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Canada: Saskatchewan organic sector leading the country
23 February 2018 - The Canadian organic sector was responsible for more than $5.4 billion in retail sales in 2017, and much of that success can be traced back to Saskatchewan, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. There are 824 certified organic farmers in Saskatchewan, and 29 per cent of all certified organic land in Canada is based in Saskatchewan. (more)

Federal government to help fund Canadian Organic Standards review
23 February 2018 - The federal government will commit $250,000 towards a review process of the Canadian Organic Standards, a procedure that must be conducted every five years. Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAuley announced the funding January 26 acknowledging the Canadian organic industry is one of Canada's fastest-growing agricultural sectors, with more than $5.4 billion in retail sales in 2017. Growing the Canadian organic sector will contribute to the government's goal of reaching $75 billion in annual agri-food exports by 2025, he said. (more)

Promoting the development of Canada's organic sector
23 February 2018 - The Canadian organic industry is one of Canada's fastest growing agricultural sectors ... Speaking last month at the Guelph Organic Conference and Tradeshow, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced that the Government of Canada is providing essential support to update the Canadian Organic Standards. (more)

There are climate solutions in our soil
23 February 2018 - If you're looking for a way to combat climate change, look no further than your kitchen table. Our food system accounts for approximately 20 to 30 per cent of human-made greenhouse gasses emitted globally, and most of those emissions are directly tied to agriculture. ... Numerous studies have found that organic farming methods reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency in agriculture. (more)

Canada: Organic Alberta brings conference, a growing industry to Red Deer
9 February 2018 - A fast-growing industry, organic farmers gathered in Red Deer for their annual conference. The two-day event, held by Organic Alberta, brought in farmers from across Alberta, Canada to learn more about organic farming. Becky Lipton, Organic Alberta executive director, said Alberta has the strongest organics industry in the country and it is growing. (more)

Regulations proposed to end use of asbestos in Canada
8 January 2018 - Activists in Sarnia, a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, deserve much of the credit for the federal government's long-awaited move to ban asbestos and asbestos-containing products in Canada, says a veteran workplace health researcher. 'This is something so long overdue, it's not funny,' researcher Jim Brophy said about proposed regulations Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and other federal cabinet ministers announced recently to meet the government's promise to enact a ban by 2018. (more)

Solar panels are replacing diesel fuel in Canada's far north
23 December 2017 - A pilot project in one of the biggest Indigenous communities in Canada replaces expensive and polluting diesel with solar power. It could be the first of many. Canadian communities with as little as five hours of sun a day could soon leapfrog from diesel dependence to a clean energy economy. Kuujjuaq, the largest Inuit community of the Nunavik territory, is leading the way . . . (more)

Daily exposure to greenery may extend your lifespan: study
11 October 2017 - A new study suggests having daily exposure to trees and other greenery can extend your life. Dan Crouse of the University of New Brunswick, along with other researchers across Canada and the United States, studied 1.3 million Canadians in 30 cities over an 11-year period. Researchers took into account the amount of trees, plants, shrubs, and other vegetation within 250 metres of an individual's home and created estimates of daily greenness exposure, he said. Crouse said he had heard anecdotal stories from people who said their stress level was reduced after spending time with nature, but he was surprised at the impact that green space can have. (more)

Canada: Green-roofed Albion Library in Toronto feels like an extension of your living room
1 September 2017 - It's no surprise that the Albion Public Library is one of the busiest libraries in Toronto -- its welcoming and light-filled atmosphere makes it feel like an extension of a cozy living room. Perkins plus Will completed the new 29,000-square-foot library to serve the city's Rexdale neighbourhood, a diverse community with many immigrant families. The new building also incorporates innovative sustainable principles and includes a sloped green roof, energy-saving technologies, and stormwater management strategies. (more)

Canada: Farmer about to flip the switch on largest solar-energy system in the province
12 August 2017 - A southern Manitoba dairy farmer is about to lay claim to having the largest solar-energy system in the province, but his reign as solar champ will be short-lived. As early as next month, Hans Gorter's new 175-kilowatt, solar photovoltaic (PV) system near Otterburne will be surpassed by a 200-kilowatt system being installed at the Tallpine Lodges in West Hawk Lake. (more)

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Extinguishing stress in women firefighters
11 January 2018 - The Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative (CWWI) - the women's wing of the Transcendental Meditation organization in Canada - serves women whose jobs, health, and lives are at risk due to chronic and acutely high levels of stress in their professions, including firefighters, police, first responders, and nurses. When the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Fire Fighters launched a mental wellness initiative, many women firefighters in Vancouver learned TM through CWWI, and soon found very clear benefits. 'I have been practising TM for six months now and I am feeling less stress, less anxious, and far less annoyed by the frustrations in day to day life,' reported a fire department captain with 17 years experience. 'I think anyone in the first responders field would benefit from learning and practising Transcendental Meditation.' (more)

