Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Tuesday February 4 2014 edition

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HIGHLIGHTS

Painting speaks of black slavery in Canada

A rare portrait of an African woman hanging in a Montreal museum speaks volumes about slavery in Canada, says McGill University art historian Charmaine Nelson. In school, many Canadians are taught about the Underground Railroad but know little about the slavery that existed in the 200 years before that. "Portrait of a Negro Slave" hangs ...

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Where once wetlands were felt to be “wasted” land, or a nuisance, we are now beginning to realize the extremely beneficial role they play in the environment

Philippe Van Capellen is a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Waterloo University in Ontario, and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ecohydrology.

 

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Montreal artist stresses the value of conscious home-making and sharing displacement stories

Devorah Neumark, a Montreal-based interdisciplinary artist, gained the insights into the experience and value of conscious home-making for refugee and displaced people, by living the experience herself.

A fire, deliberately set in 1996, destroyed the home she shared with her children, then 6 and 3, and all the belongings and mementos she had ever valued.

 
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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Norval Morrisseau's paintings allegedly at the centre of a fraud ring

Two well-known Canadians are suing a Toronto art dealer for allegedly selling them fake Norval Morrisseau paintings.

The singer, John McDermott, and keyboard-player for the Barenaked Ladies, Kevin Hearn, are suing Joseph McLeod and the Maslak-McLeod Gallery.  Jonathan Sommer, their laywer said, in an interview with CBC, the paintings likely originated in a ...

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Increased ice cover may bode well for lake-levels this year

Canada's Great Lakes are freezing over for the first time in 20 years. The ice cover is considerably more this year, than in many of the winters of the recent past.

The Canadian Ice Services most recent data, as of January 29th, shows Lake Ontario currently has the least ice coverage at 23 per cent. Lake Superior, the largest of ...

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Canada honours winter sports pioneers

On the eve on the Sochi, Russia, winter Olympics, Canada has honoured 3 of its winter sports pioneers.

In celebrating and commemorating these athletes, the Minister of Transport and responsible for Canada Post, the Honourable Lisa Raitt said  "It's difficult to think of curling, figure skating and freestyle skiing without these incredible athletes being top of mind.  She added, ...

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Oilsands pollution greatly underestimated: study

The reporting of emissions of some hazardous air pollutants in Canada’s western oilsands projects are “very likely too low,” according to new research from the University of Toronto. Scientists there used a model to assess the reported emissions of some polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Many PAHs are highly carcinogenic.

PAHs are released during the process ...

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Buying blood: the thorny issue re-ignites in Canada

Donating blood can save lives. In Canada, donors fill out a questionnaire designed to screen out high risk individuals.

Unlike the situation in the United States, currently in Canada people donate blood for free as an altruistic gesture to help others. The blood in turn is collected and distributed in all provinces except Quebec by Canadian Blood Services, a ...

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Alzheimer’s patient must be fed, court rules

A woman in the western city of Abbottford must continue to be fed even though she had a living will stating her intention to refuse nourishment or liquids if she suffered from an incurable disease. Margot Bentley was a nurse who understood all too well the effects of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia on patients. Now she ...

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