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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)

Canada: How First Nations got ahead of the curve on clean energy
27 March 2017 - Renewable energy projects are on the rise in Indigenous communities across the country. And when it comes to moving away from fossil fuels, some industry experts say First Nations are ahead of the curve. 'There's about 165 Indigenous communities that own part, or all-of, clean energy projects,' said Chris Henderson, president of Lumos Energy. When it comes to implementing community clean energy projects, Henderson says First Nations are Canada's leaders. (more)

Canadian bacteria-like fossils called oldest evidence of life
3 March 2017 - Microfossils up to almost 4.3 billion years old found in Canada of microbes are similar to the bacteria that thrive today around sea floor hydrothermal vents and may represent the oldest-known evidence of life on Earth, scientists said on Wednesday. The fossils from the Hudson Bay shoreline in northern Quebec near the Nastapoka Islands lend credence to the hypothesis that hydrothermal vents spewing hot water may have been the cradle of life on Earth relatively soon after the planet formed, the researchers said. (more)

Canada's tourism spending hits 20-year high
6 January 2017 - Tourism spending in Canada jumped the most in nearly 20 years in the third quarter of 2016, official data showed on Thursday (5 January), pushed up in part by a weak Canadian dollar that has cut the cost of travel. 'It is a perfect storm of a lot of great conditions,' said Rob Taylor of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada . . . The Lonely Planet travel guide last October named Canada as the world's top tourist destination for 2017, saying one reason was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's 'wave of positivity.' Growth could be just as impressive this year, when Canada will mark the 150th anniversary of its creation. The New York Times on Tuesday (3 January) put the country at the top of a list of recommended destinations. (more)

The Canadian who spent C$1.5m to rescue more than 200 Syrian refugees
6 January 2017 - Appliance firm CEO Jim Estill is behind an ambitious scheme to resettle 58 families in Guelph, Ontario, and galvanised hundreds of residents to help. ... The result is a full-scale operation -- staffed by volunteers and bolstered by a deluge of donations -- that offers the refugees everything from job training to English-language classes. (more)

Canada sets in motion microbeads prohibition
28 November 2016 - Canada this month took steps toward joining the United States in banning the sale of personal-hygiene products that contain tiny plastics known as microbeads in an effort to keep them away from fish and wildlife and address plastic pollution in general. (more)

Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau steps up on climate change
7 October 2016 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada promised to make climate change a priority when he campaigned for office last year. This week he made progress on that promise with a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by putting a price on carbon. This marks a big turning point for his country, whose previous government resisted aggressive steps on climate change because it wanted to protect the oil industry. (more)

Refugees encounter a foreign word: Welcome
30 June 2016 - Canadian hockey moms, poker buddies, and neighbors are adopting Syrians, a family at a time. Across Canada, ordinary citizens, distressed by news reports of drowning children and the shunning of desperate migrants, are intervening in one of the world's most pressing problems. Their country allows them a rare power and responsibility: They can band together in small groups and personally resettle -- essentially adopt -- a refugee family. In Toronto alone, hockey moms, dog-walking friends, book club members, poker buddies, and lawyers have formed circles to take in Syrian families. The Canadian government says sponsors officially number in the thousands, but the groups have many more extended members. (more)

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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)

Canada: Fivefold increase in women learning Transcendental Meditation
16 November 2012 - The number of women learning Transcendental Meditation in Canada increased fivefold this year, following the broadcast of Oprah Winfrey's TV show featuring the communities of Fairfield and Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, USA, where several thousand people practise the meditation technique. The show sparked an upsurge of interest in Transcendental Meditation across North America, and the women's TM organization in Canada has been focused on outreach to make information about the programme widely available to the public, especially through social media. (more)

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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)

Replacement for BPA in plastics also suspect: study
12 January 2015 - A chemical thought to be a safe replacement for one banned for use in baby bottles also causes developmental issues in fish embryos, according to a study released on 12 January. In a study published on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of Calgary found that bisphenol S (BPS), the chemical that replaced Bisphenol A (BPA) after that was connected to obesity, cancer, and childhood anxiety and hyperactivity, also causes changes in brain development in zebra fish that caused them to become hyperactive. (more)

Canada: Monarch butterfly decline linked to spread of GM crops
4 June 2014 - The main cause of the monarch butterfly's decline is the loss of milkweed -- its food -- in its US breeding grounds, a new study has found. That all but confirms that the spread of genetically modified crops is indirectly killing the monarch. This past winter, the number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico fell to its lowest since 1993, when records first started being kept, the World Wildlife Fund and Mexico's Environment Department reported in January. That report blamed the loss of milkweed owing to genetically modified crops and urban sprawl in the US and illegal logging in the butterflies' Mexican wintering ground. Now, an analysis combining all the known data about monarch populations and the factors that influence them shows that the monarch's biggest threat is in the US, not Mexico. The leaves of the milkweed plant are the only place that monarchs lay their eggs and the only food that monarch butterfly caterpillars will eat. A large proportion of monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains breed in the US corn belt, stretching from Kansas in the west to Ohio in the east, and south to north from Missouri to North Dakota. US farmers have been increasingly planting corn and soybeans resistant to herbicides, and then applying those herbicides liberally on their fields. That kills off plants between the rows of crops that aren't resistant, such as milkweed. (more)

Canada: Bee researchers raise more warning flags about neonicotinoid pesticides
20 May 2014 - This spring most Canadian corn and soybean growers will be planting another crop of pesticide-coated seeds, even as researchers raise new warnings that the practice may have deadly side effects for bees and other wildlife. The heated debate around the use of the neonicotinoid-coated seeds, developed by Bayer CropScience and introduced here about a decade ago, has divided farmers, beekeepers, and scientists, and turned Canada into a kind of environmental battlefront. To protect its bees, Europe banned the use of neonic pesticides last year, while US authorities have so far taken a more cautious approach. Over the past few years, neonicotinoids have become the dominant insecticide in everything from corn and canola to flea collars for pets. But some believe this insecticide, particularly the version that coats the seeds and protects the plant as it matures, is responsible for the decline in honey bees. When Health Canada tested dead bees last spring it found neonicotinoid on 70 per cent of them. (more)


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