Canada: Find a deeper state of happiness through meditation, not medication - TM and recovery from addiction
24 July 2017 - These days comedian Russell Brand is one of many celebrities finding a natural high without drugs and alcohol. 'I'm quite a neurotic thinker, quite an adrenalized person. But after meditation, I feel this beautiful serenity and selfless connection,' he says. A recent article explains that TM provides the 'basic human need to experience one's true nature - a transcendent, non-changing, absolute state of one's own awareness. When we have that connection, we are no longer dependent on outside stimuli, like drugs and alcohol, to effect a euphoria of well-being. We become naturally content - self-satisfied, self-sufficient, and self-motivated from within ourselves.' has partnered with the Victoria, British Columbia, Transcendental Meditation Centre to offer TM to people in recovery. (more)

Profile: Chelsea McCooey, teacher of Transcendental Meditation from Vancouver, Canada
20 April 2016 - Vancouver Real television sat down with Chelsea McCooey, the director of the recently opened Transcendental Meditation centre in Vancouver, Canada. Chelsea was literally born into TM as both her parents were TM meditators, but she had to find her own way in life, which eventually led to valuing the practice of TM. Chelsea rephrases Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who said that if we don't water the root of our existence, we cannot enjoy its fruit. 'So that's why we go within, settle, meditate,' she says, 'to then go out and enjoy life even more.' She relates her journey into TM and life as the centre director, and outlines some advanced programmes in Maharishi technologies available at the centre. (more)

Canada: 1,000 learn Transcendental Meditation
18 July 2013 - Close to 1,000 people learned Transcendental Meditation in Canada in the past year. Three times as many Canadians began the practice compared to three years ago; contributing to the increase has been rising interest in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes for reducing stress and improving health in cities across the country. In British Columbia, the Victoria School for Ideal Education celebrated its 25th year of offering Consciousness-Based Education to the children of the area. (more)

Canada: Times Colonist features beautiful Salt Spring Island Vastu home
18 April 2013 - Far above the bucolic, yacht-filled harbour and bustle of weekend markets on Salt Spring Island off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, a house sits perched on a rock in the crystalline air, embraced by tall evergreens, mossy outcrops, and a view you'd expect to see in a painting. It's the home of people from the United States who had heard about the friendly island and decided to build a remarkable retirement home there. Based on an ancient form of Indian architecture--called Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, or Vastu--the home is designed to increase occupants' health and happiness. (more)

Canada among five happiest nations in the world, UN reports
29 November 2012 - In a statistic illustrating the high quality of life in Canada, the United Nations released a new ranking of countries called the World Happiness Index. The top five countries in terms of happiness are Denmark, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, and Canada. Other evidence of rising coherence and positivity in the nation includes a highly educated population and high levels of volunteer activity. (more)

Canada sees great rise in interest in Transcendental Meditation this year
29 November 2012 - Nationwide, the number of people learning Transcendental Meditation in Canada has increased by over 100% in the last year and a half. Dr Will Overall, director of the Transcendental Meditation organization in Canada, added that interest in the programme is even more pronounced in the larger Canadian cities. For example, he said, more than three times as many people have taken the TM course in Toronto this year. (more)

Canada's economic resiliency a model for all other countries, experts say
29 November 2012 - In June, an analyst with Moody's Investors Service, one of the Big Three credit rating agencies, said, 'I am very comfortable with Canada's top Aaa credit rating because the country's fiscal and banking strength gives it room to react to risks, for example [those] rising from the European debt crisis. We have a stable outlook on Canada and we don't see any reason why that would change soon. The economy's resiliency is demonstrated by very high per capita income, the large scale of the economy, diversity of natural resources, and a competitive manufacturing sector balanced by a well-developed financial market.' Transcendental Meditation teachers commented that these indications of economic health reflect an upsurge of positivity and social coherence in the nation due to more people practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes. (more)

Canada's economy bounces back after global recession, reflects rising national coherence
29 November 2012 - Canada's economy appears stronger than ever. Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, said that measures taken to protect Canada's economy during the global crisis should be a model for all other countries trying to fix their financial systems. In fact, the country's economy is bouncing back and often exceeding pre-crisis numbers. Transcendental Meditation teachers say this resilience reflects rising coherence in national consciousness -- produced by increasing numbers of Canadians making use of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes and technologies of consciousness. (more)

Canadians show rising interest in Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes
29 November 2012 - Interest in Transcendental Meditation has increased dramatically in Canada in the past year. This has also led, among people already practising the technique, to the desire for more knowledge and technologies for development of consciousness, Maharishi Ayurveda natural health care, and many other areas of Vedic wisdom brought to the world by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. To meet this demand, Vedic experts have regularly been touring Canada. In addition, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, toured the country's west coast, inspiring local meditators about the growing success of Maharishi's programmes around the world. (more)

