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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)

Canada 150: Huge crowds celebrate nation's anniversary
2 July 2017 - People converged on Canada's national capital on Saturday, 1 July for a party that has been years in the planning. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has made inclusiveness a political calling card, gave a speech celebrating that attribute. 'This is as good a reason as any to reflect on our past, to cheer on today, and to recommit ourselves to the future,' he said to the 25,000 partygoers ... on the Parliament's lawn in Ottawa. But he also took a moment to remember Canada's indigenous people. . . Canada, he said, was determined to see a reconciliation over the coming years and decades. Indigenous culture was represented in many ways across the festivities, with a number of indigenous performers participating in Canada Day concerts in the capital region. (more)

Massive fireworks cap off Canada Day celebrations in Winnipeg
2 July 2017 - A massive fireworks display capped off Canada 150 celebrations at The Forks [a historic site, meeting place, and green space in Downtown Winnipeg located at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers] which drew tens of thousands of people out to enjoy a day filled with live music and to watch as red and white confetti exploded into the night sky. (more)

On its 150th birthday, nation celebrates the meaning of Canada
2 July 2017 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off Canada's long-anticipated 150th birthday celebrations on Saturday, 1 July ... [with] some 25,000 people assembled at a large outdoor celebration in front of the national Parliament in Ottawa. Trudeau, accompanied by Britain's Prince Charles, shook hands with some of the thousands ... who converged on Canada's capital Ottawa. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived for an official visit on Thursday. The nationwide party comes as Canada is enjoying an unusual amount of interest from the rest of the world, largely due to the election of charismatic ... leader Trudeau. Twitter users were sharing their favorite Canadian songs and food, along with photos of the preparations under the hashtag Canada150. Events and installations celebrating the sesquicentennial milestone have already been held across the country this year ... (more)

Canada MP gives speech in Mohawk language in parliamentary first
2 June 2017 - A Quebec Member of Parliament has addressed Canada's House of Commons in Mohawk, in what is believed to be the first time the indigenous language has been used officially in the legislature since it was established in 1867. 'I stand here to honour the Mohawk language and I pay my respects to their people. Hopefully it will help to us to become better friends,' Marc Miller said at the start of Canada's national aboriginal history month on Thursday, June 1. Miller, who is bilingual in English and French, said he decided to learn an indigenous language when he saw English-speaking colleagues in the Quebec caucus attempting to learn French. But he was also motivated by the precarious state of Canada's 60 or so indigenous languages. (more)

Walking linked to improved brain function
26 May 2017 - A moderate-intensity walking regimen may reduce symptoms of mild cognitive impairment that are linked to poor blood vessel health in the brain, a small study suggests. Participants with vascular cognitive impairment, sometimes called vascular dementia, who walked three hours per week for six months had improved reaction times and other signs of improved brain function, the Canadian team reports in British Journal of Sports Medicine. (more)

Walking linked to improved brain function
16 May 2017 - A moderate-intensity walking regimen may reduce symptoms of mild cognitive impairment that are linked to poor blood vessel health in the brain, a small study suggests. Participants with vascular cognitive impairment, sometimes called vascular dementia, who walked three hours per week for six months had improved reaction times and other signs of improved brain function, the Canadian team reports in British Journal of Sports Medicine. (more)

A dark matter 'bridge' holding galaxies together has been captured for the first time
13 April 2017 - The first image of a dark matter 'bridge', believed to form the links between galaxies, has been captured by astrophysicists in Canada. Researchers at the University of Waterloo used a technique known as weak gravitational lensing to create a composite image of the bridge. Gravitational lensing is an effect that causes the images of distant galaxies to warp slightly under the influence of an unseen mass, such as a planet, a black hole, or in this case, dark matter. Their composite image was made up of a combination of combined lensing images taken of more than 23,000 galaxy pairs, spotted 4.5 billion light-years away. This effect was measured from a multi-year sky survey at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. (more)


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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.' BeYouPromise.org 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)

Co-operation and environmental progress hallmarks of Canada's international reputation
29 November 2012 - In good news from Canada, the manufacturing sector is beginning to rely more heavily on clean and environmental technology. Also, Canada's international reputation is on the rise. Transcendental Meditation teachers in the country say that these and other positive trends reported in the news media are expressions of rising coherence in the collective consciousness of the nation, resulting from a 100 per cent increase in the number of people learning Transcendental Meditation in the past 18 months. (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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