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Climate protesters shut down bridges in Canadian cities as part of global action

Protesters shut down a handful of bridges across Canada today as part of a global effort to push for more urgent action on climate change. Activists with a group dubbed Extinction Rebellion blocked traffic on bridges in Halifax, Toronto and Edmonton, with similar protests planned for Montreal and Vancouver later in the day. At Edmonton’s Walterdale Bridge, video shows a...

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Oceans, glaciers at increasing risk, including Canada’s: climate report

Damage to Earth’s oceans and glaciers from climate change is outpacing the ability of governments to protect them, a new report from an international scientific panel concludes. The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says those changes are having direct impacts on human health — including in Canada. “It doesn’t matter where you live in...

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What we know — and what we don’t — about a vaping-related illness

Health officials in London, Ont., say they’ve diagnosed the first−known Canadian case of a vaping−related illness. Their counterparts in the United States have reported hundreds of confirmed and probable cases, including at least six deaths. A look at what we know so far about the phenomenon as the investigation continues: WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? Health Canada says the symptoms include...

Brazil, Bolivia assessing needs after Canada offers $15M aid for Amazon fires
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Brazil, Bolivia assessing needs after Canada offers $15M aid for Amazon fires

OTTAWA — A Canadian official says Brazil and other Amazon−basin countries are considering Canada’s offer of $15 million and equipment to help fight the fires destroying the South American rainforest. Adam Austen, spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, says the minister spoke to her counterparts in both Brazil and Bolivia over the weekend. He...

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G7 leaders reach deal to offer help to fight wildfires in Amazon rainforest

BIARRITZ, France — G7 leaders have come to an agreement to help Brazil fight the raging wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, which have erupted into a global flashpoint over the perils of climate change. French President Emmanuel Macron, who is hosting this year’s gathering of the leaders of the world’s seven largest economies, says the G7 plans...

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Calls to eat more plants, less meat also in line with food guide: McKenna

OTTAWA — A high−profile call to eat more plants and less meat in order to combat global warming is directly in line with Canada’s new food guide, which extols the health benefits of precisely such a change in diet, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Friday. Standing in front of a cornfield at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm, McKenna...

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A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits Haida Gwaii region in British Columbia

BELLA BELLA, B.C. — A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii archipelago region off the west coast Wednesday. The United States Geological Survey says the earthquake hit around 9:30 p.m. local time. It reports the quake’s epicentre was 196 kilometres west southwest of Bella Bella and it occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres. Earthquake Canada says the tremor...