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Canada musters military to fight wildfires, 39,000 evacuated
17 July 2017 - Canada was deploying military aircraft and Australia was sending 50 firefighters to battle rapidly spreading wildfires in British Columbia that have forced 39,000 people from their homes, federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said on Monday, 17 July. Goodale told reporters the western Canadian province [fires] ... were expected to worsen. There were 159 fires across the province in an area between 150 km (95 miles) to 350 km (217 miles) northeast of Vancouver, including 17 new ones, although the total numbers were down slightly from 162 on Sunday . . . (more)

Western Canada wildfires prompt state of emergency, evacuations
8 July 2017 - Some 180 wildfires raged over a massive section of Western Canada's British Columbia on Saturday [8 July], prompting the evacuation of 3,000 households and the province's first state of emergency in 14 years. The blazes were scattered across hundreds of kilometers of the interior portion of the province, burning through bone-dry forests used for logging and rolling grasslands that are home to ranches. High temperatures and winds complicated firefighting efforts. (more)

Canada approves sale of genetically modified salmon
19 May 2017 - Health authorities in Canada have approved a fast-growing, genetically altered salmon as safe for consumption, paving the way for it to become the first genetically modified animal to be allowed on Canadian dinner plates. Canadian officials said the GM salmon would not require any special labelling, as no health and safety concerns were identified during testing. (more)

Canada approves GMO salmon as food, livestock feed
19 May 2016 - Canadian health officials said on Thursday they have approved a type of genetically modified salmon as safe to eat, clearing the way for it to be sold in the country. There will be no special labeling requirements for the salmon. (more)

Canada: Massive Alberta wildfire expected to burn for months
8 May 2016 - The images are ones of devastation -- scorched homes, virtually whole neighborhoods burned to the ground. And Canadian officials say they expect to fight the massive wildfire that has destroyed large parts of Alberta's oil sands town for months. There's fear the growing wildfire could double in size and reach a major oil sands mine and even the neighboring province of Saskatchewan. The Alberta government said the massive blaze in the province will cover more than 200,000 hectares (494,211 acres) by Sunday and continue to grow because of high temperatures, dry conditions, and high winds. (more)

Canada: It's official: Saskatchewan is suffering a drought
26 June 2015 - The Province of Saskatoon is going through the driest March-to-June stretch on record, which David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, said counts as a drought. Total precipitation in the city through that time has been 40 millimetres -- about a third of the normal total of 134. The previous driest stretch -- records date back to 1892 -- was 61.9 mm in 1937. (more)

Canada: 40 per cent of workers don't have the basic skills to do their jobs
1 June 2015 - A new report says missing job skills in industries from retail to engineering are hurting Canada's productivity. The study by the Canada West Foundation says 40 per cent of employees could perform better if they improved on basic skills like math, reading, and writing. The skills being discussed are not advanced -- they're not necessarily highly technical in nature, nor are there individually rare in many people. But collectively, many workers are held back by their lack of things like basic computer skills, numeracy, language skills, and the ability to work with others. It says roughly half of people who didn't finish high school are missing such essential skills, while 30 per cent of university graduates are also lacking skills needed for their jobs. The report also says immigrants have skills shortages of between 10 to 16 per cent higher. (more)

Common heartburn drugs linked to kidney failure in the elderly
16 April 2015 - Older patients taking drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, a common remedy for heartburn and acid reflux, are two times more likely to be hospitalized with kidney failure than peers who don't take the pills, a Canadian study finds. While the side effect is extremely rare, and the study doesn't prove the drugs cause kidney failure, the association is worrisome because tens of millions of people a year take these pills, sold by prescription and over-the-counter in some countries, with brand names including Prilosec, Prevacid, and Zegerid. Of all the possible side effects of these drugs, the most concerning isn't kidney failure, it's osteoporosis, Dr. John O'Brian Clarke, a gastroenterologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email. (more)

Inside Canada's secret world of medical error: 'There is a lot of lying, there's a lot of cover-up' (with video)
2 March 2015 - Don't expect to find any public record of thousands of harmful and sometimes deadly mistakes that occur in facilities across Canada each year. Most instances of the Canadian health-care system hurting rather than healing patients are not even reported by staff internally, a National Post investigation has documented. Research suggests that about 70,000 patients a year experience preventable, serious injury as a result of treatments. More shocking, a landmark study published a decade ago estimated that as many as 23,000 Canadian adults die annually because of preventable 'adverse events' in acute-care hospitals alone. The rate of errors may be even higher today, some evidence suggests, despite the millions of dollars spent on much-touted patient-safety efforts. Yet a tiny fraction of those cases are publicly acknowledged and usually only in the form of antiseptic statistics. For most serious treatment gaffes, not even the sparsest of details is revealed, making the vast problem all but invisible. (more)

Canada confirms new case of mad cow disease
13 February 2015 - Canada confirmed its first case of mad cow disease since 2011 on Friday, 13 February. Mad cow disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is a progressive, fatal neurological disease. It is thought that the disease can be transmitted to people from food made from cows sick with BSE. (more)


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