniel Béland, Christopher Ragan, Pearl Eliadis, Avi Friedman, Sheryl Smith-Gilman
Published on: 15 Apr 2024

Instagram is aiming to make it harder for potential scammers and criminals to coerce teens into sending nude photos and extort them for money. The company announced on Thursday it is testing new features to curb an alarming trend called financial sextortion, which often targets kids and teenagers. (CNN

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Classified as: Christopher Dietzel, social media, sextortion, McGill experts
Published on: 11 Apr 2024

AtkinsRéalis, formerly known as SNC-Lavalin, says it has been awarded the engineering contract for the Projet Mauricie green hydrogen hub in Quebec. The development is the latest milestone for the $4-billion Mauricie project, which is being developed by TESCanada H2 Inc. The company is proposing to build a "green hydrogen" production plant in the Mauricie region of Quebec, between Montreal and Quebec City, that will be powered exclusively by renewable electricity.

Classified as: Hydrogen energy, green hydrogen, sylvain coulombe, Sarah Jordaan, Faculty of Engineering
Published on: 8 Apr 2024

Who provides unpaid care in Canada's care economy? In 2022, 13.4 million Canadians aged 15 years and older (42%)—over  two in five people in this age group—provided unpaid care in the previous 12 months to children younger than 15 years old or to youth aged 15 years and older and adults with a long-term condition or disability. Of these unpaid caregivers, 13% provided care to both of these care-dependent groups, meaning that 1.8 million Canadians older than 15 years were "sandwiched" between multiple care responsibilities.

Classified as: Claire Webster, Dementia Education, Caregivers, McGill experts, sylvie lambert
Published on: 2 Apr 2024

Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed early on Tuesday after a container ship smashed into a pylon, sending eight people into frigid water below. Authorities stopped people from using the bridge after getting a mayday call, which Maryland's governor said saved lives. (CTV News

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Classified as: Daniele Malomo, McGill experts
Published on: 27 Mar 2024

With the federal government under pressure to freeze its planned increase to the carbon tax, policy experts are calling for a clear-eyed debate over the legislation and its role in the country's climate goals. Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, along with seven premiers, have called for the scheduled April 1 hike to be scrapped, saying it will only make inflation worse. (CBC News)  

Classified as: chris ragan, carbon tax, McGill experts
Published on: 25 Mar 2024

The HIV epidemic is on the rise again in Canada, with an 'alarming increase' of 24.9 per cent in reported cases across the country in 2022, according to the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. The Public Health Agency of Canada reported 1,833 new cases of HIV in 2022. Men aged 30 to 39 are the category with the highest rates. (CTV News

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Published on: 20 Mar 2024

The World Happiness Report reflects a worldwide demand for more attention to happiness and well-being as criteria for government policy. It reviews the state of happiness in the world today and shows how the science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness. The report’s release aligns with the United Nation’s International Day of Happiness, March 20, 2024. (World Happiness Report

Classified as: Christopher Barrington-Leigh, Happiness, World Happiness Report, McGill experts
Published on: 20 Mar 2024

New data show that, in 2023, five years after non-medical cannabis use was legalized, over one-third of younger adults aged 18 to 44 years and one in seven adults aged 45 years and older had used cannabis in the previous 12 months. The National Cannabis Survey is used to understand cannabis use and purchasing patterns in Canada, its impact on the economy, and to inform evidence-based national and provincial strategies, policies, and programs.

Classified as: cannabis, mark ware, McGill experts
Published on: 19 Mar 2024

On April 8, 2024, a spectacular and rare celestial event is set to unfold over Canada, the United States and Mexico – a total solar eclipse. As the Moon aligns perfectly between Earth and the Sun, temporary darkness will sweep across parts of the country, captivating countless spectators. Quebec hasn't witnessed a total solar eclipse in over 50 years, and it will be over 80 years before the next one. (Government of Canada

Classified as: tracy webb, nicolas cowan, Department of physics, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Trottier Space Institute, solar eclipse, astronomy
Published on: 18 Mar 2024

About 30 per cent of children suffer from sleep disorders, with profound implications for their physical and emotional health, as well as their academic performance. Despite the prevalence and impact of these disorders, access to effective interventions is limited in Quebec and worldwide. On March 15, International World Sleep Day, sleep researchers are raising awareness about this critical need. 

Classified as: sleep abnormalities, Reut Gruber, Douglas Research Centre
Published on: 12 Mar 2024

As measles continues its slow spread across communities in the country, health officials are urging Canadians to stay vigilant and keep their vaccinations up-to-date. Health Minister Mark Holland said he is “deeply concerned” with the global measles outbreak and its potential impact on Canada. (Global News

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Classified as: Measles vaccine, measles virus, brian ward, McGill experts, Department of Medicine
Published on: 11 Mar 2024

March 8 is International Women's Day, a global day of recognition celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and girls, and raising awareness of the work left to be done. (Status of Women Canada)  

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Classified as: International Women's Day, Alexandra Ketcheum, Carola Weil
Published on: 7 Mar 2024

Most Canadians can look forward to a warmer-than-normal spring, but they should also brace for the season’s "profound mood swings," according to The Weather Network's latest outlook. The forecast predicts that the unusually mild winter seen across much of the country thanks to El Niño conditions will pave the way for even more pleasant weather in the coming weeks, but not without some interruptions.

Classified as: Weather forecast, david wees, djordje romanic
Published on: 6 Mar 2024


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