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Scientists study wasps that may protect British Columbia’s berries

Every year, invasive insects gnaw on Canadian farms, gardens and wild plants, spreading disease and disrupting ecosystems. But tiny wasps that lay eggs that burst into invasive insects could potentially help berry growers in British Columbia protect their crops. “It’s like nature is giving us a free service to help control crop pests,” said Paul Abram, a researcher with Agriculture …

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‘Stressed’ oyster harvesters on PEI ‘want to get back on the water’ after MSX closure

Dwayne Shaw and his wife have been fishing the waters of Bedeque Bay, PEI, for oysters and quahogs for almost 30 years. Since last week, he and others who depend on shellfish fishing for their livelihoods have become increasingly concerned about what the future holds. It has been that long since the presence of multinuclear X-sphere (MSX) shut down the …

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LCBO strike ends Monday after workers ratify tentative agreement

Striking liquor store workers voted Sunday to ratify an agreement on a new contract between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and their union. The ratification means the first-ever strike at the provincial Crown corporation will officially end after midnight Monday — just over two weeks after it began. The LCBO says it plans to reopen all closed stores …

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Think your grocery bill is high? Try eating gluten-free

When Ashley Hickey’s 7-year-old son Alex was diagnosed with celiac disease last month, she knew she had to overhaul the family’s entire diet to become a gluten-free household. Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease that causes people to become ill when they eat wheat, rye, or barley. As a celiac herself, Hickey is familiar with the risk of cross-contamination …

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There is a price to pay for not being prepared for war. Will Canada have to pay that price again?

A little over 18 years ago, amid the dust and blazing heat of Kandahar Airfield, the weary look on Colonel Ian Hope’s face spoke louder than his words. It was the spring of 2006, and the Canadian contingent in Afghanistan had just endured a brutal few weeks. More than half a dozen Canadian soldiers had been killed in roadside bombings. …

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An HIV patient is in remission after a unique stem cell transplant. Why it could be a path to a cure

A German HIV patient in remission after a stem cell transplant from a donor with genes partially resistant to the disease is giving researchers new hope that more people can benefit from the treatment. The first step in a stem cell transplant for people with cancer is to wipe out a patient’s immune cells with chemotherapy. When patients also have …

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Elections Canada proposes measures to protect nomination contests from interference

Elections Canada is proposing possible changes to protect the political nomination process from foreign interference. These include banning non-citizens from participating in candidate selection, requiring parties to publish contest rules and explicitly prohibiting certain practices, such as voting more than once. The Federal Election Agency outlines the proposed steps in a discussion guide intended to help chief election officer Stéphane …

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‘Cuts to boarding school searches reflect disturbing denial,’ says headmaster

Officials with Indigenous Services Canada on Thursday told organizations and community leaders responsible for the search for missing children and unmarked burials at boarding school sites that their funding has been capped at $500,000 per year. That ceiling is significantly lower than previous operating budgets and much lower than what organizations estimate is needed to continue work. David Monias, Chief …

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What You Need to Know About Listeria Contamination in Canada

The latest Listeria contamination involves several plant-based beverages in Canada. From pre-packaged salads to six-layer bean dips to mushrooms, this isn’t the first time food or beverage products have been recalled due to the bacteria. Listeria monocytogenesbetter known as Listeria, can be found in soil, vegetation, sewage and water, as well as in the feces of both animals and humans, …

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New US border rules for dogs starting August 1 raise concerns for health minister

Health Minister Mark Holland says he has received concessions over new rules the United States is imposing on dog owners taking their pets across the border, but he is “concerned” about the coming changes. “I am frankly concerned about the rules that the United States is putting in place starting August 1 that will require a number of new measures …

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