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Just in time for Canada Day: economy is clearly on the mend
28 June 2019 - Canada's economy has sprung back to life. A string of reports Friday [28 June] showed the expansion picked up at the fastest pace since 2017 in April and March; business sentiment unexpectedly rose in May, and mortgage growth is accelerating. The data add to a long list of recent evidence -- iincluding strong job gains and a recovery in exports -- showing the nation's economy is emerging from its recent soft patch, and perhaps even gathering steam. (more)

Canada: Prime Minister names first Ambassador for Women, Peace, and Security
12 June 2019 - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today [12 June] announced that Jacqueline O'Neill has been appointed as Canada's first Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security. 'When women play an active role in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and when their rights are respected, we are better able to achieve long-term, sustainable peace. As Canada's first Ambassador for Women, Peace, and Security, Ms. O'Neill will lead our country's efforts to support women, help prevent and end conflict, and build a better and fairer world.' [said] The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. (more)

Canada will ban 'harmful' single-use plastics as early as 2021
10 June 2019 - Canada will ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, Justin Trudeau said on Monday [10 June]. The Prime Minister said the specific items to be banned will be determined based on a science-based review, but the government is considering items such as water bottles, plastic bags, and straws. (more)

Plastic straws and bags no more: Canada aims to clean up its act
10 June 2019 - Canada plans to ban some single-use plastics like straws, bags, and cutlery by early 2021 to reduce non-recyclable waste and protect the world's oceans, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday [10 June]. (more)

Canada: City aims to unleash army of sheep and goats on city green spaces
17 April 2019 - More Calgary green spaces will become leafy banquets for hundreds of temporary furry workers this summer, as the city aims to unleash herds of goats and sheep to tackle weeds and keep grass under control. (more)

Canadians want majority of new cars to be electric, expect it in future, survey says
14 March 2019 - A new poll of driving-age Canadians shows strong support for electric cars, and strong expectations that EVs will become the norm in the future. The poll, conducted by Clean Energy Canada, shows that 64 percent of Canadians would prefer electric vehicles to be the majority of vehicles sold in the future. Furthermore, 72 percent of Canadians believe EVs will become the majority of cars sold around the world. (more)

Canadians want to see electric vehicles become mainstream over gasoline, poll finds
14 March 2019 - British Columbians lead the country when it comes to wanting more electric cars than gas vehicles on the road, according to a new poll. The survey, commissioned by Clean Energy Canada, looked at how many Canadians want to see electric vehicles become mainstream and how soon they see it happening. Nationally, 64 per cent of people polled said they'd prefer to see electric vehicles overtake gasoline-powered vehicles in the future. (more)

Canada: South Okanagan organic farmer wins Farmers' Market Vendor of the Year
12 March 2019 - Gordon Forbes and his family have been farming the [Okanagan Valley] for nearly half a century, with more than half of that time doing it all organically. The British Columbia Association of Farmers' Markets celebrated the best of British Columbia with the sixth annual BC Farmers' Market Awards and Forbes was on that list. Forbes Farm won the Farmers' Market Vendor of the Year award. Forbes Farm has been a certified organic organic farmer for 21 years. (more)

Largest known diamond in North America found in Canada
15 December 2018 - A 552-carat yellow diamond was recently unearthed in Canada -- the largest ever found in North America. The diamond was discovered in October at the Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada's Northwest Territories. (more)

Even when families have issues, eating together can improve teen diets
23 November 2018 - Teens whose families eat dinner together are more likely to make healthy food choices, even when kids and parents have issues with communicating and connecting emotionally, a new study finds. 'Many, many studies have looked at the benefit of family meals, and over and over they have found that this leads to adolescents eating more fruits and vegetables and less fast food and sugar-sweetened beverages,' said the study's lead author Kathryn Walton, who was a doctoral student at the University of Guelph, Canada, when she did the research. (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.' 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)


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Scientists amazed as Canadian permafrost thaws 70 years early
18 June 2019 - Permafrost at outposts in the Canadian Arctic is thawing 70 years earlier than predicted, an expedition has discovered, in the latest sign that the global climate crisis is accelerating even faster than scientists had feared. (more)

Too much screen time tied to school problems even in little kids
17 May 2019 - Kindergarteners who get more than two hours of screen time a day may be more likely to have behavior and attention problems in school than their classmates who spend less time in front of televisions, smartphones, and tablets, a Canadian study suggests. Doctors urge parents of young kids to limit screen time or avoid it altogether because all of those hours watching videos or gaming have been linked to slowed development of speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, and social and behavioral skills. (more)

Female Nobel prize winner deemed not important enough for Wikipedia entry
3 October 2018 - When the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm announced the Nobel prize for physics this week, anyone wanting to find out more about one of the three winners would have drawn a blank on Wikipedia. Until around an hour and a half after the award was announced on Tuesday, the Canadian physicist Donna Strickland was not deemed significant enough to merit her own page on the user-edited encyclopedia. (more)

Overtime work puts women at increased risk of diabetes
2 July 2018 - Working overtime may help your paycheck and give you a leg up in the office, but a new study suggests that women who log too many hours may have an increased the risk of diabetes. Researchers in Canada found that woman who worked overtime increased their risk of diabetes and published their findings in the British Medical Journal Diabetes Research and Care Monday (2 July). Women who worked overtime, or over 45 hours per week, were 62 percent more likely to get diabetes over those women who worked regular hours. (more)

Food insecurity linked to type 2 diabetes risk
25 May 2018 - Canadians who cannot afford to eat regularly or to eat a healthy diet have more than double the average risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a study suggests. Household food insecurity is defined as having uncertain or insufficient food access due to limited financial resources. Being on a limited budget may result in having to rely on cheaper, high-calorie foods that contribute to weight gain and the risk of chronic disease, the authors write. (more)

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)

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