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Donna Strickland's long journey from laser jock to third woman ever to win physics Nobel
4 October 2018 - The 5 a.m. phone call changed Donna Strickland's life in an instant. It was Tuesday, October 2. A representative from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences was on the line from Stockholm calling to inform Strickland, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada, that she had won the Nobel Prize in physics. In winning the coveted award, which she shares with American physicist Arthur Ashkin and Gerard Mourou of France, Strickland became only the third woman ever to win the physics prize ... (more)

First woman Physics Nobel winner in 55 years
2 October 2018 - The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years. Donna Strickland, from Canada, is only the third woman winner of the award, along with Marie Curie, who won in 1903, and Maria Goeppert-Mayer, who was awarded the prize in 1963. Dr Strickland shares this year's prize with Arthur Ashkin, from the US, and Gerard Mourou, from France. It recognizes their discoveries in the field of laser physics. (more)

Canada: Federal government to invest $8.3-million in organics
24 August 2018 - Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay today (24 August) announced a federal investment of up to $8.3 million to the Organic Federation of Canada, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Clusters. 'Demand for our world-class Canadian organic products continues to grow around the world and our Government is proud to support our organic farmers and food processors so they can meet that demand,' said Minister MacAulay. 'Today's significant investment into the science of organic agriculture will help our organic farmers grow more and grow better. And, we are pleased to support the Canadian Organic Standards, which are the backbone of the organic industry.' (more)

Canada to phase out crop chemicals linked to bee deaths
15 August 2018 - The Canadian government said on Wednesday (15 August) it would move to restrict use of two types of crop chemicals that have been linked to deaths of aquatic insects and bees, in a victory for environmentalists and the latest setback for companies that sell the pesticides. Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) said it would phase out, over three to five years, the outdoor use of thiamethoxam, made by Syngenta AG, and clothianidin, produced by Bayer AG. (more)

A makeover for milkweed, for the sake of butterflies
2 August 2018 - For generations, North American farmers have despised milkweed and done their best to rid their lands of it. 'I hate to have milkweed in my strawberry field,' Nathalie Leonard says from her farm by the Quebec village of Lac-du-Cerf. So why does she have 60 acres of milkweed growing on purpose? It's for the sake of butterflies -- the iconic monarchs. And for a chance to turn milkweed into profit. (more)

Statement by Canada's Prime Minister on Canada Day
1 July 2018 - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today (1 July) issued the following statement on Canada Day: 'Happy Canada Day! No matter where we are, today, as Canadians, we celebrate Canada and the people who have built the country we love.' (more)

What is Canada Day? CNN explains
1 July 2018 - July 1 commemorates the joining of Canada's original three provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada Province, which is now Ontario and Quebec) as one nation in 1867. The holiday was previously called Dominion Day, for the Dominion of Canada in the British empire. (more)

Canada launches $40 million electric bus trial
19 May 2018 - A fleet of electric buses are to be tested in the new Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial project with standardized and interoperable buses and chargers in mind. The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), a nonprofit consortium founded in 2014 with nearly 100 members representing public and private stakeholders across Canada, launched the $40 million CAD (nearly $32 million USD) project at TransLink in Vancouver. (more)

Canada protects largest coniferous forest in the world (+ BBC News video)
16 May 2018 - Canada will soon have the largest protected boreal forest -- an area twice the size of Belgium -- on the planet. Some 1.6m hectares of remote land in the province of Alberta are being made into new or extended provincial parks. A 6.7m hectare conservation zone will now be protected and free from logging or oil and gas exploration. Boreal (or coniferous) forests occur in northern climes with long, cold winters and short summers. They are among the world's densest forests. (more)

Canada: Alberta's organic heartland wants to bring more farmers on board
10 May 2018 - Being Alberta's most northerly rural municipality isn't Mackenzie County's only claim to fame. 'Right now, Mackenzie County has the highest number of organic farmers,' said Jacob Marfo, manager and research director of the Mackenzie Applied Research Association, (MARA). And the region may soon have more. MARA and Organic Alberta, with support from the county and a regional development initiative, have partnered on a two-year, $330,000 program that will help farmers diversify into organic production, and assist those who are already involved in organics. (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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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)

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)

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