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Indigenous TikTok creators use platform to 'bridge the gap' between cultures
17 October 2021 - TikTok, the popular video app known for sparking dance challenges and lip syncs, is taking on a new meaning with Indigenous creators who are using the platform to share their culture with new audiences. James Jones, known as 'Notorious Cree' on TikTok, began posting videos at the start of the pandemic to keep himself occupied. His content often showcases history lessons on Indigenous culture, traditional regalia, and hoop dancing. Now well into 1.1 million followers, the Edmonton resident has become a well-known creator online. (more)

Canadian country music star spurs unlikely coalition against coal
19 July 2021 - Canadian country rocker Corb Lund might not be an obvious choice as a campaigner against fossil fuel expansion. But the music star has taken on an unexpected new role, as a leader of efforts to stop new open pit coal mines in western Canada's iconic Rocky Mountains. ... Lund has helped pull together an unlikely coalition of opponents including ranchers, rural landowners, indigenous groups, urban environmentalists, and some oil industry workers. (more)

Canada to ban sale of new fuel-powered cars and light trucks from 2035
4 July 2021 - Canada will ban the sale of fuel-burning new cars and light-duty trucks from 2035 in an effort to reach net-zero emissions across the country by 2050, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government said on Tuesday [29 June]. (more)

Lululemon founder buys Canadian islands to conserve ecosystems
2 July 2021 - The Lululemon founder, Chip Wilson, has purchased one Canadian island, and helped buy another, in order to donate them to a charity. The former yoga apparel magnate also provided major funding to obtain a sizable chunk of a third, Lasqueti Island. All three islands contain rare, coastal Douglas fir ecosystems that can contain trees upwards of 400 years old, and are critical habitat for at-risk species that also rely on those ancient forests. ... The effort to protect the islands started last year with a crowdfunding campaign to save West Ballenas, which was slated to be sold and developed. (more)

Canada will not approve new thermal coal mining projects, cites environmental damage
12 June 2021 - Canada will not approve new thermal coal mining projects or plans to expand existing mines because of the potential for environmental damage, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said on Friday [11 June]. In a statement, Wilkinson said thermal coal -- primarily used for generating electricity -- was the single largest contributor to climate change. (more)

Canada's organic farm acreage has increased 121 percent since 2006
9 November 2020 - Association (COTA) indicates purchases of organic food accounted for 3.2 percent of all grocery sales in 2018. This is an increase from 2.6 perent in 2017. The increase in organic groceries has been matched by producer interest. ... A COTA fact sheet on organic farming found the number of organic farm operations increased 44 per cent from 2015 to 2018 for 7,266 operations. (more)

Canadian researchers gave homeless people $7500 each and the results are so uplifting
15 October 2020 - Challenging the stereotypes of homeless people in Canada, a research project from a Vancouver-based charitable organization found that simply giving money to homeless people isn't as bad an idea as some people might think. The results were heartening. One entire year later, most recipients still had $1,000 in savings and 67 percent could still feed themselves every day. (more)

Canada, Nunavut partner on South Baffin renewable energy projects
20 August 2020 - Through an $18.3 million contribution, the federal government of Canada is partnering with the Government of Nunavut to develop renewable energy projects in the South Baffin region. The project will 'help improve energy efficiency and introduce renewable energy' in 45 buildings owned by the Government of Nunavut in Kimmirut, Kinngait, Igloolik, Pangnirtung, Sanirajak and Sanikiluaq. (more)

How one man and his cellphone in Canada rescued a group of Africans stuck in China because of the coronavirus pandemic
11 August 2020 - Even for 2020, with its once-in-a-generation global pandemic and the countless travel bans that have followed, this rescue mission seems a bit far-fetched. To get around 100 South Africans and a couple of dozen Zimbabwean students out of China, it would take Air Zimbabwe's only functioning aircraft, and diplomatic channels in embassies across the world -- all orchestrated from a dining room table in Canada by one man, armed only with a cellphone. (more)

Ballads and fan clubs: Canada's medical health officers become unlikely celebs
24 March 2020 - Acclaimed in song and on Twitter fan accounts ... Canada's medical health officers have become a popular, comforting sight in daily coronavirus briefings and gained a celebrity-like following. Millions of Canadians, many working from home amid a widening lockdown, tune in every day to televised updates by public health officials across the country. (more)

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Canada: Entrepreneur Alan Phillips - Transcendental Meditation an 'important tool' in business
2 October 2018 - Alan Phillips is founder and president of Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, which offers vocational training in the visual, media, and performing arts. Ranked #5 worldwide for animation, gaming, and design, the school has attracted top talent from Hollywood for instructors. Alan graduated from Maharishi University of Management, USA, in 1991 with an MBA degree and founded VanArts in 1995. The Transcendental Meditation technique has been an important tool for him as a businessman. 'Running a business can be very stressful,' he says. 'The TM technique has given me an edge to be able to deal with that more effectively and not get so overwhelmed by challenges.' (more)

Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative: Protecting our policewomen
21 June 2018 - Incorporated in February 2017, the Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative [CWWI] - the women's wing of the Transcendental Meditation organisation in Canada - serves women whose jobs, health, and lives are at risk due to chronic or acutely high levels of stress. Recently CWWI partnered with the Central Saanich Police Service near Victoria, British Columbia, to offer training in Transcendental Meditation to their women officers and other area officers. The programme, with benefits including significant reduction of stress and its symptoms, is bearing results quickly. 'Each sitting of meditation is like having a restorative vacation. I have sustained, fresh energy. I feel far more settled . . . . I wish I'd discovered TM years ago.' - Kathleen Thomson, Constable [retired], Saanich Police Department. (more)

Canada: Premeditated move - Rabbi relocating to Iowa to deepen knowledge of Transcendental Meditation
15 June 2018 - Inspired by meditation to seek ordination, Rabbi Alan Green plans to use his Jewish perspectives in the meditation capital of North America. After 18 years as the senior rabbi of Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Green and his wife Chaya, a meditation teacher, will move this summer to Fairfield, Iowa, USA, home to thousands of practitioners of Transcendental Meditation. 'Basically it will be a context where I can fulfil my dream of Jewish observance and study with the practice of Transcendental Meditation,' says the Los Angeles native, who came to Winnipeg in 1992 and has served at Shaarey Zedek since 2000. (more)

Marjorie Sinal on her 240 mile trek at age 91: Transcendental Meditation is 'an effective and portable tool'
8 June 2018 - When Marjorie Sinal decided to trek the Camino Trail last year, 'it raised a few eyebrows within my family'. The resident of Calgary, Alberta, in Canada was 91 at the time, and the trail, Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), is a network of ancient pilgrim routes extending across Europe. 'We only hiked 240 miles (386 km),' she says. The walk lasted '19 wonderful days' and included hiking over the Pyrenees mountains. 'I certainly think Transcendental Meditation was a big factor in preparing me and helping me throughout the journey,' Marj says, '--not just my daily meditation during the Camino walk, but the practice of TM that I had done for the many years before. It's an effective and portable tool. It relieves stress and tiredness and improves resilience and renews you twice daily.' (more)

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)

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'Heat dome' probably killed 1bn marine animals on Canada coast, experts say
8 July 2021 - More than 1 billion marine animals along Canada's Pacific coast are likely to have died from last week's record heatwave, experts warn, highlighting the vulnerability of ecosystems unaccustomed to extreme temperatures. ... The intense and unrelenting heat is believed to have killed as many as 500 people in the province of British Columbia and contributed to the hundreds of wildfires currently burning across the province. (more)

Canada heatwave: Lightning triggers wildfires in British Columbia
3 July 2021 - More than 130 wildfires -- many sparked by lightning strikes -- are burning across western Canada following a record-breaking heatwave. On Friday [2 July], the British Columbia Wildfire Service said that 136 fires were active across the province following some 12,000 lightning strikes the previous day. Some officials are quoted as saying the fires now number more than 150. (more)

Melting ice in Arctic linked to bowhead whales holding off annual migration
20 April 2021 - As the ice melts at pace in the Arctic, the mining and shipping industry has carved itself an opportunity out of the crisis. Meanwhile, the marine ecosystem is left to coping with the heat, noise, pollution, and the cascade of other changes that come with the upheaval of the environment. Now researchers have found a whale species [bowhead] that typically migrates away from solid sea ice each autumn and returns every summer to feast on tiny crustaceans did not make the 6,000km (3,700-mile) roundtrip in 2018-2019 (more)

Mystery brain disorder baffles Canadian doctors
30 March 2021 - Doctors in Canada are concerned they could be dealing with a previously unknown brain disease amid a string of cases involving memory loss, hallucinations and muscle atrophy. ... For more than a year public health officials have been tracking a 'cluster' of 43 cases of suspected neurological disease in the province with no known cause. (more)

On the brink: Canada care workers struggle to make ends meet in pandemic
3 February 2021 - Personal support workers (PSWs) have long wrestled with housing insecurity in expensive Canadian cities, but the pandemic has worsened the situation for many, pushing some into homelessness and leaving others teetering on the brink, according to workers, shelter administrators, union officials, and health advocates. At the heart of their struggle are low wages and fewer hours amid pandemic restrictions that do not allow them to work at multiple care homes. The problem is most acute among part-time workers at for-profit care homes. (more)

Canada says new waves of coronavirus could swamp healthcare system, send death toll soaring
14 August 2020 - Canada is planning for a 'reasonable worst case scenario' in which new waves of the coronavirus would intermittently swamp the public health system and send the death toll soaring, officials said on Friday [14 August]. Under the scenario, there would be a large peak later this year followed by a number of smaller peaks and valleys stretching to January 2022. Each peak would exceed the health system's capacity. (more)

Canada's last fully intact Arctic ice shelf collapses
8 August 2020 - The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40% of its area in just two days at the end of July, researchers said on Thursday [6 August]. The Arctic has been warming at twice the global rate for the last 30 years, due to a process known as Arctic amplification. But this year, temperatures in the polar region have been intense. The polar sea ice hit its lowest extent for July in 40 years. Record heat and wildfires have scorched Siberian Russia. (more)

Many of the 300 plants and animals endemic to Canada at risk, report finds
4 June 2020 - Two years in the making, Ours to Save has identified 308 species and subspecies that are only found within Canada's borders. But the authors soon found that many were facing the threat of extinction. Only 10% of Canada's endemic species are considered 'globally secure' or 'apparently secure', according to the report. (more)

Move over, pot: psychedelic companies are about to go public
20 March 2020 - The first companies developing medical treatments from psychedelic drugs like LSD, ketamine, and the active ingredient in magic mushrooms are gearing up to list on Canadian stock exchanges. ... a growing number of companies are conducting clinical trials of psychedelic treatments for everything from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder, and some have recently received the blessing of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This has created a legal way for these companies to conduct research on otherwise illegal drugs, opening the door to public listings. (more)

Pesticide criticized in bee deaths could also kill birds
12 September 2019 - Scientists studying a widely used pesticide say even small doses of the chemical can have crippling health effects on migrating birds, and it might be contributing to declines in their overall populations. The researchers with the University of Saskatchewan are set to publish their research about the insect-killer imidacloprid in the journal Science on Friday [ 13 September]. The insecticide is among a class called neonicotinoids that has been widely studied for its health impacts on bees. (more)


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